Newt Gingrich: Drill Here, Drill Now, Pay Less

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May 312008
 

I am glad to see a petition like this. The Liberal left has put us in a weakened position as they have made us dependent on other countries that seek our destruction to provide for our fuel needs.

Sign the petition which will make your stance clear to our representatives that you demand real solutions to this energy crisis that has the potential to cripple America.

I signed it already. If nothing else, it’ll piss off the corrupt politicians.

100,000 Americans Petition Congress to Drill for Oil Now


American Solutions for Winning the Future announced today that more than 100,000 Americans have now signed a petition urging Congress to immediately start drilling for oil domestically to ease gas prices. The petition is part of the “Drill Here, Drill Now, Pay Less” campaign American Solutions launched last week.

The petition reads:

“We, therefore, the undersigned citizens of the United States, petition the U.S. Congress to act immediately to lower gasoline prices by authorizing the exploration of proven energy reserves to reduce our dependence on foreign energy sources from unstable countries.”

Next week, American Solutions will deliver the signatures, gathered from citizens in all 50 states, to the U.S. Senate as a first step toward stopping the destructive Warner-Lieberman bill which would raise the cost of gasoline, diesel fuel, heating oil, and aviation fuel.

According to American Solutions’ research, 73% of the American people agree that with appropriate safeguards to protect the environment, we should drill for oil off America’s coasts to reduce our dependence on foreign oil. This belief is so widespread it is supported by a majority of Democrats, Republicans, and independents.

“Our message of ‘Drill Here, Drill Now, Pay Less’ is clearly resonating with hard-working Americans who are struggling to pay for rising gas prices,” said Dave Ryan, American Solutions Executive Director. “The voices of more than 100,000 Americans are demanding that Congress offer real solutions to our energy challenges, and that begins with drilling for oil now.”

For more information about the “Drill Here, Drill Now, Pay Less” campaign, visit www.AmericanSolutions.com/DrillNow.


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As Gas Prices Soar, More People Are Riding Scooters

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May 292008
 

Don’t laugh, I have actually been thinking about buying a scooter. I’m willing to trade my pride for 75-120 miles per gallon. Hey… I might even start my own scooter gang.

Scootin’ along: More people opting for 2-wheel solution to save money on fuel


Watch out drivers – there are more scooter and moped riders out there.

As gas prices soar, more and more drivers are looking for two-wheeled alternatives.

Scooters and mopeds are growing in popularity among commuters, allowing them to keep their cars in the garage to help reduce emissions for the quick trips around town.

Nationally, fuel-sipping scooters are surging in popularity from 12,000 sold in 1997 as compared to 131,000 in 2007, according to statistics compiled by the Motorcycle Industry Council in Irvine, Calif.

“It seems like when we’ve seen these recent spikes in fuel prices, that there has been a correlation in sales,” said Mike Mount, a spokesman for the industry group.

For some people, bicycling takes too long or leaves work clothes crumpled.

In Missoula, Dr. Diana Griffith fills up her yellow scooter for about $4 and uses it to commute to Community Medical Center where she works in the emergency room. She only refuels about once a month.

Griffith, 33, bought her Genuine Scooter Co. Buddy last year, paying about $2,000. A petite woman, Griffith said her scooter is easy to maneuver. She rode it last year from April to October. It gets about 90-120 miles per gallon.

“My scooter paid for itself in one summer,” she said. “I have a small SUV and it seems like a huge waste of gas and amount of emissions to be just driving alone.”

She’s also takes her bicycle on errands and says she feels safe riding in town, saying most Missoulians are cognizant of two-wheeled travelers.

Even though the scooter can travel up to speeds of about 70 mph, she said she wouldn’t take it on the highway.

“There are a lot more people on scooters this summer because of the gas prices,” she said. “The more visible we are, then the safer we are.”

Tyler Gilman bought his candy-apple red scooter recently to save on gas for his four-mile commute from home to downtown Missoula.

He spent about $3,000 for his Piaggio Fly, a cousin of the manufacturer’s more famous Vespa, which means “wasp” in Italian. The Fly gets about 70 miles per gallon.

“At the end of the day it is fun to hop on that thing and cruise around,” Gilman said.

