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  • What if the Shah of Iran had remained: 35 years later

    09/28/2014 10:03:20 PM PDT · 39 of 44
    norton to kabar
    Intriguing post but I can't tie it to #27.
    Can you elaborate please?

    PS: it was my understanding that the son tried for years to get the US to honor promises made to the Shah, including arms sales that were never delivered to either party.

  • Wonderful Days Of The Past

    09/27/2014 6:09:36 PM PDT · 10 of 84
    norton to navysealdad
    I was going to enter "don't get me started"...but it's too late:

    Stick & paper model airplanes and real hobby shops,
    Saturday double features with a serial and 10 cartoons,
    B.B. guns & pocket knives,
    Boy Scout marksmanship training and my first .22 (Savage #15),
    Family picnics in places you'd avoid today,
    Camping that didn't require a $100,000 RV (bus),
    "public lands" that were open to the public,
    Grandparents and neighbors who would tell you precisely why they left the "old country",
    Actually looking forward to your first job,
    Respecting the president even when your folks had voted for the other guy,
    Respecting your father 'cause he worked two jobs, insisted you apply to college & was OK with the one you chose...OK, that was the sixties and the omens were already bad.

    Like I said, don't get me started.

  • Boeing Faces a Future Without Fighter Jets

    09/19/2014 7:29:05 PM PDT · 53 of 53
    norton to Sequoyah101
    Argue this with a pure conservative capitalist though and see what you get. All black or white with no room for any shade of gray, reason, logic or judgment.

    if you don't work for the feds you must never have seen how the government runs its repair centers, you've never seen how the feds account for time or dollars, and you've never seen how a bureaucracy of unionized workers can lose things, cover errors, stifle individuals, and bury production in paperwork.

    I have direct experience in or with five maintenance centers in two branches and contracts under almost every government hardware procurement system and customer you can name.

    We're a long way beyond a time when one dedicated officer could develop a new rifle at an isolated arsenal, write to a manufacturer for arms for his troops, or influence design of the next model Colt.

    Hint:
    The government mantra is profit-bad, no profit-good. In their hands that translates into making sure losses are explained by procedures, physical plant is justified (even if not used), staffing is up to (drives) budget, and hours are spread until they cover labor cost demand. Procurement costs are driven by a combination of specifications that try to define every needed element without understanding or knowing what is required to do it, and suppliers who know that there is money to be made by finding answers to the inevitable errors.

  • Scottish independence: First referendum results declared

    09/18/2014 9:19:09 PM PDT · 176 of 265
    norton to blueyon
    Looks like the NO's have it

    Big win for Scotland,
    More concessions from London without all the unpleasant effort of actually kicking off a mini-nation and then trying to run the place by yourself.

  • The High-Tech Case For Bringing Back The Draft

    09/15/2014 11:32:48 PM PDT · 41 of 41
    norton to 2ndDivisionVet
    Mixed emotions:

    The draft was far from being fair but it was a wide net that did bring together men from all walks and all levels of skill, smarts, culture, and patriotism.
    For better and for worse.

    The volunteer forces require commitment from the get-go and should be sure to draw only those who intend to make good at it.
    Some for better and some for worse.

    A conscripted military can either bring the home front together in support, as in WW2, or engender a sizeable anti-war movement as during Vietnam.

    From everything we've seen since 9/11 it's clear that the volunteers are capable forces, but in the government's eye, they are assets to be driven until the wheels fall off.

    Despite the apparent high quality of today's troops I'm confident that Rangle and his progressive allies are posturing about a draft because their supporters think that it would somehow equalize risk between the classes.
    How often have we heard that so & so's kid didn't have to go to war but some poor kid joined up for the education benefits or for a decent salary?

    (Yet during the sixties those same democrats screamed about inequities in the draft system.)

    Finally, a quote:

    "...it's nice to be wanted. But the people that Allenby and Hagerott want to enlist for national security are the same ones who are valued in civilian society as key drivers of economic growth."

    (IIRC that's where most company grade officers, the RAF, OSS / spooks, code breakers, and assorted other heroes, came from during WW2.)

    "Scooping up these innovators in the net of universal conscription would make the hard-sell of reinstating the draft even harder."

