Monday, June 30, 2008

Oil Crisis III

Having previously placed the blame for rising energy costs on Big Oil, OPEC, greedy refiners and various other vilified price gougers and corporate misfits, Congress is now focused on a new culprit: speculators. Specifically, the hedge funds, pension funds and other large institutions that buy and sell oil futures contracts with no intention of actually taking delivery. They do so purely as an investment.

This is just the latest effort to do anything that seems quick and easy, because creating a truly effective energy policy is so hard. To blame speculators for high oil costs is, at best, to treat symptoms rather than causes. Speculators can drive up prices only when supplies are tight to begin with. They are a kind of canary in the coal mine.

Whatever role the speculators play, you can be sure of this: Neither they nor any of the usual suspects are the sole cause of today's problems, nor is there any single solution. The real culprit is surging demand both at home and abroad. Until the nation begins weaning itself from oil dependency, it will only waste time and money in an unproductive blame game.
USA Today

In short, speculators use money they don't have to buy oil they'll never get. The market is treated like a 24-hour casino while the regulators are asleep.
Some say oil speculation isn't a problem, that it doesn't affect gas prices. But plenty of experts disagree. An international investment firm recently said, "We are seeing the classic ingredients of an asset bubble
." They called it "oil dot-com." I agree.
I believe in markets, but the energy market is broken. It's our job to fix it so legitimate trading is protected.
I've introduced legislation to wring the excess speculation out of the marketplace, and to restore the market's original purpose of allowing producers and consumers of energy to hedge their risks.
My legislation, called the "End Oil Speculation Act
," would shut down casino-like betting. It does not affect legitimate hedging, but it would require energy speculators to put 25% down on their trades, instead of just 5%, and would convene an international group to ensure speculators can't go offshore to hide their trading.
We have a choice. Do we sit back and watch this energy bubble grow as it hurts our economy, or do we take steps to stop the speculation that is driving up energy prices?
This is one bubble that I can't wait to burst.

Sen. Byron Dorgan

The uncertain connection between speculation and price trends is clear in recent history. The Commodity Futures Trading Commission reports how much paper oil is bought and sold by commercial users -- oil companies, refiners -- and how much is bought and sold by speculators. During the first seven months of 2007, speculators as a group tripled the amount of paper oil they owned, buying it from commercial players. But since last August, speculators as a group have not added to their positions -- yet this was when oil prices went skyward.

It would be too much to claim that futures prices don't influence players in the physical market. But to the limited extent that speculators' influence is real, this is probably a good thing. If speculators see that oil suppliers are headed for trouble and that oil demand is trending up, they express their expectation of a higher price via the futures market. This can deliver a valuable message: Governments and consumers had better adjust before shortages get even nastier.

Just as in Nixon's day, government's response to runaway prices would have unintended consequences. The most popular proposals would limit how many contracts a speculator can buy or sell on a futures exchange, and prevent trading with mostly borrowed money. But the more you restrict trading on U.S. exchanges, the more you drive trading into the shadowy world of the unregulated swaps market or onto offshore rivals. In the 1980s, Japan tried to prevent futures traders in Osaka from speculating on the Nikkei stock index. Nikkei futures trading thrived -- in Singapore.

Most fundamentally, Nixon's heirs forget that the "speculators" they attack are often trying to reduce risk, not embrace it. Pension funds have piled into oil because they are trying to protect themselves from inflation. Small investors who load up on retail oil funds are mostly doing the same. I know my family will consume several thousand dollars' worth of oil this year, so I logged on to Fidelity's Web site and locked in my price. Does Congress think I'm irresponsible?
By Sabastian Mallaby
On the surface the idea of regulating the commodities market sounds good and is well intentioned, but there are always two sides to every issue and a lot of unintended consequences from any legislation. I would agree that making people invest more of their own money in the market sounds like a good idea, but what will it really do. The answer is not the legislation that passed the house 402-19. The end result will of this legislation is headlines and little else.

The American public isn't going to let Congress do nothing for long, so instead of wasting peoples time with this zero gain plan. How about Congress coming up with a real incentive package for alternative energy. How about removing the incentive plans from the oil companies, which are doing exactly what? Oil companies are not allowed to drill for the oil they are being paid to find. Wake up Congress and pass real laws that plan for our future. Stop playing to the media and feel good legislation to get re-elected. This does nothing to help.

