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Posts by lOKKI

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  • Whac-A-Mole (Iraq Surge) Theory

    01/31/2008 2:38:52 PM PST · 10 of 23
    lOKKI to rmh47

    This story’s theory presumes two things:

    1. That moles don’t mind being whacked.
    2. You have an unlimited supply of moles who don’t mind being whacked.

  • A Different Recession

    01/17/2008 10:24:44 AM PST · 37 of 54
    lOKKI to Hoffer Rand
    "A comparable set of solutions today would include the passage of the Employee Free Choice Act, which would enable workers in nonexportable service-sector jobs to unionize without fear of being fired. It would include a massive, federally financed program to retrofit America, creating several million "green jobs" in the process.....the upward pressure on oil prices is only going to mount "

    Interesting - his solution to a possible recession (which he prefers to hope is going to be a depression is:

    1. More Unionization

    2. A massive (his word) government jobs program.

    He simply takes increasing oil prices as a given.

    However:

    a. Why does he foresee a depression rather than a recession? Unanswered.

    b. Couldn't we easily take some of the upward pressure off oil prices by allowing off-shore drilling?

    c. We certainly don't have any unemployment to speak of right now. If we removed, say, 12 million [illegal workers from from the workforce, wouldn't that tend to increase wages and decrease unemployment, thus reducing the need for a "massive" government jobs program?

    d. Has the average family income stayed stagnant since 1970?

    Maybe: but purchasing power per dollar has increased in many ways because of low cost imports and technological advances. See this article for some interesting points on this subject.

    http://www.rasmusen.org/x/2006/03/15/one-income-vs-two-income-families/

    If you don't want to read the article, here's one example that's easy to see (Not from the article): Cars aren't any more expensive in inflation-adjusted dollars than they were in 1970, BUT: they all have A/C, automatic transmissions, power windows and locks, air bags, fuel injection, FM radios with CD players, etc. So while the dollars are flat, you get more for the dollars.

  • At a Cigar Show, an Air-Quality Scientist Under Deep, Smoky Cover

    01/09/2008 12:01:07 PM PST · 3 of 25
    lOKKI to ml/nj

    You know, as long as I refuse to participate in their state-run health insurance program, who are they to tell me how to die?

    Seriously.

  • Women Are Never Front-Runners (Barf Alert)

    01/08/2008 10:06:53 AM PST · 13 of 24
    lOKKI to Tax-chick

    Women are never the front runners. Hillary was the front runner. Therefore: Hillary is not a woman.

    I knew it all along!

  • CBS Drops Its Ombudsman

    01/04/2008 3:40:47 PM PST · 5 of 11
    lOKKI to Hildy
    We weren't able to find a sustainable business model for Public Eye

    That's hilarious! So they are getting rid of any news or editorial accountability because holding their reporters and editors accountable doesn't make money?

    That's exactly like getting rid of policemen because they don't make money for a city!

    I can assure you that in the Long Term getting rid of the Ombudsman will cost them viewers and money.

    Hint: Exploding Pickup trucks and and accelerating Audi's.

  • Staying Power: Does Religion Really Poison Everything?

    12/28/2007 10:18:50 AM PST · 4 of 98
    lOKKI to massgopguy
    "If God did not exist, it would be necessary to create him".

    Voltaire

  • The Office Holiday Party: Food, Drinks and ... Sex?

    12/11/2007 12:17:42 PM PST · 2 of 72
    lOKKI to Santa Fe_Conservative
    "Never dip your pen in the company inkwell" 'Nuff said.
  • Report: Series of explosions rip through Iranian military site

    11/15/2007 1:31:42 PM PST · 84 of 129
    lOKKI to cynwoody
    The explosions reportedly started in missile industries section of the Site. When shrapnel of the explosions hit another sections, eight other warehouses located next to each other were engulfed in flames.

