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Saturday, September 13, 2008 7:29 AM

PIRATENEWS

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DUMBORATS WANT GAS STAMP RATIONING FOR TAXSLAVES:
http://thehill.com/leading-the-news/democrats-latest-idea-gas-stamps-2
008-09-11.html



Cat 2 "hurricane" shuts down Knoxville Tennessee

Fascism in Knoxville TN, thanks to our billionaire mayor who owns Pilot oil company. Gas prices jumped $1.50/gallon in 1 hour, with many stations closed for lack of gas. No gas deliveries until late next week.

www.wbir.com/news/local/story.aspx?storyid=63652&catid=2

www.wbir.com/news/local/story.aspx?storyid=63690&catid=2

www.wbir.com/news/local/story.aspx?storyid=63693&catid=2

What about all the other oil refineries in USA besides the Gulf? Most are shut down 24/7/365 to create artificial scarcity.
http://findarticles.com/p/articles/mi_qn4176/is_20040410/ai_n14571712

British Petroleum was given most of the oil in Alaska, which it exports to Communist China, Japan and Mexico, then pumps most of what's left back into the ground, to drive up gas profits, er, prices in USA. Bimbo Palin won't talk about THAT.
http://video.google.com/videosearch?q=lindsey+williams&emb=0&aq=f#

Half of Mexico's gas comes from USA, according to Jr Bush, "since the Mexican economy comes first". Mexican govt owns PeMex Oil, which is the textbook definition of fascism. PeMex fins massive oil reserves in the Gulf, then caps those wells to drive up prices in USA.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/PEMEX

The price of gas in Mexico is 45-cents a gallon, 11-cents a gallon in Venuzuela, and 6-cents a gal in Iraq before Bush Jr's latest invasion to cut off the supply of cheap oil to USA. Now gas is 65-cents a gallon in Iraq, thanks to Haliburton importing oil from Kuwait.

When Jr Bush first hijacked the White House in 2000 until 2004, gas was $1.00/gallon.

SCAM!


"Half of writing history is hiding the Truth."
-Capt Malcolm Reynolds, Serenity

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Saturday, September 13, 2008 4:32 PM

PIRATENEWS

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Knoxville mayor Haslam owns Pilot Oil and distilleries

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We called some local gas stations to compare prices for a gallon of regular grade gas on Saturday. Here is what we found:

Cheapest:

Fountain City Exxon: $3.99

Raceway on Western Avenue: $4.29 (said they don't have much gas left)

Most expensive:

Pilot at Broadway and Washington Pike: $4.99

Pilot at Middlebrook and Joe Hinton Road: $4.99

Exxon on Cumberland Avenue: $4.99

Pilot on Cumberland Avenue: $4.99

Pilot at Chapman Highway and Fronda Lane: $4.99

Weigels on Strawberry Plains Pike: $4.99

Chevron on North Broadway in Fountain City: $4.99

Average:

Food City Gas-N-Go at Middlebrook Pike and Bob Kirby Road: $4.48

Weigels at Middlebrook and Gallaher View: $4.49

Kenjo Market BP at Chapman Highway and Fort Dickerson Road: $4.49

BP Market on Cumberland Avenue: $4.59

Consumers who feel they are victims of price gouging are encouraged to file a complaint with the state of Tennessee or the Department of Energy.

You contact the Tennessee Division of Consumer Affairs toll-free at 1-800-342-8385. You can also find more information at www.tennessee.gov/consumer.

Readers: What do you think about this situation? Have you found cheaper gas? What about more expensive prices?

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ttbd1 wrote:

paid $3.69/gal on thursday, went back to the same place today-$4.99/gal. if this isn't price gouging, what is it? also, pilot said in an interview there supply was sufficient. whay did they become some of the highest priced gas around? no wonder the owners are billionaires. just bend me over...



www.wbir.com/news/local/story.aspx?storyid=63738&catid=2#





Our Mayor Billionaire Haslam wasn't satisfied looting City of Knoxville Muni Corp's billion-dollar CAFR "pension" fund as his private ATM to run Pilot Corp. But no, he had to charge $1 a gallon more for gas than the other crooks. Now we know why he works for "free" without a salary.

Guess you can't trust a govt that keeps 2 sets of books. Wonder why the "news" never reports on annual CAFR Reports of $70-Trillion/year in govt profits, and only mentions the Budget Report of expenses?
http://video.google.com/videosearch?q=cafr&emb=0&aq=f#
www.google.com/search?hl=en&q=cafr&aq=f&oq=
www.cafrman.com
www.cafr1.com

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Tuesday, September 16, 2008 10:31 AM

PIRATENEWS

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Knoxville TN has highest gas prices in USA at $5.49/gallon.

www.knoxnews.com/news/2008/sep/16/gas-back-as-price-spike-eases/
www.wbir.com/news/local/story.aspx?storyid=63886&provider=top
www.wbir.com/news/local/story.aspx?storyid=63870&provider=top

Knoxville's mayor owns Pilot Oil corp, that also owns an oil distribution coporation, that's making al lthe profit.

