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Posts by rlmorel

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  • BattleCat Speaks!

    05/06/2015 2:53:50 AM PDT · 3 of 11
    rlmorel to thesligoduffyflynns

    She is rightfully angry.

  • VIDEO: USS Enterprise Returns to Original Drydock for Inactivation

    05/06/2015 2:50:19 AM PDT · 30 of 39
    rlmorel to moehoward

    The Constellation was the first carrier I ever saw close up. As a kid, living on Navy bases, I used to go down to the docks to try to get a sailor to give me a tour of whatever ship was there. I remember standing on the dock, looking straight up at this huge ship, the tails of Phantoms and Vigilantes hanging out in the air all around the edge of the deck.

    That was in Yokosuka...:)

  • VIDEO: USS Enterprise Returns to Original Drydock for Inactivation

    05/06/2015 2:47:05 AM PDT · 29 of 39
    rlmorel to moehoward

    Hahaha...so it has been, so it will always be!

    I was a young petty officer, full of snot, and thought I knew more than anyone else. I was mouthing off one day about the stupidity of the service, etc. (and it is true, all services and large institutions DO have a degree of inbred stupidity in them, that’s jus the way it is!) and a lifer 1st Class said to me (not unkindly, but...firmly): “Look. You think all of this is stupid and it sucks right now, but...you signed up for it. Nobody twisted your arm. Someday, you will look back on this as one of the most important and valuable times of your life...”

    There are many times since then I wished I could have eaten my words, found that man AD1 Ingram, and shook his hand to tell him how right he was.

  • VIDEO: USS Enterprise Returns to Original Drydock for Inactivation

    05/06/2015 2:41:17 AM PDT · 28 of 39
    rlmorel to 5thGenTexan

    Actually, I enjoyed Star Trek, even the “schmaltziness” part.

    I will say, I do think they had the Kirk character himself capture that sentiment on a fairly routine basis...

    I was probably being unfair there...:)

  • VIDEO: USS Enterprise Returns to Original Drydock for Inactivation

    05/05/2015 8:12:11 PM PDT · 16 of 39
    rlmorel to South Dakota

    I find it interesting that there are several of that class that are preserved as museums...the South Dakota had a far more interesting history than the USS Massachusetts, which I have had to opportunity to visit a few times.

  • VIDEO: USS Enterprise Returns to Original Drydock for Inactivation

    05/05/2015 7:41:33 PM PDT · 12 of 39
    rlmorel to central_va

    I once saw a book in a bookstore and paged through it...it was a book of photographs of US Navy ships that were being broken up for scrap.

    It saddened me in a way that I am sure many people would find puzzling, but there was one picture that really hit me in a way that kind of made me understand why I felt that way.

    It was a WWII heavy cruiser, and the entire bow had been sawed right off from about the second current forward.

    Looking at it was like looking at the face of a woman that has been disfigured in some way, almost as if it would look if her nose was simply removed from her face, and a gaping hole was left there.

    I have never been able to find that book, and I have looked.

    I feel that an inanimate object like a warship does acquire something from the thousands of sailors who pass through her. But I also know that special “something” doesn’t exist in HER, per se, but does palpably exist in the minds and hearts of those sailors.

    So, it does exist.

  • VIDEO: USS Enterprise Returns to Original Drydock for Inactivation

    05/05/2015 7:35:02 PM PDT · 10 of 39
    rlmorel to artichokegrower

    I just watched the video...I found it depressing.

    Sigh.

  • VIDEO: USS Enterprise Returns to Original Drydock for Inactivation

    05/05/2015 7:31:37 PM PDT · 8 of 39
    rlmorel to artichokegrower

    Wow. I do feel, as many sailors do, a sentimentality towards ships, and even though I never served on her, the Enterprise means something more, and not some schmaltzy Star Trek sentimentality.

    I definitely feel a tie through her back to CV-6. CVN-65 was a worthy successor.

    Granted, some ships suck, some you don’t want to be on at a given time, but if you lived on it, sailed on it, or fought on it, it does generate a tie to you.

    Even if you sometimes hated being on it...:)

  • FAIL: ONLY 18 PERCENT OF 8TH-GRADERS PROFICIENT IN US HISTORY

    05/05/2015 7:07:34 PM PDT · 35 of 45
    rlmorel to cripplecreek

    Yep. Sooooo true.

  • Raleigh officer, wife asking for $50K in hot coffee case

    05/05/2015 6:02:09 PM PDT · 43 of 43
    rlmorel to Darksheare

    I surely am not not sticking up for someone filing this lawsuit.

    One of the great things about Free Republic beyond the freedom of speech we (mostly) get to exercise, is the fact that we don’t all have to view an issue the same way, unless someone is so ingrained in groupthink that they cannot think for themselves and that is their only way of thinking. But, if that is what they like, they can do that, and we see plenty of it.

    It means I can read a thread with multiple posters, who may post things I disagree with or find offensive, but it doesn’t mean I have to begin insulting them. That is a liberal trait. I can disagree with them, but why make it personal?

