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Another Take on Obama’s Oil

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Leslie in the comments in my previous post on the topic passed along this video. Checked out the site its from, and it seems fairly interesting. Check them out, and take part in the discussions.

**hmm… for reasons unbeknownst to my non-technical savvy, the video won’t seem to embed. Instead, just follow this link:

Written by James Lee

June 15, 2010 at 16:19

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The Problem with Green Energy

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Pretty decent article in Forbes about the mathematics involved with so-called ‘green’ energy. Found the link over at Ace’s in the sidebar headlines, always a great source of thoughtfulness and amusement (sometimes at the same time!).

It’s a short article, and broken down so even a simpleton like me can understand it. And actually seems very similar to a much longer article, perhaps also in Forbes, I saw several months ago. Give it a quick read, and allow me to add my caveat whenever I see things like this stated in absolute terms: Always think in your mind “at today’s technology level.” Meaning that there might be something we can’t even predict happen tomorrow, and in 5 years we all have cars that run on magic crystals that are charged by solar radiation being blown into it by a windmill. Or maybe not. Either way, it’s still good food for thought.

Written by James Lee

June 14, 2010 at 21:52

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Captain KickAss: Oil Spill Just like 9/11

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The Imperious Doofus, a.k.a., Captain Kickass, really needs to keep the teleprompter loaded and the oil wiped off the screen.

From the UK DailyMail:

He said that just as the events of September 11, 2001, had profoundly shaped ‘our view of our vulnerabilities and our foreign policy’, so the oil disaster would shape thinking on the environment and energy for years to come.

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Yes, the Deepwater Horizon disaster is just like the worst terrorist attack on American soil ever, except for the deliberate airplanes-into-buildings part, and that the oil leaking is about an entire mile underwater (thanks in large part to the environutballs who like driving their trust fund BMW’s as long as they don’t actually SEE the oil rig providing fuel for it), yeah, they really seem comparable to me.

Yes, I see what Obama is saying; a first-of-its-kind catastrophic event will often make everyone involved in any segment of the environment that event happens in will make everyone step back and think twice about how, when, and why things are done in a certain way and look for ways to improve them.

But dammit, I am sick of the Greatest Orator Of Our Time(tm) having to have idiot nobodies like me have to look at things from a detached perspective and understand what he really meant. You know, I try to do that with everyone; if there was a Republican president that I really like that made the same verbal gaffe, I would want everyone to realize what was actually meant. Sooner or later, the shoe goes on the other foot, that’s the nature of the political game.

In all seriousness for a moment, lets not let things get out of control. BP did not intend for this to happen. Obama, the MMS, nor even that eeeeevil! Halliburton intended for this to happen. Number one, every gallon of oil that leaks out of that broken pipe is one gallon less that they have to sell (although I understand they are trying to sell what they are recovering; if it works, good for them! Make the spill pay for itself!), and one gallon more that they have to clean up. And one more gallon they have to pay out for claims when it damages wildlife ares, fishing area, and so on.

Obama and the government did not want this to happen, as this has been the hardest and most critical any press coverage has been of this White House. I’m sure he would rather they still be kissing his backside and bowing before him or something.

And I’m also realistic enough to understand that BP can’t just snap their fingers and shut it off. If they could do that, like they were supposed to be able to do with the blowout preventer thingy I’ve heard about, this would be a non-story except for the loss of life on the rig and the conspiracy theories citing Suicide Submarines from North Korea. Obama can’t do anything, other than try to get the tools, supplies, and personnel in place to deal with the aftermath. I sort of cut him a little slack, to be honest. I mean, “Gulf” sounds an awful like “Golf” to the untrained ear.

But let’s take a look at the last part of the quote from the Daily Mail once again, shall we?

so the oil disaster would shape thinking on the environment and energy for years to come.

There’s where the money is. The liberal/progressive/communist/control-freak Democrats want that environmental hogwash energy policy known as cap-and-trade almost more than they wanted Health Control to pass. (I think HC got top billing because they’ve been trying for so long.) Rhambo is famous for saying to never let a good crisis go to waste. And ta-daa! we have a crisis.

They know that their days of being able to do anything in Congress are numbered. That won’t stop them from trying if they see an opening. I think even more than Health Control, many of the Leftist imbeciles would gladly sacrifice their seats to get Crap & Betrayed passed. Most of them already know they are in trouble with the Health Control vote, so why not seal the deal, eh?

Please, people, don’t let the media, talking heads, Congressional blowhards, or even Cap’n Kickass himself make you believe that somehow regulating the carbon-dioxide output from your car and barbeque grill on your back porch is going help make sure that all the poor pelicans get the oil cleaned off them.

