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  • Stent Placed in Heart of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg

    11/26/2014 8:23:31 AM PST · 49 of 71
    Spartan79 to Vaquero
    Stay healthy for 2 more years Ruthie.

    Actually, all she has to do is limp along until after the GOP-majority is installed in the Senate in January. If she resigns or dies after that, Obama can nominate replacements until he's blue in the face, and the GOP can simply refuse to bring them up for a vote or vote them down. As long as her seat is vacant, the SCOTUS will be tilted notably rightward from it's current composition.

    In fact, this prospect likely has dems frantically trying to talk Ginsburg into retiring NOW, so Obola can try to have her replacement' s nomination crammed through the Senate in December.

  • Stent Placed in Heart of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg

    11/26/2014 8:23:30 AM PST · 48 of 71
    Spartan79 to Vaquero
    Stay healthy for 2 more years Ruthie.

    Actually, all she has to do is limp along until after the GOP-majority is installed in the Senate in January. If she resigns or dies after that, Obama can nominate replacements until he's blue in the face, and the GOP can simply refuse to bring them up for a vote or vote them down. As long as her seat is vacant, the SCOTUS will be tilted notably rightward from it's current composition.

    In fact, this prospect likely has dems frantically trying to talk Ginsburg into retiring NOW, so Obola can try to have her replacement' s nomination crammed through the Senate in December.

  • BREAKING: Ferguson Grand Jury Fails to Reach Decision on Indictment

    11/22/2014 12:41:45 PM PST · 66 of 152
    Spartan79 to Vermont Lt
    I have a graduate degree and I am confused.

    In my experience, the more degrees on has the more confused one gets.

    I have a masters. I figured I better stop short of any further degrees while I could still figure out how to tie my shoes

  • Libertarians and Obama's Immigration Plan

    11/21/2014 12:43:06 PM PST · 23 of 41
    Spartan79 to johnatures
    (T) he President’s executive order ... will lead to wage growth...

    Five million more workers will lead to wage growth? I would have flunked out of Economy 101 spouting that kind of nonsense.

  • Executive Action: What now?

    11/21/2014 9:52:31 AM PST · 22 of 22
    Spartan79 to MNDude
    If I were a business owner, I would be asking my attorney about my liability if Herr Obama's waving of his magic pen and issuing a diktat purporting to make 5 million otherwise ineligible employees legal. The Immigration Reform and Control Act imposes a fine of up to $3000 per violation for hiring an illegal alien, as well as 6 months hard time. If the courts ultimately invalidate the diktat, as I think they must, is the business then subject to the penalties?
  • Boehner: House GOP files Obamacare suit

    11/21/2014 9:39:16 AM PST · 25 of 84
    Spartan79 to tcrlaf

    So, Boehner files suit three years after Herr Obama starts rewriting ACA from the oval office. At this rate I suppose we can expect the House to file suit challenging yesterday’s immigration diktat sometime in 2017, after the 5 million undocumented democrats have all used their new government-issued drivers licenses to vote in the 2016 general election.

  • Boehner: House GOP files Obamacare suit

    11/21/2014 9:30:11 AM PST · 12 of 84
    Spartan79 to Puppage
    Oooooo, can a letter with stern language be far behind?

    And If Herr Obama ignores the first sternly worded letter, the GOPe in the House will follow up with a second such letter IN ALL CAPS!

  • Obama's Amnesty Lawlessness Demands Accountability

    11/20/2014 6:16:08 PM PST · 15 of 29
    Spartan79 to jazusamo

    Impeachment is, I think, the only recourse. To those who argue that we should just wait until the new Congress is seated and pass legislation defunding the order, and hope to pick up enough dem votes to overturn Obama’s inevitable veto.

    Suppose that then, notwithstanding Congress’ action, Obama goes ahead and enforces his amnesty. What then? He can’t do that!, I hear you screaming.

    Yeah, right. I ask you again: What then?

  • Churches Won’t Be Charged “Rain Tax” if they Preach Against Global Warming

    11/20/2014 10:09:17 AM PST · 29 of 42
    Spartan79 to Buckeye McFrog
    Hate to point this out, but the Constitution restricts only the Federal Government from sticking it’s nose into religion. CONGRESS shall make no law. That is all of it.

