You know what? Screw the automakers. They're not interested in becoming profitable; they just want to sustain the status quo for as long as possible so they can retire and leave the mess for someone else to clean up.
The biggest problem facing the big three is union legacy costs. You get in a union job at an automaker and you're on the gravy train for life--from incredible wages to lavish benefits to the assurance that if the factory is moved you'll get to sit in a room and do crossword puzzles all day and still get paid, to fat pension checks when you retire.
Meanwhile the Japanese automakers--none of which are unionized--are profitable even in this recession.
A lot of people like to blame "management" for the problems facing the automakers, but every time GM has cut jobs they have cut white collar workers--the people who design the cars and do the myriad of other tasks that can't be done by factory workers. Then we express shock and wonder that GM can't build a car that people want to buy--well, if GM could retain engineers and marketing people maybe that would change. But not while GM loses $1,500 on every car it sells thanks to the costs of supporting the UAW.
So, let the automakers file for bankruptcy. This will let them out of the union contracts and they can then renegotiate. And then maybe they can actually make a freaking profit for their stockholders, instead of enriching UAW stooges.
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Planned Parenthood breaks the law. What a surprise--a nurse who is legally obligated to report an incident of criminal child sexual abuse just pretends not to have heard that the alleged father of a "13-year old girl's" baby is 31. (The "13-year-old" in this case is in fact an adult woman pretending to be 13.)
On tape, the nurse acknowledges her responsibility to report the abuse, but assures Rose she will not. The nurse says, “I am supposed to report to Child Protective Services,” but tells Rose, “Okay, I didn’t hear the age [of the 31-year-old]. I don’t want to know the age.”Planned Parenthood is a pretty rancid organization--well, it's not surprising, considering what their primary focus is and what their origins were.
She then instructs Rose how to obtain a secret abortion by crossing state lines in order to avoid Indiana’s parental consent law. The nurse also coaches Rose to cover for the 31-year-old man by saying he is only 14. She says, “You’ve seen him around, you know he’s 14, he’s in your grade and whatever. You know what I mean.”
Just remember: PP was founded by Margaret Sanger, who was both a racist and a eugenicist. She wanted abortion to be part of a plan to eliminate the "black race", and saw eye-to-eye with Hitler on the benefits of managing the human genome.
Speaking of Nazi science, how about this example of applied eugenics?
From 1933 to 1939, German doctors implemented the forcible sterilisation of some 360,000 Germans suffering from a variety of ailments thought to be inherited, including alcoholism and "feeble-mindedness".Margaret Sanger agreed with this sort of program. (Or "pogrom".)
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BTW: "Planned Parenthood, a tax-exempt nonprofit, made over $100 million in profits last year and has a billion-dollar budget, nearly a third of which comes from taxpayers through government funding."
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So as I was going to the doctor this morning to have my "output port" looked at, I saw that gasoline is now $1.70 per gallon here in Crete.
So Barry "Tweek" Obama has quietly removed the "windfall profits tax" from his fiscal plans for us. He's not going to get much traction for adding an extra "fuck you" tax on oil companies when they're no longer generating "record profits", and the last thing he wants to do is to apply an invisible brake to the economy.
The "windfall profits tax" amounts solely to the Democrats seeing a lot of money in private hands and being unable to control their drooling at the thought of getting their hands on it. But since the price of oil has fallen precipitously, the money's no longer there.
Og on this, dead-on as always.
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We are getting closer to space tourism and I hope it happens soon enough that I don't have to bribe a couple of out-of-work rocket jockies to take me to the moon a la D.D. Harriman....
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I understand this. I am so sick of USA spamming the commercial breaks with ads for The Starter Wife I have come to loathe the sight of Deborah Messing--and she's not exactly hard on the eyes, either. Look: I'm watching your channel to see reruns of House, MD, which is a hardcore medical drama that has zero similarity to a womens' sex comedy. I am not interested in it, any more than I am interested in watching Sex and the City. Okay?
For me, the ultimate expression of the latter show was one I happened to see part of at work, where the main character was obsessing over the fact that she broke wind while having sex. OMG the horror, her man might think she actually has biology or something. Jesus. Shallow, stupid, vapid, annoying; STFU you asshat. Back in the late 1980s I thought Sarah Jessica Parker was okay, but now I can't stand the sight of her, either.
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Grand jury for the guys who hung a "Boss Tweek" Obama effigy. No sign of indictments for people who hung Sarah Palin in effigy, though.
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(Heh. "Boss Tweek".)
