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  • US, Iraq Expected To Lead Surge In Global Oil, Gas Production

    07/14/2012 5:19:35 AM PDT · by Recon Dad · 3 replies
    E&P ^ | July 12, 2012 | By Velda Addison, Associate Editor
    Growth of the world’s future oil supply will be unprecedented. Iraq will become the production leader, followed by the US, according to a study by a research fellow with the Geopolitics of Energy Project. A surge in production is expected to push global oil output up by approximately 17 MMb/d to 110 MMb/d by 2020, with Iraq, the US, Canada, Brazil, and Venezuela leading the way. The increase could be the largest jump in a single decade since the 1980s. That is according to the study, called “Oil: The Next Revolution. The Unprecedented Upsurge of Oil Production Capacity and What...
  • Shale Play in Western Siberia is 80 Times Bigger than the Bakken

    06/10/2012 4:00:58 PM PDT · by Recon Dad · 51 replies
    Oil ^ | 6/6/12 | James Burgess
    The Bakken shale is a huge expanse of oil-bearing rock that lies underneath Northern Dakota and Montana. Oil production in the Bakken has grown from just 60,000 barrels per day (BPD) five years ago, to 500,000 bpd now. It is predicted that the formation holds more than 24 billion barrels of oil, and that given enough rigs it could produce more than a million bpd by 2020 and continue that level of production for half a century. The Bakken shale play is one of the biggest in the US, but is absolutely dwarfed by a shale play in Russia. The...
  • Drilling holes illustrate deep-water drilling gamble

    06/01/2012 4:25:23 AM PDT · by Recon Dad · 15 replies
    Fuel Fix ^ | 5-31-12 | Jennifer Diouhy
    Two headline-grabbing oil prospecting failures in the past week offer a fresh reminder of the high-stakes gamble that is offshore drilling. First, an exploration well drilled at Anadarko Petroleum Corp.’s Spartacus project in the Gulf of Mexico turned up dry. The company admitted the defeat on May 23, after reportedly sinking about $20 million into the project. Then, Spanish oil firm Repsol said it would be leaving Cuban waters after its first attempt to find oil off the northern coast of the island nation was a bust. Repsol first acknowledged the dry hole on May 18, after spending plenty of...
  • Shale Plays Rock Geopolitical Boat

    05/30/2012 6:03:30 AM PDT · by Recon Dad · 13 replies
    E&P ^ | 5-29-12 | Scott Weeden
    The game-changing development of shale oil and gas in the United States has motivated countries around the world to tap potentially massive resources. Shale will alter the energy security picture for major end-use markets, limiting individual producer petro-power and creating a more competitive marketplace for LNG and potentially enabling further market liberalization in Europe and elsewhere, said Amy Myers Jaffe. “What has changed is that now we have this huge potential of resources that are exactly where the demand centers are,” explained Jaffe, director, Energy Forum at the Baker Institute, Rice University. “That changes not only the geopolitics of oil...
  • PN Bakken: Bakken reserves to jump

    04/28/2012 4:49:16 AM PDT · by Recon Dad · 36 replies
    Petroleum News Baaken ^ | 4-15-12 | Ray Tyson
    USGS next recoverable oil estimate expected to double to 8 billion barrels Ray Tyson Petroleum News Bakken Editor The U.S. Geological Survey, in a highly anticipated report to be released next year, is expected to at least double the amount of oil reserves that can be recovered from the U.S. portion of the massive Bakken play in North Dakota and Montana. This is the consensus of company executives and industry consultants interviewed by Petroleum News on the sidelines of the 2nd Annual Bakken Investor Conference held April 2-4 in Minot, North Dakota. April 2008 was the last time the USGS...
  • Venezuelan Oil A Risky Investment for China

    03/14/2012 4:01:57 AM PDT · by Recon Dad · 6 replies
    Rigzone ^ | March 13,2012 | Kelly Hearn
    China has poured billions of dollars into Venezuela's oil sector to expand its claim over the country's massive oil reserves. But Beijing is getting relatively little for its investments, and Chinese officials are increasingly frustrated with Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez, according to energy analysts and former managers of the state oil company, Petroleum of Venezuela, commonly known as PDVSA. Mr. Chavez, who is battling a life-threatening recurrence of cancer, said his goal is to send 1 million barrels of oil a day to China, which has given Venezuela more than $30 billion in loans and promised billions of dollars more...
  • Exposing the 2 Percent oil reserves myth

