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  • Optimizing Removal of Engine Sludge, pre-Oil Change

    04/19/2015 6:19:23 PM PDT · 33 of 79
    Be Free to gaijin

    Unless it’s a VERY old Camry with high-mileage, but 10,000 miles since its most recent change, I wouldn’t do anything out of the ordinary. Just change the oil & filter as soon as you get a chance. Consider using a high-detergent full-synthetic oil, and a high-quality filter. Actually, the Toyota OEM filters at the dealership are very good quality.

    Unless you drive in severe conditions regularly, or have a leak and are running low, you would have just about nothing to worry about going over for 1 change.

    You might consider doing a short interval on the next change - maybe 3,000 miles or so - and be sure to change the filter then too.

  • Al-Qaida captures major airport, oil terminal in south Yemen

    04/16/2015 8:55:09 AM PDT · 5 of 13
    Be Free to Citizen Zed

    This is why and where “surgical strikes” are necessary, and only reliable when supported by boots-on-the-ground:

    If we bomb the oil terminal, oil prices go up because of the perceived effect on prices if supply tightens. This increases Al Qaeda’s yield/profit on the other oil they sell.

    If we DON’T bomb the oil terminal, then Al Qaeda sells the oil and generates profits to support their terrorism.

    Win-win for them; another big loss in the Obama/Clinton foreign policy s&*t-show. (yes, it’s time to tie those 2 names together on every obvious policy failure!)

  • Finally: a clear explanation of why the Left loves the death tax

    04/16/2015 8:50:18 AM PDT · 4 of 22
    Be Free to minnesota_bound

    2, and only 2 reasons:

    1. They have an insatiable appetite for money so they can buy a constituency;

    2. Dead people don’t vote.

  • Cold snaps linger despite climate change

    04/15/2015 9:00:54 AM PDT · 15 of 21
    Be Free to Oldeconomybuyer
    It's like I always tell my (public-school brainwashed) young-adult children:

    "It's all that global warming that's making it so damn cold outside!"

  • BREAKING: Police shoot vehicle ramming the gate at NSA headquarters at Ft. Meade

    03/30/2015 8:08:41 AM PDT · 49 of 122
    Be Free to drpix

    Car looks black & unarmed to me. Where’s Al Sharpton? Where’s Jesse Jackson? Has Eric Holder initiated an investigation? Has Obama said the guards “acted stupidly”?

  • BREAKING: Ninth Circuit Orders En Banc Rehearing in Peruta v. San Diego CCW Lawsuit

    03/26/2015 7:34:47 PM PDT · 7 of 13
    Be Free to kingu

    To provide some more detail, the original plaintiff (Peruta) was denied a concealed-carry permit in San Diego, under their highly restrictive laws. And California doesn’t permit open carry under any circumstances. The combination of the 2 effectively represented a violation of the 2nd Amendment, as it eliminated any possibility for a citizen to exercise their 2nd Amendment rights. Had the original ruling been allowed to stand, either San Diego or California would have to give - and you know who would win that.

    The San Diego no-issue laws would necessarily become shall-issue, and any other jurisdictions with similar restrictions would have to follow the precedent - effectively making California as a whole a shall-issue state.

    With the ninth circuit’s reputation as the most liberal in the land, clearly there are enough judges on the court that believe they can find some daylight here, preserving both the ban on open-carry, and at least something substantially less than shall-issue.

  • “Dumbest SpokesTwit at the State Dept” contest (VOTE)

    03/26/2015 6:44:22 PM PDT · 31 of 58
    Be Free to 5th MEB

    I’d guess at least one of them plays for the other team. As to dumbest? Clearly Harf. She presents herself as if SHE believes she the smartest one in the room, and doesn’t get phased when it’s pointed out how stupid her utterances really are (it’s just to “nuanced” for you rubes!).

    With Psaki, you can see in her eyes that she know’s she’s lying, and she know’s that we know she’s lying - it’s just part of the game.

  • Carnac the Magnificent

    03/22/2015 7:58:16 AM PDT · 6 of 17
    Be Free to Oldpuppymax

    Answer: Mt. Baldy

    Question: What did Mrs. Yul Brenner do on her wedding night?

