Tuesday, July 08, 2008

Reason show notes 070808

I mentioned this morning on Reason that I had made a birthday cake for George W. Bush's birthday. I'm sure you can read it. Wishful thinking. But it obviously didn't work out that way. On the show I discussed why I hate Channel 4 ... and their horrible looking new show coming up, Greatest American Dog. I also talked about the dangers of woodpeckers ... and read a column by my friend Bob Confer.

Judge offers mixed ruling on Buffalo Casino

A Federal Court judge has ruled that the Seneca Nationproperty in Buffalo is sovereign territory. Which looks like a win for the casino. But to make it confusing, Judge William Skretny also ruled that the Seneca Nation does not have the legal right to operate a casino on that nine acre site in Buffalo's Cobblestone District.

Huh?

Apparently, the Seneca Nation and the anti-progress ... er, I mean anti-casino folks will both hold press conferences later today.

AP: Bruno might not finish his term ...

According to the Associated Press, Former state Senate Majority Leader Joseph Bruno may resign from office within the next few weeks instead of staying til the end of his term.

The 79-year-old Rensselaer County Republican had previously announced he would not seek re-election. Then he stepped down from his leadership post almost immediately thereafter. He's been in office since 1976 (and we've been in decline at least that long).

The AP reporters that there are several candidates angling to take Bruno's job. The general election is Nov. 4.

Given the well-known FBI investigation into Bruno, one would have to wonder if he's been coerced into making these decisions.