Monday, June 02, 2008

Cheney upsets W. Va ...

Apparently Dick Cheney is taking some flak for being an American ... kind of.

Cheney was making a speech at the National Press Club when someone asked about his being eighth cousins with Barack Obama. Cheney joked about that ... then made a joke about his family ... saying there was a Richard Cheney on his mother's side of the family ...

"So I had Cheneys on both sides of the family and we don't even live in West Virginia," Cheney quipped.

Of course, West Virginian's are upset about it ... cause they don't apparently know that the rest of the country mocks them. That's their lot in life. I mean, hell ... even people from Kentucky mock West Virginians.

Anyway ... I'm not a Dick Cheney fan, but cut the guy some slack. He tries to act HUMAN and this is the reaction? No wonder politicians never say anything of substance ...

Diane LaVallee will guest on Reason 06/03

Just confirmed this afternoon, Erie County DA candidate Diane LaVallee will be my guest on Reason tomorrow morning at 10 a.m. on Hometown 1230 WECK.


I won't be able to take calls during the interview, but Diane has told me she'll come in studio soon to take calls from listeners.


Below is LeVallee's candidacy announcement.

Statement from Diane LaVallee – Candidate for District Attorney
June 2, 2008

I became a prosecutor 25 years ago because I thought it would be an interesting job. I became a career prosecutor because I found a calling: a passion and an aptitude for working for the People of the State of New York and the People of Erie County.

It is my pledge today to put the People of Erie County first. I will put the people first by ensuring the District Attorney’s office seeks the truth, not just convictions. I will put the people first by fairly and consistently applying the law, regardless of the background or influence of the victim or perpetrator; by making sure that every case is pursued with integrity and vigor.

I will do so with respect, courtesy, and in a spirit of cooperation with the local police agencies, many of whom have recognized my contributions by honoring me for my past work: The NYSP, the Buffalo Police Sex Offense Squad, and Detective Sergeants and Detectives’ Association, the FBI, the Wyoming County Sheriff’s Department.

In my 13 years with the Erie county DA’s office, I became the first woman Assistant Bureau Chief of the County Court Bureau, the first woman in the Special Investigations’ unit, the first PROSECUTOR to use DNA in a murder trial. In 1997, I became the first woman in charge of the Capital Assistance to Prosecutor’s unit of the NYS AG’s office, helping small DA’s offices across the state prosecute their death penalty and complicated murder cases.

I have successfully prosecuted many cases including some high profile cases that still resonate in this community:


  • The trial of Anthony Gugino, who murdered 13 year old Jennifer Dominiak.

  • The trial of Gino Greco, a serial sodomist who attacked six women in North Buffalo.

  • The trial of Barbara James, who murdered who two infant children then slit the throat of her 9 year old son who tried to stop her.

  • The prosecution of Angel Colon, who raped and murdered Samantha Zaldivar.

  • The trial of six men who stomped Kevin King to death in Olean.

  • And the prosecution of Richard Muto, who fleeced over 200 Western New Yorkers out of $19,000,000 in a securities scam.

As chief of the now defunct CAAR unit, I was on the team that founded the Child Advocacy Center, co-authoring its protocols. I was a founding member of the Child Fatality Review Team of Erie County.

15 years ago, I was elected to two terms as chair of a multidisciplinary team that dealt with issues of family violence in a holistic manner—bringing together professionals from all disciplines—social work, medicine, law enforcement, mental health and prosecutors—to make this generation of abusers the last generation.

There’s a theme here—it is by working together that we stand the best chance to successfully confront the issues facing our community.

That is why I am standing here today with not only friends and family and financial supporters, but with people whose lives have been directly affected by crime in this community and with those who are actively engaged in dealing with the aftermath –social workers, law enforcement, child protective workers, mental health counselors—because we know that crime isn’t going to go away by just throwing people in jail.

While I have the utmost respect and admiration for the other candidates for the position both of whom I have worked with, I feel that my specific experience and skills make me the most qualified candidate for the position and for the job.

I am the only candidate who has actively participated in the prosecution of a dozen death penalty cases across the state.

I am the only candidate with administrative experience as well as courtroom experience. I am the only candidate with statewide prosecutorial experience that translates into new ideas on how to better run the office.

Today I make history by becoming the first woman to announce her candidacy for the office of Erie County District Attorney. This November, we will all make history by electing me District Attorney, not because I’m the first woman, but because I’m the best candidate: able to bring about the changes necessary to ensure that justice is done and public confidence in the criminal justice system is restored.

