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  • Trump Defends Aggressive Tack Against Clintons-"I Have To Fight Back The Way I Have To Fight Back"

    05/24/2016 8:14:13 AM PDT · 13 of 29
    fireman15 to Logical me

    Every time I watch O’Reilly I am awed by his outright stupidity. How does he maintain his ratings and stay on the air? And don’t get even me started on the dozens of ghost written books that he has foisted on the public... Killing Reagan, Killing Jesus, Killing Patton, Killing Kennedy, Killing Lincoln, etc., etc,... just to name a few.

  • TRUMP GOES THERE=> “Some Think” Death of Vince Foster “Was Absolutely a MURDER”

    05/24/2016 8:01:54 AM PDT · 58 of 169
    fireman15 to utahagen

    From day one, the Clintons have been surrounded by cover-ups and deception. Part of it has been from dubious financial gain, probably a majority was from Bill’s numerous sexual exploits, but a fairly large percentage has originated from Hillary’s ruthless ambition.

  • When A Third Becomes 97 Percent: A Con That Changed the Western World(RUH ROH!)

    05/24/2016 7:48:53 AM PDT · 57 of 58
    fireman15 to Ben Ficklin

    Once again you have made no attempt what so ever to make even one valid point supporting your position. Do you even realize this? Let me analyze your latest post to me paragraph by paragraph.

    1. I am accused of knowing nothing.
    2. You cite the purported consensus.
    3. You claim my position is rhetoric.
    4. You make another appeal to authority.
    5. You claim to have superior knowledge.

    In all of your posts you have not made one attempt to present even one rational argument supporting your position. And yet you accuse me of using talking points? I have practically begged you for substance. All that you have provided is insults, repeated reference to the purported consensus, appeals to authority, ridicule and smugness. None of that has any relationship to science at all.

    I have repeatedly presented arguments based on observational data. You have not once tried to refute even one of them. I assume this is because you cannot. It is becoming embarrassingly obvious that you have nothing of substance to share. Do you actually have any knowledge of scientific method as you have claimed, or are you nothing more than a rude pompous buffoon?

  • Trump Now Leading In National Poll Averages

    05/23/2016 1:45:57 PM PDT · 52 of 53
    fireman15 to Dave W
    For example, textile jobs. Brooks Brothers offers two shirts, one blue and one white that are made in America. They cost $150 each. I buy my shirts on sale at BB for about $62 a piece, the ones imported. I can't afford products made in America.

    Dave, my best friend is an import export broker. Your imported $62 shirt actually costs Brooks Brothers a little more than $6 to have manufactured and shipped over here from China, Vietnam, Thailand, Bangladesh, or India. Of that cost labor makes up 20 or 30 cents.

    The odd thing is that most of the companies which are still making clothing in this country currently have mostly Vietnamese or other immigrants from the countries mentioned making the clothes over here on the same type of machinery they learned to make clothes with in their home countries. Once a manufacturing sector is lost here a generation of skill sets is lost along with the jobs.

    The companies still manufacturing clothing in this country generally cater to specialty markets and they are sold at relatively high prices but at a much lower markup than imported clothing. Usually they are a much higher quality product and for many applications this is worth it to the customers of the companies. The best example that I can think of is Filson. Filson clothing has properties that are highly desirable to people who work in the challenging conditions found in the remote oil fields found in Northern Alaska. The men and women who purchase Filson products find the added durability they need in a remote location to be worth the extra money they spend initially.

    I understand completely what you are saying. I believe that clothing could be manufactured here and sold at reasonable prices and not just specialty markets. But it is definitely not going to happen in the current environment. I think that there are other sectors of manufacturing that would have a better chance of thriving. Mostly items with higher shipping expenses. That is why automobiles, trucks, and heavy equipment still have a chance and should be preserved as much as possible. Once they go... they are mostly gone for good.

  • When A Third Becomes 97 Percent: A Con That Changed the Western World(RUH ROH!)

    05/23/2016 1:04:46 PM PDT · 55 of 58
    fireman15 to fireman15

    Excuse me for the Typo should be: UN officials from the IPCC.

  • When A Third Becomes 97 Percent: A Con That Changed the Western World(RUH ROH!)

    05/23/2016 8:02:22 AM PDT · 54 of 58
    fireman15 to Ben Ficklin
    LOL! I’m beginning to think you might be Rick Sanitorium.

    And I am beginning to think that you are Al Gore. He also refuses to present his actual arguments. In all of your wasted words you have not once provided any reason based on factual evidence as to why you believe that anthropogenic emissions of CO2 have a meaningful impact on global temperatures.

    I have conceded that as levels of CO2 have risen over the past 100 years from approximately 300 parts per million 00.03% to 400 parts per million 00.04% that it had a measurable impact on the ability of the world's plant life to thrive. This is actually quite amazing considering that at these levels CO2 is a trace gas in the atmosphere. There is 19,500 times more nitrogen in the atmosphere, 5250 times more oxygen, and more than 20 times more argon in the atmosphere. And that is not mentioning water vapor, which is the gas that is responsible for the vast majority of the “greenhouse effect” of the worlds atmosphere.

