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  • So Why is Mark Steyn No Longer at National Review?

    04/19/2014 5:14:51 PM PDT · 30 of 53
    okie01 to Chickensoup
    So Why is Mark Steyn No Longer at National Review?

    1. Steyn wrote something negative about Global Warmist Michael Mann in National Review.

    2. Michael Mann sued Steyn and National Review for slander.

    3. National Review wanted to settle the suit. Steyn wanted to pursue a counter-suit.

    4. They agreed to go their separate ways.


  • Why climate deniers are winning: The twisted psychology that overwhelms scientific consensus

    04/19/2014 5:05:44 PM PDT · 60 of 73
    okie01 to 2ndDivisionVet
    Paul Rosenberg is a California-based writer/activist, senior editor for Random Lengths News, and a columnist for Al Jazeera English.

    Paul Rosenberg is also a skilled creator of liberal bureaucratic sludge, consisting solely of mumbo-jumbo.

    His "overwhelming evidence" consists of "concepts", "ideations", "consensus"...but nary a fact.

    It is remarkable that something so thin on actual content like this can actually get published in a reputable source. Leaving aside the question as to whether Salon is reputable...

  • Kansas Students and Parents Not Thrilled About Michelle Obama

    04/19/2014 4:37:20 PM PDT · 24 of 30
    okie01 to Kaslin

    Great photo. And when those hills are covered with Big Bluestem that’s belly-deep on the grazing cattle...oh, my, whattasight!

  • A Uyghur Food Truck to Hit the Streets of Boston

    04/18/2014 2:53:54 PM PDT · 9 of 16
    okie01 to nickcarraway
    Uyghur kebabs, huh?

    So, what makes them Uyghur kebabs? As opposed to shish?

  • ‘Ridiculous’: Administration punts on Keystone, Obama faces Dem revolt

    04/18/2014 12:49:19 PM PDT · 15 of 69
    okie01 to Red in Blue PA
    "This decision is irresponsible, unnecessary and unacceptable," [Sen. Landrieu] said. "By making it clear that they will not move the process forward until there is a resolution in a lawsuit in Nebraska, the administration is sending a signal that the small minority who oppose the pipeline can tie up the process in court forever. There are 42,000 jobs, $20 billion in economic activity and North America's energy security at stake."

    It's your party, Mary, baby. And your vote in the Senate is one of the things that keeps them in power -- and keeps your state behind the eight-ball.

    Ergo, it's time for your party -- and you -- to go.

  • Hank Aaron compares Republicans and other Obama opponents to KKK

    04/18/2014 1:17:56 AM PDT · 63 of 64
    okie01 to RightInJersey
    It is ABSOLUTELY true. Before [Ruth's] home run hitting became a phenomenon nobody was even keeping count of HRs. They weren’t counted in box scores and weren’t being reported in any meaningful way. They were simply lost to history. He hit MANY that were not accounted for, and the number is easily in the range of 800.

    I'm sorry, but that's absolutely untrue.

    Baseball has always been a meticulous record-keeper...and has gotten moreso. Project Scoresheet is in the process of reviewing scoresheets and news accounts of every major league game ever played, attempting to fill in what few holes there were in the statistics. For example, while most of today's stats have been in place since WW II, caught stealing and sac flies weren't recorded until the late thirties and late forties, respectively.

    But they ALWAYS kept track of HRs.

    You may be conflating Ruth's "missing HRs" with rule changes as to what constituted a HR. Nowadays, a fly ball that curls around the foul pole -- clearing the fence in fair territory, yet landing in foul territory -- is considered a HR. But, in Ruth's day, it was not. There was no foul pole -- and where the ball landed determined whether it was fair or foul.

    It is thought that Ruth may have hit at least 80 such balls -- ones that would be HRs today, but were foul in his time. That would get you to around the 800 number you're citing.

    However, there is a flip side to the story. What we now consider to be a "ground-rule double", a ball that bounces into the stands, was recorded as a HR in Ruth's day. And, near as can be determined, something like 70-80 of his HR were of this variety.

    Accordingly, those 714 home runs next to George Herman Ruth's name in the record book is a precise count of the HR he actually hit -- under the scoring rules then in force.

