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  • Three scientists investigating melting Arctic ice may have been assassinated, professor claims

    07/25/2015 12:34:40 PM PDT · 10 of 69
    fireman15 to crusty old prospector

    It is very obvious that Big Oil killed the three scientists using climate change. The first one probably slipped on ice caused by climate change. The second one was hit by a truck probably because of poor visibility caused by climate change. And the third one... Climate change obviously caused the lightning that killed him. So of course they were targeted by Big Oil and killed by climate change... how could it be anything else?

  • No Reform for [FAA] Third-Class Medical [tr]

    07/24/2015 8:57:31 AM PDT · 9 of 19
    fireman15 to miele man

    A ninety year old illegal alien who can’t speak English with a heart condition, history of stroke, bad eyesight, hearing aids, mental problems can legally drive a full size 15 ton bus converted to a motorhome through town inches from other vehicles and pedestrians and down a busy interstate at 75mph. But a 45 year old whose had successful lasik or other eye surgery might not be allowed to fly a thousand pound aircraft depending on the mood of the medical examiner. You can also be disqualified for being prescribed any number of common medications.

  • Obama's tells BBC about his biggest frustration: Gun laws

    07/24/2015 7:57:54 AM PDT · 5 of 23
    fireman15 to SeekAndFind

    If Obama could only take all the guns from law abiding citizens then the criminals and psychos would stop killing and hurting people. It is very frustrating.

  • Video of Sandra Bland's arrest ignites firestorm of reactions (Video at link)

    07/22/2015 8:57:04 AM PDT · 47 of 478
    fireman15 to Above My Pay Grade
  • Obama and Trump: Two of a Kind; Outwardly they look different. But take a closer look.

    07/21/2015 11:03:52 AM PDT · 59 of 72
    fireman15 to stephenjohnbanker

    The headline is a little misleading. He kind of says their views are opposite but their personalities and actions are similar. This is pretty easy to disprove. To start with Obama is lazy pot smoking slacker who was brought up an America hating communist who has no real accomplishments other than getting elected by a bunch of gullible fools. Say what you will about Donald Trump but he is a competitive go-getter who believes in America. Do we agree with everything Mr. Trump does, says and believes?Definitely not. Do we think he would be a better alternative than the one of the socialist idiots the democrats will most likely pick in the primaries? Without a doubt!

  • Cruz for President Releases Video Telling the Story of Dick and Betty Odgaard (Refused homo wedding)

    07/21/2015 10:01:35 AM PDT · 19 of 19
    fireman15 to Isara

    Maybe it is wrong... but I personally don’t care that much when leftists choose to follow their sinful nature and engage in a perverted life styles. If they want to quietly choose to waste their lives and answer for it in hell that is their choice. We have acquaintances like this who we have befriended and try to be good examples for. What makes me really angry is when they try to force their perversions on the rest of us to the point of destroying righteous peoples’ lives. At that point it is time to draw the line.

  • Does anyone remember this old board game?

    07/21/2015 9:43:22 AM PDT · 29 of 45
    fireman15 to Zionist Conspirator

    I apologize for wasting bandwidth.

    I personally love this type of thread. I asked about a movie I had seen part of on TV when I was a kid in the 1960s. My parents made me go to bed before it had finished. Over the years I had looked through dozens of books and asked tons of “experts” and no one had a clue. I started a thread here and within ten minutes half a dozen people let me know the name of the movie, “What’s So Bad About Feeling Good?”. It has never been officially released, but I was able to buy a copy on the grey market and watch it a few days later and it actually was a very entertaining movie.

    Twixt looks like a fun game.

  • Wall Street Journal: Cruz’s closeness to Trump reveals ‘lack of character’

    07/20/2015 7:52:19 AM PDT · 21 of 97
    fireman15 to Paulie
    Only one alternative: Cruz and Trump flip Rove the bird and go third party Independent. There is no other way.

    I applaud your suggestion, however that would be political suicide in any realistic scenario. This is exactly what the left is hoping for and would only accelerate our country's downward spiral. I like to imagine that our grandchildren will have a good chance to experience prosperous happy lives. To ensure this we need to come up with realistic strategies not knee jerk reactions.

  • Woodsmen on History Channel (bogus hunt)

    07/17/2015 7:31:35 AM PDT · 15 of 15
    fireman15 to fireman15

    Oh, I am not definitively trying to identify the type of goat or sheep they shot... other than to say that the it wasn’t actually a big horn shot in the National Forest.

