My Side of the Screen

The news is my favorite soap opera.

Saturday, February 25, 2006

Dubai bye bye?

The worst part? It's the same old story. Politicians making a brouhaha, looking like they're doing something. no matter the facts. Remember Terri Shaivo?

Yea, yea Congress should have been in the loop. But hey, the President wasn't in the loop either! Geez!

Still, state and local authorities, they should always be in the loop. That was really stupid. Business 101. When you need support from the locals, bring them in from the beginning.

Speaking of facts, 700 of our warships have been to Dubai. We have a military base there, remember? Dubai has been very, very good to us. No wonder we're losing in Iraq.

Wednesday, February 01, 2006

Prez's speech

I can sum it up in two words, old and defiant.

Two other comments:

We are not addicted to oil, we are addicted to energy and like all
addictions, it keeps on increasing.

The President said, "If we make sure our children succeed in life, they will
insure that America succeeds". Totally agree, but if he truly believes it, why is he cutting $14B from college assistance programs. Once again, he is not putting the
money where his mouth is. Once again, he is secretive about where he is
really putting the money, tax welfare for corporations, especially oil.

Nancy B

Sunday, January 29, 2006

mideast democracy

How about Hamas winning over 70% in Palestine? Hee Hee. Well, Mr. President, guess you have to be careful what you wish for. Democracy in the Arab world? Hee hee. Another of his great plans gone awry. Hee hee. Oh, my stomach hurts from laughing so hard.

Saturday, December 31, 2005

Presidential Evesdropping

Let's see..5600 NSA wiretaps submitted to the FISA court for approval. The court modified 179 and said no to 6. The President, furious, stomped his feet and refused to play. He'll do it his way. He's Commander in Chief. Sigh. I wish we had a grown-up for President.

Tuesday, December 20, 2005

The Prez's Plan

Fight terrorists in Iraq. Challenge them, "bring it on". The terrorists respond, "Wahoo, we'll be there." Train the Iraqi army, leave and let them clean up the mess.

Tuesday, December 13, 2005

This Torture Thing

What's most distressing about this President's reign is he keeps on turning the world against us. And every time they give us another chance, he blows it. Just last week, 150 nations meeting in Canada, came to an agreement on global warming. The only two hold outs? The U.S. and communist China. This promotes democracy?

He wants new bunker busting nuclear bombs. Iran and North Korea ask how come you can and we can't?

Now we have this torture thing. Sen. John McCain got 90 votes in the Senate for an amendment banning it. He wants the world to know we're an honorable people. The President said sure, but not without an exception for the CIA. Yes, that CIA, the world's favorite agency, NOT. Secretary Rumsfeld recently told the press that a soldier wouldn't have to stop another from abusing prisoners but he could report it. General Pace, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs, was appalled. "Sir, he said, "they have an obligation to stop it." Iraqis now feel free to torture their own prisoners. No. Bush, Cheney, Rumsfeld, they just don't get it. Even children balk at, "do as I say not as I do".

I don't know what's worse, this administration's belief that the world is so stupid or that they're so smart. They must be confused by their supporters.

Thank goodness we don't have kings.

Sunday, November 27, 2005

GM, A Den of Idiots

What's good for GM is good for the country, remember that old cliche? Stuff like long-term thinking, efficient resource use, good products and service, it's all passe now.

Remember when new models were introduced every year? We kids prided ourselves in being able to tell a '56 Ford from a '57, an Olds from a Caddy. Then some ivy league idiot thought that cost too much. From then on, Buicks and Oldsmobiles looked just like Chevys. So what's the point of spending more? He took all the fun out of it. Sales of Buicks & Oldmobiles? Down.

GM's Body by Fisher used to mean something. It didn't fall apart like those Chryslers. My last Body by Fisher started to fall apart at 15,000 miles. My next car? A Toyota.

Then came the oil embargo and the Japanese takeover. Better cars with better mileage sent GM reeling. They fought back for awhile. But the ivy leaguers were still fixated on those quarterly reports. Congress, more responsible back then, passed the CAFE standards. The industry didn't like that. Not realizing Congress was doing them a favor, leveling the playing field, the UAW idiots and Michingan politician idiots, most notably Congressman Dingle, sabotaged every effort to increase CAFE. Forget diminishing domestic oil production. Forget global warming. Forget rumblings from the middle east. Enter the SUV, a gas guzzling bohemouth with big profit margins.

President Clinton tried to educate them. He told them the future was in more energy efficient products. The US could be an export power house again. But fear and quarterly profits ruled. Oh, said the UAW, we'll lose jobs! Oh, said the politicians, we won't get reelectd. Oh, said the ivy leaguers, R&D costs money. But oh, asked the rest of us, where did all our manufacturing jobs go?

Nine auto plants, 30,000 jobs down the tubes. Not good for GM, not good for America.