Tuesday, January 31, 2006

(Dis)order in the court ...

So it looks like Sam Alito has been confirmed to the US Supreme Court. I'll be blunt ... we're in trouble. With the block of Alito, Scalia and Thomas all solidly in the pocket of radical conservatism ... and Kennedy and Roberts tipping in that direction, the Supreme Court has entered the dark ages.

As I said on the show last week, I would have voted against Alito ... but I wouldn't have fillibustered. But there was a part of me that was hoping the Democrats could find their manhoods (and womanhoods) and fillibuster. How odd that John Kerry seemed like the voice of reason last Friday.

As a member of the "elite media," I get faxes and emails and press released galore on stuff like this. I got one from Judicial Watch today that just made me laugh. It goes on an on about "the liberals" and ends by pointing out that they're glad about a "conservative block on the high court for decades to come," but then later states that they're non-partisan. Where do they get off like that? In another part of their "non-partisan" website, they use the Jack Abramoff scandal as an excuse to rip on the Clinton administration. Non-partisan my ass. Now I don't mind groups with a point of view (like Fox News, for example), but don't then pretend you don't have one.

On Fox News, I'm listening to Bill O'Reilly talk about the "elite media," and he always talks about these "liberal newspapers," pointing to their editorial positions as proof that they're part of the "secular progressive" movement, but says Fox News is down the middle. Whenever someone calls him on it, he says ... well the news is down the middle. The commentators aren't news. But editorials in the LA Times are? I don't get it. More doublespeak from Mr. No Spin.

I'm really looking forward to tonight's speech. I hope I get hammered. If I follow the rules of my drinking game, it'll be hard not to.

Norm Palmer is my guest tomorrow. I love Norm. He's a good guy. And he knows a lot about sports. But he's way to friggin' organized and generally anal for my liking. He's been asking me details about how tomorrow's show is going to go for like three weeks. He's got an outline and knows all this stuff. I'm just not that on-the-ball. I start planning for a show the day before ... at MOST!!! Usually it's more like that morning. I'm an on-the-fly kinda guy. Alright. Nuf' bitchin'.

Peace Out!

Monday, January 30, 2006

Scott Leffler's Jump in the Lake Fund ...

I'm really hoping to raise more money this year for the Olcott Lions Club Swim for Sight Polar Bear Swim than I have in years past.

So far, I've got $110 in pledges ($65 actually in-hand), which is a good start ... Last year, I raised almost $300. I need to beat that total.

The Polar Bear Swim, for those of you who don't know ... or for those who don't know what I'm talking about ... is when a bunch of (typically) drunken idiots jump into Lake Ontario in March. This year it's March 5th at 2 p.m. Usually, March in Niagara County is pretty damn cold, but this year, who knows? Hundreds of people do it annually, but most actually fundraise very little. In fact, most of the people I know give very close to the $10 minimum. As you can tell, I'm not happy with the minimum. Below is a picture of some of the people who participated last two years ago ... My profile pic is of me two years ago ... appropriately titled, "drunk before noon."

Bad blogger ... no cookie

So it's been a whole week since I've posted here. Sorry. I got no excuse. I just suck.

What a great week it's been, though. I can't seem to recall any of it, but I have a warm tingly feeling that tells me it was good.

I thought today's shows went well. Open Dialog can always be scary cause I never know if people are going to actually call and save my sorry non-planning-ahead @ss or if they'll let me drown. Today I was saved.

It was nice to see my buddy Dave. He was supposed to come into town Saturday and we were going to go out, but he stayed in Pottsdam and I ended up workin', so, it's all good. After work I went out. Drank a few. Officially it was "only two." You know how that works.

So back to Dave. If you know Dave, you'll understand this. Otherwise ... Well, here's the thing. The girl he was with ... Lisa ... she was very cute. Dave usually doesn't hook up with cute girls. We usually have to push them back in the water, if you know what I mean. So ... go Dave.

I also really enjoyed todays Interview. I really like interviews that don't FEEL like an interview. Aaron was really smooth and I have mad respect for Urban Dictionary - fo sho.

More later. Thanks for dropping by!

Sunday, January 22, 2006

Weekend Wrapup ...

Here it is Sunday night and I haven't blogged since Friday. Oh well, I guess that isn't too bad. I have a friend with a podcast ... and it's like monthly or something. I think he originally planned to do two or three a week. Sometimes I have to call him just to make sure he's still alive.

But I'm alive. Had a great weekend. It was a MySpace buddies party at the Leffler Ranch on Friday. Joe, Kelly, Dennis, Racin' Ray, and Nuclear Lou all came over to play Poker. Bob and Ratty Jenn were invited, but didn't make it. Anyway, we never got to play Poker. It started with Shots and Ladders and ended up with everyone just chillin' around the kitchen table talkin shit. In other words, it went well ... oh, other than the fact that Dennis kicked my ass at air hockey.

