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2011 Ford Fiesta

Automotive — Sidiov @ September 20, 2010

I’m bAAAAAaaaack!!!!

The Fiesta has made its glorious return to the shores of the US.  Most Americans remember the Fiesta as the little car that crumpled like paper when a leaf hit it, and whose life span equated to the trip home from the dealer.  Many Americans in fact, do not even remember the Fiesta.

The new baby ford comes with an 118-hp, 1.6-liter 4 cylinder engine.  You can have either a 5 speed manual or 6 speed automated-manual dual clutch transmission.  This is one of the first entry level cars to feature such a transmission, and it does help to increase fuel efficiency and performance.  With a curb weight of only 2462 pounds, the new Fiesta is quick enough for an entry level super-compact taking 8.7 seconds to reach 60.  Ford has estimated that fuel efficiency will be 40 highway and 30 city, which competes with many hybrid cars.

The new Fiesta is surprisingly comfortable inside.  The Dashboard is laid out a bit like a Japanese robot face, but once inside, it seems fairly easy to figure out your way around.  The base model comes with no CD player, but does include an aux-in port for mp3 players. The SE adds the CD player and tilt and telescoping steering wheel, and the SEL and SES trims come standard with the Ford SYNC infotainment system.  The storage space in the Fiesta is a bit smaller than similar models like the Honda Fit, but still enough to get most in-city drivers what they need.

The base model 2011 Ford Fiesta starts at $13,320 MSRP, but you won’t get any special offers at a dealership right now.  Dealers are selling these at a premium, not even entertaining offers below MSRP.  A fully optioned SES will run you about $17,120.  Is it worth the price?  If you live in a big city where you need to squeeze into spots, you may opt for this baby in front of other similarly priced cars, such as the Mazda3.  But it’s real place on American streets seems very limited.  Unless young, hip, urban socialites take up the Fiest banner this may end up being a car with a lot of buzz and little bang in the long run.

We lied to protect you

Greatwizard News — Sidiov @ August 3, 2010

Yes, we lied.  But they were lies of omission, confusion, obfuscation, and nominclature, and thats ok.  That is the claim of Congress about the health care bill.  Of course the bill that will introduce “no new taxes” is now being called (by the same person mind you) a “new tax” as a way to justify its existance. $569,000,000,000 of new taxes at a minimum, with $529,000,000,000 in cuts to medicare, while simultaniously increasing Medicare enrollment by 16,000,000 users.  I’m all in favor of cutting Medicare funding, one of the most poorly run programs in the US today, but the Rube Goldberg replacement makes Medicare look like a Kazimir Malevich painting.
 A new chart released by the Joint Economic Committee shows 1/3 of the new system at play.
healthcare chart

Keep in mind this only represents the first 33% of the bills additions.  There was not enough room to add the next 66% of overhead.   We can expect to see at least 2 more flowcharts, or perhaps something larger than 100′ x 100′ to represent our dismal future.
 This makes the Death & Taxes poster look empty…

Doing the Spying Americans Wont

Greatwizard News — Sidiov @ July 14, 2010

95% of US citizens are found in a recent poll to be against right-wing extremist conservatives who forced 11 Russian undercover illegal agents out of the country last week. In a strongly worded statement, the NAASCP calls the “racist scum white cracker tea-baggers” the root of the current financial problems, which have “directly led up to the expulsion of hard-working, poor russian spies whose only crime was to illegally stay past their visas and attempt to handle documents, identities, and cash for other spies use against the United States.”
“With ignorant red-necks like this,” says Harvard Whittman, President of the Tunnel Hill, GA NAASCP local chapter, “we stand no chance of ever filling the millions of jobs that Americans traditionally refuse and have over the last 40 years left primarily to undercover Russian spies illegally staying past their visa expirations.”

Russian spy Anna Chapman was expelled by right-wing extremists for doing the jobs they refuse to do.

Russian spy Anna Chapman was expelled by right-wing extremists for doing the jobs they refuse to do.

Without a steady supply of undocumented spy labor, prices will rise dramatically and more spying jobs will be shipped overseas, according to a recent study by Chicago based and politically independant think-tank KSFFC, or’Karl-Stalin Forward to the Future Comrades!”
A new bill is being pushed forward in Congress, which will allow the president to accept more Russian spies into the US, being offset by an offshore oil-platform tea-partier camp, where racist, violent tea-partiers that have been caught on camera being racist and violent will be sent to be reeducated about their place in a modern, functioning society. President Obama expects to have the bill on his desk for signing before the summer recess, and has recently announced his regret that so many republican lawmakers are “using political games to prevent our path forward to the future.” He hopes to either receive their vote on the bill, or to have Attorney General Eric Holder assign all No voters the first spots in the new offshore camps.

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