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  • DHS: All passengers from Ebola affected countries to fly through 1 of 5 airports

    10/21/2014 11:16:31 AM PDT · 55 of 59
    Be Free to Raebie

    Exactly right - as with other Obola initiatives, make it appear you’re doing something while actually doing nothing.

    Further, this is a tacit admission that travelers can and do bring the disease here.

    Now if they could just make the leap that the best way to prevent the spread outside of Africa is to keep people from getting on the planes in the first place is the only sane approach. Does it make any sense at all that we would put the other 200-300 passengers at risk for the 8 to 16 hour flight? If they’re exposed, then presumably travel on from these 5 gateways unimpeded, you’re literally risking the population of the country.

  • Generals blast Obama's order of troops to fight Ebola

    10/13/2014 6:48:09 AM PDT · 5 of 24
    Be Free to Enlightened1

    Radical Islam: Radicals want to kill westerners and non-believers. They will literally do anything to terrorize and kill, in any country on the globe. They would love to hop a plane to America and, if not blow it up in mid-air, wreak terror on the ground here. OBAMA’s SOLUTION: drone attacks only, no boots on the ground, try to understand their anger, don’t provoke.

    Ebola: (Obama’s) CDC: No risk of it coming to America. We have sufficient protocols to ensure it can’t reach our shores and, if it does, to prevent it from spreading. OBAMA’S SOLUTION: Put “boots on the ground” in West Africa, while leaving air-travel wide open, and rely on the travel to honestly answer a questionnaire before boarding a pressurized germ-transportation tube with hundreds of additional petri-dishes, just waiting to carry the infection further.

    Have I got this about right?

  • Liberal grass roots gather to find a challenger for Hillary Clinton

    10/08/2014 5:00:19 AM PDT · 4 of 15
    Be Free to Cincinatus' Wife

    Weekly reminder (soon to be daily): “Hillary is a moderate centrist. Really. Trust us.”

  • A gasoline tax map that explains a lot

    09/23/2014 4:56:42 AM PDT · 31 of 61
    Be Free to Alberta's Child

    You might consider also that red-states with relatively higher fuel taxes have a few motivations for structuring their taxes that way. The first is that they’re often massive states, with the ratio of miles of State-maintained roads to population being very high. Another is that they don’t want to have a broad tax on the general population to support their road building, but extract those funds from the folks that actually use the roads, and somewhat proportionate to their use. Finally, charging taxes on fuel rather than income allows them to pull in revenue from people that aren’t necessarily State residents - particularly if tourism is a major component of their economies.

  • US Cracks Down on Companies Moving Overseas

    09/22/2014 6:58:55 PM PDT · 65 of 99
    Be Free to Oldeconomybuyer

    The beatings will continue until morale improves!

  • Joe Biden pulls off a gaffe hat trick

    09/18/2014 4:18:26 AM PDT · 10 of 24
    Be Free to TurboZamboni

    Clear the decks! Make way! Her Royal Thighness HILLARY coming through!

  • The Democrats' (and Media's) Obama Problem

    09/11/2014 5:23:10 AM PDT · 16 of 28
    Be Free to Zakeet

    The Dem’s are clearing out the old lies to make room for the new lies. There is no separation between Obama and his policies and what the Dem’s and Media (redundant) want and believe. The only want the gullible to believe that there is this far-out, incompetent guy name Obama, and then there’s “us”. If they want ANY chance of winning anything other than safe, gerry-mandered seats this fall, they need to create space and distance between their oh-so-”moderate” candidates and Obama.

  • Vicious beaver attacks Halifax snorkeler off Nova Scotia’s coast

    09/06/2014 9:44:30 AM PDT · 21 of 30
    Be Free to Loyalist

    There’s a long history of our northern neighbors chasing down these critters - maybe the tide is turning!

  • My dog Died Today

    08/22/2014 7:33:36 PM PDT · 9 of 179
    Be Free to occamrzr06

    May God bless you both as you deal with your grief. Dogs are truly one of His greatest gifts to man. I hope you find peace in your most pleasant memories. And I hope you’ll be able to find the strength to get another puppy sooner, rather than later. There’s nothing that brings joy to a home like a loving dog.

  • The One They Were Waiting For Can't Get Himself Off the Damn Golf Course

    08/22/2014 5:58:27 PM PDT · 5 of 10
    Be Free to old curmudgeon

    Exactly right! Let him golf - 36 holes a day, 7-days a week. Everyone’s moaning about his golfing so much, as if he would actually be doing something we agree with if he worked more “for the people”. He does more than enough damage with the few hours a day he DOES (allegedly) work.

    Does anybody really think he’d confront ISIS, the Taliban, or the Muslim Brotherhood with a few less rounds? Do you think he’d do with the economy what would actually improve it, or pass more cumbersome rules, regulations, and attempt to raise taxes further?

