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Today’s Campaign Update (Because The Campaign Never Ends) – 4.24.2017

  • Thank God he’s not being divisive.:  In between shouting his focus-grouped cusswords, DNC Chairman Tom Perez told an audience in Las Vegas Saturday that his Party has no room anymore for anyone who is pro-life.  This is part of what Mr. Perez – who Democrats said was brought in to bring “stability” to their dying Party – calls his “National Unity Tour.”  Yeah…that isn’t really working out.
  • The poll also found that water is wet.:  67% of respondents to a new ABC/WaPo poll said that the Democrat Party is “out of touch with ordinary Americans.”  The other 33% are Democrats.
  • Nothing to see here, folks, move along.:  The sponsoring fake news outlets did their best to hide it from their dwindling audiences, but that same poll also contained yet another humiliating result for The Most Corrupt Woman in America.  Respondents said that, while they favored The Most Corrupt Woman when they voted last November by a 46-43 margin, if they had it to do over again, they would vote for Donald Trump by a 43-40 margin.  No word if The Most Corrupt Woman blamed that result on a) her inept staff, b) misogyny, c) James Comey, or d) the Russians, but it seems likely that she would.
  • Hey, stupid sells.:  Queen of MSNBC, Rachel Maddow, told her nitwit-filled audience that the civil war that is breaking out in Venezuela is all due to the fact that the country’s state-run oil company made a contribution to the Trump Inauguration festivities.  That may be the fakest news ever reported by any outlet in the fakety fakey fake national news media.  Can there be any doubt she will win a fake award from her colleagues for this fake report?
  • And speaking of stupid, CBS is with her.:  CBS Morning News fake host Gayle King told an Access Hollywood interviewer that her extended vacay with the Obamas “was not political at all.”  For the record, Ms. King gave more than $34,000 to Obama’s presidential campaign, and her daughter worked as a staffer in his White House.
  • “I call that bold talk for a one-eyed fat man.”:  Ok, this guy’s not one-eyed and fat, but I just wanted to use that great Robert Duval line from “True Grit.”  But some guy named Curtis Kalin, writing in the Washington Examiner, says that the “Oakland Raiders move to Las Vegas is one of the worst taxpayer-funded fiscal sins of all time.”  He’s obviously never heard of federal subsidies for corn-based ethanol.
  • Our science is the kind you can’t do without a whole bunch of federal dollars.:  Speaking of atrocious taxpayer subsidies, a bunch of people claiming to be “scientists”, led by Billy Nye the “science” guy – who is actually an engineer – held a demonstration on the National Mall in support of “science”.  Very predictably, this “non-partisan” gathering immediately turned into a series of ugly, profane attacks on the Trump Administration, and was really nothing more than a demonstration in favor of continuing the billions in federal subsidies to any researcher whose “research” toes the partisan line on “climate change”.  In reality, this demonstration had as much to do with “science” as any episode of “Mystery Science Theatre 3000.”
  • Sounds like a classic Obama non-solution, all right.:  Ex-Obama official Cass Sunstein suggested on Sunday that Facebook and other social media outlets should experiment with using an “opposing viewpoints” button instead of attempting to censor and curate content.  Yeah, that is probably not going to work with people who throw daily temper tantrums on their Facebook feeds, and then put on masks, grab their pepper spray and go out looking for someone to assault in public.

Just another day in Everything is Fake, Even Science America.

That is all.

 

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Thank Mother Earth for Oil, Natural Gas and Other Fossil Fuels

[Note:  I posted this piece at Forbes.com on April 22, 2013, but it remains relevant today.]

Today is Earth Day, and it is very likely that the fact that abundant fossil fuels like oil, natural gas and coal, are natural resources, and gifts to humanity from Mother Earth herself  will be lost amid all the frightful doom and gloom predictions that will be launched by environmental activists and repeated by various media outlets.

All the vitriol thrown at these fossil fuels by the environmental community notwithstanding, it is a simple fact that our prosperous, modern, energy-hungry society was made possible by the existence of these fuels.  Without the discovery of and ability to produce fossil fuels, it is likely that mankind would still be mired in a Medieval form of existence, reliant on burning wood for heat, horses for transportation, and still living largely in the dark after nightfall.

