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  • Chilling Fact: Jews were welcomed in more countries in 1939 then they are today

    07/28/2014 10:17:16 PM PDT · 13 of 26
    reformedliberal to umgud

    They’re everywhere. I have found them on prepper sites. Other posters call them out, but the haters are not deterred.

  • Is this the world's first cell phone? Film from 1938 shows a woman talking on a wireless device

    07/26/2014 5:41:55 PM PDT · 49 of 70
    reformedliberal to Ditter

    In the 60’s, the father of a friend had a phone in his car. I’m blanking on the car model. It was a hard top convertible.

    The phone was large, had a regular handset, and was in a compartment to the right of the driver. The father was a wealthy real estate developer.

  • It's Not Real if There Are No Lawyers Involved

    07/24/2014 8:54:55 AM PDT · 12 of 12
    reformedliberal to lastchance

    My information is from friends who went diving in Bonaire.

  • It's Not Real if There Are No Lawyers Involved

    07/24/2014 7:30:57 AM PDT · 6 of 12
    reformedliberal to lastchance

    Not only good eating, but I am wondering how they spread, since they are territorial and tend to stick around one particular place. In some areas, sports divers leave a floating marker so the spearfishers can come back and spear them.

    Have also read that, in some places,the predators, like groupers, have learned to eat them despite the spines.

  • Sorry Billy, If You Like 'Thomas The Tank Engine', You're a RACIST! (Liberal insanity)

    07/23/2014 6:28:45 PM PDT · 22 of 33
    reformedliberal to Ghost of Philip Marlowe

    I dunno. I always check out the 1-stars before reading the sample and then, maybe, downloading. The 1-stars are full of fragile little darlings who cannot stomach any adult characters who swear or have sex. I have read 1-star reviews of military thrillers that complain about all the bloodshed! It has reached the point where authors preface the synopsis with admissions that the book contains adult content and, perhaps, violence.

    I recall Cory Doctorow in shock that readers of “Little Brother” had no problem with teens overthrowing the government, but were outraged that 17-year-olds were having sex.

    Then there are the readers crying *rip-off* for cliffhangers. It’s really bad when they whine over a free download,IMO.

    It is a rare low-ranking review that I have encountered that discusses character development, plot or language facility. OTOH, I agree that there can be loads of gush in the 4-5-star reviews.

    My most recent peeve, however, is insecure authors who respond submissively to critical reviewers, apologizing, promising revisions and basically crying for mercy because they used an expletive, described sex or included blood and gore.

    Authors need to write and stand by their work. Readers can review and have a personal opinion, but I think I am going to just read the sample and take a chance, from here onward. It’s not like spending $2-$3 or less and a few hours of my time on a bad book is the end of the world.

    Nothing personal,BTW. You just happened to push one of my current buttons.

  • Suddenly, the sun is eerily quiet: Where did the sunspots go?

    07/23/2014 6:20:45 AM PDT · 30 of 35
    reformedliberal to Little Pig

    Our firewood supplier has a lower supply then usual. Orders in early June were quoted as deliverable by 8/1. That is now extended to 9/1. Reason: Amish source has less than usual, due to less business and Amish source also sells retail firewood.

    Our propane supplier hasn’t offered either *summer fill* prices or a locked-in price for years, now. Last year, during the shortage, the price changed daily. Most of us are still paying off winter bills.

    For those who switched to electric heat, the cost per KwH increases slowly, but the *facility fee*, the cost of service before any usage at all, increases steadily, month by month. Fees and taxes also increase steadily, albeit in small increments (which add up over time, of course).

    Friends in town report high natural gas costs. $350-$500 month combined heat/electric bills are common. The $350 is for a small house turned into a business. The $500 is for a large Victorian, but only two people live there and when they went on a 2-week vacation, the bill barely budged.

    The State Media abounds with articles telling us how being cold and sleeping cold both contribute to weight loss.

    There is no escape.

  • ‘True Blood’ Goes Political Again, Shoots Up Ted Cruz Republican Event (Video)

    07/22/2014 5:54:06 AM PDT · 20 of 39
    reformedliberal to equalator

    I wonder how long it will be before digitized avatars outnumber analogue actors? Think of the money saved!

    This occurs to me every time I see a planted PR piece/photo on some *star* I never heard of. Then I read that *most* pop singers have their songs digitally enhanced. I think I also read about attempts to write scripts using an AI. The entertainers are already so plastic and manufactured, no one would know the difference.

  • Welcome to a government we’ll-tell-you-what-to-eat world

    07/20/2014 9:26:55 AM PDT · 14 of 16
    reformedliberal to catnipman

    Mylar is my guess. Maybe aluminum.

