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Posts by MMaschin

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  • Kentucky Man Had Right to Shoot Down Drone, Judge Rules

    10/29/2015 7:33:30 AM PDT · 33 of 70
    MMaschin to Mr. K
    This is from the original story, and explains how the shot could have been easily accomplished -

    I didn't shoot across the road, I didn't shoot across my neighbor's fences, I shot directly into the air.

    The downward force of gravity is a major factor in the spread of shotgun shot. Not all shot will be of the same velocity, and slower shot will drop faster. If you shoot straight up, then the slower shot will still drop, or slow, but it will still be on line.

    So, if the shot was straight up, and the drone was hovering, the shot would have been much easier, even at a distance, with a shotgun vs a rifle.
  • Another Obama mystery: He wore a wedding ring as a single man

    10/23/2015 7:53:03 AM PDT · 52 of 71
    MMaschin to HomerBohn
    In the article there is a picture of Obama with his grandparents. I always hate seeing it, it’s such an obvious photoshop. Whoever created it was a complete idiot, but the Obama campaign still decided to use it. I have no idea why they created it.

    To see how fake it is, simply try to recreate Obama’s grandfathers left arm and hand. His upper left arm you can see is positioned in a downward position, and the hand is about level with his shoulder – above Obama’s left shoulder. This is not possible. Try it, it’s simply not possible. The only way for the grandfathers hand to be where it is, is for his upper arm to be nearly straight out – but it’s not. With the upper arm in the position it is in, it would be possible for his hand to be in a lower position – like on the grandmothers shoulder. Try it.

    It seems fairly obvious that the hand was on the grandmothers shoulder, and it was removed, Obama was photoshoped in, and the hand was placed over his shoulder. Maybe Obama was the one to take the picture. But why in the heck would they photoshop Obama into the picture? And all they needed to do was leave the hand out, and noone would have been the wiser.

  • Potentially game-changing oil reserves discovered in Israel

    10/08/2015 3:58:40 PM PDT · 35 of 36
    MMaschin to onedoug
    Gamla now and forever, Israel.

    I'm sure that's what Israel believes, but I doubt very much that Syria believes the same thing. That is why I believe that this discovery of oil has the possibility of starting a war.

    Israel can very easily defend itself from Syria, but what about Russia? And the way things look, probably Iran.

    The discovery of this oil in the Golan Heights is IMHO, a VERY bad thing for everyone!
  • Potentially game-changing oil reserves discovered in Israel

    10/08/2015 11:58:08 AM PDT · 17 of 36
    MMaschin to Gatortale
    Golan Heights is part of Syria, and has been occupied by Israel since 1967. The Golan Heights is internationally recognized as part of Syria.

    Russia is doing what it needs to do, in order to keep Assad in power, that will form a strong relationship between the two.

    Russia (and Israel) know that the US will no longer come to the aid of Israel. After Assad is secure, Russia will demand Israel return the Golan Heights to Syria. Soon after, the Golan Heights will be full of Russian oil companies.
  • At summer’s end, 60 percent of Texas abnormally dry or in drought

    09/29/2015 6:34:41 AM PDT · 14 of 20
    MMaschin to WhiskeyX
    I live in Austin, and the Statesman is horrible!

    The best index of long term drought is the Palmer Drought Index, and it paints a much different picture.

  • Pope Francis: Climate Change Action Can’t Wait

    09/23/2015 11:15:40 AM PDT · 98 of 221
    MMaschin to Ann Archy
    Actually they are true radical environmentalists.

    True environmentalists use a equation to quantify humanity's impact on the environment - I(mpact) = P(opulation) x A(ffluence) x T(echnology).

    Based on the I=PAT theory, environmentalists would love to see everyone living in a small urban apartment, taking public transportation, working 2 part times jobs, and too poor to afford children. That is everybody except for them, the enlightened political class.

    The true goal of 'climate change' is a two front attack on the middle class. On one side, it will raise the cost of just about everything, and lead to a much lower standard of living. And on the other side, this lower standard of living, they believe will lead to lower consumption of raw materials. At the same time, they remain completely ignorant of the actual truth, that it has been shown that affluence actually leads to increased efficiency, and lower impact on the environment.

