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  • The bad moon rising over Hillary

    06/24/2016 11:36:08 AM PDT · 12 of 29
    fireman15 to 1Old Pro

    I love all the “advice” the pundits are giving Trump this morning. We are witnessing a worldwide swing back from the politicians who have been contributing to the destruction of capitalism and Western Civilization. Liberal leadership has been very destructive and the people are finally starting to wake up.

    If people want to come here legally, assimilate and become productive members of our society that is one thing. The lawless invasion that Obama and European leadership have been encouraging people who want to enjoy the fruits of our labor but have no intention of joining our society.

  • She Has Down Syndrome But She Just Graduated From High School With a 3.7 GPA

    06/24/2016 9:14:15 AM PDT · 20 of 20
    fireman15 to T-Bird45

    When I was growing up my mom’s best friend and co-worker from the doctors office where she worked had a downs kid. And he stayed with us much of the time. My sister was officially his baby sitter, but the rest of us spent a lot of time with him as well. He was a handful even when he got older.

    Even though he was severely mentally challenged the school system used an incredible amount of resources catering to his every need. His mom was constantly threatening to sue the school system if they didn’t provide anything she thought he was entitled to.

    At that time they didn’t mix the mentally challenged kids in classes with normal kids. One of the reasons public schools are so bad these days is that they basically teach at the lowest common denominator in many classes. You constantly hear the theme “no child left behind”. What this really means is that the quality of the education of the normal kids is sacrificed so that the slow kids can keep up.

    The downs kid that we grew up with is still alive and still living with his mother who is now 80 years old. Most don’t live that long. Despite a fortune being spent by the government on his “education” he never had a job that wasn’t some type of “subsidized” job where he was actually producing anything or really doing anything constructive.

    His cuteness kind of peaked when he was about seven or eight. I remember as a kid cringing when I watched people fawning over him at church and him hugging them and getting poop on the back of people’s best Sunday clothes. My sister caught pink eye from him about half a dozen times because he was constantly getting his poopy little fingers on her face.

    I don’t know what the answer is... I do know that sending Downs kids to college is a stupid waste of resources. And after seeing what I did growing up, a career in fast food is also not a good idea. Even after constant reminders and training, and who knows how much money spent on his education, the kid we knew constantly had poop on his hands. If someone is thirty and they still can’t keep their fingers out of the back of their pants, they shouldn’t be going to college. Even at 30 if someone didn’t tell him to go and wash the poop off his hands he wouldn’t do it. That is just the way that it is.

  • Enviros Claim Brexit Will Be ‘Catastrophic’ For Nature

    06/24/2016 8:22:22 AM PDT · 15 of 56
    fireman15 to Opinionated Blowhard

    The term “environmentalist” has been so maligned that it now means someone who wants to use vague ideas connecting nature with advancing leftist ideals. You can catch the same people throwing garbage out their windows while they are driving down the street.

  • She Has Down Syndrome But She Just Graduated From High School With a 3.7 GPA

    06/24/2016 12:29:13 AM PDT · 6 of 20
    fireman15 to firebrand

    I am sure that this was a great accomplishment for this young lady. However there are many stories about persons with minimal reading, math and other basic abilities being graduated. I am wondering if this is also some sort of confirmation about the quality of our schools when someone with a very low IQ can be an honor student. I do believe that this would have been possible during the era that I graduated. And how good of an idea is it really to encourage those with very limited intellectual capacity to go to college.

    We have friends who have downs kids, now grown. College would have been a waste of effort and resources for their kids. My wife was even on the board of directors of a facility for persons with cognitive disabilities. People should be encouraged to reach their highest potential, but common sense should also have a role in deciding what is appropriate.

  • Iconic Russian AK-47 might some day be 'Made in U.S.A.' for military (w/video)

    06/14/2016 11:17:08 PM PDT · 59 of 60
    fireman15 to schurmann

    Apparently, you do not do much if any bullet casting. I am not using any secret ingredients. Even normal tire weight lead has enough antimony and tin in it to heat treat effectively using nothing but a common oven and a water bath. I do use a hardness detector to check my results and it is necessary to use a gas check on the end of the bullet. I make my own gas checks. One can easily use these bullets in a 7.62x39 cartridge at standard velocities with no leading problems in the barrels.

    There is an optimal hardness for a rifle bullet associated with whatever pressure is developed when firing your cartridges. When hardened correctly and used with the optimal charge for the hardness of the lead, cast bullets engage with the rifling more effectively than copper jacketed bullets. If the cartridges are loaded precisely they are more accurate than factory and especially old surplus. The pressures being developed can be accurately determined by using a decent shooting chronograph. And yes I use these in Kalashnikov type rifles all the time.

    If you want an easy to understand explanation of the principles involved matching the hardness of your cast bullet to the pressures developed in your cartridge I would suggest you find a copy of Modern Reloading, second edition by Richard Lee. Tire weight lead bullets dropped into water from the mold are actually harder than optimal for many types of pistol bullets.

    As far as the economics involved. It is pretty hard to beat surplus berdan primed 7.62x39 ammo. But hand loads with cast bullets and boxer primers are easier on the rifle and not corrosive. For me it adds another dimension and makes shooting much more fun especially when I am perfecting a new cartridge recipe. There is real satisfaction when everything comes together.

