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Sunday, November 16, 2008

Northwest Arkansas Times Endorses Whiner-in-Chief

Posted By on Sun, Nov 16, 2008 at 9:50 AM

Well, I guess there’ll be a little less whining at the Coody household this morning.

I guess all that schmoozing pays off, after all. Not much more you can add to that.

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Quote of the Day

He who has the courage to laugh is almost as much master of the world as he who is ready to die. - Italian proverb

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Bloodletting in Springdale plant

One factory in Springdale hasn’t gotten a lot of media attention lately because they haven’t been laying off hundreds of employees, but there has been what one one employee described to me as a quiet  “bloodbath,” in which people with decades of experience are being let go.

Some of it has been pretty ugly, too. One woman - a supervisor - was terminated in the middle of the work day, and escorted from the building by security, and not even allowed to return to her desk to retrieve her shoes (she was wearing safety shoes at the time), or the pictures of her kids from her desk.

While employers hide behind the “This is just Standard Operating Procedure,” excuse for that sort of behavior, unless you are dealing with some sort of criminal behavior, those who hide behind the SOP argument for their cavalier treatment of fellow human beings are beneath contempt.


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Ground Control to Major Tom:  And this is why the car industry is in the toilet

The ads for for new Lincoln feature  Cat Power, AKA Chan (shawn) Marshall, singing David Bowie’s “Ground Control to Major Tom,” which is about an astronaut faking is own death

"Here am I floating round my tin can
Far above the Moon
Planet Earth is blue
And there's nothing I can do."

Then again, maybe it is sort of fitting, in a macabre sort of way, for an industry that quite literally doesn’t know what to do.

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Wait! I’ve got another song the car industry can use!

Alone Again (Naturally)" by Gilbert O’Sullivan, is about a man who is contemplating suicide. Maybe they can all sing that when they beg Congress for money.

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And perhaps even one for the Coody campaign?

And when the first automaker finally circles the drain, they can use “They're Coming To Take Me Away, Ha-Haaa!" Unless, of course, the Coody campaign has  used it first.

Remember when you ran away
And I got on my knees
And begged you not to leave
Because I'd go berserk?
Well
. . .

You left me anyhow
And then the days got worse and worse
And now you see I've gone
Completely out of my mind
And. . .

They're coming to take me away, HA HA
They're coming to take me away, HO HO HEE HEE HA HA
To the funny farm
Where life is beautiful all the time
And I'll be happy to see
Those nice, young men
In their clean, white coats
And they're coming to take me away, Ha-haaa!

You thought it was a joke
And so you laughed
You laughed when I had said
That losing you would make me flip my lid
Right. . .

You know you laughed, I heard you laughYou laughed, you laughed and laughed
And then you left
But now you know I'm utterly mad!
And. . .

They're coming to take me away, HA HA
They're coming to take me away, HO HO HEE HEE HA HA
To the happy home
With trees and flowers and chirping birds
And basket weavers who sit and smile
And twiddle their thumbs and toes
And they're coming to take me away, Ha-haaa!

I cooked your food
I cleaned your house
And this is how you pay me back
For all my kind, unselfish loving deeds?!!
Hah. . .

Well you just wait
They'll find you yet
And when they do they'll
Put you in the ASPCA, you mangy mutt!
And. . .

They're coming to take me away, HA HA
They're coming to take me away, HO HO HEE HEE HA HA
To the funny farm
Where life is beautiful all the time
And I'll be happy to see
Those nice, young men
In their clean, white coats
And they're coming to take me away, Ha-haaa!

To the happy home
With trees and flowers and chirping birds
And basket weavers who sit and smile
And twiddle their thumbs and toes
And they're coming to take me away, Ha-haaa!

To the funny farm
Where life is beautiful all the time
And I'll be happy to see
Those nice, young men
In their clean, white coats
And they're coming to take me away, Ha-haaa!

rsdrake@nwark.com

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