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  • Microbes May Slim Us Down After Gastric Bypass

    03/30/2013 3:03:36 PM PDT · 21 of 22
    Criminal Number 18F to yefragetuwrabrumuy

    I think that we’re just starting to get the bioinformatics tools (and the general bio tools, like reasonably-priced, reasonably-fast sequencing, and mass-spectrographic proteomics) that will enable biome analyses.

    It’s kind of where we were on genomes 10+ years ago, maybe even 20 years ago when the first ABI Prism was the rockin’ thing, if your lab could afford one (half a mill?), and the alternative was the Sanger slog....

  • Microbes May Slim Us Down After Gastric Bypass

    03/30/2013 2:57:32 PM PDT · 20 of 22
    Criminal Number 18F to neverdem

    There was an interesting paper in one of the bigs (Nature or Science) a few months back, that suggested (especially in press writeups) that a Chinese team had produced dramatic weight loss by resetting fat folks’ gut flora with traditional Chinese remedies.

    I read it with interest, and wound up wondering how they ever published the paper. The experimental group as an N of 1 (the one experimental subject was a single 278 lb. man) and the control group appeared to have an N of 0. (i.e., there was no control group).

    That’s many things, but it ain’t science. It doesn’t disprove the thesis either, and there are a number of things in this new paper that suggest there might actually be something to flora as either a cause or a consequence of obesity. You can’t see which way the arrow of causation points... yet.

    The beauty of science is that they keep plugging till they understand. It’s brought us many wonders in these recent decades, and if the gov. doesn’t make a complete botch of it, it will bring us more wonders at an accelerating rate.

    Still, most overweight Americans are overweight as a result of too little activity and too much intake... simple thermodynamics, not advanced biology.

  • Freeper Doctor Raoul Has Died

    03/30/2013 2:47:38 PM PDT · 639 of 664
    Criminal Number 18F to abner

    What a tragic loss. America was greater for his life. May a merciful God welcome his Soul in Paradise.

    Sorry I haven’t more to add. Haven’t posted in years. Still love you guys and gals.

  • Obama's Navy SEAL Critics Are Failing Miserably

    08/24/2012 11:33:45 AM PDT · 79 of 81
    Criminal Number 18F to Toadman

    That’s like the AP article that was headlined “Special operators to anti-Obama groups on bin Laden killing: zip it”:

    The one guy they quote is an SF officer, MAJ Lujan, who did spend 3 years as an ODA leader in 7th Group, with one Afghan tour, and has since polished his Dari and been deployed as an advisor once, while spending time at the Kennedy School at Harvard (aka Democrat’s Daycare) as a grad student and at West Point as a professor. His career shows that he’s really a politician in uniform: a stint as a volunteer on House committee Dem staff, involvement with the Democrats’ GWOT think-tank, the Center for a New American Security, etc.

    Somehow they get from one guy, Lujan, to “Special Operators”. See Lujan’s bio here, and if you have the time to read the transcript his sucking up to GEN Keane will gag you.

    In my experience, the graduates of the Military Academy are a bimodal distribution: studs and slugs. The former are dedicated to selfless service. The handful of Pointers we got in SF before it was a branch (i.e. when it was career suicide) were almost all this type. The latter are careerist knob-polishers, political and social climbers who are dedicated to serviceless self. A high percentage of the Pointers who have entered SF since it has become fashionable and career-boosting are this type of man.

    I don’t know Major Lujan personally, but I have assigned him to one of those two bins tentatively. And I’m still hooting over the idea of a guy who’s got the uncontrollable camera-and-reporter reflex of Chuck Schumer invoking the ethos of the “quiet professional”.

    Meanwhile, the Dems’ message is clear, if false:

    “”And let’s not forget that this is the commander in chief who finally led the mission that brought Osama bin Laden to justice,” said [NH Dem Senator Jeane] Shaheen.”

    Mean Jeane was introducing Obama. (Incidentally, if you’re a vet in NH, a VA or other problem raised with her office gets a form letter occasionally, but ignored more usually).

    He turned loose GEN Dempsey (I thought he was the weasel who, after Fort Hood, said “the shooting was unfortunate but it would be a tragedy if we let this affect our precious Diversity programs,” but that was a different d-bag, Casey) to explain how political speech is not OK (i.e., if it’s against his padrón).

    Obama’s also run an ad suggesting that Mr Romney would not have greenlighted the mission. My personal belief is the he not only would have done it, it wouldn’t have taken multiple attempts to get the idea past Valerie Jarrett (aka the Cruella de Vil of Chicago slumladies).

    To see where Obama stands on terrorism, look up what happened with a guy named Daqduq.

    I am retired (sort of; my retirement orders are missing, with which Sen Shaheen has been zero assistance). But I am working in another capacity where I have frequent contact with serving SF and other SOF. At every level from selection candidate to stars. (Hang around long enough and the lieutenants you drank with are lieutenant generals or vice admirals). I am nobody special but had a Gump-like knack for being around the cats who turned out to be Distinguished Members of the Regiment.

    The special ops veterans in groups like Special Operations Speaks and Special Opetarions OPSEC Education fund have been taking a lot of hits, and hav even been put on the President’s official Enemies List, which opens them up to such attacks as the IRS leaking their tax returns to Gawker:

    The US Naval Institute has it right. when you’re retired (or a reservist out of uniform), you’re a citizen again, and the muzzle comes off.

  • US Special Ops commander: We’ve sent troops into North Korea

    06/02/2012 12:38:18 PM PDT · 34 of 34
    Criminal Number 18F to Sarajevo

    Update: The General (BG Neil Tolley) has said that he was speaking hypothetically, but in the indicative, so (to my amazement) Axe actually quoted him accurately. But NO SF went into Nork.

    I’ll be posting this same thing to the others that replied to my posts. Still too busy to hang out here much, alas.


    Criminal Number 18F

  • US commandos parachuted into N. Korea: report

    06/02/2012 6:52:21 AM PDT · 82 of 82
    Criminal Number 18F to kingu

    The General (BG Neil Tolley) has said that he was speaking hypothetically, but in the indicative, so (to my amazement) Axe actually quoted him accurately. But NO SF went into Nork.

    I’ll be posting this same thing to the others that replied to my posts. Still too busy to hang out here much, alas.


    Criminal Number 18F

  • US Special Ops commander: We’ve sent troops into North Korea

    05/28/2012 9:23:33 PM PDT · 27 of 34
    Criminal Number 18F to ASA Vet


    rather than repeat my debunking of this on another thread, I’ll ask you to read my posts 57, 58 and 60 over there. In a word, this is a crock which one reporter created. Incompetence? Dishonesty? Pick one, he’s a reporter.

  • US commandos parachuted into N. Korea: report

    05/28/2012 7:07:43 PM PDT · 60 of 82
    Criminal Number 18F to AmericanInTokyo

    Nobody. The blogger, David Axe, created this story. I’d bet my retirement it’s not what the general said at all. That much is clear from comparing the other guy’s report of the same panel.

