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  • 11 Facts About The Minimum Wage That President Obama Forgot To Mention

    01/29/2014 10:55:02 AM PST · 23 of 28
    NappyOne to gooblah

    I like the mathematics on the poverty level:

    LLL (Local Lefty Loon): People who work full time should make a living wadge.
    CCC (Clear-thinking Concise Conservative): Does that mean they should earn more than the Federal Poverty Level?
    LLL: Of course, you heartless bastage.
    CCC: Great, then you favor lowering the minimum wadge.

    The NappyOne

  • 1967: Three astronauts die in Apollo 1 tragedy [RIP 47 years ago today]

    01/27/2014 10:28:54 AM PST · 49 of 62
    NappyOne to Ready4Freddy

    This is a hard time of year for NASA because of their losses.

    Apollo 1, January 27, 1967
    Challenger, January 28, 1986
    Columbia, February 1, 2003

    I don’t remember hearing about the Apollo 1 loss, was watching the Challenger launch live when it happened, and was working on ISS in Houston when we lost Columbia.

    February 1 was established as NASA’s Day of Remembrance after Columbia was lost.

    The NappyOne

  • Products of California Public Schools React to Martin Luther King's Fatal Car Accident this Morning-

    12/02/2013 8:55:36 AM PST · 27 of 36
    NappyOne to Fiji Hill

    I almost thought this funny. Then I remembered this...

    “When the stock market crashed, Franklin D. Roosevelt got on the television and didn’t just talk about the, you know, the princes of greed.” - Vice President Slow Joe Biden as aired on the CBS Evening News with Katie Couric.

    It just stops being funny when it is the VP saying stuff like this without being lead on by a guy on the steet holding a microphone.

    The NappyOne

  • Remembering the Gettysburg Address

    11/19/2013 1:26:11 PM PST · 5 of 5
    NappyOne to Academiadotorg

    Lincoln labored tirelessly to reunite and heal a divided nation.

    Obama labors tirelessly to divide his nation.

    I find it altogether proper and fitting that Obama gave this event a pass.

    The NappyOne

  • The secret, dirty cost of Obama's green power push

    11/12/2013 8:26:33 AM PST · 12 of 15
    NappyOne to catnipman

    I trap that yeast byproduct in home brew as my contribution to reducing atmospheric CO2. I “condition” mine in the bottle.

    Cheers,

    The NappyOne

  • Wendy Davis: 'I Am Pro-Life'

    11/07/2013 1:03:44 PM PST · 37 of 43
    NappyOne to Sir Napsalot

    Having just moved to Alabama from Texas, renouncing the California citizenship I grew up with, I can say now with all sincerity, “Well, bless her heart”.

    The NappyOne

  • Affordable Care Act Could Be Further Hamstrung By Shortage Of Doctors

    11/05/2013 12:17:28 PM PST · 28 of 33
    NappyOne to Biggirl

    A few days ago I got an IM from a young colleague of mine. He said his father, a GP, was going to close his doors. After looking into what ACA was going to require of him, he didn’t see the ROI on sinking at least $60K into becoming compliant with a system that might underpay him for his expenses, let alone give him compensation for his time. This doctor will turn in his business ownership and start punching a clock. I am so looking forward to seeing doctors who have been thrown our of owning their own business to become factory floor workers at big centralized care centers. If, that is, I even get to see one. I am sure quality will suffer not just from shortages, but also from doctors who are just punching a time card.

    The NappyOne

  • Nation's largest landfill closing in California

    10/31/2013 2:34:14 PM PDT · 32 of 39
    NappyOne to markomalley

    Ironic that they are going to haul the trash out to a gold mine. The place was a gold mine. It made the county a fortune. The multi-million dollar gas recovery system they installed in the 80s had a three year ROI. This site closing is going to hurt the already stressed tax base. It also took in sludge from the county’s sewage treatment plants. I wonder where the transfer station is going to be. The whole rail route is going to be pretty eye-watering.

