Archive for July, 2009

So, there is a good chance that Cash for Clunkers is over

July 31, 2009

So, a bit over a month ago, the Government passed the Cash for Clunkers law which gave 1 Billion dollars to help people get out of old vehicles and into new ones, thusly removing vehicles that are a drain on the economy, the roads, and everything in between.

The program went into effect on July 24th.

How long does it take the government to spend one billion dollars? Well… it seems the answer is six days as the program is about to be suspended due to possibly having already over spent. Oh, that’s despite the fact that less than $100 million dollars has been given to consumers to get new vehicles.

10%. That is all of the money that went to customers, while the rest of it went to someone’s pocketbook.

Thank you President Obama, you fucked us again.

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Ya know…

July 29, 2009

I kinda like selling cars. I also like days off. To bad the two of them don’t mix well.

So I met the Governor

July 24, 2009

So, today was a normal day for the Dealership. I had a meeting at 9am, and then didn’t have to come in until noon. Or it would have been a normal day, except for the fact that the Governor was signing a bill in our store, and we had boatloads of news and politicians inside the store. We had people from other dealerships, we had security, and we had everyone who works here all together in the showroom. The only thing missing would be a customer.

But, I got to meet the governor, I got to shake his hand, and I got to look him in the eye and introduce myself. And in doing so, I got a very strange impression of him. Like all politicians, he was smiling all the time he was here, always friendly with everyone, but the smile never touched his eyes. Not only that, but everything he said had that political doubletalk strewn all throughout it. And when I shook his hand, I felt like I was shaking hands with a dead fish. His handshake was limp, lifeless, and when I looked into his eyes, all that I saw was my reflection.

I saw nothing that looked happy or friendly at all. I have looked into the eyes of a career political democrat, a democrat who has reached high political office. And I saw nothing good in those eyes, nothing friendly, and nothing at all pleasant.

I am proud of the fact I did not vote for him, and after meeting him today, I would go back and vote against him again in a heartbeat. I am a political junkie, I eat this kind of stuff up for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Yet this bit of politics… it disgusted me. Now I understand why his critics who have met him are so harsh. He is a picture perfect example of the soulless politician.

Buy new truck, get free AK-47!

July 18, 2009

http://www.cnn.com/video/#/video/us/2009/07/17/am.muller.truck.ak47.cnn

I love this story, buy a new truck, get to purchase an AK-47 for free. Then of course, this video started a discussion between the store owner and the news anchor about the flaws of guns in America. He proceeded to smack her verbally, stomp her verbally, and beat her up one side and down the other verbally until she was stammering on national television. Max, the guy who owns Max Motors in Missouri kicked butt, took names, and is now a new personal hero to me simply because someone out there had the guts to stand up for what they believe in.

My hat sir, is off to you.

*sigh*

July 16, 2009

So, out at the car lot, I really like most of the people I work with. In fact, I like just about everyone I work with except for a grand total of three people. Those three people are… hmm… how best to put it… not from around here. One of them is occasionally tollerable, one is just loud, and one is an arrogant fuck who needs a nice curb stomping. Now, people may say, “But LR! You are an arrogant fuck!” Yes, however there are differences in arrogance and fuckery levels. My levels are tolerable.

His are the very opposite. He looks like a bad immitation of an italian gangster, is unpleasant to see and is very unpleasant to talk to. As I said, I would be a very happy person if I were able to give him a good long stomping. But, other than that, I can say its’ been an eye opening experience so far. With this economy, the sales guys are looking forward to a mild downsize after they just hired a lot of new people in. So, we are thinking they are going to let some of the older people go, along with those hired by the former management team who the guys from Arizona replaced.

If it happens, it happens. I’ll survive either way.

Some times I hate the world

July 11, 2009

Most of the time I’m generally a bitter old man despite being 29. Call it my temperment, call it my personality, hell call it what you want but do it from off my lawn!

All seriousness however, my mood has become this over the years after having my hand being smacked away when I have tried being a nice person and helping others. I have lost count of the number of times and people I have helped back onto their feet when trouble reared it’s head for them. Yet when trouble rears its head for me, almost nobody even seems to be willing to comiserate with me. It’s all part of what has turned me into the hateful old man that I am at 29. Now, of course that doesn’t mean that other things haven’t happened to make me into the man I am today. For the most part, I can and do survive just fine without having to beg anyone for help.

