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Thursday, August 02, 2007

This is becoming TOO easy.......

Welcome to our monthly bitch-slapping of one Rev. Donald Wildmon, affectionately known as either No-Neck or Fat-Neck, depending on whether you are viewing him on a old picture or a new video.

To get you up to speed, Wildmon, and his uber-Xtian American Family Association has been on the case of the Ford Motor Co. ever since they backed out of an agreement to join hands with them in fighting what the AFA calls "the Gay Agenda." This was after meeting with homosexual leaders who told them that if they did capitulate to Wildmon, whatever "agenda" they had would include buy cars from anyone but Ford.

Since then, the AFA has been steering their own boycott.

And every month they crow about their success, taking claim for the company's down sales for the last year and a half.

For instance, this month's missive:

Boycott helps drive Ford sales down 19.1% in July
Ford's support for homosexual agenda hurting company – your phone call needed
Dear Donald,
Sales of all Ford Motor Company automobiles fell 19.1% in July, compared to a year ago. Since AFA began a boycott of Ford in March 2006, sales have dropped in 15 of the 17 months. While the boycott isn't totally responsible for the drop in sales, it has played a major role.
AFA has identified Ford as a leading promoter of the homosexual agenda, including same-sex marriage. AFA began a boycott of Ford after the automobile maker reneged on an agreement with AFA to cease promotion of the homosexual lifestyle. Nearly 750,000 individuals have signed the AFA sponsored Boycott Ford Pledge. For more information on the Ford boycott and to sign the pledge, click here.
Despite the drastic drop in sales, not a single homosexual group has come to Ford's defense nor publicly encouraged homosexuals to purchase Ford automobiles. AFA asked Ford to take a stand similar to that of Wal-Mart, which will not support or oppose controversial issues. Ford declined, choosing to continue financially supporting the homosexual movement.
Ford sales record
for past 17 months.
March 2006
5.0
April 2006
6.6
May 2006
1.9
June 2006
6.8
July 2006
4.1
August 2006
11.6
Sept. 2006
4.7
Oct. 2006
8.1
Nov. 2006
9.7
Dec. 2006
12.8
Jan. 2007
19.0
Feb. 2007
13.0
March 2007
9.0
April 2007
13.0
May 2007
6.8
June 2007
8.1
July 2007
19.1

This is the part where I mention that whatever the AFA is doing, it probably has no effect on Ford's bad fortune....which may not be as bad as it looks.

True Ford is down 19.1% over last year, BUT so is DaimlerChrysler by the same amount (in fact, it's Chrysler Group was only down about 8% whilst Mercedes-Benz was down about 13% [source: http://www.forbes.com/feeds/ap/2007/08/01/ap3976917.html] This probably says more about the fact the Mr. Z sold the wrong end of the company....but that's another blog!)

But let's move further. IF a boycott is to be successful, it has to include the entire company. SO explain to me, Donny dear, why during your vaunted boycott, Ford's crossovers, the Edge and the Lincoln MKX were up 40% (in fact Edge recently was recognized as the industry's top performing new vehicle in J.D. Power and Associates' 2007 Automotive Performance, Execution and Layout Study)? And Ford Escape and Mercury Mariner were up in sales 2%. Not to mention Ford's Gas Guzzlers the Expedition (up 22%) and Lincoln Navigator (up 8%).

In fact the ENTIRE Lincoln line is up in sales for the TENTH MONTH IN A ROW! That's 10 of the 17 months you included in your boycott, dumbass.

And let's not forget Land Rover. Up 19 %. (Source: http://money.cnn.com/news/newsfeeds/articles/prnewswire/CLW06301082007-1.htm)

But the best indicator of the success of any boycott is the bottom line, Rev. And this is where you have met your Waterloo. Second quarter earnings for FMC were $750,000,000. And that gives Ford Corporate its first quarterly PROFIT in two years.

PROFIT, Rev. Wildmon.

Meaning with all your tantrums and all your genuflecting, you still could not bring your archenemy to its knees. They made money during your so-called boycott.

Maybe you should expand your efforts. It'll be good for the economy.

Or better yet, just give up. To be honest, I have better things to do every first of the month.

Still........I enjoy it so!

Wednesday, August 01, 2007

BREAKING: 3 dead as Mississippi River bridge falls amid rush hour in Minneapolis

(CNN) -- At least three people were killed when an interstate bridge in Minneapolis, Minnesota, collapsed Wednesday evening, plunging cars and chunks of concrete into the Mississippi River below.

There were "lots" of injuries, said the state Homeland Security and Emergency Management Department.

The accident occurred shortly after 6 p.m. (7 p.m. ET). There were 50 to 100 cars on the bridge at the time, according to early estimates.

Lt. Amelia Huffman of the Minneapolis Police Department told CNN affiliate KARE it was "not clear at this point what caused the collapse" of the Interstate 35W bridge near University Avenue.

"We have personnel there in the rescue effort," she said. "I have never seen anything remotely like this before."

Shortly after the collapse, a tractor trailer was burning on the bridge.

Rescue workers are using boats to help remove people from the water, bringing them up on the river bank.

Aerial footage showed the middle of the bridge caved in, lying in the Mississippi River, with cars both on top and submerged in the water.

Witnesses told CNN a school bus filled with children was on the bridge when it collapsed, but they also said the bus did not drop into the water and it appeared that the children had all been evacuated.

The main part of the collapsed span is not submerged, but the span clearly separated from the land-based sections of the highway on both the north and south ends of the bridge.
Mark Lacroix, who lives on the 20th floor of an apartment building near the bridge, told CNN he saw the last seconds of the collapse.

"I heard this massive rumbling and shaking basically and looked out my window," Lacroix said.

"It just fell right into the river."

He said there had been construction work on the bridge in recent weeks.

Nighttime construction took place on the bridge Tuesday night and was to take place again Wednesday night, according to the Minnesota Department of Transportation,

The highway would have been restricted to a single lane in both directions from 8 p.m. to 5 a.m. both nights.

Copyright 2007 CNN. All rights reserved.This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.
Associated Press contributed to this report.



Find this article at: http://www.cnn.com/2007/US/08/01/bridge.collapse/index.html

LIVE COVERAGE FROM KARE-TV: http://www.kare11.com/video/player_live.aspx

Bush Like Hitler?

Keith Ellison is the first Muslim member of Congress, and already he has caused a stir.

Last month, Ellison compared Pres. Bush with Adolph Hitler, saying "Its almost like the Reichstag Fire, kind of reminds me of that....After the Reichstag was burned, they blamed the Communists for it, and it put the leader [Hitler] of that country.." He later apologized for the statement.

It was also not a fair comparison. Bush was already the leader when he blamed Al Quida.

But enough quibbling.

Ellison has a chance to exoplain himself today (8/1) on CNN's Situation Room. Here is that interview.



Wimp. You wimped out.