Posts by altair

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  • The “Economic Freedom Index” Isn’t

    10/17/2010 12:17:19 PM PDT · 5 of 5
    altair to citizenredstater9271; SeekAndFind
    That America’s market is far from free.

    ... And has been for a looooong time (at least so long as my lifetime goes). Even the Great Ones like The Gipper could only reverse some of the downward spiral and only temporarily.

    Bush/Clinton and Obama have been disasters.

    Oh and if you don't have a good background in the fall of the Roman Empire, now would be a good time to start doing a bit of historical research.

  • Child porn conviction ends man’s dream of becoming a police officer

    10/17/2010 11:36:09 AM PDT · 23 of 36
    altair to barb-tex
    Of course Now I have a tight spam filter an do not open any strange messages ever

    It doesn't matter. It still landed somewhere you had access to. It doesn't have to be your own computer. Actually, it's worse if it lands in an internet email account - they have so many customers it doesn't hurt them in the slightest to hang someone out to dry.

    I've been a network email administrator amongst other related things for almost three decades. What kind of experience do you have with this sort of thing?

    Question: If someone walks by your house/apartment, stuffs your mailbox with child porn, then arranges to have someone call the police asking them (in not so many words) to look at your mailbox, are you guilty?

    "Tight spam filters" aren't. "Tight controls" aren't. Not when it comes to email. Who cares whether you "opened" the message or not? Possession is 9/10s of the law. The imap protocol is a nice convenience, but it has extinguished any traditional concept of possession.

    I have over 30 years experience with electronic mail mostly as a developer (the faceless programmer who has to write the code to make the stuff work) and I also work for the company that routes most of the internet packets in the world. What's yours?

  • High Level Logic: Rethinking Software Reuse in the 21st Century

    09/20/2010 4:27:24 PM PDT · 64 of 111
    altair to MortMan; RogerFGay
    I work in an industry where unneeded and unused functionality is anathema - and will prevent certification of the system containing the software. Adaptive reuse - using the design as a template for the construction of a tailored solution - is a better alternative in my industry.

    Hmmm. Smells like avionics or process control.

    I was around when "software reuse" became the big buzzword and Ada was introduced as a measure (in part) to reduce software development cost in increasingly computerized military systems. It didn't really work at the time, but it felt good to a lot of manager types.

    The problem is identifying what is the difference between hard real time requirements (and I only define "hard" as in if you miss taking action and someone will get killed or injured or something is damaged or destroyed, but that's not the standard definition) and just keeping the system usable.

    Technology cannot eliminate the difference in requirements for different applications.

    I have to agree, much as I am in love with the idea of software reuse. However, I would like to s/cannot eliminate/has not yet eliminated/. I'm an optimist. I may not live to solve it, but perhaps one of my sons will. One thing that my reading in history has convinced me of is "never misunderestimate the power of the human mind".

  • High Level Logic: Rethinking Software Reuse in the 21st Century

    09/20/2010 3:50:56 PM PDT · 61 of 111
    altair to discostu
    You can talk a lot about best practices and libraries and everything else, but the punchline is that unless people know there’s something in house that’s already solved Problem X they aren’t going to go looking for that code to use, they’re going to write their own.

    That's been my experience. Ada, the language put out by the DOD for bid and designed & built by multiple committees was supposed to address that. "A camel is a horse designed by a committee". And a camel is what they got. The earliest implementations, with perhaps the exception of Verdix Ada (after it matured a bit), were mostly pretty bad. A few iterations (and a lot of in-the-field experience) later, Ada has gotten pretty good.

    Of course, the proliferation of different software licenses on code hasn't helped either. Basic example - you cannot incorporate GPL code into BSD licensed code (the GPL is a viral license that requires all of the code it is linked with become GPL), however you can incorporate LGPL code into BSD licensed code. Some Open Source projects, notably from the FSF are even stricter, they not only require GPLed submissions, but the copyright must also be assigned to the FSF.

