Alabama suffered some really low temperatures this past week, down to around 9 degrees Fahrenheit in my neck of the woods. Some folks lost chickens, but it was the fuel supply that was really affected:
Extreme Cold Weather Freezes US Fuel Supply
The weather forced Kinder Morgan to announce a force majeure in Alabama and Georgia, as well as its ethanol terminal in Illinois, a fuel hub for the Midwest.
Eric Rosen, the vice president of sales, supply, and trading at Papco Inc., said that “at some point you have to have the gasoline blend with the ethanol, and that line from the ethanol tank to the rack is where you see a lot of those issues where it gets frozen.And the price of gasoline shoots up, as it has done, slowing the already-anemic economy all the more.
Speaking of the economy:
Cafe Hayek:Economics vs. Engineering
It's a short article, but it makes a powerful point. Read the whole thing. An excerpt:
Francis Spufford at Redplenty.com (a site devoted to his novel on Soviet planning) has a page of Soviet jokes. Here is one I found particularly interesting:
Yuri Gagarin’s daughter answers the phone. ‘No, mummy and daddy are out,’ she says. ‘Daddy’s orbiting the earth, and he’ll be back tonight at 7 o’clock. But mummy’s gone shopping for groceries, so who knows when she’ll be home.’
This conveys a deep truth. Getting an astronaut (Yuri Gagarin) into orbit and back to earth is an engineering problem. Human beings have figured out a way to do that that is generally predictable based on a set of mathematical equations that are testable and where the results are replicable. They are a form of applied physics or engineering. They are a problem (how do we get Yuri Gagarin back from space) that has a fairly well-specified solution.
Of course that solution did not exist in 1850. But by 1961, it was solvable.
Running an economy is not an engineering problem. There are no simple equations that describe its motion that are akin to the engineering problem of space travel. So Ms. Gagarin’s return is uncertain. The joke is a statement about Soviet planning that resulted in frequent shortages and long lines of presumably uncertain length. Sometimes items were in stock, sometimes they weren't.This is exactly how the redistributionists in the Obama Administration think about the economy: it is a machine, and fixing it merely involves more government stimulus and more debasement of the currency. That view is demonstrably WRONG, and it will lead to the destruction of not only the currency, but also that of civil society.
And on the subject of what happens when SHTF:
Selco: When your loved ones get hurt or killed
I mentioned many times why it is better to be with other (close) people when SHTF then to be alone. My course where I talk in detail about my experiences in war has many situations that I would not have survived without my family.
There is one other side to that, during SHTF when anarchy and fighting for survival means violence and you see people close to you get hurt or killed.
Lots of people here in my country have gone through that, including me, and of course after first reactions that are common to all of us (grief, anger, sadness…) we react different.
How we managed to cope with the pain, formed our whole future life, it formed us, destroyed some, and even gave strength to few.
When you lose someone because of illness or old age or traffic accident, maybe you may accuse bad health system, or similar, or even God, but eventually you will say „It is life, we all gonna die, it is how it is supposed to be“.
But when you lost someone close because someone shot him during a fight between two opposite groups (because they different, or because the hate each other, or just because one group wanted resources from another group) it is different. It can change your whole perspective of life. It can put lots of RAGE in you.
And it is RAGE written in capitals. It lasts for years, and it can drive all your decisions, it can consume you at the end.
I’ve seen (and still see) lot of people here with it.Selco, who survived the ultimate SHTF in the Balkan wars, knows what he is talking about. Should we have civil warfare in America, as many worst-case scenarios would inevitably lead us into, we would do well to consider the consequences that Selco has laid out for us here, for America is already acting like a Third-World nation.
And speaking of acting like a Third-World nation:
Daniel Greenfield at the Sultan Knish blog: President Obie
In 1967, folk singer Arlo Guthrie played a song on a left-wing New York City radio station that was supposed to sum up the cultural difference between the culture and the counterculture.
On one side of the moral equation in Alice’s Restaurant you had Office Obie and the nameless army officers who were rulebound fascists and on the other side you had the easygoing hippies who believed in community, hanging out and letting things slide.
Culture would drag you into court for littering with twenty seven eight-by-ten color glossy photographs as evidence while counterculture would shrug and invite you to dinner.
That's still the image that the left likes to wear like an old pair of jeans. It's still just a bunch of easygoing fellows out to build community and take on Officer Obie’s senseless repressive rules. But then the counterculture became the culture and the left became Officer Obie.
