Ridin the Pipeline

Not that Pipeline!

Let me begin by saying that I am not a scientist, but I am a thinker & can do actual research when it is necessary, although thoughtless clichéd talking points would take a lot less time.

If you haven’t heard, an oil company, Transcanada, wants to build an oil pipeline from the tar sands inside Canada travelling through several midwest states and ending up in Texas.

The proposed Keystone Gulf Coast Expansion Project is approximately 2,673-kilometers (1,661-miles)long. The 36-inch diameter crude oil pipeline would begin at Hardisty, Alberta and extend southeast through Saskatchewan, Montana, South Dakota and Nebraska. It would incorporate a portion of the Keystone Pipeline (Phase II) through Nebraska and Kansas to serve markets at Cushing, Oklahoma before continuing through Oklahoma to a delivery point near existing terminals in Nederland, Texas to serve the Port Arthur, Texas marketplace.

Sounds good, right? Aren’t we all looking for a path to energy independence? This is clearly one of those paths, not to mention all the private sector jobs it would create.

Evidently, we are not all looking for that. Here is just one more shining example of the green lobby standing in the way.

Todays environmentalist wacko reason is the preservation of the massive Ogallala aquifer.

Ogallala Aquifer

The Obama administration has decided to put the brakes on the project so that more environmental impact studies can be done. They say a decision will be made in 2013. The state of Nebraska is also trying to stop the pipeline or have it rerouted away for the aquifer. Great news. Environuts win over common sense again.

Digression: I believe the real reason for the delay is so as to not piss off one of their wacko voting blocks prior to an election. They are not doing well with the regular folks so they can’t afford to have any of the lefties sit the election out.

Because of the delay, Canada’s oil-sands industry could just decide to bypass U.S. markets altogether and sell fuel directly to China using a pipeline through western Canada to the shores of the Pacific.

The Canadian Finance Minister Jim Flaherty says the decision to delay approval of the Keystone XL pipeline may kill the project and could add momentum to efforts to open up the Asian market for Canadian oil.

Jim Flaherty

“The decision to delay it that long is actually quite a crucial decision,” Flaherty told Bloomberg News at the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation summit in Honolulu. Flaherty adds, “I’m not sure this project would survive that kind of delay.”

Are we all hearing this? They are not just going to sit on their collective hands forever & they won’t bullied.

An industry consultant who headed the federal pipeline safety agency under the Bush administration said any changes probably would mean building a longer pipeline than TransCanada originally planned. That could expose the project to still more objections because a longer pipeline has more points at which it can fail.

“You could set this pipeline up for a death by a thousand cuts: Next, year, the new route’s not good enough,” consultant Brigham McCown said. “I’m very skeptical about the fairness of the process at this point.” You are right to be skeptical. The most vocal opponents plan to keep up their fight regardless of the route.

The environmental group Friends of the Earth are among those most vocal opponents.
“I don’t think there is an alternative route that solves the problems of this project,” said Damon Moglen, the group’s climate director.

Lefty eviroloon James Hanson wrote in the publication Alternet about the pipeline, “It will be game over for the planet”. The whole planet? Really James? Oh, guess who funds the aforementioned Alternet? The devil himself, George Soros.

What makes this worse is David & Charles Koch, yes the evil conservative Koch Brothers, are investors in the Keystone project. These devils want to front their own money on this project instead of receiving a government grant or loan guarantees. What’s wrong with these people?

It is abundantly clear to me. These groups want this project killed, whatever the cost. No oil, no security, no jobs.

Just how much oil? The pipeline will provide between 500,000 to 700,000 barrels of oil a day.

Just how many jobs? There are many and varied estimates on the amount of jobs it would create in the U.S.
I’ve seen anywhere from 1,000 to 50,000. The industry consensus is about 20-30,000. The good people opposing the pipeline have estimated no more 6,000. So let’s just find a happy medium & say about 15,000 new jobs. That’s not bad. The best part is they are private sector jobs. We don’t need to borrow from the Chicoms, & the treasury doesn’t need to print any more Monopoly money.

These are also, I guarantee, not minimum wage jobs. These people will have to buy food, housing, transportation, clothing, entertainment, etc. How many more jobs will that create, thousands?

But what about the Aquifer? An oil spill would certainly ruin it for all time (just ask James Hanson).

The short explanation involves rate of percolation, deep drainage, recharge rates & such.

The aquifer is found from 15 to 90 meters (50 to 300 feet) below the land surface.

Groundwater recharge or deep drainage or deep percolation is a hydrologic process where water moves downward from surface water to groundwater & to the saturated zone. Recharge & percolation rates vary by amount of precipitation, soil type, vegetation cover and being that this region is semi arid, averages less than 25 millimeters (1 inch) annually for the region as a whole.