  • Global warming requires more frequent rethink of 'normal' weather: U.N. (seriesly!!)

    07/09/2014 11:17:59 AM PDT · 12 of 16
    Be Free to NormsRevenge

    This is really just more evidence of how crazy/stupid this whole debate really is. Just the fact that they’re using a 30-year average at all is ridiculous. The instrumentation to measure global temperatures accurately barely existed in the early 60’s (coverage issues, more than accuracy issues). Further, the period of ANY records of weather/climate history is barely 2,000 to 3,000 years: a small-fraction of our planet’s history. They infer the rest from scientific “tests”, where they’re loathe to share the data or methodologies.

    This kind of admission demonstrates the futility of debating the climate alarmists, as their goal of controlling the setting on some master planet-Earth thermostat will never be realized. They literally get alarmed by any departure from the “norms” of the 1961-1990 period. The fact is there was nothing normal about it, when considering the long history of Earth, where the only constant HAS been change.

  • Next Monday’s Ruling in Harris v. Quinn

    06/29/2014 9:18:39 AM PDT · 13 of 18
    Be Free to 11th_VA

    If you call it “reparations”, then you might have a chance ...

  • Tipsy Hillary spills real feelings: Obama’s a joke with ‘no hand on the (expletive) tiller,’

    06/28/2014 6:38:08 PM PDT · 15 of 58
    Be Free to SeekAndFind

    I don’t buy any of this Clinton/Obama feud B.S. What you’re hearing and seeing is the beginning of the Hillary 2016 campaign. She & Bill know that the Democrats in general, and Obama and his policies specifically are unmitigated disasters. They know that there is Z-E-R-O chance of a Hillary presidency if she can be tied to them.

    So what to do? Afterall, she was Obama’s S.O.S., and neck-deep in all of it.

    Create a narrative giving the appearance of dislike, disagreement and distrust. This is classic stuff - creating space, or distance between the 2 of them. I can already hear the interviews about how she disagreed with this or that. Of course, she spoke her mind, but Obama wouldn’t listen. Then, after 3 or 4 years of frustration, she realized she just couldn’t be a part of it anymore, and left State. Yeah, sure ...

  • Los Angeles Kings Win Stanley Cup In DOuble Overtime

    06/14/2014 5:57:50 AM PDT · 19 of 24
    Be Free to NTHockey
    Too bad the game hinged on a blown call by the referee.

    Sour grapes! Brian Boyle's short-handed goal only happened because of a non-call in the neutral-zone, when Hagelin checked the King's D (Voynov) into the boards when the 2 were chasing down a loose puck - and BEFORE either got to the puck. It was clear interference, but play went on and Boyle scored. There wouldn't have been an OT if this were called. Plus, anyone that beats the Rangers is my favorite team of the moment. ("LET'S GO FLYERS!")

  • President Obama Was Right

    06/07/2014 5:50:26 PM PDT · 23 of 80
    Be Free to Innovative

    Brooks is a good little brown-shirt, doing his best to protect Dear Leader.

    I didn’t bother clicking through - just the excerpt is enough to make me want to puke. Now we’re talking about degrees of terrorism (the Taliban is not as bad as Al Qaeda)!?!?

    We are still at war in Afghanistan. It’s not the Afghans we’re fighting, it’s the Taliban. Team Obama just negotiated the release of 5 top-commanders in the enemy’s “Army”, to get back a traitor and deserter. There is no way to spin this as good.

  • Harry Reid's Koch Brothers Dementia

    05/15/2014 3:44:15 PM PDT · 16 of 17
    Be Free to Kaslin

    Crazy Uncle Harry is off his meds again!

  • Rise of Oceans Due to Melting Antarctic Ice Sheet Is 'Unstoppable'

    05/12/2014 6:01:36 PM PDT · 65 of 108
    Be Free to QT3.14

    OMG! That makes the potential for catastrophe even greater! All that extra ice means even more water when it melts!

    Oh NOOOOSSSSS! What shall we do?!?!


  • Where is that place that they have the peanuts on the floor?

    05/09/2014 6:51:02 PM PDT · 45 of 75
    Be Free to SamAdams76

    My first real job (late 70’s), I was a techie for a company that did computer systems for credit-unions. There was a client in Boston - the Boston Telephone Workers C.U. that I had to be on site with for some reason or another, and the sales-guy came with us. Of course, that meant entertaining the client with dinner and drinks. The client offices were in an old bank building on Milk St., and a few blocks’ walk from there was a place near the old Boston Garden called Betty’s Rolls Royce. I remember the steaks, the Guinness on tap, and the peanuts on the floor. YUM times 3!!!