Right now supply is able to keep up with demand, but what happens down the road when that is not the case. Speculators are not the bad guys in this, but just the current fall guys. What bill are you going to write to increase supply?

If you don't agree let me hear it.

Gen. Clark and Sen. McCain


You are a disgrace to the uniform and I am horrified that you feel the need to blacken the reputation of a fine American. It is sad to see you angling for a VP slot by climbing on the back of a true patriot. Your candidate has no military experience and no executive experience either, so you should keep you opinions to yourself on the topic of Sen. McCain's qualifications unless there is a true comparison to be made like leadership in the Senate or service to this country.

To his credit Sen. McCain has only said that your comments were sad, which is completely true and hasn't questioned your true motivations as I am sure that many others will. You sold your reputation down the river in hopes of political gain for yourself. This is not in the fine tradition of service and sacrifice that is expected for a military leader. I would wonder why if you were so lucky to get on the ticket anyone with any military background would vote for you. You who are so willing to through a fellow veteran under the bus of your political assperations.

I know that General will not respond to this, but if you feel differently let me hear it.

Friday, June 27, 2008

Who to Vote For?

As much as the media and the analysts try to pigeon-hole people as having only one political ideology, the fact is that most people (at least, most "real" people), don't fit neatly into one predetermined set of political beliefs.
I'm no exception. Although I am a "conservative," I'm not a "Republican," and there's a big difference. A true Republican, or a true Democrat, is someone who puts their party above their principles and their candidate above their conscience.
But most of us (or at least those of us who live outside the Beltway) aren't like that. We're more like the mad scientist Frankenstein: We'd like to take a piece of this candidate, a touch of that one and a little slice of the one over there, mash it all together and create someone who's lines up perfectly with our values and beliefs.

So what are my core values, the things that I refuse to compromise on? To figure that out, I decided to try to define what I think a conservative really believes.
A conservative believes that our inalienable rights do not include housing, healthcare or Hummers.
A conservative believes that our inalienable rights DO include the pursuit of happiness. That means it is guaranteed to no one.
A conservative believes that those who pursue happiness and find it have a right to not be penalized for that success.
A conservative believes that there are no protections against the hardship and heartache of failure. We believe that the right to fail is just as important as the chance to succeed and that those who do fail learn essential lessons that will help them the next time around.
A conservative believes in personal responsibility and accepts the consequences for his or her words and actions.
A conservative believes that real compassion can't be found in any government program.
A conservative believes that each of us has a duty to take care of our neighbors. It was private individuals, companies and congregations that sent water, blankets and supplies to New Orleans far before the government ever set foot there.
A conservative believes that family is the cornerstone of our society and that people have a right to manage their family any way they see fit, so long as it's not criminal. We are far more attuned to our family's needs than some faceless, soulless government program.
A conservative believes that people have a right to worship the God of their understanding. We also believe that people do not have the right to jam their version of God (or no God) down anybody else's throat.
A conservative believes that people go to the movies to be entertained and to church to be preached to, not the other way around.
A conservative believes that debt creates unhealthy relationships. Everyone, from the government on down, should live within their means and strive for financial independence.
A conservative believes that a child's education is the responsibility of the parents, not the government.
A conservative believes that every human being has a right to life, from conception to death.
A conservative believes in the smallest government you can get without anarchy. We know our history: The larger a government gets, the harder it will fall.
By Glenn Beck

Thank you Mr. Beck for putting it so clearly what being a conservative means. I for one love this country, but know that I have to do my part to make it great. I can't just sit back and expect good things to come to me. I must use what God gave me to make something for myself. We Americans have been doing that for over 200 years, so why should it change now. You want change then start with yourself and work out from there. Don't expect the government to do it for you.

I don't care who you vote for or why, but I do care if you don't get off your butt and change the world around you for the better. One person can do amazing things when they actually "do" something. As we Americans are already solving the oil crisis by driving less and taking the bus, so each individual does make a difference. Don't be fooled by Politicians and their promises because we all know that the only people we can count on to look out for our or our family's best interest is us.

Go vote with your eyes wide open and your interests at heart. If you disagree let me hear it.

