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  • Everytown, Florida Moms Demand Action Release Poll That Shows Strong Majority Of Floridians Oppose

    03/30/2015 9:55:41 AM PDT · 11 of 14
    Oatka to rktman

    They are blanketing the media. Do a search on “Majority Of Floridians Oppose Guns On Campus And In K-12 Schools Legislation” and see how many websites are, in most cases, uncritically reproducing this bogus poll with no comments allowed.

    Next you will be seeing these figures reported as holy writ by the larger outfits, just like the “school shootings” since Sandy Hook b/s.

  • Gabrielle Giffords and Mark Kelly are Harvard Law School’s 2015 Class Day Speakers

    03/29/2015 5:19:31 PM PDT · 21 of 22
    Oatka to rktman; Bigg Red
    Puppet to invade institute of "higher" edumakation with puppeteer firmly in place.

    One picture is worth . . .

  • World War II Bomber Drops Human Munitions Over Chicago

    03/28/2015 7:48:43 PM PDT · 19 of 41
    Oatka to FunkyZero
    A view from outside of another B-17 courtesy Jetman. I about wet myself at 1:52 (:09 ain't bad either).
  • What Was the WORST Movie You've Seen This Past Year?

    03/28/2015 12:30:25 PM PDT · 132 of 148
    Oatka to RetSignman
    Eraser Head... it was so weird I kept watching it to see if there was any sane explanation of the plot...there wasn’t.

    Thanks. I started watching it, twice so far, because of the cult status, but gave it up after fifteen minutes for the same reason.

  • Some People Just Want to Be Ruled, and Some Just Don’t

    03/28/2015 12:14:43 PM PDT · 19 of 23
    Oatka to Vigilanteman
    These weren't winos, druggies or derelicts, just people who liked having somebody else take responsibility for the basic decisions in their lives. Some might describe it as an assisted living facility for the physically able bodied.

    I say this as someone who was brought up in NYC in the late '40s, but have lived in various rural areas for all of my adult life - you have just described people who live in cities to a "T".

  • Why There Is No Wage Growth In America

    03/28/2015 11:41:22 AM PDT · 13 of 24
    Oatka to rbg81
    Automated factories can churn out goods cheaply, but who is going to buy them in no one has a good job?

    Back in the '50s I was up in the NorthEast and read where a Ford representative, or one of the automakers, was giving a demo on some new automated production line equipment. He was bragging on how the robots needed no vacations, sick days, rest room breaks, etc.

    One of the union reps asked him how many cars did those robots buy. Embarrassed silence. While I always looked askance at any union, I thought the guy had a point.

    Although not automation, a similar situation showed up years later, when Perot was running for President. He showed a photo of a Ford plant in Mexico and asked "What's wrong with this picture?" Hell, I couldn't see anything wrong. He pointed out that the factory had no parking lots. The workers there couldn't afford to buy the product they were making - they were bused in from the nearby slums. That, to me, was NAFTA in a nutshell, and has been reinforced every year since.

  • How your smart TV is watching you

    03/27/2015 2:41:58 PM PDT · 73 of 75
    Oatka to Roman_War_Criminal
    Everybody is a suspect.....


  • Illegal Alien Police Officers? [Coming Soon to a City Near You]

    03/27/2015 8:39:11 AM PDT · 12 of 21
    Oatka to SeekAndFind
    We'd be in for some "interesting times" if that went into effect. It appears that the police in Mexico City rent out their uniforms when off duty.

    Police Corruption Widely Accepted in Mexico, Experts Say.

  • Gov’t could swallow your backyard for new national monuments

    03/25/2015 12:51:52 PM PDT · 5 of 6
    Oatka to Sean_Anthony

    In a related note - an alert, especialy to Nevada residents, from Carol Bundy:


    My Friends,

    It is simple, the land belongs to the people.

    The natural resources of America are being stolen from the people and claimed by the federal government. Everything we eat, wear, live in, use and so on comes from the earth. If we lose access to the land and natural resources we become beggars to those who control access. Without doubt this is the greatest immediate threat to the individual person and people as a whole. More lives, liberties and property can be taken under this threat than any other we see.