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Liberals in Canada lost the election, so they now consider a coup. And it's not at all surprising, because this is the kind of thing they resort to when the citizens fail to vote "correctly"--they go to the courts, the judges, to whoever they can get to make a ruling or a decision to enforce their personal policy preferences on the people who voted against them.
Via Chizumatic, which has some of Steven's excellent commentary.
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The MPAA is shocked that the average consumer wants to be able to watch media he has paid for without limitation.
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"There are many different versions of the Bible; I don't see why we can't have one," says the man behind the "gay bible".
Okay. While we're at it, let's also release a new version of the Koran, too, only in this one, you're required to eat pork and women must wear bikinis at all times. Oh! And when men rape women, the men get stoned instead of the women, and the men have to wear burqas! (This is win-win, IMHO.)
Oh! And we can do up a version of the Talmud which expressly forbids Jews to make money or get circumcised!
What the hell, why not? It's just a bunch of words, right? We can change them to say whatever the hell we want to! So it's perfectly okay to have a bible which denounces heterosexuality as a sin!
Look at this shit:
And the Lord God caused a deep sleep to fall upon Aida, and she slept: and he took one of her ribs, and closed up the flesh instead thereof; and the rib, which the Lord God had taken from woman, made he another woman, and brought her unto the first. And Aida said, 'This is now bone of my bones, and flesh of my flesh: she shall be called Woman, because she was taken out of me. Therefore shall a woman leave her mother, and shall cleave unto her wife: and they shall be one flesh.' And they were both naked, the woman and her wife, and were not ashamed. And Eve conceived, and bore Cain, and said, we have created a child in God’s image. And God said the male was different than the woman because he was fathered by the serpent. … And Eve again conceived with the serpent and bore Cain's brother Abel. And Abel was a keeper of sheep, but Cain was a tiller of the ground.Just like that, Satan is the father of humanity! That's right: men come from Satan! (All this time I thought men were from Mars. Silly me.)
The tower of intellect which is responsible for this effluent added, "Jesus was gay. In Biblical times homosexual relationships were so commonplace that no one gave it a second thought. It was heterosexuality that was considered sinful."
I would like for that statement to be supported by more than this idiot's assertion. There is very little in history which suggests this is true, and much of the evidence which does suggest that Jesus was gay lies entirely in the fact that he didn't (according to the Bible) have a wife and hung around with guys all the time.
This shit would be laughable if it weren't so incredibly offensive. But you know what? It's not my problem. This guy's going to have a lot to answer for, eventually.
But a Bible this extrusion is not. It's wholly a work of fiction which is a parody of the Bible.
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As for my "output port" troubles, the doctor prescribed a steroid cream and epsom salt baths for the effected area: "generic inflammation", apparently some sort of allergic reaction or something. It's not any sort of immediately identifiable disease, anyway.
So I'm going to have to change my methods for "cleaning up" and use the ointment 2x per day, and sit my butt in epsom saltwater about the same number of times. *sigh* So we'll try treating the symptoms for a week or so and see what happens.
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I had a gander at the Showtime channels that we're getting for free for 3 months, and one was showing In The Name of the King, an Uwe Boll extrusion.
Now, I knew it was going to be bad. When you think of someone being a king, Burt Reynolds is not the first actor to come to mind, especially not in a fantasy setting. And the fact that the main character's name is "Farmer"--because, y'know, he's a farmer--just screamed "run away!" Still, Showtime is costing me nothing, and it was unlikely that I'd ever get to see this movie for free otherwise, so I tuned it in.
But O Lord I didn't expect it to be bad BAD FUCKING B_A_A_A_A_A_A_A_D!!!!!!!
Good...GOD!...it was awful. It is quite possibly the worst movie I HAVE EVER SEEN including Plan 9 From Outer Space and Dr. Otto and the Riddle of the Gloom Beam.
The former (by Ed Wood) was of course the variety of "bad" which is humorous. But the latter just hurt to watch. And this Uwe Boll extrusion was about the same.
When I saw that Ray Liotta was in it, that alone was enough to convince me: "This is gonna suck!" Much the same way the presence of Jeremy Irons in the D&D movie was a harbinger of doom, I knew when I saw old Ray that this movie would be bad. (Like I needed any more proof than "directed by Uwe Boll".)
I stopped actively watching the thing about twenty minutes in, and in fact I gave up even having it on about the time that King Burt Reynolds died and Jason Statham was revealed to be the rightful heir to the throne--I turned the satellite box back to the Christmas music station, because I had just had enough of it.
Man, what a train wreck of a movie.