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Holiday travelers greeted by cheap gas, storms

At the close of business today the market for Crude delivered  for January  was $73.55 down .14 cents.  The price for RBOB gasoline for December delivery is $2.02 down  .01 cent.   Retailers likely bumped up their holiday prices and with the storms travel might be greatly dismissed in the populated  Northeast signaling less demand than expected.  We should expect even lower prices after the holiday.  Happy Thanksgiving everyone.  

posted @ Wednesday, November 26, 2014 - 19:35

Tough to make a case against police in shootings

Concerning the lack of diversity.  Within a pool of acceptable (no felony record, no serious misdemeanor arrests, no recent drug use)  minority candidates, those who might qualify for law enforcement officer also quality for other professions.  Pool applicants may be employed in sales, banking, insurance, finance, investments, Nursing, Physician Assistant or other well paying jobs that do to involve shift work, holiday work, danger, lack of respect, and stress.  So, many of those highly qualified minorities will not chose police work even though departments have outreach programs to interest minorities.  

posted @ Wednesday, November 26, 2014 - 16:37

Tough to make a case against police in shootings

From day one in police recruit class rookie officers are told that the only authorized use of deadly force is to protect the officers life, the life of another and in some cases to prevent an escape.  Even in today's economy conditions when police budgets are stretched,  firearms training is mandated by law. I personally believe that departments do not teach hand to hand tactics.  A big man (like young Brown) can be put on the ground by a much smaller person.  Clearly, this officer was attacked while still seated In his car and needed to invoke his firearm retention skills and save his life from a physical assault. Anyone who has worked in a low income police district dealing with urban youth can understand what this officer went through that day. 

posted @ Wednesday, November 26, 2014 - 16:24

UN climate report offers stark warnings, hope

I don't know how you will react to this but on November 24, the Russian News Agency TASS reported that the Russian Federation for Hydrometeorology  and Environmental Monitoring  reported that they are optimistic about Global warming  Optimistic!??  They then went on to list all the positive aspect of a slightly warmer Russia although they did say that some traditional lifestyles might need to change.  Very Interesting.  .   

posted @ Tuesday, November 25, 2014 - 22:41

UN climate report offers stark warnings, hope

     You are wrong my friend, I don't just surf the web and cherry pick.  I am not a Michael Mann. I have a few scholarly sources, some are researchers, psychologist, mathematicians and meteorologists: several once believed in CAGW but then examined the science and found the bad scientific method was employed, some bordering on fraud. 
     That post was intended to show how absolutely wrong and off base many of the  CAGW supporters were.  My post came from one source. 
      I had a friend in California who is  a flaming liberal, a card carrying member of MoveOn.  While  I was not a true believer I took what Rob said at face value until I delved  into this a little more.  I understand now that the term climate change is political was adopted because the natural cycle of global warming stopped.   Climate change is and always has occurred and nothing can stop it.  Let's agree to disagree.

posted @ Tuesday, November 25, 2014 - 21:41

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Then we share the same view. I too received more news and information from the Internet than the usual sources. My students have the access to the knowledge of the world from their kitchen table, more likely their bed. I think we all must resist government control.

posted @ Tuesday, November 25, 2014 - 21:11

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@cyou299:      If I understand you correctly, we might agree on the wind and solar hoax.   Here are two recent reports.   How 'bout that.

posted @ Monday, November 24, 2014 - 09:40

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I don't believe they are at this point yet.  Oil companies are still pumping  $5.00 per barrel oil out of many oil fields.   I read a report that the break-even floor for sand tar crude oil was around  $60.00 per barrel depending on the location and operation.  This will impact deep water drilling and might cause some reduction in exploration.  This evening, crude for Feb. delivery  is $76.59 per barrel and RBOB gasoline is $2.04 per gallon.  This should be a boost to the economy as people will have more disposable income to spend on things other than fuel.  cute drawing. 

posted @ Sunday, November 23, 2014 - 20:50

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Address the issue rather than shooting the messenger.  You might also  want to read the Constitution, particularly the parts about the mandates of congress and the executive.   

posted @ Sunday, November 23, 2014 - 11:27

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Ahhhh yes...all the lies and false memememems.  Obviously you are referring to the MIT Professor Gruber statements about a lack of government transparency being good and his references to the stupid supporters of the ACA.  Then there is, "If you like your Doctor you can keep your Doctor...period," or "If you like your health insurance you can keep your health insurance...period. "  The best one is it will be about $2300 cheaper for a family.  He is on record from 2011 and 2013 that he alone cannot change the immigration laws. Yup...all the lies.  Thanks for posting. 