Jewish Lehman Bros had the world's largest bankruptcy this week, after speculating on oil prices. Lehman's BK caused, or resulted from, the price of a barrel of oil to drop below $100, but Knoxville prices went up $2.50/gallon this week.

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Tuesday, September 16, 2008 4:21 PM

AURAPTOR

America loves a winner!


Figured it was more PN bullshit, just from the title. And I was right. Plenty of gas, and whle a station or two went w/out gas for a short time, all's fine by Monday. All a bunch of horse shit, is all.




It is not those who use the term "Islamo-Fascism" who are sullying the name of Islam; it is the Islamo-Fascists. - Dennis Prager


" They don't like it when you shoot at 'em. I worked that out myself. "

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Tuesday, September 16, 2008 4:33 PM

KWICKO

"We'll know our disinformation program is complete when everything the American public believes is false." -- William Casey, Reagan's presidential campaign manager & CIA Director (from first staff meeting in 1981)


Quote:

Figured it was more PN bullshit, just from the title. And I was right. Plenty of gas, and whle a station or two went w/out gas for a short time, all's fine by Monday. All a bunch of horse shit, is all.



Wait - now you're saying we've got plenty of gas?

Flip-flop!

Mike

This world is a comedy for those who think, and a tragedy for those who feel.

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Tuesday, September 16, 2008 4:41 PM

AURAPTOR

America loves a winner!


Quote:

Originally posted by Kwicko:
Quote:

Figured it was more PN bullshit, just from the title. And I was right. Plenty of gas, and whle a station or two went w/out gas for a short time, all's fine by Monday. All a bunch of horse shit, is all.



Wait - now you're saying we've got plenty of gas?

Flip-flop!
.



No flip flop at all. The cause of the shortage was folks filling up through the weekend, causing a shortage that was consumer driven, not event driven, like from a hurricane. If folks used only what they needed, what they had been using, there'd be zero run on the supply at all.



It is not those who use the term "Islamo-Fascism" who are sullying the name of Islam; it is the Islamo-Fascists. - Dennis Prager


" They don't like it when you shoot at 'em. I worked that out myself. "

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Tuesday, September 16, 2008 5:25 PM

PIRATENEWS

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The "stampede" was caused by a media blitz led by the daily monopoly newspaper's banner headline: "NO GAS!"

The TV picked it up and immediately ran with it, hyping the lack of gas "due to hurricane Ike", reported to last "one week".

So every commuter who needed to get to work that week filled up on Friday, after most of the gas stations had already raised their prices $1.50 to $2.00 a gallon.

It appeared some stations "got gas" despite no tanker filling up the station. As if it was just turned off at the pump, to create artificial scarcity. That particular new station and Lowes development got a $20-million TIF grant from the city govt, funded by annexing that part of the county and doubling taxes.

The city mayor owns Pilot Oil Corp. He also owns an oil refinery, which is the group that actually made all the profit this week. Pilot is already under criminal investigation for price gouging of hurricane victims in Florida.

The newspaper got a $20-million TIF grant, for propaganda services. It was trying to get a $1-billion TIF grant, for Scripps Howard "Universe Knoxville" HQ. Mt Scripps and Mr Howard are members of Bohemian Club.

Quote:

"It looks like a damn Habitrail with Rocky Top playing in the background. The people who designed it must be frigging brain dead - turning downtown into a theme park mall for Stepford Childs. Call in Disney and hoist the Mouse's Ears. The taxpayers will be paying for this fiasco for generations to come. It will never recover. Knoxville must be the most corrupt city on earth. People worry about the national government, but it's the local government people need to fear. Thanks to the debt from the mayor's downtown renovation schemes, this town will be bankrupt for generations to come. It will never recover."
-City Councilmember Carlene Malone to Pirate News TV

"Sitting on Council, I was in the presence of evil. There was just darkness. Hopelessness."
-Knoxville councilmember Carlene Malone, Metro Pulse, "Malone Alone", December 13, 2001

"You WILL pay any tax increase I tell you to pay! You CAN afford it!"
-Skull & Bones mayor/ambassador Victor "Victoria" Ashe (George Bush Jr's gay lover), Knoxville city council, October 2000


Ashe was telling businesses to bend over for a $500,000 per business tax increase by predatory annexation, and the company swore they would leave USA instead. Ashe was a director of bankrupt Fannie Mae and Fredie Mac. Now ambassador Ashe is running death camps for the CIA in Poland, and aiming nukes at Russia to start WW4.

My felony charges against Ashe were of course blocked by our crooked DA, who has convicted drug-dealing serial-killer US DEA hitmen working in his office, according to disgruntled prosecutors.

But they would never conspire to rig gas prices as a short-term loan to cover crashing oil prices?

Lehman Bros had the world's largest BK on the same day gas prices peaked in Kville, after gambling on oil prices never dropping. 50% of the price of oil is gambling on Wall Street (often by Arab trillionaires doing what the CIA tells them), 10% is tax profit for govt.

4 years ago, gas was 99-cents a gallon in Tennessee.

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Tuesday, September 16, 2008 9:08 PM

FREMDFIRMA


I do believe PN has a point, even though it could not have POSSIBLY have affected them, especially so quickly - all the stations up here jumped their prices too, and upon investigation WITHOUT an increase in their supply cost.

