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  • Why Does Cycling Attract So Many Snobs?

    10/21/2014 9:09:06 PM PDT · 217 of 223
    fireman15 to antidisestablishment

    We live near Seattle, so we have a lot of acquaintances who are extremely liberal. Many of my cycling friends are liberals but some of them are the most conservative people we know. I actually ended up on one of our local conservative talk radio shows when they had a segment where nearly all of the callers were trashing cyclists. It was after the radical cycling group Critical Mass had staged some type of traffic disruption and really gotten people angry about cyclists.

    I had a productive discussion with the host and he actually invited me to speak with him again the following day and help respond to other callers. It was so long ago that I have forgotten who it was now, but he said that I helped change his opinion somewhat and a few others seemed to respond to what I was saying when they were reminded that not all cyclists were lefty nut jobs.

  • Why Does Cycling Attract So Many Snobs?

    10/21/2014 7:59:18 PM PDT · 214 of 223
    fireman15 to Baynative

    Baynative, I loved the video and the Mountain Bike video that was associated with it.

    Before I retired from the fire department a few months ago, I was always surprised at how almost every time that I was working with a fat out of shape driver and third person, that the two of them seemed to become enraged almost every time we saw a cyclist on the road. And I am not talking about cyclists riding down the middle of the lane or delaying us or anyone else. There would be just a cyclists riding as far to the right as possible on a road with almost no traffic.

    So anyway almost every time I was saddled with two fat old guys who could barely perform the duties expected of firefighters... they would pipe up and start saying really nasty stuff about bicyclists that had nothing to do with the current cyclist we were encountering. I would let them work themselves into a full blown seething diatribe of hatred against cyclists before reminding them that I have cycled at least 100,000 miles during my lifetime and then they would quiet down and start trying to justify all of the crap they had just spewed out.

    It was quite amazing actually. I really think it is some kind of weird psychological effect that happens to fat out of shape middle aged men when they feel like they are more powerful than a fit person riding a bicycle down the road... They are surrounded by thousands of pounds of steel and are controlling an engine with a lot of horse power and I think that it makes them feel superior and good about themselves.

    None of the fit men that I worked with ever said anything negative about cyclists when we saw one on the road and neither did any of the women that I worked with unless the cyclist was actually riding recklessly. So it is an interesting psychological phenomena that seems to affect almost exclusively fat out of shape middle aged and older men. It would be interesting to see pictures of the most out-spoken people who hate cyclists on this forum and see if my observations applied to this group as well.

  • Rental America: Why the poor pay $4,150 for a $1,500 sofa

    10/21/2014 10:36:53 AM PDT · 107 of 151
    fireman15 to independentmind

    Most of the furniture we have are antique’s and came from Garage Sales, Thrift Stores and Antique Stores. All of our new furniture for the past 25 years has come from either Costco, Sam’s Club or Ikea. We have never paid more than $500 for a Sofa and that was for a huge, very nice leather sofa on clearance at Costco.

  • Warming Earth heading for hottest year on record (Sky is falling alert!)

  • Warming Earth heading for hottest year on record (Sky is falling alert!)

    10/21/2014 9:32:36 AM PDT · 29 of 56
    fireman15 to CedarDave

    In warmist logic that explains why the water temperature of the Great Lakes is currently 6 degrees lower than average for this time of the year. Satellite data which is apparently a little harder to manipulate... shows that there has been no statistically significant increase in global temperatures in over 18 years. NOAA’s reputation is being destroyed by this crap.

  • Dr Rand Paul Should Be Held Accountable for Whipping Up Frenzy About "Incredibly Contagious" Ebola

    10/21/2014 9:17:27 AM PDT · 9 of 39
    fireman15 to tcrlaf

    My guess would be that dead Liberian and his family were taking effective precautions even before they took him to the hospital. All of the interviews I have seen of his relatives indicated that they already thought that his symptoms indicated that he had contracted Ebola before he received the correct diagnosis.

  • GOP candidate discovers voting machine casts his vote for the Democrat he is running against

    10/21/2014 9:01:28 AM PDT · 13 of 39
    fireman15 to afraidfortherepublic

    I am firmly convinced that this type of fraud played a role in the last election. But don’t be alarmed they will only use this tactic until they are able to flood the polls with another 30 million or so low information non-English speaking Democrats.

  • Take our poll: Should Pete Rose be in the Hall of Fame?

    10/18/2014 1:10:13 PM PDT · 14 of 78
    fireman15 to EveningStar

    Admitting too a little gambling with insider info after 15 years of denials and then getting put in prison for tax evasion... who really got hurt? While we are at it... let’s go ahead and give Lance back his yellow jerseys. Everyone Lance was competing against was cheating too.

  • Obama Claims 'Experts' Told Him 'What We're Doing' is FAR More Effective than Any Africa Travel Ban

    10/18/2014 10:37:38 AM PDT · 35 of 46
    fireman15 to Reaganite Republican

    Ebola has been around for a long time. If Obama wasn’t in charge it would be one of those very nasty third world diseases that we really had very little chance of having any trouble with in the United States. Unfortunately, with Obama in charge and his lackeys making the most asinine politically correct decisions that they always do... there is the very real possibility that this awful disease will cause a lot of difficulties here.

    Incompetence kills in the real world. As far as I am concerned Obama is already responsible for untold amounts of misery and death all around the world from Afghanistan and Iraq to Central America and West Africa. Everything Obama touches turns to Poo and people suffer and die because of it.