    I thought that one of the first rules was that you never concentrate your various sensitive development programs and/or explosives in one place. I thought that lesson went back at least as far as the first use of Bomber planes in WWI.

  • NYT Contributor Pushes Unsubstantiated Abortion/Crime Link

    11/13/2007 1:09:22 PM PST · 16 of 18
    lOKKI to ElkGroveDan
    "Wait a minute, I thought killing criminals was a BAD thing." Witty, Dan, very witty!
  • NYT Contributor Pushes Unsubstantiated Abortion/Crime Link

    11/13/2007 1:06:21 PM PST · 15 of 18
    lOKKI to Calvin Locke
    Correlation and Causation are different. Decreasing Crime Rate correlations? How about unemployment rates? How about ending welfare? How about increased prison time for offenders? There are a lot of things that happened during the same period of time.

    I’m actually pro-abortion, but I’m anti-propaganda.

  • Vanity: Looking for safe toys (and components) not made in china

    11/08/2007 9:28:59 AM PST · 9 of 54
    lOKKI to fetal heart beats by 21st day

    Legos!

  • Circumcision of 12-year-old sparks holy war for parents

    11/08/2007 9:25:02 AM PST · 27 of 91
    lOKKI to hellbender

    What about braces? What about a nose job? What about plastic surgery to hide a scar or a broken nose?

    There’s more to this question than this one teeny weenie point, if you’ll forgive me.

  • Homosexuality: What's all the fuss?

    11/01/2007 7:22:15 AM PDT · 2 of 135
    lOKKI to Woodland

    It’s not homosexuality, per se, that bothers me. I couldn’t care less about that. It’s the anal sex angle that I think is a little odd, peculiar, distasteful, and unhealthy.

    I’m not so tolerant of things that get close to my butt, if you get my drift. I also have limits about teeth getting too close to me for that matter.

  • U.N. Scientist Rejects Nobel Prize Share, Denounces Climate Alarmism

    11/01/2007 7:19:37 AM PDT · 4 of 37
    lOKKI to Sub-Driver
    But, but, but the sky IS falling! They told me so!!!!
  • Mexico: US Should Pay Back Cuba

    10/30/2007 2:01:53 PM PDT · 26 of 72
    lOKKI to baiamonte

    Since our Congress has been considering a bill condemning the Turks for something that happened a century ago and involved no Americans or American interests, I suppose, it’s OK for Mexico to do the same thing.

  • In A Nutshell, Boiled Peanuts Better For You

    10/30/2007 9:57:40 AM PDT · 19 of 55
    lOKKI to Hoodlum91

    In A Nutshell, Boiled Peanuts Better For You “

    Yeah? So? Tofu is probably better for me than any form of peanuts, but I’m NOT going to eat tofu - or boiled peanuts - with my beer, and that’s the end of it!

  • Stressed borrowers use plastic to delay default

    10/29/2007 11:40:19 AM PDT · 58 of 120
    lOKKI to steve86
    I use a card for almost every purchase. It is not the using a card that is bad. I also pay it off every month.

    Congratulations! Life is good, I guess. Now pull off that same trick after you and your wife get sick and can't work like we did.

    You've taken the wrong message from this. You can't use the card in lieu of cash; only as a form of cash. Paying Interest on credit cards is the sin - not using the card itself.

    Yes, that takes more discipline than paying cash, but once you've had a few months where you've have to scrape to pay off the card without paying any interest, you learn that discipline pretty fast.

  • Stressed borrowers use plastic to delay default

    10/29/2007 11:06:02 AM PDT · 39 of 120
    lOKKI to 4yearlurker
    You really do need a credit card; not having one will affect your credit rates on cars and houses. Here’s how we started - We got a Credit Union to give us a ‘secured’ Visa card. Secured means that we keep $500 on deposit with the Credit Union that they could snatch if we didn’t make the payments.

    We DID make the payments and zeroed out the balance EVERY month, even if we didn’t eat that month.

