....Grrrrrr! Gout kicking my ass again last night and this morning. Have to express a little negativity to get the lack of sleep and pain out of my system.
- When I got up, die frau was watching C-SPAN. There was a hearing on gas-price gouging going on. The chairman brought in the "Commissioner of Commodities" to testify. Now, I had no idea that such a high Federal Office existed as Commissioner of Commodities Trading. I wonder how much they pay Commissioner Lukken and his staff to sit and watch over the most useless part of capitalism that exists? If the entire commodities trading system vanished tomorrow, it would have no effect on the actual delivery of said commodities to market. The producers would still produce them and the buyers would still buy them, only the commodities middlemen who get rich off this gambling enterprise would be affected. Anyway, Comm. Lukken said that from where he sat, there was no tomfoolery in the gasoline futures market. No tomfoolery. Hmmmm. Thirty-five years ago, this oil was extracted and sent to market at fifty cents per barrel. At the time, we paid about a quarter a gallon for the finished product. Today, the same oil is marketed for Seventy-five dollars a barrel, 150 times as much, but we only pay three dollars a gallon for gasoline, or twelve times as much. What part of $75/barrel seems reasonable to you? When fear of unpredictable events is allowed to drive the market price via the commodities system, that system is screwing us royally, and should be eliminated. No tomfoolery my ass. The whole commodities trading system is nothing but tomfoolery.
- The peace movement. I never realized the fact until now that the lack of a peace movement for the past 30 years had been such a blessing. Now the TV is full of "Amnesty Day" march footage, and all the moonbat liberals (Redundancy Alert!) are out in the streets exhorting us to ignore human nature and project no conflict beyond our own hides. What moronic ignoramuses! Perfect wastes of human protoplasm! I object to the very oxygen that they consume! They can all form a line from Manhattan to Portland OR and prepare to kiss my aching ass!
- Hypocritical Democratic Party politicians (there I go again with another redundancy, this time least a triple). As GuyK so ably points out here, all the (D)onks are lining up to misquote Thomas Jefferson, in an obvious effort to look patriotic. These are the very same (D)onks who, just a few years ago, lined up to totally trash the memory of Jefferson when some wannabe historian wrote a book claiming that he had an extra-marital affair with one of his household slaves, and bore children by that slave-woman. You can't have it both ways, (D)ummies. Since you are all on record as having decided that one of the Fathers of our Nation was such a cad, you can't then invent cute quotations from him and extoll your own patriotic virue by doing so. To you, the individualism and positive force for liberty that Jefferson stood for is not yours to wrap yourself in. All you (D)isemblers may now leave the top of the rock where you hiss at the world from, and slither back under it from whence you came.
There! I feel so much better. I think I'll go down and rustle up some lunch.