GeologicalScienceBlog - subjects include Geology, Climatology, Environmental Science, NASCAR, Beer, Property Rights, Random Thoughts, & Politics from a Christian Conservative/Libertarian/pragmatist viewpoint. As a Dad & Grandad, I am concerned about the overgrowth of government at the expense of freedom. Background - two degrees in Geology (BS '77, MS '90), started studying Geology beginning Senior Year of high school (1971 - 1972) <68>

Friday, June 27, 2008

Saying Goodbye to "Old Silver" and "Little Blue"

Having been raised by a family of packrats, stuff tends to accumulate around here. In the true redneck fashion, because we have a little land, I "let sit" two older cars and an old pickup truck, "because I might want to get them fixed". They weren't "up on blocks" and three of their four tires (each) still held air.

In an act of supreme redneck bravery, today I said goodbye to the two cars.

"Old Silver", a 1992 Jeep Cherokee 4x4 served me well, but with about 250,000 miles, it just had too many problems to get fixed, plus it had been sitting for some 6 or so years in the back yard. Leaky rear-main seal, odometer busted, turn signals not working, leaky radiator, right front passenger door wouldn't open from the inside...

The salvage fellow talked me into selling "Little Blue", my 1994 Ford Escort wagon, which I was more reluctant to do.

About 2 and 1/2 years ago, it gave an ominous "clunk" (inside the engine) and proceeded to run excessively rough with some oil coming out the tailpipe. I didn't have the time or money to get it checked out, but having "set" for that length of time now, various seals and hoses dry out and if you cure one problem, you gain many more. I went through that years ago with a 1971 Datsun 510, that had "set" unused in Phoenix, AZ for a couple of years. After I spent $1000 getting the engine rebuilt, then the electrical system started to crap out. And as fun of a little car as it was, I traded it in on a newer 1981 Datsun pickup (which is the source of its own series of travel stories).

The Escort was a fun little car, with a 5-speed manual transmission. And it got good mileage. And the air conditioning worked, unlike the 1995 Olds Ciera - the "Old Lady Car" - that I now drive. [I may have to replace the coil and/or starter on that car this weekend.]

When I drove "Little Blue" in the mountains, north of Helen, GA on US 129 (I think that's the highway), I liked to push it going uphill - 'til the tires "cried a little". I am always conservative when driving down mountains. If you have ever had a brake pedal go to the floor (had it happen twice in my life, once in the Eagle Mts., in West Texas), you will remember it for the rest of your days. I don't abuse my brakes, especially in the mountains. [In case you were wondering, in the Eagle Mts. "adventure", I managed to pump the brakes and they came back. The excessively rough roads had caused some of the brake fluid to leak out. When I got to the bottom of the mountain, I damn sure topped-it-off.]

So I got to decide whether I give up on the 1978 F-100. The last time I got it cranked, it gave off an embarrassing amount of white smoke. [I considered hollering to my neighbors that I was "just killing mosquitoes", but I didn't think they would believe me.] It is possible that it is "old gas", but again, it "set" for several years before my friend "J.D." gave it to me, again there are issues of dried seals, belts, and hoses. And maybe head gaskets for an old truck with a 351 V-8 and a four-barrel carb. Can we spell "gas hog"? Is it worth it to have something to "haul stuff" once in a while?

I need to ask J.D. if he would be offended it I sold it. I want to fix it up, but certain realities sometimes take over our lives. And we have to say "Goodbye" even when we don't want to.

So the edge of the driveway and the backyard are now empty, they already look a little better. I just hope my family appreciates my supreme sacrifice.

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Wednesday, June 25, 2008

Why Modern Liberals Ain't - When Liberal = Evil

Alternate title: "Someone who needs a good horse-whipping." (And then have tabasco sauce applied to the wounds.)

By way of NewsBusters comes this infuriating story of a debate on the floor of the Massachusetts Legislature, where they were debating a version of "Jessica's Law", to make it more difficult for convicted child sex offenders to get back on the street. One Democrat representative, James Fagan - a defense attorney by "trade" - launched into a rant about the lengths he would go to protect hypothetical client, accused of such a crime.

