Happy Birthday America

July 4th is always a great celebration in America: Baseball, Bar-B-Que’s, Parades, and just enjoying being an American.  Citizens are proud of their country and thankful for all of those that defend it to make freedom a reality.  This is the day that the Declaration of Independence was signed explaining to Great Britain that 13 American colonies would no longer be a part of the British Empire.  Our Wikipedia friends report that John Adams had written to his wife Abigail after the signing, and we think Mr. Adams had it correct:

The second day of July, 1776, will be the most memorable epoch in the history of America. I am apt to believe that it will be celebrated by succeeding generations as the great anniversary festival. It ought to be commemorated as the day of deliverance, by solemn acts of devotion to God Almighty. It ought to be solemnized with pomp and parade, with shows, games, sports, guns, bells, bonfires, and illuminations, from one end of this continent to the other, from this time forward forever more.

America has lived up to Mr. Adams expectations regarding the celebration party, but I think Ronald Reagan said it best:

Republicans believe every day is the Fourth of July, but the democrats believe every day is April 15.

Happy Birthday America.

Documentary Analysis: Frack Nation

The oil & gas industry has fracked thousands of wells over the past 50+ years safely and without incident.  Often times the mainstream media, looking to break headlines in the 24/7 news cycle, will report allegations of environmental damage from fracking without a lot of facts to back it up.  Then after they have scarred the public and enticed government officials to act…………they move on to the next story.  A new documentary, Frack Nation, premiered last night on AXS.tv.  The documentary had a number of objectives for creating the film:Frack Nation 2

  • Research the facts about fracking oil & gas wells.
  • Interview Land Owners, Government Officials, and Scientists for their subject matter expert (SME) opinion on fracking.
  • Present an alternative point of view from the popular anti-fracking movie, GasLand.

I watched the documentary and found it to be both informative and genuinely attempting to obtain the truth.  I encourage you to view the film and make your own opinion as well.  Below represents the summary points I picked up from this quality documentary:

  • Frack Nation was funded with over $200K in donations by individuals around the world (26 countries in total) that contributed money on the entrepreneurial website KickStarter.com.  (We here at MlpReport.com think this is super cool and only ads credibility to the film.)
  • Farmers and land owners are financially impacted when Pennsylvania and New York enforce bans on fracking for land where owners want (and financial need) oil & gas drilling to occur.
  • A family that claimed Cabot Oil & Gas contaminated their water was found to have perfectly safe water by the the State of Pennsylvania and the EPA.  Frack Nation obtained a video from the EPA, via the Freedom of Information Act, displaying the family irate that the EPA found their water to be safe (you would expect them to be pleased with that result right?).
  • Anti-fracking reports would lead you to believe that fracking is unregulated.  Frack Nation interviews an engineer from Range Resources and they display the files and the volume of permits, environmental testing, and State/Federal regulations they must comply with for a single well.
  • Frack Nation presents lots of inconsistencies about the GasLand documentery, the motivations of the GasLand Director (Josh Fox), and the validity of the facts he presents.  Frack Nation attempted to interview Mr. Fox both in public and private, but he refused to answer their questions.
  • GasLand displays a water faucet in Pennsylvania catching on fire, allegedly due to methane contamination from fracking.  Frack Nation interviews other land owners that point out water wells have always produced methane.
  • Gasland uses lots of scary words describing the chemicals that oil companies use to frack wells.  Frack Nation interviews a biologist at the University of California Berkley to determine if these scary words are actually toxic to humans.  That SME on all things biology explains those are simply fancy words, you could use the same descriptions for toxins in cauliflower.  While cauliflower is toxic to the taste buds, its poses no danger to the body.  #BOOM

Random Side Note:

The channel hosting the Frack Nation premiere, AXS.tv, is Mark Cuban’s reincarnation of his HDNet Channel.  I did not even know I had this channel on DirecTv, and was interested in viewing content for the first time.  I was a bit disappointed when the same promotional video on Justin Timberlake dance moves ran during every commercial period and the best programming AXS.tv seemed to offer was Dan Rather reporting.  In a world where content is king AXS.tv picked a winner by premiering Frack Nation, but their regular programming seems lacking.

American Irony

I came across this message in a blast email forward I received this week.  The accuracy and honesty of the message is amazing, and I thought it was timley with the election looming just 11 days away. 

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Every now and then someone makes it obvious and simple…

 TOP-10 “Only In America” Observations – by a Canadian:

1)  Only in America, could politicians talk about the greed of the rich at a  $35,000.00 a plate campaign fund-raising event.

2)  Only in America, could people claim that the government still discriminates against black Americans when they have a black President, a  black Attorney General, and roughly 18% of the federal workforce is black while only 12% of the population is black.

3)  Only in America, could they have had the two people most responsible for our tax code, Timothy Geithner, the head of the Treasury Department and Charles Rangel who once ran the Ways and Means Committee, BOTH turn out to be tax cheats who are in favor of higher taxes.

4)  Only in America, can they have terrorists kill people in the name of Allah and have the media primarily react by fretting that Muslims might be harmed by the backlash.

5)  Only in America, would they make people who want to legally become American citizens wait for years in their home countries and pay tens of thousands of dollars for the privilege while we discuss letting anyone who sneaks into the country illegally just ‘magically’ become American citizens.

6)  Only in America, could the people who believe in balancing the budget and sticking by the country’s Constitution be thought of as “extremists.”

7)  Only in America, could you need to present a driver’s license to cash a  check or buy alcohol, but not to vote.

8)  Only in America, could people demand the government investigate whether oil companies are gouging the public because the price of gas went up when  the return on equity invested in a major U.S. oil company (Marathon Oil)  is less than half of a company making tennis shoes (Nike).

9)  Only in America, could the government collect more tax dollars from the people than any nation in recorded history, still spend a Trillion dollars  more than it has per year – for total spending of $7-Million PER MINUTE, and complain that it doesn’t have nearly enough money.

10)  Only in America, could the rich people – who pay 86% of all income taxes –  be accused of not paying their “fair share” by people who don’t pay any  income taxes at all.These top 10

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WYNNing with American Jobs

Steve Wynn is already an iconic American businessman.  He is a proven entrepreneur and a visionary in the hospitality and gaming industry.  American workers have been WYNNing with Steve Wynn over time as well, he has estimated to create over 250,000 jobs over his lifetime in the State of Nevada.  He has provided healthcare to his employees for 45 years.  In today’s world of political correctness though, Mr. Wynn’s best characteristic is his candid analysis of politics, grounded in facts and reality.  This was on display this past Friday on CNBC.  Here’s my favorite exchange from the video:   

Joe Kernen (CNBC):  “When you create a job suddenly your also creating market cap for your shareholders.  I tried to add up Mirage + Wynn, then I think all those employees are paying taxes to the government, and I look at the multiplier of a private job versus what the government can do, and it’s just mind boggling.”

Steve Wynn:  “It sure is.  It would be wonderful if you could repeat that to President Obama, because his lack of experience in the real world is causing this problem.  Anybody that had any experience in business would immediately understand these fundamental relationships and they would behave accordingly.”

Pirates or Israel?

Recently President Obama did not have time in his busy schedule to visit with Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.  The same week though he squeezed in a meeting with a Pirate to observe ‘International Talk Like a Pirate Day’.  Grrrrrhhhhhh!

 

An End to Endeavor

NASA’s spaceship Endeavor passed over Houston today on it’s way to a museum in L.A.  Since NASA is retiring the space shuttle program and many jobs were lost at Johnson Space Center (near Houston), I viewed this pic as NASA saying goodbye to this southern city.