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  • Bankrupting America: Or, Gorbachev’s revenge

    11/03/2013 7:55:39 AM PST · 14 of 15
    darth to 2ndDivisionVet

    I am reminded of the timeless wisdom of Sun Tzu.

    To paraphrase him:

    “As you attack the enemy and take his lands, plunder them that you may become richer and more powerful while he is permanently diminished as an enemy”.

    If we applied that to the war against islamonazis, we would take their lands, colonize them, and pump their oil or mine their resources.

    Our country should never go to war without a plan to totally destroy the enemy and become stronger in the process.

    Am I an old fashioned guy or what?

  • Ted Cruz Was Heckled Repeatedly at the Values Voter Summit —...

    10/11/2013 2:22:58 PM PDT · 41 of 47
    darth to Fledermaus

    In my experience, the commies are the most greedy and self centered people that you will meet.

    When I took a bus tour of East Berlin, our bus driver brought along a bag of cookies.

    When the commie tour guide boarded the bus, he ate every one of the driver’s cookies.

  • Ted Cruz Was Heckled Repeatedly at the Values Voter Summit —...

    10/11/2013 1:59:56 PM PDT · 37 of 47
    darth to Impala64ssa

    Back in 1984 I was debating a leftie professor at San Diego State in front of a huge audience of students. My subject was the Strategic Defense Initiative, aka, Star Wars. I had been asked to rep by the Air Force Association.

    I was having a good time goading my opponent on why he thought Russkie nukes hitting our cities was a good idea.

    Suddenly, a large, organized group of hecklers in the back started yelling “Bullsh!t” after each of my sentences.

    I called out, “You stepped in WHAT?” Then I started leading everyone in dancing the Cotton Eyed Joe. The audience cracked up laughing. The heckling stopped. My opponent started babbling in a confused state.

    Once you get the audience laughing at your opponents, you are winning!

    I also represented the High Frontier Foundation, headed by LTG (Ret) Danny Graham, a number of times.

    I learned that you should never treat these occasions as a formal debate. You are there to skewer the commies and make the audience laugh at them.

    At one of my first debates, I was opposed by a professor from UC Riverside. He made a lot of outlandish accusations including that Reagan wanted to nuke the USSR.

    After the debate, I went over to chat with him thinking that he could not be serious about some of his insane assertions.

    “So”, I asked, “If Soviet missiles are on the way to American cities, do you really want them to succeed?”

    “YES!”, he replied.

    I was thunderstruck. “So if there is a nuclear war, you want the Russian missiles to hit our cities?”

    “YES!”

    I was totally dumbfounded. I asked, “Why would you want Russian missiles to hit our cities?”

    He replied, exasperated, “Because I’m a COMMUNIST!”

    I never realized that people like him actually existed.

    And we were paying him to teach.

  • FBI Releases Chilling Footage of Navy Yard Shooter Aaron Alexis

    09/25/2013 3:04:33 PM PDT · 18 of 19
    darth to Boogieman

    Not everything is a conspiracy theory.

    I was briefed on the capability to make enemy soldiers “hear” words or sounds using powerful RF weapons. I know for a fact that we tested the capability over 20 years ago.

    However, if someone starts transmitting powerful RF outside of a DoD range, the FAA or FCC should notice right away.

    There is a fun book out there by an EE titled, “How to Turn a Microwave Oven Into a Death Ray”. He rigged a broken 5 KW commercial microwave oven to shoot a beam out. He set plywood on fire at 500 feet. Not that I would want to be anywhere near such an experiment (backscatter and sidelobes).

  • Blue man dies of heart attack at 62

    09/25/2013 1:05:53 PM PDT · 39 of 57
    darth to JoeProBono

    At first, I thought it was this guy:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TDOW8TJC7Wo

    I actually met the Blue Tatoo guy at his nephew’s wedding.

    He had tatoos over his entire body except for a fingertip.

    Some peoples’ obsessions can be life threatening.

  • Police

    08/31/2013 1:09:41 PM PDT · 17 of 49
    darth to Jonty30

    A Texas prison Warden famously once said, “On any given day at least 5-10% of our staff belong on the other side of the bars”.

  • 5 Really Depressing Things and then Some Music

    07/21/2013 2:51:54 PM PDT · 2 of 12
    darth to plsjr

    Part of the problem is that Idiocracy was not a comedy, it was a DOCUMENTARY!

