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Posts by fireman15

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  • Liberland: hundreds of thousands apply to live in world's newest 'country'

    04/24/2015 8:10:14 AM PDT · 7 of 30
    fireman15 to ozarkgirl

    Yes, Liberland sounds like Liberaland.

  • A 20-year-old Alabama woman joined ISIS after receiving an innocent graduation gift

    04/21/2015 9:38:16 AM PDT · 3 of 25
    fireman15 to SeekAndFind

    There is nothing more dangerous than a 20 year old woman.

  • Canadian woman’s British visa hinges on level of affection in her 45-year marriage

    04/12/2015 9:08:35 PM PDT · 8 of 31
    fireman15 to smokingfrog

    It is a pretty good example of why you don’t want government bureaucrats making important decisions on your behalf.

  • If you went back in time 1000 years...

    04/12/2015 7:28:54 PM PDT · 98 of 222
    fireman15 to MNDude

    Maybe if we changed the question a little to give some more perspective. Lets say you had been living 100 years in the future and the United States had suffered a severe decline. The constitution had been shredded. Muslims outnumbered Christians, white people were a hated minority, global cooling had caused mass famine and tens of millions of people had starved to death in the United States alone. Advanced technology was being used to enslave rather than help people. Would you do to help our future generations to avoid this living hell?

  • Product Reviews are Broken (referring to Apple Watch reviews)

    04/11/2015 8:01:39 AM PDT · 55 of 92
    fireman15 to cynwoody

    Samsung has recently gone several different directions with their smart watches. They now have the Gear 2 and the Gear 2 Neo, they started out with an Android based OS but were upgraded to their own “Tizen” OS mostly for better battery life. Then they there is the Gear S which also has the “Tizen” OS along with a fully functional cell phone radio built in. They also make the Gear Fit which also uses “Tizen” but is smaller and aimed more for fitness uses. It has the same HR monitor and pedometer as the Gear 2. Finally, there is the Gear Live which has the latest version of Google’s Wear OS.

    For us the Gear 2 was the best fit, but unless you root it; it is only compatible with Samsung phones which are what we use anyway. The Gear Live is compatible with non-Samasung Android phones but has less functions than the Gear 2. The Gear S is a stand-alone device. My understanding is that any rooted Galaxy Gear watch can already be used with an iPhone; I doubt whether the functionality is as good using an iPhone with an Apple watch.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TqCjVBqpTiI

  • Product Reviews are Broken (referring to Apple Watch reviews)

    04/10/2015 11:47:32 PM PDT · 27 of 92
    fireman15 to Swordmaker

    We have had a Samsung Gear II watch for several months now. I was the one using it to begin with, but it turns out that it is more helpful to my wife. Once you pair it with your Samsung phone, you can answer calls without digging your phone out. You can also read your texts etc. inconspicuously. It has a whole host of useful functions and features. It actually is more useful than one would tend to imagine. I am sure that the Apple watch adds similar function to the iPhone.

  • STUDENTS CONTINUING SIT-IN TO PUSH BOARD TO DIVEST OF FOSSIL FUELS [Mary Wash. in Va]

    04/09/2015 9:47:38 AM PDT · 33 of 66
    fireman15 to Timber Rattler

    Since according to the best satellite data, the world hasn’t warmed in any measurable way in 18 years and 4 months... this “sit-in” demonstrates only that these brainless twits don’t even realize that they have been had. Without fossile fuels none of them would be able to enjoy basically any of the luxuries we all enjoy in this country... things like food, shelter and electronic gizmos. Take their iPhones away from them and make them go “sit-in” their bedrooms.

  • Tentative Nuclear Deal In Hand, Iran Says All Sanctions Must Be Lifted

    04/09/2015 7:45:19 AM PDT · 17 of 24
    fireman15 to rightwingcrazy

    That is what its all about isn’t it? Who cares if a hundred thousand people are vaporized and few million people of radiation poisoning.

  • Want to talk about Portland, Oregon--(VANITY)

    04/09/2015 7:42:02 AM PDT · 33 of 67
    fireman15 to Blue Devil Reaganite
    Funny, none were ever arrested for public indecency in front of a child.

    in 1976 my summer school science class took a “field trip” to Portland to visit a “science” museum. We went down on the train. In the restroom at the train station there was a bum masturbating while watching other guys urinating. I told my teacher about it... he said that was just the way things were in Portland and that we should all be very careful.

