While I agree with James Cleveland’s hope that voters will remember on Election Day ("Let’s hope voters do remember on Election Day," The Daily News, Oct. 14), I think he forgot to mention a few things voters should remember:

1. The exit from Afghanistan was “negotiated” by former President Trump with no plan to actually accomplish it.

2. Over 500,000 dead Americans due to a bungled response to the coronavirus.

3. An attempted coup and insurrection perpetrated to thwart a peaceful transition of power — a first in American history.

4. Over 60 lawsuits thrown out of court for lack of evidence, attempting to prove “The Big Lie” that the election was stolen, even after Trump officials acknowledged it was the most safe and secure election in U.S. history.

5. More than 30,570 outright lies, distortions or misleading claims made by Trump while in office, according to The Washington Post.

I don’t care which party you belong to, but you have to ask yourself, are we better off today than we were a year or so ago? I think the answer is obvious.

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Carlos Ponce

"I don’t care which party you belong to, but you have to ask yourself, are we better off today than we were a year or so ago? I think the answer is obvious."

A RESOUNDING NO!!!!!!!!!

Carlos Ponce

"1. The exit from Afghanistan was “negotiated” by former President Trump with no plan to actually accomplish it." FALSE

Carlos Ponce

"2. Over 500,000 dead Americans due to a bungled response to the coronavirus." FALSE

C. Patterson

7 day rolling average of new infections was 3 times higher with Biden, than it was under Trump if you’re tracking facts…

Paula Flinn

The Delta Variant is 2x’s more communicable than the original variant, plus there are people who still are resisting getting vaccinated and resisting wearing.a mask in public places. States have completely opened up stores and restaurants, and there is much socializing now. So, the average of new infections is going to be higher among people who are not vaccinated no matter who is President.

According to the Woodward tapes, President Trump admitted he didn’t release the information he received about the Pandemic when he first received it.

Carlos Ponce

"According to the Woodward tapes, President Trump admitted he didn’t release the information he received about the Pandemic when he first received it."

Paula, that doesn't appear on the recording. How about READING the actual transcript?

https://www.rev.com/blog/transcripts/donald-trump-bob-woodward-conversation-transcript-trump-playing-down-coronavirus

"playing it down" is NOT the same as not releasing information. It deals with how one presents the information, not the information itself.

Carlos Ponce

"3. An attempted coup, and insurrection perpetrated to thwart a peaceful transition of power — a first in American history." FALSE

Carlos Ponce

4 and 5 FALSE

Joseph Cavallaro gets a DUNCE CAP!

Claudia Burnam

Make that five dunce caps! E G Wiley

Paul Sivon

Lend him yours, if you can do without it for a day.

Carlos Ponce

Democrats have all the dunce caps. Sorry, my bad. Some of those are Klan hoods.

Carlos Ponce

Interesting fact - You cannot spell the word "Liberals" without the letters L - I - A - R.

Gary Scoggin

Yesterday’s winner of the Carlos Ponce Award for Silly Comments.

Carlos Ponce

So now, Gary Scoggin thinks FACTS are "silly".[rolleyes]

Bill Broussard

And Carlos wants people to take donky drench to cure Covid.

Carlos Ponce

Bill Broussard is a liar. I want people to take what is prescribed by their doctors. And what is being prescribed is Ivermectin for humans not your "donky drench".

I suppose Bill Broussard will not eat oatmeal since horses eat oats

Gary Scoggin

In the vein of Carlos' silliness: You can't spell PRESIDENT DONALD TRUMP without the letters L-I-A-R either. I guess I win today's Carlos Ponce Award.

Carlos Ponce

"Liberals" is only one word. Silly Gary had to stretch on this one.[rolleyes]

Charles Douglas

The man with the "Fecal Touch!" is Joe China! Poor man, everything he touches turn to "FECES!" He touched our airlines, and now they are canceling flights. He touched the NBA, and now some of the star players don't play. We were energy Independent, but Joe China touched our Fossil Fuel, and now we have $6 gasoline, and we are begging oil Sheikhs to sell us more that we need!

He touched the Medical Profession, and now many of those people are quitting their jobs or being fired! Police Officers are retiring early or quitting in droves,...and now we have a crime problem in America we have never seen before, especially in Democratic Strongholds like Detroit, Chicago, Portland, Minneapolis, and San Francisco! He touched the Border now we have Drug and Sex Trafficking Cartels not only running the Border but are shooting the bird at Border Guards and Texas DPS as they Disregards/Violate our nation's sovereignty while Joe China and the LEFT will not lift a finger to stop them.

Joe put his hands on Afghanistan, and he started mass killings, & murders of Americans, of our Allies and at risk Afghans! He put his hands on our military, and they start invesitgating them for White Supremacist involvement, even arresting a junior field officer ..driving him out of the military with tarnished discharge for being disenchanted with how Joe ran out of Afghanistan! Joe touched our schools and he started not only shoving "Racial Hate" "Inferiority" & " CRT" down their throats, but he ordered the FBI to start threatening the parents of those children for standing up for their rights as parents!

Nawww! This man has the "Fecal Touch!!" I predict as long as that man is allowed to high-step around this nation touching things and pressing buttons, experimenting with situations & processes he knows ZERO about, & afterwards running to a microphone lying about it, this nation is doomed!!

Thomas Carpenter

Cadet Bonespurs is a loser, and all the recounts make him lose again and again and again. What fun! Not an iota of proof of a stolen election, so I hope the loser does run again. Bunker Boy gets out the vote, the Democratic vote ... 80,000,000+.

Carlos Ponce

Clueless Carpenter, one day even you will realize you are being used by the Marxist Liberals.

Don Schlessinger

I'm sure you're aware T.C. that China Joe used the asthma card. Just as fake as bone spurs to me and used just as often to dodge the draft. Beau was the only man in that family and he died of cancer. Hunter, his addict son used his father's position as Vice President to become an officer in the Navy. Of course he tested positive for cocaine 30 days after his appointment. The Biden family can't brag too much since only 1 out of 3 served our country in the military.

Charles Douglas

Mr. Schlessinger ...Home Run! [thumbup]

C. Patterson

“Alex, I’ll take Gaslighting for a $1000”

Robert Braeking

Joe C, stop watching CNN. You are believing the propaganda. Nothing in this piece is true.

