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  • Andrea Tantaros Told To Take Some Time Off From Fox News (Suggests Cause is Support for Trump)

    04/29/2016 8:46:29 PM PDT · 60 of 61
    Retired COB to xzins

    “Fox says, “we have contract the way, she’s under contract”

    She’s a Trump supporter.

    That could be the contract issue.”

    I seriously doubt that as Rupert Murdock has publically endorsed Trump and the Fox Network has given him a lot more free airtime than all of the other candidates combined.

    A good question might be: “What’s in it for Rupert Murdock?”

  • Andrea Tantaros Told To Take Some Time Off From Fox News (Suggests Cause is Support for Trump)

    04/29/2016 8:46:29 PM PDT · 59 of 61
    Retired COB to xzins

    “Fox says, “we have contract the way, she’s under contract”

    She’s a Trump supporter.

    That could be the contract issue.”

    I seriously doubt that as Rupert Murdock has publically endorsed Trump and the Fox Network has given him a lot more free airtime than all of the other candidates combined.

    A good question might be: “What’s in it for Rupert Murdock?”

  • It’s time for Cruz and Kasich to call it a day and let Trump go after Clinton

    04/27/2016 9:25:20 AM PDT · 20 of 43
    Retired COB to Oldpuppymax

    I’ve been wondering if Trump will listen to his own advice and drop out of the race when he loses Indiana next week and can not numerically achieve the 1237 required votes.

    Trump is not a conservative and ran in the wrong party’s primary (he’s a Democrat at heart)....he and Hillary would have been a real contest and then winner could have run against a real conservative!

  • Holbrooke Thought Highly of Himself, for Good Reason

    05/31/2014 5:12:28 AM PDT · 35 of 35
    Retired COB to piasa

    Maybe that’s where my Dad heard it.

  • Tom Manion: Why They Serve—'If Not Me, Then Who?

    05/25/2012 9:53:01 AM PDT · 9 of 9
    Retired COB to Kaslin
    My deepest sympathy.

    SKCM(SS), USN Retired - 26 years

  • Barack Obama’s Arkansas primary problem

    05/22/2012 8:23:48 AM PDT · 8 of 9
    Retired COB to RightGeek
    It wasn't widely commented on, but in the North Carolina primary (same day as WV), 21% of Democrats voted for No Preference instead of Obama -

    Here in West Virginia we also had 20% of voting Democrats not choosing either candidate in their primary election. If that 20% would have voted for Judd he would have won the state.

    Maybe Obama should take note that if he screws with us he'll get it back.

    Both North Carolina and West Virginia are solid red states this cycle.

  • Man tells deputies he shot 2 deer because he's out of work, needed food

    05/22/2012 7:03:20 AM PDT · 36 of 82
    Retired COB to Buckeye McFrog
    His first FBI posting was in rural upstate New York where there were lots of people so poor they relied on poaching to feed their families.

    I can relate to that. Growing up in Northern Pennsylvania in the '50s we ate a lot of illegal deer out of necessity (8 kids and Dad unemployed a lot of the time).

    It is very likely better for us than beef because they aren't fattened up with chemical foodstuffs like they beef are in the slaughter yards.

  • If President Obama wins New Hampshire, Wisconsin and Virginia, it's game over!

    05/16/2012 11:52:01 AM PDT · 37 of 47
    Retired COB to VA_Gentleman
    I’m in VA too and have yet to see a single Romney bumper sticker. That concerns me. I’m no Mitt fan by the way.

    I won't put a Mitt bumper sticker on my vehicles. I'm waiting to find out who he chooses for VP so I can say that I'm voting for (Palin, Ryan, Huckabee, etc).

  • A brand-new Sarah Palin headache

    05/16/2012 5:25:34 AM PDT · 46 of 49
    Retired COB to bcsco
    it’s about making what is already a conservative party more obstinate, unyielding and hostile to Democrats.

    What's good for the goose is good for the gander. Why should we be nicer to them than they are to us?

