Free Republic 2nd Qtr 2021 Fundraising Target: $88,000 Receipts & Pledges to-date: $34,644
Woo hoo!! And we're now over 39%!! Thank you all very much!! God bless.

Posts by barkeep

Brevity: Headers | « Text »
  • Ever Been That Drunk?

    02/04/2012 9:37:06 PM PST · 107 of 135
    barkeep to coloradan

    “I could be mistaken here but I think you’re supposed to stick the skinny, long wood end into your anus and not the short, stubby, fused cardboard end. This might even be worth double-checking before the fuse is lit.”

    Thank you coloradan, something about the way you said that just set me off into hoo-haw, tear-leaking laughter.

    As to the original question, in the day I lived by the axiom that “No Irishman is ever drunk, so long as he can hold on to a single blade of grass and not fall off the face of the earth”. Yes, I’ve been “that” drunk, but shoving a rocket up me arse, either end, never ocurred to me.

  • LSU AD Alleva Deposed in Duke Lacrosse Suit

    02/04/2012 9:01:48 PM PST · 26 of 47
    barkeep to hinckley buzzard

    Of course shysters pile up billable hours, that’s their job! And where did you get the idea that in an adversarial judicial system “justice” is the shyster’s job!?

    Hypothetical: I get caught for felony theft. I hire an attorney. If I find out that rascal has taken my money and is working for “Justice” as opposed to getting me off, I’ll have him before the Ethics Board, have him on the wrong end of a civil suit, and might well get him disbarred!

    Actually Duke is a pretty good school. Just give them the SMU “death penalty” on all intermural NCAA sports as happened to SMUs football program.

  • Why Rick Perry's Not Quite Dead, Yet

    11/12/2011 12:38:10 PM PST · 31 of 42
    barkeep to Norseman

    “As long as I’m at it, here’s a sane plan that could be substituted for the insane individual mandate (my own idea, held, in print, since 1993.) This idea, by the way, would be incorporated within a system of private health insurance, not a government plan.”

    Perhaps I’m missing something, but this is not a mandate HOW? It mandates that insurers insure people at rates below actuarial break-even; it mandates that the Fully Insureable Individual make a decision within your timeframes.

    You don’t defeat a bad idea by meeting it halfway. Given the ‘93 date, I’m guessing you cooked this up in response to Hillarycare. Others fought it tooth and nail and flushed the whole deal.

    Perry: I’m a long time Texas Republican, but if Perry wins, it will be without my vote. If the press follows up on the Texas Enterprise Fund, they will find crony capitalism that the Occupy Whatever crowd has not the wit to discover.

    I haven’t forgiven him for the Trans-Texas Corridor, as envisioned the largest eminent domain land-grab and transfer (to a Spanish Corp. no less)in American history.

    Pardon me, he really is as dumb as he looks; smart enough to hire good handlers, but consider; Gov. of Texas and he forgets Dept of Energy? Gee, Texas has a huge interest in what?

  • News Cameraman Attacked, How Will Media Handle #OWS Cognitive Dissonance?

    11/12/2011 11:30:00 AM PST · 4 of 6
    barkeep to gorush

    Attaking the cameraman proved these guys are idiots. I have been involved in several political campaigns, usually for the underdog. Won some, lost more.

    The kind of free coverage these nitwits have gotten is to die for and not to be wasted! To attack the people giving them the publicity they otherwise couldn’t afford: LUNACY!

    Other hand, it fits. Look at the “demands”, essentially free everything, they clearly have no understanding of how the world works. Speaking of which, none of them “work”, at least not at anything constructive. Your local hooker or dope dealer contributes more to society; at least they generate economic activity, usually spent on consumer goods, a direct infusion of cash in a troubled economy.

  • Mexico and the War on Drugs: Time to Legalize

    10/22/2011 4:54:04 PM PDT · 42 of 50
    barkeep to MrEdd

    “This war on burglary has taken too long, cost too many freedoms, and stopped nothing.
    Legalize theft today.


    Unfortuate for your position, the “war” on property, personal crimes has been quite succesful. As more recidivists are kept “in” for longer terms, the streets become demonstrably safer. A lot needs to be done in gangbanger turf, BUT if the complainant can be made to feel safe from retaliation, we get more co-operation from residents and personal/property crime rates have declined significantly over ten years.

    Herein lies the problem with drug laws. If I knock you upside the head and steal your Rolex and cash, you will fully cooperate with the cops trying to catch me.

    Otra vez, I pay you cash to obtain X amount of an illegal substance, neither of us has any reason to cooperate with the WOD police, neither party feeling taken advantage of (well, unless I just bought $20 worth of oregano or baby laxative, but I ain’t likely to take that to civil court), neither side is inclined to uphold the law.

