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  • Bats lured to deaths at wind farms ‘because they think turbines are trees’

    09/29/2014 10:42:05 PM PDT · 21 of 44
    fireman15 to familyop

    “Utility transmission and distribution lines, the backbone of our electrical power system, are responsible for 130 to 174 million bird deaths a year in the U.S”

    If this were true... how come I have never seen a dead bird near a utility pole in my entire life? The left will make up anything to protect the most hair brained “renewable” bird and bat killing waste of money ever devised by man.

  • White House fence-jumper made it far deeper into building than previously known

    09/29/2014 6:24:34 PM PDT · 20 of 27
    fireman15 to Usagi_yo

    I never have understood why they killed the woman in the car. Trigger happy after the exciting pursuit I suppose.

    I can think of two explanations for the latest incident. Simple incompetence... is generally the most likely explanation for any situation involving any government agency or the military. I say that as someone who spent 25 years working for a local government in a fire department.

    The less likely explanation is that the guys who are protecting Obama are as sick of him as the rest of us and have less commitment to their mission than one would normally expect. It is rather shocking that a guy who has gone looney tunes could infiltrate so far into a secure area in the Whitehouse. Kim Jong-un, Putin, Ali Khamenei, Bashar al-Assad, the leaders of Isil and all of the USA’s other greatest enemies all perceive Obama as the weakest president in the history of the USA. So I doubt whether Obama is under any increased danger because of this incident.

  • Letter: Trayvon Martin had the right to self-defense against racist attack

    09/24/2014 8:27:18 PM PDT · 6 of 40
    fireman15 to 2ndDivisionVet

    George Zimmerman yelled obscenities at himself, broke his own nose by hitting himself in the face. Then he collapsed on the sidewalk and was banging the back of his head over and over against the concrete. Good citizen Trayvon Martin came along and tried to keep Martin from hurting himself. Martin did this despite being impaired with a concoction known as “lean” that he was taking for a persistent cough.

  • Theater shooting victim's parents sue ammo seller

    09/17/2014 8:17:50 PM PDT · 5 of 44
    fireman15 to Slings and Arrows

    If sleazebag lawyers are able to start convincing a bunch of idiots in the jury pool that this is legitimate... it will mean big problems. We are aviation enthusiasts; the lawyers killed off the small airplane industry in the 1980s. They would manage to convince juries that accidents caused 100% by pilot error were related to manufacturing and design defects.

  • Black Hills customers 'mad as hell' over proposed rate increase ( Colorado )

    09/13/2014 9:25:27 AM PDT · 21 of 31
    fireman15 to Excellence
    Those bunnies, rats, and mice are going to breed like Moslems without a natural predator.

    I stopped by the Muslim information center at the Western Washington Fair yesterday and they told me that under Sharia Law that bunnies, rats, and mice either become Muslims when they are nursing... or their mothers must chew their heads off.

  • Black Hills customers 'mad as hell' over proposed rate increase ( Colorado )

    09/13/2014 8:49:30 AM PDT · 16 of 31
    fireman15 to anoldafvet
    Black Hills wants to increase utility rates by 4 percent starting next year to make up for the construction cost of a BIRD KILLING farm in Huerfano County.

    You don't seem to understand that birds that pray, like eagles, hawks, condors, and falcons are a menace to cute little rodents like bunnies, mice, and rats. Birds that pray are also illegally using the country's airspace without communicating with government paid air traffic controllers. They don't have mandatory air traffic avoidance systems installed and sometimes collide not only with other aircraft but also valuable wind and solar power generating equipment. Yes birds that pray are a menace to our society and must be eliminated.

  • The Army’s New Handgun: A Weapon for Criminals?

    09/13/2014 8:26:23 AM PDT · 16 of 68
    fireman15 to rktman
    ““A lot of the recent rise in gun sales can be attributed to gun enthusiasts – many of whom actually own multiple firearms –.....”

    Well, for once I can't be blamed for any of this... I haven't bought any more guns in the past few years. But I don't know??? I suspect that the author would consider a few dozen guns and enough lead, powder and primers to reload the brass I have a couple hundred thousand times to be excessive. I won't be inviting her over for tea any time soon.

  • Robert Richards, Marine Guilty in Taliban Desecration, Dies at 28

    08/30/2014 7:22:04 AM PDT · 12 of 52
    fireman15 to mgist

    Didn’t an Obama administration official say he accidentally fell down an elevator shaft onto some bullets? I wish they could get their stories straight... this seems suspicious to me as well.

  • Liberal failures and the real lessons of Ferguson

    08/29/2014 8:38:13 AM PDT · 5 of 5
    fireman15 to Sean_Anthony

    The lessons to be learned from Ferguson is that if you are an easily identifiable huge, arrogant, fat black thug that just strong arm robbed a convenience store with your buddy and feeling invincible... don’t walk down the middle of the street nearby calling even more attention to yourself... don’t attack a policeman and try to take his gun and cause it to go off in his car... and don’t run straight at him when he orders you to stop. That is called suicide by stupidity.

  • Democrats More Afraid of Global Warming Than ISIS

    08/29/2014 8:30:04 AM PDT · 15 of 34
    fireman15 to rktman

    *** NEWSFLASH ***

    Despite rising CO2 levels... data shows that it hasn’t gotten any warmer in nearly two decades.

  • Type 1, Type 2 Diabetes Share Underlying Mechanism

    08/20/2014 11:42:37 PM PDT · 22 of 28
    fireman15 to catnipman
    This whole article seems like nonsense to me.

