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  • One of two Canadian soldiers hit by 'radicalized' driver dies of his injuries

    10/21/2014 6:51:40 AM PDT · 17 of 23
    pieceofthepuzzle to montag813

    “They can’t just say “Muslim”, because of course “the vast majority of Muslims are peaceful and tolerant”. So they have to call him “radicalized”.”

    Yes. I’m sure the vast majority of pit bulls are also ‘peaceful’, but enough have attacked and killed people such that most of us are wary of them. The press has no problem labeling pit bulls as vicious, but tries to bury the viciousness of those who say they are acting for Islam.

  • Ebola vaccine abandoned in 2008 after showing promise in trials

    10/21/2014 5:53:41 AM PDT · 9 of 30
    pieceofthepuzzle to butterdezillion
    “The last of the research on this was in 2008. Who has been in control since 2008? What has happened to US government spendinq since 2008?”

    This is the irony. The vast majority of academic researchers voted for Obama, and probably >90% of those who work at the CDC and other government institutions did. They all thought that Democrat = funding. Didn't work that way, but they still won't admit to themselves or anyone that the Democrats screwed research in the US. It was inevitable.

    They had marked negative effects on the economy - thus leading to a decrease in overall money available for research (both private and public). They shoved their expensive and expansive health care law down our throats (everywhere there has been government takeover/control of health care, research suffers - for a variety of reasons). They politicized science (targeting money to politically correct areas). etc. etc.

    But to this day, and tomorrow, and for the foreseeable future, the academic community will support them, and continue to characterize Republicans as anti-intellectual throwbacks.

  • What is the best brand of Washer and Dryer?

    10/21/2014 4:56:18 AM PDT · 22 of 134
    pieceofthepuzzle to IamConservative

    Really like Bosch, but I heard they got out of the business a few years ago because they couldn’t compete in price with brands like LG.

  • Why Do Democrats Oppose Voter ID?

    10/20/2014 11:30:44 AM PDT · 20 of 35
    pieceofthepuzzle to jazusamo

    Obviously they oppose it because it doesn’t benefit them, and they are all about themselves and acquisition/retention of power. It’s that simple.

    What Republicans should be doing is promoting a communist party, or at least a heavily socialist party in the US. Challenge the left from their own ranks. Take from them the ability to shield their radicalism and characterize themselves as moderates. Take from them their false claim to the middle. Make them commit, and create division amongst them.

  • Socialist Party: There Should be a $20 Minimum Wage, But Our Employees Should be Exempt

    10/20/2014 11:24:14 AM PDT · 16 of 17
    pieceofthepuzzle to therightliveswithus

    Socialist = hypocrite. I have never seen an exception to this.

  • Vegas, Baby! MSNBC's Dorian Warren Bets 'History Will Be Very, Very Good' to Obama

    10/20/2014 6:28:54 AM PDT · 22 of 41
    pieceofthepuzzle to ExNewsExSpook

    I believe there is going to be a huge shift in education, and that this will markedly erode the stature and meaning of many universities over the next 50 years. It will matter less and less ‘where you went to school’, and more and more how well you did on specific aptitude tests that demonstrate what you actually learned.

    I believe this will lead to greater significance and concentration placed on ‘marketable’ knowledge and skills, and that thus the ivory tower will become fragmented. This is a good thing for those who are committed to education, and a bad thing for those with an agenda who have made too many universities bastions of monolithic thought.

  • Fire exposes illegal Chinese factories in Italy

    10/20/2014 5:56:39 AM PDT · 11 of 14
    pieceofthepuzzle to Olog-hai

    Italy, like us, is committing suicide - and are further along than us. It’s such an incredibly beautiful country, with a very long history of great craftsmanship in many areas (clothing, shoes, ceramics, glass, architectural design, ship building, furniture, cabinetry, jewelry, wine making, etc. etc.) - but like us they are letting their heritage and manufacturing base be taken from them.

    In the meantime, immigration continues (although at least recorded immigration has eased a bit), Italy’s economy is in a mess, and the birthrate of Italians hit a record low in 2013.

  • AGAIN! Obama claims USA to be a MUSLIM NATION!

    10/19/2014 8:07:23 PM PDT · 48 of 59
    pieceofthepuzzle to iontheball
    IMHO you are giving Obama too much credit. He's an unyielding ideologue who thinks he has it all figured out, and is sorely lacking in the kind of humility that's required to accurately see the flaws in the ideology that drives him.

