Friday, February 29, 2008

Cheap dates rise in cost ...

I had heard the other day that the price of flour is killing pizza parlours.

Here's a story saying as much. It also talks about the rising prices of other "recession proof" food.

What I thought was most interesting was that it talked about Gray's Papaya - a hot dog place in New York City - and their "Recesion Special."

Jan 31 2005 13:51 PM PST

I took the above photo in January 2005 at Gray's Papaya.

WECK details trickle out ...

I've alluded to this ... and told several of you privately ... but it wasn't really "public" yet, so I didn't come right and and say it ...

But with it appearing in this morning's Buffalo News, I guess it's public now.

In addition to the hour of talk I am priveledged to have daily at WLVL 1340 AM in Lockport, I'll be taking on an hour at Culver Communications' new acquisition - WECK 1230 AM in Buffalo.

The show - which I'm calling "Reason, with Scott Leffler," will air Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. until 11 a.m. It is currently slated to begin next week, although some i's need dotted and some t's need crossed yet ... so we'll see.

Reason will be very similar to Dialog in that I'll have compelling guests, take phone calls from listeners and give my ever-so-humble opinion on the issues of the day.

It will be different, however, in that it will focus on Buffalo and Erie County - just as WECK will focus on Buffalo and Erie County.

I have a couple guests lined up for next week already:

Tuesday 10:10 a.m. ... Jerry Zremski, Washington Bureau Chief for the Buffalo News.

Wednesday 10:10 a.m. ... Jon Powers, Democratic Candidate for Congress in the 26th district.

Thursday 10:10 a.m. ... Lou Riccuiti, nuclear and waste researcher.

I'm really looking forward to the new gig ... and to expanding beyong Niagara County. Hopefully you'll tune in to 1230 at 10 ... and 1340 at 11.

Thursday, February 28, 2008

There's still (a little) time ...

Just a reminder that on Sunday, I'll be swimming in some REALLY cold water for a cause.

The 39th annual Olcott Polar Bear Swim for Sight will take place just off the shore in beautiful Olcott, NY.

I have committed to taking the plunge for the fifth straight year and have gotten contributions from several friends, associates, and listeners.

I have also committed to donating $100 of my own funds for this worthwhile cause.

I'd really like to raise $250 for this endeavor and need just a little more help to make that happen.

If you can't drop of a donation at WLVL's studios, please use the button below to donate via PayPal. Anyone with a charge card can use PayPal. If donating by check, please make the check out to the Olcott Lions Club.

Thanks.




As an FYI, I have uploaded a few photos from Polar Bear Swims of past into a new album.

Larry Castellani ...

is a philosphy professor at Niagara County Community College.

He called into Dialog today and gave out the URL for his blog, which is http://niagarajournal.blogspot.com/. This is not to be confused with http://niagaratimes.blogspot.com, which is really just another Republican outlet so they can whine about how mistreated they are.

Larry is obviously a bright guy, but sometimes speaks over people's heads a little bit. He might catch more fish if he used more simple bait ... but people talk how they talk, ya know?

Anyway, just wanted to put that URL out there for those who missed it.

Wednesday, February 27, 2008

What to do when your nose goes on strike ...

This morning on Dialog, I discussed the ongoing saga at LCTV.

I brought this up a couple weeks ago, upset over the way they're handling their affairs - and specifically how they're treating Tom Christy, host of Legislative Journal, the TV group's most popular show.

And this morning, I spoke with a Town of Lockport woman who felt harassed by the organization after she asked for a copy of LCTV's bylaws - which they were obligated to give her, but never did.

Several callers felt that LCTV is abusing the powers given to it by our tax dollars and cable bills.

One called for a picket.

I sort of brushed that aside, but after thinking about it, realized that it might just do the trick. If nothing else, it would cause the rest of the local media - which has completely ignored the issue - to finally take note.

What do you think? Picket? Cause a ruckus?

I'm not nearly the rabble rouser that people peg me as ... but wonder if it might help this situation if I were.

Any picket would have to have a serious number of people to be of any significance. A couple dozen minimum.

Want to be one of 'em? I'm down if you are ...

How ’bout them apples?

Looks like the Democrats in the state senate picked up another seat with their special election victory on Tuesday.

If you've been following Albany Update on Dialog, you knew all about this election. Otherwise, it might shock you to hear there was one ...