From D. S. Hube at NewsBusters and the Boston Herald, Fagan described his cross-examination technique for the crime victim, saying he would:

...“rip apart” 6-year-old victims on the witness stand and “make sure the rest of their life is ruined.”

In a fiery soliloquy on the House floor, Fagan said he’d grill victims so that, “when they’re 8 years old they throw up; when they’re 12 years old, they won’t sleep; when they’re 19 years old, they’ll have nightmares and they’ll never have a relationship with anybody.”...

What a bastard.

Defense attorneys have a Constitutional duty to force the state to prove their case beyond a reasonable doubt, BUT THEY DON'T HAVE TO BE WHORES FOR THEIR CLIENTS!

He could have stated that he was concerned about the possibility of false accusations against a client, but instead he showed his lack of character by fantasizing about he would do to a child on the witness stand. [Hopefully, a decent jury would convict the client just as a response to Fagan's courtroom behavior, but then that might provide grounds for an appeal.]

[One of the points of this and other NewsBusters posts is to illustrate one particular type of media bias. In the online version of the Boston Herald article, by Dave Wedge, Fagan's party affiliation is never mentioned, though the Republican affiliation of another representative, who offered a tepid response, was mentioned.]

Yeah, there's no media bias. Next thing they will try to do is pass off some first-term Leftist Senator as being qualified to run for President.

Oh, wait!

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Friday, June 20, 2008

Proving That No Global Warming Notion...

is too absurd to consider, two MSM outlets - CBS & MSNBC - are offering a story claiming that in increase in earthquake activity can be blamed on global warming, according to this NewsBusters post.

[After the Banda Aceh earthquake/tsunami, someone tried to make this same claim, i.e., blaming the tsunami on Anthropogenic Global Warming.]

Claiming that Earth Tides might trigger occasional earthquakes, due to the gravitational pull of the Sun and Moon, is more plausible.

SansPretense has more on the wacko scientist offering up this BS (not as in Bachelor of Science) - Dr. Tom Chalko. And according to SansPretense, Chalko has even written on the possibility that AGW could cause the Earth to explode!

Chicken Little would be proud.

[I got work to do, will get back to this later...in the meantime, go read the SansPretense post.]

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Wednesday, June 18, 2008

Like so Many Other Traditions That the Left Wants to Destroy...

the orderly, peaceful transition of power from one administration to the next is one of their more recent targets.

[By way of Moonbattery]

An increasing number of FOOs (Friends of Obama) want to put President Bush, VP Cheney, and numerous other administration officials on trial for their lives over their interpretations of what constitutes torture and their interpretations of what constituted a threat to the United States after 9/11 (using their clear 20/20 hindsight - that there have been no large attacks here since 9/11 means that our actions in Iraq were not necessary and were illegal). Obama himself has hinted at a desire for this action.

Legal Blog Watch has more on this idiocy (a kind word).

If all of what President Bush has done in the War on Islamist Terror happened - without 9/11 ever having happened - there might be a point. We weren't aware of the need for pre-emptive action before 9/11. Now the adults understand.

The Left wants us to think that 9/11 was an isolated incident by an isolated group (since they can't convince us that our own government did it, which they would prefer to be the truth).

So, which famous Communist stated that they would conquer us "without firing a shot."?

[If anyone can think of an appropriate acronym involving Obama that spells "FOOL" or "FOOLS" - go ahead and "have at it". I got other stuff to do.]

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Black Gold Rising

It is high time that Americans got off the "Stupid Wagon" and begin to understand what it takes to bring oil and natural gas to the market place.

One reminder I had a few years ago when I was standing outside on Christmas night in Shattuck, OK, watching a working rig in the distance. It was 11 degrees with blowing snow, but they were "busy as bees". Yeah, they would have liked to have been home in front of the fireplace or the TV with a beer in hand. But there is work to be done. There is more to life than free bread and circuses.

Open Choke has links to previews and info on TruTV's new series "Black Gold", which offers (apparently) a no-apologies look at life in a West Texas oilfield. It begins tonight on TruTV cable, at 10 PM EDT.

