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Posts by Fletcher J

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  • Here's Apple Pay in Action (video) [and replacing min-wage clerk jobs]

    09/12/2014 12:46:19 PM PDT · 19 of 37
    Fletcher J to Oatka

    By the time you make it to check-out, you’ve already given the grocery store management “free labor” by walking through the store and pulling your own items. Piggly-Wiggly was the first grocery store to push that task off onto their customers, in the 1930’s. Before that, you’d go to the counter and present the clerk with a list of what you wanted, like Sam Drucker’s store in the old show Petticoat Junction. :)

    Self-service grocery stores like Piggly-Wiggly could trim costs over the old model, and by passing those savings on to their customers, became the new standard business model.

  • There’s No Difference Between ISIS and ISIL

    09/12/2014 11:58:53 AM PDT · 22 of 36
    Fletcher J to plain talk

    That could be it, but I think Obama says “ISIL” out of sheer arrogance. Saying ISIL instead of ISIS like everyone else makes him feel superior to his American subjects. This is just part of his ego-driven personality, such as when Obama insists on pronouncing Pakistan as “POKistan”.

  • Vidalia Onions: The Best Thing to Buy, The Best Ways to Eat It—Now!

    04/10/2014 7:39:48 AM PDT · 16 of 23
    Fletcher J to Thermalseeker

    I’ll sometimes do pretty much the same onion recipe in the oven, but I use Dale’s steak marinade and a little butter instead of soy sauce. (Dale’s is soy sauce-based, if you haven’t tried it before)

    The onions go great with a grilled steak. Now I’ve made myself very hungry... lol

    BTW, if you marinade steak or chicken in a mixture of Dale’s sauce and pineapple juice, you end up with a great teriyaki marinade. I don’t marinade any meat in straight Dale’s for more than 4 hours or so because it is too strong.

  • The Myth of Working Your Way Through College

    04/02/2014 7:41:47 AM PDT · 62 of 80
    Fletcher J to usconservative

    I also worked my way through college at a local state university, from 85-90. Tuition was $1800 per year for me, and minimum wage was approx $3.50. I worked 15hrs/week min wage during school, and worked construction for $10/hr every summer, 40hrs per week.

    My son is now going to the same university. Tuition is $14,000 per year, and minimum wage is $7.25 an hour. Like I did, he lives at home and commutes to save money.

    So it took me approx 514 hours of work at minimum wage to pay my yearly tuition. It would take my son approx 1931 hours to pay his. 3.75X more. He’s young, energetic and ambitious, but he can’t work 56 hours a week during school and 150 during the summer and still do well in school.

    Millenials are deserving of their fair share of criticism, but we can’t ignore the math. The federal government has greatly distorted the market by pumping money into education. And don’t even get me started on the price of textbooks these days...

  • 19-year-old Navy RB McKamey dies after being in coma

    03/26/2014 8:41:23 AM PDT · 15 of 26
    Fletcher J to deoetdoctrinae

    A fine young man from a fine Christian family. Everyone please pray for his mom, dad and all his family.

  • Building a list of historic American biographies

    12/09/2013 7:01:56 AM PST · 24 of 29
    Fletcher J to headbegger

    “Unbroken” by Laura Hillenbrand. The life story of an American hero, Louis Zamparini, and absolutely one of the most inspiring books I’ve ever read. If you aren’t familiar with this one already, just buy it and start reading. Don’t even read the synopsis first; let the whole thing be a surprise. :)

  • Walgreens Drops Employee Health Insurance Coverage (180,000)

    09/18/2013 6:18:49 AM PDT · 23 of 75
    Fletcher J to MayflowerMadam

    I believe that any kid in the USA can get free immunizations already. In my state, all you have to do is take your kids down to the county health department. The exceptions would be immunizations that you’d only need for international travel.

  • Harry Reid: I sure hope Republicans are opposed to Obama because of his policies and not his race

    08/12/2013 11:22:29 AM PDT · 43 of 44
    Fletcher J to 2ndDivisionVet

    I once saw Harry Reid take the hand of a small boy and walk him across a busy street. And I hope, I hope — and I say this seriously — I hope that’s because he wanted to keep the boy safe, and not because he just wanted to touch a young boy that day.


    Harry Reid is despicable.

  • The Barbecue Editor Disputes a Tar Heel (TX vs NC)

    07/25/2013 12:58:09 PM PDT · 37 of 68
    Fletcher J to Rebelbase

    Both of these guys are wrong.

    The best BBQ in the country can be found wherever my smoker happens to be sitting. The meat is usually pork, and the smoker is usually in Tennessee... :)

    But all that being said, any well-prepared BBQ is welcome to me. I love it all!

    Fletcher J

  • Rock River Arms versus Armalite for first AR-15 (Vanity)

    06/25/2013 11:01:11 AM PDT · 10 of 44
    Fletcher J to Patriot95

    Unfortunately, gun posts like this will garner very little interest or responses on FR. So you’re probably on your own here. Also, everyone will be in complete agreement on what you should do, so the few people responding will all just tell you the same thing... ;)

    Seriously, though, I have a RRA and the quality is terrific. I’m sure the Armalite is great quality as well, but don’t have one. The Colt and SigSauer ARs are really great also. The Colt M4 that’s factory equipped with all the Magpul accessories costs a bit more, but is a sweet AR at a good price.

