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  • Study reveals cops are the most obese workers in America

    12/18/2014 11:58:42 AM PST · 43 of 61
    yefragetuwrabrumuy to Bettyprob

    I think this is hooey, because they are using the Body Mass Index (BMI) as their basis. If you are a tall person with an Arnold body, you will register as “obese” even if your body fat is minimal.

    “Mathematician Keith Devlin and the restaurant industry association Center for Consumer Freedom argue that the error in the BMI is significant and so pervasive that it is not generally useful in evaluation of health. University of Chicago political science professor Eric Oliver says BMI is a convenient but inaccurate measure of weight, forced onto the populace, and should be revised.”

  • What Allen West Called Jeb Bush Will Not Sit Well With the GOP Establishment

    12/18/2014 11:53:01 AM PST · 37 of 48
    yefragetuwrabrumuy to cotton1706

    LTC West, if he isn’t in the race for POTUS or VP, should definitely rate as one of the top cabinet officers. But which one?

    Foggy Bottom (State Department) is just an empty pit where careers are sent to die.

    DoD needs to be cleaned up, but there are good candidates for SecDef, and truthfully, it would waste West’s time. Donald Rumsfeld did much, but had a brutal fight on his hands.

    So I think his best role would be as an “enhanced” National Security Advisor, but tasked with the role as well of reforming, streamlining, and bringing back to constitutional order the 17 agencies in the Intelligence Community.

    It would be a Herculean task, and he would need solid presidential and congressional backing to do it. Plus he would likely need to create a military style staff of other former officers who know how to get things done.

    Likely whoever was the VP would be in overall charge of doing the same in the rest of the bureaucracy, so LTC West would just be one of the “hatchet men”, but a particularly important one.

    West would also have to work closely with whoever was Secretary of Homeland Security, the two of them closing America’s borders to illegal traffic.

  • North Kansas City School District apologizes for taking away blind child’s cane (Sick & Twisted)

    12/18/2014 7:06:32 AM PST · 19 of 20
    yefragetuwrabrumuy to BCW

    This issue should be less about returning his cane, though it should be returned, than to provide the child with the most practical of the “alternative methods of seeing” which exist today.

    There is “human echolocation”, in which noises are used to detect objects, much like a bat.

    Another technique uses a chest pad that creates sensations on the chest equivalent to objects in front of the person.

  • Wisconsin won’t admit it, but its new egalitarian policy leads to grading quotas

    12/18/2014 6:51:19 AM PST · 15 of 19
    yefragetuwrabrumuy to reaganaut1

    This and the other insidious stupidity and egregious costs in higher education will only end when state legislatures put their foot down.

    It starts with a simple axiom: “The purpose of the state subsidy for education is so that graduates have the opportunity to advance further and earn more in their careers. If part of this subsidy does not directly contribute to this, then it must be eliminated as wasteful and distracting.”

    The the state compiles a list of majors offered by the universities, compared with the number of graduates who are placed in jobs associated with that major within six months to a year.

    At the top of the list are high placement majors. At the bottom are majors where there is no, zero, demand for graduates, so none are placed. Very objectively, these majors should no longer be subsidized by the state.

    The next, more detailed study, is of college courses that are not part of a major, but are “electives”. Universities have dozens or hundreds of these courses that contribute nothing, and are extraneous wastes of time and money. Yet while there may be a limited “cross training” value in students taking a few of these, for the most part they should not be paid for by the state, and nor more than a minimum number required for graduation.

    Since “egalitarianism” and the vast amount of other politically correct bulldada has nothing to do with education, there is absolutely no reason for the state to pay for any of it.

    Finally, states should enact strict limits on student debt. That unless students get grants, scholarships, or other non-debt funding; *or*, their degree is regarded as so critical that it is fully funded, tuition should be market based. If it is too high to attract students, then it needs to be lowered, with cutbacks in spending if necessary.

  • The Right's Plan to Beat the Republican Establishment: Act Like the Republican Establishment

    12/18/2014 6:33:38 AM PST · 6 of 8
    yefragetuwrabrumuy to cotton1706

    “’s almost tantamount to waving a slingshot without any armor and having the incumbent blow the guy up with a bazooka... You need to start coming in with airstrikes against the other guy first.”

    Start with the nosebleed military metaphors.

    At least it’s not sports metaphors.

    “We can kick a field goal in the ninth inning if we use a full-court press. Remember that you drive for show but you pick up the spare for dough.”

    — Alice, from ‘Dilbert’, mangling sports metaphors

    Or mixed metaphors.

    “You can lead a horse to water, but you cannot make a silk purse out of a pig in a poke.”

    — Opus, running for office, from ‘Bloom County’

  • OH: Focus on Gun Color is Farcical

    12/18/2014 6:24:46 AM PST · 10 of 12
    yefragetuwrabrumuy to marktwain

    This being said, thought should be given as to how to safely mitigate the risks involved here.

