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Hey there!

Well, you can tell that mid-term election time is coming around the bend. Oh sure, it's easy to tell. The new crop of mud-slinging...err, I mean the new political ads are coming out in force. I saw one for Rick (get the fags out of Texas if they don't like it) Perry the other day. But that's not the only way I know that it's getting close to crunch time for the Republicans.

There are the plentiful news stories in all the media. We are hearing from all sides that there are some folks really sweating bullets over the upcoming November elections. Stories about Republicans distancing themselves from DUBYA are becoming rather standard fodder in the national news. But that's not the only way I know that it's getting close to crunch time for the Republicans.

There are lots of new Emails coming to me from,, and so many other political activist email rags to which I subscribe. In them, there are stories a plenty of Democrats leading Republicans in many so-called key races around the country. There are the usual requests for donations for this race, that race, this airtime spot, that TV commercial, and so on. But that's not the only way I know that it's getting close to crunch time for the Republicans.

Do you know how I know that it's getting close to crunch time for the Republicans? It's so simple. I get in Mitsi, my four cylinder, four wheeled contrivance, and I go to the gas station. When I get there, I notice that gas prices have dropped significantly in the past few weeks. According to the ABC's national news, gas prices have dropped fourteen cents in the last week alone, and almost thirty cents in the last four.

Isn't that amazing? Isn't that just a kick in the rubber parts, to quote Harvey Feirstein (I hope I spelled that right, Harv.)?

No, it's not amazing. The Republicans, or should I say the Grand Oil Party (I still haven't gotten that bumper sticker from, dammit!) know that the American people are completely unimpressed with the runaway profiteering that has been going on in the oil markets. They know that we hold the Grand Oil Party responsible for the raping of our wallets when we pull up to the pump. They know if they don't start easing off on their criminal record profits, not a one of those slimy a**holes stands a chance politically in the upcoming mid-term elections.

Oh sure, there are cover stories abounding as to the reasons why all of a sudden gas prices are coming down faster than DUBYA's approval ratings. There's the new oil find in the Gulf of Mexico. There's the supposed drop in demand, and increase in supply.

However, let me remind y'all of a few things. Even though Israel has stopped their shock and awe slam-fest in Lebanon, the Middle East remains very unstable. Crude oil was a mere nineteen dollars a barrel when DUBYA slimed his way into the White House. A mere five years later, it was at a high of seventy-two and change. Even though oil was supposed to be in short supply here, I only saw one day where there were long lines at the gas station, and that was almost a year ago.

No, gas and oil prices were manipulated. There is no doubt in my mind whatsoever! How else could I now be paying less than $2.50 a gallon when a mere three weeks ago, I paid $2.95? That's a pretty steep drop in price over an incredibly short period of time. It's almost like when the prices started shooting upward. One day, I paid $1.95, and two weeks later, I was paying $2.50.

Prices simply do not go up and down that quickly without help from someone. I don't care what it is, when prices rise and fall that meteorically in that short of a period of time, it's not about supply and demand, the Laffer curve, or any other economic principles other than price fixing, price gouging, and shameless profiteering.

I hear those who read me saying, "Oh come on, Pappy. What makes you think you know what's happening in an industry to which you have no connection other than the connection you make from the gas pump to your filler neck?"

Firstly, one doesn't need to be an astronomer to know that the moon goes from full to new then back again in twenty-eight days. You don't need to study to be a meteorologist to know that when the sky turns black, and a spinning wall cloud descends from the base of a thunderstorm, and it's springtime in Texas or Oklahoma, you are most likely going to be seeing a tornado.

Let's look at the facts: DUBYA is rich because his family has made billions in the oil industry (even though he ran every business he touched into the ground, including America). He and Dick(less) Cheney are both Oil Pigs in their own regard. They both have lots of friends in the oil industry. The DUBYA regime has been hallmarked by his willingness to help his friends, no matter what the cost to the common man.

Therefore, you cannot tell me that he and his rubber-stamping Grand Oil Party congress didn't look the other way as Exxon/Mobil, BP, Halliburton, and other oil companies began their systematic ravaging of our wallets at the pump. I may be crazy, and I may have a tendency to see conspiracies where they may not exist, but I am not stupid!

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