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  • Why Tony Dungy wouldn't have drafted Michael Sam

    07/21/2014 3:14:54 PM PDT · 29 of 44
    lacrew to cdga5for4
  • Why Tony Dungy wouldn't have drafted Michael Sam

    07/21/2014 3:11:01 PM PDT · 26 of 44
    lacrew to cdga5for4

    “The gay mafia is out in full force against Dungy.”

    Then they are proving his point.

  • Is Hotel Shampoo Kind of Racist? Plus: Do people understand what “racism” actually means?

    07/21/2014 2:16:04 PM PDT · 19 of 88
    lacrew to 2ndDivisionVet

    If we are just the same, in a colorblind society...

    ...why the need for different hair care products.

    I guess we are 100% exactly the same...except for hair.

  • PM: Fewer Gaza deaths had citizens heeded IDF call [Israel and Hamas]

    07/20/2014 11:12:20 AM PDT · 13 of 27
    lacrew to Right_in_Virginia

    You can ‘fly’ over Gaza in Google maps. There are agricultural areas...its not one hundred percent urban, as John Stewart has led people to believe.

    Also - how do Israelis escape rockets? Shelters.

    Why doesn’t Hamas build shelters? They build alot of tunnels....but no shters. Odd isnt it.

  • The treacherous task of tunnel demolition [Israel and Hamas]

    07/18/2014 3:14:44 PM PDT · 22 of 34
    lacrew to Star Traveler

    Just sprinkle bacon bits in the tunnels.

  • Ridiculous EPA rules make wildfires more dangerous

    07/18/2014 8:01:31 AM PDT · 6 of 13
    lacrew to rktman

    I wonder if all those MRAPs going to police departments meet emission standards.

  • After Brutal Home Invasion, Some Scars Never Heal

    07/17/2014 12:24:04 PM PDT · 11 of 16
    lacrew to heartwood

    Not just a white couple in East Orange, NJ...

    He was walking his dog at 12:30 a.m., according to the story I saw last night.

    Past midnight...walking the dog in East Orange, NJ.

    These seem like nice enough people....but something about our quest to find no fault in certain people has produced a group naivete....to a dangerous degree.

  • This White House Photo is Just Begging for a Caption

    07/16/2014 7:12:57 AM PDT · 47 of 60
    lacrew to rightwingintelligentsia

    I don’t think Bo is really Barry’s dog, in a traditional way. Bo seems to be a well trained dog, who can be interjected into photo ops, etc....but who is the dog’s “master”? I doubt its Barry, I doubt any member of the royal family are either. Probably an aide or even secret service member spends more time with Bo than anyone else, and is who the dog obeys and primarily responds to.

  • This White House Photo is Just Begging for a Caption

    07/16/2014 7:04:59 AM PDT · 42 of 60
    lacrew to rightwingintelligentsia

    Barry doesn’t do photo ops...

  • GOP moderates revolt in Kansas (not exactly "big tent" people are they?)

    07/15/2014 11:20:13 PM PDT · 36 of 38
    lacrew to cotton1706

    Herd of Rinos.

  • This Flowchart Could Help You Decide Whether To Buy Or Rent A Home

    07/15/2014 2:36:26 PM PDT · 15 of 30
    lacrew to Catmom

    If you are brand new to an area, you may not be aware of very specific geographical items that affect home value. Some school districts look great on paper...but they really aren’t great, for example. Or the police are doing Mickey Mouse things with the crime stats, to hide the crime rate. Also, locals are more aware of which areas are soon to be annexed...or maybe scheduled to be part of a special tax district to pay for an intersection, etc.

  • Here's What Israeli 'Roof Knocking' Before Bombing A Target Looks Like

    07/14/2014 11:08:18 AM PDT · 27 of 35
    lacrew to Vendome

    What does Israel get for trying to be humane?

    Grief.

    Hamas is responding to these knocks by herding civilians into the building.

  • Cities With the Most Abandoned Homes

    07/14/2014 10:08:29 AM PDT · 11 of 12
    lacrew to Trapped Behind Enemy Lines

    For what its worth, Birmingham is nearly identical to Detroit in recent trajectory.