    As far as the actual threat of dying from Ebola... if the disease reminds us all to take more precautions to safeguard ourselves from communicable diseases it might even save some lives during the current flu season.

    At our church, at the end of every service the minister always tells the congregation to turn to those you are near and hug and shake their hands. Then we all immediately go back and enjoy refreshments including cookies and a bunch of finger foods. Is this really a smart thing to do during cold and flu season? Is it any wonder that illness seems to spread through the congregation like wild fire at certain times of the year?

    Our church sponsors missionaries in Africa and Central America and we have many members who are new arrivals. To be honest the new arrivals seem to never be sick. I think it is because after spending most of their life in almost unimaginable filth and squalor... their immune systems may be much more robust than all of us germophobes who have grown up here. So maybe our church’s policy of exposing everyone to the illnesses everyone else has brought to church with them will ultimately assist the immunities of our children.

    Maybe that is our idiot commander-in-chief’s idea only on a much larger scale. Our wants us to turn and shake the hands and hug all of the other country’s in the world. This is accomplished through his policies of open boarders and no flight restrictions from areas with outbreaks... If this facilitates the spread of all types of nasty third world disease into our country maybe he has figured that those of us who survive will have stronger immune systems? Yeah that id the ticket!!!

  • Neil Young: Al Qaeda More Moral Than US Army Because of Smaller Carbon Footprint

    10/17/2014 9:54:26 AM PDT · 39 of 81
    fireman15 to SeekAndFind

    I have a friend since grade school who is an aging Neil Young fan. He lives in Seattle; he has never owned a car, never been married and is the union shop steward for the county assessors office.

    We don’t see each other very often, because I manage to offend him every time I see him. The last time it was about Wal-Mart when he started spewing a bunch of anti-Wal-Mart union BS. But the global warming, carbon foot print thing has come up frequently.

    He usually only calls me when he needs me to give him a ride to somewhere. Then he berates me for having a larger carbon footprint then him. I remind him that satellite imagery shows clearly that there has been no global warming for nearly two decades despite rising CO2 levels. It usually goes down hill from there.

    He is Jewish and one would think that he would be supportive of our military helping to stabilize the situation in the Middle East for Israel’s sake. But he is in his own little liberal dream world, let the facts and the realities of the world the rest of us inhabit be damned.

  • Female teacher who had 2-year affair with 14-year-old student is spared jail [ United Kingdom ]

    10/17/2014 8:58:06 AM PDT · 17 of 23
    fireman15 to george76

    Really? Do I really have to state the obvious? ...There should be a “double standard”. It is absolutely not the same thing when an older women has sex with a teenage boy as compared to when an older man has sex with a teenage girl. It is not the same... everyone knows that it is not the same... and yet we have all of these disingenuous arguments from people who are deliberately ignoring reality.

    Would it really be better if the kid was having sex with a girl his own age? Really? Do I really have to point out that is a very common situation these days. And it has likely been a common situation for all of history. My wife and I have a friend who is now 18 who impregnated a girl his own age when he was 15. Believe me, it has not been a good situation for anyone involved. I only wish that he could have had a teacher who might have given him an outlet for his sexual desires.

    The reality that everyone is aware of is that most young men are extremely horny at 15 while most girls at 15 are taken by romantic fantasies and/or looking for acceptance? Many 15 year old “boys” force themselves on girls there own age or coerce them by other means. At least this woman was giving one horny 15 year old an outlet that most likely kept him from having sex with a girl his own age. She obviously has a screw loose, but she doesn’t deserve jail time... she should probably get a collective thank you from the girls his own age who he would have been having sex with instead.

  • Expanded gun background checks in Washington holds strong lead, new poll shows

    10/14/2014 8:58:55 AM PDT · 4 of 7
    fireman15 to rktman

    This initiative was written in a sloppy manner to allow selective enforcement. The “transfer” of a firearm cold mean anything from handing a gun to your wife to having an acquaintance at the range try to clear a cartridge that is lodged in the chamber. The sloppy language will also make it possible for our liberal judiciary in Washington State to expand this laws tentacles to cause unforeseen difficulties for gun owners in the future.

  • Vanity: Ebola reality check

    10/12/2014 3:09:27 PM PDT · 69 of 70
    fireman15 to dangus

    No, thank you... I didn’t mention other top killers that most people should actually be more concerned about than Ebola. Heart disease, and other cardiovascular diseases kill approximately 18 million people a year, of these heart disease kill approximately 8 million and strokes approximately 6 million. Diarrhea kills approximately 2.2 million people a year. Then of course, traumatic injuries such as car accidents kill approximately 5 million people a year.

    None of the 10 leading causes of death worldwide have anywhere near the Hollywood appeal of Ebola... nasty puss filled boils covering your entire body, internal organs turning to mush, blood oozing from your eyeballs, blood coming out of every orifice, and vomiting blood. Ebola is simply one of the nastiest ways to die, most of us would rather have a date with “Jihadi John” than be infected with Ebola.

    So it is not hard to understand why the media will continue to focus on Ebola and cause concern that is grossly out of proportion to the actual risks.

  • Vanity: Ebola reality check

    10/12/2014 9:53:04 AM PDT · 51 of 70
    fireman15 to dangus

    I retired this year after working for 25 years for a fire department in the second largest city in our state. I was on the hazmat team for many years. I agree with you... if Ebola gets to be a major problem in this country it will most likely have little to do with the characteristics of its lethality and transmission. If Ebola gets out of hand in the United States it will most likely be because of extreme incompetence of government agencies, political leadership and medical facilities. Unfortunately, most government agencies, most politicians, and many of those working in medical facilities are extremely incompetent.