  • Woodsmen on History Channel (bogus hunt)

    07/17/2015 7:27:01 AM PDT · 13 of 15
    fireman15 to ManHunter
    I’m pretty sure the episode you’re looking for is number 1 from June 22nd.

    Thanks, I found the episode. The adventure in question was about half an hour in. After watching the other episode I was imagining that they bagged the Grinch's dog with some horns attached to his head. It was a relief to see that the animal was actually somebody’s old pet Dall Sheep. I assume they had to pay the goat roper who actually owned it.

    Some of the characters are kind of amusing but overall the adventures are just too staged and fakey to spend much time watching the show.

  • Woodsmen on History Channel (bogus hunt)

    07/15/2015 10:27:56 AM PDT · 6 of 15
    fireman15 to fireman15

    I am sorry, “big horn” sheep.

  • Woodsmen on History Channel (bogus hunt)

    07/15/2015 10:24:11 AM PDT · 5 of 15
    fireman15 to finnsheep

    I never heard of the show so I went on Comcast On-Demand to find the episode you were referring to. I couldn’t find anything in the descriptions of the episodes which mentioned the bighorn sheep.

    So I started watching the latest episode that is available for On-Demand which is Episode 3. It feels staged and definitely overly dramatic, but I don’t know how you make a show like this entertaining without doing this.

    They did just attribute the OSO Washington landslide in 2014 which killed 43 people to “aggressive logging” which had absolutely nothing to do with the geologic conditions that caused the slide. From that I have concluded that the shows producers are not averse to spreading complete BS.

    I do know some characters similar to the guys on the show so I find it somewhat entertaining, and they are trying to make it “educational”. So far they have guys using old dynamite for a gardening project... guys carrying a short little chunk of log across a river... a guy eating “grub worms” and saying they taste like nuts... I have no doubt that they would try to pass off someone’s dog as a longhorn sheep.

  • Global warming to cause ice age in 2030… or a flood

    07/12/2015 8:38:47 AM PDT · 18 of 40
    fireman15 to TomGuy
    How many inches have the oceans risen in the last century?

    Nature has not been cooperating with Al Gore and those who are making the claim that because of fossil fuel use both worldwide temperatures and the sea level are going to rise dramatically.

    Without satellite data, the actual amount that the seas have risen is actually more difficult to determine than one might think. This is largely because coastal land masses are simultaneously rising and falling in different world. This is due to a number of factors including continental shift, volcanic activity, seismic activity, erosion, and numerous other natural processes. The data seems to show that the seas have risen around 6 inches in the last hundred years and have been rising at a similar rate since the “little ice age”. All though one would expect that melting glaciers and sediment carried from land masses due to erosion into the oceans would play a part, most of this sea level rise during this period is theorized to be from thermal expansion of the waters. In some places such as Bangladesh he amount of land mass above Sea Level has increased due to soils being deposited by rivers from the process of erosion. This is despite scary predictions that the entire country would soon be under water. Many Pacific Atolls have been gaining land mass as well despite the scary predictions. /p>

    Ironically, the best instrumentation available indicates that there has actually been a decrease in the rate of sea level rise over the last 20 years. This corresponds with satellite data that shows that there has been no measurable “global warming” during the same time period despite rising CO2 levels.

  • Why The Apple Watch Is Flopping

    07/10/2015 11:17:26 PM PDT · 13 of 51
    fireman15 to Swordmaker

    You may remember from our previous sometimes heated discussions here that I am not much of a fan of the Apple corporation. But I do appreciate greatly your knowledge of all things Apple. I look for the articles you post; I often just lurk because I find them interesting but often have nothing worthwhile to contribute. But I wanted to thank you for your contributions here and I hope you keep it up.

  • U.S. Worsens Mexican Violence by Returning Criminal Aliens to Border Cities, Mayors Say

    07/09/2015 1:30:45 PM PDT · 36 of 44
    fireman15 to USMCPOP

    Deport them to Iraq and let ISIS take care of them.

  • Global Warming Is Wiping Out the Bees

    07/09/2015 1:13:40 PM PDT · 21 of 45
    fireman15 to Up Yours Marxists

    There is a minor issue with this theory on bee troubles. All three major satellite data sets demonstrate show that there has been no detectable “global warming” in nearly two decades. The temperatures in rural North America have actually declined during that same time period. So is it possible that global temperature stagnation caused a decline in the bee population.

