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Gasoline prices may not be the only thing shooting up this summer

Saturday, June 15, 2013 - 12:01 am

Summer is fast approaching, which of course, means gas prices will be rising again.

I wonder what the excuse will be this time? Hurricane in Texas? Sandstorm in Saudi Arabia? Some guy on an oil rig in the Gulf of Mexico stubbed his toe and needs a new pair of work boots? That's got to be worth at least a few cents per gallon.

Seems the big oil companies have some very creative PR firms working for them. The one reason that's never mentioned is higher profits.

Luckily, our elected officials have our best interests in mind and will continue fighting against obscene windfalls for the major gas companies, even though those same companies donate millions of dollars to their re-election campaigns. (I love sarcasm.) It is getting harder and harder to find intelligent politicians willing to stand up for what is right these days.

Finding a dumb one, however, is like shooting fish in a barrel, which should soon get easier thanks to the hard work — and money — of the National Rifle Association. If the NRA leadership has its way, we'll be able to shoot those fish in a crowded mall with a submachine gun. Of course, before you get that gun, you will have to pinky swear you are not some lunatic who will use it for anything worse than shooting the aforementioned fish.

Sure, it is inconvenient to have to take the time to do that, but it beats having someone look into your past. Who knows what they'll uncover? If you say you won't do anything illegal with your constitutionally guaranteed rapid-fire musket, by golly, that's good enough for me. It's a small price to pay to preserve our Second Amendment rights.

Speaking of which — do you think any of these gun-toting, Constitution-quoting patriots have any clue what the Third Amendment is ... or the Eighth or the 20th?

I doubt it.

Mike Marin is a cranky curmudgeon who, when he's not yelling at kids to get off his lawn, likes to complain about the sad state of popular culture, especially as seen through a TV screen. His email address is marinating@tribune.com. This column is the personal opinion of the writer and does not necessarily reflect the views or opinion of The News-Sentinel.