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Posted at 1:20am on Jun. 28, 2008 I Don’t Fully Grasp What They Are Doing But I Sure Don’t Think It’s Called Speculating

By ntrepid

Courtesy of Merriam-Webster: SPECULATE … 2 : to assume a business risk in hope of a gain…

THE SHORT VERSION:

It seems to me that many in the media are choosing their words very carefully so as to make truthful claims that “it’s not the speculators” but in a way that really doesn’t seem to be saying “free market forces are in play” with today’s oil situation.

It may just be me and my ever increasing cynical perception of all things media but statements from even usually trusted personalities are coming across with a near-Clintonian vibe these days and I don’t like it one bit.

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Posted at 12:15pm on May 11, 2008 Clarity About Crude Addictions

By ntrepid

This is most likely way out of context but I recently read something where the author was stressing the importance of the ability (and I’ll add desire) to see the world clearly and then to draw the correct conclusions from that information.

That line of thought emerged from my memory banks yesterday and my heart warmed as I heard a Fox News Channel Market/Stock-type talking-head nearly come to tears while she lamented that we (the United States) have not taken important steps to reduce our dependence on foreign oil by maximizing drilling here at home.

Wait a minute…that’s not what she said.

Unfortunately, she was really quite adamant that we (the United States) need to increase gas taxes “to the hilt”…presumably to encourage and immediate reduction in our (the United States) demand for that vile substance because, all together now, WE ARE ADDICTED TO OIL.

Those last five words are absolutely true but absolute clarity on the subject requires a step back to look at it from an even larger perspective. (Brace yourself.) The world…the entire civilized world as well as great portions that remain uncivilized…is addicted to our consumption of oil. And, unfortunately for the “addicted to foreign oil”-chicken little’s and Fox News talking heads out there, this is not going to change in any meaningful way for at least another 50-75 years. Probably much longer.

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Posted at 6:10pm on Mar. 6, 2008 The Audacity to Declare Yourself THE Candidate…The Case for Going All-In

By ntrepid

By “Going All-In” I mean resigning from the Senate…NOW and one of the Democrat candidates should do it. Actually, either one (or both) should do it but being the first to do so may be just what it takes to lock up the nomination sooner and maximize the chances to win in November.

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Posted at 5:49pm on Mar. 4, 2008 Would History Have Even Noticed a Snowe-Feingold Campaign Finance Reform Bill?

By ntrepid

On most levels I am truly glad to see many, however enthusiastic or reluctant they may be, falling into line with the Ho-Hum Express. I’m much too hard headed and am still struggling with our candidate. I continue to attempt various mental contortions to justify in my mind a reasonable analysis of his overall motivations and judgments that may allow me to “get over it” and award him my vote in November. For example, why is there such a thing as “McCain-Feingold”?

It could be that it was obvious to all that there was going to be some kind of campaign finance reform and it was wise to take some ownership of the legislation by attaching a powerful Republican figure to it so that it could be molded into something palatable to those on the Right. I might be able to live with that…and I haven’t pulled too many muscles yet. However, this brings up a few questions:

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Posted at 5:46pm on Mar. 3, 2008 Her Next “Best” Path Back to the White House or…

By ntrepid

(…More Nonsensical (Democrat Focused) Rambling from the Idling Mind of a Republican Voter Left Uninspired by the All-but-Chosen Nominee of My Party)

The following is submitted as my mostly serious unsolicited input to help Senator Clinton and her team through the next couple of days and to assist in formulating Plan B for getting back to the White House.

Following her husband’s administration, Plan A required quickly establishing some kind of electoral credibility on paper…a title other that former First Lady. Thankfully, the citizens of NY think so little of their representation in the world’s greatest deliberative body that they were happy to whore out one of their seats to do their part. Unfortunately, Plan A was geared for the quick strike back into power in 2004 or 2008. Since the final option of that strategy appears to be slipping away, timely action is required now to keep the dream alive. Plan B must start with damage control and eliminating excess baggage.

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Posted at 6:13pm on Feb. 23, 2008 MISSION ACCOMPLISHED, Humiliations Galore…and the End of an Era?

By ntrepid

Given the way the Democrat Party has grossly distorted a perfectly legitimate “Mission Accomplished” banner into a political thorn in the side of the current President for many years now, the following passage stuck with me as I was paging though a now dusty book from my shelf:

Additional evidence indicates that on the day Ms. (Not-his-wife) signed a false affidavit denying a (very intimate) relationship with the President, Mr. Jordan contacted the President and discussed the affidavit.