    The irony of the Dope's position, is that while claiming to want to lift up the poor, his position is to create more of them!!!
  • Obama: Virginia shooting shows gun control is more urgent than fighting terrorism

    08/27/2015 9:50:17 AM PDT · 17 of 26
    MMaschin to Sean_Anthony
    So... What I'm curious about is, what plan for gun control do they have, that would have prevented this shooting?

    There is no plan, other than completely banning private gun ownership, that would prevent this type of shooting.

    Most of the liberals I know, argue that the war on drugs has been ineffective, and that drugs need to be legalized in order to end drug violence.

    What do they think will happen if guns become illegal?! They have already claimed that the border can't be closed. If that's true, and the border can't be closed, how do they plan on keeping illegal guns out of the hands of criminals?
  • State Department destroyed Clinton aides’ BlackBerrys

    08/19/2015 11:12:13 AM PDT · 37 of 46
    MMaschin to blackdog
    Destroying the Blackberry’s does not destroy the messages or call logs.

    It does destroy the text messages.

    Text messages (the actual text) are not stored on phone company servers, after delivery.

    It's likely that if text conversations existed, and were deleted, some of their contents would be recoverable. My guess is, that is why the destroyed the phones.

    08/17/2015 6:49:51 AM PDT · 15 of 22
    MMaschin to lbryce
    Here's a quote from a racist civil war leader - are we going to take his monuments down?

    "I will say then that I am not, nor ever have been, in favor of bringing about in any way the social and political equality of the white and black races, - that I am not nor ever have been in favor of making voters or jurors of negroes, nor of qualifying them to hold office, nor to intermarry with white people; and I will say in addition to this that there is a physical difference between the white and black races which I believe will forever forbid the two races living together on terms of social and political equality. And inasmuch as they cannot so live, while they do remain together there must be the position of superior and inferior, and I as much as any other man am in favor of having the superior position assigned to the white race." - Abraham Lincoln - September 18, 1858 Fourth Debate with Stephen Douglas: Charleston, Illinois

    08/12/2015 2:49:30 PM PDT · 2 of 31
    MMaschin to big'ol_freeper
    They could suspend him for the whole year for simply not cooperating - by destroying his phone, rather than turning it over to the investigation.

  • Amazing math trick reveals your favorite movie of all time!

    08/06/2015 2:56:10 PM PDT · 65 of 70
    MMaschin to TigersEye
    No, I got nine, but when I looked at the list, it looked like 9 WAS Grease.

    I usually like these 'tricks', because I was the kid that actually like word math problems. I thought when the answer came out as some lame movie - there was no trick.

    I went ahead and converted it.
    y = 3(3x+3)

    y = 9x + 9

    y = will always be some multiple of 9, and all multiples of nine have digits that add up to 9.
  • Amazing math trick reveals your favorite movie of all time!

    08/06/2015 12:16:33 PM PDT · 17 of 70
    MMaschin to Attention Surplus Disorder
    Something stupid!

    I can asure you that my favrite movie of all time is NOT Grease

  • Atheist minister fighting United Church’s effort to fire her (WTF?!?!?)

    08/06/2015 6:33:26 AM PDT · 30 of 53
    MMaschin to mkleesma
    The easiest way to kill something, be it an organism, or an organization, is from within. Just as a single virus or bacteria, that works its way into the body, can kill the body, a single individual can kill an organization if they work there way into the inside. And with our society moving towards not allowing organizations to defend themselves against those they do not agree with (or be classified as 'haters'), this is going to happen more often.

  • Bernie Sanders's fear of immigrant labor is ugly — and wrongheaded

    07/29/2015 8:03:37 AM PDT · 3 of 54
    MMaschin to Mariner

    That article is predicated upon, what is probably one of the dumbest, most short sighted opinions I have ever read!

  • The Left Declares War on BBQ

    07/28/2015 5:36:49 PM PDT · 20 of 29
    MMaschin to Kaslin

    East Austin, where Franklin ‘ s and many other great BBQ joints are located, has been gentrified. Those people are offended that they have to smell beef!