    03/14/2012 3:46:17 AM PDT · by Recon Dad · 3 replies · 1+ views
    Institure for Energy Research ^ | March 13,2012 | IER
    The United States holds only 2% of the planet’s proven oil reserves,” President Barack Obama According to President Obama, the United States contains only 2 percent of the planet’s proven oil reserves, Of course, he’s right — to a point. In classic fashion, he’s using a technicality to skirt the facts and keep the myth of energy scarcity alive. The reality is that the U.S. has enough recoverable oil for the next 200 years, despite only having 2 percent of the world’s current proven oil reserves. Proven oil reserves are not all of our oil resources—not even close. In fact,...
  • Thinking Stratigically about Petroleum Reserves Trapped off our Coasts

    03/01/2012 4:05:53 AM PST · by Recon Dad · 5 replies · 1+ views
    Institure for Energy Research ^ | Feb, 29th, 2012 | Johnny Russell
    Our offshore energy resources should be a real strategic petroleum reserves. But less than 3 percent of offshore area are currently leased for for energy production. As gas prices continues to climb, the Obama administration claims its hands are tied and there’s no immediate relief for Americans. Yet behind closed doors, Obama is considering a political band-aid with a release from the Strategic Petroleum Reserve (SPR). This is not strategic and would represent an abuse of the SPR for political gain, as was the case this past summer when Obama pointed blame at Libya for the limp economy and released...
  • Permian Basin of West Texas is experiencing an oil boom

    02/27/2012 8:01:34 AM PST · by Recon Dad · 14 replies
    Fuel Fix ^ | February 27, 2012 | AP
    <p>DALLAS — The Permian Basin of West Texas is experiencing an oil boom, leading some of the region’s top oilmen to predict that Texas oil production will double within five to seven years.</p> <p>Oil drillers over the last eight years have found that the dense oil rock of the basin surrounding Midland and Odessa responds well to hydraulic fracturing, releasing lush yields. Total oil production last year in Texas averaged more than 1 million barrels per day for the first time since 2001.</p>
  • Act of Valor .....5 Stars

    02/24/2012 5:44:58 PM PST · by Recon Dad · 29 replies · 1+ views
    Vanity | 2-24-12 | Recon dad
    My wife and two other couples hit the movies today here in Wilmington, NC to see Act of Valor. We're lucky to have a great modern Regal Theater to go to here. The place was packed for the 4:00PM show and I would expect the shows this evening and the rest of the weekend to be sold out, this is "military country" (Marines). The show is great, 5 stars. Plenty of action and the real SEALS do an outstanding job. I hope Act of Valor is the top grossing film of the year, just to show America's support for our...
  • Obama's Oil Problem: Policies Have Consequences

    02/24/2012 10:34:59 AM PST · by Recon Dad · 5 replies
    Institute for Energy Research ^ | February 24, 2012 | IER
    The lead story in last Sunday’s New York Times blared: High Gas Prices Give G.O.P. Issue to Attack Obama. With gasoline prices nearing $4 per gallon, double that when Obama took office, another negative economic issue is at the President’s doorstep. Crude oil prices north of $100 per barrel explain the jump in pump prices, and political tension such as Iran’s threat to disrupt Middle Eastern oil flows partly explains the surge in crude prices. Still, the Obama’s Administration’s ideological opposition to fossil fuels, including the mainstay petroleum in the transportation market, leaves the President nowhere to hide. Too many...
  • Unconventional Completion Technology Revives Old Oil Fields

    02/24/2012 4:21:07 AM PST · by Recon Dad · 9 replies
    E&P ^ | February 23, 2012 | By Scott Weeden, Senior Online Editor
    Horizontal drilling and hydraulic fracturing used in 30-year-old, waterflooded oil fields has boosted production per well from 25 to 300 barrels per day. The new frontier for the unconventional gas technology is in old oil fields. This is a huge opportunity for using long laterals, multiple-stage fracs and smaller, high-tech fractures, said George King, global technology consultant, at the NAPE Business Conference on Feb. 22 in Houston. “Right now, we have two big oil plays -- the Bakken and Eagle Ford. What if you take the name shale off of it? There are three or four more big plays coming...
  • The Obama Budget and Wind Power