  • 2013's solar maximum could be weakest since the dawn of the space age

    07/16/2013 3:51:02 PM PDT · 23 of 28
    darth to BenLurkin

    I do not fully understand what this guy is explaining, but it is incredibly interesting:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=phnPdLAdtII&feature=c4-overview&list=UUTiL1q9YbrVam5nP2xzFTWQ

    I find his 3 and 4 minute news segments very informative, and his knowledge of meteorology and space weather are very impressive.

    I think he is on to something with the interaction of space weather, solar phenomena, and Earth weather. I always suspected that the climate was an incredibly complex system with a lot of variables and drivers.

    I do not think that the climate is a simple matter of total solar output, although that is clearly important.

  • Syria's Brotherhood says West must step up arms to rebels

    07/08/2013 1:40:11 PM PDT · 18 of 18
    darth to Tailgunner Joe

    Does anyone remember the four demands of Osama bin Laden?

    One of them was that the West and the USA had to use our armed forces to overthrow the middle Eastern leaders that the islamonazis found to be insufficiently pious.

    Incredibly, Obama is following Osama bin Laden’s playbook.

    So Hussein is helping the islamonazis take power in MENA.

    The next thing you know Hussein will be removing references to islamic terrorism in training manuals and providing security clearances to radicals....uh,oh, too late.

  • Spectacular Video-Sukhoi35:Paris Airshow June 2013

    07/08/2013 8:05:21 AM PDT · 24 of 76
    darth to lbryce

    In 1982 I worked for Northrop Aircraft.

    The company took a bunch of us out to Edwards AFB to see the F-20 Tigershark.

    It was AMAZING!

    The thrust/weight was incredible.

    It rolled about 50 yards down the tarmac, pointed the nose at the sky, and went to 50,000 feet in about 2 minutes.

    As the pros on this forum know, we lost two out of the three F-20s to pilots blacking out during 9 G turns.

    For it’s time, it was an incredible accomplishment.

  • Dispelling the myth of "the wild west" (2009 article worth reposting)

    07/07/2013 1:14:34 PM PDT · 10 of 13
    darth to PUGACHEV

    In his autobiography, “Hell, I Was There!”, Elmer Keith describes his life in the early 1900s in Montana and Idaho.

    Elmer was threatened by a co-worker. His dad bought him a small barrel of powder and a few pounds of lead because he was still shooting a cap-n-ball revolver. He practiced all Summer and became a crack shot with a fast draw.

    There were shootouts and bank robberies.

    During WWII when he worked for the Army, Elmer was famous for shooting birds flying by at 100 yards or so with his .45 1911.

    One time he won a bet by hitting a half man target at 550 yards with the same pistol.

    Yup, I think the reporting may be off. Thought you would enjoy the history.

  • Michael Savage on George Zimmerman: ‘You have to find this man guilty’ [AUDIO]

    07/04/2013 3:37:54 PM PDT · 106 of 189
    darth to C. Edmund Wright

    I sometimes think the whole thing is just a schtick for him.

    Wally George redux.

  • Scientists May Have Found a Biological Basis for Homosexuality.That Could Be Bad News for Gays.

    06/28/2013 1:00:17 PM PDT · 35 of 118
    darth to MestaMachine

    About 20 years ago I read a paper where the researchers exposed pregnant rats to marijuana smoke.

    Many of the male offspring showed no sexual interest in females, only in males.

    If this worked the same way in humans,it would explain a lot of what we see.

  • A3SM: A True Game Changer for Submarine Self Defence against Threats from the Sky

    06/26/2013 6:01:47 PM PDT · 25 of 32
    darth to 0.E.O

    I have concluded that most of you guys must sack groceries for a living.

    Is there a single aerospace engineer out there?

    Did everyone buy the MSM story?

  • A3SM: A True Game Changer for Submarine Self Defence against Threats from the Sky

    06/26/2013 5:46:56 PM PDT · 23 of 32
    darth to 0.E.O

    I was not a Navy guy and so I cannot speculate on how to detect aircraft from underwater.

    OK, I will speculate: It would be safe to assume that the sub may be able to detect the acoustic signature of an aircraft since they can identify specific enemy boats by their unique signature.

