Tuesday, February 14, 2006

The gloves are here ...

PC Tony dropped by the station today to drop off the boxing gloves that his uncle, Jake LaMotta signed for Winterfest.

Also today I had the opportunity to interview Jake. We talked about his career, and boxing today. There were things that I wanted to ask, but we never got there. Oh well.

If you'd like the opportunity to own the glove below, buy a raffle ticket at a local drinking establishment or buy a ticket to see Rocky III this Saturday at the Palace Theatre as part of the Winterfest fun.



Extreme Kudos to PC Tony for all he's done.

Much love and more later.

Valentines Day cards that weren't

Thanks to Henry Fischer for the following list of Valentines Day cards that Hallmark rejected.

VALENTINE'S CARDS THAT DIDN'T MAKE IT

10. I admire your strength, I admire your spunkbut the thing I like best, is getting you drunk.

9. Our love will never become cold and hollowUnless, one day, you refuse to swallow.

8. I bought this Valentine's card at the storeIn hopes that, later, you'd be my whore.

7. This feels so good, it feels so rightI just wish it wasn't $250 a night.

6. You're a woman of style, you're a woman of classespecially when I'm spanking, your big-round-fat ass.

5. Before I met you, my heart was so famishedBut now I'm fulfilled...SO MAKE ME A SANDWICH!

4. Through all the things that came to passOur love has grown but so's your ass.

3. You're a honey and you're a cutieI just wished you had J-Lo's "booty."

2. I don't wanna be sappy or silly or cornySo, right to the point, let's do it, I'm horny!

1. If you think that hickey looks like a blisterYou should check out the one that I gave to your sister!

Monday, February 13, 2006

More thoughts ...

I ran across a bunch of cool stuff, so I thought I'd post another blog ...

First of all, in honor of Valentines Day, I created a special valentine for all my online friends. If you didn't get yours, there's a replica of it below ...



While searching for a Brokeback photo to put on the valentine, I ran across a great movie preview parody of the gay cowboy epic. It's definately worth the time if you've got the bandwitch, click here. If not, just trust me when I tell you, you're missing out.

I want a new Palm Pilot. Having done my taxes and expecting the return on Friday (e-filing ROCKS), I'm hoping to buy one in the not too distant future. Like the next couple weeks. I want one with Wi-Fi. I know there's a couple places in the area that offer free Wi-Fi ... one being the Brewhaus and the other being Paneras. Anyone know of any others? Any help would be greatly
appreciated. As far as the Palm Pilot itself, I'm currently leaning towards the Palm Tungsten C. Anyone have one? Love it? Hate it? Want to sell it cheap? Let me know.

Got a letter from my friends at NewfaneCares. The text follows:

Hello again Newfane C.A.R.E.S. members:

Tomorrow (Tuesday) afternoon (4:30pm at the N.E.C.C. building) the School Board
is holding the first of only two (scheduled) forums where they will accept
public input on the development of the 2006-2007 district budget. The forums
that they boast about in the budget calendar are after adoption of the budget. In essence they try explain why they need the spending levels that they have already approved. The second public input session is on the same night the budget is scheduled to be adopted. Public input there will have no impact on the crafting of the budget
either way. So tomorrow is it for questions!

If anyone has specific questions regarding the spending plan for 2006-2007 you
should either; 1) attend the meeting Tuesday afternoon or 2) forward your
questions via email so they can be asked by those in attendance. This is one of
the few times where there is no time limit for questions or limits on what can
be asked.

Please forward your questions to:

questions@newfanecares.org
.

Thank you for your support.

I'm still laughing (literally) over this "Vice President shoots hunter" story ... but now is where the news takes flight. A British paper is reporting that the Veep is taking heat for trying to cover up the shooting. I'm not sure I buy it ... but then again, it was almost a whole day after it happened that it finally came out. Another story - this one in the Wall Street Journal - explains a little bit of the back story. This wasn't just some huntin' buddy. He was Mr. GOP in Texas. Interesting stuff. The funniest part in the WSJ piece is the right-wingers who comment at
the end that the author was implying that Cheney shot the guy on purpose. Um ...
yeah ... I just don't see that impication. Do you?

