Friday Roundup & Follies

By February 18, 2005Friday Follies

It’s a long weekend, so we’ll give you some extra stuff to get you through. We’ll be back on Tuesday:

A Good Week for Manufacturers in Washington: No, make that “An historic week”. Thanks to all of you who descended upon this town this week and made a great showing. Manufacturers were everywhere. Along the way, you pushed the class action bill across the goal line after 7 years of struggle. It reminded us of the great quote from jurist Louis Brandeis, that the most important political office is that of private citizen. You came, you saw, you conquered. Great job, manufacturers, you did us all proud.

Noah and the Regulators: OK, enough schmaltz. Here’s a cute piece sent to us by NAM Board Member Extraordinaire Della Williams (Della, hope you don’t mind that we coughed you up). She sent it with the simple note saying, “Noah had the same woes as manufacturers.” As you’ll see in this piece, indeed he did. And, by the way, don’t mess with Della. She seems like a really nice person, but she makes parts for the F-18 so if you cross her she will take you out.

Daytona and Manufacturers: It’s been said that NASCAR is unique in that it begins its season with its Super Bowl. No one who’s ever been to the Daytona 500 can ever soon forget it, (our own Kendig Kneen is there with his daughter) the noise, the crowds, the whole deal. If you’re lucky enough to be in the infield, you get a great bird’s eye view of the unbelievable speed and efficiency of the pit crews and you usually see a spectacular wreck or two. You will also see the great contribution of manufacturers to the sport of NASCAR racing. From Goodyear, the sole supplier of tires (which get changed pretty often) to DuPont (you want to be wearing their stuff if you’re driving) and Ingersoll-Rand, we are quite literally at every turn. Thanks to Dave Kralik, Aimee Short and NASCAR fanatics Pam Roper and Dave Walker for this great article about manufacturers and the Daytona 500.

Greenpeace Gets Their Bums Kicked: We saved this one for last, if only because it’s priceless. Here’s a story from yesterday’s London Times about a Greenpeace protest gone awry — for Greenpeace, that is. Apparently, they picked on the wrong people this time. They descended on the International Petroleum Exchange (IPE) in London hoping to stop trading on the day that the Kyoto Protocol (which China and India are not a part of, by the way) took effect. However, they made the tactical error of arriving after lunch and finding the traders feeling their oats. When Greenpeace set up the trading flow, some 25 traders began to pummel the protestors. Never get in between a trader and their daily bread, we say. “They were just a bunch of Cockney barrrow boy spivs”, said one Greenpeace person, whatever the hell that means, but it sounds nasty. The Times reports that a trader nearby, on the balcony of a pub, pint in hand, hollered back, “Sod off, Swampy!”. You gotta love the Brits. If only they spoke the King’s English.

In any event, here’s the link to the story so you can read it for yourself. Send an ice pack to your local Greenpeace office. Poor babies.

And sod off, Swampy.

Have a good weekend!