    BTW, one of my other contributions was a way of detecting submerged craft from space sensors. It involved the use of a very advanced chip that one of our subcontractors had developed. The guys in San Diego really loved that one.

  • A3SM: A True Game Changer for Submarine Self Defence against Threats from the Sky

    06/26/2013 5:41:40 PM PDT · 20 of 32
    darth to Chode

    Cannot say.

    I will only say that it was a new and very significant technology.

    To my knowledge, it has never gone into mass production. Check back issues of AWST (Aviation Secrets Weekly, we used to call it).

  • A3SM: A True Game Changer for Submarine Self Defence against Threats from the Sky

    06/26/2013 5:36:49 PM PDT · 18 of 32
    darth to 0.E.O

    OK, so a multitude of witnesses including a couple of pilots testify they saw missiles rising from the ocean.

    Airliner goes down.

    BS story about exploding fuel tanks is met with derision by lots of aerospace engineers.

    Do you really think the Russkies and Chicoms did not get this immediately?

    My primary point was that the coverup fooled a lot of American voters but not our enemies.

  • A3SM: A True Game Changer for Submarine Self Defence against Threats from the Sky

    06/26/2013 5:31:34 PM PDT · 17 of 32
    darth to Strategerist

    Forgot to mention, some of the public info I got from AWST, which I read religiously every week. In addition to the articles, there were lots of letters to the Editor about TWA 800 calling BS on the official story line.

    One of the most irritating aspects of FR is the insults from people who know little about the technologies involved.

    So how do you get kerosene vapor to explode? And why were those guys in the hangar pounding on the aircraft wreckage to make it look like the explosion was inside the aircraft instead of outside?

  • A3SM: A True Game Changer for Submarine Self Defence against Threats from the Sky

    06/26/2013 5:26:38 PM PDT · 16 of 32
    darth to Strategerist

    Are you saying that all of the witnesses did not see missile(s)? I think their testimony is well established.

    As to whether we had or have such a sub-to-air missile, are you saying you have access to every black program that has been tested? Sorry, but you and I only would have access if we had a need-to-know.

    In my case, I often knew things I was not supposed to know which came in handy when we were bidding against competitors.

    Thanks for the gratuitous insult, but see the short resume that I posted.

  • A3SM: A True Game Changer for Submarine Self Defence against Threats from the Sky

    06/26/2013 5:18:25 PM PDT · 14 of 32
    darth to okie01

    Nope.

    I am a retired aerospace engineer. During my career I worked for five aerospace companies and held a TS clearance.

    I worked on programs including the Space Shuttle, Space Station, and the Strategic Defense Initiative.

    When Ronaldus Magnus gave his “Star Wars” speech, I was selected as the Business Development Manager because I was an Academy grad. The Division GM was Class of ‘39, so we got along well.

    About one year later I was instrumental in running the first SDI laser experiment that utilized the Space Shuttle. Remember when we shot a laser at the Shuttle from AMOS (Air Force Maui Optical Station)? That was my idea.

    The company got a nice contract and I got a 26% raise that year.

    Later, I had a chance to work on advanced technology programs from across the corporation, many of which went “black”. Not being a Black World guy, I still don’t know if our Cloaking Device actually worked outside of the Lab!

    In 1990, just before the first Gulf War, I came up with a dirty rotten trick we could use to shut down Saddam’s entire front line. The JCS liked it and procured the hardware, but decided it was too dirty too deploy....bad publicity and all that. Besides, Saddam was not that tough to defeat, and we might need that arrow in our bag of tricks for bigger foes in the future.

    One thing I should clear up is that I saw the new sub-to-air missile plan while working on interceptors for strategic defense programs. When TWA 800 got shot down, I knew immediately which missile had been involved.

    I am not a conspiracy theorist. Hell, I was THERE. I know where the bodies are buried and what got covered up.

    Speaking of which, I really need to take my geiger counter to Downey, California. One of the old timers told me that they buried a small nuke reactor under the runway at the old Consolidated Vultee plant in 1949 when the feds ended a contract. There’s a car lot there now.

  • A3SM: A True Game Changer for Submarine Self Defence against Threats from the Sky

    06/26/2013 4:50:19 PM PDT · 8 of 32
    darth to sukhoi-30mki

    The USA tested this type of weapon in 1996.