    So, what about the “fact” that I found it shallow and parochial that the first viewpoint put forth by someone on a thread was that it must have been someone who came from somewhere else? I have been around long enough and traveled enough to see that dipstick gold-diggers who sue are everywhere, as is undesirable behavior.

    Even in North Carolina. Or, is saying that disallowed or disrespectful on FR?

    Do you disagree? Is there no fraud in NC? No murders? No stupidity?

    I fail to see how someone can get so completely bent out of shape and engage in ad hominem attacks over a fairly mild “transgression” of pointing that out.

  • Man Arrested After Allegedly Killing Roomate, Storing Body in Panorama City Apartment’s Closet

    05/05/2015 3:23:24 PM PDT · 20 of 25
    rlmorel to dware; Resolute Conservative

    Boy, no kidding! Not the brightest of murderers, and she didn’t come across as the sharpest knife in the drawer, either.

    And...”Bubbles”.

    Shudder.

    It is an entire ‘nother subculture.

  • Raleigh officer, wife asking for $50K in hot coffee case

    05/05/2015 3:21:49 PM PDT · 41 of 43
    rlmorel to JimRed

    Agreed.

    On a humorous side, a woman I knew told me she purchased a strawberry milkshake, and placed it between her legs to pull out on the road.

    As she pulled out, she was T-Boned by a car she didn’t see that hit her smack on her driver side door.

    She wasn’t hurt, but she said that strawberry milkshake covered every square inch of her and the inside of the car, because her legs came together on impact and forcibly ejected the contents of the large cup straight upwards!

    Imagine that with scalding coffee...

  • Man Arrested After Allegedly Killing Roomate, Storing Body in Panorama City Apartment’s Closet

    05/05/2015 1:59:45 PM PDT · 3 of 25
    rlmorel to BenLurkin

    Pretty creepy stuff. Having a glass of wine, candles, music, conversation, then “Hey...check out this body in my closet...”

  • Raleigh officer, wife asking for $50K in hot coffee case

    05/05/2015 1:14:01 PM PDT · 39 of 43
    rlmorel to C. Edmund Wright; Darksheare
    "....I think the vast majority of people did in fact think you over emoted and ranted..."

    Who would the "vast majority did in fact" be? People you know? People you work with? People in your house? People in your mind? I didn't see many people agreeing or disagreeing in the thread so, if we agree on what percentage a vast majority is and you can get enough people to post to reach that percent, I will readily concede that point as a syllable of your substance, and not a syllable of your opinion.

    As for substance,I didn't see much of that in your original post, but a good amount of opinion. Now, if you tell me that 30% of high paying police supervisory jobs are filled with non-North Carolina, I would regard that as substance if you could source it, and would agree with you.

    And I would further say that I understand the original sentiment was not yours, but Darksheare's in the preceding post, in which you agreed. I simply thought you took the acrimony to a far higher level.

    For the record, I do like NC and the people I have met from there. I wasn't being facetious or sarcastic when I said "you have a great part of the country and all" because I think you do. I don't understand the level of anger in your post, or the personal attacks.

  • Thomas Sowell: The Inconvenient Truth about Ghetto Communities’ Social Breakdown

    05/05/2015 10:12:33 AM PDT · 28 of 32
    rlmorel to mrsmel

    I understand now.

    I would disagree with your generalization, but I did want to know what it meant.

  • Thomas Sowell: The Inconvenient Truth about Ghetto Communities’ Social Breakdown

    05/05/2015 9:49:41 AM PDT · 26 of 32
    rlmorel to don-o

    Thanks. That was what I found discouraging about it...I spent time researching it to make sure I had the facts and figures correct and attributed appropriately, then a couple of posts came in (a few obviously trying to be clever, but transparently so) and the thread was dead in under 15 minutes.

    But you are correct...don’t want to give up!

  • Raleigh officer, wife asking for $50K in hot coffee case

    05/05/2015 9:46:23 AM PDT · 37 of 43
    rlmorel to C. Edmund Wright

    I think anyone reading these two posts might not see mine post as a “hypersensitive womanly tangent”.

    I think it is usually a lot more telling when someone resorts to ad hominem attacks, then tries to end a discussion with something like “...period, end of discussion, game set and match - thanks for playing, drive safe.”

    It is the equivalent of saying you are going to take the ball and go home.

    That’s okay. Go ahead. I won’t chase after you.

  • Thomas Sowell: The Inconvenient Truth about Ghetto Communities’ Social Breakdown

    05/05/2015 9:39:45 AM PDT · 24 of 32
    rlmorel to mrsmel

    Ah. Can you explain how this would apply to Dr. Sowell even to make an exception to?

    I admit I don’t understand how the concept was used in your post.

  • Seattle $15 Minimum Wage Killing Jobs, Hurting Students

    05/05/2015 9:37:22 AM PDT · 42 of 53
    rlmorel to Red Badger

    Agreed 100%.

    The thing that most people (even on our side) fail to see is...minimum wage jobs are not meant to be a “living wage”. They are meant as jobs to serve as stepping stones to move away from once you gain experience.