  • Homelessness and empty stores becoming the new normal in NYC

    07/08/2015 9:07:21 AM PDT · 14 of 19
    fireman15 to PROCON
    All New York City dwellers need to do is look at pictures of Detroit, the city which once had the highest income per person in the United States to see what is coming.

  • 'This decision will not stand': Republicans seek common cause against same-sex marriage

    07/04/2015 10:38:11 AM PDT · 9 of 59
    fireman15 to Engraved-on-His-hands

    The real question is whether we will continue our downward spiral. Or was this an overreach which will cause the pendulum to swing back at least for a little while.

  • 3 reasons the American Revolution was a mistake

    07/04/2015 9:12:33 AM PDT · 41 of 63
    fireman15 to ronnietherocket3

    It is sad that we are now witnessing the same decline of Western Civilization in the USA as they have been experiencing in Europe. I suppose that historically this is more or less a typical cycle. It seems that most if not all societies have suicidal tendencies.

    The USA being isolated from Europe by a great ocean allowed us to develop at a different pace and go down a different path. Unfortunately shared cultures, two world wars, the cold war, the effect of new communication technologies along with pervasive lefty concepts and we find that all of Western Civilization is now basically on the brink of melt-down on both sides of the Atlantic.

    As far as the arguments made by the smarmy little idiot. Everyone who has ancestors who made it to North America by whatever means should be counting their lucky stars. Does anyone actually believe that they would personally be better off if their families had stayed in Africa?

    Too bad for the bands of Native Americans that were able to roam around North America killing each other and living off the land for a few thousand years after the last ice-age. That is the way it goes everywhere however. Nothing lasts forever. Their gene pool mostly made it however... even I am 1/8 Sioux Indian. I would rather be pecking at this keyboard than trying to survive another year in a primitive shelter with no modern conveniences.

    As far as our system of government... Yes, our federal government especially has definitely gone off the rails, but the parliamentary form beat us to it. Most of Europe has a had a full-on nanny state for longer than we have. Parliamentary governments seem to be even more vulnerable than ours when it comes to giving socialists / communists a means to rise to the top. Although we all seem to be converging at this point... we mostly kept them in check longer.

  • Windows 7 Reaches 60 Percent Market Share for the First Time in History

    07/04/2015 8:36:27 AM PDT · 13 of 30
    fireman15 to dayglored

    There are work-arounds you can use with Windows 8 that allow one to get it to function almost the same as Windows 7. Which is how I was able to get my dad set up to where he could use it.

    I know this isn’t really accurate in many ways, but to me Windows 8 makes a $600 laptop feel like you are using a $200 Android Tablet. I have been using Android tablets and phones for a long time now and still do not like the OS very much. I refuse to use Apple products because I am still disgusted with their predatory legal department tactics and their ultra-liberal leadership.

    Not that Microsoft is a whole lot better, but at least Bill Gate’s has admitted that solar and wind power could not do the job. At least Microsoft has some adults still at the helm, so I don’t feel bad supporting their products.

  • No Governor, A Willingness To Compromise Is Not What We Need

    07/04/2015 8:19:01 AM PDT · 6 of 36
    fireman15 to Kaslin

    Does anything more really need to be said?

  • Cops: Males In Possession Of Stolen Phone Unknowingly Upload Pics To Victim’s Cloud (Dumb Crooks!!)

    07/03/2015 9:55:20 AM PDT · 12 of 13
    fireman15 to Salvey

    The story definitely is racist... it would have mentioned if the perpetrators were white males. Even far lefties understand very well what it means when the news media doesn’t report on the race of criminals when it is obviously known. Any reasonable person knows.

  • Electric Cars: Not So Environmentally Friendly After All?

    06/27/2015 9:20:25 AM PDT · 32 of 45
    fireman15 to American in Israel
    10% loss going in the battery, and 10% loss coming back out. Large power plant is more efficient creating power per therm of fossil fuel, but the battery chemical energy conversion losses and transmission losses make it a wash I suspect.

    You are exactly right. I have always been fascinated by electric powered vehicles. As an experiment I built up two bicycles, one with an electric hub motor and the other with a 2 stroke Chinese gasoline engine. Both the gas engine and the electric hub motor came as kits from eBay.

    The gas engine came with everything for $80 including shipping. I put it on an old mountain bike and it was quite impressive. The bike with the engine and full fuel weighed about 70 pounds. The tank held about a gallon but it would take you a long ways. It would do 35mph and had a completely different feel than a motorcycle or mini-bike. Despite having only a clutch and no transmission it had impressive power in its “power band”. It was of course noisy, smoky, and not street legal.

    The “brushless” electric motor kit cost more than $200 and I had to buy the batteries locally for $130 along with a case and rack to hold them for another $50. I put them on a “hybrid” bicycle I got from Walmart. The complete package with the bicycle weighed over 100 pounds, but compared to electric bikes available commercially I had twice the power and twice the range. It would go 25mph on the flat and had a range of 25 miles. Technically it was not street legal, because it went faster on its own than what is allowed, but from a practical standpoint I doubt whether you would ever get a ticket.

    Compared to the gas engine powered bike it had 1/4 the range, 1/4 the power and weighed approximately 50% more. It didn't climb steep hills well. Once you ran the batteries down the electric scooter charger I had took basically all night to charge them back up. The advantages were that it was basically silent, you could ride past the police without getting in trouble, you didn't have to start the engine, and it didn't make any smoke.

    I feel that fooling around with the two bicycles did give me a better understanding of how electric vehicles compare to gasoline powered vehicles. I think that it would be a good “science fair” project for kids, although I am not sure that it would result in politically correct conclusions.

  • But Did Obamacare REALLY Save A Kid With A Tumor

    06/27/2015 8:22:22 AM PDT · 17 of 17
    fireman15 to Jim Noble
    Yes, if you give some people money to buy health insurance, before your ill-considered plan destroys the system, at least a few of those people will benefit.

    I agree with your post completely, except that this quote from Obama is doubtful on many levels. I will list just a few but could go on for pages.

    1. Almost everything Obama says is a lie which has been made up for maximum impact especially stuff about moms, kids, puppies, and apple pie. Things Obama says that are not outright lies are usually extreme exaggerations that bear little resemblance to what actually happened.

    2. If a kid had a big lump somewhere... his mom would most likely have taken him in to get it checked out regardless of whether they had subsidized health insurance or not.

    3. Most tumors are not cancerous, not dangerous to your health and will dissipate on their own.

    4. If the kid had an unnoticed tumor that was causing no symptoms it would not likely have been found in a routine check-up anyway.

    5. If this was a true story, someone in the Obama administration would have gotten the details and released them because they are always looking any justification to further their agenda.

    6. Obama keeps himself completely isolated from the public. There simply is no way that he just happened to have a conversation with someone who wasn't thoroughly scrutinized ahead of time.

  • Here's the poop on your pool water

    06/27/2015 12:03:08 AM PDT · 13 of 13
    fireman15 to BenLurkin

    My guess is that 1800 people also get transported to the hospital for fingers with hangnails. A little diarrhea in the water isn’t going to keep me from going to my favorite water park.

  • Freddy Gray Autopsy Report Deals Blow to Murder Charges(so let's talk about removing flags instead)

    06/25/2015 7:46:38 AM PDT · 15 of 19
    fireman15 to Sacajaweau

    After spending 25 years working with the police in what was commonly known as the most crime ridden area in the Northwest I can tell you from personal experience that trying to handle an individual like Freddie can be much more challenging and dangerous than most people can imagine. One time we went to a 100 pound girl described as normally a “church mouse” who someone at the Bingo Hall slipped some type of drug that caused her to have a psychotic episode. It took six LARGE cops and firefighters to restrain. And most of us managed to get scratched and bitten along with being spit on.

  • BREAKING: Healthcare subsidies upheld by SCOTUS

    06/25/2015 7:16:09 AM PDT · 50 of 615
    fireman15 to GIdget2004

    Our judicial system has evolved into a farce of what it was designed to be. This was about as clear cut as could be. At least we now know what to expect from other soon to be released “decisions” regarding the progressive agenda.

  • Here’s Why My Dad Will Never Buy Anything But a Lexus Ever Again

    06/24/2015 10:46:11 PM PDT · 19 of 79
    fireman15 to nickcarraway

    This sounds like good service but I do not trust any car dealership no matter what brand they sell. Other than a couple alignments and some warranty work on a Mustang that kept blowing head gaskets, I have always done all my own work on every car that I have owned. After having custom wheels messed up I even started mounting and balancing my own tires.

