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  • Obama WH to Promote #Ferguson Indoctrination Ė Including Classroom Memorials to Mike Brown

    11/29/2014 6:51:24 AM PST · 11 of 43
    RLM to RummyChick

    Is the Whitehouse and the black community so hard up to find a black hero they choose to make a martyr of a black thug with a rap sheet that committed a violent felony in the form of a strong arm robbery, then provoked a confrontation with a cop that cost him his life? There are good black people worthy of recognition, but Mike Brown is not one of them. Making a martyr of Brown should be an insult to all black people.

  • WV Coal Mine Company Lays Off 130 Workers

    10/22/2014 7:56:13 AM PDT · 8 of 14
    RLM to sport

    The left has already shutdown all the liberal minds. The mines are next.

  • FedEx indicted on new criminal charges in online pharmacy case

    08/16/2014 8:16:11 AM PDT · 36 of 37
    RLM to Innovative

    The entire concept of private business, or even individual citizens, policing the activities and services offered to others is a dangerous precedent, and ripe for abuse. A local feed store was prosecuted for selling a raw material for meth, a material that also had other legal uses. The business was convicted for not verifying the material was being used for a legal purpose.

    Does Home Depot or Lowes now have to verify any purchase will be used for a legal purpose? Or must every car dealer, or even a private seller, verify that a car being purchased will be used only for a legal purpose? I sell communications equipment that, so far as I know, is used for legal purposes, but what if some of that equipment is somehow diverted and used to support an illegal enterprise? Should I be responsible? Expecting businesses and individuals to be cops is a dangerous precedent. As with FedeX, I will cooperate with the cops, but I have no intention of taking on responsibilities that rightly belong to the cops.

    As others have suggested, the word corruption comes to mind when considering some of the areas where government is now sticking their nose. And what else would we expect out of Chicago, either directly or indirectly?

  • Sharp Changes in Altitude and Course After Jet Lost Contact

    03/14/2014 9:45:07 PM PDT · 70 of 85
    RLM to BuckeyeTexan

    It seems to me that there is a lot of discussion about the altitude variation of the missing 777 without any verification of how the Malaysian military made that determination. A land based radar would only get primary returns over the ocean out to about 250 miles (maybe) but the radar would only show position, not altitude. Altitude is reported via the transponder, which was supposedly turned off. So how did the military determine the aircraft altitude? A ship based radar might have some chance of estimating altitude from a position near the aircraft, but even that’s doubtful. So, how credible is the assertion of the Malaysian military absent any qualifying information?
    If I’m off base on this, someone please set me straight.

  • Obamacare Whac-A-Mole

    12/27/2013 8:08:56 AM PST · 13 of 18
    RLM to Kaslin

    Ms. Charen’s words are more of an indictment of the Congress, and more specifically the Republican members of the Congress, than the president.

  • Shocking dashcam video shows the moment two cops open fire on

    11/17/2013 12:40:09 PM PST · 65 of 98
    RLM to moonshinner_09

    We can debate if the assisting 2nd cop acted rationally. From my observation the entire incident was provoked by a belligerent mother, and later escalated by the 14 year old kid that assaulted the cop while the cop was trying to restrain and arrest the mother. The 2nd cop to arrive evidently knew he was responding to a call for assistance, and upon arrival observes the mother and kid fighting with the cop. At this point I think it’s fair to assume the 2nd cop had no idea what was going on, except for what he observed upon arrival, specifically the woman and kid fighting with the 1st cop. There is no reason to believe the 2nd copy even knew there were kids in the van.

    The 2nd cop shooting at the van is a subject for discussion and possible action, partially depending on what he observed upon arrival, or may have known as he responded to the call for backup. I did not see anything that the 1st cop did wrong.

    The belligerent woman did just about everything possible to provoke and escalate the incident, and junior further excalated the incident when he jumped in the fray. As a minimum the woman should be booked and prosecuted for failure to yield, child endangerment and for resisting arrest, on top of a speeding ticket. The kid should be arrested and prosecuted for assault on a police officer.

    There is nothing shocking about the story. The video clearly shows what happens when you fail to yield to an order by a cop. If the cop is wrong, you can deal with the matter later, rather than the heat of the moment alongside a highway.

