Friday, December 19, 2008

Buying A Car

The Big Three automakers said anew on Thursday that bankruptcy wasn't the answer, as did an official of the United Auto Workers who called the idea unworkable and even dangerous. The car companies argue that no one would buy a vehicle from a bankrupt company for fear that the company might not be around to honor warranties or maintain a supply of spare parts.       By DEB RIECHMANN, Associated Press Writer

No one will buy a car from a bankrupt company. The truth is no one will buy a car when they don’t have a job. However if they could afford to buy a car the fact that the company is in bankruptcy does not mean you can’t get parts or service. There are lots of repair shops out there to do the job if all the dealerships close. If there is a market for parts for cars someone will produce “after market parts” to fill the need.

Bankruptcy does not mean the end of the car companies. Look at the airlines for example, we have seen many of them fill for bankruptcy. They reorganize and are back in business. Sometimes it is the only way a company can restructure their debts and reorganize the way they run things.

The problem is getting cars sold. To do that you need two things, credit to borrow money and job security to make you willing to take on the payment. If you don’t have these you are not going to buy a new car even if the company isn’t bankrupt. Remember there are lots of good inexpensive used cars out there. If you are looking for a way to get to work or school a car is just a car new or used.  

Thursday, December 18, 2008


Snowmen, presents, holiday trees are these the symbols of the season? Lights in the yard, inflatable decorations, and deer made out of wire and lights; do these say happy holidays? Somehow from time to time a star or angel slips in, but does anyone remember why? Does the average person remember that there is more to the holidays then letters to Santa and gifts under the tree?


Why does it seem that we have forgotten what it’s all about? Why has everything become holiday this and holiday that? Have we become afraid to call it Christmas? Have we forgotten that what we are doing is celebrating the birth of Christ? That He was born so we might be saved?  That He is God’s gift to the world, His only Son. He was born to save us all.


We need to remember what is written in Luke chapter two.

“And there were in the same country shepherds abiding in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night.  And, lo, the angel of the Lord came upon them, and the glory of the Lord shone round about them: and they were sore afraid.  And the angel said unto them, Fear not: for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people.  For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord.  And this shall be a sign unto you; Ye shall find the babe wrapped in swaddling clothes, lying in a manger.  And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God, and saying, Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men.”


Wednesday, December 17, 2008

You Have A Call

In the store, in the car, in the office we find them. Cell phones, Blackberries, IPods it has gotten so people can’t live without them. If they aren’t in touch with their friends and the internet all the time their world will fall apart.

Parses like “can you hear me now” and “the most bars in the most places “has become part on the language. They text and they talk constantly and sometimes in the most inappropriate places. You can here their phones ring in meetings, in the theater, at weddings, and while driving the car.  

 The need to be able to be linked to ones friends and family is so great that they take their devices everywhere with them. According to an article on MSNBC. Com the need to be in touch has gotten even stranger.  Anecdotal evidence suggests being buried with a favorite tech device is on the upswing. The Future Laboratory, a London-based think tank, has commented on the behavior, noting it in places like the United Kingdom, Australia and South Africa. But experts are seeing it happen in the United States as well”.

That’s right people are getting buried with them and what is even stranger is they keeping them turned on. One lady even paid ahead on her husband’s contract. It doesn’t matter that the phones battery will also be dead; you can leave a voice message.

“Can you hear me now?”

Tuesday, December 16, 2008

Christmas Love

Love sat under the Christmas tree,
wrapped in paper and tied
with a bow.

For the children to find
on Christmas Day,
so a world of happiness
they could know.

In another house
just down the street,
there were no gifts all shiny and new.
yet love was still there, Just hidden from view.

For Christmas love is a magic thing
that needs not a box
wrapped in gold.

It comes form the heart,
is given with joy,
and can not be
bought or sold.

Monday, December 15, 2008


Duck Mr. President!

With all due respect Sir, what were you thinking? Thank God it just a pair of shoes.
They say you wanted to highlight a drop in violence and to celebrate a recent U.S.-Iraq security agreement, but could there be another reason? It sure seems like a great way to go out looking good.
Not quite as dramatic as the deck of an aircraft carrier, but the result is the same. Look what I did, I said we would win the war and we're doing it.

That’s alright Mr. President. We understand that you want to feel you did the right thing. With the economy falling apart at home, who can blame you for wanting to shift the spotlight to the one thing you think you did right.

Still the next time have the reporters take off their shoes out side the room.