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The Butcher of Lansing has been having car troubles.  He sent me this tidbit today – it’s coming up on a week.

The car is a 2011 Buick LaCrosse CXL. I took it in last Wednesday, 3-30.
The issue is that the lights on the console next to the shifter, P R N D, won’t light, both power ports are dead and it won’t go into manual shift mode.
The service guy said that after they downloaded the codes from the car and started chasing the problem down, they discovered that the drawings in GM’s national database for that car did not match the electronics actually in the car. As of today, they still have not received an answer from GM.
Well now.  That kind of makes it hard for the poor SOB’s at the dealer who have to try to figure this out, doesn’t it?
To me, that also sounds like an eclectic grouping of things but hey, who can presume to know the minds of Governmint Motors?  You’d think the company was female.
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Some say that Japan has now resorted to pouring 500,000 gallons of scrambled eggs into the reactor in their latest bid to plug the leak.
Next, it’ll be small absorbent rodents.

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ANOTHER apology that wasn’t.  This time from the racist quota individual Charles Rangel (D-N.Y.) regarding an officer shooting another officer in Harlem:

In a released statement, the congressman said “It was entirely inappropriate to bring the President and his wife into this discussion during their visit to New York, and I hope my off-the-cuff comment did not cause embarrassment to anyone.”

“The tragic shooting of Officer Omar Edwards highlights the need for additional training of our police officers, and I am pleased that Commissioner Kelly recognizes a racial factor is involved,” Rangel also said. “I am calling on Attorney General Eric Holder to review the problems in the New York City Police Department when black officers are killed by whites, which too often is the case.”

“I hope my… comment did not cause embarrasment to anyone” is NOT an apology.  It’s just an asshole spouting.  Then to take that time to patronize Commissioner Kelly – great projection of blame there.  THEN to shift future attention to Holder – wow.  This guy is good.

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Today was the last of three epidurals.  C7 and T1.  Little low for what seems to have been ailin’ me, but we’ll see if it helps.

As of today itself… meh.  Kinda smarts but that goes with the territory.  I came home and felt like the fecal matter of a particularly ripe canine.  Went to bed for about five hours and got up.  Been worse but I’ve been better by a long shot.  If history is any guide tomorrow won’t be fun either, but it could surprise me.

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From The Patriot Post humor…  I’m not laughing much because it actually does point out why John Q. Public (AKA The Piggybank) is going to get broken because of a bunch of greedy people’s bad business decisions.

Heidi is the proprietor of a bar in Detroit. She realizes that virtually all of her customers are unemployed alcoholics and, as such, can no longer afford to patronize her bar. To solve this problem, she comes up with new marketing plan that allows her customers to drink now, but pay later.

She keeps track of the drinks consumed on a ledger (thereby granting the customers loans).

Word gets around about Heidi’s “drink now, pay later” marketing strategy and, as a result, increasing numbers of customers flood into Heidi’s bar. Soon she has the largest sales volume for any bar in Detroit.

By providing her customers’ freedom from immediate payment demands, Heidi gets no resistance when, at regular intervals, she substantially increases her prices for wine and beer, the most consumed beverages. Consequently, Heidi’s gross sales volume increases massively.

A young and dynamic vice-president at the local bank recognizes that these customer debts constitute valuable future assets and increases Heidi’s borrowing limit. He sees no reason for any undue concern, since he has the debts of the unemployed alcoholics as collateral.

At the bank’s corporate headquarters, expert traders transform these customer loans into DRINKBONDS, ALKIBONDS and PUKEBONDS. These securities are then bundled and traded on international security markets. Naive investors don’t really understand that the securities being sold to them as AAA secured bonds are really the debts of unemployed alcoholics.
Nevertheless, the bond prices continuously climb, and the securities soon become the hottest-selling items for some of the nation’s leading brokerage houses.

One day, even though the bond prices are still climbing, a risk manager at the original local bank decides that the time has come to demand payment on the debts incurred by the drinkers at Heidi’s bar. He so informs Heidi.

Heidi then demands payment from her alcoholic patrons, but being unemployed alcoholics they cannot pay back their drinking debts. Since, Heidi cannot fulfill her loan obligations she is forced into bankruptcy. The bar closes and the eleven employees lose their jobs.