  • Al Gore on Climate Change: 'We Are Going to Win This Thing'

    04/17/2014 8:45:42 PM PDT · 25 of 34
    okie01 to 2ndDivisionVet
    Al Gore on Climate Change: 'We Are Going to Win This Thing'

    Didn't Algore tell us that "The debate is over"?

    I guess, maybe, it wasn't...

  • Maddow: Why Doesn't The War On Terror Fight "Right-Wing American" Terrorism?

    04/17/2014 7:05:14 PM PDT · 54 of 63
    okie01 to Marcella
    Looking at the “hate” list of people on the SPLC website, to see if we fit in,

    To understand the SPLC, you ust irst recognize that its primary purpose is fundraising. Chiefly, it preys upon wealthy liberal Jews -- so this latest outrage was tailor-made for them.

    Indeed, I would not put it past Morris Dees, the founder of SPLC, to have paid or somehow incited the KKK creep to do what he did.

    The objective of SPLC is to support Morris Dees and his lavish lifestyle. The strategy is to mulct millions from wealthy Jewish liberals -- preying on their often irrational fear of "right-wing Christian fundamentalists".

    Anything that furthers this aim is fair game for this despicable man.

  • Easter is a tasty time in Port Richmond's Polish diaspora

    04/17/2014 4:58:26 PM PDT · 9 of 19
    okie01 to pbmaltzman
    Where I am, one supermarket has commercial kielbasa, but I’m sure the stuff mentioned in this article is much better.

    There is nothing quite like having a good butcher shop. My five years in Cincinnati proved that proposition to me.

    And, now, we have a good butcher in my small Texas town. He's German -- butchers really need to be Central European. He smokes his own bacon, makes his own sausages, stuffs peppers, makes custom meat loaf mix, wraps chicken cordon bleu, marinates and cuts fajitas, will cut roasts to order and the steaks...ah, yes, the strips, filets and ribeyes...are usually prime. His ground chuck is superior, yet no costlier, than any supermarket's.

    Find yourself a good butcher...and support him.

  • Easter is a tasty time in Port Richmond's Polish diaspora

    04/17/2014 4:29:21 PM PDT · 6 of 19
    okie01 to dirtboy

    I think, the next time I find myself in Philly, I need to stop by Swiacki’s and Czerw’s (Cerv’s???) and ship a load of kielbasa back to Texas.

  • BAKKEN 'OCEAN' OF OIL - FED TAKEOVER? (personal opinion of poster)

    04/17/2014 11:57:17 AM PDT · 85 of 121
    okie01 to Hostage
    I understand the six well heads are used with directional drilling with attached cameras and sensors.

    I would expect the different drill heads were taken in different directions out many miles from each other and many miles deep. When all well heads gushed (if truely reported), this would give credence to an ‘ocean of oil’.

    Plus, the six wells reached 22,000 ft depth.

    Understand what you're claiming here. First, six wellheads on one pad is an unusually large pad. But feasible. Six rigs working on one pad at the same time is, more than likely, something that has never happened. Fact is, here in the Barnett, I don't believe I've ever seen two rigs on the same multi-well pad at the same time.

    Second, they're drilling over two miles below the producing horizons, into the basement rock -- unlikely to contain any reservoirs of oil.

    Third, since all six were said to be drilling horizontally away from their surface location, the wellheads are not sitting on "an OCEAN of oil" -- instead, they are sitting on "an ISLAND". In the precise center of a perfectly DRY island, so to speak -- located in the midst of your "OCEAN of oil".

    In which case, how (and why) did the geologists manage to locate the drilling pad where they did?

    A very curious operation your associate discovered...

  • U.S. should send troops to quell Ukraine crisis

    04/17/2014 11:35:37 AM PDT · 258 of 259
    okie01 to Grampa Dave
    Thanks for your thoughts on what’s going on in and outside of the Ukraine.

    Nothing revelatory, I know. But, I swear, we've all had a bellyful of this crap -- and you and Mouton touched a nerve.

  • U.S. should send troops to quell Ukraine crisis

    04/17/2014 11:24:43 AM PDT · 254 of 259
    okie01 to Mouton; Grampa Dave
    Now we are planning of decommissioning some missile launchers in our subs and taking out 50 land based ICBMs as part of the incompetents ideas of one sided mutual destruction (OSMD as opposed to MAD) and he wonders why he is a laughing stock. Scratch that, he is not smart enough to know he is a laughing stock.