Nonscientist, commonsense alert: So if surface water barely percolates to the aquifer, how would oil, which is lighter than water? If there were to be an oil spill, it seems to me, they would have more than ample time to clean up the spill before it got anywhere close to the saturation zone.

So let’s see if I have this straight. We can’t drill in Alaska, off the west coast, off the Atlantic coast. The gulf drilling has been severely hampered due to the bogus BP, end of the world environmental disaster.
Have we heard anything of the BP spill? No? Wonder why? Because it had almost no lasting impact on the environment. Mother earth cleaned it up almost entirely by her little self. Oil, a naturally occurring substance was cleaned up by other naturally occurring substances.

Now we can’t move someone else’s oil across our country. Next they’ll us we can’t harvest whales for our lanterns.

Joke of the Day

A woman meets a man in a bar. They talk, they connect, and end up leaving together.

They get back to his place and he shows her around his apartment. She notices that his bedroom is completely packed with sweet cuddly teddy bears.

There are dozens of cute small bears on a shelf just above the floor.

Medium-sized bears line a shelf a little higher and huge soft bears on the top shelf along the wall.

The woman is kind of surprised that this guy would have a collection of teddy bears, especially ones that are so expensive. She is quite impressed by his sensitive side, so decides not to comment.

She turns to him… they kiss… and then they rip each other’s clothes off and make mad passionate love. After an intense night of passion with this sensitive guy, they are lying there together in the afterglow.

The woman rolls over and asks, smiling, “Well, how was it?”

The man says, “You can have any prize from the bottom shelf.”

Is Cain Able?

The following clip aired on Mark Levin’s radio show this past Monday. Why have we not heard any of this? We are so quick to condemn & abandon what could be a very good & honest man. We don’t know. If it is left to the Drive By Media, the truth will never come out.

Why is no one asking questions of these women? Once again we have journalistic malpractice on parade.

Why does Ms. Bialek need to employ any attorney, much less the well-known publicity hound, Gloria Allred? She’s not going to sue Mr. Cain. If one is telling the truth, what’s the lawyer for?

The great conservative sage, Karl Rove says that Allred “gives Ms. Bialek’s charges and accusations a little bit of credibility, and that’s what we’re talking about here — credibility.” Really Karl?
It’s common knowledge, or at least should be, that Karl is a progressive republican, just like his former boss, ‘W’. It is also bloody obvious Rove hates the Tea Party & anyone we may give a modicum of support to.

I don’t know if Cain is who these women say he is & neither does anyone else. I do know that if these charges were made against our president there would be nothing but silence & excuses. The accusers would be persecuted relentlessly (eg. Clinton).

Is there not a single major media journalist with the courage to look into these stories?

Now we have woman number 2, Karen Kraushaar. She made a sexual harassment claim against Cain in 1999. Kraushaar is in the current employ of the Obama Justice Department. Mere coincidence.

A few years later, working for the INS (Immigration & Naturalization Service), she filed another complaint. It wasn’t for harassment. She was in a car accident in 2002. She made requests to work from home, but apparently was not seriously enough hurt, so the request was denied. She then filed a claim for several 10’s of thousands of dollars, a year-long fellowship at Harvard University, a pay raise & all her sick time reinstated. By the way, she was not hurt on the job.

When asked about that incident she claimed it was a “relatively minor” claim & couldn’t recall the details. Really? But I bet you recall every detail of the Cain encounter some 3-4 years earlier.

She did sign a confidentiality agreement regarding the alledged Cain harrassment. When did that lapse? Cain has run for office before. Why wait for now?

I’m quite sure we will have a circus press conference with more than just these two women & their attorneys. I am also sure there will be no questions of credibility asked.

Ask all the questions of Herman Cain that can be reasonably asked, but do a little investigation of the accusers. Let’s find the truth. He has volunteered to take a lie detector test. Have they?

Here is an interesting update. Evidently, Mr. Cain has already taken a lie detector test of sorts, and so has Ms. Bialek. Watch this.

In closing, if the truth ever does reveal itself, I bet we’ll find Cain to be innocent & these women have been put up to this by someone like Axelrod, Daley or maybe even Rove.

Attribution: CBS News, The Blaze.com.

Joke of the Day


A lady was walking down the street to work and she saw a parrot on a perch in front of a pet store. The parrot said to her, “Hey lady, you are really ugly.” Well, the lady was furious! She stormed past the store to her work. On the way home she saw the same parrot and it said to her, “Hey lady, you are really ugly.”

She was incredibly ticked now. The next day the same parrot again said to her, “Hey lady, you are really ugly.”

The lady was so angry that she went into the store and said that she would sue the store and kill the bird. The store manager replied, “That’s not good,” and promised he wouldn’t say it again.

