Wednesday, May 4, 2016

2011 Top Picks for Motorcycles Under $20,000

Be it a sport bike, cruiser, or chopper, here are my top picks for motorcycles under $20,000 dollars. A motorcycle needs to look as good as it performs to make this list. This line up is sure to tantalize your need for power, speed, and good looks.

Honda CBR 1000RR

Let’s begin with the all-around leader in the sport bike realm, the Honda CBR 1000RR. Ultra-light and extremely fast, this sport bike delivers the sound, speed and look enthusiasts desire from the sporting class. For 2011, you can choose from black, red and black, or BOWR-a blue/orange/white/red color combo that’s reminiscent of a track bike. With a 439 lb. curb weight, this bike is nimble enough for the curviest roadways, and comfortable for long rides. The motorcycle cost between $13,399 for the base model and $14,399 for an ABS equipped version.

Suzuki Hayabusa

For $13,699 you can purchase a 2011 Suzuki Hayabusa in black or white and have yourself one of the fastest bikes in the world. The bike is attractively styled, agile and is one of the most highly modified motorcycles around. This motorbike is downright breathtaking.

Harley-Davidson FXCWC Rocker C

How about a factory built chopper from the undisputed king of American motorcycles; the Harley-Davidson FXCWC Rocker C. Coming in at just under $20,000, the Rocker C employs a 1584 cc air-cooled power plant and is loaded with chrome. Cruise in comfort and style on this classic American iron horse.

Honda Fury

If you’re looking to save a little money for accessories or insurance then consider the 2011 Honda Fury. This 1312cc, liquid cooled, shaft driven cycle is stunning! In a world filled with $20,000 to over $100,000 dollar choppers, the Fury blends right in. Moreover, with a price of $12,999 you can’t go wrong choosing this bike, available in matte orange, pearl white or dark red metallic with optional ABS.

Victory High-Ball

Separate the men from the boys and purchase the 2011 Victory High-Ball. At just over $15,000, the High-Ball is a throwback to days when riders would hang-em high, that is ride with their arms hanging high in the air while resting on ape hanger handlebars. The High-Ball is available in matte black with white walled tires and spoke wheels.


The next bike looks like something out of a Mad Max movie. The 2011 VMAX from Star motorcycles is a powerful, liquid cooled 1700cc- beast. The VMAX has intake tubes on the left and right of the steering column that look as if rockets will launch out of the openings if you anger the rider. The motorcycle boasts sport bike technology blended with cruiser styling. At $19,890, it just makes the list.

Honda Interceptor

I’ve saved my favorite for last, not because the Honda Interceptor remains virtually unchanged since 2002 or because it has won best in class 11 times. I chose this bike because it looks like a super-sport bike, sounds like a race bike and drives with the comfort of a cruiser, not to mention I own one. The single sided swing arm holding the rear wheel and the under-seat mounted exhaust gives the motorcycle a unique, powerful look. For around $12,000 dollars, you’ll be hard pressed to find a better deal.

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2011 Weather Events

2011’s weather was a rollercoaster ride

From droughts to floods, it was hard to hide

But for all the loss and pain that was felt

It’s a card that will continue to be dealt

The photos displayed of the Southern US

Of dried up land and longhorn’s a mess

Are tell-tale signs of what’s to come

Global warming is undoubtedly touted by some

Fires and heat in the summer were widespread

As the acres raised an aire of dread

The heat didn’t help the circumstance

It only added fuel to the devil’s dance

The flooding was next to inundate

It was the North’s turn to meet their fate

Irene was just one piece of the puzzle

The weather critics needed a muzzle

The event that truly shocked the nation

Was undoubtedly the tornadoes that caused devastation

Four days in April we will not forget

Our thoughts still with those we’ve never met

As we move on with a positive outlook

With some apprehension about what the weather took

A reminder that when the weather gets harrowing

Listen for the alert of a watch or a warning

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2011 Week 4 NFL Fantasy Football: Top Free Agents

If you are looking for players to add to your fantasy football rosters for Week 4, the following were available in both of my 12-team leagues.

1. TE Chris Cooley – Washington Redskins

Cooley started slow due to injury and was dropped in both of my leagues, as his owners watched Fred Davis have two good weeks. Cooley showed on Monday night, however, that he will receive targets as his health returns. Cooley was a must-start at one point in his career, so if he is available and you aren’t exactly set at tight end, you may want to grab him and monitor his progress. He could become a main receiver for Rex Grossman this year.

