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Posts by fireman15

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  • The Smartest Person Who Ever Lived

    01/26/2015 11:41:46 PM PST · 118 of 125
    fireman15 to SeekAndFind

    This was a very interesting article and the author makes a strong argument for Isaac Newton. I think that it is very likely that the smartest person whoever lived is / was not even well known to the public. Brilliance is no guarantee of great success. Even Nikola Tesla who did a lot more than just pioneer our entire modern electric grid very nearly died in his youth. His inventions and might have never been developed without the proper economic conditions and a lot of luck. If he had been born 25 years earlier it is likely that his inventions likely would not have come to fruition. He could very well have died a penniless old eccentric... oh that is right he did.

  • Sheppy Smith is now a meteorologist

    01/26/2015 10:36:07 PM PST · 106 of 107
    fireman15 to fireman15

    The CNN reporter has actually been using a cell phone on one of those selfie sticks!

  • Sheppy Smith is now a meteorologist

    01/26/2015 10:34:05 PM PST · 105 of 107
    fireman15 to Steve_Seattle

    Just tuned into CNN and they keep playing recorded video from earlier when it was still snowing. Now we are live and the reporter isn’t even bothering to wear a hat although he just fell down the stairs while he was trying to take a news selfie into the deserted subway system!!! And now he has his camera upside down!

  • Sheppy Smith is now a meteorologist

    01/26/2015 10:28:59 PM PST · 104 of 107
    fireman15 to Steve_Seattle

    Well a British accent sometimes does make BS sound less buffoonish.

  • Sheppy Smith is now a meteorologist

    01/26/2015 10:08:41 PM PST · 101 of 107
    fireman15 to fireman15

    Oh my, the snow/rain line is getting close to coast and this could produce THUNDER SNOW! It looks like New York might not get much more snow but, but, but it could easily get 6 to 12 inches. Thank God they shut down the subways! But Boston might still get a lot of snow... but “ya can’t really predict snowfall accurately.” We need to be “forgiving” to forecasters however.

    Now Shep is explaining how this is like a Snowrricane.

  • Sheppy Smith is now a meteorologist

    01/26/2015 10:01:48 PM PST · 100 of 107
    fireman15 to fireman15

    Shep is back on and he says its going to really crank up sometime in the next few hours! It is going to be bad! Bad Bad! Of course Megyn Kelly said that she is still planning on making it into work in the morning.

  • Sheppy Smith is now a meteorologist

    01/26/2015 9:44:31 PM PST · 97 of 107
    fireman15 to re_nortex

    Keep the great pictures coming! I love them.

  • Sheppy Smith is now a meteorologist

    01/26/2015 9:43:36 PM PST · 96 of 107
    fireman15 to fireman15

    It finally is looking a little windy on Long Island the CNN information ribbon showed it was just gusting up to 25mph.

  • Sheppy Smith is now a meteorologist

    01/26/2015 9:40:00 PM PST · 95 of 107
    fireman15 to 5th MEB

    We live close to the foothills. The has wind knocked our power out half a dozen times in the last two months. I am very happy that the price of gas has gone down. Some years we have spent a lot on gas. We are usually the first to go out and the last to be reconnected. I have a good set-up though; it takes only a couple of minutes to run out and start the generator up and get everything going again. We have gas heat.

    My parents lost their biggest barn about ten years ago. They got about of foot of wet snow on it and some wind gusts ended up hitting it just right and blowing it over. Fortunately, they were just using it for storage and no animals or people were injured.

  • Sheppy Smith is now a meteorologist

    01/26/2015 9:33:19 PM PST · 93 of 107
    fireman15 to fireman15

    Ok the CNN gal just had to chase some guys off who were trying to have a snow ball fight behind her by scraping up the little bit of snow they could get off the sidewalk with no gloves or hats.

    Live from New York, the “BlizzardMobile” reports that the snow is falling almost as fast as it was a few hours ago. But the fresh snow is reducing the slushiness on the road.

  • Sheppy Smith is now a meteorologist

    01/26/2015 9:26:22 PM PST · 90 of 107
    fireman15 to re_nortex

    I love the locomotive picture! At first I was truly concerned about the storm because we have some relatives who are back east for a military event. Now it has turned into a big non-event and as you say CNN and MSNBC are absolutely comedic.

