Monday, December 17, 2007
Wednesday, December 12, 2007
So last week, I got a new Sabres hat.
My friend Ted bought an 18 pack of Blue, which comes with one of three free Sabres hats, the new logo, the B Sword logo, and the old school crossed swords logo.
I have a few hats with the new logo. And a couple with the goat head logo. But I didn't have any old school hats.
He was kind enough to give it to me.
That was Wednesday ... and I wore it home. And the Sabres lost that night.
Thursday, I wore it again. And the Sabres lost that night.
On Saturday, I wore one of my hats with the "Buffa-Slug" logo. We won.
And then on Monday, I wore the old-school hat again. Ugly loss to Boston.
Today I'm wearing one of my hats with the NEW logo.
Like I said, I'm not superstitious, but I'm not taking a chance either.
Friday, November 23, 2007
Most of you who know me know that I don't like Thanksgiving. I won't go into it, I just don't.
That said, the Leffler family Thanksgiving this year was pretty good. Food was decent, football was on, and I kicked everybody's but at Boggle in the evening.
I'm very thankful for my friends and family. Know that every day ... not just on Thanksgiving.
Thursday, November 08, 2007
It has - once again - been a while since I've blogged here.
But I couldn't think of a better reason to write some thoughts down than what I have to tell you today ...
On Sunday, Nov. 4, 2007, the New York State Libertarian Party named yours truly as the temporary chair of the newly-formed Niagara County Libertarian Party.
My main job as temporary chair is to get as many likeminded people to sign up with the party as possible - in hopes of having a "convention" in early 2008 to elect officers for the county chapter and grow the party locally.
For those of you whom I haven't explained libertarianism to, check out our new website, www.NiagaraLP.org for all the details. I'll give you a brief summary, though. Libertarians believe in personal freedoms, responsiblity, and limited government. It's the best parts of the Republican and Democratic parties combined with - in my opinion - none of the bad stuff.
Today's show will be devoted to explaining the party and hoping people want more information.
Tune in (to AM 1340) at 11:11 a.m.
Thursday, August 23, 2007
We saw this same barrage of crap last year. We'll see it again next year. And yet, the same promises will need to be made. The same people will need to "finish the job." The more things change, the more things stay the same.
Politics, you may know, is an old Greek word. It comes from Poly - meaning many. And ticks ... which, of course, are blood sucking insects. Granted it's an old joke, but it's truer every year.
Now I'm not sure what it's been like in the rest of the world, but in Niagara County, this year has been marked with court case after court case of people trying to get other people thrown off the ballot. There's always a little bit of electioneering, but this year has been overwhelming ... and unusual.
In Niagara Falls, for example, the chairman of the Democratic party fought to get the incumbent Democrat mayor thrown off the ballot ... and succeeded. There are still two Democrats running in a primary for the right to battle Republican Candra Thomason in the general election. And the incumbent mayor - now the fourth consecutive one-term Niagara Falls mayor - isn't endorsing aneyone.
In Lockport, the 2nd Ward Alderwoman is moving to the 1st Ward where she is taking on a political novice. That novice, however, is being supported by the big wigs in the Republican party. They're trying to oust the long-time alderwoman. Wouldn't be so strange if she weren't a Republican, too.
Then there's the sleepy burb of Cambria, where the long-time Republican supervisor is being opposed by a former county legislator who is also a Republican. Who's the GOP supporting? The former legislator over the incumbent.
In the Town of Niagara there's a county legislator running for re-election. He's a registered Democrat who caucuses with the GOP. The Democratic Party would love to get rid of him. But they've sworn off their own candidate cause he had a little run-in with the law (DWI).
And finally, in Niagara Falls, the GOP has endorsed another registered Democrat over a true Republican cause the Democrat has carried their water over the past two years. The Republican candidate was endorsed by the local committee, but the county committee overrode and gave the nod to the Democrublican.
All this before a single vote has been cast by the people.
Wednesday, August 01, 2007
Speaking of sex, the other day, the perpetual gasbag known as Sean Hannity was talking about Hillary Clinton and some love letters she had sent and recieved in college. Get this ... it turns out Hillary Clinton may have HAD SEX in college. And she might have even done drugs. (gasp). I'm glad that no one at my college had sex or did drugs. LOL.
Tuesday, July 31, 2007
This morning I was reading a news story about the demise of the Associated Press' youth oriented ASAP. Having never heard of the nearly departed, I decided to go see what I was missing. Not much, but they did have this story about fringe candidates. I'm considering voting for Lobsterman ... and claiming my dinner.
