Thursday, March 27, 2014
Wednesday, March 26, 2014
Why in hell does this nation need a “Wounded Worrier Project”? Didn't these young kids give it up for us, and now they require assistance through donations? It is so pathetic when those that braved the battlefield, well brave hostility upon their return home. It sucks, that this great nation can resort to WAR, then just throw our soldiers to the wolves. Only a signal entity finds blame this dereliction, this atrocity, the Americans that continue to vote in a Congress that gives not a rat's ass about nothing – not even that next kid coming home without limbs to ever function normally again! Congress, the Great American Evil!
Posted by Green Mountain Boy at 4:47 PM
Friday, March 14, 2014
Wow, poor Paul Ryan - the Washington scene must be getting the best of him, as he has been seen recently with a hell of a weight gain. For a guy that was very fit and athletic, it goes to show that being in politics can have very adverse effects.
Picture of Paul Ryan, a year ago!
Most recent picture of Ryan after considerable weight gain.
Posted by Green Mountain Boy at 2:46 PM
Thursday, March 13, 2014
After studying Senate Bill 21 which passed through the chambers during the 2013 legislative “open” season, a controversial bill which has found favor in the liberal community behind a repeal effort, I caution that effort as it is premature. I am not an advocate for the oil industry, just an individual that thinks before speaking out. So I have thought about the bill, studied the language on my own dime, analyzed the repeal benefits, so with that said have earned my time to speak-out. So please listen up! “Big Oil” is the bread'n butter for Alaska, that has been the case for 30+ years by now. And we do have something to show for it, besides bridges to nowhere along with a Cape Canaveral without any rockets to launch and still reigning in as the pothole capital of the 3rd world. And even though the state has reaped $billions$ through resource development and spent just as much on things still mysterious, we find today some leftovers – a stash the politicians have not the liberty to throw away – as there exists a “Golden Goose” egg that sits protected away with a $50-Billion value. Yes, the “Constitutional Budget Reserve”, reserved for our future. But we do not want to repeal something that may allow the brats in office to raid that still protected hen-house. They can raid that stash if need be, so think about the repercussions if a repeal gives them that luxury! Simply put, the oil is running out, as the oil flowing through the TAPS is falling far short of the 2-million barrels per day status it enjoyed back in the early 90s. Today, the pipeline operates at 1/3 of its capacity. And for the 3-decades that oil flowed and allowed Alaska to reign as the nation's biggest producer of energy and remain a sales tax free district for us residents, the natural gas that was burped up with the oil when it came topside from a well, well that gas had no business except to be directed back into the oil formation - as an aid to loosen up more oil for production which means more $$$. Sure “Big Oil” made millions its gamble here in Alaska, as we like to share the wealth. Now the new law - SB21 or MAPA for “More Alaskan Production Act” - it isn't all just a “Tax Break” for “Big Oil”. Sure it allowed less for us and more for them, with a $2-billion tax break following the passage and the governor's Hancock, but we must look at that giveaway in perspective to what we may reap in return. Their gain is not our loss! So herein is my promotion as to why it is premature too even think of a repeal, not without looking into what the existing bill means for the future of Alaskans. In the old public law – which is what we will get back if a repeal is successful – there is this thing called the “Flip Switch” and here is how it works. With efforts to build a large diameter natural gas pipeline for producing LNG for export, that endeavor takes a boatload of gas. Which means the “Flip Switch” is turned “On”, it kicks in and as natural gas once considered “stranded” finds a ways and means to get to market, that gas is no longer available to assist in the oil production. Now the “oil” becomes a candidate for the “stranded” status. Which means somebody suffers the consequences, - we Alaskans that is - as the oil being produced when there exists a market for getting rid of the natural gas, it finds huge tax deductions through the “Switch”. It is complicated and has to do with a calculation called the “Back-out”. When gas is used for other things, like an export, the “Back-out” re-calculates the gains & losses from not having the gas for recovery efforts. And it is a skewed calculation, which is always a gain in favor of oil over gas – the reason we loose out. Look, after 30-years, they know how to write the laws to favor their bottom-line! And since oil and gas are valued upon the energy content to boil water, when you consider the price of oil with that of natural gas in over-supply, that production tax loss is a great deduction for “Big Oil”. Remember, these are oil companies working on the “slope”, not really entertained by the economics of natural gas as their main portfolio and component for economic success. It isn't called “Black Gold” for nothing. And according to our own Revenue police, “With the flip switch, state tax revenue can drop significantly under certain price scenarios, including current prices”. So when the laws were re-written, SB21 fixed that loophole. It basically canceled out the “Back-out” methodology and fixed the oil production tax at 35%, 3 percentage points higher then what was found in the old rule book. So over time, that increase will re-coup any losses. Appeal the law, and the “Flip Switch” is back in the picture. So unless you have read the entire bill, unless you are privy to how and why these “Back-out” agreements are worded and the legal challenges should the state litigate such language, we are treading down the wrong path with an appeal effort. If SB21 is repealed, then it will be but a cloak and dagger scenario – “Big Oil” gets the cloak, we get the dagger where it counts. And with that, the legislative brats down in Juneau will come to the rescue and pull away that dagger, out of the wound and use it to tear open the “Reserve”, and we will be victims of a double jeopardy castration! “Don't think twice, it's NOT alright” to repeal this Bill!