    In the meantime Cancer will continue to kill over 8,000,000 people per year. HIV will continue to kill approximately 1,700,000 people a year. Tuberculosis will continue to kill well over 1,200,000 people a year. Hepatitis will continue to kill over 1,000,000 people per year. Malaria which we had almost eradicated before DDT was banned... will continue to kill over 500,000 people a year.

    Ebola will probably kill at least 10,000 people this year, and maybe 30,000 - 40,000 next year. Because of lax border control I would expect at least a few hundred cases in the USA. But unless some unlikely doomsday scenario develops Ebola will probably not become a problem that is anywhere near as devastating as the diseases mentioned in the previous paragraph.

    It is a reminder however that taking common sense precautions such as getting enough sleep, washing your hands frequently, and not shaking other people’s hands when you are sick (unless you don’t like them) are always a good ideas. If you do end up with Ebola symptoms despite these precautions do the rest of us a favor... make sure and attend some left wing political rallies and slobber all over the other attendees... ;)

  • Americans Are Over Messiah Act: New Comrades

    10/12/2014 8:17:34 AM PDT · 5 of 8
    fireman15 to Hostage

    It is amusing that poor John Ransom does not seem to understand the very argument that makes him “cringe”... Not to say that any of the rest of us have not found ourselves making the same type of mistake, probably on numerous occasions.

    I hate to preach to the choir, but... The best data from satellite imagery indicates that there has been no worldwide warming trend for nearly two decades despite rising CO2 levels. AGW theory depends on the concept of “positive feedbacks” where a small amount of warming from CO2 causes an increase in the amount of water vapor contained in the atmosphere. Water vapor is the primary “greenhouse gas” that the theory postulates will cause actual “global warming”.

    It is becoming more and more obvious that CO2 in the trace amounts found in our atmosphere has little if any effect on the amount of water vapor absorbed by the atmosphere. In fact it is starting to seem likely that CO2’s alleged cooling effect in the stratosphere may be stronger than its alleged warming effects in the troposphere. The observational data demonstrates only that CO2 in the trace amounts we currently have in the atmosphere has little if any predictable effects on the temperature or worldwide weather trends.

  • Meet 59-year-old David Hooks, the latest drug raid fatality

    10/08/2014 10:33:10 AM PDT · 47 of 63
    fireman15 to redreno

    I have said it here before... our family’s house was raided by the King County Swat Team. They were just getting ready to knock down the front door when my wife who was recovering from foot surgery managed to get it open. She had multiple guns pointed at her and was held up against the wall while a dozen or so guys dressed in full swat gear ran around the house making a mess.

    We never got a reasonable sounding excuse or any type of apology. It was a screw up just like this one. If I had been home and armed with one of many of the firearms that we own this same fate could easily have happened to me. I worked for a local fire department for 25 years, and haven’t got even a speeding ticket on my record. Many of these swat teams are made up largely of guys and gals who are wannabe combat veterans who never actually served in the military.

  • Are You a Bad Person if You Give to the Homeless?

    10/08/2014 9:56:40 AM PDT · 27 of 42
    fireman15 to SeekAndFind

    I worked as a firefighter for twenty five years for a city with a reputation for having the most crime and social problems in the state. Many of those in my crews were veterans and any time we came across someone who was begging and claiming to be a veteran we almost always checked it out. We had many contacts with resources to help veterans. Unfortunately, during my entire career working as a firefighter my crews and I never met one person who was begging and claiming to be a vet who actually was a veteran. Up until about ten years ago most were claiming to be Vietnam vets a vast majority of whom were not even born or were still in grade school in March of 1973 when the last US Combat troops pulled out.

    My experience is not unique. I was talking to a man who runs a non-profit that helps actual veterans with substance abuse problems by giving them jobs and a place to stay while they go through a counseling program. He said that in the twenty years that he had been working at it... he had also not met one person begging who claimed to be a veteran who actually was a vet.

    There are many programs and resources available to help veterans with psychological or substance abuse problems. If someone wants to help homeless veterans... the best thing that they can do is familiarize themselves with what resources are available in their community and if they come across someone who is having difficulty... try to help them make contact.

    What you will most likely find is that the person you are concerned about is a scam artist who is not a veteran. Also the person most likely wants only your money and has no interest in making any changes to their current lifestyle. This is strictly the voice of experience speaking and not the way that I want it or wish it to be. As a Christian I think that it is our calling to help those less fortunate than ourselves. But we should also try to make sure that our “help” is not perpetuating negative lifestyle choices.

  • Bats lured to deaths at wind farms ‘because they think turbines are trees’

    09/29/2014 10:42:05 PM PDT · 21 of 46
    fireman15 to familyop

    “Utility transmission and distribution lines, the backbone of our electrical power system, are responsible for 130 to 174 million bird deaths a year in the U.S”

    If this were true... how come I have never seen a dead bird near a utility pole in my entire life? The left will make up anything to protect the most hair brained “renewable” bird and bat killing waste of money ever devised by man.

  • White House fence-jumper made it far deeper into building than previously known

    09/29/2014 6:24:34 PM PDT · 20 of 27
    fireman15 to Usagi_yo

    I never have understood why they killed the woman in the car. Trigger happy after the exciting pursuit I suppose.

    I can think of two explanations for the latest incident. Simple incompetence... is generally the most likely explanation for any situation involving any government agency or the military. I say that as someone who spent 25 years working for a local government in a fire department.

