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Why We Need Alternative Fuels

Posted by Mark on August 20, 2006

Hydrogen…coal….ethanolbiofuels…ANYTHING. For the love of God, stop using oil. Before you read further….hide any sharp objects…this bit of news, could make you homicidal:

Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez, one of the hemisphere’s harshest critics of the United States, is receiving hundreds of millions of dollars in subsidies from Washington, thanks to an obscure 20-year-old oil pricing formula.

See! I told ya…now aren’t you glad you put them away?

The formula is part of a supply contract between Venezuela’s state-owned Petroleos de Venezuela (PDVSA) and its wholly owned U.S. subsidiary, Citgo Petroleum Corp., which forces Citgo to buy PDVSA’s crude for at least $5 a barrel over market prices.

The net effect is to reduce Citgo’s taxable earnings in the United States and to boost Venezuela’s share of oil profits by as much as $1 million a day.

No- what the ‘net effect’ should be- is to MAKE Americans wake up and get off their dependency on oil. The United States is blessed with coal, we’re blessed with shale…..with corn…everything BUT CRUDE OIL. We now have the technology..so let’s get off our dead-ass and do something. Brazil did, why can’t we?

It’s time to we stopped handing over US dollars to Chavez and his merry band of socialistas… to all those Sheiks, Ayotollahs and Emirs holding us HOSTAGE.

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Prophecies: September 20th, 2001

Posted by Mark on August 20, 2006

joint session 92001.jpgI was asked last night why I continue to blog. The answers are in this speech, and the memories of those days almost five years ago…

Joint Session of Congress, 11 days after 9/11:

It is my hope that in the months and years ahead, life will return almost to normal. We’ll go back to our lives and routines, and that is good. Even grief recedes with time and grace. But our resolve must not pass. Each of us will remember what happened that day, and to whom it happened. We’ll remember the moment the news came — where we were and what we were doing. Some will remember an image of a fire, or a story of rescue. Some will carry memories of a face and a voice gone forever.

Life has almost returned to normal. Grief has receded. As has the resolve for some. But for many including myself, these next words from that pivotal speech remain true:

I will not forget this wound to our country or those who inflicted it. I will not yield; I will not rest; I will not relent in waging this struggle for freedom and security for the American people.

The course of this conflict is not known, yet its outcome is certain. Freedom and fear, justice and cruelty, have always been at war, and we know that God is not neutral between them.

We are a nation at war. To pretend we are not does not change that fact. Our enemies, the Islamo-Fascists, seek our destruction. Again, from the President’s speech of September 20th, 2001:

We are not deceived by their pretenses to piety. We have seen their kind before. They are the heirs of all the murderous ideologies of the 20th century. By sacrificing human life to serve their radical visions — by abandoning every value except the will to power — they follow in the path of fascism, and Nazism, and totalitarianism. And they will follow that path all the way, to where it ends: in history’s unmarked grave of discarded lies.

The global war thrust upon us has many fronts; Iraq, Afghanistan, Israel, Iran, and Syria. London, Madrid, Bali, Beslan, Washington, and New York. Yet, as the President said:

Fellow citizens, we’ll meet violence with patient justice — assured of the rightness of our cause, and confident of the victories to come. In all that lies before us, may God grant us wisdom, and may He watch over the United States of America.

That’s why I blog.

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