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New target of thieves: your gas tank

The price of gas has jumped 45 cents since Jan. 1 and is the highest on record for this time of year, an average of $3.73 a gallon. The AP says economists don’t think it’ll derail America’s economic recovery (what recovery?), but if gas breaks its record of $4.11 a gallon, however, all bets are off.
I have news for those economists: I just heard radio news says the average price of a gallon of regular unleaded gas in California is now $4.18. It’s even worse in Florida. CBS Tampa reports that some drivers in Florida are paying nearly $6 a gallon to fill up their tanks. Steve Ordland of Forbes says that “according to the experts, gasoline prices are rising and could top $6 per gallon by summer.”
Given that, it shouldn’t be a surprise that thieves are now going after the gas in your car.

Erica W. Morrison reports for The Washington Post, February 29, 2012, that residents of Takoma Park, Maryland, are discovering that thieves had drilled into their gas tanks and stolen the fuel.
When they stopped to fill their gas tanks recently, several Takoma Park residents realized something wasn’t quite right. As they pumped, a puddle of gasoline began to pool at their feet. Police said the drivers had fallen victim to thieves who drilled into their tanks and made off with the fuel.
Police believe that the incidents, which can be dangerous because gasoline vapors are flammable and can ignite with a spark, occurred overnight and on weekends. Police are still looking for who committed the crimes.
Thieves are also going after certain easily portable, high-value items: iPhones, laptop computers, cars’ Global Positioning System devices. Around the Washington region in recent months, people have swiped catalytic converters from parked cars — valuable because they contain trace amounts of precious metals, including platinum, and can be sold for cash at scrap yards. They have snatched newly delivered packages from doorsteps.
Sunglasses and coins have disappeared from locked and unlocked cars. A man in Charles County was charged with a string of tire and rim thefts. Work vans have been looted for tools.
Prescription medication has been swiped from homes. In a recent string of Montgomery thefts, the thieves walked up driveways and lawns, sometimes in daylight, to carry out their crimes, police said. When residents questioned them, they claimed to work for a gutter-cleaning company.
The group wasn’t after jewelry or flat-screen TVs. They were there for copper. In all, police said, the thieves struck 26 times over three winter months in Bethesda, Potomac and Rockville, swiping downspouts and gutters made of copper, and ripping entire HVAC units from the outside of houses, loading them onto trucks and driving off. Although the units might be worth more than $2,000, the thieves are only interested in the copper components — a metal that brings a high resale value these days.
Prince George’s County police officers said they’ve seen thefts of air conditioning units, too, and that homes being renovated or vacant for other reasons are particular targets.
Takoma Park police said the seven gas tank drillings were reported between November and January.
To limit the chances of falling victim, police encourage locking car doors and hiding all valuables, including items that might not seem worth stealing. Similarly, unlocked windows, patios or garage doors make homes good targets.
To keep cars safe from gas thieves, AAA Mid-Atlantic recommends parking in well-lighted areas and reporting suspicious behavior — people who seem to be lurking around parked cars, for instance. If you notice dripping gasoline or smell gas, call a garage or a tow truck.
Thieves have learned a tactic of targeting cars without attracting attention by breaking glass and without testing door after door. They have been known to comb fitness clubs for lockers they can open, take car keys and go through the nearby streets and parking areas pushing the keyless entry button. The beeps lead them straight to their bounty. Stephen Chaikin, a longtime prosecutor in Montgomery, said gym-goers should lock their keys in lockers.
Some car owners leave their cars unlocked to prevent criminals from damaging their cars while breaking in. But police advise otherwise, saying that gives criminals an easier shot at stealing the vehicle and possibly using it in another crime.
Howard County police spokeswoman Elizabeth Schroen said: “The biggest tip is obvious. Lock everything up, and you can prevent theft.”

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How Are You Liking That Hope & Change?

Jeff Cox of CNBC.com reports on June 17, 2011 that the Misery Index of Americans is at a 28-year high, of “a nausea-inducing” 12.7% — a number not seen since 1983.

First compiled by economist Arthur Okun during the soaring inflation days of the 1970s, the Misery Index is derived from adding the unemployment rate (currently at 9.1%) and the rate of inflation (3.6% for annualized inflation).

Since our government “conveniently” does not include food and gas prices in the rate of inflation, if those were included, America’s real inflation rate is actually much higher than 3.6%.

To be fair, Obama in 2008 never did say what exactly it is that we “can” do, nor did he specify who “we” are.

Yes, He indeed Can Ruin America!


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Obama’s Legacy – Campaign Song for 2012

Did you know that if I gave you a million dollars every day since the birth of Christ, it would not equal half of Obama’s deficit spending this year?

This video sums up, in simple stark terms, the utter disaster that is the Obama presidency. It should be the campaign song of the non-RINO candidate who runs against the Fraud in 2012.


H/t my writer friend Robert Wilcox.


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Gas Pump Tips

This came as email from my neighbor, Charlotte.  I hope this advice helps save money at the pump!  ~LTG

I don’t know what you guys are paying for gasoline…. but here in California we are paying up to $3.75 to $4.10 per gallon. My line of work is in petroleum for about 31 years now, so here are some tricks to get more of your money’s worth for every gallon:

Here at the Kinder Morgan Pipeline where I work in San Jose, CA we deliver about 4 million gallons in a 24-hour period thru the pipeline.. One day is diesel the next day is jet fuel, and gasoline, regular and premium grades. We have 34-storage tanks here with a total capacity of 16,800,000 gallons.
Only buy or fill up your car or truck in the early morning when the ground temperature is still-cold. Remember that all service stations have their storage tanks buried below ground. The colder the ground the more dense the gasoline, when it gets warmer gasoline expands, so buying in the afternoon or in the evening….your gallon is not exactly a gallon. In the petroleum business, the specific gravity and the temperature of the gasoline, diesel and jet fuel, ethanol and other petroleum products plays an important role.

A 1-degree rise in temperature is a big deal for this business. But the service stations do not have temperature compensation at the pumps.
When you’re filling up do not squeeze the trigger of the nozzle to a fast mode If you look you will see that the trigger has three (3) stages: low, middle, and high. You should be pumping on low mode, thereby minimizing the vapors that are created while you are pumping. All hoses at the pump have a vapor return. If you are pumping on the fast rate, some of the liquid that goes to your tank becomes vapor. Those vapors are being sucked up and back into the underground storage tank so you’re getting less worth for your money.
One of the most important tips is to fill up when your gas tank is HALF FULL. The reason for this is the more gas you have in your tank the less air occupying its empty space. Gasoline evaporates faster than you can imagine. Gasoline storage tanks have an internal floating roof. This roof serves as zero clearance between the gas and the atmosphere, so it minimizes the evaporation. Unlike service stations, here where I work, every truck that we load is temperature compensated so that every gallon is actually the exact amount.
Another reminder, if there is a gasoline truck pumping into the storage tanks when you stop to buy gas, DO NOT fill up; most likely the gasoline is being stirred up as the gas is being delivered, and you might pick up some of the dirt that normally settles on the bottom.
To have an impact, we need to reach literally millions of gas buyers. It’s really simple to do.

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Allen West – Who Is Leading America?


By Allen West (Scribe) on March 22nd, 2011
Greetings constituents, fellow Floridians, and all Americans across our great land. It is again time for our weekly Congressional update. As I travel throughout the district, I certainly appreciate the feedback on these missives, and even the emails and support from those outside our district who are receiving these reports.
There are those who feel the issues facing America are not threatening, certainly not of immediate concern. As I did my regular Saturday morning run along Fort Lauderdale beach this weekend, I pondered a simple question: “Who is leading America?”
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