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  • WHY WAS THERE NO THREAD ABOUT ANDY WILLIAMS?

    10/06/2012 5:36:35 AM PDT · by mamelukesabre · 35 replies
    Andy williams was not my favorite. But he was awesome. There was at least one song we did as a marching band in High school that was his. I'm sure there were a few movies he did the theme song to. I do not know what they were. You guys tell me.
  • ARE THE JAPANESE BRANDS SLIPPING?

    08/29/2012 12:37:17 PM PDT · by mamelukesabre · 65 replies
    I've been closely following recent technology advances in automobiles for the last 2-3 years. Some very interesting technologies are beginning to make it into regular production vehicles that ordinary people can buy. The first is direct injection for gasoline engines. The second "big deal" is the dual-clutch transmission. These are cutting edge technologies for cars right now. Guess what? There is no Japanese brand car available with both of these technologies. In fact, both Honda and Toyota seem to be ignoring dual clutch transmission entirely. It appears to me Toyota is coasting on its reputation right now and isn't doing...
  • ethnic stereotypes

    08/24/2012 5:25:10 PM PDT · by mamelukesabre · 31 replies
    I was just remembering a discussion I had with my international buddies while working in the grad student office on my grad assistantship and thought I'd share the memory here for your amusement. My major was in the engineering field and I was the only American citizen in my office. Most of the other students were Asians...either middle east, India/Pakistan, China, or south east Asian. There were one each of south american and sub saharan african. Late one friday night we started talking about various cultures around the world and began to debate who was the smartest, richest, handsomest, best...
  • movie list

    08/11/2012 6:45:33 PM PDT · by mamelukesabre · 19 replies
    The Gambler, starring Michael Gabon, 1997 Intimate Affairs, starring Neve Campbell, 2007 Ghost World, starring Thora Birch, 2001 Lola, starring Charles Bonson, 1969
  • JUST AN OBSERVATION

    08/11/2012 6:36:18 PM PDT · by mamelukesabre · 21 replies
    Ever notice how the people most obsessed with championing abortion are grouchy women past child bearing years who never had a baby? Just curious if anyone else noticed this.
  • I don't need any advice, I'm just blowing off steam...

    07/27/2012 5:38:33 PM PDT · by mamelukesabre · 87 replies
    Here's the scenario: Mom and Dad come to visit. Dad is not doing so well. Dementia has set in very rapidly over the last year and he's barely functional now. You can still get meaningful dialog with him if you are patient, slow, and interrupt him when he goes off on strange tangents. But its easy to confuse him by talking fast or being even a tiny bit confrontational. Also you have to leave certain topics alone for awhile and come back later after he's had time to let it sink in. If he answers a question too soon his...
  • SYRIA-IRAQ

    07/23/2012 8:02:35 PM PDT · by mamelukesabre · 16 replies
    When I learned world geography, the nation of Syria-Iraq was a single country like Czecho-Slovakia. I think its time to unify Syria-Iraq again.
  • Do I ignore or do I do what he does?

    07/19/2012 10:09:05 PM PDT · by mamelukesabre · 64 replies
    I sick of this obama tool relative of mine. In the last 3 months he has been flooding his facebook account with pro obama, anti conservative, anti libertarian, anti constitution, pro socialism, anti religion, pro gay military, anti capitalism, quasi commie sympathetic bullshit. I'm on the verge of de-friending him. My extended family is of very diverse political beliefs. We generally do not talk about politics much because of this, unless we are certain everyone within earshot is of like politics. Yet this little peon thinks its time to break the age old family mores and go all out for...
  • Here's my solution to the Penn State fiasco...

