Quotes of the day

posted at 10:21 pm on April 1, 2014 by Allahpundit

Laura Christian’s daughter was 16 years old in 2005 when the Chevy Cobalt she was driving hit a tree. The air bag didn’t deploy, and Amber Marie Rose was killed.

In the past two months, General Motors has recalled more than 2.5 million vehicles worldwide after linking defective ignition switches in similar cars to air bag failures — and to 13 deaths and 31 crashes. And there are indications GM approved the switches in 2002 even though it knew they did not meet specifications

“Corporate executives made a decision that fighting the problem was cheaper and easier than fixing the problem,” said Christian, who is among those who say GM had plenty of warning over the years to recall the vehicles and fix the switches.

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Long before the Chevrolet Cobalt became known for having a deadly ignition defect, it was already seen as a lemon. Owners complained about power steering failures, locks inexplicably opening and closing, doors jamming shut in the rain — even windows falling out.

In more than 120 instances, General Motors was forced under state lemon laws to buy back faulty Cobalts, pay settlements to owners or let them trade in the cars, an analysis by The New York Times of state databases and court records shows. The buybacks came as dozens of claims were filed separately at G.M. from 2005 to 2009 that fit a specific pattern — moving cars, sometimes traveling at high speeds, would suddenly stop working…

“There were transmission issues, issues with the clutch, engine issues, air-conditioning issues,” James Gonzales of Riverview, Fla., said of his 2006 Cobalt, which G.M. repurchased under Florida’s lemon law. “Everything went wrong with that car, and everything that went wrong needed a big fix. Mechanically, it was a huge nuisance.”…

The automaker has linked 13 deaths to the defect in Cobalts and several other models. In her prepared remarks, filed with House investigators on Monday, Ms. Barra said, “I cannot tell you why it took years for a safety defect to be announced.”

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General Motors CEO Mary Barra evaded a series of pointed questions on Capitol Hill Tuesday, as members of a House panel searched for answers into why the company waited around ten years before taking drastic action to fix a defective ignition switch now linked to 13 deaths.

Many lawmakers implied that General Motors must have known that the company knew it had a serious problem, pointing out over 130 related consumer complaints from June 2003 to June 2012, litigation in which confidential settlements were reached, and a move in 2006 made by a GM engineer that slightly improved the switch without also changing the identification number. “Do you think it was a cover up or it was sloppy work?” charged Rep. Marsha Blackburn (R—Tenn.)

But Barra repeatedly dodged that line of questioning, telling lawmakers GM would be able to explain more about the delays after it completed its internal investigation opened a few weeks ago by former U.S. Attorney Anton Valukas. Barra told the committee she found out about the defective ignition switch on Jan. 31 this year, after an executive committee made the recall decision. The slow response, she said, was “unacceptable.”

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Fueling the outrage over the malfunction, DeGette said lawmakers obtained documents showing how GM had actually looked at possible fixes for the defect in 2005, but determined it would be too expensive to address.

The “unacceptable cost increase,” she said, turned out to be 57 cents apiece.

The congresswoman held up an ignition switch for one of the cars and said a small spring inside of it failed to provide enough force, causing the car engines to turn off when they went over a bump. DeGette showed how easy it was for a light set of keys to move the ignition out of the “run” position. That can cause the engine to stall, and the driver loses power steering and power brakes.

Asked later in the hearing about the apparent decision not to address the problem, Barra said she found it “very disturbing.”

***

General Motors announced on Monday that it’s recalling more than 1.3 million vehicles that may experience a sudden loss of electric power steering. GM’s new recall comes after 2.6 million vehicles were recalled earlier this year for ignition-switch problems linked to 13 deaths.

GM models involved in the new recall include Chevy Malibus, HHRs and Cobalts, Saturn Auras and IONs, as well as Pontiac G6s from model years 2004 to 2010. GM says it will replace the vehicles’ power-steering motors, steering columns, power-steering motor-control units or a combination of those free of charge, depending on the vehicle.

The 2004–07 Saturn ION, 2009–10 Chevrolet HHR and the 2010 Chevrolet Cobalt were also included in the earlier ignition-switch recall.

