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Posts by logician2u

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  • Bush Endorses Universal Surveillance [semi-satire]

    08/24/2015 11:46:36 AM PDT · 2 of 2
    logician2u to John Semmens
    Good one, John.

    But you left out the "If you've done nothing wrong . . " assurance that a large percentage of zombies are looking for whenever new or enhanced surveillance is proposed.

    Was that just an oversight or are you saving that for a future semi-satire?

    Hmm. A certain bloviating governor might be just the ticket for such a semi-satire, as the 9-11 successor to Rudy Guiliani.

  • Super cold, slew of snow in Old Farmer's Almanac forecast

    08/15/2015 9:16:48 PM PDT · 22 of 54
    logician2u to Oratam

    The height of skunk cabbage.

  • Feds warn states about highway funding cut off

    05/16/2015 8:27:49 PM PDT · 10 of 28
    logician2u to Tolerance Sucks Rocks
    Notice that this article, as most do, attempts to equate "transportation funding" with "road funding."

    That has not been the case since the Nixon administration and less so in each succeeding decade.

    This paragraph should give a hint as to just who "transportation advocates" are and what their agenda is:

    Transportation advocates have pushed Congress to increase the tax for the first time in two decades to pay for a long-term infrastructure funding extension, but lawmakers have been reluctant to ask drivers to pay more at the pump.

    Just copy "Transportation advocates" and paste into your favorite Web search engine and the answer is evident. (It's really transit advocates asking for a gas tax increase, since neither they nor their government-run buses and trains would have to pay it.)

  • Greens, conservatives want weed legalized [Germany]

    05/13/2015 8:35:48 PM PDT · 34 of 46
    logician2u to Olog-hai
    Highly-placed officials in places other than Germany are also looking at costs vs. benefits of keeping pot illegal:

    Time has come to re-examine cannabis prohibition, Israel's police chief says

    Changes are a-coming, citizens. Best that you prepare for them.

  • SEPTA Says Commuter Train Hit By Projectile Just Before Amtrak Train Derailed

    05/13/2015 11:13:32 AM PDT · 165 of 241
    logician2u to hoosiermama

    Typical for freight siding. Not the mainline which is off the photo on the right.

  • Indiana Governor Signs State Religious Freedom Restoration Act

    03/27/2015 8:59:24 AM PDT · 11 of 15
    logician2u to GodAndCountryFirst
    Now you go and change the subject, GACF.

    Most of today's conservatives never get to the heart of the matter--protecting property rights, and the corresponding right to do business and contract with those of your choosing--since they think an exception can be carved out of the law on the basis of religious liberty. It's just so mean-spirited, politically incorrect, racist even, to believe an ordinary American should have the right to "discriminate." So rather than go full-tilt against the state's invasion of individual freedom and suffer the name-calling that inevitably follows, they settle for the "I strongly believe" exemption.

    Aside from Sen. Rand Paul, who has no doubt backed off from his earlier criticism of it by now, is there even one sitting politician who shares your opinion on the flawed Civil Rights Act of 1964? They all know the consequences of touching that third rail.

    This is how far we've progressed in 50 years, from forced racial segregation to forced same-sex cake-baking. When will the American public realize that using the force of government to achieve some social goal is not good for society?

  • The End of South Africa

    02/12/2015 5:53:29 PM PST · 18 of 42
    logician2u to Altura Ct.
    So does NR now favor secession after all these years?


  • Pentagon to deploy 400 troops to train Syrian rebels

    01/16/2015 12:38:31 AM PST · 10 of 24
    logician2u to Mozilla
    Dear President 0bama:

    Send John McCain. He's got experience, gravitas and attitude.

    As much as I hate to admit it, he's probably the Republican closest to your way of thinking when it comes to choosing up sides in the never-ending WOT. (You wouldn't be related, would you? No, I guess not.)

    I mean, it's like some people can go the the races and spot a winner just seeing the colors the jockey's wearing, never mind the horse. Others, they look at the wrong end of the horse and end up losing every time.

