By Nathan Barton
Good morning, all. Look around and enjoy the day, remember that even when there are bad things going on, there is still a lot of good around: family and friends and neighbors and pets and plants…
Do you pay too much in taxes? Most folks would agree with you, but some seem to be blind to the problem.
But even the incredibly blind can sometimes see: A record high 60% of Californians say they pay too much in taxes. Really? And how long did it take them to figure this out? Despite this, California has heavily swung to the DP in statewide and national elections in recent years: are they still too blind (or stupid) to see that Dems are more likely than GOP to keep raising taxes and keep wasting money (not that the GOP is going to help THAT much). If Californians truly believe they pay too much in taxes, they will vote for Libertarians or just boycott the vote.
The Fuehrer’s chief minion, our loopy Uncle Joe Biden himself went to Kiev as the White House screams about how events in Ukraine are growing ever more dangerous. Except for expanding the size of the “Famous Stupid Quotes of Joe Biden” first edition, what will he accomplish? (Well, I admit, he might drive the Ukrainians back into the arms of Mother Russia by his actions.) Of course, some observers note that Putin can take Ukraine without actually invading.
Apparently, we should be glad that Al Sharpton got salvation and repented of his past. Turns out this disgusting, corrupt thug became an FBI informant because they caught him trying to get a piece of a cocaine deal to make a bunch of money. You can read all about it here at the New York Post. But of course, since then, he got saved and became a “reverend” so that is all past history… no, wait, that was AFTER he got saved. Didn’t realize he was a Calvinist. Gee, do you think we can trust him now?
For Eric Holder, justice is only for Democrats, according to an opinion piece in the New York Post. It is a great article, full of a summary of the way this senior minion of the Fuehrer is playing the same role in 2014 America as Himmler did for HIS Fuehrer in the 1930s. But I disagree with the headline: there are a good many Democrats who don’t get justice, either. It isn’t enough just to have the right letter after your name or the right title on your voter registration, you must also pay (in various ways) to support the Fuehrer and Reid and Pelosi and the rest of the gang. Not only that, but what those supporters of the Fuehrer get from Holder and company is not JUSTICE but corrupt support and preference and an endless supply of “get-out-of-jail” cards, as the article does point out.
New York can’t find any jurors who don’t hate the Occupy Movement. I guess that they just don’t have a large enough universe of potential jury members to be able to have a dozen or so children of wealthy families who pretend to be poor and were willing to help others live in the streets and poop in the parks.
Two “competing” stories from Nigeria this weekend, where the weekly tradition of killing a significant number of people in horrific ways, because of religion, was again repeated. The Islamist jihadist group, Boko Haram killed several hundred students and teachers on their way to a special event in Borno State: apparently all “christians.” At the same time, Yahoo reports that christian vigilantes trapped 14,000 in some kind of fenced off area – not a concentration camp, but more a reservation, apparently. Without arguing that anyone who would aggress against someone like this could hardly be considered “christian” as defined by the Bible, these point out that violence begets violence, and that government violence – aggressive violence – is used as an excuse. The two hundred dead were disarmed, by government. The 14,000 ARE at least somewhat armed, which is probably one reason they are being pushed into a corner but NOT being killed.
The DEA, apparently driven into a panic by Colorado and Washington legalizing marijuana (for certain definitions of “legalization”), is showing its Gestapo roots and terrorizing people who dare buy certain fertilizers and certain home and gardening equipment by raiding their homes or businesses to find the pot that must be growing there. Even HuffPo is saying this is bad.
Two interesting pieces of military news popped up in the last few days.
The National Guard is being disarmed by having its Apache attack helicopters taken away and replaced by observation and utility helicopters. It smells as though the Fuehrer and his political, bootlicking generals and bureaucrats might be afraid that the states with combat aviation assets might be more able to defend themselves against his new DHS armored units and their mercenary local cops. Of course, as more and more secession movements pop up, I guess he just wants to make sure that a new General Lee doesn’t have the assets to fight off the new Union invaders.
