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  • Physicist Stephen Hawking bewildered by Trump

    05/30/2016 7:16:22 PM PDT · 63 of 89
    fireman15 to BurgerAndFries

    I have a couple of “his” books and they are pretty good; he had a lot of help from others getting them ready for publication. Hawking is also now a global warming alarmist. His shocking appearance makes him look like his mental capacity is severely limited, but he still knows which side of the pop science toast his bread is buttered on. He has morphed into more weird looking Bill Nye the science guy at this point than respected physicist. His area of expertise is very narrow and his opinion on Trump is likely less informed than that of your garden variety leftist movie star.

  • Donald Trump and Bikers Share Affection at Rolling Thunder Rally

    05/30/2016 8:24:44 AM PDT · 35 of 57
    fireman15 to 1066AD

    I’ve read that before, but why would he do that ? You’d expect the opposite.

    McCain has a history of being difficult to get along with. I am not sure why he chose to lock heads with the POW/MIA groups and families. It does seem bizarre to say the least. But there are still a lot of hard feelings in the community even these days, which somehow doesn’t get mentioned to put Trump’s comments about him in context.

    The other thing that never seems to get mentioned was McCain’s role in a terrible fire that killed 134, seriously injured another 161 crewmen and caused $72 million dollars in damage ($511 million in todays dollars) aboard the USS Forrestal. The missile that started the fire was launched from McCain’s airplane. Many people still feel that McCain somehow screwed up, that there was a whitewash that protected the Admiral’s son and that the missile did not launch itself.

  • Donald Trump and Bikers Share Affection at Rolling Thunder Rally

    05/29/2016 9:13:44 PM PDT · 28 of 57
    fireman15 to Innovative

    The idiots at the New York Times apparently do not realize that basically anyone who has ever been involved with POW/MIA organizations cannot stand McCain. McCain did everything possible to keep what the Pentagon knew about prisoners who were left behind from public view. He also belittled those who had missing family members. Yet the article mentions repeatedly what Trump said about McCain and the authors seemed baffled that no one at the gathering seemed to care.

    http://www.vvof.org/mccain_hides.htm

  • Legally-armed citizen won't be prosecuted in fatal Mandeville shooting

    05/29/2016 8:47:08 PM PDT · 50 of 50
    fireman15 to BBell

    Thanks for telling us how it is in Louisiana. I can understand how you would perceive this situation differently than others here. I am sorry that others responded with hostility. There really is no need for that.

    Unfortunately, we live in a very liberal area. Open carry is basically allowed in Washington State, but very few people actually do it. Around here it freaks people out and is basically asking for difficulty.

    We live in an unincorporated part of the county. There are not a lot of deputies available at any one time. Historically, this has been OK, but the population has more than tripled since I was born and doubled in just the last 30 years. This is from people moving into the state from other areas, with more from California than any other state. This has caused a lot of changes, mostly bad. In a lot of places the infrastructure including police protection has not kept pace. This has created an opportunity for criminals who pray on a population that is not used to having to worry about being responsible for their own safety.

    Unlike many others here, I did not grow up with guns and never carried until my wife became concerned for her safety. I was gone for 24 hours at a time whenever I went to work and she did not feel safe, especially after the incidents that I mentioned.

    Neither of us would ever go out of our way to use our guns to try and prevent crime that was not likely to become life threatening especially if it did not involve us. That is the job of the police. We would consider using them if we found ourselves in a situation where the lives of others were being threatened and we were likely to be able make a difference. We would certainly use them to protect our own or our family’s safety.

    A few years ago a psycho started shooting up one of the malls with a semi-auto rifle and several high capacity magazines of cartridges. A good Samaritan with a handgun confronted the guy and told him to drop his weapon. The psycho shot and nearly killed the good Samaritan; he was permanently paralyzed when a rifle bullet severed his spinal column.

    My wife and I both agreed that we would never have confronted the psycho with the rifle. If a psycho with a rifle came close enough to us that we could take him out with our handguns we would do it without any warning and preferably from a position of cover.

  • Family of Driver Killed With Taliban Leader Mansour Files Case Against U.S.

    05/29/2016 6:27:36 PM PDT · 5 of 19
    fireman15 to BenLurkin

    It sounds like the guy was taxi driving in a risky location to begin with. Driving people around who cut other people’s heads off is probably not the most safe profession.

  • How will 3D printing affect the supply chain?

    05/29/2016 6:23:59 PM PDT · 50 of 55
    fireman15 to MHGinTN

    I am sure that you know what consumer quality 3D Printers are currently capable of more than I do.

    I recently purchased a used carpet cleaner at the Goodwill. I had to pay $30 with shipping for the parts I needed to get it going. It probably would have been possible to make a few of the parts with a 3D Printer, but I am not sure how much trouble it would have been and if the parts would have been durable enough to actually hold up. The originals broke and they were designed by people who knew what they were doing. There is sometimes more than just making a plastic part the same shape as the original involved in making a replacement.

  • How will 3D printing affect the supply chain?

    05/29/2016 5:57:38 PM PDT · 48 of 55
    fireman15 to RegulatorCountry

    I continue to be very interested in 3D printers and CNC Router/Milling machines. Before I got hired by a fire department I worked for 8 years in a family owned lumber remanufacturing plant as a millwright keeping a bunch of 70 year old machinery turning rough wood into finished products such as siding, paneling, flooring, etc... I was trained by some old timers and managed to pick up quite a few skills.

    Most people who have worked in a manufacturing job understand that the set-up is a critical and time consuming phase of production. People were always wanting us to run a couple thousand feet of this or that, but we really couldn’t economically do much less than a semi-truck load of anything other than cutting up wood with our rip saw or re-saw. Anything that required changing the set-up on one of our moulders wasn’t usually worth it for smaller quantities. We ran millions of feet of bevel and channel siding. That was our bread and butter.

    We did have one small moulder where the heads ran at very high speed and I only had to grind up one knife and then make a counter balance, but that was a specialty machine. Its maximum feed speed was about 30 feet per minute and we could run the bigger machines several times faster. The setup time even on that machine meant that it wasn’t worth doing anything less than at least several thousand lineal feet of lumber at a much higher price per lineal foot.

    I love the idea of using machines controlled by computers as a hobby and possibly as some type of niche small business. But when you are looking at up to several hours to make a small object out of expensive plastic filament, I am not seeing this as being much of a threat to traditional manufacturing.

  • Legally-armed citizen won't be prosecuted in fatal Mandeville shooting

    05/29/2016 9:24:17 AM PDT · 48 of 50
    fireman15 to BBell

    I have never had to use a gun to protect myself or anyone else. But my wife who at around 100 pounds is much smaller than even most women these days has been “saved” on two occasions by the presence of a handgun. Neither occasion resulted in shots being fired.

    The first time she was in her Suzuki Samurai, a jeep like vehicle. It was during the time when the Rodney King riots were taking place. We some trouble here as well.

    My wife was in a line of cars at a stop light a mile from where we grew up. Two black thugs walked up to her vehicle and started unsnapping the top and trying to get in. She was not able to get out of the line of vehicles. The man behind her had two small children in the vehicle with him, but he got our of his small pick-up using his door as cover and held his gun over the edge of the opening from his rolled down window. Then he got the two black guys attention. They ran off saying they were just having fun and didn’t want any trouble.

    The man was a soldier from down south. We have a big military base near by. My wife thanked him profusely. After that she became much more aware of her surroundings at all times and insisted that we get concealed weapons permits, join a gun club and get training and practice.

    The next time my wife was much more prepared. She was at a local mall. She had parked near where they were doing some new construction. As she walked back to her car a group of black youths started following her and making obscene remarks. She started walking faster and they started trotting to catch up with her. She had a hand gun in her holster purse. Before they could get to her, she turned around putting her hand in the compartment that was in the bottom of her purse that held the pistol so that she could draw if need be. Using her most stern mother’s voice she told them in no uncertain terms to “back off”.

    They were apparently familiar with holster purses, and the defensive firing position she took. They realized that it would probably be easier to pick on some other helpless looking victim. They took an immediate about face and ran off using a bunch of obscenities as they retreated. She did not have to draw her weapon but she had practiced at the range using her holster purse on many previous occasions. She was ready to use the pistol to make some well placed shots. She considered it a great day because she didn’t get hurt and it may have caused the young criminals who had intended to do her harm that there are people who are prepared to defend themselves.

    As long as the criminal element can victimize people with little chance of repercussion, crime will continue to increase and the efforts of the police will not be able to keep things under control. As I mentioned I worked with the police almost every time I went to work as a firefighter for 25 years. My favorite uncle is a retired police officer. I have asked police officers for advice and guidance many times. Almost all have been very supportive of responsible citizens getting training and carrying firearms for their own protection and the protection of others.

    The police cannot be everywhere and where we live 4 sheriffs deputies were gunned down and killed by a deranged black criminal who had recently moved here from Arkansas while they sat in a coffee shop.

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lakewood,_Washington_police_officer_shooting

    So there are times when the armed public needs to be watching out for police. And this is becoming more true every day. In our area we are beginning to be over run by outsiders who are hostile towards us. Where we live we can no longer just be passive and just depend on the police for our safety. I wish we could. For a while it seemed like things were getting better, but since Obama was elected things have taken a definite turn for the worse. It is very, very sad and I take now joy that it has come to this, but at this point people need to take more responsibility for their own safety and the safety of others.

  • Legally-armed citizen won't be prosecuted in fatal Mandeville shooting

    05/28/2016 4:57:32 PM PDT · 29 of 50
    fireman15 to BBell
    Maybe you like armed citizens playing cops but I don't. As to my “armed chair assessment” I have witnessed and been involved in a number of situation like this and there has never been a shooting. Just observe and let the cops handle it.

    I don't know where you live; it must be a wonderful place with lots of police and few nuts and criminals. I spent 25 years working with the police on a daily basis.

    There are many times that a good citizen with a gun has saved the life of innocent people including themselves. It has nothing to do with a good citizen “playing cop”. Where we live cops are outnumbered by hundreds if not thousands to one. We often have just a few cops covering a huge part of the county. Depending on the situation it can be hours before they show up. Thank God for good citizens who are armed and willing to protect themselves and other good citizens. They are a major deterrent to crime in our area.

    The gun club I belong to has the police range right next to it. We are behind two locked gates. The one we used is suppose to be closed after certain hours. The sheriff's department normally uses the other gate. I came in one time and locked our gate behind me. I didn't realize that the deputies were using our gate for some reason and none of them had the key to either.

    After I finished my shooting and I went to leave, I found that there were a dozen deputies lined up in their cars waiting to leave. One of them told me that I had locked literally half the deputies on duty at that time in our part of the county in the shooting range. They were trying to find some bolt cutters when I unlocked the gate for them.

  • Never mind Trump, GOP uniting under banner: 'Never Hillary'

    05/28/2016 1:42:00 PM PDT · 8 of 15
    fireman15 to marron

    Hillary and Bernie will go to the convention. Hillary will prevail. If she dropped out before the convention, Bernie would get the nomination.

    Shortly after the convention Hillary will drop out do to “health problems”. Obama will pardon Hillary for whatever wrong doing she is being investigated for. Hillary’s running mate, Biden will go to the top of the ticket. Biden will recruit Warren to be his running mate.

  • Legally-armed citizen won't be prosecuted in fatal Mandeville shooting

    05/28/2016 1:06:03 PM PDT · 5 of 50
    fireman15 to BBell

    There is stupid and then there is STUPID. But I am not sure that I understand your criticism. The intention of the shooter was just to get the guy’s license plate and wait for the police. He WAS trying to observe the situation until the police arrived. When the belligerent idiot noticed, he got out of his minivan and followed him into the store, pushing and shoving the entire time.

    To me your arm chair assessment indicates only that you probably have not been in a similar situation. Because of my former profession I have been in the path of idiots on many occasions and it is often not easy or even possible to avoid a serious confrontation.

  • Sears may sell Kenmore and Craftsman brands

    05/28/2016 12:47:26 PM PDT · 48 of 98
    fireman15 to eyedigress
    I switched over to Makita. They make everything for the BL1830 and it is all good.

    I have a Makita miter saw and it has never let me down.

  • Target market cap now down $10.5 billion in wake of boycott

    05/28/2016 11:58:45 AM PDT · 26 of 47
    fireman15 to usconservative

    Target has handled this poorly, but I doubt whether the “boycott” is actually having much effect on Target’s stock prices. Sears and Kmart are doing worse and they haven’t chimed in on this issue. The problem with making this claim is that when things turn around in the retail sector it will make it look like conservative groups are as ineffective as unions “boycotting” Wal-Mart.

  • Sears may sell Kenmore and Craftsman brands

    05/28/2016 11:45:21 AM PDT · 13 of 98
    fireman15 to JBW1949

    They used to carry quality men’s clothing and Craftsman tools had a lifetime guarantee...

    Many years ago my dad had a Craftsman framing hammer that I broke one of the claws off busting slag off a weld I had made on one of our tractors. My dad told me to take it back to Sears and they would replace it with a new one. I couldn’t believe it when they actually did it.

    Unfortunately, a week later I went to a lumber mill auction and bought a bunch of old 3 phase electrical equipment. On the way back something broke on the flatbed truck I was using and I had to get under the truck and bang on it with the hammer and hay wire it back together. When I got back I realized that I had left my shiny new hammer under the truck. I drove 50 miles back to where I had the trouble, but someone had already found the hammer.

    Craftsman doesn’t mean what it used to. I bought an impact driver from Sears a couple years ago; it was made in China. The battery would drive about three lag bolts before it was through. After two weeks it quit working altogether. I assume it was defective from the start but didn’t have time to waste making sure. I took it back and bought a Harbor Freight tool for half the price which works much better and has served me well for the past couple of years.

  • Vandals Deface Vietnam War Memorial In Venice

    05/28/2016 11:30:28 AM PDT · 7 of 69
    fireman15 to monkapotamus

    We normally set up a large display honoring veterans at a memorial park near our home starting on the Friday before Memorial Day. This year the staff felt that it was much too risky because of increased vandalism problems they have been having. They would only let us do it this year if we packed up everything each night and then set it back up in the morning. That would have meant hours of extra work each day.

    In the past we have camped out at the memorial park, but the staff felt even that was too risky. I am not sure if they felt it was too risky for us or for the vandals, since we are well armed.

  • 5 Rules Clinton Broke Using Her Secret Server

    05/28/2016 8:57:11 AM PDT · 23 of 42
    fireman15 to Don Corleone

    We can dream that they will all get what they deserve can't we?

  • In historic visit to Hiroshima, Obama calls on the world to morally evolve

    05/28/2016 8:50:10 AM PDT · 19 of 35
    fireman15 to Ancesthntr
    I am not saying that Trump should shove Obama out of Air Force One without a parachute over an ISIS stronghold in Syria or Iraq. That would be immoral. He should give Obama, Bill and Hillary parachutes and then give them the boot.

