Monday, December 31, 2007
He was asked about McCain's relatively superior experience on foreign policy and Fred was a class act, acknowledging the fact and yet putting a positive spin on his perspective.
Fred has refreshingly chosen the high road when asked about his Republican opponents and an incrementally sharper edge when offering his perspective on his Democratic counterparts.
When asked about his late entry, Roe v. Wade and other issues Fred offered much of the same: cool confidence and real answers. He has clearly thought through and holds firmly to his stance on the issues he feels our nation faces.
This was one of Fred's best appearances since joining the race.
Sunday, December 30, 2007
Fred Thompson has has been in politics and Hollywood long enough to know that when you say something in the spotlight, anything at all, it can and will be dissected. Sentence by sentence, even word by word.
So when he said “I’m not particularly interested in running for president," the former senator said at a campaign event in Burlington when challenged by a voter over his desire to be commander-in-chief.“But I think I’d make a good president," Thompson continued. "I have the background, capability, and concern to do this and I’m doing it for the right reasons.”
The headlines predictably read “I’m not particularly interested in running for president"
You see that's why they are called headlines, not headparagraphs.
If you say something ill advised in the public light that requires the explanation found in the following paragraph, you are just asking for trouble. Being coy is not a particularly endearing quality for a political candidate.
Fred has already fired his campaign manager once, but I doubt this gaffe can be attributed to anyone but Fred himself. I can't imagine anyone writing this stuff for Fred...except possibly Hillary.
I think Fred would make a good President too but his campaign for President, with the exception of his debate appearances, has not been inspiring. The competition is tough, and time is short.
Saturday, December 29, 2007
Friday, December 28, 2007
…as for the ending, it’s not bad, but it isn’t the nuclear grand finale that Ultimatum and Matt Damon’s character deserves.
Which from my perspective is a question mark with an exclamation point after it.
I don’t think so. Three books. Three movies.
But when this one ends you wish it hadn’t. One hour and fifty six minutes goes by like a half hour episode of the Simpsons.
The Bourne Ultimatum spans several countries as Jason Bourne seemingly transports himself effortlessly. The scenery is extraordinary; the crowds mostly real.
A spectacular foot chase culminates in one of several hand to hand fight scenes; the choreography, direction and sound effects of which are now a Bourne trademark.
Jetting back to New York, Bourne returns to the nest and with the help of NYPD’s finest, perpetrates one of the most bone crushing and acrobatic car chase sequences I’ve ever seen in a movie.
Julia Stiles, Joan Allen and David Strathairn are excellent. Matt Damon was bourne for this role. Pun intended.
Few movies pull off a second sequel like this one. Even Ocean’s Thirteen, a pretty good threequel, doesn’t draw you in like this one.
Don't miss the special features where they reveal how the amazing car chases and stunts are performed.
Edgar Winter Group
Thursday, December 27, 2007
"Who are we going to set on the road what man are we going to set on the road to lead us and to stand against this assault?" he asked, emphasizing the word 'man.' He couched his comments by saying "I say the word man advisedly. Now I've got a daughter that's going to be president some day, I know it, and I am all for a woman president, just not this year, not next year."
Without saying Clinton's name, he added: "There is no woman on the horizon that ought to be president next year, let's all agree on that."
Wednesday, December 26, 2007
"Hello, Mike" says the new K.I.T.T. Car. I liked how the old car called him "Michael". The old car was a little less cheeky; a little more paternal.
NBC is reviving the Knight Rider concept in the form of a TV movie this coming year. If ratings allow, it will reportedly become a new series for 2008-9.
The original, which remarkably spanned four seasons and 90 episodes, chronicled the crime-fighting crusade of David Hasselhoff's ex-cop character, and a motor-mouthed armoured supercar with a supercomputer brain; funded by a billionaire foundation.
Watching old segments of the show reveals a car that was softly sprung and only superficially modified for superhero duty as it yawed, rolled and bounded sloppily while implausibly taking and giving fire to enemy helicopters and jumping over or through obstacles. In retrospect, the special effects were neither special nor effective, even for the 80's. No less in defiance of the laws of physics is Hasselhoff's hair.
Sort of the hillbilly version of James Bond and one of his many rides.
The new car is based on the 540 HP Ford Mustang GT500KR and will be able to ferry its crime-fighting passenger from one contrived plotline to another or morph into a driverless battle mode using a far-fetched extrapolation of nanotechnology.
Regrettably, there will be a reprise from David Hasselhoff in the lead role. This may present a logistics issue as it may be difficult running around the countryside saving the world when the cops keep pulling you over asking you to breathe into their machine.
So stay tuned for further announcements as to the timing of the NBC pilot. As for me, I'll be getting a manicure or painting my mailbox that night, so I'll have to pass.
Tuesday, December 25, 2007
"...if your enemy is hungry, feed him; if he is thirsty, give him something to drink. In doing this, you will heap burning coals on his head." Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good."
Video HT Leo Pusateri
Monday, December 24, 2007
Sunday, December 23, 2007
At Target, we now have the "Tuesday, December 25th" card section.
Open the cards displayed therin, and they all say "Merry Christmas" (...to my wife, son, daughter, etc.) inside.
Universal Healthcare? I'll bet she doesn't know how she's going to pay for the presents either.
As if she's the only one that wants our troops home.
As implausible as it is that Hillary wraps her own presents let alone knows how to run a scissors, it is probably pretty smart to depict Hillary as a cute little house marm, given her image.
