Friday, September 18, 2009

You Can Help Free Our Energy Today

From Heritage Foundation's Morning Bell:

With the nation’s unemployment rate creeping ever closer to 10%, it is not surprising that Americans continue to rank the economy as the most important issue facing the country right now. Recognizing the link between a troubled economy and energy prices, last year 1.4 million Americans signed the “Drill Here, Drill Now, Pay Less” petition demanding that the federal government enact policies that will lower our nation’s energy costs. And Congress responded by ending our nation’s quarter-century ban on oil and natural gas drilling off the Atlantic and Pacific coasts.

But this was just the first step Americans needed to take to free our energy from the myriad of bureaucratic restriction the enviro-left has placed between consumers and cheap energy. Before the development of our natural resources can begin, the Department of Interior must approve a five-year leasing plan detailing how federal sale of oil and gas leases in the offshore waters will take place. The case for developing our own natural resources is strong. An estimated 19 billion barrels of oil–nearly 30 years of current imports from Saudi Arabia–as well as substantial natural gas reserves are estimated to lie beneath these restricted areas. According to a 2008 Center for Data Analysis study, increasing domestic oil production by 1 million barrels per day would generate 128,000 jobs. At 2 million barrels per day, that figures jump to 270,000.

Unfortunately the Obama administration is allowing their “Green Job” fantasies to get in the way of cold hard facts and real American jobs. At an Interior Department field hearing this April in Atlantic City, Secretary Ken Salazar claimed ocean winds along the East Coast can generate 1 million megawatts of power, roughly the equivalent of 3,000 medium-sized coal-fired power plants, or nearly five times the number of coal plants now in the United States, according to the Energy Department. This is pure fiction. In 2007 the United States produced 23.48 quadrillion Btus of power from coal. Wind produced .319 quadrillion Btus. Salazar wants the American people to believe we can increase our wind power production by 7,300%. That is unrealistic.

Despite all the rhetoric you hear about the rest of the world abandoning fossil fuels to avoid global warming, their actions show where their real priorities are. Brazil, whose beautiful beaches rival or even surpass anything in California or Florida, recently discovered a huge underwater oil field and it is moving quickly to begin drilling. In Asia, China and Japan were able to put aside centuries of mistrust to come to an agreement on how to drill and share oil in waters in between their countries. Germany plans to build 27 coal-fired plants by 2020. Italy plans to increase its reliance on coal from 14% today to 33% in just five years. In all of Europe, 40 new major coal power plants are set to be built in the next five years. In 2006 alone, China completed enough coal power plants to match all of Britain’s capacity. India plans to boost coal production by 50% by 2012 and quadruple it by 2030.

The rest of the world gets it: in order to compete in today’s global economy countries must maximize the energy potential of all their natural resources. The Obama administration would be forcing American businesses to compete with one hand tied behind our back if they favor costly, inefficient, and unproven renewable energy to the exclusion of all other U.S. resources.

But there is something you can do about it. Any regulatory framework created by the Obama Interior Department can be fought in court. And Federal law requires the Obama Administration to solicit comments from the American people and substantively respond to them before any regulation can attain the force of law. One factor that courts must consider when a regulation is challenged is how the government addressed citizen comments on the proposed regulation.

Last year, 30,000 of you submitted a comment through to the Environmental Protection Agency asking it to not move forward with carbon dioxide regulations. This year, people are voicing their support for offshore drilling by going to and submitting a comment. You can too. Now is not the time to turn back.

Let the Obama Administration know that you support domestic oil exploration. Then forward today’s Morning Bell to five of your friends. Visit to make your voices heard. The deadline is Monday, September 21st at midnight. So hurry!

Wednesday, September 9, 2009

Obama Speech: Carefully Crafted Same Old Same Old

Based on what I'm reading about tonight's speech it sounds like more of the same. If you read the Wall Street article below carefully, basically it says Obama wants the public option, but he's OK if they have something else in there... I would guess that this speech tonight is going to command one of his biggest audiences ever. He started out being pretty good at walking down the middle, trying to placate both sides of issues. Now people know that's what he does so they parse his words more critically. He isn't going to be able to get away with skating that curvy path any longer.

Obama to Endorse Public Plan in Speech

President Barack Obama, in a high-stakes speech Wednesday to Congress and the nation, will press for a government-run insurance option in a proposed overhaul of the U.S. health-care system that has divided lawmakers and voters for months.

White House officials say the president will detail what he wants in the health-care overhaul, as well as say he is open to better ideas on a government plan if lawmakers have them.

Democratic plans call for requiring most Americans to carry health insurance. Failure to comply could cost families as much as $3,800 a year, according to a new Senate proposal.


Friday, May 1, 2009

Remember the Raise the Feds Gave in April?

You remember the hype. Obama gives every worker in America a tax cut which will give individuals up to $400 and married couples up to $800 to spend now.

Well, guess they forgot to mention it came with strings. If you're a student, or a two income family or even a retired senior with a job, get ready. You'll be given the opportunity to give most, if not all, of it back next April!

That's right. Oh, and they don't call it a tax hike on every worker in America. Instead, they call it a smaller refund for next year.