Fuckers are just using it as an excuse, just like they do with all those mysterious spring "petroleum accidents" (a phenom I have been watching for EIGHT years now) that manage to drive prices up without ever doing any actual damage or causing any significant loss.

-Frem

It cannot be said enough, those who do not learn from history, are doomed to endlessly repeat it

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Tuesday, September 16, 2008 11:57 PM

AURAPTOR

America loves a winner!


Quote:

Originally posted by Fremdfirma:
I do believe PN has a point, even though it could not have POSSIBLY have affected them, especially so quickly - all the stations up here jumped their prices too, and upon investigation WITHOUT an increase in their supply cost.

Fuckers are just using it as an excuse, just like they do with all those mysterious spring "petroleum accidents" (a phenom I have been watching for EIGHT years now) that manage to drive prices up without ever doing any actual damage or causing any significant loss.

-Frem



GA has suffered the 2nd highest jump in gas prices in the nation following Hurricane Ike, but despite a number of complaints and a task force designed to seek out and punish those stations which " gouge " customers, none have yet turned up. And only a handful turned up after Katrina. So, despite wide spread rumors, there was no gouging.

Actually, prices do go up every Spring, due to the Fed mandated emissions standards which force refineries to make cleaner burning blends of gasoline. Those mandates end in October, as prices and demand goes down, resulting in lower prices. Has your 'study' also discovered any of that ?


It is not those who use the term "Islamo-Fascism" who are sullying the name of Islam; it is the Islamo-Fascists. - Dennis Prager


" They don't like it when you shoot at 'em. I worked that out myself. "

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Wednesday, September 17, 2008 2:39 AM

FREMDFIRMA


None, huh ?

The station down the street from here was recently fined $4,000.00 USD for such behavior, amongst other chicanery...

And to my everlasting ire the only other gas station in town is closed with weeds growing up through cracks in the pavement cause the owner, who was a damn nice guy and a stand up fellow got freakin black-bagged by INS over some technical violation he wasn't even aware of and sent off gods-knows-where, and this in broad fucking daylight not 200 feet from my house, all cause he had the misfortune to be of arabic descent in a nation gripped by the fear and paranoia of week kneed pissants like you, Rap.

Far be it for them to have sent him a letter or assisted in fixing matters given that the guy was trying to get established here as a citizen - all the while shitheads who hop the fence get treated with kid gloves cause they ain't arabic.

As for my files, then perhaps you would like explain the basis for certain incidents, hmm ?

You know, like concerns a couple years back about supply and one specific oil company official stating that short of a refinery fire, nothing was going to drive prices up...

Followed almost a week later by, ta-da, a refinery "fire"...

At at empty and unused tank, which did nothing more than scorch it's paint, supposedly caused by a freak lightning strike in spite of the fact that those tanks are grounded to prevent such occurances and static sparks.

Followed by a nice quick price jump that didn't go away for quite a while.

Just because the Gov fucks with the oil companies to squeeze them for more money doesn't mean the oil companies are not more than capable of fuckery to squeeze us too.

I was against adding MBTE in the first place cause I knew how that would end, and now were spending even more money to clean that fucking MBTE out of our environment, yet another case of would-be environmentalists not thinking it all the way through, sure.

But it's not like they're not capable of fuckups like this without outside intervention either, like trying to say TEL(Ethyl) was "safe" in spite of full knowledge to the contrary - a'la Radium Girls part deux.
http://www.damninteresting.com/?p=932#more-932

I'd also like to see some cites of your own claims, which you never seem to feel the need to provide, specifically about those emission standards, not to be a dick, but simply because I would like to investigate that for myself and how that affects pricing at both ends and compare it for discrepencies, of which there are plenty on any other factor, as well.

As far as task forces go, that's pure theatre and I think we both know it, no matter what has been claimed - to date I only know of ONE state attorney general who's ever really put a boot in some ass over it, and we elected her Governor, but alas made the mistake of filling the empty post with a dickhead for whom payoffs, payback and politics are more important than the job at hand, which pisses me off all the more cause up TO that point he had a decent enough record that I freakin voted for his ass...


Common freakin sense will tell you that the impact of Ike up HERE in friggin michigan does not justify such an increase, especially when afterwords the price slowly climbs back down over the next ten days or so - that's just pure opportunity gouging.

When the gerbil is missing from the cage and the snake has a bulge in his middle, I don't go blaming the cat for it, you know.

-Frem

It cannot be said enough, those who do not learn from history, are doomed to endlessly repeat it

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Wednesday, September 17, 2008 4:27 AM

PIRATENEWS

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US Soldiers were ordered to bomb 700 Kuwaiti oil wells with C4 and to keep firefighters from extinguishing the fires, to drive up oil profits, with smoke killing US soldiers:

VIDEO: Hidden Wars of Desert Storm: Narrated by John Hurt (V for Vendetta)
www.propagandamatrix.com/multimedia/hidden_wars.html
www.democracynow.org/2002/10/23/the_hidden_wars_of_desert_storm
www.hiddenwars.com
www.thepowerhour.com
www.gulfwarvets.com



And lest we froget the Radioactive Highway of Death...


