On Gas Prices

With gas prices increasing and prognosticators anticipating many more increases, it’s time A Frank Angle about the situation. Here are a dozen points everyone should know.

1) Presidents do not sit in the Oval Office thinking of ways to increase gas prices.

2) Politicians saying they can control gas prices is verbal flatulence.

3) The oil drilled in the United States enters the global commodity market – thus not for the United States. In other words, the Keystone Pipeline and Drill Baby Drill do not lower prices at the pumps.

4) The world commodity market determines the price of oil

5) Speculation in both directions is how the commodities market works – which is one reason why it is also called the Futures Market.

6) The supply and demand for oil influences the commodity (oil) market. For those who don’t know, usage Asia and the emerging markets is growing.

7) World situations (as Iran, Syria, Libya, etc) affect the commodity market because commodity brokers do not like uncertainty.)

8] The number of refineries operating and the operating margin affects prices.

9) Prices differ state to state because of different amounts of state taxes.

10) The amount a person spends depends for gas on three factors: the price per gallon, the vehicle’s miles per gallon, and the miles driven. Which one is out of the control of the consumer?

11) Politicians saying they can control gas prices is verbal flatulence.

12) Presidents do not sit in the Oval Office thinking of ways to increase gas prices.


On Satire News Bits: Vol. 8

As my wife is cruising the Caribbean, I’m slaving away with chores, thus having very little time for myself. After two days at sea, a stop in Jamaica, and on the  way to Grand Cayman, I imagine she’s ready to come home as soon as possible.

With all this in mind, here are a few headlines from The Onion to get us over the mid-week hump. Do you have a favorite among these?

Nobody Notices Postal Stamps Now $30

Arby’s Charging $2.99 to Let Customers go Behind Counter to Grab Handfuls of Roast Beef

New Desk Chair is a Boring Dream Come True

Area Man Carefully Weighs One Side of Argument

Area Man Forces Self to Drink Free Refill

FDA Urges Americans to Check Out Weird-Looking Potato

New Law Prohibits Kaleidoscoping While Driving

Australian Tournament Cancelled as Tennis Balls Fall Off Bottom of Earth into the Sky

Area Couple Vows Never to go Dildo Shopping Again while Horny

World’s Greatest Trombonist Just Tells People He Works in Marketing

Virulent Strain of Soy Flu Traced to Single Tofurkey

On a Quantum Thought

Many of us had a traditional/classical physics course in high school. In not, you received an introduction in a physical science class. Today though, we must lightly differentiate classical physics and quantum physics.

While the foundations for classical physics are more than 500 years old, the formations of quantum physics dates back to the early 1900s. By the 1920s, the work by famous names as Max Born, Neils Bohr, Albert Einstein, Werner Heisenberg, Max Planck, and others began to bring quantum physics into the main stream. Today, quantum physicists led advanced developments and a deeper understanding in physics.

The Heisenberg Uncertainty Principle examines the limits of accuracy in the interactions between matter and energy – or as I have like to think, an explanation of the certainty of uncertainty and how uncertainty is definitely certain.

Because I’m not a physicist, there are several purposes of this post. First, in my studies of the intersection of religion and science, authors frequently used quantum physics in various explanations. Interestingly, several theologians specializing in this subject are also physicists.

Secondly, I share an interest about the intersection with Nancy, the author at Conversation in Faith as she wrote, not so long ago, this worthwhile post about Physics and Faith.

Lastly, I have featured Symphony in Science on more than one occasion – and one of the more recent ones is about quantum physics. Enjoy the learning experience to music.

On a Paper without Salt

I hope everyone had a good weekend, so a Monday greetings to all! Gads – I know that some hate we morning types.

A different weekend for me since my wife is cruising the Caribbean without me – Duh – What’s up with that! But hey, I made the best of the weekend by some ballroom dance, a salsa pattern workshop, a delightful evening with two friends (which include wine and deep discussion), plus attending a party for my great-nephews first birthday. Come to think of it, he reminds me of the person is yesterday’s post. Meanwhile, on to your Monday Morning Entertainment.

Last week featured an artist making outstanding art with a salt shaker and a piece of paper. For this week, what if we take away the salt? Watch and tell me what you think, plus about your weekend. I hope everyone has a good week. Thanks Kay for finding this video.

On a Disclosure

Each of us have our share of personal quirks, so it’s time for me to come clean on one – and it’s a contradiction.

In some ways I like secrets. Such as, my wife and I are on the phone (she’s at work) and she asks, “What’s for dinner?”, and I typically answer, “It’s a surprise/secret!”