  • Two Killed, Eight Injured in Louisiana Theater Shooting

    07/24/2015 6:38:07 AM PDT · 161 of 170
    MMaschin to rdl6989
    Want to make a liberals head explode? When they use stories like this to claim we need to repeal the 2nd amendment to stop gun violence, send them a link to the crime statistics for the city with the highest gun ownership rate in the country - Kennesaw Georgia

    Kennesaw Georgia crime stats

    Kennesaw, where everyone is armed by law
  • New Study Turns Gun Control Beliefs Upside-Down

    07/20/2015 6:20:54 AM PDT · 18 of 21
    MMaschin to HomerBohn
    The next major gun study should attempt to prove a correlation between Democratic leadership and violent crime.

    Look at the violent crime rate in NYC - http://www.cityrating.com/crime-statistics/new-york/new-york.html
    It decreased by a large amount with Giuliani, and continued to decrease during Bloomberg (while he was a Republican), as soon as Bloomberg switched to an Independent (mainly because of his stance on gun rights!), it started to increase again. And, it's continuing to increase under the socialist de Blasio.

  • Jewish groups condemn 49ers running back for his tweets

    07/14/2015 10:49:34 AM PDT · 17 of 49
    MMaschin to Borges
    The ADL has freedom of speech too. But it’s a fact that the Gospels make the Jews look a lot worse than the Romans in the events surrounding Jesus’ death. I’ve always found it implausible myself.

    Jewish leaders saw Jesus as a threat, the Romans did not.

    Jesus went to the Temple and preached directly against the Jewish leadership. When it came to the political leadership of the Romans, Jesus said "give to Caesar what is Caesar's, give to God what is God's". Jesus had shown himself to the Romans to be solely interested in changing the religious order, not the political.
  • "Universe Shattering" Info on Obama Eligibility Delayed

    07/10/2015 12:02:22 PM PDT · 36 of 165
    MMaschin to GrandJediMasterYoda
    You want to see something, zoom in (800% is good) on box 4 of the LFBC, and look at the 2 boxes next to '1st' and '2nd'. Notice anything strange?

    Now look in box 3, at the box for 'twin', and compare it to the box for 'yes' in 7g.

    Strange how these anomalies are associated with boxes that would be filled in for a birth of twins. What a coincidence that the first people identified as having been born around the same time as Obama, and who's certificate numbers are only a couple digits off, were the Nordyke twins.

  • White Privilege

    07/09/2015 3:30:07 PM PDT · 7 of 23
    MMaschin to Ben Mugged
    I was in the USMC around that time, and for a while worked in the Officers Promotions branch at HQMC. Part of my job was to create statistics for the Pentagon, and the Congress, on the selection list, compared to the selection pool, the grade, and the Corps as a whole. The only thing I'm going to say is - you are almost right, double what you are thinking, and then you might get close.

    Whites do have one huge advantage over blacks in American society, and that advantage is the lack of an excuse for failure.

    Liberal society is destroying blacks in America by perpetuating (for votes) the myth that blacks can not succeed in America. It's an endless cycle, they tell blacks that racism is the cause of all their problems, and that it will keep them from succeeding. Then, because they believe they can't succeed, they don't even try, and as a result they end up going nowhere, then they blame it on 'racists'.

    The proof of the above is in the numbers. Blacks in America, in every State, in every county, in every school, in every category, underperform every other demographic. Why? Are they not capable? I don't believe that. Is EVERY school in America full of racists? Yeah right. The reason is because they simply do not try. They have been conditioned by the liberal left to believe that success is unattainable - so why should they try?

    Racism is alive and well in America, and it's the liberal left who have enslaved the entirety of the African American community. Why? To garner the black vote to progress their agenda.
  • Obama’s half-brother sells revealing handwritten letter from 1995

    07/06/2015 12:58:14 PM PDT · 10 of 17
    MMaschin to Patriot Babe
    Obama started to work for the Chicago Annenberg Challenge in 1995 (he worked there till 1999).

    The address of the Chicago Annenberg Challenge was 115 South Sangamon St.