    For less than $20 you can now get a Bluetooth OBD II reader that not only allows you to wirelessly read your codes but more importantly monitor any sensor in the vehicle on your Android phone or tablet while you are driving down the road. I guess this creates a whole new category of distracted driver.

    I like to work on older cars also; we are currently restoring a 1942 Cadillac. The funny thing is that many mechanics accustomed to working on modern cars have lost much of their troubleshooting abilities. Newer cars often indicate exactly what the problem is and if you drive them around while watching suspect sensors the problem can often be confirmed without any real reasoning involved.

  • Plugging a 1986 Mac Plus into the modern Web

    06/21/2015 10:57:28 PM PDT · 36 of 36
    fireman15 to Swordmaker

    Thanks for telling us of your experience. I have never made a homeowners claim in my life and have been procrastinating. The adjuster was so nasty that it has probably made me overly pessimistic.

  • Plugging a 1986 Mac Plus into the modern Web

    06/21/2015 9:56:45 AM PDT · 33 of 36
    fireman15 to Swordmaker
    Damn. . . do you have a replacement value insurance policy? You might be surprised what you can get for what they stole.

    We have replacement value coverage, but almost no documentation so the insurance company is probably not going to pay much if anything. I have been procrastinating on the claim because my recollections are a little foggy and that is about all that I have for them. I wish now that I had photographed and documented everything. Even if I had I am not sure how one establishes value on such items.

  • Plugging a 1986 Mac Plus into the modern Web

    06/20/2015 11:56:04 AM PDT · 9 of 36
    fireman15 to Swordmaker

    I love this type of project. Unfortunately, our house was burglarized a couple of months ago and the thieves took a bunch of my vintage computer gear. I am sure that it got chucked in the garbage when they figured out it wasn’t modern equipment. They took an old Timex Sinclair 1000 and supporting peripherals, an old Atari 800 Computer with floppy disk drives and dozens and dozens of old discs and programs.

    My TI99/4a computer along with its external expansion box will be missed. Also taken was a TRS-80 computer from Radio Shack along with peripherals. The largest volume of stuff missing was my collection of Commodore 64 items and software. Some of this gear actually goes for good money on eBay these days. I was hoping to play with some of this stuff again one day. Unfortunately, I do not have good documentation for my insurance company and they have not been very supportive.

  • Mom backs 'brave' transgender 9 y.o. son - Back to school dressed as a girl and wearing a blonde wig

    06/20/2015 11:55:19 AM PDT · 17 of 43
    fireman15 to fireman15

    OOPs had two threads open at the same time... Sorry!

  • Mom backs 'brave' transgender 9 y.o. son - Back to school dressed as a girl and wearing a blonde wig

    06/20/2015 11:54:29 AM PDT · 16 of 43
    fireman15 to rickmichaels

    I love this type of project. Unfortunately, our house was burglarized a couple of months ago and the thieves took some of my vintage computer gear. I am sure that it got chucked in the garbage when they figured out it wasn’t modern equipment. They took an old Timex Sinclair 1000 and supporting peripherals, an old Atari 800 Computer with floppy disk drives and dozens and dozens of old discs and programs.

    My TI99/4a computer along with its external expansion box will be missed. Also taken was a TRS-80 computer from Radio Shack along with peripherals. The largest volume of stuff missing was my collection of Commodore 64 items and software. Some of this gear actually goes for good money on eBay these days. I was hoping to play with some of this stuff again one day. Unfortunately, I do not have good documentation for my insurance company and they have not been very supportive.

  • Why Dogs Are Better Than Cats

    06/19/2015 9:44:38 AM PDT · 62 of 113
    fireman15 to BlackAdderess
    My current kitty is the son of a huge orange tom who impregnated many generations of local female kitties.

    The neighbors old black tom cat was not one of those taken to the pound by his relatives after he died. When the neighbor stopped putting food out for him I think he just wandered off and found someone new.

  • Why Dogs Are Better Than Cats

    06/19/2015 9:03:13 AM PDT · 38 of 113
    fireman15 to Altariel

    Our geriatric retired lawyer neighbor had a half dozen cats. One of them was a big black tom who roamed the neighborhood impregnating countless female kitties until we had a huge glut of black cats. You could not leave or enter our neighborhood without one of them running in front of your vehicle.