    If you are older, there is nothing wrong with getting a minimum wage job to get your foot in the door, to learn the basic ropes. But if you are still there after five years...that is a problem.

    Anyone who would settle for working at a minimum wage job for an entire career would not be worth hiring at any price.

  • Thomas Sowell: The Inconvenient Truth about Ghetto Communities’ Social Breakdown

    05/05/2015 9:21:21 AM PDT · 22 of 32
    rlmorel to mrsmel

    What does “IKAGO” mean?

  • Thomas Sowell: The Inconvenient Truth about Ghetto Communities’ Social Breakdown

    05/05/2015 9:19:46 AM PDT · 21 of 32
    rlmorel to SkyPilot

    I think it is important to make a distinction (as Thomas Sowell does in his book “Black Rednecks and White Liberals”.

    When referring to “Black Culture” we should explicitly refer to “Black Redneck Culture” since that accurately describes what we are usually referring to in a negative way.

    I think it is important to do for two reasons:

    First, it is more focused and specific referring to the negative and undesirable behavior by a portion (not all) of the black population. Specificity is a good thing in this case.

    Secondly, doing so makes it clear that one is not attacking “Black Culture”, because that encompasses a wider range of beliefs and behaviors, and thus brings a wider range of undeserving people into a circle of criticism.

    I say this because I have been sourcing and quoting Thomas Sowell’s excellent work, but failed to make the important distinction that he so obviously took the care to do by incorporating it into the title of his book. As a result, I have had both veiled and overt charges of racism leveled at me, and even had a FR thread pulled that I worked several hours to construct.

    When asked, the moderator politely replied that they didn’t have the resources to monitor “threads like mine” to keep undesirables from posting racists comments, of which there were indeed a few that I asked them to pull. Instead, they pulled the entire thread with that excuse. Let me tell you, I worked hard on that thread to be factual, informative and timely, and not a speck of it was racist, but the way a few freepers interpreted it (including the moderator) it was, or at least invited racism. It was bitterly disappointing to me, since my FR stats show 45K+ posts and a small number of threads started. I thought it was an important subject for discussion.

    I believe now that I could have avoided that (As Dr. Sowell did) by explicitly referring to “Black Redneck” behavior, and defining it so that readers would understand the distinction.

  • Thomas Sowell: The Inconvenient Truth about Ghetto Communities’ Social Breakdown

    05/05/2015 9:06:02 AM PDT · 18 of 32
    rlmorel to mrsmel; Rummyfan

    Dr. Sowell discusses this at great length in his excellent book “Black Rednecks and White Liberals”.

    As he states, if this behavior and social state is due to a legacy of slavery, why did it not manifest itself until 100 years after slavery ceased to exists (Discussing the marked swing upwards of black crime, family issues, etc in the 1960’s...)

    He is reviled by the left, as a black man who applies intelligence and logic to the analysis and discussion of these issues, as opposed to racism and emotion.

  • Raleigh officer, wife asking for $50K in hot coffee case

    05/05/2015 8:52:50 AM PDT · 31 of 43
    rlmorel to C. Edmund Wright; Darksheare

    Good grief. Seriously...I know you guys have a great part of the country and all, and that anything bad is caused by someone from somewhere else, but...really?

    While I wouldn’t want to have anything to do with anyone from New York myself, it just seems odd to blame this one someone right out of the box like that.

    Almost as bad as someone blaming Starbucks or MacDonalds for hot coffee in their lap!

  • Fall of Saigon (photo essay from the last days)

    05/05/2015 6:50:32 AM PDT · 44 of 45
    rlmorel to rktman

    Eh.

    You made the same mistake the rest of us did...we assumed that they were, at their core, Americans like us.

    Boy, did we ever get that wrong.

  • Pamela Geller plays with fire

    05/05/2015 5:50:21 AM PDT · 55 of 127
    rlmorel to lowbridge

    This is a litmus test.

    If anyone resorts to violence towards someone exercising their First Amendment rights, then they cannot be in this country.

    These two guys failed, but instead of being deprived of their citizenship because they won’t follow the law, they were deprived of their lives by people who do follow the law.

  • Fall of Saigon (photo essay from the last days)

    05/05/2015 2:49:59 AM PDT · 41 of 45
    rlmorel to rktman

    Liberals absolutely love Vietnam, especially the fall of Vietnam.

    They love it. It gives them orgasms. It lives on in their dreams where it is their escape from adolescence, and in their waking hours, it is their eternal fall back into it.

    For me, everything evil, destructive, faithless, vindictive, stupid, controlling, statist, petty, childish, incompetent and most of all, anti-American about liberals is encapsulated in Vietnam.

    Before Vietnam, it would be incomprehensible to most Americans that people like those protesters with their Chairman Mao and Che Guevara posters would ever be elected to office. Now it is seemingly impossible to most of us that nearly any politicians elected who deviate from that template.

  • Fall of Saigon (photo essay from the last days)

    05/05/2015 2:34:55 AM PDT · 40 of 45
    rlmorel to NorthMountain
    This below tells you everything, EVERYTHING you need to know about Cronkite and all liberals. This is EXACTLY what they all believe, but most aren't as senile as Cronkite was and wouldn't say it aloud unless placed under truth serum.