    02/17/2012 4:18:17 AM PST · by Recon Dad · 3 replies
    Institute for Energy Research ^ | Feb, 16th 2012 | IER
    In the 1970s and 1980s, the proponents of wind power claimed that renewables would be cost-competitive in a few years if they just received some subsidies for a few years. But thirty years later, renewables proponents are still clamoring for subsidies from U.S. taxpayers. Despite a trillion dollar deficit, President Obama is once again responding to the renewable promoters and asking Congress to approve his budget with billions of dollars in energy subsidies. The President’s proposed budget would renew and extend a number of renewable subsidies including the 1603 program which pays for as much as much as 30 percent...
  • Level Zero Heroes's

    02/13/2012 12:46:35 PM PST · by Recon Dad · 6 replies
    Marine Corps Times – Level Zero Heroes, page 30 By Gina Cavallaro Michael Golembesky is poised to publish the first book detailing experiences of Marine special operators in Afghanistan. And unlike career writers who drop into an outpost for a quick embed, Golembesky was there as a member of Marine Special Operations Team 8222 during one of its hardest deployments. He plans to tell the team’s story through the words of the operators on the ground. The 22-man team spent seven months, from October 2009 to June 2010, in Bala Morghab, a village in remote western Afghanistan’s Badghis province, a...
  • Petroleum Imports and Exports: What's the story?

    02/10/2012 4:20:16 AM PST · by Recon Dad · 4 replies
    Institure for Energy Research ^ | Feb, 8th 2012 | IER
    Harry Reid says..... “If we want to wean ourselves from foreign oil, why would we allow a pipeline to be built for 1,700 miles to manufacture petroleum products to be shipped overseas?” Reid told reporters after the weekly Senate Democratic policy lunch. “That’s the purpose of this.”[i] What Harry Reid seems to be referring to is that in 2011, for the first time in 62 years, the United States was a net exporter of petroleum products[ii], exporting about 15 percent of the petroleum products the U.S. produced. Unfortunately, his statements show that he understands little about the U.S. petroleum industry...
  • Wind Power and the free market

    01/04/2012 10:50:23 AM PST · by Recon Dad · 23 replies · 1+ views
    Institute for Energy Research ^ | 1/4/2012 | Robert Murphy
    The Institute for Energy Research (IER) is committed to free-market policy solutions for America’s energy needs. IER has repeatedly argued that reducing the federal government’s intervention in the energy sector would reduce prices for consumers and, especially in our current recession, would create thousands of good jobs for unemployed workers. In this context, a recent opinion piece on FoxNews by Steve Lockard—CEO of a company making wind turbines and a board member of the American Wind Energy Association—was quite ironic. Lockard was trying to appeal to conservative readers by claiming that the Congress was threatening to destroy American jobs through...
  • Energy Companies increase E&P spending 10 percent in 2012

    12/05/2011 4:18:10 PM PST · by Recon Dad
    Fuel Fix ^ | 12/5/11 | Simone Sebastian
    Energy companies plan to spend a record $598 billion on exploration and production of oil and natural gas worldwide in 2012, growing 10 percent over this year, according to a forecast released Monday by Barclays Capital analysts. In a survey of about 350 energy companies, the investment bank found that oil and gas exploration and production will continue to expand rapidly in 2012. At nearly $600 billion, the energy industry’s global E&P spending is about equal to the annual gross domestic product of crude oil powerhouse Saudi Arabia. ExxonMobil remains the biggest spender at more than $30 billion, expanding 5...
  • Conceal Carry choice need some help