    Certain software projects like XEmacs (which was a fork of GNU Emacs in the early 1990s by the now defunct Lucid) require GPL licensed contributions. Others like Emacs require not only GPL licensed contributions, but they must also be copyright assigned to the FSF. When Lucid went bankrupt and orphaned XEmacs as Open Source in its bankruptcy, it was in the position of being GPL, but unable for the most part to share code back with the parent.

    There is a time and place for lawyers, but in the field of software development their involvement has been little short of disastrous.

    Been there, done that, tried to change the world and it didn't quite work out, although I'm quite proud of how XEmacs has turned out. It's still my favorite text editor. (grep for "altair" in XEmacs ChangeLog files, that's me).

  • Amazing New Designs For The Dollar Bill

    09/18/2010 5:52:09 PM PDT · 63 of 79
    altair to Ruy Dias de Bivar
    The ONLY paper dollar bill worth having is the one that removes the FEDERAL RESERVE NOTE and replaces the words with...
    Pay To the Bearer On Demand One Dollar in Gold or Silver.

    The last guy who tried that got a bullet in the head as a "thank you". I hope someone tries again with better results.

  • Christine O'Donnell's Career, RIP (Power Line)

    09/18/2010 5:46:26 PM PDT · 171 of 187
    altair to sushiman
    Wicca stands for a male witch, while a female witch is called ‘wicce’. With the passage of time wicca has gained currency for both male and female witches . “ : )

    Touché. :-)

  • Christine O'Donnell's Career, RIP (Power Line)

    09/18/2010 5:34:54 PM PDT · 167 of 187
    altair to indylindy
    The only thing that could stop this is strict term limits.

    It was tried in the second American Revolution. It was ruled unconstitutional - you'll need a constitutional amendment.

    I don't think it would really make much difference. In the recent past, California passed term limits (which I voted for, btw). If that's made a measurable improvement in the quality of governance, I've failed to detect it. At least Willie Brown is gone, which is the only reason I voted for it.

    The danger of term limits is that you throw out the good with the bad leaving behind an ever entrenched bureaucracy.

    The folly of term limits is that you're solving the wrong problem. The solution is to use your mind in the election season, select the proper candidates and then do your part to get them elected.

    In a very real sense, I disenfranchised the voters in Willie Brown's district. They appeared ready to keep him as their rep for life. So, since I couldn't vote against him directly, I voted for bad legislation (in my opinion) that took the decision out of their hands. I feel kind of bad about that in a way.

  • Christine O'Donnell's Career, RIP (Power Line)

    09/18/2010 5:14:02 PM PDT · 161 of 187
    altair to sushiman
    My trusty Oxford English dictionary says a witch is “ a woman thought to have evil magical powers “ . A warlock is a “ man who practices witchcraft. “

    That's nice, except that you have the wrong country. Try a dictionary of American English, like Merriam Webster. I see in Webster's dictionary of American English: "a follower or practitioner of modern witchcraft; a Wiccan priest or priestess."

  • Christine O'Donnell's Career, RIP (Power Line)

    09/18/2010 5:02:20 PM PDT · 160 of 187
    altair to Freddd
    Anyone else get the feeling they are trying to suppress Conservative turn out????

    I'll give you three guesses and the first two don't count.

    Ms. O'Donnell's campaign web page is not exactly a secret. By way of comparison, how many Democrat candidates have solicited that much in campaign contributions over the internet in so short a time?

    She's a threat. She's running for the seat of a sitting Vice President in a year that history tells us, is always bad for the party controlling the White House (first midterm). They've promised Hope & Change and nothing particularly positive has happened. Even the most successful President in the last 60 years (President Reagan), did not escape congressional losses in the first midterm. This current administration has had a somewhat less positive impact on the nation.

    Do the math. If you can't win on ideas, burn to the ground. Or something like that.

  • Christine O'Donnell's Career, RIP (Power Line)

    09/18/2010 4:48:20 PM PDT · 155 of 187
    altair to sushiman
    She had a date with a WITCH ???

    The term "witch", at least as it applies to Wicca (which I presume the reference is to), is gender neutral. A male witch is a witch, not a "warlock".