    (NOTE: If you don't want to read the entire thing, the first sentence is enough to convey the entire sentiment.)

    WALTER CRONKITE PROMOTES DEMOCRATIC FEDERAL WORLD GOVERNMENT
    Received W.F.A.'s Norman Cousins Global Governance Award on 19 October 1999 

     I am greatly honored to receive this award for two reasons: first, I believe as Norman Cousins did that the first priority of humankind in this era is to establish an effective system of world law that will assure peace with justice among the peoples of the world; second, I feel sentimental about this award because half a century ago Norman offered me a job as spokesman and Washington lobbyist for the World Federalist organization, which was then in its infancy. I chose instead to continue in the world of journalism. For many years, I did my best to report on the issues of the day in as objective a manner as possible. When I had my own strong opinions, as I often did, I tried not to communicate them to my audience. Now, however, my circumstances are different. I am in a position to speak my mind. And that is what I propose to do.   Those of us who are living today can influence the future of civilization. We can influence whether our planet will drift into chaos and violence, or whether through a monumental educational and political effort we will achieve a world of peace under a system of law where individual violators of that law are brought to justice.  

    For most of this fairly long life I have been an optimist harboring a belief that as our globe shrank, as our communication miracles brought us closer together, we would begin to appreciate the commonality of our universal desire to live in peace and that we would do something to satisfy that yearning of all peoples. Today I find it harder to cling to that hope. For how many thousands of years now have we humans been what we insist on calling "civilized"? And yet, in total contradiction, we also persist in the savage belief that we must occasionally, at least, settle our arguments by killing one another.   While we spend much of our time and a great deal of our treasure in preparing for war, we see no comparable effort to establish a lasting peace. Meanwhile, emphasizing the sloth in this regard, those advocates who work for world peace by urging a system of world government are called impractical dreamers. Those "impractical dreamers" are entitled to ask their critics, "what is so practical about war?" 

     It seems to many of us that if we are to avoid the eventual catastrophic world conflict we must strengthen the United Nations as a first step toward a world government with a legislature, executive and judiciary, and police to enforce its international laws and keep the peace. To do that, of course, we Americans will have to yield up some of our sovereignty. It would take a lot of courage, a lot of faith in the new order. But the American colonies did it once and brought forth one of the most nearly perfect unions the world has ever seen. The circumstances were vastly different, obviously. Yet just because the task appears forbiddingly hard, we should not shirk it. We cannot defer this responsibility to posterity. Democracy, civilization itself, is at stake. Within the next few years we must change the basic structure of our global community from the present anarchic system of war and ever more destructive weaponry to a new system governed by a democratic U.N. federation. 

     Let's focus on a few specifics of what the leadership of the World Federalist movement believe must be done now to advance the rule of world law. For starters, we can draw on the wisdom of the Framers of the U.S. Constitution of 1787. The differences among the American states then were as bitter as differences among nation-states in the world today. In their almost miraculous insight, the Founders of our country invented 'federalism,' a concept that is rooted in the rights of the individual. Our federal system guarantees a maximum of freedom but provides it in a framework of law and justice. Our forefathers believed that the closer the laws are to the people, the better. Cities legislate on local matters; states make decisions on matters within their borders; and the national government deals with issues that transcend the states, such as interstate commerce and foreign relations. That is federalism.   Today we must develop federal structures on a global level. We need a system of enforceable world law --a democratic federal world government-- to deal with world problems. What Alexander Hamilton wrote about the need for law among the 13 states applies today to the approximately 200 sovereignties in our global village: "To look for a continuation of harmony between a number of independent unconnected sovereignties in the same neighborhood, would be to disregard the uniform course of human events, and to set at defiance the accumulated experience of ages." Today the notion of unlimited national sovereignty means international anarchy. We must replace the anarchic law of force with a civilized force of law. 

     Ours will neither be a perfect world, nor a world without disagreement and occasional violence. But it will be a world where the vast majority of national leaders will consistently abide by the rule of world law, and those who won't will be dealt with effectively and with due process by the structures of that same world law. We will never have a city without crime, but we would never want to live in a city that had no system of law to deal with criminals. 

     Let me make three suggestions for immediate action that would move us in a direction firmly in the American tradition of law and democracy.

    
1. Keep our promises: We helped create the U.N. and to develop the U.N. assessment formula. Americans overwhelmingly want us to pay our U.N. dues, with no crippling limitations. We owe it to the world. In fact, we owe it as well to our national self-esteem. 


    2. Ratify the Treaty to Ban Land Mines, the Law of the Sea Treaty, the Comprehensive Nuclear Test Ban Treaty, the Convention to Eliminate All Forms of Discrimination Against Women, and the Convention on the Rights of the Child. Most important, we should sign and ratify the Treaty for a permanent International Criminal Court. That Court will enable the world to hold individuals accountable for crimes against humanity.

