I Love It!!! More Bad News for Tesla

For over two years now, I have been saying what an overpriced piece of crap the Tesla car is and that it remains alive solely through the life support of government subsidies. For those of you who are new readers, check this out.  

I try to keep you all posted on every bit of bad news about this scam of a company but it's hard to keep with it all.  Another quarter of operating at a loss - $47 million this time.  This won't go on forever, even with the subsidies.  Even Elon Musk isn't that stupid.  Sooner or later, he's gonna have to pull the plug.

The Tesla is doomed to the same fate as the 1970's AMC Pacer.  Everyone who wanted one, already bought one in the first years of production, and most of them will learn from experience not to repeat the same mistake. 

All I can say is HA, HA!!!!!!!!

source: National Legal and Policy Center


Elon Musk still hasn’t given up his quarterly earnings schtick – in which he glosses overongoing failures and points to his latest tech idea(which is not really new) – and why should he? No reason to quit until it’s clear Wall Street has stopped worshiping.
Oh, sure, after another dismal performance (operating loss of $47 million) for Tesla Motorsduring the most recent quarter, its stock price took an immediate dive of 9-10 percent. But while that merely returned the electric automaker back to irrational exuberance territory – as compared to the drunken sailor highs it has enjoyed in recent months – it didn’t take long for some market analyst to restore the inflation.
Update!!!  Update!!!

Tesla burns cash, loses more than $4,000 on every car sold

That's nothing.  The federal government loses $7500 on every Tesla sold.
source: Reuters

It's crunch time for Tesla Motors.
The Silicon Valley automaker is losing more than $4,000 on every Model S electric sedan it sells, using its reckoning of operating losses, and it burned $359 million in cash last quarter in a bull market for luxury vehicles. The company on Wednesday cut its production targets for this year and next. Chief Executive Elon Musk said he's considering options to raise more capital, and didn't rule out selling more stock.
Read more.
Tesla and Its Subsidies

source: National Review
Tesla and Its Subsidies Tesla Model S Signature (Bill Pugliano/Getty) SHARE ARTICLE ON FACEBOOKSHARE TWEET ARTICLETWEET PLUS ONE ARTICLE ON GOOGLE PLUS+1 PRINT ARTICLE EMAIL ARTICLE ADJUST FONT SIZEAA by PHIL KERPEN January 26, 2015 12:00 AM Most of the taxpayers who are subsidizing Tesla cars cannot afford to buy one. It’s natural to assume the enemy of your enemy is your friend, especially when the enemy in question is big government. So it should come as no surprise that many conservatives have rallied to the side of Elon Musk and his electric-car company, Tesla Motors, in their fights to change state auto-retailing laws so they can sell vehicles directly to consumers, without using franchised auto dealerships. Bans on direct sales don’t make much sense, and it would be great to have a less regulated automotive market. But it is dangerous to allow Tesla to portray itself as a free-market champion, because the company is actually a prodigious harvester of government favors and handouts.

Read more.

Trump May be Our Last Best Hope

Author's note:  Just didn’t feel like proof reading.  You’ll be able to figure it out.  Also - this is a great companion piece read it.


Why won’t Donald Trump win the Republican nomination?

Do you want the short answer?  Here it is:  Because in general, conservatives and especially Republicans, are a bunch of pussies.

I’m sure that most of you already know that, and that’s all one really needs to know, at least that’s all one needs to know to answer that particular question. Since it already appears that it is a foregone conclusion (at least to most liberal and conservative pundits and Washington insiders) that the next Republican nominee for president will be someone other than Trump, we are dealing with a moot question. Or are we?

Regardless of how you feel about Trump, the answer to the above question is more troubling than whether or not he actually moves into the White House in 2017.  Many conservatives question Trump’s motives and many liberals question the motives of his supporters.    I question the motives of Trump’s detractors.  I sense that they are more disingenuous than Trump on his worst day.

