New York doesn’t permit independent candidates, and the nominees of unqualified parties, to start circulating petitions until July 7. Ralph Nader’s petition in New York will carry the ballot label “Populist”. The logo will be a buffalo.Won't this guy go away? I can think of better animals for Ralph Nader's campaign, but the most symbolically accurate would be a dodo bird ...
Monday, June 30, 2008
POWERS CAMPAIGN ADDED TO NATIONAL RED-TO-BLUE PROGRAM
Program Ads Key Resources and National Recognition to NY-26 Race
WILLIAMSVILLE, NY – Jon Powers, Iraq War Veteran, former captain in the U.S. Army and the endorsed Democratic candidate in New York's 26th congressional district, has been named to the Democratic National Campaign Committee's Red-to-Blue program.
"This is a huge advantage for our campaign," Powers said. "From the beginning, our campaign has focused on bringing the voice of Western New Yorkers back to Washington. Today we are receiving recognition that our message is resonating on a national level."
The DCCC Red-to-Blue program spotlights campaigns across the country that stand for change and will represent new priorities when elected to Congress. The program provides financial and strategic support to races that have surpassed fundraising and voter outreach expectations.
I always enjoy a good roast ... especially if it's political. Here's a YouTube video someone brought to my attention a while ago called "I'm Voting Republican."
And here's another YouTube video. This one I found myself ... about a Jedi Church. And, yeah, I think they're serious ...
Here in Niagara County, we have a "county manager," basically, he serves at the direction and the pleasure of the County Legislature. Seems like people on both sides of the political aisle are getting sick of him, though. The Dems call him a yes-man for the GOP and the Republicans hate him for their own reasons. Check out this Republican Blog and their thoughts on the topic. If you'd like to add your own thoughts, I posed the question in the new forum on what you think we should do about Greg Lewis.
Sticking with the same GOP Blog, they had a very thoughtful discussion on the role of race in media. To sum it up, there is a man in Lockport trying to open a business in what city officials are calling a residential area (although there are businesses all up and down the street). The media points out that the man - who keeps getting turned down - is black. Should they? Given Lockport's history of race issues, I think it's worth mentioning.
I mentioned on Dialog last week some time that there was a bill that would allow the government access to all of our credit card transactions. Check out Rus Thompson's take on it.
Over at Buffalo Rising, I found this odd post about Al Jazeera doing a piece on how Buffalo is handling the ugly economy. I hope they don't think that Buffalo is typical of the rest of the country. I'm sure everyone else is doing better than we are. Of course, if Al Jazeera is the terrorist-loving, America-hating network I keep being told it is, maybe they want the rest of the world to think that the country's in as bad shape as Buffalo. (I don't think they are, BTW)
Jake Tapper, a blogger for ABC News writes a strange tale about Karl Rove calling Barack Obama elitist. Rove, of course, is now a "pundit" and I fear he'll be used heavily this election season - as though he is a credible journalist. He's neither credible, nor a journalist, of course.
Speaking of journalists, you may recall a week and a half ago, US&J Editor Tim Marren and I discussed the art of endorsing. He's written on his blog that the paper is re-thinking the practice and want to know what you think ... so click on through and let him know.
I continue to hear from several casino nay-sayers that the casino (specifically the Seneca Niagara Casino) has done nothing for us ... but WECK reported that they're responsible for quite an economic boost.
Jack Davis needs no economic boost ... but he kind of got one last week when the Supreme Court ruled the millionaires amendment to be UnConstitutional. Several newspapers have come out against that ruling in the days since.
The Amherst Times took a position of their own. Not on Davis vs. the FEC, but on an ongoing controversy in Amherst. They're calling on Satish Mohan to resign.
The Onion continues to amuse me ...
- McCain vows to withdraw all troops from US
- Massachusetts Supreme Court orders all citizens to gay marry
- Letter D pulls sponsorship from Sesame Street
I talked about the Broadway Market and it's future. (discuss in the forum)
Frank Miller and I talked about his new blog, specifically the item about his clean kitchen. I tell ya, I feel for the man. And we also discussed the new Batman movie. I think it looks awesome.
And we talked about the animal war, specifically a bear mauling a girl in Alaska. I still want to know why a fourteen-year-old was riding her bike in the dead of night.
AMSTERDAM (Reuters) - Fifteen camels, two zebras and several llamas and pot-bellied pigs escaped from a circus visiting Amsterdam early Monday, police said.
"We suspect that a giraffe kicked open a pen," Dutch police said in a statement, adding that the animals did not get far before they were rounded up and returned to the circus.