    (See above regarding class warfare...the elitism of the entire article is self evident.)

  • Big Majority Favors Sending Alien Minors Home

    07/11/2014 2:39:24 PM PDT · 48 of 48
    norton to Oliviaforever
    The problem is that there is a law he passed that prohibits the United States from sending illegal unaccompanied minors from Central America back..."

    "He" was G.W.Bush, not a real firm border control guy regardless how good he may have otherwise been. It does not prohibit return, it requires due process.
    On the other hand, how should it apply?
    100% of these "children" came to us through the courtesy of mexico, they're either mexico's problem or ours & mexico had to work, re-interpret immigration laws, and expedite transport to the USA, in order to scrape them off on us.
    Seems that it's about time we learned how to return the favor. Starting by handing this particular problem, including gang bangers and hopeful relatives marking time just below our only southern border, back to our scumbag neighbors whether "they" like it or not.

    PS to Jim Rob; $25 in the mail as my penance for drive-by reply while speed lurking.

  • MIA remains ID'd, to be buried on anniversary of disappearance

    12/11/2013 9:23:23 PM PST · 37 of 68
    norton to jttpwalsh; LeoWindhorse

    Today there are 1,643 American service members that are still unaccounted-for from the Vietnam War.

  • LBJ Was The Man Who Killed Kennedy

    11/05/2013 6:11:04 PM PST · 67 of 151
    norton to blueunicorn6
    "I think that LBJ was in on it, but I think the Democrat party was also in on it"

    Also; who profits?

    Consider what happened to LBJ(a jerk and a true FDR democrat) after JFK (not the dove he's portrayed to be) was disappeared ?
    The left ate Johnson alive and made sure he was broken away from the Kennedy myth.
    The democrat party turned totally away from anything Truman or JFK would have supported and led us steadily to the fecal repository (can) we find in today's DC.

    LBJ was probably too canny to have a national level opponent burned on his (Texas) turf.

    In '63 I watched the coverage (from college - I was a liberal then...'till drafted) and heard/read all the after reportage, I heard it all again ten years later on tape, read the theories and collect WW2 rifles, and I have no hard opinion on who or where the shots came from ('though the grassy knoll DID stand out in all those real time reports) so I can't add anything to the specific shooter debate.

    But I do seriously believe that the hit was bought and paid for by someone within the party who had a vision of the direction history was fated to go - and now we're almost there.

  • Two children facing deportation after being rescued in kidnapping

    09/23/2013 3:05:16 PM PDT · 9 of 14
    norton to moonshinner_09

    Sounds to me like the guy was just trying to do the right thing...naturally an offense under today’s ground rules.

  • Miss America contestant flaunts massive rib piece tattoo in bikini competition(SGT Theresa Vail)

    09/11/2013 3:06:34 PM PDT · 66 of 200
    norton to ClaytonP
    "What is that junk anyway? some air-headed words that nobody can even read because the ink has blurred?"

    Serenity Prayer and Medical Corps insignia and that ink is a long way from blurring ('though sadly, with time, it will).

  • Kerry makes emotional plea for intervention in Syria

    08/30/2013 3:14:48 PM PDT · 52 of 54
    norton to Nachum
    Does anyone here have a transcript of J(F)K's sermon?

    I'd swear that he left an hour and half gap between cause (arty barrage) and alleged effect ("all hell broke loose").

    If true, the argument that the MB and/or Saudis staged and filmed their "atrocity" after being shelled with conventional weapons gains some force.

  • S. E. Cupp Withdraws from CPAC in Support of Same-Sex Marriage (video)

    02/26/2013 1:55:09 PM PST · 43 of 203
    norton to EveningStar
    OK, I've had it with the "God hates fags", "If you don't agree with everything I say you're not a social conservative" and "ONLY evangelicals and some Cagtholics can really, really, be conservatives" crap.

    Never thought I'd say it, but this is my last input to FR; enjoy your own little world folks.

