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  • Letters from young Obama show a man trying to find his way

    10/18/2017 10:40:50 PM PDT · 7 of 30
    fireman15 to Slyfox

    Shave the mustache, trim the eyebrows, stain the skin a darker color and I am pretty sure you have found a picture of Zero and Moochie before they were married.

  • Letters from young Obama show a man trying to find his way

    10/18/2017 10:37:32 PM PDT · 6 of 30
    fireman15 to Olog-hai

    “Written in the 1980s, the letters give a peek into Obama’s psyche as he sought out the path that would eventually land him in the White House.”

    It should probably say “ghost written” and “forged recently” recently to give a peek at the types of made up BS will soon be available in the Obama Presidential Library.

    “lamented his incompatibility with his ex-girlfriend”

    should no doubt end with “because of his perverted desires for secret homo-sexual liaisons.”

  • How much more till the rich pay their 'fair share'?

    10/18/2017 8:48:06 AM PDT · 13 of 14
    fireman15 to TheConservativeTejano
    We need to keep saying or making the following statement at the top of lungs when it comes to Income Taxes in the U.S.: 90% of the Income Taxes in this country that are collected and go directly to the IRS comes from 10% of the wage earners in this country.

    That was my reaction as well. Your point is much easier to remember and more effective. As you said it should be repeated often.

  • How much more till the rich pay their 'fair share'?

    10/18/2017 8:23:05 AM PDT · 8 of 14
    fireman15 to rktman

    The second paragraph is confusing and the numbers do not appear to add up. It would be more effective if it was edited down.

    The second sentence says, “The top 10 percent of income earners, those having an adjusted gross income over $138,031, pay about 70.6 percent of federal income taxes. About 1.7 million Americans, less than 1 percent of our population, pay 70.6 percent of federal income taxes.”

    I am sure that this is a fact, but there is no clarification following about how it is possible that the top 10 percent of income earners to make up less than 1 percent of the population. It would be much more effective to just say, “Those having an adjusted gross income over $138,031, about 1.7 million Americans, less than 1 percent of our population, pay 70.6 percent of federal income taxes.”

    And then he could have followed with, “By the way, earning $138,031 a year doesn’t make one rich. It is barely enough to qualify for a median priced house in many areas of the country. Placing a soul crushing tax burden on the most productive members of society is not fair and is counter-productive.

    He could also have left out the sentences about people who make over $480,930 a year.

    I make the same mistake constantly... my posts are almost always too wordy because I hate to leave any good point or statistic behind. But it is often much better to keep things shorter and punchier. Give people one good point that they can remember and repeat, not a bunch of confusing numbers that do not seem to add up.

  • Would you buy one? £22 Piqapoo device clips on to your dog's tail and collects its mess [tr]

    10/17/2017 11:52:20 PM PDT · 22 of 25
    fireman15 to kevcol

    I watched the full video. It is an interesting idea, maybe it works for some dogs. I am certain that our dog would insist on pulling the thing off immediately and try to use it as an expensive chew toy.

  • FAA looking after pilot drops turkeys on Arkansas festival

    10/17/2017 11:14:27 PM PDT · 52 of 52
    fireman15 to CodeToad
    A Cessna 172 can get down to 34kts with full flaps.

    I am not sure where you are getting your numbers. Here is link to a typical Cessna 172 Pilot's Handbook.
    Cessna 172 Pilot's Handbook.pdf

    On page 5-12 there is a chart that shows the airspeeds that stalls occur at various flap settings. With full flaps it shows the stall speed is 48 KCAS (knots calibrated airspeed).

    But you can't fly a Cessna 172 around safely at low altitudes with full flaps barely above the stall speed. When a 172 stalls the nose can end up abruptly pointing toward the ground without enough altitude to recover.

    If you look at page 5-1 you will see a chart that demonstrates the source of some confusion about a 172’s stall speed from sources such as Google. At high angles of attack approaching stall there is a significant difference between indicated airspeed and calibrated airspeed. At 40 knots indicated the calibrated airspeed is actually 49 knots or 56.4 mph.

