Posts by Tarantulas

Brevity: Headers | « Text »
  • Paul Farmer - Diary:Ebola

    10/25/2014 2:52:50 AM PDT · 11 of 12
    Tarantulas to NELSON111

    Oh yeah, good point. That mystery illness that has paralyzed people in multiple states, that may or may not be coming from the illegal aliens that are being shipped to those same states, sounds like a better problem to concern us than Ebola.

  • Paul Farmer - Diary:Ebola

    10/24/2014 8:05:18 PM PDT · 1 of 12
    Ebola Zaire has a very high mortality Africa. It also spreads very Africa. In countries with modern health care systems, the victims survive. So for those who are running in circles and screaming in fear of this disease, just show them this article and tell them to calm down.
  • US ‘Deeply Concerned’ After Chinese Jets Sink Navy Aircraft Carrier (Satire)

    10/03/2014 1:46:57 PM PDT · 18 of 22
    Tarantulas to Cry if I Wanna

    I get a chuckle out of someone slipping on a banana peel or getting squirted with a seltzer bottle, but for some reason, a story about the deaths of five thousand people didn’t make me laugh.

  • Illegal border kids: Another issue just waiting for Republicans to use if they only had some courage

    10/03/2014 12:43:16 PM PDT · 11 of 11
    Tarantulas to Oldpuppymax

    Conservatives should take ownership of this issue and use it to their (and the country’s) best advantage. Thousands of young children have been shamefully abandoned in the US. Those children need to be reunited with their families as soon as possible. If there is no budget for this, then we can accomplish it by crowdfunding. “Think of the children and sponsor a child to reunite him or her with the parents.” The outpouring of money from conservatives would be an inspiration to everyone, and soon these young unfortunates would be on their way home to their native countries.

  • Landmark Ruling: Animals Can Legally Be Considered Victims, Just Like Humans

    08/25/2014 1:16:38 PM PDT · 5 of 60
    Tarantulas to EBH

    I think it’s great to use this ruling in cases of animal abuse. The penalties for cruelty to animals seem too low for some of the horrendous things that people do. So it applies right now to animal abuse which is intentional, not anything accidental. My home state has moved way to the left since I left in the early 70s but I think this is a good ruling.

  • 1,000-member secretive progressive journalist group uncovered

    08/06/2014 11:33:12 AM PDT · 18 of 83
    Tarantulas to TigerClaws

    Not sure why this is even news. Birds of a feather, etc.

  • Obama silent on epidemic of child rapes being committed by illegal aliens in NC

    07/21/2014 1:56:37 AM PDT · 18 of 23
    Tarantulas to grundle

    It seems like the illegals from south of the border are experts at rape and drunken driving. And most of them appear to be pretty poor drivers in the first place, so they keep getting pulled over. That lets them cry “racism,” when most of the time an officer behind a vehicle has no idea what the skin color of the driver could be.

  • He' back! Weird Al Yankovic Parodies Pharrell's "Happy" With "Tacky" —Watch the Hilarious Video!

    07/14/2014 2:04:59 PM PDT · 28 of 55
    Tarantulas to SeekAndFind

    Yes, Pharrell Williams knows about it.

    We are teeming with excitement to announce that Nerdist is premiering “Weird Al” Yankovic’s first music video for his #8videos8days project. Feast your eyes on the video for “Tacky,” a wonderfully warped and wacky version of Pharrell’s hyper-bubbly mega-hit, “Happy.”

    Featuring guest appearances from comedians Aisha Tyler, Margaret Cho, Eric Stonestreet, Kristen Schaal and Jack Black, the video was shot on location at the historic Palace Theatre in Downtown Los Angeles, the same space that was used as Julianne Moore’s apartment in The Big Lebowski.

    “We’re going to have some fun today!” Al told us before shooting began. “Thank you, Pharrell; I really appreciate it–you’re a cool guy,” he said as he cracked that famously wide smile.

  • Why the Solar Roadways Project on Indiegogo is Actually Really Silly

    05/25/2014 12:35:08 PM PDT · 14 of 25
    Tarantulas to Oliviaforever

    I just saw the solar freakin roadway video for the first time today. It is interesting if typical how the proponents love to shout down any opposition. The basis for the pro arguments seems to be “Well, they have engineers working on this stuff, so I’m sure they have considered it/will figure it out.”

    Some of the considerations I haven’t seen discussed yet include the following:

    1. The road surface would be black after a short time due to the tires scrubbing across it. Electricity output would decline to near zero.

