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  • Obama Will Not Attend 70th Anniversary of Auschwitz Liberation

    01/24/2015 1:43:50 PM PST · 23 of 83
    yefragetuwrabrumuy to Rummyfan

    Truth be told, when a new president takes office, he should declare that he will not leave the United States, except on matters so important, and his attendance so critical, that on his request a resolution is made by senate that he should attend.

    This means no more globetrotting. I must be clear around the world that the Secretary of State is the authorized representative of the US, outside of the US, with other subordinates sent as needed.

  • Great news. Republicans look at eliminating filibuster for SCOTUS nominees

    01/24/2015 1:36:09 PM PST · 29 of 30
    yefragetuwrabrumuy to alloysteel

    The SCOTUS, in a recent *unanimous* ruling (over the NLRB), determined that congress alone decides when it is in recess, and threw out Obama’s recess appointments. So attempting to make a recess appointment to the SCOTUS, when congress was still in session, even pro forma session, would be rejected by them as well.

    Most likely, the Chief Justice would refuse to swear in or seat that person.

  • Great news. Republicans look at eliminating filibuster for SCOTUS nominees

    01/24/2015 9:01:26 AM PST · 6 of 30
    yefragetuwrabrumuy to Bratch

    I see this as very bad while a Democrat is still POTUS, because it would be far better for the nation that a SCOTUS seat remain empty than that Republican liberals join with Democrats to put yet another liberal in the SCOTUS.

    You just can’t trust people like John McCain, Lindsay Graham, Mitch McConnell, et al.

    Importantly, there is *zero* reason to do this now, because the senate makes its own rules every *two* years.

    So, in effect, what they are asking for is to make it *easier* for Obama to name a replacement justice.

    To hell with that.

  • Federal judge strikes down gay-marriage ban in Alabama

    01/24/2015 8:55:39 AM PST · 32 of 37
    yefragetuwrabrumuy to DJ MacWoW

    This is a great reason, I believe, that if the Republican leadership blocks the path to the presidency for Senator Cruz, that the price they must pay for their Republican liberal candidate, if he wins, is to name Senator Cruz to the Supreme Court.

    Their motive for doing so would be to remove him as a gadfly in the senate, but by having a conservative bloc in the SCOTUS of 6-3, conservatism would win big.

  • Norway: The People's Revolution vs. The "Religion of Peace"

    01/24/2015 8:50:35 AM PST · 23 of 26
    yefragetuwrabrumuy to Moltke

    http://sciencenordic.com/why-norwegians-never-wanted-eu-membership

    “While Norwegian politicians and mainstream media have been largely in favour of joining the union, voters said ‘no’.”

    So, in effect, the socialists and their MSM allies were not yet strong enough. Just another reason for them to invite in as many foreigners as possible.

  • Kerry: Violent Extremism Is Not Islamic

    01/24/2015 8:05:23 AM PST · 55 of 60
    yefragetuwrabrumuy to Steelfish

    America: John Kerry is not an American.

  • Federal judge strikes down gay-marriage ban in Alabama

    01/24/2015 8:04:41 AM PST · 29 of 37
    yefragetuwrabrumuy to DJ MacWoW

    This litany of abuse against states by these federal judges strongly shows a need for reform. The constitution requires a supreme court, but all other courts are created at the discretion of congress.

    And congress has been remiss in tidying up the federal judiciary.

    A lot of sitting federal judges should be retired, though they likely cannot be fired, so will continue to get a paycheck until they peg out. But at least they will no longer infest the bench.

    So fair warning to the SCOTUS. They had better issue a strong ruling soon that puts the rest of the judiciary in its proper place, or it will be done for them.

  • FL: Judge rules; Fists are a Deadly Threat

    01/24/2015 7:57:09 AM PST · 20 of 22
    yefragetuwrabrumuy to marktwain

    I would add that not just fists can be deadly. Some years ago there was a debate among martial artists as to whether a “heel palm” punch was as effective or more effective in injuring as a fist punch, and far less likely to result in bone damage in the fingers and knuckles, a common complaint.

    Eye rakes and pokes can permanently blind.

    A karate chop can be devastating if properly used. It can crush a trachea leading to suffocation. It only takes 15 pounds per square inch to break a collarbone. It can fracture ribs.