    The Nevadan’s Resource Rights Bill (NRR) AB408 has only had a number for five days and it is already the most publicly supported bill in the session, out of nearly a thousand. However, we are starting to see opposition to the bill mount by those that want the federal government to own and control all the land and resources. We need to make sure we are louder than them. If you have not already done it, please go to the link below and show your support for the bill. If you can come to Carson City to support the bill on March 31st, please clink on that link and let us know.

    You do NOT need to be a Nevada resident to show your support for this bill. In fact, legislators pay special attention to bills that are receiving national support simply because those bills are likely to end up on national news.

    We sincerely hope this bill will be picked up by other states, your state, so that you will be protected as well.

    Here are the links:
    Go this link to show support for the bill, select bill number AB408, select FOR, and put in your name and address. This is the official website for the Nevada Legislature and legislators use it to determine public support. If you are a citizen of Nevada it is a bonus, but it does not matter where you live, we need the support of all the States around us including those out east. Please click on the link and fill in the form to show your support for the bill.

    Show up in Carson City, March 31st at 9 am. Over 15 Nevada State Legislators sponsored the NRR bill and have asked that we fill the house during the committee hearing. We must show up in person and make our presence known. If we fill the house, the committee will pass it and the talk of the 2015 session will be the NRR bill (AB408). With enough of your physical support in Carson City the committee will pass the NRR bill and it will have a substantial chance of becoming Nevada law soon after. We have many rooms booked and buses chartered from Las Vegas and Phoenix. If you plan on coming to Carson City click on this link to receive further information.

    Send this email to your family and friends and ask them to support as well.”

    Thank you,

    Ammon Bundy

    Nevadans’ Resource Rights Bill (NRR) - AB408

    “It is simple, the land belongs to the people”

    AN ACT relating to the right of an individual to beneficially use the natural resources on public land, the right of private property owners to beneficially use the natural recourses on deeded property, the right of the public to access public land; prohibiting the Federal Government from owning or regulating certain lands or other natural resource including minerals and the right to use public waters without proper cession from the state as set forth in the U.S. Constitution; requiring the State Land Registrar to adopt regulations that provide for the appropriation and registration of grazing, logging, mineral development or other beneficial use rights on public lands; requiring the State Land Registrar to sell permits for grazing, logging, mineral development or other beneficial uses on public lands for which such rights are not registered and appropriated; requiring the Board of County Commissioners of each county to impose a tax on unit product sold from the beneficial use of public lands or other natural resource including minerals; providing for the administration and defense of the peoples right to the land and resources.

    Link to the NRR AB408,

  • You can trust this: X-Files is back (for a 6-episode run)

    03/25/2015 9:45:10 AM PDT · 33 of 40
    Oatka to E. Pluribus Unum
    “Trust no one.” The famous phrase from the X-Files is coming back.

    I bought one of these
    as I think William B. Davis is one of the best TV villains I had seen. Funny thing, when I wear it, people either avoid eye contact or (the younger ones) pump their fists and say "All Right!".

    Sadly, I think he'd be too old now. I got a kick out of an interview they had with him and asked if he believed in any of the episodes. He scoffed at the idea "not a bit of it" but regretted he never had a chance to do a love scene with Dana. :-)

    Some great CSM (Cigarette Smoking Man) quotes:
    "Anyone who can appease a man's conscience can take his freedom away from him."
    "Your lies have killed more men in a day than I have in a lifetime." (eerily familiar today)

  • The Atlantic pushes killing for organs

    03/25/2015 9:00:04 AM PDT · 13 of 33
    Oatka to DBrow
    The science fiction author Larry Niven extrapolated from today’s blood transfusions and organ transplants to a future where longevity is attained by advanced transplant technology. This created such a demand that the society had the death penalty for many, many things (income tax evasion, excess jaywalking)

    This might be the story that stopped me from reading any more Sci-Fi. The hero is shown escaping out of his cell and rampaging down the corridors, breaking tall glass columns of fluids containing organs. The hero knows he is going to die and figures he'll do as much damage as possible to The System. I remember the end, when Niven reveals the guy was in prison because the death penalty was lowered to the extremes you mention.

    I used to be an avid reader of this genre, but it seemed that right after I read this story (ca late '60s), a news article came out reporting that China was now starting to use organs from executed criminals. That did it for me - too much Sci-Fi I had read was coming true and the stories had to reach much further and went out of my area of interest.

