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  • Fran works six days a week in fast food, and yet she's homeless: 'It's economic slavery'

    08/22/2017 4:06:45 AM PDT · 39 of 39
    mazda77 to Spktyr

    10-4. Apparently, that was including the capital cost of design and development. With today’s manufacturing processes, that cost comes down for each additional machine, especially when produced on a production scale. I would submit the cost, including maintenance and updates would be much lower than even the $7.50 number because of the elimination of employment costs, overtime, sick days, short shifts and especially in efficiency tied to retraining constantly to keep up with the constant turnover. One machine alone could effectively replace up to four people per shift and we know some of these places are open 24/7.

    I am in the design and development business and have been predicting this shift since the first coordinated calls for substantial raising of the “living wage” bullcrap started to surface. As most of my family is in the food service business, I have seen this first person since the early 70’s and the reasons I only worked it part time to help them out while I was focusing on my engineering education to be as far away from it as possible.

  • McCain praises Trump's Afghan speech: 'Big step in right direction'

    08/22/2017 4:06:44 AM PDT · 23 of 23
    ncalburt to Colonel Kangaroo
    John Crook McCain is the last Uniparty hack to keep happy and truly evil soul.
    McCain is a mentally ill puppet of the Crony Military lobbyist set.
    This fool was helping out Isis and kept his big trap shut during 8 yrs of a Muslim Kenyan dictatorship .

    Why wasn't the word ‘ Islamic’ used in that speech .
    Did McMaster the Muslim stooge request it.
    We don't need to be in Afghanistan .

  • Almost Dead Teen Stuns Doctors

    08/22/2017 4:06:17 AM PDT · 29 of 29
    happytrumper to arthurus

    Don’t suppose you have the actual memory of your tragedy. But because of stories from relatives working in hospitals, I can say I have a good reason not to be on record for donating parts of my (dead) body.

  • Houston man charged with trying to plant bomb at Confederate statue in Hermann Park

    08/22/2017 4:06:13 AM PDT · 5 of 5
    Does so to Brown Deer
    Didn't know of the man—excerpt:

    " The people of Houston knew that by stopping that invasion before it even landed Dowling and his men had saved their city from occupation and possible destruction."

  • I hope Trump is right (and Iím wrong) on Afghanistan

    08/22/2017 4:05:53 AM PDT · 28 of 28
    central_va to WMarshal
    Break up Arghanistan USA and create a country for each major tribe.


  • US, Canada, Mexico pledge quick work to update NAFTA

    08/22/2017 4:05:43 AM PDT · 21 of 21
    bert to Olog-hai

    You obfuscate the issue by referring to the old state capitalism that is being eclipsed.

    Chicaps is accurate

  • A Weekly Dose of President Trump - Trump Family Train (8/20/17 to 8/26/17)

    08/22/2017 4:05:41 AM PDT · 211 of 211
    Right_in_Virginia to NIKK


  • Chelsea Clinton, others react after Daily Caller piece criticizes Barron Trump

    08/22/2017 4:04:21 AM PDT · 2 of 2
    generally to rightwingintelligentsia

    >> Every MSM story has an agenda.

    Great point.

    (And what’s wrong with a kid wearing a t-shirt and shorts? That sounds entirely normal to me.)

  • White House petition demanding 'Antifa' groups be branded TERRORISTS...[Barf Alert]

    08/22/2017 4:04:10 AM PDT · 9 of 9
    trebb to familyop
    It gives no evidence for either claim

    They must have missed the videos....

  • MARK LEVIN: President Trump's speech was very solid

    08/22/2017 4:04:03 AM PDT · 19 of 19
    MrEdd to conservative98

    Whyno, no they haven’t.

  • 50,000 MORE H&K M27s for Marines: USMC Releases M27 IAR Sole Source Notice

    08/22/2017 4:03:46 AM PDT · 16 of 16
    Eagles6 to Perseverando
    It's an AR with a piston instead of gas impingement. Everybody is making them now. I'm sure someone will beat the $3000 tag.

    I put one together a few years ago for $700.

