Oct 20, 2014

The Monday Business Line: Is The Alabama GOP Anti-Business?


   The Tesla electric car company has been trying to make an end-run around car dealerships and sell their vehicles directly to you, the customer. 
     In Michigan, home to all of the major car companies (in bankrupt Detroit), both houses of the state legislature have approved bill requiring auto maker to sell through dealerships. The Governor has till Tuesday to sign or veto the legislation.
     On the face of it, it would seem that this is a clear cut issue for Republican Lawmakers.      They should be in favor of less regulation, especially laws that protect artificial business practices like the dealership arrangement.

     So it will be interesting to see what stance Alabama's Republican Super-majority Legislature
takes on the issue when it hits the state, as it surly will.
     Here's what the Tesla Vice President of Sales told the website GeekWire about state efforts to block the company:

“We believe firmly that being a good citizen is as important to us as sales and customers. So, what we do, we work with the state, we work with the county, we work with the city and we work with the DMV in every single state where we are open, and we do whatever they say we need to do. So, in Texas, we can’t sell cars. So, we opened up a gallery that looks just like Bellevue, and we fill it with employees, just like in Bellevue. And we have customers come in and ask us all of the same questions, and we answer all the questions for them. We just can’t talk to people about price, and we can’t sell them a car. So, they go to TeslaMotors.com and they buy a car out of California.
So, we believe in being good citizens. If we can’t sell cars in Texas, we will … sell them in California. But the good news, from our standpoint, is that most of the big states — California, New York, Washington, New Jersey, Florida, Illinois — we have licenses. So, it is not an issue. We don’t see it as an issue. Do we wish that it wasn’t happening? Sure. It would be better if it wasn’t happening…. It’s an inconvenience.”

     So, when the issue comes before the Alabama Legislature, with lawmakers side with eliminating roadblocks on Tesla and allowing them to sell their cars direct? Or will they protest the existing dealership structure?

{The Monday Business Line is an occasional feature of Tim Lennox.com. The MMMM will return next week.]

Oct 19, 2014

Sunday Morning Media Extra: New to ANN This Morning

     Let me introduce you to the newest member of our early morning crew on Alabama News Network (CBS 8 and ABC Montgomery) This Morning, Olivia Deas (pronounced Deez).

     Olivia is a North Georgia native, but comes to us by way of Colorado. Her education and experience is in broadcast journalism, and she'll be sharing the reporting, interviewing and anchoring duties starting Monday Mornings at 5:00 AM. She'll also anchor our Noon news on CBS.

     Olivia will talk more about her background Monday morning, so please join us!
     Welcome Olivia!

Oct 18, 2014

Row, Row, Row your boat CAREFULLY!

Lake Berryessa.
Near the dam on the southeast side of the reservoir is an open bell-mouth spillway, 72 feet (22 m) in diameter, which is known as the Glory Hole. The pipe has a straight drop of 200 feet (61 m),[4] and the diameter shrinks down to about 28 feet (8.5 m). The spillway has a maximum capacity of 48.000 cfs (1360 cms). In 1997 a woman was killed after being pulled inside the spillway.[4]

The 2014 American Military?

You have to wonder....

will the U.S. Military ever accept women as fully equal to men in uniform when folks like the Utah National Guard produce material like this that reduce them to sex objects. On the other hand, I can almost hear the loud cries of distress from older vets whose heads are blowing up over the complaints.

Saturday Data: An American Sphinx Uncovered!

     It's 90 years old, ancient by movie-making standards, and it has been rediscovered in the California desert.

     A relic from The Ten Commandments movie has been unearthed.
     There will be no relics from the movies being made now, just a collection of ones and zeros in a computer file.

Oct 17, 2014

Baxley's fondly remembered letter

     We in Alabama mostly know the story, but it was featured on NPR on Thursday, so perhaps a review is in order.
     He wrote it on AG stationary to a KuKluKlaner who criticized his reopening of the 16th Street Baptist Church Bombing.
     In the interview, Baxley refuses to actually read the one sentence message out loud.