Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Oily In The Mourning

Why bother with reality, when you figure a lie will get you further politically? Not that there's evidence that the base to whom the lies are directed will ever ever ever demand truth.

Newt Gingrich, who, like every last one of the R candidates and congressional leaders, never met a lie he wouldn't tell, has a new one: President Obama's energy policy is anti-American. (No longer merely un-American: ANTI-American!) Too much emphasis on alternative energy, electric cars, not enough on oil, don'tcha know. So here's a little article out of Houston, where you'd have to assume they know a thing or three about oil:

The United States' rapidly declining crude oil supply has made a stunning about-face, shredding federal oil projections and putting energy independence in sight of some analyst forecasts.

After declining to levels not seen since the 1940s, U.S. crude production began rising again in 2009. Drilling rigs have rushed into the nation's oil fields, suggesting a surge in domestic crude is on the horizon.

The number of rigs in U.S. oil fields has more than quad­rupled in the past three years to 1,272, according to the Baker Hughes rig count. Including those in natural gas fields, the United States now has more rigs at work than the entire rest of the world.

Let's see... "more than quadrupled in the last three years..." "began rising again 2009..." What happened back then? Lemme think...

(Hot off the presses, here's yet another datum. Anyone think it'll make a difference in what teabaggRs believe about their president?)

In a dazzling show of virtuosity, Newt managed to roll several inaccuracies and lies into just a sentence or two, stacking them up like leftover wives. Waving his ignorance like a Jolly Roger, after getting Obama's policy on drilling entirely wrong, as we've seen, he said he'd bring the price of oil down by drilling even more. Pounding his cluelessness still harder, like a precordial thump, he produced the pandering (if condescending) laugh-line that you can't put a gun rack in a Chevy Volt. Wrong, wrong, and wrong.

It's now safe to say this pseudo-intellectual idiot will not be the R nominee. But he's still in there, collecting love and money based on this sort of crap. Speaks worse of the bankrollers than it does of him...

Taking newspeak to another level still, Rick Santorum claims it's liberals who are anti-science. Got that? The guy who disbelieves evolution, climate change, and the age of the earth, the guy who wants to end public education so parents can teach their kids to think like Rick does, decides to go full Orwell on us all. Seriously. There used to be a time when people who read "1984" saw it as political satire, as an overly dark view of the future. Now there's an entire field of presidential hopefuls for whom the book is on the same shelf as their Bibles. Maybe a higher one. To them, it's a textbook; and for their followers, most of whom won't have read it, whether they recognize it or not it's a roadmap.

Not long ago a reader asked me to suggest which R candidate I'd recommend she vote for, since there's no way in hell she'd vote for a thoughtful middle-of-the-road, oil-drilling, education-supporting, war-ending person like Barack Hussein Obama. I actually took the time to leave her a very lengthy reply, to which she's not responded. Too much food for thought, I guess.

But what does it matter? It's like asking for a recommendation about the temperature at which you'd choose to burn to death: 1000 degrees, 1,500 degrees, or 2000. Pick an extremity, and choose which man and where you want him to put it: the chameleon with his finger in the wind, the religious nut with his thumb in his ass, or the self-important deluded egomaniac with his head up his ass. Every one of these guys is a blatant and unrepentant liar, a deliberate deceiver, who assumes the people to whom they address their bullshit either won't notice or won't care.

Based on any evidence at all, who can say they're wrong?


Frank Drackman said...

Wow, funny how the price of gasoline has EFFIN DOUBLED since 2009(Hmm what happened then? oh yeah, No Seattle NBA team...)
But seriously, whats your favorite scene from "Dumb & Dumber"?
and don't tell me you've never seen it, I know, you can't tell Hortense down at the Yacht Club, but this is Frank, I won't tell.
OK, I would, if I was a member of the Yacht Club too, but I'd do it sneakily, you know, leaving the DVD in front of your locker...
I like the part where Lloyd(or was it Hary) takes the wrong exit, and they think there in Colorado, when there really IN IOWA!!!
and Lloyd(Or was it Harry)
"I thought the Rocky Mountains would be Rockier than this"
and Harry(or was it Lloyd) says
"That John Denver's full of S*** Man"
OMG almost gave myself a Hernia...
and that almost happened the time Mrs. Drackman tried to drive us into Manhattan, somehow we ended up in friggin Yonkers,
and I said,
"Gee I thought Manhattan would be Mannhattan-ier than this"
and she told me to STFU, cause she's never seen it...
So Prove me Wrong Old Man, and you can Wiki or You Tube it, theres no Honor Code among Surgeons,
I know, I've seen you guys scratch your noses when noones lookin, and do the furtive glance, then go back to your colon or gall bladder...
C'mon your sayin you ALWAYS re-glove...


Sid Schwab said...

The one leaf of lettuce in your word salad deserves a response:

"funny how the price of gasoline has EFFIN DOUBLED since 2009"


Frank Drackman said...

Ok, if I'm a Word Salad, your a friggin Word....ummm ahhh
whats a word for a really HUGE Salad?
in German it'd be like "HervorragendeGrossartigesRiesigesSalat"
sometimes you can answer without saying anythang, like when I ask Mrs. Drackman if she, umm you know,
is that even a word?
and she just keeps reading her "Us"..
Anyways, so if your suddenly Jed Clampett Oil Expert, and theres so much more Black Gold, Texas Tea, being pumped,
oh yeah, most of that oils on the bottom of the Gulf of Mexico, I mean America.
Myself, I like the higher prices, keeps the Riff Raff off the road and on the buses where they belong...
Seriously, the ZO6 averages ummm lets say 20mpg, 12,000 miles a year, thats ummm
600 Galons, even at the $5/gallon we'll be payin in June, thats only $3,000/year, heck, I've run up Bar tabs that high...
not recently,


Sid Schwab said...

Not being an oilologist, I can only speculate. But, clearly, it's not because of Newt's claims about Obama. Which, of course, isn't stopping teabaggRs and RWS™ from trying to make it an issue.

Frank Drackman said...

Hey Sid, followed your link,
(its a slow day)
and WOW!!!!
you like "How Stuff Works" too?
did you really go to Hah-Vud?
what a life saver, I mean before "HSW" when my daughter asked "Daddy how does my Depo-Provera work?" I'd have to mumble some mumbo-jumbo about proliferative-what-ever-who-cares, and get back to my "I Claudius" watching...
now I just say,
"I paid for that High Speed Internet, Look it up yourself"


Sid Schwab said...

As it happens, Frankie, there's an article in today's paper that addresses it, too. It's almost as if people want you to understand. Now, all you have to do is let it in.

Frank Drackman said...

You Still Read the Paper?
OK I do too, but only for the antics of that Scamp Marmaduke...
So despite the US outpumping the entirety of OPEC, prices are going up because the rubes are nervous about our Iranian Brothers goin all Dr. Strangeglove...
Heck, I was freaked out when I found out the FRENCH had Nukes...
Seriously, the thought of DSK with his Stank-Finger on the button doesn't worry you?


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