No Runny Eggs

The repository of one hard-boiled egg from the south suburbs of Milwaukee, Wisconsin (and the occassional guest-blogger). The ramblings within may or may not offend, shock and awe you, but they are what I (or my guest-bloggers) think.

Archive for July 29th, 2008

Favre applies for reinstatement. End-game coming?

by @ 22:40. Filed under Sports.

Cross-posted at TheWisconsinSportsBar.

The NFL has confirmed an NFL Network report that it received a request from Brett Favre for reinstatement. Once Commissioner Roger Goodell approves the request, the Packers will have but 24 hours to reinstate him, complete a trade, or give him his outright release. Unless Goodell dwaddles, which I cannot discount, I expect that approval to happen tomorrow, with the reinstate/trade/release clock running out on Thursday.

The problem with the trade third is nobody outside the NFC North, where Ted Thompson desperately doesn’t want to see Favre end up, is willing to give up a third-rounder plus a defensive tackle for a diva whose current contract is for $12 million this year, $13 million next year and $14 million in 2010. This is despite reports of Goodell’s involvement in trade talks.

If the trade talks continue to sputter, I expect Thompson to “reinstate” Favre and promptly find a way to keep him off the active roster and out of training camp in order to preserve his lifelong dream of being the guy who retired Favre. That is likely to result in a grievance.

Barring the miracle trade, this one’s going to get even uglier.

Revisions/extensions (4:44 pm 7/30/2008) – The Green Bay Press-Gazette has a couple of more developments:

– Packers President/CEO Mark Murphy met with both Favre and agent James “Bus” Cook today, and during a short break, Cook said things “were going well”.
– The NFL announced that it would not take action on Favre’s reinstatement letter today to allow the team and Favre more time for the two sides to work out a solution.

Drill Here, Drill Now Tuesday – 7/29/2008

by @ 13:09. Filed under Energy.

This idea was started by Jessi at Wake Up America. It will appear here every Tuesday (whether I’m here or not; the only difference is I won’t be able to update the current gas price while on vacation) until Congress wakes up and allows a lot more domestic drilling (I’m not talking about just ANWR, or just off the Florida coast where Cuba, Red China and Brazil are preparing to drink our milkshake, or just the shale fields in the Rockies).

My Gas Price (south suburban Milwaukee County, Wisconsin): $3.729/gallon cash // $3.779/gallon credit for regular unleaded

America needs to drill here drill now. America is having a energy crisis, and we need to do something now!

Urge Congress to pass a bill to drill in America, where the United States has vast oil and gas resources onshore and offshore that are currently illegal to develop and therefore inaccessible.

U.S. law prohibits the development of approximately 38 billion barrels of undeveloped oil resources (19 billion barrels onshore and 18.92 billion offshore).

U.S. law prohibits the development of approximately 180 trillion cubic feet of undeveloped natural gas resources (94.5 trillion cubic feet onshore and 85.7 trillion cubic feet offshore).

Also…

CONGRESS RECENTLY VOTED TO MAKE IT ILLEGAL TO DEVELOP U.S. OIL SHALE RESOURCES

With oil prices at an all-time high, Americans are facing escalating gas, diesel, and aircraft fuel increases. Oil prices are projected to increase further.

Congress, however, has made it illegal to develop vast domestic oil resources in large parts of the United States.

The most startling Congressional prohibition on domestic oil production concerns the recently enacted ban on the development of oil shale resources in parts of Colorado, Utah, and Wyoming in the Green River Formation. According to a Rand Study estimate, this reserve contains over one trillion barrels of oil, with 800 billion barrels fully recoverable, or three times the current oil reserves as Saudi Arabia.

SIGN THE PETITION (if you haven’t already)!

Eggs on the road – the next few days

by @ 12:46. Filed under Miscellaneous.

Tonight – Smog ‘n Blog (‘n Grog), Nice Ash, 327 W. Main in Waukesha, 8 pm. Do note the time and location change. I won’t be there long as I don’t participate in the Smog portion, but Nice Ash does have a bar, so I’ll be there.

Thursday – John McCain townhall meeting, Racine Civic Centre Memorial Hall, 5 Fifth St., Racine, 10 am. I wonder if they have wi-fi.

