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Wednesday, November 30, 2005

Pants on Fire

I hate liars. I absolutely hate them. From the White House to the bum on the street I hate every single one. There is, however, one group of liars that I hate far more than the rest. Why do I hate this one group more? Because they have the true power of influence. This group is a small subsection of "news" outlets that bases their coverage not on what is going on, but instead on what their consumers want to hear. I am sure that many of you are immediately are thinking of Fox News and the New York Times, but in reality these sources are completely objective in comparison to one particular "news" source to which I a referring. That source: The Village Voice.

I always knew about The Village Voice, that is I knew of its existence. I also always assumed that it had liberal tendencies. However, I assumed it like I assume the New York Times has liberal tendencies, they are there, everyone knows they are there, but for the most part they behave themselves and stay on the opinion pages. Today I found out how wrong I was. I stumbled across an article via Google News that was titled "George Bush, Meet Reality- President's speech on Iraq strategy conjures a dreamworld." Now while that sets in let me remind you that this is the title of a news article. That's right, a news article that is showing opinion in the title.

The problems that I see here are not that opinion is being expressed, expressing opinion is a wonderfully American thing to do, but expressing that opinion and calling it news, is offensive, wrong and, in my opinion, un-American. I am well aware that saying it is un-American is a very large statement, but I truly believe it. The irresponsibility and selfishness of calling yourself a news outlet but spewing nothing but opinions based on misconstrued facts is appalling.

Would those that read the Village Voice still be against Bush and the war? One could certainly assume so, however that is not my qualm. By providing only opinion and not real news they are doing a disservice to their readers and American politics. Those that are exclusive readers of the Voice would be unable to truly debate an issue and would be restricted to arguing and not the "public discourse" (http://www.villagevoice.com/aboutus/) the Voice seems to espouse. Additionally the Voice never says outright that it is a liberal opinion site and not a news source.

On the other hand sites such as WorldNetDaily (http://www.worldnetdaily.com) and Townhall (http://www.townhall.com) seem to embrace their conservative view points, do not hide them, but in their news sections provide links to news articles by the Associated Press.

The Village Voice is commiting a disservice to its readers and America as a whole and it makes me sick. Opinions are necessary and important, but in a sense, it is more important that larger swaths of America are provided with unbiased news for them to make their own decision.



http://villagevoice.com/blogs/bushbeat/archive/002112.php

http://villagevoice.com/news/0549,ridgeway,70575,2.html




I got a wonderful email from a Canadian in regards to yesterday's Webpundit article I wrote. The email follows below.

Hi Paul,
I don’t think Duke Cunningham pleading guilty to corruption compares to what’s been happening up here.
No Canadian politician – past or present – has been tried in a court of law for any wrong-doing associated with our Adscam. A handful of advertising executives and one slimy government bureaucrat were tried and convicted, but they aren’t running for office. In fact, the Gomery report did not single out any of the men and women seeking office in this upcoming election. And Whether you believe it or not (and I’m not saying I do) – Gomery completely exonerated our current PM Paul Martin of any wrongdoing, and laid it squarely at the feet of our former PM (who is not running.) I have enough faith in our “parliamentary system” that if one of our Members of Parliament or a Cabinet Minister was convicted – or even charged – with corruption, they’d never run again.
All the best,
Chris

My response was that as a product of the Watergate years (though I was born long after, I believe that has influenced American political thought and the political environment of my home in my early childhood) the first thing that comes to my mind is that the Canadian politicians must be better at breaking the law than we are...

Tuesday, November 29, 2005

I added a new link at the left. It is a link to http://www.mozilla.com/. Go there and download Firefox, the only web browser you should be using.

"Good Fences Make Good Neighbors."

Its been a hard day to decide what to cover, there are many important things occurring in the world of politics so I am going to try to be as focused as possible. I will handle the Canadian and Cunningham corruption stories over at http://www.webpundit.net. However, in regard to those stories I must make one comment. Duke Cunningham is a hero. He absolutely is an American hero. He is also a criminal. He deserves to be treated as both. He should be charged and prosecuted, yet always respected for the wonderful things he has done in his life.


