HotAir Making Us Cry Again
Saturday, April 14, 2007
Gas Price Hype – From 2006
(A response to a friend a while back)
It Include Two Articles & a Video Debate
This is a bit dated, but add Crazy Iran into the mix!
Many believe that the gas companies are gauging us… this is just not the case. For EVERY gallon of gasoline sold to Americans from Exxon, Exxon makes $.09 profit (yes, you read that right, nine-cents!)! I recently had a discussion with a democratic co-worker whom had the same idea about Exxon gauging us. For every gallon of gas we buy the government puts a total of $.50 of tax on it. We argued some about the total amount of tax, but I decided that I wouldn’t push the point… so I agreed that we will use the tax rate as posted on
Which is $.18. So I said that if Exxon is making nine-cents ($.09) profit on a gallon of gas and there is a eighteen-cents ($.18). Let’s assume that the 8.4 billion dollar profit for Exxon last quarter was only from Americans, then the government “profit” is 16.8 billion. I asked my Democrat co-worker if we were to compare “SOCIAL CAUSES” between Democrat policies and Republican policies… which party has more “social programs” (welfare, universal health care, Medicare, school lunches, and the like), he agreed with me that the Democrats would support more of these types of programs.
I then asked how these programs are paid for. He realized his mistake now, but answered anyways… taxes. So I said he should be happy that the government has made “windfall profits,” maybe
My co-worker said the Democrats. I then said that in the past almost FORTY YEARS we haven’t built a refinery to make crude oil into gas… I then asked him if he knew why? He didn’t. Mostly because environmental groups like the Sierra Club and others have successfully stopped us from building them. I asked if he could answer that with the growth of China’s infrastructure and shift towards industry, as well as India’s shift towards the same, if just those two countries alone (comprising half the worlds population) have increased exponentially their demand for “fossil” fuels and the companies that supply that need cannot increase production – that “that” will naturally – at some point – bring up the price of not only fuel, but any good to be sold, who’s fault is that????? (I put fossil fuel in " " because I do not believe that oil is a fossil fuel, research is showing that it is "a-biotic," and that the earth is producing it always as part of the natural inner-working of the planet. The real red-hearing is making us believe that it will run out, which is another belief that has kept the prices high. So environmental “Doomsday” predictions about a limited supply of “fossil” fuel are "fueling" the hype and price as well... no pun intended.)
Exxon’s fault? Or the same people – liberal democrats – who stopped us from drilling in ANWAR a decade ago which could have produced enough barrels each day to match what we get from
So Stop Bitching!!! I would be more pissed at our inept politicians about drilling and building refineries in “The 48” rather than demand Exxon stop making a profit and socialize them like many other now defunct nations (U.S.S.R. and NAZI Germany) have tried, and like they are once again trying in South America.
Friday, April 13, 2007
Not Just an “Imus Thing”
The recent Don Imus flap I think is going to be the rallying point to try and oust many talk-show hosts for the Liberal Left. I think back to books I have read on the politically-correct nature of the Left and boos that have influenced my thinking on this matter:
- Tammy Bruce, who is a pro-choice lesbian, wrote and interesting book entitled The New Thought Police: Inside the Left's Assault on Free Speech and Free Mind; and her The Death of Right and Wrong: Exposing the Left's Assault on Our Culture and Values.
- Another book entitled Muzzled: From T-Ball to Terrorism--True Stories That Should Be Fiction, by Michael Smerconish.
- Diane Ravitch wrote the book The Language Police: How Pressure Groups Restrict What Students Learn.
- Another good read, and of course what was one of the first books to look at the “thought police” was that of Dinesh D’Souza, Illiberal Education: The Politics of Race and Sex on Campus.
- There are other honorable mentions, like one of my first reads by Dale Berryhill, his two books made my mouth hit the floor: The Assault: Liberalism's Attack on Religion, Freedom, and Democracy; and The Liberal Contradiction: How Contemporary Liberalism Violates Its Own Principles and Endangers Its Own Goals.