    As can elbow strikes. Properly done, elbows can be used against hard, bony targets or soft targets to devastating effect. There is at least one common technique that will break ribs on both sides of the rib cage.

    Knees are a popular weapon in kickboxing and the currently popular MMA fighting, and can be used against a standing or prone target. Which, of course, leads to other kicks.

    Front snap kick, front lift kick, front thrust kick, side thrust kick, roundhouse kick, heel thrust kick, heel hook kick, various jumping kicks and leg sweeps that can send an opponent to the ground head first.

    Which in turn brings up judo and jiujitsu throws, which unlike in tournaments over mats typically mean uncontrolled body slams against asphalt or concrete, walls or through glass. Broken bones time.

    And the upper third of martial arts is often handheld weapons other than guns. So, blunt objects, sharp objects and knife fighting, chains, poles, and the various martial arts weapons. There are also thrown weapons, even as simple as a 2” pebble, when tossed like a baseball can really mess you up.

    It is also critical to remember that just because someone is a martial artist, it doesn’t mean they don’t have a gun. Lots of martial artists really like their guns, and know how to use them.

  • Cornell graduate: 'White privilege' let me rebound from heroin arrest, earn degree

    01/24/2015 7:14:59 AM PST · 50 of 55
    yefragetuwrabrumuy to 2ndDivisionVet

    “Founded in 1865 by renowned Senator Ezra Cornell, Cornell University has 20,000 students spread across 14 colleges in the state of New York. It charges students around $40,000 per year to attend.” (N.B.: maybe she wanted the money for graduate school. /sarc)

    I truly doubt that she was paying her way through Cornell by selling heroin. And she was a senior, which meant she already had an outlay of $160,000 for her education. And she was already using heroin when she *entered* Cornell.

    More details:

    http://cornellsun.com/blog/2013/04/25/released-from-prison-after-50k-heroin-bust-fmr-cornell-student-gets-clean-writes-book/?ModPagespeed=noscript

    “The daughter of a Harvard-educated lawyer, Blakinger was a straight-A student in a private high school who competed at U.S. Figure Skating Nationals.”

    “Blakinger writes that she was molested when she was nine and struggled with depression and eating disorders as a young teenager.”

    “When my need for rebellion joined forces with my existing tendency toward self-destruction, ultimately I turned to a tragically common solution … heroin,” she wrote.

    Heroin was just one manifestation of her drug use. Her book describes her kitchen at one point during her addiction: “The freezer is stocked with LSD, DMT and other hallucinogens; the microwave is used only for cooking ketamine; all the drinks in the refrigerator are laced; the plates are only used for chopping up and snorting cocaine; the vegetable drawer is filled with marijuana … the only thing that gets cooked in the stove is crack … the forks have simply begun to migrate after they melted the last time you ate acid,” she writes.

    Tompkins County District Attorney Gwen Wilkinson told The Ithaca Journal that Blakinger was the “Queenpin” of heroin dealing in Collegetown, and Blakinger does not deny the charge.

    Yeah, white privilege.

  • White House: Obama Will Not Meet Netanyahu

    01/24/2015 6:56:52 AM PST · 46 of 51
    yefragetuwrabrumuy to lbryce

    Notice how the petulant White House keeps releasing and re-releasing this story?

    A good analogy is a elementary public school girl from a rich family, who is arrogant, snooty and abusive to the other children, so she has no friends.

    The rich girl’s parents expect that all their daughter’s “friends” will want to come to her party for the cake and ice cream and the clown (Joe Biden) they have hired to entertain.

    But when no other children show up, the poor little rich girl throws a tantrum.

  • Court: Judges can’t belong to Scouts due to gay ban

    01/24/2015 6:40:34 AM PST · 33 of 48
    yefragetuwrabrumuy to artichokegrower

    Is there *any* mention of how many California judges are currently active in the Boy Scouts?

    I suspect none. If they were, they would have long ago been sidetracked under the suspicion that they were conservatives, who are blackballed in California.

  • Exclusive: CIA’s Top Spy Steps Down

    01/24/2015 6:34:41 AM PST · 13 of 16
    yefragetuwrabrumuy to Brad from Tennessee

    I imagine that for a select few, the CIA uses an erasure program to remove as many traces as they can from a person’s public identity. And those parts they can’t erase, they obfuscate with false information.

    Lastly, they use “sniffer” alarms to detect when someone is trying to locate information about them. If possible, feeding the sniffer false information that contradicts other sources.

