Archive | April, 2006

If it’s Sunday, it’s Hardline with Kevin Hardwick

29 Apr

This Sunday at 10:00 a.m., the good Perfesser from the nice Catholic university on Main Street will talk to your humble correspondent, EC Dem chair Len Lenihan, 142nd Assembly Dist. R,C,I candidate Michael Cole (D,W candidate Jeff Bono was offered the same opportunity and could not appear), and Niagara Falls Reporter editor Mike Hudson.

At 10:30, Prof. Hardwick will be joined by Luke Moretti and Steve Barber for the roundtable discussion, and at 11, they’ll be joined by new ECGOP Chair Jim Domagalski.

Hizzardwick reprezent’n Canisius on WBEN from 10am – 12pm on Sunday. Ya heard?

Nuestro Himno

28 Apr

Some people are all a-twitter because some Latino Americans had the unmitigated gall and audacity to record a version of the Star Spangled Banner in Spanish.

Seriously, listening to the Michelle Malkin types screaming and yelling about this insult to American honor is downright sickening. Get the fuck over yourselves. It’s the National Anthem. It’s not Jesus himself.

But aside from the fact that it’s not heresy to record the Star Spangled Banner in Spanish, I wonder if anyone who is spouting fire and brimstone about “Nuestro Himno” has heard it? Or read the lyrics?

(Incidentally, the practically unsingable Star Spangled Banner shouldn’t be the National Anthem at all. It should be “America the Beautiful”. Not “God Bless America.” I said “America the Beautiful”)

Read this:

By the light of the dawn, do you see arising,
what we proudly hailed at twilight’s last fall?
Its stars, its stripes
yesterday streamed
above fierce combat
a gleaming emblem of victory
and the struggle toward liberty.
Throughout the night, they proclaimed:
“We will defend it!”
Tell me! Does its starry beauty still wave
above the land of the free,
the sacred flag?
Its stars, its stripes,
liberty, we are the same.
We are brothers in our anthem.
In fierce combat, a gleaming emblem of victory
and the struggle toward liberty.
My people fight on.
The time has come to break the chains.
Throughout the night they proclaimed, “We will defend it!”
Tell me! Does its starry beauty still wave
above the land of the free,
the sacred flag?

*Gasp* Sacred flag?! Gleaming emblem of victory?! Its starry beauty?!

Again – if you think it’s bad for Spanish speaking Americans to rework the National Anthem into a Spanish equivalent that it completely respectful of the symbolism of the song, and the flag, then you really need to check yourself.

Here’s an mp3 of it. “Nuestro Himno”

I like how some jackass expressed the idea that the French would never stand for the Marseillaise to be sung in a language other than French. I guess the fact that it makes up the opening bars of “All You Need Is Love” is ok, though.

But here’s an example of how the language of the anthem doesn’t really fucking matter, not one whit:

O Canada!
Our home and native land!
True patriot love in all thy sons command.

With glowing hearts we see thee rise,
The True North strong and free!

From far and wide,
O Canada, we stand on guard for thee.

God keep our land glorious and free!
O Canada, we stand on guard for thee.

O Canada, we stand on guard for thee.


O Canada! Terre de nos aïeux,
Ton front est ceint de fleurons glorieux!

Car ton bras sait porter l’épée,
Il sait porter la croix!

Ton histoire est une épopée
Des plus brillants exploits.

Et ta valeur, de foi trempée,
Protégera nos foyers et nos droits.

Protégera nos foyers et nos droits.

Yet somehow Canada thrives. With two sets of lyrics in two official languages.

The USA doesn’t have an official language, by the way.

FU, H2!

28 Apr

Ethan from BR sent this to me today. It’s a website where people photograph themselves flipping off random Hummer H2s.

And I’m all for that. The H2 is such a poseur mobile.

But ultimately, this has now become the ultimate “FUH2”:

WNY Progress Report

28 Apr

Check out the WNY Progress Report Saturday at 9 AM for a chat with Timothy Karr from Free about phony news, schemes to ruin the Internet, and other media issues gripping our nation. Calls will be taken at (716) 855-6848 and views will be exchanged, and what you hear just might shock you.

And some guy who calls himself “Buffalopundit” or something pretentious like that will be filling in for Kevin tomorrow.

Saturday. 9:00 am. News Talk 1270 AM and online at

Behind the Golden EIB Jail Bars

28 Apr

limbaughmug.jpegRush Limbaugh was arrested today on one charge of “Doctor Shopping” in an effort improperly to obtain Oxycontin.

He was released one hour later on $3,000 bail, and pled not guilty to one charge of doctor shopping.

Under the terms of an agreement with the State of Florida, so long as el Rushbo stays out of trouble and doesn’t relapse for 18 months, the one charge against him will be dropped.

Back in Mass., we called that “pretrial probation”. Not uncommon for first offenders.

Update: And yeah, that’s his mugshot.

