GM company cars cost $12M last year

Even with all the problems GM still hedges on giving up the company car perk which cost them almost $12M in fuel alone last year. I agree that it does allow some of the new vehicles to be displayed on the streets of neighborhoods across America but I think it could be cut back by a wide margin. But what do I know?! Read on and decide for yourself!

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How Much Tint Can I Use? Window tint that is!

Another common question that I get alot is whaty did they pull me over for my window tint? Well.. probably because it was illegal maybe!?

I did some research and here is the poop. The laws vary widely from state to state. And this adds to the confusion because what is okay in your home state may not apply in another! So if you travel take note! The compiled list in PDF can be found on the International Window Film Association site here.
Here is the condensed version for the state of Michigan.

  • A 4 inch band is allowed at the top of the windshield and front side windows.
  • 35% max reflectivity on front and rear side windows.
  • Any tint is allowed on rear side and back window.
  • There are no restricted colors on tint

What does this mean? Well, here in Michigan you can tint the two front windows a little (35%) and you can go as far as to limo black the rear side and far back. But remember what I said about neighboring states. Ohio has color restrictions (red and yellow) and Indiana does not allow blackening rear glass areas. So tread carefully.

Another chapter in the Gospel According To Bob.

What Is The Fetish With The Blue Headlights?

Almost a day does not go by that I get asked whether we have the “blue” headlights to go in their car. I try to tell them that the “blue” headlights that they see on the high end cars are actually HID (High Intensity Discharge) units, similar to yard lights, they get mad. Then when you throw in the fact that the fake HID blue lights are illegal they really get whizzed. And they still insist that they need them. So… here you go buddy. Enjoy your new sucky lights!

In actuality the blue colored replacement lights, to make them appear to be something they are not, are a much lower light output than a clean white light replacement. Alot of it is basic human eyeball Physiology 101 but you can research it if you like. And I don’t care what color lights you have in your Escort, It’s still an Escort! Not a BMW! My personal opinion is that I won’t the biggest, baddest white light I can get not some lame blue wanna be. I guess I just can’t come to promote something that is an inferior product from others based on color of the light.

But it says “DOT Approved” on it!

Oh, and here is an interesting sidebar. The packaging may say DOT Approved on it but in actuallity the DOT does not approve anything! They are free to put that on the packaging at will. So it is a red herring to say that the product is DOT approved. Trying to add credibility to an inferior product for the uninformed masses. Sweeeet!

Just another chapter in the Gospel According To Bob!

Call Him Obama, Mr. Obama, President Obama Whatever!!! He is still the President of the United States!

President Obama
President Obama

Yes, he is black! And yes, he is in the White House! But NO he is not YOUR president . He is OUR president! Get over it!

Up front I want to say this. I did not vote for Obama. But…. like it or not, he is now the guy in charge. He took over a tough set of circumstances and is going forward with his policies and solutions. Let the man get on with his job. The bad part is that there are all flavors and colors of factions claiming they put him there. And these same factions are looking for good things to happen based on what he professed. And they all have “pointy sticks” in hand that they are looking to use on him at the first sign of a “wrong” answer.

Now for my take on this. In the recent weeks it has become more and more apparent to me that there are a whole lot of people that are making some very interesting comments and assumptions regarding our new president. Keep in mind I grew up, live and work in the Detroit metropolitan area.

One event that kind of got me annoyed was a local black air personality went on and on during one of his recent programs about how they now had THEIR president in the White House! WTF?! It appears, to me at least, that there is a pervailling opinion that he got there on their black vote. And that he is there specifically to appease their economic and cultural needs. And that with President Obama in the White House it will make their life better in some way because he is black like they are. After a couple of conversations that went totally sideways into a reverse discrimination vein I have been left with a very bad impression of the current mental state of the local communities.

Another issue that was aired repeatedly on this same program mentioned earlier inferred that we, non-blacks and the press, were somehow intentionally disrespecting Obama by doing just what I did here. Referring to him simply as Obama and not attaching Mr. or President to the particular reference. Man, this is turning the monumental event of the electing of the first black US president into a new chapter in cultural segregation just because he is black! The press and others have continually made references to major news figures by their last name only. How is this any different than refering to Bush, Reagan, Clinton or any other world news figure? It really isn’t a reach to figure out who they are talking about.

The fact that Mr. Obama was elected for his political views and proposed solutions to our nations current state of affairs seems to escape mention in these conversations. Along with the fact that people of all races and colors, not just blacks, voted for him based on these same issues and political views. And worth mentioning at the same time, a lot of others did not vote for him for the same reasons. There are a whole bunch of factions that are all claiming that he is there because of their specific support. Someone, sooner or later, is not going to like some decision that he plays a part in that will cause one of these factions to claim that they have been betrayed! Stand by! It will happen. And, Boy!, are they gonna be pissed!

It’s not like we don’t have enough crap going on to keep us busy , now some individuals are inventing new problems rather than contributing to some equitable solution to one of the more pressing issues in our current state of the nation. Whether we put Mr. or President in front of his name no matter. For those of us that did not vote for him he is still OUR president. Let’s see what he can do with the “bag of snakes” that he has to deal with and see if we can continue in a positive direction. This man has a lot of good ideas and we are all hoping he can do what he said he could! Good Luck Mr. President!

Just one mans’ opinion!

Prepping For The Winter Solstice

This year the winter solstice is Dec21 at noon. Alban Arthan [Light of Winter] the Neo-Druid pagan celebration will encompass the other christian appropriated holidays. Not just a random coincident! Traditionally on that night you throw down scraps of material of items that symbolize things that have been holding us back during the previous year. Also decorating with evergreens, the hanging of mistletoe and passing out packages to the needy. Kind of sounds like the Christmas and New Years thing maybe!? It is also fact that the early christians banned misletoe because of it’s association with the Druids. But they were arrogant enough to move the childs birthday celebration to coincide with the traditional long standing celebration of the winter solstice. How thoughtfull.