The liberals are easy to see through.  The only thing they’re scared of is Trump winning, but only because that would necessarily mean that they lost.  They don’t care about women or Mexicans any more than anyone else.  The only concern they have for these (and any other) groups of people, is getting their votes so they can keep steamrolling this country towards socialism.  (If you haven’t figured that out yet, ask yourself “How come none of their programs have ever been successful?  How come we haven’t reduced the poverty rate, in spite of the trillions of dollars we have thrown at it?  How come our large cities, run by Democrats for decades, are crumbling, crime ridden, bankrupt disasters?”)

The anti-Trump conservatives are a bit harder to figure out.  There is a certain percentage that simply have favored another candidate from the beginning, and just like with the liberals, a Trump victory necessarily means their guy loses, but the majority of what I’ve been hearing from the right involves a lot more Trump bashing than singing the praises of any other Republican presidential hopeful.  Why?  Because in their minds, anyone would be better than Trump.  Why?  See the answer to the question at the beginning of this piece.

Many conservatives have taken their political ideology’s namesake too literally.  It’s supposed to refer to one’s standpoint on economic and social issues, not how to run a campaign.  It’s called a race for president for a reason and just like at the Daytona 500, you run as hard and fast as you can.  You capitalize on your strengths. You take chances - If you want to win.  You have to, because the rest of the field wants to win too. That’s what Trump’s doing, and a lot of people don’t like it.  They’re afraid of what Trump will do the “Republican brand”.  What a bunch of crap!  To them, the Republican brand is more important than winning the election.

Let me tell you what the “Republican band” means to the majority of Americans.  To liberals, it means racist, sexist, homophobe.  Trump can do no more damage to image of Republicans in their eyes.  They’re already maxed out on their disdain for all things conservative - Nothing to lose there.  

To an ever increasing percentage of conservatives, the Republican brand means uninspiring, gutless, weenie.  It means Barack Obama doing whatever he wants despite of who controls the House and Senate.  It means a never ending stream of weak presidential candidates, more concerned with not offending anyone than solving our country’s problems or even winning the election for that matter.  Dole, McCain, Romney - how’d they do?  Well, at least they didn’t tarnish the Republican brand.

Then there are the logical, practical, anti-Trump Republicans, who say Trump probably would not win against Hillary Clinton, the presumptive, or rather, possible, Democratic presidential nominee.  That may or may not be true, but assuming it is, we should be asking, “Who has the best chance of beating Mrs. Clinton?”  Suddenly, Trump looks much better.  This (and all other recent) presidential elections will not be decided by the well informed, and it will not be decided by those who have been consistently loyal to any political party or ideology. It will be decided by least informed people in this country. People who refer to themselves as “independents”, but only because they do not have the knowledge or the backbone to let others know what side they are on. Those who watch reality TV.  People like those in the video below.



Knowing this, it is obvious that this election will go to whatever candidate puts on the best show - as long the vast majority of that candidate’s party stands behind him.  Liberals have no problem with this.  Clinton, Sanders, or whoever - they will enthusiastically back their candidate no matter who he/she is.  

Here’s where many conservatives are too smart for their own good.  They will spend more time running down any Republican who isn’t their guy during the primary season, than they do criticizing the Democratic candidates. They tend to not back a candidate that does not act the way they do, and certainly will not support anyone that has a core of support that consists of people they feel are less intelligent than they are.  We all know people like this - self centered, egotistical, narcissists who are more concerned with how they appear than who wins.    These people do more to damage the chances of a Republican victory than any amount of shabbily dressed liberal protesters walking down the streets, chanting, and carrying homemade signs.  Conservatives so often, are their own worst enemies.

Another question:  If not Trump, than who?  Let’s take a look at Walker since I’m from Wisconsin, and am most familiar with him.  Walker would be an excellent candidate if presidential races were decided entirely by logic and reason, but the past two elections have proved beyond a shadow of a doubt that this is not even close to being the case.  

Walker won in Wisconsin back in 2010 in what was essentially a single issue campaign.  Should state employees continue to be able ride the benefit gravy train at the expense of taxpayers or not?  It was easy for voters to understand and remained the key issue as Walker survived a recall and later won reelection.  That couldn’t have happened had there been multiple major issues to make things murky. Despite what you may have heard, the voting public was not so evenly divided on the issue, and the fact that Walker won his recall election within a matter of a few hours after the polls opened proved that.  The liberals made a lot of noise and caused the media to grossly underestimate the negative feelings Wisconsinites held towards the state employee unions.

