SAUDI ARABIA IS A TRUSTED ALLY?

 

oilOil prices are dropping and Saudi Arabia is determined to maintain its market share. So Businessweek reported late in October.

With the U.S. on track to become the world’s largest oil producer by next year, it’s become popular in Washington and on Wall Street to call America the new Saudi Arabia. Yet the real Saudi Arabia hasn’t relinquished its role as the producer with the most influence over oil prices. Its reserves of 266 billion barrels, ability to pump as many as 12.5 million barrels a day, and, most important, its low cost of extracting crude still make it a formidable rival to the U.S., whose shale wells are hard to exploit. “Saudi Arabia is the only one in the position of putting more oil on the market when they want to and cutting production when they want to,” says Edward Chow, a senior fellow at the Center for Strategic and International Studies in Washington. The Saudis are also the most powerful member of OPEC, the 12-member group that’s increasingly facing off against Russian, U.S., and Canadian production. (continued here)

Yet there was a little unease in that Businessweek article. What was it?

An unanswered question is whether sustained lower prices will hurt the U.S. shale boom. Busting oil out of miles-deep shale using hydraulic fracturing and sideways drilling costs $50 to $100 a barrel, says the International Energy Agency, vs. pumping costs of $10 to $25 a barrel in the Mideast and North Africa. The point at which shale drilling turns broadly unprofitable is debated by analysts. The IEA says only 4 percent of U.S. shale oil production needs prices above $80 a barrel; Sanford C. Bernstein analysts put it around one-third. Shale oil accounts for 55 percent of U.S. production. (from here)

So where are we at now? MarketWatch reported this today.

Crude-oil prices again tumbled to five-year lows Monday, pressured by forecasts that a global glut of oil will persist into the first half of next year.

On the New York Mercantile Exchange, crude futures for January delivery CLF5, -0.76% dropped $2.79, or 4.2%, to settle at $63.05 a barrel. The U.S. oil benchmark logged the lowest settlement for a front-month contract since July 16, 2009, sliding further just one session after ending at levels last seen on July 29, 2009. (continued here)

When anyone suggests we might have to fight in the Middle East, Democrats wail and complain its all about oil. So why don’t we make some effort to protect our oil industry? Saudi Arabia — an OPEC member — is not a free market player. Saudi Arabia is a government that owns and sells oil. To protect our free market players, our government must not allow Saudi Arabia to deliberately under price our oil producers. That is a vital national interest. In fact, this is so obvious we should be wondering why our leaders have so little to say about it. What kind of dunderheads are we?

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A QUIET ELECTION?

campaign.pngCan you imagine a special election scheduled to take place on December 23, 2014? That is just two days before Christmas, but here in the Brentsville District of Prince William County, we will have one. Will anyone pay any attention?

Well, we, the citizens of Prince William County’s Brentsville District, should be paying attention. We will be replacing our member on the Board of Supervisors.

When I looked up the Ballot Information, here are the candidates I found listed at the Virginia State Board of Elections.

Ballot Name

Party

Web Site
Eric A. Young Democrat http://www.EricYoungPWC.com
Jeanine M. Lawson Republican http://JeanineLawson.com
Scott A. Jacobs Independent

As the table shows, we have a contested election.

Oddly, Scott Jacobs does not have his website listed at the Virginia State Board of Elections, but he does have one => http://www.scottforbrentsville.com/.

Perhaps Jacobs tendency to foul up administrative details is part of a pattern. Earlier, he attempted to secure the Republican Party’s nomination. However, he could not get the paperwork in on time (see Scott Jacobs disqualified in GOP primary for Brentsville seat). Therefore, Jeanine Lawson secured the nomination, and the convention turned out to be a celebration with over 600 of Lawson’s fans in attendance. That was a huge turnout, and the nomination wasn’t even contested. So there is not much doubt Jacobs would have lost the vote.

Nevertheless, Jacobs has not given up (see Jacobs Launches Independent Bid for Supervisor Seat). Instead, he launched a campaign as an independent candidate. Since Jacob was still on the roster of the Prince William County Republican Committee, and he had signed a statement that he would not oppose the party’s nominees, at its last meeting party members voted to remove him from the roster. If he did intend to abide by the party’s rules, he should have joined the party.

What about the Democratic Party’s candidate? If Democrats actually bother to look beyond the label and check into his politics, I expect they will find Eric Young something of a political opportunist.

Young will run as a Democrat in the Dec. 23 special election. He was the only candidate to enter the local Democratic committee’s selection process, which means he’ll automatically get the party’s nod, committee chairman Harry Wiggins said Wednesday.

Wiggins said Young is a member of both the Brentsville and Prince William Democratic Committees, but when asked about his involvement with the local party, Young declined to elaborate.

“I’m going to refrain from commenting on that because I don’t think it matters what party you belong to,” he said.