I’m also one who doesn’t commonly disclose my birthday. For instance, years ago our department chair was passing around a list for us to sign, and I entered December 7, 1941. Because President FDR called it The day that will live in infamy, so hey, that was fitting in my eyes. When that day rolled around, a colleague came to wishing me a happy birthday, and of course I truthfully denied it – which she didn’t  believe, thus pledged not to tell anyone.

Back to the contradictions. As I keep my birthday close to the vest, I’m also one who gets down a little when people close to me who know my birthday either forget or greet me early. As my wife will tell you, if we go out to dinner for my birthday, it must be on my birthday; otherwise it will have much less significance. Yep, birthday wishes/calls should be on my birthday, not early and not late – well, except under special circumstances

No, today is not my birthday, but before my month ends, I need to have a birthday post. Maybe someday I will get past my quirk, but it won’t be in 2012. Besides, I will do a post about 59 sometime during the year. So, in the spirit of the contradiction and full disclosure, here I am!

Opinions in the Shorts: Vol. 128

On Politics
I cannot recall a political graph looking like this one.

As we hear numerous leading Republicans mention the attack on religious freedoms, is it a Constitutional contradiction for Republicans in numerous state legislatures to introduce anti-Shariah Law legislation?

A conservative taking Rick Santorum to task.

Interestingly, as Rick Santorum links social issues to economic issues, his handling of past and current comments seems tentative (at best).

Here is last line from this column by conservative columnist George Will: “Neither Romney nor Santorum looks like a formidable candidate for November.”

Dolt of the Year nomination to Rep Bob Morris (R-IN) for attacking Girl Scouts in this letter to congressional colleagues.

On Headlines from The Onion
Smug New Mom Going to Start a Blog
Woman in Ninth Year of Letting Boyfriend Down Easy
Duck only Interested in Area Man’s Bread
Senate Session Interrupted by Wailing of Ted Kennedy’s Ghost
Scientist Create Lab-Grown Meat

Interesting Reads
From Common Ground, a sensible discussion between a conservative and a liberal

Republican economist Bruce Bartlett about President Obama’s manufacturing policy

What conservative Barry Goldwater said (around 50 years ago) about the religious right (thanks Mo)

Columnist David Ignatius on the Muslim Brotherhood

Andrew Sullivan about President Obama’s Chess Game

Video games in a Urinal (thanks Mags)

On Potpourri
The 50th anniversary of John Glenn’s historical space flight was earlier this week. He is an Ohioan, as is Neil Armstrong. Here’s an short, but well done editorial about John Glenn from USA Today.

According to Smart Money, the US tax code was about 30 pages in 1913 – but 5,296 pages in 2011.

Besides being an unnamed Dolt of the Year nominee, do we have a name yet of the decision maker for Qur’an burning on the USAF base in Afghanistan?

Kentucky High School Athletic Association sanctioned bass fishing as an official high school sport starting next school year (2012-2013).

During this past week, it was interesting to see pictures and reports of different Carnival celebrations throughout the world.

Woo hoo! It’s official – February 2012 is the most viewed month to date here. Thanks to all who visit this my humble little corner.

FYI: I am posting tomorrow (Saturday).

Many refer to Garrison Keillor as America’s Great Storyteller. Writer’s Almanac, his daily ten-minute show is a gem. To hear an episode, click here or see the link in my sidebar under Potpourri.

To send us into the weekend, watch this rare occurrence of an event at Yosemite National Park, which happened again recently. Have a good weekend everyone, and in the words of Garrison Keillor, Be well, do good work, and keep in touch.

On Roots

Roots can have a variety of meanings:

  • The anchoring structure of plants or body parts as hair and teeth
  • The primary source of origin
  • The essential part or base element
  • Point of family ancestry
  • The note on which to build a music cord
  • The part of a word carrying the main meaning and forming the basis of the word by adding prefixes and suffixes

In our computerized world, root directories form the foundation of the operating system. When the power comes to the operating system, the computer begins to boot by looking for the primary operating directories – the root directories. Much like the trunk of the tree, the root directories lead to the subdirectories like branches of a tree. However, with the initial power source, these operating branches remain silent – actually lifeless.

The words Bishop Mark Hanson of the Evangelic Lutheran Church of America in this article sparked these thoughts and this post. (For the sake of disclosure, the ELCA is where my membership resides.)

Christians just began Lent – a season of reflection and renewal. With the Lenten season in mind, Bishop Hansen asked the following questions that (at least to me) are good questions for all – for theists, atheists, and agnostics – for Christians, Jews, Muslims, Buddhists, Hindus, and others.

  • Would you describe your life as rooted or rootless?
  • What are the signs for you that help discern whether we are rooted or rootless?

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