I have a lot of respect for giraffes. I would hope they wouldn't side with the birds on this ...
This factor will significantly hinder polling.
So I guess on the question - should I revive the forum ... I've already had a couple emails on the topic ... I guess that's the best way to respond - at least for now.
On the note of polling, I see the poll here on the blog seems to have an issue lately with Internet Explorer. Just another reason you should be using Firefox.
News, notes and necessities
items of interest the week of June 30, 2008
an occasional update from me, Scott Leffler
News: There's a lot going on in my little world. We have guests galore on both stations ... and an increasing presence on the web.
This morning on Reason on Hometown 1230, WECK (at 10 a.m.), I'll talk about my weekend ... including yardwork, cleaning the pool, and having the DEC drop by for a visit. Then Dialog on Hometown 1340, WLVL (at 11 a.m.) in Lockport will feature Bob Confer this morning with the Albany Update - then concert reactions from Friday.
On Tuesday I'll have Mike Cole on WECK to discuss the recently wrapped up legislative session and his thoughts on it. Then back at WLVL, North Tonawanda natives and Gratwick Films co-founders Kristopher Hulbert and Michael Garrow will premiere their first feature film, “First Timers”, at 6 p.m. July 3, at the fabled Riviera Theatre in North Tonawanda. We'll talk with them about the production.
I'm hoping to have congressional candidate Jon Powers on Reason on Wednesday. And I'll definately have N.T. Mayor Larry Soos on Dialog.
Thursday, Eric Sundwall - chairman of the New York State Libertarian Party - will be calling in to Reason. And Dialog will feature crazy banter about who knows what.
Friday I'll have the day off to spend with my family, so neither show will air that day.
Don't forget, you can listen to Reason right here on your computer? Hometown 1230 WECK is now streaming online, meaning no matter where you are, you can listen (as long as you've got an internet capable computer). Just head on over to the station website, www.weck1230.com and click "listen" in the top left corner. It's live, too (minus a few seconds of buffer). So if I'm talking about something you want to get your word in on, just call when I give the number. (I think that WLVL will probably begin streaming soon, for those of you who have asked for that feature)
Notes: I really slacked this weekend as far as working on the site goes. But for those of you who have been with me for a while, I'd like your help with something. I'm considering reviving the forum. Is this something you're interested in? I certainly don't want to do it if no one is going to use it. But it sure was fun for a while ... until it wasn't. Anyway, I put up a poll (here) and we'll see how the voting goes. If you'd like to offer any advice, just email me - I'll take it into consideration.
Tomorrow's column day. I have no idea what I'm going to write about at this point, but last week's column was fun. I talked about movie ratings - and how the system is broken. I found another system that I think works better.
Looks like last week's poll voters wanted Metro Rail extended. The new poll is on the bird war. It's real. Will you join it?
Necessities: Google Reader. Gotta have it.
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Sunday, June 29, 2008
Saturday, June 28, 2008
What did you think I meant? I assure you, this is the only Blonde I'll be allowed to have this summer ... and my wife wasn't even thrilled about that ... just cause of the name. Labatt has this new variety pack - six Blue Light, six Honey, six Summer Blonde, and six "Twist" (with lime).
In the first five-and-a-half months of 2004, the last presidential election year, Fox’s prime-time audience among viewers aged 25 to 54 was more than double that of CNN’s — 530,000 to 248,000, according to estimates from Nielsen Media Research. This year, through mid-June, CNN erased the gap and drew nearly as many viewers in that demographic category as Fox — about 420,000 for CNN to 440,000 for Fox.Of course, my headline is facetious. I don't expect to see Fox News' demise any time soon. But I have to wonder why the "liberal news stations" are gaining and the "fair and balanced" one is slipping. Might it be that people are seeing through the B.S. that Fox sells? Or is it just that Democrats finally feel energized enough to watch their own network? Or ... is it as Republican Strategist Scott Reed said ... that MSNBC and CNN have simply stepped up their game?
I should point out that WECK uses Fox News for it's top of the hour news casts, as well as breaking news ...
There was a great deal of concern that the Ulrich City Center area wasn't going to be big enough to accommodate the event. It was big enough and then some. Estimates I've heard for crowd was about 8,000 people. Personally, I think that's a little high, but I've never been great at crowd estimates. I would have guessed about 6,000. Nonetheless, there was room for a ton more.