I also heard this morning on First Light with Dirk Van (I was awake at 3:30 - much to my chagrin) that the man who was being chased by police in Dallas when the two new choppers collided is being charged with manslaughter for the deaths of the four crew members on the two helicopters. Are they for real? Yup. Sounds like something that would only happen in Lockport.
Tuesday, July 17, 2007
According to the story (link), any pool installed in New York State requires an alarm that will sound whenever anything over 15 pounds falls into the pool. The alarm will sound poolside, as well as inside the home the pool is located at. Of course, you need an APPROVED alarm that costs upwards of $200. This is required on any pool more than 24 inches high. These pools often cost less than $200, meaning you'll have to double your budget when pool shopping.
Add this to the attempt at banning fire pits in Lockport, the public smoking ban, the cell phone ban, helmet laws and seat belt requirements, and you'll get a feel for what we're facing these days.
I've discussed this before ... the attempt to "outsmart" natural selection.
Now look ... I don't want kids to drown in pools any more than I want people to die in fiery car crashes, but as I've noted before, if we want to insure our safety, we better not ever leave our beds. How long till that becomes law?
What's next? Outlawing unprotected sex? Requiring cars to be padded in foam? Requiring everyone to wear helmets ALL THE TIME?
I believe that with liberty comes responsibility, but it can't be mandated. Otherwise, we've lost all individualism and are just part of a collective herd. A protected ... collective ... herd. And the government is the zookeeper. That's right. We're just pets. And the leash is ever shortening.
Wednesday, July 04, 2007
But when I heard that a Transformers live-action movie was coming out in theaters, I knew I had to go see it.
I read reviews galore and watched all the trailers. Some of the things I was hearing concerned me. Megatron's not a gun? Bumblebee's a Camaro? The whole thing is really just an ad campaign for General Motors? And what? No Sound Wave? But still, as an avid fan of the old series and the 1986 movie, I was still down.
So I dragged the wife and kids to the Regal 18 in Lancaster/Wiliamsville yesterday afternoon to see Transformers on opening day ... and I'm glad I did.
Despite the odd changes, the movie worked. The acting was good and the Transformers themselves looked awesome. Oh ... and Sound Wave is in it. Although they never call him Sound Wave and he's not the same form from the cartoon. There is a boombox that shoots CDs.
The action was great. And the plot (yup, there's a plot) was pretty tight.I had several favorite parts, but I'll let you come up with your own.
If you're a fan of the old show, I think you'll like the movie. If not, you probably won't enjoy it. I think my wife was bored, but the kids loved it.
I can't wait for it to come out on DVD. I won't be renting it from Blockbuster, though. I'll be buying it.
Tuesday, July 03, 2007
From what I've since learned, Bill Clinton pardoned 16 Puerto Rican's in 1999 against the advice of the FBI and the DOJ (story). I cannot find any reason not to think this was anything less than a politically motivated pardoning and will not defend it. I've never claimed that Bill Clinton was perfect. I just prefer him to the current fiasco we've got running 1600 Pennsylvania.
However, at least Clinton was condemned for it at the time as indicated in the story.
The huge difference here is the number of people coming to Bush's defense ... as opposed to when Clinton did it.
To be fair, I told the caller I didn't recall the Puerto Rican pardoning. I still don't. I can only go on the information I was provided by the above link.
Wednesday, June 27, 2007
Monday, June 11, 2007
The ride up was flawless. We stopped at Ikea to look around. My wife wanted some coat rack type thing for the mudroom. We found one that would work really well ... and at a real good price. When we went to the bin to pick it up, it was a different product in the bin. So we went back upstairs to check the coat rack to make sure we wrote the right number. We did. They were just out of 'em. So we left with nothing ... well, we did eat dinner there, actually. Pretty good.
Then we headed to China Town. Found a great parking ramp right on Spadina in the heart of China Town. As we reached the street, it started to pour, so we jumped in a shop and wandered around. I was already sick, so the rain surely wasn't going to help.
After a while, the rain subsided and we walked around China Town and then headed to a really cool market we had been to before ... except, it was a different market than the one we had been to before ... and it wasn't cool at all. Oh well, a quick walk down Dundas over to University and we'd grab some coffee. That went well. Timmy Ho's. Timbits, too.
