Tesla lays off 14,000 as stock plummets 31%

“As we prepare the company for our next phase of growth, it is extremely important to look at every aspect of the company for cost reductions and increasing productivity,” Musk said in the memo obtained by CNBC.

“As part of this effort, we have done a thorough review of the organization and made the difficult decision to reduce our headcount by more than 10% globally,” the memo said.

The memo was first reported by Electrek.

Tesla had 140,473 employees as of December 2023.

Tesla shares have taken a bruising in recent months, falling 31% year to date.


Best morning-after assessment I’ve seen so far

“Iran side: Iran is celebrating a successful retaliation. They responded to the attack on their Embassy in Syria. They showcased their military capabilities. They showcased powerful hypersonic missiles. Iran shows it is a force in the region. Iran saves face.

“Israel side: CNN: “No reports of injuries directly through Iranian strikes” and “Israel’s military says 99% of weapons fired by Iran intercepted” and finally “The US assessment is that Iran’s attacks had been largely unsuccessful.” Israel’s Air Defense is strong. US Air Defense is strong (MIC sales $$$). Israel saves face.

“US/Biden WH: Neocons want Iran war. Biden is a neocon, but a neocon trying to get re-elected. Any other time in his Presidency and Biden would be all in…BUT Jake Sullivan who runs Biden’s foreign policy is a campaign guy at heart, and he knows war with Iran would sink Biden’s re-election. They opted for a calibrated response/defense, with an off-ramp for all sides.”


It all feels like a show. Iran got to saber rattle without doing any damage. Bibi promises swift response but doesn’t. RINO hawks on Fox News all night long, screaming for war with Iran. As a friend remarked, “Imagine if McCain were still alive.”

Biden tells Bibi to stand down.

IDF chief praises CENTCOM chief for defensive effort.

Why is the Commander of CENTCOM on the ground in Israel on the brink of Iranian counterstrike?

TEL AVIV—Israel is preparing for a direct attack from Iran on southern or northern Israel as soon as Friday or Saturday, according to a person familiar with the matter. Iran has publicly threatened to retaliate for an attack last week in Damascus, Syria, that Tehran said was an Israeli airstrike on a diplomatic building. The strike killed top Iranian military officials, including a senior member of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps’ elite Quds Force.
Earlier this week, U.S. intelligence reports showed that an attack on Israeli assets by Iran or its proxies could be imminent, but a source says it now appears that the attack could be within Israel’s borders. A U.S. official with knowledge of the matter said Thursday that American intelligence reports indicate an Iranian retaliatory strike within days, “possibly on Israeli soil” as opposed to Israeli interests elsewhere.
On Thursday, the American Embassy in Israel said U.S. government employees and family members would be restricted from any personal travel…until further notice. Gen. Michael Erik Kurilla, commander of U.S. Central Command, which is responsible for military operations in the Middle East, was in Israel on Thursday, defense officials said.

Juice took the juice. Juice pushed the juice. Juice got turbo cancer.

God rest his soul. I hope he repented.

Most of the headlines mention a “battle” with cancer.

I don’t think it was much of a battle. This was just a few weeks ago, Superbowl Sunday:

And here he is shaming you into getting the jab, you grandma killer:



The demons were out in the AZ Legislature today

In case the lying media have you fooled, please know that abortion is totally legal in Arizona. The 1864 law was stayed for two weeks, and it is a foregone conclusion the stay will be extended until the November election, where it will be on the ballot as an amendment to the state constitution, and worded in such a way that there will be way more abortions in Arizona than there ever have been before. But enjoy the video.


New poll: 83% of Americans have no intent to buy an EV

How many of you are old enough to remember when we told the government to take this metric system and shove it? It was literally the one positive thing that happened during the Carter administration. I can tell you for certain that in the 1970s, nobody knew we already didn’t have a country anymore. More like 1913, if you really want to know. More on that later. For now, let’s enjoy a little polling. Be sure to click the link to get the dirty deets. I love the smell of fossil fuels in the morning.












Transferred Feast of the Annunciation: Let us take Mary’s bearing, and have it be done unto us according to His word

Blessed Feast, everyone!

Every year this feast recalls anew Mary’s reply to God’s angelic messenger: “Behold the handmaid of the Lord, be it done unto me according to thy word.” Every work of the Creator is called to perfection, and perfection consists in obedience. The heavens and the earth inevitably announce the glory of God, but to human beings alone God granted a free will to serve Him. At the Annunciation, the obedience of Mary brought Christ down on earth to save fallen humanity. we, too, are called upon to co-operate with the Creator. The glory of God awaits our human word of obedient consent.


(Today is one of the very few days of the year that the Gospel reading is exactly the same in the TLM and the Novus Ordo. -nvp)

GOSPEL (Luke 1:26-38)
At that time, the angel Gabriel was sent from God into a city of Galilee, called Nazareth, To a virgin espoused to a man whose name was Joseph, of the house of David: and the virgin’s name was Mary. And the angel being come in, said unto her: “Hail, full of grace, the Lord is with thee: blessed art thou among women.” Who having heard, was troubled at his saying and thought with herself what manner of salutation this should be. And the angel said to her: “Fear not, Mary, for thou hast found grace with God. Behold thou shalt conceive in thy womb and shalt bring forth a son: and thou shalt call his name Jesus. He shall be great and shall be called the Son of the Most High. And the Lord God shall give unto him the throne of David his father: and he shall reign in the house of Jacob for ever. And of his kingdom there shall be no end.”
And Mary said to the angel: “How shall this be done, because I know not man?” And the angel answering, said to her: “The Holy Ghost shall come upon thee and the power of the Most High shall overshadow thee. And therefore also the Holy which shall be born of thee shall be called the Son of God. And behold thy cousin Elizabeth, she also hath conceived a son in her old age: and this is the sixth month with her that is called barren. Because no word shall be impossible with God.” And Mary said: “Behold the handmaid of the Lord: be it done to me according to thy word.””

Folks, get right with God. Do what it takes to assume the bearing of “be it done to me according to thy word.” And then live every breath knowing  it might be your last. Love of the Law is the key to knowing and loving God.

For those of you getting stink eye from certain people, simply for noting the fact of the X eclipse today, take note that the Creator of the Universe, in the 14th verse of Scripture, told us why He created the Sun and the Moon:

“And God said: Let there be lights made in the firmament of heaven, to divide the day and the night, and let them be for signs, and for seasons, and for days and years.” – Gen 1:14

To know Him is to love Him.