    Such is the price that all of us -- and the entire world -- have to pay for a diminished, dispirited and grossly misled America.

    Tragically, Ukrainians will have to pay for our sins. We can only hope that, eventually, Americans don't have to pay a greater price than they have already.

  • Republicans lead in Texas

    04/17/2014 9:58:53 AM PDT · 42 of 43
    okie01 to BobL
    Thanks for making the effort to dredge up the poll.

    However, it's not one of the two I recall -- which specifically cited 60%+ against amnesty. I don't recall them addressing border security, though they likely did.

    Nor do I recall the source being National Review. I've a vague recollection the results were printed on a colored background -- yellow or blue.

  • Republicans lead in Texas

    04/16/2014 11:18:27 PM PDT · 38 of 43
    okie01 to ansel12
    Until you can find the polls so that we can look at them, how about just not using them anymore, it seems simple enough to me, and is what most of us would do.

    Actually, ansel, that's pretty short-sighted.

    There are times when some of us have knowledge that the rest of the FReepers on a thread may not have.

    E.g., I give you Buckhead on the famous Dan Rather thread -- who gave us the insight of the letters being in default Word format, with Times New Roman font. Something that I did not initially recognize (nor did anybody else), but was able to confirm with my own professional experience with the typesetting/typography of the era.

    Should Buckhead have kept his keyboard quiet, as you suggest?

    If you don't mind, I'll continue to contribute my personal knowledge and experience to a thread whenever it's appropriate -- even if I may not have a link for it.

    You are, of course, free to ignore me. And I you.

  • Republicans lead in Texas

    04/16/2014 10:57:59 PM PDT · 36 of 43
    okie01 to ansel12
    Never mind the fact that the article at the head of this thread tends to confirm the poll results I'm reporting.

    The Republican who performs best among Hispanic voters is the candidate who is most vocally against amnesty...and he is matched against the only Hispanic Democrat candidate in the statewide races.

    Lt. Gov.
    Dan Patrick (R)..............35 (-6)
    Letitia van de Putte (D)..41

    Dan Dewhurst (R)...........33 (-10)
    Letitia van de Putte (D)..43

    Abbott (R)....................33 (-10)
    Wendy Davis (D)...........43

    U.S. Senator
    John Cornyn (R).............27 (-14)
    David Alameel (D).........41

    Land Comm'r
    George P. Bush (R)........37 (-10)
    John Cook (D).............47

    Thus, Hispanic voters in Texas exhibit significantly more support for the R candidate who most strongly resists amnesty...and they do so even though Patrick is running against the ONLY statewide Democrat Hispanic candidate!

    As to your #34, dammit, I've searched for them -- but I'm unable find them. I know they're there -- either cited on a thread or linked thru a thread -- but running searches isn't a particular skill of mine.

    Accordingly, you're free to distrust me and believe that I made the whole thing up...

  • Republicans lead in Texas

    04/16/2014 9:53:59 PM PDT · 34 of 43
    okie01 to ansel12
    Reading your response to such a basic FR request for a source, you don’t really seem like the kind of person that one should take at face value.

    I'm just sharing with other FReepers one of the things that I've gleaned from being on this forum for over 16 years.

    Don't quibble or quail, ansel. Go ahead and accuse me of being a bald-faced liar. You're free to do so. I've no defense, other than I don't keep links on everything I might read.

  • Republicans lead in Texas

    04/16/2014 6:40:43 PM PDT · 32 of 43
    okie01 to ansel12
    If you won’t post the source for your claims, don’t you think you should quit claiming it?

    I'm not in the habit of saving a link to every factoid I might encounter in the course of a week. But, if I saw the poll reports and recall their findings, why not refer to them? Why would I not share this information with other FReepers?

    Does the possible existence of such info conflict with your beliefs?

    If so, you're free to take it for what it's worth and complain that I don't have a link. Which you've done...and to which I've responded honestly.

    OK, in a court of law, that qualifies as "hearsay evidence". But does that disqualify it from being grist for the mill in a forum discussion like this one?

  • Republicans lead in Texas

    04/16/2014 5:51:04 PM PDT · 30 of 43
    okie01 to ansel12
    Where is the link to those polls?