  • A Whole Bunch Of People On Facebook Thought Steven Spielberg Killed A Real Dinosaur

    07/12/2014 10:01:41 AM PDT · 51 of 79
    lacrew to Dilbert San Diego

    Some people are conditioned to yearn to be outrage about something. Spend an afternoon and watch the daytime tv shows...its terrifying to watch how the audience reacts to things. There is a whole universe of extraordinarily dumbed down people in our society.

    And Facebook/Twitter are the perfect medium for them. Not only can they satisfy their desire to be outraged, but they can take action - in the form of posting a comment. This may get them the other thing they desire - attention.

  • The contest is over! And the winners are[Site Picks The Best Aerial Drone Photos]

    07/11/2014 4:17:26 PM PDT · 5 of 9
    lacrew to Zeneta

    I read a story, which indicated the pentagon was working on exactly that - a drone that looked like a bird.

    And, it would land and ‘perch’ on a power line to recharge.

  • Keystone southern leg pumped billions; what's Obama waiting for?

    07/11/2014 4:04:59 PM PDT · 8 of 15
    lacrew to Brad from Tennessee

    I think Keystone, as it was originally envisioned, is gone forever.

    ie - Tar sands oil from Canada will not be going to Midwest refineries.

    However, in the interim, we’ve had this huge development in the Bakken...and the Dept of Interior can do nothing to stop a pipeline from North Dakota. The final northern link will change from the tar sands of Canada to the light shale oil from the Bakken.

    And Canada will be left out of the mix.

  • [Soccer:] The Anti-American Pastime

    07/11/2014 3:53:31 PM PDT · 135 of 138
    lacrew to kabar

    “No matter how you try to spin it, the World Cup is the biggest sporting event in the world”

    You keep hearing things that I don’t say and/or you are putting words in my mouth. I never said it wasn’t. I just said FIFA exaggerates their numbers four fold. The real number (260 million) is still larger than the Super Bowl, and I never said it wasn’t.

    Of course, all I’ve ever talked about in this thread, as far as popularity is concerned, is US audience....its those pesky apples and pears again.

    BTW...NFL tv contracts are measured in billions, not millions. Why on earth would the networks pay so much more for football (I’m sorry...American football), than the world cup?

    Answer: TV networks rely on independent auditing firms (like the one in the story I linked) for viewership information, and not corrupt international bodies that stand to profit from inflating their numbers.

    PS, as long as you’re posting parts of other stories...post all of them , or link to them. That way, we can see, from your own story, these gems:

    “Brazil’s peak audiences are probably not sustainable. The record-setting U.S. match with Portugal aired at 6 p.m. on a Sunday on the East Coast.”

    “The team’s elimination match with Belgium at 4 p.m. the following Tuesday attracted a slightly smaller audience of 16.5 million.”

    “Both matches fell within an ideal window for many, toward the end of the workday but before competition from prime-time programming.”

    ““The time zone this year was perfect,” says SportsCorp’s Ganis. And the two main attractions for the U.S. audience—the U.S. and Mexican teams—made it to the round of 16.”

    “Time zones in Russia and Qatar are far less favorable”

    “The TV ratings, I think, will be going down,”

  • [Soccer:] The Anti-American Pastime

    07/11/2014 2:41:36 PM PDT · 132 of 138
    lacrew to kabar

    Hold on now....are you sticking to the 800 million number, or even upping it to the magic billion number?

    Even though FIFA itself has acknowledged that those numbers were ‘guesses’.

    And you persist in comparing apples to oranges to pears. Even if the US market were the same size as the world’s, and worth comparing...comparing the entire World Cup finals to the Super Bowl is incorrect. It should be compared to the playoffs.

  • [Soccer:] The Anti-American Pastime

    07/11/2014 2:12:11 PM PDT · 128 of 138
    lacrew to 1rudeboy

    “Here’s a protip: turn off ESPN, then.”

    I don’t have cable...personal choice. Usually there’s plenty to watch on the networks.

    For me, CBS is 13.1 on the DTV dial, over the air. There is also a sister station 13.2, which shows ‘second run’ type television...Adam 12, Bosom Buddies etc.

    And 60 miles away from me, there is a soccer team in Kansas City. The network started airing their games on 13.2. Fine.

