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Posts Tagged ‘environment’

“Absurd” sequester debate

According to the Washington Post, the debate just got absurd with this…

Amendment to HR 993. Basically states that public money will not be used to transport the President to and from the golf course until the White House tours begin again.

My question is this: Why is that absurd? Why is it absurd for the President to cut back a little. After all, is that not what he asks of everyone else? Put your money where your mouth is, and stop golfing for a spell – I can’t afford to anymore. And for the WP… The sequester debate was absurd when the “super-committee” was FORMED.

– Me

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Convenience Fee

Our local utility office (Owned and operated by the City Corporation) just began offering online payments. There is a convenience fee associated with this option. They are charging almost $10 to pay your bill online! Interesting they would tack on an additional amount given the benefits of less employee involvement, instant payment, and the green agenda being met going paperless. Something else I noticed on my bill was they are now double charging for water-sewer. The bill reflected water usage with a fee, but now reflects 20 gallons used, 20 gallons sewer, both being charged.

What if I water my yard? Does that mean I used those gallons for sewer? No, but I am incapable off providing this for myself, so the city does what it wants.

ANOTHER fee… Go figure. Wonder where that money is going since I am part of the TN Valley Authority (TVA) that paid out more than $94 Million in Christmas Bonuses alone in 2010. That seems fair, I should pay more after all according to our idiot President.

– Me

Breast Cancer Awareness Month

I could only imagine how terrible this must be for a woman. If you can spare some change do it here: Susan G Komen

– Me

Live Free – Shut up and color

Paul Ryan said “Our rights come from nature and God, not from government”. Well, he is correct, but what he failed to mention is that government limits those rights in almost every aspect of our lives. Most of the agencies that dictate our lives are not in the Constitution as to what the government CAN REGULATE. Look it up in the Constitution of the United States Article 1, Section 8 – That is ALL our government can constitutionally regulate! So how do these agencies come to life? Worldwide governing is the black and white answer. In 1912, The Hague hosted the first international opium conference where numerous nations SIGNED A TREATY to jointly police drug trade. This was years in the making, the US holding conferences as early as 1909. The Treaty of Versailles officially made drug enforcement a worldwide effort in 1919. So what is the problem you may ask? The nations implemented this law locally (In the US) under the contracting clause – put simply, you are property of the government, so they can do what they want. Shortly after, the DEA was invented – a Gestapo style strong-arm of “law enforcement” that goes AGAINST the very regulations our government is authorized to control under Article 1, Section 8. Congress signed it into law – they SURE DID, but Congress DOES NOT SUPERCEDDE the Constitution. The establishment of the DEA was and continues to be unconstitutional and a government power grab through international agreement. Force, the barrel of a gun is the ONLY WAY to truly enforce these unconstitutional laws through unconstitutional agencies. Maybe that is why the ATF served a warrant on the Branch Davidians in Waco, TX for a supposed “child abuse” claim…

Enjoy this small list of government agencies NOT authorized by the Constitution:

