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Posts by AntiBurr

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  • Danforth concerned Republicans too closely tied to religious right

    08/26/2005 5:50:01 PM PDT · 23 of 55
    AntiBurr to lunarbicep
    What makes this even more curious is that Danforth is an ordained minister (Presbyterian I think).
    His family has always held strong religious views and donated a chapel to each of the universities of Missouri and Kansas.

    The Danforths were the founders of Ralston Purina Company of St.Louis.

  • Marines jump from planes, land with wings

    08/25/2005 4:18:35 PM PDT · 3 of 18
    AntiBurr to SandRat

    Side Note on the 240 foot tower at Ft. Benning, It was originally built as a ride at the 1939 New York World's Fair. It was moved to Benning early in WWII. Or so I was told when I was there in the early '60s.

  • High court decision forces Dallas to give black inmate retrial

    08/14/2005 9:20:44 AM PDT · 17 of 18
    AntiBurr to Shawndell Green
    "The ruling was not retroactive,"

    Would not a retroactive ruling constiute an ex-postfacto law?

  • Who Needs Free Will...

    08/07/2005 9:04:51 AM PDT · 23 of 23
    AntiBurr to Ode To Ted Kennedys Liver
    Aphorisms by their very nature are oversimplifications. This does not always change the truth of the aphorism.

    Heinlein was basically a Libertarian and, while not a complete libertairan myself, I tend to agree with most of their theses.

    Some have posted that "you can not legislate morals" and then diverge from morals to mores. That which is socially acceptable can not be legislated, but basic morality, right vs wrong, can and must be legislated.

  • Massive electric current tested in US

    07/29/2005 5:12:31 PM PDT · 55 of 87
    AntiBurr to steveo
    I went the other route, to Coulomb, since I knew that one Ampere is equal to one Coulomb flow in 1 second. One Coulomb is equal to 6.25x10^18 electrons flow.
    However, to get any flow, one must have a difference of potential, aka voltage. What voltage would be required to push 1.9x10 ^7 amperes and each Ampere equal to 1 coulomb electrons...wow what a number.
    OTOH, how do you measure current in amperes present for milliseconds, when the ampere is defined as one Coulomb of flow for 1 second?
  • Best athletes?

    07/23/2005 5:10:24 PM PDT · 16 of 17
    AntiBurr to The Other Harry

    Roberts was featured in several portions of "On Any Sunday" Originally made for Yamaha and starring Mert Lawill, H.D. #1 plate 1971, Malcolm Smith, winner of several International Six Day Trials competitions and Steve McQueen.

  • Best athletes?

    07/23/2005 5:04:42 PM PDT · 15 of 17
    AntiBurr to The Other Harry

    Jim Thorpe, hands down. Won Pentathalon and Decathalon single handed Stockholm 1912. Played Pro Baseball for the Giants under John McGraw and played semi pro football for years.

  • An Ironic Blow to the Firefox Hippies

    07/19/2005 4:25:20 PM PDT · 13 of 14
    AntiBurr to mattdono
    "And, I would note that if you are still using IE and/or Outlook (or Outlook Express), you really need to move to Firefox and Thunderbird. I haven't had 1 virus on my Windows machine since I started using them. Believe it or not, it's true."

    Yeah, I believed it, and downloaded both. Firefox crashed within three days and Thunderbird never worked at all. So I'm back with the ones that work even though I have to run garbage collection programs.

  • Employment numbers should jump / Economy will keep older workers on job

    07/17/2005 11:38:26 AM PDT · 16 of 23
    AntiBurr to BenLurkin
    There are other considerations than those mentioned in the article and the posts thus far. One is the "dumbing down" of the American populace.
    I realize that I am a fairly rare bird here, a genuine lifetime conservative who is also a blue collar worker. What I see in industry is a strong upsurge of people who are essentially unable to function dealing with any form of math or language. One recent helper when asked to get some quarter-inch bolts from the bin, said, "that's one over four isn't it?" I have had several helpers who can not read a ruler or tape measure.
    Another consideration is the almost total loss of the "work ethic"; the concept that work is, of itself, satisfying. I believe that it was Dr. Peter Drucker who wrote, "Job satisfaction is worth more than money."
  • Skeptics on seat-belt laws dig their heels in for free choice

    07/17/2005 11:02:49 AM PDT · 27 of 97
    AntiBurr to muawiyah
    "No doubt the fundamental problem with seat-belts is they are a gol-darned new-fangled gadget that no responsible driver ever needs.