President Bush has been touting his guest worker plan that would allow illegal immigrants to work in the United States legally. Unfortunately the cure to solving the problem is unreachable. There is no cure. The United States will never be free of illegal immigrants, nor should we necessarily hope to. The biggest problem with the border situation is not those coming over to steal our jobs (because I don't know about you but I know very few Americans that are jealous they can't be assistant janitors in charge of toilets at Wal Mart) but instead the problem is the others that we know are crossing the border. As reported last week we know that terrorists have been caught at the border, but as we also know, many many more people make it across than are caught. The advantage of the Bush plan is multifold.

1) It is realistic. The impact on the American economy by forcing all illegals to leave would be devastating. Doing so would also be impossible and keeping them out would be even more difficult.

2) It creates a climate of safety and legality. If we allow "illegals" to enter and exit legally, the market for coyotes to assist the illegal transportation of people will diminish, this will result in it being less likely that they will be transporting those people that are out to hurt Americans and not help themselves.

A big aspect of this plan must be a comprehensive and AGGRESSIVE effort by the US government to seal off the border and severely prosecute those that come across illegally. It must be made a federal offense to illegally cross the border with HARSH punishments. The border must be sealed. Fence, wall, troops, however it is to be done, it must be done. There must be specific crossings where movement is allowed and regulated.

Robert Frost most certainly said it best when he said that "Good Fences make Good Neighbors."

Monday, November 28, 2005

I suck

I appologize for the lack of posts, with the holiday and work I have fallen FAR behind. BUT more are coming, look back over the next few days for an exciting series entitled "I have fallen far behind but more are coming."

It should be a good one.

On a side note I enjoy the lively debate on the side, keep it up. If there is anyone looking for more debate check out the link to lsfun on the left, it is an all purpose message board but often has political threads going as well.

Tuesday, November 22, 2005

Bush wants to Bomb me

How far are we willing to go? This isn't a rhetorical question, I am very interested in how far my readers would be willing to go to win this war. How many of our values do we compromise to "win?" (I have win in quotation marks because I do not believe it to be winable in a tradtional sense at this point.) In the most desirable situation, the obvious answer is none. But in reality is that doable?

Another disturbing fact has arisen concerning our conduct in the "war on terra." (does anyone else find it to be a coincidence that terra is another word for earth? hummm I wonder who Bush is really fighting here. Additionally is it me or do these disturbing facts just get more and more disturbing?) It is being reported that the Bush administration proposed bombing the Al-Jazeera headquarters in Qatar. Now this has not been confirmed, and I pray that it will be confirmed as false, however if I was a betting man, which I am, I would put my money on this being the truth. This also calls into question the previous "accidental" bombings of the Al- Jazeera headquaters in Kabul and Baghdad.

Do I believe that this strike was ordered? Unfortunately I must say that I do. I believe that the attacks on the Kabul and Baghdad were intentional as well. We have intentionally attacked news outlets in the past. During the war in Kosovo the United States intentionally bombed the Yugoslavian news network, this was clearly a military target, due to the fact that it was state run and clearly a propaganda wing of the government. Al-Jazeera is a different animal, it is "independent" and is not governmentally affiliated (it is truly independent, though not unbiased.) One cannot justify attacking an independent figure in a war. It is more than likely that the reporting of Al-Jazeera is encouraging terrorist attacks, however, if we attack them what makes us better than a terrorist from attacking CNN? (well not CNN but lets say FoxNews)

The line must be drawn somewhere, I am more than willing to allow for a little give and take durning war, one cannot expect to win by acting like police officers, however there are lines that have been crossed long ago that we should not accept.




In other news:

It has been confirmed that Al Qaeda members have been stopped on the boarder. Unfortunately as we well known many more people get across the boarder than get stopped. So that is good news. http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,176216,00.html


Jose Padilla was indicted finally. Chances are he committed some crime, though I have no clue what that crime may be. He was charged with as the New York Times reported "a plot to "murder, kidnap and maim" people overseas." So is he charged with conspiracy? So it is a huge BS charge basically... Good stuff, lets hold this guy in custody as long as we can and then charge him with something insane so we don't have to release him and look like idiots. http://www.nytimes.com/2005/11/22/politics/22cnd-terror.html?hp

Samsung has been hit hard in recent days. On Friday the Chairman's daughter was killed in a car crash http://english.chosun.com/w21data/html/news/200511/200511220024.html and today stocks crashed after Intel and Micron came to a deal to produce flash memory chips. Watch for a couple things: either someone to strike a deal with AMD to do the same AND watch HDTV prices PLUNGE after the holidays so that Samsung can have a good 1st quarter. http://www.newsday.com/business/nationworld/wire/sns-ap-asia-chip-makers,0,5492878.story?coll=sns-ap-business-headlines

Sunday, November 20, 2005

This post may not make much sense

New Face of Terrorism.

