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  • Woman Smears 30 Cars w/ Peanut Butter in Trump Protest

    10/19/2016 4:44:11 PM PDT · 17 of 129
    exDemMom to ConservativeStatement

    Well, it’s the Trump supporters’ fault, doncha know. If it weren’t for them inciting violence (by supporting Trump), people like this woman wouldn’t have to become violent.


  • CNN's John King Blames Talk Radio for Making Americans

    10/19/2016 4:30:33 PM PDT · 13 of 14
    exDemMom to HenpeckedCon
    Has anyone ever heard that ISIS was infecting illegal Mexicans with Ebola? What is that idiot King talking about?

    I remember that people were concerned that Ebola could somehow infect illegals from Africa, who would then carry it into the US. I spent a lot of time here on FR explaining why that is an incredibly unlikely scenario (Ebola makes people VERY sick and unlikely to survive to cross our border, and it really is not very contagious except by direct contact).

    Maybe that idiot King read about people's concerns about illegals bringing Ebola from Africa, and "spiced up" the story a little by concocting the story about ISIS.

  • Media's Trump Derangement Syndrome Incites Violence

    10/19/2016 4:21:05 AM PDT · 3 of 10
    exDemMom to IBD editorial writer

    Leftists *always* accuse Republicans of using the tactics that they themselves employ.

    Leftists have been claiming that Trump incites violence even while agitators like Soros pay people to commit violent acts at Trump rallies.

    If you want to know what leftists are doing, listen to their accusations—they tell you pretty directly what they are doing.

  • The Emergency Closet

    10/19/2016 4:15:43 AM PDT · 22 of 25
    exDemMom to Fai Mao

    It is up to you if you want to keep potassium iodide tablets around, but you should know that they are not a magic shield against radiation. They can only protect your thyroid against radioactive iodine, such as you might encounter after a nuclear bomb explosion. Your other organs would still be exposed. The risk of such an event is low—although, thanks to Bill Clinton and Obama giving nuclear technology to North Korea and Iran, respectively, it is much higher than it was a decade or so ago.

    There are many other forms and sources of radiation, and potassium iodide will not help with those.

    A Geiger counter could tell you if something is contaminated with radioisotopes, although it will not reliably detect low energy emitters. More sophisticated equipment can detect low energy radioisotopes, but it takes a few minutes to prepare and analyze the samples.

    You do not want to consume radioisotopes. Internally, they do the most damage, since there is no way to quickly remove them from the body. Alpha emitters are the most damaging internally, but externally pose little threat since alpha particles are large and heavy and can be blocked by material as light and flimsy as paper. If your food supplies were to be contaminated with radioisotopes, you would want to discard anything that is not sealed hermetically, and wash the exterior packaging of everything else with detergent and dry it before opening.

    If you are exposed externally, you can wash the radioisotopes off and minimize or prevent radiation damage. In that case, you should discard any contaminated clothing in a double plastic bag and place it away from yourself. Clothing prevents most radioactive material from reaching your skin, but it must be removed carefully and discarded if contaminated. In any case, if a radiation event should happen, there are people (like myself) who have been trained on how to set up and run decontamination stations and provide first aid and triage services.

    Anyway—this is a lot of information, but I hope it helps you weigh some pros and cons of keeping potassium iodide tablets on hand. For more information on the use of such tablets, you can check the CDC website.

  • Roman coins ID'd in Japanese ruins, but their origin baffles

    10/18/2016 7:59:42 PM PDT · 12 of 15
    exDemMom to Olog-hai

    Obviously, they were left there by early tourists, who found them useless in Japan.

  • How to check to see if my dead relatives are voting? Anyone know what to do?

    10/18/2016 7:57:34 PM PDT · 18 of 35
    exDemMom to jennychase

    That is awesome. I found that I am registered to vote in CA, which is probably a good thing because there is an absentee ballot in the kitchen waiting to be filled out. The only glitch in the site is that it only takes CA zip codes, but I live back east. Yes, I do have the legal right to vote in CA, regardless of where I live.

  • Restructuring America's Economic Mobility

    10/18/2016 5:54:26 PM PDT · 27 of 27
    exDemMom to Morpheus2009
    I did great in history, but still, Mongolia under Communism was hardly discussed and the time frame where I was on that course was the winter 2010 semester, a few years ago. The details weren’t gotten into. Now maybe I could have found the option for one of the papers, but it didn’t appear common. I couldn’t extrapolate and say that my course reflects on what the history courses in general cover. But it just appeared that way.

    The only thing I ever remember learning about Mongolia was that Chinggis (Ghengis) Khan was a Mongolian who conquered much of the known world, and that many people trace their ancestry back to him. Because I had a Russian student several years ago who told me that many Russians would visit Mongolia, I suspected that it might have been a member of the Soviet bloc, but I had to verify that suspicion with further research.

