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  • Obama military downsizing leaves U.S. too weak to counter global threats, panel finds

    08/01/2014 4:10:48 PM PDT · 32 of 40
    yefragetuwrabrumuy to 2ndDivisionVet

    The bottom line is that as a nation, we can no longer afford a military capable of policing the entire world. Our spending has been so spendthrift and gratuitous for so long that it must end for everything. And this means everything.

    As far as the military goes, the reduction must be to the point where the military can only be used for things that are in our direct national interest. This means no more peacekeeping between willing belligerents; no more disaster relief; no more frivolous interventionism.

    Military need, not military want.

    If one foreign nation wants war with another foreign nation, and neither of them are our allies, then let the butchery commence, because it is not our problem. There is no “humanitarianism” unless somebody pays for it.

    We only get a small portion of our oil from the Mideast. So if they want to slaughter each other, it is China’s dilemma because they get much of their oil from there.

    We can no longer tremble at the idea of a “butterfly effect” turning a small war into a world war. We have to sit back and watch, and only intervene when it shows prospects of doing so.

  • Anglican Ordination of Women Bishops Ends Reunion Prospects

    08/01/2014 3:51:39 PM PDT · 7 of 13
    yefragetuwrabrumuy to NYer

    Catholicism and Anglicanism can indeed reach full communion, but only when the Anglicans dismiss those parts of its own communion who are in variance.

    The overwhelming majority of Anglicans are African, whereas its stricken and withering, even dying parts are in Britain and North America. Those in Britain who could not tolerate the collapse have joined the Catholic church via its Ordinariate. The rest fall away.

    In North America, the conservative Anglicans have become African missionary Anglican churches, leaving the failed Episcopalian church to die out as well.

    So what remains is that the African Archbishops and Bishops accept that the Church of England and the Episcopal church are no more, that they have discontinued being part of the Anglican communion.

    And once this is done, the Anglicans are but a half step away from communion with the Catholic church.

  • California breaks drought record as 58% of state hits driest level

    08/01/2014 3:25:28 PM PDT · 31 of 34
    yefragetuwrabrumuy to JSDude1

    The bottom line is that there is no end to potentially good ideas how they could alleviate their problems, yet they want nothing to do with any of them.

  • California breaks drought record as 58% of state hits driest level

    08/01/2014 2:58:48 PM PDT · 27 of 34
    yefragetuwrabrumuy to ErnBatavia

    While open air irrigation canals are a good low tech solution, they lose an unwholesome amount of water to evaporation. Every mile water is instead pipelined saves a fortune. It costs more initially, but the savings in already more expensive desalinized water adds up.

  • California breaks drought record as 58% of state hits driest level

    08/01/2014 1:59:13 PM PDT · 21 of 34
    yefragetuwrabrumuy to Lorianne

    California has known about the threat of drought for half a century, and has done only the bare minimum to mitigate it.

    Time and again they refuse to allow sea water desalinization in their state, for a multitude of stupid reasons. They even want Mexico to build desalinization plants and ship the fresh water north, just so California doesn’t have to.

    They have 17 plants “in the works”, but they never seem to go on line and start producing fresh water. Six plants only produce a small amount of water.

    Texas has over 100 desalinization plants.

  • Obama executive order allows detention of Americans with respiratory diseases

    08/01/2014 1:42:29 PM PDT · 14 of 30
    yefragetuwrabrumuy to blueyon

    This detention for Public Health has been on the books for a long time, but to go active, it must have an executive order which must specify what disease(s).

    Here are the answers to a lot of questions. This is a CDC summary of including a novel type of influenza to the executive order list. It would be almost unchanged by adding ebola to the list.

    So, bizarrely enough, Obama may actually be following the law this time. It had to happen once during his presidency, I suppose.

  • Leftist Canadian author explains her slow drift to the right

    07/31/2014 7:23:51 PM PDT · 9 of 22
    yefragetuwrabrumuy to SJackson

    This is a woman so caught up in delusion that for her reality has ceased to exist.

    An analogy is a person who is introduced to someone who is profoundly mentally ill, and they take it upon themselves to “talk some sense into them.”

    They beg and plead with them to *understand* that being sane is better than being insane. They desperately try to *connect* with them, to establish some “mutual ground” that they have in common as a starting point for change.

    But while “the lights are on, there is nobody home.” There is no communication there at all. Even if some words penetrate the haze of madness, they do not register or make sense. They are random noises.

    And it is all because she does not see the reality, but what she wants reality to be.

  • House Delays Recess Until Border Bill Is Passed (Call/Email Your Rep to Oppose Boehner Bill)

    07/31/2014 2:51:36 PM PDT · 18 of 37
    yefragetuwrabrumuy to xzins

    What odds would you give that Boehner will try to force it through with mostly Democrat votes?

