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i'll be back to work after this, I swear [21 Nov 2006|03:06pm]

The new Mel Gibson, ladies and gents (as if you haven't heard this already).

This ruined "Seinfeld" and the Kramer character for me (he was my favorite! HS memories abound!).

Friggin' a, man. As I said in an LJ community, why couldn't one of the actors from "Friends" have pulled this crap, instead?

Ugh, you never know who turns out to be a bigoted idiot. I figured that, given the show had an all-white cast, there had to be one in the bunch. And, he revealed himself, in lovely form. I can't believe he used "Afro-American" in his apology, too. BAH.

Now, to write my cover story (and other important things). I would editorialize about this, but that would give this idiot more attention than he deserves.
5 is the magic number Do you agree?

in your face, dumb asses on the road! [15 Nov 2006|07:47pm]
two memes - bear with me, I'm bored todayCollapse )
2 is the magic number Do you agree?

PSA for Honda/Acura Owners & Leasers [15 Nov 2006|04:21pm]
Since there's so many of us out there ... (and since I spend too much time reading Honda message boards, lol)

Apparently, Honda/Acura odometers are off in certain models, overcalculating the car's mileage, and they're extending the warranties of cars purchased between certain dates and from certain model years. A class action lawsuit was filed, and the results will be "permanent" in May.

While acknowledging no wrongdoing in the settlement agreement, Honda says in the statement that "in the interest of customer satisfaction," it has voluntarily agreed to expand by 5 percent its mileage-based agreements with persons who bought or leased Honda or Acura vehicles in the United States, Puerto Rico or the U.S. Virgin Islands between April 13, 2002, and Nov. 7. The expanded agreements include warranties, lease mileage-based limitations and extended vehicle service contracts for certain 2002 through 2006 Honda and Acura vehicles and some of the 2007 Honda Fit models, according to the statement.
Under the terms of the settlement, consumers who incurred out-of-pocket expenses as a result of the odometer defects -- either because they had to pay for repairs that should have been covered by warranties or were charged for excessive mileage on leased vehicles -- can apply for reimbursement.

Here is the law.com article detailing the settlement.

http://www.hondaodometerclassaction.com./ <---- And, this is the site to get answers to questions about the lawsuit.

It all looks pretty damn legit, not like one of those fake scam things. It's not a major problem with the car(s), but it could get you a few more thousand miles of coverage under the factory warranty and a few more miles you can drive on your lease :) And, you could get reimbursed for repairs, since the warranty extension looks to be retroactive. The whole thing isn't finalized until next May, but you can apply for reimbursement now, if you have a valid repair claim.

Okay, that's all. Carry on with your lives.
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PSA for Philly-ites and interested parties [20 Sep 2006|07:48pm]
When's the last time you've seen a price like THAT at the pump?

Seriously, if it wasn't happening right smack in the middle of rush hour on a Friday at a place that's not very close to my house or my job, I'd go. I imagine people will be camped out there at that station for hours. But, if you've got nothing to do that day, and feel like braving lines that will be controlled by police for the sake of bargain hunting (teenyreeny82, I'm looking in your direction), feel free.

The fact that it would cost me $16 bucks to fill the tank in my Fit is tempting, though. And, I'll probably need more gas right around Friday ... hmmmm. They need to do things like this in my hood :(

I'm Googling for that Web site they talk about that lists the cheapest gas in the area ... not about to drive all the way to Scranton to save, or even the N'east, but maybe I can find gas in my area that isn't 20 cents higher than everywhere else in the city. Bah.

Edit: Yeah, and I'm sorry I barely make "Public" entries in this thing anymore. Remind me to post some old editorials that I wrote for the paper, kthx. They will spark discussion, or derision. Whichever you're in the mood for.
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*shrug* [02 Jul 2006|12:39pm]
watch yogaclass4cats fight
4 is the magic number Do you agree?

when philly institutions make the national news, it's always because of something lame [08 Jun 2006|08:13pm]
The image Philly presents to the world is the bestest, and Geno's is overrated, anyways.

Best part of the article: Of course, it's not as if native Philadelphians speak the King's English either. A Philadelphian might order a cheesesteak by saying something like, "Yo, gimme a cheesesteak wit, will youse?" ("Wit," or "with," means with fried onions.) To which the counterman might reply: "Youse want fries widdat?"

