The Trifecta

  • Labor Day Rhetoric: To Both Sides Let's Just End This

    Posted by Jay Morris

    Here is the quote from yesterday's speech from Jimmy Hoffa from his speech in Detroit:

    "We got to keep an eye on the battle that we face: The war on workers. And you see it everywhere, it is the Tea Party. And you know, there is only one way to beat and win that war. The one thing about working people is we like a good fight. And you know what? They've got a war, they got a war with us and there's only going to be one winner. It's going to be the workers of Michigan, and America. We're going to win that war," Jimmy Hoffa said to a heavily union crowd.

    "President Obama, this is your army. We are ready to march. Let's take these son of bitches out and give America back to an America where we belong, " Hoffa added.

    I am sure this quote doesn't hit the tone that the President had been looking for lately. Look this was a partisan pro-union crowd, is anyone really shocked by this quote?

    Now some are asking for an apology from the President, can't see that happening. First of all, he wasn't there at the time of the speech, and second why would he? This is rhetoric, plain and simple.

    BUT if suddenly someone that has heard this Labor Day rhetoric decides that Mr. Hoffa is right, and they do need to take some TEA party members out. Then what?

    I am hoping that this firebrand rhetoric from both sides ends soon. When ( and I believe it will) it does maybe we can get back to the basics of American life working hard, living life and family, and enjoying the freedoms endowed by our creator.  

  • Modern Day Video killing the radio star

    Posted by Jay Morris

     

    When I read about the financial woes of the U.S. Postal Service I hear a song Video Killed the radio star” from the Buggles in my head. So the facts are this: 

    The U.S. Postal Service reported an $8.5 billion loss in the fiscal year that ended in September and said it will run out of money in 2011. So what does this mean? Postal officials will be asking congress today to rewrite a 2006 postal reform law that requires USPS to pay about $5 billion each year to pre-fund retiree healthcare fund. Close hundreds maybe thousands of post offices, and get rid of Saturday delivery.

    The mail volume has droped 20% in the past five years, almost all due to new technology. Now we have the ability to move messages quickly, pay bills online, and text and IM all without the postal service. Be honest, when up put something in the mailbox these days it is because you choose to, not because you have to.

    With these technology changes I have a hard time seeing the Postal Service's volume ever increasing again.  


     

  • The Kilpatrick Family.. the gift that keeps on taking

    Posted by Jay Morris

    According to the Freep Press the public corruption case involving the Kilpatrick family is so overwhelming that the son and father each get two attorneys, oh and at taxpayer expense.

    The Kilpatricks, along with three others, are charged with running a criminal enterprise that federal authorities say involved shaking down city contractors to steer millions in publifunds into their own pockets.

    The overall cost to taxpayers isn't known because that information is kept confidential until after trial. Under federal law, the cap for court-appointed lawyers is $125 per hour in non-capital cases. The case is to go to trial in September 2012.

    Nothing like spending a couple of hundred thousand dollars of Detroit's taxpayer money on this guy. I would bet there is a million different projects in Detroit that could use it, or at least it could be used to buy more expensive furniture at Detroits DHS.  


  • Netflix Says Choose or Pay

    Posted by Jay Morris

    So a couple of months ago Netflix made the decision to separate it's DVD and Streaming plans for subscribers. It grandfathered all current subscribers for a couple of months, well the time is up and you'll need to choose a plan or pay up.

    If you choose to do nothing by tomorrow, Netflix will assume you want both plans. That's logical but it may be something you didn't think about. After Thursday, each plan will cost $7.99 per month, or $15.98 per month for both.

    To make a change, go to your Netflix account

     

     


  • Michigan Voters want balance

    Posted by Jay Morris

     

    According to a new EPIC/MRA Poll 27% of the likely Michigan voters said only spending cuts should be used to trim $1.5 trillion from the government's debt over the next decade, and 3% favored using only tax increases.

     

     

     

    Among the 64% that wanted a combined solution, 21% favored mostly spending cuts and some tax increases, while 33% backed an equal amount of spending cuts and tax increases and 10% wanted more tax increases than spending cuts.

     

    Do you think the Deficit Super Committee which includes Rep. Dave Camp and Rep. Fred Upton from Michigan will take a balanced approach?  


     

     

     

     

  • More Cheap TouchPads Coming

    Posted by Jay Morris

     

     So according to CNN, HP is going to replenish the supply of TouchPad tablets this week. The company began selling TouchPads for $99 and $149 last week in order to quickly shed inventory. Which if you have tried to find any, you know that it worked, because you can't find the deal anywhere.

