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Posts by CaptainMorgantown

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  • Catholics Have a Messaging Problem in China

    02/10/2018 4:29:32 PM PST · 4 of 8
    CaptainMorgantown to BenLurkin

    Interesting that The Atlantic feels it necessary to inform their readership with parenthetical statement: “Protestants don’t hold the pope to be the head of their Church.”

    Christianity really is a bizarre alien culture to the authors and readers of this magazine.

  • Shani Davis is an Olympic disgrace

    02/09/2018 5:15:45 AM PST · 22 of 34
    CaptainMorgantown to SMGFan

    Between Hamlin and Davis, it seems like Davis is the one who is behaving like a ‘luger’. :)

  • Michele Bachmann says she won't run for Senate after all

    02/08/2018 4:27:58 AM PST · 3 of 35
    CaptainMorgantown to SMGFan

    Probably a good decision by Bachmann. Unfortunately, she’s been too much of a lightening rod to win a statewide race in deep purple Minnesota. I think it is possible for for a conservative to win there, but it’s a place where we may have to settle for the “most conservative candidate that can win”, rather than “the most conservative candidate”.

  • 10 of 11 FISA judges selected by Roberts were appointed by Obama? What are the odds?

    02/05/2018 8:27:49 AM PST · 17 of 38
    CaptainMorgantown to stormer

    Yep. The link to the current membership is right here:

    http://www.fisc.uscourts.gov/current-membership

    Click on each name to see who appointed them to the Federal judiciary. Only 2 out of 11 are Obama appointees.

    There’s enough that’s rotten in DC to worry about, without getting worked up over issues like this without checking the facts.

  • FBIAA Statement Press Release 2.218

    02/02/2018 5:13:38 PM PST · 42 of 62
    CaptainMorgantown to mdittmar

    Too much much secrecy. Declassify and release every damn document, email, text or note ever written by an FBI or DOJ employee about the Trump-Russia investigation, the Clinton email investigation, or the Uranium One investigation.

    I don’t care if it compromises ‘sources’ or ‘methods’. Their sources are some dude in the UK who was paid by the DNC to make stuff up. Their methods are lie to the court to obtain search warrants.

    I’m sick of waiting for my ‘betters’ look at tiny pieces of information to tell me what to think.

    At this point only complete disclosure will enable me to ever trust my government again.

  • Ancient tools found in India tell a new story of when humans migrated from Africa

    02/02/2018 4:53:29 PM PST · 3 of 25
    CaptainMorgantown to rdl6989

    Wasn’t there another similarly dated discovery recently in Israel?

  • Flake: There Was No Justification for Comey Firing, There Should Be ‘No Firing of Anybody Else’

    01/31/2018 5:43:30 AM PST · 31 of 110
    CaptainMorgantown to Sir Napsalot

    What a great idea ‘Senator’ Flake. Why don’t we enact legislation saying that the Constitutionally designated Chief Executive cannot fire any of the senior Executive Branch appointees.

    I know, let’s call it the “Tenure of Office Act”. That will make it all Constitutional...

    “the Tenure of Office Act of 1867, insofar as it attempted to prevent the President from removing executive officers who had been appointed by him by and with the advice and consent of the Senate, was invalid”
    -U.S. Supreme Court, Meyers v. United States, 1926

  • Jack Benny's Daughter Remembers the Late Star: "He Was the Nicest Man I Knew"

    01/30/2018 7:07:47 PM PST · 38 of 61
    CaptainMorgantown to WilliamIII

    Around 1970, my brother was a waiter at the local hotel where Jack Benny stayed when he came into town for a performance. He delivered room service to Jack Benny’s room late one night.

    After the meal was set up, Mr. Benny asked “Would you like tip?” He paused for a second and then deadpanned “Don’t play the ponies.”

    As he left the room, Benny handed my brother a 30% tip.

  • Sen. Johnson Backs off 'Secret Society' Claim

    01/26/2018 8:58:53 AM PST · 33 of 51
    CaptainMorgantown to ManHunter

    The text using the phrase “the secret society” may have been tongue-in-cheek. (I doubt there were secret handshakes and black-robed figures in Hillary masks asking new initiates to kneel and kiss the sacred Barack figurine)

    However, it is clear that there was a clique of high ranking individuals at the FBI and DOJ, who were communicating outside of normal channels on how to influence criminal investigations to align with their political views. That is a criminal conspiracy if there ever was one.