    It's hard to have insight when you never question yourself, and I doubt that Obama does. I don't see him as the ultimate genius Manchurian who has a grand plan for the destruction of the US. That said, I don't doubt for a second that he would love to ‘transform’ the US into what he believes it should be. Also, I don't doubt for a second that some of those that backed/back him and who have facilitated his political career have malevolent motivations - and that some are fervently anti-US.

    That said, I believe that the vast majority of politicians are just looking for a pathway to acquire and/or maintain their power and privilege. Some of those who backed him saw him as a capable politician who could make a good pitch to the public, and thus as someone they could use to facilitate their own grip on power. These types of politicians are not very deep in their approach to the world, and are not likely even aware of the darkness of some others who are behind the scenes pulling strings. It's not about whether or not they are smart enough to see who is pulling the strings. It's that they are too shallow to care enough to look.

    IMHO the most dangerous people are those with an agenda, the ‘string pullers’, and I believe there are a core of such people who have been working from the sidelines for many decades now. Some of those backing Obama fit into this category, but Obama is hardly the only political personality they've used/are using to advance their agenda. Also, this group of ‘string pullers’ is not monolithic, and sometimes their motivations are conflicting - or at least non-overlapping.

  • Muslim Man Beats Wife, Drags Her Body with Car as his Children Watch (Dearborn, MI)

    10/19/2014 3:48:55 PM PDT · 65 of 84
    pieceofthepuzzle to Sans-Culotte

    “These people do not belong here.”

    This behavior doesn’t belong anywhere. That the world tolerates this, and continues to deny that Islam in its current form is dangerous to the world, is frightening.

  • As Fighting Rages, Turkey’s Erdogan Rejects Any US Plan to Arm Syrian Kurds Battling ISIS

    10/19/2014 3:38:55 PM PDT · 14 of 30
    pieceofthepuzzle to jazusamo

    “It would be wrong for the United States, with whom we are friends and allies in NATO, to talk openly and to expect us to say ‘yes’ to such a support to a terrorist organization,”

    Well, if you are our friends and allies, then commit to getting rid of ISIS and commit against Islamic extremism.

  • Interview: Why This Tea Party Activist Is Fighting for Solar

    10/19/2014 9:05:03 AM PDT · 28 of 35
    pieceofthepuzzle to Cincinatus' Wife

    “Coal and oil are under attack; jobs and the U.S. economy are being squeezed and this “Tea Party” person is getting in bed with the green environmental movement?”

    I’m on your side, and admittedly I don’t know what her exact position is, but in my view it is definitely a good idea to keep working on developing viable alternative energy strategies.That doesn’t mean we shut down coal and oil at this point, or any point in the near future, but eventually someone will find workable alternative solutions (e.g. - if we ever get fusion to work in a practical way). I hope that someone is us.

    Eventually workable alternatives will be found

  • $39,643,352 Worth of NIH Funding That Could Have Gone to the Ebola Vaccine

    10/17/2014 9:05:24 PM PDT · 25 of 29
    pieceofthepuzzle to TomGuy

    Republicans / conservatives will not have a secure future until they learn that they need to respond to lies with the loudest bullhorn shouting the truth that they can muster. Every utterance from the left, every single one needs to be addressed and unmasked. Letting lies go unanswered is wrong. Tell the truth, and tell it with strength and conviction.

  • Why a travel ban wouldn’t work

    10/17/2014 4:01:36 AM PDT · 94 of 111
    pieceofthepuzzle to TigerClaws

    “..throttling travel would hammer already devastated West African countries, make it difficult to send relief where it’s needed, and send an unknown number of infected travelers into the shadows, increasing the difficulty of knowing how many were entering the U.S.”

    First, if flights are banned from infected areas, and this is carefully monitored, how do ‘infected travelers’ go ‘into the shadows’ to get here? What does that even mean? Second, no one said not to send relief and help to the affected countries, and a flight ban ‘from’ there doesn’t mean we can’t send things ‘to’ there (the turn around flights don’t have to have domestic passengers from those countries). Third, the more money we have to spend here trying to prevent the spread of Ebola in our own country, the less money there is available to help stop the spread in Africa, and to help develop a vaccine etc.

