Too much Coffee for Dems

March 31st, 2009

I’m really getting tired of hearing Democrats harp about Oklahoma Senate leader Glenn Coffee. OK, so he failed to pay some traffic tickets from 8 or 9 years ago.

… one for speeding and another for operating a motor vehicle without a current license plate.

But, just like anyone else who fails to pay their fines, unless there was some kind of a computer glitch, he took his chances and risked arrest and incarceration.

Officials said a computer glitch …

OK, so he got lucky. But now the state Democratic Party accuses Sen. Coffee of spending too much on his expense account.

According to filings from Senator Glenn Coffee’s campaign account with the Oklahoma State Ethics Commission, Senator Coffee has spent over $125,000 in the last three years on a line item termed by his treasurer as “Travel, Meals, Lodging” including over $58,000 in 2008.

“Senator Coffee claims he could not pay his taxes even though he was reimbursing himself more than the average Oklahoman makes in a year in meals and travel,” said Oklahoma Democratic Party Chairman Ivan Holmes.

I guess Mr. Holmes has never seen Sen. Coffee. At food and fuel prices these days, $58,000 doesn’t go far in feeding and transporting a big guy like him. Leave it to Dems to pick on the handicapped.

And as if that wasn’t enough, some self-righteous taxpayers think the senate leader should step down for not paying his taxes until the government placed a lien on his home.

It is apparent Coffee is of the opinion he is above the law. This should not be the case. He should resign his leadership role.

But former House Speaker Lance Cargill already resigned for tax problems just last year. Shouldn’t that cover all elected Republican tax delinquents for awhile? And besides, you never hear of Republicans demanding Democrats resign for failing to pay taxes.

Rep. Tom Cole says Treasury boss Timothy Geithner must go

“He didn’t pay his taxes but was confirmed anyway, when only weeks later other administration nominees were toppled by similar tax delinquincies [sic].”

Well OK, maybe one Republican. But then again, Cole probably feels Sen. Coffee must go too.

Okie thief wants to risk it all

March 31st, 2009

What is this woman thinking?

An Oklahoma City woman sentenced to life in prison for shoplifting is trying to get her guilty plea thrown out.

I say she had better think this through a bit more. If after throwing herself on the mercy of the court with a guilty plea she gets life in prison, imagine how much worse her sentence might be if she goes to trial and is found guilty. After all, we are talking about stealing two purses from a department store! And not a WalMart either; a Dillards no less.

GM CEO resignation not enough

March 30th, 2009

The resignation of General Motors CEO Rick Wagoner is a farce.

GM Statement on Officer and Board Announcements

Rick Wagoner is stepping down as chairman and CEO, effective immediately. Wagoner, 56, was named president and CEO in 2000, and assumed the role of chairman in 2003.

Two things make Wagoner’s departure a meaningless gesture; one, is his replacement might as well be a clone.

Fritz Henderson, GM president and chief operating officer, will serve as CEO. Henderson, 50, was named to his current position in 2008. He was previously vice chairman and chief financial officer.

The similarities to Wagoner are astonishing. Both men began their GM careers as financial analysts under Roger B. Smith. You may remember Smith:

Smith had been named GM treasurer, and he rose to vice president in 1971. He was elected chairman and chief executive in 1980.

With Smith in charge, the company’s market share fell from 44% to 35%. As consumers began buying Japanese imports, Smith’s response to the competition was the recommendation to buy used Buicks.

… when challenged about the slipping market share, he defended the bottom line: “You don’t pay dividends on market share.”

That’s the other reason this “smoke and mirrors” trick GM is trying to pull with Wagoner stepping down; the GM Directors won’t let real “car guys” guide the company. It’s been that way since Smith’s reign.

“He was a bean counter,” says Owen Bieber, who was president of the United Auto Workers during much of Smith’s tenure. “Suddenly, GM started making a lot of cars that looked alike. I used to tell him that you can’t have a Cadillac that looks like a Chevrolet and expect to sell them both.”

It’s this short-sighted bean counter mentality that deserves most of the blame for GM’s pending demise. And since GM’s Board of Directors has long proven its lack of vision can’t see past a quarterly profit margin, they too should be forced to resign. All of them.

Erskine B. Bowles
President,
The University of North Carolina
Director since 2005

John H. Bryan
Retired Chairman
and Chief Executive Officer,
Sara Lee Corporation
Director since 1993

Armando M. Codina
President
and Chief Executive Officer,
Flagler Development Group
Director since 2002

Erroll B. Davis, Jr.
Chancellor,
University System of Georgia
Director since 2007

George M.C. Fisher
Retired Chairman
and Chief Executive Officer,
Eastman Kodak Company
Director since 1996

E. Neville Isdell
Chairman
and Chief Executive Officer,
The Coca-Cola Company
Director since 2008

Karen Katen
Chairman,
Pfizer Foundation,
Retired Vice Chairman,
Pfizer Inc and Retired President,
Pfizer Human Health,
Director since 1997

Kent Kresa
Chairman Emeritus,
Northrop Grumman Corporation
Director since 2003

Philip A. Laskawy
Retired Chairman
and Chief Executive Officer,
Ernst & Young
Director since 2003

Kathryn V. Marinello
Chairman
and Chief Executive Officer,
Ceridian Corporation
Director since 2007

Eckhard Pfeiffer
Retired President
and Chief Executive Officer,
Compaq Computer Corporation
Director since 1996

And that’s just the start.

