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Saturday, February 25, 2012

Ann Romney Drives TWO Cadillacs. And your point...?

Conservatives and Liberals, in their unending zeal to find the biggest gotcha, usually overlook the REAL story. So the true injustice is overlooked, but they succeed in making their target look silly, which is all they care about anyway.
Take Mitt Romney.

On Thursday, Mitt was doing what all politicians have done from George  Washington to Barack Obama....suck up to the locals.  In this case the locals were in the hard luck state of Michigan, home to a failing auto industry and one of the worst NFL teams ever (OK...GM, Ford, and Chrysler are on the comeback trail, and so are the Lions.....but I digress). In his introduction to the party faithful, Mitt puckered up, extended tongue, and said....


Ok, Mitt's no Ronnie Reagan...few are, but you get the point.

And to many, what it meant was a chance to strike up the "Rich-Republicans-Out-Of-Touch-With-The-99-Percent" meme.  My friend, Karoli for example....


It might be just a tiny bit out of touch to be in a city hit hardest by the recession, one where the candidate was perfectly at peace with allowing the United States auto industry to die a harsh death in 2008, and declare to the audience that Ann Romney drives not one, but two Cadillacs, with a starting price of around $47,000 or so. http://gocl.me/yZfmBF


First, Mitt's Stepford Wife DOES tool around in a couple of Caddys: Both SRX SUV's...a 2007 and a 2010 (http://www.nationaljournal.com/2012-presidential-campaign/romney-touts-his-economic-plan-wife-s-cadillacs-20120224). The MSRP of an SRX in '07 was $37225.  The '10 actually went down in price to $33830. Both according to autobuytel.com.

But since the 1% supposedly drives Caddies, and the 99% drives Chevys....and since anyone with a brain knows that a Caddy is just a Chevy with nicer trim...let's look at both the current SRX and its twin brother, the Chevy Equinox.

According to both cars websites, the SRX with FWD and standard trim starts at $35,485. The Equinox LTZ AWD  starts at $31,780. Here's the weird part, though.  When you throw in all the options, the Chevy costs MORE than the caddy: $39,625 for the Equinox LTZ, $36.720 for the SRX. Don't believe me? Go to www.chevrolet.com and www.cadillac.com and play with pricing yourself.

Now granted, if you wedn Performance or Premium trim, you would get closer to Karoli's $44K figure, but that's not the point...the real question...since when did ANY comparable Cadillac cost LESS than and average Chevy?? SINCE WHEN???

BUT IT'S STILL A CADILLAAAAAAAAAAAC!!!

BFD.

Let's face facts, Cadillac has not been an elite car nameplate since, say, 1997.  Remember, Catera...the caddy that zigs?  It Zigged when it should have zagged. And Cadillac has been trying to come back ever since.  If Anne Romney drives to Caddies, it's probably out of loyalty to GM, if for no other reason.

Or in other words....there's so much stuff we CAN pin on Mittens, that what his wife drives seems kinda lame.

Oh....one other thing...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Tp6kOfMEuiM&t=33s

So let me get this straight.  George Romney used to run American Motors.  AMC was purchased years ago by Chrysler who makes Dodge trucks.  You mean to tell me that the son of the man who ran the company you now own...who may very well be the next President of the United States....no longer uses your product?

Sergio Marchionne, your company owns Fiat.  Fiat now owns Chrysler.  Seems you've got a lot of work to do.  A lot.

Just sayin'.

Thursday, February 09, 2012

Clarification (in other words, I surrender....)

There is a belief that because of certian posts I do from time to time, that I am crying out before I do 'something rash.'  if you are thinking ending my own life, that would be impossible, if only for the simple reason I am too much of a coward.

But what I am dealing with no pill, motivational saying, or realignment of planets can solve.  The fact that I do not belong here.

It is a fact (not opinion, fact) that I have dealt with for most of my adult life.  I have not sellable talents.  I cannot be take seriously by the masses, so sales are out (I'm not Sammy Slickhair either).  Any talents I do have are not not bankable ones.

I can't lie well.  I'm not good at small talk.  I don't like long walks and I don't want a pet. So relationships are out.

I hate wars.  Not just the ones with guns and tanks.  I'm talking about the wars we fight between us. The constant rich-poor-middle, black-white-whatever, gay-straight-bi-trans, Christian-Muslim-Jew-whatever wars we have fought almost since the dawn of time and that have gotten worse in the last 16 months.  So I can't be a conservative and I'm making a lousy liberal.

Even in faith, I can't get the answers I seek.  Like what happnens after the end.  I'm not talking about THAT.....or even THAT. I'm talking about what happens after THAT. No one knows.

So in essence, I am empty.  I have fought these battles until I have been spent.  I have lost my home, my livelihoods, my family, probably friends, all because I see truths that no one can see, and I ask questions that no one can answer.  And with seven to twenty years left, i can't fight it any more.

I surrender.

I can't fight the tide anymore.  The stupids have won.  I have lost.  What more can i say.

So I will probably spend the remainder of my time, if I can, being the best worker ant I can be for whoever wants me.  Hopes, dreams, goals...they never exisited anyway. Neither does love.  I'm done fighting that war as well.

Maybe God will place me in someplace where I can do no harm, where I can live out my life harmlessly and without controversy.  And maybe I will be allowed to see the thing I have said come to pass.  And maybe, when I do go, I'll simply fall asleep.  Maybe that's the best.

Until then, I will not force any hand.  i'll just be like the rest, unquestioning, unreasoning, save for the occasional post i might slip in.

And to those friends who are still with me, who are concerned, I am otherwise fine.  I'm just giving up the wars and letting the world do what it will do.

For in the end, there truly is a reason for living.  It's called the next day.

Saturday, February 04, 2012

Ben Gazzara on the Dick Cavett Show (with Cassavettes and Falk)

As you know, the actor Ben Gazzara died yesterday at 81.  My main remberence of him was as an intense actor doing a series for NBC called Run For Your Life, their answer to ABC's The Fugitive.

Between that was Anatomy of a Murder before and Husbands after. Husbands, a collaboration with close friends John Cassevettes and Peter Falk, was a breakthtough drama that, in 1970, ushered in the beginnings of American independent film.

In that year, to promote Husbands, Gazzara, Cassavettes, and Falk appeared as the sole guests on ABC's The Dick Cavett Show.  This 45-minute edition was timed such because of Monday Night Football.  The end result is the raucous, out-of-control show we present below in its entirety. I think it gives you the essence of who Gazzara and his fellows truly were.