Another story with legal implications ... this one one The Great One, Wayne Gretzky. I never liked him. I hope he goes down. Frogmarch his ass in front of congress in an ankle bracelet. Mr. "there's too much fighting in hockey." Idiot. I hope they put him in a "pound me in the ass
prison" with Mike Tyson or something. Jerk.

But Pete Rose should be allowed in the Hall of Fame.

More and more seems to come out all the time about secret pacts between Bush and lapdog Blair. Looks like January 2003 is when they decided to go to war. Oh, and they had
plans to paint planes like they were UN planes and try to get Iraq to fire on
them in order to say they were ignoring UN sanctions
. Are you f'n kidding me?

Okay. I've said too much. I'll talk to ya'll tomorrow. Or something.

What's on my mind today ...

So today's show was really weird ... but funny. Thanks to Michele for trying. Thanks to John Lombardi for stopping by. Thanks to Sal Paonessa for calling in to let folks know he listens. And thanks to everyone else who did their part by calling or tuning in.

Alderman Lombardi made it sound like there wasn't much dissent over the July 4th fireworks issue. It's funny, cause I must have read too much into the US&J story on the issue. And yet, I probably would have written it the same way. As a reporter, you're supposed to give both sides of the story ... and often you give them equal treatment ... even if the "other side" is pathetic. That still doesn't excuse their poll. But that's another issue.

Well, that's really it for now. More later.

Sunday, February 12, 2006

WLVL and City Hall ... fireworks?

My boss, Dick Greene, owner of the local radio station WLVL, is considering sponsoring the city's fireworks again this year. He sponsored it last year after the previous sponsor, Cornerstone Community Federal Credit Union pulled their sponsorship, citing a desire to sponsor more smaller events. I think they felt they weren't getting the "bang for their buck," (pun obviously intended).

Well, one of the things Dick has mentioned that he'd like to do is he wants to move the celebration to July 2nd this year - a Sunday - in order to get more family participation and make it an all-day event instead of just fireworks.

Well, don't ya just know that some city officials are balking at the proposal, citing "tradition," etc.

Click here for story.

Let me make sure to make clear that this is my opinion and I'm speaking for me ... as only I know how.

"Tradition" is also that the city pays for it's own damn fireworks and as far as I'm concerned if they've found someone kind enough to sponsor them, they should take the offer. Obviously I have a vested interest in this as it is my employer that's involved in this, but I would say the same no matter who was sponsoring it.

Once again, we have an example of city officials wanting to free themselves of the burden of an event - financially and otherwise ... but still be in charge of it. How typical.

If I were Dick Greene, I'd make it clear: "I'm offering to sponsor it Sunday. You want it Tuesday, you'll need another sponsor? Can't find one? You explain to city residents that you cancelled their fireworks cause you couldn't have it your way."

But as I said earlier, that's just me. My boss probably has more class than I do.

By the way, the Union-Sun & Journal has a great poll on this topic. I love the wording. Check it out (it's on the bottom of the page). You'll love the wording, too.

Later.

Thursday, February 09, 2006

Random stuff ...

This morning's program with Greg Lewis went well, as usual. I always find Greg refreshing. It amazes me that "they" haven't gotten to him yet.

One bit of information I found interesting, Bill Ross is now the county's liason to the relicensing deal. So three different people in three years just so Lee Simonson could get his nose in there. Someone might want to check out what Simonson is up to now. Makes ya wonder.

I ran across a very funny column on wired.com dealing with Google's records and what happens if the government gets them. This is laugh out loud stuff. Wish I had written it.

I got an email from a listener with a link about the bad effects of plastic bags on the environment. Interesting stuff. click here for story.

Listening to Ed Schultz earlier, he was talking with John Kerry about the Duke Cunningham Act which would strip the federal pension from any member of congress convicted of official misconduct. I think it's a great idea, personally. Someone found guilty of stealing from the government should not get a pension from the government. Steal from your boss and see if they give you a bonus.

I had a great interview today with Gary Grossman, author of Executive Treason. The book has a really good premise, which is why I interviewed him, despite the fact that he's a fiction writer (the interview gets into it). Anyway, the interview is actually airing Monday, but I thought I'd put it here now and if you're bored over the weekend, you can take a listen ... or whatever.

Winterfest is coming up. I'm looking forward to it. I took Sunday off of my other job so I could be around for the events. I'm glad it didn't die.

The kids are excited cause there's snow on the ground and they can go sledding. We go to Roy B. Kelley. Is there a better spot? I don't want to go to the country club. F them. Growing up, I used to sled down Resevoir Hill in the Town of Niagara. That rocked. Now it scares the shit out of me. I can't believe my parents let me do that. In the summer, we'd fish in the resevoir and just hang out and smoke. Cigarettes, too.

That's it for now. More later.

Wednesday, February 08, 2006

A fine line ...

It's always difficult to know when to play and when to be serious. I've made a few mistakes in my life in this particular area.

Once when I was young, I was swinging on a swing in a friends yard. For some reason, I recall that someone was coming to fix something ... I want to say it was the swing, but that doesn't make any sense. Anyway, I'm swinging on the swing and this car stops in front of the house. Guy gets out of the car and heads towards the swing set. And he says to me, holding a wood chip in my face, "How'd ya like me to cram this wood chip down your throat?" I said something sarcastic back, thinking the guy was playing ... He wasn't. He grabbed me by my ear, literally, and made me tell him where I lived. I dragged me by the ear, literally, all the way home (several blocks) where he proceeded to tell my mother that I threw this woodchip at him and hit him in his nose (I'm not kidding). Of course, I hadn't ... but he wouldn't believe me becuase given the opportunity, I decided to be a bad ass. (I was probably 10 or younger).

Moral of the story: Take the high road.

A couple years ago, I was stuck doing PM Tradio and I would constantly play with callers, harassing them ... and them harassing me in return. Well, this kid calls in and makes his voice all gravelly ... like he's using a voice box. "Can you hear me," he said in his mock voice box voice. "I can hear you just fine," I said in my own mock voice box voice. To which he replied, "Don't pick on me," in what I quickly figured out was not a mock voice box voice. And this was not a kid. So, in my attempt to be funny, I mocked a man with a voice box.

And today ...

Anyone who caught today's phone call with Conspiracy Bob heard me pick on him, as I often do. I do it because I like him. Some people find him dry, but he's one of the nicest people I know. And he's one of my favorite callers. I tell him all the time. On air. And I mean it. But towards the end of the phone call with Conspiracy Bob, in which I was picking on him for telling me something that he had just told me a month ago, I heard his voice crack ... in a way that told me he was scared (probably cause he really didn't remember having this conversation a month ago) ... and hurt (cause I was being less than understanding at the time). And when I heard his voice crack, I felt like the biggest ass. And I'm not one to cry, but as I type this, knowing that I hurt someone I care for, it's really hard not to. There are a lot of people that call that show that I pick on, but I like most of 'em. And I wouldn't hurt someone's feelings on purpose, but I DEFINATELY wouldn't hurt Conspiracy Bob's.

Did you laugh at my juvenile antics? It was funny. Honestly, it was. Until his voice cracked. Did you hear it? (It was at 23:12 on the podcast, if you missed it). Did you feel like a jerk, too?

It's like laughing at someone who fell down ... and then you find out that they really hurt themselves. I mean REALLY hurt themselves. And you laughed.

When does funny become hurtful? It's a fine line and I walk it every day. And today I took a big step over it. Sorry, Bob.

Sorry to be such a downer tonight, but I wanted to let people know that I don't want to be a jerk. Not really. I mean, I know I have the persona and all ... but I don't want to hurt people. Especially not ones I like.

Tuesday, February 07, 2006

Former Dialog Guest down on MySpace ...

Dominick Maglio, author of Invasion Within, says MySpace is a dangerous place ... Check out the press release:

MY SPACE IS A DANGEROUS PLACE

The Associated Press has brought the My Space internet problem to Americas attention. The problem is they only scratched the surface. My Space is A Dangerous Place. It a problem and American parents need to take notice and take action.

