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  • Superintendent calls teacher giving 5th graders O’Doul’s “Honest mistake” (Linden, MI)

    03/19/2014 7:03:00 PM PDT · 27 of 51
    CaptainMorgantown to Olog-hai

    When I was in 9th grade literature, we were reading something medieval (Chaucer or Beowolf, I think) and had an assignment to do related projects. One friend of mine decided to make mead out of fermented honey for the project (I think I made chain mail out pop tabs).

    On the day that the project was due, my friend took his bottle of mead up to the teacher. The teacher, who assumed it was just some honey-flavored concoction, took one drink, made a face and asked my friend “This is real mead, isn’t it?” My friend proudly explained that he had researched at library and followed the recipe he had found with some help from his parents.

    The teacher gave him an A, put the bottle in her desk drawer, and told my friend he could pick it up to take home at the end of the day. A triumph of common sense. Today, there would have been suspensions, complaints against the teacher, and news stories picked up by the national press.

  • BREAKING: Scientists say dogs align along earth’s north-south axis when pooping

    01/04/2014 7:47:51 AM PST · 24 of 65
    CaptainMorgantown to mandaladon

    My beagle transacts his solid business at least twice per day.

    70 dogs × 2 poops/day × 365 days/year × 2 years = 102, 200 poops

    Yet they only include 1900 poops into their dataset. Then, they mysteriously exclude poops taken, when the earths magnetic field is not calm. Sounds like they were taking advice on data collection from climate scientists.

  • Scott Brown: I'm exploring a run for president

    08/18/2013 2:38:22 PM PDT · 48 of 106
    CaptainMorgantown to GQuagmire

    On the positive side, maybe he’ll siphon primary votes from Christie. The more ‘moderates’ in the race to divide the moderate vote, the better.

    But more importantly, conservatives need to settle on one conservative candidate before the primaries start and insist that other pretenders stand aside. We cannot go into the 2016 primary season with 3 or 4 conservatives each polling 5-20%. By April, when the Santorums of the world drop out (and Santorum in a fine man who just stubbornly stuck it out long enough to ensure Romney’s nomination), the media and the GOP establishment will be crowning Christie as the nominee.

    So Run Scott, Run! And even if you’re just at 3% in the polls, you hold onto those 3% moderates all the way to the convention.

  • CiCi's Pizza Franchise Owner Forced Sell Because Of ObamaCare (video)

    07/23/2013 1:28:10 PM PDT · 3 of 10
    CaptainMorgantown to lowbridge

    Really bad pizza ... but I feel for him.

    His success or failure should be driven by the market for cardboard-like crust, a dab of ketchup, and congealed cheese, all baked to perfection for 60 minutes under the heat lamps of a buffet ... and not on government health insurance regulations.

  • Jury weighing Zimmerman's fate asks question about manslaughter option

    07/13/2013 3:44:18 PM PDT · 47 of 229
    CaptainMorgantown to Clint N. Suhks

    There was a thread in FR yesterday where a lawyer mentioned that the judge had written the instructions for the Manslaughter charge in a confusing way, which did not make clear to the jury that self-defense was also a legitimate defense against Manslaughter. If that is the case, it may be a good sign that the jury is asking for clarification.

  • How John Paul II Restored Liturgical Sanity

    07/08/2013 1:41:05 PM PDT · 7 of 31
    CaptainMorgantown to ArrogantBustard

    I’m Protestant, but I regularly attend Mass with my in-laws. I like many aspects of the newly translated Mass, but find a few places where they could have chosen simplicity over precision:

    “And with your spirit?” replacing “And also with you”

    and

    “consubstantial with the Father” replacing “One with the Father”

    I know I don’t get a vote. Just sharing my opinion.

