Wednesday, November 26, 2008

Selective Activists of Leisure Watch - Anti-Taser Activists

Electrocuted While Black

Tracking and reporting on pre-trial, extra-judicial death penalty, because it's 21st century lynching, by another name.

"Executed While Black" is a web site that I happened upon while visiting my friends at Jack and Jill Politics. JJP, in addition to being a free Obama campaign web site is also a member of the "Afrosphere" ring of Black bloggers. They promote themselves as promoting the best interests of Black people via their advocacy around certain issues.

Fair enough.

I have learned my job is not to challenge various Black Progressive-Fundamentalists on their RIGHT to focus upon anything that motivates them into action and outrage. Instead my goal is to develop a more clear outlook as to what the REAL THREATS are to Black people and then making the determination if those seeking "universal justice" are not biased in their coverage of these problems. I make use of statistics to tell the story on my behalf.

I call these people "Selective Activists Of Leisure" in that they are free to cherry pick about the focus of their advocacy. So much of their activism is IDEOLOGICAL in basis rather than PROPORTIONAL to the actual threats to the Black community. Thus it stands to reason that in protesting against the police - the authority - and their use of tasers, these activists feel that they are doing the Lord's work, speaking up for victims that everyone else has left behind.

Ironically - the taser was adopted as a means of providing law enforcement authorities with a non-lethal weapon to engage their criminal defendant as opposed to their firearm. I have little doubt that there would be a much greater record of death and injury that resulted from police interactions absent the use of taser. When have such rationalizations been of any use to an activist? Where as "one death at the hands of police" is one too many.......little guidance is given to individuals regarding their obligation in regards to not provoking a situation when in contact with law enforcement.

Do not get me wrong - I do believe that there are some law enforcement officials that misuse the taser and are in need of more training and more clear "rules of engagement". The taser should not be used as a punitive device but instead as a means of placing a combative subject who is under arrest into a submissive position so that he might be hand cuffed or placed in a cell. The exceptional incidents attract the news media and the activists.

According to the "Electrocuted While Black" site and Amnesty International:

Over 290 deaths nationwide

In the United States, more than 290 people have died since June 2001 after being struck by police Tasers, according to the human rights group Amnesty International. It said in October that only 25 of the 290 were armed, and none had firearms.

The group has called for a moratorium on Taser use until more research is done.

"We believe that they should be used as an alternative to lethal force," said Dori Dinsmore, the group's Midwest director, "not as a tool to ensure routine compliance."

A 2004 study from the group shows many of those who died had underlying health problems such as heart conditions or mental illness or were under the influence of drugs. Many also were subjected to repeated or prolonged shocks.

However, Taser International spokesman Steve Tuttle said of the 290 deaths that "in the vast majority of these tragic cases medical examiners have ruled that the Taser was not the cause of death." He said Taser use was listed as contributing factor in six cases since 1998.

He said studies cited in trials supported the company, which has not lost any of 61 product liability cases settled so far

I would like to put the onus upon the "Selective Activists of Leisure". What is their solution to allowing law enforcement authorities to subdue a suspect and place him under arrest?

As I read the blog roll of Black blog sites in support of the "Electrocuted While Black" issue I see how the setup will be waged: "Constructive Feedback is questioning why we are pursuing this issue where 'Black people are dying by the hands of the police'. Since we are trying to save BLACK LIVES and he is questioning our motivations and asking us about other issues....he must be trying to undercut our movement and thus.....he is against the best interests of Black people".

According to the web site of one member of the Afrospear - there have been 302 people killed in just ONE CITY thus far in 2008 - Philadelphia. We can use the statistics from previous years to make an interpolation that upwards of 80% of these 302 killed in Philly this year were Black people. Let me remind you - this is just ONE CITY in ONE YEAR that has not even ended yet. The 290 people who died after being tazed (sorry "electrocuted") covers a 7 year span AND the ENTIRE NATION?

Do you see my point?

Why is it that a particular gruop of activists gets to selectively choose which OUTRAGE they will cry "civil rights violations" upon, while being errily silent regarding a far, far, far bigger "Grim Reaper" that is in their midst?

How does one LOGICALLY look past the greater threats to the health and life of Black folks that go beyond the police and/or their use of tasers?

The greatest number of unchecked Civil Rights Violations in America today is happening IN some Black communities where crimes go unpunished due to witness intimidation far better than the Klan ever achieved.

