Monday, October 31, 2005

Our Prayers Are With Them.

More death and destruction courtesy of uhhh, umm, errrrr, ahhhhh militants.

Three Blasts Rock New Delhi; 58 Die

Notice I did not say Islamic-terrorist-fundaMentalists, so as not to give the wrong impression to anyone. Even though it was Islamic-terrorist-fundaMentalists, almost assuredly.
You really have to read carefully in the news stories to get a reference to who is suspected. But it probably isn't Irish football players, is it?

Our prayers are with the victims and their families.

It sure would be nice to see the Islamic community and their leaders stand up and denounce this stuff every time it happens. It gives the impression of tacit approval when they don't.

Note to splodeytards: You do people of your race and religion a great disservice, which will ultimately lead to calls by the general populace for extermination of all of your kind.
It will be you, and the far left of America, against the world someday.

To the silent Islamists: You make people think you are all on the side of the killers when you speak not of them and their evil ways.
PC will only carry so far; survival instincts trump niceties.
Please come out and tell us that murdering women and children and civilians is not a part of Islam. M'kay?
Yeah, someone will say it once in a great while, but the overwhelming silence of your community belies that sentiment.
Isn't Farakahn an Islam guy? Nation of Islam, right?
Where is he? Nothing on their site about these stories.

Also, Michelle Malkin has a piece on the beheading of three female Christian teenagers: ISLAMIST BUTCHERY IN INDONESIA


From Reuters India:
The three headless bodies of the girls, dressed in brown uniforms, were left at the site of the attack. Their heads were found at separate locations two hours later by residents.


Funny, CNN, Fox, ABC, and See-BS have nothing on it.
It's only Christians, though. And not very many of them, either.

Of course, I'm sure somehow this is Bush's fault...

Heh. Toads...

This one has been making the email rounds lately! (Click on image to read it)
Remember the "toad-licking" craze? (Bufo Alvaris: the Colorado River Toad)

I snorted some coffee when I read the part "Please let me know what camel toads are and how I might be able to tell if he is smoking, taking, or licking them."

This is real. It was printed in the 15 June 2005 installment of "Ask Leslie," in the Hays Daily News out of Kansas.
(Confirmed by

Intersting that the editor of the paper let it slide.

No comments on how much of an animal lover you are, either.

Sunday, October 30, 2005

I Heart Firepower!

Happiness is a belt fed weapon...



I thought if Bush won, they would re-instate the draft.


Where is it, Kerry-face and Edwards nymph?


Wednesday, October 26, 2005

A Real Conversation at Work...

So I used to locker down from this kid that was about 24 or 25.
(Yes, I am old enough and have paid my dues, if you're under 29, I'm allowed to think you're a kid!)

This guy was getting married over the weekend and was discussing the changes in his life.
The paraphrase of that conversation...

Kid: Yep. Gettin' married this weekend.

CUG: Cool. Been married a while myself... Best thing I ever did.

Kid: Yeah. It's going to be great.
I'll get home every night and the house will be cleaned, I'll have a hot meal for supper, and I'll be able to make love whenever I feel like it.

CUG: You've never been married before, have you?

Kid: No, I haven't. How'd you know?

CUG: *undignified snort*
I wonder if he's still in wedded bliss.





This post is for people at work looking for my union essay at Balance of Power.
This will be up top for a few days. Click on the following link.

Look below for new posts!!!

Tuesday, October 25, 2005


Can't we all just get along (like these two)?
(Click on pic for better view!)
Thanks to Jim for the email!!!

An Icon Passes.

(Photos courtesy of AP News)
From My Way News:

Civil Rights Pioneer Rosa Parks Dies at 92


DETROIT (AP) - Rosa Parks, whose refusal to give up her bus seat to a white man sparked the modern civil rights movement, died Monday evening. She was 92.

Mrs. Parks died at her home during the evening of natural causes, with close friends by her side, said Gregory Reed, an attorney who represented her for the past 15 years.

Mrs. Parks was 42 when she committed an act of defiance in 1955 that was to change the course of American history and earn her the title "mother of the civil rights movement."

Mrs. Parks refused, despite rules requiring blacks to yield their seats to whites. Two black Montgomery women had been arrested earlier that year on the same charge, but Mrs. Parks was jailed. She also was fined $14.

Her arrest triggered a 381-day boycott of the bus system organized by a then little-known Baptist minister, the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr., who later earned the Nobel Peace Prize for his work.

The Montgomery bus boycott, which came one year after the Supreme Court's landmark declaration that separate schools for blacks and whites were "inherently unequal," marked the start of the modern civil rights movement.

The movement culminated in the 1964 federal Civil Rights Act, which banned racial discrimination in public accommodations.

What a gutsy lady.
One little act of defiance.

She will be missed...

Monday, October 24, 2005

Too Cute

This kid must have some CUG blood in him (from a brother or uncle of course).

Sorry for the swear word; it just fit too well!
Thanks to Free Market Fairy Tales for the picture!

Sunday, October 23, 2005

More Fair and Balanced News Analysis.

I've had a few people ask me why I haven't had a posting about the Toledo riots, since I live so close to Toledo.

Here is my analysis:

Nazis are tards.
Socialist Nazis are tards with Hillary and Howie Dean leanings.

Rioters are tards that take advantage of a weak situation to do whatever the hell they feel like, and then play the "Oh, look what you made me do!" card.


As always -
Incredibly thoughtful, insightful and intelligent.

Plus, I'm really cute.


(Disclaimer: Tards is in no way meant to offend the people that are whatever it is we call retarded people now (slow, disabled, challenged,???).
We're just talking leftards, polititards, and racetards.)

Friday, October 21, 2005

Abbott and Costello via KeeWee

I found this over at KeeWee's Korner.
She was kind enough to let me borrow it.
Granted, it is a remake of an old classic, but it's still funny, and timely.
A dang shame Bud and Lou aren't around to do this one; I can hear them now...
(Thanks, KeeWee!! :) )

If Bud Abbott and Lou Costello were alive today, their infamous sketch,
"Who's on first?" might have turned out something like this:


ABBOTT: Super Duper computer store. Can I help you?

COSTELLO: Thanks. I'm setting up an office in my den and I'm thinking about buying a computer.


COSTELLO: No, the name's Lou.

ABBOTT: Your computer?

COSTELLO: I don't own a computer. I want to buy one.


COSTELLO: I told you, my name's Lou.

ABBOTT: What about Windows?

COSTELLO: Why? Will it get stuffy in here?

ABBOTT: Do you want a computer with Windows?

COSTELLO: I don't know. What will I see when I look at the windows?

ABBOTT: Wallpaper.

COSTELLO: Never mind the windows. I need a computer and software.

ABBOTT: Software for Windows?

COSTELLO: No. On the computer! I need something I can use to write proposals, track expenses and run my business. What do you have?

ABBOTT: Office.

COSTELLO: Yeah, for my office. Can you recommend anything?

ABBOTT: I just did.

COSTELLO: You just did what?

ABBOTT: Recommend something.

COSTELLO: You recommended something?


COSTELLO: For my office?


COSTELLO: OK, what did you recommend for my office?

ABBOTT: Office.

COSTELLO: Yes, for my office!

ABBOTT: I recommend Office with Windows.

COSTELLO: I already have an office with windows! OK, let's just say I'm sitting at my computer and I want to type a proposal. What do I need?


COSTELLO: What word?

ABBOTT: Word in Office.

COSTELLO: The only word in office is office.

ABBOTT: The Word in Office for Windows.

COSTELLO: Which word in office for windows?

ABBOTT: The Word you get when you click the blue "W".

COSTELLO: I'm going to click your blue "w" if you don't start with some straight answers. OK, forget that. Can I watch movies on the Internet?

ABBOTT: Yes, you want Real One.

COSTELLO: Maybe a real one, maybe a cartoon. What I watch is none of your business. Just tell me what I need!

ABBOTT: Real ! One.

COSTELLO: If it's a long movie, I also want to watch reels 2, 3, and 4. Can I watch them?

ABBOTT: Of course.

COSTELLO: Great! With what?

ABBOTT: Real One.

COSTELLO: OK, I'm at my computer and I want to watch a movie. What do I do?

ABBOTT: You click the blue "1".

COSTELLO: I click the blue one what?

ABBOTT: The blue "1".

COSTELLO: Is that different from the blue w?

ABBOTT: The blue "1" is Real One and the blue "W" is Word.

COSTELLO: What word?

ABBOTT: The Word in Office for Windows.

COSTELLO: But there are three words in "office for windows"!

ABBOTT: No, just one. But it's the most popular Word in the world.


ABBOTT: Yes, but to be fair, there aren't many other Words left. It pretty much wiped out all the other Words out there.

COSTELLO: And that word is real one?

ABBOTT: Real One has nothing to do with Word. Real One isn't even part of Office.

COSTELLO: STOP! Don't start that again. What about financial bookkeeping? You have anything I can track my money with?

ABBOTT: Money.

COSTELLO: That's right. What do you have?

ABBOTT: Money.

COSTELLO: I need money to track my money?

ABBOTT: It comes bundled with your computer.

