Monday, May 15, 2017

Here’s Why You’ll Pay Higher Gas Prices Whatever The Market

Oil Price ^ | 12 May 2017 | Irina Slav 

The average gasoline tax in the U.S. is 49.5 cents per gallon, according to data from the American Petroleum Institute. That’s not too bad as far as averages go, but it has been climbing over the last five years and it will continue rising as states lose hope that the federal government will chip in for infrastructure construction and maintenance, and transportation.
Washington has been wary of raising the federal fuel tax. So wary, in fact, that the last time it adjusted the rate was more than two decades ago. Meanwhile, international oil prices have been jumping up and down, cars have become much more fuel efficient, and inflation has been biting into state income from gas taxes. In addition, there is a whole new challenge in the shape of electric vehicles that in the future will increasingly undermine fuel sales income for states.
Left with no options, 22 states have raised their fuel tax since 2012 and more will likely resort to the unpopular measure in the coming years. Since January 2017, Governing magazine notes, three states have passed laws to increase the gas excise tax: California, Tennessee, and Indiana. In California, the total tax, state plus federal, is now 57.20 cents per gallon. In Tennessee, the figure is 39.80 cents. In Indiana, the overall tax consumers pay on a gallon of gas is 51.24 cents.
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BLACK Conservative, New Miss USA Rejects Feminism, Says Healthcare Is Not a Right

Newsbusters ^ | 5/15/17 | Alexa Moutevelis Coombs 

A new Miss USA was crowned on Sunday night on FOX, but it wasn’t without some political controversy.

Miss District of Columbia Kara McCullough won the title, much to the chagrin of liberals who didn’t like her conservative answers in the question rounds. Her thought crimes? Saying health care is a privilege, not a right, and rejecting man-hating feminism in favor of equal opportunity.

The Miss USA pageant was hosted by Julianne Hough and Terrence J, and Julianne served up the question about affordable health care to Miss DC, who is a scientist at the Nuclear Regulatory Commission:

Julianne: District of Columbia, you're up. Do you think affordable health care for all U.S. citizens is a right or a privilege and why?

Miss DC: I'm definitely going to say it's a privilege. As a government employee, I am granted health care, and I see firsthand that for one to have health care, you need to have a job. Therefore, we need to continue to cultivate this environment that we're given the opportunities to have health care as well as jobs to all the American citizens worldwide.

Rejecting the liberal mantra that health care is a human right and wanting to cultivate an economic environment that gives job opportunities to all Americans? The horror!

The last question given to each of the three finalists was about the meaning of feminism and Miss DC became even more of a heretic for rejecting “die hard” feminism that doesn’t care about men, aka today’s radical left-wing feminism. And she must have given feminazis conniptions when she said that women and men were equal in the workplace. As for the other two, Miss Minnesota gave a weird answer about feminism being about any gender and Miss New Jersey gave an answer that liberals loved, ranting about the “fight for equality” and creating an “equal world.”

Terrence: What do you consider feminism to be, and do you consider yourself a feminist?

Julianne: Yes, you do. Absolutely you get a microphone. Here you go.

Miss DC: As a woman scientist in the government, I would like to lately transpose the word feminism to equalism. I don't really want to consider myself -- try not to consider myself like this die hard, you know, like, oh, I don't really care about men, but one thing I want to say, though, women, we are just as equal as men when it comes to opportunity in the workplace.

And I say firsthand I have witnessed the impact that women have in leadership in the medical sciences as well as in the office environment, so as Miss USA, I would hope to promote that kind of leadership responsibility globally to so many women worldwide.

 Terrence: Thank you, District of Columbia.

Julianne: All right. Please remove Minnesota's headphones. Minnesota, please join us. What do you consider feminism to be, and do you consider yourself a feminist?

Miss MN: Modern day feminism is not only about supporting other women. It is about being any gender in this entire country, in this world and not being afraid to lift those up around you. It is about being unapologetically yourself. In this pageant we have incredible representatives of what it means to be a woman, whether they're on this stage, hosting this pageant with us, or judging the contestants on this stage.

Julianne: Thank you, Minnesota.

Terrence: Please remove New Jersey's headphones. New Jersey, please join us. What do you consider feminism to be, and do you consider yourself a feminist?

Miss NJ: Feminism is striving for equality, and I do consider myself a feminist. I think it's a misconception when people believe that feminism is women being better than men, but it's really not. It's a fight for equality, and we need to realize that if we want a stable society, a better future for every single individual, we need to be equal, and that's why I advocate for education for women because women are still held back in places of the world. They still don't have that right to their independence, that right to their equality all because of education, and once we do take that step, I believe that an equal world will be a better world. Thank you. 

Needless to say, liberals were very upset that a smart, beautiful African-American woman took home the crown, because she espoused conservative views.

Heavy is the head that wears the crown. Here's hoping the new Miss USA sticks to her guns and doesn't come out with a statement tomorrow "clarifying" her answers and reading liberal talking points after all the leftist outrage.

The Media Finally Admit Obamacare Is Collapsing [but lie about the reasons why]

American Spectator ^ | 5/15/17 | David Catron 

William Tecumseh Sherman famously said, “If I had my choice I would kill every reporter in the world, but I am sure we would be getting reports from Hell before breakfast.” Sherman’s boss, Ulysses S. Grant, was more diplomatic in his memoirs: “Correspondents of the press were… not always disposed to report correctly what did not confirm their preconceived notions.” Sherman’s hyperbole and Grant’s understatement remind us that journalistic malpractice is nothing new, while providing helpful insight for anyone struggling to reconcile years of “news” stories claiming that Obamacare was working with today’s portentous reports that it is collapsing.
There is, of course, no way to reconcile these two narratives without doing considerable violence to common sense. If Obamacare had actually been “working” for all those years, it would not have suddenly collapsed. In reality, the implosion of the “Affordable Care Act” began when it was originally implemented. Moreover, the partisan reporters and editors of the legacy media certainly knew it was a disaster by 2013, when more than five million Americans lost their insurance coverage and exploded on the launch pad. They could not, however, report the truth, because there was no plausible way to blame its failure on the Republicans.
Then Donald Trump surprised almost everyone by winning the 2016 presidential election.
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The morning after!


So very loud!


Pushed & Pulled






Cry Babies




Drop Dead?


Great Day!


Standing By


Abuse of power?


Exploding Head!


Deep hole


How Come?


Smell Test?


Minimum Wage


That's It