    At that time we had a beautiful 1941 Cadillac which was fully restored and our pride and joy. The big black tom cat liked it too and would sneak into our garage when the door was opened even briefly and piss all over the car. If we left the windows open it would get inside the car and do its dirty business on the genuine mohair interior. If the windows were cracked it would somehow pee through the cracks and also on the windshield. It would sneak out of the garage when the door was opened and often we would not even realize it had been in there until we found or smelled the damage. It was extremely stealthy.

    I confronted our old neighbor about the problem and he refused to do anything about it. He said the cat had very good taste and that he would always be free to roam and that keeping him away from our car was our own responsibility.

    I finally caught the cat. After quite a struggle I got him into a pet carrier and relocated him ten miles away in a nice neighborhood on the opposite side of a freeway from us. I wished him luck finding a new hopefully more responsible family. BUT HE WAS BACK THE VERY NEXT DAY. He was sitting in front of our garage growling at me and flicking his tail back and forth before running off. After experiencing nearly homicidal rage, I finally gave up; cleaned the car up and sold it on eBay.

    Not long after that our recalcitrant old neighbor had a massive heart attack and died. His family took the cats they could catch to the pound. The house was sold and the new owners had to completely gut it to undo all of the damage the cats had done. Coyotes moved into the neighborhood and ate all the remaining black strays that were still running around. We are currently working on a 1942 Cadillac.

  • Charleston church shooting suspect Dylann Roof in custody – latest updates

    06/18/2015 9:24:33 AM PDT · 54 of 76
    fireman15 to grobdriver

    Barry is on television... It took about a minute for him to get to the gun grabbing section of his message.

  • Charleston church shooting suspect Dylann Roof in custody – latest updates

    06/18/2015 9:11:18 AM PDT · 46 of 76
    fireman15 to Perseverando

    Still watching FOX. There is much talk about “gun control” ahead of Obama coming on.

  • Charleston church shooting suspect Dylann Roof in custody – latest updates

    06/18/2015 9:06:12 AM PDT · 37 of 76
    fireman15 to Perseverando

    Watching this on FOX right now. Apparently Obama will be making an announcement soon. Never let a good crisis go to waste. Convenient how these psychos come out of the woodwork when distractions are needed to take focus away from other events that are taking place.

  • How climate change deniers got it right — but very wrong (Now at 99.9% "consensus")

    06/17/2015 7:30:43 AM PDT · 24 of 33
    fireman15 to PROCON

    “There isn’t any evidence against global warming and there isn’t any alternative theory,” he said. “We’ve been looking for negative feedbacks and we’ve never found one that amounts to anything.”

    I guess that all three major data sets based on satellite data which all show no rising worldwide temperatures for nearly 20 years do not count as “evidence against global warming”. And of course there is the U.S. Climate Reference Network, (USCRN) which was designed to be the most accurate network of ground based weather recording stations in the United States which shows we are now ten years into a slight cooling trend... that must not be “evidence” either.

    MSNBC has reached new heights of journalistic malfeasance. Of course they have James L. Powell, director of the National Physical Sciences Consortium to blame. And just what is the National Physical Sciences Consortium? It is a “nonprofit” whose stated purpose is to “emphasizes the recruitment of women and underrepresented minorities.” So despite having a name that sounds like it is a scientific organization it is just another leftist group dedicated to funneling mostly government funds to minorities. That is a huge surprise isn’t it.

  • Are UN Helicopters Operating in the Skies Over Washington State as Part of Jade Helm?

    06/16/2015 11:23:33 PM PDT · 53 of 53
    fireman15 to shotgun
    I’m curious as to the privately owned, public use airport. How’s that work?

    The airpark we live on is larger and busier than most residential airparks with an average of over 100,000 general aviation operations per year. This is almost as busy as the nearest municipal airport which is a larger facility.

    There are 116 homes with hangars built around the airport and there is a full service FBO (Fixed Base Operator) with hangars, tie downs, rental planes, fuel, a flight school, and a full time mechanic.

    The airport is currently owned by Norm who is in his 90s and owns the FBO. Arrangements have been negotiated for the homeowners association to purchase the airport at a future date. Currently the homeowners association pays for half the maintenance and taxes. If for some reason the FBO facilities are not leased to another business when ownership is transferred I would guess that there is a fairly good chance that the airport could revert to private use.

    Currently the only operators who cause problems are the helicopter schools. They not only are disturbing to homeowners... they also tend to disrupt other flight operations because they often hover over the runway and taxiways when other aircraft are trying to use the facilities. This has been an ongoing issue but unfortunately it is not something the 90 year old airport owner seems to get too excited about.