Meanwhile, another Open Choke post has a link to this article on a Rasmussen poll which suggests that the MSM, NEA, and Hollywood have been successful in dumbing down Americans on the free-market system and its efficiencies and benefits. In the poll, only 47% of those asked were against nationalizing oil companies, while 24% didn't know.

Maxine Waters only verbalized what the Leftists want to do, as far as nationalizing everything that produces any sort of wealth. Years ago in the 196os, on a motel announcement sign in King of Prussia, PA were these words - "A Socialist is a gutless Communist." So whether they call themselves Liberals, Progressives, Socialists, or whatever, they are of the same family. They all "hope" for "change".

For a number of reasons, including my own mistakes, I missed the oil boom while I was in grad school, but I have classmates and past-teachers that have spent time in the oilpatch. I learned from their telling of oilfield stories (as I have learned about Vietnam by sitting around campfires or in bars - listening to slightly-older vets talk). Even water well-drilling has its own hazards. I knew well-driller from SE Georgia that was missing one of his middle fingers. I never asked him "How does one lose a middle finger?" It is easy enough to imagine losing a thumb or a little finger to a moving piece of machinery. But a middle finger? It could have been crushed or just "yanked off".

Elitists such as Barack Obama, Al Gore, John Edwards, John Kerry,... are so far "above" such a life, they couldn't imagine a work environment as shown on tonight's Black Gold episode. I am hoping that John McCain is still willing to learn, having spent harsh years as a POW, maybe he can understand the harshness of life on an oil rig.

"Oilfield Trash" is a collective term-of-endearment for the "roughnecks" that do the heavy drilling work and for the "roustabouts" that do the repair work and whatever else is needed on the drill site, perhaps too for the "mud-loggers" that collect samples of the rock chips as they are brought to the surface by the circulating drilling mud.

I wish I had had the confidence and drive to apply for a summer job as a mud-logger or roustabout-trainee when I had the chance. The road not taken.

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Tuesday, June 17, 2008

Another Reason Barack Obama is So Wrong

From Moonbattery:

You really need to read these words (linked above) from Richard Danzig, former Clinton Administration official and Obama advisor - soon the be thrown under the bus?

In Richard Danzig's worldview, he looks to Winnie the Pooh, Luke Skywalker, and drunken British soccer fans for inspiration in dealing with folks that want to kill everyone of us, even if it takes killing their own children to destroy the infidels.

As reported in the above-linked article:

..."the future of US strategy in the war on terrorism should follow a lesson from the pages of Winnie the Pooh, which can be shortened to: if it is causing you too much pain, try something else.

Mr Danzig told the Centre for New American Security: “Winnie the Pooh seems to me to be a fundamental text on national security.”


He spelt out how American troops, spies and anti-terrorist officials could learn key lessons by understanding the desire of terrorists to emulate superheroes like Luke Skywalker, and the lust for violence of violent football fans."...


You decide if you want to laugh or cry (or somehow both).

[I haven't been listening to talk radio, has anyone picked up on this?]

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Can We Cut the "Oil Addiction" Crapola, Please?

I don't care if it is from President Bush or Barack Obama or John McCain or Algore.

Petroleum-related fuels (and coal) drive the world economy and will do so for the foreseeable future. That is just the way it is. A vibrant, entrepreneurial economy is one of the best ways to develop alternatives, but those alternatives, present and future, are not going to fill every need for a while. Diverse energy sources are a good idea, as is conservation, but it takes time to develop those sources and to "learn" more conservation practices. The heavy hand of government is not the answer.

By letting our oil companies do what they do best and letting them access our own resources, we can immediately send a message to OPEC and to the speculators that we are willing to take responsibility for our own energy needs. We don't have to totally cut our imports, but if we could reduce them by 20% in two years, the world would sit up and take notice. And NO, Senator McCain, no one is suggesting drilling in the Grand Canyon or the Everglades. The proposed offshore drilling is to be 50 - 200 miles offshore, where there is little chance of spoiling beaches and beach organisms. And the proposed drilling in ANWR is on a frozen coastal plain that constitutes a very small portion of the total reserve.

