I’ve Seen This Movie Before

Stunning, isn’t it, how quickly the anti-Israel segment of the left goes into outrage mode whenever conflict breaks out in the long-running, tedious conflict between Israel and Hamas…here’s the pattern: 1.  Radical group bent on destruction of Israel engages in clearly war-worthy provocations (kidnapping soliders, firing missiles into Israeli towns). 2.  Israel responds, as any [...]

All-Time Worst

That headline refers to (a) the Detroit Lions, proud owners of the first ever 0-16 record, and (b) the Dallas Cowboys, who perhaps have done the least with the most talent in the history of the NFL, finishing a puny 9-7 following a true butt-whipping by Philadelphia to end what many predicted would be a [...]

Merry Christmas To One And All!

Family time means little to no blogging over the next few days…hope you all have a wonderful Christmas and get lots of presents and food and all that good stuff.  Happy holidays!…

The One Absolutely Undeniable Thing About The New President…

…is not that he’s smart (though I’m sure that he is – but how would I know?).  It’s not that he’s honest (I’m sure he is – well, as honest as the next guy, anyway – but how would you know?).  It’s not that he’ll make a great president (I don’t own a crystal ball, [...]

The Top Ten – Um, Make That Eleven – Media Blunders

Here’s the kind of story that’s always fun towards the end of the year – a look back by The Politico at the ten most ill-conceived or just plain stupid media moments of 2008.  But they published too quickly – the NY Times just added an eleventh, and it’s a doozy. Today the Times published [...]

Okay, Enough Automaker Talk For Now…

…there ARE other things going on in the world, after all. I don’t for one minute think that Barack Obama is in any kind of legal jeopardy regarding discussions with disgraced Illinois governor Rod Blagojevich, but there is the definite stink of a whitewash regarding contact between the governor and Obama’s Chief of Staff.  The [...]

I Suppose I Ought To Say Something About The Auto Situation…

…given how frequently I’ve blogged on it. Obviously, I’m very pleased.  The Bush administration did the right thing, they did not force a Chapter 11, and their terms are fairly tough (although some of the more onerous measures are ‘targets’, rather than binding).  Still, it’s clear that this is hardly a no-strings giveaway. Does this [...]

Car Wars, Episode IV: A New Hope

I have been challenged in the comments by more than one reader to justify why a ‘bailout’ loan is better than a bankruptcy for the Big 3 (or Chrysler and GM).  I have tried to answer that challenge, but apparently not successfully, so I’ll drill down on it once more in a moment, but first, [...]

Prepare To Get, Um, Violated

The federal government today approved some much overdue reform measures aimed at predatory and just plain unfair credit card practices: Calling many credit card company tactics “unfair,” “unreasonable,” and “deceptive,” federal regulators on Thursday unveiled sweeping new rules aimed at protecting consumers. They then invited card issuers to continue those unfair tactics for the next [...]

Edging Closer To The Brink

For the Big 3, the clock is ticking.  Stunning news from Chrysler late today, as it is idling ALL its factories for the next month: Well, it’s not as though there haven’t been warnings…but the news from Chrysler still shocks. At the end of this Friday’s shift, all manufacturing facilities will be closed until January [...]

Sorry For The Light Blogging…

…but I have been quite ill the past couple of days.  Since I haven’t been up to anything lengthy, here’s a few quick observations – what most people missed on that Bush shoe-throwing thing was how quickly he dodged!  Pretty nimble, if you ask me…Caroline Kennedy for NY Senate: yawn!  Of course, it’s hers if [...]

The Long-Promised Day Is Nearly Upon Us…

…when I make the switch from Decision ’08 to the new blog.  I am working with my excellent web-hosting company, Blogs-About Hosting, on the details.  I’m not quite there yet – but in case any weirdness happens, just wanted to give you guys a heads-up…

A Reprieve? Possibly…Plus, Making the Case (Again!)

President Bush’s Treasury department may – MAY – use TARP funds to save the Big 3 until the new Congress.  Bloomberg is reporting that GM’s CEO is talking to Paulson and Josh Bolten about terms.  Many of you still are of the opinion that we should not bail out GM.  That’s your prerogative.  But in [...]

Who Killed Detroit?

The United Auto Workers?  Yes… The Big 3′s management?  Yes… A changing world? Yes… A credit crisis? Yes… But who put the final nail in the coffin?  Republicans, that’s who. I am filled with disgust at a party I have long associated myself with.  Party affiliations are built on more than single issues, and vows [...]

A Heisman Travesty

Graham Harrell, not even a finalist.  You’ve got to be kidding me.  A complete slap in the face… A pox on all their houses: Texas Tech quarterback Graham Harrell was surprisingly not invited to the ceremony, to be held at the Sports Museum of America in downtown New York for the first time. Harrell, the [...]

The Return of the Culture of Corruption!

Wow, how about this guy?  Is he ethically challenged or what?  I’m talking about Charlie Rangel, of course, who did you THINK I was talking about?  Or am I talking about William Jefferson? Actually, you know who I’m really, really talking about:  Rod Blagojevich, the new poster boy for political corruption. This guy is BAAAD [...]

The Automaker Bailout Is Still In Limbo…

…though the White House is reviewing a proposal by congressional Democrats.  Much was made of the recent poll showing 61% disapproval of a taxpayer bailout of the Big 3, but a new poll shows public attitudes may be changing in the face of an employment picture that continues to decline: While a majority of Americans [...]

Smoker-In-Chief

It’s official: Obama still smokes. “There are times where I’ve fallen off the wagon,” the president-elect said when asked in a broadcast interview whether he has kicked the habit. “I’ve done a terrific job, under the circumstances, of making myself much healthier,” he said. “And I think that you will not see any violations of [...]

Bowl Selections and Final BCS Later Today…

…but I doubt there will be any surprises.  From what I hear, it will be Oklahoma vs. Florida in the BCS National Championship Game, Texas vs. Ohio State in the Fiesta Bowl, USC vs. Penn State in the Rose Bowl, Utah vs Alabama in the Sugar Bowl, and Cincinnati vs. Virginia Tech in the Orange [...]

Auto Deal Appears Near

The Democrats finally gave ground on the source of funds (using a good chunk of the $25 billion pledge to the Big 3 for efficiency upgrades, rather than using part of the $700 billion intending for financial firms in the TARP), and we probably have a deal coming next week: New signs of deterioration in [...]

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