    At the time, Bill Ayers worked for the Small Schools Workshop, which was the recipient of the cash that Obama handed out via the CAC. The address of the SSW was - no surprise - 115 South Sangamon St.
  • Vatican to Jeb: Listen to the pope on climate change

    06/19/2015 7:31:03 AM PDT · 40 of 56
    MMaschin to goodnesswins

    Actually, in my opinion, it’s MUCH more likely that the guy claiming to be Pope, is a freemason.

  • Vatican to Jeb: Listen to the pope on climate change

    06/19/2015 7:27:27 AM PDT · 37 of 56
    MMaschin to tioga
    Why does this pope hate the poor?

    ‘Environmentalists’ believe in I=PAT – man’s (I)mpact on the environment is equal to (P)opulation x (A)ffluence x (T)echnology.

    Anything that reduces any of those 3 variables, to them, is ‘good’ for the environment. To show this, the pope’s adviser on climate change, Professor John Schnellnhuber, has said that one of great benefits of ‘Climate Change’ is that it shows that the “carrying capacity of the planet, namely below 1 billion people”. He believes that the Earth needs to shed 6 BILLION people!

    What about ‘A’ and ‘T’? Those are harder to quantify, and therefore energy consumption is used as a proxy. Energy is used to create affluence, and technology, therefore the less energy that is consumed, the lower those inputs.

    Environmentalists do not want ‘clean energy’ they want expensive energy. One of the first things Obama’s energy Czar, Steven Chu, said when taking the position, was that we need to find a way to get the cost of gas in America on par with what they pay in Europe, ~ $10/gallon.

    Development is what brings people out of poverty. Environmentalists, like this pope apparently, are against the cheap energy that can lift those in poverty up! Therefore it’s only logical to conclude, this pope hates the poor.
  • Charleston church shooting suspect arrested in N.C., source says

    06/18/2015 9:56:53 AM PDT · 113 of 129
    MMaschin to iowamark
    Why no mention of the killers middle name? Could it be because it's on the list of top hippie baby names?

    It happens to be #46 (in alphabetical order, not popularity) in the list of top baby names. And my guess is that his first name is probably in honor of Bob Dylan.

    I will not be surprised if -
    1) his parents are progressive/liberal/hippies
    2) the media will complete ignore #1

  • NFL: Rogue Patriots Deflated Balls

    05/06/2015 1:03:16 PM PDT · 31 of 48
    MMaschin to massgopguy
    According to the text messages. One of the lowly employees really hates Tom Brady.

    What's your point? He may have hated him, but he was still getting free stuff from him.
  • NFL: Rogue Patriots Deflated Balls

    05/06/2015 10:41:26 AM PDT · 7 of 48
    MMaschin to Citizen Zed
    So, let me get this straight - some lowly employees took it upon themselves to alter game balls, after they were examined and approved by the referees - but neither Brady nor the coaching staff knew anything about it?!


    04/09/2015 6:11:57 AM PDT · 14 of 22
    MMaschin to Nextrush

    You are a liberal Democrat’s best friend!

  • In Defense of Indiana: The anti-RFRA backlash is a perfect storm of hysteria and legal ignorance.

    03/31/2015 7:30:28 AM PDT · 24 of 28
    MMaschin to MrB
    We all know this to be true - if there were only one Christian baker in the whole state, that’s where the homos would go to demand their “wedding” cake be made.


    Refusing to bake a wedding cake is free exercise of religion, if they refused to bake a birthday cake, that IMHO would be discrimination.
  • In Defense of Indiana: The anti-RFRA backlash is a perfect storm of hysteria and legal ignorance.

    03/31/2015 7:27:14 AM PDT · 22 of 28
    MMaschin to SeekAndFind
    According to radio talk show host Mike Gallagher, all the other states that have their own version of RFRA, also have anti-gay discrimination laws. Indiana doesn’t have that.

    Are you saying it's not a 'compelling government interest' to protect an individual from discrimination?

    Not having a law specifically codifying discrimination against a particular group does not mean that the state is endorsing discrimination.

    This law in no way allows anyone to use religious freedom to discriminate against anyone else, because the state HAS a compelling interest in stopping such discrimination. This law simply stops the government from restrict religious freedom when it has no compelling reason.
  • Aaron Rodgers responds to criticism of his Wisconsin fandom

    03/29/2015 6:48:27 PM PDT · 11 of 19
    MMaschin to MMaschin
    I dont know why tge link didnt work the first time, but here it is again.