The United States faced a terrorist attack today. No one will identify it as such, but that is exactly what it was. A man walked into a Tacoma shopping mall and opened fire shooting at least six. This type of attack has been predicted by the FBI since before 9/11. The theory has been that al Queda would use gunman and suicide bombers to take over a shopping mall, detonating their bombs once the press arrived.

Today the first half of this came true. Why will this not be called a terrorist attack? Because the suspect is a white male in his 20s (at the time of this article, CNN is the only one reporting this, the AP is not). The theories have always involved middle eastern males, this has become the common definition or terrorism. If it does not fit into this rubric, the press considers it crime. Merriam-Webster defines terrorism as "The unlawful use or threatened use of force or violence by a person or an organized group against people or property with the intention of intimidating." If this does not meet those specifications, then only something on the scale of 9/11 seems to.

The result of this attack is yet to be seen. My guess is that, because it will not be called a terrorist attack, the effect will be minimal. One effect that I am guessing is a backlash against current gun control laws. The CNN report mentions immediately that the attacker was carrying an "assault rifle." Unfortunately the majority of Americans have no clue what this means. It does not mean it is an automatic weapon, it does not mean a weapon that is by definition more dangerous. Because of the way gun control laws are set up, this weapon is no more dangerous than any other weapon available. The label "assault weapon" was construed to make these weapons seem more deadly and dangerous than they really are.

Mo Money Mo Problems

It is being reported that al-Zarqawi's family has disowned him and may be considering killing him and collecting on the US reward. Additionally, there are some reports circulating that al-Zarqawi was killed in an attack in Mosul today. The government is saying that this is "highly unlikely" which is probably true because they have no freakin clue as to where he is.


Tricky Dick

Members of former Secretary of State Powell's office are reporting that Cheney provided "philosophical guidance" that made it acceptable to torture detainees. Well members of my office are reporting that I am providing "philosophical guidance" suggesting that anyone who gave orders to torture should be strung up by their scrotum (I don't think this will be a problem for anyone in that office, including Condi).


Sky Net

The UN is reporting that in a matter of years non-human devices will out number humans on the Internet, possibly providing an opportunity for minimal thought or intelligence. AWESOME, i can tell that this is going in the right direction. How many more movies have to come out that show how bad of an idea artificial intelligence is?



A lot of random stuff today I know, I don't really have the concentration to focus on one big thing, the Eagles game threw me off. If anyone has any story ideas, lay them on me.
On a side note we have hit a milestone of 500 hits a few days ago, not bad in my opinion! Two and a half weeks and I have 500 hits and over 100 unique visitors! I would love to get to 1000 hits by the end of this week so get the word out and pass the link around.

Saturday, November 19, 2005

How to make an A-Bomb, a recipe for disaster.

CNN.com is reporting on an IAEA report that Iran has obtained an A-bomb recipe. In a shocking turn of events, The Gentlemen Revolutionaries has also obtained that recipe. After much deliberation I have decided that the journalistic qualities of posting that recipe below far outweigh the possible risks of the recipe slipping into the wrong hands. If you are easily shocked, have a heart condition, or are like one of those ladies in old movies that faints too easily then I would suggest not reading any further.


Ok here it comes: How to make an A-Bomb, a recipe for disaster.

