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  • Where can I purchase inexpensive but quality, black laser printer refill toner ?

    04/14/2017 7:01:37 PM PDT · 39 of 55
    Be Free to fred42

    I have 2 Brother printers for our office, and they take the TN660 cartridges (2600 monochrome prints). I’ve been able to find actual Brother replacements on sale for around $45-46.

    I’m currently trying out an “equivalent” cartridge from Rosewill (purchased at on a 2-for-$20 special). So far so good, and the only complaint is that the printers don’t recognize that it’s a new cartridge and keep trying to tell me I’m low on toner.

  • No bigger racists than progressive's video proof (Vanity)

    04/14/2017 4:58:18 AM PDT · 13 of 23
    Be Free to angelrod

    SOME liberals believe that crap - mostly because they take the party-line as gospel truth, don’t really have any friends or acquaintances that are minorities, and still have a lot of white-guilt over economic disparities by race. But the liberal politicians - up and down the ballot, from national leadership to local councilmen, know that ID’s are readily available, easy to obtain, and not any real hindrance to voting. They flog the issue as being racially motivated, because it works to prevent reasonable, sensible voter-ID laws from being implemented which, in turn, provides them with the environment to commit voter-fraud on a massive basis.


    04/12/2017 1:56:39 PM PDT · 58 of 67
    Be Free to NativeSon
    The Trump - Russians link was contrieved AFTER, the election"

    No - if 'catnipman', above, has it right - they manufactured the Russian link to Page so they could have a justification for the FISA warrant. This was to give the the requisite "cover" to then spy on the campaign.

    Think of it this way: they wanted to spy on the campaign, using all of the broad capabilities of the US intelligence agencies, particularly the NSA. Someone within the administration came up with the idea to work the system - that is, to find someone in the Trump campaign that had spoken with any Russian that could be plausibly tied to Russia's espionage activities. Then leverage that contact to eavesdrop on the REAL targets - Trump and his campaign staff.

  • Video Shows Man Dragged Off Overbooked United Flight in Chicago

    04/10/2017 9:57:16 AM PDT · 48 of 243
    Be Free to simpson96

    Under most circumstances, you really shouldn’t lay the blame on the airline in situations like this. ALL airlines over-book their flights, and are permitted to do so under Federal airline regulations. They do so because some number of passengers are “no-shows” for a variety of reasons, and the seats would otherwise end up empty.

    Whether you realize it or not, you agree to a whole host of things in the fine-print every time you purchase an airline ticket. One of those things is your express agreement to comply with and be subject to the airline’s “bump” policy.

    In practice, when there are more passengers than seats, airlines will routinely offer some sort of concessions to anyone willing to volunteer to give up their seat. These are often vouchers for some amount off of future travel - $100, $200, etc., plus guaranteed no-bump seating on the next flight to your destination.

    When not enough passengers volunteer, airlines then select passengers to be bumped. Sometimes this is random, sometimes it’s based on frequent-flyer status with the airline, whatever. The point is, the plane isn’t leaving with more passengers than seats, and someone has to get off - voluntarily or not.

    Clearly this passenger objected to being involuntarily bumped, and I suspect the LEO’s were called only after he refused the airline employees’ requests to depart the plane. I don’t feel sorry for him at all, as disobeying a lawful order from an airline employee is grounds for removal. At the risk of stereotyping, it seems it could be a Doctor with an ego. (Do you know the difference between God and a Doctor? God doesn’t think he’s a Doctor.)

    Where I think United is in the wrong on this is that the article indicates the involuntary bump was being sought to accommodate AIRLINE EMPLOYEEs flying stand-by. Stand-by seating is only to be granted when an open seat exists. It should NEVER be granted through the voluntary or involuntary removal of paying passenger.

  • Can anyone recommend a good anti virus program?

