It wasn’t Motel 6

Wow, the price of gas is still going down, though I notice of recently it has slowed a little. It is not conceivable that it will go to a dollar a gallon. I would guess that by $1.40 we will see the end of the ‘good times’. But don’t put your money on that… these are crazy times. But a dollar, no… not that crazy.

The fall in gas prices should end the myth that price depends on demand. World demand, even US demand hasn’t slowed that much to so dramatically alter gas prices. Tell me, how many people you know who have slowed their fuel usage? There is a link to the stock market and market speculation.

Investors just aren’t investing in anything right now. Many who have, have lost their shirts. And those who used to drive up gas prices through speculation are holding their money tight, or finding better places with higher returns… not that there are many outside of metals.

There is a conspiracy theory that what the gas companies are doing is giving us low prices just the same way drug dealers give cheapies. At $4.00, the nation might have started into a mindset of reducing fuel usage and hunting for more fuel efficient or alternative-powered cars. At $1.69, not so much.

The good thing is that the failing economy is keeping many people on the QT, and the liberals are finally putting a concerted effort into fuel efficiency.
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Last week I went down to Miami for Art Basel. Yes, I’m an artist and that’s where one meets a lot of contacts, fellow artists and get frustrated at what now passes for art. Ok. The latter is just me.

But all I left with is the frustration that this nation is hard-wired for thievery. A few years ago when the economy was ‘good’, entry was $12.00, this year it was $35.00. I seriously wonder how many were kept away from what I consider to be a mediocre show, by the price alone. Miami Herald reported that both sales and visitors were very ‘thin’. I wonder why. “Its the economy stupid!”.

Then being Miami, parking prices were jacked. Even the city got into the act. At one of their lots, parking was a dollar per hour… pretty reasonable until you realize that it was a minimum of 8 hours.

We saw the show by waiting until there was reduced prices, and as for food and drink… smuggle-eeennnn.
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As I predicted, the auto companies will get their bailout. But I’m concerned that with all the true confessions of betrayal of the public etc etc, the government is taking their words as gospel, as to the $$$s needed. I’m sorry, but my banker would be looking so hard at my books, they would catch afire.

This is exactly what was done for the Wall Street bailout. Giving them money based on trust alone. These guys are pirates, thieves, unscrupulous, untrustworthy, brigands. There is nothing honest about them.

And appointing a czar is not enough unless its Ralph Nader. Government needs to put auditors, quality controllers, eyes and ears inside the companies themselves, making weekly reports. These companies need to be monitored like jailed prisoners.

During the hearings, I heard them questioned about how they travelled to Washington, what with the first barefaced debacle when they all flew in on separate corporate leased jets. Yeah, yeah, they drove in cars their companies built. But nobody asked them the prices of their rooms while they were in Washington. I bet it ain’t Motel 6.

I don’t like bailing out these big-shot failures but there are times when reality is reality. These guys, with so many employees involved, have the government by the balls. Its easy to say ‘Let them fail”, who bares the weight of the social fallout? Its still gonna be you and me. Better they be working and keeping the tax base up, rather than unemployed and being a burden on the society.
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Talking about unemployed, George Bush is so useless right now, people are asking for the inauguration to be brought forward, like immediately. But don’t be fooled. That lame duck beneath that turkey appearance is still capable of doing a lot of damage, and most likely is doing it. As for Cheney, he is probably quite busy shredding documents.
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Many commentators are hailing Obama’s victory as a sign that America is maturing on racial issues. But it isn’t difficult to find refutation. Just mention Michael Vick and OJ Simpson. When you read various online fora, you find such racially derogatory statements it almost seems that no white is as guilty of any heinous crimes as they are (though Simpson’s real crime is gross stupidity. Actually, that goes for both).

Mark my words, it is more than entirely possible that the Obama election can move this country a step backwards racially by creating an even greater divide.
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So, the Sun-Sentinel’s parent company Tribune is filing for bankruptcy protection, because they are in arrears to the tune of over $13,000,00,00… that’s probably higher than Jamaica’s GDP. Isn’t there a time when someone looed at the books and say “Uhho, let’s stop right here and now”?

What is worse, is that Miami Herald is up for sale. So in the very near future, South Florida might be without a major newspaper.

The claim is that tv and the internet have severely eroded newspaper income… and to some extent, that is true. But I think a part of that is because people are becoming more illiterate…. Not unable to read, just unable to appreciate reading, and taking their news sources from the worse possible places. That’s why the American public is so ignorant and gullible. They want to be spoon-fed, and spoon-fed people get fat and lazy.

The thing is that the workers had little to do with the companies failure, but it will be them out on the streets. Top managers and owners will be very much insulated… much the same as anywhere including Detroit. This kind of crap has to end somewhere.
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4 thoughts on “It wasn’t Motel 6

  1. Aaah Ms Ayers ( may I call you Ms Ayers?). The thing is this. OJ Simpson was acquitted of the charges of murder in a US criminal court. Now, if you doubt the US justice system, I have no problem with that.
    But unless you were there, at the scene of the crime, you have no definitive proof of his guilt. And if you had evidence then surely, you should have come forward. But you don’t, do you? Your being sure doesn’t count.
    Now you will reply that he was found guilty of ‘being responsible for the deaths’, which is true. But that was in a civil action where the standard of proof is lower and insinuations were all that were required. Please don’t tell me that you govern your life by the lower standards.
    So until Simpson confesses on his deathbed, I will hold to the criminal court decision.

  2. Hi Louis–you must be a lawyer as well as an artist. The evidence in OJ’s trial was certainly hugely circumstantial. We all loved OJ so much in this country and we wanted him to be innocent.
    Yes, I do believe the US justice system is flawed. I have been quite frustrated serving on many a jury over the years. If OJ had been found guilty then others would have been screaming racial injustice. You must admit his judgement and actions, since then, have not been the best. I KNOW, you don’t have to tell me, that DOES NOT make him a murderer!
    I think(I am not a lawyer) that even if evidence is entirely circumstantial that a huge amount of it can be quite damning and lead to a “without a reasonable doubt” verdict. I have a suspicion about the charming Mr. Simpson that he might be a psychopath , in which case there will be no deathbed confession because what OJ sees when he looks in the mirror is an innocent man.
    BTW-I agree with all you say about the pirates and thieves etc. in the rest of your blog and yes I also think we have got to keep those peoples jobs for them if we can. Not the executives though-HA HA. Out the door they should go and the pay scale should be reduced for the new guys. Who needs millions and millions of dollars just to run a company.

  3. Hi again Liz. Actually, I never had huge have little feelings for Simpson, at any time. What I do see him as is a symbol of some critical problems in this society particularly in the legal field… racial as well as social. Racial because if Simpson was white or Nicole Simpson was black, the brouhaha would have been very unlikely.
    Secondly, class. If Simpson (guilty or innocent) was poor (black or white) he would have gone to jail for murder and no one would care much. Because of his profile and his money, things became a bit more complicated.
    And back to race, if he were white, the majority of the country would have long forgotten the issue and he would most likely have gone back to his life fairly evenly. He wouldn’t have been targetted by the press and the police consistently.
    And he wouldn’t have gotten that sentence for his ‘kidnapping and robbery’ trial. For the judge and jury to claim that history wasn’t on their minds is really stretching credibility.
    As to his post trial actions, those are not abnormal in this society and only seem worse because of whom he is.
    And finally to your last question, “Who needs millions… to run a company?”. I would add one clarifying adverb, ‘badly’… ‘to run a company badly’. Most of these guys never improved their companies but were still paid huge bonuses. til

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