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Video: GM's annoying new TV commercial gives thanks to taxpayers for the $55 billion bailout

Video - Thanksgiving commercial from Government Motors

  • "We all fall down, thanks for helping us get back up."

The Popeye, John Belushi in Animal House, and Evel Knievel comparisons are completely out of line and, honestly, offensive.  GM is a manufacturing relic and still owes taxpayers approximately $50 billion, though you would never know that from the lies they've been telling.  Also, former car-czar Steve Rattner revealed some rather unfavorable truths about the utter incompetence of GM's management which I covered here:


Evel Knievel crashing spectacularly at Caesar's palace in 1968...

Evel knievel represents true capitalism.  His moral hazard was death, which he faced every time he got on his bike.

Comment from Cheyenne - So GM is just like Evel Knievel, is it? That's funny, because the Caesar's Palace jump has been etched in my brain for decades, and the world's largest cushion (the backs of U.S. taxpayers) was nowhere in sight. No, if Evel fell short--and fall short he did, violently and spectacularly--it was his rag doll body against pavement. He got months in a hospital bed for the risk he took, not endless bailouts.  There was no moral hazard then, only death.


Text below from the youtube page.

While in Las Vegas, Nevada, to watch Dick Tiger fight a middleweight title fight, Knievel first saw the fountains at Caesar's Palace and decided to jump them. To get an audience with the casino's CEO Jay Sarno, Knievel created a fictitious corporation called Evel Knievel Enterprises and three fictitious lawyers to make phone calls to Sarno. Knievel also placed phone calls to Sarno claiming to be from ABC-TV and Sports Illustrated inquiring about the jump. Sarno finally agreed to meet Knievel and the deal was set for Knievel to jump the fountains on December 31, 1967. After the deal was set, Knievel tried to get ABC to air the event live on Wide World of Sports. ABC declined, but said that if Knievel had the jump filmed and it was as spectacular as he said it would be, they would consider using it later.

Knievel used his own money to have actor/director John Derek produce a film of the Caesar's jump. To keep costs low, Derek used his then-wife, Linda Evans, as one of the camera operators. It was Evans who filmed Knievel's famous landing. On the morning of the jump, Knievel stopped in the casino and placed a single $100 dollar bet on the blackjack table, which he lost, stopped by the bar and got a shot of Wild Turkey and then headed outside where he was joined by several members of the Caesar's staff, as well as two scantily clad showgirls. After doing his normal pre-jump show and a few warm up approaches, Knievel began his real approach. When he hit the takeoff ramp, he felt the motorcycle unexpectedly decelerate. The sudden loss of power on the takeoff caused Knievel to come up short and land on the safety ramp which was supported by a van. This caused the handlebars to be ripped out of his hands as he tumbled over them onto the pavement where he skidded into the Dunes parking lot. As a result of the crash, Knievel received a crushed pelvis and femur, fractures to his hip, wrist and both ankles and a concussion that kept him in a coma for 29 days.


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General Motors is not out of the woods

The public will continue to bail out GM with tax breaks and subsidies

General Motors' issuance of common stock this month was supposed to signal the end of the taxpayers' $80 billion bailout of GM. But things are not quite as simple they appear.

Nov 26, 2010 at 2:33 AM | Registered CommenterDailyBail
GM Repaying Taxpayers With Their Own Cash


Nov 26, 2010 at 2:34 AM | Registered CommenterDailyBail
GM's Phony Bailout Payback

The company is setting the stage for another taxpayer shakedown

Nov 26, 2010 at 2:35 AM | Registered CommenterDailyBail
Nov 26, 2010 at 2:35 AM | Registered CommenterDailyBail
Like a crock: GM's misleading ad
Nov 26, 2010 at 2:36 AM | Registered CommenterDailyBail
I actually met Evel once when he came to my home town to congratulate Elmer Trett for being the first man to break the 200 mile per hour barrier on a motorcycle in a sanctioned event.

Trett permanently etched his name in the drag racing record books when he became the first motorcycle drag racer to eclipse 200 mph after being clocked at 201.43 at the NHRA U.S. Nationals in Indianapolis in 1983. The 200 mph barrier was the most coveted milestone in motorcycle drag racing during this era and Trett became an instant celebrity in the motorcycling community for making the hurdle. He became one of the best-known racers in motorcycling and was featured on the covers of nearly all the top motorcycling magazines.

