Friday, December 25, 2009

Monday, December 21, 2009

For Example...

In a recent post I reviewed Newt Gingrich's book about the "energy crisis" and what can be done to free us from dependence on foreign energy sources and do so now. Part of the book dealt with obstructions to our use of our own natural resources. In general, it speaks of the environmental extremists, AKA "wackos", who are making an appearance now in Copenhagen. That's really kinda funny considering they are protesting other wackos.

But wackos aren't the only obstructionists. Of course, there are those who would profit by the status quo. This article suggests who some of these scumbags might be. Some, like Dan, would have us believe that the energy producers of this country are the evil doers who should be of great concern to us. He would not want only industry people deciding how to oversee and guide big oil/coal to do the right thing. I think they're doing OK as it is. Who would watch over them honestly? Those highlighted in the article? How can we properly check out and qualify those who would watch the industry people?

That oil/coal/natural gas/nuclear people are looking to make profits by providing energy is no secret. It's not even wrong. Assuming they can't be trusted to do that in an ethical manner is. The article points out those that aren't quite acting out of concern for America, the environment or anything else like that. Money is driving many of those on the "green" side of these issues. Al Gore is making mounds of money preaching his global warming crap. Scientists and researchers depend on grants given only to those who further the "consensus" opinion. And we know that third world, despot-lead countries are foaming at the mouth at the thought of US dollars spent to "level the playing field" that is the "fight against climate change". All the while, we go broke, and our enemies get richer with funds we could be spending at home. (More "brilliance", I suppose.)

Of course, it is only fair to say that there are truly sincere people amongst the greenies who really believe that the world would be a better place without technology, that we should back off on "consumerism" (as if that is all that drives progress) and go back to the land. I'm sure they'll feel just as strongly as their loved ones die because they couldn't peddle the bicycle fast enough to get them to a hospital. These people are simply deluded. Progress will bring negative aspects along with the positives, which in my opinion, far outweigh the bad and which we can mitigate as we go.

I am far more concerned with the motives of those who interfere with American industry tapping our resources. They assume evil intent on the part of those who bring about so much good, but ignore the alternatives that we all experienced before progress came about. What's worse, among them are the real evil ones who truly have only profits in mind as they work to prohibit that which can free us from dependence on foreign oil.

Is This What Brilliance Looks Like?

Take a look at this AmericanThinker blog posting. It's brief, but it speaks volumes as to the arrogance of Obama and other Copenhagen "leaders". As far as I know, only Halle Berry can control the weather. These fools, with our very own President Barry Obama among them, think they can actually "cap" the rate of temperature change on earth. Well, OK. I can do that in my home, though even when I set my thermostat, the temp has to drop a bit in order for the furnace to kick on, then, it actually ebbs a bit higher than the set temperature before it shuts down. What brilliance will be in play for the messiah to actually tell the sun to shine just a bit less?

How can anyone not look upon these idiots in Copenhagen as a collection of total buffoons and lunatics? I'm all for cleaner manufacturing, cars and trucks, less harmful emissions from our cattle, less pollution overall. Who isn't? But I in no way wish to ever be associated with anyone who actually thinks they can control the weather, who thinks man is capable of causing temperatures to rise to a level that would melt the polar ice caps, who thinks we have only 5, 10 or 15 years to act or we are all doomed. As the blog piece highlighted, Barry campaigned on such foolishness. Would not a brilliant man avoid such hyperbole? Would not a brilliant man see the stupidity of daring to make deals for controlling the rise of temperature? What if they fail? What then? How do they determine who's at fault and what is the price that must be paid? I'm sure that's an easy one. It'll be America's fault because for our president, so much of the world's ills are because of us. Whether that would be the case or not, I'm sure failure to cap temperature fluctuations will mean more of OUR tax dollars will be "redistributed".

How did this idiot become our president? How did so many of my fellow Americans become so stupid as to believe he should be?

Sunday, December 20, 2009

The Devil's in the Details

Randall Hoven once again dives into and explains just what hell is being foisted upon us with the Senate's passing of the BS Health Reform Bill. If anyone thought that there would be any problem getting holdouts like Nelson to get on board, they'll believe anything. (Of course, this isn't news as they are likely the same people who believed Obama was the better choice for president.)

Well, Nelson got a chunk o' change, like Landrieu did, as well as some concession or other on abortion funding, as if that's written in stone. I'm bettin' he voted for Obama, too.

What's worse is how the Constitution is totally ignored in all this. If these liars, frauds and posers can back this 2000 page abomination and pretend they have any right or mandate to do so, there's really nothing they won't try to do in the future. And, as if that isn't enough, they don't really care if this monstrous pile of waste will even do any of the things they say it will do as far as cost cutting, providing quality care or any of it. They are only concerned with being able to say that they "reformed" health care. The question is into what will it be formed? 2000 pages? Geez. I'll let people like Hoven figure it out.

