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Thank you M(aste)r. Bates

I just wanted to say thank you for predicting all the winners by endorsing all the losers (short a few no brainers like Sullivan and Smaligo).
 
Between M(aste)r. Bates and KFAQ, its really easy to predict the election winners.  Just find out who they endorse!
 
KFAQ and Bates need to realize there are good and bad republicans and democrats.  Their policy of stamping the eagle is defunct, just like stamping the rooster is defunct.
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Talking about Ford to explore sale of Aston Martin – Automotive – MSNBC.com

 

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Ford to explore sale of Aston Martin – Automotive – MSNBC.com

 

Ah Ford, I see that stupidity has not left you.  By selling (or trying to sell) Aston martin, you threw away a great opportunity to position yourself as a purveyor of fine cars.  Every time you sell off a Premier group brand, you reduce yourself to the likes of Kia.  Selling the wings doesn’t polish the blue oval.

YOU FAIL IT!

Talking about Will Toyota make a play for GM? – BusinessWeek Online – MSNBC.com

 

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Will Toyota make a play for GM? – BusinessWeek Online – MSNBC.com

 

Toyota simply can’t win on this one.  Personally I woud like to see them buy GM outright, liquidate the broken parts and bury the GM name….broken business models do not deserve to live in a free market society.  Unfortunately you are going to have rednecks shouting ridiculous nationalist slogans and starting boycott Japan crap.  Nevermind the fact that the alternative will be Japanese AND French.

 

Toyota will just have to accept the fact that the competition just got bigger, not better, and continue to do what they do best.

Should we really rebuild New Orleans?

I think it’s time to sober up and realize the party is over.
 
Let’s look at the logic in this.  We have a plot of land that is 9 feet below sea level.  Before we start talking about the fact that the Netherlands do this, lets look at the practicality.
 
New Orleans not only fights the Gulf of Mexico to the south, it has to worry about lake Ponchitrain to the north.  In fact it was the lake levees that broke, not the Gulf of Mexico.  Exactly what do we gain by draining out a hole in the earth and rebuilding there?  So we can have a few drinks?  The fact is this area has been VERY lucky for over 200 years.
 
I think it would be in this federal government’s interest to not rebuild New Orleans.  When hurricane Andrew hit in 1992, the government essentially wrote off large areas and declared them inhospitable because there was too much liability.  Insurers should do the same.
 
I sit here in the city of Tulsa, tucked safely away in the midwest where only a few random tornados come through occasionally.  Both Tulsa, and other interior cities across the nation should offer HEAVY HEAVY incentives for displaced New Orelans corporations to relocate and in turn bring their workers with them.  What do you think Houston is doing?  You think they are loaning the Superdome for good publicity?  no, they know what they are doing by bringing people there, they are more likely to stay.  However, Houston is no more safe from hurricanes than New Orleans, so they are just postponing another disaster.  Move people inland, away from liability and towards safety.
 
Furthermore, about the oil situation.  Does anyone else now see how STUPID it is to put your refinieries right on the gulf coast?  What idiots allowed this to happen?  The only thing that should have been allowed on the coast are pumping stations to get the oil off the ships and transport it to interior refineries.  This is why we have the ness we do now.  Everyone jumped into the GOM craze and now look where it has led us.  Those prudent companies that decided to hedge their assets on the gulf coast are now reaping the investment of added infrastructure to bring the product inland.  Maybe the hundreds of energy company lemmings in Houston will decide maybe they too should move back inland.

Talking about Microsoft makes changes to appease EU – U.S. Business – MSNBC.com

Wait a minute, I have a big problem with this.  The EU is forcing a product on other countries that may or may not want it.  I think this is clearly a violation of international trade laws.  Essentially the EU is forcing the dumping of a product on foriegn markets without their permission and it is using Microsoft as the vehicle to push it’s policies abroad….this is just plain wrong.

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Microsoft makes changes to appease EU – U.S. Business – MSNBC.com

Talking about Religious zeal sets U.S. apart from allies, poll finds – U.S. News – MSNBC.com

SO someone took a poll on the "regligious zeal" in America and the article talks as if this is a good thing?

I’m actually quite alarmed that being a zealot is considered a good thing.  In fact I’m alarmed that we’re the only country (according to this poll) that thinks mixing religion with government is a great thing.  Fortunately we don’t practice what the poll is preaching.  Other countries are more theocratic than we are by far.

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Religious zeal sets U.S. apart from allies, poll finds – U.S. News – MSNBC.com

Kim Jong Il and his buddies

So I’m sitting here reading the news about North Korea saying it has nukes.  Not that this is a big surprise but what got me was this photo:

In this photo you have Il looking as ill as ever, with the standard atrocious haircut and his 70s leaisure/jumpsuit that looks like something straight out of a Austin Powers movie (where is Mini Il?).  But what got me was his trusty sidekick.

In the background you see this guy.  Obviously he is an important guy, because you want to be surrounded by important people so you look smart (see Bush, Cheney, et al).  What gets me is look at this guys dress!

This guy is literally covered in medals, awards, and what have you.  I mean, do they give out medals for attendance or something?  It looks like he has one for everytime he went to the buffet.  I’m not sure they should really be giving out medals for who kissed the most ass.  I know for sure the one on the lower right is the Brownnoser of the Year Award.

You also have to wonder how mobile this guy is.  He is probably in his 60s, yet here is standing with all of this brass attached to him.  Either this guy is one stout dude, or he is a statue.  Perhaps even one of those cutouts you see at conferences to take your picture with.

Surely that’s it, because the way his eyes look if it were a real person he would be staring at Il’s butt.