  • Tentative Nuclear Deal In Hand, Iran Says All Sanctions Must Be Lifted

    04/09/2015 7:01:45 AM PDT · 13 of 24
    fireman15 to Truth29
    Obama is failing in keeping his co-conspirators in Iran quiet until the noose is fully tightened around the infidel West.

    This situation is so unbelievable. The ink not only is not dry... it hasn't even been put on paper and already the Iranians are saying they will not be complying with any part of anything. Why do they believe that the “West” had any incentive to lift the sanctions?

  • OBAMA’S ‘HISTORIC’ IRAN DEAL FALLS APART, AS MULLAHS REV UP HIGH-SPEED CENTRIFUGES

    04/08/2015 11:57:50 PM PDT · 12 of 60
    fireman15 to Talisker

    On another thread the other day it was asked if Obama had done anything good during his presidency. If this latest fiasco convinces the Saudis, the Egyptians and whatever Middle Eastern States are left with some common sense to look the other way while Israel to finally take matters into their own hands... then maybe the leadership vacuum Obama has created will have one partially positive outcome.

    Pray for Israel’s success in their now inevitable mission to save themselves and the rest of the world. Pray that Obama’s evil intentions will backfire.

  • The Race Gap in America’s Police Departments

    04/08/2015 10:41:49 PM PDT · 3 of 25
    fireman15 to MinorityRepublican

    What the country needs is more affirmative action police officers. /sarc

  • Hillary's Dry Nose Linked to Global Warming

    04/08/2015 9:28:45 AM PDT · 16 of 31
    fireman15 to Bloody Sam Roberts
    Ha! I keep a half pound of peeled cloves on hand at all times. I just minced 6 cloves last night for a garlic, onion and bok choy stir fry with teriyaki sauce.

    I don't know what effects your garlic consumption has on your nose, but I do know that unless your wife is consuming similar amounts... that her nose could easily cause your level of daily smooching to decrease dramatically.

  • Hillary's Dry Nose Linked to Global Warming

    04/08/2015 9:20:03 AM PDT · 11 of 31
    fireman15 to Ge0ffrey

    Has the increase in the number of cases of “dry nose” experienced the same “pause” for 18 years and 4 months that the earth’s warming temperatures have?

  • New York Congressman Steve Israel to Propose New Bill to Ban 3D Printed Firearms

    04/06/2015 10:11:46 PM PDT · 32 of 46
    fireman15 to lavaroise

    Nice little write up! I have seen other designs that take even less effort to put together. Nearly all of them seem like they would be more durable than a printed plastic gun.

  • New York Congressman Steve Israel to Propose New Bill to Ban 3D Printed Firearms

    04/06/2015 9:24:17 PM PDT · 27 of 46
    fireman15 to Ken H

    For some reason the link you posted keeps bringing me back to this same thread.

    All the hype about 3D printed guns is quite funny when you can make or finish a really nice lower receiver with an inexpensive CNC milling machine. Of course it is cheaper and probably easier in most cases to do it starting with a partially completed lower with jigs and common tools.

  • Obama is First American President to Endorse the Destruction of Israel

    04/06/2015 11:24:53 AM PDT · 6 of 14
    fireman15 to HomerBohn

    The other day there was a thread which asked whether had Obama done anything good during his presidency. People had a hard time coming up with examples of good deeds that he had done.

    I believe that Obama has evil intent. But, I would postulate that if he has finally convinced Israel that they can not depend on the USA to look out for their best interests, and Israel is finally convinced to take some type of dramatic unilateral action to destroy Iran’s nuclear program... then maybe Obama will have inadvertently done something good.

  • It Rumored That Harrison Ford's Plane Ran Out Of Fuel When It Crashed Recently

    04/06/2015 10:20:57 AM PDT · 71 of 78
    fireman15 to az_gila
    That is a beautiful airplane! Since the fuel is gravity fed, vapor lock shouldn't be a problem. I do know however that on planes with normal primers that if you leave them unlocked they can sometimes cause problems.

    We have a little Skypup homebuilt ultralight airplane. The fuel sits in a tank right behind the engine, but the Rotax engine that is mounted on it still has a fuel pump because the bottom of the tank is actually below the level of the carburetor. The tank is semi transparent and sitting right in front of you so you can see when it is running out. The plane has a 25mph stall speed and a 10 to 1 glide ratio, so an emergency landing is much less challenging than in a General Aviation airplane.

