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Posts by Gee Wally

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  • I bought a bike! (bicycle)

    06/08/2015 4:21:54 AM PDT · 44 of 71
    Gee Wally to Carthego delenda est

    I second the mirror recommendation. I ride a lot on country roads with relatively limited traffic. I would not go out without a mirror.

  • An Early Look at this Saturday's 2015 Preakness Stakes

    05/14/2015 5:19:14 PM PDT · 10 of 11
    Gee Wally to ETL

    Correction on Mr. Z. He was sold this week to Calumet Farms. Trainer Wayne Lukas wanted him to run in the Preakness, but owner Zayat was adamant that he wouldn’t be entered. Whether Lukas brokered a deal with Calumet or otherwise, Zayat sold the horse to Calumet and Lukas remains the trainer.

  • Ted Cruz doesn't have to win to 'win'

    03/29/2015 5:14:01 PM PDT · 31 of 35
    Gee Wally to 2ndDivisionVet
    Gil Smart isn't. I say this not based on this single article, but on his body of work in the Lancaster Sunday News. He's a principal reason I don't subscribe to the Lancaster newspaper anymore. This is a typical column, short on facts and long on shallow "analysis". Smart's a legend in his own mind.

    I can't wait to see the level of hysteria when Cruz starts to accumulate delegates on his march to win the nomination.

  • Seen the light? Ohio Gov. Kasich says Bible supports Obamacare

    01/30/2015 5:11:22 AM PST · 23 of 93
    Gee Wally to Sooth2222

    As long as we’re doing Bible verses for public policy, how about this one:

    For even when we were with you, this we commanded you: that if any would not work, neither should he eat.

    2 Thessalonians 3:10

  • WATCH: Bono's Unexpected Response to 'Who Is Jesus?' Question

    04/17/2014 1:28:00 PM PDT · 77 of 905
    Gee Wally to Gee Wally
    Not to mention Josephus writing in Antiquities of the Jews around 93 A.D.:

    And now Caesar, upon hearing the death of Festus, sent Albinus into Judea, as procurator. But the king deprived Joseph of the high priesthood, and bestowed the succession to that dignity on the son of Ananus, who was also himself called Ananus... Festus was now dead, and Albinus was but upon the road; so he assembled the sanhedrin of judges, and brought before them the brother of Jesus, who was called Christ, whose name was James, and some others; and when he had formed an accusation against them as breakers of the law, he delivered them to be stoned.

    and

    Now some of the Jews thought that the destruction of Herod's army came from God, and that very justly, as a punishment of what he did against John, that was called the Baptist: for Herod slew him, who was a good man... Herod, who feared lest the great influence John had over the people might put it into his power and inclination to raise a rebellion... Accordingly he was sent a prisoner, out of Herod's suspicious temper, to Macherus, the castle I before mentioned, and was there put to death.

  • WATCH: Bono's Unexpected Response to 'Who Is Jesus?' Question

    04/17/2014 1:20:08 PM PDT · 72 of 905
    Gee Wally to A_perfect_lady
    How do you account for the extra-Biblical references to Jesus?

    Tacitus writing in the Annals in about 116 A.D.:

    "Christus, from whom the name had its origin, suffered the extreme penalty during the reign of Tiberius at the hands of one of our procurators, Pontius Pilatus, and a most mischievous superstition, thus checked for the moment, again broke out not only in Judæa, the first source of the evil, but even in Rome, where all things hideous and shameful from every part of the world find their centre and become popular."

    Pliny the Younger in a letter to the Emperor Trajan in about 112 A.D. asking how to proceed with the Christians:

    They were in the habit of meeting on a certain fixed day before it was light, when they sang in alternate verses a hymn to Christ, as to a god, and bound themselves by a solemn oath, not to any wicked deeds, but never to commit any fraud, theft or adultery, never to falsify their word, nor deny a trust when they should be called upon to deliver it up; after which it was their custom to separate, and then reassemble to partake of food--but food of an ordinary and innocent kind.

  • Yes, Atheism and Conservatism Are Compatible [uh, huh. bye]

    02/26/2014 5:12:24 PM PST · 101 of 258
    Gee Wally to trisham
    Cooke says, "Constitutionally and legally, America is a secular state, and the principle that the government should be strictly prohibited from making distinctions between myself (an atheist) and my fiancée (a Catholic) is one for which I would fight to the death."

    That may be what the courts have imposed on the country, but it is not a principle that the founders would have recognized insofar as the federal government is concerned. It was a far different situation when the country was formed and before the Federal Leviathan was created. Here is a sampling of State Constitutional provisions from the founding era:

    Delaware: 9/21/1776

    ART. 22. Every person who shall be chosen a member of either house, or appointed to any office or place of trust, before taking his seat, or entering upon the execution of his office, shall take the following oath, or affirmation, if conscientiously scrupulous of taking an oath, to wit: " I, A B. will bear true allegiance to the Delaware State, submit to its constitution and laws, and do no act wittingly whereby the freedom thereof may be prejudiced." And also make and subscribe the following declaration, to wit: " I, A B. do profess faith in God the Father, and in Jesus Christ His only Son, and in the Holy Ghost, one God, blessed for evermore; and I do acknowledge the holy scriptures of the Old and New Testament to be given by divine inspiration." And all officers shall also take an oath of office.