    I am going to give you a few hints so that possibly you can come up with a few meaningful arguments. This is in the hope that this conversation can move to a higher level. Maybe one day you will be able to get past name calling, appeals to authority, and insisting that consensus has any meaningful relationship to good science.

    You seem to have no idea that the “theory” that you advocate is based on “positive feedbacks”. The thinking is that if the amount of CO2 increases that the temperature of the planet will increase a small amount and that this will result in an increased amount of water vapor being absorbed into the atmosphere which will result in a larger temperature increase. It sounds reasonable on its face except that the theory does not take into account the negative feedbacks that have been proven to be present in the atmospheric system.

    As an example: as the amount of CO2 in the atmosphere has increased, the planet has become measurably greener because of increased plant life. This increased plant life has a negative impact on temperatures. This is readily apparent if one compares the temperatures of forested areas to developed areas such as cities.

    The biggest fail of the “global warming” theory is not that worldwide temperatures have not increased by the amount predicted by computer models over the time that satellite data has been available. The biggest fail is that rising CO2 levels have had no measurable correlation to the amount of water vapor present in the atmosphere. When relative humidity measurements begin rising in lock step with rising CO2 levels then maybe I will be willing to take a closer look. That is THE CENTRAL PREMISE of the “theory” that you advocate. And it has NOT been happening.

    The only way that a gas that makes up only 400 MILLIONTHS of the atmosphere could have any effect on worldwide temperatures is if it caused an increase in the primary “greenhouse gas” which is water vapor. This has not been happening and in fact the amount of water vapor in the stratosphere has actually been DECREASING. This is the opposite of what had been predicted.

    I am a weather nut and have been for many years. This is because in my early twenties I purchased a hang glider. Hang gliding is a sport which relies very heavily on the weather. So I got into the study of the atmosphere as the result of a genuine interest and not just a check box for a major at college.

    I also fly both ulralight and general aviation aircraft, also activities which are very weather dependent. And like you I have many years of training in other science related fields most of which have little relationship to the climate. But the training in my case resulted in an acute awareness of scientific method. To me it is very upsetting that many practitioners of “climate science” have largely decided to ignore traditional scientific method. I blame the influence and corruption of politics and big money.

    As a side note, Rick Santorum has never been a candidate who was of interest to me. I am glad to hear that he apparently recognizes that the “global warming” agenda is a huge fraud. But this is not a big secret. UN officials from the IPPC have gone on record for years now unapologetically admitting that the true goal of their agenda has always been to redistribute the worlds wealth and has little to do with global temperatures. I guess that they forgot to send you the memo.

  • When A Third Becomes 97 Percent: A Con That Changed the Western World(RUH ROH!)

    05/22/2016 6:23:49 PM PDT · 52 of 58
    fireman15 to Ben Ficklin

    Even before this latest episode the Cook paper had already disgraced from virtually all quarters including anyone with even a hint of integrity on the alarmist side. It was intended to be a fraud from the moment the concept was conceived, to say it was ever intended to be anything other than pure propaganda is a lie.

    You have refused to make any valid arguments concerning “climate change” in this thread. Is there something that you can actually share about why you are a true believer?

    “The 97% “consensus” study, Cook et al. (2013) has been thoroughly refuted in scholarly peer-reviewed journals, by major news media, public policy organizations and think tanks, highly credentialed scientists and extensively in the climate blogosphere. The shoddy methodology of Cook’s study has been shown to be so fatally flawed that well known climate scientists have publicly spoken out against it.”

  • When A Third Becomes 97 Percent: A Con That Changed the Western World(RUH ROH!)

    05/22/2016 2:44:11 PM PDT · 49 of 58
    fireman15 to Ben Ficklin
    Instead you have to try to shoot holes in someone else’s paper, then “teach the controversy”.

    I haven't made any attempt to “shoot holes” in anything. NO one other than propagandists ever took Cook's paper seriously, not even cook himself. There is nothing to shoot at. He made no attempt to do anything other than mislead.

    Thank you for being such a good example of a global warming alarmist. Despite your claimed training in scientific disciplines, you apparently have no knowledge whatsoever of scientific method. You cannot even articulate what it is you are trying to argue. Can you at least tell us what point or points that you are trying to make? You have said nothing meaningful at all in any of your posts.

  • When A Third Becomes 97 Percent: A Con That Changed the Western World(RUH ROH!)

    05/22/2016 11:35:21 AM PDT · 47 of 58
    fireman15 to Ben Ficklin

    But you still refuse to make any kind of argument that has any support from real world observational data. A definition of “scientific theory is this, “a coherent group of propositions formulated to explain a group of facts or phenomena in the natural world and repeatedly tested and confirmed through experiment or observation.” The definition can vary a bit, but every definition contains some reference to confirmation. Every “scientific theory” must have a means by which it can be disproven.

    According to advocates of global warming, it can make the world wetter, or I can make the world drier. It can make the world stormier or less stormy. It can make the world snowier or less snowy. It can cause more tornados or less tornados. It can cause more hurricanes or less hurricanes. It can make the world greener or it can cause deserts to expand. The only common theme is that whatever is considered bad to be bad is caused by global warming.