But what about wind, solar and nuclear?  The production of modern wind turbines, solar panels and nuclear power plants are extremely energy-intensive enterprises, and are by and large powered by the burning of fossil fuels.  In other words, without the massive energy levels generated by the fossil fuel chicken, the “green” energy eggs would not have been possible.

 

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American v. United: No Contest in Communications

On Friday, American Airlines demonstrated that its communications department actually understands how to communicate, in direct contrast to its competitors at United Airlines.

An American flight attendant got too aggressive with a young mother on one of its flights on Friday, whacking her in the head with a stroller while she held her one year-old twins as she boarded the plane.  When this reduced the mother to tears, other passengers began to protest the actions of the flight attendants, and one large guy got up to confront the flight attendants.  At least one smartphone caught the man telling the flight attendant “you try that will me and I’ll knock you flat,” with the attendant replying “go ahead, try it.  Hit me.”

Wow.  Not the images of your employees you want making the rounds of the Internet and fake news media.

Finally, another American employee enters the plane, calms the situation, and the mother and her twins leave the plane.  Here is the statement American Airlines issued in the wake of this potential PR disaster:

“The airline released a statement late Friday saying that it was ‘disappointed by these actions’ and had already started to investigate the incident.

‘What we see on this video does not reflect our values or how we care for our customers,’ the company said in a statement. 

‘We are deeply sorry for the pain we have caused this passenger and her family and to any other customers affected by the incident. 

‘We are making sure all of her family’s needs are being met while she is in our care.’

‘After electing to take another flight, we are taking special care of her and her family and upgrading them to first class for the remainder of their international trip.

‘The actions of our team member captured here do not appear to reflect patience or empathy, two values necessary for customer care.

‘In short, we are disappointed by these actions. The American team member has been removed from duty while we immediately investigate this incident.’ “

Here are the main elements of this statement:  1. We’re sorry.  2. This behavior is not our standard and we are committed to doing better.  3. The American employee who acted in appropriately is being disciplined.  4. We are taking special care of the customer who was treated badly.

Perfect.  How hard was that?

Now, contrast that to the communications fiasco that United CEO Oscar Munoz engaged in after the widely-viewed incident in which a bloodied, paying passenger was forcibly removed by O’Hare police from a United flight so United employees could take his seat.

In his first statement, Munoz said “our employees did nothing wrong.”  No apology, no commitment to doing better, no care whatsoever for his paying customer.

In his second statement, Munoz said that the passenger had to be removed so his employees could relocate.  Still no apology, still no commitment to doing better, still no concern for the customer.

In his third statement, Munoz finally apologized and managed to commit to reviewing the airline’s procedures.  Very little concern for the customer.

A week after the incident, Munoz issued a fourth statement in which he said no airline employees would be disciplined, and it was all the fault of “the system.”

On many of its flights, United’s flight attendants thank their passengers and acknowledge that they have a choice in airlines.  Folks, if you have a choice between flying United or American, that choice is pretty easy at this point.

 

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Today’s Campaign Update (Because The Campaign Never Ends) – 4.21.2017

 

