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Posts by Oatka

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  • Md.governor declares state of emergency as Baltimore protests turn violent;several officers injured

    04/27/2015 5:21:40 PM PDT · 36 of 128
    Oatka to kingu
    I think it is easy to determine where violent action is taking place, fly the helicopter a few feet over the buildings and notify people deadly force will be used in this area, and then start shooting.

    Back in the '60s, when the Italian Communists used to riot in the streets on a weekly basis, the police loaded their water cannon with dye, sprayed the rioters and then afterward, arrested anyone so marked.

    In the current situation, use a brilliant yellow and do the same. The side benefit is that the rioters would make excellent targets illuminated in this manner.

  • Supercenter mystery: Conspiracy theories fly around the suddenly shuttered Wal-Mart

    04/27/2015 4:53:16 PM PDT · 59 of 59
    Oatka to MrEdd
    Grandkids - bloody zoo here, hence the delay.

    To the matter at hand:

    Stores in my area are badly understaffed.
    Our graveyard shift was always 20-30% understaffed but they told us they couldn't find enough people who passed the drug test. One story was that 32 applied, 8 passed, 3 showed up for work and they all quit before the week was out.

    It isn’t the local managers here. Even shift rosters are directly dictated by Bentonville.
    Temperature control in the stores as well. Both employees and some customers complained about the heat (AZ summer) and were told that fact. We were all incredulous. Shift rosters were under the supervisor's control, with the rule-of-the-week being to cut hours. If there was a paid holiday during that week, they paid for the holiday but only gave you four days so you never got paid for over five.

    Before you bad mouth the manager at any particular location it behooves you to see if they still have any real authority, since we are talking Walmart.
    I will continue to bad mouth them (some anyway). I felt like our store was a Gulag where they sent the managers who screwed up elsewhere. In the three years I was there, we had four of 'em, each determined to redeem himself. If they did so, it was at the employees expense - financially (no raises or bonuses, even when they were allowed) as well as cutting hours. Morale was shot to Hell and, after recently talking with some of the 10 years later, it still hasn't improved as people are scared for their jobs and won't say anything - except in private.

  • Fighting the secret plot to make the world richer

    04/25/2015 11:14:31 AM PDT · 10 of 19
    Oatka to UMCRevMom@aol.com

    “Fast Track” always struck me as “QUICK! Before the public finds out!”

  • COPS: Pedophile stole school bus, tried to pick up kids

    04/25/2015 8:41:29 AM PDT · 10 of 14
    Oatka to markomalley
    Frederickson, who also goes by Fredericksen and Fredrickson and Fredricksen in court records, has a long history of run-ins with the law for impersonating people and molesting kids, according to the news site.
    He’s was convicted of theft, forgery and prescription forgery in 2011, and was out on parole

    I hate to say this, but as the old cartoon was titled, "There Oughta Be A Law!" - i.e. the names of those on the parole board who let this guy loose should be printed along with the article.

    These people, as well as judges, work in the shadows and remain anonymous - thus allowing to make their mistakes over and over again without fear of retribution at the polls. If they are appointed, then the pol who did so should be named for the same justice.

    They don't mention the names due to vengeful convicts? Here's a clue, don't release 'em.

    Until something like this is done, our broken judicial system will continue to dump these people back into the Body of Society, and when Society does the Courts' job and takes them out (the body's white cells taking out the cancerous ones), there are complaints of "vigilantism".

  • NJ Lawmakers Look To Get Tough On ‘Swatting’

    04/24/2015 3:09:15 PM PDT · 18 of 22
    Oatka to zeugma
    No need for yet another law. They should be charged with attempted murder.

    Someone here aptly called it "Murder by Proxy".

  • Supercenter mystery: Conspiracy theories fly around the suddenly shuttered Wal-Mart

    04/24/2015 9:03:15 AM PDT · 51 of 59
    Oatka to Cowman
    If corporate doesn't crack down on the managers Walmart will become Kmart.