2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon salt
1 cup (2 sticks, 1/2 pound) butter, softened
3/4 cup granulated [white] sugar
3/4 cup packed brown sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 eggs
2 cups (12-ounce package) Semi-Sweet Chocolate Morsels
1 cup chopped nuts
COMBINE flour, baking soda and salt in small bowl. Beat butter, granulated sugar, brown sugar and vanilla in large mixer bowl. Add eggs one at a time, beating well after each addition; gradually beat in flour mixture. Stir in morsels and nuts. Drop by rounded tablespoon onto ungreased baking sheets.
BAKE in preheated 375-degree [Fahrenheit] oven for 9 to 11 minutes or until golden brown. Let stand for 2 minutes; remove to wire racks to cool completely.
PAN COOKIE VARIATION: PREPARE dough as above. Spread into greased 15"x10" jelly-roll pan. Bake in preheated 375-degree [Fahrenheit] oven for 20 to 25 minutes or until golden brown. Cool in pan on wire rack.
FOR HIGH ALTITUDE BAKING (>5,200 feet): INCREASE flour to 2 1/2 cups; add 2 teaspoonfuls water with flour; reduce both granulated sugar and brown sugar to 2/3 cup each. Bake at 375 degrees Fahrenheit, drop cookies for 8 to 10 minutes and pan cookies for 17 to 19 minutes.


THOSE BASTARDS. Look at their flagrant disregard of United Nations guidelines. Nuts? HOW DARE THEY! Who do they think they are? They know that many people are allergic to nuts but they blatantly disregard the risk.






Alright now that I have that out of my system lets talk about 08. I may be beating a dead horse here, well a dead horse that isn't even out of the gates yet, but I am very concerned about posturing by certain democrats. I am on a mailing list for Evan Bayh, a possible democratic candidate in 2008. For a long period of time the mailings were focused on how the moderates are the key to the election and how Bayh is their man. Recently, however, another group has launched liberals for Bayh. This group should not be called liberals for Bayh but instead should be called "liberals for their own agenda who are looking to hijack Evan Bayh because he is their best opportunity." Democrats PLEASE LISTEN, I have a strong desire for your victory, but I assure you, the quickest way to the destruction of the party would be to allow the liberal wing of it to hijack it once again. The republican nomination will be a moderate, with the Bush wing of the party is so deep in it they will not be able to field a viable candidate. If the Democrats don't play the same game they wont play for another 8 years

Thursday, November 17, 2005

This is not a post about the Iraq War

It really isn't. I mean it will be talking about how American Troops are there. It will be talking about the President's role in putting them there. It will be talking about the House and the Senate and Democrats and Republicans. It will be talking about secret prisons that the Iraqis have started and lastly it will be talking about the shit show that is going on over there. But I SWEAR, this is not a post about the Iraqi war.

No I am posting about congress and how they are doing their damnedest to save their asses. The Republicans in congress have finally realized that being in support of the Bush agenda is the quickest train to no-job town. So they are demanding what is already provided to them in the war powers act. So 3 years ago they ceded the war powers act to the President, let him mess up, and then decided they wanted it back when it was time to run for office... very smart.

The Democrats are going along doing their thing, which to be honest I can still not 100% figure out. They have taken little unified stance other than the war being wrong. We get it. The horse is dead. Try something new.

This is going to play out to be a big nothing in 06, everyone will appropriately cover their assess and that will be that. The 06 issue? Working on that one. I'll throw that up at the next post probably.

New one over at www.webpudit.net check it out

It has been a busy week but I promise a post tonight

Tuesday, November 15, 2005

Eat it McNabb

I am so disgusted with the Eagles. McNabb, stop trying to be a damn hero and go get your surgery, you have ended our season and it is no one's fault but yours. Sit your ass down, get your surgery and look to next year.

Monday, November 14, 2005

Finding myself.

I often have to reflect on where I stand politically. Who am I? More importantly WHAT am I?

I am socially liberal; I believe that person should be able to do basically whatever they want as long as it doesnt hurt anyone else.

I am fiscally conservative; I believe in low taxes, small government, and basically no federal spending.

I may not be a Democrat, they cant keep spending and taxes undercontrol. I am not a Republican, they cant keep spending and taxes undercontrol and are against personal freedom.

So lets move to the third parties:
Green- I think not, hell I used to drive a Camaro, and at the height of the gas issues I bought a car that is even less efficent.
Socialist- HA do I even need to dignify this? Now where is my check.
Prohibition Party- Wow these get even more absurd and I am even skipping the ones that are too far out there.

So that leaves me with one realistic party. Am I... a libertarian? Yes, sort of. The tough question is does one allign themself with a political party that is bound to not win the big one? (As a Philly sports fan the answer would seem to be an obvious yes) Or do you allign yourself with a party that can win and try to change it from the inside? There is no answer and if anyone has one, please let me know and I will post it up.