Thursday, June 26, 2008

Air Force Woes II

In a 67-page review, the Government Accountability Office sharply criticized the Air Force for a litany of contracting transgressions, including everything from failing to follow its own evaluation criteria to miscalculating the maintenance costs, size and amount of fuel a plane could carry and holding unfair discussions with one of the bidders.

When they announced the winner, Air Force officials said repeatedly that they'd run an "incredibly open and transparent" process that would withstand any legal challenges.
But the GAO report made public yesterday differed about as sharply as could be imagined.
It found that the Air Force's selection process was so misguided that it was "undermined by a number of prejudicial errors that call into question the Air Force's decision."

By Dana Hedgpeth and Robert O'Harrow Jr., Washington Post Staff Writers

It just sucks to see people kicking a guy while he is down, but when they are themselves what can you do. The AF didn't get the memo on doing it right and GAO called them out in a 67 page report. If it had been a couple of pages with understandable mistakes, then you could feel they were being persecuted, but 67 pages of repeated mistakes what can you say but ouch.

I know that the other services have their issues and have taken it on the chin, but the AF crosses the street to get their @$$ kicked. You think after people went to jail the first time that they would have stuck to the letter of the law and kept to the straight and narrow, but oh no they fudged the requirements and played patty-cake with EADS. If the leadership had not already been fired for other reasons this would have been good ammo.

I hope the next go round on the tanker bidding does live up to the open and honest pledge. I know that I am tough on the AF, but come on do it right for once. I am impressed that Sec Gates says that they will, but I worry that the AF will find a way to step on it again. I have been impressed with the way Sec Gates holds the leadership accountable for their failures and takes swift and decisive action when necessary. People may argue that decapitating the AF was wrong, but from where I sit it was about time.

If you disagree then let me hear it.

Wednesday, June 25, 2008

Anhedonia and Parenting

Anhedonia is the inability to enjoy pleasure at a very severe level. This is a chemical change in the brain caused by dopamine flooding the pleasure centers to the point that they no longer work correctly, which can lead to clinical depression and suicide. This dopamine flooding can be caused by many different things, but is usually found in cocaine and meth addicts.

You might be saying so what, but the scary thing is that our children are in real danger of suffering this problem due to daily over stimulation. If your kids, who are involved fifty different activities weekly, are constantly telling you they are bored this is a symptom. I am not trying to scare anyone because this condition is 100% reversible. We need to slow down the amount of stimulation that our kids get. When was the last time the kids played quietly with a non-electronic devise? Do your kids play with blocks, dolls, or cars?

When I was a kid we rarely were indoors and TV was a treat. We made forts in the woods and played with matchbox cars in the driveway. The toys were simple like Tonka trucks and bikes. Do your kids read for fun? I have had a hard time passing these simple pleasures on to my kids, but I see I have done them a great disservice. Video games are addictive and fast paced movies are what they crave, but it isn't what they need. A good book can open a whole world of adventure without creating adrenaline junkies.

You might be asking, why would I post on this issue. I will tell you that the generation of adrenaline junkies that we are raising is going to have to have more and more stimulus until it kills them or we help them break the habit. Also, if you are an adrenaline junkie and find yourself depressed all the time there is hope. Slow down and let your brain heal. If it is too far gone then seek professional help.

The public service announcement was brought to you by a recovering adrenaline junkie. If you disagree let me hear it.

Tuesday, June 24, 2008

Lots of Random Thoughts

I must say that there is a lot to talk about today.

On the election front, Dr. James Dobson has a bone to pick with Obama. He feels slighted by Obama's radical views on religion, but why should his views surprise anyone. I've said it before and I guess it requires repeating, Obama sat in Rev. Wright's church for 20 years so is his "fruitcake interpretation" any wonder. Obama shows his willingness to sell this country's Christian heritage down the river of tolerance, which refuses to tolerate the moral foundation set down in the Constitution.

The Oil Crisis, John Merline an editorial writer for USA Today is advocating letting the consumer battle the current "crisis" by using their good sense. The politicians haven't fixed a thing in thirty years, so why should be expect them to start now. We the people have already started driving less, buying more fuel efficient cars, riding public transportation, and moving closer to work. We will weather this latest "crisis", but lets hope that we don't forget the pain and make lasting changes. We must force the elected government to do their job and make us energy independent by 2050, for my green brethren out there this will greatly reduce greenhouse gases along the way.

President Bush, David Brooks writing in the NYT discusses the Bush Paradox, where the President finally got one right with the Surge. I almost fell out of my chair when I saw where this article was published. How dare the NYT actually print such truth and understanding on how things are going in Iraq. I am sure that Mr. Brooks was speaking with tongue in cheek, but the message was still loud and clear that things are better in Iraq, since the surge started. Of course this causes the leftist to change their position once again and rail against the President on his measures of success. It isn't good enough that violence is down and that the government is actually starting to work, they claim that the requirements are now flawed and we are still losing. I am not saying that there isn't a long way to good, but lets at least acknowledge how far we've come in the last 18 months.

On a new topic altogether, Dr. Yvonne KristĂ­n Fulbright the FOX Sexpert brought up a very interesting point about how we dress our kids. The wife and I have discussed this matter several times as we pass through the children's section of any retail store. If we dress our three year olds like mini-streetwalkers is there any wonder that society sees them as such or as they grow older act as such. That isn't to say that they must wear a berka, but we have responsibility to ensure that our kids dress age appropriately. We are the parents and we need to act like it. Kids need boundaries and guidance, you are not there best friends or pals. When they are grown and have kids of their own then you can be friends, but along the way you set the limits not them.

If you disagree let me hear it.

Monday, June 23, 2008

George Carlin and Random Thoughts

George Carlin's passing is a sad event because of all those baby-boomers out there now know that for all their counter-culture craziness the final outcome is still the same. We all die and that isn't going to change no matter how much we don't like the status quo. The fact that we all are on our way out should bring into focus what are we going to do with the rest of our lives.

The baby-boomers have had a good run with "sex, drugs, and rock & roll" of the 60's, disco and the "me generation" of the 70's, cocaine and greed of the 80's, parenthood and minivans of the 90's. This group has been self absorbed the whole way through and now that death is knocking at the door what are they going to do about it. As the commercial goes never trust anyone over 90.

I would highly recommend that they restore their families and giving unto others. They could see it as selfishly building a lasting legacy for the future. They could mend some fences with their kids in hope of staying out of a nasty nursing home. They could use some of that energy and talent to do something for the needier people in the world and call it a karma clean-up.

I really don't have anything against baby-boomers, but we all need to see that this is the only life we get. We need to use what God gave us for the betterment of all mankind, so volunteer to tutor, donate the stuff you don't need, give some money to a good charity, build a house for someone, or feed someone.

Death comes to us all and I personally would like to go out knowing I left the world a little better then when I arrived. If you disagree lets hear it.

Friday, June 20, 2008

IEDs at Home

The general in charge of the Pengaton’s counter-IED effort reiterated a couple of important points Wednesday. Speaking at a defense forum in Virginia Beach, Army Lieutenant General Thomas Metz noted that IEDs are strategic weapons, and they could be equally devastating if used in the United States. - In From the Cold

The guys at In From the Cold usually have some really good stuff and here is just a taste that sets the mind to thinking. There are plenty of nut jobs right here at home who with a little thought and planning could make life really miserable for all of us. As a former EWO in Iraq fighting IEDs, I know how tough it is to protect against them and to prevent their use. I shudder to think about the number of people that could be hurt or killed by these relatively simple devices.

My hope is that we are able to stop them before they get started and barring that the public would provide us the tips we need to hunt the bad guys down. This is the same strategy that is currently working in Iraq. We find the weapons caches and use tips to hunt down the bad guys. Counter-IED technology is wonderful, but doesn't hold a candle to a helpful neighbor. I would hope that any homegrown knucklehead would be dimed out and caught before they could kill anyone.

This is a great country and regardless how we feel about the issues that divide us, we are still Americans and united we stand.

If you don't agree let me hear it.

Air Force Woes

I've said it before that the Air Force makes my life difficult, but I am now feeling a little sorry for them. Sec Def did the right thing decapitating them, but the cancer goes much deeper and will need even more painful surgery. You can't go skipping merrily along when every thing you touch turns to crap.