  • MK Feiglin: Take Gaza, Pay People to Leave

    07/31/2014 2:50:09 PM PDT · 6 of 27
    yefragetuwrabrumuy to Eleutheria5

    I have advocated a conclusion like this as well. Perhaps it just goes to show that great minds think alike. But then again, I would not be surprised if a lot of conservative Israelis read FR.

  • Study: Quarantines Work Against Pandemics

    07/31/2014 2:40:39 PM PDT · 22 of 25
    yefragetuwrabrumuy to ansel12

    You have trolled me before on other threads with irrational arguments, yet I have endeavored to be polite. But at this point I am no longer interested in being sported for your entertainment. Please no longer reply to my postings, and I will try to ignore you as well.

  • ‘Dead’ Border Bill Not Fully Dead Yet

    07/31/2014 1:27:49 PM PDT · 6 of 16
    yefragetuwrabrumuy to Cincinatus' Wife

    The US Chamber of Commerce obviously has a gigantic bottom to kiss up to, and the GOP-e will do anything to please their multinational corporate overlords, and they don’t care if it ends up in the ruination of the United States.

  • Study: Quarantines Work Against Pandemics

    07/31/2014 1:21:09 PM PDT · 20 of 25
    yefragetuwrabrumuy to ansel12

    You’re blending sentences to extrapolate from what I said. I said the Public Health Service has the authority, if necessary, in case of a severe epidemic, not just TB. In fact, because TB is so slow moving, only individuals are usually quarantined, and then only if they refuse treatment or have one of the more drug-resistant forms of the disease.

    The instances I cited were of individuals, not cities, who had been quarantined with TB. The only city wide quarantine in our history was for smallpox in New York City during the colonial period. After that, US ports set up quarantine islands for incoming ships with communicable epidemic diseases. Some area quarantines were established during the Spanish Influenza epidemic, but these never grew to city size.

    Otherwise, lesser epidemic diseases were mostly handled by private physicians who carried quarantine signs, which they would post on individual homes with a sick person inside.

    “Robert Daniels was quarantined in 2007 for having the deadliest form of tuberculosis in an Arizona hospital, partly for not wearing a mask during his time in the outside world when he was diagnosed with the disease.

    “In the summer of 2007, Atlanta attorney Andrew Speaker made headlines when, while traveling in Italy on his honeymoon, he was diagnosed by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) with extremely drug-resistant tuberculosis (XDR-TB), a contagious, untreatable and potentially-lethal condition.

    “Against the instructions of U.S. public health authorities, Speaker re-entered the U.S. only to be served by the CDC with a federal order of quarantine at a hospital in New York, the first such order to be issued in nearly half a century.

    “Speaker challenged the CDC’s diagnosis of XDR-TB, resulting in an eventual downgrade of his condition and the lifting of restrictions on his movements. The Speaker case generated significant public attention and Congress conducted formal hearings regarding the incident.”

    Under section 361 of the Public Health Service Act (42 U.S. Code § 264), the U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services is authorized to take measures to prevent the entry and spread of communicable diseases from foreign countries into the United States and between states. The authority for carrying out these functions on a daily basis has been delegated to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The CDC utilizes two basic strategies when trying to contain a public outbreak of something as deadly as Ebola and they are Isolation and Quarantine.

    By Executive Order of the president of the United States, federal isolation and quarantine are authorized for specific communicable diseases: cholera, diphtheria, infectious tuberculosis, plague, smallpox, yellow fever, viral hemorrhagic fevers, SARS (severe acute respiratory syndrome), and flu that can cause a pandemic.

  • Study: Quarantines Work Against Pandemics

    07/31/2014 11:23:25 AM PDT · 18 of 25
    yefragetuwrabrumuy to ansel12

    In Europe, going way back. The reason is that before the quarantine, people get infected and invisibly spread the disease, but the quarantine only goes into effect once people start showing symptoms.

    And all the other human vices come into play as well, from denial and delay in instituting the quarantine, breaking the quarantine either to flee or to smuggle goods, etc.

    Several books document it as well. Daniel Defoe’s A Journal of the Plague Year, about the great plague of 1665.

    Albert Camus, The Plague (1947).

  • Time for Women on US Paper Money? Obama says it's a 'pretty good idea'

    07/31/2014 11:10:43 AM PDT · 71 of 85
    yefragetuwrabrumuy to Responsibility2nd

    I think a better bet would be to mint specie coins as currency accurately reflecting those metals market value.

    Currently, Canada makes a very pure Maple Leaf gold coin, with a laser hologram engraved in it, sold in a sealed container. The US could do the same, but with the coins value greater than the metal market value.

    That is, gold is currently around $1300 an ounce. So if the US made a one ounce gold coin, it should have a face value of $5000, for example.

    Silver is around $20 an ounce, so an almost pure US silver ounce coin could have a nominal value of $500.

    A one ounce copper coin might be $100.

    The trick would be in the laser hologram engraving, and that each coin might be numbered and associated with an individual owner.

  • House moves toward border vote (Millions in taxpayer $$$ to Mexico, Guatemala, Honduras...)

