Drilling in ANWR

Posted On May 9, 2010

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David Amann

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Mr. Chris Manno

Drilling in ANWR

Wow – there is some intense ignorance at work with the facts on ANWR.   I believe that OPEC is virtually a criminal organization, primarily controlled by people who hate the US (all the more reason to avoid their control). However, they have no control over ANWR.  Let’s say we could pump enough oil there not only to provide US consumption, but also largely meet the Chinese and Indian needs. How powerful is OPEC then? They can’t set prices in a vacuum! This might be especially plausible if we were to begin developing Colorado oil shale fields as well (where there may be 500 billion to 1 trillion barrels available).

Why do we suppose the oil companies have 7,400 leases they aren’t currently using? We’d like to think it is some evil conspiracy, but the obvious reason is that surveys have shown there is no oil there, or at least not enough to bother with.

While we are on the topic, why do we hate the oil companies so much? Yes, it sucks dealing with $3 a gallon of gas, but the companies are making only about 8% of sales as profit.  Compare that with 18% for Intel or 28% for Microsoft! And who owns the oil companies anyway? Rich sheiks? Fat cats lighting cigars with $100 bills? NO! Ordinary Americans own the oil companies in their trillions of dollars of 401(k) holdings! Oil profits are BENEFICIAL to America. Of course, we would prefer that they make 15% profit while selling gas for $2 to make the same total gains, but that’s not what the world petroleum markets are allowing right now. Consider the fact that emerging China and India between them have more than EIGHT TIMES the population of the US, and you start to realize where the problem is.

A 1998 report by the U.S. Geological Survey estimated that there was between 5.7 billion barrels (910,000,000 m3) and 16.0 billion barrels (2.54×109 m3) of technically recoverable oil in the designated 1002 area, and that most of the oil would be found west of the Marsh Creek anticline. When Non-Federal and Native areas are excluded, the estimated amounts of technically recoverable oil are reduced to 4.3 billion barrels (680,000,000 m3) and 11.8 billion barrels (1.88×109 m3). These figures differed from an earlier 1987 USGS report which estimated less quantities of oil and that it would be found in the southern and eastern parts of the 1002 area. However the 1998 report warned that the “estimates cannot be compared directly because different methods were used in preparing those parts of the 1987 Report to Congress.”

The time it takes to start pumping is not relevant. You have to start sometime.  Without a perceived lack of supply, there would BE NO speculation. The two go hand in hand.

We DO need alternative energy. Let’s see some real planning in that area. In the meantime, this is a real plan to try to fix the short-term problems. Hydrogen fuel converted with nuclear electricity solves both the energy shortage and greenhouse gas issues, but greenies want nothing to do with very safe nuclear energy.

It may be true that the problem of transportation complicates things a bit, but I think the idea that ANWR drilling would involve very little area in a coastal plain region is a valid one, and hardly counts as “hyperbolic”.

Most people really have little knowledge of history or economics to state that “all that OPEC or Chavez has to do to keep the price up is lower their production”?  What happened after the US sharply curtailed gasoline consumption and increased production in the 1970s? OPEC was forced to compete with US-produced crude or be trampled in the market. They were unable to achieve unity, and it wouldn’t have mattered if they did. OPEC can’t just decide to cut production, since then they DON’T MAKE ANY MONEY!

Cons to drilling in ANWR, none that I can see!

Works Cited
Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, 1002 Area,. Web. 9 May 2010. http://pubs.usgs.gov/fs/fs-0028-01/fs-0028-01.pdf.
Potential Oil Production from the Coastal Plain of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge: Updated Assessment. Web. 9 May 2010. http://www.eia.doe.gov/pub/oil_gas/petroleum/analysis_publications/arctic_national_wildlife_refuge/html/overview.html.
U.S. Energy Administration. Web. 9 May 2010. http://www.eia.doe.gov/basics/quickoil.html.

Oral Composition

Posted On April 24, 2010

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1. What is the authority of the commentary?  The authority would be the facts that are actually out on the subject.