Interview Domenick Maglio, Ph.D., a moral culture expert who has written and lectured extensively on a variety of subjects affecting American teens and children. He has been in private psychotherapy practice for over a quarter of a century and is the founder and director of Wider Horizons School, a private K-12 college preparatory school since 1983. Maglio deals with the My Space issue at his school and has written an Op Ed piece on the topic. Please contact me to set up an interview. I have attached an Op Ed piece as background for you.

Thanks,

Deborah Ruriani
TCI-SMITH PUBLICITY
www.smithpublicity.com


MY SPACE IS A DANGEROUS PLACE

By Domenick J Maglio, Ph.D. Moral Culture Warrior

The days of thinking children are safe in their own rooms, in their secure gated communities are gone. Children as young as eight years old are going into cyberspace to expand their universe. They travel without an understanding of the dangers to which they are exposed. My Space, like Face book for college students, contains photos that verge on soft porn. The difference is younger children are flocking to My Space. Parents of young children are obliged to go online and browse the website www.myspace.com to judge for themselves.

You will not be alone. Although under many parents radar screen, over 40 million mostly young people throughout the world use this site to become virtual friends with total strangers. Over 87 percent of youth in the twelve to seventeen age bracket are actively involved online. Ask your ten-year-old about My Space and he will probably have some knowledge of it. The concept of being highlighted online is spreading like wildfire in the youth culture. It is seen as being sophisticated.

In our fragmented existence children have little responsibility in helping the family and too much idle time on their hands to create a fantasy existence. As the proverb states, An idle mind is the devils workshop. Our youth, with their abundance of unsupervised time, are writing up biographical sketches with often provocative photos exposing too much skin and too much information to attract new so called friends. The interests and photos are usually altered to present an image of what she wants to be rather than what she really is. There is no easier way to develop an identity than to instantly project one to an unknown audience. Most of modern young people know more about the perverted world of Hollywood than they do about their own relatives. On My Space anyone is given a stage to be a celebrity to an anonymous audience.

Children feel invincible. They may have been taught the dangers of being online but they think any problems would never happen to them, only to someone else. The real danger to our children is that there are many deviant people who can view the childs website by only clicking on their picture, name, address or zip code .By this simple procedure your daughter or son becomes vulnerable to become the next potential victim of a predator.

Do not feel too complacent if your child is younger than 15 years old. According to the guidelines of My Space, anyone under the age of fifteen would have a limited website viewed only by their friends who have their email. However there is no check on any material entered on the site including age -- so younger children often make themselves appear older.

My Space is not a master plan to gain access to children. It is an enterprise for making a profit. The business purpose of My Space is to make money through advertising. The more people driven to the site the more a business can be charged for ads.

My Space has found a sure fire way to increase traffic to its site. It provides a vehicle for youngsters to become popular at least online and in their own minds. The seductiveness of My Space for children is to develop a network of friends. The more risqu the photo the more hits you get. You are advertising yourself to get people to click on to contact you. The number of friends is listed on the persons website so the more friends the greater the bragging rights of being cool.

Young people placing their photos and interests online is a frightening process for those of us with life experience. Children with a limited number of years on earth have an equally limited knowledge of human nature. More and more stories are appearing with people who have met an evil person online and have come to a bad end. The unlimited access to millions of people will only add to the number of these tragedies.

There is no denying that cyberspace is a reality of modern times. There are no fool proof means of insuring our children are not venturing into this precarious world except one: their WORD. We need to depend on our children pledging themselves to do what they say they do. They must tell the truth.

Instilling a moral code in your children by teaching them to be honest will prevent them from doing things behind your back. The cost of embarrassing ones parents becomes too great to distort their personal history to impress others.

Involved parents are the antidote to the world of ever expanding temptation. Stronger parenting will stop boys and girls going wild into the dangerous world of online fantasy and into the arms of waiting predators.

