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Where there’s a drill there’s a way

Looks like Nancy Pelosi is finally starting to see the light on the energy crisis. Yeah it’s a flip-flop but that’s nothing new for a Democrat. At least the final flop is in our direction:

Pelosi may allow vote on drilling

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The beautiful mind of a House Speaker

Ever wanted to peek into the head of Nancy Pelosi — just to aim an X-ray through the ol’ botox and see what swims around in that cerebral cortex of hers? David Rogers at Politico has written a little piece that touches upon her ambitions, her hopes… and her predilection for coordinates:

“I have always loved longitude,” Nancy Pelosi says before breaking into laughter. “I love latitude; it’s in the stars. But longitude, it’s about time. … Time and clocks and all the rest of that have always been a fascination for me.”

Time is indeed fascinating. Here’s a fun and interesting exercise: look at the clock on your wall right now.  See that ‘seconds’ hand ticking off?  With each tick, a group of lawmakers at 38 latitude and 77 longitude have spent another dollar of your tax money! And you thought science wasn’t cool…

Now let’s have a look at Pelosi’s take on a debate that rages in the hallowed halls of Congress at this very moment — the energy crisis:

With fewer than 20 legislative days before the new fiscal year begins Oct. 1, the entire appropriations process has largely ground to a halt because of the ham-handed fighting that followed Republican attempts to lift the moratorium on offshore oil and gas exploration. And after promising fairness and open debate, Pelosi has resorted to hard-nosed parliamentary devices that effectively bar any chance for Republicans to offer policy alternatives.

I’m trying to save the planet; I’m trying to save the planet,” she says impatiently when questioned. “I will not have this debate trivialized by their excuse for their failed policy.”

This, folks, is Section X: Page 12 of the Democrat playbook: Pretend you’re the lone champion of a healthy earth and the only party who cares about clean air and water. Then use that position to self-righteously defend any attempts to actually ease the burdens you have placed on everyday Americans through past do-gooder legislation.

But let’s not assume the woman is shallow. As we’ll soon see, there are many layers to the onion that is Nancy Pelosi. In addition to a penchant for science, the House leader has a literary side:

Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich (R-Ga.) promoted futurists such as Alvin Toffler; Pelosi sails the mythical voyages of Italian novelist Umberto Eco.

In case you’re not familiar with this author, he is an expert on medieval aesthetics who has described the Middle Ages as “a geometrically rational schema of what beauty ought to be, and on the other [hand] the unmediated life of art with its dialectic of forms and intentions”. This echos what I and I’m sure many of you have thought about that period as well.

But lest you assumed Democrats were dry and boring… they do have a sense of humor:

The Colombian writer Gabriel Garcia Marquez is such a favorite that Pelosi’s staffers joke about what she would do if the Nobel laureate were to call about the Colombian Trade Agreement bottled up in the House.

Ba dump bump!

Pelosi then goes on to defend her endorsement of an alternate energy plan crafted by the Democrat’s favorite sworn enemy-turned-friend, T. Boone Pickens:

“We find our common ground on reducing our dependence on foreign oil, and he is a visionary for the future in terms of wind power,” Pelosi says of Pickens.

Hey it always helps to draw upon your area of expertise. Bush knows oil, Nancy and her gang know wind

To put her next statement in perspective, let’s turn to Section IV, Page 7 of that same dog-eared playbook: Reference the children, the poor and the elderly as often as possible and pronounce your opponents the diabolical foes of these groups.

“Listen,” she laughs, “I go on the floor of the House every day and deal with people who don’t want to give health care to poor little children in America. We’re trying to get a job done. This is a giant kaleidoscope. One day you and I are on the same side. The next day it’s the two of us against you.”

Close your playbooks, please.  If nothing else is learned here we at least see that Democrats have become a complete caricature of themselves. I’m talking about the cheesy, airbrushed state-fair variety. This is the type of Democrat thinking that Joe Lieberman has so adamantly railed against in recent opinion pieces.

Here’s a way you can really help, Nancy… and I’ll put it in terms that you understand. The parents of these “poor little children” would like to be able to commute back and forth to their jobs without spending a week’s worth of grocery money on gas. Are you going to look these children in the eyes and tell them their mommies and daddies are going to have to to wait for the wind to blow? Or are you going to lift a ridiculous ban that prevents us from utilizing our own resources — resources that China and Cuba are now tapping into just 50 miles off OUR shores –so that these children can maybe have a little more food on their table?

Just using some of your own heartstring persuasion tactics here, Speaker Pelosi. This is actually kind of fun.

Now, look into those sad little eyes, Nancy, and give these children an answer…



Are you smiling or is it just gas?

The petro plummet continues:

NEW YORK — Oil prices tumbled below $130 a barrel for the first time in more than a month Thursday, as crude’s dramatic slide entered a third day accompanied by a sharp sell-off in natural gas.