2. What type of argument is attempted (definition, evaluative, other)?  I believe the argument to be an evaluation argument because it is based on ethical and practical criteria.

3. What evidence is cited? Is the evidence convincing? Valid? Verifiable?  The evidence comes from the U.S. Geology surveys and I think it is valid and verifiable.

4. Where do the two viewpoints conflict? How and why?  One shows how and why drilling in Alaska would help us all out while the other straight lies about killing animal up there.

5. Which do you judge to be the most convincing? Why?  I find the first video to be more convincing  because I wrote a paper in my macroeconomics class on this subject and I did a lot of research on it.  I am also kind of bias on the subject.

Subjective Paper #2

Posted On April 15, 2010

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Chris Manno

Subjective Paper #2

Affirmative Action

I have been in the Unites States Navy for 23 years now.  I have not been faced with to many racial or gender based discrimination.  A couple of years ago I was faced an all time challenge like trying to get blood from a turnip by setting up an equal opportunity program for my squadron.  Scary on what I learned.

Affirmative Action Plan (AAP) to me is a way for an organization to provide equal opportunities for employees from different minority groups and genders.  The affirmative action plan usually focuses on education, employment, government contacts, health care, or social welfare (Princeton).  There are two types of affirmative action plans, involuntary AAP, and voluntary AAP.  Involuntary AAP is more court ordered and is mandated by law if an employer has a contract with the federal government of at least $50,000 and has 50 employees.  The employer must have an AAP in writing if these conditions exist (Ivancevich, 2009).

A voluntary AAP exists when an employer does not meet the standards of an involuntary AAP, and chooses to implement one.  Employers usually choose to a voluntary AAP to gain the trust of employees and show that they are a socially responsible business.  While doing my research on this topic, I came across an interview conducted by Rachael Potucek with Krishna Trummala from Kansas State University.  His idea of AAP is that is an emotional topic among employers and employees that uphold the policy.  He believes that AAP’s can cause problems within the workplace with different groups of minorities. (Potucek, affirmative action: pros and cons, September 16, 2003)

My perspective on this article is that other employee’s perception about the program is unjust.  The AAP places people from a different ethnic group or gender into a job that they may or may not be qualified for, but the employer will educate, and give those minorities special treatment in order for the organization to stay away from a law suit. If you hire someone because you are trying to be equal across the board, then the employee may feel less important to the mission due to those circumstances.  This also causes animosity between coworkers, because other employees may feel left out of those benefits that are offered to the minority group.  ‘River’ is better metaphor for affirmative action discussions than ‘pool’ and ‘pipeline.’  (Olivas)

In conclusion, since I have been in the Navy for 23 years I have only faced a small about of racial or gender based discrimination.  We have an equal opportunity program established, and it seems to be working.  Nowadays, you don’t hear much about this issue until a survey comes around.

Works Cited

Human Resource Management. McGraw-Hill Education, 2009. Print.

“Index of /WEB/News.” Media Relations Homepage. Web. 15 Apr. 2010. http://www.k-state.edu/media/webzine/0203/appros&cons.html.

“Word Search.” Word Net. Princeton University. Web. http://wordnetweb.princeton.edu/perl/webwn?s=affirmative%20action.

‘River’ Is Better Metaphor for Affirmative Actiondiscussions than ‘pool’ and ‘pipeline,’ Higher Education Lawscholar Says.” April 12, 2010 | The University Record Online. Web. 15 Apr. 2010. <http://www.ur.umich.edu/0001/Jan29_01/12.htm&gt;.

Evaluation Argument

Posted On April 14, 2010

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Evaluation Argument

The Blind Side

Saturday night my wife says to me “Let’s rent the movie The Blind Side”.  I had slight reservations about it because it looks like a chick flick.  Sandra Bullock, although hot, she not one of my favorite actors.  She has had a inconsistent film career history.  She was good in the Crash and The Proposal, there have been film as disastrous as All About Steve, Premonition and Speed 2.  Despite this, I decided for my own good and lack of standing up to my wife I decided I would go rent it.

Sandra Bullock delivered what I would call an eye-catching and attention-getting role.  She is bold and sassy, snaffles all the best lines and manages to make even the snappiest bits believable.  Even though, I don’t give any religions following to football, the underlying tale of the sport against the triumphs scores an emotional touchdown to me.

Leigh Anne Touhy is a fervently Christian housewife in Memphis, Tennessee, who enjoys a very well-to-do life with her husband Sean and children Lily and SJ.  While driving home one night, Leigh Anne spots SJ’s classmate and offers the homeless, black teenager a place to stay the night.  She takes pity on Michael and offers him a room and encourages the young man to improve his grades and chase the possibilities of an American football scholarship. 

The Blind Side does wear on my emotions for the entire length of the movie and eventually, the wholesomeness of the characters, pulling together for a common cause, it does win me over.  I do have a curious question; the movie is based on a true story so do I believe that Michael Oher – a homeless black teenager wandering along the road did Leigh Touhy (Bullock) pick him up?  Not really.  I can see that she does take pity on him and offers him a room.  The Blind Side also gave me a feeling of being pretty fictionalised.  Could Leigh Anne really scare off a gang of drug dealers by simpling saying “If you so much as set a foot downtown you will be sorry,” she threatens.  “I am in a prayer group with the DA, I am a member of the NRA and I am always packing!”

This movie was so predictable, yet the film does get under my skin, with excellent entertaining performances.  So I watched a chick flick, I did find it enjoyable and somewhat believable.

Causal Argument (Right to Carry)

Posted On April 8, 2010

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Causal Argument

Right to Carry

     Over the last twenty years, many “gun control” laws have been eliminated or made less restrictive at the federal, state, and local levels.  The number of privately-owned guns and Right-to-Carry states has risen to an all time high.  In all steps of the way, “gun control” groups have predicted violent crime would increase.  Instead, the nation’s violent crime rate has actually been declining since 1991, and in 2008 fell to a 35-year low.  In the same period of time, the nation’s murder rate fell to a 43-year low. (FBI-1)

     Since 1987, 30 states have totally eliminated prohibitory or restrictive carry laws, in favor of Right-to-Carry (RTC) laws there are now 40 states that have the Right-to-Carry laws passed.  I personally have had or possessed a concealed handgun licenses in the following states:  Pennsylvania, Georgia, Virginia, Florida and now Texas.  Studies by Congress, the Congressional Research Service, the Library of Congress, the National Institute of Justice, the National Academy of Sciences, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have found no evidence that “gun control” reduces crime. (Roth, Koper, et al).  I protest that proscribing guns would only affect peaceable citizens, not villains.  Indeed, its main effect would be to ensure that criminals came to enjoy a monopoly of firepower.  When we outlaw handguns or any fireman then only outlaws to have guns.

     “Since 1991, the nation’s crime violent crime rate has decreased by 40 percent (murder, 45 percent; rape, 31 percent; robbery, 47 percent; and aggravated assault, 37 percent.)” (FBI-2)  From 2007-2008, the violent crime rate also decreased overall by approximately 3 percent.   States with Right-to-Carry laws have a much lower violent crime rate, on average, compared to the rest of the country:  total violent crime by 31 percent; murder, 39 percent; robbery, 55 percent; and aggravated assault, 19 percent.  States that have the most restrictive gun control laws tend to have the highest ratios of robberies (confrontational violent crimes) to non-confrontational property crimes. (FBI-2)

     Strangely enough, the evidence and statics that are out there show with out a shadow of a doubt the less restrictive gun control work.  But there are so many people who can not see or will not believe the writing on the wall.  One of my most favorite cities in the United States is Kennesaw, Georgia.  In 1982, the Kennesaw City Council unanimously passed a law requiring heads of households to own at least one firearm with ammunition.  Sweet and it works.

Works Cited

“Bureau of Justice Statistics Crime and Justice Data Online.” Bureau of Justice Statistics (BJS). Web. 08 Apr. 2010. <http://bjsdata.ojp.usdoj.gov/dataonline/&gt;.

FBI. FBI. Web. 8 Apr. 2010. <http://www.fbi.gov/hq/cjisd/nics/nics_checks_total.pdf&gt;.

“Impact Evaluation of the Public Safety and Recreational Firearms Use Protection Act of 1994.” The Urban Institute | Research of Record. Web. 08 Apr. 2010. <http://www.urban.org/url.cfm?ID=406797&gt;.

“Sign In.” Injury Prevention – BMJ Journals. Web. 08 Apr. 2010. <http://ip.bmjjournals.com/cgi/reprint/9/2/151&gt;.

“Table 4 – Crime in the United States 2008.” FBI — Federal Bureau of Investigation Homepage. Web. 08 Apr. 2010. http://www.fbi.gov/ucr/cius2008/data/table_04.html.

Subjective Paper #2 (MY EPITAPH)

Posted On April 7, 2010

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8 April, 2010

Dave’s Epitaph

     On April 8, 2010 at 2359 hours in Azle, Texas, David Christian Amann Jr., died somewhat peacefully, while in the bed and care of his loving wife Crystal.  All his breath finally leaked out of his system.

     He is the father of a 14 year old step-model daughter Camille and a 4 year old super crazy four-wheel driving daughter Dakota.  He is married to loving and caring wife Crystal of 6 years. 

     David was born on October 27, 1968 to David C. Amann Sr. and Margie Lynn Amann in Drayton North Dakota and of course is was at night.  He grew up in the small town of Hallock Minnesota were his father was the owner of the local slaughter house/butcher shop.  He grew up on a tractor and had a knife in his hand, all well doing quite terrible in High School.  His class was one of the largest classes of all time 27 students and he graduated an amazing 24th.  SMART!

     In early 1987 he had no choice but to leave town so he joined the United States Navy.  Yes, a man from the land of 10,000 lakes joined the Navy!?  He grew into a man that would have the honesty of Abraham Lincoln but the Anger of the mad raging bull when provoked.  His life in the Navy would help him grow into a very happy man like the day his daughter was born.  One never had seen so much joy in one person.  It was like the man had a complete and new meaning to his life. 

     David after 20 years in the Navy finally got up the courage of a lion and would start going to college.  He hated school and it showed.  He was mad as an old wet hen when he started.  Shortly after he became a bonafided college student he graduated Excelsior College with an Associates Degree in Advanced Technical Studies.  So what does a guy do when he hates school?  He signs up the Embry-Riddle Aeronautic University and was 2 classes away from a Bachelor’s Degree in Professional Aeronautics at the un-timely death of the young man.  Not really, he was 41.

     Dave will be warmly remembered as a generous, spiritually strong, resourceful, tolerant and a very smart man, who was always ready to help and never would judge others of their shortcomings.  NOT REALLY he was pretty much a prick to one and all. 

     Opinions about Dave’s details of this are slightly ambiguous, since he wrote it he wanted it this way!

Objective Paper (H.R. 25)

Posted On March 31, 2010

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David Amann
Mr. Chris Manno
ENG 123
31 March 2010
House of Representatives Bill
H. R. 25
(Objective Paper)

Federal income taxes should be completely abolished. Not only income tax, this would include all ancillary taxes on personal income such as estate, gift, capital gain, alternative minimum, self-employment, Social Security, Medicare, and payroll taxes. With the repeal of federal income taxes, the IRS (Internal Revenue Service) would have much less power and would simply cease to exist.
House of Representatives bill 25 (H. R. 25) is: To promote freedom, fairness, and economic opportunity by repealing the income tax and other taxes, abolishing the Internal Revenue Service, and enacting a national sales tax to be administered primarily by the States. (H.R. 25) This has also been called the Fair Tax Act of 2009.
Clearly, I believe that the “Fair Tax” should be approved and this is why. I feel the current system retards economic growth which reduces the standards of living. Impedes the competitiveness of our industry and slows productivity. Findings by Congress finds furthers that the Social Security and Medicare payroll taxes raise the cost employment, destroys jobs and causes unemployment (H. R. 25).
Some other findings by Congress prove that a Fair Tax would help to promote savings and investment, will promote fairness, will promote economic growth, will raise the standards of living and increase investment.
Because this tax system is consumption-based rather than income-based, people could exercise a certain amount of control over how much tax they pay. Since the tax is only applied to new (not used) items at the point of sale, a smart person could avoid paying taxes on most things, of course not food. The Fair Tax only taxes consumption, it does not punish business for expanding and creating more jobs, investing in research and development, or donating to charity.
A national “Fair Tax” to me would be much more transparent than the current tax system. There would be no possibility of loopholes, special exemptions, embedded costs, or other factors that allow people under the current system to avoid realizing how much tax they are actually paying. With the amount of taxation visible to all, I would think they would be less likely to tolerate wasteful spending, corruption, and inefficiency in government, resulting in a stronger overall economy.

Works Cited
Boortz, Neal, and John Linder. The FairTax Book: Saying Goodbye to the Income Tax and the IRS : Not to Mention the Social Security Tax, the Medicare Tax, Corporate Income Taxes, the Death Tax, the Self-employment Tax, the Alternative Minimum Tax, the Gift Tax, Capital Gains Taxes, Tax Audits, and Some Major Headaches Every April 15. New York: Regan, 2006. Print.

“H. R. 25.” INDEX. Web. 31 Mar. 2010. .

English 123 for a “A” of course (Subjective Paper)

Posted On March 31, 2010

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English 123 Subjective Paper

29 March 2010

                                                Dude you stole my Truck!

If you steal my truck in will be extremely disappointed and maybe a little aggravated.   Try to put yourself in my shoes.  You go out to buy yourself some nice ice-cold beer at the Brookshire’s and when you come out your truck in gone and you know you did not misplace it.

First, now I must contact the police with a case of beer in my hand.  Starts going down hill from here!  The police now arrive and they see the beer and start to hassle me because they do not even believe that I had a truck.  Now I am getting questioned about everything, a breath analysis and have to perform a field sobriety test.  Darn wallet was in the glove box.  Cops are not happy or amused with me.  Finally, the cops believe that I am not drunk and they believe me on who I am.  Time to call the wife for a ride home.

So not only do I not have my ride, now I don’t have any identification, money or credit cards. Now I will spend several hours on the phone with the insurance company trying to clear this mess up.  Did you know they can not and will not do anything until there is an official police report or they find the truck?  No for coverage, thank goodness I have gap insurance because I am just out my deductible and down payment.  Time will only tell how long it will be before I get my truck paid off and can afford a new one.

Now as for the bank and credit card companies.  My goodness, trying to get all my credit cards, ATM and debit cards shut down and replaced is a total and complete nightmare.  If I had hair it would be all pulled out and or gray!  Nightmare city.  I just hope that all is shutoff or inactive and the guy that stole my truck has not set up a new identity for himself or give my information to someone else. 

That is just a funny little story but on to some real tips to help prevent auto theft.  One, do not think manufactured-installed vehicle theft protection is enough.  Don’t think your old piece of junk is safer than a shiny new vehicle.  Contact the police immediately, speed is essential to recovering your car.  Keep the vehicle identification number, plate number and insurance information in your wallet not in the glove box.  Also, don’t think your insurance policy covers you.  Your insurance might not cover a rental car if you car is stolen.  Lastly, try to park in well-lit areas and lock the doors.   Auto theft is no laughing matter, no matter how you put it. (Edmunds).

Works Cited

Kanter, Evelyn. “Avoiding Auto Theft and Insurance Problems.” Web. 30 Mar. 2010.