  • Mexico and the War on Drugs: Time to Legalize

    10/22/2011 2:33:47 PM PDT · 25 of 50
    barkeep to kingu

    “Make it legal to have massive coca fields near the border, and those fields will be under the armed control of the cartels, and nothing will have changed. Make it legal for huge marijuana plantations, and again, they’ll simply be armed cartel camps.”

    Couple of minor points: Hate to invest in “massive coca fields” in northern Mexico, it won’t grow there; my drug lord would probably torture me thouroughly before killing me for suggesting such a waste of money.

    Unlike oil, with legal status, America could become self-sufficient in pot or opium poppies almost overnight! No more dinero to cartels, terrorists or anyone abroad. I am reliably told that the finest quality pot in the world is grown here in the USA, some indoors, some in National Forests, never underestimate the ingenuity of the American entrepanuer!

    More serious note: Elliot Ness did not end the alcohol-related violence and corruption spawned by Prohibition: the end of Prohibition did. Yeah, Ness took down Capone (on tax charges, not rum-running) after a two year effort and three more as bad or worse immediately jumped in. The ultimate speak-easy consumer probably never noticed the difference.

    The criminality of drugs is EXACTLY what grew the cartels, and without that flow of illegal money they will wither away or shift to other businesses, possibly less lethal ones, as did American gangsters.

    I want a shred of evidence the “War on Drugs” does anything save fatten the wrong pockets. Cocaine and heroin are cheaper, purer, and more available today than in 1980. Meth-heads can get their stuff more easily than I can get psuedophedrin in allergy season. Legalization will not result in any significant increase in use: ANYONE who wants ANYTHING can get it now.

  • Bleach Fight Shuts Baltimore Walmart

    10/09/2011 8:31:37 PM PDT · 30 of 42
    barkeep to Ten Beers Gone

    Ten Beers; you refer to the everpresent proliferation of cell phones amongst our downtrodden and poor. OK are they also so stupid NONE of them got this live?

    I mean really, this truly toxic bit*h brawl could be worth bucks; I might pay a buck or so to watch it. My Wallyworld ain’t near this much fun!

  • Al Sharpton Gets Civil Rights History Wrong

    10/09/2011 8:14:07 PM PDT · 20 of 53
    barkeep to Yulee

    From kaslin: “I believe it was Muslim slave traders who captured Africans and sold them into slavery. Yet young Blacks take Muslim names and follow the cult of Islam and the cult of the Black Muslims (beliefs drastically different).”

    Actually, the initial capture was usually a more powerful African tribe taking anyone they could and selling to the highest or handiest bidder. Thomas Sowell mentioned that these African slavers sold roughly the same number of slaves to the Arabs as were shipped to the New World: about 15 million each way.

    America has millions of descendants of this shameful trade living free and many holding office (No, I do not include our President; black he may be, descended from American slaves, he ain’t).

    Where are the modern day remnants of the Arab slave trade? Easy answer, they outdid us as far as horrific treatment of slaves. They worked them to death. Literally. Each and every slave they marched across Africa died without legacy.

    And this “religion of peace” wants to rule the world.

  • ‘Bird-Brained’ Hypocrisy: Oil Companies Prosecuted for 28 Dead Waterfowl While Wind Companies

    10/02/2011 10:48:29 AM PDT · 27 of 44
    barkeep to volunbeer

    Tell me! I worked in the Texas oil field, I was there when we had to start “netting” open holding tanks to keep waterfowl from diving in. Really, I liked that rule. I remember one company in opposition put out a photo of a dead gull with talons caught in a net! Politics and the actuarial risk math do not mix well.

    We have in Texas more windmills than anywhere. I can drive from here to Oklahoma and never be out of sight of one. As soon as the industry can live without the two cent/KWH subsidy, I’m all for it.

    “bird-brained” is applicable. The modern three blade turbine fan (150’ radius) turns slowly, about 3 RPM, the blades “feather” to adjust to windspeed. Little birds, not so much. The dead birds we see are “gliders”; the larger species: Buzzards, hawks, gulls, and migratory birds.

    I will say this: No one knows “exactly” how many birds turbins kill. California pays people nearly 50K a year to tour towers and count dead birds, and that gives them a good guess. For sure, the fans kill birds; more fans, more dead birds. Classic risk/return decision.

  • Reports: Perry’s Texas Miracle Isn’t

    09/26/2011 3:38:02 PM PDT · 16 of 49
    barkeep to VU4G10

    If Perry wins the nomination, it will be without this Texan’s help.

    I still waiting for another shoe to drop on this former Democrat. Perry pushed for and did not give up on his Trans-Texas Corridor idea until the bitter end. It would have been the largest eminent domain property seizure in American history, and would have given that land to a Spanish toll road company for a minimum 50 years.

    How he plans to square that with “conservative principles” is beyond me.

