October 30, 2012

China- and Romney-Obsessed Toledo Blade, Politico Fail to Report Fiat’s Plans to Import New Jeep Model to Be Made in Italy Into U.S.

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:

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SEALS Censored by Facebook

So we’ll post it here — and send a big “bleep you” to Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg and his censorious crew:

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Background here at Breitbart’s Big Government; those censored are at the SpecialOperationsSpeaks PAC.

Occupy Wall Street Tweets in Hurricane’s Aftermath: ‘When Capitalism Retreats, Our Communities Flourish’

Filed under: Economy,Taxes & Government — Tom @ 9:07 pm

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.

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So Predictable: Politico’s ‘Pro’ Subscription Service Features Two ‘Climate Change’ Stories in Its Top Four

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.

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AP Hides Fiat’s Plans to Manufacture Jeeps for North American Market in Italy

ChryslerFiatWide2009Yesterday, 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):

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Video: ‘Conservatism Is Calling’

Filed under: Economy,Taxes & Government — Tom @ 2:59 pm

My alternate title is “Stop the Statism.”

A nicely done video by Chris Corrado posted at American Thinker (HT to an emailer) makes the case against Obama, and for conservative principles as the cure for where he’s taken us:

With appearances by Ronald Reagan, Rush Limbaugh, and Mark Levin.

Home Depot Co-Founder Bernie Marcus: ‘We Can Do Better’ (Update: Remembering Lou Pritchett’s ‘Open Letter to President Obama’)

Filed under: Activism,Business Moves,Economy,Taxes & Government — Tom @ 2:14 pm

From someone who has directly and indirectly through business subordinates hired millions of people (HT American Thinker):

Pull quotes:

  • “I see what’s going on today and I’m frightened to death, I’m just frightened to death.”
  • “(in this kind of business environment) we couldn’t get past six stores (today).” (Home Depot has over 2,000 stores worldwide, the vast majority of which are in the U.s.)
  • “(As a result of businesses not expanding) kids are coming out of college and not getting jobs because companies are not hiring.”
  • “The debt doesn’t mean anything to him (Obama).”
  • “Who is going to bail us out?”
  • “He (Obama) is surrounded by people who don’t have a clue about how to fix the economy … and they’ve demonstrated.”

He also mentioned that a Romney presidency would turn things around slowly and that doing so will be very tough.

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Related, from June 2009: People should have been paying attention long ago when retired Procter & Gamble Vice President Lou Pritchett, who retired in 1995, wrote an “Open Letter to President Obama” –

… You scare me because you have never run a company or met a payroll.

You scare me because you have never had military experience, thus don’t understand it at its core.

You scare me because you lack humility and ‘class’, always blaming others.

You scare me because for over half your life you have aligned yourself with radical extremists who hate America and you refuse to publicly denounce these radicals who wish to see America fail.

You scare me because you are a cheerleader for the ‘blame America’ crowd and deliver this message abroad.

You scare me because you want to change America to a European style country where the government sector dominates instead of the private sector.

You scare me because you want to replace our health care system with a government controlled one.

You scare me because you prefer ‘wind mills’ to responsibly capitalizing on our own vast oil, coal and shale reserves.

You scare me because you want to kill the American capitalist goose that lays the golden egg which provides the highest standard of living in the world.

You scare me because you have begun to use ‘extortion’ tactics against certain banks and corporations.

You scare me because your own political party shrinks from challenging you on your wild and irresponsible spending proposals.

You scare me because you will not openly listen to or even consider opposing points of view from intelligent people.

You scare me because you falsely believe that you are both omnipotent and omniscient.

You scare me because the media gives you a free pass on everything you do.

You scare me because you demonize and want to silence the Limbaughs, Hannitys, O’Relllys and Becks who offer opposing, conservative points of view.

You scare me because you prefer controlling over governing.

Finally, you scare me because if you serve a second term I will probably not feel safe in writing a similar letter in 8 years.

IBD: ‘A Department Of Business Is None Of Obama’s Business’

Filed under: Economy,Taxes & Government — Tom @ 6:55 am

The left is pretending that the Obama campaign isn’t desperate.

That pretense grows tougher with each day, as the campaign comes up with ideas upon which it had four years to act and/or dream up and did nothing.

An Investor’s Business Daily editorial Monday commented on the latest one:

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.

Tuesday Off-Topic (Moderated) Open Thread (103012)

Filed under: Lucid Links — Tom @ 6:05 am

Rules are here. Possible comment fodder may follow later. Other topics are also fair game.

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Positivity: New website gathers video resources for Catholic ministry

Filed under: Positivity — Tom @ 6:00 am

From Rome:

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.

Go here for the rest of the story.