So this sharp decline should be good news for consumers right? Not if you are the AP:

The declines accelerated amid growing concerns that the weakening economy and creeping inflation are eroding demand for fossil fuels in the U.S. and other large energy-consuming nations.

Just so that we understand the situation in MSMspeak: the sudden 10% drop in oil prices since Monday is not to be seen as a sign of hope. It’s to be seen as yet another sign that our economy is in the tank.

To further break it down:

  • Oil up  = proof of weak economy
  • Oil down  = proof of weak economy

Simple as that. Now turn that smile upside down and be on your unmerry way…



A crude analysis

Hmmmm….. apparently the “evil” oil industry is not immune to market forces after all.

July 16 (Bloomberg) — Crude oil futures fell more than $4 a barrel in New York after a surprise increase in U.S. inventories and as a slowing U.S. economy sapped demand for energy.

Note two key words in the following paragraph.

Supplies rose 2.95 million barrels to 296.9 million barrels last week, an Energy Department report showed. Stockpiles were forecast to drop 2.2 million barrels, according a Bloomberg News survey. Fuel demand averaged 20.3 million barrels a day in the past four weeks, down 2 percent from 2007, the department said.

[…] Oil today fell as low as $132 a barrel, more than 10 percent below the record of $147.27 reached on July 11. A drop of that magnitude is commonly referred to as a correction.

Supply and demand — it has always worked and it always will. Granted, the spike in supply in this case may be attributed to reports that Saudi Arabia has recently begun boosting it’s oil production. But it doesn’t matter where the suppply comes from — just the fact that there is more oil on the market is enough to lower prices. Don’t buy into the media mishmash — it’s not the dollar that is controlling fuel prices. Nor is it ‘speculation’. It’s the same laws of economics that have been in effect from the beginning of civilization.

And contrary to what the Dems would have us believe, there is no Darth Vader in this story. The primary reason oil has risen so sharply is due to simple lack of competition. This is no conspiracy crafted by grim-faced CEO’s and Saudi princes sitting around mahogony tables in dark smoke-filled rooms. But if you insist on believing in that, I’ve got a treat for you: I’m giving away free tin-foil hats and alfalfa sprouts so that you can be prepared as you sit in your bunker and await the New World Order.

There is nothing sinister and mysterious about the oil industry, folks. This is good old-fashioned economics at work.

Not surprisingly, Bloomberg has failed to credit the President’s lifting of the coastal drilling ban as being a factor in this sudden drop. But I guarantee it has gotten the attention of the futures market. I further guarantee that in the infinitely unlikely scenario of Nancy’s gang suddenly ceasing pump-politics and lifting the drilling ban themselves there would be an even further drop.  Futures traders don’t have to see the rigs in front of their eyes before they will act. Just the news alone that we will be building more of them (and yes, more refineries) will be enough to start a decline in prices. And as the futures market goes, so eventually will OPEC and the non-OPEC exporters.

So what about alternatives like natural gas and wind? Wonderful! Let’s pursue those as well. Give oil companies the green-light to drill off the coast and get some of the alternatives in development and soon we no longer have an energy crisis. I’m not radiacally pro-oil… just pro-competition.

“Oh geez give me a break , it’s not THAT simple!” Yeah, actually I think it might be… you can complicate it if you’d like but one thing I’ve observed over the years is that the free market works… and no industry is exempt.



A start

The Prez is finally taking action on offshore drilling. Your move now, Congress:

WASHINGTON — President Bush will lift an executive ban on offshore oil drilling, although new oil exploration on the Outer Continental Shelf will remain off limits until Congress also takes action.

The president will make a Rose Garden statement on Monday, where he is expected to announce his lifting of the ban.

Full story:

Bush to Lift Executive Ban on Offshore Oil Drilling



Pelosi’s petro pickle

As the Democrats were poised to take the helm in the 2006 elections, Nancy Pelosi wrote the following in a press-release addressing the nation’s energy woes:

Democrats have a common-sense plan to help bring down skyrocketing gas prices by cracking down on price-gouging; rolling back the billions of dollars in taxpayer subsidies, tax breaks and royalty relief given to big oil and gas companies; and increasing production of alternative fuels.

Now two years after revealing her “common sense” solution, Pelosi is passing the buck — four of them at last count:

SAN FRANCISCO (KGO) — Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi wrapped up her San Francisco holiday weekend Monday with a blast at President Bush. The topic — the price of oil. Gasoline has more than doubled since the Bush administration took office she says.

San Francisco’s Meals on Wheels turns out more than 1,300 meals a day to seniors. But now there has been a dramatic rise in expenses.

