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Last Car Plant Brings Detroit Hope and Cash

A little good news from Detroit for a change.

DETROIT — There is a section of Detroit’s east side that sums up the city’s decline, a grim landscape of boarded-up stores, abandoned homes and empty lots that stretch all the way to the river. And in the middle of it stands one of the most modern and successful auto plants in the world.

More than 4,600 workers staff Chrysler’s sprawling Jefferson North factory nearly around the clock, making one of the most profitable vehicles on the market, the Jeep Grand Cherokee.

The plant was aging, sales volumes were plummeting and its future was in question. But a government bailout, along with two-tiered pay structure that cut wages for new employees by $12 an hour, saved the company and delivered it into the hands of Fiat, which now is its majority owner.

Since then, annual production has skyrocketed from fewer than 100,000 vehicles a year to more than 300,000. And a work force that had dwindled to 1,300 people has more than tripled. In June, Grand Cherokee sales rose 33 percent in the United States, as consumers paid as much as $50,000 for a fully loaded model.

The profits and productivity at Jefferson North would put it on par with the most efficient luxury car plants in Germany and the best factories operated by Japanese automakers in the southern United States.

That Jefferson North is situated in one of the most impoverished parts of Detroit only made it more of a gamble for Chrysler to keep.


Posted by liberal N proud | Tue Jul 16, 2013, 07:25 AM (0 replies)

Demand that Texas investigate why state troopers confiscated tampons

You can bring a gun into the Texas State Capitol with a concealed handgun license—but not your tampons, maxipads or diabetic supplies.

On July 12, as the Texas state Senate voted on a devastating anti-choice measure, state troopers ordered all women seeking to enter the building to surrender their tampons and maxipads.

In at least one case, a woman was also ordered to remove her diabetic supplies. “I’ve never been so humiliated in my life,” she said tearfully. The above video is painful to watch.

It is bad enough that the Texas state Senate is assaulting a woman’s right to choose. But whoever authorized this outrage must be held accountable. Sign our petition demanding an open investigation of the Texas state troopers’ conduct, and that appropriate disciplinary action be taken.

Sign the petition here: http://campaigns.dailykos.com/p/dia/action3/common/public/?action_KEY=483

Posted by liberal N proud | Mon Jul 15, 2013, 02:30 PM (0 replies)

Is my time on DU over?


This is what is wrong with DU. It has been overrun with users who will tell those that don't agree with them that they don't belong on this site. The user only had 380 post at the time of this alert and telling me that my views don't reflect DU. If that isn't an personal attack on another DU memeber then, maybe my time here is done and these users can reshape DU to be a my way or the highway site. You decide!


A randomly-selected Jury of DU members completed their review of this alert at Tue Jul 9, 2013, 07:13 AM, and voted 3-3 to LEAVE IT ALONE.

Juror #1 voted to LEAVE IT ALONE and said: No explanation given
Juror #2 voted to HIDE IT and said: agree with alerter's words - personal attack on another DUer. Get rid of the post.
Juror #3 voted to HIDE IT and said: Agree with alerter. What gives this clown the right to say who stays and who goes?
Juror #4 voted to LEAVE IT ALONE and said: It's a fine post. Nothing wrong with it except the alerter is butthurt.
Juror #5 voted to LEAVE IT ALONE and said: No explanation given
Juror #6 voted to HIDE IT and said: I agree with the poster about a generation-specific fear of communism. But I agree MORE with the plaintiff here, that telling someone to "get out" is totally inappropriate for an inclusive party member. We can have our differences but we don't have to be exclusionary dicks about it. I'd suggest that the plaintiff stand up for him/herself, understand the point is "understood," and then school the newb on how to conduct constructive argument in an inclusive environment like DU. I usually only vote to 'Hide' when someone rejects difference by trying to force someone out of DU.
Posted by liberal N proud | Tue Jul 9, 2013, 07:19 AM (6 replies)

What the media wants you to believe about the San Francisco air disaster

If you have been listening to various reports about the crash landing of the Asiana flight in San Francisco, you have been hearing them repeat over and over one common theme.

