Oil Companies To Newsom, “Suck It”; And Republicans Need To Not Act Like Democrat Lites *Open Thread*

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Last week was sure a banner week for California, and I don’t mean in a good way. First,  Gov. Gruesome Newsom has signed bills into law that are just abhorrent, most on pushing California as a pro-abortion/infanticide state, and then as a state that engages in the ultimate grooming by being a “sanctuary” state for naive, easily manipulated, susceptible-to-suggestion teenagers. Yes, California is now going to offer “sanctuary” to gender-confused teens, taking them away from their parents, even if they are from a different state.

And second, Newsom had the audacity to yell at oil and gas companies for the high prices of gas. Well, would you like to guess just WHY gas prices are so high in California? I’ll wait. If you guessed it was because of the idiotic policies and regulations put in place to push the (mythical) “Green Energy” boondoggle, you’d be right!

Needless to say, the oil and gas companies were none too happy with ol’ Hairspray Gavin. PJMedia has the story:

There is no state in the U.S. that penalizes people more for driving a gasoline-consuming car than California. It’s a feature, not a bug. The Democrats and the greens have formed an alliance to make drilling for oil, refining it, and transporting gasoline a byzantine process of rules and regulations in order to put as many roadblocks as possible to prevent the efficient transport of gas.

[…]

In fact, Newsom knows well the reason for the price rise. He has given the refineries permission to sell “winter gas,” which is dirtier than “summer gas.” He’s fully aware that the refineries have plenty of “winter gas” but until now have been unable to sell it because of his idiotic environmental rules.

Associated Press:

Oil industry representatives said it is state regulations that cause higher prices in California than the rest of the country. The summer blend of gasoline that refineries are required by law to produce in the hotter months costs more money to make but is designed to limit pollutants like smog. Most refineries can’t switch to the winter blend until November.

Switching from the summer to winter blend would likely save consumers 15 to 20 cents per gallon, said Doug Shupe, a spokesman for the Southern California Automobile Club, an affiliate of AAA. Gas prices in Los Angeles are close to breaking a record of $6.46 set in June, he said.

“If these prices go up to $7 a gallon, a 15-cent drop is not really going to mean much to drivers,” Shupe said. […] (Click here to read the rest.)

I dunno that 15 cents won’t matter that much to people who are already paying a ton and whose pay isn’t keeping up with inflation, but the rest of the point stands. Newsom’s stupid regulations are the cause of these $7 a gallon prices in California. I mean, really – you’d think a man who clearly spends so much time looking in the mirror would have a bit more self-reflection, but no…

Yeah, Newsom can suck it, though that is the most common of Democrats’ MO – set a policy and then blame others for the very policy you put in place. Typical.

What else seems too typical these days is how much the Republicans are enabling the Democrats in their destructive policies for the country. No one seems more intent upon doing that than the man Republican Senators keep re-electing to the highest leadership position for them: Mitch McConnell. As President Trump noted recently, McConnell continues to cave to the Left and their insane policies left and right, enabling Biden to have his way with his destructive policies. From the Right Scoop:

Mitch cut a deal to get the government funding through before a shutdown. Last week it was the Electoral Count Act. More money for Ukraine. The “Inflation Reduction Act”.

The Senate is just whizzing through with the Biden agenda, and that is being done WITH Republican help.

Why? That’s what Trump asked a short time ago on TRUTH.

“Is McConnell approving all of these Trillions of Dollars worth of Democrat sponsored Bills, without even the slightest bit of negotiation, because he hates Donald J. Trump, and he knows I am strongly opposed to them, or is he doing it because he believes in the Fake and Highly Destructive Green New Deal, and is willing to take the Country down with him?” […] (Click here to read the rest.)

Whatever the reasons McConnell is not just allowing but aiding the Democrats in their policies, one thing is crystal clear: he is working against the will of the vast majority of Republicans. And yet, these hapless Senators continue to put him in a position of great power. WHY??

When are Republicans going to stop acting like the Democrat Lite and actually work for their CONSTITUENTS? 

