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  • Jade Helm Is Proving America to be a Nation of Cowards and Traitors

    05/09/2015 6:52:09 PM PDT · 71 of 89
    1st I.D Vet to PhiloBedo

    My thoughts exactly. The Y2Kers have lived a few more years and they still have the stinkin thinkin. Jade Helm might be cover for rounding up ISIS or prep for ISIS and or Cartel enemies.

    Granted, the trust we have in govt is at an all time low, but I have no reason to fear the boogie man. We have thousands of GIs rotating through NTC in Ft Irwin every year. I can’t tell you the number of people on the net claiming Marshall law or internment camps every time they see a vehicle freight car consist on a local RR passing through town, or a DOD train moving equipment to Irwin from four corners of our nation.

    I have never feared martial law with all the militarized police gear either. Mostly because I have a feeling these are in place because of commies instigating race riots where instability pop up (ferguson & Baltimore).

    I spent a lot of time deployed outside our borders and it’s hard as hell to get other nations to bless off on gigantic troop movements across borders. After a while you can only see so many of the same maneuvers, tactics, drills in a confined pre-determined and familiar area.

  • How to be a Special Ops Operator

    03/04/2015 1:39:38 PM PST · 18 of 20
    1st I.D Vet to CyberAnt

    One of my former PFC’s is now an 18 D with SF.

    The guys all share Matt Best’s skits and parodies.

    Comical relief...and I believe he is former Army Ranger.

  • Senators chide freight railroads on delays

    09/11/2014 7:16:08 AM PDT · 32 of 56
    1st I.D Vet to thackney

    Its not just rail capacity. The congestion we saw last year cascaded throughout the system with the arrival of the polar vortex. When snow falls every switch that is lined for a new track/ movement needs to be swept clean so the mechanism can close.

    If it wont close due to ice, a trainman has to go out to chip ice/snow away then operate a switch- some times even if its a dispatch controlled switch.

    This compounds delays.

    As delays pile up, crew time is burning for every job that is moving freight. If Johnny switchman in Nebraska is having a crappy day cleaning switches, he can’t move freight from track A to any other tracks...which delay The fellas out on the main line waiting to cone in w their delivery.

    As the main line guys get held up, they run into hours of service problems at 12 hours. If that happens, a relief crew comes out, taking a rested crew off the roster, leaving one less regular crew to pull the next train...

    Its a manpower/tracking/logistics nightmare...

    Many of you are right, the RR has crapped out on local delivery in favor of oil and big money shipments. Our yard in Fresno is losing our intermodal service for fresh fruits/veggies/mail which will be replaced by ethanol or grain. Now all the local farmers have to send their stuff to Stockton’s intermodal facility adding 75-100 truck loads to our local freeways each day.

    The worst part is we are on one main track in many places with all the port traffic, and Amtrack to compete with. This makes for long days of moving a few sidings, then long waits before moving again while other priority traffic scoots by.

    Imagine if UPS delivery hubs were in the middle of the sticks with only a single-lane dirt road to move all their trucks into and out of the facility. Essentially thats how BNSF yards are out here in CA.

  • CA SB808 Need Help from Fellow Gun Owners Here

    09/08/2014 11:05:20 AM PDT · 10 of 17
    1st I.D Vet to atomic_dog

    For every bad law written there will be a black market created to get around it, or a smarter lawyer to negate its effect.


  • CA SB808 Need Help from Fellow Gun Owners Here

    09/08/2014 10:35:51 AM PDT · 8 of 17
    1st I.D Vet to Breto

    F@_k running away.

    We got the Ammo ban legislation nixed, might as well try to beat this too.

  • CA SB808 Need Help from Fellow Gun Owners Here

    09/08/2014 10:13:16 AM PDT · 3 of 17
    1st I.D Vet to InsidiousMongo

    Already sent my letter. Thanks!

    CA isn’t gone yet!

  • 7 Insects You'll Be Eating in the Future

    04/29/2014 10:57:53 PM PDT · 24 of 56
    1st I.D Vet to Lurkina.n.Learnin

    Its not so far in the future. I saw this on Shark Tank recently. I believe I read somewhere there is a patent pending too.

    High protein...

  • Advice for an enlisted kid buying a first car

    04/01/2014 8:28:14 AM PDT · 57 of 98
    1st I.D Vet to dila813

    Lets run through the math:

    Buy a car - on terms, low down payment.

    12,000 is your purchase price. 2-5% interest for 5 years.

    Your first mile, its worth 6-7,000 dollars immediately losing value.
    You then spend 2-300 per month + insurance (100-200) + gas.
    so aprox $500 actual cost per month.

    500 x 72 months.

    You paid $36,000 out of pocket for something that will be worth 6000 dollars.

    Any guess why Joes end up broke and in debt when they finish their service?

    Buy an old junker car with four wheels, a roof and runs ok. Save the money for a few months you can find good cheap cars for cash in the $3000 range. It’ll mean lots of walking on post for the first few months, but in then end your car will be an asset to you by saving you money.

