Tuesday, January 26, 2010

True Or Not....This Is The Mind Of Many

Many of us witnessed the arrogance of Barbara Boxer on June 18, 2009 as she admonished Brigadier General Michael Walsh because he addressed her as "ma'am" and not "Senator" before a Senate hearing.This letter is from a National Guard aviator and Captain for Alaska Airlines named Jim Hill. I wonder what he would have said if he were really angry. Long fly Alaska !!!!!

Babs:
You were so right on when you scolded the general on TV for using the term, "ma'am," instead of "Senator". After all, in the military, "ma'am" is a term of respect when addressing a female of superior rank or position. The general was totally wrong. You are not a person of superior rank or position.. You are a member of one of the world's most corrupt organizations, the U.S. Senate, equaled only by the U.S. House of Representatives.

Congress is a cesspool of liars, thieves, inside traders, traitors, drunks (one who killed a staffer, yet is still revered), criminals, and other low level swine who, as individuals (not all, but many), will do anything to enhance their lives, fortunes and power, all at the expense of the People of the United States and its Constitution, in order to be continually re-elected. How many of you could honestly say, "We pledge our lives, our fortunes and our sacred honor"? None? One? Two?

Your reaction to the general shows several things. First is your abysmal ignorance of all things military. Your treatment of the general shows you to be an elitist of the worst kind.. When the general entered the military (as most of us who served) he wrote the government a blank check, offering his life to protect your derriere, now safely and comfortably ensconced in a 20 thousand dollar leather chair, paid for by the general's taxes. You repaid him for this by humiliating him in front of millions.

Second is your puerile character, lack of sophistication, and arrogance, which borders on the hubristic. This display of brattish behavior shows you to be a virago, termagant, harridan, nag, scold or shrew, unfit for your position, regardless of the support of the unwashed, uneducated masses who have made California into the laughing stock of the nation.

What I am writing, are the same thoughts countless millions of Americans have toward Congress, but who lack the energy, ability or time to convey them. Regardless of their thoughts, most realize that politicians are pretty much the same, and will vote for the one who will bring home the most bacon, even if they do consider how corrupt that person is. Lord Acton (1834 - 1902) so aptly charged, "Power tends to corrupt and absolute power corrupts absolutely."
Unbeknownst to you and your colleagues, "Mr. Power" has had his way with all of you, and we are all the worse for it.

Finally Senator, I, too, have a title. It is "Right Wing Extremist Potential Terrorist Threat." It is not of my choosing, but was given to me by your Secretary of Homeland Security, Janet Napolitano. And you were offended by "ma'am"?

Have a fine day. Cheers!
Jim Hill
16808 - 103rd Avenue Court East
South Hill , WA 98374

Monday, January 25, 2010

Harley Davidson: First Loss in 16 Years

BY: Ockham Research Source: beforeitsnews.com
Wisconsin - "We've got Harley-Davidson having a tough morning because their orders dropped 53% compared to the same period last year. Going to be a tough time in 2010…" - CNBC's Squawk on the Street 1/22/2010

Iconic motorcycle maker Harley-Davidson (HOG) reported an extremely rough fiscal fourth quarter on Friday morning in which the company lost $.63 per share excluding one-time charges. Overall, including restructuring costs, the company reported a net loss of $218.7 million or $.94 per share. This is the first quarterly loss for them since 1993, and it was nearly twice as wide a loss as analysts had anticipated. Profits have fallen in nine consecutive quarters and the bigger than expected fourth quarter loss dragged down the fiscal year to a lost $55.1 million or 24 cents per share.