  • Do we have a resident computer expert here today?

    05/09/2014 7:29:01 AM PDT · 22 of 39
    Be Free to LouAvul

    I’ve seen behavior similar to that when the print-drivers are not updated; when sending to a printer in something other than HP PCLx format; or when the file-size of the print-job overwhelms the memory of the printer. You said you’d updated the drivers so, assuming they’re all Win7 capable (and you’re not trying to operate in some XP compatibility mode), then scratch that from the list.

    To address the other 2, make sure the driver you’re using is the PCLx (PCL6, I think is current) version. Also, check to see if you’re attempting to print “high quality” output, like 600 or 1200 dpi (dots-per-inch). If you’re doing just office quality print-out (not photos), then 300 dpi is more than sufficient, and should easily print within the memory capacity of the printer.

    I forget where, but somewhere in the Adobe Reader or Win7 printer-driver options is “feature” to either begin print immediately, or to queue the output, then blast it all to the printer at once. If it’s a many-page doc, then that could also be a huge file, and where sending immediately MIGHT help.

  • CEOs Of Stock Exchanges Brawl On CNBC Over High Freq. Trading As NYSE Floor Traders Go Crazy

    04/05/2014 7:37:35 AM PDT · 30 of 30
    Be Free to Go_Raiders

    I did not mean to say costs would not have come down. I did mean to say costs would not have come down as much. There was a club, if not cabal, of Wall St. firms that actively acted against electronic trading, ECN’s, ATS’s, and HFT’s - not because they were bad, but because their protected profits from market-making and high commission rates were threatened.

    Without these advancements, specifically including the HFT’s and the brokers that embraced them, it’s a fact fully-loaded costs of trade and settlement would not have come down as much as they have.

    People complain (as witnessed in this CNBC clip) about the billions that HFT’s make, but say not a word about the 10’s or 100’s of billions saved because of lower aggregate trading costs.

    The fact remains that, whatever small cost per-share or trade is resultant from the “friction” of trading (embedded costs), long-term investors should view this as largely irrelevant to their potential or actual investment returns. Don’t believe me - do the math. What does 1/10-cent of incremental cost do to your investment return on stock you buy and hold for 5-years before selling? We’re talking 100ths of a percentage point.

    Now if you’re a trader, not an investor, and trying to out-gun a HFT from your e-Trade account while sitting in your home-office, then good luck to you. You’re fighting a nuke with a water-pistol. But then again, individual traders trying to beat the Wall St. pros has never been a reliable avocation.

  • CEOs Of Stock Exchanges Brawl On CNBC Over High Freq. Trading As NYSE Floor Traders Go Crazy

    04/04/2014 9:58:29 AM PDT · 28 of 30
    Be Free to Go_Raiders

    You’re guilty of what you accuse me of ...

    Your premise is that the costs, spreads, and speeds would have dropped without HFT’s. I was in the business (not the HFT side), and I know this is not true. Much of the cost of trading is fixed in nature, and very high. Certainly, some of the spend was only there and done to accommodate the HFT’s “need for speed” (NYSE Mahwah data-center, for example, or NASDAQ selling data-center rack-space to trading firms (read: HFT’s), where the price of rack-space went up the closer your rack was to the matching engine rack). I think this should have been banned too - everyone should have level-field access to the exchanges. But, if my algo is better than yours, or faster than yours, or my trade idea is better than yours, that shouldn’t be punished or regulated.

    The higher volumes of shares and trades gave an exponentially larger base over which to spread the high fixed costs. Without these larger volumes, the costs embedded in every trade would have been higher - and by more than the HFT’s costs add (IMHO).

    And I certainly don’t agree that insider trading is OK. To the contrary - the markets can and should price efficiently when all PUBLICLY available information is known to the most market participants. Insider trading allows a participant to trade off of info that their counter-party doesn’t know and can’t know, which should be punished severely. That said, if they don’t know out of ignorance - well, that’s capitalism.

  • My Vehicle Milage Has Dropped 5%+. How About Yours? (VANITY)

    04/04/2014 5:30:45 AM PDT · 52 of 112
    Be Free to Haiku Guy

    Air-intake filter; fuel filter; tire pressure, wear & wheel alignhment; spark plugs; injector cleaner (use something with Chevron Techron in it).

    If you want to rule-in or rule-out ethanol, check, and find a local station that sells ethanol-free gas (”boat fuel”). It’s more expensive, but in a couple of tanks you’ll see if mileage improves or not.

    Also, some cars can reset their fuel-mix computer by pulling the battery cable, then turning on the lights or stomping the brake pedal to dissipate any lingering charge. Basically, a re-boot of the on-board computer. It’ll have to re-learn and re-set the fuel-air mix after “learning” what gas is in the tank.

