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Government Motors & Close Enough for Government Work

GM revolving workshopTimes have been tough at Government Motors. For a while there it looked like both Osama and GM were going to be dead after encountering the Obama regime. Just recently GM announced the recall of 8,200,000 vehicles over problems with faulty ignition switches. When added to earlier North American recalls, the total for 2014 is an astounding 29,000,000 cars and trucks.

This is almost three times the 9,710,000 vehicles GM managed to sell in 2013.

At this rate soon the only place to find GM cars will be in transportation museums. Total expenses so far for this year’s recall are $2.5 billion. So far the recalls have burned up almost two–thirds of the last year’s $3.8 billion profit. One or two more recalls and GM CEO Mary Barra will be waiting outside the Oval Office for another bail out.

But enough about GM, customers are being hit hard, too. It’s been decades since owning a Detroit car meant joint custody with the dealership’s service department. Buyers are accustomed to having their cars waiting in the driveway and not parked in the diagnostic center like a preemie, with various techs hovering about the machinery while anxious parents await a verdict.

That’s why I was encouraged to learn that GM intends to radically reshape the ownership experience so it will reflect modern Detroit manufacturing reality. Establishing realistic expectations on the part of the customer — expectations that GM knows it can meet or exceed — is an important part of reestablishing credibility with customers.

Details won’t be announced until next month, but a source inside the company has leaked this news release to me and I’ve pasted it below, with a few redactions for the sake of privacy.

 

 

EMBARGOED UNTIL AUGUST 1, 2014

Contact: XXXXXXX XXXXXXXXX

General Motors Media Relations Office

XXX–XXX–XXXX or email [email protected]

 

General Motors Announces New Foster Car™ Model for Automobile Ownership

(Detroit, MI) General Motors Chief Executive Officer Mary Barra announced today that GM is breaking away from the restrictive ‘ownership’ model of automobile sales and will instead establish a more ‘open’ customer/manufacturer relationship based on the foster care model.

“The recalls of the past few months have been hard on both General Motors and our loyal customer base,” Ms. Barra explained. “The tearful goodbyes as customers deliver their beloved GM products to the service bay, or watch as one of our GM Neighborhood Recall flatbed trucks loads the auto, are emotionally wrenching for both our loyal owners and GM service personnel.

“To say nothing of the occasional hurried calls to 9–1–1 as emotions got the best of some of our more impassioned customers. What’s more, the expenses associated with a nationwide network of grief counselors was becoming burdensome and has a sharp impact on the bottom line.

“That’s why I’m proud to announce today that General Motors is breaking the mold and instituting a new ‘Foster Car’ ™ program that will still provide mostly reliable GM transportation without the emotional commitment of actual ownership.”

In practice the only difference families will notice between foster care of a child and foster care of a car will be that instead of the government paying you to take the child into your home, the family will pay GM a monthly fee to have the car in their garage.

Foster care families are always aware that fostering a child is a temporary situation that can spiral out of control on very short notice, much like the ownership experience with a General Motors product. And the relationship is always subject to rapidly changing government rules and obscure regulations, unevenly enforced by bored bureaucrats.

Foster Car ™will be almost the same. Foster families will only pay GM during those months when they have full possession of the automobile. During a recall there will be no charge and when the car or truck is upgraded to generally prevailing government standards, it will be returned with a full tank of gas. *

Foster Car ™ will differ from a lease in that there is no specified duration for the arrangement. Variables regarding whether or not any one vehicle model will be recalled, how many times it will be recalled and when a Foster Car ™family will want a new vehicle are simply impossible to predict. This flexible model will also prevent families from forming an unnaturally strong bond with the vehicle.

R. E. Call, Vice President of Engineering, believes the Foster Car ™to be a forward–thinking response to GM manufacturing realities, “In the past we’ve avoided large recalls. We felt the tradeoff between inconveniencing millions of owners just to prevent something bad happening to an unlucky few, simply wasn’t worth it.”

That policy has been changed under CEO Barra.

For the customers who still own GM vehicles outright and are waiting for their number in the latest recall drive to come up, Call suggests taking precautions to make sure their ignition switch does not spontaneously shut down. He recommends drivers remove any extra weight from the key ring holding the ignition key. This includes charms, lucky coins, rings, flashlights, small knives, beer–bottle openers and key tags with barcodes.

GM recognizes that removing these items will leave the vast majority of Americans unable to take advantage of frequent buyer programs or identify themselves at grocery stores, drug stores, public libraries and bagel emporiums, but ‘Safety First!’™ is now a byword at General Motors.

*Customers participating in the program are cautioned to remove all personal items from a recalled vehicle. Due to the increasing size of GM recalls, the company does not commit to returning the same vehicle that was sent back.

Terrific .. Winchester Recalls .22LR ammo

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Buy any Winchester M22 .22LR ammo lately? Well, check the lot numbers, because it just could be dangerous to shoot.

