Monday, June 30, 2008
Friday, June 27, 2008
Wrestling Gas Prices
We all continue to struggle at the gas pump, and barrels of oil hit another all-time high today. Sadly yesterday the House failed to pass ‘Use It or Lose It' legislation for oil companies. The bill would have compelled the oil industry to start drilling or lose permits on the 68 million acres of undeveloped federal oil reserves which they are currently warehousing, thereby keeping domestic supply lower and prices higher. Complaints that more drilling permits are needed for yet more land ring hollow when compared to the thousands of currently unused drilling permits already issued. I think this will be back on the floor again soon and I am disappointed it didn't pass this week.
To provide even more incentive to reduce demand, the House also voted on legislation to lower fares for mass transit and expanded services for commuters.
We also passed legislation urging an investigation in a complicated but no less culpable reason for the high price of gas. The House called upon the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) to investigate the role of oil speculators and the system that encourages artificially high future gas prices. The American people should not be punished at the pump for the actions of oil speculators, and the House called on the CFTC Act.
Experts testified this week before Congress that the explosion of speculation in the oil futures market could be driving up prices from $20 to $60 per barrel. At current prices that is an increase of 15-50 percent solely due to speculation.
In an underreported story, oil speculators are making money by betting against the American consumers at the pump. Reducing the price of gas, a global commodity, is hard enough without our own markets driving the price through the roof.
And this one validated his skill level for me.
His YouTube intro is just great. The studio mixed teaser-length versions are linked on his blog here. Wow.
Thursday, June 26, 2008
Tuesday, June 24, 2008
Monday, June 23, 2008
Friday, June 20, 2008
Here's an interesting site which includes the faces of Ronald Reagan and Ron Paul calling for a Bob Barr fundraising push on July 2. http://www.barrbomb.com/
Bumper stickers are showing up that say, "This is when you vote Libertarian."
This speaks for itself.
Tuesday, June 17, 2008
I got an email requesting volunteers to go to Northwest Missouri and sandbag the Mississippi River. If I wasn't neck deep in three projects, I think I would go.
The floodwaters are quickly rising in northeast Missouri, and
the Mississippi River is on course to reach near-record
levels. During this emergency, our neighbors are counting
on our help to protect their homes, businesses and
Today, I'm heading up to northeast Missouri to help with the sandbagging efforts in Clarksville, Hannibal and West Quincy. And if you can spare a few hours in the next day or two, I'm asking you to pitch in as well. All along the river, Missouri communities need our help right away. You can find updated lists of volunteer requests here:
Missouri's 211 hotline also can direct you to volunteer opportunities in the area.
Your service will make a difference. Thank you for helping your neighbors in this time of urgent need.
Missouri Attorney General
Monday, June 16, 2008
|> Ya gotta love some of the team names from Gladstone softball leagues|
You made me look. Trunk Monkeys? Weakened Warriors? Human Growth Homeruns? Master Batters? Hoosier Daddies? Terrible!
Okay, Hoosier Daddies is pretty funny.
I wanna be there when Two Balls One Bat plays Northland Baptist Church. Is that a "2 girls 1 cup" reference? The Shockers are in the same league. Is this coed?
I'm looking at the playoff schedules. Awesome O? The McLovins? Scared Hitless?
Stupid Mongorians? Is that a South Park reference?
I was on a hockey team called Angry Dragons once. That's not nice. Very beer league. After that season, the rink started naming the teams.
Friday, June 13, 2008
I get nauseated when hearing Obama speak. I think he's clueless. McCain doesn't relieve the nausea. He's proof that the Republican Party has lost its way. I'm going to vote for Bob Barr. That's it. Period. He's the only remaining candidate who is making any sense. I heard Glenn Beck interview Barr on Sirius 133, and I agreed with almost everything that was said. I found that interview so I could post it here:
Saturday, June 7, 2008
An ad agency created a buzz with these fake airline ads for Derrie-Air. Apparently, they charge by the pound. So, the less you pack, the less you pay. When I saw the website they created I laughed my ass off, which would save me a few bucks in airfare. $1.40 a pound from Phillie to Denver. . . such a deal!
Friday, June 6, 2008
Monday, June 2, 2008
To ramp up to a surreal weekend, I have been called for jury duty on Wednesday morning at the Jackson County Courthouse. What a welcome break from the norm. I get to sit around a courthouse and read magazines while waiting to hear my name. No cell phone? Woot! The primary goal will be to keep my mind occupied, because jury duty has the potential to be extremely boring. The last case I heard as a juror was to decide if a felon had indeed possessed a firearm, which holds a very strict mandatory five year sentence. We all decided he was probably waving a cell phone while yelling out threats to the drunken folks at the corner of Mill and Westport at 3am on a Saturday. None of the witnesses could possibly have been sober. The gun in his friend's car belonged to his friend and didn't have his fingerprints on it. It was such a flimsy case. I'm surprised the prosecutor was shocked by the verdict. None of the jurors could be sure that the witnesses really saw a gun or something that looked like a gun. That Federal case went on for three days. The system works, but it doesn't work fast. Massive boredom.
Sunday, June 1, 2008
I also didn't know human cloning as an issue was going to take up so much time. In my mind, human tissue without a heart and a brain is just that. It's not a person. If I had an organ failure threatening my life, I would be alienated by a zero cloning research policy. Therefore, I don't understand it. Please, clone my liver, so I have a spare, but please don't clone my whole person. If you do, make sure I'm dead first and please name him after me. If I ever decide that cloning at a single cell level is immoral, I would have to justify the deaths of those who could live if it were developed into their cure. Does the term blastocyte belong in the political arena? Apparently not, because before all of the resolutions were considered, a motion to adjourn was made, and everyone who was tired of listening to so many insane resolutions voted to just call it a day. I think we'll all be better off if the government would get out of the medical business.
The platform committee didn't do the best job of including resolutions from the caucuses, but I got the idea that they did include most things, but used more general wording for brevity. I also think that competing resolutions were weighed against the prevailing platform and were not considered important enough to include, specifically. Policies to allow mothers to give birth at home are great, but really too specific to include in the party platform, I think.
Here's an interesting video about who is controlling oil prices: