Keystone Pipeline R.I.P.? Not So Fast.

Last week President Obama rejected the authorization to proceed with the Keystone pipeline. Almost 2000 miles of it. With fuel costs at or approaching all time highs it begs the question. Why? The Pres said there is not enough time for consideration although in reality a fortune has been spent and it is years in the planning. Of course politics is at play here as it became part of the payroll tax cut extension, yet the deadline for him to decide is the end of February. Why rush a veto so quickly? Because he was never planning to approve this in the first place is my takeaway but I could be wrong.

Aside from Obama just saying no to jobs, he has backhanded his prime support group as the countless 1,000’s of jobs would be union and his key supporters. They are displeased to say the least. Pundits and economists abound with guesstimates on the job creation number but consider 2000 miles of piping, welders, fitters, truckers and endless ancillary support such as food and housing and I accept the figure in the 200,000 range.

More importantly from my perspective is the estimated 1 million plus barrels of oil per day flowing from a friendly neighbor to the U.S. At current prices we keep $100,000,000.00 per day on the continent and from going overseas to possible enemies and less than savory leaders/dictators. That would be a huge bonus. Of course if we were so inclined and had the political will, the US Geological survey that was most recently performed has demonstrated that our continent has more oil and gas then the rest of the world combined. Just think total energy independence in our hands. Yet Washington could care less. Pet projects, special interests always come first in that bubble. Again the people be damned. Do you like paying 4 bucks a gallon. If we had true leadership we would be paying about a half a buck. As Steven Tyler says “Dream On”.

So Canadian Prime Minister Harper responded with the words “profoundly disappointed in this decision”. No kidding. I am at the point of thinking Mr. Obama must think he is Don Quixote. Still chasing windmill power.

Who wins? Well unless a rerouted and more costly plan is accepted and likely post election time, Canada has indicated the oil will flow to Asia. How about the greens? They are dancing with trees as we speak. Anytime a human suffers they are overjoyed. How perverse, yet how true.

No it appears that most people are angry. This tells me it will be reversed at some point but it is simply a pity knowing how much oil we have and just sitting on it. With the technology utilized today potential damage is negligible. To not allow us to use our own resources is truly a dereliction. And costly and leaves us on our knees to foreign powers. Most undignified. The pipeline is just one symptom of the many that divide us by crafty politicians. Not the way a real leader or leaders would respond. I suggest we recruit some real leaders as opposed to this cadre of carnival barkers.

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Costa Concordia.”Are There Any Real Men Left”?

It is with great solemnity that this question is raised. And I must attribute the quote to Commander Ahmad Masood, the head of the Afghan Northern Alliance who battled on many fronts and against many enemies with a high degree of distinction. Unfortunately when he spoke these words he was referring to our leaders in Washington D.C. and the situation was highly dubious as they had abandoned him at a time of need in the latter ’90’s when our support was promised yet not delivered due to dithering. He was ultimately killed by a suicide bomber acting as a TV reporter and commissioned by Osama bin Laden as he envied the Commanders worldwide popularity.

But in light of the tragic event off the coast of Italy and the subsequent events and reports unfolding literally by the minute, I feel the question is valid at this point. All reports indicate the Captain and the man responsible for the 4500 odd souls on board was engaged in consuming cocktails at the bar with a beautiful young lady as opposed to commanding his ship. When the ship struck ground and began to take on water it is being further reported that he was one of the first to abandon ship. So much for the Captain going down and you know the rest. It is further being reported that the crew was following the Captain and the passengers be damned.

As to the cause of the hit it is reported that crew “showboating”
was at play ie. sailing to close to the shore so as to allow members to wave to island lubbers. This is deemed to be the cause at this point. How stupid. Then according to passenger reports chaos ensued. No direction, not sure what to do, improper announcements. In other words a disgraceful exhibition by the staff and crew.

If that were not enough the just released tapes by Italian Coast guard will turn your stomach. They were speaking to the Captain and his 1st mate. Needless to say they were outraged and demanded for the two to return to the ship and do their jobs. They did not and will likely spend their days in jail for a host of crimes.

Furthermore the notion of “Woman and children first” seems to have been disregarded as numerous reports of fathers jumping onto rescue boats before their wives and children was also occurring. Talk about selfish behavior. I suppose it is easy to critique not having been there but I surely hope I would have acted differently and I know I would at least I hope so.

Perhaps the problem is the size of these luxury cruise ships. Over the top anyone? Staffed primarily by entertainers and cooks and nary a true sailor to be found. It could be a part of the problem. As to Captain and crew are they really sailors or just amusement directors? I can’t answer these questions not being an industry analyst but it sure seems, excuse this one, but Titanically incompetent. Recall as my Greek brethren did the same many years ago of the coast of South Africa. It is a sorry trend.

