Posts by Jed Eckert

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  • Canadian sniper sets world record with 2.2-mile pickoff of ISIS fighter

    06/22/2017 3:24:47 PM PDT · 13 of 45
    Jed Eckert to Hadean
    "You know what it takes to make a shot at that range? Everything comes into play that far. Humidity elevation, temp, winds, spin-drift. There's a 6-10 second flight time so you have to shoot it where the targets going to be. Even the coriolis effect, the spin of the earth comes into play."
    -Bob Lee Swagger (Shooter)
  • YOUR favorite movie ending

    06/15/2017 3:30:55 AM PDT · 52 of 177
    Jed Eckert to 1_Inch_Group

    The Bedford Incident

  • Learning the lessons of Mount St Helens. How its eruption backs biblical history

    05/24/2017 2:35:14 PM PDT · 25 of 31
    Jed Eckert to arrogantsob; Fantasywriter; thulldud
    Have a look at this book,(it's free online), which goes into quite a bit of detail about what may have happened. Can be quite technical at times but well worth the read.

    Presents the theory that a planet sized object passed Earth at just the right distance ( The Roche Limit) to cause a massive tidal effect on Earth.

    The Biblical Flood And The Ice Epoch

  • Raising chickenz

    05/04/2017 4:58:03 AM PDT · 56 of 81
    Jed Eckert to djf
    I've been raising chickens for eggs for several years now.

    You need to decide if you want them just for egg production or dual purpose ( eggs and meat birds).

    Red Star (aka Golden Comet) chickens are excellent for egg production only. Eat the least amount of food for greatest yield of x-large eggs. Stay small, are quiet and friendly, but are no good for meat production.

    Dual purpose: there are several, Rhode Island Red, Buff Orpington are just a couple.

    Forget the rooster, you don't need him for egg production unless you want fertile eggs to hatch. Plus they are very loud and will start crowing at all hours of the night.

    Head on over to: Backyard Chickens for lots of discussions and info about chickens.

    Once you taste the eggs you've produced you'll never buy eggs at the store again.

  • As KFC shuns some antibiotics, U.S. chicken industry deploys wet wipes, oregano

    04/10/2017 5:03:51 AM PDT · 44 of 90
    Jed Eckert to petitfour
    We don’t eat KFC any more because we always end up ill after. And that is with abnormally large chicken breasts loaded with antibiotics and hormones.

    A common misconception is that those huge double breasted chickens get that way by use of hormones. They don't. Actually use of hormones on poultry has been illegal for at least 50 years in the US. The chickens get huge because of crossbreeding and hybridizing.

    I raise a few chickens for eggs mainly but looked into getting a few meat chickens. The typical meat chicken is a Jumbo Cornish X Rock and is usually ready to butcher at 6-8 weeks. If you try grow them much past that they put on weight so darn fast that either their legs will break or they'll literally drop dead of a heart attack. They are a hybrid selectively bred to put on weight in shortest amount of time. No hormones needed.

    Antibiotics are another story.

    We use natural apple cider vinegar(with the "mother") in their water which works for us.

    Another thing the processors do is they will inject their processed chickens with water and other ingredients (broth?). If you buy raw chicken and the the label has "ingredients" stay clear, you're paying for an adulterated product.

    Here's a link about hormones in poultry:

    Poultry & Hormones

  • Yeah, the AR15 is Now Becoming C&R Eligible

    02/22/2017 12:35:31 PM PST · 12 of 25
    Jed Eckert to Yo-Yo
    For those who may not know, a curio & relic is a designation of any firearm that is over 50 years old, and allows one with a C&R license to purchase these items across state lines without having to go through an FFL

    It's also worth noting that ATF will approve as C&R certain firearms that are less than 50 years old if they have collector interest, are not likely to be used in a crime or were produced in limited numbers. A good example is the Yugo SKS. There are several other interesting firearms on their C&R list that are not 50 years old. A C&R license is well worth it.

  • Bob Beckel refers to our president repeatedly as Comrade Trump on The Five 2/20/2017

    02/21/2017 3:45:36 AM PST · 21 of 98
    Jed Eckert to nikos1121
    Ah yes, Bob Beckel the "genius" who wrote a check to a hooker and then got blackmailed. That should be thrown in his face every time he opens his mouth.

    Bob Beckel Blackmailed By Hooker

  • USALOVELIST - the list of the best American made

    02/03/2017 4:50:38 AM PST · 15 of 25
    Jed Eckert to doug from upland
    The list doesn't include Diamond Gusset jeans. These jeans seem to last forever compared to foreign made Wrangler. Fit better too.