    That's you and Sen. McCain. Two of a kind. (Hey, maybe you and the Senator could sing that one at next year's Gridiron Dinner, a duet like Frankie and Dean--or was is Sammy?--did many years ago. That would be a hoot! And if it comes off well, you could encore with "Together Wherever We Go.")

    Whatever you do, please don't even think about nominating John McCain for SecDef if that job comes open again. Sure, he's a hardliner just like you, but you need some diversity, and not just with age, sex, race, religion, etc., etc., etc. Diversity of opinion, political philosophy, background, education is something to strive for if you want a cabinet that looks like America.

    I will make myself available. When can we get together and discuss the military's needs?

    /s/ J. D. Galt

  • Pope Francis Announces Sainthood for Junipero Serra, Founder of California Missions

    01/15/2015 10:15:37 PM PST · 21 of 56
    logician2u to ifinnegan

    Either him or Nevada Smith, take your choice.

  • Pope Francis Announces Sainthood for Junipero Serra, Founder of California Missions

    01/15/2015 9:56:26 PM PST · 13 of 56

    “a” = “are”, obviously

  • Pope Francis Announces Sainthood for Junipero Serra, Founder of California Missions

    01/15/2015 9:54:41 PM PST · 12 of 56
    logician2u to pleasenotcalifornia
    You mean there a leftist Catholics?

    What a surprise.

  • Pope Francis Announces Sainthood for Junipero Serra, Founder of California Missions

    01/15/2015 9:51:41 PM PST · 10 of 56
    logician2u to ifinnegan
    Yes, and songs too:
    • Que serra, serra
    • Serrabande
    • Serranade in Bleu
    • Sunrise Serranade
    • Serranade from "The Student Prince"
    • Schubert's Serranade
    Pardon the imprecise spelling. It's phonetically correct anyway. (Some Californians who should know better pronounce Father Serra's name as "Sierra" and must think the mountain range was named for him.)
  • Outrage After Rush Limbaugh Says This About Race

    12/25/2014 2:07:52 PM PST · 295 of 393
    logician2u to NKP_Vet
    So the PC crowd complains that Rush is a racist for his criticism of a Hollyweird stunt to lure a different demographic to their new (and totally not in keeping with the late Ian Fleming's prototypical secret agent) James Bond movies?

    Hey, it's a business, not an art. If the present-day producers think a black James Bond will bring a bigger boxoffice and video sales, it's their money at risk. None of mine will go to cover their investment, you can be sure of that.

    Aside from new writers taking literary license to the extreme in extrapolating how a present-day James Bond would look and act after running out of original material ages ago, there's an aspect to this whole phenomenon which really is bothersome, and should be also to FReepers of any religious persuasion.

    Ian Fleming, James Bond's creator, had been rumored for a while to be homosexual. How this got started is anyone's guess. It could have been petty jealousy, or perhaps a sincere dislike for the Scottish aristocrat who did, during WWII, serve His Majesty in Naval Intelligence. Whatever the source, the charges turned out to be total balderdash, as the British would say.

    Fleming, just as he made his character James Bond into from the very first novel, was a notorious womanizer. He cheated on his wife, had numerous affairs with married women and reportedly engaged in various sadomasochistic acts with his lovers. His close friends were invariably men, as he thought of women as "pets" with only one function in life.

    He led a very active but rather short life, living only until the age of 56. Fleming and his alter ego, Bond, were certainly no role models for men coming of age in the '60s, unless one considers a person like Hugh Hefner to be a suitable role model for male morality.

    OK, the early bond films were exciting, well-scripted with magnificent scenery, there's no question about that. But hasn't this horse already run too many races, and isn't it time to put him out to pasture?

    Maybe this next Bond adventure will be his last, regardless of who gets selected for the lead role.

  • Meet the man who set into motion the events that led to Eric Garner’s death

    12/24/2014 11:51:41 AM PST · 22 of 50
    logician2u to 2ndDivisionVet

    Tragedy of the commons rears its ugly head.

  • Meet the man who set into motion the events that led to Eric Garner’s death

    12/24/2014 11:44:36 AM PST · 19 of 50
    logician2u to 2ndDivisionVet
    Ugh . . what difference does it make?