Olin Corporation, through its Winchester Division, is recalling two (2) lots of M*22™ 22 Long Rifle 40 Grain Black Copper Plated Round Nose rimfire ammunition.

Symbol Number: S22LRT
Lot Numbers: GD42L and GD52L

Winchester has determined the above lots of 22 Long Rifle rimfire ammunition may contain double powder charges. Ammunition with double powder charges may subject the shooter or bystanders to a risk of serious personal injury and/or death, or cause firearm damage, rendering the firearm inoperable.

DO NOT USE WINCHESTER® M*22™ 22 Long Rifle RIMFIRE AMMUNITION WITH LOT NUMBERS GD42L or GD52L. The ammunition Lot Number is imprinted (stamped without ink) on the left tuck flap of the 500-round carton as indicated here. The 1000-round intermediate carton does not have a Lot Number.

To determine if your ammunition is subject to this notice, review the Symbol Number and Lot Number. If it is Symbol Number S22LRT with a Lot Number containing GD42L or GD52L immediately discontinue use and contact Winchester toll-free at 866-423-5224 or visithttp://www.winchester.com/Product-Service/Pages/Contact-Us.aspx for free UPS pick-up of the recalled ammunition.

This notice applies only to Symbol Number S22LRT with Lot Numbers GD42L and GD52L. Other Symbol Numbers or Lot Numbers are not subject to this recall.

If you have any questions concerning this 22 Long Rifle rimfire ammunition recall please call toll-free 866-423-5224, write to Winchester (600 Powder Mill Road, East Alton, IL 62024 Attn: S22LRT Recall), or contact Winchester Customer Support online.

We apologize for this inconvenience.

WINCHESTER

Victorious Lt. Gov. Rebecca Kleefisch Returns To Smart Girl Summit

Lt. Gov. Rebecca Kleefisch

Lt. Gov. Rebecca Kleefisch

Lt. Gov Rebecca Kleefisch, still fresh from her recall victory in June, gave the closing address at Smart Girl Summit held this past weekend.   She joked with the crowd stating that when she addressed the summit last year, many were doubtful she would have a job in the coming months. However, she said she would have come back as “a martyr”.  She is the first Lt. Governor in American history to survive a recall election.  When you turn a $3.6 billion dollar deficit into a $154 million dollar surplus, reform collective bargaining, pensions, health care, take on the special interests, and add 20,000 new jobs, you most certainly deserve to keep your job.  Yet, these initiatives were anathema to the liberals in the Badger State who apparently are hesitant to support anything that is efficient of fiscally sound.

Lt. Gov. Kleefisch was adamant that she wasn’t going to kick the can down the road and it was the unions, not the Walker administration, that picked the fight to keep the status quo.  We all remember the army of left wing protestors that stormed Madison with their horns, signs, chants, and sleeping bags.  It was a nice display of Bolshevik theater.  The Left detailed doomsday scenarios if the Walker/Kleefisch reforms were enacted.  In the end, they were and the sky didn’t fall.  Furthermore, the people of Wisconsin were left with the hotel bills the fourteen Democratic senators racked up when they fled the state and neglected their duty as public officials when they protested the reforms to collective bargaining in 2011.

It was the beginning of a chaotic year.  In 2011, eight recall elections were held to determine the majority of the state senate.  In 2012, six recall elections were held, including the races for Governor and Lt. Governor, to determine the future of Wisconsin. At the end of the night,  the voters of the Badger state were clear that they wanted Gov. Walker, Lt. Gov. Kleefisch, and the Republicans to continue their leadership and bring the state back to fiscal sanity and economic vigor.

In all, Lt. Gov. Kleefisch stated that their reforms at the state and municipal level saved the Wisconsin taxpayer $800 million dollars.  They became the 49th state to pass conceal and carry and Voter ID laws.  She concluded that we should’t be afraid to fight and do what is right in government.  When you have the courage of your convictions and do the right thing, the voters will have your back.  What makes Lt. Gov Kleefisch’s victory so fulfilling is that she was willing to lose for what she believed in and ended up winning for what she believed in.  All I can say is that we need more women, like Rebecca Kleefisch, in public service.

The Left Unleashes: Kill Scott Walker!

In the aftermath of the progressive left’s epic fail to remove Scott Walker from office, they’re resorting to their usual petulant attitude by issuing death threats on Twitter.  Twitchy posted this story VERY early this morning and displayed the tolerant and tasteful nature of the political left.  Three cheers for discourse.

Stay Classy Liberals

 

(H/T Twitchy)

The End Of American Democracy

Let's Try and Get A Grip

Sadly, American democracy ended with Gov. Scott Walker’s landslide win in the Wisconsin recall election.  If this is news to you, don’t worry about it.  The far left needs to get a grip.  “The United States of America (1776-2012)”

Californians Face Primary Voting Today: Races to Watch

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Tuesday, June 5

Californians head to the polls today to vote in primary elections and the ballots will be longer than voters have seen in the past. That is because new ballot rules goes into effect this election cycle. Under the new “top-two” system, party affiliations are removed from candidates and voters will have the opportunity to choose from any candidate from any party. The top two winners will then square off in the November elections. This applies to all races except the Presidential race.

