Archive for May, 2008

Oil THIS, Congress —

May 22, 2008

Glenn Beck has the response that oil corporations should give to Congress:

…. the high price of gasoline.  How could it have possibly gotten this high?

Let me tell you what we’ve done here in congress.  We told you that drilling in ANWR is off limits.  We told you that drilling off the coast of Florida and California is off limits.  We told you, Mr. Big oil, that there wouldn’t be any new leases for drilling in the Gulf while China and Venezuela and even Cuba pursued these leases and have just signed 100-year leases on the oil in the Gulf of Mexico.  We here in congress have promised, as all three presidential candidates have also promised, to introduce and pass in the next term a cap and trade legislation bill that will increase the price of gasoline according to the EPA by an additional $1.50.  Some people say it could be as high as $5 additional per gallon.  Order, order.  We have said that we’re shutting down oil fields in Colorado.  We won’t let you develop shale oil fields in several Western states.  And yesterday we passed legislation that would let us sue OPEC with the full understanding that they’ll never retaliate.  Yes.  We have allowed environmental attorneys to sue you big oil fiends for future possible destruction of Alaskan Eskimo village which legal experts believe is the same strategy used to bring down big tobacco.  We’re especially proud of our recent action to protect the polar bear and their habitat which just happens to be where the future oil deposits happen to be located.  We told you that you’re making too much money and that we’re looking at seizing any money that we consider windfall profits.  Yes.  We have allowed you to drill in some very small areas in Alaska while simultaneously creating very generous environmental laws which have tied up the very production we authorize through years of litigation after you spent the money on buying and setting up equipment.  We told you through our policies that we would not allow you to build a new refinery in over 30 years.  In fact, this great country, under our tutelage, has even reduced the number of operational refineries by half since 1982.  Order, order, order.  We have even told your potential competitors in the nuclear and hydroelectric industries that we would send the environmental lawyers after them if they even dared think about building a new plant or a new dam.  We’ve refused to fund or allow the deployment of coal-to-oil technology which has been around since the 1930s.  We’ve told you that you have to make different blends of gasoline, let states like California dictate what unique gasoline blends you have to make for them.  We will not reduce our federal gasoline tax.  We won’t even consider reducing it for the summer  …..

And Congress blames the oil corporations for the high cost of oil????

 

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Back in action …. Sorta.

May 8, 2008

Retirement is wonderful …. health is back on schedule …. flowers planted …. majority of boxes are unpacked …. voted early.  Life is good.

I still rise at 6 am, but the first thoughts that flow through my mind have to do with the health of the 16-year-old dog that sleeps on the rug beside me.  She’s managing — only her arthritis and waning eyesight betray her still seemingly spry demeanor — and her daily mission is to stay near as I busy myself with morning chores.   We walk regularly.  Not as far or as quickly as in the past, but often with her leaning against my knee.  I’ve learned to watch for signs of her well-being.  I want her to experience no pain (routine discomfort is part of the aging process for all of us).  Thus far, she’s doing amazingly well for a 50 pound wonder-dog who once entertained the elderly ….   I will stand by her side to guide and support her as long as I am needed.  After all — I would have been shredded by a grizzly bear or battered by burglers many years ago had she not stood by my side.  What goes around, comes around.  She has been a wonderful friend and companion throughout the years.  Our ashes will someday be scattered together …. And I anticipate frolicking with her at the Rainbow Bridge and singing our favorite songs again. 

To those who know the unconditional love and devotion of a beloved dog and the bond that exists — you understand, I’m certain.  More at The Chocolate Chronicles.