  • AT LEAST 1 DEAD IN INDIANA FERTILIZER PLANT EXPLOSION

    06/24/2013 3:16:45 PM PDT · 44 of 45
    CaptainMorgantown to Strategerist

    Almost every small farming community in northern indiana (in fact, anywhere in the midwest) has a local grain elevator. And yes, grain dust is very explosive. Working at a grain elevator is a fairly dangerous job, because the dust is also very hazardous to breathe, and shifting piles of grain can bury an uncautious worker. This is a tragedy, but a local one. Say a prayer for the good people who make sure we have food in our supermarkets.

  • Horse Statues Demolished in Jazan

    06/12/2013 4:27:33 PM PDT · 13 of 16
    CaptainMorgantown to Hardraade

    I misread the title. Whew! Horse statues are still safe in Japan. For now.

  • Climate change study is grim reading

    06/12/2013 4:23:17 PM PDT · 24 of 34
    CaptainMorgantown to ConservativeStatement
    The planet has a fever and the only cure is MORE COWBELL!
  • Using Humor to Get a Little Respect for Faster Play

    06/12/2013 4:04:51 PM PDT · 8 of 23
    CaptainMorgantown to who_would_fardels_bear

    You forgot the windmill and the big elephant trunk that keeps moving. I always take forever on those holes!

  • Southern Baptists condemn Boy Scouts over admission of gays

    06/12/2013 1:25:10 PM PDT · 49 of 60
    CaptainMorgantown to CA Conservative

    I repeat, the BSA does not offer a Gay Pride merit badge. The first example you cite is a non-scouting group offering a pretend badge. The second example you cite is some kind of diversity program that a single Boston area council proposed in 2002. Local councils cannot offer their own merit badges.

    There are many reasons to be concerned about the recent policy change by the BSA, but it does the cause of conservatives no good to spread false information.

  • Southern Baptists condemn Boy Scouts over admission of gays

    06/12/2013 12:51:45 PM PDT · 35 of 60
    CaptainMorgantown to Telepathic Intruder
    It's not only this, but the Boy Scouts now have a gay pride merit badge ...

    This is patently false. The Boy Scouts do not have a gay pride merit badge. There are many good reasons to oppose the BSA's recent actions to allow self-identified gays under 18 to become members. There is reason to be concerned that this action may in the future lead to other more extreme policy changes.

    However, it is counterproductive to conservative causes to state incorrect information like that. Myself and many others look to this site for information we can use to inform others in everyday conversation, and if we end up citing information that is just plain false, it reflects badly on the conservative cause.

  • Schumer: "Illegal Immigration Will Be A Thing Of The Past"

    06/11/2013 3:48:28 PM PDT · 2 of 44
    CaptainMorgantown to Biggirl

    Because all immigration will now legal.

  • Chris Christie sets special election to decide Lautenberg replacement

    06/04/2013 1:05:47 PM PDT · 60 of 81
    CaptainMorgantown to SeekAndFind

    The strong political move would be to appoint a Republican as the interim Senator until November 2014, which would guarantee the Republicans would hold that Senate vote for 17 months and then have a candidate running as essentially the incumbant.

    The “noble” move would be to appoint an Republican and then hold the special election in November 2013. This would enable the people of New Jersey to vote on the senator and not cost the taxpayers extra, since they are already holding a state election in November 2013. However, that mean that a popular democrat might be running at the top of ticket when he is running for re-election as governor.

    Instead he is going to spend $24million in taxpayer money to have an election in mid-October, 3 weeks before the regular state election. He manages to sell out fellow Republicans and stick taxypayers with a wasteful bill, merely to further his own political interests.

  • Catholic Church's Top Exorcist Claims He Rid World of 160,000 Demons

    05/28/2013 6:38:19 PM PDT · 6 of 61
    CaptainMorgantown to haffast

    The Wilt Chamberlain of exorcism?