Other tight ends who may be available: Jeff King, Tony Scheffler

2. WR Victor Cruz – New York Giants

Despite the harsh words from critics over the past few weeks, quarterback Eli Manning has not played poorly at all. With the wide receiver position in the state its currently in, there is definitely potential for a player like Cruz to get plenty of looks from Manning. If you have a spot on your bench to fill, just remember the fantasy numbers tallied by recent Giant receivers (Plaxico Burress, Steve Smith, Hakeem Nicks, etc.) and take a chance on Cruz.

Other wide receivers who may be available: Michael Jenkins, Donald Jones

3. K Dan Bailey – Dallas Cowboys

If you’re like most of the people I know and you analyze your kicker position week-by-week, Bailey might be a great play for a little while. As quarterback Tony Romo continues to play through injuries, along with his banged up wide receivers, Dallas may be kicking more field goals than usual. Bailey had six on Monday night (including three of 40+ yards) and the trend could continue for at least a few weeks.

Other kickers who may be available: Rian Lindell, Mike Nugent

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2011 Texas Straight Talk - TSA Abuses and Failures - Congressman Ron Paul

2011 Texas Straight Talk – TSA Abuses and Failures – Congressman Ron Paul

The press reports are horrifying: 95 year-old women humiliated; children molested; disabled people abused; men and women subjected to unwarranted groping and touching of their most private areas; involuntary radiation exposure. If the perpetrators were a gang of criminals, their headquarters would be raided by SWAT teams and armed federal agents. Unfortunately, in this case the perpetrators are armed federal agents. This is the sorry situation ten years after the creation of the Transportation Security Administration.

The requirement that Americans be forced to undergo this appalling treatment simply for the “privilege” of traveling in their own country reveals much about how the federal government feels about our liberties. The unfortunate fact that we put up with this does not speak well for our willingness to stand up to an abusive government.

Many Americans continue to fool themselves into accepting TSA abuse by saying “I don’t mind giving up my freedoms for security.” In fact, they are giving up their liberties and not receiving security in return. Last week, for example, just days after an elderly cancer victim was forced to submit to a cruel and pointless TSA search, including removal of an adult diaper, a Nigerian immigrant somehow managed stroll through TSA security checks and board a flight from New York to LA — with a stolen, expired boarding pass and an out-of-date student ID as his sole identification! He was detained and questioned, only to be released to do it again 5 days later! We should not be surprised to find government ineptitude and indifference at the TSA.

At the time the TSA was being created I strongly opposed federalization of airline security. As I wrote in an article back in 2001:

“Congress should be privatizing rather than nationalizing airport security. The free market can and does produce excellent security in many industries. Many security-intensive industries do an outstanding job of maintaining safety without depending on federal agencies. Nuclear power plants, chemical plants, oil refineries, and armored money transport companies all employ private security forces that operate very effectively. No government agency will ever care about the bottom-line security and profitability of the airlines more than the airlines themselves. Airlines cannot make money if travelers and flight crews are afraid to fly, and in a free market they would drastically change security measures to prevent future tragedies. In the current regulatory environment, however, the airlines prefer to relinquish all responsibility for security to the government, so that they cannot be held accountable for lapses in the future.”

What we need is real privatization of security, but not phony privatization with the same TSA screeners in private security firm uniforms still operating under the “guidance” of the federal government. Real security will be achieved when the airlines are once again in charge of protecting their property and their passengers.

In the meantime, this week I am introducing the American Traveler Dignity Act, which establishes that airport security screeners are not immune from any US law regarding physical contact with another person, making images of another person, or causing physical harm through the use of radiation-emitting machinery on another person. It means they are not above laws the rest of us must obey. As we continue to see more and more outrageous stories of TSA abuses and failures, I hope that my colleagues in the House will listen to their constituents and join with me to support this legislation.

House of Representatives – Public Domain – Congressman Ron Paul

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2011 World Series Predictions: A Quote Roundup

Facebook is such a wonderful tool even though it has the ability to severely distract any working person. However, when your work entails asking peoples’ opinion on a topic, Facebook is a definite life-saver. I was able to conduct a mini-survey yet again to see who people thought would win the upcoming World Series, which starts Wednesday October 19.

Before I get into what others think, I really believe the Cardinals have the hot hand coming into the World Series. However, I wouldn’t count out the Texas Rangers. It really is a pick that you could analyze and boil down, but it would take maybe three or four articles, so I’m going to do it like so. The Cardinals represent the National League, the San Francisco Giants — my team — are in the National League, and the Giants beat the Rangers in last year’s World Series. Therefore, my pic lays with the Cardinals, who will win their 11th title.

