Republicans are showing their true colors

>> Friday, August 7, 2009

Just like they did when they insulted me by calling me names for commenting on their misinformation blogs, Republicans are showing their true colors again by disrupting the town hall meetings which are designed to answer questions about the health care reform bill. Instead of acting civilized by letting people speak, these right wing wackos would rather drown out the speakers like Congressman Dingell with boos and jeers. Republicans can't come up with any legitimate arguments against the health care bill, so now they have stooped to a new low by organizing a plot to disrupt the town hall meetings. If anyone wonders why I hate right wing wacko Republicans so much, now you can stop wondering. Republicans will stoop to fear mongering, they will lie, twist the truth, take statements out of context, call you names, spread propaganda and now it seems they are even willing to stand in the way of a persons free speech by drowning out their speech with boos and jeers. Republicans aren't interested in making the life of all Americans better and healthier, all they want is to have lower taxes. This bill will only raise the taxes on a person making $350,000 a year by about $1500.00 more than they are paying now. But by the way they are acting, you would think the government is taking $150,000 more from these greedy Republicans. They are all about money, greed, and deceit and when you try to take a little from them, watch out for them, because they will stop at nothing to save their precious money. If there is ever an organized effort to start a civil war against Republicans, sign me up!


Republican blogger post

>> Sunday, July 19, 2009

I know most of my visitors are getting tired of reading about the recent post I made about a few Republican bloggers, so this will be the last time I make any post about my debates with them for a while because like I said before, it's a waste of time trying to debate these Republican bloggers. I'm not going to name their blogs because I don't want to give them any undeserved publicity, but I know they'll be happy to know they can post all the lies they want and I won't waste my time leaving comments anymore. Let me just say, I tried to comment on a couple of Republican blogger posts and just like before they misquoted me, lied and called me a bunch of names. They think the only way they can win an argument with me or with any Democrat is to misquote us, lie, or call us names. Why should I or anyone else put ourselves through the aggravation of trying to debate the issues with these type of people who refuse to be sensible and respectful. I guess when they lie, the only way they can backup their lies is by misquoting and name calling. I'm not saying all Republicans are like this, but the ones I've tried to debate on the Internet are. Be forewarned, I may still make political post from time to time if I feel the need to criticize those Right Wing Wackos, but I won't debate them anymore.


In response to John Kaduk's response

>> Sunday, July 12, 2009

In response to John Kaduk's response to my last post . John thought he would retaliate me for making a post about him, so he made a post about my post. OK John, you got even, but I take exception to some of the things you said. Here are some parts I found that I disagree with...

"Our utterly confused lefty is a poor soul named Bob. Bob run’s a left wing blog and let’s just say he is a big fan of Obama and not a very big fan of the Constitution. One day Bob decided he wouldn’t be commenting on Republican blogs anymore because they dare challenge his view of the world" Here are a couple classic lines from his posts that sum up his view of things as they are:" ">Needless to say he is drinking the kool-aid. The lack of respect for history is appalling here especially since I consider myself a bit of a history buff. Saying he has no concept of history is an understatement considering he thinks Jefferson was our President 100 years ago. Kool-aid Bob’s comment is an excellent example of why nations and civilizations have fallen to tyranny since the beginning of man. What is that quote people are so fond off? I believe a variation goes like this: >Those who do not learn from history are doomed to repeat it."

He starts out of course by insulting me. saying..."Our utterly confused lefty is a poor soul named Bob"
Then he suggest that I'm big fan of Obama and not a very big fan of the Constitution" To that I say, I love the Constitution and I stand by it, but I'm not a big fan of the way the Republicans interpret the Constitution to suit there beliefs.

Then he lies and says this... "One day Bob decided he wouldn’t be commenting on Republican blogs anymore because they dare challenge his view of the world". What I said was, I've finally learned my lesson and will no longer leave comments on those Republican post that I disagree with. That's a big difference to what John said that I said. Is it a lie? or is it just a mistake because he couldn't remember what I said?

Then he says... "Needless to say he is drinking the kool-aid". Another insult

Then he notices my apparent mistake of which I said Thomas Jefferson was our President 100 years ago, when in fact it was 200 years. oops I made a mistake. Whats the difference? 100 years ago is a long time ago and 200 years ago is twice as long a time ago. You can be appalled John, I don't mind.

Then he says..."Bob’s comment is an excellent example of why nations and civilizations have fallen to tyranny since the beginning of man". What is that quote people are so fond off? I believe a variation goes like this:" "Those who do not learn from history are doomed to repeat it".
Now I am or the Democratic philosophy is getting blamed for all the nations and civilizations that have fallen to tyranny. You should learn from that quote as well John because after all the mistakes the Bush administration have made in the last 8 years, you still haven't learned from them. You won't even admit the Bush administration made any mistakes.

This only goes to show that Conservatives can't make one post or comment on a blog without getting the facts wrong, lying and insulting anyone who has an opposing point of view.


A comment to my previous post

>> Thursday, July 9, 2009

Yesterday I received a comment to my previous post from John Kaduk who is obviously a Conservative. Rather reply to this comment, I wanted to address this comment in a new post to show everyone how a Conservative argues their point without giving any actual facts to backup their argument. If you haven't read my previous post, please do so along with the comments left. Here is his comment...

"A big government can exist only in theory, Just like Karl Marx's true vision of communism can only exist in theory. A big government will always have access to too much power. and when a President can fire a CEO and make decisions of life and death (through healthcare), that is hardly "limited power. " A government big enough to give you everything you want is big enough to take away everything you have"-Thomas Jefferson" by John Kaduk Added note: It turns out Jefferson was misquoted as saying that, it was Gerald Ford who said that, Jefferson actually said "The natural progress for things is for liberty to yield and government to gain control". Which I believe will happen when liberties are abused.