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I am opposed to the death penalty, but to every rule there is usually an exception, and in this case I hope the criminals at General Motors will be arrested and made to pay for their pre-meditated decision to take human lives for a lousy ten bucks. The executives at GM knew for 13 years that their cars had a defective ignition switch that would, well, kill people. But they did a “cost-benefit analysis” and concluded that paying off the deceased’s relatives was going to be cheaper than having to install a $10 part per car. They then covered up their findings and continued to let millions drive around with the defective part in their cars. There would be no recalls. There would only be parents and the decapitated body parts of their dead children. See the USA in your Chevrolet. In 2007 a National Highway Traffic Safety Administration official recommended a formal investigation but was overruled by others in Bush’s “business-friendly” Transportation Department…

The Washington Post, in an otherwise good article (posted here), blames the whole sad affair on the “corporate culture” at GM. What a user-friendly term! To even have to read the words “culture” and “General Motors” in the same sentence is enough to make anyone gag. No, the cause of this tragedy is an economic system that places profit above everything else, including — and especially — human life. GM has a legal and fiduciary responsibility to its shareholders to make the biggest profits that it can. And if their top people crunch the numbers and can show that they will save more money by NOT fixing or replacing the part, then that is what they are going to goddam well do. F*** you, f*** me, and f*** everybody they sent to their deaths. That pretty much sums up their “culture”. They knew they wouldn’t get caught, and if they did, no one would ever serve any time.

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CBS Connecticut: “Connecticut Senator Richard Blumenthal is among those calling for GM to make a stronger statement and tell owners to stop driving their cars immediately. Blumenthal believes GM made a decision to hide the defect of ignition switches.”…

The problem is that we’ve been told for five years that General Motors was a national institution that had to be saved at all costs, including billions of taxpayer dollars. Now Democratic lawmakers are really, really eager to drop the hammer on GM for hiding the danger these cars presented to the public. That may be (and increasingly appears to be) completely justified, except the same crowd told us five years ago that all of us had to chip in to save this company, so they could keep making these cars that Blumenthal wants everyone to stop driving.

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President Obama, speaking at a GM plant in Lordstown, Ohio, September 15, 2009: “That program was good for automakers, consumers, and our environment,” Obama said of the Cash for Clunkers programs, “and the Chevy Cobalt that you build here was one of GM’s most sought-after cars under that program. Dealers across the country started running out of it and needed you to build more.”

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But the federal government is complicit is more ways than one.

GM, you’ll recall, had to be rescued by the taxpayers in 2009, and the federal stake was so large that the company was dubbed Government Motors when it went through bankruptcy. But bankruptcy rules require a disclosure of all liabilities as well as assets. By hiding the defect in its cars, GM may have committed bankruptcy fraud.

Beyond that, the utter failure of the National Highway Transportation Safety Agency to crack down on the defective ignition switch is an embarrassing failure. But regulatory agencies are a journalistic backwater, drawing a fraction of the coverage lavished on the White House, Congress and politics.

Even so, with GM’s CEO and the acting NHTSA chief scheduled to be hauled before a Hill committee today, you’d think there would be a drumbeat on the air. Yet if there have been many great cable segments on the subject, I’ve missed them.

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[GM executives] ought to be accompanied by former Secretary of Transportation Ray LaHood, as well as “car czars” Steven Rattner and Ron Bloom, together with White House and Treasury officials who oversaw the government’s huge bailout of General Motors. Many–though not all–of the safety problems happened on their watch. In addition, LaHood and other Obama administration officials led a witch-hunt against Toyota during the same period.

It was LaHood who led the hysterical propaganda campaign against Toyota, telling the public that Toyotas were unsafe to drive because of sudden-acceleration problems. Democrats and the mainstream media piled on. Toyota did recall vehicles for a problem involving its floor mats, but the problems with Toyota’s electrical systems that were supposed to be causing its vehicles to accelerate out of control failed to materialize.

LaHood and the Obama administration attacked Toyota during a period when GM, now being run with direct input from the White House, had lost its #1 ranking in global auto sales. That was considered an urgent priority. So while the government was ignoring real and deadly safety problems at GM, it was trying to scare consumers about nonexistent problems at Toyota. The White House owes victims’ families, and the public, an explanation.

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The birth mother of Amber Marie Rose, the teen whose 2005 death was the first linked to an ignition switch problem that’s triggered a massive recall of General Motors vehicles, says that through a Facebook group for families of victims, she’s identified at least 29 fatalities due to the defect. GM only acknowledges 13 deaths.

“I found 29 so far myself,” . She said she’s determined the additional fatalities using crash data, police reports or eyewitnesses [who reported] the airbags did not deploy.”