The stage was set at the south east corner of the City Center lot. Although I've never noticed it before, I noticed last night that there was a bit of an incline - with that corner being the highest point in the area. It would have made more sense to me to put the stage at the other end, creating a stadium-seating effect. That said, having the stage where it was and on an angle allowed a lot more people to get up close than would have been possible at the other end.
There were plenty of bathrooms - and a line for them all night long. I went with my wife and two girls. My youngest had to use the bathroom once and we were fortunate not to have a line thanks to the VIP pass I was given. That pass also came in handy for parking, as we were able to park right behind Sub Delicious.
Parking was supposed to be a big problem, but the only problem I saw was some Lockport business owners and organizations being left out of the loop because they were too greedy. I saw $7 parking several blocks away from the event. I saw $10 parking all over the place. And I even saw one lot charging $20 for parking. Fortunately, this lot was mostly empty. Had everyone asked for a little less (or a lot less in the $20 case), those lots would have filled up quick. But they had to be greedy. I'm sorry. That's the only way to say it. Greedy.
Know who wasn't greedy? The organizers. As with most festivals and free concerts, you buy tickets at certain stands and trade those tickets in for food and beverage at other stands. When I saw that tickets were $3.50, I was really concerned that beer was going to be two tickets ($7.00). I was pleasantly surprised to see it was only 1 ticket ($3.50). I'm sure some people thought that a bit much for a beer, but for this type of event, I'm actually surprised it wasn't a little more. Also burgers, hot dogs, fried dough, and some other things were only 1 ticket, too. Besides beer, they also had Mikes Hard Lemonade ... and one vendor was selling little bitty bottles of wine.
My favorite vendor of the night was the cigar guy. He wasn't using tickets. Just cash. I'm not really a cigar smoker, but since it was a special event, I treated myself to and apple-somthing-or-other. It was a buck! I'm glad I got it ... but I always forget how long it takes to smoke a cigar. And I was standing at the back of the crowd - in a relatively vacant area - while smoking it so as not to offend. I hope that guy comes back. I'll try another one.
There were just as many - if not more - vendors outside the fenced in area as there were inside. I got a blooming onion. A little pricey at $7, but I couldn't refuse. There were two trucks selling ice cream. I went to one this time. I'll search out the other the next time. Not cause the one I got ice cream from wasn't good. It was. But the other vendor is at every Lockport event there is ... and I appreciate the loyalty.
It looked like several of the area restaurants - especially those with finger foods and takeout - were doing well for themselves. And that was nice to see. I read in the paper this morning that Tom Bancroft from the Daily Grind said you could here just fine at his place. That might be nice. Some coffee and a place to talk ... (side note, the story about the concert itself listed Uncle Plum as opening. Originally, they were supposed to but there was some sort of last minute change)
Taboo's new outdoor patio is georgeous, by the way. I didn't sit in it, but I did check it out when I was in the area talking with some friends. It seemed to me that as long as you were ordering, they didn't care how long you sat there. But there were picnic tables near the food vendors, too. I thought that was a nice touch. Many people were upset that there were no lawn chairs allowed. I think those people didn't quite get the gist of the concert series to begin with ... but I saw several people sitting outside the fenced in area on their lawn chairs. And the sound was great back there.
The police presence was noticable and I took a few minutes to talk with a couple different officers - from a couple different police forces. They seemed to be having a good time and told me that there were very few problems.
At one point, I did see the crowd yell for help from the police - something about a woman having a seizure. The mounted patrol made their way over ... very slowly ... cause they had to get their horses through the crowd. Maybe next time, no horses, guys? Just a thought. But they did get over there and it looked like the woman was taken away in an ambulance which was parked on Locust Street.
From my perspective, things went really smooth. Although, I left early, so I didn't see what happened after - say - 10 o'clock. I heard on the radio that there was one arrest for disorderly conduct. I think that's pretty good odds.
Looking forward to the next one ... even if it is Blood Sweat & Tears.
For the rest of my photos of the evening, click here ... and for another review, by my friend Al Gritzmacher, click here.
Friday, June 27, 2008
I got an email from Mark last night, asking Erie County residents to help get the Governor to approve a measure by the state legislature that closed a loophole - as he called it - preventing the county from borrowing money.
Mark writes: "Since talking office I have never asked you to take any action but your help is needed now. If Governor Paterson hears from the taxpayers of our community I know he will sign this legislation into law and let our elected leaders, not appointed members of a state authority, borrow on your behalf to complete these very important but delayed projects.
Therefore, I ask each of you to write to Governor David Paterson and ask him to sign into law the legislation, which will return representative democracy to Erie County and ensure that needed but delayed capital projects are completed this year."
