19 thoughts on “News/Politics 10-20-22

  1. The stupidity of this administration is astounding.

    Paying 3 times the price is better, because Orange Man Bad.

    Yeah a different time then, when Trump was in charge and prices were lower and they could have got the oil from US producers.

    But yeah, this is sooooo much better, right?

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  2. Thank Biden and his policies.

    And enjoy!

    “Natural Gas Bills Will Increase While New England Faces Possible Winter Blackouts as Supplies Tighten

    All winter fuels will increase this season but natural gas will have the most significant impact.”


    “NOAA’s winter weather forecast predicts a winter colder than 2021 “and the average winter for the previous 10 winters.”

    From EIA:

    In our latest Winter Fuels Outlook, we forecast that U.S. households that primarily use natural gas for space heating will spend an average of $931 on heating this winter (October–March), which is 28% (or $206) more than last year.

    Natural gas is the primary heating fuel for 47% of U.S. homes, according to the U.S. Census Bureau’s 2021 American Community Survey. The retail price of natural gas and the amount of natural gas consumed determine how much households spend on winter natural gas bills.

    EIA predicts retail natural gas prices will rise 22% to $15.95 per thousand cubic feet (Mcf).

    The Midwest will likely have the most significant price increase to $13.80/Mcf. That’s 27% more than what those people paid last winter.”

    “New England and Natural Gas Supplies
    On top of that, New England risks blackouts due to a shortage of natural gas supplies. EIA mentions the lack of natural gas inventories, which affects its predictions.

    The working natural gas inventories are “6% below the previous five-year average”:

    Working natural gas inventories in our forecast reach almost 3.5 trillion cubic feet (Tcf) by the end of October, which would be 6% below the previous five-year average. U.S. natural gas storage injections usually take place from April through October, although injections often occur in early November, depending on temperatures and market conditions. Storage withdrawals typically occur from November through March. U.S. natural gas inventories began this injection season at the lowest level in three years because of high heating demand in January and record LNG [liquified natural gas] exports. The above-average withdrawals last winter, combined with more-than-average consumption this summer, contribute to our forecast for below-average storage inventories heading into the winter heating season.

    Although both spot and retail natural gas prices are higher in our forecast than last winter, under the baseline temperature case for this winter, we forecast draws in natural gas inventories will be less than the five-year average because we expect that increased demand this winter will be more than offset by growth in natural gas production. We expect U.S. dry natural gas production will be 2.8 Bcf/d (3%) higher than last winter. Our forecast for combined growth in consumption and exports this winter is 3.0 Bcf/d (3%). By the end of March 2023, we expect natural gas inventories to be 1.5 Tcf, which would be 7% less than the previous five-year (2018–2022) average.

    As inventories narrow the deficit to the five-year average, we expect it will put downward pressure on natural gas prices later in the winter. In our forecast, monthly average Henry Hub spot prices peak near $7.70/MMBtu in January, before falling to around $6.50/MMBtu by March.

    New England is especially at risk because the area “relies on natural-gas imports to bridge winter supply gaps.” It is “now competing with European countries” because Russia halted most of the natural gas to the continent. Yikes:”


    Gee, if only there had been a presidential candidate who encouraged fracking and US production…..

    Oh wait, there was….

    But voters wanted the senile fool instead, so enjoy!

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  3. And here come Democrats to tell you why all R’s are the new worst thing ever, worse even than that bad orange man.

    Yes they told you he was the worst thing ever, but it turns out that worked with the rubes, so now every R is the new worst thing ever.

    Lather, rinse, repeat….


    First they told you DeSantis was the new bad orange man. Now it’s Lake’s turn….

    “Kari Lake Triggers All the Right People as Media’s ‘Worse Than Trump’ Narrative Takes Shape

    “[Lake’s ‘Trumpism’] replicates the venomous nature of his rhetoric while pretending to appeal to people’s better angels (something Trump ostentatiously avoided). In its cunning and deceptiveness, this version is scarier than the original rendition,” WaPo columnist Greg Sargent wrote.”


    “As I’ve often said, the mainstream media is nothing if not predictable, and few things exemplify that more than the various “worse than Trump” narratives they’ve tried to push regarding prominent Republicans who have further asserted themselves in the aftermath of Donald Trump’s presidency.

    We’ve seen it repeatedly in their write-ups on Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis, first in April of this year. They revived it over the summer and once again last month after DeSantis flying two planeloads of migrants to Martha’s Vineyard sent them over the edge.

    And now, with just three weeks to go before an Election Day where a red wave has been predicted – at least on the House side – the media are trotting out the “worse than Trump” card on another outspoken Republican, Arizona GOP gubernatorial nominee Kari Lake.

    Exhibit A comes courtesy of a column written Monday by left-wing Washington Post columnist/Plum Line writer Greg Sargent, who tells us that Lake is an even “scarier” version of Trump because, unlike Trump, she allegedly pretends “to appeal to people’s better angels”:

    It sounded very much like Trumpism. Appearing on CNN, Kari Lake defiantly refused on Sunday to accept the results of the Arizona gubernatorial election. She fearmongered about the southern border, insisting hordes of criminals are invading the country.

    So this means Lake is imitating Donald Trump’s unabashed abandonment of democracy and his demagoguing of migrants as criminals, rapists and drug dealers, right?