David Smith

But it's ok to be a BLACK congressional policeman and MURDER A WHITE female veteran in cold blood wit NO Repucussion.. He felt threatened by her .357

Protest sign.. Put the blunt down Joe

Gary Scoggin

She was breaking in unauthorized into a secure area. She was advised in no uncertain terms to stop. She didn't. An officer did his duty to stop the theat. She died of her own stupidity while committing an act of sedition. Race had nothing to do with this.

It's funny - no, actually, its depressing, there's nothing funny about it - how MAGAcultists love the Blue except when they are the ones committing the crimes.

Carlos Ponce

There were police right next to her. If "She was breaking in unauthorized into a secure area," wouldn't they tell her not to enter? And she was not "breaking" anything. The glass on the door she was approaching was already broken.

What were his orders? "SHOOT FIRST, COVER UP YOUR BUNGLING LATER!" ?

Charles Douglas

"OG"... When do they train officers to use " Deadly Force?" I'm sure If that Officer knew his job he had either a taser, mace gas, & a baton on his belt, or all of those combine ...alone with his fire arm. Either one of those options would have stopped that woman in her TRACKS! Now are YOU, telling ME,...that was a clean shoot? You telling Me, who have trained for the job, served in the job, and RETIRED FROM THE JOB, .....that He had no other alternative but to cap that woman who was unarmed?

I'll ask you what I've asked before, why did the clowns in DC hide the facts and the truth of what happened for six months until they found out the particulars of the case would be leaked out ,....then the officer appeared on a liberal News Interview trying to explain away what happened? He also had a problem on his record with use of force! As far As being in an unauthorized area is concerned, if that is a qualifier for gunning down people, we ought to have a lot of dead [censored][censored]s now who are still living!

Gary Scoggin

I wasn’t there. Neither were you. Neither of us know how the officer was equipped or what went through his head in the moment. I thought you supported police?

Carlos Ponce

Isn't it police training to warn before shooting unless the officer's life is threatened? Eyewitnesses and the video show no warning, no provocation for the shooting.The veteran he shot was not armed nor made any threatening moves.

Ed Buckner

Agree entirely, Gary Scoggin. Part of the problem is that the guy arguing with you actually posted a link to a video that showed, if one watched with care, Ashley Babbit, climbing up the door and being shot/falling back. But even though he provided the link to the video that showed that, he denied it. Apparently his "lying eyes" deceived him.

George Laiacona

It’s very nice to see that our local newspaper is able to print Mr. Cavallaro’s truth comments.

Carlos Ponce

No truth here but let Cavallaro post. As each nonsensical point is disproven, it'll be an eye opener for all to see how FAKE NEWS affects even the simple minded. George Laiacona will have to hide his shame behind a mask. Oh... that's already happening.

Paula Flinn

Thank you, Joseph Cavallaro, for stating the truth in your letter. Most people believed what their eyes saw and ears heard on January 6th and also during the last president’s term.

Carlos Ponce

Paula wasn't there. She just believes in what Liberal FAKE NEWS told her.

Gary Scoggin

Were you there, Carlos? If not, why should we believe you over Paula?

Carlos Ponce

Math teachers deal with only facts. In Literature, English teachers deal mainly with FICTION.

Paula Flinn

Wrong, Carlos, I taught reading skills for 12 years and History. Most of my students passed the tests. All of them learned how to tell facts from opinions. If they missed learning that skill in Middle School, they learned it from Reading Teachers in High School.

Carlos Ponce

But you still post fiction.

Maris Helfrich

KUDOS to you , Joseph! Your letter with the pertinent facts about the disgrace of the Trump presidency should be distributed widely for all to see! Thank you for this service to the community and to our Democracy!

Carlos Ponce

No facts here, Maris. Why would you want to spread disinformation? Oh, that's right... disinformation is the Liberal modus operandi.

Stephanie Martin

No, I am NOT better off than a year ago. The answer is obvious!

Bailey Jones

Wow - the county's clown car conservatives are all spun up this morning! Someone must have insulted their golden calf.

It seems premature to be worrying about the next presidential election. But let's take a look and see how Old Sleepy Joe is doing.

For me and all the Marxist baby murderers that I hang with, Biden was our 4th choice. He still is. He was nominated and elected to do primarily one thing - not be Donald Trump. As far as I can tell he's kept that promise. Sure, it will be great to get a couple $trillion in new infrastructure spending, free junior college, and legalized weed out of this presidency, but that's just gravy.

On the E G Wiley liberal/socialist/communist slippery slope scale, Biden gets a C- for "liberal", an F for "socialist" and a probable exile to Siberia for "communist". But as far as what we expected when we elected him, he gets a grade of "meets expectations".

You will find no similar criticism of Orange Julius Caesar from Trumpublicans in this forum. The cult does not allow it.

Carlos Ponce

Ringling Brothers Barnum and BAILEY Circus - Looks like Bailey kept the clown car!

" But let's take a look and see how Old Sleepy Joe is doing."

I don't trust polls because they favor Liberal causes and people on purpose. But Pende Joe's ratings are down below Obama and Trump, even with the Liberal padding.

Gary Miller

Nationally his approval is 38%. Red state approval is under 30% and under 20% in most. Pretty fast fall for just nine months. How far will he go in another 13 months?

Bill Broussard

You forgot that a communist dictator publicly endorsed the last president and said he was happy he won. So far, Putin doesn’t seem to think many good things about Biden. That’s a good thing in my book.

When you start throwing words around that you seem to not understand, you need to count socialist or democratic nations peripheral endorsements to see the full picture. Even my school teacher mom told me way back then that you should be aware of who your friends are

I have a dear friend who is a big donor if the Republican Party and also a student of Rome. He said we have a stuttering Claudius though only about half as smart this time. When I asked who we had last time he said: Nero

Carlos Ponce

Fact Check: Vladimir Putin is not a member of the Communist Party. He was a member of the United Russia Party in 2012 defeating:

Gennady Zyuganov - Communist Party

Vladimir Zhirinovsky-Liberal Democratic Party

Sergey Mironov - A Just Russia Party

Mikhail Prokhorov - Independent

In the 2018 Russian Presidential election he ran as an Independent defeating

Sergey Baburin - Russian All-People's Union

Pavel Grudinin - Communist Party

Vladimir Zhirinovsky - Liberal Democratic Party

Ksenia Sobchak - Civic Initiative

Maxim Suraykin-Communists of Russia

Boris Titov - Party of Growth

Grigory Yavlinsky -Yabloko

Perhaps Bill Broussard was thinking about another Communist dictator and just happened to drop Putin's name into his post.[unsure]

Far be it for such a learned man like Bill Broussard to make such an easily refuted claim.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2012_Russian_presidential_election

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2018_Russian_presidential_election

Putin's Wiki article lists him as "Independent":

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vladimir_Putin

Gary Scoggin

Walks like a duck. Quacks like a duck. Looks like a duck. He’s a communist.

