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Let’s Just Slow The Whole Thing Down!

     Gentle Readers,

     The whole world is spinning on a wobble due to the concern over gas and oil prices.  Years ago, the USA put speed limits on highways and initiated the ‘Drive 55’ slogan to encourage people to slow down and save gas.

     Thinking back, this is an excellent idea.  We even feel that it should be taken further.  It is hard to gauge and we have been googling for the proper answer but if you save gas by slowing down to 55mph, how much slower can you go to save even more?  What we need to do is to determine the minimum speed which will save us the most fuel and go on that.  Leave the house at the same time, leave work and school at the same time, but drive at the slowest economical speed for your vehicle.

     If businesses slow down or schools start late, blame the fed. They raised the prices with their fakakta policies, let them deal with the slow down that results.  Do you really want to get to work on time?

     Another way to accomplish this comes to mind.  Driving home from Atlantic City yesterday, and cutting through the pine barrens, we saw what looked like an armadillo crossing the road ahead. Speeding up to catch a glance, we saw a rabid raccoon.  It’s tail was straight and pointy at the end, not like a raccoon, though it was still striped.  It was staggering down the double-yellow and it’s fur was matted.  It looked almost sweaty.

     There was no traffic at that instant but a large grid was approaching and, in the rearview mirror, we saw three lanes of traffic come to a complete halt due to one rabid mammal.  Perhaps we should collect all rabid animals and loose them on the highways, saving bullets and time.  It was a disturbing sight, as we have always liked raccoons since reading the great Sterling North books, like Rascal and Raccoons Are The Smartest People.  We do not advocate any action against raccoons, per se’.

     Even more disturbing is the thought of all those mosquitos in the pine barrens, which are famous for their ferocity in bloodsucking.  It makes us wonder if bugs can transmit rabies, if we should take the cats in for boosters even though they do not go outside (the chance of a rabid bat getting in the house are pretty low but bats DO get in, as we have seen in other houses).

     Maybe if we took a rabid badger and threw it on the floor of the Congress and bolted the doors with all our Gongressmen locked inside with a domestic oil policy to sign,  perhaps it would work in the opposite way and speed up the signing.  Rabid animals may come in handy, afterall.

     Until we can work out a logical way to achieve this end, let’s just all consider going slower.  Here are some recent tips on saving gas, thanks to the AAA:

Take a load off

Aerodynamics can become quite significant at highway speeds. Carrying luggage on the roof of your car or towing equipment can be costly.

“Any time you do something like that, your fuel economy is going to tank,” AAA’s Hyde said.

When ski season ends, take the rack off your car, said Mike Quincy, automotive specialist with Consumer Reports. “Racks produce a lot more aerodynamic drag, so your car has to work harder to slip through the air,” he explained.

He added that drivers should remove any unnecessary weight from their trunks. Weight is the biggest pitfall when it comes to maximizing a car’s fuel efficiency, Quincy said.

“The more weight the car has to move, the harder the engine has to work. If you are carrying around stacks of National Geographic magazines, take them to the recycling center,” he said. “All that extra weight is costing you miles per gallon. There’s stuff that you don’t need in your car; you keep meaning to drop it off.”

Avoid gimmicks

When gas prices spike, products claiming to boost fuel efficiency pop up. Avoid them, experts said.

“All of these shady entrepreneurs come out and try to sell you these gizmos to add to your car to add fuel economy,” Quincy said. “But if there was a magic bullet, then the car companies would use them. When gas prices go up, people prey on greed and fear. Don’t fall prey.”

Plan your trips

To save on gas, try to run all of your errands in one trip and avoid backtracking.

“If you take four trips with a cold engine, that takes more gas than when you try to do it all at once with a warm engine,” Hyde said.

Drivers can also plan to use gas stations with cheaper prices. AAA provides a free fuel-price finder.

Turn on the air conditioning

Drivers with modern cars that recirculate cooled air shouldn’t be afraid to run the air conditioning.

“When you roll down the windows, you start messing with the aerodynamics of the vehicle,” Hyde said. “When you open those windows, you are not going to get maximum fuel efficiency because it creates new drag.”

Further, Quincy said open windows can mean trouble for drivers.

“You are increasing the turbulence in the car. The whole cabin is very noisy, and that makes you more fatigued,” Quincy said. “Run the air conditioner because it will make the driver happier, more comfortable and more alert, and that will make for a safer driver.”

Popular advice

Popular gas-saving advice calls for drivers to mind the speed limit, use cruise control and avoid too much idling, according to Edmunds.com. Further, careful drivers should also make sure to get their engine tuned, check their air filters and use the right motor oil.

Properly inflated tires will somewhat improve fuel economy, and this maintenance is easily accomplished. Quincy recommended checking tires at least once a month.

“Underinflated tires compromise your car’s handling and braking, and they also wear faster,” Quincy said. “If your tires are underinflated, there’s a lot more rolling resistance, and the car will have to work harder to roll down the road.”



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Gas Shock Clocked, Writer’s Block Stopped

     Understanding Readers,

     We have not posted for a week or so. One of our last posts detailed problems with the pc and an outage at Verizon’s internet banks.  Yesterday, a Verizon worker came to my house after three days of me switching out old wires, phones, jacks, you-name-it, only to tell me that my phone line had been disconnected at the main office, for no reason.

     Falling off the face of the earth, with no phone or internet, was a very strange, lost feeling.  I felt disconnected and could not communicate with friends or go on the stock market or watch videos of fuzzy kittens.  Once used to it, the amount of work that had been put off for no particular reason became easy to tackle without the interference of the web.  I got a lot of interference from my cat, Inkie, but she is just a bug no matter what.