Now let’s see what everyone else had to say:

“Rangers in 6. Simply because the Cardinals have 10 Wrld Series championshuips and the Rangers have none.” -James S.

“Rangers. If the cards pitch like they did in the NLCS, the Rangers will trounce them. Pitching is ultimately going to win.” – Rachel F.

“For sure, the Rangers. They have the pitching to make it happen and make up for last year.” – Dave. M

“Cardinals – I’m an NL fan and I’m cheering for my UC Davis classmate Daniel Descalso to take home a ring.” – Jamie P.

“Cardinals- This team is hot at the right moment. They have a good 1-2 punch in the rotation with a good bullpen to back them up. The offense speaks for itself with Pujols, Berkman, Freese, Holliday, and Molina.” – Matt L.

“Should’ve been the Brewers for the NL, but since it’s the Cardinals, go Cards!” – Anthony D.

“If I had to pick, it’d be the Rangers. They were last year’s favorites and have improved their pitching.” -Brian F.

So it looks like those of us who are still watching baseball even though most of our teams have been eliminated, are split on this one. Anyone else have anything to offer up on which team they think will take home the hardware? Or has your team been eliminated and you don’t even care?

David is co-founder of wrapupp sports blog, where they post videos weekly and present sports blogs and sports opinions – all with a West Coast bias. While he loves writing for his blog, writing for Yahoo! is even more fulfilling. Growing up in the Bay Area, David is a huge supporter of all the local sports teams; the Giants, Athletics, Warriors, Sharks, 49ers, and Raiders. His one fault, admittedly, as many of his friends and family would say, is his love for the Los Angeles Lakers. Growing up, Magic Johnson was his favorite basketball player and he fell in love with the team. He chalks it up to, “Not knowing any better”. Now his love for sports has turned just as academic as it is intuitive and he follows most all sports all over the nation.

You can follow David on Twitter: @officialwrapupp .


baseball-reference. Cardinals Team History. MLB 2011

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2011 New Year's Eve Parties and Packages in the Buffalo, New York Area

New Year’s Eve is nearly here, and if you’re looking for a party in Buffalo, New York to ring in 2012, it won’t be too difficult to find one. Here are a few of the area’s top restaurants that are offering New Year’s Eve packages in Buffalo.

Frog Hair Grille and Golf – Frog Hair (7800 Transit Rd. in Williamsville) is offering three New Year’s Eve options. Inside, there will be a party featuring live music from 8:30 p.m. to 12:30 a.m., drink specials, and a champagne toast at midnight complete with hats and noisemakers; there is also a dinner for two package available that includes five hours of premium open bar, a five-course dinner in a private golf simulator, plus the party in the main dining room ($175 per couple – reservations are necessary – 716-839-FROG). Outside, the party will feature Frog Hair’s own midnight ball drop. There will also be live music outside from 8:30 p.m. to 12:30 a.m. and fire pits to keep warm.

Salvatore’s Italian Garden – Salvatore’s (6461 Transit Rd. in Depew) also has a few options at their spectacular facility. In the lounge, check out music from Soul Committee starting at 9:30 p.m., eat dinner, and dance the year away; cost is $25 per person. In the main dining room, a special New Year’s Eve menu will include appetizer, soup or salad, and entrĂ©e choices plus dessert; seatings begin at 5 p.m. (call for reservations – 716-683-7990) and prices start at $49. There are also two Ballroom packages: the Venetian Ballroom package includes dinner, premium open bar from 6:30 p.m. to 1:30 a.m., music from First Quality Sound from 9:30 p.m. to 1:30 a.m., and a champagne toast at midnight ($100 per person); the Bellamore Ballroom package includes dinner, premium open bar from 6:30 p.m. to 1:30 a.m., music from Soul Providers from 9:30 p.m. to 1:30 a.m., and a midnight toast ($120 per person).

Sean Patrick’s – Sean Patrick’s (3480 Millersport Hwy. in Getzville) is offering a selected menu for New Year’s Eve, featuring appetizers including stuffed mushrooms, bruschetta and clams casino, and entrees including New York Strip Steak, Filet Mignon and Lobster Tail.