The Morning Scramble – 7/29/2008

by @ 12:11. Filed under The Morning Scramble.

I’m still running at half speed, but so is Joe Walsh…

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=axmUsmLwPko[/youtube]

  • Before this thing goes downhill, a PSA – Jessi is trying to start a new Tuesday meme on energy. I’ll fully-bite momentarily, but note right now that gas is $3.729/gallon (cold, hard cash only) for regular unleaded at a Mobil close to the bunker.
  • Moron Pundit lands a right cross to Barack Obama’s plan to fast-track alternative fuel sources to reduce the price of gas.
  • Dave in Texas found some Pubbies with enough spine to remind voters that Obama is a leading part of the Drill-Nothing Congress that has the lowest approval ratings EVAH! Odds are high that John McCain will repudiate this by the end of today.
  • Paleo-Pat enters the “It Has Begun” realm, as he found that servers tied to Obama’s campaign appear to have been used in a DOS attack of somebody not drinking the Obamination Kool-Aid. Whether it was somebody in Obama’s campaign or a cracker who made it look like the attack came from there, I believe it’s time to review the backup plans.
  • Owen found Obama’s plan for Social “Security” tax hikes lacking in details. Bonus coverage – do read Steve Austin’s comments.
  • Jim Hoft found some Iraqi officials who highly-doubt Obama’s committment to victory in Iraq. The money quote (from an unnamed Iraqi official) – “As far as he is concerned, this is Bush’s war and must end in lack of success, if not actual defeat.”
  • Ed Morrissey found another PUMA – Richard Cohen. I’m starting to get the feeling that the Obamination Express just might not make it to Invesco Field; do remember his margin of “victory” is the sole result of superdelegates who can still change their minds, some for the second time.
  • VP Speculation, Obama Edition, Part I – Lawhawk opens the bidding process with Virginia Governor Timothy Kaine, with mention of a few others. Of note, the only other executive mentioned is the sole bone tossed to the estrogen portion of the PUMAs.
  • VP Speculation, Obama Edition, Part II – Jim Geraghty knocks down Kaine’s chances.
  • VP Speculation, McCain Edition, Part I – I’m going back a few days, but I do have to give credit for this one where it’s due; Matt Wolking pumps up Eric Cantor. Personally, I believe it’s an intriguing pick.
  • VP Speculation, McCain Edition, Part II – The Vintage one dug up a likely disqualifier for everybody’s favorite Alaskan mother-of-five. The source is so old, that it mentions only 4 of Sarah Palin’s children.
  • VP Speculation, McCain Edition, Part III – Katie Favazza found The Wall Street Journal playing the age card on John Thune. Never mind he’s older than Obama by a matter of months, never mind he’s been in DC since 1997, and never mind that, as of right now, both he and WSJ fair-haired boy Tim Pawlenty are the same age. I wonder what they’d say about my Congresscritter.
  • VP Speculation, McCain Edition, Part IV – Matt Lewis updates his conservative guide to VP picks (which I believe I forgot to link to yesterday) with Rob Portman and the aforementioned Cantor.
  • VP Speculation, McCain Edition, Part V – Jim Geraghty updates his earlier report that it was going to be Pawlenty by noting that it was a Minnesota insider, and Pawlenty’s schedule hasn’t been reshuffled. Bonus coverage – that pick isn’t coming soon, which in my humble opinion, is the smart move.
  • VP Speculation, McCain Edition, Part VI (last one for this Scramble, I promise) – John Hawkins gathered up almost all the “hot” names and created a poll. To be honest, the only ones that even pique my interest are Palin and Thune, and there are reasons why I don’t particularily like the options.
  • Patrick Casey scores the Coburn-Reid battle over pork 1-0 Good Guy. The News Organization That Cannot Be Quoted™ tried to beg to differ, but only exposed their rank partisanship.
  • I join Bull Dog Pundit in thanking Sen. Coburn.
  • Nate Beeler cues up “Holiday Road” for the do-nothing Congress.
  • The Vintage one has set up a shiny new place to promote conservative candidates – Down The Ticket. Those of you thinking about staying home because you’re even more disgusted with McCain and the “R”NC than I am (and that takes some doing; trust me), do remember there are 535 House seats and 33 Senate seats up this year, along with various local elections (the entire Wisconsin Assembly and just-under-half of the Senate for me).
  • Jim Hoft found one of the Presidential candidates (unnamed, but I’ll wager it was a DhimmiRAT, with minor covering action on Ron Paul-Nut) giving aid and comfort to sworn-enemy Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad when Ahmadhimmijob was here last year.
  • Lady Logician explains why the ‘Rats are mind-numbed robots; it’s the Stepford Affliction.
  • Flip can’t follow Nancy Pelosi’s logic in demanding perpetual foreign oil dependency. News flash; she and her fellow envirowhackos want a 90% drop in the use of oil, specifically, the 90% not used by them.
  • Ed Morrissey asks whether the ‘Rats are beginning to crack on drilling. It truly is scary when Harry Reid is the voice sounding somewhat-sane.
  • Robert Bluey is amazed that Jerry Nadler only wants to go back to the 18th Century. Guess nobody told Nadler what powered the ships of the 18th Century, especially the latter part.
  • Dave in Texas continues the AoSHQ tradition of beautiful headlines on news of dead Islamokazis. To quote Uncle Jimbo, “Predator sends Hellfire, now it’s all bad (all bad).”
  • Ray Robinson has some analysis on the Taliban that you won’t hear from the LeftStreamMedia – namely, it’s the fact that we’re more forward-deployed than in the past that makes it seem like there’s a Taliban “resurgance”. Bonus news – we’re starting to get the various tribes to turn against the Taliban/Al Qaeda.
  • Of course, it’s not all good news in South Asia; lawhawk reports on a 12-hour firefight between Pakistan and India over control of Kashmir.
  • William Teach found the third of Muslims who believe it’s okay to be murdering Islamokazis and their sycophant dhimmitude supporters blaming the messanger. After all, they do share a common goal of wiping out Christianity. It is a pity that the sycophants are unable to recognize that the Islamokazis want them dead as well.
  • Jim H. Ainsworth introduces us to the long, sordid history of Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac, and their equally-ill-conceived siblings.
  • Uncle Jimbo found a school/business partnership that works for poor kids.
  • J. Gravelle reminds us that all meat is “organic”. I do wholeheartedly agree with him on what is “artificial, unnatural, and bad for you”.
  • Dad29 reports that it’s Round 2 for Dick Heller. Guess we’re going to get a slow-motion double-tap.