    I work at this landfill, right next to Whittier, from 83 to 87. The landfill opened at 0600. The actual per day maximum was 12,000 tons, but it was allowed to exceed that by 10% on weekdays with a 6,000 ton limit for Saturday. They had 5 solid waste scales running and one for liquid waste as I remember it. Even at 13,200 tons a day, the gates closed between 10 and 12 when the limit was hit. Up on the fill, they ran 15 Caterpillar D9s to push the trash to the face and compact it down. For people directing traffic and those like me who were assigned to keep prohibited materials out (imagine one guy trying to do that while dodging 50 trash trucks and 15 cats), it was hazardous work. In the time I worked there, there was at least two fatalities.

    The NappyOne

  • "Obama Sutra - An Illustrated Guide To 57 States of Ecstasy" - Kindle ebook free today

    10/31/2013 12:07:17 PM PDT · 24 of 30
    NappyOne to Slings and Arrows

    Stilton Jarlsberg, MD author of “Who Cut the Cheese”... Very droll.

    The NappyOne

  • Obama: It’s ‘bad apple’ insurers, not ObamaCare, taking away the plans you liked

    10/31/2013 9:51:39 AM PDT · 39 of 43
    NappyOne to dfwgator

    I am thinking educated Americans with a job that pays well in the late-great US middle band of income are the new Kulaks. This insurance “reform” is the Regime’s path to collectivize us all. The Terror, Ukrainian Famine, Killing Fields, ACA Death Panels - same thing, different set of utopians. The health insurance companies are just the latest business sector that must submit to Democrat corruption in order to survive.

    The NappyOne

  • Rationed Food and Purposeful Starvation

    10/29/2013 10:23:48 AM PDT · 35 of 38
    NappyOne to Haddit

    I worked with a Ukrainian born Jew who told me the story of his grandfather, a farmer and baker, who was murdered by the Soviet authorities for refusing to give up his seed for the next year’s crops during the famine. This man’s grandfather, he said, was so popular in his village that, as the story goes, the official said to have killed him was himself the victim of a retaliation murder.

    As I was familiar with the events already, I could not help but feel satisfaction in hearing the ending, even if the story might have been embellished. Certainly my friend was born well after the famine.

    The NappyOne

  • The Union’s Most Undervalued General (Maj. Gen. George H. Thomas)

    10/25/2013 8:48:29 AM PDT · 10 of 11
    NappyOne to prof.h.mandingo

    Strangely, the author writes of the battle of Nashville as if it were the only battle that took place in that area at that time.

    Franklin is one of those forgotten notes in Civil War history. The Southern charge along the Columbia Pike was bigger than Pickett’s charge the year before, and crossed as much open ground. Too boot, it was a dusk/night attack, hastily organized. Hood believed this to be his last chance to beat the Federal Army piecemeal and plunged the Army of Tennessee into an ill-conceived attack strongly opposed by his generals, most notably Nathan Bedford Forrest. 14 of those generals and 55 regimental commanders became casualties at Franklin.

    I guess because Franklin ended up in the hands of Hood at the conclusion, somehow, it was considered a Confederate victory.

    Beating, even crushing, the crippled Army of Tennessee, just out of the horrendous battle of Franklin, the Federal Army consisting of twice the men, many armed with Henry and Winchester repeating rifles, was not the great feat of marshal prowess the author lets the reader conclude it was.

    The NappyOne

  • Downfall of Ancient Greece Caused by 300-Year Drought

    10/25/2013 7:34:42 AM PDT · 9 of 23
    NappyOne to Moltke

    Obviously it wasn’t CO2. The Yak teams pulling the chariots were belching out too much methane in their flatulence. They tried natural cork to curb the hockey stick effect, but that clearly didn’t work.

    The NappyOne

  • Last Night Mike Huckabee Talked About Primarying "Republicans." Feeding LMSM Trolls...

    10/21/2013 9:03:13 AM PDT · 38 of 41
    NappyOne to nathanbedford

    At the conclusion of his rant I expected the Baptist minister to declare he would become Catholic. If it is wrong for Conservatives to come out against RINO weakness, then his protestant divisions from the one church must similarly be incorrect - only on an eternal scale. I thought Huckabee foolish and pale for this performance. Truth must not be so cavalierly dismissed for the sole purpose to put Republicans, any Republican, in office. The price already paid to walk on this path has proven too high.