Then down University all the way to the waterfront where we watched some cool ethnic festival. It was a multi-ethnic festival, in fact ... and very cool. They had some trinket stands and the kids got some cool things. Another cup of coffee and we hopped a trolley back to our car.
I'm not sure if you've ever had your car broken into, but the feeling sucks. Like the bottom drops out of your stomach. That's what I felt upon seeing the rear drivers-side window smashed and all our stuff scattered about the front seat. A note from security said they had found the broken windshield, but didn't know if anything was missing. Fortunately, it wasn't ... but it still sucked. Actually, it was almost humorous. Our Sirius Satellite Radio was on the front seat ... but the thug left it. Obviously just looking for cash to support a habit.
So we leave Toronto with a broken window ... and head back to Lockport, planning to stop somewhere for a bite on the way. Hopefully pizza.
Boston Pizza called out to us from off the 403. We got off. Found the place. Parked. Went in. Looked at the menus. Decided. Kids and wife went to the bathroom. Came back. Waited. Left. Never ordered. Never got drinks. Never saw a friggin waitress after 15 minutes ... and they weren't even busy.
Got back on the 403. Tried to find another pizza place. Finally a Pizza Pizza ... except it was closed. We ate and Wendy's ... and quickly jumped back on the 403. And continued towards the border ... of Michigan.
We got ... and I'm not exaggerating here ... half way to Michigan ... before realizing we had missed a turn ... right around the time we got off for the Boston Pizza that we didn't eat at.
Round about 2 a.m., we arrived back at the Ranch. Having left Toronto around 9. Still hungry, wet and cold ... and with a smashed window.
Can't wait to see what our Boston adventure will be like ...
Monday, May 14, 2007
Maybe I'm just overly optimistic, but I really don't see why we couldn't go to their barn and do the same thing they did to us (steal two). After all, this team loves the comeback.
And an interesting little tidbit I learned this morning: Both Carolina and Edmonton were down 2-0 in their conference final series last year ... and those are the teams that advanced to the Stanley's cup.
So it all starts tonight. Let's win game 3 and get back in this thing.
Tuesday, May 01, 2007
To sum it up: We got screwed.
Rob Daly, spokesman for NYPA was on Tom Christy's show a couple weeks ago and on mine last week. He held as many answers as a shallow pool full of NOTHING. The one thing I learned from him is that it costs about a penny per kwh to produce electricty ... which I later learned from the Buffalo News was wrong.
The Buffalo News is in the middle of a great expose on NYPA and specifically the Niagara Power Project. They told us that it's about a half cent per kwh to produce electricity.
Can I remind you that we pay about 11 cents per kwh ... that's more than a 2000 percent markup.
Today Andrew Kleit was on Dialog to discuss the issue as well. He offered some interesting insight into it. Basically, he said hydropower is the cheapest their is ... so cheap it wasn't on his chart.
So we create power ... cheaper than can be measured ... and we pay more than 50 percent higher than the average US electricity consumer. Meanwhile, our cheap power gets "shipped" out of state.
I repeat: We got screwed.
But ... it's not too late. Write to Congress, the state, and anyone else that will listen. Tell them that we want the power HERE. And we want it cheap.
Saturday, April 21, 2007
noun Anatomy, Zoology.
the dense inner layer of skin beneath the epidermis, composed of connective tissue, blood and lymph vessels, sweat glands, hair follicles, and an elaborate sensory nerve network.
This is the word my daughter missed at the regional spelling bee today in Barker. She did very well, getting through the first two rounds of the bee with "blizzard" and "noisy." Some of the kids had horrific words that fourth graders shouldn't have to spell. I can't think of any off the top of my head, but some words made me scratch it ...
One of the students was eliminated in the first round with the word "aren't." He spelled it right but didn't note the apostrophe in it. I felt bad for him. It was the only contraction through the first three rounds.
Another student was given a second chance that I didn't think was fair. His word was glisten. But he spelled glistened. He was retold his sentence (each child gets the word in a sentence for context) and then spelled it right. I'm glad he moved on, cause he obviously just misheard/misunderstood ... but I wish they had given "aren't" some sort second chance.
Some of the kids took it tough. Some cried. It's kind of high pressure. There were 64 fourth graders in all ... and the audience was packed with friends, parents and other relatives.
Emily's grandma (my mother) came out, as did her uncle (my wife's brother) and his friend. I was glad to see people support their loved ones.
I was a proud dad today. Who the hell ever says "dermis" anyway?