  • Patriots-Jaguars AFC Championship Game Highest-Rated Program Since Super Bowl LI

    01/23/2018 5:40:33 AM PST · 24 of 86
    CaptainMorgantown to Pollster1

    Looks like two games combined were still down about 10% from last year.

  • Patriots-Jaguars AFC Championship Game Highest-Rated Program Since Super Bowl LI

    01/23/2018 5:40:33 AM PST · 23 of 86
    CaptainMorgantown to Pollster1

    Looks like two games combined were still down about 10% from last year.

  • South Africa to formally protest Trump's 'shithole countries' remarks

    01/15/2018 7:48:49 AM PST · 41 of 81
    CaptainMorgantown to Lazamataz

    What no one in the media has mentioned is, yet again, it is the Democrats who have changed the standard for political discourse and put politics above country.

    For decades, legislators have held private meetings with the President to negotiate contentious legislation. The entire value of these meetings is that parties on both sides are able to speak freely, articulate their positions, and reveal where there may be room for compromise.

    Knowing how almost all politicians speak behind closed doors, those discussions are undoubtedly filled with profanity. LBJ purportedly unzipped his pants and exposed his genitals in one such meeting, as a way saying ‘don’t push me on this because I have the biggest **** and most power in the room’.

    For Durbin to hold a press conference and quote/misquote what the President said in a private meeting, as a way of scoring political points is despicable. The fact is that today’s Democrats care nothing about whether they damage relationships and harm US interests, as long as the President looks bad.

    Ten years from now, we will ask why Presidents will refuse to hold face-to-face meetings with the opposition to negotiate critical legislation. And we will look to Dick Durbin as the originator of the precedent that private negotiations aren’t really private.

  • Trump surprises with Davos decision

    01/10/2018 4:17:17 AM PST · 34 of 80
    CaptainMorgantown to MCF

    “Keep your friends close, but your enemies even closer. “

    -Vito Corleone

    :)

  • All Four NFL Playoff Games See Double-Digit Ratings Decrease

    01/09/2018 10:16:06 AM PST · 90 of 139
    CaptainMorgantown to Colonel Kangaroo

    The NFL ratings are down about 20% over the last two years. I don’t buy that it was because of less compelling matchups, competition from one time events, or anything other than the anthem issue. There are plenty of good young players and things like the elections have come and gone, but the ratings just keep going down.

    Of that 20%, I would guess that only 5% are absolute boycotters who say “no more NFL never”. The other 15% in ratings drop is due to people who are consciously watching less NFL because of the flag issue.

    I am in that group. I watched an hour or two a week before 2015, cruising through channels on Sunday afternoons and stopping to watch for an hour if there was a team I liked or an exciting finish.

    Now I will still check out the scores on the internet from time to time, but I don’t ever really watch the NFL on television if I’m by myself. The only time I watch is when I am with my 92 year old father, or my 75 year old father-in-law. They are both conservative and bothered by the kneeling, but still watch some. If it gives them some pleasure to do what they have done on Sunday afternoons for many years, I’m not going to spoil it for them.

    Think about that. If 5% of their fan base has stopped watching all together, and another 30% of their fan base is watching only half as much, that adds up to the 20% ratings drop. That means 35% of their fan base are consciously choosing to watch NFL over this one issue. If one third of their steady fan base is pissed off about this, they have a huge problem.

    From this article, it appears that the ratings decline is even steeper for the playoffs. That makes sense, because it is probably easier for the casual, who only tunes in for the playoffs, to turn it off, as opposed to the heavily invested regular season fans. It will be interesting to see how the Super Bowl is affected.

    But the real concern for the NFL is long term. I think they blithely assume that the ratings decline is temporary. That once the kneeling is out of the news, and they have the off-season to conjole or pressure the remaining holdouts, the fans will come back. I think that won’t be the case.