Couple of other things.

John McCain was just on the Daily Show being real good and avoiding questions about 2008 like a fox.
Here is a fun link about political parties http://www.politics1.com/parties.htm
And here is a fun (to me but probably not to anyone else) quiz about what political ideology you have: http://www.theadvocates.org/quiz.html


I am going to be posting more over at www.webpundit.net My posting here may slack a bit but I am going to try my hardest not to if there is ever not a post here just check over at Web Pundit and chance are there is something in my section over there. If I do slack it will probably go from 6 days a week here down to 4.

Sunday, November 13, 2005

Terrorism is bad umkay.

As we all know terrorism is bad and in reading the following you must keep in mind that I am in no way condoning terrorism.

So with a disclaimer like that you must be wondering where I am going with this so here it is: the attack in Jordan will have positive results worldwide. For the first time, terrorism is truly a world problem that all recognize as such. The attacks in Jordan will have far reaching implications; support for terrorists will begin to dry up and the security services will treat it as a threat and will not let terrorists operate with impunity.
The reaction of the Jordanian public is predictable but still encouraging. There is little question that the public tide is swinging against violence in the Middle East.

Perhaps more important though is the attack itself. It also signals a number of changes in the current situation. First it shows that the al-Zawahri has the ability to attack outside of Iraq. Second it shows that he has the desire to attack outside of Iraq. He is expanding his goals beyond Iraq and American troops. More than likely this expansion is a sign of desperation but regardless it will probably(hopefully) be his downfall.



On a side note I am now also writing for webpundit.net. I am very excited about it, so check out www.webpundit.net, I should be up a few times a week over there and would love if everyone checks it out.

Friday, November 11, 2005

YARRRRRRRR we no longer be the coolest kids on the block


As we found out a few days ago pirates are alive and kicking and now I find out that something even cooler. Not only are there pirates but there are PIRATE HUNTERS. Thats right, people who's profession it is to HUNT PIRATES. Ok, so pirates are pretty cool but if you are going to hunt something down you have to be cooler than that thing. For example, people hunt deer. People are clearly cooler than deer. So to hunt pirates you MUST be cooler than pirates.

So these pirate hunters are totally like taunting the pirates via cnn.com. Now my dreams have come true: Pirates- Something cooler than pirates probably involving guns- and CNN.COM

S0 these pirates are hangin out off the coast of Somalia in a "mysterious mothership" that launches speed boats that go attack ships that are going by, pretty cool.

Now pirate hunters, I kinda think they may be like the croc hunter. So they get on the ship and use a long poll with a string and get it around the pirates necks. The pirates then spin around and shit but just wear themselves out and when they stop a bunch of australians jump on them and tape their mouths shut with duct tape.

Yup, thats cool.

Yup, I wanna be a pirate hunter.





Thursday, November 10, 2005

Let me dust off my crystal ball

As is painfully obvious the Bush Administration has absolutely lost its shit. They were doing a good job keeping things together for a while. You may not like them but you have to admit that they were handling things reasonably well (or at least managing not to get caught doing what they were doing). However it seems that the last few weeks have been unforgiving. First Skeletor pulled her bid for the Supreme Court, then you have some indictments, possible use of illegal weapons in Iraq (which I dont buy by the way and even if used in the way it was described it is not a war crime so I don't get why it even matters) and most recently Tuesday's election results.

So now the question arises is who is going to benefit from all the issues that the administration is facing. The Answer: The Republican party.

Ill wait for everyone to catch their breath.

Ok this is how it is going to play out, and it is connected to yesterday's post.

The Republicans get their ass handed to them in 06 and two things happen: 1) Moderates take over the Republican party because they finally get pissed enough and their shit together--- 2) The far left will take over the democratic party. Instead of seeing that they won because people were sick of the way things were going they will think that people finally realized that they were right (false, people don't think that they just think that they are something different.

So going into 08 you have a well organized moderate Republican base with McCain at the helm (not necessarily as the candidate, though I wouldn't be surprised) but at least as the figurehead. On the other side the only viable candidates (Warner and Bayh) get their asses handed to them by the highly organized left wing of the party.