    Corruption extends upward and downward along the chain of command as long as you have laws on the books which cannot be equitably enforced.

    Chances are good that you and I are breaking some law or another right this moment, on Christmas Eve. But we will skate for now because the police can't do 24/7 surveillance of our homes and offices--yet.

    Weighed on a risk/reward scale, selling untaxed cigarettes on a street in NYC is somewhere in the middle. Lower than selling dope, I'm sure, but higher than flipping burgers at McDonald's. Get caught selling loosies and the punishment is light, so you set up on another corner once you get out or pay the fine.

    It's not that the law or the police are intrinsically anti-black. It's more that New Yorkers most likely to risk being snagged in it are those on the edge of poverty, struggling to feed their family, and blacks make up a disproportionate percentage of that group.

  • Slow carpool lanes draw complaints from commuters, DOT

    12/15/2014 10:13:51 PM PST · 57 of 58
    logician2u to EveningStar
    Carpool lanes are so clogged in California, the state could lose federal funding and approval for projects if it doesn’t fix the problem.

    If it comes down to a tug-of-war between the feds and the Jerry Brownian Calif***ians for who keeps the loot from federal gas taxes, I'm all in favor of it staying in corrupt Washington, D.C. rather than be squandered by CALTRANS.

    Not that DOT would make better use of the funds than CALTRANS, because I'm sure they would not. They would undoubtedly be sent to other states to be wasted on bike paths or light rail construction which ultimately will become a money pit for those state and local governments to fill at the cost of foregoing worthwhile highway projects.

    However, there is a positive side to Washington not funding Calif***ia's ever-expanding carpool network. As one of the largest recipients of federal transportation dollars, having their portion of the pot cut off for a minor infraction of the rules written into federal law to satisfy mostly anti-highway enviros and anti-growth Malthusians would sound the alarm that federal money is not free: accept it at your own risk.

    The sooner large states such as Calif***ia get shorted by the feds and consequently have to go their own way toward funding local road projects the sooner we can bid adieu to the federal fuel tax. With the Interstate Highway System having been finished for twenty-five years, isn't it about time?

  • Mysterious Death of Obama Critic and Reporter on Bin Laden’s Death and Ferguson Labeled Suicide

    12/13/2014 8:50:31 PM PST · 42 of 68
    logician2u to Seeing More Clearly Now
    Nothing new here. Assassination of informants, reporters, free-lancers who know too much is a time-tested way to keep unpleasant truths from the hoi-polloi.

    When it's a trusted advisor, an insider or money-handler who's the target, e.g., Vince Foster, people start asking questions but seldom get satisfactory answers. He/she was depressed, had a heart condition, was on drugs.

    There are all kinds of (barely) believable reasons offered for a suicide. Absent a note or an eye-witness, how could you prove otherwise? An autopsy reveals the cause of death, not the reason for suicide, much less homicide.

    We live in interesting times.

  • Favorite Songs,with Man or Woman in title or lyrics.Tell us your Favorites.Freeper Canteen 12~12~14

    12/11/2014 7:24:29 PM PST · 165 of 278
    logician2u to fatima
    A Man and a Woman from the 1966 movie of the same name.


    This song is complete without them. (At least they're easy to remember!)

  • Acker Bilk: legendary British jazz clarinettist dies aged 85

    11/02/2014 5:13:09 PM PST · 43 of 56
    logician2u to the scotsman
    So sorry to learn of Mr. Acker Bilk's death. One of my favorites, second only to Pete Fountain on clarinet doing trad jazz.

    He had a long career, it would seem, having performed his final concert just last year.

    My favorite of his is "Petit Fleur" played with, IMHO, quite a bit more feeling than in the original recordings by its more famous composer, Sidney Bechet.

  • Why The Roman Empire Fell:

    10/03/2014 9:07:13 PM PDT · 102 of 130
    logician2u to Vinylly
    Opinions differ as to the primary causes of Rome's fall. As contemporaneous history is most often written by the victors, scholars often have less than complete written history of wars, rebellions and plagues of antiquity which, given the sources, may be more biased than what we would tolerate on the cable news channels these days. The importance of archeology in reconstructing what really happened cannot be overstated.