  • Bill Nye the Scientism Guy

    05/28/2016 8:31:59 AM PDT · 63 of 70
    fireman15 to Ben Ficklin

    The type of nonsense you are advocating is currently bankrupting Europe and destroying the reliability of their power grid. You want to bring it here... smart... very smart. Fortunately, there is a good chance that there will be a new sheriff in town after the next general election. He doesn’t seem to be buying into energy sources which require massive government subsidies, have been a massive failure where ever they are tried, are a huge eye sore and destroy millions of birds and bats who play important roles in the environment.

    If you live off the grid and are willing to maintain storage batteries, inverters, solar cells and windmills they can lower the amount of propane, diesel or gas that you use in your generator and might make sense... Most likely it will take many, many years to recoup your investment and it also will not pencil out unless you too are taking some type of subsidy from the government. But at least there is a chance. Government policies forcing utility companies to adopt “renewables” other than hydroelectric and possibly geothermal have all been massive boondoggles.

    I am certain that you will berate any source that I quote so I have provided several. There are literally an unlimited number to choose from which all say the same thing. Where wind and solar have been tried on a large scale by utility companies they have been a massive failure.

    http://www.forbes.com/sites/williampentland/2013/08/16/no-end-in-sight-for-spains-escalating-solar-crisis/#1397e0e9627c

    http://www.cfact.org/2013/08/13/europeans-learning-the-hard-truth-about-wind-and-solar-energy/

    http://www.usatoday.com/story/opinion/2013/06/13/america-wind-power-column/2397447/

    http://www.spiegel.de/international/germany/high-costs-and-errors-of-german-transition-to-renewable-energy-a-920288.html

    http://www.thenewamerican.com/tech/energy/item/15069-14-000-idle-wind-turbines-a-testament-to-failed-energy-policies

    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/comment/9559656/Germanys-wind-power-chaos-should-be-a-warning-to-the-UK.html

    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/debate/article-3308821/PETER-HITCHENS-Warmists-armed-windmills-REAL-threat-Britain.html

  • Bill Nye the Scientism Guy

    05/27/2016 7:46:55 PM PDT · 60 of 70
    fireman15 to Ben Ficklin
    You can quote Bryce if you want to but he doesn't have a lot a credibility, except with the deniers.

    I knew that I could count on you to start calling names when presented with facts and figures. You have gone total Alynski on us once again, but we love you anyway.

  • Bill Nye the Scientism Guy

    05/27/2016 3:11:58 PM PDT · 49 of 70
    fireman15 to Ben Ficklin
    After you have talked with him, let me know how the conversation went.

    You know that I love you, but I have no desire to talk to anyone named “Barry Parkin”.

    I am concerned about any company pandering to the left at the expense of the environment.

    “Bryce reviewed the new steps taken by that agency to “extend the length of permits for accidental eagle kills from the current five years to 30 years. The changes would allow wind-energy producers to kill or injure as many as 4,200 bald eagles every year.” He also noted that a 2013 study in the Wildlife Society Bulletin, “estimated that wind turbines killed about 888,000 bats and 573,000 birds (including 83,000 raptors) in 2012 alone.” Who knows how many birds and raptors have been killed since that year because, as Bryce pointed out, the wind industry doesn’t have to report bird kills.”

    http://www.plasticstoday.com/answer-sustainability-isn%E2%80%99t-blowing-wind/160971034224634

    Basically wind farms in the United States kill ten times more birds and bats than the Exxon Valdez oil spill did virtually every single day. "Wind Farms" are "renewable" energy only if you consider the lives of millions of birds and bats as being worth nothing. They are ugly despicable and disgusting bird and bat killing machines.

  • Bill Nye the Scientism Guy

    05/27/2016 2:33:25 PM PDT · 46 of 70
    fireman15 to SkyDancer

    You make an interesting point about the nature of energy. Hydrocarbon energy buried in the earths crust such as coal and oil are actually the buried remains mostly of plant life and algae from eons ago with some animal matter as well. The plant life and algae used energy from the sun to grow. That energy was converted to biomass and stored underground. So in a sense nearly all hydrocarbon energy is in reality solar power. Your F350 Super Duty Pick-up truck truly is a solar powered vehicle.

  • Cruz Asked If a "True Conservative" Would Support Trump; Cruz: " That's a Decision Every Voter...

    05/27/2016 2:15:39 PM PDT · 15 of 235
    fireman15 to Beautiful_Gracious_Skies

    I am hoping they will keep impressions of Cruz on Saturday Night Live. The last one was the Church Lady routine with Dana Carvey.

    https://youtu.be/4bIQL7-cW3w

  • Bill Nye the Scientism Guy

    05/27/2016 1:54:37 PM PDT · 44 of 70
    fireman15 to Ben Ficklin; SkyDancer; Kaslin
    Mars Company is shifting 100% to renewable energy in all their UK operations, because they want to stop using electricity generated by burning fossil fuel because that causes global warming.

    Ben, welcome to the party! See, SkyDancer and Kaslin I told you that he wouldn't let us down.

    Ben Ficklin, renewable energy is called firewood where I live. The only “renewable energy” source that provides electricity for utilities which makes economic sense without massive government subsidies is hydroelectric.