Verbage like this is precisely why people are always surprised when I say that I'm a lifelong Philadelphian. :P

And, I find this whole attitude hypocritical from a guy who isn't that far removed from immigrants, himself. But, what would you expect from a person who still sells "freedom fries?" @@

I'll just keep getting cheesesteaks from neighborhood places, thanks. Or, making my own, which come out quite tasty!
11 is the magic number Do you agree?

per request, a few old op/ed pieces [07 Jun 2006|03:48pm]
I never make public posts in this thing anymore, but if you're interested in reading two of my editorials from the paper in recent weeks, here they are:

The cost of raising children: May 31 issueCollapse )

The invaluable internship: June 7 issueCollapse )

If you guys have any comments about these, feel free to debate :)
7 is the magic number Do you agree?

maybe three of you understand the significance of this. [13 Mar 2006|03:03pm]
[ mood | sad ]

Knight Ridder Sold

This is the parent company for the papers I work for. This should be good news, since it ends the uncertainty of whether I'm still going to be employed in a year or two ... right?

Of course not. It's never that simple.

At the same time, McClatchy plans to sell 12 of Knight Ridder's 32 newspapers, including The Philadelphia Inquirer, The Philadelphia Daily News and the San Jose Mercury News, saying that those papers don't fit the company's longstanding criteria of buying newspapers in growing markets.

Our paper is a subsidiary of PNI, the same company that produces The Inky and the DN. Now, whether this means that we'll be sold off with the dailies isn't yet known. So now, we have to wait for the whole Knight Ridder sale to be finalized. THEN, our company may be sold off to someone else at God knows what price. Who knows where our jobs will be when that happens? And, we don't even know whether the new company that bought Knight Ridder will keep our weekly division or not. They're keeping their stake in CareerBuilder, which is interesting.

Uncertainty sucks. Then, it mirrors the rest of my life, so meh. We shall see what the future will bring.

3 is the magic number Do you agree?

[11 Mar 2006|10:33am]
[ mood | annoyed ]

Reason one zillion why racism still exists

People's attitudes bother me, ever so much.

The best part is that the person who wrote the essay is black, so now white people are going to be like "Look, even your kind thinks all of you are doing wrong!" Ugh. I love the justification for forwarding the e-mail along: "I only agreed with part of the racism, not all of it." Great.

My favorite excerpt:

• "About five years ago, in a debate before the National Association of Black Journalists, I stated that if whites were to just leave the United States and let blacks run the country, they would turn America into a ghetto within 10 years. (But) I gave blacks too much credit. It took a mere three days for blacks to turn the Superdome and the convention center into ghettos, rampant with theft, rape and murder."

Wow. Uncle Tom Ruckus speaks.

I love how all these negative qualities are all ascribed to black people, since there's no white people who rob, rape, murder, and live off of the government.

5 is the magic number Do you agree?

so, about that situation in South Dakota [06 Mar 2006|07:58pm]
[ mood | annoyed ]

It's official: prepare for the fallout


And here's my journalistic editorial replyCollapse )


7 is the magic number Do you agree?

[28 Feb 2006|08:15pm]
Without this Amendment, "The Simpsons" wouldn't even be possible

I put this one up on the door of my office. It was just too priceless to resist.

In light of this information, our national slogan should now be: "Americans: We're Just Dumber"

The right to have pets is protected in the Bill of Rights? Wow, I never knew we loved Fido and Fluffy so much.

Perhaps a refresher course in high school U.S. History is in order?
14 is the magic number Do you agree?

After much deliberation and consideration, I've decided to make my LJ semi-locked instead of permanently Friends Only. I've decided that, as a member of the press, my views shouldn't be completely concealed from the general public. However, all of my "public" entries will be those of a blog/discussion nature. Basically, I'll post articles that made me laugh, made me think, made me angry or made me cry (or a combination of those emotions). I'll also post some of my editorials/opinion pieces published in the Trend Leader (Web site coming soon!) for commentary/debate.

My "personal" whines and rants about life will still remain Friends Only, to protect the innocent, so if you like my opinions enough, comment on this entry to be added :)
8 is the magic number Do you agree?

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