    The value of doing this is great. As far back as the 1970s, intelligence agencies actively tried to collect the personal body waste of political leaders, as it could be analyzed to learn about their physical health. Today they are undoubtedly seeking to get their DNA, maybe even a tiny blood sample.

  • Do-It-Yourself street cleaning trend sweeps through India’s cities

    01/24/2015 6:21:56 AM PST · 27 of 47
    yefragetuwrabrumuy to 2ndDivisionVet

    A cultural movement like this can work wonders, far beyond what it actually does, because it motivates people to want to improve something, be it their property, their neighborhood, or themselves.

    Socialists are attracted to this, but they always fail because they want to *direct* and *force* people to do this in a regimented and controlled fashion, the way the socialist wants. This is a big reason that people despise socialists, and would rather live in squalor than give the socialists what they want.

  • Obama will travel to Saudi Arabia for King Abdullah's funeral (by skipping Taj Mahal visit)

    01/24/2015 6:12:35 AM PST · 64 of 94
    yefragetuwrabrumuy to Cincinatus' Wife
  • BILL MAHER BLASTS ‘AMERICAN SNIPER,’ CALLS CHRIS KYLE A ‘PSYCHOPATH PATRIOT’

    01/24/2015 5:53:56 AM PST · 43 of 66
    yefragetuwrabrumuy to SoFloFreeper
  • Norway: The People's Revolution vs. The "Religion of Peace"

    01/24/2015 5:15:05 AM PST · 8 of 26
    yefragetuwrabrumuy to SWAMPSNIPER

    Norway is a special case. Because its population is so small, it has long been targeted by socialists-communists to be *destroyed* as a nation. That is, reduced to a one party socialist state, with an imported, homogeneous population, not ethnic Norwegian, with no unique culture, history or language.

    They hope for Norway to become a generic socialist district in the EU, effectively to end as a nation, run by faceless bureaucrats. And the program to do this is quite old.

    Hitler created the Hitler Youth, the Hitler Jugend, to raise a next generation of ideologically pure Nazi leaders. The socialists and communists thought it was a grand idea to indoctrinate socialist and communist leaders when young, so just five years later merged their youth leagues as a socialist clone of the Hitler Jugend. It was called the Workers’ Youth League (AUF).

    After the war, the AUF set to create a new class of politically correct leaders, and did so. Their next step was to get political control over their nation, so they could destroy it. Not enough Norwegians supported them, so with still divided power, they hit on open immigration to subvert and take control.

    Simply put, their national immigration policy was changed, so that anyone could come to Norway, specifically the poor, ignorant, and uneducated, in a program similar to Ted Kennedy’s immigration “reform” of 1968 in the US. The idea was that they would give citizenship to anyone, with the tacit understanding that they would vote for the socialists, who would give them welfare.

    In any event, under socialist leadership, Norway was steadily weakened and driven downhill. Had their program continued in an uninterrupted fashion, in another generation or two they likely would have achieved their goal, and every part of Norway’s history, culture, and the Norwegian people would become extinct.

    However, one man thought otherwise. Anders Behring Breivik pretty much wiped out an entire generation of the AUF. And while to modern sensibilities it sounds terrible that he killed “children”, the truth is that those he killed were in their own way as repugnant as were Hitler Jugend.

    Being socialist-communists, they were raised to have the same ruthless attitudes of other socialist and communist movements around the world, which far too often resulted in horrible things. Genocides that far eclipsed the Nazis.

    Many of the Red Khmer were “children”, too. But nobody mourns their destruction at the hands of the Vietnamese.

    While the AUF did not have a program of murderous genocide, the destruction of the Norwegian people, their nation, culture, and language, had the same ends.

  • Zimbabwe Has 99 Problems And White People Are All Of Them

    01/23/2015 6:38:48 PM PST · 48 of 97
    yefragetuwrabrumuy to Altura Ct.

    Any white person still living in Rhodesia is mentally defective. Does Mugabe need to drive to your house and personally execute your family before you will realize that you have no future there?

  • Jeb Bush Sets 60 Fundraisers in Push to Freeze Out Foes [Time For Cruz To Declare!]

    01/23/2015 6:36:18 PM PST · 20 of 37
    yefragetuwrabrumuy to Steelfish

    Bush’s billionaire buddies can dump money on him, but he cannot win without conservative votes.