  • Commonwealth’s Attorney calls state judicial vote [on gay judge nominee] ‘bigotry’

    05/15/2012 12:48:18 PM PDT · 8 of 11
    Retired COB to kevcol
    “It is hard to think about what happened at the General Assembly and not conclude that it is a form of bigotry,” said Herring

    Let me get this straight. If a person does not want to advance a sexual deviant into a position of power which he could use to advance his sinful agenda and force us normal people to accept their behavior as "Normal" also.....then we are bigots?

    Well, sign me up!

  • Bad day for Obama, unions in NC, WV, and especially WI

    05/09/2012 9:52:48 AM PDT · 46 of 49
    Retired COB to Presbyterian Reporter
    Interesting that WV Democrats detest Obama that much. Now the WV Democrats need to get rid of Sen Jay Rockefeller by voting in a conservative Republican.

    Scuttlebutt has it that he has inherited his mother's Alhizmer's Disease and will not be running in 2014. I would not wish that disease on anyone, but it is 'way past time for him to go!

  • Bad day for Obama, unions in NC, WV, and especially WI

    05/09/2012 9:41:44 AM PDT · 44 of 49
    Retired COB to Presbyterian Reporter
    Is West Virginia an open primary state or did 40% of the Democrat voters vote for inmate Judd?

    Independents can choose a Republican, Democrat, or Non-Partisan Ballot here in WV. Dems & Repubs cannot request an opposition ballot.

  • North Carolina Election: Democrat Primary 20% choose "no preference" over Obama

    05/09/2012 8:54:45 AM PDT · 29 of 32
    Retired COB to SoFloFreeper
    Here's a cut & past from the WV Secretary of State's webpage:

    Candidate Party Votes Percentage State Total

    BARACK OBAMA .Democrat ...70,348 ...57.57% ..70,348

    KEITH JUDD ..........Democrat ...51,840 ...42.43% ..51,840

    Unofficial Total Votes: 122,188

    Keith JUDD is currently in a Federal Prison in Texas. Obviously our WV Democrats would almost rather have a jailbird than OBAMA. JUDD did win 14 out of 55 counties, and could win some delegates to the Democrat Convention.

  • Indiana, N Carolina, and W Va Test Romney and Paul Support (Vote PAUL to show Romney's Weakness)

    05/08/2012 7:25:02 AM PDT · 31 of 99
    Retired COB to caver
    Here in Indiana, Gingrich and Santorum are still on the ballot.

    Same here in West Virginia. I voted for Santorum to make sure that Mitt knows that there are some conservatives out here that aren't happy with him.

    I would not vote for Ron Paul because of his screwed up notion about wanting to fight the terrorist over here instead of over there. His foreign affairs ideas are out to lunch. Anyone who would vote for Ron Paul would likely vote for the Libertarian candidate in November which would hand the election over to Obama.

    I hate to have to do this again (like with McCain), but I'll get a pair of vice grips and hold my nose tightly and vote for Romney in November. Hopefully we can get Sarah or Herman to run against him in the 2016 primary.

  • Today’s new Secret Service El Salvador strip club revelations show why Obama picked Napolitano

    04/26/2012 10:47:26 AM PDT · 30 of 39
    Retired COB to Longbow1969
    Yup, having lived in Bangkok for quite awhile I can certainly say that this little soiree the advance teams had in Columbia is nothing

    I never made to Bangkok, but I sure heard the stories. On the other hand, I put in 26+ years in the Navy and what we did (other than something criminal) when we were off duty was no business of the Department of Defense. It was expected that we would both "work hard" and "play hard".

    Also if we were to get drunk and pass out, we were required to fall on our left sleeve so people would think that we were part of the officer corps.

  • Not Excited About Romney?

    04/26/2012 5:40:30 AM PDT · 95 of 157
    Retired COB to Randy Larsen
    What? He is a carbon copy!

    I call him "Obama Lite", and I'm not just talking about skin color.

  • Primary Postmortem [Vanity]

    04/25/2012 10:46:14 AM PDT · 26 of 33
    Retired COB to kevkrom
    The simple truth is that being a good conservative isn't, in and of itself, a good qualification for being President of the United States. The President is a leader and executive, and needs to have those traits as well.

