Farewell My Captain

Fourteen years, 137 wins, more importantly, once Super Bowl win. Today, we celebrate the best coach in Seahawks history. While we may have wanted a few more seasons, it is time to move on from an all-time great. Before we do, we should take pause and reflect on what he meant to the organization and the fans that have followers this team since 1976.

Today, we want to thank Coach Pete Carroll. Thank you for making professional football relevant in Seattle for over a decade and bring home the Lombardi Trophy as a Super Bowl winner. Thank you for your optimism, your infectious smile. Thank you for the “x’s” and “o’s” and bringing in legends which includes Hall of Fame quality when they call it a career. Speaking of the Hall of Fame, I am quite sure you deserve a Gold jacket as well.   

The Hawks had seen success in the 80’s with Chuck Knox and early 2000’s with Mike Holmgren, but prior to his arrival we suffered thru a 5-11 season under Jim Mora who was an unmitigated disaster. Thankfully, ownership was quick to understand and made a swift decision and fired Mora. While I hate to see a UW alum and overall good guy lose his dream job, it was not in the cards and the Seahawks took needed action and brought  in Pete Carroll. 

Now, an honest admission. I was pretty skeptical of his ability to bring his brand of football to the National Football League. Carroll was undoubtedly an amazing college level coach and his players loved playing for him. His time at USC yielded 97 wins, seven straight Pac-10 titles, and two national championships and Vince Young away from winning a third in what many called the most thrilling collegiate game of all time. 

While those numbers spoke for themselves, my skepticism was based on the NFL being a professional league of grown men and Pete’s unbounding optimism and rah-rah approach would not work. Gladly, I will admit I was wrong. Carroll’s energy and knowledge was a breath of fresh air and partnering with John Schneider was a perfect match. 

Taking chances on overhauling the roster, we said goodbye to fan favorites like Matt Hasselbeck and welcomed Charlie Whitehurst a.k.a. Clipboard Jesus. Even though the Charlie Whitehusrt era was short-lived, the Hawks took a third round flier on the man who would ultimately become the franchise’s best QB of all-time. Then came the Legion of Boom, Bobby Wagner and this nucleus provided us must-watch television especially when you added Marshawn Lynch. 

Pete melded this team of mercurial and confident players into winners almost immediately. While going 7-9 in year one and winning the NFC West conference, they shocked not only the world but the Richter scale with the infamous Beast Quake run and defeated the defending World Champion New Orleans Saints. After that game, we knew players and fans alike were all in and Pete was gonna make things happen. 

One year later, with a sub-par run, the jury was still out. Then, a dude named Russell was installed as QB1 and they never looked back and started a run of playoff appearances that culminated into back to back Super Bowls winning one in spectacular fashion and losing one in the most gut wrenching way imaginable. While this was the last time the team hit the biggest game in the NFL, they were never far from it and always were in the hunt and exciting to watch.

Time passed by, players and coaches alike came and went, but Pete was always a steady hand. While not perfect, his time with Seattle will be fondly remembered and will be very odd to see another coach roaming the sidelines in 2024.  

Before we can root for the new guy, let us  take a moment to celebrate Pete Carroll and all he has done for the city of Seattle and the Seahawks franchise. Wish you well Coach.

“Oliver Anthony Declines Invitation to Perform at ‘Friends in Low Places’ Grand Opening: “I’m not a Garth Brooks fan”

If you haven’t been living under a rock, you’ve probably heard Oliver Anthony’s new hit song, “Rich Men North of Virginia.” The song skyrocketed to the number one spot on the charts after gaining attention from right-wing pundits.

Oliver’s manager, Joe Barron, mentioned, “The offers have been pouring in, and it seems like Oliver has a bright future ahead.” Barron also revealed that the only offer Oliver turned down was from Garth Brooks.

“Garth wanted Oliver to perform at the grand opening of his new Nashville bar,” Barron chuckled. “But Oliver personally declined, saying, ‘Sorry, I’m not a Garth fan.’ Despite the potential financial gain, Oliver values his reputation more.”

It’s worth noting that Garth Brooks faced a boycott three months ago due to his insults to conservatives and his association with Bud Light, and it appears that his situation remains unchanged.

10 Car Models to Approach Cautiously: Potential Breakdowns After 100K Miles

In a world where car costs have risen due to inflation, the age-old adage “forewarned is forearmed” carries even greater weight, especially in 2023. With economic uncertainties looming, making a well-informed decision before investing in a new vehicle is crucial.

Navigating these considerations is Jacob Carter, the founder of Engine Rev Up, a blog dedicated to unraveling the intricacies of car maintenance and repairs. Drawing from his wealth of experience, Carter sheds light on specific car models that tend to demonstrate higher vulnerability to repairs and breakdowns, particularly after crossing the 100,000-mile threshold.

