Monday, 8 December 2008

I'm Sorry, Really.

Today, we got something that is pretty rare...an apology. Of course, it would not come from congress, the president, the media or the banking sector. This apology came from GM.

“At times we violated your trust by letting our quality fall below industry standards and our designs become lackluster,” wrote GM. “We have proliferated our brands and dealer network to the point where we lost adequate focus on our core U.S. market.” What’s more GM said it wrongly focused on pick-ups and SUVs over other brands and as a result “paid dearly.”

Bluntly.....GM......I really don't deserve your apology. I asked for your pick-ups and your SUVs....because I wanted them. The thirty other million Americans out there with GM pick-ups and SUVs...wanted the same DAMN thing.

Its amusing as I sit here.....I get an apology from the one group that I really didn't need it.....yet I still wait on CNN, Fox, Newsweek, and even congress.....to give me a simple apology.

The American public demanded pick-ups. We demanded vehicles with power. We demanded SUV's that could haul twelve folks even though the family never had more than four riders in the SUV. We wanted vehicles which got 18 miles per gallon. We demanded vehicles that failed crash tests. We even asked for vehicles with names.....that we could not even pronounce. So tonight, as darkness falls across GM's great brand.....we pause and wonder just how low they will crawl.....to get some money from political figures in DC who have no idea how to build a car and really don't care.

Concealed Weapons in National Parks


This past week, as the era ends with Bush....a decision was made to allow concealed weapons within National Parks.

Its difficult me to go along with this idea....at least from the point of view of the 1970s and 1980s. This would likely be the last place I'd want a situation where everyone was toting a gun. I am a realist....believing if you are camping in bear country....you ought to have a weapon. But this goes a step beyond that point.

What we have is a growing belief in lawlessness across the United States. It doesn't matter if you go to the Mall or a library or even Burger King....people feel threatened. Its not safe like it was in the 1960s. Its not the Land of Oz.

Wicked people exists in every neighborhood now. You've got gangs throughout the south. You've got teenage nutcases with the agenda of killing your kid or your husband or wife....just for the thrill.

So in the national parks of America....people now feel unsafe there. This is the sad tragic part of our society. We might be able to outlaw guns, but then what? Will the nutcases or gangs simply play civilized government? No. The challenge is back on the courts, the authority, and civilization to put violent people into long-term jail situations and put nutcases into mental facilities. At that point, we might reverse this stupid trend and forbid concealed guns in national parks....which is the appropriate goal of this situation.