    During the 300 years that China occupied Mongolia, the Chinese were brutal about putting down any kind of rebellion, using torture and murder to enforce their rule. In 1921, Sukhbator visited the USSR and asked for help against the Chinese. The USSR sent soldiers, and with that help, Mongolians managed to free the northern provinces, the area now known as Outer Mongolia. They remain grateful to the Soviets to this day. And that is despite the purges in the 1930s, where the Soviets destroyed almost all of the Buddhist monasteries and murdered hundreds of monks.

    My guide asked about the relationship between South Korea and America, because she sees Korean TV shows where the characters often talk about America. After I explained to her how we helped South Korea when North Korea invaded, she said, "Oh, so it's because you helped South Korea the way the Soviets helped us!" I could not disagree with that assessment.

    When I went to school, history was about ancient Greece and Rome, America, California, and Japan, as well as Japanese culture (we spent a whole school year studying Japan). Either the rest of the world did not exist, or I slept through it (I hated history).

  • Hillary Clinton’s faux feminism is a rape against all women

    10/18/2016 5:30:59 PM PDT · 2 of 2
    exDemMom to Beautiful_Gracious_Skies

    A woman who has achieved nothing on her own, but rode on her husband’s coattails the whole way is hardly a role model for anyone. True independent women become successful on their own hard work, not by using their husbands.

  • Restructuring America's Economic Mobility

    10/18/2016 4:27:09 AM PDT · 24 of 27
    exDemMom to cloudmountain

    Dang—I meant Venezuela, not Argentina. (Same thing, I suppose.)

  • Goldman Sachs Paid Hillary $675,000 For This?

    10/18/2016 4:23:47 AM PDT · 11 of 40
    exDemMom to SERKIT

    Of course not. For that price, you also get the souvenir glass!

  • Trump Moves up, HItlary Moves down in Dornsife Yet Again

    10/18/2016 4:22:03 AM PDT · 11 of 15
    exDemMom to Morpheus2009

    I don’t know. I’ve never been called for a political poll, but I’ve been called for other polls.

    The Nielson TV rating company somehow selected me once, and I found that my TV viewing habits completely changed during the week I was collecting data for them. Friends asked me to watch shows on their behalf so the ratings would go up...

  • Murphy's 21 Brutal Laws Of Combat From Actual Soldiers: 13 Is Particularly Important

    10/18/2016 4:17:41 AM PDT · 20 of 38
    exDemMom to
    My Dad said during WWII you were not allowed to salute the officer for same reason

    I think the modern rules during combat are the same. (I have never been to an active combat zone.) Everyone wears subdued (embroidered on cloth rather than shiny metal) ranks for that reason, too.

  • Murphy's 21 Brutal Laws Of Combat From Actual Soldiers: 13 Is Particularly Important

    10/18/2016 4:12:32 AM PDT · 18 of 38
    exDemMom to Pecos
    It appears you've never been to Baltimore.

    Actually, our GPS makes us drive through Baltimore because we told it we want to avoid the tolls on I-95. We've been lucky so far. I admit that it does make me nervous to drive on the surface streets there.

  • Restructuring America's Economic Mobility

    10/18/2016 4:09:32 AM PDT · 22 of 27
    exDemMom to cloudmountain
    No crossroads with this election. She is just ONE person and she can't do much with our system of government.

    Plus she has to deal with CONGRESS. THAT is a bigger deal because they make the laws.

    I believe every word you say about Shrillary but you really are giving her too much credit. I remember WELL the exact same rhetoric when Bill Clinton was running. The anti-Clinton pundits said that the world would end.

    It didn't.

    Clinton was a giant SLEAZE-bucket but our world didn't end.

    I wish I could have that level of faith.

    However, I am a scientist, and one concept that I have come to understand very well is that systems work according to a logarithmic function. The best way to visualize this is through looking at a growth curve or dose-response curve. A tiny bit of perturbation to a system has no visible effect. But when that perturbation grows, it reaches a point where, seemingly suddenly, the perturbation and its effects have a linear relationship. Then there comes a time when the perturbation has had the maximum effect on the system, such that adding more does not make much of a difference.

    Bill Clinton did a lot of damage, but the system is huge; thus, the damage was mostly hidden during his term. The housing/mortgage crisis that erupted in the latter part of Bush 43's presidency was the direct result of Bill Clinton's policies. The system was able to absorb a small number of bad mortgages. But the policy of coercing banks to make these bad loans continued over several years steadily increased the number of bad loans to the point where the system broke under the pressure. We are still dealing with that. Add to that the other pressures the left puts on our system--the race wars that Obama has tirelessly promoted, the stress on the healthcare system, the suppression of education in schools and even universities, the massive increase of national debt--there are too many stressors in the system, and they are growing. Hillary will double down on the destructive policies of Bill and Obama--that is the entire point of her campaign. Thus, she will accelerate the effects of those stressors. To avoid system breakdown, those stressors have to be negated ASAP. Trump seems to understand the danger, and is (I think) the only person who is willing to try to fix the problems before they reach critical levels.

    Argentina did not collapse overnight when it went full socialist. It took years. The US, being larger, has more built-in resilience, but it is reaching the breaking point.