USA massacred Iraqi allies
www.wakeupfromyourslumber.com/node/4801

Quote:

"But we have no opinion on the Arab-Arab conflicts, like your border disagreement with Kuwait."
-April Glaspie, US ambasssdor to Iraq, speking to Saddam Hussein, two weeks before Iraq invaded Kuwait
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/April_Glaspie

"George Bush (Jr) was not elected by a majority of the voters in the United States. He was appointed by God (Molech)."
-U.S. Army Lt. General William G. Boykin, Deputy Undersecretary of Defense for Intelligence (sic)


A government that masscred 2.6-million Iraqi allies would never hijack oil prices?

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Wednesday, September 17, 2008 1:44 PM

PIRATENEWS

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Why would the News Sentinel last Friday as their top of the fold headline story orchestrate the gas fear buying? Why would the News Sentinel bury the stories of North Carolina and Florida Attorney Generals investigating Pilot for price gouging? Could it be because Pilot buys 50,000 newspapers on Friday to give away for free every week?

Could it be that when Pilot/Weigel's saw that the News Sentinel was increasing its rack price 50% from 50 cents to 75 cents on Monday that Pilot/Weigel's assumed they could increase the price of gasoline per gallon like the News Sentinel and no one would notice?

http://brianhornback.blogspot.com/2008/09/news-sentinel-and-pilotweige
ls-motives.html


US Dept of Justice returned my phone call today. Or at least their pretty young airhead secretary did.

My TV show this week:
http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=1022500265147961080&hl=en

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Wednesday, September 24, 2008 6:06 PM

OUT2THEBLACK


Curioser and curiouser...

Found this old bit , that makes lots of sense :

http://www.itsyourtimes.com/?q=node/3592

" 'Supply and Demand' economics are 'out the window' thanks to the tremendous manipulation of the gasoline market by the Oil Oligopolies. Example: Four weeks ago it was reported by expert commodities brokers that gasoline stocks were increasing due to a modest slowdown of gasoline purchases. The increase was 2 million barrels of gasoline. So ALL of the Oil refineries cut back production by, you guessed it, 2 million barrels. THAT MEANS, EVEN IF YOU CONSERVE GASOLINE, THE OIL OLIGOPOLIES WILL RAISE THE PRICE TO CONTINUE FEEDING GREED PROFITS DAILY BY REDUCING OUTPUT. Refinery output is at approximately 80% of capacity.

A week or so ago, an oil tanker was seized by pirates and crude oil AND gasoline prices went up because of it according to CNBC. HOWEVER, Brazil has had a HUGE oil discovery off its coast last week of up to 33 BILLION barrels of oil. That is about 1/5 the size of the known oil reserves in the world. Brazil has also discovered another oil field PREVIOUSLY to the latest find that contains 8 billion barrels of oil.

Now, if ONE OIL TANKER can cause the price to go up, why would the discovery of 33 billion barrels of oil NOT cause the price of crude to decrease by 1/5? Because the MARKET IS FIXED AND YOU ARE GETTING SCREWED. "

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Wednesday, September 24, 2008 6:10 PM

OUT2THEBLACK


Meanwhile , it's being reported that gasoline inventories are being drawn down to historically-low levels :

http://news.yahoo.com/s/nm/20080924/us_nm/us_usa_gasoline_suppliesusre
port

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Thursday, September 25, 2008 1:58 PM

PIRATENEWS

John Lee, conspiracy therapist at Hollywood award-winner History Channel-mocked SNL-spoofed PirateNew.org wooHOO!!!!!!


North & South Carolina are out of gas:

Gas rationing begins, hours standing in line
www.citizen-times.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=200880924127

No gas this week:
www.dealsgap.com

NC college classes cancelled due to gas shortage:
www.wbir.com/news/national/story.aspx?storyid=64726&catid=16

Gas prices in Knoxville TN are between $3.50 and $4.50/gal, but Premium is hard to find.

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Monday, March 29, 2010 9:45 PM

WILLIAMSMITH


I really like that

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Tuesday, March 30, 2010 3:23 AM

HERO


Quote:

Originally posted by Fremdfirma:
all the stations up here jumped their prices too, and upon investigation WITHOUT an increase in their supply cost.


Why would they do that? I mean supply unusually low and demand really high...if only there existed some form of theory to explain the mysteries of economics and the mystical River of Commerce.

Let me do it:
'When demand exceeds supply, prices will go up.'

Somebody write that down...I think I just won me a Nobel...and to think, I learned everything I need to know about economics from 'A Beutiful Mind', great movie...guy likes math, marries hot woman, goes crazy, and dies in the arena after solving all the world's economic needs and sinking a French frigate.

I note for the record that raising their prices also has the effect of curbing demand allowing market equilibrium to be restored thus resulting in a stablized suppy-demand-price relationship. So in effect the raising of prices is a natural self correction by local market forces. There's another Nobel...I'm gonna need to clear off my shelf (and they have not even seen my poetry, Middle East peace plan, the HIV vaccine I discovered while eating Chocolate Cheerios, and that particle accelorater I built in my basement from my old train set).