Advanced Research Projects Agency
Advisory Commission on Intergovernmental Relations
Advisory Council on Historic Preservation
African Development Foundation
Agency for International Development
Agricultural Marketing Service
Agricultural Research Service
Agriculture, Department of
Economic Research Service
Energy, Office of
Environmental Quality, Office of
Federal Acquisition Regulation
Federal Crop Insurance Corp.
Food and Nutrition Service
Foreign Agricultural Service
Forest Service
Grain Inspection, Packers and Stockyards
Administration
Information Resources Management
Inspector General, Office of
National Agricultural Library
National Agricultural Statistics Service
National Resources Conservation Service
Operations, Office of
Procurement and Property Management
Rural Business – Cooperative Service
Rural Development Administration
Rural Housing Service
Rural Telephone Bank
Rural Utilities Service
Secretary of Agriculture, Office of
Transportation, Office of
World Outlook Board
AMTRAK
American Battle Monuments Commission
American Indians, Office of Trustee
Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service
Appalachian Regional Commission
Architectural/Transportation Barriers Compliance Board
Arctic Research Commission
Assassination Records Review Board
Benefits Review Board
Bilingual Education and Minority Languages Affairs, Office of
Blind or Severely Disabled, Committee for Purchase from People who are
Board for International Broadcasting
Broadcasting Board of Governors
Federal Acquisition Regulation
Central Intelligence Agency
Child Support Enforcement
Children and Families Administration
Civil Rights, Commission on
Civil Rights, Office for
Commerce Department
Economic Analysis, Bureau of
Economic Development Administrations
Emergency Management Assistance
Fishery Conservation and Management
International Trade Administration
National Marine Fisheries Service
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
National Telecommunications and Information Administration
National Weather Service
Productivity, Technology and Innovation, Assistant Secretary
Technology, Undersecretary for
Commercial Space Transportation
Commodity Credit Corporation
Commodity Futures Trading Commission
Community Development Financial Institutions Fund
Community Planning and Development
Community Service, Office of
Construction Industry Collective Bargaining
Commission
Consumer Product Safety Commission
Cooperative State Research, Education, and Extension Service
Corporation for National and Community Service
Cost Accounting Standards Board
Council on Environmental Quality
Delaware River Basin Commission
Economic Affairs, Undersecretary of
Economic Analysis, Bureau of
Economic Development Administration
Economic Research Service
Education, Department of
Bilingual Education and Minority Languages
Affairs, Office of
Civil Rights, Office of
Educational Research and Improvement
Elementary and Secondary Education
Federal Acquisition Regulation
Postsecondary Education
Secretary of Educations
Special Education and Rehabilitative Services, Office of
Vocational and Adult Education
Emergency Oil and Gas Guaranteed Loan Board
Emergency Steel Guarantee Loan Board
Employees’ Compensation Appeals Board
Employees Loyalty Board
Employment and Training Administration
Employment Standards Administration
Endangered Species Committee
Energy, Department of
Energy, Office of
Engineers, Corps of
Environmental Protection Agency
Environmental Quality, Office of
Equal Employment Opportunity Commission
Equal Opportunity, Office of Assistant Secretary
Export Administration, Bureau of
Export-Import Bank of the United States
Family Assistance, Office of
Farm Service Agency
Farm Credit Administration
Farm Credit System Insurance Corp.
Federal Acquisition Regulation
Federal Aviation Administration
Federal Claims Collections Standards
Federal Communications Commission
Federal Contract Compliance Programs
Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation
Federal Election Commission
Federal Emergency Management Agency
Federal Employees Life Insurance
Federal Employees Health Benefits
Federal Energy Regulatory Commission
Federal Financial Institutions Examination Council
Federal Financing Bank
Federal Highway Administration
Federal Home Loan Mortgage Corp.
Federal Housing Enterprise Oversight Office
Federal Labor Relations Authority
Federal Law Enforcement Training Center
Federal Management Regulation
Federal Maritime Administration
Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service
Federal Mine Safety and Health Review
Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration
Federal Prison Industries, Inc.
Federal Procurement Policy, Office of
Federal Property Management Regulations
Federal Property Management Regulations System
Federal Railroad Administration
Federal Retirement Thrift Investment Board
Federal Service Impasse Panel
Federal Trade Commission
Federal Transit Administration