  • Trump warns McCain: 'At some point I fight back, and it won't be pretty'

    10/17/2017 1:05:06 PM PDT · 176 of 207
    fireman15 to Darksheare
    McCain sang like a bird when faced with a challenge, he was wholly owned by Nva co.

    My first thought also. He may have faced challenges in the past... but he caved each and every time. His legacy is one of cowardice, corruption, treachery and incompetence. His actual achievements have been so inconsequential that the public will barely be able to tell you who he was a year or two down the road.

  • FAA looking after pilot drops turkeys on Arkansas festival

    10/17/2017 11:18:08 AM PDT · 48 of 52
    fireman15 to CodeToad
    You simply cannot toss a 25mph bird from an airplane going at least 55mph.

    You have got that right! When you are flying over populated areas at low altitudes you mostly have to keep your airspeed quite a bit higher than your stall speed.

    One time my wife and I were flying over a coastal range of mountains and spotted a pickup truck which had driven off of a logging road. I took several passes to try and get the authorities any useful information. With the wind conditions and the close proximity to the hillside I didn't feel that it was safe to go much less than 100 mph. Which meant the accident scene kept going in and out of view in almost an instant.

    But according to a couple articles I just read, turkeys can actually reach an airspeed of close to 55 mph. Since this has been going on for a number of years... the flight crew may have figured out how to slow the plane up using full flaps and having an assistant launch the birds beak first into the wind. This might help to explain how a few of the turkeys are actually able to survive launch, land and still be intact enough to try escape from their waiting hungry human predators.

  • FAA looking after pilot drops turkeys on Arkansas festival

    10/17/2017 10:58:11 AM PDT · 46 of 52
    fireman15 to MinuteGal
    They used to toss them from the top of the courthouse....now it's from a plane.

    I agree that this is a very inappropriate thing to do. It is hard to believe that the authorities have allowed this to go on year after year. Throwing them from a courthouse would be much more humane. I am assuming they stopped that because most of the wild turkeys probably got away since jumping off of a courthouse would to them be similar to jumping out of a tree.

    It is amazing to me that wild turkeys thrown out of a airplane going approximately 100 mph survive at all. Obviously most meet the wind tail first or in some other odd angle and at a much higher airspeed than God intended. Many probably have their wings broken or damaged immediately. It is a miracle that any of them are able to achieve controlled flight before hitting the ground no matter what altitude they are thrown out of. This would be a risky stunt even for a parakeet.

    I fly and own several hang gliders, an ultralight aircraft and a general aviation airplane. We live on a small airport. Flying a hang glider is the closest experience to flying like a bird. But even when jumping off a cliff we have to launch into conditions where the wing will meet the air at an angle of attack and airspeed where it will produce the appropriate amount of lift. Too much lift and the wing will break.

    If you jumped out of the back of a military transport airplane with a hang glider the wing would most likely be destroyed instantaneously. Even if it were not; it is unlikely that you could get things under control before hitting the ground even if jumping from high altitude.

    The only way to perform this stunt would most likely be to have a properly designed harness on the hang glider attached to an anchor point in the transport airplane. I have such a harness that we use to tow a hang glider behind a boat. You would then have to be released into the wind from the back of the airplane in the correct orientation and the airplane would have to be traveling less than the hang glider's maximum allowable airspeed. It would still be difficult because of turbulence from the airplane. It might be possible, but probably not for turkeys.

  • FAA looking after pilot drops turkeys on Arkansas festival

    10/17/2017 9:12:38 AM PDT · 21 of 52
    fireman15 to Buckeye McFrog
    As God is my witness, I thought turkeys could fly.

