Tuesday, January 31, 2006
Guess who's back Back again Shady's back Tell a friend
Exxon Mobil posts record $36 billion profit for '05
So during Katrina all we heard was this is going to eat into our profits and we will lose millions of dollars in rebuilding the Gulf Oil infrastructure. Well Lookie Lookie it didn’t happen. So I am again back to sending my Utah Representatives a letter asking for some more lame excuses by oil execs under oath this time. After all the last time we had an “investigation” (term used very loosely) prices dropped almost a $1 a gallon in just a few weeks; Truly Amazing. Bastards are holding America hostage. I can’t take public transportation to work, as it doesn’t go near my work. I bought more a fuel-efficient car but yet the efficiency I need to stay financially viable doesn’t exist.
Friday, January 27, 2006
Piece Of $@#& Car!!!
Adam Sandler wrote a song entitled Piece of $*&% Car... I believe it was inspired by FoMoCo and GM.
Is it just me or do American Automotive Executives not know what the hell they are doing? I get the feeling that they are a little bit removed from their consumer.
Some Examples: GM lost $36,000 a minute as auto operations falter. Link
Ford plant bans competitors' cars from lot Dearborn manager says employees can only park if they drive a Ford Link
We can return to profitability by forcing our employees into cars they don’t want. Get real Ford… Hitler forced people into VW’s also.
Ford announced Monday it would cut 25,000 to 30,000 jobs and idle 14 facilities by 2012 as part of a restructuring designed to reverse a $1.6 billion loss last year in its North American operations and bring it back to profitability by 2008.
Here is a start but slashing costs isn’t always going to save your business. If you don’t change your business as your clients and markets change you could be as extinct as the Dodo. Just look at the Dot Com Bubble, or Telecom companies.
“What you’re finding in the automotive business is the products you design today affect your profitability three to four years down the road. What we are seeing today is some pretty good changes at General Motors, but nothing like that at Ford, and I think Ford is really going to be in dire straits in five to 10 years from now.” Says Brett Hoselton, an automotive analyst with KeyBanc Capital Markets Link
This is a huge part of the problem. Time to market in the auto industry is long and needs to be cut. Customers dictate business in our global economy. Not doing your research, not being viable and agile enough will cost you big money and possible the business. The big three customers have evaporated overnight due to oil prices and poor planning. They have offered up lack luster cookie cutter designs from the 1980’s.
Ford’s North American market — the most profitable part of the world market — is where it is struggling the most. Ford posted a higher-than-expected 19 percent increase in earnings Monday for the fourth quarter of 2005, boosted by strength in its finance arm and the sale of its Hertz rental car unit. But the automaker’s core automotive division lost $1.6 billion in North America where its market share fell even as it made money in the rest of the world.
America has loved its big vehicles. Recently that has changed a bit with the incredible crimes being committed by big oil bastards… Did you see Chevron had record Q4 earnings? America has changed its vehicle appetite some. Nothing at Ford or GM is really exciting. The new Ford Mustang is the only bright spot out of the two companies. Looking through the vehicles available at GM and I see only one that I really like the rest is just the same skinned crap they have been selling since 1990, my favorite being the Chevrolet SSR. Daimler Chrysler has at least had the nuts to introduce a few cool vehicles. The Jeep Rubicon, the Chrysler 300, Chrysler Crossfire, Dodge Charger, and Dodge Magnum. DC actually took some risks and I think it helps them to be in a better position. Honda, Nissan and Toyota are gaining share by producing more palatable products. The Japanese are producing more interesting designs. Don’t get me wrong I have been a die-hard Chevy fan since birth but I haven’t wanted a single vehicle other than the Corvette in 15 years. FORD and GM need to can the cookie cutter design teams. Maybe consult with Steve Jobs…who has made a profitable company out of design alone. Ford wow… I thought Ford might have learned a lesson with that ugly pos Tempo in the 1980’s but yet it is still produced in the Ford Fusion.
My 2 cents of free advice…
Make products customers want.
Offer variety of products.
Steep discounts and dealer incentives only hurt your brand by cheapening resale.