I suppose that since Kim Jon Un is head of the People’s Democratic Republic Korea that Carlos considers him a Democrat or Republican and not a contest.

It’s too bad Carlos loves the dictator of Russia more than our police.

Carlos Ponce

"It’s too bad Carlos loves the dictator of Russia more than our police." After all those posts over the years I've written defending falsely accused police you have the gall to post that drivel?

Gary Scoggin

Did it occur to you that the Capitol Policeman in question should get the benefit of the doubt? Or he shouldn’t because he shot a seditionisttrying to overturn the Constitution. It seems as if you favor certain types of criminals over police. And you obviously love Putin.

What else am I to conclude?

Carlos Ponce

Proper police practice is for an officer to warn before shooting unless his life is threatened. Eyewitnesses and the video show no provocation for shooting the veteran. And she was unarmed.

Your statement about "loving Putin" is untrue.

Paula Flinn

Carlos, you have a propensity for being blind to the truth and spinning misinformation your way. Trump says on the Woodward tapes that he didn’t tell the people about the Pandemic when he first found out that he did not want them to panic. Trump bungled it by keeping quiet for about a month. He should have closed off the country right then. Many people were flying in from Asian countries. Even when Trump closed the country, many Asians flew to Canada, then flew to the US.

Many people thought Bob Woodward should have said something. It was not his responsibility to say anything.

Carlos Ponce

Paula, did you even BOTHER to read the transcript? I doubt it because it does not follow your false narrative.

Gary Scoggin

And with that last post I put myself back in contention for today’s Carlos Ponce Award.

Paula Flinn

Tom Carpenter & I already snagged that one, Gary.

Carlos wants us all to forget what we heard and saw on TV on Jan. 6th. He also forgot that Vladimir Putin was an officer in the KGB, at one time.

Carlos Ponce

Poor Paula. I guess you like being duped. You do have a propensity for being duped.

Emman Sull

How delusional to think Biden is doing a good job. We can tell what media you pay attention to that does not report the FACTS. They cover up all his faults and disasters. We are not better off. This letter to the editor piece proves that we have a lot of low information Democrats that have no business voting. Just sheeple to the slaughter.

Ed Buckner

Provided exclusively for those who can read and think. Not all will agree with all 104--I don't myself. But the knee-jerk nut jobs will reject without reading, as is their wont. https://oliverwillis.com/joe-biden-accomplishments-the-full-list/

Carlos Ponce

Ed Buckner's "source" is Oliver Willis who voted for Bill Clinton, Al Gore, John Kerry, Barack Obama (twice!), Hillary Clinton, and Joe Biden for President. He is a senior writer for The American Independent which bills itself as the No. 1 digital platform for progressive news. He is also a research fellow at Media Matters for America.

This article has donkey written all over it. Sorry, Ed, your source is VERY biased in favor of Leftist. Not a reliable source. That's why you picked it.

Ed Buckner

Of course this source has an opinion, a slant, like all of us. We can know his slant because he tells us things like who he voted for. We can know that some won't accept anything he says because they are knee-jerk nut jobs. Others, more reasonable people of various opinions, will consider the 104 achievements and find some of them unworthy and others worthy and may have intelligent comments about some. That's be way too much to expect from dupes of the great orange grifter, of course. I did declare, up front, that this is provided exclusively for those who can read and think.

Carlos Ponce

"Of course this source has an opinion, a slant, like all of us."

Apparently you never learned that in a debate of ideas, a VERY slanted "opinion" is easily dismissed as UNRELIABLE.

Ed Buckner

Slanted or very slanted is a matter of degree and of opinion. But we know--this is a fact, not an opinion--that Carlos ("Holly") Ponce is unwilling to test his knowledge of anything related to debating in a real debate. If he declares otherwise, let him say here and now that he accepts my challenge to debate me via Zoom (I'll set it up). If he refuses--and he will--we'll know that he is the one who is unreliable.

Carlos Ponce

Oliver Willis' article is SOOOOOOOOO slanted it lacks veracity, reliability and is WORTHLESS as a source. That's a fact, Ed!

Ed Buckner

And, as completely predicted, he dodges the debate challenge, because he's at least smart enough to know he's not up to that. Easier to just loll around and issue inane remarks.

Carlos Ponce

Ed Buckner is the king of inane.

Ed Buckner

Well, we certainly know who the king of avoiding debate is. And of not even having the decency or courage to simply decline the challenge.

Carlos Ponce

Rule 1: Never accept a debate challenge from an underhanded bully who uses unsubstantiated information from unreliable sources.

Ed Buckner

Holly's real Rule #1: don't debate your betters but never admit you know you'll lose a debate against someone better informed and better at debate than you are. Pretend it's for some other reason.

My challenge remains open, and not just because I know the challenge won't be accepted. Holly would be no match at all, but I enjoy debate and really would set it up if I could.

Gary Miller

With the MSM satisfied the election wasn't stolen we now learn a 'social media' billionair spent $419 million hiring election officials to make sure Trump didn't get elected. Was the election bought? Instead of stolen?

Charles Douglas

This author spoke of over 30,000 lies Trump was supposed to have told. How he found out or come by that figure, nobody can verify. I guess the RADICALS have secret meetings or conference call and decide what the Word or Phrase for the day, or the week is going to be!

I will say this in response. Any lie that Trump is credited for, no matter how many, can only make him a NOVICE or an APPRENTICE to the BOLD FACE RACIST LIAR Who the LEFT engineered into the White House right now! "CHINA JOE" ..." Ole Cut-And-Run JOE" ...will lie when there is nothing to gain or to lose, fact is, he lies so much, a lie thinks it has a right to come forth everytime he opens his mouth to eat of brush his teeth![beam][beam]

Bailey Jones

It takes a whole newsroom to keep up with Trump's lies, Charles -

https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/2021/01/24/trumps-false-or-misleading-claims-total-30573-over-four-years/

Carlos Ponce

So Bailey believes the lying NYT????