    The Supreme Court's Everson v. Board of Education decision extended the establishment clause to the states in 1947. SCOTUS reasoned that the 14th amendment's "privileges and immunities" clause selectively incorporated Bill of Rights protections to the states (the "incorporation doctrine"). Selectively, meaning our robed tyrants can rule that Bill of Rights protections they agree with (e.g., the bastardized "wall of separation" their tortured reasoning teased out of the establishment clause) apply equally to the states and political subdivisions, while leaving intact the application of Bill of Rights protections the justices are less enthusiastic about to only the federal government ( e.g., 2nd amendment).

  • Missouri Governor just announced a state of emergency

    11/17/2014 12:32:14 PM PST · 31 of 118
    Spartan79 to GeronL
    From other reports it sounds like the riots are aimed at other towns like Clayton.

    Much more upscale stores to loot in Clayton.

  • Abortion is Racist, For Every 1,000 Black Babies Born in New York City, 1,223 are Aborted

    11/17/2014 10:08:03 AM PST · 20 of 24
    Spartan79 to SkyDancer
    Well because how can you abort more babies than are born? If 1000 were born how can you abort 1223 of them; if instead 1223 were born and you aborted 1000 of them ..... Please help me figure this out. I’m on my second cup of deep roasted Sumatra and it’s 6:30am......

    There's no mystery behind the headline. Let me clear up the confusion for you.

    Democrat NY officials tabulated the live birth/abortion stats using vote tallying software developed for heavily democrat precincts.

  • Surgeon with Ebola died, Nebraska hospital says

    11/17/2014 6:24:53 AM PST · 33 of 86
    Spartan79 to grumpygresh
    I wonder if there are any genetic factors that determine resistance? In the US, Duncan and this fellow were West Africans. The Americans with Ebola treated in the US all survived. One nurse (Vinson) is an AA but she was mixed race.

    Dark-skinned people commonly have significant vitamin D deficiency. Vitamin D aids the body's immune system in fighting off disease. It would be interesting to examine the races of the hundreds of medical personnel who have contracted Ebola in west Africa and compare the respective mortality rates of Caucasians versus Negroes. If such a study shows much higher mortality rates for Negroes, that doesn't suggest that Ebola is racist, but it certainly might lead WHO to recommend massive vitamin D supplements for anyone, white or black but most particularly the latter, if they are working in the effort to control this plague.

  • Train Wrecks, Lies, and Videotape

    11/17/2014 3:33:24 AM PST · 9 of 20
    Spartan79 to Liz
    One can only imagine the derision and deprecation of Americans in the halls of Congress, and in the WH, as Gruber reprised his "stupid Americans" act to an appreciative audience of lock-stepping Democrats.

    Indeed, as this debacle plays out, it would be very interesting to find out who comprised the "appreciative audience" at Herr Gruber' s many speeches where these revealing comments were made. A number of the forums may well have been at public universities, and sign-up lists may be FOIA-able.

  • Confrontations Await Obama After Productive Trip

    11/16/2014 1:44:11 PM PST · 25 of 28
    Spartan79 to Oldeconomybuyer

    The linked ABC News article, as we might expect, uses the administration’s preferred terminology when talking about amnesty: “executive actions”. We have to quit allowing the left to define the proper terms to use for what’s coming down the pike at us. Instead, at least here on FR, I suggest this lawless step be called a “diktat” (”an order or decree imposed by someone in power without popular consent”). The term, in other words, for an order issued by a dictator.

  • Rural hospitals in critical condition

    11/14/2014 10:35:32 AM PST · 29 of 36
    Spartan79 to Second Amendment First

    I had lunch with a couple of hospital administrators from small community hospitals a a training program I conducted in west Texas a year or two ago. Both sported long faces, and could talk about little other than their struggles to stay afloat under ObamaCare. One claimed that the consensus in the industry was that while while most large city medical centers, the ones who contemptuous look down at their country “bandaid station” cousins, would survive under ACA, four or five hundred or more of the small fry would shut their doors within a few years.

    Live in Guyman, Oklahoma or Miles City, Montana? Look forward now to having to be transported to Amarillo, Texas or Billings, Montana for specialized acute care or to visit a hospitalized family member.

    If yo survive the 90 mile ambulance ride.