    Get a hobby, stay busy...set some goals and focus on them.

  • Obama to visit Fresno to discuss drought response

    02/09/2014 6:28:06 AM PST · 30 of 45
    1st I.D Vet to Haddit

    In other news:

    My wife said some other teachers posted that O was coming to Fresno. She said that afternoon someone had put up a tent across the street from the postoffce in NW Fresno with, “Impeach Obama Petition” sign out front.

    What she said next surprised me.

    “There was a massive line of people at that place.” She said with a little smile.

    IMO - the irritation with this goofball and his policies are boiling just below the surface. But then again, this is the heart of CA’s conservative core, so maybe it’s just a local aberration.

    I’m hopeful. After Hannity did his show on the Gov’t induced drought in Orange Cove, there was an outcry for support from the hispanic community as they’re the ones affected by drought the most in this area.

    my .02- all isn’t lost yet.

  • Defeating Darwin in Four Easy Steps

    02/07/2014 4:03:13 AM PST · 38 of 46
    1st I.D Vet to DariusBane

    Here’s what I don’t get about Christians (I’m one of a small bunch).

    Many times throughout the Bible the concept of “A Thousand years is like a day and a day is like a thousand years” to God. How is it we as Christians are forced into believing the beginning of time is fixed with statements such as this.

    If the Heavens and Earth were created in 6 days, yet the Bible clearly states that time is are we so stuck on this point? Wouldn’t the most correct answer seem to be that God created the Heavens and earth in a time period in which time didn’t yet exist as we know it?

    Everything else seems to fall in place with this in mind, right?

    its 3 toddler woke me up... Hopefully my thinking isn’t too fragmented.

  • BNSF to invest $5 billion in its railroad in 2014

    02/06/2014 2:24:25 PM PST · 11 of 11
    1st I.D Vet to woodbutcher1963

    I couldn’t tell you what is happening on that side of the States. As for button pushers in KC. As for Chicago...I heard from some of our new engineers who went to KC to train...”thats where the railroad goes to die”, “those guys were the most negative and piss-poor attitude railroaders I’ve ever met...”

    Some of the delay has definitely been weather related. Here in CA we’ve had several of our fresh-veggie trains delayed or scrubbed because they couldn’t process it all back East.

    I think its a Region-wide issue IMO.

    As for button pushers...

    We have dispatchers in TX who run things out West and Dispatchers in San Bernardino who do as well. If a switch is stuck in one position, there are procedures in place for the crew to follow if that happens.

    And you’d be surprised who they’d hire. I have personally worked with Ex-Real Estate agents, former truck drivers, lumberjacks, firefighters etc. Most of them are weeded out at the application process as the Federal qualifications test is 300 questions and you need 90% to pass just to get a basic switchmans job.

  • BNSF to invest $5 billion in its railroad in 2014

    02/06/2014 5:40:07 AM PST · 5 of 11
    1st I.D Vet to Haiku Guy

    I work for BNSF, but I also have also read that Buffet picked up Phillips 66 which I believe is the company that patented some chemical process which allows better transportation of crude through pipe.

    Genius either way it goes...

    40% of our Rail workforce is able to retire in the next 5 years...and needless to say there are always jobs to be had for someone who wants a good job, not just a job “in my town”.

    If anyone reading this thread has a kid who is considering leaving the military, BNSF is hiring.

    Private Message me and I’ll provide more info.

  • Upgrade Iphone 4 to IOS 7.0 ?

    09/24/2013 12:44:17 PM PDT · 3 of 42
    1st I.D Vet to ez

    I just did mine two nights ago.

    There are some changes, but IMO it runs every bit as smooth as it did before.

    Nothing earth shattering, but it works, and well.

  • Obama Administration Repositioning Homeland Security Ammunition Containers

    08/29/2013 11:17:46 PM PDT · 12 of 28
    1st I.D Vet to Obama_Is_Sabotaging_America


    Someone with 300 dollars to spend needs to toss their flipping iphone 3,4,or 5 on the back of one of these trucks, and then track it using apples find my iphone app.

    It’ll locate it within a few hundred feet...

    any luck that person will have solar panel built into it so the phone doesn’t die.

    C’mon people. guerilla intel. :)

  • Do ya know, Free Republic Can't Run On Handsome Jim's Good Looks Alone?[FReepathon Thread XVI]

    07/28/2013 8:37:21 AM PDT · 9 of 660
    1st I.D Vet to onyx

    I’ve stayed off this topic for far too long, but I think now is the time.

    I love FR. Its 100 times better than Fox or any other “news” outlet out there.

    But, Fox is free, so are many of my other favorite sites.

    I’m really irritated that the leadership of this forum hasn’t adopted SOME of the ad-serving technology out there that can help pay the bills.

    Free is great if you have charity giving you money, but at some point, you need to grow.