    Therefore, all conservatives must speak with one voice:

    “If Jeb Bush is given the nomination by the party leadership, then he will lose the election to the Democrat. So they can rig the RNC any way they want with corrupt rules, but Jeb Bush will still lose. Conservatives will not vote for him. Not Ever. No, nothing, not. So don’t waste all of our time.”

    “And be sure to let his billionaire backers know that they are throwing their money down a rat hole with Jeb Bush. Spend a hundred million dollars. Spend a billion dollars. Jeb Bush will NEVER become President of the United States.”

  • This Is What Gold Does In A Currency Crisis, Euro Edition

    01/23/2015 3:52:37 PM PST · 11 of 19
    yefragetuwrabrumuy to blam

    For those who invest in gold, it is also essential that they invest in lesser specie and other *fungible* commodities as well. The reason being that during very hard economic times, while gold will almost certainly still be respected, *conversion* of gold may be extraordinarily hard.

    Say you gold exists in ounces. While shopping you want to buy an apple. Were you to try to buy an apple with an ounce of gold, you might have to exchange it for a truck load of apples.

    But with a quarter ounce of silver, you might be able to buy a bushel of apples. With a pure copper slug, maybe a single apple.

    So think of the other metals as “change”. Still a good reason to have it.

  • Woman Claims Son’s Suicide Caused By Pasadena Target Store’s ‘Walk Of Shame’

    01/23/2015 3:34:58 PM PST · 129 of 161
    yefragetuwrabrumuy to BenLurkin

    This is an example of a truly bad business practice, and I’m surprised that they haven’t had a whopper of a lawsuit before now.

    Companies have been sued not only for giving bad letters of recommendation, but even for giving good letters that their former employee thought were not good enough.

    In a legal environment like that, you *do not* humiliate an employee for *any* reason. There must be a disciplinary paper trail, and *any* employee terminations must be scrutinized by the legal staff before being executed.

  • Employee killed in shooting at Mesa (AZ) QuikTrip

    01/23/2015 3:19:29 PM PST · 15 of 20
    yefragetuwrabrumuy to Drew68

    I suspect in this case, it’s the needle for him. Though, as with other states, Arizona needs to have the firing squad as an alternative means of execution. Fast, cheap, hard to appeal as to means, requiring no hard to get materials, nor special expertise for the trigger men.

    Arizona executed 1 in 2014, and 2 in 2013, the reason being that in 2012 they executed 6, and in 2011, they executed 4.

    There are currently 123 inmates on death row in Arizona, clearly demonstrating that this process needs to be expedited.

  • Homeschool Children Seized By Arkansas Authorities Remain in State Custody After Court Hearing

    01/23/2015 2:44:14 PM PST · 11 of 28
    yefragetuwrabrumuy to ilovesarah2012

    State child protective services always walk a fine line, and are roundly damned if they take children away from good parents just as much as if they fail to take children away from abusive, even homicidal parents.

    The key to this situation is *who* is making the complaint. If they are a person of good character, it is one thing, but if it is anonymous or by a person known as an irritant, it is another case entirely.

    So while there is no way the name of the complainant will be made available to them, they should ask the judge for scrutiny, conducted by the judge, not based on the opinion of the CPS, as to whether the complainant is a “reasonable person.” And, if the judge decides the complainant is “SWATting” them, has a personal grudge against them or their faith, that the judge summarily dismiss any charges or accusations, and order their children returned immediately.

  • Army: Fort Hood lacked system to ID threat of 2014 rampage

    01/23/2015 12:37:45 PM PST · 8 of 11
    yefragetuwrabrumuy to Olog-hai

    There isn’t any system that could detect such violent breakdowns. However, based on the incredibly small number of combat veterans who go violent, the media seriously tries to suggest that all veterans need scrutiny.

    And this has been going on a very long time. Even when the veterans returned home after WWII, there were breathless editorials to the effect that they were “kill crazed rape fiends”. And every time a veteran violently broke the law in some way, it would start the media chorus anew.

  • Greta’s elevator nightmare

    01/23/2015 11:54:41 AM PST · 40 of 70
    yefragetuwrabrumuy to Kaslin

    I remember the old joke about a man telling of his harrowing experience of being trapped in an elevator with a group of people.

    “First the claustrophobia set in, then the hysterical panic. Eventually we had to drink our own urine just to survive.”

