Did Political Contributions Affect Which Chrysler Dealers Were Closed?

2009 May 26
by bc3b

Doug Ross believes they did and offers examples.

I don’t know about your area, but I was surprised by some that will be closed and others that will remain open.

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  1. 2009 May 26 11:36 am
    phineas gage permalink

    Thanks, bc3b, I was very curious about this.

    That list does much to confirm my suspicions.

    Has a president ever before persecuted individual private businesses ona political basis? I simply cannot believe what is happening–and it is only beginning.

    On a lighter note, here is a nice link to the same site. Bring back any memories? How indeed did we ever survive…..

  2. 2009 May 26 12:09 pm
    drdog09 permalink


    Interesting link. Lived though all of it. The only thing I would add is that you thought you might have played all day without supervision, but reality was the MOM ethernet had you in their sights all the time. There was not much that did not get noticed in the neighborhood thanks to eyes and the party line phone.

  3. 2009 May 26 12:18 pm
    JustMary permalink

    Great link. I can explain (at least for me) why kids aren’t out as much as they used to be. Predators. It is downright scary to think that your kids can’t walk down the street without fear anymore. I have been driving my 15 year old to school (literally around the corner) for the last 3 months, because a man has been following teenage girls in his car….stopping quickly….getting out….and chasing them to try and kidnap them. He still has not been caught, and he has been attempting to do this at 4 different schools. One day, unfortunately, he will get lucky. We just don’t live in the same world.

  4. 2009 May 26 12:36 pm
    phineas gage permalink

    Best example for me is Halloween–always my favorite holiday as a kid, since that was the one night where you were free of parental supervision, out roaming, playing tricks, being a kid and loving it.

    Now? I have to walk around the neighborhood in a forced march with my costumed kids, while checking all their treats like Secret Service agents. Talk about sucking all the fun out of the experience. Yeah, I guess they still like it OK, but then again they don’t have anything to compare it to.

    Sure, I know nostalgia plays tricks, but things were much better in many ways back then.

  5. 2009 May 26 12:47 pm
    phineas gage permalink

    ‘why kids aren’t out as much as they used to be’

    I understand what you are saying, but without a doubt the main reason why kids are less active than before is the television, the computer, and the video game.

    This impacts directly on their physical and mental health. It also retards their intellectual development, because no one under the age of 20 reads any more. I know this directly from the students in my classes and their puzzled looks when I stress the importance of actually opening and reading the textbook that they have just purchased at great expense.

    I believe it is also one of the main driving factors in converting the U.S. population into a massive herd of ill-informed, apathetic, easily controlled sheep.

  6. 2009 May 26 1:15 pm
    bc3b permalink

    Playing hockey without helmets and facemasks. We used to go across to Canada to play and there was a nice old doctor just down the block from Windsor Arena. He used to stich us up when we needed it.

  7. 2009 May 26 1:26 pm
    drdog09 permalink

    Heh. My students have no choice but to read. 30% of my assignments and about 50% of the test is in the reading material. Student ask for a make up assignment I ask them for their book. It the book looks like its only been used to prop up the laptop or didn’t bring it — Nada. Snooze you lose.

  8. 2009 May 26 1:42 pm
    phineas gage permalink

    Same in anatomy. The students that get the A’s are the ones whose textbooks are falling apart by the end of the semester.

  9. 2009 May 26 2:05 pm
    phineas gage permalink

    What happened fifty years ago tonight?

  10. 2009 May 26 2:14 pm

    Harvey Haddix Perfect game~~~~almost

  11. 2009 May 26 2:19 pm
    phineas gage permalink

    perfect game +

    went 12 innings…….and lost.

  12. 2009 May 26 3:39 pm
    bc3b permalink

    Another baseball record that will never be broken – Phil Reagan was the winning pitcher for both ends of a double header twice in the same season. He won the first two as a Dodger and the second two about a month later after being traded to the Cubs.

    Since double headers are a thing of the past, this record is even more likely to remain than Haddix’s.

  13. 2009 May 26 3:51 pm
    RepublicanPundit permalink

    In the neighborhood in which I was raised, Anybody had authority to bust your rearend if you were caught doing something you should no be doing, the real fear was that your parents would be told and then there was hell to pay.

    I had plenty of cousins in the same age range. We could field a football team and baseball teams (both sides) and we would play until the ball could not be seen anymore, then head home to eat and go to bed, then start the same thing over again.

    Everyone in the neighborhood watched over us and someone always knew where we were at all times. If we got hungry, we would go to someone’s house (basically anyone) and get fed. If we were thirsty, we would go to the mountain fed stream and drink heartily from the stream.

    Money could not buy our upbringing, indeed, it can not today be bought or dupicated.

    Kids too lazy. parents to overprotecting. We should not be afraid of predators, except for the trial lawyers who are lurking behind every tree.

  14. 2009 May 26 4:09 pm
    rightwingyahoo permalink

    Whats a ball? What’s a stream? What’s a mountain?

  15. 2009 May 26 4:21 pm
    INC permalink

    The kids in my neighborhood taught me to roller skate, ride a bike and play ball. We were about two blocks from our school and it had a small creek going through it.

    We were fortunate to live in rural New Hampshire when our kids were young so they did get a taste of freedom and the outdoor life. We had woods and a creek with mud and sticks and boulders and snow in winter. What more could a kid want? (I will say I was careful about calls when a kid was heading home so we parents would have a time frame of reference).

  16. 2009 May 26 4:50 pm
    bc3b permalink

    When my son was younger, I tried to teach him and his buddies play “right field out” when they didn’t have enough boys to field two full teams. It was like I was speaking German. Too much adult supervision had destroyed kids’ creativity.

