Shame on U.C. Berkeley

One of the hallmark characteristics of liberty is the protected right to share and express ideas—even unpopular ones. “Freedom of Speech,” as it is often referred to, is part of the First Amendment to our Constitution; listed among the first “God given” freedoms identified in the Bill of Rights.

To place a value upon this right one must consider the American lives lost in the cause to preserve and protect it. Truly, it is among the sacred rights, bought and paid for by the blood of patriots. We each have a duty to respect, defend, and uphold it, for when we do not, we dishonor the men and women who paid dearly–many with their very lives–to secure it for us.

The full text of the First Amendment is:

Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free          exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the government for a redress of grievances.

Now if you have been paying attention, you know that the right of free speech has been under attack lately. And while it is true that there are certain limits to this freedom (yelling “fire” in a crowded theater is often cited as an example of using speech in a manner that is illegal), there are apparently a good number of citizens–many who likely claim to be well educated–who don’t understand what freedom of speech is or what it means.

In fact, when you read our feature article, Risk, Reward, and Republicanism, by Bradley Devlin, Secretary of the Berkeley College Republicans (page 20), you’ll discover that among the worst, chronic offenders in the assault on free speech is the very administration at what was once a standard-bearer in causes for freedom and liberty–the University of California at Berkeley.

When the controversial, firebrand speaker, Milo Yiannopoulos, was scheduled to speak at the U.C. Berkeley campus last February, he was prevented from doing so by a large group of individuals (students and non-students) who became violent, destroying school property and threatening anyone who dared support this free speech event.  The event became an all-out riot, as the campus police simply stepped back and allowed the anarchists to have their way.

Later in the year, conservative speaker, Ann Coulter was scheduled to speak, but the U.C. administration would not allow it because they “couldn’t ensure her safety.”

The real tragedy in all of this is that, while the young students who opposed these event might be excused because they are simply too immature or ignorant to realize their error, the so-called adults in the U.C.  administration surely know better.

Shame on them for not standing up for free speech. Shame on them for dishonoring those men and women– the ones mentioned previously, with courage that they, apparently, do not possess.     

 

 

 

2017 Kia Sorento Camping Wars – SUV/Crossover

With summer upon us, I have found that one of the primary questions around the water cooler is “What are you and your family going to do this summer?” This year, the trophied response was “camping,” followed by my co-water-cooler friends asking me “What type of vehicle works best for camping?”

This question gave me the inspiration for this article, which will be the first of three that will highlight the pros and cons of three vehicle categories along with my personal camping experiences of each. That said, what are our choices outside of renting an RV?

The three most common vehicles, are an SUV (Crossover), a Minivan, and a Truck, where the first two choices offer the security of an enclosed area for your stuff. The pickup’s attributes include a large bed for your outdoor wilderness provisions and perhaps, more off-road capabilities.I enjoy and began the sport of camping several years ago, thanks to “the bug” that I caught from an old girlfriend’s family. They would pack up the tents, coolers, hot dogs and family to recreate their home in the woods for two weeks every year. After joining them for a couple of days, I found that I was hooked and started buying supplies.

In the beginning, there was enough room in my 1966 Mustang for camping gear for two people. Now, however, with the addition of kids and equipment, I need a canyon of cargo space. When my daughter, Cayla, and I started a tradition of camping adventures, my cabinets began multiplying with the essentials needed. The space grew from one half cabinet to two large ones.

A request went out into the universe, and the 2017 Kia Sorento SXL AWD Crossover was delivered. At first glance, I was happy to see that the Kia came with AWD in case a dusty trail crossed our path. The 2017 Sorento comes in four trim levels: L, LX, EX, SX, and SXL and range in price starting at $25,400 to $45,700. All except the L is available in both FWD and AWD.

There are three engine choices that vary on the trim level. They include: 2.4-liter I-4 with 185 hp/178 lb. ft. torque, and a 6-speed automatic transmission, 2.0-liter turbo I-4 with 240 hp, and 260 lb. ft. torque and a 6-speed automatic, and a 3.3-liter V6 with 290 hp and 252 lb. ft. torque, and 6-speed automatic.

Some new features of the 2017 Sorento include and again are based on trim level: Telematics Audio with head unit Android Auto™ , Apple CarPlay®, Advanced Technology Package, Autonomous Emergency Braking, Paddle shifters, and Dynamic Bending Headlamps.

The styling on the Sorento is both sophisticated and attractive. The lines are modern and clean with just enough contour to create the presence of an elegant and bold silhouette. From the front, the signature Kia grille is met with a bank of quad running lights below the headlights to help illuminate your way. My trim, the SXL, embodied a full-length sunroof that furnished a panoramic view of the sky. The roof line flowed downward into the tailgate.

The interior was comfortable with plenty of amenities and legroom. The wood trim touches created an upscale feel and the entire vehicle felt solid. The dash was a mixture of soft touch points and a 7-in LCD display panel. Our model included front ventilated and heated 10-way power seats trimmed in Nappa leather. The two rapid USB charging ports kept our phones fully charged while out exploring. In the back, there’s a third row of seats for two extra passengers.

The cargo area allowed: a tent, three large plastic totes, a medium size cooler, fishing poles, three folding chairs, two medium-sized bags of clothes, a box of wood and other supplies. The backseat alongside of my 9-year old son, Chase, embraced three sleeping bags, three pillows, small cooler and a bag of sheets and blankets. At the back of the center console was a 110-volt power inverter plug which worked perfectly for Chase’s portable DVD player.