    Now, back to Mongolia and their vote for communists when they had their first election. You need to try to understand that from their point of view, free from American bias. Communism, to them, represents equality, full employment, and--yes--freedom, while democracy represents cronyism, corruption and high unemployment. They do not have a republican option. Many Mongolians do not like cronyism or corruption any more than conservative Americans. And when they vote for Communists, they are not voting for a communist dictator-they are voting for communists to sit in a parliament, who will--regardless of their party affiliation--support the efforts of international companies (Toyota, Coca-Cola, Pizza Hut, Louis Vuitton, etc.) to set up shop in Mongolia because that creates jobs, which is completely compatible with the view that (some) Mongolians have of communism. The important point is that Communism in Mongolia has to be understood in context--it is NOT the American interpretation of Communism.

    When I first arrived in Mongolia, my guide asked about the election, and who I support. I told her that I am voting for Trump, because he is a businessman and I think that is good for America. In later conversations, we talked about corruption, and I told her that Hillary is very corrupt but that the people voting for her do not care. She brought up the point that she heard that Trump cannot be corrupted, and I pointed out that Trump is so rich that it is impossible to offer him something he does not already have.

  • Clinton Extreme Meltdown From Surprise Question – Screams, Thrown Water, Obscenities

    10/18/2016 3:29:35 AM PDT · 28 of 86
    exDemMom to Democrat_media

    Hmm. Bernie has that look that I interpret as soulless, which is usually what I see in the eyes of radical unthinking leftists and psychopaths.

    Hillary, on the other hand, looks cold and calculating—like there is a demon looking out of those eyes.

  • USC Dornsife/LA Times Poll: 10/18 -- Trump + .1 , Clinton - .4

    10/18/2016 3:18:24 AM PDT · 19 of 44
    exDemMom to jazminerose
    I can’t understand why everyone doesn’t hate Hillary.

    As a feminist icon, she is horrible. She has never worked a real job, never accomplished anything worthwhile. The only reason people know who she is is because she was first lady. A true feminist would want to distance herself from anything Hillary. Gloria Steinem wrote a book, "A woman needs a man like a fish needs a bicycle." Hillary not only exemplifies the exact opposite of that concept, she demonstrated during her tenure at the State Department that she is incapable of acting intelligently or responsibly when placed in charge.

    Of course feminists do not reject Hillary, and happily overlook the fact that she represents the opposite of feminism's stated goals. Feminism is just another mask for socialism, which is really about destroying society.

  • Trump Moves up, HItlary Moves down in Dornsife Yet Again

    10/18/2016 3:07:32 AM PDT · 8 of 15
    exDemMom to vinny29
    They are also sherry picking

    Sherry, rather than cherry, picking is probably appropriate in this case. Anyone working to get Hillary elected knows that the challenge is to get voters to overlook her considerable unlikeability, criminality, corruption, and overall bad judgment--and the only way they can actually think that getting her into office is a good idea is if they are under the effects of some mind-altering substance. And sherry, consumed in sufficient quantities, does affect the mind.

  • Murphy's 21 Brutal Laws Of Combat From Actual Soldiers: 13 Is Particularly Important

    10/18/2016 2:59:41 AM PDT · 5 of 38
    exDemMom to

    That #6 is a really tough one for officers.

    I was doing field exercises many years ago, and the scenario was that we were approaching enemy territory. The enlisted soldiers formed a “protective” formation around me. Meanwhile, I was thinking that if an enemy happened to be observing the formation, he would immediately notice that one person seems more important than the rest.

    Fortunately, there is not a lot of enemy activity in Maryland and no one shot at me.

  • China’s Wild Ginseng Craze Has Spread All the Way to Appalachia

    10/17/2016 5:39:04 PM PDT · 29 of 43
    exDemMom to 2ndDivisionVet

    I bought some ginseng tea, and it was very good. Then I read the small print which warned against overconsumption because it can increase the heart rate. My heart is very slow (less than 60), but I don’t want it sped up. So I stopped drinking the ginseng tea.

    I seriously do not understand the compulsion some people have to take substances “for health.” If they are sick and need some pharmaceutical intervention to try to get their body back to normal function, that is one thing. But to be healthy and seek to take something with pharmaceutical properties is lunatic. Pharmaceuticals, whether they are in their “natural” state or are purified, measured, and bound in known quantities in pills, disrupt the natural biochemistry of the body. Why not just be happy with the way the body naturally functions and eat a balanced diet and exercise to remain healthy?

  • Restructuring America's Economic Mobility

    10/17/2016 4:38:21 AM PDT · 15 of 27
    exDemMom to cloudmountain
    You are just repeating what the history books say about a 13th century nation. The ROMAN empire is far, far more relevant than the Mongolian empire. At least, when one thinks of the Roman Empire's influence on us today.

    Actually, I have no clue what the history books say. History as taught in school was so horrible that it was all I could do to pass the class; without history to pull down my grades, my GPA would have been closer to 3.7 than 3.5. So everything I said about the Mongolian third empire is what I learned in the museums over there. And I think I did not explain well the lesson I took away from that. The lesson was not about the Mongolian Khan empire so much as it was about our own future.

