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  • Changing opinions on climate change, from a CNN meteorologist

    08/25/2016 11:40:56 AM PDT · 28 of 34
    Col. Bob to plain talk

    Political Science
    Published NWFDN Feb 22, 2007

    Sadly political science has trumped the analytical science of global warming. Government funded scientists, environmentalists, Congress, and the mainstream media have all decreed manmade global warming a fact. However scientific observations and models don’t support their conclusions.

    Ice core and coral reef samples show the earth has cycled from glacial to interglacial warm periods for millions of years, without mankind’s intervention. Water vapor constitutes 95% of all greenhouse gasses, but manmade CO2 constituting 0.001% of our atmosphere, is designated the global warming driver. Yet, observations show that global warming usually precedes rather than follows CO2 increases.

    What then causes these cycles, if not man? A combination of uncontrollable external factors, such as periodic changes in the sun’s radiation, eccentricities in the Earth’s orbit from near circular to elliptical, and changes in the tilt and precession of Earth’s axis.

    Even the IPCC’s “Climate Change 2007 Summary for Policymakers”, released before the actual report was completed, admits, “ice core data indicate the average polar temperatures (125,000 years ago) were 3 to 50C higher than present because of differences in the Earth’s orbit.” The report also predicts temperature and sea level rises in the next 100 years of 3.2o F and 7 –23 inches, far below previous estimates.

    Phony hockey stick graphs emphasizing recent abnormal global temperature rises by deleting medieval warming and mini ice ages and computer climate models failing to predict observed global temperatures and sea level rises when back tested, only politicize and detract from legitimate analytical climate change science.

  • UPI/CVoter poll: Hillary Clinton leads Donald Trump by 3.5 points (49-46)

    08/15/2016 11:50:12 AM PDT · 37 of 52
    Col. Bob to tatown

    Do not trust any poll that does not include the details or demographics of the poll; such as numbers of Republicans, Democrats, Independents, registered voters, and likely voters. Also check to see if any of these polling groups are weighted; such as Republicans - 0.8, Democrats - 1.2, etc.

    Polls are meaningless or misleading without details on how the poll was conducted.

  • TWO AMERICAS

    01/02/2015 3:01:05 AM PST · 34 of 35
    Col. Bob to iowamark

    Thank you for revealing who really wrote this article. Lonsberry did indeed “nail it.”

  • TWO AMERICAS

    01/01/2015 3:35:28 PM PST · 1 of 35
    Col. Bob
    How we end up in life is determined by ability, determination, and life choices.

    There are four basic choices which will largely determine how successful and prosperous one will be.

    1. Graduate from high school - Expand your education. Go on to either trade school or college.

    2. Get a job - Excelling at any job leads to better jobs.

    3. Get married - Stay married by loving, respecting, and honoring your spouse and children.

    4. Don't have children before getting married - Marriage is a commitment. Hooking up is not. It leads to desertion.

    Reducing income inequality results in everyone reaching the same level of poverty.

  • I Want a President Who Loves America

    12/30/2014 7:50:14 PM PST · 1 of 33
    Col. Bob
    We are at a crossroad. I fear, if we go down the path to Obama's "fundamental change," we may never get back to the freedoms and individual liberty we have thus far enjoyed.

    Read the comments to this article. They are very instructive and illuminating.

  • Air Asia 8501. When will we learn?

    12/30/2014 4:04:22 PM PST · 1 of 57
    Col. Bob
    As an Air Force and airline pilot I loved to hand fly every aircraft I was lucky enough to pilot. Modern autopilots are great, but they don't need the practice. I did! I enjoyed every minute of it, and it proved to be very useful getting out of some very ticklish and life threatening situations.

    With reliance on automation, flying is becoming a lost art, a skill we can't afford to lose.

  • Race-Mongering a Half-Century Later

    12/29/2014 3:08:12 PM PST · 1 of 4
    Col. Bob
    Things haven't changed much over time, except that government officials at the highest levels seem to have made things worse.
  • Obama Administration Doesn't Care Whether You Work Or Not

    02/08/2014 3:51:54 AM PST · 31 of 32
    Col. Bob to rey

    Obamacare helps workers to escape job lock so they can move into welfare-poverty lock.