    ART. 29. There shall be no establishment of any one religious sect in this State in preference to another; and no clergyman or preacher of the gospel, of any denomination, shall be capable of holding any civil once in this State, or of being a member of either of the branches of the legislature, while they continue in the exercise of the pastorial function.

    Georgia: 2/5/1777

    ART. VI. The representatives shall be chosen out of the residents in each county, who shall have resided at least twelve months in this State, and three months in the county where they shall be elected; except the freeholders of the counties of Glynn and Camden, who are in a state of alarm, and who shall have the liberty of choosing one member each, as specified in the articles of this constitution, in any other county, until they have residents sufficient to qualify them for more; and they shall be of the Protestent religion, and of the age of twenty-one years, and shall be possessed in their own right of two hundred and fifty acres of land, or some property to the amount of two hundred and fifty pounds.

    ART. LVI. All persons whatever shall have the free exercise of their religion; provided it be not repugnant to the peace and safety of the State; and shall not, unless by consent, support any teacher or teachers except those of their own profession.

    Maryland: 11/11/1776

    XXXIII. That, as it is the duty of every man to worship God in such manner as he thinks most acceptable to him; all persons, professing the Christian religion, are equally entitled to protection in their religious liberty; wherefore no person ought by any law to be molested in his person or estate on account of his religious persuasion or profession, or for his religious practice; unless, under colour of religion, any man shall disturb the good order, peace or safety of the State, or shall infringe the laws of morality, or injure others, in their natural, civil, or religious rights; nor ought any person to be compelled to frequent or maintain, or contribute, unless on contract, to maintain any particular place of worship, or any particular ministry; yet the Legislature may, in their discretion, lay a general and equal tax for the support of the Christian religion; leaving to each individual the power of appointing the payment over of the money, collected from him, to the support of any particular place of worship or minister, or for the benefit of the poor of his own denomination, or the poor in general of any particular county: but the churches, chapels, globes, and all other property now belonging to the church of England, ought to remain to the church of England forever. And all acts of Assembly, lately passed, for collecting monies for building or repairing particular churches or chapels of ease, shall continue in force, and be executed, unless the Legislature shall, by act, supersede or repeal the same: but no county court shall assess any quantity of tobacco, or sum of money, hereafter, on the application of any vestrymen or church-wardens; and every encumbent of the church of England, who hath remained in his parish, and performed his duty, shall be entitled to receive the provision and support established by the act, entitled "An act for the support of the clergy of the church of England, in this Province," till the November court of this present year to be held for the county in which his parish shall lie, or partly lie, or for such time as he hate remained in his parish, and performed his duty.

    XXXV. That no other test or qualification ought to be required, on admission to any office of trust or profit, than such oath of support and fidelity to this State, and such oath of office, as shall be directed by this Convention or the Legislature of this State, and a declaration of a belief in the Christian religion.

    LV. That every person, appointed to any office of profit or trust, shall, before he enters on the execution thereof, take the following oath; to wit :-" I, A. B., do swear, that I do not hold myself bound in allegiance to the King of Great Britain, and that I will be faithful, and bear true allegiance to the State of Maryland; " and shall also subscribe a declaration of his belief in the Christian religion.

    New Jersey: 7/2/1776

    XVIII. That no person shall ever, within this Colony, be deprived of the inestimable privilege of worshipping Almighty God in a manner, agreeable to the dictates of his own conscience; nor, under any presence whatever, be compelled to attend any place of worship, contrary to his own faith and judgment; nor shall any person, within this Colony, ever be obliged to pay tithes, taxes, or any other rates, for the purpose of building or repairing any other church or churches, place or places of worship, or for the maintenance of any minister or ministry, contrary to what he believes to be right, or has deliberately or voluntarily engaged himself to perform.

    XIX. That there shall be no establishment of any one religious sect in this Province, in preference to another; and that no Protestant inhabitant of this Colony shall be denied the enjoyment of any civil right, merely on account of his religious principles; but that all persons, professing a belief in the faith of any Protestant sect. who shall demean themselves peaceably under the government, as hereby established, shall be capable of being elected into any office of profit or trust, or being a member of either branch of the Legislature, and shall fully and freely enjoy every privilege and immunity, enjoyed by others their fellow subjects.

    New York: 4/20/1777

    XXXVIII. And whereas we are required, by the benevolent principles of rational liberty, not only to expel civil tyranny, but also to guard against that spiritual oppression and intolerance wherewith the bigotry and ambition of weak and wicked priests and princes have scourged mankind, this convention doth further, in the name and by the authority of the good people of this State, ordain, determine, and declare, that the free exercise and enjoyment of religious profession and worship, without discrimination or preference, shall forever hereafter be allowed, within this State, to all mankind: Provided, That the liberty of conscience, hereby granted, shall not be so construed as to excuse acts of licentiousness, or justify practices inconsistent with the peace or safety of this State.

    XXXIX. And whereas the ministers of the gospel are, by their profession, dedicated to the service of God and the care of souls, and ought not to be diverted from the great duties of their function; therefore, no minister of the gospel, or priest of any denomination whatsoever, shall, at any time hereafter, under any presence or description whatever, be eligible to, or capable of holding, any civil or military office or place within this State.

    North Carolina: 12/18/1776

    XIX. That all men have a natural and unalienable right to worship Almighty God according to the dictates of their own consciences.

    XXXI. That no clergyman, or preacher of the gospels of any denomination, shall be capable of being a member of either the Senate, House of Commons, or Council of State, while he continues in the exercise of the pastoral function.