Saturday, the big one went to a birthday party so the little one and I went to the Toys R Us that's closing out by the Summit (Mall) and then we looked at the trailers and played in the play place that's in there. We played bubble hockey. She scored two goals. I was proud of her.

We're thinking we'd like to get a pop-up trailer this spring if we can find a good used one at a great price. If not, we keep waiting. We also want to get the driveway paved and I'd really like a new car ... but that'll probably wait another year.

Today was a work day. So I worked. We were hopping.

I'm getting really frustrated with my Sirius Satellite Radio. Every day I find a new favorite station. Today I discovered BackSpin, which is all old-school Hip Hop. It was sweet. LL, Kool Moe Dee, Public Enemy, A Tribe Called Quest, DJ Jazzy Jeff and the Fresh Prince and (get this) Kris Kross. I had to call Jackie to tell her that my Sirius Satellite Radio made me JUMP JUMP.

I didn't neglect the Gazelling over the weekend.

Saturday I did 5 miles even (made up that missing one from Thursday) 64 minutes. 604.8 calories.

Sunday I did 2 miles. 23 minute. 242 calories. Wanted to do two more miles after work, but since we were so slamming, I stayed two hours later than I was scheduled. *sigh* Oh well, we could use the money anyway, right?

Anyone else sick of those Nanny McGee commercials? Not only am I sick of "Every Little Thing She Does is Magic," I might just boycott the Police entirely. And that baby in the commercials (and subsequently the movie) is BUTT UGLY!!!

I'm trying to figure out this story about two men who were arrested for using Liberty Dollars at a Sabres game. Or were they? The charges don't match the description in the story. For my interview with Liberty Dollar architect, Bernard Von NotHaus, click here.

That's all for now. Hope your weekend was as good as mine.

Friday, January 20, 2006

Thoughts (Friday 012006)

I started writing this this morning, but I got distracted by something shiny.



I thought today's show went well. I'm sure I'll take flak from city officials who think I'm just being mean to them. Boo hoo. I just don't get how they can fine someone who wasn't there for a crime. Just cause they don't want to do the leg work. Others disagree. I've already gotten a couple emails on the topic.

Today's interview was interesting. The guy stands no chance and I'm not sure if he can really influence the race. I mean, if it were going to be close, he might, but that's just not the case. I wish him well. I think Hillary's pro-war stance is sad. I mean, it's not going to get her the respect of the GOP and most Democrats (and Libertarians) opose the war. So what's she gaining with her stance. I don't get it.

After The Interview, I had an interview with Lyndon LaRouche. I'll play part of it Monday during Dialog and use it as a springboard to talk about the Alito nomination. Should be fun. The rest will be exclusive to the podcast.

The Interview slot is full for the next couple weeks. If that trend continues, we might have more podcast exclusive stuff.

If you're keeping track, you might notice that I didn't Gazelle yesterday afternnoon. Instead I met some folks from Newfane C.A.R.E.S. out for drinks to talk about their planned lawsuit. They're having a meeting Tuesday at Scruples at 7 p.m. (it's wing night, by the way). If I can make it, I plan to. I support them and hope the school district folds. Might does not make right and these people need to learn that.

Anyway, so I have to Gazelle 5.3 miles today to make up for it (and that doesn't make up for the three beers I drank or the bag of chips I ate (I didn't really eat the whole bag)).

So far, here's what I've done:
 
Morning session: 2.3 miles - 29 minutes - 278.4 calories
Lunchtime session: 2 miles - 22 minutes - 242.5 calories

So I still have a mile to do. I'll have to do it after dinner. *sigh* And we're having company over tonight. Very much looking forward to it. You'll hear all about it tomorrow, I'm sure.

Later.

Thursday, January 19, 2006

Morning thoughts (Thursday 011906)

I'm still pretty irritated from yesterday, but I'm going to try to move past it. As you may have figured out, I don't get in bad moods all too often. I'm a pretty happy go lucky guy. But when I get pissy, it's hard for me to break the cycle.

I have this thing with the Dale Association and LCTV this morning. I have to talk about WLVL. Hmm. Not sure if today's the best day for me to do that. :smile:

Music can change my mood like crazy. I've been listening to on my Sirius Satellite Radio. It's pretty peppy and it helps. Jackie's been hording my radio for herself lately. I'd get her her own, but whenever I do something like that, she doesn't use it. Got her a palm pilot for example, a couple years ago, which was good cause when mine died, I was just able to take hers back - cause she didn't use it.