The next thing these companies need to do is axe the unions who are sucking the well dry. If you are to compete globally, labor costs need to come down. Sorry Boys welcome to the Age of China and Wal-Mart. Unions once had a place in America business but in the last 20 years they have become the problem and not the solution. It may sound callous and uncaring towards these workers but losing benefits is better than losing your job all together. Ford and GM could off shore their business and we could have Chinese workers building American cars at $4 an hour instead of $70 an hour. Geely and Chery are about to enter the market making it even tougher for GM and Ford to compete. So how about creating a vehicle that gets America excited about getting into the car.
And to the Government who keep adding ridiculous safety requirements… BUTT OUT. Its my God given right to drive a car with out air bags, anti lock brakes and doors that lock automatically when I shift into drive. Damn it don’t force me into safety, give me the choice to be an idiot because I believe this is still constitutionally protected .
Thursday, January 26, 2006
10 Ways to Be A Good Neighbor
2. Don’t Attach Ads or Announcements to my Door
3. Don’t Smoke Near My House
4. Don’t Park in My Driveway
5. Don’t Put Your Trashcan In My Driveway on Trash Day
6. Don’t Park In My Driveway
7. Don’t Liter Near My House
8. Don’t Park In My Driveway
9. Don’t Park On My Lawn
10. And Damn It Don’t Park In My Driveway
It seems easy enough to be a damn good neighbor...
Wednesday, January 25, 2006
Questar Starts the Repentance Process
Questar Gas has asked the Utah Public Service Commission to approve a $28.3 million rate decrease, which would decrease the typical customer's monthly bill by about 2.5 percent. Read MORE
Paranoid About the Feds and Google…
Jon Swift wrote a nice blog post about ways to defend your “Google searches” when the Feds come a rap rap rapping tap tap tapping upon your door. Never More Never More!
Patriot Search: Help the government by making your search activity public.
Recently I was informed that I was in violation of H.B. 260 AMENDMENTS RELATED TO PORNOGRAPHIC AND HARMFUL MATERIALS from the 2005 GENERAL SESSION in the STATE OF UTAH. (available here in pdf) I didn’t realize I was to place a rating on my Utah Based website and that I needed to register it with the great state of Utah. Good thing my site is hosted in Canada…(Don’t ask why Canada) and not the United States of the Beehive. I can’t believe one little post about Muslim Marriage Sex Acts and I get ratted on. Be under advisement that the only dirty photos on my site are of my jeep.
After receiving an email about my violation from some John “I already called your Bishop” Doe, I had find out more about my possible criminal activities, and I of course Googled and found H.B. 260.This marvelous work and a wonder was sponsored/created by John Dougall (R-American Fark) of Utah House of Representatives. I of course need to know more about someone who would create such a piece of … of… of… of… legislation. Dougall is a well-educated man who thinks that silly laws like this will protect Utahan’s from pornography. Unfortunately John Dougall has no clue how the Internet works and has created a waste of $250,000. This is feel good legislation. It does no good for a couple of reasons.
A.) No one hosts porn in Utah (Not based on any fact other than my personal Web Hosting Experience relate it to trying to sell beer on Temple Square)
B.) Forcing ISP’s to block content to subscribers based on the Registry (99% of all ISP’s have blocking software to remain competitive in the market.)
C.) This law leaves too much up in the air and contains no teeth to those who break this law.
D.) We as Mormons/LDS Folk don’t have the right to step on other people’s free agency (unless of course we are BYU). The stories of intolerance my coworkers tell me about living in Utah as a non-member causes my blood to boil and kills my ability to be a light unto the world (code word for Missionary Work). THIS IS MY CURRENT #1 PETPEEVE OF UTAH MORMONS. Something about hate the sin love the sinner pops into my mind here or is it glass houses and throwing rocks or was it the mote in the eye parable... Wait this is a rant for another day.
E.)Or is this just another method to catch BYU Perverts...
Why didn’t these yahoos (no offense to Yahoo) create a law that actually protects people and which also has some teeth? Why not make this law a law that says any site that is accessible from Utah has to register. Or I have long supported a top-level domain for sites of questionable material. (IE: .xxx .bad or something). I am also an avid supporter of watch your own damn kids. The government and I shouldn’t have to protect your offspring. If you were dumb enough to procreate, it ain’t my problem. So let me get this straight… I need a license to drive a car, fly a plane, own a business, but I need nothing but a willing partner to create a child?
Too Much Time on Their Hands:
The Incredible Rubber band Machine Gun! The incredible rubber band machine gun is probably no match for Machete Wielding Gang Bangers.