    As for parallels between empires Roman and American, I suggest you take a look at this book from 2005 (or the updated version, after the housing bubble popped--it's expanded, not revised). Even though their book is about financial stuff that most of us here already know--hopefully--in the course of the narrative, the authors draw a rather gloomy word picture of America's descent into empire in the Roman tradition, commencing exactly 100 years ago, rehashing in detail various socio-economic conditions that led to the Roman Empire's collapse, suitably buttressing their (at the time, minority) opinion that the United States is, indeed, an "empire of debt."

    Does 1913 ring a bell in your mind? A triple-whammy, right?

  • High court puts off start of early voting in Ohio

    09/29/2014 4:08:55 PM PDT · 17 of 28
    logician2u to Citizen Zed
    More shenanigans in Ohio than in all of the Emerald Isle.

    Was it Lenin who said it doesn't matter who votes, all that matters is who counts the votes?

    Add to that, "who gets his name on the ballot."

    This could be series. And hugh.

  • Koch Foundation to College: We’ll Give You Millions—if You Teach Our Libertarian Ideology

    09/29/2014 3:46:25 PM PDT · 35 of 36
    logician2u to Calvin Locke; Bloody Sam Roberts
    What does Rockefeller do for Harvard?

    Good question.

    They have their own college in Chicago, so why would they even care about Harvard other than getting an honorary degree or two for the grandkids.

  • Koch Foundation to College: We’ll Give You Millions—if You Teach Our Libertarian Ideology

    09/29/2014 3:42:27 PM PDT · 34 of 36
    logician2u to PGR88
    Why not give the money to Auburn? They already host the Ludwig von Mises Institute. They seem to be doing a good job of promoting the Austrian School of Economics.

    Mises Institute hasn't been affiliated with Auburn for over ten years. Separate but unequal.

    Odds of the Kochs donating to either Auburn of LvMI are slim to none, as they don't travel on the same path. Lew Rockwell, founding president of the Mises Institute, in fact scornfully refers to those publishers, think tanks and 527 fund-raising groups supported by the Kochs as belonging to the "Kochtopus." That list is quite extensive, as you can imagine.

    The Koch brothers may be outwardly "libertarian" but their loyalty is first and foremost to their family business empire, not ideology.

  • Denver area students walk out of school in protest

    09/24/2014 9:05:49 PM PDT · 18 of 20
    logician2u to Right Brother
    Isn't it strange that student protests don't spontaneously spring up when government schools--which most of us on FR over the age of thirty are likely the products of, since home schooling was illegal in every state until the late '80s--indoctrinate their conscripted victims in the glories of the New Deal, the Great Society and world government as you'll find in most high-school "social studies" textbooks?

    Not to mention the emphasis on environmentalism ("saving the earth"} which starts about the third grade and continues through science classes, history classes and "social studies" until the kids are able to recite Rachel Carson and AlGore from memory.

    Let's face it: American public schools are our version of madrasas with nearly as rigid a curriculum, the difference being it's anti-religious rather than devoted to one faith as in the Muslim world.

    When Common Core is implemented nationwide, does anyone expect there will be protests? I don't.

    The schools have been in the pocket of leftists since John Dewey. There have been occasional deviations, once-in-a-decade take-overs of school boards by well-meaning conservatives. But as a rule, they don't last; either they get voted out or give up in frustration after being verbally assaulted by unionized teachers, PTA parents and the local media.

    This small victory for including traditional subjects to be taught in Jefferson County schools has made headlines, generated discussion on talk shows and probably brought a smile or two to conservative parents. But don't even expect that the NEA, the federal Department of Education, the Colorado Department of Education and the various hangers-on whose livelihood is tied to what once was called "progressive education" will roll over and play dead.

    Next year, they will enlist the help of teachers' unions nation-wide to raise millions to re-take the school board. And they will probably succeed, since there is no equivalent "parents' union" and most parents don't know what their kids are being exposed to in class anyway.

    It's a futile exercise at best.