Cool Features:

  • Panoramic Sunroof
  • Standard with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, you can access popular smartphone features including: maps, text messages and music
  • 110-volt power inverter plug

The 2017 Kia Sorento comes well-equipped with safety features including the following: Vehicle Stability Management System, Electronic Stability Control, 4-wheel Anti-lock Braking System (ABS) with Electronic Brake-force Distribution, Hillstart Assist Control, driver and front passenger advanced airbags, front seat-mounted side-impact airbags, roof-mounted side-curtain airbags with rollover sensors, rearview camera, driver’s blind spot mirror. Some of these items are optional safety features for purchase.

In Summary – The 2017 Kia Sorento is a wonderful representative for the SUV/Crossover class. It delivered plenty of power without sputtering over hills with its 3.3-liter V6 motor. We loaded the Sorento up with our camping gear and our vehicle took it without hesitation. I must admit that it would have been difficult but not impossible, to create room for one more person due to my efforts to be overly-prepared and overly-stocked.

We never did feel uncomfortable in the 2017 Sorento, and in fact, we left and returned in a very relaxed state. The verdict – an SUV/Crossover definitely wins over my 1966 Ford Mustang and all sedans as well. Having the enclosed space for our stuff adds a level of security while traveling. Properly organizing and packing your supplies optimizes the amount of people and cargo you can transport. The raised height of an SUV/Crossover improves visibility when driving, and…

Stay tuned for the 4-11 on how an SUV/Crossover compares against a Minivan and Pickup!


Specifications

2017 Kia Sorento SXL AWD 
Base price:                  $45,700 as driven: $46,595(including destination & optional
                                    features)

Engine:                       3.3-liter V6

Horsepower:               290 hp

Torque:                       252 lb.-ft.

Transmission:            6-speed automatic

Drive:                          AWD-Wheel Drive

Seating:                       7-passenger
Turning radius:         18.6 feet

Cargo space:              154.2 cubic feet

Curb weight:              4,211 pounds

EPA mileage:             City 17/Hwy 23/Comb 19 MPG

Wheel Base:                109.4inches

Warranty:                   10 years/100,000-miles powertrain limited

Also consider:            GMC Acadia, Honda Pilot, Jeep Cherokee, Mitsubishi  

                                      Outlander

 

Ben’s Favorites

I have been asked which of the many trivial subjects that are in general use are my personal favorites. Most of them are favorites, but because of where I grew up, pre WWII, baseball and the movies seem to be what I gravitate to. So, with that in mind let’s deal with some baseball movies.

1.) My favorite baseball movie is “Bull Durham.” Kevin Costner played Crash Davis, who played the naive young pitcher Nuke Lelouch?

2.)  In “Field of Dreams”, who was the real life player of the 20s played by Ray Liotta who asked Costner to build a field so “they will come?”

3.) Who played Babe Ruth in the movie “Pride of the Yankees?”

4.) What was the name of the mysterious great hitter played by Robert Redford In “The Natural?

5.) Who played Branch Rickey, the man who introduced Jackie Robinson to Major League Baseball in the movie “42?”

6.) In the 1970’s film “The Bad News Bears,” who was the sponsor of Walter Matthau’s Little League team?    

 

 

It’s All About The Lips!

Step aside lip Shimmers. Creamy Lipsticks are back in a big way, making mouths look refined, full and thoroughly youthful. Here, the rules for doing lipstick right, right now.

Ever struggle with lip color and what shade to wear? Ever wonder what season red is appropriate or even how to wear a red lipstick and with what? Do you ever question what lip color goes with your coloring?  To add to the confusion if coral lip colors make you look older than you really are? These are just a few questions we get every day in our beauty boutique. The right color lip color is a game changer, it can make you or break you and make you look more balanced, updated and more youthful than ever. Wearing the wrong color can make you look tired, drab and older than you look.

Now let me tell you, there is no wrong or right in make-up but changing your lip color now and then is not only positive but constructive. Most beauty companies change with the seasons. While this can be confusing to some, many women love this notion. It allows their outer beauty to shine while their inner beauty gets a nice mental lift. Expressing yourself with a lip color brings independence—standing your ground and owning your look with confidence. It means loving yourself; it shows you are proud of who you are and proud to be a woman!

With so many lip colors out there to choose from you need to find a balance; a color- balance to look like you. After you have achieved your color-balance, then you can explore new colors. Right now, the new go to lip color is neutral. Neutrals can be tricky but as a rule, find lipsticks with a soft tone and creamy finish. A nice creamy nude or soft pink finish will hydrate the lips giving them a fuller, smoother look. The prettiest nude color is slightly brighter or deeper than your skin tone. If you’re pale, look for something with a hint of pink. Those with yellow or olive undertones look best with brown nudes and peach nudes, which is the trend as of now.  

Not all girls can go for that nude look. If you are the type that likes bright pinks and corals try to find a shade in that family but toned down. Choose the brighter shade based on your lips natural color not your skin tone. Women with pale lips look best in cherry red or soft corals. For naturally reddish lips try a rosy pink or cranberry. For dark lips orange and burgundy’s are ideal. These colors will look current, updated and more polished. Avoid the vampire effect: Blue or black-based shades that are too dark can be severe, aging and even a little scary. Look for lip colors with berry undertones tones if you want to go dark.

 If you are struggling with what lip color looks best on you or you don’t know how to choose a lip color for yourself, the professionals at The Rouge Cosmetics can help you choose just the right lip color. They are expert color specialist with years of experience, always updating with the new trends of the season. You will be pleased with the large selection of lip colors and textures they offer by Fleur Visage Cosmetics. At The Rouge Cosmetics they offer color consultations for make-up, custom foundations and of course color consultations for the lips.