A Gutsy Call

The Keystone XL section of oil pipeline has been controversial for several years now. Our fearless, bold, GUTSY even, Dear Leader Obama has decided!  It has been decided, OFICIALLY!!! You will  all bow and admire the boldness of our President! He has firmly said NO to the Keystone XL extension.

A month AFTER the pipeline company announced they were withdrawing* the proposal from consideration by the US government. SMH.

I am reminded of this press-overreaction to this incident

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*right. they’re not withdrawing it. Just withdrawing it until further notice. TOTALLY different. Riiiight.

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Keystone XL Pipe: Not A BFD!

I am sick and tired of people talking about the Keystone XL pipeline as if it were a new thing that hasn’t ever been built before.  This is a failure of the press and our political “leader”ship to to properly educate the populace.  The President is (supposedly) about to veto a bill to authorize completing the planned pipeline, so I’ll say all I’ve got to say about this thing:

It’s fine.  It’s as safe as can be.  It’s approximately environmentally neutral.  It will add a few jobs to the economy.  It will help USAmerican oil producers. It will be useful for the future energy markets in the world.  It should be built.

. . . and it has been built, except for the section that would allow yet more oil to be refined in the USA.

 Here is the proposed route for the new section of “XL” pipe (green line) and the existing Keystone pipe already taking Canadian oil to the Gulf Coast:

 Wait, what? Existing?  But I thought…

 That’s right baby, the pipeline is already built.  It is currently shipping up to 700,000 barrels per day (BPD) of oil down here RIGHT NOW!  The controversy is a watermelon protest over a section of pipe that essentially duplicates existing pipe.  Here is the existing infrastructure of all the pielines in the two countries involved with this project:

 This is hardly the first pipeline in the country.  It’s not even the first pipeline to come through the country from Canada.  This one is only going to increase the capacity of pipes that will bring Canadian oil to American refineries.  The alternative is to let the oil be produced anyway because they bygod are not going to stop producing oil for want of this one single pipe.

As the cartoonist says:  there is one problem with this pipe:

Is there an hypothetical risk to water tables and wildlife on the proposed route?  Sure, of course.  If you want CLEAN energy you need NUCLEAR energy.  The problem with that of course is that watermelons don’t want clean energy, they want NO energy.  They are anti-human, against the very idea that people should advance their quality of life at the expense of the least bit of hypothetical risk to the mother earth.  Yes it sounds crazy, but the hard core opposition to this sort of project comes in two stripes: communist/socialists who don’t want capitalism to advance at all,ever, and literally-insane crazy people who have lost all sense of perspective and ignore the advances made in safety and technology over the last 50 years.

Done right, modern oil-based energy is clean and safe.  Yes, people still have to run things.  This pipe not being built doesn’t mean no accidents will happen.  It means the accidents will happen somewhere ELSE.  There is a third kind of opposition to projects like this: NIMBY.  Go be icky somewhere else.

Would you like an oil pipeline in your backyard then?

No, but I’d not shy away from a nuclear reactor several miles out of my city.  This pipe is planned for flyover country where basically no-one has a backyard.  The objections are to low-risk environmental stuff.  They even moved the proposed route to avoid an especially environmentally-sensitive area.  State says this pipe won’t affect carbon dioxide ‘pollution’ because they are going to develop those sand fields with or without this pipe, but they’re going to move it to market a different way.  President Obama should let them build it already.

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It should be noted: the President has made it harder to produce oil on Federally-owned lands, and during his term in office production on these lands has fallen.  But it’s harder to tell people what to do on private land – and production on these lands has gone up “through the roof” despite his efforts to make it more expensive.  Leaving aside his boasting that during his administration oil production here has increased, and how hypocritical that is, there is one more point.  The XL pipeline will also allow easier access to market for some oil from the Bakken field in the USA that is along the proposed route.  Some people might say that his opposition to this pipe is because it makes USAmerican oil cheaper and easier.  But those people will have to write their own blog posts about the suspected reasons for President Obama not to want us to be independent of the Middle East for our oil needs . . .

“I Am Not A Crook.”

“I will finally end the abuse of no-bid contracts once and for all,” -Candidate Obama, 2008

 

(finds out governmentin’ is hard, and rules suck)

“I want new airplanes.  Buy me these ones, in particular.” -President Obama, 2014**

We “need” new aircraft for Air Force One.  There are two major companies currently making airliners currently capable of international travel without stopping to refuel.  We have decided to forego the competitive bidding process entirely and use the product of the company we like better.*

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*the other company has a worrisome tendency for their planes to break up in flight for no particularly good reason, plus they are dang furriners and we can bygod make union-labor-made planes right here in the USA.  I’m actually 100% in support of this decision – just pointing out that our President is a liar.  Again.  Still.

**This is a VFD paraphrase.  It is entirely possible that he does or does not have any input into this decision-making process.  Even so, HE is the CinC and running DoD so it’s still his call.

