Protect and Defend

Welcome to my blog, Protect and Defend. You don’t have to understand me. You only have to agree with me. I can live with losing the good fight, but I can not live with not fighting that good fight at all. - Publius

Tuesday, June 06, 2006

The Daily Show

I caught the June 5th Daily Show, because I like Jon Stewart and got to meet him when I was in High School; a tiny little fella who was carrying two packs of Marlboro Reds.
Two things from the show struck me.
First, Homeland Security is cutting anti-terrorism funding to New York City and Washington D.C. by 40% while increasing funding to Omaha, Charlotte, and Louisville, Kentucky. It seems you don’t get money from Homeland Security if your city is a target or has been attacked before but if you vote Republican.
Second, Oregon and New Jersey are the only two states that do not allow Self-Service gas stations. I have never been to Oregon and have only gone though parts of New Jersey to get someone nicer, but I was unaware of this. I have never actually had anyone pump my gas before, but in New Jersey this service actually costs an additional six-cents a gallon.


Blogger betmo said...

i,too, watched the daily show- and the colbert report. love them both. he is making fun- but i think it is partially true about the pork. i think that if other parts of the country need the money more- than they should get it- but i guess i don't see how they came to the conclusions that they reached. i would like to see dhs money go to actually improve security for things that aren't national landmarks and such. oh- like water supplies, utility plants, food supplies, transportation, shoring up our borders. if any states needed the money- i would have thought we could have diverted it to the border states near mexico- and canada. makes more sense to me.

Tue Jun 06, 10:09:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

IT's funny when you go to New Jersey, and they pump the gas for you. I didn't know and started pumping my own gas, this kid came out and asked what I was doing...i said, "It looks like I'm getting some gas" I had no idea I wasn't "allowed" to do that. Even funnier, that while you say it costs and extra 6 cents a gallon, at that time, they were the only place that was still under $2 a gallon. Wacky New Jersey!

Tue Jun 06, 12:34:00 PM  
Anonymous Bob H. said...

I live in Oregon and enjoy the attendant pumping gas for me and especially for my wife. When traveling to other states it seems that gas price is unpredictable sometimes lower, but often higher than Oregon. There is often a call to switch to self-service but there is no guarantee that the price would be lower at the pump. If you have a business you can often get a card lock card that allows you to use pumps at a special station and pump your own fuel.
To me there is no benefit in getting out of your car in the rain and splashing fuel on your clothes. Also it provides many entry level jobs.
We also don't have a sales tax, but I think both of these anomalies will change before long.

Tue Jun 06, 03:07:00 PM  
Blogger Publius said...

Bob, where are the gas stations where the pumps aren’t covered? I have never gotten wet in the rain pumping my own gas. All the pumps are covered. I think I would like to try having someone pump my gas once, for the experience, but it would make me feel lazy. And how do you splash fuel on your clothes? Do you look into the nozzle first to make sure there is gas in there?
I think it’s great if you want to allow Full Service, but I don’t think you should prevent it like they do in Jersey.

Tue Jun 06, 04:33:00 PM  
Blogger deb50 said...

Love Jon Stewart. But looking for information about Omaha, Charllotte, and Louisville, the biggest common denominator I found was their proximity to Nuclear Power Plants. I know here in Virginia, there are two power stations, North Anna and Surry Nuclear Power Station. The security level since 9/11 has risen astronomically. It might have something to do with the governments realocation of funds, I don't know. But it sure makes me think.

Tue Jun 06, 11:20:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Another nice thing about the people pumping gas, is that they are good low level jobs for all of Publius' pals that are getting screwed by the Mexicans. Hey Publius, I'll need a tank of the 93, and check the oil while you're at it, I'm idling a bit rough.

Wed Jun 07, 12:11:00 PM  
Blogger Publius said...

Deb, also the University of Virginia has its own nuclear reactor that they use for various purposes, but I don’t know if Charlottesville received any additional funding.
Anon, I guess you aren’t worried about the poor if you are buying the 93 grade gasoline, you must have money to burn.

Wed Jun 07, 10:08:00 PM  

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