Take the latest on the tanker deal, the fact that instead of taking what they asked for in the request for bid, they went off and took the biggest shiny object they could find. This lusting cost them the a proven capable airplane at an overall lower cost, but instead the Air Force ends up with another black eye. I am not saying that there isn't merit in the EADS proposal, but it wasn't what the Air Force initially requested so doesn't quite fit the requirements. Keeping ones eye on the ball and not chasing shiny things is what the Air Force needed in this revised tanker deal.

As everyone knows the first tanker deal went down in flames with people headed off to jail, so you would think that the AF would be extra careful this time around. The started out well with talk of openness and requirements, but fell on their swords in the end as pointed out by the GAO. The fact that Boeing's plane fit the requirements to a tee and at lower cost, but lost out to the AF pursuit of bigger and shinier. If the deal had gone through, we would be looking at cost overruns and delays most likely because EADS has never built a working tanker and couldn't prove that it would refuel all the necessary aircraft. On the surface this would be an obvious deal breaker, but the fact that their plane was bigger than required clinched the deal for EADS.

The new solution being floated is to share the contract, much like Newport News and Electric Boat for submarines. This could prove interesting because what happens when one of them doesn't pull their weight or has serious cost overruns. NNSY demonstrated that they didn't get the big picture when it came to building Virginia class subs (+20% cost over EB) and lost oversight to EB for the ships NNSY is building. Boeing is ready to go and can start producing now, while it still remains to be seen what EADS is capable of doing. I wonder what happens when EADS can't even get the job done even with sharing. AF won't look any smarter again.

If you think I'm losing it, tell me!

Thursday, June 19, 2008

Term Limits

On another topic all together. I have been wondering for sometime why the President is the only official in Washington to have a Term Limit. For the good of this country, we should seriously look at Term Limits for all the branches of government. This would have a very chilling effect on special interests and out of whack court decisions.

If the defense contractors could no longer count the life long memberships of committees, then their influence on military would be minimized and allow the military to decide what it needs. The fact that the Air Force was able to by-passed the Sec Def and go directly to Congress to buy more airplanes shows how out of whack things have become. The military is already headed by civilians, as it should be, but Congress should not be allowed to bypass that Chain of Command in favor of a defense contractor.

Defense contractors are not the only ones cashing in on the Congressional Kingdoms, can you say bridge to nowhere? Special interests and earmarks stink of corruption. The quickest way to end this is to limit how long someone can suck from the government teat. Our Founding Fathers never intended Government service to be a life long career. It was seen as a hardship that took you away from other duties, but was done in service to your neighbors. The fact that most politicians have not held jobs outside the government for decades has lead them to lose touch with the people they are there to represent. If a guy had to had back into the world after his time in government then maybe he would think twice about how he votes.

I am not limiting the need for Term Limits to just the Congress. The courts need to have them as well. You don't give people jobs for life and then expect them to care. If you want judges that reflect sage wisdom and not the morays of 60 years ago then limit their time on the court. Twenty years should be good enough to get the job done without losing touch with the world around them. Plus that would make the court more alive and in keeping with the people in the real world.

Here is a simple plan:
Senators - two six year terms for a total of twelve years
Representatives - four two year terms for a total of eight years
Justices - one twenty year term per court (an up or out policy).

This would send these career politicians back to the working world and make them live with their choices.

I am sure that many will debate the need for stability and that Term Limits would upset the balance of power, but isn't that what we want. I for one want a government of the people and by the people and not one of political elitist that tell us how things are going to be. I look to Minnesota and their willingness to toss out the politicos and elect a wrestler. He didn't do a bad job and when he left office he returned to the private sector. Sure there will be mistakes along the way, but they would have to face re-election and failing that they would be asked to leave at the Term Limit. I must say that this has worked very well with Presidents, so why not give it a try with those he has to work with.

If you don't agree let me know!

Oil Crisis II...

The political will for major change in our energy policy is now here and those, like Obama, who don't get it need to rethink their positions. To quote FDR, “this great nation calls for action and action now” on the energy issue. What has been a back-burner problem now has moved onto center stage and McCain has put himself in the forefront.

The Democratic ambivalence stems from liberal concerns about climate change. The Party basically doesn't believe in carbon based energy and, therefore, opposes oil exploration. That's why Obama pushes the windfall profits tax on oil companies - a step that tells them “you drill, you find oil, and we'll take away your profits.” But Americans have their priorities in order: more oil, more drilling AND alternative energy sources, flex-fuel cars, plug in vehicles and nuclear power.