    04/08/2017 6:20:22 AM PDT · 38 of 97
    Be Free to stuck_in_new_orleans

    I use Avast (free version) on a number of PCs, and standard Windows Defender / Security Essentials on others. Avast is guilty of “feature creep”, as they keep adding more and more crap (overhead) to the program, in many instances duplicating features that exist in CCleaner. As I move PC’s over to Win10, I’m just letting the built-in Microsoft stuff do its thing, and then run the occasional sweep with Malwarebytes and CCleaner.

  • We Are Getting Ready For Some Unmasking Of Some Real Dirt – You Never Go Full Watergate.

    04/03/2017 7:35:41 PM PDT · 27 of 35
    Be Free to JerseyDvl

    No, I get all that. And maybe the old adage about criminals being so stupid is right. But I’m serious - what did they really think they were going to do once Trump won the election?

    They had to know they were committing felonies. They had to know they’d eventually be found out. And they had to know that, at most, they’d just be throwing sand in the gears, having only a temporary negative effect on the transition (before and after innauguration). So unless they really thought they’d find something that would prevent Trump from ever taking office? Seems a stretch.

    I dunno - just spit-balling, but something doesn’t seem right. Maybe Rice is under the bus as the patsy for Val-Jar and/or Obama?

  • Dems have enough votes to filibuster Gorsuch (SURPRISE, Surprise, surprise)

    04/03/2017 6:41:21 PM PDT · 26 of 28
    Be Free to G Larry
    "This leaves them unarmed for the coming Kennedy retirement in June and the Ginsberg retirement later this year."

    I respectfully disagree. Not that they'll turn out to be right, but I think the liberal calculus is that they want to force the use of the nuclear option now, when they already know Gorsuch is going to be confirmed. They believe that will result either in a more moderate pick next time, or that they'll paint the Republicans as extremists and anti-women, and racist, if/when Trump names another conservative.

    I can hear their arguments already, about how Trump got his conservative pick to replace Scalia, and that "it would only be fair" to name a Kennedy or Ginsberg replacement with a like-minded judge. The Dems will be doing their level best to flog this issue all the way to the mid-terms.

  • We Are Getting Ready For Some Unmasking Of Some Real Dirt – You Never Go Full Watergate.

    04/03/2017 6:25:40 PM PDT · 13 of 35
    Be Free to davikkm

    OK - so humor me. Suppose Rice did this. To what end? Was she up for a cushy top-level job with H, and this was just spite? Or revenge?

    All that has come of any of the leaks is just innuendo. When any actual facts surface, there is not there there with (Trump or his team).

    I get the start of it in July - probably thought they could come up with something that would turn into an October surprise to put Hillary over the top. But once the election was over, what was there to be gained (vs. the huge risk being undertaken)? Wouldn’t it have been better to spend that time scrubbing any evidence of the July through October illegal activities?


    03/23/2017 1:19:20 PM PDT · 24 of 132
    Be Free to Mr. K

    Best as I can tell, it’s because it’s doing what the Dems wanted all along: creating a new class of entitlements that will keep people voting for Democrats, while moving the entire country to the socialist model of single-payer (i.e. - government provided healthcare).

    Just as the American people were “Gruber-ized” into supporting it, the Dems also lied to the insurance companies, convincing them that all of the net-new insured (as mandated by the law) would give them new revenues and new profits.

    Of course that was never going to happen, as the cost to the insurance companies to “pay” for all of these treatments would swamp them as the previously un-insurable would sign up (but not until they needed the coverage). In other words, no revenue until the sign-up occurred, which in-turn was overwhelmed by the treatment expenses. This would force the insurance companies out of the market, which would “force” the Government to step in and go to a single-payer model.

    Trying to pull this back now is going to royally piss-off the large-numbers of poor and sick that are getting their treatments and “insurance” subsidized by the rest of the population. Probably not coincidentally, the Federal deficit for Obama’s last year in office was the same as in his first - $1 Trillion. In his first year, that was supposedly all “emergency stimulus” money, required (one-time) to save the economy.


