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October 20, 2008 - 4:45pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in nation and world.

In her interview with Katie Couric, Gov. Sarah Palin said he opposed Roe v. Wade because the abortion decision should belong to the states.  She called herself a "Federalist in that sense."

Here's a video of Palin saying the U.S. Constitution should be amended, thereby taking away the states' ability to decide this issue for themselves, banning gay marriage.

I don't care what your position is on abortion or gay rights, Palin's intellectual contradiction is appalling. Either you support giving more power to the states to make their own decisions on big issues or you don't. You don't get to pick and choose what issues to make a "Federalist" issue or not.

Of course, I'm not convinced Palin even knows what a Federalist is, or how the term has evolved in meaning over the course of the past 200 years.

Here's the video:

October 20, 2008 - 2:00pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in nation and world.

October 20, 2008 - 1:57pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in nation and world.

October 20, 2008 - 1:51pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in nation and world.

October 20, 2008 - 12:43pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in nation and world.

Voter registration, we hear, is on the rise, and much of it is driven by first-time voters, young voters signing up for the first time.

Consensus thinking seems to be, this benefits Obama.

Don't count on it.  A GateHouse News Service story suggests that young voters shy away from strong party affiliation.

“There are so many things wrong with the Republicans and Democrats that, picking a party, I couldn’t even fathom picking a party,” said Chad Stenberg, a 24-year-old teacher from Rockford.

That was the overwhelming message heard during a two-day tour last week of three Illinois cities — Rockford, DeKalb and Normal — to find out what’s important to young voters and why.

October 20, 2008 - 8:27am
posted by Howard B. Owens in Mark Pirro.

Checking YouTube for Batavia-related videos this morning, I came across one apparently made by two guys sent to Batavia on assignment -- get a picture of 52 Otis St.

The Mark mentioned in the video, the person who assigned the task, is apparently Mark  Pirro, owner of Pirromount Studios in Hollywood.

Mark Pirro - Nudist Colony of the DeadAccording his bio on the site,

In 1974,  Mark Pirro left New York and came out to Hollywood in an attempt to start a filmmaking career, with no connections, relatives or friends in the industry. He sought out other artists with the same dream and after making a few short films in the late 70's, Pirro started his first feature in 1981: A horror/comedy entitled "A Polish Vampire in Burbank". The 84 minute film cost under $2,500 to produce and had ultimately grossed over a half a million dollars in homevideo and cable television sales. Keep in mind that this was long before the "digital age of filmmaking." Today, it's not that unusual to hear about moviemakers who produce their films on ultra low budgets, but in 1981, making a feature produced on film for under $10,000 or $20,000 was not very common. 

Pirro has made eight feature films, according to the site. All of them are, it sounds like, what I would call B-films, but that's OK, it sounds like Pirro is making a living doing what he loves. Indy Mogul calls him a "low-budget master." That last link includes a video of scenes from A Polish Vampire in Burbank. Kind of funny, actually -- if you enjoy camp. Here's his IMDB page.

Here's another video from YouTube about the making of Pirro's next film, The God Complex.

October 20, 2008 - 7:57am
posted by Howard B. Owens in Joe Mesi, Mike Ranzenhofer.

Responsible New York paid for this Joe Mesi ad:

Mike Ranzenhofer

That's all I could find this morning for Mesi and Ranzenhofer.

October 20, 2008 - 7:50am
posted by Howard B. Owens in Alice Kryzan, Chris Lee.

Alice Kryzan

Alice Kryzan:

Alice Kryzan:

Chris Lee:

Chris Lee:

On the attack ads, Lee's against Kryzan is just a variation on a theme:

The "liberal trial lawyer" meme is so dated. And it's just ad hominem non-sense.

And the DCCC keeps hammering at Lee on the China issue.

Lee has offered a credible -- though hard for us to verify -- rebuttal to the "sent jobs overseas" charge, and the fact his company was sold to a firm that was supposedly caught up in some boneheaded activity with China is the same kind of "guilt by association" attack the GOP is using against Obama with Ayers.


October 20, 2008 - 6:50am
posted by Howard B. Owens in Announcements, corfu.

The final shows for Holiday Hollow in Corfu will be this weekend, Oct. 25 and 26.

Shows run from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Accoding to the Holiday Hollow web site, the show is the only "Halloween Shire" in the U.S., and has been featured on CBS and HGTV.