  • Who you gonna believe, us or your lyin’ eyes?:  There was another Islamic terrorist attack in Paris for which ISIS has taken credit, and everyone in authority and in the fake media in that country and in America is doing everything they can to pretend it has nothing to do with Islamic terrorism.  Who could’ve ever seen that coming?
  • Hey, whatever happened to that Jill Stein?  Isn’t she a pistol?:  Turns out that the insufferable Ms. Stein and her Green Party are now coordinating efforts with the Council on American and Islamic Relations (CAIR) to “fight Islamophobia”.  CAIR, of course, has long served as an apologist group for Islamic terrorists and is known to have many ties to terrorist organizations.  Hey, maybe ol’ Jill can get her new friends to demand a recount of the number of their ISIS buddies were killed by that MOAB we dropped Afghanistan last week.  That’d be great.
  • Speaking of prominent radical Islamists…:  Keith Ellison, the Islamist Vice Chairman of the Democrat National Committee, told an audience on Thursday that his Party would be in far better shape if Barack Obama hadn’t been such a bad Party leader.  That is absolutely true, and everyone should appreciate such a rare moment of abject honesty coming from any Democrat leader.
  • Here at the DNC, we are unified in our separate-ness.:  Speaking of the DNC, Chairman Tom Perez, the DNC’s serial-cussing Chairman, and Commie Senator Bernie Sanders kicked off their “Democratic Party Unity Tour” this week, with the stated goal of unifying the Democrats behind a far-leftists agenda and turning it into “a 50-state party”.  Because, you know, right now it’s about a 12-state party at best.  The problem is, in his first interview on the tour, the Commie Senator told the interviewer that he is “not a Democrat”, which kind of puts the lie to the whole deal, doesn’t it?
  • You know he’s lying because he still has a job at CNN.:  CNN fake journalist Jake Tapper, who drank the Obama Kool-aid for 8 long years, told an interviewer that too many in his profession were “too friendly” to Mr. Obama, and “drank the Kool-aid.”  In his next breath, the putz claimed that he was “very tough” on Obama.  No word if Mr. Tapper also thinks Harry Potter is, like, a real person.
  • Tired of winning yet?  Part I:  The Labor Department reports that continuing jobless claims fell below the 2 million mark in April for just the second time since 2017, a 17 year low.  Democrats and fake journalists across the country hate this news with a passion, trust me.
  • Tired of winning yet?  Part II:  The American Action Forum reports that the actions taken by President Donald Trump to rescind Obama-era regulations in just his first 85 days in office have already saved the American people more than $86 billion, a pace of more than a billion dollars every day.  Elections matter.
  • God Bless Texas.:  Today is San Jacinto Day, the 181st anniversary of the 18-minute battle that won Texas’s independence from Mexico.  If you’re a Texan, take a minute out of your day to remember the brave individuals whose actions led to all that this great state gives you today.  If you’re an American, you should also take a moment to reflect on these events, because the Battle of San Jacinto was not just a great day for Texas, it was a great day for America as well.

Just another day in God Blessed America.

That is all.

 

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In The Oil Patch – Omar Garcia (ep. 104)

If you want to keep current on what’s happening in oil and gas in Texas, the “Inside the Oil Patch” program airs every Sunday evening on AM 740 KTRH in Houston, and AM 550 KTSA in San Antonio. The show is sponsored by Shale Magazine, for which I am an associate editor. I do a ten minute segment on most of the shows. The hosts, Kym Bolado and Alvin Bailey, do a great job of putting together high quality guests and very informative shows.

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Today’s Campaign Update (Because The Campaign Never Ends) – 4.20.2017

  • She hasn’t heard that thing about glass houses.:  GOP Senator Joni Ernst told an audience on Wednesday that President Trump’s frequent trips to his Mar-a-Lago residence in Florida bother not only her, but other members of the Republican caucus.  “I do wish he would spend more time in Washington, D.C.  That’s what we have the White House for.”  It should be noted that Sen. Ernst said this as she and her fellow members of the do-nothing congress are in the midst of the least-deserved 2-week vacation in American history, and also in the midst of a month in which congress is only in session for 8 days.  But hey, they’re working 12 days in May, so that makes it all better.  One would think that, as a colonel in the U.S. Army, Ms. Ernst would possess a keener sense of self-awareness.
  • The other 11% was Fox News.:  The Media Research Center published a report showing that 89% of the fake news media coverage of President Trump thus far has been negative in nature.  Frankly, I’m surprised it is that low.
  • Speaking of media coverage, you won’t be getting it from Bill O’Reilly anymore.  Mr. O’Reilly was jettisoned by Fox News on Wednesday due to an array of sexual harassment allegations against him.  Mr. O’Reilly denies the charges, and claims that he has chosen to pay out more than $13 million in settlements of similar claims in the past simply to buy peace.  Whatever.  If he is innocent, then shame on Fox News.  If he’s guilty then shame on him, and good riddance.  And for the rest of us, men and women alike, if you still haven’t figured in the year 2017 that that kind of boorish behavior has no place in your work place, then you need to be gone as well.  It really is that simple.
  • She should be placed on the Endangered Species List.:  Noted feminist writer Camile Paglia, one of the few honest left-wing leaders in the world today, told an audience at a NYTimes-sponsored panel discussion that President Trump is on his way to being re-elected already, and that “the Democrats have overplayed their hand.”  Interestingly, she repeatedly referred to the Democrat Party and the fake news media as a single, unified entity in her remarks, which are linked here.  Like I said, she’s honest.
  • They just can’t help themselves.  Faking the news is in their genes.:  Speaking of the fake NYTimes, its fake editors chose to fake up a photo comparison between the New England Patriots’ attendance at a 2015 celebratory meeting with then-President Obama and yesterday’s attendance by the team and staff with President Trump.  They did this only because 2017 photo appeared to show much smaller attendance.  But the Patriot organization itself corrected the error, tweeting that “These photos lack context. Facts: In 2015, over 40 football staff were on the stairs. In 2017, they were seated on the South Lawn.”  Those seated on the South Lawn do not show up in the 2017 photo.  #Fakenews, defined, by the fake newspaper of record.
  • If you like your #fakenews early, tune in to CBS.:  But the NY Times is far, far from the only reliable source of unreliable, fake news.  Heat Street reveals that CBS Morning News fake host Gayle King, who gave Barack Obama a stream of softball interviews over the last 8 years, has spent recent days vacationing with the Obamas in French Polynesia.  FYI, it will be a cold day in hell when Gayle King is caught vacationing with anyone named Trump.