    The language confusion problem probably dates from the farcical Salem trials, which were largely used to rid the society of aged women and any others they didn't like very much.

    Or thought of another way, rather than supporting older unmarried (ie widowed) women, they accused and then burned them as witches. A novel solution to an unfunded pension problem, but not practical.

  • Turning Wall Street into a ghost town

    09/18/2010 3:36:23 PM PDT · 8 of 20
    altair to NVDave
    They have two of them with the (re)acquisition of Hong Kong.
  • Activity Tab returns no results

    09/18/2010 10:14:48 AM PDT · 9 of 13
    altair to DJ MacWoW
    But it’s serious that we lost servers and a miracle that we’re running without them. And it was recently posted that FR gets more “hits” than MSNBC.

    OK. I completely missed that, but given the time frame, understandable. Too bad for MSNBC, but FRee Republic is a better source of news than them too.

    They just restored the state flags.

    Oh. I never noticed those were missing ...

  • Activity Tab returns no results

    09/18/2010 10:03:42 AM PDT · 7 of 13
    altair to humblegunner
    (oooh, I just noticed, I'm 10 days away from my 10th anniversary of FReeperhood - how cool does that get?)

    Are you logged in?

    Yes. As far as I know, you can't access your or any other internal account pages (other than the public page) when not logged in.

  • Activity Tab returns no results

    09/18/2010 9:53:44 AM PDT · 5 of 13
    altair to DJ MacWoW
    We are minus one or two servers since a crash at the beginning of the year. To keep running, FR has to choose what goodies to keep and what is nonessential.

    Oh. Correct time frame and when I was busy moving half way across the world to explain why I missed it. ... Nonessential??? That was my favorite portal into the content. :-(

    That makes sense, thanks.

  • Activity Tab returns no results

    09/18/2010 9:13:48 AM PDT · 1 of 13
    Something changed some time before I moved half way across the world at the beginning of this year. Any clues?
  • Airbus Wants to Build Invisible Passenger Planes

    09/18/2010 8:28:42 AM PDT · 48 of 49
    altair to dangus
    An airplane is too complex, dangerous and paranoia-inducing of a system to introduce a massive change into. Remember the Concorde? A single crash and the entire program was scrapped.

    There was more to it than that. Aerodynamically speaking, the Concorde had a highly threatening wake, much, much more so than the B757 as reflected by the "757 Heavy, Wake Turbulence" that you'll hear when listening to ATC radio traffic.

    Let a model of aircraft lose the confidence of passengers, along with having a large required separation on take off and landing (which reduces the maximum amount of airport throughput) and that model will die. Much like McDonnell Douglas did some years ago with their commercial aircraft.

  • Airbus Wants to Build Invisible Passenger Planes

    09/18/2010 8:01:44 AM PDT · 46 of 49
    altair to InternetTuffGuy; Swordmaker
    That wasn't just any old computer, that was a classic Mac!

    (Which I suppose is better than the only movie reference I can think of for Unix. The park control system in Jurassic Park ran Unix, and the unit on the film looked like an AT&T 3B1.)

  • Murkowski supporters: come to "campaign kickoff" tonight - write in campaign a go?

    09/18/2010 7:51:26 AM PDT · 196 of 219
    altair to UglyinLA
    I wonder why Palin didnt run for Senator.

    The 2008 election was unusual in that it guaranteed one new Senate -> President promotion. Going from a Senate position to President is rare. Only 16 people have done it. See: the list of people who have done it before. Harding and Truman were the last two of three to do it. Obama was the third.

    Of the two, I think I'd rather have a Senate position. As long as you're not a total screw up, a place in the Senate is for as long as you want it. Great pay, great benefits, great perks, and you only have to work once every six years to get reelected.

    To answer your question, Governor has traditionally been a better on-the-job training position for President. In fact, only one other person who has been a sitting senator when elected President - Warren Harding. (JFK doesn't count as his Senatorial term was expiring).

