Tuesday, April 15, 2014

If I Were Truly Evil

I have heard quite a bit over the past two weeks about the subject of Racism in America.  Supporters of the President have been saying that anyone who opposes his policies are doing so simply 'because they are Racist'.  The President, the Attorney General of the United States, and Nancy Pelosi have each come out in the last week to attack their political opponents as being 'Racist' in order to silence opposition to policies of this President.  

Just so we understand each other (or more specifically, so you understand 'me') I'd like to say something on the record so no one misinterprets a few of things which come later in this post... 

Racism is wrong.  (In LARGE print just so no one misses it)

My parents, my Catholic education, and my life experiences have taught me to treat everyone equally based upon 'who' they are (the content of their character) rather than 'what' they are (the color of their skin, place of birth, or nationality).  

And while I haven't heard from Him directly, based upon what I believe of God, Racism IS a sin, well, at least according to the Ten Commandments...  

"Thou shalt not bear false witness against your neighbor" 

To me, this means that you do not lie by casting aspersions upon someone solely upon a physical attribute, a surname, or place of birth.  In my book, these things are categorized as lying.  

I have had faceless folks comment on my posts over the past six years who have labeled me as 'Racist' (yes, everyone HATES the Irish, the German, the Scots, and the Dutch, but after a while, you learn to live with the hate).  

I was deemed to be Racist not because of anything I have SAID or written, but because I chose to write statements disagreeing with the Policies of the President.  

According to them, I MUST only be opposing the President and his Party because I am...  Ahem, a RACIST!!! 

Years ago I heard an expression which has provided me with a fair amount of comfort during the past five years:   

"It is not the name you call me which defines me, but rather, it is the name I answer to which does..."   -- Author unknown

This being said, I believe that Evil comes in many forms and lately the most 'popular' form of Evil is Racism.

But Racism, is not the ONLY Evil in our World today.  

Evil has many faces, many hiding places, and as sure as I'm sitting here, just as I believe in Good, I also believe in Evil.

Call me Racist, or Evil if you like, but if...

I were TRULY Evil:

  • I would minimize the value of life by advocating for the cause of abortion in the name of 'Choice'
  • I would allow children to be born alive following a botched abortion and let them die alone
  • I would legislate 'Diversity' pitting one race against another by focusing the Nation's attention to our perceived physical differences versus the vastness of our similarities
  • I would make marriage 'open to interpretation' via the courts, discarding many generations of cultural 'norms'
  • I would replace the Father as the head of the household by interjecting Government Social Programs to take the Dad's traditional place within the family
  • I would teach children that they cannot be successful without Government Assistance, effectively killing off their desire to succeed on their own
  • I would pay these 'wards of the state' just enough to assure their compliance and then financially reward them for giving more power to me, at the expense of the Nation
  • I would lie about things which have happened
  • I would lie about things which have not yet occurred
  • I would use fear to bring about compliance consistent with my ideological beliefs
  • I would encourage the use of alcohol and drugs to dull opposition to my policies
  • I would ridicule Religion
  • I would tell you that God is a fiction and that man is the only truth 
  • I would ridicule Patriotism (other than my own version of it)
  • I would control what you see and hear in the News so that my agents only tell you the story which I have crafted for them
  • I would control the content of Education from the day a child is born until they are old enough to vote
  • I would tell others that their life has no worth
  • I would tell you that our Nation is ill-conceived and fundamentally flawed, requiring me to 'Fundamentally Transform' it to what it needs to be
  • I would tell you of your own importance while persistently taking all that 'is important' away from you

Therefore, if I were Evil...

I would be a Liberal.

I would be a Progressive.

I would be a Democrat.

And if you've been around these parts for a while, that ain't me.

Live as best as you can.

Love without reservation.

Keep Family, Faith, and Hope alive.

Pray for our Nation and for each other.

We're all we have. 

And just for the record, none of us are getting out of here alive.

Sorry if this is the first time you're hearing this...

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Attorney General Eric Holder... What a CARD

Eric Holder was hanging with Al (the 'Rat') Sharpton yesterday and had a few words to say about his recent exchange with Louie Gohmert this past Tuesday.