Got an email from Angela Vullo, Lyndon LaRouche's publicist. She wants to know if I want him or someone else from EIR on to talk about labor issues. I think it might be time again. I also need to get Jack Davis on again soon. My opinion of him hasn't really changed in the last two years. He might be better than Reynolds, but that's not too hard. Maybe if we can build the Libertarian Party locally, we can run a LP candidate in a few years. That'd be sweet.

So Rooney updated his website Monday. Nothing since. Should I start a new count up? In a related matter (read old posts if this doesn't seem related to you) I'm down to 189. This is what happened last time. I dropped from 222 (that's where I was at the beginning of last summer) to like 190 quick fast in a hurry. Then 189 came slowly. Then 188 came even more slowly. And then I hurt my knee. Never got to 187. I think when I hit 187, I should have a big party: pizza. wings. beer. lard on a stick. buncha trans fats. :smile:

Here's the morning Gazelle log: 2.71 miles - 30 minutes - 328.5 calories. So I have to do 1.3 miles this afternoon and I'm free and clear for the day.

Have a good one. More later.

Wednesday, January 18, 2006

What's up? Ain't nothin ...

Not too much to say this evening.

I had what I considered to be a shitty day at work. It started good with a staff meeting about the July 4th celebration (WLVL sponsored it last year and are going to again this year - boss just wants ducks in a row) and then went downhill from there with a Historical Society Dialog, a late lunch and more work to do than I wanted to. Had a disagreement with the boss and although I'm sure he's pleased with how it ended, I'm not, so I'm in one of those pissed-off, f***-it-all moods where I'm thinking it'd be better to just deliver pizzas full time ... even though the rational part of me knows that's not really the case.

Spoke with Joyce Miles this afternoon about Winterfest. I hope I didn't say anything too stupid ... but I probably did. :) Joyce is good people. I'm glad she's back in Lockport. She was trapped out in Medina for a while. Come to think of it, so was Tim Marren. Tim's going to be a guest on the show coming up some time soon along with a reporter-to-be-named-later.

Actually, I think there's a bunch of good guests coming up on both Dialog and the Interview. Check the Calendar for more information.

On The Forum, Jim Sacco says he has to quit MySpace cause 20 and 30 year-old girls keep asking to meet him. What the shit? There's no girls asking to meet me. I must be doing something wrong. :)

I think it rocks that Newfane C.A.R.E.S. is suing the school district over Mills' life insurance policy. I'm sick of government entities believing that they can do whatever the f*** they want just cause they have a team of lawyers.

Similarly, I think Wal-Mart should sue the hell out of Amherst. That "now you see it - now you don't" zoning shit is pure B.S. No matter whether you like Wal-Mart or not, that's a crock. (imagine Ruthie).

I'm looking forward to tomorrow's show on stupid things politicians say, starting with Hillary Clinton and Ray Nagin's comments from MLK day (Hillary said the GOP runs government like a plantation and Nagin said he's looking forward to a "chocolate New Orleans ... like God intended." What fools. My only fear is that the right-wingers will just want to bash Hillary for an hour, refusing to believe that their people say stupid shit, too.

Okay, now that I've sworn a lot, here's the good news. I Gazelled again tonight: 1.54 Miles - 16 minutes - 187 calories. That puts me over 4 miles for the day. Good progression. I'm going to aim for 4 miles again tomorrow. I don't want to overdue it yet.

That's all for now. Talk to y'all later.

Just a Gazettle log ...

G (2.48 M - 31 m - 300.1 c)

Tuesday, January 17, 2006

Afternoon bloggin' ...

Just got done with a nice afternoon Gazelle session (1.57 miles - 18 minutes - 189.9 calories). That puts me at 3 1/2 miles for the day. Not too bad. Aim higher tomorrow.

I thought the Ed show went well. What'd you guys think? My goal was to be fair. I thought I accomplished that. I never want to softball guests ... but I also don't want to act all macho and hard@ss. It's a fine line between tough questions and being a dick. It's also a fine line between being nice and being easy. (Personally, I always liked girls that were both ... but that's another thought for another blog)

I interviewed John Faso this afternoon. That was pretty good. I'll be airing it tomorrow at 12:30, but it'll be up on the podcast later today. I'll post a link to it here. It's tough to think that the election is right around the corner (didn't we just have one), but it is.

That's all for now. Off to pick up the kids. More later.

Morning thoughts ...

Gazelled this morning (2 miles - 243 calories - 25 minutes). I'd like to do another mile or so this afternoon. Even though Rooney updated his site, I still need to get down to 180. Maybe I should set a more reasonable goal. Like getting to 180 before the mayor does.