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OmahaConservative on April 1, 2014 at 10:22 PM

Deathtrap motors

Murphy9 on April 1, 2014 at 10:22 PM

ALEX!

annoyinglittletwerp on April 1, 2014 at 10:23 PM

*snap*

[There goes my chance to yell out "OC!!"...]

Newtie and the Beauty on April 1, 2014 at 10:23 PM

Don’t buy crappy cars.

Cheese Wheel on April 1, 2014 at 10:23 PM

ALEX!

annoyinglittletwerp on April 1, 2014 at 10:23 PM

Hope he had a Happy Birthday…

OmahaConservative on April 1, 2014 at 10:23 PM

Teeth.

nobar on April 1, 2014 at 10:24 PM

*snap*

[There goes my chance to yell out "OC!!"...]

Newtie and the Beauty on April 1, 2014 at 10:23 PM

Heh…

OmahaConservative on April 1, 2014 at 10:24 PM

Thank you Government Motors….

For flucking us…

And racking in the rewards….from Obama..

Thank you GM….

I will never buy a GM product……..

Ever….

Electrongod on April 1, 2014 at 10:25 PM

OmahaConservative on April 1, 2014 at 10:23 PM

He says that ‘he lived’.
He also says that he shoulda trolled some liberals.

annoyinglittletwerp on April 1, 2014 at 10:25 PM

OmahaConservative on April 1, 2014 at 10:24 PM

And I had it copied, ready to go, too… :(

Newtie and the Beauty on April 1, 2014 at 10:26 PM

I haven’t had a GM car since the seventies…
I have only bought Toyota since the eighties…

OmahaConservative on April 1, 2014 at 10:26 PM

The WD grumble thread disappeared offa the page. So I just wanna say that I am sick of Rick calling his son ‘Coral’.

Lanceman on April 1, 2014 at 10:26 PM

And I had it copied, ready to go, too… :(

Newtie and the Beauty on April 1, 2014 at 10:26 PM

Sorry darlin’

OmahaConservative on April 1, 2014 at 10:27 PM

Yeah. God forbid we let these people go bankrupt…

JohnGalt23 on April 1, 2014 at 10:28 PM

Good evening. 8.0 earthquake off Chili. They are evacuating in case of a tsunami. Some people who know Yellowstone Park say it looks like animals are leaving.

crankyoldlady on April 1, 2014 at 10:28 PM

I heard on Greta tonight Charles Keating passed away…to some used car salesmen I knew, he was a god…

Newtie and the Beauty on April 1, 2014 at 10:28 PM

0-0 Blues Flyers with 1:3x to go. Blues PP.

Cmon President’s Trophy!

Murphy9 on April 1, 2014 at 10:29 PM

OmahaConservative on April 1, 2014 at 10:27 PM

I’ll get my “OC!!” in sooner or later, OC…I’m patient…[insert Wednesday Addams smile here]

Newtie and the Beauty on April 1, 2014 at 10:30 PM

I had to inform Al that 20-somethings are considered to be adults.

annoyinglittletwerp on April 1, 2014 at 10:31 PM

Thank you Government Motors for your crappy cars..will they get sued by this justice department like they did for Toyota? of course not!

sadsushi on April 1, 2014 at 10:31 PM

Some people who know Yellowstone Park say it looks like animals are leaving.

crankyoldlady on April 1, 2014 at 10:28 PM

I understand there was a 4.0 earthquake on the MT side of Yellowstone, COL. Not many people know there’s a supervolcano under Yellowstone…and the animals leaving (2 x 2?) doesn’t bode well for the near future, either.

Newtie and the Beauty on April 1, 2014 at 10:31 PM

I am so sick and tired of the political ads on TV, drives me crazy…

OmahaConservative on April 1, 2014 at 10:32 PM

I had to inform Al that 20-somethings are considered to be adults.

annoyinglittletwerp on April 1, 2014 at 10:31 PM

At his age you are mixed about growing up or not; I know I was…

OmahaConservative on April 1, 2014 at 10:33 PM

I understand there was a 4.0 earthquake on the MT side of Yellowstone, COL. Not many people know there’s a supervolcano under Yellowstone…and the animals leaving (2 x 2?) doesn’t bode well for the near future, either.

Newtie and the Beauty on April 1, 2014 at 10:31 PM

Some of us are rooting for it.