    07/31/2014 11:02:07 AM PDT · 15 of 15
    yefragetuwrabrumuy to jimbo123

    A great rumor to start south of the border would be that the US has scientifically determined that many of those countries are soon to be destroyed in an unspecified disaster, so we are encouraging them to send their children here, “so that there will be *some* survivors.”

  • Paul Rolly: Blogger fired from language school over ‘homophonia’

    07/31/2014 10:59:55 AM PDT · 43 of 50
    yefragetuwrabrumuy to Borges

    In other news, the school has banned milk products, because almost all of them have been homogenized, and they are concerned that students may think consuming them could have deleterious effects.

  • Study: Hundreds of rules passed by Obama administration are technically illegal

    07/31/2014 10:37:45 AM PDT · 19 of 28
    yefragetuwrabrumuy to afraidfortherepublic

    The congressional lawsuit against Obama should not be limited to just some of these abuses. Each and every one of them should be listed in the complaint, to at least give the judges an opportunity to do a blanket throw out.

    Imagine the hilarity of Obama refusing to throw them out after ordered to by a federal judge. While he might be effectively immune from prosecution, the court can put the onus on every bureaucrat who carries out his unlawful orders.

    And those would be “contempt of court” citations, which mean they could be put in jail for months with each offense.

  • Family of Bronx Man Killed in Sucker-Punch Attack Stunned by Suspect Charge

    07/31/2014 7:40:33 AM PDT · 18 of 28
    yefragetuwrabrumuy to Olog-hai

    When the courts commit injustice like this, they are just begging for vendetta and blood feud. The dead man’s family and friends could relatively easily track down the killer and smite him. It could even be a “courtesy killing” by someone offended at the injustice, an even better prospect because it would leave the family free from legal retribution.

  • Forget Ebola, Florida Issues "Flesh-Eating Bacteria" Public Health Warning

    07/31/2014 7:32:23 AM PDT · 10 of 22
    yefragetuwrabrumuy to blam

    Important note about Vibrio vulnificus and Vibrio parahaemolyticus, two pathogenic bacteria associated with uncooked or undercooked seafood.

    The V. vulnificus bacterium occurs naturally in the Gulf of Mexico. Since 2000, there have been about 32 illnesses a year from eating raw or undercooked oysters. About half the cases are fatal. The bacteria are most active during the warm summer months (the non-’R’ months).

    While many hot sauces and acids kill these bacteria, it is far better to insure that seafood is properly cooked before eating. Use hot sauces for flavor, not antiseptic.

  • Forget Ebola, Florida Issues "Flesh-Eating Bacteria" Public Health Warning

    07/31/2014 7:18:01 AM PDT · 6 of 22
    yefragetuwrabrumuy to blam

    Vibrio vulnificus causes an infection often incurred after eating seafood, especially raw or undercooked oysters.

    V. vulnificus does not alter the appearance, taste, or odor of oysters. The bacteria can also enter the body through open wounds when swimming or wading in infected waters, or via puncture wounds from the spines of fish such as tilapia or stingrays.

    V. vulnificus is eighty times more likely to spread into the bloodstream in people with compromised immune systems, especially those with chronic liver disease. When this happens, severe symptoms including blistering skin lesions, septic shock, and even death can occur.

    The major drug resistant bacteria list now includes:

    Escherichia coli (E. coli)
    Group B streptococcus
    Klebsiella pneumoniae
    MRSA Strain USA300-FPR3757 (flesh eating)
    Neisseria meningitidis
    Salmonella, non-typhoidal serotypes
    Streptococcus pneumoniae
    Typhoid Fever
    Vancomycin-resistant Enterococci (VRE)
    Vancomycin-Intermediate/Resistant Staphylococcus aureus (VISA/VRSA)
    Vibrio vulnificus
    Tuberculosis (DR/MDR/XDR/CDR)

    Many types of bacteria can cause necrotizing fasciitis (flesh-eating disease), for example, Group A streptococcus (Streptococcus pyogenes), Staphylococcus aureus, Clostridium perfringens, Bacteroides fragilis, and Aeromonas hydrophila. And now, Vibrio vulnificus.

  • New Massachusetts law restricting pro-life speech ‘worse than the one just overturned’

    07/31/2014 7:09:04 AM PDT · 4 of 13
    yefragetuwrabrumuy to wagglebee

    The federal judge in Illinois who gave a deadline to their state legislature to enact a constitutional concealed carry law, *which would then be vetted by the court for constitutionality*, or else there would be no law after that date, has really hit on a new tool for the federal judiciary against obstinate local and state governments.

    In this case, under instructions from the SCOTUS, or not, their federal district judges should use this same concept to slap this governor down.

    That is, require that a new law must be passed by a given date, a constitutional law that will be vetted by these judges before it goes into effect, and if it is *not* constitutional, there will be *no law* that limits free speech around abortion clinics.

