All Pumped Up.

Our bill for gasoline came in Saturday, man, talk about taking the wind out of your sail?  $514 for the month, the high cost of gasoline is eroding what was left of the good life at a rapid pace these days.

The Center for American Progress has an analysis which finds that each penny rise in the average quarterly (three months) price of a gallon of gas corresponds to a $200 million increase in quarterly profits of the big five oil companies—BP, Chevron, ConocoPhillips, ExxonMobil, and Royal Dutch Shell.  Since the beginning of the year, the price for gasoline increased 29 cents per gallon. If that average increase holds true through the end of March, it will translate to $5.8 billion in additional profits for the big five.  You can read more about it here. 

Saturday was a good day, despite the bad news in the mailbox.

Mowing the backyard I came across a nest of baby rabbits in a corner of the yard (sorry no pictures).  It kind of got me to thinking about one thing in particular.  No matter how rotten the world gets, no matter how sorry the news each night on the TV, no matter what kind of crap that gets thrown into the mixer … Nature and life continue on.  We could learn a lot from nature, it feeds the strongest and the weak are left to die often an untimely death.

But in the end, nature survives and life as we know it, continues.

Perhaps all of our priorities are askew?  Could it be that we are looking at all this the wrong way and no longer have an inkling of what is right and what is wrong.

Guess I am just tired of a steady diet of crap sandwiches here lately … being spoon fed to me by my government.  Maybe it is time for us to stop “kissing everyone’ ass and start kicking some of them” and show them to the door.  We should develop a policy of payback and stop horsing around with all these two-bit dictators and religious malcontents.

Perhaps it is time to develop and nurture a totally new mindset in America.

Each week I scan the horizon for some kind of hope.  But sadly, we seem to be right where we have always been, on the losing end of the stick.  We are making the same old mistakes over and over, we never seem to learn.  All the tired old hippies that were going to uproot and revamp this country, stepped out to lunch a long time ago, and they never came back.

"I'll run over and pick up our welfare check. Then drop by the University to see what's holding up my Federal Education Grant, meanwhile you go to the free clinic to chedk on your scabies and pick up my new glasses, and then we will meet at the Federal Building at noon for the mass picketing of the stinking establishment.”

“I’ll run over and pick up our welfare check.  Then drop by the University to see what’s holding up my Federal Education Grant, meanwhile you go to the free clinic to check on your scabies and pick up my new glasses, and then we will meet at the Federal Building at noon for the mass picketing of the stinking establishment.”

Obama ran on a platform of “Change.”

So where is it?

We are still doling out this Democratic Welfare (Foreign Aid) and we have yet to cut off the freebies.  Throwing money at the problem never solves it, you cannot and will not win following a policy such as this.  People need a helping hand up, not a hand out.  Now they are saying it is undignified to ask a person on public assistance for a drug screening?  They didn’t have any problem screening me in my railroading career … but we cannot screen someone on the public dime?

I hope and pray, that some day, and be it soon, things will finally change in this country.

A day when an Arab enters a taxi …  Once he is seated he asks the cab driver to turn off the radio because he must not hear music as decreed by his religion and, in the time of the prophet, there was no music, especially Western music which is music of the infidel’s and certainly no radio.

So the cab driver politely switches off the radio, stops the cab and opens the back door.

The Arab asks him: “What are you doing man?”

The cabby answers: “In the time of the prophet there were no taxis.  So get out and wait for a camel.”

Yeah, that would be a good day for sure.

If hooking up one Islamic terrorist prisoner’s testicles to a car battery to get the truth out of the lying little camel shagger will save just one American life, then I have only three things to say:  “Red is positive, black is negative, and make sure he is watered down.”

You don’t like us, that is fine.  I will park my car and YOU can eat your oil.

You want public assistance?

Piss in the dixie cup like I did to keep my job and feed my family.  Seems only fair to me. Just for the record … I didn’t like it any more than you will, but I did it, what makes you so special?

Man-Man … A whole nest of baby rabbits, life is so good.  The way things have been going here lately, this could not have come at a better time, I may be forced to eat them all later on this summer.

Yeah, I know.  Don’t send me any letters.

OOO

6 thoughts on “All Pumped Up.

  1. Greed???????? Don, that is a sound byte that is used by both parties. The oil companies do not make profits that are out of line. The last number I heard was in the 6% to 7% range. That is how much they earn their sales. Yes it is in billions, but in the context of profit margins I would hardly call them greedy.

    The greatest single benficiary of the sale of fuel is our governments. Per dollar of sale the state and federal governments rake in more money than anyone else in the supply chain. The total varies from state to state, but the combined taxes are significantly more than what those big bad oil companies make.

    While I think you blew it with your slam at the oil companies, you were absolutely correct regarding your posture on welfare recipients.