With his willingness to respond to the gas price crisis with bold measures, McCain shows himself to be a pragmatist while Obama comes off as an ideologue to puts climate change ahead of making it possible for the average American to get to work.

Of course, the high price of gas makes it inevitable that the US will lead the world in fighting climate change. With $5 gas, Americans will switch en masse to cars that burn less gasoline. Already we have cut our oil consumption by 500,000 barrels a day in the past year (about a 3% cut). The move away from oil will be exponential from here on out, dooming radical Islam and reversing climate change at the same time. But while we are getting new cars, we need more oil and McCain has flanked Obama on this issue. Big time.
By Dick Morris & Eileen McGann

Democratic Party leaders in Congress ridiculously oppose even basic deep water exploration. With all of this, Congress wonders why 3 out of 4 Americans disapprove of them. If politicians in Washington had any shame at all they would apologize for the absurd mess they’ve made over the years, resign en masse and promise never to darken our doorstep again. They should feel lucky… If this were Japan we’d be demanding seppuku.
By Tammy Bruce

It should not come as any surprise that the pundits are falling all over themselves to talk about the current said state of affairs that this country is in due to our poor leadership. What they say is true about America being ready for a change and that we disapprove of how Congress is handling things, but to say that McCain now gets it and Obama doesn't isn't even close to right. McCain may have flopped on drilling and still follows the bad science of global warming, but I'm not sure he is the banner bearer for energy independence. That isn't to say that it is Obama by any stretch of the imagination.

It is "we the people" that must keep pushing these Politicians to keep our interests in mind and not their own. The only reason that McCain flopped on drilling is that it was the best thing for his campaign for President and had very little to do with his strong and wise will. It is the American public cries that have changed the Politicians minds and nothing else. Obama still hasn't gotten it yet and if he doesn't wise up soon his chance of becoming President will disappear.

The pundits do have it right that we are looking for any solution that we can find to reduce this latest oil crisis effect on our lives, but the future demands that we don't forget the pain we feel now and make lasting change. This is the lesson that we should have learned in the 70's, but we were fooled by low oil prices and gave up on all those alternative energies and fuel efficient cars. We must not let ourselves be fooled again, which the current crisis stabilizes.

We must demand that our government invest in alternative energies and raise the fuel standards. We must not sell the oil refined in this country to Mexico. We must not let oil companies "splash and go" our bio-fuel to Europe. We must strategically plan for the future with wind, solar, nuclear, and clean coal. We should protect ourselves from poor environmental practices, but not stop pushing for energy freedom regardless of the price of oil.

If you feel differently let me know.

Wednesday, June 18, 2008

Even the Democrats II...

Haven't been able to post for a few days due to technical issues, but they should be resolved.

This past weekend I call my Grandfather, who is a life long Democrat. We spoke on many things and the conversation turned to the up coming election. My Grandfather told me that he didn't trust BHO and will not be voting for him in November. He will be voting for McCain, which will be his first Republican. I am proud of my Grandfather's choice because he looked around and took in all that is going on and is not tricked by the stuff the DNC is shoveling at us.

One of his concerns is Obama's former church and all the anti-American stuff coming out of it. He doesn't see the clips as being isolated incidents that have been pumped up to casts doubts, but rather a snippet of how Obama has spent his 20 years in Christianity. I am sure that the anti-American sentiment didn't just appear in Rev. Wright's sermons and the fact that Obama didn't jump out of his seat and storm out when "God Damn American" was spoken the first time, tells me a lot about him.

Say what you want and that this has all been blown out of proportion, but I don't know any true blooded Americans who could sit idly by while some nut job called on God to damn America. I don't care how many years you have known this character, you can't let that kind of crap slide, ever. I don't know how anyone who loves this country and would want to lead it could abide such crap. If you feel differently, please let me know.

Friday, June 13, 2008

Oil Crisis

It is amazing to me that there is even a debate about allowing drilling in ANWR. If we had started working that area when it was found then there wouldn't be such a crisis today. Oil was cheap back then and there was no incentive to drill, especially with the environmental groups in such opposition. The fact is that we Americans are to blame for this oil crisis!