    If you have school-age children and hope to see them learn without the left-wing bias that comes with government-funded education, there are ways to do it, but don't expect a majority of parents in your town to come to your aid and swing the next school-board election to a conservative slate so Johnny will be taught un-PC American History.

    It's not likely to happen, and the clock is ticking. By the time they're in high school, your kids have had eight years of getting their young minds filled with liberal mush. Turning them into conservatives at that late stage is more difficult, so it's better that you get an earlier start.

    If they are already in a public school, take them out of it. They're your kids, not the government's--not yet anyway--and it's your right to give them the kind of education you think is appropriate.

    Home school, private school, parochial school, even military school is preferable to the cesspool that's the public schools.

    They are socialist from the start, so why would anyone expect them to honestly give fair credit to the free-market, capitalist system for making the United States the most productive (and until recently, the most free) nation there ever was?

  • What English Pet Peeves do You Love to Hate?

    09/08/2014 11:16:37 AM PDT · 141 of 180
    logician2u to PeteePie
    How about this?


    That's presumably what an administrator does. I've seen it occasionally in print, but more often heard it on talk shows.

    But isn't the accepted verb form of administration "administer?" Is there a subtlety of meaning those of us not so privileged as to be administrators cannot recognize?

  • What English Pet Peeves do You Love to Hate?

    09/08/2014 10:49:38 AM PDT · 138 of 180
    logician2u to PeteePie

    There is no “d” in weaponry, commonly mispronounced by some talk-show hosts (one ex-host in particular).

    Also, REALTOR® is a two-syllable word. Why do some people insist on saying it with another vowel sound between the “l” and the “t”?

  • What English Pet Peeves do You Love to Hate?

    09/08/2014 10:30:11 AM PDT · 137 of 180
    logician2u to IronJack
    And the expression “the reason being is ...”

    Worse still: "the reason is because . . "

    The reason? It's redundant.

  • On ISIS, neocons and liberal hawks have a 'boy who cried wolf' problem

    09/08/2014 7:07:11 AM PDT · 35 of 51
    logician2u to Pelham
    Thanks for the link to IPS's summarization of PNAC's history. It's unfortunate that it takes a leftist think tank to distill and dissect the workings of a neoconservative group, but that's what we have come to expect in this post-911 world.

    Just as was the case with the John Birch Society in the '60s, most conservatives even now don't know anything about PNAC and consequently must learn about it from sources antagonistic to the group--if they even care.

    Unlike the JBS, any mention of which in those days elicited their condemnation from Democrats as well as from Republicans of a Nixonian bent, PNAC's policy prescriptions were not so far off the course of American policy being followed in the middle east and elsewhere as to cause the media to brand the organization as extremist, kooks or even a little radical. Perhaps the fact that so many big names were signatories inoculated the organization against intense media coverage?

    At any rate, PNAC was largely swept under the rug both before and after 9/11/01. And, as you said, the site has been taken down, the organization disbanded. Mission accomplished.

    However, anyone who missed PNAC the first time around can still visit the site as it existed circa 2006 via the Wayback Machine. Most of the memos and papers are still downloadable, along with the 88-page "Rebuilding America's Defenses" document which is basically a blueprint for policing the world. I would hope that some conservative writer with a sense of contrition may someday visit and supplement the IPS's summary with his own, filling in a few gaps along the way.

  • Confronting the 'football industrial complex'

    09/04/2014 11:25:01 AM PDT · 56 of 82
    logician2u to TurboZamboni
    And taxpayers will still be forced to build billionaire owners their stadiums.

    You beat me to it.

    Thanks. Glad to know I'm not alone.

  • Confronting the 'football industrial complex'

    09/04/2014 11:22:27 AM PDT · 53 of 82
    logician2u to Steve_Seattle
    Fifty posts about what's wrong with professional football--all the way from PC announcements and "pink month" to the amount of time the ball is in play being less than what's spent in commercials--and not one word about the most blatant affront to those who don't care for the game.

    That would be the hundreds of millions of dollars spent by local and state--and likely, the federal government--to construct, maintain and, in many cases, give free use of huge stadiums in which pro football must be played.