  • Utah governor signs 55 bills into law, brings back firing squad as method of execution

    03/24/2015 5:26:21 PM PDT · 24 of 29
    Oatka to SeekAndFind
    Utah governor signs 55 bills into law

    But not the one for Constitutional Carry.

  • Will Hispanics fire up America?

    03/20/2015 2:49:10 PM PDT · 24 of 26
    Oatka to Kaslin
    absent a new wave of illegal immigrants,

    The man is a dreamer.

  • Meet The Republican Woman Who Might Challenge John McCain In 2016

    03/20/2015 2:42:02 PM PDT · 15 of 15
    Oatka to ilgipper
    Hayworth has his issues, too. He’s well known, but not a sterling alternative

    It didn't matter to me - I voted for him. My argument was that Hayworth could be caught behind the barn doing strange things to farm animals and I still would have voted for him. The main goal was to get rid of McCain. In six years we could dump Hayworth if he turned out less than sterling, but it would have been six years without McC selling us out again.

    Sadly, the purists held their nose, and voted 'the lesser of two evils", aided and abetted by the Gruberites.

  • Oregon bill to expand gun background checks in the works

    03/19/2015 11:51:02 AM PDT · 6 of 7
    Oatka to rktman
    Check out the GOA-type Oregon Firearms Federation website, even if you aren't in Oregon. For a few bucks you can join them (this AZ resident did). In any event, sign up for their very informative newsletters. They are taking the county by county approach in fighting this. Dunno if it would be of help in other states, but is is always helpful to see how others handle the problem.

    As I've thumped the tub here before, my approach would be to propose a background check without the 4473 link - just call in to NICS or perhaps the State Police and give them the buyer's ID. Is he on the list? "No"? take the money, give the guy the firearm - "Yes"? "See ya". There are far too many Gruberized voters who will swallow Bloomberg's lies and if we don't propose our own, we will lose.

    If nothing else, whenever you can, ask any proponent/backer of these "background checks" why a person can buy two or three firearms at one time and have to pass only one BC check, but still has to fill out a 4473 for each gun (registration). And, carry around a 4473 in your pocket and ask them to fill it out. (I changed a few minds that way - those that weren't ideologues.)

  • Obama Proposes Reverse Poll Tax

    03/19/2015 11:08:50 AM PDT · 17 of 29
    Oatka to LeoMcNeil

    If that passes, the next law is that anyone who doesn’t vote will have theirs default to the Democrats.

  • Arizona lawman Arpaio agrees to sanctions for civil contempt

    03/18/2015 6:59:51 PM PDT · 21 of 21
    Oatka to dadfly
    ok joe. just tell me where to send money for the defense fund. and thanks again for all you do.


  • FAA Stifling Private Drone Use and Innovation

    03/18/2015 6:20:22 PM PDT · 10 of 13
    Oatka to Kaslin

    I understand they turn down requests from the Forestry people who want to use drones to search for lost hikers, etc. ???

  • UC Berkeley black students demand fixes to 'hostile’ climate

    03/18/2015 5:55:14 PM PDT · 21 of 21
    Oatka to fella
    They self segregate then complain that they are being excluded?

    That's my thinking. Those elements who go for off-the-wall names, clothes with African colors, embracing an alien religion, making up a black-only religious holiday, creating and joining organizations with "Black" in the title, ad nauseum. Then if a speaker refers to them as "You people" (in the audience) they get all huffy and complain you're singling them out.

    I sometimes wonder about those blacks and whites who got clubbed, dog-bit and shot at fighting segregation feel when they see, as you say. self-segregation become the norm.

  • Bobby Jindal: 'Immigrants Should Assimilate, Muslims Imposing Sharia Law Shouldn't Be Tolerated'

    03/18/2015 5:34:00 PM PDT · 15 of 15
    Oatka to SeekAndFind
    He went further to describe America as a salad bowl instead of a melting pot, meaning that people were no longer blended together but instead separate and yet making one unique dish.

    I don't buy that. Assimilation is an acceptance of the host country's culture and blending in. My experience with immigrants, from NYC public school in the '40s until the Third-Fourth World invasions began, is that the new immigrants spoke broken English and usually still used the Mother Tongue in the home. Their kids were multilingual, and THEIR kids spoke only English. Three generations and you couldn't tell, for the most part, where they came from.

