HOME/ABOUT  Prayer  SCOTUS  ProLife  BangList  Aliens  StatesRights  ConventionOfStates  WOT  HomosexualAgenda  GlobalWarming  Corruption  Taxes  Congress  Fraud  MediaBias  GovtAbuse  Tyranny  Obama  ObamaCare  Elections  Polls  Debates  Trump  Carson  Cruz  Bush  OPSEC  Benghazi  InfoSec  BigBrother  IRS  Scandals  TalkRadio  TeaParty  FreeperBookClub  HTMLSandbox  FReeperEd  FReepathon  CopyrightList  Copyright/DMCA Notice 

Please keep those donations coming in, folks. Our 1st quarter FReepathon is off to a great start and we have a chance of getting 'er done early! Thank you all very much!!

Or by mail to: Free Republic, LLC - PO Box 9771 - Fresno, CA 93794
Free Republic 1st Quarter Fundraising Target: $88,000 Receipts & Pledges to-date: $37,868
Woo hoo!! And the first 43% is in!! Thank you all very much!! God bless.

Posts by MarkL

Brevity: Headers | « Text »
  • Hamas PM Haniya in Friday Sermon: We Are Digging Tunnels East of Gaza

    02/04/2016 7:58:02 PM PST · 11 of 13
    MarkL to DeoVindiceSicSemperTyrannis

    I have to give it to the Egyptians, for coming up with a way to get rid of the tunnels.

    Locate them using ground-penetrating radar, then pump them full of sea water.

    My favorite part is how the people in Gaza cry about the water pouring into the streets after the tunnels have been flooded.

    Israel needs to follow up and take it up a few notches.


  • The Air Force Is Finally Getting The Flying Arsenal Ship It Badly Needs

    02/04/2016 6:36:20 AM PST · 22 of 24
    MarkL to ZOOKER

    The Air Force has been trying to kill the A10 since before it actually went into production!


  • The e-Mail Scandal Stretches Far Beyond Hillary

    02/04/2016 6:26:11 AM PST · 20 of 28

    I believe that any email message, sourced by government computers, that is deemed “top secret” is only carried by computers on isolated networks, meaning there is no electronic communications directly possible between the secure networks and computers on non-secure networks and the Internet.

    The only way that top secret emails sourced on government computers could have found their way to the Clinton email server is that someone had to PHYSICALLY MOVE the messages to non-secure computers and networks.


  • Hacker "Guccifer" Welcomes Extradition

    02/04/2016 6:06:56 AM PST · 8 of 11

    Future victim of “Arkancide” (Chappaquacide? DCcide?)


  • The Regrettable Decline of Higher Learning

    02/04/2016 6:00:16 AM PST · 10 of 32

    I think that a big part of the problem might be due to the very thing that made America great. Historically, Americans have had something of a “Calvinist” attitude, believing in hard work, and getting the job done. That led to the oft used meme, “those who can, do. Those who can’t, teach.”

    This has resulted in the creation of “schools of education,” which are havens for miscreants and morons, people who couldn’t make it doing productive things. Of course, many wonderful people are FORCED to go through these schools, in order to become wonderful teachers in the real world. But far more graduate who don’t know what they teach, and/or are completely unable to pass on any sort of information as educators.

    Universities, once hot-beds of “revolutionary thought,” these leftist students never left the universities, and eventually went on to teach, and even run them. And now, even convicted terrorists are welcome as “professors” on campuses.

    It doesn’t bode well for the future, but unfortunately, it might have been partly caused by Americans’ wish to perform and succeed.


  • $1.5 Billion Powerball Pot Just $522 Million After Taxes

    01/28/2016 6:13:36 PM PST · 44 of 46
    MarkL to mad_as_he$$
    Lottery winnings are exempt from State taxes in MI?

    I believe that some states waive the state tax in multi-state lotteries, since they already profit from the lotteries.


  • $1.5 Billion Powerball Pot Just $522 Million After Taxes

    01/28/2016 6:10:47 PM PST · 43 of 46
    MarkL to DCBryan1; Cletus.D.Yokel
    You can't guarantee that the state lottery commission or the insurance company that issues the annuity will ever fulfill their promise. Only a fool would trust a state entity or an insurance company on a promised future payment that large.