    It doesn't seem to square with the “epidemic” of type 2 diabetes in this country that seems to correspond closely with the “epidemic” of obesity. Of course our “epidemic” of obesity seems to correspond with the increased popularity of super-sized fast food, candy and corn syrup based soft drinks.

    Around the time that I turned 50 I realized that my gastric system was starting to rebel against the staples in my diet such as 64oz Double Big Gulps, jumbo sized Big Bite Hot-dogs, potato chips and large quantities of candy bars. When I was younger I could gorge on these types of culinary delights day after day with no apparent ill effects. But around the time I turned 50 all those great highly refined food products, the pinnacle of modern industrial food preparation began giving me abdominal pain and diarrhea.

    I was forced to change my dietary habits, even give up my normal half gallon of milk every day which had been used to wash down all those candy bars and cookies. My gastric system forced me to start eating less candy, grease filled hot-dogs, hamburgers and sandwiches. I had to stop drinking half gallon sized big gulps filled with caffeinated corn syrup based soft drinks.

    It is crazy, but I find that I have lost weight, am sleeping better, feeling better and have more energy. Who da thunk it?

  • Trayvon, Mike Brown: What made these cases special?

    08/20/2014 10:43:29 PM PDT · 43 of 73
    fireman15 to notfornothing
    “there was the case of the guy in NYC who was strangled to death a month or so ago and that of course got some national attention, but it didn’t cause anywhere near the reaction (and riots, looting etc.) that Ferguson and the Trayvon case did”

    In the 25 years that I worked for a fire department in a city known for its crime problems I went to several people who died as a result of police actions and sometimes incompetence. There was no malice in any of the situations... the police didn't mean to kill any of them.

    A lot of people who are high on drugs or drunk or both overexert their generally overweight out of shape bodies and have some type of cardiac event. Another common problem is the choke hold; the police cut off the blood to someones brain who is struggling with them for a little too long and they don't come back. Tasers kill more people than is generally acknowledged.

    The other big one... is the police handcuff some big fat guy whose arms will barely go around his back, and then they leave him lying on his face and a few minutes later discover that he has suffocated.

    Every one of the dead people related to police activity that we tried bring back was struggling and causing a lot of trouble for the police before their untimely demise. I personally have had difficulty holding down 100 pound women with six other guys. They scream, kick, punch, bite, spit and seem to have super human strength... it is absolutely amazing. No one who hasn't struggled with a crazy person has a clue how difficult it can be to restrain a psycho without hurting them or getting hurt yourself.

    Last Christmas we responded to a drunk woman who was fighting with her neighbors. We were having difficulty calming her down so I called on the radio for police backup. I got a radio call back a few minutes later and the dispatcher said the police wanted to know why we needed them. I was just starting to think we had the situation under control, but as I started to fumble with my radio I took my eyes off her for just a second. She took the opportunity to punch me in the eye.

    By the time the police arrived we had her calmed down and the police again wanted to know why we asked for them. My eye was starting swell a little. I didn't care about having her arrested for that, but I told them I thought we would probably be back if we just turned her loose. So a police officer started politely asking her questions. It looked like maybe we were just going to leave her when all of a sudden she went berserk and attacked the police officer and bit him on the arm hard enough to break his skin. Needless to say she was difficult to restrain but she did live through the ordeal.

  • Ferguson Protesters Want Grand Jury to Deliver "Justice." Two Reasons They Might Not Get It

    08/20/2014 9:56:04 PM PDT · 21 of 41
    fireman15 to BigEdLB
    Something else- since he had an eyesocket injury... Ofc Wilson aim maybe wasn’t as good - vision impaired - hence the odd arm wounds on the decedent..

    I agree. The officer was nearly knocked senseless; his eye was probably out of commission and his firearm had just discharged in his car after a struggle.

    I always wear hearing protection when shooting at the range. But a couple of years ago; I shot a 32 caliber handgun without my muffs on. I couldn't believe how loud it was. Given that a 9mm cartridge uses over twice the amount of powder; I would think that the noise in a car would have temporarily deafened the officer as well.

    How many ways can an aggressive thug who thinks he is invincible basically demand to be shot in the head? They thought they had won the confrontation when the officer came back for more, the brute decided to try and finish the job. It is a waste... if he wasn't about 60 pounds over weight and probably a school dropout, the marines might have been able to turn the piece of excrement into a worthwhile human being. We will never know now because he threw his life away.

  • Robin Williams: Comedy and Tragedy

    08/14/2014 10:22:21 AM PDT · 12 of 17
    fireman15 to Cyman
    “He died of years of using powerful psychoactive street drugs coupled with massive amounts of alcohol and the gross brain changes that accompany those addictions.”

    I could not agree with you more! I spent 25 years working for a fire department and have responded to many suicides. Substance abuse is a major factor in the vast majority of suicides. I don't know if there are studies to confirm it, but in my experience marijuana and alcohol are by far the most common substances which are found on scene.

    If you tell an alcoholic that alcohol is ruining their life... they will generally agree with you. Marijuana users on the other hand will defend its use until their dying breath. The media makes marijuana out to be harmless and something that makes people happy. From my experience I strongly believe that there is a strong connection between marijuana use, mental illness and suicide.

    I am not buying into this “self-medicating” BS. People simply have too much spare time on their hands and instead of pursuing productive endeavors or healthy activities they waste their time smoking pot and getting drunk. Then they rely on the rest of us to take care of them.