    “Was anyone hurt?”

    “No, fortunately after about an hour the elevator started working again.”

  • Measles Outbreak That Started In California Expanding

    01/23/2015 11:35:09 AM PST · 18 of 117
    yefragetuwrabrumuy to E. Pluribus Unum

    They need to be very sure that this outbreak is of “standard” measles. Measles is caused by a paramyxovirus of the genus Morbillivirus. Other species in the genus include canine distemper. Many members of the genus cause disease.

    If this is a different strain of measles, it could be different enough to not be affected by the typical vaccine.

    Just as bad, if it is still the “standard” virus, that runs its course in the typical way, it might be a drug resistant form, resistant to the one antiviral drug that could be used for those with immune deficiency or a particularly bad case of the disease (even though it has not been approved by the FDA for that use.)

    Measles symptoms begin about 8 to 12 days after coming in contact with someone who is infected. A person with measles can spread the virus to others from one to two days before any symptoms begin (or three to five days before the rash) to four days after the rash appears.

    A final note: Do not use aspirin in children with measles because of the risk of developing a rare liver and brain problem called Reye’s syndrome.

  • Obama: President of France

    01/23/2015 11:20:04 AM PST · 2 of 6
    yefragetuwrabrumuy to Kaslin

    The government of France is sometimes described as “anarchy, punctuated with dictatorship.”

  • Obama fuming at Netanyahu invitation to Congress, plans retaliation

    01/23/2015 9:09:35 AM PST · 41 of 73
    yefragetuwrabrumuy to Timber Rattler

    The arrogant buffoon insists he is a dictator that everyone must respect and obey.

    This gives me an idea. When Netanyahu is introduced to congress, the introduction should include a statement that “America is founded on the great Judeo-Christian traditions that are the basis of western and modern civilization.”

    That should make Obama apoplectic.

    Then stick the point in deeper, by lauding all the great works of Jews in advancing justice, racial equality, freedom and liberty, the abolition of slavery, peace and “bringing mankind out of darkness and primitive barbarity, into a world of reason and prosperity.”

    Basically ending many of the horrors under which Muslims still live.

    Yet not a single mention of Islam or Muslims or Paleos.

    Obama would probably be so enraged that his human skin would melt off, revealing the lizard beneath.

  • Thousands Sign Petition Calling for Richard III to Have a Catholic Burial

    01/23/2015 8:37:24 AM PST · 9 of 17
    yefragetuwrabrumuy to marshmallow

    Importantly, nobody did this through the entire process of decided to bury him in a CofE cathedral. It truly had to go up a long political chain for that decision to be made. But only now, *after* the decision was made, are they petitioning.

  • Bush and Romney in ‘Gentlemanly’ Meeting

    01/23/2015 8:29:50 AM PST · 21 of 25
    yefragetuwrabrumuy to C19fan

    There only discussion, who “gets” to be POTUS first, and who is the VP?

    This is the *only* ticket the GOP-e will permit. Bush or Romney, Romney or Bush, Bush and Romney, Romney and Bush.

    NO CONSERVATIVES WILL BE PERMITTED.

  • Madison Heights (VA) woman (81) dies, son in critical condition after home invasion

    01/23/2015 8:15:08 AM PST · 9 of 38
    yefragetuwrabrumuy to Perseverando
    The victims.

  • As National Press Mostly Snoozes, Add Seattle to the List of Cities Where Homelessness Is Rising

    01/23/2015 8:02:36 AM PST · 17 of 31
    yefragetuwrabrumuy to george76

    A basic axiom is that you have to parse “the homeless problem”.

    To start with, *everybody* supports homeless families with young children. They are the most sympathetic, and the most likely to benefit from support of all kinds. And typically, they are short timers as homeless, before they get back on their feet.

    The next group are problematic. The 14-25 age group, most of whom were raised by single parents, no longer wanted at home, runaways from an abusive home, and those caught up in claustrophobia and dead end lives, who see “the road” as offering better prospects. Often, outside of extreme weather, they do not *want* to sleep indoors for any length of time. As a group, they are intensely afraid of government and homeless shelters, and want nothing to do with either of them. Their attitude is, “If you don’t want to give me your spare change, then leave me the hell alone.”

    3) The third group are addicts of all kinds, especially alcoholics, and the mentally ill. They tend to stay with their own kind. They really cannot stop being addicts until they are ready.