    For instance, when kids are playing with toy guns, they need to be taught a strict rule that if *any* of the kids see a police officer in the area, they loudly yell out “STOP PLAYING!!!” (Absolutely NOT “cease fire”!) to the other kids, and they all immediately put their toy guns on the ground and step back away from them, even if they cannot see the kid who yells.

    Once this is established as a cultural norm, that is, most kids know and obey it as a rule; then the police can adopt it as well. That is, if they see a kid with what could be a toy or real gun, instead of yelling “freeze!” or “drop the gun!”, they yell “STOP PLAYING!!!”

    This gives a kid trained in this a chance to not get shot, and the cop a chance to not shoot a kid by accident. And, if the kid does not put his gun down and walk away from it, but points it at the cop, then the cop can legally shoot the kid without question.

    If they kid does not obey, but does not act in an immediately threatening way, then the cop can shout out the other things, “freeze!” or “drop the gun!”, to try and get the kid to disarm with other means.

    Increase safety, decrease ambiguity.

  • Oldest U.S. black college on verge of financial collapse

    12/18/2014 6:02:27 AM PST · 14 of 48
    yefragetuwrabrumuy to C19fan

    The way the black colleges could survive is to create their own “feeder schools”, that is, all black primary and secondary charter schools. And a big part of this would be to teach and show students how the big, liberal institutions do not want to educate them; but just to use them to pretend their admissions are diverse.

    Admitting huge numbers of black students, then attriting 75% of them their freshman year, and almost all the rest their sophomore year, leaving them with debt and no degree. And then funneling the survivors into worthless degrees.

    And a bad degree, from a “name” school, is still worthless. What they need is a good degree from an all-black school, that will ready them for a successful career.

    So the elementary and secondary schools train them to do very well at the black college, with minimal extraneous stuff, so they are primed and ready when they graduate high school.

  • Supporting Only 'Good' Black Victims Won't Dismantle White Supremacy

    12/17/2014 6:43:27 AM PST · 41 of 53
    yefragetuwrabrumuy to 2ndDivisionVet

    He is very mistaken. Black lives are devalued when “good” black people support “bad” black people who have harmed others of any kind.

    A mother of any kind can be expected to still care when her bad child, seeking to harm others, is himself harmed. But for others to embrace him, a bad person, solely because they share his color, condemns all people of that shared color to stereotype, that they put race above honesty and character.

    Other people cannot be blamed for stereotypes in such circumstances. “White privilege” is such a stereotype, but it is caused by the opposite problem. The perception by black people that the stereotype of bad behavior applied to them *does not* apply to white people.

    They think this is unfair. But it isn’t. White people seldom have any belief in “racial solidarity”. They are first to condemn a white person who tries to harm others and is arrested or harmed himself. This is the real meaning of “white privilege”. White people are privileged precisely because they do not tolerate bad behavior by other white people.

    Look at the destruction leveled on the black community because they do not discourage each other from trying to harm others. Not encouraging honesty and character gets black people killed. They kill each other. Non-black people kill black people who try to harm them. And yes, policemen, of all colors, will kill black people who attack them or try to harm or kill others.

    Charity begins at home, but so does responsibility, honesty and character. And condemning those who don’t behave themselves.

  • OH:Concealed Carry Fail; Rapist Disarms Realtor

    12/17/2014 6:29:05 AM PST · 13 of 13
    yefragetuwrabrumuy to marktwain

    By one account, at least part of the Chinese martial arts system known as Wing Chun was developed by Buddhist nuns.

    Generally being smaller and weaker than men, they needed some means of defense at very close range, especially from a “bear hug” attack. So they developed the “iron hand” techniques.

    With slow and methodical, ritual training, they were able to use individual fingers and even their hand, much like knives, at very close range. Nothing quite dissuades a rapist like having a finger shoved between his ribs into a lung, or a straightened hand shoved into his intestines.

    This is not apocryphal, as some experts still follow the same ritual to learn the techniques today. About the only drawback is that they are very short range weapons only, and do not work at arms length, so other techniques must be used.

    I mention this to once again suggest having a knife as a complementary tool to a gun. Losing your gun in a close quarters fight is bad, but if you have a knife backup available, at least you are not helpless.

    And like the iron hand techniques, a very close range attack is still vulnerable to a very close range defense that a knife can provide.

  • Jeb Bush: The U.S. Chamber of Commerce's Waterboy

    12/17/2014 6:09:41 AM PST · 18 of 27
    yefragetuwrabrumuy to servo1969
    The Bush dynasty, the second generation.

  • Utah Demands Feds Surrender Lands by Dec. 31

    12/17/2014 5:52:14 AM PST · 19 of 46
    yefragetuwrabrumuy to HomerBohn

    There is some authority to *purchase* lands from the states for limited purposes. (Article I, Section 8)

    “...and to exercise like authority over all places purchased by the consent of the legislature of the state in which the same shall be, for the erection of forts, magazines, arsenals, dockyards, and other needful buildings.”

