Jack’s Back! Season 8 of 24 Starts Soon (Video)

24 comes back in an explosive way on January 17, 2010. The just released trailer is below.

Looks like a retired Jack gets dragged back into duty and is joined in his quest again by Chloe O’Brian (who is sporting some serious sexy hair!), Renee Walker, & Elisha Cuthbert (not to mention Freddie Prize Jr & Katie Sackhoff). As a new grandpa myself, I hope nothing happens to his grandbaby!

Check out the trailer for what’s upcoming in Jack’s latest, very bad day (video below)!

Cash For Clunkers: $24K Per Car

What’s that you say? You only got $4,500 at the dealer? True, but the government bureaucracy in Washington added another $20,000 per car to the cost:

A total of 690,000 new vehicles were sold under the Cash for Clunkers program last summer, but only 125,000 of those were vehicles that would not have been sold anyway, according to an analysis released Wednesday by the automotive Web site Edmunds.com.

Still, auto sales contributed heavily to the economy’s expansion in the third quarter, adding 1.7 percentage points to the nation’s gross domestic product growth.

The Cash for Clunkers program gave car buyers rebates of up to $4,500 if they traded in less fuel-efficient vehicles for new vehicles that met certain fuel economy requirements. A total of $3 billion was allotted for those rebates.

The average rebate was $4,000. But the overwhelming majority of sales would have taken place anyway at some time in the last half of 2009, according to Edmunds.com. That means the government ended up spending about $24,000 each for those 125,000 additional vehicle sales.

Since the program has ended, the auto market has collapsed…as predicted. Ramping up demand in the summer ensured that there would be little or no demand later in the year after the program ended.

Go look at the area car dealerships, you won’t find much inventory on hand. Not because they’re selling so fast, but because the dealers can’t afford the costs of keeping cars around that aren’t selling right now.

John Riggins: Has Danny Made-off?

NFL Hall of Famer John Riggins has a new video out on his YouTube channel on Zorn and the bully!

The bully being Dan Snyder, calling him the ‘BM’ of the NFL (Bernie Madoff). As always, John is right on target. Watch the last part of the video with John talking about the small prison. Ouch. I’m thinking there is something more to this anger toward Dan Snyder that hasn’t come to light yet.

But, as always, John is right on the mark.

MSNBC Anchor Introduces Rev. Jesse Jackson As Rev. Al Sharpton (Video)

MSNBC‘s Contessa Brewer has apologized for mixing up civil rights activists Jesse Jackson and Al Sharpton. She made the slip-up Wednesday while introducing Jackson during a segment on homelessness.

After the introduction, Jackson stared at the camera from a studio in Burbank, Calif., and said, “I’m Rev. Jesse Jackson.” Brewer explained that her script read that she was to introduce “the Rev. Al Sharpton.”

Newsbusters has the rest of the story (Pure comedic gold):

Brewer was just starting to bash capitalism as she made the error: “A Goldman Sachs adviser….Brian Griffith says, quote, ‘we have to tolerate the inequality as a way to achieve greater prosperity and opportunity for all.’” She then sarcastically asked Jackson: “What’s your reaction to hearing someone say, you know, when it comes to income inequality, all’s well, the rising tide floats all boats?” Before replying, Jackson had to clarify his identity: “I’m Reverend Jesse Jackson.” Which prompted Brewer’s apology. Jackson went on to argue that Griffith’s claim was a “vulgar statement.”