However, there are some times when I really want to take those closest to me and shake them to get them to understand how I feel. What good is having an argument over the phone for no reason whatsoever when it could all be resolved by a simple five minute task that asks nothing of you? How often have I done more than asked for me, and then when I ask for even a small thing been rebuffed.

I am sick and tired of being fucked with honestly. If people thought I was an asshole before, they ain’t seen nothing yet.

Rambling rambling

July 8, 2009

So, I gotta be at work at 7:30 in the morning so I have my alarm set at 5:30. It’s sad that it takes me that long to wake from a deep sleep, in fact, it’s very pathetic that it takes that long for me to wake up. But on a positive note I get to go home early tomorrow, rather than working until 9:30 pm, I get to go home around 7:30. Unless I’m busy with a customer, in which case I go home whenever I get done. Personally I’m hoping to have a customer early, get a sale worked out that makes me some money, get done early, and then be able to slack for some of the day and get out of there at 7:30. I’ve got stuff to do at home, so getting off a bit early will make life a little easier for me.

At least the 6 day work weeks are behind me for a few weeks, and I can breath a sigh of relief this week since I only have to work 4 days rather than 5. (I’m taking Saturday off due to prior commitments that I made about two months before I got this job.) Ah well, I should have been asleep an hour ago, but I’m just not tired enough to sleep yet. Maybe I’ll try laying down and dozing to see what comes of it.

Who knows, maybe I’ll fall asleep instantly. That would be nice.

Happy almost BBQ day!

July 3, 2009

Tomorrow is the celebration of our freedom from Tyranny, and I would like to reccomend that everyone have a safe and happy Fourth of July. For those who feel we were a tyranny ourselves these recent 8 years, I offer you derision and mockery. For those of you who feel we are now a tyranny, I offer condolences and mild agreement. But, as the Fourth of July is about more than just BBQ and Fireworks, I offer you the following.

When, in the course of human events, it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bonds which have connected them with another, and to assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the laws of nature and of nature’s God entitle them, a decent respect to the opinions of mankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to the separation.

We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights, that among these are life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. That to secure these rights, governments are instituted among men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed. That whenever any form of government becomes destructive to these ends, it is the right of the people to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their safety and happiness. Prudence, indeed, will dictate that governments long established should not be changed for light and transient causes; and accordingly all experience hath shown that mankind are more disposed to suffer, while evils are sufferable, than to right themselves by abolishing the forms to which they are accustomed. But when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same object evinces a design to reduce them under absolute despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such government, and to provide new guards for their future security. –Such has been the patient sufferance of these colonies; and such is now the necessity which constrains them to alter their former systems of government. The history of the present King of Great Britain is a history of repeated injuries and usurpations, all having in direct object the establishment of an absolute tyranny over these states. To prove this, let facts be submitted to a candid world.

He has refused his assent to laws, the most wholesome and necessary for the public good.

He has forbidden his governors to pass laws of immediate and pressing importance, unless suspended in their operation till his assent should be obtained; and when so suspended, he has utterly neglected to attend to them.

He has refused to pass other laws for the accommodation of large districts of people, unless those people would relinquish the right of representation in the legislature, a right inestimable to them and formidable to tyrants only.

He has called together legislative bodies at places unusual, uncomfortable, and distant from the depository of their public records, for the sole purpose of fatiguing them into compliance with his measures.

He has dissolved representative houses repeatedly, for opposing with manly firmness his invasions on the rights of the people.

He has refused for a long time, after such dissolutions, to cause others to be elected; whereby the legislative powers, incapable of annihilation, have returned to the people at large for their exercise; the state remaining in the meantime exposed to all the dangers of invasion from without, and convulsions within.

He has endeavored to prevent the population of these states; for that purpose obstructing the laws for naturalization of foreigners; refusing to pass others to encourage their migration hither, and raising the conditions of new appropriations of lands.

He has obstructed the administration of justice, by refusing his assent to laws for establishing judiciary powers.

He has made judges dependent on his will alone, for the tenure of their offices, and the amount and payment of their salaries.

He has erected a multitude of new offices, and sent hither swarms of officers to harass our people, and eat out their substance.

He has kept among us, in times of peace, standing armies without the consent of our legislature.

He has affected to render the military independent of and superior to civil power.

