commented on Cop Car Clash
*sigh* The new Ford Explorer Police Interceptor is, for all practical purposes, a Taurus station wagon. It shares its engine and underlying architecture with the Taurus Police Interceptor. The Explorer is currently in use with many, many city, county and state police agencies, most of which report it gets BETTER gas mileage than the Crown Vics they replaced. And the Explorer is the only one of the vehicles SPD tested that has enough room for all the stuff the cops carry in their Crown Vics.
As for color, when you buy vehicles in bulk, you can get them painted any color you want... just supply a paint sample. I hope SPD sticks with its present metallic blue. Black and white is a California cop car thing...
commented on Obama Backs a $10 Minimum Wage
I remember RICHARD FREAKING NIXON proposing a guaranteed minimum income, presumably a lot like the Earned Income Credit, but for everyone... paid through the IRS. Geez. But then, Value Added Tax was also being seriously discussed at that time, too.
commented on Big-Government Nanny State Texans Ban Electric Car Sales
*sigh* Okay folks, here's the deal. Tesla Motors owns all of its dealers, unlike every other car company (there are lots of good reasons for this, which I won't go into now). Texas franchise law prohibits car companies from owning their dealers. Car dealers are given franchises by their manufacturers, and if at some future time Tesla decides to grant franchises, they'll have dealers in Texas.
Given the $70K sticker price for a Model S, it would seem to me not to be a problem for someone in Texas to go somewhere else to buy one, and bring it back. People do this all the time... especially on the Washington/Oregon border. The Texas DMV Web site says *NOTHING* about people not being able to register and title a Tesla Model S.
And in any case, the Nissan LEAF, Ford Focus Electric and several other electric vehicles are readily available from their respective franchised dealers in Texas. Nissan recently added a second shift at the factory that builds the LEAF to meet the demand. In Bellingham, I see new ones on the street every week.
Next time, Paul, do a little research... you're a journalist, right?
commented on Study Says Indie Baristas Really Are Hipster Stereotypes
I've patronized literally hundreds of Starbucks and indie coffee places, and my experience mirrors the study (a few notable exceptions on each side) The baristas at SBUX really are genuinely nice people; I know every one by name at the one I currently patronize, and they know me. OTOH, the indie baristas mostly are self-mutilated, self-loathing assholes who, as previous commenters have noted, would rather be anyplace else, doing anything else. All coffee served in North America is toxic sludge, but Starbucks affords many opportunities to not have to pay for it.
commented on Where RapidRide Wins
@3, that's called placing value on your time, something the haters of personal mobility can't credibly claim if they're willing to spend an hour on a bus to make a trip that would take 15-20 minutes in a personal vehicle. Which, most of the time, you can easily do in parts of Seattle outside of Capitol Hill and downtown...
commented on If Somebody Can't Get to Bellevue by Car, They Shouldn't Be Coming at All
The first time I lived in Portland, in the mid-1990s, a proposal to extend MAX to Clark County was voted down because the Clark County people didn't want "those people" from North and Northeast Portland to be able to ride to Vancouver. Same deal now. Except then, N/NE Portland was mostly black. Now it's mostly hipsters. FWIW...
commented on RIP, Herfy's in Fremont
These new Herfy's have absolutely nothing to do with the original Herfy's, which got bought by Campbell's Soup back in the 70s and run into the ground. I would be surprised if the owners of these new Herfy's even bothered to buy the rights to the name. Tried one of their burgers out of curiosity, and it was awful...