    The advocates of “global warming” have advanced no proposals as to how the theory can be tested, therefore it is not a “scientific theory”. Global warming is a religious belief based on the faith of the believer. That is all it is. Because the true believers will ignore any evidence that disproves their position and further will attack those who have made the observations.

    Increasing CO2 has had a measurable impact to the planet in the last 100 years. It has enabled plant life to grow more efficiently and with less moisture. Crop yields have continually increased even in places where modern techniques have not yet been incorporated. Despite vastly greater human population the earth is now a greener planet. So I will grant you that increasing CO2 levels have had a measurable impact. And this greening of the planet has no doubt had some local impacts on the local weather, just as cities are warmer than surrounding areas because of all the concrete and roofs.

    If you want to tell us here that the theory that anthropogenic CO2 is causing the earths temperature to rise is a “scientific theory” you first must tell us how the theory can be substantiated. This means that you must tell us how it can be disproved with observational data. Can you do that?

  • 'I should have been a coward'...'Angel of Woolwich',confronted killers...heroics ruined her life

    05/22/2016 11:03:10 AM PDT · 12 of 20
    fireman15 to E. Pluribus Unum
    It's so much easier for the government medical establishment to turn a person into a revenue stream for the pharmaceutical industry than be bothered with them.

    I have known many people who do well in crisis situations but would be considered failures by most others at daily living. But we do know people living in England under socialized medicine. It is a farce and you are correct; they will prescribe all sorts of medications with no real follow up. And nearly all medicines have negative side effects especially when combined with numerous other meds. The healthiest people we know all avoid seeking medical attention except for real problems. IN England however it can take years to be seen by a doctor for anything.

  • Mother lets son drive golf cart at resort, gets jailed for child abuse

    05/22/2016 10:47:30 AM PDT · 48 of 111
    fireman15 to EveningStar

    Well then my dad should still be in prison 50 years later. He used to let us drive the tractors around whenever we wanted when we were kids. I think he thought they were safer than riding the horses or harassing the cows. And he was right... I went to school so often with black eyes and being busted up from riding horses around bareback that my teachers continually suspected that I was an abused kid. But my dad never hit me... where it left a mark.

    My brother and I made a giant kite out of 2x4s and plastic sheeting that we were able to get off the ground towing behind an old tractor that we had to start with a crank. My brother has now been a captain for Southwest Airlines for many years.

    My dad also let us dig giant holes with the 1958 John Deere track loader that had a backhoe. “Just fill it in when you are done playing.” “And don’t wreck anything.” “OK Dad.”

    My brother did roll a small tractor and the trailer off a bridge into the mud. It took a little effort to drag it out of the mud, but no one got hurt and we had everything cleaned up and fixed within a few hours.

    The most serious casualties came from towing kids on inner tubes behind the big wheeled farm tractor in the snow. The tractor could only do around 20 - 25 mph, but when you swung the tubes around behind them on a long rope, the speeds could be magnified significantly. When you fell off or hit something it could get a little ugly.

    Of course we were expected to do constructive things with the tractors as well, which wasn’t nearly as much fun. Now kids spend all their time playing with little electronic devices. And now they charge a woman with child abuse for letting her kid drive a golf cart? I am glad I grew up when I did.

  • When A Third Becomes 97 Percent: A Con That Changed the Western World(RUH ROH!)

    05/22/2016 8:20:35 AM PDT · 45 of 58
    fireman15 to Ben Ficklin
    You have already lost the argument, that you keep trying to argue.

    Congratulations on your great victory! But unfortunately you have not presented any arguments. You have done a lot of chest pounding, appeals to authority, name calling and citing stuff that has nothing to do with anything. You have claimed to have training in a scientific field but you don't understand even the basics of how "science" works. You have worked as a technician with chemicals, so have I. I was a leader on our Hazmat Team. I took a great deal of chemistry in college, as well, as years of continuing education classes. None of that has anything to do with what we are discussing.

    The only thing you have demonstrated is that you have no idea how the nonscientific “theory” that you are advocating is suppose to work. Are you trying to argue that the recent observed 20 year “pause” in global temperatures as measured by satellites was from CO2 emersions reductions in the US?

    World wide emissions of CO2 are continuing to rise greatly during “the pause” while temperatures remained stable. None of the computer models used by the UN’s IPCC predicted this, in fact they all had less predictive value than random chance.

    Whatever minor reductions in CO2 we have made in the United States have been completely overshadowed by increases from China, India and other developing nations. There are no alarmist advocates that I know of that claim that anything we have done in the US has had any meaningful effect on worldwide temperatures.

    You are obviously a new comer when it comes to “arguing” about “global warming”. You do not even do a good job of parroting Bill Nye. You haven't presented an argument; you don't even seem to know what the actual arguments are. If you have an argument then go ahead and present it.


