Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Thank BP For Cheaper Gas

Am I the only one that has noticed that gasoline prices at the pump have been falling ever since the oil well disaster in the Gulf? Prices at the pump have gone down at least ten cents in the last two weeks. This, at the same time of year when gasoline historically goes up for the first holiday of summer.

In the recent past, the oil companies have used any excuse to raise prices at the pump overnight. Anything and everything from a hurricane in the Gulf, to 'unrest' in the Mid East. These non-existent disasters caused prices to raise immediately, even though gas at the pump has been priced at least six months before it gets to the station.

Never mind that con job, I'm all for any business, or person, making as much money as they can. Just don't piss on my shoes and tell me it's raining. Don't pretend the oil companies don't get together, collude, and price fix. That is exactly what they're doing in the wake of the oil rig explosion.

The strange thing is that they are colluding to keep the gas prices from going up, not down.

Yes, they have a public relations nightmare staining the Gulf, so they have conspired to not piss off the public any more than they already have. They realize that they screwed up and price gouging right now could possibly cost them billions from future off-shore drilling.

There has been an over supply of oil for several months now, yet the prices have not fallen as the old supply and demand tenet says they should. This, supposedly, is due to investors buying up oil futures instead of real estate. Well, Big Oil, why are pump prices finally going down at the same time as the largest oil disaster in history?

Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Hold the Cinco de Mayo

One week after five high school students in California were sent home for wearing the American flag on their tee shirts, and I'm still waiting on that liberal righteous indignation. Nary, a peep. They fogghorned for days about Rush Limbaugh calling the Obama administration a 'regime'. They flipped out over Sarah Palin posting targets of congressional districts on her website. But, take away someone's first amendment rights, and... total silence.

The five, white, male, students wore the American flag shirts to school on Cinco de Mayo. Now, let's face it, Cinco de Mayo is celebrated in the U.S. mainly by Gringos in Mexican restaurant chains. Assistant Principal Miguel Rodriguez scooped the boys up and told them to turn the shirts inside out, or go home. Rodriguez was supposedly concerned about the boys attire being 'incendiary', and possibly causing fights with Mexican students.

So, instead of protecting the minority's (the white five) right to dress as they please, the A.P. lets them know that "might makes right". The school basically told the boys, "We can't control the Mexicans, so you five have to do the wrong thing."

The next day, in full backpedal mode, the district superintendent said, "The Morgan Hill Unified School District does not prohibit nor do we discourage wearing patriotic clothing. The incident on May 5 at Live Oak High School is extremely unfortunate. While campus safety is our primary concern and administrators made decisions yesterday in an attempt to ensure campus safety, students should not, and will not, be disciplined for wearing patriotic clothing. This matter is under investigation and appropriate action will be taken."

We're still waiting, not holding our breath, but still waiting for that action to be taken. You would think that by now, the school board's shysters would have thrown out the standard two paragraph apology, along with some bogus policy review, and, of course, some diversity training for the assistant principal.

Wednesday, May 5, 2010

Emotion vs Logic?

Progressives are very impressive with their sleight of hand, magic act. Their policies will never hold up in serious, open minded debate. So, they flip the script, and get the great unwashed masses to look at the other hand... instead of the one double dealing.

For instance, Arizona passes a law to uphold existing federal law regarding immigrants... legal and otherwise. In the early 1950s the feds passed a law requiring all immigrants to have their "papers" on their person.... at all times! This law is still on the books. The Prez knows this. He is, after all, a lawyer.

Yet, there he is, former house mouthpiece for ACORN, not mentioning that the Arizona law is not really new. That it is nothing more than a statement that, since the feds can't (or don't want to) do it, Arizona will pack up illegal trespassers. No, Obama says that it's a bad bill, and goes off on some fairy tale about someone's kid not getting ice cream because the Arizona police harassed their Papa.

This is how smart the Progressives consider their base to be? "We can't debate the law and actual events as we'd lose every time. Instead, let's say, 'it's for the children', and 'poor people', and always, always, play the race angle." Congratulations, Democrat voters, this is how little regard your leaders have for you. They trot out the same lame arguments time after time because they know you will respond emotionally instead of logically.

Class warfare, wealth envy, and the race card. All three, giant steps towards socialism, or communism even. Please check your Progressive leadership's next response to any of their opposition's ideas and see how many of those three building blocks are involved.... again.