It is the ethical obligation of every District Attorney to be above politics and to seek bipartisan support. I hereby declare my intention to enter the Democratic primary in September and to seek the Republican endorsement so that all citizens of Erie County have the opportunity to elect the candidate with the greatest depth of experience; the candidate who can and will put people first; the candidate for change; the Prosecutor for the People: Diane LaVallee. Together we will make it happen.

From the email ...

First I got the following, which I found quite clever ...

Subject: Tatum O'neal
Body: She got caught with drugs and used the old, I was researching a role bit. You would think a creative arts person would be more creative.

Then I got the following, which, frankly, just irritated me ...

Subject: Fwd: A black columnist on Obama
Body: Ken Blackwell - Columnist for the New York Sun It's an amazing time to be alive in America . We're in a year of firsts in this presidential election: the first viable woman candidate; the first viable African-American candidate; and, a candidate who is the first front-running freedom fighter over 70. The next president of America will be a first. We won't truly be in an election of firsts, however, until we judge every candidate by where they stand. We won't arrive where we should be until we no longer talk about skin color or gender. Now that Barack Obama steps to the front of the Democratic field, we need to stop talking about his race, and start talking about his policies and his politics. The reality is this: Though the Democrats will not have a nominee until August, unless Hillary Clinton drops out, Mr. Obama is now the frontrunner, and its time America takes a closer and deeper look at him. Some pundits are calling him the next John F. Kennedy. He's not. He's the next George McGovern. And it's time people learned the facts. Because the truth is that Mr. Obama is the single most liberal senator in the entire U.S. Senate. He is more liberal than Ted Kennedy, Bernie Sanders, or Mrs. Clinton. Never in my life have I seen a presidential frontrunner whose rhetoric is so far removed from his record. Walter Mondale promised to raise our taxes, and he lost. George McGovern promised military weakness, and he lost. Michael Dukakis promised a liberal domestic agenda, and he lost. Yet Mr.. Obama is promising all those things, and he's not behind in the polls. Why? Because the press has dealt with him as if he were in a beauty pageant.. Mr. Obama talks about getting past party, getting past red and blue, to lead the United States of America . But let's look at the more defined strokes of who he is underneath this superficial 'beauty.' Start with national security, since the president's most important duties are as commander-in-chief. Over the summer, Mr. Obama talked about invading Pakistan, a nation armed with nuclear weapons; meeting without preconditions with Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, who vows to destroy Israel and create another Holocaust; and Kim Jong II, who is murdering and starving his people, but emphasized that the nuclear option was off the table against terrorists - something no president has ever taken off the table since we created nuclear weapons in the 1940s. Even Democrats who have worked in national security condemned all of those remarks. Mr. Obama is a foreign-policy novice who would put our national security at risk. Next, consider economic policy. For all its faults, our health care system is the strongest in the world. And free trade agreements, created by Bill Clinton as well as President Bush, have made more goods more affordable so that even people of modest means can live a life that no one imagined a generation ago. Yet Mr. Obama promises to raise taxes on 'the rich.' How to fix Social Security? Raise taxes. How to fix Medicare? Raise taxes. Prescription drugs? Raise taxes. Free college? Raise taxes. Socialize medicine? Raise taxes. His solution to everything is to have government take it over. Big Brother on steroids, funded by your paycheck. Finally, look at the social issues. Mr. Obama had the audacity to open a stadium rally by saying, 'All praise and glory to God!' but says that Christian leaders speaking for life and marriage have 'hijacked' - hijacked - Christianity. He is pro-partial birth abortion, and promises to appoint Supreme Court justices who will rule any restriction on it unconstitutional. He espouses the abortion views of Margaret Sanger, one of the early advocates of racial cleansing. His spiritual leaders endorse homosexual marriage, and he is moving in that direction. In Illinois , he refused to vote against a statewide ban - ban - on all handguns in the state. These are radical left, Hollywood , and San Francis co values, not Middle America values. The real Mr. Obama is an easy target for the general election. Mrs. Clinton is a far tougher opponent. But Mr. Obama could win if people don't start looking behind his veneer and flowery speeches. His vision of 'bringing America together' means saying that those who disagree with his agenda for America are hijackers or warmongers. Uniting the country means adopting his liberal agenda and abandoning any conflicting beliefs. But right now everyone is talking about how eloquent of a speaker he is and - yes - they're talking about his race. Those should never be the factors on which we base our choice for president. Mr. Obama's radical agenda sets him far outside the American mainstream, to the left of Mrs. Clinton. It's time to talk about the real Barack Obama. In an election of firsts, let's first make sure we elect the person who is qualified to be our president in a nuclear age during a global civilizational war. Subject: Kind of scary, wouldn't you think Remember--God is good, and is in time, on time b every time According to The Book of Revelations the anti-christ is: The anti-christ will be a man, in his 40s, of MUSLIM descent, who will deceive the nations with persuasive language, and have a MASSIVE Christ-like appeal....the prophecy says that people will flock to him and he will promise false hope and world peace, and when he is in power, will destroy everything. Is it OBAMA?? I STRONGLY URGE each one of you to repost this as many times as you can! Each opportunity that you have to send it to a friend or media outlet...do it! If you think I am crazy,. I'm sorry but I refuse to take a chance on the 'unknown' candidate.