Initially, he said his girlfriend was concerned about the image of a man on a scooter. But, she’s now a convert.

“If you don’t watch yourself, the scooter has the tendency to put you in the posture of a prissy woman. It’s very Euro,” he said. “I’m not out to break down any barriers, but vanity will only take you so far on the other side of $3.50 a gallon.”

Genevieve Giroux, who teaches French at the University of Montana, bought a used Honda moped last July for about $600 and zips around town. Its maximum speed? Twenty-seven mph.

She said she scoots around town to run errands on her moped. Legally, she can ride in the bike lane because her moped has pedals. She said she always wears a helmet.

“It’s so old, it doesn’t have directionals, so I use my hands to signal,” she said. “I have an orange helmet and the moped is yellow, so people can see me. There are only a few people with the mopeds. People respect us.”

Nancy McCourt, co-owner of Scooterville in downtown Missoula, said spring is a busy season for scooter sales. But interest has been more pronounced this year because of the gas prices.

“I’m getting a lot of people who’re saying, ‘I never thought I would be buying a scooter,’ ” she said. “They are driven here because of the gas prices.”

Bicycle riding remains popular, but “not everyone can ride up Whitaker (Drive),” she said.

She said they try to match the transportation needs of consumers who step into her small shop on West Broadway. McCourt urges them to enroll in a motorcycle rider safety class, insure their scooters and wear helmets.

She’s noted a shift in the traditional demographic of buyers, including young couples who don’t want to buy a second car, and professional women ages 25 to 45.

These days, the spectrum is larger, and the most striking demographic shift includes guys with pickup trucks and SUVs.

“They still want to keep their rig, but want something to ride to work,” she said.

A culture around scooters is emerging, with scooter rallies and group rides, she said.

Chad Eckley, manager of Five Valley Honda/Yamaha on U.S. Highway 93, estimated their sales have doubled as the fuel prices climb upward.

“For a lot of people, it is realistically a free machine when they figure how much they’ll save in gas,” he said.


10 Energy Questions for the US Senate

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May 292008
 


Rather than dealing with real solutions, politicians in Washington hold show hearings in hopes of distracting us from the fact that they are the problem. Every time we fill up our gas tanks, we must remember that Congress is to blame for our current dilemma and we must tell them that we are on to them.

Top 10 Energy Questions for the US Senate


1. Do you understand the fundamental economic principle of supply and demand for commodities pricing in the oil market?

2. Oil is a global commodity, bought and sold on the world market. Given that the nine largest private oil companies hold less than 5% of the entire world’s proven oil reserves, isn’t it more likely that the law of supply and demand is “manipulating” current prices than the five corporations represented at your witness table?

3. As a U.S. senator, you have control over oil production on U.S. federal government lands. Taxpayers own these lands and the energy that lies beneath them, but 97% of the federal OCS and 94% of onshore government lands are not being used. Are you willing to help increase the world’s supply of oil — and thus reduce the price of oil and gasoline — by allowing more U.S. energy to be produced from these lands?

4. The corporations represented at the hearing today produce roughly two million barrels of oil per day in America, for American consumers, with an American workforce. How many barrels of American oil, based on Energy Information Administration (EIA) estimates, have each of you voted to produce?

5. How often have each of you voted against supplying American consumers with 10.4 billion barrels of oil from ANWR, 85 billion barrels of oil from the Outer Continental Shelf (OCS), and 2 trillion barrels of oil shale in the West?

6. For those of you who have voted to restrict American energy supplies, especially during periods of increased demand, how are your actions any different than those that you have frequently ascribed to OPEC?

7. The sum of the American resources noted in question five is 2.095 trillion barrels of oil. The total proven oil reserves in the entire world is 1.3 trillion barrels. Which number is bigger?

8. As the gap between supply and demand expands, oil prices increase, and oil company profits rise. What’s the best way for oil company executives to send the entire U.S. Congress a “thank you” note for keeping energy supplies down and corporate profits up?

9. At today’s prices, the United States is sending $1.5 billion overseas — per day — to import oil from foreign countries. Do you think it would be a good idea to spend at least a fraction of that sum producing oil here in the United States?