    TWA 800 was the tragic result of a bad decision by a program manager.

    Because the project was “black”, there was no one to overrule the program manager.

    I was once an engineer at the aerospace company that developed the missile that took out TWA 800.

    I know:

    1. What missile was being tested.
    2. The new sensor that was mounted on the missile that made it seek out the airliner and not the target drone.
    3. Why the test was performed in Long Island Sound.

    What I do not know is who the idiot was who decided to test a missile in crowded civilian airspace.

    The lessons that everyone needs to learn from this:

    1. Black programs have a strict need-to-know requirement. The SecDef and Prez Billie would not have been in the loop. They would only find out after the airliner was shot down that the missile had come from a U.S. Navy submarine. The Black World folks do NOT trust pols or senior civvies...with good reason. I KNOW these black world guys and they keep their mouths SHUT.

    When the briefing charts about the cool new technology or weapon disappear and everybody clams up....you know the project went black. And you know that you will be fired for even asking about it.

    2. The coverup and the ridiculous explosion-in-the-center-fuel-tank was designed to fool the American people just before an election. The Russkies and Chicoms are not stupid. They knew IMMEDIATELY that the U.S. Navy had a sub-to-air missile that could be fired without surfacing.

    Did everyone get that? The coverup and scam were NOT directed at our enemies. The voters were the stupid sheep to be led.

    And the MSM supported the BS story all the way because they could not let Clinton take the blame. They always assume that the general public is stupid, and they are often proven right.

    Once again, NEVER trust the MSM or the fedgov. That applies when the pubbies are in power and double when the dims are in power.

    If a story like the center fuel tank seems ridiculous, it is a SCAM.

    I will not reveal any details that could harm the national security of our country, so don’t ask.

  • Stockman Requests Subpoena Of NSA’s White House, IRS Phone Logs:

    06/13/2013 4:07:57 PM PDT · 15 of 16
    darth to EXCH54FE

    Way to go, Steve!

    Back in 1998, I took two weeks vacation from my job and worked with Steve Stockman on some campaigns.

    Steve is a brilliant, creative campaigner. He has no illusions about the criminals and commies who infest the dim party and the lengths they will go to win.

    After winning in 1994, he lost his seat in Congress to massive vote fraud in 1996.

    Oh boy, did I ever get an education on vote fraud!

    That experience led me to believe that if we can prevent vote fraud, conservatives will win almost every time.

  • Baby Neanderthal Breast-Fed for 7 Months

    05/25/2013 8:10:49 AM PDT · 16 of 45
    darth to SunkenCiv

    Read history and you will see that before formula, and especially among primitive tribes, it was not uncommon for mothers to nurse kids until they were three or four year old.

    For a meat diet Neanderthal, the only supplemental food available was blood or meat juices. My father told me that when he was a child on a ranch, they would put chunks of rare cooked meat in a cloth and squeeze out the blood and juice to feed to babies (1930s).

  • Judy Faulkner Likely Has Your Medical Records (Meet the Billionaire Obama Crony in charge of it)

    05/25/2013 8:00:01 AM PDT · 4 of 33
    darth to SeekAndFind

    It’s like the STASI on steroids.

  • CIA: Fox News Scandal “Goes Much Deeper,” White House Sitting On Something WH “Terrified” About

    05/24/2013 10:36:21 AM PDT · 249 of 250
    darth to DannyTN

    My forecast based on my knowledge of the enemy and how they think/act:

    The real scandal that “terrifies” the staff is that they have used “national technical means” to spy on EVERYONE! Just think, they could use the incredible capabilities of the NSA, CIA, DoD, Google, et al to spy on everyone including not only opponents, but also supporters and allies. Maxine Waters did not say they just had files on Republicans. They have a dossier on EVERYBODY!

    The other half of the scandal is how they use the information gathered. We will find that people have been blackmailed, intimidated, harassed, and, perhaps, even murdered.

    What is the Chicago Way? How do they use power when they get it? First, they solidify control. Then they wipe out enemies. Then they proceed to get filthy rich off corrupt deals.

    These people from Chicago not only have ties to organized crime and street gangs, they ARE organized crime.

    Not every dim is a crook, but most of them are.

  • Would You Believe The Administration Got Phone Records of The House Of Representatives?