    XXXII. That no person, who shall deny the being of God or the truth of the Protestant religion, or the divine authority either of the Old or New Testaments, or who shall hold religious principles incompatible with the freedom and safety of the State, shall be capable of holding any office or place of trust or profit in the civil department within this State.

    Pennsylvania: 9/28/1776

    A DECLARATION OF THE RIGHTS OF THE INHABITANTS OF THE COMMONWEALTH OR STATE OF PENNSYLVANIA

    II. That all men have a natural and unalienable right to worship Almighty God according to the dictates of their own consciences and understanding: And that no man ought or of right can be compelled to attend any religious worship, or erect or support any place of worship, or maintain any ministry, contrary to, or against, his own free will and consent: Nor can any man, who acknowledges the being of a God, be justly deprived or abridged of any civil right as a citizen, on account of his religious sentiments or peculiar mode of religious worship: And that no authority can or ought to be vested in, or assumed by any power whatever, that shall in any case interfere with, or in any manner controul, the right of conscience in the free exercise of religious worship.

    SECT. 10. A quorum of the house of representatives shall consist of two-thirds of the whole number of members elected; and having met and chosen their speaker, shall each of them before they proceed to business take and subscribe, as well the oath or affirmation of fidelity and allegiance hereinafter directed, as the following oath or affirmation, viz: I do swear (or affirm) that as a member of this assembly, I will not propose or assent to any bill, vote, or resolution, which stall appear to free injurious to the people; nor do or consent to any act or thing whatever, that shall have a tendency to lessen or abridge their rights and privileges, as declared in the constitution of this state; but will in all things conduct myself as a faithful honest representative and guardian of the people, according to the best of only judgment and abilities. And each member, before he takes his seat, shall make and subscribe the following declaration, viz: I do believe in one God, the creator and governor of the universe, the rewarder of the good and the punisher of the wicked. And I do acknowledge the Scriptures of the Old and New Testament to be given by Divine inspiration. And no further or other religious test shall ever hereafter be required of any civil officer or magistrate in this State.

    South Carolina: 3/19/1778

    XXXVIII. That all persons and religious societies who acknowledge that there is one God, and a future state of rewards and punishments, and that God is publicly to be worshipped, shall be freely tolerated. The Christian Protestant religion shall be deemed, and is hereby constituted and declared to be, the established religion of this State. That all denominations of Christian Protestants in this State, demeaning themselves peaceably and faithfully, shall enjoy equal religious and civil privileges. To accomplish this desirable purpose without injury to the religious property of those societies of Christians which are by law already incorporated for the purpose of religious worship, and to put it fully into the power of every other society of Christian Protestants, either already formed or hereafter to be formed, to obtain the like incorporation, it is hereby constituted, appointed, and declared that the respective societies of the Church of England that are already formed in this State for the purpose of religious worship shall still continue incorporate and hold the religious property now in their possession. And that whenever fifteen or more male persons, not under twenty-one years of age, professing the Christian Protestant religion, and agreeing to unite themselves In a society for the purposes of religious worship, they shall, (on complying with the terms hereinafter mentioned,) be, and be constituted a church, and be esteemed and regarded in law as of the established religion of the State, and on a petition to the legislature shall be entitled to be incorporated and to enjoy equal privileges. That every society of Christians so formed shall give themselves a name or denomination by which they shall be called and known in law, and all that associate with them for the purposes of worship shall be esteemed as belonging to the society so called. But that previous to the establishment and incorporation of the respective societies of every denomination as aforesaid, and in order to entitle them thereto, each society so petitioning shall have agreed to and subscribed in a book the following five articles, without which no agreement fir union of men upon presence of religion shall entitle them to be incorporated and esteemed as a church of the established religion of this State: 1st. That there is one eternal God, and a future state of rewards and punishments. 2d. That God is publicly to be worshipped. 3d. That the Christian religion is the true religion 4th. That the holy scriptures of the Old and New Testaments are of divine inspiration, and are the rule of faith and practice. 5th. That it is lawful and the duty of every man being thereunto called by those that govern, to bear witness to the truth. And that every inhabitant of this State, when called to make an appeal to God as a witness to truth, shall be permitted to do it in that way which is most agreeable to the dictates of his own conscience. And that the people of this State may forever enjoy the right of electing their own pastors or clergy, and at the same time that the State may have sufficient security for the due discharge of the pastoral office, by those who shall be admitted to be clergymen, no person shall officiate as minister of any established church who shall not have been chosen by a majority of the society to which he shall minister, or by persons appointed by the said majority, to choose and procure a minister for them; nor until the minister so chosen and appointed shall have made and subscribed to the following declaration, over and above the aforesaid five articles, viz: "That he is determined by God's grace out of the holy scriptures, to instruct the people committed to his charge, and to teach nothing as required of necessity to eternal salvation but that which he shall be persuaded may be concluded and proved from the scripture; that he will use both public and private admonitions, as well to the sick as to the whole within his cure, as need shall require and occasion shall be given, and that he will be diligent in prayers, and in reading of the same; that he will be diligent to frame and fashion his own self and his family according to the doctrine of Christ, and to make both himself and them, as much as in him lieth, wholesome examples and patterns to the flock of Christ; that he will maintain and set forwards, as much as he can, quietness, peace, and love among all people, and especially among those that are or shall be committed to lids charge. No person shall disturb or molest any religious assembly; nor shall use any reproachful, reviling, or abusive language against any church, that being the certain way of disturbing the peace, and of hindering the conversion of any to the truth, by engaging them in quarrels and animosities, to the hatred of the professors, and that profession which otherwise they might be brought to assent to. To person whatsoever shall speak anything in their religious assembly irreverently or seditiously of the government of this State. No person shall, by law, be obliged to pay towards the maintenance and support of a religious worship that he does not freely join in, or has not voluntarily engaged to support. But the churches, chapels, parsonages, globes, and all other property now belonging to any societies of the Church of England, or any other religious societies, shall remain and be secured to them forever. The poor shall be supported, and elections managed in the accustomed manner, until laws shall be provided to adjust those matters in the most equitable way.