H

"Hero. I have come to respect you." "I am forced to agree with Hero here."- Chrisisall, 2009.

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Tuesday, March 30, 2010 4:08 AM

PIRATENEWS

John Lee, conspiracy therapist at Hollywood award-winner History Channel-mocked SNL-spoofed PirateNew.org wooHOO!!!!!!


Quote:

Originally posted by Hero:

Why would they do that? I mean supply unusually low and demand really high...if only there existed some form of theory to explain the mysteries of economics and the mystical River of Commerce.



It's called razcketeering and organized crime by the TN Attorney General. But you wouldn't know anything about that.

Quote:

Pilot Oil under investigation for gas gouging

According to Florida law, price gouging on essentials such as gas is prohibited during a declared state of emergency. The state of emergency for Hurricane Ike was issued by Gov. Crist on September 5.

Also under Tennessee law, the state does not have to be in a state of emergency for price gouging to be illegal here. For example, although Hurricane Ike hit Texas, Knoxville gas stations caught price gouging will be fined $1,000 per violation.

Tennessee Gov. Phil Bredesen has also addressed the issue of price-gouging, saying he will work with the state attorney general's office to aggressively pursue anyone who violates the law.

Price gouging is illegal in Tennessee. If you want to report a possible violation, contact the Tennessee Division of Consumer Affairs at (615) 741-4737 or file a report online.

http://www.wate.com/Global/story.asp?S=9009579



That billionaire criminal Republicon mayor is now running for governor, and he still refuses to put his gas company shares into a blind trust. Too bad The Law is only enforced against political enemies who campaign against you.

Quote:

Attorney General Settles With Pilot, Will Sue Weigel's for Price Gouging

The state has announced a settlement with 27 gas stations in East and Middle Tennessee, including 3 Knoxville Pilot stations, for price gouging in the wake of Hurricane Ike last September.

Also, according to the press release, the state has filed suit against Knoxville gas retailer Weigel's for alleged gouging violations at seven stores.

Here are the three Knoxville Pilot stations that are subject to the settlement, and, thus, may be forced to give some consumers refunds:

(1) 410 Merchant Dr., Knoxville, TN 37912; (2) 2218 Cumberland Ave., Knoxville, TN 37916; (3) 314 Lovell Rd., Knoxville, TN 37922

For complete details and the full release, go here.

Update: It seems that Tennessee Democratic Party chair Chip Forrester remembers that handsome Knoxville mayor and Republican gubernatorial candidate Bill Haslam is also the son of Pilot founder "Big" Jim Haslam, and a former Pilot exec himself.

From the press release by the Demorat Party:

Quote:

TNDP praises Attorney General for protecting consumers from profiteering oil companies like Haslam's Pilot Corp.

Today, Tennessee Attorney General Bob Cooper helped consumers strike back against corporate greed. The Attorney General won a settlement against dozens of gas stations who inflated their prices in the wake of Hurricane Ike. According to the attorney general's press release, the settlement includes $73,447 in potential restitution for consumers who were ripped off at the pump.

The Tennessee Democratic Party has helped bring attention to the price gouging by Pilot Corp. and other gas stations in the aftermath of Hurricane Ike in September 2008. Pilot Corp. was caught marking up prices at three gas stations in Knoxville and one in Powell.

...

Bill Haslam is the former vice-president of Pilot Corporation, a petroleum corporation founded by his father Jim Haslam and headquarted in Knoxville. Haslam is currently the mayor of Knoxville and also a Republican candidate for Governor.

"In 2010, we will need a Governor who will look out for the Tennesseans who are struggling to keep their jobs and provide for their families," Forrester said. "I just hope that Bill Haslam doesn't treat the voters of Tennessee like his family's company treated drivers in Powell."



http://blogs.metropulse.com/the_daily_pulse/2009/04/attorney-general-s
ettles-with.html



FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

CONTACT: Sharon Curtis-Flair
April 16, 2009 (615) 741-5860

#09-11

ATTORNEY GENERAL SETTLES WITH 27 GAS STATIONS RESOLVING ALLEGATIONS OF HURRICANE IKE PRICE GOUGING AND SUES MAJOR KNOXVILLE-AREA RETAILER

Settlements Total $121,000; Approximately $73,500 Available for Consumer Restitution

Attorney General Bob Cooper filed settlements today with 16 companies and individuals who own 27 gas stations in Middle and East Tennessee over allegations of price gouging in the wake of Hurricane Ike. Once signed by a judge, the settlements will result in $73,447 in potential restitution for consumers. Collectively, the settlements amount to the largest enforcement sweep under the State’s price gouging statutes in the State’s history. The Attorney General also filed suit against Knoxville-area retailer, Weigel Stores, Inc., for alleged unlawful price increases under the Tennessee Price Gouging Act of 2002 and the Tennessee Consumer Protection Act at seven gas stations.