Notice how he states "big government can exist only in theory" then uses Karl Marx's visions from the 18oo's to back up his statement. Where are the facts? Then he says our President fired a CEO. I think he is referring to GM CEO Rick Wagoner. Obama didn't fire him, he merely told GM if they wanted to get a loan from the government, they would have to replace the CEO. Wagoner in turn stepped down. Then he says our President is making decisions of life and death by trying to get healthcare for every American. That is laughable and ridiculous to say the least. If any President made decisions of life and death, it was Bush when he started a war with Iraq based on lies to help his oil buddies. Then he finished his comment with a misquote from Thomas Jefferson who was an intelligent Republican leader and was our third President 100 200 ago. It was actually Gerald Ford, but I would tell Mr. Ford that a government small enough to give the rich everything they want is small enough to take everything away from the middle class and poor. Correction: I was wrong, Jefferson was President 200 years ago.
Note: to anyone who finds it necessary to leave insulting comments, you run the risk of having your comment rejected. That means you Bobo


Commenting on a Republican's blog

>> Sunday, July 5, 2009

Speaking of commenting on a Republican's blog. I've noticed that most of the time I'm the only Democrat who leaves comments on post that I disagree with. Then all the Republican followers of that particular blog all start commenting on my comment with a condescending attitude. If 5 or 6 Republicans leave a argumentative comment to my comment, how am I suppose to a reply to all those arguments in one comment without writing a 1000 word comment. I don't have time for that, and I don't have the patience to put up with the criticism and put downs. I think this is the reason most Democrats don't leave comments on Republican blogs, because they already know that it's useless to try to make someone see your point of view if their mind is closed to opposing points of view. I've finally learned my lesson and will no longer leave comments on those Republican post that I disagree with. The Republicans agenda is much different than the Democrats agenda. The Republicans want to have smaller government to help the rich get richer and destroy the middle class and their willing to lie and use fear mongering to accomplish their goals. The Democrats want bigger government to give the middle class and poor a fairer playing field. I can only hope that most Americans continue to support Obama and the Democrats in our quest to make America a better place to live for all Americans, not just the rich.


Another Unhappy Republican

>> Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Another unhappy Republican was so upset with my comment on his post, he made a post addressed directly to me of which he titled, Wake Up Bob. He even added a picture of some guy with his head buried in the sand. I'm thinking he posed for that picture personally. Because he goes by the name Lot2Learn, I ended my comment to his post with the phrase " Lot2Learn really does have a lot to learn". Apparently this was enough for him to dedicate an entire post to me. So I'll return the favor. In his post he suggests that I'm living in a kool-aid induced wonderland and even goes so far as to call me and all other people who support Obama, Zombies. He also says he can only imagine that in my mind that Obama and our government should make all decisions for us, feed us, clothe us, keep us healthy and give us a job. Wrong! Lot2Learn has a big imagination and a lot to learn. I believe Obama is doing what he has to do to fix the worst recession since the great depression that he inherited from the Bush administration. I believe Bush was the one who coined the phrase "I'm the decider". Obama doesn't want to make my decisions, he wants to make the Presidents decisions. Obama doesn't want to feed us or clothe us, he wants to give us the ability to feed and clothe ourselves. Obama doesn't want to keep us healthy, he just wants every American to have affordable health insurance. If you can't understand that then maybe you are the one who is a Zombie. In his post he also says that a President should represent all Americans, not just the far left. Isn't that what Bush did? He only represented the far right. Whether Republicans realize it or not, Obama is representing all Americans. Just because he raised the taxes on people making over $250,000 a year, greedy Republicans are crying because they might lose a few dollars. Then he goes on to remind me and all the other Zombies who support Obama that this is the greatest nation on earth, and what our fathers and grandfathers, and great grandfathers fought for, and lets remember the men and women that stand watch for you 24 hours a day so that you can be free. Lots2Learn, I don't need you to remind me, I never forget that, but if we don't let our government regulate some of those freedoms we will lose them to the rich conservatives who want nothing more than to control our government. Lot2Learn, your nickname is really appropriate because you really did miss something.


Michael Jackson's Untimely Death

>> Friday, June 26, 2009

It seems everyone is blogging about Michael Jackson's untimely death, so I might as well weigh in with my thoughts as well. I am saddened that the king of pop has died so young. I loved his music, especially Thriller, Billy Jean and Beat It. I hated what he did with his plastic surgery and I think that he was very good looking before he started changing his face. To Michael Jackson, thank you for sharing your music with the world. All your fans will miss you and remember you through your music.


I Had An Accident Today

>> Saturday, June 20, 2009

I had an accident today that could have been avoided if I had been watching my 16 month old son better. I let my son go upstairs while I followed behind him making sure he didn't fall. But after we were upstairs for only a minute, I took my eyes off him for maybe 5 seconds which was long enough for him to make his way back to the stairway where when I saw him, he was getting ready to take a step down, so I ran as fast as I could to try and stop him from falling down the stairs and by the time I reached him he was already stepping down and beginning to fall. I was running so fast I couldn't stop and ended up tumbling over his head while pulling him back. I continued tumbling all the way down the stairs while my son tumbled down after me landing on top of me. Fortunately he wasn't injured but I ended up with a few bumps, scrapes and bruises and a broken toe that was sticking straight out sideways. I had to go to the hospital to get it set back into place today. Now I'm sitting here with a broken toe, thanking God that my son is OK. I have learned a valuable lesson, which is never take my son out of my site if there is a danger of him getting hurt or injured.


