Tuesday, July 31, 2007

Fringe candidates ...

Every so often, I get a phone call from someone claiming to be running for president. They're so-and-so from the who-cares party and they'd like to get their message out. More often than not, I do an on-air interview becuase I think everyone deserves a chance. That said, I usually know that they haven't got a snowball's chance in hell of winning ANYTHING - let alone the presidential election.

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

A story in the Union-Sun & Journal today further identifies the problems in the nanny/police state that is New York.

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

Transformers Movie: Go see it ...

I like movies. My family does the Blockbuster movies by mail thing and we love it. But that's how we see most movies - on DVD. We seldom go to the movies. Part of it is because of financial reasons, but mainly it's becuase there aren't that many movies that come out that I feel compelled to see in the theater.

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

A caller into today's show used George W. Bush's assinine decision to commune the sentence of Scooter Libby as a reason to bring up dirt on Bill Clinton. It's a typical right-wing strategy. Every time the president does something indefensible, they blame Clinton for a similar guffaw.

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.