“In these trying economic times, consumers need their hard-earned dollars to stretch as far as possible. I want to make sure that consumers are treated fairly – especially at the pump,” said Bob Cooper. “Tennessee laws make a distinction between profits and profiteering. Under the Tennessee Consumer Protection Act, it is unlawful to unreasonably raise the price of an essential consumer good in response to a natural disaster, crime, or act of terrorism regardless of whether those events occurred in Tennessee or somewhere else.”

On Sept. 13, 2008, Hurricane Ike made landfall in Texas, prompting several states to declare states of emergency. In the days following the storm, Knoxville and parts of East Tennessee had some of the highest gasoline prices in the country.

Even before Hurricane Ike made landfall, thousands of consumers reported suspected price gouging. Overall, the State registered more than 4,000 calls alleging excessive pricing.

The Attorney General’s Office and the Department of Commerce and Insurance analyzed all of the information received from consumers. The Attorney General’s Office reviewed the complaints, company costs, and pricing data and followed up by demanding additional information from more than 100 stations. After reviewing all of the information, the Attorney General settled with 16 companies and individuals, involving 27 retail stations in Tennessee. All of the settling defendants cooperated with the State’s investigation.

“The assistance of the Department of Commerce and Insurance – especially the Consumer Affairs division – and the Department of Agriculture were instrumental in aiding this investigation and assisting consumers,” Cooper said. “We also appreciate the cooperation of the businesses that elected to settle these claims and reimburse their customers.”

“Protecting the interests of consumers and business owners alike to promote fairness,” said Commerce and Insurance Commissioner Leslie A. Newman, “is at the heart of what our department does. We were happy to support the effort to crack down on price gouging.”

All the defendants who settled deny any wrongdoing and assert they settled to avoid the time and expense associated with litigation. The defendants who settled collectively advertised and sold regular unleaded gasoline at prices ranging from $4.69 to $5.98 per gallon.

Under the settlements, all of the gas stations will make restitution directly to consumers who submit a valid claim and will be paying civil penalties and costs to the State. Collectively, these civil penalties total $40,000.

The total amount of restitution available to consumers is over $73,447. In pursuing the settlements, the Attorney General’s goal was to obtain as much restitution as possible for consumers who purchased from these gas stations.

The companies and gas stations who settled with the Attorney General are: Rocky Top Markets, for eight stations in East Tennessee; Pilot Corp. and Pilot Travel Centers, for three stations in Knoxville and one in Powell; Git ‘n Go, Inc., for two stations in Clinton; Chally Wally (Winchester); Shady Valley Country Store (Shady Valley); Caryville Amoco BP (Caryville); Stop ‘n Go Market (Morristown); Burnett’s Fuel Center (Allardt); Lovell Shell (Knoxville); Adams’ Lakeside Market (Estill Springs); Big D’s Shell (Clinton); Seven Star Stop (Johnson City); Fun Foods (Harriman); Rock Hill Grocery (Rogersville); Lacy’s Market (Mt. Juliet) and Speedy Market (Winchester).

For complete details regarding these stations visit the Attorney General’s website at www.tn.gov/attorneygeneral. Consumers will find specific instructions for each gas station regarding how to claim a refund, along with details about each settlement, and frequently asked questions. Consumers may also call the Division of Consumer Affairs at 1-800-342-8385 for information.

Consumers who believe they may have been charged unreasonably for an essential good, commodity or service in direct response to a crime, act of terrorism, war, or natural disaster, should complete the online complaint form at http://www.state.tn.us/consumer/consCompFrm.html or call 1-800-342-8385 to report price gouging activities.

Consumers are asked to provide as many details as possible including the station name, location of the station, the price of the gas, and grade of the gas.

http://state.tn.us/attorneygeneral/press/2009/story/pr11.pdf

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Tuesday, March 30, 2010 6:30 AM

NIKI2

Gettin' old, but still a hippie at heart...


Not news out here; we've gone through all of those except hurricanes, and long since just accepted it's the way it is. I'm just waiting to see how freaked out people will be when we run out of oil...

I know deniers say "that's a long ways off", but that doesn't change that it will happen, and all this price gouging, cartels and being pissed off won't mean shit. To "your" children or your children's children's children...

If anyone cared, THAT might be something to do something about; not gonna change things about the greed of the oil companies, OPEC or the governments any time soon....


"I'm just right. Kinda like the sun rising in the east and the world being round...its not a need its just the way it is." The Delusional "Hero", 3/1/10

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Thursday, May 13, 2021 4:21 PM

JAYNEZTOWN


Gas hoarding impacting essential workers; EMT urging others to 'stop buying in a panic'
https://www.khou.com/article/traffic/gas-prices/gas-hoarding-impacting
-essential-workers/85-62581aa6-9303-47f3-b8a6-ddf5348cb7e5


Cigarette-Smoking Hummer Owner Hoarding Gas Tanks During Crisis Took Ben Harper’s ‘Burn One Down’ Way Too Literally
https://brobible.com/culture/article/florida-man-burns-hummer-gas-pani
c
/


Hacked U.S. gasoline pipeline restarts — but long lines and shortages at stations persist

https://www.cbc.ca/news/business/gasoline-colonial-1.6025213

https://gab.com/SomeBitchIKnow/posts/106229588340387968

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Thursday, May 13, 2021 9:37 PM

6IXSTRINGJACK


Gas hasn't really gone up by me. I mean it's still a buck more than it was when Trump was President, but if we were having shortages here I'd expect another buck on top of that.