    An interesting twist, “federal lands” given to Indian tribes are hopelessly muddled. Though claimed to be authorized by Article I, Section 8, which authorizes the government to conduct “commerce” with foreign nations and Indian tribes; it is also claimed that the tribes are “semi-autonomous nations”, whose relations with the federal government are by treaty. And many of these treaties are incomprehensible, and were when they were written.

    This is made much worse by the *absence* of federal commercial law, which prevents tribes from inviting non-Indian owned businesses onto “their” reservations.

    On top of this mess, there is a mess of “hostile” federal laws, such as the Indian Removal Act of 1830, and the Indian Appropriations Act of 1851.

    This ended up with the creation of reservations by the insidious Executive Orders of the presidents. An abomination like the use of “presidential proclamations” to seize state lands on any whim.

  • Obama: As a Black Man He's Been Mistaken for Valet

    12/17/2014 5:25:40 AM PST · 57 of 122
    yefragetuwrabrumuy to SoFloFreeper

    Obama does fancy himself as the servant of dictators and tyrants, bowing and scraping before them.

  • Vanity - where are the birds??

    12/16/2014 3:45:33 PM PST · 54 of 107
    yefragetuwrabrumuy to saminfl

    Two reasons birds shy from an area are first, predator birds like hawks, and second, domestic cats, which decimate both adult birds and their hatchlings.

  • Franklin Graham: Christians Should Never Deny Jesus Christ to Spare Their Own Lives

    12/16/2014 3:42:25 PM PST · 13 of 51
    yefragetuwrabrumuy to Garfunkel Oates

    I quite agree. Martyrdom when you fight against it and the tyrant prevails, is one thing. But far too often, people seek martyrdom out of vanity. And this fails as a virtuous act.

    Some people are inherently suicidal. Some are willing to take their own lives, but others want to stumble into self-destruction, by engaging in risky adventures which could get them killed. And these are often just a hair’s breadth from wannabee martyrs who seek their martyrdom.

    While Muslims sometimes proclaim that their Allah is a god of death, Christians hold that Christ and his followers love life, both on Earth and eventually in heaven.

    Jesus is not so neurotic or self-important that he would sponsor death so that his followers would not renounce him by mouth, if not in their hearts, to save their lives.

  • Russia's ruble in free fall amid panic

    12/16/2014 12:09:45 PM PST · 14 of 30
    yefragetuwrabrumuy to elhombrelibre

    1 Russian Rouble is currently worth 1.48 cents US.

  • Pro-Life Former Governor Jeb Bush Looking at Republican Presidential Bid in 2016

    12/16/2014 10:11:35 AM PST · 5 of 56
    yefragetuwrabrumuy to Morgana
    The Bush family eventually wants ALL the Bush brothers to be president.

  • Greenpeace 'is refusing' to hand over names of activists who caused 'irreparable' damage to Nazca

    12/16/2014 10:01:03 AM PST · 25 of 31
    yefragetuwrabrumuy to C19fan

    The Peruvian response should be to declare Greenpeace and all its members part of a banned criminal organization subject to arrest if they enter the country. And that any and all Greenpeace property in the country is subject to seizure and sale.

  • A Note from Jeb Bush [he's running]

    12/16/2014 9:51:54 AM PST · 55 of 55
    yefragetuwrabrumuy to GIdget2004

    Jeb Bush, the Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) candidate.

  • (Burp) Here comes Mitt!

    12/16/2014 9:46:14 AM PST · 20 of 33
    yefragetuwrabrumuy to DoodleDawg

    If Mitt Romney is known as the “acid reflux” (properly Gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD)) candidate, then in all fairness, Jeb Bush is the “irritable bowel syndrome” (IBS) candidate.

    Abbreviated, Mitt (GERD) Romney, and Jeb (IBS) Bush.

  • BREAKING: Jeb Bush is formally exploring 2016 White House bid

    12/16/2014 9:37:00 AM PST · 114 of 169
    yefragetuwrabrumuy to Tolerance Sucks Rocks
    The Bush family wants all its brothers to become POTUS.

  • Julian Assange Unleashed: Hillary Clinton Is A Threat, Google Is A Monopoly And Should Be Broken Up

    12/16/2014 9:13:54 AM PST · 5 of 14
    yefragetuwrabrumuy to John S Mosby
  • Obama administration urges dismissal of Sheriff Arpaio's suit challenging executive action

    12/16/2014 9:12:31 AM PST · 15 of 17
    yefragetuwrabrumuy to GIdget2004

    That judge, Beryl Howell, is an odd one. The very definition of “government insider”, she has dealt with and written all sorts of high tech laws. Several troubling aspects as well.

    Very odd biography.

  • Vatican offers olive branch to US nuns

    12/16/2014 9:06:39 AM PST · 10 of 15
    yefragetuwrabrumuy to GIdget2004

    What is not said in the article is that the LCWR is mostly suffering from a revolt by the far more orthodox young sisters, who resent and reject the behavior of those older, more politically leftist sisters in the upper ranks of the LCWR.