Information Entrecard Droppers Should Know

>> Thursday, June 18, 2009

I have some information Entrecard Droppers should know. Using EC is a great tool to get visitors to come to your site. But one thing EC doesn't do is to get the visitors to stay and read your post. This can be a problem if most of your visitors are just staying a few seconds which is long enough to make a drop and then leave. If you want to know how long visitors are staying at your website, you need to find out the bounce rate of your site. You can get the bounce rate by using google analytics. I was surprized to find out my bounce rate is 91 %, which means 91% percent of my visitors are just staying long enough to make a EC drop, then leaving. That is why I made this post today. I'm hoping that when all you EC droppers read the title of this post you will stay long enough to read it and lower my bounce rate. I know now that Entrecard can bring you visitors, but if you have nothing interesting to make people stay, then they will just leave and continue dropping other sites. In the future I hope I can find more interesting topics for my visitors to read.


The Red Wings Lost

>> Friday, June 12, 2009

The Red Wings lost a chance to win the Stanley Cup Friday when the Pittsburgh Penguins defeated them. Thanks to the officials, the Pens scored there first goal when they made a two line pass and the officials failed to call it, as a result the the Pens scored a goal. Then Brad Stuart of the Red Wings made a bad pass that hit a Penguins skate which resulted in a giveaway and another goal. The wings scored one goal but could never find the Pens net again. Thanks to the officials and Brad Stuart, The Red Wings lost. Congratulations to the Pittsburgh Penguins on winning the Stanley Cup.


President Obama's plan

>> Tuesday, June 9, 2009

Newt Gingrich who was forced from the house in disgrace 10 years ago was hoping to rally support for a potential Presidential run in 2012, said in a speech Monday to 2000 Republican loyalists "President Obama's plan to fix the economy through stimulus spending and government intervention to boost companies like General Motors has "already failed." Sorry Newt, but the only thing Obama has failed at doing so far is rallying support from Republicans for his attempts to save this economy from going into a depression. I say, You can't fix an economy in 6 months that took 8 years for the Bush administration to destroy. Newt also said "Bureaucrats managing companies does not work, politicians dominating the economy does not work" Who the hell made Newt Gingrinch an expert on what works to help the economy? Newt also said "I am not a citizen of this world" making an attempt to show he disagrees with Obama's statement " I am a citizen of this world". Who the f*** cares Newt Gingrinch? Most of us wish you were not a citizen of this United States as well because you are fighting against helping the United States improve this economy. Newt Gingrich if you're hoping to be elected President in 2012, you have already failed, just as you have failed to help the United States fix our economy. Same goes to Palin. Obama will fix this economy and will go on to be President until 2016.


Go Detroit Red Wings

>> Saturday, May 30, 2009

Go Red Wings!!! The Detroit Red Wings start their final series against the Pittsburgh Penguins today at 8:00 pm. This is a rematch of the previous season's Stanley Cup finalists when the Red Wings defeated the Penguins in 6 games. This time I predict the series will go to at least 6 games again. The Red Wings are starting this series without two star players, Pavel Daksyuk and Kris Draper but I expect others players will pick up the slack as they did in the series against the Black Hawks but at least they will have captain Nicklas Lidstrom back in the lineup for game one today. Some game analysts are predicting that the defending champion Red Wings can't beat the Penguins this year, we will see, I think the Wings can win and will win in 6 or 7 games. Go Wings!!!

Update: 1 The Red Wings beat the Penguins 3-1 in game one. They play again some time Sunday.
Update: 2 The Red Wings beat the Penguins 3-1 in game two. They now lead the series 2-0 and the next game is in Pittsburgh on Tuesday. Go Wings!!!
Update: 3 The Penguins beat the Red Wings 4-2. The Red Wings still lead the series 2-1 and will soon lead the series 3-1.
Update: 4 & 5 The Penguins beat the Red Wings in game four 4-2 but the Red Wings beat the Penguins in game five 5-0. The Red Wings now lead the series 3-2 and can win the Stanley Cup in Pittsburgh this Tuesday. Go Wings!!!
Update: 6 The Penguins beat the Red Wings 2-1 in Pittsburgh to tie the series 3-3. Game 7 is in Detroit Friday at 8:00 pm. The Red Wings are favored to win the cup. Go Wings!!!


Installing Carpet

>> Sunday, May 24, 2009

I haven't made a post in this blog in about 8 days because I've been a little busy. A few months ago I posted about how I bought some carpet that was used in the Detroit Auto Show. Well, I finally started installing it upstairs. I've only been doing a little bit at a time because I try to only work when my 15 month old son is sleeping, otherwise he cries and gives his mother a hard time until she has to bring him upstairs to watch me, which takes her away from her chores downstairs. Anyway, a few more days work and I'll be finished upstairs, then I can start installing carpet downstairs. My blog will suffer from lack of post, but at least I can continue making 300 EC drops every day.