Friday, April 20, 2007
Do you remember when you were younger and mom and dad decided to get cable? I recall going from antenna (where we got 2, 4, 7, and 29) to cable (and we got like 30 channels). I remember running home from school that day, knowing that the television viewing possibilities would be nearly endless. I can't, for the life of me, recall what additional channels we got, but it was thrilling. That I know.
Well, I'm right back there again. Today ... cable get's hooked up.
Funny thing is, I'm hardly increasing my channel lineup. In fact, I think I'll have less channels when all is said-and-done. With my Dish, I have like 250 channels or something. But it's the few "new" channels that I'm excited about.
First and foremost, I'll no longer have to tell people, "Yeah, I can't watch Tom Christy's show. I don't have cable." LCTV. Community friggin television. Wayne's World - Niagara County style. And I'm jacked.
Here's the thing; we're in flux here in Niagara County. There are a few of us pushing very hard for positive change. I'm one of them. One of the others is Tom Christy. His show, Legislative Journal, gives folks like us an opportunity to not only see and hear what the politicrats are trying to spin, but call them out on it. And simply by hosting this show, Tom has proven to be one of the good guys.
And with my soon-to-be-found ability to watch Legislative Journal, I'll have additional fodder (read as ammo) with which to piece together my show. Simply put, watching LJ will make me stronger.
I'm pretty jazzed about that.
On a less significant, but still somewhat exciting note, with Time Warner's DVR, I'll be able to watch one thing while taping another. I've had DVR for years now, but with Dish Network's, you can't watch something live while taping something else. This means we'll no longer have to choose between two good shows. We can watch both. One now. One later.
Next move: a big screen HDTV.Give me a few months on that, though.
Have a good morning.
Thursday, April 19, 2007
Under attack from a very small group of people (okay, it was mainly me), the Lockport City Council decided to move its meeting times back an hour so honest, working folks (like yourselves) could attend. Although Alderman Pat Schrader said it wouldn't mean anything and no one would care, 23 people attended the Common Council meeting last night. That's about 17 more than normal. Those in attendance thanked the council for moving the time and explained that it's easier for working folk with families to go and be a part of government.
Meanwhile, outside city limits, the Lockport Town Council held a 2 p.m. meeting - a public forum no less - to discuss (and then vote on) a public referendum asking for a four-year term for the supervisors position. Not only is the four year term unneccesary, the time of the meeting is unreasonable. Who the heck (not the word I wanted, but you get the gist) can go to a meeting at 2 p.m.?
Moral of the story, the city get's it - even if begrudgingly. The town is still out to lunch. Which would be much more appropriate at 2 p.m. than a public forum would be.
Saturday, March 17, 2007
For the record, the best way of getting through Saint Patrick's Day if you're not allowed to drink beer (why does Saint Patrick's Day come during Lent) is every other alcohol available. Been drinkin' since 3. And I like it.
Those of you who know me well know that I'm not super competitive ... but I don't like to lose either. As a coach of a bunch of 5 and 6 year olds for hockey, I've done my share of both winning and losing.
Today a parent got all up in my grill for benching her son and neice, accusing me of "just wanting to win." This after I had benched the teams best scorer (and assuring we would lose) because he wouldn't keep his stick down. Fact of the matter is, I benched her kid and neice cause THEY WEREN'T PLAYING ANYWAY!!! They were standing there watching hockey happen.
To the parents who want to coach - coach your own team. I'm doing fine with my own, thanks.
How many days til I can drink beer, BTW?
Tuesday, March 06, 2007
Today, for example, I showed up to work to find out that we're doing something completely different during what should have been my show. Thank goodness I had no serious plans for the day.
So Dialog will return tomorrow when Bob Confer and Tom Christy are my co-hosts. Then Thursday the chairmen of the Niagara County Democratic and Republican parties will both be in studio. (an ambulance will be waiting).
Wednesday, February 21, 2007
I have previously complained about Bill ... O ... Reilly. And I'm compelled to do so again. O'Reilly, as you may know, is aired daily on WLVL 1340, the station I work at.
He's whining today about being kicked out of (not let into, actually) a Barack Obama fundraiser in Hollywood California. What moron assumes that they can get into a political fundraiser as a member of the press? I'm a two-bit talk show host from podunk friggin' nowhere and I know better than to assume that members of the press (no matter how important they think they are) can get into a fundraiser. A political event. But O'Reilly whined on.
Where were his complaints when the president and vice president of our fine country assembled the energy lobby to write policy for this country. It didn't bother him at all that the press couldn't get in there.