  • Rural hospitals in critical condition

    11/14/2014 7:14:53 AM PST · 12 of 36
    Spartan79 to Second Amendment First

    I had lunch with a couple of hospital administrators from small community hospitals a a training program I conducted in west Texas a year or two ago. Both sported long faces, and could talk about little other than their struggles to stay afloat under ObamaCare. One claimed that the consensus in the industry was that while while most large city medical centers, the ones who contemptuous look down at their country “bandaid station” cousins, would survive under ACA, four or five hundred or more of the small fry would shut their doors within a few years.

    Live in Guyman, Oklahoma or Miles City, Montana? Look forward now to having to be transported to Amarillo, Texas or Billings, Montana for specialized acute care or to visit a hospitalized family member.

    If yo survive the 90 mile ambulance ride.

  • Black on White Violence Is Accelerating in America

    11/11/2014 1:29:15 AM PST · 60 of 132
    Spartan79 to re_nortex

    While a couple of commenters suggest that “EE” is an abbreviation for electrical engineer, I’ve seen it more often as short for “employee”. My college notes are full of ee’ s, scribbled verbatim from the prof’s abbreviations on the white board.

  • Swarm of earthquakes in Nevada desert is intensifying

    11/08/2014 10:34:09 AM PST · 40 of 45
    Spartan79 to rktman

    I don’t know if there’s any connection, but a similar earthquake swarm has been shaking things up in the Mammoth Lakes area, more than 300 miles south of where this is occurring in northwest Nevada.

  • Republican Wonder Women Ride the Wave to Washington

    11/07/2014 8:48:40 AM PST · 16 of 24
    Spartan79 to xzins; Eccl 10:2

    SHEESH! You two sound like many of Palin’s critics, claiming to like what she says but grousing about her accent and manner of speaking. The nation has been driven to the edge of a cliff by folks who sound like New Yorkers or Yaleys - or Walter Cronkite. I much prefer the authentic, unaffected voices of the prairie and the north woods. Get over it.

  • Election Day Forecast: Rain May Factor Into Turnout in Central US

    10/31/2014 9:04:29 PM PDT · 10 of 18
    Spartan79 to lightman

    If the coverage of the cold, rainy swath projected over southeast Michigan pans out on election day, it could provide some slight boost to Republican prospects. I would guess that 75% or so of Michigan’s hard-core dems reside in the rainy, cold area (Flint, Lansing, Detroit, Pontiac, Ann Arbor, etc.) The rest of Michigan -— the portion of the state likely to be cool but clear -— is considerably more conservative and hospitable to GOP candidates.

  • Blame the victim? Federal officials rile health care workers with Ebola claims

    10/18/2014 5:34:27 AM PDT · 15 of 27
    Spartan79 to SoFloFreeper

    Of course National Nurses United, the group now squealing about the Obola administration’s attempt to scapegoat their members for the transmission of Ebola by patient Duncan, enthusiastically backed the reelection of our incompetent president in 2012 ...

    Just reaping what they sowed.

  • Look Back 250 • Quarantine during 1918 Spanish flu epidemic saves lives

    10/14/2014 7:44:13 PM PDT · 25 of 38
    Spartan79 to John S Mosby

    As I’ve noted on other threads here, the little town of Gunnison, Colorado quarantined itself during the worst of the Spanish Flu pandemic, and thus emerged relatively unscathed.

    The whole episode is discussed in a lot of historical sources, including this one:

    As the name of the link suggests, wartime secrecy contributed to the tardy recognition of the scope of the pandemic, a worrisome parallel to the cloak of secrecy the Obola administration has maintained concerning the destinations of the tens of thousands of young central American illegals. My deep suspicion, shared by many other posters here, is that this secrecy is intended to cloak the immediately obvious connection between the invasion of illegals and the mysterious appearance of the enterovirus D68 infection that has swept the country from coast to coast shortly after school began here in the U.S.

    The enterovirus D68 contagion may be dissipating, but a disturbing thing the article I linked above notes is that the Spanish Flu hit the country in three waves. It was the second that claimed most of the nearly 700,000 lives lost in the United States (and many millions worldwide).

    But of course, all Obola is concerned about is getting the matter past the election three weeks from now, and his quislings in the media are doing their normal excellent job of assisting him in keeping the dots from being connected by the steeple.

  • The Register's Editorial: Iowa people betrayed by 'the people's lawyer'

    10/14/2014 5:50:06 PM PDT · 4 of 7
    Spartan79 to iowamark
    From the linked Register editorial, Even worse, Miller has used his office to block government investigations into alleged violations of law — a highly questionable practice for any state official, but particularly for one who serves as Iowa's highest ranking law enforcement official.