    This makes it a catch-22 argument for those who would impose on pro-life protesters. Either they pass a law that is constitutional, and thus does not restrict their freedom of speech; or there will be no law restricting their freedom of speech at all.

    Either way, they cannot oppress with the force of law.

  • Four Ebola cases confirmed in Guinea's capital

    07/31/2014 7:00:54 AM PDT · 18 of 18
    yefragetuwrabrumuy to TBall

    Truthfully, biologically speaking many pathogens are natural controls on animal, and human, populations. While people have had some success in holding epidemics back for the last about 70 years, it has just insured that when they do punch through our defenses, a lot more people are going to die.

    By far, the worst threat is Influenza, and by all appearances H5N1 showed (and still shows) prospects for becoming the most lethal epidemic in human history. And why it has not accomplished easy human to human transmission is a great mystery.

    Ebola could naturally only produce a very limited epidemic, outside of 3rd and 4th world nations, because modern nations have the infrastructure to halt it in its tracks. A combination of quarantine, personal and clinical hygiene and sanitation, and a population that generally understands infectious diseases, make it extremely hard for a gigantic epidemic here.

  • History Professor: Mumia Should Be Celebrated Like Martin Luther King Jr. in Schools

    07/30/2014 3:17:32 PM PDT · 36 of 36
    yefragetuwrabrumuy to SeekAndFind
  • History Professor: Mumia Should Be Celebrated Like Martin Luther King Jr. in Schools

    07/30/2014 3:09:22 PM PDT · 35 of 36
    yefragetuwrabrumuy to SeekAndFind
  • History Professor: Mumia Should Be Celebrated Like Martin Luther King Jr. in Schools

    07/30/2014 3:02:10 PM PDT · 34 of 36
    yefragetuwrabrumuy to SeekAndFind
  • Study: Quarantines Work Against Pandemics

    07/30/2014 1:29:55 PM PDT · 13 of 25
    yefragetuwrabrumuy to Kartographer

    In time of epidemic, the Public Health Agency becomes the most authoritarian government department. They have the authority to order the police, and even the military, to follow their orders.

    As necessary, their directives come at the barrel of a gun. If they order a city quarantined (though this almost invariably happens too late), this means armed guards with orders to “shoot to stop” any effort at breaking the quarantine.

    They are not controlled by habeus corpus, that is, if they order a person kept in medical isolation, there is no judicial relief. This has been invoked a few times in recent years because of extensively drug resistant Tuberculosis. That person is detained indefinitely until no longer infectious, or dead. And even their body is under control until it can be safely disposed.

  • Ebola has spread across the globe: ...officials try to trace 30,000 linked to death of US victim

    07/30/2014 1:20:50 PM PDT · 58 of 102
    yefragetuwrabrumuy to EBH

    There needs to be a scale of infectability of various pulmonary pathogens. It is a reasonable idea based on several variables.

    1) Novelty of pathogen. People are constantly being infected with pathogens their immune systems are familiar with, and have defenses against. A familiar pathogen that can still infect requires much greater relative concentration, that is, more contamination all at once, than does a novel pathogen.

    2) Heat and humidity. Influenza transmits by coughing and sneezing best at 40F and low humidity. Higher temperatures and humidity make its transmission far more reliant on hand contamination.

    3) Proximity of the infected person to those not infected. That is, physical distance over time matters. Being in a plane with recycled air makes transmission far more likely than being in a large room with open windows.

    4) General hygiene of a place. The developed world spends a lot more time and effort cleaning and sanitizing, which can tend to make immune systems weaker by reduced exposure to all pathogens. But it also eliminates a lot of contamination that could spread disease.

    5) Cultural traditions. People with infectious diseases tend to be avoided in the developed world. Even family members with dangerous diseases will be shunned so as not to infect the rest of the family. And those with dangerous diseases are often quarantined by the authorities, to protect the public. Well over a hundred years experience with this.

  • VA: Clerk Shoots one of two Robbery Suspects

    07/30/2014 1:03:22 PM PDT · 6 of 6
    yefragetuwrabrumuy to marktwain

    Not much about him online, but I would hazard to guess that he is well known to the authorities as a juvenile offender.

  • Knockout Games: Black on White Violence

    07/30/2014 10:23:40 AM PDT · 10 of 12
    yefragetuwrabrumuy to Sean_Anthony

    In some places, it is time for the first few stages of non-violent vigilantism to take place. Very ordinary things like block watches, encouraging people to travel in groups instead of on their own, and the legal carry of weapons for self defense.

    The “frame of mind” for doing this is the same as if there had been instances of pack dogs attacking people. In either case, neither race nor breed really matters, but behavior. Of course, if you see a group of idle young black men or pitbull dogs “hanging out”, they will without doubt attract more attention. This is not ‘profiling’ as much as common sense.

    And, in the final analysis, if the young men or the dogs attack, there should be no hesitation in using lethal force to defend yourself, despite the former being some mother’s “good boy”, and the latter being a “harmless pet dog that would never hurt anyone.”