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Give me liberty or just come shoot me in my house. I'm so over this ridiculous reality.

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Thursday, May 13, 2021 11:42 PM

JEWELSTAITEFAN


Quote:

Originally posted by Niki2:
Not news out here; we've gone through all of those except hurricanes, and long since just accepted it's the way it is. I'm just waiting to see how freaked out people will be when we run out of oil...

I know deniers say "that's a long ways off", but that doesn't change that it will happen, and all this price gouging, cartels and being pissed off won't mean shit. To "your" children or your children's children's children...

If anyone cared, THAT might be something to do something about; not gonna change things about the greed of the oil companies, OPEC or the governments any time soon....

"I'm just right. Kinda like the sun rising in the east and the world being round...its not a need its just the way it is." The Delusional "Hero", 3/1/10

Yep, that evil Biden Greed - that is certainly not going to change.
But then her post was made before Trump made USA Energy Independent, and Exporter of Energy.

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Friday, May 14, 2021 12:40 AM

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Quote:

Originally posted by JEWELSTAITEFAN:

Yep, that evil Biden Greed - that is certainly not going to change.
But then her post was made before Trump made USA Energy Independent, and Exporter of Energy.

It was TEXAS made the USA energy independent, not Trump. Trump had nothing to do with it.

The Joss Whedon script for Serenity, where Wash lives, is Serenity-190pages.pdf at www.mediafire.com/folder/1uwh75oa407q8/Firefly

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Wednesday, October 20, 2021 10:58 AM

JAYNEZTOWN


America Is Becoming More Dependent On Foreign Oil Under Biden
https://www.citizensjournal.us/america-is-becoming-more-dependent-on-f
oreign-oil-under-biden
/

Top Biden Aides Met on Fast-Rising Fuel, Natural Gas Prices
https://uk.news.yahoo.com/top-biden-aides-met-fast-150454273.html

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Wednesday, October 20, 2021 11:18 AM

6IXSTRINGJACK


Quote:

Originally posted by JAYNEZTOWN:
America Is Becoming More Dependent On Foreign Oil Under Biden



Biden*: Please lower the price, OPEC. Pretty, pretty please.

OPEC: LET'S GO BRANDON!



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Monday, October 25, 2021 8:41 AM

JAYNEZTOWN


Pain at the pump: Biden admits ‘I don’t have a near-term answer’ for high gas prices
https://nypost.com/2021/10/21/biden-admits-i-dont-have-a-near-term-ans
wer-for-high-gas-prices
/

U.S. Gasoline Prices Will Remain High Into 2022?
https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2021-10-22/biden-says-u-s-gaso
line-prices-will-remain-high-into-2022


Biden blames OPEC for high oil prices, sees US fuel costs easing in 2022
https://www.hellenicshippingnews.com/biden-blames-opec-for-high-oil-pr
ices-sees-us-fuel-costs-easing-in-2022
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Monday, October 25, 2021 9:04 AM

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The surge in prices could signal that an era of cheap energy is over. The reasons are straightforward. Energy demand is soaring, but supplies are not keeping up. Why? Oil and gas companies, under pressure from shareholders to deliver higher profits, have ramped up production cautiously after two oil busts in five years and Investors are reluctant to devote capital to oil and gas projects that could become obsolete before they pay off.

The Joss Whedon script for Serenity, where Wash lives, is Serenity-190pages.pdf at https://www.mediafire.com/two

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Tuesday, October 26, 2021 1:53 PM

JAYNEZTOWN

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Monday, November 1, 2021 2:37 PM

JAYNEZTOWN


Time for Musk to build more of those electric cars?


Gas Prices Have Doubled This Year – What Can Biden Do to Cut Costs?

https://finance.yahoo.com/news/gas-prices-doubled-biden-cut-161725682.
html


Biden was also speaking in Scotland

https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-10151977/Biden-arrives-Scotla
nd-make-break-climate-summit-talks.html

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Saturday, November 6, 2021 3:56 PM

JAYNEZTOWN


Biden's Energy Secretary Laughs When Asked About Increasing Oil Production

https://ca.news.yahoo.com/bidens-energy-secretary-laughs-asked-1807084
13.html

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Friday, November 19, 2021 6:48 AM

JAYNEZTOWN

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Friday, November 19, 2021 7:18 AM

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US Regular All Formulations Gasoline Price
Weighted average based on sampling of approximately 900 retail outlets, 8:00AM Monday. The price represents self-service unless only full-service is available and includes all taxes.
https://fred.stlouisfed.org/graph/?g=J1hG


The Joss Whedon script for Serenity, where Wash lives, is Serenity-190pages.pdf at https://www.mediafire.com/two

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Friday, November 19, 2021 7:35 AM

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Blue line: Global price of Natural Gas, US Henry Hub Gas
Red line: U.S. Natural Gas Liquid Composite Price

https://fred.stlouisfed.org/graph/?g=J4VZ


Why is the price of natural gas rising in the US?
Because the EU is willing to pay a high price.