Mark says if you click this link, you can fill out a form and ask the governor to sign the bill.
The plan is to eventually retool all the photos on the website, put them in WebShots, label and organize them ... AND to keep up on taking photos as well.
Speaking of guests, next week is coming along nicely. I added Assemblyman Mike Cole for Tuesday, and NYS Libertarian Chair Eric Sundwall for Thursday (both on Reason). Also recently added, NT Mayor Larry Soos on Wednesday for Dialog.
Thursday, June 26, 2008
Looks like the sample we took - albeit a small one - would indicate that MetroRail should be extended. Personally, I'd like to see it from Medina to Orchard Park. With an offshoot that goes through North Tonawanda to Niagara Falls.
A new poll is at right. It's not just a poll, but a call to arms. Will you be a soldier in the war against the birds? I'm not asking you to kill the birds yet ... but it could come to that if they can't be convinced to call off their terrorist attacks.
Apparently, birds have been on a rampage all over the earth. Now - to be fair - other animals have been acting up, but I'm pretty sure the birds are the ringleaders.
Take, for example, this story about peacocks attacking cars in the British village of Percy. They might look pretty, but they're deadly.
Or this story about red winged blackbirds attacking people in Chicago.
Or another example - in nearly LaSalle, Ill.
Fortunately, someone has begun fighting back. A paper from Gloucestershire says someone had decapitated a pigeon. Authorities are looking for the culprit ... probably to give him an award.
According to this story by the AP, creating different rules for candidates based upon how much their opponent spends violates the 1st Amendment. The law had said that when a candidate spends more than $350,000 of his own money, an opponent may qualify to accept individual contributions up to $6,900, triple the normally allowed amount.
My question is if money is speech, and millionaires can spend as much of their own money as they want ... then why am I limited in how much I can contribute.
This story, of course, has more than just a local angle ... the lawsuit was brought forth by Jack Davis, Democratic candidate in the 26th district.
Jon Powers, Davis' main challenger on the Democratic side, released the following statement:
"The voters of the 26th District are not going to let a millionaire, who owns up to $35 million in Big Oil stocks, to buy this election when gas prices are more than $4.00 a gallon. Regardless of what the Supreme Court decided, there is a clear choice in the Democratic Primary in New York's 26th District. Voters can either vote for Jon Powers, who has 75% of his donors giving $50 or less, or Jack Davis who went to the Supreme Court in order to make it easier for millionaires to get elected."
By the way, the photo at the top was taken by yours truly ... I love the Supreme Court building ...
After the show, I found out that Culver Communications' engineer Mike Ridley was attacked by a cat ... then this. If you follow the link, you will read a story that Mercy Flight was forced to make an emergency landing in Lancaster because their chopper was attacked by a bird. The comments below the story indicate that I'm not the only one that's noticed a pattern. One says, "Has anyone else noticed what is happening with the birds this year. Several have flown into my car, and the back door of my home. Several of my co workers have commented on this also! Is there something in the water? Something they are telling us?"
It's kind of scary - this war against mankind. Keep checking back for updates. We'll win this fight together.
It's almost an afterthought now, but here's a link to the video of the turkey attacking a cop ... it's good stuff.
Wednesday, June 25, 2008
Thanks to Norm Palmer, Pat Burke and Roy Macaluso for coming in to WLVL's studios and talking about Lockport's Athletic Hall of Fame induction coming up in September. (photo at right)
I booked North Tonawanda Mayor Larry Soos for next Wednesday on Dialog. Actually, next week is pretty booked for Dialog ... and pretty empty for Reason. I'll work on adding some guests for Reason tomorrow.
I did some web editing tonight. I updated the "about" page and added a bunch of guests on the "guests list" page. I'm through 2005. I hope to get 2006 done by July 1. It's not a promise, but it is a goal. Another goal is to fix and update the "photos" page. Soon. I promise. I also made the microphone in the top left corner link to the WECK stream. If you click it, it should open in your media player of choice.
My truck just needed a battery ... but I found out batteries for big-@ss trucks are a lot more expensive than for cars. Nonetheless, I feel better. Maybe I didn't have bad karma (check the comments in the previous post).
Finally, the poll has less than 24 hours. Would you ride Metro Rail if it were extended? Vote if you haven't already. New poll tomorrow night, I guess.
I've added the schedule to the WNY Events calendar but figured I'd add the schedule here, too.