  • S. E. Cupp Withdraws from CPAC in Support of Same-Sex Marriage (video)

    02/26/2013 1:48:22 PM PST · 41 of 203
    norton to bicyclerepair
    Absolutely agree!
    You don't have to support gay marriage (I do not) in order to believe in inclusion, true tolerance, and the value of allies.
    [I think that tolerance is in the Bible somewhere]

    On the other hand, in the future, I think I will withhold my support from any conservative shorter than 5'7" or taller than 6'1"

  • Group upset by Geico's 'bestiality' ad

    02/26/2013 11:40:00 AM PST · 92 of 103
    norton to E. Pluribus Unum
    I see it as a play on the old saying "men are pigs."

    This add is just the next variation on the "When pigs fly" airline bit with the black guy playing straight man.

    I'm a gekko fan but the pig has been a pretty successful (and funny) addition.

  • Testimony: DHS No Longer Uses Control of Border as Measure of Border Patrol

    02/26/2013 11:08:33 AM PST · 8 of 14
    norton to Nachum
    Perhaps their new job is to keep folks from leaving...

    Look for new BP chekpoints to keep people IN California and OUT of Texas.

  • Kerry Defends Karzai’s 'Legitimate Evaluations' of ISAF After Karzai Kicks Out U.S. Special Forces

    02/26/2013 7:59:01 AM PST · 13 of 15
    norton to chessplayer

    If I was being told to reduce the DOD budget immediatly on March first I know just where I’d begin.

  • Dramatic collision in Southern Ocean leaves anti-whaling boat damaged [w/video]

    02/25/2013 2:16:52 PM PST · 14 of 52
    norton to Slings and Arrows
    Dramatic collision in Southern Ocean leaves anti-whaling boat that was dragging propeller fouling lines in an effort to sobotage a risky refueling at sea wet and damaged.
  • Rove Effort to Destroy Tea Party May be Doomed

    02/25/2013 12:42:02 AM PST · 14 of 16
    norton to ClearCase_guy

    “on the other hand” should read “But, in today’s accepted revised usage as defined by the progressive movement”

  • Is There Any Event the Obamas Won't Ruin?

    02/25/2013 12:16:09 AM PST · 75 of 114
    norton to Cyman
    Clearly the studios only want to sell their movies to half of America.

    More accurate to say that they only make movies for half of America.

  • Dumpling Dread: Fridges Fill With Empty Lantern Festival Tradition

    02/24/2013 12:16:09 AM PST · 4 of 5
    norton to nickcarraway
    yuanxiao translates into English as either "Candy Corn" or "Peeps".
  • As furloughs loom, unions try to soften sequester blow for federal workers

    02/23/2013 12:31:23 PM PST · 21 of 25
    norton to norton
    Oops! Abstruse
  • As furloughs loom, unions try to soften sequester blow for federal workers

    02/23/2013 12:26:32 PM PST · 20 of 25
    norton to OHPatriot
    EPA only gets 6 days??
    On the other hand; I rant a lot about bureaucrats in DOD and the hopelessly obtuse and self serving policies and procedures they embody. Productive work such as I presume yours to be would not be endangered if the feds could squelch their administrative empire building.
  • Prepping - sleepers awake

    02/23/2013 10:04:19 AM PST · 46 of 54
    norton to Microbubba

    Vienna sausage does not hold up al that well past the “best by” date; won’t kill you but texture and taste go way south.

  • I'm quiting the GOP and registering as a Democrat.

    02/23/2013 9:49:43 AM PST · 107 of 113
    norton to norton
    Sorry, posted too soon.
    Adding population to the red states is probably desirable, however, simply a broad and deep increase in registered Independents, drawn from both parties, could force them to reevaluate/reverse their leftward drift.
  • I'm quiting the GOP and registering as a Democrat.

    02/23/2013 9:28:59 AM PST · 106 of 113
    norton to Longbow1969
    What we really need to do is concentrate conservatives in states so we have decisive voter advantages solid enough to do the complete opposite of what liberal states are doing - and challenge the federal government (ignore its rules, etc). Basically, red states need to go so low tax, regulation and as purely free market as we can so that the blue states lose so many businesses and productive people that they literally can’t fund their social welfare states.

    Sounds good & I'd go for the immigration angle if I could. But, "evening the playing field" in Lib-speak would simply mean finding better ways to tax the red states & redistribute income to the blue states.