Go New Madrid! Go Yellowstone!

Murphy9 on April 1, 2014 at 10:33 PM

…B I S H O P…!!!

KOOLAID2 on April 1, 2014 at 10:33 PM

I understand there was a 4.0 earthquake on the MT side of Yellowstone, COL. Not many people know there’s a supervolcano under Yellowstone…and the animals leaving (2 x 2?) doesn’t bode well for the near future, either.

Newtie and the Beauty on April 1, 2014 at 10:31 PM

It could just be because of the earthquakes and they could be wrong about the aniimals. I don’t know enough about it and I’m just repeating what they say.

crankyoldlady on April 1, 2014 at 10:34 PM

We are expecting thunderstorms for the next couple of days. Pray for it to happen, we need it…

OmahaConservative on April 1, 2014 at 10:35 PM

Murphy9 on April 1, 2014 at 10:33 PM

Murph, the worst case scenario, if’n that supervolcano decides to blow, is that the middle of the country, from the Rockies to the Appalachians would be a wasteland.

Not something I’m looking forward to…

Newtie and the Beauty on April 1, 2014 at 10:35 PM

Going out for a smoke, it is 40 degrees right now…

OmahaConservative on April 1, 2014 at 10:36 PM

I am so sick and tired of the political ads on TV, drives me crazy…

OmahaConservative on April 1, 2014 at 10:32 PM

We haven’t had any. I guess it’s too early. I think our primary is in May.

crankyoldlady on April 1, 2014 at 10:36 PM

crankyoldlady on April 1, 2014 at 10:34 PM

True, COL–it could just be because of the quakes. Time will tell.

Newtie and the Beauty on April 1, 2014 at 10:36 PM

I heard on Greta tonight Charles Keating passed away…to some used car salesmen I knew, he was a god…

Newtie and the Beauty on April 1, 2014 at 10:28 PM

I never knew Juan McLame was a one-time used car salesman …

ShainS on April 1, 2014 at 10:37 PM

Murph, the worst case scenario, if’n that supervolcano decides to blow, is that the middle of the country, from the Rockies to the Appalachians would be a wasteland.

Not something I’m looking forward to…

Newtie and the Beauty on April 1, 2014 at 10:35 PM

Yeah And I wouldn’t have to work another 40 years.

Murphy9 on April 1, 2014 at 10:37 PM

Not something I’m looking forward to…

Newtie and the Beauty on April 1, 2014 at 10:35 PM

It looks like the ash would go a long way.

crankyoldlady on April 1, 2014 at 10:37 PM

We haven’t had any. I guess it’s too early. I think our primary is in May.

crankyoldlady on April 1, 2014 at 10:36 PM

Our primary is in May, but we are inundated with ads…

OmahaConservative on April 1, 2014 at 10:38 PM

…B I S H O P…!!!

KOOLAID2 on April 1, 2014 at 10:33 PM

Where has Bishop been — did he elope with RWM?

ShainS on April 1, 2014 at 10:38 PM

Our primary is in May, but we are inundated with ads…

OmahaConservative on April 1, 2014 at 10:38 PM

Odd. Maybe nobody is running.

crankyoldlady on April 1, 2014 at 10:39 PM

crankyoldlady on April 1, 2014 at 10:37 PM

Yes, it would. And the Yankees in the Northeast whine now about the air pollution from the Midwest lol! Mother Nature ain’t got nuthin’ on farmers and cars ;-)

Newtie and the Beauty on April 1, 2014 at 10:39 PM

OmahaConservative on April 1, 2014 at 10:38 PM

Maybe you should avoid commercial/local TV for a few weeks, OC.

Newtie and the Beauty on April 1, 2014 at 10:40 PM

crankyoldlady on April 1, 2014 at 10:28 PM

Think about this for a minute.

If the Yellowstone caldera goes, there is no place in the northern hemisphere that will be safe.

Stop worrying about this.

doesn’t bode well for the near future, either.