    That's my take as well - it depends upon the manager. All this can-you-top-this "filthy stores, people, etc." is in many was just pure B/S. Same with showing some of the people dressed up in dorky outfits - probably a fancy dress attendee or someone in a Halloween outfit - evidently no distinction is made in the zeal to bash Wal-Mart.

    I worked as a night stocker in a W-M in Eastern Nevada and never saw any of those "dirty" people or any of those pictured. (There were some wild tattoos though.) Lord knows, I had grievances with some of the idiot supervisors but by and large, both the employees and customers were run of the mill middle class.

    As with managers, it's also location, location, location.

  • Robots Step Into New Planting, Harvesting Roles

    04/24/2015 8:44:33 AM PDT · 46 of 78
    Oatka to reaganaut1

    Back when I was fighting the introduction of NAFTA, a small manufacturer invited me out to his plant. When I entered his office, I noticed the wall was covered with granted patents in food processing. (One of ‘em was automating segmenting oranges to make those canned Mandarin Oranges.)

    He told me he had invented a machine that would automatically de-stem strawberries without crushing them. The U.S. companies said they were interested but he said it was obvious they just wanted to steal his idea. (This was before China really got into the industrial piracy act.)

    So . . . he went to Mexico, but couldn’t make a sale down there either. One factory owner was pretty candid and showed him why. He was led into a large two-story warehouse that was filled with tables each holding about a dozen people, working like fury cutting out the strawberry stems. There was a catwalk on the second level where a guy with a bullhorn was walking around and blasting some table that didn’t look like they were working fast enough.

    The owner pointed to those people and said that it would cost him more to wash down the guy’s machine at day’s end than it cost to pay all those people. The guy said there were too many there, even at slave wages, to work cheaper than his machine.

    The owner said that half the people there didn’t get paid. In order for those who did, to keep their jobs, they had to supply their kids and relatives to work for nothing.

    It’s no wonder those people risk their lives to get out.

  • ‘YOU’RE GONNA BE OUR SLAVES': Watch These Black Radicals Harass White People In Public

    04/23/2015 1:34:27 PM PDT · 66 of 69
    Oatka to Nacho Bidnith
    Someone didn't get the memo.

  • In-state tuition bill falls one vote short (Tennessee)

    04/23/2015 11:04:24 AM PDT · 10 of 22
    Oatka to Milton Miteybad
    And that's why you have in-state and out-of-state tuition rates.

    If these bills ever look like they are going to pass, the Republicans who still have spines ought to offer an amendment that these illegals be treated as out-of-state residents (because they are) and have to pay the higher rates. Then watch the Democrats contort themselves as they try and explain why an illegal alien should be treated better than a native-born student.

  • Freegan Freshers: the Students Making Savings by Living Off Waste [UK Guardian Photo]

    04/22/2015 5:25:28 PM PDT · 6 of 32
    Oatka to nickcarraway

    Working as a night stocker at Wal-Mart, I used to get sick when I saw the bakers throwing out racks of day-old bread.

    The problem was, as I found out as a volunteer at the Salvation Army, they had to trash past-date foods, or risk being sued by people who had time on their hands and smelled a buck.

    My wife told me that the Senior Center used to get day-old pastries from Kroger - until some old biddy found a bit of mold on a piece of pie, and rather than just toss it out, complained to Kroger. They immediately stopped the freebies.

  • Ann Coulter: Scott Walker Is ‘Smoking Out the Cheap Labor Hacks’ on Immigration

    04/22/2015 1:58:55 PM PDT · 37 of 41
    Oatka to Erik Latranyi
    That is a far, far better use of Cruz than the VP slot.

    And put Sarah Palin in charge of the EPA. The exploding heads would sound like musketry.

  • Sinking US sales hit McDonald's earnings in Q1

    04/22/2015 1:15:12 PM PDT · 77 of 82
    Oatka to catnipman
    I had the same theory back in 1972 regarding my college cafeteria food, namely, they had these 55 gallon barrels of stuff called “filler” from which all the food was made.

    A wild Sci-Fi 1980s movie called "Repo Man" came out about the time those blue-labeled generic cans of veggies started showing up in the grocery stores - the labels just said "peas", "lima beans", etc. with no pictures or other frills.

