Esta es tu casa, Obama! (Updated)

Update by Gaius Pitbullius Maximus: I decided to update Val’s post by including the entire text of the letter he linked to below because IT NEEDS TO BE READ AND SENT AROUND THE COUNTRY! I want one — just one — justification as to why this is okay to do in “post-partisan America.” Just one, please. I await the liberal response.

Letter to the Editor [of American Thinker]

My name is George C. Joseph. I am the sole owner of Sunshine Dodge-Isuzu, a family owned and operated business in Melbourne, Florida. My family bought and paid for this automobile franchise 35 years ago in 1974. I am the second generation to manage this business.

We currently employ 50+ people and before the economic slowdown we employed over 70 local people. We are active in the community and the local chamber of commerce. We deal with several dozen local vendors on a day to day basis and many more during a month. All depend on our business for part of their livelihood. We are financially strong with great respect in the market place and community. We have strong local presence and stability.

I work every day the store is open, nine to ten hours a day. I know most of our customers and all our employees. Sunshine Dodge is my life.

On Thursday, May 14, 2009 I was notified that my Dodge franchise, that we purchased, will be taken away from my family on June 9, 2009 without compensation and given to another dealer at no cost to them. My new vehicle inventory consists of 125 vehicles with a financed balance of 3 million dollars. This inventory becomes impossible to sell with no factory incentives beyond June 9, 2009. Without the Dodge franchise we can no longer sell a new Dodge as “new,” nor will we be able to do any warranty service work. Additionally, my Dodge parts inventory, (approximately $300,000.) is virtually worthless without the ability to perform warranty service. There is no offer from Chrysler to buy back the vehicles or parts inventory.

Our facility was recently totally renovated at Chrysler’s insistence, incurring a multi-million dollar debt in the form of a mortgage at Sun Trust Bank.

HOW IN THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA CAN THIS HAPPEN?

THIS IS A PRIVATE BUSINESS NOT A GOVERNMENT ENTITY

This is beyond imagination! My business is being stolen from me through NO FAULT OF OUR OWN. We did NOTHING wrong.

This atrocity will most likely force my family into bankruptcy. This will also cause our 50+ employees to be unemployed. How will they provide for their families? This is a total economic disaster.

HOW CAN THIS HAPPEN IN A FREE MARKET ECONOMY IN THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA?

I beseech your help, and look forward to your reply. Thank you.

Sincerely,

George C. Joseph
President & Owner
Sunshine Dodge-Isuzu

Le ronca los cojones.

Unfuckingbelievable.

SoFla weather report

Just to let everyone in on a South Florida weather report: I am in the middle of a thunderstorm that makes TS Ernesto look like a whiny liberal yelling “it’s not fair!” over and over again. Down in these parts, it’s either hot as hell or raining like hell…

Abject failure? (Updated)

Tropical Storm Ernesto is as much an abject failure as his namesake che guevara. So far, we still have power. Frankly, I’ve been through summer afternoon thunderstorms that were scarier than this. In any event, we still have a few hours before the system passes over us completely. Kinda reminds me of Rita last year that didn’t pan out as expected. Thank the Lord we over-prepared. Keep your fingers crossed.

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Update: No damage, some heavy rain and wind. Nothing to write in the history books about. All kidding aside, we’ve had thunderstorms worse than this. My fourteen year dog Gigi woke us up at 3:15 AM panting, whining and nervous as hell. Per her vet’s instructions, we gave her half a tranquilizer and she mellowed out in no time. An hour later, after we had fallen asleep again, we lost power for about fifteen minutes. The event could not be complete otherwise. Now, I’m on my way to help take off some of my family’s shutters, and some of ours.

And wait for the next one…

Update #2: At 9:17 AM we lost power for about 15 minutes. Why? Who the hell knows. The wind wasn’t as bad as earlier this morning, so any logical reason is out. Maybe Val’s Farm Stores lady farted instead of having the hiccups and my power failed. Thanks, FP&L. An event like this would not be complete without a power outage or two.

Ernesto makes a beeline to Miami-Dade County (Update)

Here’s the map of the possible path of Hurricane Ernesto with the “cone of uncertainty” as of 2:00 PM EDT today. Miami-Dade and Monroe Counties are the bulls-eye. Some forecasters are sayin that if the storm lingers over Santiago for a while, it may not be as powerful when it comes ashore here. We’ll see.

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Informal poll: how many here in SoFla still haven’t fixed their roofs from last year’s storms?

Update 2:39PM: Lines to get gasoline were out of control in soutwest Miami-Dade County about an hour ago. I was able to top off my tank but neglected to take my two 5-gallon gas cans to fill. Now it looks as though I may not get them filled up in time. We’re always straddling a thin line between calm and hysteria here during hurricane season; I think we crossed the line earlier today.

Battening down in south Florida

Governor Jeb Bush has declared a state of emergency in Florida, with Hurricane Ernesto expected to make landfall around Fort Myers on Wednesday. The Category 1 storm is just off the coast of Haiti now, and is expected to dump rain and trigger mudslides on the wretchedly deforested half-island there. After that, it will trash southeastern and central Cuba, before heading into the Gulf, and presumably, Florida, by this time becoming a Category 3. It might go somewhere else, but this is what we know. Miami is going to see a ton of thunder and rain out of this, and might not completely be out of danger. I have not heard from Val or George or Amanda or Henry or Robert yet, but it’s reasonable to think they are very busy right now, getting ready for the storms as this thing passes overhead by about Tuesday. Let’s hope for the best and say a prayer for them

Via Free Republic, I found the Jeb Bush announcement here, and a Fox News story updating the matter here.

