Monthly Archives: June 2009

Go, Go Power Rangers!

Today, I morphed into a Power Ranger. It was actually kinda funny–this conversation between me and my mom and how it all happened:

K: I went on a jog this afternoon instead of going to the gym.
G: You can still run?
K: Yes I can still run (very sarcastic tone) It took me a while to get going today because yesterday I focused on my legs and today they feel like they’re a friggin’ ton.
G: Oh
K: I don’t full on sprint or anything, it’s more like a jog most of the time…wanna see?

At that very moment when I started to demonstrate my jog, my mom’s cell phone rang. Apparently, my brother’s ringtone is the Power Rangers theme song.

So there you have it folks; looks like I jogged myself straight into mighty morphin’ mode…now where did I put my mask?

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What Happened to Capitalism?

Have I ever said how much I despise hybrid cars? 

Why yes, I think I recall a blog post I did in 2008 called Green Overkill; here’s an excerpt:

The same goes for my car—sure I like a good gas saver, but why do they have to be so ugly.  I love muscle cars, hot rods, gas sucking machines that reek of pure power (aka gross polluters).  Make a muscle car that gets awesome gas mileage, saves me money, but doesn’t suffer from a case of unappealing syndrome, and I’ll be the first one in line to buy.  Here’s a thought:  why not let the gross polluters ride in the carpool lane so they’re not sitting in traffic as long polluting our precious air?  The hybrids should be the ones sitting in traffic because they don’t pollute as much right?  Seems to make some sense, but for a while one of the top selling points of hybrids in California was that if you buy one, you have access to the coveted single-rider carpool access sticker—another reward for going green.  

Things haven’t changed much in my mind since I wrote this, and today I read an article in the San Francisco Chronicle that had an awesome quote from a Tracy Chevrolet salesman:  “People don’t look at Chevys for hybrids,” he said. “They want something big and muscular. Personally, I wouldn’t drive a hybrid if it was the last car on Earth. To save fuel, I’d push my El Camino before I’d drive a hybrid.”

Photo reposted from Brant Ward / The Chronicle

Photo reposted from The Chronicle

This article actually came about because of  General Motor’s recent bankruptcy.  Personally, I don’t like the idea of General Motors becoming Government Motors.  There’s speculation that things would be worse off if we let GM fail, but I’m not completely sold on that.  This is America–companies are born and they die all the time, and life goes on.  These days it seems as though our economic success as a country hinges on something new every day–today it’s GM…tomorrow it will be some other monstrously huge company.  Do we really want the government sticking their fingers in yet another pie…as if it doesn’t have enough to deal with already?  What happened to friggin’ capitalism?

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Nunchaku, Sotomayor and Second Amendment Rights

Did you know that the state of New York has imposed a ban on possessing nunchucks for the last 34 years? 

This morning on NPR there was a segment on the issues being pumped up around the nomination of Judge Sonia Sotomayor to the US Supreme court–one of them being a speech she gave at UC Berkeley in 2001 in which she made a comment about race, and the other being a decision to join an unsigned judgment to uphold a NY state law that bans chukka sticks, a martial arts weapon made by connecting two sticks with a rope or chain–a.k.a. nunchucks.

The argument by some is that Sotomayor is in favor of squashing second amendment rights.  What do you think?  Sotomayor’s opinion is that the second amendment keeps the federal government from limiting weapon ownership, not state law’s like the NY law banning nunchucks.  I can think of many instances where the federal government has interfered with state laws, but I won’t go there right now.  Anyhow, the NPR segment was interesting, you can listen to it here.

My personal opinion is that no one supreme court judge could single-handedly deteriorate one of our country’s most treasured amendments.  I support the second amendment, but I’d also describe myself as more liberal than conservative on the political spectrum.  I live in California, perhaps the most stringent state when it comes to firearm laws.  At times I think that some of the restrictions are just downright ridiculous, but that’s coming from the mind of a rational person who is not interested in obtaining weapons to kill fellow humans.  All I have to do  is remind myself of some of the violence occurring in Richmond, Oakland and East Palo Alto and all of a sudden those restrictions don’t seem so bad.  Not like it matters because illegal weapons are easy to obtain…they’re everywhere…it’s a billion dollar business.

Learn about Jim Maloney and Maloney v. Rice:  The Nunchaku Case

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