    In the movie, one scene showed our hero eating out of a can labeled "Food". I nearly fell out of the seat, laughing so hard.

  • Best Response Ever To How Kids Survived Without Computers. This Is Gold.

    04/22/2015 12:55:45 PM PDT · 34 of 78
    Oatka to erkelly
    Mercurochrome is for sissies. We had hydrogen peroxide.

    I was unloading 5" shells (USN) and accidentally slammed a case against my small finger (think hammer meet anvil). Making chicken noises, I went to the corpsman as it was bleeding pretty good and I could see a small globule of fat sticking out.

    He took one look, grabbed a rubber squeeze ball of merthiolate and flooded the wound with it. The pain was electric - I doubled over and made sounds like Igor, the Hunchback (hunah, hunah, hunah). Never had anything feel like that since. He bandaged it up, told me to quit acting like a girl, and sent me back to the work party. A week or so later, the skin on the finger peeled off like a glove.

    Seventy years later it still aches when it is going to rain.

  • What "H1B" really means! ~ Vanity

    04/22/2015 12:24:39 PM PDT · 54 of 54
    Oatka to Alberta's Child

    Sorry for delay - grandkids here - bloody zoo.

    To the matter at hand:

    IMO I think it was a dodge to get around the “same pay as an American” rule.

    It would be no sweat on their part to put the guy on salary (same annual wage as an American), then work him extra but bill the client only for 40 hours and get an edge on the American contracting companies, who usually paid their programmers by the hour and paid overtime (mine did).

    When I retired, I let them know that I’d be availavle for short-term gigs (three months or less - not popular), but soon after they went out of business. At that time 1990s, the H1Bs were flooding in and I guess they wouldn’t/couldn’t compete.

  • Ann Arbor Catholic priest causes stir by encouraging gun ownership

    04/21/2015 4:54:03 PM PDT · 27 of 28
    Oatka to E. Pluribus Unum

    From WWII:

    Praise the Lord and pass the ammunition
    Praise the Lord and pass the ammunition
    Praise the Lord and pass the ammunition
    And we’ll all stay free

    Praise the Lord and swing into position
    Can’t afford to be a politician
    Praise the Lord, we’re all between perdition
    And the deep blue sea


    Shouting, ‘Praise the Lord, we’re on a mighty mission
    All aboard, we ain’t a-goin’ fishin’
    Praise the Lord and pass the ammunition
    And we’ll all stay free’

  • Dutch banker fired after she is exposed as a dominatrix prostitute

    04/16/2015 4:11:27 PM PDT · 43 of 52
    Oatka to dynachrome

    Hoot of a picture. Walk All Over me.

  • LA: 40 Shots Required to stop Determined Attacker

    04/16/2015 8:39:44 AM PDT · 15 of 16
    Oatka to Vinnie
    IIRC the Lennon Sister’s ( old enough to remember them?) father was shot with a 30-06 and ran 100 yards across a country club parking lot before collapsing.

    There was a "Forensics File" episode where a nutter was shooting people with a 35 Whelan (30-06 necked up to 35 cal.). It was amazing to me that people body hit with this cartridge survived. The trauma must have been fantastic.

  • John McCain’s Growing Electability Problem

    04/16/2015 8:21:19 AM PDT · 30 of 35
    Oatka to Gaffer
    Throw as much money, younger saner conservative talent as they can muster against him and THEN deal with whatever cookie cutter victim the Democrats throw up as opposition.

    Recently got this from Kelli Ward. (Used "br"s instead of "p"s to compress her letter.) I couldn't swing the $100, but did send her some bucks. I live in her District and she has always coherently responded to my emails.