Newtie and the Beauty on April 1, 2014 at 10:31 PM

You too?

cozmo on April 1, 2014 at 10:40 PM

Odd. Maybe nobody is running.

crankyoldlady on April 1, 2014 at 10:39 PM

Heh. Wouldn’t that be refreshing…

OmahaConservative on April 1, 2014 at 10:40 PM

Yes, it would. And the Yankees in the Northeast whine now about the air pollution from the Midwest lol! Mother Nature ain’t got nuthin’ on farmers and cars ;-)

Newtie and the Beauty on April 1, 2014 at 10:39 PM

I wasn’t aware we were creating pollution. The air is clean here. After all there is no manufacturing going on anymore.

crankyoldlady on April 1, 2014 at 10:41 PM

cozmo on April 1, 2014 at 10:40 PM

Yes, Cozmo…in a former life, I seriously considered becoming a geology major, but reality talked me out of it.

Newtie and the Beauty on April 1, 2014 at 10:41 PM

Greetings from the Old Dominion!

KCB on April 1, 2014 at 10:41 PM

Maybe you should avoid commercial/local TV for a few weeks, OC.

Newtie and the Beauty on April 1, 2014 at 10:40 PM

They are on FNC as well. It is relentless. I esp hate seeing conservatives bashing other conservatives…

OmahaConservative on April 1, 2014 at 10:42 PM

Going out for a smoke, it is 40 degrees right now…

OmahaConservative on April 1, 2014 at 10:36 PM

Wrong. It’s 37.

Lanceman on April 1, 2014 at 10:42 PM

crankyoldlady on April 1, 2014 at 10:41 PM

I lived in NJ for 11 years awhile back…Lordy, can they WHINE!!

Newtie and the Beauty on April 1, 2014 at 10:42 PM

I still haven’t gone out for my smoke…

OmahaConservative on April 1, 2014 at 10:43 PM

OmahaConservative on April 1, 2014 at 10:42 PM

True…I so hate urination contests–unless it’s in the Democrat Party, between Blue Dogs and socialists ;-)

Newtie and the Beauty on April 1, 2014 at 10:44 PM

If the Yellowstone caldera goes, there is no place in the northern hemisphere that will be safe.

cozmo on April 1, 2014 at 10:40 PM

Sure there will be. Floriduh will be fine. Higher food prices, maybe.

Lanceman on April 1, 2014 at 10:44 PM

7.1 million-1.

Sebillious and barky can kiss my azz.

wolly4321 on April 1, 2014 at 10:44 PM

Wrong. It’s 37.

Lanceman on April 1, 2014 at 10:42 PM

Must be at Eppley. My front porch is 40…

OmahaConservative on April 1, 2014 at 10:44 PM

Must be at Eppley. My front porch is 40…

OmahaConservative on April 1, 2014 at 10:44 PM

It’s 39 in omaha which means it’s 37 at your house.

Lanceman on April 1, 2014 at 10:45 PM

Newtie and the Beauty on April 1, 2014 at 10:41 PM

My geology, mineralogy and paleontology classes were during the fun times when plate tectonics was being accepted and the cold/not cold blooded dinosaur debate was at its height.

Didn’t major in it, but loved every minute of those classes.

If Yellowstone goes, none of us are going to have time to worry about it.

cozmo on April 1, 2014 at 10:45 PM

Who wants to bet that Giveaway Motors gets another bailout if they go broke from this? I’m hearing crickets from all the Democrats. These demagogues were shrieking when it was Toyota and that recall wasn’t nearly as bad as this one. Except, of course that gas-bag, lard-ass hypocrite Michael Moore, who, by the way, is all for the death penalty when it’s given to those he hates. He would send every freedom-loving, god-fearing, gun-toting, free-market-loving ‘redneck’ to the gas chamber if he could away with it, and oh Yeah! This all Bush’s fault.. riigghht.

Corporal Tunnel on April 1, 2014 at 10:45 PM

Lanceman on April 1, 2014 at 10:44 PM

The Gulf Coast should be OK, as well as the Mexican border and the Atlantic seaboard.

Lucky us…

Newtie and the Beauty on April 1, 2014 at 10:46 PM

cozmo on April 1, 2014 at 10:45 PM

[Checks supply of kerchiefs...hmmm...WMT tomorrow...]

Newtie and the Beauty on April 1, 2014 at 10:47 PM

Where has Bishop been — did he elope with RWM?

ShainS on April 1, 2014 at 10:38 PM

…RWM is back…Bishop said ‘goodbye’…but I am trying to ‘will’ him back a la SparkPlug…or at least get him to lurk 1

KOOLAID2 on April 1, 2014 at 10:48 PM

Lanceman on April 1, 2014 at 10:44 PM

Newtie and the Beauty on April 1, 2014 at 10:46 PM

Dream on.