    I have seen way too many movies where tech savvy folks clone phones via proximity or steal credit card info with some sort of slide-thru reader. I have watched my country become a national security state, with ubiquitous cameras, drones and, yes, RFID readers. I think that if there is sufficient cause for paranoia, it is no longer paranoia. Note that these protective sleeves are available on the open market,implying a relatively large perceived need.

    YMMV. Since I have very little understanding of actual technological capabilities, I opt for caution.

  • Welcome to a government we’ll-tell-you-what-to-eat world

    07/20/2014 8:10:51 AM PDT · 7 of 16
    reformedliberal to Salgak

    There are metallic-lined envelopes on the market to protect RFID cards from being read unless they are purposely removed. They are inexpensive. I have chipped cards I never take out in public, but I keep them inside those protective covers on the off chance the gov has some way way to read them remotely.

  • Mom Let Her 9-Year-Old Play in Park "for Hours at a Time" in the Summer... So Lock Her Up!

    07/16/2014 10:45:23 AM PDT · 43 of 82
    reformedliberal to Veto!

    When I climbed out of a 747 at dawn in Fiji, it felt like the first morning of the world. Was up at dawn every day there to watch the sunrise, gorgeous, dewy, so fragrant that you feel blessed just to breathe. Heavenly
    ________________

    Reminded me of my first arrival in Tahiti & then Moorea back in the 1970s. That fragrance! Your post brought it back.

  • Forensic profiler: Obama 'slipping mentally' Veteran of O.J., Natalie Holloway cases expects 'more

    07/14/2014 4:53:39 AM PDT · 113 of 133
    reformedliberal to ransomnote; itssme

    I’d say everyone is different, so maybe check out the guy on YouTube and make a decision based on his own presentation. I had other stuff to do, but there are 7 vids of him lecturing on this book. I may take a look later today, myself.

  • Forensic profiler: Obama 'slipping mentally' Veteran of O.J., Natalie Holloway cases expects 'more

    07/13/2014 3:33:33 PM PDT · 82 of 133
    reformedliberal to ransomnote

    A better locution would be “supra-intelligence”. This is a consciousness that operates above and beyond the general idea of intelligence. It is under less conscious control.

    I went to Amazon and skimmed the sample. He uses footnotes when referencing public utterances and quotes many of the conservative pundits who have already unmasked zer0. Not sure I’ll purchase this book. I think it is old news and already out there.

  • Global Warming Could Hurt Fish Friendships

    07/07/2014 7:12:21 PM PDT · 30 of 31
    reformedliberal to nickcarraway

    Would some other divers chime in here? Personally, I cannot recall ever seeing damselfish schooling. They are territorial and, except for mating season, tend to fight off anything that comes near their nest/eggs. I have seen pairs, but that is the largest number I recall seeing together. The juveniles aren’t schooling, as I understand the word. They are simply related hatchlings that haven’t yet ventured that far from the brood spot.

    It’s been a long time since I was diving. If I am wrong, please tell me.

  • The American Dream Is Dead, And Good Riddance (Barf alert)

    07/07/2014 1:36:13 PM PDT · 13 of 21
    reformedliberal to rightly_dividing

    Some of it is death of a spouse. Some of it is single-by-choice young people. Some of it is widowed or never-married parents whose youngest has moved out.

    Not everyone is 25-49 with young kids. Divorce often also results in 2 multi-person (blended families with kids from previous marriages) families.

    Having experienced one divorce and one death of a spouse and now being in a 40-year marriage, I find it simplistic to rant about what other people choose to do. Sometimes divorce is the best alternative. I had a spouse who was serially unfaithful with people of questionable hygiene, for example. Staying married to that was not an option for anyone with healthy self-esteem and a young child. Certainly no one is responsible for the death of their spouse unless they were a murderer.

    Not everyone hates living alone, either. I know several people who had wonderful marriages and are now single because of death and enjoying it. They have friends and a social life, but don’t choose to live with anyone in particular. Men, especially, seem to enjoy not being told what to do and not being financially responsible for another adult later on in life. People with assets are often loathe to combine them in a second or third marriage.

    Different strokes............

  • The Circle Is Complete - Robots To Write The Earnings "Reports" Read By Robots

    07/01/2014 10:46:03 AM PDT · 7 of 9
    reformedliberal to OneWingedShark

    There already is. Established artists are competing w/indies who publish digitally for .99-$3. People are so used to free eBooks, they now won’t spend more than $3 for a novel. Articles abound that while musicians sell digital downloads, albums aren’t selling. There’s a lot of free music available.

    To become self-sustaining in the arts takes a lot of money for exposure. Writing, performing, whatever will become a good way to spend time, but it looks to me as though we will all be on some sort of basic dole. Can’t say I understand how that sort of economy will work.