  • NTSB working with VSP to investigate helicopter crash

    08/22/2017 4:03:44 AM PDT · 65 of 65
    Freedom of Speech Wins to RacerX1128

    Guy with yellow construction cap is only guy attending to black lady hit by car who is sitting on the ground:

  • ELEVEN Cleveland Browns kneel during the National Anthem

    08/22/2017 4:03:38 AM PDT · 226 of 226
    Former Proud Canadian to Slyfox
    "72% of the players in the NFL are black. White supremacy?"

    Of course, citizen. The coaches, owners, trainers, fans, and the pilots on the team plane are predominately WHITE. The players are relentlessly beset by white supremacy. They should be paid millions of dollars. Wait a minute...

  • Defense Secretary Suggests Civilians Are 'Pussies' For Sitting On The Sidelines

    08/22/2017 4:03:28 AM PDT · 1 of 1
  • 50 States Of Gray: Aging America Faces Retiree Battles, Even Slower Growth

    08/22/2017 4:03:24 AM PDT · 21 of 21
    Tallguy to central_va

    Not in any theoretical sense. I would also say that the free-market is the best system out there. But the practical realities are that larger companies (in this case our customers) know that they have disproportionate power in deciding what they will pay for something.

  • Leftists Smash Christopher Columbus Monument

    08/22/2017 4:03:24 AM PDT · 3 of 3
    phormer phrog phlyer to davikkm

    It is a cesspool of progressive/communists, this is what they do.

    They destroy most of what they touch.

  • McCain praises Trump's Afghan speech: 'Big step in right direction'

    08/22/2017 4:02:55 AM PDT · 22 of 23
    Bryanw92 to Colonel Kangaroo

    Give McCain a gun and parachute him in there so he can kill all of them.

  • MARK LEVIN: President Trump's speech was very solid

    08/22/2017 4:02:54 AM PDT · 18 of 19
    MrEdd to conservative98

    Get off the air, ya big dope.

  • 'Trump Assassination' Dem Apologizes; But Only to be Judged by God and Jesus

    08/22/2017 4:02:50 AM PDT · 28 of 28
    ETL to Molon Labbie

    “Numerous witness accounts were consistent with Wilson’s account and also agreed with the physical evidence at hand. Many witnesses corroborated that Wilson acted in self-defense during the event.

    A number of the witnesses who corroborated Wilson’s account of events expressed fear and apprehension in testifying, saying they had been harassed or threatened by individuals from the Ferguson community.[8]:pp.27–34

    The following are a sample of the witnesses whose accounts aligned with Wilson’s testimony.

    Witness 102 was a 27-year-old biracial male. He said he saw Wilson chase Brown until Brown abruptly turned around.

    Brown did not put his hands up in surrender but made some type of movement similar to pulling his pants up or a shoulder shrug and then made a full charge at Wilson.

    Witness 102 thought Wilson’s life was threatened and he only fired shots when Brown was coming toward him.[8]:pp.27–28

    After the shooting Witness 102 remained in the neighborhood for a short period of time, and corrected a couple of people who claimed Wilson “stood over [Brown] and shot while [he was] on the ground”.

    In response, Witness 102 said Wilson shot Brown because Brown came back toward Wilson. Witness 102 “kept thinking” Wilson’s shots were “missing” Brown because Brown kept moving.[8]:p.28

    Witness 102 did not stay in the neighborhood for long, and left the area shortly afterward because he felt uncomfortable.

    According to the witness, “crowds of people had begun to gather, wrongly claiming the police shot Brown for no reason and that he had his hands up in surrender.

    Two black women approached Witness 102, mobile phones set to record, asking him to recount what he had witnessed.

    Witness 102 responded that they would not like what he had to say. The women responded with racial slurs, calling him names like ‘white motherfucker’.”[8]:p.28

    Witness 103, a 58-year-old black male, testified that from his parked truck he saw “Brown punching Wilson at least three times in the facial area, through the open driver’s window of the SUV...

    Wilson and Brown [had] hold of each other’s shirts, but Brown was “getting in a couple of blows [on Wilson]”[8]:p.29

    Wilson was leaning back toward the passenger seat with his forearm up, in an effort to block the blows. Then Witness 103 heard a gunshot and Brown took off running.

    Wilson exited the SUV, appeared to be using his shoulder microphone to call into his radio, and chased Brown with his gun held low...Brown came to a stop near a car, put his hand down on the car, and turned around to face Wilson.