    Generally 7.62x39 brass can be used several or more times in a Kalashnikov type before you have to start rejecting them. I do anneal the necks to help keep them from cracking especially when they are being used in Kalashnikov style rifles because a certain percentage get dented when they are ejected.

    I stocked up on primers, brass, lead and powder a long time ago. Most of my reloading equipment, brass and primers were purchased from Midway USA and the powder came mostly from Powder Valley and Ballistic Products. Do fishermen ever really recoup the cost of all of their equipment and supplies? Saving money was not my first consideration.

    7.62x39mm brass currently costs approximately $.65 a piece new; I used to purchase “once fired” brass for a small fraction of that and still get 6 or more reloads out of it on average. Primers are currently less than $.03 a piece if you buy 5000. 8 lbs of powder, enough to load approximately 2,400 cartridges is around $170, about $.07 per cartridge. The lead and gas check cost less than half a cent per cartridge. So you are looking at $.10 for brass per reload, $.03 for the primer, $.07 for the powder and .005 for the bullet and gas check. That comes to right around $.20.5 per cartridge, so this is approximately the same cost as surplus 7.62x39 purchased in a spam can.

    If one doesn’t find reloading cartridges to be enjoyable it is not worth it, personally I enjoy it. I have several types of presses and numerous dies for pistols and rifles long with shotgun reloading equipment.

  • UN Weather Agency Warns of More Global Warming in May

    06/14/2016 6:25:46 AM PDT · 6 of 40
    fireman15 to Oldeconomybuyer

    I wonder how long it is going to take for the “Gore Effect” to completely gut this latest assertion. The Obama Administration data manipulators at NASA have become nothing more than a mouthpiece to justify increased regulation by the Obama Administration’s lackeys at the EPA.

  • Iconic Russian AK-47 might some day be 'Made in U.S.A.' for military (w/video)

    06/12/2016 9:56:12 PM PDT · 52 of 60
    fireman15 to Redcitizen
    So what is a 5.62x45 bullet. I think you meant 5.56x45. Just checking.

    Sorry senior citizen brain fart.

  • Iconic Russian AK-47 might some day be 'Made in U.S.A.' for military (w/video)

    06/12/2016 6:40:04 PM PDT · 40 of 60
    fireman15 to schurmann

    The velocities developed by 7.62x39 cartridges work fine with unjacketed hardened cast bullets. This is an important consideration for someone who casts their own bullets. You can easily heat treat cast lead alloy using a normal oven, then add a homemade gas check made from aluminum or copper sheet metal and depending on the care used when making up your own cartridges they are as accurate as copper jacketed bullets.

    This might be an important consideration one day if the government starts trying to regulate commercial ammunition. With 7.62x39 you have a much larger and heavier projectile traveling at a slower speed than 5.62x45. The molds I use produce a 155 grain bullet as compared to the typical 5.62x45 bullet which weighs only 55 to 65 grains. The high velocities of 5.62x45 bullets basically means that they must be jacketed which makes them difficult to produce without special equipment.

  • Ryan under GOP fire for Trump remarks

    06/10/2016 9:00:15 PM PDT · 69 of 75
    fireman15 to patriotspride
  • Ryan under GOP fire for Trump remarks

    06/10/2016 8:53:34 AM PDT · 45 of 75
    fireman15 to mandaladon

    The level of deceit currently taking place is astounding. The judge’s dad never was here legally and died a Mexican citizen in 1964. His mom came here illegally and didn’t become a citizen until the judge was 18. The good judge was the classic definition of anchor baby.

    The judge is a member of La Raza (the race) and other radical organizations advocating for open borders. He has not treated Trump fairly in court; there is ample evidence that he is biased. He tried to schedule the trial and compel Trump’s attendance during the Republican Convention. He released confidential information to the press from the court proceedings to the press in a transparent attempt to damage the Trump campaign then he had to “unreleased” the information.

    Then when Trump squawked all the Democrats and Ryan have called Trump a racist and have been harping on a false narrative 24/7. It is all very predictable, but sickening.

  • Christian Organization Allows Men To Shower With 15-Year-Old Girls

    06/09/2016 11:14:17 PM PDT · 4 of 26
    fireman15 to Morgana

    This are the two crazy liberal counties that I have lived in all my life. But when asked my wife, my kids, my parents, my brothers and sisters and my nieces and nephews, and my cousins have all said that none have ever noticed a person identifying as “transgender” using or making a scene even in a public restroom not to even mention taking showers at the Y. My family belonged to the YMCA for many years.

  • $2M deer vasectomy plan leaps forward (NYC libtards find another grand way to waste taxpayer money)

    06/09/2016 8:53:05 AM PDT · 24 of 34
    fireman15 to MeganC
    Deer meat can be pretty yucky depending on what they’re eating. We’ve had some deer meat that was only good for jerky and then it was tolerable only after soaking in teriyaki and drying it.

    I used to work with a bunch of deer hunters. They would bring in deer meat to the fire house and force the rest of us to eat it all the time. I suspected alternately that they were saving the good cuts for themselves, or cleaning Bambi from last year out the freezer. But nothing makes me start to gag more than another firefighter announcing that we would be eating venison for dinner.

    And unlike a meal made from some hamburger from the grocery store we all felt obligated to praise the hunter for the meal he prepared no matter how disgusting that it was.

  • Looks like Judge Curiel broke some US judge codes "of conduct"

    06/09/2016 8:38:34 AM PDT · 17 of 47
    fireman15 to BAW
    There are a bunch of bloggers looking into whether this judge is an anchor baby. THAT would be verrrrrrrrrrry interesting!