Or President Obie.
If there's anyone who's going to drag you into court with twenty seven eight-by-ten color glossy photographs as proof; it's going to be the Officer Obies of the EPA. Except that a straightforward thing like littering would be much too sensible for environmental enforcement groups to bother with. They're more likely to arrest you for collecting rainwater on your own property, making a guitar out of unfinished wood or cleaning up trash from your own property.
EPA Administrator Al Armendariaz, whose fiefdom included five states, told staffers that his philosophy of enforcement was borrowed from the Romans."They’d go in to a little Turkish town somewhere, they’d find the first five guys they saw and they’d crucify them."Just read the whole thing. As he observes, the culture and the counter-culture have completely traded places since the 60's.
As a result, we get this:
Flopping Aces: Twisted Understanding Of The Constitution Leads To Things Like This
[Warning: idolatrous image of Satan/Ba'al/Baphomet at the link]
This is what happens when you start acting like all religions have equal merit. We were, and considered ourselves, a Christian nation for close to two hundred years, and now we have rejected that label. This is the result.
From the Associated Press:
Group unveils Satan statue design for Oklahoma
“The monument has been designed to reflect the views of Satanists in Oklahoma City and beyond,” temple spokesman Lucien Greaves said in a statement. “The statue will also have a functional purpose as a chair where people of all ages may sit on the lap of Satan for inspiration and contemplation.”
One has a hard time understanding Satan worshipers. What has he ever done to deserve gratitude, respect, or worship? If you believe in Satan, you must also believe there is a God. For one was created by the other, and then that creation rebelled. One represents all that is good, and one represents all that is evil. If you choose the latter, it shows what kind of person you really are.
One of my friends had this to say about the latest OMG moment in the culture wars.
”Moral relativism is how Good is attacked by Evil. Take this example. Modern thinking would say that each religion deserves its place, as long as it’s privately funded. But is our society based on Satanic ideals? Is that the message we want to send?”
And that is a good point. Once we start to believe that all religions have equal validity, then this is what you end up with. History tells that this nation was founded by Christians on Biblical principles. One may not like that, but the truth is the truth.
The concept of ‘freedom of religion’ was specifically designed so we wouldn't have one official church that everyone had to belong to as the case had been in Britain. But it in no way diminished or downplayed the role Christianity prominently played in society and the culture at large, both in and out of government.
It is the courts, not the people or the Constitution as originally written or understood, that have attempted to remove Christianity from its historical place and role in our nation. But such politically correct, liberal ideas have led us down this path to where it would be conceivable for such a hateful blasphemy to even be considered acceptable or legal to display next to the Ten Commandments.I am going to say something here that has surprised people when I have said it in the past: I beg Oklahomans to stop this thing, or destroy it. You do NOT want this image set up in your land. God will have plenty of reason to bring his wrath upon you. You try to use the Constitution and the legal system to stop it, but if that isn't enough, there are other means. There is a higher calling than the law. The God of Israel and of Christ was very clear about idolatry, and about the worship of Satan. Do not permit this in your land, I beg you.
Here's an interview (via Blasted Fools blog) with the spokesdemon, er, spokesman for the Satanist group that's trying to do this. Apparently, Oklahoma has set a moratorium on new statues, so this abomination may not happen.
Bloomberg: OK, so tell me a little bit about this monument. How did the idea come about?
Lucien: We have members in Oklahoma. They reached out to us and told us about the Ten Commandments statue being placed there. When the ACLU sued, the state responded by saying it had actually envisioned a monument park and additional monuments could be added. We felt that was an invitation for more statues, so we decided to donate one.
Bloomberg: The statue depicts a goat-man and children. What does it mean?
Lucien: ...in a way, it represents the hysterical witch-hunting fears of the past and our new empathetic drive to look more rationally at things.
Bloomberg: How have people reacted to all this?
Lucien: Surprisingly, the flood of support we’ve gotten far outweighs the hate mail. A lot of e-mails we get from people start out with them letting us know that they consider themselves Christian but support us on the basis of constitutional freedom. They understand we’re not assaulting them. We’re upholding our freedom to maintain a pluralistic nation where all voices can be heard and where we don’t discriminate on the basis of religion or creed.
