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Oklahoma Bull Hauler

Oklahoma Bull Hauler

Hurricanes and natural disasters are supposed to bring out the best in people, unfortunately in the USA it seems the exact opposite.  Gasoline in the gulf states has jumped to over $5 a gallon in the wake of Hurricane Ike.  Thank God I have an Oklahoma Economy car.  Reports circulating out of the Gulf States are not all that encouraging, but at least Ike was a “sleeper category” storm.  It could have been considerably worse.

It’s about time.

There hasn’t been an oil refinery built in this country in over 30 years, but at least ConocoPhillips is expanding one. Roxana Illinois – Leaders here heralded a decision by environmental regulators to grant final approval to a $2 billion expansion of a ConocoPhillips refinery. The project is expected to need at least 1,500 construction workers, and will add as many as 100 permanent jobs. The upgraded facility will be able to process more than 350,000 barrels of crude oil a day.

It is a small step in the right direction.

First it was manhole covers and now they have moved onto statues. A 3 ft tall figure of a WW I soldier was stolen in Ohio, from the place where it has stood for over 70 years. Unfortunately for the thief who didn’t know much about materials (must not teach this in thievery school 101) the statue was made of zinc alloy, and not valuable bronze. He won’t be getting much for it at the local recycling center. It appears to be spreading nationwide as times get hard.

Woburn Mass – Two state employees were charged with stealing decorative cast iron trim that had been removed from Boston‘s Longfellow Bridge. Richard Stewart, 42, and Joseph Falzone, 43, worked for the department overseeing the bridge.  Prosecutors said the men stole the metal, which will cost more than $500,000 to replace, from a storage facility and sold it for about $12,000 to a scrap yard.

You would think a scrap dealer would be smart enough to figure this out, wouldn’t you?

I mean it is like two guys, dressed in camouflage fatigue outfits, walking into an Arkansas Feed Dealer and trying to purchase 60 bags of Nitrogen Fertilizer and wanting to pay cash for it.  Around here, that dog isn’t gonna hunt.

On most days, we can smell a skunk in the woodpile. People in this neck of the woods don’t cotton to someone trying to purchase 60 bags of Nitrogen Fertilizer (Oklahoma City Bombing material) especially if they are wearing camouflage attire.

When some crack-head walks into a recycling center with 200 feet of guardrail, well, a warning flag ought to go up somewhere, don’tha think?