    His mother got citizenship long after he was born... there appears to be no citizenship info available for father. That is the definition of “anchor baby”.

    A pattern has already been established. When someone hangs politically incorrect red meat in front of Trump. He unapologetically gobbles it down. People gasp and say bad Trump, BAD! Afterwards people start to admit that Trump was right.

    This judge is most likely going to run into some difficulties going forward. First he appointed a law firm that gave Hillary $500,000 for a speech to represent “the plaintiffs” and has ruled for them on every single issue that they have requested. He is acting like an advocate not a judge. This is nothing but a political hit job.

    The “judge” already tried to schedule court during the Republican Convention then had to take that back. He inappropriately released info to the press designed to damage Trump then took it back. Who knows what he will do next, but he is now locked into playing the victim card so Trump may have already “won” at some level. Now that people are watching he is going to act a little more like a “judge” and not a partisan hack.

  • Teen Burnt Alive by Mother for Choosing Own Husband

    06/08/2016 9:22:00 PM PDT · 23 of 27
    fireman15 to SkyDancer

    It is not a religion; it is a cult of evil.

  • FDA: People are overdosing on anti-diarrhea drugs

    06/08/2016 9:10:50 AM PDT · 48 of 54
    fireman15 to DUMBGRUNT

    Kids are always finding some substance that will cause them to feel weird and convincing themselves that it is somehow fun. I am glad that most of them have now decided that sniffing gasoline fumes is not pleasant. I thought the big thing right now was eating a certain type of plant seeds (which I will not mention) available almost everywhere.

  • The Myth Of Manufacturing’s Decline

    06/05/2016 8:36:23 AM PDT · 46 of 140
    fireman15 to expat_panama

    I of course couldn’t get the link to show anything, so I did a search using the headline and found some other similar articles. Most appeared to be good examples of how to lie with statistics. For example the charts and quotes for output were mostly in dollars not adjusted dollars which skews the charts upward. If you are selling 10,000 widgets for $20,000 in 1980 and the same 10,000 widgets for $100,000 in 2015, it does not mean that your output increased by 5 times. We all know that there are entire sectors of the economy which have been moved overseas. Trying to sugar coat it by lying with charts and statistics that are designed to mislead is not likely to fool very many people.

  • US CITIES SEE UNEXPLAINED RISE IN VIOLENT CRIMES THIS YEAR

    06/05/2016 8:18:34 AM PDT · 12 of 67
    fireman15 to PROCON

    Yes whoda’ thunk that if you legitimize attacking and killing the police by pushing a false narrative that they are targeting black thugs that they would start avoiding conflict and crime rates would go up. What a surprise!

  • Workers at 2 Minnesota Hospitals Diagnosed with Active TB, 141 Patients ‘May Have Been Exposed’

    06/05/2016 8:14:46 AM PDT · 12 of 35
    fireman15 to E. Pluribus Unum

    Hospitals are going to be ground zero for illegal-alien induced epidemics.

    That is exactly what happens. One time our paramedics talked an old man into going into the hospital; I can’t remember what for... While at the hospital he picked up respiratory MERSA; if you look at our emergency rooms they are full of illegal immigrants. Less than a month later both he and his elderly wife were dead. The diseases that these people, both legal and illegal are bringing with them are killing off our elderly especially. And they get them when they go to their doctors office or the emergency room. When we actually had control of our borders, sick people were turned away.

  • Paraphrasing Newt Gingrich re: Trump being elected President

    06/04/2016 9:01:22 AM PDT · 19 of 24
    fireman15 to WVNan
    #1,001 reason why I would not live in CA or most other western states (except maybe WY).

    We are actually in Western Washington, people in many other parts of the country often do not realize how bad it is getting. I understand that Wyoming has many of its own challenges these days.

  • Clinton opens up double-digit lead over Trump nationwide - Reuters/Ipsos poll

    06/04/2016 8:54:45 AM PDT · 189 of 217
    fireman15 to Alas Babylon!

    Regardless of how this has come about, the timing is actually fortuitous for our side. Hillary is a very weak candidate. If she polls consistently behind Trump she will be forced to drop out and be replaced with someone who will be a bigger challenge to beat. If this were to happen before the Democratic Convention; they would almost have to give the nomination to Bernie. The Democrat establishment does not want Sanders.

    During the convention Hillary’s VP will be named. Shortly afterwards if her polls are still bad, Hillary will drop out because of “health” reasons and her VP will become the nominee. This will cause some chaos, but probably will create a bigger challenge for Mr. Trump. If Hillary remains viable for a while after the convention, it will be harder to do this.

  • Paraphrasing Newt Gingrich re: Trump being elected President

    06/04/2016 8:23:49 AM PDT · 13 of 24
    fireman15 to Signalman

    Not long ago my wife and I were in an Old Country Buffet and there was Mexican family who were bantering away loudly in Spanish. Then they began changing the dirty poop filled diaper of there baby on the table of the booth behind us. The staff was aware of what was going on and did no ask them to do this in the restroom.

    Their filthy looking children were going through the lines at the buffet and putting their hands in the food and licking it off their fingers. The staff again did nothing.

    Then the parents began speaking in English and loudly schooling their older children that all of the West Coast of the United States really belonged to the Mexico. They said that the entire West Coast was illegally stolen from Mexico and that Mexicans were going to get it back and kick all of the white people out.