Dr. Maglio is a moral culture expert and has written and lectured extensively on the subject. He has been in private psychotherapy practice for over a quarter of a century and is the founder and director of Wider Horizons School, a private K-12 college preparatory school since 1983. Dr. Maglio holds a Ph.D. in Human Development and has 40 years experience working in the psychology/educational field. He has also worked as a professor in the university system for a decade, been a clinical psychologist in a Florida prison and spent ten years directing a domestic violence counseling program. Dr. Maglio is the author of Invasion Within: Overcoming the Elitists' Attack on the Moral Values and the American Way, Regnery Publishing; and Essential Parenting: Revitalizing and Remoralizing the Family in the 21st Century. Invasion Within is available for purchase in bookstores and online booksellers. Please visit drmaglio.com for additional writings.



You're kidding, right? Moral Culture Warrior? That's what the guy put as his "title." What is he? Bill O'Reilly's protege?

He makes it sound like MySpace was invented by predators and pervs for the mere sake of getting 15 year olds into bed, but then he points out that that's NOT the case:

My Space is not a master plan to gain access to children. It is an enterprise for making a profit. The business purpose of My Space is to make money through advertising. The more people driven to the site the more a business can be charged for ads.

So which is it?

Just like Robert Peters, the guy I had on the Interview Friday, Maglio blames the media, in this case, MySpace. It's funny how these "moralists," seem to want the government to protect us from the real world instead of insisting that parents RAISE THEIR OWN FRIGGING CHILDREN!!!! But these are the same folks who whine about liberals and their "big government" policies.

In fact, if you listen to the podcast from Maglio, you'll get the gist - just as I did, that "smuggers" is just a new way to say "liberals."

Mr. Maglio ... Mr. Peters ... get your government the hell away from my internet and my cable. If they want to control "the airwaves," that's fine. But they can't control speech. A little something called The First Amendment says so.

Okay, I've espoused enough. Have a good night.

Welcome to the new competition ...

For those that don't know, two Buffalo radio stations are "flipping formats" to liberal talk.

The Mighty KB, AM 1520 switched yesterday with a decent lineup of Bill Press (6-9 a.m.), Stephanie Miller (9 a.m. - noon), and Ed Schultz (3 p.m. - 6 p.m.). Some holes still exist, but those three shows are pretty decent and if they find fill-ins for the rest, they'll be in good shape.

WHLD, AM 1270 is morphing next week. They already have some lib-talk ... and some other stuff that's ... not good to listen to. Next week, they'll be adding in Al Franken and the crew from Air America. I'm not sure what shows will air and what won't. Plus they'll have local content with Ray Marks (formerly of WGR) and local news.

It will be a pretty interesting battle between the two. I'll be watching from the comfortable confines on the WLVL studios.

One of my big problems is that I don't fit in with an all-liberal format ... But I also don't fit in with an all-conservative format. As has been the custom in my life, I just don't fit in. I've dealt with it for 30 years ... I'll deal with it for another 30, I'm sure.

Today's show will be about a variety of topics, including the sham NSA hearings, garbage on Main Street, and whatever else comes up.

I see in the news that Donald Trump endorsed Eliot Spitzer for governor, saying he'll "be good for business." That screws up the GOP talking point that he hates business, doesn't it? Ha. Ha!

That's it for now. More later.

Monday, February 06, 2006

Morning morning marketing director ...

So today, Racin' Ray and I are going to review the commercials from yesterday's "Big Game."

The game sucked ... and frankly, the commercials weren't that much better.

I missed the first quarter and a bit of the second quarter, so I had to catch up on the commercials via the lovely internet. Thank God they make it easy now, in fact, TV.com has a nice little interface that will even allow you to rate them yourself.

Of course, USA Today has it's annual Ad Meter in today's paper. Always a good way to follow along.

Can you believe this is the fourth year in a row that I've done this particular show. And the second time that Racin' Ray has co-hosted.

Yesterday, while working, I was driving out in Timbuktu and I saw a house for sale (no big deal) ... but in the back yard was ... a CANNON!!! That was too cool. I want a cannon for the Ranch. How cool would that look sitting in the back yard? Anyway ... I thought since these people are selling their house, they might not want to lug the cannon to wherever they're moving to, I'll go see if they'd be interested in selling it. (I really do want a cannon - I'm not playing). But here's what sucks. As I got close to it, It wasn't a cannon. It was just a two wheeled cart that was propped up and looked like a cannon from afar. Crap. I'll keep looking.