    The less likely explanation is that the guys who are protecting Obama are as sick of him as the rest of us and have less commitment to their mission than one would normally expect. It is rather shocking that a guy who has gone looney tunes could infiltrate so far into a secure area in the Whitehouse. Kim Jong-un, Putin, Ali Khamenei, Bashar al-Assad, the leaders of Isil and all of the USA’s other greatest enemies all perceive Obama as the weakest president in the history of the USA. So I doubt whether Obama is under any increased danger because of this incident.

  • Letter: Trayvon Martin had the right to self-defense against racist attack

    09/24/2014 8:27:18 PM PDT · 6 of 40
    fireman15 to 2ndDivisionVet

    George Zimmerman yelled obscenities at himself, broke his own nose by hitting himself in the face. Then he collapsed on the sidewalk and was banging the back of his head over and over against the concrete. Good citizen Trayvon Martin came along and tried to keep Martin from hurting himself. Martin did this despite being impaired with a concoction known as “lean” that he was taking for a persistent cough.

  • Theater shooting victim's parents sue ammo seller

    09/17/2014 8:17:50 PM PDT · 5 of 44
    fireman15 to Slings and Arrows

    If sleazebag lawyers are able to start convincing a bunch of idiots in the jury pool that this is legitimate... it will mean big problems. We are aviation enthusiasts; the lawyers killed off the small airplane industry in the 1980s. They would manage to convince juries that accidents caused 100% by pilot error were related to manufacturing and design defects.

  • Black Hills customers 'mad as hell' over proposed rate increase ( Colorado )

    09/13/2014 9:25:27 AM PDT · 21 of 31
    fireman15 to Excellence
    Those bunnies, rats, and mice are going to breed like Moslems without a natural predator.

    I stopped by the Muslim information center at the Western Washington Fair yesterday and they told me that under Sharia Law that bunnies, rats, and mice either become Muslims when they are nursing... or their mothers must chew their heads off.

  • Black Hills customers 'mad as hell' over proposed rate increase ( Colorado )

    09/13/2014 8:49:30 AM PDT · 16 of 31
    fireman15 to anoldafvet
    Black Hills wants to increase utility rates by 4 percent starting next year to make up for the construction cost of a BIRD KILLING farm in Huerfano County.

    You don't seem to understand that birds that pray, like eagles, hawks, condors, and falcons are a menace to cute little rodents like bunnies, mice, and rats. Birds that pray are also illegally using the country's airspace without communicating with government paid air traffic controllers. They don't have mandatory air traffic avoidance systems installed and sometimes collide not only with other aircraft but also valuable wind and solar power generating equipment. Yes birds that pray are a menace to our society and must be eliminated.

  • The Army’s New Handgun: A Weapon for Criminals?

    09/13/2014 8:26:23 AM PDT · 16 of 68
    fireman15 to rktman
    ““A lot of the recent rise in gun sales can be attributed to gun enthusiasts – many of whom actually own multiple firearms –.....”

    Well, for once I can't be blamed for any of this... I haven't bought any more guns in the past few years. But I don't know??? I suspect that the author would consider a few dozen guns and enough lead, powder and primers to reload the brass I have a couple hundred thousand times to be excessive. I won't be inviting her over for tea any time soon.

  • Robert Richards, Marine Guilty in Taliban Desecration, Dies at 28

    08/30/2014 7:22:04 AM PDT · 12 of 52
    fireman15 to mgist

    Didn’t an Obama administration official say he accidentally fell down an elevator shaft onto some bullets? I wish they could get their stories straight... this seems suspicious to me as well.

  • Liberal failures and the real lessons of Ferguson

    08/29/2014 8:38:13 AM PDT · 5 of 5
    fireman15 to Sean_Anthony

    The lessons to be learned from Ferguson is that if you are an easily identifiable huge, arrogant, fat black thug that just strong arm robbed a convenience store with your buddy and feeling invincible... don’t walk down the middle of the street nearby calling even more attention to yourself... don’t attack a policeman and try to take his gun and cause it to go off in his car... and don’t run straight at him when he orders you to stop. That is called suicide by stupidity.

  • Democrats More Afraid of Global Warming Than ISIS

    08/29/2014 8:30:04 AM PDT · 15 of 34
    fireman15 to rktman

    *** NEWSFLASH ***

    Despite rising CO2 levels... data shows that it hasn’t gotten any warmer in nearly two decades.

  • Type 1, Type 2 Diabetes Share Underlying Mechanism

    08/20/2014 11:42:37 PM PDT · 22 of 28
    fireman15 to catnipman
    This whole article seems like nonsense to me.

    It doesn't seem to square with the “epidemic” of type 2 diabetes in this country that seems to correspond closely with the “epidemic” of obesity. Of course our “epidemic” of obesity seems to correspond with the increased popularity of super-sized fast food, candy and corn syrup based soft drinks.

    Around the time that I turned 50 I realized that my gastric system was starting to rebel against the staples in my diet such as 64oz Double Big Gulps, jumbo sized Big Bite Hot-dogs, potato chips and large quantities of candy bars. When I was younger I could gorge on these types of culinary delights day after day with no apparent ill effects. But around the time I turned 50 all those great highly refined food products, the pinnacle of modern industrial food preparation began giving me abdominal pain and diarrhea.

