Anybody see the video of Phily forward Jeremy Roenick calling the fans "jealous?" Lame!
I spent the weekend with my wife in Memphis, just hanging out, eating bar-b-q an d drinking beer. There are so many great places to visit and to party in Memphis, Tennessee. It really is a great place to visit; quick to get to and not overly expensive.
On Friday night we had some sweet ribs at Blues City Cafe on Beale Street. This is the restaurant where Tom Cruise was first confronted by Ed Harris in "The Firm." The ribs fall off the bone and melt in your mouth. Just great! The beer is always cold as well. After dinner we went to "AutoZone Park," the home of the Memphis Red Birds. Triple AAA baseball with a laid back family atmosphere. After the game we had drinks on the roof of our hotel, "The Madison" on Front Street off the Mississippi River.
Saturday was unbelievable, we visited the National Civil Rights Museum on the site of the Lorraine Hotel where Martin Luther King was assassinated. I was stunned when I turned the corner to the Museum, it was fascinating to see the famous balcony where King was gunned down by James Earl Ray. I'd seen it so many times in the news that I was enthralled with the story behind it, the visit was somber but left us with a new respect for the struggle to bring equal rights to the American south.
The Pistons fell a little short and I can't hate! They played a gutsy effort tonight but just couldn't get it done on the road.
I hope Detroit realizes that the Pistons aren't done, they have serious dynasty potential, they are young, under contract and poised to get back to the finals multiple times.
Mancrush for Ben's effort tonight.
I am really proud of the effort of the Pistons. They were up against some serious odds tonight, winning 2 straight on the road is a HUGE order for any team.
Joe Dumars needs to add some depth next year, another big man would help the Pistons. Rasheed tends to get in foul trouble; a big man to off set that would be the key to a return to the finals next year.
Tayshaun needs some confidence. He doesn't shoot enough. The guy is talented and needs to understand that he is a key offensive piece to this puzzle.
Give them some love and prepare for another long championship run next year.
Major kudos to the Spurs fans for the applause for the Piston effort.
Anyone think the NBA wanted an "international flavor" to the championship, not a bad way to grow the NBA brand. Even Stearn mentioned it during the post game comments. Noodle that conspiracy during the off-season.
Detroit showed some great balls tonight; packing the Palace for this game, you guys are tits!
Have a great weekend, this shit isn't over, the Pistons will be back in the hunt next year. I am off to Memphis to lick my wounds and to celebrate my anniversary with my dear wife. Later Lezzies!
The runaway bride has signed a $500,000 book deal with Regan Media and I am annoyed. Why is this woman being rewarded for doing something stupid? Jennifer Wilbanks is a bug eyed retard and she just hit the mother load. Will anybody even watch this stupid bitches movie? This country really needs to get a grip and stop rewarding outlandish, nearly criminal behavior. GOD I hate that bitch!
Tom Cruise gone wild on Oprah
This link is for those of you who keep asking to see the video of the retarded Tom Cruise appearance on Oprah.
Ever burned ants with a magnifying glass? Sicko! At least do it here so the poor bastards aren't getting fried on your sidewalk.
I received this e-mail today. It is a great article about GM's contribution to the American economy. Think twice before you buy a foreign made car.
silly griping and buy American. GM’s future doesn’t depend on them. It
depends on those Americans that really should know better.
As the Detroit News article boldly pointed out, GM has 82 major plants in the United States, while Toyota, Honda and Nissan combined have only 24. GM has more American salaried workers than Toyota has total American workers. With 194,000 employees in America, even after hard times, General Motors still employs six times as many Americans as Toyota, seven times as many as Honda, and 12 times as many as Nissan. As Business Week pointed out in 2002 (the last data I have seen on the subject), each auto-assembly job created by an American company also creates 6.9 other American jobs, where each auto-assembly job created by a foreign company creates only 5.5 other American jobs. This is true simply because American automobile companies get more of their parts from America.
And what about those foreign transplant factories? A 1995 United Auto
Workers study concluded that these foreign automobile companies operating in the United States caused at least 500,000 Americans to lose their jobs
I would hate to think of what that total is today.
The new May 9, 2005 issue of Business Week details how GM contributes to the pockets of their assembly workers to the tune of $8.7 billion a year and either directly or indirectly supports the employment of 900,000 Americans. Business Week also claims it is "undeniable" that what is bad for GM is bad for America, pointing to a 54-day strike in 1998 that cut that quarter’s economic growth for the entire country a whole percentage point.