    As I explained earlier, I don't have one.

    Both were reported on FreeRepublic within the past few months.

  • A Different Take On Jackie Robinson

    04/16/2014 8:02:42 AM PDT · 23 of 74
    okie01 to kidd
    I would conclude that less black athletes simply don’t want to play baseball. They choose to use their skill sets on other sports or in other professions.

    That is clearly the case. Baseball, compared to football and basketball, requires patience and a certain discipline.

    There is no "instant gratification" in baseball. A player does not move directly from college to the "big leagues". Natural athleticism is important in baseball, but there remains several layers of acquired skills that must be mastered as well.

    Playing the game correctly involves more self-discipline than other sports -- there is no "showtime" in baseball. Moreover, there is an unspoken "code of conduct" among the players that reinforces this self-discipline.

  • Republicans lead in Texas

    04/16/2014 6:12:37 AM PDT · 20 of 43
    okie01 to Resolute Conservative
    None of the legal, established Mexican Texans I know are for amnesty.

    Yet, this seems so little understood by the Republican leadership. And, for that matter, many FReepers.

    They keep talking about gaining a larger percentage of "the Hispanic vote" and here's a way to do it -- one that would strengthen them with their own base...and is "the right thing to do" in any case.

    And they don't see it...

  • Republicans lead in Texas

    04/16/2014 5:47:35 AM PDT · 16 of 43
    okie01 to BobL
    And, again, the one Republican who’s making his opposition to Amnesty the centerpiece of his campaign is doing the best with Hispanics (out of the 3 Republicans).

    This is not a surprise.

    I have seen two polls of legal Hispanics. In both, they opposed amnesty by about 2-to-1 (roughly 60/32). And, why not, they are legal, they are Americans!

    There is, indeed, a lesson here for the GOP-e on how to claim a larger share of the Hispanic vote.


    04/16/2014 5:41:04 AM PDT · 122 of 124
    okie01 to zeestephen
    I have been reading your immigration comments for years.

    Alright, let's continue.

    If you[ve been "reading my immigration comments for years" you evidently missed the plan I posed:

    a. Secure the border
    b. Enforce the current laws regarding employment and visas.
    c. Include E-verify in the enforcement process...enforce civil and criminal penalties on employers...make illegal presence in the country a felony, rather than a misdemeanor (as it is now).
    c. Cut off all government-sponsored welfare to non-citizens.
    d. Wait an unspecified period (say, 3-5 years), see what's left. My presumption is that the vast bulk of illegals will have self-deported. Address the small remnant appropriately -- but under no circumstances, nor at any time, would citizenship be conferred to any person who was here illegally.

    I have rarely commented on our legal migration policies, other than to note that Teddy Kennedy is the man responsible for the unholy mess they are. Personally, I would favor a moratorium on all legal immigration, pending a full review and accounting for the impacts of our current policies.

    Eventually, in my opinion, it would be best to have a strictly limited immigration policy that reflected the best interests of the country. I.e., acceptance of a limited number of healthy, capable immigrants with needed skills. In other words, pretty much the pre-1965 policy.

    Did I pass muster?

    What annoys you, I suspect, is my support for legal Hispanic immigrants. I have worked with and have many friends in this community. And I know that most of them object to amnesty for illegals.

    Nor do I have a particular animus for the bulk of illegal Hispanic immigrants. If I were in their place, I might well do as they did -- seeking to find a better life for my family.

    Instead, my animus is reserved for the people who created the immigration mess via their own corruption and/or indolence and now want to take the easy way out...refusing to fix it, because that would be "hard".

    That would be Teddy Kennedy, the Democrats and those Republicans who are, as you put it, "soft on immigration" -- as you accused me of being.

    Take it or leave it. I'm done with the thread.


    04/15/2014 7:09:28 PM PDT · 117 of 124
    okie01 to zeestephen
    okie, you are soft on immigration.

    I am simply astounded that you have drawn such a conclusion from the evidence at hand.

    I can tell by the way you write.

    So, you can derive arcane meaning from one's grammar, punctuation and spelling. I guess I didn't realize what a skilled and incisive savant I was dealing with.

    Not only can you foresee the future, but you can determine what is in the minds of others simply by the way they write.