Me So Holy

28 Apr

In the comments section of another thread, I was accused of being stereotypical of Christians and Republicans. Well, I might as well live up to the label…

May I present “Baby Got Book”

The Death Of Conservatism

28 Apr

It’s painful to watch men who were once fiscal conservatives pander to the American populace with kickbacks and cheesy payoffs.

Senator Frist (appearing with several Republican Senators in the midst of difficult re-election bids) proposed a $100 gas tax holiday rebate to all Americans who paid federal taxes last year and met income guidelines. This would open the “gas rebate” eligibility to over 100 Million Americans.

x 100

$10 Billlllllion Dollllars


The money would go to all taxpayers, regardless of car ownership. Are you a taxpayer who takes the El to work everday in Chicago? Here’s your $100 “rebate”!

The money would be sent out near election time to remind everyone to vote Republican. Oh, the money for this rebate is tied to opening up the ANWR for exploration and “sensitive” drilling.

What happened to the Republican Party?

Live in the 142nd Assembly? Vote Tuesday

28 Apr

The News gives another puzzling endorsement. Evidently channeling Ted from “Bill and Ted”, it praises both candidates as “decent.”

Then it reminds you that it’s important to vote.

The 142nd is the late Sandra Lee Wirth’s district. Two people are vying for her seat. Republican Alden Town Supervisor Michael Cole, and Democrat Jeffrey Bono, who’s affiliated with Jack Davis’ Save American Jobs movement.

Whoever wins has to run again in November.

The News:

Both have similar stances on several issues and want to be an independent voice in Albany. Both also have experience that could prove helpful in the Legislature, Cole with close looks at economic impacts through his work as a bankruptcy attorney and Bono with health care experience from his hospital work in Los Angeles and fund-raising work here.

But Cole has a better grasp of specific legislative needs and offers better ideas, and for that reason earns The Buffalo News’ endorsement in this election. He also maintains a dissenting party seat in a chamber where Democrats rule with little thought for what’s best for this Assembly district.

Maybe explain to me how Cole has a better grasp of “specific legislative needs” and how his ideas are “better.”

Maybe explain to me how it makes sense to send a freshman Republican into Shelly Silver’s lair.

When you think about it, it makes no sense. Wirth was a Republican. Hers was a “dissenting party seat”. Since she wasn’t Silver’s pet, she couldn’t do bugger-all for the district. So, how is electing a new Republican going to prompt Albany Democrats to “rule with” any more “though for what’s best for this Assembly District”, using the News’ own logic?

Here’s what Bono proposes on his website:

* We need to enact the Brennan Center’s suggested Assembly reforms. They will make government more transparent and de-centralize the authority that is currently given to the Speaker. Rank-and-file members deserve a voice. Committees should have the first crack at drafting good legislation, and once voted out of committee, there should be open public debate. If we enact these reforms, we will be taking a large step in the good government direction. The first step to making this a reality is getting new representation with a positive attitude in Albany. We haven’t been able to trust our Legislature for twenty years and it is my belief that the longer we keep these people in power, the longer our dubious streak will continue.

First day: sold out

28 Apr

This isn’t the kind of new Buffalo is used to.

People on the coasts, sure. Buffalonians? Not so much.

Rocco Termini just put a building filled with renovated loft apartments on the rental market. Fully leased.

Under an innovative incentive program, Termini can afford to rent the gorgeous lofts to young professionals earning less than Buffalo’s median income – $37,000 – for about $500-$800.

One of IS Lofts inaugural tenants is a college student who will graduate next month from a university in Philadelphia.

“He wanted a really cool apartment and wanted to be downtown. At IS he can pay well under $1,000 a month for something that would run $2,500 in Philly,” Termini said.

In addition to $2.1 million in low-income tax credits from the New York State Department of Housing and Community Renewal, the project also received $1.1 million in permanent financing through the Community Preservation Corporation (CPC). The not-for-profit mortgage lender will sell bonds to back the loan through the New York State Common Retirement Fund.

For Buffalo, it means 24 filled apartments on Oak Street. People moving downtown. People with disposable income who like to go out on weekends.

I suspect we’ll be seeing more of this in the near future, and it’s so great for the City.

Music For A Sunny Day

28 Apr

I’ve been listening to the following songs in the car all day. These songs seem perfect for driving around on a sunny day with the windows down and the radio blaring. I made a CD for just this scenario this morning…

Crazy Bitch – Buckcherry
Rosalita – Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band
The Yeah Yeah Yeah Song – The Flaming Lips
I Turn My Camera On – Spoon
Eye Of The Tiger – Survivor (You knew it was coming)
Copperhead Road – Steve Earle
Hey Ladies – Beastie Boys
Drift Away – Dobie Gray
Doggy Dogg World – Snopp DO Double Gizzle
Little Green Bag – The George Baker Selection
Hung Up – Madonna
Hope I Never Lose My Wallet – The Mighty Mighty Bosstones
Float On – Modest Mouse
Try A Little Tenderness – Otis Redding
Me & Julio Down By The Schoolyard – Paul Simon
Tricky – Run DMC
Rappers Delight – Sugar Hill Gang

A little bit of something for everyone…

What are your favorite songs for a warm, sunny day?