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crane’s corner

I listen to KFBK every morning, because it’s the only news talk that comes in on the crappy, 20 year old clock radio in my bedroom. I hate listen to Crane’s Corner, a daily dose of Fox News talking points brought to you by morning anchor Ed Crane. I finally just looked him up and this is him. Not the 75 year old I was expecting, although a little hair dye and a killer set of veneers can go a long way. Couple of recent highlights:

1. Blaming Barack Obama for things.

“Consider that in 2008 gas was around two dollars….But this President…a hostage to the environmentalists refuses to try..”

Um, Ed? Gas was $2 at the end of 2008 because the house (of cards) that derivatives built spectacularly collapsed.  Now if you want to stop conveniently forgetting most of that year, skip back with me to July 2008, when the national average for gasoline was $4.11 a gallon. Here’s another gas one:

Actually..it’s building right now….back in 2008….when then senator obama was promising us all hope and change—-we were concerned about…gulp….two dollars a gallon for gas…the average price around this time in 2008 was a dollar ninety six…today that same gallon in california will run you an average of 3.85 a gallon

This was from the February 15th Corner and it’s wrong. The national average in February 2008 was $3.04 per gallon.

2. Thinly veiled disdain for the LGBT community.

But it is good to know if tomorrow, I wake up singing show tunes, have an irrestible urge to go shopping for that gorgeous pair of Jimmy Chus or Manolo Blanick pumps— or start looking at the Victoria’s Secret Catalogue to see whats in my size, that Berkley will be there for me. Likewise, if I start borrowing all of Amy Lewis’ Jennifer Anniston and Reese Witherspoon DVD’s and start searching on line for Doris Day Rock Hudson movies I can download, or swap my old spice for Channel number 5—it’s comforting that hard by the Bay Bridge, theres a city that will cater to my—well feminine side…

That was on a story about the City of Berkeley covering the cost of sex-change operations for transgender city employees. A fair amount of this Corner was spent making unoriginal jokes about what transgender/gay people are interested in. Showtunes, REALLY?

OK that’s all I have time for. Enjoy your weekend!

oh, pleasanton!

From Mercury News:

“Senator Joe Simitian: Your cell phone law sucks.”

That’s the blunt message on a large billboard off Highway 101 south of the IKEA store in East Palo Alto. It was paid for by Grant Paulson of Pleasanton, who despises California’s hands-free cell phone law, authored by Simitian and in place since last summer.

… Paulson, 47, said Tuesday he doesn’t like the cell phone law because he finds it hard to hear calls on hands-free devices and he considers the rule an attack on personal freedoms.

“All I want is to have a choice,” said Paulson, president of GP Fire Protection, a company that installs fire sprinklers.

…”I’m just tired of having my personal freedoms taken away,” he wrote in the reader comments on a story on NBC Bay Area’s Web site. “Used to (be) able to ride a motorcycle without a helmet, ride in the back of a pickup, not wear a seat belt, ride a bike when a kid without a helmet, etc. Where does it stop and what’s next? Helmet laws to ride in a convertible because that would be safer?”

Good gravy. I love how his idea of freedom is being able to engage in an activity that puts everyone else around him at risk. Let them eat cake!

I also like how he is el presidente of a company that installs fire sprinklers. Does anyone else find that a bit ironic? How many people who have been forced to hire his company to install those things have grumbled about it? And all he cares about is how it’s hard to hear. Oh, Pleasanton. The rolling, gentle green hillsides of upper-middle class privilege tend to make the natives a bit stir crazy.