    07/17/2012 10:11:38 AM PDT · by mamelukesabre · 93 replies
    <p>No more sports *PERIOD* for the entire university for 50 years!</p> <p>Seriously. Shut it all down. I'm sick of this BS. I don't even care who is to blame anymore. Paterno, Sandusky, Larry, curley, or moe...I really don't give a sh*t. Fire all current staff and shut it down...from the very tipity top all the way down to the towel boy and the cheerleading squad. I don't give a damn if the problem is only in the football program either. Shut down every goddam sport at Penn state. Bulldoze the sporting complex and plow up the fields. All of it.</p>
  • Rage

    07/05/2012 10:05:58 PM PDT · by mamelukesabre · 49 replies
    I've heard people use the expression "out of my mind", "temporary insanity", "I wasn't myself", etc. I've never paid much attention to these expressions and always believed them to be BS. Then I experienced it this 4th of July. No point in going into too many details leading up to the event. It did not end in violence or damage to personal property. I received a series of threats via voicemail, phone calls, and text messages. And then something changed in my brain. It was like a switch was turned on. The rage was so intense and powerful and instantaneous...
  • Tell me about Wisconsin...specifically the south east corner. What should I know?

    06/21/2012 9:45:39 PM PDT · by mamelukesabre · 56 replies
    I am considering leaving iowa and going to wisconsin. But other than cheese, beer, dairy cows, and harley davidson motorcycles I know nothing about it. I was in wisconsin one weekend about 25 years ago. What I remember was the towns and neighborhoods reminded me of ohio. Climate, economy, cost of living, politics, crime, wildlife, any unusual laws, taxes, gun rights, recreation, night life...whatever you can think of. If close to the great lakes I assume the climate will be mild. I hope they don't have mosquitoes like in Minnesota.
  • TOP 500 SUPERCOMPUTERS

    06/18/2012 7:14:05 PM PDT · by mamelukesabre · 20 replies
    top 500 supercomputer sites ^ | june 2012 | top 500
    MANNHEIM, Germany; BERKELEY, Calif.; and KNOXVILLE, Tenn.—For the first time since November 2009, a United States supercomputer sits atop the TOP500 list of the world’s top supercomputers. Named Sequoia, the IBM BlueGene/Q system installed at the Department of Energy’s Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory achieved an impressive 16.32 petaflop/s on the Linpack benchmark using 1,572,864 cores.
  • Selling zip guns to cops for $300 apiece

    06/14/2012 6:47:01 AM PDT · by mamelukesabre · 26 replies
    boingboing ^ | 6:00 am Thursday, Jun 14 | Mark Frauenfelder
    Hecho in Switzerland (1995) - was an actual working homemade gun. Sachs and his assistants would make similar guns and sell them back to the city as part of New York's gun buyback program (for up to $300 each).
  • We're all cheering for the victory of public sector unions, but...

    06/05/2012 8:52:57 PM PDT · by mamelukesabre · 18 replies
    ...what we should be worried about is the democrat/union retaliation for this blow they were just dealt. I don't know how, when, or where, but there will be a retaliation. My guess would be that they will try to do something at the federal level to limit state's ability to stand up to unions. All unions, not just public sector.
  • "Flame" virus a creation of the U.S. Government?

    06/01/2012 11:18:38 AM PDT · by mamelukesabre · 3 replies
    Check the comments for links to various stories that popped up on the internet this morning.
  • REVEALED: Hundreds of words to avoid using online if you don't want the government spying on you

    05/30/2012 9:15:43 AM PDT · by mamelukesabre · 18 replies
    drudge ^ | 04:32 EST, 26 May 2012 | Daniel Miller
    Revealing: A list of keywords used by government analysts to scour the internet for evidence of threats to the U.S. has been released under the Freedom of Information Act The Department of Homeland Security has been forced to release a list of keywords and phrases it uses to monitor social networking sites and online media for signs of terrorist or other threats against the U.S. The intriguing the list includes obvious choices such as 'attack', 'Al Qaeda', 'terrorism' and 'dirty bomb' alongside dozens of seemingly innocent words like 'pork', 'cloud', 'team' and 'Mexico'. Released under a freedom of information request,...
  • WOLVES

    05/25/2012 8:35:56 PM PDT · by mamelukesabre · 82 replies
    I became hyper-interested in canids awhile back when I read something about coy-wolf hybrids in the northeast part of the US. I've been reading about them lately. I know there is an ongoing effort to "re-introduce" wolves into certain parts of the united states. This upsets a lot of folks and makes others giddy with excitement. So, I am sharing my only personal wolf story I can because it is the only one I have. It isn't much since they've been extinct in these parts for a very long time. My cousin used to tell me stories about the old-timers...
  • attn: Freepers Its time to start watching Intrade.