    
3. Consider, after 55 years, the possibility of a more representative and democratic system of decision making at the U.N. This should include both revision of the veto in the Security Council and adoption of a weighted voting system for the General Assembly. The World Federalists have endorsed Richard Hudson's Binding Triad proposal. George Soros, in "The Crisis of Global Capitalism," has given serious attention to this concept which would be based upon not only one-nation-one-vote but also on population and contributions to the U.N. budget. Resolutions adopted by majorities in each of these areas would be binding, enforceable law. Within the powers given to it in the Charter, the U.N. could then deal with matters of reliable financing, a standing U.N. peace force, development, the environment and human rights.  

    Some of you may ask why the Senate is not ratifying these important treaties and why the Congress is not paying our U.N. dues. As with the American rejection of the League of Nations, our failure to live up to our obligations to the U.N. is led by a few willful senators who choose to pursue their narrow, selfish political objectives at the cost of our nation's conscience. They pander to and are supported by the Christian Coalition and the rest of the religious right wing. Their leader, Pat Robertson, has written that we should have a world government but only when the messiah arrives. Attempts for world order before that time are the work of the Devil! This small but well-organized group has intimidated both the Republican Party and the Clinton administration. It has attacked presidents since F.D.R. for supporting the U.N. Robertson explains that these presidents are the unwitting agents of Lucifer. 

    The only way we who believe in the vision of a democratic world federal government can effectively overcome this reactionary movement is to organize a strong educational counteroffensive stretching from the most publicly visible people in all fields to the humblest individuals in every community. That is the vision and program of the World Federalist Association. The strength of the World Federalist program would serve an important auxiliary purpose at this particular point in our history. There would be immediate diplomatic advantages if the world knew that this country was even beginning to explore the prospect of strengthening the U.N. We would appear before the peoples of the world as the champion of peace for all by the equitable sharing of power. This in sharp contrast to the growing concern that we intend to use our current dominant military power to enforce a sort of pax Americana.   Our country today is at a stage in our foreign policy similar to that crucial point in our nation's early history when our Constitution was produced in Philadelphia. Let us hear the peal of a new international liberty bell that calls us all to the creation of a system of enforceable world law in which the universal desire for peace can place its hope and prayers. As Carl Van Doren has written, "History is now choosing the founders of the World Federation. Any person who can be among that number and fails to do so has lost the noblest opportunity of a lifetime."

  • Army on a quest for new handgun

    05/05/2015 2:25:59 AM PDT · 27 of 50
    rlmorel to skeptoid

    I think this is stupid.

    I am all for getting our troops the best handgun available, but...there are plenty of excellent, solid handguns out there, developed for the civilian and LEO market.

    I simply cannot see why we have to go through this process again. I am all for developing a new infantry rifle, but this just seems like a crazy boondoggle with money we don’t have.

  • Soledad O’Brien lectures ‘naive’ journalists ‘thug’ is the new ‘n-word’ – you can’t use it

    05/05/2015 2:19:02 AM PDT · 25 of 58
    rlmorel to Impala64ssa
    THEY.

    CAN.

    ALL.

    KISS.

    MY.

    BUTT.

    I am sick and tired of having my language dictated to me by liberals. It is a perfectly legitimate word in use for centuries by people of all races to describe people of all races. And they want to say it is racist?

    Not going down that road.

  • Bar Owner on Trial for 'Killing' Customer Who Drank 56 Shots

    05/04/2015 5:41:45 PM PDT · 31 of 60
    rlmorel to Vendome

    Great song...

  • ‘Wounded Warrior’ Charity Unleashes Hell—On Other Veteran Groups

    05/04/2015 8:58:30 AM PDT · 26 of 29
    rlmorel to kevslisababy

    I give every year to the Semper Fi and Fischer House every year.

    I have heard some non-complimentary things about WWP.

  • Why the CVS Burned

    05/04/2015 5:31:46 AM PDT · 104 of 111
    rlmorel to MasterGunner01

    When the feelings or well-being of animals like these rioters and looters are given priority over the well being of a random citizen or a business owner BY THE AUTHORITIES, here is what happens to those random citizens and businesses:

    They aren’t protected.

    Their families aren’t protected.

    Their property isn’t protected.

    Their business isn’t protected.

    So, they do what any INTELLIGENT, THOUGHTFUL, RESPONSIBLE person does: They uproot their family and business, and LEAVE. (Because we all see what happens to those who stand up to the animals: If they survive being beaten to a pulp by a mob, they are demonized as racists)

    And what happens after that?

    We hear whining and moaning that people in those ravaged communities can’t get access to basic services, can’t get stores to buy food at, can’t get a cab to take them home because it is too dangerous for the cabbies. And they decry the people who left to survive as “racists” and characterize their leaving as racially based “white flight”.

    And they demonize industry and commerce as racist because they don’t want to build factories or open stores in those areas, because the extra security costs add up to 30% to the overhead of business, an addition fatal to business survivability.

    And they demonize banks as racist who won’t give business loans to someone who wants to open something in those areas, because they won’t make it past the first riot.

    And they characterize as racist the unwillingness of insurance companies to offer low rates to businesses in those areas, because it is a guaranteed 100% loser for them.