  • CEOs Of Stock Exchanges Brawl On CNBC Over High Freq. Trading As NYSE Floor Traders Go Crazy

    04/02/2014 2:49:34 PM PDT · 25 of 30
    Be Free to Go_Raiders

    Free lunches? Not at all. They’re a part of the trading eco-system, just as long-investors are. They provide liquidity into the market just by their presence and, yes, they take a little whether money is moving in, or moving out. If anyone is looking for a free lunch, it seems it would be you. You’d like to buy or sell, and without the people in between you and the trade counter-party to be compensated for the service they provide. HFT’s make sure your trade is filled nearly instantaneously, at a price you’re apparently happy to have (else, why did you trade at all?).

    In the pre-HFT days, the “tax” was 10 times worse, as “market makers” only let you buy at the ask, and sell at the bid, and they kept the spreads a mile wide. They’d pocket the difference. Until ECN’s, you couldn’t really see depth-of-market, so even small trades could move a market as some crook-in-a-suit sniffed your intention, and pulled away their bid, so you’d have to pay even more.

    My point is that you should have an idea of what you’re willing to pay for your investment. It’s either a good deal at a given price, or it’s not. If it’s not, then don’t do it. No one is holding a gun to your head and forcing you to buy anything, let alone line the pockets of a HFT. But if you want to buy a stock, some broker(s), market-makers, or HFT is going to nick you a bit - same as always.

    Where HFT is dangerous is that they will immediately sniff-out an imbalance, and pull all their bids and offers, and stand back while the market goes nuts. In the pre-HFT days, one of the responsibilities of the market makers was to maintain an orderly market, and they were required to maintain a 2-sided book at all times (posting both bids and offers), sometimes (though rarely) getting the short-end of the stick. There is no such requirement for HFT’s, though it’s been discussed. Today, if the market gets spooked, they can stand back and watch chaos ensue.

    At the end of the day, HFT’s are doing ALMOST exactly the same thing as the suits that came before them, only the amount they take on any given trade is infinitely smaller than what it was before they were around. This is better, no?

    Is it perfect? No. Do they make a ton of money? Yes. Is it better than the old model? 99.9% of the time, yes.

  • Adam Weinstein: Arrest Climate Change Deniers

    04/02/2014 5:47:41 AM PDT · 14 of 49
    Be Free to LeoMcNeil

    Want to make one of their heads explode? Ask them some of these questions:

    1. Given numerous periods in Earth’s history of significantly warmer and colder climates, why are the climate observations during minuscule time when mankind could measure accurately considered the “right” climate for all time?

    1a. Similarly, given sea-life fossils uncovered miles upon miles inland across the globe, why are the current ocean levels and shorelines the “right” ones to maintain forever? And can we?

    2. The scientific community’s “consensus” has generated models with dire predictions for warming, rising oceans, increases in the number and severity of hurricanes and tornadoes. 99.9% of these models failed to predict the what actually occurred: no statistically significant warming for 15+ years; reductions in the number and severity of hurricanes and tornadoes over this period; and restoration of ice-shelfs and glaciers through colder than normal winters in the Arctic and Antarctic regions. Why should we believe their models now?

    3. What is the cost - literally and figuratively - of remediation efforts to eliminate or reverse man-caused climate effects? What happens if, for example, Americans tax themselves heavily, while China (for example) continues unabated?

    4. Could monies spent on climate-change research and remediation save more lives and improve human longevity if spent on things like cancer research, anti-terrorism efforts? How many have died because of limits on spending in these areas due to climate research spending?

    5. If the globe warms, won’t deaths due to severe winter calamities be reduced? Fewer car-wrecks on iced-over highways; fewer people freezing in the homes when they can’t afford to heat them?

    6. If the globe warms, won’t the global capacity for crops be enhanced, as more land will be suitable for farming? Won’t this help with efforts to combat starvation?

    If could go on and on ...

  • How to Make Your Headlights Shine Like New

    04/02/2014 5:19:21 AM PDT · 52 of 72
    Be Free to ourworldawry

    Toothpaste! Yes - it works, is readily available, and cheap. I use the Arm & Hammer type, then follow it up with auto-specific Plast-X, which is a combo plastic scratch remover and wax. I don’t know if it has a UV protector or not, but they look great when done.

    TIP: have a spray bottle of water, and use it when you’re doing the toothpaste step. You need to keep it wet so you can polish the lens. Not so much as to wash off the toothpaste, but not to little or the cloth drags. When done the polish step, spray and wipe all of the toothpaste off, and dry the lens, then use the Plast-X.

