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Posts by fireman15

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

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

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

  • Trump allies worry that losing the House means impeachment

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

    Sorry forgot the Sarcasm tag on my second sentence.

  • Trump allies worry that losing the House means impeachment

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  • Whataburger worker fired for refusing to serve police officers

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

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

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

    10/14/2017 4:09:12 PM PDT · 47 of 64
    fireman15 to Safetgiver

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  • Nearly 4 in 10 U.S. Adults Now Obese (Update)

    10/13/2017 11:27:36 PM PDT · 31 of 61
    fireman15 to Disambiguator
    Have your hubby read this book.

    I love bacon, but I think that a “balanced” or well rounded diet along with a good amount of physical activity is very important.

    Which brings up a question... what is the best thing to do with left over bacon grease. I pour it into cans that I have cut the tops off of. You can stick a small piece of rolled up paper towel in them and they make a good smelling, slightly hard to light candle. I keep them in the fridge. But is there something better to do with left over bacon grease? Because if you fry up a few pounds you end up with more bacon candles than you need.

  • Nearly 4 in 10 U.S. Adults Now Obese (Update)

    10/13/2017 11:00:35 PM PDT · 27 of 61
    fireman15 to Yardstick
    So true. The BMI is a simple metric for tracking general trends in body composition of populations over time. It is a statistical tool. It was never intended to say anything about individuals.

    You can thank insurance companies for popularizing this over-simplified statistical tool. Any excuse to raise an individuals rates.

    But as a statistical tool it is probably being applied correctly in this study. We are becoming a nation of fat bodies who can't do anything. I would guess that far more than half people collecting disabilities can have their difficulties directly traced to their weight.

    Nearly everyone I have seen at supermarkets lately wheeling around in motorized carts are morbidly obese with only about 5% of the people missing a leg or something or in their 90s and beyond who are not fat. The same applies to those using 95% of the handicapped spots.

  • Latest iOS Update Shows Apple Can Use Software to Break Phones Repaired by Independent Shops

    10/13/2017 10:31:25 PM PDT · 25 of 68
    fireman15 to Trumpet 1; Swordmaker
    So, for my next smart phone, should I get a galaxcy note 8 or what?!

    Hell if I know. You will have to pick your own poison. I have had Samsung Motorola, and HTC... are they crooked? They all seemed like a better value than Apple.

    What happened to our resident Apple booster, Swordmaker? I guess I will put out the signal for him.

  • Latest iOS Update Shows Apple Can Use Software to Break Phones Repaired by Independent Shops

    10/13/2017 7:49:17 PM PDT · 9 of 68
    fireman15 to markomalley

    Apple may be one or two steps behind when it comes to rebranding the technological innovations that others have come up with... but they most definitely are a corporate innovator. They are always pushing the limits of what a corporation can get away with.

    Evading taxes, hiding profits off shore, frivolous lawsuits suing others for making phones that are rectangular with rounded corners, etc... etc... they are close to the leading edge on these types of areas, but this is certainly a shining example that demonstrates that they don’t steal every idea from other corporations. Congratulations Apple, screwing people who have purchased your products with OS updates... I thought that Microsoft was the leader in this type of behavior, but targeting devices repaired by “unauthorized repair centers” that are not paying Apple extortion fees... It is a brilliant twist!!! I hope that Apples army of lawyers will sue other corporations who try to copy this innovation.

  • Activist may burn 'Nazi-Confederate' flag at NASCAR race in Talladega

    10/13/2017 3:07:26 PM PDT · 74 of 86
    fireman15 to jmacusa

    You can thank Dinesh D’Souza.

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

    10/13/2017 2:30:16 PM PDT · 15 of 39
    fireman15 to Hot Tabasco
    What were your best road races and when?

    I was very active in the mid to late 1970s from my mid to late teens then circumstances forced me to get a real job. The races were mostly regional, along with district and national championship races. I can't remember the names of many of the races I won and I doubt whether you would be familiar with them. We traveled to Canada frequently because at that time bicycle racing was more popular in British Columbia than in the Northwest.

    I still have a giant pottery cup that I won from a criterium and road race that was held on our side of the border which was being used by the Canadians to pick out their Worlds Team. I was the District Road Champion here in Washington and went to Colorado Springs to the Olympic Training Center to try out for our Worlds Team.