    Vermont: 7/8/1777

    A DECLARATION OF THE RIGHTS OF THE INHABITANTS OF THE STATE OF VERMONT

    III. That all men have a natural and unalienable right to worship ALMIGHTY GOD, according to the dictates of their own consciences and understanding, regulated by the word of GOD; and that no man ought, or of right can be compelled to attend any religious worship, or erect, or support any place of worship, or maintain any minister, contrary to the dictates of his conscience; nor can any man who professes the protestant religion, be justly deprived or abridged of any civil right, as a citizen, on account of his religious sentiment, or peculiar mode of religious worship, and that no authority can, or ought to be vested in, or assumed by, any power whatsoever, that shall, in any case, interfere with, or in any manner controul, the rights of conscience, in the free exercise of religious worship: nevertheless, every sect or denomination of people ought to observe the Sabbath, or the Lord's day, and keep up, and support, some sort of religious worship, which to them shall seem most agreeable to the revealed will of GOD.

    SECTION IX. A quorum of the house of representatives shall consist of two-thirds of the whole number of members elected; and having met and chosen their speaker, shall, each of them, before they proceed to business, take and subscribe, as well the oath of fidelity and allegiance herein after directed, as the following oath or affirmation, viz. " I ____ do solemnly swear, by the ever living God, (or, I do solemnly affirm in the presence of Almighty God) that as a member of this assembly, I will not propose or assent to any bill, vote, or resolution, which shall appear to me injurious to the people; nor do or consent to any act or thing whatever, that shall have a tendency to lessen or abridge their rights and privileges, as declared in the Constitution of this State; but will, in all things' conduct myself as a faithful, honest representative and guardian of the people, according to the best of my judgment and abilities." And each member, before he takes his seat, shall make and subscribe the following declaration, viz. " I ____ do believe in one God, the Creator and Governor of the Diverse, the rewarder of the good and punisher of the wicked. And I do acknowledge the scriptures of the old and new testament to be given by divine inspiration, and own and profess the protestant religion." And no further or other religious test shall ever, hereafter, be required of any civil officer or magistrate in this State.

    Vermont: 7/4/1786

    A DECLARATION OF THE RIGHTS OF THE, INHABITANTS OF THE STATE OF VERMONT

    III. That all men have a natural and unalienable right to worship Almighty God according to the dictates of their own consciences and understandings, as In their opinion shall be regulated by the word of God; and that no man ought, or of right can be compelled to attend any religious worship, or erect or support any place of worship, or maintain any minister, contrary to the dictates of his conscience; nor can any man be justly deprived or abridged of any civil right as a citizen, on account of his religious sentiments, or peculiar mode of religious worship; and that no authority can, or ought to be vested in, or assumed by any power whatsoever, that shall in any case interfere with, or in any manner control the rights of conscience, in the free exercise of religious worship: Nevertheless, every sect or denomination of Christians ought to observe the Sabbath or Lord's day, and keep up some sort of religious worship, which to them shall seem most agreeable to the revealed will of God.

    XII. The representatives, having met, and chosen their speaker and clerk, shall each of them, before they proceed to business, take and subscribe, as well the oath or affirmation of allegiance herein after directed (except where they, shall produce certificates of their having heretofore taken and subscribed the same) as the following oath or affirmation, viz. You- do solenmly swear, (or affirm) that, as a member of this Assembly, you will not propose or assent to any bill, vote, or resolution, which shall appear to you injurious to the people; nor do nor consent to any act or thing whatever, that shall have a tendency to lessen or abridge their rights and privileges as declared by the Constitution of this State; but will, in all things, conduct yourself as a faithful, honest representative and guardian of the people, according to the best of your judgment and abilities. (In case of an oath) So help you God. (And in case of an affirmation) Under the pains anal penalties of perjury. And each member, before he takes his seat, shall make and subscribe the following declaration, viz. You do believe in one God, the Creator and Governor of the Universe, the rewarder of the good, and punisher of the wicked. And you do acknowledge the scriptures of the Old and New Testament to be given by divine inspiration; and own and profess the Protestant religion. And no further or other religious test shall ever hereafter be required of any civil officer or magistrate, in this State.

    Virginia: 6/29/1776

    Bill of Rights

    SEC. 16. That religion, or the duty which we owe to our Creator, and the manner of discharging it, can be directed only by reason and conviction, not by force or violence; and therefore all men are equally entitled to the free exercise of religion, according to the dictates of conscience; and that it is the mutual duty of all to practice Christian forbearance, love, and charity towards each other.

  • Is the Founder of the Christian Religion Paul of Tarsus or Jesus of Nazareth?

    02/24/2014 2:43:18 PM PST · 25 of 112
    Gee Wally to SeekAndFind
    I found a trilogy of books by Paul Barnett to be illuminating to my untrained mind.

