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  1. Here is some wiring information in addition to that in post #5. I would begin by having a look at the 50A IGN B fuse in the underhood fuse block. Absent any luck there it would likely be an ignition switch problem. It's unlikely you'll find a loose plug/socket or broken wire, but hope springs eternal. Regards, Warren
  2. Drinking and Riding: When Its Clear Its Time to Stay off The Motorcycle I am sharing an experience with you all, about drinking and riding. I recently had a break through. A couple of weeks ago, I was out for a few drinks with some motorcycle friends after a long day of riding. We were at a great Mexican restaurant in old downtown Sonora, CA and I had a few too many Margaritas. Knowing full well I was fully over my limit, I knew that riding the bike was out of the question. So I did something I've never done before .... I took a bus back to the hotel. Sure enough I passed a police roadblock in the middle of town, but because it was a bus they waved it past. I arrived back at the motel safely without incident, which was a real surprise, because I have never driven a bus before and am not sure where I got it. Ride Safe.
  3. Texas Jim, I thought of you today when I saw this on an investment site: Warren
  4. That brought to mind a photo I recently stumbled over (again)
  5. Well it doesn't seem to make the news anymore these days, but the debt ceiling was raised again. Rick Santelli goes at it in today's video. Debt Ceiling 101, Santelli Sounds Off "In an effort to reach the angry mob, CNBC's Rick Santelli goes all Sesame Street on the numbers behind the US Debt Ceiling Rise. Focusing for two minutes on what this practically means for every man, woman, child, and politician, the shouting Chicagoan points out that when the US breaches this new limit then the world's entire population will be on the hook for $2,346 each (and $52,409 per US person)." If you've got 2 minutes 17 seconds to spare, give it a look.
  6. Someone went to the trouble of putting those numbers in a YOUtube video. Very well done. "Uploaded by debtlimitusa on Nov 4, 2011 A satirical short film taking a look at the national debt and how it applies to just one family. Starring Brian Stepanek & Eddie Jemison, Produced by Seth William Meier, DP/Edited by Craig Evans, 1st AC Brian Andrews, Sound Mixer Gus Salazar, Written and Directed by Brian Stepanek."
  7. Can somebody tell me just exactly WHEN it will stop being Bush's fault. . . ?
  8. Here's something that might leave you thinking for a while . . . Beware: Corporate Psychopaths Still Occupy Positions of Power By Brian Basham, The Independent UK 31 December 11 "utlook: Over the years I've met my fair share of monsters – rogue individuals, for the most part. But as regulation in the UK and the US has loosened its restraints, the monsters have proliferated. In a paper recently published in the Journal of Business Ethics entitled "The Corporate Psychopaths: Theory of the Global Financial Crisis", Clive R Boddy identifies these people as psychopaths. "They are," he says, "simply the 1 per cent of people who have no conscience or empathy." And he argues: "Psychopaths, rising to key senior positions within modern financial corporations, where they are able to influence the moral climate of the whole organisation and yield considerable power, have largely caused the [banking] crisis'. And Mr Boddy is not alone. In Jon Ronson's widely acclaimed book The Psychopath Test, Professor Robert Hare told the author: "I should have spent some time inside the Stock Exchange as well. Serial killer psychopaths ruin families. Corporate and political and religious psychopaths ruin economies. They ruin societies." Cut to a pleasantly warm evening in Bahrain. My companion, a senior UK investment banker and I, are discussing the most successful banking types we know and what makes them tick. I argue that they often conform to the characteristics displayed by social psychopaths. To my surprise, my friend agrees. He then makes an astonishing confession: "At one major investment bank for which I worked, we used psychometric testing to recruit social psychopaths because their characteristics exactly suited them to senior corporate finance roles." Here was one of the biggest investment banks in the world seeking psychopaths as recruits." http://readersupport...itions-of-power In a Bloomberg opinion piece, writer William D. Cohan comments on the above. http://www.bloomberg...liam-cohan.html (William D. Cohan, a former investment banker and the author of "Money and Power: How Goldman Sachs Came to Rule the World," is a Bloomberg View columnist. The opinions expressed are his own.)