The 2016 presidential race is not the Wisconsin gubernatorial race of 2010.  There are many more issues on the table and right now, it is much more difficult to predict how the voters will behave.  So far Trump has managed to keep the media and the public focused on just the issues that he wants to talk about. Issues in which more people support his views than the mainstream media will ever care to admit.  He just might be a lot smarter than any of the anti-Trump people, liberal or conservative, say he is.  He has been able to steer the course of the debate simply by saying things to piss off those who don’t like him, and by doing this he just might be able to keep the main issues in this election simple enough, and in a small enough number for those stupid people in the middle to understand.

It is somewhat ironic that it is the “intellectual elite” conservatives that created the vacuum that caused Trump to be a contender in the first place.  Like I said before, liberals support their guy no matter what.  For decades now, conservative pundits have been distancing themselves from any conservative candidate who makes an off color remark.  We lost a lot of candidates that way, and scared even more people away from running for office.  Even worse our current roster of conservative politicians and commentators is made up mostly of timid weasels who are more concerned with how they are looked upon by the liberal media establishment than the truth, what’s best for our country, or supporting other conservative candidates who aren’t afraid to say something controversial.

Whether you like Trump or not, he just might be able to help the conservative cause more than anyone else at this time.  He is breaking new ground on how a conservative can behave.  Instead of apologizing and retracting statements, he doubles down and fires back.  So far this has been much more effective than the traditional conservative cowering.  If he succeeds, he just might be able to neutralize some of the liberals most effective weapons - the branding of someone they disagree with a racist, sexist, homophobe, or whatever, instead of logically arguing the issue.  If Trump can do that, teach conservatives that it is better to fight back than shy away when liberals start name calling, that alone will be more valuable to conservatives in the short and long run than anything any of the other Republican candidates could ever possibly do.




Stock in Fake Moon Landing Stories Skyrockets

source: Fox News

Apollo 14 astronaut claims peace-loving aliens prevented 'nuclear war' on Earth

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Edgar Mitchell (NASA)
From “The Day the Earth Stood Still” to “Close Encounters of the Third Kind” to “E.T.,” pop culture is filled with stories about friendly, curious extraterrestrials visiting Earth to learn more about mankind. For Apollo 14 veteran Edgar Mitchell that plotline is less fiction than it is reality. The sixth man to walk the surface of the moon told Mirror online that he believes peace-keeping aliens visited our planet to prevent a nuclear war between Russia and the United States.
The idea sounds far-fetched, but Mitchell claims that military insiders viewed strange flying crafts cruising over U.S. missile bases and the White Sands facility in New Mexico, the site of the first-ever nuclear bomb detonation in 1945.
Read more. Don't fuckin' bother.

Unions, Liberals - Where you when we need you?

I spent most of my life in areas dominated by union culture.  I grew up twenty miles from Kenosha, WI.  Once, during one of my earliest days of school, the teacher had each person in my class tell a little about themselves, including where their fathers worked.  As I recall, about half of the kids dads worked for American Motors.  Most of the rest of my life, I have resided near Janesville, WI, where General Motors was the largest employers, until the Janesville plant closed in 2008.

Between the stories I heard about UAW workers (often from the UAW workers themselves) and what I learned about the Wisconsin Education Association during the protests of Scott Walker and Act 10 during his first term, I think I know about the worst unions and liberals have had to offer.

That being said, there is at one place where it would be refreshing to see a union and some loud-mouthed liberals squawking about workers rights.  Read the story below and see if you don’t agree.  I’ve worked at some places with tough bosses and less than desirable working conditions, but I have never even came close to experiencing anything even remotely like this.

source: The New York Times

Inside Amazon: Wrestling Big
Ideas in a Bruising Workplace

The company is conducting an experiment in how far it can push
white-collar workers to get them to achieve its ever-expanding ambitions.