    That's been done before and led to a dust up over onership of a small island in Charlston harbor.

  • Iran announces uranium discovery, plans to build 16 new nuclear power plants

    02/23/2013 8:19:30 AM PST · 2 of 3
    norton to ExxonPatrolUs

    I’m waiting for Iran to announce it’s first operational moon base. They have just about run the table for bizarre and likely fraudulent claims here on earth.

  • Joe Biden's Shotgun Advice Could Land Jill Biden in Jail

    02/21/2013 4:11:04 PM PST · 10 of 10
    norton to Kid Shelleen
    I have no doubt he was put on the ticket to make Obama look smart.

    Then they got Bo to make Biden look smart - but it backfired.

  • Danica Patrick wins Daytona 500 pole position

    02/17/2013 4:34:25 PM PST · 92 of 126
    norton to Libloather
    I hate to sound like like the PC Police but there's a lot of trash talk going on here and it makes FR sound and look like a high school boy's club.

    Anyone watching Danica Patrick in 2012 should realize that she is serious about racing and will be capable of winning.

    She's gained experience & learned from running in the pack, getting crashed and finally learning to pay it back.

    Like 'em or not, the Go Daddy ads gave her name recognition outside of auto racing as well as guaranteed sponsorship, and they're certainly less demeaning than pimping for reverse mortgages.

    If nothing so far makes the case - Tony Stewart ain't no kinda PC guy and he's putting his name and money behind her ability; he even predicted that she'd go faster than him at Daytona, and she did.
    If you won't bet on Danica, bet on Smoke.

  • Achieve Ye This Goal ... Mark Steyn

    02/17/2013 9:36:42 AM PST · 20 of 28
    norton to factoryrat
    If obama didn’t have a political and media machine to bend to his will, he would probably be one of the homeless living on the streets of chicago, or engaging in jihad in kenya.

    I doubt it,
    The first requires basic skills and the latter requires some form of courage.

  • Illegal immigration. Is it a crime or not?

    02/16/2013 6:54:39 PM PST · 9 of 17
    norton to Lurking Libertarian
    The Irish again, almost as bad as Amish.
    Deport 'em all before they turn the country into a hard working, family oriented hell hole!
  • Perform Criminal Background Checks at Your Peril

    02/16/2013 5:01:32 PM PST · 30 of 56
    norton to Fzob
    The problem with your logic, like the mental condition on gun ownership, is that the bureaucratic definition will likely put murder/rapist on the same level as busted with a baggie.

    I'm related to a guy who can't own a gun and can't vote, he's a nice kid, wouldn't hurt a fly or steal a pencil, but his logic and ability to shift responsibility haven't improved from 25 years ago.

    PS: Is it racist to dump an employee who can't be bonded?

  • Sowell: Guns and Pensions

    02/15/2013 4:51:40 PM PST · 4 of 10
    norton to jazusamo
    I love Thomas Sowell's thoughts and writings. But,

    "In a nuclear age, we may not have time to recover from our short-sighted policies, as we did in World War II."

    He must have farmed this one out to Captain Obvious.

  • Who is Mentally Ill?

    02/14/2013 5:41:23 PM PST · 18 of 24
    norton to SJackson; Robert357
    All very well put; just remember that the USSR and most other socialist states have/had acres of institutionalized citizens because the powers-that-be determined people who opposed their policies to be mentally ill.

    Anyone who thinks Obama and his ilk are beyond that is nuts.

  • How Bing Manipulated Data To Give Obama Higher Marks On His SOTU Speech Than He Deserved

    02/13/2013 6:33:01 PM PST · 7 of 10
    norton to The Looking Spoon
    Indicated response during the speech and feedback NEVER got into positive numbers. Even if Dems rated it all positive the mix would still not allow for the indicated spikes.

    Nonetheless, it's interesting to see that 'Pubs and Independents trended virtually together.

  • Students Told To Stop ‘USA!’ Chant, Take Off American Flag Bandanas (suspended from school)

    02/13/2013 6:09:58 PM PST · 13 of 30
    norton to Figment
    They are offended at USA chants the can drag their sorry butts back where they came from

    Problem is that most of the kids on the other side of the court came from right here and their parents are authorized to be here because the kids provide an anchor (despite the frequent sob stories).