  • Krauthammer: ObamaCare 7.1 Million A 'Phony Number'

    04/01/2014 7:15:03 PM PDT · 21 of 36
    Be Free to Hotlanta Mike

    He lied about keeping your plan; he lied about keeping your doctor; he lied about paying lower premiums; he lied about better plans; he lied when he said it wasn’t a tax.

    Why on God’s green earth would anyone believe the 7.1 million number???

  • CEOs Of Stock Exchanges Brawl On CNBC Over High Freq. Trading As NYSE Floor Traders Go Crazy

    04/01/2014 6:06:09 PM PDT · 22 of 30
    Be Free to Go_Raiders

    Sorry, I can’t agree with you on this. Why someone buys or sells, or how often, is their own business. If you’re a buy-and-hold investor, then you should be looking to buy stocks at a price you think will allow you to sell at a profit later. If you think these high-frequency guys are driving up prices, making you pay more, then aren’t those same guys keeping prices up, making it more lucrative when you sell? Or aren’t people that are selling today getting a higher price than they would without the HFT’s?

    The reality is that we used to pay 6- to 10-cents PER SHARE to trade, and bid/ask spreads on NASDAQ or OTC stocks were 1/16th (6.25-cents) or 1/8th (12.5-cents). Now just about anything you want to buy can be had for flat-commissions, and bid-ask spreads are a penny or less. That’s because the HFT guys are doing with computers what floor brokers and retail brokers used to do all the time. They just do it more quickly, efficiently and cheaply.

    If you’re an investor, then these guys have virtually no impact on your long-term returns, and maybe even help them, because the market is priced more efficiently by their presence.

  • Still on Windows XP? Here’s Some Bad Advice

    03/29/2014 5:18:16 AM PDT · 16 of 77
    Be Free to Las Vegas Dave

    If your XP machine is only used for storage, then there’s really no reason to update it. If you connect to the internet with it for browsing or email, then you’re potentially exposed going forward, as hackers are going to go into overdrive trying to roll out new exploits.

    An alternative would be to take the drive out, and put it either in your Win7 PC as a second drive (assuming an open bay), or into an external case that you can hook to the Win7 machine via a USB cord. That would give you access to the photos.

    A better option, assuming you’d be devastated if you lost those photos, would be to upload them to a web-based file storage service (DropBox, Google-drive, SkyDrive, etc.), where you can access from anywhere, and not risk a hard-drive failure and loss. Then you could “decommission” the XP machine.

    If you don’t want to have your photos out on the internet, regardless of assurances about privacy, safety and security, then buy a USB back-up drive (1TB drives can be had for $60 or $70) and take copies of everything you want to keep. Encrypt and password-protect your backup drive, and store somewhere away from your main PC. You’d then have the original drive AND a backup, just in case.

  • 14 earthquakes recorded in Oklahoma since Friday

    03/23/2014 7:19:50 AM PDT · 74 of 80
    Be Free to tbw2

    5. Beginning with the “wildcatters” in the early 20th century, oil-extraction was relieving pressure that would otherwise have naturally been building in this tectonic ridge area. Aggressive investment in oil-alternatives put a damper on demand, and less extraction occurs, allowing pressure to build again. This increase in the natural plate-pressures is then occasionally released as tremors and earth-quakes. Ergo, lack of drilling and oil extraction, as a direct result of Federal Government policies, is causing earthquakes.


    It makes as much sense as the loony explanations from the left!

  • Malaysian leader: plane's disappearance deliberate

    03/15/2014 6:48:17 AM PDT · 11 of 16
    Be Free to Fai Mao

    They would (try to kill the passengers) if the intent was to avoid a “Lets Roll!” scenario.

    (RIP Todd Beamer)

  • Justice Scalia: 'Constitution is not a living organism'

    03/15/2014 6:41:58 AM PDT · 14 of 24
    Be Free to markomalley

    Nice to hear a Supreme say it, but a shame it’s “news” when one does. It’s just common sense, and true to what the founders said, did, and intended.

    As to the “living document” of politicians, that’s true as well - from THEIR seats in government. They have the ability and power, through a defined process, to amend the constitution. But ONLY when they can get enough support from both houses, and a signature from a sitting president.

    I’ve always been appalled how the Dems just want to waive their hands, and “interpret” new law and new rights into being through what is, effectively, mob rule. Equally bad is their history of abridging existing rights in the same way (2nd Amendment anyone?).

  • Malaysia Airliner Communications Shut Down Separately: US Officials Say

    03/13/2014 6:02:40 PM PDT · 36 of 145
    Be Free to mandaladon

    Here’s a great map that would show all the (known) airfields the plane could have been flown to if it was a deliberate act of commandeering, and flying to avoid detection.