Less than a month now to the Polar Bear swim. I have $130 pledged (only $75 in hand, though). I need AT LEAST another $120 ... and I'd like to get $500 altogether. We'll see what happens.

That's it for now. I'm off to work. *sigh*

Later.

Oh, one last thing ... I wish that MySpace would put a "currently listening to" section and allow you to pick Sirius radio channels. I'm currently listening to Octane ... and can you believe, they're playing Ministry. NWO. How friggin' very.

Saturday, February 04, 2006

KFC - they do lunch right ...

Protesting Lunch

KFC Protestors get ready

In this photo, the protestors are just getting set up ... getting their game faces on and getting out their PETA supplied signs. I walked up and told them that I admired their resolve ... but disagreed with their specific cause. They asked why ... I told them that it's cause their trying to champion CHICKENS, to which one replied: "Studies show that chickens are just as smart as dogs or cats or monkeys." I added - "But dogs and cats and monkeys are cute," which got me in return: "Chickens are cute." I had 'em. "Do any of you have a chicken for a pet?" Silence.


KFC Protestors with signs
Despite my disagreeing with their cause, they were kind enough to pose for me to take a picture. Most - if not all of them - are in high school. Good for them.


What the protest looked like as I ate my chicken sandwich
This is the view from inside KFC while eating my chicken sandwich. Poor kids. They look so cold out there.


Joe posing with lunch (protestors in background)
Joe Speer. He's the man.

So the moral of the story is: Protesting is great. But pick a good cause. Not one your local radio talk show host is going to mock.

Catchin' Up

Yesterday's show was interesting. I really am upset that the US&J allowed FMC to get away with that smear job ... and then to aid them with that "nun" headline.

By the way, it wasn't Bertell that I had on the plutonium-related show ... it was Janette Sherman. Oops. My bad. Scientists. They all look the same to me. :)

I'm waiting for Joe to come over so we can go to KFC for lunch. I'm bringing the camera. I'll post some pix here later.

I also thought yesterday's Interview went pretty well, although I still disagreed with the guy. Oh well. But the kicker was that the boss yelled at me cause he didn't think it was appropriate. We were broadcasting live from DeSales for Catholic Schools week and he seems to think talking about porn was off-key. Hmm. Maybe he was right. I didn't consider that, though.

We went to see the Harlem Globetrotters last night. Pretty cool. The girls enjoyed it. The little one wanted to buy a basketball afterwards, but they were too expensive. I'm hoping we can get our driveway paved this spring. Then we'll get a basketball net and a ball to go with it ... but one from WalMart - more my price range.

I just watched # 1 Single on E! It was cool. Lisa Loeb, the star of the show, went on a blind date with Allen Salkin, author of The Festivus Book. How very.





Um, Lisa Loeb is kinda hot. Bet she'd look good in a t-shirt.

That's all for now, folks.

More later.

Friday, February 03, 2006

Morning thoughts (Friday 020306)

The show yesterday with Racin' Ray was fun. The best part was Sonya telling me I was being chauvanistic ... and then that woman from Niagara Falls arguing with me about whether or not I was beautiful. Some people just don't get humor.

I'm starting to dread Sunday ... I think I'm going to get my ass kicked (collectively with the rest of the people at work). But I should make lotsa money. So that's good.

We're taking the kids to the Harlem Globetrotters tonight. I'm excited. I went once with my dad when I was young. Tonight will remind me of him. Bittersweet.

I have no particular plans for the show today, so we'll see what happens when we get there. The guy on the interview is kinda interesting. He thinks that the FCC should enforce "decency standards" on satellite radio and cable TV. The "No arguing. No fighting." part may be difficult today.

Gazelled this morning: 2 Miles - 24 minutes - 242 Calories. It's the first time I've Gazelled in like a week. I'm such a loser. And it's not like I stick to my "diet," either. Pathetic. *sigh*

That's all for now.