    It's time to roll time back to the happy days of the 1950s where we can once again experience the thrill of launching ourselves out through the windshield of a Studebaker! "

    My parents owned a 1956 Ford which came equipped with seat belts. Lap belt only, but still was more than prior vehicles. These were available on the '55 for (I think) the first time; they were an extra cost option. Ford dropped the option for a few years because so few were willing to pay the extra dollars for the belts. I bought and installed them on my own '50 two door in '58.
    So, I don't think that I have a lot of resistance to using them.

    On the other hand, I definitely have a problem with the omnipotent government decreeing what I shall do for my own good. "It's for your own good" is what they told the Tom Cat just before his operation.

  • Thomas Jefferson

    07/17/2005 10:11:08 AM PDT · 48 of 48
    AntiBurr to Uhhuh35
    "The fact he owned slaves does not diminish his accomplishments."

    I don't believe that I made any comment on his slaveholding. Or on any hate, only that he had previously written a proposed constitution for Virginia and noted that Madison had access to it before the Constitutional Convention. The majority of the Virginia aristocracy were slaveowners and descended from slaveowners. Jefferson repeatedly tried to abolish slavery without success.

  • This Day In History Civil War July 17, 1864 John Bell Hood takes command of the Army of Tennessee

    07/17/2005 9:52:25 AM PDT · 20 of 23
    AntiBurr to MikeinIraq

    It was, indeed just what Sherman wanted:

    "About 10 A.m. of that day (July 18th), when the armies were all in motion, one of General Thomas's staff-officers brought me a citizen, one of our spies, who had just come out of Atlanta, and had brought a newspaper of the same day, or of the day before, containing Johnston's order relinquishing the command of the Confederate forces in Atlanta, and Hood's order assuming the command. I immediately inquired of General Schofield, who was his classmate at West Point, about Hood, as to his general character, etc., and learned that be was bold even to rashness, and courageous in the extreme; I inferred that the change of commanders meant "fight". Notice of this important charge was at once sent to all parts of the army, and every division commander was cautioned to be always prepared for battle in any shape. This was just what we wanted, vis, to fight in open ground, on any thing like equal terms, instead of being forced to run up against prepared intrenchments; but, at the same time, the enemy hav­ing Atlanta behind him, could choose the time and place of attack, and could at pleasure mass a superior force on our weak­est points. Therefore, we had to be constantly ready for sallies."

    --W.T. Sherman, "Memoirs" 1875

  • Thomas Jefferson

    07/13/2005 5:22:27 PM PDT · 19 of 48
    AntiBurr to Mr. Blonde
    I believe that Madison patterned his proposals on a proposed constitution for Virginia (not adopted) written by Jefferson. They were close, personally and politically for many years. There is no reason to doubt that Madison was familiar with Jefferson's work.
    The reason Jefferson was not involved in the Constitutional Convention was that he was ambassador to France at the time.
  • This Day In History | World War II July 10, 1940 The Battle of Britain begins

    07/10/2005 8:13:55 PM PDT · 6 of 6
    AntiBurr to mainepatsfan

    "Never, in the field of human conflict, have so many owed so much to so few." Winston Churchill on the Battle of Britain.

  • Best airplanes ever made?

    07/02/2005 7:56:13 PM PDT · 37 of 82
    AntiBurr to The Other Harry

    Re:DC-3

    The Gooney Bird Poem

    "Tribute to the DC-3"
    was written by Oscar Brand.
    Our thanks to the folks from the
    "Yankee Air Force "
    who contacted Mr. Brand and he said
    that he had indeed written the poem.


