The Twilight Zone

When Barack Obama said we will save as much fuel by properly inflating our tires as we could expect to get from offshore drilling I discounted it as another gaffe in a long line of moronic comments by the Democrat nominee.

Republicans seized the moment by sending out notes with a tire pressure gage underscoring the idiocy of Obama’s comment.   John McCain piled on by suggesting his opponent’s energy plan comprised nothing more than a public service announcement.

I figured that would be the end of it until the main stream media started taking up the cause praising Obama for his insight and wisdom, sighting government websites with facts and figures revealing Obama correct in his declaration.   The icing on the cake, however, didn’t come until Obama laughed and ridiculed his detractors for laughing at him.

I guess if you are the only genius in a Down syndrome clinic, you are the dummy based on their aggregate opinion of you.   Last week’s tire pressure spectacle where the obvious was chastised and the ridiculous exalted certainly evidenced there is an alternate universe devoid any logical thinking.

Due to price increases over the last few months gas consumption has dropped 3 to 4% and Americans are radically changing their habits to save fuel.   According to Obama, we could save as much by pumping up our tires.

His assertion is ridiculous on so many levels it is difficult to figure out where to start arguing the absurdity of his statements.

Anytime a politician uses statistics you know you’re going to be in for an E-ticket ride.

Let’s just assume you do save three percent by inflating your tires.   How under inflated do tires have to be to increase your fuel consumption by three percent?   Ten pounds?   Twenty pounds?   Twenty-five?

I’m certain there is a point where underinflated tires adversely affect fuel consumption, but how many people are actually out there running around on tires with 10 psi of air in them?   Ten or fifteen pounds underinflated is hardly going to make a difference, and barely anyone is consistently running their cars around on tires like that.

Even if we could save 3% by inflating our tires, how does that mitigate our need for fuel?   What does one have to do with the other?

People wouldn’t starve if we just wouldn’t waste so much food, so we don’t need to grow more crops?

Murder wouldn’t happen if people wouldn’t kill each other, so don’t throw people in jail, just put up a bunch of government sponsored posters and TV commercials showing the negative consequences of murder.

Losers wouldn’t need welfare if they would just work.   Great, let’s stop welfare.

Here is a good one:

Health care costs wouldn’t be so high if everyone paid for their own healthcare.   Now that’s a campaign slogan you’ll never hear, but it makes logical sense.

Instead we get to hear, Fill your tires with air.

The left is so determined to get a Democrat into the White House and they are so full of hatred for Bush they’ll vote for anyone.

This election, You’re traveling through another dimension a dimension not only of sight and sound but of mind. A journey into a wondrous land whose boundaries are that of imagination. That’s a signpost up ahead: your next stop Obamaland!

 
Copyright 2008 Jim Pontillo

21 thoughts on “The Twilight Zone

  1. So you’re one of the people who will continue driving your SUV with uninflated tires and without a tune-up for three years just to spite Obama, is that right?

  2. No Crumb,

    But I got a boat that sucks down about 300 dollars a day with a 500 cubic inch engine that I enjoy taking out on weekends!

    The lake is real smooth now too. It seems not too many people can afford fuel these days.

    Bummer.

  3. Al gore drives a big ol’ pimp-daddy lexus.
    His house as I recall has about the same carbon footprint as your typical Vegas casino.
    He recently bought a mercury hybrid to stave off any right wing hypocrisy theories but has rarely been seen driving it.

    Carefull when lamenting about big Jims SUV tires, you could be casting apersions upon a fellow greenist.

  4. Jim,

    “Anytime a politician uses “statistics” you know you’re going to be in for an E-ticket ride.”

    Any time YOU use “statistics” we know you must be talking rubbish. It is helpful actually as you can skip right to the end of the article.

  5. Matt,

    Tell me what stats I used which are not accurate. I use stats sparingly, but unlike our politicians, I don’t lie about them.

    Show me where I have been off base and I will gladly retract.

  6. I’m not a “greenist” and Gore IS a hypocrite. It’s also hypocrisy to complain about oil prices and then not do everything within your power to lower them [hint: ANWR and offshore drilling won’t relieve oil prices until 30 years from now when the legislation and infrastructure and actual drilling are finished]. The McCain camp is being silly and petty about the obvious suggestion to the working man that he should keep his vehicle in tip top shape to save on gas.

  7. “Losers wouldn’t need welfare if they would just work. Great, let’s stop welfare.”

    A noble enterprise if ever I heard one, but pie in the sky.

    I would love Obamas take on this. It would go something like this “we need welfare reform, change…change…change”
    Right out of the empty vessel 101 handbook.

    He wouldn’t dare touch this as he’d lose a major chunk of his demgraphics in one foul swoop and he knows it.