Posted by Green Mountain Boy at 8:47 AM
Wednesday, March 12, 2014
It is March 12th, 2069 and today celebrates an historic moment, that the National Rifle Association's fight during the early part of the century, to protect the 2nd Amendment and arm all of American has worked. As today the final street sign not so named in honor a slain officer, Penny Lane, today this last-of-a-kind street sign icon was taken down and changed to LaPierre Drive, as the great-grandson of the NRA leader was killed in cold blood during a shoot-out when he pursued a robbery suspect “Standing his Ground”! Here is my point: As an American that drives across “This land is my land, this land is your land”, down along Route 66, to enjoy this pride and joy called America from sea to shining sea, it is a shame to see so many highways and byways now sadly named in honor of slain officers, slain peace officers, because guns are out of control and in the hands of those that should have not the luxury to enjoy the freedom hinged upon the 2nd Amendment - as it is no longer a “right” for some. But when the NRA decided even crooks should be armed, when that association's leadership went adamant that there would be no gun control even for trigger happy satanists, it set this nation on a no return dead-end detour called Armageddon, and today we see the results. So as I look across this once great land, those signs are reminders that something went wrong with righteousness, and that “guns for everyone” association became not associated with America, but with clandestine doom. And when in time it comes to be that all the Penny Lanes are no longer, when all the roads are named in honor of those trying to uphold justice but were out-gunned by the thugs against justice, then we have come to the crossroads we deserve. And those historic drives across America, that will also be a thing of the past as it will be unsafe forevermore! When that enjoyment and so deep an American passion finds not our company, then the “Gun Powder Supremes” have succeeded in the greatest of killing fields, and that is when freedom will be but a far away “Dream”. This land was My Land.....
Posted by Green Mountain Boy at 10:36 AM
Monday, March 10, 2014
Tuesday, March 4, 2014
Dear John “Shitboat” Kerry;
Please leave the EU and go wind surfing and leave the Crimea mess to the professionals, like Obama. Look, Putin is not about to invade the world and your WAR mongering is not appreciated as our nation cannot find itself engaged in another conflict. And your sick like rhetoric, about Putin invading another country, where were you during the Iraq invasion – wind surfing? That “Yes” vote of yours cost over 4500 young kids to find an early grave, not to mention the 320-thousand that have returned home with prosthesis as a crutch, or brain disorders for following “Your” orders! And remember this, that red stuff that goes flying every which way loose and paints the battle field a hellfire, it ain't Heinz Ketchup!
PS: Dear President Obama, isn't time to get rid of this jerk?