  • $39,643,352 Worth of NIH Funding That Could Have Gone to the Ebola Vaccine

    10/17/2014 3:51:08 AM PDT · 8 of 29
    pieceofthepuzzle to PghBaldy
    You're right - it wasn't an NIH priority because it wasn't a US health problem. Funding for this could have been targeted in a different manner, and in fact the CDCs budget for emerging infectious diseases was apparently increased by our current Congress. Apparently the CDC budget that Congress approved was more than what the White House asked for.

    Republicans need to always be armed with the facts, because the left will politicize anything - and their approach is always to point fingers at others to avoid the blame that they deserve.

  • $39,643,352 Worth of NIH Funding That Could Have Gone to the Ebola Vaccine

    10/17/2014 3:47:20 AM PDT · 7 of 29
    pieceofthepuzzle to Zakeet
    This is ridiculous. First and foremost, Ebola has been around for a long time now, and if the CDC or NIH had any vision regarding its potential global spread, AND, if they felt that finding a vaccine was fairly straightforward, they could easily have found the funding to do it. Easily.

    Second, I would put Ebola as an issue for the WHO to target, and if they had made this a priority over the past many years, instead of politicizing all that they've politicized over and over (much of it anti-US), they could have focused attention and likely raised funding for an anti-Ebola vaccine.

    Third, if you look at all the foreign aid we spend, surely some of that could have been targeted to an Ebola program.

    Fourth, there was tons of ‘stimulus’ money targeted to the NIH several years ago. Much of it was pre-targeted at politically correct research projects that I highly doubt made much of an impact.

    Fifth, it was ENTIRELY predictable that voting the Democrats in and letting them push a national health care agenda of the sort that they did was going to lead to decreased research funding, but I guarantee that the overwhelming majority of academic centers and government-run research centers voted for the Democrats - ironically thinking this would actually increase funding to them. Very wrong. When the Democrats crash an economy, go on their inevitable spending sprees, and on top of all that have to find huge dollar amounts to fund a government health program, there's going to be a lot less money available for research - and this is precisely what happened.

    Sixth, it's time the entire review process for grant funding is overhauled such that the science is reviewed without knowing who the applicant is (you can have a separate review of the applicant's track record and abilities done by separate reviewers). There's way too much ‘networking’ etc. involved in grant funding, and it leads to stale research. Further, productivity should be looked at on the basis of the impact of what is published by a lab - not the sheer number of papers. Generally, less than 50% of published papers are ever cited event once. That's a problem, as we seem to be spending our money on non-impact research.

  • Barbra Streisand on HuffPost: GOP Budget Cuts Stopped Ebola Vaccine

    10/15/2014 6:24:35 PM PDT · 36 of 58
    pieceofthepuzzle to lowbridge
    They discussed this on O’Reilly. Turns out that Congress have the CDC more money than Obama asked for, and they increased spending on emerging infectious diseases.

    We have an election coming up. We can't let these people propagate lies without setting the record straight.

  • Shep Smith: Ebola Panic "Not Based In Fact And It's Not Based In Reason"

    10/15/2014 3:56:11 PM PDT · 37 of 52
    pieceofthepuzzle to discostu
    “Out of a nation of 311 million, that’s basically nothing.”

    I've worked with viruses, have altered their genome, and thus know a bit about them. Although I am not too worried about this becoming armageddon, every epidemic starts out with just a few ‘index’ cases, and this virus could easily affect 100s if not 1000s or more if not dealt with in a serious manner. It is not Shep's place to comment in this manner. There are Ebola experts who are concerned. I would have to give them a bit more credibility than Shep.

  • Shep Smith: Ebola Panic "Not Based In Fact And It's Not Based In Reason"

    10/15/2014 3:48:31 PM PDT · 36 of 52
    pieceofthepuzzle to Sir Napsalot

    Shep the virologist...
    What makes these people think they are experts on everything?

  • Nurses Union: Duncan Not Put In Isolation, Waste Piled Nearly Up to Ceiling

    10/15/2014 4:34:36 AM PDT · 111 of 134
    pieceofthepuzzle to 9YearLurker
    “Some medical professionals have been advocating separate, state-level Ebola facilities for some time—saying that regular facilities wouldn’t be able to stop contamination within.”

    Totally agree.

  • Nurses Union: Duncan Not Put In Isolation, Waste Piled Nearly Up to Ceiling

    10/15/2014 4:33:39 AM PDT · 110 of 134
    pieceofthepuzzle to TigerClaws
    “The hair and neck are NOT covered in the illustration there.
    That is live right now on the CDC’s own website.
    They are blaming the nurse and the hospital??”