    05/21/2016 4:59:29 PM PDT · 38 of 67
    fireman15 to lqcincinnatus

    There is always a chance that he isn’t like his dad, his uncle, and his grandfather. But he can thank them for destroying whatever chance he might have had to show us so. They have destroyed the Bush legacy.

  • Two horses die in first four races of Preakness Saturday

    05/21/2016 4:39:35 PM PDT · 57 of 64
    fireman15 to Grams A
    Great that you took Moon Ace in. Sure you have some wonderful memories.

    Moon Ace was taller and faster than the other horses we had. He had a very good disposition not high strung like you might expect from an animal bred to go fast. But you didn't want to jump on him bareback especially if he was pointed toward the barn. It was a good way to get a black eye. My teachers used to think I was an abused kid because of all the spills I took. I still have dents in my scull from those days.

    Moon Ace put up with me and my brother and sisters and later my nieces and nephews. Everyone loved him even when he looked like a saggy old sack of horse flesh. By the time he and Morningstar left this world for horsey heaven I think they were both half blind. Morningstar still had a few teeth left. It is probably silly but I like to think that my old friends are running around green pastures together, restored to their former glory. They were both beautiful animals in their youth.

  • When A Third Becomes 97 Percent: A Con That Changed the Western World(RUH ROH!)

    05/21/2016 4:10:13 PM PDT · 38 of 58
    fireman15 to Ben Ficklin
    People like you

    Maybe you can explain to us all why computer models based on the disproven theory that CO2 is a major driver of global temperatures have all had a predictive value less than random chance. What you believe in is a religion not a scientific theory. For a theory to be scientific it must be disprovable by observational data.

    It is unfortunate that you seem to have missed the basics of science during all those hours you spent in school and beyond.

  • Two horses die in first four races of Preakness Saturday

    05/21/2016 11:53:54 AM PDT · 17 of 64
    fireman15 to Grams A

    We got a retired race horse when I was a teenager. Moon Ace lived until he was 38. By that time he had lost all his teeth and had to be fed special senior horse chow that didn’t need to be chewed. An ancient horse doesn’t look as healthy as a young horse. My parents were reported dozens of times for “animal cruelty” by do-gooders who thought he was being abused because of his appearance.

    When he was young, it was kind of like riding an equestrian crotch rocket when he went into a full gallup. He died not long after his longtime inseperable companion Morningstar passed away. She also made it to her 30s.

  • When A Third Becomes 97 Percent: A Con That Changed the Western World(RUH ROH!)

    05/21/2016 11:29:22 AM PDT · 32 of 58
    fireman15 to Ben Ficklin
    notso Brightbart

    I honestly had no idea we had any rabid alarmists on the forum here. I thought you were kidding. So you have actually bought into this nonsense? Amazing! You do realize that even the vast majority of those caught up in the “climategate” scandle repudiated Cook?

  • When A Third Becomes 97 Percent: A Con That Changed the Western World(RUH ROH!)

    05/21/2016 9:39:49 AM PDT · 29 of 58
    fireman15 to Ben Ficklin

    Cook’s methodology has never been taken seriously by anyone who is not an activist. It was intended to be propaganda from the time it was first conceived. Are you seriously arguing that it has any actual merit?

  • Google patents pedestrian flypaper for self-driving cars

    05/21/2016 5:25:56 AM PDT · 22 of 23
    fireman15 to floozy22

    Why not also put a layer of beanbag chair filled with little edible rice based packing pellets about a foot thick under the human fly paper? The entire coating should be edible to feed the hapless pedestrian in case they are hungry.

  • Do Biological Facts No Longer Matter?

    05/20/2016 8:00:12 PM PDT · 28 of 28
    fireman15 to tjd1454

    You didn’t answer my question as to whether you have ever noticed a “transgender” person using a public restroom. My wife and I are both in our late 50s and have never seen this. I have asked everyone who has brought this up to me whether they have ever noticed this and the answer has always been no.

    My wife has noticed men in the women’s room accompanying their young daughters. I have seen women take their little boys into the men’s room. Are you similarly freaked out by this much more common occurrence?

    You are free to make as big a deal over this silliness as you want to. I am just telling you that the Obama administration is pushing this crap right now to distract people. Congratulations you are reacting exactly the way they hoped you would. Once Obama is gone everything will go back to normal. If Hillary somehow prevails expect much much, more of this kind of crap. If this is your greatest concern right now... you had best be working as hard as you can to make sure that Republicans do well next November.

  • Do Biological Facts No Longer Matter?

    05/20/2016 11:42:46 AM PDT · 18 of 28
    fireman15 to fireman15
    You have no problem with that?

    Sorry those were the other persons words and I forgot to italicize.

  • Do Biological Facts No Longer Matter?

    05/20/2016 11:41:16 AM PDT · 17 of 28
    fireman15 to tjd1454

    You have no problem with that?

    Google it? Is that how you live your life? Checking with the leftists at Google to see if something you have never seen actually exists in the real world? That is pathetic if you ask me. So just one question... have you ever seen a transgender person in a public restroom YOURSELF? And if you did see a transgender person in a public restroom that was making other people uncomfortable were you to bashful to confront the person? Because I can tell you that I am old enough and my wife is old enough that if we saw someone in a restroom that was making other people uncomfortable we would either confront them ourselves or report them to the staff.

