Monday, June 09, 2008

51st state? or 1st police state?

Thanks to a long-time listener and frequent emailer for turning me on to this little story in DC.

According to the story, the police were setting up "safety zones" in the Trinidad neighborhood of the district.

That initiative, which involved setting up a checkpoint in and out of the Trinidad neighborhood, drew criticism for the American Civil Liberties Union, some council members and other groups.

Isn't this akin to what we've been doing in Baghdad? And weren't there civil liberties questions raised about it there? Are we really turning into Russia?

Back to the email; the writer said, "The Mayor of Lockport could take this as a precedent to have a barricade around Lockport so that those pesky blacks from Niagara Falls and Buffalo could be screened out. Then the police department could give up the ruse of a traffic stop."

Mayor Tucker had previously said something along the lines of increasing traffic stops coming into the city as a means of finding out who's coming here (paraphrased).

In case you can't tell - the writer is being sarcastic with the "pesky blacks" comment, referring to a previously filed complaint by the NYCLU against Lockport PD, alleging racism. At the time, NYCLU said "driving while black" appeared to be a crime here.

On that note, Lockport Police Chief Larry Eggert will be a guest on Dialog on June 18th. Remind me to ask him whatever became of that NYCLU complaint.

Back the Washington ... for further proof that DC is turning into a police state, check out this story about a TV reporter who was doing a story at Union Station about photographers being hassled by secururity ... who was hassled by security while interviewing an official from AMTRAK.

Hockey Night in Canada loses theme?

Tim Marren, editor of the Union-Sun & Journal, commented on an earlier post about hockey, noting that Hockey Night in Canada will no longer use their famous theme music.

I found a story online explaining it, saying that it cost nearly $500 per episode for them to use it ... and that the song's "owner" felt it was being overused.

What's next? Don Cherry can't wear his famous mis-matched suits?

Bob Confer featured in Buffalo News story ...

Bob Confer, who Dialog listeners know as the "Albany Update" guy, was featured in a story this morning about NYPA power allocation ...

Bob's company, Confer Plastics, has been turned down for cheap power, despite the fact that a large portion of the cheap power allocation remains unused.

Check the story here.

Dialog show notes (6/09)

This morning on Dialog, Bob Confer discussed a state website that would allow visitors to see what's going on with traffic in their area ... or across the state.

He forwarded me the link after the show.

Click here for more ...