What about the Black people who are victims of brutal crimes - burned just like the Lynch mob used to do:

If we were to focus our attention upon Blacks who are TOTALLY INNOCENT - absent any contributing acts that have rendered their deceased state - which is the greater population? Those who were "tasered to death" by the Police OR those Blacks who are now dead from stray bullets shot by "Drug Thugs"? (please note - this is but one modality of death - the stray bullet. I don't have enough free time in my hobby of blogging to document all of the other form of death rendered by the 'Drug Thugs'.

Afrospear has a right to advocate against the Police.
I have a right to advocate against those who refuse to address the REAL issues within our community per what the numbers indicate.

Alan Colmes - The Liberal That I Have Great Respect For

Alan Colmes is leaving 'Hannity & Colmes' TV show

My test of a liberal's ability to wage an honest debate is if he has command of the facts rather than needing to benefit from the presence of an "amen chorus" to allow him to make it through a debate.

While I don't agree with his perspective I have to give credit to Alan Colmes for being one of the best at stating his perspective and defending it.

Monday, November 24, 2008

NPR Points To White Hate Crimes Increase In LA. What Of Latino On Black And Vice Versa?

NPR'S Focus On White Supremacists

NPR: Experts Aim To Explain Spike In L.A. Hate Crimes

Last year, the number of hate crimes reported in Los Angeles County shot up 28 percent. It is a staggering increase when you realize that nationally the incidence of hate crimes actually declined slightly.

Among the reasons for the jump, some experts say, is a resurging white supremacist movement in Southern California.

One area resident says she was shocked during her morning commute one day in January as she drove by the tawny stucco houses and manicured lawns of Tarzana.

"Right where those boxes are right now was a giant swastika,"says Carol Koransky, pointing to a retaining wall in front of her. "And I don't remember if next to it said 'Kill the Jews' or 'F- - - the Jews.' "

Those bits of graffiti were the first in a long stretch of swastikas and profanity spray-painted along a two-mile route in the San Fernando Valley. Though Tarzana officials painted over the graffiti within hours, so many people had seen it on their trips to work, the story led the news for days.

Previous Reports About Black On Latino Hate Crimes In LA

So much for a black-brown coalition.

According to the 36-page 2007 Hate Crimes Report (PDF), thugs committed 763 “hate crimes” in 2007 in Los Angeles County, 28 percent higher than last year.

The majority of these crimes was motivated by bias against race/ethnicity and national origin. In “antiblack” crimes, 71 percent of suspects were hispanic; in anti-hispanic crimes, 56 percent of suspects were black. Blacks and hispanics are natural enemies (gang-bangers only?), it seems.

Latino On Black Hate Crimes Grow The Fastest

In what commission Executive Director Robin Toma called an alarming trend, hate crimes based on race, religion and sexual orientation all rose, increasing against nearly all groups -- including blacks, gays, Jews, Mexicans, whites and Asians -- even as crime in general declined.

The largest number of racial hate crimes involved Latino suspects against black victims, followed by black suspects against Latino victims. Latinos also made up the largest number of suspects in hate crimes based on sexual orientation. Whites were the leading suspects in religion-based incidents. Overall, blacks made up nearly half the hate crime victims, totaling 310.

"What we're seeing is the democratization of hate crimes," said Brian Levin, who directs the Center for the Study of Hate and Extremism at Cal State San Bernardino. "We're not only seeing a diversification of victims but also increased diversification of offenders."

Police agencies report hate crimes to the county, but because departments vary on when they pursue hate-crime charges, variations in hate-crime numbers can stem from an actual increase in crimes or from changes in reporting. In this case, experts said they believed that hate crimes themselves, not just the reporting of them, are rising.

It appears that the movie "Crash" is happening on the streets of LA today.

Latino leaders' silence is killing blacks

Davey D Speaks Out About Hate Crimes

LA Times

Sunday, November 23, 2008

With Obama - AJC's Cynthia Tucker Is Now Able To Attack Al Queda In Her Columns Rather Than The US President

Oh the benefits of Barack Obama!

Just to think - where as I figured that a certain attack merchant had no capacity to see what I was seeing in Iraq and Afghanistan and call out the other side who was guilty of so many things that she finds offensive in America (oppression, totalitarianism, sexism, etc) now I see that there are indeed some redeeming qualities in Cynthia Tucker. There only needed to be a BIGGER ENEMY than the "enemy" that she had previously been going after to attack for her to shift over to a critique on them.