10. When was the last time you filled up your own gas tank?


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Osama Bin Laden Is Hiding In The “Rooftop Of The World”

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May 282008
 

I don’t know how much weight I put in this report but if it is true, this demonstrates how the U.S. stands with the new government of Pakistan. Musharraf never allowed this kind of operation when he was in charge.

Terrorism: Bin Laden in Pakistan’s K2 mountains, says report


Al-Qaeda leader Osama Bin Laden is hiding in the K2 mountains of northern Pakistan, according to sources cited by Arabic television network, Al-Arabiya.

The report also said US secret services were intending to drive him out in a major military operation encompassing the northern Pakistani tribal areas.

According to the Dubai-based network, in the past few days US security and military officials had a top-level summit at a military base in the Qatari capital, Doha, to plan an operation to hunt for the al-Qaeda leader.

General David Petraeus, the US commander in Iraq and the US ambassador to Islamabad, Anne Petersen, were reported to have attended the summit.

Last week Petraeus testified before a US Congressional committee about security in Iraq and warned that members of al-Qaeda based in Pakistan’s tribal areas were planning a new September 11 attack.

Reports say that the CIA has located the Saudi terrorist in so-called “rooftop of the world”, the area of Pakistan that borders Afghanistan to the west, in particular the chain of mountains of Nurestan and China to the north.

There are fears that Bin Laden is planning new attacks on the west using Arabs but also Europeans who have converted to Islam.

Meanwhile support for al-Qaeda is reportedly broadening, not only among the Afghan Taliban and Pakistani tribes that deny Bin Laden’s presence in the area, but also fundamentalists including the Muslim Brotherhood that has changed its strategy.

The leader of the Egyptian-based brotherhood, Mahdi Akef, has called the Saudi leader “a mujahid that sincerely fights against foreign occupation to be closer to Allah”.

In an interview published on the Arab website, Elaph, read by many young Saudis, Akef said he supported the activities of al-Qaeda against occupiers and not those against the people.

The first victim in this strategy was Libyan Abu Laith al-Libi, al-Qaeda’s number three, killed in a US air raid in January in Mir Ali, in Pakistan’s tribal areas. Two Kuwaitis were also killed in the attack and a Libyan who was one of the group’s leaders.

The US aircraft had targeted an al-Qaeda summit where al-Libi was meeting Abu Obeida Tawari al-Obeidi and Abu Adel al-Kuwaiti. Another Libyan leader, Abdel Ghaffar al-Darnawi, who was previously responsible for links in Iran before moving to the frontline in Afghanistan, was also at the meeting.

After that raid, Mansoor Dadullah, the brother of a senior pro-Taliban militant commander Mullah Dadullah, was seriously injured in a blitz by the Pakistani army in February in a village in Baluchistan where he was hiding with four other militants. He was then captured by Pakistani security forces.

A few days later, the Americans began fresh action launching Drones that killed 13 militants in Waziristan in northern Pakistan and 15 terrorists were killed in another raid on 14 May in the tribal region of Bajaur, on the Afghan border.


Flushing Has Never Been So Much Fun

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May 272008
 

Flushing is fun!

I found this to be far more entertaining than it should be. Kohler has created an interactive website that let’s you pick items from the bathroom and flush them down a toilet. It sounds strange, and it is a little but check it out. After flushing random items down the toilet, including a rubber duckie, flowers, dog food and more, I thought, “I want a toilet like this!” Very slick marketing, indeed!

Quote Of The Day

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May 262008
 

Oil company executives met with Congress yesterday.

Oil executives talking to politicians. I believe they set a record for the most number of lies ever told in one room. – Jay Leno

Inkjet Printers: The Dirty Little Secret

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May 262008
 

I stumbled across an interesting video, expanding the awareness of the amount ink wasted when using an inkjet printer. Ink may be considered one of the world most expensive liquids in the world. By many estimates, one gallon of ink costs over $5,000. So watch this video and be amazed how the large printer manufacturers may be ripping us off.


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Joke Of The Day

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May 262008
 

The seven dwarfs always left to go work in the mine early each morning.

