Archive for April, 2011

Once again the douche-bags at EPA have stopped offshore oil drilling off the coast of Alaska.

We are at record highs for gas prices and they are going to go even higher. This administration and their cronies in the EPA are a big reason why things are the way they are now.

It is time to defund and close down the EPA permanently. They base their decisions on fantasy not fact.

Here’s a fact for you. The area that Shell Oil is looking at drilling has more oil than all the oil that has gone through the Alaskan pipeline in 30 years.

Yeah, we can use that. No, the EPA thinks a ships “greenhouse emissions” not taken into consideration is enough to screw over the American people with higher gas prices and lower competitiveness across the globe.

Energy in America: EPA Rules Force Shell to Abandon Oil Drilling Plans

By Dan Springer

Shell Oil Company has announced it must scrap efforts to drill for oil this summer in the Arctic Ocean off the northern coast of Alaska. The decision comes following a ruling by the EPA’s Environmental Appeals Board to withhold critical air permits. The move has angered some in Congress and triggered a flurry of legislation aimed at stripping the EPA of its oil drilling oversight.

Shell has spent five years and nearly $4 billion dollars on plans to explore for oil in the Beaufort and Chukchi Seas. The leases alone cost $2.2 billion. Shell Vice President Pete Slaiby says obtaining similar air permits for a drilling operation in the Gulf of Mexico would take about 45 days. He’s especially frustrated over the appeal board’s suggestion that the Arctic drill would somehow be hazardous for the people who live in the area. “We think the issues were really not major,” Slaiby said, “and clearly not impactful for the communities we work in.”

The closest village to where Shell proposed to drill is Kaktovik, Alaska. It is one of the most remote places in the United States. According to the latest census, the population is 245 and nearly all of the residents are Alaska natives. The village, which is 1 square mile, sits right along the shores of the Beaufort Sea, 70 miles away from the proposed off-shore drill site.

The EPA’s appeals board ruled that Shell had not taken into consideration emissions from an ice-breaking vessel when calculating overall greenhouse gas emissions from the project. Environmental groups were thrilled by the ruling.

The lying President once again spews his lies to the gullible masses. That speech was not only pathetic, but an outright lie from the start.

The crap that he wants to do is exactly what is going to ruin America. No thanks asshole. I prefer you cut the budget to the bone.

Saying that everyone pays taxes is a straight up lie. Half of this country doesn’t pay a dime in federal taxes. Nice try douche bag.

Here’s an excellent take on from the WSJ Opinion page.

The Presidential Divider

Obama’s toxic speech and even worse plan for deficits and debt.

Did someone move the 2012 election to June 1? We ask because President Obama’s extraordinary response to Paul Ryan’s budget yesterday—with its blistering partisanship and multiple distortions—was the kind Presidents usually outsource to some junior lieutenant. Mr. Obama’s fundamentally political document would have been unusual even for a Vice President in the fervor of a campaign.

The immediate political goal was to inoculate the White House from criticism that it is not serious about the fiscal crisis, after ignoring its own deficit commission last year and tossing off a $3.73 trillion budget in February that increased spending amid a record deficit of $1.65 trillion. Mr. Obama was chased to George Washington University yesterday because Mr. Ryan and the Republicans outflanked him on fiscal discipline and are now setting the national political agenda.

Mr. Obama did not deign to propose an alternative to rival Mr. Ryan’s plan, even as he categorically rejected all its reform ideas, repeatedly vilifying them as essentially un-American. “Their vision is less about reducing the deficit than it is about changing the basic social compact in America,” he said, supposedly pitting “children with autism or Down’s syndrome” against “every millionaire and billionaire in our society.” The President was not attempting to join the debate Mr. Ryan has started, but to close it off just as it begins and banish House GOP ideas to political Siberia.

Mr. Obama then packaged his poison in the rhetoric of bipartisanship—which “starts,” he said, “by being honest about what’s causing our deficit.” The speech he chose to deliver was dishonest even by modern political standards.


This really breaks my heart when a friendly fire incident happens. It is a thing of war. I feel sorry for the families of these fine young men.

My thoughts and prayers are with their families. God rest their souls.

Predator drone may have killed US troops

WASHINGTON – The military is investigating what appears to be the first case of American troops killed by a missile fired from a U.S. drone.

The investigation is looking into the deaths of a Marine and a Navy medic killed by a Hellfire missile fired from a Predator after they apparently were mistaken for insurgents in southern Afghanistan last week, two senior U.S. defense officials said Tuesday. The officials spoke on condition of anonymity because the investigation is ongoing.

Unmanned aircraft have proven to be powerful weapons in Afghanistan and Iraq and their use have expanded to new areas and operations each year of those conflicts. Some drones are used for surveillance and some, such as the drone in this case, are armed and have been used to hunt and kill militants.

Officials said this is the first case they know of in which a drone may have been involved in a friendly fire incident in which U.S. troops were killed, and they are trying to determine how it happened.

Marine Staff Sgt. Jeremy Smith of Arlington, Tex., and Seaman Benjamin D. Rast of Niles, Mich., were hit while moving toward other Marines who were under fire in Helmand province.


Other sources:

Visitation Friday for sailor killed in friendly-fire

News Wrap: U.S. Probes Deadly Friendly Fire Drone Attack in Afghanistan

Huge procession brings Arlington Marine home after death by friendly fire in Afghanistan

This is an excellent letter from an Army NCO about the current state of affairs in our government and the averted BS that just occurred with the government’s budget and possible shutdown.

If anyone deserves a pay stoppage, it’s congress.


A Soldier Speaks Out On The Shutdown – ‘Leaders Eat Last.’

From one of my military correstpondents on the Federal shutdown and the military:

I’ve been trying to get my head around the idea that those of us in the military might not get paid next week. I don’t really care about myself, in as much as I’m a single soldier without dependents. I can eat in the DFAC, put my bills (and some beer) on a credit card, throw a temper tantrum and get on with my life. But I am lucky to be slightly above living paycheck to paycheck. I’m a moderately responsible E5 with a girlfriend who likes nice restaurants.

Privates and their new families, on the other hand, are often barely above water. Too much of the time, issues that you deal with as a leader in the military revolve around family issues or privates and their money. These are not people who can afford two weeks without pay. In the area just off post, there are a lot of people who make a living off families not being able to pay the bills, and they charge rates that would make the Mob blush.

That isn’t even getting into the soldiers who are deployed.


Hot Air has a post up about this.

I’ve bitched about AARP for years. Their a bunch of sorry assed liberal asshats that are out to steal as much money from the American elderly as they possibly can.

Their lobbying efforts are all focused on the liberal agenda of Obamacare because it removes the Medicare Advantage plan which plays into the hands of AARP.

They supported this scheme of Obama and the Democretins because if it stands, seniors will be forced to go back and buy the supplemental insurance from AARP.


This is from Hot Air:

Greg Hengler at Townhall puts together this stylized, noir-detective look at the “mystery” of AARP’s political support for ObamaCare.  Call it The Mystery of the Senior Swindle if you will, or How To Make A Billion Dollars Without Really Trying. All you need to do is get Congress to create a market for you by swinging a lobbying hammer around Washington DC, and let the Democrats do your dirty work for you: