Toledo Blade reporter Tyrel Linkhorn got sucked in by Fiat CEO Sergio Marchionne’s misleading email to Chrysler employees today. The Politico’s Alexander Burns relayed Linkhorn’s gullibility to the rest of the nation — or at least the few people scattered throughout the nation who might bother to read it.
Marchionne, as quoted by Linkhorn told employees that “Jeep assembly lines will remain in operation in the United States and will constitute the backbone of the brand. It is inaccurate to suggest anything different.” While that may be true, it doesn’t change the fact that the company announced plans to build a new Jeep model in Italy which will be exported to Europe and North America. As Bloomberg reported this afternoon:
It didn’t take long for the Luddites at Occupy Wall Street to go loony in the wake of Hurricane Sandy’s damage.
Michelle Malkin’s Twitchy.com web site captured tweets about how showing reactions in the midst of all the death and destruction at OWS’s official Twitter account you won’t see in the establishment press. The most egregious examples follow the jump.
Politico promises readers who sign up for its subscription “Pro” service they they will have “No boring stories telling you things you already know.”
Well, there’s nothing more predictable and boring than stories about global warming and climate change which appear every time there’s a major hurricane, serious flooding, or other weather-related catastrophe. Yet, as will be seen after the jump, the supposedly non-boring Politico Pro front page has two such stories in its top four.
Yesterday, Bloomberg News reported that Fiat “is considering building Chrysler models in Italy, including Jeeps, for export to North America.” Today, that news became real when company CEO Sergio Marchnionne announced, in Bloomberg’s words (in paragraph 6, subtitled “Italy’s Jeep”), that it will “build a small Jeep in Italy for export beginning in 2014 … a new model for Europe and the U.S. that isn’t currently in production.”
Of course, today’s Bloomberg report led with Marchionne’s clever denial about the company’s plans for manufacturing in China: “Jeep production will not be moved from the United States to China.” No, he has instead set the stage for newer Jeep models exported to the U.S. to gradually supplant older models made in the U.S. over several years. This should be an embarrassment to those who engineered the Obama administration’s bailout of Chrysler in 2009, ripping off secured creditors in the bankruptcy process and thereby giving Fiat a larger initial share of the company than it deserved. But don’t worry, Colleen Barry at the Associated Press is there with vague language to ensure that this news doesn’t become general knowledge (bold is mine):
Eight days before election day, President Obama proposes creating a new “Secretary Of Business” cabinet post. Just what the country needs: Another layer of bureaucracy to hound the private sector.
After assuring the public “the private sector is doing fine,” yet facing a strong challenger who’s championing the embattled private sector for real, what should our president come up with to bolster his flailing campaign but a hastily cobbled together new plan to create yet another government agency, this time for business.
Seems that with this president all it takes to revive the enfeebled U.S. economy and win votes is yet another new government department to layer on top of all the others. It won’t work.
“I’ve said that I want to consolidate a whole bunch of government agencies. We should have one Secretary of Business, instead of nine different departments that are dealing with things like giving loans to SBA (Small Business Administration) or helping companies with exports,” he told MSNBC.
Almost sounds reasonable, but where has the president been these past four years?
… Adding another agency to supervise business, no doubt led by some college professor acting as “czar,” isn’t the answer. Making big government smaller is.
Here’s a thought: How about a Department of Leave Businesses Alone? No new regulations can be issued unless they can be shown to have tangible, provable benefits which exceed their cost and a payback period (i.e., the points at which proven benefits exceed costs) of three years or less? Additionally, every single reg issued by the Obama administration since it took office expires in six months unless it can pass muster at the newly minted DLBA. Then we start working on regs issued by previous administrations.
Oct 30, 2012 / 01:05 am (CNA).- The new website Catholic Link catalogues videos and other resources useful for ministry and evangelization, aspiring to proclaim the gospel with “creativity and ingenuity.”
“We are deeply convinced that our Catholic Faith in the Lord Jesus is the answer today, for all people, of all ages,” said Garrett Johnson, the manager of Catholic Link’s new English-language site.
He said the site invites visitors to “discover the truths of the faith that are literally all around them” that speak to them through sports, music, school, friendship or at Church.
“We try to express this through the diversity of subjects, tones, and sources of our videos,” said Johnson, who is an American student of philosophy and theology in Rome.
The site collects various streaming videos from sites like YouTube and offers commentaries and interpretations. The site suggests how the videos can be used for Catholic ministry.
Categories include videos about Jesus, the Catholic Church and the Catholic faith, as well as Christian life and family. Other topics include faith and science, pro-life issues, apologetics, recommended movies, music and art, and humorous videos.
Mauricio Artieda, a Peruvian communications major studying in Rome, founded Catholic Link in its first Spanish-language version. He said it began “very quietly” in a blog format.
“Very rapidly, many seminarians, catechists, consecrated men and women and people generally involved in the apostolate (the majority being younger) started to write to us saying that they were using our videos and that the page was helping them a lot in their apostolate,” Artieda said.
The Spanish-language site began last year, while the English-language version is less than a month old. Johnson voiced great hopes for the site.
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