    Sounds like Miller would make a fine replacement for Holder at the US Department of Just Us.

  • Is Ebola the Same Virus as the Black Death? Historical Similarities are Striking

    10/14/2014 9:45:56 AM PDT · 17 of 43
    Spartan79 to PGR88
    Ebola mostly finds a foothold where poverty, ignorance, stupidity, and superstition combine with corrupt government and lack of basic medical knowledge or scientific common sense i.e) west africa.

    Sounds like most deep-blue urban precincts in the U.S., methinks.

  • Steamboat Springs School Board makes collective bargaining meetings public ( Colorado )

    10/14/2014 8:00:46 AM PDT · 5 of 8
    Spartan79 to george76

    While this sounds great as far as openness and transparency are concerned, I guarantee you that it will not have the hoped-for results. Both sides will grandstand at the table, primarily addressing their comments to their “back audiences” (i.e. the board team will be posturing for the voters and parents, the union team for their members) instead of the “front audience” - the bargaining team sitting across the table from them. The actual dealing and horseracing will take place at clandestine meetings between the spokespersons or bargaining team subcommittees held at restaurant or taverns forty or fifty miles down the road from the school district.

  • Ebola-infected Dallas hospital worker followed all CDC procedures: CDC says "trust us, don't worry"

    10/12/2014 11:03:56 AM PDT · 106 of 167
    Spartan79 to VerySadAmerican
    A major grocery chain here in Houston has plastic “mitts” available at gas pumps. I’ve never seen that before. I’ve read that gas pumps are the most contagious place you can touch.

    I've seen little plastic mits dispensers at diesel pumps - diesel does have a little more unpleasant odor. That said, handles on fuel pumps of any type would likely be an effective fomite, like doorknobs, elevator buttons, spoons at the office coffee pot, etc. Any hard surface upon which virus or germs can linger after being handled by a contagious previous user can result in disease being passed from one individual to another. That's why grocery stores often have sanitary wipe dispensers available where shopping carts are lined up.

    How effective that is in a world in which people are accustomed to just handling things is an open question. I watched a lady in a local Krogers a few days ago handle and examine about twenty tomatoes in the process of selecting a half dozen or so to put in her plastic bag. If some evil bug like Ebola does run wild in the U.S., it will be difficult if not impossible to curb these kind of ingrained habits.

  • Ninth Circuit Strikes Down Gay-Marriage Bans in Idaho, Nevada

    10/07/2014 2:16:19 PM PDT · 17 of 91
    Spartan79 to Oliviaforever

    We will, I fear, inevitably and in fairly short order wind up with same-sex “marriage” being imposed on a reluctant citizenry from sea to shining sea by our robed tyrants in the judiciary. The only way of blocking this, in my estimation, is through jurisdiction stripping: the Constitution confers on Congress the power to remove federal court jurisdiction from areas not specifically conferred on the federal courts in the founding document. This would effectively relocate jurisdiction over the matter to state courts.

    This would, of course, require that conservatives control both houses of Congress, probably by a substantial margin.

    It would also require that the occupant of the White House be willing to sign the legislation, unless the Congress could overcome the presidential veto which would certainly be forthcoming from the current TOTUS. (I don’t think Congress enjoys plenary power to determine federal court jurisdiction.)

  • ISIS Plans On Sending Muslims Infected With Ebola Into America To Infect And Kill Americans

    10/03/2014 6:35:54 PM PDT · 44 of 55
    Spartan79 to RIghtwardHo
    Or ... we wouldn't to idiots who have know clue about that which they speak.

    I wouldn't be so quick to dismiss anyone who thinks that ISIS or other terrorist organizations could use zealots willing to die after spreading contagion in our midst to terrorize our nation. While I suspect that they do not have the technological wherewithal to engineer a variant of an Ebola-like plague that can be transmitted through the air, the fact that only one exhibiting symptoms is contagious need not deter them from "weaponizing" a willing suicide volunteer. They could easily infect such a volunteer and have them as quickly as possible travel to the US BEFORE SYMPTOMS APPEAR. The infected person would then merely have to go to ground for the week or so necessary to exhibit the beginning of illness. Then he or she would, as long as able, move about, depositing the virus on as many fomates as possible by, for example, surreptitiously spitting on his hands and sliding them down stair rails in busy airline terminals or bus stations, handling as many doorknobs as possible, etc. The conspirator could then simply crawl off into a corner to die (perhaps sped along by a suicide pill).