  • It Rumored That Harrison Ford's Plane Ran Out Of Fuel When It Crashed Recently

    04/06/2015 10:02:47 AM PDT · 70 of 78
    fireman15 to central_va

    I can understand where your instructor was coming from, especially with an aircraft which has harsh stall characteristics. But if you are climbing out to an altitude higher than what you would use for local traffic then I would say that he is a glutton for punishment. Personally, I trim for everything all the time, but as far as I am concerned the Cherokee has a much easier to use trim handle than a Cessnas that I have rented. Plus in normal CG loadings a Cherokee 140 won’t really even do a genuine takeoff stall; they tend to just “porpoise”.

    One of the primary reason that Harrison Ford is probably still alive is that he must have listened to his instructor when told never to do a 180 to get back to the airport during an engine failure on climb out. We have had two fatal climb out accidents on the airport where I live, both experimentals and both where the pilots tried to do a 180 to return to the airport. They both stalled in the turn and crashed into the same little old lady’s house, even coming through the ceiling of the same room.

    A Cherokee had a climb out accident where he didn’t clear the trees at the south end of the field. He didn’t let the plane get up to speed before trying to climb out. You can usually get away with that with a Cessna trainer or 172, but not a Cherokee. Everyone walked away from the Cherokee accident.

  • It Rumored That Harrison Ford's Plane Ran Out Of Fuel When It Crashed Recently

    04/06/2015 8:47:25 AM PDT · 66 of 78
    fireman15 to Joe Boucher
    Unlike a 150 where once you get up you have to push it forward to gain speed this just continues to gain speed and fly.

    That is what you absolutely have to do with our Cherokee with the 150hp Lycoming taking off from a soft field. People get nervous when the trees start filling up the windscreen and try to get the plane to climb out before reaching the optimal speed. One good thing about the Cherokee... if you pull down your manual flaps it will pop you up a hundred feet or so almost instantly if you have the speed.

  • It Rumored That Harrison Ford's Plane Ran Out Of Fuel When It Crashed Recently

    04/06/2015 8:41:30 AM PDT · 65 of 78
    fireman15 to az_gila

    In the past we have had fuel pressure issues when taking off from the LA area. Because our plane is a low wing it has an electric auxiliary fuel pump, you take off with it on, but if the plane has been sitting on a hot ramp and the fuel is warm the agitation caused by the two fuel pumps sometimes causes the fuel to start vaporizing in the lines or in the pumps. This lowers your fuel pressure and can cause issues. The worst case is called “vapor lock” which can cause complete fuel starvation.

    My wife and I were once flying out of Santa Paula (KSZP) on a summer afternoon, the temperature was around a 100F and our fuel pressure dropped to near zero when climbing out. We have an engine scanner that gives an EGT reading on each cylinder. An alarm went off because they had started going up... indicating that we were starting to run lean.

    We lowered our nose and throttled back a bit. We thought about turning off the auxiliary pump but left it running fearing that we might make a hairy situation worse. By the time we got over the ocean the fuel pressure had come back to normal. But it was a tense few moments.

    We had started off in Washington State a few days before with our tanks full of autogas. Autogas is more volatile than 100LL aviation fuel. On the way down we stopped at Yolo County Airport (KDWA) because at that time they still sold autogas. When we arrived at Santa Paula we topped off the tanks with 100LL. It was hot down there every day and the plane was parked outside. By the time we took off a few days later the temperature had already just about peaked.

    I have been told that one of the problems with autogas is that it is often mixed with local conditions in mind. You get a different blend in the winter than you do in the summer, and areas where it is cooler can get a more volatile blend than for places where it is warmer.

    Harrison Ford’s beautiful airplane appears to have had a radial engine and a low wing. I doubt whether he was using autogas, but depending on the conditions and the type of fuel delivery system I am curious if it is possible that he could have had a drop in fuel pressure even if his tanks were not empty.

  • It Rumored That Harrison Ford's Plane Ran Out Of Fuel When It Crashed Recently

    04/06/2015 7:28:18 AM PDT · 63 of 78
    fireman15 to Joe Boucher

    We live on an airpark also, S36 in Washington State. We are sick of the dreary weather up here. We got back from Florida 3 weeks ago where we were looking at airpark homes. We are going to be putting our house on the market in the next month and trying to move.

    4.5gph is very impressive! When we first got the Cherokee, I was very impressed with the fuel economy possible with the O-320. When we go on a trip we fly at a higher power setting using around 8gph, but locally we can putter around at around 100mph and use only about 5gph. Fortunately, we have the STC and a station nearby which sells autogas without alcohol which makes flying much more affordable.

    We switch tanks about once an hour also to keep our plane balanced. The plane wants a little rudder trim to one side when both tanks are full so we always start on the heavy wing.