    It sounds like you're making a good case of LCol West. I could get excited about that choice!

  • Mourdock says May 8 primary offers chance to change nation's political discourse

    04/24/2012 6:25:22 AM PDT · 8 of 8
    Retired COB to Clintonfatigued
    Mourdock says May 8 primary offers chance to change nation's political discourse

    Yes, we can vote for Newt and knock Romney on his establishment Republican a$$. Hopefully Indiana and West Virginia both will help stop the Romney surge.

  • Dem senator unsure of vote for Obama or Romney

    04/20/2012 1:19:23 PM PDT · 19 of 23
    Retired COB to AU72
    I know, that's why I said another naval base. Bobby Byrd could deliver the pork to WV like nobody else.

    We had some of the locals believing that there were underground tunnels and we were refitting submarines back in the mountains --- kinda like the Germans did in WWII.

  • Dem senator unsure of vote for Obama or Romney

    04/20/2012 12:15:58 PM PDT · 15 of 23
    Retired COB to yefragetuwrabrumuy
    Manchin is in a bad way. The Democrat party has turned as strongly against coal as it is for abortion.

    He is in trouble. He has lost the West Virginian's for Life endorsement because of his support for Obamacare.

  • Dem senator unsure of vote for Obama or Romney

    04/20/2012 12:13:27 PM PDT · 14 of 23
    Retired COB to AU72
    Probably looking for another Naval Base for WV.

    I hate to break it to you, but there is a Navy Base in West Virginia. It's at Sugar Grove (in Pendleton County) just to the North of our listening station for alien radio signals in Greenbank, WV (which requires a National Radio Quiet Zone). That zone helps the Navy's mission which the local newspaper said was monitoring satellite transmissions from the various embassies in DC for intelligence. I can neither confirm nor deny that news story.

    I did serve almost four years there when it was a Naval Radio Station. It is now a Naval Security Group Activity. By the way, it is the only active (as opposed to reserve) duty base in the state.

  • What Mitt Romney Seems to Believe (and Why He's so Disliked)

    04/20/2012 9:25:29 AM PDT · 26 of 39
    Retired COB to upchuck
    With the Republican primary contest over and the general election underway

    Our West Virginia primary election is going to be held on May 8th.....and I'm voting for Gingrich now that Santorum has dropped out.

    The last time I checked Romney doesn't have the numbers yet. His handlers want it to be considered a "Done Deed" so that the people who haven't voted yet will get in line behind the apparent winner. I hope that our people aren't so easily misled and continue to vote for their conservatives. Even if he wins, at least the Romney team will know that they have to pay attention to our desires or he'll have the strong probability of a conservative primary challenger in 2016.

  • 'She's Terrible!' NBC Execs Rip 'Diva' Chelsea Clinton Behind the Scenes

    04/17/2012 8:01:32 AM PDT · 40 of 61
    Retired COB to Sub-Driver
    holding a series of meetings in New York last fall with all the major television news outlets, including ABC, CBS, and CNN.

    What, not Fox?

  • Gingrich's latest endorser believes he can still win it

    04/13/2012 7:04:18 AM PDT · 10 of 13
    Retired COB to CaptainKrunch
    the former speaker is still getting a slow trickle of endorsements from politicians who seem to genuinely believe he has a shot at the White House.

    Well, he just got another vote next month from me here in West Virginia.

    We West Virginians simply detest Obama......We're not real big on "Obama Lite" (Romney) either. He just could win here!

  • Romney's wife gave money to Planned Parenthood (2007 article)

    04/13/2012 6:52:46 AM PDT · 30 of 32
    Retired COB to TBP
    And the Romneys pretend to be pro-life.

    I wonder what their stance is on military service. I don't believe there has been any of it in the entire Romney family for himself, his father, or his five sons.

  • LDS Proxy Marriage Rites Bind Slaves to Slavemasters for Eternity, including Jefferson and Hemmings

    04/02/2012 10:30:36 AM PDT · 15 of 35
    Retired COB to SeekAndFind
    Church doctrine teaches that marriages performed within LDS temples “seal” husband and wife together not only for mortality but for eternity.

