Crusin’ Music (without the music)

As many of you know, I am a car freak.  In another thread, our friend 5thstate requested a good car thread, so here it is.  Tell us…

  • What car did you learn to drive on?
  • Who taught you, and how well?
  • First car owned?
  • Worst car owned?
  • Worst/funniest driving experiences?
  • Sex in car? (respond only if you have a funny story).
  • Best/worst road trips?
  • Five cars you would like to have, money no object
  • Crappiest car you’ve ever seen, been driven in?

Ok, guys and gals…the floor is yours!  Drive her home!

Weirdity of the Week

From BILD.de:

A mobile phone which spent a week inside the stomach of a massive cod was still working when it was returned to its owner.

From The’The Sun:

Andrew Cheatle thought his Nokia handset had been lost at sea after it slipped from his pocket.

Andrew, 45, said: “I was messing about with my dog and my phone must have fallen out and been swept out in the swell.

“I kept calling it but I gave up hope after a couple of days.”

He was shopping for a new phone with girlfriend Rita Smith, 33, when her mobile went off.
Andrew continued: “She said some guy was going on about my phone and a cod so she handed it over to me and he told me where he had found it.

“I thought he was winding me up but he assured me he had caught a cod that morning and was gutting it for his fish stall and that my Nokia was inside it — a bit worse for wear.

“I didn’t believe him but went to meet him and found it was my phone — a bit smelly and battered — but incredibly it still worked after I let it dry out.”

“I know it sounds a fishy tale but it is 100 per cent true.” Sun:

Kicking off Music Night with Bruce Hornsby

Don Henley with Bruce Hornsby at the 32nd Grammy Awards. Of course, you have to put up with the first 60 seconds with a very animated Japanese couple excitedly talking about.. something….

The End of The Innocence

Bruce Hornsby – The Way It Is

I wish I could have found a video of Bruce performing this with his band the Range, but no such luck…

Here is Bruce Hornsby and the Range performing Mandolin Rain

Obama takes US closer to total ban on cluster bombs

This is a very good direction for the United States to move… It is a relief to my ears.

From The Guardian (UK):

The United States has stepped closer to a total ban on the use and export of cluster bombs with the signing by Barack Obama of a new permanent law that would make it almost impossible for the US to sell the controversial weapons.

The decision was hailed by opponents of the weapons as a “major turnaround in US policy” that overrode Pentagon calls to permit their continued export.

The new legislation, tacked on to a huge budget bill, was passed earlier this week by Congress and now sets such stringent rules for the bombs’ use, including a ban on sales where they might be suspected of being used where civilians are present, that it seems unlikely the US could export them again.

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Will Vitter’s airport tantrum cost him?

Apparently the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) will be looking into “Sen. David Vitter‘s much-reported decision to open the closed gateway door to his plane — even though he was warned against it by an airline worker.”

Roll Call first reported that Vitter, a Louisiana Republican known to the wider Washington world for showing up in the phone records of the DC madam, set off the security alarm Thursday when he tried to board a United Airlines flight from Washington Dulles to New Orleans. Vitter arrived at the gate 20 minutes before departure, and having been denied access to the plane, spiraled into what Roll Call called a “timeworn ‘do-you-know-who-I-am’ tirade” that “grew quite heated.” He set off the security alarm when he opened the door, a spy told the paper.

Well, apparently this ‘incident’ may not be over..

A spokeswoman at the airport authority that runs Dulles Airport told the Times-Picayune that she doubts a police report was filed about the incident, and the airline did not comment on the report.

But Gaches told On Call that TSA can look into the Vitter event even if a police report was not filed.

There could be a fine involved..

The TSA Enforcement Sanction Guidance Policy, which may or may not apply in this case, specifies that a $2,500-$6,000 fine could be instituted for “tampering or interfering with, compromising, modifying, attempting to circumvent, or causing a person to tamper or interfere with, compromise, modify or attempt to circumvent any security system, measure, or procedure.” A $1,000 to $3,000 fine could be levied for “entering or being present within a secured area, AOA (Airport Operations Area), SIDA (Security Identification Display Area), or sterile area without complying with the systems measures or procedures being applied to control access to, or presence or movement in, such areas.”

Oops…. Perhaps anger management classes may be in order…

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