SEATTLE — On Monday mornings, fresh recruits line up for an orientation intended to catapult them into Amazon’s singular way of working.
They are told to forget the “poor habits” they learned at previous jobs, one employee recalled. When they “hit the wall” from the unrelenting pace, there is only one solution: “Climb the wall,” others reported. To be the best Amazonians they can be, they should be guided by the leadership principles, 14 rules inscribed on handy laminated cards. When quizzed days later, those with perfect scores earn a virtual award proclaiming, “I’m Peculiar” — the company’s proud phrase for overturning workplace conventions.
At Amazon, workers are encouraged to tear apart one another’s ideas in meetings, toil long and late (emails arrive past midnight, followed by text messages asking why they were not answered), and held to standards that the company boasts are “unreasonably high.” The internal phone directory instructs colleagues on how to send secret feedback to one another’s bosses. Employees say it is frequently used to sabotage others. (The tool offers sample texts, including this: “I felt concerned about his inflexibility and openly complaining about minor tasks.”)
Read more.


In reality, a union could never help the employees at Amazon in the long run.  It could only make the company less competitive and ultimately fail, but it would be fun to witness the two opposite ends of the spectrum go up against each other.

Life has taught me that whatever group of people that has the upper hand, will abuse the other to the point of breaking them.  Neither management nor the organized workforce has any more decency or compassion than the other.  They are both selfish to the point of their eventual ruin.
Whether it’s the employer or the employee that gets the short end of the stick, complacency and desperation are always the two ingredients necessary for such inequities to exist.  In the past, automakers let the unions take advantage of and almost destroy them.  Today, workers are afraid to stand up for themselves because of the tight job market.  Remember the song, “Take this Job and Shove it”?  People used to think like that - "I'm not gonna put up with your shit. I just go down the street and get another job that probably pays more."  Not anymore, because they’re afraid they won’t be able to get work elsewhere.



By now, it should be clear to everyone that the only answer to such problems is freedom and a strong economy.  Workers should be free to form unions if they wish, but investors should also be free to start up nonunion companies if a union dominated industry has become too inefficient.  

Most importantly, the government should keep out of the way of private enterprise and let the economy grow.  Nothing simultaneously ensures the rights of workers to be treated fairly and promotes strong, healthy industries but a robust economy. 

One last thing: We'll always have to deal with stupid people. They'll be around no matter what happens. Check out the comment (especially the part highlighted in yellow) that this moron left regarding the Amazon article.

SeattleGuy

 Seattle 23 hours ago
Work is not daycare for adults. This country was not built on 40 hour work weeks and treating the office like a social club.

America needs more companies like Amazon that demand more from employees and rewards them accordingly. Our nation's Silicon Valley culture isn't perfect and can burn people out, but is also the reason we have Apple, Microsoft, and Google keeping us competitive.
Tesla is on the brink of kicking our oil addiction that has crippled us with years of war and environmental catastrophes. Should we force them to work forty hour weeks and keep us in the automobile stone age for another generation or two?

Yes, Amazon clearly could afford to make tweaks to their work/balance culture, but it is not mandatory for anyone to work there. Workers aren't being tricked off the farm into boarding a bus to sew zippers onto jackets for pennies a week, they are at the top of their skill sets and aware of the achievement culture.

Stack-ranking and the ability to have your feedback about management taken seriously by management might force out a few employees before their time but is infinitely preferable to having dead wood in the office watching soccer games all day while managers run a department into the ground.
Readers need to understand that for a company to offer six months of paternity leave, Christmas parties, and free snacks, it must have someone in the office actually doing the work. We should be thankful a few companies in America are still putting in the hours. 

       For all you idiots out there, Tesla is not on the brink of anything other than being one of the biggest ripoffs of tax dollars in history.

I'm Liking Him More Everyday

Don't you just wish that you could do that?


I was never a big fan of Donald Trump, but I'm liking him more and more, every day.  He is more the opposite of Obama than anyone else in the race, and that's exactly what we need right now.  If he promises to roll back every one of Obama's executive orders during the first hour of his presidency, he's got my full support.

Who?

I remember, back when I was a kid, my grandparents didn't like the Beatles or the Rolling Stones, but, they did know who they were. 

 I never heard of this bitch until just now, and I bet that a lot of you never have either.  Fame isn't what it used to be.  Most celebrities today are known only by fans of them or their particular genre.

