SEPTA, the month of brotherly love

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    • Fred Stiening says:

      The Village Voice seemed to be the only publication that pointed out Hillary Clinton served on Walmart’s Board of Directors during the early Arkansas years back when she was a Southerner

      • briand75 says:

        No surprise as another leftist publication finds that capitalist success requires quality product and financial integrity.

        The Voice was big when I was in my 20’s. I tried to read the whole thing a number of times, but in the end the only usable material was penned by Hunter Thompson.

        • CC1s121LrBGT says:

          Respectfully disagree, briand75. Of course, Hunter Thompson was brilliant and many of his works are timeless and good reads today….

          But I used to read it for Robert Christgau. Back in those days, there were not many places to go to find out if a new record was any good. Christgau was great at reviewing new music. Even if you didn’t like a particular style of music, you might like his review of it. He was quite good and I still own some of his books on music.

          Unless you were way outside NYC and needed it mailed, The Villiage Voice was free, unlike the Rolling Stone which also had good reviews but they were never free except in the library.

          https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Robert_Christgau

          • briand75 says:

            I loved Gonzo Journalism and was hooked after “Fear and Loathing…” I probably paid for it being in upstate NY, but it was worth it to read Hunter’s musings 🙂

        • Fred Stiening says:

          The guy who bought it owns a radio station and newspaper in Reading PA. His pockets are not deep enough.

          Within limits, I read things that challenge my beliefs. I would rather the left be talking about the triangle shirtwaist fire than threatening Trump’s children

          Peter Barbey is third generation, so he is living in Greenwich village with the little people in his $27 million house

          • CC1s121LrBGT says:

            Here’s a “liberal” cause that you might find you agree with – municipal violations. The bottom line is that poor people are not able to pay municipal fines and end up in prison at a high cost to taxpayers and then are unable to find employment.

            The solution is to offer community service as an option to people that do not have the money to pay small municipal fines.

            John Oliver explains it better than I. Enjoy. It is the type of story that would have appeared in the Villiage Voice of yesteryear.

            https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0UjpmT5noto

            BTW- It is an example of why I consider myself a libertarian rather than a conservative.

    • TheChairman says:

      Surprised nobody got hit by a train, at least one perp fell onto the tracks. I notice the law officers only show up after the coast is clear and things are ‘safe’… “when seconds matter, the police are minutes away.”

      It’s always safer (for the SEPTA police) to arrest a lone guy carrying a baby:

      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X__0W_rUX_8

      • Fred Stiening says:

        SEPTA says the father evaded the fare, contradicting the Facebook poster, who would have had no way to know unless they were together.

        https://www.nbcphiladelphia.com/news/local/SEPTA-Talks-About-Caught-on-Video-Arrest-That-Went-Viral-310139281.html

        On the Charlotte Light Rail, failure to have proof of paying the fare is a $50 fine that could result in a class 3 misdemeanor police record. If you pay $50 to CATS, it becomes only a civil infraction. If you want to fight the ticket, it goes on the criminal case docket with the District Attorney and a judge. If you do not show up, another $50 is added to the fine. Paid ridership on CATS is way down.

        So the man in Philly not only evaded the fare, he refused to present an ID which would have allowed him to be cited and be on his way. In Charlotte, chronic fare evaders are treated more harshly than first timers.

        • CC1s121LrBGT says:

          It is clear that the police did that at the Florida High School shooting last February…

          but what hasn’t gotten as much publicity is that they did the same at the Las Vegas shooting last October. The videotapes showing it were quietly released and got next to no press coverage.

        • Fred Stiening says:

          As to any notion that his daughter was traumatized by the experience, consider the lesson that Dad is teaching his children – how to take the system for a free ride.

          • TheChairman says:

            I’m not surprised nobody reported it. That’s the issue in ‘communities’ who view law enforcement as the enemy: “We didn’t see or hear nothin’.”

            My point about the father & baby was that it was not a violent situation, and yet I lost count of the number of police involved in making the arrest. In the other situation they arrived just as the train doors closed, and there were clearly moments of attempted murder caught on video (the guy stomping on another head repeatedly).

            • CC1s121LrBGT says:

              That is right, TheChairman. That kind of head stomping is impossible to defend in court. No jury will buy a claim of self-defense after seeing that video.

  1. Fred Stiening says:

    Charlotte is having its Greek Festival this weekend. It probably has more of an effect on the economy and quality of life than the gay pride festival or the CIAA basketball tournament, but will get minimal coverage.

