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Welcome to my blog, Solomon's Conservative Wisdom. The name of this blog comes from my middle name and the historical & biblical figure King Solomon. This group is dedicated to conservatism, and I invite all conservatives to join, I really don’t mind non-conservatives joining. All I expect is a respectful debate. So tell everyone you know.
Sunday, February 28, 2010
Saturday, February 27, 2010
First off I believe the Hummer will become an American Icon like the cars and trucks from the 30s to the early 60s, while many like Bill O'Rilly may be celebrating the end of a gas guzzling monstrosity, this didn't have to happen, as any one can check from my past two major articles, Ethanol - The Gas Substitute that Can’t. And Other Options and, The Oil Company Profits and the Truth Bill O’Reilly Ignores, and also this article, They're making the same mistake again. Russia Unveils Stealth Fighter, you might find relevant. For the past sixty+ years the government has been mucking around in private companies business when it comes to technology, as I pointed out in the previous article, They're making the same mistake again. Russia Unveils Stealth Fighter, when the government is allowed to decide what technology is feasible and what's not, it can have horrible consequences. If you look at my post on Nuclear Power, we should be more technologically further along then we currently are, this is because of the environmentalists and progressives views, wither legitimate or not. While some scientific research should be done in very restrained conditions as to prevent the possibly of bad things get out of control, it does not mean that the government should be the ones to decide what that research is this is not a video game.
Unlike people like O'Rilly, people should be able to drive what ever they want as long as they can pass the drivers test, this country was built on freedom, and sometimes that you have to let something you don't like be produced, I don't like some of the small cars that have been suggested we use many of them look like golf carts, but I don't want them ended just because I do not like them. While this isn't completely an issue of freedom it is important to note that many of the politicians who have issues with what they call Gas-guzzlers, they are quick to use these vehicles often rich luxury versions of those vehicles, making themselves hypocrites using what they tell others not to use.
The people, the consumers should be the ones who determine what is successful and what isn't, and while the Hummer is line that suffered from the high gas prices, it is the energy policy, one which has been against using American resources for America, the Slogans "Drill, Here, Drill Now" & "Drill, Baby, Drill" may be simple the American people see what the opposite produces with the Chinese working on drilling of the cost in Cuban waters in ways that could tap into American resources, something that disturbs the average American. And as to the issue of oil companies having land they can supposedly drill on in leases, even is they should find oil resources there, there is no guaranty that the government will allow them to exploit those resources, as has happened is a couple of cases.
Of coarse the Hummer will not disappear from the highways and road ways of America, just as many classic cars and trucks still ply the roads today maintained by people like Jay Leno, car collectors who prize such Americana as well as other countries contribution's to automotive history. Every day one of us will see these classics that will remind us of what America has done and what we're still capable of doing.
Now to the point of this, first some quick numbers we use 200 billion gallons of gasoline and diesel annually, if we were to multiply that number with the average profit per gallon of gasoline, $0.10, we would only get 20 billion dollars, so where does the oil company’s big profits come from? First is the misunderstanding of what a barrel of crude oil produces many seem to think you take a barrel of crude oil and turn it into a barrel of gasoline, diesel, jet fuel, and kerosene and then you mark up the price and claim a barrel of excuses of why it costs so much. The truth is far more extensive.
Here is a percentage brake down of a barrel of crude oil, approximately 45 percent of all crude oil is refined into gasoline, 7 percent is refined into diesel fuel, and another 7 percent into jet fuel. Fuels for heating and energy production account for approximately 26 percent of all refined petroleum. 13 percent of petroleum proportions serve as raw materials in manufacturing, these "petrochemicals" are used in manufacturing cosmetics, detergents, drugs, fertilizers, insecticides, plastics, synthetic fibers, and hundreds of other products in the marketplace. And such products as lubricants and specialized industrial oils account for the last 2 percent of petroleum production. Also by-products of petroleum refining are also used as raw materials in certain industries, these by-products include asphalt, the chief road building material, and
wax, an essential ingredient in such products as candles, milk cartons, and furniture polish. As you can see removing oil from our modern civilization and society right now, as those on the environmentalist’s side want, would have disastrous results.
The problem is that the oil companies don’t defend themselves, for whatever reasons they have, my suspicions are, based from when I talked to O’Reilly on his now defunct Radio Factor show and how he has treated Neil Cavuto and other conservative economists, the probably look at it from a lose-lose point of view. If they were to go on with him he would brow beat them, dismiss any points they try to make, and claim things like profit margins are smoke and mirrors.