    You hit the nail on the head:

    Lottery winners in Illinois get IOUs for prizes over $600


  • $1.5 Billion Powerball Pot Just $522 Million After Taxes

    01/28/2016 6:06:09 PM PST · 42 of 46
    MarkL to FrankR
    With the outlay of $1

    Nope. The powerball is a $2 ticket. But that's not the best part...

    I've heard it claimed that lotteries are taxes on the poor, but that's not really the case. It's a tax on the mathematically challenged.

    The best example of this was from a few years ago, when the organized crime syndicate behind it wanted to help jack up the grand prizes. They figured out that the best way for this was fewer big payouts, and new marketing.

    Their solution was to add additional numbers to the set of possible number, effectively reducing the odds of winning the jackpot by about 40%.

    At the same time, they rolled out a marketing campaign, stating that the additional numbers from which to choose "gives you more ways to win!"

    I read somewhere that the odds of being struck by lightning WHILE being attacked by a shark are greater than winning the jackpot.

    Still you can't win if you don't pay, even if the odds of winning are fractionally better than 0%. So I'll admit, I also pay my share of the "Stupid Tax," buying a couple of tickets when the jackpot hits about $300M or more.

    But it's funny how much more honest "The Mob" was when they ran lotteries, better known as "The Numbers." Back then, when you won, you actually collected what they promised. Funny how much more honest "the Mob" was than the REAL "organized crime syndicate," also known as the government.


  • Susan Sarandon: Hillary 'failed me'

    01/28/2016 5:45:46 PM PST · 51 of 52
    MarkL to Sub-Driver

    Susan, “you ignorant slut!”

    Hillary didn’t “fail” you. She failed the brave men helping to guard ambassador Stevens. She failed all the those in Benghazi as they came under organized terrorist fire. She failed the brave men who paid with their lives, tying to protect the ambassador. She failed families of those who were killed attempting to protect the ambassador from the terrorists, when she lied to their faces as their remains were unloaded within flag draped coffins. She failed them again as she had her minions lie over and over again about why they died.

    And she failed them in the worst possible way, as she now claims that those families either “misremember” what she said, or even calling them outright liars.

    Sarandon, your feeling are hurt, and you claim Hillary failed you, because you didn’t get your way.

    Hillary failed us, through her ineptitude and inability to do the job to which she was appointed. And now she wants to be POTUS!


  • US requires Judea-Samaria goods to be labeled

    01/28/2016 5:28:50 PM PST · 36 of 46

    Hense Barky’s trip to, and speech at the Israeli embassy in DC.

    He wanted to personally stab Israel in the back, while telling the world how anti-semitism is on the rise around the world.

    Requiring goods produced in pali occupied Israel to NOT be marked as “product of Israel.” I guess it’s not too different than refusing to allow parents of American born children, born in Jerusalem, to put “Jerusalem, Israel” as their birth-place on official documents, like passports. I’ve got a couple of cousins who are American citizens with just that dilemma.


  • First on CNN: North Korea may have tested components of a hydrogen bomb

    01/28/2016 5:22:08 PM PST · 31 of 35
    MarkL to scooby321
    ISIS is running all over Libya and North Africa

    Nothing to see here, move along. After all, ISIS is the "JV" team, and they're no "existential threat" to the United States.

    Barky promised that we have nothing to worry about.


  • First on CNN: North Korea may have tested components of a hydrogen bomb

    01/28/2016 5:13:53 PM PST · 30 of 35

    Quite possible. As I recall from college physics, the energy required to initiate fusion in a thermonuclear device is generally through the use of a fission “bomb.”

    That would explain the “smallish” explosion detected.


  • NY Court Orders "Re-Education" For Farmers Refusing Gay Wedding [Room 101, Matthew 11]

    01/28/2016 5:00:38 PM PST · 37 of 60

    On the one hand, this reminds me of the South Park episode, “Concentration Camp of Tolerance.” That was a great episode, but it was satire from “the prophits” Trey & Matt.

    I wonder if they thought it would actually come true?

    In reality, this reminds me of the Soviet Union’s gulags, and the “reeducation camps” of Mao’s China, Pol Pot’s Cambodia, and modern North Korea.