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    • Thanks for reading it and chiming in, I appreciate your viewpoint, I don’t share the same views, but never the less, believe the piece was fair. I could be wrong, it would not be the first time, and I suppose in all reality, not the last either.

      I didn’t think I wrote a slam on them at all.

      Name me one company that is posting these obscene profits other than GE ($4.5 billion … who incidentally, doesn’t pay a dime in U.S.Taxes) I think you will be hard pressed Jon to find even the one. I got a division order on one of my wells (this is when your well gets sold off to another company) and the first thing that happens is the monthly checks stop. So I call the new friendly owners in Denver, and ask them what is going on, where is my check? They tell me “we are waiting for the price of the product to go higher and therefore allow us to maximize our profits and meet our goals.”

      In other words, they shut it down, anticipating a price increase in their favor.

      The San Francisco Chronicle recently ran a piece about oil tankers leaving the bay area, fully loaded with gasoline, headed out of the country. We now export more diesel to Europe than we have here at home, why? Obama came into Cushing Oklahoma last week (for 17 whole minutes) and told us we are using 1 million barrels per day less than last year (no one is driving, that is a no brainer) and we are in wonderful shape.

      By the way, all the tanks in Cushing are full, but I don’t suppose they are holding the product off the market to insure a steady price. Come on over to Mustang Oklahoma and I will point out to you a railroad siding that is chocked full of tank cars, a quarter mile of them, with all of the springs down (loaded).

      When you run a batch of crude, the first thing that comes off the top is your upper distillates (diesel, kerosene, lighter fluid, jet fuel) and yet, it is fifty cents a gallon higher than gasoline, which takes a lot more work down the line (blending and additives). Why? I have seen the fuel go up .25 cents in a two day period, .40 cents in one week, why? Unbelievably … A dime overnight.

      So consequently, I have a real hard time believing that Big Oil is my friend in this day and age, a real hard time with that one for sure.

      The cartoon had a link to an article on pricing, profits and I also provided an additional link in the piece. It is not all my thinking Jon, it is just an opinion on the information I gathered from reading something else. And to be totally candid my friend, I liked the cartoon.

      Big Oil

      I liked this one too, could have used it, but I didn’t. Guess you might say I didn’t hit a home run on this one, but I am going to keep suiting up for the game.

      Thank you for your comment.

      DS

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  2. OK, here is my simple response. Regardless of who the company is, what their product is, or how much in dollars their profit is anyone can twist it to make them seem greedy or downright crooked. But instead of everyone looking at their profits as dollars, look instead at their profit margin. Companies like GE and the oil companies report profits in the billions because their sales are billions. But the actual profit margin of 6% is very small compared to a lot of company profits. If they are raping us because of their greed they aren’t doing a very good job because really greedy companies would be making profit margins well above what they make.

    As to your concern about the oil company withholding checks because they want to hold off pumping until prices are better, good for them. That shows a company with responsible management that is doing exactly what they are supposed to do, which is make as much profits for their shareholders as possible. If a company does not make a profit, it cannot buy the needed machinery, or land or oil rights, or technology which is paid for by those profits and it eventually fals behind and fails.

    As far as the cartoon goes, I want everyone, blue collar labor, management, owners and shareholder to be hungry and “greedy” because that drives success. Wealth envy is just another Obama tool in his tool chest of sound bytes to get the welfare and less successful to vote for him so he can use more of your money to buy even more votes. Profit is not a four letter word.

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  3. I had received an email from the wife’s cousin in Philly a week or so ago, and it listed the Big Five you’ve mentioned here as getting ALL their oil from the Saudi’s and all that. The two company’s that DO NOT import said oil are ARCO and Valero out here in California.
    I re-read that info again to let it sink in then had to ask the obvious: WHERE does ARCO and Valero get their oil from???

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    • Arco I had to look up: From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

      Founded 1966
      Headquarters La Palma, California
      Area served United States
      Parent BP plc
      Website arco.com

      Atlantic Richfield Company (ARCO) is an American oil company with operations in the United States as well as in Indonesia, the North Sea, and the South China Sea.[1] It has more than 1,300 gas stations in the western part of the United States.[2] ARCO was originally formed by the merger of East Coast-based Atlantic Refining and California-based Richfield Oil Corporation in 1966. A subsequent merger in 1969 brought in Sinclair Oil Corporation.[1] It became a subsidiary of UK-based BP in 2000 through its BP West Coast Products LLC (BPWCP) affiliate.[3]

      ARCO is known for its low-priced gasoline compared to other national brands, mainly due to an early 1980’s decision to emphasize cost cutting (cash/debit-only policy) and alternative sources of income (ampm). ARCO is headquartered in La Palma, California.[4][

      Now Valero, that is Chavez (the guy who called Bush the devil) and he is in Venezuela. Strong ties to Castro in Cuba, real hot head, and is not a big fan of the United States.

      Don

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