David Lecherman’s weasel excuse not accepted
The weasel tries to defend himself: “We were, as we often do, making jokes about people in the news and we made some jokes about Sarah Palin and her daughter [Bristol]… and now they’re upset with me…” Letterman says on tonight’s show. “These are not jokes made about her 14-year-old daughter. I would never, never make jokes about raping or having sex of any description | Read More »
Palin: Letterman ‘pathetic’; nutroots ‘buffoons’
From Politico, Governor Sarah Palin, in a guest appearance on John Ziegler’s KGIL radio show today, called David Letterman “pathetic” after the vicious See-BS Late Show host cracked what was evidently supposed to be a joke about her “slutty flight attendant look.” The governor also said that reporters and bloggers in the state-controlled media who accused her of plagiarism are “buffoons”: High-quality audio of Ziegler’s | Read More »
Dealergate 10: The cost of closing dealers
The closing of Chrysler and GM dealerships is going to be an expensive process for Americans. The taxpayers have already been fleeced of billions of dollars to put Chrysler and GM under the thumb of the federal government, but it will be difficult to estimate the additional costs of closing 789 Chrysler and 1200 GM dealers.
Dealergate 9: Questioning the ‘auto task force tyrants’
As we reported yesterday, even some Democrats are beginning to question President Obama and auto his task force. They can’t understand why profitable, top-performing Chrysler dealers are being forced to close their doors. We’ve been asking this and other questions about the Dealergate scandal for weeks, and we’re encouraged to see some House Democrats finally getting curious about how the decisions were made regarding which | Read More »
HuffPo’s Geoffrey Comes Undunn over Palin
Geoffrey Dunn, in an unhinged huff piece at HuffPo, has charged Gov. Palin with plagiarism. In a dubious diary titled “Palin Plagiarizes Gingrich in Anchorage Speech,” Dunn declares, “It’s a pure case of unadulterated plagiarism”: Palin acknowledged that “Recently, Newt Gingrich, he had written a good article about Reagan….” (Recently? It was four years ago; and she said “good,” with an obvious disdain, since Gingrich | Read More »
Dealergate 8: Look who’s concerned now
House Majority Leader Steny H. Hoyer and Reps. Chris Van Hollen and Daniel Maffei, in a letter today to President Barack Obama, expressed their “growing concern” over the closings of GM and Chrysler dealerships. Moreover, the three congressional Democrats say they want to hear a “compelling justification” how closing healthy dealerships will improve the ailing automakers’ fiscal situation. The three were asking their Capitol Hill | Read More »
No surprise: Anti-Palin AP snubs Alaska’s Governor
In a story headlined “Alaskans concerned about North Korea’s missiles” the Associated Press continues in its Anti-Palin tradition. Mary Pemberton, who wrote the story, quoted several of Alaska’s citizens as well as “the state’s political leaders.” Among the latter, Pemberton included statements from Rep. Don Young and Sen. Mark Begich. Conspicuously absent from the article was any mention of Gov. Sarah Palin, who has been | Read More »
Dealergate 7: Why were top-performing dealers closed?
Since we last checked in on the Dealergate fiasco, the new media has been busy doing the work old media reporters should have been doing all along. Obama sycophants on the Left end of the blogosphere continued with their “nothing to see here, folks” defense of their beloved savior-president. And Chrysler dealers on the closed list offered evidence in court that most had sales figures | Read More »
The Truth About Cars?