Tuesday, January 24, 2006
How Evil is Questar Gas?
Click Here for proof that Questar is ripping us off...
Monday, January 23, 2006
Random Links and Thoughts
Tired of paying to advertise your business on Google? Why not paint your logo on your roof and use Google Maps as a method to have customers beat a path to your door? Example "Google is experimenting with plotting local advertisers' locations on its Maps product, giving marketers a visual and spatial accompaniment to their locally targeted ads.” According to Impact Lab
I can hear it now….
Painter: Jello Tank jew for calling Jesus Menendez Rodriguez Painting
Corporate Exec: Yeah Hi I need my company’s logo and web address painted on my roof.
Painter: jew will need to wait until Juan gets back… cause he is the only one who’s computer literate.
Now Microsoft is getting into the “Google World” with Windows Live Local… It looks promising until you see black and white satelite photos in the more rural locations.
The Top Ten Reasons No One Reads Your Blog… Son of a … I need to be or get a hot young naked female…
How Many Democrats Could Be Confirmed to the Supreme Court? It doesn’t look good for liberals either… and then Senator Hatch asks: Um Ted can you explain the 12 hours and why your lawyer was with you at Chappaquiddick? More on Ted and Orin in today’s SL TRIB “Kennedy, Hatch: Strange bedfellows
Talk of the Morning: The duo is referred to as the Senate's Odd Couple”
Kinky's Run For Governor Of Texas…
I saw this on 60 minutes last night and Kinky made me laugh… I wish more politicians and government leaders would be this honest. I think he deserves a link for quotes like these… All Kinky’s quotes taken from his 60 Minutes Interview
His platform:“It's Kinky Friedman versus apathy,"
His band’s name, “Kinky Friedman and the Texas Jewboys,” was designed to offend and includes among his greatest hits “They Ain’t Making Jews Like Jesus Anymore.”
"I think you have to find what you like and let it kill ya, you know? You struggle with your demons and you conquer them,’ he says. ‘I mean, I haven't done drugs in what? Twenty-five years or more.”
"And you know what I say, 'Money may buy you a fine dog, but only love can make 'em wag his tail,' " Friedman says. He runs an animal rescue project.
Successful Author Of
Latest book: “Texas Hold 'Em : How I Was Born in a Manger, Died in the Saddle, and Came Back as a Horny Toad.” This sounds like a must read in my book.
On Politics and being a Long Shot
"The Democrats and Republicans are the same guy admiring themself in the mirror," says Friedman. "And if an alternative is on that ballot in Texas, I guarantee you, Texans are gonna take it. The politicians don't know this yet, but the people do."
On the Ten Commandments
"The Ten Commandments. The Ten Commandments being taken out of the public schools. I want them back,” says Friedman. Why? "I want them back, they belong there," says Friedman. "Maybe I'll have to change their name to the Ten Suggestions, you know. But they were taken out, not by separation of church and state, but by political correctness gone awry. One atheist stands up and says, 'I don't like the Ten Commandments,' and suddenly out they go. And, of course, we all know what happens to an atheist when he dies. His tombstone usually reads, 'All dressed up and no place to go.' "
On Gay Marriage“I also support gay marriage. I say they have every right to be just as miserable as the rest of us.”
Kinky's Website.... http://www.kinkyfriedman.com
Nudity and Sex in the Muslim World…After Marriage of Course
As scholars question the place of nudity in marriage, Islamic clerics are hotly debating exactly what sexual practices are acceptable, writes Brian Whitaker
If Muslim scholars are debating this America might be in a lot more jeopardy than we ever imagined. (no nudity just sexual talk) The article even makes the BYU seem like sexual perverts… we all know their old mantra of procreation not recreation after marriage.
Muslims On Kissing
“Males and females should not kiss unless they are related by blood or marriage. Same-sex kissing, on the other hand, is allowed as long as it is done without "lust" and avoids the person's mouth. Hands and cheeks are the preferred places to kiss. The forehead is also good because the Prophet reportedly once gave a man a smacker between the eyes.” Squaw Peak and the shadows of the Marriot Center would get a break from BYU NCMO’s with this kind of kissing decree.
Wednesday, January 18, 2006
Recent Letters to the Editor
Long live Larry Miller!
What a beautiful way to express his right of free speech and send a strong message to the Hollywood "trash mongers" by pulling "Brokeback Mountain" from his theater.