    The problem arises because, regardless of English proficiency, this segment of today's society believes that the culture and machismo of their "Homeland" (not the USA) should predominate simply because there are so many of them here. The roots and foundation of this nation are anathema to their ideology.

    Disclaimer: I don't refer to ALL immigrants from mexico or any other state, very many really DO want to become Americans first, but they are not the ones these school administrators are trying to placate.

  • Top Pentagon Brass Lay Out Details of Sequestration Nightmare

    02/12/2013 4:13:54 PM PST · 16 of 33
    norton to freedumb2003
    obozo will give 2 choices: pay more taxes or else fund the military by firing firemen, police and teachers

    As you noted, federal and local finances are not directly related.

    The problem is that this article decries loss of civilian jobs under the DOD, even claiming that "veterans are hit hardest" but it makes threats about loss of combat readiness and military health care.

    I'd suggest that 30 to 40% of DOD civilians could handily be laid off without damage to national defense and that Tricare is already being down sized, not to mention that a vet working for DOD becomes eligible for two medical and two retirement benefits, both at taxpayer expense.

    Since most federal worker's labor is redundant or simply does not add value or reason to the process, losing up to half of them would not impact defense if they'd simply address the absurd procedures DOD operates under.

    As to firemen, pot holes, and police, the administration and most local administrations will be certain to make any cuts painful on the average citizen while protecting their own.

  • Olympic Arms to New York State – Take Your Business Elsewhere

    02/12/2013 2:35:29 PM PST · 16 of 88
    norton to MarkL
    Since Olympic Arms are specifically listed as being banned by California since about forever I hope they’ve written similar letters to Sacramento in the past.
  • Donovan 1967,The Byrds'70 1st there is a Mountain/ I'm going to catch that horse!

    02/11/2013 9:57:31 PM PST · 32 of 40
    norton to KC Burke
    The song from that era going through my head the last couple of years is “Time” "

    With everything going on today, I'm having "We gotta get outa this place" flashbacks to '68.

  • Sowell: Random Thoughts

    02/11/2013 1:01:44 PM PST · 21 of 37
    norton to Sergio; Persevero; smoothsailing

    Sunday’s L.A. Times ran a cartoon starting with “from my cold dead hands” followed by a drone facing down a cracker with a hunting rifle.

  • The left will be victims of their own political scheming and corruption

    02/10/2013 9:29:32 AM PST · 7 of 10
    norton to Oldpuppymax
    Brings to mind an old joke supposedly coined during pre WW2 war games in which some troops were said to carry broom sticks while others might have cardboard cutouts of equipment.
    The punch line was "Bang, bang! You're dead'...followed by "Rumble, rumble! I'm a tank".
    To be even minimally successful, any insurrection would have to originate within the military/paramilitary.
    (Which might explain why Obama considers returning GIs to be possible terrorists.)
  • LAPD Worried About Dorner on Grammy Weekend

    02/09/2013 11:00:33 PM PST · 16 of 49
    norton to 2ndDivisionVet
    Miller said he has talked with Los Angeles police and found them to “have an anxiety factor that is unbelievable.”

    ...Golly Whiz Captain Obvious!

    Like that wasn't precisely what Dorner had in mind.

  • Woman Votes Multiple Times for Obama in Election 2012 but Denies Voter Fraud!

    02/09/2013 4:55:31 PM PST · 38 of 45
    norton to TurboZamboni
    First; she's a long time poll worker = NO excuse (and no reason for an absentee ballot)

    Second; I really wish this POS had been white.
    I'm aware of the 95% "vote your color" mob but I'm also aware of a whole lot of white progressives who would be totally comfortable with voting for their redemption in handfulls.

  • Couple says SWAT team made mistake, sheriffs disagree

    02/09/2013 4:07:39 PM PST · 38 of 57
    norton to SgtHooper
    flak jackets versus house robes does not bode well.

    I've been there, barefoot and in a T-shirt, not fun!

  • Atheism as the new World "Religion" (ZOT!)