Harley's problems are not difficult to diagnose, fourth quarter total revenue fell 40% to $764.5 million from $1.28 billion. Global shipments dropped by a whopping 53%, and management expects to ship between 201,000 to 212,000 motorcycles in 2010 which would be 5% to 10% below even 2009's level of 223,023. CEO Keith Waddell admitted that coming out of the recession consumers will almost certainly be more cautious about spending. Unfortunately, the company is losing market share in a marketplace that is quickly contracting anyway. Harley said 2009 shipmentsHOG to dealers fell off 27% in the year, which was worse than industry-wide figures showing declines of 21%. Yet, Harley is not willing to discount their bikes, as many competitors have resorted to, because it is feared discounting might tarnish the reputation of their brand.

Waddell and his team have been hard at work streamlining operations in the face of terrible sales. Harley-Davidson has cut capacity by shuttering one of its two factories in York, PA and has reduced its testing facilities from three down to just one. He has also reportedly put the MV Agusta and Buell sport-bike lines for sale, and will instead focus on its name brand which produces higher margins. The Harley Davidson Financial unit, which caused so much pain last year, has narrowed losses considerable to just $7.1 million or just a quarter of losses a year ago. The widespread restructuring is poised to deliver up to $260 million in annual cost savings once restructuring is completed and is expected to save $155 million in 2010.

One way Harley plans to turn things around is with a greater emphasis overseas, as that segment of their business–while small–has held up better than the domestic side. HOG will release 12 models for consumers in India, which may provide a much needed avenue for revenue growth. It is clear that the sheer number of motorcycles sold in the US may not recover to pre-recession levels any time soon.

We have a neutral Fairly Valued stance on Harley Davidson shares as of this week's report, but we were also not anticipating them to report such a wide loss. The stock is selling off about 7% in late trading on Friday, and it is likely we will reaffirm our neutral stance coming into next week. We think Waddell and his management team are making the necessary effort to scale down operations to ease the pains of flagging sales. However, we think that they may want to budge on some of their discounting policies in order to get more buyers interested. The lower priced bikes are already the weakest sellers, so a reduction in price may help stem the bleeding. The best thing for Harley would be a robust economic recovery which would inspire more confident consumers, but we have concerns that may be asking quite a bit in this environment. This is a stock that has plenty of risk to the downside and limited upside in the near term, so we would advise investors to look elsewhere.

Friday, January 22, 2010

North & South

The difference between the North and the South - at last, clearly explained....

The North has Bloomingdale's, the South has Dollar General.
The North has coffee houses, the South has Waffle Houses.
The North has dating services, the South has family reunions.
The North has switchblade knives; the South has .45's
The North has double last names; the South has double first names.
The North has Indy car races; The South has stock car races.
North has Cream of Wheat , the South has grits.
The North has green salads, the South has collard greens.
The North has lobsters, the South has crawfish.
The North has the rust belt; the South has the Bible Belt.

FOR NORTHERNERS MOVING SOUTH . . .... In the South: --If you run your car into a ditch, don't panic. Four men in a four-wheel drive pickup truck with a tow chain will be along shortly. Don't try to help them, just stay out of their way. This is what they live for.

Don't be surprised to find movie rentals and bait in the same store... Do not buy food at this store.

Get used to hearing 'You ain't from round here, are ya?'

Save all manner of bacon grease. You will be instructed later on how to use it.

Don't be worried at not understanding what people are saying. They can't understand you either. The first Southern statement to creep into a transplanted Northerner's vocabulary is the adjective 'big'ol,' truck or 'big'ol' boy. Most Northerners begin their Southern-influenced dialect this way. All of them are in denial about it.

The proper pronunciation you learned in school is no longer proper.

Be advised that 'He needed killin..' is a valid defense here. I

f you hear a Southerner exclaim, 'Hey, y'all watch this,' you should stay out of the way. These are likely to be the last words he'll ever say.

If there is the prediction of the slightest chance of even the smallest accumulation of snow, your presence is required at the local grocery store. It doesn't matter whether you need anything or not. You just have to go there.

Do not be surprised to find that 10-year olds own their own shotguns, they are proficient marksmen, and their mammas taught them how to aim.

In the South, we have found that the best way to grow a lush green lawn is to pour gravel on it and call it a driveway.

