This morning I was on a conference call concerning the Domestic Energy & Job Act which molds together a large collection of energy legislation including:

  • Strategic Energy Production Act of 2012, H.R. 4480 (Rep. Cory Gardner, CO-4)
  • Gasoline Regulations Act of 2012, H.R. 4471 (Rep. Ed Whitfield, KY-1)
  • Planning for American Energy Act of 2012, H.R.4381 (Rep. Scott Tipton, CO-3)
  • Providing Leasing Certainty for American Energy Act of 2012, H.R 4382 (Rep. Mike Coffman, CO-6)
  • Streamlining Permitting of American Energy Act of 2012, H.R. 4383 (Rep. Doug Lamborn, CO-5)
  • The Streamlining Permitting of American Energy Act (H.R. 4383)
  • The National Petroleum Reserve Alaska Access Act, H.R. 2150 (Rep. “Doc” Hastings, WA-4)
  • The BLM Live Internet Auctions Act, H.R. 2752 (Rep. Bill Johnson, OH-6)

The call was Hosted by Majority Whip Kevin McCarthy (ca-22), he was joined by Doc Hastings (WA-4) Chairman of the House Natural Resources Committee & Freshman Rep. Cory Gardner (CO-4).

They made a passionate case for their bill and during the Q & A stressing that gas although lower than a few months ago is still double the price it was when the administration came to office. Chairman Hastings noted that President Obama actions on energy: “His actions are 180 from his rhetoric” and that producers constantly inform him: ”Just tell me what the rules are and don’t change them, give me some certainty” and noted states like North Dakota & Texas experienced growth saying “…by having a policy that protects environment but allows extraction it has fundamentally changed the situation.

Majority Whip McCarthy suggested folks from the EPA put “personal beliefs and philosophical beliefs” before their actual tasks and during hearings when it comes to the actual effects of regulations on Jobs: “One thing we’ve found in the hearings is they don’t evaluate this …and what it actually means.”

All valid points but it was Freshman Cory Gardner of Colorado that made the most significant point when it comes to freeing energy producers when answering a question from Politico concerning North Dakota as an example. Rather than sticking to North Dakota he noted an example from his own state of Colorado.

In Weld County, CO. there are 31 operators producing energy. Of those 31 companies 2 of them paid a combined $209 million dollars in property taxes.

To put this in perspective the total budget of the county is $200 million.

Run those number through your head a second. This is revenue not produced by raising taxes higher but simply by letting companies operate and pay the taxes already on the books.

Picture every state where the Government has blocked this kind of action. Think of what this kind of thing would do for the budget bottom line. And that doesn’t even count the employment taxes, social security taxes, income taxes, excise taxes and even fuel taxes that these businesses and every single employee they hire will be paying to local, state and federal governments simply for the privilege of working hard and making a money.

As Rep Cory Gardner said: “If we are going to unleash American Energy this is the best way to flip the switch

Maybe I’m old fashioned being the son of parents born in the 20’s but this makes sense to me.

Update: A related video

This line from the NYT piece about putting George Bush’s head on a pike in the HBO series Game of Thrones is simply amazing:

In the audio commentary on the Season 1 DVD release of “Game of Thrones,” the show’s lead producers, David Benioff and D. B. Weiss, pointed out that a scene showing the heads of several vanquished warriors included Mr. Bush’s, obscured under a long wig but recognizable in profile.

“The last head on the left is George Bush,” the producers say in the audio commentary. “George Bush’s head appears in a couple beheading scenes. It’s not a choice, it’s not a political statement. It’s just, we had to use what heads we had around.”

Yeah there is no political statement at all having an ex president’s head on a pike. And with a budget of The Between $50-60 million who has the money for a different head.

As Glenn Reynolds notes in an e-mail from a Journalist:

A JOURNALIST READER WHOM I’M SURE WOULD PREFER ANONYMITY WRITES: “I know this game gets tired, but imagine, just imagine the months of fury, the global advertising boycotts, the anguished Senate investigations if a network did this with our current president.”

I don’t frankly expect much better from Hollywood but I think the idea its a given that a journalist would surely prefer anonymity is a much more serious indictment of our culture than Hollywood leftists acting like Hollywood leftists.

Update: And here comes the spin

No disrespect intended, by putting his head on a pike and then bragging about it on the DVD commentary? Not to go all gumshoe, but this new excuse doesn’t mesh with that commentary. A changing story indicates deception. The apology now is one of those “We apologize if…” fake apologies.

The original commentary says flatly that the head is George W. Bush. Now they’re saying that it just looks like him, and they only noticed that after shooting the scenes. No one noticed the resemblance before putting scraggly hair on the head and putting it on a pike? And no one noticed the resemblance before using it in another scene with severed heads?