    02/08/2013 6:13:13 PM PST · 49 of 93
    norton to HiTech RedNeck
    For the record, agnostics can't prove or disprove, athiests believe here is nothing to be proven...one is a religion, the other is not.

    There is no reason why an agnostic cannot be as good or better a member of the Judeo-Christian community as any avowed true believer.

    An athiest, not so very likely.

  • Rubio’s Mom Changed His Mind on Immigration

    02/08/2013 5:46:27 PM PST · 19 of 92
    norton to Olog-hai
    Rubio slid into office with Tea Party support and now he is the RINO joy boy for next time. The RINOs are probably salivatiing over the fact that dems and courts gave Obama a free pass over the natural born thing because now they don't have to worry so much about Rubio's birth coming four years before mama and papa were naturalized.

    And, speaking of mama, it's good to learn that he is not only a false flag conserative but a mama's boy (wussie) as well.
    Hey: My mother was thrilled to have her photo taken with Bill Clinton but, while I was glad he didn't hit on her, I didn't decide to support the SOB because she said so.

  • Las Vegas gun dealer said murder suspect Dorner was a customer, but did not buy firearms ...

    02/08/2013 4:21:03 PM PST · 48 of 51
    norton to yarddog
    Don't go there, the authorities certainly should not go there.
    This guy is over the edge nuts but that does not make him stupid.
    He's had enough training, experience, and time to plan and to prepare for contingencies.

    I'd guess that the toasted truck is a diversion & he's laughing his butt off somewhere down the hill.

  • Two Chilling Developments Suggest Asia May Be One Step Away From War

    02/08/2013 1:23:52 PM PST · 31 of 69
    norton to central_va
    "I’ll bet the Free Republic Free Traders would deal with the Chinese similar to the deals made with the Nazi’s as depicted in book catch 22."

    And I'll bet that if "we" stopped hating on each other we just might win an election.

  • Suspected Mass-Murderer's Manifesto Endorses Hillary, Obama, Gun Control, Elite Media

    02/07/2013 6:50:01 PM PST · 30 of 35
    norton to Hot Tabasco
    Gov. Chris Christie. What can I say? You're the only person I would like to see in the White House in 2016 other than Hillary. You're America's no (expletive) taking uncle. Do one thing for your wife, kids, and supporters. Start walking at night and eat a little less, not a lot less, just a little. We want to see you around for a long time. Your leadership is greatly needed.

    Wayne LaPierre, President of the NRA, you're a vile and inhumane piece of (expletive). You never even showed 30 seconds of empathy for the children, teachers, and families of Sandy Hook. You deflected any type of blame/responsibility and directed it toward the influence of movies and the media. You are a failure of a human being. May all of your immediate and distant family die horrific deaths in front of you.

    Chris Matthews, Joe Scarborough, Pat Harvey, Brian Williams, Soledad Obrien, Wolf Blitzer, Meredith Viera, Tavis Smiley, and Anderson Cooper, keep up the great work and follow Cronkite's lead. I hold many of you in the same regard as Tom Brokaw and the late Peter Jennings.

    Cooper, stop nagging and berating your guest, they're your (guest). Mr. Scarborough, we met at McGuire's pub in P-cola in 2002 when I was stationed there. It was an honor conversing with you about politics, family, and life.

    This is only the closing, taken from local (L.A.) ABC site...not "just the internet!

    The guy is clearly from the left, self pitying, Etc.

    Seems that this should suffice as a reasonable counter balance to all the Sandy Hook propaganda.

  • News Media Scrub Crazy Liberal And Suspected Mass Murderer's Manifesto

    02/07/2013 2:10:14 PM PST · 8 of 30
    norton to JohnPDuncan
    I'd just read this on Drudge when it came up on FR.

    Just Damn! Even Fox is whitewashing the manifesto so that the shooter is simply seen as a flake; not a "progressive" flake, although his race fixation kinda points that way.

  • Is there ever a good reason to allow the killing of American citizens without due process?

    02/07/2013 8:03:27 AM PST · 40 of 110
    norton to Mrs. Don-o
    Plus, for all we know, he believes 2nd Amendment supporters are terorists too, especially us at Free Republic.

    Count on it.