Just another day in Fake News Media America.

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Today’s Campaign Update (Because The Campaign Never Ends) – 4.19.2017

  • Say it ain’t so, Joe!:  Your author is officially in mourning this morning, because the CalExit movement is dead.  Yes, friends, the noble effort to free our country from the state that sends an unending stream of nitwits to infest the U.S. Congress is no more.  The plug was pulled by organizers on Monday because it was revealed that the founder of the movement, some guy named Louis Marinelli, actually lives in…wait for it…RUSSIA!!!!!  I swear I don’t make this stuff up.  If I could make stuff like this up, I would be a fabulously wealthy novelist.
  • A mind is a terrible thing to lose.:  Speaking of nitwit members of congress from the Golden State, California congresswoman Maxine Waters told a fake interviewer with MSNBC that she had never called for the impeachment of President Donald Trump.  That statement came just a day after she had promised an audience during a speech that she will do everything she can to impeach the President, and just moments after she had issued a Tweet that said “The President is a liar, his actions are contemptible, & I’m going to fight everyday until he’s impeached.”  Again, I swear I don’t make this stuff up.
  • I mean, like, it paid for my million dollar wedding, so it’s like, totally awesome.:  Chelsea Clinton, the dimwitted daughter of The Most Corrupt Woman in America, told an interviewer that people “just don’t understand” how fabulous the Clinton Foundation really is.  She also said she is “definitely not interested” in running for political office, so she’s got that traditional Clinton bald-faced lying tactic down to a T.
  • This either does or doesn’t explain a lot.:  Netflix announced that, from 2015 through early this year, its users had spent more than 500 million hours streaming films starring Adam Sandler.  Every political observer from all corners of the ideological spectrum believes this explains what is wrong with those on the other side.
  • Yes, it’s a side benefit of mass starvation.:  A British former Olympian and candidate for Parliament told an interviewer that regardless of what else one thinks about North Korea, they really have got a “handle” on that whole obesity thing.  He later apologized on Twitter.
  • Can’t wait to see what Maxine Waters does with this one.:  Don’t look now, but the Democrat Party has obviously obtained polling data that indicates they can gain votes from Millenials by cussing.  And so we are now treated to the spectacle of Democrat members of congress and party leaders going around the country cussing at their audiences.  Yesterday, Democrat National Committee Chairman Tom Perez told his audience that “Republicans don’t give a sh*t about people,” and “[Republicans] call it a skinny budget, I call it a sh*tty budget.” God help us if the Democrats ever obtain polling data that says they can attract pervert voters by campaigning in the nude.  Nobody needs to see Chuck Schumer implementing that particular tactic.

Just another day in Democrat ****ing America.

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USGS Haynesville/Bossier Resource Estimate Decimates The Notion Of “Peak Gas”

Hey, guess what?  There’s a bunch of natural gas out there along the Texas and Louisiana Gulf Coast!

That’s what the US Geological Survey (USGS) announced on April 13, with its assessment that the combined Haynesville and Bossier shales, sandstones and carbonates contain a gigantic volume of natural gas, which the USGS estimates at a total of 304 trillion cubic feet (tcf) in place.  That represents enough natural gas to supply country’s entire demand for natural gas for about 12 years, just from two formations, and it represents a 330% increase over the agency’s 2010 resource estimate.