    I was forced to change my dietary habits, even give up my normal half gallon of milk every day which had been used to wash down all those candy bars and cookies. My gastric system forced me to start eating less candy, grease filled hot-dogs, hamburgers and sandwiches. I had to stop drinking half gallon sized big gulps filled with caffeinated corn syrup based soft drinks.

    It is crazy, but I find that I have lost weight, am sleeping better, feeling better and have more energy. Who da thunk it?

  • Trayvon, Mike Brown: What made these cases special?

    08/20/2014 10:43:29 PM PDT · 43 of 73
    fireman15 to notfornothing
    “there was the case of the guy in NYC who was strangled to death a month or so ago and that of course got some national attention, but it didn’t cause anywhere near the reaction (and riots, looting etc.) that Ferguson and the Trayvon case did”

    In the 25 years that I worked for a fire department in a city known for its crime problems I went to several people who died as a result of police actions and sometimes incompetence. There was no malice in any of the situations... the police didn't mean to kill any of them.

    A lot of people who are high on drugs or drunk or both overexert their generally overweight out of shape bodies and have some type of cardiac event. Another common problem is the choke hold; the police cut off the blood to someones brain who is struggling with them for a little too long and they don't come back. Tasers kill more people than is generally acknowledged.

    The other big one... is the police handcuff some big fat guy whose arms will barely go around his back, and then they leave him lying on his face and a few minutes later discover that he has suffocated.

    Every one of the dead people related to police activity that we tried bring back was struggling and causing a lot of trouble for the police before their untimely demise. I personally have had difficulty holding down 100 pound women with six other guys. They scream, kick, punch, bite, spit and seem to have super human strength... it is absolutely amazing. No one who hasn't struggled with a crazy person has a clue how difficult it can be to restrain a psycho without hurting them or getting hurt yourself.

    Last Christmas we responded to a drunk woman who was fighting with her neighbors. We were having difficulty calming her down so I called on the radio for police backup. I got a radio call back a few minutes later and the dispatcher said the police wanted to know why we needed them. I was just starting to think we had the situation under control, but as I started to fumble with my radio I took my eyes off her for just a second. She took the opportunity to punch me in the eye.

    By the time the police arrived we had her calmed down and the police again wanted to know why we asked for them. My eye was starting swell a little. I didn't care about having her arrested for that, but I told them I thought we would probably be back if we just turned her loose. So a police officer started politely asking her questions. It looked like maybe we were just going to leave her when all of a sudden she went berserk and attacked the police officer and bit him on the arm hard enough to break his skin. Needless to say she was difficult to restrain but she did live through the ordeal.

  • Ferguson Protesters Want Grand Jury to Deliver "Justice." Two Reasons They Might Not Get It

    08/20/2014 9:56:04 PM PDT · 21 of 41
    fireman15 to BigEdLB
    Something else- since he had an eyesocket injury... Ofc Wilson aim maybe wasn’t as good - vision impaired - hence the odd arm wounds on the decedent..

    I agree. The officer was nearly knocked senseless; his eye was probably out of commission and his firearm had just discharged in his car after a struggle.

    I always wear hearing protection when shooting at the range. But a couple of years ago; I shot a 32 caliber handgun without my muffs on. I couldn't believe how loud it was. Given that a 9mm cartridge uses over twice the amount of powder; I would think that the noise in a car would have temporarily deafened the officer as well.

    How many ways can an aggressive thug who thinks he is invincible basically demand to be shot in the head? They thought they had won the confrontation when the officer came back for more, the brute decided to try and finish the job. It is a waste... if he wasn't about 60 pounds over weight and probably a school dropout, the marines might have been able to turn the piece of excrement into a worthwhile human being. We will never know now because he threw his life away.

  • Robin Williams: Comedy and Tragedy

    08/14/2014 10:22:21 AM PDT · 12 of 17
    fireman15 to Cyman
    “He died of years of using powerful psychoactive street drugs coupled with massive amounts of alcohol and the gross brain changes that accompany those addictions.”

    I could not agree with you more! I spent 25 years working for a fire department and have responded to many suicides. Substance abuse is a major factor in the vast majority of suicides. I don't know if there are studies to confirm it, but in my experience marijuana and alcohol are by far the most common substances which are found on scene.

    If you tell an alcoholic that alcohol is ruining their life... they will generally agree with you. Marijuana users on the other hand will defend its use until their dying breath. The media makes marijuana out to be harmless and something that makes people happy. From my experience I strongly believe that there is a strong connection between marijuana use, mental illness and suicide.

    I am not buying into this “self-medicating” BS. People simply have too much spare time on their hands and instead of pursuing productive endeavors or healthy activities they waste their time smoking pot and getting drunk. Then they rely on the rest of us to take care of them.

    This is not a recipe for high self esteem... They deserve to feel bad about wasting their God given time on earth. Then there judgment impaired delusional drug abused brains don't give them the resistance to keep them from acting on their crazy impulses.

    I would speculate that Robin Williams like so many of the suicides that I have been to... probably had no intention of killing himself when he woke up to another beautiful sunny California day. I would speculate that toxicology reports would most likely confirm that he spent the entire day smoking pot behind closed doors in his bedroom. At some point he started feeling worthless for wasting his time instead of taking care of his many responsibilities and obligations. It probably didn't help that he had so many others helping to take care of his every need. At some point he had the impulse to suffocate himself as the character playing his son did in the movie World's Greatest Dad.

    Life is a fragile thing and very easy to end if one gets a crazy impulse that their drug dazed mind can't resist. So yes he was one of my favorite comedians also, however all of this hand wringing and making him out to be a victim of depression kind of makes me sick. He did it to himself from start to finish and now has left it to others to clean up the mess. God gave him his precious life... Robin Williams threw it away.