    This is not a recipe for high self esteem... They deserve to feel bad about wasting their God given time on earth. Then there judgment impaired delusional drug abused brains don't give them the resistance to keep them from acting on their crazy impulses.

    I would speculate that Robin Williams like so many of the suicides that I have been to... probably had no intention of killing himself when he woke up to another beautiful sunny California day. I would speculate that toxicology reports would most likely confirm that he spent the entire day smoking pot behind closed doors in his bedroom. At some point he started feeling worthless for wasting his time instead of taking care of his many responsibilities and obligations. It probably didn't help that he had so many others helping to take care of his every need. At some point he had the impulse to suffocate himself as the character playing his son did in the movie World's Greatest Dad.

    Life is a fragile thing and very easy to end if one gets a crazy impulse that their drug dazed mind can't resist. So yes he was one of my favorite comedians also, however all of this hand wringing and making him out to be a victim of depression kind of makes me sick. He did it to himself from start to finish and now has left it to others to clean up the mess. God gave him his precious life... Robin Williams threw it away.

  • PG poll: Scientific consensus on climate change has not permeated the public [lefty whining]

    08/13/2014 10:40:10 AM PDT · 39 of 41
    fireman15 to molson209
    “Atmosphere of Earth 78.09% nitrogen, 20.95% oxygen, 0.93% argon, 0.039% carbon dioxide”

    You are of course leaving out the most important “greenhouse gas” which is of course not CO2 but water vapor. The theory of anthropogenic global warming is dependent on an increase of CO2 causing an increase in water vapor in the atmosphere as a positive feedback.

    The theory goes that rising CO2 levels in the atmosphere will cause a small increase in temperature. This small increase in temperature is predicted to cause more water vapor in the atmosphere which will cause a much larger increase in temperature and we will eventually have a run-a-way positive feedback which will cause all sorts of bad things to happen.

    Strangely enough despite rising CO2 levels the temperature of our planet has not increased over the past 17 years and in the same time period water vapor in the atmosphere by most measures appears to have decreased.

    Despite all of the hype only 15ppm or 3.75% of CO2 in the lower atmosphere is from the burning of fossil fuels. Only 15ppm of the 130ppm increase in CO2 or 11.5% of this increase since the beginning of the industrial revolution has been from the burning of fossil fuels.

    www.atmos-chem-phys.net/14/7273/2014/doi:10.5194/acp-14-7273-2014

    look in...Atmos. Chem. Phys., 14, 7273 - 7290, 2014

    Since the end of the little ice age the planet has been in a cyclic but general warming trend which has caused an increase in CO2 mostly from 88.5% from natural sources. As we have known from the very start from numerous studies of ice core samples... warming precedes an increase in CO2 in the atmosphere not the other way around.

    The entire theory of anthropogenic global warming is dependent on an increase in water vapor in the atmosphere. This means an increase in clouds, humidity and precipitation none of which we are currently seeing. Any actual scientific theory which had been so thoroughly debunked by the data would have been discarded ages ago. Scientific method is suppose to be a means to seek truth and greater understanding of the world around us.

  • Will climate change worsen Ebola outbreaks?

    08/05/2014 10:43:21 PM PDT · 34 of 41
    fireman15 to Citizen Zed

    Global Warming is caused by humans... approximately 110% of the warming recorded bay NASA/NOAH ground based weather stations are from “adjustments” made by leftist eco-nut humans to the raw data.

  • Visit the Wrong Website, and the FBI Could End Up in Your Computer

    08/05/2014 10:33:00 PM PDT · 7 of 59
    fireman15 to 2ndDivisionVet

    Nothing to worry about... Obama, Eric Holder and the Justice Department are protecting our interests.

  • The Grifting Wing vs. the Governing Wing

    08/04/2014 9:05:04 AM PDT · 17 of 24
    fireman15 to cripplecreek

    From Wikipedia, every leftists favorite source of info, “Steven C. “Steve” LaTourette (born July 22, 1954) is an American politician who served as the U.S. Representative for Ohio’s 19th congressional district and then Ohio’s 14th congressional district from 1995 to 2013. He is a member of the Republican Party. On July 30, 2012, it was reported that he would retire at the end of his term and not seek re-election. He subsequently co-founded a lobbying firm.[1]”

    From an article, “Susan LaTourette never moved to Washington with her husband when he was elected to the House of Representatives in the Republican sweep of 1994. Instead, she chose to stay at home, in suburban Madison, Ohio, with their children. Last October (2003), she said, she was startled to receive his telephone call to tell her “he had a girlfriend and wanted a divorce.”

    Susan LaTourette told the Hill she never really knew where her husband lived in Washington. “I think Washington corrupts people,” she said. “He was a wonderful husband and father, the best I ever saw, until he went there. I told him I was trying to get him out of the dark side — all that power and greed and people kissing up to them all the time. Now he’s one of them. All they care about is getting reelected. I hate them all.”

  • Five Myths About Impeachment

    08/04/2014 8:51:35 AM PDT · 4 of 54
    fireman15 to centurion316

    The primary value of any impeachment action by the House of Representatives would be to highlight this lawless President’s illegal actions in a public forum that would get a lot of media attention. Unfortunately, the media would make every effort to paint the current occupant of the Whitehouse as a victim hateful racial bias.

  • After Action Report Dinesh D'Souza's AMERICA at Costco

    07/30/2014 11:41:24 PM PDT · 27 of 38
    fireman15 to Baynative
    My thought was that maybe leaving the price off the book would discourage some buyers.

    The Costco stores I have been to that had them also did not have the price... just the item number. My first thought also was that they were trying to discourage value conscious Costco shoppers from purchasing the book.