  • Part of CMC ER roped off, officials say patient being tested

    07/30/2014 10:14:33 AM PDT · 59 of 164
    yefragetuwrabrumuy to Enlightened1

    “The former patient has been buried in a pit full of quicklime, and the entire ward is being systematically cleansed with sanitizing plasma guns. It’s all normal procedure.”

  • Victim of St. Roch attack: 'They just wanted to stomp somebody'

    07/30/2014 8:32:24 AM PDT · 42 of 45
    yefragetuwrabrumuy to topher

    This might make a fine opportunity to do some urban hunting.

    Start with a three-man team carrying trash guns. The first man is the “bait” and primary shooter. The second man is backup, just out of sight of the bad guys, and secondary shooter, if needed. The third guy is the driver, ready to evacuate the other two.

    The first man feigns a limp, frequently pats his “wallet” and acts weak. But he doesn’t make it easy for his attackers, either, avoiding sneak attacks with greater distance from ambush sites. He also has good situational awareness. He actively tries to get them to charge as a group.

    He and the back up open up on as many of the attackers as possible, then they quickly leave the area, moving to the evac vehicle, a van is good, then put miles between them and the attackers.

  • Mother and daughter take a shot at Minnesota firearms-safety class

    07/30/2014 8:15:06 AM PDT · 4 of 5
    yefragetuwrabrumuy to TurboZamboni

    I had a good upbringing with guns, starting with spring BB guns, to lever compressed air BB guns, then .22 shorts, .22LR, then a shotgun, and finally pistols, which I remember I didn’t like at first because they were too short and far less accurate. I got over it.

    Somewhere in there I developed a fondness for knives and studied karate, which I liked a lot more for the fighting theory than the actual fisticuffs.

    But the one itch I could never scratch was archery. Be it longbow, compound bow or crossbow, I felt I missed out on a big part of weapons craft. You shoot a few hundred BBs, and you really learn the BB gun; but you have to shoot a few hundred arrows to get the *zen* of archery.

    And recently, with the popularity of the animated movie Brave, and The Hunger Games, there is a window of opportunity for both boys and girls who may be hesitant with guns, to still learn some weapons skills that will eventually carry over to guns.

  • when SHTF

    07/30/2014 7:30:51 AM PDT · 10 of 16
    yefragetuwrabrumuy to MrB

    It’s a balance. There are times when versatility is “the cat’s pajamas”. For example, the Swiss knife.

    However, though the Swiss knife often has a Philips screwdriver on it, if you are going to be putting in a lot of screws, a full sized screwdriver, or even an electric screwdriver, is much better.

    But if you want a multi-tool, to do a little bit of a lot of things, it’s hard to beat a Swiss knife.

    So, the right tool for the right job.

  • Funeral today for 9-year-old girl waiting on medical marijuana

    07/30/2014 7:08:46 AM PDT · 44 of 106
    yefragetuwrabrumuy to Wolfie

    Right now marijuana is getting caught up in the “wonder drug disappointment”, that invariably happens when some new “wonder drug” enters the market. People truly hope that the new drug will solve all their ills, and though it might show some promise for just a few problems, that’s it. Not really a wonder drug.

    In this particular case, a marijuana *derivative* might have worked for her, or not. Seizures cause damage, and over time, often lethal damage. While an anti-seizure drug might stop future damage, it cannot repair the damage that already exists.

    Severe myoclonic epilepsy of infancy also known as Dravet syndrome is a type of epilepsy with seizures that are often triggered by hot temperatures or fever. It often begins around six months of age.

    So for perhaps 8 years, she has been damaged by the disease. Even odds that this was too long a time, so she was going to die anyway.

    Importantly, remember that there are many Democrats who *want* babies and children to die, with their evil Malthusian mindset. It is not beyond them to try and delay and deny medicines that might help children live.

  • when SHTF

    07/30/2014 6:54:09 AM PDT · 8 of 16
    yefragetuwrabrumuy to VaRepublican

    Every useful piece of equipment needs a balance between versatility, durability, maintenance and spare parts. But there are twists and turns to these things as well.

    For example, versatility is balanced with specialization as far as performance goes. A vehicle like this is fine for off-roading, but if you have to travel long distances, a different vehicle would be better.

  • Obama’s Muslim Founding Fathers

    07/30/2014 6:03:25 AM PDT · 18 of 50
    yefragetuwrabrumuy to Flintlock

    Muslims are responsible for some of the US Navy. Early on in our history, the US sent warships to Africa to fight the Barbary pirates, aka the Barbary corsairs or Ottoman corsairs.

    Then as now, Muslims were treacherous, murderous, lying, deceitful kidnappers, slavers and pirates.

    “Their predation extended throughout the Mediterranean, south along West Africa’s Atlantic seaboard and even South America, and into the North Atlantic as far north as Iceland, but they primarily operated in the western Mediterranean.

