Friday, July 11, 2008

Chicago 2nd Amendment Rally In Photo's (Heller Rally)

Freedom Folks attended the 2nd amendment rally in downtown Chicago:
We just got back from the Heller rally in downtown Chicago and let me say these are some happy people.

PC World Gone Wild -- Working, Holes Questioned!

Across Atlanta they stood, orange signs with black letters that read "Men At Work" or "Men Working Ahead."
Sometimes, the signs stood next to women working alongside the men.
Good demanded Atlanta officials remove the signs and last week, Atlanta Public Works Commissioner Joe Basista agreed.
AJC -- 'Men At Work' signs to disappear in Atlanta

A special meeting about Dallas County traffic tickets turned tense and bizarre this afternoon.

County commissioners were discussing problems with the central collections office that is used to process traffic ticket payments and handle other paperwork normally done by the JP Courts.

Commissioner Kenneth Mayfield, who is white, said it seemed that central collections "has become a black hole" because paperwork reportedly has become lost in the office.

Commissioner John Wiley Price, who is black, interrupted him with a loud "Excuse me!" He then corrected his colleague, saying the office has become a "white hole."

That prompted Judge Thomas Jones, who is black, to demand an apology from Mayfield for his racially insensitive analogy.

Mayfield shot back that it was a figure of speech and a science term.

Airplane Manufacturing Update

In what amounts to another rebuke for the Air Force, Defense Secretary Robert Gates is taking over  the process of buying a new fleet of aerial tankers, and partially opening it for rebidding. Last month, several comparatively small errors were found  in the original Northrop Grumman-Airbus joint venture's figures, switching the total cost calculus on the huge deal a few million dollars in Boeing's favor.
The original announcement of Airbus getting a piece of the deal, supplying the airframes, riled up many antagonists. This move, with political accountability involved, looks like a big victory for Boeing.

The global aircraft market will be boosted in the next two decades by demand for fuel-efficient jets as airlines replace old fleets to combat high oil prices, US plane maker Boeing forecast on Wednesday.The Chicago-based manufacturer made the prediction at a London press conference as it unveiled a 20-year outlook for the commercial aviation sector.
"We see a bigger demand for replacing older, less efficient aircraft," Randy Tinseth, vice president of marketing, told reporters.
Boeing said airlines were eager to replace their older fleets with new fuel-efficient aircraft -- such as Boeing's Dreamliner jet and the Airbus A380 and A350 -- amid record high oil prices that are pushing up the cost of jet fuel or kerosene.

Call it an understatement, or call it an overstatement, but we do seem to be in unprecedented times right now. The airlines are under pressure as we’re facing a weakening worldwide economy, surging oil prices, and slowing traffic growth.
It’s an extremely dynamic period for the commercial aviation industry. And it’s also, shall we say, an interesting and challenging time to be releasing our latest 20-year forecast.
I’ve just presented to journalists here in London the 2008 Current Market Outlook (CMO). And the bottom line is that the worldwide market for commercial airplanes is shifting to new, more efficient jetliners, as airlines replace older and less efficient airplanes.
In fact we’re seeing a much greater share of demand for replacement airplanes in the forecast: 43% in this year’s outlook compared to 36% in last year’s CMO. In a tough, competitive environment, airlines are looking for ways to cut costs. With high fuel prices, it certainly makes more and more sense for airlines to replace their old aircraft with new, fuel efficient airplanes, and we have reflected that trend in our analysis.
Boeing -- Randy's Journal

Boeing Has Released its market outlook that includes a review of their last projections and they seemed to do a pretty good job at it:

How’d we do? As you can see, our 2000 market outlook accurately projected the demand distribution by airplane type. The quantity of aircraft ordered is also in line with our projection. But we did slightly under-forecast the number of single-aisles needed and also under-forecasted the popularity of twin-aisles, while over-estimating the large airplane (747, A380) demand.

Boeing -- Randy's Journal

That all looks pretty solid for Boeing.


Manzullo Stands Up To China's Import Dumping!

Washington, Jul 8 -

Congressman Don Manzullo today urged the federal government to penalize Chinese companies dumping tires on the U.S. market below cost to give American companies, including Titan Tires of Freeport, a chance to compete fairly in the off-the-road (OTR) tire market.

Manzullo testified this afternoon before the U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC) on the petition for relief from China’s unfair trade practices brought by Titan Tires and the United Steel, Paper and Forestry, Rubber, Manufacturing, Energy, Allied Industrial and Service Workers International Union.

The ITC and the U.S. Department of Commerce preliminarily ruled that 15 Chinese tire companies were illegally selling tires under fair value on the U.S. market and were also receiving illegal subsidies from the Chinese government to give them a competitive advantage against the seven American OTR tire companies.

Those Chinese companies could face tariffs up to 210 percent if the federal agencies agree with Manzullo and make their preliminary rulings final. In fact, the Commerce Department just made their final determinations this afternoon that the Chinese companies had indeed illegally dumped tires on the U.S. market and received illegal subsidies from the Chinese government. If the ITC follows suit next month (decision is expected by Aug. 21) and determines that the U.S. companies were injured by the unfair trade practices, the tariff penalties will go into effect.

During his testimony, Manzullo pointed out U.S. imports of foreign-made OTR tires increased 81 percent from 2004 to 2007 while the market share of American companies dropped significantly. During that time, China was illegally subsidizing those companies while they were illegally dumping those tires on the American market below fair prices, Manzullo said.

