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Dont know if this was posted, caught it on Media Matters website. I put this in the open thread, but was encouraged to diary it so I did.

more below the break....

This is just outrageous to me. I know,I know, it's FOX, they certainly arent "fair and balanced", but just the fact that they claim to be and do something like this just boils my blood. This was up on Thursday, dont know if it was before the press conference but, it makes sense, especially after Bush said today's high gas prices are a result of actions 10 years ago(Translation: It's all Clinton's fault!!). Sorry, for the short diary. But what should we do, if anything, about this?? Just say, "Screw it, it's FOX", write to them, I dont know. Thoughts???

Update: oops, forgot the link. You can also play video of the idiot anchor as he says this.

Update 2: President Clinton was speaking in RI(at Providence, RI(at Brown). He called Bush's energy policy "dumb economics" and "selfish". No, response to the insinuation that he is to blame for the energy crisis, but maybe we'll see something in the coming days. I'm not even sure if Bill heard about it, or if the media even picked that up.

Originally posted to jj32 on Fri Apr 29, 2005 at 08:26 PM PDT.

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  •  Fox is the Media Arm of (4.00)
    the MiniTru. I swear, every high school English class needs to be reading 1984. I can't take two breaths without seeing Orwell's prescience these days.

    The image just says it all....

    Reality is the fantasy you believe in.

    by deepintheheartoftx on Fri Apr 29, 2005 at 08:36:19 PM PDT

    •  Republican M.O. - projection & blame (4.00)
      Everything is black and white with them, they can't handle complexity.  So just remember this simple rule and you can figure out what they'll do next.


      • Note what they accuse the other side of doing.

      • Then they do it.

      Here's a few examples.


      • TANG documents - they got JimmyJeff Gannon out of the gate along shouting that the documents were forgeries.  Yes indeed, the VRWC forged the documents and then forged the "news coverage" that took down Dan Rather.

      • Attacking Kerry for derelection of duty.  See TANG.

      • The Republican-stacked voting commission accusing Democrats of "vote fraud."  See Florida and Ohio.

      See how easy this is?  Watch their accusations, then watch them do it.  Since their latest claim is that the Democratic Senators are inflexible and won't allow an "up or down vote" (hah, remember blue slips), watch for them to block some key votes coming up.

      Chaos, fear, dread. My work here is done.

      by madhaus on Fri Apr 29, 2005 at 09:12:00 PM PDT

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      •  Schiavo and hypocracy (none)
        Remember when they impeached Clinton and Republicans couldn't sputter a paragraph without the words, 'rule of law'? Now they're mad at judges that all followed the rule of law in deciding the Schiavo case? Hypocracy is when judges that follow the 'rule of law' are labeled 'activist'.

        New idea for Comedy Central game show: Kick Ben Stein's Ass

        by bobinson on Fri Apr 29, 2005 at 10:03:53 PM PDT

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        •  Take the final step (none)
          "Activist Judges!  Activist Judges!" they cry.
          Then look at the activist judges they are appointing.

          Chaos, fear, dread. My work here is done.

          by madhaus on Fri Apr 29, 2005 at 10:55:03 PM PDT

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        •  Come on... (none)
          Forget rule of law in the Schiavo case...They didnt complain about the judiciary when they "Elected" George Bush, did they.  What would have happened if we dems refused to accept the decision that made george pres???  They would have screamed bloody murder.
           
          •  Ah, you forgot... (none)
            ...the incessant right wing chatter claiming that Bush would win a majority but not the electoral votes.  They were priming their dittoheads to bring down any claims Gore would claim on a legitimate election.

            Notice how quickly they had to shift the party line when it broke the other way.

            Chaos, fear, dread. My work here is done.

            by madhaus on Sun May 01, 2005 at 03:42:42 PM PDT

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      •  I thought it went (none)
        1. They do it, THEN
        2. They accuse those damned libruls of doing it.

        It takes a deeper lack of imagination that way.
  •  You know, (4.00)
    I almost didn't think it was possible for the Repubs to have control of the Presidency, the House and the Senate, and STILL whine about the liberals, yet they have no shame and feel no embarassment.  The dumbest part are the people who buy it.

    There's no point for democracy when ignorance is celebrated...insensitivity is standard and faith is being fancied over reason.-NoFx

    by SairaLV on Fri Apr 29, 2005 at 08:36:30 PM PDT

    •  2006 (none)
      Mid term elections are coming up and the Repubs have done such a crappy job and screwed up this country so bad that they have to start blaming liberals and Dems for the mess.  By 2006, they've have half the country believing them.
    •  They always need... (4.00)
      someone to blame for everything, whether it's Saddam or the "liberals"... this administration has been in power for almost 5 years, they control all branches of government, yet when anything bad happens, it's NEVER their fault.
      •  Exactly (4.00)
        Republicans love to be angry and Fox does whatever it can to keep them happy. It's like a form of mind-control, where they keep the minions in line by keeping them angry.

        A Conservative Government is an organized hypocrisy. --Benjamin Disraeli

        Democrats -- Progress for the Working Class

        by rogun on Sat Apr 30, 2005 at 12:00:24 AM PDT

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      •  Republicans will get their comeuppance (none)
        Now that they've made it clear that they intend deep cuts in Social Security benefits for all Americans (I don't imagine for a moment that low-income workers will bet a break once the dust settles), Republican credibility with the public is more and more compromised. Whining and blaming "liberals" for the country's problems isn't going to work the way it has in the past for conservative ideologues. Evangelical Christians will have to pay more for gas to get to their mega-churches and will loose the little health care they have once the Medicaid cuts that the Republican Congress inserted into the current budget go into effect. It's up to the Democrats to stick to their guns and point out again and again that the Republicans are gutting the lives of ordinary Americans.
    •  control (none)
      This may be so obvious as to be dumb, but I will post anyway.  

      I think we really need to concentrate on getting that fact out - - that the Republicans DO control everything - the White House, the House, the Senate, (possibly the supreme court) and look what they have done!

      We think everyone knows what we know.  It hit home for me recently because a Republican client is getting audited.  We are friendly, and in a joking manner, I told him how rude it was of them to audit him after all the money he had sent in.

      His wife was very puzzled and didn't understand until I explained that the Republicans were in control now.  Sure, they may not control who is audited (?), but in the discussion I realized this intelligent woman did not understand the powers of government and that the Republicans are in power and what that means.

  •  Well you know that media (none)
    "liberal bias".....  ;-)

    "Leadership and learning are indispensable to each other." - JFK

    by jillian on Fri Apr 29, 2005 at 08:41:50 PM PDT

  •  I thought that was their motto (none)
    "Blame Liberals for ____"(fill in the blank.
    Oh, and obviously everything is Clinton's fault. Fox is a bunch of yahoo morons- they've almost become a parody of themselves. I don't watch it anymore its not good for my blood pressure!

    The ignorance of one voter in a democracy impairs the security of all- John F Kennedy

    by vcmvo2 on Fri Apr 29, 2005 at 08:47:50 PM PDT

  •  What we should do: (4.00)
    Every time a right-winger whines about the Big Bad Liberals, and how the theocons and radical clerics, the corpofascists and xenothugs are at the mercy of the latte-drinking longhairs, we should respond the same way:

    Crybabies!

    They play the 'boo-hoo, aren't we victims' card all the time now, and we have to start responding the same way every time: 'crybabies!' We have to do this so consistently that eventually we just have to say, "There you go again,' and everyone will understand. You can insult the right in almost any way, and they don't mind--being called extreme or aggressive or ignorant--but 'crybaby?' That they cannot abide.

  •  This is pretty tame (4.00)
    Usually we're traitors, America haters and baby killers.

    It is a very mixed blessing to be brought back from the dead.

    by Steven D on Fri Apr 29, 2005 at 08:54:00 PM PDT

  •  If there was any doubt... (none)
    ...about Fox before, this should clear it all.  They are truly dirtbags of the highest order.
     

    Be the creature. (But not a Republican.)

    by boran2 on Fri Apr 29, 2005 at 09:02:39 PM PDT

    •  Fox pandering (none)
      They are dirtbags, but I really think their ideology is less about pushing a conservative agenda than targeting the most vulnerable in society. It's not too hard to lure an audience when they've already been brainwashed by purveyors of religous supernaturalism. Murdoch certainly whips up the conservatives with his U.S. news oulets.

      My head really spins when Fox News decries the decay of morality in America, when Murdoch's entertainment operations (Fox TV, Fox Studios, and FX) embrace that same decay. The Shield and NipTuck are by far the raciest series on basic cable. I think Fox received the largest FCC fine in history -- more than Howard Stern.

      Members of the Church of Murdoch pay to hear his sermons on the indecency that he has built his empire upon.

      I love the irony and contradiction of that one screenshot: Maybe high gas prices ARE the Cost of Freedom.

      •  A perfect example (none)
        Is Murdoch's switch on in Britain when it became clear that the conservatives were going to fall out of power.

        Science without religion is lame. Religion without science is blind. Albert Einstein

        by DrSpike on Sat Apr 30, 2005 at 09:18:21 AM PDT

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  •  Bush scowl (4.00)
    Free Image Hosting at www.ImageShack.us

    "That damn Clinton! It's his fault! I've been in office for over 4 years, and he still somehow gets to screw things up for me! Poppy, can you call your Carlyle friends to bail me out?"

  •  huh??? (4.00)
    Did they have a reason why, or was it more of a command?  Look into my eyes... you will blame the liberals!!

    "I feel your scorn and I accept it." - Jon Stewart

    by starkness on Fri Apr 29, 2005 at 09:06:13 PM PDT

  •  humble suggestion... (4.00)
    cancel your cable television. (the 'fox blocker' is a nice idea, but you're still paying for to get the channel, just to block it...)
    •  If I were a far more virtuous individual (none)
      I would, but I'm about as addicted to my DVR as I am to dKos.

      For those of you who shamefully wear the same mantle, please do go to FoxBlocker.com to learn about blocking Fox News for free and emailing advertisers to let them know you're doing it.

      •  The only thing I did (none)
        is put an adult rating of Faux News, closed my eyes and pressed whatever buttons I could and blocked it that way. No one can watch it in my house.

        But I like that new little uni-remote control thing that's out now. You can go anywhere and turn off a tv, would be great for all those doctor appts and airports where they have Faux on.

        •  That gets the job done. (none)
          And an important job it is (is there anything worse than landing on Fox News by mistake when you were feeling otherwise mentally well?) But if you can find the time, doing the whole FoxBlocker rigamarole (a) informs your cable company of your decision, and (b) informs Fox's advertisers that the billions they're spending to sell you things via Fox News are going right down your toilet.
    •  I have canceled Fox (none)
      I canceled my cable down to the lowest "basic" subscription you can get. It's $15.00!  No more Fox!  But, also no more comedy central and Jon Stewart.  His is the only show I really miss, but I can usually keep up by reading the blogs.

      Also, no more CNN, but I do get C-span!

      It's a good trade for me.

      They goofed and although I'm not "supposed to," I am receiving MSNBC clear as a bell! :).  I enjoy Keith Olbermann and Imus.

  •  Laughable (4.00)
    I don't even view FOX as a news channel in any sense. It's pure political tabloid pandering to red meat Republicans.

    I used to randomly put on O'Reilly so I could see what the other side was saying - but now I just ignore the channel as if it doesn't even exist. The 2 million people who watch the channel are already lost causes for which I have no use.

    Great spirits have always encountered violent opposition from mediocre minds - Albert Einstein.

    by GregNYC on Fri Apr 29, 2005 at 09:08:12 PM PDT

  •  wait a minute (none)
    Are they blaming liberals in general or the Canadian Liberals? Tough call when they're all CAPITAL LETTERS.

    "I have lived with several Zen masters -- all of them cats." - Eckhart Tolle

    by catnip on Fri Apr 29, 2005 at 09:10:13 PM PDT

    •  They've Never Formally Recognized (none)
      Canada.

      We are called to speak for the weak, for the voiceless, for victims of our nation and for those it calls enemy....--ML King, "Beyond Vietnam"

      by Gooserock on Fri Apr 29, 2005 at 09:39:08 PM PDT

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      •  well (none)
        I guess we kind of pissed them off by not allowing them to pollute our airwaves until recently.

        "I have lived with several Zen masters -- all of them cats." - Eckhart Tolle

        by catnip on Fri Apr 29, 2005 at 10:00:52 PM PDT

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        •  BTW (none)
          Since media regulations are different in Canada, could Fox be sued or taken to court up here for some of their more outrageous misstatements?

          Probably worth a look.... it would be an amusing exercise if they give an opening....

          "Salvation is by way of the truth, not by way of the fatherland" -- Chaadaev

          by sagesource on Fri Apr 29, 2005 at 11:20:36 PM PDT

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          •  I'm not sure... (none)
            It's really late, but I'll look at it in the morning, and fire off a complaint to the CRTC (regulatory body) when my synapses are firing a bit better :-)

            "now this is not the end, it is not even the beginning of the end. But it is, perhaps, the end of the beginning." W. Churchill

            by Thor Heyerdahl on Sat Apr 30, 2005 at 01:01:30 AM PDT

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  •  the depths (none)
    of my disgust cannot be explained .. i'm glad i haven't eaten recently.

    that picture is worth a thousand expletives.

    thanks for the heads up!

  •  "Blame Liberals for High Oil Prices!"?!? (4.00)
    It's almost cartoonish. It's like those "Applause" signs that flash at studio audiences during the taping of sitcoms. The fact that they have to be so brazen suggests they're getting a little anxious. Commanding the viewer to "Blame Liberals"? And then an exclamation point to really drive it home? It's a little too shrill, too transparent.  A little too ... desperate.

    First they ignore you, then they laugh at you, then they fight you, then you win. -- Mohandas Gandhi

    by trueblue illinois on Fri Apr 29, 2005 at 09:20:22 PM PDT

  •  Bunch a Shit (4.00)
    So, the Republican plan for dealing with the coming energy crisis is to deflect the blame to foreigners. Like Bart Simpson, "I didn't do it" Those damn foreigners aren't producing enough, or those damn Chinese are using too much. They should conserve! And to the degree that Americans are to blame, it isn't the fault of Americans like you and me, it is the fault of environmentalists. So, what we need to do is drill the hell out of every place that might currently be off limits.

    I guess that the theory is that as long as there is someone else to blame, the fallout from the soaring prices and the eventual shortages won't cause any lasting damage to the Republican party.

    But there is a problem with this plan if you want to dignify it with that term. These people rule the country. They control all three branches of the government. They have held the house of representatives for over a decade now. President Bush is in his second term. At some point, there is only one way to judge the effectiveness of a governing party's policies. That is by the results that they generate. Not the excuses. Not the scapegoats. Not the spin. But the results.

    I saw a fat middle aged guy waddle out of his flag decalled SUV and reach for the fuel pump. There was a scowl on his face. I noticed a frayed bumper sticker on the back of his road pig. "Kick their ass and take their gas"

    "How'd that work out for you?" I asked.

    He looked bewildered. "You know, the ass kickin' gas takin' thing. How'd that work out"

    "Bunch a shit"

  •  RIIIIIGHT. (4.00)
    DeLay blocks raising CAFE Standards throughout the Clinton years and then blames liberals for our predicament?  That's rich.  Had we raised CAFE standards, not only would we not be paying such a stiff price for gas (supply and demand -- reduce demand and you reduce price) but Detroit wouldn't be struggling for customers for their megamobiles and Toyota wouldn't have year-long waiting lists for hybrids.

    By the way, check out the Prius+, a modified (with off the shelf parts) Prius that gets over 100 mpg... http://www.calcars.org/

    "Force always attracts those of low morality." -- Albert Einstein

    by eyeswideopen on Fri Apr 29, 2005 at 09:24:34 PM PDT

  •  that isn't photoshopped is it? (none)
    that whole thing, that's legit? "Cost of Freedom" and all?

    "Don't be a janitor on the Death Star!" - Grey Lady Bast (change @ for AT to email)

    by bellatrys on Fri Apr 29, 2005 at 09:34:02 PM PDT

  •  I just makes me wanna get all (none)
    Taxi Driver on some conservative ass.
  •  there's got to be a free market solution to this (none)
    it's one thing to be paying a set fee for sports on ESPN 1 and 2.

    it's another to be funding overt political broadcasting.

    FOX NEWS can be proven in a court of law to be unabashedly politically biased.  So bring a suit against your cable providers.  Until they're willing to provide a spectrum of political views with equal time on their netowrk, you shouldn't have to pay a dime for your basic service.

    In fact, they should backdate and compensate every subscriber for every minute of unbalanced coverage.

  •  Gas prices: Clinton vs Bush (4.00)
    Retail gas prices, dollars/gallon, actual and adusted for inflation

    1993 1.07 1.43
    1994 1.07 1.40
    1995 1.11 1.40
    1996 1.20 1.47
    1997 1.20 1.44
    1998 1.03 1.22
    1999 1.14 1.31
    2000 1.49 1.66
    2001 1.43 1.55
    2002 1.34 1.44
    2003 1.56 1.63
    2004 1.85 1.89
    Source: Energy Information Administration, http://www.eia.doe.gov/emeu/steo/pub/fsheets/PetroleumPrices.html

    And of course the current national average is over $2.00/gal.

  •  The New Republican Motif (4.00)
    is this bullshit statement Bush has been floating, that we haven't had an energy policy in decades.

    Actually, we've tried, but when Democrats have been in power the Republicans have done their utmost to scuttle any sane energy policy (like opposing CAFE standards).  So I'd rather we have no energy policy than having the current Republican policy, which is all about giveaways to the oil, gas and coal industries, and all about screwing over ordinary working Americans.

    In loving memory: Sophie, June 1, 1993-January 17, 2005. My huckleberry friend.

    by Paul in Berkeley on Fri Apr 29, 2005 at 09:37:37 PM PDT

    •  Need to hold repugs accountable (4.00)
      We need to keep hammering these fuckers with the fact that they have controlled the agenda since 1994 when they took back the Congress. Polls continually say that the American public dislikes the job Congress has been doing (somewhere in the low 30% approval rating).
       The public needs to be reminded that all the failures of Congress are Republican failures.
      No energy policy = Republican failure,  Deficit = Republicans failure, No health care = Republican failure ect.  
      We need to lay the blame at their doorstep and hammer them 24/7 on all these issues. Ten years of Republican rule = ten years of failure.

      "We are all worms. But I do believe I am a glow-worm" Winston Churchill

      by Duke1676 on Fri Apr 29, 2005 at 10:16:58 PM PDT

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  •  Here's the deal... (4.00)
    I was born a liberal.  It is my creed.  My religion.  It is in my DNA.  I can't help being smarter than David Brooks.  I can't go around castigating Jews or Blacks or even conservatives.

    So why is it tolerable to denigrate liberals and gays?

  •  Self-whoring... (4.00)
    I blogged this exact screen shot a few days ago... if you're into that sort of thing.

    I think this is the most definitive smoking gun from Fox...it's not an argument that they're overtly biased, it's indisputable proof. I mean, they even went the extra mile with the exclamation (!) point and the ALL CAPS OMG DEMKRATS R SOO GAYYYYU!!! style.

    The world's address
    a place that's worn
    a sad pun that reflects a sadder mess
    In case you haven't already guessed:
    The world's a dress.

    by Jaiwithani on Fri Apr 29, 2005 at 09:55:45 PM PDT

  •  Change the title (4.00)
    This is very believable.

    If a wise man contendeth with a foolish man, whether he be angry or laugh, there will be no rest - Proverbs 29:9

    by Croatoan on Fri Apr 29, 2005 at 09:57:16 PM PDT

  •  Man-Date (Gone) Desperation -Panic (here) (none)
    Oh, how time flies....it was less then 3 months ago, before Schiavo, when they were beating their skinning-geek-draft dodging chests about "Man-Date"

    Now the party of "personal reponsibility" and GOD is bearing False Witness....for shame...Jesus is weeping.

  •  From the man himself (4.00)
    "It is the absolute right of the State to supervise the formation of public opinion."
    --Joseph Goebbels Karl Rove

    "It is the duty of the patriot to protect his country from its government." --Thomas Paine "And the world from this President"--BOHICA

    by BOHICA on Fri Apr 29, 2005 at 10:15:44 PM PDT

  •  OK... (4.00)
    Let me see if I've got this correct: Our "government" approved a budget that cuts Medicare AND signs off on $100 billion-plus worth of tax cuts for the wealthy.
    Then, our president proposes an overall huge cut of Social Security benefits that is aimed at giving the poor more and the wealthier less.
    So this means that the Republicans are taking away Medicare benefits from those of us who need it but bumping up their/our Social Security...
    Do they have ANY IDEA what they're doing???
    And those tax cuts for the wealthy they've been doling out? Well, you can see by the way the economy is tanking, gas prices are rising and inflation is starting to pound us that THOSE are working out just ducky, aren't they?
    And, speaking of inflation, I am SO glad we have a former Texas oilman as president who can sense trends like gasoline prices long before us ordinary folk ever are aware of it...
    The lives of real human beings hang in the balance sometimes, when it comes to getting Medicare help, but the party that professes to be the only one "of faith" and alleges that they support a "culture of life" is perfectly comfortable with punishing the poor, no matter how many lives it costs.
    Here's one for the GOP: What Medicare and Social Security benefits would Jesus cut?

    "I have come here to chew bubblegum and to kick ass...and I'm all out of bubblegum."

  •  Dear America, (4.00)
    This is what happens when you have a failed oil businessman as President, and a successful oil crook as Vice President. (not to mention Condi, etc.)

    On the plus side, though, the oil and gas industry is posting record profits! Who says Republicans aren't good for business, now all we need to do is invest all our Social Security money in speculative royalty trust investments that'll earn up to 30% a year until all the oil runs dry, and blah blah blah blah blah...

  •  I never thought I'd see the day (none)
    When the main stream media actually gave "Marching Orders" to the unwashed masses a la 1984.

    Verb - Scape Goat of the day - Current problem

    Get used to this I suppose...

    I can't believe I am actually going to ask this... but...
    Which countries should I be looking into for relocation?  I used to get pissed at people who asked that question; now I ...
    i dono...
    Jezz

  •  The Triple Meat Burger (4.00)
    The worst thing about FoxNews is that although most normal people understand its bias, it also forces the idea that mainstrem news (Cnn,abc,nbc) are liberal, or at least neutral, because they arent like Foxnews, which is a way more dangerous thing to think in my opinion.

    It's Kind of like how burger joints have a triple burger on the menu, even though nobody eats it, because it helps the sales of the double, because they think at least its not the triple so it must be healthy. But we want them to eat the single.

  •  Couldn't be the oil company profits (4.00)
                   Oil Gushers (millions)
                            2000     2001     2002      2003     2004
    Exxon-Mobil       $17,720 $15,320 $11,460 $21,510 $25,399
    ChevronTexaco      7,727   3,288   1,132   7,230   13,328
    ConocoPhillips       1,862    1,661    -295    4,735    8,129
    Occidental Petroleum 1,570   1,154   989   1,527   2,568
    Marathon Oil         411     157    516     1,321     1,261
    Source: Bloomberg L.P.

    The chart doesn't come out as well here, but the facts are the same: 2000 profits about $30,000,000,000 versus 2004 profits about $50,000,000,000. That's a lot of price gouging...

    "Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about the things that matter." Dr. ML King, from a jail cell in Birmingham, Alabama in 1963.

    by bewert on Fri Apr 29, 2005 at 11:42:00 PM PDT

    •  $100 per capita (none)
      That $20B rise in profit, spread among, say, 200M adults in the USA is about $100 each.  It looks like you've identified $0.10-$0.20/gallon of the cost rise from 2000 to 2004 anyway.  This fits with average California refinery markup figures I have seen, and represents a bit less than half of the rise in the price of gasoline during that time.

      Refinery mark up accounts for about half of the ~$1 rise from the 2002 plateau to the recent peaks, the other half is due to the rise in crude price.  The companies can cash in on part of that crude price rise as they drill some of their own oil and don't mind getting $50+/barrel for it if that's what the rest of the world is charging.  This has led to enormous profit increases of many billions more for just the first quarter of 2005.

      While some of the blame for "high" gas prices belongs on OPEC, it looks like big-oil has happily ridden the profit elevator by pushing the prices on this shockingly inelastic commodity just a much as OPEC.  The only way to reverse this is through governmental pressure (ha!) or reduced demand.  Reducing demand will require either the American people waking up (this will take another $1/gallon at least IMHO) or the development of something to replace the need for gas.

      •  $3+ a gallon best thing that could happen (none)
        In the long run. Short term pain as people get pennies on the dollar for their Hummers and the rest of us pay an premium on goods for higher transport costs, but an overall increase of 5-10 mpg per vehicle would be huge in the long run.

        We'll get there eventually, as China and India grow, but it may take a few years. Plus China's nascent car industry is playing smarter than ours--they have the best hybrid cars going. Imagine a Honda CRV with a plug to recharge batteries but otherwise similar to a Prius, getting close to 100 mpg :)  Malcom Bricklin is working on importing some into the US, although I'm not sure which models.

        "Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about the things that matter." Dr. ML King, from a jail cell in Birmingham, Alabama in 1963.

        by bewert on Sat Apr 30, 2005 at 07:34:29 AM PDT

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  •  If the all-powerful and wise (4.00)
    Bush can't fix it, then certainly he is just an impotent leader, right?  I'd like to see that term used more - impotent GOP leadership.
  •  Friendly Request for a Better Diary Title (none)
    "This is un-fuckin'-believable" leaves us totally fuckin' clueless. Thanks. :)
  •  $20 per barrel (4.00)
    People seem to forget one of the main reasons Rupert Murdoch gave for supporting the Iraq war was the price of oil as explained in
    this Guardian article

    "The greatest thing to come out of this for the world economy, if you could put it that way, would be $20 a barrel for oil. That's bigger than any tax cut in the any country.".....

    ....Mr Murdoch's comments come just a week after he told Fortune magazine in the US that war could fuel an economic boom.

    "We're keeping our heads down, managing the businesses, keeping our profits up. Who knows what the future holds? I have a pretty optimistic medium and long-term view but things are going to be pretty sticky until we get Iraq behind us. But once it's behind us, the whole world will benefit from cheaper oil which will be a bigger stimulus than anything else," he told Fortune.

    Funny isn't it? Any politician or public figure who had made such assertions would have been completely ridiculed by now and held up for scorn. Their credibility would be zero. Strange how Ruperet gets away with it.

  •  What is utterly disturbing about this ... (4.00)
    is that if I just change one word chills go down my spine.

    Take the word "Liberals" and think of a demographic segment that is highly liberal: Jews. Now reword:

    "BLAME JEWS FOR HIGH OIL AND GAS PRICES!"

    Does that paint the picture clearer? They're demonizing liberals exactly the same way that the Nazis and Italian Fascists did 70 years ago.

    Okay I know this is a "Godwin's law" post, but come on! I think it is a valid analogy.

    "You don't lead by pointing and telling people some place to go. You lead by going to that place and making a case." - Ken Kesey

    by Glinda on Sat Apr 30, 2005 at 05:06:28 AM PDT

    •  Some of these slimeballs (none)
      will need someone to beat up. We'd better get some yellow ribbons..and fast!

      A society of sheep must beget in time a government of wolves. Bertrand de Jouvenel

      by Little Red Hen on Sat Apr 30, 2005 at 06:08:14 AM PDT

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    •  Italian Fascism (none)
      They didn't start demonizing Jews until they hooked up with Hitler.  But they did a pretty good job on leftist intellectuals, like Antonio Gramsci, who died in prison.

      What's that you say?  They're starting to demonize liberal professors in the U.S.?  Well, how about that!

      Gutta cavat lapidem

      by SneakySnu on Sat Apr 30, 2005 at 07:12:27 AM PDT

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      •  Wow! (none)
        I had missed that diary. I've just read the whole thing. And that horrid letter from Dobson. Thanks for the link.

        That Bultman character has absolutely no qualifications to be a college president. I hope they fire his sorry ass!

        "You don't lead by pointing and telling people some place to go. You lead by going to that place and making a case." - Ken Kesey

        by Glinda on Sat Apr 30, 2005 at 08:11:22 AM PDT

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  •  There is something... (none)
    positively feline about Sheppard Smith.

    I start wheezing whenever he appears on the tube.  I can't help it, I'm allergic.

  •  FCC? (none)
    Is this something it is possible to file a complaint about with the FCC?  Or is that only for public breastage and four letter words?
  •  You'll sooner see (none)
    Clinton holding hands between Prince Abdullah and Bush than you will see him defend himself.  That guy takes more crap than anyone I've ever seen. It's one of the reasons that Democrats have a reputation for being wimps.  
  •  That's some pretty amazing stuff (none)
    I actually consider the entire block of cable news channels to be off limits.  Fox is just another one of them.

    Why would I sit down and poison myself with that crap that is supposed to be news?  None of it is news. It's just space that needs to be filled up.  Those stations are the on air equivalent of a vacant lot.  They just have to find stuff to put there.  

  •  Truth will set you free (none)
    Not! Truth must be used like a sledge hammer against entrenched ignorance. Heap shame upon their lies. Cast light upon secrets. Knowledge is not an endowment of the priviledged to be hoarded. Not every embarrasment of this administration should be 'classified' to protect its image. Liberal's can not let these ass holes make the rules any longer.
    DailyKos, I hope you grow and continue your fine service.
  •  per Fox...The Cost of Freedom: (none)
    enslavement!
  •  Well... one of us is going to have to admit it (none)
    Yep... guys... it was me. It's my fault that the gas prices have gone through the roof... I just can't help myself.

    You know, just the other day I was thinking, "you know what, gas prices should be higher", and the very next day... they were!!!

    Odd thing though is that I've stopped driving since I can't afford the gas. Shouldn't that decrease demand.

    Hmmm... maybe I could ride my bicycle to work and really decrease demand and get in shape too.

    Would they then call me a communist for not buying gasoline?

    wait a minute, wait a minute... I get it now... it is my fault, because if I ride my bicycle, then I am not supporting the capitalism of the gas industry and it is my fault because if I could only blow away that 10 dollars a day to spend on the 4 gallons of gas it would take me to go to work and back for the good of my country, when I make about 40 dollars a day after taxes, then surely the price of gasoline would go down because I would be an active member of the energy capitalism community... hoorah!!!

    Aaah fuck it, I'd half to be a braindead republican to do that sort of fuzzy math.

    Silent consent or active dissent, the choice is OURS.

    by Alphakafka on Sat Apr 30, 2005 at 07:57:25 AM PDT

  •  Progressives need to boycott FOX!! (none)
    *PROGRESSIVES NEED TO BOYCOTT FOX NEWS NOW*

    Its time progressives refuse to appear on FOX for
    interviews or to debate issues. I've watched too many progressives be set up to look bad, be cut off in mid-sentence, and never get a chance to debate. Fox News is not fair and balanced and we need to boycott them now.

    Progressives need their own TV and radio networks
    to compete with the conservative press.

  •  Blame liberals for not haing a flat tax! (none)
    I just couldn't resist . . .

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