For more information, visit the web site.

October 19, 2008 - 1:33pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in football, sports, buffalo bills.

If you're like me, you wanted to watch the big game today between the Buffalo Bills and San Diego Chargers (though, you're probably not like me in rooting fo the Chargers).

The game started on schedule at 1:05 p.m., but then went off air about 1:15.

WIVB reports that a mylar balloon hit a powerline, tripping a transformer.

Sources say the balloon hit power lines, which caused a transformer to trip off.

Lights and non essential power were affected.

CBS has delayed the game due to technical difficulties at the stadium.

CBS just reported that game has resumed, but no broadcast power yet.  This is disappointing personally because my dad and I haven't been able to watch a Chargers game together in a couple of years, and who knows when we will get another chance.

UPDATE (1:50 p.m.): Kind of confusing report on NFL.com about how the power went out a half hour before game time, and suspending the game for five minutes was planned, but no word on the broadcast.  CBS just said the game is 7-3 Chargers.

UPDATE (2:01 p.m.): Game back on. Still 7-3.  Bills driving after Charger turnover. No graphics on screen to say what game time is. And while I wrote this, the Bills scored.

UPDATE (2:19 p.m.): Game off air again.  Lost broadcast during two-minute timeout.

UPDATE: In comments, Russ provides a link to online play-by-play.

UPDATE (2:50 p.m.) Game back on, 8:58 left in 3rd quarter.

UPDATE (3:58 p.m.): Congratulations Bills fans. 23-14.

October 19, 2008 - 11:11am
posted by Howard B. Owens in history, Le Roy, Underground Railroad.

My parents are visiting from California this week. On Friday, I took them on a tour of Genesee County.

Of course, we visited the LeRoy Jello Museum, where on the spur of the moment, I bought a little guide to notable locations in and around LeRoy related to the Underground Railroad.

It's a fascinating 17-mile drive.

Here's a couple of pictures.

underground railroad route

This is Brend Road, one of the routes north for escaped slaves.

This was the home of Elijah Huftelen, who assisted station master Daniel MacDonald during the brief time MacDonald helped escaped slaves with passage through LeRoy.  MacDonald's station house was somewhere in the vicinity.

If you're interested in taking the tour, the tour guide can be purchased at the Jello Museum for $1.

October 17, 2008 - 8:11am
posted by Howard B. Owens in nation and world.

Some great zingers from McCain in this speech at an NYC charity event with Barack Obama, and he says nice things about Barack at the end of his routine, as well.

October 16, 2008 - 11:47pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in nation and world.

Christopher Buckley, the son of William F. Buckley, the icon of conservative intellectuals for more than 50 years and founder of National Review, had the gall to endorse Barack Obama.

This led to a deluge of angry e-mail to NO, where the endorsement did not even appear, and for C. Buckley to resign his position there. 

In a follow up post for The Daily Beast, he writes:

While I regret this development, I am not in mourning, for I no longer have any clear idea what, exactly, the modern conservative movement stands for. Eight years of “conservative” government has brought us a doubled national debt, ruinous expansion of entitlement programs, bridges to nowhere, poster boy Jack Abramoff and an ill-premised, ill-waged war conducted by politicians of breathtaking arrogance. As a sideshow, it brought us a truly obscene attempt at federal intervention in the Terry Schiavo case.

The Republicans and conservatives parted ways many moons ago, it's just that far too many conservatives have been loath to recognize it. Kudos to Buckley for standing on principle.  McCain is certainly no conservative, and that is an important fact to recognize.

October 14, 2008 - 3:21pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in nation and world.

This is pretty wild -- a New York woman wanted to send a message about racial characterizations of Barack Obama, so she made a Halloween display that has McCain in KKK sheets chasing the Democratic candidate.

Havens is quick to point out he is a liberal and a big supporter of Obama, and that the scene is meant to provoke thought about the way he believes Obama has been unfairly treated by the McCain campaign.

"I figured it would be equally offensive to everyone. It's just for shock value," Havens said. "McCain has been rabble-rousing, calling Obama a terrorist and a Muslim. The McCain campaign has gotten so ugly. That's what the message is. I can see how people could take this the wrong way. I'm not advocating anything. It's sarcasm."

It's really too bad that in 2008 race is an issue at all.

October 14, 2008 - 9:36am
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October 14, 2008 - 9:21am
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October 14, 2008 - 9:08am
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