Archive for July, 2013

Henry’s Truck

Wednesday, July 31st, 2013

While all the flower children are swooning over the latest electron-car from Deutchland, I decided to upgrade my truck situation:

One of Henry Ford’s finest: a pre-emissions 7.3 liter (444 cubic inches for us “Muricans) high- pressure injection turbo-diesel, Four Wheel Drive, crew cab, and tow package.  250 horsepower, and 505 pound-feet of torque.  The F350 by itself weighs in at 6400 pounds, and is capable of hauling 3500 more pounds of cargo and passengers, or towing 15,000 pounds worth of trailer.

Yeah.  Should be adequate for my peak needs.

Car Bundling

Wednesday, July 31st, 2013

An interesting idea from BMW: buy a small electric car, get access to a larger gasoline one for when you need it. From the article at Atlantic Cities:

People buy cars for their peak (imagined) need. If you can imagine that one day you’ll drive more than a handful of people to Lake Tahoe to go skiing, then (if you can afford it) you might choose a massive sport-utility vehicle.

Which is why, I think one piece of BMW’s electric vehicle announcement today is so significant. When you buy the new BMW i3, you can bundle it with access to “a conventional auto like the full-sized X5 SUV for several weeks a year.”

Hot Dog

Wednesday, July 31st, 2013

Even 800 miles away in South Kackalacki, we aren’t immune to the “too rediculous to be made up” continuing saga of Anthony Weiner’s weiner.

This is what passes for political discussion in one of this country’s most powerful and influential states? Seriously?

Gah! They’re talking about him _again_ on NPR. Enough already!

Criterium

Monday, July 29th, 2013

The Queen City Criterium was this weekend. Looks like a fun event. Maybe I’ll go watch next year.

America!

Saturday, July 27th, 2013

Bicyclist Mows Down Pedestrian, Gets Probation and Service

Friday, July 26th, 2013

I fail to understand how somone can mow down a pedestrian in their car and do hard time, while a guy who does the same thing on his bicycle gets probation and community service. This bicyclist needs to be brought to Justice! Can’t the federal government bring charges against him on some sort of Hate Crime grounds? I’m surprised there haven’t been riots and demonstrations about the injustice of it all, especially in a place like San Francisco.

Motown Lowdown

Thursday, July 18th, 2013

Detroit has just filed for Chapter 9 bankruptcy. It’s the largest municipal bankruptcy in American history.

I wonder how much they want for the Lions?

DC Living Wage

Friday, July 12th, 2013

Walmart, the beloved mom-and-pop retailer, was planning to build six new stores in Washington DC. That is, until the City Council passed a “living wage” law. From the article:

Should the bill be signed by Mayor Vincent C. Gray (D) and pass a congressional review period, retailers with corporate sales of $1 billion or more and operating in spaces 75,000 square feet or larger would be required to pay employees no less than $12.50 an hour. The city’s minimum wage is $8.25, a dollar higher than the federal minimum wage.

This is clearly aimed at big box stores like Walmart, requiring them to pay a higher minimum wage than other employers.

I’m torn on this. On the one hand, I don’t think that it’s appropriate to enforce different wage controls for a larger retailer; you know, free market sets wages, blah blah blah. On the other hand, Walmart underpays its employees so severely that they actually cover “how to apply for Medicaid and food stamps” in their employee orientation training. At least the living wage law makes Walmart pay for their employees rather than making every taxpayer do it.

Man steals cop car, tries to run over officer, bites another.

Thursday, July 11th, 2013

Normally I’d come up with my own pithy title for this Word Press entry, but I thought and thought and couldn’t come up with anything better than the original news article’s. So here you go, a little Thursday morning news of the weird from South Kackalacki. Quote of the Day:

“Changes will be made to the patrol cars so that the windows cannot be rolled down from the inside.”

You think?

Paladino’s Resolutions

Tuesday, July 9th, 2013

Carl Paladino, one-time gubernatorial candidate, lawyer, and real estate developer, was elected to the Buffalo School Board this year.

He has submitted a long list of motions and resolutions for their meeting tomorrow. Most of them deal with the terrible spending decisions and lack of leadership in the district.

I don’t agree with the man’s politics, for the most part, but it’s sure going to be fun watching the fireworks. The BPS desperately needs someone who knows how to properly manage a billion dollar budget, and he’s the man for the job.