“I’m confident that the workers at Freeport’s Titan Tire plant can produce and sell the most affordable and highest quality tire if given the chance to compete fairly, but right now they are not competing on a level playing field,” Manzullo said. “China illegally subsidizes its industries and manipulates its currency to unfairly give an advantage to its manufacturers over American workers, and those Chinese companies must be punished in this case. I urge the ITC and the Department of Commerce to confirm their initial findings and slap tariffs on these offending Chinese companies that are threatening American jobs.”
Representative Don Manzullo

Are You Embarrassed (êtes-vous embarrassé)? Not One Bit -- But What An Attitude!

Barack Obama has scolded Americans for embarrassing him by failing to speak other languages while traveling abroad, yet forcing Europeans to speak English while here. Are you embarrassed, too? Don't be.
But no matter how humiliating Obama finds our monolingual ways, there's good reason why Americans don't have to speak foreign languages while others must speak English: The U.S. has unprecedented influence in international affairs, an indispensable role in global markets and economic superiority. Simply put, we are the world's dominant nation.

This is Obama's fifth such utterance or display of this type according to Bay Buchanan  who feels Obama has a patriotism problem that won't sell in middle America. The election will come down to Obama vs Obama. (Hannity and Colmes).

Via Redlasso

Bob Novak explains why Obama keeps making these elitist statements, it's because he was brought up believing these very ideas.  I think it is also why neither Obama nor the left understand why anyone would object to what he says.  Novak also thinks it is a shame that Obama implies to Hispanics that learning English is not that important.

Via Redlasso

Markets Work -- Gas Usage Drops As Prices Rise

As average gas prices hit a record high of $4.108 a gallon this week, the government released new data showing that drivers have cut back their use of the fuel to levels not seen in five years.
The average price of gasoline in the U.S. has been above $4 a regular gallon for more than a month, AAA reports, putting a dent in gasoline demand.
Even through the Fourth of July weekend -- a time when Americans traditionally get on the road -- gasoline consumption dropped 3.3% from last year to 9.347 million barrels a day, according to weekly data .

US Attracts More Auto Production

Toyota's got some changes and rearranges underway with its North American facilities to better serve the demands of the market. The biggest news is that Prius production will be coming Stateside, which will help unkink the supply pipeline, if not also lower costs. A new facility in Blue Springs, Mississippi is being readied for the battery-pack-mobile...
Autoblog -- Prius production headed to Mississippi

Congress Takes Constitutional Action To Avoid Unpredictable Supreme Court

It seems that both the majority and minority leadership in the Senate, along with their counterparts in the House, is concerned about the current makeup of the Supreme Court — especially the unpredictable nature of Justice Kennedy - and the uncertainty as to what the future holds in store in terms of possible appointments by the next President.  To address this issue they chose to insert language into the FISA legislation which states that for the next five years, any litigation involving two or more states shall be submitted to Congress rather than the judiciary, and the outcome of the dispute will be determined by a vote of both houses, with the congressional delegations of each state involved in the dispute disqualified from voting.  The disposition of the dispute as established by the vote must also be agreed to by the President for it to be binding on the states involved.

This constitutional move was inserted into the FISA legislation at the last minute.  Most likely to avoid having the Supreme Court decide the gay marriage issue.

While this might ensure some stability for the short term on this issue, does this action remove an arrow from McCain's quill as the election approaches?  I don't think so.  I think the courts will remain a big issue for both sides.
Patterico --Apparently, there was a curious little provision tucked away into the FISA legislation that went unnoticed before the bill was signed yesterday by President Bush.

Just How Reasonable Are They After All?

Pajamas Media has posted a column by an Iranian who infiltrated Iran's Revolutionary Guard for the CIA. He writes that "the men who ordered the destruction of the Pan Am flight over Lockerbie and the bombings of the Marine Corps barracks in Lebanon, the Jewish community center in Buenos Aires, and the Khobar Towers in Saudi Arabia are pursuing the nuclear program in Iran and with one goal in mind: to obtain The Bomb." He adds: "And they want to destroy you."
Powerline -- The spy who came in from the cold

Daily Trek -- July 11, 2008

What'd I miss?

Everything you need to know to stay informed each day in 5 minutes or less!  Read your regular news and include this and you will be able to participate in most any current events discussion.
Did Obama walk into a trap by agreeing to visit Iraq?  I just wonder if anything he does will really matter if the media continues to cover for him?

GM may keep the brands they have now but reduce or eliminate overlapping models.

Obama's own web site is a great place for those who are upset about his flips to the right to vent, isn't it?

"India would rather save its people from poverty than global warming, and would not cut growth to cut gases."  I don't blame them.

I reported earlier that cleaner air was being blamed for increased temperatures over Europe New Science reported: “unfortunately cleaning up the skies has allowed more of the sun’s rays to pierce the atmosphere, contributing to at least half the warming that has occurred.”  The article also points out that, as I have said many times, we really have no clue what we are doing -- the models are based on assumptions that don't hold up to real world observations!

Gay man sues bible publisher for including hateful language.

Phil Gramm was just a little too honest about the economy -- but I would put more blame for whining on the media not the American People.

ACLU has already sued over FISA!

Are the Democrats shifting away from the greens to reality?  A compromise on drilling may be under consideration.

But don't tell Nancy Pelosi, the Democratic House Leader says that the push for drilling is just a hoax!

Barack W. Bush -- Even closer the McCain!

Congressional Democrats are considering limiting how much of their information can be used on blogs and YouTube.  Reducing our access to information and reducing our Representatives ability to communicate with us.

Dr. James Hansen, who has accused everyone but his Taxi driver of attempting to silence him on his global warming crusade declined an open invitation to debate the issue at William and Mary College.
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