    2. Solar cells degrade over time. After the huge initial investment, there would be a huge continuing investment of replacing them all in 20-25 years.

    3. Every road where these were installed would require a new cable vault installed beside it where the interconnections and power transmission would be accomplished. This is another huge expense.

    4. Part of the incentive for this project seems to be the factor of how cool it would look at night. That “Tron” look takes electric power, which is not being generated by solar cells when there’s no sunlight. We will still need baseload coal, natural gas or nuclear power plants to power up the huge electrical load posed by these roads for many hours every day.

    5. Consider driving over an asphalt road surface in the rain. Now replace the asphalt with tempered glass. How does that affect your vehicle’s stopping distance? “The road was as slick as glass” takes on an entirely new meaning if it actually IS glass.

    6. Painted lines on asphalt are permanent. They don’t glitch out or disappear when their computer restarts.

    The idea sounds wonderful and innovative, but without further study and proof of concept, I’m not going to get too excited about it.

  • The United States of SWAT?

    04/19/2014 2:10:43 AM PDT · 31 of 31
    Tarantulas to july4thfreedomfoundation

    It’s best to get the facts rather than believing what the news media says. Erik Scott was so high on medication that he was behaving irrationally, ripping open boxes in the store and alarming the employees, also displaying one of his two concealed weapons. When he left the store and the officer told him to get on the ground, he pulled out one of the weapons and pointed it at the officer in front of multiple witnesses. Yeah, he got shot, and he deserved it. And anyone who whines about it doesn’t know anything about the case.

  • A call to my childhood rapist teacher (Alhambra, CA Vice Principal)

    01/21/2014 5:12:56 PM PST · 22 of 30
    Tarantulas to freedumb2003

    “I am 28 years old and have been waiting years to get up enough courage to report a teacher for sexually abusing me for years. When I finally got up enough courage to report her, I found out that the statute of limitations was up and she will never have to pay for the things that she did to me.”

    It happened 16 years earlier.

  • 28 Pages Later: Shrouding an Act of War

    12/20/2013 1:23:53 PM PST · 17 of 27
    Tarantulas to SamuraiScot

    Agreed, there would be no possible reason for the Saudis to attack the country that keeps the money flowing to them. This story reeks of BS.

  • Cops 'shot 13-year-old boy carrying toy rifle' only 10 SECONDS after first spotting him

    10/28/2013 4:57:29 PM PDT · 297 of 317
    Tarantulas to Uncle Chip
    That timeline has now changed. Instead of 10 seconds between the initial dispatch and the report of gunshots fired, it is now 6 seconds.

    Look at the date and time at the top of the article. That is the same article with the same timeline that was posted on Thursday October 24th, 2013 at 05:05 p.m. PDT. It hasn't changed since then. Please don't start making up more rumors.

  • Cops 'shot 13-year-old boy carrying toy rifle' only 10 SECONDS after first spotting him

    10/28/2013 4:56:04 PM PDT · 296 of 317
    Tarantulas to Uncle Chip
    The bullet to the right buttocks --
    Is that the front right buttocks or the back right buttocks???

    Other entry wounds were documented in the right side of his chest and the right hip. If a person is standing with the right side of his chest and his right hip facing you, is the right buttock also visible?

  • Cops 'shot 13-year-old boy carrying toy rifle' only 10 SECONDS after first spotting him

    10/28/2013 4:55:32 PM PDT · 295 of 317
    Tarantulas to Uncle Chip
    Am I reading that timeline correctly that Lopez was actually shot 6 seconds NOT 10 seconds after the police dispatch???

    Nope. They reported spotting him sometime prior to 1514:15, and reported the shooting at 1514:25.

  • Cops 'shot 13-year-old boy carrying toy rifle' only 10 SECONDS after first spotting him

    10/28/2013 4:55:00 PM PDT · 294 of 317
    Tarantulas to Ken H
    Let's say there is a 7 second delay between call-in and entry into the computer. Wouldn't that 7 second delay apply to all the times on the dispatcher's log?

