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Having lived through more than my share of hurricanes, and coming from the culture that gave y’all the word in the first place, I offer up prayers for y’all’s safety, and hope that y’all are taking plenty of precautions!!
And I really meant it when I say “taking ALL precautions”.
Take care, stay safe, and above all, do NOT become a Rider of the Storm!!
Sometimes I read an article and have to wonder at the wilful blindness of the writer. Take this one, for example:
California’s average gasoline price set a record Saturday of $4.614 for a gallon of regular, up 12.8 cents overnight – but anyone who filled up in the last few days probably isn’t surprised.
Gasoline prices skyrocketed after the Exxon Mobil refinery in Torrance was knocked offline Monday by a power outage. Other lingering refinery and pipeline problems also contributed to the soaring costs at the pump.
Gas goes up over 12 cents overnight, and they think it’s due to a refinery being offline for a couple of days? How appalling. It’s almost as if they don’t know that the last refinery built in the US was in 1976, or that envirowhackjobs have prevented the further manufacture of any refineries in this country, or that several refineries are so out of date that it would be far more economical to completely shut them down than to upgrade them as per California standards and rules.
Analysts say prices might begin leveling off next week as fuel traders digest the news that the Exxon refinery returned to service on Friday. But other refinery difficulties and maintenance could keep California’s prices significantly above those in other parts of the nation.
You know, I would be laughing in their face and rejoicing in what they are reaping, if not for the fact that everything they mandate seeps out to the rest of the country.
Oregon officials were successful in getting permission to kill sea lions that feed on protected salmon trying to swim upriver to spawn. Now they want federal approval to shoot a sea bird that eats millions of baby salmon trying to reach the ocean.
In an April 5 letter to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service obtained by The Associated Press, Oregon Wildlife Chief Ron Anglin says harassment has “proved insufficient” in controlling double-crested cormorants, and officials want the option of killing some of the birds.
Oregon needs federal approval to start shooting double-crested cormorants because the birds are protected under the Migratory Bird Treaty Act.
I can’t make this crap up, not even while drinking. This isn’t a question of what is best for the environment. This is a question of money. After all, people will pay a hell of a lot of money for Pacific salmon, but who the hell would pay for a cormorant? The fact that these are the same people that built the dams that started killing off the salmon in the first place, which necessitated restocking of the fish, which attracted sea lions to the local smorgasbord, which caused the government to kill the sea lions, causing the salmon population to explode, giving the cormorants a chance at the banquet, making themselves a nuisance and causing the government to once more step in to “save” what they themselves endangered in the first place, completely escapes them.
First rule of Darwin Fight Club?? Survival of the fittest. Stop controlling them, and let them at it.
I hear cormorants taste like chicken.
Hat tip: Hubby
(Guest post by Anonymous)
In today’s political climate, liberals are known for being for social issues whereas conservatives are known for business issues. But is that really true? Let’s consider the strange case of the Permian Basin. For those not familiar with it, the Permian Basin is a sedimentary basin largely contained in the western part of the U.S. state of Texas and the southeastern part of the state of New Mexico. It reaches from just south of Lubbock, Texas, to just south of Midland and Odessa, extending westward into the southeastern part of the adjacent state of New Mexico. It is so named because it has one of the world’s thickest deposits of rocks from the Permian geologic period. It is also a large oil and natural gas producing area.
For the most part, Republicans have far outweighed Democrats in the area. In some areas, Democrats are like an endangered species. Almost everything that happens in the Permian Basin is tied to oil and natural gas production. Therefore, the economic booms and busts in the area are directly tied to the price of oil. When the price of oil goes up, the area experiences a boom and conversely when the price of oil is low, it experiences a bust.
The economic booms when they happen bring great wealth to the area. So much it generally leads to people pissing away the money on frivolous things. Then when the inevitable bust happens, people go bankrupt, and lose their business, their jobs and their houses. The rate of unemployment shoots sky-high and most communities experience a loss of population.
Even though communities in the Basin have tried mightily to diversify economic factors, the single most likely indicator continues to be oil. Likewise, in the general economy of the nation as a whole, oil is a major factor is economic well-being. When the price of oil is low, the overall economy does well. When it is high, we usually experience a recession. This is the exact opposite of what happens in the Permian Basin.
Funny how the world works. By “the world” I mean politics, and by “works” I mean “screws”. Just last week the U. S. State Department recommended that the Keystone XL pipeline project be denied. Their reason for the denial was that there was not enough time to study the proposal by February 2i, 2012. Nevermind that the State Dept. “has been conducting a transparent, thorough, and rigorous review of TransCanada’s permit application for the proposed Keystone XL Pipeline project” since 2008. The deadline is just too soon!! But as Newton said, for every action there is an equal and opposite reaction:
Warren Buffett’s Burlington Northern Santa Fe LLC is among U.S. and Canadian railroads that stand to benefit from the Obama administration’s decision to reject TransCanada Corp.’s Keystone XL oil pipeline permit.
I find it funny that Berkshire Hathaway, Warren Buffett’s company, just happens to be centralized in Omaha, Nebraska, the very state where the envirowhackos have claimed the pipeline would destroy wetlands and agricultural productivity. As we all know, that’s the government’s job, not the pipeline’s. Oh, and if you think it’s about environmental issues, think again.