    And at the same time that the membership of the LCWR is dwindling, the number of nuns in some of the orders is jumping, some orders falling short of the accommodations they need to support their strong growth.

    “The most successful institutes in terms of attracting and retaining new members at this time are those that follow a more traditional style of religious life in which members live together in community and participate in daily Eucharist, pray the Divine Office, and engage in devotional practices together. They also wear a religious habit, work together in common apostolates, and are explicit about their fidelity to the Church and the teachings of the Magisterium. All of these characteristics are especially attractive to the young people who are entering religious life today.”

  • What Elizabeth Warren Missed in Her Big Bank Tirade

    12/16/2014 8:50:19 AM PST · 12 of 17
    yefragetuwrabrumuy to Mr. Jeeves

    Such a plan was carried out over a hundred years ago by President McKinley, who really started the “trust busting” movement, by setting up the U.S. Industrial Commission. And Teddy Roosevelt based his presidency on busting up corporations that today could easily be called “too big to fail”.

    The main statutes are the Sherman Act 1890, the Clayton Act 1914 and the Federal Trade Commission Act 1914. These Acts, first, restrict the formation of cartels and prohibit other collusive practices regarded as being in restraint of trade. Second, they restrict the mergers and acquisitions of organizations which could substantially lessen competition. Third, they prohibit the creation of a monopoly and the abuse of monopoly power.

    What is needed today just builds on these, and corrects errors made, mostly by the Supreme Court.

    First and foremost, they decided that size alone is not a good enough reason to force division of a corporation. But this has been proven false by corporations which have become larger than the entire economies of many nations. For them to fail creating a tangible threat to the national economy of the United States is enough to force their division into two or more corporate entities.

    Second, since the time of Lincoln, the Supreme Court has recognized that corporations have civil rights, comparable to human civil rights. This is a dangerous threat to our nation, because human civil rights are given “by the creator”, not government; yet corporate rights are exclusively given by government. To confuse the two origins is to threaten human civil rights with dilution.

    So congress needs to establish that while corporations need rights, these are not human civil rights, nor should the two be confused in the law.

    Third, treaties that permit access to US markets by multinational corporations that have no loyalty to the US need to be reexamined. In a manner of speaking, the problem here is that such multinationals are like illegal aliens: living here and benefiting from living here; but not loyal nor citizens. So in effect, they are parasites.

    So if multinationals are to have access to our markets, they must play by our rules in our markets. They cannot use foreign connections to undercut domestic competition, nor can they avoid our taxes, nor can they outsource their labor and raw materials to other countries, yet sell their goods here.

  • Est. 15K join ‘pinstriped Nazis’ march in Dresden (Patriotic Euros Against Islamisation of West)

    12/16/2014 7:59:23 AM PST · 23 of 25
    yefragetuwrabrumuy to 2ndDivisionVet

    They should call this “The March Against Socialist Internationalism”. Precisely because it is the socialist internationalists that want to dilute Germany by importing every foreigner they can get.

    Socialist internationalists hate the very idea of nations, homogeneous cultures, religion, language, history, art and shared values. And they figure that by importing enough aliens, they can eventually make nations nothing more than single party, socialist, generic districts in economic blocs ruled by one-world government.

    The German Social-Democrats are obvious about it, but they have no real opposition to it by their “Christian” Democrats, such as Merkel.

    The US has the same problem in that the Democrat party here is blatantly socialist internationalist, and the Republican party is dominated by “business over all” RINOs, liberal Republicans that support internationalism because they think it is “good for business”. And who cares if it destroys America in the process?

  • Law enforcement officials' views mixed over new law [Prop. 47]

    12/16/2014 7:50:29 AM PST · 7 of 7
    yefragetuwrabrumuy to smokingfrog

    The legal and easy way of dealing with a surfeit of prisoners is to use the Joe Arpaio “tent jail” system. It is definitely neither cruel nor unusual, by international law, yet it costs a fraction of “brick” jails. And they can be erected just about anywhere.

    California has a huge amount of desert that could easily house hundreds of thousands of prisoners in uncrowded conditions, surrounded by two chain link fences with concertina wire on top, with water and food trucked in.

    The prisoners sleep in big tents, eat in big tents, get any needed medical care and other services in big tents. And they might have to walk 20 miles on dirt road just to get to a paved road, so even if they escape, there is nowhere to go.

    Ironically, prisoners that are troublemakers, need to appear in court, or have family or medical problems aren’t sent to the tent jails. They stay in the brick jails. The tent jails are for trustees, and they are there as a reward for good behavior. They get fresh air, sunshine, and much less noise.

  • Pakistan minister: 84 dead in Taliban attack

    12/16/2014 7:40:27 AM PST · 42 of 55
    yefragetuwrabrumuy to John W

    We can but hope that the Pakistani Army will now go on a rampage through the Taliban area, wiping out a dozen villages (or more) sympathetic to them. They and their families should be shown no more mercy than an equivalent giant pack of rabid dogs.