    We are in hilly country, just a few miles from the Cascade Mountains. We have obstructions to clear on both ends of our field. If it is hot, I don’t try to take off to the South with full tanks. The most common accident with a Cherokee is caused by trying to get the plane in the air before it is up to flying speed. The plane will get in a nose high attitude and mush along in ground effect until something solid gets in your way.

  • It Rumored That Harrison Ford's Plane Ran Out Of Fuel When It Crashed Recently

    04/05/2015 8:14:36 PM PDT · 48 of 78
    fireman15 to Joe Boucher; central_va

    I don’t need to tell the two of you, but for the benefit of the others here... we have had a Piper Cherokee 140 for the last 20 years which is one of the very easiest planes to fly. Fuel exhaustion is the leading cause of “engine failure” in Cherokees as well as pretty much every other General Aviation aircraft.

    Our gauges have never let us down, but we still don’t trust them... we always do a visual check of the fuel in the tanks before taking off as part of the preflight. We also use a rigid plastic tube that is precisely calibrated to measure the amount of fuel in each tank. It is used by dipping it to the bottom of each tank and then holding your thumb over the upper end as you pull it up and read the level.

    We don’t always keep the tanks full. Our tanks have a tab you can see when you look into them that indicates when each tank has 18 gallons. Because the Cherokee 140 has only a 150HP Lycoming O-320 the amount of weight that you can get into the air with you is limited. The standard amount of fuel is considered 36 gallons which weighs 216 pounds, with full tanks one is carrying 50 gallons which weighs 300 pounds.

    With the Cherokee one uses first one tank and then the other. We know what the normal fuel burn is for a given power setting and we keep a log with the time spent using each tank. As fuel is used out of each tank that wing becomes lighter and it is necessary to use more and more rudder trim to keep plane flying straight hands off. This makes it easy to remember which tank is getting lower on fuel.

    Unlike RV-6s Cherokee 140s do not ever leap into the air. Depending on the temperature and altitude the plane may perform “well” with full tanks. If it is hot and the plane it as at a high altitude it may not perform very well even with very little fuel in the tanks.

  • How Hard Can It Be? Homemade Rocket. Season 1, Episode 3

    04/05/2015 7:33:24 PM PDT · 8 of 8
    fireman15 to WhiskeyX

    As Gilda Radner playing Emily Latela on SNL years ago said, “Never Mind.”

  • How Hard Can It Be? Homemade Rocket. Season 1, Episode 3

    04/05/2015 8:38:11 AM PDT · 5 of 8
    fireman15 to fireman15

    Sorry about the double post... I am having a little difficulty this morning.

  • How Hard Can It Be? Homemade Rocket. Season 1, Episode 3

    04/05/2015 8:37:20 AM PDT · 4 of 8
    fireman15 to Zathras

    The real experts on making cheap rockets out of easily available materials are living in Gaza. They have been firing many thousands of homemade rocket into Israel for years now and causing major disruptions for civilians who have to take shelter and also major expense for the Israeli defense.

    Since they have had a lot more experience, Palestinian terrorist appear to be more advanced than these guys. They get most of their funding and technical support from the leading sponsor of this type of activity, Iran. By lifting the sanctions with the proposed “nuclear treaty” there is no doubt that this type of technology will receive a big boost in funding. They have been working on homemade rockets that can accurately deliver a 200 pound warhead over 60 miles into the hear of Tel Aviv.

    I guess that the goal of this group is to launch more space debris into orbit. Even though I found the video to be a professional production and entertaining... I personally would be leery of posting a YouTube videos with specifics about ideas and construction techniques that might be useful to Middle Eastern terrorists

    More specifically, Hamas uses rocket motors mostly made out of sugar and fertilizer which is cheaper and less complicated than what these guys came up with, but with a few modifications their design might have some applications that could put thousands of people at greater risk than they already are. Am I worrying needlessly about a kind of goofy video?

  • How Hard Can It Be? Homemade Rocket. Season 1, Episode 3

    04/05/2015 8:33:45 AM PDT · 3 of 8
    fireman15 to Zathras

    The real experts on making cheap rockets out of easily available materials are living in Gaza. They have been firing many thousands of homemade rocket into Israel for years now and causing major disruptions for civilians who have to take shelter and also major expense for the Israeli defense.

    Since they have had a lot more experience, Palestinian terrorist appear to be more advanced than these guys. They get most of their funding and technical support from the leading sponsor of this type of activity, Iran. By lifting the sanctions with the proposed “nuclear treaty” there is no doubt that this type of technology will receive a big boost in funding. They have been working on homemade rockets that can accurately deliver a 200 pound warhead over 60 miles into the hear of Tel Aviv.