    If that is true I guess I'll have to convert. I was widowed, as was my current wife. If I'm still married to my late wife, I'd better change to Mormanism so I'll be allowed to have multiple wives.

  • MTP 4-1-12 Harold Ford Jr schools Mika B on Capitalism

    04/02/2012 8:31:53 AM PDT · 6 of 12
    Retired COB to Mikey_1962
    The deductions enjoyed by the oil companies are enjoyed by all U.S. manufacturers. So to single out oil companies at a time in which gas prices are high, in which our U.S. domestic industry, or to say domestic oil industry...

    What's the old saying???? "Businesses do not pay taxes, their customers do."

    Taxes, cost of materials, costs of processing, cost of delivery, cost of labor for all businesses are added up not just for oil companies, but all companies. They then add their markup (profit) and that's the sales price to the customer. When you raise their taxes (or any other cost) they have to pass it on to their customers......or go out of business.

    So what Obama is really saying when he wants to take away the "subsidy" being paid to the oil companies, what he really is trying to do is raise our prices at the pump (to European levels).

  • Obama Calls for More Redistribution of Wealth, Declaring: ‘I Am My Brother’s Keeper’

    04/02/2012 6:30:10 AM PDT · 49 of 86
    Retired COB to Sub-Driver
    I believe the correct quote from the Bible is: "Am I my brother's keeper?"

    Cain was trying to pull an "Obama" by misdirecting God with his phoney answer (like Obama, Cain underestimates other's intelligence).

    My answer would be that even if I am MY brother's keeper, but I'm not YOUR brother's keeper.

  • John Kerry: They're swiftboating Obama

    03/30/2012 6:10:40 AM PDT · 88 of 100
    Retired COB to mountainlion
    John the Traitor Kerry swiftboated 2.5 million Viet Nam Veterans in 1974 with his baby killer lies and war criminal lies. Do you really think you are innocent Kerry?

    I spent all of 1970 at the Naval Support Facility in Cam Rahn Bay, Republic of VietNam. Our primary mission was to repair and support the Swift boats and PBRs (Patrol Boat River). If Kerry had spent his entire year in country, our tours would have overlapped...but he took a coward's way out of country.

    My point, though, is that I did know and help a bunch of the Swift Boat sailors and they were a brave lot. Try to imagine yourself getting on a small boat capable of speeds of about 50mph running up and down a relatively narrow river exposing yourself to small arms fire from any given point along the way. I can understand John Kerry being scared, but when he left early someone else had to step forward and take his place. Did that replacement person lose their life as a result???? He's a coward, and he doesn't belong in the company of the heros that I knew.

    SKCM(SS), USN Retired

  • Guest Post: Welcome To The Predatory State of California--Even If You Don't Live There

    03/20/2012 11:36:05 AM PDT · 13 of 30
    Retired COB to count-your-change
    If a retroactive tax is legal why not the ability to tax income of nonresidents?

    As a career Navy man I had several ties over the years to the State of California. When stationed in Japan, I had a mailing address (Fleet Post Office Box) in San Francisco. Following that, I went to survival school just North of San Diego for about six weeks prior to going to Viet Nam for a year (and again using a Fleet Post Office Box in California). My last two-year tour was in San Diego - where as a "geographical batchelor" I lived in the barracks on base (a Federal Reservation, by the way).

    At the time I retired in September 1990 California wanted to tax my military retired pay based on the percentage of it that was earned during the amount of time that I had a California address. They didn't care that I had actually never lived in the state other than on a federal reservation outside of state jurisdiction. The US Supreme Court took a challenge to this practice and declared it unconstitutional (Thank Goodness). Otherwise they would have been taxing me and a lot of other people based on "Sourced earnings".

  • Submarines: The Quiet Bulwark of the Russian Navy

    03/20/2012 10:05:44 AM PDT · 3 of 10
    Retired COB to sukhoi-30mki
    In the early 1980s, the Soviet Union managed to get past the tight system of export control and succeeded in importing milling machines capable of producing submarine propellers with a much better surface quality, which helped the main defect of Soviet submarines – their high noise level – to be overcome.