Banchetti by Rizzo’s – Rizzo’s (550 N. French Rd. in Amherst) will feature three parties for one price – $70 per person. Choose from music by West of the Mark, Route 66 and the Steve Balesteri Jazz Trio plus a variety of foods. Cocktails and hors d’oeuvres begin at 7:30 p.m., with food stations opening at 8:30 p.m.; price also includes five hours of open bar and champagne and noisemakers at midnight.

Statler City Ice Ball – the re-opened Statler City hosts this 21-and-over party featuring five hours of open bar, four hours of Buffalo Chophouse grand buffet, three live musical acts, two DJs and one New Year’s Eve to remember. Tickets are $125 per person and are available through the website.

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2012-2013 NBA Season Preview - Pacific Division

The Pacific Division is going to be owned by Los Angeles again this season with the Clippers and Lakers fighting for the top spot. The Golden State Warriors are a better team and the Phoenix Suns made some solid moves as well which could make an exciting division series between the teams. The Sacramento Kings looked like they were filled with promise 2 seasons ago, but looked below mediocre last season.

It’s going to be a long season and the Suns and Warriors have a chance at making some noise due to the acquisitions they made.

1. Los Angeles Clippers

The Clippers have made some significant moves in the off-season and have a healthy Chauncey Billups back in the lineup. His injury last season was devastating, but they have insurance with Jamal Crawford coming off the bench behind him. Chris Paul and Blake Griffin have a full season under their belts and can make moves toward the NBA Finals where I have them playing this season.

The additions of Grant Hill and Lamar Odom will give them probably the best bench in the NBA.

PG – Chris Paul/Eric Bledsoe

SG – Chauncey Billups/Jamal Crawford/Willie Green

SF – Caron Butler/Grant Hill/Matt Barnes/Travis Leslie

PF – Blake Griffin/Lamar Odom/Trey Thompkins

C – DeAndre Jordan/Ronny Turiaf/Ryan Hollins

2. Los Angeles Lakers

The Lakers made the most significant moves in the off-season by adding all-stars Steve Nash and Dwight Howard. For some reason, they just have the feel of the Lakers team that added Gary Payton and Karl Malone. Too many names, with guys at the end of their careers has never been a good formula. Not to mention their bench is old as well.

PG – Steve Nash/Steve Blake/Chris Duhon/Darius Morris

SG – Kobe Bryant/Jodie Meeks/Andrew Goudelock/Darius Johnson-Odom

SF – Metta World Peace/Devin Ebanks

PF – Pau Gasol/Antawn Jamison/Earl Clark

C – Dwight Howard/Jordan Hill/Robert Sacre

3. Golden State Warriors

The Warriors have another season under Mark Jackson as head coach and that is a plus for them. Stephen Curry has control of the team and if Andrew Bogut can stay healthy, they can make a playoff run. The additions of Harrison Barnes, Carl Landry and Jarrett Jack are going to important as long as they produce what we expect them to. David Lee will be called on for a lot of scoring and Klay Thompson needs to take the next step.

PG – Stephen Curry/Jarrett Jack

SG – Klay Thompson/Charles Jenkins

SF – Brandon Rush/Harrison Barnes/Richard Jefferson/Kent Bazemore

PF – David Lee/Carl Landry/Draymond Green/Jeremy Tyler

C – Andrew Bogut/Festus Ezeli/Andris Biedrins

4. Phoenix Suns

The Suns have made some solid moves bringing back Goran Dragic to replace Steve Nash along with Luis Scola. Scola and Dragic brings that toughness that will be a staple for the team with Marcin Gortat and Jared Dudley. If they can only get Michael Beasley to play with that intensity and live up to his potential, they can be very good this season. They have a solid, but young bench and as the season goes on should begin to play well.

PG – Goran Dragic/Sebastian Telfair/Kendall Marshall/Diante Garrett

SG – Jared Dudley/Shannon Brown

SF – Michael Beasley/Wesley Johnson/P.J. Tucker

PF – Luis Scola/Markieff Morris/Channing Frye

C – Marcin Gortat/Jermaine O’Neal/Luke Zeller

5. Sacramento Kings

A couple seasons ago the Kings looked like they were headed back to contention behind the play of then-rookie Tyreke Evans. They looked like a match made in heaven and with the additions of DeMarcus Cousins and Marcus Thornton it seemed as if they could go far. This season with the additions of Aaron Brooks, Thomas Robinson and Travis Outlaw will give their bench a lot of depth. If Evans can return to form this season, they can surprise a few people.