    Wild turkeys can fly. They spend most of their time on the ground, but they can fly up to around 100 yards to get away from predators. The turkey in the picture looked like it had just been thrown out and hadn't reached a good aeronautic trim and was likely headed for a lumpy landing. Turkeys are not known for graceful eagle like gliding technique.

    https://www.washingtonpost.com/national/health-science/in-its-wild-form-that-funny-looking-turkey-can-fly-though-it-wont-get-very-far/2013/11/22/2163374e-4fdf-11e3-9e2c-e1d01116fd98_story.html?utm_term=.52ba1c2a0778

  • Jane Fonda: 'I Don’t Regret Going to Vietnam' - 'I'm Proud That I Went'

    10/17/2017 8:37:00 AM PDT · 51 of 98
    fireman15 to elcid1970

    Do the peddlers of misinformation really not understand that misinformation is as important as guns and ammunition in war. We won every major battle in Vietnam; we had complete air and naval superiority. But the enemy had people on the left whole heartedly spreading humiliating misinformation and treating our own young men and women with contempt.

    Our soldiers were typically treated better on leave in Saigon than they were when they returned to the United States. We have heard first hand accounts repeatedly that during the Vietnam War nurses and female personnel could walk the streets safely in uniform in Saigon. But in Honolulu nurses and other female personnel were often told to conceal that they were members of the military in public for their own safety.

    The North Vietnamese prevailed because of traitors like Hanoi Jane.

  • Man arrested after cops mistook doughnut glaze for meth [tr]

    10/16/2017 7:57:20 PM PDT · 37 of 61
    fireman15 to sparklite2

    I was a leader of our hazmat team. We had some very advanced very expensive testing equipment. We also had test kits that didn’t require a lot of hardware. But a kit or machine was only as good as the person operating it. We often drilled with the police. My observation was that the vast majority of the police were not worth crap when it came to identifying chemicals.

  • Megyn Kelly's ratings hit "possible all time low"

    10/16/2017 10:11:28 AM PDT · 6 of 80
    fireman15 to ebshumidors

    She is not a likeable TV personality. She was given the job and all the money to reward her for working to hurt Trump. I had nothing to do with her journalistic abilities or her potential to attract an audience. Whoever made the decision to hire her should be fired by their board of directors.

  • Trump allies worry that losing the House means impeachment

    10/16/2017 8:46:27 AM PDT · 24 of 55
    fireman15 to fireman15

    Sorry forgot the Sarcasm tag on my second sentence.

  • Trump allies worry that losing the House means impeachment

    10/16/2017 8:44:08 AM PDT · 17 of 55
    fireman15 to Mariner

    Just another BS article by CNN to placate their liberal idiot audience. The Republicans are on the run and Democrats will soon be able to undo a National Election.

  • Hillary et al Now Ready To Transfer Weinstein Outrage Over To Trump

    10/15/2017 8:11:50 AM PDT · 14 of 45
    fireman15 to Sean_Anthony
    Larry takes a trip to the mall with his girlfriend's boy toy.

  • Why Frankie Muniz doesn’t remember his rise to fame

    10/15/2017 6:41:49 AM PDT · 39 of 39
    fireman15 to bgill

    I do not personally remember the exact circumstances of most of my concussions. I am fairly missing large swaths of time around most, although I have vivid memories of certain events that were not close to any of them. One time when I was a kid we were watching a fight on TV. One of the fighters got knocked out. I said that I wondered what that felt like and everyone started laughing at me.

    Most of my “accidents” were not necessarily caused by stupidity or recklessness that I know of. But they were related to somewhat risky past times like riding a bicycle long distances through all types of weather conditions when I was a teen and young adult and spending a lot of time riding horses bareback when I was a child. It also didn’t help that I have a large head which seemed to get banged into a lot. Maybe I was top heavy? I have a grandson with the same problem. His pediatrician joked that he was in the 99th percentile as far as head size goes.

    I can remember being taken aside by my teachers in elementary school on more than one occasion because they thought that I was being abused by my parents because of all of the injuries. I think that people who get hurt a lot as children do not fear injury nearly as much as those who are more sheltered. Kids today are way too sheltered in my opinion, although I believe that helmets are a very good idea for them.