  • True Grit

    05/15/2013 7:28:18 AM PDT · 29 of 44
    Fletcher J to DManA

    While he was far from perfect, Jackson eliminated the National Bank, which was like an unelected branch of government, with the power to enrich or destroy members of congress - not a good thing for a Republic. He also held the union together thru the force of his personality. Jackson’s threats carried weight, unlike our current resident of the White House.

    Jackson can be fairly critized in many ways, but he was clearly not a punk.

  • True Grit

    05/15/2013 7:11:08 AM PDT · 27 of 44
    Fletcher J to RandallFlagg

    I believe it was both face and hand. Pretty natural to throw a hand up when someone is going at your head with a sword, so he had wounds on both... Jackson may have been the toughest man alive at a time when pretty much every man was tough.

  • Colt CEO: Ban Would Hurt Iconic Brand

    03/21/2013 8:11:52 AM PDT · 21 of 27
    Fletcher J to libstripper

    Yep, I think that Colt should coordinate with Magpul and other firearm manufacturers that are thinking of leaving anti 2A states, and jointly choose an area in which to create an all-new manufacturing center. East Tennessee would be a great location for all of them!

  • Detroit VIDEO: 2014 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray

    03/20/2013 1:18:52 PM PDT · 46 of 69
    Fletcher J to Norm Lenhart

    Love the Mustang. My 2013 GT with 420hp 5.0 “Coyote” V8 and 6sp manual is my daily driver, and is the most fun I’ve ever had with my clothes on. It puts some joy into my commute. :)

  • Detroit VIDEO: 2014 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray

    03/20/2013 1:14:11 PM PDT · 41 of 69
    Fletcher J to 762X51

    I wish that Ford would make a direct competitor to the Wrangler and call it a Bronco. That would be awesome.

    I keep daydreaming about the viability of taking a new Wrangler Rubicon and trading out wheels, badging, front grill, etc., and turning it into a fake “2014 Ford Bronco”. Maybe a blue one, repainted as a modern take on the 69 Bronco, with white wheel arches and white top? That would be an awesome conversation starter... lol

  • Magpul preparing to leave Colorado

    03/20/2013 7:54:52 AM PDT · 73 of 73
    Fletcher J to saleman

    Yeah, UT is expecting a good turnout for the Orange & White spring game this year, due to excitement over the new coach. He’s got to be better than the last one.

    Things could go either way for UT football this year, but it looks to be another building year. The crazy thing is that if we’d had *any* kind of reasonable defense last year, it would have been a good season. The defense will surely improve this year (how could it get worse?!?), but we’re losing a lot of talent on offense to make up for it.

    Either way, it’ll take a miracle for UT to beat Bama for the next few years...

    I have a lot of family in the Decatur area, so at least I didn’t get any grief from the Auburn fans last year. :) We have an annual Memorial Day family reunion in Decatur, eating at Big Bob Gibson’s, going to the balloon festival at Point Mallard, and a get-together at the river.

  • Magpul preparing to leave Colorado

    03/19/2013 2:00:07 PM PDT · 59 of 73
    Fletcher J to saleman

    LOL. That reminds me of a riddle:

    What’s 80 feet long and has 5 teeth? The funnel cake line at the Alabama State Fair.

    GO VOLS!!

  • Magpul preparing to leave Colorado

    03/19/2013 11:18:56 AM PDT · 29 of 73
    Fletcher J to KeyLargo

    Dear Magpul, There are a multitude of beautiful East Tennessee counties that would love to have you, complete with thousands of people eager to work their butts off for you. (For example, Scott County, TN)

    Smoky Mountains & great outdoor activities
    No state income tax
    Plenty of unemployed workers
    Cheap land
    Conservative, gun-friendly state government
    No traffic
    Lot of lakes and rivers
    Low cost of living
    Great southern cooking and BBQ

    I’ll be glad to meet your rep at the airport and give you a tour of God’s country! Call me. :)

  • Why Be A Fighter Pilot?

    03/13/2013 7:05:45 AM PDT · 33 of 64
    Fletcher J to Conserev1

    It’s true that there are a lot of pitiful excuses for young men in this country these days, but it’s a BIG country, and there are still plenty of fine American men that want to serve.

    My son is currently in Air Force ROTC, and desperately wants to be an Air Force pilot. That’s been his goal since his pre-teen days. However, the competition is extremely tough, and he says that the rest of the guys in his detachment are all top-notch. If the competition nationwide is like what he’s seeing, he’ll have a difficult time getting a pilot slot. But, he’s trying his best, is scheduled for field training this summer, and can’t wait!

  • One Day Left: NYC Super-Sized Sugary Drink Ban Goes Into Effect Tuesday

    03/11/2013 7:02:47 AM PDT · 12 of 19
    Fletcher J to JimRed

    Realistically, probably not. My understanding is that if the business has a self-service drink station that has both diet and sugar drinks, then the largest cup size allowable by nanny Bloomberg is 16oz.

    However, if the self-service drink station is diet-only, then they can have larger cup sizes. (For now - all our liberties have an expiration date, you know...)