Petroleum politics

A new study by the Associated Press finds that during the past 36 years, US oil production increases did not correlate to lower US gasoline prices at the pump. When we produced more oil, the prices we paid for a gallon of gasoline did not drop. (see article here)The dishonest spin put on this ... Continue reading

Free Big Macs for all!

Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances. — First amendment to the US ... Continue reading

Deep blindness

John Hull began losing his eyesight at the age of thirteen when he developed cataracts. By the time he was seventeen he was blind in his left eye. Vision in his right remained adequate until his mid-thirties, when it, too, began deteriorating, necessitating thicker and thicker corrective lenses to ... Continue reading

In search of peace

It was a brisk, cloudless, January morning, a perfect day to be out and about. I was working in the yard and considering a trip to the Home Depot. At a shopping center a few miles to the south, several dozen people were queuing up outside of a grocery store to speak with their congressional ... Continue reading

Inciting envy

I've been displeased by the increasingly caustic claims — led, unfortunately, by the President — that greedy millionaires and billionaires are the root cause of all that ails our economy. It's a dangerous lie that ought to be beneath someone of President Obama's intelligence and character, but in ... Continue reading

Healthcare: One tough coconut

Brudder bought a coconut, he bought it for a dime, His sister had anudder one she paid it for de lime.She put de lime in de coconut, she drank 'em bot' up... She put de lime in de coconut, she call de doctor, woke 'im up,Said "Doctor, ain't there nothin' I can take?" I said "Doctor, to ... Continue reading

Putting America back to work

I went to Walmart the other day to get some new sunglasses. If my name was Warren Buffet, I'd probably do all of my shopping at Neiman-Marcus. Actually, I'd probably hire people to do my shopping for me. Since I need to make my paycheck stretch until it screams for mercy, it's Walmart for me.I ... Continue reading

To dream the impossible dream

Nebuchadnezzar was unhappy. The ancient Babylonian king had had a disturbing dream and needed to understand its meaning. He called in his seers and advisers, but he knew they were sycophants who would try to flatter and praise the king with their words. He was disturbed enough by the vision he had ... Continue reading