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I am an unapologetic conservative. My opinions have been formed by decades of observation of human myopia.

Thursday, June 19, 2008

Will Obama be our Green President?

I'm not referring to "green" as in "environmental".

I'm thinking "green" as in "naive, inexperienced, lacking in judgement and callow"

Will his salary include a deduction for on-the-job training?

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I wanna get pregnant. Should I use a condom?

So these 8 high school girls, 16 years old and younger, sign a pact to get pregnant so they can raise babies together.

This is in Gloucester, MA.

So what is the solution to this outbreak of stupidity?

Apparently, the Health Care Center believes it's to pass out condoms.

Guys, they wanted to get pregnant.

So who is dumber?

The girls who made this decision?

Or the educators who failed to educate them about what it means to have a baby to care for when you are 16?

Fortunately, it appears the health center staff members quit.

I call that a faculty upgrade.
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Not in it for the long haul.

The left and its trained monkeys in the enviromental movement never fail to amaze me with their inconsistency.

Take drilling for oil in Anwar or offshore, for example.

There are no, none, no instances of pollution from existing wells on the North Slope or in the Western Gulf of Mexico, even with two major storms - Katrina and Rita - blowing through in the last few years. There were problems with the refineries. But not with the drilling rigs and towers in the Gulf. In fact, we have had more problems with crude oil shipped into our ports on tankers from other countries.

So, since they can't stop the growing movement to self-sufficiency through homeland drilling, they resort to the specious argument that it won't have any effect on oil availability and prices for a decade or more.

If you know anything about futures markets you know that it is not true; the prospect of new oil fields will cause speculators, hedgers and futures buyers to reduce their activities out of concern that increased supply will at some time turn prices lower. Holders of high cost contracts will start to exercise stop loss selling. This will bring down futures prices and prices at the pump.

But assuming that it may be 10 or more years before we feel the real impact of the drilling, why should we not go ahead anyway, to get there and be there in the future?

Cigarettes won't kill smokers for years. Why should they quit now? Why not wait until death knocks on the door to quit. Stopping now will not have a result for decades.

Similarly, we are told that global warming (or global climate change, depending on whether the temperature is cold today or hot) will lead to disaster with extensive flooding caused by rising seas and the destruction agriculture as the average temperature creeps up. But why do anything about it now. Switching to ethanol, replacing light bulbs, driving slower, creating solar power grids will not have significant impact the alleged problem for decades, maybe generations.

Why change now when we won't see any difference until down the road?

Can the leftvironmental movement not see that the acting now is important to affect the future? Or do they just not care if it doesn't match their agenda for punishing their fellow Americans, damaging the economy and indulging their hatred for free enterprise.
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Friday, June 6, 2008

Graduation 2008

This is the year that Jon graduated from High School.

Here are some pictures:Jon in cap and gown, the white collar helped us find him in the crowd.

Jon in cap and gown, wider angle

Jon getting a congratulatory hug from Mimi

Jon, Randy and Wills; the 3 musketeers

Jon with his mother, grandfather Bazan and grandmother Bazan

Jon and Randy just about to shake hands. Mimi in the background.

Jon and Randy in foreground. Mimi in the background

The graduation dinner, at which we also celebrated Wills impending 21st birthday.
L-R Jon, Clare, Mimi, Wills, Bobby, Randy