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Archive for January 8th, 2007

Jeb Bush Relies on “Imaginary Friend” to Help him Govern

Posted in H.L. News, Main Blog (All Posts) on January 8th, 2007 2:58 pm by HL

Gov. Bush & his mystical buddy

Gainesville.com
Excerpt
Jebbie and “Chang” Share a Moment
what do I do now? Chang.
After more than an hour of solemn ceremony naming Rep. Marco Rubio, R-West Miami, as the 2007-08 House speaker, Gov. Jeb Bush stepped to the podium in the House chamber last week and told a short story about “unleashing Chang,” his “mystical warrior” friend.

Here are Bush’s words, spoken before hundreds of lawmakers and politicians:
”Chang is a mystical warrior. Chang is somebody who believes in conservative principles, believes in entrepreneurial capitalism, believes in moral values that underpin a free society.

”I rely on Chang with great regularity in my public life. He has been by my side and sometimes I let him down.

H.L.s Take
He can’t even keep his imaginary friend (what is he? 6 years old?) happy, imagine how the people of the state he leads must feel about him. The whole damn family is insane, and should be stopped now.


Going on Vacation? Stay Out of Florida!

Posted in H.L. News, Main Blog (All Posts) on January 8th, 2007 2:44 pm by HL

Did you know that in Florida it is legal to shoot someone if you feel threatened by them in anyway at all. If someone does not like the way you look at them (even if he just thinks you are looking at him) He is legally allowed to shoot and kill you. Will someone do me a favor and just blow that place off the damn map already. What a bunch of F**king Rednecks.

Welcome to Florida! Wish You Weren’t Shot!

The Gun Guys
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greetings from Florida

You’ll have to be careful heading down to Florida nowadays. After the “deadly force” bill passed there last year, it’s now legal for anyone to shoot you first if they at all feel threatened. Look at someone the wrong way? Take some lead home with you from your vacation!

And bless their souls, the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence is taking it upon themselves to warn tourists to watch their fanny packs.

Enter Florida at your own risk. That’s the message supporters of gun control are sending in an ad campaign designed to warn visitors about Florida’s new law allowing victims to shoot first in self-defense without fear of prosecution.

H.L.s Take:
The south half of Florida is mostly made up of New Yorkers who got tired of the winter. (If they had waited a little longer they wouldn’t have had to bother leaving for the weather since it now gets up into the seventies in January in the Northeast) and high real estate prices. The North half of the state consists of the capital, Tallahassee, and a bunch of dumb ass toothless rednecks. These are the people who steal elections for the Bush’s every 4 years and hide in their houses with a shotgun in thier lap every night in fear. Stay out of that alligator infested swamp, which will be the first to go under water when global warming kicks in completly. Let them shoot it out amongst themselves.


After Election Gas Prices Keep on Going Up.

Posted in H.L. News, Main Blog (All Posts) on January 8th, 2007 1:12 pm by HL

Manipulating Oil Prices For Political Gain

Riding The Juggernaut.com
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“I mean if anybody says there’s some magical solution to the high price of petrol in Australia, will you please ring the Lodge and I’ll spend an hour all-ears listening to them.”
Australian Prime Minister John Howard, August 1st, 2006

It was August 1st, 2006, when Howard made this disingenuous remark. The oil market had soared to record highs (over $US78 a barrel) in mid-July. There was widespread consumer anger at ever-rising bowser prices and record oil company profits.

And yet, by the time US mid-term elections came around three months later, the oil price had fallen a massive 20 percent.

And now, with the US elections over, oil prices are on the rise again. Here’s a little graph (slightly adapted) from Opec’s own website.

Yup, the lowpoint came on exactly the week of the US Midterm elections. Surprised? You shouldn’t be. The big question is, how did it happen, and why?

First, let’s look closely at what happened. Here, courtesy of Blogging Stocks, are the average weekly U.S. average price for Super Unleaded for that period (based on data from the
Energy Information Administration
): Aug 21, 2006: $3.08
Aug 28, 2006: $3.01
Sep 04, 2006: $2.90
Sep 11, 2006: $2.79
Sep 18, 2006: $2.67
Sep 25, 2006: $2.54
Oct 02, 2006: $2.48
Oct 09, 2006: $2.43
Oct 16, 2006: $ 2.40
Oct 23, 2006: $2.39
Oct 30, 2006: $2.41
Nov 06, 2006: $2.39
Nov 13, 2006: $ 2.42
Nov 20, 2006: $2.42

Note the low point of $2.39, achieved in the week just prior to the US mid-term elections, and held to the very day before the election. This fine tuning by US oil retailers was no accident, either. Can you say “price gouging”?

Specifically, on November 6th, the ratio of the price/barrel of gasoline at the pumps and price/barrel of crude oil fell to 167% — significantly lower than the weekly average of 174% between August 21st and November 20th.

The conventional wisdom holds that the US government cannot significantly influence world oil prices, except through manipulation of the US strategic reserve. But in a globalized world, that sort of thinking is sorely out-dated:

During a meeting in the Oval Office, according to [Bob] Woodward, Bush personally thanked Bandar because the Saudis had flooded the world oil market and kept prices down in the run-up to the 2004 general election.

The remarkable link between the price of oil and Bush’s popularity has already been well documented:

H.L.s Take
There is talk of gas now going above $3.00 a gallon, You SUV drivers out there should be plenty pissed off at that. Today came news however that prices are going down due to the summer like weather we are having in mid January, (but shhhh don’t mention global warming…) The first time that tempetures return to normal, the prices will rocket up again. This is a very interesting article, read the whole thing and see what you think.