Detroit’s present is the nation’s future?

December 28, 2009

Watch out America, this could be your future in just a few short years if you continue to let the socialists from Wall Street and Washington sell you down the river:

It’s happening now, boys and girls. My only quibble is with the reporters use of the tired old (and obsolete) left-right paradigm which equates left with Democrats… conveniently ignoring collective Republican guilt for their socialist largess (cough, Halliburton, cough).  Steven Crowder, you need to download a new paradigm (e.g. freeman vs. totalitarian). Start with Repulicrat.

Mish expands on this video with some excellent added perceptions.

This article by James Turk, Will Sovereign Debt Defaults Bring the End of Socialism?, adds some fresh perspectives on our road ahead, and contains some killer quotes (a peculiar past-time of mine is collecting pithy bon mots). Let’s start with one from the author:

Even in the United States – long reigning as the bastion of capitalism, free-markets and limited government – 58% of the population derives their income from government at some level.
James Turk

Below are some great additional quotes from that article. I highly recommend you read it, for the valuable nutrients it contains are very healthy for the mind, e.g.:

Socialism is workable only in heaven where it isn’t needed, and in hell where they’ve got it
-Cecil Palmer

The inherent vice of capitalism is the unequal sharing of blessings; the inherent virtue of socialism is the equal sharing of miseries.
-Winston Churchill

Emergencies have always been the pretext on which the safeguards of individual liberty have eroded.
-Friedrich von Hayek

The State is that great fiction by which everyone tries to live at the expense of everyone else.
-economist Frederic Bastiat

The problem with socialism is that you eventually run out of other people’s money.
-Maggie Thatcher

I never thought the day would arrive that I would agree with and post something Maggie Thatcher said. Or Newt Gingrich fer that matter. It is indeed the wierdest of times.

The best thing I read all day was how manufacturing in the US was forced to close up shop and move overseas. The Long Decline of the American Economy by John Kozy

I was involved in ISO standard implementations in three companies. It was obvious to me that none would work, and the first company went bust within three years of acquiring certification, the second company also no longer exists, having had its assets sold off in a bankruptcy proceeding, and the third is currently in the process of being sold. During this last implementation, I asked to be relieved of my work on it because the project was so shoddy, I didn’t want to be associated with it.

Today TQM talk has almost entirely disappeared from popular literature. It has disappeared along with factories and jobs. TQM citations in the business literature began a continuous long-term decline in 1992. There has also been a marked decline in TQM consulting firms. “Commitment to TQM appears to have been only skin deep.”

To ensure that American consumers would buy this junk, a number of other policies were advanced—declining employee wages so that consumers could not afford to buy more expensive imported produces, unenforcement of immigration laws and the introduction of special visas such as H1B1s so that the workforce would expand putting even further downward pressure on wages, restrictions on the ability of American workers to organize, and finally the offshoring of production. None of these policies could have succeeded without the complicit cooperation of America’s orthodox economists and government.

And there you have it ladies and germs; one gun, warm, and still smoking.

“If they can get you to ask the wrong questions then the answers don’t matter.” -Thomas Pynchon



February 17, 2009

Hat tip

I did not know that

April 26, 2008

Ooh La La

May 23, 2007

An appreciation of one of the cars from a company I have longed admired. It’s strange, but this eccentric, and ingenious auto manufacturer produced some beautiful machines, and yet one hasn’t been able to purchase a new one in this country since the 1970’s.

Too bad, because along with the DS (I had a ’67), the 2CV, and the Traction Avant, this comany has always proven throughout its long history to be on the leading edge of intelligent design and engineering.

And now for your automotive viewing enjoyment, we present the for you the wonderous SM-

BTW, if you ask me (go ahead), “Paco, what is the solution to the oil shortage, our economic dependence on oil, and how can we free ourselves from enriching a nation of facists that would like to see us on our knees (and beheaded)?”

Why, we should all be driving scooters or motorcycles or small, light cars like the 2CV. Comfy, lively, nearly 50mpg (it’ll best that energy hog of a Prius), so what if it can’t get over 60. You in a hurry?

Kowabunga, Dude

November 23, 2006

The Law is an Ass.

November 11, 2006

And has no sense of humor either.

I think something like this should be rewarded. Give these people a medal.

Or at least a Happy Meal.

After all, it’s not like anybody got hurt or victimized, except maybe those ticketed by a government more intent on raising capital than protecting the public.

Actions not much different from a white-hat hacker- showing up the bumbling idiots (people employed and elected into state bureaucratic positions) instead of corporate fascisti.

One noteworthy difference: some corporations have woken up and now embrace the white-hat hacker for what they’ve accomplished.

The devil’s bureacracy just slaps a fine on you or worse, imprisons you.

Draconian, as these are speed cameras we are talking about here, the devil’s own creation.


November 7, 2006

Not the way to get some numpties to shod new tires on a lightweight exotic English sports car.

In future, I’d think twice before taking it to Goodyear.