Official National Hurricane Center updates can be found here.

See George’s map-post above, here.

And so it begins…

Tropical Depression One Special Advisory Number 1

ISSUED AT: 8:12 AM CDT 6/10/06 (GATEWAY).

FIRST TROPICAL DEPRESSION OF THE 2006 SEASON FORMS IN THE NORTHWESTERN CARIBBEAN SEA,

TROPICAL STORM WARNINGS ARE RECOMMENDED FOR THE CUBAN PROVINCES OF PINAR DEL RIO AND ISLE OF YOUTH.

INTERESTS ELSEWHERE IN THE EASTERN GULF OF MEXICO SHOULD MONITOR THE PROGRESS OF THIS SYSTEM.

FOR STORM INFORMATION SPECIFIC TO YOUR AREA, INCLUDING POSSIBLE INLAND WATCHES AND WARNINGS, PLEASE MONITOR PRODUCTS ISSUED BY YOUR LOCAL WEATHER OFFICE.

AT 800 AM CDT, 1300Z, THE BROAD CENTER OF TROPICAL DEPRESSION ONE WAS LOCATED NEAR LATITUDE 21.1 NORTH, LONGITUDE 85.3 WEST OR ABOUT 50 MILES, 80 KM, SOUTH-SOUTHWEST OF CABO SAN ANTONIO ON THE WESTERN TIP OF CUBA.

THE DEPRESSION IS MOVING TOWARD THE NORTH-NORTHWEST NEAR 12 MPH, 19 KM/HR, AND THIS GENERAL MOTION IS EXPECTED TO CONTINUE FOR THE NEXT 24 HOURS. THIS MOTION SHOULD BRING THE CENTER OF THE DEPRESSION THROUGH THE YUCATAN CHANNEL INTO THE SOUTHEASTERN GULF OF MEXICO TODAY.

MAXIMUM SUSTAINED WINDS ARE NEAR 35 MPH, 55 KM/HR, WITH HIGHER GUSTS. SOME STRENGTHENING IS FORECAST DURING THE NEXT 24 HOURS, AND THE DEPRESSION COULD BECOME A TROPICAL STORM LATER TODAY. AN AIR FORCE RESERVE HURRICANE HUNTER AIRCRAFT IS SCHEDULED TO INVESTIGATE THE DEPRESSION THIS AFTERNOON.

ESTIMATED MINIMUM CENTRAL PRESSURE IS 1003 MB, 29.62 INCHES.

STORM TIDES OF 2 TO 4 FEET ABOVE NORMAL TIDE LEVELS ARE POSSIBLE ON THE SOUTHERN COASTS OF WESTERN CUBA AND THE ISLE OF YOUTH.

AT THIS TIME, THE MAIN THREAT FROM THE DEPRESSION IS HEAVY RAINFALL. THE DEPRESSION IS EXPECTED TO PRODUCE TOTAL RAINFALL ACCUMULATIONS OF 10 TO 20 INCHES OVER THE WESTERN HALF OF CUBA, WITH ISOLATED TOTALS OF 30 INCHES OVER THE HIGHER TERRAIN. THIS COULD CAUSE DEVASTATING FLASH FLOODS AND MUDSLIDES. RAINFALL TOTALS OF 4 TO 8 INCHES ARE POSSIBLE OVER THE CAYMAN ISLANDS, WITH 3 TO 5 INCHES OVER THE NORTHEASTERN PORTION OF THE YUCATAN PENINSULA. THERE IS ALSO THE POTENTIAL FOR HEAVY RAINFALL OF 4 TO 8 INCHES POSSIBLE OVER THE FLORIDA KEYS AND WESTERN FLORIDA FROM SUNDAY INTO MONDAY.

REPEATING THE 800 AM CDT POSITION, 21.1 N, 85.3 W. MOVEMENT TOWARD, NORTH-NORTHWEST NEAR 12 MPH. MAXIMUM SUSTAINED WINDS, 35 MPH. MINIMUM CENTRAL PRESSURE, 1003 MB.

THE NEXT ADVISORY WILL BE ISSUED BY THE NATIONAL HURRICANE CENTER AT 1000 AM CDT.

More sucky news

As if Val being ill isn’t bad enough, look at this crappy forecast ahead. What bugs me about it is that they were right last year and the year before. I guess if fate wants you to eat mierda, you won’t do it in nibbles (that’s based on a Yiddishism, but I bet there’s a Cubanism in this somewhere – if you know it, I’ll post it):

Forecaster Warns 2006 Atlantic Hurricane Season Could Rival 2005
Intelligence Press Friday, March 03, 2006

As the winter heating season winds to a close, the natural gas industry is now looking towards the summer cooling season and the Atlantic hurricane season for indicators on the direction of natural gas prices. Special attention is being paid to the 2006 Atlantic hurricane season, which forecasters expect to be overly active. Focus on the hurricane season is even greater as Gulf of Mexico oil and gas producers continue to pick up the pieces six months after Hurricane Katrina’s devastation.

The rest is here.