"Plane crashes are survivable"

This for some reason is the primary propaganda the media is pushing in this incident so far.

Yes, some plane crashes are survivable, but do we need to have that beaten into us?

Posted by liberal N proud | Mon Jul 8, 2013, 06:50 AM (19 replies)

Belgium is about to let Prince Albert out of the can...

Belgium's King Albert II announces he will abdicate throne

Belgium's King Albert II announced Wednesday that he will abdicate the throne and will be succeeded by his son, Crown Prince Philippe, on July 21.

Albert, 79, gave a televised address to the nation on Wednesday after a frenzy of speculation that he would be stepping down in favor of his son, Philippe, 53. His abdication coincides with the nation's independence day celebration on July 21 for the kingdom of 10.5 million people. He is the first of the six monarchs in Belgium history to abdicate the throne.

Posted by liberal N proud | Wed Jul 3, 2013, 02:34 PM (6 replies)

The original Red Green...

I miss that show.

Posted by liberal N proud | Tue Jul 2, 2013, 09:47 PM (7 replies)

This qualifies as the best weather warning ever!

Posted by liberal N proud | Mon Jul 1, 2013, 08:16 AM (7 replies)

The Divided States of America, in 25 Charts

Every day we hear about how society is splitting apart -- a polarized Congress, a fragmented media market, a persistent schism among Americans over social issues. But really, how bad are the divisions?

They're pretty bad, according to the results of The Atlantic/Aspen Institute American Values Survey released today. "As American approaches its 237th birthday, it's feeling quite a bit more "pluribus" than "unum," say Don Baer and Mark Penn elsewhere on this site, in their full analysis of the survey results. Below, find a visual summary of the findings of the poll.

Just 35 percent of Americans believe the country is headed in the right direction...

Six in 10 say America has grown more divided in the last decade...

...and Americans believe we are more divided today than at any time since the Great Depression -- with the exception of the Civil Rights era.

Equal opportunity and freedom of speech play the biggest role in unifying America...

...while blame for division falls mostly on Washington and its leaders.

See the rest of the charts at the Atlantic: http://www.theatlantic.com/national/archive/2013/06/the-divided-states-of-america-in-25-charts/277303/
Posted by liberal N proud | Mon Jul 1, 2013, 06:59 AM (9 replies)

I was struck by an uninsured motorist this week

I had to stop for oncoming traffic that couldn't wait for a safe, clear place to pass and was in my lane. As I was stopped, a car struck me from behind. Were they o a cell phone? I have nothing to indicate that they were.

My car was totaled as was the other car and the driver was injured. I fortunately walked away with nothing more than a stiff shoulder from where the seatbelt did its job, everything I had in the vehicle was thrown forward.

I exited my vehicle and took one look back and knew it was bad and called 911.

I just received word from the police that the driver did not show proof of insurance.

I had to have wheels, fortunately, I have good insurance who are taking care of me with the process, renting a car for me. That alone is a story I will tell about Enterprise some time. They are also working on the process of recovering the value of my car.

How do people take that kind of risk, not having insurance? This person will now be held accountable by the insurance company as well as the law and the car they were driving looked like it was a newer Toyota.

I was feeling sorry for the young person until I found out that they are the reason my insurance is so damn expensive.

Always carry uninsured motorist and always wear your seat-belts.

Posted by liberal N proud | Sat Jun 29, 2013, 06:35 PM (40 replies)

June 19, 1964, the Civil Rights Act of 1964 was approved after surviving an 83-day filibuster

On June 19, 1964, the Civil Rights Act of 1964 was approved after surviving an 83-day filibuster in the United States Senate.


Posted by liberal N proud | Wed Jun 19, 2013, 06:40 AM (15 replies)
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