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Wednesday, March 8. 2023
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MacDonald: in Loco Masculi - The feminization of the American university is all but complete
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Mitch McConnell Slams Tucker Carlson and Fox News Over J6 Video Release. Denying the truth of what the videos show makes McConnell as complicit as those who participated in the sham J6 committee.
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"It was a mistake in my view for Fox News to depict this in a way that's completely at variance with what our chief law enforcement official here at the Capitol thinks."
I've always been inclined to cut Mitch McConnell some slack, if only because of his success in judicial appointments. But he's dead to me now.
We should depict things according to how they happened, not according to what someone else thinks. What a jerk.
Mitch McConnell Slams Tucker Carlson and Fox News Over J6 Video Release . . . Why wouldn’t the chief of the Capitol Police say anything other than what he reported? January 6th made a fool out of them.
U.S. Capitol Police Chief Thomas Manger was not a member of the Capitol Police during the storming of the Capitol.
Tucker Carlson’s Expose Blew a Rather Large Hole in Dems ‘Deadly Insurrection’ Story
Newly released footage PROVES that in 1941 the Nazis were simply tourists in Paris!
'Again, we're talking about the United States. 'Storming' the Capitol and not one 'insurrectionist' brought a single firearm? You're beyond parody at this point. I'll give you credit. You're the most dedicated troll I've ever encountered. Worthy of study. =)
Lord Heathen: 'Storming' the Capitol and not one 'insurrectionist' brought a single firearm?
That's false. For instance, Guy Reffitt was convicted of a firearms charge. Nor were firearms the only weapons that were brought to the Capitol, but all manner of makeshift weapons were used to attack the police.
Quibble-DickZ ...all manner of makeshift weapons were used to attack the police.
Yeah, like flags and MAGA caps. Backpacks too.
Until the POLICE began indiscriminately firing tear gas canisters into the crowd, there was nothing but a rather largely peaceful PROTEST happening in the vicinity of the Capitol Building.
Worthy of study. He is a character right out of the novel 1984. He totally loves Big Brother. An attack against Big Brother is an attack against Zachriel. Big Brother must be defended.
And yet, "not one 'insurrectionist' brought a single firearm" is still false.
And not one capitol police officer has had to face a judge for killing protesters.
And I am sure you are cool with the prosecution withholding exculpatory evidence against the protestors?
There was no insurrection, despite you and your authoritarian government officials claims to the contrary. Far more peaceful than your BLM\ANTIFA buddies.
Who does Ray Epps work for? CIA? FBI? Maybe your boss, Hilary? Go pore her another drink, would ya. Oh, and tell her she will never be president.
White House Press Muppet Karine Jean-Pierre and Attorney General Merrick Garland both stated that 5 Capitol Police officers were killed on Jan6.
This is a total lie.
Thank you Tucker Carlson.
B. Hammer: And I am sure you are cool with the prosecution withholding exculpatory evidence against the protestors?
It's appreciated that you granted the point to which you replied: "not one 'insurrectionist' brought a single firearm[/url]" is false. That was the point of the comment to which you replied, after all. Here's another example.
B. Hammer: And I am sure you are cool with the prosecution withholding exculpatory evidence against the protestors?
What exculpatory evidence?
B. Hammer: There was no insurrection, despite you and your authoritarian government officials claims to the contrary.
4 more Oath Keepers found guilty of seditious conspiracy tied to Jan. 6 attack
B. Hammer: Who does Ray Epps work for? CIA? FBI?
He owns Rocking R Farms. There is no evidence he worked for the U.S. government, nor is there evidence he went into the Capitol or assaulted law enforcement officers.
Quibble-DickZ: What exculpatory evidence?
I like it when the kiddieZ put on their "stupid" hats.
As Elon Musk said of Mitch McConnell: "I keep forgetting which party he belongs to."
Amazing, isn’t it. Makes me wonder just how many of our elected ‘representatives’, actually care about America. I think they care more about their bank accounts.