    “In addition to seizing ships, they engaged in *Razzias*, raids on European coastal towns and villages, mainly in Italy, France, Spain, and Portugal, but also in the British Isles, the Netherlands and as far away as Iceland. The main purpose of their attacks was to capture Christian slaves for the Ottoman slave trade as well as the general Muslim market in North Africa and the Middle East.

    “Following the Napoleonic Wars and the Congress of Vienna in 1814–15, European powers agreed upon the need to suppress the Barbary corsairs entirely and the threat was largely subdued, although occasional incidents continued until finally terminated by the French conquest of Algiers in 1830.

    “Until the American Declaration of Independence in 1776, British treaties with the North African states protected American ships from the Barbary corsairs.

    “Morocco, which in 1777 was the first independent nation to publicly recognize the United States, became in 1784 the first Barbary power to seize an American vessel after independence.

    “The Barbary threat led directly to the creation of the United States Navy in March 1794.

    “While the United States managed to secure peace treaties, these obliged it to pay tribute for protection from attack. Payments in ransom and tribute to the Barbary states amounted to 20% of United States government annual expenditures in 1800.

    “The First Barbary War in 1801 and the Second Barbary War in 1815 led to more favorable peace terms ending the payment of tribute. However, Algiers broke the 1805 peace treaty after only two years, and subsequently refused to implement the 1815 treaty until compelled to do so by Britain in 1816.”

    The bottom line, to Mr. Obama, is that the only “Muslim-Americans” who contributed “to building the very fabric of our nation and strengthening the core of our democracy” were kidnapped American slaves, forced to convert to Islam for fear of their lives.

    And yes, though at the point of bayonets we forced them to agree to *officially* abolish slavery, they still practice it extensively, often with Islamic government sanction.

    Pigs then, still pigs today.

  • 11th Circuit: Constitutional to Bar Doctors from Asking Patients About Firearm Ownership

    07/29/2014 2:33:15 PM PDT · 14 of 58
    yefragetuwrabrumuy to cuban leaf

    In this case, it was always coercive, and done with truly evil intent.

    As background, the radical leftist American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), which is devoted to “the leftist agenda”, not children, issued a directive to its members that they should ask both parents and children about guns in the home, so that they could add them to the children’s medical records; where due to HIPAA, they could then be accessed by many government agencies.

    The idea was insidious, that if the state Child Protective Agency investigated the parents, their ownership of guns would be “one factor” in determining if their children should be taken away. Likewise, if they wanted to adopt, if they had guns, they could be turned down as adoptive parents.

    The coercion was included, that if parents *refused* to tell their pediatrician about their gun ownership, the pediatrician could refuse them services, even if the next nearest pediatrician was 75 or 100 miles away.

    As soon as the state of Florida found out about the scheme from upset parents, they passed a law forbidding such inquiries. And not wanting their scheme thwarted, the AAP filed suit, alleging that the doctor’s first amendment rights were violated by not being able to do this.

    Initially, not knowing any better, I would hope, a federal judge found in favor of the AAP, and overturned the law, but the state appealed. Now a 3 judge panel has reinstated the law. The AAP will undoubtedly appeal to the entire circuit court en banc.

    As an aside, the AAPs behavior on this and other circumstances, led a former AAP president to set up a conservative pediatric association, the American College of Pediatricians (ACPeds), whose interests are solely about the medical care of children, not radical leftist politics.

    Bottom line is that, if you have children whose pediatrician belongs to the AAP, you need a new pediatrician, because the AAP is one of the most radical leftist medical associations out there.

  • Michael Savage: 'Muslim Sisterhood' Runs White House

    07/29/2014 8:45:16 AM PDT · 14 of 16
    yefragetuwrabrumuy to opentalk

    This raises an interesting point. What if Obama is not a Muslim, but sympathetic to Muslims, because Michelle Obama is a Muslim? Nobody comes to mind who has raised this prospect.

  • Facebook Declares Group "Death to Israel and the Zionists" "Doesn't Violate Community Standards"

    07/29/2014 8:42:02 AM PDT · 11 of 25
    yefragetuwrabrumuy to therightliveswithus

    This is a great opportunity for sarcasm. That is, post mirror image type pages that say “Death to Saudi Arabia and the Muslim Expansionists”, and “Death to anti-Zionists”. And rewrite the pages content to be exclusively the opposite of what the Muslim hate pages advocate.

    Of course, Facebook would immediately ban them, which might even open up Facebook to a lawsuit.

  • Son 'did what had to be done,' kills man attacking mother in their N. Minn. home

    07/29/2014 6:20:52 AM PDT · 41 of 50
    yefragetuwrabrumuy to The KG9 Kid

    Someone had earlier remarked to the effect of “Why didn’t his family control him?” My point was that he probably didn’t appear dangerous or even deranged until all of a sudden when he just went off. And some psychiatric cases can be like that. Little or no warning.