    We are at a crossroads here. We have been a nation for nearly 250 years. Our media is set on destroying America, and subversive elements (e.g. Soviet plants in schools, universities, the media, etc., throughout the 1900s) have made sure that people do not receive proper educations, that they receive a steady diet of propaganda exactly as described in the novel 1984. They have conditioned a large part of the population to have no critical thinking skills whatsoever, and to substitute the state for God. The situation is so dire now that we are on the verge of electing Hillary--a woman who is motivated by unmitigated greed and lust for power, who has a history of working to destroy America and who has openly said that if elected, she will import even more jihadists (many of whom she created with her Middle East policies) and uneducated third worlders whose only "contribution" would be to increase her political power, while becoming a burden to the minority of us who still work. I am terrified that she might win the election; I do not think the country we know as America will survive.

    Now compare our situation to Mongolian history. Their last empire spanned almost an entire continent, from the Pacific coast of Asia into central Europe. They invented the postal system and passports. Their empire was a model of tolerance between people of different ethnicities and religions. In other words, they achieved greatness. And who are the Mongolians now? They certainly do not have the greatness of their ancestors. They are not a first world country by any measure (although they are working to reach that level). They are a diminished people who want everyone to know how great they were, because they cannot talk about their current greatness--it doesn't exist.

    The lesson is not about the Mongolians. It is about us, as we face this crossroad in history. If Hillary wins this election, I fear that America is lost. So, then, what is our future? Hundreds of years from now, will our descendants be showcasing the great glorious past of America, because their present is so meager? Is the present condition of Mongolia our future? Will we end up suffering hundreds of years of subjugation to some other power (like the Chinese, who have a history of brutality), only to emerge afterwards as a shadow of what we once were?

    The Mongolians RE-ELECTED commies in much for THEIR choice of governments. Communism is godless, you recall.

    They elected communists because they remember Communism as a time when everyone had jobs. Unemployment right now is quite high. During the Communist era, the government made sure the nomads all had animals and were able to continue their lifestyle. Nowadays, all it takes is one rough winter (common in Mongolia, where it begins snowing in October) for a rich nomad family to lose their herd and become poor overnight. When that happens, they move into the city hoping to find a job--but the only skill they have is raising animals, and they end up in the ger district, where all the poor people live. Despite their nostalgia for the Soviet era, it is easy to see that the Soviets never improved their infrastructure (other than building power plants for the city, which are old and polluting); they had no paved roads or indoor plumbing during the Soviet era. But they had jobs. Now, they are struggling to develop. Their current system of democracy is riddled with corruption and cronyism. If the only political systems you have known were Communism (where everyone was equal and had a job) or a corrupt democracy (where corruption runs rampant and how well you do depends on who you know in high places), which would you think is a better system? People who do not have a long history of democracy and no history of having a republic cannot be expected to understand these systems of government, much less implement them effectively. (This, btw, is why we have not had success in the Middle East--the best we can do there is make sure the dictators are benign.)

    But, then most Mongolians are Buddhist.

    I do not know much about Buddhism, but I did visit many monasteries during my tour. My tour guide explained about the different gods, and clearly, bringing me to visit the monasteries gave her many opportunities to pray. Also, during the tour, we often pulled over to the side of the road to these piles of stones called owas; the custom is to throw more stones on the piles or other gifts and to pray. These prayer mounds are ubiquitous. I couldn't help but compare to religious practice in our own country. How many people stop driving several times a day to get out of their cars and pray? Their religion is an integral part of daily life, much more so than I have ever seen in the US.

    If you love it so much, go live there. If it's such a marvelous place, go live there. You sound intelligent; you can learn their language and find a place for yourself over there.

    Going to live in another country is not that easy, or I would have done it decades ago. I learned eons ago, when I lived in Europe for a few years, that I absolutely love being an American overseas. But now, as I approach retirement, I realize that I made the wrong life decisions along the way and steered myself away from life as an expat. Perhaps, after I retire, I will have more time to visit the world. Every people I have visited is different, and I always want to learn more about them.

  • 22 toxic days for Hillary Clinton

    10/16/2016 7:47:25 PM PDT · 38 of 50
    exDemMom to 2ndDivisionVet
    But Clinton's final sprint has become a joyless, nail-gnawing slog through Trump Tower’s moat of mudslinging

    Telling the truth about Hillary's record is now mudslinging?

    But finding (paying?) women willing to lie about Trump is completely above-board and wholesome?


  • Restructuring America's Economic Mobility

    10/16/2016 7:20:42 PM PDT · 11 of 27
    exDemMom to cloudmountain

    I had a wonderful time in Mongolia. I have wanted to visit since the USSR fell, and I was happy to finally have that chance.

    “A lot” can mean any number, perhaps more than can be counted on one hand.