  • Solstice went to the Rainbow Bridge

    06/28/2014 3:05:30 PM PDT · 32 of 92
    reformedliberal to lee martell

    My vet tells the tale of a toy dog of some sort who ate an entire box of Godiva chocolates and showed nary a single ill effect.

    He does blanch at watching our 100+lb Akita sneak black coffee (he ignores creamed and sugared) and red wine. His comment on the dog slurping stolen wine was “There goes his liver!” At least 3-4 episodes later, Sumo is in perfect health. It’s not like we offer these foods to him. He waits patiently for any opportunity to steal them. He is tall enough, with a long enough muzzle and tongue that we need to be extra vigilant. He is a very quiet guy with ninja attributes.

    4 dogs over 40 years have enjoyed home cooked food that always includes some sauteed onion (I do take pains to make sure they don’t get chunks of it)and they adore guacamole. Both avocados and onion are said to be poisons. That said, they get very little of either. So far, they almost all have lived to ripe old ages of 10-12 and they succumb to the inevitable rear-end failure. One died at 10 chasing a raccoon onto thin ice (beagle) and the Samoyed got cancer and died at 9 1/2.

    I’m stricter with the present guy. He is my last big dog and my last working dog, simply due to my age. If we’re lucky, he’ll be with us until I’m over 80.

    My heart goes out to every owner mourning a best friend. It is devastating.

  • Trayvon trademark (vanity)

    06/28/2014 2:06:56 PM PDT · 19 of 27
    reformedliberal to Kirkwood

    Put on the TM symbol and it is considered trademarked.
    ______________________________________________
    That is what I did 27 years ago. The name is obvious related to my product, but while the product has been imitated several times, no one ever tried to pirate the logo/name/brand. Everyone of the imitators failed/quit production in short order.

    Now: a portion of my 2-word brand can be, has been,is and was applied to several other completely different products. What I *own* is the two-word brand applied to my particular and specific product. However, I am unaware of _any_ other use of the single word in the logo applied to different items that lasted more than a couple of years.

    It all depends on whether you are out to make a quick buck or in it for the long haul. Continuous usage in the market place can constitute product recognition and *goodwill* and those are commodities that gain more value over time.

  • Relief Workers Struggle to Cope With Flood of Migrants From Central America

    06/27/2014 9:12:59 AM PDT · 7 of 13
    reformedliberal to Oldeconomybuyer

    What struck me is that every one of the illegals is chubby and looks well nourished. The kids look happy. No one looks traumatized. Piles and piles of clothing, diapers, wipes and food. Tables upon tables of medical supplies like syringes. How much of that came from the local organizations to help Americans in poverty? Is this where the food/clothing drive donations of citizens are going?

    One woman paid $3500/per person??? She had anywhere from $7k US to??? to spend to get here? That is not the definition of impoverished.

  • Local Western Mass. Residents On Edge Over Natural Gas Pipeline Proposal

    06/27/2014 5:37:47 AM PDT · 7 of 44
    reformedliberal to wideawake

    I’m rural. We do not have access to NG. It is all propane or electricity. For those who don’t know, propane requires a 500 gallon tank in your yard. Or a 100 pound tank (about 3 feet high) attached to your house to provide gas for just a stove.

    We have a NG pipeline running along our property line. Maybe one-two acres away from the house. It crosses a field that is close to a river and therefore off limits for any permanent use. It actually crosses the river. It is buried underneath it. DNR controls the river, its banks and all easements within 25-30 feet. We have lived here for 40 years. The pipeline was here before that. Never been any problem and it does not impact property values. Except for the yearly reminder and calendar from the pipeline company, we forget it is there.

    The propane tank is 10 feet behind the house.

  • What Are They Teaching Your Kids About Global Warming? ["scientists" upset]

    06/26/2014 5:02:28 AM PDT · 22 of 36
    reformedliberal to VeniVidiVici

    “...this period of time in our history will be looked at as the Dark Ages Part Deux.”
    _______________
    Only if we managed to survive it and logic, real scientific method and common sense again become the norm. Otherwise, this era might become known as the “New Enlightenment” (shudder)

  • DNA Used to Catch Man Voting Over and Over

    06/26/2014 4:50:51 AM PDT · 30 of 33
    reformedliberal to Syllojism

    No, I just read the article:

    “And that’s not all: When Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker faced a recall vote, Monroe voted five times, per a criminal complaint filed Friday. The 50-year-old has been charged with voter fraud...”

    Per the headline, this man’s DNA was found on multiple ballots.

    Per the sidebar at the site:
    Milwaukee Journal Sentinel (Source Grid »)
    WISN 12 Milwaukee (Source Grid »)

    I used to live in Milwaukee.Both sources, newspaper and TV station are Dem/liberal/progressive in orientation. However, they are the major news source and they did cover this,

    So, if reading an article, checking the sources and then commenting without overt or implied ad hominem comprises *mental gymnastics*, I guess I do perform them often.