AND REMEMBER: If you do settle in the South and bear children, don't think we will accept them as Southerners.. After all, if the cat had kittens in the oven, we ain't gonna call 'em biscuits.

Kicking Ass

Rules for kicking ass!!!

Make sure you read #12
Dear Civilians, 'We know that the current state of affairs in
our great nation has many civilians up in arms and excited
to join the military.For those of you who can't join, you can still lend a hand.
Here are a few of the areas where we would like your
assistance:
1. The next time you see any adults talking (or wearing a
hat) during the playing of the National Anthem - kick their
ass.

2.. When you witness, firsthand, someone burning the
American Flag in protest - kick their ass..

3. Regardless of the rank they held while they served,
pay the highest amount of respect to all veterans. If you
see anyone doing otherwise, quietly pull them aside and
explain how these veterans fought for the very freedom
they bask in every second. Enlighten them on the many
sacrifices these veterans made to make this Nation great.
Then hold them down while a disabled veteran kicks their
ass...
4. If you
were never in the military, DO NOT pretend that
you were.. Wearing battle dress uniforms (BDUs) or Jungle
Fatigues, telling others that you used to be 'Special Forces'.
Collecting GI Joe memorabilia might have been okay when
you were seven years old, now, it will only make you look
stupid and get your ass kicked.

5. Next time you come across an *Air Force* member, do
not ask them, 'Do you fly a jet?' Not everyone in the
Air Force is a pilot. Such ignorance deserves an ass-kicking
(children are exempt).

6. If you witness someone calling the *US Coast Guard*
'non-military', inform them of their mistake - and kick their
ass..

7. Next time Old Glory (the US flag) prances by during a
parade, get on your damn feet and pay homage to
her by placing your hand over your heart. Quietly
thank the military member or veteran lucky enough to be
carrying her - of course, failure to do either of those could
earn you a severe ass-kicking.

8. 'Your mama wears combat boots' never made sense
to me - stop saying it! If she did, she would most likely be
a vet and therefore would kick your ass!

9. Bin Laden and the Taliban are not Communists, so stop
saying 'Let's go kill those! Commies !' And stop asking us
where he is! Crystal balls are not standard issue in the
military. That reminds me - if you see anyone calling
those damn psychic phone numbers, let me know, so
I can go kick their ass!

10. 'Flyboy' (*Air Force*), 'Jarhead' (*Marines*), 'Grunt'
(*Army*), 'Squid' (*Navy*), 'Puddle Jumpers' (*Coast
Guard*), etc., are terms of endearment we use describing
each other. Unless you are a service member or vet, you
have not earned the right to use them. Using them could
get your ass kicked.

11. Last, but not least, whether or not you become a
member of the military, support our troops and their
families.. Every Thanksgiving and religious holiday that
you enjoy with family and friends, please remember that
there are literally thousands of soldiers, sailors, marines
and airmen far from home wishing they could be with their
families. Thank God for our military and the sacrifices
they make every day. Without them, our Country would
get it's ass kicked. 'It's the Veteran, not the reporter, who has given us the
freedom of the press.''It's the Veteran, not the poet, who has given us the
freedom of speech.''It's the Veteran, not the community organizer, who gives
us the freedom to demonstrate.''It's the Military who salutes the flag, who serves beneath
the flag, and whose coffin is draped by the flag, who
allows the protester to burn the flag.'