If I owned a theater, I would have done the same. While I'm all for being able to do what you want in the privacy of your home, the line should be drawn against showing it on the wide screen.
As for the sheep those guys were herding, if I were one of them, I never would have turned my back on either one of those guys.
You moronic jello loving Utahan…”Brokeback” Mountain contains a story of homosexuality not bestiality. Sheep should have no concern…
Heath “I hate Utah” Ledger
La La Land, CA
Bestiality is OK
Larry Miller doesn't want to promote homosexuality by showing the movie “Brokeback Mountain,” yet his theaters have multi-screen showings of “King Kong,” basically a love story between a woman and an ape. I guess it's OK to promote bestiality.
Salt Lake City
I really didn’t love the woman it was merely just a crush… I knew it would never work out in the end. I just missed Godzilla so much…that I thought I could replace her with a human.
It’s just the movies… its not reality. Besides its heterosexual love story… And damn it I am not going to answer these ridiculous questions from the media!!!
Larry H. Miller
Salt Lake City
As a traditional Christian raised a Roman Catholic and now a Methodist, I was stunned by a preview screening of Richard Dutcher's new movie “States of Grace.” In spite of everything I have come to understand about LDS theology in the 29 years I have lived in Salt Lake, here is a Mormon filmmaker who demonstrates a deep understanding of - and longing for - unconditional grace and forgiveness through a personal relationship with Jesus Christ.
This movie challenges the stereotype that many of us traditional Christians have of Latter-day Saints and their belief in only conditional grace. It
should be required viewing for everyone in the local Christian community when it opens later this month. Bravo, Richard Dutcher!
Salt Lake City
Come on!! We all know you are really Richard Dutcher… Nice free marketing ploy…
Sheriff Wes Clayton
Spanish ads are poorly done
As a business owner and a Spanish-speaking Latino, it is sad for me to see how corporate America is failing in its use of our language.
Looking at the new Dex directory, you can tell the ads are from American businesses — which is a good thing — but the translation has spelling mistakes. Some ads don't make any sense. They even use words that do not exist in Spanish.
If companies want to reach the Spanish-speaking market, they should hire people who really understand the Spanish language and culture. It is a mistake for American businesses to simply translate an ad into Spanish that was aimed to another market without taking into consideration the content or idea.
Corporations should take the time and invest their dollars promoting their products to reflect quality. Poor advertising says "poor-quality product."
Jose Santos Ojeda
Just a reminder in America we speak English. By making companies operate in several languages you are actually costing more. English is a wonderful language you should try sharing it with your friends.
Go, Grandpa Miller!
In response to Roger E. Carrier's comment (Readers' Forum, Jan. 10) that "Larry Miller's grandchildren are going to be ashamed of this act." I can assure HIM we are not at all ashamed of this act. We love our grandpa, stand by him, support him and are proud of him. It is pretty great that we live in a country where people have the right to make the movies they want, and the owners of the theaters have a right to show (or not show) the movies they want.
I suggest Carrier not speculate on how we feel about the example our grandfather sets for us. Go, Grandpa!
Salt Lake City
Can you ask Grandpa when he is going to can that deadbeat Carlos Boozer?
Concerned Jazz Fan
Tuesday, January 17, 2006
Monday Morning Links
This beer commercial made me laugh.
No wife to nag you to do something? There is now a free online service called HassleMe
Here is an Online To Do List
Tired of having 10 computers with different bookmarks? I was now you can share your bookmarks online: If you want to see mine shoot me an email…
Friday, January 13, 2006
Calvin and Hobbes Snow Art Gallery a site dedicated to humorous snow sculptures of Calvin.
The rules and variations of the child’s game of Tag
Confused by the Sesame St Collage of Characters... Here is some relief.
Iron Maiden Album Covers done with Sponge Bob Square Pants. Nice marketing for this graphic artist.
Tired of a stupid kitty on your checks how about Ozzy Osbourne or Lynard Skynard?
The Smoking Gun’s 2005 Mug Shots Of The Year very entertaining, I loved the paint sniffer.