  • Lance Armstrong to ride again — this time in Sturgis

    07/22/2014 11:16:40 PM PDT · 50 of 58
    fireman15 to fireman15

    I am sorry, It was two years later that my roommate at Colorado Springs won the JR Nationals. He was quite a character, but like me, I believe outside circumstances caused him to have to give up racing while he was still young.

  • Lance Armstrong to ride again — this time in Sturgis

    07/22/2014 11:09:50 PM PDT · 49 of 58
    fireman15 to Baynative
    Thank you very much for the link to the Tour de France discussion. I have been on Free Republic for a long time and hadn't noticed it before. It is good to know that there are others here that know something about what it is like to actually ride competitively.

    My wife and I still ride a tandem frequently, but I haven't entered a bicycle race for over 30 years. I retired as a firefighter six months ago and have been working on increasing my fitness level and losing pounds for the past few months. Things are starting to come together. Who knows? Maybe one day I will be light and fast enough to be competitive in my age group.

    “Jock” Boyer was one of my heroes. The Seattle area had some notable riders at that time as well. Mark Pringle who won the 1976 Nevada City Classic when he was 19... A couple years after that on a rainy winter day he exclaimed I was crazier than he was. As a young junior I had ridden 50 miles up from Tacoma in the rain and pushed the pace on an early season 40 mile club ride and then rode back home in the rain.

    My younger brother had a huge crush on Rebecca Twigg. When they were both intermediate’s (under 15), they crashed together in a drainage ditch at the side of the road in a race near Redmond. He was using some Cinelli track pedals on his road bike. You had to reach down and pull a lever to get the pedals to release. He was head down in this deep ditch. He couldn't get to the lever and the more he tried the more he slid toward the water a couple feet deep at the bottom of the ditch. Suddenly a beautiful angel came to his rescue. He was scratched up but they rode back together and he felt no pain. He couldn't stop talking about her for weeks. Unfortunately for him nothing came of it.

    There were many others... Tom Brosnowski was probably the rider who was the very nicest to me. My room mate at the Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs won the JR Nationals the following year. It was a long time ago and you probably have never heard of most of my friends, but it was a pretty close knit community.

    In those days a lot of the best races near us were in British Columbia and we used to go up there a lot. I rode with a group whose leader had on old VW Van, a crazy mustache and a pony tail that went to his butt. Incredibly, we crossed the boarder dozens of times but were never hassled even one time. None of us were pot smokers because we didn't want to screw up our lung capacity.

    Well it is fun for me to reminisce.

  • Lance Armstrong to ride again — this time in Sturgis

    07/22/2014 7:34:28 PM PDT · 30 of 58
    fireman15 to Baynative
    My personal opinion is that sports are entertainment. People pay to see fantastic performances.

    Very true!

    Decades ago I competed at the national level in bicycle racing in the USA. At that time there were no substances that seemed to give a decisive edge in road racing. People still tried and some actually died from heat stroke and other maladies after using stimulants. Large amounts of caffeine was and probably still is the most common stimulant used and is still tolerated.

    The Eastern Europeans demonstrated in international competition that hormone treatments were effective in weight lifting, swimming and many other sports such as bicycle track racing. The Eastern Europeans were the most successful original innovators in these types of “scientific” training methods.

    After the 1976 Olympics a Polish cycling coach named Eddie Borysewicz defected and was hired by the USCF (United States Cycling Federation) as its first full time coach. I was at one of the very first events presided over by Coach Borysewicz, the Jr. World's team trials held in Colorado Springs, CO in 1978.

    One had to have a specified number of points from winning or placing in bicycle races held early in the season. I was a district champion that year and highly ranked nationally. My completion in the trials included most notably, Greg LeMond.

    Like so many other endeavors by quasi-governmental organizations the Jr. Worlds Team Trials were a farce in so many ways that it would take several pages to describe it in detail. But it was an education also. The morning of the long road race the temperatures were forecast to be over 100 degrees in the afternoon. The officials decided to start it earlier than scheduled to beat the heat. Only one minor detail, no announcement was made until some of us tried to get some breakfast and were told there was no time for us to eat, and also no time to get food to take with us on the way or in the race.

    Now this wasn't an issue for those such as Lemond who had family and support with them, but for many of us it was a big problem. At that time I weighed 135 pounds and had little in the way of reserves. There was no one with me to hand up water or food, I didn't get breakfast. I was in the winning break away before I bonked out. This means my reserves ran out and my blood sugar dropped. I rode to a convenience store and bought food and pop and then rode back to the line in time to see the end of the race.

    A guy who I knew personally used stimulants came across the line fifteen minutes after the leaders. His face had white dried saliva all around his mouth and he looked bad... as he crossed the finish line he his eyes rolled back and he collapsed. He was still unconscious when the ambulance transported him to the hospital. I thought that he had died.

    That night Coach Eddie Borysewicz who was still unable to speak English yelled at our group through a translator that those of us who hadn't finished the race would never amount to anything. Most of us were just kids who were barely able to afford a plane ticket to Colorado Springs. This was a shameful slap in the face to a bunch of kids who had given their all.

    Then to top it off Coach Borysewicz held up my friend who was still in the hospital, as an example of someone who gave his all and was now one of his favorites. Of course he never amounted to anything despite his talent and willingness to use “performance enhancing drugs”.

    This was the first race in my career that I hadn't finished, and it seemed obvious to me that the organizers were more than a little to blame. They were suppose to have helped those of us who had no support staff. At the time I wondered if the coach was too stupid to realize why the guy had collapsed or if being someone who was willing to take drugs to perform was somehow considered desirable to him? It has always troubled me.

