The Brutality of Reason Example

By Ironcross One-One

Slicing and dicing things into pieces small enough
to be fed to Liberals, Kooks and Anti-Americans.
When feeding Kooks and Anti-Americans
I suggest a potato gun.

If you are the emotional liberal type, this mindspace will make you uncomfortable. If you think my logic or facts are faulty, lets discuss it. When your findings disagree with my findings, that is dialogue. But using rhetoric to disagree with science is demogoguery. No demogoguery! I usually refrain from insults, but occasionally, ignorance and liberal hypocrisy bring out the worst in me.

Location: Edge of Nowhere, Washington, United States

Military Jumper, Diver, Motorcycle Rider, Air Traffic Control and Demolitions Man. I build furniture and cabinets and can frame, roof, wire, plumb and finish a house. Can weld steel, drive heavy equipment, build pole barns and mortared rock walls. Have written one bad novel and one brilliant thesis. And I play the guitar.

Saturday, April 29, 2006

Being in the Game

Ben Stein has a new book out.
How Successful People Win : Using Bunkhouse Logic to Get What You Want in Life.
I heard him talking about it on the radio and I'm going to recommend it before I've even read it. The punch quote? You can't win if you aren't at the table.

It's a book about using bunkhouse logic and the self-sufficient strength of the cowboy to get what you want in America. He's taking the time to tell the masses what the successful already know.

He's a humble self-effacing guy but he's right just about every time he opens his mouth. When a guy that's been as successful at as many things as Ben has done, wants to tell you what he knows about going after success, it's probably worth your time to listen to him.

Sunday, April 23, 2006

Oiling the Machine

Much in the news about oil prices.

The price of a gallon of gas is at the same level as a gallon of Evian. It's an outrage.

I'm quite disappointed in my national leadership. They're missing a huge opportunity to lead and I hate missed opportunities.

The United States is a an oil fueled slut. We are hugely productive, but we are also wasteful. We waste more energy in trivial pusuits than most nations use in production. Up till now there has been no reason to do elsewise. Energy has been ubiquitous and seemingly endless. But now, with hostile powers in charge of production and canny commodities traders bartering up the price, the world is changed.

We could do much better. With just a little forethought and occasional sacrifice we could cut our consumption by 5 or 10 percent. Not often before have we had such a reason, (WWII, 1973 Oil Crisis) But we've cut back when it made sense. It seems a good idea now.

Americans like to be on winning teams. We like to have a national goal and we like to stick it to the opposition. I say it's time.

Our gasoline delivery enterprise is a finely tuned machine. If we were to cut our real consumption by 5%, wholesale storage facilities would be full within two weeks, refineries would need to cut production in three weeks. And in 4 weeks, oil tankers would begin to stack up outside our ports. The price would plummet.

Oil traders that have bought long contracts (positioned for price increase), would scramble to dump those contracts. Fortunes would change hands. The spot market would crash into the 20's or 30's. This is what happens when a bubble bursts. There is a bubble right now, and it's compounded by that rabble-rousing Iranian Mad-Man and the Commie Venezuelan.

It gets better. The hostile powers of production around the world have become accustomed to the high prices at these levels of consumption. They have taken out loans against future revenues. They need the price to stay up and they need to export the volume to generate revenues. They prop up their nasty little governments with oil revenues. Money is power

When the price drops, the first tendency will be to cut production. Whether the price is lower or the volume is less, they will have to make adjustments. Hard adjustments. These adjustments contain strategic advantages for us.

Oil companies do not set prices. Consummers set prices. If we all refused to pay anything higher than $2.00, the gas price would be $2.00. Prices are set by demand and if we reduce demand, we can also eliminate any artificial influence from the current price.

Mr. President, the country will help you with this. The Rebublican base, the environmentalists, the soccer moms, the blue-collar masses and the professionals. We want to control this situation. If you announce and support the strategy, we will respond. We can cut enough waste to make a huge difference. All you have to do is ask.

Tuesday, April 18, 2006

Patriotism And Respect Out of Canada

This isn't the type of thing I've come to expect out of Canada. It's haunting, patriotic, powerful and respects the service of veterans. I'm going to check out some more of Terry Kelly's music and see if there's any thing else I like.

Tuesday, April 04, 2006

Thoughts on Trinity

There is no better place to test an atomic bomb than "the middle of nowhere." Last weekend, we made the pilgramage to Middle of Nowhere, USA. A couple of hours south of Albuquerque, NM, on what is now White Sands Missle Test Range, they let the public in view the lonely place where J. Robert Oppenhiemer, Leslie Groves and associates culminated the 2 Billion Dollar (WWII Dollars) Manhattan Project.
A project so important that they melted down 300 Million Dollars worth of silver coins in order to make electrical coils for the Uranium refining process.
So secret that they built a secret town to hide away the nation's most talented intellectual capital.
We saw a few bits of Trinitite, the unique glasslike substance that was the result of an atomic explosion fusing the New Mexico sand. Tempted as I was to break the rules and boost it, I left it there.
In 1905, Einstein published his General Theory of Relativity. 40 years later, the practical application of some of those ideas made the US the first superpower.
A curious sidenote, a large number of the scientists that did the math for the bomb, came to the US to escape the threats and persecution of the Nazis.
Their own twisted ideas scared off the talent that could have won them the war.

Copyright © 2005 Michael A. Breeden