    03/23/2017 7:17:07 AM PDT · 7 of 31
    Be Free to fwdude

    Here in Charlotte, NC, the local fishwrap (Charlotte Observer, which I refer to as the Disturber) continually flogs the issue of HB2 and the damage it’s causing to the economy here. Their latest editorial diatribe appears today under the breathless headline: “A year later, HB2 has cost North Carolina millions. How much worse will it get?”.

    Yet there is no proof of any damage to the economy at all.

    If you follow their logic, it has “cost” the State millions because NC hasn’t legalized marijuana, prostitution, gambling, and a host of other things the majority of the State’s largely-moral population is against.

  • Rich New Yorkers ask Cuomo to raise their taxes

    03/21/2017 4:14:00 AM PDT · 28 of 46
    Be Free to only1percent
    "It has never made sense that a Rockefeller and his dentist have the same marginal tax rate."

    WHAT? You're sounding like a liberal there, with all respect. If the dentist has an AGI of $200,000, and Rockefeller's is $20 million, Rockefeller will pay 100x the amount the dentist pays if they pay the same percentage rate. Do the math: $200,000 at 5% is $10,000; $20 million at 5% is $1 million. Clearly Rockefeller is paying WAY more in taxes than the dentist.

    The libs will have you believe a flat-tax is "regressive", but it actually treats everyone equally. It's the progressive tax rate scheme (the more you make, the higher the rate) that already punishes the rich, and makes them all work overtime to come up with their own (legal) tax avoidance schemes.

    And to the libs signing this letter, what are you waiting for? You can open your checkbook any time you like and write a check to the State. There is nothing that prevents you from paying more than your minimum, legally required taxes.


    03/20/2017 7:43:57 AM PDT · 52 of 152
    Be Free to RummyChick

    Sounds like Hillary’s work. What better way to find out what the (now unfriendly) Justice Department has on her.

  • Microsoft blocks Ryzen and Kaby Lake users from updates on Windows 7 and 8.1

    03/18/2017 9:14:40 AM PDT · 16 of 45
    Be Free to ontap

    That won’t solve the issue - Apple does not let you update old machines to their latest OS releases either.

  • For Eight Years Russia "Ran Over" President Obama, Got stronger And Stronger, Picked-Off Crimea...

    03/07/2017 11:11:46 AM PST · 32 of 32
    Be Free to Enlightened1

    S.N.O.W.Y. !!!

    (Still Not Over Winning Yet!)

  • It's All Obama, And Has Been All Along.

    03/04/2017 6:24:39 AM PST · 141 of 296
    Be Free to Lazamataz

    There’s another possibility you might consider: it’s Hillary, and it has been Hillary all along.

    1. Do you think Hillary (with O’s consent and assistance) would have pre-positioned loyalists, awaiting her coronation?

    2. Do you think Hillary is vengeful, spiteful, and willing to burn down the house in the wake of her loss?

    3. Does O have anything to gain PERSONALLY? (no, he can’t be President again). But does Hillary have something to gain? (yes, clear the decks for 2020!).

    4. Are the leaks and damaging info coming from State & CIA? YES! And there is ALWAYS a flow of people from State to CIA, and vice-versa. Not inconceivable, but likely that Hillary put the people and apparatus in place during her time as SoS.

    5. Is Brennan a Hillary sycophant? YES! Remember the stonewalling & silence from the CIA re: Benghazi, when the trail was pointing very clearly at Hillary as the source of the “stand down” order.

    6. Are Hillary’s closest aides and advisors slimy, underhanded creeps - now an in the past? Yes! Begala, Carville, Podesta, etc., etc., etc.

    So maybe Trump’s tweets this morning are to smoke O out of the bunker to defend HIS legacy? I wouldn’t be surprised, and we’ll know if we start seeing a trail of crumbs leading to Chappaqua.