    That is an excellent point, something I hadn't considered. What struck me about the timeline was that the first item was about the creation of the incident in response to a radio call from the deputies, and the other three items were just about radio calls from the deputies. The computer would take a certain amount of time to open a new incident number, and then all subsequent calls from that patrol car would be logged under that incident until it was over. Using my Sheriff's Office radio codes, the log might look something like this, if the deputy's ID was 340K:

    1514:15 340K 647A [suspicious person] MOORLAND/W ROBLES
    1514:19 340K 905 [urgent assistance needed]
    1514:25 340K 998 [deputy involved in shooting]
    1514:41 340K NEED AMBULANCE [there's no radio code for this]

    So it seems to me that it would take a few seconds more to type in the street names and have the computer create the incident than it would to type in the three-digit radio codes. I will be interested to see if I'm right when the actual radio log comes out.

  • Cops 'shot 13-year-old boy carrying toy rifle' only 10 SECONDS after first spotting him

    10/28/2013 10:38:34 AM PDT · 285 of 317
    Tarantulas to FBD
    The kid was shot in the back...

    Please check Post 204 for information and links to the facts of the case. There is a lot of official information out there and a lot of BS and speculation and outright falsehoods. The story was on the NBC Nightly News (including the quote referenced earlier from Ismael Mondragon), and even those guys did a better job of discussing it than some of the people in this thread. One great example is "he was shot in the back." No, he was not shot in the back according to the preliminary autopsy reports:

    There were seven apparent entry wounds discovered in the body. Two of the wounds were determined to be fatal wounds. One of the bullets that resulted in a fatal wound entered the right side of his chest. The second fatal wound was caused by a bullet entering the right hip. There were non-fatal wounds on his right wrist, left bicep, right forearm, right buttocks and right hip. Three bullets were recovered in the body.

    Does anyone see any entry wounds "in the back" on that autopsy report? I didn't either. That information may have come from this sentence in the original linked article:

    Police also revealed that Lopez had his back to the deputies, so they didn't realize he was so young. He was wearing a hooded sweatshirt and shorts.

    Another piece of BS being propagated here is those ten seconds. It's even posted in the very title of the thread, that supposedly Lopez was shot ten seconds after he was spotted. It is not necessarily a lie, since a lie means "stating something that you know to be untrue." But it's BS. Here's the timeline, from the same Santa Rosa PD official update page:

    The timeline for this incident is as follows:
    - 1514:15 hrs - Sonoma County Sheriff’s Dispatch created an incident of a suspicious person in the area of Moorland Ave. and West Robles Ave.
    - 1514:19 hrs - The Deputies call for emergency assistance from other Deputies in the area
    - 1514:25 hrs - The Deputies notify dispatch that shots have been fired
    - 1514:41 hrs - Emergency medical advised to respond to the scene

    The word "Incident" is copspeak, standard terminology for dispatchers. Each Incident is numbered, and every radio call from the cops in the field is logged, along with the time that it happened. The fact that there are minutes and seconds beside each radio call suggests that the information is being recorded on a computer, maybe using a Computer Aided Dispatch system. When a radio call comes in, the dispatcher will acknowledge it and then type the information into the computer. In this case, the dispatcher typed in the information and then hit "Enter" or whatever key is used to start a new Incident. The time of 1514 hours and 15 seconds is the time when the dispatcher created the Incident after typing in the information about "suspicious person spotted near the area of Moorland Avenue and West Robles Avenue. How long do you think typing that information took? We won't know until later, but suffice it to say that at least a few seconds elapsed between the time of the first radio call and the time that the dispatcher finished typing the information and hit "Enter." Each of those four entries is not the time of the radio call, but the time that the information was entered into the computer. We will know more as the investigation progresses, but one thing we do know is that any police agency of any size records the audio from their radio system along with a time stamp. So at some point we will hear the "dramatic audio" from the event and we will learn the exact elapsed time between the radio calls. So far, every MSM account I've read that talks about ten seconds, including the original linked article from the Daily Mail in the UK, has gotten this wrong.

    Please, let's not propagate BS and then argue about it as though it were factual.

  • Cops 'shot 13-year-old boy carrying toy rifle' only 10 SECONDS after first spotting him

    10/27/2013 6:40:05 AM PDT · 251 of 317
    Tarantulas to Tarantulas
    Oh, wonderful. Now these idiots have to stick their nose into things.
  • Cops 'shot 13-year-old boy carrying toy rifle' only 10 SECONDS after first spotting him

    10/27/2013 6:26:19 AM PDT · 250 of 317
    Tarantulas to mac_truck

    That’s a good question. Another good question is, why didn’t he drop it when Ismael Mondragon told him “throw that thing away, the cops are right behind you”?

