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  • This is why the Fed has waited to hike, says Ken Griffin

    11/20/2015 8:13:30 AM PST · 5 of 8
    Be Free to mykroar

    TRANSLATION: the economy sucks. We’ve been releasing all the propaganda we could for years in overstated weekly employment statistics, hoping - even praying - that our false narrative will be believed, and would result in employers hiring, and consumers increasing spending. We bolstered this lie with years of hinting at an interest rate hike, which would be required to contain inflationary pressures in a REAL economic growth scenario. In short, we’ve been trying to fool people into believing there is growth, where there is really none. And, like the boy that cried wolf, people don’t believe us any more.

    So we’re contemplating a token rate-hike as “proof” that things are just great. Afterall, what’s one more lie piled on top of all the others?

    Unfortunately, there are still a majority of Fed governors that believe that an actual rate-hike will make the economy even worse. Well we just don’t have any more ideas on how to kick-start the economy, so we’re grasping at this last straw to see if it will work. We know this Keynesian economics theory works - (Paul Krugman said it does!), we just haven’t given it enough time!

  • BREAKING: House Just Stuck It To Obama With Hugely Defiant Vote – 47 Dems Joined In

    11/19/2015 1:53:05 PM PST · 18 of 100
    Be Free to CPT Clay

    Yep - they only have 289 “aye” votes on the bill. If Resident 0bama veto’s, some number of the 47 Dems will jump ship.

    Not going anywhere if vetoed.

  • Democrat Debate [Live thread]

    10/13/2015 5:50:47 PM PDT · 267 of 1,558
    Be Free to maggief

    Jeez! Could they get any less diverse?

    Chafee - white, liberal elitist & Washington insider;
    Webb - white, liberal elitist & Washington insider;
    Sanders - white, liberal elitist & Washington insider;
    O’Malley - white, liberal elitist & Washington insider;
    Clinton - white, liberal elitist & Washington insider.

  • President Obama: I Will Not Sign 'Short-Sighted' Spending Bill To Keep Government

    10/02/2015 4:35:59 PM PDT · 24 of 42
    Be Free to Steelfish
    What any of the GOP candidates should say (I've given up completely on Bummer & McTurtle):

    Let me get this straight. One one-hand, we have a majority of the House, representing the majority of US House Districts, followed by a majority of the Senate, representing the majority of the states, pass & present a bill that continues funding government operations, and averts a shut-down. On the other hand, we have one-guy:the President, that wants to stand in the way of passage.

    Let me remind you: this is the same President whose policies have led to the worst economic conditions since Carter; the same President that has increased our national debt by as much as all other presidents combined; the same President that has abandon our international allies and strengthened our enemies; the same President that has us in retreat abroad, and whose policies have snatched defeat from the jaws of victory in Iraq, and now Afghanistan, and is now being upstaged in Syria by Vladimir Putin.

    I'd like to think the American people are smart enough to realize that the responsibility for any shutdown, and any negative repercussions from it, lays squarely with President Obama. If he vetoes the bill, HE is responsible for the consquences. Let him then take the heat for it.

  • Editorial: Illegal guns killing our city, body and soul

    10/01/2015 7:28:40 AM PDT · 40 of 56
    Be Free to Ancesthntr

    Clearly these are merely undocumented, inert polymer or metal masses. They pose no threat to our society. Referring to them as “illegal” is insensitive, incendiary, and counter-productive. It makes people fear bringing them out of the shadows.

  • CHP Investigators Say Booby Trapped Road near Woodside is Targeted at Cyclists

    09/29/2015 7:21:59 AM PDT · 87 of 94
    Be Free to Travis T. OJustice; Crazieman; freedumb2003; SENTINEL

    You guys really need either some introspection, or anger-management counseling. Your arguments are no more sane or relevant than the gun-grabbers trying to deny citizens their 2nd Amendment rights. You don’t bike, so you want to deny others their LEGAL RIGHT to do so. Why is that different than denying someone their gun rights, because you don’t hunt or shoot?