  • Sheppy Smith is now a meteorologist

    01/26/2015 9:21:39 PM PST · 89 of 107
    fireman15 to eyedigress
    I expect Providence and Narragansett to get a good storm.

    I would think so also... it just hasn't got there yet... the worst is yet to come!

  • Sheppy Smith is now a meteorologist

    01/26/2015 9:19:45 PM PST · 88 of 107
    fireman15 to re_nortex

    It appears that FOX has mostly scrubbed the coverage of the “blizzard” at this point and gone back to their normal pre-recorded shows. If you want to laugh at the breathless coverage you currently have got to go to sources you would normally not consider watching.

  • Sheppy Smith is now a meteorologist

    01/26/2015 9:14:50 PM PST · 86 of 107
    fireman15 to fireman15

    Back to CNN. I am starting to suspect at least some of what appears to be snow on the reporters is actually fake snow. There is almost no snow that can be seen falling in the video feed... there is basically no snow on the sidewalks around them... yet the reporters have snow flakes on them. I guess it must be a really cold 29F there.

    In Connecticut they say that the snow is coming down at about 4 inches per hour, but somehow there is only about an inch on the ground. I guess this storm started just 15 minutes ago in Connecticut.

  • Sheppy Smith is now a meteorologist

    01/26/2015 9:08:03 PM PST · 81 of 107
    fireman15 to fireman15

    Now they are saying that the tremendous wind is up to around 12mph which is making 27F feel like 12F... but the worst is still yet to come. A lot of people are using this opportunity to go out and snap some “really cool” pictures.

  • Sheppy Smith is now a meteorologist

    01/26/2015 9:02:59 PM PST · 80 of 107
    fireman15 to eyedigress

    OK, now MSNBC is saying that it is “not really about how much snow is falling” but the wind has now brought the visibility down to around a mile in a few spots. It is the wind that is important.

  • Sheppy Smith is now a meteorologist

    01/26/2015 8:59:26 PM PST · 78 of 107
    fireman15 to eyedigress

    It seems like only MSNBC is really sticking with the narrative; they say the “blizzard” is “intensifying”. Now they are showing Leo, the poodle who is out because his owner says its normally to crowded to walk Leo up to Time’s Square in the middle of the night. Poor Leo is having to brave a quarter inch of snow on the sidewalk.

  • Man sues Walmart over gas can explosion (Darwin award)

    01/26/2015 8:53:47 PM PST · 4 of 31
    fireman15 to aimhigh

    He was pouring gasoline on a fire directly from the can. You are right... Darwin Award!

  • Sheppy Smith is now a meteorologist

    01/26/2015 8:48:31 PM PST · 73 of 107
    fireman15 to eyedigress

    Apparently there are some types of travel bans in effect in several states. I have never heard of this before. They must be laughing their butts off at New York up in Canada and Alaska.

  • Sheppy Smith is now a meteorologist

    01/26/2015 8:42:06 PM PST · 70 of 107
    fireman15 to re_nortex

    I just went over to see what the coverage on MSNBC was looking like. They were showing Time Square which currently has bare sidewalks, but they said at least a bunch of kids will be waking up happy tomorrow since all of the schools are closed.

  • Sheppy Smith is now a meteorologist

    01/26/2015 8:37:17 PM PST · 66 of 107
    fireman15 to eyedigress

    Oh man! It is worse than I thought, Brook in Boston just scraped a grate with her finger and it looks like they had about half an inch of show with worsening conditions. But they think that somewhere in Massachusetts a few dozen people might have lost their power. But breaking news in New York... they have only an inch or two where they are standing, but they have heard that somewhere there might already be snow drifts up to six inches thick! It is looking bad. I am going to check coverage on the other networks now.

  • Sheppy Smith is now a meteorologist

    01/26/2015 8:31:37 PM PST · 61 of 107
    fireman15 to eyedigress
    The Communist mayor of NY screwed up shutting down the subway. He also has no right to shut down the roads.