  • Malaysia Airliner Communications Shut Down Separately: US Officials Say

    03/13/2014 5:55:33 PM PDT · 28 of 145
    Be Free to livius

    Re-check your coordinates. The plane left Kuala Lumpur for Beijing. The distance from Kuala Lumpur to the farthest of the Philippines islands is less than half the distance to Beijing.

    The fuel on-board was reported to be enough for Beijing (5.5 hrs), plus another 2 hrs. At 500 mph, that’s a radius of some 3,750 miles - roughly the distance from Dallas to Honolulu. That’s a LOT of globe to cover if it truly was “diverted” by unknowns on-board.

  • Staples to shut 225 stores in North America as sales fall

    03/06/2014 5:30:19 AM PST · 48 of 120
    Be Free to Fresh Wind

    Exactly right. As a small-business owner, I need a lot of what they sell. I will ONLY buy their sale items, and then they’re actually pretty competitive.

    For example, I recently needed a new color laser printer for the office, and their price including shipping was within $10 of the best I found on-line, and they had next-day delivery included in their price, so they got my business on that one.

    Their coupons on paper are also usually good - and I stock up when the biggest discounts are offered. I recently got 2 cases of general purpose printer/copier paper for next to nothing after rebates, which they helpfully allow you to submit on-line.

    But their “every day” prices on everything else are through the roof. They have probably conditioned every one of their customer do act like I do, which leaves high-priced inventory sitting on shelves, and low-margin or loss-leader items flying off the shelves. Can’t cover all of that overhead with a model like that.

  • HERE IT COMES: Huge Atlantic storm heading STRAIGHT for Britain will hit in just 10 hours

    02/07/2014 5:24:23 AM PST · 45 of 86
    Be Free to markomalley

    Check with her airline - if there’s an alternate connection through another city (Frankfurt, Munich, Paris, Stockholm, Rome, etc.) they may allow a change for no fees. They don’t want to deal with diverted passengers and closed airports either.

  • Fact check: Anti-Obamacare chorus is off key

    02/06/2014 5:15:34 AM PST · 33 of 40
    Be Free to Olog-hai

    I continue to be appalled, but not surprised, by the leftist’s assault on truth and logic. Here they are not just advocating, but cheer-leading! In their twisted world, individuals that are capable and able to work, and currently are doing so, will leave the workforce and/or reduce their hours because others will be paying for the benefits that they want and need. So, instead of being self-sufficient and providing for themselves, they will be parasites, burdening the rest of productive society with higher taxes.

    And this is a good thing???

  • The Weather Channel goes dark on DirecTV

    01/14/2014 5:05:28 AM PST · 56 of 90
    Be Free to EternalHope13

    Hit the nail on the head there! This is another chapter in the “Dinosaur Media” saga. TWC is still high on fumes from their rock-star status of the 1980’s, arrogantly assuming that their content is so valuable and unique that it’s a must-have for any satellite or cable subscriber. Like magazine and newspaper publishers, they likely never considered how many alternatives there are to a weather-only TV channel in 2014.

    I get virtually all my weather from internet-based services (usually For major national weather events, I would occasionally tune in to TWC, but that’s been rare. For major local weather, the local stations have better coverage, as they’re right here.

    Bye-bye TWC.

  • Does anyone have/use a tankless water heater?

    12/11/2013 10:54:40 AM PST · 101 of 117
    Be Free to knarf

    I’ve had a gas unit for 7+ years (Takagi brand). I did cost more initially, but I recouped the investment after about 5 years of use, as my monthly bills went down significantly - both because there is no pilot light, and because I only heat water when I need it, rather than keeping a hot-water supply constantly hot.

    We absolutely LOVE it. You never run out of hot water, which is great when you have a house full of guests, or have a small window of time in which to have multiple people shower, do some laundry, and run the dishwasher.

    I would not consider electric - as others noted, too long to heat up, plus more costly than gas for the same heat/volume output.

    When installing gas, the plumber had to run a 3/4” pipe to supply the fuel (regular gas line, as with a stove-top or standard water heater won’t cut it). Plus there was a double-wall stainless vent pipe required. I also installed a pipe for outside air to feed into the combustion chamber, rather than drawing from the garage utility closet.

    My natural gas bill went from $30/mo., give or take, to under $20/mo. during the summer months (when I’m not using gas heat). No real way to tell what the savings were the other months, but I assume they would be at least equal if not better.

    If there is a down-side, it’s that these can only heat and deliver so many gallons per-minute, so using 2 showers plus another appliance (washer, dishwasher, etc.) will mean colder water than desired. Make sure you spec a unit with the highest GPM (gallons-per-minute) rating you think you’ll reasonably need.