    And the elites wonder why people are supporting Trump. We need the wall and we need to send the ungrateful ingrates back to where they came from.

  • Kid destroys $15,000 LEGO sculpture an hour after new exhibit opens

    06/03/2016 7:11:40 PM PDT · 21 of 23
    fireman15 to Morgana

    We put up a display honoring Vietnam Veterans at the Western Washington State Fair two years ago. We were there for three weeks. We had many invaluable historic artifacts displayed.

    We had originally planned to be at the display only part of the time so that our lives could go on as usual, and let fair staff keep the display secure. It became obvious immediately that the security provided by the fair would not be adequate. Kids would go right under and around the stanchions that were meant to keep people out of the area with historical artifacts.

    We had a Vietnam Era Jeep with valuable items on it. The kids would get into the display and start throwing everything on the floor so that they could sit in the seats or play with the machine gun that was mounted on the jeep. they would generally wait until we were preoccupied talking to someone or a group. They were extremely fast, and when we would attempt to boot them out... their parents would beg us to let them take a picture first... which indicated to me that they were not just out of control, that they were directed by their obnoxious parents.

    After three weeks of having either us or our friend, Master Sergeant Emmons being with the display nearly every hour that the fair was open we vowed to never do such a foolish thing again. According to fair personnel our display was visited by 10,000 people per day on average. It was insanity. The kids were the worst, but there were also many obnoxious adults.

  • Trump claims Trump University judge has 'absolute conflict'

    06/03/2016 7:38:59 AM PDT · 19 of 34
    fireman15 to cymbeline

    My best friend has been married for over 30 years to a woman of Hispanic origin whose family has lived in New Mexico for hundreds of years. Her father, grandfather, her uncles, her brothers, and her husband have all served in the United States military. Everyone in her family that I have met loves this country and thank God that the border was drawn South of where their family has lived. None of them appreciate illegal aliens coming across the border and stealing what they have earned with blood and sweat.

  • Windows 10 nagware: You can't click X. Make a date OR ELSE

    06/02/2016 3:48:47 PM PDT · 107 of 118
    fireman15 to Pelham
    I’ve read that it’s a control and marketing issue. Windows 10 is tied in with their ability to gather data and offer advertising so they want to compel everyone to use it.

    That is exactly what they are doing. Their goal is to have control of over a billion devices worldwide and can gather data and target every one of them with online advertising.

    I have experimented with Linux previously and preferred the applications available and the feel of Windows 7 and even XP. However, I am sure that I could adapt to the environment. The big problem that I have is that I use Photoshop, Sony Vegas, Microsoft Office, Internet Explorer and other programs that work well in Windows along with many peripherals that do not have good drivers outside of Windows.

    I do not really care much about the look and feel of environment if I can still use the programs and peripherals that I depend on. All this talk about security and the need for constant updates is mostly hype.

    Maybe we should be thanking Microsoft for making so many consider other options. This will create additional demand for more mainstream programs and peripherals that will work in Linux. This may convince Adobe and other software and peripheral manufacturers to begin adapting their programs for Linux. You can already run many using the “WINE” environment but there are some kinks that usually need to be worked out.

    Microsoft is taking a gamble with this one. But I do not think that they care a great deal if they piss off serious computer users as long as they still get the business from the masses.

  • Windows 10 nagware: You can't click X. Make a date OR ELSE

    06/02/2016 7:43:08 AM PDT · 48 of 118
    fireman15 to Pelham

    Never 10 has been working for our family. We installed it on all of our computers after my wife’s laptop started auto installing. I had not had difficulty on my laptop other than the nag window because I never allowed updates to be installed automatically.

    I am not sure how much legal difficulty this is going to get Microsoft in. But it reeks of desperation. They are now calling this major update which makes many programs and many peripheral devices such as scanners and printers stop functioning a “recommended update”.

    I did install Windows 10 an a hard drive that I installed in my laptop that had a factory image on it. It worked OK with my system. I definitely do not like that there is not a straight forward way to turn automatic updates off in Windows 10. There are many legitimate reasons not to “upgrade” to Windows 10. Many of us have tweaked Windows 7 to the point where it works very well on our systems and just do not want to spend a great deal of time and effort getting the same level of functionality out of Windows 10.

    Microsoft insisting that they are doing this to “protect” users is incredibly disingenuous. I really do not get it and do not understand what their true motives are. Their current policies are the biggest PR disaster that I can think of. It is making it look like they know that Windows 10 is a dog that no one wants so they are going to force it on everyone. It looks like they know their “upgrade” is less than worthless. I have defended Microsoft for decades but this one is insane.

  • U.S. Immigration at 15-Year High With 3 Million Arrivals Over the Past Two Years

    06/01/2016 7:49:41 PM PDT · 16 of 22
    fireman15 to Tolerance Sucks Rocks

    This is an out and out attempt to import Democrats and change the political power structure. It is destroying the country.

  • CNN Poll of Polls: Two points separate Clinton and Trump

    06/01/2016 8:59:46 AM PDT · 27 of 29
    fireman15 to fireman15
    Sorry forgot to Italicize: My thoughts exactly. Those in the media bubble in the New York-Washington axis see things very differently than most of us do.
  • CNN Poll of Polls: Two points separate Clinton and Trump

    06/01/2016 8:58:42 AM PDT · 26 of 29
    fireman15 to Dilbert San Diego

    My thoughts exactly. Those in the media bubble in the New York-Washington axis see things very differently than most of us do.