  • Police arrest 7 suspected of sexually assaulting South Florida teen [Real Gang Rape, Not UVA Lies]

    12/16/2014 7:38:06 AM PST · 38 of 47
    yefragetuwrabrumuy to SoFloFreeper

    Oh, look! The “Scottsboro Boys”. They wasn’t doin’ nothin’. It’s the white racists fault.

  • Florida asks highest court to block gay marriage

    12/16/2014 7:33:51 AM PST · 5 of 8
    yefragetuwrabrumuy to SoFloFreeper

    Credit to the author of the article over associating Justice Thomas to the Federal Circuit he presides over. This association is very important to the appeals process, but is not widely known.

    (Map of United States Courts of Appeal and United States District Courts.) (Worth saving for future reference.)

    United States Court of Appeals for the:

    Federal Circuit - John Roberts
    District of Columbia Circuit - John Roberts
    Fourth Circuit - John Roberts
    First Circuit - Stephen Breyer
    Second Circuit - Ruth Bader Ginsburg
    Third Circuit - Samuel Alito
    Eighth Circuit - Samuel Alito
    Fifth Circuit - Antonin Scalia
    Sixth Circuit - Elena Kagan
    Seventh Circuit - Elena Kagan
    Ninth Circuit - Anthony Kennedy
    Tenth Circuit - Sonia Sotomayor
    Eleventh Circuit - Clarence Thomas

  • Pope Francis: "Disinformation" Is Media's "Most Insidious" Sin

    12/16/2014 6:45:34 AM PST · 10 of 13
    yefragetuwrabrumuy to Biggirl

    He under-defines disinformation. In a grand sort of way, it is an art form, comprised of false information of several kinds, corruption of truthful information, condemnation of those who want to spread the truth, fabrication of ludicrous comparisons with the truth. And of course, mixing and matching the above.

    When done properly, disinformation shuts down the conversation, leaving people to want to ignore the subject and move on, hopelessly fatigued of the topic, and unable to separate the truth from the falsehoods.

    Importantly, there are many experts in the field of disinformation, who approach it almost as a science. Yet again, properly applied, it is an art form. In practice, even when you know it is disinformation, it still works to some degree. And persuading others just leads to being labeled “a kook”.

  • 20 Things Liberalism Is….

    12/16/2014 6:35:48 AM PST · 21 of 23
    yefragetuwrabrumuy to Kaslin

    H.L. Mencken once wrote a story analyzing a criminal event, which illustrates the difference between someone with fanatical outlook, and someone with a reasonable outlook.

    The subject was a real event. A (reverend) minister in the Midwest had the belief that he had to be a sinless paragon of virtue. And he was very intolerant of sinners, believing them irrevocably condemned to Hell. Unfortunately, he strayed with his female choir leader.

    The two, thus convinced that they had fallen from grace and were on the highway to Hell, decided to go hog wild with their sinning. So went on a multi-state violent crime spree, before either being arrested or shot by the police, I don’t remember which.

    Mencken compared them with a common man who was a Shriner. While away at a Shriner’s convention, he would drink too much, then fall into the arms of a prostitute. But returning home, while he would have some residual guilt, he would nonetheless return to church on Sunday, and resume his life as a good husband and father.

    Mencken then compared the two, and the relative harm they caused society and their families, and found the fanatic wanting, of course.

    In any event, I use this story as prelude to what the Democrats have become.

    Having denied God three times at their national convention, they have semi-endorsed atheism. But that is not enough for their satisfaction. They do not just want to despise God, but go to lengths to abhor Him and all he represents, in their quest to imagine themselves as “like unto God.”

    So, to make a long story short, the Democrat party platform is now The Seven Deadly Sins, plus violating any other heavenly rule that they can imagine. Any and every part of religious obedience they do not just reject, but want to violate.

    Unfortunately, just doing so themselves is not enough for them. They want to compel everyone else to abhor God as well. This is why atheists are split between those who just don’t believe, but otherwise hold a “live and let live” attitude; and those atheists who are vehemently anti-religious, and want to deny faith and religion to others.

    Truly, a bunch of miserable people. Unable to pursue happiness themselves, they seek to deny others the pursuit of happiness. This seems to be what happens when you abhor faith in something better than yourself, and embrace the license of evil, hate, vanity and suffering.

    Truly their motto was best expressed by Satan in Milton’s Paradise Lost:

    “Here we may reign secure, and in my choyce
    To reign is worth ambition though in Hell:
    Better to reign in Hell, then serve in Heav’n.”

  • 20 Things Liberalism Is….

    12/16/2014 6:12:28 AM PST · 20 of 23
    yefragetuwrabrumuy to Kaslin

    1) ...idiots who think the police can keep us safe from criminals without ever accidentally hurting thugs who are resisting them and think the CIA can get information out of terrorists by giving them lattes, fluffing their pillows, and hugging them until they give in.

    They shouldn’t have combined these two, because their similarities are much fewer than their differences. Both are good points, however.

