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Sunday, August 17, 2008

Pump Chumps

These are incredibly silly people:

A prayer group in Washington DC is claiming the credit for the recent sharp drop in the US price of petrol.

Rocky Twyman, 59, a veteran community campaigner, started Pray At The Pump meetings at petrol stations in April.

Since then, the average price of what the US calls gasoline has fallen from more than $4 a gallon to $3.80.


Usually when you hear about hardcore saps like these, they are resolutely engaged in equally useful activities, such as looking for the image of the Virgin Mary in a jelly doughnut. I suppose it's easier than, for example, understanding demand destruction, or realizing that this is a tremendously complicated process which will shortly resume course, economically and geopolitically.

They do deserve some credit for realizing that concrete measures such as carpooling and conserving gasoline are important. But the idea that beseeching your supreme being for months on end results in a whopping 20¢ drop -- to a price that's still twice what it was just a couple years ago -- and that constitutes some sort of success, well, talk about lowering the bar. Not to mention exactly how they are getting to all these gas stations all over the country; I suppose they're being miracled there by divine teleportation.

1 comment:

Marius said...

A decent journalist (Jon Stewart or, better yet, the people at The Onion) should have asked them how come god raised fuel prices so much in the first place.

The knee-jerk response, in such cases, is that god punished us (mostly drivers, in fact) for our sins. But these morons hardly think of themselves as sinful (note how they've absorbed from feel-good liberalism the tenet that everybody's awesome to begin with). It ahs to be someone else's fault. Gays? They are, after all, the default scapegoats. But, if gays are sinful, as most of these nitwits believe, why does god punish them, the true believers -- instead of the happy homosexuals?

In general, it's a lot of fun to watch these chumps turn blue in the face trying to explain away the psychopathic, random cruelty of their capricious sky-dude. Too bad the dumbasses in the media have lost their appetite for such pranks.