Take comfort in that the next time some obscure celebrity simultaneously offends you and makes an ass out of themselves.

source: Breitbrt

Ariana Grande, I think, maybe.

 Pop princess Ariana Grande has pulled out of this weekend’s free All-Star Game concert. Major League Baseball has “one less problem” without her.

Video caught Grande making disparaging comments about the United States on the Fourth of July while waiting to buy donuts. She also appears to lick a donut, to the disgust or delight of its eventual owner, sitting on the shop’s counter.
“I hate Americans,” Grande loudly tells her boyfriend. “I hate America.”
The remarks followed a store employee showing Grande a tray of large pastries.
Some call them “Danishes.” Others see “Viennese bread.” Ariana Grande thought, “American.”
Grande, who hails from Boca Raton and lives in Los Angeles, gained fame as a child star on Nickelodeon before transitioning into music. The 22-year-old boasts two number-one albums and earned a number-three hit along with Jesse J and Nicki Minaj on last year’s “Bang Bang,” which plays, like many of her songs, as a declaration of independence from her days as a child star: “Bang, bang into the room/Bang, bang all over you…Bang, bang there goes your heart/Back, back seat of my car.”
The 2015 All-Star Game plays in Cincinnati, where, presumably, “I hate America” doesn’t play well. The saying goes “as American as mom, baseball, and apple pie,” not “as anti-American as mom, baseball, and apple pie.”

Good Advice From the Feral Irishman Plus a Little of My Own

Below is a great post I found at The Feral Irishman. Excellent suggestions on how to fight back against government and liberalism.  I added a few more of my own at the bottom.


Friday, July 3, 2015

"Personal Sessesion" Thoughts on "Independance" Day Weekend....

The following is a random thoughts that I have hadduring the week at work.I'm sure there are plenty of websites and books about these points. I know I have read a few. Like "Going Galt" the best way you can. Or the book I read  was "Starving the Monkeys". Kinda long winded but good concept.  If you know of any others please leave it in the comments so others may benefit. The moonbats seem to be very good at boycotting and having their agenda pushed uponthe rest of the country.
Maybe it's time to start using their tactics to beat them. IT would also help to starve them of money.  
Stop feeding the system financially. (any way you can).
   Minimize your tax burden (anyway you can).
Don't, if at all possible, shop or spend money with left leaning businesses.
(search the web for liberal businesses, yes I know google is one, that's why I said
minimize)
Do business with like minded people.
This old website from a few years ago was used by the left to shop at like-minded
places. Use it to NOT shop with those businesses  LINK
Don't go to the movies that have moonbat actors or directors. ( few choices I know)
Don't watch TV. ( it all sucks imho)


Don't go to sporting events if you know they are moonbat friendly or they support the agenda.
(Imagine if no one showed up at the events)
Don't speed or break the law. Don't give the law any reason to fine you.
Try to minimize the things that require permits or paying the state in any way.
If you are on a jury and the defendant is "one of us" and the crime ISN'T heinous
try jury nullification for a positive outcome.
Buy a hybrid, I did, I get 50 plus mpg vs. 16 in my pick-up.
My Ford Fusion is a great car.
Saving me over 500.00 a month in fuel costs.
Total fuel tax is HERE by state.  
How much gas tax am I saving at .42/.44 cents per gallon?  
I'm on the border of Mass and NH ( New Hampsshire has become northern MA due to the moonbats from MA that ruined it) Meal tax in NH is 9% in MA it's 6.25%. Although MA has
an option where the town can add an additional sales tax as well. ( check the local towns for the cheapest dining options if this applies)
Most states have no tax on groceries. Buy your food and prepare your own meals knowing you
aren't paying taxes.
Make your hobby into a business to get business discounts and write offs.
Even if you can do 10 percent of the above, that's 10 percent less that is put into the system.