    If a tree falls in the forest and no one sees it or hears it fall, should we still make a law that says its illegal for trees to fall in the forest? This is a nonissue that is being used solely for the purpose of distracting people from things that actually matter.

  • BREAKING: Hillary Campaign Accused of Mass Cheating in Kentucky Primary– 4,000 Votes Scratched

    05/20/2016 10:22:34 AM PDT · 10 of 170
    fireman15 to Helicondelta
  • Do Biological Facts No Longer Matter?

    05/20/2016 10:18:18 AM PDT · 12 of 28
    fireman15 to pfony1

    Have you noticed the absence of any media coverage as Captain Zero brings 200,000 new “refugees” to America this summer?

    That is exactly the type of thing I am talking about, while people are all in a tizzy over something that almost no one has ever even seen in real life... huge amounts of real crap are being slipped under the wire.

    A couple weeks ago someone told me that “transgender” people are using the “wrong” bathrooms all of the time its just that no one notices. If that actually were the case, which I kind of doubt, who cares anyway. This is just being put out there to keep people from noticing things like North Korean nukes, Iranian missiles and 200,000 Muslim “refugees” being slipped in the country.

    I will tell you that we live in an area with a lot of middle eastern people who don't bother to learn English, who make themselves serious PIAs regardless of whether they support terrorists or not. The fact that my tax dollars are supporting this nonsense makes me very angry. The other day a middle easterner who couldn't speak English was trying to cash a $4000 government check in front of me in a checker's line at the grocery store. He got all bent out of shape when the clerk couldn't do it. So they took him head of everyone who had been waiting at customer service and gave him the money.

  • Do Biological Facts No Longer Matter?

    05/20/2016 9:29:11 AM PDT · 2 of 28
    fireman15 to Petrosius

    I know that this is an issue near and dear to many people. Personally, my wife and I have each been on this earth for several decades have never seen a “transgender person” using a public restroom. And when my dad and mom went off on this the other day; they both had to admit that they had never seen such a thing also. This is a distraction from the real crap that is going on.

  • What Would It Take for Donald Trump to Deport 11 Million and Build a Wall?

    05/20/2016 9:08:45 AM PDT · 48 of 146
    fireman15 to conservative98

    The wall is not going to be that big of a deal to complete. But there should also be a lethal high voltage electric fence, a minefield in the no man’s land in front of the wall and probably motion activated firearms on top of the wall to reign hot lead down on whoever makes it through the minefield.

    The ten to forty million illegal invaders will go home when they stop getting welfare and employers are fined and prosecuted for hiring the ones that actually do work. We also must end birthright citizenship. If your parents are not citizens then being born here should make no difference. And if you were born here to two non-citizen parents and now you are going to have a hard time assimilating back into your home country... blame your law breaking parents.

  • NYPD checking ammo after knifeman’s jacket stops cops’ bullets

    05/19/2016 9:10:47 PM PDT · 34 of 73
    fireman15 to Fred Hayek
    Russian ammo can be quite cheap. And crap as well. The gasses from their powder formulation can be quite corrosive, and then the powder loads have been known to be a bit on the light side - less velocity = less kinetic energy

    I generally use reloaded cartridges that I make up myself even in our eastern block firearms because they are less corrosive. But it is not the powder that causes the corrosive properties... it is the Berdan primers many of which leave corrosive salts in your gun.

    The most likely explanation for poor performance from the cartridges used by the police in this instance is probably improper storage. If ammunition is not stored in cool dry locations its performance will suffer over time. I store all of our ammo in sealed containers with desiccants to absorb moisture from the air.

    This may explain the difficulty you seem to be describing from surplus Eastern Block ammunition. I have never had any difficulty with Eastern Block ammunition that I removed myself from a sealed metal tin even when it was very old.

  • Obama-elected ‘Pretty Boy’ Goes ‘Bully Boy’

    05/19/2016 8:31:19 AM PDT · 5 of 6
    fireman15 to Sean_Anthony

    We have friends who live in Great Britain. He retired and unfortunately started having health problems. He needed a stint in his heart, something that would have been taken care of around here immediately. He was put on a waiting list for two years while he got worse and worse until he died. We encouraged them to come here or go to Thailand to get the work done, but he thought he would be taken care of in time.

  • Rasmussen: Trump 42, Hillary 37

    05/19/2016 8:11:06 AM PDT · 105 of 165
    fireman15 to N. Theknow
    Have you seen the Anti-Trump ads done by Priorities USA?

    I have seen the one where the women are wearing T-shirts with Trump's face and they are Lip Syncing to his words taken out of context. They didn't make me mad like I suppose they should have; they made me laugh. And they didn't make me laugh because I thought they were ineffective; they are just funny in a stupid sort of way. What would be even funnier would be to have a bunch of men wearing T-Shirts with Hillary's face Lip Syncing to her words. I would love to see Hillary's words coming out of Mark Levin for instance. She is always yelling and he is always yelling and there voices are very similar.