OU’s top ten

March 29th, 2009

There were many things not to like about the Sooners’ performance against North Carolina, but I’ll narrow it down to just ten:

Number 10 – Not one blocked shot.
Number 9 – Their attempt of a zone defense.
Number 8 – Turnovers.
Number 7 – The seniors.
Number 6 – The bench.
Number 5 – Sinking only 63% of their free throws to 94% for the Tar Heels.
Number 4 – Making less than 11% of their three pointers, 2 for 19.
Number 3 – The repeated passing to Blake when the Tar Heels could see it coming.
Number 2 – Lack of running game near the end.

And the number one thing I disliked about the Oklahoma – North Carolina game was: Coach Capel’s god damn blue tie!

What I did like? The season up until then.

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Congratulations Sooners

And congratulations to the Tar Heels.

China’s US stimulus package

March 26th, 2009

There’s been plenty of things to blame on the flood of Chinese goods into the U.S. over the past decade or two, but you really don’t hear about the many benefits those products provide to our economic growth.

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So in the spirit of international relations, and the fact that China is now our financial overlord, I bring you:

Chinese exports that stimulate certain industries (health care and mortuary for instance). (Taken from news reports.)

  • Carcinogen in Chinese Liquors
  • Lead in Chinese candy
  • Pesticide methamidophos in dumplings
  • Contaminant in blood-thinning drug heparin
  • Pesticide Found in Fish Processed in China
  • Dishes, toys, jewelry, backpacks, cake decorations, with lead
  • Carcinogens in Imported Chinese Produce
  • Chemical Clothes
  • Tainted Toothpaste
  • Mislabeled, misrepresented, defective, or harmful goods
  • Melamine in baby formula and pet food
  • Tainted dietary supplements
  • Toxic cosmetics
  • Counterfeit medicines
  • Catfish with banned antibiotics
  • Scallops and sardines coated with putrefying bacteria
  • Mushrooms covered with illegal pesticides
  • Tainted cough syrup
  • Toxic wheat gluten

And the good news is that China’s stimulus package shows
little sign of abating.

For years, U.S. inspection records show, China has flooded the United States with foods unfit for human consumption. And for years, FDA inspectors have simply returned to Chinese importers the small portion of those products they caught — many of which turned up at U.S. borders again, making a second or third attempt at entry.

Dead pets and melamine-tainted food notwithstanding, change will prove difficult, policy experts say, in large part because U.S. companies have become so dependent on the Chinese economy that tighter rules on imports stand to harm the U.S. economy, too.

And their latest effort to bolster the housing industry:

Ocean Springs, MS: Lisa and Thomas Rose had to rebuild their home after Katrina hit them hard–now it looks like they might have to tear down their brand new home and start again, all because of Chinese Dry Wall.

At least there are some things we can count on in this unsettling economy.

Top OKC crime figure hunted down

March 22nd, 2009

You have to respect the brave men and women of Oklahoma County Sheriff’s Department. Day in and day out they are charged with apprehending some of the most ruthless and heinous human beings anywhere on the planet. These fine public servants risk their lives to protect us from the scourge of society; the most murderous murderers, the rapingest rapists, the ulcerist of OKC’s criminal underbelly. They take people off the streets that would curdle the blood of folks like you and I just by looking at us.

Here’s a few of Sheriff Whetsel’s 10 most wanted:

So you can see why I’m relieved to announce that we can all rest a lot easier tonight:
No. 8 On County’s 10 Most Wanted Under Arrest

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Rodney Hennesy

Detectives said he was apprehended at the Econo Lodge on the city’s north side after he was involved in some sort of argument.

I’m sure we’re talking about one bad-ass argument, but still; can’t Sheriff Whetsel keep guys that are cute as a button off his 10 Most Wanted list? It makes us Okies look like we’re a bunch of wimps.

Talking about trillions

March 21st, 2009

$451 billion – 2008 interest paid on US debt

$681 billion – 2008 US trade deficit

1.13 trillion dollars … in one year.

The past five years:

Debt interest = $1.96 trillion

Trade deficit = $3.45 trillion

Five year total = $5.4 trillion

FYI:
Last year for US trade surplus – 1973

Not lost, not found

March 21st, 2009

It’s been at least four days now that this dog has been roaming our local market parking lot. I’ve given her some dog biscuits a couple times and she’s a real sweetheart. (Yes, I keep dog biscuits in my car. Doesn’t everyone?)

I’m not sure what to say about the plight of dumped animals in Little Axe. Having lived here for almost three decades now, they are a common sight in this rural area. One of our cats was plucked from the middle of Hwy 9 as a frightened kitten just last year. (It turned out to be a great cat.)

And that’s the dilemma; while it’s certainly cruel to abandon a pet, in the case of one such as an old female dog, taking it to the local animal shelter would surely be a death knell. It could be argued that dumping it in a populated area offers at least a slight chance of survival. Of course it could also be argued that the same consequences might lead to a more agonizing death. One person left their opinion on the market bulletin board.

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