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How the Left Views Disease Prevention

UPDATE 05/05/20: Kylee Zempel is on the same page:  “It’s Hard to Take the Left’s Abortion Arguments Seriously When They Betray Them for COVID-19

It is interesting to think about our reaction to the spread of disease.

Think of STDs (Sexually Transmitted Diseases)…

How does the Left react to the common sense prevention of the spread of STDs of abstinence and saving sex for marriage?

Think of AIDS (Acquired immunodeficiency syndrome) and HIV (human immunodeficiency virus)…

How did the Left react to the common sense prevention of the spread of HIV of abstinence and saving sex for marriage?

Think of how the Left views an “unwanted pregnancy” as a “disease”…

How does the Left react to the common sense — 100% effective (save for rape) — prevention of “unwanted pregnancy” of abstinence and saving sex for marriage

Meanwhile, think of the attitude of the Left when it comes to dealing with “unwanted pregnancy”…

They not only support, but actually promote and are proud of the mass murder of babies in the womb.

The Left promotes killing babies in order to not have their lives “inconvenienced”.

Think of the actress Michelle Williams’ Golden Globe speech where she stated that in order to continue living the life she wanted, she was proud to have killed her baby.

Now think of how the Left is reacting to SARS-CoV-2 (Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome-Corona Virus-2)…

Suddenly, they are all about destroying the livelihoods of every American “if it saves one life”.  The complete opposite of their argument in favor of killing with abortion, and taking one life, in order to keep their livelihood.

(Not to mention, the complete opposite of their actions during every other virus outbreaks in recent history:  (H1N1 in 2009, SARS in 2003, MERS in 2012, etc.))


In fact, they are 100% in favor of government-mandated and government-enforced “abstinence” from public life.  Not to mention, mandates to wear masks in public, in stores, in restaurants and in work offices.

And no longer does “my body, my choice” come into play.

Except of course when they continue to deem the mass murder of babies as “essential” business.

Interesting how that works, eh?

Did you know that in 2017, women in Michigan chose to have 26,594 abortions?

That comes to 2,216 dead babies per month.

At last count, Michigan had 4,020 deaths due to COVID-19. Over 3 months, that comes to 1,340 per month.

In other words, on average, more babies are killed in the state of Michigan per month than have died per month of COVID-19.

Let that sink in…

May 3, 2020 , 10:11AM Posted by | Abortion, Abstinence, Democrats, Healthcare, Liberalism, Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Virtue-Signaling Idiots

NOTE:  This is an anecdote from last year, but it still holds true today…

So I have MLB Network on and they have the CLEvsBAL game on. Orioles players are wearing jerseys with green lettering to “celebrate ‘Earth Day'”.

Celebrating a day co-founded by a convicted murderer. Brilliant.

That aside, if “the environment” was in such danger as the environazis claim, they would be banning professional sports in their current form altogether, instead of paying stupid tribute to a worthless day in the form of wearing green-colored clothing.

Think about all the supposed earth-killing that goes on in just ONE MLB sporting event.

Camden Yards seating capacity is about 45,000. The average attendance for the Orioles in 2017 was about 20,000. Now, not every single person in attendance drove to the game and not everyone who drove to the game came alone. So for the sake of this argument, let’s assume that there is 1 vehicle for every 4 people in attendance. So 20,000 / 4 = 5,000 vehicles driven to the game.

So that’s 5,000 pollution-spewing, earth-killing machines — as the environazis would tell you — out in force for one game. Driving to the park and then back home again.

Now multiply that by 81 home games. That is the so-called earth-killing pollution from just the fans attending MLB games. In just one city in the country.

But I’m not done.

Think of all the pollution and energy used by Camden Yards. For lighting all over the park, for food vendors all over the park, for all the fancy scoreboards and special lighting all over the park. And none of that is done for the players. It’s all for the fans who drove the earth-killing vehicles to an energy-guzzling, earth-killing baseball stadium, to sit for 2-3 hours watching a baseball game.

All the players need is what you have at your average baseball or softball diamonds at your local park or high school. Just something to keep track of the score and the number of outs. That’s it.

Allllllllll the rest of the earth-killing, energy-wasting lights and scoreboards and such are solely to entertain the fans.

But I’m not done.

Think of all the pollution and energy used by the bars and restaurants around the MLB stadiums. The energy needed for all the lights, all the stoves and refrigerators, etc. And all those people in the bars and restaurants? They came in energy-guzzling, earth-killing vehicles in addition to those who attend the games in the ballparks.

All of this is going on in every MLB city where a MLB game is being played. 81 times per year, per city. Of course, then there are the playoffs…

If environazis — and anyone who truly takes “Earth Day” seriously — really were serious about “saving the planet”, they would endorse eliminating fans at all sports ballparks, stadiums and arenas in every professional sport.

