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Detroit, We Only Smack You Around ‘Cuz We Love You April 1, 2009

Auto, schmoto. Detroit has given us what we’ve wanted for years and then allowed us to turn on them when we get a belly-ache. The fact of the matter is, Detroit IS a good company, in the role that it plays. It has to be a foil for car makers around the world. No one else makes big cars. Just us. In flush times, they’re hailed. In a looming Depression, they’re assailed.
Think of this: we wanted SUVs. Do you think that Japan would have given them to us? No way. Germany? Nope. Sure, they gingerly rode the U.S. automakers coattails once SUVs were big bucks, but their divisions were diversified. Not ours.
But now imagine this: what if we no longer made big cars? Will, magically, the U.S. urge for bigger disappear? Will people start to buy American again? I doubt it. All the restructuring in the world won’t make the U.S. automakers slip away from their image. America can build cars again, but it’s going to have to dump the brands and start from scratch.

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Bizarro World March 17, 2009

Filed under: politics, boo — charbear @ 1:53 pm

Obama wants to talk to the Taliban. Bush invaded Iraq. Does anyone else notice the foreign affairs dyslexia of our two ideologies? Conservatives want to remove undemocratic regimes. Liberals believe in sovereignty. So in effect, liberals are willing to bargain with mass murders and thugs while conservatives are willing to kill our own people to nation build. Is it jut me, or does this not make sense, in regards to each groups thinking? Liberals are willing to prop up dictatorial regimes abroad while fighting for rights at home and conservatives are willing to squash freedom at home in order to export it.

Shouldn’t it be more like this: liberals fight for right abroad and at home; conservatives fight for sovereignty abroad and limitations at home? Get your shit straight, peoples.

 

Why I LIke Dick Cheney March 15, 2009

Filed under: politics, boo — charbear @ 11:15 pm
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Booo. Dick Cheney. He’s Darth Vader. Well, I just saw him on John King and you know what? I realized something: I always liked Darth Vader. I can’t help it. I don’t get the why’s of it, but I like Dick. Bush was a spoiled rich brat. He was a bully. But he was also a charmer. Most politician’s are. Dick’s not. Maybe that’s what I like: he’ s straight to a fault. Sure, he lies. But he’s straight as well. His lack of political insight, his inability to read the political winds, I view these as bonuses, not hinderances.

Don’t get me wrong: I hate his policies. But as a person, I think he’s, well, my kind of guy. He’s to the point, he doesn’t suffer fools (even if they really aren‘t fools… and they’re right). Plus he’s passionate. Passionate? Dick Cheney? Ok, let’s look at it like this: he applied himself full-force and insinuated his views into every facet of national security¬† since 9/11. The whole War on Terror fiasco was due to his misguided but very sincere regard for the safety of this country. It made him lie, it made him bully, but all to push forth policy that he felt would protect our interest. That’s what makes him dangerous. And passionate.

Now here’s a thought: imagine if he applied that passion to, say, cooking. Instead of dangerous, it would make him, well, a guy who thinks he knows how to make a great mushroom risotto. His friends may think otherwise. Even then, no one would¬† call him Darth Vader and no one would die or have their phones tapped.

Dick, I implore you, as a progressive who actually likes you as a person: give cooking a try.