As with most of the Obama Administration's objections to ANY questioning by Congress, it's not about your compliance with the Law, it's all about your 'skin tone'...

Check out the wall behind Holder - "No Justice.  No Peace".

With Holder standing in front of this signage, it does seem to make sense...

Under this Attorney General there is no justice based upon the US Constitution - it's all about the 'Color of your skin vs. the Content of your Character'.

For a complete transcript and video of Tuesday's love fest on the Hill between Congressman Gohmert and AG Holder, following this link...  Real Clear Politics


Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Why Didn't the Department of Transportation Go After GM - Years Ago?

Ray LaHood, Former Secretary of Transportation
You've heard about the General Motors ignition switch recall, the testimony on Capitol Hill, and incensed politicians 'wanting to get to the bottom of' why at least thirteen voters are now dead.  Yes, you've probably heard this and more over the past few months.
But, as with the best (and worst) stories, there is a undercurrent beneath this one which has been given little to no coverage since the ignition switch story broke.  Might this be because there IS no story, or might it be because there IS a story and the Federal Government which was running 'Government Motors' at the time want it to go neatly, quietly, and completely away?  I don't know.  I'm just a guy in my PJ's who woke up early this morning and couldn't get back to sleep.
What I do know is that at least 13 families just like mine will never see their lost family member ever again - well, not in this life, anyway.
AOL Autos has a post which states that the NHTSA knew about the ignition switch 'issue' back in Q4, 2007.  In fact, GM knew about the tendency of some of their Chevrolet and Saturn vehicles to 'shut off' by sliding into 'Accessory' mode on the ignition all the way back to 2005.  Between 2004 and 2014 the NHTSA received EWR notifications (Early Warning Reports) informing them that at least 51 instances of death occurred from GM vehicle ignitions shutting down while the vehicle was in transit.
And yet, the NHTSA waited for YEARS to act upon information which it began accumulating in 2007?  Why is that?
Autosafety.org tracks recalls and monitors results reported by the NHTSA and they sent a letter to NHTSA Acting Administrator, David Friedman, requesting specific information about why the NHTSA took such a HUGE interest in Toyota's Sudden Unintended Acceleration issues, yet said NOTHING about GM's ignition 'problem' nor 30 known EWR reports regarding outstanding Jeep Grand Cherokee fuel tank fires.  You can access the full text of the letter by clicking HERE.

It is almost as if the NHTSA purposely stayed away from any and all EWR reports which linked (preventable) deaths associated with any General Motors or Chrysler Corporation products.  If I were a suspicious man, I would think that there was something 'going on' between these two Auto Makers and the Federal Government between 2008 and 2014 when the GM ignition issue finally went public...  
Actually, now that I think about it, the Feds sold their (oops, sorry, 'our') remaining GM stock shares on the open market in the final weeks of 2013.
Luckily for me, I'm NOT a suspicious man - I'm just a guy in his PJ's who woke up early and couldn't get back to sleep.
I'll leave it up to professionally 'suspicious' folks in the Fair and Balanced Media to do the hard work in discovering what actually happened over the past six years and why dozens people had to die - all for the lack of a 57-cent part not being replaced in their GM vehicles.
I'm sure it will all come out in the wash.
My bet?
It was this guy's fault...

As for me, I'm going back to sleep.

Just like the rest of the Media.

Night all...

Friday, April 4, 2014

You Can Smell the Legislation from Here...

Every now and then someone (we call him Phil) sends me a link which he knows I won't be able to resist commenting on.
He knows me too well...
April 3, 2014, The National Law Review
White House: Natural Gas, Landfills, and Mining Need to Reduce Methane Emissions
Continuing its 2014 “pen and phone” strategy emphasizing Executive Branch action, on March 28, 2014, the White House issued its Climate Action Plan Strategy to Reduce Methane Emissions. The plan outlines regulatory actions and voluntary plans that various federal agencies plan to undertake before the end of the Obama Administration to try to reduce methane emissions.

The plan targets the industries that are the largest percentage of domestic methane emissions, namely:  agriculture (36%), natural gas systems (23%), landfills (18%), coal mining (10%), petroleum systems (6%), and wastewater treatment (2%).  While EPA and the Department of Energy propose to reduce emissions from the largest segment, agriculture, through voluntary programs, the plan places a bulls-eye
directly on the natural gas, landfills, and coal mining industries.