  • Murkowski Must Step Aside

    09/18/2010 5:59:38 AM PDT · 50 of 52
    altair to griswold3
    Wonder how DC will look Jan 2013 as Obama leaves town. Boy, he’s gonna be pissed.

    If we as a nation can survive the ruinous spending he and his buds in Congress have been doing, fiscally conservative Republicans could control government just as long this century as the socialist Democrats did last century.

    I'm trying hard to feel optimistic ...

  • Florida couple pleads guilty to abusing Filipino workers

    09/18/2010 5:33:01 AM PDT · 10 of 13
    altair to sarasmom
    “Manuel also pleaded guilty to lying in an application filed with the US Labor Department to obtain foreign labor certifications and visas under the federal H2B guest worker program”

    I'm going to go out on a limb here and guess these were “illegal aliens”, since he pleaded guilty to the charge.

    I must respectfully disagree with your conclusion and please read my longer message posted above. He pleaded guilty to the charges because he needs attention deflected off of him immediately. The Philippines has child labor laws too and I'm willing to bet that 100% of his employees have falsified documentation with respect to their ages.

    My opinion is based upon many conversations I've had with people during the time I've lived in Philippines and with Mrs. Altair.

    The OFWs are guilty, guilty as sin of wanting to work to provide for their families in a poor country. They are also paying three month salary in agency fees off the top (ie. no pay for the first three months). The job agencies are modern day slave traders and I hope they get the book thrown at them. Big time.

  • Florida couple pleads guilty to abusing Filipino workers

    09/18/2010 5:18:52 AM PDT · 9 of 13
    altair to A_Tradition_Continues; conservativegramma
    This has nothing to do with illegal aliens. It’s about a greedy “employment agency” holding legal workers hostage.

    That is correct. Unfortunately, it is also the status quo for foreign employment agencies in the Philippines.

    My heart goes out for the OFWs who got trapped in this scheme, though they're only a handful in the big picture.

    The OFWs (Overseas Filipino Workers, and yes, that is indeed a technical term) are "guilty" of nothing more than wanting to work to provide for their families (Parents, grandparents, brothers, sisters, etc.). When that becomes something wrong, may God help us all.

    Mrs. Altair did several OFW "tours of duty" before I met her and she (and others) have told me a lot of stories. The Philippine overseas employment agencies appear to be, even in the best of circumstances, trying to push the limits between employment as we know it and indentured servitude as far in the way in the slavery as they can get it.

    They recruit (usually) young women. Young under aged women who have falsified their documentation to appear older than they really are and thus eligible to work. That gives the agencies remarkable control over their "employees".

    Once recruited from the provinces, they get taken to safe houses usually in Manila, then have all their paperwork taken away until they are sent away on assignment. Once they do get an assignment, they (temporarily) get their paperwork back for international travel only to have their new employers do the same thing on the other side. Without paperwork, in a foreign country, leaves one remarkably helpless. This is not a wild rant, or a one-off. Mrs. Altair did three tours and the same thing happened each time.

    She did the next two, because they do in fact, end up paying off, though ... keep reading.

    OFWs are required to pay for their assignment. The going rate is the first 3 months of salary. And yes, it is taken right off the top - no pay other than room and board for the first three months, the rest is kept by the agency. The employers confiscate their passports on entry to the host country, thus restricting movement.

    I do my level best not to hate any one, but I DESPISE the "employment agencies" that take advantage of young Filipinos who are trying to work to provide for their families. I offer my prayers to the OFWs (and their families) who got stuck in this scheme.

    Oh, and I hope the IRS takes a very, very close look at the Florida couple's books. A little bird tells me that they are not paying minimum wage (US minimum wage is higher than what educated and skilled teachers get paid in Mindanao) or doing any other kind of required US tax compliance.

  • White House rips Forbes article

    09/18/2010 1:48:49 AM PDT · 43 of 63
    altair to Soul Seeker
    I read this hoping for a brief synopsis of what was so objectionable and found very little content from the book contained within.

    You missed it. The article's been posted here. See: FORBES: How Obama Thinks, by Dinesh D'Souza (Stunning). That's a multi-post, btw.