    This conference is where the top SOF guys (not just ours) get together with the gadget makers and schmooze. It’s a very important part of the puzzle in arming and equipping our guys (first our SOF, and then the stuff SOF proves out trickles down to regular soldiers and marines — like body armor, night vision, IR laser pointers, frequency hopping radios, .50 and .300 WM sniper rifles, and lots of stuff that’s still in the pipeline.

    There are a lot of stories here, but SOCKOR is not going to go sneaking and peeking in the denied area. It will prepare for that, but only do it if war is on (or close).

  • US commandos parachuted into N. Korea: report

    05/28/2012 6:59:45 PM PDT · 58 of 82
    Criminal Number 18F to Criminal Number 18F

    Guys, here’s the original David Axe story that all these stories (the one on Yahoo, the one at Daily Caller) are based on. I’ve written the ed. of the DC with my real name and background in hopes he will correct his story.

    David Axe is NOT a trustworthy source on military affairs.

    Without having been there, I read BG Tolley in Axe’s report as saying that in the event of war his forces would do SR (Strategic Reconnaissance), not that they are doing it now. He goes on to say that he’d like to have better sensors, DF-proof commo, and a wireless power system so as to unleash SR teams from betteries. Those are all reasonable requests and the audience at this conference includes the Tony Stary kind of guys who can do that kind of thing — if it’s possible at all.

    It also includes a lot of foreign special operations officers from friendly and neutral nations — not the place where a very senior officer lets his freak flag fly.

    Axe is jonesing for a scoop so badly, he connected some dots that don’t go together.

    This post by the Tampa Bay Online military buff/blogger/reporter seems to reinforce that Tolley was talking about what he’d like to have in his quiver for wartime, NOT what he’s doing today.

    Deep breaths, people. The generals and admirals in charge of SOF are still on America’s side. So are the guys under them.

  • US commandos parachuted into N. Korea: report

    05/28/2012 6:45:19 PM PDT · 57 of 82
    Criminal Number 18F to EBH

    This whole thing is bull****, a fabrication (or an exaggeration stretched to the point of fabrication) by sensationalist blogger David Axe, whose byline is on the Diplomat piece. If you read the TBO blogger’s piece, BG Tolley is clearly talking conditionally. If we go to war, I want to put my men here, and some new gadgets you guys could invent and make would help me do that.

    Axe misheard, or was stoned, or just wanted to make the story more exciting. That’s how he rolls. I thought he was going to be better after embedding, but he’s the same old hack.

  • Napolitano Apologizes for Offending Veterans After DHS Eyes Them for 'Rightwing Extremism'

    04/16/2009 12:54:24 PM PDT · 57 of 116
    Criminal Number 18F to GOP_Lady
    Let's recap, shall we?

    1. Obama's first message to vets comes on inauguration night, where he is the first president in fifty-six years to snub the Medal of Honor recipients' ball. He fobs Biden off on them instead. Democrats gloat... "That'll teach 'em."

    2. Obama then floats a proposal to charge wounded warriors for treating their injuries... the better to provide free medical care to crimmigrants, I suppose. Vet haters (mostly inside the administration and media by now) celebrate.

    3. Obama immediately cuts the DOD budget 11% while providing billions for every silly cause in perdition. American enemies breathe easier.

    4. Obama unilaterally begins disassembling a functioning antimissile defense system. Putin sneers.

    5. Obama orders the DOD not to use its most effective radar to track the NK missile launch. Kim doesn't even say thank you.

    6. Obama pledges unilateral nuclear disarmament, sooner or later. Tyrants dance in glee.

    7. Obama's holdover SECDEF cuts the knees out of our ability to deploy the coming smaller military, by canceling the C-17 along with several other vital weapons systems.

    8. Obama's SECSTATE says that we can only solve pirate problems "with no loss of life," i.e. to the pirates.

    9. Obama receives 17 or 18 briefings on the pirate standoff, votes "present." For days the Navy is forbidden to act... finally they are given "heads we take credit and tails you take blame" orders. When they act, the President who did all he could to inhibit them lunges for the credit.

    10. Now Obama's bull-D DHS secretary publishes a report, written by an "analyst" with a long history at left-wing pressure groups, that calls our vets extremists and calls for them to be monitored.

    11. Meanwhile, the NY Times (of all things) reveals that the Obama DHS and NSA (a DOD function) have blown past Bush-era restrictions on domestic spying. The Napolitano report tells us who they want to be spying on. (That would be us).

    Boy, this guy sure supports the troops.


    Criminal Number 18F

  • Why The GOP Is Unraveling: The Five Strands of Conservatism (barf alert)

    04/16/2009 12:33:21 PM PDT · 27 of 36
    Criminal Number 18F to lewisglad
    Only a PhD could come up with such an excessively complex way to dissmiss what's a much simpler movement.

    In fact, American conservatism is a three-legged stool: social (mostly religious) conservatism, economic conservatism, and national-security conservatism. Most conservatives are more strongly one or two and not as much the other; for example, I'm mostly national-security and economic and less a socio-religious guy. But I want to work with social conservatives because we need all three legs of the stool. (Oh, and as far as national-security cons sitting the wars out -- I'm sure some did (and I don't mind, we need good engineers and teachers and businessmen, not just grunts) -- but there are just not a whole lot of liberals in my end of the war. You know, the end you get the combat infantryman badge for.

    Most folks have narrower interests than an entire "party line" of conservatism, which is why many cons are uncomfortable with the Republicans. Mike Huckabee, to name a prominent figure, is primarily a socio-religious con; he's not very interested in national security and his economic positions are not conservative. But there are things Mike and I could work together on, even though his and my issues have a relatively small intersection. Mitt Romney, on the other hand, is personally very religious/conservative but that is not a big part of his politics; he's primarily an econocon. I can work with Mitt on lots of things, too (and so could Mike. And so can you work with us).

    None of us is ever going to get the perfect candidate, because none of us is going to get him- or herself. (Well, unless you're a bigger wheel than I am). But there are loads of people we can work with, including new faces we haven't met yet.

    For me the irreducible issues are foreign security (a strong and agile military) and domestic security (and I see gun freedom as important in that). As long as you're not against my issues, and I'm not against yours, we can work together.


    Criminal Number 18F

  • Madoff scandal hits Aspen

    12/23/2008 11:50:47 AM PST · 31 of 65
    Criminal Number 18F to Red in Blue PA

    Though no one was willing to divulge their name due to upcoming legal suits and the fear of being forced to return assets made through Madoff in earlier years, some did share their stories.

    So let me get this straight: these chumps want us to bail them out for their losses from the scam, but they want to keep their gains from the scam?

    To hell with these freeloaders. 95% loss was not enough.

    Fortunately, the lawyers are involved now. That will suck up the remaining 5%.


    Criminal Number 18F

  • Hand-Wringing Over Terrorism (Why the NYT can't call a terrorist a terrorist)

    12/14/2008 9:41:13 PM PST · 8 of 12
    Criminal Number 18F to mojito

    Hoyt actually concluded that he would use the word “terrorist” more readily than reporters and editors do. He does explain, though, that Hamas can’t be terrorists because they are a social welfare organisation.