    I guess that the goal of this group is to launch more space debris into orbit. Even though I found the video to be a professional production and entertaining... but I personally would be leery of posting specifics and how-to videos about ideas that might be useful to Middle Eastern terrorists on YouTube.

    Specifically, Hamas uses rocket motors mostly made out of sugar and fertilizer which is cheaper and less complicated than what these guys came up with, but with a few modifications their design might have some applications that could put thousands of people at greater risk than they already are. Am I worrying needlessly about a kind of goofy video?

  • A revolt is growing as more people refuse to pay back student loans

    04/02/2015 10:21:47 AM PDT · 15 of 94
    fireman15 to SeekAndFind

    The student loan fiasco has made it possible for educational systems to raise their prices at two or three times the inflation rate for decades to overpay liberal professors to indoctrinate our youth. It is time for our entire educational system to have massive reforms, to include especially putting a bunch of tenured commies out on the streets. And no I am sorry, if you got student “loans” and used them to party for four years so you could get handed a worthless degree that isn’t worth the paper it is printed on... that is your problem.

  • Why Are Jews Liberal?

    04/02/2015 8:14:37 AM PDT · 14 of 58
    fireman15 to SeekAndFind

    We have some Jewish friends whose daughter and grandchild lives in Israel. They are conservatives. My Jewish friend since second grade who I still see frequently is a liberal. We didn’t start arguing about politics until the 3rd grade.

  • RadioShack co-branding of stores with Sprint wins court approval

    04/01/2015 8:45:48 PM PDT · 26 of 28
    fireman15 to Myrddin

    You are much more advance than I am. My favorite author as a child was Alfred P. Morgan. In addition to his books he was considered a pioneer in radio and electronics. He wrote a many science and technology books for boys. He was actually born in 1889 and died in 1972 so he wasn’t really around for the “digital age”. It seems like many guys I know who are into “ham” radio also loved Mr. Morgan’s books.

  • RadioShack co-branding of stores with Sprint wins court approval

    04/01/2015 12:28:02 PM PDT · 19 of 28
    fireman15 to Myrddin

    It is strange that with all of the electronics that we are now inundated with that fewer and fewer people seem to have a clue how to do anything with the hardware. I do have a couple of eprom programmers and various other equipment and tools, but I have to admit that all that I have ever done is repair stuff and build projects from kits and plans.

    I am hoping my next project will be a CNC conversion on a small milling machine. I have a book with plans for building one up from scratch, but will probably get a kit to convert one of the X3 type mills Harbor Freight or Grizzly sells for a few hundred dollars. I always have admired people as creative as it sounds like you are.

  • RadioShack co-branding of stores with Sprint wins court approval

    04/01/2015 8:55:03 AM PDT · 11 of 28
    fireman15 to Myrddin
    I'm reduced to DigiKey, Mouser, Sparkfun, Adafruit and Element14 using online ordering for parts. The days of making a field visit for an electronics repair and having basic parts on hand at a local RS store are over.

    Thanks for the post! I haven't ordered anything from Sarkfun, Adafruit or Element14. I have been looking over their websites in the last few minutes.

  • RadioShack co-branding of stores with Sprint wins court approval

    04/01/2015 8:42:22 AM PDT · 10 of 28
    fireman15 to mac_truck
    “Founded in 1921, the chain was a go-to retailer for electronics before becoming increasingly irrelevant in the digital age.”

    I have depended on Radio Shack for decades when I have needed a specialty component to help repair electronic devices. I can't tell you how many times in my youth when I was able to get a stereo or TV working again after a quick trip to Radio Shack.

    I do miss the days when one could find a project in an electronics magazine, run down to Radio Shack and pick everything that was needed for a reasonable price. Radio Shack also used to have a large selection of paperbacks with electronics projects for which they generally had all of the parts.

    But everything has changed. Part of the problem for Radio Shack is that modern electronics have become less and less repairable. It used to be when something went pop and a little puff of smoke came out of the back of your radio... you could take the case off, sniff around a little, identify the burned parts, trouble shoot the circuit, remove the bad parts, solder in the new parts and you were back in business.

    These days a lot of the time you have surface mounted specialty IC chips doing most of the work in tiny devices... they are hard to troubleshoot, hard to find and hard to remove and reinstall. Additionally, the value of modern electronic items drop very quickly so that by the time they break they are often not worth messing around with.