Take for instance the case of the Oklahoma University Children’s Hospital. As noted at the top of the article, California is working HARD to make sure they can groom kids into being gender confused on a massive scale, and engage in mutilation of said children without “interference” from adults. Well, Oklahoma, with a Republican Super Majority, has enabled the OU Children’s Hospital to engage in child mutilation/castration with their tax dollars. It was only after a hue and cry was raised that they made a weak attempt to fix it (it was unsuccessful, by the way). Check out this interview with PJ Media’s Megan Fox on this very issue:

Fox was able to do what she knows MANY of us wish we had the forum to do – yell at Republicans for acting like Democrats. She noted some of the particulars of what’s happening in Oklahoma in a piece at PJMedia:

I know many of you want to scream at Republicans who seem uninterested in doing their jobs. I got the rare opportunity to do it for you on television this week. OANN called and had me on Tipping Point with Kara McKinney to discuss the ongoing madness in the state of Oklahoma. Oklahoma Republicans just funded OU Children’s Hospital with 46.9 million federal tax dollars despite the existence of the hospital’s gender clinic for children. When the public got wind of it, Republicans hurriedly put together some weak language in the bill that claims to restrict the practice of gender transition on children under 18. Adults 18 and older can still get that elective treatment in a facility that is supported by tax dollars. OU issued a statement saying it would cease “certain gender medicine services” but, when questioned, would not specify which services it meant or when it would stop. 

A few Republican lawmakers have promised to write a statewide ban on the practice of sterilizing and medically altering children. Whether it can pass or not is not yet known. What is known is that Republican leadership blocked similar bills from being heard three times in the last few years.

The interview I gave on OANN, despite a few wifi glitches, was cathartic for me. I have a lot of pent-up rage about this issue because I have children in the targeted age group that the trans groomers want to coax into their cult. It is everywhere. I have had to have countless meetings, send letters to my children’s school, retain a lawyer, and be on constant alert for true blue ideologues who will not take “No!” for an answer. But this is New York. I know full well that I have to be ready to fight in the hellscape that is this Democrat stronghold.

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I hope that the people of Oklahoma will keep the pressure on their legislators to come up with real legislation that institutes a state-wide ban on transitioning children that will survive the inevitable lawsuits brought by the ACLU. Oklahoma will be a testing ground for this issue. What happens there will trickle down to the rest of the red states that have slimmer majorities. An Arkansas ban just was struck down by the 8th circuit. The battle is not going to be easy. […] (Click here to read the rest.)

Sadly, as Fox noted in the article, the practices are still in place in Oklahoma.

Seriously, Republicans – STOP ACTING LIKE DEMOCRATS and do the RIGHT thing for a change instead of the EASY thing. Or, face some challenges at the ballot box and lose all that power you’re grasping for with both hands. Since you legislators seem to keep forgetting this, YOU WORK FOR US. We can hire, and FIRE, you. Bear that in mind!

Finally, I want to share a beautiful Yom Kippur prayer for our Jewish friends and family as the Day of Atonement begins at sunset today. May this holiest of all holy days be one that brings you closer to God:

Just beautiful. A blessed Yom Kippur to those who celebrate it.

That’s it for me, friends. What’s on your minds today?

This is an Open Thread.

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41 Responses to “Oil Companies To Newsom, “Suck It”; And Republicans Need To Not Act Like Democrat Lites *Open Thread*”

  1. kenoshamarge Says:

    Thanks for this Amy. Great post and some very important questions that the GOP needs to answer.

    I believe that they believe they can continue to disappoint, or betray, the promises they make to their constituents because they believe we have no place else to go.

    They believe, and rightly so, that most of what the Dems stand for is so abhorrent to decent people that Dem Lite calling itself Republican is the better of the choices offered.

    But people are tired. And growing more tired of a government that only seems to represent the most radical of us and a media that doesn’t inform but acts as leftist activists.

    It gotten so bad that I honestly don’t know where we go from here. But getting rid of Mitch would be a step in the right direction. Do I think that will happen? No I don’t. These old fossils who have ruled from DC for decades only leave office, mostly, when they die.

    • Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

      I appreciate that, Marge. Especially since I had to rush to write most of it this morning after WordPress decided to erase most of it (and thanks for the suggestions about that).

      I am so with you on this – about not knowing from where we go. I will have more on that this coming weekend, but it is disconcerting that our leaders are caving to the insane policies of the Left. They make it clear that they care only about staying in office, and amassing power, favors, and money. For the most part, there are so few in Congress who seem to truly love and care about the country, and their constituents. There are some, like my Rep., Ralph Norman, who is very good. But even when they start out good, like Tim Scott, as time goes on, they seem to start slipping into the squishy area where the dissemble or are mealy-mouthed. It is infuriating.

