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  1. UAW vs. Japan

    I was helping a computer-phobic friend do a little research on a recent car purchase. He'd always bought American, and was in the market for a larger mid-sized sedan -- in the class of the Accord, Camry, Ford Fusion and Hyundai Sonata. He ruled out the Chevy Malibu because he thought it drove like crap and the interior was all plastic. I found an article somewhere comparing the Accord, Camry, Fusion and Sonata. Of those four, only the Ford Fusion was assembled outside the US (in Mexico). The Accord was built in Ohio, the Camry in Kentucky, and the Sonata in Alabama. He went with the Sonata (which is a surprisingly nice car with the V6, especially for the price and warranty). The Fusion was priced well, but he had heard of VW having many problems once they started assembling cars in Mexico, so he didn't want to go there.
  2. My girlfriend likes to call me Daddy,,,a little to much!

    Nothing wrong with a little role-playing. I think early-to-mid 30s mark generally is about the right time. And what's so great about those chicks is that when you tire of them, they're easy to dump. For instance, you could suggest you guys go to a bar on a Friday night, have her on the make, and you come in and see her with another guy and get mad and angrily take her out of there ... obviously, she needs a good spankin' after that. She'll get all dressed up, sans panties, and will get all hot thinking she gets to flirt with other guys and still gets what she wants in the end. Except, instead, you just go in, have a beer, and leave her ass there. When she protests later that night in some maniacal primal screaming spasm -- and she will -- you tell her daddy didn't raise no 'ho. Easiest. Breakup. Ever.
  3. Bad News For Polksalet

    I think this story has gotten around, because I heard Bob and Tom talk about it once, but it is true ... I was in Korea in the early '80s, and AFARTS was showing "Joni Loves Chachi" for the troops, so of course the TV stations could be picked up all over the country. "Chachi" is the Korean slang word for dick.
  4. "Who Killed the Electric Car?"

    I saw the movie a few months ago. What I didn't like about it was that it tried to avoid answering the question of why they failed. Instead, it sorta started with the premise that this is how the free market works -- sorta what az was arguing -- and then said here was the product, here were its customers, and why in a free market are the customers being denied the product? No grand conspiracy theories -- as I recall at the end, it blamed a lot of different groups, including consumers, for its failure. The point of the movie that I took anyway was more along the lines of why would GM destroy something that was working and had a demand, albeit a limited demand, but certainly a demand that was at least equal to what they were producing. And then it doesn't really answer that question.
  5. = Nat'l

    I never watch any of these network news outlets, but when Paris Hilton went back to jail, I took the time to watch. Kept switching among CNN, Fox and MSNBC. I laughed my ass off. Geraldo was screaming on Fox that he had done extensive legal research, and no one in the country had ever gone to jail for driving without a license (not true, btw). Over on CNN, the talking head kept reporting how people were crying out at a news conference, even though it was just one big man who was clearly making a joke of it all. They do serve a purpose, though. If people tell you they watch any of those network news shows, they are telling you they are pretty clueless about much in life. And if they actually try to claim one is superior to another one, you know the day they were able to remove the cap off an aspirin bottle without resorting to the instructions, it was a banner day for them intellectually.
  6. I gotta ask...

    I have an old friend who's worked at Kroger's for 20+ years (one of the stores threatening a strike in California), and we talked about this a while back, and he said there's no concern at all about that happening, because it will never be more efficient to allow people to check themselves out than to have a cashier do it, so it would actually cost the store money (and sales) to eliminate all the cashiers. In terms of sales per cashbox, the self-checkout lanes are more expensive for the stores to carry than the lanes staffed with cashiers. I'm not in retail, but I guess it has something to do with that all-important sales per square foot measure or whatever it is they use. When you've seen people spend 10 minutes checking out three items -- as I've seen many times -- it makes sense. He said the self-checkout is largely designed to bring people into the store more often. I'd say that's worked well in my case, anyway. If I find I suddenly need eggs and milk, I used to go to a gas station or convenience store and pay the premium to avoid dealing with the large store. Now, with self-checkout, knowing I can get in and out just as fast as a convenience store without the convenience store premium, I go to the big box. Where I used to go to the big box no more than once every week or two, I now go 2-3 times a week. They get more of my business, and I spend less.
  7. Greatest Guitar Solos of All Time

