Asleep at the wheel rant

August 31, 2011

We were all set to rant about our
prevaricator in chief and then he
went and changed the day of his
speech! If he was Pinocchio, he
would have to back into a room
and leave the door open.

We also admit to being slightly
confused over the Dick Durbin
statement that “the number and cost
of disasters have grown dramatically
over the past few years”.

Wasn’t this the first hurricane in
3 years? Have we been asleep while
all these disasters were going on?
Was the media too busy following
Obama to cover these numerous natural

We believe the cost is going up, but
only because the government is giving
away money like a drug dealer gives out

Then the announcement that this bunch
of mental giants want to empower the
EPA to heavily fine coal-fired power
plants and the like. Give us a break.
We do not want our utility bill to

And the nuts protesting the proposed
oil pipeline from Canada to Texas. For
God sakes, build it. At least Canada
isn’t trying to kill us.

Obama should stop his history editing
and just admit he doesn’t have a clue
on how to fix it. The economy is not
better now than before he took office,
we do not have more people working, and
we definitely have more poor people.
Just Eliminate the Lies.
Comments are always welcome.

What we don’t know about the 5th Ward race

August 31, 2011

With the deadline tomorrow for filing
tomorrow at 5 pm, we thought it time
to do a post on the 5th Ward candidates.

Last we heard, there are four; Sheilia
Burrage, Rodney Abbott, Jordan Schneider,
and Kevin Spriet. It has been a pretty
quiet campaign so far, but here is what
we know.

Sheilia Burrage is a liberal who
works for AT&T, is a union member, and
is the only candidate who has an actual
website up and running.

Rodney Abbott doesn’t have
much information online that we could find.
We don’t know his party affiliation or platform.

Jordan Schneider doesn’t have
a lot of information online either, but we believe
she is an Independent. She does have a facebook page that might have
more information.

Kevin Spriet doesn’t list
party, or a website either. We don’t know what he
is campaigning on because we haven’t met.

Now you know what we do, which isn’t much. When
more information comes our way we’ll pass it on.
As it is, we feel like a mushroom.
Comments are always welcome.


August 31, 2011

When we think of the Maybach, we think of lifestyles
of the rich and famous. What you think of when money
is no object and only the best will do. Thus begins
the story of Wilhelm and Karl Maybach.

Father, Wilhelm, born February 9, 1846 in Hellbronn,
Baden-Wurttemberg, Germany, developed the first
Mercedes auto in 1900. Wilhelm came up with belt
drive system, the fan-cooled radiator, and the
first 4-cylinder engine.

Son, Karl born July 6, 1879 in Cologne-Deutz, Germany,
was known for producing the Maybach V12 Zepplin,
developed a 6-cylinder engine in 1906, and the two V12
engines that powered the “Flying Hamburger” high
speed train.

In 1885, Wilhelm Maybach and Gottlieb Daimler,
developed a new four-stroke internal combustion engine.
The engine was a one-cylinder, air-cooled, 100 cc
displacement, 1 horsepower beast that could rev to
600 rpm.

They attached said engine to a bicycle to create
the first motorcycle. The pair also attached the
engine to boats.

They progressed to a carriage and in 1890, with some
partners, founded Daimler Motoren Galleschaft to build
engines and automobiles.

Maybach left the company in 1907 and started
Maybach-Motorenbau GmbH.

Father and son teamed up in 1909 to produce engines for
airships built by Graf Ferdinand von Zeppelin.

Wilhelm and his son Karl later started their own
car company and debuted their first car, the Maybach
Type w3, at the Berlin Auto Show in 1921.

The Type w3 had a 6 cylinder engine, 4-wheel brakes,
and new transmission, and a maximum speed of 65 mph.
It sold until 1928, and in 1929 the Maybach had a
12 cylinder engine with an aluminum block and
alloy pistons that produced 150 hp.

In the 20s and 30s the Maybach had a reputation
for powerful, technologically superior, custom-built
vehicles for the wealthy. The top of the line model
was the V12 Zeppelin.

Their only competition was the Horch. But when
a car cost 29,500 Reichsmarks in 1930, enough
to buy five family homes or 33 Opals, less
than 200 Type w3s were sold.

The Maybach was produced until World War II when
the plant started making engines for German military
vehicles. Production never restarted after the war,
but the company made engines for several companies.
Maybach eventually became part of Daimler-Benz.