    The Birth of Christianity: The First Twenty Years (Vol. 1)
    Paul, Missionary of Jesus (Vol. 2)
    Finding the Historical Christ (Vol. 3)

  • 11 terribly awesome country music songs [VIDEO]

    02/20/2014 9:45:55 AM PST · 46 of 58
    Gee Wally to circlecity

    When you went to pick her up in the rain?

  • Judge strikes down Nebraska law that allowed Keystone pipeline to proceed through state

    02/19/2014 2:33:28 PM PST · 14 of 31
    Gee Wally to CodeToad
    Nebraska State Constitution Article IV-20

    There shall be a Public Service Commission, consisting of not less than three nor more than seven members, as the Legislature shall prescribe, whose term of office shall be six years, and whose compensation shall be fixed by the Legislature. Commissioners shall be elected by districts of substantially equal population as the Legislature shall provide. The powers and duties of such commission shall include the regulation of rates, service and general control of common carriers as the Legislature may provide by law. But, in the absence of specific legislation, the commission shall exercise the powers and perform the duties enumerated in this provision.

    Sure sounds to me like the legislature has the authority to determine what powers and duties the Public Service Commission has.

  • Election 2012: Ohio President: Obama 49%, Romney 49%

    11/02/2012 12:09:44 PM PDT · 54 of 187
    Gee Wally to ScottinVA
    ... Obama and Romney each with 49% support. Two percent (2%) prefer some other candidate, while one percent (1%) is undecided.

    49 + 49 + 2 + 1 = 101

    Are these figures rounded, or is a 1% fraud adjustment factored into this poll?

  • Obama's Brutal Gaffe: Low Gas Prices Cratered Our Economy

    10/17/2012 2:33:46 PM PDT · 70 of 109
    Gee Wally to Political Junkie Too

    My take on oil prices is somewhat different. No one here is addressing the Fed’s impact on oil prices. Oil is traded in US dollars. The Fed has been printing money for the past 4 years, big-time. So the real value of a dollar has been diminished, by how much I couldn’t say. So the sheiks want more of these cheaper dollars for their barrel of oil.

  • Should We Call Abortion a Holocaust? If The Shoe Fits

    07/09/2012 2:08:38 PM PDT · 10 of 20
    Gee Wally to gzzimlich

    It’s not too likely Heydrich would have taken Hitler’s place after the assassination attempt in 1944 since Heydrich had been killed in Czechoslovakia in 1942.

  • Rags-to-riches horse and jockey compete for Triple Crown glory

    06/04/2012 9:28:44 AM PDT · 12 of 27
    Gee Wally to Amberdawn
    Desormeaux is talking about being a rookie at Belmont Park. Belmont is a one and one-half mile oval, unlike Churchill Downs and Pimlico, which are the far more common one mile oval. Affirmed had 5 races at Belmont as a 2-year old, all with Cauthen riding. Both horse and rider were familiar with the track and its layout prior to Affirmed's Triple Crown clinching win in the Belmont Stakes.

    That being said, Desormeaux is nuts if he thinks I'll Have Another has no chance to win.

  • "Is this Reagan versus Carter?" (Did I hear Hannity correctly?

    04/25/2012 5:11:56 PM PDT · 32 of 55
    Gee Wally to Laissez-faire capitalist
    In 1980 it was Reagan vs. Carter vs. Anderson

    We have our Carter and Anderson clones and are now awaiting the Reagan candidate to emerge.

  • Judge Dismisses Assault Charges Against High School Footballers

    04/04/2012 12:29:33 PM PDT · 12 of 39
    Gee Wally to Raider Sam
    You play to the whistle. Sometimes, teams that are beaten will rush the kneel. If they do, you block. If you are not going to block, then you shouldnt be on the field. This is not about religion.

    Is this your idea of playing to the whistle?

    "After the snap, however, the four arrested Star players burst through the line and allegedly manhandled Lutheran’s quarterback. Police said they ripped off his helmet, threw him to the ground and punched and kicked him repeatedly."

  • Court takes health care case behind closed doors

    03/29/2012 9:29:03 AM PDT · 29 of 37
    Gee Wally to In Maryland

    Ever heard of Justice Samuel Chase?

  • White House Shifts Legal Gears as ObamaCare Heads to Supreme Court

    03/20/2012 9:48:25 AM PDT · 34 of 59
    Gee Wally to An.American.Expatriate
    ... lack of Health Insurance will end up in Interstate Commerce

    Since health insurance is regulated by the states and cannot be purchased from an out-of-state insurer, I'm curious to know how whether or not I purchase health insurance can affect interstate commerce. Currently there is no interstate health insurance market, is there?

  • Santorum camp asking conservatives to pressure Gingrich to drop out

    03/07/2012 4:51:12 AM PST · 159 of 255
    Gee Wally to freeangel
    Rick Santorum’s campaign is calling on conservatives to pressure Newt Gingrich ....

    Kinda makes me think back to when conservatives called on Santorum to endorse Pat Toomey over Arlen Specter. Santorum stabbed the conservatives in the back and endorsed Specter. Now Santorum's got the gall to ask conservatives to throw Newt under the bus. What a guy.

  • Santorum Sweeps

    02/08/2012 8:27:57 AM PST · 28 of 52
    Gee Wally to Vigilanteman
    Let's see. Who lost their own state by 18 pts the last time he ran for office? Who got a lower percentage of the vote in Pennsylvania in his last run than McCain managed against Obama in 2008? Yep, that would be Santorum.