    There was none of this crap of multi-language public signs or ballots. The NYC main library recently boasted that they had the largest number of Korean books in the U.S. Baloney - the only foreign language books in a public library should be a dual-language dictionary to help the Newbies learn the language. Anything else is an impediment to the process.

  • Avro Lancaster KB882; Coming in From the Cold?

    03/18/2015 8:19:17 AM PDT · 6 of 10
    Oatka to Squawk 8888
    Those Lancaster crews really took a beating. According to the site below "3,249 Lancasters were lost on operations. Each Lancaster carried 7 crewmen. Even though mostly flown at night the ability of the German night-fighter pilots were so good that only 35 Lancasters completed more than 100 successful operations."

    Selected Equipment Loss Statistics World War II.

  • Concerns about Cremation: Some Very Strange Practices Are Emerging

    03/18/2015 8:08:03 AM PDT · 32 of 119
    Oatka to Gaffer
    I want my ashes interred in a sealed metal canister that replicates a large caliber cartridge. 45 ACP appropriately dimensioned and sized would be my choice.

    Great minds. :-)

    I have an empty 40MM shell and plan in spend eternity in there - the dummy projectile will keep me from wandering.

    Besides my name and stats, I will add an inscription: "It appears there is a slight flaw in my theory of immortality".

  • Fight with Machetes, Chainsaws Leave People Injured in City Heights

    03/15/2015 6:22:39 PM PDT · 40 of 76
    Oatka to nickcarraway
    Life mimics art:

  • Breakthrough Molecular 3D Printer Can Print Billions of Possible Compounds

    03/15/2015 6:22:03 AM PDT · 14 of 19
    Oatka to Shadow44
    This is like the Industrial Revolution in its infancy.
    The world is going to be forever changed drastically. This is just the beginning.

    That was my impression when 3-D first came out. I thought that there are a lot of people - and governments - who are going to be blind-sided by this technology.

  • The M-9 Bazooka Blew Things Up Real Good

    03/13/2015 6:54:18 PM PDT · 48 of 50
    Oatka to SunkenCiv
    Bolivia is landlocked, obviously a government operation.;’)

    I forgot to add that you were also right about the government operation. From what I understand, Arbenez was a "agrarian reformer" and started giving land to the peasants. The problem was that the land belonged to the United Fruit Co. who had contacts in Washington (follow the money). Our State Dept had him ousted and replaced him with someone more amenable.

  • The M-9 Bazooka Blew Things Up Real Good

    03/13/2015 3:45:53 PM PDT · 40 of 50
    Oatka to SunkenCiv
    Bolivia is landlocked, obviously a government operation.;’)

    Yeah, I just had a "Wait a minute" flash and checked for a name I remembered - Arbenez. My bad - it was Guatemala.

  • The M-9 Bazooka Blew Things Up Real Good

    03/13/2015 11:35:10 AM PDT · 36 of 50
    Oatka to NFHale
    They also had the M18 57mm recoiless rifle, another man-portable shoulder-fired tank buster.

    Back in the mid '50s I saw one of those "man portables" in action. I was on a WWII Fleet boat armed with a 5"/25 and two 40MMs. There was some flap in Bolivia at that time and the govt decided to send a few subs down there for some clandestine blockade duty. We were supposed to surface near the offending vessel and fire a shot across its bow.

    Our companion boat was one of those new streamlined "Guppy" subs that looked like the boats today. We were berthed alongside and kidded them on how they were supposed to scare the freighters. We were told they would do the job with one of those new recoiless rifles, considered somewhat of a wonder weapon then.

    One day we had a rehearsal surface and fire drill. We were able to "fire" ten rounds of 5" during the time their gun crew struggled to hump that "portable" weapon up the sub's hatch and into position.

    We were two days at sea when the word came to scrub the mission. I guess wiser heads prevailed, or the situation cooled off.

  • 'Orbis Spike' in 1610 marks humanity's first major impact on planet Earth

    03/13/2015 11:07:29 AM PDT · 11 of 23
    Oatka to rarestia
    Star Trek's Nomad had the idea that earth was "infested" with humans. The Greenies are looking for his replacement. (The concept of Karma is unknown to them.)

