Stu's 3rd to Last Page - And The Winner Is...

By Stu Burguiere

Every year (until I forget), we do a statistics of the year column. It’s sort of like an awards show, except with 45 percent fewer drunk people slurring their words, 93 percent fewer bizarre liberal rants on stage and 4 percent less cleavage (I need to start doing pushups). So without further word wasting, here are my favorite stats of the year.

America Consumes 25 percent of the World’s Oil But Has Just 3 Percent of the World’s Oil Reserves.

This is a favorite of Harry Reid, along with millions of other Democrats attempting to argue for new green energy sources. It’s even used by Republicans arguing for independence from foreign oil, but the stat is a complete sham. It is specifically designed to make your brain do one thing: Compare 3 percent and 25 percent. "We only have 3 percent, and we need 25 percent—we’re screwed! I better vote for the guy who told me about it!" It works really well, which is why so many repeat it.

But you cannot compare these numbers. Why? They are percentages of different things. The 3 percent of the "world’s oil" refers to the entire Earth’s oil reserves. The 25 percent is referring to the oil industries’ current daily production. To oversimplify—which is bigger: 25 percent of my bank account or 3 percent of Peyton Manning’s?

This stat would only make sense if production were precisely symmetrical with oil reserves, which it is not, and if usage was also symmetrical, which it is not. Nigeria has a lot of oil but they don’t use it like we do.

Of course, people who use stats like this routinely ignore oil sands, natural gas, and coal-to-liquid technology that we could utilize to actually lower our dependence on oil. If we use those "alternative fuels," there is no crisis whatsoever. Unfortunately, those alternatives aren’t the ones we’re supposed to be rooting for.

6.4 Million of the Uninsured Are Insured

You didn’t read that wrong. More than 6 million people that we count as uninsured, actually have insurance. They just incorrectly answered the census question.

Why Do We Have the Best Health Care?

One reason: Our top five hospitals conduct more clinical tests than hospitals in any other developed nation. This also helps answer why our health care is more expensive than in other countries. I guess we could just stop doing these tests and hope Mongolia picks up the slack.

The Most Depressing Chart on the Planet

We all talk about cutting government spending to solve our debt problems, but most of us don’t realize how difficult that is. If the debt is the sun, this circle chart serves as the moon in a solar eclipse. Look in its general direction and your retinas dissolve.

We can all agree that one chunk of this pie can’t be cut for a long, long, long time: Part E. That’s the interest on our debt. To change that even by a penny, we would need to somehow move away from Obama-style deficits to a surplus bigger than the interest payments and then actually use the surplus to pay down the debt. Then we’d have to avoid other new programs like health care, get the economy going at a brisk pace, avoid interest rate hikes and credit-rating downgrades. So, that’s untouchable for the foreseeable future. And, by foreseeable future, I mean any time before the year 6722.

So, how do you cut the rest? Politically speaking, it’s close to impossible. Most of the spending is required by law; meaning you’d have to actually pass something through Congress to change it. The left is not going to let you touch their entitlement programs. If you do, you’ll hate the elderly, the poor and the children, so most politicians won’t even bother. Recall that even one of the promises of the Republican Party at the moment is not to cut Medicare.

These political realities (read: the lack of a spine in our politicians) mean you can’t cut parts A (Social Security), B (Medicare), C (Medicaid/SCHIP), or D (Unemployment/Welfare/Other Mandatory Spending).

And while the left will fall on their sword protecting A through D, the right will do the same protecting part F (that’s the Department of Defense and the War on Terror).

There’s little room to compromise. Would you trade a $100 billion cut in welfare for a $100 billion cut in defense spending? I wouldn’t. The last thing I want is our military pinching pennies when trying to stop my local mall from exploding. There’s little public support for the cuts either. Only 2 percent of Americans support cuts in Social Security—6 percent for Medicare, 10 percent for Medicaid and 18 percent for the military.

So, where does all of that leave us?