    We were watching a movie on our DVR last night and when it finished it reverted to what was showing on the last station we had it on. It was a group of idiot leftists talking about Trump and the leader, a late night comedian who thinks he is a political pundit now, said that even Republicans now believe in Global Warming.

    I said to my wife that it is probably just as well that they now believe their own propaganda despite observational data that disproves everything that they were saying. “Global Warming” is generally about the last thing that any survey shows the electorate is actually concerned about.

  • Less Than 500 of 163,000 Migrants Find Jobs In Sweden

    06/01/2016 8:36:52 AM PDT · 32 of 36
    fireman15 to Uncle Miltie

    Someday, it is going to explode in a way so big everyone will be wondering, “Why didn’t we pay attention?”

    Western civilization is in serious decline. Inviting our executioners to live with us is nothing less than cultural suicide. Germany has been neutered; the rest of Western Europe is in the same boat. The Eastern Block countries are the ones who are going to have to turn this tide back if it is already not too late.

  • Blind Louisiana Man Sues McDonald's for Refusing Him Drive-Thru Service

    06/01/2016 8:25:03 AM PDT · 39 of 64
    fireman15 to Wolfie

    One time before I retired on our way back from a call during a busy late night I decided to buy my crew ice cream cones for jobs well done. The McDonalds in our district was open, but only their drive-through. The fire truck of course will not fit through the drive through. I knocked on their door, one of the employees came to it and refused to take our order and said we couldn’t use the drive through either. I was just going to give up, but a car with three women on their way back from the Casino apparently saw my long face as I left the McDonald’s door. They bought us all ice cream cones and refused to take our money.

    I talked to the manager about it afterwards and he said that it violated McDonalds policy and they would get in trouble if they served someone in the drive through without a motor vehicle.

  • Hillary Clinton has narrow lead over Donald Trump in Michigan: poll

    06/01/2016 8:13:35 AM PDT · 24 of 35
    fireman15 to HamiltonJay
    Trump will take most of the Rustbelt.... MN and WI (thanks to the GOPe nevertrump efforts there in the Primary probably have poisoned it for the general) are probably the only states in the rustbelt that are certain to stay blue.

    It is truly ironic that Hillary Clinton's strongest allies this time around have been Republicans who spent the majority of their Primary cash damaging Trump. Bill Kristol, Mitt Romney, Glenn Beck, Mark Levin, the Bush clan, and many others who have gone underground at this point have demonstrated for all how deluded they truly are.

    To me the most interesting fall from Grace are the Bush's who have always done their best to avoid saying anything negative about Obama but have unloaded on Trump. History will not be kind to either President Bush, Jeb will never be taken seriously again and whatever political hopes there were for the next generation are now dashed for at least the next 20 or so years. It reminds me a bit of the Jacobites trying to get the exiled Roman Catholic Stuarts back on the throne in England. It is hard to believe that before Trump, a year ago Jeb was the front runner. Thank goodness they blew it big time and have stained whatever legacy they had.

  • Barrack: Worst Nightmare Was Negotiating With Trump VIdeo

    05/31/2016 11:13:02 AM PDT · 14 of 14
    fireman15 to Thank You Rush
    Admire a person whose entire life consists of lying? Is that what a smart businessman does?

    My best friend is a chief on the department that I used to work for. He lives and breathes fire department stuff. He loves everything from the nuts and bolts to the politics of getting everyone to work together. He is a very honest person with a few similar exceptions.

    The president of our local fire department union has always appeared to me to be a sociopath from the time he was one of my young underlings. Yet my best friend continues to be supportive of him. It reminds me of what Mr. Barrack said about Hillary in this interview. My friend isn't supportive of the union president because he wants to be, but he can't be openly critical and still work effectively with the union and many of the people who are members of the department.

    It is a little frustrating to me that he will not talk candidly about the union president; he will only say positive things. But forcing himself to do this is probably much more aggravating to my friend. But he does not have the option of giving an accurate assessment of the union president without dealing with what could be very negative repercussions down the road.

    So without being in Mr. Barrack's shoes I would be reluctant to be critical of what he said about Hillary. He knows both Trump and Clinton. He has endorsed Trump and that is good enough for me.

  • Physicist Stephen Hawking bewildered by Trump

    05/30/2016 7:16:22 PM PDT · 63 of 102
    fireman15 to BurgerAndFries

    I have a couple of “his” books and they are pretty good; he had a lot of help from others getting them ready for publication. Hawking is also now a global warming alarmist. His shocking appearance makes him look like his mental capacity is severely limited, but he still knows which side of the pop science toast his bread is buttered on. He has morphed into more weird looking Bill Nye the science guy at this point than respected physicist. His area of expertise is very narrow and his opinion on Trump is likely less informed than that of your garden variety leftist movie star.

  • Donald Trump and Bikers Share Affection at Rolling Thunder Rally

    05/30/2016 8:24:44 AM PDT · 35 of 57
    fireman15 to 1066AD

    I’ve read that before, but why would he do that ? You’d expect the opposite.

    McCain has a history of being difficult to get along with. I am not sure why he chose to lock heads with the POW/MIA groups and families. It does seem bizarre to say the least. But there are still a lot of hard feelings in the community even these days, which somehow doesn’t get mentioned to put Trump’s comments about him in context.