    Making candy bars is not actually a power intensive industry, so big whoop! If they actually wanted to make a difference they would by partnering with a tooth paste company or Jenny Craig. Instead Mars is partnering with the bird and bat exterminating wind cartel. This is a combo publicity stunt and way for them to get government subsidies and tax write offs. Candy companies are always looking for some way to improve their image. They normally take a lot of heat for causing tooth decay, obesity, diabetes and heart disease.

    In addition there is probably a little government graft taking place and maybe Bill Nye will pretend that he is eating a snickers in between carrots and celery sticks.

    You can find lists of companies who have already shifted 100% to renewables or have shifted as much as technically feasible. They all think that burning fossil fuels causes global warming.

    No very few think anything of the sort, but they do think that pandering to leftist loons might be good for their bottom line. But as I have responded to you a dozen times before... consensus even if it did exist... is not a scientific argument. I know that supposed consensus is all that you have, but I keep thinking that maybe you will at least do us the favor of citing at least something related to actual observational data one of these days. But thanks for dropping by to help keep us on our toes.

  • Google Beats Oracle on Copyright, Defeating $9 Billion Claim (Android's Java — Link Only)

    05/27/2016 10:45:45 AM PDT · 4 of 12
    fireman15 to Swordmaker

    Oracle should probably have recruited some of Apple’s attorneys and gone after Samsung instead. Smaller pockets, but those South Korean’s weren’t even able to convince a jury that a rectangle with rounded corners wasn’t an infringement. LOL

  • Superdelegates simply aren't feeling the Bern

    05/27/2016 10:34:28 AM PDT · 28 of 32
    fireman15 to Celerity

    So where does Senator Inouye fit into this?

  • Trump’s attacks on Martinez should alarm the GOP

    05/27/2016 10:31:08 AM PDT · 60 of 78
    fireman15 to Bobalu
  • Bill Nye the Scientism Guy

    05/27/2016 10:04:48 AM PDT · 17 of 70
    fireman15 to Kaslin; SkyDancer; Ben Ficklin

    Let me introduce you guys to Ben Ficklin. He is our current resident global warming true believer here on Free Republic. He will not actually argue over any relevant scientific points in the debate, but he would be more than happy to call everyone in the thread deniers and stick up for Bill Nye and Al Gore. He took chemistry classes in college and will claim some type of moral and intellectual high ground. Ben Ficklin please start some fireworks on this quiet Friday!

  • Welp… Hillary doesn’t know how to use a computer

    05/27/2016 9:50:22 AM PDT · 5 of 70
    fireman15 to pas
    If she can’t figure out these simple tasks, what qualifies her to be president.

    She is too stupid and too impatient. I wouldn't trust her to house sit and watch my dog.

  • Bill Clinton’s Personal Aide — With No Security Clearance — Operated Hillary’s Email Server

    05/27/2016 9:08:01 AM PDT · 37 of 42
    fireman15 to captmar-vell
    Joe Bidens packing his parachute,

    The indictment will likely come after the convention to avoid problems with Sanders supporters. Hillary will be removed and the VP will ascend to the top of the ticket. I suspect it will go from Clinton/Warren to Warren/Biden.

  • Trump’s attacks on Martinez should alarm the GOP

    05/27/2016 8:21:02 AM PDT · 10 of 78
    fireman15 to CedarDave

    So the gist is she is Hispanic and a woman so she is off-limits. They don’t seem to get that Trump is the Honey Badger of the political world, and the “Honey Badger don’t care”.

  • Superdelegates simply aren't feeling the Bern

    05/27/2016 7:46:35 AM PDT · 22 of 32
    fireman15 to Celerity

    So I gather you are saying that Senator Inouye gave us Obama who is responsible for destroying the Democrat Party?

  • Congress Must Censure President Obama over Hiroshima Speech

    05/27/2016 7:42:18 AM PDT · 15 of 56
    fireman15 to mandaladon

    By pissing on the flag once again, Obama is just doing his part to ensure that people remember what a bunch of pompous wieners the Democrats truly are. He is truly the worst president in our nation’s history by a factor of at least ten. Event the Japanese had to have been uncomfortable with this speech.

  • Trump's Decision To Debate Sanders In California Is His Most Genius Move Yet

    05/27/2016 7:33:44 AM PDT · 76 of 174
    fireman15 to Democrat_media
    This debate is the worst thing that could happen as a debate with Trump will only help Sanders. Sanders = socialism = the worst evil of all.

    You are of course correct that socialism/communism has been a blight on mankind. I also agree that this debate between Trump and Sanders was not Trump's idea. I appreciate your post because it appears to be another illustration that Trump when posed with an “off the cuff” challenge from Kimmel was able to react in an instant with a response which despite your valid concerns is already causing chaos on the Democrat side.

    The response by Trump does not appear to have been run past any of his “advisers”. Trump has the capability to make a risky decision in an instant. This is the type of person that we need as our president. This was a true example of “acting presidential”. Toned down and politically correct is not “acting presidential”. Making important decisions which have consequences in an instant is presidential. This is a high stakes gamble, but by the current numbers Bernie has almost no chance of actually becoming the nominee and even if he did, his chances of beating Trump in the general election are almost nil regardless of what the polls suggest.