There are only two propositions on the ballot this cycle:

Prop 28 has been billed as “term limits” legislation but technically lengthens the amount of time legislators can serve. Currently legislators are limited to two 3-year terms in the Assembly and two 4-year terms in the Senate. That’s a total of 14 years a politician can serve in the legislature. Prop 28 reduces that limit to 12 years but allows lawmakers to serve that 12 years in either house.

Prop 29 levies a new $1 per pack cigarette tax to raise money for “cancer” research. Opponents say it creates a new bureaucracy and doesn’t allocate taxes to be spent within the borders California. So far polling on the measures shows Californians in favor of passing both.

A couple of other races to watch in California today:

In Orange County the heated, controversial race for County Supervisor between “establishment” Republican Todd Spitzer and “Tea Party” candidate Deb Pauly will come to a head. Both Spitzer and Pauly have thrown out contentious, serious allegations of misconduct against each other. Pauly was ousted as vice-chair of the OC Republican Party just days ago and Spitzer has been running from a record in which he increased pensions.

The Senate race, where Republican Elizabeth Emken will join 23 other candidates to take on the heavily funded Diane Feinstein

The race for District Attorney in Los Angeles, where Republican Alan Jackson will try to force a run-off against Carmen Trutanich. Trutanich (D) has faced accusations of corruption and bullying, but has raised twice the funds of Jackson.

Two local elections are mirroring what is happening in Wisconsin today. In San Diego and San Jose voters will be asked to decide on pension reforms in order to reign in the city budgets. Predictably, unions have been fighting the measures in both cities. The results will have a ripple effect throughout the rest of the state, as California faces an $85 billion unfunded pension liability in the coming years.

California currently does not have any of those pesky, racist voter identification laws so vote early, vote often.

You can follow election results live at the Orange County Register . I’ll also be doing a live, remote show from a special location to be disclosed at showtime, so tune into the Dark Side with Kira Davis at 7:00 p.m. Pacific.

US 41 Corridor Could be the Key to Wisconsin Election

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As folks head to the polls today, it could be the evenly split voters in Fox Valley who make the difference.

In an article in the Appleton PostCressent, Lawrence University political scientist Arnold Shober said, “Barrett will do wonderfully in Dane County, just like Walker will carry Waukesha and Washington County, but up here in the Fox Valley, we’re truly one of the few areas that is split 50-50.”

The Fox Valley is made up of many union-represented public employees who feel abandoned by Gov. Walker’s public sector union reforms, and by many business people who have cheered on his efforts.

Over 206,000 absentee ballots have already been cast in the contest, but when the polls close today it may well be those voters from Fond du Lac to Green Bay who swing the election.

Food Store Calls for Voluntary Recall of Aunt Jemima Frozen Pancakes

LANDOVER, Md., Jan. 27, 2012 /PRNewswire/ — Giant Food, LLC, following a recall by Pinnacle Foods Group, announced that it removed from sale several varieties of Aunt Jemima Frozen Pancakes. The products may have been cross-contaminated with soy products, an undeclared allergen.

The affected products all have a recommended use by date from November 1, 2011, throughOctober 16, 2012. The following frozen pancake products are included in this recall:

  • Aunt Jemima Buttermilk Pancakes, 14.8 oz., UPC 019600058205
  • Aunt Jemima Low Fat Buttermilk Pancakes, 14.5 oz., UPC 019600051008
  • Aunt Jemima Oatmeal Pancakes, 14.8 oz., UPC 019600054900
  • Aunt Jemima Homestyle Pancakes, 14.8 oz., UPC 019600059103
  • Aunt Jemima Confetti Pancakes, 14.8 oz., UPC 019600059554
  • Aunt Jemima Whole Grain Pancakes, 14.5 oz., UPC 019600060406

To date, Giant has received no reports of illnesses associated with consumption of these products. The products are safe to consume for individuals who do not suffer from a soy allergy. Customers who have purchased these products may discard any unused portions or bring their purchase receipt to Giant for a full refund.

Symptoms of food allergies typically appear from within a few minutes to two hours after a person has eaten the food to which he or she is allergic. Allergic reactions can include: hives; flushed skin or rash; tingling or itchy sensation in the mouth; face, tongue, or lip swelling; vomiting; diarrhea; abdominal cramps; coughing or wheezing; dizziness or lightheadedness; swelling of the throat and vocal cords; difficulty breathing; and loss of consciousness.

Consumers looking for additional information on the recall may call Pinnacle Foods Group information line at 1-888-299-7646.  In addition customers may call Giant Customer Service at (800) 767-7772 for more information or visit the Giant website at www.giantfood.com.