    But suddenly, the network has started airing them on 13.1, the main CBS station...my only CBS station. So more than once, I have turned on the tv expecting to watch something...only to find it pre-empted by soccer. I never watch, so I can’t be sure, but I’m fairly sure there aren’t even commercials. The commentary is bland and not in an ‘announcers voice’...they only seem to have two cameras, and the color and picture quality remind me of the 1970’s.

    I have no idea why the networks airs this...they have to lose money. I suspect that since soccer is sacred, the network gets credit towards their ‘community service’ requirements for their FCC license.

    Anyway, on some days I kinda do feel like soccer is being shoved down my throat.

  • The Selective Service Just Reminded 14,000 Men Born Between 1893 and 1897 to Register for the Draft

    07/11/2014 2:02:19 PM PDT · 32 of 35
    lacrew to nickcarraway

    I think the letter listed all the things I wouldn’t be eligible for (student loans, etc.).

    Later, I was in the California desert for several weeks, training, when my mail finally caught up to me - from the IRS :(

  • [Soccer:] The Anti-American Pastime

    07/11/2014 2:00:06 PM PDT · 126 of 138
    lacrew to kabar

    I implore you....please don’t perpetuate the 800 million spectator myth.

    http://www.independent.co.uk/sport/football/news-and-comment/why-fifas-claim-of-one-billion-tv-viewers-was-a-quarter-right-438302.html

    Like most international bodies, FIFA feels above the law, and commits fraud with its advertisers and sponsors by inflating its numbers four fold!

    Don’t confuse this with the FIFA officials who let themselves get bribed into hosting the event in Qatar.

    And don’t get mixed up with the match fixing in South Africa.

    “You seem to have a limited knowledge of how sporting events are conducted at the international level.”

    See scandals above...I have a basic working knowledge of how it works.

  • [Soccer:] The Anti-American Pastime

    07/11/2014 1:35:45 PM PDT · 121 of 138
    lacrew to 1rudeboy

    I have no solution...never said I did. Just pointed out that the tournament has silly rules that Americans don’t like.

    Never suggested they change them.

  • The Selective Service Just Reminded 14,000 Men Born Between 1893 and 1897 to Register for the Draft

    07/11/2014 1:34:16 PM PDT · 28 of 35
    lacrew to nickcarraway

    My very first piece of mail during Cadet basic training at West Point....a threatening letter from the government saying I needed to register.

    Even though I was in the army two months after turning 18, I had indeed registered for the draft (and have since checked and verified that it is all in order).

    But for some reason, systems failed and I got the letter :(

  • Vintage Car Owners Line Up for Fuel

    07/11/2014 1:29:02 PM PDT · 7 of 22
    lacrew to Citizen Zed

    What about my Jan, 2009 Ford?

  • Video: How Not to Park a Lamborghini Gallardo Spyder

    07/11/2014 1:26:55 PM PDT · 6 of 20
    lacrew to 1Old Pro

    My brother was a valet for many years.

    Your instincts are correct...don’t let a valet drive a high dollar sports car.

  • [Soccer:] The Anti-American Pastime

    07/11/2014 1:23:56 PM PDT · 118 of 138
    lacrew to Fuzz

    So what. They didn’t qualify within their division to get into the playoffs.

    But what I am trying to point out is - the World Cup is the equivalent of the playoffs. 204 teams have been whittled down to 32....proportionally, its the equivalent of the sweet 16 in college basketball or the second week of the NFL playoffs....Situations where we expect it to be win or go home.

    Instead, in soccer, even that late in the finals, it can be win AND go home...err...because you scored fewer goals than another team two games back. This is exactly what happened to Portugal.

    That’s why its goofy.

  • [Soccer:] The Anti-American Pastime

    07/11/2014 1:17:50 PM PDT · 117 of 138
    lacrew to 1rudeboy

    You do understand that the QUALIFICATION PHASE happens over a period of 3 years, and not necessarily at the host nation.

    And the group stage and knockout stage are collectively called the FINALS.

    Comparing their 204 teams whittled down to 32 to college basketball terms, the final 32 would be the equivalent to the Sweet 16.

    And they start a round robin tournament :(

    FIFA can do what it wants...I’m just explaining why Americans don’t get too interested in it. Again, don’t believe me? Go to a bar during the final match where the game is being played - and ask a random stranger how many teams made it to group stage, and how any teams were in each group. They most likely will not know (or care).