  2. kenoshamarge Says:

    GOP megadonor Peter Thiel signals he is done helping Ohio Senate hopeful J.D. Vance, will fundraise for Arizona’s Blake Masters

    By Brian Schwartz

    Thiel told guests at a recent Masters fundraising event that he believes Vance is on track to win his Senate race against Rep. Tim Ryan, D-Ohio, according to those who attended the gathering and overheard his comments. The GOP donor hosted the fundraiser at his $5 million home in Los Angeles.

    “Peter said, ‘That race [Ohio Senate] is done in my mind,’” according to one of the people familiar with Thiel’s conversations with attendees. Vance and Ryan are vying for retiring Republican Sen. Rob Portman’s seat in Ohio, a swing state where Republicans have enjoyed increased success in recent years.

    https://www.cnbc.com/2022/10/03/peter-thiel-signals-he-is-done-helping-jd-vance-will-fundraise-for-blake-masters.html?__source=sharebar|twitter&par=sharebar

    • Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

      Well, THAT’S a good sign for both Vance AND Masters! I sure hope they both win. Ryan is a joke, and Kelly is even worse. I hope both of the GOP candidates wipe the floor with them.

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  4. kenoshamarge Says:

    Democrats spit on family values

    By Patricia McCarthy

    “If you stand for family values, it helps if you have some.”

    —from the British series Van Der Valk, Payback in Amsterdam

    It should be abundantly clear to all Americans by now that the Democrat party’s agenda is to destroy the nuclear family by any means necessary. And yet Joe Biden can hardly open his mouth without touting his own family values by praising his sons, Beau, who passed away, and Hunter, who is criminally inclined on various fronts. But the party continues to aggressively promote all manner of sexual deviancy; the mutilation of children who even for five minutes question their gender; inserting pornography into schools, even elementary schools; and the imposition of Critical Race Theory that divides Americans into two groups, the oppressed and the oppressors.

    They make no attempt to hide their contempt for parents who want some knowledge of and control over what their children are taught in school. The tyrannical A.G. Merrick Garland has deemed such parents “domestic terrorists” and sought to have them arrested if they speak at school board meetings against the left’s curriculum.

    In short, it has long been the goal of the globalist left to destroy the nuclear family.

    https://www.americanthinker.com/blog/2022/10/democrats_spit_on_family_values.html

    • Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

      That’s exactly right – they want to destroy the nuclear family. They have worked at it for some time, but Hillary Clinton’s, “it takes a village,” has become one of the most pervasive, and WIDELY accepted, concepts in order to do just that.

      THAT kind of mindset is how they get away with claiming that teachers have more control over your kids, or the government itself, has more control over your kids, than you do.

      Parents need to push back in big numbers against the attempts to take kids away from their parents, like California is doing with kids they have manipulated into being “confused.”

      We dropped the ball in a massive fashion by trusting educators, and by permitting unions in education. The unions have systematically destroyed education and introduced indoctrination. Until parents start demanding schools no longer have educators controlled by Leftist union members, we’ll be hard-pressed to stop this insanity.

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  6. kenoshamarge Says:

    Do Hurricanes ‘Disproportionately’ Harm Black Neighborhoods Because Of ‘Environmental Racism’?

    By Mia Cathell

    While millions of Floridians were without power in the hurricane-hit Sunshine State, racial justice activists were weathering the weakened tropical storm by making the perilous time all about “environmental racism.”

    Hurricane Ian was projected to leave “historic” widespread devastation and set record flooding as residents everywhere were confined inside damaged homes relentlessly battered by catastrophic wind and rain. But as the natural disaster wreaked repeated havoc, the race-obsessed Left threw the race card to the wind.

    CLAIM: An article by NewsOne, a digital outlet that touts itself as “Black America’s #1 News Source,” claims that there is “an extra element of fear for Black folks during hurricane season.” The story published at the time of Hurricane Ian’s destructive landfall is titled “Hurricanes ‘Disproportionately’ Harm Black Neighborhoods–It’s Because Of Environmental Racism.” Its subheading attempts to remind readers: “As Hurricane Ian touches down in Florida, remember who suffers the most. The destruction from hurricanes is never equally distributed.”

    https://townhall.com/tipsheet/miacathell/2022/10/04/hurricanes-are-now-racist-n2613779

    • Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

      UGH. So sick of them making EVERYTHING abt race. EVERYTHING. This is just stupid. So sick of them…

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  8. SOAR Says:

    Under a Marxist regime, your children belong to the state. It’s happening right before our eyes.