  • Solar Industry Takes on Crony Capitalism in Arizona

    11/04/2013 3:55:48 PM PST · 17 of 18
    RLM to SeeSharp

    You make a valid point however I’m not sure if I’m after the free lunch or the French fries. The fact is, my solar installation was a result of government intervention in the first place. Had it not been for the tiered rate structure, along with the utility and government telling me how much energy to which I’m entitled, the economics, and the financial sanctions for being bad, my project would have penciled out much differently. I don’t make the rules, but I try to make them work for me when I can, thanks to meddling bureaucrats and legislators that are intent on perverting the marketplace.
    Without taking any credits, the payback (breakeven point) is just under 5 years, at current rates. Afterwards I decided to take the federal tax credit which lowered the payback to 3.5 years. Of course I appreciate that the federal government continues to borrowing money from China, along with tapping the taxpayer, to subsidize my solar installation. At least mine works, which is more than can be said for the large projects funded by the feds.

  • Solar Industry Takes on Crony Capitalism in Arizona

    11/04/2013 7:48:08 AM PST · 7 of 18
    RLM to Kaslin

    Net Metering, as setup in California, allows homeowners to bank excess production during peak sunlight period of the day. This is done on a kilowatt per kilowatt basis. Both the utility and the homeowner benefit, to a point, since the excess production is typically during the period of peak demand, or slightly after. Any excess production is compensated at the wholesale rate, probably 2 to 4 cents per kwh, but not sure about that. Obviously this was setup by legislators to encourage more solar, and to reduce the need for generated power. Whether this is sustainable for the utilities long-term is debatable, especially since the utilities must have a reserve production capability to offset cloudy days when solar production is significantly reduced. Same problem applies to wind power.
    I have solar power with Net Metering, a system that I installed personally, not for any altruistic reason, but for simple economics. The utilities in CA have a tiered rate structure where they decide how much you will pay for each kilowatt depending on the tier, starting at about `13 cents/kwh rising to 32 cents/kwh if you’re a bad consumer and reach tier 5, as I do. I adamantly oppose this, admittedly for selfish reasons, because I work at home, and during the summer that would be impossible absent A/C, which I’ve upgraded to achieve greater efficiency. I also have computer servers that run 24/7. My electric bill always exceeded $500/mo during the summer. I just received my annual adjustment bill and paid about $10 since I slightly under produced what I estimated I needed for the year.
    I calculated my solar production capacity to annually match consumption, or slightly over produce, using that objective to evaluate return on investment, although I missed the mark by a few kilowatts and was charged $10 for the year.
    In my narrow minded way of thinking, each kilowatt should be priced the same, just like most other commodities, such as gasoline, at the same rate for all residential and commercial users.
    Good or bad, now is not the time to change the rules, in AZ , CA or any other state, at least not for existing systems where owners made the investment based on existing rules.

  • Gov. Walker Ignores Washington Order to Close Parks

    10/04/2013 3:35:27 PM PDT · 19 of 41
    RLM to Obama_Is_Sabotaging_America

    The shutdown is nothing more than a vindictive act by a Chicago thug that’s mad because he can’t have his way.
    And, I agree, all Federal lands and parks, excluding military bases, should revert back to the respective states, shutting down for good the NPS, USFS, and BLM, followed by a furlough of all federal workers and bureaucrats within these agencies.

  • Dozens of pro-Dorner protesters rally at LAPD HQ

    02/16/2013 10:41:57 PM PST · 13 of 89
    RLM to Morgana

    There is no question that Dorner snapped and went off the deep end. His actions during the ten days demonstrated he had a hatred for cops, but compassion for civilians not connected to law enforcement.
    The incident begs for a review of what really happened that caused LAPD to take away his livelihood and future. Was the incident involving the training officer part of a pattern, or a one-time he said, she said, event.
    Cops protect their own and their favored officers. A fair and impartial review of all involved is the only thing that will put this unfortunate incident to rest, along with appropriate action if Dorner was indeed treated unfairly. If, in fact, the assertions in Dorner’s manifesto are even partially true, there is no way he could appeal outside the police department to get a fair and impartial review, short of the extreme measures of which we’re all now familiar.

  • How to use biodiesel efficiently: Don't unload it.

    12/30/2012 8:28:26 AM PST · 1 of 11
    RLM
  • Ocotillo Wind Project - 90 Wind Turbines, Not one wind turbine is moving.

