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Archive for October 6th, 2009

Rush-Rams

Rush Limbaugh is definitely NOT a liberal, but guess what you would find if you frisked Mr. Limbaugh’s wallet?

Answer: A bid to purchase the St. Louis Rams.

Yahoo! News reports:

The lowly Rams have someone who loves them. Conservative talk radio host Rush Limbaugh said Tuesday he is teaming up with St. Louis Blues owner Dave Checketts in a bid to buy the Rams, owners of the NFL’s longest losing streak at 14 and just 5-31 since 2007.

In a statement, Limbaugh declined to discuss details, citing a confidentiality agreement with Goldman Sachs, the investment firm hired by the family of former Rams owner Georgia Frontiere to review assets of her estate, including the NFL team.

Limbaugh also declined to discuss other partners that might be involved in the bid, but said he and Checketts would operate the team.

“Dave Checketts and I have made a bid to buy the Rams and we are continuing the process,” Limbaugh said.

Forbes magazine has estimated the Rams franchise has a value of $929 million.

Good luck Mr. Limbaugh! Maybe you will be able to help talk some since into a franchise that’s gone 5-31 since 2007. The sad thing is, my Detroit Lions haven’t even played that bad… yet. Haha.


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WhatAnIdiot

Levi Johnston

Levi Johnston

Wonder what you would find if you frisked Pistachios’ latest advertising campaign?

Answer: An idiot wannabe.

For those of you who don’t know who this D-bag is, and I don’t blame you, it is Levi Johnston – the father of Bristol Palin’s child. The now ex-boyfriend, high school dropout, and wannabe celebrity is featured in the new ‘Get Crackin’ advertising campaign for Pistachios. How classy this guy is.

Side-Note: Is that really his last name tattooed on his arm? Does this idiot really not know how to spell his own name?… I wouldn’t be surprised if he couldn’t.


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Ut oh!

Ut oh!

Wonder what you would find if you frisked Saturday Night Live’s latest episode?

Answer: Obama’s report card.

Hmm… Is it a good or a bad thing when your own major propaganda network (NBC) spoofs you on national television?

Personally, I would say a bad thing. So does this mean the liberal media is slowly (very slowly) turning their backs on The One/The Savior/The Messiah!? Probably not, but if SNL wants to keep their ratings up this would most likely help.

Besides the ratings, it’s kind of funny how the skit resembles much of the truth. Although, what did the idiots at CNN think about SNL’s Obama spoof? Well… they actually did a fact check to SNL’s skit (go figure… after Sarah Palin’s character assassination on SNL):

Thank you CNN for making sure individuals aren’t ‘misinformed’ at 1 AM:

Heaven forbid that the average half-drunk late-night Saturday TV viewer be “misinformed” about our savior by a comedy show reminding them that health care’s “not done” (which it isn’t) and that Afghanistan’s gotten worse this year (which it has). Even if you want to clap Obama on the back for keeping his promise to send more troops, might it not perhaps be worth mentioning that he’s currently rethinking the entire “war of necessity” mindset on which he campaigned?

Does this mean CNN will do a fact check on all of the comedy/news shows, like The Daily Show and Real Time with Bill Maher? Oh gee, I hope so, because they would (literally) have to create a separate television program for that. After all, we don’t want to single anybody out and allow one demographic to be ‘misinformed’ and another not be.

CNN = joke. HAHA!

Side-Note: Fred Armisen needs to work on his Obama impression a little more. The only part that sounded like Obama was the pronunciation of “Guantanamo Bay.”

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Michigan-Change

Wonder what you would find if you frisked the last decade of politics in Michigan?

Answer: Not many positives.

As most of you know in Michigan, our unemployment rate leads the nation… high five! If your not from Michigan, well… Your damn lucky.

Daniel Howes from The Detroit News wrote a good article on what it will take for Michigan to bounce back:

After this latest budget spectacle in Lansing, I’ve got one question: What’s it gonna take?

What’s it gonna take for Michigan’s political class, in both parties, to acknowledge they repeatedly have failed the people who sent them to Lansing with some expectation that they would do something to earn the salaries we’re paying them?

What’s it gonna take for Gov. Jennifer Granholm’s apologists — all 10 or so of them — to concede that the governor has taken a bad economic hand and played it just about as poorly as it could be played? For example:

Budget problems in ’07? Slap a 22-percent surcharge on business and increase the income tax rate. Budget problems in ’09? Call the Big Stall and plug holes with ObamaCash. Can’t ease the tax-and-regulatory burden on existing business, estimated to cost companies in the state three percentage points of profit? Dump massive incentives on “new” industries and those who come, shoot their movies and leave.

Lead a campaign for structural reform that challenges organized labor’s hold on the state’s public sector? Nah, that would be too hard, too divisive and it might complicate the guv’s quiet campaign to land a job with Team Obama, the most pro-labor administration since LBJ in the 1960s.

What’s it gonna take for the pro-term limits crowd to accept that Michigan’s political drift, exemplified by these embarrassing budget stalemates, symbolizes the failure of term limits? Where you don’t have rookies legislating like rookies, you have term-limited lawmakers (and a governor) staking positions to benefit their next

What’s it gonna take for Michigan’s voters (assuming they even care about politics amid this economic free-fall) to see that the problem in Lansing isn’t a lack of proposed solutions? It’s a lack of action. The servers of Michigan’s think tanks and civic groups are clogged with proposals, studies and “agendas for change” that the politicians routinely ignore and the special interests savage.

Let me say this plainly, folks: Political Michigan is broken, as broken, lost and bereft of strong leadership as much of the Detroit auto industry has proven to be over the past year.

And like Detroit Auto, the Big Mitten won’t get back on track until its leaders — present and future — stop denying reality, man up and attack the structures that make it unsustainable today, next year and 10 years from now.

Quick fixes won’t help any more than they helped General Motors Co. and Chrysler Group LLC, Delphi Corp. and Visteon Corp. For years, those companies lived on borrowed time and someone else’s money, betting they could somehow outrun obligations to investors and unions they simply could not keep.

Today’s Michigan is no different.

Hoping that the car market will return, as I heard the governor remark recently in an interview with WJR’s Lloyd Jackson, isn’t a strategy. It’s a delaying tactic. Because U.S. car sales are not likely to hit the trends of the early part of this decade for years — and when they do, Detroit’s share of that market will be less than it’s ever been in the history of the industry.

That may sound negative. It may be depressing. It may cause one of the governor’s closest advisers to send me another snarky note. But it’s true, no matter what comes from the Lansing excuse factory.

I suspect I speak for a lot of small-business owners and big-company CEOs when I say that just once I’d like to see the governor or the Democratic leadership — beyond the speaker, all by his lonesome — champion a piece of structural reform that could make Michigan a better place to do business.

What does that mean? Comprehensive tax reform that a) makes Michigan’s tax burden competitive with the top tier in the country and b) reflects the relative diminution of manufacturing and the increasing importance of the service sector in the state economy.

It means risking the wrath of the de facto leaders in Lansing, the Michigan Education Association and the United Auto Workers, and aligning the pay and benefits of public employees with national averages. It means pushing localities to share services and penalizing those that don’t. It means seriously assessing what state functions might be more efficiently done by outside contractors.

What’s it gonna take? Evidently another “lost decade” to see that the people calling the shots prefer to do what benefits them and their friends — and the rest of us can go hang.

Good luck 2010 Republican governor candidates! Make sure you bring a HUGE mop with you to Lansing if you win, because you’ll have a big mess to clean up.

Props: Daniel Howes.

Side-Note: Sorry F.A.L. fans for being away for a bit this weekend and not having the time to post much.


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