    05/15/2012 3:15:17 PM PDT · by mamelukesabre · 84 replies
    Obama appears to have started his freefall. It started today.
  • This is maddenning...where does a guy go to rent a truck with a minimum 20,000 lb tow rating??

    05/14/2012 11:40:10 AM PDT · by mamelukesabre · 82 replies
    I can't even find anyone that is bright enough to tell me over the phone what make and model trucks they have for rent, much less what the tow rating is.
  • WHAT MAKES A SUCCESSFUL FREEPER ARTICAL/POST?

    05/13/2012 5:13:37 PM PDT · by mamelukesabre · 189 replies
    I can't figure it out. I was just looking at my previous articles and looking at the number of comments for each. There seems to be no rhyme or reason. The things I thought were amazing garnered pathetic comments quantities. The things I considered to be frivolous garnered popularity. Click my name and look at my articles and subsequent comment numbers and tell me I'm wrong. If I'm wrong make me understand. Please.
  • GUINNESS DRINKERS...

    05/13/2012 2:00:03 PM PDT · by mamelukesabre · 150 replies
    Anyone notice Guinness tastes different? It seems to me when they stopped using the "widget" in their bottles, the flavor changed. It now has a slightly sour aftertaste. A year ago or so I was asked to leave an irish pub when I got into a huge argument with the bartender. I told them their Guinness keg was crap after taking one sip of a draw and I told them I wanted my money back. They gave me my money and I was escorted out. But now I tasted guinness(bottles) last friday for the first time in a year and...
  • 2weeks rations equals 1days smokes

    05/10/2012 8:48:47 PM PDT · by mamelukesabre · 88 replies
    They had a sale on elbow pasta, aka macaroni. 75cents/lb...so I ran to the store with a pocket full of quarters and bought 8 pounds worth. I figure if I only ate macaroni it would last me 2 weeks. I might go back tomorrow and buy another 16 pounds of it. Or more. In front of me at the checkout was a guy counting out nickels dimes and pennies for a pack of smokes. About 6 bucks...about the same amount I spent. I couldn't help but notice the irony. Here it is the day before payday and he's down nearly...
  • ANYBODY'S COMPUTER EVER...

    05/10/2012 5:01:49 PM PDT · by mamelukesabre · 26 replies
    ANYBODY'S COMPUTER EVER... given you this message before, without warning: "shutting down to install updates 1 of 3" AND no option to opt out or postpone or to save what you are currently working on? Mine recently did that. I think we've all seen those funny vids of really angry people smashing their computer in their cubicle. I have never done that but when a stupid piece of * vista machine did this to me, I was VERY close to smashing it to pieces.
  • Pirate Party Wins Again In Germany

    05/08/2012 8:41:42 AM PDT · by mamelukesabre · 10 replies
    techdirt ^ | Mon, May 7th 2012 2:48pm | Mike Masnick
    from the momentum dept It really appears that The Pirate Party is no fluke in Germany. After winning 9% of the vote in the Berlin parliament elections, and then 7.4% in Saarland, the party has now received 8.2% of the vote in Schleswig-Holstein. These are each local "state" elections, and there's another big one next week, in Northrhine-Westphalia, where they're apparently polling in a similar range. It seems clear that The Pirate Party is certainly surpassing the German Green Party as the preeminent 3rd party -- and it seems to be having an impact. As we noted, the Greens have...
  • Moment of Armenian concert balloon explosion caught on camera

    05/07/2012 1:29:25 PM PDT · by mamelukesabre · 15 replies
    youtube ^ | May 4, 2012 | telegraphtv
    More than 140 people were injured when gas-filled balloons exploded at a governing party campaign concert in the Armenian capital.
  • WOOL

    04/29/2012 1:42:43 PM PDT · by mamelukesabre · 31 replies
    It will never cease to amaze me how warm wool is. Last night it got down in the 40s (60 degrees inside my house) after a warm spell that was in the 90s. After getting used to the warmer temps 60 felt very cold while lounging around in shorts and Tshirt, so rather than crank up the furnace, I just put on a wool sweater and wool socks and all was well, even though I was wearing shorts. Then at bedtime, I shed the sweater and I slept under a heavy wool blanket. I have read the theory about wool's...
  • Has CNN's Don Lemon Turned On Obama?