    Cyclists have a LEGAL RIGHT to ride on all but limited access roads. They also have a legal right to the entire lane. They are NOT required to maintain a minimum speed, as those rules only apply on limited access roads where cyclists are prohibited.

    Insurance: the only reason cars/trucks are required to carry insurance is for collision liability reasons - damage you can cause to others. There’s no such law for cyclists. If you think there should be, then lobby your elected representatives for it. In the meantime, your opinion counts for exactly squat.

    Taxes: most roads are funded through general taxation, not road-specific taxation. Yes, there are fuel-taxes and embedded vehicle registration taxes, a portion of which goes to road construction or repair. But again, there is no cyclist tax. You want one? Lobby for this too. In the mean time, your opinion (and ranting) is irrelevant.

    Congestion: Too bad. You have to slow for tractors, horse-and-buggy in Amish country, slower vehicles, whatever. Cyclists are just another vehicle - deal with it. Pass when it is safe to do so - and ONLY when it is safe to do so.

    “Time thieves”: see “Congestion”, above. You don’t own the roads. The cyclists have the same rights to them as you. The cyclist is no more liable to you for time losses than the farmer on a tractor, the slow 18-wheeler in the mountain passes, or granny in her Studebaker.

    Sidewalks: most states PROHIBIT riding bicycles on sidewalks.

    To the a—hole cyclists (and there are plenty): courtesy is a 2-way street, and you are REQUIRED to obey the same traffic laws as motorized vehicles. In most states, that means no impeding, yield to faster traffic as soon as it is safe, keep to the right to allow overtaking vehicles, stop for lights & stop-signs, etc. PLUS, just because your within your rights doesn’t mean you should be stupid. For me, I’d rather be right and alive, then assert my rights and become a grease spot because a road-rager in a car can’t share.

    Just because someone doesn’t like it, doesn’t mean they can come grab my gun(s). Likewise, just ‘cause someone doesn’t like it doesn’t mean they can take me and my bike off the roads.

  • EPA: 482K VW diesel vehicles violated emissions rules [VW committed fraud by faking test results]

    09/20/2015 4:56:07 PM PDT · 17 of 43
    Be Free to grundle

    I was in France a few years back, and had a Volkswagen CC TDI sedan with a 2.4L turbo-diesel. Fully packed with 4 adults and luggage, we averaged 42 MPG doing 75 MPH+ driving it around the country for a week or so.

    I looked for the same car when we got back, and learned that engine was not available in the US. I pressed for an explanation, and learned that it didn’t meet EPA emission requirements. I learned also that the EPA rules looked at the amount of pollutants emitted per-gallon of fuel burnt, REGARDLESS of how many miles-per-gallon achieved.

    So, for example, a car that achieved 20 MPG, and emitted X in pollutants burning 1 gallon over 20 miles would be approved by the EPA, while a car that achieved 80 MPG, and generates 2X pollutants per gallon, but only .5X in pollutants over the same 20 miles, would not be approved.

    Got that? A car that generates 1/2 the pollutants in a real-world trip could be disapproved, while a lower MPG car could be approved.

    I’m sure this is shocking to exactly no one here on FR - just another of the asinine EPA rules that don’t pass the logic test.

    That’s not to excuse the behavior of VW here. But you have to admit it was pretty clever what they did.

  • No debating it; GOP event at CU-Boulder to have select audience

    09/20/2015 6:00:21 AM PDT · 23 of 36
    Be Free to WhiskeyX
    "Boulder, Colorado is one of the major American communist and socialist enclaves."

    Maybe second only to Berkley, California.

  • Reports of explosion at US military base in Kanagawa, Japan

    08/23/2015 11:08:09 AM PDT · 55 of 134
    Be Free to kevslisababy

    Come to NC and ride with me - either mountain bikes or road bikes. Believe me, you’ll want a helmet.


  • Question: Most runs in a single MLB game THIS season (2015)?