I've highlighted the part that irritated me in red. Why'd it irritate me? Because it's patently false.

I've mentioned before that I've READ the Bible. Several times actually. So if you're going to send (or worse - forward) me emails about what the Bible says, make sure it's what the Bible says.

Of course, the Bible doesn't say the above.

For more, check this post at Snopes.com ...

Dialog show notes (06/02)

Bob Confer did his weekly Albany Update ... talking about several issues, most involving kids.

Don Hobel was in studio discussing his campaign for State Senate. He mentioned a few web sites, which are listed below.

A caller mentioned Globe Metalurgical and I noted an interview Doug Young did with a former employee of that company. Here's a link to the podcast of that interview ...

Don said he's running with Democratic backing, but not switching his registration ... and will attempt to create his own Conservative caucus if he should win ...

Reason show notes (06/02)

My main show topic on Monday was the mouse in my wall and how to get rid of him.

Here's a couple of the links I discussed.

Someone on Instant Messenger suggested Talon-G (link) to kill the mouse.

Here's the link to the Yahoo! Answer bit I read from ...

I mentioned an old show about my skunk, Squirt. Here's a link to the podcast where he first came up. He was also discussed in subsequent shows ...

And below is the YouTube video using the song I played in the background. The band's name is Dopey Joe ...


Early morning show notes ...

This morning on Reason, I'm going to talk about something that has come to annoy me on a daily basis. And I'm going to ask for YOUR help on how to solve it. Meanwhile, on Dialog, we'll start the day with Bob Confer and Albany Update ... and then stick with Albany, talking with recently announced NY Senate Candidate Don Hobel, who will be looking to unseat the very powerful George Maziarz.

We're actually quite light on guests for the week - as of now, so my plan is to scour the news between now and whatever day that particular show airs ... and THAT will be the topic.
Looking forward, though, don't forget Sheriff Joe Arapio on June 10th at 10 a.m. on Reason.

Don't forget that Tuesday is column day. It will be online at www.scottleffler.com ... and www.wnymedia.net ...

Last week was the first time North Tonawanda Mayor Larry Soos has been in studio for one of my talk shows. He joined me Tuesday on WLVL's Dialog to discuss NT's concert series ... and other city business. Larry said he'd be glad to come on again soon. Hopefully we'll see him later this month.

Hopefully, WLVL listeners will also hear Lockport Town Supervisor Marc Smith again later this month. He was also a guest on Dialog last week, discussing Transit North - the town's plan to lure business to Lockport.

On Friday, Paul Fallon - publisher of the Beast - mentioned the vitriol they recieved over a recent article. I checked it out over the weekend ... and it was downright entertaining. Of course, I don't agree with the point of view of the article ... but I don't think they do either. Click here to read the original piece (not kid friendly) and here for a blog listing several reactions (also not kid friendly).

As a reminder, I've included my IM screen names again so you can add me to your contact lists ...

While we try to record everything and get the podcasts up ASAP, it's not always possible. And we missed a recording last week on Reason due to some technical issues. So if you notice a gap ... that's the reason.

I did a lot of web site updates over the weekend. And more will be added soon. www.scottleffler.com is fresher than ever and I'd like to keep it that way. If you have any advice or ideas, let me know.

By the way, if you have a blog of your own, let me know. I'll post a link to it from www.scottleffler.com.

Finally, this blog post is essentially the same as the newsletter I emailed this morning to those who have asked to be subscribed to it. If you don't think this is so obtrusive that you might like a weekly update in your inbox, just shoot me out an email (scott@scottleffler.com) and ask me to add you to the list ...