    Dear Friends and Supporters:
    I am pleased to announce that I am exploring a run for the US Senate in 2016! I’ve started the Ward Exploratory Committee in order to test the waters and I hope you will help me make my decision.
    As I look to the future, I am receiving huge support from the grassroots, encouraging me to consider a run for the US Senate in 2016. Because of the outcry for a new, positive, principled voice for Arizona in Washington, I am moving to test the waters in regard to this challenging opportunity to determine if the financial and political paths to victory really do exist.
    If, during this period, it is revealed that the support exists for a US Senate run, I would run to give Arizona a powerful voice in the fight against Obamacare. I would run to stand up for the enforcement of our immigration laws and to secure the border. I would run to support the Constitution, smaller government and individual liberty. I would run as a positive, passionate, principled non-career politician. I would run to join a fresh, new generation of leaders in DC and end the stronghold that career politicians have had on our government for decades. I would run to be the voice that so many Arizonans long for from their representation in the US Senate. I would run to be your voice.
    I appreciate your continued prayers, comments, and advice as I explore the possibilities. I will continue to travel the state to meet and listen to voters and look forward to making new friendships with people from all over our great state. If you would like to have me visit your group, please let me know.
    As I explore this challenging opportunity, I will need more than just words backing a run - I will need funding. Frankly, I need your financial support to help me reach a decision. Informed, motivated voters lead the way to restore government of, for, and by the people. If we want Arizona represented in DC and not DC represented in Arizona, it is up to all of us. Success will take time, motivation, hard work, and money. Financial support is imperative in a David and Goliath battle.
    That is why I am counting on you for a contribution of $100 today. It is a lot to ask, I know, but I need your help right now, if I cannot raise money, I can’t run! If $100 is simply not possible, please consider a contribution of $75, $50, $25, or $10.

    Please click here to make your most generous contribution!"

  • What "H1B" really means! ~ Vanity

    04/16/2015 7:21:20 AM PDT · 43 of 54
    Oatka to Alberta's Child
    I don't understand how the company comes out ahead if they're doing it the way you've described.

    The way I interpret it, if you were a company, which would you hire - an H1B who worked that way but you paid only for 40, or a U.S. worker who expected to be compensated accordingly?

    Evidently those outfits (in Texas, in the '90s) were doing that to capture the market. It was no skin off their nose if they worked their people ragged - there was always more coming in.

    I always made a point to tell those guys what I made in the hope I could stir up some trouble. Dunno how successful I was as they told me they were trapped - the Mother Ship kept all their papers so they couldn't work anywhere else.

  • Chimps in Senegal found to fashion spears for hunting

    04/15/2015 8:38:40 PM PDT · 29 of 30
    Oatka to TheThirdRuffian; LibWhacker

    Wait ‘til they start reloading.

  • What "H1B" really means! ~ Vanity

    04/15/2015 3:50:49 PM PDT · 16 of 54
    Oatka to Alberta's Child
    Secondly, labor regulations (I don't know if these are state or Federal regulations) prohibit us from paying him less than the industry average for his professional classification.

    How many hours per week does this guy work? The way companies game the system is as follows: A female Indian programmer told me the Mother Ship put her husband on salary, worked him 70-80 hours a week, but only billed the client for 40.

  • Florida Man Flicks Off Cops in a ‘Tank.’ They Quickly Pull Him Over (Video)

    04/15/2015 3:42:22 PM PDT · 50 of 53
    Oatka to Whenifhow
    The sheriff’s office also noted that the armored vehicle had been called out for regular security at the football game and was not normally used as a road patrol vehicle.

    At 5 mpg, it's no wonder. However, it is a small price to pay (at taxpayers' expense) 'cuz if you got it, flaunt it.

  • Record number of H-1B applicants sparks immigration debate

    04/15/2015 3:24:41 PM PDT · 9 of 9
    Oatka to The Sons of Liberty
    The H1B program has absolutely nothing to do with the availability of "qualified" Americans to do the job. It is merely outsourcing with the foreign recipient being brought here.

    According to a female Indian programmer I worked with, another trick is to put the guy on salary and work him 70-80 hours a week, but only bill the client for 40.

  • Record number of H-1B applicants sparks immigration debate

    04/15/2015 3:22:15 PM PDT · 8 of 9
    Oatka to jsanders2001
    The big corporate interests that employ them could care less if the U.S. was reduced to rubble as long as they still have a consumer base . . .