The Republicans are on the attack again

>> Saturday, May 16, 2009

Here we go again. The Republicans are on the attack again. This time they are concentrating their attack on House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, accusing her of lying about whether she was briefed by the CIA on waterboarding. Pelosi says she was misled. Who do you believe? I believe Pelosi because Bob Graham who was the Chairman of the Senate Intelligence Committee at the time had a similar briefing as Pelosie's by the CIA three weeks later and said “I do not have any recollection that day of there being a discussion of something that would have been as neon as waterboarding or other torture techniques,” Mr. Graham said. Newt Gingrinch said "I have never heard such a disgusting lie by a political official in my all my lifetime" Oh really Newt? What about the lies Bush and Cheney told about weapons of mass destruction in Iraq so Bush could start his war with Iraq? When they couldn't find any weapons of mass destruction, they tried to link Al Qaeda with Saddam Hussein, but they couldn't find any possible links so they started torturing some of the detainees in desperation to try and make someone admit to being linked to Al Qaeda. Unfortunately for Bush and Cheney it didn't work. Now they try to justify the torture by saying it gave them valuable information in the fight against terror. Another lie. Nancy Pelosi will survive this latest political attack by the Republicans as she has in the past.


Go Red Wings

>> Tuesday, May 12, 2009

Go Red Wings!!! Beat the Mighty Ducks tonight at 10:00 pm and clinch the series.

The Detroit Red Wings lead the series 3-2 and can go to the next round with a win tonight. GO WINGS !!!

Update: Red Wings lost 1-2 to the Lucky Ducks. Game seven will be played in Detroit Thursday night.

Update: The Detroit Red Wings defeated the not so Mighty Ducks 4-3 to go on to the next round against the Chicago Blackhawks.


Happy Mothers Day

>> Saturday, May 9, 2009

Before I get accused of forgetting Mothers Day, I want to wish all the mothers who visit my blog a very Happy Mothers Day. To the most important mother in my life, I wish my wife Lisa a very Happy Mothers Day. She is really a great mother to our son and the best wife a man could ask for as well. To my mother-in-law, Happy Mothers Day to you to. To my daughter Bobbie, I wish you a Happy Mothers Day and lastly, but not least, I want to wish Happy Mothers Day to my mom who passed away 20 years ago, you are gone but never forgotten.


Some good news to share

>> Sunday, May 3, 2009

I have some good news to share. My daughter, Bobbie just got engaged May 2. Her boyfriend, Joe finally proposed to her after over 3 or 4 years of dating, I can't remember, anyway she said yes. Congratulations to my daughter and future son-in-law. Also some other good news for me and my wife, it is our 2 year wedding anniversary today May 3. We celebrate with our 14 month old son, Michael. In other good news Manny Pacquaio defeated Ricky Hatton in the second round last night with a knock out. Way to go Pacman!


House Centipede

>> Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Have you ever seen this bug in your house before? I have and so has my wife. The first time I saw this bug it ran real fast across my living room floor and it scared the shit out of me, (not literally). Anyway, I did a search on the Internet to find out what this scary bug is. I found out it is called a House Centipede. It is supposedly harmless as a spider but they can still bite you, although I never heard of anyone getting bitten by one. Apparently they eat other insects just like spiders do and they like moist areas such as damp basements and crawlspaces. I happen to have a crawlspace, so that's where my problem is. I only see a few running through my living room every year, so I guess I can handle that. But I'd rather exterminate them along with the spiders I see every so often.


No PageRank information available

>> Sunday, April 26, 2009

I wrote a post about page rank before but I'm starting to get a little impatient waiting for Google to rank my site. I still have no page rank information available. Why can't Google rank my site and give me at least a 0 rank? I noticed my wife's blog which was ranked 3 by Google yesterday, has no page rank information available. Why would her site suddenly have no page rank information available when just yesterday it had a page rank 3? I think if Google wants to keep it's credibility, they better do a better job in crawling sites that are verified sites. Google has already lost credibility with me. Please don't give me any more advice on how to increase my rank with Google, I need advice on how to get ranked by Google period.


11 Month Old Mauled To Death By Pit Bull

>> Wednesday, April 22, 2009

While watching the news today, I saw a news report about a 11 month old boy in Eastpointe, Michigan who was mauled to death by the family dog. The parents were on the bed and the child was playing in the room when the family pit bull came in and attacked the child. The father got a gun and shot and killed the dog to stop the attack, by then it was to late for the little baby boy.

It seems like I hear about these pit bull attacks all the time. Where is your brains if you own one of these vicious dogs and have young children in the home? Maybe not all pit bulls are going to attack people but certainly it does happen. Are you willing to risk the life of your child or someone else because you believe the chance of your pit bull becoming vicious is too remote? I'm sure these parents are mourning the death of their child, but I think they should be charged with man slaughter for putting their young child at risk, and what were they doing on the bed while their baby was playing in the room? I'm thinking child neglect as well.

Owning pit bulls should be banned everywhere in my opinion because owners can't be trusted to use proper judgement in handling pit bulls that are very dangerous and unpredictable. If you want a nice dog that scares people without being unpredictable, get a German Shepherd or a Great Dain. Don't put children at risk of death or injury from pit bulls.


New Blog Template

>> Monday, April 20, 2009

I welcome all my visitors to my new blog template. Maybe you thought this is a new blog, but not so. My wife finally convinced me to try a new template, so today I finally gave in and agreed to let her change it for me. The only thing I did was approve the template design she found and a little touch-up afterward. Anyway, let me know what you think of my new template and I welcome any suggestions you might have.


I need to lighten up a little bit

>> Saturday, April 18, 2009

If you've read some of my post in this blog lately, you probably would think that I take politics way to seriously. You would be right. I really do need to lighten up a little bit. But I do enjoy debating the issues and ranting about things that bother me because the Republican views and policies really get me going sometimes. I suppose putting up with 8 years of Bush and his policies is the reason. But then even after all the mistakes Bush made, most Republicans still can't admit Bush did anything wrong. Anyway I promise to be more civil to the visitors who comment on my post in the future. But I will continue to moderate all comments to weed out the nasty, the insulting and the comments that are too long.