    D'Souza had a guest appearance on the Glenn Beck radio show this past week, you might find more info on Beck's web site.

  • At 147 mph, highway safety is just a blur

    09/18/2010 1:31:57 AM PDT · 63 of 125
    altair to dalereed
    in the 40s when I was going with my wife I regularly hit 150 in my Olds powered 40 coupe between Los Angeles and UCSB between Thousand Oaks and Santa Barbara.

    Heh. That would be US 101 and it's a tempting area to speed in. More is the pity, because it's really beautiful country.

    They've long since corrected it. That stretch of road is now always patrolled and one of the biggest speed traps in the US. My final day as a speeder when I was young, was to try to make San Luis Obispo to Anaheim in 2 hours. Got nailed in Thousand Oaks.

    Fortunately for me, the cop wrote me up for 1 mph less than where the most serious penalties kicked in. Fortunately for everyone else, I learned my lesson and haven't willfully broken the speed limit since. Win-win, I suppose.

  • [Vanity] - Why is Illegal Immigration Wrong?

    09/18/2010 12:48:14 AM PDT · 104 of 200
    altair to hylandia
    I am just very interested in exactly why you feel that illegal immigration is so wrong.

    It punishes everyone who abides by the rules.

    It's just the Right Thing to do to respect the rules of the places you visit.

    By way of analogy, let's say you have a well known friendly neighbor who upon seeing you walk down the street, invites you to join them on the porch for a lemonade or something. You get an open invitation to "come visit any time". That wouldn't make it right to one day see a window open in that house, sneak inside, hide, and start camping out in the basement or something.

  • The Rush Limbaugh LIVE Radio Thread - Friday, September 17, 2010

    09/17/2010 10:35:45 AM PDT · 81 of 100
    altair to mylife

    Thank you!

  • The Rush Limbaugh LIVE Radio Thread - Friday, September 17, 2010

    09/17/2010 10:06:49 AM PDT · 67 of 100
    altair to tndarlin
    Rush is out sick today... Mark Davis

    Never heard of him before. He's pretty good. He's certainly saying all the right things about Ms. O'Donnell.

    Does anyone know if he does an internet cast via RealAudio?

    (OB: Get well Rush)

  • White House Insider onObama: “the President is Losing It.”

    09/16/2010 6:40:48 PM PDT · 325 of 460
    altair to KarlInOhio
    The plan was to increase their control of the House and Senate this year.

    I find that most difficult to believe unless he really is surrounded by a bunch of idiots with no knowledge of the US or our history. The party in the White House always loses seats in the first mid term election. Always.

  • White House Insider onObama: “the President is Losing It.”

    09/16/2010 6:36:55 PM PDT · 324 of 460
    altair to Nachum
    To use a bowling analogy, anybody can throw nine straight strikes to start off a game, but can you stand up in the 10th and throw three more to finish it off?

    From the way it sounds, Obama's life in the next two years is going to be as pleasant as most of impeached ex-President Clinton's second term. That Is Good.

    As little as we know about his pampered life as we do, it sounds like he's never, ever had to face any adversity. Should be interesting.

  • Governor Palin Leads the 2012 GOP Texas Primary

    09/16/2010 6:23:17 PM PDT · 22 of 22
    altair to WyvernAK
    If this poll is true, that Sarah Palin is truly the front runner, great, its the best thing I have heard this summer.

    It's "true" for most any definition of "true" that you can come up with. It's just that ... it doesn't mean anything.

    One thing you should be aware of is that the early "front runner", no matter how much praises are sung, rarely comes out ahead in a contested primary election. That's history.

    The forthcoming election has the potential to change things around greatly. In both directions. If there is a great sea change, and we have every reason to expect that there will be, there will be a flood of change to the House and Senate.

    In 1994, the first Republican (Newt Gingrich) won the right to the Speaker's gavel in my lifetime. The Contract With America was a brilliant success and next up was getting rid of Clinton. Then, the ruling elite of the Republican Party decided it was Bob Dole's turn to run for President and Nothing Happened - the Gingrich revolution fizzled.

