Friday, February 29, 2008

Canada Calls Obama's Bluff

Let me explain one point before I get into the meat of this post - Canada is the single largest supplier of crude oil to the United States. I know the media makes it seem as though we are bowing at the altar of the OPEC hierarchy, but that simply isn't the case. We do get a significant amount from the Middle East, but we also buy from Venezuela, Argentina, Mexico and our allies to the north Canada. When the press says "foreign oil", that doesn't necessarily mean Saudi Arabia and their desert neighbors.
Now with that said I will continue to the real message. Senator Obama stated in the most recent debate that he would reopen NAFTA if he were elected President. What most Americans don't realize is that when NAFTA was originally put into place, an agreement was included that maintains our flow of oil from Canada. The agreement states that in such case as a natural disaster, a slow down in production from the Middle East or other unforeseen acts, Canada will continue to provide crude to the U.S. uninterrupted and at a fair price. Well, when some ministers in the Canadian government caught wind of BHO's goal of new NAFTA rules, they said openly to bring it on. While we are at it, let's revise that little agreement we have on oil. You know they can do much better exporting it to petroleum loving countries like China instead of selling it to their old buddies the Americans. Rumors in the beltway say Obama even called the Canadian officials and said it was just politics and he wouldn't really want that. Officials allegedly replied they "hope" he doesn't "change" his mind. Show your cards boys so Canada can drag the pot on this hand.

Wednesday, February 27, 2008

My Dollars at Work

Last night I was really in the mood to read. I also had some coin in the front pocket of my khakis that was begging to be spent. I thought for a while about purchasing a new book, but the book of the month was fiction - I already read enough fiction on the local blogs. I thought about checking out our stellar local library when the thought hit me. What if you could read a great magazine and at the same time help fund an organization that has been protecting one of our freedoms for a hundred years? Well I jumped right over to the NRA homepage and rejoined on the spot. I was a member years ago, but let my membership lapse in the wake of family, job and church commitments. But no more.

I came to realize that no matter who lives in the White House next year, our Second Amendment freedom will be at risk. The worst case scenario has HRC clamping down on a citizen's right to purchase a firearm when they choose. She would like legislation that would limit purchases to one per month with every gun in America registered. She also would like to restrict the sale of ammunition. BHO is no better. He would immediately ban so called assault style weapons and would make it a felony to own one, even if you are already the proud owner of such a weapon. He has thrown out the idea of gun DNA. This is a process of firing a bullet through the barrel of the gun and then placing the spent round on file with the FBI in case the gun is used in a crime. Each gun will produce a different marking on a round, therefore making like a fingerprint or DNA sample. You can guess who gets to pay for this procedure. McCain is only slightly better than the two liberals. He was graded a C by the NRA for his stance on assault style weapons and his wish to basically close down gun shows. As you can see, we will have a fight on our hands no matter the who is elected. The old saying goes, "give and inch, politicians will take a mile." The NRA will fight for your freedom on any level it is necessary. Join today, heck you even get a great magazine out of the deal.

Monday, February 25, 2008

Quote of the Day

Today's quote is from one of my favorite authors, R.W. Emerson.

"What you are shouts so loudly in my ears I cannot hear what you say."

So many situations come to mind, but I'll let the hecklers hash this one out.