    12/19/2012 8:45:06 PM PST · 15 of 32
    RLM to Names Ash Housewares

    Not a problem. All they have to do is convert the wind ‘generators’ to wind ‘motors’ then power em’ up and make wind for another nearby wind farm.

  • School District Owes $1 Billion On $100 Million Loan

    12/09/2012 11:07:49 AM PST · 24 of 28
    RLM to RightField

    The school funding fiasco gets even better. In the school district near where I live, the district now has two relatively new schools that are totally unoccupied due to changing demographics and a declining K-8 enrollment in the immediate area served by the schools. But no problem for school administrators as they are now building still another school across town, which in all probability, will have a declining enrollment as demographics change. And, the local citizens voted themselves still another bond obligation for regular maintenance and technology upgrades that won’t do a thing toward enhancing student achievement and allows the use of bond money for routine maintenance.
    Unfortunately most young parent voters are clueless and uninformed, and like most parents, are more focused on the basics of life such as paying bills, or keeping and finding job, to be involved in local school politics. So, in the “anything for the kids mentality”, they vote to give the schools more money even before finding out if they’re getting good value for the money they already give to the schools. The fact is, they are not.
    Then no one considers that school buildings are probably one of the most poorly used public resources, often only being used for education only 6 or 7 hours per day. A typical high school begins school around 8 am, and discharges the students about 2:30 or 3 pm. How much creativity would it take to adjust schedules to use the school classroom assets from say 7 am to 6 or 7 pm. Perhaps such a schedule is not quite as convenient, but certainly a better alternative to going into serious debt. Naturally the teachers unions would whine, but who cares since they would probably still have classroom time of less than 5 or 6 hours per day. Then beyond that, the same assets could be used 12 months per year instead of the typical 8 or 9 months.

  • School District Owes $1 Billion On $100 Million Loan

    12/09/2012 11:04:05 AM PST · 23 of 28
    RLM to RightField

    The school funding fiasco gets even better. In the school district near where I live, the district now has two relatively new schools that are totally unoccupied due to changing demographics and a declining K-8 enrollment in the immediate area served by the schools. But no problem for school administrators as they are now building still another school across town, which in all probability, will have a declining enrollment as demographics change. And, the local citizens voted themselves still another bond obligation for regular maintenance and technology upgrades that won’t do a thing toward enhancing student achievement and allows the use of bond money for routine maintenance.
    Unfortunately most young parent voters are clueless and uninformed, and like most parents, are more focused on the basics of life such as paying bills, or keeping and finding job, to be involved in local school politics. So, in the “anything for the kids mentality”, they vote to give the schools more money even before finding out if they’re getting good value for the money they already give to the schools. The fact is, they are not.
    Then no one considers that school buildings are probably one of the most poorly used public resources, often only being used for education only 6 or 7 hours per day. A typical high school begins school around 8 am, and discharges the students about 2:30 or 3 pm. How much creativity would it take to adjust schedules to use the school classroom assets from say 7 am to 6 or 7 pm. Perhaps such a schedule is not quite as convenient, but certainly a better alternative to going into serious debt. Naturally the teachers unions would whine, but who cares since they would probably still have classroom time of less than 5 or 6 hours per day. Then beyond that, the same assets could be used 12 months per year instead of the typical 8 or 9 months.

  • School District Owes $1 Billion On $100 Million Loan

    12/09/2012 8:43:11 AM PST · 1 of 28
    RLM
    No surprises here. If you’ve ever had business dealings with school districts, you quickly learn that school administrators are not the brightest lights on the string. Most have been promoted from teaching positions in a K-12 classroom where they gained most of their business experience, and it shows. Board members typically don’t have any business experience either, and many are also school teachers or administrators. When we were actively involved in school construction 15 to 20 years ago, a very nice elementary school would typically cost $7 million. Now the cost for a similar size school costs three or four times that amount. There is no logic to what they do. One of the later schools where we shared in the construction even has a glassed-in elevator in a small atrium, something like a high end hotel. That school cost somewhere around $30 million. Clearly the cost of K-12 school has far outpaced the rate of inflation, partly attributable to state regulations, and partly attributable to school boards and administrators that lack basic business sense.
  • Solar power plants burden the counties that host them

    12/09/2012 8:16:20 AM PST · 22 of 22
    RLM to PLMerite

    Your correct it does take some massive batteries if solar power is the only source of electrical energy. And I’ve done exactly that in the case of some remote communications site installations. Perhaps I failed to explain that I bank the power as CREDIT with the utility. IOW, any energy I produce in excess of my demand, is credited through a procedure called Net Metering, and reconcilled annually. So I basically bank the excess generated power on the utility books as credit toward consumption. With regard to batteries, Google communications batteries, for battery types and sizes. I’m not currently trying to run my house on backup batteries.