    The Mongolians are very proud of their history, having established 3 empires. The second empire led to the establishment of the country of Turkey. The third, founded by Chinggis Khan (Mongolian spelling), united 81 countries and tribes across Asia and into Central Europe in the early to mid 1200s. This empire saw the world’s first postal system, as well as the first passports. Marco Polo traveled through Mongolia on the Silk Road bearing a round medallion which stated that anyone who did not respect his right to free passage was answerable to the emperor (which would have been Chinggis or his son Ugudai). The third Mongolian empire was the greatest empire the world has ever known, surpassing the British empire in the number of peoples united. Its capital, Kharakhorum, was quite cosmopolitan, with inhabitants from all over Asia and Europe, and a mosque and church for the non-Buddhist minorities. That empire lasted for three centuries, until the Chinese invaded and held Mongolia for three hundred years. Part of Mongolia (the Outer part) broke free from China with the help of the Soviets. A brave Mongolian, Sukhbatar, met secretly with Soviet officials and secured their promise to assist with their rebellion against the Chinese; the northern provinces of Mongolia became free in 1921, and a statue of Sukhbatar was erected in the center of Chinggis Khan square, which is the center of Ulaanbaatar. The Mongolians also erected a monument nearby to commemorate the Soviets.

    There are a few lessons in this story. First, that the perception of history greatly depends on who tells it. Chinggis, his son Ugudai, and grandson Kublai are heroes to the Mongolians for creating that empire. Second, is that when an empire falls, those who take over might be completely brutal. This is important when considering our liberal politicians who seem hellbent on giving the US to third world nations to scrabble over—not a single American will know freedom again in our lifetimes if we can’t stop this. Trump may not be able to stop it, but Hillary is set to give away the proverbial keys if she is elected. Third, is that people hold on to their past, especially if they see it as more glorious than the present (will that be us, centuries from now, if the current trends continue?). Fourth, is that our perception of Soviets as beings of unrelenting evil may not be accurate—the Mongolians are still grateful for their help in freeing them from the Chinese almost a hundred years ago—and the Mongolians do consider that they were free under Communism.

    A fifth lesson (not apparent from the history, but from conversations I had with my tour guide) is that many Mongolians miss Communism—everyone had jobs—and do not see Democracy as any boon. Democracy there is riddled with corruption and crony capitalism—no wonder they are not completely thrilled with it. However, as an outsider, I can’t help but notice that Ulaanbaatar is thriving and growing; in a few years, Mongolia is set to be a world-class destination. The government of Mongolia is busy paving the roads—most of the country is connected by rough dirt roads—this infrastructure improvement never happened under the Soviets. People who used to stay home for holidays now travel to visit family because of paved roads. And Mongolians, who used to only know Russia, are learning about the Western world.

    One more lesson is that our perception of the Chinese is not unique to us. The Mongolians sense that China is taking advantage of them, taking their national treasures (their mineral resources). Several things my guide told me about Chinese activities in Mongolia remind me of their activities here—buying up property, acquiring mineral rights, unfair trade arrangements, etc.

    I see opportunities in Mongolia, for college students or for entrepreneurs looking to expand their businesses. The Mongolians would benefit greatly from anti-pollution technologies, such as clean coal power plants.

    Mongolia is really a wonderful country. I had the opportunity to see how the nomads live in the Gobi, to taste camel meat and milk and to see true wild horses in their native habitat. I hope to be able to visit again some day, perhaps when the weather is a bit warmer (it snowed twice while I was there during the first half of October). I highly recommend visiting.

  • Restructuring America's Economic Mobility

    10/16/2016 5:39:01 PM PDT · 5 of 27
    exDemMom to cloudmountain

    You left Mongolia off your list of former communist countries.

    I just visited Mongolia. There are a lot of lessons to be learned there.

  • Rapper Lil Jon: Donald Trump called me ‘Uncle Tom’ on ‘Celebrity Apprentice’

    10/16/2016 4:14:27 PM PDT · 40 of 59
    exDemMom to funfan

    You are right. After I posted my earlier reply, I remembered that “Uncle Tom” is usually an epithet hurled at blacks who dare to step off the plantation and seek success, most often by other blacks.

    Given the usage of the term, it does not seem plausible that Donald Trump would have called him that. There is no context in which Lil Jon’s claim makes sense.

  • Clinton’s Syria Strategy Would ‘Require’ War With Russia, Congress Hears

    10/16/2016 3:35:47 PM PDT · 6 of 31
    exDemMom to Ray76

    Hasn’t all-out war been Hillary’s goal ever since she took over the State Department? It took a real effort to deteriorate the situation in Syria, and she is not going to give up that progress towards widespread war.

    What I do not understand is what she hopes to accomplish with warmongering. Does she genuinely believe that living in her posh fortified neighborhood will protect her from the mayhem she wishes to visit on the rest of us with her warmongering and importation of jihadists?

  • Rapper Lil Jon: Donald Trump called me ‘Uncle Tom’ on ‘Celebrity Apprentice’

    10/16/2016 3:21:21 PM PDT · 13 of 59
    exDemMom to artichokegrower

    Shows are recorded. If rapper Lil Jon were smart, he would know that such a claim is easily verified or refuted. Perhaps whoever is paying to have these stories spread so soon before the election is not aware of that?