At The Truth About Cars, Ken Elias posits that though Monday’s announcement of the GM bankruptcy was a bad day for the once dominant U.S. automaker, it was an even worse day for Toyota. His theory is that GM, bolstered with taxpayer dollars and free from creditors’ demands, will come roaring back with bold new products and lower fixed costs, more competitive than ever: Toyota | Read More »
Sarah Palin: Big Government wants to control everything
In a speech introducing Ronald Reagan’s elder son Michael last night in Anchorage, Gov. Sarah Palin warned about big government exerting control over the private sector. the states and the people. “We need to be aware of the creation of a fearful population, and fearful lawmakers, being led to believe that big government is the answer, to bail out the private sector, because then government | Read More »
Little Rock terrorist wanted revenge for Muslims
Abdulhakim Mujahid Muhammad, 23, aka Carlos Bledsoe, told police that he shot two U.S. Army privates with the intent to kill them Monday because he was a practicing Muslim, and he was angered by what the American military had done to Muslims in the past. He also told officers that if more soldiers been on the parking lot with the victims, he would have shot | Read More »
Dealergate 6: The Clinton Factor
Since our last update of the blogger investigation into the Chrysler dealer closing fiasco now known as Dealergate, another significant benchmark has been met. All of the information from the .pdf list of Chrysler dealers remaining open has been put into spreadsheet format. With both lists now in this form, researchers are finally able to analyze the MOPAR dealer data and find significant patterns buried deep | Read More »
Dealergate 5: Chrysler’s Dealer Council Speaks
Since our update yesterday, it has come to light that the dealerships that dodged (sorry, couldn’t resist) Chrysler’s silver bullet have circled their wagons minivans and are doing their fair share of PR work for the government-controlled reorganization of what was once the country’s third largest automaker.
Palin op-ed: My stand blocked federal control of Alaska
Gov. Sarah Palin’s promised op-ed has finally been published by the Anchorage Daily News. In the opinion piece, the governor gives a federalist explanation of why she vetoed $28.6 million of the Obama administration’s stimulus funds: “My record is clear. I support conserving energy through weatherization and I’m an advocate for harnessing renewable sources of energy. But conditions here required more ‘big brother’ government involvement than | Read More »
Dealergate 4: What we have so far
Since we last checked in, here are the latest developments in the rope line of strange occurrences Doug Ross has dubbed Dealergate (Some bloggers prefer Mopargate, but many non-motorheads won’t get it. Dealergate it is). In another of the many pesky coincidences to be found in this story, car czar Steven Rattner, the real head of President Obama’s auto task force, is married to Maureen | Read More »
Surprise! More corruption found in Chicago
Prosecutor Patrick Fitzgerald of the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Chicago held a press conference just moments ago and announced an 11-count indictment against Windy City Alderman Ike Carothers, who chairs the City Council’s police and fire committee. Carothers and a real estate developer are facing federal fraud and bribery charges. Fitzgerald’s indictment alleges that the alderman received $40,000 worth of home improvements from the developer, | Read More »
Interview with a *former* GM dealer
On May 20, the Anchorage Daily News ran a story with the headline: “Is Obama closing the Soldotna dealership?” Staff writer Sean Cockerman in Anchorage wrote the following: Gov. Sarah Palin’s new statement criticizing Barack Obama blames the president for the closure of a Soldotna car dealership. But the dealership tells me it’s not closing. Here’s the relevant part of the statement Palin put out | Read More »
Dealergate 3: Targeting GOP Districts
The investigation into how the apparent redistribution of Chrysler dealer franchises we reported on here and here continues. Joey Smith, Gateway Pundit, Reboot Congress and Libertarian Republican are just some of the new media warriors on the case. What the intrepid bloggers are sifting through is the toxic fallout from the Obama administration’s journey to the dark side of corporatist policy – economic fascism: From | Read More »
Dealergate 2: It gets worse
Way back in the 1960s, Chrysler Corporation had a very successful ad campaign for its Dodge Division, portraying their Dodge dealers as “the good guys in the white hats.” Some ongoing research about the way the closings of Chrysler, Dodge and Jeep dealerships are being handled indicates that the Obama administration might think that some of the “good guys” are much better than others. Since | Read More »
Dealergate: Does Obama have a dealer hit list?
Is the Obama administration punishing Chrysler dealers for their politics? A preliminary analysis by Doug Ross suggests that could be the case. There were too many things about the selection of dealerships to be closed that just didn’t add up. Some of the dealers chosen to be terminated were among the more successful outlets in the Chrysler dealership network, and many of them had been | Read More »