     Nonetheless, my trusty auto, which has been taking me from here to there since 2004, sucked up over $50 worth of gas the other day.  In seven years, it never took $50 worth.  This does not bode well for my idea of the crosscountry kittie caravan in the 30foot RV.  It makes me wonder how much more people will take. 

     Of course, as usual, there is always somebody to blame…now who would we blame if America was rich in oil and natural gas, yet the people living here are not able to afford to fill their cars, trucks and oil tanks at home?  Who would we blame if all the gas and oil we are allowed to consume has to be shipped from halfway across the world, while people who produce gas here could do it cheaper but are not allowed to because of hidden political agendas?  Who would we point to as the Anti-Christ?  If you said ‘Obama’ you could be right on all counts.

     My next door neighbor does not like Obama.  She is 82 years old and was a nurse for many years of her life, in facilities around Long Island, NY, where she is from.  She says she learned to read people’s faces and can tell when people lie about being in pain or caring about others or other facial ‘giveaways’.  She does not like the look on Obama’s puss and you have to admit, he is one of the MEANEST-looking presidents we ever had.  I can only remember back to Kennedy but nobody in that office ever gave the dirty looks that Obama can deal out to those who disagree with him. Sorta like this…

     So, it can be pretty obvious that he does not like people.  That would explain why he wants to screw his own country in a way that will take the rest of history to undo.  Five states now have gas above the $4 line and he can ride around on Air Force One and look down on us.  He could tell SecRATary of the Interior Salazar to stop the moritorium on american oil companies.  BP is drilling in Alaska, where a lot of people think our reserves are…guess what? They are BP’s reserves now…we are not allowed to drill but BP can because they are not American, yet they drill on our soil.  We are giving our resources to BP so they can resell them back to us at an elevated price.


     Because we let him; because we elected him (not me), and because we do nothing about his actions now but to watch in awestruck horror as he dismantles the economy and ruins the lives of countless millions in the Gulf.

     Soon it will be April 20.  420.  We suggest that on that day, nobody take any substances which will muddle their thoughts.  We suggest that you get together, as planned…but instead of getting high, figure out how to use your votes to get this disaster off our backs and out of office.  Once that is done, you can get high…if you are lucky.


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Judge Holds Obama Administration ‘In Contempt’ Over American Oil


                                                                          Welcome back to The Tipping Point.  A lot of the ‘tipping’ going on revolves around oil, petroleum, black gold…texas tea.  Edna Ferber’s novel, Giant, probably would not fly as a movie today, like it did in 1956,  starring James Dean, Elizabeth Taylor and Rock Hudson.  It was about the American Dream and greed and oil and redemption.  The old American Dream has gone ‘out to lunch’ and everybody who voted for Obama has a hand in destroying the economies of the Gulf and other regions supported by activity collateral to oil production.  This includes hotels, restaurants, stores and any business catering to visitors or workers located there.

     The Obama suits do not want to allow American oil companies to return to work, a stoppage caused by a foreign oil company.  It is a very cold winter in the Northeast United States this year and the cost of heating oil has gone up substantially since last winter, not to mention the price of has at the pumps.  If American companies were allowed to do what they have been doing since 1859 oil could be sold, people could return to work, handouts from the Fed wouldn’t be necessary and we could try to get back to normal.

     Oil, gas, petroleum…this is the real world currency, not the Sterling Pound, the Euro or the Dollar.  Today,  Obama said he wants to “support the economy and invest in this nation.”  He may want to but when does he intend to start, to take action to…how did he put it when you voted for him…change?

     See attached an example of how actions speak louder than words and how a federal judge holds the US in contempt. Tell us if you think it makes any sense. Right.  

February 3, 2011 12:03am EST
NEW ORLEANS, Feb. 2, 2011 — /PRNewswire/ — The Offshore Marine Service Association today praised a federal judge’s ruling holding the U.S. Interior Department in civil contempt and called for the Obama Administration to end its de facto moratorium on offshore drilling in the Gulf of Mexico.

“The ruling highlights the disparity between President Obama’s stated policy objectives — to grow jobs and promote American energy independence — and his actions, which instead deliver higher unemployment, higher fuel prices and greater dependency on foreign energy sources. This ruling demonstrates the President is more interested in shutting down our domestic oil and gas production than he is in establishing clear rules to enhance safety and environmental protection. President Obama’s policies are destroying American jobs and exporting American technology to countries that value safe offshore energy production,” said Jim Adams, president and CEO of the Offshore Marine Service Association (OMSA).

“President Obama claims to have lifted the Gulf moratorium, yet not a single deepwater permit has been issued in nine months. As a result, thousands of workers are out of jobs, Americans are paying more for gasoline and heating oil, and our nation is becoming even more dependent on unstable nations for our energy needs,” Adams said.

“President Obama talks a lot about jobs and energy independence,” Adams added. “Now it’s time for him to back up his words with action and call off his de facto moratorium. Americans want an end to this manmade disaster.”

Judge Martin Feldman ruled Wednesday that the Interior Department disregarded his earlier injunction against the Administration’s drilling moratorium. In June, Feldman had struck down the moratorium that the Administration had imposed, saying that the government simply assumed that because one oil rig had triggered a spill, other rigs were just as dangerous.

Interior Secretary Kenneth Salazar responded by instituting a second moratorium that was nearly identical to the one the judge had thrown out.

The government’s “dismissive conduct,” Feldman wrote, “viewed in tandem with the reimposition of a second blanket and substantively identical moratorium and in light of the national importance of this case, provide this Court with clear and convincing evidence of the government’s contempt of this Court’s preliminary injunction Order.”

OMSA represents the owners and operators of U.S. flag offshore service vessels and the shipyards and other businesses that support that industry.

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