    There may not be any dashcam in that car, or if there is, the confrontation could have taken place off to one side of its field of view.

  • Cops 'shot 13-year-old boy carrying toy rifle' only 10 SECONDS after first spotting him

    10/26/2013 12:59:22 PM PDT · 205 of 317
    Tarantulas to rdcbn

    Wonderful post, and thank you for taking the time to write it. As I understand it, the body count in Chicago is actually higher than in Afghanistan. I don’t know what the casualty numbers are in Santa Rosa, but from what some people here are saying, it’s no urban paradise.

  • Cops 'shot 13-year-old boy carrying toy rifle' only 10 SECONDS after first spotting him

    10/26/2013 12:51:08 PM PDT · 204 of 317
    Tarantulas to Hetty_Fauxvert
    Just wanted to pass on what our local rag related: that the two deputies were a trainer and a trainee. The trainer did all the shooting; the trainee, none.

    Discussion is always better when we have all of the facts. The fact that only one deputy fired is very important. This article says the same thing:

    A deputy ordered the teen to drop the gun. As Lopez turned, the barrel of his BB gun pointed toward the officers, according to investigators. The senior deputy fired eight shots at the boy, hitting him seven times, police said.

    The other deputy, also a veteran law enforcement officer but new to the Sheriff's Office, faced the same split-second decision and chose not to fire.

    Here is an excellent article that talks about what I've always heard called "sympathetic fire" but they call "reflex fire:"

    When an officer joins a fire fight in progress, the justification for firing cannot be simply that other officers were shooting, too. Each officer must be able to show that his or her shooting was reasonable, under the Fourth Amendment.

    The justification may be, for example, self-defense or defense of fellow officers or others, or to prevent the escape of a dangerous suspect, or to stop the flight of a minor offender whose evasive actions are threatening the public safety. Targeting another with deadly force must be a reaction to articulable, perceived danger - not merely a conditioned reflex to the sound of gunfire.

    The bold text is very important. The training of every law enforcement officer in the country for the past 20 years has included the Supreme Court case of Tennessee v. Garner. In that case, a Memphis police officer fired at a fleeing burglary suspect, a legal action at that time under Tennessee state law. The single shot killed the 15 year old suspect, his father sued the city, and SCOTUS ruled as follows:

    Notwithstanding probable cause to seize a suspect, an officer may not always do so by killing him. Where the suspect poses no immediate threat to the officer and no threat to others, the harm resulting from failing to apprehend him does not justify the use of deadly force to do so. A police officer may not seize an unarmed, nondangerous suspect by shooting him dead.

    SCOTUS defined the circumstances under which deadly force would be considered unconstitutional, and more importantly, established the circumstances under which deadly force could be used. The latter is now a part of law enforcement training for every officer in the US.

    Where the officer has probable cause to believe that the suspect poses a threat of serious physical harm, either to the officer or to others, it is not constitutionally unreasonable to prevent escape by using deadly force. Thus, if the suspect threatens the officer with a weapon or there is probable cause to believe that he has committed a crime involving the infliction or threatened infliction of serious physical harm, deadly force may be used if necessary to prevent escape, and if, where feasible, some warning has been given.

    Initial training and annual "shoot/don't shoot" decision-making requalification requires a law enforcement officer to be able to articulate the reason why he fired. The officer needs to be able to explain to the trainer during training (or to the investigation board or to a jury of his peers after an actual shooting) the reason for every time he pulls the trigger. The deputy who fired said that Lopez turned and pointed the gun at him. But the other deputy didn't fire. This says to me that in the second deputy's mind, there was no "articulable, perceived danger." You can be sure that the training about Tennessee v. Garner was part of the split second decision he made. None of us were there, so we don't know why, but the reason why only one deputy fired will be a very important part of this investigation. Maybe his view was blocked or he didn't see the gun...or he realized it was a toy. Let's wait and see what his reasoning was before we string them both up in the court of public opinion.

    This article from a local NBC TV station has some valuable links and other information not included in the original linked article. In addition to this statement from the Santa Rosa Police Department (note that Lopez was not shot in the back as some folks here have been saying), the following eyewitness statement is significant:

    Ismael Mondragon told NBC Bay Area that he saw Andy moments before he was killed with the gun in his hand. Mondragon said he warned the boy to get rid of such a real-looking weapon.

