Thu
Jan 11 2007
11:24 am

In a conference call with investors, Scripps' CFO dropped a bomb when he hinted that Scripps is aware of "newspaper valuation" issues and that all options are on the table. Needless to say, the KNS would be in the cross-hairs.

Michael Silence has a full roundup with background and a message from the Scripps' VP of Newspapers to all employees assuring them there are "no plans" at this time, although he does mention "soul searching" in relation to determining their future. As a veteran of the corporate trenches, I can tell you that the mention of "soul searching" in a memo from the suits in the corner offices is never a good sign.

Jack McElroy says that the Scripps companies are still controlled by a family trust that requires them to be in the newspaper business. Hopefully the trust can stand up to an onslaught of greedy investors with torches and pitchforks and slick lawyers. I'll take a family run newspaper, biases and secret personal agendas and all, over corporate run PR/propaganda outlets any day.

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Thu
Jan 11 2007
10:50 am
By: WhitesCreek  shortURL

Head of the DLC

I'm no fan of the DLC, but if I were Emperor of the Universe, I would vaporize the current Republican party and split the Dems into the DLC Republican party and the Democratic wing of the Democratic party.

The DLC is simply moderate Republicans without the stomach for outright destruction of government for the People on the way to government by the corporations.

But...Harold nees a job and this one suits him rather well, actually. Whether that's a good thing or a bad thing...well...

Steve

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Thu
Jan 11 2007
09:29 am

Lost among all the yammering about idiot man-child's latest recipe for disaster was the news that the U.S. House of Representatives overwhelmingly voted to raise the minimum wage to $7.25 within two years. It passed 315 to 116, with 82 Republicans voting for it.

To their credit, the House passed a "no strings attached" bill. Senate Majority Leader Reid says it will have to be amended to include tax breaks for small business to get past the Senate and for Bush to sign it. He suggested Republicans would filibuster otherwise. Interesting.

Anyway, America may finally be on the road to recovery.

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Thu
Jan 11 2007
08:33 am
By: R. Neal  shortURL

Bush's plan will bring "...a functioning democracy that polices its territory, upholds the rule of law, respects fundamental human liberties, and answers to its people."

Is he talking about Iraq or America*? This guy makes Nixon look like a saint.

(*Would this plan work in New Orleans?)

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Wed
Jan 10 2007
11:08 pm

We're in a hole. Let's keep on digging.

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Wed
Jan 10 2007
10:32 pm

Everything that guy just said was bullshit.

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Wed
Jan 10 2007
09:55 pm
By: Brian A.  shortURL

The exciting sequel to be released shortly. . . .

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Wed
Jan 10 2007
08:37 pm

This headline grabbed my eye...

800,000 Privileged Youths Enlist to Fight In Iraq

WASHINGTON, DC—Citing a desire to finally make a difference in Iraq, in the past two weeks, more than 800,000 young people from upper-middle- and upper-class families have put aside their education, careers, and physical well-being to enlist in the military, new data from the Department Of Defense shows.

"I don't know if it was the safety and comfort of the holidays or what, but I realized that my affluence and ease of living comes at a cost," said Private Jonathan Grace, 18, who was to commence studies at Dartmouth College next fall, but will instead attend 12 weeks of basic training before being deployed to Fallujah with the 1st Army Battalion. "I just looked at my parents in their cashmere sweaters and thought, 'Who am I to go to an elite liberal arts college and spend all my time reading while, in the real world, thousands of kids my age are sacrificing their lives for our country?' It's not right."

Added Grace: "Whether I agree with the war or not, our president needs us, and I'll be damned if I'm going to let our least advantaged citizens bear the brunt of this awesome burden."

More at the link...

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Wed
Jan 10 2007
02:27 pm
By: SayUncle  shortURL

I told you guys I liked Paul Hackett:

An Iraq war veteran who drew national attention when he ran for Congress criticizing the president chased three men who had crashed into a fence outside his home, then guarded them with an assault rifle until police arrived, according to police reports.

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According to a police report, officers were called to Hackett's home on Nov. 19 after a car crashed into a fence and sped away. The officers arrived to find three men lying face down near their car and Hackett with an assault rifle slung over his shoulder.

"He said he had done this about 200 times in Iraq, but this time there was not a translation problem," the police report said.

Hackett told police later that he was carrying a civilian model of an AR-15 and that one round was in the chamber but the safety was on. He said he never aimed the weapon at the men or put his finger on the trigger.

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Wed
Jan 10 2007
11:40 am

Think the Knox County School System has problems? You don't know what real problems are. Take for example this story from St. Paul, Minnesota.

more after the jump...

Continued...

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This piece is titled, "Undisclosed Location"

I think I've finally figured out what's driving this surge business. As a military strategy/tactic it's completely incoherent, even by Bushian standards. Nor does it make much sense politically; even Ollie North won't drink this weak Kool Aid. They have to know the disgruntlement will increase when it doesn't work or, more likely, makes things worse.

So what's the point?

Continued...

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Wed
Jan 10 2007
10:09 am
By: R. Neal  shortURL

Say Uncle is quoted in the New York Times. Nice!

(By way of JFM at the Blab).

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Wed
Jan 10 2007
09:42 am

The Detroit Auto Show gets underway this week. I was looking forward to the new model announcements, hopefully some hybrids or other super-efficient cars. But no. Instead we get some new monster trucks and more of the same old same old.

