Tuesday, January 27, 2009

Reason show notes for January 27, 2009

In hour one, I talked about a plan by Wisconsin Senator Russ Feingold to make sure all US Senators are directly elected by the people.

While most people would call that a WIN, I disagree. I'd actually prefer that all US Senators are either appointed by the governor of that state or (preferably) elected by the legislative branch of that state as was the case prior to the passage of the 17th Amendment.

In other words, Feingold wants to add an amendment to the Constitution. I want to remove one. I'm not alone, though. If you read down through the 17th Amendment link above, you will see that others have called for the same.

Chris Smith - AKA Buffalo Geek - joined me for a while to talk about it. We also discussed Buffalo's waterfront.

In the second hour, I talked with John Hoefle from EIR about the economic condition in the US and how to fix it. John, who testified before congress in 1993 - opposing NAFTA - says that NAFTA is part of the problem, but it's deeper than that. He said we may be better off as a country to allow the US automakers to fail. He took calls - some agreeing with his points and some disagreeing.

Warning: Inappropriate content below ...

I got this as a text message from a friend. I had to share it.

A man escapes from prison where he has been for 15 years. He breaks into a house to look for money and guns and finds a young couple in bed. He orders the guy out of
bed and ties him to a chair. While tying the girl to the bed, he gets on top of her, kisses her neck, then gets up and goes into the bathroom. While he's in there, the husband tells his wife: "Listen, this guy's an escaped convict, look at his clothes! He probably spent lots of time in jail and hasn't seen a woman in years. I saw how he kissed your neck. If he wants sex, don't resist, don't complain, do whatever he tells you. This guy is probably very dangerous. If he gets angry, he'll kill us. Be strong, honey. I Love You." To which the wife responds: "He wasn't kissing my neck. He was whispering in my ear. He told me he was gay, thought you were cute, and asked if we had any vaseline. I told him it was in the bathroom. Be strong honey."

Front page news for Tuesday ...

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Dilbert: OTM ...

OTM = on the money

Monday, January 26, 2009

Weekly update ...

News, notes and necessities

items of interest the week of Jan. 26, 2009

an occasional update from me, Scott Leffler


Monday: Today is the first day on the two-hour Reason. That's right. Reason on Hometown 1230 WECK will begin at 9 a.m. from now on ... still going 'til 11. And since it's Monday, that means Matt Pearl on WECK and Bob Confer on WLVL.

Tuesday: I'll talk with John Hoeful about our economic situation at 10 a.m. and Marc Odien from WNYMedia.net at 10:30 a.m. on WECK.

Thursday: I'll talk with Paul Lombardo at 9:40 a.m. about his new book, Three Generations, No Imbeciles: Eugenics, the Supreme Court, and Buck v. Bell.

Friday: Music Friday on WECK.

Notes: I would hope you would check the blog out regularly, but if you don't be sure to check out this post about the US bombing Pakistan. I'm sure to refer to it more than once. Also on the blog, if you missed my photos from the inauaguration, here they are.

Necessities: ATunes. (HT Frank).

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Monday morning front pages ...

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Friday, January 23, 2009

Oh great ... another war ...

I have mentioned that I am "cautiously optimistic" about the Obama regime. Well ... some of that optimism died today when I read this:

President Obama 'orders Pakistan drone attacks'

Yup. Looks like our new president is just as much of a warmonger as our previous president.

Or, let me just quote the story.
Missiles fired from suspected US drones killed at least 15 people inside Pakistan today, the first such strikes since Barack Obama became president and a clear sign that the controversial military policy begun by George W Bush has not changed.

If you need me, I'll be packing to move to Canada.

Friday front pages

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Wednesday, January 21, 2009

Inauguration photos up ...

I already added a bunch on my Facebook page, but here's the rest of the photos from the inauguration, before, and after. Just click the photo for the whole album.


Monday, January 19, 2009

Waiting in line ...

at the Cannon Building for my ticket.

I made great time getting to DC. And I'm surprised there aren't more people wandering around the city ... But the mood is quite jubilant.

I bought a hat for myself, plus some pins and postcards to give as gifts. I have to make sure to get a t-shirt for my daughter.

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On my way ...

Well, I woke up at 4 and was out the door by 4:30. Smooth sailing so far. Just stopped somewhere between Erie and Pittsburgh for gas and getting back on the road. Listen for updates on WECK and WLVL.

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Sunday, January 18, 2009

Great photoshop ...

Anyone who's seen "V for Vendetta" should be at least mildly amused by this photoshop I found online. Republicans will probably love it. Democrats, not so much. For me, it's not a matter of party, but principle. Both the Democrats and the Republicans have worked tirelessly to strip us of our rights "for our own protection," one of the central premises in "V for Vendetta."

I will be attending the inauguration on Tuesday, not as a fan of Obama, but as a fan of our Republic and the peaceful transfer of power from one oligarchic clique to another ... and in constant HOPE that one day the power will return to the people.

I actually had someone tell me that it's not right that I would go to the inauguration becuase it's like I'm "hopping on the (Obama) bandwagon." In this person's scenario, you can only celebrate the installation of a new president if you voted for that person. So only Democrats and Republicans may celebrate this once-every-four-years party. Libertarians such as I, will never be allowed to celebrate because we're minimized by the press, the board of elections, and the media, ensuring that we'll never have our own president ... barring a miracle or revolution.

Of course, I'm all for a revolution ... but not the kind in "V for Vendetta," although, to be fair, the real revolution in that movie wasn't the killing of government officials or the blowing up of buildings, but the light that went on in people's minds reminding them that, "oh yeah, it IS our country, dammit."

We need that sort of thought revolution. The one where we remember that government is an extension of us ... and not our master.

It's somewhat fitting that a black man would become president and pay homage to Abraham Lincoln, putting an exclamation point on the ending of slavery, which happened 130-plus years ago. But at the same time, in 2009, we're all slaves ... slaves to a bloated tyrannical government that was advanced by the same Abraham Lincoln that Barack Obama is paying homage to.

But I continue to HOPE ... that we'll be freer tomorrow than we are today.

Bush declares "War on Birds."

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Click the image for the rest of the story ...

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