    The LAST thing i would consider Wisconsin players is "student atheletes"!

  • Aaron Rodgers responds to criticism of his Wisconsin fandom

    03/29/2015 6:41:23 PM PDT · 10 of 19
    MMaschin to MediaMole
    Is that a joke? I really can't tell, but here some actual info on the subject of basketball players and graduation rates.


    03/16/2015 4:31:11 PM PDT · 8 of 134
    MMaschin to NYer

    The Pope will be releasing a fatwa on Climate Change soon, stating that all good Catholics should support the Democrats, in order to save the planet. Or something along those lines. That should get them back into the fold.

  • Walker draws scrutiny for changing positions; Cruz facing birth-related scrutiny

    03/16/2015 9:06:36 AM PDT · 17 of 18
    MMaschin to DoodleDawg
    It's not Democrats who are making an issue out of this. It's Republicans, most calling themselves conservatives.

    Why would the left want to attack Cruz over this issue now? Cruz IS the most likely candidate to win for the Republican. And, he's the one that would do the most damage to Obama's legacy. Because of that, they will sit back and wait, and if Cruz becomes the nominee, then a liberal judge will throw out a "he's not eligible" ruling.

    The best way to avoid the above, is to actually have someone challenge Cruz's eligibility, and have a Conservative judge uphold it.
  • Walker draws scrutiny for changing positions; Cruz facing birth-related scrutiny

    03/16/2015 8:42:56 AM PDT · 14 of 18
    MMaschin to OldSmaj
    Do you honestly believe that liberal activist judges are going to avoid the argument the way that conservative judges have?

    1) The Republicans, and conservative judges avoided the issue out of fear of being called racists, liberal judges do not have that concern.

    2) Obama provided a birth certificate showing that he has born in the State of Hawaii.

    All a liberal judge has to do is cite SCOTUS precedent of Minor v. Happersett
    "The Constitution does not in words say who shall be natural-born citizens. Resort must be had elsewhere to ascertain that. At common law, with the nomenclature of which the framers of the Constitution were familiar, it was never doubted that all children born in a country of parents who were its citizens became themselves, upon their birth, citizens also. These were natives or natural-born citizens, as distinguished from aliens or foreigners. Some authorities go further and include as citizens children born within the jurisdiction without reference to the citizenship of their parents."

    So, the court determined that Minor did not become a US Citizen as a result of the adoption of the 14th Amendment, because she was already a citizen, because she was what the Constitution recognized as a "natural-born citizen".

    Some argue that the above is not precedent, and was merely dicta, but that is clearly not the case. How is that known? Because the SCOTUS cites that part of the ruling in another case it heard - Ex Parte Lockwood. In Minor the SCOTUS construed the legal term-of-art natural-born Citizen, and in Ex parte Lockwood the Court cites it;
    "In Minor v. Happersett, 21 Wall. 162, this court held that the word 'citizen' is often used to convey the idea of membership in a nation, and, in that sense, women, if born of citizen parents within the jurisdiction of the United States, have always been considered citizens of the United States, as much so before the adoption of the fourteenth amendment of the constitution as since; but that the right of suffrage was not necessarily one of the privileges or immunities of citizenship before the adoption of the fourteenth amendment, and that amendment did not add to these privileges and immunities. Hence, that a provision in a state constitution which confined the right of voting to male citizens of the United States was no violation of the federal constitution."

    If Cruz does run, I believe there is a 100% chance that a liberal judge will rule him ineligible. They will argue that since Obama was born in Hawaii, and his mom was a Citizen, he fits the definition, but since Cruz was born in Canada, he does not.

    The above is not what I want to see happen, but as conservatives we do not have 1) the race card to avoid scrutiny, and 2) the media to bury it's head in the sand. If Cruz runs, and get the nomination, you will first see legal analysts on every liberal news outlet citing the above cases, and declaring him ineligible. And then a liberal judge will rule that yes, he is ineligible.
  • Oops: Google realizes the ObamaNet will be a disaster

    03/02/2015 12:09:09 PM PST · 31 of 34
    MMaschin to 11th Commandment
    Every computer I ever use, I always update the hosts file with ' www.google.com' - to redirect all traffic from that computer to Bing.

