Nov 19, 2008

IF General Motors, Ford and Chrysler get the bailout that their chief executives asked for yesterday, you can kiss the American automotive industry goodbye. It won’t go overnight, but its demise will be virtually guaranteed. Without that bailout, Detroit will need to drastically restructure itself. With it, the automakers will stay the course — the suicidal course of declining market shares, insurmountable labor and retiree burdens, technology atrophy, product inferiority and never-ending job losses. Detroit needs a turnaround, not a check.--Mitt Romney in The New York Times, 11/19/2008 I couldn't have said it better myself. As long as we are all going broke, we might as well fix this mess once and for all. Of course the Democrats are a wholly-owned subsidiary of the AFL-CIO, so standby for more of the same old, same old in Detroit. Other matters. I'm glad that I am not the only one who hates cell phones. I suspected I wasn't. My rant yesterday seemed to hit a nerve. This morning at Starbucks I waited behind a dunce who wouldn't stop talking on her phone long enough to transact her business. It took quite a bit longer than I think it should have. When it got to my place in ine, I asked the cashier if I was required to be talking on the cell phone to place an order. All I got in response was, "Huh?" I guess they're used to it. I was reading today that cell phone blockers are becoming a huge issue in Canada. The Mounties are all up in arms about the catastrophic possibilities of jammers in the wrong hands. I say good for whoever has the wherewithal to acquire and use a jammer, even though the Merle Wayne Sneed blogs reminds readers that it is illegal to buy or use a jammer. Merle Wayne Sneed would not personally use a jammer or encourage others to do so, but he might yell, "Nice going", at the perp walk of someone who did. Lastly, I see that the California Supreme Court has agreed to hear three lawsuits aimed at overturning California's Prop. 8. I can hear the hue and cry coming from Prop. 8 supports now. "Those damned judicial activist judges are overturning the will of the people again!!!!" (Three exclamation marks cause they're bound to be really pissed off). Allow me to offer a reply, "Too bad. You don't get to codify bigotry simply because a majority of voters think its a good idea." Things in this blog represented to be fact, may or may not actually be true. The writer is frequently wrong, sometimes just full of it, but always judgmental and cranky

8 comments:

Megan said...

I don't know what to think yet about the automakers. I'm still reading up on it. And finding sources that don't slant toward one side or the other is a difficult task!

Annie Ha said...

if I had been your starbucks cashier, I'd have had a good chuckle over that one.

Reya Mellicker said...

Last night on the news they showed vids of the auto industry execs, flying into DC on their private jets to ask for money. No they are not planning to take a salary cut.

For heaven's sake. Where are their heads? On the moon??

Anonymous said...

American cars... sigh...


Yeserday just as I entered a bathroom stall, a woman in the next stall said " Hello? ... HELLO??? So I timidly said Hello back thinking she might need some paper-- She answered in a loud voice "I'm ON the PHONE!" and talked loudly to what seemed to be her boss!.

Julia said...

Too bad. You don't get to codify bigotry simply because a majority of voters think its a good idea.

Great line. I might have to borrow that some day.

bella rum said...

Can you imagine if we were allowed to vote on the rights of any group we deem undeserving of the same rights the rest of us enjoy? This seems like a nobrainer to me.

I go back to the Robert Frost poem you posted the other day.

"And miles to go before we sleep."

bitchlet said...

Same sex marriages have been legalised in Nepal. This country has been a federal democratic republic for less than a year.

Steve said...

Why do people think they can vote on other people's civil rights?? It blows my mind.