    It sounds like a training exercise for Obama to build on. Maybe he should have declared martial law also? There still is no "blizzard" in New York... the roads are probably clear almost everywhere. The "BlizzardMobile is reporting worsening conditions in New Jersey but the windshield has got rain hitting it. OK now he is standing out of the vehicle and it is not snowing on him... but he said that the snow is coming down so fast that the plows can't keep up with it.

  • Sheppy Smith is now a meteorologist

    01/26/2015 8:19:48 PM PST · 50 of 107
    fireman15 to smoothsailing

    OK, they are out of the BlizzardMObile now and there is a little snow falling. They report that there are people in Boston still out running around despite the “blizzard” warnings. The fools... don’t they realize that the time is running short. Now onto Rhode Island, they are showing a pile of snow that a snow plow was able to scrape off the road.

  • Sheppy Smith is now a meteorologist

    01/26/2015 8:15:55 PM PST · 46 of 107
    fireman15 to KeyLargo

    Thank you so much the pictures are absolutely hysterical!

  • Sheppy Smith is now a meteorologist

    01/26/2015 8:13:51 PM PST · 45 of 107
    fireman15 to eyedigress

    CNN is reporting in New York from their “Live BlizzardMobile” It is not snowing currently and the roads are clear, but they are promising the big blizzard will be showing up in about 45 minutes. I am going to try and make some popcorn so I can watch the breathless coverage without interruption when the real show starts.

  • Sheppy Smith is now a meteorologist

    01/26/2015 8:10:05 PM PST · 41 of 107
    fireman15 to eyedigress

    On Cavuto they just said that the Administration is concentrating on Climate Change and the “historic blizzard”. Does that seem slightly contradictory to anyone else?

  • Sheppy Smith is now a meteorologist

    01/26/2015 7:59:28 PM PST · 35 of 107
    fireman15 to eyedigress

    Well if it doesn’t hit most of New York... will all of the people who have now said the “super blizzard” was being caused by global warming have to say that it missed New York because of Global Warming? Because that might seem like a good thing to a lot of folks.

  • Sheppy Smith is now a meteorologist

    01/26/2015 7:54:50 PM PST · 29 of 107
    fireman15 to eyedigress

    That is kind of what it looked like to me also.

  • Sheppy Smith is now a meteorologist

    01/26/2015 7:50:56 PM PST · 24 of 107
    fireman15 to eyedigress

    This is starting to look like a giant fizzle. The FOX radar keeps making it look like the storm is moving North up the coast toward Canada without really moving inland. The bulk of the snow might not be any more serious than normal in New York. It looks like all of those storm predicting super computers might have missed a developing high pressure area.

  • Donít Run, Mitt. Donít Run

    01/26/2015 7:18:04 PM PST · 48 of 50
    fireman15 to ansel12

    Go in peace brother; we are on the same side! Keep up the good work. I love you!

  • Donít Run, Mitt. Donít Run

    01/26/2015 6:58:23 PM PST · 46 of 50
    fireman15 to ansel12

    “Mitt Romney, you’re an honorable and accomplished man. You would have been a good president and infinitely better than Obama as a steward of the economy and national security. But, Mitt, we need to talk. You don’t get it.”

    Those are not my words... they are the first three sentences of the article that we have been discussing. Which is roughly what I mimicked in my initial post only not as strongly. You have been trying to force me into defending Mr. Romney from your first post which I have not done because I AM NOT A ROMNEY SUPPORTER.

    Your only goal here appears to be to torment me by mischaracterizing virtually everything that I have said and making false accusations... and we are on the same side! I am starting to think that there really is something wrong with you! This is some sort of surreal discussion! As a person who assessed persons with mental and physical emergencies for nearly 25 years... I TRULY am concerned this evening about your mental and physical well being. I am comforted only by your history of similar posts to others.

  • Donít Run, Mitt. Donít Run

    01/26/2015 6:32:07 PM PST · 43 of 50
    fireman15 to ansel12

    Ansel12, I would encourage everyone, especially the moderators to review your posting history. In addition to frequent inflammatory comments it has been very typical for you to mischaracterize other people’s comments by quoting them out of context.