  • Obamas Photo Drama at Mandela Memorial

    12/10/2013 9:04:05 AM PST · 40 of 187
    Be Free to kristinn

    Look at the row directly behind the O’s: Susan Rice, Valerie Jarrett, Eric Holder. OK, maybe Rice should be there as UN Ambassador but, come on - just another high-priced vacation subsidized by the US taxpayers.

    Contrast this treatment with that received by Margaret Thatcher at her passing.

  • What happens to Insurance Company Revenues now that ObamaCare® has failed?

    11/12/2013 10:01:55 PM PST · 43 of 47
    Be Free to Vendome

    What will happen and what they expected to happen are 2 different things. Obama and the Dems sold the insurers by promising huge revenue increases, as everyone would be forced to buy. This was the only way these companies would go along with the provision requiring them to cover pre-existing conditions.

    We all see the reality - they’re getting hosed. The strong likelihood is that the sick will sign up and the healthy will opt for the penalty. Therefore the insurers will get all the expense they forecast, but only a fraction of the new revenue.

    The other thing I’m surprised hasn’t been brought up yet is that this de-facto “tax increase” is the largest in history and, if operating as planned, would have be huge windfall to the Feds and States.

    You see, all of those poor “uninsured” people weren’t going without health-care - they just lacked health insurance! They were not able to pay directly OR via insurance. The result is that we all get stuck with the bill, as our governments (Federal & State) USED TO pick up these costs.

    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.

    Said another way, we will now pay both the high taxes AND the increased premiums - just to make it “fair”.

  • Jim DeMint: We Won't Back Down on ObamaCare

    10/18/2013 9:14:13 AM PDT · 65 of 144
    Be Free to Tailgunner Joe

    I wish I understood why the GOP is so inept at messaging!!! This should be a fairly simple script, that even the dimmest of bulbs in the party can repeat:

    “The question shouldn’t be why we’re still working to keep Obamacare from going into full effect. It should be why WOULDN’T we be doing everything we can to stop it.

    When the Dems conjured up the ACA:

    - We said it would kill jobs; they said it wouldn’t. Well now we have proof - it kills jobs, particularly middle-class jobs that are the backbone of our economy. Employers are cutting full-time jobs, and making them part-time. And they’re taking part-timers, and limiting their hours to ensure their costs of providing medical insurance don’t skyrocket.;

    - We said it wouldn’t reduce medical or insurance costs, and would almost certainly drive those costs up. They said it would reduce costs - insurance, care provision, everything. Well now we have proof - it is driving costs higher.

    - We said it would reduce care options, as individual doctors, doctor groups, and other care providers would retire, close down, or limit patient access. The Dems said this wouldn’t happen, and we were fear-mongers. Well now we have proof - we were right, and medical care choices are now more limited.

    - They said medical insurance premiums would drop - not just for a few, but for everyone; we said there was no way to insure an additional 10 million people, and not have premiums increase to cover costs. Again, we were right, as people across America are seeing the devastating effects of higher premiums for mandated coverage they don’t want or need.

    - They said we could keep our existing plans if we liked them. But, as millions of Americans have learned, this also is a falsehood. Individual policy-holders in the millions are being told their plans aren’t available under the ACA, tne their replacement plans are sometimes 2 or 3 times more expensive than their canceled plans.

    - They also said we could keep our doctors, but doctors and doctor groups are refusing to participate in the least expensive plans, because of the dramatic shift in reimbursement rates they would receive for providing care.

    You see, the Dems were not straight with the American people when they rammed this legislation through. There was a reason not a single Republican legislator voted for it in the House and the Senate. We knew it, and said it at the time. We were ridiculed by them, and by the press. But we were right - and the proof is there for all to see now.

    All of America would be well served to see this terrible legislation repealed. But, at the very least, we should hit the pause button. There literally is no good reason to continue down this path, and it’s why we’re fighting so hard to mitigate its negative impacts.

    So again, the question isn’t why we’re against it. The question is: “Why would any reasonable person be for it?”.

  • Petition: RETRACT the executive order against the re-importation of U.S. military firearms

    08/31/2013 12:59:41 PM PDT · 5 of 12
    Be Free to jdege

    What part of “... shall not be infringed.” do they not understand?

  • Teen Says Teacher Sent Him Sexual Facebook Messages

    08/24/2013 5:26:44 AM PDT · 4 of 33
    Be Free to SoFloFreeper

    Clicked thru to the link w/ pic - GUILTY AS CHARGED!

  • Using a PC to make phone calls...

    08/13/2013 5:50:03 PM PDT · 71 of 103
    Be Free to topher

    I guess you have a lot of options here to look at. I think your answer will come down to your personal situation and needs. For me, I had 2 lines from AT&T (1 home, 1 home-business), and it was costing me a bit over $100/mo. I needed to maintain both lines, I wanted the solution to work just like my “regular” phone service - using the existing wired and wireless phones in my home, and not require that I use or be in front of my computer, or that any computer be on.

