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October 23, 2007

Clearing The Air in Austin

The Statesman (bugmenot) is reporting that Air America has been ditched in Austin in favor of Spanish speaking programming:

Air America, the home for defiantly liberal talk radio, has quit Austin's air waves, though it can still be heard online or on XM Satellite Radio. Its previous broadcasting home in Austin, KOKE 1600 AM, has started following a Spanish-language format.

Austin blogger UrbanGrounds points out the obvious:
What should be a tougher loss to take is the knowledge that Austin is a very Liberal city with a giant market of young, educated liberal college students.

If you can't make it here with Liberal radio, then you probably can't make it anywhere (which the national market is bearing out, too).

Let's all send a big "Thank You" to KOKE 1600 for Keeping Austin Corporate by giving the ignoramus' at Air America the boot.

Na na na na! Na na na na! Hey Hey Hey! Good Bye!

October 17, 2007

Sneeze and you are a dead man

You know there's something about when you hear a pump shotgun click ... It makes everybody think twice.

Nathaniel Brooks of Houston is a hero. He held two would-be burglars at bay with a 12-gauge shotgun until Houston PD arrived and took the pair off to jail. KHOU in Houston (BugMeNot is your friend) is reporting that the police also recovered evidence from several other burglaries that morning.

The video is up at LiveLeak. My favorite part is the reaction from his wife:

October 11, 2007

Newsflash! Manhattan isn't that big after all

Consumerist is at it again, this time quoting a chart from GOOD magazine (I wouldn't go as far as calling it an article) lamenting the total square acreage of some of the larger US retailers. They ignore the real #1 largest retailer in the US, the US Postal Service (over 27,000 locations), and instead zero-in on Wal-Mart (4,094 locations according to walmartstores.com).

How do they prove their point? By stating that Manhattan comprises approximately 15,000 acres, and stating that every Wal-Mart store combined comprises 18,810 acres. Gasp! Now compare that to the USPS ... I can't find the acreage of each USPS location, but let's assume it's an extremely modest 2 acres. Multiply that by 27,000 and you get 54,000 total acres, or almost 3 times as much space as Wal-Mart. Look everybody ... I can count too!

Here's a news flash ... Manhattan is not that big. Take this fun fact from http://www.dfwairport.com/visitor/facts.htm:

At the time DFW was built, it was the largest and costliest airport in the world: $700 million spent and 17,500 acres – bigger than the island of Manhattan

And of course, if you attempt to point this out in the comments section of the page, the admins never let it appear ...

If you want to compare it to something that sounds bigger than it really is, try the Louisiana SuperDome ... it's only uses 13 acres. Saying that it would take almost 1,500 SuperDomes to equal the square footage of all the Wal-Marts sound much bigger.