Young also showed little interest in talking about some traditionally Democratic issues, such as affordable housing and alleviating homelessness. Affordable housing, he said, is not a top-tier concern among Brentsville residents. (from here)

If you don’t take what the party stands for seriously, then what is the point of running as a Democrat? If Jacobs can, at the last minute, decide to run as an Independent, what is stopping Young from doing the same thing?

Anyway, on December 9, 2014, we will have a great opportunity to meet the candidates and hear what each of them has to say. The Bristow Beat and Potomac Local have sponsored a debate 7 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 9, at Linton Hall School in Bristow. Here are the announcements from each publication.

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CHRISTMAS 2014: POSTS THAT HARKEN FROM “OVER THE RIVER AND THROUGH THE WOOD” — December 21, 2014 UPDATE

December 21, 2014 from Voting American

Voting American focuses on old fashion patriotism, and I say old fashion because we have too little of that old fashion Liberalism (i.e., classical) that once provided the ideological foundation of this nation.

Here are some examples.

December 18, 2014 from Always On Watch: Semper Vigilans Continue reading

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HAVE YOU BEEN DISTRACTED FROM THE ISSUES THAT MATTER?

newsThink about how odd it is. We elected a black president, and he promised to bring us all together. With his election, we would finally see an end to racism. Instead, the people who were supposed to end racism won’t let it die.

Here is how it has been going down.

  • Some white guy kills some black guy. In the last couple of big news stories, the supposedly killer white guys have been policemen.
  • The news media screams the supposedly murderous killing is about RACISM.
  • This president and his justice department do their absolute best to prove it is about RACISM.
  • Then the evidence slowly trickles out through the alternative news media (See 11 Facts About the Eric Garner Case the Media Won’t Tell You, for example.), and we find out it is just about self defense.
  • The news media moves on to the next racial expose.

So why is the corporate news media doing this? Why is the Obama administration helping to make national stories out what should be local stories? Why make so much effort to stir up racial animus?

Consider how a magician does his tricks.

Magicians use distraction techniques to draw the audience’s attention away from whichever hand is engaged in sleight of hand. Magicians can accomplish this by encouraging the audience to look elsewhere or by having an assistant do or say something to draw the audience’s attention away. (from here)

The same technique is used in warfare. Here is an example appropriate to the anniversary of our entry into World War II.

Operation Fortitude was the code name for a World War II military deception employed by the Allied nations as part of an overall deception strategy (code named Bodyguard) during the build-up to the 1944 Normandy landings. Fortitude was divided into two sub-plans, North and South, with the aim of misleading the German high command as to the location of the imminent invasion.

Both Fortitude plans involved the creation of fake field armies (based in Edinburgh and the south of England) which threatened Norway(Fortitude North) and Pas de Calais (Fortitude South). The operation was intended to divert Axis attention away from Normandy and, after the invasion on June 6, 1944, to delay reinforcement by convincing the Germans that the landings were purely a diversionary attack. (continued here)

Are we at war with our government? Are our leaders trying to deceive us?  If so, what we being distracted from? What are the stories we should be giving our attention?

Here are some examples.

Perhaps, instead worrying about policemen killing people when they violently resist arrest, we need to worry about our tax and spend crazy leaders. What are they doing to our country, and why are we letting them do it?

  • We had an economy that no one could surpass. We use to make things. Now we buy our computers from an authoritarian regime that clearly considers us a threat to its interest in conquest.
  • We use to assimilate new immigrants by insisting they become Americans. When immigrants came here, we expected them to work and learn English. Now we give them welfare and educate their children in their native tongue.
  • We use to have a president who honorably enforced the law, whether he liked that law or not. Now our president vetoes existing laws, and he calls that prosecutorial discretion.
  • When we did something stupid and made a situation worse — when we passed a law like Obamacare because people lied to us — we used to have the sense to repeal that bad law. Now we try to cover over the lies of the liars by “fixing” that bad law and pretend it just has a few flaws.

Why is it we act as if politicians always are right? Is the appropriate response to every government failure more government? If we are foolish enough to think such a thing, maybe we need to look at who educated us. Don’t politicians run our schools? Even though Opposition to Common Core spurs jump in homeschooling (www.foxnews.com), doesn’t the Federal Government want still more control?

Where does the Constitution give the Federal Government any authority over our education system? It is not there? Hummmm. Then why is the Federal Government taking more and more control over what we learn?

When we get lost, are we suppose to continue stumbling down the same unknown trail, or are we suppose to retrace our steps? Doesn’t it make sense to get back to a point where we knew our location? That’s the essence of Conservatism. When something doesn’t work, before we attempt to make any more improvements, we go back to what we know works.

 Addendum

Just in case you think our leaders don’t act when we are distracted, check out these stories.