COSTELLO: What's bundled with my computer?

ABBOTT: Money.

COSTELLO: Money comes with my computer?

ABBOTT: Yes. No extra charge.

COSTELLO: I get a bundle of money with my computer? How much?

ABBOTT: One copy.

COSTELLO: Isn't it illegal to copy money?

ABBOTT: Microsoft gave us a license to copy Money.

COSTELLO: They can give you a license to copy money?


(A few days later)

ABBOTT: Super Duper computer store. Can I help you?

COSTELLO: How do I turn my computer off?

ABBOTT: Click on "START".......

Thursday, October 20, 2005

Chicken Choking?!?!

I need a little levity after the union post and reading the news...

Aelfheld, at Gall and Wormwood found this story:

It's an AP story. That's ASSociated Press.

I'm sorry.
I couldn't help myself.
When they have a headline like this, they just open themselves up to all kinds of heckling.
I thought the AP did hard news stories.
Ok. Sorry again.


Group Condemns Chicken Choking Toy:

Oct 18 4:50 PM US/Eastern
SYDNEY, Australia
A chicken toy that squawks and flaps its wings when strangled is "grossly irresponsible" and sends the wrong message to young children, a spokesman for a leading animal welfare group said Tuesday.

A product description on the Web site of Jaycar Electronics, a major Australian importer of toy, says: "Grab him by the neck and he will squawk and cluck like mad, flapping his wings and feet wildly as if he is really being choked."

But Michael Beatty, a spokesman for the Queensland state branch of the Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals said the toy was "grossly irresponsible" and sent the wrong message to young children.

"What's next? Burn a cat? Shoot a dog?" Beatty said. "Children of that age are likely to turn around and try the same thing on their pet bird or even the cat or dog. Then they're going to wonder why the animal fights back."

Then they'll wonder why it fights back? They'll only wonder if they're liberals, since surrender seems to be second nature to them...

By the way, if anyone knows where I can buy one of these, please let me know.
It sounds funny, and very un-PC, too.

My next business venture may be the "Boots, the Burn-a-Cat" and Bandit, the Cap-a-Dog" dolls. There has to be a market out there somewhere!

Of course, the puppy-blending idea has already been taken.

Maybe a Michael Moore and Babs smiting toy!!
Yay! Toys are fun! (And so is smiting!)

Wednesday, October 19, 2005

In Support of Unions.

I was asked to submit an essay to a website called The Balance of Power by Zaphriel of Zaphriel's Blog fame (the renamed Birth of a Neocon site!) . Balance of Power is a great site with essays by folks all over the political spectrum.

This was right at the time Delphi was all over the news for wanting to cut wages 60% and file bankruptcy.

I had quite a few comments here regarding the Delphi moves and unions in general, so when Zaph asked me for an essay with the topic of my choice, I decided one about unions might be appropriate.

Honestly, it could be better. A little rambling and could definitely be more concise. It was rushed as I was busy that week, and put it off longer than I should have as well. All my fault, I might add.

Still, I hope it makes some sense to people.
Be forewarned, it is pro-union, for the most part. (It is not anti-conservative, however.)
You can get union-bashing almost anywhere you look, but where will you find a positive union essay from a conservative?

Right here, that's where:

In Support of Unions (a Balance of Power work).

Please take a gander (that's a look in Ohio-speak) at it when you get a chance. It is long, so be forewarned. And I apologize for the questionable quality.
Make sure you read the accompanying pieces by Ancient Eyes for Current Times, Liberty Just In Case, and The Independant Liberal.

Hope you like it.


PS - Thanks to Zaph for the invite, and the editing!!! :)

Tuesday, October 18, 2005

American Jihad Left

Bad donkey. Bad Democrat. Bad American.

American Jihad Left from my friend Pete, at iHillary.
Thanks to Mensa Barbie for initially pointing me Pete's way... :)

Disclaimer: I, of course, do not think all Dems are represented here. But the far left, vocal, peacenik, terrorist-coddling commie whiners are. For shame. For shame...

Dangerous Donks, indeed!

Monday, October 17, 2005


Bush's poll numbers are down, much to the delight of the MSM, which takes a poll every 5 minutes.
Powerline has some interesting info regarding those numbers for Bush, and for other presidents as well.


Who's Cracking Up?
But are Bush's numbers really that bad? His current Real Clear Politics average stands at 41.7% approval. That is at or about the low point in nearly five years in office. How does it compare to other presidents' lowest poll ratings? Actually, it's not bad. Here are the low approval ratings for the last seven presidents:

*Johnson: 35%
*Nixon: 24%
*Ford: 37%
*Carter: 28%
*Reagan: 35%
*Bush I: 29%
*Clinton: 37%

Yes, that's right: Every president since 1963 has had approval ratings, at one time or another during his administration, at least five points lower than Bush's current nadir.