Raising taxes will never cut gasoline costs, unless it is to the point where it totally wrecks the economy and kills consumer demand, then prices may fall. Artificially-induced poverty is not the answer. And if our economy crashes, it will have a domino-effect on the world economy that can't be fixed by more taxes and more regulations.

Yes, we need to cut our imports from unfriendly nations, but this won't happen in a vacuum. That supply has to be replaced.

As odiferous as John McCain may be on science/energy issues (and other issues), we face worse damage with Barack Obama. And we have to demonstrate that a pissed-off, unified voting populace trumps all of the George Soros/Sierra Club/Big Labor,... dollars, regarding Congress.

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Monday, June 16, 2008

As Usual...

in his writings on our current energy concerns and challenges (the media/politicians overuse the word "crisis"), Victor Davis Hanson has brought forth some noteworthy articulations.

[Before continuing further, if a pissed-off populace doesn't get the idea across to Congress before the elections and if Barack Obama wins and the Republicans lose more ground in Congress - then it will be a crisis that will cripple our economy, perhaps for decades. Maybe that's the idea, a weakened United States will be more compliant with the wishes of the United Nations (or whatever follows it).]

Some of Victor Davis Hanson's thoughts (perhaps presented out-of-order) include, considering the transfer of wealth:

..."Productive energy-strapped Americans, Europeans, Japanese, Chinese and Indians are working day and night to give the world critical material goods, ideas and services. To be blunt, oil-rich Saudi Arabia, Venezuela, Russia and Iran are not."...

Where large-scale oil production takes place in the aforementioned nations, i.e., Saudi Arabia, Venezuela,... for a variety of reasons, that is all that those particular nations contribute to the world economy (of any relevance, that is). In some cases, lack of arable land prohibits Saudi Arabia and Iran from exporting large amounts of food. Add to that, their authoritarian governments stifle entrepreneurship, especially any that might be from the collective (and individual) minds of their women.

In the case of the Soviet Union and Venezuela, internal problems brought on by socialist-government inefficiencies probably prevent the development of a free-market system that promotes exports (food and otherwise). In other words, as these nations are awash with "oil cash" their governments may see no need to allow the development of private industries in their nations to diversify their exports.

More from earlier in the column:

...By locking out energy exploration in the United States, we are encouraging it almost everywhere else."...

Do you think the government-run oil companies of Saudi Arabia, Iran, Venezuela, or Russia listen to citizen concerns regarding environmental issues? Do you think they concern themselves with pollution prevention, especially in remote areas? [I know that our oil companies are not perfect, but by-and-large, they don't like oil spills because they are a waste of valuable resources, they are expensive to clean up, they invite increased government oversight and fines, and they are bad PR.] Our companies learn from their mistakes, is there much incentive for government-owned companies to do the same?

So while Libs love to bash American businesses for out-sourcing jobs overseas (some of which occurs because of the feel-good regulations that Libs love), they think nothing of the out-sourcing of energy industry jobs overseas because of the restrictions on domestic oil exploration, production, and refining.

"We have met the enemy and he is us."

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Friday, June 13, 2008

Didn't Bobby Jindal Sound Good...

yesterday on Michael Medved's radio program? Far more substance than the blather of Barack Obama in an unscripted moment.

Ideally, I know we would like to wait another four years for him to mature a little more, but the situation could become so dire that we can't wait and four years from now, with Obama in the White House, there may be no more talk radio.

John McCain can easily do worse than Bobby Jindal for VP.

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A Clear Reminder of Why We Need to Elect John McCain...

was delivered by the reprehensible ruling of the Supreme Court, giving Gitmo detainees access to U.S. courts.

Our course the Leftist MSM is reacting with glee, despite the fact that many of these detainees would gladly slit the throats of any media Talking Heads (or their children), if given the oppportunity. Of course ACLU and probably the National Lawyers Guild will be sending lawyers to help those poor detainees sue the United States.

There is no logical excuse for giving these rights to foreign nationals (most of them foreign combatants) that are not even on U.S. soil. Most of those combatants would never give any captured Americans such considerations.