Bailey Jones

And Carlos gets today's award for stupidest comment. I wonder if he's too stupid to figure out why?

Bill Broussard

Far be it for such a learned man like Bill Broussard to make such an easily refuted claim.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2012_Russian_presidential_election

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2018_Russian_presidential_election

Putin's Wiki article lists him as "Independent":

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vladimir_Putin“

So funny. I said months ago anyone says something new or objective Carlos “googles” “Google” used as a generic since I’m sure Carlos boycotts Google proper hoping to keep its owner up at night

But I will give you this amigo, you now know more about Russia than your hero ever did while he was in office. Why should he win in 2004 ( god forbid) you could be his next Steve Bannon and provide the dribbling fool some much needed guidance. Keep up the good research work, my friend, and since you’ve said on this blog that your not a Republican, you and that KGB nipple flaunting dictator have even one more thing in common—both independents. Carlos=nyet

Carlos Ponce

Poor Bill. He made a mistake that he won't own up to.

Carlos Ponce

"I wonder if he's too stupid to figure out why?"

Martin, did you read that?

Paula Flinn

The Associated Press kept a running total of our last President’s lies in the GCDN. Guess you missed that column every week.

Carlos Ponce

The Associated Press is known for the Leftist slant and lying too.

Paula Flinn

They counted the lies, Charles. The AP verified it.

Carlos Ponce

AP is not a good source of truth. They LIE all the time.

Gary Miller

I don't like Putin but it seems the Russion people do.. If only Biden could serve his position as well as Putin serves his.

Charles Douglas

See here is the thing which RADICALS don't seem to understand about Trumpites! They don't comprehend that we lend no credibility, nor validity to the LYING, BIAS, LEFTIST NEWSROOMS OR BIG TECH hit pieces they put out on Trump! Sorry! Joe China on the other hand is a born LIAR who said his son HUNTER is the smartest man he knows! I hope he is lying.lolo!!!!! Even so Joe is the KING,...no doubt about that! I must say I do feel sorry for the LEFT, because they have to dodge, and deflect incoming which they are receiving because of the man with the "FECAL TOUCH!" Everything he touches turns to FECES! These next few years are going to be long, hard, and rough with King "FECAL TOUCH" faking like he is running things, and who routinely mistakes his sister for his wife! They even have him operating out of a FAKE WHITE HOUSE, THIS IS TRUE! I guess they feel like he is fake himself, so they made him a FAKE WHITE HOUSE! My advice is to anchor down, brace yourselves, strap on your helmets, because this is going to be a ride from HELL! WE HAVE NOT SEEN ANTHING YET! Word to the LEFT is....keep vilifying TRUMP, while "KING FECAL" keep burning America to the ground! I'm not worried!

Here is why I'm not worried. When the Curse of Darkness came on the children of Egypt, there were LIGHT SHINING FOR THE CHILDREN OF Goshen! ( They were in the same location. )....( Exodus 10:22-23 ). Y'all hooked & CROOKED, bore false witness, and made-up stuff in order to engineer Joe-Cut- &Run in the Oval Office! So deal with him, and the consequences! Continuing to criticize Trump is not going to bring the price of gasoline down, not that of bacon, grits, coffee, meat, or anything else!!!! EVERYTHING IS SKY HIGH & CLIMBING!!!! When Trump gets back I might put in a good word for you! Until then I want the LEFT to grin and bear it! Stick out your chests, suck in that belly, & SUCK IT UP!!!!!!!!![beam][beam]

David Smith

None of us were there Gary.. but the cameras were.. typical demtard. Thinking.. next thing you' know ..you'll tell us the borders closed..

Gary Scoggin

“Demtard” … classy.

Bailey Jones

Gary, I have to admit I'm a little shocked to see the term "demtard" in a public forum like this. I thought our secret underwear was, well... secret. Mine is technically a leotard although the unitard is gaining popularity among our younger fellow travelers. I just don't have the legs for it. The important characteristic is the rainbow flag pattern and the secret pocket for carrying copies of Saul Alinsky's 12 Rules for Radicals, also useful for holding extra ballots during elections.

I've heard that many Republicans these days are wearing something similar - TrumPanties - usually in a bunch.

However, I've not been able to independently verify this claim, thank God.

Gary Scoggin

I suppose Demtards are Blue and MAGAtards are deep Red.. My leotards are purple.

Thomas Carpenter

Looks like the Libs are playing "Whack a Mole" with Mr. Ponce. Still haven't paid his bet, I'll wager; but at least we don't have to read about his abysmal prophets and their ludicrous, constant postponement of Bunker Boy's return. Bailey's right about why every Democratic voter's third or fourth candidate, Biden. won the nomination ... and it proved sound strategy. The last I heard the disgraced, twice-impeached former guy left the White House voluntarily. If he really believed his loser lies, why would he leave the White House?

Carlos Ponce

Biden is the Bunker boy, in fact, he still is. He won't even broadcast from the real White House but had a studio set built for him. A FAKE president with a FAKE White House. How appropriate.

Carlos Ponce

Thomas Carpenter posts, "Looks like the Libs are playing "Whack a Mole" with Mr. Ponce."

Martin, are you reading this?

Ed Buckner

Joseph Cavallaro makes a cogent, honest, factual case. Then Carlos Ponce declares the case FALSE! As long as the right wing Trumpettes remain immune to facts, our nation is going to remain divided and at risk. Thanks, Joseph Cavallaro.

Carlos Ponce

No facts here, Ed Buckner. Just opinion and absurdities.

Ed Buckner

It's good to see Carlos Ponce finally confess as to his postings.

Carlos Ponce

Allow me to clarify. No facts in the Letter to the Editor written by Joseph Cavallaro.

David Smith

Just for you Gary.. since you COULDNT fade the heat on Facebook..

George Laiacona

It’s obvious that we have a red team and a blue team spitting out comments that defend their political parties decisions. Then there are those like me that pledge allegiance only to the American people not the party. Unfortunately history has proven that when the Republican Party is in charge the Penguin Society benefits. But then when the Patriotic working class is in charge the lower classes of Americans actually receive benefits. The rich have to wait for the changes to be in their favor.

