On Oil Dependence or Independence

President Obama recently spoke about energy, and the Republicans predictably criticized the speech – some before the president even spoke. To both parties I say, “Blah, blah, blah, yada, yada, yada.”

Every US President since Richard Nixon has proclaimed the US need for independence from foreign oil. This grand idea is not a Democratic or a Republican issue. It is not a liberal or conservative issue. Plain and simple, it is a national issue.

Instead of tackling a national issue, our politicians continue to fiddle, focus on knee-jerk reactions to situations as last year’s gulf oil spill and the recent nuclear situation in Japan, while miserably failing to develop solution for real change. As the 2012 campaign moves forward, I’m sure all candidates are developing their intentional, deceitful line of crap.

America does not need feel-good policies or rhetorical babble – it needs action for energy independence – not continual energy dependence on foreign oil. Continual inaction means our elected leaders actually prefer energy dependence.

The video below is a portion of a speech given on April 18, 1977, and here is the entire transcript. So, how far have we come?

On Opinions in the Shorts: Vol. 30

On the Tribute
I admit that a side of me was leery about the Michael Jackson tribute being an out-of-control sideshow – thus am glad that didn’t happen, so here are a few thoughts.

Positives: Very well done planned, dignified, balanced blend of tribute and memorial, focused on the good, contained many great statements I wish I would have written down because they were applicable and meaningful to all

Negatives: I can’t help but wonder how much was designed with future DVD sales in mind.

Future: I can’t wait to see Rep. Peter King’s (R-NY) vote on the mentioned House resolution.

On Odd Timing
On the day after the Jackson tribute, I saw this headline: Thin-looking Kim Jong II makes rare appearance at memorial

On Classic Dignity
Although many reality-show-based attitudes promote the contrary, many people still admire, seek, and promote dignity. This recent David Brooks column is worth reading.

On Twitter
Twitter was in Cincinnati’s news twice this morning. The first about a city council member sending tweets during a council meeting, and secondly, Bengals WR and self-promoting egotist Chad Ocho Cinco desiring to send tweets in team meetings, during games, and at halftime. To both I say this: Read the Brooks column and do your job.

On an Interesting Artist
For those enjoying art, Stephanie Clair’s works caught my eye, thanks to Maxi at Ovah’ Coffee.  This link shows Stephanie’s work, and the Artists link on the left sidebar leads viewers to other artists. Enjoy.

On Evolution and Religion Journey
I continue to read interesting information and learning about this subject. I’m currently reading by Nature, Reality, and the Sacred by Langdon Gilkey. Now deceased, Gilkey was a Professor of Theology at the University of Chicago’s Divinity School and was an expert witness at the historic evolution-creationism in education trial in Arkansas.

On Mickelson Prayers
Thoughts and prayers to Phil Mickelson and his family as they also deal with his mother’s breast cancer.

On Something to Ponder
Not long ago I purchased a book light for $4, which included 2 batteries. Replacement batteries cost $6.

On an Ambitious Energy Project
Masdar is a planned city located in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates that is based on renewable resources and zero-carbon, zero-waste technologies. To stimulate thoughts, watch the 2-minute+ video below. To learn more, use this link to CNN Search Results that include many interesting resources, including one from GE.

Opinions in the Shorts: Vol. 16

On NCAA Nicknames
For those loving team nicknames, and in the spirit of the Road to the Final Four that gets in full swing today, here are great trivia questions from Richard Rosenblatt, AP Sports Writer.

On Women’s Basketball Tournament
The only time I really follow the NCAA women’s tournament is when my alma mater is in the mix. Fans may remember Bowling Green’s surprise run to the Sweet 16 in 2007. Interestingly, this year’s Falcons were 28-4, won 28 of their last 30, won 25 in a row, won the MAC (15-1), ranked 39 in the RPI, lost in the conference tournament finals by 4, but had a weak strength of schedule – All translating into an NIT bid.