Speaking of the mayor - met with Tuck and Joe Speer yesterday afternoon to discuss Winterfest. Politics is so funny ... and I'll leave it at that. Looks like our plans as planned are moving forward, but the youth department really wants to make Friday night a blowout ... which is cool, but will likely be daunting once they get there.

Watched 24 Sunday and Monday nights. It's a cool show, but the whole thing is so implausible. Four hours in and the former president was assassinated, as was a former member of the CTU (counter terrorist unit - like the CIA), an airport was taken over by terrorists ... and taken back by the good guys, the president signed an accord with the president of Russia, the first lady was drugged, and more. Did I mention that the "day" has only progressed four hours?

Todays show with Ed McUnion should be fun. I hope the folks call. I don't want to just argue with the guy for an hour. Maybe we'll talk about our favorite TV shows if no one calls.

Tomorrow is the Historical Society. As much as I like those people, those shows are so hard to get excited about.

But tomorrow's interview should be cool. John Faso - Republican for governor. Wonder what dirty trick the GOP plans on doing to sink Spitzer? You know they're going to form some "ex-girlfriends of Eliot for justice" or something and some bitch is going to say he used to beat her ... or something ... I don't want to give them ideas.

That's it for now. I gotta get ready for work. More later.

Monday, January 16, 2006

Quick thoughts ...

I just got done gazelling (1.71 miles - 204 calories - 22 minutes) and I'm on my way to a meeting with the mayors about Winterfest, so I only have a minute, but I wanted to share my thoughts before I forgot them.

I'm disappointed that I didn't get down to 180 before Bob Rooney updated his piece of crap web site. But I love his "out of town excuse." I'm at 190 now, which is where I was on Friday. But considering what I ate Saturday night, I'm happy with that. When I'm drinking, I'll eat anything and everything. And I had some beers Saturday. Went to Witz End with Joe and Kelly and Joes brother and sister, their dates and Kelly's parents (a family affair that we snuck in on, really) ... and then hung out on Chippewa, where I couldn't find the elusive woman in the gold lame suit. After that we closed down the Ski Lodge.

Yesterday I drove all around town listening to my Sirius Satellite radio. I love it. :)

I thought Dialog went well today. I hope you listen to the full Bob Barr interview. And this afternoon's interview was pretty cool, too.

Wednesday, January 11, 2006

Post-show notes for Jan. 11

Today's show went pretty well - although people gotta start calling. I'm not going to beg any more. I'm just going to start playing calypso music or something.

It's nice to hear that I'm not the only one that thinks Bob Rooney is full of it. For the record, I've never met the guy and I wouldn't know him if I ran into him on the street. I don't have anything against him personally ... I just think he has no journalistic integrity. And his panhandling routine is tired, too.

On the note of AnnMarie Reeb, here's here last visit to the WLVL studio (with Sara Siracuse on the Interview) ... and here's the one before that (on Dialog last June).

Just for kicks, I've attached the notes I wrote for myself before the show started:

SHOW NOTES FOR 1/11/06

1)INTERVIEW WITH DOROTHY DRUMMOND ON MIDDLE EAST (SHARON AND ABBAS) – WHY ARE WE SO IGNORANT ON THAT PART OF THE WORLD? DO WE NOT CARE?

2)WALMART DEAL WITH AMHERST/LOCKPORT. HOW IS THIS GOING TO PLAY OUT? IS WALMART JUST TOYING WITH LOCKPORT? WOULD THEY BUILD TWO? IF THEY END UP IN AMHERST AND NOT LOCKPORT, NIAGARA COUNTY'S OUT OF SALES TAX REVENUE. PLUS THE CONSTRUCTION'S GOING TO BE IN ERIE COUNTY – DOES THAT MEAN THE LABOR'S GOING TO COME FROM ERIE COUNTY? HOW MUCH MIGHT THIS COST US?

3)ONE OF THE THINGS WE MENTIONED YESTERDAY WAS THE AQUAHOLE. I HEARD SOMEONE SAY RECENTLY THAT THE ROCK THAT CAME OUT OF THE HOLE WAS VALUABLE AND SOME PEOPLE ARE NOW THINKING THAT THEY NEVER HAD ANY PLANS TO DO ANYTHING WITH THE HOLE – OTHER THAN REAP THAT VALUABLE ROCK. ANYONE KNOW ANYTHING ABOUT THE STRATA IN NIAGARA FALLS? GEOLOGY WAS NEVER MY THING. SOME EXPERTISE WOULD BE APPRECIATED.