At the time of his untimely death Trett held the 10 fastest speeds ever on a Top Fuel bike. He was the first to pass the 200, 210, 220 and 230 mph marks, and he held the record for three of the fastest elapsed times in Top Fuel.

Growing up, Evel and Elmer were both as large as living Gods to a young boy from the country. Both men lived their lives with panache and daring, Cavaliers of their time.

To both of these men, I say Gods speed.

General Motors, you are no Cavalier. My family used to work for you, and now they don’t. You have stolen from my grandchildren, and lie and say it is paid in full. Every vehicle I have ever owned has been yours.

I think I am done with you.
Nov 26, 2010 at 4:44 AM | Unregistered CommenterS. Gompers
Don't thank us GM, thank your lackeys who stole the money from us to give to you.
Nov 26, 2010 at 6:30 AM | Unregistered CommenterEvangel
So GM is just like Evel Knievel, is it? That's funny, because the Caesar's Palace jump has been etched in my brain for decades, and the world's largest cushion (the backs of U.S. taxpayers) was nowhere in sight. No, if Evel fell short--and fall short he did, violently and spectacularly--it was his rag doll body against pavement. He got months in a hospital bed for the risk he took, not endless bailouts. There was no moral hazard then.

Fuck you, GM. Evel's the real deal. You're a bunch of pussies.
Nov 26, 2010 at 10:41 AM | Unregistered CommenterCheyenne
great comment gomp...enjoyed reading about elmer trett...
Nov 26, 2010 at 12:09 PM | Registered CommenterDailyBail
cheyenne...you've captured the essence of the sacrilege with perfection...evel knievel represents true capitalism...his moral hazard was death, which he faced every time he got on his bike...brilliant analogy...
Nov 26, 2010 at 12:30 PM | Registered CommenterDailyBail
The imposter from Kenya and Indonesia is at it again. Obama might not be the Anti-Christ but he is certainly anti Christ. No no no Mr. President, your Christian faith not your Muslim faith. If anything, the Obama presidency is symbolic in its desire to persecute. If a TSA agent can grope your private parts, what will Obama let his army of government doctors do? If you don’t have the longevity gene, will they be quick to pull the plug? Will you be hauled in at a whim to be weighed? Will they analyze your excrement for the Big Mac? Will they criminalize the Buck Double? Will his civilian army show up at your home for food inspections in the name of health? Obama already wants to check your household appliances for efficiency, why not kill two free birds with one fascist stone? What happens when you fail Obama’s final judgement or as Sarah calls it, the death panel? Do you get sent to a camp for reformation? Hillary liked to talk about the “enforcement mechanism” for fascist healthcare. When you child is denied his medication due to rationing, who will be there to keep you in line? Who will assist you in taking your government prescribed dose of medication that you refuse to take just like you are refusing to take your prescribed radiation dose at the airport? Is this the country you want to live in? Is population control next on their liberal elitist agenda? We know how fond they are of eugenics and infanticide. Don’t worry, Hillary will cackle about how she doesn’t want the same treatment but she knows that she is exempted from such animalistic treatment. God help us all!
Nov 26, 2010 at 12:51 PM | Unregistered CommenterJohn Patmos
Elmer was well on his way to a ninth title when he lost his life in the exhibition run. His death came when he was on the verge of becoming the first rider to break into the magical five-second bracket.

Elmer had made several record runs in the low sixes and most people believe he would have broken into the fives by the end of 1996. On September 1, 1996 motorcycle drag racing lost perhaps the greatest Top Fuel rider in the sport’s history when Elmer Trett came off his motorcycle at the top end of Indianapolis Raceway Park.

In addition to his induction into the Motorcycle Hall of Fame, Trett also became the first motorcycle racer to be inducted into the International Drag Racing Hall of Fame. Even though he left for greener pastures in Georgia after the money from Harley ran out, he will always be a son to Millville, Ohio.