    Dunno who told him that. Patty Murray maybe, who thinks that the reason Osama is popular in the Moslem world is because he builds day-care centers so that liberated Wahhabi feminists can crack the mud & straw ceiling.

    If we can join the Times in calling Hamas a social welfare league, maybe we can reclassify Benito Mussolini as a railway schedules consultant, and Adolf Hitler as a civil engineer — after all, he built a lot of highways, and was responsible for the greatest urban renewal project in the 20th Century.


    Criminal Number 18F

  • 2007 Delphi UAW Agreement Shows What UAW Fears (Lower Wages)

    12/14/2008 9:33:10 PM PST · 9 of 24
    Criminal Number 18F to arrogantsob
    The numbers you're seeing of $70/hr etc. are not what the worker gets in salary, but the "labor rate" which includes the burden of all labor costs, including the company's share of payroll taxes, health benefits, net present value of retirement benefits, and the current costs of retirees.

    The dollar per hour wage is not too different between the UAWelfare plants and the Japanese transpants, but the benefits are much, much richer at the union plants, and the Japanese transplants are so new that they have almost no retirees to carry.

    There are only maybe 300,000 actual union auto workers left, but the UAW also represents about a million widows and retirees. The difference between UAW wages and benefits, and, say, Honda or Nissan USA compensation adds less than $1,000 to the cost of production of an American-nameplate car; but the cost of retiree benefits (ALL those retiress depending on 'em!) adds nearly $2k more. So the Detroit company has to either charge $2.5-$3k more per car than Honda or Toyota (and you know they don't; given the Japanese cars' better reputation, the differential runs the other way). OR they have to "sweat" 2.5-3k in value out of the car -- which explains the cheap, shoddy interiors of Chryslers.

    The engineers know how to design a car as good as the Japanese ones can, and Detroit build quality has, really, improved (maybe they put the right bums in the Job Bank). But nobody on Earth knows how to take $3k in value out of a car, and not have it show. So the Detroit cars have to sell for less than their competitors, and that means even more value has to come out. The companies can't even stop making cars, because it costs them the same for workers whether they are working or not, and the materials and components cost less than the cost of stopping and restarting production.

    A lot of people are to blame for this problem today, not just the managers (although they screwed up), and not just the workers or the union (although the union seems intent on suicide-bombing the industry now). Congress deserves its share of the blame for CAFE requirements which require only the Detroit Three to make a lot of unwanted crummy econoboxes. They can't even count econoboxes they bring in from, say, Ford of England or Opel, they have to build them here. So, we've established that they need to sweat roughly $2.5 k out of every car, maybe they can with a $40k SUV, but how do they do it with a $12,000 crapbox?

    They don't. They lose a fortune on each one, they shuffle them to rental agencies for forty cents on the dollar and the rental agencies dump them in a year at low auction prices, depressing resale prices of privately owned cars.


    Criminal Number 18F

  • More outages possible in ice-ravaged Northeast

    12/14/2008 9:09:59 PM PST · 47 of 81
    Criminal Number 18F to WHATNEXT?

    If you mean Newburyport or West Newbury, MA, power appeared to have only cut for a short time; digital clocks needed resetting, is all.


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  • 10 Green Berets to Receive Silver Star for Afghan Battle

    12/14/2008 6:32:32 PM PST · 33 of 34
    Criminal Number 18F to jacquej
    Why should we send our sons to die for BO, Rahm E., Reid, Pelosi, et all?

    M'dear, you're asking the wrong question, and this is pretty close to what you will hear if you ask those stalwart young Pointers of your acquaintance.

    Nobody fights for any politician, let alone such empty suits as those you name. Look at the people around them -- passive-aggressive dweebs who shrank from military service but play tough guy, grifters like Rahm Emanuel. You don't swear an oath to any man, but to the Constitution, and that and the flag and your unit's symbols and traditions give you something to be proud of, without the taint that corrupt politicians bear.

    Everybody fights for his unit and men, for the guy beside him, for the gutsy guys you can read about all the time at or better yet USASOC News Service. To serve with guys like the ones in this story is all the reward any real man needs. You're in the right unit when you have to put in 100% just to keep up, and you worry that the other guys are too good for you (while they all have just the same worry themselves).

    Remenber, these Special Forces soldiers are the beneficiaries of generations of trainers and mentors who soldiered through some bleak times for the regiment and served under some pretty contemptible politicians. Where would they be if all of the leaders had quit under Carter, or Clinton? The politicians are, to an SF operator, a factor like the weather. You can't change it so you adapt to it as best you can, and if it's really bad, hunker down and wait for it to pass.

    If, God forbid, your son or your friend's should fall, he will not have fallen for "unbelievable corruption." He had fallen in fealty to his oath and in the traditions of his other parents, the Army and the Long Gray Line; and even as the lifelong ordeal of mourning begins for one family, another mother's son steps into the phalanx in his place.

    We all come into life owing God one death. The soldier is a rara avis in that he can have some say in the manner in which that divine debt is repaid.

    I hope this helps you, even if only a little. I understand and sympathize with your concerns and fears. May Fortune continue to smile on your son for many, many years.


    Criminal Number 18F

  • 10 Green Berets to Receive Silver Star for Afghan Battle

    12/14/2008 6:05:32 PM PST · 32 of 34
    Criminal Number 18F to Carley; neverdem
    Shinseki did away with the ‘green’ berets and everyone was to wear black so everyone would be equal.

    Fortunately, you are misinformed. Qualified members of US Army Special Forces still wear the same rife-green beret that they have (unofficially) since the 1950s and (officially) since it was awarded by Executive Order. In fact, generals can't change that, they'd have to get a new XO.

    Also, the Airborne forces (primarily, the 82nd Airborne Division and the 173rd Airborne Brigade) still wear the red beret, as do those who serve in SF but are not SF qualified.

    The Rangers, the original owners of the black beret, were permitted to change to a tan beret after much protest, including a Ranger march on DC.

    Gen Rick Shinseki did not cover himself in glory when he gave the leg Army a "social promotion." He made the decision unilaterally and then wouldn't defend it publicly, hiding behind his sergeant major, Jack Tilley's, skirts. It was an astonishing display of moral cowardice and, given the lie after lie Tilley deployed to defend the stupid move, reflected poorly on Tilley's integrity, and Shinseki's judgment and integrity.

    But, we're now into the fourth generation or so of new privates (and LTs) who have only known the black-beret Army. The berets didn't turn the pogues into Rangers, but seven years of combat for all has done wonders for the quality of training and preparedness in the whole army, including the combat support and service support troopies.

    I wish Shinseki well in his role in VA but don't trust him, and as I've said, have a low opinion of his judgment and integrity. I've been privileged to serve under generals who would throw their stars in the dumpster before they'd lie to their officers and men. And I've served under Shinseki. The Venn diagram shows no intersection, dig?