  • Michelle Obama shows off some embarrassing mum dance moves on the Ellen show

    03/13/2015 10:57:26 AM PDT · 29 of 52
    Oatka to Slyfox

    Rule Three from "10 rules for dating my daughter" :

    I am aware that it is considered fashionable for boys of your age to wear their trousers so loosely that they appear to be falling off their hips. Please don't take this as an insult, but you and all of your friends are complete idiots. Still, I want to be fair and open minded about this issue, so I propose his compromise: You may come to the door with your underwear showing and your pants ten sizes too big, and I will not object. However, in order to ensure that your clothes do not, in fact, come off during the course of your date with my daughter, I will take my electric nail gun and fasten your trousers securely in place to your waist.

  • [VIDEO] “Who Won the Civil War?” College Students Can’t Answer Basic Questions

    03/13/2015 10:36:51 AM PDT · 88 of 94
    Oatka to Bob434
    I’m betting that it’s made up- the people they speak to are coached what to say- either that or lots of people DID get the right answer, and they only showed gthe few who didn’t

    There's always been that element, especially, I suspect, in those Jay Leno vids. However, I have had personal experiences that back up the basic premise:
    "That'll be $17.76." says the 20-something checkout clerk.
    "Famous date in history." sez I (always make some friendly comment to these folks.)
    "Whut's that." sez he.
    (Stunned) "This country's birthdate."
    Shakes head and departs, wondering how much longer we will last.

  • Study: Being Nice to Women Is a Sign of Sexism

    03/12/2015 12:36:47 PM PDT · 60 of 62
    Oatka to manc
    There is no way I would want to go courting/dating again.

    My boy's 20-year marriage just went out the window when his wife fell in love with a country singer 15 years her junior. Luckily the divorce was amicable and he still has his hide intact.

    He started checking out the dating services on the Internet and some of the tales he tells me reinforces your opinion. The whole game has changed and I would not want to be in his shoes.

  • Study: Being Nice to Women Is a Sign of Sexism

    03/12/2015 10:06:15 AM PDT · 55 of 62
    Oatka to manc
    We are probably taking about the same guy LOL. It was about a couple of years ago right?

    Yes. I remembered that retort in case I ran into that situation, but I either get a smile and a thank you - or nothing at all - sometimes they act like they deserve it and other times like they are on another planet.

  • Close, Chaotic Elections Spur States to Train Ballot Keepers [professionalizing election adm]

    03/12/2015 9:56:15 AM PDT · 11 of 12
    Oatka to Buckeye McFrog
    They thrived on unions telling their members to vote straight-party.

    I remember when the mechanical voting machines had levers only for the Party as a whole, no individual choices. There was talk that the unions in coal mining areas put coal dust (frequent applications by the election officials) on the Republican lever, then inspected the hands of voters as they left. Those with coal dust residue were shown the error of their ways.

  • Video: Mysterious spy cameras collecting data at Denver post offices

    03/12/2015 9:36:16 AM PDT · 18 of 18
    Oatka to E. Pluribus Unum
    It would be a REAL shame if someone spray-painted the lens. Could they be cited for "vandalism" if no search warrant existed?

    What would appeal to me is someone putting a dummy home security camera with a dummy red light facing that lens.

    I'll have to friendly hassle my local postmaster, lord of a two-man, closed for lunch, no mail on Saturday office if he has one installed somewhere. :-)

  • Study: Being Nice to Women Is a Sign of Sexism

    03/12/2015 8:53:45 AM PDT · 48 of 62
    Oatka to manc
    He said he is confused as the first date he held the door open for his first date and she told him she can open the door herself.

    I read of a guy who did that and was told the same thing.

    He apologized, saying, "Pardon me. I thought you were a lady."

  • Family of racist Oklahoma frat boy flee their home after death threats as protesters rally [tr]

    03/12/2015 8:13:45 AM PDT · 9 of 49
    Oatka to C19fan
  • Professors: US flag symbolizes racism, should not be displayed on campus

    03/11/2015 8:20:29 PM PDT · 76 of 78
    Oatka to jazusamo
    . . . that the paraphernalia of nationalism is in fact often used to intimidate

    A photographer caught some "racists" in the act of intimidating, using that "paraphernalia":

  • Greece Demands Nazi War Reparations And German Assets Seizures As Creditor Squeeze Continues[€160bn]

    03/11/2015 7:41:42 PM PDT · 34 of 40
    Oatka to House Atreides

    My sister was an Army wife and she and her husband toured Greece in the early ‘50s.

