Tuesday, June 17, 2008

Wayne Allyn Root to replace Barr on Reason ...

Bob Barr, Libertarian candidate for president was scheduled to do an interview with me tomorrow afternoon. Unfortunately, Barr's publicist said the he won't be able to conduct the interview for personal reasons. She has, however, offered LP Vice Presidential Candidate Wayne Allyn Root, which I have accepted under the agreement that we'll get another crack at Barr in the not-too-distant future. As a result, I'll have Wayne on Reason at 10 a.m. on Thursday, which you can listen to live at AM 1230 or online at WECK1230.com ... or catch it later on the podcast.

Salon.com: A McCain-Lieberman ticket?

Salon suggests that a McCain-Lieberman ticket is more than just a pipe dream - it's downright plausible.

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 ...

Download the new Firefox. I did.

Bill unveil Toronto logo

The Buffalo Bills and formally unveiled the Bills Toronto Series logo today (at right). The Bills Toronto Series logo will be featured on patches adorned on the Buffalo Bills home uniform for all eight games played at Rogers Centre as part of the series over the next five years.

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?

State opens books to web viewers

The state comptroller's office has created a new Web site that will allow visitors to see how taxpayer's dollars are spent at the multitude of public agencies. The site, http://www.openbooknewyork.com/, contains a searchable database of spending by 113 state agencies and more than 60,000 state contracts, including such items as travel, equipment utilities and even salaries. It went live Tuesday.

Dialog show notes 061708

How many chances should a person get?

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?

Reason show notes 061708

Thanks to David DiPietro for taking time out of his day to answer my questions - and yours. I thought the gay marriage call might stump him ... or that the caller might berate him. For the record (as if you cared or asked) I disagree with his stance there. I don't think the state has any business in marriage - gay or straight. It's just another example of government sticking there nose where it don't belong. For more on David, check out his website, http://www.dipietroforsenate.com/.

Baltimore Cop at it again ...

Yesterday on Reason, Frank told me about a YouTube video of a cop in Baltimore harassing a skateboarder.

I found another YouTube video of an artist complaining that the cop had harassed him ...


New column: Speculation as news ...

It's Tuesday, which makes it column day. Here's a snippet:


You'll often hear people say they wish they could be a weatherman; only get it right half the time and still pick up a full paycheck. Heck, you might have said it yourself at some point. I'm sure I have.

But I have a better gig for you, with even a lower success rate necessary. Become a political pundit.

For the rest of the column, click here.

Speculation as news ...

You'll often hear people say they wish they could be a weatherman; only get it right half the time and still pick up a full paycheck. Heck, you might have said it yourself at some point. I'm sure I have.

But I have a better gig for you, with even a lower success rate necessary. Become a political pundit.

As a political junkie, I probably read more news on politics and the political process than any 10 people I know. Some of these stories are well thought out and make perfect sense. But often times, they are the political pipe dreams of people who have no clue about history or tradition.

In the past 24 hours, for example, I've read stories about why John McCain not only should, but WILL, drop out of the race for president ... and why the odds say that Barack Obama will pick Republican Chuck Hagel as his running mate.

Now I have no crystal ball. I can't say what will or won't happen. But I can tell you that I'd put good money up against either one of those "predictions."

See, while a weather man has to be right half the time, a political pundit only has to be right once. Just once. Ever. And he can for the rest of his life brag about it. Kind of like your buddy who caught that one touchdown in the state championship 30 years ago who feels the need to remind you during every Bills game - in order to legitimize his criticism of JP Losman.

I have no problem with fantasy. (although if Chuck Hagel and John McCain ever appear in one of my fantasies, I'm suing someone. This gentleman prefers blondes, thank you). I do however, have a problem with taking the least likely scenario and turning it into news.

It's as though these media types sit around smoking pot going, "Man, wouldn't it be totally awesome if Barack Obama picked a Republican running mate? Like that dude from Nebraska ... um Chuck Hagel? Yeah, and then he would totally win every electoral vote out there."

Come morning, they wake up with the munchies and vague memories of their conversation the night before ... but the thought lingers ... and even though no longer high, they still think it sounds like a great idea. Except somewhere along the line they forget that it was a half-baked (or all-baked as the case may be) pipe dream ... and write a column proclaiming that it's going to happen.

See, here's the great part for them: If they're wrong, no one remembers or cares. But if they're right, they're some sort of national heroes amongst the talking heads of the political world.

And worse yet, when they do get one right, it legitimizes every other all-baked scheme they've had ... and makes them "go-to" commentators in the future. So when they comment in 2032 Chelsea Clinton is going to choose the ghost of Walt Disney as her running mate, people will buy into it as though it were gospel.

Imagine if the weather man were only right once. Once ever. How long do you think he'd last?