Wednesday, December 28, 2011

U. S. 5th Fleet to Iran . . .

. . . Blocking the Straight may not be in your best interests.


Saturday, December 24, 2011

Donald Trump . . .

. . . Ross Perot redux?

Sayeth The Donald:
“Around the middle of May I’ll be able to do whatever I want and I could run as an independent,” Trump said in a web video he record. “If the Republicans pick the wrong person I would, in fact, seriously consider running.”

If Trump runs, he will split the independent and conservative votes and guarantee Obama's re-election.  It's dead certain that Trump won't gain a significant number of Obama voters.

I believe in on person,  one vote - not one person deciding the outcome, and that's exactly what a third party candidate always does.  Perot single-handedly elected Clinton. Trump can do the same for Obama.

Trump and Perot have more ego than common sense.

Saturday, December 17, 2011

Green . . .

. . . at ANY cost?

The U.S. Navy was just directed to buy 450,000 gallons of biofuel instead of standard JP-5.  The bio fuel is made from waste cooking oil and algae.

We're all for green, right?

Yes, to an extent. 

But then there's this:

1.  The bio fuel costs $16.00 per gallon, 4 times the cost of standard jet fuel.  This little purchase will cost 7$7.2 million instead of $1.8 million.

2.  Solazyme, the company that is supplying the biofuel uses a refinery that was subsidized with U.S. "stimulus" funds - to the tune of $22 million.

3.  The "strategic advisor" to Solazyme, T. J. Glauthier was on Barry O's transition team.

4.  Glauthier also worked on the energy-sector portion of the 2009 stimulus bill.

5.  There are plans in place to spend $510 million on this fuel over the next three years.  Simple math tells me that is a waste of $382 million.

I understand that we need to transition from fossil fuels.  However, with the world economy in the tank and the U.S. facing an unsustainable debt load, can we afford to pay four times the price for anything? 

I also understand that development of alternatives requires support - but not EVERYTHING needs to be backed up by Uncle Sam. 

Let me put it another way.  Are YOU willing to start spending $16.00 per gallon for gasoline so that this industry can grow?