    4) The older homeless make best use of shelters, and have given up trying to improve their lot. As a group they are pretty passive and try to avoid trouble.

  • Sundance: because the world needs more deviant movies.

    01/23/2015 7:42:42 AM PST · 8 of 26
    yefragetuwrabrumuy to NOBO2012

    South Park hit this one dead on when one of the boys sneered at film festivals, because “all they show are movies about gay cowboys eating pudding”. Then the little girl character drags her boyfriend to see one of the movies, and sure enough, it is about gay cowboys eating pudding.

    I think this finally persuaded some of the older film critics that even though a bad movie is shown at a film festival, it is still a bad movie.

  • The Most Economically-Correlated Commodity Is Flashing Red (Lumber)

    01/23/2015 7:29:58 AM PST · 29 of 30
    yefragetuwrabrumuy to X-spurt

    I wouldn’t have and didn’t guess by your previous post, which just came across as an under-informed snark by someone who equates marijuana and hemp.

  • The Most Economically-Correlated Commodity Is Flashing Red (Lumber)

    01/23/2015 6:04:06 AM PST · 27 of 30
    yefragetuwrabrumuy to X-spurt

    While hemp is of the same species as marijuana, the latter breeds have been selectively bred for the female plants to produce a lot of the resins which contain the drug. For this reason, marijuana growers carefully cull any male plants, because once pollinated, female plants stop exuding resin.

    So growing hemp is the *worst* thing to do to those growing marijuana, as its pollen will pollinate their female plants, significantly reducing the quantity and potency of their resin; and even their seeds will produce far lower grade marijuana.

    An analogy is that someone raises AKC Bichon Frisé female dogs for sale, and their next door neighbor has a bunch of male dachshund mutts, and a fence between the two is in disrepair. Not only are the Bichon Frisé significantly devalued by becoming pregnant, but their puppies are worthless.

    So the bottom line is that hemp and marijuana are “apples and oranges”. Hemp is an exceedingly useful raw material, and marijuana is, well, marijuana.

    The only reason hemp has been outlawed is because it *looks* like marijuana. But if you wanted to smoke it to get high, it would take a wheelbarrow of it to do so.

  • WH: Obama won't meet with Israeli leader (to avoid appearance of influencing an election)

    01/22/2015 3:40:43 PM PST · 25 of 28
    yefragetuwrabrumuy to maggief

    Also remember the “Occupy” campaign, stage managed from the White House. At about that time, Stanley Greenberg, a Clinton-Obama adviser and a team of media advisers, went to Israel to organize protests to overthrow Likud and Netanyahu. They were able to mobilize a mob of 400,000.

    The Israeli strategists working under Greenberg reportedly included Boaz Gaon, Moshe Gaon and Eldad Yaniv, all of whom worked with Greenberg and James Carville against Netanyahu in 1999.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2011_Israeli_social_justice_protests

  • Democrats whine: Boehner broke with protocol by inviting Netanyahu without telling Obama first

    01/22/2015 3:08:17 PM PST · 33 of 43
    yefragetuwrabrumuy to SeekAndFind

    Somebody should ask Boehner “how it feels” to stick it to the Democrats. If he says “good”, then he should be advised to “keep it up”. The more Democrats are miserable, the happier Boehner should be.

  • The Diocese of Baton Rouge and the attack on the priest-penitent privilege

    01/22/2015 2:59:23 PM PST · 5 of 6
    yefragetuwrabrumuy to cleghornboy

    Americans *used* to have a doctor-patient privilege. That is entirely gone now, what with the HIPAA and HITECH acts.

    Now the government is challenging the privilege of clergy and supplicant. So the future of American liberty is now riding on the back of this Catholic priest.

    Without hesitation he should go to jail, not even “consider options”, but with his diocese and the Catholic church, and other churches, he should be openly defiant.

    In doing so, what he does by going to jail is more important to his faith than performing his priestly duties. But his diocese should rally every Catholic in the state to challenge this abuse by the courts. For if the state wins, the sacrament of confession in its current form is forfeit.

  • Ryskind Book Reveals Background of Hollywood 'Blacklist'

    01/22/2015 2:46:52 PM PST · 12 of 31
    yefragetuwrabrumuy to statestreet

    One small error.

    “...the rehabilitation of repentant communists...”