    I never thought I’d see liberals, who used to (ostensibly) champion the individual, become Stalinists. I wonder if they realize just how bad this is becoming. Unfortunately, I doubt they’ll notice.

    The left has effectively changed the education system into an indoctrination system, in less than 50 years. I guess it helps when convicted terrorists are placed in charge of the curriculum.

    The last, great hope of humanity, the United States of America, founded on the Constitution, has become a banana republic.


  • A Tale of Two Tapes: Teen Cruz and Terror-Coddler Obama

    01/27/2016 7:13:16 AM PST · 3 of 3

    Yet another dazzling display of idiocy by the left.

    Amazing how many “comedians” claim to be “liberal” when leftists prove over and over again that they have no sense of humor. Of course, that could be why most comedians today simply aren’t very funny, especially those who venture into political topics.

    A well spoken, intelligent teenager, videotaped decades ago, obviously a joke, says he’s planning world domination, and the leftist media goes bonkers.

    Obama says in interviews as a presidential candidate that he wants to fundamentally change the USA, and that the Constitution is a bunch of “negative rights,” and that same leftist media claims, “he doesn’t really mean it.”


  • DeLay: FBI 'Ready to Indict' Hillary

    01/25/2016 11:26:17 PM PST · 82 of 96

    Who else here has noticed Hillary’s “Clintonian” verbal parsing?

    “I have not sent or received any emails marked “classified.”

    That is the absolute truth. The government doesn’t have a classification of “classified.” There’s confidential, secret, top secret, and so on...

    Just like how Bill & Monica were never alone (there were other people in the White House,) and “it depends on what the meaning of ‘is’ is.”

    However, the acceptance of classified information (even if it’s not marked with a security classification - the information itself is a dead giveaway!) onto non-secure storage is in itself, a crime. As is the transfer of that information. As is giving the order to transfer the information.

    There have been a whole lot of criminal acts going on.


  • PBS Contributor: Star Wars Could Use a "Muslim Jedi named Mohammed"

    01/24/2016 5:53:20 PM PST · 79 of 81
    MarkL to disndat
    Since when did moon god worshipers care about the stars?

    Barky seems to think so...

    Don't you remember that he designated a new goal of NASA to be to make mussies feel better about themselves?



  • PBS Contributor: Star Wars Could Use a "Muslim Jedi named Mohammed"

    01/24/2016 5:47:33 PM PST · 78 of 81
    MarkL to Popman
    Star Wars takes place in the future...

    There are no Muslims...

    Actually, it takes place "Long Ago, in a Galaxy Far, Far Away."

    But there were still no mussies there.


  • [Palestinian Authority] PA blames US for 9/11 and creating imaginary 'terror'

    01/24/2016 4:03:19 PM PST · 15 of 17

    ... And paid for by the American tax payer.


  • Norway's Biggest Bank Calls For Nation to Stop Using Cash

    01/24/2016 3:43:55 PM PST · 33 of 75

    A “cashless society” will finally give the last vestige of personal control over to the government. At that point, every transaction you make will be traced, and in one way or another, approved by a “controlling legal authority.”

    There will be no aspect of your life that can’t be tracked and controlled.

    I hate the idea of a “cashless society.”


  • Bombshell: Hillary e-mails may have exposed human intel source

    01/22/2016 9:50:05 PM PST · 47 of 62
    MarkL to TigersEye
    There was a hacker in Eastern Europe who had hacked Sid "Vicious" Blumenthal's email account, and when some of the messages between him and Hillary were released, that exposed the fact that Hillary was using a private, secret email account, hosted on her own physical server.


  • Bombshell: Hillary e-mails may have exposed human intel source

    01/22/2016 9:42:24 PM PST · 44 of 62

    I’ve long believed that unsecured emails betrayed the position of ambassador Stevens, allowing a well planned, coordinated attack on the locations.

    It may not have been Hillary’s server that revealed the location and itinerary of the ambassador. Hillary’s secret, yet unsecured email account was discovered after emails exchanged between her formerly secret account and that of Sidney Blumenthal were discovered on an Eastern European hacker’s system. Many of those emails discussed Libya.