The next day, Ms. (Not-his-wife) interviewed with MacAndrews & Forbes, an interview arranged with Mr. Jordan’s assistance. When Ms. (Not-his-wife) told Mr. Jordan that the interview went poorly, Mr. Jordan contacted the CEO of MacAndrews & Forbes. The following day, Ms. (Not-his-wife) was offered the job, and Mr. Jordan contacted the White House with the message “MISSION ACCOM PLISHED” (emphasis added)


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Posted at 10:41pm on Jan. 29, 2008 …and I Reject Your Shallow Analysis of My Never-Cast-My-Vote-for-McCain Position

By ntrepid

This isn’t as well thought out as it should be and I may not be the best person to effectively make the case but this rant has been bouncing around in my head for a while and I think its time someone takes a shot at it.

My friends, I am so very tired of the way many in these parts almost reflexively fall all over themselves to brush off anyone with a Never-Cast-My-Vote-for-McCain position as nothing more than a spoiled, pissy, petulant child taking his toys and going home if he doesn’t get his way. (Sorry for not linking to specific cases but this phenomenon is rather common and my beef is a gross generalization anyway.) I want to argue that in some cases, that position can be deeper than just a childish temper tantrum.

There seems to be a prevailing piece of conventional wisdom that holding the White House from 2009 to 2013 is vital to the future of the Republican Party and the country as a whole. Given the events of the last seven years, a very strong case can be made for that position. However, taking the “vital” part of that too literally is more than a bit vain given the great events and great individuals that have created and shaped this nation over the last 231 years.

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Posted at 8:08pm on Jan. 13, 2008 Take That You Silly Pundits…

By ntrepid

pundit (n) 1: a learned man : TEACHER. 2. one who gives opinions in an authoritative manner : CRITIC.

Baloney!

To be perfectly blunt right from the start, I totally reject and am frankly insulted by most of the professional horserace punditry the average semi-tuned in American is being force fed in print and on the airwaves this election season. The (seemingly intentional) shallow analysis and blatant cheerleading we are getting daily almost always funnel the conversation to preposterous “single elimination” scenarios and proclamations for almost every candidate.

Unfortunately, much of this is coming from talking heads I used to admire (eh em, Mr. Will). Well, I’ve pretty much had enough of it and I’ve come to some important conclusions to guide me through this campaign and beyond.

(For clarification purposes, since there is little to no pretense on objectivity by anyone it the press anymore, those who would claim to be reporters are just “pundits that are still lying to themselves” in my book.)

First, I do NOT assume that any “pundit” (except for maybe Michael Barone) is any better than ME at analyzing the electoral situation based solely on the fact that they are “smart” enough to be big dogs in the national political media. I’m no longer impressed. (Yes, that includes you Mr. Gregory.)

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Posted at 11:08pm on Sep. 14, 2007 Coincidental Timing and My Memory of Recent History

By ntrepid

Two seemingly unrelated news happenings during the same week in September 2007 have conjured up fading memories that again tie two current Presidential candidates to a poignant event in American history. No, I’m not referring to Watergate. My memory of this particular episode centers on a certain Certified American Hero and how he sacrificed that very status at the alter of Clintonism.

The official announcement of Mr. Thompson’s candidacy and Mr. Hsu’s current legal problems have both served to focus at least some interest on some particular Senate hearings a decade ago. Some want to focus only on Mr. Thompson’s performance. Given more recent Senate committee hearing, I don’t know why any current member of that body would want to use a performance behind those microphones as any kind of standard.

I’d rather focus on how those not so long ago events are impacting our current situation. It seems to me that no serious historian today would deny that Mr. Thompson’s committee was investigating very credible allegations of Chinese money finding its way into the Clinton-Gore campaign coffers. This, of course, was illegal.

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Posted at 11:07pm on Aug. 5, 2007 The Misbegotten Calculus – “Not Winning” is a Bad Plan…Period.

By ntrepid

It’s not too hard to see the gathering storm that will be the biggest push yet to force President Bush to lose his war. Over the next six weeks or so, the despicable American Left will ramp up their efforts once again to pull back our military efforts in Iraq and thus prevent any chance of victory in the foreseeable future. The world and the American people will see this as a loss.