- Beyond Political Correctness: Are There Limits to This Lunacy?; and Political Correctness: The Cloning of the American Mind, by David Thibodaux
- Cloning of the American Mind: Eradicating Morality through Education, by B. K. Eakman
- The Ten Things You Can't Say In
, by Larry Elder America
- Hating Whitey and Other Progressive Causes, by David Horowitz
's Thirty Years War, by Balint Vazsonyi. He was a concert pianist and conservative commentator. He was born in America Budapest, Hungary, and fled to the during the 1956 Hungarian revolution. After becoming an American citizen, he ran for mayor of United States , and headed the Center for the American Founding… He was a professor of Music at Bloomington Indiana (Wikipedia). Indiana University 's Real War, by Rabbi Daniel Lapin America
All these books make me wonder about the political nature of all these Left leaning “leaders of the black community,” that are really purveyors of Liberation Theology. According to a World Net Daily Article that quotes a Media Matters article by David Brock, Rush Limbaugh, Michael Savage, Bill O'Reilly, Glenn Beck, Neal Boortz, John Gibson, and Michael Smerconish are all mentioned as the next to be targeted.
Here other books come to mind, one by Richard J. Ellis called The Dark Side of the Left: Illiberal Egalitarianism in America, Ellis was “a lifelong Democrat, a ‘card-carrying member’ of the ACLU, an environmentalist, a supporter of women's rights and a federalist. If it seems rather defensive, that is, in some way, the point of his book…. Ellis offers a provocative critique of left-wing movements from 19th-century utopians to abolitionists to the old left of the inter-war era, to the New Left of the Vietnam era and, finally, to contemporary radical feminists like Catharine MacKinnon and certain environmental activists. Through an examination of speeches, books and articles, Ellis tries to document how varied ideologues abandoned their egalitarian principles in favor of rigid political correctness, sometimes slipping into violence and elitism.” He would make the point that just as Brock envisions, the Left of today does not want dissent.
Another book that sparks my interest in believing Rush and Laura Ingraham and others are next on the PC totem poll, is a book I read a few years back entitled The Betrayal of Liberalism: How the Disciples of Freedom and Equality Helped Foster the Illiberal Politics of Coercion and Control, by Hilton Kramer.
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Mark my words.
Thursday, April 12, 2007
I was somewhat troubled when I was going over my child’s in class social studies notes and homework. His notes were gleaned from an in class video and discussion (the social studies book does a decent job at staying neutral on the subject, so this critique deals primarily with the in class discussion and video). Below (fig. 1) is an exact reproduction of my son’s notes (cannot reproduce for this posting).
Native American and Explorers Beliefs (Fig. 1)
(1) The land was considered sacred
They call it Mother Earth
It was a gift from their Creator
A person could own land
(2) No one could own land
A person could own another person - slavery
(3) People should be free
Christianity is the only way
Any land without Christians was free to take
(4) They practiced religion
They were the dominant race to take over the world
(5) They were stewards of the land
(Nothing was put in this column, however, the obvious next step (comparing the other columns) would have been that the “European settler”# The video refers to this settler in a derogatory tone simply as the “white-man.” One has to wonder if a Caucasian would use such terms in a demeaning manner about minorities in a video, if said video would be used in the classroom at all.# would abuse the land)
- “The white-man has always had the philosophy that they are thee dominant race. That it is their manifest destiny to take over the world, so to speak. Indians did not accept this idea. They were here as stewards of the land. They were here to take care of it while they were here, but they never owned it.” (Emphasis added)
- “Cruelty and destruction are not the monopoly of any single continent or race or culture.”
Key: So we see that the Native-Americans, contrary to my child’s in-class video, did believe in “owning” people.
From James Fenimore Cooper to Dances with Wolves and Disney’s Pocahontas, American Indians have been mythologized as noble beings with a “spiritual, sacred attitude towards land and animals, not a practical utilitarian one.” Small children are taught that the Plains Indians never wasted any part of the buffalo. They grow up certain that the Indians lived as one with nature, and that white European settlers were the rapists who destroyed it.
