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The GM-Chrysler Debacle

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So, General Motors wants an extra $10 billion from the Federal Government so that it can finance a merger with Chrysler. This is a horrible idea. First, it is the government — my government — financing the destruction of a major American corporation. Those jobs will disappear; maybe not right away, but they are definitely going away. This is not how my tax dollars should be spent.

Second of all, it has yet to be explained to me how exactly this would benefit General Motors. Chrysler has almost no properties that could interest GM. It is generally held that the Jeep line is the crown jewel of the Chrysler lineup, but it is definitely not worth $10 billion. What else can GM point to that would add value to their bottom line?

  • The Dodge Ram? GM already has strong truck lines in the Sierra and the Silverado.
  • The 300? I think Cadillac has this covered.
  • The Dodge Charger or the Challenger? The Camero, Corvette, and Pontiac G8 are probably better.
  • Minivans? There is some value here, but this is a market that is being overtaken by crossovers, of which GM already has a strong lineup.

All that GM would get out of this deal is the cash that Chrysler has left on hand, Jeep, and a bunch of automobile lines which are inferior duplicates of what GM already produces (some are even duplicates within the Chrysler family!)

The American people would lose the following:

  • Jobs(!)
  • $10 billion
  • Choices in the market

Contact your member of Congress and tell them that you oppose this deal.

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October 29, 2008 at 10:53 am

Taking it on the chin

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Do Republicans just provide more material for comics? Or are they simply not hiding their bias this time? To be honest, this is a pretty ridiculous debate. I am almost as tired of hearing about this as I am of hearing about how X News Network has a conservative bias, whereas Y News Network is practically communist. These bias battles are pointless and distract from the real debates in our society and culture. It can still be a little fun to talk about sometimes though:

From Sept. 1 through Friday, the Republicans were the target of 475 jokes by Jay Leno and David Letterman alone. The Democratic team of Obama and Joseph Biden were the victim 69 times, according to the Center for Media and Public Affairs, which has been tracking such data since 1988. That’s nearly a 7-to-1 ratio.

In no other campaign over the past 20 years has one party’s ticket been jabbed more than the other by even a 2-to-1 ratio, said Robert Lichter, a George Mason University professor and head of the center.

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October 28, 2008 at 3:58 pm

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Clint Eastwood could still kick my butt

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Clint is back. He will never die — he will only get older, harder, and more bad ass:

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October 27, 2008 at 1:33 pm

It’s been a bad week for beef

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Courtesy of FARK.com, here are some delightful news stories involving cows:


“Cow drowned into the sea for being impregnated by human”

The cow, which is five months pregnant, was thrown out to the sea about 3 kilometers from land Monday. The villagers believe the animal was impregnated by a village elder.

During the ritual the man, who was caught red-handed having sexual intercourse with the cow two months ago, joined the boat trip in order to throw away his clothes to to symbolize him discarding his sins.

And then this gem:

Lightning strikes only once _ but kills 52 cows

Lightning struck only once – but 52 cows are dead at an Uruguayan ranch. The newspaper El Pais reports that the cows had pressed against a wire fence during a storm when the lightning bolt struck in the northern state of San Jose.

It includes a great photo.

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October 25, 2008 at 3:36 pm

Dino scratches the surface

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Dino Rossi (GOP-WA) is up with a great new ad in the Evergreen State:

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October 24, 2008 at 12:05 pm

The New GM

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Your Seattle Mariners have a new general manager, and I think he is a step in the right direction. The M’s hired Jack Zduriencik, formerly of the Milwaukee Brewers, to lead the team through its rebuilding process. Zduriencik (try to spell that ten times quickly) was able to turn around the Brewers (recall that they were originally the Seattle Pilots!), a perennial NL doormat, and get them into the playoffs this season for the first time since 1982.

This is good news for Seattle fans. By all accounts, Zduriencik is an excellent judge of young talent and should be able to turn around this franchise in three or four seasons. He is not the ultra-nerdy statistics whiz that a lot of us might have preferred to see, but he is still a big improvement over his predecessor. He will have plenty of decent draft picks to play with over the next couple of seasons and, unless ownership decides to get cheap, he will have a lot more money to spend on salaries than in Milwaukee.

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October 22, 2008 at 3:35 pm

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2008 Manopia Voter Guide

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This post will be an annual feature, and a continually-updated entry at Manopia. Here you will find a listing of Manopia-approved and endorsed candidates for public office. I will also occasionally toss in some un-endorsements — reserved for candidates who I find particularly objectionable and who deserve your scorn.

We will start this entry with some endorsements for candidates in my home state. This list is not exhaustive, nor is it meant to be:

Washington State
Governor:
*Dino Rossi, GOP Party

Attorney General:
*Rob McKenna, Republican

8th Congressional District
*Dave Reichert, Republican

4th Congressional District
*Doc Hastings, Republican

5th Congressional District
*Cathy McMorris-Rogers, Republican

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October 22, 2008 at 9:28 am