  • What if Trump is Right About the Women?

    10/16/2016 3:18:41 PM PDT · 8 of 16
    exDemMom to 2ndDivisionVet

    Lucky you!

    I have had that happen once, and that was because I was supposed to have a guaranteed seat on the plane, but the only open seat was in first. Otherwise, I fly back with the rest of the cattle.

    I know someone who pays out of his pocket to get an upgraded seat, if any are available. I just take the cattle car seats that the government pays for.

  • The Warnings of a New World War

    10/15/2016 9:07:31 AM PDT · 8 of 24
    exDemMom to Lorianne

    Our foreign policy for the last eight years has been dominated by anti-Americans whose “foreign policy” has consisted of distancing friends and enabling enemies. And that policy is bearing the expected fruit.

    I pray that Trump is elected, and that he works to undo the great damage that has been done.

    I recently returned from six weeks in Asia. In South Korea, I saw photos of President Bush (43) who was trying to bring the two Koreas back together. In Mongolia, the national museum has a photo of Bush during a state visit. It seems significant that these countries display photos of Bush but not Obama in public places.

  • The Warnings of a New World War

    10/15/2016 9:07:30 AM PDT · 7 of 24
    exDemMom to Lorianne

    Our foreign policy for the last eight years has been dominated by anti-Americans whose “foreign policy” has consisted of distancing friends and enabling enemies. And that policy is bearing the expected fruit.

    I pray that Trump is elected, and that he works to undo the great damage that has been done.

    I recently returned from six weeks in Asia. In South Korea, I saw photos of President Bush (43) who was trying to bring the two Koreas back together. In Mongolia, the national museum has a photo of Bush during a state visit. It seems significant that these countries display photos of Bush but not Obama in public places.

  • Countries Reach Landmark Deal to Limit Global Warming From Air Conditioners

    10/15/2016 8:43:58 AM PDT · 24 of 37
    exDemMom to simpson96

    There is so much wrong with this. These dolts want to cause more people to die from extreme weather in order to prevent an imaginary temperature rise that is indistinguishable from natural variability?

  • Medieval America

    10/14/2016 4:18:01 AM PDT · 26 of 32
    exDemMom to vladimir998
    Then a professor painstakingly walked I and several others through it to disabuse us of our ignorance.

    However, it would seem your professor did not teach you about English grammar.

    Correct: a professor ... walked me and several others...

    Sorry, the incorrect use of direct/indirect objects is a pet peeve of mine.

  • People in Switzerland ‘fly too much’ says environment body

    10/01/2016 5:39:18 PM PDT · 10 of 21
    exDemMom to Olog-hai

    The freedom to travel is one of the biggest freedoms. This is all about curtailing freedom.

    I wonder how flying compares in fuel efficiency to driving, assuming the same number of people travel?

  • White House wants to add new racial category for Middle Eastern people

    10/01/2016 3:10:23 PM PDT · 21 of 88
    exDemMom to PROCON

    Middle easterners and north Africans are caucasian. Having a particular religion does not make one of a different race.

    I guess the whole strategy of declaring people of different races just because they have a different religious or ethnic background is part of the liberal’s overall plan to divide people into smaller and smaller groups (and pit them against each other).

  • This law saved two million babies from abortion. Democrats want it gone.

    10/01/2016 3:06:33 PM PDT · 7 of 14
    exDemMom to Kaslin

    I am not sure the Hyde amendment prevents any abortuary from using federal funds for abortion. Those who run the abortuaries have been known to flout the law—why wouldn’t they cook their books to make it look like money they take for abortion is spent on something else?

    Also, that argument that abortion is “basic health care” is an insult to intelligence. Abortion has as much to do with health care as painting one’s fingernails. There is absolutely no reason or justification to steal money from taxpayers to pay for unscrupulous women to have the luxury of having unprotected sex when they have every intention of murdering the resulting child.

  • Opinion: How Donald Trump hijacked the Democrats’ best issue

    10/01/2016 2:58:42 PM PDT · 5 of 39
    exDemMom to 2ndDivisionVet

    If Democrats were more interested in doing what is best for the country rather than what is best for their political careers, this would not be a “hijacked” issue.

    Actually, the same could be said for Republicans.

    I hate politics that is nothing more than maneuvering for more power for the politicians. Democrats are the most egregious in that regard, but Republicans (RINOs) do that, too.

    Wouldn’t it be awesome if, instead of arguing over issues because of their political value, politicians would instead argue over what are the best solutions to the identified problems?

  • LA Animal Shelters Say They’re ‘Flooded With Kittens’ In Need Of Foster Homes

    10/01/2016 2:47:39 PM PDT · 14 of 26
    exDemMom to BenLurkin

    As I told a coworker, I have not gone to the shelter to get a new furry friend in decades. That is because I take whatever shows up in my yard—I’m not picky.

    The last of my yard kittens is now 10 years old. I still call him my baby.

  • Foot Movement Changes Doctors’ Minds Moments Before Taking Woman Off Life Support

    10/01/2016 2:30:10 PM PDT · 8 of 11
    exDemMom to nickcarraway

    The wonderful NHS strikes again! And fortunately was thwarted.