“Our costs have gone up 40 percent, but even more so, the indirect costs of driving food costs is really taking a big hit on us. Almost a nine percent increase in food costs in just one year,” says Ashley McCumber of Meals on Wheels.

McCumber joined Speaker Pelosi Monday to dramatize the tough times businesses are having because of fuel costs. The speaker blames what she labels the Bush-Cheney big oil agenda, using graphics to point out gasoline prices have more than doubled in the Bush administration.

This is a scam of the greatest magnitude,” says Speaker Pelosi.

Truer words have never spilled forth from her botox lips. In fact, that last statement would look great hanging over the door of DNC headquarters.

What Nancy failed to mention in her fancy presentation is that the biggest surge at the pump occurred after her Democrats assumed control of congress. Here’s a little fancy chart of our own:

pelosi_premium

Yes, things are certainly looking up… vertical even.  Maybe this is part of the reason Pelosi’s Congress has now set a new precedent according to the pollsters at Rasmussen:

The percentage of voters who give Congress good or excellent ratings has fallen to single digits for the first time in Rasmussen Reports tracking history. This month, just 9% say Congress is doing a good or excellent job. Most voters (52%) say Congress is doing a poor job, which ties the record high in that dubious category

Congrats! Definitely breaking bold new ground here. For nostalgia sake, let us hearken back to the inspiring speech Pelosi gave in January 2007 after being elected as Speaker:

The election of 2006 was a call to change — not merely to change the control of Congress, but for a new direction for our country.

And we have indeed taken a new direction… hope you folks brought your parachutes.



Apocolypse now… film at 11

I got a good chuckle out of this one. The AP has apparently grown impatient with the piecemeal approach and gone straight for the jugular with this catch-all, fear-mongering headline for all time:

EVERYTHING SEEMINGLY IS SPINNING OUT OF CONTROL

And this puppy does cover everything —  just name your nightmare and chances are it is included in this article. Armed with this you’ll never need another newspaper or newscast to scare you within an inch of your life again. Just a quick scan though this piece every morning should guarantee you’ll remain in a fetal position for the rest of the day.

Here’s how it starts:

Midwestern levees are bursting. Polar bears are adrift. Gas prices are skyrocketing. Home values are abysmal. Air fares, college tuition and health care border on unaffordable. Wars without end rage in Iraq, Afghanistan and against terrorism.

Horatio Alger, twist in your grave.

Whew! Why even get out of bed?

And lest you rugged individualists out there think you are immune:

The can-do, bootstrap approach embedded in the American psyche is under assault. Eroding it is a dour powerlessness that is chipping away at the country’s sturdy conviction that destiny can be commanded with sheer courage and perseverance.

Under assault by whom? Themselves of course! What is not mentioned here is that the sense of “dour powerlessness” is being planted and nurtured in the American psyche on a daily basis by none other than the MSM and their liberal buddies.

The AP even keeps a report card of their own progress:

Even so, a battered public seems discouraged by the onslaught of dispiriting things. An Associated Press-Ipsos poll says a barrel-scraping 17 percent of people surveyed believe the country is moving in the right direction. That is the lowest reading since the survey began in 2003.

BARREL SCRAPING! High fives around the office — a job well done!

Seriously folks, the mind not only is a powerful thing to waste…. it is a powerful thing, period. There is always a misconception among any generation that things are worse in their particular time than they have ever been in the past. Fact is this country has weathered wars, disease, recessions and natural disasters for over 230 years. These events, in fact, span the history of mankind. None of them are harbingers of doom in themselves, they just make up part of the tapestry that we call life.

What has really changed if anything is our perspective. In the media we now have an entire industry that thrives on our uncertainty about the future. Ever notice some of the slogans? “DEPEND on us” they often will say – and dependency is exactly what they want. To help their cause they have found great advantage in teaming with a certain political party who has managed to build a voter base entirely out of fear and loathing. Together they have half the nation in a perpetual state of paranoia screaming for change and a comforting arm around their shoulder. Of course, none of these institutions have an interest in real change for the better… they would be out of work if this ever happened.

What we really need then is balance in our lives. Not balance the way the libs normally mean it, but balance of good news to help put the bad in better perspective.

One of my favorite daily stops is a site called HappyNews.com. It’s a politically neutral news outlet dedicated to spreading a little sunshine your way (heck they even have a guy in a sunshine suit for their mascot). Some of their stories are from the MSM and some from their own writers but all have a positive slant. Sometimes I even take a week off from the gloom and doom and read nothing BUT HappyNews.

Try it for a week — just turn off CNN and find a happier source for your daily information. The results might amaze you. If nothing else you will see that you don’t NEED the mainstream media anywhere near as much as they would have you think.

This is not some pollyanna form of therapy — just a refocus of attention. Bad things will always happen but trust me you’ll enjoy your life and get a lot more accomplished if your glass is half full.