    Within a few years Greg Lemond went on to win the Tour de France three times even after nearly being killed in a hunting accident. I knew Greg to be an extraordinary sportsman and I find it hard to believe that he used performance enhancing drugs. Lance was also one of Eddie Borysewicz’s protégés.

    I believe that the coach may have brought an attitude with him from Poland that whatever was legal or wouldn't be discovered was alright if it enhanced performance. I knew many of the riders who were caught up in the “blood doping” scandal in the 1984 Olympics. It wasn't illegal at the time and they were definitely encouraged by Eddie Borysewicz and the rest of the coaching staff to do it. I think this sent a bad message to young riders such as Lance.

    At the time Lance ascended to the top... using EPO and other techniques that were truly effective were just coming into their own. The attitude was if the other guys are doing it... we are going to have to do it to only better than them. And that is what Lance did.

    My biggest problem with Lance is not that he used performance enhancing techniques and then lied about it. It is that he attacked Greg LeMond and others who I know to be honorable and attempted to ruin their lives. Lemond made the constructive criticism that Lance should distance himself from Doctor Ferrari who was known to be helping others with illegal performance enhancing drugs and techniques. Lance went on a vicious campaign which caused Greg to lose nearly everything. So it is not going to bother me if the same thing happens to Lance.

    I know a bunch of people who have been highly critical of professional cyclists. Mostly I think that it is funny because people who have never bicycle road raced at a high level simply have no concept of the actual effort involved. The closest most will ever come to it are longer distance running races, but even that is not really very comparable.

    Sorry for the very long post.

  • Tears for the Border Children

    07/16/2014 10:22:59 PM PDT · 15 of 28
    fireman15 to Oldeconomybuyer

    Something like 80% of the “children” are young men over the age of 14 and a high percentage are gang members. There are also many “children” over the age of 18 pretending to be younger.

  • Glenn Beck’s border message broadcast — en Español

    07/15/2014 9:30:32 AM PDT · 25 of 33
    fireman15 to 7thson
    which I believe he is doing out of his perverted belief of Christianity

    Beck is a Mormon.

    My impression is that he bounces around on a lot of issues in unpredictable ways. I find his radio show to be annoying... they seem to lack focus, and act stupid to pander to the lowest common denominator.

  • Suspect in Benghazi attack killed under mysterious circumstances

    07/15/2014 8:54:57 AM PDT · 12 of 14
    fireman15 to mandaladon

    Left to their own devices... Barry’s friends in Libya tend to kill each other on a regular basis.

  • What’s In A Name? Global Warming vs Climate Change

    07/07/2014 10:05:20 AM PDT · 12 of 16
    fireman15 to IamConservative
    “The models were not interpreted correctly! CO2 actually causes cooling!”

    This would be a more effective argument. Cooling is far more dangerous to humanity than warming and is better supported by the data.

  • Having a Laugh About Gluten

    07/07/2014 9:57:41 AM PDT · 158 of 206
    fireman15 to morphing libertarian

    I am sorry to have been patronizing... my intention was to point out that your belief that, “avoiding carbs is a good thing for most people no matter in what form they come” is bad nutritional advice. I am sorry that my assumption was that you picked up this belief through the media and not some other means.

  • Having a Laugh About Gluten

    07/07/2014 9:50:16 AM PDT · 157 of 206
    fireman15 to ROCKLOBSTER

    The comment that I was responding to, written by Morphing Libertarian was, “avoiding carbs is a good thing for most people no matter in what form they come.”

    Morphing Libertarian did not specify that he/she was, “talking about straight starch and sugar, not vegetables.” I am glad that you are able to recognize that, “Meats, fish, eggs and vegetables are good for you. Junk food and pop are not.” I would add that whole grains, nuts, fruits, poultry, and other types of foods and beverages can also be important to a balanced diet. I have no idea what type of nutritional advice that you have been advocating.

  • Having a Laugh About Gluten

    07/06/2014 6:14:32 PM PDT · 144 of 206
    fireman15 to morphing libertarian

    I worked as a firefighter for 25 years and in that time I saw many of my co-workers go on high protein diets to lose weight. Most of them did lose weight for a time on the diets. Many of them got sick... a few got really sick. The one thing that virtually all of them have in common is that all of them gained the weight back and them some.

    So I am sorry to have offended you, but poor nutritional advice hurts people... and telling people that as a general rule everyone should avoid carbohydrates is poor nutritional advice. It is generally accepted that from 45% to 65% of a healthy diet should come from carbohydrates.

  • Do the Math: Obamacare Won't Change the Number of Uninsured

    07/06/2014 12:18:57 PM PDT · 5 of 27
    fireman15 to PGR88
    How did this article make it on to HuffPo?

    That is the same thing that I was wondering. Is this signaling that even HuffPo is turning on our Illegal Alien and Chief? If so I think that things must be looking much worse for the Dims at the midterms than we have been led to believe.

  • Having a Laugh About Gluten

    07/06/2014 10:43:17 AM PDT · 98 of 206
    fireman15 to morphing libertarian
    avoiding carbs is a good thing for most people no matter in what form they come.

    I am very sorry, but I just can't stand by and not comment on this nonsense. You and many others here are victims of ad campaigns designed to sell “protein bars”, “muscle powder”, frozen dinners and other processed foods that have few or no “carbs”. It is a bad joke! There is nothing inherently bad about foods that contain carbohydrates. Many foods that contain carbohydrates are extremely rich in nutrients and very good for you. Many foods that have no carbohydrates are highly processed and have basically almost no nutritional value.

