Monday Blogging – 10/13/08

PHOTO: Car on fire

<whinefest> I worked more than 10 hours yesterday. Not only that, my car – which two weeks ago required $800 to get running again – started making a weird noise in the rear end when the car is moving. That can’t be good. I know I already need nearly $2000 in other repairs to completely fix the car (including oil leaks and windshield damage), so if this rear end noise requires another significant amount of change, I might need to just scrap the whole thing. Isn’t Sunday supposed to be a day of rest? </whinefest>

Continuing with the car theme, GM and Chrysler are reportedly exploring a possible merger. It’s hard to imagine how this could possibly be a good idea for GM. Only recently have they started to erase their reputation for shoddy workmanship. By acquiring Chrysler, GM would instantly erase what goodwill they have earned on that score.

At this point neither behemoth company is performing well in the marketplace. It would seem to me that a smart approach would be to streamline their businesses and focus on *gasp* making smart innovative cars that people want to buy. Instead it seems like GM thinks that if they become even bigger, they can’t possibly do worse? Huh?

If you haven’t seen the clips of McCain on Friday trying to bring his supporters back from the depths of illogical hate and fear, here ya go:

McCain will have to do a lot more than that to atone for the reckless bile that’s coming from his campaign these days.

I admit it. I have a soft spot for the pompous pontifications of a certain Christopher Hitchens. His latest piece for Slate does not disappoint. Hitchen’s conlusion about the choice facing him this election:

I used to call myself a single-issue voter on the essential question of defending civilization against its terrorist enemies and their totalitarian protectors, and on that “issue” I hope I can continue to expose and oppose any ambiguity. Obama is greatly overrated in my opinion, but the Obama-Biden ticket is not a capitulationist one, even if it does accept the support of the surrender faction, and it does show some signs of being able and willing to profit from experience. With McCain, the “experience” is subject to sharply diminishing returns, as is the rest of him, and with Palin the very word itself is a sick joke. One only wishes that the election could be over now and a proper and dignified verdict rendered, so as to spare democracy and civility the degradation to which they look like being subjected in the remaining days of a low, dishonest campaign.

Flickr photo by OurMonmouth


  1. Ian

    Next time, buy a Honda or Toyota 😉

  2. Ian

    I like the new Toyota line of commercials cause they are spot on with hitting on the American car company mentality. They basically have someone say, “The other car companies all say they are as good as Toyota in quality. I thought, ‘Why not just buy a Toyota then.'”.

  3. Chris

    If I had to pick a Japanese car company to buy from, it’d be Honda. Similar reliability to Toyota but with much more style.

  4. Andrea

    No Hyundia? 🙁

  5. Ian

    No, absolutely not. 😛

    I probably wouldn’t buy anything other than a Honda myself, unless there was some dramatic change in quality. I’m too happy with my Civic. 171K miles on it now with minimal maintenance since I’ve had it. A/C and stereo still working fine. 33 mpg.


    Shouldn’t you be working? 😉

  7. Chris

    Ruh roh.