  • PG poll: Scientific consensus on climate change has not permeated the public [lefty whining]

    08/13/2014 10:40:10 AM PDT · 39 of 41
    fireman15 to molson209
    “Atmosphere of Earth 78.09% nitrogen, 20.95% oxygen, 0.93% argon, 0.039% carbon dioxide”

    You are of course leaving out the most important “greenhouse gas” which is of course not CO2 but water vapor. The theory of anthropogenic global warming is dependent on an increase of CO2 causing an increase in water vapor in the atmosphere as a positive feedback.

    The theory goes that rising CO2 levels in the atmosphere will cause a small increase in temperature. This small increase in temperature is predicted to cause more water vapor in the atmosphere which will cause a much larger increase in temperature and we will eventually have a run-a-way positive feedback which will cause all sorts of bad things to happen.

    Strangely enough despite rising CO2 levels the temperature of our planet has not increased over the past 17 years and in the same time period water vapor in the atmosphere by most measures appears to have decreased.

    Despite all of the hype only 15ppm or 3.75% of CO2 in the lower atmosphere is from the burning of fossil fuels. Only 15ppm of the 130ppm increase in CO2 or 11.5% of this increase since the beginning of the industrial revolution has been from the burning of fossil fuels.

    www.atmos-chem-phys.net/14/7273/2014/doi:10.5194/acp-14-7273-2014

    look in...Atmos. Chem. Phys., 14, 7273 - 7290, 2014

    Since the end of the little ice age the planet has been in a cyclic but general warming trend which has caused an increase in CO2 mostly from 88.5% from natural sources. As we have known from the very start from numerous studies of ice core samples... warming precedes an increase in CO2 in the atmosphere not the other way around.

    The entire theory of anthropogenic global warming is dependent on an increase in water vapor in the atmosphere. This means an increase in clouds, humidity and precipitation none of which we are currently seeing. Any actual scientific theory which had been so thoroughly debunked by the data would have been discarded ages ago. Scientific method is suppose to be a means to seek truth and greater understanding of the world around us.

  • Will climate change worsen Ebola outbreaks?

    08/05/2014 10:43:21 PM PDT · 34 of 41
    fireman15 to Citizen Zed

    Global Warming is caused by humans... approximately 110% of the warming recorded bay NASA/NOAH ground based weather stations are from “adjustments” made by leftist eco-nut humans to the raw data.

  • Visit the Wrong Website, and the FBI Could End Up in Your Computer

    08/05/2014 10:33:00 PM PDT · 7 of 59
    fireman15 to 2ndDivisionVet

    Nothing to worry about... Obama, Eric Holder and the Justice Department are protecting our interests.

  • The Grifting Wing vs. the Governing Wing

    08/04/2014 9:05:04 AM PDT · 17 of 24
    fireman15 to cripplecreek

    From Wikipedia, every leftists favorite source of info, “Steven C. “Steve” LaTourette (born July 22, 1954) is an American politician who served as the U.S. Representative for Ohio’s 19th congressional district and then Ohio’s 14th congressional district from 1995 to 2013. He is a member of the Republican Party. On July 30, 2012, it was reported that he would retire at the end of his term and not seek re-election. He subsequently co-founded a lobbying firm.[1]”

    From an article, “Susan LaTourette never moved to Washington with her husband when he was elected to the House of Representatives in the Republican sweep of 1994. Instead, she chose to stay at home, in suburban Madison, Ohio, with their children. Last October (2003), she said, she was startled to receive his telephone call to tell her “he had a girlfriend and wanted a divorce.”

    Susan LaTourette told the Hill she never really knew where her husband lived in Washington. “I think Washington corrupts people,” she said. “He was a wonderful husband and father, the best I ever saw, until he went there. I told him I was trying to get him out of the dark side — all that power and greed and people kissing up to them all the time. Now he’s one of them. All they care about is getting reelected. I hate them all.”

  • Five Myths About Impeachment

    08/04/2014 8:51:35 AM PDT · 4 of 54
    fireman15 to centurion316

    The primary value of any impeachment action by the House of Representatives would be to highlight this lawless President’s illegal actions in a public forum that would get a lot of media attention. Unfortunately, the media would make every effort to paint the current occupant of the Whitehouse as a victim hateful racial bias.

  • After Action Report Dinesh D'Souza's AMERICA at Costco

    07/30/2014 11:41:24 PM PDT · 27 of 38
    fireman15 to Baynative
    My thought was that maybe leaving the price off the book would discourage some buyers.

    The Costco stores I have been to that had them also did not have the price... just the item number. My first thought also was that they were trying to discourage value conscious Costco shoppers from purchasing the book.

  • Lance Armstrong to ride again — this time in Sturgis

    07/22/2014 11:16:40 PM PDT · 50 of 58
    fireman15 to fireman15

    I am sorry, It was two years later that my roommate at Colorado Springs won the JR Nationals. He was quite a character, but like me, I believe outside circumstances caused him to have to give up racing while he was still young.

  • Lance Armstrong to ride again — this time in Sturgis

    07/22/2014 11:09:50 PM PDT · 49 of 58
    fireman15 to Baynative
    Thank you very much for the link to the Tour de France discussion. I have been on Free Republic for a long time and hadn't noticed it before. It is good to know that there are others here that know something about what it is like to actually ride competitively.