That much earth does not get displaced and doesn’t scour the landscape for thousands of miles.

cozmo on April 1, 2014 at 10:48 PM

That Darn Cat!

Original, Bobby Darin 1965

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DpX70mrQ3i4

ConstantineXI on April 1, 2014 at 10:49 PM

Blues over Flyers on PS. 1-0.

1 pt behind Boston for the President’s Trophy!

Murphy9 on April 1, 2014 at 10:50 PM

The Gulf Coast should be OK, as well as the Mexican border and the Atlantic seaboard.

Lucky us…

Newtie and the Beauty on April 1, 2014 at 10:46 PM

You, me, Coffee-Liker, B9, Cindy, Flora, and a few others will be the only ones left on QOTD. Gonna hate losing Omaha and Antwerp, but at least the hagfish will be gone.

Lanceman on April 1, 2014 at 10:50 PM

If this is an “Open Post” I’d ask the Hot AIr crew why we got at least a dozen stories on a possible Joe Scarborough run for Presidency as a Republican, and on the day he announces that he’s not going to run for anything, there’s no mention. Maybe it was covered, just not on the main page. Anyway, you knew what oriffice Schmoe was always talking out of, and it was a publicity stunt. But you guys were the one who posted a 12 minute sit down interview with him here.

Marcus on April 1, 2014 at 10:51 PM

I had Beef Stroganoff for lunch today. It was absolutely delicious—The sirloin tips melted in my mouth…

OmahaConservative on April 1, 2014 at 10:51 PM

but at least the hagfish will be gone.

Lanceman on April 1, 2014 at 10:50 PM

Hagfish is a flatline. A ghost in the machine. Hagfish ex machina.

You got her, forever.

Murphy9 on April 1, 2014 at 10:51 PM

That much earth does not get displaced and doesn’t scour the landscape for thousands of miles.

cozmo on April 1, 2014 at 10:48 PM

I will be fine, cozzimo. I’d be more worried about soonommies.

Lanceman on April 1, 2014 at 10:52 PM

Marcus on April 1, 2014 at 10:51 PM

Cause most of us don’t care?

cozmo on April 1, 2014 at 10:52 PM

I wonder if that was an April fool’s joke about the animals.

crankyoldlady on April 1, 2014 at 10:52 PM

Frank and Nancy Sinatra “Something Stupid”
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6-zSsw0LQMw

ConstantineXI on April 1, 2014 at 10:54 PM

I wonder if that was an April fool’s joke about the animals.

crankyoldlady on April 1, 2014 at 10:52 PM

I hate April fools jokes, so juvenile…

OmahaConservative on April 1, 2014 at 10:54 PM

Lanceman on April 1, 2014 at 10:50 PM

I don’t know, Lancie…ALT took landing lessons from Ratso, so I think she’d be OK. Now OC, on the other hand…

Newtie and the Beauty on April 1, 2014 at 10:54 PM

Cause most of us don’t care?

cozmo on April 1, 2014 at 10:52 PM

Ain’t that the truth…

OmahaConservative on April 1, 2014 at 10:54 PM

I wonder if that was an April fool’s joke about the animals.

crankyoldlady on April 1, 2014 at 10:52 PM

Likely.

Corporal Tunnel on April 1, 2014 at 10:55 PM

How about the ultimate hippie song?

“White Rabbit” Jefferson Airplane
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tOyasacx9vQ

ConstantineXI on April 1, 2014 at 10:56 PM

The earthquakes are real.

crankyoldlady on April 1, 2014 at 10:56 PM

OT/…here is the personal letter my liberal sister received from JugEars today…………..made me puke!…he knows her politics!

Last night, the first open enrollment period under the Affordable Care Act came to an end.

And this afternoon, we announced that 7.1 million Americans have now signed up for private insurance plans through the new Health Insurance Marketplaces.

7.1 million.

That doesn’t count the more than 3 million young adults who have gained insurance under this law by staying on their families’ plans. It doesn’t count the millions more who have gotten covered through the expansion of Medicaid and the Children’s Health Insurance Program. It doesn’t include the more than 100 million folks who now have better care — who are receiving additional benefits, like mammograms and contraceptive care, at no extra cost.

Now, millions of our fellow Americans have the comfort and peace of mind that comes with knowing they’re no longer leaving their health and well-being to chance. For many of them, quality health insurance wasn’t an option until this year — maybe because they couldn’t afford it, or because a pre-existing condition kept them locked out of a discriminatory system.