    Assuming we are dealing with mostly rock/pop stuff, I'd just give a shout-out to the mostly forgotten Terry Kath, who got drunk and blew his brains out and Chicago went on to become one of the biggest Rosie O'Donnell bands of all time. However, in his day, even Jimi Hendrix was reportedly a fan. So, I'd put 25 or 6 to 4 in there somewhere, although he arguably did even better work at least on their first three albums. Otherwise, that's a pretty good list. More thought than I would care to put into it.
  8. For the Video Gamers out there

    You can certainly save after each 18-hole round. You can also save after "challenges," which usually take about five minutes. Methinks TW is designed mostly for guys who have better things to do with their time. Like, raise kids and stuff.
  9. For the Video Gamers out there

    Since you asked about it, you sound like the perfect Tiger Woods fan to me. It has a career mode that will keep you entertained for quite a while -- you create your own player, and build up his skills over time by playing in tournaments (there's a calendar) and "challenges" like driving. Eventually you'll get to a point where you'll bomb 400+ yard drives, sure, and putting becomes very easy, but even then there are a few fantasy courses that include stuff like 720-yard par 5s that keep things entertaining. It's designed for one player who likes to play in about 45-minute spurts, which is about the time it takes to complete 18 holes, or a couple of hours for a tournament. Tiger even talks smack to you once in a while. It's a great way to relax and kill some time, and it doesn't require any more commitment than you care to give it, which makes it ideal for a casual gamer.
  10. FF Magazine

    I haven't looked, but my annual letter from FF Index says it will ship mail orders to arrive by July 1.
  11. A simple question

    I don't think we can avoid giving meaning to stuff. It's what we do. Even without the existential angst, we'd still have to make stuff up. The question is not whether something has meaning -- it has meaning, whether you want it to or not. You may not like or understand the meaning, but it will have a meaning. If you want to define "meaning" as some objective empirical proof -- no, I doubt that you'd get that at all. Life would be even more pointless, because we'd all know how it ends, why and what for. We'd literally just be going through the motions. Mystery is good. My dog thinks he will live forever. Good boy. But you gotta serve somebody, even if it's all just in your mind. Athiests are some of the most pious people I know in their devotion to their understanding of "reason." The more interesting dichotomy may be between people who "create" meaning and those who "find" meaning in life. I'd put athiests and fundamentalists of all religions in the first camp, for instance, and that would be fun. Maybe they could meet in Colorado and blow that shallow festering state of eco-zombies up.
  12. Chris Henry possibly in trouble...AGAIN

    Just heard on the radio the police are suspending their investigation and will not be charging Henry. No link right now. Edit to add link. FLORENCE – Bengals Chris Henry and Reggie McNeal were cleared today of any involvement in a roadside altercation which left a teenage boy with a black eye earlier this month. Florence Police called a press conference to say the two were not suspects. Investigators have identified two 21-year-old Florence residents as suspects, Florence Police Capt. Linny Cloyd said Friday. He refused to release the suspects’ names. Cloyd said investigators were asked to leave the teenager’s home on Wednesday as they attempted to clarify “discrepancies” in his accounts of the assault. Henry and McNeal’s names only became public after the teenager called a local television station last week to tell his story, Cloyd said. Henry and McNeal are cooperating with investigators. Cloyd said the pair told detectives there were somewhere else when the assault took place. Investigators have not been able to verify that, Cloyd said. The teenager told investigators that he was walking down the road with a friend when a black Cadillac Escalade pulled up and a man jumped out of a passenger-side door and asked them if they knew someone. When the teens said they were not the person he was looking for, the driver punched the teenager. Cloyd said the teen alleges that a second man stepped out of the driver’s side door and pushed him to the ground. Investigators reported the teen had bruising around the eye, but Cloyd wasn’t sure if he received any medical treatment. The assault allegedly happened shortly after 11 p.m. June 8 at Wetherington Boulevard and Mt. Zion Road. When investigators spoke with the teen the next day, the boy handed them a computer printout of Henry’s picture downloaded from the Internet and said that was one of the men who attacked him, Cloyd said. He isn’t sure how the teenage fingered the wrong person in the assault because the teenager and his family “abruptly” stopped cooperating with police. Cloyd said the teenager would not be charged with filing a false report because investigators confirmed an assault took place.
  13. Chris Henry possibly in trouble...AGAIN