Charles Douglas

Wait! The Radicals are in charge now! How are poor people benefiting with $5 gasoline at the pump? How are poor people benefiting with hundreds of thousands of illegals flooding across the borders, uncontested,...taking their places on the plantations of the LEFT, waiting on government handouts for life, as long as they prostitute their votes & their allegiance to the LEFT for cheese, milk, food stamps? If they quit letting Democrats do their thinking for them,..they will become a bunch of NO GOOD SORRY [censored][censored]s like the LEFT called Lee Elder in the California Governor's race! If you are a poor minority...you are golden to the LEFT, until you start thinking for yourself!! Then they will turn on you like a "Slimy-Mouth Rattlesnake!"

They are experts at spending other people's money, taxing anybody who get a job! They are also adept at selling America out as much as they can!! Helping the poor? I think not!

Carlos Ponce

The high price of gasoline is part of the Bidenista's plan to drive up the cost so high they'll switch to electric. And our Liberal pundits are agog over the Ford electric truck which requires a generator in the truck bed for long distance..... a generator that runs on fossil fuel! But they cannot see the hypocrisy.....

Gary Scoggin

What, precisely, has Biden done that has caused a rise in gasoline prices?

Carlos Ponce

"What, precisely, has Biden done that has caused a rise in gasoline prices?"oil

Cancelled XL Pipeline, stopped drilling, exploration on public lands like Alaska' s Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, promoted foreign oil (ie OPEC, Russia).

We were oil independent until Pend Joe. OPEC has curtailed production to drive prices up. Under Trump we could say, "So what? We've got our own." Now in post China Virus America, demand is up bur Pende Joe has cut off the spigot. He wants to pour concrete into oil wells. So when he's gone and someone sees the NEED for local sources they have to drill AGAIN!

Jim Forsythe

Carlos, as Gary said, a President does not change gas prices. Also what you posted about Fords all electric trucks is not true!

Fords all electric trucks do not use fossil fuel for the electrical generator system! After 300 miles maximum, which is not a long distance, a Ford all electric truck must hook up to a charging station, and they can not use the on board electrical generator system for this task.

Ford’s new Pro Power Onboard electrical generator system utilizes the truck’s engine to generate power with a built-in pure sine wave inverter. The main thing that a pure sine wave inverter does is that it converts DC to AC. A sine wave refers to a continuous wave that works based on a smooth repetitive oscillation.

The electrical generator system cost about $1,000 extra.

Carlos Ponce

A president's policies will change gasoline prices.

"Pro Power Onboard is a more sophisticated, integrated solution than a traditional generator. The truck’s battery supplies power until it’s depleted, then the GASOLINE engine kicks on to top off the battery. "

https://owner.ford.com/support/how-tos/exterior/pro-power-on-board.html

Jim Forsythe

Carlos, "pour concrete into oil wells" did not start with Biden and does not reduce the amount of oil that is produced.

Oct 18, 2020 · Companies must properly cap the wells once the wells are no longer producing oil or gas.

Companies are legally required to “plug” wells that they’re no longer using to extract oil and gas by pouring concrete into all their openings and cracks; this prevents them from leaking fossil fuels or harmful pollutants into the air and water sources nearby.

"exploration on public lands like Alaska' s Arctic National Wildlife Refuge" is still on.

The Canceling the XL Pipeline has not increased the price we pay at the pump.

Drilling has increased.

Oct 15, 2021: The total rig count is now at 543, up 261 from this time last year. The number of completion crews finishing off previously drilled wells, shows that completion crews rose by 1 to 263 for week ending October 8. The frac count is up by 130 for the year.

Jim Forsythe

Carlos, you are not talking about a all electric truck but a full hybrid truck.

Which policies will change gasoline prices?

Carlos Ponce

No, Jim. THE FULL ELECTRIC FORD F150 TRUCK. The truck battery only gets you 230 miles with the standard battery pack. 300 miles with the extended-range pack. Much less with a load or towing a trailer. Okay for city dwellers, not good for distance. To go further you need the optional generator..

"We Bet F-150 Lightning's Range Is under 100 Miles when Towing at the Max"

https://www.caranddriver.com/news/a36481590/ford-f150-lightning-range-towing/

Carlos Ponce

Plugging abandoned oil wells is not what the complaint is about. Plugging operational wells on public lands is.

Carlos Ponce

"If you really want a Ford Lightning, having a 240 volt charging option at home isn’t mandatory, but recommended. You can own a Ford Lightning and charge it over a regular 120 volt outlet, no problem. It’ll just take a long time."

https://tiremeetsroad.com/2021/05/20/how-long-it-takes-to-charge-a-ford-lightning-on-a-regular-120-volt-outlet/

To recharge at a Fast Charge Station takes 41 to 44 minutes. But quick charging shortens your battery life. Costly to replace. It weight 1800 pounds.

To recharge using a standard outlet takes from 8 to 18 hours.

Now compare that to the refill time for a 23 gallon gas powered Ford F150......

Jim Forsythe

If you are talking about Joe Biden’s infrastructure plan it includes a pledge to create a federal program providing $16 billion in government funding to states to help them plug “orphan” oil and gas wells whose owners are either unknown or insolvent.

It would put people to work capping the wells “at the same price that they would charge to dig those wells.

If not the infrastructure plan, what wells are you talking about?

You are the one that brought up all electric trucks. "Ford electric truck which requires a generator in the truck bed for long distance..... a generator that runs on fossil fuel! But they cannot see the hypocrisy"

THE FULL ELECTRIC FORD F150 TRUCK does not use fossil fuel to run the generator. They also will not run long distance. A FULL ELECTRIC FORD F150 TRUCK does not require a generator, but can be part of the package you buy.

Carlos Ponce

It goes further than that, Jim.

Fact: the Bidenistas want NO DRILLING on public lands. That was something that produced revenue for the Federal Government.

After being kick off their previously leased drilling spots the Bidenistas will consider them abandoned or orphaned and fill them with concrete.

Of course the Liberal news service you use won't tell you that. They will just tell you what you just regurgitated.