    Almost all of the services out there offer unlimited domestic long distance and voice-mail, plus things like call waiting. Most offer e911 services.

    I tried Ooma, first with one line, then switching the other as well. They have a basic package, where (once you buy the Ooma device), all you pay for is Federal taxes. I opted to upgrade to their “premium” service, which lets me have call-blocking from known telemarketers, plus up to 100 numbers of my own choosing, and also lets in-bound calls simultaneously ring to my cell phone - I can answer any call from either phone. I’ve been very happy, and cut my annual phone bill by 80%. It’s not free, but it’s a great deal compared to what I used to pay, and it’s worked great for me.

  • Where is Nathan Louis Campbell's mug shot? [Vanity]

    08/05/2013 10:51:11 AM PDT · 14 of 108
    Be Free to Gadsden1st

    It looked on the security-cam video like a fully-automatic Chevy AK-47! Dangerous things they are - probably only second to the infamous assault-style SUV’s.

  • One Suspect In Custody In Miami Gardens Double Murder [Trayvon's Hometown, One of Obama's sons]

    08/01/2013 4:33:03 AM PDT · 10 of 15
    Be Free to SoFloFreeper
    Addressing the incident at today's White House press briefing, administration spokesperson Jay Carney made the following statement:

    "President Obama was saddened to learn of the untimely deaths of the retired minister and her grandson. However, he was heartened when he learned they were unarmed, and otherwise didn't appear to stand their ground or resist. Had they been armed, the situation could have escalated, possibly resulting in Mr. Jackson being injured or, even worse, killed."


  • [NY Times Editorial] The Decline of North Carolina

    07/10/2013 12:03:11 PM PDT · 50 of 55
    Be Free to AFPhys

    Yes, it’s actually out there - took over an hour from submission to appearance, so someone was mulling it over.

  • [NY Times Editorial] The Decline of North Carolina

    07/10/2013 6:29:05 AM PDT · 18 of 55
    Be Free to Zakeet
    As a resident, I felt the need to comment at the NYT site - doubt it will be "approved" by the "moderator", as contrary thoughts are verboten.

    "Cognitive dissonance, thy name is the New York Times! Within the same article, tne NYT editors lament that NC has the 5th highest unemployment rate nationally, and dwells at 46th in educational performance. Then, as if it cannot be correlated, they note that the Republicans have had control of the Governorship and Legislature only since last fall, and for the first time in decades.

    The voters of our State recognize what the NYT does not - it is the policies and practices of our previous Democrat leaders that put us into the situation we are in today. We voted to remove them from office, and to replace their dated and failing policies with those that would promote economic growth and development - lower taxes, and smaller and less costly government.

    Of course the liberals and progressives will squeal ("Moral Mondays") - they've been feeding at the government trough for decades, and the party is now over.

    Give us a few years, then check in. You'll see the same positive results that have been experienced, for example, in Wisconsin, where common sense and pro-growth policies were implemented by new Republican leadership following decades of Democrat rule and corruption. It's not rocket-science. Such policies are working equally well in Indiana, Texas, Florida, South Carolina, South Dakota, and more.

    If there is some good that might come from this editorial, it's that it might staunch the flow of north-east liberals that have been fleeing high-tax nanny-states like New York."

  • Case Against Zimmerman Collapsing

    07/08/2013 3:49:49 PM PDT · 45 of 89
    Be Free to DoughtyOne

    My theory? We’re where we are now because one political coward after the next has kicked this can down the road for someone else to handle. The police originally didn’t think charges were warranted, but they were over-ruled from above because of the racial tensions, fomented by the likes of Rev. Sharpton.

    Until this actually got to court, everyone before likely rationalized letting the farce continue by telling themselves that Zimmerman would ultimately be acquitted, so no harm, no foul.

    The State case is so poor because there is no case to be made that Zimmerman is guilty. That, and it wouldn’t surprise me if the prosecutors knew and know that their witnesses would help the defense - hoping against hope that they would help “sell” the not-guilty verdict to the media, and ultimately, to the public.

    As others have noted, not-guilty is going to result in riots - and regardless of the facts.

  • Mortgage Applications Decline 3%, Q1 GDP At 1.8%, Fed To The Rescue?

    06/26/2013 8:01:52 AM PDT · 3 of 7
    Be Free to whitedog57

    Now, what was it that was different in Q1 of this year vs. Q4 of last year, and that might explain the slowing of the economy. Hmmmm ... could it be the INCREASE IN TAX RATES?!?!

    It’s almost as if people crammed everything they could into last year’s Q4, and went to sleep in this year’s Q1. Who’d have guessed!?!?!