    It's not a legal term of art. It means there is no basis to the claim. "Claims that spain is a heterosexual are unfounded." Doggy is furiously typing and probably has something good ...
  14. I dunno if this has been posted here before, but some of the lines in this story made me laugh. The lawyer and legal-system bashers will love this case. From Wednesday's NY Times: Roy L. Pearson Jr. wanted to dress sharply for his new job as an administrative law judge here. So when his neighborhood dry cleaner misplaced a pair of expensive pants he had planned to wear his first week on the bench, Judge Pearson was annoyed. So annoyed that he sued — for $67.3 million. The case of the judge’s pants, which opened for trial in a packed courtroom here on Tuesday, has been lampooned on talk radio and in the blogosphere as an example of American legal excess. And it has spurred complaints to the District of Columbia Bar and city officials from national tort reform and trial lawyer groups worried about its effect on public trust in the legal system. “I don’t know of any other cases that have been quite this ridiculous,” said Paul Rothstein, a professor of law at Georgetown University. The trial, laced with references to inseam measurements, cuffs and designer labels, got off to a rocky start. Judge Judith Bartnoff of District of Columbia Superior Court limited Judge Pearson’s last-minute bid to broaden aspects of his case and cut short his efforts to portray himself as a “private attorney general” championing the rights of every Washington consumer. “You are not a we, you are an I,” Judge Bartnoff said in one of several testy exchanges with Judge Pearson, 57, who is representing himself. “You are seeking damages on your own behalf, and that is all.” Later, while recounting the day he says the cleaners tried to pass off a cheaper pair of pants as his, Judge Pearson began to cry, asking for a break and dabbing tears as he left the courtroom. The lawsuit dates back to spring 2005. Mr. Pearson, a longtime legal aid lawyer, was appointed to a new job as a District of Columbia administrative law judge. Judge Pearson says in court papers that he owned exactly five suits, all Hickey Freemans, one for each day of the workweek. But the waistlines had grown “uncomfortably tight.” So he took the suits to Custom Dry Cleaners, in a strip mall in gritty northeast Washington, for alterations. When the owners, Korean immigrants who came to America in 1992, could not find one pair of pants, Judge Pearson demanded $1,150 for a replacement suit. The owners did not respond; he sued. Using a complicated formula, Judge Pearson argues that under the city’s consumer protection law, the owners, Soo and Jin Chung and their son, Ki Chung, each owe $18,000 for each day over a nearly four-year period in which signs at their store promised “Same Day Service” and “Satisfaction Guaranteed.” In opening statements, Judge Pearson cast himself as a victim of a fraud on a historic scale, perpetrated by malicious business owners who had no intention of delivering on those promises. “You will search the D.C. archives in vain for a case of more egregious or willful conduct,” he told the court. He called a series of witnesses who complained of rude or unresponsive treatment at Custom Dry Cleaners. The defendants’ lawyer, Christopher Manning, told the judge that his clients were the victims. He characterized Judge Pearson as a man embittered by financial woes and a recent divorce, who had nursed a grudge against the Chungs since a spat over a different pair of pants in 2002. “The plaintiff has decided to use his intimate knowledge of the District of Columbia laws and legal systems to exploit non-English-speaking immigrants who work in excess of 70 hours per week to live the American dream,” Mr. Manning says in court papers. Mr. Manning said there was no mystery about the whereabouts of the pants: They have been hanging in his office closet for a year. Judge Pearson, however, has said those are “cheap” knockoffs the Chungs had substituted for his pinstriped Hickey Freemans. He has rejected three settlement offers, the latest, in March, for $12,000. Last week, Judge Pearson revised a few claims and lowered his damages request to $54 million. Judge Pearson’s future as an administrative law judge is in limbo. His two-year term expired on May 2, and a judicial panel has yet to decide on his reappointment. In the meantime, Judge Pearson remains on the city payroll as an attorney adviser to the Office of Administrative Hearings, at a salary of $100,512.
  15. Soprano's

    Did anyone notice the song Tony almost played on the jukebox before he chose the Journey song? I did it my way. Funny. I also understand Chase left for France with no way to reach him, and left instructions to all producers and writers to refuse to discuss how they decided on the ending.