  • John Kerry - cool bicycle

    03/16/2015 2:51:52 PM PDT · 34 of 70
    Be Free to Bigg Red
    "do most people need a helmet while riding a bicycle?"

    I do, but I guess it depends on where you ride, how often, and how aggressive you are when you do ride. Just like there are runners, and then there are joggers, there are serious athletes that ride, and there are posers.

    I like to think I'm a serious athlete when I ride - both mountain biking and road biking. A couple of hours riding in the woods up and down steeps, with assorted roots, rocks, turns, mud, and trees (that don't get out of your way!) - that's a real workout! Or riding 45-60 miles at an 18-19 MPH pace on a road-bike, that's a real workout too!

    I've actually broken a mountain bike helmet when I took a spill and quickly found the ground - my head (helmet) hitting a rather large rock. Probably would have been badly concussed (or worse) if I'd dared to ride without. When you're going fast, and things go wrong - they go wrong quickly, and you don't have time to react.

    So yeah, a helmet is actually a wise thing.

  • What personal finance software do FReepers use? *VANITY*

    03/16/2015 9:00:06 AM PDT · 43 of 44
    Be Free to rarestia

    There are 2 versions - one where things are stored in the cloud, one where it’s all on your PC. With my personal financial info, I don’t trust the cloud so I have the installed version.

  • What personal finance software do FReepers use? *VANITY*

    03/16/2015 5:36:10 AM PDT · 9 of 44
    Be Free to rarestia

    If your needs are basic, then Quicken is about the only thing out there anymore. I had been a Money user as well, and it held a lot of promise early. Then Microsoft became disinterested in it, leaving the field to Quicken.

    The only issue I have with them is that you do have to get a new version at least every 3 years if you want to use their direct links to banks’ on-line services. If you’re comfortable exporting a Quicken formatted file from the banks, then importing it into Quicken, you don’t have to do this. As good as most banks’ on-line bill-pay services have gotten, you can manage your outbound money with that, and the inbound transactions with the export/import.

  • James Carville Inadvertently Admits Hillary Clinton Used Private Email to Avoid Accountabilty

    03/16/2015 5:31:39 AM PDT · 5 of 22
    Be Free to Servant of the Cross

    Remember the bogus NY Times story when Bush 41 went to a grocery store and was amazed by the price-scanner? He was dubbed as “out of touch” with America.

    So when Hillary lies about needing 2 devices if she needed 2 email addresses (I access 4 emails on my iPhone), she’s given a pass. My guess is that half of her constituency is well under 40, and knows this as I do. But do they utter a word? Nah - we cannot diminish our Queen!

  • 7.7M ObamaCare customers qualify for subsidies in 2015 ($2 billion per month)

    03/10/2015 5:50:14 PM PDT · 9 of 17
    Be Free to Libloather

    If the measuring stick of the Obamunists was truly the negative impacts on a certain number of people, then they’d have never passed it to begin with. At 7.7m who might “lose” these illegal subsidies, they’re still well short of the number who found out that hard way about the “if you like your insurance, you can keep your insurance” lie. Many millions more were forced out of their plans, and into plans with higher premiums, higher deductibles, and unneeded coverages.

  • Pushback on Hillary emails falls short

    03/03/2015 1:54:07 PM PST · 14 of 25
    Be Free to BenLurkin
    So let me get this right, the relevant statute was passed and put into effect in 2009. If I recall correctly, the Dems controlled the House, Senate & White House. And, who might have been a Senator from New York that would have had her had in crafting the legislation, and undoubtedly voted for it?

    Hmmmm......

    {"One law for me, another for thee!", so sayeth Queen Hillary!}

  • Hillary Clinton's use of private email address while Secretary of State draws scrutiny

    03/03/2015 9:17:11 AM PST · 25 of 35
    Be Free to WhiskeyX

    “Draws Scrutiny”????? IT IS ILLEGAL!

    After 8 years in the White House, there’s no way to claim ignorance (as if that’s mitigating anyway). This was clearly willful and deliberate.

    But it’ll be brushed under the rug by a compliant media, like all the Clinton dirty-laundry.