    "I saw him with that rifle in his left hand," Mondgragon said. "And I said, 'Throw that thing away, the police are right behind you.' "

    If this statement is true, then Lopez knew that the deputies were behind him. We will never know why he didn't do the smart thing and put the gun down right then, but he made a bad decision by continuing to carry it. Now one of the comments in the NBC TV story says this:

    The parents and family want to blame the police, but they are the ones who gave him the gun as replica retailers do not sell to persons under 18 years old.

    Is this true in California? Finally, page one of the Press Democrat article (surprisingly even-handed for an MSM source) has a photo gallery with clearer photos of the Airsoft gun compared to a real AK-47:

    From a distance of 3-4 feet away, you can kind of see from the side view that the Airsoft gun has some parts that are translucent. From a distance of 20-30 feet, I'm not sure those parts would be visible in the split second when the muzzle is pointing at you and you're trying to decide whether you're about to be shot.

  • Cops 'shot 13-year-old boy carrying toy rifle' only 10 SECONDS after first spotting him

    10/26/2013 2:17:08 AM PDT · 28 of 317
    Tarantulas to vette6387
    I guess you must be a LEO, because only a LEO could call blaming this killing in this manner.

    So in your little anti-police world, would your preferred outcome have been that the kid was a gang member with a real AK-47, and he turned around and killed both of the cops? Would you prefer it if they held their fire until the bullets started flying at them? What is your solution to the situation of a teenager turning and pointing a realistic looking weapon in your direction right in the middle of gang-banger-land? Drop your duty weapon and plead for your life? Try putting your brain in gear prior to engaging your keyboard.

  • Phill Kline indefinitely suspended

    10/18/2013 6:48:05 PM PDT · 4 of 12
    Tarantulas to Slump Tester

    It’s some local story out of Kansas. The linked document is 154 pages long. On to the next topic...

  • Letter attacking boy with autism not a hate crime, police say

    08/20/2013 7:36:34 PM PDT · 43 of 60
    Tarantulas to Cyman
    My BS Meter has been twitching since I read this story.

    My BS meter started twitching too, when she mentioned in the first TV interview that she has MS and the treatments are expensive. That had nothing to do with the story, so why mention it? So I did some searching. The first result was Oshawa Woman’s Small Victories After Controversial MS Therapy, where we learn that Karla and hubby went to Mexico to get MS therapy. She complained to the press that the treatment wasn't available in Canada. Next, Rock'n'Roll Heaven Legends Show - Jul 11/09 - Toronto ON invited everyone to attend a show where all the proceeds went to The Karla Begley Foundation, a non-profit organization benefiting Karla Begley. Then check out We all care - Justice for Max to see the newest fundraiser, mentioned in a Global News article yesterday. That came up a little too quickly to be unplanned. I would not be surprised to discover that Karla Begley herself wrote that letter. Maybe the neighbors asked her to try to control her kid's screaming, so she figured she could shut them up and make some money at the same time.

  • Zimmerman juror: Let’s face it, he got away with murder

    07/26/2013 12:46:35 AM PDT · 88 of 112
    Tarantulas to Steve_Seattle

    “She thought that he was guilty, but the evidence forced her to acquit. At least she followed the evidence in her decision.”

    It did sound bad when I first heard it, but after reading the story, it just makes me feel much better about our justice system. She had gut feelings about whether George Zimmerman was guilty, but she had to put those aside and just apply the law, which is exactly what a juror is supposed to do. The system works!

  • (X) Moose (X) Sister ( ) Cheese

    03/05/2013 8:06:00 AM PST · 5 of 48
    Tarantulas to Lazamataz

    A moose once bit...

    Never mind, that one has been done to death.

  • World’s most energy efficient light bulb

    02/06/2013 3:16:05 PM PST · 45 of 47
    Tarantulas to null and void

    That first photo looks exactly like it was cobbled together out of pegboard.

  • Obama Classmate Dishes to Fox News (VIDEO)

    01/04/2013 10:33:46 AM PST · 45 of 81
    Tarantulas to Bikkuri

    I don’t understand the issue here. Would it have been better if the article wasn’t posted at all? Why do people want the poster to add a comment?