    12/03/2011 2:21:36 PM PST · by Recon Dad · 55 replies
    Vanity | 12/3/11 | Recon dad
    I've got a conceal Carry choice between CZ 2075 40 cal or Sig Sauer P 250 40 cal. Both are sub compacts and the size,weight and price differences are within reason. I have not shot either gun but have been going through any reviews I can find. (the reason for the 40 cal is because I presently have a Glock 22 and want to go small) Both gun makers get rave reviews but the Sig is a fairly new model and a number of reviews indicated various issues. I'd like to shoot both guns before I buy one but I...
  • Germany Faces Sticker Shock Over Renewable Energy to Replace Nuclear

    11/10/2011 4:22:20 AM PST · by Recon Dad · 38 replies
    Oil ^ | 11-9-11 | John Daly
    On 30 May, in the aftermath of Japan’s Fukushima nuclear disaster, German Chancellor Angela Merkel announced that Germany would close all of its 18 nuclear power plants between 2015 and 2022, which produce about 28 percent of the country's electricity. Eight have now been taken offline, and with the winter coming on Berlin is scrambling to make up the energy shortfall lest the country suffer blackouts combined with the need to import massive amounts of electricity. Despite Germany's Kreditanstalt fur Wiederaufbau (German Development Bank) being set to underwrite renewable energy and energy efficiency investments in Germany worth $137.3 billion over...
  • Horizontal Drilling and Fracking Annimation

    11/05/2011 7:42:51 PM PDT · by Recon Dad · 13 replies
    If anyone is interested in seeing an annimation of a gas well being drilled from the spudding to the fracking copy and paste the site below. A lot of good information that we discuss around here all the time.
  • Chesapeake, EnerVest deal a new high water=mark for the Utica

    11/04/2011 4:02:37 AM PDT · by Recon Dad · 2 replies
    Fuel Fix ^ | 11-3-11 | Tom Fowler
    A $3.4 billion joint venture of Chesapeake Energy, Houston-based EnerVest and an unnamed foreign company sets the bar higher for the Utica shale formation in Ohio. Under terms of the deal announced Thursday, the unnamed company will take a 25 percent stake in 653,000 acres in 10 Ohio counties. This includes 570,000 acres owned by Chesapeake and 83,000 acres owned by EnerVest, which manages oil and gas properties for institutional investors. The deal values the assets at about $15,000 per acre, said John Walker, president and CEO of EnerVest. That’s more than the $8,000-per-acre price tag for a recent Utica...
  • cheniere-to-export-lng-the-beginning-of-a-new-energy-era

    10/29/2011 4:42:40 AM PDT · by Recon Dad · 5 replies
    Fuel Fix ^ | October 26, 2011 | Michael J. Economides
    It takes a visionary (Sharif Souki), a surfeit of US natural gas and a 4-to-1 price disparity between what the US and what other people pay and you have the makings of perhaps, if not the biggest certainly part of the biggest, energy stories for some time. The just announced 20 year contract between BG and Cheniere to export 3.5 million tons of liquid natural gas (LNG) – a little over 500 million standard cubic feet per day- from the United States to foreign destinations is one of those announcements that was logical to make but had to actually be...
  • Goldman Sachs: US crude prices at $109 in 2012

    10/04/2011 5:09:06 PM PDT · by Recon Dad · 16 replies
    Fuel Fix ^ | 10/4/11 | Brett Clanton
    U.S. crude oil futures will hit $109 a barrel in 2012 as new pipelines, rail lines and other infrastructure help relieve bottlenecks at a central gathering hub in Oklahoma and carry more oil from Canada and the northern U.S. to refiners on the Gulf Coast and elsewhere, according to a Goldman Sachs forecast. The prediction represents a drop from the investment bank’s previous forecast of $123.50 a barrel and reflects the increasingly anxious outlook for the global economic recovery. The bank also trimmed its 2012 Brent price estimate to $120 a barrel from $130 amid growing fears of a European...
  • EDP Renewables lays off 10 percent of North American workforce

    10/01/2011 2:36:53 PM PDT · by Recon Dad · 3 replies
    Fuel Fix ^ | 9-30-10 | Brett Clanton
    EDP Renewables has cut 10 percent of its North American workforce as part of a reorganization prompted by weaker energy demand and a sudden abundance of natural gas that has made wind and solar projects less competitive, a company spokesman said. Before the move, the Madrid-based company, whose North American unit is headquartered in Houston, had about 330 employees in the U.S. and Canada, according to EDP’s Roby Roberts, who referred to the cuts as part of a “right-sizing” effort in this market. He could not say how many of the layoffs were in Houston, but noted the company may...
  • Chesapeake reports first Utica well production