  • DNA Used to Catch Man Voting Over and Over

    06/25/2014 11:52:22 AM PDT · 22 of 33
    reformedliberal to knittnmom

    He voted to recall Walker 5 times. He _is_ a Democrat. He is being portrayed as a nut and he probably is one. “I can’t recall”. “My ADHD drugs made me do it.”

    If he really was a Republican, it would have been in the lede. Instead, buried at the end is some wiffle about not knowing his affiliation.

  • Fortified Foods May Be Dangerous

    06/25/2014 10:38:49 AM PDT · 27 of 36
    reformedliberal to OLDCU

    Staffed entirely by former Gore and Clinton staffers. They put out press releases constantly that are aimed at spreading FUD. My understanding is that they pay for studies to show whatever conclusion they seek.

  • DNA Used to Catch Man Voting Over and Over

    06/25/2014 10:35:01 AM PDT · 12 of 33
    reformedliberal to Alter Kaker

    “Monroe has claimed that he has no memory of the elections, and that his Attention Deficit and Obsessive Compulsive medications weaken his mental sharpness, WISN reports. No word on who he voted for, though he donated to a Republican state senator ... and allegedly voted twice in her recall election.”

    from the article.

  • DNA Used to Catch Man Voting Over and Over

    06/25/2014 10:32:57 AM PDT · 9 of 33
    reformedliberal to Alter Kaker

    A Republican that voted 5x to recall Scott Walker! That’s the ticket. He probably registered as a Republican to vote in a primary.

  • Shep Smith Calls Out State Dept. Official on the Air: ‘You Can Smile About It All You Want’

    06/25/2014 4:50:43 AM PDT · 31 of 44
    reformedliberal to Bigg Red

    There is a rule in PR,negotiations and grant application interviews: the bigger the ahole (to whom you are forced to speak), the bigger (your) smile.

    From the published bio/family history, Ms. Harf was taught this from the cradle and learned it well.

  • Kraft Foods Recalls Velveeta Cheese, Report

    06/22/2014 8:56:40 PM PDT · 39 of 41
    reformedliberal to sheana

    Ingredients: MILK, WATER, MILKFAT, WHEY, WHEY PROTEIN CONCENTRATE, SODIUM PHOSPHATE, MILK PROTEIN CONCENTRATE, ALGINATE, SODIUM CITRATE, APOCAROTENAL (COLOR), ANNATTO (COLOR), ENZYMES, CHEESE CULTURE.

    There is a DIY recipe out there. You soften the cheese scraps with hot water, add gelatin (replaces the alginate) and then I think it is put thru the processor and hardened in the frig in a loaf pan. IIRC, you line the loaf pan w/plastic wrap and weight the entire thing while it cools.

    It is just a way to stretch leftover cheese by about 1/3.

    I have tried the Clancy’s brand sold in Aldi’s. It is ok. Can’t tell the difference. Mr.rl likes processed cheese food on a hamburger and in eggs. It makes a good, quick grilled cheese. I use it 1/2 & 1/2 with extra sharp White Cabot Cheddar in mac’m’cheese. I make dip w/the Clancy’s jarred quesa and any hot salsa I have around, including homemade. I also love aged Danish Blue.

    Velveeta (or any processed cheese food) has its place and it doesn’t contain plastic.

  • Muslim Killer on Disability and Food Stamps had Diamonds and 200 Credit Cards

    06/21/2014 6:59:11 AM PDT · 5 of 29
    reformedliberal to Rashputin

    There may be a points program, sort of an affirmative-action that precludes any fact-checking.

    I know of many instances where the truly disabled have to fight and wait years,while PC applicants get in easily.

  • Hillary Clinton: Deport The Illegal Children Back To Central America

    06/18/2014 5:59:54 AM PDT · 50 of 71
    reformedliberal to okie01

    “...all of them who can be should be reunited with their families.””
    ___________________

    This means “Bring in their families to take care of them.” (and vote for me)

  • Are Farm Dogs Happier Than Lap Dogs?

    06/13/2014 6:15:07 PM PDT · 57 of 76
    reformedliberal to for-q-clinton

    I have an Akita. They do not come on command. He loves his 2 one-hour hikes, on a leash.

    He weighs over 100 pounds and spends 60% of his time asleep or just sitting and watching the world go by. He will spend 10-20 minutes running around his large enclosed pen and playing with his toys. He loves fetch, for about 15 minutes at a time. Every once in a while, he takes a quick 15-20 minute run after a bunny and is just as happy as can be to come home and lounge some more.