    05/16/2013 12:08:26 PM PDT · 228 of 235
    darth to CA Conservative

    I’m sorry, but it would be a violation of commie Standard Operating Procedure if they did not use all possible means against their conservative foes.

    I would be shocked if they did NOT utilize all the capabilities of the NSA, FBI, DoD, and every other arm of government to wiretap and attack us.

    The technical capabilities of the fedgov are just this side of magic. I know because I helped develop them.

  • Would You Believe The Administration Got Phone Records of The House Of Representatives?

    05/16/2013 12:03:03 PM PDT · 227 of 235
    darth to jughandle

    Ya know, he messed with the CIA and spec ops guys.

    They know where all the bodies are buried.

    I expect a lot more revelations...like one per week.

  • Syrian rebel defends eating dead soldier’s organs…

    05/15/2013 5:24:19 PM PDT · 11 of 13
    darth to Dallas59

    This reminded me of the American soldier in Iraq who got a new tattoo on his butt:

    MAY CONTAIN PORK PRODUCTS

  • L'Affaire Richwine (Is it racist to draw conclusions about race and IQ based on statistical data?)

    05/11/2013 11:22:27 AM PDT · 15 of 37
    darth to Viennacon

    My Jedi suit protects me from flames.

    I am a STRONG advocate of legal immigration.

    My Foreman is an immigrant from Mexico with a third grade education. He would score poorly on any written test, even in Spanish.

    However, he is a GENIUS in the shop. He not only knows all of our manufacturing processes, he can repair or fabricate any piece of equipment from electrical to forklifts.

    Even more important, his work ethic is amazing. He never stops working. When he finishes an 80 hour week at the shop, he goes home and welds on the side.

    He is ambitious and an avid saver. He always puts his family first and paid over $140,000 to put his son through the state’s top university.

    His morals are old world straight and Catholic.

    Our country is richer because of immigrants like this. As an engineer I worked with immigrants from many countries. The brain drain from the old countries to ours is undeniable.

    That said, we get a lot of low quality immigrants, especially the illegal kind. They need to be sent packing across a well defended border.

    One policy I would recommend is that when an immigrant kid commits a felony, the entire family is deported. The families often have excellent control over their kids behavior, and in many cultures, a kid would not dare harm his family.

    The other policy which I advance is that we should immediately offer asylum to ALL oppressed Christians in the world. For example, we should rescue the Copts of Egypt.

  • CBS Miami TV Reporter Confronts Me About Video Recording Him in Public

    05/06/2013 2:52:02 PM PDT · 21 of 22
    darth to SoFloFreeper

    Over 30 years ago, I had a job running a large hospital on weekends.

    One day we had a severe snowstorm which was very unusual for that part of the country.

    The emergency generator kicked on as the power went out, and the Head Nurse arranged four wheel drives to pick up and drop off the next shift.

    All was going well.

    Channel 13 called and asked for an interview. I obtained permission from the Chief Administrator and PR VP. Then I gave my interview.

    Later, I tuned in the 6 O’Clock News to see myself.

    All of the questions had been asked off-camera with only my answers on the video.

    The bastards CHANGED THE AUDIO TRACK WITH DIFFERENT QUESTIONS!

    Apparently, the good news that no one had been hurt by the storm was not exciting enough. By changing the questions, my answers appeared to paint a picture of incompetence by the hospital and near disaster.

    My boss and the PR VP were FURIOUS.

    “We will never trust the media again. We never provide an interview or talk to media without our OWN camera recording everything!”

    Never trust the media. They are the enemy.

  • In a first, black voter turnout rate passes whites [2012 Election Analysis]

    04/28/2013 9:34:21 AM PDT · 33 of 49
    darth to SoFloFreeper

    Why don’t people understand that we are seeing MASSIVE vote fraud at work?

    Romney and the establishment pubbies got rolled because they are innocents who want to ignore the obvious.

    We need street fightin’ pols who will not take this crime lying down.

  • How Does An Ice Age Start? With One Snowflake

    04/28/2013 9:30:30 AM PDT · 10 of 43
    darth to blam

    From Texas to Florida, the states will be HUGE.

    Imagine the crops we can grow if the Gulf of Mexico drops 200 feet or so.