  • Just found out that Obama had my "wires tapped" in Trump Tower

    03/04/2017 5:22:48 AM PST · 117 of 336
    Be Free to CARTOUCHE
    "I would guess that there are security cameras just about everywhere in that tower’s machanical/electrical rooms ..."

    The Gov't/NSA doesn't need to physically go into any building to tap the phones. They're directly tied into the phone-carriers (wire, fiber & cellular), and a FISA warrant results in them being able to gather what they want directly from these carriers. BTW - this would include all data traffic as well, whether via the internet or "private" circuits. Big brother stuff ...

  • Just found out that Obama had my "wires tapped" in Trump Tower

    03/04/2017 4:48:47 AM PST · 64 of 336
    Be Free to Guenevere
    "Anyone ever hear of Watergate...... ......THIS is ‘electronic Watergate’"

    ^ ^ ^ ^ ^ THIS! ^ ^ ^ ^ ^

    But Nixon didn't order it, he just got caught covering up. DID OBAMA ORDER THIS?

  • Hillary Became Violent, Freaked Out, and Smashed Glasses When She Realized the Election Was Lost

    03/02/2017 11:29:25 AM PST · 147 of 167
    Be Free to HamiltonJay
    "(NC) Governors race was a different beast than the national race ..."

    Clearly that was the case with 20/20 hindsight. But, living here in the "great North State", many Dems locally were smug, and expecting a Hillary win, AND a Cooper win.

    I think this was borne out of 2 things: (1) they live in an echo chamber of their own making, so didn't believe the Trump movement was as large as it was; and (2) they also BELIEVED they had created or motivated enough ADDITIONAL Hillary/Cooper voters through the voter-ID issue; the HB2 issue; and the BLM movement (on top of the normal/expected absentee voter fraud).

    I don't believe that any polls picked up on the true Trump surge and, even if they had Trump ahead on election day, they expected it to be much tighter than the actual vote turned out to be.

    As to why Hillary went nuts when she learned she'd lost NC, I think that is a result of staff "survivor bias". That is, she only kept staff around that told her what she wanted to hear. Therefore, the long-term, loyal staff that took her to election day likely DID know she wasn't likely to win in NC, but they weren't going to tell her that. So, to her, it was totally unexpected. She had long-term staff, and at times honest staff. She didn't have any long-term honest staff.

  • Hillary Became Violent, Freaked Out, and Smashed Glasses When She Realized the Election Was Lost

    03/02/2017 7:47:39 AM PST · 125 of 167
    Be Free to HamiltonJay

    She thought it was in play because the Democrats had been actively working to PUT it in play for years. If you’ll recall, a liberal panel of judges struck down the voter ID law just weeks before actual voting was to begin (it was in place for the primaries). Plus, the Dems manufactured a controversy (initially in Charlotte) with the transgender bathroom issue, which the State Republicans blocked with HB2. This became a national issue, with the uber-liberal entertainment, corporate and college-sports “industries” pulling, or threatening to pull out of North Carolina. This was supported and followed dutifully by the propaganda media in Charlotte and Raleigh editorializing about the negative economic impacts on the State “caused” by the GOP.

    There are also uber-liberal pockets (bastions!) in Chapel Hill, Raleigh, Durham, Asheville, & Boone - not coincidentally the sites of the major universities in-State. These folks are reliably and militantly Democrat voters, and always have been.

    In the end, the State was tight-enough that, although Trump won, the Republican governor lost.

  • The Fourth Circuit Runs Roughshod over Heller and the Second Amendment

    02/22/2017 12:41:24 PM PST · 13 of 36
    Be Free to Sgt_Schultze

    So let me get this straight:

    1. For decades, the gun-grabbing left has been trying to convince courts that a “well regulated militia ...” meant that gun rights only applied to military or those in the military.

    So failing to win that argument ...

    2. The gun-grabbing left is now saying that the 2nd Amendment DOESN’T protect an individual’s right to weapons that some gun-grabbing leftist judge subjectively determines has a primarily military application.

    Right ....