    09/29/2011 4:08:23 AM PDT · by Recon Dad · 5 replies
    Fuel Fix ^ | Bloomberg
    Chesapeake Energy Corp. produced as much as 1,425 barrels a day of oil and petroleum liquids at one of its first four wells in Ohio’s Utica Shale, which holds an estimated 5.5 billion barrels of crude. Peak output from a well in Harrison County, Ohio, included 9.5 million cubic feet a day of natural gas, Oklahoma City-based Chesapeake said today in a statement. Two other wells also yielded at least 980 barrels per day of liquids and another produced gas, it said. Chesapeake, has leased 1.25 million acres in the Utica Shale, a formation that stretches from Tennessee into Canada....
  • BP Doubles estimate for Mad Dog field

    09/07/2011 1:46:39 PM PDT · by Recon Dad · 4 replies
    Fuel Fix ^ | Tom Fowler
    BP says it has drilled a successful appraisal well in a previously untested northern segment of the Mad Dog field in the Gulf of Mexico, leading it to double the size of the potential resource. The well, drilled by BHP Billiton on behalf of the unit operator BP, is in Green Canyon block 738, about 140 miles south of Grand Isle, LA., in about 4,500 feet of water. The well encountered about 166 net feet of hydrocarbons in the objective Miocene hydrocarbon-bearing sands and discovered an oil column of more than 300 feet. Combined with successful appraisals in Mad Dog...
  • New Frac Fluid "tastes like beer

    09/07/2011 1:35:17 PM PDT · by Recon Dad · 17 replies
    Halliburton CFO Mark McCollum did something many environmentalists would cringe at – he took a swing of fracking fluid a few weeks ago. And he said the new fracturing formulation, called CleanStim, “tastes like beer,” according to a Platts report. McCollum took a sip of the mix while CEO Dave Lesar spoke at a conference hosted by the Colorado Oil and Gas Association in late August. After talking about public concerns over the technique, Lesar raised a container of CleanStim and then called McCollum up for the first taste. According to an Associated Press article at the time, the then...
  • One Great CPA

    04/14/2010 5:08:13 AM PDT · by Recon Dad · 5 replies · 458+ views
    personal | 4-14-10 | Recondad
    Just a short feel good story to start everyone's day. As some of you know my son, Patrick is serving in Afghanistan and has little or no time to take care of his taxes. He asked me to see if my guy, Gary could do his even though my son lives in North Carolina and we live in Ohio. Gary no problems let's get it done. Well there were some interesting twists that proves that a good CPA is worth whatever he's asking. My son bought a his first home last year and was counting on the $8,000 first time...
  • Ilario Pantano's Pledge

    04/11/2010 4:10:46 AM PDT · by Recon Dad · 3 replies · 244+ views
    Ilario Pantano is excited to announce that, after due consideration, he has joined the Alliance for Bonded Term Limits, and looks forward to promoting the issue in this election and in future elections. The catalyst for Pantano has been the increased exposure to the culture of D.C. that he has had over the recent weeks through the success of his current congressional campaign. By being invited into special programs to raise money for Republican candidates, he has seen the power of money in politics up close. Pantano observed, "When NRCC Chairman Pete Sessions introduced me to dozens of members at...
  • Last Update on - GySgt Rob Gilbert

    03/28/2010 3:25:57 AM PDT · by Recon Dad · 18 replies · 701+ views
    self | 3-28-10 | Recondad
    My wife and I have the honor of attending yesterday and today the funeral of GySgt Rob Gilbert of Richfield, Ohio. After all the prayers and messages for Rob from the Free Republic I feel like I am representing all of you. Rob was a MarSoc Marine team leader, stationed in Northern Afghanistan. He was on a mission and was shot by a sniper, surcoming to the wound at Bethesda Naval about a week later. I have never been to this big of a funeral. We arrived for the viewing at a very big funeral home not far out of...
  • Persistent Geo-Blunder Discovered: Huge Boost for Oil and Gas Exploration