  • ‘Allah Gave Israel to The Jews; There’s No Palestine’ (says Muslim scholar in Jordan)

    02/07/2014 6:57:02 AM PST · 22 of 29
    Col. Bob to Olog-hai

    On further study of “Abrogation in the Koran” by Rev. Anwaral Haqq, June 2006, http://www.muhammadanism.org/Quran/abrogation_koran.pdf, neither of these verses are listed as being abrogated. If so, Israel has been granted to the Jews by God.

    Don’t think Muslims will go along with Haqq’s study though.

  • ‘Allah Gave Israel to The Jews; There’s No Palestine’ (says Muslim scholar in Jordan)

    02/07/2014 5:58:57 AM PST · 21 of 29
    Col. Bob to Olog-hai

    There are two Koran’s. One was written by Mohammed in Mecca, which is the peaceful version. The second was written by Mohammed in Medina and is political or a harsher version towards Kafirs,(unbelievers) and abrogates or invalidates contradictory verses in the Meccan version.

    So, though it may be true that Mohammed recognized the right of Jews to occupy Israel as decreed by God, he abrogates, or invalidates this verse in the Meccan version.

    Most if not all Muslims prescribe to the Meccan version. So, there is no contradiction in the two versions.

  • Obama: 'The Taliban are Not Our Enemies and We Don't Want to Fight Them.'

    12/01/2013 8:22:06 AM PST · 62 of 72
    Col. Bob to Nachum

    Really? But they are the enemy of the Afghan people.

  • Pilgrims Progress

    11/30/2013 6:50:15 AM PST · 15 of 15
    Col. Bob to Elsie

    Sorry, I meant Post 12.

  • Pilgrims Progress

    11/30/2013 6:46:50 AM PST · 14 of 15
    Col. Bob to Elsie

    See Post 13.

  • Pilgrims Progress

    11/30/2013 4:28:46 AM PST · 12 of 15
    Col. Bob to Jack Hydrazine
    Thanks again Jack for your response. an article titled “The Pilgrim Story: Vital Insights And Lessons For Today” by Dr.Judd W.Patton of the Bellevue University Economic$ Department states; “The contract between the Adventurers (the London Virginia Company) and the Pilgrims consisted of ten points. The most critical of which stated, “that all such persons as are of this colony are to have their meat, drink, apparel, and all other provisions out of the common stock and goods of the said colony.” Further it was agreed that during the first seven years, “all profits and benefits that are got by trade, traffic, trucking, working, fishing, or any other means of any persons, remain still in the common stock until the division.”

    Communal arrangements seemed to be springing up at that time and seemed like good ideas till they failed, as they did in the Plymouth colony.

    I've yet to find a copy of that contract but will keep looking.

    So it appears you and others were right. The Mayflower Compact was not the culprit that dictated an communal style of governance.

  • Pilgrims Progress

    11/29/2013 1:23:07 PM PST · 7 of 15
    Col. Bob to Jack Hydrazine

    Jack: Thanks for the response. As I said to Sherman, there seems to be nothing in the Compact that specifically dictates a communal style of government. It may be implied in the part of the Compact that states...”do by these presents, solemnly and mutually, in the presence of God, and one another covenant and combine ourselves together into a civil body politic; for our better ordering and preservation and furtherance of the ends aforesaid.”

    As he stated, the colonists were employees of the London Virginia Company, not independent colonists.

    The communal style of government appears to be the company’s policy and the phrase, “covenant and combine ourselves together into a civil body politic” seems to lend itself to that style of governance.

    Anyway, it seemed like a good idea at the time. Fortunately the colonists changed from a commune to a private ownership style that served them well from then on.

  • Pilgrims Progress

    11/29/2013 1:16:42 PM PST · 6 of 15
    Col. Bob to Sherman Logan

    Thank you for the correction. There seems to be nothing in the Compact that specifically dictates a communal style of government. It may be implied in the part of the Compact that states...”do by these presents, solemnly and mutually, in the presence of God, and one another covenant and combine ourselves together into a civil body politic; for our better ordering and preservation and furtherance of the ends aforesaid; and by virtue hereof to enact, constitute, and frame, such as just and equal laws, ordinances, acts, constitutions, and offices, from time to time, as shall be thought to most meet and convenient for the general good of the colony; unto which we promise all due submission and obedience.”