    There is no substitute for common sense and moderation in all things. Common sense tells us that highly processed low carb foods with highly processed added nutrients are probably not as good for you as fruits and vegetables that come from your garden that just happen to be high in "carbs". Use your brains people.

  • How Climate Change Affects Terrorism (Say What???)

    07/03/2014 12:18:44 AM PDT · 9 of 16
    fireman15 to Up Yours Marxists

    One minor point... the world hasn’t gotten any warmer in over 17 years. This is known as the “pause” by the UN’s IPCC and they can’t explain it.

  • Global warming's bad, but farming can adapt, Cargill exec says

    06/26/2014 9:57:30 AM PDT · 11 of 15
    fireman15 to wbill
    I would think that more CO2 in the atmosphere, and generally warmer temps would *help* crops....not hurt them.

    That is absolutely the case and it is completely supported by images which from space which show beyond any doubt that the earth has been getting progressively greener during the time period that satellite imagery originally become available. However the satellites also show that there has been no measurable increase in the overall temperature of the earth in nearly twenty years.

    Despite being absolutely essential to all life on earth... CO2 still makes up only 400 millionths or .00004% of the earth's atmosphere which classifies it as a trace gas. Unfortunately, the fact that western civilization can be so easily manipulated by charlatans advocating disproven crackpot theories is just another indicator that our civilization is most certainly in decline. My guess is that 40 years from now our Chinese masters will be laughing at our foolishness not unlike the following commercial about unbridled spending that you have probably seen before.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Pr3WE6iAhHg

  • Charlie Rangel’s Harlem (“God sent us Barack Obama")

    06/25/2014 9:49:21 AM PDT · 16 of 58
    fireman15 to Doomonyou
    As punishment.

    Yeah that is right. God has also sent floods, earthquakes, tornadoes, hurricanes, locusts, and unimaginable pestilence. But none has been as damaging to our economic outlook, personal freedom, or the future of our nation as Obama.

  • 15 Myths Millennials Accept as Fact

    06/21/2014 11:11:23 AM PDT · 24 of 40
    fireman15 to hoagy62
    To me, it seems like there's only a very few people left who even care how bad things are getting....and barring an utter miracle, there doesn't seem to be a way to reverse it.

    Yes it is all a matter of degree. Evil has been with us since the beginning, but the level of deceit has increased so much that the left doesn't even care any more whether their lies are exposed. When they are discovered... they just muddy the waters by making up more.

  • MOLAR CITY: Welcome To The Mexican Town Crawling With US Tourists Who Need Root Canals

    06/21/2014 9:46:17 AM PDT · 9 of 44
    fireman15 to JimSEA

    We have two sets of friends who go to Thailand for all of their planned medical and dental procedures. They have been doing it for years and swear by it.

  • The Ambitious Plan to Teach 100,000 Poor Kids to Code (Guess who's in charge of it?)

    06/20/2014 4:20:22 PM PDT · 80 of 80
    fireman15 to PieterCasparzen

    Thank you for your observations and post. I agree completely. I have always been a do-it-yourselfer. I understand why, but I think it is too bad that heathkit and radio shack basically stopped producing kits to build your own useful electronic items. I learned an awful lot from working with those kits.

    I had to drop out of college when I was 19 because my dad had purchased a large building and invested in a lumber remanufacturing business that he lost hundreds of thousands of dollars on. I began working there and observing what was going on. I went to the library and began to study how the machinery was supposed to be operated. I discovered quickly that the “experts” my father had hired were doing nothing by the book. Their sloppiness was partially responsible for their almost complete lack of productivity.

    The other major problem was that the large “squirrel cage blower” that sucked the chips and sawdust from the machines did not create enough suction and the machines were constantly having to be shut down to clear the clogs.

    I had learned enough about three phase electric motors to realize that if the two of the hot wires were reversed the motor would run in the opposite direction. I asked the “experts” what would happen if the blower was running backwards. I was told that it would blow rather than suck.

    I wasn’t sure if that was correct... so after the other employees went home I used a large ladder and removed a dozen large bolts that held the cover on the blower. When I turned it on I found that it had been running backwards for the previous four years. Needless to say I ended up working in the lumber business for the next eight years.

    When I returned to a community college I began taking mostly math and computer courses. I preferred the lab type courses mostly because I could get through them so quickly. Even back then lectures tended to put me to sleep. I did learn some useful information, but despite the college being supported mostly by the state funds... it was still far more expensive than just finding a book and studying it independently.

    I was offered a work study job in the computer lab. I ended up helping students with courses that I hadn’t taken myself but quickly picked up. It turned out that tinkering with home computers, reading books, and writing my own programs had put me at a level that was equal and in most cases more advanced than what was offered by the community college.

    My life took an unexpected turn after I did well on a civil service test and was hired by a fire department. I got married... kids and even grandkids have now come along. Working for a fire department was rewarding for the first twenty or so years and the schedule allowed me to pursue other interests such bicycling, hang gliding, ultra-light and general aviation flying.

    I believe that I still have a copy of Peter Norton and John Socha’s Assembly Language Book for the IBM PC, but didn’t apply myself after I put together an XT clone computer and was then hired by the fire department.

    I am now retired from the fire department... I can’t tell you how many boring classes I had to take during career. More times than I can remember I spent hours struggling to stay awake and came away with less information that I could have absorbed in a fraction of the time by reading a book.