  • Superdelegates simply aren't feeling the Bern

    05/27/2016 7:01:59 AM PDT · 15 of 32
    fireman15 to Celerity
    Inhofe created the death knell of the party. And I thank Inhofe for doing it !

    I am a big fan of Senator Inhofe, but I am not sure what you are referring to. Could you clarify?

  • Bernie Sanders Agrees to Debate Donald Trump

    05/26/2016 10:08:33 AM PDT · 77 of 117
    fireman15 to catnipman

    Trump thinks outside the box and he recognizes an opportunity when he sees it. Hillary plays a good game of checkers; Trump plays 3-D chess. I can’t wait to hear Scott Adams, the creator of Dilbert comment on this.

  • Trump on top: He reaches magic number to clinch nomination

    05/26/2016 9:43:02 AM PDT · 45 of 61
    fireman15 to Safetgiver

    You have a point there!

  • Elizabeth Warren just absolutely shredded Donald Trump

    05/26/2016 9:42:19 AM PDT · 50 of 103
    fireman15 to tflabo
    Is that Mittens under that mask and hat?

    I think that you might be on to something. Maybe the third party candidates are coming out.

  • Elizabeth Warren just absolutely shredded Donald Trump

    05/26/2016 9:27:49 AM PDT · 29 of 103
    fireman15 to KC_Conspirator

    Fauxcohontis and the Masked Uncle Joe ride into the Democrat Convention on Silver

  • Trump on top: He reaches magic number to clinch nomination

    05/26/2016 9:12:22 AM PDT · 36 of 61
    fireman15 to Safetgiver
    A hell of a lot more conservative than anything in the Senate than we have now.

    I think you might be forgetting Jeff Sessions and a few others.

  • Which Rock Star Will Historians of the Future Remember?

    05/25/2016 8:47:34 AM PDT · 81 of 244
    fireman15 to Borges

    People in their teens and twenties already can’t name even Elvis or the Beatles. My wife and I have a collection of vintage phonographs and hundreds of records and cylinders going back to the early part of the 20th century. Younger people do not even know songs from the 70s and 80s let alone the 60s, 50s, 40s, 30s and earlier.

    Every generation seems to believe that their art forms are better and more advanced than those from previous time periods. We currently have easy and inexpensive digital access to media from all eras. But for the most part younger people have little interest in music from the beginning of the “Rock” era.

    Look at the people who show up for an Eagles concert, or even the Rolling Stones. They are mostly senior citizens these days. When these groups die out interest in their music will decline even further. Historians will be able to access the music from our day, just as I can do an internet search right now and listen to Edison cylinder recordings from the turn of the 20th century within a few seconds. But who does this other than a few people such as myself who have an interest in early recordings?

    What people will remember from our glory days will be dependent on the popular media of the day. So it is difficult to predict what that will be.

  • When A Third Becomes 97 Percent: A Con That Changed the Western World(RUH ROH!)

    05/25/2016 7:21:23 AM PDT · 71 of 72
    fireman15 to Ben Ficklin
    A second example is your use of the phrase “20 year pause” indicates that you are a denier.

    Your repeated name calling associating me with those who deny that the Nazi holocaust did not occur is both sickening and ample evidence that you have no valid argument. You really are an embarrassment to yourself.

    And yes satellites data shows clearly that there has been a 20 year pause in the warming trend that has been taking place since the end of the “little ice age” which occurred n the 17th century. The “pause” has been acknowledged by both the IPCC and the even the “scientists” such as Phil Jones, former head of the CRU at the University of East Anglia who was caught up in the “Climategate scandal.

    Even more damning than the satellite data is the fact that since that time multiple efforts have been made to “adjust” ground based data to continue in the words of Michael Mann “hide the decline”. Mann is the person who came up with the now completely disproven “Hockey Stick” graph used in Al Gore's movie “An Inconvenient Truth”. A movie which was demonstrated to have so many factual errors that when it is shown in Great Britain to school children that the courts there have required that the kids also be given information pointing out the inaccuracies.

    In spite of your insistence that I prove it to you, it is not my job to do that. And the fact that you are known denier, means that even the Omniscient and Allknowing Lord God Almighty couldn't prove it to you

    I have never asked you to “prove” anything o me. You have shown repeatedly that you are incapable of even carrying on a rational discussion. All I have asked you for is any argument that you might have that would support your belief system. Which you still have not attempted even once. You just have continued your name calling and attacks but have never made any attempt at all to explain your position. Not even once.

    I challenge to go through all that you have written and find even one quote from yourself where you have attempted to explain why it is you believe that anthropogenic emissions of CO2 are the primary driver of the earths temperatures, or have even a major influence. You do not have to "prove" anything... just give us your argument, preferably minus the name calling.

    The climate has never been stable on this earth. We live near Seattle. Less than 10,000 years ago the entire region where we live was covered in ice which was thousands of feet thick. 10,000 years is but a flash in geologic time. Thank goodness we are currently living in a precious interglacial period where the climate is now warmer.