     

    While HP has ceased production on the products, the "next batch" of TouchPads is being retrieved from a warehouse. 


     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

  • More changes on Facebook

    Posted by Jay Morris

     

    On Facebook mobile apps one of the features I kind of like is the Places Check in feed. I should say I liked, Facebook is getting rid of this feature. Rather than check-ins, users will be able to add their city-level location or tag a specific place in any post.

     

     

     

    Facebook is also making some significant changes to security settings. Facebook's Chris Cox writes in a blog post "You have told us that 'who can see this?' could be clearer across Facebook, so we have made changes to make this more visual and straightforward,"  "The main change is moving most of your controls from a settings page to being inline, right next to the posts, photos and tags they affect. Plus there are several other updates here that will make it easier to understand who can see your stuff (or your friends') in any context."

     

    This gives us the ability to quickly change who is seeing our Facebook content, also the content we see from everyone else. Like anything with Facebook don't get too used to these changes, they may change again next week.


     

  • Another Rambo Movie, Really?

    Posted by Jay Morris

    Conan the Barbarian screenwriter Sean Hood has been tapped to write a screenplay for “Rambo Last Stand”. According to Mr. Hood “I met with Sylvester Stallone twice last year. He gave me a book, an older screenplay, and about twenty pages he'd written himself to use as inspiration for the last chapter of the Rambo saga.”

    The plot is likely to be similar in tone to Clint Eastwood's Unforgiven, no word if Mr. Stallone will sign on to do the project. With what“Conan the Barbarian” did at the box office over the weekend, would you sign on to do another Rambo movie?

     

  • YOUR OPININON NEEDED: A Full Page Ad Asks What?

    Posted by Jay Morris

    A full-page newspaper ad is raising eyebrows, asking, "Have you ever had sex with Rick Perry?"

    Robert Morrow placed the ad in the Austin Chronicle alt-newsweekly less than one week after the Texas governor threw his hat in the ring for the presidency, Salon.com reported.

    The text reads, "Are you a stripper, an escort, or just a 'young hottie' impressed by an arrogant, entitled governor of Texas? Contact CASH [Committee Against Sexual Hypocrisy], and we will help you publicize your direct dealings with a Christian-buzzwords-spouting, 'family values' hypocrite and fraud."

    Morrow, a three-time delegate to the Texas state GOP convention, claims he knows strippers in Austin who have stories about Perry, but none of them are willing to come forward; hence, the need for the ad.

    So do you think this stunt crosses over the line ? Leave comments below

  • For guys, here is a way to make more $

    Posted by Jay Morris

    New research says that the bigger jerk you are in the workplace, the more money you make. According to the Wall Street Journal:

    The researchers examined "agreeableness" using self-reported survey data and found that men who measured below average on agreeableness earned about 18% more—or $9,772 more annually in their sample—than nicer guys.

    Ruder women, meanwhile, earned about 5% or $1,828 more than their agreeable counterparts.

    Interesting that guys that are jerks make significantly more, but that same does not apply for women.

     

    For the full article click here 


     

  • Bachmann Campaign Promise

    Posted by Jay Morris

     

    Yesterday in South Carolina Michelle Bachmann said "Under President Bachmann you will see gasoline come down below $2 a gallon again," and went on to say "That will happen." So that leaves the question HOW?

    So one way to do that would be to significantly lower the federal gasoline tax that sits at 18.4 cents per gallon, and raises approximately $25 billion dollars for the Federal Government. Somehow I believe we would end up paying that money in some other use tax.

    The other way to lower the price back to $2.00 a gallon is to provide more government subsidies to oil companies. The current subsidies for five oil companies sit at twelve billion a year.

    Maybe promising that "That will happen" sounds good on the campaign trail, and I would LOVE to see it. Realistically I just can't see it ever happening again, and it may be a comment that could come back to bite Bachmann in the future.

     

     

     


  • YOUR OPINION NEEDED: What will the EPA say tonight?

    Posted by Jay Morris

    A community meeting set for tonight at 6:30 at the Marshall Activity Center  to discuss the progress of a cleanup related to an oil spill in the Kalamazoo River. The meeting hosted by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

    As of today roughly 700 people continue to work on cleanup-related efforts. Mainly working on cleaning the submerged oil is the largest remaining cleanup challenge from the Enbridge Inc. pipeline that spilled more than 800,000 gallons of oil.

    I would imagine that the EPA will say the cleanup continues, but is it still not complete. What do you think the EPA will say tonight?  Leave comments below.