  • IHOP's (International House of Prayer) Mike Bickle Endorses Ted Cruz for President

    01/22/2016 4:58:24 PM PST · 42 of 65
    MarkL to 2ndDivisionVet

    I wish, I’m trying to decide what to have for dinner, and IHOP(ancakes) sounds good...

    On a completely different topic...

    The other night, I tried Denny’s new Pot Roast Melt sandwich, and my ladyfriend had their new Philly Chicken & Cheese melt. Both were absolutely FANTASTIC! A bit expensive, but WOW! Plus they’ve got specialty blackberry deserts right now!


  • State tries to delay Clinton email release, blaming snowstorm

    01/22/2016 4:32:35 PM PST · 41 of 54
    MarkL to Chode

    I read that Hillary!’s IT guy, you know, the guy who took the fifth, “wiped” her email server, without really wiping it clean. The description I read was incredibly insecure.

    I’ve done IT support work in secure areas of a couple of different government and military organizations, and in those cases, the way to “wipe” a hard drive was to degause the drive, then chuck it in a metal shredder.

    If Hillary was serious, she would have at least had the hard drives physically destroyed.

    “Three Letter Acronym” agencies are remarkably good at recovering data, when properly motivated. And my guess is that career FBI agents and technicians are getting pretty pissed off at Hillary calling them stooges of the pubbies.


  • 13 Hours Benghazi Film Nails Clinton, Obama Betrayal Without Saying a Word

    01/22/2016 4:05:30 PM PST · 14 of 26
    MarkL to Kaslin
    That arrogant pos occupant of 1600 Pennsylvania Ave could have saved Ambassador Stevens and the other three if he had given the order, but chose not to. Their death is on his shoulder

    I have no doubt that these warriors & ambassador Stevens are dead because Obama and Clinton wanted (i.e. needed, for political expedience) Stevens, and any material witnesses, dead. I seriously doubt they wanted ANY American survivors of the incident.

    Something very ugly was going on there, and Obama and Clinton wanted no witnesses.


  • Bernie Sanders Is Now the 'Inevitable' Democratic Nominee and Presidential Winner

    01/17/2016 8:34:30 PM PST · 41 of 42
    MarkL to MinuteGal
    We should all be careful of what we hope for.

    I certainly don't wish for Biden to run. But I believe it will happen. I believe that there will be indictments filed against Hillary, both under the espionage act, as well as for public corruption (and possibly against the Clinton Initiative, though that's much more doubtful.)

    The reasons are less than Hillary's criminal acts, something that would normally be ignored by a dem "justice department," as well as by the submissive press, but I believe goes all the way back to the 2008 dem primaries, and Hillary's attacks on Obama. In fact, that's even the reason that the just-us department might even investigate the Clinton slush-fund, because Bill was mean to Barky too.

    But it's personal, and I think that Obmam's going to end Hillary's political career.


  • Bernie Sanders Is Now the 'Inevitable' Democratic Nominee and Presidential Winner

    01/16/2016 8:26:47 PM PST · 16 of 42
    MarkL to 2ndDivisionVet

    Nope, it’s going to be a Biden/Warren ticket, and McConnel will vote for them, over Cruz or Trump.


  • In Defense of Ted Cruz’s Quip About “New York Values”

    01/16/2016 7:48:50 PM PST · 59 of 73
    MarkL to TBBT

    Scumbags like whore-aldo are trying to whip up a leftist Jewish fear of a combination of Evangelicals AND conservatives.

    I left my synagogue (and ended my no charge, volunteer IT support of their computer systems) due to the rabbi’s rabid anti-gun (and other leftist) views (guess what I think about Obama and his and the angry wookie’s decision to raise their children as members of “The Church of Hatred and Racism” of reverend Wright.)

    Far too many Jews have fallen into the trap of actually believing that the government will protect them. It never worked in Europe (even to this day,) it didn’t work in Czarist Russia, and it didn’t work in the USSR. The only place is the USA, and it’s the Constitution that’s protected Jews all these years in the USA, NOT the government.

    But as we watch the government, and FAR too many people, reject the Constitution, those protections will end. I’ve read that the fastest growing religion in the USA is islam. That doesn’t bode well for Jews in the US, and quite frankly, the Jews are the “canary in the coal mine” for Christians as well.