  • Shock as 16-year-old confesses to stabbing classmate ......she didn't like her anymore'

    05/25/2013 10:14:41 PM PDT · 12 of 29
    CaptainMorgantown to piytar

    This is a heartbreaking story that deeply shocked my community. Both the girls who apparently perpetrated the killing and the victim attended my son’s high school. The victim, Skylar Neese, disappeared last July after sneaking out of the house in the late evening supposedly to attend a party with friends. The authorities and most of the community presumed that she was a runaway, and there were searches and missing person’s posters around the community for several months.

    A few months ago, it was announced that the girls body was found in Pennsylvania. A few weeks ago, the rest of the story began to emerge when it was announced that her former friend, Rachel Shoaf, had pleaded guilty to 2nd degree murder.

    Evidently, Shoaf and another girl (whose name is known in the community but has not yet been named in newspapers because her case has not yet been transferred from juvenile to adult court) lured Neese out of her home on the evening she disappeared, and then stabbed her to death and hid her body. The pre-planned nature of the attack and the fact that they were able to conceal the crime for over half a year was especially shocking to the community.

    Shoaf seems to have gotten a favorable plea deal (2nd degree murder) because the Prosecutor felt her confession and testimony was needed to assure conviction. The second as yet unnamed girl will likely be charged with 1st degree murder when her case is transferred to adult court.

    The community is a relatively affluent area within the state, so I would not characterize this as an ‘urban’ crime. The kids involved may not have come from perfect home situations but they appeared to have some parental involvement and church involvement. The motive appears to have included jealousy over a situation with a boy. Drugs may have also clouded the moral faculties of the killers. Sometimes people just make evil choices.

    Overall, a very tragic situation. I pray for all involved but especially the parents and family of Skylar Neese.

  • Super Bowl ads so far all duds (vanity)

    02/03/2013 5:53:54 PM PST · 32 of 58
    CaptainMorgantown to gunsequalfreedom

    My favorites:

    (1) M&Ms “I would do anything for love”

    (2) The Coke chase through the desert.

  • Vanity -- Voting line.. Gloucester Point, VA -- 6:18 a.m. -- Line is 75+ deep.

    11/06/2012 4:21:23 AM PST · 27 of 55
    CaptainMorgantown to PigRigger

    West Virginia polls open at 6:30am. I arrived at 6:32, and there were already 15-20 people in line ahead of me.

    Romney will win WV easily, and we will likely re-elect 1st term R Congressman David McKinley. It’s hard to guess how we will do in statewide races. R’s have good, well-financed candidates for Governor, Senate, and Attorney General but WV voters never seem to get that Dem governors and senators support Obama’s agenda, no matter how much they try to separate themselves in public. We’ll see how long Romney’s coattails are.

  • Bloomberg Backs Obama, Citing Climate Change

    11/01/2012 2:38:10 PM PDT · 49 of 70
    CaptainMorgantown to TexasGunLover

    I would think the mayor of a city with several million residents currently living in the dark, would be grateful for any electricity right about now, even the kind generated by cheap dirty coal.

  • Cockroach Crawls All Over NBC Reporter During Live Shot - & He Doesn't Even Flinch (Poor Bug)

    10/19/2012 3:33:35 PM PDT · 7 of 28
    CaptainMorgantown to bravo whiskey

    professional courtesy?

  • Top RB stops 1 yard short of end zone to set up touching TD tribute for grieving teammate

    10/17/2012 8:54:00 PM PDT · 21 of 41
    CaptainMorgantown to null and void

    Fair enough, but please read the USAToday article that is linked from the yahoo article. It’s clear from the article that:
    * It was a stunt planned by the St. Clairsville coach, not a spontaneous act by the senior player.
    * It wasn’t the heroic winning touchdown. It was piling on a weaker opponent near the end of a 56-27 rout by St. Clairsville

    There is a right way and a wrong way to do things. By all means, give the younger player a shot to play late in the game, and maybe score a touchdown. Football teams do that every day on every level and many wonderful memories are made that way. But simply giving the young player a fair shot would have made it about the young man. The goal of the stunt of stepping out of bounds was to draw attention to the coach and the school, at the expense of humiliating an opponent and devaluing the young man’s accomplishment. Because we are taking about a high school football game in Ohio on this thread, it is clear that the coach’s stunt was a success.