  • Message Regarding NSDAR Ritual and Missal

  • Let's confront mental health crisis and save lives

    12/19/2012 2:52:08 PM PST · 7 of 10
    Tarantulas to livius

    Deinstitutionalization opened the doors of all these facilities and allowed the inmates to flood into our cities. More than half of the mass shootings in the last few years were done by people who were known to be howling madmen. All of them should have been safely locked away without access to dangerous weapons, yet they were wandering the streets, free to destroy other people’s lives. Build new secure facilities and lock up the crazies within. I don’t care how much it costs. The alternative is to remove all dangerous objects from everywhere in the country so homicidal maniacs can’t get hold of them. And I for one am not interested in using blunt kindergarten scissors to cut paper.

  • United States launches an all-out war against Muslims: Abdul Alim Musa (Vid)

    12/13/2012 12:00:58 PM PST · 28 of 41
    Tarantulas to wesagain

    Thanks for the link. I didn’t know about this guy.

  • NYPD officer photographed giving boots to barefoot homeless man melts icy hearts online

    11/29/2012 11:58:42 AM PST · 30 of 38
    Tarantulas to Kartographer

    “I know in my heart that man is good, that what is right will always eventually triumph, and there’s purpose and worth to each and every life.”

    - Ronald Reagan

  • Indian athlete declared male after rape claim

    11/16/2012 6:14:56 AM PST · 13 of 19
    Tarantulas to carlo3b
  • Final speech from Cong. Ron Paul from floor of the House of Reps

    11/15/2012 11:32:01 AM PST · 72 of 78
    Tarantulas to GlockThe Vote
    Name on thing you disagree with in his speech.

    Here are a few:

    Tragically our government engages in preemptive war, otherwise known as aggression, with no complaints from the American people.

    I doubt that Ron Paul can name one war in America's history that has been conducted without complaints from the American people. This is a typical statement of hyperbole from him.

    Why can’t people understand that war always destroys wealth and liberty?

    This is similar to the statement that "violence never solves anything," and it is just as wrong. In modern times, most implementation of war creates liberty, especially for those who are freed from tyranny.

    Ron Paul makes a lot of sense most of the time, and like most conservatives, I agree with 90% of what he says. But then he makes statements like this one and we all roll our eyes:

    What a wonderful world it would be if everyone accepted the simple moral premise of rejecting all acts of aggression.

    Apparently he thinks that America should withdraw our troops from every corner of the globe, and things will be fine. We can sit behind our own borders and watch the rest of the world burn. We can forsake our friends, abandon our allies, and become mere observers as the planet degenerates into chaos. What Ron Paul fails to consider, over and over, is that not everyone is ready to reject acts of aggression. There are people in this world whose mentality and morality is still stuck in the 7th century AD. They are willing to employ rape and murder and decapitation to forward their agenda of enrichment or religious fascism or political superiority. For those reasons, modern countries need to maintain a defensive military capability. And when Saddam Hussein invades Kuwait or the Taliban attacks the World Trade Center, the civilized nations of the world need to bring their troops together and put an end to it. And that's exactly what happened.

    It is impossible to reason with someone who is unreasonable. If a rabid dog is biting people, you don't run inside and shut the door, hoping he will bite everyone else but not you. You and your neighbors draw your weapons and you put him down, to protect yourselves and your families. Maybe someday there will be no rabies and all dogs will be friendly. But today is not that day.

    Good luck in your retirement, Dr. Paul.

  • Using Layers to Build Your Preparedness Supply

    11/13/2012 12:20:19 PM PST · 22 of 134
    Tarantulas to Kartographer

    This is excellent! There is so much prepper information available, and it’s all different. What one person forgets to include, the next guy remembers.


    11/10/2012 10:26:26 PM PST · 13 of 23
    Tarantulas to military cop

    Wow, there are some really great ideas here. Let me add some thoughts to help in my own way.

    It’s not helpful for us to throw rocks at the Republican Party, because we are the Republican Party. If the party is going against conservative principles, and I believe it is, we need to overthrow the leadership and point it back in the right direction. Throwing support to the Libertarians or the Constitution Party or any other third party is a sure recipe for continued losses. As I understand it, the first step in the process is to volunteer to be a Precinct Committeeman. That is the “grass roots” level of party membership, the folks who get together and decide who’s going to be on the ballot for local Republican-supported positions. If the RNC wants to run a RINO for some office, the Precinct Committemen can outvote them and put in a true conservative. The organization and leadership of the county and state Republican party members are a mystery to me, but I’m sure it’s possible to find out how those are put together and run conservative candidates for those positions. I would bet that the state party leaders have something to do with selecting RNC leadership positions, so that’s the next step. It doesn’t help us to stand over here in the corner and complain about “those guys over there.” Let’s make the RNC something we can be proud of.