    03/24/2010 3:54:37 AM PDT · by Recon Dad · 36 replies · 1,005+ views
    Transdyne Corporation ^ | 3-23-10 | J. Marvin Herndon, Ph.D.
    SAN DIEGO, March 23 /PRNewswire/ -- For decades, an unsuspected geological blunder has limited crucial technical understanding of how, where and why petroleum and natural gas deposits form. Exposing and correcting that vital mistake offer the promise of new insights and potentially vast new energy-resource discoveries. Since the 1930s, the idea of mantle convection has been inextricably rooted in common geological interpretations of the Earth's dynamics. In a paper just published in the March 25, 2010 issue of Current Science, San Diego geophysicist J. Marvin Herndon of Transdyne Corporation discloses a very serious problem with the prevailing concept of convection...
  • Taking steam out of the oilsands

    03/19/2010 7:36:31 AM PDT · by Recon Dad · 2 replies · 198+ views
    CBC News ^ | March 18, 2010 | By Dave Simms
    A new technology being developed by a Calgary company could address one of the biggest problems of the oilsands: high water usage. Petrobank Energy and Resources' process recently passed a significant hurdle, validating a technology its backers say will not only get out more oil, but also have a smaller environmental footprint. Petrobank's Whitesands underground combustion pilot project near Conklin, Alberta, south of Fort McMurray. (Petrobank Energy and Resources) Last week, independent engineering consultants McDaniel & Associates, in the first comprehensive evaluation of the technology, concluded that Petrobank is, in its words, "successfully proving" Toe to Heel Air Injection (THAI)....
  • 2 Key Trends in Onshore Drilling

    03/17/2010 5:54:47 AM PDT · by Recon Dad · 3 replies · 340+ views
    The Motley Fool | March 16, 2010 | By Toby Shute
    Every Friday, Baker Hughes (NYSE: BHI) releases its estimate of the U.S., Canadian, and international rig count. Usually, I let these updates go without comment, as the weekly changes are small. The "big picture" trends only come into focus when you zoom out and look at months' or years' worth of data. I think I've done a good job of documenting one of these phenomena, but a poor job of alerting you to another. Something in Friday's release really snuck up on me. I should have been paying better attention. The first key trend is the dramatic shift from vertical...
  • Update - GySgt Rob Gilbert

    03/17/2010 3:58:54 AM PDT · by Recon Dad · 19 replies · 1,073+ views
    GySgt Robert Gilbert~ A miracle in the making - Facebook | 3-17-10 | Jeff O'Mara
    This group is for our close friend GySgt Robert Gilbert (of Richfield, OH), his family, his friends and those who never knew him personally. At 27 years of age, Robert Gilbert (who became one of three of the Marine's youngest sergeants when he was promoted at age 20- years later to become the youngest ever promoted to gunnery sergeant) was injured in Afghanistan on Monday March 8, 2010. He suffered severe injuries to his head. As of Sunday he was removed from life support, but stayed here with us and not quite ready to give up!!! Unfortunately, shortly after 9pm...
  • Update - GySgt Rob Gilbert

    03/15/2010 6:42:08 PM PDT · by Recon Dad · 8 replies · 716+ views
    self | 3-16-10 | Recon dad
    For any FReepers interested in updates on GySgt Rob Gilbert and are a user of Facebook below is site you should go to. The family and friends are doing a wonderful job. GySgt Robert Gilbert~ A miracle in the making Please keep praying for Rob and his family and the rest of Rob's team in Afghanistan.
  • Update - Gunnery Sgt. Robert L. Gilbert

    03/15/2010 10:06:00 AM PDT · by Recon Dad · 34 replies · 2,427+ views
    Beacon Journal | March 15, 2010 | Katie Byard
    POSTED: 12:36 p.m. EDT, Mar 15, 2010 An area Marine was critically injured when a bullet pierced his helmet in a battle in Afghanistan. Marine Gunnery Sgt. Robert L. Gilbert, 27, was removed from life support Sunday at the National Naval Medical Center in Bethesda, Md., where his family is at his bedside. Gilbert, a Revere High School graduate, was on his fifth tour of duty of the Middle East and his second tour in Afghanistan when his platoon was ambushed during a Special Operations mission, family friend Anthony Maroon said. The incident apparently happened sometime last Monday. ''He took...
  • Update - On Gsgt Rob Gilbert