- Tonight - June 25th - Buffalo and Brady: Magic and Music
- Next Week - July 2 - Lockport Community Band (Flag Wavin' Patriotic Concert)
- July 9th - Bart & Kevin Summer Family Fun Concert
- July 16th - Cathy McGrath (Erie Canal and NY State songs)
- July 23 - Fiddlesticks (Traditional fiddling, country and bluegrass)
- July 30 - Buffalo Buzzards: Dixieland Jazz
- August 6 - Glenn Colton rockin' family concert
- August 13 - Nan Hoffman (folk music for all ages)
- August 20 - Tom Seiling "Bugs & Moose ... out on the loose"
- August 27 - Dady Brothers (Traditional Irish and Celtic music)
Tuesday, June 24, 2008
Then we'll talk about your daily commute and all the other fun things in the news ...
That's at 10:00 a.m. on WECK. Then at 11, I'll be on WLVL and talking with Norm Palmer and friends ...
The Times article mentions Skelos and Thomas Libous as being the top guys for the job. It does not mention our own Senator, George Maziarz.
Libous, meanwhile will be the Deputy Majority Leader.
I have to wonder, was Maziarz really a contender for the position? If so, why do today's media accounts fail to mention him? And if not, why did the Buffalo News say he was yesterday?
Still lots to figure out on this story.
With two daughters in the house, I try to keep an eye on the movie ratings to make sure they're not seeing anything too inappropriate. But unless we want to watch a Disney marathon, it's nearly impossible.
Take, for example, this recent experience; my wife got a couple movies from our local library, which actually has a pretty good selection. Anyway, one of the movies was "My Super Ex-Girlfriend." It was rated PG-13. The second was an R-rated flick that I cannot recall.
Which one do we watch with the kids? The R-rated one, of course.
At least, we should have watched the R-rated one with the kids. Cause it was - in my opinion - much more "family friendly" than the PG-13 movie. "My Super Ex-Girlfriend" was filled with sexual innuendo and even a couple sex scenes - albeit, no skin was shown, it was pretty obvious what was going on. The other movie was rated R for swearing. I'm not kidding. There was no graphic violence. No sex. Just a lot of F-bombs.
I might not drop F-bombs around my kids, but I know they've heard the word before. I'd much rather they hear someone swear ... than watch someone screw.
So how did one get a PG-13 rating and the other an R? The Motion Picture Association of America. They have certain guidelines for what constitutes what. The "hard swearing" got that second movie an R rating. The explanation for PG-13 is so confusing, I'd swear this was a government operation. But it's done by a "ratings board" which works for the MPAA.
Here's an interesting tidbit I found out. Movies are not required to go to the ratings board. They don't have to be rated. Or they can rate themselves ... as long as it is not "confusingly similar to the G, PG, PG-13, R, and, NC-17." Apparently, those rating are trademarked or something. But if they wanted to rate their movie "I for incompetent," they could do that.
But as I've previously determined the rating isn't so important as the content. Often times a movie will say "Rated PG-13 for sexual content" or something like that. But is that someone copping a feel? Or hard core nookie?
I heard about another movie rating system that sounds ... almost logical. It's called "Kids-in-Mind" movie ratings. They rate movies on three factors; sex, gore, and vulgarity. The give each factor a rating of 1 to 10. The higher the rating, the more of that there is in the movie. Plus, they actually list each instance.
"My Super Ex-Girlfriend," for example, has a rating of 7.6.4. Lots of sex. A moderate amount of gore. And not too much swearing. Exactly the opposite of what I think is appropriate for my kids. Had I known about this rating system, they never would have watched that movie.
They would have watched that other movie. The one I can't think of. And they would have forgotten it by now, too. I just hope they forgot the one they DID see.
Monday, June 23, 2008
Among the contenders is Sen. George D. Maziarz, R-Newfane, who is holding a secret meeting tonight with the two other major contenders, senators Dean Skelos of Nassau County and Thomas Libous of Binghamton.
Skelos and Libous have long coveted the majority leader job, and they have worked for years lining up backers for the day that Bruno retired. Maziarz, however, is seen as a candidate who could emerge from a fight between Skelos and Libous in what is already shaping up as a downstate versus upstate battle between Republicans.
In Maziarz's favor is that he comes from a safe political district and is among the top fundraisers among rank-and-file lawmakers.
Maziarz would not say if he is an active candidate for Bruno's job.
"It's clearly a leadership position and it's something I clearly would love to see someone from Western New York be under active consideration," he said tonight.
Obviously, this is a story we'll continue to follow. Funny, we went from "is George even running for re-election" this morning to ... "George Maziarz, majority leader?" this evening ...