    These dollars, every one of them, must be extracted from individuals and for-profit enterprises whose existence creates jobs, wealth and a sense of stability for the local economy.

    Football, on the other hand, is a net drag on the economy as presently structured. Not only are taxpayer funds squandered on stadiums, but the relatively small portion of the public who are "fans" will pay exorbitant ticket prices to watch a game, money which could be going to support local business but isn't. (Forget the "massive influx" of out-of-towners contributing to hotels and restaurants bottom line, as they represent a small percentage of ticket holder and an even smaller percentage of season ticket holders.)

    Are football players overpaid?

    Yes, and it's entirely due to the great aid and comfort the government offers professional sports teams--both in the way of financing stadiums and exempting baseball and football from anti-trust laws.

    Competition keeps prices down and business honest. Where in football do you witness competition, other than when one city bribes an NFL team with a new stadium and 90% of the gate if the team's owners will only relocate there?

  • No Matter Who Wins, a Sociopath Is Elected

    08/13/2014 12:28:21 PM PDT · 4 of 9
    logician2u to freekitty

    Thanks for obviously not reading the article.

  • No Matter Who Wins, a Sociopath Is Elected

    08/13/2014 11:54:30 AM PDT · 1 of 9
    This essay offers a psychological explanation for the unnerving (but not all that surprising) conclusion in a recent study, "Who Rules America," posted here that those in the government will not listen to ordinary citizens, that it's the elite who rule.

    So is this couintry a democracy or perhaps a plutocracy these day? Certainly not the republic envisioned and created by the founders.

  • We have officially picked a side in a Religious War

    08/09/2014 7:21:53 AM PDT · 24 of 43
    logician2u to SeekAndFind
    Awhile back, when ISIS was just beginning to take Iraq, an astute Englishman made this observation:
    So let me get this right. We support the Iraq government in the fight against ISIS. We don’t like ISIS, but ISIS is supported by Saudi Arabia who we do like. We don’t like Assad in Syria. We support the fight against him, but ISIS is also fighting against him. We don’t like Iran, but Iran supports the Iraqi government in its fight against ISIS. So some of our friends support our enemies, some enemies are now our friends, and some of our enemies are fighting against our other enemies, who we want to lose, but we don’t want our enemies who are fighting our enemies to win. If the people we want to defeat are defeated, they could be replaced by people we like even less, and all this was started by us invading a country to drive out terrorists who were not actually there until we went in to drive them out. I think I’ve got it.

    Perhaps it's time for the US to rethink its alliances?

  • Five Reasons Not to Raise the Gas Tax

    07/05/2014 1:10:43 PM PDT · 34 of 35
    logician2u to Organic Panic
    Sorry, wrong article.

    My apologies.

  • Five Reasons Not to Raise the Gas Tax

    07/05/2014 12:25:20 PM PDT · 33 of 35
    logician2u to Organic Panic
    Don't judge a book by its cover.

    Try this site if you have an aversion to HufPost. It's conservative.

    Randal O'Toole doesn't control where his articles get posted.

  • Billionaire conservative activist Richard Mellon Scaife dies

    07/05/2014 7:37:28 AM PDT · 18 of 19
    logician2u to Slings and Arrows
    I'm waiting for the conspiracy theories.

    You'll need to go here for those . . and more.

    Washington Compost certainly reflects its readers' leftist politics. And they have no respect for the dead, either.

  • Favorite Songs with the word Find,Found etc.Tell us your Favorites.Freeper Canteen 5~2~14

    05/01/2014 6:59:16 PM PDT · 154 of 248
    logician2u to fatima
    Someday I'll Find You[tube]" - Doris Day sings the Noel Coward chestnut from "Private Lives"
  • Florida Senate revives in-state tuition break

    04/29/2014 3:37:59 PM PDT · 14 of 18
    logician2u to nascarnation
    I think we ought to send them an invoice for $10 grand times however many years they have benefitted from US public school enrollment.


    Nobody, not even native-born Americans, benefit from government schools to the extent they should be billed for their "education" over and above what they've had taken from them by force.

    In a perfect society, the government should be paying parents who were victimized by the public schools' 12-year indoctrination program.