4)YOU MAY HAVE HEARD THAT ANN MARIE REEB WAS BARRED FROM THE STARPOINT CAMPUS. SHE'S ACCUSED OF BEING THREATENING AND DISRUPTIVE. ANYONE ELSE NOT BUY THIS? WHAT DO YOU THINK OF A TAXPAYER AND PARENT BEING BARRED FROM SCHOOL PROPERTY. PUBLIC PROPERTY?

5)IT'S NOW BEEN 11 DAYS SINCE THERE'S BEEN AN UPDATE AT THE LOCAL WEBSITE OF HALF TRUTHS AND MISINFORMATION. A WHILE AGO, BOB ROONEY – FORMERLY OF WLVL – SAID THAT HE NEEDED $4,000 BY THE END OF 2005 IN ORDER TO KEEP HIS WEBSITE UP. ACCORDING TO MR. ROONEY'S OWN ACCORD, HE GOT $2,500. ABOUT $1,500 SHORT OF HIS GOAL. AND HE WAS GOING TO KEEP THE SITE UP AND KEEP RAISING MONEY. BUT 11 DAYS LATER ... NO UPDATES. NOW I KNOW SOME OF YOU OUT THERE SENT YOUR MONEY TO MR. FALWELL. ER, I MEAN ROONEY. HAS HE SENT IT BACK? AND HOW LONG ARE YOU WILLING TO NOT RECEIVE SERVICE BEFORE YOU BECOME IRATE? IF YOU HAD A CABLE BILL – LETS SAY IT'S $50 A MONTH. AND FOR THE FIRST 11 DAYS OF THE MONTH, ALL YOU COULD GET WAS NEWS FROM NEW YEARS EVE ... YOU'D CALL ADELPHIA AND COMPLAIN, RIGHT? NOW LET ME BE HONEST HERE, I'VE NEVER CARED FOR MR. ROONEY'S POINT OF VIEW. HE HAS AN EXTREMELY SKEWED VIEW OF THE WORLD AND IT'S 180 DEGREES AWAY FROM MY OWN SKEW. SO I'M ALREADY BIASED AGAINST HIM. BUT EVEN IF THIS WERE A FRIEND OF MINE, I'D BE IRATE. TAKE PEOPLE'S MONEY AND THEN NOTHING. I RUN A WEBSITE. I DON'T CHARGE PEOPLE. I DON'T THREATEN TO SHUT IT DOWN. I SURE WON'T TURN DOWN MONEY – IN FACT, I'VE GOTTEN DONATIONS AND I'VE ACCEPTED THEM. AND IF YOU SEND ME MONEY, I'LL USE IT TO DEFER MY EXPENSES. IF YOU'VE NEVER BEEN TO SCOTTLEFFLER.COM, CHECK IT OUT. I UPDATE IT DAILY. THERE'S A USER FORUM. A BLOG. PODCASTS OF THIS SHOW GOING BACK OVER THREE YEARS. AND MORE. IT COSTS ME ... ABOUT $25 A MONTH. I INCUR THAT EXPENSE. DICK GREENE DOESN'T PAY IT. AND I DON'T GET THAT MUCH IN DONATIONS. SO WITH ALL THAT I DO, IT COSTS ME $300 A YEAR. WHAT DID BOB ROONEY NEED $4,000 FOR? I'M JUST ASKING. ANYONE HAVE A CLUE?

6)WENT TO THE SABRES GAME LAST SATURDAY. SAT IN FRONT OF THE RUDEST PEOPLE. ANYONE ELSE HAVE A SIMILAR STORY?

More later. Thanks.

Tuesday, January 10, 2006

Post show notes ... (Niagara's Choice Awards)

Today's show was a lot of fun. I wish that there had been more phone calls, but it was good nonetheless. Here's the categories and votes.

BEST HAIR BY A TALK SHOW HOST:
1)TOM CHRISTY (1 vote)
2)SAL PAONESSA
3)SANDY BEACH

BEST TALK SHOW HOST ON AT 11 A.M. IN LOCKPORT
1)SCOTT LEFFLER (1 vote)
2)SCOTT LEFFLER
3)SCOTT LEFFLER

BIGGEST MEDIA PIG
1)CHUCK SCHUMER
2)ELIOT SPITZER (1 vote)
3)GEORGE MAZIARZ

BIGGEST WEIGHT LOSS BY A POLITICIAN
1)MIKE TUCKER (1 vote)
2)MARC SMITH
3)DENNIS VIRTUOSO

BEST TAG LINE BY A CALLER
1)WAKE UP PEOPLE
2)YEAH RIGHT
3)HAVE A NICE DAY YOU LIBERAL SOCIALIST PIG (2 votes)

BIGGEST SWITCH IN POSITION
1)ARONOW'S HEALTH CARE (1 vote)
2)MAZIARZ' CASINO COMMITMENT (2 YEARS NOW � 11 LATER)
3)DAVID ULRICH ON IDA LOANS

