Up for Debate: Limos, taxis face fare fight

Tuesday, April 17, 2012 at 12:17am

Do you think it's fair that the Metro Transportation Licensing Commission requires budget limo companies to charge a minimum $45 fare? What do you feel would be the best way to handle fares between the different companies so that the consumer wins and the businesses are on equal ground?

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125 Comments on this post:

By: BenDover on 4/17/12 at 12:03

It was the Bad Company show, brrrrk.

By: Loner on 4/17/12 at 12:07

Ben, no feedback on my Chicken-Hawk Blues Tune? Go ahead, don't sugar-coat it....

By: BenDover on 4/17/12 at 12:11

I think it needs a verse about Newt and the penguin.


By: dargent7 on 4/17/12 at 12:15

Ted Nugent was the lead guitarist in The Amboy Dukes. At, 17 he played the lead in "Journey to the Center of your Mind". (On YouTube).
Since then, he's a hose- bag, worthy of nothing. "Can't grill it until you kill it".
He's got a 50's mentality, stuck there forever.
Like all Republicans.

By: Loner on 4/17/12 at 12:32

Excellent suggestion Benjamin....Sheldon Adelson, the penguin-like tycoon, just gave five million to another GOP Super-PAC....he and his Israeli-born wife bet 16 million on the Newt...there is poetic justice in their mega-loss....Adelson makes his money off of suckers...he owns casinos.

Yeah we need a verse about the current SCOTUS and the infamous CU decision....the Super-Pacs...or maybe a whole new tune devoted to that stuff?

How about:

When it comes to the fat cats coverin' their tracks.
Ain't been nuthin' quite like these here "Super-PACs".
Congress and the White House...now On Sale.
How much longer..before the republic fails?

By: BenDover on 4/17/12 at 12:58

I think you should counter 'cocky' with 'stocky' instead of repeating it in the same stanza.

I think you could squeeze in a few more verses too loner

Add Newt to the list... a rotund cat;
Changing his name, like Obama and Bill fat;
They ditched the call, lied to us all,
And Walked into a gay piano bar with a penguin wearing a shawl.

The penguin was a hit, and he backed Mitt,
with a bite to Newt's finger, shouting, "you twit!",
And Obama and Bill made their way to the door,
Let's release the chakra of a real hero, where's Al Gore?

To the mansion they went, guided by light and heat,
with the penguin in tow being held up by his feet,
And there discovered Al eating donuts by the sink,
Watching himself on NPR and listening to Pink.

"Dear Mr. President... how do you sleep when we cry?"
Then Bill turned up the penguin... who looked straight into Gore's eye,
"shake it off" said the penguin standing tall in his Tux,
"you lost your wife, and reputation; but scammed $100 million bucks."

"try again little trooper... they've forgotten you're a tool,
The superman cape and underroos are beside that stool"
And in a flash the hero responded with tights quite taut...
Then they all sang in harmony, "it's George Bush's fault!!"

And with that, the Chakra began to erupt,
and Obama and Bill made their departure, quite abrupt;
and Obama said to Bill with a grin and in sass...
"you were right that the penguin would re-reveal this ass."

And though some think this is, a fable that I share,
a witness confirms that it's true; the penguin was there.
And as Al's Chakra went nova, there was joy in the land,
it seems renewable energy is as close as a masseuse's right hand!

By: brrrrk on 4/17/12 at 1:05

dargent7 on 4/17/12 at 1:15

"Ted Nugent was the lead guitarist in The Amboy Dukes. At, 17 he played the lead in "Journey to the Center of your Mind". (On YouTube).
Since then, he's a hose- bag, worthy of nothing. "Can't grill it until you kill it".
He's got a 50's mentality, stuck there forever.
Like all Republicans."

Teds career was DOA when he started shooting flaming arrows into perfectly good guitars.... Dude! Really?! That's so 60's! Is that what you have to do to be perceived as cool?

By: Loner on 4/17/12 at 1:16

Whoah!! I'm impressed, Ben....but I should not be surprised...you got that Wordsmith thang goin'.

Ben...you got some of that Maui Wowie burnin'.?...I hear a psychedelic, acid-stained, spacey tune in there....waterfalls...exotic songbirds calling.......blend in some Indian sitar ...some earthy cane flute accents, perhaps?

As for my more raunchy Chicken-Hawk Blues...too much "cocky", eh? Could be...it's a work in progress...I might add environmental sounds to the track.....(some chickens clucking...a rooster crowing?)

By: gdiafante on 4/17/12 at 1:16

Nugent is a fantastic guitar player. Everything else he does is too cartoonish to be taken seriously.

By: BenDover on 4/17/12 at 1:19

I was thinking more to the tune of Springsteen's, "Blinded by the Light", loner.

By: BenDover on 4/17/12 at 1:19

All it needs is a chorus, really.

By: BenDover on 4/17/12 at 1:34


And he was blinded by delight... revved up by a masseuse
you know he's gonna pop those tights...
Blinded by Delight... he got down but he
shtupped us for a hundred mill. so he'll make it, alright.

By: Loner on 4/17/12 at 1:52

I hear it now, Ben...blinded by delight....never understood the lyrics to that one..."Wrapped up like a douche...I'm a-roamin' in the night"? Wasn't that it?

By: gdiafante on 4/17/12 at 1:54

revved up like a deuce, another roamer in the night

By: BenDover on 4/17/12 at 1:56

"cut loose like a Deuce", loner. lol

By: BenDover on 4/17/12 at 1:58

I do think the Manfred Mann version is what you said, gd.

By: gdiafante on 4/17/12 at 2:03

That sounded like the version Loner was trying to quote.

By: slacker on 4/17/12 at 2:07

''Sex crazed poodle screams Darling Nikki...

By: Loner on 4/17/12 at 2:08

I was referring to the most popular version...I'm no expert on discography etc. It always sounded like "wrapped up, like a douche"...maybe it's the Yankee in me?

Then there was Hendrix' "Scuse me, while I kiss this guy". Popular rock misconceptions abound.

By: gdiafante on 4/17/12 at 2:21

The analog synth in Mann's version was killer. It was probably the size of a bus too.

By: BenDover on 4/17/12 at 2:32

I really like both versions equally well. They are like entirely different songs.

By: Loner on 4/17/12 at 2:44

Revved up...like a Duece Coupe...ie. '32 Ford roadster with a hot rod mill?

Slack always has relevant input...this group is firing on all eight today.

Final tally on my Jeep....$1,260....but everything is now Jake....I'll go and get that rolling babe magnet tomorrow....just in time for festival season...camping trips....and just plain cruisin'...that little Postal Jeep steals the show.

By: slacker on 4/17/12 at 3:35

Loner, your mechanic sounds reasonable. Will you get your lifeguard gig back this summer?

By: Captain Nemo on 4/17/12 at 5:16

gdia missed 4:20 by that much....

By: Loner on 4/17/12 at 9:05

Slack: My mechanic is very reasonable...they had the vehicle all winter long...worked on it when they got the chance....new valve guides, valve cover gasket, full tranny overhaul, new brake cylinders, full tune-up, new plugs & wires, LOF, exhaust system redo (catalytic converter removed...not required on vehicles that old), new fan belt, new steering damper and fresh inspection sticker...and new metal welded where the frame was rusting through....all for that price....plus a box of candy at Christmas and at Easter....it helps that they love that machine almost as much as I do....they said that most everybody who came in the shop asked if it was for sale.

Again, that's Jake's Tranny shop, in Albion, NY....where really honest and highly experienced mechanics do the job right...on the cheap....you can't beat that.

And Captain...good to see you made it back...see you tomorrow....Loner out.