Just in case you were curious about some of Bush's numbers. The article and links make for some interesting reading.

I have approval woes about GW in some spots myself, but only because he doesn't behave enough like a conservative to suit me.
It is, perhaps, not quite as dark as the gleeful left wants people to think.

Additionally, these numbers are somewhat expected, given the barrage of negative stories the press throws at people. (You think you'll ever see the above info on a See-BS report?)
There is good news out there. It's just well hidden.

I'm also not saying that criticism isn't due some places, but there is definitely a slant in the press that we didn't see during the last administration's tenure.

Friday, October 14, 2005

Protector, Hero, Corporate Guru.

Because Bush hates poor people, hero of the little guy, multi-millionare trial lawyer John Edwards has decided to help out the downtrodden by joining New York-based private investment company Fortress Investment Group.

Click below title to see the whole article,
The excerpt below shows that not all business is bad!
Some are Dems! :)

John Edwards Hits the Street

DEM LEANINGS. Fortress apparently has had its eye on Democratic politics and Edwards for some time. During the 2004 Presidential campaign cycle, the employees political action committee of the company contributed $143,650 to Democratic candidates for Congress and the White House, including $4,000 to Edwards. They gave just $10,500 to Republicans running for federal office.
He's going to be a "global dealmaker".

Man, how will he every have time to do that stuff, what with raising the dead, curing cripples, and playing Samson to corporate Goliaths?

Will he sue himself and his own company?
Maybe he'll end up with as much money as Kerry ('s wife), and then he can REALLY represent the little guys, even moreso than he does now.

How come Democrat multi-millionares and billionares are just down-home folk for the little guys, and others are just greedy? Are there limos eco-friendlier, or what?

Is It Just Me...

Or is that Burging King king kind of creepy?
I think that would make a great outfit for the killer in a teen slasher flick.

Wednesday, October 12, 2005

Pitt Made Me Do This...

(I didn't want to, but my hand was forced! This picture is in retaliation. Cool gun, though!)
So I'm perusing Pitt's site (aka Deadpool), as I am wont to do on occasion, and find this little gem in his latest post:

"i think this is how republicans are caring for themselves and saying f##k it to the moral fibres...."

A couple points -
One, fiber is spelled fiber, that gay European crap doesn't cut it (colour, litre, homou, giveau peece a chaunce...). I don't care what the dictionary or FWD says.

Two - I'm sorry, did a self-proclaimed liberal just say I had no moral fibre (sic)? No irony there. How's the good old morally upright liberal party doin' in Canukistan, anyway? No scandals, right? I know the left over here just wants to help children and the poor.

I am very moral; have I ever lied to you? I'm a Lincoln Republican, dammit!
Loan me some money, and I'll pay you back! That would be a good test, eh?
(Notice here that jimmyb extends the olive branch, while helping smooth things over by saying "eh", Canukistyle! THAT'S diplomacy, kids!).
Yeah, that's it... Loan me a whole bunch of money!!! Tons!!! Oops! I mean tonnes!!!

Three - This is the thanks I get after helping him get over 600 comments on one post, while he's out playing G.I. Jaugh!!!
(You're welcome, by the way).


I may have to use extreme measures, and release the jimmyb Stealth Canukismiter Hound for a trip up north!
Yeah, he's a trained Lefty chomper, and he is not afraid of moose, liberals, ungodly high taxes, or socialized medicine, as long as they're in other countries.

If this fails (he does get distracted at times), I may have to break out the big American guns, and send Doctor Phat Tony and B-Cack to do some good old fashioned Amurkin learnin' (i.e. ass-whoopin')!
(Sorry, I've got classes to teach, or I would go myself! Heh.)

PS - The jbSCH is hungry!

Hat-tip to the Rabbit Priest for the boat picture.

Yay! Guns!

I still got it (some!).
Here are my and my brother's (smike) results in Mr. Completely's e-postal Handgun Match #3:
Even though this was supposed to be a Jack-n-Jill match, smike and jimmyb (me) entered individually, as we are not gay, and couldn't decide who would be Jill.