Many point to bad management decisions in the past to justify their
reasoning for not supporting GM, claiming it is it "widely known" that they
made horrible cars in the 1970’s. Its amazing people who weren’t even
driving age in the 1970’s (this author wasn’t) want to penalize GM for
mismanagement as they overlook any mismanagement by other car companies they anxiously spend their money with instead. I have never heard anyone vehemently refuse to buy a Nissan since they almost went bankrupt in the late 1990’s. Nor do I hear people planning to penalize Japanese car makers for the (widely known) junk they imported in the 1960’s.
In 1999, the Wall Street Journal reported Nissan lost millions of dollars
in five of the last six years. Nissan’s debt stood between $22 billion and
$30 billion, which dwarfed that of any other auto maker. The Wall Street Journal, which is no huge supporter of GM, claimed Nissan would be bankrupt if it happened to be American company.
The claim that GM made inferior cars in the 1970?s is suspect to me anyway, not because of my patriotic motivation, but because of my personal experience. The 1976 Riviera I owned was outstanding as far as quality and longevity was concerned, and 1976 is right in the middle of the supposed quality-challenged decade for American cars. An Auto Week magazine article even call it a "boat with no tail" in a piece they did about the history of the Riviera.
Shortly after the car passed 200,000 miles, I drove it from Florida to
Illinois and back to demonstrate to some skeptical friends that the car
would make it up, down and through the Smokey Mountains of Tennessee just fine, as I was getting my own share of comments about how terrible American cars supposedly were. The car had over 250,000 miles before I had it hauled off to the junkyard, but not before a co-worker bought the engine for his airboat. The engine was so quiet no one knew (by listening) that I warmed it up for 5-10 minutes before I drove home from work as my co-workers walked past it in the parking lot to get in their own cars to drive home. People would walk by my â??76 Riviera, stop for a second, and ask me "Is that car running?" The body had rusted out by the late 1990s, but the car never had the advantage of a garage to protect it from the Florida sun and Atlantic Ocean’s salty air.
General Motors spent $5.2 billion on health care for their workers and
retirees in 2004. The 2005 figure will be higher. The figure for Toyota,
for instance, is certainly less since they didn’t build their first
American factory until 1987. The Georgetown, KY factory, which assembles the Toyota Camry, was built with Japanese steel by a Japanese steel company. Toyota was given 1,500 of free land. To attract this Japanese company to America, we even established a "special trade zone" so they could import parts duty-free from Japan. Financing was handled by Mitsui Bank of Japan. Total federal, state and local tax incentives (read giveaways) reached $100 million - courtesy of your tax dollars and mine.
These are some of the hidden costs few think about when selecting their
next car. Before the first Toyota in American was ever assembled, the
American steel industry, parts industry and finance industry took it on the chin. American tax obligations were also raised to boot. Today’s Camry has a 55% domestic parts content, which is down from 75% just a few years earlier. American alternatives like the Chevy Impala has a 98% domestic parts content and the aging Ford Taurus, which used to be the number one selling car in America before the Camry took the top spot, has a 95% domestic parts content.
In the end, it doesn’t matter how you slice it. General Motors pays more
taxes, employs more workers, has more domestic plants, supports more
families, retirees and their dependents, and has higher overall domestic
parts content than the foreign competition - hands down. American quality
is on the rise. Efficiency has increased. GM kept America rolling by
donating millions of dollars in cash and vehicles in the aftermath of
September 11, 2001. Where was the foreign competition in America’s time of need? They were busy reaping in record profits and sending them home to reward foreign owners at the expense of an American company that built the foundation of prosperity that America as a whole enjoys.
Profits are the lifeblood of any successful company or economy. General
Motors makes only a few hundred dollars of profit per vehicle compared to over a thousand dollars for their foreign rivals because GM supports such a wide and diverse number of Americans. They’ve shown their loyalty to America by extending 0% financing for several years, and through their history they’ve done more good for America than any foreign car company ever dreamed of doing. It’s time for America to show their loyalty to an American company whose own increased prosperity will result in greater American prosperity as well.
So if you want General Motors to get more aggressive and on the offensive in terms of marketing, bolder car designs, etc., stop spewing your venom at them, which makes them constantly play defense instead. It’s unfair, unwarranted, and unproductive. GM wants to keep America rolling - as we all should - so let’s let it and make it happen.
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