  • Clair deLune, Moonlight Serenade, Tonight Tonight, others?

    03/17/2014 3:23:51 PM PDT · 88 of 93
    logician2u to lee martell
    A few others:

    "The Moon Was Yellow"
    "The Moon of Manikoora"
    "Pale Moon"
    "In the Misty Moonlight"
    "Moonlight Becomes You"
    "Full Moon (and empty arms)"
    "Moonlight in Vermont"
    "Night and Day"
    "Blues in the Night"
    "In The Still Of The Night"
    "Song for a Winter's Night"
    "Round Midnight"
    "Midnight Cowboy"
    "Are You Lonesome Tonight?"
    "The Way You Look Tonight"
    "All Through The Night"
    "I Could Have Danced All Night"
    "Quiet Nights Of Quiet Stars"
    "Wonderland By Night"
    "Midnight Sun"
    "June Night"
    "Strangers In The Night"
    "Midnight In Moscow"

    . . and a bonus: "A Nightingale Sang In Berkeley Square"br

  • Lockerbie bombing ‘was work of Iran, not Libya’ says former spy

    03/10/2014 6:02:18 PM PDT · 11 of 16

    CORRECTION: That would be 18 years this coming July for TWA flight 800. (memory lapse)

  • Lockerbie bombing ‘was work of Iran, not Libya’ says former spy

    03/10/2014 5:46:04 PM PDT · 10 of 16
    logician2u to Olog-hai
    After a period, the truth usually comes out.

    Twenty-eight years for Pan Am 103, fifty and counting on the Kennedy assassination, just fifteen with the downing of TWA 800. That one may get resolved before all he!! breaks loose in the next and final ME conflict, although I have my doubts.

    Col. "Bo" Gritz, no flaming liberal he, had it pegged within days of the bombing as Iran's doing, in retaliation for the accidental shoot-down of an Iranian civil aviation Airbus by our Navy six months earlier. But then nobody would take seriously a "conspiracy theorist."

  • Bozell on IRS Scandal: ‘Bigger Than Watergate’

    03/07/2014 2:24:11 PM PST · 57 of 65
    logician2u to nikos1121
    nikos1121 wrote:
    I can’t tell you the stress it caused me dealing with them.

    And now we learn that the targeting continues.

    The only voice I hear out there is Ted Cruz, who eloquently argues that we should get rid of the IRS. This should be a battle cry for all republicans. IT should unite us all.


    After 40 replies throwing sand but missing the bigger target, we finally hear from a FReeper who knows there's more than ordinary politics at play and wants to see changes made--not just by replacing Democrat officials with trustworthy Republicans, but by taking away the tools with which partisans inflict misery, heartache and financial distress on their opponents. Sometimes you need to feel oppression firsthand in order to have the proper degree of empathy for the oppressed, and to understand that a permanent solution needs to go beyond accusations of wrongdoing that can be brushed off by the wrongdoers and their allies.

    Jerome Tuccille has distilled this latest IRS scandal into a succinct call for reform--not just changing procedures and policies as some politicians would like, but taking the agency apart branch by branch, all the way to the root:

    To End IRS Abuses of Free Speech, End the IRS

    All in agreement, write your Congressman.

  • Sid Caesar, Master of TV Comedy, Dies at 91

    02/12/2014 3:10:19 PM PST · 57 of 75
    logician2u to JimSEA

    . . and the piano bench stunts, like the seat belt under the lid. Victor Borge was one of a kind.

  • Sid Caesar, Master of TV Comedy, Dies at 91

    02/12/2014 2:25:47 PM PST · 52 of 75
    logician2u to beelzepug
    Can’t be many left from “Mad, Mad, etc. World. We lost Jonathon Winters last year. Mickey Rooney, Jerry Lewis, are there any others?

    Of the comedians, there's still Marvin Kaplan who, with Arnold Stang (who died in 2009), tried to kill Jonathan Winters as he was destroying their gas station after being set up by Phil Silvers, who had stolen Winters' truck . . well, that's how I remember it anyway.