    One needs to go no further than this thread to see an example of that. In my initial post I stated quite clearly about Mitt Romney, “his recent statements make him look like either a gullible idiot or someone who panders to the liberal agenda.” I also said that I did not feel that he was a decisive leader and was not what the country needed. Yet you continue to quote me completely out of context and characterize my initial post as some sort defense of Mr. Romney. With your false characterization you have even managed to convince several others that I am some sort of Romney supporter.

    I have told you that I come into contact with politicians on a regular basis during efforts to gain support and raise money for the USO and other charities that help veterans. Even my thirteen year old grandson easily understands that when speaking with people on the other end of the political spectrum that it is much more productive in these efforts to approach them in a way that indicates that we have some common ground and that I am not on the attack.

    I made it quite clear in my initial post that I did not want Mitt Romney to run for president again and why. I also made it very clear that I am not a supporter. There is however a slight chance that there may be people who will read the post who are supporters. They are the ones I feel actually need to be reached. I wished for them to read beyond the first sentence so I started with a statement that didn’t really say anything but was somewhat conciliatory in tone so that they might sense that I am not their enemy and would make an effort to understand the reasons that I do not support Romney.

    By mischaracterizing my post, you have actually managed to convince several others here that I am currently some sort of Romney supporter. That is certainly not true and I believe that you are intelligent enough to understand that your efforts in this thread have been very disingenuous and misleading.

  • Donít Run, Mitt. Donít Run

    01/26/2015 4:45:39 PM PST · 39 of 50
    fireman15 to ansel12

    Ansel12, thank you for continuing to make my points for me. I will repeat that I have made no comments here defending Mitt Romney about anything. You illustrate perfectly why it is best to choose to ignore your comments. You manage to lower the level of discourse in any discussion to a level of nasty name calling. I do not think that makes you a valuable addition to the community. But Congratulations! You have done it again!

  • Donít Run, Mitt. Donít Run

    01/26/2015 4:30:51 PM PST · 37 of 50
    fireman15 to ansel12

    Oh, Ansel12, I expected nothing less from you. I am very sorry that you feel that my response to you was a “nasty little personal attack”.

    If you would go to the trouble of re-reading my original post you would see that I said his recent statements make him “look like either a gullible idiot or someone who panders to the liberal agenda.” Does this sound like someone “defending your man”? I am sure that he has said a lot of other stupid things over the years. However you have made so many hateful allegations over the years about various topics that turned out to be false that I simply don’t bother trying to check them out any more.

    My point to you, and this actually is meant as constructive criticism... is that your inflammatory comments can be counter-productive. You would probably be taken more seriously if you could tone it down a little.

  • Donít Run, Mitt. Donít Run

    01/26/2015 3:19:41 PM PST · 32 of 50
    fireman15 to ansel12

    Ansel12, the primary reason that most good people will not even consider getting involved in politics at any level is because they don’t want to be attacked by people spreading hateful lies about their character and their past.

    I do not know what level of involvement you have working with politicians. Because of fund raising activities my wife and I have been deeply involved with for the past several years for the USO and other charitable organizations, we have had a lot of direct contact. Some of them are not people who we have much of a desire to befriend, but most even those many we don’t agree with are generally civic minded people with many admirable qualities. We have known politicians even at the federal level who have been deeply hurt and offended by those who make statements about them that we have known for a fact are completely untrue.

    I have never met Mr. Romney; I hope that he chooses not to run for president again... but I do not believe that he is a “foul and despicable person” of “low character and low morals, and a pathological liar.” I have however been reading your posts for several years now and have found them to be offensive on many occasions on a variety of topics. With your nearly constant level of highly vitriolic hyperbole; it makes it nearly impossible to tell whether what whatever it is you are currently ranting about has any actual merit.

    Most of the time I simply skip over anything that I realize has come from your keyboard. If you hadn’t made a direct response to my post... I would simply have ignored you this time as well. I am very hopeful that your tone here is not representative of your actual demeanor in real life. If it is I am very sorry for you.