As always, Snow White stayed home doing her domestic chores.
As lunchtime approached, she would prepare their lunch and carry it to the mine.
One day as she arrived at the mine with the lunch,
She saw that there had been a terrible cave-in.
Tearfully, and fearing the worst, Snow White began
Calling out, hoping against hope that the dwarfs had somehow survived.
‘Hello!…Hello!’ she shouted. ‘Can anyone hear me?
For a long while, there was no answer.
Losing hope, Snow White again shouted,
‘Hello! Is anyone down there?’
Just as she was about to give up all hope,
she heard a faint voice from deep within the mine, singing . ….

‘Vote for Barack Obama! – Vote for Barack Obama!’

Snow White fell to her knees, crossed herself and prayed,
‘Oh, thank you, God! At least Dopey is still alive…

Real American Hero: Sheriff Joe Arpaio

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May 242008
 


You all remember Sheriff Joe Arpaio of Arizona , who painted the jail cells pink and made the inmates wear pink prison garb. Well……..SHERIFF JOE IS AT IT AGAIN!


Oh, there’s MUCH more to know about Sheriff Joe!
Maricopa County was spending approx. $18 million dollars a year on stray animals, like cats and dogs. Sheriff Joe offered to take the department over, and the CountySupervisors said okay.

The animal shelters are now all staffed and operated by prisoners. They feed and care for the strays. Every animal in his care is taken out and walked twice daily. He now has prisoners who are experts in animal nutrition and behavior. They give great classes for anyone wh o’d like to adopt an animal. He has literally taken stray dogs off the street, given them to the care of prisoners, and had them place in dog shows.

The best part? His budget for the entire department is now under $3 million. Teresa and I adopted a Weimaraner from a Maricopa County shelter two years ago. He was neutered, and current on all shots, in great health, and even had a microchip inserted the day we got him. Cost us $78.

The prisoners get the benefit of about $0.28 an hour for working, but most would work for free, just to be out of their cells for the day. Most of his budget is for utilities, building maintenance, etc. He pays the prisoners out of the fees collected for adopted animals.

I have long wondered when the rest of the country would take a look at the way he runs the jail system, and copy some of his ideas. He has a huge farm, donated to the county years ago, where inmates can work, and t hey grow most of their own fresh vegetables and food, doing all the work and harvesting by hand. He has a pretty good sized hog farm, which provides meat, and fertilizer. It fertilizes the Christmas tree nursery, where prisoners work, and you can buy a living Christmas tree for $6 – $8 for the Holidays, and plant it later. We have six trees in our yard from the Prison.

Yup, he was reelected last year with 83% of the vote.
Now he’s in trouble with the ACLU again. He painted all his buses and vehicles with a mural, that has a special hotline phone number painted on it, where you can call and report suspected illegal aliens. Immigrations and Customs Enforcement wasn’t doing enough in his eyes, so he had 40 deputies trained specifically for enforcing immigration laws, started up his hotline, and bought 4 new buses just for hauling folks back to the border. He’s kind of a ‘Git-R-Dun’ kind of Sheriff.

TO THOSE OF YOU NOT FAMILIAR WITH JOE ARPAIO
HE IS THE MARICOPA ARIZONA COUNTY SHERIFF
AND HE KEEPS GETTING ELECTED OVER AND OVER
THIS IS ONE OF THE REASONS WHY:

Sheriff Joe Arpaio (In Arizona) who created the ‘Tent City Jail’:
He has jail meals down to 40 cents a serving and charges the inmates for them.

He stopped smoking and porno magazines in the jails. Took away their weights Cut off all but ‘G’ movies.

He started chain gangs so the inmates could do free work on county and city projects.

Then He Started Chain Gangs For Women So He Wouldn’t Get Sued For Discrimination.

He took away cable TV U ntil he found out there was A Federal Court Order that Required Cable TV For Jails So He Hooked Up The Cable TV Again Only Let In The Disney Channel And The Weather Channel.

When asked why the weather channel He Replied, So They Will Know How Hot It’s Gonna Be While They Are Working ON My Chain Gangs.

He Cut Off Coffee Since It Has Zero Nutritional Value.

When the inmates complained, he told them, ‘This Isn’t The Ritz/Carlton…..If You Don’t Like It, Don’t Come Back.’

He bought Newt Gingrich’s lecture series on videotape that he pipes into the jails.

When asked by a reporter if he had any lecture series by a Democrat, he replied that a democratic lecture series might explain why a lot of the inmates were in his jails in the first place.