Hmm, the EPA wants to reduce methane emissions from agriculture?  I wonder why that is...
I'm thinking it's for one of the following theories, or perhaps it's a combination of several of them:
  1. The EPA needs to tax cow, sheep, horse and chicken expulsions (you can use the word, 'farts' if you like) to raise money to buy cell phones to give to...  The poor.  Unfortunately, cell phones require electricity to operate, so these electronic devices will necessarily use coal, gas, or other fossil fuel energy, AND the production and disposal of the battery packs used to power them will do more to destroy the environment than any unsuspecting cud-chewing Moo cow's 'toots' ever will.
  2. EPA staffers have quietly acquired a majority interest in Purina Foods and are, as I type this, developing 'low methane' output food for livestock.  In this instance, you can chalk up this one to good-old-fashioned 'insider trading', 'crony capitalism', or maybe just, 'greed'.
  3. Michelle Obama has decided that Americans should NOT eat red meat so cutting the supply of wonderfully-tasty-cow-meat via 'Fart Legislation' caps...  Prices will increase exponentially - putting most-everything we actually enjoy eating out of the reach of middle to lower income Americans.  Of course the Poorest among us (who don't pay for their own food) and people working around DC (they do pay for their food, but since we pay THEM, we pay for their food also).  Yeah, these two aforementioned groups will be just fine.  As for the rest of us, there will be plenty of uneaten grass, straw, and hay around to provide TONS of fiber to our diets.  The only problem in this scenario, of course, is that eating this much fiber will cause us to be much more gassy, and it will just be a matter of time before someone puts a sensor in our homes to determine just how 'gassy' we actually are.  Next up, Michelle will be deciding what else they need to cut from our daily diet - for our own good, and that of the Planet.
Speaking for myself (and given my great affection for loud, stinky bursts of my own gaseous expulsions), I am often reminded of the phrase my Grandfather quoted so often when I was a kid,
"Wherever you be, let your wind be free..."  
He was a funny guy.
There is, however, more to this story than your basic 'stinky hot air'.  And the following section of the article will NOT make environmental folks happy at all.  
It is found under the header entitled, Natural Gas Industry, and it reads as follows...
According to the plan, the various segments of the natural gas industry are responsible for methane emissions are as follows:


The recently issued NSPS OOOO, which regulates volatile organic compounds (VOCs) from hydraulically fractured wells, did not directly regulate methane but instead listed methane reductions as a co-benefit.  The White House acknowledges that this rule will significantly reduce emissions when fully implemented in 2015, but now EPA plans to issue a series of white papers in the spring of 2014 to solicit input regarding potentially significant sources of methane in the natural gas industry. 


 The plan acknowledges efforts within the natural gas distribution sector to gather more information to improve the data available regarding methane emissions; however, no mention is made of important collaborative studies in the onshore production industry such as the recent project conducted by the University of Texas, Environmental Defense Fund, Anadarko, BG Group, Chevron, Encana, Pioneer, Shell, Southwestern Energy, Talisman Energy and XTO Energy.   
This particular study concluded that actual methane emissions from well completions are 97% lower than calendar year 2011 national emission estimates because the majority of hydraulically fractured wells had equipment in place to reduce methane emissions.  Whether these results will factor into EPA’s decision-making regarding further methane regulation is unclear.
To sum up in a single sentence, this, according to the author of the article means that,
. .
Hydraulic fracturing reduces Methane emissions by 97% over traditional natural gas extraction methods...

Bottom line:  Leave the cows alone and use hydraulic fracturing to make the U.S. energy independent for the next several hundred years.  

And if we're REALLY concerned about the Earth, why don't we punish the people who keep eating Nature's plants which breathe in Carbon Dioxide and breathe out wonderful, wonderful Oxygen?

You want to save the Earth?  Do you really?  

Stick some pipe in the ground, pump out some Natural Gas and then grab yourself a nice ham and Swiss on rye (bacon optional, but a lovely addition to most any meal).