    Such a gift...

  • Huge Big Boy steam locomotive coming back to life

    04/15/2014 6:32:00 PM PDT · 54 of 74
    okie01 to Jeff Chandler
    Steam locomotives were not replaced due to lack of power or speed, but for the increased efficiency and ease of maintenance of diesels. Those old engines pulled hard and were damn fast.

    When I was a kid in Oklahoma, the Rock Island 5000 class 4-8-4s used to blow thru town doing 70+ with a mile of freight cars behind them.

    You are absolutely correct. Those babies were not without power or speed...


    04/15/2014 3:54:49 PM PDT · 109 of 124
    okie01 to zeestephen
    Your operating premise seems to be that all is lost, anyway.

    Yet, we have stopped amnesty before. Why can't we do it, again?


    04/15/2014 11:07:28 AM PDT · 104 of 124
    okie01 to zeestephen
    Have I, at any point, supported the notion of amnesty or continued levels of uncontrolled immigration?

    I'll give you a hint.

    The answer is: No!


    04/15/2014 11:05:57 AM PDT · 103 of 124
    okie01 to SoConPubbie
    Then, if as you say, they are against Amnesty, and as Carlos and Juan McCain are wont to say, they are the Children of God, that is against Abortion, against Gay Marriage.

    Knock it off! I've never claimed anything like that.


    04/14/2014 11:09:29 PM PDT · 68 of 124
    okie01 to 9YearLurker
    Also, I’d like to see those polls and how they are worded to believe them.

    Alas, I don't have a link for you. But both were reported here on FreeRepublic within the past year, I believe. And both produced very consistent results.

  • Regulation Nation: Breweries fight back against new government grain rules

    04/14/2014 10:50:57 PM PDT · 19 of 24
    okie01 to Axenolith
    Government has the excrement touch, as opposed to the Midas touch...

    There is no market or institution in which the federal government has intervened that has not been damaged irreparably.


    04/14/2014 10:47:03 PM PDT · 54 of 124
    okie01 to ansel12
    We just had an election, 71% of “legal” Hispanics voted for Obama’s second term.

    Just because they voted doesn't necessarily mean they were "legal". Not with Motor Voter, states anxious to grant driver's licenses to illegals and same day registration.

    How many millions of illegals do you suppose voted in that election?

    For sure, the illegal voters were virtually unanimous Democrat. The truly "legal" Hispanics would've been more evenly split.

    Maybe the GOP will never gain a majority of the Hispanic vote. But what if we got just 40%? And what if we could get the vote fraud under control?

    Then what?


    04/14/2014 10:41:07 PM PDT · 51 of 124
    okie01 to Dagnabitt
    It's not illegals who make those Texas border counties democrat strongholds.

    What proportion of illegals vote, do you suppose?

    With "Motor Voter" and many states granting driver's licenses to illegals plus, in some states, same day registration, just how many millions of illegals vote?

    And, while I'll agree with your observation on the Texas border counties, legal Hispanics in those counties are more likely to vote Republican than the illegals -- who will vote Democrat virtually unanimously.

    Indeed, Corpus Christi now has a Republican Congressman. And some of the other South Texas districts are increasingly competitive. Further, legal Hispanics in Central and North Texas are even more likely to vote Republican.

    Finally, it's not really a question of gaining majority support from Hispanic voters for Republicans. Currently, the GOP gets about 30% of the Hispanic vote nationally (which includes a few millions of illegal Hispanics). If we could build that number to just 40%, the Democrats would be hard-pressed to win another national election.

    I would submit that 40% is eminently doable -- especially if we can get voter fraud under control.

  • Sheriff: Feds strategize for 'raid' on ranch [Sheriff Mack]

    04/14/2014 10:24:57 PM PDT · 390 of 499
    okie01 to Mariner
    This land was once part of Mexico.

    And it was once controlled by the Paiutes.

    And, before them, another tribe.



    04/14/2014 10:06:57 PM PDT · 27 of 124
    okie01 to Dagnabitt; carlo3b
    Hispanics apparently cannot assimilate to the point of not needing affirmative-action racial preferences...

    There are several millions of Hispanics in Texas whose families have been here since Independence -- and before -- who would sharply disagree with your conclusion.

