Feeling Shafted?! Join the crowd!

shaft_movieHow’s this for a bit of dishonesty from your friendly local petroleum companies…

Oil prices fell below $40 per barrel Friday for the first time this year as the government reported the nation’s worst annual job losses since World War II.

People are traveling less, manufacturers are slashing production and there are job cuts across almost every sector of the economy, leading to a severe drop-off in energy use.

But don’t get too excited boys and girls! The price gouging has only begun!

Gas now costs a dime more per gallon than it did just a month ago even as crude prices fall. Gasoline bottomed out at $1.61 a gallon on Dec. 30 and prices have yet to catch up with the latest drop in crude.

Ain’t that sumpin’?! Earlier in 2007, the higher the oil prices – the higher the price at the pump!

“It’s all based on Supply and Demand!!” they pontificated! “If everybody would just use less of it – the prices would go down!” But not any more! Everybody’s using less, and the prices still go up!”

FruitFly 6Has anybody seen prices go down in your local grocery store?! They raised those prices to offset the price of Diesel and gas, but gas has been at rock bottom for three months now and still – no relief from the grocers.

Feeling shafted these days?! Congratulations! You’re an American!! Enjoy your shaft!!

Syronara Norm!!! You’re still a weasel!

coleman2This is the stuff that makes me grin: From the City Pages:

After their official welcome Tuesday, new Senators got to feel real official when they saw their names printed on the updated Senate phone list. There’s no going back now!

As should be expected, but still worth noting, Coleman’s name was promptly removed from the list, leaving Minnesota with only one Senate phone number for Minnesotans to call incessantly with their non-problems. We feel really bad for Amy Klobuchar’s interns. Al Franken’s name was not included.

A story like this only means that the US Senate government staff workers will begin dismantling his office furniture and leaving it vacant for Senator Klobuchar (or any other Senator) to move in if it has a great view, fewer drafts or better heat. He’s been written off the books and the US Senate has moved on.

The rest of this Coleman v. Franken story can be wrapped up into a very expensive (and) pointless spending adventure paid for gratis of the Minnesota tax-payer. Nothing will come of his frivolous lawsuits, and the Minnesota tax-payer will have to foot the bill for all of it. Now that Larry Craig (R-ID) has finally given up wasting Minnesota tax-payer money, Norm will take over for now.

One more cartoon to discuss this topic…

coleman1It says it all, doesn’t it? Here’s the Republican Party who is perpetually bitching about tax-dollars being wasted.

You can click and take a look-see at the entire US Senate “Rolodex” here (Courtesy of Mother Jones). It’s a PDF.

Yup! You’re still a Weasel, Norm!
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