    This is taken from the Public Health Agency of Canada website (

    “INFECTIOUS DOSE: Viral hemorrhagic fevers have an infectious dose of 1 - 10 organisms by aerosol in non-human primates.”

    Way too much is not known about this virus to be approaching it like you would any other standard infectious agent.

  • Saudi billionaire Alwaleed warns over impact of falling oil price

    10/15/2014 4:14:04 AM PDT · 15 of 42
    pieceofthepuzzle to Smokin' Joe
    “A few well placed bombs would keep that oil from ever getting to market and deprive them of millions a day, even at fire-sale prices.”

    Great point.

  • How to train a robot: Can we teach robots right from wrong?

    10/15/2014 4:09:07 AM PDT · 8 of 16
    pieceofthepuzzle to RoosterRedux
    “Western values of right and wrong are Judeo/Christian.”

    Makes for some very interesting contemplation. If one took 75 ‘robots’ and programmed 25 with “turn the other cheek” Christian values, 25 with “eye for an eye” values, and 25 with Islamic Sharia / Jihadi values, and then had them ‘compete’ with one another, what would happen? I'm sure this could be modeled with a computer program.

    My thoughts are that those with an aggressive more selfish defining ideology have a short to moderate term advantage in society - which is why too many of them achieve positions of power. Over the longer term, however, the behavior is destructive - which is why we have progressed out of the Middle Ages (most of the world anyway).

  • Breaking Now : AFP: authorities say a second health worker in Texas has tested positive for Ebola

    10/15/2014 3:58:15 AM PDT · 89 of 402
    pieceofthepuzzle to Reeses
    “Catching Ebola is completely terrifying therefore Islamic terrorists will get into it. They now have a new use for airliners besides blowing them up.”

    Yes, this is definitely something to worry about. What's the difference between getting people to become suicide bombers, vs. getting them to contract Ebola and then just walk around in society transmitting the disease? There's a study in which Ebola was aerosolized, and was able to infect Rhesus Monkeys. That's scary, as it suggests respiratory transmission and the possibility to weaponize. Horrible.

  • Breaking Now : AFP: authorities say a second health worker in Texas has tested positive for Ebola

    10/15/2014 3:33:53 AM PDT · 70 of 402
    pieceofthepuzzle to Girlene

    “Yesterday, the CDC director allegedly said it was not necessary to cover hair or your shoes in treating a patient. “

    He said that? OMG. That’s irresponsible. He’s an MD who did training in epidemiology/public health, and an infectious disease fellowship. None of that makes you an expert on viral transmission or biology, and certainly doesn’t qualify you as an expert on Ebola. Instead of having the CDC head giving public announcements about Ebola they should have an Ebola expert giving comments about Ebola.

  • Breaking Now : AFP: authorities say a second health worker in Texas has tested positive for Ebola

    10/15/2014 3:21:17 AM PDT · 62 of 402
    pieceofthepuzzle to DB

    “You’re body fluids still likely have the virus in them before it has replicated enough to take you down. I would guess it really maters what kind of contact you have before symptoms are present that matters...”

    Absolutely correct.

  • 10-Year-Old Charged as Adult in Death of Woman, 90

    10/14/2014 8:51:16 AM PDT · 65 of 95
    pieceofthepuzzle to Albion Wilde

    “It’s unreasonable to suspect a child will kill a grandparent unless the DA can clearly establish that there was a prior threat.”

    I agree, but this woman wasn’t his grandparent. He wasn’t related to this woman, and he was only there because his grandfather was the caretaker of this woman. If the grandfather was employed to take care of this woman he had a responsibility to ‘take care of her’.

    Whether or not it was reasonable for him to leave this child alone with her is dependent upon other things - like whether or not this child had a history of aggression or mental health issues. From a different post: “If a 10 year old kills someone with a cane and his fists, because she yelled at him, it is likely that his aggressive behavior has shown up before.”

  • 10-Year-Old Charged as Adult in Death of Woman, 90

    10/14/2014 6:27:06 AM PDT · 44 of 95
    pieceofthepuzzle to driftdiver
    “Normally I wouldn’t worry about a 10 yr old.”