  • The Founders Would Vote to Impeach Barack Obama

    01/16/2016 10:32:41 AM PST · 26 of 40
    MarkL to Kaslin

    The founders would have challenged him to a duel!


  • Harris-Perry Guest Rips Cruz/Christie for Calling Obama 'Boy'—Except They Didn't

    01/16/2016 10:23:40 AM PST · 21 of 39
    MarkL to governsleastgovernsbest

    The problem isn’t that turner wasn’t listening.

    It’s just that the voices in her head speak louder than the TV. Maybe if she turned up her television...

    On the other hand, no leftist has ever let the truth get in the way of their imagination (AKA lies.)


  • Michelle Malkin: ‘My Base Is Fed Up with Fox Murdoch ‘Treacherous Bedfellow’

    01/15/2016 7:58:45 PM PST · 58 of 65
    MarkL to Will88; Resolute Conservative

    I had never heard of “One America News” network until now, but I just learned that if you’ve got Roku or Amazon Fire ( they’ve got an app for the pad, but I think it might be available for Amazon’s Fire stick/tv) it’s available for free!

    I’ll check it out over the weekend.

    Thanks for the heads up!


  • Michelle Malkin: ‘My Base Is Fed Up with Fox Murdoch ‘Treacherous Bedfellow’

    01/15/2016 7:32:45 PM PST · 57 of 65
    MarkL to longfellow
    Colmbes is just an obama colostomy bag.

    Hey! A colostomy bag is an important, useful thing. Calling Colmes a "colostomy bag" of any sort is not only an insult to all ostomy pouches, but an insult to the contents of a full pouch!


    p.s. I'm an "ostomate" :-)

  • Attkisson: ‘Overwhelming Body of Evidence’ Benghazi Rescue Teams Turned Back

    01/13/2016 10:00:16 PM PST · 37 of 45
    MarkL to blueunicorn6
    What were they doing in Libya that panicked them so bad that they dropped everything and ran?

    Probably funneling arms from Libya to Al Queda and ISIS.

    You know all those Toyota trucks in the ISIS videos? They were sold through the US State Department.


  • Attkisson: ‘Overwhelming Body of Evidence’ Benghazi Rescue Teams Turned Back

    01/13/2016 9:59:09 PM PST · 36 of 45
    MarkL to blueunicorn6
    What were they doing in Libya that panicked them so bad that they dropped everything and ran?

    Probably funneling arms from Libya to Al Queda and ISIS.

    You know all those Toyota trucks in the ISIS videos? They were sold through the US State Department.


  • Attkisson: ‘Overwhelming Body of Evidence’ Benghazi Rescue Teams Turned Back

    01/13/2016 9:55:48 PM PST · 35 of 45
    MarkL to Hojczyk
    For quite some time now, I've thought that the ambassador may have either discovered something bad, or possibly had second thoughts about what they were doing, the results being that he had to die, at least according to Barky and his minions.

    That would certainly explain calling rescue forces back.


  • What If You Bought All 292 Million of the Possible Powerball Combinations?

    01/13/2016 9:33:30 PM PST · 76 of 82
    MarkL to Hawthorn
    Whenever I find something that I’ve lost, I always find it in the last place I looked. Every time!

    The first time I ever heard that was from David Brenner. What an incredibly funny guy he was.


  • What If You Bought All 292 Million of the Possible Powerball Combinations?

    01/13/2016 9:26:56 PM PST · 75 of 82
    MarkL to JohnnyP
    And I had a cups and balls set in the fourth grade.



  • What If You Bought All 292 Million of the Possible Powerball Combinations?

    01/13/2016 8:57:54 PM PST · 71 of 82
    MarkL to ConorMacNessa

    Whenever I purchase a lottery ticket, I always refer to is as paying the “stupid tax.”

    I’m so tired of hearing people say that these state run lotteries are “a tax on the poor.” It’s not. It’s a tax on the stupid, or as you so aptly put it, “the mathematically challenged.”

