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  • Hillary Clinton as unpopular today as she was last year

    06/22/2017 3:20:02 AM PDT · 4 of 35
    exDemMom to Huntress
    2. She won’t go away.

    Now, isn't that a little unfair? It seems like the fawning puff pieces are becoming less common. I haven't seen one in days.

  • Caring For Undocumented Patients Is Even Harder In The Trump Era (Quick, grab a Kleenex)

    06/22/2017 3:18:06 AM PDT · 7 of 40
    exDemMom to 2ndDivisionVet

    I wonder how much taxpayer money was spent to treat this illegal alien alcoholic who has a condition often brought on by alcoholism. And how long it will be before he drinks himself into this condition again.

    Why are we not billing Mexico for his treatment?

    Why was he not sent back to Mexico right out of the hospital?

    At a time when the left is pushing us towards “single-payer” i.e. rationed health care, is there any rationale for treating this guy when health care for citizens is in danger of being rationed?

    The physician who wrote this piece seems to be of the opinion that all patients must be treated, regardless. I guess she is unaware of the triage principle, where scarce resources are used for those patients most likely to recover.

    Note that triage is not the same as rationing. Rationing is where treatment is withheld because someone judges that the patient’s utility to society is not worth the cost of treatment, and has nothing to do with the patient’s likelihood of recovery. Triage is based on the likelihood of recovery.

  • Dems Suddenly Worry Trump Impeachment Could Backfire

    06/20/2017 7:37:44 PM PDT · 20 of 77
    exDemMom to Kaslin
    "Democrats should not even pursue impeachment," Brooklyn resident Kenneth Roff wrote in a letter to the editor of The New York Times. "It would be better to run against the presidency of Mr. Trump in 2018 than Mike Pence, a sane, mentally stable, true conservative who would become president if Mr. Trump were impeached and removed from office. But would that be putting politics before country?"

    Oh, that's rich. A Democrat voter is suddenly worried about putting politics before country? What does he think the talk of impeachment without cause and the fantasy of Trump/Russia collusion is all about? Does he not understand that Democrats *always* put politics before country, and that they care for nothing other than power? Meh, if this guy cared about putting country first, he wouldn't vote Democrat.

  • U.S. States Can’t Have Own Self-driving Car Rules Under Trump Presidency

    06/19/2017 4:50:25 PM PDT · 31 of 32
    exDemMom to marktwain
    I suppose you can take a weekend trip to the (mountains, beach, farm, relatives) whatever, go to sleep on Friday night in the car, wake up refreshed on Saturday morning 500 miles away. Leave Sunday night, and wake refreshed on Monday morning, back home and ready to do the days duties.

    Unless you are prone to motion sickness, in which case you will sleep very poorly, if at all, and be constrained to sit quietly and just stare, mostly straight ahead.

    The only thing that helps with motion sickness is driving. For some reason, the act of driving seems to override whatever goes on in the head to cause the sickness.

    Driverless cars do *not* sound pleasant at all to me.

  • 'Full Measure': Quitting Congress

    06/19/2017 3:33:39 AM PDT · 20 of 69
    exDemMom to mindburglar

    That is a merger, where I think it is inevitable that downsizing occurs—you don’t need duplication of staff.

    But in a case where one CEO is replaced with another, is it the case where the incoming CEO fires everyone and starts over? I think the incoming CEO would keep most of the staff, letting go only those whose jobs are restructured out of existence, or who cannot adjust to the new structure.

  • These 7 Disruptive Technologies Could Be Worth Trillions of Dollars

    06/19/2017 3:21:33 AM PDT · 8 of 15
    exDemMom to 2ndDivisionVet
    As deep learning advances, it should automate and improve technology, transportation, manufacturing, healthcare, finance, and more. And as is often the case with emerging technologies, it may form entirely new businesses we have yet to imagine.

    Skynet.

    Colossus.

    4. CRISPR Starts With Genetic Therapy, But It Doesn't End There

    Unless you are talking about genetically engineering embryos, CRISPR is actually way overhyped. Our bodies have evolved to very efficiently detect and destroy foreign DNA--and use of CRISPR involves introducing foreign DNA into the body. There are already many gene delivery methods, each of which was supposed to be the big breakthrough, and none of them have, for the reason that I just mentioned. There are other biological reasons, as well.

  • Art collector sells a Lichtenstein for $165 million to fund criminal justice reform

    06/19/2017 3:07:14 AM PDT · 10 of 21
    exDemMom to 2ndDivisionVet

    To reduce the prison population:

    1) Change the culture that leads young kids to criminality. Quash those who call people “Uncle Toms” or dissuade kids from leading productive lives by saying they are “acting too white” when they try to succeed.

    2) Make the prisons harsher. Give inmates a real incentive to not want to repeat the experience.

    3) Stop the revolving door policies. The three strikes laws were a response to those policies; people really do want to see criminals kept off the streets.

    Reducing the prison population is a complex issue, one that will *not* be solved by coddling prisoners and avoiding throwing criminals into prison in the first place.

  • Rep. Mike Moon of Missouri beheads a chicken on camera while announcing a bill to stop abortions.

    06/19/2017 2:59:40 AM PDT · 12 of 25
    exDemMom to gattaca

    The smell of hot feathers... that is what comes to mind when I think of chicken slaughter. They have such a distinctive odor.

  • U.S. States Can’t Have Own Self-driving Car Rules Under Trump Presidency

    06/19/2017 2:57:15 AM PDT · 9 of 32
    exDemMom to 2ndDivisionVet
    https://www.livescience.com/55273-first-self-driving-car-fatality.html

    The technology has a ways to go.