    After a few years we had established credit and were able to get much lower rates on our car loan because we had proved that we would repay our loans.

    We still pay the credit cards off first every month.

    So, you should get a card, and please consider a plan similar to what we did to get started. Don’t use one of those ‘establish credit credit cards’ you see on TV. They’re a trick, but a normal Credit Union will usually give you one with a genuine Visa or Mastercard (I’d guess Discover is OK too). Just pay it off every month, period.

  • Stressed borrowers use plastic to delay default

    10/29/2007 10:43:56 AM PDT · 21 of 120
    lOKKI to ikka
    If they are using credit cards for “essentials” then they didn’t have any room in the budget to buy a house to begin with.

    But here’s my question:
    If they bought the house with zero down, they aren’t in trouble because they depleted their savings. So the problem lies in the size of the house payment. What would their rent have been each month if they weren’t buying? Wouldn’t the rent be pretty close to the amount of the house payment for a similar size house?

    What am I missing here? Wouldn’t they have been in this same trouble anyhow?

    Help me understand this, please.

  • The simple foods that made Britain 'Great'...

    10/26/2007 1:23:41 PM PDT · 78 of 317
    lOKKI to MHGinTN
    "One of their(Two Fat Ladies) best shows was the boys school mass meal following a cricket match."

    I watched that particular show and - while I loved it - it left me permanently scarred.

    They made a sausage meatloaf and they lined the pan with strips of bacon!

    There was more oil in that pan than the Exxon Valdez carried! They were a lot of fun to watch!

  • Torture Logic

    10/26/2007 10:24:36 AM PDT · 11 of 27
    lOKKI to tired1
    i think we should consider outsourcing. perhaps South Korea has some potential.

    We tried outsourcing. The Dem's didn't like that either. They've even made a recent movie about it called "Rendition"

  • Bill Tightening Mortgage Rules Wins Some Support

    10/24/2007 9:49:53 AM PDT · 19 of 36
    lOKKI to dakine

    Don’t forget that all this will put lenders in a double-whammy situation.
    The reason that the sub-primes were encouraged is to get voter support for the Dems. They set up laws that forced lenders to give subprimes or face discrimination charges.

    Now they won’t be able to give the loans, but won’t be able to not give the loans.... I’d get out of the business altogether.

  • Who'll rescue homeowners in the housing mess?

    10/24/2007 5:35:18 AM PDT · 32 of 32
    lOKKI to Fred
    By the way, this kind of a real estate bubble destroyed Japan's economy in the 90's and they still haven't dug their way completely out of it.
  • Who'll rescue homeowners in the housing mess?

    10/23/2007 1:34:17 PM PDT · 25 of 32
    lOKKI to Reeses

    Let’s see:

    The banks have loaned a bunch of money to people who really shouldn’t have gotten loans.

    The people used that money to buy houses they couldn’t really afford on variable rate mortgages.

    Now the people can’t pay back the loans they shouldn’t have been given in the first place.

    How much is this going to cost me? Although I generally vote Republican, this fiasco reeks of the Republican love of bankers - although I am sure there were plenty of Dem’s at bank troughs too.

  • Iraqi leaders may ask U.N. to restrict U.S. military

    10/22/2007 2:54:38 PM PDT · 2 of 43
    lOKKI to processing please hold

    Don’t worry about this. Just bring Nancy Pelosi and Harry Reid to mind.

    If the Iraqi Government wants us to leave, then they’ll tell us. They won’t tell the U.N. to tell us.

    It’s all Politicians posturing. Actually a good sign since it means that the Iraqi ‘congress’ is alive and well.

  • Rift deepens among gays as rights bill moves to House floor

    10/19/2007 12:17:42 PM PDT · 10 of 18
    lOKKI to Resolute Conservative

    I really want this to pass. Then I’ll declare my homosexuality publicly, insist that I should have had higher raises but didn’t get them because my boss knew of my secrect proclivities, make a million or two in the settlement and not have to work any more.