    The best example of this is that a few years back, when they added additional numbers to the “game,” changing the odds from about 1 in 174 million, to roughly 1 in 300 million. The Power Ball “people” advertised this as “More Ways to Win!” And sales went up!

    And finally, when organized crime ran “numbers games,” the winners actually got the money they were promised. The “house” made plenty of money, but they didn’t take an excessive “vig.” Once the government took over (REALLY organized crime!) they rigged the game to be sure they don’t pay out what they promised, unless you’re willing to wait 3 decades for the full payout, giving the government an interest free loan. Plus, it guarantees they’ll collect the taxes.


  • VANITY-Have to Buy A New Car-Any Recommendations?

    01/13/2016 5:30:59 AM PST · 42 of 102
    MarkL to AbolishCSEU

    FWIW, I’ve had great luck with Toyotas, and I’m currently on my third one.

    I bought a brand new 1990 Toyota Carolla, and after putting about 230,000 miles on it, traded it in on a brand new 2000 Carolla. The 1990 was still in great shape, no rust, still getting 33 mpg on the highway, losing a little bit of oil, down about a half quart at each oil change. But the car was at a “perfect storm” point in maintenance: Needed all new front end parts (nothing had previously been replaced, but all the adjustment was “used up,”) new tires, new brakes, new timing belt, new clutch (the original clutch completely went out as I was pulling into the dealership to trade it in!), new shocks & struts, and a couple of other things I’ve since forgotten that would have cost about $4000 to replace. It only needed 2 repairs the during the decade I had it, one of which was covered under warranty, the other was a freak happening (a cracked exhaust manifold, requiring replacing it and the radiator. I have no doubt that had I been willing to spend the money, I might still be driving that car today.

    It was a similar situation with the 2000 Carolla, but when I was looking for a new car, there was the hysteria about the sticking throttle, so in January 2011, I bought a Kia Sportage instead. Big mistake. It was OK, but crappy mileage, it could barely get out of its own way, and the driver’s seat was really uncomfortable for me.

    In January 2014, I traded the Kia in for a 2013 Toyota Rav4, and I’ve loved it ever since.


  • The Revenant – DiCaprio’s Finest (Three Stars)

    01/12/2016 8:30:27 PM PST · 51 of 68
    MarkL to Osage Orange
    A remake of this...which was a damn good movie.

    Speaking of remakes, is anyone else looking forward to "Pride and Prejudice and Zombies?"


  • The Revenant – DiCaprio’s Finest (Three Stars)

    01/12/2016 8:23:09 PM PST · 50 of 68
    MarkL to Extremely Extreme Extremist

    Agreed. And add the the list “What’s eating Gilbert Grape” when he was young, and “The Departed.”


  • 'Suicidal deer' sign making drivers take notice

    01/12/2016 6:02:45 AM PST · 22 of 50

    Ron White talks deer hunting...



  • 'Who the hell wants to woo her!': Trump renews attacks on Megyn Kelly ahead of Fox debate

    01/11/2016 8:34:27 PM PST · 137 of 235

    If she weren’t married, I’d do my best to “woo her!” Not that I’d ever have a chance, but still.

    Whadda-Babe! And smart too!


  • NEW EMAIL shows adviser telling Hillary to CREATE PALESTINIAN UNREST in order to pressure...

    01/11/2016 8:16:42 PM PST · 36 of 49
    MarkL to txrefugee

    ISIS, Al Queda, Taliban, and any bloodthirsty jihadi muslim, all courtesy of Saudi Arabia, thanks to their support of Wahabism.

    They pay for the madrassas, all over the world, that teach young, impressionable muslims to hate and kill the infidel.

    To this day, they supply elementary schools in pali occupied Israel with “teaching materials” that teach the children how important it is to destroy Israel and murder Jews and Christians.


  • Illegals given nearly 50% of California drivers licenses

    01/11/2016 6:21:00 PM PST · 23 of 38
    MarkL to Telepathic Intruder
    The TSA has announced it will no longer accept licenses from 9 states, including California.

    But they'd be perfectly legal as "voter ID." If only CA required voter ID.

    Betcha the press will never look into the huge number of votes cast, compared to the number of citizens in CA.