    Criminal Number 18F

    PS: I didn't note who the poster was, but as far as Arc Lights are concerned: we're trying to win this war, not lose it. The Russians used the Arc Light approach (there are still depopulated ghost towns in the western desert between Kandahar and Shindand) and see where it got 'em? They lost 13,000 of their own people and hundreds of thousands of their Afghan allies, they laid waste the entire land, and both the bad (takeover) and the good (modernization) that they were trying to do didn't get done.

    So yes, sometimes we send men to sneak into a village, they pad up on their feet or HALO in, and grab one guy who's a troublemaker, or one group of guys, and sometimes stealth doesn't work and there's a fight on.

    But we can't just blow hob out of the place. Think about this: our guys knew there was an enemy there. How did they know? Did they have a friend or many friends in the village that snuck word out, perhaps? Should we kill our loyal friend to get a bad guy? Should we kill half his extended family? And turn them, in their grief and rage, into more enemies? Or should we take some risks, standing on our legs like men, and show them that we do not shrink from what it takes to beat them at their own game?

    PPS: neverdem, many thanks for the ping. - C18F

  • Holy Land Foundation Defendants Guilty on all Counts

    11/24/2008 3:32:37 PM PST · 14 of 23
    Criminal Number 18F to St. Louis Conservative
    “My dad is not a criminal!” sobbed one courtroom observer after the verdicts were read.

    True, kid. He's a terrorist. And if we had any sense of self-preservation as a society, not to mention, any stones, we'd have simply given him a drumhead court-martial and shot him some rosy dawn.

    These creeps still want to force-feed us Sharia: a legal code with no speech, religion, or women's rights. I say, if you want Sharia, go to jail or go home.


    Criminal Number 18F

  • Obama team had 'game plan' for presser

    11/24/2008 3:24:55 PM PST · 27 of 38
    Criminal Number 18F to NinoFan

    Think of it as a problem in economics, which is, as we all know, the science of allocation of scarce resources. And what resource is more precious, to members of the media, than the momentary attention of Obama?

    The problem is, of course, it’s not physically possible for all the willing little mouths to fellate him at once. They have to alternate.

    Now, one could let the reporters work it out among themselves; one could simply call on the most strident or urgent; or one (The One) could have central planning. Never much doubt as to which way Obama rolls.

    It’s funny when the NYT or somebody writes, “according to reports in Libya’s state-controlled media...” I mean, what’s the difference? The so-called men and women in that room could not have been any more subservient to Obama if he owned them outright.


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  • Eric Holder Was a Gun Control Nightmare

    11/24/2008 3:06:48 PM PST · 17 of 23
    Criminal Number 18F to neverdem
    Holder opposes, and as AG probably would not enforce, the Heller decision. He's never felt bound by court rulings before.

    He was the key man in the pay-for-play pardons of a group of Puerto Rican communist terrorists and of fugitive financiers Marc Rich and Pincas Green. Both groups promised votes, campaign money, and Clinton Library donations for the pardons, and Holder and a former Clinton lawyer named Jack Quinn were the middlemen.

    Yep, that's a great AG for you. The policies he's not for sale on, he's wrong.


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  • Blood Thinner Rescues Frostbitten Fingers and Toes

    11/05/2008 12:35:01 PM PST · 9 of 11
    Criminal Number 18F to neverdem

    This is amazing. Cold weather injuries were a very common problem in my little world in the 80s and 90s. Usually we could get somebody help before the digits froze solid, but once that happened, damage was irreversible and the only treatment was amputation.

    Not being radical enough on the amputation led to successive amputations, chasing gangrene towards the torso, and in one case, death.

    Have to look into this stuff. Is it something we can put in a field medic’s aid bag, or does it have handling/refrigeration/shelf life issues?

    Was warfarin/coumadin therapy ever tried for frostbite?


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  • Sen. Kerry re-elected amid talk of Obama role (Sec of State)

    11/05/2008 12:23:42 PM PST · 31 of 52
    Criminal Number 18F to Perdogg

    Bad luck for Jeff Beatty. He gets terrible press, but deserves better. He was wounded in Grenada in October 1983. It was a real wound inflicted by actual enemies, which puts him one up on Kerry in my book.

    As far as Kerry as SecState, I think the guys starting the rumors are the ten Massachusetts Congressmen, all of them Democrats, most of them nonentities. (Bwawney Fwank is the exception; everybody knows that simpering little lisp). Each of them figures he’s the one the Party (in Mass. there is only one Party) will select to replace the dying Ted Kennedy, and they’re butting heads because it’s only one slot. Two slots opening up would let the Party reward twice as many hacks.

    Complicating the matter is the Kennedy family’s desire to place one of theirs in the family seat. What makes it harder for the Kennedys is that their celebrated alcohol and drug abuse leaves each generation less capable than the one before it.

    They’ll have to come to a decision soon, because Ted’s troubled life is burning down to the wick.


    Criminal Number 18F

  • Why the next US president will be a wartime leader

    11/04/2008 7:54:23 PM PST · 16 of 35
    Criminal Number 18F to SJackson

    Eisenstadt’s on drugs, if he thinks this incoming regime will do anything with conflicts but run from them.

    It will concentrate on instituting at home the policies that make Zimbabwe the economic powerhouse that it is.

    Israelis, you’ve just lost Jerusalem because you’ve lost US support for holding Jerusalem. Has that sunk in yet? Obama’s policy is that every inch of land taken in ‘67 is Arab land, now and evermore. That means all of East Jerusalem.

    You may well have just lost Israel. For every hopeful Jew writing that it doesn’t matter to Israel who’s the US president, there’s a Rashid Khalidi who has Obama’s ear, and thinks the only problem with the Final Solution was its lack of finality.

    How long can the IDF hold the line without arms, ammunition, and logistical support from the USA? We’re going to find out. Keep whistling, Mr Eisenstadt; that’s not a graveyard you’re whistling past, but a mass grave.


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  • Child of 13 stoned to death in Somalia

    11/04/2008 9:53:23 AM PST · 90 of 91
    Criminal Number 18F to Soothesayer

    Most nations in history have done much good and much evil. It is the nature of the beast.

    As far as the Christian view goes, justice is not to be expected on this earth. You may say that is something that was revealed in divine prophecy, or you can take the skeptic’s view that the founders of the church simply adapted the doctrine to the evidence of their eyes.

    Life is unfair, and ever will be. Sometimes bad people win and good people lose. Sometimes horrific injustices occur, that are practically beyond our imagination, let alone any probability of rectification.

    One does what one can, and one lives with the consequences. That’s the human condition, and you may find others who have come to similar conclusions throughout 5000 years of recorded history. All of them lived, and died, and are gone, and nothing remains but their writings and, in some cases, their ideas.

    And — oh, yes. Their DNA.

    Personally my approach is to try to uplift my little corner of the world by spreading prosperity; and when I am called to do so, by disabling evil people, which might be incarceration or might be something more permanent, according to the law and legitimate authority. You’ve got to find something that works for you, but I respectfully suggest that the burden of all of human history’s monstrosity is a bit much for any human to set upon his own shoulders. Oppose monstrosity, to the extent you can; evade it, to the extent you can’t fight it; and, if it disables you to immerse yourself in the unending parade of monstrosity of the world, as delivered by a prurient news media, cut yourself off. Live live on the human scale with more face to face interaction. In the end, we cannot save the children of Somalia.