  • New water heater rules coming; expect more expensive units, tighter fits

    02/22/2015 7:06:11 PM PST · 127 of 141
    Be Free to familyop

    Not mine (Takagi TK-2) - it has a built in anti-freeze program, where it will fire up the burner for a few moments if the temperature drops to freezing. Mine’s mounted in a garage utility room, so it would have to get pretty cold before this would even come on.

    Can’t speak to other brands, or the electric type ones.

  • New water heater rules coming; expect more expensive units, tighter fits

    02/22/2015 9:48:35 AM PST · 44 of 141
    Be Free to SteveAustin

    Have had a gas tankless for 7 or 8 years. We absolutely love it. We spent more initially than a traditional tank-type, but it has now more than paid for itself in savings.

    We went with a Takagi unit (Japanese), which was (and is) considered a higher-end brand. Mine was at the top of the consumer/homeowner units, about on par with their lower-level commercial units.

    Pros: (1) you never run out of hot water. You can have 10 house-guests, and the water is as hot for the last as it is for the first; (2) they cost less to run: you only heat water when you need to, not wasting energy on keeping the tank hot; (3) it’s compact: my tank-type heater was the traditional 4-5’ high, 2.5’ around, up on a stand. The Takagi is the size of a carry-on suitcase and mounts on the wall.

    Cons: (1) initial expense (unit itself, venting, bigger gas-line from meter to unit); (2) useful flow is lower: you can’t expect to run 3 high-demand fixtures simultaneously and get water that is hot enough. This isn’t a problem in our empty-nest household. Any adjustments are not worse (and arguably better) than schedule adjustments made sharing the limited hot water in the tank-type.

    Would do it again in a heart-beat.

  • It’s Not Just Brian Williams

    02/09/2015 8:53:33 AM PST · 6 of 12
    Be Free to Sean_Anthony

    You know, in the UK they refer to them as “news readers”. Why we elevate Williams, Rather, Brokaw, etc., etc. to some higher level is beyond me. Worse, why we hold them to a higher standard than our elected officials is missing the point completely.

    Yes, Williams lied. The media lie every day. I know that, and it’s why I haven’t watched a network evening news broadcast in years. They lie in their coverage; they’re biased in their coverage (another form of lying); and they exercise selection bias; in choosing what to report and what to ignore (yet another form of lying.

    Yet Obama, Reid, Pelosi, Biden, Holder, S. Rice, Hillary, Kerry, and their spokespersons lie every day. Where’s the outrage over that?

  • Manager of Attacked Paris Kosher Shop to Move to Israel

    01/16/2015 2:39:07 PM PST · 6 of 14
    Be Free to jalisco555
    "Expect this exodus to accelerate."

    Will the socialists that run these countries ever realize what they're causing? By accommodating the Muslim immigrants, and driving good folks like this Kosher Shop owner out, they're doubling the negative impact:

    1. They receive and embrace an immigrant that is a drag on society, and public funds, costing way more than they contribute, and ...

    2. They lose a productive employer that worked hard, paid his taxes, provided a valuable service, and employed others who did the same.

    I fear it'll be too late before they wake up to this death-spiral, if it's not too late already.

  • Trending Worldwide On Twitter: #ReasonsObamaMissedFranceRally

    01/11/2015 5:40:25 PM PST · 49 of 87
    Be Free to tcrlaf

    Pretty simple really. Here’s another black guy killed by white cops. You don’t really think he’d be seen at a rally on the side of the cops do you?

  • Thursday's flurries set Florida record

    01/09/2015 5:09:30 PM PST · 27 of 28
    Be Free to dfwgator

    It’s cold out there every day! What do you think this is, Miami Beach?!?

    (love that movie!)

  • What Mario Cuomo got wrong on abortion

    01/06/2015 5:49:11 PM PST · 6 of 45
    Be Free to presidio9

    Heard him as luncheon speaker in NYC one time, to a relatively small (<200) group of people attending an investment technology conference. I couldn’t have left with a worse opinion of him.

    Usually people of his prominence, speaking for (high) pay to a group clients will limit their remarks to non-controversial issues. Not Cuomo. He gave a 20 minute diatribe on abortion “rights”, how the Republicans were evil incarnate, and how the upcoming elections (this was right before “W” won his second term) were the last opportunity for decent people to protect womens’ rights.

    He was arrogant and smug. He opened by even acknowledging that this wasn’t the venue for a partisan speech. Then opened the assault with: “But if I WERE going to give such a speech, I’d probably say ...”. When he closed after 20 minutes of the most partisan vitriol I’d heard in person, he said “but again, that’s what I would like to say, but this might not be the best place for it.”.

    My bet is he didn’t meet with a warm reception at his Maker’s gate. But he’s warm now ...

  • The Mystery "Our": Whose values are the Dems talking about?

    12/30/2014 7:23:56 PM PST · 9 of 16
    Be Free to Daniel Clark

    This is the Clinton playbook. Speak as if you’re authoritatively representing the views of the masses. For Slick Willie, he was constantly invoking “the American people”, and them tiring of the mean Republicans harassing him about sex; and the American people wanting to “move on” - the same phrase that spawned MoveOn.org.

    For 0bama, it’s “that’s not who we are”, or some other such nonsense. The next 2 years can’t pass quickly enough!

  • Vanity: Anyone out there have an AR7?

    12/26/2014 3:14:55 PM PST · 64 of 67
    Be Free to SkyPilot

    First car I ever bought was a ‘73 Triumph Spitfire. Learned a lot about fixing cars for the couple of years I had it - clutch master-cylinder re-build; brake master-cylinder re-build; clutch slave-cylinder re-build; rear main-seal; constantly adjusting and tweaking Weber dual-carbs; and sorting out gremlins with the Lucas electronics.

    The Brits thoughtfully had the bonnet flip up and forward, providing comfortable seating while accessing the engine (the Michelin radials I put on to replace the stock bias-ply tires (or was it tyres?).

    Despite all the maintenance, one of the most fun cards I’ve ever had. And the only car I ever made money on - bought it used for $1,600 and sold it for $1,800.

  • Worst Christmas songs: The 10 most annoying holiday hits

    12/21/2014 12:14:14 PM PST · 59 of 170
    Be Free to SeekAndFind
    3. Wonderful Christmastime

    As soon as I read the headline, that's the first one that came to mind. Hate that song! Vacant, vapid, nonsense. PLUS, it gets stuck in my head for hours everytime I hear it played - OH THE HUMANITY! This was from the Linda, Wings, McCartney-as-PopStar phase. Wish I could completely forget that horrid period in Paul's career.

  • Caption Obozo and his first legal Cuban cigar

    12/18/2014 3:39:09 PM PST · 21 of 29
    Be Free to FreeAtlanta

    Sometimes a cigar is NOT just a cigar.

  • IRS HEAD SAYS BUDGET CUTS COULD DELAY TAX REFUNDS

    12/18/2014 3:36:22 PM PST · 27 of 61
    Be Free to Jim Robinson

    If this guy still has a job, then we clearly haven’t cut the budget enough.

  • Ahh, just what I had thought. ObamaCare is just a tax sham...

    12/16/2014 3:21:54 PM PST · 13 of 17
    Be Free to nesnah
    I said pretty much the same thing over a year ago: LINK

    "Under Odramacare, working people like you and me will see much higher premiums on average, so that the formerly un-insured now have policies that WE pay for (the poor get “subsidies”). This means the Feds are taking what was a direct expense, funded through tax-receipts, and shifting it via the ACA mandates to the insurance companies (who get increased revenue through increased premiums).

    So again the middle class and working class get the O-shaft - as our expenses will go up (premiums), but there will be no decrease in the tax-rates that one might expect, being as the expenses they would have normally incurred will be gone.

    Classic un-funded mandate; making industry act as the tax-collectors for bloated governments and welfare state."

  • Jeb Bush Cannot Win The White House

    12/16/2014 10:36:49 AM PST · 52 of 60
    Be Free to LeoMcNeil
    "It appears team Bush is using the NY Times as their media leak."

    I think there is no love lost between NYT & the Bush clan. If you want to know who's feeding the NYT stories to promote Jeb, look no further than Chappaqua, NY - home of Billary.