    Just like the press in and around St Louis (MO) ignored the illegal keeping of polling stations open in dem districts well past the posted closing times, and the fact that more votes were cast in St Louis county that the population of legal voters. It went heavily dem.


  • Internet Explorer 8, 9 and 10 out of support this week

    01/10/2016 9:11:46 PM PST · 20 of 33
    MarkL to Utilizer

    TV’s Andy Levy on FNC’s “Red Eye” put it best, when he said, Microsoft has announced that Internet Explorer 11 will be the last version of IE. Congratulations to Netscape for winning the ‘browser war!’”


  • Obama will not endorse candidate in Democratic primary race

    01/10/2016 9:09:08 PM PST · 22 of 48
    MarkL to Olog-hai

    Barky is giggling into the night about how he’s got Hillary! over a barrel.

    We’ve seen what a petulant little child he is, and I have no doubt that he hold grudges. His ruling that Hillary not be able to hire Sid Vicious goes back to the 2008 dem primaries.

    I believe that at this point, he’s going to wait until Hillary is indicted, and get Biden (or maybe even Warren) proclaimed as the dem candidate. He’ll pardon Hillary on the conditions that she never run for POTUS, she does nothing to make waves against Barky’s hand-picked replacement, and of course, keep her trap shut about everything they’ve done (arming terrorists in the ME, running guns to narco-terrorists in Mexico, etc...)


  • No one won the $900 million Powerball -- now it's up to $1.3 billion [Unprecedented]

    01/10/2016 10:29:36 AM PST · 59 of 88
    MarkL to Allen In Texas Hill Country
    The question then is: if the winner gives any substantial amount to another individual does that person have to pay taxes again on that money?

    Any money given away (after having paid federal taxes) is then taxed at 55% by the "gift tax," after a $1 million exemption.

    Yes, the money you just paid nearly 40% in taxes on to receive, is now taxed at 55% to give away. But there's no "income tax" on the part of the receiver. The "giver" is liable for the gift tax.


  • No one won the $900 million Powerball -- now it's up to $1.3 billion [Unprecedented]

    01/10/2016 9:48:48 AM PST · 58 of 88
    MarkL to SeekAndFind
    I'll admit that I paid my "stupid tax" the other night.

    when they changed the odds of matching all the Powerball numbers, from about one in 175 million to one in 292.2 million

    The reason I call it "the stupid tax" is obvious, but the proof is how they advertised the change in odds. By nearly cutting the odds in half by adding additional numbered balls, they proclaimed that "Now you have more ways to win!"

    The leftists, who happily collect the money from lotteries, claim this is a "tax on the poor." But it's really not. It's a tax on the ignorant. Sure, "someone has to win," but you never hear about the fact that when organized crime ran these sorts of things, at least they were honest when someone wins. For instance, if you win the big prizes with PowerBall, you only receive the full amount promised if you agree to collect the prize over 3 decades. If you want the money now, the government takes a percentage right off the top. Then you're subject to taxes as well.


  • Obama Executive Order May Require Those Selling Even a Single Firearm to Become Licensed Dealers

    01/04/2016 11:45:41 PM PST · 78 of 88

    So in other words, the POTUS is going to try to redefine what a business is.


  • Internet and work

    01/04/2016 11:28:55 PM PST · 74 of 87
    MarkL to saleman

    If management really insists on this, maybe you could suggest that for after hours, one person be “on-call” to handle the Internet requests after hours.

    I work in IT as a salaried network administrator, where there is no such thing as “my own time.” A couple of weeks ago, at 11:30pm, a couple of application servers went nuts and sent out 138,000 error messages by email to the developers, effectively shutting down our email system. I received a call and had to delete the error messages from the email servers’ queues. Thank goodness for remote access!

    A normal work week for me is 60-70 hours, and besides the normal 10hr x 5 day work week, we have to perform maintenance between 10:30pm & 6am weekdays, or between 8pm Saturday & 6am Monday mornings. And if something critical goes REALLY wrong, well, I’ve had more 36+ hour work days than I care to remember over the years (I’ve been in IT since 1986.)

    However, we rotate off-hour end user support coverage within the department (in fact, this is my week “in the barrel.”) One guy is on 24 hour call from Monday through Sunday, spread around between 5 guys.