    Well, yes, but with a twist.

    Lake might be finding a new way to move Trumpism forward in the post-Trump era. It replicates the venomous nature of his rhetoric while pretending to appeal to people’s better angels (something Trump ostentatiously avoided). In its cunning and deceptiveness, this version is scarier than the original rendition.

    Exhibit B comes from The Atlantic, where writer Elaine Godfrey suggested that in Lake, “Trumpism Has Found Its Leading Lady”:

    The way Lake has imitated Trump’s rhetoric is obvious, but as I’ve followed her in the months since, something else has become clear: She is much better at this than Trump’s other emulators. That makes sense, given her first career in front of the camera, cultivating trust among thousands of Maricopa County viewers. But this is more than imitation: Lake has made MAGA her own. She’s agile as a politician in a way that other high-profile Trump-endorsed candidates, like scandal-plagued Herschel Walker and crudités-eating Mehmet Oz, are not. Lake is more likable than Senate hopefuls like Blake Masters or J. D. Vance. And she bats at the press with a vivacity unmatched by anyone but the big man himself.

    “She’s using 25 years of high-level journalism to present an idea,” another former Fox 10 colleague told me. “And she’s smart! She’s not dumb. Which makes her frickin’ dangerous, if you ask me.”

    Former Missouri Democratic Sen. Claire McCaskill also echoed the predictable media talking point during a recent appearance on MSNBC:”

    “As the case was with their attacks on DeSantis, there is an obvious panic that has taken root in elite Democrat/media/Never Trump circles because Lake, who is both an effective messenger for right-wing ideals and unapologetically conservative, has given her all against her Democratic opponent Katie Hobbs in a swing state that is showing signs they favor Lake over Hobbs.

    For that, Lake must be destroyed, and playing the “Trump” card and throwing out “election denier” accusations is the course of action they’ve decided to take at this point in the game in hopes that it will scare independent voters into opposing Lake.

    But Lake is giving them hell on that front, too, as shown in the below video clip where she takes on a swarm of reporters who were pressing her on the “election denier” accusation, only to be informed that if they were going to throw around the term then they should talk about Democrats like failed 2016 Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton, who continues to be in denial about what happened in 2016.

    Stacey Abrams, who lost the Georgia gubernatorial race in 2018 and who still to this day as the 2022 nominee denies she lost that election, was also given a shout-out by Lake:”

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  4. Once again, perversion is the US’s leading export.

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  5. Poor things.

    I think he triggered them. 🙂

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  6. This will shock no one. Federal officials profiting off Covid with a little insider trading….

    “Federal officials made stock trades with “exquisite timing” on COVID policies”


    “Federal officials working on the government response to Covid-19 made well-timed financial trades when the pandemic began—both as the markets plunged and as they rallied—a Wall Street Journal investigation found.”

    “In January 2020, the U.S. public was largely unaware of the threat posed by the virus spreading in China, but health officials were on high alert and girding for a crisis.

    A deputy to top health official Anthony Fauci reported 10 sales of mutual funds and stocks totaling between $157,000 and $480,000 that month. Collectively, officials at another health agency, Health and Human Services, reported 60% more sales of stocks and funds in January than the average over the previous 12 months, driven by a handful of particularly active traders. …

    Federal officials owned millions of dollars of stock in industries most affected by the pandemic and the government’s response. About 240 officials at health agencies and at the Pentagon, a key player in the vaccine rollout, reported owning a total of between $9 million and $28 million in stocks of drug, manufacturing and biotechnology companies that won federal contracts related to Covid-19 in 2020 and 2021, the Journal’s analysis found.

    Nearly 400 officials across 50 agencies reported owning stocks in airline, resort, hotel, restaurant and cruise companies in early 2020, the review found.”

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  7. Janice, there was a transcript to that post. I didn’t listen to the broadcast. I would think you could just go online. You might find it on their Facebook site, too.

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  8. AJ@8:12. I’m usually encouraged when the msm declare a candidate to be ” worse than Trump”. It usually means they have a more politically palatable personality along with his general policies. Win-win. :–)


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  9. Kathaleena @8:54
    First Things is one of the few publications I subscribe to. That’s a good article but I’m not going to touch it with a ten foot pole. :–)

    There is another good and meaty article in the Nov print edition on God and the emperor . If I can link it in the next couple of days I will. I’m at work now and have limited communication ability.


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  10. re: “Christian mockery” – As with so many methods of communication, caution is warranted (even more than usual in this case), as was mentioned in the Breakpoint piece. In general, I am not comfortable with the idea of mockery, but the piece is careful to say that it is ideas that can be mocked, not people. Too many people (even, sadly, some believers) mock people, and their mockery in general (whether of people or ideas) is often too cutting and harsh.

    Of Pascal’s six criteria for Christian mockery, I find this quote about the fourth should cause a person to be extra careful:

    “Fourth, we should always desire the good and ultimately the salvation of those whose behavior and ideas we mock. This, after all, is the definition of loving your enemies.”

    I don’t think that many people are capable of walking that line, especially not on today’s social media.

    Near the end, this is a very good point:

    “As Case admitted, “Pascalian mockery” is limited, and is “ripe for abuse by those who have not cultivated a spirit of charity.” “

    There is not much of a spirit of charity/love on social media.


  11. This what Soros money gets you.

    Keep voting democrat.


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