In this age of technology, there is no reason to leave the house and risk killing the planet with unnecessary excesses at sporting events. Everyone has the opportunity to see all games on TV. No driving earth-killing vehicles, no excesses in lights and food and special scoreboards at ballparks, stadiums and arena.

The earth is saved!

But hey, I’m sure wearing green-colored clothing works just as well… 🤨🙄


April 22, 2019 , 1:11PM Posted by | Energy, Global Warming | 1 Comment

The Cost of Gasoline – Let Me Break it Down for You

Well, it actually will not be me breaking it down for you, but rather one of the great military veteran commenters in the comment thread of this post at This Ain’t Hell: Obama: You Just Don’t Get How Great I Am

The following comment was in response to the nonsense spewed by the liberal ignoramus “Anonymous”:

As for oil, it topped out June 2008 at 132.68 a barrel, but is now at 86.80 a barrel. And as for “We should drill here, now”. Don’t you see the genius of not doing that? We use the rest of the world’s oil, and then we use ours. Sure, we might not have it better, but our children and grandchildren will. [ … ]

I referenced the price of oil, not gasoline. The gasoline companies set those prices (and get record profits doing so). [ … ]

We have to buy gas, and they set the prices. Go ahead an look at some yearly statement of some of these companies, profits don’t lie. [ … ] since June 2009, gas price has increase 85.33%, while in the same time period, oil price has increased only 22%. I’m all ears for a better explanation.

Hondo Says:
July 13th, 2012 at 3:33 pm

Anonymous: the fact that “oil companies set the price of gasoline” is nothing but a persistent myth.

The actual breakout (as of Jan 2012, when gas prices were virtually identical to what they are now) of the cost of a gallon of gasoline is as follows:

Marketing and distribution costs: 6%
Refining costs: 6%
Taxes: 12%
Crude oil costs: 76%

Oil companies thus “control” only approximately 12% of the retail cost of gasoline; taxes and raw material costs account for 88%. And half of the part that oil companies “control” is the cost of refining the gasoline from crude. That is rather essential in having gasoline. The process is very mature and likely cannot be substantially reduced any time soon.

Bottom line: except for panic spikes (like those occurring after Katrina), gasoline prices are pretty much pegged to the cost of crude. Cost of crude goes up, gasoline will go up. Cost of crude goes down, gasoline goes down. They operate generally almost in lockstep.

And supply and demand controls the price of crude. Oil companies don’t.


Hondo Says:
July 13th, 2012 at 3:58 pm

I would have thought someone who worked in the financial industry would understand the concepts of fixed costs and variable costs. However, here’s a simplified explanation.

Gasoline costs have 4 components. One is fixed, two are partially fixed, and one is variable.

The fixed component is taxes. (These actually can vary, but in practice do so so slowly that they can be considered fixed.) At current prices, these are about 12% of the total of each gallon of gasoline (on the order of 40-45 cents per gallon).

The two partially-fixed components are (1) refining costs (which include refinery profits) and (2) transportation and distribution costs (which include profits for distribution companies and gas stations). Each of these is about 6% of the cost of a gallon of gas at current rates – or about 15-18 cents per gallon. The former (refining costs) generates some profit for oil companies. The latter (transportation/distribution) generally does not. Both include huge amounts of fixed or otherwise necessary overhead costs (costs a bundle to refine the oil and to distribute it to gas stations).

The last component is the raw materials costs – e.g., the cost of crude. At current gas prices, this component accounts for about 76% of gas prices – or around $2.60 per gallon.

Now, cut crude prices by 1/2. That drops the share of a gallon of gasoline due to crude to approx $1.30 – but it has little effect on refining costs (maybe those costs drop by 10%, or about 2 cents per gallon) or on distribution and transportation (say those costs drop by 20%, or 4 cents per gallon). It has no effect on taxes per gallon. So the new cost of gasoline becomes $1.30 + $0.45 + $0.14 +$0.16 = $2.05.

This is a “quick and dirty” calculation, so it’s not exact. But it should be fairly close. So let’s check this analysis against history as a sanity check.
Crude oil cost $46.47/barrel on January 23, 2009. Regular grade gasoline cost $1.84/gallon on average.

Crude oil cost $84.96 about 2 weeks ago (June 26, 2012). Regular grade gasoline today costs $3.41/gallon on average.

Crude oil cost went up about 83% between January 23, 2009 and 2 weeks ago. In the same period, gasoline prices went up about 85%.

Any questions?