  9. See attached. Trim Panel Replacement 99 Seville.doc
  10. Pretty much all of the developed western countries are in the same boat as is the U.S. We have no hope of paying our debts back with sound money. If the U.S. government's tax revenues were to double, we'd still be in deficit. Now THAT is scary! I don't know what the future holds, but a "return to normal" is not something I'd wager on. I don't think this can will be able to be kicked much further down the road. Regards, Warren
  11. Here's wishing everyone Happy (and trouble free) Holidays! Warren
  12. I'm about due for this. Ugh! ************************ I called my friend Andy Sable, a gastroenterologist, to make an appointment for a colonoscopy. A few days later, in his office, Andy showed me a color diagram of the colon, a lengthy organ that appears to go all over the place, at one point passing briefly through Minneapolis ... Then Andy explained the colonoscopy procedure to me in a thorough, reassuring and patient manner. I nodded thoughtfully, but I didn't really hear anything he said because my brain was shrieking, 'HE'S GOING TO STICK A TUBE 17,000 FEET UP YOUR BEHIND!' I left Andy's office with some written instructions, and a prescription for a product called 'MoviPrep,' which comes in a box large enough to hold a microwave oven. I will discuss MoviPrep in detail later; for now, suffice it to say that we must never allow it to fall into the hands of America 's enemies. I spent the next several days productively sitting around being nervous. Then, on the day before my colonoscopy, I began my preparation. In accordance with my instructions, I didn't eat any solid food that day; all I had was chicken broth, which is basically water, only with less flavor. Then, in the evening , I took the MoviPrep. You mix two packets of powder together in a one-liter plastic jug, then you fill it with lukewarm water. (For those unfamiliar with the metric system, a liter is about 32 gallons). Then , you have to drink the whole jug. This takes about an hour, because MoviPrep tastes - and here I am being kind - like a mixture of goat spit and urinal cleanser with just a hint of lemon. The instructions for MoviPrep, clearly written by somebody with a great sense of humor, state that after you drink it, 'a loose, watery bowel movement may result'. This is kind of like saying that after you jump off your roof you may experience contact with the ground. MoviPrep is a nuclear laxative. I don't want to be too graphic, here, but: have you ever seen a space-shuttle launch? This is pretty much the MoviPrep experience, with you as the shuttle.. There are times when you wish the commode had a seat belt. You spend several hours pretty much confined to the bathroom, spurting violently. You eliminate everything. And then, when you figure you must be totally empty, you have to drink another liter of MoviPrep, at which point, as far as I can tell, your bowels travel into the future and start eliminating food that you have not even eaten yet. After an action-packed evening, I finally got to sleep. The next morning my wife drove me to the clinic. I was very nervous. Not only was I worried about the procedure, but I had been experiencing occasional return bouts of MoviPrep spurtage. I was thinking, 'What if I spurt on Andy?' How do you apologize to a friend for something like that? Flowers would not be enough. At the clinic I had to sign many forms acknowledging that I understood and totally agreed with whatever the heck the forms said. Then they led me to a room full of other colonoscopy people, where I went inside a little curtained space and took off my clothes and put on one of those h ospital garments designed by sadist perverts; the kind that, when you put it on, makes you feel even more naked than when you are actually naked. Then a nurse named Eddie put a little needle in a vein in my left hand. Ordinarily I would have fainted, but Eddie was very good, and I was already lying down. Eddie also told me that some people put vodka in their MoviPrep. At first I was ticked off that I hadn't thought of this, but then I pondered what would happen if you got yourself too tipsy to make it to the bathroom, so you were staggering around in full Fire Hose Mode. You would have no choice but to burn your house. When everything was ready, Eddie wheeled me into the procedure room, where Andy was waiting with a nurse and an anesthesiologist. I did not see the 17,000-foot tube, but I knew Andy had it hidden around there somewhere. I was seriously nervous at this point. Andy had me roll over on my left side, and the anesthesiologist began hooking something up to the needle in my hand. There was music playing in the room, and I realized that the song was 'Dancing Queen' by ABBA. I remarked to Andy that, of all the songs that could be playing during this particular procedure, 'Dancing Queen' had to be the least appropriate. 'You want me to turn it up?' said Andy, from somewhere behind me. 'Ha ha,' I said. And then it was time; the moment I had been dreading for more than a decade. If you are squeamish, prepare yourself, because I am going to tell you, in explicit detail, exactly what it was like. I have no idea! Really! I slept through it! One moment, ABBA was yelling, 'Dancing Queen, feel the beat of the tambourine,' and the next moment, I was back in the other room, waking up in a very mellow mood. Andy was looking down at me and asking me how I felt. I felt excellent. I felt even more excellent when Andy told me that It was all over, and that my colon had passed with flying colors. I have never been prouder of an internal organ. ABOUT THE WRITER Dave Barry is a Pulitzer Prize-winning humor columnist for the Miami Herald. On the subject of Colonoscopies... Colonoscopies are no joke, but these comments during the exam were quite humorous..... A physician claimed that the following are actual comments made by his patients (predominately male) while he was performing their colonoscopies: 1. 'Take it easy, Doc. You're boldly going where no man has gone before!' 2. 'Find Amelia Earhart yet?' 3. 'Can you hear me NOW?' 4. 'Are we there yet? Are we there yet? Are we there yet?' 5 'You know, in Arkansas , we're now legally married.' 6. 'Any sign of the trapped miners, Chief?' 7. 'You put your left hand in, you take your left hand out...' 8. 'Hey! Now I know how a Muppet feels!' 9. 'If your hand doesn't fit, you must quit!' 10. 'Hey Doc, let me know if you find my dignity.' 11. 'You used to be an executive at Enron, didn't you?' 12. 'God, now I know why I am not gay.' And the best one of all. 13. 'Could you write a note for my wife saying that my head is not up there?'