    I agree, but there still are lots of blanks to fill in, IMHO. This is a big stretch, but how do we know the grandfather-caretaker isn't responsible for her death, and that they blamed the child thinking that nothing would happen to the child because he was only 10? How do we know that the reason the child is being charged as an adult isn't because the prosecutors office suspects the grandfather, and wants to put pressure on him and the mother to come clean?

    A big reach, yes, but just makes the point that there are still lots of things about this case that remain unclear.

  • Answering Ted Olson

    10/14/2014 6:21:48 AM PDT · 13 of 26
    pieceofthepuzzle to xzins

    “MARRIAGE becomes irrelevant ...”

    Unfortunately, marriage has been becoming more and more irrelevant over time for a long period. People get married as an option these days, many with the idea “I’ll give this a try”. The ‘until death do us part’ thing isn’t really relevant anymore.

  • Climate change: Models 'underplay plant CO2 absorption [IOW, Al Gore is still wrong]

    10/14/2014 6:16:37 AM PDT · 17 of 34
    pieceofthepuzzle to rktman

    One response to those on the left who are so convinced of the global warming scenario is this:

    If you believe that the American lifestyle is a huge contributor to climate change, then you should not want the population of the US to grow rapidly via immigration - especially immigration from countries in which these people would have a smaller ‘carbon footprint’. If the population doubles, that means that everyone in the US would have to decrease their ‘carbon footprint’ to 1/2 what it is now - just to stay even. So, as someone who is worried about the climate, why are you supporting amnesty and this administrations unwillingness to enforce the border?

  • 10-Year-Old Charged as Adult in Death of Woman, 90

    10/14/2014 5:59:39 AM PDT · 34 of 95
    pieceofthepuzzle to driftdiver

    Story is kind of confusing, at least to me after I read the ABC summary. So, was the grandfather the caretaker of this woman at her home, or his home, and how old is the grandfather? If the grandfather was employed as the caretaker of this woman, then he had a responsibility for her welfare - which includes not letting his 10 year old grandson be with her unsupervised. This isn’t an excuse for the violence, but there are a lot of blanks not filled in.

  • Don't 'Vote for the Candidate'

    10/14/2014 5:41:15 AM PDT · 34 of 102
    pieceofthepuzzle to RginTN
    “Romney ignored the Conservative base that’s why he lost.
    He tried to capture the mushes and the mushes voted for Obama.”

    As you point out, the way to beat democrats is not by pandering. I think you have to have bright fresh ideas of your own to sell, and have to point out how old, tired, and perpetually disproved their ideas are. Then let the chips fall where they may. Romney also lost because he didn't slam back at the false narrative pushed by the Democrats that he was an ‘out of touch’ fat cat.

  • Kansas patient at risk for Ebola

    10/14/2014 4:12:05 AM PDT · 99 of 106
    pieceofthepuzzle to eak3
    “With winter and flu season coming hospitals are going to be overrun with people panicking thinking they might have ebola.”


  • Kansas patient at risk for Ebola

    10/14/2014 4:11:12 AM PDT · 98 of 106
    pieceofthepuzzle to Red in Blue PA
    “Obama: “ebola is difficult to get””

    Sure, which is why it's classified as a Biosafety level IV pathogen. This guy is so arrogant that he thinks he is qualified to speak with authority on just about any (if not every) topic.

    Too many have been trying to characterize Ebola as something like HIV, or Hep C, etc. It's not. No one has to gown, glove, and mask just to be in a room with a HIV or Hep C patient, and people with hazmat suits don't have to clean the room when they leave. Ebola is significantly more easily transmitted, and we don't even know all the ways it can be transmitted yet. It's not as transmissible as the flu, but it isn't ‘difficult to get’. It has been shown possible to infect rhesus monkeys by inhalation of small aerosolized droplets, which is a scary thought.

  • Anti-GOP Ad on Ebola: 'Republican Cuts Kill' (Stinks like Desparation

    10/13/2014 2:51:00 PM PDT · 7 of 44
    pieceofthepuzzle to Kaslin
    I'm sorry, but this disgusting approach by the democrats is not funny in the least, and despite the atrociousness of it, has the capacity to influence a significant percentage of those who vote. If Republicans and conservatives don't respond to these types of disgusting approaches by Democrats, they are failing all of us. This needs to be destroyed at its roots. No political party in American history has politicized medicine and science more than the current group of Democrats. This has to be fought with a very aggressive response.
  • Nurses Union Threatens to 'Picket Every Hospital in This Country' over Ebola Hazmat Suits

    10/13/2014 2:17:19 PM PDT · 17 of 63
    pieceofthepuzzle to driftdiver
    “but you can’t catch it that easily, right?????”