    Aye, there's the rub. Americans will be too poor to buy their products or services. When NAFTA started up, I wrote numerous CEOs that all they were doing was laying off each others' customers. If they answered at all, it was a pat on the head and told "Global Competition" was good (while looking only as far as the next quarterly report).

  • Cabal keeping UFO secrets to blame for world’s woes, says former cabinet minister Paul Hellyer

    04/14/2015 12:29:04 PM PDT · 22 of 23
    Oatka to BenLurkin

    If “They” are here, they probably want a wage higher than the Chinese, otherwise we’d been hearing about the benefits of GAFTA (Galactic American Free Trade Agreement).

  • 'Free Range' Kids Picked Up Again By Police In Maryland; 'Beyond Ridiculous,' Mother Declares

    04/14/2015 12:04:27 PM PDT · 64 of 193
    Oatka to rfreedom4u
    Amazing how far you can go on a bike.

    Back in the late '40s, on a spur of the moment, my buddy and I rode our bikes from Patchogue, L.I. all the way across to Port Jefferson - about 30 miles round trip. Folks didn't know about it until we got back. Even then, they - or the authorities - were upset.

  • Scientists seek source of giant methane mass over Southwest

    04/12/2015 4:44:04 PM PDT · 71 of 85
    Oatka to Carthego delenda est
    Ever since the Dulce wars, when the aliens changed the underground base atmosphere to methane

    They have been outed:

  • The Death of Franklin D. Roosevelt, Radio Thread – April 12, 1945

    04/12/2015 1:38:14 PM PDT · 21 of 33
    Oatka to wildbill
    I was almost five years old when the announcement of Roosevelt’s death came across the radio in Dallas.

    I was 12 then and listening to "Mandrake the Magician", and as usual he was in a tight spot. I was sweating bullets over how he would get out of this one when the announcer broke in with the news - and then kept repeating it.

    "OK, OK, the guy is dead, too bad . . .", I fumed (Republican household) ". . . but WHAT happened to Mandrake?". I never did find out due to that blasted announcer, but next week Mandrake was back on, so he must have gotten out OK. I wondered how he did it for weeks after.

  • Roku: Good Deal?

    04/12/2015 1:13:29 PM PDT · 88 of 139
    Oatka to dfwgator
    The free choices are not much to write home about, but you can stream YouTube videos, and there’s a lot of good content there.

    Also my experience. Have the high end one but don't use it much. I download YouTube vids to a USB and plug that into my DVD player.

    What bugged me is that when you clicked on many of the channels, they only displayed a website that you had to visit to get an entry code - and then it didn't work. After a few round trips to the computer room, I gave up on 'em.

  • Scientists seek source of giant methane mass over Southwest

    04/12/2015 1:06:35 PM PDT · 35 of 85
    Oatka to Talisker

    Me too. Years back there was an article talking about that possibility but nothing ever came of it.

    Loved all the subtle - and not so subtle - elbows in the ribs:
    “Call ‘em up on the Marconi”, “No one cumz in here. It is sekrit” - and Lithgow doing the Mussolini routine.

  • Scientists seek source of giant methane mass over Southwest

    04/12/2015 12:56:37 PM PDT · 30 of 85
    Oatka to Egon
    Discovered by these guys.

    And the culprits are:

    Great movie, BTW.

  • A Macro Look at Shipping in a World of Geopolitical Turmoil

    04/11/2015 1:40:19 PM PDT · 7 of 7
    Oatka to Georgia Girl 2
    Just keep your eye on the BDI. That will tell you everything you need to know about the world economy.

    Ain't been lookin' good for some time, and now hitting new lows (This Summer of Recovery will reverse that though (cough).):

  • Texas DMV says Houston man's license plate is offensive

    04/11/2015 1:34:26 PM PDT · 53 of 63
    Oatka to JoeProBono

    Years ago, The Readers Digest had this one:
    A guy was too clever by half when he decided to have a vanity plate that said “NONE”.

    A week or so after he had the plate, he was pulled over for a slew of unpaid tickets. It seems that when the police find an abandoned car with no plates, they enter “NONE” in that spot on the form. He quickly got a different one.