  • What Elizabeth Warren Missed in Her Big Bank Tirade

    12/16/2014 6:05:51 AM PST · 7 of 17
    yefragetuwrabrumuy to IBD editorial writer

    All a Democrat has to do is say something truthful, just once, and they are lauded as a hero.

    If conservatives can oust the RINOs and GOP-e Whigs from the leadership, and get a conservative POTUS, one of his major tasks will be to tear apart, split, the oligopolies in the business world, so that there are no longer “too big to fail” businesses in the US.

    The priority goes to the finance and banking industry, because they represent the greatest threat to America. They have to be split apart to the point where they are “able to fail” without crippling our economy.

    Importantly, ending this Dodd-Frank provision, leaving the FDIC, and thus the United States, on the hook to back insane Derivatives gambling by banks, amounting to tens or even hundreds of trillions of dollars, is equally insane. If banks want to gamble a thousand times their own assets, and if anyone is stupid enough to allow the wager, then it is that bank and the “casino” market that should take the hit, not the United States.

    Next up are the small handful of media companies that control the vast majority of our Internet, broadcast and print media. These jerks have crippled the first amendment in the US, so need to be busted up.

    There are several other industries that need to be reformed this way, but they are much less threatening to the nation.

  • Rapid fall in oil prices may portend global recession

    12/16/2014 5:53:27 AM PST · 30 of 48
    yefragetuwrabrumuy to thackney

    This really demonstrates how out of touch Obama is. Were Bill Clinton POTUS, he would be claiming credit for dropping oil prices at every opportunity.

    Ironically, the reason Obama isn’t is because he is so ideologically rigid that he is miserable that oil prices are falling. Like many in his party, he wants gasoline prices at European levels, like $5-7 a gallon, because “gasoline is bad”, along with all other fossil fuels.

    Remember that these Democrats were determined to “destroy coal”, to the point that this winter, New England is going to freeze its pasty-white rear end off, because they closed their energy producers hoping they could power it all with windmills. Idiots.

    The bottom line is that this may initially cause some deflation, because of lower fuel prices. But then production will increase across the board.

    The one group of people who will be getting screwed in the deal are those who are in Obamacare, because any increase in their wages will be more than offset by the hit they take to pay for higher medical costs.

  • Alan Gura's reply to Palmer v. D.C. Contempt Defense

    12/15/2014 7:22:16 PM PST · 5 of 5
    yefragetuwrabrumuy to marktwain

    Special Masters are something of a constitutional abomination.

    In past, the Supremes have ruled that federal judges are superior to state judges, and that congress is superior to state legislatures. However, they have never ruled that the president is superior to state governors, so when they are at loggerheads, the president can only threaten or use military force against the orders of a governor. (Which was last done by Eisenhower against governor Orval Faubus of Arkansas to force desegregation of the Little Rock High School.)

    However, this balance of power has been subverted by federal judges, who use Special Masters to force state legislatures to do what the judge wants, even to the point of forcing them to appropriate money. This is usually done over education, when the state doesn’t want to pay for something the judge wants.

    So this means that not just the congress, but the federal judiciary, are superior to state legislatures.

    But this is a strange case, because D.C. has weird rules.

    “The constitution grants the United States Congress exclusive jurisdiction over the District in “all cases whatsoever.” Since 1973, Congress has allowed certain powers of government to be carried out by locally elected officials.

    “However, Congress maintains the power to overturn local laws and exercises greater oversight of the city than exists for any U.S. state. Furthermore, the District’s elected government exists at the pleasure of Congress and could theoretically be revoked at any time.”

    This makes the creation of a Special Master for D.C. a real oddity. A SM could boss around the city government, but maybe could be overruled by the congressional committee in charge of D.C. But maybe only if the committee kicked the elected government out.

    In any event, a heck of a court case.

  • Infanticide Now “Debatable” in Bioethics

    12/15/2014 5:56:56 PM PST · 10 of 17
    yefragetuwrabrumuy to Morgana

    The way to stop euthanasia cold is to stop those that perform it. This means targeted killing of those who commit medical homicide by a neutral party with no connection to the families of the murderer’s victims.

    Imagine if the US government licensed serial killers to murder random people without the risk of arrest or prosecution. Since the government was actively supporting these serial killers, it loses its legitimacy in enforcing the law. So it falls to the citizenry to stop the serial killers, by whatever means necessary, even if doing so is forbidden by the government.

    In any event, once a threshold number of medical murderers were killed, the message would get around to the vast majority of other medical personnel willing to murder, that they should not, lest they in turn fall to the other edge of the sword.

  • Alan Gura's reply to Palmer v. D.C. Contempt Defense

    12/15/2014 4:29:35 PM PST · 2 of 5
    yefragetuwrabrumuy to marktwain

    Instead of just ruling them in contempt, the judge might even threaten them with the appointment of a special master.

    A special master is an “adjunct to a federal court, and Rule 53 of the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure allows a federal court to appoint a master, with the consent of the parties, to conduct proceedings and report to the Court.”