BIGGEST POLITICAL MEDDLING
1)MAZIARZ (1 vote)
2)SHELDON SILVER
3)RICK UPDEGROVE � CASINO CASH SETTLEMENT
4)GREG LEWIS (added by caller) (1 vote)

BEST LOCAL PAPER
1)NIAGARA FALLS REPORTER (negative one vote)
2)BUFFALO NEWS
3)LOCKPORT JOURNAL/GAZETTE (3 votes)
4)BUFFALO BEAST

BIGGEST WASTE OF PUBLIC FUNDS
1)COUNTY SUING NIAGARA FALLS FOR CASINO MONEY (1/2 vote)
2)RENEE KIMBLE'S AIRPORT FEES (1/2 vote)
3)FLIGHT OF FIVE (1 vote)

BEST POLITICAL COMMERCIAL
1)ANTI APOLITO AD
2)BILL THE BUTCHER RICHARDSON (2 votes)
3)DIANE HAS THE PLAN

BRIGHTEST LIPSTICK ON A PIG
1)THE COUNTY LEGISLATOR'S REPUBLICRAT MAJORITY
2)AQUA HOLE COMING SOON SIGN (2 votes)
3)MEDIAN ROCKS DOWNTOWN (1 vote)

COUNTY LEGISLATOR YOU FORGOT WAS STILL IN OFFICE
1)CLYDE BURMASTER
2)PETE SMOLINSKI (1 vote)
3)SEAN O'CONNOR

FAVORITE BUSHISM
1)FOOL ME ONCE � SHAME ON YOU. BUT FOOL ME CAN'T GET FOOLED AGAIN (1 vote)
2)OUR ENEMIES ARE INNOVATIVE AND RESOURCEFUL AND SO ARE WE. THEY NEVER STOP THINKING ABOUT NEW WAYS TO HARM OUR COUNTRY AND OUR PEOPLE. AND NEITHER DO WE.
3)IF THIS WERE A DICTATORSHIP, IT'D BE A HECK OF A LOT EASIER. JUST SO LONG AS I'M THE DICTATOR.

SAVE OUR CITY AWARD
1)DAVE ULRICH
2)DAVID ULRICH (1 vote)
3)DAVID L. ULRICH

BIGGEST DRAMA IN THE STYLE OF A SOAP OPERA
1)YOUTH DEPARTMENT FIRINGS
2)VIRTUOSO VS. SIMONSON (ON POWER RELICENSING) (1 vote)
3)UAW LOCAL 686 VS. DELPHI

BIGGEST AGITATOR (added by caller)
1)SCOTT LEFFLER (2 votes)
2)TED KENNEDY
3)CHUCK SCHUMER
4)NEAL BOORTZ (1 vote)
5)TOM DELAY (1/3 of a vote)
6)KARL ROVE (1/3 of a vote)
7)BILL FRIST (1/3 of a vote)

BIGGEST WASTE OF AN HOUR
(added by caller)
1)ME TALKING ABOUT THE NIAGARA'S CHOICE AWARDS (1 vote)
2)GUY LISTENING AND WAITING ON HOLD (2 votes)

BIGGEST POLITICAL MISSTEP (added by caller)
1) TOWN OF LOCKPORT PLAYING HARDBALL WITH WALMART (2 votes)

Feel free to add more.

Monday, January 09, 2006

Daily Bushism ...

For Christmas, I got a calendar from my friends Jim and Karen, filled with stupid things the president has said. Jim wanted me to read one a day on the show, but I instead decided to make promos for the show based on the calendar. Since Jim and Karen live out of state, they can't hear the promos, so I decided to upload them and make them available to the world via download. I've podcast up to date and will keep it up from here on out. For the podcast of the Daily Bushisms, click here.

Post show notes (Dems and GOP both corrupt)

I thought today's show went quite well ... but I get frustrated cause I think that although people agree in principle that both the GOP and the Democratic Party are corrupt, they'll vote the same next time they go to the polls. It's like being in an abusive relationship ... and not getting out cause it's better than nothing. I just don't get it.

My hope is that people will get frustrated enough and join the Niagara Libertarians. If they understood the party of principle, they'd join in droves, but they're afraid of what they don't know and will continue to stay with the Dems or with the GOP even though they figuratively beat them.

I'd like to do a show in the near future on school boards cause before you know it we'll be having school board elections and I don't want it to sneak up on people. Lets find the best qualified people and get rid of whoever's in there.