    This technology was sold to them primarily by the Japanese company "Toshiba". I took this personal because this act on Toshiba's part could have cost me my life.

    Bottom Line: I'll never own a Toshiba product.

  • Obama’s 41% approval rate in CBS/NYT poll is far from the only bad news it held for him

    03/20/2012 9:19:04 AM PDT · 18 of 20
    Retired COB to Venturer
    Bracko Bama’s poll numbers would be a lot worse if not for Blacks, Queers, and Unions.

    OK, how are we supposed to tell the difference between the last two groups???

  • Senators Boxer and Johnson Call on House to Pass Bipartisan Senate Transportation Jobs Bill

    03/16/2012 1:25:51 PM PDT · 5 of 12
    Retired COB to mdittmar
    Senators Boxer and Johnson Call on House to Pass Bipartisan Senate Transportation Jobs Bill

    If John Boehner had a set, he'd tell Senator Reid that the House of Representatives will take this bill under consideration AFTER the Senate brings up all of the bills that they have been sitting on for an up or down vote.

    They've been letting him get away with this BS for 'way too long now.

  • Inside a brokered Convention: ‘Brokered’ GOP convention? Get ready, say political strategists

    03/16/2012 6:41:39 AM PDT · 24 of 24
    Retired COB to scrabblehack
    Are you well-known enough to win election? Uncommitted delegates have an uphill struggle.

    I think I am well known enough. I'm on the WV State Republican Executive Committee. I've also ran for both the State Senate and the State House of Delegates - I lost every time because I am a Republican, but every time I did better than the party breakdown by percentages.

    The other reason I may get a win is that I am running for one of the three seats in the First Congressional District. There are a total of 28 people running for those three seats. Eight are committed to Romney. Two are committed to Santorum. Ten are committed to Gingrich, three to Paul, and the other six are uncommitted.

    Ron Paul is an "Also Ran". The biggest competition I have are the two committed to Santorum. With Gingrich's recent failings I'd bet that most folks will want to vote for either a delegate supporting Santorum or Uncommitted. I don't believe that we country folks would support Romney....especially after all of his backstabbing efforts against his conservative opponents. We're not real fond of mud slingers. (As an aside, I'd almost bet that Romney was the one who stabbed Herman Cain in the back with the floozie attacks.)

    Bottom line, Romney had better hope that I don't get to go to Tampa and be the deciding vote.

  • Inside a brokered Convention: ‘Brokered’ GOP convention? Get ready, say political strategists

    03/15/2012 11:59:28 AM PDT · 20 of 24
    Retired COB to God-fear-republican
    “Every state is different. Some states, you vote for the candidate to whom you were pledged in perpetuity.”

    In my state (West Virginia) I'm running as an "Uncommitted" delegate. I had to sign up before the end of January as either committed to a named individual or uncommitted. I choose the uncommitted role so I would be able to support whichever Anti-Romney candidate was still around. My first choices - Cain, Bachman, & Perry are already gone, so if and when I get to Tampa I'll vote for either Gingrich or Santorum (whichever can beat Willard).

    Like a lot of citizens of late voting states, it's going to be nice to be able to have a part in choosing our candidate for a change. I'd like to see the recommendation approved which was made in 2008 to divide the country into four squares (NE, SE, SW, and NW) and rotate which square starts the primary season every four years. They'd all (within the square) vote on the same day with the next square voting about a month later, etc. That way we could stop the liberal states from picking our candidate for us because they insisted on being the earliest primary/caucus states.

    While we're fixing the system, I'd like to stop letting Independents and Democrats vote in our primary, which also lets them pick our candidates for us. If you want to pick the Republican candidate, you should have been a registered Republican for at least the last six months!

  • ‘Brokered’ GOP convention? Get ready, say political strategists

    03/15/2012 9:38:21 AM PDT · 51 of 79
    Retired COB to Stepan12
    Maybe Sarah will be our nominee.

    From your lips to God's ears!

  • Newt is Right: Santorum is Better Off With Gingrich in the Race

    03/15/2012 9:25:42 AM PDT · 38 of 92
    Retired COB to Ingtar
    If Santorum had the votes that went to Newt, he would not simply have the delegates Newt has won added to his own. He could have won more and likely would have.

    I believe that in both Mississippi and Alabama any candidate that received more than 50% of the vote would have gotten ALL of the delegates. With no one getting 50% the distribution was proportional.

    If Newt had not been in the race, Santorum would have easily have won more than the required 50% and received all of the delegates.....and Romney and Paul would have received none. That would have made him the overall delegate winner for the evening.

    I think that all of the states which are required to award on a proportional basis by the RNC have a similar setup.

  • US 'taken aback' by HMS Astute (British sub)

    03/06/2012 10:44:02 AM PST · 25 of 33
    Retired COB to Gamecock
    I always had it in my head that in subs the crew hotracked. (I’m an Army guy, so help me out on this....)

    When I was in we did hot rack. At least 1/3 of the crew was on watch (operating the ship) at any given time so the junior folks would have two bunks assigned to three people. When you got off watch you just hopped into whichever one of the two were empty (and it may still be warm...thus the term "Hot Rack").

    The nuke boats were a lot better with accomodations than the diesels. They retired the last diesel boat the day after I retired (I guess there just wasn't anyone left to run it).

  • US 'taken aback' by HMS Astute (British sub)

    03/06/2012 10:35:59 AM PST · 24 of 33
    Retired COB to spetznaz
    I left New London in 1988 to go to my final tour in a Submarine Squadron in San Diego. I just looked it up, and she was commissioned USS VIRGINIA (SSN-774) on October 23, 2004. That surprised me because they were beginning to build it before I left Groton. As my aging memory returns, the sonar example I gave was for the Ohio Class boats and the info given out at that time was that the Virginia Class at full throttle was quieter than the Ohio Class tied to the pier.

    Thanks for the comeback.

    SKCM(SS) Russ Snyder, USN Retired

    Chief of the Boat USS Philadelphia, SSN690, 1987, 1988.

  • US 'taken aback' by HMS Astute (British sub)

    03/06/2012 8:36:16 AM PST · 5 of 33
    Retired COB to Gamecock
    I guess they've made a few improvements since I retired from the Submarine Force in 1990.

    Back then if you wanted to find a Virginia Class attack submarine, you had to listen for the quiet spot in the ocean where the sub was blocking the background biologic sounds.....they were that quiet!

  • USA statistics from Jan 09 to today-[Vanity]

    03/05/2012 10:17:43 AM PST · 4 of 10
    Retired COB to greyfoxx39
    Good chart.

    You should change the "Today" column to some given date. I don't know about the rest of the costs listed, but the prices of gasoline and bulk oil are a lot higher now than when this chart was made.

  • Coal activists' strategy exposed

    03/05/2012 9:20:02 AM PST · 4 of 7
    Retired COB to smokingfrog
    and says the aim of the strategy is to "disrupt and delay" projects "while gradually eroding public and political support for the industry and continually building the power of the movement to win more".

    Our biggest anti coal activist lives in the White House.

    West Virginia will change from a purple state to a red state this year!

  • Veterans and troops set to lose health benefits under Obama's budget: Increases up to 345%!

    03/05/2012 6:14:36 AM PST · 64 of 67
    Retired COB to 2ndDivisionVet
    I totally agree with your post.

    Before I retired in 1990, they had already reduced my "Free Healthcare for Life" by making it mandatory that I convert to Medicare when I reached age 65. (Never mind that I can't receive full Social Security retirement pay until I'm age 66). My wife retired from the Federal Government and she has kept her Blue Cross/Blue Shield @ about $400 per month...which also required us to subscribe to Medicare at age 65. Our Medicare premium is $140 per month apiece.

    Our bottom line is that at age 65 we now pay almost $700 per month for less coverage than we had before we had to subscribe to Medicare as it has been recently adjusted by Obama.

    I personally would like to have the option to not be required to take Medicare, but I don't have that choice the way the law is currently written.