Industry pundits predict that Toyota will soon take over GM's spot as the #1 automaker. Toyota has three mainstream hybrid vehicles in their lineup. GM responds by announcing an updated Cadillac CTS (258 HP, EPA 18/27, Consumer Reports 13/29), and updated Malibu (252 HP, EPA 22/30, Consumer Reports 14/31), and an updated Pontiac Torrent Crossover SUV (263 HP, EPA 19/25, Consumer Reports 12/25).

In their defense, GM also introduced a hideous electric plug-in/hybrid concept car called the Volt, and Toyota introduced two new monster trucks.

As for the Volt, I fail to see how plug-in electrics solve more problems than they create. The electrical grid is already running at capacity, and adding capacity will only generate more pollution and greenhouse gasses unless it's nuclear, and we can't seem to figure out how to build safe nuclear power plants or what to do with the waste. Plus it will take decades to bring any new nuclear plants online and by then it may be too late.

The only other new hybrid is the Mazda Tribute SUV, a re-badged Ford Escape Hybrid (EPA 33/29, Consumer Reports 22/29). We looked at an Escape hybrid, but our Ford Freestyle gets about the same mileage reported by Consumer Reports and hauls seven people or lots of cargo for less money.

Ford is missing the boat on hybrids. Their Focus and Fusion models would be perfect candidates for hybrid versions. Maybe they rode the SUV wave just a little too long, though, and no longer have the resources. Which would be sad, because Ford was the first and only U.S. automaker to bring a a hybrid to market.

DaimlerChryslerDodge's business plan appears to be planned obsolescence, with updated Avenger, Viper, and Magnum models for Real Men and the trusty old Caravan/Town & Country for the Mrs. Yawns all around.

But enough griping. There are a couple of cool new cars. Chevrolet introduces a retro Camaro convertible concept car aimed to compete with the rejuvenated Ford Mustang. The 400HP V8 Camaro looks cool, if it ever gets built, but I'll take the Mustang.

More appealing is the BMW 3 series hardtop convertible. Sweet! Except it adds 440 pounds which probably won't help its already underwhelming fuel economy. But still...

For a full roundup with articles, blogs, and photos, see the Edmunds Inside Line.

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Tue
Jan 9 2007
11:11 pm
By: R. Neal  shortURL

Lawyer #1: I've only got two tickets.

Denny Crane: I've only got a Gulfstream.

Heh.

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Tue
Jan 9 2007
04:12 pm
By: WhitesCreek  shortURL

I can't believe Rosalind Kurita was the vote that took out Wilder. I wann know the backroom details of that one, by golly!

I can't believe she's a closet Republican so there's gotta be something else. I've watched her walk through the legislative halls, a seeming outsider to the clusters of legislators and lobbyists, all by her self amongst the melee.

Wow.

Steve

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Tue
Jan 9 2007
10:18 am
By: R. Neal  shortURL

It's snowing outside my window! Oh wait, it just stopped. Oh wait, it started again. It's 38.5 degrees according to my thermometer, so no sledding. But I'm guessing they are canceling school and there are long lines at Kroger.

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Democrats in Congress are making national security one of their first orders of business:

House Democrats announced legislation yesterday aimed at implementing many of the remaining reforms suggested by the Sept. 11 commission, including calls for more thorough cargo screening, better emergency communications and more money for cities at the highest risk of terrorist attack.

It's about time our government got serious about protecting America's ports. Upgraded communications for first responders was one of the top priorities identified just days after the 9/11 attacks, and five years later nothing much has been done. I guess we've focused all our efforts and spending on security for the "green zone" in Iraq.

According to the article, Republican say the 9/11 commission recommendations haven't been implemented because they were blocked by Democrats in Congress. That would be the Republican controlled Congress.

Seriously, don't you think America is on to the "up is down", "war is peace", "suspending the Bill of Rights is liberty" bizzaro-world-speak by now?

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Tue
Jan 9 2007
08:30 am

After the Florida Gator's thumping of #1 "The" Ohio State Blackeyes, there is still one undefeated team in the NFL's Minor League: the 13-0 Boise State Broncos. The Broncos beat Oklahoma 43-42, in what I think was a more exciting game than that runaway waxing in the Desert last night (although I have to admit after the first play where the kickoff was run back to score, I thought 'there goes my house payment'...).

The Broncos, by the way, finished 5th in the final AP poll...

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Mon
Jan 8 2007
09:04 pm

After several inquiries I finally recieved an answer to the off street parking requirements for the South Waterfront zones and the answer is ...... Zero.

You heard that right folks... none, zip, zilch, nada. After all these years of bellyaching about Not Enough Parking downtown we're building another downtown with no required parking. Even Joe Hultquist, Mr. Mass Transit himself, says some parking should be required in new developments.

The astonishing thing is with all the public meetings and all the public input the possibility of NO REQUIRED PARKING never came up. Nor was it explained to the residents that Form Based Code meant that there was NO LIMIT to the number of units that could go into a building (other than minimum size requirements).

Needless to say I am quite disillusioned with this so called "Public Process" Oh yeah, we did get to keep our chain link fences and the SW-1 building height is 2 1/2 stories instead of 3 but that's about the extent of the public input.

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