The rail option, though costlier, would lessen the environmental impact, such as a loss of wetlands and agricultural productivity, compared to the pipeline, according to the State Department analysis. Greenhouse gas emissions, however, would be worse.
So it’s ok to protect the wetlands from the evul Canuck pipeline, the study of which the State Dept. claims would take too long before the Obama Administration deadline, but not ok to protect it from greenhouse emissions that can suffocate it, right? I guess dealing with a railroad bottleneck effect, more pollution, and higher transportation costs is better than providing much needed job creation and income stability to Americans.
At least Mr. Buffett gets to profit. From the government. With our money.
Or rather, falling on a sword:
Energy Secretary Steven Chu said Thursday that the buck stopped with him over the half-billion dollar loan made to California solar company Solyndra, using a hearing on Capitol Hill to take responsibility for the failed investment while continuing to defend his actions as not politically motivated.
This imbroglio just keeps getting thicker, and that is only aided by partisan hackery, of course.
[Rep. Diana DeGette (D-CO)] complained about the recent Republican decision to issue a subpoena to the White House over Solyndra despite “good-faith efforts” by the White House to comply.
What “good faith efforts”? Ignoring a subpoena is not a “good faith effort” by any definition. That falls under “obstruction” where I come from. But Chu is putting up some sort of fight, just enough to save Department face. However, the fact that he approved a restructuring of Solyndra’s debt that allowed two private investors to move ahead of taxpayers won’t look good for him, especially in light of his insisting that taxpayers still are first in line. He does keep pushing the AGW Koolaid™, though.
“When it comes to the clean energy race, America faces a simple choice: compete or accept defeat. I believe we can and must compete,” he said.
Compete?? COMPETE?? If there were anything to “compete” in, we wouldn’t need subsidies in the “clean energy” field, would we??
Yes, I’m aware of the spelling. It serves two purposes: 1) I am NOT endorsing the popular site, and 2) those too moronic to misspell it will end up here, giving H&B more hits. I’m a genius that way.
Anyway, John over at Nobody Move! is on a staycation, and is blogging about the places he would like to visit. If you peruse his posts you will definitely see a pattern! I have a list if y’all recall, of things to do before I die, which includes travelling to far away places, too. But with high prices, TSA goons, and riots all over the world, a staycation makes more sense. My dad is what I call an armchair tourist. It’s enough for him to view videos/ DVDs about foreign places. His reasoning is, he has seen insert-place-here from ever possible angle from the air conditioned comfort of his recliner, so why go? I can hardly fault his logic.
I’ll admit, most of the places on my list are tropical in nature, but with the heat this summer, I have been thinking more along the lines of Antartica.
So, my friends, where would y’all like to spend your staycation?
Well, in all fairness, we have known for a long time that the European Union is a one-world nation-state too weenie to fight the thuggery masquerading as political correctness. But the Commission has never, ever been this bold in its plans to establish a One World Order:
EU to ban cars from cities by 2050
Cars will be banned from London and all other cities across Europe under a draconian EU masterplan to cut CO2 emissions by 60 per cent over the next 40 years.
That’s right: they want to force Europeans into giving up their cars, and taking the rail. And even air travel will be restricted. The plan is to get rid of all conventional fuel cars in all cities. All, not just metro areas. Because by Gaia, you will bow down to your new priests’ commandments.
The Commission stressed that only conventionally fueled vehicles would be banned, but this is only the first boulder down the slippery slope. Hybrid and electric cars will also be affected, once the EC figures out (if they haven’t already) that plugging the little suckers in sockets drains precious solar and wind generated electricity, since coal will in all likely hood be banned by then.
In a rare bit of insight, Hugh Blandon, spokesman for the Association of British Drivers said, “If he wants to bring everywhere to a grinding halt and plunge us into the new dark age, he is on the right track. We have to keep things moving. The man is off his rocker.”
Not even the Smart Car, that wonderful feat of engineering which combined mode of transportation and last resting place, can save the EU now.
Hopefully, the UK is finding its bollocks.
- Necessity is the plea for every infringement of human freedom. It is the argument of tyrants; it is the creed of slaves. — William Pitt
All day yesterday we kept hearing about how we in South Texas were going to get snow, zomg, blah, blah, blah. Ok, admittedly, compared to some of our readers to the North, this is mild. Ok, this is nothing. But for my town, this is history in the making:
I got a call from the school district’s automated system at 5:00 AM (because Deity forbid anyone with a pulse at the office be awake at that hour) to tell the parents there would be no school today. Well, understandable, considering under the snow is a sheet of ice, and we have no plows or salt or even sand to help with it. The Sounds of Silence outside are deafening
As for me, I plan to go out of my mind get drunk and hide bang my head against the table keep the kids entertained, as I help Hubby get ready to leave this Sunday. Oh, the joy…the rapture!!!
What are y’all doing on this balmy Friday?
It is now 27* F ( -3*C to you metric peeps) with a wind chill factor of -2* F (even colder in metric). The wind is howling outside, making the little dog yap at every…single…noise. I have been wearing two layers of clothing all day, and am ready to boil my skin before getting in bed. This weather is recockulous, and I can honestly say, I can’t wait for summer, when I am five blocks from the Sun.
Teh Goron has a ring reserved in Hell for this shit.