GM Halts Volt Production the Same Week Obama Vows to Buy One

March 2, 2012 at 5:31 pm (Auto Industry, Chevy, Detroit, Economy, General Motors, Michigan, President Obama, United Auto Workers, Volt)

King Midas is at it again.  Everything he touches (the Volt, the entire U.S. economy) turns to a steaming pile of…

From the Detroit Free-Press:

General Motors has told 1,300 employees at its Detroit Hamtramck that they will be temporarily laid off for five weeks as the company halts production of the Chevrolet Volt and its European counterpart, the Opel Ampera.
“Even with sales up in February over January, we are still seeking to align our production with demand,” said GM spokesman Chris Lee.
Lee said employees were told Thursday that production would put on hold from March 19 to April 23.
The Chevrolet Volt, an extended-range electric car, is both a political lightning rod and a symbol of the company’s technological capability.
Chevrolet sold 1,023 Volts in the U.S. in February and has sold 1,626 so far this year.

Flashback to earlier this week…

From Weasel Zippers:

No Joke: Obama Vows To Buy a Chevy Volt … In Five Years…

In other words, he plans to buy a used Chevy Volt in five years because that POS isn’t going to make it.
Via Politico

President Obama, speaking to a raucous crowd of United Auto Workers, vowed to buy a Chevrolet Volt electric car in “five years” — just as soon as his presidency is over.

“I got to get inside a brand-new Chevy Volt fresh off the line,” Obama said about a recent visit to a Detroit Chevy factory. “Even though Secret Service wouldn’t let me drive it. But I liked sitting in it. It was nice. I’ll bet it drives real good. And five years from now when I’m not president anymore, I’ll buy one and drive it myself.”

The Volt is a plug-in hybrid electric car first demoed by Chevy in 2007.

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NY Newspaper Describes Breitbart as "Anti-Black"

March 2, 2012 at 5:13 pm (ACORN, Amsterdam News, Andrew Breitbart, Anita MonCrief, James O'Keefe, Media Bias, New York, Shirley Sherrod, Sonnie Johnson)

Leave it to a New York outlet to produce this tripe…

Via NewsBusters:

There’s been a lot of ugly stuff in the blogosphere as well as various social networking websites such as Twitter since Thursday’s shocking announcement that conservative publisher Andrew Breitbart died at the age of 43.
Possibly the most offensive came in a headline from New York Amsterdam News titled “Anti-Black Journalist Andrew Breitbart Dies Suddenly“:

Breibart [sic] made his reputation by attacking liberal organizations and public officials as well as people of color.

He was most famous for attacking former USDA employee Shirley Sherrod who was fired from her job by Obama administration officials after he posted a video that implied that she had denied helping white farmers who needed her help. Later it was revealed that Breibart [sic] had skillfully edited the video to leave out additional comments Sherrod made explaining how she ultimately helped the farmers.

The NewsBusters report states that, “for those unfamiliar with NYAN, it is a weekly newspaper whose target market is African-Americans in New York City.

But it doesn’t matter if your audience is black or white, or your staff is black or white, when you apparently can’t read things written in black and white.

There are so many falsehoods in this piece, it is ridiculous.

First, let’s start with the title.  Andrew Breitbart was anything but ‘anti-black’.  I’m sure Sonnie Johnson and Anita MonCrief would argue this vehemently.

Second, the column has a myriad of spelling errors, at one point referring to Andrew’s website as ‘’, and immediately after (the very next word) calling him ‘Breibart’.  Later on, they refer to the ‘occupied wall street’ movement, and the ‘associated pres’.  Spell check my friends.

Third, in describing the ACORN expose, the article states that “Breitbart in an attempt to entrap the organization dressed up as a pimp and got tax advice from their workers.”  It was actually James O’Keefe who dressed up as a pimp.  Excuse me for having difficulty envisioning Andrew in a feather boa and fedora.

Fourth, the article at one point refers to Breitbart as a ‘her’.

Fifth, Breitbart never edited the Sherrod video, skillfully or otherwise.  

Such journalism leaves me speechless.

Update:  NYAN corrected number 3 and 4 above but have left the headline as ‘Anti-Black’.  I have contacted the newspaper for a correction but have yet to hear their reasoning for labeling him as such.

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Rolling Stone on Breitbart: He’s Dead. Good!

March 2, 2012 at 8:37 am (Andrew Breitbart, Celebrating Death, Hatred, Journalistic Integrity, Matt Taibbi, Media, Rolling Stone)

And it gets much worse from there…

I almost hate to draw attention to this incredibly sad example of the intolerant left over at Rolling Stone, but quite frankly, Andrew Breitbart probably would have eaten this up, and tweeted it back out.

Matt Taibbi, who delusionally lists himself among the ranks of ‘journalist’ and ‘political writer’ took things way too far today, posting a blog entry on the Rolling Stone site which is, in a word – abhorrent.

We’ve all seen examples of the intolerant left on Twitter, something that sadly is to be expected in such a crazy and unregulated platform.  But when you represent a magazine like Rolling Stone and publish something like this, then you’ve clearly forfeitted your right to ever, ever, call yourself a journalist.  You barely have the right to call yourself a man.

The article won’t be linked here, but you can read some excerpts below – provided you have a strong enough stomach.

(Language Warning)

Taibbi posted a piece in which the title says it all – Andrew Breitbart:  Death of a Douche.
A classy start that goes downhill from there.

So Andrew Breitbart is dead. Here’s what I have to say to that, and I’m sure Breitbart himself would have respected this reaction: Good! Fuck him. I couldn’t be happier that he’s dead.

Taibbi then rounded out his piece with this paragraph, in which he appears to justify his language and contempt because Breitbart has used such language in the past.

But he also had enough of a sense of humor to appreciate why someone like me shouldn’t bother to pretend I’m sad he’s dead. He wouldn’t, in my place. So to use one of his favorite words: Good riddance, cocksucker.* Don’t let the door hit you on the way out.

None of this should be a surprise really, as this man has a history of writing such controversial pieces.  Taibbi was mentioned in this New York Times Art section entry for another piece that celebrated the death of a great man.

Jeff Koyen, the editor of New York Press, the pugnacious free weekly, resigned yesterday over a cover article last week that ridiculed the failing health of Pope John Paul II. The article, a column by Matt Taibbi, had the headline “The 52 Funniest Things About the Upcoming Death of the Pope.”

While the editor of the New York Press had the decency and common sense to resign over such an incendiary piece, don’t expect so much as an apology from Rolling Stone.

This is what they view as ‘journalism’ there, and it is precisely what Andrew Breitbart has fought against for so many years.

While the sickest members of the liberal media continue to spew their hatred for a man who fought to expose what they truly represent, we can take solace in the fact that Andrew is laughing and retweeting this liberal bile straight from heaven.

Cross-posted at NewsBusters

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