So here we are in November 08 with McCain, or a McCain esq. Candidate, against a extremely liberal candidate. It will make 96 look close.

Wednesday, November 09, 2005

Two Steps Forward, One Step Back

Over the past 50 years great leaps and bounds have been made in the field of science. We have made it to the moon, invented computers and the internet, introduced fuel injection on cars, and decoded the human genome among a myriad of other achievements. Yet the fine Citizens of Kansas have decided that they don't want to be involved in the future evolutions of science (get what I'm doing there).

Is it ludicrous that in this day in age someone could believe anything other evolution? Of course it is! Should we all think that they are idiots and ridicule them? Of course we should!

Take a wild guess what is coming next though- it is their right. If they want to be ignorant douche bags and let their children stupid assholes then that is their choice. It is our right to criticize them but it is not our right to prevent them from doing what they choose to do.

Enter election day in PA and Dover School District and the School Board election. The Dover School Board too the same stance as the fine State of Kansas and thought that intelligent design was a wonderful idea. Apparently, no one else thought so. All eight members of the school board were voted out in yesterday's election.

This is why it is their right. The voters can speak, the voters in Pennsylvania have and the voters in Kansas can as well.


The Risk of 06:


With 2005 out of the way everyone is looking to the mid-terms in 06. All are already calling on major victories for the Dems, which I agree with 100%. One must account for the risk that arises with a Democratic sweep in 06. The Dems must be VERY careful not to over promise. If those that are running in 06 promise to right all wrongs that Bush has and will commit. If these promises are made and are not fulfilled (which is the probably case with Bush still in the White House) then there will be many disillusioned voters in 08. The result will be that the middle, who thought the Dems could save them from Bush, will think that they were lied to by the Dems and not show up to vote in 08. The scenario will come down to who can motivate their base more and will be another unpleasant election.
The solution for the Dems is to promise what they can do, nothing. Don't promise anything, make Bush the bad guy and begin the set up for 08.




One last thing: Democrats didn't win yesterday because of anything to do with Bush, but instead it was because the Republicans didn't have one strong candidate besides Bloomberg and to a degree Forrester. The Bush factor will be big next year, but don't overestimate it, anyone with half a brain would start to distance themselves already and realign with the McCain side of the party. Don't count your chickens before they hatch.

Monday, November 07, 2005

The Irony of Equality

1789 was a pretty big year. Thomas Jefferson brought the first macaroni machine to the US, Benjamin Rush started a temperance movement (a bit of irony for my fellow noble Dickinsonians), the United States had its first national election, and that pesky little place called France was having a revolution.

In the past few hundred years a few things have changed. Macaroni now comes in a box and if served without cheese is really weird and the majority of people who know who Benjamin Rush is are probably alcoholics.

Some things have also stayed the same. Tomorrow there will be elections all over the United States and France will be starting another revolution.

One of the greatest Ironies is that the French Revolution has created the current situation. One of the results of the Revolution was that racial identification was made illegal. If you are French you are French. You are not African, Asian, Catholic or Muslim. You are French. The result is a large population that identifies with who they are but are not allowed to do so. Having an ethnicity is a crime.

Being told that everyone is equal when in reality certain ethnic groups, in this situation largely Muslim immigrants, are not being treated equally is a powder keg waiting to explode. This is not separate but equal but it is instead unrecognized and marginalized.

The current organization of the French state has done nothing to help the situation. The French government appears to have focused a large amount of energy and effort to preserving order but not enough effort has been placed on the ability to regain order. The French Police have been castrated to a point where they are not able to take the appropriate actions against the rioters.

This statement may seem to be at odds with what was posted before. It is important to take note that I am not justifying the riots. I am explaining them. The French government must act to regain control but once the fires have cooled it is just as important that the French people re-examine their values and realize it is time to embrace people as being diverse and embrace diversity as a wonderful thing, rather than something to fear.

The fact that the rest of Europe is slipping into disorder has larger implications that I really must consider before I write about it. My guess is it has something to do with TO being a dick but I am not sure.

Sunday, November 06, 2005

Foiled Oil

Recently there has been a lot of talk about the record profits that the oil companies have been raking in and how evil they are.