    Good fortune to you. Take care.


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  • U.S. missiles kill 33 in Waziristan

    11/01/2008 10:03:57 AM PDT · 15 of 24
    Criminal Number 18F to 9YearLurker

    Waziristan (N. and S.) are two agencies in the Federally Administered Tribal Areas of Pakistan.

    This interactive map isn’t 100% (and the story that goes with it is so-so) but it does show you where things are and who some of the players are.

    Important to realise: these are very rugged, mountainous areas. The border Afghan-Pak is ill-defined (Durand line) and porous and hard to patrol, with the same tribes arrayed across the border without regard to the white man’s governments and preferences. The mountains divide up the tribes so that someone who lives in one valley may never interact (except over rifle sights) with a villager across a mountain but only three miles away.

    The best prep for going there, actually, is to read Kipling. (The stories and novels, more than the poetry). Nothing important has changed in these hundred years.


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  • Child of 13 stoned to death in Somalia

    11/01/2008 9:49:56 AM PDT · 59 of 91
    Criminal Number 18F to Soothesayer
    God I hate the world. This s*** will never end. Would have been better if life never originated on this planet.

    It is true that this will never end, because human evil is innate and universal. What they did in that stadium is nothing different from what the Nazis did to the Jews in 1942-45, the Turks to the Armenians in 1918-20, and it goes back much further. Evil? Read about the rites of the worship of Baal, honored in the great city of Carthage. Google it up; we'll be here when you come back.

    Evil always wins.

    No, sir, it does not. Evil always endures, reforms, resurges; evil never quits, and therefore, neither should we. Every nation where rape victims are comforted and rapists are put in jail, which are many more nations than the benighted Salafist region; every nation where daughters are as beloved and free as sons; every nation where worship of a God of kindness and mercy predominates; every one of these is a profound defeat for evil, whether you call evil Baal, or Mohammed, or Hitler.

    If you have a Christian religious grounding, or a Jewish one for that matter, you have read or been taught that ultimately, evil can not win. If you are not religious and lack this support, then you may take comfort in the fact that many, that most, in the world oppose evil wherever it arises. Evil wins local victories; we can no more prevent that than we can eradicate Evil itself. But we can guard our own against it, and we can reach out to slap it when it gets threatening. Not perfect, and too late to help poor Aisha (who was named after Mohammed's child bride, taken to his bed at age nine... evil, yes), but sometimes life means doing the possible rather than the perfect-but-impossible.

    You sound like you are in the grip of a profound depression. Reading the news, with its endless catalogue of bad things happening to innocent people, about which you are powerless to take action, is probably not helping you. I recommend interaction with local, normal people for you.

    As long as you don't live in Somalia.


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  • Child of 13 stoned to death in Somalia

    11/01/2008 9:35:38 AM PDT · 51 of 91
    Criminal Number 18F to nmh
    What happened to the three men who RAPED HER?

    Under Sharia law, rape is not a crime. Being raped is.

    Women are allowed to testify in Sharia courts, but their testimony is weighted at 50% of any male's.

    This repellent system of "law" comes right from the Koran. (Divine, eh?). It has made inroads in Britain and Canada. The terrorist lobby CAIR would like it to be the law of this land, too.

    By the way, in many places in Africa where Sharia operates (like Somalia) it's welcomed even by the people it oppresses; as beastly as it is, they believe the alternative is no law at all. In places where Sharia supplants the rule of western civil law (like Gaza), the people are terrorized, but dare not speak out.

    When the Saudis erect a minaret in your community, they will staff it with imams whose objective is to impose this unfair law and this inhumane religion on you. When you see the smarmy CAIR spokesman on the tube, remember that this is what he is speaking for. And that this is no big deal to the news station that puts him on.


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  • Voters' Voices: Gun control or out of control?

    11/01/2008 9:19:11 AM PDT · 12 of 12
    Criminal Number 18F to neverdem

    Just preternaturally busy. Hey, that may change, with Barack and Barney wanting to cut DOD by 1/4 and outsource defense to Hamas. I could have oodles of time for FReeping, so it’s an ill wind that blows no good.

    But I’m OK, still have all my toes and fingers, and have stayed off the VA’s “TBI aka gun ban list”.


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  • Hunters shouldn’t wait

    11/01/2008 9:08:01 AM PDT · 7 of 7
    Criminal Number 18F to neverdem

    And it’s also a truism that the creeps interested in animal rights are opposed to human rights.


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  • Gun Sales and the Election

    11/01/2008 9:07:55 AM PDT · 70 of 70
    Criminal Number 18F to elder5


    the best home defense gun is a short-barreled open-choked (18”) 12-ga pump shotgun, loaded with bird shot. Handguns require steady practice to shoot effectively, and most rifles and carbines will overpenetrate in most houses.

    The sound of a Remington 870 slide being racked will usually register on whatever brain stem a criminal has and impel him to exit your house by the most expeditious means, without injuring anybody — best case outcome, that.

    If you do have to fire it, the shotgun is a point and shoot weapon, terrifying even in the unlikely event you miss — it’s hard to miss with all pellets with bird shot, if you hit with any pellets you’ve increased the likelihood he’ll flee (and be caught; even Barney Fife can follow a blood trail or grab a guy in an emergency room), and if you hit with all pellets the guy will be over as a threat and probably as a living organism.

    Shotguns like that are used for hunting deer in overdeveloped northeastern states that forbid rifle hunting, so they will be available even after Obama’s semi-auto ban, at least for a while.

    Military style rifles will probably be banned again. In 1994, this led to an extreme escalation in prices, which reduced back out when the ban sunset.


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  • Gun Sales and the Election

    11/01/2008 8:54:27 AM PDT · 69 of 70
    Criminal Number 18F to neverdem
    Nonsense according to the Seanators website

    Yeah. Let's check the website and not look at his legislative record, shall we? Cause in the dying MSM we know, the best guide to future behaviour is airy promises, not past behaviour.


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  • NRA goes up with its own "closing argument"

    10/30/2008 9:30:11 AM PDT · 38 of 38
    Criminal Number 18F to Salamander
    Why aren’t they “naming names” and listing Zero’s voting record??

    IANAL but I believe that the problem is McCain-Feingold campaign finance reform. Irony in that.

    John McCain got the money out of the campaign. Except for the foreign and fraudulent donations that power Obama. And the millions from George Soros, whose fortune began with an unusual grubstake, the gold teeth of exterminated Jews when Soros and his dad worked for Nazis in the "final solution."

    How's that working out, getting the money out of politics?

    Fact is, as long as the government arrogates to itself a third or more of GDP (under Obama, more than half, but certainly of a much smaller GDP), money will be in politics. A bribe campaign contribution pays off 100 to 1 if your politician is the earmarking kind. You can't get that kind of return in honest markets. So the money will be in politics, and much of it will be dishonest money. QED.