Federal Travel Regulation System
Financial Crimes Enforcement Network
Fine Arts, Commission on
Fiscal Service
Fish and Wildlife Service, U.S.
Fishery Conservation and Management
Food and Drug Administration
Food and Nutrition Service
Foreign Agricultural Service
Foreign Assets Control, Office of
Foreign Claims Settlement Commission
Foreign Service Grievance Board
Foreign Service Impasse Disputes Board
Foreign Service Labor Relations Board
Foreign Trade Zones Board
Forest Service
Geological Survey
Government Ethics, Office of
Government National Mortgage Association
Harry S. Truman Scholarship Program
Health and Human Services, Dept. of
Health Care Financing Administration
Housing and Urban Development
Federal Housing Commissioner
Human Development Services
Independent Counsel, Office of
Indian Affairs, Bureau of
Indian Arts and Crafts Board
Indian Health Service
Information Resources Management
Information Security Oversight Office
Inspector General
Institute of Peace, U.S.
Inter-American Foundation
Intergovernmental Relations, Advisory Commission
Interior Department
Internal Revenue Service
International Boundary and Water Commission
International Development, U.S. Agency on
International Development Cooperation Agency
International Fishing and Related Activities
International Investment
International Joint Commission, U.S. and Canada
International Organizations Employees Loyalty Board
International Trade Administration
International Trade Commission
James Madison Memorial Fellowship Foundation
Japan-U.S. Friendship Commission
Joint Board for the Enrollment of Actuaries
Labor Department
Labor-Management Standards, Office of
Land Management, Bureau of
Legal Services Corporation
Management and Budget, Office of
Marine Mammal Commission
Maritime Administration
Micronesian Status Negotiations
Mine Safety and Health Administration
Minerals Management Service
Mines, Bureau of
Minority Business Development Agency
Monetary Offices
Multifamily Housing Assistance Restructuring, Office of
National Aeronautics and Space Administration
National and Community Service Corp.
National Capital Planning Commission
National Commission for Employment Policy
National Commission on Libraries and Information Science
National Council on Disability
National Counterintelligence Center
National Credit Union Administration
National Drug Control Policy, Office of
National Foundation on the Arts and Humanities
National Highway Traffic and Safety Administration
National Imagery and Mapping Agency
National Indian Gaming Commission
National Institute for Literacy
National Institute for Standards and Technology
National Labor Relations Board
National Mediation Board
National Park Service
National Railroad Adjustment Board
National Science Foundation
National Telecommunications and Information
Administration
Natural Resources Conservation Service
Neighborhood Reinvestment Corp.
Northeast Dairy Compact Commission
Occupational Safety and Health Administration
Occupational Safety and Health Review Board
Oklahoma City National Memorial Trust Operations Office
Overseas Private Investment Corp.
Payment from a non-Federal Source for Travel Expenses
Payment of Expenses Connected With the Death of Certain Employees
Peace Corps
Pennsylvania Avenue Development Commission
Pension and Welfare Benefits Administration
Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation
Presidential Commission on the Assignment of Women in Armed Forces
Presidential Documents
Presidio Trust
Prisons, Bureau of
Procurement and Property Management
Productivity, Technology and Innovation, Assistant Secretary
Public Contracts, Dept. of Labor
Public and Indian Housing
Public Health Service
Railroad Retirement Board
Reclamation, Bureau of
Refugee Resettlement, Office of
Regional Action Planning Commissions Relocation Allowances
Research and Special Programs Administration
Rural Business-Cooperative Service
Rural Development Administration
Rural Housing Service
Rural Telephone Bank
Rural Utilities Service
Saint Lawrence Seaway Development Corporation
Science and Technology Policy, Office of
Secret Service
Securities and Exchange Commission
Selective Service System
Small Business Administration
Smithsonian Institution
Social Security Administration
Soldiers’ and Airmens’ Home
Special Counsel, Office of
Surface Mining and Reclamation Appeals, Office of
Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement, Office of
Surface Transportation Board
Susquehanna River Basin Commission
Technology Administration
Technology Policy, Assistant Secretary of
Technology, Undersecretary for
Tennessee Valley Authority
Thrift Supervision Office
Trade Representative, U.S.
Transportation Dept.
Transportation, Office of
Transportation Safety Administration
Transportation Statistics Bureau
Utah Reclamation Mitigation and Conservation Commission
Veterans Affairs Dept.
Veterans Employment and Training
Wage and Hour Division
Worker’s Compensation Programs