  • It’s not red state vs blue state. It’s city vs country

    04/11/2015 1:06:35 PM PDT · 20 of 62
    Oatka to Publius
    If the whole country adopted the Maine-and-Nebraska formula for awarding electoral votes, that would change.

    AMEN. One angle I have been pushing is awarding electoral votes is by Congressional District.

    The problems mentioned in the opening article can be applied to just about any state. In Nevada, Las Vegas rules the roost.

  • 'Death to Israel' is more than rhetoric in Iran

    04/10/2015 7:08:15 PM PDT · 15 of 16
    Oatka to SJackson
    One of my favorites:

  • How to Beat a Polygraph Test

    04/10/2015 6:54:18 PM PDT · 29 of 54
    Oatka to Second Amendment First

    If it is the police, use the “conditionally” approach.

    i.e. “I’ll take one if you do the same. My operator will ask you questions like ‘Have you ever tampered with or suppressed evidence’, ‘Have you ever taken anything from the evidence room’, ‘have you ever framed a person you knew was innocent’ “, etc.

    Betcha they’d never ask you again.

  • Oregon Sheriff: Gun Control Push ‘Borderline Treasonous,’ Will Not Enforce

    04/05/2015 3:10:53 PM PDT · 19 of 27
    Oatka to E. Pluribus Unum
    From the Oregon Firearms Federation

    The Hired Help Goes Rogue

    What happens when the hired help decides to use your money to promote their agenda? Don Johnson happens. Johnson is the Chief of Police for Lake Oswego, Oregon.

    Johnson is not elected. He was hired by the City to serve as Chief of Police. He was not given carte blanche to use his office, his uniform, and his position with the City to promote a deceitful agenda attacking your rights. But that’s exactly what he’s done.

    Not only did Johnson testify against your rights in the Oregon Legislature, in his uniform, (no doubt while on the clock) Johnson went further, appearing as a prop at an anti-gun press conference and recording anti-gun puff pieces for well funded anti-gun groups.

    Did Johnson get greased by his handlers as well as collecting his Lake Oswego salary? That would be lucrative wouldn’t it?

    Here’s a photo taken at the anti-gun press conference following last week’s hearing on an end to private transfers of firearms.

    Johnson is on the far right.

    The person at the podium is Mike Reese, the former Chief of Police of Portland, who was also at the hearing and testified that there is no current way for private persons to conduct background checks for gun purchases. This, of course, is totally false. Oregon has allowed private parties to conduct background checks for 15 years. Apparently Reese did not get the memo. We can only hope the current chief there is somewhat better informed.

    Reese is retired. He can do what he wants and tell as many lies as he chooses to. But Johnson is being paid with taxpayer dollars. His misuse of his office should not be tolerated.

    More and more sheriffs, who are elected to office and actually represent the people of their counties, are rising up in opposition to SB 941. As elected representatives of their counties, they have every right to take a stand. (It should be noted that the Sheriff of Grant County, who came to oppose this bill, did not use a dime of taxpayer’s money to attend, though he could have.)

    People like Johnson are employees of the City and should not be taking political stands unless directed to by their bosses.

    Did the City of Lake Oswego authorize this particular abuse? We have reason to believe they did not.

    If you’re curious why not ask the City Council (CouncilDistribution@ci.oswego.or.us) a simple question?

    Did you authorize your Chief of Police to use his office and uniform to attack my rights and advance a personal agenda?

    We look forward to hearing from them.

  • United Van Lines Annual National Movers Study Shows Oregon Increases Lead as Top Moving Destination

    04/05/2015 2:14:21 PM PDT · 28 of 36
    Oatka to Signalman
    No state income tax in OR.


    As the leftward tilt of the state continues, it's just a matter of time.

  • California Drought: What's Really Scarce In That State Is Wisdom, Not Water

    04/04/2015 7:38:57 PM PDT · 44 of 45
    Oatka to SeekAndFind
    Using an executive order, the Democratic governor, according to an official statement, "directed the State Water Resources Control Board to implement mandatory water reductions in cities and towns across California to reduce water usage by 25%."