    Radio Shack has had a smaller and smaller variety of parts in stock. And of course even if there was a market there is no way that they could stock specialty IC’s for things like phones and tablets. If you have to wait for parts to come in, other component suppliers such as www.digikey.com, www.jameco.com and sellers on eBay and amazon have had far better selection, much cheaper prices and more reliable shipping times.

    Radio Shack has been facing very challenging times. I hope that they can continue finding niche markets and survive. I still like visiting the stores. There are generally interesting people working at the stores and they usually have a fun selection of items.

  • What's Happening on College Campuses?

    03/31/2015 10:24:27 AM PDT · 9 of 12
    fireman15 to Kaslin

    There is also no dissent allowed on the “settled science” of global warming. Our nieces are visiting from California and are completely shocked that I would question what they have been taught about global warming.

  • Boy Got a Haircut Like His Military Step-Brother, School Suspended Him

    03/31/2015 8:23:43 AM PDT · 134 of 138
    fireman15 to Shimmer1

    Congratulations on your new grandson! Thank you for the poem also. My wife comes from a line of military wives. I hope that you won’t mind if we share it with others. We have frequent contact with Family Readiness Groups.

    Reading over my posts to you... I would have been offended to. Sometimes I peck out things without considering other people’s feelings and I am sorry.

    Good luck with your medical business today. There is not a lot that I dislike more than going to the doctor. I actually almost died from not getting a ruptured appendix treated until a week after it had ruptured and I had developed an infection. My wife told me that if I didn’t go to the hospital she was going to kill me herself.

  • Boy Got a Haircut Like His Military Step-Brother, School Suspended Him

    03/30/2015 8:50:42 PM PDT · 130 of 138
    fireman15 to Shimmer1

    Thank you for the nice message. I hope that your grandson is going to be OK. Good luck with your medical procedures. I am sorry that my messages sounded condescending. I am pretty sure that our views on nearly everything are very close.

  • Lt. Col. Robert Hite has died at 95- one of the Dolittle Raiders

    03/30/2015 12:58:18 PM PDT · 30 of 35
    fireman15 to SueRae

    I am going to check with the group and see if I can’t get permission to post the video I took of Ed Saylor’s presentation. They were and are an amazing bunch of guys the likes of which there is not much of a chance we will ever see again.

  • Lt. Col. Robert Hite has died at 95- one of the Dolittle Raiders

    03/30/2015 10:46:55 AM PDT · 14 of 35
    fireman15 to Borges

    I forgot to mention that when we were talking to Ed Saylor in November, he mentioned that Col. Hite was in poor health. We were very surprised that Ed passed away in January because he indicated to us that he was doing pretty well, although his good friend Phil he brought him, told us that he had been under the weather.

  • Lt. Col. Robert Hite has died at 95- one of the Dolittle Raiders

    03/30/2015 10:40:35 AM PDT · 12 of 35
    fireman15 to Borges

    We are down to just two then, Lt. Col. Richard Cole, and Staff Sgt. David Thatcher. We live just a few miles from where another Doolittle Raider, Lt. Col Ed Saylor lived. He died in January at the age of 94. We saw him last at the South Sound Ronald Reagan Republican Club meeting on November 11, 2014. At that time he was still walking without a cane and able to carry on a great conversation.

    In June of 2013 I took video of a presentation Lt. Col Ed Saylor gave at the “Heritage Dinner” held at the Officer’s Club on McChord AFB at JBLM. He was still a very good speaker and gave us a wonderful talk.

  • Boy Got a Haircut Like His Military Step-Brother, School Suspended Him

    03/30/2015 10:14:54 AM PDT · 128 of 138
    fireman15 to Shimmer1

    You are correct that a few words here typically are poor indicators of how any of us are inside.

    When I was growing up, my mom and dad both worked but we didn’t have much money. I was given no choice about my haircuts, when my parents decided it had gotten too long they dropped me off at the “barber school”. The directions from my dad to the student barbers were very simple; “cut it short” so we wouldn’t have to come back for a long time, and “do it fast” so I won’t have to wait when I get back from my other errands. As long as what I wanted fit these two requirements everyone was happy. Strangely all of my haircuts looked about the same no matter what I thought that I wanted. But, within a few minutes after the deed was done I went back to not caring about what my hair looked like.

    I like many others here have both children and grandchildren. Growing up each occasionally perceived even trivial matters to be “soul crushing” injustices. But despite this we all continued to love each other and none seem to have any debilitating psychological scars from not always getting what they wanted. I am pretty sure that in the long run little Adam won’t be traumatized very much by the decision of his mean and nasty principal.