    SKCM(SS) USN Retired

  • PayPal Changes Customer Identity Program, Amends Privacy Policy (no rights, no more privacy online)

    03/01/2012 8:28:41 AM PST · 35 of 35
    Retired COB to JustaDumbBlonde
    You could have easily conveyed your experience with paypal without the numbers.

    I believe that the numbers are relevant to the point I was trying to make.

    I've been poor - to the point that I literally ate out of garbage cans as a child, and now by that standard I'm rich (although I don't meet Obama's standard of $250K per year yet). I LIKE RICH BETTER

  • PayPal Changes Customer Identity Program, Amends Privacy Policy (no rights, no more privacy online)

    03/01/2012 7:02:22 AM PST · 33 of 35
    Retired COB to JustaDumbBlonde
    But apparently not enough concern that you won't share with what card you pay and the limit on your card, not to mention how much you've spent on eBay.

    I gave generalities about the card....not specifics. You couldn't charge anything to it without a lot more information.

    BTW, very apt username.

  • Man who brought gun to school voting precinct frustrated after police called(MI)

    02/29/2012 1:17:36 PM PST · 14 of 35
    Retired COB to marktwain
    I don't know about his state, but here in West Virginia school is cancelled for students on election days. If that is the case there shouldn't have been a question about his right to carry.

    As a secondary issue, if the argument is that someone who is legally carrying a weapon may shoot children then what is to stop that same person from shooting children at a ball game, ice skating rink, shopping mall, etc. If he's a licensed carrier, I would assume that he has had some basic screening to determine that he has no criminal record or mental issues. This basic argument is a stepping stone for not allowing anyone to ever carry a weapon, aka "A slippery slope".

  • PayPal Changes Customer Identity Program, Amends Privacy Policy (no rights, no more privacy online)

    02/29/2012 11:59:24 AM PST · 4 of 35
    Retired COB to STARWISE
    I keep getting an automated response from PayPal every time I make a purchase on eBay. They tell me that I'm approaching my $10,000 limit, and that if I want to eliminate that limit I need to either (1) Apply for their captive credit card or (2) Give them direct access to my bank account. It has taken me about three or four years to have my cumulitive online purchases reach this amount.

    I routinely reply that I have never owed PayPal a single dime and that everything I buy online and charge through them is immediately paid for with the VISA card I have listed with them (by the way, it has a $15,000 limit). I further state that I have privacy concerns and do not give out my banking information (or Social Security Number for that matter) to anyone who doesn't have a legal need to have it.

    So far I've not been able to make that problem go away, so I'm going to have to find another way to shop online....or maybe return to shopping locally.

  • The Conversion - How, when, and why Mitt Romney changed his mind on abortion

    02/22/2012 11:57:01 AM PST · 9 of 23
    Retired COB to PhxRising
    So, basically, Romney followed his church's teaching and was pro-life. Then in 1994 a pollster told him he would lose election in Massachusetts if he was pro-life, so he conveniently became pro-abortion. And while he was governor, he created Romneycare with free abortions on demand. Then in 2005, he saw the light, and suddenly realized he was pro-life all along.

    I've heard that his wife was pro-abortion and very supportive of Planned Parenthood.

    My question is: Did she flip-flop every time he did????

  • Feds sue anti-war activist Cindy Sheehan over back taxes

    02/22/2012 11:44:11 AM PST · 28 of 36
    Retired COB to MissesBush
    An IRS revenue officer said Sheehan refused to answer any questions about her finances after receiving a summons at her Vacaville home.

    As much as I'm not eager to help this woman, the question "What about her 5th Amendment right to refuse to incriminate herself?" comes to mind.

    If I had to choose who I disliked the most of these two....the IRS will win that one hands down.

  • Was Romney pro-life before he was kinda sorta pro-choice before he was pro-life?

    02/14/2012 11:26:51 AM PST · 7 of 22
    Retired COB to SeekAndFind
    All of this plus the fact that Mitt's wife financially supported Planned Parenthood and openly campaigned for their platform.

    It could be that Mitt just rolled over on this issue to keep the peace at home. If that is the case though, we don't want to elect his wife by proxy.....we've been there - done that with the Clintons.