    In effect, the SM would design a fully constitutional licensing scheme, and if necessary, appropriate city funds to pay for it, and insure that it is functioning well, showing all of these results to the judge. Then the judge would issue a consent decree requiring the city to keep it as a funded system for say 10 or more years, and for any complaints about the system to be forwarded to the judge.

  • HEIEN v. NORTH CAROLINA decided by supreme Court.

    12/15/2014 12:31:11 PM PST · 28 of 45
    yefragetuwrabrumuy to zeugma

    I agree that the Sotomayor dissent has very valid arguments, but could be boiled down to two things that happened in this traffic stop. Either, by themselves, are technicalities, but combined, they are exceptional and should not be tolerated.

    1) The law was unclear whether a driver had to have two working taillights. A reasonable interpretation of the antiquated law was that they only needed one to legally operate. (As a side note, in Germany, if a vehicle has a light, even an interior light, it *must* be functional or it is unlawful. This is not the case in the US.)

    2) Once the car had been pulled over, the officer made a *subjective* determination that their behavior was suspicious based on the actions of the two passengers and their answers to his questions. By itself, this happens a lot, but is absolutely reliant on the officer having a legitimate reason to involve himself and solicit questions.

    Now, one or the other of these things would be tolerable, either an incorrect interpretation of the law, *or* a subjective determination for search. But both together are unacceptable. If the law was clear, the officer could involve himself. But he cannot act on supposition based on a shaky foundation of the law.

    (It should also be noted that the defendants seriously erred by giving permission for a search of their vehicle. Doing this erased some of the officers errors. Had they refused, and been searched involuntarily, they would have had a much stronger case.)

  • Wearing American patriotic garb prohibited on a foreign holiday

    12/15/2014 11:30:29 AM PST · 11 of 15
    yefragetuwrabrumuy to DanMiller

    This is reaching new levels of bizarre.

    To start with, Cinco de Mayo is as contrived a holiday as is Kwanzaa. In Mexico, it is celebrated almost exclusively in a single state, Puebla, which has no border with the US and is in south-central Mexico. There it is called El Día de la Batalla de Puebla (English: The Day of the Battle of Puebla).

    So, in effect, instead of honoring Hispanics of Mexican descent with a *real* Mexican national holiday, especially Revolution Day, Mexico’s *big* national holiday, which is celebrated annually in Mexico on the third Monday of November, marking the start of what became the Mexican Revolution, some people in the US created a *bogus* holiday for ethnic Mexicans to celebrate.

    So what is the court doing?

    It is saying that Americans cannot celebrate their country on the same day that Mexican-Americans are told they should celebrate a holiday almost exclusively celebrated in the US that has almost no relevance to their ethnic history.

    WTF? This is like saying that Americans cannot celebrate their country on Saint Patrick’s Day, for fear of offending Irish Americans; or during Octoberfest, for fear of offending German Americans.

    Or Easter, perhaps, for fear of offending rabbits. Arbor Day, for fear of offending trees.

    Or, now that I think about it, during Kwanzaa, for fear of offending west Africans. Though right now it might be called “Ebola-Day”.

  • WHO: There Could Be 10,000 New Ebola Cases Per Week In Coming Months

    12/15/2014 10:14:50 AM PST · 22 of 28
    yefragetuwrabrumuy to TruthInThoughtWordAndDeed

    Ebola is not random. Epidemics tend to act like wildfires, that may destroy an area with little fuel while bypassing a rich fuel area. They also tend to lose a lot of potential infections with local dead ends.

    Were Ebola a real threat, by now casualties should be in the tens of millions and it should be all over the world, not just Africa. It would be comparable to the speed and intensity of a flu season.

  • Don't run for president, Jeb

    12/15/2014 10:09:58 AM PST · 26 of 27
    yefragetuwrabrumuy to Mr. K

    The RINOs would say “The conservatives have to vote for Weeaboo, or else the Democrats will Al Sharpton as president!”

  • Texas to vote on open carry of firearms rolling back 140-year ban

    12/15/2014 6:34:48 AM PST · 21 of 41
    yefragetuwrabrumuy to CorporateStepsister

    Once again, an article that doesn’t even mention the name of the one guy, Joe Straus, who has singularly prevented gun rights in Texas.

    He is the Speaker of the Texas House, a Republican elected by all the Democrats and a small handful of liberal Republicans.

    He is anti-gun rights, pro-abortion, and a left-wing Democrat who pretends to be a Republican.

  • Ted Cruz Will Bank on the Base

    12/15/2014 6:28:25 AM PST · 62 of 130
    yefragetuwrabrumuy to Cincinatus' Wife

    The best strategy is not to change what you are to try and pull in voters, but to give them a resonating message so that they will want to come to you.

    This is why “big tent” politics usually fails. People will vote for a politician with a clear message they don’t entirely agree with, before they will vote for one with a muddled message, half-catering to them, that they cannot trust.