    As you stated, the colonists were employees of the London Virginia Company, not independent colonists.

    The communal style of government appears to be the company’s policy and the phrase, “covenant and combine ourselves together into a civil body politic” seems to lend itself to that style of governance.

    Anyway, it seemed like a good idea at the time. Fortunately the colonists changed from a commune to a private ownership style that served them well from then on.

    Thanks again for the correction.

  • Pilgrims Progress

    11/29/2013 7:24:57 AM PST · 1 of 15
    Col. Bob
    This is a humble offering of a letter offered to my local newspaper that might supplement letters regarding the origin and significance of the Thanksgiving holiday. This letter to the editor was submitted and published two years ago as "Pilgrims Progress." It was initially rejected because the paper's policy was not to repeat past letter until they discovered they had no letters on Thanksgiving on Thanksgiving day, so it was republished as "The True Story." Note, the first Thanksgiving feast occurred in 1621 but was not as bountiful as the one celebrated in 1623 after Mayflower Compact changes from public to private ownership of property brought forth truly bountiful harvest from then on.
  • The Obamacare Throwdown – Let’s Not Be Gutless Wonders

    08/15/2013 8:49:52 AM PDT · 17 of 18
    Col. Bob to ScottinVA
    Those fiscally conservative ideas will not happen with the current crop of establishment (RINO)Republicans in power. They fear Obama and his progressive minions and are focused primarily in staying in office, not taking measures to straighten out our economy. Sadly they tend to go wherever the MSM wind blows them.

    We need more Tea Party conservatives.

  • The Obamacare Throwdown – Let’s Not Be Gutless Wonders

    08/15/2013 5:59:38 AM PDT · 9 of 18
    Col. Bob to IbJensen
    It's not enough to defund and/or repeal Obamacare, but Republicans need to propose an alternative.

    How about a consumer centered and funded health care plan. Allow individual tax breaks for health insurance premiums and treatment, with refundable tax credits for the poor. Allow insurance to be purchased from any state at the level of coverage desired, ranging from full coverage to catastrophic coverage. Finally allow tax free Health Savings Accounts so people can save for increased senior health care costs.

    It's great to oppose costly unworkable and unsustainable programs, but simply opposing or saying no is useless without a better solution.

    Always being negative is a turnoff. Let the republican party be the party of fiscally conservative ideas.

  • Senator: IRS to pay $70M in employee bonuses

    06/19/2013 6:53:23 AM PDT · 13 of 13
    Col. Bob to Zakeet

    Sequester? Sequester? They don’t need no stinken sequester!!

  • State Department Inspector General 'probes review board that cleared Hillary Clinton and other

    05/11/2013 8:39:44 AM PDT · 26 of 27
    Col. Bob to Ernest_at_the_Beach

    Mistakes were made but no one is to blame!!

  • Congress finds it hard to let Federal Helium Program run out of gas

    05/02/2013 4:17:56 AM PDT · 11 of 17
    Col. Bob to JerseyanExile
    The Post and your commentors are a little short sighted. Take a look at the following article:

    “Why the world is running out of helium”
    A US law means supplies of the gas – a vital component of MRI scanners – are vanishing fast.

    http://www.independent.co.uk/news/science/why-the-world-is-running-out-of-helium-2059357.html

  • Bill Cosby says those who oppose Obama are racist

    03/06/2013 5:21:53 AM PST · 35 of 51
    Col. Bob to Altura Ct.

    It’s sad that Cosby is so short sided and disolays racial favoritism of his own.

    If President Obama had the basic economics savvy of a Thomas Sowell or a Walter Williams, the education knowledge of Joe Clark or John McWhorter, or the Knowledge and political skills of Herman Cain or Allen West, and the demeanor of Ben Carson, I’d vote for him in a heart beat.

    I guess that makes me a racist.