posted @ Saturday, November 22, 2014 - 16:53

NOAA: Globe sets 5th hottest-month record of 2014

One clue that this NOAA claim is politically motivated is the name of  one of the prime 'warmest', that of Dr. Michael Mann,  formally of Penn State University.  Man used university funding to research(?) what has been known as The Hockey Stick.  Mann examined ancient growth tree rings and determined that the Industrial revolution caused increased amounts of CO2 in the atmosphere causing the beginning of Catastrophic man made (CAGW) global  warming. This was central to the debate and caused the public and other scientists of believe in CAGW strictly on the basis of this research.   Mann's  scientific method was flawed and now we know that out of 27 possible specimens, he selected 1 to 3 for formulate his hypothesis.  He would allow no examination of his finding, no replication, he lost papers and document to prove his research, he made incorrect assumptions to the point  that the Hockey Stick has been removed from scholarly references.  Mann also tried to pass himself off as a Nobel Prize winner which was a lie.  He alone is reason to be highly skeptical. 

posted @ Friday, November 21, 2014 - 20:57

Unarmed man killed by police in NY housing complex

I find it incredible that any department would put a rookie officer fresh out of classroom training and throw him/her to the wolves.  Following graduation from a police academy, the  vast majority of departments will then assign the rookie with a senior officer in the capacity of a field training officer for a period of months.  Then the rookie will be  gradually  placed on the street following a strict evaluation.  NYPD has suffered a change in leadership as has the city.  Perhaps this new policy is the result. 

posted @ Friday, November 21, 2014 - 18:59

NOAA: Globe sets 5th hottest-month record of 2014

     It's like a broken record.  The alarmist run down the street wild eyed with arms waiving proclaiming a day, or week, or month or year was the hottest ever and we're all goin' to die.  We remember 2012 was heralded to be  warmest but then NOAA backed tracked when private persons proved NOAA's own numbers showed  1936 was the warmest. I bet they learned their lesson and really bumped up the adjusted temps. this time to make sure they were not embarrassed again. 
     We will need a little time to see what they did to come to these conclusions but don't go out without a coat. 

posted @ Friday, November 21, 2014 - 17:11

Judge: Missouri police can't stop media recordings

So long as police actions are taking place in the public venue the constitutionally protected media as well as private citizens can make audio and video recordings of police actions.  Neither the media nor individuals can impede or interfere with  police operations.  The media nor individuals can go onto private property uninvited.  Many people have dash cameras in their vehicles, I wear a covert camera whenever I deal with officials.  

posted @ Friday, November 21, 2014 - 16:48

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There was news yesterday on Yahoo Financial that China has peaked (at least for now) on their business expansion.  A business reporting service reported a survey a few months ago  that several large corporations are planning on moving their operations back to the USA.  We might also benefit by moving European production to the USA.  Germany embraced expensive green energy and now cannot compete in the world marketplace because energy is so expensive now. The survey cited shipping costs and a better trained labor market as the reason to move back to the USA.   Let's hope the new congress will provide incentives to speed the process.   

posted @ Friday, November 21, 2014 - 10:08

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GEE, now this cartoonist is calling the voters stupid for wanting to end the gridlock and attempt to restore Constitutional government the three co-equal branches of government.   First it was Obama's ACA advisor who is the MIT Professor and was paid $400,000 by H&HS .  He praised the lack of  transparency of the ACA and the Obama administration and the  stupidity of those who believed in the ACA.  Now this cartoonist believes voters are stupid for giving the House and Senate to Republicans.  Wonder how much the administration is paying the cartoonist.  It is kind of funny. Love the big buttons.

posted @ Thursday, November 20, 2014 - 21:54

Republicans: Keystone pipeline down, but not out

@Kwijibo Junior:

Yup, Worldwide pipelines have caused more deaths.  The oil trains however, have been around for only a short time and were intended to be a stop gap measure until politics settled.  Give them time.   Here is some brief info about the oil trains.  I have rail lines running next to some of my properties and I have offered to have the KXL run across my property.  I'd feel safer with the pipeline. Thanks for asking 

  Huffington Post believed the oil trains will cause 6 deaths per year.

Here is a report that oil trains killed over 47 people.

posted @ Thursday, November 20, 2014 - 21:38

Suit: Black dispatchers told they speak 'ghetto'

Urban language is a problem.  I went to a McD  drive through to order lunch and I couldn't understand a word.  I went inside to order, the counter help was all urban youth and with the  same language and attitude problem.  I left having lost my appetite. This McD was in the Midwest.  I ran into a similar problem on South Beach Miami,  but I spoke Spanish and the youth took my order  with no problem. Spanish is the predominate language there.  

