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Nov 12th 2009 9:44AM Does the term "Manipulation of the Marketplace" ring a bell here? The refiners and "futures" guys are setting us up yet again, and we sit here and take it. Explain "why" crude is near $80 a barrel? Speculators once again? Explain how refiners can manipulate the market to increase their revenue, and voila! We have $4 a gallon gas.
Maybe the Messiah, oops, I mean the President can start "Cash for Pumpers!", that will give us a stipend at the gas pump?
If you're no count, lazy, and unwilling to even try to find work, you can stand at the gas station and provide "Full Service" to each potential customer. You can take their credit cards, swipe it, and then pump the gas for the customer(s).
Keep and switch the cards out, confuse the public, then fill your tank and move on. If nothing else, you'd then be qualified to become a U.S. Congressman or Senator, as you have learned the first step of the Messiah's other plan a.k.a. "Switch and Swindle". It will be a spin-off from the new "Cash for Pumpers".
The citizens will be confused, the Congressmen will be unaccountable, and some no good low life S.O.B. will have access to your credit/debit accounts and America will then thrive under the guidance of the "Messiah"!
And oh yeah, the oil speculators will say "Cha-Ching" once more, and gas will go over $5 a gallon.
I hope we make it to January 2013.
Do not vote and/or support any incumbents. It's time the populace takes congress back. New faces, and new ideas I believe will be better than the cronyism that currently exists in Washington, D.C. The current representatives we have are at best dysfunctional, and we need "Change". Not in the system or type of government, but in the players that work for us there.
Nov 5th 2009 12:45PM "A television commercial for an "Achmed the dead terrorist" ringtone mocks Islam and must be withdrawn, the Advertising Standards Authority has ruled."
Does anyone in the USA give a damn what some communications authority in South Africa says about ringtones on their phones. GIVE ME A BREAK!
It would also appear that the slanted views shared on your resource "Videogum" are nothing more than "dog-droppings" on the web.
As for satire....
sat⋅ire /ˈsætaɪər/ Show Spelled Pronunciation [sat-ahyuhr] –noun 1. the use of irony, sarcasm, ridicule, or the like, in exposing, denouncing, or deriding vice, folly, etc.
2. a literary composition, in verse or prose, in which human folly and vice are held up to scorn, derision, or ridicule.
3. a literary genre comprising such compositions.
Well I think it's best said this way; "one man's trash is another man's treasure". If you don't like Jeff Dunham, just say so. Don;t watch his show, don't buy his DVD's, and don't pay to see him appear. Don't cutesy it up by giving us the South African B.S.
I believe Mr. Dunham should do whatever is going to earn him the most money, as long as it is legal. Your opinion that he should use his act to "spread a little tolerance and understanding" is nice, but if it doesn't produce money for him, it's not going to happen. Last I heard there are tolerance or understanding clubs paying people to appear and share their views on understanding amongst men.
For those who find Mr. Dunham's act offensive..... use the remote and change the channel!
Oct 5th 2009 6:14PM I think the real answer is missed here. The cost of fuel and crew expense is directly borne by the airline operator. Increases in both of these areas are then reflected in higher costs and subsequently higher fares. The real culprit (at least in the U.S.) is our ATC system. There is no incentive for the ATC system to be efficient, and therefore it often is not. Individual controllers may attempt to be efficient, but often they are constrained by the bureacratic system in which they work. Whether the controller has the traffic in his/her control seperated by five miles or twenty-five miles, he/she gets paid the same. So, often they do less than the optimum, resulting in a snowball effect on the efficiency of the system. I commend the people who work in this environment that strive for excellence, and I wish there was a real way to compensate them for their efforts. Unfortunately, no such system exists.
The queuing system for departing flights would work if it was properly administered, but the ATC folks state they do not have the manpower to make it work. This attitude may be reality, but then we need to work to change this reality.
I have to chuckle about the "Airline Passenger Bill of Rights". All this will do is mess up an already fouled-up system by making hard rules where flexibility should live. I wonder if the DOT will then institute the "Bus Riders Bill of Rights", for those of us who commute and get stuck in traffic. If I'm late for work, do I sue the bus operator for damages?