friends. We're here today to bid farewell to GM's Pontiac. Once a
re-badged middle ground between Chevy and Buick, it attempted to … Read…
When General Motors shut down Pontiac,
it left a lot of enthusiasts wondering why. It was primed with a lineup
of powerful, rear-wheel drive models, and seemed like it had a bright
future ahead of it. It turns out that GM killed it on government orders,
according to former GM Vice Chairman Bob Lutz.
Friend of Jalopnik and west coast editor for Autoweek Blake Rong
had an interview with Lutz today, and from what Rong is putting out on
his Twitter feed, it's full of plenty of bombshells. None bigger,
though, than this one:
.....the Feds said "yeah, let's just, how much money have you made
on pontiac in the last 10 years?" and the answer was "nothing." So, it
goes. And, when the guy who is handing you the check for 53 billion
dollars says I don't want pontiac, drop pontiac or you don't get the
money, it doesn't take you very long to make up your mind.
But I think it is a shame, Pontiac was on its way back, and it was
killed before it, before the plant could really sprout blossoms, you
know, it was well on its way. So, I agree with you, I think Pontiac was a
great, wonderful history, mismanaged for a number of years in the 80s
and 90s and it was clearly on its way back, and we were starting to see a
very good customer base in solstices and especially in the G8, which
was favorably compared in a lot of road tests to the BMW 5-series,
people would say dynamically the car is as good and it's more powerful
and way cheaper, but that was too bad. but you can't go through Chapter 11 without some really harmful effects. Read the entire story PLUS video here>>>>>>>
Late British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher was concerned by the
United States' lean to the left after President Barack Obama took office
in 2009, authors of a recently released book about "The Iron Lady"
Thatcher never commented publicly on President Obama's leadership,
though the Obama administration's big government agenda runs counter to
everything she believed in, former Thatcher aide Niles Gardiner and
writer Stephen Thompson, authors of "Margaret Thatcher on Leadership:
Lessons for American Conservatives Today" told The Daily Caller.
But even though Great Britain's first female prime minister didn't speak
out publicly about Obama, she was privately concerned about the
direction the United States had been taking since 2009, along with the
declining leadership of the United States as a world power.
On January 26, 1972 Vesna Vulovic, then a flight attendant, was on board a Yugoslav Airlines DC-9 bound for Copenhagen when an explosion ripped apart the aircraft over Czechoslovakia.
Rescue workers found Ms Vulovic in a mangled segment of the aircrafts tail, alive despite suffering from serious injuries that initially left her paralysed from the waist down.
None of 22 other passengers and crew survived An investigation concluded that flight JAT 367 had been destroyed while cruising at 33,000 feet by a bomb planted by Croatian separatists. For her remarkable survival Ms Vulovic won a mention in the Guinness Book of Records.
and prayer services abound on Sept. 11 each year, the day that in 2001
Islamic terrorists attacked New York and Washington and killed nearly
3,000 people with passenger jets turned into missiles.
This year, the Washington Post
even created a photo montage of such events, featuring images of Barack
Obama, an imam in suburban Washington, D.C., and visitors at the U.S.
Capitol and at the 9/11 memorial in New York City.
It was born in a commentary by Joseph Farah, CEO and founder of WND,
in April. He explained that while millions flocked to churches and
houses of prayer after the terror attacks, ultimately, America did not
change its course. More>>>>>>>>>
Opposing infringement on parental control of education and promoting
alternatives to government-run schools is a vital task for the liberty
movement. When government usurps a parent’s right to control their
child's education, it is inevitable that the child will be taught the
values of government officials, rather than of the parents. The result
is an education system with a built-in bias toward statism. Over time,
government-controlled education can erode the people’s knowledge of, and
appreciation for, the benefits of a free society.
This is why throughout my congressional career I fought against any
legislation that infringed on a parent’s right to control their child’s
education, especially any legislation that limited a parent’s right to
homeschool. Many so-called education experts claim that parents who are
not "government-certified” educators cannot provide their children with a
quality education. However, the numerous studies showing that
homeschooled children out-perform their publicly-educated peers in every
academic category shows that most parents are more than capable of
providing their children with an excellent education.
At up to 50 miles wide and 65,000ft tall these supercell storms are
devastatingly beautiful, as they form over the central states in the
U.S. This stunning set of images were taken by Native American Camille
Seaman, as she joined storm chasers for the peak tornado season in May
and June, over four years.
A new Monica Lewinsky “sex tape” is
reportedly set to drop, featuring a recording of Lewinsky planning an
amorous encounter with President Bill Clinton in 1997.
published written excerpts of the alleged three-minute recording, which
is said to be in Thursday’s new issue of the National Enquirer, but is
not online yet.