    Your sarcasm is so very appropriate. The CDC, and others, have been characterizing the risk of transmitting Ebola as similar to the risk of transmitting HIV. That's just not true. Not even close. You don't ever have to have even minimal ‘barrier’ measures (e.g. barrier gowns, masks, gloves, etc.) to prevent HIV transmission, but even with these measures you are still at risk of contracting Ebola - as proven by the transmission to the nurse in Texas. She wouldn't have been under any risk treating an HIV patient, unless she stuck herself with a needle that had been exposed to that patient’s blood, but she contracted Ebola even after using the recommended barrier precautions.

  • Pair of possible Ebola patients quarantined at New York City’s Bellevue Hospital: sources

    10/13/2014 11:02:16 AM PDT · 20 of 41
    pieceofthepuzzle to GrandJediMasterYoda
    I have very deep respect for all those who have voluntarily gone to Africa to help the people there are are battling this. That said, it makes no sense to no try everything possible to contain this, and not let it travel via airplane to other nations. This isn't about race, socioeconomics, immigration policy, etc. This is way too serious to play political games with. Military personnel should not be sent into these areas. There are many other ways to help, and we should help, but not by placing untrained people in harms way. If Obama isn't willing to go into the hot zone himself, then he shouldn't be asking others to do so involuntarily.
  • Dick Morris: Clinton orchestrated Panetta's 'hit' on Obama

    10/13/2014 10:43:47 AM PDT · 29 of 30
    pieceofthepuzzle to rockinqsranch

    “Old trick. Making him look credible, and then his support for her.”

    You may be right. It seemed that one of the Clinton strategies to discredit their opposition was to issue false leaks that they could then refute. They are at best, deceitful.

    The best strategy to stop this kind of approach is to tell the public they are going to do it - before they do it.

  • Elizabeth Warren: Barack Obama Sold Out Average Americans "Over and Over and Over"

    10/13/2014 6:43:44 AM PDT · 54 of 57
    pieceofthepuzzle to Riflema
    “These were otherwise informed, (over)educated folks.”

    Actually, it's ‘over-indoctrinated’ folks. The truth is that liberals say that they are for a lot of things that most of us are for: Good education opportunities, clean air and water, equal opportunity, no tolerance for racism, protecting the ‘little guy’, jobs, etc. etc. etc. The reality is much different, and not only have Republicans and conservatives done a bad job in refuting the validity of the left’s arguments and the hypocrisy of their actions, but they have also let the left mischaracterize them as being against all of the above. You have to control the message, and we have been poor at this.

  • Dick Morris: Clinton orchestrated Panetta's 'hit' on Obama

    10/13/2014 3:31:57 AM PDT · 24 of 30
    pieceofthepuzzle to rockinqsranch
    “Of course Clinton put Panetta the useful Clinton clown up to it. THAT should go without saying.”

    Might be true, but I'm not sure how what he said is good for Hillary. She was out there front and center blaming Benghazi on protests against a video - and stuck hard and fast to that story. Panetta said he knew from the beginning it was a terrorist attack. So how does this make her look good? Panetta may just be trying to preserve his own ‘brand’, as he sees this administration sinking.

  • Elizabeth Warren: Barack Obama Sold Out Average Americans "Over and Over and Over"

    10/13/2014 3:25:44 AM PDT · 42 of 57
    pieceofthepuzzle to pieceofthepuzzle
    Put the wrong quote in.... meant “They’ve been grooming Warren for some time in their nutty forums.”
  • Elizabeth Warren: Barack Obama Sold Out Average Americans "Over and Over and Over"

    10/13/2014 3:24:18 AM PDT · 41 of 57
    pieceofthepuzzle to Loud Mime

    “It was out of economic desperation that Germany enabled Hitler to threaten the entire World.”

    Truly, if Marx were available they’d be grooming him for a run.

  • Russia’s economy is tanking. But will it make Putin change course?

    10/13/2014 3:17:47 AM PDT · 8 of 22
    pieceofthepuzzle to anton

    “It was out of economic desperation that Germany enabled Hitler to threaten the entire World.”