Yep, that's going to really help.

Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Want to know about outrage?

The following article is making the rounds via email. I started to pop over to Snopes to verify this one. [Even though Snopes isn't to be trusted itself these days from what I've read... but it's the only site I know of that supposedly researches things.] However, whether it appeared in the Wall Street Journal as a letter, whether the author is correct, doesn't matter. The sentiments in it are so 'right on' that I could have written it (albeit not quite so well maybe).

I think she's wrong in one aspect. At the end she says she's in the minority and is outnumbered. I don't know when this was written, but I gather it's from some time last year. I think the author may have a lot more company now.

Hooray for the Tea Parties. At least we had and have a way to get together and voice our outrage peacefully. I hope the July 4th tea parties are BIGGER. If the media is going to lie about the tea parties, then we'll just have to bypass them. I was at one and the media under-reported grossly the numbers. They're scared of us folks. We need to keep it up and get louder. We need to keep it peaceful, keep well within the law, give them NO reason to be able to point their nasty fingers... but we need to keep on keeping on!

This was in my in-box this morning. Perfectly put, wish I'd written it!

Wall Street Journal article titled "Where's The Outrage?" that appeared July 31,2008.
Really. I can tell you where the outrage is. The outrage is here, in this middle-aged, well-educated, upper-middle class woman. The outrage is here, but I have no representation, no voice. The outrage is here, but no one is listening for who am I?

I am not a billionaire like George Soros that can fund an entire political movement. I am not a celebrity like Barbra Streisand that can garner the attention of the press to promote political candidates. I am not a film maker like Michael Moore or Al Gore that can deliver misleading movies to the public.

The outrage is here, but unlike those with money or power, I don't know how to reach those who feel similarly in order to effect change. Why am I outraged? I am outraged that my country, the United States of America , is in a state of moral and ethical decline. There is no right or wrong anymore, just what's fair. Is it fair that millions of Americans who overreached and borrowed more than they could afford are now being bailed out by the government and lending institutions to stave off foreclosure? Why shouldn't these people be made to pay the consequences for their poor judgment?

When my husband and I purchased our home, we were careful to purchase only what we could afford. Believe me, there are much larger, much nicer homes that I would have loved to have purchased. But, taking responsibility for my behavior and my life, I went with the house that we could afford, not the house that we could not afford. The notion of personal responsibility has all but died in our country.

I am outraged, that the country that welcomed my mother as an immigrant from Hitler's Nazi Germany and required that she and her family learn English now allows itself to be overrun with illegal immigrants and worse, caters to those illegal immigrants.

I am outraged that my hard-earned taxes help support those here illegally. That the Los Angeles Public School District is in such disarray that I felt it incumbent to send my child to private school, that every time I go to the ATM, I see "do you want to continue in English or Spanish?", that every time I call the bank, the phone company , or similar business, I hear "press 1 for English or press 2 for Spanish". WHY? This is America , our common language is English and attempts to promote a bi- or multi-lingual society are sure to fail and to marginalize those who cannot communicate in English.

I am outraged at our country's weakness in the face of new threats on American traditions from Muslims. Just this week, Tyson's Food negotiated with its union to permit Muslims to have Eid-al-Fitr as a holiday instead of Labor Day. What am I missing? Yes, there is a large Somali Muslim population working at the Tyson's plant in Tennessee. Tennessee , last I checked, is still part of the United States . If Muslims want to live and work here they should be required to live and work by our American Laws and not impose their will on our long history.

In the same week, Random House announced that they had indefinitely delayed the publication of The Jewel of Medina, by Sherry Jones, a book about the life of Mohammed's wife, Aisha due to fear of retribution and violence by Muslims. When did we become a nation ruled by fear of what other immigrant groups want? It makes me so sad to see large corporations cave rather than stand proudly on the principles that built this country.

I am outraged because appeasement has never worked as a political policy, yet appeasing Mahmoud Ahmadinejad is exactly what we are trying to do. An excellent article, also published recently in the Wall Street Journal, went through over 20 years of history and why talking with Iran has been and will continue to be ineffective. Yet talk, with a madman no less, we continue to do. Have we so lost our moral compass and its ability to detect evil that we will not go in and destroy Iran's nuclear program? Would we rather wait for another Holocaust for the Jews - one which they would be unlikely to survive? When does it end?

As if the battle for good and evil isn't enough, now come the Environmentalists who are so afraid of global warming that they want to put a Bag tax on grocery bags in California; to eliminate Mylar balloons; to establish something as insidious as the recycle police in San Francisco. I do my share for the environment: I recycle, I use water wisely, I installed an energy efficient air conditioning unit. But when and where does the lunacy stop?Ahmadinejad wants to wipe Israel off the map, the California economy is being overrun by illegal immigrants, and the United States of America no longer knows right from wrong, good from evil.. So what does California do? Tax grocery bags.

So, America , although I can tell you where the outrage is, this one middle-aged, well-educated, upper middle class woman is powerless to do anything about it. I don't even feel like my vote counts because I am so outnumbered by those who disagree with me.