According to Radar, the former White
House intern told Clinton she was “too cute and adorable” to be ignored.
Clinton’s voice is not heard.
“I could take my clothes off and
start…well…I know you wouldn’t enjoy that? I hope to see you later and I
hope you will follow my script and do what I want,” Lewinsky reportedly
said in the recording.
Lewinsky reportedly suggested Clinton use his secretary to help orchestrate a covert meetup.
“Now the first thing that has to happen
is that you need to pre-plan with Betty that you will leave the office
at, I don’t know, at 7, 7:30 so that everyone else who hates me that
causes me lots of trouble goes home,” she said. “Then you quickly sneak
back and then in the meantime I quickly sneak over and then we can have a
nice little visit for, you know, 15 minutes or half an hour. Whatever
According to Radar, the tape was believed to have been destroyed, but a secret copy was made and is now surfacing. More>>>>>>>>>
wife Mildred and son Mark sit in a 1953 Chevy Corvette that Lambrecht’s
daughter Jeannie told VanDerBrink Auctions she remembers from the time
she was four and kept trying to get into, but the doors presented a
problem because they had no outside handles. Images: The Lambrechts via VanDerBrink Auctions
Where is Jay Leno! We bet he will show up - if he finds out about this incredible auction!
When a Chevy
dealership goes under, the norm is for its stock to be shipped
elsewhere to be sold by other Chevy dealers. But when it comes to
Lambrecht Chevrolet in Pierce, Nebraska, it’s not that easy. That’s
because, unlike many modern-day dealerships, Lambrecht didn’t go under
with a stock of brand new cars. Rather, it was a stock of unsold vintage
Chevys that are now set to go to auction this fall, according to Hemmings Daily. Lambrecht Chevrolet operated from 1946 until 1996.
Forward by Bob Barney: It'll be interesting if we ever learn what happened. There is not a
week that goes by that I don't see people being handcuffed on the
highways. Two Friday's ago, I saw 4 people being handcuffed at 4
different times on 64, 264 and 664 - all black men ranging from teens to
Every week, I report in The Plain Truth of police shootings, and people
being arrested for just taking pictures with their cameras. I guess that
has now becoming against the law too. I reported this week that NY
State is passing a law that it will be a FELONY to "annoy a cop"-
whatever that means.
Maybe this case is black and white,I don't know any of the facts.....
Then again, maybe he was a part of a group of people that our government
no longer will tolerate.
I wonder if anyone is starting to wonder just who controls our lives anymore?
John Settlemyre won 6 races in NASCAR's second tier
Folks interviewed in the neighborhood that was the scene of a gunbattle
Thursday morning that left one man dead said they knew little about the
man or his wife, who they said kept to themselves.
But John Settlemyre, 67, who died in the shootout with Caldwell County
sheriff's deputies, was a former race car driver with some notable
regional achievements to his name.
Settlemyre was a five-time winner of Late Model Sportsman races at
Hickory Motor Speedway, from 1977-81. In 1982, that race series became
NASCAR's Nationwide Series, and Settlemyre won the Winston 200 at
Hickory; he ran just six Nationwide races that year (five at Hickory)
but had four top-10 finishes.
One neighbor said Settlemyre more recently had been a long-haul trucker but had since retired.
As much as an enigma as Settlemyre may have been to his neighbors
before, he will remain in their memories now. The sounds of the
gunbattle that erupted Thursday morning in that neighborhood off Grace
Chapel Road has left those who were within earshot wondering how the
quiet residential area turned into the scene of a firefight.
Jack Baird, manager of the nearby Lake Valley
Convenience Store and an avid hunter, was outside when he heard two
rounds from what he guessed was a high-caliber pistol go off, followed
by a barrage of gunfire.
“The rounds kept popping off,” Baird said. “There was a lot of yelling and screaming going on down there.”
Deputies had come to John and Linda Settlemyre's
house at 5490 Northwood Drive in response to a report of some kind of
trouble. They spoke to Linda Settlemyre. Her husband was barricaded in
the basement. At some point as deputies approached the rear of the house
they heard loud noises from the basement. Deputies tried to make
contact, but John Settlemyre came out with guns, and there was a
shootout between him and the deputies. He then ran and collapsed in the
backyard, where he died.
Author Stephen King believes in God
— and he also thinks that the universe is built in a such an organized
manner that the notion of “intelligent design” is wholly supportable.
King, known for penning thrillers and
horror books that both entertain and create intrigue in the minds of
readers, made these comments during a recent interview with NPR.