    The other thing that never seems to get mentioned was McCain’s role in a terrible fire that killed 134, seriously injured another 161 crewmen and caused $72 million dollars in damage ($511 million in todays dollars) aboard the USS Forrestal. The missile that started the fire was launched from McCain’s airplane. Many people still feel that McCain somehow screwed up, that there was a whitewash that protected the Admiral’s son and that the missile did not launch itself.

  • Donald Trump and Bikers Share Affection at Rolling Thunder Rally

    05/29/2016 9:13:44 PM PDT · 28 of 57
    fireman15 to Innovative

    The idiots at the New York Times apparently do not realize that basically anyone who has ever been involved with POW/MIA organizations cannot stand McCain. McCain did everything possible to keep what the Pentagon knew about prisoners who were left behind from public view. He also belittled those who had missing family members. Yet the article mentions repeatedly what Trump said about McCain and the authors seemed baffled that no one at the gathering seemed to care.

    http://www.vvof.org/mccain_hides.htm

  • Legally-armed citizen won't be prosecuted in fatal Mandeville shooting

    05/29/2016 8:47:08 PM PDT · 50 of 50
    fireman15 to BBell

    Thanks for telling us how it is in Louisiana. I can understand how you would perceive this situation differently than others here. I am sorry that others responded with hostility. There really is no need for that.

    Unfortunately, we live in a very liberal area. Open carry is basically allowed in Washington State, but very few people actually do it. Around here it freaks people out and is basically asking for difficulty.

    We live in an unincorporated part of the county. There are not a lot of deputies available at any one time. Historically, this has been OK, but the population has more than tripled since I was born and doubled in just the last 30 years. This is from people moving into the state from other areas, with more from California than any other state. This has caused a lot of changes, mostly bad. In a lot of places the infrastructure including police protection has not kept pace. This has created an opportunity for criminals who pray on a population that is not used to having to worry about being responsible for their own safety.

    Unlike many others here, I did not grow up with guns and never carried until my wife became concerned for her safety. I was gone for 24 hours at a time whenever I went to work and she did not feel safe, especially after the incidents that I mentioned.

    Neither of us would ever go out of our way to use our guns to try and prevent crime that was not likely to become life threatening especially if it did not involve us. That is the job of the police. We would consider using them if we found ourselves in a situation where the lives of others were being threatened and we were likely to be able make a difference. We would certainly use them to protect our own or our family’s safety.

    A few years ago a psycho started shooting up one of the malls with a semi-auto rifle and several high capacity magazines of cartridges. A good Samaritan with a handgun confronted the guy and told him to drop his weapon. The psycho shot and nearly killed the good Samaritan; he was permanently paralyzed when a rifle bullet severed his spinal column.

    My wife and I both agreed that we would never have confronted the psycho with the rifle. If a psycho with a rifle came close enough to us that we could take him out with our handguns we would do it without any warning and preferably from a position of cover.

  • Family of Driver Killed With Taliban Leader Mansour Files Case Against U.S.

    05/29/2016 6:27:36 PM PDT · 5 of 19
    fireman15 to BenLurkin

    It sounds like the guy was taxi driving in a risky location to begin with. Driving people around who cut other people’s heads off is probably not the most safe profession.

  • How will 3D printing affect the supply chain?

    05/29/2016 6:23:59 PM PDT · 50 of 55
    fireman15 to MHGinTN

    I am sure that you know what consumer quality 3D Printers are currently capable of more than I do.

    I recently purchased a used carpet cleaner at the Goodwill. I had to pay $30 with shipping for the parts I needed to get it going. It probably would have been possible to make a few of the parts with a 3D Printer, but I am not sure how much trouble it would have been and if the parts would have been durable enough to actually hold up. The originals broke and they were designed by people who knew what they were doing. There is sometimes more than just making a plastic part the same shape as the original involved in making a replacement.

  • How will 3D printing affect the supply chain?

    05/29/2016 5:57:38 PM PDT · 48 of 55
    fireman15 to RegulatorCountry

    I continue to be very interested in 3D printers and CNC Router/Milling machines. Before I got hired by a fire department I worked for 8 years in a family owned lumber remanufacturing plant as a millwright keeping a bunch of 70 year old machinery turning rough wood into finished products such as siding, paneling, flooring, etc... I was trained by some old timers and managed to pick up quite a few skills.

    Most people who have worked in a manufacturing job understand that the set-up is a critical and time consuming phase of production. People were always wanting us to run a couple thousand feet of this or that, but we really couldn’t economically do much less than a semi-truck load of anything other than cutting up wood with our rip saw or re-saw. Anything that required changing the set-up on one of our moulders wasn’t usually worth it for smaller quantities. We ran millions of feet of bevel and channel siding. That was our bread and butter.

    We did have one small moulder where the heads ran at very high speed and I only had to grind up one knife and then make a counter balance, but that was a specialty machine. Its maximum feed speed was about 30 feet per minute and we could run the bigger machines several times faster. The setup time even on that machine meant that it wasn’t worth doing anything less than at least several thousand lineal feet of lumber at a much higher price per lineal foot.

    I love the idea of using machines controlled by computers as a hobby and possibly as some type of niche small business. But when you are looking at up to several hours to make a small object out of expensive plastic filament, I am not seeing this as being much of a threat to traditional manufacturing.