From NewsBusters is this from a Wyatt Andrews CBS report featuring comments from GOP Senator Lindsey Graham:

..."SENATOR LINDSEY GRAHAM: It is a dangerous decision.

ANDREWS: Dangerous, says Senator Lindsey Graham, because in the middle of a war, military officers could be dragged into federal court.


GRAHAM: Never in the history of warfare have we allowed enemy prisoners to go to a federal court and sue our own troops to be released."...


Add to that the total willingness of Islamists to lie in court whenever they wish. They have no rules and they have absolutely no interest in the preservation of the American judicial system, nor do the lawyers that will represent them (beyond their own Leftist agendas). We are too damned nice and the Islamists constantly use that against us. Yeah, there a no doubt a few folks at Gitmo that may not be worthy of keeping there, but on the other hand, haven't a few that have been released gone back and committed acts of terror against the Allied Forces?

Aid and Comfort for the enemy. It's pretty clear. Way to embolden them.

It is not a defeat for President Bush, it is a defeat for the United States.

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Sunday, June 08, 2008

What a Geologist Sees - Part 19

Glacier National Park is one of the places that I hope to visit, someday.

[For the moment, a photo taken by a friend will have to suffice until I can get there to take my own.]

The feature pictured at right is Chief Mountain, which consists of Proterozoic limestones sitting atop Cretaceous shale and sandstones. This is totally "out-of-whack" with "what should be". Under normal conditions, the Concept of Superposition applies, wherein in a series of layered rocks (usually sedimentary, but could apply to some volcanics), the oldest layers are at the bottom and the youngest are at the top. The Proterozoic is much older than the Cretaceous.

The presence of a "thrust fault" is the reason for the existing condition. During periods of tectonic deformation, where there is lateral compression, sometimes sheets of rock will break loose and get "shoved on top of" younger layers. The lateral breakage is usually along a shale layer. In this case, the thrust fault is referred to as the Lewis Thrust Fault or the Lewis Overthrust. Erosion after the period of faulting isolated Chief Mt. from the remainder of the thrust sheet, thus we call Chief Mt. a "klippe", which is a type of "erosional outlier", i.e., it is laterally separated from similar rocks.

The mesas and buttes of Monument Valley are also erosional outliers, but they have no underlying thrust fault, so they are not klippes.

There are plenty of thrust faults in the Appalachians, including the Georgia Piedmont, though they are obscured by soil and vegetation cover. There is a thrust fault (name forgotten) exposed in an outcrop on the west side of I-285, north of the intersection with I-20 and near the Chattahoochee River, but the traffic makes it difficult to pull over and get a good photo.

[I will fill in some more details later...]

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Friday, June 06, 2008

Just a Short Reality Check...

for the ecstatic Obamaites.

Now that history has been made, everyone needs to calm down a focus on a few realities.

If he loses, it isn't because America is racist (though some in the MSM and elsewhere are already saying that). Most of mainstream America doesn't yet know how radical he actually is. If they hopefully find out, John McCain will win (though it may be a Pyrrhic victory).

It has been said (within the realm of NASCAR), that sometimes it is necessary to lose a championship before you win one, i.e., to come agonizingly close, then lose because of the adverse results of a single stock car race. Prior to winning a championship, I remember it happening to Bobby Allison, Bill Elliott, Rusty Wallace, and Jimmy Johnson, to name a few.

So as much as the MSM is going to be a cheerleader for Barack (and despite John McCain's best efforts), Barack may still lose. That is the nature of the game.

One other sad reality we face is that there are wackos "out there" and despite our dislikes for the politics of Barack Obama, sensible Conservatives wish him no harm, but that possibility awaits any Presidential Candidate or any President. If the unthinkable happens, the entirety of America will be pronounced as racist and there will be renewed calls for a total gun ban or at least more regulations as happened in the wake of the Bobby Kennedy assassination.

Among those that might perpetrate such a heinous act would be the true racist/bigoted wackos, the "normal" publicity-seeking wackos, a Black Nationalist seeking to start a race war, or a Muslim that thinks that Barack Obama is an apostate, or a provocateur wishing to plunge the nation into chaos, perhaps for a further Leftist power grab.