  • Top RB stops 1 yard short of end zone to set up touching TD tribute for grieving teammate

    10/17/2012 7:54:30 PM PDT · 16 of 41
    CaptainMorgantown to WVKayaker

    I’m going to be unpopular on this thread. If the circumstances of the game allowed for coach to substitute the freshman running back Logan Thompson in during the regular course of play to score a touchdown, that would be wonderful. But to deliberately step out of bounds to set up the play seems to me like another form of hot-dogging.

    The touchdown was scored in the 4th quarter of a 56-27 blowout of their rival by St. Clairsville. The stunt was planned by the St. Clairsville coach; it wasn’t a spontaneous act of kindness by the senior Fern.

    In a sport like football, where every player is working hard on every play, it disrespects the opponent to say it’s so easy to score a touchdown that we can let the freshman go the last few inches. It disrespects the freshman Logan Thompson, who evidently is a talented athlete in his own right, to score his first touchdown under contrived circumstance. And it calls attention to the coach and senior Fern, much more surely than if Fern had just run the ball into the end zone.

    I’m going to be in the minority on this thread, but it seems to me that this was more a selfish act of poor sportsmanship by the coach of St. Clairsville to draw attention to himself against an overmatched opponent, than a spontaneous act of kindness.

  • WaPo Reporter Says Bush 'Didn't Pay a High Enough Price' After DUI Revelation

    10/09/2012 6:20:31 PM PDT · 14 of 43
    CaptainMorgantown to chessplayer

    A lot of people don’t remember that:

    (1) GWB was consistently ahead by about 4-5% in all of the national polls in the weeks leading up to the 2000 election. In the absence of this story, it was not going to be a particularly close election.

    (2) The story was originated by a democratic party operative on the Friday before the election, and ABC/CBS/NBC/CNN ran with the democratic talking points all weekend long in a 72 hour negative advertisment against GWB.

    (3) The incident was over 20 years old at the time of the election - from the late 1970s.

    (4) Despite the way the press still reports it, GWB was never convicted of DUI, DWI or any other alcohol related driving offense. He hit a mailbox, was issued a ticket for reckless driving, and the ‘suggestion’ was that he may have been drinking at the time.

    (5) Although driving under the influence was never a good thing, the attitudes towards DUI were MUCH different in the 1970s than they were in the year 2000. The press never put any of this in context.

  • Obama, Romney Tied Among Likely Voters (New Nat'l Journal poll, R up 8 w/Indies)

    10/02/2012 5:49:39 PM PDT · 8 of 31
    CaptainMorgantown to kristinn

    The sampling for this poll appears to be 39 percent Dems, 32 Rep, so if they are even with a skewed sample like that, Obama is in huge trouble.

  • I am done with Dick's Sporting Goods! (vanity)

    09/30/2012 8:55:59 AM PDT · 101 of 202
    CaptainMorgantown to Red in Blue PA
    Ever consider that many (Most) of the laws concerning the 2A are unconstitutional?

    Yes. I think many of vast array of Export Control laws we have put into place are ill-considered, and impinge on Constitutional liberties (1st as well as 2nd ammendments). But I don't blame Dick's Sporting Good for trying to stay out of jail and in business.

  • I am done with Dick's Sporting Goods! (vanity)

    09/30/2012 8:41:38 AM PDT · 85 of 202
    CaptainMorgantown to Red in Blue PA

    Export Controls.

    It is illegal to export guns or ammunition to countries like North Korea, Iran, China. If you consider some of the more specialized items for sale at stores Dick’s, like high powered scopes or armor piercing bullets, the list of prohibited countries gets a lot longer.