    I am not actually sure what you think that I “deny”. I believe in observational data and the conclusions that can be drawn from the data. There has not been a good correlation between rising CO2 levels and the earth's temperature as measured by satellites. There has not even been a good correlation between rising CO2 levels and ground based data that has been revised multiple times by agencies under the control of the Obama administration. So I will repeat the quote from my last post that you seem to have missed.

    “There is a saying in the world of science that if scientific facts do not support your arguments then stop shouting. It is thus a waste of time to appeal to “scientism” or to rely on popular spokespersons like Al Gore or Bill Nye to make it look otherwise.

    It will do more harm to your own self-esteem than the pretension of winning an argument by appealing to authority or popularity. Increasingly, we are seeing more and more outrageous and aggressive anti-scientific claims that anyone who is not willing to embrace the dangerous global warming bandwagon and to condemn its culprit, CO2, is actually the equivalent of a Holocaust Denier.

    This sort of name-calling, loud self-promotion and fact twisting actions, closer to political rodeo than to healthy scientific debates, are simply telling us that our opponents have already lost their fallacious arguments and are getting short on any real scientific facts.

    Professor Albert Einstein had it perfectly right. When he was told about the publication of the pamphlet “100 authors against Einstein” in 1931, he replied: “Why 100? If I were wrong, one would be enough.”

    It is fitting to hear the comment of Professor Hubert Goenner about the three main editors/contributors of “100 authors against Einstein”:

    “Obviously, these three men were united not only by their common interest in philosophy and opposition to relativity theory but also by their incompetence in the fields of mathematics and physics.””

    https://wattsupwiththat.com/2016/05/24/bill-nyes-scientism/

  • When A Third Becomes 97 Percent: A Con That Changed the Western World(RUH ROH!)

    05/24/2016 8:04:39 PM PDT · 66 of 72
    fireman15 to Ben Ficklin

    The preceding post was intended for Ben Ficklin.

  • When A Third Becomes 97 Percent: A Con That Changed the Western World(RUH ROH!)

    05/24/2016 8:01:11 PM PDT · 64 of 72
    fireman15 to fireman15

    I will bid adieu to you with the following:

    “There is a saying in the world of science that if scientific facts do not support your arguments then stop shouting. It is thus a waste of time to appeal to “scientism” or to rely on popular spokespersons like Al Gore or Bill Nye to make it look otherwise.

    It will do more harm to your own self-esteem than the pretension of winning an argument by appealing to authority or popularity. Increasingly, we are seeing more and more outrageous and aggressive anti-scientific claims that anyone who is not willing to embrace the dangerous global warming bandwagon and to condemn its culprit, CO2, is actually the equivalent of a Holocaust Denier.

    This sort of name-calling, loud self-promotion and fact twisting actions, closer to political rodeo than to healthy scientific debates, are simply telling us that our opponents have already lost their fallacious arguments and are getting short on any real scientific facts.

    Professor Albert Einstein had it perfectly right. When he was told about the publication of the pamphlet “100 authors against Einstein” in 1931, he replied: “Why 100? If I were wrong, one would be enough.”

    It is fitting to hear the comment of Professor Hubert Goenner about the three main editors/contributors of “100 authors against Einstein”:


    Obviously, these three men were united not only by their common interest in philosophy and opposition to relativity theory but also by their incompetence in the fields of mathematics and physics.”

    https://wattsupwiththat.com/2016/05/24/bill-nyes-scientism/

  • When A Third Becomes 97 Percent: A Con That Changed the Western World(RUH ROH!)

    05/24/2016 7:49:49 PM PDT · 61 of 72
    fireman15 to Ben Ficklin
    You don't seem to understand that I don't have anything to do with it. You don't seem to understand how science is done.

    I never thought that you did have anything “to do with it.” You have never given any indication that you have any knowledge whatsoever about scientific method or inquiry. The only thing you appear to be capable of is parroting “talking points”. Sadly, you are not even good at that. You have shared nothing at all of any substance during our entire conversation. The only thing that I expect from you is more name calling, insults and appeals to authority. Very, very pathetic.

    You had better start praying at the global warming alter. It appears that the greatest El Niño ever has already fizzled. Satellite data will most likely be showing that the unpredicted pause in warming that started 20 years ago will continue to lengthen. However I have no doubt that none of the empirical evidence will ever manage to put a dent in you faith.

  • When A Third Becomes 97 Percent: A Con That Changed the Western World(RUH ROH!)

    05/24/2016 5:53:27 PM PDT · 59 of 72
    fireman15 to Ben Ficklin
    Your false dichotomy is not relevant.

    So what is false about it? And why isn't it relevant to respond to your nasty, patronizing and nonsensical comments?

    1. I am accused of knowing nothing.
    in response to: I don't mean to keep pointing the finger at you but your knowledge of this issue is very superficial and limited to the talking points.

    2. You cite the purported consensus.
    in response to: Scientific and legal consensus has been reached. Political consensus always takes longer to achieve.

    3. You claim my position is rhetoric.
    in response to: In the meantime it is a rearguard action to delay the inevitable. You need to try to differentiate between rhetoric and reality.

    4. You make another appeal to authority.
    in response to: Its really just a sequence of identifiable events that began in 2001 when George Bush asked the Academy of Sciences for a report.