Alisa Wilson,
Ph.D. Beverly Hills ,

Tuesday, March 17, 2009

Where do those cell phone bills go?

There's a recent story out where Michelle took time to do her volunteer work in DC. She showed up "unexpectedly" at a homeless shelter with food donated by the White House staff. The photo with the picture of her serving food also shows the food recipient taking a photo of Michelle with a cell phone.

Doesn't this make you scratch your head? First, why does the White House staff donate the only food mentioned in the story? Doesn't Michelle and her hubby make enough money to donate as well? Second, where does the cell phone bill get delivered to the homeless person in DC?

Thursday, March 12, 2009

Vicious Cycle- Bailout Money Found in Overseas Loans

Unbelievable. Our taxpayer bailout money is being shipped out of the country by-- yep, the banks who said they needed it. Go figure.

HT to ericjodom

Tuesday, March 10, 2009

Air Fare Tacky Tack Ons

Have you been noticing all the alleged great one way sales for the airlines? You can just about fly across the entire great land of America for under $100 and you can get to Florida for around $40. That is, until you sign on the dotted line.

This air fare is supposed to be such a great price. Well, what about all the tacky add ons? First, each bag checked will cost between $15-25 each. There's another charge if you call them on the telephone to ask for help. That little add on runs about $15 per person.

And then, of course, "fares shown do not include Airport Passenger Facility Charges of up to $18. The September 11th security fee of up to $10 is not included. Fares do not include segment taxes of $3.60 per segment."

So, the printed sale price for ticket I was looking at is not $39 one way. It could run as much as $126 one way.

Those tacky add ons make the sale not so good after all.

Friday, March 6, 2009

Krauthammer: Obama's 'Big Bang' Agenda

Forget the pork. Forget the waste. Forget the 8,570 earmarks in a bill supported by a president who poses as the scourge of earmarks. Forget the "$2 trillion dollars in savings" that "we have already identified," $1.6 trillion of which President Obama's budget director later admits is the "savings" of not continuing the surge in Iraq until 2019 -- 11 years after George Bush ended it, and eight years after even Bush would have had us out of Iraq completely.

Charles Krauthammer is brilliant and always cuts right through the BS to the meat, the core of issues.

Saturday, February 21, 2009

Transparency? Obama's Blocking Robots Text File

Transparency? Obama's Blocking Robots Text File
Obama reportedly took pride in the White House website's robots.txt file which was simplified greatly to allow search engines to find it. His site, however, had a robots.txt file that blocked some search engines including Google! This is another example from among many that seem to bear out a total lack of commitment to fulfill a great many of his campaign promises. (Incidentally, I think he's already broken more than he's kept since taking office.)

From Why Mommy is a Republican (great blog, highly recommend an add to your rss)

Monday, February 16, 2009

Hotmail "security"

I sign into my account first thing in the morning and leave it on all day. Periodically it signs me out, for security reasons. A yellow band pops up across the top of the page saying my account has been idle for a period of time, they've signed me out to protect me. At the end of the sentence it asks if I want to sign back in. I click, a new window opens up (blank webpage) with a box that asks me if I want to close the window. I click yes. I'm signed back in.

I don't have to put in a password. I don't have to do anything other than click a couple of times.

Anyone who walked into my office could do the same thing.

So tell me, how's that protecting me?

Tuesday, January 6, 2009

Comedians in a twist...

Have you noticed the lack of jokes about our soon-to-be new President, Barack Obama? I've been watching and my little ears perk up every time I hear Obama mentioned in a joke. Inevitably, the joke isn't about Obama, they're just using him in the joke to contrast the boob they're tackling.

What's going to happen over the next four years? What are our late-night talk show hosts going to joke about in the Obama administration?

Democrats are pretty much off-limits unless they've been dumped in the dirt-bag trashcan by their fellow Dems.

With Barack being worshipped by so many it's virtually impossible for him to be treated fairly by the humor circuit. Toss in the race issue and you have a hurdle virtually impossible for comedians to conquer.

I wonder what the next four years will bring... George Bush will be gone. Ditto Dick Cheney. The Democrats will be in control. Sarah Palin is still fair game it seems, even though she's not in the national limelight. It's going to be interesting to see if the "Fairness Doctrine" will apply in late-night comedy! Will they crack jokes about Obama? Will David Letterman do the Presidential bits with Obama instead of Bush?

My guess is they'll shy away from Obama jokes. The outcry from the left will have them off the air if they're not careful with their comedy.

Sunday, January 4, 2009

Is it me?

Is it me, or is there a not-so-subtle bias in this story (filed under keywords Democrats, Barack Obama, humor on AOL)

Pepsi Catches Obama's Heat
By Tommy ChristopherJan 1st 2009 9:56AM
I am an avid drinker of Pepsi One, the most delicious diet beverage available on planet Earth. A cold Pepsi One is as good as, if not better than, a "normal" Pepsi. It has 1 calorie, which must be where they put the delicious.

Tell me if the survey doesn't twist something in your gut if you consider yourself a conservative or Republican? Note the "vanilla" lib questions, the snarky Republican question and the strange Independent question.