    03/14/2010 3:15:57 PM PDT · by Recon Dad · 22 replies · 811+ views
    Robert Gilbert Blog | Friday March 12th | Robert Gilbert - Father
    As you will read in the following Rob is back in the United States. Please read the following and pray for Rob and his family. This is the latest post from the father of GSergent Robert Gilbert, as he prepares to bring his badly injured son home for medical attention. The letter was posted this afternoon on Matt Patrick's Facebook page. Things are grim. Dear Family and Friends, Good Morning! It is Oh Six Thirty, Sir (0630) in Germany and the Marine Chaplin and Marine liaison just picked Ruth Ann, Dana and Heidi up to transport them to the Frankfurt...
  • New clinic honors late MarSOC corpsman

    03/12/2010 4:49:50 PM PST · by Recon Dad · 3 replies · 293+ views | March 12,2010 | Hope Hodge
    Family of Petty Officer 2nd Class Charles “Luke” Milam said he was so humble that he would hate the idea of a building bearing his name. But, they said, he would love the toys inside. Milam, a decorated special amphibious reconnaissance corpsman with MarSOC’s 2nd Marine Special Operations Battalion and MarSOC “Operator of the Year” for 2006, was killed in combat on Sept. 25, 2007, in Afghanistan’s Helmand Province. On Friday, Marine Corps and Navy officials and Milam’s family met to dedicate MarSOC’s first consolidated medical battalion aid station, named in his honor. The facility, which will provide primary medical...
  • Update on Sgt Robb Gilbert, USMC

    03/11/2010 5:48:17 AM PST · by Recon Dad · 38 replies · 961+ views
    e-mail | 3-11-10 | Recon dad
    Just received update on Sgt Robb Gilbert the Marine I asked fellow Freepers to keep in their prayers Tuesday evening. Robb is with my son in Afghanistan and was injured Tuesday. Robb made it to Germany and his parents are either there or will get there soon. The bullet entered the rear of his head and lodged near his right eye. Robb has shown movement in his legs, hands and is responsive to light, all very good things. What happens next is in God's hands and again please keep praying for him. It will be a long road back for...
  • Freepers Prayers needed right now

    03/09/2010 5:33:29 PM PST · by Recon Dad · 129 replies · 1,216+ views
    e-mail | 3-9-10 | Recon dad
    Just received word that one of my son's team mates, Ssgt Robb Gilbert, USMC was shot in the head during a mission last night or today. They are operating in Northern Afghanistan. He is stable and slightly responsive and is waiting for transport to Germany. All your prayers are needed at this time, thanks.
  • Dr. Coburn wants to know how much the government owns

    03/05/2010 6:16:55 AM PST · by Recon Dad · 19 replies · 545+ views
    Tulsa Beacon ^ | by Charles Biggs
    Sen. Tom Coburn should be the poster child for the modern conservative movement in America. Dr. Coburn has been known to burn the midnight oil to keep an eye on a federal government that spends too much money, spends money poorly and is growing day by day. Coburn recently sent out some startling information about what the federal government owns and what that costs you and me. Federal officials are not required to report their total land holdings. According to best estimates, the federal government owns at least 654 million acres of American soil. That is about 30 percent of...
  • Peak oil? How about snake oil!

    03/05/2010 5:52:09 AM PST · by Recon Dad · 13 replies · 428+ views
    The Prospector Blog ^ | 3-5-10 | The Prospector
    I keep hearing about peak oil. We are running out of oil. The price can only go one way - up. US production peaked in the 1970s, and as fields decline, they're producing less and less (the average decline in production is 9% a year once a field has passed its peak). No one is finding any new oil, reserves are running down, it's time to panic and within ten years we'll be living in an apocalyptic wasteland reminiscent of Mad Max and the Thunderdome. Yeah right. Actually there are some very big problems with the peak oil scenario. One...
  • MARSOC Corpsman Receives Silver Star Medal for Heroics in Afghanistan