The generator is an option on the Ford F150 all electric if you need to go further than the standard built in gives you. Car and Driver estimates double digit mileage with a full load or while towing a trailer. Buyers will be very disappointed with the mileage from a fully charged battery, the amount of time it takes to recharge and the cost to replace batteries. Using the Quick charge will shorten the battery's life. And quick charge takes over 40 minutes. Compare that to refilling time for a gas powered Ford F150.

Carlos Ponce

Note to Jim: "double digit mileage " means you will get only up to 99 total miles fully charged if towing a trailer or have a loaded truck bed.

Carlos Ponce

Opinion: the Electric Ford F150 is only for the city dandy whose trips involve only short hops showing off his toy electric truck and who has time to recharge said vehicle. A person who makes long trips or hauls a lot will prefer a gas or diesel..

Gary Scoggin

Introducing some facts into the conversation….

1. As Jim points out the latest US rig count is 543, almost double where it was a year ago. It bottomed out in late summer due to the pandemic (who was President then?) and has grown steadily since, at the same rate both pre and post inauguration.

2. KXL, even if allowed to continue, would not have materially affected US supply/demand balance by now. (Biden was wrong on this decision for a number of reasons but it’s not that impactful.)

3. ANWR. Nobody wants to drill there. And even if it were approved and people started drilling today, that oil would be years away from market.

4. Drilling on public lands. Another place where Biden likely got it wrong. But there are still plenty of other options, as demonstrated by the rising rig count.

5. Plugging wells. This is about finding old wells and making sure they were properly plugged. You don’t simply “pour concrete down a well.” The process is a bit more sophisticated than that, but the wells are sealed with cement. Improperly plugged wells are proving more and more to be a significant source of fugitive methane emissions.

6. I have no idea what the F-150 Lightening has to do with any of this.

Carlos Ponce

1. Rising rig count is not equivalent to those shut down by the Bidenistas.

2. That is an opinion, not a fact, an unsubstantiated opinion at that.

3. "ANWR. Nobody wants to drill there." FALSE

"Alaska lawmakers seek allies to save ANWR drilling"

https://huffman.house.gov/media-center/in-the-news/alaska-lawmakers-seek-allies-to-save-anwr-drilling

4. Drilling on public lands. Another place where Biden likely got it wrong. Correct

5. "Plugging wells. This is about finding old wells and making sure they were properly plugged." You exclude that Bidenistas are shutting down what's already there and producing.

6. "I have no idea what the F-150 Lightening has to do with any of this." Since there is no such thing as an "F-150 Lightening" I suppose not. Try looking up F-150 Lightning.

Jim Forsythe

Carlos, please outline which permits Biden has stopped from being issued, for long term drilling.

July 13, 2021: Approvals for companies to drill for oil and gas on U.S. public lands are on pace this year to reach their highest level since George W. Bush was president.

Just days after Hurricane Ida wreaked devastation from the Gulf Coast to New York City, the administration announced a massive new lease sale of 90 million acres (nearly all the remaining leasable land) in the Gulf of Mexico.

July 13, 2021: The Interior Department could issue close to 6,000 permits by the end of the year. The last time so many were issued was fiscal year 2008. Decisions on about 4,700 drilling applications remained pending as of June 1, which means approvals are likely to continue at a heavy pace as officials work through a backlog left over from the Trump administration.

If there is a lack of oil, why would production be reduced for shale oil by two-thirds?

Shale drilling accounts for roughly two-thirds of U.S. crude oil production, but output is expected to decline throughout 2021 as producers rein in spending.

Jim Forsythe

Carlos, why not save the oil in ANWR, and use the easier to produce oil we have. Why not save the natural beauty of ANWR, for as long as we can. It would be nice to keep it as it is now, forever.

Imagine a flight over the coastal plain of Alaska's Arctic National Wildlife Refuge. Below you are herds of caribou, flocks of snow geese and throngs of walruses hauled out on the beaches. Tundra swans and golden eagles cruise over waving grasslands, and snowshoe hares forage among clusters of purple saxifrage. You may well catch sight of polar bears, musk oxen and gray wolves. What you don't see here, despite the presence of an estimated 10 billion barrels of petroleum below the tundra, are oil wells.

There has been no drilling in ANWR except for a single test well in 1986.

Why no oil wells? One reason is lack of funding.

Refusal of all the major banks to finance projects in the Arctic. And the lease auction was a bust, generating only a tiny fraction of the revenue that the Trump administration claimed it would.

Gary Scoggin

Dear fellow posters, I thought about posting a point by point rebuttal to Carlos’ response to my post above. But it’s easier to say this: Ignore him. Everything he rebutted with was wrong.

Carlos Ponce

Jim, Gary, do some research outside your usual Liberal FAKE NEWS sources.

Gary Scoggin

Carlos…. Thanks for the tip. I’m going to quit getting my energy market information from EIA, IEA, Baker-Hughes, Oil Company reports, the industry publications I read almost daily, and the industry folks I talk to all the time. I’ll just start watching the world class experts on OAN instead.

Carlos Ponce

Looking at eia.gov it is interesting to note all references to fuel prices and reasons for increases are 2020 or earlier...... none for 2021. No need to wonder why. [rolleyes]

Gary Scoggin

Carlos, I don’t know where you were looking but I pulled some current data from EIA earlier today. But then I know if facts don’t fit your theory they must be ignored.

Gary Scoggin

https://www.eia.gov/outlooks/steo/marketreview/petproducts.php

Carlos Ponce

An outlook and projections going to 2022? Really????[rolleyes]

Gary Scoggin

For a total lake of context and common sense Carlos Ponce is the winner of Sunday’s Carlos Ponce Award for Sloppy Thinking.

Carlos Ponce

Your item only discusses the usual seasonal effects of gas price fluctuations, not the dramatic increase since January 2021. Failure on Gary Scoggin's thinking. Grade F.

Jim Forsythe

Carlos, below are a few reason's gas has increased in price. It is not one reason. If you have any question's ask, because Gary and I have many years of experience in the oil industry. If your questions is a technical one, ask Gary.

Hurricane Ida wreaked devastation from the Gulf Coast to New York City.

Colonial Pipeline shutdown.

Lack of drivers .

A massive increase in demanded in USA.

Operating costs

The Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) influences oil price.

.Absence of additional Iranian barrels that the market was expecting by now.