  • Donít Run, Mitt. Donít Run

    01/26/2015 12:33:47 PM PST · 8 of 50
    fireman15 to Kaslin

    I enjoyed the article and think it is an accurate assessment. I think that there is a lot of evidence that he is a good person, he would probably be OK as a Congress Critter, but the country is going to need a strong leader if we are to have any hope of reversing the current course to ruin. Mitt is not a decisive leader and the fact that we are 18 years and 3 months into the pause in global warming and he still announced recently that he believes we need to do more to reduce our emissions of CO2 makes him look like either a gullible idiot or someone who panders to the liberal agenda.

  • Snowstorm forces closure of 132-mile stretch of NY Thruway

    01/26/2015 10:59:20 AM PST · 23 of 23
    fireman15 to george76

    In 2009 Al Gore said, “Snow is a thing of the past”. Now the alarmists are saying that mega-blizzards are evidence of global warming.

  • American Sniper on the way to becoming highest domestic grossing war film of all time

    01/26/2015 8:46:43 AM PST · 13 of 26
    fireman15 to Da Coyote
    My wife and I are going to see American Sniper this week. We did see Fury just before this film was released.

    We are hearing major squawking about the movie from liberals because they fear that the movie could cause a shift in movie production. Major studios may come to the conclusion that films that appeal to patriotic Americans are more profitable than the typical trash they produce pushing global warming, marijuana, gay rights and other liberal propaganda. This movie is making more liberal heads explode than cowboy yodeling did at the end of the Movie, “Mars Attacks”.

  • He Puts His iPhone 4 Inside The Guitar. Why? I Didnít See This Coming!

    01/25/2015 9:02:14 PM PST · 98 of 102
    fireman15 to Swordmaker

    Well I would not have believed the original video was real without the explanations that you and a couple of others provided which caused me to look into the matter further. In today’s world I believe that a healthy amount of skepticism is essential. But sometimes the truth is stranger than what we imagine it to be.

  • He Puts His iPhone 4 Inside The Guitar. Why? I Didnít See This Coming!

    01/25/2015 8:18:07 PM PST · 94 of 102
    fireman15 to Swordmaker

    The two links you just added look more believable than the one being discussed.

    As far as the difficulty of making a fake video... Computer-generated imagery (CGI) has come a long way in the past few years. I am fairly certain that this would not be a difficult illusion to accomplish for a skilled technician. I did find a link to a video from several years ago entitled, “Tutorial: Making a String Vibrate with Audio in After Effects”.

    However I noticed that this video was actually uploaded over three years ago. There are so many similar videos on YouTube uploaded by people who are most likely not capable of producing sophisticated fakes that I must now admit that the probability is that the video that started the thread is probably not a fake. Thank you for the explanations and your patience.

    My brother and I made a couple fake flying videos many years ago when we first started using camcorders as a joke. It was surprising to us that most people believed that they were real.

  • He Puts His iPhone 4 Inside The Guitar. Why? I Didnít See This Coming!

    01/25/2015 5:33:15 PM PST · 76 of 102
    fireman15 to Kirkwood
    Here’s a good example of phone camera sensor aliasing for an aircraft propellor.

    I am familiar with the phenomenayou are referring to because my wife and I have owned a general aviation airplane and have lived on a small airport for approximately 20 years. What we are seeing in the iPhone video is not the same thing; it is quite simply a hoax.

    First, the magnitude of the movement of the strings while resonating is too great. If I am watching sound from a relatively pure source through a microphone such as the sound made by a single guitar string on my oscilloscope I can magnify the wave produced electronically. The waveform shown on the oscilloscope does not directly represent what is physically happening to the string. It also does not mean that the string is vibrating with that great of movement. Again it is a representation of the wave form of the sound not a representation of what is physically happening to the string. Additionally, the movement of the larger looser strings should be proportionally more than the tighter higher frequency strings.

    I took some stills from the video and the wave form shown on the strings is an odd saw toothed shape of incredible magnitude. Do you really believe that the B string is moving that much and in that odd shape? This simply is physically impossible.

    You are more than welcome to prove me wrong by placing a camera in your guitar and trying the same “experiment”. I am afraid that you will be disappointed by your results.