    04/25/2012 8:09:28 AM PDT · by mamelukesabre · 29 replies
    MRCTV ^ | Monday, April 23, 2012 - 3:32pm | MRCTVone
    A truly astonishing rant aired (albeit around 1:30am EST Monday) on CNN.
  • "If I wanted America to fail"

    04/23/2012 8:25:58 PM PDT · by mamelukesabre · 145 replies
    Youtube ^ | Apr 20, 2012 | FreeMarketAmerica Subscribe Subscribed Unsubscribe Loading...
    This is the video that got the maker's twitter account banned. It is very good.
  • VIDDY

    04/23/2012 9:20:45 AM PDT · by mamelukesabre · 1 replies
    There's no wiki on viddy yet. Someone explain to me what the purpose of this is. I'm seeing viddy links on facebook now and I just don't get it. It appears to be a dumbed down version of youtube for iphone people.
  • So You Want To Vote, Eh?

    04/21/2012 2:05:09 PM PDT · by mamelukesabre · 7 replies
    The Market Ticker ^ | 2012-04-21 12:01 | Karl Denninger
    So You Want To Vote, Eh? Pick your poison. One is marked "Arsenic", the other "Cyanide": A firm that was one of presumptive Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney’s top financial boosters in March is owned by a former Fidelity Investments trader who settled a Securities and Exchange Commission investigation in 2008. Seaspray Partners LLC of Palm Beach, Florida, gave $400,000 on March 1 to Restore Our Future, a political action committee that supports Romney, according to a report filed yesterday with the Federal Election Commission. It was the sixth-largest gift last month to the super-PAC backing the former Massachusetts governor....
  • WOMAN OF MY DREAMS?

    04/21/2012 12:42:50 AM PDT · by mamelukesabre · 252 replies
    I am a middle aged single guy with no ex wives and no kids. I've never been married and never knocked up no one. For the last 12 years I've been trying hard to find that perfect someone. You may remember me having threads on this very same topic. I recently had a couple of relationships with young asian girls and posted about it...only to have those threads yanked by the FR mods. The asian girlfriend I broke up with and posted about is still around but we don't get along that well anymore. I found another asian girl younger...
  • MUSTARD OIL

    04/14/2012 6:17:05 PM PDT · by mamelukesabre · 51 replies
    Mustard oil is amazing! I use it to cook everything now. You know that hot spicy mustard sauce they have in Chinese restaurants? This stuff has that same fiery zing even though its just cooking oil. I like it almost as much as Worcestershire sauce.
  • CELLPHONES

    04/12/2012 10:01:28 AM PDT · by mamelukesabre · 35 replies
    If you havn't heard, Verizon is starting up a new fee. It was all over the radio yesterday, and now I am seeing it on the internet. I am currently with Verizon but I am off contract and using an old flip phone. I've been doing this purposely in anticipation of the day when I would kick Verizon to the curb. What Cell carrier are you with and what advantages do they offer? How many ways are there to get cell phone like service without using an actual cell phone(if any)? I'm thinking maybe VOIP on a wireless modem or...
  • Suicides in Greece increase 40%

    04/06/2012 12:19:03 PM PDT · by mamelukesabre · 21 replies
    boingboing ^ | 10:33 am Friday, Apr 6 | David Pescovitz
    Until now, Polyzonis's self-immolation was the most vivid image of a singular public act of protest in a country that's been shaken by anti-austerity violence. But Greece was jolted even more Wednesday after a 77-year-old man took his own life in the busy Syntagma Square, central Athens, the scene of several violent clashes between anti-austerity protesters and the police in recent months. Just a few hundred yards away from the Greek Parliament, retired pharmacist Dimitris Christoulas shot himself with a handgun amid the morning rush hour, in what was apparently a protest over the financial crisis gripping the nation… Christoulas's...
  • Arizona Wants to Outlaw Trolling by Banning 'Annoying' Comments