More On The Arizona Sheriff:

With Temperatures Being Even Hotter Than Usual In Phoenix (116 Degrees Just Set A New Record), the Associated Press Reports:
About 2,000 Inmates Living In A Barbed-Wire-Surrounded Tent Encampment At The Maricopa County Jail Have Been Given Permission To Strip Down To Their Government-Issued Pink Boxer Shorts.

On Wednesday, hundreds of men wearing boxers were either curled up on their bunk beds or chatted in the tents, which reached 138 Degrees Inside The Week Before.

Many Were Also Swathed In Wet, Pink Towels As Sweat Collected On Their C hests And Dripped Down To Their PINK SOCKS.

‘It Feels Like We Are In A Furnace,’ Said James Zanzot, An Inmate Who Has Lived In the TENTS for 1 year. ‘It’s Inhumane.’

Joe Arpaio, the tough-guy sheriff who created the tent city and long ago started making his prisoners wear pink, and eat bologna sandwiches, is not one bit sympathetic. He said Wednesday that he told all of the inmates: ‘It’s 120 Degrees In Iraq And Our Soldiers Are Living In Tents Too, And They Have To Wear Full Battle Gear, But They Didn’t Commit Any Crimes, So Shut Your Mouths!’

Way To Go, Sheriff!

Maybe if all prisons were like this one there would be a lot less crime and/or repeat offenders. Criminals should be punished for their crimes – not live in luxury until it’s time for their parole, only to go out and commit another crime so they can get back in to live on taxpayers money and enjoy things taxpayers can’t afford to have for themselves.

Sheriff Joe was just reelected Sheriff in Maricopa County , Arizona.

Joke Of The Day

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May 242008
 

I was walking past the mental hospital the other day, and all the patients were shouting “13! 13! 13!”

The fence was too high to see over, but I saw a little gap in the fence and so, I looked through to see what was going on.

Some #@!$%@# poked me in the eye with a stick.

Then they all started shouting “14! 14! 14!……”

Confirmed: Hillary Clinton Did Beat John McCain at a Vodka Drinking Contest

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May 242008
 

It’s official. There are now three men running for office. This demonstrates that Hillary Clinton, graduate of Wellesley and Yale, wife of a Governor and President, Senator from New York, resident of one of the wealthiest areas in NY State, is, in fact, just one boys.

Hey, because they are such good drinking buddies, maybe McCain can make her his running mate after she loses to Obama.

How Hillary Clinton beat John McCain at vodka drinking


Should Hillary Clinton defy all odds to become the Democratic presidential candidate, she will know for a fact that she has the beating of her Republican rival John McCain…when it comes to drinking contests, at least.

It has emerged that Mrs Clinton took on Mr McCain at downing vodka shots when the two senators were on a congressional tour of Estonia in 2004.

Rumours of the drinking contest have surfaced before, but had always been dismissed as apocryphal until the story was finally confirmed by Mrs Clinton’s campaign manager, and by the owner of a restaurant in the Estonian capital of Tallinn.

Dimitri Demjanov, proprietor of Gloria’s, said the two political heavyweights managed four shots each before Mrs Clinton was declared the winner, though the rules of the contest remain somewhat opaque.

Was it first past the post? Did Mr McCain demand a recount? Mr Demjanov refused to say, but when asked who was the winner he did not hesitate before answering: ‘Hillary won. She stayed correct after four shots. And John McCain too.’

Mr Demjanov spoke briefly to the BBC after Terry McAuliffe, Mrs Clinton’s campaign manager, said in an interview that Mrs Clinton had ‘beaten’ Mr McCain in the drinking contest.

He said: ‘She loves to sit, throw ’em back. We all hear about the story that she and John McCain actually had a shot contest, I think in the Ukraine or somewhere around the world. And she actually beat John McCain in a shot contest.

‘She’s a girl from Illinois who likes to throw ’em down with the rest of us.’

Mr McCain’s ‘people’ were rather less forthcoming, saying their man had been for a few drinks with Mrs Clinton but denying a contest.

Quite why Mr McAuliffe chose to reveal the story at such a crucial time in the Democratic campaign is unclear, but tales of hard drinking rarely turn out to be vote winners.