On an Achievement
Congratulations Martin Broudeur on becoming NHL’s most-winning goaltender of all-time (list). Quite a feat, of course so was passing my alltime favorite: Mr. Goalie, Glenn Hall.

On Alternative Energy
Columnist Thomas Freidman had an excellent column about stepping-up-to-the-plate to think beyond typical alternative energy sources.

On Speaker Pelosi
Speaker Pelosi amazed me by declaring she’s not a partisan leader. I agree because she’s no more partisan than John Boehner; yet we continually wonder why Washington is dominated by the clueless. The link for those who want to read more.

On Washington Dealing with Problems
When Congress met after 9-11, do you think the hallowed halls were filled with partisan BS or constructive dialogue? Sure it was the later because our legislators knew the seriousness of the situation.

Compare that to their actions now. Hmmm … Which of the following does their partisan dogma signal?
A) They don’t think there’s an economic problem
B) They don’t want to solve the problem
C) The economic problem doesn’t exist

Meanwhile, this David Ignatius column is well done.

On Congress & AIG
Sure the public is outraged about the AIG bonuses. Meanwhile, members of Congress continue to grandstand their outrage in front of the press and committee hearings.

Meanwhile, Senator Chris Dodd (D-CT) is responsible for the legislation edit/loophole allowing the bonuses. Ever wonder about his main contributors? Here they are. (See these tabs: Industries, PACs, & Donors)

On Other Bonuses
While on vacation 2 weeks ago, I noticed a company paying big executive bonuses the day before reducing 401k contributions to all employees. I only wish I could recall the company’s name.

On Cheese
Staying with the theme of things that smell, if you want to learn more about cheese, check out this site.

Opinions in the Shorts: Vol. 11

On the President’s Cabinet
Since Senator Judd Gregg (R-NH) is withdrawing his name from nomination, President Obama has another chance to name a business person to this position.

On Alternative Energy
In the recent presidential campaign we heard both candidates promote alternative energies. Since President Obama continues to use the same theme, here are two excellent sites.

  1. Cincinnatus – Although this blog doesn’t limit itself to energy, here’s a link to the Energy category with his latest post about solar energy.
  2. On the other hand, Energy Power Alternatives is dedicated to the subject.

On Recipes
The March ’09 issue of Food and Wine has many easy and tasty recipes. We’re subscribers, but this issues is outstanding.

On College Basketball
Although the population density in this area is less than the east coast, a 2-hour drive gets me to a college basketball game at Cincinnati, Xavier, Dayton, Louisville, Kentucky, Butler, Ohio State, Miami, and Wright State. There’s probably someplace better, but this is pretty good.

University of Cincinnati President Nancy Zimpher, known as the one who pushed Bob Huggins out of town, is leaving for the New York state system… meanwhile Coach Huggins will be honored when WVU plays UC later this month. Ironically, both were announced the same day.

On Bengal Season Tickets
The average Bengal ticket is $74 per game – thus $740 for a season ticket. Let’s see, what else could be done with $740? It feeds holiday meals to 413 people at City Gospel Missions. It gets blankets for 30 families of five. It pays for 148 hot meals for disaster victims. It buys who knows how many grocery-store sale items for a local food bank; and this list could be endless.

On Other Blogs
The Weekly Grist for the Eyes and Mind, a once-a-week post, stimulates your mind through photographs and accompanying thoughts. Joe provides a great way to start the week.

Heather and Paulette at Let Us Talk will comment on a variety of topics. Given ’em a try.

Football News from a Chick is just that, and this chick is passionate about the NFL, knows the NFL, and has connections.

From Reel to Field features anything from movies to sports, thus everything in between; including the always popular “caption this” to comment on pictures.

On Valentine’s Day
Thoughts of Valentine’s Day conjurs thoughts of personal loved ones. This story touched me about a week ago, but thanks to Tim Valentine, it’s a fiting message of love for everyone on this day.