    07/22/2015 1:26:25 PM PDT · 38 of 40
    Be Free to Pikachu_Dad

    There’s at least 1 game missing from that list. In the late 70’s, the Phillies were visiting the Cubs and the wind was blowing hard to the outfield. Final score was 26-23. I think it was ‘79, and I had just flown into Chicago on a business trip; went to my hotel, checked in, and caught a cab to Wrigley. Game went on forever with all the long-balls.

  • Chattanooga attack: Fifth victim dies from wounds (Navy petty officer)

    07/18/2015 2:11:33 PM PDT · 8 of 22
    Be Free to 2ndDivisionVet
    The local liberal fish-wrap, the Charlotte Disturber (Observer) had this head-line for the same news:

    "US Navy says sailor injured in Tennessee shooting has died."

    "INJURED"!?!?! "SHOOTING"!?!?!

    He was brutally shot by yet another radical Muslim in a cowardly domestic terror attack!

    F-en commie liberal scum!

  • Bakers who refused to make lesbian wedding cake told to pay $135K by Monday -- or else

    07/10/2015 5:35:56 AM PDT · 18 of 119
    Be Free to HomerBohn

    Sue the BOLI. What part of “or the free exercise thereof.” is unclear?

  • NASCAR Fans Defend, Display Confederate Flags At Daytona

    07/06/2015 10:46:15 AM PDT · 15 of 27
    Be Free to Red Badger
    “The Confederate flag has absolutely nothing to do with slavery. It has nothing to do with divisiveness. It has nothing to do with any of that,”

    If Al Sharpton woke up tomorrow and decided that vanilla ice-cream was racist because it's white, and that anyone that eats vanilla ice-cream is a racist or (if black) an Uncle Tom then, by the end of the week, there would be calls for it to be banned. The NYT would write on the oppressive history of vanilla-bean farmers; MSNBC would do an "expose" on the racist history of consumers of vanilla ice-cream; Obama's (in)Justice Department would investigate manufacturers of vanilla ice-cream; the IRS would conduct audits of the same companies; and there would be marches and rioting on the streets of major US cities.

    There are those among us that wake up everyday looking for something to be agrieved about. Critics don't need to get rid of the old confederate battle-flag (it's just a flag for Pete's sake!), they need to get an education.

  • Fortran: 7 Reasons Why It’s Not Dead

    07/06/2015 5:26:41 AM PDT · 16 of 69
    Be Free to markomalley

    My first work out of college was as a programmer. I was writing in “MUMPS” and then “MUMPS-11” on DEC PDP platforms, then hopped to a different company writing for an investment accounting solution in FORTRAN-IV on PRIME mini-computers (remember them?). We ported that application to IBM mainframes - all 6 million lines of code. Some idiot of the day thought ADABAS was the best database for us to use - I remember it didn’t store real-numbers natively, so we had to write our own subroutines to pack/un-pack any real numbers into text fields.

    That was a time when programming was an art, and every day was marked by creative solutions and work-arounds for system limitations.

  • Retailers, Republicans Slam OT Rules (New regs could cut salaries, productivity)

    07/02/2015 5:43:55 PM PDT · 5 of 17
    Be Free to Kaslin

    Why (WHY!?!?) are the Republicans SO inept with their messaging. They are arguing their side by saying “no it isn’t”, while Obama says “yes it is”. Reminds me of the Monty Python argument sketch from the 70’s.

    It’s the WRONG ARGUMENT.

    What the Republicans SHOULD be arguing is that this latest Obama scheme is tacit admission that his economic policies aren’t working, and the economy is a wreck. In a health economy, there is competition among employers for workers. Workers hop from job to job because there are other jobs available for higher pay. Or, they tell their current employer they want a raise, and the employer has to seriously consider it, or be faced with an empty position, and/or filling it with an unknown quantity.

    The ONLY reason a policy like 0bama is proposing would even be floated is because there are too many workers and not enough jobs. That gives the employers the upper hand, and wages stagnate. The 5.3% U-3 unemployment 0bama was crowing about today is pure B.S. There are some 93 million people of working age without jobs. And as a percentage of the population, the last time it was this high, Carter was President.