This is the Democrats second seat pick-up in less than a year. It narrows the GOP control of the senate to just two seats (any GOP to Dem switch will be a 31-31 split).

Will heads roll? Rumor had it that Joe Bruno's future could depend on yesterday's election. He's certainly part of the problem. Getting rid of him could only be a good thing.

How will the local delegation react? What's State Sen. George Maziarz going to do? He had relied on George Pataki for his power and now that well's run dry. If he loses Bruno, might the 62nd district's constant flow of pork funds dry up as well?

And that pork and power that flowed to Pataki to Bruno to Maziarz to the 62nd has made Maziarz the most powerful man in Niagara County. What will become of him now? Might we find out that without the backing of a Republican governor and Joe Bruno, the emperor wears no clothes?

Only time will tell ... but I'll have fun speculating in the mean time.

Tuesday, February 26, 2008

How refreshing ...

In this age of political one-upsmanship and dirty campaign tricks, you can never have too little faith in politicians.

With candidates leaking things about other candidates and mis-representing their comments to the press, etc., I expect - every time I turn on the TV, Radio or computer - to hear another candidate being bashed.

So how pleased was I to read this story about John McCain distancing himself from a radio talk show host in Ohio who made some really rotten comments about Barack Obama.

Some of you may know, I used to be a McCain fan ... but his love affair with the Bush White House scared me. This news restores a little faith.

He said WHAT?!?!?

We've all said things we regret. I say things daily that I wish I hadn't said. But I'm just a peon. I lowly talk show host that according to many, no one listens to (even though everyone seems to know what I say).

Anyway ... if you're running for public office ... say State Assemblyman ... you should be careful of what you say, right? Especially on radio.

Today I had a guest on my show by the name of Jeff Bono. Jeff has run twice to be the assemblyman in the 142nd district in NY. He lost once to Sanda Lee Wirth ... and then a second time to Mike Cole. He's running for a third time, presumably against Cole again.

Jeff recently switched parties from Democrat to Republican and was exlpaining to me why. I asked him about Eliot Spitzer ... inspiring the below passage.

Bono: "His position on issues ... like for the example ... the drivers licenses. That was actually one of the things that just pushed me over the edge. Drivers licenses for illegal aliens. The whole thought process for that is so retarted I can't imagine. What actually makes you think that someone's going to go out and get a drivers license when you're basically flat out saying on the news that this is going to be an easier way to track them ... It's just retarded."

Me: "Let me back you up just a couple minutes. I don't know if you realize that you said it or not, but you said it twice ... and it can't be good for a candidacy."

Bono: "Said what?"

Me: "Retarded?"

Bono: "Oh."

Me: "Is that really a good ..."

Bono: "Well, it is what it is. I think that it's a very backwards way of thinking if you honestly believe that those sort of situations are going to actually cause any positive action in this state."

Me: "Okay. Backwards could be taken one way but I just frankly found the word ... offensive."

Bono: "I apologize to your listeners if they found it offensive."

Now, again ... we all say things that are inappropriate. But I'm not sure Jeff realizes - even now - just how offensive that statement was.

I like Jeff personally, but can we really consider someone a serious candidate when they make such an obvious social blunder?

Monday, February 25, 2008

Hillary’s whining and NC Sheriff’s race opining ...

Sometimes 60 minutes just isn't enough time for me to get my thoughts across for the day. Especially since when you take out the news block at the top of the hour and the commercial breaks, I usually end up with about 42 minutes to get those thoughts across.

There's a fix to that coming soon ... but that's not what I'm talking about today.

Two things I really wanted to talk about this morning include Hillary Clinton and her constant whining ... and what to make of the Niagara County Sheriff's race and the media's apparent take on that race.

First, Hillary: If she's not crying, she's complaining. I never thought her tears in New Hampshire were legitimate. I thought at the time that it was a ploy ... and I still do.

Then she threatened to boycott MSNBC because David Schuster said the Clinton Camp is "pimping out" Chelsea. For a woman who's supposed to be in touch, she really misinterpreted Schuster's comments, huh?

Then she whined that rival Barack Obama was committing plagarism by using lines from a friends speech ... that the friend told him to use. Making this even more disgusting is the montage Tim Russert played on Meet The Press yesterday showing how closely Hillary Clinton's speeches mirror former speeches by her husband Bill ... and one that is almost word for word from John Edwards.

