And the corruption continues it’s march

Automakers to Get $17.4 Billion in US Aid – AOL Money & Finance

And the financial rape of the American public continues thanks to corrupt Republicans and Democrats and their little greedy puppet masters.

Maybe all Americans, working and unemployed alike, should go on strike and shut down government buildings and facilities until the government gives each individual $30,000 tax free, free medical care for life, payoff all personal debts, give everyone $10,000 credit lines, erase all mortgage debt, guarantee wealthy pension plans, and guarantee job security in addition to getting full wages and coverage during the strike.

/sarcasm

Blackmail seems to work for the corporations and banks, so why not do the same for the American people, the real backbone of the American economy?

News Commentary 18 December 2008

Obama’s Pick for Invocation Under Fire

Hm. So Obama’s idea of bringing together the nation is to have an evangelical minister who opposes gays? I’m sure the liberal base is having kittens about now. Then again homophobia and sexism (against both males and females) are the last remaining socially acceptable forms of hate and discrimination in the United States so maybe they won’t care either.

Honestly, this is just an obvious ploy by Obama to try to get disgruntled religious and social conservatives over to his side. It also can accomplish the goal of alienating and marginalizing his more socially liberal supporters to further allow Obama maneuvering room when he does not carry through with the liberal campaign promises he made to them. In the end it won’t really matter since rarely is the person who gives the invocation remembered. It’s who is being inaugurated that’s important.

Will Hillary Follow Through On Campaign Pledge To Ban ‘Private Mercenaries’?

Should be interesting to see if Mrs. Clinton will continue her anti-mercenary position now that she will be leading the very department that hires these groups or whether she’ll fall in line with Obama’s “establish the legal status of contractor personnel” position. Of course Obama will be President at that point so it’s not like she can really oppose him in any real manner. Personally, I don’t care about the use of mercenaries so long as they aren’t committing criminal acts or war crimes and atrocities and held accountable for said actions. Unfortunately history has shown that this is rarely so.

Dreamliner Debut Delayed

FT.com / Companies – Boeing delays Dreamliner debut

Boeing has postponed the first deliveries of its 787 Dreamliner for a fourth time, moving the commercial debut of the aircraft into 2010, a delay of nearly two years.

I’m not surprised about the delays given design problems coupled with the recent strike. Boeing may blame the strike for the added delay but the fact remains that there were some serious design issues that arose this year long before the strike occurred.

Obama’s Agriculture, Interior Picks

Obama announces agriculture, interior picks | Politics | Reuters

So long as they don’t push GM food on the public or back policies that favor so called biofuel production over consumable food products these two picks appear to be acceptable. Until the concerns related to GM foods (transgenic modification, cross-contamination, hidden allergens, etc.) is further examined their use should be approached cautiously. The same caution needs to be applied to biofuels to avoid ballooning food prices and starvation rates as was seen previously worldwide as food production was cut in favor of creating “fuel”.

There are some problems with Salazar though when it comes to being concerned about the environment. Among these concerns is Salazar’s previous vote against increased fuel efficiency for automobiles and fighting against efforts to increase protection for some endangered species, including trying to stop scientists from determining whether some species were endangered. Mr. Salazar needs to remember that the environment is not just about air and water quality but biodiversity and ecology as well.

I also have concerns over Vilsack’s ties to GM food manufacturer, Monsanto. I’ve heard rumors that Monsanto bans GM foods in their own cafeterias. I hope that’s not true but if it is true what does that say about the safety of GM foods?

It’s especially annoying for those of us who chose to try and eat non-GM, local, organic foods as it is increasingly difficult to avoid GM foods even as an increasing number of independent scientific studies are showing some serious problems may be tied directly to GM crops.

Shoes are made for walking

A little late on the commentary but…

Who knew Prez Bush had mad dodge-ball skillz? Heh.

Seriously, You have to wonder what happened to security given that the alleged reporter and his shoes, Muthathar al Zaidi, in a known sympathizer and supporter of violent sectarian militias. Not surprisingly similarly violent individuals (or those who simply hate America for it’s very existence)  claim the guy is a hero. Whatever. It’s not like most Americans care what that ilk thinks.