Here are the profit margins for some big well known companies, Microsoft’s is almost 30%, eBay follows at 21%, Google’s is approximately 19.5%, which is followed by McDonald’s, Coca-Cola, and Pfizer all around 18%, Apple comes in at 15% (this might go down if the iPad falls on its face), Disney comes in at 12%, AT&T 11%, GE 10%, Nike 9%, and the Health Care industry sits around 3.3% so where do the oil companies sit in this list? With Nike at 9%, Exxon Mobil and Chevron both have a profit margin of 9%, which means for every dollar they pull in only $0.09 of every dollar is profit, now how’s that for gouging?
So how do you get the profit margin of a company? First you take a company’s profit, lets say Joe’s Book Store has a profit of $255,932, you divide that by the total dollars the store takes in, lets say that Joe’s Book Store pulls in a total of one million dollars this year, that would be $255,932 divided by one million which would equal 0.255932, move the decimal over to the right by two spaces and you get the profit margin percentage, Joe’s Book Store would have a profit margin of 25.56%. As you can see its fairly simple especially with a calculator.
So why don’t you hear these things from the mainstream media? Simple, they are made up of liberals, progressives, and populists, in addition to believing that the oil companies are evil, greedy, and polluters that want to destroy the earth, they have an agenda the same one the original progressives and Marxists had over one hundred years ago, one where the socialists make the decisions what is good for you and if it "harms" you, society, or the planet you can’t have it, they might even ban it. The problem is they are elitists who use emotion as a weapon, if they say it’s bad, you are to march lockstep with them and if you don’t you get yelled down and called names to shut you up.
People like Bill O’Reilly are caught up in that emotion, they don’t stop to calm down and look at the facts. They let the liberals, progressives, and populists use them without knowing it, thinking like O’Reilly does they are protecting the people from the greedy. The solution to this problem is simple, we need to get these people to calm down and look at the real numbers & facts so they will realize that they are being used.
Friday, February 26, 2010
First about orcas, they are commonly known as Killer Whales, (scientific name Orcinus Orca), they are a member of the order Cetacean and family Delphinidae, while called "Killer Whales" Orcas are actually related closest to dolphins and porpoises then Whales. I prefer to call them Orcas simply because I like that name better.
Now as to the attack, see the story here, Whale Kills Trainer as Horrified Crowd Watches, O'Rilly's usage of Moby-Dick as some kind of legitimate material on whale attacks, even if he was being farcical (by the way look at what I wrote in the previous section), it was over the top, and as to the orca's previous history of attacks, this isn't the same kind of animal as a dog, wolf, shark, lion, or bear, this orca, Tilikum, it wasn't trying to eat her or some other thing these orcas have been in captivity for some time, the first incident with Tilikum and some other orcas sound like they were playing, the second incident was someone who had visited SeaWorld the previous day, stayed after the park closed, and evaded security to enter the orca tank and was found dead the next day, he apparently died of a combination of hypothermia and drowning, so you can't blame the orcas on that one, and until we get the full story I am personally with holding judgment on Tilikum. And as to the issue of ending the showing of Orcas, this is just O'Rilly's standard knee jerking to something again, and while I am thinking about it why didn't you immediately call for every one with a pilot's licence be immediately checked to make sure they don't go flying planes in to building, and lets restrict who can get a pilot's licence as well! I am sure that will work just as well as your idea of ending the showing of orcas.
And since I am this subject let me stress my opinion as to Humanity using animals, I actually don't have a problem with it in general, I don't really care how the cow, pig, turkey, or chicken died to get to my plate, all I care about is if the animal was healthy when slaughtered and is cleanly slaughtered. As to pets obviously we don't want people abusing pets, Michael Vick is a good example, several dangerous individuals supposedly started out killing animals, but California's plan for listing animal abusers like they do sex offenders is just outrageous. The first time someone is seriously injured or killed by E.L.F. or A.L.F. because of this list, I and several other conservatives will be there, pointing how we warned that this would end up becoming their hit list. I really don't see a value to a public list like this. There are some pretty sick individuals out there and a large number of them won't be found on some list.
I will probably expand on my views latter, but for now this is it.
Thursday, February 25, 2010
The book is 320 pages of information on the full untold story of the Duke Lacrosse Case, with a lot more then what I have just told you the link to the book is at Barnes & Noble.com for about six dollars, and is well worth it, it will have you shaking your head at the bad actions and probably laughing at some of the outrageous things the bad actors were doing and did. The book is by Don Yaeger with Mike Pressler the former head coach of the Duke Lacrosse Team.
Check It Out.
P.S. This will be my first post for a new thing I will be trying called Review Wednesday.
Please tell me what you think, and I know it was posted a day late, I had to finish some other posts first. Please post comments on this.