    One of the showcase bills of the new Republican congress happened to be a huge Telecommunications omnibus bill that "we just had to pass". A bill "so important to pass" even though there was an onerous rider attached that permitted unconstitutional censorship of the Internet (thankfully cleared up by the Supremes a few years later). It also, of course, led directly to the WorldCom scandal a few more years later.

    Also of note is that in the final lame duck Democratic led congressional session they passed NAFTA and GATT.

    The point basically is that there's a long long time until 2012/2013. Many things will happen between now and then. Many things will change. No weight can or should be put on any poll for an election two cycles away.

    It sounds like you are desperately seeking reassurance of a future. Fair enough. Me too. I've found great reassurance in this cycle's primaries. We've made greater strides towards expelling entrenched politicians than I've ever seen.

    We're at a historic moment. Either we can reign in the punch drunk ruling elites, or we can't. We're pretty much out of time. No nation in human history has ever survived the kind of debt we've accumulated without collapse.

    President Reagan was helpless to control spending, every single one of the budgets he presented to Congress was ceremoniously declared Dead On Arrival with great fanfare and the Democrats in Congress proceeded to write their own. Of course, the Reagan tax cuts provided so much economic stimulus that tax receipts shot through the roof.

    A decade later, when we regained Congress, the only thing we ended up doing was salvaging the Clinton legacy.

    Never mind the 2012 election. That won't start for another year. Do mind this coming election and we must keep the people we vote in honest and not betray us like what happened in 1995.

    2012 will take care of itself, for now.

  • Governor Palin Leads the 2012 GOP Texas Primary

    09/16/2010 5:23:10 PM PDT · 19 of 22
    altair to WyvernAK
    Yes, I just did and I feel I must point out that any poll that puts Gingrich at 15% and second in the pack must have some thing wrong with it.

    No. It's also up to you to interpret what the results mean. It's been common wisdom that any poll this far in advance of an election (2+ years) is little more than a name recognition contest.

    What's wrong with it, is that you are attempting to apply any special meaning to it. Most people know Newt Gingrich and memories of 1995-1996 have started to fade.

    Think of Mr. Newt as the Republican lite version of Teddy Kennedy. After his swimming expedition, Kennedy was never electable as President. Still, the name held magic for people and in pre-primary seasons, he always polled very high. In 1980, against a failed Presidency, and with high preseason poll numbers in hand, he threw his hat into the ring and failed.

    Mr. Newt has more name recognition than others on the list. Nothing more.

  • Governor Palin Leads the 2012 GOP Texas Primary

    09/16/2010 5:08:23 PM PDT · 18 of 22
    altair to WyvernAK
    Don't trust polls

    Polls can be valid. History has shown that there are right ways and wrong ways to go about conducting them. No poll this far out from a general election (twice removed) means anything other than name recognition.

    Scott Rasmussen seems to do a pretty good job of it.

    A good poll is a reflection of the intent of the people polled during the time the poll was taken. The polls we have now for the coming general election are a decent reflection of what will probably happen, but circumstances change, people change their minds, etc.

    What we ("we" as in the people reading poll results) do not do is apply enough weight to how a poll was conducted or who conducted the poll. Just saying XXX poll says YYY is going to win ZZZ% of the vote communicates absolutely nothing.

  • Galileo Was Wrong: The Church Was Right--First Annual Catholic Conference on Geocentrism

    09/16/2010 3:56:20 PM PDT · 29 of 41
    altair to DManA
    General Relativity is wrong too?

    Yeah, but that's OK. General Relativity hasn't been completely proven. Special Relativity is apparently wrong and that's been pretty well tested and proven.

    I wonder what these guys think about Quantum Mechanics? If that were wrong, electronics wouldn't be possible.

  • (Tax-cheat) Charlie Rangel: “President Obama Needs People Like Me More Than Ever”

    09/16/2010 3:35:09 PM PDT · 15 of 22
    altair to Libloather
    “Mr. President, we’ve got a job to do.” … You and I know that this country — and this world — is a lot better off because of President Obama."

