Wednesday, June 04, 2008

In July, Gasoline Prices Will Be MORE Than $5 A GALLON!!!

This blog is written from my home in the San Fernando Valley which is a part of Los Angeles County. Gasoline prices near where I live are as high as $4.70+ a gallon for Premium and as low as $4.27 for Regular. That's as of June 4, 2008. Diesel fuel costs between $5.25 and $5.50 a gallon.

Yesterday, I spoke with a high ranking officer of one of the major oil companies. He told me I couldn't use his name but what I could use was this; "In July, the LOWEST price for ALL gasoline will be MORE than $5 a gallon!!!"

But...But...We keep being told the the price for a barrel of oil is going down, so why is the price of gasoline going UP?!?

The answer?

Because!

The whole answer?

Because we CAN!!!

Oh!


"We need to strive for INDEPENDENCE FROM FOREIGN OIL!!!"

Since gasoline was rationed during the Carter administration, how many Presidents of the United States have used the "Independence from foreign oil" phrase?

Give up?

ALL OF THEM!!!

How many of those Presidents of the United States have rolled up their sleeves and arm twisted members of Congress to GET LEGISLATION PASSED that would BEGIN our "Independence from foreign oil" journey?!?

Give up?

NONE OF THEM!!!

In fact, who was the LAST President of the United States who showed POLITICS BE DAMNED "vision" about ANYTHING?!? And was willing to risk his political career on trying to get his "vision" PASSED?!?

Give up?

LBJ!!!

And what was that?!?

THE CIVIL RIGHTS ACT!!!

Which brings us to the two people we have to choose from to be our NEXT President of the United States!!!

Barack Obama or John McCain.

Am I forgetting about Hillary Clinton? No, but she needs to forget about thinking she's still a "candidate".

Do Obama or McCain have the necessary "vision" and "courage" to roll up their sleeves and arm wrestle with members of Congress in order to get legislation passed and "policies" changed that will benefit most of us instead of only a few of us?

Like?

Staying out of the business of other countries, ALL other countries and concentrate on all the problems we have HERE!!!

Like?

A GENUINE ROLL UP YOUR SLEEVES "POLITICS BE DAMNED" EFFORT TO GET LEGISLATION PASSED THAT WILL (finally) BEGIN OUR JOURNEY TOWARD INDEPENDENCE FROM FOREIGN OIL!!!

Legislation that would include drilling for oil HERE and the building of more NUCLEAR PLANTS!!!

And?

Cutting the DEFENSE BUDGET!!!

We have enough weapons and bombs to DESTROY THE WORLD if we wanted to! There is more money WASTED in the Defense Budget than for ANYTHING else we spend money on!!!

And?

HEALTH INSURANCE!!!

I don't know how to fix this problem, but someone who wants to be President of the United States SHOULD have a workable "vision" TO fix this problem because this is one hell of a BIG problem!

And?

IRAQ, but that's covered 11 or 12 paragraphs ago.

HERE'S THE DEAL, GANG!!!

Because of ALL the problems we need to begin the solving process of, it's going to be very interesting to hear what these two men who want to our next President of the United States say! Are either one of them going to have the POLITICS BE DAMNED "vision" and "courage" to risk their political careers on the solving of these or (at least) ONE of these problems?!?

If so, that person gets MY vote!!!

If it turns out to be obvious neither one of these guys is any different than the unimaginative and fearful presidents before LBJ, we're gonna have a very rough next four years!

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

BRIEF ENTERTAINMENT STUFF!!!

The new "Indiana Jones" film. Don't waste your time. The acting is okay. In fact, I thought John Hurt was terrific, but the writing (for a franchise film?) was horrible.

"The Strangers". An interesting horror film. A horror film that does two things all horror films don't do. It cost 9 million dollars to make and it made more than 20 million dollars the first weekend.

"Sex And The City". I went to a 12:30 showing on the first afternoon it opened. The theatre was packed. In a 2 hour and 22 minutes long film, there figures to be a "lag point" or two and this film was no exception. But the "lag points" weren't critical and I agreed with the audience when at the end of "Sex And The City", the audience let out a loud roar of appreciation.

I loved the film!

TWO REALITY SHOWS!!!

As a rule, I'm not a fan of "reality" shows because "real", they ain't. "Reality" shows tend to be more scripted than any drama or comedy I've ever had the pleasure to work on.

Having said that, I've seen both episodes of the Ryan Seacrest produced, "Denise Richards, It's Complicated" annnd,"Living Lohan".

Both shows feature new episodes every Sunday evening on the E! Channel.

"Living Lohan" features relatives of Lindsay Lohan who is talked about a lot, but who has (so far) not made an appearance on the show. This is a show created by and starring the "Desperately wanting to be famous" Dina Lohan, who is Lindsay's mother. We see a lot of Dina, her 14-year old daughter, Ali and younger son, Cody.

Cody, I feel your pain.

I'm gonna guess that at one time, Dina might have been a "babe". Maybe her daughter Ali will one day become a famous singer, but if she's not careful, what people who watch this show are going to remember, is an Ali attitude that is sometimes unpleasant. If this show was on before Denise Richards' show instead of after, I'd probably ignore it.

"Denise Richards, It's Complicated" is a show I'm liking a lot!

Yeah, she's profane. Yeah, she's....

Lemme tell you something. What Denise Richards strikes me as is...Someone who's real!

First of all, she's a 37-year old "knockout" who's dad and two kids are living with her. I find myself enjoying this show because I really care about what she might do next.

Would I like her if I was close to her? Hard to say, but from a distance, I can't help but wonder.

And for me, that's the difference between these two shows. Warts and all, I'd love to be up close to Denise Richards to try to find out what makes her tick. Because I already know what makes Dina Lohan tick.

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

THE NEXT BLOG?

Unless something unexpected comes up, a week from today. I'll share some thoughts with you about talk show host Sean Hannity and anything else that makes me say, "Whaaaat?!?"

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