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  • Scientists Are Making Smoothies With Potato Milk

    12/13/2017 5:55:50 PM PST · 7 of 38
    fireman15 to nickcarraway

    I have drank approximately 11,000 gallons of milk in my lifetime. When I was riding my bicycle approximately 300 miles a week I used to average around a gallon a day. I was a member of a racing team that was sponsored by the dairy farmers in our state. More typically I have drank approximately a gallon every two days.

    I switched to non-fat about 30 years ago. Although I have never noticed any negative side effects that I would attribute to excessive consumption of milk, I have had concerns that too much milk might be bad for me. So I have tried various substitutes over the years but have never really enjoyed any of them.

  • Zeroed In: Sebastian Gorka Talks Politics, the Media, and 7.62×39

    12/13/2017 10:10:57 AM PST · 11 of 14
    fireman15 to bigbob

    I always enjoy seeing him on TV. This was a great interview. He certainly seems to be the real deal.

  • Live Alabama Election Results: Roy Moore and Doug Jones Compete for Senate Seat

    12/12/2017 7:06:49 PM PST · 1,282 of 2,089
    fireman15 to CardCarryingMember.VastRightWC

    The Democrats are learning from the last election. Their vote manufacturing machine is working all out right now.

  • Graphic Video of Daniel Shaver begging for his life before being Shot by Police

    12/12/2017 9:08:55 AM PST · 33 of 68
    fireman15 to Jolla
    I agree 90% is too high.

    I too am sickened by this video, but I worked with the police just about every day that I went to work for 25 years. Your original 90% estimate of police being good people trying to do their jobs to the best of their ability was probably about right or maybe even a little low. The problem is that the small minority that are idiots can create a huge amount of problems.

    I actually responded with my crew to a screwed up mess where the police were doing CPR on a guy still in handcuffs. My immediate first thought was that they must have done something really bad... because the police basically never do CPR on anyone. And I was right.

    Sure enough they had handcuffed this huge, fat drunk guy that they had been trying to get under control and left him face down. By the time they realized that he had stopped making noise and fighting because he had lost consciousness from suffocation... he was dead.

    Their pathetic efforts at CPR were completely useless. None of them realized that they needed to get the cuffs off the guy before they could do effective compressions.

  • The Navy Is Changing Its Plans for its Dumbed-Down Zumwalts and Their Ammoless Guns

    12/06/2017 11:52:40 AM PST · 58 of 78
    fireman15 to rlmorel
    I should reexamine my stance on him. It is like an opinion made under glass, when one is a child without any context or real world experience.

    We have no personal knowledge of what the Admiral was like either other than what he wrote and what others have written about him. We have never discussed this with the family member we know. We do know that the Zumwalt family has had members serve in every American War since the Revolutionary War.

    The Admiral's surviving son, Lt. Col. (Ret.) James G. Zumwalt has written several good books and many articles on foreign affairs. My favorite quote from him is, “Iranian Nuke Site Like Barack Obama’s Original Birth Certificate – All Inspection Efforts Rejected”.

    It is always a good idea to reexamine their long held opinions every once in a while. We were blindsided by the actions of the Bush's and others over the past couple of years. We thought we knew something about their beliefs and character. But then there are other historical figures who we have had low opinions of who turn out to be much better than we originally gave them credit for. It might be the same with the Zumwalt class “destroyers”.

    I do apologize for taking the conversation off track.

  • The Navy Is Changing Its Plans for its Dumbed-Down Zumwalts and Their Ammoless Guns

    12/06/2017 10:38:28 AM PST · 49 of 78
    fireman15 to rlmorel
    I didn’t have much respect for Zumwalt, and the ship is a real challenge for me.

    I assure you that I am not offended by your comment because I think I understand where you are coming from. But we personally do know a member of the Zumwalt family. We care about her and respect her greatly. We last saw her a month ago at a Veterans Day event put on by one of our local VFWs. The Zumwalts are unquestionably a great and patriotic family. I will not go into detail, but ironically the ship seems to have some parallels with some of the family members which probably only those who are acquainted with them would recognize.

  • The Navy Is Changing Its Plans for its Dumbed-Down Zumwalts and Their Ammoless Guns

    12/06/2017 9:45:14 AM PST · 41 of 78
    fireman15 to rlmorel

    I love your photoshop work and think that it is a big improvement.