  • [Soccer:] The Anti-American Pastime

    07/11/2014 1:10:07 PM PDT · 115 of 138
    lacrew to 1rudeboy

    Frankly, if you look at baseball, its been in a long term ratings slide, and in big trouble, as far as popularity and viewership are concerned.

    And hockey has never been a tremendously popular sport in this country either. Be careful though...we should call it Ice Hockey, since people in Europe call field hockey ‘Hockey’...and we wouldn’t want them to think we wuz dumb.

  • [Soccer:] The Anti-American Pastime

    07/11/2014 12:30:49 PM PDT · 110 of 138
    lacrew to Mears

    My initial complaint is that the tournament has a lousy set of rules...such that the US could win ONE game, but get to the fourth game.

    And somebody responded that all sports have convoluted methods of getting into the playoffs of final series, etc.

    All I’m doing is pointing out that the World Cup Finals are exactly that - the FINALS. So any comparison to the NFL SEASON are incorrect. Comparisons should be made with NFL playoffs, for example.

    And my point is - Americans would not watch an NFL playoffs that sent a winning team home, because of some point differential in the previous game. In short, the FIFA tournament is completely foreign to us in the US.

  • [Soccer:] The Anti-American Pastime

    07/11/2014 12:25:53 PM PDT · 109 of 138
    lacrew to kabar

    Methinks you are being obtuse.

    Nothing in your screed negates the fact that the final 32 team tournament is called the FINALS. Look it up. That isn’t what I call it...its what FIFA calls it.

    And in this country, FIFA’s convoluted system just plain does not resonate. Don’t believe me - ask a random person how many teams started, or how big each group started out. Most people won’t know or care. Or try to envision the college basketball tournament in such a screwed up system. People would quit watching it.

    You are right about one thing - FIFA uses this screwed up system to give people hope that their team will prevail, and they keep watching. That’s quite obvious...which is precisely why its a turn off to watch. Sure, if you live in Ghana, and soccer is the only sport there is to watch...but we’ve got other sports in this country to watch...we don’t have to subject ourselves to such a nonsense system.

    I have a prediction - after the finals game, a new record will be set for US viewership...around 20 million people
    (English tv). And we will hear (as we do every 4 years) about how soccer is really taking off in this country. It will be billed as incredible.

    Put that in perspective though. The lowest rated Super Bowl was 39 million, in 1968. Now only 200 million people lived here at that time, so adjusted to today’s population, its the equivalent of 60 million people. So the ‘blockbuster’ ratings will really be duds.

    Why?

    Because, no matter how many times you protest, it is quite factual to state that this tournament is not popular in the US. But, the media will state otherwise, and you will eat it up :)

  • [Soccer:] The Anti-American Pastime

    07/11/2014 9:38:51 AM PDT · 97 of 138
    lacrew to kabar

    The NFL plays and entire SEASON to determine who gets into the playoffs.

    And the World Cup has an entire system of QUALIFYING MATCHES which whittle down the entire world to just 32 teams. This is the equivalent of a SEASON.

    The they have the FINALS. This is what has been going on in Brazil. Not the SEASON, but rather the FINALS....which would be equivalent to NFL playoffs. And in the NFL, its loser goes home. For FIFA, in Portugal’s case, its winner goes home.

  • [Soccer:] The Anti-American Pastime

    07/11/2014 9:34:49 AM PDT · 94 of 138
    lacrew to 1rudeboy

    Don’t misunderstand...I’m not at all lobbying to change the rules or tournament structure.

    I’m just pointing out that the structure will never be hugely popular with a US audience.

  • [Soccer:] The Anti-American Pastime

    07/11/2014 9:30:59 AM PDT · 93 of 138
    lacrew to kabar

    “In the more than 200 countries that play the game, the overwhelming majority call it football. It is a commonly accepted term anywhere in the world except in a few countries like the US where you must clarify what football you are talking about.”

    I think you have a fundamental misunderstanding of why this is the case. The Brits invented what we know as modern soccer, and coined the term soccer...and spread the sport around the globe....and then quit using the term. So they changed the name...the US did not invent their own name for it. This is why it ‘irks’ me when I am ‘corrected’. The term ‘Soccer’ is not an aberration...its the original name. And that’s what we still call it....and the rest of the world should frankly get over it (or perhaps go back to using the original term).