Do I wish that gas was cheaper? Of course (though I also have plenty of free gas to give away. BAZING! ok enough fart jokes.)

However we must consider the true facts of the situation.

1) The record profits that the oil companies are making are peanuts in comparison to profits that other companies are reporting. For example for every dollar in sales, ExxonMobil makes 9.8 cents. McDonald'’s and Coca-Cola make 13.8 cents and 21.2 cents, respectively. Google makes 24.2 cents, and Merck, Bank of America, Microsoft and Citigroup all make more than that.

2) One also has to remember that the record ExxonMobil sales are heavily influenced by the sale of MidAtlantic assets to LukOil.

Lastly there is one party that is profiting more than anyone due to high oil prices. That party: the government which has collected $1.34 trillion in revenue from local and federal gas taxes since 1977, more than double the domestic profits of major oil companies during that time, according to the Tax Foundation.

Do any of my readers care to recall why the revolution was fought? If I recall it was due to unfair taxation.

The oil companies have a responsibility to themselves to maintain a profit which enables them to maintain the business, this guarantees us the oil we need. The government, however, holds no responsibility that can be justified by them making DOUBLE the profits of the companies that are in this business.

On a side note, peak oil theory has been pretty much been debunked. Oil reserves are significantly higher than proven before. Deep-earth oil theory is gaining support from some very smart people.


Thanks to Rich Lowry for the stats in this article

New Links

There are a couple new links at the left.

The first new one is Eye of the Storm. A wonderful blog by a former professor of mine, Crispin Sartwell. It is funny, biting and brilliant. I highly suggest it.

The second new one is Fire Side with Roupes. This is a new blog but if it is half as funny as the person that is writing it then it should be about half as funny as Jono.

Real post coming in a bit.

Saturday, November 05, 2005

Debate this

The producers at the West Wing have the brilliant idea of having a live debate. So two fake presidential candidates are going to have a fake debate on live TV. But they are going to use real debate moderators and real questions.

I have a wager to make, this "debate" will recieve higher ratings than any of the debates in the last Presidential election. I also bet that there are enough stupid people in the United States that someone will stumble across it and think it is real.

The other possibility is that this will be the nail in the coffin for the West Wing. The show's ratings have been slipping for years and now the plan to increase them is to do something that is known to not get ratings, smart.

In other news Riots are spreading across France. It appears that once again it has been shown that Socialism doesn't work to keep people from being disenfranchised.


In other news:
Pirates are pretty cool

Penn State Kicks Ass

And lastly, FUCK T.O.

Friday, November 04, 2005

Cool Picture

Just a quick little post.

This picture was on cnn.com take a close look, you can actually see the rubber bullets comming out of the shotgun. They are the little neon things.

What happens in Vegas, your thumbs stay in vegas

So it appears that the mayor of Las Vegas has lost his freaking mind.




Goodman said the city has a beautiful highway landscaping project and "these punks come along and deface it."

"I'm saying maybe you put them on TV and cut off a thumb," the mayor said. "That may be the right thing to do."

Goodman also suggested whippings should be brought back for children who get into trouble.





So if that isnt freaking retarded I dont know what is. HOW DARE THOSE PUNKS RUIN THAT HIGHWAY.
Lets put it this way, I have been to Vegas and the only good looking things there were made out of silicone and not concrete. That and Sandman, he is pretty handsome.


Thursday, November 03, 2005

Double Secret Probation

There is another blog out there which is pretty good. (yes we are the two good ones, which gives you a 1 in 2340743925794023872034957092435 chance of finding a good blog to read) It is called Gurgly and is run by my sister. So it obviously it isn't perfect, but it gets the job done. Those of you accustomed to my political thought may be thrown for a little loop, it is a little more pro-government than things are around here. Well "pro-government" may be the wrong wording; perhaps I should say 'pro-government taking care of things because the people can't do it themselves.' Seriously though it is a good read and was a big motivator for me to get back into this ish. (old people click here)


So if you haven't heard yet, apparently the CIA is running secret prisons all over the world.


Not really that surprising and not really that big of a news story. The shocking part is that the Bush Administration all but confirms this when confronted about it. Yes, when I say all but confirms this I mean that they neither confirmed nor denied it.