    The NappyOne

  • Defending Western history

    10/03/2013 10:08:48 AM PDT · 25 of 30
    NappyOne to PeterPrinciple

    From sources I have read, FDR sprang unconditional surrender at the Casablanca conference. Stalin termed it a policy designed to maximize the already horrendous Soviet losses. Churchill was said to be privately furious but went along so as not to cause a rift. Some historians estimate FDR’s unconditional surrender posture, based as FDR claimed on the tradition set in the terms offered by Grant to Lee at Appomattox, cost 100,000 lives, and many of those American GI.

    From the joint press conference at the Casablanca conference:

    “...we had a General called US Grant. His name was Ulysses Simpson Grant, but in my, and the Prime Minister’s, early days he was called ‘Unconditional Surrender’ Grant.”

    “Appomattox Court-House, Virginia April 9, 1865.

    “GENERAL: In accordance with the substance of my letter to you of the 8th instant, I propose to receive the surrender of the army of Northern Virginia on the following terms, to wit: Rolls of all the officers and men to be made in duplicate, one copy to be given to an officer to be designated by me, the other to be retained by such officer or officers as you may designate. The officers to give their individual paroles not to take up arms against the government of the United States until properly exchanged; and each company or regimental commander to sign a like parole for the men of their commands. The arms, artillery, and public property to be parked and stacked, and turned over to the officers appointed by me to receive them. This will not embrace the side-arms of the officers nor their private horses or baggage. This done, each officer and man will be allowed to return to his home, not to be disturbed by United States authority so long as they observe their paroles and the laws in force where they may reside.

    “U. S. Grant, Lieutenant-General.”

    And Grant was not contemplating the surrender of the Confederacy, just that of the Army of Northern Virginia. The above looks like terms of surrender to me.

    The NappyOne

  • Tom DeLay’s Vindication, Texas’s Shame

    09/20/2013 8:13:27 AM PDT · 35 of 39
    NappyOne to Arrowhead1952

    When I first moved to Texas I was in the 9th district, represented by the despicable Nick Lampson. After the 2000 census, and much political haggling and delay tactics by the failing and flailing Texas Democrat party, the districts were re-drawn and I found myself in the 22nd district represented by Tom Delay. This re-drawing left Lampson out in the cold, where he belonged. I got to vote for Delay once before this legacy of LBJ politics led Delay out of the run for congress. The timing was perfect, for the Democrat crowd, as the only way a Republican could appear on the ballot was via write-in. Texas write-in laws are quirky and the ballyhooed candidate not all that strong, resulting in Lampson becoming my representative again. Then came Olson. Olson is a nice enough fellow, but more like a copy made at the end of a mimeograph run than a real stand out representative. Even so, he demolished Lampson by just appearing on the ballot with an “R” by his name. Seems the 22nd district voters didn’t forget.

    Wish I could sue Earle for alienation of representation.

    The NappyOne

  • 96-year-old shows up an overconfident poker player (video only)

    09/19/2013 12:24:39 PM PDT · 8 of 9
    NappyOne to servo1969

    e-yup.

    Quote of the day after whippersnapper shows: “You’re in trouble.”

    Jack didn’t need to show his hand at that point. Pocket 7s flashed before my eyes.

    I love watching WSOP on ESPN.

    The NappyOne

  • 9 Potential Mass Shootings That Were Stopped By Someone With A Personally Owned Firearm

    09/19/2013 9:13:54 AM PDT · 13 of 13
    NappyOne to TurboZamboni

    That study might make sense in a world ruled by the Engineer-King. In this world, disarming citizens while going soft on keeping arms away from the thugs goes a long way to justify the existence of so many pols and their lawyerly puppeteers, especially on the left. More circularity.

    The NappyOne

  • Students called 'n' word, chased through woods on field trip

    09/19/2013 8:58:38 AM PDT · 44 of 51
    NappyOne to Responsibility2nd

    I re-enact slavery every time I receive a pay-stub. Burns to think my slavery pays for the livelihood of “teachers” like these.

    The NappyOne

  • South African Family Trades Suburbs for Slums, Stirring Controversy

    09/18/2013 9:19:37 AM PDT · 2 of 8
    NappyOne to Kip Russell

    The point on how a solid family works in such situations should have landed you an ‘A’. I suspect the prof didn’t understand that, thus a ‘B’ and a lifetime in Liberal Arts academia ;).