Associated festivals of Wren Day or Mummers Day are traditionally celebrated on Dec 26. There is something for everyone this time of year. Enjoy the day, whatever you call it!!!

See more here.

Your Union Leaders Just Put You Out!

I have for years now held the view that unions , especially the UAW, have been a major cause of decline in the US economy. They had value 30 years ago but in this global economy they are high priced and grossly overpaid. These guys, according to the data released at the bailout hearings, AVERAGE… let me say that again….AVERAGE over $29.00 an hour. They have been getting these inflated extraordinary salaries for many,many years. And the union reps and negotiators who are making well over multiple 6 digit salaries are making the decisions for the lower line workers. And if these same union leaders get outed I am going to believe that they will simply retire to some sandy beach while the remaining lowly production workers deal with the carnage. What do you think??!

While not the only problem in the US auto industry I believe they are the primary contributor to the current US auto problem. It has become readily apparent to me that the top American union leaders have been a perpetual roadblock to the recovery of the US economy always in the name of the worker. With the future of the US industry in their hands during the hearings the UAW leaders refused to concede any wage issues till the new contract expires in 2011!! WTF!!!!! Are you serious??! Umm …. the crisis is at hand today, not 3 years from now. Super! Contract This!! You may not be around in 2011 you gooney bird! Oh and it appears that they just in one swift decision wrote the obituary for most of your underling auto workers in the process. Who are these people and why are they being allowed to continue to force the car companies and their union members into bankruptcy and unemployment? The rank and file need to “move it or lose it”, it will hurt to come down from the overcompensated $30 an hour plus overtime to a more realitic rate at whatever it takes to stay in the working ranks. My personal opinion is that it should have happened quite a few years back but now is a good time! Not an option now. A must!

These guys need a good swift kick in the pants. Reality is apparently escaping their sight. Do they really have the workers benefit in mind? I say they don’t! The workers need to decide which route to go because their “leaders” are not just taking them out, they are leaving them with nothing to return to. Just one man’s opinion.

Think Of Our Military This Holiday Season

A Different Christmas Poem
The embers glowed softly, and in their dim light,
I gazed round the room and I cherished the sight.
My wife was asleep, her head on my chest,
My daughter beside me, angelic in rest.
Outside the snow fell, a blanket of white,
Transforming the yard to a winter delight.

The sparkling lights in the tree I believe,
Completed the magic that was Christmas Eve.
My eyelids were heavy, my breathing was deep,
Secure and surrounded by love I would sleep.
In perfect contentment, or so it would seem,
So I slumbered, perhaps I started to dream.

The sound wasn’t loud, and it wasn’t too near,
But I opened my eyes when it tickled my ear.
Perhaps just a cough, I didn’t quite know, Then the
sure sound of footsteps outside in the snow.
My soul gave a tremble, I struggled to hear,
And I crept to the door just to see who was near.

Standing out in the cold and the dark of the night,
A lone figure stood, his face weary and tight.
A soldier, I puzzled, some twenty years old,
Perhaps a Marine, huddled here in the cold.
Alone in the dark, he looked up and smiled,
Standing watch over me, and my wife and my child.

‘What are you doing?’ I asked without fear,
‘Come in this moment, it’s freezing out here!
Put down your pack, brush the snow from your sleeve,
You should be at home on a cold Christmas Eve!’
For barely a moment I saw his eyes shift,
Away from the cold and the snow blown in drifts.

To the window that danced with a warm fire’s light
Then he sighed and he said ‘Its really all right,
I’m out here by choice. I’m here every night.’
‘It’s my duty to stand at the front of the line,
That separates you from the darkest of times.

No one had to ask or beg or implore me,
I’m proud to stand here like my fathers before me.
My Gramps died at ‘ Pearl on a day in December,’
Then he sighed, ‘That’s a Christmas ‘Gram always remembers.’
My dad stood his watch in the jungles of ‘ Nam ‘,
And now it is my turn and so, here I am.

I’ve not seen my own son in more than a while,
But my wife sends me pictures, he’s sure got her smile.
Then he bent and he carefully pulled from his bag,
The red, white, and blue… an American flag.
I can live through the cold and the being alone,
Away from my family, my house and my home.

I can stand at my post through the rain and the sleet,
I can sleep in a foxhole with little to eat.
I can carry the weight of killing another,
Or lay down my life with my sister and brother..
Who stand at the front against any and all,
To ensure for all time that this flag will not fall.’

‘ So go back inside,’ he said, ‘harbor no fright,
Your family is waiting and I’ll be all right.’
‘But isn’t there something I can do, at the least,
‘Give you money,’ I asked, ‘or prepare you a feast?
It seems all too little for all that you’ve done,
For being away from your wife and your son.’

Then his eye welled a tear that held no regret,
‘Just tell us you love us, and never forget.
To fight for our rights back at home while we’re gone,
To stand your own watch, no matter how long.
For when we come home, either standing or dead,
To know you remember we fought and we bled.
Is payment enough, and with that we will trust,
That we mattered to you as you mattered to us.’

PLEASE, would you do me the kind favor of sending this to as many
people as you can? Christmas will be coming soon and some credit is due to our
U.S service men and women for our being able to celebrate these
festivities. Let’s try in this small way to pay a tiny bit of what we owe. Make people
stop and think of our heroes, living and dead, who sacrificed themselves for us.

LCDR Jeff Giles, SC, USN
30th Naval Construction Regiment
OIC, Logistics Cell One
Al Taqqadum, Iraq