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The baroque Colomanskirche is located near Schwangau in Bavaria. It was created in its current form in the 17th century on a previous building that was built in honor of Saint Koloman. The Irish pilgrim is said to have rested here in the summer of 1012 on his pilgrimage to the Holy Land. Due to its location at the foot of the Schwangau mountains and its proximity to the world-famous Neuschwanstein Castle, the church is one of the most famous sights in Bavaria.  (h/t Walking Arizona Blog)



What will the repeal of RvW do?

Whenever there is a Supreme Court decision that touches upon an emotionally charged issue, those who are on what is perceived as the “losing side” will claim that the High Court has grossly exceeded its bounds, engaged in rank partisanship, and denigrated and politicized the judicial process, while those on the “winning side” will acclaim the ruling as an enlightened and intelligent analysis of the law and the constitution.

About 98% of the People who express their opinion in such fashions will do so without ever reading the Court’s opinions or an objective detailed recitation of the legal principles expressed. All they truly know is whether the ultimate holding of the Court comports with their own opinions and prejudices on the subject, and that is the overriding touchstone by which they gauge its correctness. This regrettable truth hasn’t changed since the days of Chief Justice John Marshall. It probably never will change.


Random Events

Come on, no conspiracy theories. IT’S RANDOM – like settled science. If you disagree you’re a domestic terrorist yourself.

Headline: As Food Plants Catch Fire, Massive Facility Opens to Process Crickets for Human Consumption

We may be mysteriously losing one farm, factory, or food processing plant after another to strange and destructive mishaps lately, but now we’ve also gained a brand-new facility that is making food out of insects. At the end of May, Aspire Food Group announced that in London, Ontario, Canada, it had opened the largest alternative protein manufacturing facility in the world that uses crickets as its base ingredient, according to the manufacturing industry news source Canadian Manufacturing.

See, it’s not all bad news.


Finding a Cosmic Balance – your sermonette


Whose Bright Idea?

…was it to put missile silos in the middle of the flight deck of Admiral Kuznetsov, probably in late 90s? Those crazy Russians.


From Real Clear Energy

(RCE) This is another sermonette. From Mike Sommers, American Petroleum Insititute. This is what USGOV can do tomorrow to fix the energy problem we find ourselves in.

  1. Lift Development Restrictions on Federal Lands and WatersThe Department of the Interior (DOI) should swiftly issue a 5-year program for the Outer Continental Shelf and hold mandated quarterly onshore lease sales with equitable terms. DOI should reinstate canceled sales and valid leases on federal lands and waters.
  2. Designate Critical Energy Infrastructure ProjectsCongress should authorize critical energy infrastructure projects to support the production, processing, and delivery of energy. These projects would be of such concern to the national interest that they would be entitled to undergo a streamlined review and permitting process not to exceed one year.
  3. Fix the NEPA Permitting ProcessThe Biden administration should revise the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) process by establishing agency uniformity in reviews, limiting reviews to two years, and reducing bureaucratic burdens placed on project proponents in terms of size and scope of application submissions.
  4. Accelerate LNG Exports and Approve Pending LNG ApplicationsCongress should amend the Natural Gas Act to streamline the Department of Energy (DOE) to a single approval process for all U.S. liquefied natural gas (LNG) projects. DOE should approve pending LNG applications to enable the U.S. to deliver reliable energy to our allies abroad.
  5. Unlock Investment and Access to CapitalThe Securities and Exchange Commission should reconsider its overly burdensome and ineffective climate disclosure proposal and the Biden administration should ensure open capital markets where access is based upon individual company merit free from artificial constraints based on government-preferred investment allocations.
  6. Dismantle Supply Chain BottlenecksPresident Biden should rescind steel tariffs that remain on imports from U.S. allies as steel is a critical component of energy production, transportation, and refining. The Biden administration should accelerate efforts to relieve port congestion so that equipment necessary for energy development can be delivered and installed.
  7. Advance Lower Carbon Energy Tax ProvisionsCongress should expand and extend Section 45Q tax credits for carbon capture, utilization, and storage development and create a new tax credit for hydrogen produced from all sources.
  8. Protect Competition in the Use of Refining TechnologiesThe Biden administration should ensure that future federal agency rulemakings continue to allow U.S. refineries to use the existing critical process technologies to produce the fuels needed for global energy markets.
  9. End Permitting Obstruction on Natural Gas ProjectsThe Federal Energy Regulatory Commission should cease efforts to overstep its permitting authority under the Natural Gas Act and should adhere to traditional considerations of public needs as well as focus on direct impacts arising from the construction and operation of natural gas projects.
  10. Advance the Energy Workforce of the FutureCongress and the Biden administration should support the training and education of a diverse workforce through increased funding for work-based learning and advancement of STEM programs to nurture the skills necessary to construct and operate oil, natural gas, and other energy infrastructure.

This is a framework for new American energy leadership – for our nation and for America’s friends abroad – supporting investment and creating new resource access while avoiding unnecessarily restricted energy growth due to government policies and regulations. It’s time to lead.

Asking the Hollow Man to lead would be too much to ask, but it would be a good framework for the Republicans to adhere to and to push. What is the argument to any of this – except that you want a green new deal?


17 thoughts on “Sermonette

  1. Everything in the real clear energy plan makes sense. That just about guarantees it will be a non-starter with anyone in the current administration. We will buy oil from the Saudis and the Iranians at a premium.

    Always thought Bavaria was the prettiest part of Germany. I would not mind going back to visit if only to see what has changed in 30 years. I originally typed in 20 then did the math, good Lord I am getting old.