  • BIZARRO Chris Matthews: “This looking down our noses at tea party people has got to stop”

    06/12/2014 5:54:40 PM PDT · 5 of 24
    reformedliberal to RIghtwardHo

    Once upon a time, long, long ago, he was a fairly sane Democrat. Maybe he has realized just how OTT he had become.

    Or maybe he’s just trying to salvage the network and his ratings.

  • Feedly And Evernote Go Down As Attackers Demand Ransom

    06/12/2014 5:53:49 AM PDT · 8 of 13
    reformedliberal to tbw2

    You can do that on your computer without being connected to the Internet. Just sayin’.

    I also use paper lists, but Task Launcher’s daily appointments and word processing, as well as Notepad and Typepad are not net connected.

  • Pew poll: “Liberals” overwhelmingly say Obama had no duty to inform Congress of Bergdahl swap

    06/10/2014 5:07:28 AM PDT · 16 of 19
    reformedliberal to EC1

    Good idea. After all, it is warming up due to AGW and will soon be a tropical paradise when the ice is all melted.

  • Armed & Dangerous: The Terrorism of the LGBT Radicals

    06/09/2014 7:14:30 PM PDT · 31 of 34
    reformedliberal to dsc

    Such was not my intent. I saw an opportunity to say something true about sodomite play-pretend “marriage,” and I took it. Didn’t mean it as an attack on you.


    Ok, good.
    ___________
    I don’t think it is that many on a national scale. Sodomites are only about 2% of the population, and some families have more than one, so the percentage couldn’t be much higher than that.


    In a way, that is misleading. While I agree with you on the % of *practitioners*, if you consider that each one has 1-2 parents and 1-N sibs and 1-N straight friends, plus ancillary blood relatives, the number of acceptors is much larger than the number of practitioners.
    ________________________________
    I suspect that many who express support are secretly distressed.

    Oh, no doubt. And not so secretly, in some cases. I know of fathers who have cried over their daughters and mothers in denial, insisting that it is phase.
    ______________________________
    That is the picture we get from the leftard oligarchs. There’s a lot more resistance than the culture of death wants us to think.

    Here is where we diverge. There may be disgust. There may be angst, but resistance seems to be absent, here and in all the myriad ways these radicals are destroying our nation/culture. I just do not see it. Some mutterings, maybe. But spine-stiffening push back? Active resistance?

    What I mostly see is people engaging only with those they know are *safe* and just shutting up and sucking up elsewhere.
    ___________________________________________
    As a female who worked from home (I have been an artist my entire working life....50 years and counting), I don’t think it is fear of loss of salary that keeps women in the workforce. It is more likely lack of confidence in the ability to homeschool + fear of being considered an oddball. Most women my age and younger enjoy their careers, even if it is *just a job*. “Flimflammed”? I don’t know one woman my age down to those in their 40s or even 30s who were coerced, even remotely, into working. In fact, I know widows with a lot of money who continue to work because they want to stay engaged. Many males are totally bored with the idea of being married to a housewife and mommy. I have heard them so state. They prefer someone with a real life, an equal partner not solely dependent upon their salary. Even back in my youth, I recall being counseled to get a degree so as to have something to fall back on if necessary. There is no way women will willingly leave the workforce and, indeed, in today’s economy, it is a rare husband who isn’t relieved to share the economic burdens.
    __________________________________________

    We really do live in a post-religious world. Even the Catholics that I know could care about what some religious authority thinks of their sexual practices. Of those who say that they do, what percentage do you guess are hypocrites?
    ______________________________

    You are correct in your later statements: cowardice is rampant. Money talks, so the entertainment moguls push what sells. Media is mostly tabloid, where not only is the slant to the lowest possible denominator, there is extra paid for *product placement* and today’s *entertainers* are definitely products. Sex of every sort is everywhere to the point of surfeit.

    My prediction: it is too late. How in the world does a populace already committed to an anti-religious, amoral stance ever recant? How do cowards and the intimidated ever push back and, as you say, would anyone want them on their side if they did, given that they could revert at any moment for the slightest hint of social or other gain?

    I suppose if there were to be some sort of huge catastrophe, such that any remnant was forced to live in reality without a constant nudge from the nanny media and also such that all vestige of centralized control disappeared, then, after a new Dark Age, *something* different would appear. But that is supposition and it is unlikely anything that large and widespread will even happen.

  • Armed & Dangerous: The Terrorism of the LGBT Radicals

    06/09/2014 5:40:30 AM PDT · 26 of 34
    reformedliberal to Walrus; dsc

    Look, don’t dump on the messenger. There’s enough thought control in the larger society. I am describing what I experience, which does not indicate acceptance. As I said, it is what it is.

    There are “many, many” families with gay children and married gay children who simply do not and cannot discuss it. That does not mean it isn’t happening nor that the extended family isn’t supportive of the fact.