He has combined with others to subject us to a jurisdiction foreign to our constitution, and unacknowledged by our laws; giving his assent to their acts of pretended legislation:

For quartering large bodies of armed troops among us:

For protecting them, by mock trial, from punishment for any murders which they should commit on the inhabitants of these states:

For cutting off our trade with all parts of the world:

For imposing taxes on us without our consent:

For depriving us in many cases, of the benefits of trial by jury:

For transporting us beyond seas to be tried for pretended offenses:

For abolishing the free system of English laws in a neighboring province, establishing therein an arbitrary government, and enlarging its boundaries so as to render it at once an example and fit instrument for introducing the same absolute rule in these colonies:

For taking away our charters, abolishing our most valuable laws, and altering fundamentally the forms of our governments:

For suspending our own legislatures, and declaring themselves invested with power to legislate for us in all cases whatsoever.

He has abdicated government here, by declaring us out of his protection and waging war against us.

He has plundered our seas, ravaged our coasts, burned our towns, and destroyed the lives of our people.

He is at this time transporting large armies of foreign mercenaries to complete the works of death, desolation and tyranny, already begun with circumstances of cruelty and perfidy scarcely paralleled in the most barbarous ages, and totally unworthy the head of a civilized nation.

He has constrained our fellow citizens taken captive on the high seas to bear arms against their country, to become the executioners of their friends and brethren, or to fall themselves by their hands.

He has excited domestic insurrections amongst us, and has endeavored to bring on the inhabitants of our frontiers, the merciless Indian savages, whose known rule of warfare, is undistinguished destruction of all ages, sexes and conditions.

In every stage of these oppressions we have petitioned for redress in the most humble terms: our repeated petitions have been answered only by repeated injury. A prince, whose character is thus marked by every act which may define a tyrant, is unfit to be the ruler of a free people.

Nor have we been wanting in attention to our British brethren. We have warned them from time to time of attempts by their legislature to extend an unwarrantable jurisdiction over us. We have reminded them of the circumstances of our emigration and settlement here. We have appealed to their native justice and magnanimity, and we have conjured them by the ties of our common kindred to disavow these usurpations, which, would inevitably interrupt our connections and correspondence. They too have been deaf to the voice of justice and of consanguinity. We must, therefore, acquiesce in the necessity, which denounces our separation, and hold them, as we hold the rest of mankind, enemies in war, in peace friends.

We, therefore, the representatives of the United States of America, in General Congress, assembled, appealing to the Supreme Judge of the world for the rectitude of our intentions, do, in the name, and by the authority of the good people of these colonies, solemnly publish and declare, that these united colonies are, and of right ought to be free and independent states; that they are absolved from all allegiance to the British Crown, and that all political connection between them and the state of Great Britain, is and ought to be totally dissolved; and that as free and independent states, they have full power to levy war, conclude peace, contract alliances, establish commerce, and to do all other acts and things which independent states may of right do. And for the support of this declaration, with a firm reliance on the protection of Divine Providence, we mutually pledge to each other our lives, our fortunes and our sacred honor.

New Hampshire: Josiah Bartlett, William Whipple, Matthew Thornton

Massachusetts: John Hancock, Samual Adams, John Adams, Robert Treat Paine, Elbridge Gerry

Rhode Island: Stephen Hopkins, William Ellery

Connecticut: Roger Sherman, Samuel Huntington, William Williams, Oliver Wolcott

New York: William Floyd, Philip Livingston, Francis Lewis, Lewis Morris

New Jersey: Richard Stockton, John Witherspoon, Francis Hopkinson, John Hart, Abraham Clark

Pennsylvania: Robert Morris, Benjamin Rush, Benjamin Franklin, John Morton, George Clymer, James Smith, George Taylor, James Wilson, George Ross

Delaware: Caesar Rodney, George Read, Thomas McKean

Maryland: Samuel Chase, William Paca, Thomas Stone, Charles Carroll of Carrollton

Virginia: George Wythe, Richard Henry Lee, Thomas Jefferson, Benjamin Harrison, Thomas Nelson, Jr., Francis Lightfoot Lee, Carter Braxton

North Carolina: William Hooper, Joseph Hewes, John Penn

South Carolina: Edward Rutledge, Thomas Heyward, Jr., Thomas Lynch, Jr., Arthur Middleton

Georgia: Button Gwinnett, Lyman Hall, George Walton