    Diamond Gusset Jeans

  • Here’s what your guacamole — and other groceries — would cost if we had a Mexico border tax

    01/29/2017 5:00:56 AM PST · 169 of 233
    Jed Eckert to SJackson
    Since the cartels have their hands in the Mexican avocado trade, good riddance.

    “Blood Avocados”: The Dark Side of Your Guacamole

  • Is asteroid due to crash into Earth sparking mass tsunamis NEXT WEEK?

    01/27/2017 12:59:49 PM PST · 28 of 103
    Jed Eckert to sit-rep

    I guess your sister isn’t familiar with the Yellowstone Caldera. :-)

  • Mike Connors, who played hard-hitting private eye "Mannix," dies at 91

    01/27/2017 2:44:44 AM PST · 19 of 33
    Jed Eckert to Impala64ssa
    I remember him more for Tightrope. Every kid in my neighborhood wanted a toy snubnose revolver because of that show.

    As an undercover cop, Connors always carried two guns. One was in a shoulder holster and the snubnose in another waistband holster in the small of his back. Whenever he got patted down they would find the main gun but always miss the snubnose.

  • White House press secretary says border wall will be funded by 20% import tax on Mexican goods

    01/26/2017 1:17:57 PM PST · 46 of 269
    Jed Eckert to McGavin999
    Avocados will be more expensive but I am willing to sacrifice

    No sacrifice required.

    We grow bigger and better avocados here in Florida. So we'll just grow more. California grows plenty too.

    Since the cartels have their hands in the Mexican avocado trade, good riddance.

    “Blood Avocados”: The Dark Side of Your Guacamole

  • Mexico ready to quit NAFTA if US talks fail

    01/25/2017 5:27:18 AM PST · 65 of 80
    Jed Eckert to Gay State Conservative; Salgak
    Cool.Avocados will be $7.50/lb....Mexican built cars will cost 50% more....

    Since the cartels have their hands in the Mexican avocado trade, good riddance.

    “Blood Avocados”: The Dark Side of Your Guacamole

    which will provide incentives for American Farmers to grow them, and car manufacturers to move production back to the US. . .

    We grow bigger and better avocados here in Florida anyway. We'll just grow more. California grows plenty too.

    As far as cars go: "Hire American, Buy American"

  • Video of massive Florida 'dinosaur' gator creates buzz

    01/17/2017 6:27:17 AM PST · 15 of 59
    Jed Eckert to C19fan
  • Hillary Just Made Insane Announcement About Her 2020 Plans, Are You Surprised?

    12/24/2016 8:26:57 AM PST · 118 of 198
    Jed Eckert to BlackFemaleArmyCaptain
    "Harris was the first woman, the first African-American, the first Asian-American and the first Indian American attorney general in California."......
  • Why Are Italian-Americans Not Considered Latin(o)s?

    12/23/2016 9:28:13 AM PST · 29 of 69
    Jed Eckert to PJ-Comix
    After you solve that one dwell on this for awhile:

    Should Australian aborigines be considered "African American" when they move to the U.S.? If not then what PC label should used? ( I know, I know they aren't Negro, they are Australoid)

  • 'It's just not American!' Trump's press secretary slams lawyer

    12/23/2016 8:59:31 AM PST · 80 of 169
    Jed Eckert to Spunky
    I wonder how they decide which one is the husband?

    I suspect the "pitcher" is the husband and the "catcher" is the......what? Wife? In any case, beyond disgusting.

  • Beach Boys Facebook pg. anti-Trump re: Inaug. Freep ( vanity )

    12/23/2016 7:22:19 AM PST · 17 of 20
    Jed Eckert to YepYep
    Same here. Let's not forget this one:

    Sloop John B

  • Wisconsin voter becomes hysterical as electors make it clear she voted for the loser

    12/20/2016 12:01:30 PM PST · 12 of 37
    Jed Eckert to Sean_Anthony
    This guy sums it up best in an 11 min video:

    Trump Wins Again With 304 Electors And The Hillary Zombies Go Crazy

  • Trump nominates conservative activist Betsy DeVos as education secretary

    11/23/2016 11:41:06 AM PST · 85 of 212
    Jed Eckert to hotsteppa
    Seems like a good choice.

    What you should know about incoming education secretary Betsy DeVos — and what her choice might tell us about Trump’s education plans

    DeVos, an advocate for school vouchers, has chaired the Michigan Republican party and played a key role in some major education policy decisions there in recent years. But unlike former D.C. schools chief Michelle Rhee and charter-school leader Eva Moskowitz, two others Trump considered for the education secretary position, DeVos has kept a relatively low national profile. She has neither worked in public education nor chosen public schools for her own children, who attended private Christian schools.