    It seems like most of the innovators in the computer industry got frustrated with the system at some point and never completed their studies at an “institution of higher learning”. I have too many irons in the fire currently, but I still do have an interest in programming. Producing something useful and solving the problems that arise during the process is a creative endeavor that I find to be a rewarding challenge. I congratulate you for your success.

  • Obama Caricature Becomes Urinal Cake at Faith and Freedom Conference

    06/20/2014 12:59:05 PM PDT · 35 of 51
    fireman15 to nickcarraway

    I am not sure that I could go with a gay Muslim man staring up at me from the urinal.

  • Bee-saving effort unveiled by White House

    06/20/2014 12:51:10 PM PDT · 16 of 28
    fireman15 to Citizen Zed

    When there is an oil spill and a few dozen seagulls are killed... oil companies end up paying billions. Windmills kill 1.4 million birds and bats per year but it is completely overlooked. The 3 per cent of power in the USA generated by windmills has to be backed up with enough conventional power generation facilities to completely cover the substantial portion of the time that the wind conditions are either too strong or not enough for them to be used for power generation. The inmates are now running the asylum.

    “Even though wind power generates only 3 percent of U.S. electricity, wind turbines kill 573,000 birds each year and 888,000 bats each year, the study reported. Many of the birds and bats killed by wind turbines are endangered and protected species.”

    http://news.heartland.org/newspaper-article/2013/07/24/us-wind-turbines-kill-14-million-birds-and-bats-every-year

  • Bee-saving effort unveiled by White House

    06/20/2014 12:43:56 PM PDT · 14 of 28
    fireman15 to longfellow

    Maybe they should ban windmills which conservatively kill over 600,000 bats per year along with untold numbers of birds.

  • The Ambitious Plan to Teach 100,000 Poor Kids to Code (Guess who's in charge of it?)

    06/20/2014 11:38:42 AM PDT · 78 of 80
    fireman15 to PieterCasparzen
    Classes are not a good way to learn programming, unless you're a person who really has difficulty learning without a class.

    Bingo!!! From the article, “in the U.S., computer science is a rare bright spot of opportunity for people without a college education.”

    And why is it that classes are not a good way to learn programming? I would suggest that it is at least partially because affirmative action and government unions have hobbled the ability of our educational institutions to teach challenging subjects. With a little help from Hollywood... they do just fine at indoctrinating our children with leftist ideals and revisionist history. But in general most schools now fall flat on their face when trying to teach useful skills and critical thinking.

  • The Ambitious Plan to Teach 100,000 Poor Kids to Code (Guess who's in charge of it?)

    06/20/2014 10:29:41 AM PDT · 76 of 80
    fireman15 to rbg81
    A lot of kids confuse being a proficient computer user with programming ability. While it doesn’t hurt, they are NOT the same thing.

    You are dead-on with all of your observations. As you say... resources to learn to “code” are currently available to everyone through a vast array of online resources. Because it is hard work to create even rudimentary applications it takes a great deal of interest, motivation, aptitude and creative desire to be successful.

    This is one area where affirmative action cannot ever be of much assistance in real life. The fact that certain ethnic groups effectively do not participate in any meaningful way has little if anything to do with resources available to them.

    From the article, “In 11 states last year, not a single black student took the Computer Science Advanced Placement exam for college credit.” To me this demonstrates that dyed in the wool liberal, Ms. Stephenson's efforts as the executive director of the Computer Science Teacher’s Association have been a complete failure and waste of resources.

    I have always thought that it is funny that in so many science fiction movies and television series... they disproportionally have a black person portraying the most technically proficient person in the cast. This flies in the face of the statements made in the article by Van Jones who said that black kids have no role models in this area and, or Ms. Stephenson who said, “The haves have continued to get access and the have-nots, however you want to define that, have not.”

    It has been over 50 years since John F. Kennedy first signed Executive Order 10925 on March 6, 1961 officially starting a social experiment know as “affirmative action”. More than anything else this exercise has demonstrated that the government interfering with the free market system by advocating promotional opportunities based on race rather than merit is a complete failure. The negative effects of this folly on our country's economic development and ironically race relations are immeasurable.

    50 years later we are still burdened with people trying to explain away every statistical anomaly between the races and the sexes with racism and sexism. At what point as a society do we finally admit that the explanation for these discrepancies are something other than racism and sexism and move on?

    Helping disadvantaged people is an admirable pursuit, but we should acknowledge that trying to “turn a sows ear into a silk purse” is a waste of resources. I get so sick of these race baiters blaming every discrepancy on racism. This has gotten much worse since Obama, our first "affirmative action president" took office.

  • The Ambitious Plan to Teach 100,000 Poor Kids to Code (Guess who's in charge of it?)

    06/19/2014 11:09:54 PM PDT · 49 of 80
    fireman15 to 2ndDivisionVet

    When I returned to college in the mid 1980s, I got a “work study job” as a computer lab assistant. It came easy to me because I was an enthusiast from the time the first personal computers and programmable calculators became available.

    At that time there were many students who despite a complete lack of aptitude wanted to have a career in computer programming. Many of them tried and worked hard, but just couldn’t get it. It seemed sad to me at the time because failing left many feeling disillusioned.

    Maybe it is different now because kids grow up surrounded by electronics. Although I think that it might be worse. I grew up in a time when software was often distributed in the pages of magazines and books. One had to type the actual program out to use it. This gave one a sense of how the program actually worked and in fact that was often the point. These days I think most people are strictly consumers of computer programs and make no effort to understand the mechanics.