    In this type of situation the burden of proof will be on my employer to prove that they didn’t discriminate.

    It’s insane!

    Do I really need a /sarc tag?

  • Immigration institute provokes outcry from social scientists

    10/14/2007 1:13:36 PM PDT · 3 of 5
    lOKKI to neverdem
    The French government is to create a powerful institute for research on immigration and integration. The move has sparked opposition among social scientists, who claim that the body is a thinly veiled bid to exercise political control over their research. Funny how different things sound when you say: " The move is intended to see that Social Scientists funded by the government study subjects of importance and value to the future of the nation". Just words, and just a few.
  • DUmmie FUnnies 10-11-07 ("There's no doubt that the US is now under Facism")

    10/11/2007 3:48:29 PM PDT · 67 of 100
    lOKKI to Paul Heinzman
    I will not be shocked if tomorrow I cannot access the web, or leave the country. . . .

    Well, it depends on whether you take your medications or not. If Nurse Rachett gives me a good report on you tomorrow, we'll talk about it.

  • Robberies shut enterprise in West Oakland

    10/05/2007 11:47:31 AM PDT · 13 of 37
    lOKKI to xjcsa
    "When I interviewed Mayor Ron Dellums two weeks ago, he said he didn't believe residents wanted a police force so large that it represented an oppressive presence on the streets of Oakland."
  • Invasion of the geckos

    10/04/2007 8:40:12 AM PDT · 4 of 88
    lOKKI to r9etb

    We like to say that a Gecko is both a cat toy AND a cat treat!

  • Stop the Deportation of US war resister Robin Long

    10/03/2007 12:36:19 PM PDT · 36 of 45
    lOKKI to Clive

    Your criticisms of some of these comments are fair enough, Clive.

    Most of us Yanks, appreciate the principled support of sane Canadians who are most of the population there and we appreciate the support of Canada in the WOT.

    Some here are just remembering when your government went crazy during the Vietnam war and harbored Draft Dodgers. I don’t know that any deserters were harbored....

    As for governments going crazy, ours is apparently about to do the same in November 2008, when we elect our own crazylady to lead us.

    If that happens, I may be asking to use your spare bedroom while I look for a job.

  • What is the Difference Between Gambling and Investing?

    09/28/2007 9:05:14 AM PDT · 51 of 86
    lOKKI to NVDave
    The proceeds received from investors are used to develop and grow a business. Thus investments are tied to objects with an intrinsic worth to them. Even if a business starts to fail, it will still have assets which can be sold.

    What are the proceeds from gambling used for? What tangible assets are there for?

    Now, if you invest in an Internet IPO with nothing but ideas and no assets then that IS gambling - it’s just gambling on the stock market.

  • The Jena Dodge

    09/25/2007 4:52:20 PM PDT · 13 of 15
    lOKKI to Taggart_D
    suppose that you have some statistics to back up your assertion that ‘gangsta rap’ causes young White men to commit violent crime at the same rates of young Negro men. Good point. The article which started this tread points out that whites DON'T commit violent crimes at anything near the rates of young Negro men. So the cause of the high crime rate among young Negro men must be something other than 'gansta rap'.
  • Are we headed for an epic beer market?

    09/20/2007 8:36:14 AM PDT · 11 of 58
    lOKKI to Paleo Conservative

    Bud - Wiser people than you have predicted a beer market, and it turned out to be a bunch of Red Bull.

    Before posting be sure you have your Schmidt’s together
    Never type drunk...

  • Prestigious Universities Flunk Civic Studies

    09/19/2007 4:02:03 PM PDT · 8 of 16
    lOKKI to Gil4

    86.4%

    You’re a hell of a Cab Driver

  • 9/11 'Truth' movement a waste of time

    09/11/2007 10:20:51 AM PDT · 16 of 35
    lOKKI to Old Sarge
    I think you are all being just a bit unfair. I believe that his point about the report being “riddled with inaccuracies” was intended to say mean that any report prepared by humans will have small details in it that are incorrect, but that the report was, in substance, true.