    Earlier this week, Chalkbeat compiled a few things we could reasonably surmise from a DeVos pick:

    1. Trump intends to go through with his sweeping voucher plan.

    On the campaign trail, Trump vowed to use federal funds to encourage states to make school choice available to all poor students, including through vouchers that allow families to take public funding to private schools.

    That’s exactly what DeVos has zealously worked to make happen on a state-by-state basis for decades. In 2000, she helped get a ballot measure before Michigan voters that would have enshrined a right to vouchers in the state’s Constitution. After the measure failed, she and her husband formed a political action committee to support pro-voucher candidates nationally. Less than a decade later, the group counted a 121-60 win-loss record.

    One recipient of its support: former Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels, who created the voucher program that Trump’s vice president-elect, Mike Pence, later expanded. Indeed, DeVos’s vision puts her more in line with Pence, who has supported private school vouchers for both low- and middle-income families, than with Trump, whose plan extends only to poor families.

    Trump also vowed to promote publicly funded but privately managed charter schools. But DeVos, whose husband founded an aviation-themed charter school in their hometown of Grand Rapids, Michigan, has expressed reservations about them.

    “Charter schools take a while to start up and get operating,” she told Philanthropy Roundtable in 2013. “Meanwhile, there are very good non-public schools, hanging on by a shoestring, that can begin taking students today.”

    2. School oversight might not be the education department’s top concern.

    DeVos and her husband played a role in getting Michigan’s charter school law passed in 1993, and ever since have worked to protect charters from additional regulation. When Michigan lawmakers this year were considering a measure that would have added oversight for charter schools in Detroit, members of the DeVos family poured $1.45 million into legislators’ campaign coffers — an average of $25,000 a day for seven weeks. Oversight was not included in the final legislation.

    The DeVos influence is one reason that Michigan’s charter sector is among the least regulated in the country. Roughly 80 percent of charters in Michigan are run by private companies, far more than in any other state. And state authorities have done little up to now to ensure that charter schools are effectively serving students, eliciting concern from current federal authorities.

    “There are a lot of schools that are doing poorly and charter authorizers do not seem to be taking the necessary actions to either improve performance or close those underperforming charters,” current U.S. Secretary of Education John King told Chalkbeat about Michigan last month.

    3. The Common Core would remain a question mark.

    DeVos hasn’t been outspoken about the Common Core, the shared learning standards adopted by most states in recent years. But some of her ties would suggest that she supports the effort to raise and standardize expectations of what students should learn in each grade. She’s on the board of Foundation for Excellence in Education, the group that former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush founded to promote school choice and the Common Core.

    On the campaign trail, Trump routinely denounced the standards — despite his having no authority to “repeal” them — in statements that won applause from conservatives and liberal parents and teachers alike. But his transition team said the meeting with DeVos “focused on the Common Core mission, and setting higher national standards and promoting the growth of school choice across the nation.”

    The statement suggests a possible effort to achieve the standards’ goals without promoting the Common Core brand — exactly the middle path that many states have chosen as they revise the standards, often only lightly, and rename them.

    4. The education secretary won’t be a counterweight to Republican officials.

    Trump’s consideration of Moskowitz and Rhee, both self-identified Democrats, raised the hopes of some that the federal education department’s leader could counterbalance some more hard-right administration officials. (It also prompted one prominent education lobbying group to issue a statement calling on Democrats not to take a position in Trump’s administration.)

    That hope would evaporate if DeVos is the choice, though there is some evidence that she is less extreme than some of the voices gaining prominence in Trump’s administration so far. For one, she did not support Trump even once he became the presumptive Republican nominee, throwing her vote as a party delegate instead behind Ohio Gov. John Kasich. Two years ago, she also publicly called for a Republican leader in Michigan to step down after he made anti-gay and anti-Muslim comments on social media.

    But she is a dyed-in-the-wool Republican party leader who has been more conservative on education issues than some of her colleagues. In fact, DeVos stepped down as chair of Michigan’s Republican party in 2000 after the Republican governor declined to support vouchers. (She later took the position back.)

    Outside of education, her family gave heavily to efforts to ban same sex-marriage in Michigan.

    5. DeVos will have to operate outside of most of the world she has known.

    Many of DeVos’ successes have resulted from using her family’s considerable financial resources. DeVos family foundations reported lifetime charitable giving of more than $1.2 billion earlier this year to institutions ranging from hospitals to arts organizations. Political donations — to oppose gay marriage, support vouchers, and sway lawmakers from increasing oversight to charter schools — came on top of that. As education secretary, she would not be able to rely on her personal wealth and approach to get things done.