European steelmakers warn U.S. over ‘Buy America’

European steelmakers warn U.S. over ‘Buy America’ – Jan. 29, 2009.

“The U.S. House of Representatives on Wednesday passed the provision, which requires public works projects funded by the bill to use only U.S.-made iron and steel.”

“If a bill is passed which prohibits the sale or purchase of European goods on American territory, that is not something we will stand idly by and ignore,” Commission spokesman Peter Power told a regular news briefing.

“It is a protectionist measure which goes against the commitment made to the G20 to keep markets open,” Eurofer said.

“It is against the interests of the U.S. consumer since the U.S. has a deficit in steel and must import to meet consumption needs.”

And here lies the problem:

Bethlehem Steel

We don’t make steel anymore. Ever been to Bethlehem or Allentown PA or Detroit for that matter?  So sad, miles of empty rundown warehouses…

Now we want to invest in the US infrastructure and build bridges, roads, nuclear power plants and the gov’t has decided we can only ‘Buy American’.  It really shows out of touch our leaders are as we have lost the skills to perform these basic tasks.

Want to reduce our dependency on foreign oil and build a nuclear power plant?  We can’t do it! A huge single cast steel chamber needs to be created and there is nowhere in America equipped to manufacture such a beast. In fact the only place they are currently being made is in China.

Want to build bridges and dams? Sorry. What used to be the second largest steel manufacture is now a CASINO. Bethlehem Steel supplied all the materials for the George Washington Bridge,Golden Gate Bridge,Chrysler Building,Empire State Building,Madison Square Garden,Rockefeller Center,Bonneville Dam,Grand Coulee Dam,Hoover Dam. In 2007 when they were planning  “redevelopment of an industrial site” they needed 16,000 tons of steel to build the casino and had difficulty finding structural steel for construction.  They ended up recycling structures on site and buying steel overseas.

The gov’t doesn’t want it to seem that much of the billions set aside for the stimulus plan will end up overseas but is that really a bad thing. Its just not the American economy that’s hurting, its the whole world.  Maybe if we start buying the world’s steel up, they will start ‘Buying American’  by supporting the only thing we can produce: Entertainment.  Or they can come visit our casinos and bet it all on black.

Grow a set, Wisconsin.

Wisconsin school districts slammed by Wall Street meltdown – Jan. 21, 2009.

Five Wisconsin school districts claim they were misled by advisers and could lose most of $200M investment.

“Board members from all five districts – West Allis, Kimberly, Waukesha, Whitefish Bay and Kenosha – signed closing documents that outlined investment risks. But according to Whitefish Bay’s Yde, “the risk that was verbally provided to us is not the risks that we have in this transaction.

Put it all on black.
Put it all on black.

A videotape of another local school board meeting in May 2007 shows Noack saying, “If we stick to all investment-grade companies, you’ve still gotta have 10% go under, and I would assume – I’m not an economist, but that’s a depression.

Well guess what? We are ALL in a deep depression. Betting your money on Wall Street is no different than going to Vegas. You win some and you lose some.

I’m sure the investment company had some language in the contract all these school districts signed like…

The performance data shown represents past performance, which is not a guarantee of future results. Investment returns and principal value will fluctuate, so that investors’ shares, when sold, may be worth more or less than their original cost. Current performance may be lower or higher than the performance data cited.

They all do. And the rep even spelled it out further for them and said you could lose all of your money if the economy goes in the shitter.

In my company sponsored plan I contributed 4,000 this year and the total value YTD is  down 5,000. Money down the hole…

We are all  in the same boat Wisconsin. Man up! Get back to work and this time bet on black! Or black and gold… Steelers look good. Some well placed bets and you’ll have all your money back by groundhogs day!

Mom kills family dog with Wiimote

Michigan mom kills family dog with Wiimote –

“We had just got the Wii for Christmas,” explained owner Kathy White, “so we were trying it out, and that’s when Alexis and I were bowling and Ozzy was standing by me and he jumped up and I hit him in the temple and killed him instantly.”

