Tony Posawatz, Fisker CEO, waxes on clean tech and… gun control?

Tony Posawatz, CEO of nearly defunct, taxpayer-funded Fisker (who is telling congress they may be filing for bankruptcy), is shown in a brief clip talking to Alan Murray at the 2013 ECO:nomics conference. Tony talks about adoption of new technology, market penetration, and, “hey, well, we made something”

“I won’t get political on anyone here today, but if the gun industry was as regulated as my industry, we’d have a lot less issues, if you will.”

Wait, what? Someone who can scarcely manage the production of an over-priced, sometimes-running electric car has the nerve to make an non-sequitur aside at firearms?

If anything, the largest difference is one of privilege (vehicles, driving), and constitutional rights (2nd Amendment). And second, by that logic, certain urban centers in this great nation of ours should be an oasis of low-crime (looking at you DC, Chicago, Philly, NYC).

I’m not discounting further efforts that we ought to make to keep weapons out of the hands of criminals, the mentally ill, but it’s sad to see yet another smart individual equate more laws with less crime.


No controlling authority

Who says THIS just 8 days after 9/11/2001?

We must also engage, however, in the more difficult task of understanding the sources of such madness. The essence of this tragedy, it seems to me, derives from a fundamental absence of empathy on the part of the attackers: an inability to imagine, or connect with, the humanity and suffering of others. Such a failure of empathy, such numbness to the pain of a child or the desperation of a parent, is not innate; nor, history tells us, is it unique to a particular culture, religion, or ethnicity.

Full text is here.  I’ll give you three guesses, and the first two don’t count…

Radio Equalizer: Rush Limbaugh after action report

Brian Maloney thoughtfully asks, “…what have we learned,” from Rush’s recent hospitalization?” My favorites points:

* Despite every opposition-led effort to marginalize him, Rush Limbaugh’s political role clearly extends far beyond talk radio and its audience. Who else could hold a press conference and generate national headlinesas a result? Or effectively upstage a president who was also in the Aloha State, just blocks away?

Also noteworthy: newspapers assigned political reporters to cover it, not entertainment correspondents.

* Limbaugh knows how to push the state-run news media’s buttons, as shown during Sunday morning’s news programs,where some fought back against his upbeat assessment of hospital care. Media Matters is still worked up over it. So is the HuffPocrowd.

* Once again, the bottom line: anyone underestimating Rush is a fool.

Rush will be back on the air tomorrow (Jan 6th); meanwhile Mark Steyn does a smashing job filling in for him.  He’s probably my favorite guest host.  Unfortunately, I don’t get to listen as often I would like these days.

Meanwhile, Roger Ebert expresses regret over his steady stream of one-liners against Rush during his hospitalization over the weekend.  His venom is rather ironic considering his battle with mouth-related cancer.

Hot for Rapist?

This is too much

SEATTLE – The odyssey of Mary Kay Letourneau, which began years ago when she was a 34-year-old teacher who raped a sixth-grade student, has now evolved into “Hot for Teacher” night at a Pioneer Square bar.

But the bar’s owner says the event is all in fun, and he hopes people take it in the right spirit.

Letourneau, who eventually served time for raping her former student then later married him after her release from prison, will be hosting the event Saturday at Fuel Sports Eats & Beats on Washington Street.

With all the high-profile cases of teachers preying  sexually on students, how can anyone possibly, “take it in the right spirit?”

[Fuel’s owner, Mike] Morris said this is actually the third time that Letourneau and Fualaau have hosted a “Hot for Teachers” night at the nightclub. The first two events were low-key, and he said patrons really warmed up to the couple.

“We get lots of people who want to come meet them. And once they do meet them, they’re like, ‘Oh my God, she’s so down-to-earth and so nice, and he’s such a good DJ,’ that it’s creating like a stir or a buzz, and its bringing people back,” Morris says.

Letourneau’s role is to make people feel welcome and comfortable, he says.

“She meets people, she greets people, she dances to music, she hosts the party,” Morris says. “And she’s an absolute sweetheart. And everyone who meets her realizes that and is kind of flabbergasted by how nice she is.”

Yeah, especially her children that she callously left behind as she pursued her relationship with her grade-school-aged sweetheart.

Yes, yes, yes, I understand that there were marital issues and that things were not at all well in the Letourneau household (Steve was cheating).  But what kind mother does that?  If you have children and your spouse cuts out on you like Steve did, don’t you focus on your children and take care of them?

And it doesn’t matter if her sex with Vili was consensual or not in this case because she was his teacher.  She betrayed and abused the trust that exists between teacher and student.

I really wish these two would dip back below the radar and stop making such a joke about such a descructive relationship.  Teachers everywhere, especially here in the Northwest, will be better off for it.

Just Because Lance is Paranoid…

doesn’t mean they aren’t out to get him.

Lance Armstrong, a seven-times winner of the Tour de France, fears that he could be attacked by spectators when he returns to the race next year.

Armstrong, who recently announced his comeback from a three-year retirement, said: “There’re some aggressive, angry emotions [in France]. If you believe what you read my personal safety could be in jeopardy. Cycling is a sport of the open road and spectators are lining that road. I try to believe that people, even if they don’t like me, will let the race unfold.”

Asked whether he feared he might be violently attacked on the 2009 Tour, Armstrong said: “There’re directors of French teams that have encouraged people to take to the streets … elbow to elbow. It’s very emotional and tense.”

I understand that emotions always run high in France, but I don’t think anything will happen.  Just peddle, Lance, and stick it to ’em one more time.

Eric Mabius says Gitmo should stay open

I figure if a celebrity says something positive and has had their “eyes opened” we should help them spread the word.  Always refreshing to find actors that don’t have their head firmly planted between their butt cheeks.

I know there’s a way to embed eyeblast… just haven’t found it, yet.