Something else is being ignored. That would be the will of, as Dan likes to say, WE THE PEOPLE!!! I'm not one for polls, but when every poll imaginable (aside from those only polling Democrats in Congress) show the American people in stark opposition to this type of "reform", it's absolutely unconscionable that any politician would insist on supporting this travesty. All I can figure is that with all the bribery that is going on (it's easy to offer bribes when it's the people's money being offered), spurts of stimulus may result enough for the corrupt Dems to point to and claim success. Doubtless they'll ignore the downsides and/or cast blame elsewhere.

But there's some slim hope I suppose. If everyone keeps calling their reps and senators, perhaps enough of them will listen to reason or be too scared to be voted out next November. Chances are that when they resolve this crap with the crap the House excreted that some watered down form will be signed by the Butthead in Chief that will satisfy the aforementioned desire to say they've accomplished something. But the further it's pushed down the line, the more likely it will fail, and now is not the time to throw in the towel. Our future depends on it.

Saturday, December 12, 2009

Drill Now!

I’ve recently finished reading Newt Gingrich’s book, “Drill Here, Drill Now, Pay Less: A Handbook for Slashing Gas Prices and Solving Our Energy Crisis”. I’ve had it lying about for awhile. I think it came with a magazine subscription. In any case, I finally gave it a read and I must say that this man has a far better grasp of the situation than any lefty tree hugger or Gore-ite I’ve ever seen. He succinctly shows the errors in the arguments of the opposition as he supports the arguments he lays out.

I especially like how he shows what “WE THE PEOPLE” think. Gingrich is a founder of American Solutions for Winning the Future. Their purpose is obvious and they often run surveys to help them in this task. But their results are given in this way: Amongst Republicans (or conservatives), X% feel this way, and Y% feel that way. Amongst Democrats (or liberals), X% feel this way, and Y% feel that way. He does as much for the independents, too. This kind of breakdown gives a more accurate sense of what EVERYBODY feels about a given issue and helps to show that the issue being covered, or the solution for it, has true bipartisan appeal.

Gingrich shows how we got to this point and what needs to change in order to truly free ourselves from our reliance on foreign powers for our energy. But he doesn’t just talk about oil and coal, but alternatives as well. His position is that we need to study and utilize everything we can. Of course, oil, natural gas, coal and nuclear are proven and better than that, all sorts of improvements have been made in the acquisition, refinement and delivery of these fuels. But wind, solar, hydrogen and anything anyone can show to be of value should be researched and developed as well. The idea is being energy independent.

According to Newt’s research, we have enough oil and natural gas within our own territory that we really don’t need foreign oil. And the mere movement toward extracting that oil and gas will in and of itself have a positive impact on prices. This was shown to be true when George W. Bush lifted the presidential moratorium on off shore drilling. The announcement alone caused the price to drop as it lead speculators to figure Congress might lift there’s as well. Immediately, it affected supply just by Bush making the announcement.

And that’s pretty much an example of how easy we can pay less than we are now, and actual development of new refineries, real exploration with the purpose of extracting what’s found will only cause the price to drop further. And Newt shows how that’s already past the preparation stage and merely awaiting the environmental wackos to get the hell out of the way. What’s holding us back is bad government policy, regulation and litigation.

Newt believes that if we attacked this issue the same way we handled things during WWII, we can be well on our way to energy independence in far less than the ten years the lefty idiots think it’ll take. When we needed ships and planes and ammo to win the fight against Nazi fascism, we all pitched in and got the job done. We did it all and we did it all at once. The same attitude can solve the energy situation. All of our energy dollars will eventually be going back into our own country rather than into the pockets of those foreign powers that really don’t much care for us. We don’t need to use less oil. By the time we run out, we could have its replacement ready to go. Those two reasons alone are worth getting started. Call your reps now.

Here's something else you should know: Newt's ideas for stimulating the jobs situation is equally eluminating. Barry and Co don't have clue one about how business works. Less than ten percent of his administration has private sector experience. He still thinks more stimulus packages will do it. What a complete idiot. Go to AmericanSolutions.com and see what real solutions look like and for all you lefty Dem supporters, stop pretending the right-wing has no alternatives. Compared to what the right has, the left has only destruction in mind. Talk about taking us in the wrong direction! But the best part of AmericanSolutions is that they really welcome input from their readers and members.

Thursday, December 03, 2009

Summit, Schmummit!

This post can be found here. Read it. It's very good.