Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Observations From the Back Row

"To be somebody or to do something. In life there is often a roll call. That's when you will have to make a decision. To be or to do? Which way will you go?" Col. John Boyd

‘We have more oil and natural gas than anyone thought possible even 5 years ago.’
By: Steve Maley

The domestic oil and gas supply picture is better than it’s been in a generation, and it’s getting better every day. That’s not just my opinion; it’s also the conclusion of Adam Sieminski, chief administrator of the Department of Energy’s Energy Information Administration (EIA), the government’s one-stop shop for all statistics related to our nation’s energy production and consumption. Sieminski was interviewed by Platt’s Energy Week upon the release of EIA’s annual reserve statistics on August 2, 2012 (link to Platt’s video, approx. 10 minutes). The questions an intelligent voter may ask: “Why is the professional press continually suggesting that ‘the oil boom is a mirage’? Why am I learning about this from a part-time blogger, and not from the government? Why is this apparent ‘windfall’ not shaping economic policy?”

War on Coal

Allen Black is a casualty in the Obama administration’s war on coal. He worked in the coalfields of Eastern Kentucky for two decades earning upwards of $70,000 a year and was financially secure enough to help support his son’s pre-medical studies at a private university. After losing his job on April 29, Black had no choice but to clear out his retirement savings to supplement his only income of $350 a week in unemployment and is now struggling to take care of his family at home, in addition to his son’s textbooks, food and other college expenses……EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson has enacted three significant regulations for new air emission standards with an annual cost expected to total more than $13 billion. Several more, including two proposed rules dealing with air and coal ash, could cost an additional $20 billion to $90 billion annually, according to a recent energy report by the Senate Republican Policy Committee……400 more targeted for closure…..The Sierra Club brags that its actions have forced the “retirement” of 124 coal burning power plants already and it has targeted nearly 400 more for closure. (Emphasis added by me)

 The riots, rage, and ruin that have spread throughout the Middle East over the past few days emphasize the urgency of opening up and bringing online America’s vast resources—yet, as Congressman Pete Olson (R-TX) states: “The EPA is the biggest obstacle to energy independence.”Olson’s comment specifically addressed the Hydraulic Fracturing Study requested by Congress as a part of the FY 2010 appropriations bill, which states: “The conferees urge the Agency to carry out a study on the relationship between hydraulic fracturing and drinking water, using a credible approach that relies on the best available science, as well as independent sources of information. The conferees expect the study to be conducted through a transparent, peer-reviewed process that will ensure the validity and accuracy of the data. The Agency shall consult with other Federal agencies as well as appropriate State and interstate regulatory agencies in carrying out the study, which should be prepared in accordance with the Agency's quality assurance principles.” …..Congress requested a report based on “best available science,” not opinion, yet the EPA has included items such as “environmental justice”—which has nothing to do with science, and “discharges to publicly owned water treatment plants”—which are no longer a part of the hydraulic fracturing process……“Industry is holding back because it is not sure what the regulatory future holds.” He called the study’s evolution beyond the scope of what was requested: “mission creep.” Until a definitive answer on “the relationship between hydraulic fracturing and drinking water” is produced, a constant cloud of legal threat hangs over possible development, and potential jobs, such as in New York’s Marcellus Shale, are deferred.  (emphasis added by me)

EPA: Staff-wide Che Guevara email an ‘inadvertent error’

“Environmental Protection Agency staff opened their inboxes Thursday to find an agency-wide Hispanic Heritage Month email featuring a prominent picture of Marxist revolutionary Che Guevara, and largely plagiarized from the website Buzzle.com.” According to the EPA, the email — which heralded the beginning Hispanic Heritage Month on Saturday and offered cultural details about Hispanics — was an accident and the employee responsible has apologized.

The tangled web of conflicting rights
By: George Will

Elaine Huguenin, who with her husband operates Elane Photography in New Mexico, asks only to be let alone. But instead of being allowed a reasonable zone of sovereignty in which to live her life in accordance with her beliefs, she is being bullied by people wielding government power. In 2006, Vanessa Willock, who was in a same-sex relationship, emailed Elane Photography about photographing a “commitment ceremony” she and her partner were planning. Willock said this would be a “same-gender ceremony.” Elane Photography responded that it photographed “traditional weddings.” The Huguenins are Christians who, for religious reasons, disapprove of same-sex unions. Willock sent a second email asking whether this meant that the company “does not offer photography services to same-sex couples.” Elane Photography responded “you are correct.”…..Willock… filed a discrimination claim with the New Mexico Human Rights Commission, charging that Elane Photography is a “public accommodation,” akin to a hotel or restaurant, that denied her its services because of her sexual orientation. The NMHRC found against Elane and ordered it to pay $6,600 in attorney fees. So New Mexico, whose marriage laws discriminate against same-sex unions, has a “compelling interest” in compelling Huguenin to provide a service she finds repugnant and others would provide? Strange…..

My TakeWhat I find strange is how “actual” rights as outlined in the U.S. Constitution are to be overturned by “rights” that are in almost no one’s constitution; including the state of New Mexico that denies the idea of same sex marriage. We have lost our minds because we have lost our understanding of what is right; what is wrong; and what to do about it. How did this happen? We have school teachers making seventy thousand dollars a year who are teaching our children that Rachel Carson was a great scientist and the Global Warming is going to destroy the Earth and mankind is responsible; and especially those of mankind living in the United States. They don’t know how to read, write, work basic math and their understanding of history (world history and American history) is abysmal. As a result they have no clue what the U.S. Constitution says, what it means, what it was supposed to mean, and what the courts and Congress and various Presidents of the U.S., such as Teddy Roosevelt, Woodrow Wilson and FDR, and their progressive successors of the 20th century, have done to destroy it. Is it any wonder that we have lost our minds?

This next article (I am not that crazy about Bill O’Reilly as I think he is a phony, but even a blind monkey will find a coconut once in a while) certainly deals with those who clearly suffer from a serious case of cognitive dissonance. The Kennedy’s have never been exemplars of morality going back to Joe Kennedy, a womanizer who made his fortune selling booze during Prohibition. His sons maintained a sizable hole in their value systems also. This lack of a firm moral paradigms seems to be genetic.

Losing your religion
By: Bill O'Reilly

Caroline Kennedy …describe[s] herself as a “Catholic woman” while espousing a passionate defense of abortion rights at the Democratic convention. President Kennedy never publicly commented on abortion, and indeed, his brother Teddy was ardently pro-life when he began his political career. Of course, that changed over time as Sen. Kennedy evolved into a liberal lion and enthusiastically entered the pro-choice den. Caroline Kennedy has to know that the Catholic Church condemns abortion. It is a mortal sin in the eyes of the institution [therefore]promoting “reproductive rights” is a direct insult to her religion……Abortion eliminates life. That’s what the procedure does. Human DNA is present upon conception. If the Catholic Church believes that abortion is against what God intended, then it should be just as adamant about stating its case as Caroline Kennedy is about stating hers. It is not.

My Take - I have said all of this before, but I think it is worth repeating. There is only one reason to be against abortion; you believe it's murder! There is only one reason to be in favor of abortion; you don't believe it's murder. If its murder in one situation it is murder in all situations. In ancient times pagans used to sacrifice their children to their "gods" in order to guarantee an good harvest, i.e., economics. Today the principle is the same. We are told that unmarried women will suffer long term economic hardship if they don't murder their unborn children. Once again an economic issue. The ancients murdered their childred to appease their "gods". We murder our unborn children to prove we have no "god"!


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