AND ONE MORE:

12. If you ever see anyone either standing for or singing
the national anthem in Spanish -KICK THEIR ASS!

Monday, January 18, 2010


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Saturday, January 2, 2010

Lawyers

Lawyers

The Democratic Party has become the Lawyers' Party. Barack Obama is a lawyer. Michelle Obama is a lawyer. Hillary Clinton is a lawyer. Bill Clinton is a lawyer.. John Edwards is a lawyer. Elizabeth Edwards is a lawyer. Every Democrat nominee since 1984 went to law school (although Gore did not graduate). Every Democrat vice presidential nominee since 1976, except for Lloyd Bentsen, went to law school. Look at leaders of the Democrat Party in Congress: Harry Reid is a lawyer. Nancy Pelosi is a lawyer. The Republican Party is different. President Bush is a businessman. Vice President Cheney is a businessman. The leaders of the Republican Revolution: Newt Gingrich was a history professor. Tom Delay was an exterminator. Dick Armey was an economist. House Minority Leader Boehner was a plastic manufacturer. The former Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist is a heart surgeon.

Who was the last Republican president who was a lawyer?

Gerald Ford, who left office 31 years ago and who barely won the Republican nomination as a sitting president, running against Ronald Reagan in 1976. The Republican Party is made up of real people doing real work, who are often the targets of lawyers.. The Democrat Party is made up of lawyers. Democrats mock and scorn men who create wealth, like Bush and Cheney, or who heal the sick, like Frist, or who immerse themselves in history, like Gingrich.

The Lawyers' Party sees these sorts of people, who provide goods and services that people want, as the enemies of America . And, so we have seen the procession of official enemies, in the eyes of the Lawyers' Party, grow. Against whom do Hillary and Obama rail? Pharmaceutical companies, oil companies, hospitals, manufacturers, fast food restaurant chains, large retail businesses, bankers, and anyone producing anything of value in our nation. This is the natural consequence of viewing everything through the eyes of lawyers. Lawyers solve problems by successfully representing their clients, in this case the American people. Lawyers seek to have new laws passed, they seek to win lawsuits, they press appellate courts to overturn precedent, and lawyers always parse language to favor their side. Confined to the narrow practice of law, that is fine. But it is an awful way to govern a great nation.

When politicians as lawyers begin to view some Americans as clients and other Americans as opposing parties, then the role of the leg al system in our life becomes all-consuming. Some Americans become "adverse parties" of our very government. We are not all litigants in some vast social class-action suit. We are citizens of a republic that promises us a great deal of freedom from laws, from courts, and from lawyers. Today, we are drowning in laws; we are contorted by judicial decisions; we are driven to distraction by omnipresent lawyers in all parts of our once private lives. America has a place for laws and lawyers, but that place is modest and reasonable, not vast and unchecked.

When the most important decision for our next president is whom he will appoint to the Supreme Court, the role of lawyers and the law in America is too big. When lawyers use criminal prosecution as a continuation of politics by other means, as happened in the lynching of Scooter Libby and Tom Delay, then the power of lawyers in America is too great. When House Democrats sue America in order to hamstring our efforts to learn what our enemies are planning to do to us, then the role of litigation in America has become crushing.

We cannot expect the Lawyers' Party to provide real change, real reform or real hope in America. Most Americans know that a republic in which every major government action must be blessed by nine unelected judges is not what Washington intended in 1789. Most Americans grasp that we cannot fight a war when ACLU lawsuits snap at the heels of our defenders. Most Americans intuit that more lawyers and judges will not restore declining moral values or spark the spirit of enterprise in our economy..

Perhaps Americans will understand that change cannot be brought to our nation by those lawyers who already largely dictate American society and business. Perhaps Americans will see that hope does not come from the mouths of lawyers but from personal dreams nourished by hard work. Perhaps Americans will embrace the truth that more lawyers with more power will only make our problems worse. The United States has 5% of the world's population and 66% of the world's lawyers! Tort (Legal) reform legislation has been introduced in congress several times in the last several years to limit punitive damages in ridiculous lawsuits such as "spilling hot coffee on yourself and suing the establishment that sold it to you" and also to limit punitive damages in huge medical malpractice lawsuits. This legislation has continually been blocked from even being voted on by the Democrat Party.

When you see that 97% of the political contributions from the American Trial Lawyers Association goes to the Democrat Party, then you realize who is responsible for our medical and product costs being so high!