Can Israel become Energy Independent?

by: the Common Constitutionalist

It’s been reported recently that Israel has made the discovery of a lifetime. They’ve discovered a massive oil field in their Golan Heights territory.

Israel reportedly consumes about 270,000 barrels of oil per day, although other estimates put consumption far lower at around 190,000 barrels. That’s somewhere between 70 and 100 million per year. The Golan discovery is said to possibly be in the billions of barrels. This find alone could make Israel energy independent for decades.

This is the first potentially commercially viable oil source it’s ever had since its founding. Until this discovery, Israeli companies have drilled some 350 exploratory wells – not one has been viable.

To demonstrate just how significant this find may be – the average depth or thickness of layers of underground oil deposits is around 30-35 meters. This find is estimated to be 350 meters thick – 10 times the norm.

What is yet to be determined is whether the oil can be extracted at a reasonable enough price to be viable. And that’s a big if, considering how the price of oil worldwide has cratered in the past several months.

Naturally, as in America and the rest of the West, environmentalist wackos have involved themselves; doing everything they can to halt the progress of discovery.

We here in the States know all too well how the powerful environmental lobby can muck things up for the energy sector, but we have it relatively easy compared to Israel. We don’t have hostile nations on our border to content with – only our own hostile government. read more

Single Wheel Hoverboard

The Hoverboard has a top speed of 16 mph (26 km/h) and a range of 12 ...The Hoverboard has a top speed of 16 mph (26 km/h) and a range of 12 mi (19 km)

We may still be waiting for the first true hoverboards, but one firm says its single-wheeler feels so like hovering that it’s actually called the Hoverboard. The board is mounted atop a 10-in wheel, with users leaning forward to accelerate and backwards to decelerate or change direction.

The Hoverboard is, of course, very similar to last year’s One Wheel and that’s not something that has escaped the attention of its manufacturer. In a direct comparison with the One Wheel, Hoverboard Technologies claims its single-wheeled electric skateboard is faster, offers a longer rage and is quicker to charge. It’s also reported to use sonar technology to stay stable and has API connectivity. read more

A Soviet Arab Alliance – It’s Déjà vu All Over Again

by: the Common Constitutionalist

Vladimir Putin has decided to take the role of leading man in the Middle East. With each passing week Vlad continues to displace Barack “The Shrinking Violet” Obama as the Big Man on Campus amongst Arab nations. And so far, it’s been easy. All he has to do is show up and say, “Hey, Barack won’t take the lead – I’ll do it,” and the nations of the Middle East begin to fall in line.

Arab nations are scared and discouraged. It appears they are willing to accept help from anyone who can aid them against the growing threat of ISIS and other radicals in the region. They must be looking at our weak and feckless Commander in Chief and his “Lead from Behind” strategy with disdain.

How does one lead from behind anyway? Is that not an oxymoron – like honest democrat?

Putin already had Iran and Syria locked up. They’ve been allies of Russia since the Soviet days. Yet this time around Putin’s new pro-Soviet pact may end up with a lot more members than it had during the Cold War era. Thanks to pitiful American leadership, he may lock up so many Middle Eastern nations that he may not only end up as the new Supreme Soviet, but also the Caliph.

After World War II, the United States and the Soviet Union emerged as the obvious superpowers. Those were the good old days – when the United States was both respected and feared as an actual superpower. read more

Close Shave With A Laser

Okay – this may the coolest thing I’ve seen in a long time!

The Skarp Razor uses a laser set at a specific wavelength to cut hair upon contactThe Skarp Razor uses a laser set at a specific wavelength to cut hair upon contact (Credit: Skarp Technologies)


Laser technology has come a long way over the decades, having made leaps from science fiction to science fact within the medical field, manufacturing, and even as a“death star” beam to help unlock the mysteries of the universe. But the latest laser-enabled concept is something the average consumer can more readily appreciate. The Skarp Razor may become the first-ever personal shaving tool powered by a laser. read more

Liberalism is Closer to Sharia Than it is to Constitutional Conservatism.

by: the Common Constitutionalist

I think we would all agree that radical Islam is not good for America and Sharia law has no place in this country. Dr. Carson was absolutely right when he said that Sharia law is the antithesis of a Constitutional Republic. Why that was controversial, I’ll never know.

I thought it fascinating that the left made such a fuss over something which, to us conservatives, appears so obvious. At first I thought they were just saying how wrong Carson was out of hatred for the right and political correctness.

So I started outlining some of the glaring disparities between Constitutional conservatism and Islam’s Sharia law. As I wrote, it donned on me that there is a third category – liberalism/progressivism/statism – however you wish to classify it. And I discovered something quite interesting. Liberalism is closer to Sharia than it is to Constitutional conservatism.

Let me explain: read more

Joke of the Day

A tourist and his trail guide were walking along a path when all of a sudden the guide runs up the hillside to a cave, yells “Wooo wooo,” listens for a moment, and goes charging into the cave, stripping off his clothes on the run.

He returns in about 15 minutes.

The same scenario occurs again, after which the tourist asks about this strange behavior.

The guide explains that if one of the young ladies of his town is in an amorous mood, she goes into a dark cave.

If she hears “Wooo wooo,” she responds “Wooo wooo” to signal that she is ready and willing. read more