PG – Isaiah Thomas/Aaron Brooks/Jimmer Fredette

SG – Marcus Thornton/Francisco Garcia

SF – Tyreke Evans/John Salmons/Travis Outlaw/Tyler Honeycutt

PF – Jason Thompson/Thomas Robinson/James Johnson

C – DeMarcus Cousins/Chuck Hayes

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2012 Audi A4 2.0 TFSI Quattro Tiptronic Sedan (Review)

The Audi A4 ranks highly among luxury upscale midsize cars and it is easy to see why- stylish interior and exterior, craftsmanship, comfortable and spacious seating, turbocharged engine, and great fuel economy make it a top choice for 2012 and a great choice instead of higher priced competitors.

Offering solid driving dynamics, classy interior design, quality materials, engaging chassis, and quick on the road agility, the Audi A4 has made an indelible impression on the automotive industry.

The A4 comes as either a sedan or Avant wagon that can be fitted with either front or all-wheel drive and the quattro all-wheel drive system greatly improves the vehicle’s grasp on winding roads.

Compared to the A3, the A4 has a sleeker appearance with controls/buttons that are illuminated for easy nighttime viewing. The interior is comfortable, nicely appointed, with adequate legroom in the front cabin for taller passengers, however in the rear cabin, head/legroom is less accommodating.

The new 2012 Audi A4 is not as luxurious as the A7, but it is still one of the best in its division and is equipped with a 2.0-liter turbocharged engine with 211 horsepower and 258 lb-ft. of torque with FSI direct injection. Standard features include an eight speed tiptronic transmission with sport and manual shift modes, anti-lock brake system, Halogen headlights with front and rear fog lights, 17″ 10-spoke-star-design-wheels, power glass sunroof with sunshade, rain and light sensor, heated mirrors, space saver spare tire, AM/FM/SAT/CD audio with SD card reader and aux-in, Audi concert radio with Audi premium sound, 245/45 all-season tires, and electronic stability control. The Sport Package comes with front sport seats w/4-way power lumbar, 3-spoke steering wheel, 18-inch sport wheels, sport suspension, and high-performance tires. The Premium Plus Package is fitted with heated front seats w/driver memory, three zone climate control, driver information system w/driver memory, split-folding rear seat, S line exterior package, auto-dimming interior mirror with compass, Audi xenon plus front lighting w/LED DRLs, and heated exterior mirrors.

The A4 accelerates quickly, handles sharp corners with ease, and has a firm feel on the road, whether in the city or on a freeway. The vehicle has more engine noise than the A3, which is surprising, but still has good fuel efficiency producing 21 MPG in the city and 31 MPG on the highway, making it one of the most fuel-efficient automobiles in its class.

The fully loaded Prestige trim, which Includes 2.0T Premium Plus comes with 18″ wheels with all-season tires, BLUETOOTH mobile phone preparation, Audi adaptive xenon headlights with LED daytime running lights, Bang & Olufsen Sound System, Audi side assist, Audi MMI Navigation System, Audi advanced key, has a starting MSRP of $42,000, and offers a fun driving experience that is a great value compared to other luxury vehicles on the market today.

If you have been looking for a luxury vehicle that is stylish, attractive, comfortable, and efficient with great on the road performance, then I highly recommend taking a look at the new 2012 Audi A4 Quattro Tiptronic Sedan.

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2011 is the Year of the Pie

This will be the year of the pie! Yes, the top restaurant trend for 2011 is predicted to be pies, and we may see pie shops popping up, just like the cupcake shops that have been so popular. According to Andrew Freeman, a San Francisco restaurant consultant, this is one of several trends he is seeing for the coming year. You can read about his other thoughts on Nation’s Restaurant News here.

The most intimidating part of making a pie is often the crust. The busy modern woman can tackle many challenges, but a pie crust seems overwhelming. If you grew up in an area where traditional cooks still amaze the taste buds with their family recipes, you may be especially afraid to attempt this feat. (You may just be short on time or lazy, just like me!) Here is a pie crust method that requires no rolling pin, and you use Bisquick. There are no complicated chemical reactions to anticipate, either. If you ever played with Play-dough, you can make this pie. Here is the link.

Here are a few links to pie recipes, for the quick and easy cook, as usual!

Key Lime Pie (no cooking!)

Quick and easy Apple pie

Quick and easy berry swirl cheesecake (pie)

Easy as pie Jello pie

Andrew Freeman, “Pies top 2011 restaurant trend list,” Restaurant News.

Here’s a link especially for the busy/lazy cook referred to above:

MoonPie (You can make a Tennessee Hot Fudge Sunday!)

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