    I would ask if the FBI was investigating the damage to food infrastructure but investigating federal crimes is not really their primary job anymore.

    1. +1 on Bavaria. I was stationed on the outskirts of Nürnberg during the mid 70’s. I took advantage of the Military R&R program and stayed at the Armed Forces Recreation Center in Garmisch in both winter and summer. During the summer there were various tours available, one of which was the Neuschwanstein Castle. My dad was a B-17 pilot in the 8th Air Force, my buddy’s dad was an army lineman close to the Battle of the Bulge. We both decided on a tour of the Dachau concentration camp instead. I don’t regret that choice.

  2. “missile silos in the middle of the flight deck”

    Isn’t that US doctrine? How else did they get …

    — mild spoiler alert —

    … that flight of cruise missiles sharing airspace with Mav and Rooster on their way to raid definitely not-Iran and not-DPRK.
    (/sarc. Duh.)

  3. That’s the second map that you’ve shown with wrong information on the status of abortion on Michigan.
    Michigan has the strictest prohibition to abortion on the books since 1936 and a few State Supreme Court rulings have upheld the law, even in the event Roe should fall.
    Which I believe it has.

  4. Biggest problem I see with getting oil and gas going again is the risk companies take starting the projects. It’s not something that appears overnight, you’re talking tens of millions of dollars and years only to have to eat the cost because of governments overnight change of mind.
    It’s one reason why I don’t think there will be much change in either the USA or here in Australia.

    Same kind of thing for the evil power generation, even if Australia started constructing new coal fired power plants now we are going to have huge supply problems because governments have gone all in on renewables and legislated or regulated reliable coal, gas, or any vague hint of nuclear out of the equation.
    On top of that, rather than move to renewable the way Germany did and mothball the old plants the idiots here have been demolishing them. Closure of one of the coal fired plants doubled electricity prices, but since they demolished it…..

  5. Wasn’t the Kuznetsov the same ship that had to have two or three tugs follow it whenever it left port?
    Back in 1991 I took the Eurotrain through 13 countries in Europe (Before the EU crap) and Germany was awesome, so many castles and beautiful landscapes. Since they served real German beer on the trains, I was pretty well lit up the whole time, but I remember what I saw. Good time never to be seen again.

  6. I like both these sermons. And yes, we’ll be happy owning nothing and eating bugs. So here we are, living in a dystopian scifi novel. But at least it’s not so easy to kill your baby anymore, there is that.

    1. Do you plan to serve bug burgers at your famous BBQ’s there at the compound?

  7. The Dems and Left have overwound their toys. They are nearly played out, and the evil snake underbelly is exposed.

    Insects as a food source? Yeah, that’s gonna sell about as well as tofu turkeys or Love burgers. It’s obvious the anarchists are hamstringing American production to force this garbage onto the masses, like the Not-A-Vax. This “witches cauldron” chemical lab food being marketed as the next best thing, could contain high levels of estrogen and THC to generate a compliant citizenry.

    We will overcome the purposeful destruction of our supply side economics, shove it back in their faces. In all honesty, having blamed him for everything in the past 5+ years, I’m surprised Putin hasn’t tried to take out The Hologram and a few others…unless there is a reason he won’t, like they’re on the same team.

    The API commentary forgets one thing, how well the energy sector was doing under Trump. All they have to do is tell Biden and crew to go screw themselves then continue what worked, and guaranteed 85% of American’s will support the effort. What will the WH do, send out the NG? That won’t scan with anyone with half a brain.

    1. Much of what you say is on point but the human element is being ignored. The people who can make the patch work have scattered. Will they come back? Once burned, etc. Much the same is happening in the trucking industry.
      Decades ago my first job out of the Army was working on a core drill operation. The men running those drills employing us muscle bound apes spent years learning how to do it. I doubt you can learn the “feel” watching instructional videos.

      1. Very true. Sadly.

        Remotely close to topic, the Bruichladdich whisky I was gassing on about recently? Under Orange Man Bad the price was over two tanks of gas. Now it’s only 4/5th of a tank of gas. The cost of snobby whisky has fallen a LOT under Glorious President Biden!

        Thanks, Uncle Joe. (Now that we’re kin, PLEASE don’t take a shower with me.)

      2. Mike Rowe works tirelessly promoting the trades, but as you say, it’s not instant to refill those positions which get eliminated by the fools in government with an agenda. When the Fed’s shut one thing down the ripple effect is massive.

  8. Those silos are for the SS-N-19 antishipping missiles. Kuznetsov’s aircraft were mostly meant for CAP, at least against a credible opponent. The missiles were for the offensive role, while the aircraft were primarily defensive. The central location gave the needed hull depth for the VLS cells, and put them behind armor.

    It’s not a very big carrier, nor an especially efficient or effective one, and it’s aircraft aren’t terribly good either – but it’s a big step up from a Kiev. Every ship’s a compromise, and the Soviets were gradually re-inventing the wheel, they just didn’t get all the way there before they imploded.

    We made similar compromises back in the day when we were inventing our carrier navy, and quite strongly considered even more similar ideas. We were fortunate to be learning at a time when ships were easier to modify, and accommodating modern aircraft was much easier, even with rapid growth. We were also fortunate/unfortunate to be thrown into a carrier war maelstrom which very rapidly demonstrated what worked best in carrier design.

    I’m not a big apologist for Soviet /Russian military design, but this is not actually a terrible design, when looked at from the direction they were looking.


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