  • Jeb Bush Cannot Win The White House

    12/16/2014 9:19:39 AM PST · 25 of 60
    Be Free to LeoMcNeil
    "Jeb Bush Cannot Win The White House"

    Which is exactly why the media is pushing him. He can't win if nominated, because there is literally nothing like the "Bush" name that will invigorate and motivate the Democrat base. Face it, the Repub's won the mid-terms because they turned out and Dems didn't. The left HATES the Bushes - all of them. The media HATES the Bushes - all of them. They will beat that drum, and beat that drum, and it will motivate and get out the vote.

    The other part of the equation will be the media's blind promotion of Hillary. This whole Elizabeth Warren nonsense is just that. She's only there now as a stalking horse, to draw the attention and fire of the right and the "moderate". The ideal is to make Hillary a moderate centrist by comparison - not that Warren has any realistic chance of obtaining the nomination or winning. To pull this off, the Clinton operatives are working to create "bookends" to the left and right of Hillary, so she's the just-right Goldilocks candidate.

  • The Pope and Dogs in Heaven

    12/13/2014 8:04:30 PM PST · 4 of 23
    Be Free to juliosevero

    There’s a lot in the Bible that is metaphoric; there’s a lot that can’t be taken literally (or it least I don’t think it can be). There’s a lot (too much) that is routinely ignored by many who profess to be Christians, and shouldn’t be.

    None of us can have perfect knowledge of God. Though some will say their knowledge is better than others as a matter of their professed faith. I’m human, so accept that I can’t have this perfect knowledge.

    Personally, I’d like to believe God would allow my dogs to greet me when (if?) I arrive. I hope I won’t have to bear the disappointment should they not be there ... but would also accept this as God’s way.

  • Prescription Government Issued Picture ID Requirement (North Carolina)

    12/13/2014 7:54:02 PM PST · 4 of 10
    Be Free to Jumper

    You’re clearly a xenophobic, sexist, homophobic, racist, Nazi. [\sarcasm]

  • Everytime the screen refreshes I am logged out of FR

    12/12/2014 9:17:19 AM PST · 76 of 84
    Be Free to Chickensoup

    Lot’s of confusing, conflicting info popping up here. To summarize what I think you’re saying:

    1. Your FR cookie is not persisting;
    2. Your banking cookies are not persisting;
    3. Something is blocking you from doing a D/L of Malwarebytes Anti-Malware 2.0.4 (MBAM).

    These are all symptoms of a compromised system. If you have access to another PC, go to it an download MBAM to it, as well as McAfee’s free “Stinger” program - a self-contained anti-virus & anti-malware program that doesn’t require local installation. Copy these to a USB thumb-drive, and give them both different names when doing so (some viruses and malware look for and prevent you from running common anti-virus and anti-malware programs). Call them something like AV_PGM1 and AV_PGM2. Plug the thumb-drive into the corrupted PC, and run the Stinger program first. That will find most, but not all issues and correct what it can. Once that’s done, run the MBAM install; update the definitions, then do a full-scan.

    Let us know what you find. Once you’re cleaned up a bit, THEN we can have you download and install CCleaner - a good, general maintenance and garbage clean-up program.

  • Looking for help in trying to refute the success of 0bama admin

    12/10/2014 5:33:02 AM PST · 35 of 42
    Be Free to killermosquito

    1. Unemployment rate: the official rate ignores those that have dropped off of unemployment rolls, and are so discouraged as they’ve given up looking for work. It also excludes those that are working part-time only because they can’t find full-time work. The U-6 rate, and the labor participation rate are both more reflective of the ACTUAL jobs market than the headline rate presented. The labor participation rate (the percentage of the working-age population that actually IS working is bouncing along the bottom - with a rate not seen since Jimmah Carter).

    2. That chart is not net-jobs, it is showing only the jobs added. Plus, it’s abysmal - not keeping up with the pace required to employ our growing population (mostly immigrants). Finally, the QUANTITY of jobs is one measure, but the QUALITY of jobs is the more important one. The pay-rate for the jobs that are being created are at the bottom of the wage scale.

    3. The Fed is “intervening” in markets, effectively preventing them from falling. To do so, they print money, increasing our national debt dramatically. Further, the Dem’s rallying cry during every Repub administration has been that stock market gains only benefit the wealthy. Are the Dems now bragging about how they’ve become the party for the wealthy?

