Wednesday, June 11, 2008

Have the English gone insane?

In another instance of "I couldn't make this stuff up" we again find the British government doing absolutely stupid things.

An Islamic website which backs suicide bombers got a £35,000 Government grant – a month before the anniversary of the 7/7 attacks.

Is just me, or are the English, Europe and the Lefties in the US all just crying out to surrender to the radical Muslims?? Read what this commentator wrote:

And in another vile message a member PRAISED a beheading video of British hostage Ken Bigley.

It said: “I like the beheading videos of the prisoners of war – especially the Daniel Pearl and Ken Bigley one.”

Now in a rational world such a comment would cause outrage. But no, read what the government said:

But the Department for Communities and Local Government agreed to fund the group’s film on problems faced by UK Muslims.

A spokesman said: “We can’t prevent violent extremism if we aren’t prepared to talk about the issues.”

Great gobs of drizzling goose sh*t! Don't you realize that what you are doing is providing a basis for blackmail and excuses for terrorist acts?

Have the English gone insane? Your pick, dear chums.

And BTW - Doesn't that just define Hussein's "I'll talk..." policy?

Big Oil? Not!

The graphs and following were provided by Grant M. My thanks to him.

With 94% of the world's oil supply locked up by foreign governments, most of which are hostile to the United States, the relatively puny American oil companies do not have access to enough crude oil to significantly affect the market and help bring prices down. Thus, Exxon Mobil, a small oil company, buys 90% of the crude oil that it refines for the U.S. market from the big players, i.e., mostly-hostile foreign governments. The price at the U.S. pump is rising because the price the big oil companies charge Exxon Mobil and the other small American companies for crude oil is going up.

This is obviously a tough situation for the American consumer. The irony is that it doesn't have to be that way. The United States--unlike, say, France--actually has vast petroleum reserves. It would be possible for American oil companies to develop those reserves, play a far bigger role in international markets, and deliver gas at the pump to American consumers at a much lower price, while creating many thousands of jobs for Americans. This would be infinitely preferable to shipping endless billions of dollars to Saudi Arabia, Russia and Venezuela.

So, why doesn't it happen? Because the Democratic Party--aided, sadly, by a handful of Republicans--deliberately keeps gas prices high and our domestic oil companies small by putting most of our reserves off limits to development. China is now drilling in the Caribbean, but our own companies are barred by law from developing large oil fields off the coasts of Florida and California. Enormous shale oil deposits in the Rocky Mountain states could go a long way toward supplying American consumers' needs, but the Democratic Congress won't allow those resources to be developed. ANWR contains vast petroleum reserves, but we don't know how vast, because Congress, not wanting the American people to know how badly its policies are hurting our economy, has made it illegal to explore and map those reserves, let alone develop them.

In short, all Americans are paying a terrible price for the Democratic Party's perverse energy policies.

I would add that most, if not all, of the companies listed are owned by the country they are in. In other words, they have been nationalized. Thus it is easy for the government to control internal and external prices. China has been doing this for years, sheltering their emerging industrial base from high energy prices by keeping oil prices well below the world price.

Think about this. It is the purchase of China's products by us that let's them buy the oil and keep the price low on their products which let allows them to effectively destroy any competition they decide to.

Some might call that a hostile attack by a foreign power.

Clinton shuts down drilling

Just to keep the record straight it was Bubba on 6/13/98, almost exactly 10 years go that started the chain of events that has brought us to $4.00 a gallon gasoline. He was, of course, a Democrat.

Navigating a middle course between environmental advocates and oil companies, President Clinton announced today a 10-year extension of the moratorium on oil drilling off virtually all United States ocean coastlines.

Do not read the following if you have high blood pressure.

Although there have been relatively few drilling-related oil spills in American waters, Mr. Clinton said, ''Even under the best of circumstances, is it really worth the risk?''

With worldwide oil supplies plentiful and domestic gasoline prices at near-record lows, extending the moratorium carries little political risk for the President.

In what I consider to be the understatement of the last 100 years...

The oil industry, always interested in finding new petroleum sources, said the President's decision to ban further offshore exploration worsened the nation's dependence on imported oil.....

''The moratoria's extension is unfortunate,'' Chris Kelley, an institute spokesman, said, ''because it ignores the near-perfect performance of the American petroleum industry in operating offshore in a safe and environmentally sensitive manner.''

''This regrettable decision, which is not in the long-term interests of American consumers, is particularly bad policy at a time of record U.S. energy imports,'' Mr. Kelley continued, reading a prepared statement. ''Ultimately, the extension means a smaller future supply of domestically produced oil and natural gas and a lost opportunity to create American jobs.''

Now you know. Be sure to vote for your Democratic Rep, Senator and Pres candidates.

When it comes to nonsense

why is it always associated with education?

Children should no longer be taught traditional subjects at school because they are "middle-class" creations, a Government adviser will claim today.

Professor John White, who contributed to a controversial shake-up of the secondary curriculum, believes lessons should instead cover a series of personal skills.

Pupils would no longer study history, geography and science but learn skills such as energy- saving and civic responsibility through projects and themes.

But he says they must go further because traditional subjects were invented by the middle classes and are "mere stepping stones to wealth".

Hmmm, well that works for me. But then my parents were sharecroppers and I know all to well the penalties people pay for being poor.

The reforms caused a row when they were unveiled last year for sidelining large swathes of subject content in favour of lessons on issues such as climate change and managing debt.

Ah yes. Now we see what the changes are slated for. Flogging a hoax about GW, which is being used to control people through fear, and how to balance a check book.

I confess to being a grouch about some things. I also confess that if you have told me 10 years ago...and that is a very short time period...what is happening now in Europe and England, I would have laughed at such fantasies...