What would YOU do if you were on the school board? I'd vote to get rid of all federal funding ... and with it, the strings attached. I'd also vote to get rid of any state funding that comes from the Lottery. And to make up for the loss of funding, I'd cut anywhere I could - starting with administrative positions. I'd also instruct the school attorney to look into merging with Roy-Hart, Starpoint or Newfane (or all the above). Niagara Falls and LaSalle merged. Why couldn't we? But although I have these good ideas, I can't get them into place cause I don't want to be a school board member. Maybe you could run and employ these good ideas on my behalf?

I'm listening to this Spencer interview again right now. I think he's a typical right winger with typical right wing advice. He wants everyone to get along ... but mocks the left while saying so. It's a shame we couldn't have a REAL consensus person running for senate. Looks like I'll have to look into 3rd party candidates. Google, here I come.

More later.

Sunday, January 08, 2006

Evening thoughts ...

I had a good day today.

Woke up and lounged around. Read the paper. Had to go off to work, which was a shame cause Will and Megan were still here. It really sucked cause we had a really good night LAST NIGHT. Would have been nice to duplicate it ... but, alas ... work was calling.

So I did the whole work thing, but got out early, which allowed me to go to WLVL early and get that stuff done. Just as I got there, female voice extraordinaire Ellen Platt was showing up to do her thing, so I let her voice her stuff so I could mix it and go home. Ellen and I talked for a little bit about nothing in particular. I've always liked her. All the way back to when I was at the US&J and she was a reporter for WLVL. Anyway, at one point in our conversation, Ellen said something along the lines of "but I'm too Libertarian for that," which just made my jaw drop. So I showed her my Libertarian Group on MySpace ... which she mocked cause it only has three people and me. (always looking for good Libertarians) And we talked politics for a bit. In all, a good conversation.

Anyway, so I finished up at WLVL and came home to play Clue with the fam and watch Extreme Makeover Home Edition. Now Jackie's watching Desperte Housewives, which I don't care for ... so I'm in here blogging.

I found an interesting news story that explains the hubris of the Bush White House ... Read it here. It basically says Bush breaks the rules because he knows he can get away with it.

That's all that's on my mind for now. Talk to ya later.

Sabres game ... and more

So my friends Will and Megan came to town last night to go to the Sabres game. It was a lot of fun apart from the fact that they lost ... oh and the most rude people sat behind us and talked for the entire friggin' game. But other than that, it was great.

Before the game we went to the Anchor Bar. I've never been there before. Of course, we had wings ... which were good. But not great. I would expect the wings at the Anchor Bar to be exceptional. Oh well. That place is so cool, though. There's decorations and license plates all over the place. It was a good time. I'm definately glad we went.

After the game we just chilled out at the ranch and played foosball and air hockey. Will, Megan and Jackie drank wine. I drank beer, thank you. Ended up going to bed at like 1.

Now I'm up for the day and have to get ready for work. Don't really want to, but ... ya gotta do what ya gotta do.

I'll write more later.

Have a good one.

Thursday, January 05, 2006

Morning thoughts ...

Today is the first day in a while where I don't see a noticable improvement in my health over the day before. But I'm still better than I was TWO days ago ... so that's good, right?

I was watching the Rose Bowl last night before I crashed. They were talking about some kid who won the Heisman and was offered millions to play in the NFL, but decided to go back for his senior year, blah blah blah. My wife thought it as a great decision on his part. I think it's stupid. Take the money. What if you get hurt your senior year. You coulda been a millionaire. Now you're going to sell cars. Take the money. My wife thought it was smart cause if he gets hurt later at least he'll have his college degree. Anyone know anyone that's actually USING their college degree? Take the money.

Stopped in to the US&J yesterday to say hi and invite them to come back on the show some time soon. I got a vibe that I was annoying them. Guess I won't just drop in anymore. I was just being friendly.

I wish more people would just drop in to visit me at work. It would break up the monotony. My job is often boring (aside from the show). A lot of mundane paperwork crap. Pity party for Scott.

I have a meeting this afternoon with Joe Speer and Tony Nemi to discuss winterfest plans. Looking forward to it. Still looking for help (I'm talking to you).

Was listening to Sal Paonessa this morning. He started by talking about the fact that 12 miners died in a shaft and WNY was all talking about the Bills. He thought it was a sad sign of our priorities. He's probably right, but the fact of the matter is - no matter how sad the story of the dead miners is - no one here knew them. It just doesn't affect us.

My friends over at WNYMedia.net ripped Jeff Bono for giving money to Joe Illuzi, who it was reported in a recent Buffalo News story trades cash advertizing dollars for positive stories in his magazine. I hope this isn't the way Jeff plans on doing business if he defeats Sanda Lee Wirth.

On that note, I'm signing off. Hope all is well in your world.