He belongs to the Taxpayer Trough party. Joined of course by Cheney, Pelosi, Schumer and numerous unnamed.
California’s high-speed ‘bullet’ rail project is now estimated to cost $100 billion more than originally anticipated when voters approved it in 2008 — and it is only going to connect the rural towns of Bakersfield and Merced.
The entire purpose of building this was to gain the vote of labor unions. No one wanted or needed this and likely no one will use it.
The money slopping around in the pig pen in California was nothing compared to the price of slopping the hog at the Boston Big Dig.
I believe that many millions of lives would have been saved over the decades that the ATF has been around if they spent as much time protecting us from the Alcohol and Tobacco part of their name as they did trying to take away our firearms. I propose that considering that the ATF has morphed into an anti-constitutional, 2nd amendment infringing, gun grabbing tyrannical mob that congress remove their authority to do anything regarding firearms.
A funny thing happened while you weren't paying attention because you were distracted by covid and a violent firebombing insurrection followed by installing the puppet leader of a coup.
Natural gas suddenly became profitable to compress into tanks on ships which are sailed to Europe and sold to Europeans resulting in a greater profit to the NG companies than selling NG locally does. About the same time it has been determined that NG stoves are dangerous to your health and must be phased out in the U.S. (still OK in Europe though). All of this is the result of the inexplicable self detonation of the Nord Stream pipeline (definitely not blown up by Biden).
Imagine that! What an incredible Miracle that it is now more profitable to ship NG by boat than to sell it locally where it is piped out of the ground...
The LNG business has been around a very long time, and your description is not an accurate one. These projects cost into the billions of dollars and rely on long-term contracts to make them work. What makes the business highly profitable are the cargoes that are sold by over-performing plants with capacity to spare after fulfilling their contracts. These are called 'excess cargoes' and they are subject to furious arbitrage on the world spot market. When a country is getting desperate for gas - almost always for power generation - then they will pay through the nose. To illustrate, when gas on a long-term contract might be locked in at, say $4 per million standard cubic feet (mmscf), an excess cargo of the very same gas might fetch up to $40 on the spot market. So emergencies like the Nordstream sabotage have resulted in some pretty juicy cargoes, I would bet. But the ability to match demand is going to be a struggle. They don't build LNG plants on speculation.
I see. So you think it is just coincidence that we just recently decided to send our NG to Europe and that there is a LNG ship building boom and they make more money selling it to Europe and they are now trying to force Americans to stop using NG so they can make a higher profit in Europe. Did I get that all correct?
Well.... There's not much point in arguing, so I won't. I've been drilling gas wells for the LNG business since about 1990, so.... I have managed to pick up a little bit about the business model during that time.
If you think there's a vast Left-wing Progressive government conspiracy to prevent Americans from having gas stoves/gas heat so that private Oil and Gas companies can then make enormous profits in LNG speculation, then I invite you to back it up with numbers, after you explain why you think Leftists love Oil and Gas companies so much.
My numbers say that domestic consumption continues to increase, across the petrochemical product spectrum, including natural gas.
The US blew up the Nordstream lines to f*ck with the Russians at the direct expense of our allies, and the consequence has presented an opportunity for LNG plants across the globe to supply excess cargoes at a premium to bail out Europe this winter.
So with rising energy costs WHY sell our NG overseas??? This is stupid. We should intentionally reserve 100% of it for American use... period! IF not for profit then WHY sell it off shore?
Geez... To fully capture the simplistic moral high ground, we should also eschew importing any hydrocarbons whatsoever. Otherwise we're just being fat American hypocrites - right?
And that would include trading the hydrocarbons that we have, in surplus, in exchange for foreign-sourced hydrocarbons that we need for refining fuels, but do not produce in the USA, because they aren't here in sufficient quantity. Because in principle, markets don't work and need our help or something.