    While I'm glad to see Romney lose, I shudder to think what would happen if Santorum was the nominee.

  • The Republican Party Becomes the Whig Party

    02/01/2012 2:57:36 PM PST · 28 of 37
    Gee Wally to EBH
    I listened to Newt’s speech last night and he almost sounded like he was campaigning as a third party candidate.

    I heard it the same way. I think he has had it with the Republican party. He gets thoroughly trashed by conservatives for supporting the Republican candidate in the NY-23 debacle, and deservedly so. But I think his rationale for doing that may have been to curry favor with the Republican establishment as he looked forward to a run for the nomination. Now that he is seeking the nomination, he is unrelentingly assailed by the Republican establishment, in large measure via half-truths and outright lies.

    I think his speech last night was very effective. He laid out exactly what he is going to do right out of the gate. His experience in the House gives him a huge advantage over Romney in the ability to actually get things done. And his appeal to everyone, not just Republicans, to give him the chance to get this done, tells me that a 3rd party-run is a definite possibility. His conclusion that he was pledging his life, his fortune, and his sacred honor to this cause, sounds like a commitment to more than just a run for the Republican nomination.

    For me, the attacks against Gingrich about his support for Ronald Reagan are just too much to take. They tell me that the Republican establishment is not serious about fixing what ails our country. They tell me that the establishment wants to pretend that some of the Republican party's greatest achievements, the return to a House majority and the passing of balanced budgets, didn't really happen. Gingrich has the message to run against Obama - under his speakership, the budget was balanced and it can be balanced again with the right leadership. I am now convinced that that is a message the Republican establishment does not want to hear. Although I consider the Supreme Court vacancies that will likely arise during the next presidential term to be of the utmost importance, I now feel as though that is not enough to keep me on the Republican reservation. I will not be voting for Romney.

  • Driving green means not changing your oil until you need to

    01/06/2012 4:41:20 PM PST · 27 of 36
    Gee Wally to Dutch Boy

    We still have a 1992 Escort LX we bought new. I changed the oil when I got around to it, but I did use synthetic or synthetic blends in it. It now has 322,000 miles on it and it’s the original engine. Other than a puff of smoke when starting and burning a quart of oil every couple of months, the engine runs great. But I think this may be the year we part with it.

  • Perry drawing state retirement plus salary

    12/17/2011 6:07:43 AM PST · 68 of 164
    Gee Wally to Catsrus
    And, big deal. Is this really an issue? ... He’s entitled to it and so, he’s taking it.

    You might have a point if the pension funds were fully funded. But they're not.

    Public Pensions in Texas As Of September 2011

    I'm sure Texans won't mind having their taxes raised to cover these shortfalls so government workers can continue to collect their pensions.

    As someone who is still undecided on a candidate, I was hoping Perry would make a comeback in the polls. But he should be a leader on the issue of pension reform, not just another follower.

  • Pearl Harbor Still a Day for the Ages, but a Memory Almost Gone

    12/07/2011 7:27:43 AM PST · 15 of 32
    Gee Wally to Voter#537
    Out (sic) entire Navy was destroyed with that raid.

    Hardly. None of our aircraft carriers were even present, and they would inflict irreversible damage to the Japanese Navy a scant 6 months later at Midway.

    I agree that we should never forget.

  • What Killed JFK (barf alert: "right wing" hatred threatens Obama..just as it "ended" JFK's life)

    11/21/2011 9:01:43 AM PST · 45 of 115
    Gee Wally to Seizethecarp

    A truly sick malevolence infests the heart and mind of Frank Rich. He is blinded by hate. He projects his own detestable sickness of the soul upon those he castigates. He is truly a pitiable creature, awash in his own wretchedness. May God have mercy upon him as his embittered being is consumed by the evil that spews from his lips and pen.

  • Ex-PSU Grad Assistant Matt Paknis On WFAN: Paterno Knows Everything

    11/18/2011 7:47:09 AM PST · 84 of 85
    Gee Wally to fortheDeclaration

    Greg Schiano, Rutgers.

  • Los Zetas in Chicago, and U.S. guns "gone walking" in Mexico

    11/18/2011 4:45:19 AM PST · 18 of 46
    Gee Wally to CPOSharky

    Maybe with Fast and Furious he’s taking the “if you can’t beat ‘em, join ‘em” approach.

  • Ex-PSU Grad Assistant Matt Paknis On WFAN: Paterno Knows Everything

    11/16/2011 1:19:29 PM PST · 35 of 85
    Gee Wally to fortheDeclaration

    Ever heard of George Welsh? Left Penn State to coach Navy, then went on to UVa.

  • Reggie Love, Obama’s personal assistant, to leave the White House by end of year

    11/10/2011 2:33:10 PM PST · 23 of 50
    Gee Wally to ColdOne

    $102K salary for carrying things around. Not bad.

  • Krauthammer: Mid-election cycle SCOTUS ruling on ObamaCare a ‘win-win’ for president (Video)

    10/01/2011 7:11:02 AM PDT · 29 of 38
    Gee Wally to SunkenCiv

    Strange things are afoot at the Circle K.