    5. You claim to have superior knowledge.
    In response to: I don't have a lot of time available to hold your hand and lead you thru it, and I certainly didn't take you to raise.

    As for your current post. Once again you make no arguments based on any type of data, nor do you make any attempt to refute any of the arguments I have presented or the data that they are based on. You mention politics and a court ruling. All is completely irrelevant to any type of scientific discussion.

    I am very disappointed in you. If you have any actually do have any knowledge from any branch of science... you have chosen not to share any of it with those of us who have commented on this thread. You have provided a very good example of a typical conversation with a global warming alarmist. You provide no facts based on observational data. You make constant appeals to the authority of judges, politicians, agencies, activists and anyone you believe might influence the ignorant. That my friend is not a valid argument. But what we hear from you the most is name calling and posing as intellectually superior to others. It is all very sad and very disappointing.

    You are either afraid or unable to discuss the actual issues. You appear to be completely ignorant of any of the actual facts and even the details of the “theory” that you believe in. Your ability to form a rational argument seems to be completely lacking as well.

  • Trump Defends Aggressive Tack Against Clintons-"I Have To Fight Back The Way I Have To Fight Back"

    05/24/2016 8:14:13 AM PDT · 13 of 32
    fireman15 to Logical me

    Every time I watch O’Reilly I am awed by his outright stupidity. How does he maintain his ratings and stay on the air? And don’t get even me started on the dozens of ghost written books that he has foisted on the public... Killing Reagan, Killing Jesus, Killing Patton, Killing Kennedy, Killing Lincoln, etc., etc,... just to name a few.

  • TRUMP GOES THERE=> “Some Think” Death of Vince Foster “Was Absolutely a MURDER”

    05/24/2016 8:01:54 AM PDT · 58 of 181
    fireman15 to utahagen

    From day one, the Clintons have been surrounded by cover-ups and deception. Part of it has been from dubious financial gain, probably a majority was from Bill’s numerous sexual exploits, but a fairly large percentage has originated from Hillary’s ruthless ambition.

  • When A Third Becomes 97 Percent: A Con That Changed the Western World(RUH ROH!)

    05/24/2016 7:48:53 AM PDT · 57 of 72
    fireman15 to Ben Ficklin

    Once again you have made no attempt what so ever to make even one valid point supporting your position. Do you even realize this? Let me analyze your latest post to me paragraph by paragraph.

    1. I am accused of knowing nothing.
    2. You cite the purported consensus.
    3. You claim my position is rhetoric.
    4. You make another appeal to authority.
    5. You claim to have superior knowledge.

    In all of your posts you have not made one attempt to present even one rational argument supporting your position. And yet you accuse me of using talking points? I have practically begged you for substance. All that you have provided is insults, repeated reference to the purported consensus, appeals to authority, ridicule and smugness. None of that has any relationship to science at all.

    I have repeatedly presented arguments based on observational data. You have not once tried to refute even one of them. I assume this is because you cannot. It is becoming embarrassingly obvious that you have nothing of substance to share. Do you actually have any knowledge of scientific method as you have claimed, or are you nothing more than a rude pompous buffoon?

  • Trump Now Leading In National Poll Averages

    05/23/2016 1:45:57 PM PDT · 52 of 53
    fireman15 to Dave W
    For example, textile jobs. Brooks Brothers offers two shirts, one blue and one white that are made in America. They cost $150 each. I buy my shirts on sale at BB for about $62 a piece, the ones imported. I can't afford products made in America.

    Dave, my best friend is an import export broker. Your imported $62 shirt actually costs Brooks Brothers a little more than $6 to have manufactured and shipped over here from China, Vietnam, Thailand, Bangladesh, or India. Of that cost labor makes up 20 or 30 cents.

    The odd thing is that most of the companies which are still making clothing in this country currently have mostly Vietnamese or other immigrants from the countries mentioned making the clothes over here on the same type of machinery they learned to make clothes with in their home countries. Once a manufacturing sector is lost here a generation of skill sets is lost along with the jobs.

    The companies still manufacturing clothing in this country generally cater to specialty markets and they are sold at relatively high prices but at a much lower markup than imported clothing. Usually they are a much higher quality product and for many applications this is worth it to the customers of the companies. The best example that I can think of is Filson. Filson clothing has properties that are highly desirable to people who work in the challenging conditions found in the remote oil fields found in Northern Alaska. The men and women who purchase Filson products find the added durability they need in a remote location to be worth the extra money they spend initially.

    http://www.filson.com

    I understand completely what you are saying. I believe that clothing could be manufactured here and sold at reasonable prices and not just specialty markets. But it is definitely not going to happen in the current environment. I think that there are other sectors of manufacturing that would have a better chance of thriving. Mostly items with higher shipping expenses. That is why automobiles, trucks, and heavy equipment still have a chance and should be preserved as much as possible. Once they go... they are mostly gone for good.

  • When A Third Becomes 97 Percent: A Con That Changed the Western World(RUH ROH!)

    05/23/2016 1:04:46 PM PDT · 55 of 72
    fireman15 to fireman15

    Excuse me for the Typo should be: UN officials from the IPCC.