  • Edward Snowden: Apple iPhone with Secret iFeature Allows Government to Spy on You

    01/25/2015 9:43:23 AM PST · 44 of 63
    fireman15 to 867V309
    Sounds to me like you are saying that your little "time wasters" spy on you, but that's OK because they're entertaining and cheap.

    That is fairly accurate. They are entertaining, cheap and extremely useful. I have no illusions that they can not be intrusive as well. Knowing what I do about how they work and what their capabilities are... I would take additional precautions if organizations or individuals had any reason to "spy on me". Intelligent criminals take additional precautions which is why their usefulness for keeping track of truly bad guys is questionable.

    These days anyone can obtain a new or used "smart phone" through completely legal or illegal sources using anonymous transactions. You can now also sign up for inexpensive data and airtime with no contract and provide information that would be difficult to trace as well. This is how criminals and terrorists currently do it. How does the government keep track of someone who swaps them out with a different anonymous device every few days, or even every hour if they want. The devices are very inexpensive and there are a plethora of prepaid or no contract plans that can be paid for with anonymous funds.

    Anyone with any smarts has known for years that cellular devices are not secure. This is not a revelation. However anyone who has ever watched any type of "spy movie" has known for years that all one has to do to get around this is to use a device that would be difficult to trace back to you, and then swap them frequently. This is now easier than ever.

    Our government's answer to this is countless acres and billions of dollars worth of computer storage and processing devices that record and process virtually every bit of data coming from originating from the electronic devices of every law abiding person in the world hoping that they can sift through all of it quick enough to keep track of the thousands of bad guys which they are allowing to enter our country every day.

    We are being spied on by our own government at an unprecedented level, but it seems a lot like bombing the Hồ Chí Minh trail... much of the traffic was by bicycle or carts pulled by people and animals and hundreds of millions of dollars worth of bombs and more explosives than were dropped on all of Germany during WWII did little to stop the flow of arms and supplies. We have a government that chooses not to secure our borders and allows hundreds of thousands of radical Muslims and others who hate our society to migrate here both legally and illegally. It is a dangerous political shell game. The level of stupidity is awesome but not surprising coming from a government bureaucracy.

  • He Puts His iPhone 4 Inside The Guitar. Why? I Didnít See This Coming!

    01/24/2015 11:25:00 PM PST · 16 of 102
    fireman15 to fireman15

    I would add that I have had an oscilloscope for many years. It can be used to determine the frequency of sound that has been converted to an electronic signal using a microphone. The relatively pure sound that comes from a single guitar string after initially being plucked appears to be an almost pure sine wave which is not how the strings in this video appear. The length between the peaks will vary depending on the frequency and how the oscilloscope is set up, but the shape does not.

  • He Puts His iPhone 4 Inside The Guitar. Why? I Didnít See This Coming!

    01/24/2015 11:10:15 PM PST · 14 of 102
    fireman15 to Yardstick

    “The reason it’s noticeable here is that the dark strings are starkly silhouetted against the bright sky.”

    No, If the video had been taken inside an area illuminated by artificial light emitted at... 60hz then artifacts from aliasing causing this type of result might be slightly possible. Natural light from the sun would not be capable of creating this type of illusion.

  • Edward Snowden: Apple iPhone with Secret iFeature Allows Government to Spy on You

    01/24/2015 10:52:15 PM PST · 12 of 63
    fireman15 to 867V309

    I have a problem with the intrusiveness of both Facebook and Google. I have no doubt that Mr. Snowden’s observations about iPhones are completely true. I also have no doubt that every Google Android phone is also no challenge for the NSA or any other law enforcement agency to use to monitor anyone.

    Currently, cell phones have become an amazing value. Devices with amazing capabilities can be purchased for a fraction of what their original owners paid and then activate them with an MVNO (a reseller of data and cell time from the major carriers) with no contract for a fraction of what these services used to cost.

    I am the first to admit that the services are not essential for my wife or I, but they have changed the way we do things. We almost always listen to Pandora in the car instead of the radio... no more commercials or irritating DJs and music that we like. My wife texts and sends and receives pictures from her sister all of the time. I am able to talk to my phone to tell it where I want the GPS to guide us and get updates of the traffic problems ahead. We can use our them to connect our laptops or tablets to the internet any time we are in range of a cell tower. When we are shopping we can take a picture of the UPC code to compare the price to what other retailers are asking. At Harbor Freight and a lot of other retailers you can show them their online coupons instead of stuffing them in your pockets.