    All you have to do is open Notepad with administrator rights, and open c:\windows\system32\drivers\etc\hosts, add the above line, and save the file. Anytime a lookup of google is performed, the address for Bing is returned.
  • Dumb Luck: The New England Patriots’ prevention of fumbles is nearly impossible.

    01/27/2015 10:15:40 AM PST · 116 of 117
    MMaschin to mac_truck
    Concurring bump.

    It's amazing to see the lengths some folks go to with this non-story.

    I find it amazing the lengths some people will go to ignore simple facts - add that to the disgusting Alinsky tactics that those people use against others, who fail to ignore the facts.
  • Report: Bergdahl to Be Charged with Desertion

    01/26/2015 9:42:30 PM PST · 39 of 53
    MMaschin to Clint N. Suhks

    I don’t believe there has been a case of desertion from a combat zone in that period, this will be the first. That will be a major factor in his sentencing. My fear is that the court will try to appease Obama, and credit the traitor for the years he was being held by the Taliban.

  • Deflategate fallout: NFL focusing on Patriots' locker-room attendant

    01/26/2015 9:25:10 PM PST · 67 of 92
    MMaschin to norwaypinesavage

    Are you claiming that the leather casing of a football will stretch when it gets wet?

  • Deflategate fallout: NFL focusing on Patriots' locker-room attendant

    01/26/2015 9:23:08 PM PST · 66 of 92
    MMaschin to lepton

    Not sure what you are trying to say. If you go to the link I provided you will see that the chart is relative to normal air - that is NTP normal temperature and pressure. So yes, it is relational to normal atmospheric pressure.

  • Deflategate fallout: NFL focusing on Patriots' locker-room attendant

    01/26/2015 2:34:54 PM PST · 30 of 92
    MMaschin to jacquej
    Something I have wondered about, but I don’t follow football much...

    Is there any possibility that someone from the outside (meaning not from the Patriots) set this up to discredit the team?

    Dirty tricks - because the team is too successful, and “needed to be taken down a peg?

    Not really, mainly because there would not have been access.

    That was the main (IMHO - believable) argument against the Patriots intentionally deflating the balls. They claimed that if someone did it, they would have to have done it on the field, and they would have been seen. But now there appears to be video showing the ball attendant taking the balls into room for some reason. That means that someone did have access to tamper with the balls.

  • Deflategate fallout: NFL focusing on Patriots' locker-room attendant

    01/26/2015 2:20:23 PM PST · 29 of 92
    MMaschin to Pearls Before Swine
    The climate change between the warm locker room and the field... 25 or 30 deg. (F), might account for 1 pound, but not 2.

    But, I've seen a lot of press from QBs saying it doesn't make a difference to those who say it's huge. Which is it?

    It's less than that.

    Assuming the balls were inflated to the minimum of 12.5 PSI, in a room with a temperature of 70 degree's F. And the temperature of the air in the balls when they were checked at halftime was 50 degrees F - the air inside the ball most likely would not have dropped all the way down to ambient temperature, but for the sake of argument we can assume it did. The volume of the air in the ball would have dropped 2% for each 10 degree F drop.

    That means even a 20 degree drop in temperature would have resulted in a less than .5 (~0.495) PSI drop in the ball.

    Brady is the one who confused me on being able to tell the difference. In one sentence he says he prefers a ball at 12.5 over 13.5 - so he can tell a difference of 1 PSI (8% difference), but later on he says he can't tell the difference between 12.5 and 10.5 (16% difference)? That's not very believable.

    I really wish he would have simply said, "you know what, the ball did feel a little soft, but I knew they had gone through the pre-game testing, so I just figured they were OK". But he didn't. He said he couldn't tell the difference, and I find that unbelievable. So, in my opinion, Brady lied. And the only reason for him to lie, again in my opinion, is because he's hiding something.
  • Deflategate fallout: NFL focusing on Patriots' locker-room attendant

    01/26/2015 1:56:36 PM PST · 21 of 92
    MMaschin to mojito
    I don't believe the Patriots would want this guy to take the fall for them. I think they will try to get him to deny it to the end.