But I hear it all the time, the Democrats are anti-war because most of us saw through Bush's and Cheney's lies and were against the war in Iraq from the start, or that we don't support the troops because we're against the war in Iraq, I will always support my troops, or that we want to abolish all gun rights because some Democrats wanted to make assault weapons illegal, or that we are all Socialist because we want a level and fair playing field for the middle class, or that we are murderers because we are for abortion, but I'm one Democrat that is against abortion, or that we are a bunch of tree hugging animal rights activist. Not me, I couldn't care less about the polar bears in Alaska or the Arctic Circle or the alligators in Florida, kill them all if you want. I do care about the people of my country first and the rest of the world second. I believe if the Democrats were not fighting for the middle class and the poor, the rich would have complete control of our government and country by now. Then we would have two majority classes the rich and the poor, then the middle class would be a minority, which would be fine for most Republicans. Tell me I'm wrong and why.


Comment on a conservative's blog

>> Tuesday, April 14, 2009

Recently I left a negative comment on a conservative jerk's blog that I won't name for fear I might give him more publicity than he deserves. Boy was that a mistake! Not only did I get pummeled with follow up comments from the site's owner criticising my grammar and spelling, but also his wife joined in on slandering me as well. Then all his devoted followers(who are obviously all Republicans) started doing the same. I thought that by leaving a negative comment about my displeasure with his most recent post, I would possibly make him realize how childish he is by posting the picture that he had there. I was wrong, not only is he childish, but so is all of his Republican friends as well. Here is a message to all Republicans. Obama is your president, get over it. You lost and the Democrats won. Stop acting like little children who lost a ball game and then taking your ball and going home. Its time for all Americans to stand together and get this country back to the way it was before Bush was president. Stop trying to hinder every step the Democrats take in trying to fix a broken economy that was given to us by the Bush administration. Of course I know telling this to Republicans is like talking to a wall. They will never admit they were wrong or made mistakes because that would mean they have to be honest, one thing most Republicans have trouble with. One more thing , my spelling, punctuation and grammar might not always be perfect, but at least I get my point across. Every time a Republican doesn't like what you say, instead of arguing the point, they would rather point out the mistakes in grammar and spelling to make you look bad. So what! if I said "your" when I should have said "you're". They know what I'm trying to say. From now on, when I have something negative to say about a conservative's post, I will do it here on my blog where I can control the content. Democrats rule, long live the Democrats!


President Obama is Tough on Terrorism

>> Monday, April 13, 2009

Anyone who doubted President Obama would be tough on terrorism, can now relax and put their doubts aside. Obama has proven he is going to be tough on terrorism on Easter when he gave orders to use deadly force against the pirates who kidnapped an American captain and demanded a one million dollar ransom. The Navy Seals used snipers to pick off three of the pirates while the US Navy ship was towing the lifeboat back out to sea. The Somali pirates now know that if they try to hijack any more US ships, they won't be paid any ransoms and they put their lives at risk from the US Navy. I haven't heard any criticism from the conservatives who are always quick to criticize anything Obama does, because they know Obama did the right thing. I don't expect I will hear any praise for Obama's decision coming from the far right either. Finally I can be proud to be an American, something that was hard for me to be when Bush was in office.


Detroit Comes Alive For A Few Days

>> Wednesday, April 8, 2009

Detroit was alive for a few days because it hosted the NCAA Final Four. Now its back to normal. Normal for Detroit means only a few people walking the downtown streets. The only time Detroit comes alive is during special events. Detroit isn't like other big cities such as Chicago or New York. Chicago and New York are alive every day. They have thousands of pedestrians walking around their downtown everyday. They don't need special events to bring a little life to their cities. They already have life every day. I think Detroit is dieing a slow death. I've watched it go downhill ever since the riots in 1968. People started moving into the suburbs to get away from the high crime rate. The crime rate has stayed the same and in some cases has even gotten worse, so Detroit's population keeps declining every year. Some say Detroit needs mass transit like Chicago and New York has. But I think mass transit is a result of a thriving city. Not a thriving city is a result of mass transit. I don't think there is any magic pill that will help Detroit. Maybe if the crime rate would go down. But that would require more police in a city that can't even afford to pay the police force they have now. I live about 5 miles outside Detroit, so I'm a little concerned that Detroit's problems might start becoming my city's problem as well. Hopefully I can sell my house this year and move to the Philippines with my wife and son. The last one out of Detroit, please turn out the lights.


Michigan State vs North Carolina for NCAA Championsip

>> Sunday, April 5, 2009

Michigan State meets North Carolina Monday, April 6 and the winner will be the NCAA Basketball Champions. Both teams played each other back on Dec. 3 and North Carolina was the clear winner with a final score of 98-63. You can't get beat much worse than that. But the Spartans are playing like a different team now and they have won the last 3 games in which they were labeled the underdog. North Carolina is favored to win based on their season stats 33-4, while Michigan State's season stats are 31-6, so again Michigan State is the underdog, but I believe the Spartans will win, just because they can. So I'm making this post to prove I predicted the winner in advance, he-he-he. Care to make a bet? Anyway if Michigan State doesn't win, I can always delete this post, lol. But they will.
Update: Michigan State 72 North Carolina 89 )-: Ok they didn't win, but at least they made it to the final two. Way to go Spartans, you rock!


Buy American Automobiles

>> Tuesday, March 31, 2009

I Received a couple comments about my last post. Apparently I struck some raw nerves when I said some American consumers believe its ok to buy foreign cars instead of buying American cars and supporting the American workers. One comment was to long and went on to bash Obama, so I'm going to reject that one. If you want to bash Obama, do it in your own blog. The other post I think I'll accept, just so my readers can see why some people think it's ok to buy foreign cars.

