I love cars…always have and always will. This is going to be my next ride, a smart car. Originally made by the Swiss company Swatch in a joint effort with Daimler-Benz (after GM rejected it), the smart is now being offered in the United States by racing guru Roger Penske’s company and has a 15-18 month wait list.

My cousin calls it a Benz Lite. Cute little bugger, isn’t it?

a smart car

a smart car "Fortwo"

But let’s get to the Vrooooom! part of this post. And that is a fantastic commercial for SEAT Panda (SEAT is an acronym derived from Sociedad Española de Automóviles de Turismo, which roughly translates into English as Spanish Saloon Car Company. Another cute, eh?) SEAT is currently owned by the German Volkswagen Group.

Ok, ok!  Enough of the business lesson…let’s Vroooom!

Fox News: Confirmed Ministry of Governmental Propaganda

Much has been said about the propaganda effort the Pentagon got busted for not too long ago. Missed it? Read it here, here, here and here. In short:

The administration’s communications experts responded swiftly (to a wave of criticism over the Guantánamo Bay torture facility). Early one Friday morning, they put a group of retired military officers on one of the jets normally used by Vice President Dick Cheney and flew them to Cuba for a carefully orchestrated tour of Guantánamo.

To the public, these men are members of a familiar fraternity, presented tens of thousands of times on television and radio as “military analysts” whose long service has equipped them to give authoritative and unfettered judgments about the most pressing issues of the post-Sept. 11 world.

Hidden behind that appearance of objectivity, though, is a Pentagon information apparatus that has used those analysts in a campaign to generate favorable news coverage of the administration’s wartime performance…

Now, Scott McClelland publicly admits that Fox News is the official propaganda network for the White House.

This administration would make Joseph Goebbels proud.

Another one bites the dust..

FDIC takes over 1st National Bank of Nevada

Twenty-eight branches of 1st National Bank of Nevada and First Heritage Bank, operating in Nevada, Arizona and California, were closed Friday by federal regulators.
The banks, owned by Scottsdale, Ariz.-based First National Bank Holding Co., were scheduled to reopen on Monday as Mutual of Omaha Bank branches, the Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. said.


Savage Lawsuit Tossed Out

Today, a San Francisco court dismissed right wing conservative talk radio Michael Savage’s copyright infringement lawsuit against the Council on American-Islamic Relations. Savage sued them for using his own words in four minutes of excerpts where Savage called the Quran a “hateful little book” and said that Muslims were “screaming for the blood of Christians or Jews or anyone they hate” and called for an advertising boycott.

He also claimed in his suit that the group was engaged in racketeering, describing it as a “mouthpiece of international terror” that helped to fund the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001. The council called those allegations preposterous, denied any connection to terrorism and said Savage was trying to intimidate and silence a critical voice.

The judge in the case, U. S. District Judge Susan Illston, said that Savage offered no evidence supporting his claim. She also said that “anyone who listens to a public broadcast is entitled to take excerpts and use them for purposes of comment and criticism” and that “reprinting small portions of a copyrighted work for those purposes helps to put it in context and benefits both the public and the target of the criticism.” In addition, Illston said that the ideas Savage put forth (as the basis of the lawsuit) were ideas constitutionally protected.

In dismissing the racketeering claim, Illston said that even if Savage could prove his “alarming allegations” that the council was part of a worldwide terrorist conspiracy, he hasn’t shown how those activities affected him or his broadcast.

Savage and his attorneys plan to rewrite the racketeering portion of the lawsuit.

“We are prepared to file a very detailed and well-documented new complaint” for racketeering, said attorney Daniel Horowitz, without going into detail. He said Illston’s ruling was “very carefully thought-out” even if its conclusion was unwelcome.

A spokesman for the council basically said Bring It On.

Ahmed Rehab, a spokesman for the council, said it “will continue to stand up to Savage’s bigotry and will not be bogged down by his knack for retaliatory fluff lawsuits.”

It’s a bitch when your own words of hatred and bigotry are used against you, eh, Michael?