Here, we present a compilation of 10 car models, as curated by GOBankingRates, that merit extra scrutiny if long-term reliability is a priority for your automobile investment.

1. Nissan Altima
Starting MSRP: $24,300

The Nissan Altima, revered for its dependable performance, cozy interiors, and advanced safety features, is not without its faults. A recurring issue involves the continuously variable transmission, with many Altima vehicles experiencing untimely failures, often coinciding with the 100,000-mile mark. This predicament can lead to substantial repair costs, according to Carter.

2. BMW 3 Series
Starting MSRP: $41,250

The BMW 3 Series, known for its luxurious compact design, exhilarating driving dynamics, and advanced tech features, comes with a caveat. Carter reveals that these vehicles demand considerable maintenance expenses, as a significant portion necessitates engine or electrical repairs shortly after breaching the 100,000-mile threshold.

3. Land Rover Discovery
Starting MSRP: $55,250

The Land Rover Discovery, an aesthetically pleasing vehicle, has garnered a reputation for grappling with air suspension issues, electrical anomalies, and early transmission failures, as noted by Carter.

4. Fiat 500
Starting MSRP: $16,495

Exuding European charm and agility, the Fiat 500 is a compact urban car that is not immune to troubles. Engine complications, particularly oil leaks, are a recurrent concern. Additionally, the cramped engine compartment contributes to the elevated cost of repairs.

5. Jeep Wrangler
Starting MSRP: $29,995

An iconic off-road SUV, the Jeep Wrangler boasts rugged aesthetics and exceptional terrain-tackling capabilities. However, rust susceptibility and steering and suspension problems requiring repairs are potential challenges pointed out by Carter.

6. Ford Fiesta
Starting MSRP: $15,490

The Ford Fiesta, celebrated for its nimble handling and fuel efficiency, is a favored choice for city driving. Despite its economical appeal, Carter highlights its track record of encountering transmission glitches and electrical hiccups, making it a candidate for cautious consideration.

7. Chrysler 200
Starting MSRP: $22,220

Blending style with practicality, the midsize Chrysler 200 sedan showcases an attractive design and comfortable interiors. Carter emphasizes a notable frequency of engine, transmission, and electrical repairs at relatively low mileage levels.

8. Volkswagen Tiguan
Starting MSRP: $26,440

Known for its stylish aesthetics and comfortable interiors, the Volkswagen Tiguan draws those seeking both elegance and comfort in a vehicle. However, Carter’s observation of costly transmission issues, often emerging just past the 100,000-mile mark, brings an element of caution.

9. Mini Cooper
Starting MSRP: $22,900

The Mini Cooper, lauded for its compact and unique design, holds a special place for those who crave distinctive choices. Nevertheless, Carter highlights recurring concerns such as oil leaks, turbo failures, suspension, and electrical glitches.

10. Tesla Model S
Starting MSRP: $81,190

Renowned for its remarkable acceleration and cutting-edge technology, the Tesla Model S also comes with a noteworthy consideration. Carter notes a substantial investment often required for battery pack replacement, commonly arising around or shortly after the 100,000-mile milestone.

In a climate of fluctuating costs and growing economic uncertainties, being informed about potential vehicular pitfalls is a prudent approach. As you navigate the landscape of car investments, these insights aim to provide a clearer perspective on vehicles that might require closer scrutiny to ensure your investment stands the test of time.

Is Rent Coming Down? Exploring the Current Shift in Rental Prices

The landscape of the rental market is always subject to change, and recent developments seem to indicate a shift in favor of renters. After witnessing a continuous rise in rent prices, the housing market has taken an unexpected turn. Let’s delve into the latest data to understand whether rent is truly coming down.

A Change in the Wind:
In 2022, the headlines were dominated by soaring rent prices, with increases of up to 15% nationwide and even higher in certain cities. This trend was fueled by factors such as inflation, rising interest rates, and intense competition among renters. However, the latest report from 2023 paints a different picture.

Rent Prices on the Decline:
In a surprising turn of events, the year 2023 marks the first year-over-year decrease in rent prices since 2020. A study conducted by Realtor.com across 50 major metropolitan areas reveals that studio, one-bedroom, and two-bedroom rentals have dropped by an average of 0.5%. While this might appear as a minor reduction, it symbolizes a significant departure from the previous upward trajectory.

What Are the Numbers Saying?
Currently, the median rent price for these units stands at $1,739. Although this is still $3 higher than last month, it is essential to note that this figure is $344 higher than in July 2019. However, this decrease might be an early indicator of a trend toward more affordable rental options.

A Glimpse into the Future:
Experts at Realtor.com predict that rent prices could continue to decline throughout 2023, potentially dropping by a total of 0.9%. While this might not seem like a massive decrease, it does offer a glimmer of hope for renters looking for more budget-friendly housing options.