  17. 2009 May 26 5:02 pm
    mulletover permalink

    When I was a kid, all the kids were my older brother’s age, and they didn’t want me around. My mom would tie a porkchop around my neck to get the dog to play with me.

    Fond memories.

    “Help! The dog is trying to bury me in the backyard.”

  18. 2009 May 26 5:09 pm
    rightwingyahoo permalink

    I used to mow the grass and vacuum the pool, then I was free. We lived in a cut out orange grove, and before the early 80s freezes killed most of it, everyone had 6-12 orange trees in the yard.

    We had massive orange throwing fights, and we had to clean up the oranges and wash off all the juice afterwards. We sometimes used garbage can lids for shields, but that was considered poor form unless you were massively outnumbered.

    a buddy and I had some free time on our hands and made up a game. We would punt a soccer ball to each other as we stood at adjacent driveways (about 40 yards apart). You punted the ball and the other guy caught it and punted back. If it hit the ground in the end zone area of the street defined by the driveway concrete, or rolled thru it, that was a goal. If you caught the ball without a bounce or if it missed the end zone, you punted back, no goal. But you had to kick from where you caught it.

    So you could run a guy back way behind his end zone with a good couple of kicks and then roll another goal thru the zone slowly, but he would be sprinting to get the ball and kick it over your head, so if you did decide to roll it you had to run back fast and get ready to defend.

    A game combining running, kicking, field position and strategy, for when you got bored playing football and dodgeball.

  19. 2009 May 26 5:29 pm
    drdog09 permalink

    We had massive orange throwing fights, and we had to clean up the oranges and wash off all the juice afterwards. We sometimes used garbage can lids for shields, but that was considered poor form unless you were massively outnumbered. — RWY

    Man there is nothing worse than being hit by a green orange with all their might. Leaves a welt the size of tennis ball. Or how about Grapefruit softball? Object wasn’t to hit it the hardest, the ‘ball’ had to stay intact to count. Besides if you hit it too hard you just wear the results home. But heck of a lot of fun.

  20. 2009 May 26 6:50 pm
    RepublicanPundit permalink

    rightwingyahoo: Whats a ball? What’s a stream? What’s a mountain?

    Things kids don’t know about today.

  21. 2009 May 27 5:51 am
    phineas gage permalink

    ‘Another baseball record that will never be broken…’

    I would say that the two most untouchable baseball records are:
    1. DiMaggio’s hitting streak (of course)
    2. Johnny Vander Meer’s back to back no hitters (no one is going to throw three consecutive no hitters)

  22. 2009 May 27 5:52 am
    phineas gage permalink

    ‘We were fortunate to live in rural New Hampshire’

    As did I, INC–wouldn’t trade it for anything.

    Which part of the state did you grow up in?

  23. 2009 May 27 6:25 am
    INC permalink


    I was born in Lakeland, Florida and grew up in Gainesville, Florida. We lived in Brookline NH for almost nine years when our kids were little. It’s adjacent to Hollis and west of Nashua. It’s adjoins MA on the south line and is just north of Townsend MA.

    It was home to the notorious Brookline Bell Ringers:

    Fireworks of Sorts Afflict A New Hampshire Town

    Where were you?

  24. 2009 May 27 7:01 am
    INC permalink

    Gateway Pundit has more on the closings:

    More On Chrysler Closings– Did Team Obama Target Red Counties?

    He was sent this info:

    But, so far in the shutdown list there is an extremely high correlation between dealers closing and congressional districts BHO lost.

    Texas is getting killed and Blue States are sliding by. Florida is also taking major hits and nearly all are in Republican Congressional Districts.

    Little West Virginia is getting hammered.

    I will know much better when I start doing all the cross reference work after I finally get the data into Excel, but that is going to take time since the data has to be formatted up manually and there are over 2000 dealers involved between the two lists.

    He also had this yesterday:

    Shock! Big Dem Donor Group Allowed to Keep Their 6 Chrysler Dealerships Open …Update: Their Local Competitors Eliminated!!

  25. 2009 May 27 7:04 am
    phineas gage permalink

    A bit north of you in Hanover–my dad was a prof. at Darmouth Med. School.

    Love the bellringer story!

  26. 2009 May 27 7:04 am
    phineas gage permalink


  27. 2009 May 27 7:06 am
    phineas gage permalink

    I miss the region a lot and hope to get back up there when all this political and economical turmoil has been settled, but right now northern New England is just not the best place for me to be.

  28. 2009 May 27 7:16 am
    INC permalink

    Oh, wow, you were up in liberal territory!

    You came by your interest in anatomy & physiology from an early age!

  29. 2009 May 27 7:17 am
    INC permalink

    We left as NH was struggling to stay a red state. It’s a beautiful state and I’m glad we had the experience of living there.

  30. 2009 May 27 10:50 am
    INC permalink

    Yet even more from Gateway Pundit. The evidence continues to pile up:

    Even GOP Congressman Loses Chrysler Dealership …Plus Peoria GOP Supporter Losing “5 Star” Business

    Rep. Vern Buchanan (R-Fla) lost his Chrysler dealership in Florida. Rep. Buchanan found out about it from a fellow colleague…

    Rep. Aaron Schock’s supporter Gary Uftring from Peoria, Illinois is losing two of his franchises even though they are “5 Star Dealerships” that make money.

  31. 2009 May 27 10:52 am
    INC permalink

    Also in the same post:

    Terry Allen, whose Chrysler dealership in Mason City will be eliminated, said his business was the top sales tax generator in the area. He, like Uftring, said he met or exceeded all expectations from the car maker but in the end, has about three weeks left as a dealer.

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