Class 2: Over .20 Caliber & Under .30 Caliber

1st. - Mr. Completely, 100, 110, 210, .22, High Standard SC
2nd. - Rivrdog, 92, 96, 188, .22, High Standard 103
3rd. - JimmyB, 74, 108, 182, .22, Ruger Semi-Auto
4th. - Smike, 66, 109, 175, .22, Ruger Semi-Auto
5th. - Merle, 89, 83, 172, .22MAG, Ruger 9.5 Revolver
6th. - JimmyB, 72, 89, 161, .22, Sierra Six Revolver
7th. - Smike, 72, 79, 151, .22, Sierra Six Revolver

Class 3: Over .30 Caliber & Under .40 Caliber

1st. - JimmyB, 82, 90, 172, .9mm., Glock 19 Semi-Auto
2nd. - Mr. Completely, 79, 87, 166, .38, Taurus Revolver
3rd. - LouG, 55, 108, 163, .38, S & W Revolver
4th. - Rivrdog, 81, 80, 161, .38, Ruger SP 101 2" bbl.
5th. - Merle, 82, 79, 161, .38, British Enfield 38/200
6th. - Smike, 57, 73, 130, 9mm., Glock 19 Semi-Auto
7th. - Mr. Completely, 61, 65, 126, 9mm., Taurus Semi-Auto

I can live with a 3rd, a 6th, and a 1st!
Congrats to smike, too! His first foray into online shooting contests!!!

Also, a little problem with another contest (yes, I am running late on both!).

I, and my friend freddyb, also shot a rifle contest, over at Random Nuclear Strikes.

I submitted targets, but was not clear enough about who shot them. This is totally my fault, and I aplogize to freddyb, and to the host of the contest, Analogkid.

The results are here: September Rifle e-Postal Match.

Optical Sight (mag) – 50yds
Merle Marlin 1894 .44Mag – 96 3X
Merle Ruger 10/22 .22LR - 100 5X
Jimmy B AR-15 .223 - 76 3X
(That's me for real with the bad AR-15 score!)

Optical Sight (mag) – 100yds
Mugwug M14 7.62×51 – 71 0X
Merle Marlin 1894 .44Mag - 90 0X
Jimmy B R77 .308Win - 92 3X
Conservative UAW Guy - 97 4X (This one is actually freddyb's score, with the jimmyb one being mine)

Congrats to freddyb!!! (And I did ok with a 92 as well!)
Sorry for all to any confusion!
All in all, we all had a blast!

Tuesday, October 11, 2005

See, Socialism Bad!

Oh my! Is this from DU and Kos and the DNC? Labor party? Michael Moore? Peta? ELF?
Heard this before???

We demand land and territory (colonies) to feed our people and to settle surplus population.

We demand that the State shall make it its primary duty to provide a livelihood for its citizens.

All citizens shall have equal rights and duties, regardless of class or station.

It must be the first duty of every citizen to perform physical or mental work. The activities of the individual must not clash within the framework of the community and be for the common good.

The abolition of incomes unearned by work The breaking of interest slavery.

In view of the enormous personal sacrifices of life and property demanded of a nation by any war, personal enrichment from war must be regarded as a crime against the nation. We therefore demand the ruthless confiscation of all war profits.

We demand the nationalization of all businesses which have been formed into corporations (trusts).

The passing of a law instituting profit-sharing in large industrial enterprises;

The creation of a livable wage;

We demand the treasonable system of health care be completely revolutionized.

We demand an end to the status quo in which people die or rot away from lack of proper treatment due to the failure of their medical coverage, Health Maintenance Organization, or insurance policy.

We further demand the extensive development of insurance for old age and that prescription drugs be made both affordable and accessible.

We demand a land reform suitable to our national requirements, that shall be twofold in nature:

The primary land reform will be to ensure all members of the nation receive affordable housing. The party as such stands explicitly for private property.

However, we support the passing of a law for the expropriation of land for communal purposes without compensation when deemed necessary for land illegally acquired, or not administered in accordance with the national welfare.

The secondary land reform will be to ensure the environmental integrity of the nation is preserved;

By setting aside land for national wildlife refuges;

By cleaning the urban, agricultural, and hydrographical (water) areas of the nation;

By creating legislation regulating the amount of pollution, carbon dioxide, greenhouse gases , and toxins released into the atmosphere;

And for the continued research and development of clean burning fuels and energy sources.

The common good before self-interest.

To put the whole program into effect, we demand the creation of a strong central national government for the nation; the unconditional authority of the political central parliament over the entire nation and its organizations; and the formation of committees for the purpose of carrying out the general legislation passed by the nation and the various American States.

Question: What do liberals and Nazis have in common?
Answer: Socialism!!! Hooray!

These asshats, with the above DNC/socialist mantra, are coming to Toledo.