    The NappyOne

  • 9 Potential Mass Shootings That Were Stopped By Someone With A Personally Owned Firearm

    09/18/2013 9:06:44 AM PDT · 6 of 13
    NappyOne to Responsibility2nd

    The statement is irrefutable. If an armed citizen stopped a mass shooting, the mass shooting did not occur. It is the logic behind the statement that is faulty due to its circularity. But it sure works at places like Salon. Aren’t they ever so clever.

    The NappyOne

  • A Lesson from Australia: Republicans can learn from Prime Minister Tony Abbott's campaign

    09/09/2013 8:38:58 AM PDT · 9 of 13
    NappyOne to Gay State Conservative

    You’d be right in your assumption if you correct it to a denial that slavery took place in OZ.

    http://articles.latimes.com/1991-10-13/news/mn-745_1_south-sea-islanders

    They tried to bury their own history. The Germans tried the same of the holocaust. The complete history of WWII was “neglected” in German schools. It wasn’t pretty when the truth came out. One of the reasons Germany has outlawed home schooling?

    Racism is also strong in OZ. Seems to me that recently there was some sort of keep Australia white movement.

    OZ is populated with people just as flawed and who made as many mistakes as Americans have. They also treated the Aboriginals pretty poorly.

    The NappyOne

  • MSU Prof ‘Relieved Of Duty’ After Verbal Attack On Republicans ( Next Ward Churchill ? )

    09/06/2013 10:48:50 AM PDT · 30 of 33
    NappyOne to Elpasser

    Never say, “never”, Sir.

    I was enlisted under those great CinC, Ford and Carter (Ford was fine, Carter, not so much). For me it was three and out. That Army really didn’t have much use for a future Engineering grad in a Spec 4 slot. I guess it comes and goes. After Carter was Reagan. After Obama ... well, I can pray. I don’t dare hope ;)

    The Nappy

  • One Person Attends Obamacare Event

    08/05/2013 9:52:35 AM PDT · 24 of 32
    NappyOne to Kaslin

    Oh, please. It isn’t that so few are showing up, it’s that so many are showing up disguised as folding chairs.

    The NappyOne

  • Monica Lewinsky Caught On Explicit Recording Telling Bill Clinton, ‘I Could Take My Clothes Off'

    07/31/2013 11:09:33 AM PDT · 34 of 45
    NappyOne to BunnySlippers

    I recently came across an amusing appellation for Moanica, then got to thinking.

    Remember the 7 foot tall cigarette that showed up at Dole rallies? He called hisself “Butt Man”. Clever, those lefties are. At least they think so.

    What if a 7’ hinged box with a beret on top showed up at Hill-Billy rallies with a label saying, “Presidential Humidor”? I think it just might appeal to the scatological focus of the American people. That would get Hillery elected right quick.

    The NappyOne

  • Are You Smarter Than An 8th Grader From 1912? (Here's a picture of an 8th grade examination in 1912)

    07/30/2013 10:22:00 AM PDT · 94 of 115
    NappyOne to SeekAndFind

    Ada is not an acronym. It was named after Ada Lovelace.

    At one time government contracts actually required Ada. I have not seen that in a contract in over 20 years, at least not on the big NASA contracts. Now days they require C. If Ada were to survive anywhere, NASA would be the place. Government hates change, which is why you can still get a host of obsolete electronic parts (surviving in nitrogen cold storage in some Raiders of the Lost Ark-esque warehouse or some such) and they occasionally go back into production at exorbitant cost to fill a spares build (just look at the fleet of B-52 still in service, some marking their half century birthday). Fortunately, sticking to obsolete parts is getting harder and harder to justify. Up to date design processes and requirement validation is not as (relatively) costly as it was.

    In short, I can’t imagine anyone still using Ada, except some very old DOD systems.

    The NappyOne

  • Al Sharpton finds new love in a decades-younger Westchester stylist

    07/17/2013 2:04:49 PM PDT · 130 of 131
    NappyOne to hattend

    I was thinking surgery too, but by his own statement there was nothing of the sort. Of course, that is all predicated on the far-fetched notion that you can trust anything Sharpton says. For all I know, the speculation on cancer or AIDS could be right on the money and all Shapton is doing is covering.