With the Senate hinging on a single vote, who knows what this could mean for New York's "senior body," but it means something different. And given the disaster that New York has been, different has got to be good.
Today, I met with my Republican colleagues in the Senate and informed them that I will not be running for re-election this November.
After 32 years in office, I have decided that it is time to move on with my life and to give my constituents an opportunity for new representation and my colleagues in the Senate who have supported me, an opportunity for new leadership.Public service has been a blessing for which I will be ever grateful. I have had the opportunity to work for and with hundreds of proud, distinguished New Yorkers. I have viewed my work not as a job, but as a privilege to come here day in and day out and stand up for the people of Rensselaer and Saratoga counties and stand up for the hardworking people I have come to know over the years.
Politics is a tough ball game. Tougher now than it has ever been. But after 32 years of many successes and a few failures, I know now more than ever, and I can say that with comfort and confidence, there is no calling greater than that of public service. There have been few more rewarding experiences in my life. But, timing in life is everything. While there may never be a good time to make these kinds of life decisions, I have decided that it is time for me to move on with my life.
I do so with a heavy heart, but an optimistic soul. And I will rest peaceful in the knowledge that so many great things lie ahead for this great State that I have had the honor and privilege to serve.
- Bonnie Spoon (acting chair)
- Roland Johnson
- James Spanbauer
- Rev. William Lowery
- Thomas O'Shea
The budget should be balanced, the treasury should be refilled, the public debt should be reduce, the arrogance of officialdom should be tempered and controlled, and assistance to foreign lands should be curtailed ...Interesting to note, the quote isn't by Hobel. It's by Cicero ... from 63 BC. Below is the conclusion.
... lest Rome become bankrupt.Makes you wonder. What did happen to the Roman Empire?
News, notes and necessities
items of interest the week of June 23, 2008
an occasional update from me, Scott Leffler
News: Dialog on Hometown 1340, WLVL in Lockport will have guests Monday, Wednesday and Friday of this week. Reason on Hometown 1230, WECK in Buffalo is thus-far, guestless.
As always, Bob Confer will check in first thing Monday morning on WLVL (11:15 a.m.) to discuss what's going on in Albany. Following Bob, Sheriff's Deputy Brian Grear will make a major announcement that any politically interested people won't want to miss. On Wednesday, WLVL Sports Director Norm Palmer will be in studio with Lockport Athletic Director Pat Burke and former basketball coach Ray Macaluso to discuss the Hall of Fame induction ceremony and who will be installed. And then on Friday, Lockport's mayor, Mike Tucker will be in studio at WLVL.
I'll be taking a day off on Tuesday to play the role of proud parent. As such, we'll run "best of" shows on Dialog and Reason.
Did you know that you can listen to Reason right here on your computer? True, you can. Hometown 1230 WECK is now streaming online, meaning no matter where you are, you can listen (as long as you've got an internet capable computer). Just head on over to the station website, www.weck1230.com and click "listen" in the top left corner. It's live, too (minus a few seconds of buffer). So if I'm talking about something you want to get your word in on, just call when I give the number.
Notes: Another weekend meant more work on the website. I added a WNY Events calendar, which I'm hoping to build into the definitive calendar for people who leave their homes. Right now, it has the listings for several free concert series in WNY ... but I'm hoping to add more concerts, as well as sporting events and festivals. I also made some other minor changes to the website. You'll have to go check it out for yourself. This week's web plans include getting more photos online ... and organizing them better. Speaking of photos, there's a great one on the blog of me and Sabretooth from the Sabres NHL draft party on Friday night. Now I need one of me and Buster Bison.
While I would suggest that you listen live - to both shows on both stations - I understand that it's not always practical or possible. So if you miss a show here or there, listen to the podcasts. It's okay. Reason podcasts currently remain on www.weck1230.com and Dialog podcasts are at www.wlvl.com. But I'll soon consolidate them all onto www.scottleffler.com. If you're looking for recommendations, I'd definately listen to last Wednesday's Dialog (with Larry Eggert) and last Thursday's Reason (with Libertarian VP candidate Wayne Allyn Root).
Don't forget that Tuesday's are column day. I'm going to write on the ratings given to movies, as they have bitten me in the posterior several times in the past couple months. Check the website Tuesday morning for the updated column.
Necessities: Despite the release this past week of Firefox 3, I don't think there's anything out there that I'd list as a necessity. While I've enjoyed the new program and recommend that you try it out, it has been - often - buggy for me.