    Brown’s hands were then down at his sides. Witness 103 did not see Brown’s hands up.

    Wanting to leave, Witness 103 began to turn his car around in the opposite direction that Brown had been running when he heard additional shots.

    Witness 103 turned to his right, and saw Brown “moving fast” toward Wilson. Witness 103 then drove away.”[8]:p.29

    Witness 104, a 26-year-old biracial female, witnessed the end of the altercation from a minivan:

    [Witness 104] saw Brown run from the SUV, followed by Wilson, who “hopped” out of the SUV and ran after him while yelling “stop, stop, stop”.

    Wilson did not fire his gun as Brown ran from him.

    Brown then turned around and “for a second” began to raise his hands as though he may have considered surrendering, but then quickly “balled up in fists” in a running position and “charged” at Wilson.

    Witness 104 described it as a “tackle run”, explaining Brown “wasn’t going to stop”.

    Wilson fired his gun only as Brown charged at him, backing up as Brown came toward him.

    Witness 104 explained there were three separate volleys of shots. Each time, Brown ran toward Wilson, Wilson fired, Brown paused, Wilson stopped firing, and then Brown charged again.

    The pattern continued until Brown fell to the ground, “smashing” his face upon impact.

    Wilson did not fire while Brown momentarily had his hands up.

    Witness 104 explained it took some time for Wilson to fire, adding that she “would have fired sooner”.

    Wilson did not go near Brown’s body after Brown fell to his death.[8]:p.30

    Witness 108, a 74-year-old black male, told detectives the police officer was “in the right” and “did what he had to do,” and that statements made by people in the apartment complex about Brown surrendering were inaccurate.

    Witness 108 later told investigators he “would have fucking shot that boy, too”, and mimicked the aggressive stance Brown made while charging Wilson.

    He explained Wilson told Brown to “stop” or “get down” at least ten times, but instead Brown “charged” at Wilson.

    Witness 108 also told detectives there were other witnesses on Canfield Drive who saw what he did.[8]:p.32

    Witness 109, a 53-year-old black male, said he decided to come forward after seeing Dorian Johnson “lie” about the events on television.[8]:p.32

    He said when Wilson asked the two boys to get out of the street, Brown responded something to the effect of “Fuck the police.”

    Afterward, Wilson got out of his car and Brown hit him in the face.

    Witness 109 said he saw Wilson reach for his taser but dropped it and then grabbed a gun, after which Brown grabbed for Wilson’s gun.

    According to 109, at one point Brown ran away from Wilson, but turned around and charged toward the officer.

    He said Wilson fired in self-defense, and did not appear to be shooting to kill at first.[8]:p.33

    Witness 113, a 31-year-old black female, made statements that corroborated Wilson’s account.

    She said she was afraid of the ‘neighborhood backlash’ that might come from her testimony, and feared offering an account contrary to the narrative reported by the media that Brown held his hands up in surrender.[8]:pp.33–34

    She also told investigators she thought Wilson’s life was in danger.

    Witness 136 was in his apartment using a video chat application on his mobile phone while the shooting occurred.

    After hearing the first few shots, he recorded the remainder of his chat on his phone and turned it over to the FBI.

    The recording is about 12 seconds long and captured a total of 10 gunshots.

    The gunshots begin after the first four seconds. The recording captured six gunshots in two seconds.

    After a three-second pause, a seventh gunshot is heard.

    A pause of less than one second gave way to the final three-shot volley within two seconds.

    The recording was not time-stamped.

    As detailed below, this recording is consistent with several credible witness accounts as well as Wilson’s account, that he fired several volleys of shots, briefly pausing between each one.[8]:pp.24–25”

  • Property taxes grow faster than Illinoisansí ability to pay for them

    08/22/2017 4:02:47 AM PDT · 45 of 45
    CIB-173RDABN to dearolddad

    The increase limit was set at 2% per year. Has it ever gone up less that 2% per year?

    Good question. I don’t have the answer. I do know (like someone earlier posted) without Prop 13 we would have been forced to sell and move once we retired.

    Our home has been paid off for years. The property tax is well within my ability to pay (and is less than one month rent for something equal). So Prop 13 is doing what it was designed to do, allow seniors to live out their lives in their own home without fear of taxes rising beyond their ability to pay.