No one held a gun to our heads and made us buy those big SUVs or move 60 miles out into the country into that 4000 sq. ft. house. The fact that we did not demand that our government plan for the future and invest in alternative energies years ago, is no one's fault but our own. We complain about the price of gas and blame President Bush, but the sad reality is that it is our fault entirely.

We've had the ability to buy more fuel efficient cars since the 70's and yet refused to do so. We could have allowed domestic oil exploration, but once again we refused to do so. The fact is that we could have pushed for nuclear, solar, wind and wave research, but we sat quiet in our mini-mansions. We could have pushed for better public transportation, but we instead happily drove solo in an eight passenger SUV.

I know that the current situation stinks, but maybe it is a blessing in disguise because maybe now we will wake up and start looking to the future. It may take ten years of pain to finally see our way clear. If you don't agree or feel that I must be off my rocker let me hear it. I really do believe that we can come together as a country and we can find a way out of this crisis. We are the solution and the future of this country, not those self-serving people in government. When has the government made anything they controlled better?

Thursday, June 12, 2008

Robert Gates the Greatest Sec Def

MIRACLES do happen: A Bush Cabinet officer has proven not only competent, but wise, honest, independent and courageous. That man is Defense Secretary Robert Gates - who just may be the best SecDef this country has ever had.

Gates' most-recent demonstration of patriotic guts involved firing the Air Force secretary and chief of staff. They had it coming. The secretary was oblivious and inert. The chief of staff, Gen. Michael "Buzz" Moseley, thought that the only Air Force missions that mattered were supporting Lockheed Martin and fighting attempts to expand the use of cost-effective UAVs (a k a "drones"). - Ralph Peters

I admire the man as much as Peters does because he has been great for the country and the military. As I said before the Air Force gives me headaches daily over their silliness when it comes to their nuclear mission, so when Sec. Gates decapitated them, it was a strong message to straighten up and fly right.

I am not a lover or a hater of the "boys in blue", but they needed a huge calibration on their missions in the world today. Nukes sure aren't popular, but they do still play a vital role in keeping this great country free. Putting that mission into the hands of people that don't understand or even care is criminal. After almost 20 years of supporting this country's deterrence mission, it chaps my butt to see the Air Force marginalize it.

Whether you love or hate nuclear weapons it doesn't really matter because the facts are that they have kept this country safe for the last 60+ years. Sure we have had UN interventions, police actions, and regional conflicts, but no world wars with millions of people being slaughtered on all sides. The nuclear genie is out of the bottle and it can not be ignored, so wake up "boys in blue" and give your nukes some love.

Wednesday, June 11, 2008

Even the Democrats...

Rep. Dan Boren, Oklahoma's lone Democrat in Congress, told the Associated Press Obama is "the most liberal senator," and said he has to listen to the wishes of his own constituents.

Rep. Boren is not the only Democratic Congressmen to not support Sen. Obama's run for President. I find it refreshing that a Democrat has the backbone to not flush the conservative values of his constituents down the Obama Lovefest Toilet. I suspect that as the election draws closer there will be many more Democrats jumping off the Obama bandwagon, but that still won't change the ultimate out come because the people want change.

As I've watched the race for the White House, some interesting parallels emerge with 1976. We have an extremely unpopular Republican Presidency, a gas crisis, and America is looking for change. In 1976, we put Jimmy Carter into the White House and that worked out great. Right?

So here we go again, the American people know one thing and that is they want change. You know what they say, "want something bad enough, you will get something bad." So after Obama finishes off the economy and presents the terrorist a great victory in Iraq, the country will be ready for real leadership.

Condi Rice in 2012!

New to the game.

I am new to the blogging game, but since I am a sub guy I am full of stuff to say. I hope that anyone that reads this will feel free to comment on anything I say. I will be blogging about anything that crosses my very opinionated mind.

I have served on 7 submarines and spent a year in the Big Sandbox (plank owner JCCS-1). Plus, I have been influenced by a lot of other stuff that may or may not add to my strong opinions.

I also have a wonderful mixed up family, which also provides fodder for this blog. I love all my children, but like all children they drive me and the wife crazy.

The current burrs under my saddle are the Air Force and the up coming Presidential election. The Air Force makes my job harder everyday and the election just shows how stupid we can be.

So as I begin this journey, I hope you will come along and join the fun.