    The NappyOne

  • Trayvon's homophobic slur [video at link]

    07/17/2013 1:00:58 PM PDT · 7 of 11
    NappyOne to 11th Commandment

    Thinking back, when I read this for the first time my mind’s ear heard, “Creepy a$$-cracka”, rather than “Creepy-a$$ cracka”.

    The Janteel comments lately, that Martin was being stalked by a rapist and that “cracka” meant someone in authority (police, security), gives the first a whole different flavor, something more akin to rump-ranger. Martin, it appears, actually painted Zimmerman as gay from the start.

    The NappyOne

  • 5 Things White People Can Learn From Rachel Jeantel

    07/17/2013 11:02:47 AM PDT · 141 of 169
    NappyOne to The KG9 Kid

    There is such a thing as a BA in magazine journalism at SUNY? I guess this article is an example of such. Writings based on what you want to believe with no other input than a cursory observation is blogging, isn’t it? In effect SUNY provided this hapless young lady a BA in blogging. I wonder how the repayment of her student loan is going.

    The NappyOne

  • Al Sharpton finds new love in a decades-younger Westchester stylist

    07/17/2013 8:59:13 AM PDT · 108 of 131
    NappyOne to haircutter

    No real news on why he lost so much weight if due to illness. The cover is he claims to have gone to fruits, vegetables and fish and dropped red meat and fried foods. He also claims to exercise several times a week, selecting hotels based primarily on their exercise amenities.

    Looks to me that he has gone extreme. Anorexica Nirvosa is what I am thinking.

    The NappyOne

  • Six Reasons Why Men Are Opting Out Of Marriage

    07/09/2013 12:43:11 PM PDT · 143 of 185
    NappyOne to StolarStorm

    Where did you meet my ex?

    The NappyOne

  • George Zimmerman Witness Can't Read Letter She 'Wrote' About Shooting

    06/27/2013 11:59:44 AM PDT · 463 of 603
    NappyOne to iowamark

    I missed this part. I was convinced she was an unreliable witness with she testified twice that she did believed that “creepy a** cracker” was NOT a racial slur. If she believes that then Paula Deen just got her slot back on the Food Network.

  • George Zimmerman Witness Can't Read Letter She 'Wrote' About Shooting

    06/27/2013 11:27:27 AM PDT · 451 of 603
    NappyOne to dfwgator

    Given the massive corruption of our government and legal system, Lord Kitchener can only be thought of as a composite. There are too many willing to sacrifice justice for political and personal gain (perceived in a worldly sense). They all speak with Lord Kitchener’s voice.

    The NappyOne

  • George Zimmerman Witness Can't Read Letter She 'Wrote' About Shooting

    06/27/2013 9:42:35 AM PDT · 385 of 603
    NappyOne to dfwgator

    What a chilling comparison. Without a conviction the Boers would have extended the war. With it, a once great nation sold its soul.

    With what is going on at SCOTUS since the Roberts court started, to quote Claudius, “When sorrows come, they come not single spies but in battalions.”

  • Resolution for 'Talk Like A Pirate Day' Introduced

    06/24/2013 8:23:05 AM PDT · 19 of 20
    NappyOne to hattend

    dittos. If they have time for ITLAPD, they can adopt a schedule such as they have in Texas. Or, here is a novel idea... in all that spare time, find laws to repeal so the average jack-n-jill six pack has a chance to clearly understand when they are breaking the law. That alone should take a solid ten years, full time.

    The NappyOne

  • CDC: Mandated Nutrition Labels on Restaurant Menus Do Not Improve Nutritional Content

    06/21/2013 1:45:15 PM PDT · 22 of 22
    NappyOne to Sub-Driver

    “Despite the disappointing results, however, the researchers suggest that, in addition to further study, the response to these findings should be more government regulations and increased government and media pressure:”

    Health Policeman; “You vill now enter our voluntary smoking cessation program.”

    *bang*

    Man: “That was Jill.”

    *bang*

    Man: “That was Jane.”

    Health Policeman: “It always bring a tear to my eye when people die of fatty foods.”

