The Low-Key Oil Boom

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Right now there is a Low-key oil boom going on in West Texas. Sparsely populated areas such as Winkler county are now slammed with massive amounts of oil field traffic. Believe me, I know.  It took me 45 to drive the 1.5 miles across the wee-little town of Kermit. It was bumper-to-bumper Peterbilts.

The low-key oil boom started the day Donald Trump was elected. No, not the day he took office, the day he was elected. When players in the oilfield knew Hillary Clinton wouldn’t kill their projects, they took them off the back burner and broke ground.

At that time, November 2016, oil was only about $40 to $50 a barrel. Despite the oil price slump from it’s heyday in 2014, when it peaked at $100+, activity started ramping up in the Permian Basin.

Companies found a way to turn a profit by taking advantage of lower costs. Rather than gouge each other as in the full-blown oil boom, they offered discounts commensurate with the lower oil price. Mostly by underpaying guys like me who swing the hammers.

When the Low-key Oil Boom took effect, places went from struggling to keep open to struggling to hire enough help. Add to that various geo-political factors driving oil up to $70 a barrel, and the low-key oil boom started coming on stronger. Hey, I even got a raise!

Other areas of the country such as the Dakotas and South Texas haven’t been revived by this Low-Key Oil Boom. That’s because the industry in Midland and Odessa is so robust that it can sustain itself.

In my own experience it seems that a big driver in the Low-key Oil Boom is construction of infrastructure and midstream facilities. For example, when oil was $100 a barrel, they were drilling like madmen and paying trucks to haul away the produced water.

But now, they’re focused more on efficiency. So rather than send salt water to the disposal by truck, they’re spending the capital on pipelines and pumping it there.

When the Low-Key Oil Boom first kicked off it brought more money but it was locals only. There weren’t too many guys from out-of-town. But that’s starting to change. Today, I got stuck behind a welder with Arkansas plates. Uh-oh. Looks like the Low-Key Oil Boom is going mainstream.

Transgender Wrestler a Typical Girl

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If you can pick your gender why does it have to be just male or female?

When I wrestled in high school I should have chosen a third gender. A hyper-masculine gender. I mean even more masculine than I actually was (if you can imagine that). And to achieve this ideal of hypermasculinity, I would require doctor prescribed shots of trenbolone, a powerful anabolic steroid.

Of course, I would complain to the Boston Globe that the Massachusetts Wrestling Association did not accommodate us hypermasculine gendered wrestlers with our own state championship tournament. But I would reluctantly enter in the boy’s bracket where, thanks to the tren, I would advance farther than I actually did in high school wrestling.

That’s what I thought after hearing about Mack Beggs, the transgender boy (i.e mentally ill girl) wrestling in the girls’ tournament. Turns out she’s taking testosterone to “transition.” But USA Today tells us not to make a big deal of that:

Despite Beggs wanting to compete as a male, UIL regulations bar anyone from competing in a gender that doesn’t match their birth certificate. For his part, Beggs and his grandmother have continued to provide testosterone testing results to ensure that Beggs is legally within the range required to compete in the girls category.

-USA Today, Transgender boy wins controversial girls high school state title

Oh, okay. So she’s taking enough testosterone to become a boy. But not enough to disqualify her from competing as a girl. That contradiction makes perfect sense to liberals who believe gender stereotypes are meaningless social constructs until a female wants to be a male. Then liberals celebrate all those crude masculine behaviors they hitherto denounced.

You know what? Mack Beggs is a typical girl. She wants it both ways. She’s girl enough when it comes to her eligibility to wrestle as a girl. But she’s boy enough that the Texas regulators should have broken her free from the shackles of her female birth certificate.

Chick on Steroids Wins Texas Girls Wrestling Title

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Transgender boy (I.e. Actually a girl) source: USA Today

Perhaps you read the headline Transgender Boy Wins Girls’ High School Wrestling Title Amid Controversy and you thought, ah, yes, liberals have crashed into their own brick wall. A boy claiming to be a girl easily overpowered all the hapless chicks to win the girls state title.

Well, you’re wrong. It’s not what you think. It’s not a boy pretending to be a girl. It’s a girl pretending to be a boy.  The term “transgender boy” describes a mentally ill girl. And liberals, also mentally ill, want you to share in their gender delusions.

So you may be wondering really what’s the big deal. The girl is wrestling in the girl’s tournament. Well, read the Deadspin article:

Texas high school wrestler Mack Beggs wanted to compete as a boy this year. A transgender 17-year-old who began testosterone treatments in 2015, he hoped to join the boys’ wrestling team at his public high school in suburban Fort Worth. Because he was born female, however, the state’s University Interscholastic League required him to compete as a girl.

Ok, so the headline should read Chick on Steroids Wins Texas Girls Wrestling Title. Mack Beggs is taking testosterone. That’s  cheating!