So this may not seem like that big of a deal but the fact that they would not deny it is a de facto admission. The story here is that this administration is acting with such brass ones even in the face of indictments that it reminds me of Rocky fighting Ivan Drago after he watched Apollo Creed die; you know Rocky will win, but only with some sort of brain damage or something.

On another note, on google news this story only had 455 articles related to it... Phil Jackson returning to the Lakers had 459. Maybe that is important though... this administration has obviously learned from Kobe Bryant. I mean if they can't prove it, then you must not have done anything wrong.





Wednesday, November 02, 2005

Bird who? OH Bird FLU

Bird Flu Fever is sweeping the country and it appears that the first victim will be our civil liberties. The Associated Press is reporting that the federal government is prepared to restrict travel if the bird flu becomes a pandemic in the United States. The rational behind this is reasonable, if there is a city where it is reaching epidemic proportions then cut it off so it doesn't spread elsewhere. The government is forgetting a few things:

1) It is a bird flu. It is freaking spread by birds, your road blocks will do a lot of good against them.
2) By the time the they get their act together to get quarantines in place the virus will almost certainly have spread beyond where originally detected.

All this is is an attempt by the government to chip away a little more at the limited freedoms that we retain. They will use this as an excuse to permanently restrict or monitor travel and it begins us down a dangerous path.


So it appears that Bird Flu is this year's Tickle Me Elmo... just perhaps a little less scary.


Tuesday, November 01, 2005

The dangerous little "L"

One of the things that has driven me to blog is the lack of comparison of Harriet Miers to Skeletor; not only physically, but also because they are both evil. If Skeletor had the ability to take away She-Ra's right to an abortion he would have. The result would have been castle Gray Skull being over run by youngins and He-Man would have had to start selling refurbished ink cartridges to Thundercats to make ends meet. The quest to save the world from evil, and to protect the right to privacy, would have been lost. Luckily, one thing all evil geniuses are bad at is following through. Just like Skeletor could never really finish the job, Miers found that filling out paper work was just too much work to get on the Supreme Court.

Now we are left with Alito which when spelled backwards is Otila which Bill Gates tells me is supposed to be Attila. Is it a coincidence that this guy has basically the same name as one of histories most brutal men? I think not.

My problem with Alito is not that he went to Princeton, though that does make me suspicious (Hi Dad and Laura!), it is not the fact that he is conservative but instead it is The Dangerous Little "L." Right now you are asking yourself "What is The Dangerous Little 'L' and if it is little then why is it always in caps?" To your second question I have no response except that I went to Dickinson and not Princeton, that might have something to do with it; to your first question, however, I can respond.

The Dangerous Little "L" is what changes an idea to an ideal. That Little L is what worries me about Alito. He does not have ideas of governance or ideas about policy, he has ideals of conservatism. (it is important to state that "idea" in this context does not refer to Hegel's view of an idea as an absolute truth) The fact that his ideals are those of conservatism is not what worries me, I would be just as worried if they were leftist ideals, it is the fact that they are ideals at all. These ideals set an end point that is predetermined. Alito will try and fulfill an agenda that these ideals define. The only set of ideals that a candidate should have is that the constitution and the rights of the people are the most scared documents in the world. Anyone that doesn't believe that might as well be Skeletor.

The Dangerous Little "L" is what changes an idea to an ideal. That Little L is what worries me about Alito. He does not have ideas of governance or ideas about policy, he has ideals of conservatism. (it is important to state that "idea" in this context does not refer to Hegel's view of an idea as an absolute truth) The fact that his ideals are those of conservatism is not what worries me, I would be just as worried if they were leftist ideals, it is the fact that they are ideals at all. These ideals set an end point that is predetermined. Alito will try and fulfill an agenda that these ideals define.

The only set of ideals that a candidate should have is that the constitution and the rights of the people are the most scared documents in the world. Anyone that doesn't believe that might as well be Skeletor.




As some of you may know this is not my first journey into blogging. Most of you, however, were probably never aware of my last blog due to the incredibly offensive and tasteless content. I am still going to be offensive and tasteless but this time it will be focused on these guys:
The state of Washington DC at this point is sickening. It isn't who is in the White House and who isn't. It is everyone that could be.

Washington has something seriously wrong with it, and as you all know I love pointing out people's short fallings to them, so that is what I am going to do.