    If this guy ends up claiming that he deflated the balls, and no one told him to do so, there is not a person other than Patriots fans who will believe him. The Patriots will instantly have by far the worst reputation in the league. They will even most likely lose some of their own fans who do not believe the team wasn't involved.

    If the Patriots want to salvage their reputation (which translates to intrinsic team value), they need to make sure that they are absolved, or at least that there's not conclusive evidence that anything was done at all - and that's not going to happen if this kid admits to letting air out of the balls.

    The only thing that works for the Patriots is the - "we don't know what happened, it was 'climate change'" argument. If this kid talks, even admitting to doing it on his own, the end is near for the Patriots.
  • Why Everyone Should Be Terrified By The GOP’s Abortion Bill Debacle

    01/22/2015 10:49:26 AM PST · 22 of 23
    MMaschin to roses of sharon
    Conservatives will deny Republicans the Presidency in 2016.

    That is unfortunately what happened in 2012, and most likely what will happen in 2016.
  • Why Everyone Should Be Terrified By The GOP’s Abortion Bill Debacle

    01/22/2015 10:10:02 AM PST · 17 of 23
    MMaschin to roses of sharon
    If the Republicans pass the law, it's 100% guaranteed that Obama would veto it, and the Republicans would not be able to override it. So - there is ZERO chance for the law to be passed while the Democrats hold the WH.

    So, would passing the law, and having Obama veto it, make it more, or less likely that the law eventually is passed?

    The answer is less.

    In order for the Republicans to pass the law they need to hold onto both houses of Congress, and win the WH. The best way to do that is to lower the Democratic turnout in 2016. How do you do that? One way is make Obama irrelevant, and you don't do that by allowing him to veto bills the left is adamantly against - we need those people not to show up in 2016.

    The left gets people to show up using social issues, the right by fiscal issues. We do not want the low information voters on the left to view Obama as the defender of their rights. We need them to see Obama as not doing much for them. That way they will be much less likely to show up in 2016.

    The Republicans are not going to be able to pass any 'conservative' legislation while Obama is in the WH, he's comping at the bit to veto that type of legislation. The Republicans need to stay focused on fiscal/jobs legislation, let him try to veto that. That way they can win the WH in 2016, and pass their social issues.
  • Breaking: The US Supreme Court has agreed to take up the issue of same-sex marriage

    01/16/2015 8:18:06 PM PST · 90 of 103
    MMaschin to Hugh the Scot
    Correct. If homosexuality is a choice, then they are not being denied the ability to marry, they are simply choosing not to avail themselves of the option to marry.

    The only leg those who support gay marriage have to stand on, is the belief the being gay is not a choice, it who the are.
  • Breaking: The US Supreme Court has agreed to take up the issue of same-sex marriage

    01/16/2015 2:18:25 PM PST · 74 of 103
    MMaschin to GIdget2004
    There is a basic underlying decision that the court must make to decide this issue.

    Is sexual preference a choice or is it innate?

    There is no way that the court can avoid that question in it's ruling.

    There are also a great many other issues, besides marriage, that will be effected by the courts determination of the above question. Such as medical coverage - the left believes that transsexuals are born that way, and sex change procedures should be covered, if it's ruled a choice then it's elective, and should not be covered. If the court rules that sexuality is a choice, then it's not discriminatory for the military to exclude gays, and transgenders.

    This is a very important case, and gay marriage is only a small part. The larger issue is whether or not "sexual preference" is actually preference, or an uncontrollable effect of genetics.

  • Solving the "Call to Prayer" noise pollution problem around mosques. ~ Vanity

    01/16/2015 11:15:37 AM PST · 7 of 31
    MMaschin to GraceG
    The reason for the public call to prayer, is so that anyone who tries to ignore it sticks out like a sore thumb.

    The continued existence of Islam relies on all those who oppose it must be subjugated, the public call to prayer helps facilitate that requirement.
  • Harbaugh Says Belichick’s Formations ‘Clearly Deception'; Brady Says ‘Figure It Out’

    01/12/2015 1:00:25 PM PST · 65 of 106
    MMaschin to FredZarguna
    They did. The NFL office has said that proper notification was given to the defense. End of your whining.