The following story is from the Toledo Blade (which is kind of funny, too. as the Blade generally likes socialism as well!):

Neo-Nazis planning march in North Toledo

By Christina Hall

Members of a neo-Nazi group plan an Oct. 15 march through a North Toledo neighborhood to challenge two local black gangs there and to prevent the "victimization of whites by blacks," a spokesman for the group said yesterday.

Members of the National Socialist Movement's Toledo-area unit are planning the march in response to crimes and threats allegedly committed against whites by the Dexter [Street] Boyz and Stickney 33 gangs, said Bill White, a national spokesman for the group and leader of its Roanoke, Va., unit. He said a few dozen members of what the movement claims is the largest socialist group in the United States are expected.

Mr. White said members plan to wear their uniforms of brown shirts, black pants, and red swastika armbands. Chief Navarre said Mr. Szych, his brother, and his father have made many complaints and reports about gang activity in the neighborhood. Officials aren't receiving complaints and reports from other residents, he said.

Of course, the best thing to do is just ignore the jerks, which of course, I will do by staying home.

Some of that list of talking points sounds like ideas Hillary, M. Moore, and Howard Dean like...

More Frogs?

From the BBC:

France boosts family incentives

The French government has pledged more money for families with three children, in an effort to encourage working women to have more babies.

Some in France wonder where the funds for these generous benefits will come from; the nation is already over the European limit on public spending.

But France is hoping that with the state's encouragement, it will at least ensure that unlike much of the rest of Europe, it will have the future generations it needs to pay for its current largesse.
Kind of hard to believe that last line is from the BBC!
I see two problems with this.

One, it is not the governments job to socially engineer, well, anything. Even family size.


This is known as a lose-lose situation in the business world.
(Just kidding, Frenchies!! You know I love you!)

Sunday, October 09, 2005

Earthquake Aid.

Michelle Malkin has plenty of good info regarding helping earthquake victims here:

Earthquake Relief.

Our thoughts and prayers go out to those effected and their families.


I'm no business guru, but this can't be good.

This is already been broached in the comments section in the previous post, but here we go...
I would love to have opinions on this, even from those of you who read but don't comment (you know who you are!). Just this once, I would like to hear from any and all who read this.
There is a very real chance this scenario will befall GM workers like myself next.
I'm not complaining, just noting a fact. For those of you who REALLY hate unions and union workers, please try to keep your glee to an acceptable level...

Thank you in advance for your thoughts on this matter.

jimmyb the CUG

From Wood TV Ch 8:

Delphi seeks pay cuts, plant closures from United Auto Workers

(Troy-AP, October 7, 2005, 9:44 a.m.) Delphi is asking the United Auto Workers union to agree to a wage cut of more than 50 percent and to elimination of pay for laid-off workers.

It's part of the auto supplier's effort to stave off bankruptcy.

A letter from UAW leaders in Kokomo, Indiana, says Delphi is asking the UAW to accept a cut in wages from $27 down to $10 to $12 per hour.

The letter says the Troy-based company also is seeking to eliminate a jobs bank that gives full pay to four-thousand laid-off workers.

It says Delphi also wants to reduce health care benefits and vacation time for its hourly workers as part of a restructuring deal.

A Delphi spokeswoman is declining comment on the request

I don't care who you are, if your pay was cut %50, you will be hurting (unless you're like M. Moore or Oprah).

And then (from the Seattle Times):

Delphi files for bankruptcy:

DETROIT — Delphi, the nation's largest auto supplier, filed for bankruptcy yesterday, sending shock waves through a U.S. auto industry weakened by high labor costs and falling market share.

The bankruptcy is expected to result in plant closures and layoffs. The company made its filing in Bankruptcy Court in Manhattan under Chapter 11 of federal bankruptcy regulations, which provides protection from creditors. Delphi's non-U.S. operations were not included in the filing.

Miller, a restructuring expert who was hired in July, had threatened to take the company into bankruptcy if he failed to reach agreement with Delphi's former parent, General Motors, and its largest union, the United Auto Workers (UAW). Miller set a deadline of Oct. 17, when U.S. bankruptcy laws are scheduled to change.

UAW officials blasted Delphi's decision to file for bankruptcy one day after sweetening the severance packages of 21 top executives to help persuade them to stay at the company.

Delphi said it made the change after determining its severance package for top executives was not competitive.

When GM spun off Delphi in 1999, the automaker agreed to pay health-care and pension benefits for Delphi retirees in the event of a bankruptcy filing within eight years. Financial analysts have projected this provision could cost GM $6 billion at a time it can ill afford more problems.

But Delphi also blamed its spinoff agreement with GM for saddling it with high labor costs. Under the agreement, Delphi is required to pay GM wages of $27 an hour to most of its 24,000 UAW-represented workers. That's double the level of competing suppliers, according to Standard & Poor's Ratings Services. Delphi also had to pay full wages and benefits to 4,000 laid-off workers in job banks, which cost it $400 million each year.