Thursday, January 12, 2006
When a Spade is a Spade
I think that Sen. Edward Kennedy D-MA is an idiot and a hypocrite. Four words for ya Ted… Chappaquiddick and Mary Jo Kopechne. According to Teddy, he drove off a bridge by accident in the middle of the night and “tried to rescue his passenger Mary Jo but failed” and left her for dead. Kennedy discussed the accident with several people, including his lawyer, before he was contacted by the police some 10 hours later. The autopsy reported that Kopechne drowned and the police found evidence that she lived for several hours before drowning. The rumor mill has it he was drunk and taking Kopechne for a late night beach “encounter”. It was nice of the Kennedy family to just kind of make the whole incident disappear.
So where does Ted get off on calling people bigots? Its kinda like calling him a murderer…but wait he is.
Wednesday, January 11, 2006
Don't Go Away Mad... Heath Ledger Just Go Away
Ledger recently bashed Utah, Mormons and West Virginia.
“Personally, I don’t think the movie is [controversial] but I think maybe the Mormons in Utah do. I think it’s hilarious and very immature of a society,” Ledger said, reports the Australian paper The Herald Sun.
Ledger also took a swipe at West Virginia, and displayed a dubious grasp of American history. “I heard a while ago that West Virginia was going to ban it but that’s a state that was lynching people only 25 years ago so that’s to be expected,” he was quoted as saying.
I just wish people like Heath “Jackass” Ledger would just shut the hell up. Having moral beliefs and exercising your right, as a businessman to serve your cliental or your beliefs is your God given right.
Tuesday, January 10, 2006
Truth in Advertising: Yeah Right!!!
Supposedly this is what I ate for breakfast… It might as well be Egyptian.
In case you wanted to know it was
Friday, January 06, 2006
Pat Robertson Knows How to Create a Controversy:
Recently Robertson angered Israelis with this gem:
"He was dividing God’s land, and I would say, Woe unto any prime minister of Israel who takes a similar course to appease the E.U., the United Nations or the United States of America. God says, ‘This land belongs to me. You better leave it alone.’”
--Pat Robertson, The 700 Club television program
Lets Kill Government Officials We Don’t Like:
“I know it sounds somewhat Machiavellian and evil, to think that you could send a squad in to take out somebody like Osama bin Laden, or to take out the head of North Korea, but isn't it better to do something like that, to take out Milosevic, to take out Saddam Hussein, rather than to spend billions of dollars on a war that harms innocent civilians and destroys the infrastructure of a country?”
--Pat Robertson, The 700 Club television program, August 9, 1999
Nazi=Homosexuals Unfortunately Nazis ruthlessly killed gay people as often as Jews.
“Many of those people involved with Adolph Hitler were Satanists, many of them were homosexuals -- the two things seem to go together.”
--Pat Robertson, The 700 Club television program, January 21, 1993
Halloween is Evil:
“I think we ought to close Halloween down. Do you want your children to dress up as witches? The Druids used to dress up like this when they were doing human sacrifice... [Your children] are acting out Satanic rituals and participating in it, and don't even realize it.”
--Pat Robertson, The 700 Club television program, October 29, 1982
Arabs and Muslims are responsible for Slavery:
“To see Americans become followers of Islam is nothing short of insanity.... The Islamic people, the Arabs, were the ones who captured Africans, put them in slavery, and sent them to America as slaves. Why would the people in America want to embrace the religion of slavers.”
--Pat Robertson Oct. 27, 1997
I am a Cult Member: Where in the hell is my Kool-aid, Nikes and my guide to Hale-Bot comets book?
“A cult is any group that has a form of godliness, but does not recognize Jesus Christ as the unique son of God.... One test of a cult is that it often does not strictly teach that Jesus is the only begotten Son of God who Himself is God manifested in the flesh.... Christian-oriented cults include the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day.”
--Pat Robertson, CBN pamphlet entitled "Cults," dated 1992
Bearded Terrorists Bad, Non-bearded Not a Threat:
"Over 100 years, I think the gradual erosion of the consensus that’s held our country together is probably more serious than a few bearded terrorists who fly into buildings."
–Pat Robertson, The 700 Club television program, May 2, 2005
My Wife Might Be a Child Killing, Socialist, Lesbian, Witch?
"The feminist agenda is not about equal rights for women. It is about a socialist, anti-family political movement that encourages women to leave their husbands, kill their children, practice witchcraft, destroy capitalism and become lesbians." –Pat Robertson
Pat thanks for the entertainment. I will be sad when God strikes you down for being "Un-Christlike". I will miss your intolerance and hatred of everyone. It will be interesting to see your Skeletons come out into public though.