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  • Bad News for Obama (The AP rips his informercial tonight)

    10/30/2008 9:18:21 AM PDT · 53 of 60
    Criminal Number 18F to Wonderama Mama
    $200,000 a year. I thought it was $250K. Biden said $150K a couple of days ago. Can't they keep it straight on whose money their going to redistribute?

    Heh. The numbers would only matter if they had any intent to do it. This is pure prolefeed.

    Bill Clinton promised a middle class tax cut in 1992. The middle class got a tax hike in 1993.


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    10/30/2008 9:12:55 AM PDT · 11 of 11
    Criminal Number 18F to andrew roman

    You mean, some people say Obama leans left?

    Nonsense. I read the Times and there’s been nothing about it in there. And the Times is “middle of the road” — Dan Rather says so!

    Heh. Good column Andrew.


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  • Voters' Voices: Gun control or out of control?

    10/30/2008 9:08:12 AM PDT · 10 of 12
    Criminal Number 18F to neverdem
    Obama said he believes in the constitutional right to bear arms but he endorsed a handgun ban in Illinois, later saying he supported it because it would take illegal guns off the streets.

    Obama said he believes in the constitutional right to free speech, but in Missouri he's set police and prosecutors threatening criminal charges against people who as much as criticise him. In Ohio, his acolytes in government positions have criminally misused government resources to try to find derogatory information on Joe (the Plumber) Wurzelbacher. (They were unsuccessful. One is charged. Ringleader Helen Jones-Kelley, a max Obama donor, remains at large).

    In two past elections, a primary and a general, Obama won essentially unopposed -- after a mystery Obama supporter in a records office leaked sealed family-court records to the Obama-supporting press.

    (I'm not suggesting that Jack Ryan wasn't a dirtbag. But Obama is a dirtbag himself to have had his flunkies break the law to slime Hull, his primary opponent, and then Ryan).

    Bottom line: in Obama's narcissistic world, rules are for the little people. The end justifies the means, and the end is exaltation of The One. Welcome to serfdom... please bow down before the golden idol.


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  • Fall Massacre: Gannett Cuts Thousands of Jobs (Dino Media Takes It on Chin)

    10/30/2008 8:41:18 AM PDT · 21 of 23
    Criminal Number 18F to Subversive
    Hey, Sub

    Lots about what some staff are calling the "minority purge" in LA Observed. Start with the link in my Post #19 above. I did that post with links, because I figured FReepers would not let me get away with making bald assertions... check my links.

    Some of the people writing to or for LA Observed are pretty thoughtful. One makes the excellent point that you don't need to be a member of a minority to be sensitive to them, but he also finds that lacking in the Times now. I don't even care about the LA Times but I still find myself reading their coverage when I should be working!

    Anyway, there are some lists there of layoff victims and of minority journos who've jumped or been pushed under the present regime.


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  • Fall Massacre: Gannett Cuts Thousands of Jobs (Dino Media Takes It on Chin)

    10/30/2008 8:31:45 AM PDT · 20 of 23
    Criminal Number 18F to battleax
    When they cater to their elites, bias all the time, refuse to dig out the real news and ignore us conservatives, what can I say?

    Yep. It's a really, really stupid business move to alienate half (or more) of your potential customers.

    Here's a great example from Gannett last year -- an Alabama paper so cash-strapped that they had to disinvite three summer interns in a minority journalism program, who were already on the way, at the very last minute. See here. The Montgomery (AL) Advertiser is a paper with a hard-left editorial stance (staffers angling for those disappearing jobs in New York and LA without regard to their readership, apparently). Naturally they endorsed Saint Hussein this year, and Kerry in 2004. Also naturally, their ABC circulation is lower in 2008 than it was when they couldn't support their promise to three college kids in 2007, when it was lower than it was in 2004.

    Hot tip, people: Outside of newsrooms, Alabama is not a hotbed of liberalism. Black or white, Alabamans tend to be family-values patriots.

    Our local, family, fair and balanced,weekly newspaper is not included in this

    Local papers have the best chance at surviving -- with local contant and advertising. But many things threaten even them. What dooms many small papers is being bought by a Gannett or McClatchy. Editorial and business people from the same old cities and same old schools breeze in and "improve" the paper to blandness.

    Apart from bias, the newspaper industry is being rocked by other things:

    • Rise of the internet (goodbye, classified ads; consumers can seek their own editorial content)

    • Collapse of real estate (major advertiser -- kiss that money goodbye)

    • Collapse of the auto industry (ditto -- GM's ad budget has been slashed half a bilion dollars, if you publish mags or papers you're feeling it).

    But, there's an important difference. Those three things are out of a paper's management's control. Bias is not. But they would rather stay biased than survive. Even if they are the Montgomery Advertiser showering the good folk of Alabama with Greenwich Village values like a drunk urinating on his fellows in a homeless shelter.

    There are good people in the industry. They do not have their hands on the tiller, and so their only choice is to man the lifeboats or hit the rocks.


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  • Fall Massacre: Gannett Cuts Thousands of Jobs (Dino Media Takes It on Chin)

    10/30/2008 8:05:56 AM PDT · 18 of 23
    Criminal Number 18F to Criminal Number 18F; Doctor Raoul
    Ah, yes. Some links to back up my statements.

    NYT Chart at (and I see their analyst is now saying $8, too). You ought to read this just for the joy of it. And here's Reuters this week tut-tutting over Standard and Poor's decision to downgrade NYT paper to junk. ("The outlook is negative," too, which means more downgrades are probably coming... NYT.N is already three notches below investment grade, and they have to pay hundreds of thousands in insurance now to issue bonds). What's Doctor Raoul's old saying? Is he still around? I'll ping him.

    The CSM throws in the towel. Their story. Bonus: The Washington Post says this could be the first of many. From their pages to God's eyes!

    The paper was founded by a weird pseudochristian cult which rejects medical science -- they're in the news from time to time when they force their kids to die of appendicitis or flu instead of get treatment. Gun control has been a signature issue for the doomed newspaper since the 1960s... any book on the subject, the antigun position has numerous footnotes to the CSM. Here's one example from 2003: "Surely the right to keep and bear arms, outside a militia, shouldn't include Uzis, AK-47s, and similar assault weapons."

    On the LA Times affirmative-action purge, best source (as always on LAT) is LA Observed. The article cited is only one of many on these richly deserved layoffs... not that there aren't staffers remaining (white staffers!) who deserved the chop much more. Actually, the Times purge seems to have gone to the demographic ends of the newsroom, retiring both young (unproductive) novices and old (highly-paid and unproductive for the money) geezers.

    What do you call a newpaperman in LA?

    ..."Waiter!" Heh.


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  • Fall Massacre: Gannett Cuts Thousands of Jobs (Dino Media Takes It on Chin)

    10/30/2008 7:29:29 AM PDT · 7 of 23
    Criminal Number 18F to Tarpon
    Obama bailout

    Exactly. How long before we start seeing an outcry that, say, the New York Times is too important to fail? I only skimmed the article, but the Times Company's bonds were recently downgraded to junk, and my money guy estimates their one year target price per share is $8. They were at $45 in 2004.