Mama’s Note: But think of it this way… If Texas and a few other states actually secede, they’ll have a LOT of previously “federal” bases, equipment, airplanes, etc. in their grasp. This could get really nasty… if the other feds have more balls than the BLM in Nevada anyway.
Speaking of secession, apparently that issue will be on the agenda at the 2014 GOP convention in Wisconsin, supposedly forced there by “fringe Republicans.” This is quite astonishing, unless you know a little history. Wisconsin came close in 1863 and 1864 to joining other nearby states in the “Northwest Confederacy,” seceding from the Union even while the Iron Brigade and thousands of Wisconsin troops were shedding blood for the “sacred cause” of abolition and union and the domination of DC over the States, because they were so sick of it. That conspiracy failed, but maybe a second try is called for.
Mama’s Note: The real question is whether or not they intend to become self owners or merely appoint a new set of masters to control and rob them.
At the same time, it appears that the Navy is rapidly developing the ability to literally turn seawater into jet (and other) fuels. It takes twice as much energy as you get in fuel, by breaking sea water into carbon dioxide and hydrogen, then combining them into hydrocarbons, but since most US Navy aircraft carriers are nuclear powered, there is energy to spare. This could indeed be a game changer and not just for war fleets.
Mama’s Note: Hmmm, excuse me…. but if they already have energy to spare, why do they need sea water as fuel? That’s sort of like figuring out a way to turn butter into margarine. No? Seems like they could park those ships in a likely harbor and provide that “spare” energy to create drinking water instead.
Back in the early 1900s there was a company that used electricity to produce fuel, and in more modern times companies such as Magnegas (magnegas.com) use a plasma process to treat waste to produce hydro-carbon products such as fuel and fertilizers. Plasma waste treatment plants are fairly common as they basically eliminate most pollution worries and can pay for themselves through both reclamation and production applications. Basically for liquid waste they mix the organic material with water and then subject it to a plasma arc which breaks most of the material down to their molecular constituents and then use this as feed stock to produce what ever organic material they are after. Since aviation fuel is basically kerosene it is even easier to produce than benzene (gasoline) so it is a fairly straight forward process. Aircraft carriers with their complements of several thousand personal are a natural environment for the processing of sewage and salt water to produce hydro-carbon products. Any large population area with available water resources can do the same. It hasn’t been popularized because of course the large oil companies don’t care to see meters put on toilets to register credit _TO_ citizens……..
Ah, I did wonder where the carbon part might come from sea water. So they also need sewage or other organic material to produce this fuel. That makes much more sense. And yes, that would be a perfect solution because most places have plenty of sewage, and treating it is a major problem. Using it to produce fuel would be wonderful for everyone in a free market. But, of course we can’t have THAT.
ML: “but if they already have energy to spare, why do they need sea water as fuel?”
That part actually makes sense. The nuke-powered carrier has an abundance of energy, but you can’t just pry the radioisotopes out of the reactor and cram them into more mobile things like the aircraft (or APUs, etc). This, in effect, uses a sea water-based synfuel as a storage battery “charged” by the reactor to power the mobile vehicles.
In reality, I think cramming a synfuel refinery into an aircraft carrier is going to be insanely inefficient and cost ineffective compared to a dedicated stationary facility. Then there’s the little problem the Navy has been having so far with their synfuels (biodiesel variants, mainly) not working out so well: temperature stability and viscosity issues, lower energy content than conventional petro fuels… It’s not a bad idea in principle, but basically the power plant/engine needs to be designed around the specific fuel.
(Disclaimer: only addressing the technical issues, not the existence of a govmil entity in the first place)
Indeed… and I did wonder if the “fuel” they produced was for other than ship uses, just seemed like a long, round the mulberry bush thing to do this way. From what I’ve read, the entire universe is saturated with energy, and the solid bits are even more so… Seems to me that we need to explore and invent better ways to capture and make use of that energy. Non-voluntary government is obviously the worst candidate to make that happen.
I was cheering when I read that the private enterprise rocket made the supply run to the space station. As much as is wrong with that whole deal, this was truly an historic occasion.