    The way that export control laws are now written, selling a prohibited item to a national of a foreign country within the U.S. is considered an “export” of that item. So if Dick’s Sporting Goods sells a rifle and ammunition to an Iranian citizen, they are probably in violation of export control laws. And I am guessing that ATF or other agencies would love to hit a major gun/ammo chain store like Dick’s or Cabela’s or Gander Mountain with huge fines for violating export control rules.

    In my opinion at least, your anger is misplaced. Dick’s is just trying to follow the law and stay in business.

  • Ahmadinejad Defends Holocaust Denial at UN; Israel Walks Out, U.S. Sticks Around to Listen

    09/24/2012 6:55:20 PM PDT · 21 of 28
    CaptainMorgantown to Nachum

    Walking out is not always the right thing to do at the UN. The Soviets regretted walking out on the Security Council in 1950 until the end of the cold war, because the US immediately passed the mandate for UN forces in Korea.

    The General Assembly is not the same as the Security Council, and they can’t do much more than pass resolutions, but there still may be some procedural rights that you give up if you are absent. I would not necessarily interpret keeping a representative on the floor as a hostile move to Israel. There are MANY other things I would fault the Obama administration for, but not this one.

  • Obama Replaces Stars On U.S. Flag With Campaign Symbol, Hawks It As A “Poster...."

    09/20/2012 7:16:54 AM PDT · 42 of 81
    CaptainMorgantown to NYer

    The first poster seems seems to within the range of artistic license that many campaigns and organizations use to incorporate red, white and blue, and parterns of stars and stripes into their designs and logos. I don’t have a problem with that one.

    The second one is clearly a parody of the American flag. I do have a problem with that, and I’m surprised that a presidential campaign would use the flag in that manner. Or rather, I would have been surprised 5 years ago. Somehow, nothing surprises me anymore.

  • George Zimmerman Defense Wants Trayvon Martin School Records

    09/07/2012 9:08:44 AM PDT · 17 of 61
    CaptainMorgantown to Uncle Chip

    I can’t see how academic records (grades and test scores) would be relevant, but disciplinary records certainly are.

  • Barbara J. Easterling:We Must Educate Younger People About Unions

    09/03/2012 2:32:04 PM PDT · 19 of 20
    CaptainMorgantown to mdittmar

    We do educate our children about unions. When they go back to school and ask why the best young teachers were laid off when the worst teachers still have their job, we explain about union contracts and seniority. When we drive see construction work on the same stretch of interstate highway for 4 or 5 years in a row, and our kids ask why the work never seems to get finished, we explain to them about unions.

  • Was any of the Morman faith and Bain Capital speakersshown on CNN, MSNBC, and Fox?

    08/30/2012 6:45:18 PM PDT · 11 of 40
    CaptainMorgantown to NKP_Vet

    I saw the Romney campaign co-chair talk about his time at Bain Capital with Romney on Fox (during the O’Reilly hour I think).

    And yes, Romney has a right to be very proud of his time at Bain Capital (probably more proud of that than his time as Governor of Massachusetts).

  • (Boston) Mayor Menino to speak at DNC in Charlotte

    08/30/2012 6:35:41 PM PDT · 7 of 19
    CaptainMorgantown to massmike

    Good. Bring on the far-left idiocy and serve it up in heaping helpings on prime time television for all the nation to see. Let the Democrats show us who they truly are.

  • Pentagon to consider legal action against ex-SEAL author of bin Laden raid book

    08/30/2012 6:20:38 PM PDT · 14 of 53
    CaptainMorgantown to sheikdetailfeather

    If his purpose in righting the book was to correct information which was illegally leaked by the Obama administration for polical purposes, I might have more sympathy for the author. Unfortunately, I think his primary motivation is simply to cash in on his participation in the raid. If that is the case, and he reveals classified information that puts US servicemen at risk in future raids, then he should be prosecuted to the full extent of the law.