    Not plural, singular. Edward Dmytryk was the only one who renounced communism. The rest remained bitter communists for the rest of their nasty, anti-American lives.

    While it was Hollywood, not the government, that blacklisted them, it was also Hollywood that lifted that blacklist.

    It should be always noted that the HUAC hearings were separate and apart from Senator McCarthy’s hearings. And while neither deserve condemnation, the HUAC hearings were far larger and more professional. And nailed a LOT more sworn communists.

    It also should be noticed that, by now, the worst of Stalin’s purges, slave labor camps, gulags, etc., had become known in the West. This caused many members to drop out of the American communist party. But those who remained were the hardcore fanatics. As fanatical and determined in their way as the worst of the Islamists today.

    Fortunately for America, we had an ace up our sleeve. His name was Morris Childs.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Morris_Childs

  • ECB unveils €1.1 trillion stimulus plan (European Central Bank; $1.25 trillion)

    01/22/2015 2:18:19 PM PST · 2 of 11
    yefragetuwrabrumuy to Olog-hai

    “ECB president Mario Draghi said that the bond-buying programme would remain in place “until we see a sustained adjustment in the path of inflation...”

    To paraphrase, “The beatings will continue until morale improves.”

  • Nullification, Now Coming to the Supreme Court?

    01/22/2015 11:14:40 AM PST · 15 of 30
    yefragetuwrabrumuy to reaganaut1

    While this could be de facto nullification, it would likely not be called that, if for no other reason than to avoid the historical comparisons, and existing precedent.

    Likely the argument would be both that incremental unconstitutionality is still unconstitutional, even if its parts had been declared constitutional over time; and that judicial *stare decisis* (Stare decisis et non quieta movere: “to stand by decisions and not disturb the undisturbed”) aka judicial precedent, *also* cannot produce unconstitutional decisions based on previously declared constitutional parts.

    In short, that the verbatim constitution overrules executive, legislative, and judicial misinterpretation, interpolation, and excessive extrapolation.

    The especially applies to previous cherry picking of minor clauses in the constitution, then using them to overrule the greater principles in the document.

    The most abused of these minor clauses being the Interstate Commerce clause abused by FDR; and the General Welfare clause abused by LBJ. The two together essentially overruling the constitution, and building a corrupt palace on a pile of garbage.

  • The Most Economically-Correlated Commodity Is Flashing Red (Lumber)

    01/22/2015 11:00:52 AM PST · 24 of 30
    yefragetuwrabrumuy to X-spurt

    Except that time and expense are factors. Figure on two hemp crops a year, compared to say 20 years for tree maturity. Plus logging and transport is quite expensive, but much of the processing for hemp could be done in the harvester before it even leaves the field.

    Importantly, the paper industry is already mostly tooled to handle hemp pulp, which needs fewer steps in the process.

    You can probably calculate that with legalization, hemp agriculture would have a production boom in the amount of acreage; so the first bottleneck would be in processing it.

  • Vanity: No MORE MILKTOAST Candidates!! UGGGH! (Jeb/Romney)

    01/22/2015 7:45:33 AM PST · 14 of 41
    yefragetuwrabrumuy to ConservativeMan55

    N.B.: the Hispanic equivalent of milquetoast is referred to as “leche cocida”, meaning cooked milk. Toasted bread is torn into chunks and placed in a bowl. Milk is cooked with a small amount of butter, salt and pepper and is poured over the bread.

    This would likely be more appropriate for Jeb Bush.

  • The Most Economically-Correlated Commodity Is Flashing Red (Lumber)

    01/22/2015 7:38:32 AM PST · 19 of 30
    yefragetuwrabrumuy to X-spurt

    I expect it to be a gold-rush kind of deal, with a change in government policy. As you might imagine, the paper industry is not thrilled with the idea, but they would be better served in managing the change by remaining the paper industry, just with the vast majority of their paper being hemp paper.

    There is also a guaranteed market for hemp paper in publishing, because it is pH neutral, unlike acid washed pulp which last only fifty years or less unless treated. Hemp paper is good for 200+ years, so is much better for valuable books.

  • Outnumbered National Guardsman takes down 4 armed robbers at Sonic(trunc)

    01/22/2015 7:23:33 AM PST · 24 of 30
    yefragetuwrabrumuy to grobdriver

    Years ago I had a friend who had removed the center console in his vehicle, specifically so he could sew a sawed off shotgun holster to his seat.