    My wife and I still ride a tandem frequently, but I haven't entered a bicycle race for over 30 years. I retired as a firefighter six months ago and have been working on increasing my fitness level and losing pounds for the past few months. Things are starting to come together. Who knows? Maybe one day I will be light and fast enough to be competitive in my age group.

    “Jock” Boyer was one of my heroes. The Seattle area had some notable riders at that time as well. Mark Pringle who won the 1976 Nevada City Classic when he was 19... A couple years after that on a rainy winter day he exclaimed I was crazier than he was. As a young junior I had ridden 50 miles up from Tacoma in the rain and pushed the pace on an early season 40 mile club ride and then rode back home in the rain.

    My younger brother had a huge crush on Rebecca Twigg. When they were both intermediate’s (under 15), they crashed together in a drainage ditch at the side of the road in a race near Redmond. He was using some Cinelli track pedals on his road bike. You had to reach down and pull a lever to get the pedals to release. He was head down in this deep ditch. He couldn't get to the lever and the more he tried the more he slid toward the water a couple feet deep at the bottom of the ditch. Suddenly a beautiful angel came to his rescue. He was scratched up but they rode back together and he felt no pain. He couldn't stop talking about her for weeks. Unfortunately for him nothing came of it.

    There were many others... Tom Brosnowski was probably the rider who was the very nicest to me. My room mate at the Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs won the JR Nationals the following year. It was a long time ago and you probably have never heard of most of my friends, but it was a pretty close knit community.

    In those days a lot of the best races near us were in British Columbia and we used to go up there a lot. I rode with a group whose leader had on old VW Van, a crazy mustache and a pony tail that went to his butt. Incredibly, we crossed the boarder dozens of times but were never hassled even one time. None of us were pot smokers because we didn't want to screw up our lung capacity.

    Well it is fun for me to reminisce.

  • Lance Armstrong to ride again — this time in Sturgis

    07/22/2014 7:34:28 PM PDT · 30 of 58
    fireman15 to Baynative
    My personal opinion is that sports are entertainment. People pay to see fantastic performances.

    Very true!

    Decades ago I competed at the national level in bicycle racing in the USA. At that time there were no substances that seemed to give a decisive edge in road racing. People still tried and some actually died from heat stroke and other maladies after using stimulants. Large amounts of caffeine was and probably still is the most common stimulant used and is still tolerated.

    The Eastern Europeans demonstrated in international competition that hormone treatments were effective in weight lifting, swimming and many other sports such as bicycle track racing. The Eastern Europeans were the most successful original innovators in these types of “scientific” training methods.

    After the 1976 Olympics a Polish cycling coach named Eddie Borysewicz defected and was hired by the USCF (United States Cycling Federation) as its first full time coach. I was at one of the very first events presided over by Coach Borysewicz, the Jr. World's team trials held in Colorado Springs, CO in 1978.

    One had to have a specified number of points from winning or placing in bicycle races held early in the season. I was a district champion that year and highly ranked nationally. My completion in the trials included most notably, Greg LeMond.

    Like so many other endeavors by quasi-governmental organizations the Jr. Worlds Team Trials were a farce in so many ways that it would take several pages to describe it in detail. But it was an education also. The morning of the long road race the temperatures were forecast to be over 100 degrees in the afternoon. The officials decided to start it earlier than scheduled to beat the heat. Only one minor detail, no announcement was made until some of us tried to get some breakfast and were told there was no time for us to eat, and also no time to get food to take with us on the way or in the race.

    Now this wasn't an issue for those such as Lemond who had family and support with them, but for many of us it was a big problem. At that time I weighed 135 pounds and had little in the way of reserves. There was no one with me to hand up water or food, I didn't get breakfast. I was in the winning break away before I bonked out. This means my reserves ran out and my blood sugar dropped. I rode to a convenience store and bought food and pop and then rode back to the line in time to see the end of the race.

    A guy who I knew personally used stimulants came across the line fifteen minutes after the leaders. His face had white dried saliva all around his mouth and he looked bad... as he crossed the finish line he his eyes rolled back and he collapsed. He was still unconscious when the ambulance transported him to the hospital. I thought that he had died.

    That night Coach Eddie Borysewicz who was still unable to speak English yelled at our group through a translator that those of us who hadn't finished the race would never amount to anything. Most of us were just kids who were barely able to afford a plane ticket to Colorado Springs. This was a shameful slap in the face to a bunch of kids who had given their all.

    Then to top it off Coach Borysewicz held up my friend who was still in the hospital, as an example of someone who gave his all and was now one of his favorites. Of course he never amounted to anything despite his talent and willingness to use “performance enhancing drugs”.

    This was the first race in my career that I hadn't finished, and it seemed obvious to me that the organizers were more than a little to blame. They were suppose to have helped those of us who had no support staff. At the time I wondered if the coach was too stupid to realize why the guy had collapsed or if being someone who was willing to take drugs to perform was somehow considered desirable to him? It has always troubled me.

    Within a few years Greg Lemond went on to win the Tour de France three times even after nearly being killed in a hunting accident. I knew Greg to be an extraordinary sportsman and I find it hard to believe that he used performance enhancing drugs. Lance was also one of Eddie Borysewicz’s protégés.

    I believe that the coach may have brought an attitude with him from Poland that whatever was legal or wouldn't be discovered was alright if it enhanced performance. I knew many of the riders who were caught up in the “blood doping” scandal in the 1984 Olympics. It wasn't illegal at the time and they were definitely encouraged by Eddie Borysewicz and the rest of the coaching staff to do it. I think this sent a bad message to young riders such as Lance.