That night the store manager fitted the bird with a shock collar that would electrocute & kill it when activated.

When the lady walked past the store that day after work the parrot called to her, “Hey lady”, glancing over to the manager with his finger on the button.

She paused and said, “Yes?”

The bird said, “Lookin Good!”

Never a Dull Moment

Vancouver
A woman in her 20’s was found dead in a tent at the Vancouver Occupy campsite of a drug overdose this past Saturday. To his credit, the Mayor Gregor Robertson directed the city manager to clear the park.

Lauren Gill, an organizer at the camp said the girl’s death proves the need for more services for addicts in the city. Who’s a good socialist? That’s always the answer, isn’t it. More government.

Gil described her as “a bright, energetic, beautiful, kind, passionate, artistic youth” and said she’d known her for several years. I thought she was a drug addict?

After the incident reporters began to be roughed up & one cameraman was knocked to the ground.

Sounds just like a Tea Party event.

Washington D.C.
Saturday night saw another incident at the D.C. Occupy event.

Hundreds of Occupiers linked arms to block city streets.

A family of three protesters were hit by a vehicle. The driver of the vehicle was not charged. The three, however, were ticketed.

According to 2 witnesses, the accident was unavoidable. The family had a different account.

Lt. Christopher Micciche of the D.C. police said the witnesses told police the 3 jumped in front of the vehicle & one apparently leaped onto the hood.

I, for one, would never believe the fuzz. Next weekend I think I’ll take my kids downtown & show them how to jump in front of moving vehicles. It’s those memories that last a lifetime.

Zuccotti Park, New Yory City
Eminent Domain strikes the park campsite. Organizers are ordering individual tents be removed in some areas and replaced with larger community tents. These larger tents will have access restricted to only certain people. That’s discrimination!

After more than a few rapes & sexual assaults have occurred at the site, the folks in charge have decided to raise a female-only tent.

That sparked talks of separate tents for homosexuals, transgenders, married folks, etc. So every group will eventually have their own tent.

Evidently the female tent will be policed by only females.

This does not sound like the all tolerent, all inclusive community I thought it would be (laugh). It’s sounds like forced segregation. It sounds like, dare I say it, the 1%. Walling off good peaceloving people. Telling them they can’t come in here. Mr. Organizer, Tear Down This Wall!

San Diego
Here’s thanks for ya.
The Owners of a pair of Hot Dog vending carts had to close up at their Civic Center Plaza location.
The Occupy protestors gave thanks to the vendors for their generosity in providing free food & coffee. How, you say? By splattering the carts with blood & urine.

The owner of the carts initially gave away food & drinks but apparently could not continue to do so forever. That’s when things got ugly. I guess free food & drink is now a right.

They also stole items & spray painted graffiti on the carts.

The owner of the carts said she may not be able to clean them sufficiently & they may have to be replaced. A good new cart costs in excess of $2000.00, not to mention the 2 operators that are now unemployed.

What’s not to like about this bunch?

Attribution: The Blaze.com

Joke du Jour

One morning the Company Commander called his Sergeant in. “Sarge, I just got a telegram. Private Jones’ mother died yesterday. Better go tell him and send him in to see me.”
So the Sergeant calls for his morning formation and lines up all the troops.

“Listen up, men,” says the Sergeant. “Johnson, report to the mess hall for KP. Smith, report to Personnel to sign some papers. The rest of you men report to the Motor Pool for maintenance. Oh by the way, Jones, your mother died, report to the commander.”

Later that day the Commander called the Sergeant into his office. “Hey, Sarge, that was a pretty cold way to inform Jones his mother died. Couldn’t you be a bit more tactful, next time?”

“Yes, sir,” answered the Sarge. A few months later, the Commander called the Sergeant in again with, “Sarge, I just got a telegram. Private McGrath’s mother died. You’d better go tell him and send him in to see me. This time be more tactful.”

So the Sergeant calls for his morning formation. “Ok, men, fall in and listen up. Everybody with a mother, take two steps forward — NOT SO FAST, McGRATH!”

Joke of the Day

While sport fishing in the Florida Keys, a tourist capsized his boat. He could swim, but he had heard that barracuda will attack people so that kept him clinging to the overturned craft.

Spotting an old beachcomber standing on the shore, the tourist shouted, “Are there any barracuda around here?”

“Naw,” the man hollered back, “they ain’t been around here for some time!”

Feeling safe, the tourist started swimming leisurely toward the shore.

About halfway there the swimmer yelled, “How’d you get rid of them?”

“We didn’t do nothin,'” the old beachcomber said.

“Wow,” said the tourist.

The beachcomber added, “The sharks got ’em.”