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Pot, Ferguson and oil…clearing off my desk

December 3, 2014

petecomputerartJust days now before I head down to spend the Christmas season with my grandchildren we of course have a ‘winter storm’ hitting. Not anything akin to what was seen in Buffalo, but a mere 6” to 12” enough to make shoveling my driveway and the 60+ mile drive to Fairbanks a royal pain. In between packing and trying to make sure everything is secure I daily face the ‘desktop’ on my computer with a few half started articles for my blog. So why not once again take these random thoughts and mix them together like the plethora of vegetables in a good stew and serve them to you as my last posting from Alaska for 2014.


This first one personifies the word ‘Irony’. One cannot go a day without hearing on the radio, seeing on television or in the newspaper some public service ad for how harmful smoking is to your health. I also believe every state has a ‘quit smoking’ hotline with access to free medication and counseling, so with this nation wide driving force to stop us from smoking why are people celebrating the passage of the legalization of pot smoking? Is smoking marijuana that much less harmful than smoking a cigarette? Yes I can hear the refrain that pot does not have all the added cancer causing chemicals in it that cigarettes have, but have any of you looked at the medical studies that show that merely by smoking anything you are harming your lungs. Add to that you do not know what the growers of the pot have used on their plants to keep them healthy, and I say that your actions are very ‘ironic’!

Isn’t it ironic that it rhymes with moronic?


While listening to the ‘Joe Pags’ radio show the other day he said something that made a lot of sense about the people who were rioting in Ferguson. When reporters interviewed the protesters they repeated the refrain of how they could not understand the jury verdict, because they see the verdict, literally, in black and white. A dead black teenager and a white cop that shot him. They repeat the testimony of witnesses who said Mr Brown was surrendering when shot, but they do not repeat the testimony of the many more witnesses who said he was attacking the police officer. In either case it definitely was not a reason to destroy peoples business and burn police cars. Mr Pags wondered if those interviewed would ‘be honest’ and say that they were rioting because of the frustration over decades of oppression and prejudice that it would be a more valued reason for their actions then basing them on the untruths of some witnesses.

In the light of day
truth is the only reason to support action.


Life seems a little brighter now that it costs me only $26 to drive to Fairbanks instead of the $37 it used to, and one can hope this drop in fuel prices will continue. But this is how I personally feel about the falling cost of oil thanks to OPEC’s continuing overproduction of that oil. It has taken many years but OPEC is now afraid of the US and its continuing expansion of oil production. The US is witness to an oil boom unseen since the first oil wells in Pennsylvania and Texas. We recently have become the world leader in oil production and OPEC is doing something about it by continuing to flood the market with their oil and dropping the per gallon price of crude. While this is good for you and me it is very bad for all those new and old companies drilling throughout the United States. It is also very bad for the state of Alaska because our very survival is based on oil revenue to fuel our state treasury.

One result I would expect from the falling oil revenue
would be a cut in the states budget
but then I still hope to find that one big gold nugget.

8 Comments leave one →
  1. December 3, 2014 9:40 pm

    Always great to read your posts and find myself agreeing with many of your statements.. Hope you have a very Merry Christmas and Happy and Healthy New Year and can’t wait to read your 2015 posts. 73


  2. December 3, 2014 10:51 pm

    Merry Christmas, Pete, even though it is a bit early. But you are flying out soon, so wanted to wish you many blessings.


  3. December 3, 2014 11:12 pm

    I’ve been following you for about a year now and find your blog commentaries quite interesting and much alike my way of thinking. I expect to make a road trip to your State in 2015 or 2016 just for the adventure of it … coming from Austin TX … that will be quite the drive. I’d like to meet up with you. One day I hope to talk with you over the air waves as well. My call sign is KF5WCX. Merry Christmas!


  4. Jon permalink
    December 4, 2014 1:14 am

    Merry Christmas Pete! & once again looking forward to a phone conversation or two.
    Some of the public employees’ retirements here in Minn. is tied to tobacco stock so they can’t kill some of the golden goose can they?

    A friend of mine who happens to be the sister the former manager of the venerable Big I bar in Fairbanks sent me a non-comic comic that showed a courtroom scene just after the OJ Simpson verdict that asked if anyone remembers whites in America rioting after the verdict with the answer “me neither!”
    The St. Paul school superintendent (who’s black) remarked after the Ferguson verdict,”This is a sad night for America. What am I going to tell my black students?”
    For starters superintendent, tell them to stay out of trouble & obey a policeman’s or women’s orders! She got some heat for her remarks so she came out with the non-apology apology & said she was “sorry about the “misunderstanding” of her remarks. Yeah right.

    Gas here is averaging about 2.60/ gallon for now. Drill, baby, drill.

    Merry Christmas to all of you regulars & everyone else who visits here! :)



  5. del permalink
    December 4, 2014 5:10 am

    you have a Merry Christmas pete and maybe you can get that radio working.


  6. Gina permalink
    December 4, 2014 3:08 pm

    Merry Christmas Pete and enjoy the visit with the family !


  7. December 15, 2014 8:59 am

    Merry Christmas Pete. Enjoy your time Outside with the grandkids.


  8. December 27, 2014 6:21 pm

    Yes, you have a healthy helping of Common Sense. Richard


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