“Are there no real men left” I answer this with a firm YES. Recall the soldier awarded the posthumous Medal of Honor for jumping on a live grenade to protect his mates and insuring his death. A real man. Or the firefighters storming the twin towers to rescue those they did not even know. Real men. I believe courage and bravery surround us and I find these acts of cowardice to be isolated at best.

Humanity has its issues but I choose to believe in the better angels in everyone. I hope you do as well.

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Tim Tebow. Divine intervention? Do You Believe?

As a former college football player I have to admit this game between the Broncos and Steelers was quite the finishing act. As an observer to what this poor young quarterback, Mr. Tim Tebow has suffered at the expense of his beliefs by the media, I can only say I could not have been happier for him. As a true believer and with the final stats forthcoming I can only say WOW! I won’t get into the issue of him almost missing birth today. Again WOW!

First I will take you to the BCS Championship game in 2009 when Tim prominently displayed on his eye black the passage John 3:16. To the uninitiated the passage is as follows, “For God so loved the world he gave his only son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life”. Now to the stats.

Mr. Tebow finished the game with exactly 316 passing yards.(3:16)
He completed 10 passes for an average of 31.6 cards per pass. (3:16) If that is not eerie enough for a believer let alone a non believer, the TV ratings in the final quarter of Sundays game came in at 31.6. (3:16) WOW does not suffice.

Divine intervention? I know, I know, God has better things to do than worry about a football game but I see this as less than a coincidence. Tebow has been savaged by the media. It is no secret that the mainstream press hold the religious in contempt and with a healthy dose of disdain. Just watch MSNBC sometime. They make no bones about their feelings in these matters. Again I could not be happier for this young man even though I have never been a Bronco fan. In fact I would like to see him lead this admittedly underdog squad to Super Bowl victory. Now that would be a miracle.

Aside from sports aspect and looking through my political lens, I can’t help but feel ecstatic at the thought of what the ACLU must have felt after this victory. And of course I got a thrill up my leg just thinking how devastated Chris Mathews must have felt. Kind of like the one he gets when President Obama pipes up. Excuse me for mixing religion and politics, but I am not establishing a state run religion here. I am actually having loads of fun. You might also say it is not very Christian like but I am not perfect.

Just think how Olbermann must feel. I laugh as I type. Seriously it is something for us all to contemplate. Truly astonishing statistically and perhaps a message to us. As with numerous parts of creation, we are left in wonder. 3:16.

Now if the Broncos can just beat the Patriots 16-3.

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The United States Of Gambling? How Pathetic.

Don’t get me wrong. I enjoy gaming as much as the next person. In fact to my ultimate dismay I enjoy it far more after several martini’s. Working with numbers all my life requires me to libate prior to gaming otherwise I would feel stupid wagering against such strong odds. Yet I distinctly hear Pavlov ringing that damned bell after the announcement just released by the Department of Justice at the behest of the Obama administration.

In effect they are giving a green light to the states to institute online gaming from selling lotto tickets to poker and including sports betting. Why would they risk turning us into gaming junkies which is all to easy to do? Tax revenue. But you all knew this no doubt.

As I said it is loads of fun and I enjoy it personally and would make no moral judgement towards any adult choosing how to utilize their disposable income. As the old saying goes the monuments built in Las Vegas did not occur as a result of all of us winning so often. No I believe they rely on juicing us up and letting nature takes its course and off goes the college fund. I have been there many a long night. At least I had much fun albeit expensive fun. Maybe I am just a weak gambler. More realistically maybe the house odds are so favorable that I might be a good gambler and it really does not matter in the end.

My point is that I find this all parasitical in the extreme. Why do our leaders always begin with the premise of raising revenue. Between all levels of government they now suck and spend close to $6 trillion annually. I find it beyond mind boggling and without question immoral as they borrow almost half of this amount each year for our progeny to worry about when we are long gone. Pathetic leadership in the extreme is a compliment to these fools.

But knowing the self serving narcissists we elect and how they are simply there to enrich themselves and yet they may speak a moderate game of “caring, compassion” or whatever emotes you,I do not believe a word from any of them from either party and likely never will. Try it some time. I have to admit it gives you a sense of clarity on political issues.

So like a dealer hooking a potential new junkie, our leaders will attempt the same and all for more money to spend so as to buy more votes so as to keep getting reelected so as to keep enriching themselves and their massive yet undeserved egos. Truly pathetic leadership. Imagine what Ben Franklin would think? I believe I am being kind opposed to what language he might have chosen.

In the end we can only hope that this ill thought out scheme fails. We need not see our fellow citizens fall prey to these hucksters. I would rather see them game at a local casino. They tax you enough already. Starve the beast from this easy source of revenue. Tell them to trim the obscenely massive spending currently in effect. Just as a reminder on a federal level George Bush the elder signed the first trillion dollar budget. That was 20 years ago. We are now at four times that level. Indeed insane and problematic. Maybe the geniuses in Justice can win it at the online crap table. Seven come eleven General Holder.

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