Land of the Free – as long as you sit there with your mouth shut and color.

– Me

Coming Soon…

I have been investigating and researching the Constitutionality and Contract Clauses lately… Big news to come! BIG BIG news.

I will post again soon. This particular topic has taken my time extensively – to the point where I am actually going to physically sit in on my local court room so I am completely accurate…

Stay tuned, and please bear with me. It is coming soon.

– Me

Is THIS the truth?

Did I finally hear some sense come from the Keystone pipeline deal? Mass D Congressman Ed Markey (Mass 7th district) just explained the reason for the Keystone Pipeline opposition is quite simple. The Canadians are refusing to strike ANY deal with the US for building this pipeline, such as keeping the oil in North America to keep OUR prices down. Basically he is claiming the Canadians are wanting to place a pipeline through the US to sell oil from TX to China, or whomever.

Finally an argument that makes sense. The reason I question the validity of this is simple: If this were the reason for denying the pipeline, then why am I just NOW hearing about it? I actually agree with the Congressman here. IF the Canadians are risking our environmental health, and transporting oil across our nation, then WE should be the benefactor of this. That is really a really simple concept. Oddly enough, that message just came out today, though. I wonder why we haven’t heard that one before?

Another argument he made was that Canada was selling oil rights to China here in the US. Why do the Canadians have oil rights in the US – that they pay NO royalties on? Seems odd and stupid to me, especially since his argument against the pipeline is benefiting from the overall agreement. Hmmm. Interesting for sure, but where is the truth?

– Me

Supply and Demand Woes

We have been hearing lately the back and forth of the oil companies. The supply is up because demand is down, all due to higher prices. Well, this article from Reuters claims that Chevron has lower than expected demand, meaning they are pumping LESS gas to people, but still somehow raked in $6B in profits, from $60B revenue. Well, that seems oddly not normal. Usually when supply is up, and demand is down, prices will fall. For some reason right now, supply is up, demand is down, and prices are RISING. article click here

This may sound crazy, but good for them! I believe in the free market, and I also believe they provide a product I am unwilling and incapable of providing myself. Charge whatever you want for it. People will either buy it, or find alternatives to driving. That being said, the free market will eventually dictate a fair price for gas or these companies will go out of business. As much as people complain about high gas prices, they are still driving, so we have not yet hit the peak of what they are able to charge. If we want lower energy prices, how about getting the EPA to stop “crucifying” oil companies and fining them for mundane things. Each penny big oil spends to remain in “compliance” with Federal Laws is passed down to us consumers. It does not hurt them whatsoever, and I suggest they could care less to any affect the Feds wish to “punish” them. They will simply pay the fine, and charge more for gas.

Chevron made $6B in profits this quarter. That outrages some. What outrages me is they made $60.7B in total revenue meaning they only pocketed 10% of their total revenue! Why does nobody ever bring up this figure? look at this article:

Exxon Mobile reported a $7.7B profit, with these payouts:

$340M state taxes

1.3B Federal income tax (18 %)

This figure does not include the extra tax you pay as a consumer at the pump. Another 32% is chewed up by State and Federal taxes. That means you are literally paying Uncle Sam $1.28 for EVERY GALLON at $4/gallon. Where is the outrage there? Why are you not angry at the government for charging YOU that much per gallon. That is not money the gas company pays. You pay that as a consumer. For a twenty gallon tank, you are paying the government $25.60!!!! Holy Crap, now that changes the dynamics of the sale, does it not? Why are we chastising a business for making a profit?

The oil companies send the Federal Government Billions, if not hundreds of Billions annually. The oil companies produce something, while the government does nothing to make their profits. The Government then charges YOU $25.60 for every 20 gallons. Let us use the standard 22 million barrels a day, of which 20 gallons of gas/barrel is produced. That is about 440M gallons of gas. Multiply 440M x Uncle Sam’s $1.28 per gallon and you get $563B. Let us put it all together

The Federal Government receives hundreds of millions of dollars from oil companies annually, and also taxes us (YOU) at $563B a DAY! $563B x 365 days? That is over $205T a year in gas tax AT THE PUMP! Makes you wonder where that money goes, and why are we mad at gas companies for profiting $6B when our government is raping us for all we are worth? Think about these figures next time you wanna complain about gas companies. Complain about our government instead and give credit where it is due. And remember, when you fill up your SUV, you just sent Uncle Sam another $20-$40! Is that not the very premise that our country was founded against?

– Me

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