Thursday, July 30, 2009

Caution: Stupid at work ...

For anyone who wondered whether New York State's legislative bodies were completely worthless, we got our answer. And it's a resounding yes.

That answer came in the form of a new law banning texting while driving. Now, some of you may think that a ban on texting while driving is a good thing. Personally, I think the ban itself is silly, but that's not the part that's stupid.

The real stupidity is that the legislature - in their infinite wisdom - decided to make the texting ban a "secondary law." Basically, you can't be pulled over for texting while driving. You have to be committing some other violation simultaneously.

So ... what's the point?

The point is to make points, I believe. This is feel-good legislation at its worst. It's exactly the type of thing that I did NOT miss while the Senate was on their little sabbatical. Pass a law to appease people, mainly the law enforcement community and the families whose lives have been touched by tragedy concerning texting-while-driving ... but make sure there's no real teeth to it. It's akin to telling a friend you'll help them move ... and then not showing up to actually help.

But never fear ... the US Senate is here ... kind of. Under the leadership of our very own Chuck Schumer, the is putting together legislation that would require states to pass laws banning text messaging or lose 25 percent of their federal highway funds.

There goes the US government again ... holding states hostage with a threat to withhold federal funding. They do the same thing with speed limits. This, in fact, has come up on Dialog on a number of occasions. See, the feds can't impose laws on states. But they can bribe or blackmail states with threats of witholding money. Some states have actually had the fortitude to tell the US Gov't to pound salt. How very.

I'm not sure why, but texting seems to be the new boogie man. First it was marijuana. Then the Communists. Now ... texting. Texting accident stories are popping up on the internet like shark attack stories seem to multiply each year.

Here's a clue for you: Texting is NOT the problem. Stupid is the problem. Just as it's the problem with the NY Assembly and the NY Senate and the US Senate ... it's the problem with the American people. Some people just aren't bright enough to multi-task.

Me? I can text while driving. I do it all the time. Texting with my right hand, smoking with my left hand. Steering with my knee. And changing the radio with whatever is left. Oh, and I speed. Guess what? Never been in an accident. Know why? Cause I'm capable. But the laws are not geared towards capable people. They're geared to the lowest common denominator.

So what we've got here ... is stupid people creating stupid laws ... to keep other stupid people from getting in car crashes.

Seriously, I commented on radio today that we should be able to test for certain things - add-ons, if you will - to your drivers' license. Want a license to text? Put it in the test. If you can text while parallel parking, it's all good. Want a license to speed? Just be tested for it.

Personally, I'd like a license to completely ignore traffic laws. They are - for the most part - arbitrary. And I hate arbitrary laws. Of course, I hate laws, period. I think they're stupid. But that's another blog post for another day.

Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Yup. That. Really. Happened.

Personally, I hope to die naked. Of a heart attack. When I'm 87. At the Playboy mansion.

That's SO not what happened to this guy, though.

Thursday, July 09, 2009

Maziarz is full of it ...

Today's show dealt with everyone's favorite State Senator, George Maziarz, who was on WLVL's news this morning lamenting the fact that Governor David Paterson has decided to appoint a new Lt. Gov. in order to break the senate stalemate.

Maziarz said the action was illegal ... and wanted to know why Paterson didn't do it a year ago.

Maziarz is full of it. Always. He had over a decade in the majority and got what done? Nothing. Just a continued circling of the drain. But some people are just in love with the guy, evidenced by the comments on this facebook post. (you have to be my Facebook friend to see it)

But today's hypocrisy is something to behold. He's upset that Paterson has come up with a solution to the state senate deadlock ... which Maziarz, himself, is responsible for. He was proud to admit that he was one of the architects of the "coup," but now wants to blame Paterson for wanting to fix it?

Of course, the best way to get my point of view on this is to listen to the podcast, which you can do by clicking here.

Wednesday, July 08, 2009

Dialog show notes and podcast link 070809

So Wednesday was the Niagara County Historical Society's turn on Dialog. They're on once a month - the second Wednesday. The plan this month was for Melissa Dunlap to bring Barb and Nelson Collie with her to talk about the upcoming events in Olcott. But wires got crossed and with minutes to go before the show started, I said, "let's wing it."

So we did.

Melissa mentioned something going on at the History Center talking about "Hobo marks" or some such thing. I've always been amused by the word "hobo," so I took it and ran with it. Why, for example, do we have homeless people here in Western New York when they could be living in Miami? As amused as I am by the word, "hobo," however, I can't seem to pronounce it. I accidentally said "homo" at one juncture. Yeah. So not what I meant.

Melissa also brought up "King Harvest" and their song, "Dancing in the Moonlight." Lots of callers called in with little known facts about the band. Was fun.

Click here for the podcast.

And be sure to tune in tomorrow when I mispronounce "truck."

Dialog podcast for July 7, 2009

Tuesday I began discussing government misconduct, especially the use of the Buffalo City Seal by Mayor Byron Brown during a non-profit charity event … and the seemingly-coercive methods used to get city hall employees to carry Brown’s water.

Then – as happens often – the show turned on a dime and callers lamented the ruling in the Wilson sexual abuse case. Sorry, can’t … won’t … call it hazing.

Anyway, to listen (and I hope you do) click this here link, yo … and enjoy.

Thursday, July 02, 2009

Ha!

Yup. That. Really. Happened.

This was my favorite YTRH of the day.

Read it out loud and try not throwing up in your mouth a little bit.
MICHAEL JACKSON IMMORTALIZED IN BUTTER? YES, IT'S TRUE

We're not sure if this is in poor taste, but the organizers of the Iowa State Fair plan to carve a life-size sculpture of Michael Jackson out of butter.Organizers say it will act as a tribute to the King of Pop. It will reside next to a butter sculpture of a cow that acts as an annual attraction.

M-J performed twice at the fair in 1971 with The Jackson Five.

(originally reported by the Associated Press)