Addressing the issue of the "normal" wacko, to give an example, many of you might not remember that MLK, Jr.'s mother, Alberta King, was assassinated in church (along with a deacon) by a wacked-out black Christian fanatic (I forget his name). Aretha Franklin was on "his hit list", too.

I bring this stuff up because I know that "white America" and in particular - white Conservatives - are going to get blamed, regardless of how collectively horrified we all are. I can virtually hear all of the "talking heads" as they blame "right wing radio" and the blogosphere and the NRA.

Despite any and all political disagreements, we don't need that type of national trauma.

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Unknown to Most Folks...

is a story about a WWII incident in which we lost 88 B-25 bombers in a single day during the "Italian campaign". Today's History Lesson recounts the event, which occurred on March 18, 1944.

It wasn't the usual culprits often encounted during a bombing run, e.g., flak from German 88mm anti-aircraft guns, enemy fighters, weather events,...

It was the eruption of Mt. Vesuvius and the planes were on the ground. Shortly after the American forces entered Naples, Mt. Vesuvius began a series of eruptions, the main portions of which lasted for about a week. Aside from lava flows entering the towns of Massa and San Sebastiano (I have a sample from these flows, given to me by a friend of my Dad), most of the damage was inflicted by a March 18 ash and tephra eruption.

The U.S. 340th Bomber Group lost 88 B-25 bombers to the effects of the ash fall. The planes weren't completely destroyed, but weight of the ash and sand-sized tephra destroyed the wing covering materials and canopies to the point where fixing the planes was determined to be not worth the time or effort.

After March 29, 1944, the eruptions ceased and Vesuvius remains quiet to this day, though it still remains a potential threat to approx. 3 million people that live within a few miles of the volcano.

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Thursday, June 05, 2008

Carboniphobia Rules the UN!

UN General Secretary Ban Ki-Moon(bat) is spouting off about that satanic gas, carbon dioxide.

By way of Moonbattery, here are some of Moon(bat)'s words spoken in New Zealand:

"Our world is in the grip of a dangerous carbon habit," Ban said in a statement to mark World Environment Day, which is being marked by events around the globe and hosted by the New Zealand city of Wellington.

"Addiction is a terrible thing. It consumes and controls us, makes us deny important truths and blinds us to the consequences of our actions," he said in the speech to reinforce this year's World Environment Day theme of "CO2 Kick the Habit."

Yeah, each day we breathe in that stuff and breathe out even more. We eat it, we drink it when we drink carbonated beverages. The bacteria in the soil exhale it, the termites in the woods, the fish in the lakes. Yeah, it is all around us.

Yet it only composes 0.038% of the atmosphere.

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Wednesday, June 04, 2008

Here are a Couple of Editorial Cartoons from Investor's Business Daily...

from the creative mind of Michael Ramirez sum up nicely the decades-long failures of Congress (and to a lesser extent - past Presidents) to engage in strategic energy planning.

And in this free-market system, one of the best ways of strategic energy planning is for the government to get the Hell out of the way. It goes without saying that there have to be some "Checks and Balances" - sensible regulations and guidelines, human nature being what it is.

If not for it making for an odd number of cells (panels?) in the first cartoon, we could have added the issue of refineries.

The second cartoon could also be rewritten to address this same issue.

The problems have been "building" for years and they won't be solved by a single strategy nor will they be solved overnight, but by opening up our reserves to exploration and drilling, we are sending a message to OPEC and to the speculators.

Hat tip: Blogger Beer

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I Can Think of a Couple of Reasons Why Hillary Won't be Barack's VP

The first one is Michelle Obama's objections.

The second one is Hillary's "little accessory" - Bill Clinton.

Does Barack Obama want to put up with Bill's antics? Is Barack worried that Bill might make a pass at Michelle?

I could be wrong, but...

And one more thing, if Barack and Hillary are elected, it might do Barack well to keep a photo of Vince Foster on his desk as a reminder. I am not saying that Hillary would, but who knows about her associates. Remember the phrase "plausible deniability".

Another disjointed thought - Might Hillary be sitting on some juicy gossip that might allow her to "buy her way onto the ticket"?