    -Paul Shanklin

    The NappyOne

  • George W. Bush’s Great-Great-Great-Great-Grandfather Was A Slave Trader

    06/20/2013 1:21:20 PM PDT · 109 of 153
    NappyOne to Vigilanteman

    This valid point reminds me of the sketch of the cave man with an arrow through his head saying, “Ha, you missed the vital spots!”. So it is with Slate.

    But on your point, the African Muslims were prohibited from enslaving Muslims. So the people they sold for slave exportation were animists. That had to have delayed the arrival of Islamist to the Americas and Western Europe in any noticeable numbers for several centuries. Thus, BHO’s progenitors stayed in Africa after they sold his wife’s ancestors to GHW/GW’s. Sort of interesting how all the treads of history work out.

  • Islamic Supremacist Nominated as UC Student Regent

    06/13/2013 12:16:11 PM PDT · 20 of 20
    NappyOne to married21

    CS is not as political. It has always been the lesser system and is more workmanlike. When I went there the tuition was 1/10 of that at UC. I went to Long Beach, a big commuter school. Of course, I knew I didn’t need a prestige sheepskin, being in the department of engineering.

    This does not mean they don’t make bone-headed moves, or they don’t spend your tax and tuition dollars on foolish things.

    The NappyOne

  • Islamic Supremacist Nominated as UC Student Regent

    06/13/2013 11:42:24 AM PDT · 16 of 20
    NappyOne to rickmichaels

    Saved from this embarrassment by graduating out of the CS system rather than the UC system. Nothing has slowed the circling of the drain out there since I fled in ‘97.

    The NappyOne

  • Modular Aircraft Design Presented at Paris Air Show

    06/12/2013 1:16:46 PM PDT · 22 of 30
    NappyOne to null and void

    I’m thinking 4 hours in a cramped uncomfortable airplane seat instead of 90 minutes and getting to be “loaded” by airport baggage handlers. Seems even more de-humanizing than the TSA.

    The NappyOne

  • Obama's Ambassador to Belgium Accused of Soliciting Sex with Minors

    06/11/2013 10:09:05 AM PDT · 6 of 8
    NappyOne to crusader71

    This explains a whole bunch on the Plan B move.

    The NappyOne

  • The Obama Scandals and the Limbaugh Theorem

    06/11/2013 9:17:40 AM PDT · 21 of 22
    NappyOne to vietvet67

    I can no longer honor these people by calling them Low-Information-Voters. The Greeks had a name for such people: logophagi. They are lotus-eaters, plain and simple. They are as dangerous to use today as they were to Odysseus and his crew then.

    The NappyOne

  • Lincoln's Call to Service - and Ours

    06/05/2013 12:09:15 PM PDT · 13 of 21
    NappyOne to LonelyCon

    I find the General’s reasoning to be faulty. Perhaps this addle pated idea stems from being the son of and being himself a career soldier. Who knows?

    I am the son of two parents and grandson of America’s Citizen Soldiers. In his book, Citizen Soldiers, Ambrose defined this a ordinary citizens who serve in the military for one term then return to civilian life.

    My Grandfather, born in 1909, was a volunteer in the Marines in WWII. He participated in the invasion of and battle on Okinawa.

    Both my parents served in the Navy during the Korean war.
    I served between Viet Nam and Granada. Little did I understand it then, but I was one of the pioneers, the first of, that tradition of America’s ALL VOLUNTEER armed forces.

    The General, to his discredit, wishes to impose involuntary service on all young Americans. He should be ashamed to so cavalierly discard that which makes our military, like our Nation, so unique.

    The NappyOne

  • Rising CO2 Levels May Not Make Earth Warmer, But Is Making It Greener (Unleash the Power of Carbon!)

    06/05/2013 8:47:23 AM PDT · 13 of 20
    NappyOne to Mrs. Don-o

    What is this??? A scientist of environmental measurement who actually states (in so many words) that correlation is not causation? Somebody alert the IPCC. This kind of scientific disciplined thinking cannot be allowed.

    Oh, and thank y’all from Oz for doing the study and releasing your findings. This is an interesting and significant planetary long term trend (8% change in desert vegetation), unlike all the ice cap hand wringing.

    The NappyOne

  • NYT Editor Rejects ‘Atmosphere of Scandal,Public Wants to Give Obama Credit for Improving Economy'

    06/05/2013 8:18:19 AM PDT · 23 of 24
    NappyOne to Rummyfan

    Whoa, there cowboy. It is all about giving the ManChild credit for the hope “against hope that the economy is at last showing some strength”. They didn’t say anything about he economy actually improving.

    Talk about grasping for straws and coming up with air. This bimbo is saying the American people will give credit for the long chance that the economy is actually improving while they go further in debt just to put food on the table. These people are heartless along with being morally deformed.

    The NappyOne

  • EU potential for social unrest is world's highest: ILO

    06/04/2013 6:43:21 AM PDT · 5 of 7
    NappyOne to rockinqsranch

    I’ll go with both. Your assessment is the tinder. They wait for the opportunity to do as much harm in the name of their god as possible. Reuters’ sees only the spark that will set it all afire.

    The NappyOne

  • McDonald’s Admits: No One’s Really Buying Our Salads

    06/03/2013 1:54:50 PM PDT · 62 of 108
    NappyOne to SMGFan

    Ray Kroc had it right. Lynsi Torres is following the lead. It works. Who knew?

    The NappyOne

  • US genetically modified wheat stokes fears, Japan cancels tender

    05/31/2013 12:00:30 PM PDT · 77 of 126
    NappyOne to Valpal1

    Well, there are some bees, especially just after winter, which specialize in gathering pollen, just as there are bees that specialize in finding new sources of nectar. It is not surprising that some bees will visit flowers just to gather pollen. Pollen is the protein source bees require to raise broods. Raw pollen is dropped in with common grubs for them to eat after the cell is sealed. Workers digest pollen to produce the glandular excretion, royal jelly, fed to all grubs until differentiation (worker versus queen) cut off arrives. Queen grub cells are flooded with royal jelly, with raw pollen excluded, prior to sealing.

    Seven dust was used on tomato to control insects. Tomatoes are self pollinators the flowers of which produce no nectar Farmers did not care about killing off pollinating insects that visited. Yet bees would visit tomatoes to collect pollen and would get some seven along with it. The particle size was about the same. This mechanism was documented to cause colony demise through poisoning.

    You are correct that vast majority of foraging bees prefer nectar sources and some pollen is collected coincidentally, but it is untrue that a colony of bees would have to be starving in order that no bees visit a source that provides only pollen.

    That said, sudden colony collapse, the theory posited previously that GM corn is the cause, was going on all through the 1980s when I was reading the Bee Journal. I seriously doubt GM corn pollen is responsible for colony collapse. Last I heard the experts were still puzzled. Mites, bee diseases, and competition form invasive and destructive “africanized” bees could combine in ways yet understood to create an escalation of colony collapse rates. In the 1980s bees were going to disappear due to africanized bees, especially feral colonies. I don’t hear much about the africanized bee scourge lately.

    Since Apis mellifera seem to be staggering along, and honey is still in abundance on the store shelves, this sudden colony collapse talk seems to be just the africanized bee alarm of the day. Never should one contend the correlation of the rise of the phenomenon identified as sudden colony collapse syndrome and the rise of GM corn as proof of causation and expect to be taken seriously.

    If it were, I sure would like Monsanto to engineer a sudden colony collapse plant to take out fire ants.

    The NappyOne

  • How to Junk the IRS

    05/30/2013 9:37:48 AM PDT · 17 of 27
    NappyOne to SeekAndFind

    I wish this could happen. When politicians contemplate putting an industry out of business that provided 6.1 billion hours of work per year for tax preparations (not to mention a big cash cow for the old campaign slush fund), who really thinks they will put the IRS down? Talk about austerity. Still, it is nice to dream. I will still do what I can to end it, even though I think it foolish to expect the demise of the IRS. Reminds me, I need to change out the picture of Woodrow Wilson over my dart board.

    The NappyOne

  • The Unfair Prosecution of Jody Arias

    05/09/2013 9:36:30 AM PDT · 82 of 120
    NappyOne to thackney

    Such skill takes practice. Lots of practice.

    Wink, wink. Nudge, nudge. Say no more.

    The NappyOne