Republicans Screw Over America Again

The Republicans and those people they hold sway over just really don’t get it.  They are determined to kill as many people and mess up as much pristine real estate as they can to advance the fortunes of greedy corporate rats.

“The House Republican assault on the environment has been reckless and relentless,” said Rep. Waxman.  “In bill after bill, for one industry after another, the House has been voting to roll back environmental laws and endanger public health.  The Republican anti-environment agenda is completely out-of-touch with what the American public wants.”

“House Republicans didn’t wait until Christmas to hand out gifts to polluting industries.  They’ve been doing it all year long, amassing the worst environmental record of any Congress in history,” said Rep. Markey. “These votes are just a preview of coming attractions if the fossil fuel industries get their way and place more Republicans in Congress and the White House.  With that kind of cast, anti-environmental blockbusters will be the norm, sending more mercury into our kids, more air pollution into our lungs, and more carbon pollution into our atmosphere.”  Here

A comprehensive list of all anti-environment votes in the 112th Congress is available Here. 

Energy And Life From The Stars

Science20.com is reporting on a Nature article

“Astronomers are reporting that organic compounds of unexpected complexity exist throughout the Universe – which means they can be made naturally by stars.

Researchers write in Nature that an organic substance commonly found throughout the Universe contains a mixture of aromatic (ring-like) and aliphatic (chain-like) components, compounds so complex that their chemical structures resemble those of coal and petroleum.”

“Not only are stars producing this complex organic matter, they are also ejecting it into the general interstellar space, the region between stars….”  Here

Going to Wikipedia to research the above mentioned organic substances we find:

“They are also found in the interstellar medium, in comets, and in meteorites and are a candidate molecule to act as a basis for the earliest forms of life.”  Wikipedia  Here  My emphasis

I wonder how this will effect oil and coal research, stellar physics, etc…and further down the road, creationism, earth origins, and so on.
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Corrupt Government?

Do you believe that Vice-President Dick Cheney is not profiting from the hiring of Halliburton as a “no-bid-no oversight” contractor for support services in the Iraqi war?

Having worked in the oil business in West Texas, I know how that ‘Good old boy’ network works. You can bet your bottom dollar that there was a lot of fishy, underhanded signing of illegal contracts going on at the beginning, and probably going on now…that Blackwater deal comes immediately to mind.

The following links will give you an idea of how many dollars were/are changing hands:

http://www.cbsnews.com/stories/2003/09/26/politics/main575356.shtml

http://rawstory.com/news/2005/Cheneys_stock_options_rose_3281_last_1011.html

http://www.commondreams.org/views03/0403-10.htm

More recently we have learned that Cheney along with Rumsfeld and Paul Wolfowitz, buddies since the 1970’s Ford administration (Ford’s Secretary of Defense (Donald Rumsfeld) and Chief of Staff (Dick Cheney), misrepresented intelligence in 2002 to send us into Iraq which greatly increased the wealth of cronies in the Military/Industrial complex, and added the burden of over 3,000 dead American servicemen and women, as many as one hundred thousand wounded, and probably well over a hundred thousand dead Iraqis, also added was a level of worldwide instability not seen since the run-up to World War Two.

Another interesting thing I came across is a former Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld’s ties to the Tamiflu fiasco of the last few years. Immediately before hiring on with George Bush he was Chairman of the Board of Gilead Sciences (1-97 to 1-01). Now Gilead is the developer of Tamiflu, a drug that George W. Bush urged Congress to pass $7.1 Billion in emergency funding to purchase, to prepare for a possible Bird Flu pandemic. This was in 2005 and Donald was still employed by ol’ G.W.

Federal disclosure forms indicate that Rumsfeld owned over $5 million dollars worth of Gilead Sciences stock at that time. The resultant rise in stock prices alone was thought to have added over $2.5 million bucks to his net worth.

The Donald at a press Conference at NATO Headquarters, Brussels, Belgium, June 6, 2002
“Now what is the message there? The message is that there are known “knowns.” There are things we know that we know. There are known unknowns. That is to say there are things that we now know we don’t know. But there are also unknown unknowns. There are things we don’t know we don’t know. So when we do the best we can and we pull all this information together, and we then say well that’s basically what we see as the situation, that is really only the known knowns and the known unknowns. And each year, we discover a few more of those unknown unknowns.”
Boy, that’s real leadership, a clear-eyed vision of reality, by one of the Bush family’s favorite buddies and trusted leader of our countries military, in the most important endeavor of the new century.

Boy is our country suffering. We really need a change of leadership, an end to corrupt politicians, and wide-ranging investigation into what is going on in the internal workings of our federal government.

And, just maybe…indictments.

Write your elected officials.
Senate: http://www.senate.gov/general/contact_information/senators_cfm.cfm
Congress: http://www.house.gov/writerep/

Genocide in Iraq

If tyranny and oppression come to this land, it will be in the guise of fighting a foreign enemy.” – “It is a universal truth that the loss of liberty at home is to be charged to the provisions against danger, real or pretended, from abroad.” – “No nation could preserve its freedom in the midst of continual warfare.” – James Madison

The American war strike and occupation in Iraq has resulted in the deaths of anywhere from 100,000 to over 1 million Iraqi people and the probable displacement of perhaps 4 million from their homes….depending on who you believe. But, they’re only Iraqi’s, who cares….the oil is there.
http://www.justforeignpolicy.org/iraq/iraqdeaths.html

Of course a lot of these deaths were Iraqi to Iraqi violence (maybe 25%) that was brought about by our killing the people in charge of the infrastructure, and the consequent rush to fill this power vacuum. We, of course, knew this would happen and had good plans to counter it…But, the oil is there.

Iraq is now pumping more oil than they did pre-war…We have dibs on it…We have augmented our national strategic reserve…Who directly profits from this fact?

There are some rumors floating around the Internet that the Bush White House is playing loose with the numbers of our soldiers killed in the war. But, we have taken out a threat to our country, who had Weapons of Mass Destruction…Right?

Hey, if your son or daughter comes back in a coffin how do you keep track of the others that came back the same. There is no transparency about this matter, we have to trust our government to tell the truth. But, we have taken out a threat to our country, who had Weapons of Mass Destruction…Right?

We have made the area more stable and now have many friends there….Right?
We have made the world safer for our children, haven’t we?

Now we will be staying there for the foreseeable future, spending untold Billions of dollars on top of the near Trillion dollars we have already spent….But, the oil is there. Who directly profits from this fact?

Could it be the 2 oilmen in charge of our country….Naw…..we know they are honorable men.
They would never mislead us, lie to us, or sell us out to Big Oil. It’s not their fault that gas is over $3.00 a gallon.
They are honest men and will look out for us….Right?
Those rumors about Daddy Bush, the Saudi’s, and The Carlyle Group weren’t true….Right?
Those rumors about Halliburton weren’t true….Right?

We can trust our leaders….Right??

Gas Prices…Whats up?

OK, so Iraq is now producing more oil than it did before we trashed their country. Read this on the net, so it must be true.

The other oil producing countries in the MiddleEast seem to be producing as much. The humongous oil tankers still seem to be chugging around all over the world.

Our oil refineries on the gulf coast have had plenty of time for repair after being slammed by Katrina.

Where the hell is our $1.50 a gallon gasoline??