  • Rasmussen: Trump 42, Hillary 37

    05/19/2016 7:38:38 AM PDT · 74 of 165
    fireman15 to austinaero
    Even with all the stupid schnit the Dems are going to pull. The more they act up, the high Trump’s margin of victory.

    I was flipping through the news stations yesterday and the Democrat hysteria is starting to go over the top. I never would have believed it, but it is going to get very mean very quickly. Fortunately, Trump hits back. As you say I am not sure how well their inevitable antics are going to work. But do not underestimate the power of the media. Better get your popcorn this is going to be a dog fight to the death like we have never seen before.

  • Rasmussen: Trump 42, Hillary 37

    05/19/2016 7:28:38 AM PDT · 63 of 165
    fireman15 to Personal Responsibility

    Little Democrats are so cute just like in this video clip.

  • EPA seeks to boost ethanol in fuel supply

    05/18/2016 2:32:50 PM PDT · 6 of 44
    fireman15 to jazusamo

    Ethanol is a huge scam. It is bad for older automobile engines and components. It is a way to get rid of older vehicles in the fleet. This is one of the primary reasons the government continues to push it. They want older vehicles to be replaced by newer more efficient vehicles.

  • Bernie Sanders is starting to get the "everybody hates Ted Cruz" treatment

    05/18/2016 2:22:09 PM PDT · 20 of 36
    fireman15 to 2ndDivisionVet

    Cruz was the establishment’s choice by the time Wisconsin came around. Voters in New York and the North East and finally Indiana put Cruz’s campaign to rest. Sanders like Trump does better where the people get to vote in a primary, especially an open primary. Clinton does best where party insiders are able to manipulate the results which is where Cruz had success. There is not really much of a parallel between Cruz and Sanders.

  • Globally Warm Research

    05/18/2016 1:24:58 PM PDT · 12 of 12
    fireman15 to Academiadotorg
    actually I need convincing that global warming is occurring. Usually I get predictions.

    As I am sure you are aware there currently is no way to accurately predict what is coming in the earth's chaotic climate. There appears to be a correlation between cyclical sunspot activity and solar radiation which may be one explanation for the so called “little ice age”. So some people believe that current patterns indicate a coming cooling trend. I certainly would not bet the farm on it.

    Unmanipulated data shows nothing that could not be explained by natural variation. Federal agencies under the Obama administration have attempted to manipulate ground based data to erase the recent nearly 20 year pause in warming as observed using satellite data.

    Last week we had high temperatures in the 80s, the next day the highs were in the 50s. When we can have a daily variation in temperatures of 30 degrees or more how can one possibly claim to predict temperature trends that will happen 30 years in the future that are accurate within even a few degrees?

    The only thing that can really be said about the theory that the amount CO2 in the atmosphere is the primary driver of future temperatures... is that so far the theory has not produced computer model predictions that have been even close to being accurate. One would think that since the theory has been around for decades now that if it were true at least some of the models would have had at least a small amount of predictive value.

    We are just very lucky to live during an interglacial period. Surely, a world going through another ice age will not be able to support the current population of people living today. If previous patterns as discerned by ice core samples are any indicator we must be getting close in geologic time to the end of this interglacial period.

  • The Evidence is Clear: State Spending on Colleges is Wasteful

    05/18/2016 8:31:45 AM PDT · 15 of 18
    fireman15 to pepsionice

    All of the people on my wife’s mother’s side were educators. Teaching is an honorable profession that has been contaminated by leftist leadership, the government and by unions. Because of government involvement the bureaucracy has grown to ridiculous proportions and there has been no meaningful efforts to keep costs down. And because of the money from government sponsored grants and loans the situation is not that much different at many private institutions.

    It has evolved into a very sorry situation. One for which I can think of no meaningful solution, so I appreciate your suggestions very much. Unfortunately given the current state of affairs, I doubt whether anything similar will be implemented in the near future. It is hard to imagine a scenario with a bright outcome for most of the productive sectors of the US economy which will provide jobs for the graduates from our educational system. As you say most students are currently being directed toward degrees which are not all that helpful to their futures.

    I have seen this first hand in our own family. Our youngest daughter did get an accounting degree, first from a community college and then she completed a four year program while working for local businesses. But while we were at her graduation ceremonies I was shocked that the vast majority of degrees being awarded seemed to have no actual marketable value outside of government and education. Then strangely enough our daughter actually was offered a job as a human resource director that does not use her accounting training at all.

    I suppose that this type of thing has often been the case in the past, and many of those with degrees in subjects that would appear to have little value actually do get jobs partially because they have a degree regardless of what it is in. But at this point has the cost of an education become so high that students can no longer afford to spend years studying subjects that have no direct relationship to what they will be doing after they get out of school?

  • Hillary Clinton lying for 13 minutes straight

    05/18/2016 7:49:33 AM PDT · 4 of 25
    fireman15 to MtnClimber

    I made it through a little more than a minute. Can I go eat a cookie now?

  • Go To Jail, Do Not Pass Go, Do Not Collect $200!

