Obama on Meet the Press this morning made it clear that, while he would support some bailout for the auto industry due to the severe economic impact of letting them fail, he believes they have made “repeated strategic mistakes”. Any assistance must be “conditioned on them making significant adjustments” in the way they do business as they “do not have a sustainable business model right now.” Obama believes, like all good parents, in tough love.
1. Link to the person who tagged you. [marindenver, thank you!]
2. Post the rules on your blog.
3. Write six random things about yourself.
4. Tag six people at the end of your post and link to them. [Below the fold.]
1. My great-grandmother came to the United States from Germany, alone, in 1893, the year the World’s Fair was in Chicago. She was born just eight years after Lincoln was assassinated, and died at the age of ninety, just a week after John Kennedy was assassinated. Think about that for a minute. When very young, my brother and I would visit her and she would always give us each a brand new, unopened box of Vanilla Wafers. Yum. So, what can you tell us about one of your immigrant ancestors?
I saw that written on the back of some guy’s jeep on the freeway today.
Actually it said “There’s Only One” above a picture of an American flag, but I’m assuming that’s what he meant.
I wanted to pull the guy over and tell him that there’s also only one North Korea. And there was only one Adolf Hitler. But you don’t see me advertising those facts on the back of my jeep.
Probably because I don’t have a jeep.
In other news, President-Elect Obama will be the sole guest on Meet The Press tomorrow. How much does anyone wanna bet that Tom Brokaw asks our president-elect why he still can’t close the deal with white, working-class voters?
Many of us in Denver realize we’re lucky to still have two daily newspapers when many cities are down to one (or even none). And it’s been a struggle for some time. In the early ‘90’s the Rocky and its rival the Denver Post, banded together to form a joint operating agreement, pooling and splitting revenues, in an effort to eliminate overlapping services and cut costs. But still the Rocky has struggled and on Thursday Rich Boehne, head of the Rocky’s owner E. W. Scripps announced that, while the paper will not immediately be shuttered and is being offered for sale, if a buyer doesn’t step up in about six weeks, they won’t have much choice. The paper will lose $15 million this year. And how a buyer could really put together a deal to buy a major newspaper in six weeks with the economy tanking and credit markets dried up is anyone’s guess. It has taken me a couple of days to write about this because I’m pretty upset. I love the good old Rocky. I don’t know how I’m going to start my mornings without it.
According to the AP, whiner in chief Barney Frank says “He’s going to have to be more assertive than he’s been. He says we only have one president at a time. I’m afraid that overstates the number of presidents we have. He’s got to remedy that situation.” Christopher Dodd chimes in with “The Obama team has to step up. In the minds of the people, this is the Obama administration. I don’t think we can wait until Jan. 20.” Well, a lot of us may agree with that but what do they want him to do? Stage a coup? He seems to be taking very proactive positions in getting ready for the (necessary) transition. If the Congresspeeps need advice they can call him on the phone. Last I heard he still has his Blackberry (and something tells me he ain’t never giving that puppy up). But more to the point, can’t these people come up with ANY ideas on their own? Leadership anyone?
Of course Hannity is a warmongering thug who hasn’t the faintest idea how foreign policy power functions in the country he is so transparently eager to bomb. Nothing new there. But can we stop pretending Rick Warren is a moderate now? He is also either shockingly ignorant about what the bible actually says or willing to twist its message to appeal to Hannity’s troglodyte core audience. My money’s on the latter. No respectable politician should ever take this creep seriously again.
Elisa Flynn Songs About Birds & Ghosts
(Cat in a Dress Records)
Elisa Flynn is one of the up-and-coming talents in NYC’s burgeoning anti-folk scene, but what sets her apart from the rest of her peers is an infusion in her songwriting of some of the best inclinations of the 80’s indie jangle pop scene. It’s hard to pin down distinct influences (a touch of Barbara Manning here, a taste of the Neats there), but there’s a refreshing and original gaze back to a cruelly underappreciated touchpoint in modern music. Flynn’s debut self-released long-player Songs About Birds & Ghosts kicks off with the elegant, head-nodding dirge “Timber” and then veers between exquisitely crafted ballads about long-lost friends who are “made out of dust” to uplifting numbers that are carried way-up-high by her soaring ‘n’ joyous voice (good luck trying not to sing along with some of them). And whenever you hear Elisa Flynn sing the banjo-tinged beauty “Big Sky,” an angel doesn’t get its wings, you do.
This story is over a week old, but who cares? It’s hilarious!