As USGS noted, the formations also contain a very large volume of oil and natural gas liquids:

The Bossier and Haynesville Formations of the onshore and State waters portion of the U.S. Gulf Coast contain estimated means of 4.0 billion barrels of oil, 304.4 trillion cubic feet of natural gas, and 1.9 billion barrels of natural gas liquids, according to updated assessments by the U.S. Geological Survey. These estimates, the largest continuous natural gas assessment USGS has yet conducted, include petroleum in both conventional and continuous accumulations, and consist of undiscovered, technically recoverable resources.

The updated estimate is a part of an ongoing USGS program to re-visit many of the largest oil and gas producing basins in the country, in order to create a more accurate picture of the resource available for the nation’s use as we move into the future.  The agency previously released an updated estimate of oil contained in the Wolfcamp formation in the Permian Basin, which I analyzed last November.  This is an important exercise designed to better inform public policy decisions related to energy, especially given the amount of ridiculous mis-information that gets into the media every day, such as the always-present but never correct “peak oil” and “peak gas” theories.

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Today’s Campaign Update (Because The Campaign Never Ends) – 4.18.2017

  • The Obama legacy in action.:  Multiple videos have emerged on social websites that show Berkeley cops standing around doing nothing as violent clashes broke out over the weekend between Trump supporters and radical leftwing agitators on the Cal Berkeley campus.  In one, a policeman who is asked why he and his partner aren’t doing anything answers that he was told by his boss to stand down.  Makes sense.  After all, why would Democrats want to interfere with a riot funded by the same people who funded their last election campaign?
  • Nate Silver will give him a 95% chance of winning after he loses.:  So, there’s a special election in Georgia today to see who will fill the seat congressional seat vacated by Health and Human Resources Secretary Tom Price.  Democrats are all excited because the single D in the race has seen support as high as 40% in the public opinion polls taken in the race.  Meanwhile, the other 60% is being split between the dozen GOP candidates in what has been a traditionally Republican district.  Naturally, the fake news media is pretending that the Democrat is going to “win”.  He isn’t.  He’s going to get about 40% of the vote – probably less, if the normal bias in the polls materializes here – and then have to face the highest Republican vote-getter in a runoff election in June, an election the Republican candidate will easily win.  The news frenzy you’ve seen surrounding this race is #fakenews, defined.
  • Polls show nobody cares.  CNN suddenly doesn’t care about polls.:  While the North Korea situation was coming to a boiling point, a key special election was taking place in Georgia, and with all manner of other huge issues facing the country and the world, the fake journalists at CNN spent the entire day wondering why President Trump doesn’t release his tax returns.  Nobody cares about this issue, which helps to explain why nobody watches CNN anymore.
  • The Crazy Little Fat Prince of Futile Gestures.:  The crazy little fat guy who runs North Korea promised to hold a “weekly missile launch” in defiance of President Trump and the United States.  The United States was mum on whether it would hold a “weekly missile cyber-crash” in response.
  • They would have identified Charles Manson as a “charsimatic leader and a philosopher.”:  The fake editors at the NY Times opened their fake newspaper’s fake editorial page up to a real radical Islamic terrorist, Marwan Barghouti.  Barghouti is serving five consecutive life sentences in Israeli prison for mass murder.  The editors of the fake newspaper of record chose to identify him only as “a Palestinian leader and a parliamentarian.”  #Fakenews, defined.
  • Racists and feminists everywhere are confused.:  The web-based publication Everyday Feminism published a piece by someone named Emily Zak, who contends that going to national parks is a ‘racist’ activity, and that everyone should cut it out.  I swear I don’t make this stuff up.  Here’s the link:  Outdoor Recreation Isn’t Free – Why We Need to Stop Pretending It Is.
  • It’s always uncomfortable when progressives are caught expressing their true feelings.:  A meeting of Maine Democrats was caught on video cheering and laughing when their speaker mentions the fact that suicide among white men in America is on the rise in recent years.  I swear I don’t make this stuff up.  Here’s the link:  Are You A White Man?  Is It Funny When You Die?

Just another day in fake news media America.

That is all.

 

 

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