Thursday, April 20, 2006

American Idol Recap, What to Watch, & I Hate Oil Companies

He ain't pretty no more...

As I predicted, Ace was voted out of American Idol last night. However, that really isn't the big news. It was quite a shocker that Chris appeared in the bottom three, especially considering how horrible Kellie was and how annoying Paris continues to be. Also, it looks like Elliot's sob story promo piece that aired last week had quite a positive effect on the voters.

Next week's theme is "Classic Love Songs" which once again plays into Katharine's wheelhouse. This will be another challenging week for Chris. He could be in real danger...

What to Watch

Survivor at 8:00pm on CBS

American Inventor at 9:00pm on ABC - An infuriating 61 minutes long! Hey networks! Stop doing this bullshit! ABC and NBC are the worst offenders. Shows should be 30, 60, 90, or 120 minutes in length, nothing else is acceptable!

Without a Trace at 10:00pm on CBS

The Showbiz Show with David Spade at 10:30pm on Comedy Central - Greatly improved from last season!

I Hate Oil Companies

As I look out my window into the beautiful Kenwood area, I see that regular gasoline is up to $2.89 a gallon. There are no hurricanes, so what's up? Could it be that we are being gouged? Hmmm...

Between 1993 and 2005, Exxon's ex-CEO, Lee R. Raymond, earned an average income of $144, 573 per day! Not per week, or per month... per day!

Considering that we have a president who was in the oil business for years and we are occupying one of the richest sources of oil in the world, gasoline should be free! I should be able to bathe in it if I wanted! Something is seriously wrong.

16 comments:

Wrecking Machine said...

Haha to the 61 minutes long. Take that, TiVo!

As for the oil companies, don't even get me started. Some senator NOW wants to investigate them for price gouging. No shit they have been price gouging; investigation is unnecessary. Let's see, record profits for all the oil companies last year? Could that be because of the prices? And don't give me that load about shortages; if there were a real shortage, we'd all be screwed. It's just an excuse to charge more for it.

We would never have had gas price increases so large in the first place if Americans had not been retarded and gone on an SUV buying spree. Getting 9 MPG makes demand skyrocket, thus inflating the price. And who really needs the f-ing things? I don't see anyone driving up mountains like on those Jeep commercials. All I see is stupid shits who drive like idiots because 1) they can't control such a large vehicle, and 2) have nothing to fear because if they get into an accident, they are likely to be the larger, and thus, less damaged vehicle.

But the gas prices are still managable for me: I drive an Acura RSX-S, which is hella fun to drive and gets me an average of 32 MPG, even when I was commuting in Chicago. Cry for your money, SUV drivers.

J-nel said...

This one's for you, Ace...

Yesterday was a sad day in American Idol history... The women/men of America will no longer sit on the edge of their couch anticipating which color beanie he will wear next. Will his hair be fluffy or matted to his head or will he throw a curve ball and pull it back? Will he look deep into the camera and seduce us with those sparkling blue eyes??? One last salute to Ace Young...who will forever be my American Idol dreamboat....

Anonymous said...

Hey now, some SUV drivers have reason. I have to pull my gas guzzling boat. Seriously though, did you ever try fitting 2 adults over 6', 2 car seats and a weekends worth of kids toys to the lake with an Acura? I knew when I bought an SUV that I would get killed on gas prices but there wasnt another option if I want to enjoy my weekends in America.

Dolf said...

I am glad that The Dolf Zone has become a place where the economy, politics and American Idol can all be discussed under one safe roof.

guh-bard said...

Sorry for your loss "j-nel". I, for one, will be sitting on the edge of my couch anticipating whether Paula chose the Xanax or Wonderbra each week.

mike basler said...

dolf, quit yer whining about gas prices. is it possible there's an unspoken price fixing scheme going on? sure, and if there is, give them the guillotine. but keep in mind that gas prices have not increased along with inflation over the years, and no one praised the oil companies for that. if there *isn't* any price fixing going on, and no one has shown reliable proof that there is yet, then everyone should shut the hell up about record oil company profits. if you don't like the cost of gas, ride the goddamn bus or your bike. oil companies spend -- and risk -- extraordinary amounts of money developing oil resources because americans demand it. if their profits dropped to record lows, no one would be shedding a tear for them, so don't think you have the right to bitch when they're making big profits. they took the financial risks to meet consumer demand, and now they're reaping the rewards. change your habits if you don't like supporting them. but don't expect them to give up their profits when you're creating the demand for them to do what they do.

the "million little fibers" episode was truly awful. surely they could have done something more inventive with that premise! i'm going to demand my money back.

check out this story on bo bice picking a fight with an NFL star:

http://www.mtv.com/news/articles/1529145/20060420/bice__bo.jhtml?headlines=true

mike basler said...

and another thing: before you sit in judgment of an oil exec who makes such a high salary, consider that you are devoting your time to discussing tivo and american idol from the comfort of your secure home. some miserable crop picker in africa could find your level of financial well-being just as outlandish as you find the exec's salary. if you think that guy makes too much from your perspective and should have his money taken away, then prepare to have yours taken away by much of the rest of the world.

Dolf said...

Mr. Basler,

I am certain that when the suppliers of delicious vegan marshmallows and other fine vegan products start jacking up their prices this summer (due to exorbitant gas prices), you will be humming a much different tune.

Dolf's wife said...

Who cares about the gas prices. I have a company car and a compnay gas card. Much more important is that I too, J-nel, will miss seeing Ace every week live on Idol. I do have two former performances on TIVO that I saved that I can watch over nad over again. Even our two year old likes ACE.

mike basler said...

why would i be humming a different tune? of course i don't like paying $3 a gallon for gas, but i deal with it. just like i've had to deal with a 50% increase in health care costs over the past two years. it's all supply and demand. if this iran thing goes postal, we could be paying $4 a gallon or more soon enough. and then everyone has to buy fewer tivo's.

the profit margin the oil companies make is not especially high. the overall profit amount is high because it's such a high-dollar venture.

i don't wanna see the economy tank, but it's not like the oil companies are single-handedly responsible. until we get enough people to stop driving gas-guzzlers on marginally necessary trips, demand is gonna stay high and prices are gonna stay high. i can't think of anyone i know who doesn't share in the blame. sooner or later, the oil-based economy is gonna be in trouble.

and i think it's simply adorable that your two-year-old is so smitten with ace. she must really like ace's dreamy good looks!!!

GB said...

Mike's funny.

GB said...

Mike's funny.

Anonymous said...

Dolf's 2 year old is a he. Hmmmm...Dolf...

Dolf said...

"Mike Basler" is a close acquaintance of mine and knows that my 2 year old is a "he" not a "she". He is just trying to aggravate me.

GB said...

That's why it was funny!

Anonymous said...

At least Mike seems to understand the basic economics of supply & demand. Gasoline (and petroleum) is bought and sold in the open market and closely tracks real changes in supply & demand.

I understand that people say they do not want to spend more money, but the proof is in the pudding. The fact that demand is not falling says that people are happy to get the gasoline at $3+ per gallon.

There are many ways to save gasoline and they all involve putting multiple people in a vehicle, whether it is a car pool or public transit. As long as everyone demands personal vehicles, the population continues to grow, and the population income continues to increase gasoline prices will continue to rise.

What I do not understand is why everyone wants to blame the corporations. Don't you have jobs? How does food get onto your table? Unless you belong to a commune or grow your own food, you have a job and you work for a company (your own or someone else's) that needs to make money to pay your salary. The American Capitalist system has proven over the last 250 years to be the most powerful economic engine in the world.