And no insurance company would insure Evel, it was all on his dime.
Nov 26, 2010 at 1:03 PM | Unregistered CommenterS. Gompers

It's telling that the fake gamblers in Wall Street and D.C. would try to liken their fattest and most visible pet, GM, to someone who put it all on the line in Las Vegas. How ridiculous. Real gamblers face--and accept--real risk. When they go tapioca, they go home. When the Wall Street fakers bust out, they go back the D.C. window to bluster and whine: if you don't give us a Brinks truck full of new chips--which are stolen from real gamblers--your whole casino will be eaten by alligators and collapse.

It's funny that Wall Street billionaires, who allocate a tiny fraction of their stolen money in D.C. to eliminate any real risk, launch a P.R. campaign to convince the rest of us that they actually represent the most daring of real gamblers.

I can't come up with a single word for it. Sacrilege, cowardice, delusion, grandiosity, criminality... wait a minute, we're not dealing with sociopaths here, are we?
Nov 26, 2010 at 1:04 PM | Unregistered CommenterCheyenne
cheyenne...makes a perfect metaphor for a sundance-winning movie...
Nov 26, 2010 at 1:26 PM | Registered CommenterDailyBail

I think GM's attempt to analogize itself to boxers is completely disingenous as well. If it were, Duk Koo Kim would still be alive:


The more I watch that ad, the more pissed off it is making me.
Nov 26, 2010 at 1:46 PM | Unregistered CommenterCheyenne
Right on, Gomp. That's in the file for sure. Where'd you get that?
Nov 26, 2010 at 5:24 PM | Unregistered CommenterCheyenne
i remember boom boom mancini and that fight...
Nov 26, 2010 at 5:36 PM | Registered CommenterDailyBail
Did Boom-Boom's opponent, or the ref, get a bailout? No. Their game's for real. The banks, not so much.
Nov 26, 2010 at 8:08 PM | Unregistered CommenterCheyenne
GM's Phony Bailout Payback

The company is setting the stage for another taxpayer shakedown

GM's Repayment Lie .....Yea, Right Fucker............!

Only the Stuped'est of Stuped Sheep will suck this crap up. GM barowed more money from the American People, to pay back our money. This is how F***ed up our whole system is.

Everyone covers each others lye. Only way I see to get back to what the goverment has done to "All Of Us"............is to run the bank's on Monday before Christmas.

EVERYOne pull everything out of the banks and put it in a shoe-box.....( "Safe" ) till March 17th........"Green Beer Day"...........come-on, its the only way to show them were pissed off as hell, to what thAre doin to us...................

Come-On, DB, You are the only one I know that could pull this one off..........? Lets Fuck With Them.............What do we have to lose...............1/3 rd% on our money....?

ANY-ONE, tell me what else could we do to show them, were Piss'ed ? They have us over the barrel, Crap, were in the barrel...........!
Nov 26, 2010 at 9:13 PM | Unregistered CommenterTexas Dar
Goddamn T-Dar, that's kickass. How many are in ya?
Nov 26, 2010 at 10:08 PM | Unregistered CommenterCheyenne

I'll never buy a GM product or ride in a GM product. Your bailout went to open factories in other countries, to bail out the misappropriated pension funds and to payoff your execs and union bosses.

The billions spent could have been used to start a completely new and innovated industry. But instead, billions went to prop up a dead mindset and a corrupt capitalistic arm of the government.
Nov 26, 2010 at 10:42 PM | Unregistered CommenterDOGISMYTH
Goddamn T-Dar, that's kickass. How many are in ya?

Im on my 5th now........................but "WTF".........Mommy gets off at the "K" @ 11, Home by 11:30............Party starts @ 11:45.

Jay Leno, doin good tohight. Crap, got nothin 2 lose tonight. Been left alont since 10:00am, and on a roll, all by my self...........

New bag of " Super Hot Pork Rines" goin down tonight by 12:00...................................

Crap, she will get a strong ( "Stiff One Tonight" ).............drink @ 11:35 tonight. Dought Mommy will give-a-crap about pulling our $79.56 out of our check-book, but its a start........................

Shit, what the fuck do we have to lose, realy people............???????

Lets Fuck With Them. Its more fun than eatting shit, and thats what they have waiting for us.......?
Nov 27, 2010 at 12:09 AM | Unregistered CommenterTexas Dar
Awwwwwww, Crap, Mommy is landing in the VW Diesel Jetta. Gotta go guys. Time to do tha "Yess Mommy" thing. Holly Crap, has she got a shit-ass-drink, waiting for her, after working this "Shit-Ass-Friday", today...............................!