    I hope the individuals who have leaked classified information about the raid to advance the fortunes of the Obama admininistration are prosecuted with equal vigor.

  • Illinois Dems Stationed Near Republican Convention To Counter Obama-Bashing

    08/30/2012 5:44:54 PM PDT · 19 of 28
    CaptainMorgantown to Free ThinkerNY

    The level of uncivility of the Democratic party is starting to border on facism. Another article says the chair of the DNC (Wasserman-Schulz) and one of the featured speakers at next weeks convention (Fluke) snuck into the convention center to talk to reporters there today. Activisit hecklers consistently shadown Romney and Ryan at every campaign stop. It is no longer enough for the left to advocate their own positions, they have to actively work to silence opposing views.

  • Is Paul Ryan the new Sarah Palin?

    08/30/2012 8:22:33 AM PDT · 15 of 55
    CaptainMorgantown to CaptainMorgantown

    And let me add: (5) Palin was an evangelical so the left could safely ridicule her religion, knowing that they were not going to get much of the evangelical vote anyway. Ryan is a Catholic and when the left starts to ridicule that, they risk moving the Catholic vote from 60-40 in favor of Romney/Ryan to 70-30 or higher.

  • Is Paul Ryan the new Sarah Palin?

    08/30/2012 8:16:35 AM PDT · 12 of 55
    CaptainMorgantown to ConservativeStatement

    Yes, he is a young bright articulate conservative voice, so in that sense, he is the new Sarah Palin.

    However, unlike Palin, Paul Ryan has many advantages that will make it much harder for the left to demonize him: (1) He doesn’t have a funny accent; (2) he has too long and accomplished a record (8 terms in Congress versus 2 as Governor) to characterize him as an airhead; (3) He didn’t have to clean out a corrupt GOP state party establishment, so he doesn’t have as large a group of backstabbers from his home state hoping for an opportunity to destroy him; and (4) He isn’t a woman or a mother, so he is not subject to the despicable innuendo that the left’s ‘war on women’ propopents invariably use against those women who don’t agree with them.

  • Natalie Portman [...] rallies support for President Obama

    08/26/2012 10:51:25 AM PDT · 17 of 55
    CaptainMorgantown to Feline_AIDS

    If I recall correctly, she and Jar-Jar supported Senator Palpatine for Emperor until it was too late.

  • Who inherits your iTunes library? Why your digital books and music may go to the grave

    08/25/2012 3:32:10 PM PDT · 20 of 45
    CaptainMorgantown to gorush

    ‘Inheritance’ of music, video, and books across multiple generations wouldn’t be such an issue if Congress did not keep extending all copyrights indefinitely. If I live to a ripe old age, then it is likely that the artists/authors who originally created much of music, book and movie collection would have long since passed away. Once upon a time, their work would have passed into the public domain after a reasonable period of time.

    The purpose of granting a copyright is to give the original creator of the work a reasonable opportunity to benefit from that work. After a reasonable period of time, the work was to pass into the public domain so that others could build on the work. This recognized the fact that most stories and music borrow heavily from ideas that came before.

    Beginning in the 1970s, in response to heavy lobbying from Disney and other entertainment corporations, Congress began extending length of Copyrights to longer and longer terms. As a result, Disney (which based their films on stories like Snow White, Cinderella, and Sleeping Beauty which were in the public domain) has been able to claim that the idea of a brunette Snow White is their ‘Intellectual Property’ and sue any competitors into submission.

    I think the current duration of most copyrights is now 95 years after release of the work. Within the next few years, Disney and others will begin lobbying to extend the copyright further (the trigger event for Disney is when copyrights on the first Mickey Mouse films expire).

    At some point, Congress needs to say that enough is enough and let works pass into the public domain.

