Wednesday, June 11, 2008

Gas prices? Iran/Israel? Iraq? Here in L.A., it's all about the LAKERS!!!

For a few days, we here in L.A. have stopped talking about Hillary's terrific speech, President Bush's continued cluelessness, the never ending rising of gas prices and our possibly getting dragged by Israel into a war with Iran.

Nothing but nothing is more important to Angelinos than "The Lakers, baby!!!"

On the day that this blog is written, the Lakers are celebrating their first win (last night) over the Celtics in the NBA Finals that is now led by the Celtics, two games to one. Game four of this best of seven series will be played tomorrow night. The feeling here is that the Lakers will win tomorrow night and Sunday night which would send this series back to Boston for a game 6 and a possible game 7.

BACK TO POLITICAL, ECONOMIC AND WAR QUESTIONS!!!

Did you see or listen to the Hillary Clinton concession speech this past Saturday? In previous blogs, I have written the wish that we no longer elect anyone named Bush or Clinton to be a President of the United States, but that doesn't mean I can't appreciate a good speech if I hear one from a Bush or a Clinton.

I thought that Hillary Clinton's speech was TERRIFIC!!!

And yes, I believe that the Obama people will seriously consider the thought to offer Senator Clinton the opportunity to be Obama's running mate.

My personal choice is Senator Joe Biden, the Obama people are said to be considering a retired General or two, but as this is written, you can "take this to the bank"; The Obama people have no idea who they're going to pick.

But ya know what? I also don't think the McCain people know who they're going to pick! I think that Senator McCain would probably like to pick Senator Joe Lieberman, I think he's thought about Secretary of State Condoleeza Rice, but the man or woman most of his advisors probably want is a current young governor.

GAS PRICES!!! GRRRRR!!!! HAVE YOU EVER HEARD OF SWITCHGRASS?!?

One of the gas stations that is walking distance from me is now selling Premium gasoline for $4.99.9 a gallon. No, I don't live in a rich neighborhood. The lowest price for Regular is in the $4.60 a gallon range.

Switchgrass! This is something that we're told is easy to grow and is also something that might well be responsible for bringing the price of gasoline down if our government would get behind it and investment money was raised to make it happen.

President Bush mentioned this stuff right after he was reelected, but he doesn't seem to have mentioned it since. Is that because of "Big Oil" getting their fat cat lobbyists to convince us to quit talking about something that could lower the price of oil which would lower the price of gasoline?

I don't know the answer to that question, but isn't it a legitimate question to ask? And while we're at it, isn't it also a legitimate question to ask how effective switchgrass could/would be and whether or not it's potential use could be made available to everyone?!?

AND SPEAKING OF THE PRICE OF GAS....

Do you know what the average price of gasoline was at the beginning of the Bush administration?

Give up?

$1.46 a gallon!!!

Cause and effect: Expensive war, no taxes to pay for the war, no "apparent" sacrifice by any of us unless one of us or a member of our family has joined the military, but look at what has happened "down the road" after we were scared into believing that a war in Iraq was the right thing to do by this most incompetent of "leaders". Yes sir, Mr. President. As you've told us, "I'm the DECIDER!" And you're on the verge of "deciding" every one of us into the poorhouse if we don't get you out of the White House in time!

Basic economics, Mr. President. Borrow the money. Pay back the money. Borrow too much? Can't pay it back? Bankruptcy. Or when we're talking about a whole country, DEPRESSION!

There was a mission that would have cost a lot of money that I would have been in favor of. The mission involving the capturing and or killing of Osama bin Laden.

Mr. President, here's a question that you should have been asked a long time ago.

Is there a reason you don't WANT bin Laden captured or killed?

One turban headed 6 foot 6 inch sickly looking ugly guy and the greatest military in the world can't find him?!?

Mr. President, I'm just a dumb guy who writes a blog, but even I could come up with a plan involving bribery and power that would smoke this guy out! Is that because I've had more military experience than you or most of your "enablers" have had?

AND SPEAKING OF WARS...

Israel is talking about possibly attacking Iran because of concerns about Iran's possible nuclear capabilities. Capabilities that Iran says are for the producing of electricity for their citizens. And we're told that Israel might need help from the United States if they decide to attack Iran.

I have a question I'd like to ask and I'll admit that it's a question based on ignorance. MY IGNORANCE!!!

Unless I'm imagining things, it seems to me that we support Israel, no questions asked, no matter what they do.

Why is that?

This stupid Iraq war we let ourselves get involved in is damn near bankrupting us. And now we might get into another war? With Iran? If Israel asks us to?

I AM NOW GOING TO ASK ALL OF YOU TO PLEASE READ WHAT I'M ABOUT TO WRITE AND IF YOU DON'T END UP NODDING YOUR HEAD IN AGREEMENT, PLEASE WRITE TO ME AND TELL ME "WHY"?

Israel isn't the only country that has expressed concerns about Iran and nuclear stuff. Germany has and so has our country. Maybe some others.

Let's say for the sake of argument that Iran is building nuclear stuff that has to do with more that electricity for their citizens.

And let's say for the sake of argument that Iran sent nuclear warheads in our direction. If they were lucky, they might wipe out or severely damage areas that might add up to Boston and New York, population wise. That would be a terrible tragedy. And it would take a long time for us to "get over it". But we would "get over it".

But because of the IMMENSE firepower that WE have, here's what would happen to Iran. There would no longer BE an Iran!

Look, I know there's no discounting the potential lunacy ingrained in luna-tics, but do we believe Iran's leadership is that stupid?

THOUGHTS OR COMMENTS? Please write to me at scottstjames@sbcglobal.net. I write back to everyone.

GO LAKERS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

THE NEXT BLOG? Unless something unexpected comes up, a week from today. I'll share some thoughts with you about the lack of "vision" which led to The Idiot's Tax, the big bank that suckers you with "trickery", some thoughts about Sean Hannity and some thoughts on another conservative talk show host who's "act" is having conversations with himself when the "caller" doesn't agree with him.

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