  • Massive IDF movement reported in Israel’s north

    01/22/2015 6:40:46 AM PST · 18 of 31
    yefragetuwrabrumuy to McGruff

    Some analysis elsewhere suggested one of two things:

    1) The killing of the Iranian general who was conducting a “terrain walk” in a three vehicle convoy, indicated that the IDF’s northern Israel positions had become known and stagnant, greatly facilitating an attack. So by shuffling the deck, they increase the degree of difficulty.

    2) Intelligence estimates are that Hezbollah is just about to launch a major attack, with new Iranian reinforcements who have come through Iraq. When the Iranian general was killed, they might have had a lapse in their communications security that the Israelis discovered.

  • The Most Economically-Correlated Commodity Is Flashing Red (Lumber)

    01/22/2015 6:29:43 AM PST · 11 of 30
    yefragetuwrabrumuy to rarestia

    It is a real stealth crop. They are now growing commercial amounts in Canada, but even while marijuana is booming in the US, the DEA is still blocking the growing of hemp.

    “The final 2014 Farm Bill agreement included a provision that would allow institutions of higher education and state departments of agriculture to grow or cultivate industrial hemp.

    “Nineteen states—California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Hawaii, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Maine, Montana, Nebraska, New Hampshire, North Dakota, Oregon, South Carolina, Tennessee, Utah, Vermont and West Virginia—currently have laws to provide for hemp pilot studies and/or for production as described by the Farm Bill stipulations.

    “Eight of these states—California, Colorado, Maine, Montana, North Dakota, Oregon, Vermont and West Virginia—sponsored hemp resolutions and have laws to promote the growth and marketing of industrial hemp.”

    Once full scale hemp production is legal, the industry has an expected growth to $6b annually in the first decade, producing not only paper; but fine textile hemp (like silk) fabrics, with most of it exported at least at first; and a multitude of other uses including high quality animal fodder.

    But back to lumber. With demand for paper pulp crumbling, it will also force lumber prices significantly lower; and, as an added bonus, preserve the remaining old growth hardwood forests in the US and even allow for reforestation of hardwoods, which have a very different forest ecosystem than pine.

  • The Most Economically-Correlated Commodity Is Flashing Red (Lumber)

    01/22/2015 6:07:13 AM PST · 4 of 30
    yefragetuwrabrumuy to blam

    Lumber and paper pulp are due for a major upset from an unexpected source. Hemp fiber.

    Vast amounts of wood are ground to make paper, but hemp fiber makes much higher quality paper than does wood pulp. Hemp is also grown on marginal farmland, so does not compete with other commercial crops, and needs little water, fertilizer or pesticide. It also grows very quickly.

  • GA: Armed Robbery Suspect Shot, Gun Walks off

    01/21/2015 1:18:56 PM PST · 7 of 7
    yefragetuwrabrumuy to marktwain

    In similar circumstances I have heard it called the “thumb up your bum time”. That is, a big event has just happened, and you find yourself just standing there waiting for something to happen, not *doing* anything.

    Importantly, it is a dangerous time, because accomplices may use it to decide to act, and you are likely at something of a disadvantage.

    So a good fall back is to use a martial arts rule that it is better to fight with your back against a wall than it is on open ground. Better still to be in a doorway. And both cover and concealment are important, you don’t want to be a “sitting duck” for someone else with a gun.

    If you have a cell phone, great. If not, try to get several other people to call the police. Redundancy is good. Include a physical description especially clothing of the other people, and if armed, one of yourself, so you are not assumed to be a ‘hostile’ by the police.

  • Man shopping at Walmart attacked for carrying gun he was legally permitted to have (Florida)(trunc)

    01/21/2015 1:04:47 PM PST · 44 of 75
    yefragetuwrabrumuy to SWAMPSNIPER
    This is why the fool tackled him. Mr. Clarence Daniels is on the right.

  • A Gunfight in Kansas

    01/21/2015 11:53:23 AM PST · 14 of 15
    yefragetuwrabrumuy to TangoLimaSierra

    A real tragedy is that while Kansas has the death penalty on the books, its death row is full because they do not execute.

    This is why they, and other states, should have the alternative means of a firing squad in their statutes. Not just because it is far more difficult to appeal, but because it is inexpensive and no special equipment or skills are required.