  • Paul Ryan A Bold VP Choice But Romney/Ryan Plan Will Hammer The Middle Class

    08/13/2012 9:43:16 AM PDT · 3 of 22
    CaptainMorgantown to facedown

    Cuts of a few percent here and there will not “hammer” the middle class. What will really hammer the middle class is a financial collapse of the US economy on the order of what Greece is experiencing, which is precisely what will happen if we refuse to make any reforms to our giant entitlement programs.

  • Why Dick Lugar lost (MEGABARF - GOP-E helps the drive bys re-write history in real time)

    08/12/2012 5:34:15 PM PDT · 23 of 23
    CaptainMorgantown to JerseyDvl
    At its heart, Lugar’s defeat was attributable to the fact that he broke the political golden rule: Never lose touch with the people who elected you.

    And that is precisely why the Tea Party movement exists. So tell me again why this wasn't a Tea Party victory?

  • George Will: Romney’s presidential pick

    08/12/2012 10:12:14 AM PDT · 2 of 18
    CaptainMorgantown to Oldeconomybuyer

    George Will, after flailing about for the better part of 3 years, in an attempt to say nice moderate things about Obama in order to keep his good standing with the elite media, seems to have realized that he is an American first and a media member second.

  • New database of US voter fraud finds no evidence that photo ID laws are needed

    08/12/2012 8:38:06 AM PDT · 48 of 55
    CaptainMorgantown to ImJustAnotherOkie

    Exactly,

    If there is no way of detecting voter fraud, there will be no evidence of it.

    If ID’s are unneccsary, why do we require a license to drive? I’m sure people are trustworthy enough to follow traffic laws with no one checking on them.

    Furthermore, why do I need to make sure sure my employer has all of my information for tax withholding? I’m certain that we can trust everyone to pay their taxes without the government checking up on everyone like that.

  • Team USA Athletes: 10 Christian Olympic Medal Winners Glorifying God

    08/12/2012 7:58:11 AM PDT · 16 of 29
    CaptainMorgantown to SeekAndFind

    David Boudia: Diving, 1 bronze and 1 GOLD (After last night!)

  • FACT CHECK: Questionable claims in veep debut (AP at it already)

    08/11/2012 2:27:38 PM PDT · 22 of 33
    CaptainMorgantown to TurboZamboni

    If a news story labels itself as a ‘fact check’, its a pretty safe bet that the story is pure editorial opinion and the reporter thinks putting the word ‘fact’ in the headlines will somehow give their opinions more credility with the intended audience.

    I can’t count the number of ‘Fact Check’ articles I have read this year that amount to ‘Yes the conservatives candidate’s numbers are correct but its very unfair to measure the success of Obama’s programs in objective terms’ or ‘Yes, the liberal candidate’s statements were techically wrong but he meant well so we should give him credit for that.’

    Note to liberal reporters: facts are objective things like numbers or dates, not interpretations. If you want to advance the argument that MediCare can be better ‘preserved’ by promising much more than we can possibly afford to deliver until the system collapses than by matching promises with revenue, at least have the decency to call your piece an editorial opinion.

  • Support For Gay Marriage Rises Across All Age, Race, Political Groups

    08/02/2012 10:16:24 AM PDT · 34 of 154
    CaptainMorgantown to rarestia
    Wonder if they sampled Democrats over any other political group.

    Well, the article says that:

    65 percent of democrats supported gay marriage

    51 percent of independents supported gay marriage

    24 percent of republicans supported gay marriage

    Then goes on to say "The poll showed 63 percent of Americans believe gay relations writ large should be legal..." I assume that means that the poll says there is 63 percent overall support for gay marriage.

    To get 63 percent overall support from the earlier numbers reported, the sample would have to look something like 93% democrats, 3.5% independents, and 3.5% republicans (other combinations are possile with slightly different combinations of independents and republicans but they would all have this kind of skew).

    If you use the earlier numbers with any reasonable distribution of party identification (say, 38% D, 27% I, 35% R), you would end up with 47% percent support for gay marriage - still a minority even after years of relentless media propaganda

    I expect the reporter made some mistakes, but I also suspect that any poll from Pew has bias that stinks to high heaven. They don't call it "Pew" for nothing.