This is just a means and an excuse for bashing Barack. And further shows what a phoney O'Reilly is.
So now it's 3 and Hannity is on. I can't stand Hannity. He makes O'Reilly look like the bastion of balance. I used to be able to tune in to KB 1520 where they ran a rebroadcast of Ed Schultz, but since they bounced Leslie Marshall (althought their website doesn't note it yet), they moved Ed to noon where he can run live (which is a good move), but now they air Randy Rhodes at 3. She is HORRIBLE. She almost makes Hannity listenable. So it's 3 p.m. and I have nothing to listen to.
As a side note, I'll be taking tomorrow off to spend with the family. I'll see you all on Friday when Mike Tucker will be my guest.
A second side note: Some of you have asked what happened to "The Interview." Unfortunately, it's been replaced by infomercials. Radio is a business and if the boss can make money, he's going to. I can't blame him. It's capitalism at work.
Thursday, January 18, 2007
Arrested For... Walking?
In Atlanta, Georgia, police can arrest you for just walking down the sidewalk.
Or hanging out.
It happens mostly in poor black neighborhoods. Which is why some call this offence "walking while black."
The charge is "DC-6" -- Disorderly Conduct in a Known Drug Area. Most people think "disorderly conduct" involves, well, acting disorderly.
But that's not the case.
According to the DC-6 ordinance: "It shall be unlawful for any person [to] ... be in or about any place where gaming or the illegal sale or possession of alcoholic beverages or narcotics or dangerous drugs is practiced, allowed or tolerated[.]"
In other words, a person can be arrested simply for being in what police
consider a "known drug area" -- even if he or she is just walking down the
street or chatting with a neighbor.
And what's a "known drug area?" Well, that's another problem. It's apparently anywhere police say it is, according to a police employee interviewed by theAtlanta newspaper Creative Loafing. The employee said there is no official list of "known drug areas." Instead, it's "all up to the officer's discretion."
"It's one of those catch-all laws that police use when they can't think of any
other charge," says American Civil Liberties Union Legal Director Gerry Weber. "It's a street-clearing device."
DC-6 arrests are far from rare. In fact, according to Creative Loafing, it is
the most frequent non-traffic offense cited by Atlanta police. Over 7,500 DC-6 arrests -- about 22 per day -- were made in 2006.
Weber says the ACLU is seeking the right case for a legal challenge. With 22 arrests per day, that shouldn't be hard.
Walking unmolested down the street. Another freedom lost to the Drug War?
Wednesday, January 17, 2007
LCTV will re-air Tuesday night's legislature meeting at 8 p.m. tonight, 6 a.m. and 3 p.m. Friday. You've got to WATCH it. It will give you an entirely different emtion than listening to/reading the news reports.
A female speaker at the meeting last night said the Sunday AES/Chamber ads were actually valued at about $6,000.
Robert Connolly, business manager of Local Labor 91 says 91 has been blamed for a lack of development in Niagara County. But in actuality, it's the politicians fault, he said.
Monday, January 15, 2007
I thought I'd share it with you ...
Henry Sloma, Chairperson
President, HM Sloma & Associates
Mail: 3506 Hyde Park Boulevard
Niagara Falls, NY 14305
Thomas J. Kraus
President & CEO
Niagara USA Chamber
Mail: Vantage Center
6311 Inducon Corporate Drive
Sanborn, NY 14132
John J Petrozzi, Second Vice Chairman
Fiddler Roofing Company
Mail: 2806 Thornwoods Dr.
Niagara Falls, NY 14304
Steven H. Brown, Treasurer
CPA Brown & Company
Mail: 4992 Sweethome Road
Niagara Falls, NY 14305
Frank V Roma, Assistant Treasurer
Mail: 552 29th Street
Niagara Falls, NY 14301
Deanna Brennen, Secretary
Associate Director of Economic Development
Small Business Development Center
Mail: 50 Main Street
Lockport, NY 14094
Phone: 434-3815 x28
Gerald Zell, Assistant Secretary
Business Manager, IBEW Local 237
Mail: 223 75th Street
Niagara Falls, NY 14304
Angelo Massaro, Esq.
Attorney at Law
Mail: 631 Main Street
Niagara Falls, NY 14301
Michael W. Tucker, Mayor
City of Lockport
Mail: Municipal Building, One Locks Plaza
Lockport, NY 14094
Looks like there's another election fiasco in Florida ...
This one involves those new electronic voting machines ...
Police state item?