Wii Gun
Wii Gun

“January 13, 2009: According to Kathy, Ozzy was not moving or even breathing. He was, for all intents and purposes, dead. She called her neighbor, Pene Honey, and started screaming that she killed her dog. Pene felt for a pulse, which apparently slowed and then stopped altogether. Ozzy’s nose was breathed into, but it was looking bleak. However, after around five more breaths, Ozzy suddenly coughed and woke up.The dog was rushed to the vet where it was discovered he had severe brain swelling and underwent cardiac arrest. Luckily, he is now fully on his way to making a complete recovery, and is no longer allowed in the room when the family are playing their Wii.”

I understand that most people have trouble controlling their body when they believe they are manipulating a cartoon representation of themselves, but the real sad part of this is that the family went to the neighbors house in hysterics before attempting to revive their puppy. Luckily the neighbor had some common sense and attempted mouth to nose, called the vet and saved the dogs life.

Obviously the family was in a virtual reality trance and can not be held responsible for their actions. Only the dog will be punished by being banned from family interaction when the family is performing their mental masturbation in the family room.

Fair and Balanced and Total Nonsense «

What Would Reagan Do If He Rather Than Obama Were Our Next President? «

Considering he’s been dead for 4 years, I believe he’d have little impact today.

“It remains unclear exactly what Obama is proposing to stimulate the economy but best I can tell…”
Translation: I don’t have a clue whats going on but let me use this forum to spew my agenda.

“When he was president, Reagan tried (but did not always succeed) to shrink rather than grow government in its size, spending and influence.”
Translation: I can’t really back up any of my points but at least Ronnie tried.

Reagan (and Clinton)  had the benefit of a growing economy due to the growth of the computer industry and we all know how that turned out (Dot-com bubble). 2009 is a different time and we have to let our newly elected president have his shot at turning this around.

Who pays for Porn ? You will!

Porn industry seeks own stimulus … package – CNBC TV-

TMZ is reporting that Hustler’s Larry Flynt and “Girls Gone Wild” creator Joe Francis are asking for a $5 billion federal bailout of adult entertainment because “the economy has made America’s appetite for sex go limp.”

…Porn may not be as recession-proof as originally thought. Not only are people spending less, but there’s a lot of free competition available.”

The demand for porn will always be there its just that there are too many FREE options. The gov’t should not be involved in subsidizing the entertainment industies.  Porn and TV are luxuries!

another thought on this…

When the gov’t bailed out the banks and the auto industry, they got an equity share in the companies.
I can’t imagine that the gov’t will want to become stakeholders in smut…

Follow up on Digital TV Transition | Techdirt

Consumers Union Wants Congress To Delay Digital TV Transition | Techdirt.

10 years in the making and now we are just a month away and these last minute mf’ers want to call the whole thing off .

The FCC has already collected Billions on the auctioning of this spectrum and already spent the money bailing out the banks.

Sorry chumps, you’ll have to learn to live w/o Oprah or shell out $40 to buy the box to hook to your rabbit ears and tinfoil.

TV Converter Program Runs Out of Coupons –

TV Converter Program Runs Out of Coupons –


“Each household is eligible to order two $40 coupons, which expire after 90 days.
…a record 7.2 million coupons were ordered in December
…As of yesterday, 46.2 million coupons have been requested, but only 18.6 million have been redeemed, according to the NTIA.”

Another big waste of our taxpayers dollars. Subsidizing the television industry! Are there really 46 million people out there with rabbit ears that need these things or are they all waiting in line for their gov’t cheese? “i’m lactose intolerant but i need me my free cheese!”

Plus, Ive been waiting for this transition for 5 years as I’ve been waiting for more HD content to become available. The Gov’t has been pushing this deadline up every year since 2007 (i think) and all these last minute mf’ers are ordering their boxes in Dec!

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