    “Do these same people desperately want to love golf and tennis for the same reason since both sports originated in the UK?”

    No, because 1) they can’t lord over everybody how much more popular golf is than football 2) they can’t lord over everybody how the US has never shown success at the highest levels in golf or tennis.

    “I don’t know what individuality has to do with any team sport.”

    A batter at the plate is a lonely man on an island, a quarterback in Football usually stands out among his team-mates. etc.

    “The popularity of the NFL as the number one spectator sport in America gives the lie to that analysis”

    Do you doubt that the NFL is being attacked? That the league just agreed to a huge concussion settlement? Do you doubt that studies are being done right now, which will enable insurance companies to tell high schools that football is not covered? Have you not noticed a host of rule changes in the NFL and college that have already changed the nature of the game? Guess not.

    I have tried to give a polite analysis, and your response has been...err...prickly. I understand - it can get emotional, because people do tend to choose sides when it comes to soccer. Therefore, since you like it, you refuse to be open at all to the possibility that it is becoming the darling sport of the left. Hopefully with time, your defenses will go down, and you be able to notice a few things.

    Remember, I started out my post with a pre-amble about how I grew up playing it. So its actually somewhat sad for me to see the leftists try to take ownership of it. I’m not happy with that reality, but I recognize it for what it is. The lines have been drawn - if you don’t believe me, put on some antibacterial lotion and go over to DU...search for ‘World Cup’. You will learn that progressives love soccer, because they are enlightened, and knuckle dragging morons watch football. We don’t have to participate in this ‘battle’, but we can’t deny they are trying to draw the battle lines up.

  • [Soccer:] The Anti-American Pastime

    07/11/2014 8:58:35 AM PDT · 86 of 138
    lacrew to 1rudeboy

    “If you have four teams in a group, with two advancing, how would you determine who advances?”

    Answer: If nobody can come up with a fair way to do it, quit using the 4 team groups.

    No system is perfect...but seriously, ONE win gets you into the 4th round...that is a system that is not going to resonate with the average American viewer.

  • [Soccer:] The Anti-American Pastime

    07/11/2014 8:52:23 AM PDT · 83 of 138
    lacrew to VanDeKoik

    Well, for better or for worse, college football has changed their system to an abbreviated playoff...precisely to make their championship ‘make more sense’.

    Don’t hold your breath waiting for FIFA to clear up the muddy water that is their tournament.

  • [Soccer:] The Anti-American Pastime

    07/11/2014 8:49:29 AM PDT · 80 of 138
    lacrew to al_c

    You are also conflating the NHL S-E-A-S-O-N with the World Cup F-I-N-A-L-S.

    Talk to me about rocket surgery when your team wins a series but still goes home like Portugal did.

  • [Soccer:] The Anti-American Pastime

    07/11/2014 8:45:57 AM PDT · 79 of 138
    lacrew to kabar

    “Why is that so alien to you?”

    Where did I say I enjoyed watching basketball at the Olympics? I don’t like a lot of their screwy tournament structures either.

    And you are incorrectly conflating the NFL/NBA/MLB S-E-A-S-O-N with the World Cup F-I-N-A-L-S.

    The World Cup already had its equivalent of a Season, with all its qualifiers, and that is over and done with. They’re in the ‘playoffs’ now...and the US made it to the 4th round by winning ONE game.

  • [Soccer:] The Anti-American Pastime

    07/11/2014 8:29:37 AM PDT · 73 of 138
    lacrew to kabar

    I don’t ‘hate’ soccer...but I do understand how it is being championed by the left.

    Before I begin, my soccer credentials: I played it the whole time I was growing up, basically from the time I could walk. Never on an organized team, but quite often in pick up games with other kids. As a teenager, I would play indoor at least 5 times a week...again unorganized. My brother actually attended college on a soccer scholarship...my neighbor was known as the ‘father’ of soccer in Alabama

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ray_Woodard_(soccer_coach)

    And his son (who I played with often) went on to play professionally in an indoor league.