Any ideas, thoughts, books or websites, feel free to add them in the comments..
  1. Pay off your home and never buy anything new and expensive again. I’m not saying you can’t have fun/nice things, just don’t burden yourself with monthly payments and pay unnecessary sales tax.  If you are considering buying anything that costs over $100, make sure you check out Craigslist first.  It’s filled with stuff other people found out they didn’t need or couldn’t afford and usually, you aren’t going to have to pay any sales tax.
  2. Do your home and car repairs yourself.  You’ll save money in five ways: 1) No sales tax on labor.  2) You will almost certainly pay less for parts/materials.  3) You will spend nothing on labor.  4) You won’t be talked into spending money on additional things that are not necessary.  5) And most importantly, Instead of wasting your time and money doing something like paying to see rich people play, act, or sing, you will be adding to your base of knowledge and repertoire of skills.  In other words, you will become a better, more useful human being.  They still haven’t found a way to tax that.
  3. Make new friends.  Instead of looking down on working people who make less than $100K per year, start hanging out with tradesmen and the like.  They can often help you out of a $1000 jam for a case of beer, and with the skills and knowledge you acquired by following the advice in item #2, you can pay them back in kind.  Once again, the government gets nothing.
  4. If you feel you must watch rich people play, act, or sing, don’t spend much money doing it. Watch sporting events on TV, watch movies on Netflix, and download free music.
  5. Homes are for shelter, not impressing friends and neighbors.  If you have a 3000 sq. ft. home instead of a 1500 sq. ft. one, you are probably giving your local government about $3000 more per year in property taxes, not to mention about twice sales tax you give to the state government on what you spend on upkeep and maintenance.
  6. Work at your job less, work for yourself more.  Let’s say you make $30 per hour, it takes an hour to mow your lawn, and you can hire someone to mow it for $30 per cutting.  Might as well pay someone else to do it, right?  Wrong.  You can’t pay for that lawn mowing with an hour’s work.  With all the taxes involved, it’s going to take more like an hour and a half to pay for that mowing.  Remember, whenever you pay someone a dollar to do something for you, it will cost you at least $1.50 worth of your own labor because of taxes. Plus when you do it yourself, you are at home, on your property, with your family.  You just might notice something while your mowing in any one of these areas that requires a little bit of your attention that you would miss if you were at work.  Don’t worry about the cost of the mower.  If you buy used and buy right, it’s just about nothing. If you have any brains and skill, you should be able to make a good used $1500 garden tractor last 30 years or more.
  7. Change your investment strategy.  Not all traditional investments pan out, and even when they do, the government’s always there to steal their cut. How about buying something that’s almost guaranteed to never lose its value, and provide you with hundreds of dollars of tax free savings/income per year instead.  Rather than throwing down $600 on some tech stock, consider buying a good used air compressor, or some other high end tool or machine.  It will often pay for itself on that first big job, and continue to pay for itself as long as you live.
  8. Remember, every dollar you get from your paycheck represents at least $1.50 of your labor.  The government gets the rest.  If you’re smart, you can keep the government’s hands off of most of the money you save.

A Few Years From Now



U.S. banks prepare plan to raid deposits to avert collapse



U.S. banks are preparing contingency plans for a possible “bail-in” of depositors amid fears the country is heading for financial collapse, bankers and businesspeople with knowledge of the measures said on Friday.
The plans, which call for a “haircut” of at least 30 per cent on deposits above $8,000, sketch out an increasingly likely scenario for at least one bank, the sources said.


A U.S. bail-in could resemble the failed rescue plans tried over much of the world, when customers’ funds were seized to shore up the banks, with a haircut imposed on uninsured deposits.
It would be implemented as part of a recapitalisation of U.S. banks that would be forced upon the country's depositors and bond holders.
“It [the haircut] would take place in the context of an overall restructuring of the bank sector once the U.S. is back in a bailout programm,” said one person following the issue. “This is not something that is going to happen immediately.”
American officials said no decision had been taken to wind up any U.S. banks or initiate a bail-in of depositors, a process that would be started by the Federal Reserve declaring the banks insolvent or pulling emergency loans.
America's banks have been closed since Monday, when capital controls were imposed to prevent a bank run following the leftwing Clinton-led government’s call for a referendum on a bailout plan it had earlier rejected. The Supreme Court highest court rejected an appeal by two citizens on Friday who had asked for the referendum to be declared unconstitutional.
Depositors can withdraw only $60 a day from bank ATM cash machines, while requests to transfer funds abroad have to be approved by a special finance ministry committee in co-operation with the Federal Reserve.
Two senior Federal Reserve Agents said the country had only enough cash to keep ATMs supplied until the middle of next week. This followed the Fed’s decision this week not to increase the U.S. allocation of emergency liquidity assistance after the bailout programm ended on June 30.
The outcome of Sunday’s referendum will determine how quickly America wraps up a new bailout agreement with creditors, a top U.S. banker said.