    We may find it disgusting, deviant or just wrong. Any small attempt to move outside one’s own personal bubble will verify that the observations I posted are correct. Once upon a time, there were gender norms. Now, not so much.

    The parents of children who insist on cross-dressing are profiled in the State media.The schools, including the students,are required to accommodate them,and parents who object may even find themselves harassed or worse. The US military accepts gays and it looks like they are going to accept transgenders. Bradley Manning is getting sex change surgery and the life-long hormonal supplements courtesy of the US military/taxpayer while serving time in a military prison. Someone who leaves or even complains specifically about all this is more likely to feel societal heat than the participants. If it was so universally despised, why is all this happening? Is it simple tyranny foisted upon a complaining and outraged majority? Then why aren’t all the military resigning en masse as a protest? Why aren’t the schools empty? Do the kids bully the gays and trans? Sure. Are the bullies punished. Severely.

    Call it whatever. The fact is, they are even getting married (or “married”) within various churches. The goal was to not only devalue traditional marriage, it is to take over the churches as accomplices in all the State PC. Think it bothers the radicals to see traditional Christians leaving their churches over this? HA!

    Technically, many straight people practice sodomy. Kids are instructed in the practice within State schools. It is an accepted (by some) sexual practice within male and female relationships. I see/hear no outrage or disgust in wider society over the practice. It is no longer whispered about. Novels describing this in excruciating detail become best sellers.

    Want to be separate but equal by establishing a church or a school that refuses to go along with this agenda? Expect State harassment and no mass demonstrations by supporters. Want to just boycott and refuse to watch, listen or read about it? Go for it. It simply reinforces the isolation and marginalization of what was once traditional, majority culture.

    As for Sam or any other football player, he _was_ drafted. He came out before the draft. If it was such an awful thing, universally condemned, why didn’t he keep shut or wait until the contracts were signed? I don’t really care, as I am not a fan of the game. Less so when I see all the butt grabbing and hugs. Want to think that is just manly behavior? Fine, but it is really conditioning when it is a close up on TV and the viewers’ nose is being rubbed in it.

    However, the progs have co-opted every aspect of traditional life. They now even have children with 3 genetic *parents*. I think there was recently a *marriage* of three people. I saw the headlines, didn’t read the articles, so that’s all I know.

    If it makes everyone feel good to pretend they are still in the majority, go for it. I prefer to live in reality and to understand what is going on in the world. But, like everything else, that’s just me and YMMV.

    Oh, and as an older woman, being called “Buttercup” doesn’t upset me at all.

  • Obama security team ponders black ops mission to kill Taliban 5 in Qatar (Dude, what?)

    06/08/2014 7:14:30 PM PDT · 60 of 70
    reformedliberal to leapfrog0202

    Remember, he once said “I am really good at killing people.”

  • Armed & Dangerous: The Terrorism of the LGBT Radicals

    06/08/2014 6:50:16 PM PDT · 19 of 34
    reformedliberal to Walrus

    Well, I disagree. Especially people under 45 just do not care at all.

    It is the culture. The entire idea of perversion has been turned on _us_. That quote about the “Moral majority will become the despised minority”? This was planned a long time ago.The inculcations of the past 3 generations have taken root.

    We believe in the power of tradition. The culture was changed deliberately to change the traditions. Look at football. Same game (sort of), but it has become a bastion of outspoken acceptance of gays, not to mention being PC. Years and years ago, a gay man told me that I would be shocked at how many pro football players were homosexual. I didn’t believe him then and those old guys are now all retired, but just look at the new crop! Many are bi. The ones who are straight have the morals of alley cats and it’s not just excess testosterone.

    Privately, many people in their 30s & up think their parents are “aliens”(sic). They may love us, they may show us respect because they love us, but they are not necessarily emulating or preserving our ideals.

    I’ve come to believe that very little is innate. Watching the world over the past 50-60 years indicates that just about every aspect of *culture* is learned. Anything learned can be taught. Anything taught can be inculcated. If I could come back in 100 years, I cannot even imagine what the accepted beliefs and behaviors will be. The more outre my imaginings, the more likely I think that will be the new norm.

  • Armed & Dangerous: The Terrorism of the LGBT Radicals

    06/08/2014 4:07:34 PM PDT · 13 of 34
    reformedliberal to Oliviaforever

    I think it is believable.

    1) Many, many otherwise Conservative and religious people have siblings and children who are openly gay and married. I know of such instances. They are not rare or unusual and the majority of friends, families and acquaintances support, cheer and openly offer public congratulations. In one instance I know of, the elderly relatives are being kept in the dark, so far. Of course, they may be totally aware of the situation and just holding their tongue for now.

    2) Many, if not most people just do not care about such things. They regard them as personal, private and totally acceptable. There are far more classical liberals than true social conservatives on the right.