    4. The deficit chart is misleading, at best. It shows what our annual spending deficit is as a percentage of the country’s GDP. If you’ll notice, we continue to spend more each year than we take in. In fact, within the last few months, the cummulative amount of deficit spending added to the national debt has more than doubled under Obama. Put another way, under Dem’s “leadership”, more has been added to the national debt that the sum of all Presidents before Obama.

    5. During the 2008 campaign, Obama said “we can’t drill ourselves to lower oil prices”. That’s now clearly been proven another in a long list of lies told to win an election. The increase in crude production has been on PRIVATE lands, by the PRIVATE sector. Anywhere Obama’s EPA has had an opportunity to block or slow production on PUBLIC lands, they’ve done so. Taking credit for someone else’s success is a trademark of this administration, but unless they get credit for “allowing” someone else to exercise their freedoms, that’s pretty thin.

  • Pelosi: Schumer’s ObamaCare remarks ‘beyond comprehension’

    12/08/2014 12:41:41 PM PST · 46 of 57
    Be Free to erkelly
    Schumer wants to be re-elected

    Exactly! He's looked over the results of the mid-terms, and the exit poll data. He knows his goose is cooked if he doesn't start lying publicly between now and the time he has to run again for re-election. Not coincidentally, that's in 2016.

  • Five reasons Mary Landrieu lost

    12/07/2014 9:06:22 AM PST · 61 of 91
    Be Free to Tilted Irish Kilt

    Absolutely - we can’t trade Democrats for Democrat-lite.

    The only smart thing the Republicans did this last election cycle (assuming it was purposeful, not ineptitude) was to remain largely silent and let the Obama Democrats defeat themselves. They never gave the leftist media the sound-bites that would reverse the Dem’s fortunes.

  • Five reasons Mary Landrieu lost

    12/07/2014 6:23:25 AM PST · 39 of 91
    Be Free to abb

    We have a winner! She basically dared the State’s voters to hold her accountable. She never figured the Democrat machine would lose those she pissed off with those comments. Which points to another real issue for her and other Dems - they are totally out of touch with real America.

  • Pakistan Says Top Al-Qaida Militant Killed in Raid (A big one - Jafar the Pilot)

    12/06/2014 7:35:03 AM PST · 4 of 17
    Be Free to Straight Vermonter

    Are we just taking the Pakistani government’s word for it? It’s not like they like what we did in getting Bin Laden - look what happened with the Doc that helped us.

    Just sayin’ ...

  • Here’s Why The Check Engine Light Is A Horrible, Terrible Thing

    11/25/2014 1:13:30 PM PST · 111 of 151
    Be Free to woodbutcher1963

    RE: the Tacoma maint required light.

    That’s your time-to-change-the-oil indicator. It starts blinking about 4,500 miles after the last reset; at 5,000 miles, it stays on solid. You can’t set it to where it won’t come on, but you can reset it yourself:

    The Tacoma has the regular odometer readout, and it has 2 trip odometers (A & B). The reset procedure is to (with the truck off and the key out) select the “Trip A” odometer, then push and hold it while you insert the key and turn it to “ON” (not “Start”, “ON” - where the dash lights all come on). Keep holding it for at least 5 seconds - the light should reset and stay off until you go another 4500 miles.

  • Hagel Said to Be Stepping Down as Defense Chief Under Pressure

    11/24/2014 7:23:34 AM PST · 58 of 125
    Be Free to Tzfat

    He could partially redeem himself by quickly publishing a tell-all book. He knows where a lot of bodies are buried ...