A very good rule of thumb, can be doubly applied here: View everything that is proposed from either the White House or any section of the Government as some kind of “solution” to the oil problem with extreme suspicion, making sure that everyone understands every word that is written into any possible bill. Keep the pressure up, and make sure everyone knows about any provisions they might want to slip into it. This is like hidden earmark pork-spending humor, except the stakes are much too high now.

They might have been able to get away with something on a smaller scale a few months ago. But now we know they are going for broke, letting it ride, balls out and hammer down, because they know they won’t have this chance again for decades, if ever. We must stop them now, and we must stop them in November from ever having this much power again.

And any Republican that decides they want to go along with anything that does not directly deal with safety, accident prevention, and cleanup of the spill but adds on more government control? Your butt is doubly targeted next time around.

Written by James Lee

June 14, 2010 at 21:22

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Money For Nothing?

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Gotta watch this video. Shamelessly stolen from Red State Report. Please check them out.

Written by James Lee

June 12, 2010 at 20:20

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Deadliest Warrior

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Wow, been quite a busy couple of weeks for me. Lots of work, and a LOT to process in the news.

As a bit of an aside, though, I thought I would point out the editors and producers of Spike TVs Deadliest Warrior need to take a tad more care with their graphics and representations.

For those that don’t know, the show takes classic warriors and pits them against each other in a computer program to see which one would win. Examples included Attila the Hun versus Alexander the Great, Jesse James gang versus Al Capone’s gang, and Apache versus Gladiator. They take typical weapons historically used by each side, and test them against ballistic gel torso molds, pig carcasses, and other targets, measuring speed, accuracy, and killing power of each weapon. After reducing everything to numbers that are fed into a computer simulation program (along with many other factors we don’t see discussed, such as typical training and cultural aspects), the foes fight one thousand times in the computer, with the winner of the majority of the battles being declared the “deadliest warrior.”

MrsJamesLee and I have a fairly decent record of picking the winners beforehand. However, I usually have to stipulate on the battlefield; if the Apache warrior, for example, is in the arena with the Gladiator, it’s no contest, but if they meet out in the open woods somewhere, the Apache has the edge.

The latest one we’ve seen was the Colombian Drug Cartel going against the Somali Pirates. My call was for the Cartel, just on account of them being so brutal.

Anyway, one of the weapons the Cartel utilized was the Mini-Uzi. Makes sense, as they explained they would hire Isrealis to be assassins. Typical tactic in Medellin was to drive a motorcycle up to the car carrying the person that was to be “taken care of,” and the rider on the back of the cycle would empty the 32-rounds of 9mm ammo from the Uzi into the car and its passengers.

As they bring out each team and each weapon, the show almost treats it like a sporting event, with sports-styled graphics showing each contestant, and similar graphics showing the weapons. When they rolled it up to the Mini-Uzi, however, I started laughing as what they had shown was not a Mini-Uzi, but an Ingram M-10. Similar in size, and same magazine capacity if I recall correctly, but the original M-10 fired .45ACP, not 9mm. (It should be noted, however, those performing the assassination of the mannequins in the car did indeed use the Mini Uzi, and with devastating results.)

Minor gripe, I know, and most won’t ever know the difference or care. But I thought it a bit humorous that through all the production process of a show that focuses on weapons of all types would make a simple goof like that and not a single one catch it.

Oh, and one more gripe: I have heard several on that show, both “contestants” as well as the hosts (again, supposed ‘experts’) refer to detachable ammunition feed boxes as “clips.” Dammit, everyone, it is a magazine!

**Note** I had looked around for either a video of the incident, or a screen cap, but none were readily found.

Written by James Lee

June 11, 2010 at 21:04

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Finally: My Kind Of Reality Show

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Saw a commercial the other night for a new show starting this week on the History Channel, and was immediately intrigued. It’s called Top Shot, and I’ve already set up the DVR for it.

I’ve never been much of a fan of the reality/competition shows, but I’ve seen many of them as MrsJamesLee is a big fan of several of them. But this one, I will be watching.

From the extended preview linked below, it looks like it will be even more interesting than the short commercial showed. The field of competitors come from many backgrounds, including military, competitive shooting, and firearms instructors.

They will not just be using a single firearm, or a single type of firearm. The thrust is that they will be using all sorts of historical weapons, from spears, bows, old-west Colt revolvers, all the way up to modern military weapons. Plus, there will be obstacle courses involved as well.

With several popular shows out there, including Myth Busters, and Deadliest Warrior, both of which often include firearms in their testing, it appears that the public tends to enjoy such things. This, in my opinion, bodes well for the Second Amendment and us gun nuts out here. Let’s give this show some ratings, and perhaps we’ll see more of this type of thing being made.

Premier is this Sunday, June 6th, and 10pm, 9pm Central.

Extended preview here:

Written by James Lee

June 4, 2010 at 07:56

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