  • Illinois Becomes Largest State to Give Licenses to Illegals - With No Safeguards Against Fraud

    01/28/2013 5:19:09 AM PST · 15 of 15
    Col. Bob to montag813

    The reason is very simple. Illinois is a motor voter law state. So all illegal aliens with a drivers license can vote ... Democratic!!

  • Is Obamacare Socialism or Fascism?

    01/22/2013 9:16:52 AM PST · 27 of 29
    Col. Bob to Mozilla

    YES!!

  • Is Obamacare Socialism or Fascism?

    01/22/2013 9:16:20 AM PST · 25 of 29
    Col. Bob to Mozilla
    Yes!!
  • Is Obamacare Socialism or Fascism?

    01/22/2013 9:16:20 AM PST · 26 of 29
    Col. Bob to Mozilla
    Yes!!
  • Is Obamacare Socialism or Fascism?

    01/22/2013 9:16:20 AM PST · 24 of 29
    Col. Bob to Mozilla
    Yes!!
  • Is Obamacare Socialism or Fascism?

    01/22/2013 9:16:16 AM PST · 23 of 29
    Col. Bob to Mozilla
    Yess!!
  • Is Obamacare Socialism or Fascism?

    01/22/2013 9:15:56 AM PST · 22 of 29
    Col. Bob to Mozilla
    Yess!!
  • Is Obamacare Socialism or Fascism?

    01/22/2013 9:15:45 AM PST · 21 of 29
    Col. Bob to Mozilla
    Yess!!
  • The hostage kidnapping in Algeria – a first evaluation

    01/21/2013 8:19:46 AM PST · 9 of 12
    Col. Bob to SJackson

    Another drone or Seal Team 6 target in the making.

  • The Race Card Cometh Yet Again

    07/29/2012 6:51:57 AM PDT · 11 of 17
    Col. Bob to Kaslin

    If a candidate for president had the basic economics knowledge of Thomas Sowell or Walter Williams, the education knowledge of Joe Clark or John McWhorter, the business sense of Herman Cain or Vernon Jordan, or the political savvy of Alan West or J. C. Watts, I’d vote for that him in a heartbeat. Oh, and they’re all black!! I guess that makes me a racist.

  • Obama Cuts Hazard Pay for Soldiers Serving in Harm’s Way

    02/06/2012 8:05:28 AM PST · 32 of 46
    Col. Bob to Nachum

    I can see a change in flight pay for aircrew members coming where flight pay is pro-rated daily and credited only for the days you fly. This will expand to other hazardous duties as well.

  • Class Warfare: Q&A [Barfer]

    10/19/2011 6:50:07 AM PDT · 6 of 6
    Col. Bob to upchuck

    I’m sorry, but Rasmussen’s apples and oranges argument just won’t sell. The fact remains that the top 1% earn 20% of AGI and pay 38% of our income taxes earning a minimum income of $380,354. The top 10% earn 46% of AGI and pay 70% of our taxes earning a minimum of $113,799.

    Tossing in other taxes such as payroll or fuel taxes are irrelevant. What is important is what they do with their money. They spend more than the bottom 90%, they save more, and invest more providing the venture capital that allowed folks like Steve Jobs to turn his ideas into a megamillion dollar enterprise that created thousands of jobs, and technology that benefited and enriched everyone. In short their spending, saving, and investments sustains and creates jobs!!

    This sort of logic may impress ignorant class warriors, but not anyone with an ounce of common sense.

    Stop picking on “the rich,” who enrich our economy. What we need are more, not fewer millionaires!!

  • Occupy Wall Street: All Bite, No Apple

    10/09/2011 7:04:52 AM PDT · 11 of 20
    Col. Bob to Kaslin

    Bill Ayers “collective statement” that “a democratic government derives its just power from the people, but corporations do not seek consent to extract wealth from the people and the Earth; and that no true democracy is attainable when the process is determined by economic power” is flat wrong!!

    The peoples consent to part with their wealth occurs when they willingly buy goods and services from businesses and corporations that provide them.

    True democracy occurs in a free market economy; i.e. when consumers purchase goods and services at the highest price they are willing to pay from producers who offer them at the lowest price they are willing to sell.