  • Whataburger worker fired for refusing to serve police officers

    10/14/2017 6:13:18 PM PDT · 10 of 67
    fireman15 to markomalley

    Well I was lucky, because almost everyone likes firefighters. The manager at the Jack in the Box near our station used to give us half price hamburgers. Unfortunately, I made the mistake of mentioning it to my battalion chief one day and he told me that we couldn’t accept the discount anymore. When I tried to explain that to the manager she took it in the wrong way... like it was some sort of insult.

  • Mob cheers on rape, killing of woman who served ‘forbidden fish’

    10/14/2017 4:09:12 PM PDT · 47 of 65
    fireman15 to Safetgiver

    You beat me to it; what part of Chicago was this in again?

  • Why Frankie Muniz doesn’t remember his rise to fame

    10/14/2017 9:13:44 AM PDT · 21 of 39
    fireman15 to Hot Tabasco
    Really? I love watching the TDF. So what age group and what division? What were your best road races and when?

    I forgot to mention the mechanics of my downfall in bicycle racing.

    In the Junior Road Race in the Nationals in 1978 I was having a bad day. I was on an extremely low budget and was staying in a pup tent outside of Milwaukee and riding my bicycle to most of the races in “Super Week” the week before the Nationals. It was almost a tropical like climate that year and it seemed like it rained hard every other day, and I didn't have a rain fly on my little tent. So it seemed like everything I had became either moldy or rusty. Plus there were these little mosquitos that would crawl through the netting and bite you while you were sleeping. I ended up with a bad case of impetigo on my groin which made riding uncomfortable.

    So on the big day I ended up feeling kind of crappy and hanging out in the pack for most of the race. There was a break away group of eight riders with LeMonde and some of the other favorites ahead of the main group. I was disgusted with myself for missing the break. I was berating myself asking what I was even there for? So on the last lap I decided to attack at the bottom of the “big” hill and put some space between me and the other riders. I made my way to the front of the pack and when I shifted down and stood on it... my chain came off and got stuck between my frame and the inner chain ring.

    When I got it back on the bike I was angry and bursting with adrenaline and I quickly caught back up and made my way through the other riders making it back to the front at the top of the hill. From there I just kept going. One rider caught my wheel. When I looked back at him he indicated that he couldn't take a pull. So I just spun my pedals as fast as I could down the descent. We didn't have electronic speedometers back then but were going very fast and the other rider lost my wheel when we reached the level portion along the shores of Lake Michigan.

    I did not know how far it was up to the lead group, but after a couple of miles when the course started to straighten out I caught a glimpse of them. I got into a tight tuck and pedaled furiously. As I got closer I could see that they were jockeying for position and it seemed that they were going much slower than I was. I missed catching the group by a hundred yards at the finish. So I ended up getting ninth in the road race at the Nationals that year.

    The next year I received offers from other teams after the first of the year with travel opportunities, but I had stupidly not resigned from my current team and they would not release me. So I had to ride unattached for the first six months of the year.

    In the first training race of the year, I wasn't paying attention and caught someones wheel ahead of me and fell down and half the team I was planning to get on rode over the top of me and crashed too. So everyone was mad at me... my old teammates and my prospective new teammates. I got banged up pretty bad and disillusioned. The weather was pretty good that Spring so I started chasing girls and water skiing with my friends instead of training hard.

    My first stage race of the year was up in Penticton BC I had to pay double entry fees to enter since I was still unattached. It came to like $100 which was a lot of money to me back then. I didn't have my previous fitness level; people were still irritated with me from the crash and switching teams. I had been at the Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs and had seen what a joke the USCF coaching staff was like at a national level. I can't even go into it all. But the magic and the illusion was gone for me.

    I ended up going to college for nine months, but when my family fell onto hard times I went to work in our lumber mill. (thanks eco-nazis and spotted owl)