As the tangled web of Brett Kimberlin & Co continues to unravel thread by thread I’m already at the point where I’m wondering how we got to this place, that is: How did people on the left, online or otherwise reach the point where they are not only tied up with Brett Kimberlin & Company’s Machiavellian maneuvers but how they managed to believe despite evidence from credible sources that this was not a place to be?

Strangely enough the answer comes from a story with a lot of parallels, the story of Hal Chase a solid defensive first baseman in the early 20th century whose willingness to earn a few extra dollars throwing games were a precursor to the Black Sox scandal and Judge Kenesaw Mountain Landis becoming commissioner of Baseball

(Note much of this information that will follow comes from the Bill James Historical Baseball Abstract 1985 edition p329-p333.  This book has an incredible write up on the greatest players, position by position of the 20th century.  No baseball fan should be without it and I highly recommend  the spectacular write-ups on Yogi Berra & the comparison between Ted Williams & Stan Musial as well.)

First Baseman Hal Chase reached the majors in 1905 and almost instantly was proclaimed a star. As Bill James put it:

No one ever saw him play without being left gasping for adjectives

Magazines, fans and writers seemed all in agreement concerning his greatness and he was the focus of story after story throughout his career (and even appeared on some the Hall of Fame ballots)  but within 3 years of his debut charges that he was “laying down” as it was called started to appear in print.  These charges continue throughout his time in baseball and were made by such respected Baseball names as Frank Chance, (of Tinker to Evers to Chance fame) and George Stallings both who managed him.

In Cincinnati he was managed by Christy Mathewson THE most trusted and respected man in the game.   A man so honest that umpires would ask his help on close plays.  When such funny business arose with Chase Mathewson didn’t hesitate or equivocate.  He suspended him in August of 1918 for the rest of the season and the case went before the National League.

Lucky for Chase by the time he came to trial before  league WW 1 took  Mathewson to France.  Without Mathewson whose live testimony would have likely doomed him  Chase was able to successfully accuse players who testified in support of the charges of being part of a clique against him (sound familiar?) lied directly about past claims (sound familiar again?) and somehow managed to talk his way into acquittal. As Bill James put it on page 332 of his book:

He was free, then. It had all be brought out into the open, and he had gotten by with it. This seems to have had a liberating effect on Chase’s activities”

The rest is as they say history, looking at that history that led to the facilitating the throwing of a world series James writes that Chase had…

“something wonderfully masculine and persuasive drew men to him, and compelled them to believe not only that he was honest but that he was right, that he was something more than ordinary”

and that Chase was

“…one of those people…to whom lies and truth were all the same and who eventually was not always certain in his own mind when he was lying and when he was telling the truth. When it was alleged that he paid a teammate $25 after the teammate ha dlost a game he said it was just a gift. And me made people believe that.”

Take a close look at the Brett Kimberlin case and tell me you do not see this same dynamic being played out. You have a person, who has been marked by the courts, marked in a book about him and even in Time Magazine can a con man yet he due to some apparently considerable skills he has as a Lawyer or a talker, managed to:

And that’s not even touching on his “interesting” testimony during the Worthing case.

If you have been following this case at all get your hand on the book and read the full write-up about Hal Chance. It will seem very timely and then marvel at this final thought:

All Chase did, he got away with in a World before Radio lets alone Television and the Net.  The documentation on Kimberlin is available in an internet age and yet he and his associates are still getting away with it…

…so far

Update:  Missed a pair of links, added.

Update 2: Stacy McCain notes that Kimberlin might not be the only candidate (sans the defensive skill at first base) for Hal Chase status

This is an actual debate going on among those who have followed the Kimberlin story. There are some who think that Rauhauser is entirely cynical and that he keeps ginning up these crazy conspiracy theories in an effort to distract and confuse simpleminded people. There are others — and I am among them — who believe that Rauhauser is in the advanced stages of some degenerative neurological disorder and that his deranged rantings are symptomatic of his irreversible descent into paranoid psychosis.

Whether Neal Rauhauser is a scheming manipulator or the victim of a mental illness, however, there is no question that he is peddling falsehoods. One of the reasons I believe Rauhauser to be psychotic is because, if he were sane, he couldn’t possibly imagine that anyone would believe his lies.

Read the whole thing and for the record I also agree with this ending:

I agree with one thing that the “Not Brett Kimberlin” site said: “[T]hose responsible for this anarchy will likely serve long prison sentences.” And we know who they are.

Yup and that’s why they should be turning States evidence as I’ve suggested STAT!