    There are a dozens of other ways that we use the phones. Between the two of us we actually have three and our monthly bill is right around $50 for all of them combined. I will not argue that they are necessary or that they are not time wasters, but for us they are worth the $50 a month. I kind of doubt that anyone is bothering to keep a close eye on us.

  • American Sniper: What do veterans say about the movie? (+video)

    01/24/2015 8:56:34 PM PST · 19 of 50
    fireman15 to HotHunt

    When an unbiased film about an American hero sets records in attendance and profitability it sends shockwaves through the Hollywood movie industry. It is an end run around Hollywood’s liberal monopoly. Liberals are in great fear that if this type of film is shown to be more profitable than their typical BS that it could be the beginning of the end of their ability to rot our country’s moral fiber.

  • State of the Union Drew Lowest TV Audience in 15 Years

    01/23/2015 3:47:37 PM PST · 41 of 41
    fireman15 to Go Gordon
    I wasn't making snide comments, I was making constructive criticism to whoever wrote her “speech”.

    OK, I understand your point. I think that there is a good chance that she wrote the speech herself because we were told a similar story when we met her. My wife is an extremely good public speaker and gets paid to do presentations in front of large groups. She is so good at getting her audiences engaged that I almost always feel sorry for anyone else that is speaking at an event. After-wards she is generally mobbed with people telling her how much they loved her part of the program.

    My wife often starts by recalling something similar to what Senator Ernst did. She doesn't do it to let people know that “she wasn't born with a silver spoon in her mouth”. She does it to connect with her audience. I can't think of one time when she did not get a positive response using this technique.

    So we respectfully disagree with your “constructive criticism” We know from experience that this type of introduction works well almost every time with almost every audience. This is true whether you like it or not. And it is also true even if the late night comedians have fun with it later. It works for my wife and I think that it has worked well for Sen. Ernst.

  • State of the Union Drew Lowest TV Audience in 15 Years

    01/22/2015 5:30:06 PM PST · 38 of 41
    fireman15 to Go Gordon

    “Okay, but the response she gave was horrible.”

    My wife and I enjoyed her speech and disagree with your assessment. Republicans do not know the specifics of what Obama is going to say. All they know is that he will be lying about... everything. This makes it makes it nearly impossible to come up with a detailed response on such short notice.

    Sen. Ernst is a genuine Tea Party favorite who is a doer and has managed to get herself elected to the Senate with a campaign that relied on a novel concept... telling the truth. That is an accomplishment that seems amazing to us. It is pretty easy to sit on the sidelines and make snide remarks. In our opinion it would be more productive to lampoon up-and-comers on the other side of the aisle. We would prefer to encourage the people we know share our values and grew up in similar circumstances. But that is just us.

  • Thank Bobby Jindal: America Needs The Truth About Muslim Colonization Zones

    01/22/2015 9:54:15 AM PST · 15 of 17
    fireman15 to I want the USA back

    We have a friend who is a Belgian police officer. His parents were forced to sell their home which had been in the family for over 150 years because Muslims took over the neighborhood. It wasn’t like around here where the neighborhood declined with urban decay. Muslims started buying up properties near by and the zone kept expanding until they were in it.

    The Germans didn’t force our friend’s family out of their home during the occupations of WWI or WWII, but the Muslims accomplished it with the blessing of their very own do-nothing politicians, a liberal court system and a free-for-all emigration policy. Sound familiar? In 2013, Muslims made up approximately 26% of the population of Brussels, 25% of Rotterdam, 24% of Amsterdam, 17% of Antwerp, 14% of The Hague and 13% of Utrecht. All of these cities have areas where non-Muslims are not welcome and not safe.

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    fireman15 to Fantasywriter

    If there is any strategy involved... which I doubt... it is to not do anything that will energize the opposition so that they will not bother showing up during the next election. It is similar to Obama’s foreign policy of “leading from behind”.