    As they went through the border, they noticed a car pulled over and damned near dismantled - paneling off the doors, etc., as well as luggage all over the place.

    She asked one guard if they were looking for drugs. he said no, they were Germans and it was payback time.

  • Retired correction officer fatally shoots man at Brooklyn's Borough Hall station following scuffle

    03/11/2015 9:11:18 AM PDT · 10 of 16
    Oatka to Georgia Girl 2
    I think the lesson to be learned here is don’t harass strangers. They might shoot you.

    Especially old strangers. They don't have time to screw around.

  • Boeing-Saab Team Demonstrate Ground-Launched Small Diameter Bomb

    03/11/2015 9:05:08 AM PDT · 7 of 10
    Oatka to sukhoi-30mki
    Some interesting vids at YouTube .
  • Here's why mass deportation isn't a financially viable option

    03/11/2015 8:40:54 AM PDT · 61 of 85
    Oatka to sitetest
    It’s not necessary to actively deport them all.

    Indeed. About 10 years ago when this "too expensive" B/S was being bandied about, two anecdotals, among many, stood out.

    One was from San Antonio, TX where a green helicopter flew over a large tract of homes under construction. Rumor had it that "La Migra" was checking for illegals. There was an ensuing stampede out of the area and in some cases, people fled back across the border, leaving everything behind, such was the panic. It turned out it was the developer flying some investors over the area.

    The other was from a nurse who read that article. She said that one Saturday night at the ER, things were unusually quiet, with hardly anyone in attendance. She went outside on a break for some fresh air and noticed a "La Migra green" van parked outside. She said the standing joke thereafter was that when the medics wanted a break from all the hassle, they kidded about getting someone with a similar-colored van to park it outside.

    While La Migra might not be as feared as they were then, as many here have pointed out, even just the HINT of enforcement sends many running. Money can then be well spent tracking down the slowpokes.

  • Water St. Shooting: Further Proof that Gun Violence Trend Continues in Worcester

    03/09/2015 4:14:41 PM PDT · 13 of 13
    Oatka to rktman
    Gun Violence
    Notice how the two are always paired? Think Pavlov's dog.

    Ask people you know what is the first thing to pop into their mind when "gun" or "violence" is heard. Odds on, one will always trigger the other. That's how the Left controls the dialogue.

  • The Panzerkampfwagen Tiger Was Germany’s ‘Over-Engineered’ Tank

    03/09/2015 4:04:41 PM PDT · 105 of 164
    Oatka to Rockingham
    In contrast, the US did a far better job of matching military needs to industrial resources and to carrying out a strategy that coordinated its output of material with its war fighting.
    Read "Freedom's Forge" for a first-rate narrative on how we ramped up production even before Pearl Harbor, and the mind-boggling amount of material we turned out. Also check YouTube "WWII American production" for some great vids. We really had our act together in those days. What got me was Henry Kaiser building shipyards on the Richmond, CA mud flats in six months. Take six years today just to get past the EPA.

    On being shown US weapons production figures and the projected increases, Hitler angrily rejected them as propaganda
    I read that at the end of the war, with German prisoners streaming back to the camps, one of 'em looked up and saw the hundreds of aircraft flying overhead and sneered "propaganda".

  • The Panzerkampfwagen Tiger Was Germany’s ‘Over-Engineered’ Tank

    03/09/2015 3:45:44 PM PDT · 100 of 164
    Oatka to DesertRhino
    Ask any german,, the P-47 was their demise.

    Elsewhere, someone posted that when the Tigers (or I imagine ant tank) was caught on a paved road, the P-47s flew low and behind and bounced their 50 cals off the pavement into the thin 1" plating underneath and took them out that way. Seems like an Urban Legend, but you never know.