    From the article, it sounds like they were all ready to pull the plug without even checking for brain function. There is actually a standardized protocol that they should have used for determining if brain death has occurred.

  • Obama Admin Leaks Details of Trump’s Classified Intel Briefing to Influence Election

    09/30/2016 5:44:11 AM PDT · 3 of 26
    exDemMom to TigerClaws
    Let me get this right. Obama is leaking classified info to try to convince voters that Trump is a threat to national security?

    This example of rabid illogic once again illustrates my suspicion that liberal brains have wires crossed that cause them to short-circuit.

  • Miami's Zika Search Turns Up Another Virus: Dengue

    09/30/2016 4:34:12 AM PDT · 22 of 23
    exDemMom to MD Expat in PA
    I will have to ask her next time I see her if she is aware of risks were she to ever contract one of the other strains, if she was advised of that.

    Yes, encourage her to be very diligent with the bug repellant. I have found out that mosquitoes bite through clothing, so it is important to spray clothes with that stuff, too.

    It is often the case that the first case of dengue is mild, while the second case is life-threatening. I am not an immunologist, so cannot explain the exact mechanism, but the severity of the disease caused by a second strain is a direct result of immunity to the first strain.

  • Students now may designate personal pronouns on class rosters

    09/30/2016 2:46:45 AM PDT · 12 of 40
    exDemMom to ARGLOCKGUY

    With some names, however, there is a distinct advantage to being able to designate the proper pronoun that goes with the name.

    When I was born, one of my mother’s friends called to ask what she had named me. When my mother told her, she exclaimed, “Oh, you had a little boy!” My middle name is androgynous, as well.

  • Feminist PhD Candidate: Science Is Sexist Because It’s Not Subjective

    09/30/2016 2:42:15 AM PDT · 53 of 96
    exDemMom to j. earl carter
    It means she is only qualified to teach the next generation.

    Not necessarily. With tenure, the only way most professors leave a university is through retirement. Even then, they often stick around as professors emeritus, never really leaving until they pass on. There are few openings in academia, and many applicants.

    Even in the sciences, graduate students are groomed for a career in academia. It is ridiculous, given the difficulty of landing a faculty position. For us, however, there are plenty of opportunities outside of academia.

    Also, I think the idea that women are emotional and men are not is complete BS.

    When making decisions, there are people who weight emotional considerations more heavily than logical/rational considerations, and vice versa. I think that women tend to be more emotion driven, and men more logic driven. Feminists and radical leftists, however, actively discourage people from making reason-based decisions. They decry reason and logic as too "patriarchal." This is the same kind of dynamic used to keep black people poor and oppressed--except that they have to eschew the qualities of successful people, because it makes them "too white."

  • Feminist PhD Candidate: Science Is Sexist Because It’s Not Subjective

    09/29/2016 11:29:42 PM PDT · 32 of 96
    exDemMom to edh
    Nothing about STEM is philosophical. One might use philosophy to devise a theory, but one must ultimately prove a theory using fact.

    Which is funny, because the highest degree awarded to the majority of research scientists is the PhD, or Doctorate of Philosophy.

    I took a philosophy class once and hated it. If a tree falls in the forest and no one is there, does it still make a sound? Oh my goodness, what an incredible level of arrogance must have existed in the person who came up with that gem! The physical processes of the universe really do not care if people even exist or not! Sheesh.

    Regardless of my strong distaste for philosophy, I still like to put those letters, "Ph.D." after my name.

  • Feminist PhD Candidate: Science Is Sexist Because It’s Not Subjective

    09/29/2016 11:21:21 PM PDT · 31 of 96
    exDemMom to aquila48

    Oh, my, I sincerely hope her dissertation committee rejects this one, with prejudice. Anyone capable of this level of anti-thought is *not* PhD material in any subject.

    So she reviewed 8 syllabi and found no hint of sexism in them. As a result, she had to invent sexism for them by claiming that women and minorities are too stupid to understand and think through problems requiring objective observation, experimentation, and analysis? And then she is able to conclude that science is sexist because it has no room for subjectivism. I wonder if this little pile of sand for brains is aware that an ideal of the scientific method is to set aside personal opinion, to remove oneself from the experimental process as much as possible? Is she completely blind to her own profound racism and sexism?

    A perusal of 8 syllabi is woefully inadequate for PhD research. Furthermore, she displayed no critical thinking or analytic skills. If her university awards her the PhD on that weak basis, it should have its accreditation reviewed. The only silver lining here is that whatever subject she is pursuing for her PhD, it is not a marketable job skill.

  • Milo [Yiannopoulos] Event Cancelled After FBI Determines Death Threat ‘Credible’

    09/29/2016 6:35:29 PM PDT · 9 of 14
    exDemMom to grundle

    No doubt it was some compassionate, kind, caring liberal. We expect this level of tolerance from the self-proclaimed humanitarians.

