Tuesday, June 28, 2005
The Lost Liberty Hotel
Monday, June 27, 2005
Third Of All CDs Are Pirated
A leading industry group claimed this week that the global black market for stolen music discs reached $4.6 billion last year -- or one in three CDs. In 31 countries, including Chile, the Czech Republic, Greece, India and Turkey, sales of pirated discs exceeded legitimate sales.
Thursday, June 23, 2005
A Contender For This Year's "Shut The Hell Up" Award
Tuesday, June 21, 2005
300C SRT-8 Runs 12s
Sunday, June 19, 2005
Cycle Of ... Caring?
Next Saturday, I'll be doing a 100-mile ride in support for Chuck Watson, a fellow worker in the auto industry who's in need of a new liver. His insurance will cover 90% of his medical bills, but when the estimated cost is $600K, that's a lot of out-of-pocket money. If you can spare any money at all, please make a donation at Chucksliver.com. At the very least, please consider signing up for organ donation - it could save a life (this process varies from state to state, but here in Michigan it's as easy as signing the back of your driver's license).
Saturday, June 18, 2005
"As I've often said, this is not the type of thing which a democratic society - a capitalist democratic society - can really accept without addressing."
Hmm. Now, how to address this is the question. One thing is for certain - the problem isn't getting any better. The top 1% of the population earns 11.4% of the after-tax income in the US. But according to the guys at Power Line, inequality is simply an indicator of opportunity! Makes sense, if one happens to be a rich lawyer.
Hypocrisy In Action
Well, we had Million Mom March organizer, spokeswoman and activist Barbara Graham gunning down a man in an attempt to avenge the murder of her son (she shot the wrong guy, and crippled him). And then we had antigun activist Annette "Flirty" Stevens keeping an unlicensed handgun, with the serial filed off, in her home -- along with some narcotics.
And now we've got antigun activist Sheila Eccleston calling the police about a burglary next door, and encouraging them to make it quick because she had a sawed-off shotgun in her home, one that she admits had been there for six months.
I think some of these folks are unclear on a lot of concepts.
No, I think these people are very clear on the concepts. Guns are bad, but only when they're in hands of "bad people" (those people probably perceived as being youngs males with dark skin). It's the same reason why Dianne Feinstein possesses a CCW permit (at one time, she was the only person in San Francisico with one), and it's a close cousin of the reason that causes cops to drive at Mach 3 through a school zone to pull over a driver that's doing 31 in a 25.
Not To Be A Jackass, But...
Adult Spelling Bees?
"I never really let go of the fact that I didn't win the national one as a child," said Kirsch, a University of Wisconsin-Madison professor of Spanish and Portuguese. "I thought, 'Well, I'll compete in the senior one."'
Friday, June 17, 2005
No "Superstars" In The NBA Finals?
That notwithstanding, isn't it interesting to see a guy like Mano Ginobili or Tony Parker make a name for himself by shining in the spotlight, or watching Antonio McDyess or Lindsey Hunter showing the form that made them well-respected veterans? Isn't that more interesting than watching Shaq get 20 points and 10 rebounds, like he seems to do every damn game (except for a certain string of three games in Detroit last June)? I'd say so.
The only complaint so far is that all four games have been blowouts. I'm not sure what to make of that - usually by the time teams make it to the Finals, they're capable of winning on the road (or at least keeping it closer than 15 points).
Slitting Your Own Throat
But considering that bowling is a blue-collar sport, and that they've just put a bunch of those people out on the street, isn't this an example of shrinking one's own market? Sure, it's "only" 110 jobs and therefore a small portion of their overall market, but when so many companies are engaging in similar behavior, it's gonna have an effect.
Oh well. Instead of ranting about the death spiral of American industry, I should instead find a way to make it enjoyable. Like by selling, Idunno, T-shirts or something. I could put an American flag and some smart-ass slogan on them, and then get them produced off-shore.
Sunday, June 12, 2005
And Why Do I Have Little Faith In Homeland Security?
PNAC Calls For More Troops
A Bad Day For Someone
Saturday, June 11, 2005
Michigan CCW Holders Behave Themselves
Recommended Political Blog
Surprise Of The Week
[T]he report looks like a bid to exonerate analysts within the close-knit fraternity of government China specialists, who for the past 10 years dismissed or played down intelligence showing that Beijing was engaged in a major military buildup.
It's always nice to see egos placed ahead of national security.
Tuesday, June 07, 2005
A New Low For This Blog
Quote Of The Day
When I went to school, they taught us that trade was based on comparative advantage. The folks in one place had piles of coal and iron ore, so they could make steel cheaply and we would all benefit using it. Other folks somewhere else had marshland and lots of people, so we would all be better off eating their cheap rice. See, everyone had some comparative advantage.
When I grew up I discovered that sometimes you couldn't find a comparative advantage. The Japanese had no raw materials or cheap energy. They just worked hard, kept their currency cheap and kept the competition out. They didn't have to worry about defending the home market and could concentrate on exports. China's comparative advantage seems to be having enough prison cells for anyone who wants a raise or a real union.
Nicely stated. Of course, I'd recommend reading the rest of the article as well.
Monday, June 06, 2005
The Hiatus Is Over
I've accepted a position with Autoblog, so I will no longer be posting much (if any) automotive-related content here. This blog was never intended to be exclusively about cars; that just happened to be what I was focused on recently. I still plan on blogging about non-auto stuff, but the frequency of that posting may be somewhat irregular, depending on my free time and interest level in whatever's newworthy at the time. That could mean several posts per day, or only a few every week. Stay tuned, and we'll see what shakes out over the next month or so.