Untouchable to the left: 53.5 percent

Untouchable to the right: 21.6 percent

Untouchable to everyone: 8.5 percent

Total untouchable: 83.6 percent

While there is plenty of waste like earmarks, bridges to nowhere and National Otter Museums in the remaining 14 percent, there are also expenses like the Judicial Branch, the Department of Veterans Affairs and the Executive Office of the President that aren’t going anywhere.

Bottom line? I hate to sound like Glenn, but… we’re screwed. Go stock up on shoes and soup.

Who Watches Communism? You do!

Our documentary The Revolutionary Holocaust: Live Free or Die could have been used in a TV programming class as a lesson of what not to do. A special, featuring eastern European history professors and presidents of countries you’ve barely heard of, about the intricacies of communism and famine airing on a Friday night? Who would watch that? Apparently, you.

The documentary had the highest ratings we’ve ever had, beating Chris Matthews that night by a margin of over 13 to 1. I suppose this might be my favorite stat of them all. It’s great to see MSNBC’s famine of viewers continue.

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Apparel company The North Face recently stated that it would no longer make jackets for oil and gas companies because it doesn't want to be associated with the fossil fuel industry. In response, Colorado-based oil and gas company Liberty Oilfield Services rented full billboard ads to remind The North Face of the truth: "Globally, 60% of all clothing fibers are made out of oil and gas. For North Face, it is likely 90% or more."

Liberty CEO Chris Wright joined Glenn Beck on the radio program Tuesday to discuss just how much of our economy — beyond outdoor apparel and energy — wouldn't exist in a world without fossil fuels. And he warns that many companies are now deeming this truth to be "controversial."

"I have been for years, trying to get a real, honest dialogue about energy going," Chris told Glenn. "So we took this opportunity to point out that North Face jackets are ... almost completely made out of oil and gas. How can you choose not to associate with the essential material your equipment [is] made out of? So we put a billboard up ... the billboard says, 'That North Face puffer looks good on you. And it was made from fossil fuels.'"

"Most billboard companies did not want to run that billboard. They thought it was controversial," he added. "And Facebook put a hold on our brief video just saying the jacket looks good, this is what it's made out of. In today's world, that is controversial."

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During a lecture at the Yale School of Medicine's Child Study Center, a New York City-based psychiatrist told students and faculty that she fantasizes about "unloading a revolver into the head of any white person that got in my way," among several other shockingly race-hating statements.

In April, Dr. Aruna Khilanani — a New York-based forensic psychiatrist and psychoanalyst — delivered the talk called "The Psychopathic Problem of the White Mind" virtually as part of the Yale School of Medicine's "Child Study Center Grand Rounds," a lecture program for "trainees in child psychiatry, psychology, and social work, faculty, clinicians, and scientists."

On the radio program Monday, Glenn Beck shared several quotes from an audio recording of the lecture provided by Bari Weiss, a former opinion writer and editor for the New York Times.

Here are a few of Khilanani's statements from the audio:

  • "This is the cost of talking to white people at all. The cost of your own life, as they suck you dry. There are no good apples out there. White people make my blood boil."
  • "I had fantasies of unloading a revolver into the head of any white person that got in my way, burying their body, and wiping my bloody hands as I walked away relatively guiltless with a bounce in my step. Like I did the world a f***ing favor."
  • "White people are out of their minds. And they have been for a long time."
  • "White people feel that we are bullying them when we bring up race. They feel that we should be thanking them for all that they have done for us. They are confused, and so are we. We keep forgetting that directly talking about race is a waste of our breath."
  • "We are asking a demented, violent predator who thinks that they are a saint or a superhero, to accept responsibility. It ain't gonna happen. They have five holes in their brain. It's like banging your head against a brick wall. It's just like sort of not a good idea."

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On the radio program this week, Glenn Beck said he doesn't believe it's the fault of our loggers, farmers, or truckers — many of them are really struggling. But the big corporations that control these industries are making record profits, all while the Biden administration is making some very odd decisions that could make the crises even worse.

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