Gas Prices

It’s been in the news a lot lately and now I got this email:

Ok, so let’s investigate these “soaring” gas prices.  I went ahead and checked out gas prices before President Obama took office.  That is, before the start of this GOP graph.  Here is the result:

Now, you can easily see how the GOP tries to trick you.  The prices dove to levels that haven’t been seen in about 8 or so years (note, this is crude oil but it should be about the same):

Now, under what President prices started to go up?  President Bush in his first term.

Ok, so we now have established that President Obama didn’t create the rise in gas prices, but what has he done to counter them?

In order to answer that question, we have to look at what causes gas prices to rise.  First of all, the US does have a lot of oil and this can be used for gasoline.  Other places on this planet also have oil.  So what does that mean?  Well, if other places can sell us oil at a cheaper rate than we can produce, we will do that, as well as, produce some of our own to consume.  The point is, producing a large amount of the oil in the US–oil dependency–will cause prices to rise.

Another reason is that there are other countries that want a lot of oil and thus, they will pay more for it.  Take China for example, they need a ton of oil to support their massive economy.  And what happens when they demand a lot of oil?  The prices go up.  This is a big cause of increasing gas prices.

Now there are other things that can cause prices to fluctuate, war (yes the ones we are in), oil spills, etc.  But what do these all have in common?  The President can’t directly control prices like many people think.

So, let’s look at what President Obama has done about this:

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American oil production is the highest that it’s been in eight years, and we are less reliant on foreign oil than at any time in the last 16 years. Natural gas production is at an all-time high.

Now, republicans always complain about how he has reduced our national security by relying on others for oil, etc  Here you can easily see that is not true:

So then, what has President Obama done?

He has lowered the dependence on foreign oil, increased production at home, all while keeping prices consistent or lower to the previous 4 years.  Republicans wanted independence from foreign oil, wanted more oil production at home and wanted gas prices lower.  This has for all practical purposes been done by President Obama.  And now, what has the delusional party acknowledged?  That prices are higher than the day President Obama took office.  That’s how you lie with statistics.

This is exactly how the republicans treat anything a democrat does, regardless of weather or not they wanted it.  When they get everything they asked for, it’s still not good enough.  So the question really is, are they actually that delusional?  I think it varies, but overall, it’s an overwhelming yes.

Now I should note, that a gas tax would be helpful.  See here: http://economistsview.typepad.com/economistsview/2012/03/the-benefits-of-a-gas-tax.html

“Family Values”

Ok, I think it’s time that we stop using the phrases “Christian values” or “southern values” or “family values.”  Or anything related.

Lets investigate to see what these phrases mean.  First of all, they are all used synonymously, so lets take “family values.”  Conservatives use this to exemplify that they like the family.  Or so they claim.  Now, who exactly doesn’t like a family?  Who wants it to be broken up?  I’m not sure.  What they really are saying is, that the are homophobic, racist, religious fanatics who force creationism and other religious dogma into other peoples lives.

Doesn’t forcing fanatical beliefs on others kind of seem, anti-family?  They are against same sex marriage–against allowing the creation of a “family”–unless it meets their narrow minded views.

Doesn’t talking about how much they hate children being born out of wedlock and that they are the cause of all of societies problems seem, kind of racist?  But there’s more.  They constantly try to increase this by being pro-life.  Oh wait!  They did it again, they have created an even worse scenario.  They now are trying to make birth control more expensive!  What would this accomplish?  Well, it would mean that less women have access to them and that there would be more babies being born to unwed mothers!  That is exactly what they are “against.”

So you see, not only are their “values” homophobic, they are also vehemently racist and sexist dogmatic beliefs.

Now, I think it’s time we stopped giving the republicans credit for “family values” or “southern values” or “religious values” or anything related.  Let’s call them what the are, values of a fucking douchebag, or values of a sexist asshole or values of lets fuck over our friends and lie about it.

You don’t need to be a republican to like the concept of a family.  In fact, it seems awfully hard to be a republican and like the concept of a family.

The Republican Who Gets The Most

Romney will certainly be hurt from this caucus considering he won 25.2% in 2008 (2nd) and is looking at ~25% in 2012 and possibly first.  That means all he did was not gain any voters.  Hopefully, with Santorum’s finish of either 1st or 2nd, the donors will funnel money into his campaign further hurting Romney.  Even if Paul won, which he didn’t I seriously doubt Serious Donor’s would have funneled much into Paul’s campaign as it is pretty obvious he won’t beat Obama and quite frankly, many of his views are not in line with theirs.