Maybe if we got the entire Clayton County GA school board to attack Obama then we'd see Ms. Tucker talk about what is going on down there in one of her columns?

Cynthia Tucker AJC: Obama’s win a nightmare for al-Qaida

Just when it seemed the insults hurled at Barack Obama had reached the apex of absurdity, al-Qaida weighs in with a bit of retro name-calling of its own.

In a video released last week, Ayman al-Zawahiri, the top deputy to Osama bin Laden, denounced Obama as a “house Negro” and compared him unfavorably to “honorable black Americans” such as the late Malcolm X, the black nationalist who practiced Islam.

Zawahiri also showed a still photograph of Obama wearing a yarmulke while visiting Jerusalem’s Wailing Wall last summer. The implication was that Obama had become nothing more than a “tool of the Jews.”

(That’s a switch from the claim of some of Obama’s domestic critics, who fear he’s a secret Muslim who’ll hand the keys of the West Wing to bin Laden.)

While it’s a bit irritating to have an atavistic mass murderer presume to dictate appropriate politics for a black American, Zawahiri’s diatribe is good news. In fact, it may be the best news we’ve gotten in the struggle against al-Qaida since the so-called Sunni awakening in Iraq. Zawahiri and his fellow jihadists are clearly worried both about the symbolic power of an Obama presidency and about the smarter strategy against terrorism that Obama has laid out.

The hamfisted tactics favored by George W. Bush, including his ill-fated invasion of Iraq, were a gift to al-Qaida and its recruiting efforts. They allowed bin Laden and Zawahiri to paint the U.S. government as an imperial power bent on a 21st-century crusade against Islam.

However, that’s a more difficult argument to make when the Oval Office is occupied by a black man whose Kenyan grandfather was Muslim and who played with Muslim friends during his childhood years in Indonesia.

“Obama’s election has taken the wind out of al-Qaida’s sails in much of the Islamic world because it demonstrates America’s renewed commitment to multiculturalism, human rights and international law,” former National Security Council staffer Richard Clarke said. “It also proves to many that democracy can work and overcome ethnic, sectarian or racial barriers.”

Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Cynthia Tucker on Marriage

Cynthia Tucker: Maybe marriage is the 'new thing'

Change is in the air.
Maybe Cynthia Tucker has indeed "changed".
Upon the election of Barack Obama she has went from attacking anything that smells "conservative" over to being Barack Obama's press agent.

Now her latest piece focuses on MARRIAGE and the positive attributes there in. I have seen this article discussed on many blogs. Most people seem enchanted by Ms. Tucker's reference to the Obama family and the positive imagery that streams from it. She then sets up an inferential "gravitational pull" where by people seeing the Obamas might be duly motivated to bask in the glories of marriage.

As a long time reader and critic of Ms. Tucker this leads me to a few questions that would tend to "smoke out" Mr Tucker from her apparent position of "change".

Ms Tucker -

* Since marriage is such a good thing - when you arrive at a fork in the road in which marriage is affirmed by certain cultural and/or legislative action will you draw upon the very same SYMBOLISM that you draw upon in your article and not stand opposed to the use of SYMBOLISM by other people when they too seek to use gravity? Or is your use of symbolism and gravity the only "good use" of it?

* More distinctly, Ms Tucker what if there is a more direct ENFORCEMENT ACTION where the "goodness" of marriage is more directly asserted within a culture? Will you write about the "abused married women" as a means of throwing a wrench in the machine? Or will you make the case that the ends justify the means and thus by enforcing a bias toward marriage more people will be brought under the covered pavilion of marriage - out of the rainstorm?

This is the problem that I have with you Ms. Tucker - in your "anti-conservator" stance where any direct structure placed so that a better societal outcome is produced is scorned by you. This despite that you clearly value the institution in question. You instead prefer the "soft nudge" type approach where you gently lead the horse to the water. This is expensive Mr Tucker. In the background of your plan is all sorts of government money having been duly redistributed from someone else's wallet who has been forced to make the societal investment.

What do you ask of the people who's condition will be measurably improved IF they are in fact placed within the framework that even you point out as valuable?

Correction - What do you ALLOW to happen to the people who REJECT the framework that you see as valuable? It is unthinkable to allow them to remain where they are? Where their own actions (and your tacit support) have allowed them to reside?

Thursday, November 13, 2008

Keith Olbermann - Disgusting Fraud

The White liberal will always use the Negro as the reference for his own agenda.