    I’d ask some of you to read that statement again, in context, and see if you don’t agree with that analysis.

    In short- he’s saying that the truthers can nitpick the report all they want on the details but the report is still true..

    Let me know what you think after rereading it, please.

  • Documents Show Troops Disregarding Rules

    09/04/2007 10:55:55 AM PDT · 37 of 45
    lOKKI to Logophile

    One small but obvious point that seems to be escaping the ACLU - these 22 incidents (correct me if I’m wrong here, please) are all incidents in which action was taken against the soldiers who commited the acts, correct?

    If so, this shows that such actions are not condoned, and are the exception rather than the rule.

  • Woman Fights Deportation After Husband's Death

    08/29/2007 1:58:33 PM PDT · 12 of 34
    lOKKI to Lost Dutchman

    Not even married long enough to have an anchor baby

  • Have Fun in Mexico, Elvira Arellano

    08/27/2007 11:15:35 AM PDT · 3 of 20
    lOKKI to 2banana
    Somewhere in there she gave birth to an anchor baby who now carries American citizenship. What maddens me is that by becoming pregnant here (while unmarried) she produced a claim to belong here. Does anyone else think that giving citizenship to the children born here of illegal parents is a bad idea?
  • Labor Shortages: Myth and Reality

    08/24/2007 12:31:31 PM PDT · 9 of 56
    lOKKI to sinanju
    Wages are suppressed by the fact that most jobs have competition from cheaper overseas labor. This is not true just for manufacturing jobs but for all non-services jobs (e.g. everything but cleaning hotel rooms, washing dishes, and shoveling snow). The services job wages are kept low by the wage competition from illegals.

    Companies cannot afford to raise prices because their margins are too thin. If margins cannot be increased, there is little money for wage increases.

    It’s global economy - get used to it folks. There’s no going back.

  • Jacques Villeneuve to test truck for Bill Davis Racing at Chicago (another F1 driver to NASCAR)

    08/24/2007 8:59:36 AM PDT · 6 of 17
    lOKKI to vigilence
    Jacque is Giles son. He had a good couple of years in F1 with a car that no one could beat. He is a very aggressive driver who, in the right car, can do very well.

    Unfortunately, when he got a chance with the BAR (essentially the last of the unlimited-tobacco-money funded teams) F1 team, he insisted on having his friend in charge of the team. They spent multi-millions, even by F1 standards, and produced lousy cars.

    Jacque made a ton of money and a ton of enemies in F1 because of his haughty attitude.

    I wouldn’t have him on my NASCAR team. He’s going to get punted into the wall a lot more than Montoya, whom I like.

    Montoya is way out of his element in NASCAR and has a lot to learn about the subtle art - however, he’s a race car driver and a good one.

  • 'Fox Wants War With Iran,' Liberal Activist Insists

    08/22/2007 8:40:12 AM PDT · 7 of 23
    lOKKI to RexBeach
    "You provide the prose, I'll provide the war," William Randolf Hearst was supposed to have said right before the Spanish American War broke out. It was American's first optional war.

    So this guy has some historical basis for believing that the press can influence the decision to go to war.

    However, I'm not sure that war with Iran is going to be "optional". France and Germany are finally showing some foreign policy sense, but Russia has much to gain by opposing our positions, so international sanctions aren't going to be very effective (if they ever are). I suspect that the crazies there are going to force the issue.

  • New Peer-Reviewed Scientific Studies Chill Global Warming Fears

    08/21/2007 1:59:40 PM PDT · 7 of 31
    lOKKI to theDentist

    Darn. And here I was all ready to start attacking people for drinking soft drinks, which are heavily carbonated.

    I wanted everyone to stop drinking cola’s and everything, cause, you know, like, it’s bad for the planet.