  • Navy scuttles sailors' enlisted rating titles in huge career shake-up

    09/29/2016 3:44:15 PM PDT · 20 of 44
    exDemMom to Sub-Driver

    I dunno, but this seems like a window dressing rather than any substantive change. If a sailor is enlisted and trained to do a certain job, they will do related jobs through their career, even if they weren’t specifically trained for every one of those jobs.

    I was a Cryptologic Technician Interpretive (French). My insignia was a crossed quill and lightning bolt, indicating that I was a communication specialist and radio operator. At a glance, anyone could know something about my job. By doing away with the rating title and insignia, the Navy becomes more like the Army—where you cannot tell by looking at a Soldier what his/her job is, you ask their MOS. And then you ask what job that MOS means.

    The idea that this will make sailors more flexible and broad in their skills is bogus. They will do work that they are trained for, regardless. Just like in the other services.

  • Miami's Zika Search Turns Up Another Virus: Dengue

    09/29/2016 3:31:22 PM PDT · 20 of 23
    exDemMom to Tilted Irish Kilt; Jemian; Bigg Red; LadyDoc; Jim Noble

    You are most welcome. As taxpayers, you all footed the bill for me to get a PhD; this is how I pay you back for my wonderful education!

    Sanofi has been pushing hard to get its vaccine licensed. Of course, their motives in doing so contain some element of opportunism, since the spread of dengue into the US and Europe creates a level of concern about dengue that did not previously exist. (Diseases that only affect people in distant third world countries receive scant attention and thus very little research funding.)

    However, Sanofi is not the only company to develop a vaccine. Takeda, a Japanese company, also has a vaccine candidate which they are also testing in phase 3 trials. The US government (specifically, the NIH and the Army) has developed a couple of vaccine candidates which are being tested in collaboration with Merck and GSK. There are probably others at all stages of development.

    Every single one of these vaccines has the same issues that the Sanofi vaccine has, which is that there is a risk of the vaccine causing unequal levels of immunity against dengue. In turn, this could cause the patient to be *more* susceptible to very serious and potentially life-threatening disease if they catch one of the strains that they did not become sufficiently immune to.

    Please note that the increased susceptibility of a patient to severe disease from catching a second strain of dengue is well documented in the medical literature. The hypothesis that this dynamic might operate in vaccinated patients is just that, a hypothesis—but is a concern that any developer of dengue vaccine must answer before the FDA (or foreign regulators) will approve the vaccine for market.

    In reports that I have read, the vaccines have not induced equal levels of immunity against all four strains; typically, fewer than half of the study participants become sufficiently immune to at least one strain. So the pharmaceutical companies have some work to do to secure that FDA approval.

  • The Nannystate Continues to Run Amuck

    09/29/2016 2:44:26 PM PDT · 9 of 11
    exDemMom to Kaslin
    Overall, the article was fine, and helps to expose government overreach in trying to control people's food choices. However:

    The sale of unpasteurized milk is banned in more than a dozen states without regard to the growing opinion raw milk may actually be beneficial to some people.

    Growing opinion among whom, exactly? Certainly not among scientists. As far as I can tell, the notion that raw milk has magical health benefits is promoted by farmers who do not want the expense and trouble of installing, maintaining, and sterilizing pasteurizing equipment. Nutritionally, there is no difference between raw and pasteurized milk. However, there is a huge difference in food safety.

    Multistate Outbreak of Listeriosis Linked to Raw Milk Produced by Miller’s Organic Farm in Pennsylvania

    Fish, chicken and dairy — mostly raw milk — top outbreak list

    State says Organic Pastures raw milk caused outbreak

    And many more. In that last article, the owner of the farm made the ludicrous claim that he talked to consumers of his milk and determined that the California officials were wrong with their numbers. Really, chit-chatting with a handful of customers is equivalent to conducting a thorough epidemiological outbreak investigation? Who knew?

    The author of the above article should have stayed away from the topic of food safety and stuck with the topic of whether it is the business of government to dictate how citizens eat. The government has a clear role to ensure food safety--which is a public health issue--but has no authority to dictate diet. (One caveat: if the government is giving taxpayer money to people to buy food, it can restrict the types of food they buy. Not that the government has constitutional authority to take taxes for the purpose of subsidizing poverty, but that's another topic.)

    Okay, time to jump off the soapbox.

  • Hillary to working-class voters: I worked hard for my money

    09/29/2016 2:10:26 AM PDT · 18 of 36
    exDemMom to 2ndDivisionVet

    Ah, Hillary. She is such a joker.

  • Abedin Family Values

    09/29/2016 12:39:40 AM PDT · 6 of 9
    exDemMom to Mr. Mojo

    Hillary’s featuring the father of the Orlando shooter front and center at one of her rallies is another questionable act. She can make all the claims she wants about her national security expertise, but showing such diffidence to people who have ties to terrorism shows how she really feels about national security.

  • Michigan Man Mows 58,000 Square-Foot ‘TRUMP’ Sign into Lawn

    09/28/2016 11:25:05 PM PDT · 4 of 15
    exDemMom to Helicondelta

    It will be difficult for some leftist hater to steal that sign.