    Anyway, I know a lot about soccer, and actually got pretty good at it...regularly playing with people who went on to compete at college and pro levels. Honestly, I really don’t care to watch it...I think indoor would be a lot better as a spectator sport, but watching it on a normal field doesn’t trip my trigger. But that’s just my personal opinion.

    On to how the left is attracted to soccer:

    First of all, whenever somebody ‘corrects’ me and says its really called football, or its the ‘real’ football...they are really implying that the US is ‘incorrect’ and should fall in line with the rest of the world. It irks me to no end. And when somebody so readily accepts that we are ‘wrong’ with our name, it shows how easily people can ignore or forget American exceptionalism. And frankly, the term Soccer is not even of American origin. We didn’t invent the term...the Brits just quit using it, out of contempt and jealousy for Americans.

    And there is a whole group of people who desperately ‘want’ to like soccer. Why? Its hard for a conservative to wrap his head around this...but a lot of people in this nation are absolutely convinced that Europe is superior to the US in every way. And this group is attracted to soccer instinctively...and frankly they do put out an air of superiority....(no offense) often spouting out stats about how many people will watch the world cup, and how much bigger and better it is than football (or as they call it ‘American Football’). Why do they feel the need to prove how inferior football is? Once again, no belief in American exceptionalism...and soccer demonstrates that to them. Now you may like soccer for different reasons, but make no mistake, a large group of its fans like it because they don’t love their country (they might like their country but don’t love it). I’ve long thought the perfect question to ask Obama is “Do you believe, without question or qualification, that the US is the best, most moral, most enlightened nation that has ever graced the surface of our planet.” I don’t think he would simply say yes...and I don’t think the majority of American soccer fans could just say yes either.

    Then there is the lack of individuality. I understand that there are standout individual players....but the vast majority of Americans playing soccer are young kids, with very few actual soccer skills, probably being coached by a parent with very little knowledge or skills either. So in this country, for most people, soccer is what you do between soda breaks and trophy ceremonies on a Saturday afternoon...you run around and kick a ball, but few people really stand out (the kids who do stand out in athletics usually gravitate to the money sports as they get older and leave soccer). Its just a gaggle of kids...and even the kid with zero athletic ability can disguise that fact fairly well. There’s something about that reality that doesn’t jibe with American individuality in my mind.

    And I do think the current attacks on the NFL are coming from the left. I don’t think its sinister...but leftists tend to want to create a world with very little risk (which always results in less opportunity as well). They see football as an affront to this worldview - and will tell anyone who asks that they ‘never watch American football’, to make sure we know how enlightened they are. And, they view soccer as the ‘cure’ for football, plain and simple.

    Anyway, its fine if you enjoy soccer. But your liking it as a conservative and the left’s cooping the sport are not mutually exclusive. Lefties absolutely love soccer...and they will try to ‘use’ it the best they can to advance their word view.

  • [Soccer:] The Anti-American Pastime

    07/11/2014 7:53:07 AM PDT · 53 of 138
    lacrew to Objective Scrutator

    I think the structure of the tournament play turns a lot of Americans off. Here’s how we fared this year...makes no sense to me:

    Game 1: We beat Ghana 2 to 1
    Game 2: We tied Portugal 2 to 2
    Game 3: We lost to Germany. Now this is where it gets screwy. Portugal won their 3rd game, beating Ghana 2 to 1, just like the US had. But Portugal went home, and the US progressed. Why? Because Portugal had also lost to the Germans...and had scored fewer goals up to that point than the US had. So, even though the US lost, apparently Portugal would have had to beat Ghana 6 to 1? to progress. It just sets up a screwy situation - the US lost, but all the nouveau soccer fans are celebrating anyway....they progressed! because Germany beat up on Portugal more than the US. And frankly, after seeing Germany beat up so hard on Brazil, I suspect Germany was sandbagging it with the US...under this screwed up system, that ploy could get your better competition eliminated early, which may have been their intent.

    Game 4: US lost to Belgium 2 to 1.

    So all the US world cup fever, complete with celebrities cheering the team on with Twitter posts etc, was because the US won ONE game. That’s it. The team won ONCE, but advanced to the fourth round.

    Sorry, but I can’t get excited over watching a tournament with that structure.