    Some people are beyond hope.

  • Homeschooling: Legal in India

    09/16/2010 3:27:45 PM PDT · 4 of 12
    altair to James C. Bennett


  • Demand for pilots is 'set to soar' as plane travel grows

    09/16/2010 3:17:23 PM PDT · 18 of 19
    altair to swarthyguy
    The carrier has some customization over how the cabins are laid out, though I'm not sure how much.

    The planes look pretty: Deployed 777s

  • White House denies Mrs. Obama's 'hell' comment

    09/16/2010 2:48:04 PM PDT · 122 of 129
    altair to Dubya-M-DeesWent2SyriaStupid!
    I smell Hillary don’t you?

    Indeed. Depending upon how things play out in the next few months, she may well be the best Democrat candidate in 2012.

  • White House denies Mrs. Obama's 'hell' comment

    09/16/2010 2:43:35 PM PDT · 121 of 129
    altair to Dubya-M-DeesWent2SyriaStupid!
    WTF? Didn't Bruni author it?

    All celebrity books are ghost written. Obama, Rush, Governor Palin, Hillary! all used ghost writers. Google ghost writing some time. It's great business if you can write and control your own ego.

  • Demand for pilots is 'set to soar' as plane travel grows

    09/16/2010 2:33:14 PM PDT · 16 of 19
    altair to swarthyguy
    Heck, sales of commercial jets to India where air travel is booooming may well help keep Boeing afloat.

    Boeing just missed out on a golden opportunity with China. The Chinese ordered something like 300 air frames from Air Bus. Ouch.

    Boeing has got to stay alive. I'm always sick for a few days after a long haul flight on an Air Bus. Something about their air conditioning does bad things to me.

  • Gaga speaks, Reid acts on 'don't ask, don't tell'

    09/16/2010 1:41:39 PM PDT · 31 of 36
    altair to utherdoul
    Am I the only who thinks she looks like a man? I’ve got a pretty good sense of that sort of thing and I’m pretty sure there’s an extra chromosome floating around in there somewhere.

    "Lady" Gaga has a complete set of both female and male sexual reproduction organs. Make of that whatever you will.

  • Demand for pilots is 'set to soar' as plane travel grows

    09/16/2010 1:31:18 PM PDT · 14 of 19
    altair to Tea Party Reveler
    I'm sure we can outsource those careers with cheap labor from India, China, etc. Those nations have excellent aviators (snicker).

    Air travel is the most heavily regulated industry in the world. Indian and Chinese pilots have to match the same standards as any US or European pilot. Certainly, the planes are the same. Exact flight regulations vary from country, but most are about the same.

    At the moment, there are a shortage of trained and experienced pilots in India. Indeed, the captain of IX 812 was a Serbian born UK ex-pat. The final report of the Mangalore accident a few months ago was due three weeks ago and then postponed until the end of this month, but it's almost certainly going to point at pilot error. Even so, Indian owned airlines have a very good safety record.

    Welcome to FRee Republic newbie, but please check your bigotry at the door or you will end up with a very brief visit.

  • In ‘Rush’ to Chat up Health-Care Judge, Limbaugh Goofs (Wikipedia Is not reliable)

    09/16/2010 10:25:40 AM PDT · 15 of 18
    altair to kennedy
    Any idiot can post anything about any subject. The "moderators" are mostly far left wing unemployed hacks who live in their mother's basements and therefore have plenty of time to work their way up the Wikipedia hierarchy.

    The best way to read Wikipedia on a subject is to google it first. Read all the other links first. Read Wikipedia last. If there's anything obviously different, assume Wikipedia is wrong.

  • Will She Stay or Will She Go?

    09/16/2010 10:07:13 AM PDT · 39 of 39
    altair to ziravan

    Interesting food for thought.

  • The Rush Limbaugh LIVE Radio Show Thread - Thursday, September 16, 2010

    09/16/2010 9:38:08 AM PDT · 58 of 149
    altair to IMissPresidentReagan
    I cannot believe that masturbation is truly a subject in a political campaign.