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From Reuters: Comedian George Carlin, a counter-culture hero famed for his routines about drugs, dirty words and the demise of humanity, died of heart failure at a Los Angeles-area hospital on Sunday. He was 71. Carlin, who had a history of heart and drug-dependency problems, died at Saint John's Health Center in Santa Monica about 6 p.m. PDT (9 p.m. EDT) after being admitted earlier in the afternoon for chest pains, spokesman Jeff Abraham told Reuters.
From Entertainment Weekly: George Carlin, the famously acerbic stand-up comedian, has died. The pioneering entertainer succumbed to heart failure in Santa Monica, Calif., on Sunday, at age 71. Carlin, who began making TV appearances in the 1960s with a conventional comedy act, emerged in the 1970s with a style much more reflective of the times, pushing into more sensitive areas of social observation and language, a favorite topic of his over the years. Most notably, his recorded routine ''Seven Words You Can Never Say on Television'' became the center of a landmark Supreme Court case.
Just last week, Paul Oates and Doug Young were talking about George Carlin receiving some comedy award and how it would be strange to see him in a suit. It will be even stranger to no longer see him.
Sunday, June 22, 2008
If you access this blog straight from www.scottleffler.com, then on the left at the bottom, there should be a link for WNY Events. It's a simple calendar filled with all the fun things to do around WNY - including a variety of concert series.
If you've got an event - or know something I should add, just drop me a line and I'll put it on the calendar for all to see.
You may notice that the events calendar is still in its infancy, but I'll be adding more to it daily.
Here's the thing I don't get. It's only 1 in the afternoon on Sunday. Do they guesstimate for the remainder of the day?
Between the two movies, I'd much rather see "Get Smart" - even though, according to Paul Lane, "The Love Guru" actually has a local connection.
That said, neither of them looks good enough for me to leave the house to go see. Can you say NetFlix?
Apparently, these guys refused to wave at the president. It's their right. Kind of funny in a way. As much as I dislike this administration, I'd wave to him if he waved to me. And yes, I mean with all five fingers.
Are you angry at the present situation in this Country, State or County? High gasoline prices, food prices going up, jobs getting harder to find, no representation from elected officials, heating oil costs heading for the moon, and higher and higher taxes ...
Want to let your views be known? Join the rest of your fellow Americans in a peaceful protest on July 4th as we put our flags out to honor our freedom. Display your American flag flying upside down, which indicates a situation of DISTRESS ...
You don't have to talk to your politicians, you don't have to form a crowd. The simple act of flying your American flag upside down alng with the rest of us will convey the message that we want the situation corrected NOW.
This is probably the easiest thing you could ever do and if those in power don't respect the meaning of our demonstration in July, then we can remember them on Election Day in November.
Saturday, June 21, 2008
I recall when we went to the National Archives in April, there was an exhibit for kids to create their own seal. It was kind of cute. Maybe Obama was there too. Maybe that's where he got the idea.
Of course, Obama's not the first to take some flak for this. The Next Right - in a post designed to hurt Obama on this issue - points out that John McCain used an actual flag on his bumper stickers in 2000. Gasp. and in 2004, Kerry used something that looked a lot like a flag. OMG!
I must say, I find it funny. First Obama is attacked for not wearing a flag ... thereby being unpatriotic. Now he's TOO patriotic? I'm not really sure what the argument is here, but it's certainly interesting.
My take? The seal is a bit odd. Maybe presumptuous. But that's not the reason I'm not voting for Obama.
Last night, for example, there were thousands of hockey fans at the arena for the Sabres NHL Draft Party. The team offered pix with Sabretooth (that's me at left - click to see the rest of my pix from the night), autographs, discounts at the Sabres Store, kids with sticks and helmets could play floor hockey on the floor of HSBC Arena, plus tours of the Sabres locker room.
I made sure to get a photo of Max Afinogenov's locker as rumors had swirled that he would end up part of a trade during the draft - maybe for a bag of pucks or something. Despite a - let's say - lackluster season last year, he's still my fave.
According to the Sabres, by the way, there were 3,000 people there. I'd buy it. It was a very cool thing to do.
Thursday, June 19, 2008
The organization also held a press conference to discuss it. Lawrence Meckler, NFTA executive director said that changing economic conditions coupled with future development plans could be enough to fuel the oft-discussed expansion of the Metro Rail system. He also said that "nothing is cast in stone," and it may take years before it becomes a reality.
The NFTA last considered Metro Rail expansion in 2001, but at the time, the idea was scrapped because of its high cost and doubts about the investment would pay off in the long term. Read more in Business First.