    There is technology called “Adsense” by Google (yea I know, the “evil giant” of the web). The fact is, when you sign on with Adsense, Google serves ads based on the information on the page. Every ad that gets clicked, FR would get 40% of the ad revenue (approximately) of each Cost Per Click.

    With the volume of FR, this would likely take care of all of the money needs of FR on a weekly basis.

    There are other ways to get money as well, such as content locking which requires people to occasionally fill out offers, surveys etc. Advertising is how companies stay in business, when you’re on Rush, advertisers pay the bills, same with Glenn Beck, Fox, etc.

    I’m not saying FR should adopt the methods of these other media behemoths, but just putting my thoughts to words in frustration of seeing the “Beg-a-thon” we call fundraising.

    Is there a better way?

    Do I know exactly what FR business model is or why its avoided following the path of more successful forums? No. I just hope that we’ll consider some options that will help FR stay going. I for one can’t afford to give money to all my favorite causes...

    I won’t be responding to flames or disrespectful comments. I just thought I’d share my thoughts.

  • Latest Foreclosure Data May Be A Bad Sign For The US Housing Recovery

    08/10/2012 2:50:58 PM PDT · 4 of 10
    1st I.D Vet to pepsionice

    Me and an old army buddy did just that.

    I decided to start in Detroit...$8000 for the house, 12,000 for repairs and I have an offer for $60,000 this month.

    We pick up the pieces of rotted meat after the herd dies off.

    Call us vultures, call us opportunists, but its working.

    We make sure to give December free to our tenants with kids, and have had very few issues so far.

    I’m praying that I get more opportunities like this. I can’t change our national economy, but I can change my circumstances.

  • BNSF offers $10,000 reward for information about rail tampering

    09/27/2011 5:45:24 PM PDT · 23 of 40
    1st I.D Vet to 6SJ7

    It doesn’t take much to do what they did...But for them to delay 9 trains, someone has the know how on how the centralized track signaling control system works.

    I can see some of the Union crybabies doing something like this, but most of the conductors and engineers are just looking to return home safely...

  • LIMBAUGH: What Sarah Palin actually said... ‘The Quotable Rogue: Sarah Palin in Her Own Words’

    07/28/2011 2:01:21 PM PDT · 14 of 14
    1st I.D Vet to Old Badger

    nice work on hyper links...

    no doubt if you google “mrs palin” guess what will show up.

    Try reposting this with hyperlinked keywords such as

    sarah palin 2012 or some other variation for the upcoming election...

    good job.

  • Hundreds of union workers block grain train [3 days after ~100 union thugs arrested]

    07/16/2011 1:01:43 PM PDT · 39 of 45
    1st I.D Vet to Mariner

    I just hired on here in Fresno with BNSF.

    As a long time proponent of the free market, I was slightly out of my comfort zone with the union guys here at work.

    My first day we had several guys come in, and one of them was an ex army guy who had worked there for 15 years. He was black and one of the first things out of his mouth was “there are too many damn liberals in the world”.

    I almost laughed out loud. He was very professional and had good things to say about the BNSF and rail road. First here nor there.


    Four days later when we went out for our first boots on the ground training on the locomotives we had our two trainers and an engineer and the 4 trainees doing basic switching movements. Ok, two conductors (the standard) who happened to be our teachers, and one engineer on the job.

    I guess that raised hell from the union guys in the yard.

    “how can you guys take two jobs away from working men and just fill in with two guys who are already working?”

    My instructor caught it from all ends...and handled it promptly. I guess there is one old hen who loves to gripe and moan and spends much time cutting corners and reading into the rules to see how he can get out of working and still get paid.

    I come to work the next morning and drive past my instructor and this guy (who at the time I had never seen or heard of)...

    My instructor is yelling at this guy chewing him up one side and down the other... “and you can tell that to every other one of you clowns who are crying...” as I drive by...

    Ok, at the time I didn’t know what was going on...

    Later that afternoon I find out that most of the yard was griping, but little did we or they know that he posted that job locally for all the on call employees to sign in and would be hired for that job for that day.

    We have an extra board and 13 guys were called who could have come to work that day. Nope. Not one of them took the call or chose to work because they all thought it was a “tramp” job where you actually have to work.

    I was proud to see this guy swing a bat to “get things done” through the thick headed union guys. I”m sure I’ll have my hands full with some of them in the future, but its good to see common sense hasnt left all union brains..

  • Was Famous Picture of Obama during Bin Laden Raid a Fake?

    05/19/2011 11:13:14 AM PDT · 18 of 39
    1st I.D Vet to Goreknowshowtocheat

    As a former photographer, I’m guessing it was taken with a wide angle lens which distorts the size of objects in the front to appear larger, and shrinks objects in the background.

    I’ve been able to take a picture with two objects only 2 feet apart, but appear 1/3 the size depending on the lens used.

    Not much to see IMHO...and I don’t think you could PS something like that without leaving artifacts / false shadows just right.

    Occams Razor: the simplest answer is probably right.