Delphi also has been plagued by an accounting scandal that the FBI and the Securities and Exchange Commission are investigating. Six people have resigned because of the investigation, including Alan Dawes, Delphi's former chief financial officer.

I know this will invite much union bashing (I get plenty, believe me), but please also try to add something constuctive, if you would be so kind. This is a multi-faceted problem, and cannot be laid soley at the feet of the UAW.

Friday, October 07, 2005

What He Said...

(Click on pic for better view.)
From our friends at Sacred Cow Burgers.
Like Homer Simpson says, "It's funny because it's true."

Dear Lefties,
It wouldn't kill you to stand up for our side ONCE in a while...

Thursday, October 06, 2005

What's With This Guy?

Howie "the Scream" Dean wows us with more class and eloquence.
And he almost won the Dim primary?!?!

From MSNBC transcript (bold itallics mine):

DEAN: No. You know, she's a person who's very much below the radar screen as the president's legal counsel. But there's a lot of questions. I do think the president should make sure the Senate knows about her positions that she took while she was the president's legal counsel because it's the only documentation that we're going to have about what she believes.

MATTHEWS: Do you believe that the president can claim executive privilege?

DEAN: Well, certainly the president can claim executive privilege. But in the this case, I think with a lifetime appointment to the Supreme Court, you can't play, you know, hide the salami, or whatever it's called. He's got to go out there and say something about this woman who's going to a 20 or 30-year appointment, a 20 or 30-year appointment to influence America. We deserve to know something about her.

You know, it's kind of ironic the leader of the Democrats uses that choice of words to describe Bush, after Clinton's legacy.

e-Postal Handgun Match #3 "Jack-N-Jill"

Yee-haw! Don't forget kids, the next e-Postal Handgun Match (#3) targets are due October 10th!

Mr. Completely has all the info here:

e-Postal Handgun Match #3 "Jack-N-Jill"

So grab a pistol and get crackin'! This is a Jack-n-Jill shoot, so it needs to be you and the better half or whatever.

Get the target in pdf here.

Team member selection (from the Mr. Completely site):

Here's how you select your team member. Start from the top of the list, and work your way down until you get a team-mate. Your team-mate must be opposite sex:

1. Spouse, girlfriend/boyfriend/ or significant other.

2. Member of your immediate family, father, mother, brother, sister, son or daughter.

3. A new or recently new shooter who you have been helping get into shooting.

Also: If you can't find a team-mate you can also enter indivudually. You can also enter a team, and enter some individual targets too. Lotsa ways to enter!


Class One: 0 through .199 inches
Class Two: .200 through .299 inches
Class Three: .300 through .399 inches (includes 9mm.)
Class Four: .400 through .499 inches (includes 10mm.)
Class Five: .500 or over

Make sure you go to the site and read all the rules and options and stuff.
It should be fun.

1. If you don't have a pistol: WHAT THE HELL IS WRONG WITH YOU?!?!?!
Are you a sissy? A commie? A dirty-hippy? ACKK!
Do you hate children?
Do you not love your family enough to protect them?!?!?!

Are you:
A Canadian?
A Brit?
An Aussie?

2. If you're an Amurcan: Go buy one!

3. If you live in a foreign country (like the aforementioned ones) with oppressive gun laws, and you don't mind working, and you love capitalism: MOVE!
Come on over here and buy guns, shoot, contribute to society, and pay (some) taxes!!!
Yay! Productive capitalists rule!!

Be careful and happy shooting!!

I'm jimmyb and I approved of this message...

Wednesday, October 05, 2005

These Should Be Commie Red, Not Orange!

Warning: Orange, pain, death, fire, pretty!

These here are some potent habanera peppers.
Don't let these little happy munchkins fool you.
Oh sure, they are alluring, tempting, and seemingly innocuous.
A pretty package with a facade of the magical delights contained therein.

Kind of like communism.
However, just like communism and socialism, the pretty, pretty package contains only pain and death and destruction.
Oh yeah, and some more pain.
Note the one in the bottom left-hand corner... pain.

Now here's my point.
I know these are evil and painful, but I still eat them. They do have a good flavor.
Then I whine and caterwaul and cry and sweat and drink beer to put out the fire!

Now here's the stupid part...

What am I, an idiot? (Eds note: That was a rhetorical question!)

So, I am to peppers, as liberals are to communism.
Socialism and communism are always painful, but there is that slight pleasure. A good taste in one's mouth.
I am being FAIR. I am helping the less fortunate. I am superior to the right, and superior to those I help as well...