Bloomberg: What do you think about Oklahoma’s moratorium on new statues?They think they are being clever atheists, but really they are nursing an enmity with God that threatens them and our nation.
Lucien: We haven’t been made aware of it officially. When we decided to donate a statue, we went through all the proper channels. We submitted a letter to the Capitol Preservation Commission, and they sent us back the paperwork we needed to fill out. All this happened before the moratorium, so as far as I’m concerned it shouldn’t apply to us retroactively. I’m not sure if the Hindus or PETA got in before the moratorium passed, but we did. No one has told us that there would be a change in our application status.
Bloomberg: I have to be honest with you, it seems unlikely that the Oklahoma government is going to erect a statue to Satan in front of its capitol. What will you do if you get denied?
Lucien: That would be then something for the lawyers to hash out. But if we fight the battle to the bitter end, and it turns out we can’t have our statue, we’ll try to place it elsewhere. We’ll move on to the next place (Obama’s Presidential Library in Chicago?).
Bloomberg: So you’re willing to go to court on this?
Lucien: Oh yeah.
Speaking of enmity with God:
Liberty News: Media Double Standard: Huffington Post Liberals Claim People Who Literally Worship Satan Are Entitled to Their Opinion, But, Phil Robertson Isn't Entitled to
|Duck Commander with Bible|
Many Christians believe the real reason Phil Robertson’s opponents reject his position on the unnatural nature of homosexuality is because his perspective comes from basic Biblical teaching.
If you’re looking for a concrete example of the truth behind that theory, look at how the Left-Leaning Huffington Post condemns Phil Robertson, but, legitimizes literal Satan worshipers…
Two weeks ago, the Liberal news source ran an article titled, “Ten Reasons Duck Dynasty’s Phil Robertson Is NOT Entitled to His Opinion.”
The article’s author, Tom Lowery, argues that Phil’s position on homosexuality isn’t valid as an opinion because isn’t based on “logic” or “factual analysis.”
The entire article, available here, takes 10 short paragraphs to explain Huffington Post’s perspective on why they believe Phil’s views are wrong and illegitimate as a rational opinion.
Yet, two days ago, the same news source gave twelve minutes of airtime to discussing the legitimacy of Satan worshipers’ proposal to erect a monument to the Devil on the grounds of the OK State Capitol.Of course. As Ol' Backwoods told y'all over the holidays, it's open season on Christians, but the Left gets to do whatever they want.
I know there are destroyers among us, but I think this goes just a little bit too far:
III Percent Patriots: The Cold War never ended - it's our job to kill the Commies...
III Percent Patriots: The Cold War never ended - it's our job to kill the Commies...
America is infested with Commie garbage and those who support Commie garbage. They are facilitated even more by the rotten masses that have grown up in recent generations of moral decay orchestrated by the Commies among us.Well, I DO have a problem with it. I have the Judge of the Living and the Dead to answer to, and so do many millions of my fellow believers in America. We want to solve the problem, but we need to do this the right way, the way our Founders did.
Are you up to the challenge?
A bloodbath is coming to America not only in our lifetime, but I will dare say by November 2016, at the latest. Communists have proven many times they have no problem killing tens-of-millions of people. They mean to kill you to turn the last piece of planet Earth Commie Red with your blood, or your disease, or your famine.
Or we get them first.
There is no middle ground. There is no compromise. There is no parting ways peacefully.
They mean to have a genocide based on political ideology.
I have no problem doing the same to them, firstest and mostest.
I know we have suffered the privation of almost every natural right, and almost every enumerated right in the Constitution, but I need a little more before I go out and start killing government functionaries. To do it now is a bridge too far, Mr. Kerodin.
If you go full Fort Sumter, you risk being labelled as the aggressor, the terrorist, the one who started the civil war. You give the government the moral high ground, the ability to say, "Y'all started it, and NOW we're gonna finish it!"
I do agree with him about his timeframe. Sauron's minions are fixing to lose the White House and Congress, and without that, the progressive commies are back to having only the Courts, the Fed and the bureaucracy to work their evil, and it isn't enough for the end-game they have in mind.
They are going to have to move fast.
But let them make the first move.
There will be no more free Wacos, Eric Holder. No more Ruby Ridges, Lon Horiuchi, . No more Reese families. No more security theatre that does not prevent terrorist attacks (warning, language at link). No more terrorist false-flag events staged by the FBI or the ATF. No more.
Then it's on.
Just not yet.