    I’ve heard from a friend who went to some meetings with his local Congressional Representative that the House Republicans are very disillusioned with Boehner and would like to see him step down as Speaker of the House. So we may see a positive development there. I don’t know that McConnell is all that bad. Last I heard, he was still standing up to Harry Reid and vowing that Republican Senators would be part of the legislative process or there would be no process at all.

    I agree with you about Marco Rubio. He is a true conservative and his background is impeccable. The worst thing I ever read about him was something about what his brother in law did once, if I recall correctly. The MSM really struggled to come up with that, and it was all they had. Drudge had a headline about him travelling to Iowa the day after the election, so he’s in people’s thoughts. Something else I was thinking about rising stars: if Allen West does lose his election, he would make an excellent RNC chairman.

    I really don’t like to see people playing the race card, but at some point the Republicans may need to think about doing that in self defense. We don’t really think about race when we think about Republicans, because we’re all Americans. That opens the door for the lefties to say that the Tea Party is mostly old white guys. So we may need to form some subgroups for women and blacks and Latinos and whatever “diversity” indicators we can come up with. Then when the lefties come up with their statements that we have no “people of color” with us, the Black Republicans can issue a strongly-worded statement of indignation about the insensitivity and ignorance of Democrats.

    The website is an absolute disaster from the standpoint of campaigning. Right there on the first page they should have a group of links to stories about how Obama and the Democrats have failed to govern the country with any kind of competence. Instead, it looks like a website for people who are curious about what is a Republican and where can I go to find out? The RNC must have sent me 30-40 mailings in the last four years asking for money. It was a complete waste. They should stop all those mailings and start buying billboard space, saying things with very few words like like “Obama lost 50,000 jobs in December. RNC.ORG” And then have the same exact wording right on the front page of their website, with links to documented news stories and interviews with the affected workers. And this needs to start TODAY, not in 2015! The MSM isn’t going to talk about Obama’s failures, and lefties won’t listen to right wing talk radio, but the billboards will get their attention and maybe get us some media time too.

    And no offense, but we need to communicate our ideas in plain language, not with acronyms and code words like COIN and SOF. But you are right on the money about attacks and ridicule and scorn. We are horrible at that. Instead of saying “Here’s how Republicans could do it better,” we should be saying “Look at what the Democrats have done now to screw up the country even more, those incompetent, fumble-fingered idiots.”

    Good discussion, great ideas, excellent topic. Now let’s get together and make it happen!

  • I'm stepping out of the circular firing squad... (vanity)

    11/07/2012 3:34:27 AM PST · 81 of 87
    Tarantulas to cherry

    “massive fraud....organized massive fraud on many levels...that is the explanation because I truly believe this was Mitt’s win...”

    I agree completely. There were articles about buses going from one polling place to another, about poll watchers forcibly ejected from polling places, about voting machines that voted Obama no matter what choice you picked, and there are probably many more examples of fraud to be found. I believe that if we were more diligent about monitoring and reporting the election process, we could expose the Chicago-style political machinations that keep allowing the bad guys to win.

    I find it very difficult to believe that the Obamaphone lady is a stronger incentive to vote than Benghazigate. It’s too much of a temptation to accuse the winning side of being made up of idiots. The left used that excuse when George Bush won both elections, and I refuse to use it for this one. Something stinks to high heaven here, and we need to develop procedures and techniques to ensure that we’re not defeated by voter fraud ever again.

  • Jazz Shaw Pushes Fear Porn Over at HotAir.Com Today: THE ELECTION MIGHT NOT BE OVER NOVEMBER 6TH!

    10/28/2012 7:36:01 PM PDT · 13 of 14
    Tarantulas to 2ndDivisionVet

    I don’t visit any more, because they require registration in order to comment, but they won’t open their registration. It’s no fun if you can’t join the conversation.

    As for the “porn” label, that’s not a big thing. Search for “gun porn” and you’ll see high resolution images of guns. Search for “war porn” and you’ll see Taliban body parts flying. The word has a little different meaning when not used by itself.

