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Tragedy Overhyped!

So, an offshore oil rig blew up, spewing oil into the Gulf of Mexico.  This is most definitely a very bad thing and should be reported as such.  But you need to ask yourself, “Why does the media feel the need to overhype the situation?”

Now, I know what some of you are thinking:  “Overhype??!?  How are they overhyping it?”  You’ll find the answer in one simple word that is now being used universally by all media outlets . . . and in a context that is quite unprecedented.  That word is “gallons.”  As most of you probably know without even realizing it, quantity of oil is always . . . ALWAYS expressed in a unit of measure called “Barrels.”  It’s been that way for quite awhile.  Think about the price of crude.  It’s always expressed as $X per barrel.  How big is a barrel?  Forty-two gallons.  That’s right, 42!  In other words, the media . . .  the same media that has always accepted the industry standard of “barrels” as the unit of measure for oil, and used it as such . . . is for the first time using the word “gallons” to express how much oil is being spewed into the gulf.  Why?  So that they can report numbers that are FORTY-TWO TIMES HIGHER than the numbers that would normally be reported when talking about oil, knowing that the average viewer isn’t really going to notice the difference.

Why would they do this?  Three simple words:  Three Mile Island.  The left in this country is desperate to eliminate the use of fossil fuels and the general prosperity that goes along with such use.  With the BP Oil Spill™, they’ve found oil’s Three Mile Island:  an emergency that can curtail the use of a Designated Pollutant™.

The Watermelon Left (green on the outside, red on the inside) jumped on the Three Mile Island incident as an excuse to attack the nuclear energy industry in this country and abroad, ensuring that no new nuclear plants would be built in this country for over 30 years.  With this new spill, Obama recently announced a moratorium on off-shore drilling, with the blessing of a panel of experts who, as it turns out, were not given the full facts.  Why would he do this unless his goal was to cripple the oil industry in this country?

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In a (somewhat large) nutshell

October 21, 2009 Leave a comment

Just perusing the net and stumbled across this gem:

A couple of weeks ago, I included in a post the statement that Barack Obama is anti-American.  A dear and respected friend suggested that I was exaggerating.  Obama may have a different vision of or goal for America, he said, but that’s scarcely the same as being anti-American.  I’ve been thinking that over for a while and, after a lot of mental give and take about what it means to be “anti-” anything, have now decided that Barack Obama is indeed anti-American.

Everything has a fundamental essence, a quality that makes it uniquely itself.  Take an orange, for example.  It’s not only citrus fruit, it’s an orange colored citrus fruit.  Horticulturists can alter its size, its texture, it’s sweetness, and the purity of its orange color, but it still remains an orange because that color is its definition.  Change the color, however, and suddenly, you have the un-orange, the anti-orange.  You have something completely different that no longer contains within it the essence of the original fruit.  Lose the essence and you lose the orange.

America has an essence too, and that essence is liberty.  America since its inception has been defined by liberty, both the liberty of the individual and the liberty of the nation.  Individual liberty means that Americans should be subject to minimal government constraints.  The state exists to serve the individual (commerce, transportation, security), not to control the individual.  That’s why the Bill of Rights focuses so closely on individual freedoms:  the freedom to speak, the freedom to write, the freedom to worship, the freedom to defend oneself with arms, the freedom from searches and seizures, etc.  Liberty also extends to the nation.  Both the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution are replete with examples of the Founders’ absolute obsession with national sovereignty.  Just recently, we’ve been reminded of the fact that the Founders didn’t even want the appearance of impropriety and the risk of influence, since they specifically prohibited foreign emoluments for our presidents.

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Barack Obama is anti-American because he wants to change this American essence.  His domestic policy is directed at increasing government control in every area, which decreases individual liberty.  Here’s an incomplete bullet-point list of his anti-liberty goals on the home front:

Read the whole thing; it’s worth it.

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I Get Hate Mail

October 14, 2009 Leave a comment

So I got the following drive-by (read: cowardly) comment the other day from a reader calling him/herself Tiger By The Tail:

cham⋅ber⋅lain
/ˈtʃeɪmbərlɪn/ [cheym-ber-lin]
–noun
1. An excuse for war used primarily by mouth breathing conservatards.

And it occurs to me that it clearly demonstrates pretty much everything that is wrong in the Liberal mind.  Stay with me here:

  • I am very clever
  • I am always right
  • I am a Good Person™
  • All wars are bad
  • None have ever had any positive consequences
  • Conservatives are always wrong
  • Because they are Bad People
  • They deserve to have insults thrown at them
  • I do not deserve and will not stand for such things
  • Conservatives absolutely LOVE war and are looking for any excuse to start one
  • Because they are Bad People

Sounds about right, doesn’t it?

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Suspicion confirmed!

October 9, 2009 Leave a comment

You know . . . I kinda always thought the Nobel Peace Prize was a complete joke . . .

Just curious

October 2, 2009 2 comments

Just curious if anyone out there gets the historical significance of this Photoshop.  Leave a comment if you do.

Our Negotiations With Iran

Our Negotiations With Iran

Wait, what?

September 29, 2009 Leave a comment

Didn’t Joe Wilson (no, not that one) have to apologize for calling Obambi a liar for claiming that health care reform would not cover illegal aliens?

Liberals seek health-care access for illegals – Washington Times

Just checking.

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Nice victory you’re working on, there . . . UPDATED

September 29, 2009 Leave a comment

So, Obama’s been in office for a little over eight months.  During the campaign, he assured us that diplomacy would be the key to solving all the world’s problems.  He even went so far as to say he’d meet with the genocidal leader of Iran without any preconditions, meaning essentially that Iran does not have to give up their nuclear ambitions or plans to “wipe Israel off the map” in order to have a nice sit-down with the President of The United States.

Obama also promised to focus on the war in Afghanistan (The Good War™) while pulling troops out of Iraq (The Bad War™).

So.  He’s going to focus on Afghanistan, and obviously he’ll talk to anyone if he’s willing to talk to Ahmadinejad.  So why is it that he has met with General Stanley McChrystal only one time in the 70 days since he took command of our forces in Afghanistan?  Well, obviously he has more important things to do.  Like speaking before the U.N.  Or lobbying for the 2016 Olympics to be held in Chicago, against the wishes of 80% of that city’s population.  (More info here on what’s basically turning out to be an extravagant vacation to Denmark.)

He’s a busy man.  And very important.  Lots of just causes to fight for.  And besides, winning a war is just . . . so 1945.