    Countess is there eating Greek food at the Greek Orthodox church social Hall. Greek immigrants are among the more recent immigrants and are being drawn to Charlotte in significant numbers. She will be taking pictures

  2. Fred Stiening says:

    The SEC is intervening in the iHeart / Clear Channel bankruptcy. Their concern is the company has not been transparent enough on the financial transactions between the subsidiaries, and it seems a deliberate scheme to screw the unsecured debtors, especially those holding debt from before the “going private” transaction that they never consented to. I fully agree with the SEC.

  3. Fred Stiening says:

    How to make a small fortune in radio? Start with a large fortune!

    In the case of Cumulus, buy a cluster of stations in rural Virginia for $7 million in 2004, and sell it in 2018 for $450,000

  4. TheChairman says:

    Today was ‘zero-day’ for us.

    After a long grueling summer, countless hours searching Zillow, and numerous property showings, we finally closed on a house.
    “Thank you sir, may I have another.” 😉

    As some of you may recall, one of our main concerns was ‘wired’ internet service; a requirement which eliminated many properties from our list. Satellite internet was an option, but only if a property was ‘perfect’ in every other aspect. Proximity to goods & services was also a factor… we are both in the 55+ age bracket, and my wife didn’t want to be too isolated.

    Alas, we settled on a less remote location in the lower peninsula, along Lake Huron, between Cheboygan & Rogers City.

    We’ll be surrendering our 50 Mbs high-speed cable internet for a 15 Mbs DSL line (Frontier) at the new place; an acceptable trade-off, all things considered.

    Unlike many of the Great Lakes shorelines –which can be rocky or impassable– the shore in this area is walkable for many miles. That was our #1 criterion. Great Lakes shorelines are in the public trust, whereas most beaches on the inland lakes are private property (riparian rights). A property on the lakefront was not necessary, but we did want at least a view of the water and/or deeded access. Fortunately, we found all three.

    The house sits on a bluff, 25 feet above the lake shore. Currently, Lake Huron & Lake Michigan water levels are near historical highs, so we should regain 20-40 feet of beach when the trend reverses.

    And so, here is our new backyard:

    • CC1s121LrBGT says:

      Absolutely Awesome, TheChairman! Makes me want to kick back and pop open a Vernors. 😉

      When’s the housewarming? I’ll bring the cheese steaks. Parrott, could you bring the Chesapeake Bay blue crabs? lol

    • Fred Stiening says:

      Does it come complete with midge bugs?

      • TheChairman says:

        You bet it does!

        CC & Parrott, you may want to hold off until Fall. 😉

        The sellers are in their 70’s and didn’t do much to clear out the ‘habitat’ and trees over the past 15 years, so that is top priority. As such, tree roots have intruded into the drain-field, so they agreed to a price concession for 1/2 the cost… the field is still functioning, but nowhere near 100%. DEQ already approved replacement (we got estimates & approval during inspection).

        We’ll be removing many deciduous trees (mostly Birch and Maple) to open up the view/air, reduce risk to the house, and improve parking area. That will help with the skeeters, etc.

        Internet at our temporary digs will be shut-off on Monday, so we’ll be off-line next week (scheduled to get DSL on Friday).

  5. TheChairman says:

    … and the shore below (we already spotted our first freighter tonight, all lit up):

  6. Fred Stiening says:

    So Hurricane Florence is pointing right at Charlotte for arrival around Friday. Hurricanes usually turn and go up the coast. People who lived here then remember Hurricane Hugo hitting Charlotte head on. 100 year old trees toppled everywhere which demonstrates how unusual it was. Flooding is the more normal type of damage. While our condos are next to a significant creek, we are on a hill out of the 100 year flood plain. Stay tuned.

    • TheChairman says:

      Will be watching and listening via fake news outlets and sensationalist weather reporters for the next week (until I’m back online)… batten down the hatches!

      Over & out.

      • Fred Stiening says:

        I promise not to say hunkering down.

        About a month ago, our condo property management company cut down many of the trees “too close” to the buildings. It was for foundation reasons – while we regretted losing the shade, in retrospect it could have been a smart move.

        Charlotte is very protective of the city “canopy”, which means the power company can’t trim trees obviously extending over the power lines, which is resulting in frequent power outages.

        The ubiquitous trees and arbor committees telling people what they could or could it do were one of the reasons I wanted to leave Connecticut. It probably is #2 on my list of things I don’t like about Charlotte. #1 is the pevasive alcohol use by the younger people. That may well be a national issue, but North Carolina used to resist the booze business, other than the moonshine up in the mountains.

        • TheChairman says:

          It’s the opposite in northern MI, power companies come in and trim (butcher IMO) any trees which are within 10 feet of their lines… in one case, we just told them to take out the entire tree rather than leave us a hacked up tree.