    Two words - Joycelyn Elders.

  • The Rush Limbaugh LIVE Radio Show Thread - Thursday, September 16, 2010

    09/16/2010 9:28:54 AM PDT · 46 of 149
    altair to PogySailor
    I saw that. Good piece.
  • The Rush Limbaugh LIVE Radio Show Thread - Thursday, September 16, 2010

    09/16/2010 9:15:03 AM PDT · 23 of 149
    altair to IMissPresidentReagan
    Did he really continue to trash her?

    Yes, I saw an FR thread on it a few hours ago. On somebody named Greta's show. Seems like he has a death wish.

  • The Rush Limbaugh LIVE Radio Show Thread - Thursday, September 16, 2010

    09/16/2010 9:08:54 AM PDT · 19 of 149
    altair to Clint N. Suhks
    Libtards are so stupid, they fall for it every time.

    Some of our own fell for it too, alas.

    Limbaugh: GOP insiders "petulant," "I'm in charge!"

  • The Rush Limbaugh LIVE Radio Show Thread - Thursday, September 16, 2010

    09/16/2010 8:58:22 AM PDT · 13 of 149
    altair to rightwingintelligentsia
    Don’t know how Rush could top yesterday’s show.

    He'll figure something out. Did you see the idiot ABC news blogger who bit on yesterday's "I choose the candidates" bait? Should be good for a few laughs.

  • The Rush Limbaugh LIVE Radio Show Thread - Thursday, September 16, 2010

    09/16/2010 8:54:42 AM PDT · 11 of 149
    altair to IMissPresidentReagan

    Dittos from Bangalore, checking in and looking forward to another great show.

  • WHEN JAPAN COLLAPSES (shredding Krugman fantasy)

    09/16/2010 8:16:33 AM PDT · 9 of 11
    altair to InterceptPoint; TigerLikesRooster
    Japan is in trouble and it is the same sort of trouble that we are heading for

    Yes and no and the comparison between the US and Japan breaks down in a few areas. The most major being that Japan has a trade surplus and still has a national income. When they crash it will be bad, but it won't be as bad as the US will crash.

    I have a close friend who is a Professor of Economics at Tsukubadai (University of Tsukuba). He is convinced that the root cause of Japan's woes was the wholehearted adoption of Keynesian Economics that was relentlessly pushed down Japan's throat during and after reconstruction.

    Japan has had mostly single party rule since the war. The ruling Liberal Democratic Party did their worst in the late 1990s, shortly before I moved to Japan, when they passed a national consumption tax. First 3%, later raised to 5%. Along with an income tax, that's the worst of all worlds. They finally threw the bums out a couple years ago, but the news guys appear to be the same as the old guys. (The late Mrs. Altair I would scream when she saw Hatoyama-sama on TV, although I never figured out quite why - he just seemed to me to be the typical 2-bit politician).

    They've had their share of corruption. I've lived next to a halfway built bridge to nowhere in Kobe. The "stimulus" package they passed the first year I was there was aimed at courting New Komeito (who later joined the ruling coalition to keep it alive for a few more years). It was a narrowly aimed package of vouchers aimed at young families with at least one small child - the core demographic of Soka Gakkai. The scandal arose when it was later revealed that a vast amount of the vouchers were redeemed in hostess bars.

    Given the continued trade surplus, the amount of private savings, and the fact that Japan has survived many crises in its past before, I'd expect them to last longer than we will here.

  • Shock Audio, Democrat Congresswoman Leaves Voicemail for Lobbyist Cashb

    09/16/2010 6:47:11 AM PDT · 29 of 37
    altair to wmileo
    1. Her conversation may have been both recorded and obtained illegally.

    The former won't fly. It's a voice mail message. How can one make a voice mail message and NOT expect it to be recorded? The latter, I don't know. From the way the message is redacted, I suspect that the recipient handed over the recording. Whether that makes Breitbart getting his hands on it legal, I don't know.