Unfortunately, the Obama administration is not done yet. So when we are enjoying good meals with family and friends on Christmas and New Year, we can count on those meals costing us more than we know.

 

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DEAR CONGRESSMAN, HERE IS WHY I VOTED FOR YOU

capitolThe general election of 2014 is over. The Republican’s party has had an overwhelming victory. Nevertheless, we know the polling. Republicans did not win because of their own popularity. They won because President Obama and the Democrats insist upon making a mess of our country.

Therefore, I have decided to send a letter to my congressman. I want him to know why I voted for him.

Dear Congressman Rob Wittman

I suppose you are happy and content with the results of this last election, but I hope not. We sent you back to DC to do some hard, difficult work, not to enjoy the fruits of a great victory. We sent you to war with a ravenous government that claws and grasps for revenue. We sent you tie up in knots any congressman who would spend more money than we have. We sent you to shackle the phone and the pen of a president thirsting for power.

I cast my vote for free enterprise, not more government. Why? In the 80’s I worked at NASA’s Johnson Space Center.  I went there as an advocate for increased spending for NASA. I came away as adamant opponent, someone who would have happily seen NASA scrapped. I had seen for myself that socialism does not work. That includes a socialist space program.

I recognize that some still pine away for the good old days, those days when the United States was the first to land a man on the moon.

Forty-five years ago last summer, Neil Armstrong and I walked on the moon. Our Apollo 11 lander touched down in the moon’s “Sea of Tranquility,” and three days later we were home. We splashed down and came safely aboard the USS Hornet. In that moment, America fulfilled a promise — to herself and to the World. Together, we resolved to lead in space, convey men to the moon and come home safely. As Americans, one nation, we resolved to do it, and we did it. The time has come to find that kind of resolve again. (from Getting on with getting to Mars by  Buzz Aldrin)

For forty-five years those who dream of exploring new frontiers have depended upon politicians to fulfill their dreams. We have been fools. Politicians have their own dreams, and they have nothing to do with space exploration. They never ever did. For the number of votes it buys, space exploration is too risky and costs too much. Moreover, government bureaucracies, even NASA, are populated by too many risk averse bureaucrats, not enough people with a dream.

I now know I cannot make my dream someone else’s dream. If I want my dream to become real, I must do the work myself with others who share my dream. Therefore, I now cast my vote for smaller government.

I cast my vote for a balanced budget. We cannot afford what Congress and the President want to spend. Since September 15, 2008, Congress has added over $12 trillion to the deficit (see How Much Obamanomics Has Cost Us by Stephen Moore).

I cast my vote for a strong defense. The United States still retains a strong military, but we face growing threats: a resurgent Russia, an increasingly belligerent China, and militant Islamic states. Yet too many of our leaders want us as weak as Europe, with a government that divert funds needed for defense into extravagantly expensive social programs, incapable of defending ourselves (see Europe’s sentinels have gone home by Bruce Lawlor).

I cast my vote for the resolute defense of our borders from illegal immigrants. It is no secret that our president wants to make law, not just enforce the law, that he would legalize millions of immigrants with a flourish of his pen. Thanks to a spineless Congress and out of control executive, we now risk becoming a bilingual banana republic ruled by a tyrant with a pen and phone. You know what the people of this country want done. Please find the courage to do it!

I cast my vote for an end to Obamacare. That law is blatantly unconstitutional. Repeal it first. Then we can worry about replacing it.

I could say more, but this is enough. So let’s summarize. When those in power insist upon spending other people’s money for them, politics becomes a blood sport, not fun and games. That’s why I did not cast my vote so that you could work with the president and the Democrats. I cast my vote so you could stop them and reverse their agenda, and I think it is safe to say that lots of other people voted the same way. Therefore, you now have a choice. I hope you will help lead the opposition to Obama and the Democrats. Otherwise, please follow those willing to lead that opposition, or just get out-of-the-way.

In times past, the Democratic Party defended slavery; they even sought to expand it into the territories and free states. Latter the Democratic Party fought for racial segregation. Now, in support of bigger and “better” government required to implement so-called social and economic “rights,” Democrats would enslave all Americans. That’s what socialists do.

The Republican Party began as a third-party before the Civil War. Because it refused to fight slavery, the party the Republican Party replaced is now long gone. Yet time corrupts all things and all institutions created by men. Therefore, unless we get involved in the Republican Party, we cannot depend upon the Republican Party to stop and reverse the damage the Democratic Party has done.

Do you favor the prosperity and freedom that comes with limited government and free enterprise? Did you reluctantly vote for a Republican who needs to be encouraged to defend freedom? Then please write him or her a note. Politely let your member of Congress know why you gave him or her your support. Then, if your member of Congress fails to do his or her duty, do your duty and help nominate another Republican to replace that delinquent.

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