    05/18/2016 7:45:57 AM PDT · 2 of 3
    fireman15 to Sean_Anthony

    Massive government debt which has been funding massive government bureaucracies which enforce worthless red tape and provide social programs that contribute to large segments of the population being non-productive... can translate only into stagnant or negative economic growth. This cannot end well and will result in much unnecessary human suffering.

  • Globally Warm Research

    05/18/2016 7:32:18 AM PDT · 7 of 12
    fireman15 to Academiadotorg

    Did you need convincing?

  • The Evidence is Clear: State Spending on Colleges is Wasteful

    05/18/2016 7:29:44 AM PDT · 5 of 18
    fireman15 to MichCapCon

    The reason the price of higher education has increased at up to several times the rate of inflation over the years is because of unbridled government spending. Basically anything the government gets its hands into turns to crap. We find professors like Elizabeth Warren, fake “Native American” getting paid huge salaries for doing very little work.

    Unfortunately, Elizabeth Warren is becoming more the rule than the exception. One of my uncles spent over a decade hanging around collecting degrees at universities. Now he feels entitled to collect a very large salary because he is so highly educated. But he didn’t spend all that time at college because he wanted to make himself an extremely valuable commodity; he did it because he was a hippie trying to avoid having to make his way into the real world for over a decade. Thanks to the government many people like him who are life long malingerers are currently collecting huge salaries for doing very little.

  • Globally Warm Research

    05/18/2016 7:12:43 AM PDT · 5 of 12
    fireman15 to Academiadotorg

    Just 10,000 years ago the Seattle area where my family lives was covered with glaciers over half a mile thick. There have been several recent “peer reviewed” studies that question the importance of CO2’s role in the cyclic warming and cooling of the earth. And this is despite the fact that nearly all the massive amount of government funds go to studies trying to prove the opposite. Climate scientists understand that publishing such a paper will make them a pariah in their community and threaten their livelihood. But still the truth manages to bubble to the surface.

    If it were not for the current strong El Niño we would currently be going beyond 20 years without any “global warming” at all despite rising CO2 levels. Attacking a harmless byproduct of energy production essential to the world’s prosperity is a transparent attempt to transfer wealth. This has been admitted by members of the UN’s leadership.

  • Whoopi on Trump: I Don’t Want a Racist As President

    05/17/2016 11:57:44 PM PDT · 79 of 89
    fireman15 to lefty-lie-spy

    Leftists are the most racist people ever,

  • Whoopi on Trump: I Don’t Want a Racist As President

    05/17/2016 11:56:24 PM PDT · 78 of 89
    fireman15 to lefty-lie-spy
  • Bison calf that Yellowstone tourists put in car out of concern ends up euthanized

    05/17/2016 12:19:56 PM PDT · 100 of 101
    fireman15 to Ditter

    My dad has his cows for a retirement hobby these days as well. I know nothing about rodeo, other than going to a couple of them to watch my uncle many years ago. Other than growing up with cattle, I don’t know much about the cattle business.

  • Bison calf that Yellowstone tourists put in car out of concern ends up euthanized

    05/17/2016 6:10:16 AM PDT · 98 of 101
    fireman15 to Ditter

    We are from Washington state. I am sure that both you and your husband probably know quite a bit more about cattle than I do. I basically just did a whole lot of chasing them around, feeding them, castrated the little bulls on occasion, coerced them into trailers, but mostly had to throw a whole lot of hay or alfalfa bails around.

    My brother actually put himself through flight school by first going to school to become a horseshoer. He still shoes his own horses, but he has been a captain at Southwest Airlines for many years now.

    We did like to climb up on the big bulls when we were feeding them when we were kids, and occasionally jump on a cow or bull just to harass them a little. But the only one who did any rodeo in my family was my Uncle Ron. He is a veteran and has always seemed completely fearless and has a very high pain threshold. I hate to admit it but I have shot myself in the leg with a roofing nailer by accident before and it felt like a bad bee sting, but my uncle actually nailed his hand to the side of a barn, pulled it out and kept working.

    One time my dad had a big bull that he was going to take to the butcher to be slaughtered. This was a bull who would normally get in the stock trailer to go visit other herds without any trouble at all, but he could sense that something was different and would not cooperate with my dad at all. My Uncle grabbed him by the horns and the bull went running around the field for ten minutes or so, but my uncle would not let go of his horns. The bull finally gave up and my Uncle led him into the trailer.

  • Bison calf that Yellowstone tourists put in car out of concern ends up euthanized

    05/16/2016 10:15:52 PM PDT · 93 of 101
    fireman15 to Ditter

    Buffalo are known to be easier to raise than cattle for a number of reasons, mostly that they are more normally more self reliant. But they are not as easy to domesticate. I am not sure what techniques were used by farmers to get them to do work. My wife’s dad claimed that they were smarter than cattle, similar to mules vs horses, but it might be more like dogs vs wolves. Only herd animals are wild but not carnivorous. My guess is that bison were coerced to work using pain and brute force.

    Our family’s friend who raised buffalo claimed that they were like wild cows on welfare... whatever that means. I think that when they realize that they get fed regularly that they keep coming back for more.