In The Ecological Indian: Myth and History, Shepard Krech III, an anthropologist at Brown University, strips away the myth to show that American Indians behaved pretty much like everyone else. When times were bad they used the whole buffalo. When times were good, “whole herds” of buffalo might be killed only for their tongues or their fetuses. Although American Indians adapted to their environment and were intimately familiar with it, they had no qualms about shaping it to their needs.
Indians set fires to promote the growth of grasses and make land more productive for the game and plants that they preferred. Sometimes fire was used carefully. Sometimes it was not. Along with the evidence that Indians used fire to improve habitat are abundant descriptions of carelessly started fires that destroyed all plant life and entire buffalo herds.
Nor were American Indians particularly interested in conserving resources for the future. In the East, they practiced slash and burn agriculture. When soils became infertile, wood for fuel was exhausted, and game depleted, whole villages moved. The Cherokee, along with the other Indians who participated in the Southern deerskin trade, helped decimate white-tailed deer populations. Cherokee mythology believed that deer that were killed in a hunt were reanimated.
In all, contemporary accounts suggest that many Indians treated game as an inexhaustible resource. Despite vague hints in the historical records that some Crees may have tried to conserve beaver populations by allocating hunting territories and sparing young animals, Krech concludes that it was “market forces in combination with the Hudchild’s Bay Company policies [which actively promoted conservation]” that “led to the eventual recovery of beaver populations.”
Those who blame European settlers for genocide because they introduced microbes that ravaged native populations might as well call the Mongols genocidal for creating the plague reservoirs that led to the Black Death in Europe. Microbes travel with their hosts. Trade, desired by Indians as well as whites, created the pathways for disease. (Emphasis added)
 There is some adult material herein (e.g., descriptions of violence and the like), so edit accordingly.
 apologetic: “defending by speech or writing.” (Definition #2) Random House Webster’s Unabridged Dictionary, CD-ROM (1999).
 Schlessinger Video Productions, Indians of North America, Video Collection II; Bala Cynwyd: PA (1995); in the school library.
 A New Nation: Adventures in Time and Place, National Geographic Society/McGraw Hill Pub; New York: NY (2000)
 The video was very religiously entwined; I only wish that such positive representations of other faiths were allowed such time in the classroom.
 e.g., game (animals), wood, healthy top-soil, ran species into extinction (like certain sea turtles and the like), etc.
 The distasteful manner in which the video represents and uses the term “white-man” (a quote) is quite inappropriate.
 Veronica Valarde Tiller – a Jicarilla Apapche. Quote from the in-class video.
 Dinesh D’ Souza, The End of Racism, The Free Press; New York: N.Y. (1995), p. 75.
 Paul F. Boller, Jr., Not So! Popular Myths About America from Columbus to Clinton, Oxford Univ. Press; New York: NY (1995), p. 7. (This book is a fun, interestingly invigorating read! I highly recommend it)
 Ibid., p. 12. Quoted from: Arthur M. Schlesinger, Jr., “Was America a Mistake?,”Atlantic Monthly (September 1992), p. 22.