    THAT is what infuriates me about the animals doing this in places like Ferguson and Baltimore. They are doing all they can to drive people out of those areas so that much of the liberal black leadership can point to racist “white flight” as one of the roots of their failure to have a functioning community.

  • Why the CVS Burned

    05/04/2015 5:28:54 AM PDT · 103 of 111
    rlmorel to PGR88
    "...Their poverty is spiritual and moral poverty..."

    Bingo.

  • Why the CVS Burned

    05/04/2015 5:25:26 AM PDT · 102 of 111
    rlmorel to Second Amendment First
    "...They did not experience those places as their own..."

    Well, yeah. In many cases, those places weren't their own. They were largely given to them. They weren't going to be in such a hurry to burn down a city block if one of the businesses or homes there was paid for them by the years of hard work they did, would they?

    Gee, time to post the "I'm Shocked!" picture. We all see what happens to things (and people) when they don't have to work for something, and things ranging from money to houses to healthcare are "given" to them by other people (taxpayers).

  • Baltimore Rally: Burn Down Stores to Get Them ‘Out of Our Communities’

    05/03/2015 4:07:59 PM PDT · 169 of 213
    rlmorel to cripplecreek

    I guess that for parts of Detroit, there is no place to go but up.

    I am one of those that wrote off Detroit, but I think your outlook is more constructive.

  • Baltimore Rally: Burn Down Stores to Get Them ‘Out of Our Communities’

    05/03/2015 3:41:45 PM PDT · 162 of 213
    rlmorel to cripplecreek

    And I should add: This problem is just as crippling for black-owned/run businesses as it is for any businessman of any other race.

    They are trying to make a living, and a mob comes by, throws chairs through the windows (if you haven’t already had the additional expenditure of bars or a barrier) and your store gets looted, your problems are just starting.

    If you were hardworking enough to have made it this far as a black businessman in a black neighborhood, you may have insurance, and when you apply for relief, you may get it.

    But when your policy is up for renewal...your premium is likely going to go up as well. If you don’t simply fold, and move forward your battle isn’t over.

    If you add the increased cost of your insurance onto your products, you are going to have Al Sharpton, Jesse Jackson, Barack Obama and other race-baiters disparaging the store owner, standing out front and saying: “The products in this store are more expensive than those in white neighborhoods! Why our own people gouge us for the basic necessities of life is a crying shame!”

    And that is what might happen if the owner was black. If the owner was white, hispanic or asian, they might have a riot and destroy the store right there.

    This is unbelievable.

  • Baltimore Rally: Burn Down Stores to Get Them ‘Out of Our Communities’

    05/03/2015 3:28:23 PM PDT · 154 of 213
    rlmorel to cripplecreek

    As I said in another thread: when the feelings or well-being of animals like these rioters and looters are given priority over the well being of a random citizen or a business owner BY THE AUTHORITIES, here is what happens to those random citizens and businesses:

    They aren’t protected.

    Their families aren’t protected.

    Their property isn’t protected.

    Their business isn’t protected.

    So, they do what any INTELLIGENT, THOUGHTFUL, RESPONSIBLE person does: They uproot their family and business, and LEAVE. (Because we all see what happens to those who stand up to the animals: If they survive being beaten to a pulp by a mob, they are demonized as racists)

    And what happens after that?

    We hear whining and moaning that people in those ravaged communities can’t get access to basic services, can’t get stores to buy food at, can’t get a cab to take them home because it is too dangerous for the cabbies. And they decry the people who left to survive as “racists” and characterize their leaving as racially based “white flight”.

    And they demonize industry and commerce as racist because they don’t want to build factories or open stores in those areas, because the extra security costs add up to 30% to the overhead of business, an addition fatal to business survivability.

    And they demonize banks as racist who won’t give business loans to someone who wants to open something in those areas, because they won’t make it past the first riot.

    And they characterize as racist the unwillingness of insurance companies to offer low rates to businesses in those areas, because it is a guaranteed 100% loser for them.

    THAT is what infuriates me about the animals doing this in places like Ferguson and Baltimore. They are doing all they can to drive people out of those areas so that much of the liberal black leadership can point to racist “white flight” as one of the roots of their failure to have a functioning community.

  • Before fatal Miami crash, woman texts boyfriend, ‘Driving drunk woo ... I’ll be dead thanks to you’

    05/02/2015 7:58:38 AM PDT · 30 of 37
    rlmorel to dp0622

    As a rule I have to pull over, I definitely don’t feel safe. The one time I remember talking and thinking “this isn’t a good idea” I was doing about three miles an hour in stuck traffic, and as I began talking, my car drifted slightly to the right, and a guy on a bike went screaming by on my right and I nearly hit him.

    I was so mad at both myself and him...

  • 'Inappropriate comment' derails Air Force general's career

    05/02/2015 7:28:05 AM PDT · 40 of 83
    rlmorel to OKSooner
    They are certainly pro-homosexual...