    Meanwhile, Associated Press is losing a lot of papers, especially heartland papers, thanks to its combination of new all-advocacy journalism (a slant in every story!) and new pricing.

    In a very amusing twist, the LA Times layoffs fell heavily on underperforming affirmative-action hires. Sorry about that... no. Not really.

    I don't know if the article mentioned the Christian Science Monitor -- a once noble paper, collapsed in a seething cauldron of Boston liberalism over the last forty years, beginning with a one-sided slant on gun rights -- completely ceased publication and has gone web-only. (Yes, I really should have read TFA more carefully).

    Of course, the sad part of this is along with the newsroom staff, who are all effete liberals, the collapse of the industry puts a lot of good decent production folks out of work. Most Freepers would probably really like and get along with the pressroom staff and the techno-geeks -- the former tend to be conservative (lots of vets) and the latter libertarian. The newsrooms, well, that's where you go if four years of state college English went to your head.


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  • SEALs Spearhead Resiliency Program for Operators, Families

    10/23/2008 8:27:18 AM PDT · 7 of 7
    Criminal Number 18F to SandRat

    Graves is right... a little stress is a good thing, too much is a bad thing.

    Most special operators have been painstakingly selected and carefully developed so that stress makes them stronger.

    This program strikes me as one of the good things that come along that will make (in this case, the SEAL Teams) tighter and that’s all to the good. There are several such things going on, and those of you who are not in (or recently out with many friends in, etc) would be delighted and a little humbled to see what our fellow Americans do for the returned warriors.

    There are some especially good benefits for wounded warriors and their families — which is as it should be.

    Also, I don’t know if the Walter Reed Freeps continue but they were very, very well received by guys that were cooped up there — as you participants know from them talking to you.

    There is another Greatest Generation happening right before our eyes, but hidden from the hostile view of the media, which portrays all combat vets as emotionally crippled tripwire Rambos. As if.


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  • Prominent political donor gets experimental drug without permission

    10/23/2008 6:49:02 AM PDT · 20 of 21
    Criminal Number 18F to MeanWestTexan
    Given that Baron is the worst sort of bottom-feeding asbestos lawyer, a smart doctor would refuse to see or treat him.

    There's a problem with that, Tex. See, unlike lawyers, doctors have a code of ethics and it's pretty clear about not turning anyone away.

    (Yes, I'm aware of alleged legal codes of ethics. These have the restraining effect of the 1936 Soviet Constitution, which American lefties used to hold up as a model for us: "It makes health care and housing civil rights!" How'd that work out for the Russians and their subject peoples?)


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  • Prominent political donor gets experimental drug without permission

    10/23/2008 6:44:35 AM PDT · 19 of 21
    Criminal Number 18F to Born Conservative

    Here’s some history on Democrat donor, asbestos ambulance-chaser, and flexible-ethics shining example Fred Baron:

    Short version:

    Baron’s firm made its money from asbestos litigation, often with plaintiffs who were never exposed to illness, but whom Baron and his lawyers coached to lie on the stand.

    Baron’s ties to Edwards and Obama here. Also, he was one of the ones helping the Democrats in the press bury the Rielle Hunter punished-with-a-baby (to use Obama’s definition of parenthood!) story. He’s the one who paid off Hunter so that Edwards could give an appearance of clean hands.

    Here’s way more about slimy Fred Baron than you probably have the patience to read, at least not without having to periodically shower:

    One gem from Overlawyered’s files: Fred Baron suing his son (who, in Fred’s defense, seems like he’s a stain off the old fungus).

    Baron is dying of cancer... this drug he bought with his political contributions won’t save him. The jaws of Hell are licking their chops... this mortal plane will be improved by his passing. So you might say it’s a win-win for Earth and Hades, if a loss for Obama, Biden, Edwards, et al.

    I wonder if Rielle Hunter’s hush money stops when Baron’s black heart does?


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  • Good news: Toledo moves to shut down Joe the Plumber

    10/17/2008 12:15:05 AM PDT · 149 of 159
    Criminal Number 18F to peggybac
    Joe’s background is irrelevant - what is important is the answer to his question. Who cares if he has a license or not, owes back taxes or the company doesn’t currently make $250,000...?

    Ah. Elementary. It's a matter of redirection. Or as the lawyers say, "If the facts are on your side, pound on the facts. If the law is on your side, pound on the law. If neither is on your side, pound on the table." It's one of those jokes that's funny because of the truth in it.

    Obama-committed hopium addicts in the press are using their craft, such as it is, to smokescreen their guy so he can sneak over the finish line. Meanwhile Obama just looks on with that teenage sneer of his, thinking: "Do I gotta go through a whole election? Can't I just be President already?"


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  • Obama uses 'I' more than McCain

    10/16/2008 11:57:36 PM PDT · 5 of 8
    Criminal Number 18F to seastay
    Obama says "I" more? Gee, there's a shock. The guy's not fifty and he's written two autobiographies.

    I bet he has more mirrors in his house, too.

    He might need help. Maybe somebody can check up on him.


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  • House Democrats contemplate abolishing 401(k) tax breaks

    10/16/2008 11:00:34 PM PDT · 105 of 224
    Criminal Number 18F to ucsd1974
    When Obama claims he’ll give tax cuts to 95% of Americans, all McCain has to say is that he’ll give tax cuts to 100% of Americans.

    The problem is, of course, that half of Americans don't pay any taxes at all. If you are paying federal taxes (as opposed to getting back more than you put in) you are a member of a minority group.

    A particularly abused minority group = the actual taxpayers. Obama's plan will raise taxes on them, in order to make cash payments to the non-taxpayers. Obama calls this new form of welfare a "tax cut", but how can you cut the taxes of someone whose tax is zero?

    The lotteries, keno machines, liquor stores, and tobacco vendors will all be grateful. So, for that matter, will the criminals in the underground economy. Your "middle class tax cut" will turn in to a tax hike, but you can be sure that money taken from you will be given to someone who'll buy crack or crystal meth.

    That's Change You Can Believe In™.


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  • House Democrats contemplate abolishing 401(k) tax breaks

    10/16/2008 10:52:40 PM PDT · 104 of 224
    Criminal Number 18F to Keyes2000mt
    House Education and Labor Committee Chairman George Miller, D-Calif., and Rep. Jim McDermott, D-Wash., chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee's Subcommittee on Income Security and Family Support, are looking at redirecting those tax breaks to a new system of guaranteed retirement accounts to which all workers would be obliged to contribute.

    These accounts would guarantee a plush retirement for George Miller and Jim McDermott.

    Miller is the guy who wants your 401k money. What else do we know about him? Well, here are a few of his earmarks:

    • A company called SecuriMetrics gave him $16,000 and he kicked back a $1.6 million gift from your tax dollars. Securimetrics wants to develop a biometric scanner; the DOD is already buying better ones from other, established, vendors. A good return on investment for the company, which has still to this day made nothing DOD can use; a bad deal for taxpayers, and a worse one for soldiers, sailors, airmen and marines who lose the resources that corrupt congressmen divert to those businessmen who pay to play.