Any way that is my opinion.
Wednesday, February 24, 2010
Tuesday, February 23, 2010
Saturday, February 20, 2010
Monday, February 15, 2010
This is the last of the snow pictures from this weekend, if you want to you can see my earlier posts on this, A Snowballs Chance in ... from Saturday, February 13, 2010 and, Global Warming Update, the Sky is Falling in Augusta, GA. from Friday, February 12, 2010. If it should snow again I might post some more pictures, but only if it accumulates like it did Friday.
Saturday, February 13, 2010
I have two news stories that are unconnected, but are related in terms of content, Planned Parenthood Pushes Intensive Sex Education for Kids as Young as 10, and Girl, 11, Gives Birth to Baby Boy in Northeast Hospital. It would be best if you read both stories before continuing reading this for context, but you don't have to if you want to read this first.
The problem with Planned Parenthood is they push their trash for both a socialistic reason and one driven by profit, the socialistic reason is the same as any socialist, progressive, or liberal has they either think that conservatives are prudes that need to get with the modern era, they have some new age vision of love where you can love, (and fill in the blank, I.E. use your imagination), person(s), creature(s) or anything(s) you want with out judgment and can merry anything you want, or as others have been talking about they want to evolve society to make it more evolved. It's the profit driven one that is much more evil, more people engaged in intercourse of any type means more people in need of various services, tests, abortions, and several other services, now I know that some liberal or progressive is going to respond in this way or a similar fashion, " We don't want that, we just want to educate children on sex to protect them, and we certainly don't want eleven year-olds having babies, we want to educate them so that won't happen." Right you will educate them so the know to go to Planned Parenthood lie about all kinds of things so they can get an abortion, and they will respond "We don't want them getting abortions either." The problem with their argument is in the type of sex education they want to give our children, nothing about abstinence, and everything about how to do it, what to use, how to use it, and maybe they will through in copies of the Kama Sutra for extra measure to them, but they won't tell them about the dangers, oh sure they will warn them of STDs like AIDS and others, but they will tell them how condoms will protect them they with out informing them about the possible failure rate. The will use language like "your parents don't understand" or something similar, I have seen to many teens in various media who have told their sad tales with the point of they were never told the dangers, the failings of condoms and other so called protections by these so called well meaning educators.
Starting with the 60s & 70s started this whole, your children are your friends, few rules or boundaries, and the whole liberal-progressive advocation of how to raise children advocates, some of these so called rights that the progressives want to give children don't just go into left field they just keep going. If you want to stop progressives it will take more then just limiting the federal government, they know if you have it your way their plans are for not, that's why the school curriculum is so important to the progressives if they get to your children they have the next generation, that is why Obama was partially able to win, that's why parents need to pay attention to what their children are learning in school and if you can't change the school then you might be forced to go with a private school or homeschooling, there are many options, but that is for another post.
No matter what you want to believe about those who want to teach your children when it comes to sex education, you should always be suspicious of their motives, to many believe you are too conservative or prudish as the Planned Parenthood document shows, they think you are doing harm to your own children. If they could they would get rid of you, but they can't that is why the use the police powers of the government in the schools to feed this trash to your kids.
My point is simple, know what your children are being taught in school, who is teaching them, and what the liberal-progressive movement is pushing in the schools to be prepared.
Even better, I saw this story on foxnews, Global Warming Debate Heats Up in Wake of Record Snowstorms. The Global Warming debate is settled alright just not the way the Climate Change advocates think.
Friday, February 12, 2010
As you can see fat snow flakes and accumulation.
As you can see more accumulation at 5pm.
Update-6:15PM 2/12/2010 - Snow-mageddon Moves South.
Last photos for the night, more snow and it has accumulated up to 2in on a wood railing, and its still snowing, with the temp still dropping. If any one can check to see if Al Gore is speaking somewhere, or we could start an Al-alert.
If this is Global Warming, I shudder to imagine Global Cooling!
Wednesday, February 10, 2010
Oh, and here is a link to a story on the record snows, Here.
I also have the video of a BBC wildlife report from Texas about the Killer bee invasion, Link. And I have the link to a National Geographic clip on the effects of the Africanized Bee on the rainforest, Link.
Part of the problem with the Africanized Bee is how aggressive it is, several things can trigger them, a lawnmower, vibrations that disturb the hive, a bee killed by accident close to the nest (it doesn’t need to have stung), and they can be attracted to other things as well that if disturbed when attracted could trigger an attack.