To The Natural State Hawg who says that him and his wife own two Toyotas that were built here in the USA by American labor. I've heard the same lame excuse from other Toyota owners. Do you know where the profits from those Toyotas go after you buy them? They go straight to Japan, which helps their economy. Who are you supporting? Japan. That's where your hard earn cash is going, instead of stimulating our economy, you're stimulating Japan's economy. The reason Toyota is cheaper than a comparable US made car is because of unfair trade practices by Japan and the fact that Japan artificially devalues their yen so that they can sell their exports cheaper. Another reason is Toyota has only been making a big amount of cars for maybe 20 years, so they don't have a whole lot of retiree pensions to pay out. Another myth is American made cars are overpriced garbage. Where have you been the last 10 years? If you bother to go and test drive a few of the new American made cars by GM, Ford or Chrysler (I don't know about the Pacifica, I never cared for that model), you'll find out that our cars are at least as good, if not better than the new Toyotas selling today. BUY AMERICAN, no more excuses.


Obama's Auto Industry Plan

>> Monday, March 30, 2009

I just saw the news on TV about Obama's announcement that GM and Chrysler are not viable and that both companies must still make more sacrifices before they can receive anymore government loans. President Obama is giving GM 60 days to make satisfactory concessions while giving Chrysler only 30 days to conclude an alliance with Fiat with more worker and union concessions. If successful the government will consider investing 6 billion dollars to help the partnership between Chrysler and Fiat succeed. If not, then the government will not help Chrysler any longer.

Because I'm a retired Chrysler employee, I can't help but be worried for Chrysler's future. If Chrysler fails, not only will 10's of thousands of workers lose their jobs, but the retired workers will also lose their pensions as well. It seems to me that Obama might be willing to let Chrysler fail as long as GM can succeed. That way he can say he kept his promise of saving the auto industry. And why is he asking the union to make more concessions? The UAW has already cut the workers pay below the pay that Toyota pays its employees. If the workers have to make any more concessions it will just cause more hardship on employees trying to provide for their families.

I know I said I would never regret voting for Obama and I still mean it because the alternative would be a McCain administration that would have not only let Chrysler fail, but GM as well. But I feel Obama has let me down along with the rest of the Chrysler employees who voted for him and were depending on him to help Chrysler survive. I hope Chrysler will survive despite the economic downturn that was caused by greedy financial institutions, despite the government's reluctance to help and despite the American consumer who believes its OK to buy foreign cars instead of supporting their fellow American workers.

Added Note: I already received a comment, if you want to call it that, from a Republican. He just left his post url. I'm not going to give him a link in my post so that he can use my blog to spread his greedy and selfish Republican views. I guess he wanted me to accept that as a comment. I went to his blog and read his post. In it he says the poor and middle class Americans are lazy and that the AIG executives deserve the millions in bonuses provided with tax payer money because they worked so hard for it. I say, If they worked so hard, then AIG shouldn't need any help from anyone. What a bunch of BS! Is this guy kidding?


Michigan vs Louiville in NCAA

>> Sunday, March 29, 2009

It's Sunday and we're just watching the Michigan State vs Louisville basketball game. I'm rooting for MI obviously because I live in Michigan. I'm also a Pistons and Red Wings fan. Right now State is leading 52- 41 in the second half and I think their going to win this game, I hope anyway so that my team can win and advance to the final four. Good luck to the Spartans, and to all my visitors, Have a good day.

UPDATE: Michigan won! 64-52 final score.


About Previous Post

>> Saturday, March 28, 2009

Thanks to all who left their comments to the previous post. Your suggestions were very helpful and I'm going to be following your advice. Hopefully soon I can get ranked by Google. To all my visitors, I invite everyone to exchange links with me so that we can get the needed back links that Google looks for. If you want to X-link, just leave a comment in my Chat Box.


No Page Rank Yet

>> Tuesday, March 24, 2009

I've been trying to get a Google page rank since I started this blog. So far no luck. I can't even get a 0 out of 10 PR. I've tried submitting my blog to Google and DMOZ and I know I need Google backlinks, but I don't know an easy way to get them. If anyone knows how I can get backlinks, feel free to leave a comment and tell me please.


Don't Drink and Drive

>> Tuesday, March 17, 2009

I was watching the news last night and saw a really tragic story. Apparently some stupid drunk 47 year old lady decided it was OK to drink and drive and lost control of her van going about 80 mph in a 45 mph zone, crossed the medium and hit a car with 4 teenagers inside killing all of them. What the hell is wrong with people who think it's OK to drive drunk? Every time someone drives drunk they risk killing someone, yet people continue to do it. Any idiot who drives drunk even once should lose there license for good. This lady will most likely spend the rest of her life in jail for murdering 4 young kids who had their whole life in front of them and rightfully so. To bad she was too stupid to know not to drink and drive. To see the complete story go to this link...