    I fear this program probably is a recipe for disaster and a boondoggle.

  • Clinton Net worth $0.6-$1.6 million in 1993

    06/10/2014 9:42:09 AM PDT · 30 of 32
    fireman15 to DManA

    Compare a candle to the sun.
    Compare a drop of water to the oceans.
    Compare a second to eternity.
    Compare a liar to Hillary Clinton.
    Her deceitfulness has no bounds.

  • The Ammunition Bubble: Substitute 12 guage for .22?

    06/09/2014 3:23:30 PM PDT · 33 of 45
    fireman15 to Tijeras_Slim

    OK, I thought maybe you had set up equipment like those of us who measure the performance of our reloaded cartridges. It is not that hard to measure the real world velocity of projectiles at a distance but there are additional challenges with shot.

    But like you mentioned... with projectiles that are the same shape... the smaller the object, the quicker its speed will bleed off. I haven’t looked it up recently, but I believe it is a logarithmic relationship... It reminds me of the endless debates of the merits of 7.62x39 vs 5.56 vs .308 vs. 30-06. It is always an entertaining way to get a fiery discussion going on a firearms forum.

  • The Ammunition Bubble: Substitute 12 guage for .22?

    06/09/2014 12:28:13 PM PDT · 31 of 45
    fireman15 to Tijeras_Slim
    A friend of mine used to shoot 1 ounce at 1350 fps:muzzle. I shot 1 ounce at 1180 fps: muzzle. At 40 yards the difference was only about 50 fps.

    A technical question... I was curious how you measure the velocity of the shot at 40 yards? I have a chronograph that I use to measure muzzle velocity... do you just set your chronograph behind some type of barrier and are then able to catch the shadows of pellets flying by 40 yards away? I have just never tried it and was curious how you set up to do it.

  • The Ammunition Bubble: Substitute 12 guage for .22?

    06/09/2014 11:05:36 AM PDT · 29 of 45
    fireman15 to Rannug
    Thank you. But doesn’t high brass have considerable more powder than low brass?

    No, the length of the brass doesn't have a lot of predictive value as to the amount of powder being used. I personally prefer the high brass because I reload cartridges and I think that they tend to hold up a little better.

  • The Ammunition Bubble: Substitute 12 guage for .22?

    06/09/2014 10:59:47 AM PDT · 27 of 45
    fireman15 to Rannug
    I wonder what difference the makes. All my shot shells are high brass.

    I love Iraqveteran8888's videos he covers a lot of other interesting and valuable subjects as well. We have had some correspondence on occasion. I am very glad that this “cut shell” video has been brought to my attention. It looks like something interesting to look into. The video has over 1.7 million views and a follow up video which has some clarification and cautions has nearly 300,000 views.

    I have a number of slug molds and various sized round ball molds from smaller buck up to balls that are as large as you can fit into 12 and also 20 gauge cartridges. Although I stick to mostly pistol and rifle ammunition... reloading is a source of almost endless fascination for me.

    As someone a little more than vaguely familiar with shotgun shell assembly and construction... it appears that the outer shell is being cut in the middle of the wadding assembly being careful not to cut the inner shaft of the wad. So the cut is above the powder charge and just below the shot.

    Wadding varies depending both on the type of shell you are using and the manufacturer. Birdshot is constructed far differently than buck as are different lengths and “magnum loads”. I have an assortment of wadding material.

    But back to your question... I personally would dissect whatever type of shell that I was contemplating doing this with ahead of time to see exactly where the cut should be made. Then I would verify that the shell that I was trying this with was identical in every way to the one that I had dissected. Whether the shell is “low brass” or “high brass” doesn't give any guarantee how the shell is constructed. The shell must be disassembled to find out for sure.

    There are limitations to this procedure... First after you compromise the integrity of the outer shell you obviously cannot expect them to hold up in any kind of magazine. Each will need to be placed by hand into the firing chamber no matter what type of gun you are using. Second and more seriously if there is ANY TYPE OF CHOKE OR RESTRICTION OR NARROWING at the end of your shotgun's barrel it would seem that there is a very real danger of over-pressurization and blowing up your gun. In the second video it is mentioned that the some of the shells being used have the lightest charges available.

    It might have been better if it had been mentioned in the first video that... the pointy end of the barrel of a shotgun is almost always smaller in diameter than the end closest to the operator. Shotguns are not designed for a projectile the same diameter as the shell to go through the end of the barrel.

    So I love the video. I love shooting stuff with shotguns. In the first video it is mentioned that people have been using this “procedure” for the last 90 years apparently without a lot of gun failures. I will still approach this with a great deal of caution and make sure that I am using a shell with a light charge, make sure that my gun has the widest possible choke, make sure that I am wearing some type of safety gear, and I won't be using a gun that has a lot of value to me.

  • Students Served Pet Treats At Montgomery County Grade School

    06/08/2014 8:50:54 PM PDT · 31 of 33
    fireman15 to GeronL
    a lot of bad jerky treats from China have been killing dogs

    Our youngest child is 30 our dog is treated like a baby. I would never feed her anything that I wouldn't be willing to eat myself. I haven't heard of any recent Jerky Treat problems, but we don't feed our dog jerky treats from China because of the previous problems. We make our own dog food using recipes approved by our vet. We also give her vitamins and minerals formulated for dogs.

    We were given the treats from Petco, to me they looked and tasted like stale sunshine cookies. They didn't make me sick, but I didn't think they had any nutritional value so I didn't let our dog have any of them.