Friday, May 21, 2004

Oil - The preferred drug of the American Public

Today, for the first time ever, Charles Krauthammer wrote something I agree with. Generally I consider him to be the worst of the worst in terms of political hackery. (OK, maybe not the worst of the worst, but definitely close to the bottom. I mean Ann Coulter is really in a class by herself). Today, however, the doctors treating Charles Krauthammer actually found some kind of medication that calmed his extreme form of psychosis long enough to write his column. I strongly suspect that this medication was a one-time wonder, and he will be back to writing his normal deluded swill in no time.

His column today was about what is driving oil prices, and I had to go check to make sure my own medications and dosages were correct because I agreed with almost every word.

I work for a major oil company - one that anyone reading this has heard of, and many of you may have used my company's name at the end of a long string of epithets (no it is not Halliburton). My job is such that I get to review the details of a very large number of opportunities that we have on the drawing board for bringing new oil to market. The opportunities that I review are literally in the four corners of the globe and in environments and situations that most people in their right minds would just shake their heads at due the difficulties (both technical, political, and economic) in pulling these projects off. Let me tell you people, the future is scary. There is no easy oil left. I just shake my head and wonder, not only about the future of my company, but the future of the world economy that's life blood is oil.

Why the hell do you think we are in Iraq - it ain't about WMD's, or Al Qaeda, or freeing the Iraqi people. In addition, demand is growing at a tremendous pace - not here, but in China and India.

My analogy is a person climbing up a down-going escalator. Available supply is represented by the person climbing. Each step he climbs represents the discovery and development of a new source of oil. Demand and consumption is represented by the escalator descending. That person has not been making much headway in going up that escalator, and it keeps decending faster and faster. In fact, that person is getting older and awfully tired. Pretty soon we will be at a situation where the person keeps taking steps, but starts heading in an overall and inexorable downward trend.

No matter how much money, help, and resources are given to the climber, he will not be able to climb any faster than he is already going. The only way to change the trend is to slow the escalator down - i.e. conserve and use less.

So get rid of that Hummer and buy yourself a Prius. And get off your butt!!!


Gulliani and Bush

For the last 2.5 years I have been flabbergasted by mere fact that Bush and Gulliani were transformed into "heros" in the public's collective perception by simply standing in front of TV cameras reciting speeches written for them by other people and appearing "strong". It was like the whole country took some drug that changed our perceptions of these two individuals from bad and dumb to strong and heroic. In any case, Jimmy Breslin takes a swipe at this image of Gulliani and gets one or two licks in at President Idiot too.


Thursday, May 20, 2004

If you want a laugh check this out

Unfortunately for my children, we still live in the 1970's world of pre-cable and pre-satellite TV. For that reason, I have never seen The Daily Show. However, Jon Stewart's Commencement Address at William and Mary is a hoot. Check it out.


Texas Bloggers

When you have some time, check out my new section on Texas bloggers!


More Prisoner Abuse Crap

My friend Sandy, who I love dearly, was so shocked by my posting of the early pictures from Abu Gharaib that she was convinced it was a hoax. Unfortunately there are lots of people in the world that are sicker than Sandy can imagine, and we are finding out that the original stuff we saw from Abu Gharaib was only the tip of the iceberg.


Go Ahead and Read the Ads at the Top

When I started this blog, being the cheapskate that I am, I decided to go the free route. Of course that means that other people are having to pay for my blog space and for the software I use etc. This didn't bother me until I saw all of the Republican National Committee ads at the top of my blog.

My friends, who have much more common sense than I do, suggest that I should put a banner at the top of my blog saying Brought to you by the RNC and then spend all of he blog space dissing them. Instead I put the statement to "Ignore the Ads at the Top".

However, I have noticed that recently the ads have changed. I guess Google Ads software is smart enough to realize that I hate the RNC.

In any case, I noticed an ad today that caught my attention and I clicked on the link. I was not disappointed.

You all should check out this web page that has a blog search engine and keeps statistics on the most chatted about subjects in the bloggosphere.

Definitely worth checking out!!


Wednesday, May 19, 2004

More Bigotry from our Elected Leaders

If you live in Texas, you don't expect much from your elected leaders. It didn't used to be that way, but from Shrub Bush to Governor Goodhair, we have a crop of the most useless SOB's that ever graced a state capitol. Why in fact, Governor Goodhair himself took off where Dubya left off and started executing retards and schizophenics last night, despite the fact that his parole board voted 5-1 to reduce a mentally ill convict's penalty from Death to Life Without Parole.

However, the following story takes the cake for a combination of chutzpah and bigotry. Our lovely and openminded Comptroller has decided that she knows what is a religion and what is not, and she has definitely decided that whatever Unitarians do, it is not practicing religion.

AUSTIN, Texas - (KRT) - Unitarian Universalists have for decades presided over births, marriages and memorials. The church operates in every state, with more than 5,000 members in Texas alone.

But according to the office of Texas Comptroller Carole Keeton Strayhorn, a Texas Unitarian church isn't really a religious organization - at least for tax purposes. Its reasoning: The organization "does not have one system of belief."

Never before - not in this state nor any other - has a government agency denied Unitarians tax-exempt status because of the group's religious philosophy, church officials say. Strayhorn's ruling clearly infringes upon religious liberties, said Dan Althoff, board president for the Denison, Texas, congregation that was rejected for tax exemption by the comptroller's office.

"I was surprised - surprised and shocked - because the Unitarian church in the United States has a very long history," said Althoff, who notes that father-and-son presidents John Adams and John Quincy Adams were both Unitarians.


Monday, May 17, 2004

Time to get educated people

Yankeedoodle decifers the Taguba report for y'all. So when General Meyers says he hadn't read the report because it was still working its way up the chain of command, you'll see that he was the chain of command.

Additionally, the man who exposed the My Lai Massacre back in Vietnam, Sy Hersch, tells us about how the Abu Gharaib Prisoner Abuse scandal was part of a program sanctioned at the very top of the Administration.

Lastly, when the spin doctors at the administration tell you that Sy Hersh is full of BS, Billmon shows you how their denials are really non-denials typical of this administration.