Property Taxable Value

>> Thursday, March 12, 2009

When I received my Notice of Assessment for property taxes in the mail this year I noticed for the second year in row that my assessed value from last year went down and my taxable value from last year went up. How can this happen?, I asked myself. I was already to file an appeal with The Board of Review, then I decided to see if I could get this question answered by Googling my question on the Internet. I found the answer but it still doesn't make any sense to me. At least I know its not a mistake. The government of Michigan knows this law defies all logic but it would take a vote by the full legislature to change it. Something that's not going to happen I'm afraid because our government would lose a great amount of money if they did. I guess all of us in Michigan will just have to accept this rip-off by our government. Anyone who would like to see the Explanation of Proposal A can go to the following link. I just wanted to add that I don't mind paying my fair share of taxes, but I think the explanation should at least make sense. One more thing. If 5% of the population makes 95% of the money, then they should at least pay 95% of the taxes. Thats only fair, and if it takes big government to make that happen, I'm all for big government.
Added Note: I was wrong about 5% of the population making 95% of the income. But here is a fact: In the United States today, the wealthiest 1% of the population owns more than the bottom 95 %. The top 5 % make about half of all combined income. But still the same, if the top 1% owns 95% of everything in the US, then they should pay 95% of the taxes.


No Regrets Voting For Barack Obama

>> Wednesday, March 11, 2009

What is going on with these ads in some blogs asking "Do You Regret Voting For Barack Obama?". My answer is of course HELL NO!. I clicked on the ad just to see what percentage regretted voting for Obama. 46% don't regret voting for him, 16% regret voting for him, and 37% never voted for him.I suspect the 16% that regret voting for him are watching too much of Fox News and listening to too many Republican lies. Here's what else it says when you click on the ad.
Between an expensive stimulus package and questionable appointees, President Barack Obama may have kept the nation divided in controversy rather than uniting it. Now that the Obama has been in the office long enough to make some real changes, do you have any second thoughts about how you voted in the Presidential election? 
First of all Obama is doing exactly what he promised in his campaign which is to pick up the pieces left by the Bush administration. Secondly, the nation is only divided along party lines because the republicans refuse to go along with any of Obama's plan's to help our nation recover from a recession that is a direct result of Bush's failed presidency the last 8 years. The question should have been, Do you regret voting for Bush the last 2 terms? I think the answer would have been at least 75% did regret voting for Bush.


Bad Economy In The United States

>> Monday, March 9, 2009

I was watching the news today and heard that the world's economic loss from this recession were in, totals more than 50 trillion dollars. That is money that is lost for good. This shows that not only is the U.S. suffering with this bad economy, but everyone is world wide. Then I started thinking, have we hit bottom yet? When will this downturn stop? I know the answer to this, but I don't exactly know when it's going to happen. This economy will start to improve when people with secure jobs start spending again. By spending, I mean buying big ticket items like cars & trucks, major appliances, furniture and so on. Come on people, if you have a secure job, don't just save your money in a bank, you need to spend it now. If everyone saves their money waiting for this economy to improve, you'll have a long wait and maybe your secure job will be lost to. This bad economy needs investors, that's why the Obama administration has invested our tax dollars in this economy and that's why everyone with extra money just sitting in the bank needs to go out and spend a little of it to give our economy a boost. Some say (mostly republicans) that we should do nothing and the economy will fix itself. That is total BS. If we do nothing this world will see a great depression that will make the last great depression look like a small recession. That's my opinion and I'm sure there many who disagree with me (most of them being republican). So I say, if you have any negative comments to leave, save your time, because I won't accept them.


Obama's Address To Congress

>> Thursday, February 26, 2009

Anyone who missed Obamas address to congress can watch it by clickin the links below.

Robert --

Last night, I addressed a joint session of Congress for the first time.

To confront the serious economic challenges our nation faces, I called for a new era of responsibility and cooperation. We need to look beyond short term political calculations and make vital investments in health care, energy, and education that will make America stronger and more prosperous well into the future.
Watch a few highlights from my address and share it with your friends now:

A little more than a month into my administration, we've already taken bold steps to address our urgent economic problems.

Through the Recovery Act, the Stability Plan, and the Housing Plan, we're taking the immediate necessary measures to halt our economic downturn and provide much-needed assistance to working people and their families.

But to set our country on a new course of stability and prosperity, we must reject the old ways of doing business in Washington. We can no longer tolerate fiscal deficits and runaway spending while deferring the consequences to future generations.

That's why I pledged last night to cut our deficit in half by the end of my term. Achieving that goal will require making sacrifices and hard decisions, as well as an honest budgeting process that is straight with taxpayers about where their dollars are going.

Watch some key moments from my address now:

Central to this plan will be a renewed commitment to honesty and transparency in government. Restoring our country's economic health will only happen when ordinary citizens are given the opportunity to hold their representatives fully accountable for the decisions they make.

I look forward to continuing to work with you as we bring about the change you made possible.

Thank you,

President Barack Obama


Americans Have A New Enemy

>> Wednesday, February 25, 2009

Americans have a new enemy. This is a cold hearted enemy who will only help you if you have lots of money. This enemy wants to destroy the labor unions, the middle class and anyone else who goes against their beliefs. Who is this enemy you ask? It is none other than the Republican Party. The Republicans in the House and Senate have as much as admitted that they want to see Democrats fail in their attempt to save the American economy from going into a economic depression. They have announced proudly that they would rather see us go into an economic depression than use 800 billion tax payer dollars to stimulate the economy. They wanted the Detroit Automakers to fail also, but Bush didn't want to be known as the one who caused a great depression because he is already known as the worst president in history, so he authorized the loans for Automakers before he left office. The Republicans in our government know that if the Democrats succeed in rescuing this economy, that their days in power will be numbered. That is why they want the great depression to happen. They don't care about all the millions of Americans who would lose their jobs, their pensions and their homes. They don't care about the sky rocketing crime rate that would happen if we had a depression. All they care about is helping the rich and keeping the Republican Party in Power. In my mind the Republican Party  has become an enemy of all Americans. I only hope that the supporters of the Republican Party realize that the agenda of the GOP is anti American. Right now we need to stand behind the Democrats and help this great nation of ours recover from 8 years of Republican repression.