Posted by Green Mountain Boy at 12:46 PM
Saturday, March 1, 2014
To the Congress of the United States:
I am submitting to you today Reorganization Plan No. 1 of 1979 to create the Office of Federal Inspector for the Alaska Natural Gas Transportation System and establish the position of Federal Inspector. Creation of this Office and the transfer of appropriate Federal enforcement authority and responsibility is consistent with my September 1977 Decision and Report to the Congress on the Alaska Natural Gas Transportation System. This decision was approved by the Congress November 2, 1977. The Alaska Gas Transportation System is a 4,748-mile pipeline to be constructed in partnership with Canada. Canada completed legislation enacting a similar transfer last year and has already appointed an official to coordinate its activities prior to and during pipeline construction. The Northwest Alaska Pipeline Company has been selected to construct the pipeline, with completion scheduled in late 1984. Estimated construction costs are $10-$15 billion, to be financed by private investment. Natural gas is among the Nation's most valuable fuels. It is in the national interest to bring Alaskan gas reserves to market at the lowest possible price for consumers. Construction of a gas pipeline from the Prudhoe Bay reserves in Alaska through Canada to points in the West and Midwest United States will provide a system which will deliver more Alaskan natural gas at less cost to a greater number of Americans than any alternative transportation system. Every effort must be made to ensure timely completion of the pipeline at the lowest possible cost consistent with Federal regulatory policies. As a result of our experience in construction of the Trans-Alaska Oil Pipeline, we recognize the need for the Federal Government to be in a strong position to manage its own role in this project through prompt, coordinated decisionmaking in pre-construction approval functions and in enforcing the terms and conditions of the permits, certificates, leases, and other authorizations to be issued by various Federal agencies. We must avoid duplicating the delays and cost escalations experienced in the construction of the Trans-Alaska Pipeline System. The Plan I am submitting would establish clear responsibility for the efficient functioning of Federal enforcement activities by assigning the Federal Inspector authority to carry out these responsibilities. The Alaska Natural Gas Transportation Act of 1976 [15 U.S.C. 719 et seq.] only provided for monitoring the construction of the pipeline. The Plan transfers to the Federal Inspector the authority to supervise the enforcement of terms and conditions of the permits and other authorizations, including those to be issued by the Departments of Agriculture, Interior, Transportation, and Treasury, and the Environmental Protection Agency, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. The Plan provides for the Federal Inspector to coordinate other Federal activities directly related to the pipeline project. Federal agencies retain their authority to issue permits and related authorizations, but enforcement of the terms and conditions of these authorizations is transferred to the Federal Inspector. Transfer of enforcement authority from Federal agencies to the Federal Inspector is limited in scope to their participation in this project and in duration to the pre-construction, construction, and initial operation phases of the project. The Decision and Report to the Congress recommended an Executive Policy Board with policy-making and supervisory authority over the Federal Inspector. I plan to sign an Executive Order upon approval of this Plan by the Congress which will create an Executive Policy Board which will be only advisory, but which will enhance communication and coordinate among Federal agencies and with the Federal Inspector. The Plan modifies the Decision and Report in that regard. The Federal Inspector will use the policies and procedures of the agencies involved in exercising the transferred enforcement responsibilities to the maximum extent practicable. The Board provides the opportunity for agencies to contribute to the policy deliberations of the Inspector and exercises an oversight role to insure that pipeline activities are carried on within existing regulatory policy. The Board is required to review the budget of the Office of the Federal Inspector and periodically report to me on the progress of construction and on major problems encountered. I am convinced that the Federal Inspector must have authority commensurate with his responsibilities. Each of the provisions of this proposed reorganization would accomplish one or more of the purposes set forth in Section 901(a) of Title 5 of the United States Code. The appointment and compensation of the Federal Inspector is in accordance with the provisions of the Alaska Natural Gas Transportation Act of 1976 [15 U.S.C. 719 et seq.], and the Reorganization Act of 1977. The provisions for appointment and pay in this Plan are necessary by reason of a reorganization made by the Plan. The rate of compensation is comparable to rates for similar positions within the Executive Branch. This reorganization will result in a reduction in the cost of construction for the pipeline system and ultimately in savings to American consumers. A small increase in cost to the Federal government will result from the creation of the Office of the Federal Inspector. The Plan requires that the Office and the position of Federal Inspector will be abolished upon the first anniversary date after the pipeline becomes operational.
The White House, April 2, 1979.
Posted by Green Mountain Boy at 12:16 PM