Monday, June 30, 2008

Nader chooses Buffalo logo, "Populist" party ...

According to Ballot Access News:
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 ...

Powers campaign gets some muscle

Got this press release tonight from the Jon Powers for Congress campaign:


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.

Ketchup (things I've been meaning to blog about)

As I read news stories and other blogs, I'll bookmark items with plans to come back and post a blog about those items. Sometimes I get back to them quickly. Sometimes it takes a while. Here's several different items I wanted to bring to your attention ... but haven't ... 'til now.

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 ...
The bird war, of course, also continues to amuse (and scare) me. In Vancouver a lion has helped thin the bird population, but the zoo is being critcized because of it. And in Brazil, they've trained some birds to be on our side ... kind of ... assuming that we want inmates broken out of prison.

Reason show notes (063008)

I spent about a half an hour whining about the DEC stopping by my house over the weekend in response to a complaint about my camp fire ...

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.

Giraffe springs animals from circus ...

What with the animal war ongoing, I took special note of the following:

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 ...

Why wait?

I posted something this morning asking if people wanted a forum added to the website. But I didn't realize I made it impossible to vote in the poll. Since then I've gotten several emails saying they WOULD like to have a forum ... but a brand new one. So ... I made one. And it's set to go. Right now, I'm the only registered user. And you could NOT register and still use it ... but it's so much easier to follow threads when people have names. So sign up and plug away.

Hmm ...

Looks like you have to log in before you're allowed to vote on the poll on the forum.

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.

Is this how I lost YOUR email?

Weekly Update 063008

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, 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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