    It’s a free market “collective” process.

  • The Angst Of Phil Angelides

    06/30/2011 8:51:28 PM PDT · 7 of 8
    Col. Bob to Kaslin

    Angeledis leaves out the government’s role in creating this crisis. That aspect is glaringly absent in his article and his Report. Certainly there was plenty of blame to go around for this crisis in both the public and the private sector. I doubt that it would have ever happened if the Clinton administration had not put the Community Reinvestment Act on steroids.

    In the administration’s rush to make home ownership affordable to everyone, regardless of their clients inability to pay, these sub prime mortgages still proved to be unaffordable.

    Angeledis was also the Secretary of the California Treasury when this was going on, as Rick Sperry pointed out in his book, “The Great American Bank Robbery.” He stated, “Angeledis steered billions of dollars in state funds to CRA friendly banks that loaded up with subprime and other risky investments. Then he sank billions more into subprime securites backed by Freddie Mac.He also urged the state’s two biggest pension funds - the California Public Employees Retirement System and the CaliforniaTeachers retirement system - to invest more in the state’s urban communities.” California took a bath suffering huge losses as a result of Angeledis advice. But then he seemed to have escaped blame by leaving office in 2007, the year the crisis broke.

    Angeledis white washed report and his article are examples of revisionist history at its worst.

  • Andrew Cuomo 2016 speculation heating up

    06/26/2011 8:21:23 AM PDT · 18 of 26
    Col. Bob to freespirited
    Excuse me, but isn't this the same Andrew Cuomo who was head of HUD during the Clinton administration,that, with the help of community action groups like ACORN, rated banks on how minority friendly they were regarding home loans, bullying them into lowering their mortgage underwriting standards which became the basis of the sub-prime mortgage crisis. Did he not also at the Clinton administration force Fannie MAE and Freddy MAC to also lower their underwriting standards increasing their purchase of sub-prime mortgages to over 50% of their portfolios? Great choice for president!! Just who we need to get us out of this crisis that he helped to create!!
  • Audit Faulted Cuomo's HUD Overhaul

    10/22/2010 8:31:11 PM PDT · 4 of 5
    Col. Bob to GOP_Lady

    Wasn’t it Cuomo, as head of HUD who induced Fannie, Freddie and the FHA to lower their underwriting standards insisting that 50% of their portfolios should be comprised of subprime mortgages? He was a key player in creating the subprime mortgage crisis, and now he want’s to be governor of New York?

  • All the News That Fits Soros' Agenda

    10/22/2010 5:58:23 AM PDT · 16 of 19
    Col. Bob to Scanian

    If George Soros is bankrolling NPR, then there’s no need for the government (read taxpayer) to bankroll them.

  • Health costs to $oar: NYC workers' outlay jumping 30% under Obamacare

    10/03/2010 7:58:19 AM PDT · 23 of 29
    Col. Bob to jimbo123

    This is exactly what Obama and the Democrats want. Higher rates will kill private healthcare insurance and will drive employees into single (government) payer healthcare. I think Obama and the Dems are confident that there won’t be enough votes to kill healthcare reform, so Obamacare is on railroad tacks to full enectment. Revocation would require a veto proof Republican majority, which doesn’t seem to be in the cards this year, unless people can see through this scam and get angry enough demand revocation and a free market reform.

  • The Enraged vs. the Exhausted

    09/24/2010 7:27:55 AM PDT · 52 of 57
    Col. Bob to Tuscaloosa Goldfinch
    You can read WSJ subscriber only articles in full by copying the title to google or whatever web browser search engine you use. Click Search, then open that article found in the search results. The article will come up in its entirety. It's a pain in the butt, but not unsurmountable.
  • It's time to fix the estate tax

    07/25/2010 5:16:15 AM PDT · 1 of 53
    Col. Bob
    I question the following comment:

    "In fact, the American Farm Bureau was unable to find a single example of a farm having to be sold to pay the estate tax, as Lee Farris, UFE’s tax policy coordinator, pointed out."

    That may be true under the current law, but may not be true under the Democrat proposal.

