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Wizbang Wednesday Wrap-up

I know what you're thinking. Wrap-ups are usually done at the end of the week. This one is a little different. After Kevin and I discussed it, I'm probably going to make this a regular Wednesday feature for a while at least. So without further ado, I'll introduce this week's theme...


Howard dean is getting his own syndicated column.

WINNERS: People who were not sure how to spell "Yeeeeeeeeeeeeyaaaaaaaaaaaaaaah!"

LOSERS: The humorously named 'Cagle Cartoons' who syndicated him, as well and anyone who reads him looking for thoughtful insight.

Depending on which number you use, the "Bush Economy" created somewhere between 200,000 and 300,000 jobs last month and well over 1 million jobs since the first of the year.

WINNERS: The American people

LOSERS: The Democrats

Judge: Bush Abortion Ban Unconstitutional

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - In a ruling with coast-to-coast effect, a federal judge declared the Partial-Birth Abortion Ban Act unconstitutional Tuesday, saying it infringes on a woman's right to choose.

[Exactly which amendment is that 'right' in? -ed]

U.S. District Judge Phyllis Hamilton's ruling came in one of three lawsuits challenging the legislation President Bush signed last year.

She agreed with abortion rights activists that a woman's right to choose is paramount, and that is therefore "irrelevant" whether a fetus suffers pain, as abortion foes contend.

WINNER: People who kill babies.

LOSERS: Dead Babies

Steven Taylor's worst nightmare.

Big wheels, young boys and trouble

One can only imagine what goes on in the minds of 10-year-old boys. It's a Sunday afternoon. You somehow get into a fenced construction site filled with big cranes and bulldozers. You manage to find some ignition keys, hop up on the seat, start the engine and away you go.

You knock out power to a radio station, seriously damage construction equipment and level a trailer. Your day ends in the back of a squad car.

To the two 10-year-olds, it may have seemed like a romp in a giant sandbox full of toys. But, Minneapolis police say, that romp did more than $500,000 of damage at the Heritage Park housing development near Hwy. 55 and Lyndale Av. N.

WINNERS: Two kids that will be telling that story when they are 50.

LOSERS Their parents who will likely lose their houses to pay the a half a million dollar bill.

The new Cable TV ratings are in.

WINNERS: MSNBC and Chris Matthews

LOSERS: CNN who now ranks below even MSNBC. OUCH!

The war of words between John Kerry and other Vietnam Veterans is heating up. It seems the ever affable Kerry did not make many friends during his 4 months in Vietnam.

WINNERS: Angry Vets who are doing the campaign real damage.

LOSERS: The school children who watched as John Kerry Flipped Off one of his fellow Vietnam Veterans, proving once and for all that your wives' money can't buy class.

The United States Patent and Trademark Office proves AGAIN that it has no idea what it is doing with technology patents. It recently awarded Microsoft patent #6,727,830 on the double-click. That's right, Microsoft applied for a patent (in 2002!) on double clicking the mouse to launch an application and the morons at the USPTO gave it to them!

WINNER: People who revel in the USPTO's ineptitude.

LOSERS: Inventors everywhere.

Wild Haired boxing promoter Don King is endorsing President Bush in November.

WINNER: George Bush

LOSER: George Bush

Inside the Mind of a Liberal

And finally, I leave you with a disturbing peek inside the liberal mind. (seatbelts advised)

Lesley Stahl had a 60 Minutes piece right out of the 70's. If we all didn't start driving tin can cars and not SUV's the whole planet was going to explode and it was all going to be greedy Detroit's fault. (hardly an exaggeration see for yourself)

During this "report" she interviewed Michelle Robinson, policy director for the Union of Concerned Scientists, a whack job environmental group. One quote puts liberalism into perspective:

STAHL: "The auto industry has been hiding behind this issue of consumer demand for decades," says Michelle Robinson, policy director for the Union of Concerned Scientists, a Washington-based environmental group.

ROBINSON:"If consumers knew that they could purchase the same SUV they are driving today that got significantly farther on a gallon of gas, we think they'd make that choice," she continues. "They are not given that choice today. And without government action, there's no incentive for the industry to give consumers that choice."

So in the liberal mind, selling cars is not an incentive for a car company.

The consumers would jump all over it, but the car makers refuse to do it. This flies in the face not only of reason but in the hundreds of millions of dollars spent on advertising the car manufacturers spend. Clearly they want people to buy their product.

If it is so easy to make these cars, why don't these whack job liberals close down their "environmental group" and open a freaking car company? Then, rather than trying to make the world a better place by whining, they would actually save us from SUV's!!! If the market is so great, get out there and make millions AND save the planet.