  • Alameda raid mistakenly targets TV reporter's home

    09/17/2011 8:47:14 PM PDT · 15 of 17
    barkeep to hometoroost

    Thank God it was a reporter, not just the average innocent Joe! Joe would run about a 50% chance of being dead.

    Nevermind, acceptable collateral damage in the War on Drugs. At least we can take comfort in how effective that War has been. Ain’t no mo’ dope on the streets, all the junkies had to go straight, kids can’t get pot easier than beer anymore. Halleujah!

  • Mental Illness plagues half of all Americans: CDC

    09/05/2011 3:38:37 PM PDT · 42 of 69
    barkeep to SeekAndFind

    allow me a closely considered, rational response. I have been there, a school board tried to call my (really) lazy son ADHD and wanted to put him on meds.

    If I might re-iterate, BULLSHIT! The kid was gaming us, the school district was gaming me, but what did it matter, it was “free” money!?

    BTW, I kicked the kid (metaphoricly, lest the child abuse people go nuts) in the arse. Turned out what he needed was an option that did not involve a BA. He is now a manager at a local auto repair shop, makes about as much as I do. Kid doesn’t talk to me much, but I’m proud of him.

  • GOP wants White House papers on loan to failed solar company

    09/02/2011 7:24:15 PM PDT · 18 of 30
    barkeep to Attention Surplus Disorder

    “I want the GOP response to 0bama’s “jobs” speech to be broadcast from behind the closed chain link fence around Solyndra.”

    I admit to shamelessly stealing this idea from Charles Krauthammer; if Boehner weren’t brain-dead, he’d have said “fine, we anxiuosly await the revelation”. THEN moved the Republican debate on Wed. to after the joint session.

    Assuming all our candidates are not also brain-dead, we’d have had a couple hours with the whole panel of candidates taking shots at what they just heard. As it is, the Republicans will get a few minutes, one designated sucker (I mean spokesman) after the Obamathon, none of which will be heard as the audience changes channels to the Green Bay NFL opener.

  • AP Interview: Tough talk from Paul on Perry

    09/02/2011 6:36:55 PM PDT · 13 of 17
    barkeep to Marty62

    Why would Paul make issues, Paul never ran for Gov, and Governor Goodhair never ran for Congress.

    I look at people rushing to embrace Perry as the champion of conservative, limited gov’t and wonder where they were back when.

    I’m a West Texas conservative, been to every state GOP convention save one since ‘92 (back when Perry was campaigning for that famously conservative icon, Algore).

    Wish I could believe Perry, he’s making all the right noises now, BUT:

    First, I find his “day of fasting and prayer” event too coincidental to his Presidential announcement by half. I, a Church of Christ fundamentalist, found Matthew 6 blinking in my forebrain like a neon sign.

    “And when thou prayest, thou shalt not be as the hypocrites are for they love to pray standing in the synagogues and in the corners of the streets, that they may be seen of men. Verily, I say unto you, they shall have their reward.

    But thou, when thou prayest, enter into thy closet, and when thou hast shut the door, Pray to thy Father which is in secret, and thy Father which seeth in secret shall reward you openly.”

    Perry fought tooth and nail for the Trans Texas Corridor, which would have been the largest single eminent domain land grab in American history and given the land to a Spanish company Cintas for a minimum 50 year term. Voter amnesia being what it is, many of the folks who signed anti-TTC petitions now support Perry. If you like gov’t subsidies for “high-speed rail”, you would have loved TTC, a half-mile wide swath of rail, truck lanes, auto lanes and gas&electric right of way cut through densely populated, very fertile East Texas landscape.

    BTW, we did get a substantial improvement in eminent domain this year; had an even better bil last session, but Perry threatened to veto if any part of it would have inconvenieced Jerry Jones, Cowboys owner, in getting the max in taxpayer dollars for his $1.2 BILLION stadium. The movie line from “Field of Dreams”, “Build it and they will come” moves to “Build it with taxpayer money and who cares if they come?”.

    Gardisil, a STD vaccine against HPV; Perry tried to make it mandatory (at $300 a pop), just happened to be made by Merck, a huge Perry contributor. Mind you, I’d have tried to convince my (sexually active, adult) step-daughter to take it, but I’d have resented the He** out of being told it’s mandatory.

    Texas Enterprise Fund: Perry had no problem using “rainy day” reserve money in 2009 to fund this bit of corporate bribery, again, a suspicious number of corporate recipients were substantial contributors.

    Perry had no problem turning down “stimulus” federal money when it suited his agenda, then whines like a love-sick drunk when the feds turn down his request for a “disaster” declaration after this summer’s wildfires. Come on guy, you go out of your way to pee in Obama’s Cheerios, then you think he’s gonna do YOU a favor?