Buying Auto Show Carpet

>> Wednesday, February 4, 2009

I haven't made a post in this blog lately, so guess I'll try to talk about my experience buying some used carpet from the auto show last Thursday. I saw on the news that Mcnabb's Flooring was selling the used carpet from the auto show for 22 cents a square foot. I needed some carpet for the finished attic I just got done with. So I went there at 8:00 AM Thursday thinking I would get ahead of the crowd. To my surprise when I arrived, there was about 200 hundred people already there. After quickly finding a place to park, I got inside the store and received ticket number 139. Thinking to myself, (I remember hearing that they will serve 400 people per day), I thought that it might only take 3 or 4 hours waiting for my turn to pick out some carpet. Boy, was I wrong! I didn't get out of that store until 7:00PM, which means I was there for 7 hours. Anyway it was worth the wait, because I saved over $1,400 on that carpet. Now my next task is to either hire someone to install it or rent the tools and install it myself. If I ever decide to buy used auto show carpet there again, I'll make sure I'm there at 7:00AM at least. Then maybe I'll only have 2 or 3 hour wait.


A Note to EC Droppers

>> Sunday, February 1, 2009

I apologize to any EC droppers who visit my blog. I didn't make any drops yesterday because I was busy doing other things. I am continuing to drop today, although I may not get close to 200 drops. Well that didn't last very long. Just when I was getting started dropping, EC went down for maintenance. Figures! Thanks for visiting my blog.


No EC Dopper Yet

>> Wednesday, January 28, 2009

To any Entrecard users looking to find my drop box. This a new blog and EC requires new blogs to have at least 5 post before they will accept a new membership. Sense this is my fifth post, I will try again to apply for EC. With any luck I'll be dropping tonight. Thanks for visiting my blog.


Bravejournal Problems

>> Tuesday, January 27, 2009

I use to use Bravejournal to blog until I recently had my site reported as being a site that host malware, which is a false accusation made by Google because there is no way to verify a Bravejournal site with Google unless you purchase an html editor so you can put their html code in your blog. So from now on I will be using this blog with to blog in. If you're considering using Bravejournal because it's free, I recommend you use Blogger instead and save yourself a lot of problems and frustration.



>> Monday, January 26, 2009

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Fiat Deal Could Save Chrysler

The news that Chrysler and Fiat have forged a strategic partnership offers more than just a glimmer of hope for the struggling automaker, it could very well open up a number of doors on both sides of the Atlantic.

Chrysler has been struggling for years, dating back to the 1970s when the automaker found itself running low on cash and losing market share to Japanese imports. After receiving a federal government loan and paying the money back early and with interest, Chrysler managed to go on through the 1980s, riding the success of its K car lines and minivans.

In 1987, Chrysler acquired America’s #4 automaker, the American Motors Corporation (AMC) and things looked good for awhile. Even into the early and mid 1990s when the company rolled out an all new Dodge Ram pickup truck, the Dodge Viper sportscar, and a new line of full sized cars, the company’s fortunes appeared to be positive. That was enough to convince Daimler to purchase Chrysler and pay the $37 billion valuation for the company.

A marriage that some had hoped was made in heaven was hatched in hell as the terms of the “merger” clearly demonstrated that Stuttgart, Germany was in charge and that Auburn Hills, MI would do as the Germans said. By 2007, a divorce was in the works, one where Daimler wrote off tens of billions of dollars in equity to sell controlling interest to Cerberus Capital Management, LP - a private equity firm.

Because Cerberus is a private equity firm with no automotive experience whatsoever, the thought among industry experts was that the company would hold onto Chrysler only long enough to make some changes and then sell it for a handsome profit a year or so later.

Unfortunately for Cerberus, the auto industry began a historic collapse at the beginning of 2008, one that eventually devalued Chrysler, even forcing Daimler AG to write down its 19.9% share in the company to zero by June. When the year ended, Chrysler was out of cash and had seen 30% of its sales disappear.

A federal loan in the amount of four billion dollars has kept Chrysler afloat, one that they received just a few weeks ago. Part of the deal with securing the loan is a requirement that Chrysler come up with a plan to remain solvent for the long term. Though specifics weren’t hammered out, striking a deal with another automaker was considered to be a priority, though Chrysler certainly didn’t see themselves hooking up with a company along the lines of Daimler.

Now comes Fiat, struggling to keep pressing forward itself, is a natural for Chrysler. Fiat at one time sold cars in the US market, pulling out in the early 1980s but has been wanting to re-enter. The cost of entry into the US market is quite high, but with a strong Chrysler, Jeep and Dodge dealership network in place, the obstacle to bringing its Alfa Romeo brand back to America has now been eased.

Chrysler will gain access to something it doesn’t have, but desperately needs to survive: small car platforms. The Fiat 500 is the 2008 European Car of the Year, just the kind of model that would fit in nicely for Dodge, for example. Chrysler LLC would probably take the 500’s platform and build its own car, something it can do quickly thanks to Fiat.

Fiat’s part in the deal will also include the company gaining a 35% equity stake in Chrysler with the option to take another 20%. That 20% could end up coming from Daimler, especially as they are eager to divest themselves of their 19.9% stake.

The Fiat-Chrysler deal would benefit both companies and has already received tacit UAW approval. With both companies needing a partnership in a bid to survive long term, the Fiat-Chrysler alliance could be the best deal that either company can expect to make in a highly competitive global car market. That means there is still hope for Chrysler.


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