  • Karbala-5 Was Iran’s Bloodiest Battle (General Soleymani)

    03/09/2015 10:14:58 AM PDT · 9 of 12
    Oatka to C19fan
    and counted on loyal generals to deploy wave after wave of infantry in frontal assaults.

    When I worked with an international rent-a-rig outfit in the '80, there were a few Iranians with us. I got to be friends with them and one of them lent me a VHS tape about the aftermath of that war.

    It showed Australian doctors fixing up the faces of kids who were 10 years and older, who went off to be martyred with their parents blessings. The generals would send waves of these kids against Iraqi positions to clear the mine fields before the main assault. They did, waving their little green books of the Khomeini's quotations as protection.

    Those mine fields were peppered with shrapnel-filled "ping" mines of the WWII German variety. Trip the mine and a small charge ("ping") blew the mine up about three feet, where it exploded.

    Being kids, these blew at almost face level and as a result, those that survived were disfigured and blinded. The Aussies would do some facial surgery where it would do some good. One scene that really got to me was when a father brought his mutilated and blind teen-aged son to them. The docs said that they could "fix the drooling" but that was all. The father protested that he was told that "there were those in the West who could restore the boy's sight" and that he was willing to give his eyes so that the boy could see again.

    The look on the old man's face when he realized he had been lied to was pretty grim. And there were scores of these kids in the same condition. One, a little older, said he couldn't get married as no one wanted a cripple who couldn't support them.

    There's got to be a special place in Hell for those who sent those kids out.

  • This Is How Hollywood Has Been Fooling You All Along

    03/09/2015 9:35:19 AM PDT · 31 of 44
    Oatka to KeyLargo

    The Chinese did it the hard way:

  • Predictable. NY Times Crops Out George W. Bush from Selma March Photo

    03/08/2015 6:41:48 PM PDT · 21 of 61
    Oatka to ClearCase_guy

    [Airbrushed pic of Stalin and cohorts]

    By God sir, it is true. Great minds DO think alike! :-)

    I read the headline and was going to pull up a Photobucket photo of the same example.

    My God, our media have become clones of the old Soviet press. No wonder they are called “presstitutes”.

  • Prepare-We are at the Verge of Collapse Says Jonathan Cahn Author of "Mystery of the Shemitah"

    03/08/2015 3:35:18 PM PDT · 24 of 67
    Oatka to Popman
    “High-yellow POTUS”
    Light colored blacks...
    In the ghetto, they are looked down upon because that means they have some white blood in them...

    When I was a kid in grade school (late 40s) I heard "colored" kids call the lighter skinned ones "High Yallers". In fact, I remember being in the school restroom and hearing "nagger" (thank you South Park) for the first time.** The dialogue was something like "You think you're hot stuff 'cause you got white blood in you but you ain't nuthin' but a common ole "nagger". I thought, boy, someone is in BIG trouble.

    **My dad used to be in the merchant marine and worked the African Trade. He had little use for those people and his slur for them was, interestingly, "blacks". My mother was from the South and tell us only white trash used the "nagger" epithet. We got smacked once or twice in our rebellious stage but soon learned to copy my Old Man when we wanted to "dis" one of them.

  • 'The Only Person Who Could Beat Hillary Clinton Is Michelle Obama'

    03/08/2015 3:16:14 PM PDT · 57 of 65
    Oatka to governsleastgovernsbest

    It looks like I’ll have to hide this article from my wife.

    For the past year, she has been saying that the Democrats will run Michelle.

    Trial balloon? I laughed it off as ridiculous, but now I wonder . . .

  • I Don’t Love Spock

    03/07/2015 4:38:46 PM PST · 66 of 68
    Oatka to alexander_busek

    (from IMDB):
    Captain James T. Kirk: Spock... what does 'Herbert' mean?
    Spock: It is, um... uh, somewhat, um... uncomplimentary, Captain. Herbert was a minor official - notorious for his rigid and limited patterns of thought.

    (sounds familiar)

    Loved that episode.

    I picked up on hippie Charles Napier's "Gonna crack my knuckles and jump for joy. Got a clean bill of health from Doc McCoy".

    I used that term on my wife when I came out of the doc's office at the VA clinic. So help me, another gray-beard looked up and said "He reaches!". We both cracked up while the wife looked at us as if we were crazy. (I suspect she is a Romulan :-) ).