    • On his own website he boasts about diverting $9 million from budgeted projects to his own pet projects. Assuming they get the same deal as the war profiteers in the Securimetrics example, someone's crossed his greasy palms with $90k.

    • Hey! It's Securimetrics again. This time with different numbers, and an interesting take on it -- what's the dividend yield on the "investment" Miller made in Securimetrics. Turns out, the yield is crummy; this set of $4.6 million in do-nothing DOD handout money returned only $17,370 in campaign cash to Miller. (the supporting data was here at the Contra Costa Times. But they're Dems so they 86'd it... you can still find it online. Google is your pal). That dividend yield is not just crummy, it's under one-half of one percent -- dreadful. But unlike the usual bond investor, Miller doesn't care about the dividend yield because it's not his money in the first place: it's yours. Chump!

    • Now, everybody knows somebody with an adult kid who's failed to launch; who can't hold a job; who has no prospects; who's a layabout. George Miller has a kid like that, George Miller IV (who seems to have inherited his father's morals, but not his ambition). But because George III is a Congressman, no problem! Set up IV as a lobbyist, and keep the earmarks coming. Instant "career," no heavy bending required. (And as the link notes, a popular game among Republican as well as Democrat crooks in Congress. And your default thought should be -- they're all crooks).

      Oh yeah, one more thing... here's George III's earmarks for FY 2008. You'll see another kiss to the generous donors at Securimetrics in there, one that doesn't show up on the previous listed earmarks. George Miller hearts campaign donors. You can't tell from this how much of this is what he pays some K street leeches to keep his son on payroll, but you can be sure it's in there.

      So now you know why George Miller (or should I say Georges Millers, III and IV?) needs/need your 401k money.


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  • The McCain Campaign and the Times [Schmidt unloads on NYT]

    09/22/2008 10:56:22 AM PDT · 30 of 43
    Criminal Number 18F to Petronski

    The Times has determined that they want to represent the views of a very narrow segment of the public. The corollaries to that include, they will only sell papers to a narrow segment, and (more importantly) their advertisers will only reach that narrow segment.

    The Times’s readers love its bias, which they generally share. The advertisers are mostly not so political, and they vote with their feet away from the collapsing ABC circulation of the paper. This goes straight to the bottom line. The Times is trading at this moment for under a third of what it sold for five years ago, which is to say that during a growth period for the economy Pinch’s inept management squandered 2/3s of his stockholders’ value. In a truly public company, management would long since have been ousted. But through a structural dodge, Pinch can only be voted out by his own family.

    Finance guys expect the Times Corp. to lose a third of its remaining value over the next twelve months. (look for the terms “target price” on financial websites — most of them are $4 or $5 lower a share than today’s trading price). In part, this is because of Pinch’s ongoing mismanagement, in part, it’s because the many many little Sulzberger trust funds drawing off capital from a money-losing enterprise make it unable to invest in growth. Inevitably, the decline will force the family’s hand and Pinch will lose his empire, and Rupert Murdoch or someone who runs a business like a business will wind up owning the Times — unless they can gull some Arab “Sovereign Wealth Fund” into giving them more OPM to play with, which is unlikely: those guys are “Arab,” not “stupid.”

    Here’s a link to a NTY stock chart. Note that the scale is logarithmic, so it understates the slope of the decline under Pinch.;range=5y;indicator=volume;charttype=line;crosshair=on;ohlcvalues=0;logscale=on;source=undefined

    How do you think they’ll do under an Obama regime, where they’ll have to feed all those idle Sulzberger kids after paying a 45% corporate tax rate...?


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  • Senate GOP hurting for campaign money

    08/22/2008 11:36:20 PM PDT · 61 of 64
    Criminal Number 18F to NormsRevenge

    Gee, they probably should have thought of this before they used their full force to bury primary challengers to weak and/or crooked nominal Republicans. Their direct-mail solicitations come sometimes every day, and go into the dustbin just as rapidly. (There’s no point contributing via direct-mail or in response to telephone salesmen anyway. The fundraising firms skim off 80 to 95% of the money! So it’s like throwing it away, for all the good it does).

    Maybe they can ask Chaffee for some of his wasted 06 money back — oh, wait. He’s with Obama this year. I expect the Dems are going to pick up six to ten Senate seats. More if they were competent, because the NRSC definitely isn’t.

    Somebody mentioned Sununu in NH. He has voted well for us, unlike Graham or Hagel, but I’m afraid it’s game over. Sununu has a popular opponent (Jean Shaheen was a way-left and tax-happy but non-corrupt governor) and he is running an ineffectual and bumbling campaign in NH, which has thousands of tax-refugee liberals moving in from Mass. every month. He can’t afford television (not that people are watching broadcast TV as much anyway) because it’s the Boston metro area and NH is small.


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  • Vanity-Need answers regarding joining the military

    05/05/2008 9:01:31 PM PDT · 60 of 65
    Criminal Number 18F to panthermom

    Hey, Mom.

    First place, relax a little. Your son is going to come out OK.

    As others have posted there is a difference between Ranger assignments/units and Ranger school. Ranger school is a leadership school using combat patrolling as a vehicle. It is not quite as hard as people here have said, but you do not get enough sleep or enough to eat. (Interesting, I just finished reading new regulations which instruct leaders to give soldiers seven to eight hours sleep daily whenever possible — to ensure effective combat performance. My first exposure to a “rest plan” to ensure mental functioning was in my Ranger class — 1-83, as in 1983).

    There are Ranger assignments in the National Guard but they are very few. There are Long Range Surveillance Units, descendants of the former Vietnam-era LRRPs, which conduct reconnaissance patrols in small teams. These units may be disbanded or reorganised. There are also intelligence detachments that support the two Guard Special Forces Groups. In these detachments, there are a number of slots on SOT-A teams which are Ranger coded. There are many other requirements for the SOT-A slot including eligibility for a top secret clearance (not a problem for a young man of average or better character) and complex and difficult technical and linguistic training.

    These options are not available everywhere. LRSUs are in GA, TX, MI and RI, and possibly a few others, at company (~100 guys) or detachment (smaller) level. There was one in NY (Long Island) or New Jersey, but I think it’s gone. The MI elements for 19th Group are located somewhere in the Rockies, and for 20th in KY and AL.

    A little-known secret in the National Guard is that most infantry units, especially light infantry (meaning, the guys walk or ride in HMMWVs and trucks, not armored troop carriers like Strykers or Bradleys), have more Ranger School slots than they know what to do with. They are always turning back slots because they don’t have volunteers who can spend two months away from home, family, job, etc. Not to mention, that the preparation is hard and a lot of guys would rather not risk failing. So a young, smart, athletic guys who DOES NOT EVER QUIT will probably be able to wangle a slot as soon as he can convince his leaders he’s trustworthy.

    These slots and money to send people to them are more available to today’s National Guard, because Big Green understands that the Guard, too, will be going to war.


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