    04/05/2012 4:43:25 PM PDT · by mamelukesabre · 55 replies
    MAXIMUMPC ^ | 04/05/2012 at 6:30am | Paul Lilly
    It doesn't take much for online comments to quickly get out of hand, and there are certain subjects that inevitably attract trolls ready to defend their stance or platform of choice. PC (Windows) versus Mac, AMD versus Intel, politics, religion, abortion, and other high octane subjects could all be fun to debate, but almost always quickly end up derailed by name calling and other Internet tough-guy nonsense. The solution? Most sites just drop the ban hammer if someone gets too far out of line, but the state of Arizona has written a bill that would essentially make it a crime...
  • DOG LOVERS

    03/30/2012 12:13:55 PM PDT · by mamelukesabre · 311 replies
    My current dog I refer to as a red lab. She actually has some golden retriever blood mixed-in, though, so technically she isn't a TRUE red lab. She is very VERY smart. I never knew how stupid my previous dogs were until I got this dog. She is getting up there in years (8 to 10) and I am starting to think about what I will do for my next dog. She is still extremely healthy. The only issues so far is badly worn teeth and one tumor removed, and a second tumor just popped up on her neck that...
  • NEED INFO/ADVICE

    03/25/2012 6:01:19 PM PDT · by mamelukesabre · 51 replies · 1+ views
    I used to run a lot...in my younger years. In the mid 90s I was running 20-25 miles every sunday afternoon, and around 10 miles the other days of the week. It all ended in '96 when I developed knee problems and iliotibial band friction syndrome, snapping hip syndrome, and chronic tendonitis of the iliotibial band, and also serious problems with the muscle attached to the iliotibial band...and a few other things like ganglion cysts in my feet and meniscus issues with the knees, and some other stuff. I went to doctors. I took pills, took supplements, did strengthening excercizes,...
  • North America has the potential to be energy world's next Middle East, report argues

    03/25/2012 4:37:49 PM PDT · by mamelukesabre · 11 replies · 1+ views
    The Telegraph ^ | 4:29PM GMT 22 Mar 2012 | Richard Blackden
    North America's energy sector has the potential to drive a "remarkable resurgence" that could see the Continent become the new Middle East in shaping the global supply of gas and oil, a new report has claimed. Deepwater drilling in the Gulf of Mexico, tapping shale deposits for gas and oil and Canada's oil sands are among the ingredients that could see North America's production of oil and natural gas liquids almost double to 26.6m barrels a day by 2020, according to a report by analysts at Citigroup. "The energy sector in the next few decades could drive an extraordinary and...
  • FACEBOOK(@#$%&*!!)

    03/20/2012 6:12:53 PM PDT · by mamelukesabre · 113 replies
    I believe this is my second rant about facebook. I am getting increasingly disappointed in the human race every time I look at the useless people on facebook. Are there any frequent users of facebook that are *NOT* washed up old chain smoking male bashing hags on their 3rd or 4th husband and who look 15 years older than their birthday indicates? Not counting the non-breeding-prius-driving-never-married-lezbos that is. If I see one more disgusting picture of a fat ugly spandex wearing witch, drunk in a bar, with her fat ugly butch haircut wearing hairy-forearmed girlfriends I'm going to go totally...
  • RUSH IS A KNUCKLEHEAD

    03/05/2012 6:20:47 PM PST · by mamelukesabre · 224 replies
    What the heck does he think he's accomplishing with his asinine APOLOGY? With his STUPID apology, he has just pandered to the left. He has just had his first "Don Imus" moment. Is Rush going senile? I just don't get it. Maybe the guy really isn't all that bright. I sure do hope Rush doesn't have to be unemployed for a period before recovering from his little apology moment like Don Imus did. What a knucklehead.
  • I think we are DOOOMED.

    03/03/2012 10:49:06 AM PST · by mamelukesabre · 69 replies
    There appear to be a VERY large number of not-so-dumb people in this country who think this Fluke brat is a hero and that Rush is the anti-christ for refusing to see her as such. I am shocked stunned and bewildered. Romney-Obama care is NOT going away, people. This is just the beginning.
  • A Left-leaning relative of mine sent me an article to read...

