Saturday, May 12, 2007


2007 Ford GT

The famous Amphicar, surf or turf.

1932 Ford Coupe, it' got a HEMI

Three hundred custom cars show up in Auburn the second Friday of each month from May to September and these are a few on display last night, many really fine cars with many hours devoted to the restorations and customization of them.

Many thousands of dollars spent by individual owners to make their cars look their best, it helps that this area is full of rich repugs with too much money to begin with. Just wish they would trow 'ole Den a few bucks now and then.



DEN said...

Do Americans have a free press? One of the benefits of "democracy" we’re told is the gift of a free press, but what is a free press exactly and can it truly be said that Americans have one?

Certainly the news media in America does not resemble the mediocre and bland "news" put out by Soviet State media in the past, or say, Cuban newspapers or Egyptian TV news today, but in many ways American media is not free from State control by the U.S. government. For sure it is not direct control, such as in the Soviet model. Rather the control is indirect, exerted through the fear the U.S. government can generate through legal actions it can take that can destroy the value of any commercial enterprise or the career of any individual targeted for retribution.

In economics, private ownership of property that is controlled by the State through various regulatory methods is generally described as the Fascist or Corporativist model. Of course, State elites desire the cartelization and State oversight and indirect State control of news content in an effort to control information and manage public opinion – which are crucial to controlling electoral outcomes. And certainly the First Amendment required indirect methods of control rather than the outright control of the Soviet model. The key to this is the fascist model of allowing private ownership, but with state influence and control based on regulations, rewards and mutual financial interests.

@ Lew Rockwell

DEN said...

14 Points of Fascism in America,


"6.) Controlled Mass Media: Sometimes the media is directly controlled by the government, but in other cases, the media is indirectly controlled by government regulation, or sympathetic media spokespeople and executives. Censorship, especially in war time, is very common.
FBI Acknowledges: Journalists Phone Records are Fair Game
Report shows U.S. government has been engaged in illegal propaganda aimed at its own citizens and the story gets only 41 mentions in the media
Free Press details recent governmental propaganda efforts, from faux-correspondent Jeff Gannon to paid-off pundit Armstrong Williams, and from the demise of FOIA to video news releases passed off as news. US seizes webservers from independent media sites,
Bush's war on information: US editors forbidden to publish certain foreign writers."

;) I cannot help being right, it's a gift.

Alan said...

Has anybody heard if they found out what happened to Carey's husband?

DEN said...

Alan, not yet.


micki said...

;) I cannot help being right, it's a gift.


Well, instead of blaming the media all the time, people who have a beef should place more blame on restrictive government -- especially the current government.

The current government wants us to hate the media. So when people constantly rant and rave about their distrust of the media, the govenment is smirking, laughing, and saying.."They're doing exactly what we programmed them to do. It won't be long now, when the sheeple will be saying SHUT 'EM DOWN! Down with a free press."

micki said...

I haven't heard any additional information.

Hajji said...


Could you please forward me the snailmail info for Carey and Brandon if you've gotten it?

I can't find the Christmas Card with the return address on it.

micki said...


David B. Benson said...

I just finished reading The Establishment Rethinks Globalization by William Greider in the 2007 Apr 30 issue of The Nation. This speaks directly to some of the economic issues which Den raised on the previous thread.

While Gomory and Baumol's book Global Trade and Conflicting National Interests has "languished in academic obscurity" for seven years, Ralph Gomory is finally stalking the halls of the S.O.B.s and being respectfully listened to, even by a few senators and not just staffers (the latter are always polite, in my limited experience.)

I encourage you to encourage your senators to listen to what Ralph Gomory and Leo Hindery of the Horizon Project have to say. Senator Byron Dorgan seems to be taking the lead on these important economic issues...

DEN said...

We had it all, workforce, product, but chose to give it all away for.....profits.

If our country must compete in a world market we must stop.

Renew and train a new workforce, develop products that are superior in quality and in demand, development and manufacturing of new sources of energy alone would produce millions of new jobs.

No more giveaways, let the competition begin.

Time to get busy?

David B. Benson said...

Gomory's position includes two components, claiming that both are necessary at the same time:

(1) balancing trade

(2) imposing discipline of US multinationals (via tax code changes)

"The old idea was that the corporation is a trust, not only for shareholders but for the benifit of the country, the empolyees and the people who use the product. 'That attitude was the attitude I grew up on in IBM,' Gormory (former IBM VP) explains. ... 'We should measure coporations by their impact on all their constituencies.'"

DEN said...

Yes but that would mean having a corporate conscience, I'm holding out hope but not holding my breath.


David B. Benson said...

Den --- That's why the tax policy changes are important. Sends the right signals to the boards of directors...

DEN said...

Some constant reminding might be necessary, tax reform is a good way to do it.

Discipline is absent in many areas.

Always brings me back to Grade School, certain kids push the limits of their containment, school.

They will be a pain-in-the-ass until an authority figure corrects them. Then as soon as the authority is gone, they go back to being PITA's.

Human nature is predictable in some respects.


DEN said...

Beer thirty on my watch, better go testing.

micki said...

From The Establishment Rethinks Globalization:

In recent months Gomory and Leo Hindery of the Horizon Project have been calling on Congress with these big ideas and getting respectful audiences. The two met with some thirty Democratic senators and Congressional staffers from both parties. Senator Byron Dorgan, with co-sponsors like Sherrod Brown, Russell Feingold and even Hillary Clinton, has introduced several bills to confront the trade deficits.

Gomory's concept for multinational taxation is a tougher sell amid Washington lobbyists because it goes right to the bottom line of major US corporations. On the other hand, this proposal has stronger intuitive appeal for citizens, who reasonably ask why multinationals are allowed to undercut the national interest when they enjoy all the benefits of being "American" companies.


If 'even' Hillary Clinton (the 'even' is a gratuitous swipe IMO) recognizes the need to confront trade deficits, you can take it to the bank that this issue has legs -- and will get lots of attention. The Clintons are not political neophytes.

Note that they met with "some thirty Democratic Senators" and staffers from both parties -- in other words, the Repug senators said to their minions -- "you take care of these guys -- I don't have time for them."

If Captain was reading here, he might get the picture that there is a difference between Repugs and Dems. There's still hope that the Dems will do the right thing, for the right reason. Not so, with the Repugs.