    At the time Lance ascended to the top... using EPO and other techniques that were truly effective were just coming into their own. The attitude was if the other guys are doing it... we are going to have to do it to only better than them. And that is what Lance did.

    My biggest problem with Lance is not that he used performance enhancing techniques and then lied about it. It is that he attacked Greg LeMond and others who I know to be honorable and attempted to ruin their lives. Lemond made the constructive criticism that Lance should distance himself from Doctor Ferrari who was known to be helping others with illegal performance enhancing drugs and techniques. Lance went on a vicious campaign which caused Greg to lose nearly everything. So it is not going to bother me if the same thing happens to Lance.

    I know a bunch of people who have been highly critical of professional cyclists. Mostly I think that it is funny because people who have never bicycle road raced at a high level simply have no concept of the actual effort involved. The closest most will ever come to it are longer distance running races, but even that is not really very comparable.

    Sorry for the very long post.

  • Tears for the Border Children

    07/16/2014 10:22:59 PM PDT · 15 of 28
    fireman15 to Oldeconomybuyer

    Something like 80% of the “children” are young men over the age of 14 and a high percentage are gang members. There are also many “children” over the age of 18 pretending to be younger.

  • Glenn Beck’s border message broadcast — en Español

    07/15/2014 9:30:32 AM PDT · 25 of 33
    fireman15 to 7thson
    which I believe he is doing out of his perverted belief of Christianity

    Beck is a Mormon.

    My impression is that he bounces around on a lot of issues in unpredictable ways. I find his radio show to be annoying... they seem to lack focus, and act stupid to pander to the lowest common denominator.

  • Suspect in Benghazi attack killed under mysterious circumstances

    07/15/2014 8:54:57 AM PDT · 12 of 14
    fireman15 to mandaladon

    Left to their own devices... Barry’s friends in Libya tend to kill each other on a regular basis.

  • What’s In A Name? Global Warming vs Climate Change

    07/07/2014 10:05:20 AM PDT · 12 of 16
    fireman15 to IamConservative
    “The models were not interpreted correctly! CO2 actually causes cooling!”

    This would be a more effective argument. Cooling is far more dangerous to humanity than warming and is better supported by the data.

  • Having a Laugh About Gluten

    07/07/2014 9:57:41 AM PDT · 158 of 206
    fireman15 to morphing libertarian

    I am sorry to have been patronizing... my intention was to point out that your belief that, “avoiding carbs is a good thing for most people no matter in what form they come” is bad nutritional advice. I am sorry that my assumption was that you picked up this belief through the media and not some other means.

  • Having a Laugh About Gluten

    07/07/2014 9:50:16 AM PDT · 157 of 206
    fireman15 to ROCKLOBSTER

    The comment that I was responding to, written by Morphing Libertarian was, “avoiding carbs is a good thing for most people no matter in what form they come.”

    Morphing Libertarian did not specify that he/she was, “talking about straight starch and sugar, not vegetables.” I am glad that you are able to recognize that, “Meats, fish, eggs and vegetables are good for you. Junk food and pop are not.” I would add that whole grains, nuts, fruits, poultry, and other types of foods and beverages can also be important to a balanced diet. I have no idea what type of nutritional advice that you have been advocating.

  • Having a Laugh About Gluten

    07/06/2014 6:14:32 PM PDT · 144 of 206
    fireman15 to morphing libertarian

    I worked as a firefighter for 25 years and in that time I saw many of my co-workers go on high protein diets to lose weight. Most of them did lose weight for a time on the diets. Many of them got sick... a few got really sick. The one thing that virtually all of them have in common is that all of them gained the weight back and them some.

    So I am sorry to have offended you, but poor nutritional advice hurts people... and telling people that as a general rule everyone should avoid carbohydrates is poor nutritional advice. It is generally accepted that from 45% to 65% of a healthy diet should come from carbohydrates.

  • Do the Math: Obamacare Won't Change the Number of Uninsured

    07/06/2014 12:18:57 PM PDT · 5 of 27
    fireman15 to PGR88
    How did this article make it on to HuffPo?

    That is the same thing that I was wondering. Is this signaling that even HuffPo is turning on our Illegal Alien and Chief? If so I think that things must be looking much worse for the Dims at the midterms than we have been led to believe.

  • Having a Laugh About Gluten

    07/06/2014 10:43:17 AM PDT · 98 of 206
    fireman15 to morphing libertarian
    avoiding carbs is a good thing for most people no matter in what form they come.

    I am very sorry, but I just can't stand by and not comment on this nonsense. You and many others here are victims of ad campaigns designed to sell “protein bars”, “muscle powder”, frozen dinners and other processed foods that have few or no “carbs”. It is a bad joke! There is nothing inherently bad about foods that contain carbohydrates. Many foods that contain carbohydrates are extremely rich in nutrients and very good for you. Many foods that have no carbohydrates are highly processed and have basically almost no nutritional value.

    There is no substitute for common sense and moderation in all things. Common sense tells us that highly processed low carb foods with highly processed added nutrients are probably not as good for you as fruits and vegetables that come from your garden that just happen to be high in "carbs". Use your brains people.

  • How Climate Change Affects Terrorism (Say What???)

    07/03/2014 12:18:44 AM PDT · 9 of 16
    fireman15 to Up Yours Marxists

    One minor point... the world hasn’t gotten any warmer in over 17 years. This is known as the “pause” by the UN’s IPCC and they can’t explain it.