Thursday, June 26, 2008

Metro Rail poll closed - Bird War poll up ...

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.

Bird attacks a world-wide phenomenon

I've spent the day surfing the internet to determine just how big of a problem with got with this war against the birds ... and I've concluded: It's big.

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.

Supreme Court strikes down "Millionaire's Amendment"

The Supreme Court has been very busy today, first ruling that the 2nd Amendment guarantees and individual right to bear arms ... then ruling that money is speech.

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 ...

The war is on!

Today on Reason I talked about the war between animals and humans. More and more it seems like animals are rebelling against our God-granted superiority. Leslie talked about a sea gull that poop-bombed her at a concert last night. Frank discussed a fight he had with a six-foot-tall turkey (I don't believe it was really that tall), and we've all seen uppity sea gulls and pigeons around Western New York.

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.