    If I would have read more of the article before commenting... I would have seen that every objection that I had was already included in the article in greater detail. Your points in previous posts are very valid as well. Occasionally something that looks like a duck and quacks like a duck or looks like a huge waste of taxpayer money actually ends up having redeeming qualities at some point.

  • The Navy Is Changing Its Plans for its Dumbed-Down Zumwalts and Their Ammoless Guns

    12/06/2017 9:07:55 AM PST · 34 of 78
    fireman15 to sukhoi-30mki

    It is hard to believe this monstrosity is real. It looks like something out of the cone head movie. Is there any point in trying to make a huge surface ship more “stealthy”. A submarine obviously could benefit from detection evading technologies, but a huge surface ship??? What a waste of billions and billions of tax payer dollars. The Navy should be ashamed.

  • ‘Glad to be alive’: Family describes Hill Country road rage shooting (TX)

    12/06/2017 8:56:48 AM PST · 9 of 17
    fireman15 to bgill

    The video and story just add to the confusion. What the driver/dad said who beat the guy until his hand and arm were broken in two different places didn’t make a whole lot of sense. Why did the police officer allow someone to beat the crap out of another person who had already been shot? And they are saying that their car that has a little dent in the rear quarter panel can’t be driven and they can’t make an insurance claim to get their car fixed until they know the name of the other guy who attacked them? Did they have their own insurance?

  • Negotiable Documentary Service Fee

    12/03/2017 10:13:50 AM PST · 3 of 4
    fireman15 to Robert A Cook PE
    “Your mileage may vary.”

    In Washington State if the dealer does not mention this “fee” specifically ahead of time in their advertisements in print that is the “same typeface as standard text and bolded, capitalized, underlined or set out to be conspicuous”, they cannot legally add it in.

  • Negotiable Documentary Service Fee

    12/03/2017 9:52:20 AM PST · 1 of 4
    fireman15
    My wife and I are downsizing and moving into a smaller home in a less expensive neighborhood. We have been renovating a house originally built in 1900. It has been raining almost every day for the last six weeks. We realized that it would be very helpful for our continuing work and moving our stuff to have an enclosed utility trailer.

    We started watching Craigslist looking for a used one, but found nothing that really fit our needs. So using the ads from dealers to comparison shop I found that I could "save" a couple hundred dollars by driving a hundred miles to pick one up. I spoke to the "owner" of one of the companies and made sure they had one of the advertised specials ready for us to pick up.

    So we drove two hours down to this place and he had a stack of paperwork for us to sign and then added in the cost of a spare tire, tax and licensing fees, and a 3% fee for using my wife's credit card. So he came back with the receipt after he already charged her card and I saw that the total for our $2799 enclosed trailer was over $3500. In my head I had figured that it would be approximately $3300 with the spare and taxes.

    So I asked the "owner", "How much did you charge us for that spare tire?" He said $140. So I started looking through his paperwork to figure out where the discrepancy was and I found, "Negotiable Documentary Service Fee - $150".

    So he started giving me this song and dance about how everyone charges this fee on utility trailers and I just hadn't noticed it before and he needed the money because he gave us such a good deal on the trailer. I replied that the utility trailer I have been using cost just $250 from Harbor Freight and I would have noticed an additional $150 fee.

    I said that I knew he was giving us a pretty good deal on the trailer and that is why we were wasting almost our entire day driving down to his location. So after a heated argument and him accusing me of being unreasonable in a number of ways... he ended up giving $75 of the fee back.

    When I got home I looked up the legality of not disclosing a fee in advertisements that makes it appear that a company's advertised special is better than it actually is. I found on our State Attorney General's website this tidbit,

    "In order to charge a documentary service fee, the dealer must include a disclosure about the fee in its advertising. Absent proper disclosure of the fee in print, radio and television advertisements, a dealer cannot charge a documentary service fee of any amount.

    The law varies a bit from state to state and is charged mostly by car dealers, but also RV and trailer dealers. In some other states there is no limit to the amount they can add on. But in Washington, if they do not disclose that they may add in up to $150 for this fee in their advertisement, then they can not do it. I thought this knowledge might save some other Freepers a little money in future transactions.