Language issues are not confined to urban youth.  A friend is a Chief Engineer with  a state government agency.  His office just hired an intern.  The young intern was tasked with writing a town Mayor about a particular concern and he began the salutation of the letter,  "Hey Dude, What's Happening."  I can't make this up.  The intern is in his Senior year of college. 

posted @ Thursday, November 20, 2014 - 15:02

Republicans: Keystone pipeline down, but not out

      I read an AP report out of Pittsburg of a final landmark study by the US Department of Energy that proves no ground water pollution from Hydraulic Fracturing.  This data might calm some of  the outrageous rhetoric from the low informations crowd that fracturing is the cause of all the ills of the world.     The drinking water is safe.  This is  a US Government  report too.  Glad we could clear the air. 
      I also picked up interesting side bar is that depending on the process the amount of water needed to produce one million BTUs of energy from the following ecology pure sources are...
Soy Biodiesel = 14,000 to 75,000 gallons of water,
Corn Ethanol =  2,500 to 29,000 gallons of water,
Hydraulic Fracturing =   0.6 to 6 gallons of  water.
The source for this data is the US Department of Energy. 

posted @ Thursday, November 20, 2014 - 09:01

Republicans: Keystone pipeline down, but not out

So...basically you are telling these 50 Americans and their families that they don't count, they are unimportant and get to the back of the  welfare line?  Happy Thanksgiving. 

posted @ Thursday, November 20, 2014 - 08:58

Republicans: Keystone pipeline down, but not out

@mpd0.59:   The House in a bipartisan vote has passed a bill encouraging foreign nationals with advanced degrees (Masters, PhD) in math, science  to be granted work permits and citizenship opportunities in the USA but this bill as well as 300 others has been stalled up in the Senate.  The House has taken action as you demanded.  
   We also have effective immigration laws on the books (our  late Senator Kennedy drsfted the present law) that the President is not enforcing in violation of his oath of office.  

posted @ Thursday, November 20, 2014 - 08:54

Sexual consent: at UGA it doesn't have to be verbal, but should be clear

I believe there needs to be a signed and notarised contract between the two or more principals involved the tryst. The agreement must be in triplicate, the  original copy filed with the campus Dean and each participant keeping a copy. All involved shall attest  they are of legal age and produce photo ID as proof of such which is scanned and attached.  If the participants are under the age of 21 years the agreement must  be signed by parents of the participants.   Both must provide medical records that they are free of disease and are taking or possess government approved contraception devices unless their religion forbids the used of these devices.  If no contraception is available the participants must  provide documentation they are enrolled in the ACA.  The participants will be required to describe in detail what is permissible and what is out-of-bounds during the encounter and the expected duration of time allowed.  The participants must agree to plant a tree to offset the CO2 they expelled during the encounter.  

posted @ Wednesday, November 19, 2014 - 14:26

Republicans: Keystone pipeline down, but not out

     Wow!  One vote short.  What a shame that one political hack can damage an entire country.   It would appear the Democrats threw Senator Mary Landrieu under the bus. Talk about a war on woman.  They didn't care about her job nor the hundreds of  high paying union construction jobs the KXL would bring. 
     Oh well, Buffet will still transport sand tar crude on his BNSF death trains.  Hope they don't derail in near town killing people and dumping crud like they have  done in the past.  Canadians will pump the crude to the East Coast through existing pipelines to tankers bound for S. Texas.  
     Those  who were against the KXL just got Grubered and the heavy equipment operators, welders, truck drivers , suppliers and labourers will hit the unemployment lines.  Perhaps this can be turned around in a few weeks when the Senate leadership changes.  

posted @ Wednesday, November 19, 2014 - 08:46

Safety agency to push for national air bag recall

The original intent of these explosive devices was to protect occupants that were not wearing seat belts.  They can be deadly if a small driver sits very close to the steering  wheel.  In this case the explosive devices can shoot shrapnel Into a person.  These devices are dangerous to first responders also.  At one time a vehicle owner could have a switch installed to disable the explosives but most dealers would not install them.  The only other way is to remove the sensors at the bumper, a very delicate task which could trigger the explosives.  Vehicle owners should be able to opt out of having the explosive devices installed or activated.  

posted @ Tuesday, November 18, 2014 - 21:05

Charles Manson gets marriage license

It appears the prison system has rehabilitated ol' Charlie and he wants to start a family.  Perhaps he can turn his life around.  

posted @ Tuesday, November 18, 2014 - 20:53

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