    Every time you open a Coke, you’re, like, dump[ing all this CO2 into the atmosphere.

    And now you’re telling me to drink as many Pepsi’s as I want.

  • Undocumented worker pays price for immigration policy

    08/16/2007 11:19:26 AM PDT · 21 of 34
    lOKKI to jack_napier

    Actually right in front of the House Judiciary Committee NOW
    If you care, contact your congressman

    http://www.govtrack.us/congress/bill.xpd?bill=h110-3451

    Legislation > 2007-2008 (110th Congress)
    H.R. 3451: For the relief of Teresa Figueroa
    Go to... Bill Status Summary Other Info

    On Congresspedia
    Be the first to start a collaborative analysis of this bill on Congresspedia, a wiki for Congress. Sponsor: Rep. Luis Gutiérrez [D-IL](no cosponsors)
    Cosponsors [as of 2007-08-04]
    Cosponsorship information sometimes is out of date. Why?
    Bill Text: - CRS Summary
    - Full Text
    Status: Introduced Aug 3, 2007
    Scheduled for Debate -
    Voted on in House -
    Voted on in Senate -
    Signed by President -

    This bill is in the first step in the legislative process. Introduced bills go first to committees that deliberate, investigate, and revise them before they go to general debate. The majority of bills never make it out of committee.
    Last Action: Aug 3, 2007: Referred to the House Committee on the Judiciary.

  • The Bombers: A Breakdown Names and nationalities of known suicide bombers in Iraq

    08/14/2007 10:11:48 AM PDT · 9 of 43
    lOKKI to Smartaleck

    Another notable absence is the U.S.

  • US bombs Shiite gang as Baghdad pilgrimage begins

    08/10/2007 11:00:35 AM PDT · 31 of 35
    lOKKI to netmilsmom

    Netmilsmom

    Fair enough... I completely agree with prayers for the souls of innocent children. Apologies if I misinterpreted you.

    Lokki

  • US bombs Shiite gang as Baghdad pilgrimage begins

    08/10/2007 8:44:00 AM PDT · 27 of 35
    lOKKI to netmilsmom
    Here’s the problem.

    We don’t bomb mosques.... so the terrorist start stockpiling weapons in them, and snipers start shoot our soldiers from them.

    We don’t attack terrorists surrounded by women and children, so the terrorists surround themselves with women and children.

    Third, the terrorists accuse us of attacking mosques and killing children whether we actually do so or not.

    Simply put, it’s not a morally perfect world.

    We try to be as careful as we can, but there will always be collateral deaths. We don’t do as we did in WWII where we carpet-bombed entire cities.....

  • 1998 No Longer Hottest ear on Record

    08/09/2007 12:54:57 PM PDT · 18 of 70
    lOKKI to pierstroll
    Let me guess - the "hottest ear on record" lost the record by a nose, in the blink of an eye. Right?
  • Our Submarines - The "enemy" wins one

    08/09/2007 9:24:34 AM PDT · 9 of 53
    lOKKI to llevrok
    I’m curious about this. One of the basic tenants of the constitution is that no part of the government can make regulations governing another part part of the government.

    It would seem to the casual observer that the judicial system would have no say over how the military conducts itself.

    Apparently the courts are above this basic premise?

    Any attorneys out there who can help clarify the court’s authority in this matter?

  • The Persian Abyss: Iranian ennui and the bitter stillness

    08/06/2007 1:15:03 PM PDT · 16 of 20
    lOKKI to hinckley buzzard
    I really wonder how much all this means. I’m sure that there is an educated middle class in the capitol and in a few other cities who are grumbling and discontent. However, for the vast majority of the population the morals police mean nothing. They don’t have long hair or lipstick, and don’t listen much to western music.

    I’m not calling them all ‘farm boys’ but that’s probably a fair summation of most of the population. Semi-literate and not very avant guard at best. The gasoline shortage is the only thing that's changed in their lives, and I'm not sure that's enough to trigger a revolution.