This classic piece is well-illustrated here:
Time to Start Adding “Gate” to This
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Dread and Awful Czar -
You write that President Obama "...argues that oil companies have plenty of capacity onshore and offshore. So no need to augment drilling with additional permits."
Just because the government permits you to look for oil on land you've leased doesn't mean you can just stick a derrick in the ground at any random point and start sucking up millions of barrels of light sweet crude. The Wall Street Journal points out today that:...the reality is that natural resources are not somehow spread equally beneath the ground, or somehow pre-deposited to the plots the government decides to open to exploration. Before an oil company can drill, it must conduct seismic and geological tests to find the oil. This requires time and capital investment.In any case, why should President Obama be upset that those stupid old oil companies aren't drilling on land they've leased? Seems to me that someone as green as he claims to be would just love to lease land out in the knowledge that the renters aren't going to destroy the earth by digging holes in it. Isn't that every landlord's dreamto have a tenant who pays rent and never moves in?
If oil is discovered that can be economically recovered, many 'idle' leases spend years waiting on environmental and other permitting reviews or lawsuits. The industry pays the government for leases that may or may not be valuable at auction, and it then pays royalties on any oil that is eventually produced.
The only justification I can come up with for that rationale is that the President believes we have so much gold bullion and so many IOUs from China and the rest of the world, that we need that land to store it all, Harry Reid having made Yucca Mountain off-limits.
Regarding making up the deficit in oil production by magic, I commend you to the March 29 Dilbert:Dogbert: "I'm writing fake press releases for imaginary new green energy technologies."Our president doesn't read the comics pages enough.
Text on Dogbert's Laptop: Scientists say that by 2040 you will be able to power your entire home with the breeze from your refrigerator door.
Dilbert: "Now how will I know which green breakthroughs are real?"
Dogbert: "Seriously? You think there are real ones?"
Dear President Nixon,Third, the Czar finally got a phone call from the good folks at Rasmussen Reports, who asked some good questions about the President, the direction of the country, and whether the Czar thought the President was doing a good job.
Dr. J. wants to thank you for signing the Alternative Minimum Tax into law in 1969 without indexing it for inflation. It cost Dr. J over $4,000 in extra in Federal Income Tax this year.
They are vulgar, bronzed, tattooed and muscle bound - and that's just the men while the girls are all breasts to the wind.Actually, the quote is from an Italian commentator on The Jersey Shore commencing its run in Italy. But it could totally apply to your Gormogons. And, most especially, their lady friends.
|Girls: this man is not a licensed training bra fitter. His business cards, as well as his T-shirt, are forgeries. Ask him to wait out front, and then ask your parents permission to call your local police.|
|Dont throw away those old shoes! Place them into a clean box, with the laces still on, and leave them outside your local fire station, where the proud men and women of the fire-fighting profession will be forced to throw them away for you.|
|We have raised over $75,000 to bring 20 native Norwegian children into downtown Oslo so that they can hear the Norwegian language spoken in its native environs! Great work, donors!|
|Its never easy when a doctor loses a family pet, so the Gormogons Guild of Medical Support has launched a new program to give grieving doctors resources previously unavailable to them. These include party napkin folding, professional flower arrangement, and spooky-sound Halloween records. Next year, we hope to offer instruction in bridge.|
|Tragically, over 8,000 stock cartoons are still out on the Internet, available for use by the public because they simply defy being funny. Usually featuring mild irony resulting from married life, a slight dig at the business world, or some wry observation about desktop computer support, these bits of clip art are trapped in a world with no future. Help out, by rounding them up and destroying them whenever you see them.|
And that’s why building this international coalition has been so important, because it means that the United States is not bearing all the cost. It means that we have confidence that we are not going in alone, and it is our military that is being volunteered by others to carry out missions that are important not only to us, but are important internationally.Volunteered by others.
For those of who do not do the tweet, allow us to translate his message:
CZ: Re Bracket Obama, Eisenhower (I believe) once said that in battle, plans are useless. But planning is essential.
Dread and Awful Czar:Thank you, AgStateSense (if that is indeed your real name), for your perspicacity. The Czar is baffled not so much by the Presidents reluctance to face the hard questions about the war on Libya, but by the public admission by Admiral Mike Mullen, the head of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, that the military is largely unclear on what the game plan is. Holy cats, man! Who is in charge?
I trust this missive finds you well in all things, and know that the people of Muscovy are well and truly blessed to live under your mightly gaze. Indeed, I too celebrate your every word, and hearken to a most wonderful essay by Dr. J regarding the inexplicably bad public relations move by the President, in which he opted to focus on predicting the outcome of sporting events in lieu of acting as a commander-in-chief. Praise be unto the good doctor! And yea verily unto you for your wisdom in allowing his gracious words to inspire me. Forsooth, my ears do tease out an echo of President Dwight David Eisenhower, whom I believe sagely spake: In preparing for battle I have always found that plans are useless, but planning is indispensable. And might I humbly ask in awe, are you indeed completely right on everything?
Dear Csar,Whether you support the humanitarian response in Libya or whether you oppose the precendent-setting abuse of our military by the President, one thing is clear: the United States military is, in a very real way, not under the command of the President of the United States, but has been ordered into harms way by an unelected coalition of foreign nationals. This is astonishing.
I read your post and was reminded of what some former Ambassador said on 'Hannity' tonight: American troops haven't been under another country's control for a long, long time. It's a dangerous precedent to just let the UN run things and order our troops around.
Also, you're completely right on everything.
Regarding Rep. Edward Markey's claim that we're in Libya for the oil, perhaps he should follow the age-old rule, "research first, shoot off mouth later."
The U.S. imports insignificant amounts of crude oil and petroleum from Libya. We import more crude oil from Argentina than we do from Libya; we import more petroleum from the Virgin Islands - that's right, the Virgin Islands - than we do from Libya.
Oh, I suppose Markey could claim that oil is a fungible commodity, it all goes on the world market, blah blah blah, but that just undermines his argument further; if Libya is going to dump its oil in the world market pool, we don't need to be there to protect our interests. There may be other good reasons to be there, but this isn't one of them.
|The Slow Loris:|
- Can climb trees slowly
- Does not make much noise
- Cleans itself
- Does not steal from the Czar
- Can live for 20 years or more
|Dat Ho: |
- Can scamper up things quickly
- Pleads and whines incessantly
- Is filthy and undisciplined
- Steals: quite sure of it
- Will be lucky to see 13