    3)People with religious objections to same-sex marriage or open homosexuality are in the minority, numerically and culturally. The majority has proven they will not allow private convictions concerning the minorities that go against the majority to stand in the marketplace.

    Everyone will continue to believe as they will. But if you are in business, be aware that the support is on the side of the homosexuals. If you have a wedding business, a restaurant,a retail establishment, any personal service business,you turn people away on socially conservative grounds at your own peril. Beyond that, people will turn such business owners in, will demand they be prosecuted under the law, will denigrate them on social media and will go to inordinate lengths to destroy them economically and socially.

    Take your own rule-of-thumb poll and do not pre-select the respondents. If you find 5% in favor among a random selection of people you know, especially casual acquaintances, then you can expect the more rigorous polls to be correct.

    It is what it is. Refusal to believe or accept could rebound against you.

  • A look inside Leap Motion, the 3D gesture control that's like Kinect on steroids

    06/08/2014 3:49:51 PM PDT · 2 of 10
    reformedliberal to RoosterRedux

    No more smeary screens. yay!

  • Federal effort could outlaw old ivory

    06/07/2014 5:43:39 PM PDT · 66 of 70
    reformedliberal to Gay State Conservative

    You’re right: 4 Hungadungas & a McCormick.

  • Feds say no end in sight for policy of 'dumping' illegal immigrants in Arizona, Gov. Brewer says

    06/07/2014 11:04:39 AM PDT · 67 of 105
    reformedliberal to yefragetuwrabrumuy

    Yet, the Federal, some State and a few municipal governments can and do provide various methods by which minor children may legally be given information and medical interventions against their parents’ wishes and often without their knowledge.

    I do expect that there are Federal judges who would use the specious *humanitarian* claim to obviate parental prerogatives.

  • Federal effort could outlaw old ivory

    06/07/2014 10:48:52 AM PDT · 54 of 70
    reformedliberal to Lazamataz

    While I agree with you wholeheartedly, the fact remains that no auction house will accept such items, no online sites will allow them listed, no museums will accept new donations, people will be intimidated via peer pressure from displaying/wearing them and they will be effectively eliminated.

    I have Papuan masks which incorporate human hair. I personally collected them 40 years ago. I had to declare and show them to Customs when I came back to the States. At some point, I expect them to be considered unsellable and unacceptable for donation, let alone allowable into the country.

    I do display all my treasures, so far. But the world is so full of nannies, I am reconsidering my attitude.

  • Federal effort could outlaw old ivory

    06/07/2014 10:41:44 AM PDT · 51 of 70
    reformedliberal to HiTech RedNeck

    I have a sterling chocolate set from the mid-1800s with an ivory heat protector on the handle. It was used to protect fingers from the hot contents. Since it is post-late 1700s, it would be illegal, even though it is a legitimate antique.

  • Federal effort could outlaw old ivory

    06/07/2014 10:37:40 AM PDT · 48 of 70
    reformedliberal to Gay State Conservative

    Sorry.

    It’s Hungadunga, Hungadunga, Hungadunga and McCormick. /pedantism

  • Federal effort could outlaw old ivory

    06/07/2014 10:34:29 AM PDT · 47 of 70
    reformedliberal to moose07

    You cannot sell them, trade them or donate them to museums. The next step is that people will be reluctant to display them for fear of being accused of participating in some sort of illegal or at least, socially forbidden activity.

    I have ivory artifacts. I will hang on to them. I will bequeath them to those who understand such things and hopefully, at some point in the future this will all subside, the amount of such items will have been decreased sufficiently that he old items will again have value by virtue of rarity.

    This is just more feel-good-ism in the name of stopping something a few individuals deem bad. I will not be surprised when this regulation is extended to ebony, rosewood, mahogany,etc. I believe this has already been an issue with inlays on musical instruments. Then it will be all animal skins or even bone. At some point, perhaps all crystals or mineral specimens will be prohibited.

    Where does this end?

  • John Kass on Slenderman-Inspired Child Stabbing: “Evil Is Now Considered Heroic”

    06/07/2014 10:23:21 AM PDT · 19 of 27
    reformedliberal to Organic Panic

    If make it a habit to read the lower-ranked reviews for books on Amazon. It amazes me that so many people demand _no_ expletives, no gore and no sexual description at all. They complain even if they encounter these in the sample. Some want all books to be rated for these and for violence.

    I was reading Fredric Brown and other adult science fiction (quite adult) at age seven, as my father believed that if I could handle Shakespeare (I could), I could handle anything else. I had the usual Child of the Sixties experiences, which I survived. My mother thought my reading should be censored and pushed lame, childish, Pollyann-ish books at me. I read them quickly, gave her my book reports(mostly I rated them boring and unrealistic)and after awhile, she stopped.