    This is why the medical examiner will be examining his brain “with a fine toothed comb”. He could find a tumor, or unusual blood vessel growth, signs of schizophrenic degeneration, small strokes, who knows?

    Yes, the families were in the right to defend themselves; but at the same time, their attacker may have been so out of it that he can’t be entirely blamed either.

    There is a frustrating point with some mental illness where “the lights are on, but nobody is home”; where they seem rational and sane, but you might as well be talking to a wild animal. The humanity is no longer there, either temporarily or permanently.

  • Son 'did what had to be done,' kills man attacking mother in their N. Minn. home

    07/28/2014 9:03:49 PM PDT · 37 of 50
    yefragetuwrabrumuy to ButThreeLeftsDo

    Obviously doctors didn’t catch the problem, so his family probably had some warning signs, but that’s about it. His most obvious symptom was severe migraines. About 6% of American men have migraines (about 18% of women). So it’s not enough.

    The paranoia is possibly more diagnostic, but as a condition itself, which could be by itself, or associated with schizophrenia. But that still needs a professional diagnosis early on.

    This was probably a bolt from the blue, that nobody saw coming, so nobody did anything to stop it.

  • Apology demanded from German newspaper for criticizing Islam

    07/28/2014 7:34:29 PM PDT · 31 of 46
    yefragetuwrabrumuy to markomalley

    “Last night, Bild’s editor-in-chief Kai Diekmann wrote an editorial, which was posted online, saying there was an ‘unshakeable dividing line between Islam as a world religion and the degrading ideology of Islamism’.”

    This begs the question: are those on one side of the dividing like “good Muslims”, and those on the other side “bad Muslims”? And if so, will the “good Muslims” specifically condemn the “bad Muslims” for being “bad Muslims”?

    For until “good Muslims” call “bad Muslims” what they are, that is, “bad Muslims”, then the “good Muslims” suffer guilt by association.

    When will the “good Muslims” condemn the ‘degrading ideology of Islamism’?

  • Son 'did what had to be done,' kills man attacking mother in their N. Minn. home

    07/28/2014 7:26:53 PM PDT · 18 of 50
    yefragetuwrabrumuy to ButThreeLeftsDo

    In all fairness, it sounds like the invader was clearly insane, and I imagine the medical examiner is going to find some very interesting brain damage, maybe even a tumor, when he cracks open his skull.

    And yes, it probably goes back to the “traumatic brain injury” he had as a teen. Severe migraines after a TBI are a major red flag, especially associated with an indeterminate “mental illness” and severe paranoia.

    Bottom line: the people who defended themselves are blameless, the home invader likely had no control over his actions either.

  • Is this a valid point of view?

    07/28/2014 4:17:54 PM PDT · 62 of 105
    yefragetuwrabrumuy to ifinnegan

    Conservatives have heard this argument so many times before. The particulars change, but the bottom line is that “We must support a Republican liberal, or horrors, we will get a Democrat radical!”

    As Napoleon Bonaparte noted, a static defense is slow suicide. But that is all Republican liberals offer us and the United States. They will only try to slow down new outrages, they will never try to turn the tide of battle against the Democrats.

    To make matters worse, they only even try to slow down the new outrages to keep their own wrinkled, pasty white bottoms in their chairs. They have no heart in the battle, because in truth, they believe much of what the Democrats want.

    They are like the pro-slavery Whigs, who supported slavery because it was “good for business”, and business is all they cared about. And they are like the Coolidge Republicans who agreed with his statement that “The business of America is business”, who became the Hoover Republicans, who cared only to restore business while the public was starving.

    And when Eisenhower ascended the throne, they were the “Country Club Republicans”, who were comfortable in being the minority party, as long as the Democrats would throw them and their people the occasional bone.

    Finally, Goldwater stood up against them as a populist, so the Country Club Republicans did everything they could to undermine him. By their lights, Goldwater was horrible because he was not a liberal. Not a liberal Democrat and not a liberal Republican.

    Reagan was a glitch, because while he was a conservative, he spent like a drunken liberal, yet for one of the greatest of conservative causes, to tear down the Soviet Union.

    Yet with the Bushes and their ilk running the Republican party, conservatives have been locked out, derided, cursed and spat upon so much that they have finally risen up, and are systematically tearing down the RINOs, so they will never again work with Democrats against America.

    And here we have Mitch McConnell. He has openly proclaimed his hatred of conservatives and conservatism. As such, he has come out of the closet. And the Republican party RINO purge will not be complete until he is overthrown.

    So, is he opposed to abortion? Really? Or does he just say he is, hoping for six more years of liberalism in Washington.

    Good riddance to bad rubbish. Put not your faith in a lily-livered, pasty rumped liberal.

  • Mitch McConnell's Tight Kentucky Senate Race Might Hinge on Turnout

    07/28/2014 1:55:30 PM PDT · 24 of 101
    yefragetuwrabrumuy to cotton1706

    The bottom line is that while Grimes is a Democrat, she fights all Republicans. McConnell fights the Tea Party, not the Democrats. And he is in a position to cause far more harm to conservative causes by stabbing us in the back.