    It is distressing to be taxed three times over on your income, interst, dividends and capital gains resulting from investing your income, and taxes on the wealth acquired through a lifetime of thrift and saving.

    I welcome your comments and insight.

  • What You Can't Say About Islamism

    07/10/2010 7:28:53 AM PDT · 6 of 37
    Col. Bob to La Lydia
    The link doesn't work. You can get the whole article by copying the title and putting it into the SEARCH area of your browzer such as Google. Click "Search" then click on the WSJ article. The whole article will come up and can be read in its entirety.
  • Shanghai High-Speed( Rail )Link on a Fast Track to Nowhere

    07/09/2010 6:43:02 AM PDT · 5 of 7
    Col. Bob to Leisler

    If you build it, they won’t necessarily come.

  • The Mexico model

    05/23/2010 5:46:09 AM PDT · 8 of 11
    Col. Bob to Scanian

    Great post. Here’s my response to Calderon in our local paper.

    Free Immigration or Welfare

    President Obama and Congressional Democrats applauded President Calderon’s recent remarks, asserting that Arizona’s immigration law used racial profiling as a basis for law enforcement, that 80% of weapons seized in Mexico’s drug war came from the US, and that the Assault Weapons Ban (AWB) expiration caused 23,ooo deaths since 2006 and should be reinstated.

    His comments were hypocritical, and flat wrong. He obviously didn’t read or understand the Arizona law, was misinformed about weapons seizure, and couldn’t back up drug war death claims causes with facts.

    Arizona’s immigration law reflects federal law permitting citizenship status checks only of violators of established laws. Yet, in a CNN interview, Calderon admitted profiling was the basis of Mexico’s immigration law enforcement followed by jail and deportation.

    The 80% figure comes from 11,000 of 29,000 weapons seized, Mexico submitted to BATF for tracing. But only 17% were traced to the US.

    Finally, the AWB expired because it had little effect reducing assault weapons crimes, remaining at 2-8%, after being enacted.

    Calderon supports US amnesty for illegal immigrants because we’re Mexico’s safety valve. Mexico’s caste social and economic system discourages growth and wealth creation, encouraging the young, restless, and creative to immigrate to the US for jobs and welfare, preventing them from upsetting Mexico’s status quo.

    Obama and Democrats support amnesty hoping it’ll capture Hispanic votes perpetuating their hold on all government branches in perpetuity.

    But for economic stability here, remember Milton Friedman remarking, you can have a welfare state or free immigration but not both.

  • LETTER ON BEHALF OF MUSLIMS TO BARACK OBAMA - END THE WAR OF TEROR [sic]

    04/25/2010 6:41:56 AM PDT · 16 of 22
    Col. Bob to rdb3

    This reads like an updated version of Osama bin-Laden’s 2002 “Letter to America.” The more things change the more they remain the same. The response, if any, should be interesing (sp interesting).
    Wish I could spell gooder.

  • LETTER ON BEHALF OF MUSLIMS TO BARACK OBAMA - END THE WAR OF TEROR [sic]

    04/25/2010 6:38:37 AM PDT · 15 of 22
    Col. Bob to rdb3

    This reads like an updated version of Osama bin Laden’s 2002 “Letter to America.” The more things change the more they remain the same. The response, if any, should be interesing.

  • Cap and Trade: A License Required for your Home(now we know where Obama's Green Jobs will be doing)

    04/13/2010 1:54:26 PM PDT · 24 of 25
    Col. Bob to zzeeman
    I agree with your skepticism of Factcheck and Snopes, but the two first URLs are from the National Association of Realtors and appear to be genuine.

    As I said before, the Senate has yet to pass this bill and could reinsert the objectionable sections. Also the existing sections starting with 202 provide the basis for requiring homeowners to upgrade to “current” environmental standards before a sale is allowed. Or, the EPA might simply mandate such a requirement.

    It simply means we have to keep a close eye on the wording of the Senate version of this bill.

  • Cap and Trade: A License Required for your Home(now we know where Obama's Green Jobs will be doing)

    04/13/2010 6:18:02 AM PDT · 5 of 25
    Col. Bob to bestintxas