  • Solar power plants burden the counties that host them

    11/25/2012 1:15:26 PM PST · 16 of 22
    RLM to BobL; MV=PY

    You’re correct about the grid-tied system going down when the utility power goes off. A system capable of generating A/C during a utility outage is an order of magnitude more complicated to avoid back feeding the grid. The current system is simply to avoid the higher tier penalty for using too much power. And, MV=PY is correct that the grid-tied system uses the grid to maintain phase, and absent any A/C from the grid, a grid-tied system must shut down. Since I have considerable land around my home, and a motorhome parked on the property, I could easily divert the output from the solar panels to sustain batteries and the A/C power in the motorhome indefinitely, by way on the on-board inverter. In fact, the motorhome is parked adjacent to the solar panel array so it would only take a few minutes to make the connection.

  • Solar power plants burden the counties that host them

    11/25/2012 11:13:45 AM PST · 10 of 22
    RLM to I want the USA back

    Solar power is not necessarily cost effective only with subsidies. Sometimes other factors cause solar to be cost effective. I installed a 5 kw solar system for my home, which is also my office. Southern California Edison has a perverted tiered rate structure where they decide how much power my residence should use, and if I exceed their allotment for a residence, I’m penalized with a much higher cost per kwh as I reach higher tiers. This socially, or politically, correct tiered structure is averaged notwithstanding my neighbor might not be home all day, thus having a lower demand, whereas I work from home and have servers and other equipment, including A/C, that far exceeds my neighbors demand. My Tier 1 rate is 13 cents/kwh, increasing to 33 cents/kwh in Tier 5. I consistently reached the Tier 5 rate. With the solar system, I barely squeak into Tier 1, and during the winter I bank a couple of kwh per day for cloudy days, or summer use. By installing the system myself, and switching to Net Metering, the payback on the investment is 3 years at the current electric rates. And, I can easily add capacity as needed. The relatively low cost of solar panels, plus performing the labor myself, resulted in a very appealing payback.
    The payback doesn’t include any subsidy, which I haven’t even applied for, nor any tax credits. However, I will take the tax credit since I feel it’s my duty as a good citizen to get as much of my tax money back as possible since the government just wastes most of the money anyway.

  • Lets go over the fiscal cliff! (vanity)

    11/24/2012 12:19:17 PM PST · 11 of 13
    RLM to impimp

    Over and over we hear from the congress and president that we need to get our national financial affairs in balance. Ironically we hear this admonition from the same group of people that got us into the financial mess in the first place. It’s clear that what’s lacking in the congress and administration is the incentive to do the right thing, and reduce spending. Increased revenue is not the answer.
    Therefore, I’ve urged my congressman to provide the required incentive for the congress and administration to do the job they’re elected and paid to do. True, doing the right thing will be painful on the short term, but the longer we wait, the greater the pain. The collective body of corrupt and inept legislators have consistently failed to get spending under control. Hence, the need for an incentive.
    The incentive is simple. The congress and administration adopt a truly “balanced” no gimmicks budget by the end of the 1st quarter of 2013, OR the entire body of congressmen and the president are tarred and feathered in the public square April 1, 2013. The fact is, there will be little effect on government in the absence of the tarred and feathered legislators, since the odds consistently favor the congress doing the wrong thing rather than the right whenever they’re in session.
    Since the tarred and feathered legislators will no longer serve, we can start over with a new crop, and with a similar incentive.

  • LIPA customers who spent weeks without power due to Sandy get zapped with normal electric bills

    11/24/2012 11:40:04 AM PST · 16 of 96
    RLM to Dallas59

    Long Island Power Authority is a government entity with a Board of Trustees appointed by various elected officials. The Authority is basically another government bureaucracy. The question is why anyone would expect more accountability or intelligence than any other government run entity.