Plus there is that gut feeling that somehow this time things will be different. Not based on precedent, facts or some historical model or reference; just because one KNOWS the outcome will be different this time (talk about faith!).
Maybe the peppers won't be quite so hot this time. Maybe we just need the right people in charge this time.

Allow me to summate.

Habanera Peppers = HOT!
Communism = BAD!

These hold true no matter how many times you try to get a different result.
Axioms are a bitch like that.

Deal with it.


Tuesday, October 04, 2005

They Just Don't Get It.

Roberts answers Dick "I hate America" Durbin.

From the Weekly Standard:

Chief Justice Roberts
From the September 26, 2005 issue: The distinction between law and politics that the Judiciary Democrats do not respect lies at the heart of Roberts's approach to judging
by Terry Eastland, for the Editors
09/26/2005, Volume 011, Issue 02

ON THE FINAL DAY OF the Roberts hearings, Sen. Richard J. Durbin of Illinois tried one last time: "If you've made one point many times over . . . the course of the last three days," he told the judge, "it is that as a judge you will be loyal and faithful to the process of law, to the rule of law."
That is a good thing, Turban boy!
And here it comes now...

But "beyond loyalty to the process of law," he asked Roberts, "how do you view [the] law when it comes to expanding our personal freedom? . . . That's what I've been asking."

There is no "beyond loyalty to the process of law". This is what the problem is with liberals.
The law is just an impediment to their agenda to socially engineer the "great society". You don't have to follow the Constitution as long as you're acting the the interests of "fairness" and "helping the little guy". Righting the wrongs of evil American imperialism, success, and capitalism.
Wrong. Wrong. Wrong.

And so, in various ways, had Durbin's Democratic colleagues been asking about such matters--ones "beyond loyalty" to the rule of law. In response to Durbin, Roberts stuck to the point he had indeed made "many times over." Reframing the senator's question so as to reach the core issue, Roberts said, "Somebody asked me, you know, 'Are you going to be on the side of the little guy?' And you obviously want to give an immediate answer. But as you reflect on it, if the Constitution says that the little guy should win, the little guy is going to win in court before me. But if the Constitution says that the big guy should win, well, then the big guy is going to win, because my obligation is to the Constitution. That's the oath. The oath that a judge takes is not that 'I'll look out for particular interests.' . . . The oath is to uphold the

Constitution and laws of the United States, and that's what I would do."

If he rules the way he answers, there may be hope for us all.
Go get them Mr. Roberts. I hope you stay true to your apparent convictions.

We shall see...


Monday, October 03, 2005

Say What?!?!

UPDATE: The RSPCA says it is legit, too. They are the UK's version of the SPCA.
Could still be fake, but I think the RSPCA lends some credibility to the article.
They even have a petition you can sign.
Snopes says it's undetermined.
Plus, it dogs the French!!! That can't be all bad.

One more reason to hate the French government...

WARNING: Picture of fish-hooked dog at site!! Disturbing!!!
From The Sun:

Dogs used as shark bait.

STRAY dogs are being skewered on hooks and dragged behind boats as live shark bait, The Sun can shockingly reveal.

The cruel practice takes place on French-controlled Reunion Island in the Indian Ocean, where Prince William spent two holidays.

A six-month-old labrador pup was recently found ALIVE with a huge double hook through its snout - like the dog above - and another through a leg.

Some days I don't even know what to say.

Wait! Got it!
We tell them to stop using dogs and cats for shark bait and send them our child-molesters and Ward Churchill.

This is just a depressing story...

Sunday, October 02, 2005


(Click on pic for a better view...)
This picture is from a set of pictures of the Flight 93 memorial (the real one, not the evil crescent one) taken by the one and only Right Wing Prof, at Right Wing Nation.

The Prof always does a great job of blogging, but he outdid himself on this one.
He visited, took pictures, and gave us a great commentary to go with it.
The last pic from his visit is the one I have posted above.
It chokes me up every time I look at it...

Thanks for sharing this with us, Prof. It's a beautiful piece.

Go check it out here:

Flight 93 Memorial Site

Update: I fixed the bad link. Sorry. I blame Bush.

Saturday, October 01, 2005

Carnival Time!

The Carnival of Comedy XXII (that's 27 for you Kerry voters - just kidding, it's 22!) is up at Steve the Pirate's website.

Steve did a great job, so go check out teh funny, and I'll try to post some of my own after I get rid of my stoopid 4 day migraine, which I attribut to noxious fumes from recent liberal spewings about Katrina, Roberts, Delay, Haliburton, blah, blah, blah...