    Oh yeah, and the higher CO2 will make all plants grow much faster.

  • Boston Bomber Magistrate’s Middle Eastern Connections

    04/26/2013 7:33:59 AM PDT · 44 of 103
    darth to F15Eagle

    I would bet dollars to donuts that an IRS deep audit of her finances would disclose payments from muzzie countries or individuals.

    Bribery is a common tool in the Middle East.

  • We Are Witnessing UNPRECEDENTED Shortages Of Ammo, Physical Gold And Physical Silver

    04/25/2013 6:42:32 PM PDT · 38 of 52
    darth to Blood of Tyrants

    For those who need a .22 rifle and ammo, they should consider an air rifle.

    I really like the Gamo Whisper .22

    Plenty of air rifles and pellets for sale.

  • Searching for the Duke (But who seriously believes John Wayne had a drop of racist blood?)

    04/25/2013 4:57:11 PM PDT · 17 of 17
    darth to nickcarraway

    I just finished reading the book, “Empire of the Summer Moon” about the Commanches and Quanah Parker.

    The cowboy movies whitewash the truth because the truth is so terrible that movie audiences of the day would have left the theater from nausea. The Searchers was notable because it hinted at the vast cruelty in an age when polite people could not use the word rape in public.

    The Commanches (some of my ancestors) were incredibly evil by our modern standards. They not only gang raped women and children while torturing them to death, they killed babies and tortured children. They castrated boy slaves and maimed some so that they could not escape captivity.

    The Texans and other pioneers were driven to rage by the atrocities. For example, when some children were ransomed in the 1840s, a 15 year girl came back with her nose burned off down to the bone by the squaws who used captives for sport.

    They killed many tens of thousands of natives of other tribes, wiping out most of the Lipan Apaches and Tonkawas among others. They raided and murdered their way across Mexico every Summer for over 100 years.

    The Commanches did not do this because white settlers were moving onto their land. The very name Commanche derives from an Indian (Navajo, IIRC) word that meant “those who are always against us”. With few exceptions they fought every tribe around them and every white settler. They only spared the Commanchero traders of New Mexico because they needed a place to trade all the horses they stole.

    The Commanches raided and murdered because in their culture, the only path to greatness was to excel in raiding and murdering. They attacked anyone around, the weaker, the better. For example, they enjoyed killing the hapless and helpless peasants of Mexico. Every Summer the Commanche raiders rode 1000 miles or more to murder, rape, and torture the poor Mexicans.

    I remember seeing The Searchers when I was a kid. It disturbed me a bit because of the propaganda I had absorbed in elementary school about the noble savages.

    I don’t mean to single out the Commanches. If you go back far enough in your family tree you may find someone who committed what we moderns consider crimes and atrocities.

    The Commanches were probably the best and worst of the plains horse tribes.

  • Gold Price Forecast Drop Target $787.40

    04/21/2013 10:39:08 AM PDT · 22 of 31
    darth to Travis McGee

    Datapoint for you:

    Two days ago, I was at a subcontractor’s facility. Among other things, he electroplates silver on industrial items such as circuit breakers.

    I asked him what he did when the silver price “dropped” last week.

    “Well, I picked up the phone and ordered as many ounces of silver anodes as I could afford.”

    The salesman for one of the largest silver anode suppliers in the world told him, “Good thing that you called now. After we pull your order, OUR WAREHOUSE IS GOING TO BE EMPTY!”

  • Mars Colony Project to Begin Astronaut Search by July

    04/17/2013 4:49:38 PM PDT · 6 of 29
    darth to BenLurkin

    I wish them all the best.

    My money is on the asteroid miners. There is gold up there....and platinum and nickel and thorium and loads of hydrocarbons.

    Its the New World without the natives.

  • Where did we come from? Prehistoric fossils may rewrite human evolution (LOL!)

    04/15/2013 7:30:12 AM PDT · 39 of 41
    darth to JimRed

    Good observation.

  • Where did we come from? Prehistoric fossils may rewrite human evolution (LOL!)

    04/14/2013 4:56:06 PM PDT · 35 of 41
    darth to GrandJediMasterYoda

    I read an interesting story once.

    Some whalers went ashore and stayed with a group of Inuit (Eskimos) up North way back in the 1860s.

    One day, Sarquaq, who was the best hunter and nominal village leader, killed a walrus.