  • Before fatal Miami crash, woman texts boyfriend, ‘Driving drunk woo ... I’ll be dead thanks to you’

    05/02/2015 7:10:46 AM PDT · 25 of 37
    rlmorel to dp0622; doorgunner69; doc1019; nickcarraway; VerySadAmerican; dragnet2
  • Before fatal Miami crash, woman texts boyfriend, ‘Driving drunk woo ... I’ll be dead thanks to you’

    05/02/2015 7:08:16 AM PDT · 24 of 37
    rlmorel to dp0622; doorgunner69; doc1019; nickcarraway; VerySadAmerican; dragnet2

    I don’t know about that. My theory is that the inherent danger is more related to the way the brain functions during communication tasks than the mechanical/mental tasks of fiddling with the radio, trying to eat a taco while driving, or talking to another person who is physically in the vehicle with you.

    This is only my theory derived from simple observation of myself, people I drive with, people talking on phones in other cars, and people talking on a phone anytime, in or out of a car.

    The real issue with texting that I see is the mechanical distraction less than the issue I am going to discuss below. When texting, part of the issue is a disembodied communication which is a characteristic it shares with cell phone talkers. But the far bigger problem with texting is that you simply have to take your eyes and mind off the road for extended periods of time.

    But talking on the phone while driving seems far more dangerous, and I think there are two factors involved:

    1.) Communicating with someone who is not physically present

    2.) Using verbal communication

    I don’t talk on the phone while driving except under severe necessity (which occasionally happens because I work in a medical IT environment) because I have found that I feel completely and totally unsafe when I do it.

    This may be limited to me, or to people who have some kind of cognitive similarity with me, but I find it fascinating, and I know I am not alone in this.

    My theory is that talking with someone not physically present involves the use of a different part of the brain than one that is normally used for talking. For me (and I know for a fact from observing other people) that when you have to speak over a phone, walkie-talkie, intercom, or other system used, you change.

    I suspect in these examples, there a a specific part of the brain not usually involved in face-to-face communication that is engaged. (DISCLAIMER: WHAT FOLLOWS IS JUST SPECULATION-I DON’T HAVE SPECIFIC KNOWLEDGE TO PRESENT THIS AS FACT! WHAT FOLLOWS IS JUST SPECULATION!)

    ***SPECULATION ON***

    For example, when you verbally communicate to someone you are physically with, your brain may use the same three parts parts of the brain all the time (such as the frontal, temporal, and cerebral lobes) which may have well established pathways and can efficiently communicate with each other.

    My theory is, that when you have to use verbal communication with someone who is NOT physically present, your brain either has to or is trying to engage a part of your brain such as the parietal lobe or occipital lobe, and it changes the entire equation and the way your brain is handling things at that point.

    It is no longer multi-tasking the way it always does, something in the global process changes, and instead of having tasks perform in parallel in your brain (same time...effortlessly, such as walking and chewing gum for MOST people...:) the tasks begin to share resources and have to serial process in some way.

    That is, the processing of opinions, decisions, thoughts may normally take place in the frontal lobe and be run through the temporal and cerebrum (or some combination) where the ears send a what came in to the cerebrum, which translates and sends it to the frontal lobe to process and figure out what it means and how to respond, then communicates to the temporal, which creates speech, and transmits to the mouth or something like that. While all of this goes on, the occipital and parietal lobes have no problem, looking at cars on the road, signs, lights, or the person you are speaking with, and everything hums along.

    When someone talks on a cell phone, the usual process takes place, but the seamless process is interrupted, I don’t know why, but it seems to me to be related to the fact that the other person is not physically present. It is as if your mind is (under normal conditions of face to face conversation) built in such a way that you unconsciously scan the face of the person you are communicating with for cues, what do they mean, are they angry, sad, do they agree, disagree, look puzzled, whatever. You don’t have to think about taking in cues and processing them to affect your responses, your brain just does it automatically. Furthermore, it not only does this automatically, it knows when you are not looking at them visually, to allow things to process, basically cleanly cutting out the brain’s capacity to absorb and process visual cues so that the communication and cognitive process can proceed with little or no inhibition. Basically, it knows the person is there, but you aren’t looking at them.

    It would explain why people can talk just as easily with someone face to face as then can with them in the same car or room when looking out a window, doing surgery, or building a ship model.

    But when you are verbally communicating with someone NOT physically present, SOMETHING CHANGES.

    It is as if that little sub-routine that says “The person is right next to you. Cut out the visual cues processing for conversation!” does not work, and instead, the brain keeps trying vainly to obtain visual cues from the person, so it keeps trying, and failing. Trying and failing. Trying and failing. All the time taking up brain cycles and open roads between the involved parts of the brain, and inhibiting or slowing things down. As if the traffic cop in your brain has to stop doing what is done naturally, and begins trying to stop traffic, wave that traffic on, figure out who should go next, stop that one, etc. all while some tourist is shouting to you from a stopped car asking where Elm Street is.

    In effect, your brain stops acting naturally and efficiently, and begins acting more like a person under pressure in a complex environment, who resorts to linear thinking to try to get thoughts processed and out the door.