    02/14/2012 1:53:11 PM PST · by mamelukesabre · 21 replies
    ...and I'm not the only one that got it. I generally ignore these kinds of things from these kinds of people. But I thought this one would be fun for fellow freepers to pick apart. Its not violently communists or anti-capitalist. It's fairly mild compared to other things he sends. In fact, I suspect he doesn't even realize it is commie oriented. As usual though, he mixes environmentalism with communism in all his ideas and propaganda. I responded to him with a very short explanation that we can't live without a modern economy anymore since we don't have the naturally...
  • IS IT NORMAL...

    02/07/2012 1:23:59 PM PST · by mamelukesabre · 69 replies
    Is it normal for a male in his 40s to experience a rapid increase in muscle strength? I am mid 40s, and about 6 months ago I discovered by chance that I can now do one handed pushups. I just did 20 of them each hand (just to see how many I could do)just minutes before posting this. I have NEVER been able to do one handed pushups in my life. I am not working out either. In my 20s I was a fitness fanatic and did weight training, boxing, cycling, and running. I was never this strong even then....
  • VINTAGE COMPUTER QUESTIONS

    02/01/2012 8:20:48 PM PST · by mamelukesabre · 67 replies
    I am trying to find info on 3 different computers. First, the Compaq Desk Pro 386 of 1986...how much did it cost brand new when it was first hit the stores? Second, the same info for the HP Vectra 486 of 1990. And finally, what make of computer offered for sale the very first pentium I 60Mhz computer and what was the model name/number?
  • SOPA/PIPA

    01/20/2012 6:33:54 AM PST · by mamelukesabre · 3 replies
    SOPA/PIPA... adumbrations of the putative end to that which Leonidas purported to have bestowed upon all to the west of Thermopylae. MOLON LABE, Mr. Lamar Smith, MOLON LABE!
  • NEW HAMPSHIRE PREDICTIONS

    01/03/2012 8:37:48 PM PST · by mamelukesabre · 32 replies · 1+ views
    Who do you predict? Here's my prediction: 1. Mitt Romney 2. Jon Huntsman 3. Rick Santorum 4. Ron Paul ...and unlike Iowa, I don't think it will be close.
  • I CAN'T BELIEVE IT

    12/28/2011 6:53:52 AM PST · by mamelukesabre · 17 replies
    At my business there is a large utility panel(telephone service I think) on the ground in the yard by the curb. All around it are 3 foot poles sticking up from the ground to protect it from cars that might bump into it. last week there was a work crew in the street and they bumped into the poles with a back hoe and knocked a bunch of them crooked. Some were barely still in the ground. I just saw some yahoo in a beat up car pull up to the curb and STEAL THE DAMN POLES! CONCRETE AND ALL!...
  • Subsidies on Domestic Ethanol & Tariffs on Imported Ethanol End

    12/27/2011 7:28:47 PM PST · by mamelukesabre · 31 replies
    Cars In Depth ^ | December 26, 2011 | Ronnie Schreiber
    Lost in the hustle and bustle of the holiday season, Congress has quietly ended subsidies on ethanol fuel as well as ending a special import tariff on Brazilian ethanol. The ethanol subsidy paid fuel blenders 45 cents per gallon to make E10, gasoline blended with 10% ethanol. The tariff added 54 cents to the cost of importing a gallon of ethanol from Brazil. The ethanol subsidy currently costs US taxpayers about $6 billion per year. Over the past 30 years, the program has cost $45 billion. By taking no action on the subsidy before adjourning for the end of the...
  • HOW TIMES CHANGE

    12/25/2011 10:27:52 PM PST · by mamelukesabre · 39 replies · 1+ views
    My christmas presents from my mother today got me thinking about how times have changed. I have never grown up on a farm but many of my relatives did. A few of the old holdouts still do. Family reunions were almost always on a farm somewhere. I spent summers as a kid on farms owned by relatives. What did my mother give me? Well before I talk about that I need to explain a few things. The hard lessons learned during the great depression stuck a little more permanently in my family tree than most. I grew up saving rubber...
  • CAVITY MAGNETRON

    12/21/2011 7:31:56 PM PST · by mamelukesabre · 62 replies
    Can anyone here explain to me WHY a magnetron works? I am really not seeing it. Its driving me nuts.