Green line: Global price of Natural gas, EU
https://fred.stlouisfed.org/graph/?g=J4XW


The Joss Whedon script for Serenity, where Wash lives, is Serenity-190pages.pdf at https://www.mediafire.com/two

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Sunday, November 21, 2021 12:12 PM

JAYNEZTOWN


Schumer urges Biden to tap oil reserves in order to lower gas prices

https://news.yahoo.com/schumer-urges-biden-tap-oil-213422664.html

What to know about the U.S. emergency oil stash as gas price surge

https://www.wbez.org/stories/what-to-know-about-the-us-emergency-oil-s
tash-as-gas-price-surge/6984c768-d26d-4399-9984-70fd6712abcd


Dem leader: Biden must tap oil reserves to lower gasoline prices

https://news.yahoo.com/biden-must-tap-oil-reserves-174156955-224043965
.html

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Sunday, November 21, 2021 2:13 PM

JAYNEZTOWN


Poll: Rising prices take toll on Americans' wallets, and Biden's numbers

https://news.yahoo.com/poll-rising-prices-toll-americans-151500120.htm
l

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Friday, November 26, 2021 8:11 AM

JAYNEZTOWN

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Monday, November 29, 2021 7:13 AM

JAYNEZTOWN

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Monday, November 29, 2021 11:02 AM

6IXSTRINGJACK


A stupid publicity move is what it is.

There isn't shit in the reserve, even when it's full.

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Sunday, February 27, 2022 6:47 PM

JAYNEZTOWN

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Sunday, February 27, 2022 8:34 PM

6IXSTRINGJACK


Yeah? Where's the video?

And don't give me any of that grainy Bigfoot footage either. Everybody and their grandma can film in at least 1080p from their cell phones in 2022.

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Thursday, March 3, 2022 9:44 AM

JAYNEZTOWN


‘Economic destruction’ may lie ahead as oil prices push higher, analyst says

https://www.cnbc.com/2022/03/03/economic-destruction-may-lie-ahead-as-
oil-prices-surge-analyst.html

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Thursday, March 3, 2022 1:57 PM

6IXSTRINGJACK


Democrats had better hope not.

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Saturday, March 5, 2022 10:33 AM

JAYNEZTOWN


“I Did That”: Alabama Gas Station Manager Says He Is Removing FIVE or SIX Joe Biden Stickers from His Pumps Every Day

https://dissenter.com/discussion/begin?url=https://www.thegatewaypundi
t.com/2022/03/alabama-gas-station-manager-says-removing-five-six-joe-biden-stickers-pumps-every-day-video
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Saturday, March 5, 2022 10:38 AM

6IXSTRINGJACK


Quote:

Originally posted by JAYNEZTOWN:
“I Did That”: Alabama Gas Station Manager Says He Is Removing FIVE or SIX Joe Biden Stickers from His Pumps Every Day



Time to buy some gorilla glue or epoxy.

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Monday, March 7, 2022 5:58 PM

JEWELSTAITEFAN


Reports that today gas prices officially hit all time high per gallon.

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Monday, March 7, 2022 7:15 PM

6IXSTRINGJACK


$4.25 by me here. 2nd day in a row with the highest price ever seen in Indiana.

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Tuesday, March 8, 2022 7:36 AM

6IXSTRINGJACK


$4.40 by me today. 3 straight days of the most expensive gas in Indiana.

You'd better do something about this quick, Joe*. We haven't even started the more expensive spring/summer blend and vacation season is not yet upon us.

Everybody knows that it's your fault.

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Thursday, March 10, 2022 9:11 PM

JEWELSTAITEFAN


A regional convenience store chain prices in Green Bay:
4.099 for 87octane gasahol with 10% ethanol
4.049 for 88octane gasahol with 15% ethanol - which is a new thing they are pushing, having even less energy than 87octane.
4.999 for 91octane real gas with no ethanol - 91octane is the highest that Libtards allow now.
5.089 for diesel.


The designated lowest price location is Peshtigo, 40 miles away.

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Tuesday, March 15, 2022 1:48 PM

JEWELSTAITEFAN


Quote:

Originally posted by JEWELSTAITEFAN:
A regional convenience store chain prices in Green Bay:
4.099 for 87octane gasahol with 10% ethanol
4.049 for 88octane gasahol with 15% ethanol - which is a new thing they are pushing, having even less energy than 87octane.
4.999 for 91octane real gas with no ethanol - 91octane is the highest that Libtards allow now.
5.089 for diesel.


The designated lowest price location is Peshtigo, 40 miles away.

That was 5 days ago. Looks like price for my gas dropped 10 cents.

My fave gas station:
4.099 for 87octane gasahol with 10% ethanol.
4.590 for 89octane real gas with no ethanol.
4.899 for 91octane real gas with no ethanol.

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Tuesday, March 15, 2022 2:47 PM

6IXSTRINGJACK


About the same here. Average price was $4.40 for the regular and now it's $4.29.

What a bargain!



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