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Wednesday, April 29, 2009

They Never Listen To Me

I said back in the mid-80's that GM was making a big mistake by creating another brand to add to its already faltering lines of market-share-losing behemoths. But Saturn it did create anyway.

I said at the time that GM needed to do just the opposite - drop certain of its weaker brands and concentrate on developing and promoting them, if they wanted to compete with Honda, Toyota, and Nissan.

Now, after billions have been sent down the poop shoot and with bankruptcy looming, GM finally heeds my advice:

GM ends Saturn brand in restructuring; PHEV Vue, we hardly knew ye

A day late. A dollar or two short.

If only they had listened ...

My Thought Exactly

I feel like I should be building pyres of dead bodies right now ...
A pandemic of panic -- are we dead yet?
By Wesley Pruden, Washington Times

We were all supposed to be in the graveyard by now, done in by AIDS, SARS, bird flu, poisoned peanut butter, Hong Kong flu, killer tomatoes, global warming and strangulation by kudzu. But here we are, proof that there really is life after death.

Now we learn that we might freeze before the pigs get us. (The chickens failed.) NASA scientists have observed that the solar wind is the weakest since we began keeping such records, that the magnetic axis of the sun is tilted to an unusual degree, and Ol' Sol is the quietest he has been in a century. A chill, say the solar scientists, may be on the way. (Or not.) Worse, says one of them, this could compel reappraisal of the science of global warning. Try as he might, poor old Al Gore just can't keep the cosmos in line.

But this week Ol' Sol has been put in the shade by a new panic du jour. The cable-TV networks and the Internet are bubbling with sunspots, even if the sun isn't.

We haven't seen a panic quite like this one since the last one. SARS was once thought to be the ultimate panic, though the longest running panic was the AIDS scare, when big media set out to convince us that "now we are all at risk." SARS was never a threat in the United States, and worth the P-word only in China and even there a risk confined mostly to people who sleep with their chickens. [link]

Does this mean that some of us might actually survive this?

Gosh, that would be great. And so unexpected.

What Kind of Idiot ...

Is there any intelligent life running this country?
Air Heads In DC Terrorize City
By Murray Weiss, David Seifman, and Jeremy Olshan, New York Post

"Air Farce One" played out over lower Manhattan yesterday -- in a terrifyingly bizarre military photo op that sent office workers fleeing from their buildings fearing a new 9/11-type attack.

But it turned out that the backup Air Force One jet and the fighter that appeared to be pursuing it only 1,000 feet above Ground Zero were staging the spectacle to get publicity shots of the presidential plane with a New York backdrop.

"We all ran to the window, and I thought, that's it, we're all dead," said Chris Biancamano, 36, who works at a brokerage in Jersey City. "It brought back all the memories of 9/11. I said, 'I have to get out of here now!' " [link]
Obama has used the following line so many times in his first 100 days in office (see "100 Days, 100 Mistakes") that he should just have it engraved on the one dollar bill:

"President Obama called the incident a 'mistake' today and said it would not happen again."

There's a mistake here all right. And its name is Obama.

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"Felony Stupidity."

All Is Lost!!!

Arlen Specter is now a Democrat?

The Republic is teetering on the brink!

Oh, wait ...

I want to know when it was that Arlen Specter wasn't a Democrat?

Who Rates & Who Doesn't

You may remember that an estimated crowd of 500 area residents gathered together a few weeks ago in Roanoke to protest government (isn't that the best umbrella under which all the different reasons that the good citizens assembled could be placed? "The government.").

Well, another crowd gathered on Monday in Roanoke to welcome a former president of the United States and a potential governor. That crowd?

200 to 350, delpending on who you rely on for a solid number.

Elena over at Roanoke RnR had my sides splitting with this summation of the "historic" event:
Bill Who?

In case you missed all the media coverage about this event...Bill Clinton was in Roanoke today to campaign with McAuliffe, drawing a whopping crowd of 350. Wow, considering all the media hoopla and bloggers' giddiness before the event, it's actually pretty amazing that a former President of the United States, and potential Governor, drew a smaller crowd during lunchtime in the busy downtown area than a couple of cranky nobodies hanging by a river on April 15th did. Go figure...

***UPDATE***

This was just too rich not to post... from the Collegiate Times..."Over 200 people braved unseasonably warm temperatures to attend the campaign event"...yeah, it was like what, 80-something degrees and sunny? How did they endure that??? Wow...
Too funny.

So God's gift to the Democratic Party slithered into Roanoke and a couple hundred reporters showed up to capture the event for all posterity. Pinch me. I must be dreaming.

Whether there were any actual human beings in attendance as well is yet to be determined.