  • Boy Got a Haircut Like His Military Step-Brother, School Suspended Him

    03/29/2015 5:16:49 PM PDT · 123 of 138
    fireman15 to Shimmer1

    We thank you for your husband’s service and for your support of him. I am sorry if I misunderstood that your comments which were addressed to me were actually meant for someone else.

    I mentioned the volunteer work that we do to indicate where we are coming from, not to try and get some type of praise or admiration from you or anyone else here. Recognition from high command is not given to people who have made only casual commitments to the type of work that we do. Your dismissive comments, “(rolling eyes)”, “la-ti-da” and trying to somehow make us feel bad, indicates to us only the type of person that you seem to be inside. We are the type of people who spend a major part of our time getting out and doing for others. I don’t really consider that something that should be made fun of; even if we do have disagreements here.

  • Boy Got a Haircut Like His Military Step-Brother, School Suspended Him

    03/29/2015 8:35:25 AM PDT · 120 of 138
    fireman15 to Shimmer1
    The policy probably wasn’t against the military, but this decision was. So this was a distraction against the “real issues” What is or are the real issues then, in this case??

    Wake up! There are no “real issue” in this case. Even if the school was making all of the boys wear exactly the same haircut and cute little suits it would still not be “soul crushing”.

    I doubt whether there are any people here who are bigger supporters of military personnel than my wife and I. She was recently presented with an award for her work honoring and supporting military personnel by Maj. Gen. Thomas R. Tempel Jr., and Command Sgt. Maj. Marshall L. Huffman who are currently the Western Regional Medical Corps Command Team... this is basically everything west of the Mississippi including Alaska and Hawaii. We spend a large percentage of our time honoring and helping military personnel.

    The article was written in a way that makes it appear that the principal was taking some kind of anti-military stance by enforcing the district's policy against “extreme” haircuts. Similar dress code policies can be found at schools in other conservative communities that are supportive of the military. My wife and I both initially got worked up when we read the article.

    After taking the time to find other articles written about the situation we realized that we were most definitely manipulated by the author of this piece. The first clue should have been the byline, “Why is it okay for public school officials to place totally unnecessary, soul-crushing restrictions on students?” When was the last time you heard a dress code described as “soul crushing”?

    If continuing to make a mountain out of a mole hill helps make you and nearly everyone else here feel like they are supporting the military without actually doing anything... then go ahead and keep it up. Have you all forgotten that the military itself has the same kind of “soul crushing” dress codes for most personnel; they also have weight restrictions that a large percentage of civilians do not meet. My wife used to teach “fat boy” exercise and nutrition classes on base to help keep people from getting discharged. Maybe everyone here should be protesting that as well? This boys mother is not doing him any favors by making the kid feel like he is being victimized by the school. My wife's dad who was a combat veteran of WWII and Korea, and a drill sergeant during Vietnam would be laughing his butt off over this. The article was written to be inflammatory. It is a little shocking to me how easily we can be manipulated and worked up over a non-event such as this.

  • Boy Got a Haircut Like His Military Step-Brother, School Suspended Him

    03/28/2015 11:15:05 AM PDT · 90 of 138
    fireman15 to Norseman

    The entire middle east is basically imploding. Obama is putting the final touches on a treaty that will allow Iran to develop nuclear weapons. Republicans have mostly reneged on their promises to repeal Obamacare. In thirty years the national debt has gone from 1 trillion to over 14 trillion dollars, doubling in just the time Obama has been in office. And we are wasting our time worrying about whether kids at an elementary school in a conservative part of Tennessee should be allowed to come to school with goofy looking haircuts? I think that the lack of common sense is spread far and wide.

  • Boy Got a Haircut Like His Military Step-Brother, School Suspended Him

    03/28/2015 8:48:33 AM PDT · 52 of 138
    fireman15 to Salman

    This article is nothing but an inflammatory distraction from real issues. The school has a policy against “Mohawks” or “extreme haircuts” which is probably going to be rethought now. It was never meant to be a slight against the military. The worship director at our church has a Mohawk type of haircut which I personally find to be distracting, but he seems to think that it helps him look “cool” and attract more youth participation.

  • WHO Beat Up Harry Reid?

    03/28/2015 8:17:31 AM PDT · 59 of 141
    fireman15 to PJ-Comix

    It couldn’t have happened to a nicer guy.

  • The Tip of the Climate Spending Iceberg

    03/28/2015 8:14:07 AM PDT · 2 of 13
    fireman15 to Kaslin

    Another example of truth being stranger than fiction.