    Dorothy Provine, who played Sid Caesar's wife in IAMMMMW (remember the "little explosion" they tried to set off in the basement of he hardware store?), died in 2010.

    Could be the little boy who gave Phil Silvers advice on which road to take out of his mountain residence is still with us, but not many others from that film. Too many died too soon.

  • FBI Drops Law Enforcement as 'Primary Mission'

    01/06/2014 10:40:25 AM PST · 40 of 53
    logician2u to 2ndDivisionVet
    Whatever the FIB wants us to think it is now, it was never what was depicted on the TV back when.

    You really have to hand it to ol' J. Edgar. He was the face of the FBI and probably 90% of the American people believed every word he said, even if it was an out-and-out lie. E.g., there's no such thing as la Cosa Nostra.

    He even had certain members of the Hollywood set licking his faggy boots:

    Efrem Zimbalist Jr. recalls J. Edgar Hoover

  • Larry Schweikart and Burton Folsom: Obama's False History of Public Investment

    08/06/2013 6:07:39 PM PDT · 25 of 32
    logician2u to neverdem; LS
    Most Americans take for granted that when something big needs to be built, the government--Federal more likely than state--will do it.

    This is a result of 80+ years of government projects that, while often amazing and fascinating and even wonderful in the minds of the susceptible, took money out of the productive (ie., private) sector and used it for whatever the politicians thought would be most appropriate . . to win votes. As Bastiat might have remarked, it's an example of the seen versus the unseen; we only see what was accomplished, not what might have been done had the same resources been directed elsewhere, as dictated by the market.

    It will take a massive educational campaign if we are ever to reawaken the public to the advantages of having private enterprise instead of government bureaucrats and politicians planning, financing, constructing and operating--for profit--such things as hydro power plants, railroads, highways, airports and even space exploration.

    I can't locate the exact quote, but Henry Ford once suggested, in jest, a solution to the road congestion that accompanied the great number of cars he and other automakers were producing for the public: Let the government take over building the automobiles while private enterprise builds the roads.

    A man well ahead of his time . .

  • Vanity: Is there any way to disable 'Ctrl-W'?

    08/05/2013 9:23:41 PM PDT · 71 of 85
    logician2u to Revolting cat!

    Different strokes . . different folks.

    I wouldn’t be too surprised if they one day removed the Esc key from modern keyboards. It’s only useful on rare occasions, and doesn’t do squat if your computer’s screen is frozen. Heck, even ctrl-alt-del doesn’t do what it used to in DOS..

  • Vanity: Is there any way to disable 'Ctrl-W'?

    08/05/2013 9:16:12 PM PDT · 68 of 85
    logician2u to Revolting cat!

    Being less than a proficient typist, the shorter the command the less chance of screwing it up.

    “ty” worked fine for me most of the time. Eventually, one of the local DEC yokels added a “list” command as an option which was even better. It let you display one page at a time until you hit Ctrl-C which exited the program.

    Whew! How keyboard commands have changed over time!

  • Vanity: Is there any way to disable 'Ctrl-W'?

    08/05/2013 8:57:03 PM PDT · 64 of 85
    logician2u to Scrambler Bob
    These days that is considered ‘geeky’.

    Today's computer users are spoiled with "user-friendly" displays and buttons to push.

    In the olden days, with state-of-the-art "dumb" terminals such as HP 2645s, you had to know the keyboard shortcuts to do anything worthwhile.

    It didn't take me long to learn Ctrl-S to stop the screen from scrolling. Otherwise (in VMS) the "ty" command displayed everything from beginning to end of the file you were hoping to examine. And once the page scrolled past, you couldn't go back to see what you'd missed.

  • Vanity: Is there any way to disable 'Ctrl-W'?

    08/05/2013 8:27:59 PM PDT · 43 of 85
    logician2u to citizen
    CTRL-Z will undo the last command/deletion/copy/paste/etc. in most instances.

    It's been a lifesaver in those cases when I didn't really mean to highlight the whole page before hitting the delete key.

    It will also restore a browser window . . if there have been no other keyboard/mouse commands issued since the window was closed.

    (Just don't use SHIFT-CTRL-Z, as that won't do it.)