  • Are UN Helicopters Operating in the Skies Over Washington State as Part of Jade Helm?

    06/16/2015 9:44:14 AM PDT · 19 of 53
    fireman15 to stormer
    JBLM just got the 16th CAB and its 24 helos. Lots more traffic down there. Put away the tin foil.

    We live on a small privately owned public use airport 30 miles northeast of JBLM. We have noticed more military helicopter activity in the last couple of months, but none of them have been painted white. They have come in after dark on a few occasions and are quite awesome at that time because other than their running lights and strobes they are nearly invisible after dark.

    Sometimes several will make low passes down the runway and just a couple weeks ago two of them landed on the taxiway just down from our house and some guys got out and ran around for a couple of minutes while other helicopters made passes overhead. My wife was a little worried that I might have posted something inflammatory about Obama and they were coming to get us. It was quite a show for the neighbors and us.

    At least half the people that live on the airport are veterans and pretty much all of us all love military aircraft so I don't think anyone minds them. We all do get annoyed by the flight school helicopters from Boeing Field that come up during the day and hover in front of our houses for what seems like hours on end. They disrupt everything from walking the dog to just trying to watch TV or have a conversation on the phone. The taxiways are on a slight slope so the tips of the blades on the R22s are sometimes just about the right height to whack someones head off when they land in front of our house. It is especially disturbing to me when we have grand-kids visiting.

  • Parents Charged with 'Neglect' After 11-Year-Old Plays in Yard for 90 Minutes

    06/15/2015 8:55:02 AM PDT · 24 of 53
    fireman15 to bgill
    The nosey neighbor should be put in the public stocks with about 6 bushels of rotten tomatoes nearby</p>

    We have some nosey neighbors as well. One moved away... if I don't put my car in the garage she would call me up to ask if something was “wrong”. One time she smeared a giant mushy poop that looked like it came from a Great Dane on our porch because she thought that it came from our miniature wienerdog that only left the house when we were walking it on a leash. She is the one who had big dogs that she let roam free.

    The other neighbors are just plain evil and killed our little wiener dog with a rock. Every tree he has ever asked me to take down for some nonsensical reason has died within a couple months. We live in an upscale neighborhood, but had much better neighbors in the working class area we lived in before.

    The neighbors we had growing up would never have called the police if they saw any of us kids playing outside alone. They would have offered us some type of treat or refreshments if they were worried about us. Neighbors calling the police over nothing is a definite sign that our society is going down hill quickly.

  • Political Correctness Has Destroyed the Army’s Readiness and Morale

    06/14/2015 11:35:40 PM PDT · 27 of 41
    fireman15 to Randall_S

    The article makes many good points. Not mentioned is another troubling fact... only a third of young people in this country are currently able to qualify to join any branch of the military. With falling morale from political correctness and nonsensical rules of engagement if the economy actually does begin to improve it is hard to see how recruiting goals are going to be met.

  • When I Was a Kid, We Were All 'Free Range'

    06/14/2015 8:44:09 AM PDT · 49 of 98
    fireman15 to central_va
    My friends and i would see how far from home we could ride our bikes and still make it back before dark.

    I was 12 when I got my first 10 speed bicycle and it increased my “free range” considerably. I grew up on acreage and my previous means of transportation had been horses.

    We didn't have much in the way of fancy riding gear so they were ridden mostly bareback. I was always falling off and going to school all battered up. If the teachers even asked... I would just tell them I fell off my horse again. The horses were easy to control when you were heading away from home, but when you turned back the horse would take off in a full gallop and sometimes it wasn't possible to hang on tight enough. Most of them would then stop and let you get back on them. A couple would just keep on going.

    When I was 13, I told my dad I was going to ride up to Mount Rainier which was over 50 miles away. He just said “OK”. I got lost on the way to the mountain, and got bit by a junk yard dog on the way back. So I didn't make it home till long after dark. The next day my dad asked me how my ride had gone. I told him “great”.

  • NAACP leader outed as white by parents

    06/13/2015 12:35:43 AM PDT · 72 of 72
    fireman15 to The Unknown Republican
    By all standards (culture and appearance) I am white. Recently I found out that my great great grandmother on my paternal side was a black slave (now verified by DNA testing).