Finally, Hillary Clinton complained about a mailer from Barack Obama concerning NAFTA and health care. Of course, Bill Clinton was president when NAFTA was signed. And according to Hillary, she was the president, too. And Hillary had an opportunity to pass meaningful health care reform ... back when she was president. But that didn't happen.

Let me be clear. I don't like Hillary Clinton. I don't trust Hillary Clinton. And the sooner she goes away, the better.

But my real thought was this: I'm just sick of Hillary being offended by everything. Maybe if she had taken a few minutes to be offended with Bill's philandering, we would have elected a Democrat in 2000 ... and we wouldn't be in this mess in the first place.

Now ... the Sheriff's race: I find it interesting the names being thrown around in this newly created race come November. Outgoing Sheriff Tom Beilein has endoursed James Voutour to succeed him. And with the governor making the appointment for the interim until the election, I'd have to think that Voutour will go into November with the power of incumbency.

Scott Elliott has also had his name thrown around and told Greater Niagara News that he'd like to be considered. Scott's a former Lockport alderman and I've always found him to be an all-around good guy. He has also been Chairman of the City of Lockport Democratic Committee, so that looks good to Spitzer, I'm sure.

And then on the Republican side, it looks like the GOP higher-ups have chosen Ernie Palmer to carry their flag come November. Palmer is a veteran Niagara Falls Police Detective, and a former Falls and Youngstown police chief. Currently, he's a member of the Lewiston Town Board.

Here's the part that interests me ... what about Brian Grear? Brian was the GOP candidate against Beilein in the last election, but he didn't make many friends in the Republican Party, many of whom liked Beilein just fine for reasons I can only surmise.

So it's no shock that the Republican Party hasn't suggested Grear as its candidate ... but the part that surprises me is that Grear has gotten no mention in the media. The rule of thumb when an election nears is that reporters ask the most recent candidates for that position - and maybe former candidates - about their intentions.

Why is the local media ignoring Brian Grear? Some might call this a form of collusion with the local power players. I tend to think it's just plain shoddy journalism.

I'm sure this will come up again ... but I wanted to get my thoughts out there TODAY ... and didn't have time on Dialog.

Wednesday, February 20, 2008

Aunt Eunice & Aunt Alice ...

Today on the show, I mentioned "Aunt Eunice."

When I was in elementary school and junior high, I attending Niagara Bible Camp in Olcott, NY. The women in charge were "Aunt Eunice" and "Aunt Alice."

I knew Alice's last name was Rusmussen. And today I found out that Eunice's last name is Blood. A few people called into the show to tell me that they, too had gone to Niagara Bible Camp.

I mentioned how funny it is that I went to Bible Camp and turned into such a miscreant. A couple listeners agreed.

I loved Bible Camp and have several memories of it. They include Tina, Lynn, Tisha, another Tina and Kelly. At least I had my priorities straight.

I'm just wondering if anyone else happened to go to NBC?

Or did you have your own summer camp you went to?

Hillary ... stick a fork in ’er?

With Barack Obama's commanding wins in Wisconsin and Hawaii yesterday, Hillary Clinton has got to be getting worried.

Wisconsin and Hawaii were wins number 9 and 10 in a row for Obama ... and with each win he gets, Clinton's odds dwindle since she then must get a higher percentage of the votes yet to be cast.

I heard a couple weeks ago on MSNBC that Hillary had to get 55 percent from then on out. Well now with yesterdays losses (which were pretty substantial), does that mean she's up to needing 60 percent?

Of course, it would all be easier to discern if any two sources had the same delegate counts, but they seem different no matter where you look.

I did find one resource that seems a little easier to use than most others ... it's the New York Times Election Guide 2008. It has a map, delegate counts, percentages, etc.

Speaking of percentages ... back to Obama and Clinton, note that Hillary has won the larger states ... but not by much ... and Obama has won the smaller states ... mostly by a wide margin. In fact, with the exception of Missouri, (and Iowa, when it was a three-person race still) every Obama victory has been by double digits.

Just some political thoughts since I won't be talking politics on Dialog today ... my guests for the morning: The Niagara County Historical Society ...

Have a good one.