          Without booze in NC, we wouldn’t have NASCAR. 😉

          Be safe, we’ll be back online next week (hopefully)…

          • CC1s121LrBGT says:

            NJ has a situation in most towns where you can not take out a large tree – even if it is in dangering power lines – without a permit… and of course, you’d have to pay someone to do that after you got permission with your permit.

            The result is a trees overhanging the powerlines everywhere and lots of power outages even compared to locations that get category 5 hurricanes.

            The way it works here is that once there is a power outage, the power company comes and takes care of the tree with their expensive unionized labor at no charge to the offending tree owner – and they pass the cost on to the neighbors via some of the highest electricity costs in the entire USA.

            Other states charge tree or car owners for the cost of restoring outages caused by trees or cars they own that caused the outage – and they have far fewer outages and much lower electric rates.

        • Parrott says:

          Governor Ralph Northam -ham-ham-ham says were in state of emergency. Freaking out at the local china mart, bread and milk sales are ‘Brisk’ according to local news babe ‘Jessica Rabbit’.
          Navy is sending all their ships and subs that can leave out of Norfolk. I guess they will head south.
          Anyhoo Floyd county should get 12 inches of rain when hurricane slams into the Blue Ridge and drops its load. Look out Martinsville, Danville and Stuart.
          Hell, Danville has flooded like three times this summer and spring. I doubt South Boston will be on the maps, anymore after this week.

          Fred, they have been running commercials on the local Roanoke TV stations. Come visit the ‘ nuevo riche’ of Charlotte,’The queen city’ . Great cuisine and micro-breweries out the ying-yang. Drive south on 77 till you smell money!
          ( I added the ‘money’ statement : )
          what are you all going to do with a bunch of mountain hicks from W.VA and VA invading your fare city ?
          Let me know if you see a lot of VA and WVA tags in your fair city.
          ( oh, I’m preparing for bad weather. I am going to get gasoline) I have plenty of ammo & Chunky soup.
          best
          parrott

          • Fred Stiening says:

            The official NWS cone has the storm stalling around Fayetteville and not getting here until Sunday and then it won’t be much more than strong breezes. I see little chance of it getting to Norfolk unless it suddenly bounces off the coast and goes back over water.

            Based on our personal experiences, if you come here for a visit expect most of the people you bump into working in restaurants and bars to be homosexuals of the exhibitionist type. We had a conversation with a person who works in the medical field, and HIV/AIDS is becoming a factor in many patients they see.

            Walmart gave me a free upgrade from a 16 pack of Rice Crispy marshmallow treats to a box of 40, so I am prepared!

            • Parrott says:

              Awesome ! I have always liked rice crispy’s . My Mom used to make those marshmallow treats for us back in the day.
              Yeah now its supposed to go south along the coast. The conspiracy groups are freaking out , Its being controlled by soros or bezos .
              back after while
              Parrott

    • Fred Stiening says:

      So things suddenly turned ugly. The new track has the center going through South Carolina putting Charlotte on the strong side of the storm. While the landfall has not changed, the “what happens next” is all over the place…parrot looks safe.

      • Fred Stiening says:

        Well, what a difference 8 hours can make

        The models were starting to all diverge, some suggesting it might even go down the coast to Florida. The official cone has it heading South and ripping through central South Carolina and winding up in Columbia SC by early Monday

  7. Fred Stiening says:

    SpaceX launch of Telstar 18 was delayed for an hour, but was flawless. Stage 1 nailed the landing and the satellite is in Geostationary Insertion Orbit ready to make the flight to its final location

  8. Parrott says:

    super mega awesome, Chairman ! 15MBPS isn’t so bad. Way better than 3.0 MBPS dsl !
    Cool place. That is a great area, you already know the obvious. I entered a contest once to win a trip on one of those ore freighters, I guess I didn’t win, cause I never heard back. I did win a Kayak over labor day on a raffel. So this ought to be wild.

    That’s a good area to be in when the ‘balloon’ goes up. Gosh, I bet you can see zillions of stars ( Real ones in the sky at night) !

    CC, yeah I’ll go get blue crabs, no problem. I have a friend in Gloucester Point VA. just across the river from Yorktown. He says they are super easy to catch.

    Lake Huron, wow,
    best
    parrott

  9. Fred Stiening says:

    A recent WordPress update (the software behind the blog) appears to have removed this sticky post, which why it was not at the top. Hopefully that will stay fixed.

  10. Fred Stiening says:

    How long until the NY Times does a story on the significance of the special election in Texas yesterday to replace a Democrat Texas State Senator?

    https://amp.ksat.com/news/election-results/district-19-special-runoff-election-result

    I am guessing “when hell freezes over”

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