  • Asians beware - Top marks largely go to Asians. Bill de Blasio wants to change the exams

    03/27/2015 6:03:52 PM PDT · 181 of 184
    fireman15 to Democrat_media
    we are not geniuses you and i are not special anyone can do that if they set their mind to it. and the limiting factor is time. but if you decide to put the time and effort to it then you (anyone can accomplish anything.

    That is a good credo to live by. But it is fairly obvious that you haven't had any kids and that you have not spent much if any time trying to teach others any type of technical skill. Everyone is not capable of learning everything. We most definitely are not all created with the same abilities.

    I have always had a very good aptitude for problem solving, technical skills and reading. My parents realized early that I was very adventurous and learned very quickly. When I was given standardized tests in grade school and beyond I almost always scored in the top one or two percent in nearly every subject. It had nothing to do with the amount of time I put in... I actually have an ADHD type of personality and have a very difficult time sticking with any subject that I am not currently obsessed with.

    My youngest grandchild is 4 years old. He was talking in full sentences and already reading when he was 3 and now easily outperforms his sister who is 6 in nearly every cerebral activity. He was given an Android Tablet that was designed for kids when he was 3 and quickly mastered every educational program on it. I assume that is how he picked up reading and has learned so many words. No one set out to teach him reading and he hasn't put in any real time or effort, other than fooling with the little tablet that. He is curious about everything, very observant and constantly asking questions. His conversational abilities are phenomenal for a four year old. He argues better than many adults that I know. He got really angry when I laughed at him and asked our daughter if he was training to be some type of circus act. I spent the rest of the evening trying to make it up to him.

    I like to play the piano and guitar. I have spent a lot of time trying to pick up sight reading with sheet music on the piano. I do not have good aptitude for that, but my nephew who has never been considered extremely bright by anyone was sight reading when he was very young, and is now a skilled musician. We all have been blessed with varying abilities... we do not all learn the same... and there are some areas that each of us will never master no matter how much time or effort we put in. I am very sorry that is just the way that it works.

  • Harry Reid Says He Won’t Seek Re-Election

    03/27/2015 9:17:42 AM PDT · 127 of 180
    fireman15 to kingattax

    Hey Harry, DON’T LET THE DOOR HIT YOU IN THE BUTT ON YOUR WAY OUT!!!

  • Asians beware - Top marks largely go to Asians. Bill de Blasio wants to change the exams

    03/27/2015 9:11:58 AM PDT · 178 of 184
    fireman15 to Democrat_media
    No you are totally wrong. there is no such thing as intelligence or ability.

    Anyone can become an expert at anything through hard work, hours of daily practice at it, research, persistence,

    You do have a very interesting point of view. It is not that I haven't heard it before. I watched the movie “My Fair Lady” after all. I am not trying to ridicule you in any way, but your belief is more of a philosophy for living. If your belief system gives you self-confidence and causes you to attempt to accomplish things that others would not then that is probably a good thing in most cases.

    I actually live by a similar credo; and in general don't believe there is anything that I could not accomplish if only I had enough time.

    But I have experienced something that it would seem that you obviously have not. I have actually worked as a tutor and instructor. I also have spent a lot of time working with the public. I can tell you from hard, long and sometimes frustrating personal experience that aptitudes and intelligence vary greatly among individuals. Insisting otherwise is completely unrealistic.

    Many years ago I had a work study job at a community college tutoring people who had learning disabilities. It quickly became apparent that not only do people have different aptitudes, but people do not even think in the same way. There can be very dramatic differences in the way that people's minds work.

    Since the 1980s I also have spent a lot of time teaching people how to use computers. This has also been quite eye opening. I would challenge you to “put your money where your mouth is” and volunteer or start working somewhere trying to tutor or teach. Most likely it would not take very long for you to modify your personal philosophy. People's aptitudes vary greatly. Some people are very good at certain things, but will never be able to perform well in other areas.

    You are the one who has been brainwashed by the liberal media and philosophy. Conservatives generally believe in equal opportunity; many liberals believe that everyone is equal which seems to be what you are saying. Liberals then say that if there should then be equal distribution of people in every facet and level of basically everything, and if there is not then quotas need to be imposed. Is that what you believe?

  • GERMAN NEWS REPORT: Co-Pilot of Germanwings Airbus Was MUSLIM CONVERT …’Hero of Islamic State’?

    03/26/2015 8:15:53 PM PDT · 5 of 309
    fireman15 to Hojczyk

    If this turns out to be true... this was my first suspicion about the motive for this tragedy. Of course I would suspect that the media and governments will try and cover it up. As Obama says, “Islam is the religion of peace.”