It is beyond Crazy, in the show buisness town, today..................people are doing the same thing they did for the last 20 years, and the goverment just loves it.....?

Reamber, fuck-the-goverment..............."Pull It Out" on Dec. 20th................................or "Whip-It-Out", guy's.....! Show yr balls, or pull it out on Dec. 20th.....................................

Crap, mommy wants me to do a Pizza tonight............I gotta go guys...!
Nov 27, 2010 at 12:27 AM | Unregistered CommenterTexas Dar
Photographic memory Cheyenne.
Nov 27, 2010 at 6:00 PM | Unregistered CommenterS. Gompers
Come-On, DB, You are the only one I know that could pull this one off..........? Lets Fuck With Them.............What do we have to lose...............1/3 rd% on our money....?


Texas d...there is a Banque Stop in europe on dec. 7...our story on it gets a huge number of european hits...i wish we could organize something similar here but similar efforts haven't worked in the past...in order to make it successful, i believe that you would need someone to work full-time organizing the movement, coordinating with other websites, making media appearances, doing promotion, etc...

gomp..the reason tv link is excellent...i have it sitting with about 4 other GM clips for a new post later tonight or tomorrow...
Nov 28, 2010 at 5:20 PM | Registered CommenterDailyBail
Great Commercial. Does not say much, but the visuals tell the story.
Many jobs and lives were saved and affected by this bailout.
Are we our brothers keepers!? I say yes! God bless America!
Nov 28, 2010 at 8:03 PM | Unregistered CommenterKenny
@ DB..........................i wish we could organize something similar here but similar efforts haven't worked in the past...in order to make it successful,

I know. I was just feeling frisky that night. It would work if we could get that 80 % again. BUT................Only way we could do that is if, after withdrall, everyone got...............................

1. 12 Pack of Beer.
2. Large Pizza.
3. 1 Free Movie from Block Buster.
4. 2 #-4's @ Mc Donalds.
5. 40" Visio TV from the Ellen Show.

& You, Gomps, Jake, Dar, Bonnie, Cheyenne, | Sagebrush , John Patmos , Dr. Pitchfork , & a few more just cant cover that much in todays Dollars.

So, we'll just sit back and watch the country go into the "Shitter", and know why it did it. At least we have a "Crap Load" of money to wipe our Ass with......!
Nov 29, 2010 at 10:17 PM | Unregistered CommenterTexas Dar
When we're in the barrel, WATCH OUT!! Some fool will pull the trap door.
Might enjoy this:

Apr 2, 2011 at 12:18 AM | Unregistered CommenterTR
General Motors - putting planned obsolescence first!
Dec 22, 2011 at 5:09 PM | Unregistered Commenteryaridanjo
George Soros, Godfather Of The Left Gives $550 Million To Liberal Causes

The reader should be reminded that the 'generosity' of Soros' giving to subversive organizations is made possible due to your tax-exempt subsidies granted to him through his tax-free foundations. Is this what Lenin meant by "They'll sell the rope to hang themselves" ?
Dec 22, 2011 at 9:55 PM | Unregistered CommenterChasVoice
My Chevy Tahoe '96 was manufactured in Mexico...FUCK OFF GM.
Dec 22, 2011 at 11:16 PM | Unregistered Commenterdippity doo
So,because GM got a bailout as a FAILING US ideological icon that should have been bankrupted,broken up and divided via free market capitalist fundamentals;



Dec 22, 2011 at 11:36 PM | Unregistered Commenterdippity doo
GM - You ARE Heavy, and you sure as HELL ain't my Brother!

Gack - A lot of GD nerve!
Dec 23, 2011 at 4:22 PM | Unregistered CommenterSeaSide
........."Holy Crap".......look how much has changed in just 1 year.......? Dar was Hot one year ago. Now im just Pissed........! Dident think it was gona get this BAD.....?
Dec 23, 2011 at 8:31 PM | Unregistered CommenterTexas Dar
Given the background history of the song,I find the use of "He Ain't Heavy He's My Brother",especially crass and disgusting.

Dec 25, 2011 at 7:29 PM | Unregistered CommenterBlueRepublican

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