Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Political Correctness and Democrat Segregationists

OLD NFO has a rant a rant going about the current state of political correctness and the Confederate Flag. I'd like to offer an alternative to the current foolishness and bring things a little closer to recent history.

In 1954, the SCOTUS ruled in Brown v Board of Education that segregation in schools was unconstitutional. Many elected officials disagreed and they wrote the Southern Manifesto claiming that the SCOTUS had exceeded it authority. The document was signed the elected officials of the states of Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi, N. Carolina, S. Carolina, Tennessee, Texas and Virginia. There were 101 signatures in all. Of these, 99 of them were Democrat! Many of these staunch segregationists now have public buildings or naval vessels named after them. You may remember some of them. Do any of these names sound familiar?

William Fulbright
Richard Russell
Allen Ellender
Russell Long
John Stennis
Strom Thurmond

Wilbur Mills
Carl Vinson
Hale Boggs
F. Edward Hebert
L. Mendel Rivers

I suggest that we rename everything currently associated with these segregationist Democrats!

Friday, June 26, 2015

Monkey Shoulder Scotch

I'm usually a purist when it comes to scotch preferring single malts to blends. However, I have to appreciate the skill required to blend whiskey and to make the blend consistent over time. Therefore, when I saw this blended scotch advertised at my local store and my son asked me what I wanted for Father's Day, I had an answer.

The name Monkey Shoulder derives from the repetitive motion injury incurred by the guys that hand turned the malt during the drying process. It would become difficult to lift their arm after hours of shoveling malt. This scotch is a blend of three Speyside whiskeys: Glenfiddich, Balvenie and Kininvie. I like the first two but have never tasted the third. The blend is then aged in ex-bourbon casks.

Color: Dark amber
Nose: Clean, oaky
Palate: Smooth and rich
Finish: Long

Keep your eye peeled for this at you local liquor store. It's worth a try.

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Black Lives Matter

Where is the outrage about this senseless murder? He was a retired Navy air traffic controller (AC) and was liked and respected by all who worked with him at the Belle Chasse Naval Air Station.

Wednesday, June 17, 2015


This is a video of a new sport called "Scarping". It involves water skiing behind a boat while trying to catch flying carp.

Tuesday, June 16, 2015

This Week in Oil and Gas History

June 15, 1954

Mr. Charlie, the first true mobile offshore drilling rig, was launched. Mr. Charlie was the concept of "Doc" Laborde who formed Offshore Drilling and Exploration Company (ODECO). The rig was built by J. Ray McDermott. It is now a museum and training center, the International Petroleum Museum and Exposition in Morgan City, La.

I worked for both of those companies

June 20, 1977

Oil begins flowing in the  800 mile long Trans Alaska Pipeline (TAPS). I was in Anchorage when it was started up. The oil was pushing a pig with a noisemaker on it so its progress could be tracked. The location of the pig was a subject of the news every night.

Tuesday, June 9, 2015

This Week in Oil and Gas History

June, 9, 1894

The oil industry started in Texas with the discovery oil in Corsicana, Texas. In the ultimate irony, the contractor was drilling water! For you trivia buffs, Wolf Brand Chili got its start in Corsicana during the oil boom in 1895.

June 11, 1816

The city streets of Baltimore are lit with manufactured gas by Baltimore Gas and Electric, the first gas company in the new world. The gas was manufactured from coal, tar and wood. Save the Whales breathes a sigh of relief.

June 14, 1938

The US Government passes the Natural Gas Act of 1938. This was the first instance of direct federal regulation of the oil and gas industry. The intent was to regulate transportation fees on interstate pipelines.

Tuesday, June 2, 2015

This Week in Oil and Gas History

June 4, 1872

Robert A Chesebrough receives a patent for Vaseline. The 22 year old noticed that that there was a waxy buildup on well heads on a visit to the Pennsylvania oi fields. This material was called "rod wax" and the oil field workers used it for treatment of minor cuts and abrasions. He took a sample with him, purified it and called it petroleum jelly. You have probably used some of it at some time during your life.

June 6, 1967

The first oil embargo was attempted. One day after the start of the Six Day War, Saudi Arabia, Iraq, Kuwait, Libya and Algeria agreed to stop exporting oil to countries friendly to Israel. The emargo lasted about 2 months before it fell apart. They would get better at it later.

It happens that my family was making a cross country drive during this period. We never noticed any shortage of gasoline.

June 4, 1979

The well "Ixtoc One" blows out in the Bay of Campeche, Mexico. It took almost 10 months to kill it. During this period, the well spewed out over 3 million barrels (126 million gals) of oil making it second only to the Deepwater Horizon disaster.

Monday, June 1, 2015

Head Count

Saudi Arabia seems to be trying to take care of their drug problem by beheading the offenders They separated 17 heads last month, most of them for drug charges. This brings their year to date total for be headings to an astounding 84. The demand is so great that they have advertised in the employment section for new executioners. They want to hire 8 more executioners.