  • Dream executive orders of a Republican President-vanity

    11/23/2014 5:36:06 AM PST · 85 of 86
    Be Free to central_va

    1. Repeal the income tax and replace with the Flat Tax.
    2. Eliminate corporate taxes, and any lingering corporate subsidies.
    3. Void any laws limiting the citizenry in their free exercise of the right to keep and bear arms under the 2nd amendment.
    4. All able-bodied recipients of government subsistence payments or services are required to perform government services. The hours required are commensurate with the amount provided.
    5. Deploy the armed forces immediately to our southern border to cease illegal entry by non-citizens. Any illegal entrants apprehended will be immediately incarcerated for a minimum of 5 years, and then deported to their country of origin.
    6. Eliminate the department of education. All federal subsidies to states to support the provision of public education will be in the form of voucher support, where recipients can apply them to the school of their choosing - including religion-based schools.
    7. Eliminate the EPA.
    8. Restrict NASA to space exploration; any funds spent on global-warming research are eliminated.
    9. Federal office candidacy requirements: all citizens filing to run for public office must waive all privacy rights over discovery and provision of education records, papers, grades, thesis, etc., as well as medical, tax and legal matters.
    10. Affirmatively restore the right of any citizen to express their religious beliefs under the first amendment, regardless of whether they’re an employee or agent of a government entity.
    11. Establish the right or recall for Federal judges up to and including Supreme Court justices.
    12. Eliminate all foreign payments and support to other countries.
    13. Eliminate export & import taxes, except to the extent they support the infrastructure required to facilitate imports and exports.
    14. Tort reform - loser pays.
    15. Medical insurance reform - get Feds and States out of the way. Allow insurance across state lines. All items of insurance coverage are available ala carte.
    16. Mandated balanced budget. Phase in period of 10 years to allow orderly un-wind of out of control spending. “Penny plan”, as hawked by Hannity and others to effect this.
    17. Personalized “Social Security” accounts. Separate the retirement and safety-net components. Retirement is in a named account, owned by the individual or their heirs, and invested in 50/50 in US Treasury bonds and a Russell 2000 index fund (or equivalent). Safety-net payouts move to HHS, get recategorized as social welfare, and recipients (where able) are required to provide some level of service to the country to receive. Individuals can opt out.

    And that’s just for starters ... I could easily go on ...

  • 9/11 terrorist Zacarias Moussaoui tells of plot to kill Clinton’s

    11/20/2014 9:31:33 AM PST · 21 of 27
    Be Free to a fool in paradise
    ... dodging sniper fire ...

    Perhaps somewhere full of intrigue and mystery. How about Sarajevo? That should fool the little people.

  • 9/11 terrorist Zacarias Moussaoui tells of plot to kill Clinton’s

    11/20/2014 6:38:44 AM PST · 12 of 27
    Be Free to realcleanguy

    BINGO!

    Step 1: Position Hillary right of Obama - make her out to be a moderate centrist;

    Step 2: Make her a sympathetic figure. Bad guys are out to get her, so patriotic Americans will rise to “defend” her against these dark forces (remember the “Vast Right-Wing Conspiracy”?)

    Step x: Full loving-grandmother role, once Chelsea’s kid is born.

    Step y: Something to do with strong military action or support for military members and families. I’m guessing they’ll launch some sort of “Blue-Ribbon” panel or organization to champion the much-needed fixes to the VA.

    Step z: Some kind of big surprise item. Maybe she’ll propose repealing Obamacare, and replacing with something marketed as fixing the bad, while retaining the good.

    Just watch ...

  • SEATTLE'S MINIMUM WAGE CRASH: $15 to ZERO! Profit's Take A Nosedive!

    11/19/2014 2:53:13 PM PST · 80 of 83
    Be Free to zeestephen

    That’s some round-about way to think about it: higher minimum-wages reduce the number of low-skill jobs in the marketplace (reduction of supply). Therefore, the number of immigrants will drop, as there are not jobs available for which they can be hired (do I have that right?).

    I have a better idea. Stop government intervention in the markets through a mandated minimum wage AND secure our borders, allowing only those WE WANT to contribute to our society to enter and remain.

  • SEATTLE'S MINIMUM WAGE CRASH: $15 to ZERO! Profit's Take A Nosedive!

    11/19/2014 10:05:54 AM PST · 68 of 83
    Be Free to Teotwawki

    This will accelerate the trend toward automation of more business functions, eliminating more and more jobs. Every job has an economic value associated with it. If the fully-loaded cost to perform a job doesn’t warrant the return the owner will receive, then the job is eliminated. If the cost of an employee exceeds the cost of an alternative method of performing the same business function, the job will be eliminated.