With $4-plus gasoline, many area residents have said they wished Metro Rail were extended. I recently wrote a column about it, in fact.
What do you think? Would you ride Metro Rail if it extended further? It's time for a new poll anyway ... so let's have at it. The new poll will be up by six p.m.
After the interview, I talked about phrases to hate. Here's the BBC article about that.
Also, here's the Onion story I read ...
David Sanborn is a distinguished saxophone player whose music has inspired countless other musicians. He is a gifted performer with a musical genre spanning from rock ‘n' roll, R&B, pop and jazz.
When David was three years old he contracted
polio. As part of his treatment therapy, he was
introduced to the saxophone. He would spend
days listening to the alto sax on the radio.
For more details and to see who's playing in future weeks, click here.
Wednesday, June 18, 2008
In a horribly ironic and just all-around odd and scary situation, Lockport Police Chief Larry Eggert was hit by a car, driven by a 19-year-old, while riding his bike home from the station. The accident came just a short while after a press event where Eggert and LPD donated five bikes to the Boy Scouts.
It also came on the same day when Scott Leffler hosted Eggert on his WLVL show, and one caller mentioned he saw Eggert jogging around town recently, but didn’t want to say where he runs, in fear that someone might want to do harm to him.Marren goes on to say that the accident was just that - an accident. Of course, it was. I couldn't imagine that anyone would ever want to do harm to Larry, one of the nicest and most respectful guys I've come across. Besides, who could have anything against a guy that rides his bike and donates bikes to the Boy Scouts?
It is amazing the bad luck this guy has come across. You may recall that he was shot in February 2003 chasing Jason Kanalley. He, of course, recovered from that - slowly - and was recently appointed chief of the LPD.
For the rest of the story from the US&J - including a photo of the accident, click here.
Here's to a quick recovery, Larry.
(post edited @ 9:47 p.m. - Niagara Times says Eggert suffered a broken leg, broken ankle and broken ribs and is expected to be "laid up" for 12 weeks)
From Tom Golisano's takeover bringing $10 tickets for a preseason game a few years ago, to the Party in the Plaza that everyone's copying now, it seems to me like Sabres managment is making a real effort to cultivate a new generation of hockey fan.
That continues on Friday as autograph sessions with Buffalo Sabres players and family-friendly food and drink specials highlight the NHL Entry Draft Party at HSBC Arena on from 5-9 p.m. The event is free and open to fans of all ages. Parking is also free in the arena ramp.
I'll have Rus on Reason at 10 am to discuss this.
Jon Powers, Democratic candidate in New York’s 26th Congressional District, and his campaign continue to avoid answering questions about his campaign contributions and why the majority of his contributions are from outside of Western New York. In fact last week Powers claimed to have the needed “hometown support.”
Now, I'm not defending Powers here. If he skipped out on a commitment, I want to know why. But I'm supposed to trust the RNCC to question ANYONE's judgment? Isn't this the same RNCC that Tom Reynolds headed? Tom Reynolds who spent the majority of his time as a congressman running around the country raising money for people? The same RNCC that is missing millions of dollars from when Tom Reynolds headed it? And they're going to question Jon Powers?
The campaign is having a "pub crawl." Starting at 7 p.m. Obama supporters will drink their livers out and wander from one bar in the Village to another. They ask that supporters make a minimum donation to the Obama campaign in order to recieve "a sweet Obama button."
Tuesday, June 17, 2008
But in a presidential year filled with firsts (African-American nominee, serious woman candidate, former POW to be his party's standard-bearer), Lieberman retains the intriguing potential to become the first Jewish, party-crossing, second-time-around vice-presidential nominee in American history.
Um. No. I don't see this as any more realistic than McCain dropping out or Barack Obama picking Chuck Hagel as his veep.
Seems like I just wrote a column about this idiocy this morning ...
I have to wonder if this is just another step in the direction of the Bills moving to TO.
Frankly, the logo doesn't particularly excite me. What do you think?
That was today's topic - and it revolved around the fourth DWI arrest for Marcy Cole.
My suggestion was that after being arrested four times for driving while impaired something should be done to prevent that person from endangering the lives of the rest of us. No one disagreed. Not a single caller spoke in favor of going easy.
Now, I understand that alcoholism is a disease, but if one persons disease puts someone else in jeopardy, it needs to be addressed. On that tone, I mentioned leprocy ... and did some research after the show. According to this web site, "there are still a few leper colonies around the world, in countries such as India, Vietnam, and the Philippines."
Now you know.
What do you think should happen with Marcy Cole?