  • Off-duty APD officer shoots road rage suspect in Burnet County [Texas]

    12/02/2017 8:44:07 AM PST · 34 of 34
    fireman15 to bgill
    We don’t know why he rammed them off the road. As said above, the road is dangerous and people speed and drive crazy on it. Could maybe have been the shooter was angry because the family was driving the speed limit and were in his way.

    It is likely that there is no valid or reasonable explanation. Many, if not a majority of people these days have no consideration for anyone, particularly when they are driving. Our society has been in decline for my entire life. I do not expect the trajectory to change... especially with people from rougher parts of the world making up a larger and larger percentage of our population.

  • Off-duty APD officer shoots road rage suspect in Burnet County [Texas]

    12/01/2017 10:26:51 AM PST · 19 of 34
    fireman15 to bgill

    We have a law in Washington State that says you are not suppose to have your cell phone pressed up against your ear while you are driving. The other day we were in heavy gridlock traffic and the guy ahead of us was gabbing away and he kept not noticing when the lights turned green causing us to sit behind a couple of intersections for an extra few minutes.

    I honked at him the second time the light turned green and everyone in front of him had already gone through the intersection. He of course did not move his car to punish us and everyone behind us for disrupting his call and gave us the finger instead. So I yelled at him to get off the phone. Two other people nearby also on their phones thought that I was yelling at them and yelled back for me in foul language to mind my own business.

    Why is it that so many people are unable to both talk on their phones and keep an eye on traffic that they have to make laws about it? And this just demonstrates how ineffective laws can be when so many scofflaws ignore them anyway.

  • Doug Jones is outspending Roy Moore 10-to-1 on the Alabama airwaves

    11/28/2017 9:27:52 AM PST · 20 of 51
    fireman15 to faithhopecharity

    The Democrats realize that this would be a watershed moment if Judge Moore loses. The establishment and the Democrats are throwing every possible dirty trick into this contest because it is much more important than even what it appears. If Judge Moore wins, it will signal that we are continuing in a new era in politics.

  • question for Microsoft software activation experts

    11/25/2017 9:01:03 AM PST · 11 of 41
    fireman15 to NewJerseyJoe
    No credit card — it’s through eBay. (Payment is by PayPal)

    I am not sure if that makes me feel any better about them. There have been many scams on eBay over the years.

  • question for Microsoft software activation experts

    11/25/2017 8:57:09 AM PST · 9 of 41
    fireman15 to freedumb2003

    Thanks for the tip... I had never heard of them before... very interesting web site...

  • question for Microsoft software activation experts

    11/25/2017 8:53:26 AM PST · 7 of 41
    fireman15 to NewJerseyJoe
    I found a vendor (a legitimate one) in the UK that sells the license for MS Office 2016.

    You should check this company out in every possible way before giving them your credit card information. Whenever something seems a little too good to be true... it almost always is. And this is especially true when buying something that does not exist in a physical form.

  • Hillary: Corrupt, Clueless, Coddled

    11/25/2017 8:43:47 AM PST · 55 of 55
    fireman15 to fortes fortuna juvat

    You are absolutely correct. I think that I chose my words poorly. “Ability” implies that it is a quality that they posses when really it is just that others are not allowed to challenge or even criticize black women in our society without possible repercussions.

    The other officer in the last station that I was assigned to before I retired was a black woman. She was hired at the same time that I was because of affirmative action. They had to pass over approximately 500 persons on the list who had scored better than her to hire her. She had a career where she could basically get away with anything and did.

    I would not say that she was a bad person or that she was not capable of doing her job, that she was unintelligent, or even that I disliked her in any way. But she did manage to manipulate even me into covering for her frequently. That is what she was good at... She wasn’t really very good at doing the work she was responsible for, but she was good at getting other people to do her work for her. She could also be obnoxious and get away with it without any fear that she would get into any type of difficulty.

  • Many college students going hungry, need donated food groceries, food stamps.

    11/24/2017 1:23:12 PM PST · 63 of 97
    fireman15 to Az Joe

    Starving college students worry about where there next "smoothie" will come from.

  • At least 155 killed after militants target mosque in Egypt

    11/24/2017 9:24:03 AM PST · 10 of 10
    fireman15 to RJS1950

    But, George W. Bush’s said “Islam is Peace”.