 This is a side note for those who are of the Christian faith:
- The Bible does not teach the horrible practices that some have committed in its name. It is true that it's possible that religion can produce evil, and generally when we look closer at the details it produces evil because the individual people [“Christians”] are actually living in rejection of the tenets of Christianity and a rejection of the God that they are supposed to be following. So it [religion] can produce evil, but the historical fact is that outright rejection of God and institutionalizing of atheism (non-religious practices) actually does produce evil on incredible levels. We're talking about tens of millions of people as a result of the rejection of God. For example: the Inquisitions, Crusades, Salem Witch Trials killed about 40,000 persons combined (World Book Encyclopedia and Encyclopedia Americana). A blight on Christianity? Certainty. Something wrong? Dismally wrong. A tragedy? Of course. Millions and millions of people killed? No. The numbers are tragic, but pale in comparison to the statistics of what non-religious criminals have committed); the Chinese regime of Mao Tse Tung, 60 million [+] dead (1945-1965), Stalin and Khrushchev, 66 million dead (USSR 1917-1959), Khmer Rouge (Cambodia 1975-1979) and Pol Pot, one-third of the populations dead, etc, etc. The difference here is that these non-God movements are merely living out their worldview, the struggle for power, survival of the fittest and all that, no natural law is being violated in other words (as atheists reduce everything to natural law – materialism). However, when people have misused the Christian religion for personal gain, they are in direct violation to what Christ taught, as well as Natural Law. “Shades of Truth,” by Jeff Bricker, found at:
http://parallel.park.uga.edu/~tengles/102m/bricker.html (I highly recommend this paper as it will add to the reasons and logic behind the different historical “takes” on this issue. UPDATE: I was contacted by the author who has become more left-leaning in his later days and he asked me to remove this portion as he has excised all his previous works. I refused on the grounds that he must prove to me that what he said is untrue, after which I would remove his older work.) “A True Story,” by Katie Patel, found at:
http://parallel.park.uga.edu/~tengles/102m/pa##l.html (another high recommend.) These are a comparison between historians James Loewen and Howard Zinn, showing that this debate is alive and well at the university level.
 “The Ecological Indian: Myth and History,” by Terry L. Anderson, from the Detroit News, reviewing a book of the same name by Shepard Krech III, October 4, 1999. Can be found at:
 By Linda Gorman, can be found at:
 Shepard Krech III, The Ecological Indian: Myth and History, W.W. Norton & Company; New York: NY (1999), p. 22.
 Ibid., p. 135.
 Ibid., p. 119.
 Ibid., p. 76.
 Ibid., p. 171.
 Ibid., p. 188.
 For a discussion of the effect of the Mongol invasions and their effect on European epidemiology see, William H. McNeill Plagues and Peoples, Doubleday; New York: NY (1977).
 “Health of the American Indians on Decline Before Columbus Arrived In the New World,” This study involved 12,500 Indian skeletal remains from 65 different sites. Can be found at: http://www.acs.ohio-state.edu/researchnews/archive/humhelth.htm
Jay Leno Joke
Democrats Scared of FOX-News
How true. And to say CNN, CBS, NBC, ABC, MSNBC, and the like are not biased is to also be very untruthful. While Fox-News is center-right, all the above are center-left. And only on FOX-News (or because of it), do you see the left-right debates that allow for all sides to be shown. From the left-leaning Greta, to the moderate O’Reilly as well as the left/right discussions found on Hannity & Colmes, FOX-News is for this reason the most watched cable news network.
Italian TV Shows (edited of course) The Beheading of the Italian Reporters Interpreter
The reason I am showing this is that I want the watcher to take note that a reading of the Koran takes place right before the beheading. Mohammad himself was personally involved in (as well as ordered) the beheading of 900 people. Where are the Jewish Suicide bombers? And if there ever is one, I am sure the outcry against such actions from the Jewish community will be staggering. Where are the Christian’s – with the support of orthodox Christianity – beheading people? Jesus, in fact, when Peter struck off the ear of a soldier, healed said soldiers ear. This is in direct contradistinction to the founder of Islam who was a murderous thug!
I hope the Italian people picked up on the religious war that has entered their lives.
Don Imus Flop
Racism – Conspiracies – Free Speech
More to Come!
First off, Imus’s comment about these young college girls who have worked very hard to achieve their position in education and sports was just plain wrong! I truly believe that the market (sponsors and listeners) will determine Don Imus’s fate. The free-market is much more effective than government censorship in my mind’s eye.
THAT BEING SAID! When will Sharpton and Jesse Jackson apologize for what they said about the Duke Lacross players? Don Imus’ fopaux I think can be used in a positive way to show the hypocrisy of the “victicrats” and race charlatans that “claim” to “represent” the “black community.”
What does Snoop Dog have to say on the issue?
Drudge Report has this rough-draft of Imus’s latest comments… which I do support. Imus has seen now, the insane hypocrisy in the Democratic Party and the race cards that can be pulled.