Sky-high prices for natural gas and LNG in Europe and Asia. This will compel some power plants in these regions to switch from gas to crude oil for power generation during the peak winter demand season. Which caused LNG becoming the equivalent of $150 a barrel.

Pandemic.

Also Carlos, please outline which permits Biden has stopped from being issued, for long term drilling.

Carlos Ponce

Jim, those have occurred before and will occur again. So what? They don't contribute to a massive increase in fuel incurred since January.

Interesting there was no problem with OPEC when we were energy independent under President Trump.

As far as your list : [yawn][yawn][yawn][sleeping]

Jim Forsythe

Carlos, if all the reason I posted are not the reason, what is? Please make it detail list, and not just some off the wall reasons.

Was Trump at fault for the price of gas in 2018? No, because Presidents do not cause the cost of gas to go up or down.

What we are seeing is just a continuation of the Increase in gas that started in 2018. Carlos were you upset about the gas prices in 2018? Below is the price of gas for 2018.

Jan, $2.671 Feb $2.705 March $2.709 April $2.873 May $ 2.987 June $ 2.970 July $ 2.928 Aug $ 2.914 Sept $ 2.915

Oct $ 2.943 Nov $ 2.736 Dec $2.457.

Carlos Ponce

Jim asks, " Carlos, if all the reason I posted are not the reason, what is?"

I've already posted that but you refuse to believe it's Biden's policies.

Gary Miller

Gary.S> you can't be that far behind. Killing the Keystone and closing several Federal areas for drilling. A 20% cut in US productions with a hand full of decrees.

Gary Scoggin

Gary M. -- Unlike some people who comment around here, you actually have an understanding of the industry so I'll go into a little more detail...

Crude oil production and gasoline supply are up slightly since Biden was inaugurated. Both are way down from pre-pandemic levels having bottomed out last summer. In Jnauary domestic oil production was right at 11 MBD. This month it is 11.4 MBD. The number zigs and zags but it has been on a steady trend upward since last summer.

Crude prices, even US crude prices, are driven by global supply and demand. Since last summer, the rise in demand has outpaced the rise in production. Currently global demand is about 98 MBD while supply is slighlt behind at 96 MBD. Inventories act as a cushion between the two but total inventories (both crude and gasoline) are down sharply from a year ago. All of these factors drive crude prices up.

Gasoline supply zigs and zags even more than crude due to major TARs and seasonal demand variations. The trend over the last year shows a slight increase but is generally flat. As crude has increased significantly, refining margins have to. The 3-2-1 Crack Spread has pretty much doubled this year (10 cents to 20 cents) which is good news for refiners. The combination of increased crude pricing and refining margins is why gasoline prices are going up.

The KXL extention that was cancelled still wouldn't be finished by now so this decision has no impact on currrent supply. (For the record, I disagree with Biden's decision on this.) Same with drilling on federal lands (another decision I disagree with); any new wells drilled since January would not be material contributors to the nation's overall supply. In general any production shortages that occur will be made up by imports. Net imports by the way have gone up some in the past year but pricing of imports versus domestic crudes are roughly the same since they compete in the same market.

One last note on KXL, it is transporting Canadian Extra Heavy crude which not a lot of refiners can run at large scale. With prices projected to be in the $50-$70 range in the long term (higher right now), producing this oil is a marginal play. Couple that with the expensive upgrades needed to run lots of it and the increased availabilty of lighter, more compatible crudes (thanks, Fracking!), IMHO, the need for KXL is a lot less than it used to be.

(And, for bit of background, I worked on heavy crude upgrade strategies at several refineries.)

Ed Buckner

Dang, Gary Scoggin, that's profoundly unfair. Marshaling facts and plainly knowing what you're talking about is quite unfair to the posters who just want to bloviate in peace.

Carlos Ponce

"U.S. oil and natural gas production to fall in 2021, then rise in 2022"

https://www.eia.gov/todayinenergy/detail.php?id=46476

Gary Scoggin

Sorry Carlos, Dr. Google let you down. Your article was dated January 14, 2021 and based upon predictions of the day. My data is of this week.

Carlos Ponce

The prices at the pump still surpass the anemic "increase". That's why Biden is begging OPEC to increase production.

"Oil Prices and Bad Policy - A Biden ban on oil exports would make the supply shortage worse." Oct. 11, 2021

https://www.wsj.com/articles/oil-prices-and-bad-policy-joe-biden-gasoline-opec-jennifer-granholm-11633990532

Gary Scoggin

Someone with more patience that me will have to explain energy economics to the Hitchock troll.

Carlos Ponce

Someone needs to explain to the real troll that he's being duped.

Gary Scoggin

More data, from a newsletter from a firm that does this type of market research: (Maybe they’ve been duped.)

“ US drilling activity, as measured by rig count or well spuds, is on track to increase ~9% in 2021, while completion activity, as measured by the number of frac jobs, is on track to grow 35%-40% this year as operators have sharply reduced their inventory of drilled-but-uncompleted wells.”

Carlos Ponce

The prices at the pump still surpass the anemic "increase". That's why Biden is begging OPEC to increase production- the US cannot keep up because of over regulation. So... "The amount of oil being imported today from Russia has reached a record level, and it does roughly equal the transport capacity of the now-cancelled Keystone XL pipeline."

https://www.politifact.com/factchecks/2021/aug/23/facebook-posts/us-importing-large-amount-russian-oil-facebook-pos/

So who's Putin's puppet?

Politifact then goes on to say: "However, the [XL] pipeline would first need to be built... Duh, WHO put a stop to it's construction?

Gary Scoggin

Oil production and oil price go hand in hand. Who would have thunk it? And, by the way, production in the Permian Basin is back to pre-pandemic levels. (Again, thanks, Fracking!)

From those socialists at the Society of Petroleum Engineers...

https://jpt.spe.org/new-crude-production-record-in-sight-as-permian-basin-comeback-continues?mkt_tok=ODMzLUxMVC0wODcAAAGAYXi4Xz9uJ-SUzygIAIv6DdcbU4veVhik4bAyUPdUgs-n1M_znwMyIu2diFSaXXagf1s_Xcg8R9kGUAQEWFuCICWcOodM8Yb2ptaeL8mbevun

David Smith

What I posted Bailey went right over your head .. no surprise there.

