Happy (?) Tax Freedom Day

We interrupt your weekend to announce that today is Tax Freedom Day in Wisconsin.

The Tax Foundation’s Tax Freedom Day in the nation was yesterday. Gov. Scott Walker sent out an email about that to his supporters yesterday … not today, which would highlight the continued fact that federal and state taxes in Wisconsin are higher than the national average. (And that Tax Freedom Day is three days later in Wisconsin this year.)

And what are we Wisconsinites getting for our tax dollar? Milwaukee dropping below Detroit in social dysfunction Hell, for one thing. Harassment of conservatives by the Internal Revenue Service and the Milwaukee County district attorney, for another.

Chasing around old TV

I am a subscriber to The Rap Sheet, a collection of current and past crime fiction in print and electronic media.

It’s an excellent read when the author is not injecting his politics where readers may think it doesn’t belong. (Hypocritical? I am well aware it’s his blog and he can include whatever he likes, just like I can. I do not, however, market this blog as a politics-free zone.)

I was reading it last night and saw

In February, I mentioned on this page that I’d been asked by a Wall Street Journal writer about my interest in collecting the main title sequences for older TV crime dramas–the basis for The Rap Sheet’s YouTube page. At the time I told him there were a few such introductions I had still not found, including one for the 1973-1974 NBC cop drama Chase, starring Mitchell Ryan. Well, thanks to author Lee Goldberg, who shares my obsession with these classic small-screen openings, I’ve finally added the Chase intro to my collection.

As you know, I sort of beat Goldberg and the author to it, though mine is not the original:

This isn’t the greatest copy around, but at least it actually made the air, unlike my slideshow:

I had not remembered that “Chase” was initially on opposite of “Hawaii Five-O,” which would have posed a hideous choice on the part of the eight-year-old edition of your humble blog writer. (It was bad enough when the last half-hour of “The Mod Squad” overlapped with the first half-hour of “Hawaii Five-O.”

As you know, titles are critical for catching the viewer’s attention. This series met my criteria for TV-watching when I watched far more TV than I do now — cool vehicles plus cool theme music. Can you see why an eight-year-old would be temporarily mesmerized by …

Chase Satellite

Chase helicopter

Chase motorcycle

Chase group vehicle shot

Chase Fuzz

… a TV series that included a souped-up car and a helicopter and a motorcycle and a police dog? Not only that, but, according to the always-accurate Wikipedia, the series’ characters …

… specialized in solving unusually difficult or violent cases, and indicative of the show’s emphasis on the determined pursuit and undercover surveillance of hardened criminals. The unit, headquartered in an old firehouse, relied mainly on alternate means of transportation such as Helicopters, Motorcycles, Custom vans, Taxis, four-wheel-drive vehicles, Sports and muscle cars, work trucks (vehicles from the Public Works Department, the Telephone company, and/or the Postal Service and civilian delivery services) and high-speed driving to apprehend its suspects.

Well, who wouldn’t watch that? The added bonuses were that it was a Jack Webb production …

… which implied a certain level of quality. It was also created at Webb’s behest by Stephen J. Cannell, who turned out to be one of the greatest TV writers and series creators in television history. (Cannell got his start on Webb’s “Adam-12.” And it had the requisite theme music, written by jazz saxophonist Oliver Nelson, who did a lot of TV work, including the theme of “The Six Million Dollar Man.” (Webb was a huge jazz fan and considered his best film to be “Pete Kelly’s Blues.”)

The series supposedly was based on the Los Angeles Police Department’s Special Investigation Section. Given that (if I remember the episodes correctly) a lot of the episodes occurred well outside L.A., perhaps it should have been set within the L.A. County Sheriff’s Department (assuming it had an SIS counterpart). I suspect, however, that there were some issues between Webb and the L.A. sheriff, based on “Emergency!”, where the sheriff’s deputy character the first couple of seasons suddenly became a generic police officer.

It turns out that apparently for $21 you can own the entire six-DVD set, such as it is. The series had a pilot and 16 episodes, and the DVDs supposedly have 12 episodes, so I have no idea what is not included, and whether the episodes include Michael Richardson (the car driver), Norm Hamilton (the helicopter pilot) and Brian Fong (the motorcycle guy), or their midseason replacements Gary Crosby (a frequent member of the Jack Webb Players) and Craig Gardner.

I was pondering getting this, but as it turned out to my surprise, YouTube has two episodes …

… apparently posted by a fan of Maunder, though they are labeled as being from his Western series “Lancer.”

This, by the way, also should not be confused with another NBC series called “Chase” …

… nor with the brass rock group Chase:


The sweetest sounds

Legendary Speed Shop passes on Nitto Tire’s video:

As you know, one of my weird interests is car starter sounds. A car’s starter motor (assuming it successfully starts the car) is a promise of a trip to a destination, the expression of transportation freedom found in no other mode of transportation.