[deleted] Your Wedding.

You have a wedding planned here?  It’s been months in the works, family is flying out from the mainland?  Your heart was set on being married in such an idyllic location?  Well the President wants to play golf here.  Your wedding schedule can go fuck itself, he’s more important than you.

You stay classy, President Obama!  Hi five!

H/T: Instapundit

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DW is shocked and disappointed in our POTUS for this.  I reminded her that his political philosophy STARTS at taking at gunpoint from those who are productive and giving to the slackers.  It doesn’t go uphill from there.

President Obama Cares the MOST!!!

…and just as soon as he learns on the news what he would have learned about at regularly scheduled briefings (had he deigned to attend said briefings) he gets really, really VISIBLY disturbed.  For like five minutes in front of the camera, then goes and plays some more golf*.

  • We had a Marine in jail in Mexico which is nothing really new
  • He has PTSD which is nothing new as well
  • He was in jail for driving around in Mexico with guns in his truck which is a huge no-no down there
  • But it was a legitimate ACCIDENT and there was no criminal intent on his part.

President Obama, the Boss of this Marine, has been content to let him rot down there and to say not word number one to Mexico about it.  It took the efforts of a retired politician to convince a Judge in Mexico to release our Marine on humanitarian grounds.  Kudos to Governor Richardson for leading the way, Congratulations and “Welcome Home!” to Sergeant Tahmooressi, and a big [deleted] you to President Obama for sucking a big fat one on this issue.

For shame, Mister President.

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*200 rounds of golf, President B.H. Obama has played so far and he’s got 2 more years to go.  For the newbies and those who forgot: President G.W. Bush STOPPED playing golf when the democrats criticized him for taking play time on a for-the-rich sport during a hard time for the country . . . but I digress.

Bush Lied, People Died!

. . . now let’s tell the truth so more people can die!

The press is on to soften you up for a ground war against the Islamic State.  Today’s news is:

You remember the Weapons of Mass Destruction that DID NOT BYGOD EVER EXIST in Iraq that George DUBYA Bush LIED about to get us into war?

The ones that IS fighters found in an abandoned depot in Iraq recently?
The chemical weapons that IS fighters are now using on their co-religionists for not waging jihad alongside them?
The ones that we didn’t have to deal with (because they didn’t exist, natch) so it was safe to 100% fulfil campaign promises and get all the way out of Iraq?

Yeah we lied about that.  Or at least didn’t tell you that we’ve been finding more and more chemical WMD all the time, even as late as 2011.  So now the enemy is the worst of the worstest, using chemical weapons* in war and we have to commit to a new righteous ground war against them in Syria!  Nevermind that whole business about invading Syria without their permission, that’s just a political nicety when you’re the world’s policeman.  No, we HAVE to go in with a ground war now.  And by “now” I specifically mean “after at least this election, but preferably after the next Presidential election so it will be the bad-ol’ Republican president’s fault.  And thanks for not pointing out at that future wartime that if the Democrat base had allowed the Democrat President to keep a US military force in Iraq to train the Iraqui army, ISIS would never have become a problem in the first place.

*because chemical weapons kill you deader than plain bombs, they are worse or something. :shrug:

Most. Transparent. Ever.

“This is the most transparent administration ever” -President B.H. Obama

“You are suspicious and will be prohibited from domestic and international travel, based only on suspicion of an anonymous government agent. You will not be told if, or why, you are on our lists. You can appeal it but we won’t tell you if you prevail. And we’ll be scanning everything in your pocket, including your library card and the business card you got from a paint salesman – and god help you if he’s on the list.” – the Obama administration

In support of Michelle Obama

I am willing to go out on a limb for the First Lady here.  I will state unequivocally that I believe she is a female (woman) and not a male (man).

Yes, seriously.

Unbeknownst to the more sane portions of the global population, apparently there is a whole kook fringe that believes she is an he, and there is the corollary subculture that her husband (the President) is t3h GAYz.  I will further stick my neck out and say that I believe the President is a male and heterosexual (or at least bi*).  Going further, I am willing to take their word that their two alleged daughters are, in fact, their flesh and blood.

This is quite a step too far for some people.  Check this out, then look at the related videos in the sidebar. Stand by for some pretty lousy logic.  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gvuulZPbfBg

Wait, Didn’t We Already Win That War?

Raise your hand if you remember the President telling Congress he didn’t need their permission to start military activity in Iraq.  No, not the last President years ago – THIS President a couple days ago.  That’s right kiddies, step right up and meet the new boss!  At least THIS President has a solid history of successes in the Middle East under his belt . . . oh, wait.  Is this the appropriate time to remind everyone he’s a Nobel Peace Prize recipient?  No?  I guess I won’t do that, then.

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Related: Allegations he’s screwing up Iraq before he even really gets going.  More “smart diplomacy”.  Two more stories you’ll get from Instapundit that you won’t see on the alphabet-soup network nightly news.