    03/03/2010 8:50:13 AM PST · by Recon Dad · 24 replies · 1,097+ views
    Marines Special Operations Command PAO ^ | Date: 03.03.2010 | Story by Cpl. Richard Blumenstein
    MARINE CORPS BASE CAMP LEJEUNE, N.C. — "You hear your buddies go down ...You close your eyes... You think about everything ... You hear you're the only other corpsman. What would you do?" Chief Petty Officer Jeremy K. Torrisi, a hospital corpsman with U.S. Marine Corps Forces, Special Operations Command, faced that question, June 26, 2008 in the mountains of Afghanistan during the fiercest firefight of his life. Torrisi saved the lives of four of his comrades and received the Silver Star Medal at the Court House Bay Gymnasium, Jan 21. So far, one Navy Cross, two Silver Star Medals,...
  • MARSOC Marine Receives Award for Actions in Afghanistan

    03/01/2010 3:48:24 PM PST · by Recon Dad · 16 replies · 322+ views
    Marines Special Operations Command PAO ^ | 3-1-10 | by Cpl. Richard Blumenstein
    MARINE CORPS BASE CAMP LEJEUNE, N.C. — "There I was ... we were moving into a location that we were suppose to check out, to see if any enemy strongholds were there. As soon as we came into the location we started taking fire on our vehicles, RPGs (rocket-propelled grenades), rifle rounds, small-arms fire. They were beating on us," said Gunnery Sgt. Michael Perella as he recalled the epic battle in October 2007, which led to him receiving the Bronze Star with combat distinguishing device Nov. 25, 2009. Perella was deployed to the Helmand province, Afghanistan, as an assault team...
  • 4th and last Post from the Tea Party Convention

    02/07/2010 4:46:49 AM PST · by Recon Dad · 26 replies · 1,187+ views
    1-7-10 | Recon dad
    Saturday 10:45PM My wife and I just got back from Sarah Palin’s speech here at the Tea Party Convention. They had assigned seating, but because some folks only attended the banquet they gave the folks who attended the conference a chance to get seated early. It sounds like a big break but we had to stand in line for over two hours before we were seated, this crowd didn’t care they were just excited to get to hear Sarah. I’m sure most of you saw the speech on TV so I won’t critique the speech itself, but let me say...
  • Third Update: Tea Party Convention – Nashville from Recon Dad

    02/06/2010 11:04:52 AM PST · by Recon Dad · 10 replies · 602+ views
    6:30AM – Saturday, February 06, 2010 Friday was a long day starting at 7:30AM breakfast and ending at 10:00PM last night. I’ve spent my life attending big sales meetings and other large events and I must say the folks running this event have done a great job of organizing. The time flew by with every minute filled with one speaker better than the next. Breakfast was followed by to speakers, Steve Milloy of Junk the theme of his talk was how big a threat the “Green Movement” is. If you thought the Health care bill was a problem “Cap...
  • Second Update: Tea Party Convention – Nashville from Recon Dad

    02/05/2010 5:16:59 AM PST · by Recon Dad · 2 replies · 406+ views
    2-5-10 | Recondad
    Right off the bat let me say that using the title Tea Party Convention was probably a mistake in the sense that when I think of a convention I think of elected delegates electing a candidate to represent them. After last night I am looking at the event as a 3 day Tea Party at an expensive place. Last nights kickoff reception got things off on the right foot. 7:00PM – Tom Tancredo was the opening speaker and was great. He has not lost an ounce of the fire he exhibited during the days he was the leading voice of...
  • Here at the Nashville Tea Party Convention

    02/04/2010 4:32:51 PM PST · by Recon Dad · 58 replies · 1,564+ views
    2-4-10 | Recondad
    8:00AM : Heading for the Tea Party in Nashville. Leaving this morning with the wife for the Opryland Hotel event, we hope it is worth the money we put out. My wife and I are committed to the Tea Party movement having attended events all over Southwest Ohio and the national event in Washington, DC on 9-12. 2:00 PM : Checked in to the convention and the place is hopping with every cable network sending live feeds. They’re interviewing everything and anything that can walk or talk. My wife and I were interviewed by somebody named Mary from CNN. (told...