    As he began handing out portions to his neighbors, the whalers commented, using an interpreter, that Sarquaq was a very kind and generous man.

    When it was translated, he laughed heartily and said, “You do not understand. By whips, one makes dogs, and by GIFTS, one makes slaves.”

    Sarquaq saw his distribution of meat as a means to keep himself in a position of power and influence, not as charity.

    Some things don’t change.

  • Bankrupt California City to Resume Paying Pension Fund, but Not Bondholders

    04/12/2013 8:31:39 AM PDT · 34 of 35
    darth to Fee

    It seems to me that the bondholders and potential investors such as institutions should organize.

    They should tell the judges and municipalities/states that if they do not put bondholders first there will be NO bond sales.

    Of course, if no one shows up at the next bond auction, that would send the message anyway.

    I guess the next step is to have Helicopter Ben buy all the muni bonds?

  • The Bullet Bubble: Is Ammo The Next Bitcoin, Or Gold In The 1970s?

    04/11/2013 8:00:12 AM PDT · 40 of 49
    darth to G Larry

    Check local metal recyclers for range brass.

    In my area, you can buy scrap range brass for $3/lb. Most of it is popular calibers, i.e., 9MM, .40S&W, .223, .45 Auto, etc. Less than 10% in calibers other than the popular ones. It comes out to less than 3 cents for a 9MM case and less than 5 cents for .223.

    Reloaders already know this and buy the scrap to turn into ammo.

    The nationwide shortage is starting to abate. Last week’s gun show had plenty at higher, but still reasonable, prices. They never ran out of premium, expensive stuff like CorBon.

    Relax and wait for prices to stabilize. Then stock up on a regular basis.

    Right now there are bargains on excellent deer rifles because people are spending their money on ARs, AKs, overpriced ammo, etc.

  • NRA spokesman: I personally could support expanded background checks

    04/03/2013 12:09:46 PM PDT · 20 of 35
    darth to chuckles

    There was an excellent guest on Tom Gresham’s Gun Talk last Sunday who explained a major problem with any new bans on “transfers”.

    See:

    http://guntalk.libsyn.com/guntalk-2013-03-31-part-a

    If you let your son/buddy/wife/neighbor fire your gun at the range, is that a transfer?

    If you loan your gun to someone whose gun malfunctions while on a hunt, is that a transfer?

    He pointed out that it you could be arrested, spend time in jail, spend tens of thousands on lawyers, and take years before the courts, who hopefully, will rule that what you did was not an illegal transfer.

    How would a progressive (commie) judge rule in such a case?

    The background check law is a ruse to put gun owners in jail.

    We need to explain this to everyone.

  • Cyprus Triggers Preference For Goods, Gold And Silver (Buy Stuff)

    04/02/2013 8:09:16 PM PDT · 32 of 34
    darth to MachIV

    At the local store I noted that they still had plenty of ammo in stock for calibers such as 7 MM Rem Mag.

    Picked up a nice rifle at a pawn shop while everybody was spending fortunes on ARs and such.

    Now son-in-law has a nice deer rifle and plenty of ammo.

  • Cyprus Triggers Preference For Goods, Gold And Silver (Buy Stuff)

    04/02/2013 8:04:56 PM PDT · 31 of 34
    darth to BipolarBob

    I predicted that people would start putting their money into PMs, RE, and other tangibles as soon as there was a slight whiff of inflation. Why hold onto depreciating currency?

    This article reinforced my old idea, which seemed silly at the time, that little bags of beans and rice would be the Currency of the People.

    I think I will put in a few orders.

  • The secret Nazi plan to blow up cities and boil oceans with a mile-wide 'SUN GUN'

    04/02/2013 9:46:49 AM PDT · 31 of 33
    darth to babygene

    There was a book by an electrical engineer called, “How to Turn A Microwave Oven Into a Ray Gun”.

    He used a busted 5KW commercial oven’s innards to set plywood on fire at 500 feet. Boiled a cup of water in 4 seconds.

    Just think of what would happen to the operator if the beam reflected back!

    I’ll bet this stuff is on YouTube now.

  • Homosexuality as a Consequence of Epigenetically Canalized Sexual Development

    04/01/2013 12:28:46 PM PDT · 4 of 64
    darth to abigailsmybaby

    It was a long time ago, so I have lost the reference.