    One of the skeletons in my family history is that my genetic great-grandfather was an American Indian. The man who was married to my great-grandmother was partially paralyzed in a farming accident. The two children born in the years after that event, my grandmother and my Uncle Gilbert bore a striking resemblance to the handyman that had been living with the family in rural North Dakota.

    My Uncle Gilbert embraced his heritage and spent his life living with American Indians. In his wedding picture he is sitting on a white horse with a full headdress with his squaw bride in traditional native American garb standing next to him. My grandmother was strikingly beautiful; unlike her older siblings who were fair skinned, blond and blue eyed like their Norwegian immigrant parents, she had an olive complexion, hazel eyes and thick black hair.

  • NAACP leader outed as white by parents

    06/12/2015 8:40:12 AM PDT · 49 of 72
    fireman15 to rktman

    One of the guys I was hired with many years ago was suppose to be black. He had facial features that made him look like he was part black and he was very athletic, but he had red hair and freckles. When the black guys from the union came down to meet him, they were asking, “Where is the brother?” When he was pointed out... one of them said, “That ain’t no Brother!”

    The guy had been a state swimming champion and football star at the high school that I graduated from. He had gone all through an expensive private university getting grants and scholarships intended for a black person. He came to the fire department from the police department. He was doing great getting through his probationary training. He had a terrific sense of humor and was very popular.

    One day he vanished from the department and for quite a while no one seemed to know what had happened. One of our chiefs told me later that his real goal had been to join the FBI. When the FBI did his background check they found that he had been telling everyone that his great-grandmother was black, but that she was not. None of his ancestors were black. No organization he had defrauded wanted to file charges and publicize their lack of scrutiny.

    This information was passed on to the fire department and they quietly got rid of him. He then went back to work for the police department but when they found out they let him go also. He then went to work for an outlying small town police department.

    At some point he had started lying about being black and taking advantage of affirmative action programs. At least at that time basically no one verified that people were telling the truth about their heritage for these types of programs. I am not sure that they do to this day.

  • Son-in-Law’s Stroke Causes George Pataki to Cancel Events

    06/12/2015 8:12:02 AM PDT · 8 of 8
    fireman15 to pioneerstakethearrows
    Hopefully he gets a a CAT scan right away to rule out a SAH...often misdiagnosed, with dire results.

    I haven't been able to find any more in depth coverage about David Levi's condition. But you are definitely right... approximately fifteen years ago the receptionist where my wife worked, a young mother began having a severe headache and then collapsed. She was taken to the hospital where her condition wasn't correctly diagnosed so appropriate treatment was delayed for many hours. She went into a coma and her husband was told she was not likely to survive. Fortunately, she did pull through, but she experienced brain damage which caused her a lot of ongoing difficulties.

  • Son-in-Law’s Stroke Causes George Pataki to Cancel Events

    06/11/2015 10:14:54 AM PDT · 2 of 8
    fireman15 to GIdget2004

    It is by the grace of God that each of us enjoys the gift of another day. We will be praying for the recovery of this young man.

  • Racism, a pool party in Texas and the Supreme Court [how dare you have a community pool]

    06/10/2015 8:24:38 AM PDT · 41 of 43
    fireman15 to Cincinatus' Wife

    The thing that amazes me is the complete disconnect between the author’s agenda and the events at the “pool party” gone bad. They have absolutely nothing to do with each other.

    I can remember respond to similar situations over the years where the police were trying to break up some sort of event that had gotten out of hand. A lot of the time we (firefighters) were there first and were actually the ones who had to request police assistance because the crowd was making it difficult or impossible to do our job of rendering aid to injured or sick people.

    If the people in the crowd have an “attitude” especially if they are members of the young entitled class... it can be almost impossible for the police to get control of the situation. It is along the lines of herding cats. This actually looked quite tame compared to some situations that I have been at.

  • Jerry Seinfeld: Politically correct college students 'don't know what the **** they're talking about

    06/10/2015 7:48:46 AM PDT · 14 of 16
    fireman15 to RayChuang88

    I enjoyed the show mostly because it poked fun at its own characters and illustrated how shallow they were. Living near Seattle we know many self-absorbed liberals who resemble the characters.

    At this point... it is hard to believe that Seinfeld is making a million dollars a week in Nevada casinos. I think of him more as like the geriatric entertainers that perform at our local Indian Casinos. Some of them actually are pretty good, but it seems doubtful that they make much money living off their past glory.