A Black male and a White woman seeking marriage IS NOT equivalent to a Black male and a White male marrying.

Here is my rebuttal:

Did you notice that this fraud, sorry, that Keith Olbermann said "What does it matter to you? At a time of FLY BY NIGHT RELATIONSHIPS......."

Do you see that this is the classic - "We are already failing on this other end.....why uphold this end" trick.

You and I both know that if "The Right" attempted a reaffirmation in which it attempted to uphold the sanctity of HETEROSEXUAL MARRIAGE that Keith Olberman (and cnulan) would wage a counter protest.

Do you see that Progressives first LIBERATE their cultural rules in the areas that they control and THEN they feign offense saying "Look at that area! We have already yield the fort wall over there....WHY are we holding fast on this other wall?"

Again - they usher in change and then use that CHANGE to point to the folly of holding forth.

Seems fraudulent to me.

The same people who talk of NATURALISM as it relates to avoiding genetically modified foods some how don't talk about the natural order of the functions of our human bodies when it comes to the reproductive system.

Tuesday, November 11, 2008

Why Some People Will Never Be President - And Thank Goodness

Local Democratic Domination Of Black Districts

My comments that may or may not have been edited off of a blog site. They don't appear there as of yet despite having posted them yesterday - so here they are:

[quote]your point about the (in)effectiveness of the governments in big cities is well taken, but that’s in part due to the lack of an electable alternative, which gets back to my point. to be electable a candidate has to be more about articulating what he’s for than he is about denouncing what he’s not, regardless of what party s/he represents. [/quote]


I can’t accept your analysis as specificed above. Here is why.

In my view the BLACK COMMUNITY CANNOT BE CONSUMERS, waiting for someone to OFFER us alternatives or, failing this, we continue on as we do, lumbering along - happy that “our political team” has won but depressed in the end because OUR COMMUNITY has still lost in the end.

For me the “alternative” is not REPUBLICAN OR DEMOCRATS. My alternative if “What we are popularly doing is WORKING” or what we are popularly doing IS NOT WORKING to drive us to our COMMON GOALS.

These goals that I have identified after listening to a multitude of people of various ideologies are:

* Quality Schools to develop our children
* Safe Streets to allow us to maintain a strong community fabric
* Local Economic development to foster employment and trade
* Healthy lifestyles to promote long, disease and pain free lives

Black folks get too hung upon the the METHODOLOGY that is POPULARLY ASSUMED TO deliver these points rather than on the MEASUREMENTS that bear out that we are in fact making such advancement. In our current popular ethos - if we are failing to make progress it is because THE ENEMY is standing in our way.

If and when we find that THE ENEMY has departed (our cities) and left us all alone to run our own affairs then he has violated some national trust and thus we switch or “control our own communities” strategy into a “we must nationalize certain entitlements so that we are all able to eat” strategy.

I chose Baltimore but there are plenty of other cities and regions that have the same or similar domination of one party where we live in the most concentrated portions. What this is IS BLACK VOTER NULLFICATION. I have pointed out that the strategy that is being carried forth is well documented in various Progressive journals (

I give these operatives credit on running a brilliant strategy. The best way to buffer themselves from the requisite attacks on their failures to deliver despite gaining ground is to get the masses to focus on a NATIONAL take over BEFORE any of them should even begin to think about expecting benefits to be seen.

As with any journey where TRUST is a major element - some of the people who are walking along the journey and yet making note that the mile markers which should be notating their actual forward progress don’t seem to be accurate to SPEAK OUT and demand some earnest money which confirms that they will infact get the POT AT THE END OF THE RAINBOW rather than wait for the big payout that might never come - after they fall off of the cliff.

Saturday, November 8, 2008

"Soul Plan" Comes To CNN

How does DL Hugley and Monique get away with what they do?

They are the modern day Sambos in so much that they do and yet they are welcomed into the circle of the Black Political and Civil Rights establishment without missing a beat.

I will not forget "Soul Plane". It was written by a person who does not like Black people. It had to be!

Despite the fact that it was a comedy - I left the Magic Johnson Theater depressed.

If BET's Barbara Lee can be protested for her content - who is saying anything to CNN?

I bet that people were thinking that an advancement for Black people had been received when DL Hugley got a show on CNN. I see this as a step backward and degradation.

Where is your dignity Mr. Hugley?