  • Taxing Matt Damon

    09/05/2011 5:57:32 AM PDT · 14 of 21
    Gee Wally to Kaslin
    After World War II, a 20 percent federal excise tax was imposed on movie ticket sales (actually the gross revenues of movie theaters). Hollywood produced a short film to attack the tax, saying it hurt ticket sales, cost jobs, and put theaters out of business. I saw this film on TCM not too long ago. The tax ultimately was removed.

    Perhaps it's time to reinstate the movie excise tax to help reduce the deficit.

  • In Crittenton case, don't blame guns (NBA player who was charged with murder)

    08/31/2011 6:10:24 AM PDT · 2 of 10
    Gee Wally to dynachrome
    Mine is a belief in the Second Amendment and the total unwillingness to give back any rights enumerated to me by the Constitution ....

    The Constitution does not "enumerate" rights to us. Our rights are God-given and are inalienable. The Bill of Rights, including the Second Amendment tells the government to secure those God-given rights and not to infringe them. As it is written:

    "We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness. — That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, — That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness."

  • Gavin Newsom 'blindsided' as governor names jobs czar

    08/18/2011 9:19:57 AM PDT · 7 of 9
    Gee Wally to SmithL
    With Bank of America on the verge of bankruptcy, it makes perfect sense to look to a BOA alum to help guide California into the abyss.
  • Ben Nelson Says Politics are Obstructing Debt Ceiling Deal

    07/28/2011 10:04:59 AM PDT · 24 of 27
    Gee Wally to greatplains

    Where can we see Ben Nelson’s plan to fix this mess?

  • Congress stands its ground (While King 0 Preens & Pouts)

    07/25/2011 1:43:59 PM PDT · 10 of 18
    Gee Wally to SueRae
    George Will, circa September 2008:

    It is arguable that, because of his inexperience, Obama is not ready for the presidency. It is arguable that McCain, because of his boiling moralism and bottomless reservoir of certitudes, is not suited to the presidency. Unreadiness can be corrected, although perhaps at great cost, by experience. Can a dismaying temperament be fixed?

    George Will should be explaining why he favored Obama over McCain in 2008. These pseudo-intellectuals (Will, Noonan, et al.) strained to find reasons to ignore the obvious, that Obama would be a train-wreck for America as we knew it, so they could flaunt their enlightenment at their Beltway parties. It will take generations, if ever, to undo the damage that Obama has done, and we can thank George Will for his part in bringing that about.

  • One Apology That's Not In Order (Don't Give In Col West)

    07/21/2011 6:13:27 PM PDT · 31 of 33
    Gee Wally to dainbramaged
    Pretty funny that a guy (Beckel) being extorted by a 21-year old hooker (who he paid by check), would impugn the character of an Army officer and congressman like that. Smoking Gun Must be his service in the Peace Corps and Democrat heritage that give him such moral superiority.
  • Obama: Americans back me on debt deal

    07/15/2011 9:19:33 AM PDT · 56 of 90
    Gee Wally to maggief

    Nothing is stopping the people who favor tax increases from voluntarily sending more of their money to the federal government. Of course, they don’t want to pay more taxes themselves, they want someone else to pay more taxes.

  • Blue Screen of Death on WinXP computer (img) -- Is it a terminal disease? (vanity)

    02/25/2011 11:22:37 AM PST · 37 of 64
    Gee Wally to webschooner

    You could make yourself a Linux live CD (Knoppix, e.g), change your BIOS settings to boot from the CD and boot from the Linux CD. (Doesn’t mean you’re going to switch to Linux, just using for diagnostic/rescue purposes). If you can’t boot off that disk, I’d suspect hardware issues. If you can boot up from the CD, you could copy files over the network (if you’re networked) or burn to disk.

    Someone previously mentioned memory. I’ve had blue screen problems in the past that were caused by bad memory modules. (Windows trying to load some part of the OS or driver into bad memory address). If you have multiple memory sticks, try booting with just one stick. Try for each memory stick to see if any or all get Windows to boot for you.

  • In Wisconsin, the gap widens between GOP and Dems

    02/22/2011 10:36:31 AM PST · 28 of 33
    Gee Wally to taxcontrol

    Wisconsin GOP and/or taxpayer attorneys should be researching the law of abandonment of office and/or constructive resignation.

  • Heartbreaking Thriller: Blame Beats Zenyatta

    11/06/2010 7:44:12 PM PDT · 34 of 49
    Gee Wally to EggsAckley
    Zenyatta was never more than about 10 lengths behind Blame (that at the 1/4 mile mark). After a mile she was only 5 lengths behind Blame. So she did run her race, but it just wasn't good enough today. If you watch the gallop out after the finish you'll see that she never did pass the winner.

    The speed just absolutely collapsed between the 6 furlong and 1 mile mark, with the 4th quarter being run in an amazingly slow 26 and change. (In the Dirt Mile, the second place finisher ran fractions of 44 and change and 1:09 and change and ended up beaten only a head). The pace in the Classic didn't seem suicidal, but the 4 horses in the lead group that Zenyatta trailed by about 15-20 lengths ended up finishing 8, 10, 11 and 12.

  • Law and Marriage

    07/13/2010 1:30:21 PM PDT · 55 of 64
    Gee Wally to OldDeckHand
    Section 319(b) of the Immigration and Nationality Act states, in part, "Any person whose spouse is a citizen of the United States may be naturalized upon compliance with all the requirements of this title ...."

    Can we agree that Congress has the power to pass the Immigration and Nationality Act pursuant to Article I, Section 8 of the Constitution, which says Congress has the power to “establish an uniform Rule of Naturalization” and to “make all Laws which shall be necessary and proper for carrying into Execution the foregoing Powers”?

