Tag Archives: rally

WRC: Not in the US

8 Feb

This weekend is the annual FIA WRC Rally Sweden, a competition that involves small turbocharged cars going very fast on all sorts of road conditions – gravel, dirt, asphalt, and snow/ice. Unlike NASCAR and Indycar, they turn more than just left. Spectators stand right next to the track. It’s insane and death-defying. Of course, it’s not being aired in the US at all. Or in Canada, for that matter. 

This is something that should be remedied. Witness: 

Highlights from the 2012 Rally Sweden: 

Highlights from Monte Carlo 2013: 

The $100,000+ Bentley Continental W12 GT takes to the Welsh WRC rallye track with Top Gear’s James May calling the turns – often poorly. 

Ken Block with Top Gear’s James May at a California airfield. 

Catalunya Spain 2011 WRC: 

Climbing up Pike’s Peak: 

How is this not popular in the US? 

 

The 10/30 Marches on Washington

17 Sep

I can’t decide yet whether I want to attend Jon Stewart’s “Rally to Restore Sanity“, which aims to “take it down a notch for America“, or Stephen Colbert’s “Keep Fear Alive“, where marchers will be “freaking out for fear,” or “notching it up a scoche”.  October 30th on the National Mall in Washington from 3 – 6.

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From Stewart’s site, something that seems directed at Buffalo’s angriest gubernatorial candidate:

“I’m mad as hell, and I’m not going to take it anymore!”

Who among us has not wanted to open their window and shout that at the top of their lungs?

Seriously, who?

Because we’re looking for those people. We’re looking for the people who think shouting is annoying, counterproductive, and terrible for your throat; who feel that the loudest voices shouldn’t be the only ones that get heard; and who believe that the only time it’s appropriate to draw a Hitler mustache on someone is when that person is actually Hitler. Or Charlie Chaplin in certain roles.

Are you one of those people? Excellent. Then we’d like you to join us in Washington, DC on October 30 — a date of no significance whatsoever — at the Daily Show’s “Rally to Restore Sanity.” Ours is a rally for the people who’ve been too busy to go to rallies, who actually have lives and families and jobs (or are looking for jobs) — not so much the Silent Majority as the Busy Majority. If we had to sum up the political view of our participants in a single sentence… we couldn’t. That’s sort of the point.

On the other hand, Colbert describes his rally thusly:

America, the Greatest Country God ever gave Man, was built on three bedrock principles: Freedom. Liberty. And Fear — that someone might take our Freedom and Liberty. But now, there are dark, optimistic forces trying to take away our Fear — forces with salt and pepper hair and way more Emmys than they need. They want to replace our Fear with reason. But never forget — “Reason” is just one letter away from “Treason.” Coincidence? Reasonable people would say it is, but America can’t afford to take that chance.

As always, the best way to combat the creeping insanity and extremism in our politics is to make fun of them.

Bring Google to Buffalo

23 Mar

As you may already know, municipalities around the country are competing to become part of Google’s next big thing – ultra-high-speed internet access. 100x current speeds. 1GB per second, by fiber, right to your house.

The city is completing, and is asking you, too, to complete a request for information, which you can find via this link. You can also join the Facebook group to voice your support.

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There will be a rally on Wednesday the 24th from 5pm – 6pm outside the Buffalo Niagara Convention Center for regular citizens to express their support for this project. Come out and show your support for Google, for Buffalo. If this comes to town, it puts us on a very exclusive and economically progressive map.