This is a perfect example of liberalism by the numbers.

1. The condescension, "If consumers knew..."
2. Class warfare/conspiracy theory stuff, "They are not given that choice"
3. No understanding of markets, "there's no incentive"
4. The ever present call for government to solve problems that don't exist. "without government action"

And she managed to do it all in one sound bite.

Till next week...


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Comments (7)

Paul:I want to ask a... (Below threshold)

I want to ask a question, and I am sincere. On the jobs creation, how do those jobs (in real income), compare with the jobs lost since Bush has been in office. There has to be statistics on that. Becuase I dont believe they are high paying jobs, more like Wallmart.
And I am not trying to start a war of words here, just asking the question.

And as for the car thing, I... (Below threshold)

And as for the car thing, I dont know why the Automakers arent making them, but it is clear there is a market. Hybrid cars are backordered on an average of six months, and are demanding a significan premium in price, so call it whatever kind of conspiracy, but the truth is there is a proven market and a need and it is not being addressed. Since I am not an automotive engineer, I have no idea what the challenges are of adopting the hybrid model to an SUV, but it stands to reason that it should be doable.
I dont really consider myself a liberal. I think of myself more as a Moderate-Centrist, but I think one of the problems in our country right now is the polarizing factor of partisan politics on both sides. Yet I continue to contend that the dialogue if conducted on a respectful and open minded level, can lead to a win for all Americans.
Being a businessman and owner of my own company, I am far from being anti business, that does not mean however that I am blinded to the stupidity of business at times. I wish I had the money to start a car company, cause I think anyone who came up with a comfortable, full featured SUV that was hybrid, would make a mint!

(first reply) The truth is ... (Below threshold)

(first reply) The truth is we don't know... No matter who says otherwise, we don't. Hell, we can't figure out if 200,000 or 300,000 jobs were created (that's a 50% increase) and you want to know how much each one pays?

History tells us that this country always gets richer. I'd find it hard to believe that would not be the case.

(second reply) Since you asked the question, I'll assume you will dig a little for the answer. Do a search for my post of car economics and follow the links on hybrids. The reason the manufactures are not producing them faster is that they are having a ton of problems with them. (Like they get worse mileage than regular cars sometimes)

Look- Henry Ford taught the world that technology and efficiency were the secrets to success. Do you really think the manufactures would sit on a product they could sell more of??? They know technology sells cars.

Consider this... Let's say they make a 50K SUV today and they can make a 55K SUV that uses far less gas.... They would slam them into the market because people would buy them just for the mileage (see also hybrid demand)

The car companies are some of the few companies who have the advertising bucks to buy superbowl air time. The spend mountains of money on advertising. Don't you think if they could divert some of that money to doubling mileage they would in a nanosecond?

10 million spent doubling mileage would be far more profitable to the company than 2-3 commercials during a football game.

To believe that the car companies know the secret but are just holding it back is just delusional.

And the idea, often floated... (Below threshold)

And the idea, often floated, that the automotive manufacturing industry is in collusion with "Big Oil" ("Big Ahwl" for us Texans...did I mention I'm a Texan?) is equally ludicrous. If Detroit could make a lot more money by stiffing the oil producers/refiners/distributors, they'd do it in a New York minute.

I have to strongly agree with Paul: the whole idea can only stem from a strenuous effort to ignore a whole grunch of facts and realities.

It never fails to amaze me ... (Below threshold)

It never fails to amaze me how many people are willing to assume that Big Business is so stupid as to think it can make more money by selling less product.

Very good points, and Boyd ... (Below threshold)

Very good points, and Boyd Buddy, I never bought into that colussion with big oil thing either. Will check out the car links Paul, I find this post interesting so I will drop back in. McGehee, I fo one never assume Big Business is stupid.... Crooked as hell in some cases, stupid... NO.

Very interesting comments s... (Below threshold)

Very interesting comments so far on vehicles---I personally think that big government (EPA, NHTSA, etc.) are more at fault than anyone. I posted a portion of this argument in another thread--EPA actually increasing net gas and oil consumption in the name of reduced emissions. Also remember that every few years there's a new mandate from either NHTSA or EPA that requires more equipment be added to passenger vehicles in the name of safety or clean air. Just another factor that drives up prices of autos to the point that SUVs cost as much as a starter home. I won't even address repair costs when these high-tech "improvements" go awry.

I suppose an observation upon materialism and narcissism is in order, as well, but I'll leave that for another post.






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