I wonder what happened to the gift of $5000 to every sweet little sugar-plum born in America?
Hillary is the Tooth Fairy!
I think even Santa Clause went on record to lambaste that stillborn idea.
I wonder what Bill's getting for Christmas?
The Millionth car sold? A Buick.
GM is not the first American car maker to sell a million cars in a year in China, they are the only automaker to sell a million cars in China.
Saturday, December 22, 2007
Friday, December 21, 2007
To My Republican Friends:
Police are stopping law-abiding motorists and rewarding their good driving with $5 Starbucks gift cards.
I wonder what sort of goodwill the police would generate if they stopped setting up revenue-oriented speed traps and started being seen in our neighborhoods again?
Thursday, December 20, 2007
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A dubious honor no doubt, but I wonder how this is even done? It's easy to understand how crawlers scour the internet for email addresses. That's why a lot of personal web sites list their email address as "jroosh at yahoo dot com" and etc.
Wednesday, December 19, 2007
St. Louis Park plans to drop wireless contractor
St. Louis Park has split with the company building its Wi-Fi service because of delays and other problems.
Monday, December 17, 2007
Sunday, December 16, 2007
In the end, they come to one another's rescue, but not in the way you will think. I recommend The Matador for your movie cue; its not a kids movie nor would it be a good date flick.
Saturday, December 15, 2007
Al Gore showed us the UN's cards in Bali this week. The Man Made Global Warming debate is "over" and the solution is a new world wide government.
I wonder if Al Gore's desperation exhibited in this statement is in response to a perception on his part that global opinion on the issue is shifting to skepticism that man has any effect whatsoever on global temperatures?
Thursday, December 13, 2007
Wednesday, December 12, 2007
Tuesday, December 11, 2007
Sunday, December 9, 2007
Saturday, December 8, 2007
Friday, December 7, 2007
Then yesterday they ran this:
And today what do they run?
Because there has been a new development with Australian Prime Minister Kevin Rudd that doesn’t mesh with the MSM’s push to get you to believe in MMGW, and so they are refusing to report it.
PRIME Minister Kevin Rudd last night did an about-face on deep cuts to greenhouse gas emissions, days after Australia's delegation backed the plan at the climate talks in Bali.
A government representative at the talks this week said Australia backed a 25-40 per cent cut on 1990 emission levels by 2020.
Thursday, December 6, 2007
Wednesday, December 5, 2007
Will this be one of the most storied turnarounds in American business history?
Can America ultimately compete with Japan?
In a time when buying American could bolster the American dollar and counter China's threats to our economy and currency...will this ring true with American automotive consumers?
If increased American quality and value coincides with a weak dollar, could we actually stem the tide of decades of trade deficits?
Duncan Hunter raised the issue in the most recent Republican debate.
On the issue of trade with China, Rep. Duncan Hunter said China is "cheating on trade ... and it's in the interest of the United States to stop China's cheating. Buy American this Christmas season -- that might keep your neighbor from losing his job."
Until recently, the fate of the American automaker has been held in the hands of self-serving union leadership or short-sighted and arrogant corporate executives. Meanwhile the Japanese, and now Koreans have been invading our marketplace with lower-priced and higher-quality alternatives.
As for Ford, this auto maker's very heritage represents some of the earliest applications of lean manufacturing by the master himself, Henry Ford. But somewhere along the line domestic automakers, drunk with near 100% market share with no competition in sight, introduced the concept of planned obsolescence in combination with stagnant designs and engineering, and consequently lost the confidence of the American consumer at the very time the Japanese arrived.
Now, Ford Motor has been implementing Six Sigma quality processes for some time now. Not only are they turning their cash flow around, their success is manifesting itself in their relative quality ratings.
The company improved in “things gone wrong” (TGW) by 11 percent versus last year, while the report’s average industry-wide improvement rate was 2 percent. Plus, 16 Ford Motor Company models ranked in the report’s top three places for customer satisfaction, TGW performance – or both – after three months in service. Ford Mustang Shelby GT500, Ford E-Series, Ford Crown Victoria, Mercury Milan, Lincoln Mark LT ranked best in their respective segments. Ten Ford models outperformed their competition, traditionally the best in class.
Six Sigma at Ford has been in the works since 1999, when the company's former director of corporate deployment for Consumer Driven 6-Sigma sought an effective method to improve quality. Top management soon joined the cheering section, and Six Sigma efforts have been persistent ever since.
This year Ford celebrates its 100th anniversary, and quality has been a pivotal factor since the beginning. In fact, Henry Ford introduced several principles and practices that are now considered the backbone of lean manufacturing. Since that time, Ford has tried its hand at total quality management, and now Six Sigma.
Ford's quality record at the beginning of this decade was so bad, the automaker was spending billions on warranty repairs, while simultaneously turning off potential buyers in droves.
Can you imagine what it would take for a repeat Honda buyer to consider a Chevy Malibu or a Ford Taurus? Ford is apparently striving to answer that very question.
Tuesday, December 4, 2007
Monday, December 3, 2007
Certainly there are naysayers about the core technology. See one outspoken protest site HERE. More neutral observers note that RFID technology "is either the most amazing thing to grace healthcare in decades or a civil liberties nightmare waiting to explode."
Sunday, December 2, 2007
Okay guys, I know; I don't like musicals either.
Saturday, December 1, 2007
66% of U.S. adults were overweight or obese in 2003-2004