So why I am I talking about this? One reason, I have always had an issue with dangerous animals that can’t be lived with or avoided, and Killer Bees are on the top of my list, the fact that they will attack with such ferocity combined with their expansive nature, makes this a big problem. Let me paint you a picture of a worse case scenario set in Las Vegas, someone accidentally disturbs an Africanized Bee nest, in response the bees start attacking anything that moves, other nests near by start attacking as well, this forms a huge area where until the bees calm down or all of the bees are dead no one will be safe. A proverbial Bee-mageddon for the city.
And while I am on this subject I might as well bring in the film, The Swarm (1977-1978), while the idea of a massive moving cloud of Killer Bees is over the top, at the same time they actually had something to work with, if a hive is disturbed they will attack anything that moves, it doesn’t have to be alive for them to attack it, and if that hive is close enough to other hives could trigger a greater attack. This is just a theory but if one hive is threatened others might react in response because they may view that the predator/intruder may try to disturb their nest. Also here is a link to the trailer for The Swarm on YouTube, Link. Just in case your curious.
Unfortunately there is no easy solution to this problem, with the Africanized Bee well spread in South and Central America, even if you were to get rid of all of the ones in the US territory, more would just move in from the south. Only a constant monitoring will keep the general public safe, and government shouldn't be the only ones trying to remove this threat.
Tuesday, February 9, 2010
While I have issues with Bush's more progressive actions, I think most people who voted for Obama might be looking at this, after all that is happening with the Fruit of Kaboom Christmas Bomber, going "Yes!", but that's just me. Either way its still amusing.
Monday, February 8, 2010
P.S. If you like middle story check out the History Channel series Ancient Discoveries.
Sunday, February 7, 2010
Saturday, February 6, 2010
I didn’t plan on doing this so soon, but I saw a story on this and I have decided to do a preview of my How to Improve the Government School System, this one on the drive to get rid of summer vacation.
First the origin of summer vacation for schools was during America’s agrarian roots unlike many of the stories going around about it being for the spring planting or fall harvest which don’t fit time wise, it was for the growing season, and before the modern version of the school system you had the school house and schooling was either voluntary or done by parents, and the children would work around the home, farm, or family business. Now the modern incarnation of summer vacation came into being with the increasing middle class and the ability for those families to take vacations that would last for several weeks.
Now as to the movement to get rid of summer vacation and the argument to extend the school year, I find it is usually pushed by liberals and progressives who use the excuse of Summer Learning Loss, while it is true that children "forget" things during the summer vacation, so do most adults after most start some career, they forget things which to them have no use or does not interest them. I find that the main motive is to keep kids in classrooms longer by using various excuses such as comparisons with foreign countries like Japan with higher scores and all-year school, but what they don’t tell parents is why US scores have dropped in the last few decades, because of their progressive agenda. I will have more on this in later parts of this series but for now I will finish up on this subject.
The liberals and progressives real agenda is to keep children in school longer away from their parents with longer school years and Saturday school so that they can indoctrinate children with their progressive agenda, free from potential medaling by parents. Just look at some of the liberal policies some schools have pushed in recent years, changing what the grades mean, ending the use of red ink, the tolerance for bad behavior (and I don’t mean the class clowns), and the bureaucracy we see in the government school system, there are many more that I could list but I will keep it short.
Finally if you were to compare the homeschoolers scores with the foreign scores you would see what Americans are capable of doing without the progressive interference. The fact that the average American Goverment School Student scores well is amazing with all the progressive interference going on.
The Story that started this, Here.
Friday, February 5, 2010
Thursday, February 4, 2010
We have all heard of these now you can read up on some of them, Here.
Wednesday, February 3, 2010
Tuesday, February 2, 2010
I will post a new Article on the 6th on How to Improve Public (Goverment) Schools, on the movement to get rid of Summer Vacation.
When I return to full activity I will have something on my Quote of the year and McCarthy.
See the story at Fox, Here.
Monday, February 1, 2010
If you haven't all ready seen it, you should now.
And when James O'Keefe and friends get in front of a jury, if just a few of the jurors tried to call Sen. Mary Landrieu's office and got a dead or busy line they just might vote not guilty to spite the government, a conservative version of the OJ trial, just without murder.
The lead prosecutor has recused himself from the case. read the story Here.
Here is a YouTube link to both,
Ray Stevens - We The People
Ray Stevens - Osama (Yo' Mama)
Also check this one out anyone from the rural areas are parents are from the rural areas of the country should know about sittin' up with the dead, so here's the song from Ray Stevens
Ray Stevens - Sittin' Up With The Dead
I will retain most of the other features on my blog, in particular my quotes section at the top.
Check out this story, Here.
Some news on Taiwan vs China, Here.
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