Apparently, some college kid production assistant at the Sean Hannity Show named Calan Holmes—no, wait, Alan Colmes?—is leaving the show.
Why is everyone making such a big deal out of this?
Apparently, Mr. Holmes’s duties included fetching Sean Hannity’s coffee, donuts, and spit cup, as well as going out to local bookstores and purchasing Mr. Hannity’s books on Mr. Holmes’s own personal credit card in order to drive up sales, for which, it was understood, Mr. Holmes, er—Colmes—would not be reimbursed.
What an astoundingly well reported story! Kim Priestap at (Cheez)WizBang reports that Barack Obama is buying Michelle one massive, honking, studded with diamonds, and made of freakin rhodium, $30,000 ring as a little “winky, winky” thank you for being there for him the last two years. And then, to prove her point, links to a sight that says he’s NOT buying her one! A little internets research (courtesy of Sadly No!) says this is about as true as the lobster/champagne/Iranian caviar fiasco. As does this. Still, totally undeterred by “facts” she proceeds to chide him and suggest that:
instead of spending $30,000 on a ring, how about instead spending $15,000 on a ring. I’m sure there are some beautiful rings out there in the $15,000 price range that are suitable for his wife and that would adequately show his appreciation and love. Then he can take the other $15,000 and give it to a charity in Michelle’s name. I would recommend Operation Smile. For just $240, a child in a Third World nation can have the surgery needed to correct a cleft palate. With $15,000, 62 children can get the surgery that would give them a beautiful smile and a changed life.
And none of the commenters in any of the items referenced believe it’s not true either! I usually can think of something pithy, scathing and yet still witty :-) to sum up a situation but I am kind of out of words over this.
1. Link to the person who tagged you. That would be J. who writes her awesome blog at J-TWO-O .
2. Post the rules on your blog. Doing, doing.
3. Write six random things about yourself. Getting there. See below.
4. Tag six people at the end of your post and link to them. Will do my best as just about everyone I know has now been tagged. :)
* Totally gratuitous link to song I really, really like (bonus random fact as it were).
which doesn’t, um, exist. That we can see. As Marin Cogan recounts in the New Republic:
careful listeners would have noticed a recurring theme of anxiety: that Obama was going to use the newly acquired levers of government to destroy them. Specifically, conservative paranoia over the possible reinstatement of the “fairness doctrine,” a defunct policy requiring that broadcasters allow opposing points of view to be heard over the airwaves, has reached a fevered pitch. In September, George Will was warning his readers that, “unless McCain is president, the government will reinstate the ... ‘fairness doctrine.’” In October, The Wall Street Journal’s editorial page chimed in, predicting that under the spooky-sounding “liberal supermajority,” the fairness doctrine was “likely to be reimposed,” with the goal being “to shut down talk radio and other voices of political opposition.” And, two weeks before the election, the New York Post blasted: “Dems Get Set to Muzzle the Right.”
Then more fuel for the fire - On election day Sen. Chuck Schumer messed with their little minds on Faux News with this statement:
after Fox News host Bill Hemmer cornered him about the issue on the air. Schumer just smirked: “I think we should all try to be fair and balanced, don’t you?”
As part of its plan, Ford announced that the salary of Ford CEO Alan Mulally would be cut to $1 a year if Ford actually borrowed money from the government.
General Motors said that CEO Rick Wagoner also will accept a $1 salary. Chrysler LLC CEO Robert Nardelli agreed during Congressional testimony last month he would also agree to a $1 salary in return for federal help.
Mulally had a base salary of $2 million and total compensation of $21.7 million last year, according to the company’s filings. Wagoner received base pay of $1.6 million and total compensation of $14.4 million. Closely-held Chrysler does not disclose executive pay.
As painful and galling as it is, I get the logic of bailing out the auto industry. But as one of their prospective lenders, I say a condition should be that these rat-bastard CEOs get the heave-ho.
They sucked last year when they received annual compensation ranging from $14M to $21M. Some of them having been stinking up Detroit for more than 10 years, pumping out gas guzzlers and generally shitty cars in the face of looming fuel shortages and competitive forces we’ve known about for decades. They did nothing to address vital issues then, and there’s no reason to believe they’ll be more prescient and competent with a drastic salary reduction.
I could offer to teach calculus for $10 bucks an hour, and any university that hired me would save a shitload in personnel costs. But since I struggle to calculate a 20% tip in my head, it would be a poor bargain. Same thing here. Ford, GM and Chrysler need to kick these bastards to the curb. Then come talk to me about sticking their feedstaw in my wallet.