“The solvency of American banks is not currently an issue, but obviously the banks will be affected by how soon the country enters a new programm,” the same banker said.
American deposits are guaranteed up to $100,000, in line with FDIC banking directives, but the country’s deposit insurance fund amounts to only $30bn, which would not be enough to cover demand in case of a bank collapse.
With few deposits over $100,000 left in the banks after six months of capital flight, “it makes sense for the banks to consider imposing a haircut on small depositors as part of a recapitalisation. . . It could even be flagged as a one-off tax,” said one analyst.
Hillary Clinton, on Saturday accused Republicans of trying to “terrorise” U.S. into accepting austerity.
“What they’re doing with America has a name: terrorism,” she said during a press conference. “Why have they forced us to close the banks? To frighten people.”

Oh yeah, happy Fourth of July.

Top Five Biggest Mistakes You Can Make Fixing Cars

I'm not saying I'm never guilty of any of these sins.  Quite the opposite.  In fact, I learned all of this from personal experience.


1) Buying OEM parts


Sometimes, you are dealing with a part that seems so strange and obscure, that you just assume that no aftermarket manufacturer would bother to make them, so you just go to the dealer and pay.  Big mistake, especially in the age of the internet.  Perhaps my biggest failure in this area was these Honda front stopper mounts.  (motor mounts, kind of)  I purchased these from Honda for $80 apiece, and later, came across them on the internet for, are you ready for it, $14 apiece.  I don't know whether I was more surprised that some other manufacturer actually made them, or that they were so much cheaper then OEM.  Take the few minutes to check for possible aftermarket alternatives before going and bending over at the dealer.

2) Buying junkyard parts without checking the price of new.


I know it's hard to believe, but often, you can buy brand new parts more cheaply than salvage ones.  These Toyota truck turn signals are a good example.  The thirty year old salvage ones are going to be faded, cracked, and brittle.  

 I once had Auto Glass Specialists come to my home, replace an broken side window on a Ford Tempo with new glass, and clean up all the broken glass inside the car, for less money than the junkyard wanted for a used piece of glass that I would have had to install myself. 

3) Not doing research/not having reference materials


If you own the car, buy the book.  It's that simple.  If you work on your own car, and you violate this rule, you will pay for it - much more that the $15 that the book costs.  These books aren't perfect, but they beat the shit out of winging it with nothing.

You Tube videos are also a great source of info, and actually show you how to do the job.  Sometimes the books can be confusing.  Watch a video, and you will be saying, "Oh, that's what the book means."  

Videos are great, but not a replacement for the books.  When you're down and dirty, in the middle of a job, it's a lot easier to refer to the book than trying to type on a keyboard with greasy fingers.

Every minute you spend, doing research on how to do a job correctly, will save you five to ten minutes (if not more), actually doing the job.

4) Not having the correct tools.


Don't be such a cheap fucker.  Buy the tools you need.  You're doing the job yourself to save money.  What are you going to use that money for?  Buy the tool.  It will save you time, and prevent damage to parts that cost more than the tool, and in the future, you will have that tool.  This is where the real payoff is.  You will never have to go through the "Should I spend the money on the tool dilemma?" again, and you can tell you're friends that they suck because they don't have shit for tools.

5) Buying new instead of junkyard parts


Wait a second, I thought you said it was a mistake to buy junkyard parts instead of new.

It is, except for when it's not.  Sometimes, salvage parts are dramatically cheaper than new, plus you can often get an entire assembly for less than the price of the one needed part.  This can save you the time of tearing down and repairing an assembly.

   Taking out parts at "pick a part" yards can also give you insight on what to do, and what not to do, when disassembling your own car.  Better to break something on the junkyard's car than yours.