  • Legally-armed citizen won't be prosecuted in fatal Mandeville shooting

    05/29/2016 9:24:17 AM PDT · 48 of 50
    fireman15 to BBell

    I have never had to use a gun to protect myself or anyone else. But my wife who at around 100 pounds is much smaller than even most women these days has been “saved” on two occasions by the presence of a handgun. Neither occasion resulted in shots being fired.

    The first time she was in her Suzuki Samurai, a jeep like vehicle. It was during the time when the Rodney King riots were taking place. We some trouble here as well.

    My wife was in a line of cars at a stop light a mile from where we grew up. Two black thugs walked up to her vehicle and started unsnapping the top and trying to get in. She was not able to get out of the line of vehicles. The man behind her had two small children in the vehicle with him, but he got our of his small pick-up using his door as cover and held his gun over the edge of the opening from his rolled down window. Then he got the two black guys attention. They ran off saying they were just having fun and didn’t want any trouble.

    The man was a soldier from down south. We have a big military base near by. My wife thanked him profusely. After that she became much more aware of her surroundings at all times and insisted that we get concealed weapons permits, join a gun club and get training and practice.

    The next time my wife was much more prepared. She was at a local mall. She had parked near where they were doing some new construction. As she walked back to her car a group of black youths started following her and making obscene remarks. She started walking faster and they started trotting to catch up with her. She had a hand gun in her holster purse. Before they could get to her, she turned around putting her hand in the compartment that was in the bottom of her purse that held the pistol so that she could draw if need be. Using her most stern mother’s voice she told them in no uncertain terms to “back off”.

    They were apparently familiar with holster purses, and the defensive firing position she took. They realized that it would probably be easier to pick on some other helpless looking victim. They took an immediate about face and ran off using a bunch of obscenities as they retreated. She did not have to draw her weapon but she had practiced at the range using her holster purse on many previous occasions. She was ready to use the pistol to make some well placed shots. She considered it a great day because she didn’t get hurt and it may have caused the young criminals who had intended to do her harm that there are people who are prepared to defend themselves.

    As long as the criminal element can victimize people with little chance of repercussion, crime will continue to increase and the efforts of the police will not be able to keep things under control. As I mentioned I worked with the police almost every time I went to work as a firefighter for 25 years. My favorite uncle is a retired police officer. I have asked police officers for advice and guidance many times. Almost all have been very supportive of responsible citizens getting training and carrying firearms for their own protection and the protection of others.

    The police cannot be everywhere and where we live 4 sheriffs deputies were gunned down and killed by a deranged black criminal who had recently moved here from Arkansas while they sat in a coffee shop.

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lakewood,_Washington_police_officer_shooting

    So there are times when the armed public needs to be watching out for police. And this is becoming more true every day. In our area we are beginning to be over run by outsiders who are hostile towards us. Where we live we can no longer just be passive and just depend on the police for our safety. I wish we could. For a while it seemed like things were getting better, but since Obama was elected things have taken a definite turn for the worse. It is very, very sad and I take now joy that it has come to this, but at this point people need to take more responsibility for their own safety and the safety of others.

  • Legally-armed citizen won't be prosecuted in fatal Mandeville shooting

    05/28/2016 4:57:32 PM PDT · 29 of 50
    fireman15 to BBell
    Maybe you like armed citizens playing cops but I don't. As to my “armed chair assessment” I have witnessed and been involved in a number of situation like this and there has never been a shooting. Just observe and let the cops handle it.

    I don't know where you live; it must be a wonderful place with lots of police and few nuts and criminals. I spent 25 years working with the police on a daily basis.

    There are many times that a good citizen with a gun has saved the life of innocent people including themselves. It has nothing to do with a good citizen “playing cop”. Where we live cops are outnumbered by hundreds if not thousands to one. We often have just a few cops covering a huge part of the county. Depending on the situation it can be hours before they show up. Thank God for good citizens who are armed and willing to protect themselves and other good citizens. They are a major deterrent to crime in our area.

    The gun club I belong to has the police range right next to it. We are behind two locked gates. The one we used is suppose to be closed after certain hours. The sheriff's department normally uses the other gate. I came in one time and locked our gate behind me. I didn't realize that the deputies were using our gate for some reason and none of them had the key to either.

    After I finished my shooting and I went to leave, I found that there were a dozen deputies lined up in their cars waiting to leave. One of them told me that I had locked literally half the deputies on duty at that time in our part of the county in the shooting range. They were trying to find some bolt cutters when I unlocked the gate for them.

  • Never mind Trump, GOP uniting under banner: 'Never Hillary'

    05/28/2016 1:42:00 PM PDT · 8 of 15
    fireman15 to marron

    Hillary and Bernie will go to the convention. Hillary will prevail. If she dropped out before the convention, Bernie would get the nomination.

    Shortly after the convention Hillary will drop out do to “health problems”. Obama will pardon Hillary for whatever wrong doing she is being investigated for. Hillary’s running mate, Biden will go to the top of the ticket. Biden will recruit Warren to be his running mate.

  • Legally-armed citizen won't be prosecuted in fatal Mandeville shooting

    05/28/2016 1:06:03 PM PDT · 5 of 50
    fireman15 to BBell

    There is stupid and then there is STUPID. But I am not sure that I understand your criticism. The intention of the shooter was just to get the guy’s license plate and wait for the police. He WAS trying to observe the situation until the police arrived. When the belligerent idiot noticed, he got out of his minivan and followed him into the store, pushing and shoving the entire time.