Considering the writer’s prominence, his views on God and intelligent
design are noteworthy.
Stephen King holds a Jack Kerouac bobble-head he received as a gift
after speaking to creative writing students at the University of
Massachusetts-Lowell in Lowell, Mass., Friday, Dec. 7, 2012. Credit: AP
So, what did he say, exactly?
During the exchange, King had some
interesting words for atheists and those who are unsure about the
existence of a higher power. In particular, he charged that these
individuals miss all of the signs that overwhelmingly point to
“I choose to believe it. … I mean,
there’s no downside to that. If you say, ‘Well, OK, I don’t believe in
God, there’s no evidence of God,’ then you’re missing the stars in the
sky and you’re missing the sunrises and sunsets and you’re missing the
fact that bees pollinate all these crops and keep us alive and the way
that everything seems to work together,” he said.
All of these structures, he noted,
suggest that the world was built by a higher power — a figure who
organized everything and structured it accordingly.
“Everything is sort of built in a way that to me suggests intelligent design,” King added.
Going on a hike or just outside pulling
weeds in the garden, Amy Scher would recommend you use an insect
repellent for most outdoor activities.
It’s not just an irritating scratch she
wants to help people avoid, but more harmful effects like the disease
that nearly killed her.
In the early 2000s, Scher went hiking
in California and didn’t wear a repellent. Unknown to her at the time, a
tick had latched on and gave her Lyme disease. For years, Scher began
experiencing strange symptoms, which were misdiagnosed, as they often
are with the tick-borne illness. But then things started getting worse.
In 2005, Scher was sitting in a Jacuzzi and lost all feeling in her legs.
“Everything went downhill from there,” she said.
Scher became bed ridden. Scans found
lesions on her brain. The bacterial disease had spread to every organ in
her body and into her bone marrow.
Scher was taking dozens of medication
and antibiotics each day to fight the infection, and she eventually went
to India for an experimental treatment, which she said helped boost her
immune system so she could eventually fend off the disease. Even the
lesions on her brain healed.
This is why Scher, now 33, advocates people wear an insect repellent.
“Anytime you would wear sunscreen, I would say put on insect repellent as well,” she said.
There are a variety of repellents on
the market targeting everything from ticks to mosquitoes. Some are
natural and some are chemical. Some are applied topically, while others
take the form of a patch or create a perimeter around a designated
Retired racecar driver Richard "Dick" Trickle, 71, died Thursday from an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound, according to Lincoln County officials.
The shooting occurred at 12:02 p.m. at Forest Lawn Cemetery on Highway 150 East in Boger City.
The Lincoln County Communications Center received a call, apparently from Trickle, that "there would be a dead body and it would be his." Communications Center workers tried to place a return call to the number but did not get an answer.
The first emergency units arriving at the scene found the body lying near Trickle's pickup truck.
Trickle's granddaughter, Nicole Ann Bowman, is buried in the cemetery. She died in 2001 at age 16 in a car wreck.
Trickle was a Lincoln County resident and had lived here since the early 1990s.
“Our thoughts and prayers go out to the family and friends of Dick Trickle on his passing today. Dick was a legend in the short-track racing community, particularly in his home state of Wisconsin, and he was a true fan favorite. Personalities like Dick Trickle helped shape our sport. He will be missed," said Brian France, NASCAR Chairman & CEO, in a statement.
Seven American crew members of a
U.S.-run cargo plane, bound for Dubai, were killed yesterday when the
plane crashed shortly after take-off from Bagram air base near the
Afghan capital of Kabul. It was all captured on a dashboard mounted videocam. It was a 747, the appears to have stalled during its climb.
In a statement, the Taliban claimed
responsibility for the crash, but NATO's International Security
Assistance Force (ISAF) said there were no reports of insurgent activity
in or around the base, which is one of the largest in the country and
located about 25 miles north of Kabul.
did lose all seven crew members,' a spokeswoman for National Air Cargo
told Reuters by telephone from Florida, where the company is located.
As if we hadn't already seen enough Biblical events this year, a plague of over 30 million locusts swarmed
over Egypt's cities and farms just three weeks before Passover begins.
