Monday, July 14, 2008

It's all about me!

For some reason, a few bloggers today have decided to talk about yours truly.

The folks at Niagara Times ask:
When local media outlets talk or write about political happenings in the county, are they helping or hurting the political environment? Scott Leffler, who hosts Dialog on WLVL, despises many of the local, state and federal politicos. With Leffler, his disdain is primarily directed at the GOP, who have been very successful over the past three election cycles in Niagara County. So when Leffler goes on the air railing the incumbents, is he moving politics in the county forward, or is he setting them back?
And Larry Castellani at the similarly named Niagara Journal says:
I hope you were listening to the Scott Leffler show on WLVL this morning. He may be the new political voice of Niagara County. The management of WLVL should give him another hour if he continues to have shows like today’s.
Meanwhile, Buffalo Pundit lists some Niagara County voices, including me, Larry's blog, Bob Confer, and Niagara's Voice, a blog run by Town of Niagara Councilman Rob Clark.

My opinion on these matters (it is afterall, what I do) is that it is not my job to move things forward nor set them back, but to speak truth and let you decide what to do with it ... and I don't think I'm the new political voice of the county either, but I'm glad to be A voice. And I'm honored that a pillar of the blogging community like Buffalo Pundit would include me in his list.

Show notes (July 14, 2008)

This morning on Reason, I discussed the ongoing fight between Mayor Byron Brown and the Buffalo Police Union. First the mayor wanted to curtail spending by limiting the number of city cars going home - which the union fought. Then he said he found out injured police have taken other jobs ... when they allegedly can't do their own. Who's right? I tend to side with elected officials when they want to save money.

I discussed an old dude getting attacked by birds in Toronto. The photo at the right is the real photo that accompanied the story in the (Canadian) National Post.

I also played a bit from Onion Radio, in which Congress purportedly raised the "licking maple syrup off your plate" age limit to 13.

Update: The Buffalo News reported this afternoon that the cars can continue to go home with the police ... for another two weeks while the judge makes a decision.

On Dialog, I tried to talk about the two races in Niagara County with three contestants each; NY Congress 26 and NY State Senate 62. The first call however, talked about one particular issue in the senate race: PCB's. And that remained the topic for the remainder of the show.

Niagara County Legislator John Ceretto called in to say he'd be sponsoring a resolution at the legislature's next meeting, July 22nd. Let's rally behind John to prevent these PBC's from coming here.

Weekly update for July 14, 2008

News, notes and necessities

items of interest the week of July 14, 2008

an occasional update from me, Scott Leffler

News: This week's edition will be short, as the upcoming calendar is mostly blank.

My lone guest scheduled for the week (at this point) is Tim Marren of the Lockport Union-Sun & Journal on Friday at 11 a.m. for Dialog. Other guests will undoubtably be booked during the course of the week to discuss any breaking news or other things of import.

Notes: I'm pleased to announce that since my last NNN, we've added five more users to the forum, bringing us up to 13, which allowed me to add the game Burger Time to the arcade. For every 10 users in the forum, I can add another game, so we're just seven shy of a third one. Thanks to BUFWINGS, rob clark, Andrew, tim35, and Thong for joining.

I had lots of fun and lots of guests between the 10 shows I did last week. From blight to fireworks ... the bird war to trying to figure out who a candidate is ... Bobby Anderson told me he's opening a restaruant and I complain about casino haters to the Niagara County Historical Society talking about Olcott ... Lee Bordeleau suing the state and Jack Davis considering a third party run to cows run amok in my old stomping grounds ... and a nose tweaking incident to set the world on fire.

A new poll went up on the website this morning asking who you think will win a three-way congressional race between Jon Powers, Jack Davis and Chris Lee. Vote on the blog page.

I'm backdating podcasts ... and for Reason podcasts, I'm back to June 9th. I will keep updating podcasts going forward and will continue to backfill, first getting all the Reason podcasts online, since the Dialog podcasts are already on the WLVL website, but older Reason shows aren't currently anywhere. Once I have all the Reason shows online, I'll pay more attention to the older Dialog shows. I have a year's worth to catch up on.

Necessities: If you're a political junkie like me, this cool map by Zogby will come in handy between now and the November election.

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