Framing the Dialogue

Posts Tagged ‘energy’

Indefensible (in·de·fen(t)-sə-bəl )

The dictionary defines indefensible as:

1. Incapable of being maintained as right or valid

2. Incapable of being justified or excused .

indefensibleSynonyms: inexcusable, inexpiable, insupportable, unforgivable, unjustifiable, unpardonable, unwarrantable

This is where I usually start the examples and I will soon.  The muse for this post was a commercial shown on Fox News’ Greta Van Susteren’s show last night.  The commercial was from a group opposed to Stand Your Ground Laws throughout the United States.  The images and sound in the commercial exploit the Zimmerman/Martin killing in Florida.  I began to think of the number of issues that the left/progressives/liberals/Democrats oppose that make the most sense to the rest of us.  Here we go!

Uncertain Returns

solar chickensMany times as I read an article I find a few sentences that capture the essence of the piece. In “Phrase-e-ology” I’ll post some thoughts followed by key phrases. As always I’ll have a link (in blue) to the original article.

The original article ran in the Lancaster Journal Online this past Sunday. The crux of the article was about how some farmers are not seeing the returns on their investments that they expected when they installed solar panels on their buildings.

Parsimony – Good Green Jobs

green jobsI have to wonder if elected representatives, upon taking their seat in the legislature, are given a notebook with official buzz words to use. I doubt that there is such a document mostly because its existence would become known and published. Based on news reports newly elected officials are promptly “initiated” by senior elected officials and put in their place; nothing written; nothing recorded. This episode of parsimony features a Pennsylvania politician proposing to increase (i.e. FORCE) power companies to purchase more solar and wind power…

Full of Hot Wind

I often (usually) listen to commercial talk radio during the day when possible and certainly on the commute to/from work.  Since I said “commercial” talk radio you know it must be conservative talk radio as there are no viable, commercial, liberal talk shows or stations at least that can be found.  I am often surprised at some of the advertisements that folks pay to play to a mostly conservative audience.  Some of the stuff just seems like a complete waste of money.

Last Food and Fuel

I once heard Pennsylvania politics described as the “red T” where there is a corridor north-south in the center of the state and an east-west corridor on the upper part of the state that is generally red or republican. The state, however, is generally dominated by the two large urban areas around Pittsburgh and Philadelphia where blue is predominant. I really cannot speak to local Philadelphia politics, but the Republican Party is, if I am being very generous, extremely weak to non-existent in the ‘Burgh.

Parsimony – You Didn’t Drill That

Yet again an Associated Press story is the muse of a Parsimony post. I don’t seek out AP stories, but it often seems like their reporting often shows the bias of the mainstream media. This article is just in time for the 2012 election cycle and puppets Obama’s misspeak (by misspeak I of course he blurted out what he really believes) regarding government’s role in funding private business. By the way this was a front page article in my local “conservative” newspaper.

First the headline (with a link to the original story)…

Federal Dollars Fueled Natural Gas Boom

…Now the story with my bold comments:

Living Off the Grid

I believe in being prepared for some type of period when services may become scarce like food, water, electricity, etc.  I am not digging fallout shelters, but it does seem prudent to take some steps for insurance.  Living in an area where we have cold winters the possibility of surviving cold has me perplexed.  The subtitle to Living off the Grid certainly caught my eye; “A Simple Guide to Creating and Maintaining a Self-reliant Supply of Energy, Water, Shelter and More.”  I expected a more practical guide to providing/getting energy off of the grid, but what the book really should have been titled is A Rich Person’s Guide to Living Off the Grid.

Don’t Piss On My Leg…

…and tell me it’s raining!

Unemployment:   If you listen to the White House and the mainstream media puppets you’ll think unemployment is trending down and at 8 percent as of February 2012.  Too bad the numbers are cooked (FYI all administrations cook) and are quite misleading…okay not “misleading” but flat out lies.  Gallup offers real unemployment numbers;

REAL UNEMPLOYMENT IS 19.0 PERCENT

If you want to compare the numbers the White House uses then Gallup determined that rate to be 9.0 percent;

2011 Top Ten News Stories

I hesitate to call my list “news stories” because many of them have not been covered by the Obama-media because they would make the liberal administration look like the miserable failure that it has been.  On with the list.

  1. The Economy:  If you look past the cheerleading reporting that the recession is over and jobs are being created, and a falling unemployment percent, you might just see how bad things still are.  I don’t remember a time where I have sweated my employment for so long.  I am not consumed, but the gnawing feeling is always there in the background.  As of November 2011 the U6 Unemployment (U-6 = Total unemployed, plus all persons marginally attached to the labor force, plus total employed part time for economic reasons, as a percent of the civilian labor force plus all persons marginally attached to the labor force) rate is 15.6 percent. 

Diminishing Returns

Having a car that is nearly eight years old with almost 150,000 miles makes the annual inspection a likely costly adventure. My appointment was Monday so I dropped the car off Sunday night and anxiously awaited the news. I got the call in the early afternoon and Ed, our mechanic, started going through the list; A/C check, battery, tire rotation…little stuff really. Ed hesitated and I said “okay now for the bad news.” The bad news was repairs to the tune of $1,400 (a big part was brakes all around) and that my car would not be ready until the next evening. The real bad news is that Ed did some checking and told me that my vehicle is showing its age and miles. Some of the hidden stuff will probably need to be replaced next year and maybe I may not want to spend that kind of money. Essentially telling me that I’d be paying a lot more money for an old vehicle…or getting diminishing returns on my investment.