Today, that’s changed. And while our long-broken health care system may not be completely fixed, it’s without question a lot better. That’s something to be proud of — and there’s no good reason to go back.

Regardless of your politics, or your feelings about the Affordable Care Act, millions more Americans with health coverage is something that’s good for our economy and our country.

At the end of the day, that is what this law — and the other reforms we’re fighting for, from a 21st-century immigration system to a fairer wage for every American who’s willing to work for it — are all about:

Making sure our country lives up to our highest ideals.

I am thankful to be your President today, and every day. And I am proud that this law will continue to make life better for millions of Americans in the years to come.

Thank you.

President Barack Obama

KOOLAID2 on April 1, 2014 at 10:56 PM

KOOLAID2 on April 1, 2014 at 10:56 PM

Thank God my sis is a rock-ribbed conservative…

OmahaConservative on April 1, 2014 at 10:57 PM

Rush’s rare “Liberal Update Theme”

“Gimme Dat Ding” The Pimpkins 1970
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YEEy615Jzg4

ConstantineXI on April 1, 2014 at 10:59 PM

That doesn’t count the more than 3 million young adults who have gained insurance under this law by staying on their families’ plans. It doesn’t count the millions more who have gotten covered through the expansion of Medicaid and the Children’s Health Insurance Program. It doesn’t include the more than 100 million folks who now have better care — who are receiving additional benefits, like mammograms and contraceptive care, at no extra cost.

KOOLAID2 on April 1, 2014 at 10:56 PM

There are absolutely no tanks anywhere near the city!

This a$$hole ain’t even Nathan Thurm good.

Lanceman on April 1, 2014 at 11:00 PM

KOOLAID2 on April 1, 2014 at 10:56 PM

Makes me want to puke…

Barred on April 1, 2014 at 11:00 PM

crankyoldlady on April 1, 2014 at 10:56 PM

No one doubts that, COL.

Newtie and the Beauty on April 1, 2014 at 11:01 PM

The original Synthpop…

Kraftwerk “Autobahn” 1974
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x-G28iyPtz0

ConstantineXI on April 1, 2014 at 11:01 PM

So has anyone blamed Bush yet ?

burrata on April 1, 2014 at 11:02 PM

Produced by RICK JAMES BITCH!!!

Eddie Murphy “Party All the Time”
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bDbpzjbXUZI
1985

ConstantineXI on April 1, 2014 at 11:03 PM

The White House owes victims’ families, and the public, an explanation.

That is a quaint sentiment. Would anyone expect there to be any truth in such an explanation?

GaltBlvnAtty on April 1, 2014 at 11:03 PM

Queen – We Will Rock You

Newtie and the Beauty on April 1, 2014 at 11:02 PM

Love that tune…

OmahaConservative on April 1, 2014 at 11:03 PM

So has anyone blamed Bush yet ?

burrata on April 1, 2014 at 11:02 PM

For what…earthquakes or Obamacare?

crankyoldlady on April 1, 2014 at 11:03 PM

ConstantineXI on April 1, 2014 at 11:01 PM

Well done, Constantine!

Newtie and the Beauty on April 1, 2014 at 11:03 PM

Hey, Elizabeth Warren is still arguing on that Childless tax post.

Cheese Wheel on April 1, 2014 at 11:04 PM

crankyoldlady on April 1, 2014 at 11:03 PM

Yes. :P

Newtie and the Beauty on April 1, 2014 at 11:04 PM

Good evening. 8.0 earthquake off Chili. They are evacuating in case of a tsunami. Some people who know Yellowstone Park say it looks like animals are leaving.

crankyoldlady on April 1, 2014 at 10:28 PM

I’m building an Ark.
I’ll post the evac coordinates in Morse code when it’s time. ;)

MichaelGabriel on April 1, 2014 at 11:05 PM

Dinah Shore 1953. See the USA in a Chevrolet:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=boertpylK0M

Galtian on April 1, 2014 at 11:05 PM

Long before the Chevrolet Cobalt became known for having a deadly ignition defect, it was already seen as a lemon. Owners complained about power steering failures, locks inexplicably opening and closing, doors jamming shut in the rain — even windows falling out.

It’s a GM…you expected better? Caveat Emptor!

Who is John Galt on April 1, 2014 at 11:05 PM

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