Wednesday, January 04, 2006

Better today than yesterday

Today's show was almost back to where I want to be. I think that by Monday I'll be my normal asshole-ish self again, bitching about nothing in particular and irritating the blue hairs around the world.

I was capable of squeezing out a bit of a rant today. It felt nice. It's tough to hold your tongue when you're used to speaking your mind. I'm sorry, but the state senate is evil and they must be stopped. Here's Bob Confer's column that I was talking about. There are some good ideas in the plan, don't get me wrong. I just find it deplorable that the state senate knows how EVERYONE ELSE can save money when, in fact, they could save us a lot more by just NOT SPENDING!!! It's like in your own budget. You can cut open the toothpaste to squeeze out every drop - saving a nickel a month ... or you could STOP EATING DINNER AT GARLOCKS EVERY NIGHT. The senate would rather focus on toothpaste.

County manager Greg Lewis is on again tomorrow. I like Greg. I hope he doesn't come unglued again tomorrow like he did last month. Then tomorrow afternoon, I'm interviewing John Spencer, one of the Republicans to lose to Hillary in this year's senate race.  But that's being taped and run back on Friday afternoon. (check the calendar)

Hot dogs for dinner. I'm excited.

I'm also excited cause a friend of mine in coming to town this weekend and we're all going to a Sabres game. I love hockey.

There's a new poll asking how you think 2006 will compare to last year. I think it'll be better in every way. What say you? (I'm Bill O'Reilly).

Oh, speaking of O'Reilly, anyone see him get his ass handed to him by Letterman last night? I didn't see it live, but it's available on Crooks and Liars.

That's all for now. More later. Thanks for reading.

Tuesday, January 03, 2006

Post show notes ...

Today's show was essentially a bust. If I don't get better soon, I'm going to have to find a new line of work. Honestly, I probably shouldn't be doing what I am doing - but it's my job and who the hell else is going to do it?

One good thing today is that I got out there that we ARE going to save Winter Fun Fest. Just cause the city dropped the ball doesn't prevent us from picking it up. From what I have gathered so far, my man Joe Speer has had a meeting of the minds with Tony Nemi and the two of them have started planning things out for Winter Fun Fest 2006. I'm meeting with the two of them on Thursday to see how I can best help.

PC Tony offered some autographs and collectables as a means to help get the ball rolling. I'm going to put Tony in touch with Joe. Should be good.

Off-air a caller said she had a cure for me. 1/4 cup of milk and a teaspoon of my favorite hot sauce. Drink it thrice daily. It'll fix me up. Sounds yummy.

Once a year someone from WLVL has to go on LCTV to discuss our programming, etc. This year that someone is me. Sounds like fun. It's later this month. Can't wait.

I'm getting some more older shows on the podcast. Working on September 2004 right now. Eventually, I'll be all the way back to the beginning.

That's it for now. More later.

Monday, January 02, 2006

Monday morning - not sure how I feel

I definately don't feel "good." But I'm trying to determine if I feel better than I did yesterday or not. I'm really not sure.

One thing I've figured out. If I just sit on my @ss and don't talk, I don't cough much. I've also determined that the aforementioned scenario is really hard for me to pull off.

Today's show is a rebroadcast of the "bareback mounting" episode from a couple of weeks ago When I could breathe. And talk.

Apparently it's raining on the Rose Parade. Oops.

That's all for now. Hope you're doing better than me.

Sunday, January 01, 2006

Happy New Year ...

Well, if I'm starting the new year feeling like I feel, the only way to go is up, right?

I guess I would say I feel better today than yesterday, though, so we keep heading in the right direction.

We went to a house party last night for a little bit. Very enjoyable. Met a ton a people. Won't remember any of their names next time I see 'em.

Then we went bowling at South Transit. Frankly, it was kind of disappointing. It was moonlight bowling, but without the moonlight bowling rules or prizes. The guy at the desk OBVIOUSLY didn't want to be there and didn't seem to mind if the world knew it. And the food wasn't very good. But it was good to spend time with friends.

Today includes taking down Christmas decorations, resting, and likely playing Clue. Santa got Clue for the kids for Christmas and we've played it 10 times in the past two days. I've won 9 times. Jackie's won the other. But she's obsessed with this game. Yesterday, I walked into the living room and it was just already set up. How odd.

Santa also got the kids LIFE, which seems vastly changed from when I was little. It's very complicated. That game won't get played much.

Frequently on New Year's Day we go to Ransomville to watch "the Hangover," but with my sickness ... it's a home day.

I was supposed to work my other job today, but called in sick ... on Wednesday. They had a hard time believing me that I would be sick today, but alas, I am. I just wanted to give them ample time to find someone to fill in.

More later.