Tuesday, February 19, 2008

Sarah Connor

I enjoy watching television from time to time. With all the crazy real-life stuff going on in my head, some escape is always welcomed.

But I'm not a TV nut. There are seldom shows that I feel I can't miss. Rarely shows I look forward to ... or plan on watching.

The new Terminator series, The Sarah Connor Chronicles, is a definate exception. As a fan of the movies, I looked forward to the premiere of this show. And in preparation, I rented and watched the three Terminator movies with the kids (to the dismay of my wife).

The new Fox TV series follows the movies very closely. And in fact, each episode almost seems as though it is its own movie, with production quality to match.

I think one of my favorite things, though, is that the kids look forward to the show as well. And we all look forward to sitting down together and watching it. While I wish my wife were more interested in the show - and more importantly the family time that comes with/from it - it's kind of nice to have something that just the kids and I do together.

If you haven't been watching this show, I have to suggest you go to fox.com and catch up ... and then start watching next week. And let me know what you think.

Tuesday, February 12, 2008

Your help is appreciated ...

For the fifth year in a row, I'll be taking the first Sunday in March to do something stupid.

I'll be participating in the Olcott Lions Club Swim for Sight ... also known as the Polar Bear Swim.

Over the course of the last four years, my friends and family have donated over $1,000 to this worthy cause ... becuase I was willing to freeze my butt off and generally make a fool of myself.

And last year, in addition to the nearly $250 I raised from others, I donated $100 myself - through my internet radio station All WNY Radio - as a sponsor of the event.

All WNY Radio will be sponsoring the swim for a second year, and I'll get a mild case of pneumonia for a fifth straight year. And I'm hoping that you'll help me to make sure it's not in vain.

I know times are tight and people are trying to hold on to every penny they get. I can't say I blame you. In fact, I just returned from Scholastic Bowl, which is - essentially - my THIRD job.

The Lions Club certainly wouldn't be greedy ... and neither will I. But if you've got a few spare dimes, it'll help. At the end of this greeting there is a donate button from PayPal. It will allow you to set your own donation amount. If you're independently weather and have been trying to figure out with that spare grand, I'm sure the Lions Club will appreciate it. Or if you're more like me and would be willing to forego a double-double from Tim Hortons, I'm sure the Lions Club would appreciate the $1.45.

Seriously, every dollar counts. And with my list of contacts, if I get one dollar from each of you, I'll more than reach my goal of $250 in donations for this year's swim.

Thank you in advance ...


I'm goin' swimmin!

For the fifth year in a row, I'll be taking the first Sunday in March to do something stupid.

I'll be participating in the Olcott Lions Club Swim for Sight ... also known as the Polar Bear Swim.
Over the course of the last four years, my friends and family have donated over $1,000 to this worthy cause ... becuase I was willing to freeze my butt off and generally make a fool of myself.

And last year, in addition to the nearly$250 I raised from others, I donated $100 myself - through my internet radio station All WNY Radio - as a sponsor of the event.

All WNY Radio will be sponsoring the swim for a second year, and I'll get a mild case of pneumonia for a fifth straight year. And I'm hoping that you'll help me to make sure it's not in vain.

I know times are tight and people are trying to hold on to every penny they get. I can't say I blame you. In fact, I just returned from Scholastic Bowl, which is - essentially - my THIRD job.

The Lions Club certainly wouldn't be greedy ... and neither will I. But if you've got a few spare dimes, it'll help. At the end of this greeting there is a donate button from PayPal. It will allow you to set your own donation amount. If you're independently weather and have been trying to figure out with that spare grand, I'm sure the Lions Club will appreciate it. Or if you're more like me and would be willing to forego a double-double from Tim Hortons, I'm sure the Lions Club would appreciate the $1.45.

Seriously, every dollar counts. And with my list of contacts, if I get one dollar from each of you, I'll more than reach my goal of $250 in donations for this year's swim.

Thank you in advance ...

Thursday, February 07, 2008

Ron Paul third party specuations ...

Check this link out.

Granted, it's specuation ... but it's speculation that I like.

Especially the running mate, whom I've talked to before and respect IMMENSELY.

- Scott

Where in the world is Osama Bin Ladin

I love Moran Spurlock, who did "Supersize Me" and "30 Days." Now he's searching for the great evil ... in a very funny way.