But put your apocalyptic fears to rest. This happens every year as part
of the locusts' natural migration pattern, though this year's swarm is
especially large. That doesn't mean Egyptians aren't freaked the heck
out by millions of nasty bugs buzzing through the air at all hours of
day and night, possibly descending upon the agriculture fields where
they're known to destroy entire crops, just like in the actual Passover
The crops are so far safe, Egyptian officials assured the public. As
the plague made its way from the Red Sea to Saudi Arabia at the end of
last week and this weekend, though, Egyptian Agricultural Minister Salah
Abdel Moamen explained the situation
to the country in a calmly worded statement. "The current inspection
teams at areas targeted by locusts did not witness swarms damaging a
single inch of crop," said Moamen. He added that the locusts are
"sexually immature and do not depend on plants for energy since they
mainly rely on fat stores."
said, these plages can be unpredictable. Egyptian officials didn't
expect the plague to pass by the country's capital, until Sunday when
the locusts unexpectedly arrived in Cairo. The government denied reports
that the locusts had started devastating crops as well as a report from
United Nations Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) that the
Ministry of Agriculture cleared 11,000 hectares of land in an attempt to
save the harvest. When they get hungry, a one-ton hoard of locusts can
eat the same amount of food in one day as 2,500 humans, according to the
UN. Egypt knows this too. Less than a decade ago, a plague of locusts
nearly 40 miles wide swept over Egypt damaging crops at the majority of the country's farms. That's a picture of it, to the right.
Conflicting reports aside, Moamen insists that the government has
everything under control. "Egyptian armed forces and the border guards
are attempting to fight the swarm with the means at their disposal," the
agriculture minister said. "I ask the families living in the
locust-plagued areas not to burn tires. This does not chase away the
locusts, but only causes damage and could ignite large scale fires that
would cost in lives." Also, that smoke isn't doing Egypt's grandchildren
any favors. More PLUS VIDEO
A leader for the Texas branch of the Council on American Islamic
Relations has told a crowd at a rally for Islam that members of the
faith really shouldn’t be bound by American law.
“If we are practicing Muslims, we are above the law of the land,”
said Mustafa Carroll, the executive director of the Dallas-Fort Worth
CAIR branch, a keynote speaker as the recent rally.
The event was a rally in Austin, a part of the nationwide effort to hold “Muslim Capitol Day” events.
CAIR itself has been under investigation for its documented ties to
terrorist organizations in the past. Some details revealed by Daniel
Pipes are that:
CAIR funded the Holy Land Foundation, which was used to funnel money
to Hamas. President Bush shut down Holy Land Foundation, which CAIR
called “unjust” and “disturbing.”
CAIR denied Osama Bin Laden was behind 9/11, even though Bin Laden said so on camera.
CAIR demanded removal of a billboard in Los Angeles in 1998 that
described Osama bin Laden as “the sworn enemy,” saying that this
description was “offensive to Muslims.” [Osama had by this point
released his Declaration of War on the United States.]
CAIR called the conviction of the 1993 WTC bombers “a travesty of justice.”
CAIR called the conviction of Omar Abdel Rahman, the blind sheikh
who planned to blow up New York City landmarks, a “hate crime.”
CAIR labeled the extradition order for suspected Hamas terrorist Mousa Abu Marook “anti-Islamic” and “anti-American.”
CAIR also had on its advisory board Siraj Wahhaj, an unindicted
co-conspirator in the attempted 1993 WTC bombings. It was the same Siraj
Wahhaj who was asked to deliver the “Juma,” or invocation at the
Democratic National Convention for President Obama. He also once remarked, “It is my duty and our duty as Muslims to replace the U.S. Constitution with the Quran.”
never comfortable to think about what your family should do or how you
should prepare in the event of an emergency, natural disaster or crisis,
but the safety and wellbeing of your household could very well depend
upon your forethought. Making a definitive plan for how everyone should
proceed and what to expect in case an emergency arises could easily mean
the difference between surviving it unscathed and suffering devastating
loss. In addition to making sure that you have enough non-perishable
food, water and first aid supplies to last your family for several days,
you should also have a plan in place that includes certain information
so that everyone is on the same page and no one is ever left behind.
Just hours before he died in a terrorist attack at the U.S. compound in Benghazi, AmbassadorChris Stevens sent a cable to Secretary of State Hillary Clinton painting a chaotic, violent portrait of the eastern Libya city and warning that local militias were threatening to pull the security they afforded U.S. officials.
leaders told U.S. officials just two days before the attack that they
were angered by U.S. support of a particular candidate for Libyan prime
minister and warned “they would not continue to guarantee security in
Benghazi, a critical function they asserted they were currently
wrote in the cable the morning of Sept. 11, 2012. He also cited
several other episodes that raised questions about the reliability of
local Libya security.
“Growing problems with security would discourage foreign investment and led to persistent economic stagnation in eastern Libya,” Stevens cautioned.
The Washington Guardian obtained a copy of the memo, a weekly summary of events in Libya dated just hours before a band of terrorists struck the unofficial U.S. consulate in Benghazi and a neaby annex building where the CIA operated, killing the ambassador and three other Americans.