  • Republican Congressman Files For Lois Lerner’s Arrest

    07/11/2014 7:21:11 AM PDT · 9 of 80
    lacrew to ArtDodger

    Couldn’t she just do a Hillary style knock on the head.

  • Long-Anticipated World's Tallest Water Slide Is Now Open for Business (Video)

    07/10/2014 1:03:10 PM PDT · 13 of 22
    lacrew to wagglebee

    I live close by....in less than an hour I could be on that ride.

    I fairly confident I never will, though.

    Sadly, I don’t think it will stay open for very long...somebody will get severely hurt or killed.

  • Meghan McCain Guest-Hosting ‘The View’ Next Week Amid Talk of Her Joining Panel

    07/10/2014 9:22:07 AM PDT · 16 of 27
    lacrew to fatnotlazy

    I tend to not care either...have never watched the View.

    But it is bothersome to me that there is an entire universe out there, where a false reality is fed to the sheeple on a daily basis.

    She will be presented as ‘conservative’...and for much of the audience, it will be (what they believe to be) their first exposure to a conservative point of view.

    So it bugs me...in the way it bugs me when people call BOR a conservative.

    Anyway, I’m a notch above not caring...because it bugs me.

  • Applications for US unemployment benefits fall to 304,000, close to a 7-year low

    07/10/2014 6:39:06 AM PDT · 7 of 33
    lacrew to Bruce Kurtz

    Bingo.

  • The world's first climate-controlled city: Dubai to build biggest mall on the planet....

    07/09/2014 5:30:52 PM PDT · 8 of 45
    lacrew to Fungi

    I’d venture a guess they don’t even ‘produce’ their own oil, and let western companies do that.

  • Shocking moment ISIS militants take sledgehammers to Mosul tomb of Prophet Jonah ...

    07/09/2014 8:07:16 AM PDT · 27 of 68
    lacrew to Bucky14

    “In his defense, he thought it was John Kerry”

    Thread winner.

  • Islamic State seizes ex-chemical weapons facility near Baghdad

    07/08/2014 10:34:12 PM PDT · 9 of 35
    lacrew to Jet Jaguar

    WMD includes chemical weapons.

  • Stunning: California Couple Says They Were Asked to House Immigrant Children

    07/08/2014 4:26:04 PM PDT · 80 of 211
    lacrew to kaila

    You are correct about Ed. Usually when somebody with a medical background speaks on the radio, he can’t help but intersperse some medical jargon into the conversation. Nothing that came out of Ed’s mouth sounded ‘clinical’ at all...and Ebola isn’t from South America at all

  • Stunning: California Couple Says They Were Asked to House Immigrant Children

    07/08/2014 4:10:32 PM PDT · 66 of 211
    lacrew to C. Edmund Wright

    Something about them set off Rush’s BS meter.

    It almost seemed like a set-up....Ed kept lamenting that there wasn’t enough coordination between agencies, etc...gee I wonder if Obama’s multi-billion dollar request would help ‘coordinate’ the agencies better.

    And they kept using the term ‘FEMA Camp’...and ole Ed started talking about Ebola - and Rush challenged him on that.

    The whole call seemed misguided and hyperbolic - would a Diocese really ask their parish to ‘not talk to the media’...and if they did, would they really expect the big secret to not be exposed instantly.

    I think they were baiting Rush, and he did a good job of not biting.

  • Is it common for property reassessments to include an interior inspection?

    07/08/2014 1:46:19 PM PDT · 29 of 66
    lacrew to PizzaTheHut

    I have never heard of anything like this.

    Looks like its SOP in your state...but it strikes me as crazy.

  • Senate Democrats Call for Quick Action on Highway Patch (Let the gas tax expire!!)

    07/08/2014 6:28:50 AM PDT · 8 of 11
    lacrew to cotton1706

    “the collection of gas tax receipts doled out to states...”

    This is why the whole scheme is immoral. We send our taxes to Washington, where some is skimmed off the top...and a fraction of it comes back to us, with strings attached (speed limit, seat belts, public transportation).

    Its gotten out of hand - this fund doesn’t just pay for highways anymore. Many major municipal street projects are funded with federal money.

    My favorite bad example is the renovation of a train station into a museum - not exactly a highway. I worked on the project, and the extra layers of reviews, reports, etc. dealing with the federal money was also extraordinarily wasteful.