The probable consequences of this for the Iraqi people have been well documented and don’t seem to faze the quitters on the Left. They seem to be “all-in” on the strategy that the war just needs to be over by the time their nominee takes the big oath in January 2009 – no matter what. I propose that this is a very poor plan for anyone wishing to sit in the oval office during those next four years.

Much like the stages of the grief process, losing a war will severely impact the collective American psyche. The wound will ripple through all aspects of our society and much time will be needed…probably a decade or more…to restore the national pride. Absent a unifying cause or personality we are looking at the better part of a generation of national depression just as the boomers reach retirement – not a very pleasant scenario.

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Posted at 12:16am on Jul. 7, 2007 Tears of Rage…and…I Spit in the Face of the Anti-War American Left

By ntrepid

(I really do hope the referenced material below is not true but I fear – and expect - the worst.)

With all the power vested in me as a solitary average-Joe American, I insist that Speaker Pelosi take the earliest opportunity to read the following statement into the Congressional record and then explain exactly how her position regarding continued American involvement in Iraq and the greater War on Terror puts her and her voting base on the right side of human history:

The following has been passed to us from Iraq by Mr. Michael Yon: At first, he said, they would only target Shia, but over time the new al Qaeda directed attacks against Sunni, and then anyone who thought differently. The official reported that on a couple of occasions in Baqubah, al Qaeda invited to lunch families they wanted to convert to their way of thinking. In each instance, the family had a boy, he said, who was about 11 years old. As LT David Wallach interpreted the man’s words, I saw Wallach go blank and silent. He stopped interpreting for a moment. I asked Wallach, “What did he say?” Wallach said that at these luncheons, the families were sat down to eat. And then their boy was brought in with his mouth stuffed. The boy had been baked. Al Qaeda served the boy to his family.


(SOURCE)

Read that again. And again. And again. If you don’t get IT now then, forget your patriotism, I question your humanity.

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Posted at 11:12pm on Jun. 3, 2007 Gaffney on Q&A

By ntrepid

I just spent a portion of my Sunday evening watching an interview with Frank Gaffney (Islam vs. Islamists) on CSPAN Q&A taped last month. Other than this conversation, I don’t know much about Mr. Gaffney but he did come across as reasonable, credible and …well, sane. Based on his side of the story, I’d sure like to see a little investigative light shined on the inner workings of the Corporation for Public Broadcasting. Today’s cable junkies probably don’t even realize CPB/PBS is still around but some may wish to see how “our” money is being used.

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Posted at 7:50pm on May 18, 2007 Semi-Random Thoughts on Losing, Losers, and Rebuilding

By ntrepid

SOMETIMES COMPROMISE IN NOTHING MORE THAN DEFEAT

It seems to me that it is twenty years of total failure by “the government” and its responsible agency to carryout immigration policy that has put us in the current situation. The poor or selective enforcement of laws already on the books should be an embarrassment to all three branches of government. To now hand this same failed “system” a compromised buffet of enforcement “tools” from which to continue to selectively pick and choose for dealing with a situation that “it” created is…well, insane.

Some insist on “fixing the border” before addressing the flood of illegal “immigrants” already here. I agree. However, fixing a broken system should also be a priority.

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Posted at 7:02pm on May 6, 2007 “INCONCEIVABLE”

By ntrepid

“You keep using that word. I do not think it means what you think it means.” – Inigo Montoya

While it is certainly not my area of expertise – as if I actually have one – the mostly willful misuse of very specific words in today’s political discourse is getting more and more irritating.

The most blatant and common is the use of the word “LIED” by the antiwar community when the context really dictates the phrasing: “came to the most obvious and logical conclusion upon observation and analysis of the same body of evidence as everyone else at that time”.

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Posted at 11:36am on Feb. 25, 2007 My Struggle – Part 5

By ntrepid

THE SEA IS RISING! THE SEA IS RISING! Besides the fact that catastrophic “predictions” about rising sea levels of many, many feet over the next century are preposterous on their face, it is important to understand that natural variations in sea levels are natural, expected, and necessary. There are elements of arrogance and a fundamental misunderstanding of sea levels in relation to the hype about Global Warming in “our” current discussion on this issue.

The arrogance comes in the form of assuming that there is an optimum sea level as far as Earth (and/or life on Earth) is concerned and that it just happens to be at the point where the seas have been during the last couple of millennium (the tiniest blip in history when “we” populated the planet and built our expensive ocean front properties).

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