    To me your arm chair assessment indicates only that you probably have not been in a similar situation. Because of my former profession I have been in the path of idiots on many occasions and it is often not easy or even possible to avoid a serious confrontation.

  • Sears may sell Kenmore and Craftsman brands

    05/28/2016 12:47:26 PM PDT · 48 of 98
    fireman15 to eyedigress
    I switched over to Makita. They make everything for the BL1830 and it is all good.

    I have a Makita miter saw and it has never let me down.

  • Target market cap now down $10.5 billion in wake of boycott

    05/28/2016 11:58:45 AM PDT · 26 of 47
    fireman15 to usconservative

    Target has handled this poorly, but I doubt whether the “boycott” is actually having much effect on Target’s stock prices. Sears and Kmart are doing worse and they haven’t chimed in on this issue. The problem with making this claim is that when things turn around in the retail sector it will make it look like conservative groups are as ineffective as unions “boycotting” Wal-Mart.

  • Sears may sell Kenmore and Craftsman brands

    05/28/2016 11:45:21 AM PDT · 13 of 98
    fireman15 to JBW1949

    They used to carry quality men’s clothing and Craftsman tools had a lifetime guarantee...

    Many years ago my dad had a Craftsman framing hammer that I broke one of the claws off busting slag off a weld I had made on one of our tractors. My dad told me to take it back to Sears and they would replace it with a new one. I couldn’t believe it when they actually did it.

    Unfortunately, a week later I went to a lumber mill auction and bought a bunch of old 3 phase electrical equipment. On the way back something broke on the flatbed truck I was using and I had to get under the truck and bang on it with the hammer and hay wire it back together. When I got back I realized that I had left my shiny new hammer under the truck. I drove 50 miles back to where I had the trouble, but someone had already found the hammer.

    Craftsman doesn’t mean what it used to. I bought an impact driver from Sears a couple years ago; it was made in China. The battery would drive about three lag bolts before it was through. After two weeks it quit working altogether. I assume it was defective from the start but didn’t have time to waste making sure. I took it back and bought a Harbor Freight tool for half the price which works much better and has served me well for the past couple of years.

  • Vandals Deface Vietnam War Memorial In Venice

    05/28/2016 11:30:28 AM PDT · 7 of 70
    fireman15 to monkapotamus

    We normally set up a large display honoring veterans at a memorial park near our home starting on the Friday before Memorial Day. This year the staff felt that it was much too risky because of increased vandalism problems they have been having. They would only let us do it this year if we packed up everything each night and then set it back up in the morning. That would have meant hours of extra work each day.

    In the past we have camped out at the memorial park, but the staff felt even that was too risky. I am not sure if they felt it was too risky for us or for the vandals, since we are well armed.

  • 5 Rules Clinton Broke Using Her Secret Server

    05/28/2016 8:57:11 AM PDT · 23 of 42
    fireman15 to Don Corleone

    We can dream that they will all get what they deserve can't we?

  • In historic visit to Hiroshima, Obama calls on the world to morally evolve

    05/28/2016 8:50:10 AM PDT · 19 of 35
    fireman15 to Ancesthntr
    I am not saying that Trump should shove Obama out of Air Force One without a parachute over an ISIS stronghold in Syria or Iraq. That would be immoral. He should give Obama, Bill and Hillary parachutes and then give them the boot.

  • Bill Nye the Scientism Guy

    05/28/2016 8:31:59 AM PDT · 63 of 70
    fireman15 to Ben Ficklin

    The type of nonsense you are advocating is currently bankrupting Europe and destroying the reliability of their power grid. You want to bring it here... smart... very smart. Fortunately, there is a good chance that there will be a new sheriff in town after the next general election. He doesn’t seem to be buying into energy sources which require massive government subsidies, have been a massive failure where ever they are tried, are a huge eye sore and destroy millions of birds and bats who play important roles in the environment.

    If you live off the grid and are willing to maintain storage batteries, inverters, solar cells and windmills they can lower the amount of propane, diesel or gas that you use in your generator and might make sense... Most likely it will take many, many years to recoup your investment and it also will not pencil out unless you too are taking some type of subsidy from the government. But at least there is a chance. Government policies forcing utility companies to adopt “renewables” other than hydroelectric and possibly geothermal have all been massive boondoggles.

    I am certain that you will berate any source that I quote so I have provided several. There are literally an unlimited number to choose from which all say the same thing. Where wind and solar have been tried on a large scale by utility companies they have been a massive failure.

    http://www.forbes.com/sites/williampentland/2013/08/16/no-end-in-sight-for-spains-escalating-solar-crisis/#1397e0e9627c

    http://www.cfact.org/2013/08/13/europeans-learning-the-hard-truth-about-wind-and-solar-energy/

    http://www.usatoday.com/story/opinion/2013/06/13/america-wind-power-column/2397447/

    http://www.spiegel.de/international/germany/high-costs-and-errors-of-german-transition-to-renewable-energy-a-920288.html

    http://www.thenewamerican.com/tech/energy/item/15069-14-000-idle-wind-turbines-a-testament-to-failed-energy-policies

    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/comment/9559656/Germanys-wind-power-chaos-should-be-a-warning-to-the-UK.html

    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/debate/article-3308821/PETER-HITCHENS-Warmists-armed-windmills-REAL-threat-Britain.html