According to the Boston Globe, the city of Burlington, Vermont owns a cable system. It has a whopping 1200 subscribers, so it's scarely worth mentioning -as the Globe obviously decided, burying the item here- that it added a new channel to the lineup. That channel is Al-Jazeera. I believe Al-Jazeera is a propaganda machine for the terror-sponsoring states of the Middle East. It is the "respectable" public face of the Islamist movement. But even more shocking than the indefensible choice to put it on the city cable system is this quote from that cable system's director:
"We were certainly squeamish about it at first, given its reputation in the United States," said Tim Nulty, director of Burlington Telecom. "But if you look at it, it looks like BBC. I think it's more mainstream and more objective than CNN."
More objective than CNN?
When the BBC is your standard of objectivity, and Al-Jazeera seems more mainstream than CNN, you've gone over to the other side. Embracing BBC just means you're a lefty. Embracing Al-Jazeera means you hate America. They do.
I've said the network should be banned in America. I stand by that. And the director of Burlington Telecom should be fired. It's city-owned. An American city is paying for enemy propaganda. I'm stunned.
Send them some comments:
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As Ted alluded in comments, the catalog cover car is the best reason to attend the Bonhams Brookline auction tomorrow afternoon. If you're a buyer of Rolls-Royce gauges, there's a lot -several lots- to see, but much of the stuff is pretty obscure. As for the cars, there's a definite low-end and a definite high-end.
I'm guessing the Bugatti won't be going home on the same truck as the Spitfire.
Preview's today at MOT.
Yesterday's fiery end to a Ford taxi was photographed by others, because I forgot my camera. Perhaps expectedly, just two minutes after I realized I didn't have my camera, I saw a taxi with a burning dashboard on Cambridge Street near City Hall. Actually, I smelled it first. The distinct smell of electrical smoldering. Then I saw it pulled over and the driver just sittin there, staring down at the passenger seat as if he were examining a map. He was oblivious of the flames rising out of the instrument panel. If I'd had a camera, I could show you. But I didn't. Instead, I ran over and opened the door.
The cab driver, an elderly man, seemed confused. He wasn't moving out of his burning car. I mean, who sits in a car when the entire dashboard is aflame? Then he wouldn't move. I yelled at him, pulled him, persuaded him to get out, which he did.
Safe on the sidewalk after calling Boston Fire, he kept wanting to walk over and stand right next to the cab. If you've ever seen a car burn, you know that's a bad idea. After a few minutes, he came to his senses and I was able to turn him over to a police officer, and go get my coffee.
Which is where I was going in the first place. Without my camera.
If you're in the Boston area this weekend, for the expected first sun of the spring, bring your camera and your wallet to the Larz Anderson Auto Museum / Museum of Transportation in Brookline, where they're holding the annual Bonhams Brookline collector car and motorabilia auction.
If you pay the admission fee you'll be in a big tent, well out of whatever sun we get.
Look for me. I'll be the guy with the glasses.
I have nothing much to say today; the headline news is depressing, I was up way too late, and there's no hot water. So I'm just posting car porn and heading in to work -where there is hot water. SCM has a nice write-up of the whole Saab P1800 line if you're into that sort of thing. (Left photo: SCM; Right: trollhattensaab.net.)
I learned about this CNG Honda Civic from an old copy of the Wall Street Journal I had in my office. (I couldn't get Monday's paper because the newsstand was closed for the "holiday" in Boston.) It's probably a perfectly good car, like most Hondas, but they're not telling you everything up front.
Natural Gas is widely available in homes, but damn hard to find for your car. Honda's solution? "Phill," an appliance that hooks up to your home gas supply and allows you to fill your car. Slowly. Like 16 hours to fill the tank. That's probably fine for overnight partial fills for most commuters, but it does limit the role of the car. But there's another catch. You have to buy Phill. And he's about $4000. Of course, there's a tax credit....
Honda mentions the federal tax credit right there on the webpage. But it's more than offset by the higher cost of the car and the extra four grand for the fueling system and the fact that you need another car if you do anything but commute. Still, I applaud the effort. We need lots of non-gasoline solutions. But let's not pretend it makes any economic sense at this point to buy one.
The new state police DNA plan is the first slip down a treacherous slope toward a society where everyone is known to the state and there's no privacy except in the darkest corners.
Or maybe it's just a new crime-fighting technique. I'm on the fence, really.
Just to keep my life exciting, I installed the smartTOP on my cabriolet over the weekend. On Saturday afternoon. It went very smoothly -it's a great product- except for the few moments of panic I enjoyed when the top seemed to be stuck in the half-open position. I was fifty miles from a dealer, with an undriveable car, no garage, and a storm coming. In the end, all was well. What happened? Well, let's just say it helps to RTFM.
"We cannot afford a precedent established that the airwaves can be used to commercialize and mainstream sexism and racism..." Sharpton said.
Sharpton and his coalition of vindictives and tell-tales are against the airwaves being used for sexism and racism. OK, then where's black indignation about hip hop culture? Where's the protest against MTV for showing that mindless, musicless, illiterate rhyming that passes for rap music?
It's almost unbelievable that all these spineless hypocrites are making me feel sympathy for Don Imus. The world is upside down: Al Sharpton agrees with George W. Bush, and I agree with Michelle Malkin.
Oh, and if Sharpton, Jesse Jackson, Malik Shabazz and Snoop Dogg are the champions of a minority, it's going to stay oppressed. Shame on any person who follows their hypocritical lead. Shame on any person who doesn't point out the hypocrisy. And extra shame on those who are piling on the Imus burial mound now that it's safe because he doesn't have a microphone anymore.
The entire episode is disgraceful. No one came out well. No one.