  • The October Surprise Supposedly Coming In Under 13 Hours

    10/22/2012 1:33:10 PM PDT · 67 of 69
    Tarantulas to My Favorite Headache

    Currently there are no “documents,” blurred out or otherwise, on that page. The main part of the page has a countdown timer and a Twitter window. There are some social media links, an email contact link and some Google ads at the bottom. Here’s the registration information:

    Domains By Proxy, LLC
    14747 N Northsight Blvd Suite 111, PMB 309
    Scottsdale, Arizona 85260
    United States

    There’s not even anything surprising in the source code for the page. Presumably, in a little more than two hours, the owner is going to upload a new page so people can see the surprise. Some amateur detectives think they’ve discovered what the surprise will be:

  • Alameda County (Calif) Sheriff plans to buy a surveillance drone

    10/22/2012 1:07:40 PM PDT · 15 of 16
    Tarantulas to count-your-change

    “Other than being cheaper, How is a small drone any different in it’s privacy invasion than a helicopter or a light plane at high altitude or for that matter a satellite?”

    It’s not any different. The only difference is the amount of high-pitched whining from all the Chicken Littles out there who think the sky is falling. Every time someone mounts a video camera in a public place, the whining starts all over again. It almost seems like the ACLU has a full-time presence here.

  • FRENCH YOUTHS Storm Mosque in Poiters – Unfurl Banners on Rooftop (Video)

    10/22/2012 8:05:29 AM PDT · 42 of 45
    Tarantulas to ZULU

    I think this has been spreading for quite some time. There’s a group called the “English Defence League” which has been doing the same kind of thing in England.

    I love this quote from a US rabbi speaking to the EDL in 2010:

    “History will be recorded that on this day, read by our children for eternity, one group lit the spark to liberate us from the oppressors of our two governments and the leftist, fifth column, quisling press, and that it was the EDL which started the liberation of England from evil.”

    There are other “Defence League” type groups in several European countries.

    It’s hard to tell if there’s a similar group in the US. Maybe this:

  • PC technical question (vanity)

    10/21/2012 12:38:05 PM PDT · 7 of 30
    Tarantulas to Former Fetus

    Or if you’re not prepared to go to that much trouble, try this. Start Windows Explorer. Right click on the C: drive and select “Properties.” Click the “Disk Cleanup” button and do what it says. That should take off all kinds of temporary and other files that aren’t needed and free up some space.

  • Shooting reported near Brookfield Square Mall (Wisconsin "mass casualty" situation)

    10/21/2012 12:20:13 PM PDT · 135 of 299
    Tarantulas to kristinn
  • Charity president unhappy about Paul Ryan soup kitchen 'photo op'

    10/15/2012 10:51:45 PM PDT · 13 of 20
    Tarantulas to uglybiker

    LOL, and brought to you by our City delivery boy!

    Loved that episode.

  • Charity president unhappy about Paul Ryan soup kitchen 'photo op'

    10/15/2012 10:27:04 PM PDT · 11 of 20
    Tarantulas to SaraJohnson

    It was a great comment though!

  • Charity president unhappy about Paul Ryan soup kitchen 'photo op'

    10/15/2012 9:46:27 PM PDT · 1 of 20
    The leftie blogs are riding this story as hard as they can, but there's not much to it. I guess if your Presidential candidate is losing the debates and the polls, you need to build any small story up to larger proportions.
  • Katrina vanden Heuvel: How Romney’s extreme policies insult us all

    10/15/2012 11:43:59 AM PDT · 48 of 121
    Tarantulas to Oldeconomybuyer

    This article needs “[Barf Alert]” in the title.

  • Father and son videotaped allegedly bullying disabled girl with cerebral palsy

    10/05/2012 12:48:48 PM PDT · 19 of 28
    Tarantulas to Cyman

    Agreed, and I wouldn’t call it “bullying” either. It sounds like two feuding families that are each trying to score some points against the other.

  • Presidential Debate - Romney and Obama - starts NOW

    10/03/2012 7:59:55 PM PDT · 292 of 480
    Tarantulas to Jean S

    “Right-wingers: Remember tonight and always trust me on presidential candidates.”

    Right on, Ann. You nailed it.

  • >> Nuclear Whistleblower: I was asked to leave my church! It’s been a living hell (VIDEO) <<<

    10/03/2012 9:12:59 AM PDT · 3 of 6
    Tarantulas to jackietree

    Listening to the video now, but this smells wrong to me. Any worker at any nuclear power plant can bring safety concerns directly to the Nuclear Regulatory Commission, and retaliation from the company is strictly forbidden. That is written right into the Code of Federal Regulations, and every worker is educated on it. So far it sounds like a whiny old lady complaining about labor union misconduct. That would have nothing to do with nuclear power as an industry.