And that is why I love being a conservative: we have the facts on our side. It is also pretty obvious that the liberal was ‘reasoning’ with emotion (he started out whining about oil company profits and then assuming things based off that incorrect emotional assumption), while the conservative laid out the facts and then came to the conclusion. That’s the difference between liberals and conservatives. Liberals make up ‘facts’ to try to fit their worldview, while conservatives form their worldview after collecting the facts.

And Hondo’s takedown of the ignorant liberal is why I love This Ain’t Hell. The military veterans there are some of the most educated and informed and common sense conservatives online in addition to being great military heroes. Not to mention, they know how to take down liberal nonsense with some flair and humor!

Of course, as is to be expected with liberals, “Anonymous” could not admit to the fact that s/he was wrong, even in the face of facts completely destroying his/her ignorant opinion:

no, you obviously know more about the complexities of oil precaution then I do. I understand fixed costs and variable costs, but you’ve calling into question my knowledge of finance because I’m not as well informed as you about oil precaution. With that sort of hubris, I guess that you are well versed in fixed and variable costs of almost every industry out there.

Typical liberal. When they get owned by facts, instead of admitting they are wrong, they turn it around and throw insults at the conservative providing the facts. Pathetic.

Of course, as is the brilliance of the military guys on the site, Hondo gets in a nice jab in return:

Hondo Says:
July 13th, 2012 at 4:19 pm

Anonymous: no, I don’t claim omniscience in that area. I actually don’t work in either finance or the oil industry. But I would have thought you could have figured this out for yourself after you looked at the first article I cited, given your background in finance and the raw data contained in the article and otherwise readily available.

It only took me about 20 min to do the research and write each of the above comments relating to gasoline pricing. And I’m no expert in economics, finance, or the oil industry.

Heh. And with that, the “Anonymous” ignoramus did not return. Again, typical liberal. When faced with facts that discredit their ignorant worldview, instead of changing their worldview to fit reality, they fling some insults before stomping away in continued ignorance. Maybe he’s going to find out where to sign up for a class to teach him how to do simple research, since it’s pretty obvious he did not learn that while going to school for finance.

This is also an example of another debating trick that liberals love to use: appeal to authority. “Anonymous” started out claiming that s/he was an expert in finance, thus his/her *opinion* on gasoline prices and profits must be the right one. Yeah, not so much. A piece of paper from a university does not make one an expert. Appeal to authority means nothing. Facts mean everything. A high school freshman could have researched those facts and put the ignorant liberal snob in his place.


Heh, I forgot to include NHSparky’s great takedown of the ignoramus as well:

NHSparky Says:
July 14th, 2012 at 8:26 am

Go ahead an look at some yearly statement of some of these companies, profits don’t lie.

Yup – Exxon/Mobil makes a profit of about $40 billion on revenues of $450 billion. That comes out to about 9 percent. Pretty shitty if you ask me, especially compared to banks which have profit margins in the 30-plus percent range.

Also, I’ll trust Hondo @41; since June 2009, gas price has increase 85.33%, while in the same time period, oil price has increased only 22%. I’m all ears for a better explanation.

Not true. In January 2009, the average pump price was $1.81/gallon, and crude price was $43.91/bbl. In June 2009, gas price was $2.74/gallon, and crude was $69.13/bbl. Today, the average price is $3.43/gal with a crude price in June of $90.73/bbl, which is down from the post-2008 peak in March of this year of $117.79/bbl and gas nationall at that point was $3.97/gal.

So no, you fail.


Oh, and before you think that $40 billion in profit on revenues of $450 billion is a lot, consider this, anon – in that same year, the federal government got over $105 billion in taxes, for doing nothing more than sitting on their asses with their hands out.

Amazing how someone supposedly educated in finance cannot do simple math.

If you like that, go read the rest of the comments. They also take down this liberal clown with regards to its claim that unemployment has improved under Obama. Yeah, the ignoramus actually made that comment.

July 15, 2012 , 12:36AM Posted by | Conservatism, Economy, Gas Prices, Liberalism | Comments Off on The Cost of Gasoline – Let Me Break it Down for You

Obama’s Got a Really Bad Economy, but that’s Nothing that a Little Gay Marriage Won’t Fix!

Pretty damn sad that the SCOAMF’s solutions for the piss-poor economy he created remind me of jokes from Friends.

A couple months ago, the same joke could have been made while Obama and the Democrats were pushing the ridiculous “war on women” smear.

“Obama’s got a really bad economy, but that’s nothing a little free contraceptives won’t fix!”

Yeah, brilliant.