    Much more, I’ve had 10 years of Perry and I trust him half as far as I could throw him. Have not decided who “my” candidate will be, but if Perry gets the nomination, it will be without my help.

  • Perry Says Vaccine Order Was Mistake

    08/18/2011 3:54:56 AM PDT · 39 of 100
    barkeep to Fred

    Folks, I am far from a RINO, been to every Texas Republican State Convention since ‘92, served two terms on Rules Committee.

    I didn’t oppose the Gardisil item on grounds of promoting promiscuity, I opposed it (while encouraging my step-daughter, an adult, to get it) because it was an intrusion on individual rights.

    You non-Texans need to take a closer look at Perry. This Conservative Republican has spent more time opposing Perry policies over the last decade than supporting them.

    Did you like the Kelo decision? You would have loved the Trans-Texas Corridor. Texas Conservatives fought this rascal through two terms of Legislature, would have been the largest eminent domain land grab in American history. Perry fought FOR that tooth and nail.

  • California Lawmakers Say They Need to Follow Texas' Lead on Business Regulation

    04/15/2011 10:13:04 PM PDT · 9 of 18
    barkeep to nickcarraway

    My local State Rep. told me Texas is seeing 200,000 Californians relocate to Texas every year.

    Yep, we have no income tax, a LOT less regulation, but let’s get to the elephant in the room: Texas does not allow publc employee unions. Radical idea, but it comes down to: here is your salary and the range you can expect, these are the benefits; don’t like the package, the private sector will welcome you with open arms (or not).

    Public sector unions have used union dues to buy enough legislators they are bullet-proof. They have perfected the trick of using the taxpayers’ money against the taxpayers’ interest. This unholy alliance has been prosperous for both Union members and the Legislators they’ve bought to the point the taxpayers are literally “voting with their feet”.

  • Elderly 'Teabaggers' Not Dying 'Fast Enough' Laments Libtalker Mike Papantonio

    02/23/2011 11:08:38 PM PST · 36 of 40
    barkeep to Travis McGee

    Actually, there’s a LOT of (unintended; maybe, I hope) truth here. The best favor we ol’farts can do society is die early, just push off on the ol iceberg!

    If Obama was serious about reining in deficits and upcoming deficits, obvious answer #1; repeal cigarette taxes, he!! subsidize the darn things, and buy smokers a free bottle of whiskey (American, with the “e”, don’t want to add to the trade deficit) a week. Any luck, we die before we collect!

    Seriously, that was FDR’s original bet. Retirement age was 63 because over half of payers would never live to collect and the heirs had no rights. More than COLAs, more than expanded coverage, more even than Congress spending a fictional “Trust Fund”, what is killing Social Security is we are rude enough to pure and simple LIVE TOO DAMNED LONG!

    Obama needs to subsidize cigarettes, and First Lady Michelle needs to visit schools explaing the joys of being “well-insulated” against the 2-3 ft. of “Global Warming” (snow, for those of you who wonder what that funny-looking white stuff is) that reached from International Falls to the Rio Grande

    Maybe your Waist equals or exceeds your height, that’s GOOD; youre helping the budget crisis by spending well-taxed dollars on food, preferably food with a lot of fat, and dying early from your mis-guided diet.

  • Legislator: State should create jobs instead of 'raping' taxpayers

    02/23/2011 10:17:35 PM PST · 10 of 14
    barkeep to bray

    I ran into it locally, commented on a regional airline that is very competitive when thay have competition, but absent competition “Rapes us with our pants on”. I was referring to a $700 difference in a flight from San Angelo, Texas to Greensboro, NC.

    Lord, one would have thought I stood in favor of everything from sexual assault to “Honor Killings”.

  • No junk food for food stamps, Rubio [D-CA] says

    02/12/2011 10:24:15 PM PST · 85 of 93
    barkeep to ChildOfThe60s

    Back in the day, 1972, there was a “commodities food program”. One did not get stamps, or cards one got an actual box or two of food, including a 5 pound brick of what looked like Velveeta, but was honest to God cheddar.

    Only time in my life I’ve committed welfare fraud. I tried, no way I could buy this stuff and it was so much better than sto’bought!

    Totally agree with the concept; provide food, not food stamps. In Texas we have a “card” instead of “stamps” Whoopee, the junkies still trade them at 50 cents on the dollar, just like the old days. Somebody at the bar gets cheap ribeye, junkie gets cash for (meth, coke, fill in the blank).

  • Texas Budget Mess Now as Bad as California's

    08/01/2010 12:46:02 PM PDT · 58 of 108
    barkeep to Republic of Texas

    As my state Rep. told us a month or so back, one thing we have in common is that nearly 200,000 Californians are moving to Texas every month!

    They move here looking for work, but they seem to neglect to leave the political baggage in Cal.