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Monday, August 20, 2012

Happiness, As They Say ...

... is a warm gun.

That's an Auto-Ordnance .45 caliber Thompson.

Can you say "light 'em up"?

Uh, Roanoke Times?

Do you guys really want too make this argument?

"[I]t takes chutzpah for the GOP ticket to target Obama as a threat to Medicare. But the Romney campaign's effort to leverage older Americans' general dislike of Obama's signature Affordable Care Act into fear that it is draining the lifeblood of Medicare adds a layer of twisted irony. 

"A Romney ad accuses the president of 'robbing' $716 billion from Medicare to help pay for his health care reforms. Actually, those billions represent savings that make the program viable longer, without affecting benefits." [from "GOP duplicity on Medicare"]

How's about we quote the man himself.

Barack Obama, November 9, 2009, in response to a statement made by ABC's Jake Tapper:
Tapper: “One of the concerns about health care and how you pay for it -- one third of the funding comes from cuts to Medicare.”
OBAMA: “Right.” 
The video:

Obama says he cut Medicare so as to pay for ObamaCare but the Roanoke Times says he didn't. That his cuts were actually savings.

Excuse me for a moment as I grapple with being really confused.

Okay. Now I understand.

While the UMW Decides To Sit Out The Election ...

America's coal miners won't.

Here's a photo taken outside a campaign rally at the Century coal mine near Beallsville, Ohio featuring Mitt Romney on Tuesday.

Obama and his EPA doing everything to destroy the only way of life families in the coalfields have ever known will have this effect.

The understanding that each and every miner brought to the rally?

Come election day it's either him or them.  There'll be no in-between.

Trying To Defy The Rules Of Marketing

Who was it said "you can't make a silk purse out of a sow's ear"?

Whoever it was had to be referring to the electric car industry.

No matter how hard Obama and his environmentalist buddies try to make it look like a fancy silk purse, it's still an over-priced, under-powered,  woefully inadequate, non-utilitarian hunk of boat anchor.  Massive federal subsidies notwithstanding.

The latest:
Electric car boom in Ind. city goes bust
By Sharyl Attkisson, CBS News

(CBS News) Elkhart, Ind. - Elkhart, Indiana lost jobs faster than any other city in the country in 2009. Both Democrats and Republicans promised to re-energize manufacturing in the city, backing a new electric car plant. But as CBS News investigated, instead of a boom, things went bust.

With unemployment peaking above 20 percent, Elkhart, Indiana was at the white-hot center of the economic meltdown, and a natural launch point for President Obama's electric vehicle initiative.

"So that's why I'm here today," the president said three years ago. "To announce $2.4 billion in highly competitive grants."

Republican Gov. Mitch Daniels was also on board in convincing Norwegian company Think Global to open a plant in Elkhart to build Think City electric cars with a sticker price of about $42,000.

As incentive, the federal government offered Think City $17 million in stimulus tax credits.

Dorinda Heiden-Guss heads up the local economic development effort. "We were excited," she said. "We were invigorated at a very devastating time."

But it turns out the company had a checkered track record, including three previous bankruptcies. We recently visited Think City's Indiana plant, and here's what we found: a largely empty warehouse.

Everybody hoped that by this time there would be more than 400 workers inside a bustling plant. Instead, today, there are just two workers at Think City. Rodney and Josh are slowly finishing assembly on a few dozen 2011 models shipped in from Norway.

We were able to drive a Think City car around the empty space where investors once envisioned an assembly line churning out 20,000 vehicles a year.

Now in its fourth bankruptcy, Think Global has been bought by a Russian investor who didn't return our calls.

Think's woes caused one of its investors, Ener1, to file for bankruptcy in January. Ener1 spent a $55 million federal grant to make batteries at this factory in Indianapolis for Think City cars.

So what happened? "The market has not been what everybody anticipated it to be with electric vehicles," said Heiden-Guss. [link]
"The market has not been what everybody anticipated it to be ..." What's this "everybody" nonsense?  Government pays for the facility and the payroll.  It then subsidizes the sale of the end-product.  And the company still can't make a go of it?  What's wrong with that picture?  In fact, there were a whole lot of experts, outside the government and the press, who looked at the business model and thought YOU PEOPLE ARE OUT OF YOUR MINDS.

Yet they spent our money anyway.

They could just as easily have flushed it down the toilet.

A $42,000 metal box with a tiny, short-range engine that will get you all of thirty miles before it requires a six-hour recharge is someone's idea of a sick joke.  Or an Obama campaign promise.  Take your pick.

Anyway, the electric car industry is collapsing.  Again.

Time for another infusion of cash.

Or a bullet in the battery pack.

Question: If our president actually started giving these damn things away for free, would anyone take one?

I think we all know the answer.

And I Thought I Was a Far-Right Extremist

Hank Williams, Jr. appears to be a tad to the right of me:

Hank Williams Jr: 'We’ve Got a Muslim President Who Hates the Military, Hates the US and We Hate Him'

If I were to criticize the veracity of Williams' statement it would be for his alleging that Obama hates the military. I think he simply forgets that it's there fighting a war that he chooses, for reasons known only to him, to perpetuate.

Other than that ...

What To Make Of This?

Has Newsweek seen the light?

Don't count on it.  The rag is just desperate in its attempt to stave off extinction.

Next week they'll be back to this.  Count on it.

Anything to hold off the inevitable ...

* By the way, the guy who wrote the article can't even vote.  He's British.


The director of one of the more entertaining movies of recent years - "Unstoppable" - and of the Tom Cruise hit "Top Gun" from quite a while back, has apparently committed suicide.

Tony Scott.  We'll miss his work.

When It Comes To Presidential Approval ...

... there're more ways than one to express oneself. There's showing up on election day.  And there's answering Gallup poll questions.  And there's greeting the president's armored bus as it goes down the road in Lorain, Ohio:

By the way, here's an instance where "You didn't build that" actually applies. The president let the Canadians build his bus. They needed the employment worse than we did. Or something.

* Yeah, it was probably photoshopped.  But the message remains the same.