    I'm not certain why there is a push to go driverless. What are you supposed to do, if you are not driving? Sit and stare out the window because doing anything else causes motion sickness?

  • 'Full Measure': Quitting Congress

    06/19/2017 2:44:05 AM PDT · 13 of 69
    exDemMom to wastoute
    When I worked for the Army as a civilian...

    Without the Army Civilians to provide long-term institutional memory, I don't think the Army would function well at all.

  • 'Full Measure': Quitting Congress

    06/19/2017 2:40:57 AM PDT · 12 of 69
    exDemMom to mindburglar
    Trump needs to start acting like the CEO we hired him to be. Fire this scum at the IRS and then put them in prison.

    Actually, I think he *is* acting like a CEO. CEOs don't fire everyone when they take over a company; they keep the talented staff and bring them around to a new vision.

    Politicians fire everyone so that they can install their ideological cronies. Because politicians are about the power, not the job.

    I think it would be nice if government were more like a business--where people go into it because they believe in the mission, and they want the mission to go forward regardless of who is in the lead.

    I will say that Chaffetz' problem is not Trump so much, but a Congress of Republicans who have been bullied into submission and will not do the people's work because they are afraid of the left/media.

  • A Woman President? The Dream Lives On With Warren, Kamala Harris And Others Who Could Run in 2020

    06/18/2017 12:09:18 PM PDT · 40 of 88
    exDemMom to Zakeet

    It is a shame that there is not a single woman aligned with the Democrats who has anything approaching a functional IQ. They are all shrill harridans, incapable of anything except hysteria and hate.

  • Where the Hell is PETA?!

    06/18/2017 12:07:05 PM PDT · 12 of 24
    exDemMom to Sean_Anthony

    I’ve read that the Muslims teach kids to be cruel to animals in order to make them more amenable to being cruel to other people. All shreds of empathy are extinguished.

  • Biden: Democrats need better outreach to frightened voters

    06/18/2017 4:57:04 AM PDT · 33 of 41
    exDemMom to Olog-hai
    “I thought that after all these years we had passed the days when it was acceptable for politicians to bestow legitimacy on hate speech and fringe ideologies.”

    The Dems have been doing that ever since I can remember. At what point did they decide that behavior was unacceptable? I must have missed it.

  • A New Wave of Left-Wing Militants Is Ready to Rumble in Portland—and Beyond

    06/17/2017 7:07:24 PM PDT · 23 of 54
    exDemMom to MtnClimber
    What are the left thinking when they spew this garbage?

    They don't think. That's the whole problem.

  • Privacy Concerns Over DNA Tests That Help Discover Your Roots

    06/17/2017 7:00:33 PM PDT · 24 of 38
    exDemMom to freepertoo
    I did this. They were so completely wrong about my ancestry it was nuts...I mean completely wrong based upon what I already knew about my ancestors.

    I found the test to be fairly accurate. Based on the DNA results, Ancestry.com showed people that are second, third, etc. cousins, and we were able to verify these relationships via family trees.

    Some details, such as ethnic ancestry, were not borne out by the DNA testing. I was always told that we were part American Indian--but the test showed Indian ancestry, not Amerindian.

    One of these days, when I have a lot of time on my hands, I will use the DNA test results to try to find out who my great grandfather was. My great grandmother had the morals of an alley cat (as I like to put it), and there is very little documentation of who my great grandfather might have been. I cannot verify the name I have via any public records--other than a 1930 census, there is no record of the person. But if I look at the people who the DNA says are related to me, I might be able to deduce who my great grandfather really was.

    The DNA results can also reveal uncomfortable truths about families. Like cases where the father really wasn't the father.

    As far as using the DNA tests to try to determine disease risk, that science really is not as clear-cut as people might think. Very few diseases are 100% genetic. The fact that someone has genes that predispose them to a disease does not mean they will get the disease.

  • First on CNN: House Russia investigators want to bring in Trump digital director

    06/17/2017 2:44:25 PM PDT · 87 of 91
    exDemMom to Ray76

    Fake pictures. Obviously.

  • Restaurant die-off is first course of California’s $15 minimum wage

    06/17/2017 10:40:49 AM PDT · 29 of 87
    exDemMom to HarleyLady27

    It’s ludicrous.

    On top of that, real estate prices are so high that just paying rent or mortgage consumes a huge chunk of income; how can people afford to buy $20 fast food burgers on top of that?

    As a comparison: the East Bay house my family lived in when I was in high school is 1,470 sq. feet with a 5,375 sq. foot lot, 3 bedrooms, 2 bath, estimated value $706k. I could buy a mansion for that price here in Maryland, with over 3,000 square feet and a large lot, way more house than I need or want.

  • The Real Threat of Islamic Jihadism in the U.S.

    06/17/2017 10:15:33 AM PDT · 16 of 21
    exDemMom to davikkm
    “Because non-Muslims in the West, as well as in India, China, Russia, and the world over, are facing a concerted effort by Islamic jihadists, the motives and goals of whom are largely ignored by the Western media, to destroy their societies and impose Islamic law upon them — and to commit violence to that end even while their overall goal remains out of reach.

    Largely ignored by the media? I would say, aided and abetted by the media.

  • California vs. Pro-Life Pregnancy Clinics

    06/17/2017 9:47:24 AM PDT · 6 of 8
    exDemMom to Architect of Paradise
    Abortion advocates want to force culpability on everyone, particularly those doing pro-life work, as evil's unrelenting mission is to destroy good.

    They would force every health-care provider to commit abortion if they could; they have been advocating for this for years.

    As an occasional patient, I am forced to place my life in the hands of physicians in certain situations. How can I possibly trust a physician with my life if that physician routinely kills the most innocent and helpless among us?