Monday, July 21, 2008

Weekly update ...

News, notes and necessities

items of interest the week of July 21, 2008

an occasional update from me, Scott Leffler

News: I have a short week ... and that makes this a short note.

Bob Confer was my guest this morning, talking about property rights and electricty rates. I would normally have Lockport Mayor Mike Tucker on Friday, but I'm taking a couple days off to spend with the fam, so I'll have to reschedule the mayor.

Notes: The forum at is up to 17 members. Mindcrime asked if the users can pick the next game. I'm all about choice, so I said yes. The potential selections are posted in the members only section of the forum. Game gets added at 20 users.

I'm adding a new feature to the blog. There's a blog I keep an eye on that does a feature called "heard." Essentially, it asks readers to email in random funny things that they've heard around town. Like when you hear something funny at Tim Hortons ... share it with the world at Read more here.

Last weeks' web poll voters say a three-way congressional race in NY26 favors Jack Davis. See the full results here.

The new poll is based on an email I recieved talking about removing "God" from the pledge and our currency. It's at the top of the blog on

Tomorrow's column day. Make sure to check the website for longform thoughts from yours truly.

Friday's concert in Lockport is a must-see. While I've heard great things about Kenny Wayne Shepherd, I'm more excited about the local bands, Wanted by the FBI and the Brotherhood.

Necessities: If you're in the City of Lockport, the new Niagara Produce Lockport is the definition of necessity. I wrote a review here.

I sent this to you because I thought you might appreciate it. If I was wrong, please just respond and ask to be taken off the mailing list. I'll take care of it. If this was forwarded to you and you'd like to receive future updates, please email and ask to be added to the list. I'll make that happen.

From the email ...

Okay, I got one of those dreaded forwarded emails this evening that says, "forward if you agree, if not delete." The text it below.
Do you believe that the word God should stay in American culture?

NBC this morning had a poll on this question. They had the highest Number of responses that they have ever had for one of their polls, and the Percentage was the same as this:

86% to keep the words, IN God We Trust and God in the Pledge of Allegiance 14% against

That is a pretty 'commanding' public response.

I was asked to send this on if I agreed or delete if I didn't .

Now it is your turn . . It! is said that 86% of Americans believe the word God should stay.

Therefore, I have a very hard time understanding why there is such a mess about having 'In God We Trust' on our money and having God in the Pledge of Allegiance.

Why is the world catering to this 14%?


If you agree, pass this on , if not, simply delete.

In God We Trust
Although I was told not to respond if I didn't agree, I figured that if I was going to be put upon with other people's opinions, I'd at least share mine back. After all, opinions is my business.

I firmly believe in the separation of church and state, even if that particular phrase is never mentioned in the Constitution. I think it's fairly implied in the First Amendment. Moreover, "In God We Trust" wasn't on our money when the founders were around. It was added in 1864 ... and "under God" was added to the pledge in the 1950s.

Now, I'm sure I'm in the minority nationwide - as I am apparently in the NBC Poll - I wonder what the readers of this web site think ... so, of course, I created a poll ... at the top right of this blog.

Reason show notes 072108

Random fact: The company that manufactures the greatest number of women's dresses each year is Mattel. Barbie's got to wear something.

Speaking of Barbie, Scott discussed Mattel's new WNY edition Barbies.

"Williamsville Barbie"

This princess Barbie is sold only in the Walker Center .. She comes with an assortment of Kate Spade Handbags, a Lexus SUV and long-haired foreign dog named Honey. Available with or without tummy tuck and face lift.

Workaholic Ken sold only in conjunction with the augmented version

"Amherst Barbie"

The modern day homemaker Barbie is available with Ford Windstar Minivan and matching gym outfit. She gets lost easily and has no full-time occupation. Traffic-jamming cell phone sold separately.

"South Side B-Low Barbie"

This recently paroled Barbie comes with a 9 mm handgun, a Ray Lewis knife, a Chevy with dark tinted windows, and a Meth Lab Kit. This model is only available after dark and must be paid for in cash (preferably small, untraceable bills) unless you are a cop, then we don't know what you are talking about.

"Clarence Barbie"

This yuppie Barbie comes with your choice of BMW convertible or Hummer H2. Included are her own Starbucks cup, credit card and country club membership. Also available for this set are Shallow Ken and Private School Skipper. You won't be able to afford any of them.

"Cheektowaga Barbie"

This pale model comes dressed in her own Wrangler jeans two sizes too small, a NASCAR t-shirt and Tweety-Bird tattoo on her shoulder. She has a six-pack of Bud light and a Hank Williams Jr. CD set. She can spit over 5 feet and kick mullet-haired Ken's ass when she is drunk. Purchase her pickup truck separately and get a confederate flag bumper sticker absolutely free.

"Olean Barbie"

This tobacco-chewing, brassy-haired Barbie has a pair of her own high-heeled sandals with one broken heel from the time she chased beer-gutted Ken out of Wellsville Barbie's house. Her ensemble includes low-rise acid-washed jeans, fake fingernails, and a see-through halter-top. Also available with a mobile home or 1980 Camaro.

"Lewiston Barbie"

This doll is made of actual tofu. She has long straight brown hair, arch-less feet, hairy armpits, no makeup and Birkenstocks with white socks. She prefers that you call her Willow .. She does not want or need a Ken doll, but if you purchase two Lewiston Barbies and the optional Subaru wagon, you get a rainbow flag bumper sticker for free.

"Falls Chick Barbie"

This Barbie now comes with a stroller and infant doll. Optional accessories include a GED and bus pass. Gangsta Ken and his 1979 Caddy were available, but are now very difficult to find since the addition of the infant.

"Chippewa Barbie/Ken"

This versatile doll can be easily converted from Barbie to Ken by simply adding or subtracting the multiple snap-on parts.

Plus Scott found an S&M Barbie online ... I can't tell if it's legit or not, though.

Of course, the show started on a more cerebral note ... discussing John McCain's visit to WNY and taxpayers picking up the tab for the added overtime for police.

Plus, Scott notes some interesting news items:
  • NIAGARA FALLS — A Pierce Avenue man suffered two skull fractures, a nasal cavity fracture and a deep cut to the forehead when he was attacked during a dispute with neighbors of his brother just before midnight Saturday, police said.
  • NIAGARA FALLS — A 33-year-old man told police he was stabbed Sunday morning after answering the door of a Ninth Street home.
  • BUFFALO — Buffalo police are investigating an attack on a disabled youth who was jumped and beaten unconscious Sunday afternoon when he walked out of a store on Northland Avenue and Hager Street.
  • BUFFALO — A man reported to police that he was mugged at knifepoint Friday night on Johnson Park in downtown Buffalo.
Is gas too expensive for drive-by's these days?

Tippi Hedron is ... Hitchcock Barbie ...

I'm not making this up.

The best part is, though, that the story says there is a remake in the works for The Birds, to appear in theaters in 2009.