Thursday, May 19, 2011

It's all a bunch of bologna

Looking to blame someone for high gas prices?  Blame George W. Bush and his neocons who decided to invade Iraq.  Iraq, following the destruction of the first gulf war, had clawed back to ~3million barrels/day in 2000.  In 2010, the maximum number achieved was less than 2.5million barrels/day.  So, in a world with increased demand, our fabulous oilman President contributed to higher gas prices by reducing supply in the face of growing global demand.  By the way, if Bush hadn’t invaded Iraq it is likely that country would be producing close to 4million barrels/day today.  Thanks W.
While everyone is complaining about illegal immigration and our need to close the borders, the real problem is our xenophobic-induced pendulum swing after 9/11 that has closed the flow of foreign-born PhD applicants to US universities.  These brilliant scientists, engineers, doctors, researchers, and inventors are staying home and when that happens, we lose out on the innovative powers and capability and yes, it results in high tech companies going off sure for R&D.  And before you say ‘good riddance’ because you wrongly believe there are US students waiting in the wings, guess again.  We produce too many MBA’s and Lawyers, and not enough scientists and engineers. 
Buried news story about former Blackwater founder and Chairman Erik Prince, Mr. Prince is creating a foreign born private army in the Islamic nation of the United Arab Emirates.  This foreign born non-Muslim army is being investigated by the State Department for violations of the International Traffic in Arms Regulations.  The New York Times reported: Mr. Prince has been hired by Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al-Nahyan, the crown prince of Abu Dhabi, to recruit an American-led force of mainly South American former soldiers, through a company called R2, with a view to countering a perceived threat from Iran and bolstering domestic security, the report said.  After getting blackballed by the Departments of State and Defense, Prince decided to sell his services offshore; funny one man’s free market contractor is another man’s foreign-born fighter.  Let’s just call them what they are: mercenaries.
I love Rick Santorum and hope he stays in the GOP race for a long time as long as he keeps offering up pearls like these: "Everything I've read shows that we would not have gotten this information as to who this man was if it had not been gotten information from people who were subject to enhanced interrogation," Santorum said. "And so this idea that we didn't ask that question while Khalid Sheikh Mohammed was being waterboarded, he (McCain) doesn't understand how enhanced interrogation works.” McCain stated that waterboarding is torture, we shouldn’t torture, and that, according to his conversations with CIA Director Leon Panetta, torture didn’t get us any intel on Bin Laden’s location.  But to think Santorum can make such statements shows how ridiculous the former Pennsylvania Senator has become.
Last Friday custom agents in St. Teresa, New Mexico busted a truck driver trying to smuggle 385 pounds of contraband bologna, hidden behind his seat, into the states.  We must stem the tide of illegal deli meats into this country.  Foreign processed luncheon meats take jobs away from our local deli employees.  My bologna has a first name it’s O-S-C-A-R, my bologna has a 2nd name it’s F-E-L-O-N.  This guy will go from smuggling the bologna to hiding the salami.

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