Thursday, November 6, 2008

Cynthia Tuker - Some Of These People Are Right About You

This is going to be a long 4 years.
The haters and the ideological bigots who could not help themselves because of their depression for the last 8 years now will become cheerleaders and over the top.

Of course they are objective and they see what we could not see.

Stereotypes will crash and burn

By Cynthia Tucker | Wednesday, November 5, 2008, 06:30 AM

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution

As I watched President-elect Barack Obama’s beautiful family take the stage Tuesday night, the other part of this huge historic moment came into view:

The nation will have a black first lady. We’ll see gorgeous little black girls cavorting about the White House lawn. In this country, paradigms shift and the culture changes through symbolism and theater: The mere sight of a black First Family will change perceptions about black women, about black children, about black families.

If Obama impressed the nation just by showing up at the debates speaking the Queen’s English, not lapsing into rhyme or rap, keeping his cool and answering questions intelligently, then his elegant and accomplished wife will surely impress with her style, her intellect and her devotion to her children. And aren’t those kids darling!

Stereotypes will crash and burn during an Obama administration.

Here are some choice responses that Ms. Tucker is not going to respond to.

Unfortunately many people will focus on the ignorant comments while ignoring the stinging ones which CALL CYNTHIA TUCKER WHAT SHE IDEOLOGICAL BIGOT.

Wednesday, November 5, 2008

Things to look forward to in an Obama Administration

Things to look forward to in an Obama Administration:

•The editorial cartoons of Mike Luckovich of the AJC which frequently appear in Time – will all of a sudden be positive

•The editorials of the AJC’s Cynthia Tucker and Jay Bookman will focus more on what the Republican minority is blocking rather than what the Democrats are failing to do

•Economists Paul Krugman and Dr Julianne Malveaux will go on the offense – supporting most of the economic policies of the new administration rather than painting the worst case, doomsday scenario regardless of what the numbers say pro or con

•The New York Times, MSNBC the remaining remnants of Air America will now want the United States to actually WIN in Afghanistan and Iraq

Monday, November 3, 2008

PAUL KRUGMAN - A Reprehensible Fellow

Instead, the Republican rump, the party that’s left after the election, will be the party that attends Sarah Palin’s rallies, where crowds chant “Vote McCain, not Hussein!” It will be the party of Saxby Chambliss, the senator from Georgia, who, observing large-scale early voting by African-Americans, warns his supporters that “the other folks are voting.” It will be the party that harbors menacing fantasies about Barack Obama’s Marxist — or was that Islamic? — roots.

Mr Krugman should actually visit Georgia where Democrats use race as a standard issue each political campaign.

Democrats Playing The Race Card

Why is it that Mr. Krugman is never dismissive of Democratic "the election was stolen" claims and likely has countless articles attesting to this?

Sunday, November 2, 2008

Notes On "The Black Flight Progressive"

Notating my own words posted on other sites:


(for context of my words: ) Today I traveled down to the "MLK Jr" historical district during church hour. My original intent was to capture in picture form what I had witnessed last night as I drove past the Black historical district of "Sweet Auburn" during the "Bush Depression in Black America": a thriving Black Professional class relaxing in an area that has been totally transformed thanks to the signs which only a short time ago said "Financing Provided By Bank Of America", etc. while the major construction was taking place.

When the church crowd came around on Sunday morning I saw a Barack Obama free campaign commercial/indoctrination village detaining how "the Negro has fused his racial develop hopes to the Democratic Party". There has never been more campaign touch points displayed in a particular square mile area anywhere else in America. Interestingly enough, however, the Black dirt poor and uneducated remained on the fringe of this same area. They would not be welcomed in the upscale establishments, however.

Long story short - there is a FORTH element that you must add to your list based on my ongoing research on the "Black Flight Progressive" who has departed his progressive enclaves, moving on toward good, conservative suburban living - per the license plates that I saw next to the "Obama 2008" stickers upon the cars.