    My parents have Hereford cows these days which my dad cross breads with a big red hairy almost cartoonish looking Scottish Highland Bull. These cows have a very pleasant disposition and are very easy to control. Cow breeds have different characteristics and personalities just like dog breeds. I can’t remember the breeds name, but the cows my dad had when we were growing up were a hardier breed of beef cow with good sized horns and a little bit of a feisty attitude. We used to carry 2x4s with us to smack them to get them to go where we wanted them to go.

    The property behind us started getting developed when I was a little kid and the cows used to decide that the grass was greener on the other side of the fence and they would get out and terrorize the surrounding neighborhoods. Since they had big horns all the people thought that they were a herd of “bulls”. They were all afraid if they had red on that they would be charged and silly stuff like that. Fortunately the sheriff’s department was undermanned if my dad wasn’t home my sisters, my little brother and I could usually get them back in our field before a deputy arrived.

    Usually, we carried 2x4s to smack them with, but sometimes we could bring buckets with grain or just gravel to get them to run after us.

  • Teary-eyed Cruz: This movement doesn’t go away in one election

    05/16/2016 9:33:48 PM PDT · 57 of 375
    fireman15 to TexasFreeper2009
    If Trump were to lose, Cruz might have a chance in four years.

  • Bison calf that Yellowstone tourists put in car out of concern ends up euthanized

    05/16/2016 9:21:23 PM PDT · 89 of 101
    fireman15 to Ditter
    A family friend raised buffalo for many years until he died at a ripe old age. I do not know what members of the herds that roam the wilds of Yellowstone are like. But our friend's buffalo were more respectful of fences and visitors than our cattle were.

    My wife's dad worked on her grandparents farm until he joined the army in the late 1930s. Her dad had pictures of him standing next to bison pulling large farm wagons on the farm when he was growing up. When my wife was growing up her teacher didn't believe her when she told her teacher that they used domesticated bison as work animals. Her dad took the pictures to school to show my wife's teacher and tell the kids about the bison. My wife's brother has the pictures these days.

  • Bison calf that Yellowstone tourists put in car out of concern ends up euthanized

    05/16/2016 7:31:50 PM PDT · 85 of 101
    fireman15 to Ditter
    Why didn’t someone take the calf and bottle feed it until it was old enough to eat on its own?

    I raised a piglet on a bottle and several calves too. It’s not that difficult.

    You make a good point. I believe that the rangers were just typical government employees who felt it was a nuisance to have a young animal in trouble brought to them. To try and make sure that it didn't happen again they fined and berated the good Samaritans. When they got called on it they came up with a bunch of explanations to justify what they did. Some of their explanations are being parroted here by people who have never had any experience raising cattle.

    I grew up with cows and horses and other farm animals; I am sure that many others here did as well. The most interesting thing to me is the reaction here from people in this thread who actually have experience with cattle and those who don't. It seems very unlikely to me that the rangers who killed the poor thing had any experience raising cattle. They were just typical government employees and didn't want to bother finding someone who could have taken care of the calf for a month or so until it could have been reunited with the herd.

    My parents still have a herd of beef cattle. Calves get separated from the rest of the herd fairly frequently and have difficulties. Most frequently the calves that have difficulties are from young cows that for whatever reason are just bad mothers the first time they have a calf. If the calves do not get milk for a couple of days they are a mess. That is why the feed store sells formula for calves. After a little intervention most frequently everything turns out fine.

    There are differences between bison and cattle but both have been successfully domesticated and their behaviors are in general very similar. People often cross breed for various reasons. Bison typically sell for higher prices than most types of cattle. But cattle have their advantages, as far as I am concerned beef tastes better. And cow hide is actually a better and more durable product than buffalo hide.

  • How many commencement speakers will denounce Trump, and is it an indicator of victory in Nov?

    05/16/2016 9:54:00 AM PDT · 8 of 17
    fireman15 to WilliamIII

    Let no good gathering with a captive audience go to waste. When we went to our youngest daughter’s graduation from the University at a local stadium a few years ago. The Valedictorian made a sickening and mostly incoherent political speech largely focusing on gay and transgender rights. If she was the best thing coming out of that school we are in big trouble.

    The whole thing was a joke anyway... all the parents were given seats way up in the rafters. When the school “president” got up and talked she spoke in a very demeaning way. She talked to the parents saying how we needed to sacrifice more for our children’s education and how she was sending her daughter to Oxford. Everyone around us was scoffing at everything. At least half the degrees being given out sounded like complete jokes.

  • Al Qaeda magazine calls for targeting American business leaders

    05/16/2016 9:43:06 AM PDT · 28 of 35
    fireman15 to G Larry

    Al Qaeda we thank you for your timely and inspirational magazine that is helping to make the case for people to vote for Trump. They are really making the case for allowing more unvetted Muslim “refugees” into the country. Just what we need... all sorts of Muslim wackos stabbing innocent people for no apparent reason, and blowing up people, mustn’t forget that angle either. Hillary has basically been saying that she is going to let everyone in and deport no one.