    Good point. Putin will likely blame foreign influence, and sanctions, on Russia’s economic problems - and will use this to fame the flames of Russian Nationalism. Putin, like Hitler, and just about all dictatorial ‘leaders’ is a narcissist, and narcissists generally become more aggressive when they are criticized or when they begin to lose stature.


    10/12/2014 6:19:17 PM PDT · 7 of 22
    pieceofthepuzzle to ebb tide
    “The Cardinal also expressed his thought that the synod may be wasting too much time discussing “settled issues.””

    There are lots of issues that are crucially important but do not seem to be ‘settled’. I saw two priests recently (might have been on O’Reilly) discussing/debating what the response to ISIS should be, and whether aggression against ISIS was supported in Christianity. The two didn't agree with one another.

  • Texas nurse who had worn protective gear tests positive for Ebola

    10/12/2014 6:07:34 PM PDT · 93 of 116
    pieceofthepuzzle to steve86

    Great points, and absolutely agree.
    It’s absolutely ridiculous for anyone in medicine, let alone politicians and MSM people, to make dogmatic pronouncements about what can and cannot happen with this virus. We don’t even fully understand its biology. Science without skepticism and humility is stupidity on steroids.

  • Soldiers to use Android tablet to steer iRobots

    10/12/2014 3:10:33 PM PDT · 3 of 11
    pieceofthepuzzle to BenLurkin
    If this happens and becomes a major part of battle, look for the first widespread development and use of EMP weapons, and then new technology to guard electronics from EMP etc. etc. Funny how despite all the technological advancements we've made, we live in a world in which beheadings still occur, and a virus that has only a single strand of RNA 19,000 bases long is killing human beings who have about 3 billion bases pairs of double stranded DNA in each cell.
  • Why the U.S. military should mandate officer retirement by age 50

    10/12/2014 6:59:38 AM PDT · 49 of 106
    pieceofthepuzzle to trebb
    “Yeah - incentivized to get as political as possible as early as possible.”

    Yep. What hasn't the left tried to politicize? Let's see, get rid of those ‘older’ military officers who haven't been indoctrinated by the left - and replace them with young Wesley Clarks - who said just recently that he will be backing Hillary.

    Beyond those aspects of this article, the whole concept of comparing the age of generals during a time of Napoleon to now is ridiculous.

  • Islamic State Shoots Down Iraqi Helicopter, Sparks New Fears

    10/11/2014 6:09:49 PM PDT · 13 of 14
    pieceofthepuzzle to DocRock
    “I have a nephew that earned a Purple Heart and a Bronze Star with valor in an all day fire fight in this town. Good men bled and died that day to secure Baiji and this weak President gave it all back to the bad guys.”

    This is one of the huge tragedy's about all of this. People lost their lives to change the balance of power in the Middle East, give the people there an opportunity for freedom and self-determinism, and we just walked away and handed it to people who want to destroy our way of life. I don't think that it's because Obama is a ‘weak’ President, but is because he is a President who cannot or will not see beyond his own flawed ideology.

  • Harry Reid email: "Chances Democrats Win the Senate: 33%"

    10/11/2014 8:47:09 AM PDT · 22 of 31
    pieceofthepuzzle to Vinnie
    “Being leader of the Senate is great for setting the agenda, committees, etc, but the dims are going to push to the point than a super majority is needed.”

    What this does, IMHO, is help ensure that Obama won't have the opportunity to put another Karl Marx on the Supreme Court. If he has the opportunity to appoint he will try to get the most radical person he can seated, but at least we will have a fighting chance to stop it. This is true only if the Republicans actually use their power. It's up to us to hold their feet to the fire.

  • Harry Reid email: "Chances Democrats Win the Senate: 33%"

    10/11/2014 8:42:16 AM PDT · 21 of 31
    pieceofthepuzzle to Fantasywriter
    “women’s access to health care”

    This jerk, along with Pelosi, ram Obamacare down our throats, and now he's complaining about this? If women's access to health care wasn't addressed by your own bill, whose fault is that, Harry?

  • The ominous math of the Ebola epidemic

    10/09/2014 7:49:11 PM PDT · 36 of 46
    pieceofthepuzzle to sten
    “the Spanish flu would be equally devastating today. if that happened today, there’d be far more then 18m dead”

    I agree with your premise regarding the spread of infection, but I think that there are a lot of factors that would make the virus less lethal today - at least in those nations that have modernized living conditions. That said, influenza truly has an astounding capacity to kill.