    Take the jack-boot of big government off the neck of employers and the economy, and wages will rise as more Americans go back to work, and the economy can grow again.

  • I bought a bike! (bicycle)

    06/08/2015 5:14:55 AM PDT · 50 of 71
    Be Free to djf

    Fix it up enough to enjoy riding it, but don’t go crazy. That old a bike frame is likely steel, heavy, and difficult to find modern parts for. You’ll likely find that your bottom bracket, wheel bearings, chain rings & derailleur are all worn - and might not be easy to replace.

    Best advice is get it running as smoothly and safely as you can with minimal investment. If you get bitten by the bug (as I did 8 years ago), you’d be better off saving for your next bike. Once you know what proper sizing of the frame is for you, search Craigslist and eBay. It took nearly a year, but I found THE mountain-bike I wanted on eBay, and got it for 1/3 of the new-bike price.

    If you ride regularly, you’ll get it great shape in no time. It’s the closest thing to the fountain of youth I’ve found!

  • Wall Street Costs The Economy 2% Of GDP Each Year

    05/31/2015 10:04:11 AM PDT · 17 of 60
    Be Free to dila813
    What would you give to see an honest editorial piece from the NYT that said this instead:

    "“Big government is back,” says the New York Times, and the economic cost is high. The excessive regulation and taxation on the US economy reduces the GDP by 2% every year, according to a new study by International Monetary Fund. That’s a massive drag on the economy–some $320 billion per year. Big government has thus become, not just a moral problem with rampant illegality and outlandish compensation of career-bureaucrats and political cronies: Excessive government is a macro-economic problem of the first order."

  • Kerry promotes Marie Harf to position of senior communications advisor

    05/27/2015 5:10:26 AM PDT · 34 of 45
    Be Free to Zakeet

    “In the village of the blind, the one-eyed man is king.”

    She doesn’t have to be smart (and she’s not), she just has to be smarter than Kerry. That’s a pretty low hurdle ...

  • Oil pipeline spills off California coast

    05/20/2015 5:24:34 AM PDT · 5 of 9
    Be Free to riverrunner

    Not to diminish it, and I’m sure the responsible party will fix, clean up, & restore, BUT ...

    My pool holds more water!

  • Big Trouble for Little Stephanopoulos

    05/18/2015 3:04:54 PM PDT · 12 of 24
    Be Free to VRW Conspirator
    "Stephie is and always will be a Democrat hack"

    Yeah, but there's something else going on here. He's isn't just a democrat hack, he's a Clinton shill.

    In the recent weeks/months, Brian Williams was taken out, Hillary is under relentless attacks, and now Stephie. It's almost like someone is clearing the decks to make way for a new entrant.

    As it's all very Alinsky-like, you must consider whether Obama & Co. are behind it, making sure THEY pick the next nominee, not the "inevitable" Hillary to be sure.

    It could also be the Godfather of the Clinton Family, Bill himself. It would kill him if Hillary was better; and would harm his legacy if she were worse.

    I really can't believe the republicans can organize a 1-mile hike for Boy Scouts, so I'm doubting anyone on the right. Other theories?

    Regardless, it'll be fun to watch - and to see who gets it when the next shoe drops.

  • 4 Reasons To Think Hillary Clinton And Bernie Sanders Are In Cahoots

    05/01/2015 1:51:08 PM PDT · 15 of 15
    Be Free to omega4412

    This is just step one, for the Democrat primary win when you throw Chafee in to the mix. Call it the “Goldilocks Strategy”:

    Sanders too far left; Chafee too far right; Hillary - just right!

    {makes we want to puke just thinking about it!}

  • 6,500 Lois Lerner emails recovered from backup tapes

    04/29/2015 7:48:05 AM PDT · 7 of 38
    Be Free to SeekAndFind

    My guess is we’ll find out what’s on them only on or after January 20, 2017 - inauguration day for Obama’s successor.

  • Optimizing Removal of Engine Sludge, pre-Oil Change

    04/19/2015 6:19:23 PM PDT · 33 of 81
    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?


    {"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

    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.


    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."