Per usual the discussion was between two others and you felt the need to intercede..

Charles Douglas

OG...Your question Is some sort of JOKE ..right? I know that you know what Joe China has done to this nation and to everything he has TOUCHED so far! You guys probably can't see what he has done to our military, taxes, schools, the nation's Law Enforcement, or the Border either, but that does not mean he has not screwed everything UP! Pardon me if I say that it is a little late to get embarrassed now about who the LEFT stashed in the Oval Office! I like what Mr. OBAMA said in private to a few aids a few years back! He said, " Don't ever underestimate Joe's ability to [censored] THINGS UP!" I figure if anybody other than Joe's wife and sister.. lolo...who knows Joe China, ... IT IS BARACK OBAMA! I will end by saying that Joe China is definitly performing beyond OBAMA'S dreaded warnings & fears! He is doing his best to tear this nation down to the ground, and you guys know it. Criticizing Trump is not going to turn back the damage this man with his RADICAL buddies including his sponsors in Big Tech, Fake Media, and LEFTIST Billionaires have already done to America, in just ten months.

PS. If Trump had done half of what this clown yall got sitting in a FAKE WHITE HOUSE ( constructed on the South Lawn ) ...has done, I would be chartering a flight to go call him out myself!

Bill Broussard

Charles. As I’ve said before once I wade through the upset and rage you do have some good points. I do have to comment on a few of them i Pardon me if In your last post:

Pardon me if I say that it is a little late to get embarrassed now about who the LEFT stashed in the Oval Office! “

It’s pretty clear through all the hurdles and recounts “we” put this person in the White House just like last time

“ . If Trump had done half of what this clown yall got sitting in a FAKE WHITE HOUSE ( constructed on the South Lawn ) ...has done, I would be chartering a flight to go call him out myself!”

Careful there good buddy. As a former law enforcement officer you should know a threat against a president is a felony. Let me suggest that if the cops show up, you say you were quoting some guy named Carlos Ponce

But if you do go to call him out, clearly you could get shot or tased so I recommend you just stay home and blog

Carlos Ponce

"Let me suggest that if the cops show up, you say you were quoting some guy named Carlos Ponce" What's your point, Bill?

Charles Douglas

Mr. Broussard you would be right if I actually made a physical threat against a Presiden's well being, and if this was already a communist country instead of becoming one,....forbidding it's citizens from going to DC and making his/her displeasures known about the job performance of an elected official! I don't see where any of what I mentioned meets your criteria listed sir. When the day come where I can't go to DC and criticize a leader I helped to elect I will find another country to spend the rest of my time in! [wink]

Charles Douglas

Mr. Broussard, after reflecting on your words concerning getting shot for criticizing a publc servant, that is something to keep an eye on. This nation is divided now as much as it was during the Civil War, maybe that is what we are slowly turning back to. Maybe that is where we are going! We keep talking about SLAVES, Jim Crow, Colonel Boregard'nem like we are longing to go back to that kind of life! Your previous point has merit, but I don't think Trump would kill me for complaining, but I definitely wouldn't put it past he who sits in the South Lawn now!

Bill Broussard

Charles. I too share your concerns about our divisions but hope we’re in just one more of our historical diversions

I will say this “ but I don't think Trump would kill me for complaining, but I definitely wouldn't put it past he who sits in the South Lawn now!”: I think you are much safer now complaining than you’ve been for the last four years. Both you and I have seen multiple times that president Trump goes out of his way to put his heel on someone he thinks disrespected or ignored him. He’s doing it today and he’s done it multiple times during his tenure. You might not get shot but your veteran benefits might slow down, for example. It would start simple “ someone told me a person named Charles Douglas is complaining. Everybody is talking about this guy Charles Douglas being unhappy with me. Can you imagine? I’ve done more for Charles Douglas than Abraham Lincoln did!”

The safety you have with Biden is that if you complain he can’t see you or hear you. If his wife’s not there to lend a hand, you can complain and go undetected.

Bill Broussard

For sure Charles, even if Biden did hear you, ten minutes later he wouldn’t remember you

Bill Broussard

Carlos: “ Opinion: the Electric Ford F150 is only for the city dandy whose trips involve only short hops showing off his toy electric truck and who has time to recharge said vehicle. ”

So the truck is for most Texans?

The days when I used to walk to my dorm and watch boys from Dobbin lasso wooden carpenter horses for fun are long gone. Now we have Carley B at the Houston Rodeo

Catch up Carlos. The world is leaving you behind. In second thought, we won’t miss ya.

Carlos Ponce

Bill Broussard needs to learn more about Texas and Texans outside his little circle. You city fops haven't a clue.

Bill Broussard

Ok. You finally came close to insulting me and probably would have if I thought more of you than I do

73 years in this state has seen a lot of change, amigo. When I was at Texas A&M you had your choice of two hats to wear to class each day: a Corp of cadets cap that signaled your status or a cowboy hat. I spent years working towns a cities around the State as a young man. Had breakfast with the Sheriffs in Amarillo one morning and came up on them while they were laughing their heads off. I asked what was so funny and they said there was a big guy going around picking folks up off the ground by their necks and robbing them. Then the night before he tried it with an 82 year old grandmother and while her feet were off the ground she reached in her purse and blew his head of with her .357. That’s the Texas I grew up in

But it’s not today’s Texas. I was not joking about Cardy B being a performer at the Houston Rodeo. This State is very different and not to a small amount due to Republican Governors inviting any one and everyone in. Bezoar launches from Texas. Musk is moving to Austin. Little by little the changes that benefit us will also alter our environment and dilute our Texian

You, my cloistered friend, are a relic. Not because of your political views….that’s still a regional majority. You are a relic cause you are like a bald friend of mine, each morning he gets up and blow-drys a memory

Carlos Ponce

Not a relic. Notice most Texans vote like me rather than you.

Bill Broussard

My god, now you’re a mind reader too. I thought nonsense was your superpower. I have voted Republican most of my life except the last presidential election. As for state, I’m trying to keep an open mind but Dan Patrick makes it harder to do

Carlos Ponce

No, "nonsense" is your superpower.

Bill Broussard

Someone has poured water on the witch. You’re melting Carlos.

Carlos Ponce

I'm not melting, but it looks like Liberals are having a meltdown because their chosen leader is DOING SO POORLY!

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