  • AZ: Open Carry in Tacna

    12/15/2014 6:07:21 AM PST · 7 of 9
    yefragetuwrabrumuy to marktwain

    I did a “Colt .380 Mustang holster” GIS, and there are more holsters available for it than Carter has Little Liver Pills.

  • WHO: There Could Be 10,000 New Ebola Cases Per Week In Coming Months

    12/15/2014 5:52:45 AM PST · 13 of 28
    yefragetuwrabrumuy to wtd

    In gold mining, the quality of ore is always greatest the closer you are to the surface. The deeper you dig, the lower quality the ore. But those who are bitten by the gold bug refuse to believe this, hoping that if they can just go deep enough, they will hit “the mother lode” of high grade ore.

    When selling a nearly played out mine to suckers, its owners will go to lengths to convince them of “the deeper the richer”, even “salting” the mine with gold to make its ore look richer than it is.

    It is good to remember this lesson with many things in life, including communicable diseases. It is called “The Law of Diminishing Returns.”

    These are the current stats, by the CDC, of the entire outbreak. I know that someone here at FR is plotting the “actuals”, the real cases, not projections, to figure out the growth curve of the disease.

    To date that rate of growth has not been extraordinary. And while still bad for West Africa, the possibility of “10,000 new cases per week” is miniscule.

    If Ebola was indeed growing at an exponential rate, by now millions would have been infected, and it would have transcended the ability to count them all.

    The truth is that Ebola is winding down. It just doesn’t have the right combination of things to make a gigantic plague.

  • Don't run for president, Jeb

    12/15/2014 5:00:10 AM PST · 10 of 27
    yefragetuwrabrumuy to Paul46360
    The Bush brothers dynasty. They eventually want all of them to become president. Good for business if not anything else.

  • NM: Threats Complicate Defense of Self and Others

    12/14/2014 4:50:21 PM PST · 23 of 24
    yefragetuwrabrumuy to marktwain

    Long ago, police learned that the same situation can be truthfully testified to in court in two ways. But one of the ways can open the door to unreasonable cross examination casting doubt on your testimony, and the other does not, as long as you do not let your words be twisted by the attorney.

    So the police developed a stylized way of testifying, to express the facts, but in such a way that their testimony was unimpeachable.

    Similar rules apply to ordinary citizens, but most do not realize it, so their honest testimony is corrupted by the attorney during cross examination, even falsely implicating them in a crime.

    This especially applies to the defensive use of guns.

    If you are defending yourself against an attacker or home invader, of course you are afraid. It is your dominant, instinctual reaction. So in testimony you can very accurately and reasonably say that you were in fear for your life.

    However, in cross examination, attorneys will try to get you to rephrase the truth, parse the truth, admit to any other state of mind, or some other trick to get you to testify differently from the basic truth, that you were in fear for your life.

    This is why you must not waver from telling the truth. If they push too hard trying to force you to waver from the truth, you can even directly appeal to the judge, assuming that your attorney is just sitting there like a bump on a log.

    “Your honor, my state of mind was that I was in fear for my life. That is my testimony.” This legally means that the question was “asked and answered”, so re-asking the same question is in effect badgering.

  • California University 'De-Recognizes' Christian Group for Accepting Only Christian Leaders

    12/14/2014 11:53:03 AM PST · 22 of 23
    yefragetuwrabrumuy to SeekAndFind

    Christians should never expect fairness from non-Christians. Their best bet is to form off campus, use word of mouth recruiting, and “t-shirt advertise” who they are on campus.

    While there is a little stress from doing this, it will make those who hate them froth and curse. Because their purpose was to control or destroy the Christian organization, in effect the same thing. That it remains, albeit off campus, and thrives, will be like gall and wormwood in their mouths.

    In addition to the t-shirts, they might start openly wearing large cross necklaces, and holding open air prayer meetings in the “free speech zones” the university permits.

    They do need to exercise some caution, however, as those who hate them may very likely stoop to violence.

  • We’re Number Two

    12/14/2014 11:39:56 AM PST · 5 of 7
    yefragetuwrabrumuy to Sean_Anthony

    “The nation requires an economy in which new businesses are created and existing ones can afford to expand.”

    While new businesses are always needed, perpetual expansion is a modern phenomenon and cannot last.

    Businesses have a life cycle, much like the seasons. We have long seen a “Spring” cycle of innovation and new growth, as we tend to focus on this. But businesses typically enter a “Summer” period, where they fill an existing need, but their emphasis is on doing so efficiently, not innovating new products and services.

    The “Fall” cycle is more complex. In some cases, businesses have become stagnant and are failing; but in many others, efficiency now means to build surpluses and resources for an economic downturn. As with soon to be hibernating animals, building up fat for the winter.

    The “Winter” cycle is the shake out of businesses that are not in good condition and need to fail.

    Importantly, some businesses reach a structural point where they just continue doing what they are doing for generations, jobs passed from parents to their children.

  • One-fifth of Americans don't plan to pay off their debt

    12/14/2014 7:04:25 AM PST · 25 of 46
    yefragetuwrabrumuy to Flick Lives