    The week before the Nationals I took 3rd in a Road Race on the same course only in the opposite direction. Greg LeMonde was the only nationally ranked competitor who did not participate. Greg was one of the most amazing persons I ever met. I was ranked 9th in National Prestige Race points that year despite having a very limited ability to participate in distant races.

    I met a lot of super great and talented guys traveling and racing back then. I have always enjoyed watching the TDF but it feels like something is missing these days. And all this scandal from Lance and doping has been very disturbing to me. To me it felt like there was a lot more honor and camaraderie back then. There were those who got a lot more support and opportunities because of their families or circumstances.

    When I was in Colorado especially I saw the seeds of doping and its acceptance by coaching staff even though it was before effective techniques. The USCF hired Edward ‘Eddie B’ Borysewicz who escaped from Poland as their head coach. The Poles at that time were “pioneers” in “performance enhancement techniques”. I could go into much further detail, but I have already gone on too long.

    I firmly believe that the seeds of the problems with Lance and doping and the attitudes that contributed were planted during the time that I was racing. It was one of the reasons that I became somewhat disillusioned with the sport even before circumstances forced me to give up my rigorous training schedule.

  • Spain Didn’t Commit Any Genocide in America: What It Did Was to End One

    10/13/2017 12:41:52 PM PDT · 8 of 51
    fireman15 to NKP_Vet
    One of the historical myths that some repeat with more insistence, especially the far-left, is the alleged existence of a “genocide” perpetrated by Spain in America. Nothing could be further from the truth.

    If as Winston Churchill once said, “History is written by the victors.”, then we are in trouble. The left through the press and Hollywood has been writing and distorting the history accepted as truth by most since the beginning of the cold war.

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

    10/13/2017 12:27:33 PM PDT · 4 of 39
    fireman15 to bgill
    The child star said his girlfriend Paige also helps his memory by keeping a daily journal of their activities for him to look at.

    Spending a few minutes each day documenting what you actually did would be incredibly helpful for many of us. Unfortunately, I suffered many concussions when I was younger also, first from growing up riding and being thrown from horses and being kicked in the head... later from crashes during training rides totaling approximately 10,000 miles a year during my youth when I was a nationally ranked bicycle racer. I too have difficulty remembering some periods during my youth. Fortunately, I have friends and family who do remember... I hope accurately.

  • The Finance 202: McCain could give the same thumbs-down to a tax overhaul as he did to health care

    10/13/2017 10:05:13 AM PDT · 19 of 24
    fireman15 to Signalman
    President Trump is probably telling close advisers, “I wish I HAD called that SOB a hero.”

    Like it would make any difference. Old songbird McCain didn't have any real loyalty to his fellow naval officers, wife, POWs, or country, during or after the Vietnam war. He was bad news from day one.

  • No Documents in Obama Library? No Mystery There.

    10/13/2017 9:47:40 AM PDT · 68 of 79
    fireman15 to Kaslin

    “Mr. Obama’s writing ability could make his memoir not only profitable in its first years but perhaps for decades to come,”

    Obama has average intelligence with no notable aptitude for writing. His books were all ghost written by people more clever than he is. He was propped up because he does have exceptional teleprompter reading skills.

  • Congress warned that NoKo EMP attack could kill 90% of Americans

    10/13/2017 9:22:08 AM PDT · 55 of 131
    fireman15 to DannyTN

    Obama weaponized our intelligence community against conservatives instead of concentrating on threats from foreign enemies... They took their eyes off the ball and are still unable to give accurate assessments of the actual threats caused by hostile foreign governments.

    The problems caused by EMP theoretically are as devastating as this article postulates. It is possible that many electronic devices could be damaged across a fairly large area in addition to damage to the electric grid. Obviously, this could create huge problems for our communications infrastructure. Our fuel production and distribution infrastructure could also be affected or even crippled.

    Surprisingly, the electronics in most vehicles even those made in the last 20 to 40 years probably would survive or be repairable once replacement parts became available. But it is very likely that there would be widespread shortages of fuel. So the prices of bicycles and skateboards would probably go through the roof.

  • California permanently eliminates high school exit exam requirement

    10/13/2017 8:34:38 AM PDT · 57 of 57
    fireman15 to ReagansShinyHair
    Homeschooling was the best educational decision I ever made for my children.

    We have known lots of kids who have been home schooled and that is a great option for a lot of great kids. Thanks for your work.