    ********

    Obama said:

    “Republicans seem to think that all of these people of color who are coming across the border are somehow going to change the character of this nation.”

    Technically, yes. It will definitely change the racial dynamic of the country. America will become more Latinized. And, of course, Obama hopes they’ll vote Democrat.

    It’s part of the Critical Race Theory called Lat Race which proposes that America be returned to its native roots.

    The European ancestry is not indigenous so the country must be repopulated by mass migration from Latin America.

    This has been the history of the Eurasian continent where demographic shifts were not uncommon.

    ********

    Have you been following the Twitter war between Elon Musk and Ukraine?

    https://www.cnbc.com/2022/10/03/elon-musk-infuriates-ukraine-with-twitter-poll-on-how-the-russia-war-should-end.html

  9. Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

    What in the WORLD is wrong with the acting leadership in ISRAEL?! Why are they being led by an Obama-era hack who is pushing a HEZBOLLAH majority ownership of the coast (55%, and 45% for Israel)?? This is outrageous. Israel needs to stand up to the enemies WITHIN and without, and that includes their current PM. It’s obscene. Hezbollah is a TERRORIST organization. They need to stop being led by the DNC:

    https://worldisraelnews.com/israels-devastating-capitulation-to-hezbollah/

  10. SOAR Says:

    October Surprise:

    Daily Beast reported that Georgia senatorial candidate Herschel Walker paid for a girlfriend’s abortion.

    The Left always does this — hurl stones right before the election.

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  12. SOAR Says:

    Isn’t it interesting that an unborn child has no rights — but once it starts school the parents have no rights.

    Karl Marx wrote:

    “The education of all children, from the moment that they can get along without a mother’s care, shall be in public institutions.”

    I’ve shared this quote before, and it highlights the fact that public schools are Marxist at their core. Marx did not trust parents to teach their children right, er, left-thinking principles.

    In San Diego, I see a whole lot of young families out and about and wondered why their kids weren’t in school.

    The state says that a lot of these kids are being homeschooled.

    The reasons vary:

    COVID lockdown
    Mask mandate
    Vaccine requirements
    Leftist curriculum

    We need to abolish the Department of Education. There are alternatives that will
    actually teach the essentials without the indoctrination.

    • kenoshamarge Says:

      If we ever want well educated children again we have to abolish the Department of Education.

      And we should think twice about sending them to college.

      • Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

        AGREED. Absolutely agreed, Marge.

      • SOAR Says:

        Higher education — what a scam that is.

        • kenoshamarge Says:

          It certainly is. The longer they go the less they know. I don’t know what the answer is – perhaps small private community colleges.

          • Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

            Maybe, or go online only, or go to tech schools and make money right out the door…

            • SOAR Says:

              My dad went to a tech school to become an electrician, and my other brother to become a building contractor.

              Most don’t need a traditional college education.

              Kids can learn online. It amazes me that some five-year-olds are more proficient on the computer than me!

        • Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

          That’s great abt your dad and brother, SOAR. I think my parents’ generation felt like they had succeeded if their kids went to college even though they didn’t. There was such a big push for college that tech educations suffered and worse, were demeaned.

          But as this young woman, Chloe Hudson, a graduate of Mike Rowe’s program said, without tradespeople, how can you have infrastructure? Who’s going to repair bridges, buildings, HVAC systems, do welding (which is what she does), and so much more? We HAVE to have them:

          Our grandnephew is going into welding. He was able to do a great program in high school and could have started then but he’s getting an Associate’s and then wants to become an underwater welder (he’s a scuba diver, too). He LOVES it.

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  14. SOAR Says:

    Project Veritas records Middle School English teacher admitting he is an anarchist who wants to burn the system down.

    It seems that colleges only turn out Marxist teachers.

    https://www.wnd.com/2022/10/teacher-canned-libs-tiktok-exposed-grooming-videos-hired-new-school/

    • SOAR Says:

      He calls himself an anarchist but he’s really a communist.

      • Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

        Good point, SOAR!

        I just got an email from Project Veritas abt that “teacher.” WOW. Here’s the statement from the Sec. of Education via Project Veritas”

        Below is the full statement from Oklahoma Secretary of Education, Ryan Walters, regarding the Project Veritas video exposing “woke” teacher Tyler Wrynn:

        We have many great teachers in Oklahoma. Tyler Wrynn is not one of them. Seeing this new video, where Tyler talks about indoctrinating kids, violating HB1775, being an anarchist, and trying to undermine our entire education system — that is not going to be accepted here in the state of Oklahoma. We have a teacher that a year ago said, “F— Parents.” This is unacceptable in our schools. Again, he is masquerading as a teacher when in reality he’s a liberal activist trying to indoctrinate our kids. Deborah Gist [Tulsa Public Schools Superintendent] has allowed this into our school[s] knowing his background, knowing what he said publicly. Superintendent Hofmeister [State Superintendent of Public Instruction] has pushed and allowed this type of indoctrination in our schools, and we cannot allow this any further. I am asking the State Board of Education to revoke his [Tyler Wrynn’s] teaching certificate. He has violated the law and said openly that he wants to indoctrinate our kids rather than provide them the academic background that they need to be successful in life. In Oklahoma, we will emphasize academics. We will ensure that our students have the ability to be successful, and we will not tolerate indoctrination and political activism in our classroom. This isn’t [a] left or right issue. It’s about protecting our kids and ensuring that they have an education that allows them to be successful without political indoctrination.

        And here’s the video if anyone wants to see it:

  15. SOAR Says:

    Do my eyes deceive me!? This headline from CNN:

    “Gallup Poll Shows Very Good Things for Republicans Come November.”

    https://www.cnn.com/2022/10/04/politics/republicans-lead-midterms-qualified-enten/index.html

  16. SOAR Says:

    Salon did a brutal hit piece on the “pathological liar” Herschel Walker.

    ‘The abortion scandal won’t alienate Christian right voters because the abortion issue is not and never has been about “life.” Abortion bans are about controlling women and punishing female sexuality, full stop. Walker is a straight cisgender man and a Republican. That means, as far as the Christian right is concerned, he can do whatever he wants when it comes to sex.’

    Can we just agree to an amicable divorce between the red and the blue states? There is no mending the great divide. I was hoping that Texas would follow through with its plan to secede and that other conservative states would follow.

    I mean, let’s stop pretending. Our struggle is against communists and atheists.

    • SOAR Says:

      As for controlling women’s bodies, there are a variety of ways to prevent conception so that argument is baseless.

      • Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

        Kurt Schlichter has an excellent fiction series abt the country splitting in two and how it happened. A lot of what he wrote was prescient, with things he mentioned in the book that then ended up happening. Stunning.

        The whole thing abt a woman having the right over her own body, to me, falls short in that a fetus is a separate entity, with different DNA. It is not like a tumor, as some dimwit said recently (maybe Whoopi?). It is a separate being.

        And yes, there are NUMEROUS ways to prevent conception, many of them very affordable or even FREE. So there really aren’t any excuses, IMO, for being surprised if a woman gets pregnant when she or her partner take NO precautions. Just sayin’.

  17. Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

    Oh, great – this will REALLY help our economy get on track – have its focus be RACIAL EQUITY:

    https://twitchy.com/brettt-3136/2022/10/04/janet-yellen-says-the-biden-administration-has-made-racial-equity-the-centerpiece-of-its-economic-agenda

    • SOAR Says:

      Notice how the Left controls the narrative by tweaking words and phrases? In this case, they’ve dropped the Constitutional concept of equality and replaced it with equity which is a totally different thing, and a core Marxist principle.

      The Left buried the word assimilation decades ago and replaced it with diversity and inclusion.

      And, of course, they hate that nasty word abortion, so it becomes choice.

  18. Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

    True The Vote has issued a statement after the arrest of the Konnech CEO:

    https://www.truethevote.org/statement-regarding-arrest-konnech-ceo-eugene-yu/

    And here’s of what the CEO was accused – exactly what True the Vote said he did:

    https://therightscoop.com/breaking-ceo-of-election-company-that-sued-true-the-vote-was-just-arrested-for-exactly-what-true-the-vote-has-been-claiming/

  19. kenoshamarge Says:

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