The Fuel Shortage That Is and Is Not

 

Colonial Pipeline InfoColonial Pipeline announced Wednesday, May 12, that they had initiated pipeline restart and that complete service restoration over their entire pipeline network would take several days. This signals the near-term end to the regional fuel distribution disruption triggered May 7, when a ransomware attack was detected and the corporation shut down their multi-fuel pipeline system. However, there will continue to be gas stations with empty storage tanks for the next several days, perhaps for the next week. And. There is no fuel shortage at the system/regional level. There is a real shortage and there is no shortage. Both are true. I explain.

Background

While unstated, Colonial acted to prevent potential catastrophic sabotage, in the form of massive breaks in the pipeline or damage to pump systems along the pipeline. They had dealt last summer with a gasoline spill in Huntersville, NC. Colonial did exactly the right thing.

Mollie’s Doing It Again

 

Mollie Hemingway wrote a solid, well-researched book on the Kavanaugh hearings, and now it looks like she’s going to do it again to the 2020 election: “Mollie Hemingway Is Writing the 2020 Election Book the Media Don’t Want You to Read.”

The book will include interviews from lawyers, campaign activists, and election officials who were on the ground in Pennsylvania, Georgia, Wisconsin, and other swing states. It will include discussions with elected lawmakers from across the country, including senators and members of Congress, about the importance of election integrity.

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News that you can use. President Maduro of Venezuela called to congratulate President Biden on his efforts to Caracasize the United States. White House staff said it was cordial call, and President Biden politely declined the invitation to visit Caracas. Rumor has it that President Biden said; Why go to Caracas when I can visit […]

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I was recently driving my classic restored DeLorean, when (due to circumstances too complex to describe, but it did involve a skateboard) I came upon a fragment of a physics exam from a parallel universe. Perhaps some of you stumbled upon the other questions. Physics Exam from a Parallel Universe Preview Open

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Join Jim and Greg as they dissect three lousy reports that highlight deeply flawed Biden administration policies, from huge numbers of people coming to the border, to a record number of available jobs that aren’t being filled, to very disturbing inflation numbers. And each of these of these problems was easily foreseeable.

Today on the show the biggest jump in inflation since 1982, the left more loudly supports the destruction as Hamas sends thousands of rockets, Cheney is out, Stefanik is in, what now, the media will focus on anything other than a story that negatively impacts the Biden administration, the media finally starts questioning the CDC, latest on the pipeline attack and Stephen Gutowski of The Reload stops by with the latest on the NRA bankruptcy case.

This week on “The Learning Curve,” Gerard and Cara talk with Melvin Urofsky, Professor of Law & Public Policy and Professor Emeritus of History at Virginia Commonwealth University, and the author of several books, including Louis D. Brandeis: A Life and Dissent and the Supreme Court. Professor Urofsky shares insights on Justice Brandeis’s jurisprudence, and why he consistently ranks among the three most influential Supreme Court justices in American history. They discuss his understanding of American constitutionalism, and how he interpreted the law to diminish consolidated financial and federal power, what he called the “curse of bigness” – big banks and business monopolies, as well as big government. They also explore Brandeis’s dissenting opinion in the U.S. Supreme Court case New State Ice Co. v. Liebmann, perhaps the best-known 20th-century articulation of the role of the states as “laboratories of democracy” under our federal constitutional system. They delve into some of the most influential dissenting opinions in U.S. Supreme Court history. For example, Justice John Marshall Harlan, the lone dissenter in the Court’s infamous 1896 Plessy v. Ferguson case, offered legal views that would later lead to the landmark 1954 Brown v. Board of Education decision overturning “separate but equal.” Professor Urofsky also offers thoughts from his 2020 book, The Affirmative Action Puzzle: A Living History from Reconstruction to Today, on one of the thorniest political and legal topics of our era. He concludes the interview with a reading from Justice Brandeis’s concurring opinion in defense of free speech in Whitney v. California.

Stories of the Week: Cara and Gerard discuss National Charter Schools Week, and this education sector’s success in improving opportunity for underserved students. In Florida, nearly 95 percent of seniors enrolled in the state’s Tax Credit Scholarship program graduated from high school during the 2019-20 school year, the second highest graduation rate since they began tracking it in 2015. A new study of admissions at 99 colleges shows that despite adopting test-optional policies to increase diversity, the share of low-income students or students of color at these colleges has risen by only a percentage point.

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Ray discovered Doug’s site on YouTube, where he published his videos under “Doug TenNapel Unleashed”.  He is a rock-ribbed conservative and Christian; he is a cartoonist, author, and animator for a living (Earthworm Jim is his creation).  He lives in Franklin, Tennessee, and we invited him to lunch at the Hillsdale seminar we attended last […]

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If you wish your children to be educated instead of indoctrinated with evil bullying, you should pull them out of Washington State public schools.  Dictator Jay Inslee has just signed a bill, passed by the Majority-DemocRat legislature, mandating Critical Race Theory Training for all public school teachers.  The so-called “Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion” training is […]

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Jim and Greg discuss Glenn Youngkin winning the GOP nomination for governor in Virginia and whether the GOP can still win there. They also react to gas stations along the east coast running out of fuel due to the Colonial Pipeline shutdown and the weak response from the White House. And they throw up their hands as the New York Times points out what many knew intuitively – that outdoor transmission of COVID is extremely unlikely. So was the CDC very wrong or hiding the truth?

Today on the show the media begins it’s assault on the GOP ahead of the 2022 elections, fuel shortages begin despite media saying otherwise, the White House gets to pre-edit quotes to control narrative in a wink wink deal with journalists, the Biden administration continues to ignore the labor shortages dismissing them as anecdotal, how forgiveness and grace have no part in the cultural religion of the ‘woke’, the bipartisan infrastructure deal means big spending and big inflation plus China’s ineffective vaccine.