    She would be a fairly powerless freshman senator, but for McConnell to lose would kick the GOP-e and the RINOs in their pasty, shriveled up rear ends.

  • LA: Another Gun Owner Stops Attack by Multiple Pit Bulls

    07/28/2014 1:51:18 PM PDT · 5 of 14
    yefragetuwrabrumuy to marktwain

    Packs of dogs have long been a menace. I knew of a man who in the 1940s, was elected as mayor of a small town in Indiana on the sole platform of personally shooting the pack dogs that menaced the town. And true to his word, he used his rifle, and did.

    In South America, there have long been itinerant dog killers who traveled from town to town with a cart with two empty barrels in it. As part of his fee, the town provides a large amount of discarded meat and entrails, and poison.

    A day or two beforehand, he posts signs that all owned dogs must be kept inside on a particular night. Then after soaking the meat and entrails in a barrel with water and poison, in the evening he leaves piles of it around town.

    Before dawn, he collects up any uneaten meat, and dead dogs, burying them away from the town, where other animals will not dig them up.

    The US has long had an efficient culling of stray dogs, but it is stretched beyond its means, and if animal control services end because of economic downturn, dangerous packs would begin to appear overnight.

    It would no longer be a question of defending yourself against a pack of strays, but of shooting at them on sight.

  • NYT: Chamber Of Commerce Will Support Dem Mary Landrieu

    07/28/2014 11:30:19 AM PDT · 15 of 19
    yefragetuwrabrumuy to cotton1706

    Important reminder: the US Chamber of Commerce is NOT a patriotic organization, and because most of its leadership is from multinational corporations, in effect they are a hostile foreign power lobbying organization.

    That some of the RINO Republican leadership sees the Chamber of Commerce as its real constituency, instead of the voters who elected them, indicates that they, too, are in effect, agents of foreign powers.

    For this reason, they should be denied public office as much as those Democrats who belong to the Socialist International.

  • Plane Ride Away From Usa

    07/28/2014 10:55:04 AM PDT · 16 of 39
    yefragetuwrabrumuy to Wyatt's Torch

    That wasn’t a novelist, it was lizard expert Dr. Eric R. Pianka at the University of Texas at Austin who proposed that it would be a good thing if a pulmonary form of ebola wiped out 9 out of 10 people on Earth.

    He said this during a speech at the Texas Academy of Science, while receiving the 2006 Distinguished Texas Scientist Award, and received a standing ovation from all but two people, one who reported him to the FBI for encouraging biological terrorism, and the other who later confirmed this account.

    Since his advocacy of unparalleled human homicide, in front of people who might someday have the capacity to carry out his nightmare for real, Pianka has become deeply offended that his ideas are not popular except among the elite, and has said that “his life has been flip turned upside-down by ‘right-wing fools.’”

    That is, people who are not thrilled with the idea of six billion people being slaughtered for the ha-has of an inhuman super-villain.

  • Illinois employers now banned from conducting background checks on interviewees

    07/28/2014 7:31:09 AM PDT · 27 of 29
    yefragetuwrabrumuy to blueyon

    Illinois is bordered by Wisconsin, Iowa, Missouri, Kentucky, and Indiana. So why not “outsource” your employment screening just over state lines?

    Not the whole business, just the office that handles new hires. And if it ends up hiring people in those other states willing to relocate to Illinois, no problem.

  • Give Low Income Americans Exit Option From Social Security

    07/28/2014 7:13:28 AM PDT · 21 of 25
    yefragetuwrabrumuy to Kaslin

    Actually, just the opposite should be the case. Dismantle Social Security in an orderly manner, ending up with a non-government system that provides retirement exclusively to minimum-wage workers with no other means of retirement.

    The way this begins is with workers just entering the workforce for the first time. If they work a minimum wage job, then they get a deal similar to what is given today, with about half their wages going into a *private* Social Security and Medicare type fund for their old age.

    If they aren’t working in a minimum wage job, or they advance into a better paying job that offers retirement and medical, then the money they have paid into the system is put into their private account, “floating” with them no matter where they work.

    But if they retire from the workforce getting other retirement and health care, they are not part of the system for minimum wage employees.

    The next part of the dismantling is for those already in the system. If they are not minimum wage, then they get their FICA taxes paid returned to them as tax deductions. So they not only no longer pay FICA, they get their income taxes slashed as well.

    The final part is for those currently getting Social Security and Medicare. If they still get taxable income, they can choose to take their SS check and Medicare health care; but if they refuse their SS check, they can get a larger tax deduction then their SS check is worth. They would have lost their SS money in taxes, anyway, so this is a good deal to them.

    And if they can get a better health care deal than Medicare, so they don’t use their Medicare, they get a cash deduction reimbursement better than the Medicare money.