    THE GOONEY BIRD
    In '51 they tried to ground the noble DC-3,
    And so some lawyers brought the case before the CAB,
    The Board examined all the facts behind their great oak portal,
    And then pronounced these simple words, "The Gooney Bird's immortal."

    (chorus)

    THEY PATCH HER UP WITH MASKING TAPE,
    WITH PAPER CLIPS AND STRINGS,
    AND STILL SHE FLIES, SHE NEVER DIES..
    METHUSELAH WITH WINGS.

    The Army toasts their SkyTrain now in lousy scotch and soda,
    The Tommies raise their tankards high to cheer the old Dakota,
    Some claim the C-47's best, or the gallant R4D,
    Forget the claim, they're all the same, the noble DC-3.

    (chorus)

    Douglas built the ship to last, but nobody quite expected
    The crazy heap would fly and fly no matter how they wrecked it.
    While nations fall and men retire and jets get obsolete,
    The Gooney Bird flies on and on, at 11,000 feet.

    (chorus)

    No matter what they do to her, The Gooney Bird still flies,
    One crippled plane was fitted out with one wing half the size,
    She hunched her shoulders, then took off, and I know this makes us laugh
    One wing askew, and yet she flew ... The DC-2 and a half.

    (chorus)

    She had her faults, but after all, who's perfect in this sphere?
    Her heating system was a gem, we loved her for her gear.
    Of course, her windows leaked a bit when the rain came pouring down,
    She'd keep you warm, but in a storm it's possible you'd drown.

    (chorus)

    Well now she flies the feeder routes and carries mail and freight,
    She's just an airborne office or a flying twelve ton crate,

    (chorus)

    THEY PATCH HER UP WITH MASKING TAPE,
    WITH PAPER CLIPS AND STRINGS,
    AND STILL SHE FLIES, SHE NEVER DIES..
    METHUSELAH WITH WINGS.

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  • Best airplanes ever made?

    07/02/2005 7:53:07 PM PDT · 36 of 82
    AntiBurr to The Other Harry
    I flew in a DC3 via American Airlines from Kansas City to St. Louis in the summer of '48. I agree that it is probably one of the two or three best designs of aircraft ever.

    The J-3 was actually designed by William Taylor of Taylorcraft fame who sold it to Piper. I once had an instructor prove that the Cub will fly backward if you have a headwind of 40 plus MPH. With a stall speed of 35, you can have an negative ground speed.

    Personally, the one I never flew in that I most admire is Canadian: The De Haviland Beaver aka the L-20. On floats, it is said that regardless of the load, if the tops of the floats are not submerged, it will come off the water and fly.

  • This Day in Civil War History June 5, 1862 Battle of Memphis

    06/06/2005 5:23:59 PM PDT · 17 of 22
    AntiBurr to wardaddy

    Ft. Negley has just been reopened in Nashville this year. according to an rticle in the Tenneseean sent by my sister.

  • This Day in Civil War History June 5, 1862 Battle of Memphis

    06/06/2005 5:21:49 PM PDT · 16 of 22
    AntiBurr to wardaddy

    Ft. Negley has just been reopened in Nashville this year. according to an rticle in the Tenneseean sent by my sister.

  • Accenture Voter ID List Survives Test (WI)

    06/03/2005 5:11:24 PM PDT · 3 of 5
    AntiBurr to Diana in Wisconsin
    "Dane County Circuit Judge Bill Foust ruled Thursday that Elections Board Executive Director Kevin Kennedy did not have the authority to sign a $13.9 million contract with Accenture LLP for creation and maintenance of a statewide voter registration list, but the state board - which retroactively affirmed Kennedy's authority - did.

    Is this what is called an ex-post facto law? I believe the Constitution bars them.

  • The Proof Is In The Pudding

    06/02/2005 5:59:13 PM PDT · 11 of 32
    AntiBurr to SubMareener

    I believe that Kissinger said of Nixon, "Paranoids have enemies too."