Wednesday, May 11, 2016

Flying seems easier than voting

Harriet Quimby 1875 - 1912
Happy birthday, Harriet Quimby - journalist, screenwriter, actress, spokesperson for Vin Fiz, first licensed female pilot & first woman to fly The English Channel.

You Fly Girl

Harriet Quimby dot org

Friday, May 06, 2016

May 7

A day of infamy...
Morning Bird Walk incSpring Grove Cemetery followed by a weekend walkabout.
A bike & plant sale at Mobo & the Village Green on Knowlton Street.
Art in the Park in Hoffner Park on Hamilton Ave. @ Blue Rock, KNITTING at the Cumminsville branch of the Cincinnati / Hamilton County library.
Zumba & west Aftican dance at McKie rec center
Happen Inc. all day
Music, grub & booze at The Comet, Northside Tavern, Boswell's, Urban Artifact, The Littlefield & numerous other joints
And it's all in fuckin' NORTHSIDE, EARTH!

Tuesday, May 03, 2016

Meet the next POTUS

Libertarian, Gary Johnson will be at Igby's @ 122 E 6th Street on May 5 at 8:00 PM for a 'fireside chat'.
Johnson is not the only person seeking the Libertarian nomination. That will be decided Memorial Day weekend at the Libertarian convention.

More at the Fishwarp

Tuesday, April 26, 2016

No Amber Waves in Porkopolis

A new Cincinnati ordinance lets the city issue fines for tall grass.
$500 FINES
This article @WC3PO highlights a healthy looking guy who didn't mow his disabled mom's yard complaining about the fine & specifically about it coming with now warning.
Now I have cut my grass twice this season but probably should have cut it 3 or 4 times, so it's fairly obvious...
Still, it would make sense to issue the ticket with a 7 day warning.
The question now is A. will it work? The high grass tends to attract litter & pests. and B. what will this do to the fees charged by lawnmowers? I doubt a lot of the kids offerring to cut your grass know about this law but if they did, they could really jack up their prices & improve their sales pitches.
And is the price too high? It's probably about what the city would charge to mow the lawn for you.

Monday, April 25, 2016

Safety & The Right to Drive Like an Idiot

OK, so I was on my bicycle waiting at a light @ Spring Grove Ave. & Crawford Ave in Cincinnati, OH. There was a car next to me. I signaled a left turn - I heard another car pull up behind him so I signaled again, the light changed - I started to pull out - a car heading S on Spring Grove slammed on his brakes ~ his back end fishtailing & the car behind him slammed into his rear.
I stopped & looked around. The car that had pulled up was a Cincinnati police car. I went my merry way & figured the CPD was already on the scene.
Then it dawned on me - Both cars had every intention of running the red light when one or both of them saw the cop sitting there.
An argument behind banning red light cameras was that it increased the number of rear end collisions (although they reduced T - bone collisions) but here, an unsuspecting police officer caused the rear end collision. Granted, if the cars hadn't stopped, I would not be typing this out now, but I am a loser who rides a bike - not a proud car loan paying American Motorist, so, OK.
But the rear ending problem is still with us & our stalwart legislators like Bill Seitz need to solve this once and for all.
Perhaps requiring police to only use unmarked vehicles (and not pursue suspects). Perhaps disbanding whole police departments since their main purpose is government money grabs and, as our governor has pointed out - they are idiots.
The idea that signs painted lines on the road & blinky lights hanging out in the air should trump the skills and free will of the wetware & it's cyborg 4 wheeled appendages is ridiculous.

Sunday, April 24, 2016

Horror Sells

gotta love it
Thing is, the people who believed the Planned Parenthood videos will probably believe this is real undercover video.....

Thursday, April 21, 2016

The Future of the 20

The Tub?
It's been announced that Harriet Tubman will replace Andrew Jackson on the obverse of the $20 bill.
I kinda think we should stick to presidents & Jackson was also heavily invested in banking during his presidency. Also, the US $20 is one of the most used bills in the world. It's kind of a brand.
I think the choice of Tubman is also a fairly cynical way of throwing a bone to the "frails & the darkies" in one shot.
I certainly don't want to knock Tubman. Her actions & accomplishments put her in a pretty lofty status, but there's a lot of people in that category. She's certainly stamp worthy.
I think the only non presidents on US currency are Salmon Chase & Benjamin Franklin. Chase was on the first $1 & briefly on the $10,000 bill - but he was Secretary of the Treasury !
Franklin was instrumental in the founding of the country & fairly defining the bland fly overy midwest.
What did Tubman do? HT to Amy Walter for this.
But she wasn't elected on a national level. OK, I realize she couldn't be but, still...
The only American Indian on US bills was Hankupapa Lakota Chief Running Antelope who was on the $5 shortly back in 1899. How about Tecumseh?
Is there any reason we can't issue $3, $25, $30 notes in limited runs?
I don't agree with the Treasury on this and I really don't think they are bring honest with their decision.

UPDATE The NYT discusses who is slated to be on other bills in the future. Still no American Indians...