  • Reading the News, What Dylan Songs Come to Mind? [Vanity]

    07/30/2012 5:01:34 PM PDT · 56 of 84
    CaptainMorgantown to dagogo redux

    “There must be some way out of here,” said the joker to the thief.

  • Bloomberg Endorses Republican in Heated Massachusetts Senate Race

    07/26/2012 7:07:12 PM PDT · 4 of 9
    CaptainMorgantown to ConservativeStatement

    I raise my 32 ounce Big Gulp to this endorsement.

  • Where Did Syria’s Chemical Weapons Come From?

    07/14/2012 10:56:44 AM PDT · 39 of 42
    CaptainMorgantown to SumProVita

    Syria had their own chemical weapons program, in addition to whatever they got from Saddam. That being said, there were massive convoys between Iraq and Syria for months before the 2nd Gulf war, while France delayed us from action. There were undoubtedly large amounts of chemical weapons that were moved form Iraq to Syria, during that time.

    The frustrating thing is that MSM meme was there were no WMD in Iraq and the Bush administration was totally passive in accepting that meme despite all evidence to the contrary. Not only did they never make the case for the transfer in the months leading up to the war, but they also just accepted the media judgement that the weapons they did find never met the ‘threshold’. There were several finds of caches of chemical weapons but they were always characterized as too small or too old to matter. There were numerous finds of missile technology that Iraq was prohibited from having after the 1st Gulf war, but the media reaction was always ‘well that just missile technology, its not WMD’. There were even some biological weapons labs that were found, but the reaction was ‘well maybe they were working on civilian medical projects’.

    GWB made many mistakes, but maybe his greatest mistake that we are still living with is he spent his second term totally passive in terms of letting the media paint him and his policies (and by extensive all conservatives) as inept and wrong. To a large extent, that four year silence on the part of GWB gave us the disastrous electoral outcome of 2008.

  • Obama Spending on Attack Ads Soars

    07/14/2012 10:31:47 AM PDT · 20 of 46
    CaptainMorgantown to BarnacleCenturion

    Romney needs to geer up his ads to counter this, especially in swing states like Ohio. The massive early advertisements defining his opponent was one of the key things that Clinton did in 96. By the time the fall campaign rolls around, both sides will be all over the airwaves and it will be hard to move the poll numbers either way over the last few months.

    Romney didn’t hesitate to go very negative, very early against his conservative opponents and he needs to use his warchest now to go after Obama aggressively over the summer. For the most part, Romney is doing well in polls in swing states, but the numbers I’ve seen in a couple Ohio polls lately are frightening - showing Obama with close to a 10 point lead there. A republican simply cannot with without Ohio. Obama knows this and has visited Ohio over and over again.

    I cannot believe that I’m to the point of wanting Romney to win this badly - but the alternative is so much worse.

  • Obama Spending on Attack Ads Soars

    07/14/2012 10:31:23 AM PDT · 19 of 46
    CaptainMorgantown to BarnacleCenturion

    Romney needs to geer up his ads to counter this, especially in swing states like Ohio. The massive early advertisements defining his opponent was one of the key things that Clinton did in 96. By the time the fall campaign rolls around, both sides will be all over the airwaves and it will be hard to move the poll numbers either way over the last few months.

    Romney didn’t hesitate to go very negative, very early against his conservative opponents and he needs to use his warchest now to go after Obama aggressively over the summer. For the most part, Romney is doing well in polls in swing states, but the numbers I’ve seen in a couple Ohio polls lately are frightening - showing Obama with close to a 10 point lead there. A republican simply cannot with without Ohio. Obama knows this and has visited Ohio over and over again.

    I cannot believe that I’m to the point of wanting Romney to win this badly - but the alternative is so much worse.