It is the opposite of a simplistic business. People that forecast oil & gas markets for a living, still struggle to do it with any precision. Hydrocarbons are the foundation and principle driver of the world economy.
I would recommend reading The Prize by Daniel Yergin to get an idea of the basic complexities of the oil & gas business, and then start understanding how much of our GDP has to do with petroleum products - especially those products that are derived from hydrocarbons as their principle ingredient, before refining, adding value, and exporting them. Plastics, for example.
"trading the hydrocarbons that we have, in surplus"
Why!!?? If you believe that there is a limited supply of hydrocarbons and that they are necessary to support our lifestyle why would you trade them for some short term gain? It makes no sense to me. Well it makes no sense that we citizens and a government of we citizens would do it but it makes perfect sense why a multi-Billion dollar business might exert influence over dishonest politicians to not only allow them to do this but to justify it.
But please, since you are an expert, explain why we are dooming our children and grandchildren to a life without energy resources just so some rich people can buy a third home or fly a private jet or drive multiple BMWs.
Anon: If you believe that there is a limited supply of hydrocarbons and that they are necessary to support our lifestyle why would you trade them for some short term gain?
Allow them? Don't they have the right to trade their products? Or are you advocating government intervention in the market? Also, if Americans stop buying hydrocarbons, then the price will tend to decline, not increase.
Nope, I'm all through with you, 'Anon'. I've made a couple of good-faith attempts to share my experience, to maybe contribute some insight, and you've responded with short-form know-nothing trollery, insisting that the world is a highly simplified set of beliefs that shouldn't be stirred with any stinkin' complexities like facts. Good luck, maybe for you it is - maybe it's cloudy today, and you can go outside and shake your fist at the clouds, and yell at them until they go away.
Here's a small example of what I am driving at: Venezuela has more oil reserves than any other nation, including Saudi Arabia. Most of their crude is called 'black oil'. It's extremely thick and heavy. It's so thick & heavy, that they have to import condensate - a very light, volatile type of crude oil product - in order to even refine their own heavy crude. Without it, as a nation they would be virtually unable to refine jet fuel, gasoline, kerosene, diesel, and industrial solvents. All they would have is plenty of asphalt and bunker fuel, for large ships.
The US has crudes that are quite a bit lighter, generally speaking. Our crudes are mostly good for diesel-type fuels - diesel, home heating oil, kerosene, jet fuel. Gasoline is actually a by-product, most of our refining capacity is geared toward diesel and gasoline is a consequence - which is why the US has a dis-proportionally large gasoline fleet, compared to Europe.
But we import quite a lot of gas from Mexico and Canada. Not just natural gas, but other gas fractions as well. In fact the state of Michigan pretty much relies on propane imports from Canada to get through the winter. Why? Because the US doesn't produce enough propane. Get it? Complex markets require complex trade mechanisms to satisfy the consumer and industrial demand. It's not a simple story of shutting down borders and hunkering down. If you shut down your exports, you will be shutting down your imports too, because those foreign markets are relying on your trade for their domestic requirements.
OK so two years ago how much NG were we exporting to Europe? How much are we exporting now? We and Europe are building more LNG tankers in the expectation that our NG exports will double or triple. This is not the kind of thing you keep referencing, it is different. It is conscious choice by NG companies in concert with our government to export massive amounts of NG while at the same time restricting it to U.S. customers. I think that this is every bit as wrong as it was for England to export Irish food crops to England during the great potato famine. We are denying our own citizens for short term gain. Simple as that.
I do not think it is pure coincidence that at the same time our government is "forcibly" restricting use of NG by U.S. homeowners.
What NG companies are working in concert with the US Government, and who in the US government is in charge of this effort? Not just name-calling, provide some facts to hang it on and some citations that make it more than just conjecture..
Female leaders of universities. Too bad these high-level appointments are not a reward for having achieved a high level of scholastic skills and understanding. They are only indicative of which female was most obedient to the feminine mafia and rewarded accordingly.