    Then when that reduction takes place, the water companies will demand a rate increase because their profit fell below the minimum set by the utilities commission.

  • Fundraiser for Memories Pizza in Indiana Concludes — Here’s How Much Was Ultimately Raised

    04/04/2015 9:56:35 AM PDT · 23 of 27
    Oatka to Ruy Dias de Bivar; MichaelCorleone

    Some years back a buddy of mine and his friend went fishing out of San Pedro, CA in the friend’s private boat. It had just come out of overhaul.

    They weren’t too far offshore when the boat sank so fast it trapped his friend below decks and drowned him. The Coast Guard was there within minutes and fished my buddy out of the water.

    A reporter showed up the next day and started interviewing. After almost every answer, the reporter kept saying something in the vein of “So, because of Reagan’s cuts, the Coast Guard couldn’t get out to you in time to save your friend.”

    After the third time, my grieving buddy lost it and threw the guy out. Evidently something the overhaulers didn’t do caused the boat to sink. I don’t know if it ever made the papers.

  • Brother of Famous Actress Admits He Faked Being Black to Get Into Med School — and It Worked!

    04/04/2015 9:22:37 AM PDT · 79 of 82
    Oatka to Bobalu; carriage_hill

    I howled at Fisher Stevens portrayal of that guy as it reminded me of some of those I had worked with. They were always coming up with hilarious ways they butchered the English language. That being said, they spoke better English than I spoke Urdu or Hindi.

    The Army guy looks cool but I don’t recognize him or the movie.

    > “Hello, this is Phil from Microsoft’s Technical Department . . .
    Yeah, that used to break me up when his brother “Randy” would come on line at the help desk. eBay has gotten better as they apparently have moved to the Philippines and have some cute-sounding chicks at the other end.

  • Brother of Famous Actress Admits He Faked Being Black to Get Into Med School — and It Worked!

    04/03/2015 5:32:02 PM PDT · 5 of 82
    Oatka to lowbridge

    The first time he said “I am not understanding.” should have blown his cover. :-)
    (Inside joke for those who have worked with Indians.)

  • Alabama death row inmate is free after 30 years. How the case against him unraveled.

    04/03/2015 2:37:36 PM PDT · 30 of 36
    Oatka to cherry
    and lie detectors work both ways..

    Hoping I never have to face the choice, but if the police asked me to take a lie detector test "to prove my innocence", I'd say "No - look at the odds. 1) If I fail, due to nervousness or whatever, you'd say 'Game Over. We got him' and seek/build evidence along that line. 2) If it is 'inconclusive', I'm still under suspicion, and evidence to prove it would be accelerated. 3) I pass. Then it is 'The little weasel managed to beat the machine, bit we KNOW he did it.'"

    I think I'd try, "OK, I'll take the test - providing YOU take one with an operator of my choice. You will be asked such questions as 'Have you ever knowingly prosecuted an innocent man, or faked evidence?"

    And watch heads explode.

  • Missouri Republicans are trying to ban food stamp recipients from buying steak and seafood

    04/03/2015 2:22:41 PM PDT · 150 of 195
    Oatka to Responsibility2nd
    I didn't read all 143 entries, so this classic might be a repeat:

  • Dear America: Stop Pretending To Be Offended By Everything

    04/03/2015 1:55:59 PM PDT · 16 of 16
    Oatka to AppyPappy
    I’m tired of people using the word “offended” when they mean “disagree”

    Good point. I'm going to use that in future rants on the newspaper comments section.

  • Two Florida Burglars Broke Into The Wrong Woman’s Home

    04/02/2015 9:16:52 AM PDT · 26 of 27
    Oatka to KeyLargo
    The Volusia County Sheriff’s Department website indicates this was Cobb’s seventh arrest in just over three years. Jarrell’s online record shows 12 arrests during roughly the same period.

    Our Justice System at work. This Kabuki Theatre will continue until an armed homeowner does the court's job and correct the problem - permanently.

  • 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.