Daimler-Benz resumed production of the Maybach in
the early twenty-first century, with the Maybach 57
and the Maybach 62. The hand-built cars have a
starting price of six figures, and are known for
their power and optional luxury extras. These could
include voice-activated controls, entertainment
centers, lambswool carpeting, and perfume-atomizing
systems to name a few.
Comments are always welcome.

Gone, red lights, taxes, and a hurricane

August 29, 2011

We cruised out to get some line for our
weed whacker today and noticed the old
V.J. Neu building is no longer there. We
realize that more parking was needed for
the stadium, but can’t get used to the
idea of an empty lot on that spot.

We also noticed there are drivers out
there who don’t know what a red light
means. It used to be that people would
stop when the light turned yellow, but
now it seems like a red light means you
can still turn in front of oncoming

And we don’t know what happened with
our property taxes, but if assessed
value is this high in our current economic
climate we can’t afford to live here when
things start booming again.

We didn’t post on Sunday as we were too
busy watching Hurricane Irene on TV. We
have experienced such weather at sea, but
never on land. To the nutbars out surfing
and swimming during the storm we can only
say, God looks after drunks and idiots.
Our condolences to those who lost loved
Comments are always welcome.


August 27, 2011

In our haste to get a Friday post out
we failed to mention a few more events.
This was not on purpose and we’ll list
them today.

The World Series of Drag Racing
will be going on all weekend at Cordova
Dragway. Now in its’ 58th year, the World
Series is sure to have big name racers
and plenty of noise.

Arnie “the Farmer” Beswick is celebrating
60 years as a professional racer at the
event and the biggest Nitro Funny Car
show in years will go on today. Cars
include; Man-O-War, Twin Town Shaker,
Showtime, Chi Town Hustler, Candies &
Hughes, and the Blue Max to name a few.

Grand Marshall is “Big Daddy” Don
Garlits, and he’ll have one of his Swamp
Rat dragsters at the event.

Then starting Thursday, September 1, and
running through Sunday September 4, is
the 34th Annual Motorcycle Swap Meet at
the Mississippi Valley Fairgrounds. It is
sponsored by the Chief Blackhawk Chapter
of the Antique Motorcycle Club of America.

Events will include technical seminars,
a ladies tour and craft fair, a field meet
and games, a banquet, an antique motorcycle
show, and more. So if you go, you might
just see a 1935 Scott Flying Squirrel, a
1917 Indian B-17, or something equally as

For a schedule, go here.
Now we’re going to get busy and hopefully
get some things done.
Comments are always welcome.


August 26, 2011

We’re going to list a few car events but
feel the need to mention one of a different
nature first. Cars are important to us, but
so is the duty we have to remember those
who have given the ultimate sacrifice.

The Healing Field of the Quad Cities
is going to hold a memorial “Tribute to Our Fallen”
starting tonight at 7:30 pm and running
through Sunday when closing Ceremonies will
be begin at 4 pm.

This year the victims of 9/11 are also being
remembered. Once it opens, this memorial will
stay open 24 hours a day until the closing
ceremonies. Radio talk show host Jim Fisher
will be one the speakers which will include
military, veterans’ organizations, and more.

Later today is the Advance Auto Parts Grand
Opening Cruise In held at their store, 902 W.
Kimberly Road, Village Shopping Center, from
5-8 pm.

Saturday, August 27, is the Jesus Built My
Hot Rod Car Show, held at the New Life
Assembly of God Church, 2416 N Wright Rd in
Janesville, Wisconsin from 9 am to 4 pm.

Saturday, August 27 is the 2nd Annual
Knucklebusters Car Show held in downtown
Aledo, Ill from 8 am to 2 pm.

Saturday, August 27 is the Moonlight Cruise
In at Franks Pizza, 711 First Ave, Silvis, Ill
from 4-9 pm.

Comments are always welcome.

No respect

August 25, 2011

We usually do a rant on Thursday, but
feel we have vented enough for a while.
Instead, we’ll take a little look at life.

This morning while reading the paper
over a cup of coffee I was explaining an
upcoming event I found interesting.

The wife asked how much it cost and I
responded that it depended. I then said
that there was a discount for children
and middle age people.

The wife asked “when?”

Starts Friday I replied.

When does the middle age discount
start? At what age.

60, I said.

That is a senior citizen discount, replied
the wife.

Nope, I ventured, I’m a junior so it
has to be a middle age discount.

She insisted it was a senior citizen
discount so I asked “what would you call

Old, was her reply.

Funny, I was feeling pretty good until we
had that conversation.
Comments are always welcome.