    An NFL executive has said so, so I'm sure he's an expert on the rules. This needs to go to the rules committee.

    I'm not "whining", I'm simply stating that you a flat wrong.

    1) - Why is the requirement for the referee to inform the defense in Rule 5.3.1 in the first place?

    2) - How is announcing over the PA system in a large, outdoor, stadium full of thousands of screaming fans, fulfillment of the requirement "inform the defense"?

    Harbaugh was 100% correct in complaing how the referee handled the situation. The Rule clearly shows that the Defense be "informed", and if it was a legal case, the Referee would have be negligent of his duty to do so. Why would the Rule require the Referee "inform the defense", if it was not to nullify an advantage the offense would have if the defense was not notified.

    Rule 5.3.1 exists for the sole reason to avoid the situation that occurred.
  • Harbaugh Says Belichick’s Formations ‘Clearly Deception'; Brady Says ‘Figure It Out’

    01/12/2015 12:41:17 PM PST · 57 of 106
    MMaschin to FredZarguna
    The refs did announce it, just as they announce it when a 60’s/70’s player announces himself to be eligible. And the league addressed this long ago when they created a rule specifically for eligible receivers to declare themselves ineligible. It is called Rule 5.3.1. The rule does not permit defensive substitutions.

    Rule 5.3.1 does not say that the Referee will 'announce' when a player has reported as eligible or not, it specifically says the Referee will "inform the defense".

    NFL stadiums can get very loud. How has the Referee fulfilled the "inform the defense" requirement of the rule, by simply announcing it over the PA system? There is no way for the Referee to know the defense has been properly informed, without doing it personally - have you ever seen someone on stage continue to talk without realizing their microphone was turned off or broken?

    The Referee should have, when a player reported as eligible/ineligible, gone to the sideline and properly "informed the defense", then returned to his position and allowed the offense to snap the ball - just as Rule 5.3.1 requires.
  • Harbaugh Says Belichick’s Formations ‘Clearly Deception'; Brady Says ‘Figure It Out’

    01/12/2015 12:31:46 PM PST · 53 of 106
    MMaschin to BenLurkin
    A lot of comments based on pure ignorance on this thread. Harbaugh wasn't complaining about what New England was doing, he was upset about how the referee was handling the situation.

    NFL Rule 5

    Section 3 Changes in Position REPORTING CHANGE OF POSITION

    Article 1;An offensive player wearing the number of an ineligible pass receiver (50-79 and 90-99) is permitted to line up in the position of an eligible pass receiver (1-49 and 80-89), and an offensive player wearing the number of an eligible pass receiver is permitted to line up in the position of an ineligible pass receiver, provided that he immediately reports the change in his eligibility status to the Referee, who will inform the defensive team.

    He must participate in such eligible or ineligible position as long as he is continuously in the game, but prior to each play he must again report his status to the Referee, who will inform the defensive team. The game clock shall not be stopped, and the ball shall not be put in play until the Referee takes his normal position.

    The idea when this rule was written was that the Referee, when an offensive player wearing an eligible reciever number, reported as ineligible, the referee would go to defensive team, notify them who was reporting as ineligible, and then would return to position and allow the offense to snap the ball. The problem in this game, was that he was simply using the PA system to make his 'notification' to the defense, and then allowing the game to resume.

    The whole reason for the requirement that the defense be notified is so that the offense does not have an unfair advantage of the defense not knowing who is an ineligible receiver.

    Simply announcing over the PA who has reported as ineligible is not adequate "notification" of the defense - NFL stadiums are known to get a bit loud. This referee screwed up, he should have personally notified the defense of the ineligible receiver, and not used the PA system. If I was a betting person I would be willing to bet a significant amount of money that Rule 5 will be modified, and will not allow for official notifications to be made over the PA system. The lazy arse referee is simply going to need to run his lazy butt over to the sidelines for the notification. That way, by the time he's returned to his position, the defense will have adjusted for the ineligible receiver - the way the Rule was intended to work!