    Our current WELFARE system has an estimated 80% rate of abuse and outright fraud.
    Democrates refuse to ween people from this sytem for the above mentioned reason and instead paint them as third world entities deserving of our sympathies because self respect and accountability are somehow out of reach for these innocents because only greedy people with all their ill gotten money can buy these commodities.

    I’ll say it now because SOMEONE has to.

    The ONLY reason welfare exists today is because if we shut it down, there would be a revolution in this country by all the dregs of society who have been sucking off this freebie for 3 and 4 generations like comatose zombies on an I.V. and we are afraid of what these losers will do if we pull the tube – period!

    Nothing lofty or noble about it. Just plain old FEAR.

  8. I’m not saying, Jim, that your statistics are inaccurate. I only suggest that you twist them and distort them ludicrously to support your position.

  9. “The ONLY reason welfare exists today is because if we shut it down, there would be a revolution in this country by all the dregs of society who have been sucking off this freebie for 3 and 4 generations like comatose zombies on an I.V. and we are afraid of what these losers will do if we pull the tube – period!”

    But the Red states that vote Republican suck down more tax dollars than the Blue states that vote Democrat. If we “pull the tube” then the Red states will collapse into a black hole of economic unproductivity and mass poverty. Except for Texas, Florida, Virginia and maybe Georgia.

  10. What the HELL?

    Some moron says this:
    “hint: ANWR and offshore drilling won’t relieve oil prices until 30 years from now when the legislation and infrastructure and actual drilling are finished]. ”

    Wow you are even further out than that idiot Nancy “worst ratings of congress ever” Pelosi.

    THREE DECADES TO ERECT A DAMN OIL RIG? ARE YOU OUT OF YOUR MIND? That could be done FAST. Think atomic bomb, think man on the moon. But yet you seem to believe it will take 30 FREAKING YEARS to DRILL? Damn the shit is so thick in here I need rubber boots.

  11. p.s. learn some comprehension skills retard

    TWO CAN PLAY THE INSULT GAME

    also

    “According to Newendorp, the Department of Energy (DOE) was asked to conduct a study in 2005 to estimate how much oil was in ANWR and DOE found the following:

    “If it was open by development in 2005, there would not be the first drop of oil until at least 2013,” Newendorp said, “and that the peak oil, after they had drilled all of the wells, would not occur until 2025.

    “It’s a drop in the bucket. It’s fair to say that it would be at least eight to 10 years to get any oil [from ANWR] to market and it would then take 20 to 30 years to get it all out of the ground.””

    http://www.eptrail.com/news/2008/jul/25/arctic-national-wildlife-refuge-anwr-why-not-drill/

  12. Whatever.. that means shit. Who knows the agenda behind that report or “study”. It is PURE CRAP to believe that it would take that long if there was a national effort into solving this problem. Pull your head out of your ass.

  13. Yes, who knows what agenda could be behind the study undertaken by the Department of Energy!

    It is very nice to see that you know better than the Department of Energy how long it would take to extract the oil under ANWR and the offshore sites. It’s refreshing to finally meet someone “in the know” about drilling oil!

  14. Crumb,

    We built the atomic bomb in five years, and you’re telling me we can’t get that oil in nothing flat. PLEASE!

    If we can’t get it, it’s not oil companies holding back, it’s Nancy Pelosi and other Democrats.

  15. No, it’s the fact that it takes time to locate and drill a thousand feet under water. The atom bomb wasn’t hiding out underground, and it didn’t take up quite as much space as millions of barrels of oil. But yes, somehow, we will magically dig up all the oil underwater right away, without waiting to actually pump it. It’ll be just like the atom bomb; scientists will spend a lot of time doing math and the oil will be above ground! After all, they’re completely comparable activities, math and physical labour.

  16. We all know the green lobby has won the argument. The only problem is that self-righteous buffoons like Al Gore keep ramming their fatalistic arguments down us and this puts people off. We need a sensible voice to make the case for moving away from fossil fuels.

  17. No we don’t!! You see, there’s lots of oil and we don’t need to worry about it running out for a hundred and fifty years! Pollution is an imaginary problem! Why, man isn’t causing global warming at all, it’s an entirely natural process!

    What’s that?

    No! Of course we won’t prepare to protect our way of life against climate change! Didn’t you hear when I said it’s entirely natural? That means we don’t need to worry about it!

  18. It’s a sin to defy God’s will, so we should just let the Flood happen! That’ll sort out the sinners from the conservatives!

  19. I should reiterate this because laffs

    “The ONLY reason welfare exists today is because if we shut it down, there would be a revolution in this country by all the dregs of society who have been sucking off this freebie for 3 and 4 generations like comatose zombies on an I.V. and we are afraid of what these losers will do if we pull the tube – period!”

    But the Red states that vote Republican suck down more tax dollars than the Blue states that vote Democrat. If we “pull the tube” then the Red states will collapse into a black hole of economic unproductivity and mass poverty. Except for Texas, Florida, Virginia and maybe Georgia.

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