    There were many Hispanics inside the Alamo...and at Washington-on-the-Brazos.

    Your description may be accurate for the late arriving illegals, but it's not accurate for the bulk of legal Hispanics.


    04/14/2014 9:37:09 PM PDT · 7 of 124
    okie01 to 9YearLurker
    And they are for amnesty.

    Actually, there have been two polls of legal Hispanics that dispute that conclusion.

    In both cases, legal Hispanics were against amnesty by a two-to-one margin -- something like 62-30.

    And why wouldn't they be? They and their families have either a.) been here for generations and think of themselves as Americans or b.) have jumped thru the immigration hoops and earned their citizenship the hard way.

    As a group, legal Hispanics might vote majority Democrat -- but they're not supporters of "amnesty".

  • Regulation Nation: Breweries fight back against new government grain rules

    04/14/2014 9:20:59 PM PDT · 13 of 24
    okie01 to RightGeek
    There’s nothing that Obama can’t screw up

    Beg pardon, there's a better way of putting it...

    There's nothing that government can't screw up.

    Unproductive meddling in the free market, such as this, is hardly a trait exclusive to the Obama administration.

  • Is Barack Obama a communist? I don’t know. But here are five things I do know.

    04/14/2014 8:07:47 PM PDT · 35 of 41
    okie01 to GOPJ
    Yes, all true. BUT did Obama collect communists art?

    Well, somebody picked Shepherd Fairey as the official Obama campaign poster artist in 2007. And a.) Fairey is a Communist and b.) his art is Communist poster art.

  • Regaining Middle America - Republicans must stop putting moneyed interests ahead of the American...

    04/14/2014 7:29:52 PM PDT · 9 of 50
    okie01 to Tzimisce
    You can’t use socialism to help the middle class. You can’t do it.

    It’s not possible.

    Indeed, the first objective of socialism is to eliminate the middle class!

    The middle class, with its ambitions and mobility, is simply not compatible with the societal structure that socialism desires to achieve -- a two-tier society composed of a.) the proletarian masses and b.) the governing elites.

  • Obama Blasts Russia in Tense Call With Putin Over Ukraine

    04/14/2014 7:02:48 PM PDT · 37 of 45
    okie01 to RetiredTexasVet
    Whoa. Must have been serious for His Arrogance to pull on his Mom jeans and give Putin what for over the phone.

    As I recall, White House press releases regarding phone conversations between the Messiah and other World Leaders often tell a different tale about who said what to who than do the press releases issued by the other World Leaders.

    I wonder how the Kremlin's press release will describe this conversation. I wonder which one will be the more accurate...

  • GOP Mutiny Could Unseat Boehner and McConnell as Party Leaders

    04/14/2014 4:35:11 PM PDT · 40 of 77
    okie01 to cotton1706
    .I’d like to see Mike Lee, who should be in the leadership one way or another after 2015. He’s brilliant.

    Imagine what a Cruz presidency might accomplish with Mike Lee as Majority Leader of the Senate!!!

  • Reid on Cattle Battle: "It's not over"

    04/14/2014 3:35:34 PM PDT · 63 of 63
    okie01 to mistfree
    I think I know the answer but, is there no way at all for the citizens to recall Reid except when his term is up?

    There is no provision in the Constitution for recall of a U.S. Senator or Congressman.

    Death or resignation is the only means of removal during his term.

  • Sharyl Attkisson: Team Obama is having "chilling effect" on media

    04/14/2014 8:40:45 AM PDT · 6 of 16
    okie01 to Dilbert San Diego
    Mathews is supposed to be covering the news, not openly rooting for one side.

    Not so. Mathews is a "commentator", a la Sean Hannity. They are free to adopt a partisan viewpoint.

    News "reporters" are the ones who must remain objective and non-partisan.

  • Sharyl Attkisson Tells Fox: Book Will Focus on Obama's 'Aggressive' Use of 'Obstruction...

    04/14/2014 8:13:43 AM PDT · 5 of 13
    okie01 to bigbob
    Roger Ailes: Give Sharyl a call, willya?

    I've no doubt that Ailes is in touch with her agent.

    By the same token, I've no doubt that she's restrained by a six-month "no conflict" agreement with CBS.