    ***SPECULATION OFF***

    And I find it is easy to spot this fundamental issue of talking or verbally communicating with someone who is NOT physically present. All you have to do is look at their face and eyes.

    Look at the face of someone standing next to you looking out a window at a bird feeder or traffic on the street. Do you see a blank or searching look as they talk to you? Usually, no. Their face looks normal, and has some kind of “animation”, and their eyes look focused or “normal”.

    When you look at the face of someone talking on a cell phone, what do you see? Does it look “normal”? No, it usually has a vague...blank look to it, as if the traffic cop in the brain said “Ok. We have to get things in order. Stop sending facial expressions until we are done here so we can save useful brain cycles.”

    But most of all, look at the eyes of someone talking on a cell phone. They look unfocused, distant. Almost as if they have no idea what they should be doing at that time, and they wander. They stare blankly ahead, or focus on a point hanging in space...or they just randomly wander, as if the brain is sending signals all over it’s own structure saying “What should we look at? Do we have anything important coming in? Should we interrupt traffic to let something go through?”

    And I have found you can see this look even in an oncoming car or in the rearview mirror of the car in front of you whose driver is talking on the phone. But you can see it just as easily observing people in the same room with you talking on the phone to someone else. It is the visual equivalent of watching someone doodle on a paper as they have a phone conversation with someone. Ever see someone talk on a phone on a corded phone? They stretch the cord, wrap it around things, toy with it, etc. If someone ever exhibited that behavior when you were talking face to face with them, you would think there was something wrong with them.

    Once you see it, is is impossible not to notice it. It is kind of like the “Wilhelm Scream” in movies. Once you have heard it, you cannot un-hear it in movies, and you find yourself saying to uncomprehending people as you watch a movie with them: “There it is! Did you hear it? The “Wilhelm Scream”! I heard it!” (you must look it up...:)

  • Before fatal Miami crash, woman texts boyfriend, ‘Driving drunk woo ... I’ll be dead thanks to you’

    05/02/2015 5:48:22 AM PDT · 22 of 37
    rlmorel to GreenAccord

    There is more than one post on her being drunk. I doubt more fatalities are caused by drunk drivers than texting drivers, but it would not surprise me in the least to hear that texting causes far more accidents of all severities than drunk driving.

  • Grow a spine! The sudden raging popularity of those who stand up to the Offendotrons

    05/02/2015 5:41:31 AM PDT · 16 of 22
    rlmorel to RightGeek

    I love that word...Offendotrons!

    It sounds like what it is!

  • Before fatal Miami crash, woman texts boyfriend, ‘Driving drunk woo ... I’ll be dead thanks to you’

    05/01/2015 9:35:49 PM PDT · 4 of 37
    rlmorel to dragnet2

    Drunk and texting.

    Enough said. Ruined her life, killed her friend...for what? For what?

  • Why Do Women Wear Makeup?

    05/01/2015 10:29:57 AM PDT · 147 of 166
    rlmorel to CatherineofAragon
    LOL...

    Sometimes I see guys take that attitude, and it seems like they really would like to take themselves back to this age in their lives because things were so simpler then:

  • On Clinton's age, Republican rivals imply -- but never say -- she's old

    05/01/2015 9:21:02 AM PDT · 21 of 44
    rlmorel to GOPJ

    You stole my post. Age means nothing, external ugliness means less, but internal ugliness ranks high, and she has that in spades.

  • Why Do Women Wear Makeup?

    05/01/2015 9:18:46 AM PDT · 129 of 166
    rlmorel to CatherineofAragon

    And another thing...when my wife puts on makeup and/or a touch of perfume, and it is just her and me...I love it.

    It means to me that she cares how she looks to me, and that means something.

    And there are times I shave just for her...:)

  • Why Do Women Wear Makeup?

    05/01/2015 9:14:24 AM PDT · 125 of 166
    rlmorel to CatherineofAragon

    I agree with you 100%.

    Some guys say stuff like that...sometimes I think it is for some kind of effect.

    A man looks good shaved with a good haircut and clean clothes.

    A woman looks good with a little makeup on, and nice clothes, when appropriate, a dress on her is very nice.

    I don’t care if women dress for other women, or whatever. That is their business...but I like it!

  • Why Do Women Wear Makeup?

    05/01/2015 9:11:11 AM PDT · 123 of 166
    rlmorel to newb2012

    I enjoy women who wear makeup in the same way I enjoy women who wear a nice looking dress.

    Not all makeup, looks good, and not all women look good in makeup, and some women don’t need to wear makeup.

    If a woman wears it because it makes her feel more attractive or whatever, I am okay with that.

    But I am a fan of “tastefully” applied and worn makeup. When my wife puts it on...sometimes it is just a touch of eye-liner, or a brush to the eyebrows. Not much, but enough.

    Too much is...un-atttractive on nearly any woman.

  • Thug The New N-Word: Thug: And Another One Bites the Dust

    05/01/2015 9:01:50 AM PDT · 13 of 31
    rlmorel to NOBO2012

    Sorry. I am using whatever word I want whenever I want.

    I am sick of my language being dictated to me.