The ultimate starter sound still is probably Brutus …

… powered by a BMW 48-liter V-12 engine which perfectly embodies the phrase “exploded into life.” Although Rolls–Royce might have a contrary argument:



Read her lips

Chicks on the Right reports:

Don’t be fooled by her whole “listening” tour. She’s not actually listening, but prescreening. She doesn’t want to say anything that will add further damage to her campaign. Don’t believe me? At a roundtable discussion with furniture employees in New Hampshire, she just nodded her headed and said “mmm hmm” approximately 88 times.

And let’s face it. That’s probably her best strategy, because when she actually opens her mouth, she only screws herself over.

On Monday, Hillary Clinton said that she’s actually shocked that small businesses aren’t prospering. And I don’t know if she’s really that ignorant or if she simply wants to distance herself from Obama’s crappy economic policies. Even though hers are basically the same. …

“From my perspective, I want to be sure that we get small businesses starting and growing in America again,” Hillary said. “We have stalled out. I was very surprised to see that when I began to dig into it because people were telling me this, as I traveled around the country the last two years, but I didn’t know what they were saying, and it turns out that we’re not producing as many small businesses as we used to. And a recent world study said that we are 46th in the world in the difficulty to start a small business. There’s lots of issues…”

What to do? OH I KNOW I KNOW PICK ME! Let’s push through another stimulus package! Or we could raise taxes! More regulations! That’ll do the trick!

Let’s go back to what she said. Basically, “dead broke” Hillionaire was flying around the country, being super down-to-earth and people were like, “Hey Hillz, the economy sucks monkey balls.” And she was all, “What? I don’t know what you’re saying.”

Seriously. That’s her excuse. She didn’t know what they were saying. But now that she’s officially running for president, she has TOTALLY seen the light. She gets it.

The truth is, she only now chooses to recognize small business struggles because it benefits her. She doesn’t actually care about small businesses. No Democrats do. It’s all about her. It’s always about her. It’s her turn to be president, so she’ll say whatever she needs to say and sympathize with whoever needs sympathy to get there.

You don’t need to be a rocket scientist to see that liberal policies hurt small businesses. My dad’s a small business owner, and I’ve witnessed the struggle. He has put so much sweat into keeping his business alive in Obama’s economy. That’s why I get worked up when Democrats talk about how great the economy is. It’s obvious. It’s not. And everyone with an Actual Brain recognizes that. Businesses have no confidence in the economy.

At the end of the day, Hillary’s going to say whatever needs to be said. Her answer to helping small businesses will be just like Obama’s strategy. More big government top-down policies. Squash all incentives to invest and innovate, then sit around and wonder why the economy sucks.

I’m not sure the Chicks are correct. Remember this statement back during the Hillarycare days? Ralph R. Reiland did:

As first lady, she produced a 1,400-page health plan, primarily in secret, that was overloaded with central controls, punishments for disobedience and costly mandates for employers. …

Similarly, the attitude from Hillary’s central-planning squad was that small-business owners could toss in the towel if they couldn’t pay the price of providing the government’s newly mandated benefits for 100 percent of their employees.

“I can’t be responsible for every undercapitalized entrepreneur in America,” Mrs. Clinton said in 1993, responding to charges that her plan would bankrupt businesses and cut employment. Destroy a job through excessive health mandates, she was told, and employees will go from having no health insurance to having no health insurance and no jobs.

No one, of course, was asking Hillary Clinton to be “responsible for every undercapitalized entrepreneur in America.” Just the opposite: It was her plan that would cause the undercapitalization.

The anti-business message was clear. Go out of business if you can’t jump through Hillary’s hoops. A business is a throwaway if it can’t come up with the money to pay for the latest mandate.

Then there was last October, as Godfather Politics noted:

Multi-millionaire Hillary Clinton told a crowd gathered at the Park Plaza Hotel that corporations and businesses” don’t “create jobs.” I wonder if the workers and owners of the Park Plaza Hotel know that.

I also wonder how the $100 million that Bill and Hillary have earned since they left the White House account for their windfall? Did it fall heaven in baskets, or did it grow on their backyard money trees. …

If corporations and businesses don’t create jobs, then who or what does? Government? Governments don’t create jobs. All government jobs are “created” by taking money from businesses, corporations, and workers through taxes. If businesses and corporations didn’t exist, government wouldn’t have any money to tax, thus, there wouldn’t be any government jobs.

Microsoft was founded in 1975. Prior to this date, Microsoft did not employ anybody. Today, Microsoft employs 126,000 people worldwide. Microsoft does not stand alone as a corporation. Millions of other people are employed indirectly from a company like Microsoft.

The same is true of Apple, General Electric, Wal-Mart, and every other big company that liberals seem to hate for their “greed.”

Hillary’s “corporations and businesses” don’t “create jobs” comments is reminiscent of President Obama’s “you didn’t build that” claim. Remember?

Liberals tied to make excuses for Obama’s comment like they will try to do for Hillary. Hillary is their man for 2016. …

There is no money for government without people who make money. Government is the great inhibitor of economic growth.

It’s amazing that someone who has been infesting Washington for 22 years doesn’t grasp business. But not surprising.