    Accordingly, I wouldn't look for her on Fox (or any other broadcast medium) until this Fall.

  • Democratic leader: GOP base ‘animated by racism’

    04/14/2014 7:28:44 AM PDT · 26 of 28
    okie01 to Pollster1
    When I contrast that with the conservatives I've worked with, few of whom think skin color matters at all, I'm disappointed in how poorly the GOP has marketed its values - and disgusted at how well the Democrats have marketed a culture of dependency.

    What makes you think the GOP-e doesn't share the liberal viewpoint on blacks?

    Conservatives might look beyond color and at character, but I doubt the party leadership does.

  • Democratic leader: GOP base ‘animated by racism’

    04/14/2014 4:48:50 AM PDT · 14 of 28
    okie01 to Pollster1
    In contrast, about 90% of the Democrat base is animated by racism - Dem base (somewhat more so than Dem voters and far more than GOP) tend to be blacks who hate white, whites who hate whites, and whites who despise blacks and think the only way blacks can get by is with government help.

    Case in point: My first boss was an Amherst grad from patrician Virginia. He mocked my conservatism and preference for Goldwater (it was 1963). When he took his vacation that summer, he went to Mississippi and served as a Freedom Rider -- an action that I admired.

    However, upon his return, he came to the office flustered. Well, angered, actually. He told me that his landlord had allowed "a dirty n-word" to rent the apartment next to his. And he moved out, forthwith.

    My admiration declined. And I gained some insight into the liberal mind...

  • Kansas Jewish Center Shooting Suspect Identified as Former KKK Leader

    04/14/2014 4:39:51 AM PDT · 81 of 93
    okie01 to zeestephen
    By the way, at least one native born German thought that “zi” comes from Sozialist, which is where I got the idea.

    You're correct. From Wikapedia...

    The National Socialist German Workers' Party (German: Nationalsozialistische Deutsche Arbeiterpartei, abbreviated NSDAP), commonly known in English as the Nazi Party (/ˈnɑːtsi/), was a political party in Germany active between 1920 and 1945. Its predecessor, the German Workers' Party (DAP), existed from 1919 to 1920. The term Nazi is German and stems from Nationalsozialist, due to the pronunciation of Latin -tion- as -tsion- in German (rather than -shon- as it is in English), with German z being pronounced as 'ts'.

    The disparate handling of the "ts" sound may trace to where your family and my German teacher were from. Herr Scheck was from Stuttgart, so I learned German with a Bavarian dialect.

  • Kansas Jewish Center Shooting Suspect Identified as Former KKK Leader

    04/14/2014 3:24:40 AM PDT · 76 of 93
    okie01 to zeestephen; Yaelle
    “Z” is pronounced like “s” in German.

    In German, the letter Z is pronounced "tset". The "t" is not silent, but inflected.

    "Nazi" is thereby pronounced "nah-tsee" -- which sounds very close to "naht-see".

  • Give up meat, coal, oil, economic growth and national sovereignty - orders new IPCC climate report

    04/14/2014 3:11:59 AM PDT · 10 of 44
    okie01 to RWB Patriot
    I spoke to one on the subject and he said he’d prefer genocide over extinction.

    Eugenics in reverse, huh?

  • Rangeley fire chief tells Senate subcommittee people ‘vaporized’ in Quebec rail disaster

    04/13/2014 11:45:33 PM PDT · 30 of 43
    okie01 to smokingfrog
    If first responders need more equipment and resources to respond to disasters, they should have it.

    Given this was a Senate sub-committee, I'd wager the objective of the exercise is not to find a way to spend more money on grants to local fire departments.

    Instead, the purpose of these hearings is to ramp up the envirowacko movement to have rail shipment of crude oil banned.

  • Rangeley fire chief tells Senate subcommittee people ‘vaporized’ in Quebec rail disaster

    04/13/2014 11:05:31 PM PDT · 19 of 43
    okie01 to LoneRangerMassachusetts
    But, isn't their something like chocks that can mecanically lock railcars. Leaving an unattended engine seems nuts to me.

    Each car has a set of hand-operated mechanical brakes. The policy is to lock down enough cars to keep the train from moving, even if the air compressor on the engine fails.

    In this case, the engineer who was responsible evidently failed to lock down enough cars.