    The thing is, my father would discuss these books with me. He provided guidance unobtrusively and without lecturing. I understood the meaning of gratuitous by the time I was eight. I don’t care for slasher fiction/film or the contrived horror of the Chainsaw type, so I simply don’t read/watch them.

    IMO, people today simply cannot handle reality. The mother in the article who states:”I don’t want to know.” is more of a problem than the online horror fan site. The parents who believe their little darlings aren’t experimenting exactly the same as their peers are in for a rude awakening at some point.

    BTW, my Dad was a preacher’s kid who was a wild child in his teens. I am now 71 and I have found that it is those who have been sheltered and who cannot cope who become intolerant adults. They also retain the ability to become aroused by the slightest exposure to the most limited sort of sexual explication. By internalizing the idea of *evil* and being put in situations as adults that seem to them to be just that, they can tend to self-loathing if they realize they are (horrors) responding to those stimuli.

    Everyone who gets their panties in a wad is free to limit their own exposure to the culture and that of their children. But I reject the attempt to limit mine or to limit the creative arts.

  • ‘A Soup of Misery’: Over Half of People Say They’d Abandon Their Cable Company, if Only They Could

    06/07/2014 10:00:30 AM PDT · 51 of 51
    reformedliberal to Fast Moving Angel

    If you get DSL, you can set up your Roku or other streaming device to a computer in another room. We use a cord from the modem that goes behind some bookcases along a wall and exits right at the back of the TV, then to the streaming device and the TV. I imagine a wireless connection could also be established.

    My husband does the same as you. He will stream something and fall asleep while it is on.

    BTW, through Roku (don’t know about the other streaming devices) there are add-on channels (some free, some pay) that range from clips of the local or national news to specialty programming of all sorts, some of which are short video clips on topics like cooking or DIY, as well as music, religious or foreign language channels.If you want current programs, you can subscribe to those through Amazon or Hulu. Hulu has commercials. I don’t know about Amazon. For us, since there was a financial component to going off the sat TV, we don’t pay-per-view plus pay a subscription fee, especially when there are also commercials. My experience with streaming Hulu is that it requires higher bandwidth than DSL provides.

  • ‘A Soup of Misery’: Over Half of People Say They’d Abandon Their Cable Company, if Only They Could

    06/06/2014 6:28:44 PM PDT · 42 of 51
    reformedliberal to Fast Moving Angel

    I live in a similar area and there is no cable to the rural homes. We cut off DirecTV in 2008. We only watched DVDs from Netflix for about a year. Then we got a Roku. We only have DSL, but it is fine. If a lot of people are using bandwidth, we might have a reloading problem, but it isn’t all that often. We now pay under $17/month for 1 DVD at a time and unlimited streaming. We no longer go to movie theaters because I find them uncomfortable due to some slight vertigo and some slight hearing problems. So, we wait and watch at home.

    We do have cell reception and we retain a non-mobile landline for power outages. Internet is DSL and I have no problems. I sometimes watch current shows on my monitor via Hulu Free. They have a streaming service, but it has commercials, so I won’t pay for it.

    If we like a show, we do an entire season as a marathon. If it’s only on DVD, we watch the entire disc in 1-2 nights. I can have closed captions and the small screen doesn’t aggravate the vertigo, so I can watch the action and FX films I can’t watch on the big screen w/o becoming ill.

    NO COMMERCIALS! EVER!!!! No ghostly little icons. No little puppet shows below the screen pitching the next show up. No FNC blaring ALERT! ALERT! over nothing at all. We have a weather phone for emergencies and dangerous weather. I won’t ever go back.

  • Obama’s Unqualified Diagnosis: How Could He Tell About Bergdahl's Health From a Video?

    06/06/2014 8:25:48 AM PDT · 22 of 27
    reformedliberal to N. Theknow

    But it was imperative to return this “young man” to his parents because,remember, he is someone’s child.
    _____________________
    OTOH, it is imperative to remove actual minors from parental custody if they need an abortion, have been home schooled, raised in Christianity, live in a home with guns present, squeal that their parents are unfair, or perhaps are simply not compliant with state BMI mandates.

    In those instances, *someone’s child* is then summarily handed over to the State, the foster care system or allowed to be adopted by the alternatively gendered.

    Who could even make this stuff up?

  • Report: EPA Rules Will "Necessarily Skyrocket" US Electricity Prices

    06/05/2014 2:31:10 PM PDT · 15 of 15
    reformedliberal to lbryce

    1) I believe the HSBC regs are for Europe. I vaguely recall reading that in the past.

    2) IMNSHO any page that puts up a (do you really want to leave)prompt when you close it is just a come-on to sell some sort of newsletter.