Overnight, DRINKBONDS, ALKIBONDS and PUKEBONDS drop in price by 90%. The collapsed bond asset value destroys the banks liquidity and prevents it from issuing new loans, thus freezing credit and economic activity in the community.

The suppliers of Heidi’s bar had granted her generous payment extensions and had invested their firms’ pension funds in the various BOND securities. They find they are now faced with having to write off her bad debt and with losing over 90% of the presumed value of the bonds. Her wine supplier also claims bankruptcy, closing the doors on a family business that had endured for three generations, her beer supplier is taken over by a competitor, who immediately closes the local plant and lays off 150 workers.

Fortunately though, the bank, the brokerage houses and their respective executives are saved and bailed out by a multi-billion dollar no-strings attached cash infusion from the Government. The funds required for this bailout are obtained by new taxes levied on employed, middle-class, non-drinkers.

Now, do you understand?

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It’s fairly obvious that GM has done a lot of things wrong, and those things contributed to it’s current state and the dire straits that many of it’s employees find themselves in.  Blame is deserved.  But if you are going to be worth a damn in writing a critique, you ought to be able to say that you aren’t writing it because it’s useful fodder to advance your pet agenda.  Pet agendas can, if you aren’t careful, just make you really look like an asshole.  Not that Michael Moore needed help in looking like an asshole.

Michael Moore – may diseased slugs urinate on his food – doesn’t surprise me at all.  Sayeth the mindless boob:

I write this on the morning of the end of the once-mighty General Motors. By high noon, the President of the United States will have made it official: General Motors, as we know it, has been totaled.

He goes on to ramble about all that he hated about the Evil Corporation (which sounds much like any of his other rants about other Evil Corporations, swapping out only specific names to lend the semblance of applicability.   Up to that point he almost sounded like he cared, but then he takes off the mask:

So here we are at the deathbed of General Motors. The company’s body not yet cold, and I find myself filled with — dare I say it — joy.

Yeah, you read it right.  He’s experiencing joy.  There is nothing to evoke joy here, unless you are an ass.

If you read his writing you could almost think that he cares about GM employees, but he only salts the piece with sympathetic sounding words as he then gets to the real point – slapping himself on the back about Roger and Me and quickly moving on to his particular views of how the Federal Gov’t should be driven by environmentalists – driven to force Americans to participate in breathing life into the Green Vision.

Thing is, I happen to agree with some of what he says.  I think mass transit would be fantastic for commuters from rural areas to the cities.  I think there are lots of things that could be done to minimize pollution.  Trains for hauling cargo and passengers get excellent fuel economy 400 ton-miles per gallon.

Transportation mode Fuel consumption
BTU per short ton mile kJ per tonne kilometre
Class 1 Railroads 341 246
Domestic Waterbourne 510 370
Heavy Trucks 3,357 2,426
Air freight (aprox) 9,600 6,900
Source:  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fuel_efficiency_in_transportation

You could write whole books cataloging the ways that the enviromental fruit-bats fantasize that the  Utopian Wet-Dream could be achieved.

Boil it down though.  The government is not supposed to be in the business of building Utopia and the things that we’d like should be supported by economics, not by whatever means of taxation are required to meet the vision.

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I love how Government Motors may use our tax money.  They’ll save GM jobs (ahem) by using our tax money in some unspecified way and importing Chinese autos.

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DETROIT (AP) – As thousands of General Motors workers await word on more U.S. plant closures, reports that the company plans to import Chinese-made vehicles to the U.S. have created a political problem for the automaker and the White House.

The reports, which GM will neither confirm nor deny, could mean trouble because GM is supported by $15.4 billion in U.S. government loans, largely due to the Obama administration’s desire to preserve the company’s 90,000 U.S. jobs.

If you’re going to save GM, SAVE IT.  Don’t go throwing that money to China, OK?  I know several GM workers that would give their left leg to negotiate a way to even retain some smaller fraction of their job/wages, as long as they had one at all.

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Ah, poor San Fran Nan.  The Medusa has met her match.
Innocent people don’t implode – not at her level.   She’s way too wobbly to have been a “victim” of misinformation.

http://washingtontimes.com/news/2009/may/15/curl-speaker-misspeaks/

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As a co-worker, The Butcher of Lansing, said:

I don’t know if they just think this is all a big party or if the press just has no respect for Gibbs. Either way, it’s hard to take the White House seriously when this kind of thing goes on.

He was referring to the White House Press Corps who seem to be a bunch of adolescents with little or no professionalism, wanting to talk to their little friends while the grownups have grownup meetings.   Supposed grownup meetings.

My take?

Lack of respect for Gibbs wouldn’t do it. I mean, I respect Gibbs about as much as the average flatworm.

Egocentrism.  Egocentrism would explain it.  Hubris.  Perhaps a pinch of narcissism.  And a dash of cretinism.   And no maturity whatsoever.

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How to make a better DVR out of an old PC.  Well isn’t that interesting?

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Update 3:  If this didn’t hurt so damn bad it’d be funny.  No, it’s funny as hell but if it didn’t hurt so bad it’d be funny and not hurt.

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Update 2:   from the looney-bin.

Obama looks at climate engineering.

The president’s new science adviser said Wednesday that global warming is so dire, the Obama administration is discussing radical technologies to cool Earth’s air.John Holdren told The Associated Press in his first interview since being confirmed last month that the idea of geoengineering the climate is being discussed. One such extreme option includes shooting pollution particles into the upper atmosphere to reflect the sun’s rays. Holdren said such an experimental measure would only be used as a last resort.

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Update 1:  from the Politico:

CBC members praise Castro

Key members of the Congressional Black Caucus are calling for an end to U.S. prohibition on travel to Cuba, just hours after a meeting with former Cuban president Fidel Castro in Havana.

The fifty-year embargo just hasn’t worked,” CBC Chairwoman Barbara Lee (D-Ca.) told reporters this evening at a Capitol press conference after returning from a congressional delegation visit to Cuba. “The bottom line is that we believe its time to open dialogue with Cuba.”

So Congress really is above the law.

Of course it won’t work if you never respect the thing, woman.

Lee and others heaped praise on Castro, calling him warm and receptive during their discussion. But the lawmakers disputed Castro’s later statement that members of the congressional delegation said American society is still racist.

I must be a racist because I think I trust Castro more on that statement.  I’ve been slammed too many times in recent history for “being a racist cracker” to  consider it preposterous and not remark on it.   Look, our first lady was never proud of the US until her husband got the nomination, ok?  That wasn’t a slip.

Where is it in the constitution that it says “Congress shall have the power to visit all dictators, popular or unpopular…”?

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We can start with a title:

GM, Segway to Make Vehicle

General Motors Corp. is teaming with Segway Inc., maker of the upright, self-balancing scooters, to build a new type of two-wheeled vehicle designed to move easily through congested urban streets.

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The machine, which GM says it aims to develop by 2012, would run on batteries and use wireless technology to avoid traffic backups and navigate cities.

The only word I have is “Despidity“, which is being so desperate that you engage in gross stupidity.

Unless you can haul a refrigerator or a boat-trailer or a family of five with one of these, your odds of them selling real well are kind of slim.

Well, maybe amphibious assault would be a good venue despite looking like socks on a chicken.

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Oh, my... don't they look fierce?

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Well, color me shocked

Despite President Barack Obama’s commitment to bipartisanship, Rogers says Speaker of House Nancy Pelosi (whom he described as “crazy,” “mean as a snake” and “Tom DeLay in a skirt”) and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid didn’t get that memo.

“They don’t talk to us,” he said. “They’ve got the vote, and they can do what they want.”

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Prime blackmail material. Not my proudest moment when my son comes around the corner dressed up in his sister’s costume.  Well, he may be a princess, but as long as he isn’t a queen.

Not my proudest moment.

Not my proudest moment.

He still has a respectable grunt (arr-arrrh-arrrrrrh!), so all is not lost.  The high heels and the pink sun-hat tend to make me weep, though.

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Shamelessly stole this from Cranky’s post over at 6 Meat Buffet…  Go check ’em out – he’s got a million of ’em.

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This last one… If currency went down the crapper, I could fall back on this:

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