I told you I was running at half-speed. I would’ve normally had this up an hour ago with even more links and thus still in the morning. Oh well; at least it’s not mourning.

Unintended Consequences

by @ 5:17. Filed under Energy.

Today you get a double dose!

First this article from the WSJ:

Gas Conservation Threatens Road Funding

As the Left continues to cheer the return to the 18th century where carbon fuels don’t exist for transportation, they find a problem. When fuel gets expensive, people buy less of it. When people buy less fuel they pay less taxes for fuel. Less taxes paid means less taxes for the govt. to spend! Right now the Highway trust fund will take in about $3B less than it plans to spend. Oops!

If the national problem isn’t enough, the average state tax is about 150% of the Federal tax. That would suggest the States will be finding themselves short about $4.5B.

Any bets on the number of state fuel tax increases that will be imposed in the next year?

For our second “be careful what you wish for,” we go to the Rochester Postbulletin ¬†for a lament over the lack of B-99 biodiesel.

A year ago B-99 (99% biofuel diesel) was available at a couple of area stations for a price comparable to oil based diesel. B-99 is made from soybeans. Unfortunately, as the price of corn skyrocketed due to the increased demand required for ethanol, more farmers moved from soybeans to corn. The result is that along with corn, soybean prices have soared. B-99, if available at all, is now significantly more expensive that good, old fashioned, oil based diesel. Even the Greenies in the article say they won’t pay more than $.10 a gallon extra to be green.

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, our economy is based on inexpensive energy! That’s not rocket science, that’s common sense if you pick your head up and look outside of the Washington or any State Capital’s beltway. Rapidly and dramatically increased energy prices have implications that the Greens and too many in Washington either don’t want to understand or are intentionally allowing to continue.

I know many on the right are still not comfortable with McCain but remember this. As you go to the polls in just over 3 months, be careful who you vote for. Your vote also could have unintended consequences.

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