Who Benefits Most?
Interestingly, the properties experiencing the most significant price drop are two-bedroom units, which have decreased by 0.5% or $10 from the previous year. Conversely, studio apartment rents have risen by 2%, while one-bedroom apartments have seen a marginal increase of 0.4% year over year.

The Factors at Play:
This shift in rental prices is not only a result of market forces but also driven by consumer behavior. As rental prices peaked in July 2022, more cost-conscious renters opted for smaller living spaces, driving demand for studio and one-bedroom apartments.

Considerations for Renters:
Despite the drop in prices, affordability remains a pressing concern for renters. Data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics reveals that lease renewals saw an average rent increase of 3.5% in the first half of 2022. In contrast, new tenants faced a staggering 12.2% rent increase. As a result, many renters are choosing to stay put in their current units to avoid the potential surge in housing costs.

The Road Ahead:
With over 450,000 newly completed multi-family units entering the rental market, the increased supply could further impact demand and potentially lead to more renters opting not to renew their leases. As prices continue to trend downward, more renters might find themselves at the crossroads of renewing or exploring new options.

Conclusion:
The rental market is in flux, showing signs of a departure from the continuous upward trajectory of rent prices. While the current drop might not revolutionize the housing landscape, it does offer a promising glimpse into the potential for more affordable rental options. As the market continues to evolve, renters should stay informed about these changes and make decisions that best align with their financial goals and preferences.

“Defending Free Speech: Landmark Ruling Against Biden Administration’s Social Media Content Restrictions”

ALARMING – READ IT YOURSELF AND MAKE UP YOUR MIND: As reported Tuesday, Judge Terry A. Doughty from the US District Court for the Western District of Louisiana issued a ruling prohibiting the @JoeBiden administration from engaging in broad content restrictions and communication with social media platforms.

The ruling states that government agencies like the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) are not allowed to influence social media companies to remove content protected under the right to free speech.

The lawsuit shed light on alarming allegations of speech suppression by the federal government. Among these claims, it is alleged that the Biden administration sought to censor @RobertKennedyJr in January 2021, just days after Biden was inaugurated.

Below are 10 examples of deep censorship as alleged (Full ruling on the link below)

1- Suppression of the Hunter Biden laptop story prior to the 2020 Presidential election.

2- Suppression of speech about the lab-leak theory of COVID-19’s origin.

3- Suppression of speech about the efficiency of masks and COVID-19 lockdowns.

4- Suppression of speech about the efficiency of COVID-19 vaccines.

5- Suppression of speech about election integrity in the 2020 presidential election.

6- Suppression of speech about the security of voting by mail.

7- Suppression of parody content about Defendants.

8- Suppression of negative posts about the economy.

9- Suppression of negative posts about President Biden.

10- Censorship and restriction of personal Facebook pages and content.

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‘Straight out of a horror movie’: Massive hail storm injures nearly 100 concertgoers

A powerful hail storm crashed down on concertgoers at a Louis Tomlinson show in Colorado on Wednesday night, injuring nearly 100 people including at least seven who were taken to local hospitals.

Fans of the English singer and songwriter were forced to run for cover as the massive hail pellets rained down on the Red Rocks Park and Amphitheatre, an open-air venue around ten miles west of Denver. The storm forced the gig to be called off.
“It was straight out of a horror movie,” on Twitter user wrote, sharing video of a deluge slamming down an outdoor staircase covered in what appeared to be hail pellets. The footage could not immediately be verified by NBC News.
The West Metro Fire Rescue said at least seven people were transported to area hospitals with non-life-threatening injuries in connection with the incident.

Rescue Mission Launched in Final Attempt to Save Titanic Submarine

In a race against time to rescue the passengers of the Titan submersible, which embarked on a deep-sea expedition to explore the legendary Titanic wreckage, a desperate last-ditch effort has commenced. On Tuesday night, a convoy of heavy machinery and submarines arrived in Newfoundland, including unmanned vehicles capable of reaching depths of 19,000 feet underwater. Three C-17 aircraft from the U.S. Air Force delivered the equipment, which included two powerful Hyundai winches with a line pull capacity of 6000 kg, a substantial roll of cable, and two high-voltage machines.

Following unloading and transportation facilitated by six flatbed trucks, the equipment was brought to a port where the Horizon Arctic ship awaited departure at midnight. However, the journey to the submerged location of the Titan submersible is estimated to take approximately 15 hours. With the Titan potentially resting as deep as 12,000 feet below the surface and weighing 10,432 kg, both winches will be crucial in the extraction process.

Late Tuesday night, intermittent banging sounds were reported near the area where the Titan disappeared, raising hopes of a possible breakthrough. The missing passengers aboard the submersible include billionaire Hamish Harding, French explorer Paul-Henri Nargeolet, OceanGate CEO Stockton Rush, and Shahzada Dawood, 48, along with his son Sulaiman Dawood, 19.