Saturday, November 29, 2014

An Inconvenient Truth...

Came across this in my Blogger feed and thought, "No kidding...,"..and the Community (to borrow something I heard once) still wants to blame the broader society for their problems?
...now, I know I'm not the sharpest tool in the proverbial political toolshed but even I know that Mayor Giuliani - who the left likes to slag as "Mayor Noun, Verb & 9/11" - has a point there; how can the broader society be at fault for the stuff that goes on in the black community when a good number of them won't even take responsibility for their actions? I mean, no offense, but it is not racist last time I checked to point out crime statistics from their community and say to them, "Fix your problems, don't blame us for them!"


Friday, November 28, 2014

Seared Music: Dead Poetic - "August Winterman"

...listening to this song, I've yet to find a better song that encapsulates the ravenous mix of emotions, thoughts and feelings someone like myself who suffers from bipolar disorder (a/k/a 'manic depression')
goes through over the course of a year. From the manic highs where you run non-stop, 24-7 to the manic lows where its' all you can do not to take a whack at your wrists with a butter knife, its' one of the things in this world that I wouldn't wish on anybody.

Oil & Gas Prices Continue To Fall In Midst Of U.S. Fracking Boom

So the U.S. oil & gas fracking boom is causing OPEC pain?
Drivers paying less at the pump due to free-falling oil prices can thank the U.S. energy boom for generating shale oil - and weakening OPEC's ability to keep the cost of a gallon of gas high.
In just a matter of months, the price of a barrel of oil has dropped from more than $100 to about $70, and gas is now cheaper than it has been in years. But a recent report conducted for the American Petroleum Institute claimed oil would cost twice as much as it does now if it weren't for America's fracking boom, which wrings oil and natural gas out of shale miles underground.(Fox News)
From a drivers' standpoint, this is good news: gasoline is, best as I can remember, the cheapest its' been in years. Throw in the fact that some OPEC members - notably Venezuela and Nigeria - are starting to feel the pain of $70-a-barrel gas is a good feeling 'cause it means that, instead of our dollars going over there, that money's staying over here. However, there is a flip side to this....
But in the U.S., consumers' joy at pump prices falling toward $2 a gallon will be tempered by fears the burgeoning economy in places like the Dakotas, Texas and Oklahoma could be hurt by the lower cost. The industry is credited with creating nearly 2 million jobs, a number projected to double by 2035. 
If prices don’t recover soon this could be the beginning of the end of the Great American oil fracking boom," Forbes' Christopher Helman recently wrote. Bigger energy companies with money of their own to invest might be able to ride out the dip, but smaller, highly-leveraged oil and gas companies will have problems, he said.(Fox News)

Thursday, November 27, 2014

Seared Music: James Ingram & Michael McDonald - "Yah Mo Be There"

...a little early morning music never hurt no one, did it? ;)
And with that, here's wishing everyone a happy Thanksgiving!  :)

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Milwaukee Police Chief Goes Off On Reporters Following Police Commission Hearing

...you know, the more I watch this video, the more I have to say, "Well said, sir!"
That police chief in Milwaukee said more truth about what goes on in our urban communities than most every Tom, Dick and Harry commentator who, to quote the aforementioned chief, fires invectives over every little thing the cops do but seemingly couldn't give a damn about the very communities in question.

Random Thought, 26 Nov. 2014

*thinks back to the last major Zetaboards server interruption*
...second verse, same as the first... *mutters some choice words over the interruption*

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Rioters Burn Dozens Of Businesses, Fire Off Gunshots In Wake Of Grand Jury Decision

...and people thought the events of August in Ferguson, Mo. were bad...
Last night the long awaited Grand Jury decision in the case of Michael Brown and Ferguson Police Officer Darren Wilson was released. According to the decision, there was no probable cause to file charges against Officer Wilson and therefore he is exonerated and will not face indictment. 
As a result of the Grand Jury decision not to indict Wilson, rioters took to the streets last night burning down dozens of buildings, looting, throwing rocks and molotov cocktails at police, burning American flags, burning cars, and smashing windows. Small businesses were completely destroyed and burned to the ground.Twenty-nine people were arrested by police. The good news is nobody was killed. 
"It's really unfortunate this evening because we had really planned...and talked about the fact that we were really hoping for peaceful protests and I mean that," St. Louis Police Department Chief Jon Belmar said during a press conference early this morning.(Townhall)
...and, unlike August, violence wasn't limited to just St. Louis County either; according to reports, violence erupted in Oakland and Washington, D.C., in the wake of the D.A.'s announcement last night. Watching events last night, however, made me realize something: the violence, the looting, everything that happened last night...all of it, ought to be laid at the feet of the modern-day Democratic Party and at the feet of the modern-day liberal/progressive movement. As one Townhall commenter put it:
...the abandonment of the African American community – by the very Democrats, progressives, and liberals who currently act so outraged over the shooting of a violent criminal – is the larger injustice playing out in Modern America....
 Sad...but very, very true.

Monday, November 24, 2014

Seared Music: Buffalo Springfield - "For What It's Worth"

..somehow, given the events of tonight in Missouri, this song seems strangely appropriate...

Random Thought, 24 Nov. 2014

As I watched the news concerning the St. Louis Co. Grand Jury's decision not to indict Ofc. Darren Wilson in the shooting death of Michael Brown, it sounded as though that grand jury looked at every bit of evidence brought before it - and if St. Louis Co. DA Robert McCulloch was correct, then they essentially put all of the evidence before that jury, then how could there've been any other decision reached?

While I - along with most all Americans - sympathize with the Brown family over the loss of their son, my initial view is that the grand jury made the right decision...a painful decision, to be sure, but the right decision. We are a nation of laws, and as the prosecutor said in his statement (paraphrased), if the law is mistaken, we should work to change it.

Bill Whittle: The Open Road - How Cars Embody Freedom

...setting aside the conservative part for a moment, if there is one thing that defines America, it is the car culture..you know, one of those things that make America the country that it is...don't believe me? Just look at Southern California back in the heyday of SoCal's car culture - or look at Indianapolis and those 2 and a half-miles of Indiana blacktop, crowned with a yard of bricks. Its' that feeling of just getting out and going somewhere - anywhere - without a care in the world, just you and the open road.

Now, from a conservative perspective, the car embodies freedom...the freedom to go anywhere, the freedom to speak your mind at will, the freedom to choose this path or that path without someone nitpicking you at every opportunity...its' also the freedom to just be yourself. What ever happened to that in this world?