It is a circus with dangerous consequences for the nation. We can only hope that it implodes so we can deal with the less damaging McCain administration.

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Tuesday, June 03, 2008

Oil Rigs and Coral Reefs in Harmony

Here is an article addressing some of the concerns about offshore drilling in the Gulf of Mexico.

Offshore oil platforms have operated for decades at the Flower Garden Reef. Here is more on this reef, off the Texas/Louisiana coast. The benefits of rigs to certain organisms are described here. Basically, rigs create new vertical habitats for organisms that must attach to some sort of structure. Once these attaching organisms are established, other organisms are attracted to the area. From the following link:

..."Natural structure and hard bottom are rare in the Gulf of Mexico where the bottom is pretty much a vast featureless plain of mud and sand. Where structure does occur, natural or otherwise, it is like an oasis in a desert. Virtual gardens of sessile (permanently attached) invertebrates like barnacles, corals, sponges, clams, anemones, bryozoans and hydroids quickly attach to every available surface and in every nook and cranny. "...

When the well (or wells) "plays out", removing the rig structure would damage the established reef organisms and disrupt the system. So a program was established to leave the structures in place (below a certain depth) and use the rig housing as additional structure for reef growth.

Rigs-to-Reefs program. From this website:

..."Since 1990, cooperating oil and gas companies have donated more than 64 obsolete petroleum platforms and contributed one half of the savings realized by reefing their rigs to the Artificial Reef Fund. These dedicated funds allow the Program to be relatively self-sufficient and finance research, administration, maintenance, liability coverage and construction of new artificial reefs."...

It is possible that the corals and other organisms in this area (SE of Galveston) are simply hardier, due to the natural oil seeps in the bottom of the Gulf. Whether or not reef organisms, in other areas, would "welcome" oil rigs might be debateable, but the record looks good. Imagine the disruptive scenario when a well plays out after decades and an emotion-driven eco-Luddite demands total removal of the structure, even that portion well-below the wave base. Or imagine the damage done if the oil companies are not allowed a tax write-off for the abandoned rig (as might be demanded by some Moonbats).

These benefits are brought about by the free-market system and the sensible give-and-take regarding governments and their regulations. None of this is to suggest that these endeavors are risk-free (that world doesn't exist), but risks can be managed and minimized. Whether the government-controlled oil companies of China and Venezuela (drilling 50 miles from Key West) give a damn about the reef organisms remains to be seen.

Our oil companies do listen to public concerns (maybe too much regarding the carbon dioxide hysteria), but sometimes it takes years to find a solution to address the public concerns. Government-owned firms may not find Public Relations to be a priority. If Maxine Waters has her way, exploration may be so hamstrung that no further drilling in the Gulf is allowed.

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Monday, June 02, 2008

So, Obama has Finally Left the TUCC - BFD!

Well, actually he doesn't need them anymore 'cause he is now his own church. The term "Obamanation" has been oft-used and their primary slogan could be "Because we know better than you.".

Two of the icons that will become part of the stained glass windows to be installed in the White House are shown here (the upper photo is from Reuters), I don't recall the source of the lower one. In the upper photo, he may be gazing in awe and loving respect upon a photo of his true guiding light - not the cross, not Jesus, not Jeremiah Wright, but George Soros. [But I could be wrong.]

[Actually he could be playing his part as Obama Skywalker, receiving his marching orders from his biological father Darth Soros, in order to save us from the evil Republicans. But again, I could be wrong.]

So we thought John Kerry was haughty and arrogant, he was just a warm-up act for BO.

I am willing to accept the concept of a future black American President, this just ain't the right one. Despite his law degree, he is an inexperienced lightweight with a Leftist distain for the specialness of this nation. At best, he has a distain for the free-market system that has brought countless bounties, not just to this nation, but to the world. Geraldine Ferraro was right.

I wonder if Hillary was pushed aside by the powers-that-be because George Soros is getting older and he wanted to see someone that could camouflage the Leftist agenda better than Hillary could, before his time is up.

Remember, it is all about "change", including the change we are left with in our pockets after he is through.

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