Includes thoughts and comments about energy needs, resources, conservation and their relationship to politics at home and around the world.

Monday, August 23, 2010

Ground Zero

Plans for a Muslim Mosque two blocks north of the former site of the Twin Towers that were destroyed by Islamic extremists on 9/11/01 have stirred up a hornets' nest of controversy as one might expect. U.S. Constitution purists say the Muslims in NYC have the right to build the mosque under the First Amendment. Others say they should be denied the right to build so close to "9/11 Ground Zero" and still more lie somewhere in between in their beliefs and they should be permitted to build some place else in the city. Personally, I don't like the idea of the mosque going up that close to the scene of what the Islamist extremist-led attack did there. I wish they would simply decide to go elsewhere. But...


We are in a struggle like none other in the nation's history and it is centered on the Constitution. Either we believe in that founding document or we do not. We cannot have it both ways. Those involved with the Tea Party Movement cite the Constitution as the basis for the very movement itself. That being the case, how effective is the movement if we trash that instrument ? And opponents of the movement know that as do the Muslim extremists. We who support the Tea Party Movement have no other choice but to accept the mosque being built wherever the City of New York allows. In the process, we must let the rest of the World know and understand that in no uncertain terms.

Restoring Honor

Glen Beck's "Restoring Honor" event at the Lincoln Memorial on August 28, 2010 may go down in history along side Martin Luther King, Jr.'s "I've Got a Dream" speech for its impact on the future of the country. King became the central force of the civil rights movement and remains a force even now more than four decades following his asassination in Memphis. Beck will likely be seen by historians as a leading force that brought us back to what the founders had in mind in declaring independence from the British Crown and in the creation of the United States of America.

Mid-Term Elections

Everything is now pointing to a devastating defeat of the Democrats and a few like-thinking incombent Republicans in the upcoming elections in November. It could mean a Republican controlled House and possibly the same in the Senate. In any case, it will mean trouble for the Obama agenda and, hopefully, an end to the nation's march toward becoming a Marxist state.

Friday, August 06, 2010

BP Spill Containment

After 109 days of trying those involved in bringing the BP well under control and sealing it off, it's time to breathe a little easier again. Meanwhile, I would expect the BP folks and other oil industry people have begun to review everything that has happened with an eye toward preventing such a disaster from happening again. As a former worker in the industry, I am still interested in getting answers to a few questions like where did all the oil go? how much oil was sucked up and brought to shore for refining? how much was burned off? how much came to shore? how much remains (a) in the water column and (b) on the bottom? how much damage was really done to the shoreline? to the fishing grounds? Hopefully, answers to these and other relevant questions will be forthcoming.


Many primary elections lie immediately ahead, a few have already surprised people. The vote by Missourians in opposition to Obamacare is certainly one, and it points the way the country as a whole feels at the moment. Those feelings are not likely to change unless something drastic happens that puts current office holders in a better light.

Obama continues to make comments that are damaging to his political image and thus the image of his party. The most recent example is the proposed building of a mosque two blocks north of the former site of the Twin Towers brought down by Muslim extremists on 9/11. None of his statements have shown any concern for propiety in the matter and the feelings of those who lost family members in the catastrophe. His comments also add fuel to the fire over his personal religious beliefs. Many believe he is a Muslim, not a Christian as he once claimed to be. Everything in his past points in the direction of Islam.

Under our Constitution, everyone has the right to worship or not as we see fit. That includes Muslims. That is not the issue in the current 9/11 gound zero case. The issue is people's feelings and Obama knows it.

From my current vantage point, I see the Republicans re-taking the House of Representatives this November, but not the Senate. They will take enough seats in the Senate, however, to safely defend against anything the Democrats might put up requiring a 60-vote majority. It would please me no end if the Republicans could take the Senate because then the path would be clear for them to begin repealing Obamacare and other mis-directed legislation passed by the current Congress and the one in place in the closing months of the Bush administration.