First he’ll fix the economy with contraceptives. Now he’ll fix the economy with gay marriage. I wonder what his next “fix” will be. If he even bothers to remember the economy at all…

[Scene: Central Perk, Chandler is reading on the couch while Joey, still suffering from his hernia, is returning with coffee for them both. After a series of grunts and groans he manages to painfully walk back from the counter, sit down, and slide Chandler his coffee.]

Chandler: Hey, will you grab me a cruller? (Joey starts to groan and get up.) Sit down! Will you go to the hospital?!

Joey: Dude! Hernia operations cost like, a lot probably. Besides it’s getting darker and more painful, that means it’s healing.

Chandler: I will loan you the money. Just go to the hospital and let’s just get that thing… pushed back in.

Joey: Thank you, but it would take me forever to pay you that money back and I don’t want that hanging over my head. Okay? Besides, as soon as my insurance kicks in I can get all the free operations I want! Yeah, I’m thinking I’ll probably start with that laser eye surgery too.

(Phoebe enters.)

Phoebe: Hey!

Chandler: Hey.

Joey: Hey!

Phoebe: What’s going on?

Chandler: Oh Joey’s got a really bad hernia, but that’s nothing a little laser eye surgery won’t fix!

May 10, 2012 , 9:52PM Posted by | Barack Obama, Economy, GLBT Movement, Homosexual Movement | Comments Off on Obama’s Got a Really Bad Economy, but that’s Nothing that a Little Gay Marriage Won’t Fix!

I’m Tired of Effing Earth Day

“You got people like this around you?  Country is full of them now!  People walking around all day long, every minute of the day — worried about EVERYTHING!  Worried about the air, worried about the water, worried about the soil.  Worried about insecticides, pesticides, food additives, carcinogens; worried about radon gas; worried about asbestos.  Worried about saving endangered species.

Let me tell you about endangered species, all right?  Saving endangered species is just one more arrogant attempt by humans to control Nature!  It’s arrogant meddling!  It’s what got us into trouble in the first place!  Doesn’t anybody understand that?  Interfering with Nature!  Over 90 percent . . . over . . . way over 90 percent of all the species that have ever lived — EVER LIVED — on this planet are gone.  Whissshht!  They are extinct!

We didn’t kill them all.

They just . . . disappeared!  That’s what Nature does!  They disappear these days at the rate of 25 a day, and I mean regardless of our behavior.  Irrespective of how we act on this planet, 25 species that were here today, will be gone tomorrow!  Let them go . . . gracefully!  Leave Nature alone!  Haven’t we done enough?

We’re so self-important.  So self-important!  Everybody’s going to save something now.  ‘Save the trees; save the bees; save the whales; save those snails.’  And the greatest arrogance of all, “Save the planet.”  WHAT?  Are these fucking people kidding me?  Save the planet?  We don’t even know how to take care of ourselves yet.  We haven’t learned how to care for one another, we’re gonna save the fucking planet?

I’m getting tired of that shit.  Tired of that shit.  Tired!  I’m tired of fucking Earth Day!  I’m tired of these self-righteous environmentalists; these white, bourgeois liberals who think the only thing wrong with this country is there aren’t enough bicycle paths.  People trying to make the world safe for their Volvos.  Besides, environmentalists don’t give a shit about the planet.  They don’t care about the planet.  Not in the abstract they don’t.  Not in the abstract they don’t.  You know what they’re interested in?  A clean place to live.  Their own habitat.  They’re worried that some day in the future, they might be personally inconvenienced.  Narrow, unenlightened self-interest doesn’t impress me.

Besides, there is nothing wrong with the planet.  Nothing wrong with the planet.  The planet is fine.  The PEOPLE are fucked.  Difference.  Difference!  The planet is fine.  Compared to the people, the planet is doing great.  Been here four and a half billion years.  Did you ever think about the arithmetic?  The planet has been here four and a half billion years.  We’ve been here, what?  A hundred thousand?  Maybe two hundred thousand?  And we’ve only been engaged in heavy industry for a little over two hundred years.  Two hundred years versus four and a half billion.  And we have the CONCEIT to think that somehow we’re a threat?  That somehow we’re gonna put in jeopardy this beautiful little blue-green ball that’s just a-floatin’ around the sun?

The planet has been through a lot worse than us.  Been through all kinds of things worse than us.  Been through earthquakes, volcanoes, plate tectonics, continental drift, solar flares, sun spots, magnetic storms, the magnetic reversal of the poles; hundreds of thousands of years of bombardment by comets and asteroids and meteors; worlwide floods, tidal waves, worldwide fires, erosion, cosmic rays, recurring ice ages . . . And we think some plastic bags, and some aluminum cans are going to make a difference?”

April 22, 2012 , 4:28PM Posted by | Communism, Global Warming, Liberalism | Comments Off on I’m Tired of Effing Earth Day