    Or is Congress prohibited from passing this part of the Immigration and Naturalization law because it talks about the spouse of a citizen?

    In certain cases, the marriage of the U.S. citizen to the non-U.S. citizen spouse may have occurred outside of the United States. So the marriage being looked at occurred under the law of a foreign jurisdiction. And you still contend that Congress does not have the authority under the Constitution to define, for purposes of Federal law, the terms "marriage" and "spouse"?

  • Law and Marriage

    07/13/2010 12:40:22 PM PDT · 47 of 64
    Gee Wally to OldDeckHand

    So even though Article I, Section 8 expressly provides Congress with the power to “establish an uniform Rule of Naturalization” and to “make all Laws which shall be necessary and proper for carrying into Execution the foregoing Powers”, it does not have the power to define what it means in the immigration law when it uses the term “spouse”?

  • Law and Marriage

    07/13/2010 10:43:10 AM PDT · 25 of 64
    Gee Wally to OldDeckHand

    Section 3 of the Act, which is codified at 1 U.S.C. § 7, simply defines the terms “marriage” and “spouse” for purposes of federal law. For example, federal law provides for benefits to a surviving spouse of a deceased military member. So you’re saying Congress has no authority under the Constitution to define the term “spouse” for that law?

  • Law and Marriage

    07/13/2010 10:13:38 AM PDT · 15 of 64
    Gee Wally to OldDeckHand

    You completely miss the point of DOMA. Congress was not trying to prevent any state from allowing homosexual “marriages”. It was trying to defend the prerogative of other states to not have to recognize such “marriages” under the guise of the Full Faith and Credit clause (U.S. Const., Article IV, Section 1). DOMA protects states rights, it does not infringe them.

  • Report: Google to Dump Windows Internally Due to Security Concerns - hackers came thru the windows

    06/01/2010 9:49:50 AM PDT · 17 of 27
    Gee Wally to Mr. K

    Do you know what OS this site runs on?

  • Sestak was ineligible for job Clinton offered

    05/30/2010 5:54:35 AM PDT · 27 of 27
    Gee Wally to Free ThinkerNY
    Sestak, USNA '74, should be asked if he still has his copy of "Reef Points" from his plebe year and if he read the section on the Honor Concept.

    "Midshipmen will not lie, cheat, or steal, nor will they mislead or deceive anyone as to known facts. A midshipman will be truthful, trustworthy, honest and forthright at all times and under all circumstance." (Emphasis in original)

  • Dixie Chicks Return

    04/20/2010 9:45:45 AM PDT · 51 of 66
    Gee Wally to AGreatPer

    On my drive-time radio this morning the announcer said they’d be giving away tickets to the Eagles/Keith Urban show. He didn’t even mention the Dixie Chicks.

  • Nat Hentoff: Free religious speech for students in school?

    04/07/2010 10:06:50 AM PDT · 21 of 33
    Gee Wally to pnh102
    Didn't they cut-off George Washington during his 1st inaugural address when he attempted to thank God with these words from his prepared inaugural address:

    Such being the impressions under which I have, in obedience to the public summons, repaired to the present station, it would be peculiarly improper to omit in this first official act my fervent supplications to that Almighty Being who rules over the universe, who presides in the councils of nations, and whose providential aids can supply every human defect, that His benediction may consecrate to the liberties and happiness of the people of the United States a Government instituted by themselves for these essential purposes, and may enable every instrument employed in its administration to execute with success the functions allotted to his charge.

    In tendering this homage to the Great Author of every public and private good, I assure myself that it expresses your sentiments not less than my own, nor those of my fellow-citizens at large less than either.

    No people can be bound to acknowledge and adore the Invisible Hand which conducts the affairs of men more than those of the United States.

    Every step by which they have advanced to the character of an independent nation seems to have been distinguished by some token of providential agency; and in the important revolution just accomplished in the system of their united government the tranquil deliberations and voluntary consent of so many distinct communities from which the event has resulted can not be compared with the means by which most governments have been established without some return of pious gratitude, along with an humble anticipation of the future blessings which the past seem to presage.

    These reflections, arising out of the present crisis, have forced themselves too strongly on my mind to be suppressed.

    You will join with me, I trust, in thinking that there are none under the influence of which the proceedings of a new and free government can more auspiciously commence.

  • Justice's wife launches 'tea party' group

    03/16/2010 9:44:16 AM PDT · 76 of 76
    Gee Wally to freedomwarrior998

    Don’t forget about Judge Marjorie Rendell (U.S. 3rd Circuit Court of Appeals), whose husband happens to be the Democrat governor of Pa., Ed Rendell.

  • ‘They Just Want This Over’ (interview with Stupak)

    03/12/2010 2:05:52 PM PST · 35 of 66
    Gee Wally to wolf24
    What are Democratic leaders saying? “If you pass the Stupak amendment, more children will be born, and therefore it will cost us millions more. That’s one of the arguments I’ve been hearing,” Stupak says. “Money is their hang-up. Is this how we now value life in America? If money is the issue — come on, we can find room in the budget. This is life we’re talking about.”

    Stupak should open his eyes. It's not only a beginning of life issue. It's an end-of-life issue. They want to eliminate a lot of people at the other end of life's spectrum also. How many older Americans will perish because their quality of life doesn't meet the Democrats' standard to receive health care services they need?