  13. Happy birthday Jim! And may you have many more. ALL THE BEST, Warren
  14. Ben Stein, often wrong but never in doubt, offered a frightening (and confident) prediction last night. (29 seconds)
  15. (With apologies to the artist for having changed the date on Obama's campaign button.)
  16. From 2001 Cadillac Service Manual Front Door: Install the window into the door in the following order: Carefully lower the front edge of the window into the door from the outer side of the window opening. Position the rear edge of the window downward. Raise the window to the full up position. Tape the window in place. Important Ensure that the rubber insulators are properly attached to the window regulator clamps. Carefully raise the window regulator clamps to the full up position, engaging the window. Remove the tape from the window. Complete the following to properly position the window: Lower the window approximately 2 in. Seat the window fully rearward against the center pillar. Adjust the window forward 2-3 mm (5/64-1/8 in). Raise the window to the full up position. Set the glass with the clamp fasteners. Tighten the window clamp fasteners to 10.5 N·m (93 lb in). Rear Door: Install the window into the door in the following order: Carefully lower the window into the door from the inner side window opening, making sure the rear edge of the window is between the inner door panel and the division post. Position the window forward, away from the rear window channel. Raise the window to the full up position. Tape the window in place. Install the rear window channel lower retaining fastener. Tighten Tighten the fastener to 9 N·m (80 lb in). Important Ensure that the rubber insulators are properly attached to the window regulator clamps. Carefully raise the window regulator clamps to the full up position, engaging the window. Install the front window channel. Refer to Window Channel Replacement - Rear Door Front . Remove the tape from the window. Complete the following to properly position the window: Lower the window approximately 2 in. Seat the window fully rearward against the division post. Adjust the window forward 2-3 mm (5/64-1/8 in). Raise the window to the full up position. Set the glass with the clamp fasteners. Tighten the window clamp fasteners to 10.5 N·m (93 lb in).
  17. As the saying goes, "money travels where it's treated best." The U.S. became the wealthiest country in the history of the known universe by being THE place for money to call home. And then that changed. Money will return here only when we make it welcome. Funny enough, this can be done easily and, most likely, at a tremendous profit. On the bright side GE has more debt than it can possibly repay. It will end badly for them unless Uncle Sam decides it wants to own yet another conglomerate. Government Electric anyone? And the singular answer to most of your questions is . . . yes! Regards, Warren
  18. This thread reminded me of one of my favorite photos. . . having to do with a Chinese toy recall.
  19. There may be reason to hope... "A surprising amount of work that rushed to China over the past decade could soon start to come back," said BCG's Harold Sirkin. The gap in "productivity-adjusted wages" will narrow from 22pc of US levels in 2005 to 43pc (61pc for the US South) by 2015. Add in shipping costs, reliability woes, technology piracy, and the advantage shifts back to the US. The list of "repatriates" is growing. Farouk Systems is bringing back assembly of hair dryers to Texas after counterfeiting problems; ET Water Systems has switched its irrigation products to California; Master Lock is returning to Milwaukee, and NCR is bringing back its ATM output to Georgia. NatLabs is coming home to Florida. Boston Consulting expects up to 800,000 manufacturing jobs to return to the US by mid-decade, with a multiplier effect creating 3.2m in total. This would take some sting out of the Long Slump." World power swings back to America
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