    All laws and regulations like this do is force more jobs underground (cash only); increase imports of less-expensive foreign goods; and increase unemployment among the young, the minorities, and the (already) poor.

    Ronald Reagan expressed it well: “Government’s view of the economy could be summed up in a few short phrases: If it moves, tax it. If it keeps moving, regulate it. And if it stops moving, subsidize it”.

  • Right-to-Carry Laws Linked to Violent Crime

    11/19/2014 9:19:33 AM PST · 37 of 42
    Be Free to Westbrook

    In Economics-speak, it’s confusing correlation with causation. For example, in the summer months, crime is higher. Also in the summer months, ice-cream consumption is higher. These 2 facts are correlated, but it would be wrong to say that ice-cream consumption causes a rise in crime.

  • Reid Votes Against Landrieu (Screws Democrat Party)

    11/19/2014 7:28:09 AM PST · 29 of 39
    Be Free to ryan71
    He was protecting obama from having to veto it.

    Exactly right, but maybe not for obvious reasons. The only fight the Dems WANT to have before Reid is demoted in January is the immigration fight. This is a distraction to them. Further, they know that (a) Landrieu is going to lose to Cassidy regardless of the vote and (b) even if Landrieu stages a remarkable comeback and wins, the GOP will still control the Senate. The true test of sentiments will be which of the Dem Senators that voted FOR the XL pipeline this time, will vote against it when the GOP brings it up in the new Congress. Reid brought it up because it was NEVER going to get to 60 votes, but would be just about guaranteed to get 59, so enough of the 2-faced Dem Senators could go home and tell their sheeple that they supported it.

  • Jonathan Gruber: Getting the Facts Straight on Health Care Reform

    11/15/2014 6:56:19 AM PST · 18 of 24
    Be Free to Cincinatus' Wife

    The Tea-Party and the GOP need to really fan the flames on this. This is documented proof of what we all have known - the Dem’s lie to get their socialist agenda passed. This is just another in a long list.

    The Dem’s succeed by building what is a self-reinforcing cycle:

    1. Determine what socialist issue they want to promote, and laws they want to pass.
    2. Flog a populist message about helping the little-guy and the helpless by taxing the wealthy. This is a numbers game - there are more voters that are poor than there are that are rich. All the better if your program creates a dependency of these voters on government hand-outs.
    3. Find external “experts” with lots of degrees from major Universities, where you can cite their research and reports that support the position you want to promote.
    4. Pay said “experts” (that already agree with your position, or that are just academic prostitutes) to do more supportive research, and speak publicly on behalf of the policies you want to promote. The zealot-experts would do it for free, but are happy to take the money as a perceived reward. The useful-idiot-experts (like Krugman) know they can’t make money in the real world, so become dependent on what is just another government handout or bribe.
    5. Enlist the compliant media to (a) promote the message and (b) attack any detractors and (c) hide the truth.

    If it blows up, like this one is doing, you blame the experts. Afterall, they were duped just like everyone else.

    What’s surprising to me is that conservative commentators haven’t yet linked this methodology, on stark display here, to climate-change scientists and debate. It’s the exact same thing - find and exploit the works of “name” scientists from “name” universities to promote a socialist wealth redistribution scheme for pay.

  • 'Dear Koch Brothers: We Aren't Going Anywhere' (Dems doubling down)

    11/07/2014 10:11:17 AM PST · 61 of 98
    Be Free to jalisco555

    Dear {billionaire} Tom Steyer, {billionaire} Bill/Melinda Gates, {billionaire} Steve Balmer, {billionaire} Warren Buffet, {billionaire} Michael Bloomberg, {billionaire} Mark Zuckerberg, {billionaire} Steven Spielberg, {billionaire} George Soros, {billionaire} A. Cox Chambers, etc., etc.:

    WE AREN’T GOING ANYWHERE EITHER!

    Want to know the fastest way to be come a multi-millionaire? Start as a multi-billionaire and “invest” in the bankrupt, failed policies of socialism and liberalism!

  • Stokes Co. Democratic Party chair arrested for kicking man in groin

    11/06/2014 7:35:34 AM PST · 24 of 42
    Be Free to CodeToad

    HATE CRIME!