    In a study, pregnant lab rats, when exposed to marijuana, had higher numbers of male offspring who showed sexual interest only in other males.

    If that proved true in humans, it could explain a lot.

  • Mexican Cartels Getting Strong and Violent Foothold in the United States

    04/01/2013 9:36:41 AM PDT · 12 of 84
    darth to EXCH54FE

    I have employed ex-cons in my business in the past.

    A few years ago I had an employee who, after working for me a long time, confided that he had several relatives who were drug cartel members. All were citizens who were born here.

    He also related to me how the cartel paid bribes to police officers to get access to secret police reports so they could go after informants.

    Its that bad already.

  • Bubble bigger than housing about to pop

    03/30/2013 9:22:32 AM PDT · 39 of 49
    darth to SeekAndFind

    OK, so it is time for prudent Freepers to reduce their bank balances.

    What to do with your cash? Some PMs may be a good investment, but I have a few other suggestions.

    Every action/investment should make you:

    Healthier. Maybe a small garden for home grown veggies? Fruit trees? Exercise equipment? Better air filtration for your home?

    Get those medical tests done that you have been putting off?

    BTW, last year I paid for some medical tests that my provider would not cover. It turned out I had a life-threatening problem that would have killed me within two years! Surgery fixed it. I was both prudent and lucky. More plastic and metal parts for old darth.

    Safer. A larger, safer vehicle? Alarm or a camera system for your house or business? Concealed license along with a better firearm and some training? Money turns ammo into skill!

    Spend your money on preps that you will use. I like Jack Spirko’s philosophy about preps that make your life better now. You can find Jack at www.survivalpodcast.com Love his shows.

    Richer. Get out of debt FIRST!

    Invest in a sideline business? Buy some farmland or rental property? Learn some skill that will always be in demand such as welding?

    Right now I think the markets are incredibly risky, not to mention rigged. So traditional stocks, bonds, etc. are too dangerous.

    The best investment is something YOU have total control over such as a business no matter how small.

  • CNN Correspondent Touts AR-15s for Wild Hog Hunting Then Wonders Why Hunters 'Need' Them

    03/29/2013 7:55:09 AM PDT · 36 of 40
    darth to Texas Fossil

    I met an Indian named Todd in Alaska years ago who related how he was the backup shooter for his cousin when they were hunting brown bear.

    The cousin wounded the big brownie. As soon as the bear figured out where they were, he charged.

    Todd said that bear covered over 100 yards in a few seconds. As backup, Todd was armed with an HK in .308 with two 30 round mags.

    He emptied both mags, finally finishing the bear with a head shot at a range of six feet. He hit it 41 times out of 60 shots.

    The Game Warden showed up and charged them with “wanton waste of game” for putting so many bullets in the carcass.

    Todd protested, “But otherwise, it would have been wanton waste of Indians!”

  • Bank Failures, Sovereign Bond Collapses, Savers Head for Their Mattresses

    03/29/2013 7:37:18 AM PDT · 10 of 11
    darth to blam

    OK, so it is time for prudent Freepers to reduce their bank balances.

    What to do with your cash? Some PMs may be a good investment, but I have a few other suggestions.

    Every action/investment should make you:

    Healthier. Maybe a small garden for home grown veggies? Fruit trees? Exercise equipment? Better air filtration for your home?

    Get those medical tests done that you have been putting off?

    BTW, last year I paid for some medical tests that my provider would not cover. It turned out I had a life-threatening problem that would have killed me within two years! Surgery fixed it. I was both prudent and lucky. More plastic and metal parts for old darth.

    Safer. A larger, safer vehicle? Alarm or a camera system for your house or business? Concealed license along with a better firearm and some training? Money turns ammo into skill!

    Spend your money on preps that you will use. I like Jack Spirko’s philosophy about preps that make your life better now. You can find Jack at www.survivalpodcast.com Love his shows.

    Richer. Get out of debt FIRST!

    Invest in a sideline business? Buy some farmland or rental property? Learn some skill that will always be in demand such as welding?

    Right now I think the markets are incredibly risky, not to mention rigged. So traditional stocks, bonds, etc. are too dangerous.

    The best investment is something YOU have total control over such as a business no matter how small.