    My 92 year old father probably watches 6 hours a week. My 75 year old father-in-law watches 3. At 53 years old, I check the scores and watch only when someone else has it on. My 22 year old son cares nothing about the NFL and watches zero. Is there a trend here?

    And then there’s my brother, who watches primarily because he knows others will be talking about it within the family and at work. How many casual watchers will drop away, once the critical mass drops below a certain point?

    They have enough revenue now that for a few years they can go on pretending that its not a big deal. But when the TV contracts come up for renewal, when they explain to the players association that the salary pool is dropping by 20% for the next contract, then the panic will set in.

    And by then it will be too late to win back the audience that they have driven away.

  • EPA Secretary Pruitt: The Eco-Nuts Will Never, Never Like You

    01/09/2018 6:08:44 AM PST · 4 of 5
    CaptainMorgantown to Kaslin

    Trump’s very best cabinet appointment, among a very strong group.

  • Bannon Was Reportedly Minutes Away From Blasting Wolff Before Trump Attacked Him

    01/06/2018 2:26:07 PM PST · 40 of 228
    CaptainMorgantown to Eddie01

    If he was going to issue that statement disavowing the book, he should have gone ahead and issued that statement regardless of what Trump said. He could have taken a small step at mitigating the damage he has caused.

    As time goes on, I see many parallels emerging between Reagan and Trump, but in one respect they are very different. Reagan’s immediate circle of White House aides were intensely loyal to him and were always prepared to resign and sacrifice their personal legacy to protect the Reagan presidency, because they recognized how important that was for the future of the nation.

    Trump’s job has been made much more difficult because he has been surrounded by petty individuals who put their personal importance above the task of restoring our nation.

  • Gretchen Carlson named chair of Miss America organization

    01/01/2018 5:32:09 PM PST · 9 of 27
    CaptainMorgantown to Kaslin

    Just like many other institutions, it appears that the Miss America pageant was gradually taken over careerist beaurecrats who lost sight of the original purpose of institution and regarded their constituents with utter contempt.

    I’ve never been a fan of pageants, but if Gretchen Carlson can restore the pageants more to their original purpose of a wholesome celebration of smart, attractive, talented young American women, good for her.

  • I tried to talk Donald Trump out of Jerusalem decision but he wouldn’t listen, says Macron

    01/01/2018 3:50:10 PM PST · 21 of 47
    CaptainMorgantown to GoldenState_Rose

    One of the many reasons the US recognition of Jerusalem was necessary was to restore the level of trust between the US and Israel, after the Obama Administration’s 11th hour betrayal at the UN Security Council. If the UK and France were so concerned about retaining the ‘stability’ of the status quo without appropriate level of consultation, either country could have used their veto power to prevent passage of the resolution, until the new Trump Administration could be consulted.

    So when France and the UK complain about the US acting ‘unilaterally’ to change the ‘status quo’ without ‘consultation’, they have no leg to stand on.

  • Report: US gives Israel go-ahead to kill powerful Iranian general

    01/01/2018 9:05:51 AM PST · 12 of 33
    CaptainMorgantown to stars & stripes forever

    My thoughts exactly. A leaker within the US intelligence community has committed high reason to scuttle the Mossad and protect Iranian terrorists.

  • W.Va. Legislators Debate Tolls for Interstate 70 Use

    12/29/2017 10:58:23 PM PST · 3 of 7
    CaptainMorgantown to TBP

    As a West Virginia resident, I have to say that this idea of tolls on I-70 through Ohio County (Wheeling) is just plain sleazy.

    The route of I-70 has been a major-west thoroughfare from the east coast to the midwest for over 200 years, roughly corresponding to the old National Road. It’s over 2500 miles long and only two short segments are toll.

    Only 14 miles of I-70 cut through the northern panhandle of West Virginia near Wheeling. For West Virginia to erect toll booths and collect tolls for that tiny stretch is simply using it as a choke point, and will do nothing to enhance the state’s reputation or attractiveness to business.

    Incidentally, the I-68 to I-79 route you are suggesting avoids the Pennsylvania tolls (PA has its own problems with excessive tolls), but does not avoid the proposed tolls in Ohio County, WV.