Add to your list:

Four. CLAIM TO Reject the value of the HYPER PURSUIT of the material wealth which has been long denied to your people within a system built upon such accumulation....saying that such a strategy is counter to your ancestral ethos as to how one should treat the resources upon the earth and one's fellow man..... yet focus upon the INSULT of the denial and oppression as your driving force against your enemies as you seek to enter the halls of CAPITALISM. All the while you PRETEND that you are ignoring your personal pursuit of these material items despite the fact that your LIFESTYLE, PREFERENCE FOR ELITE EDUCATION and RESIDENTIAL LIVING PATTERNS tell the real truth within. Your own personal lust for these material goods is clandestinely embedded within the external claim that your actions are only motivated by your will to attack the system of capital accumulation, innocently seeking to make it MORE FAIR and working for all. (As long as a poor Black who was a descendant of slavery nor a Native American come to your front door and ask for THEIR FAIR SHARE directly from you rather than via the channel of GOVERNMENT......all is well within your world)

Cobb - I believe I have captured the thought of the "Black Flight Progressive" who LIVES amongst his ideological adversaries as a means of consuming the benefits of education, public safety and availability of quality retail outlets which their policies have brought forth to all who are within the exclusive class. At the same time he mentally masturbates himself into believing that HE is not a part of the system that DENIES OPPORTUNITY and seeks to SEGREGATE themselves from the commoner because HE DOES NOT VOTE FOR the conservative who's policies do just this....he just chooses to LIVE within the resource pools that his adversaries been crafted.

As long as there is an external enemy force that he can continue his perpetual fight against AND he is not called out for his own antics of complicity by the people he is departing once the community has been transformed into the very environment that he has long advocated for and checked out - then he is going to continue to do as he does.

Saturday, November 1, 2008

Recall When The Black Reporter Claimed That He Was Not Allowed Access To McCain Because He Was Black?

Washington Times kicked off Obama plane

Race vs Ideology

When I make the case that the White "racist" is akin to the "Black ideological bigot" this is what I am speaking of.

To be clear - White Racism is far more politically and socially deadly than is the ideological bigotry that might be shown by a Black person.

You are NOT going to see this story get any play on the Keith Olbermann show - the very show who quickly asked the Black guy who was denined press access by the "racist" McCain campaign due to his race. This is 'WHAT THEY DO' folks.

The United States As An Oil Exporter

The use of propaganda that is disguised as journalism is shameful.

After listening to this audio report from an anti-Oil Company operative and doing the research to validate her points I ran into some interesting tidbits of information.

NPR: Antonia Juhasz: 'Tyranny of Oil' Is A Grave Threat (I will do another post on my research from all that she said. I don't disagree with her on all points)

Leave it up to the Huffington Post to be the platform by which this propaganda that I am speaking of is given its platform.

Huffington Post: David Sasson - US Oil Exports Hit Record Pace. That's Right, Exports

Who knew that the US is currently exporting 1.8 million barrels of oil a day?

To make sure everybody does, Rep. Edward J. Markey (D-Mass.), Chairman of the Select Committee on Energy Independence and Global Warming, sent a public letter to President Bush, asking him to "keep our oil at home."

The rest of the article is nothing more than a "guilt by association" hit job against the evil Bush Administration.

Sadly you must go to another source in order to get the FACTUAL information as to why US refiners are exporting petroleum products.

MSNBC Answer Desk: I just read that refineries are exporting diesel. Is that true? And if it is true, then it proves how the oil companies are manipulating the prices!

You're half right. Yes, despite its role as the world’s largest importer of oil and refined products, the U.S. also exports fossil fuels. As of March, the latest data available, U.S. oil refiners were exporting more than 1.8 million barrels a day of crude oil, gasoline, diesel, jet fuel and other refined products. The top five destinations for U.S. fuel were Mexico, Canada, the Netherlands, Chile and Singapore.

But no, the export of crude oil and refined fuels doesn’t prove anything about pump prices. What it proves is that crude oil and gasoline are global commodities. They are produced in dozens of countries around the world and consumed pretty much everywhere.

Since the market for oil and fuels is also global, it doesn’t matter where it came from. What matters is where the seller can get the best price. Since oil tankers burn fossil fuels to get where they’re going, higher fuel costs have increased the cost of shipping. So if you’re looking to buy or sell oil or gasoline, you’d rather deal with someone close by.

This is an unintential piece of information:

refineries in the United States are U.S.-owned. For example, Venezuela owns the three CITGO refineries in the United States. Most of the 750,000 barrels a day of fuel produced at those refineries is sold at the nation's 14,000 CITGO gas stations, but about 30,000 barrels a day is shipped back to Venezuela, where you can fill up for the government-subsidized price of 19 cents a gallon.

It’s also true that the U.S. exports crude oil — but only little. According to the latest Department of Energy figure, about 29,000 barrels of U.S. crude left the country in March — and all of it went to Canada, which sends roughly 2.5 million barrels day our way.