Anyways, looks like the Big Winner could very well be Santorum in terms of media coverage, donations, momentum, etc. with the Big Loser being Romney with the contest drawn out further.

Oh, and for the others running… Who cares?  It will be interesting to note who drops out but other than that…. Yeah.  Gingrich might get in the news a bit with South Carolina but that’s in a while.

Revised to fix Romney’s percentage in 2008 caucus.

Why Winning Iowa Doesn’t Really Matter

Historically, the winner of Iowa has not won the nomination.  in fact, in 2008, Huckabee won the state but at the convention, every single delegate he “won” voted for McCain.  So, what does this mean?

Well, instead of the winner, the most important factor is who does better than expected and who does worse than expected.  This is a battle for favorable press time and momentum.  So…

Going into this caucus, Santorum and Paul have a lot of momentum.  Romney has negative.  This means the first two might do better than expected with Santorum probably doing the best and Romney doing worse than expected though not necessarily get 3rd.

Anyways, this still doesn’t change my nomination projection of Romney.  But I do think Santorum has a good chance at taking Iowa.

What I want is to make this process as long as possible to hurt their field the most.  So I really do want Romney to do poorly as well as anyone but Romney to win the nomination.

Fox News Makes You Dumber

Again, a study is released showing that watching Fox News makes you less informed that you would normally be.  Over at HuffPo,

Dan Cassino, a political science professor at Fairleigh Dickinson, explained in a statement, “Because of the controls for partisanship, we know these results are not just driven by Republicans or other groups being more likely to watch Fox News. Rather, the results show us that there is something about watching Fox News that leads people to do worse on these questions than those who don’t watch any news at all.”

I must say, this seems pretty obvious considering all of the hate spewing over at Fox, but now there is another study to back it up.

Herman Cain-Racist and Just Plain Nutjob

I’ve posted several things tonight, and figured I was done.  But then I remembered that I had the video below open in a tab.

Yes, a collection of Herman Cain clips.  I always found him interesting due to his blatant racism against not only Muslims, but blacks too!  Yes, he is racist against his own race.  How does that even happen?!  Well, the answer is, subscribe to Right-Wing ideology.

As recent polls have shown, he’s in first place, with Romney right behind him (or even within the margin of error).  Does this mean he will win the nomination?  No, of course not.  I still maintain that he doesn’t have a chance.  It will go to Romney, but for the time being, it’s funny to listen to some of Cain’s gaffes.

World Series–Armed Services Promoting Religion

I do realize that the World Series is not a government event.  But, for the National Anthem, they have a celebrity singing.  Every single time.  Demi Lovato, Zooey Deschanel, etc..  But when “God Bless America” is sung, it is always a person in the military.  Not only that, but, it is televised when normally, it is not.  (During the regular season.)

Now, I think it is clear that this is trying to instill religion in the military and to promote it to the audience.  Why can’t a celebrity sing this song?  The announcers also tell people to stand up and take their caps off.  This is not a national song, and there is no reason to respect it as such.  In fact, this should be offensive to Americans for treating other songs with equal “respect.”

By using the military to sing God Bless America, exclusively, it is clearly a way of putting God into the armed services and saying the armed services support this being projected on the crowd.

Time and time again, God is forced into our daily lives, when it is in fact, illegal to do so.  I find it annoying when I go to a baseball game and then they take the time to sing this idiotic song.  In fact, when I refuse to stand and “respect” (as much as you can “respect” a song)  everyone around stares.  I understand that this is a private event and that they have the right, but it is still forcing religion on others.  If you try to walk around and go to your seats, the person looking at the tickets will yell at you.  Yes, I have done this.  In this country we should be able to go to see “America’s Pastime” without having to endure religious indoctrination.

In fact, a quick Google search brings up this lawsuit, where it was settled and the person got kicked out of Yankees Stadium when he had to use the restroom.

Oh, and I guess it’s time to address the stupid use of prayer before, during, and after a game.  Ok, seriously, praying before a game?  Even if God existed (which it doesn’t) why would God care about a sports game when there are 925 million people in this world who are hungry?  Or when there are 9 million children under the age of 5 who die every year?  Yeah, seriously, praying after you get a hit, that’s being dumb, even by the standards of prayer.