    Public health authorities would have no idea of the time bomb that had been planted in the city until scores or even hundreds of victims started turning up at hospitals, by which time thousands could have been infected.

    Low-tech biological warfare. ISIS could easily infect dozens of jihadists and attack multiple major cities simultaneously in this fashion - and the numerous American and European jihadists currently fighting in Syria and Iraq would be ideal delivery vehicles.

    Scary? Sure. But the crazed jihadists at war with the west and particularly the US will do literally anything to bring us down.

  • Patient Nigeria admitted to Howard Univ Hospital in DC with possible Ebola symptoms

    10/03/2014 9:17:35 AM PDT · 25 of 85
    Spartan79 to winoneforthegipper

    As I noted on an earlier thread regarding the patient in Dallas with Ebola, who had also traveled from Liberia, we’re likely to see many more health care tourists from that nation and others in west Africa. They’re being turned away from hospitals over there, and while most of the poor souls don’t have the wherewithal to spring for air fare to the USA, any who do will be draining their bank accounts, doing whatever they can to mask symptoms if they’re already appearing, and hopping on a plane with their load of pathogens. Once here, they’ll receive world-class care, courtesy of the US taxpayer.

    It’s heartless, I know, but we need to slam the door on this immediately. It’s bad enough if they infect no one here, but we’ve already seen that even health care workers in west Africa, who presumably were following proper procedures, are being afflicted and dying. If we don’t slam the door quickly this could get out of hand in a matter of days.

  • Man tells of Dallas Ebola patient’s decline

    10/03/2014 7:41:19 AM PDT · 43 of 72
    Spartan79 to bgill

    Sheer speculation on my part, but I’m guessing that Mr. Thomas Eric Duncan, after assisting the sick pregnant woman in Liberia to the hospital, only to see her turned away due to lack of space, had a face-palm moment and said to himself, “Oh, sh!t! Now I’m exposed, and I damn sure don’t want to come down with this Ebola crap in a nation whose medical facilities have been overwhelmed”. I wouldn’t be surprised if an investigation revealed a series of hasty transatlantic phone calls to his ex in Dallas and a last-minute air fare purchase. He then apparently lied filling out screening questionnaires at the airport in Liberia so he could board the plane with his cargo of pathogens.

    Can’t say I wouldn’t do likewise under the circumstances, if I thought I had been exposed to a deadly plague and found myself in some third-world cesspool with medical facilities clearly stretched beyond the breaking point. Anyway, I’ll pray for the recovery of Duncan and all the other poor souls infected with Ebola, but I think this particular Liberian needs to be answering some questions if he does survive.

  • 80 people came in contact with Dallas Ebola virus patient, Dallas health official says

    10/02/2014 5:58:05 AM PDT · 31 of 59
    Spartan79 to ThomasMore
    oh...and this is a crisis the Alinskyites will not let go to waste....and just in time to distract from the elections.

    If there are widespread reports of Ebola victims turning up at American hospitals, and resultant panic with people pulling kids out of school, staying home from work, emptying store shelves of emergency supplies, etc., and it appears that the dems are about to be slaughtered in the midterms, that would be all the fig leaf Obama would need to issue an executive order indefinitely postponing the elections.

    What? You say he doesn't have the authority to do that? Oh, puleeeze!

  • Texas Orders Family of Ebola Patient to Stay Home

    10/02/2014 5:40:40 AM PDT · 42 of 69
    Spartan79 to Sacajaweau
    A family in Irondequoit NY had smallpox. They were kept totally isolated.

    A small Colorado town, a little less than a century ago, isolated itself to keep the Spanish Flu from decimating its people. As a result, Gunnison weathered the pandemic largely unscathed, while millions and millions died throughout the rest of the nation and the world. No one got off the train in Gunnison, and travelers on the roads into town were turned away. The townspeople survived on their food stores and the plentiful game in the area.

    There would be little prospect of any large city or town "going Gunnison" to try to escaped an Ebola pandemic, but some small isolated communities might be able to pull it off.

  • Would Midterm Loss Crack Stonewall On Keystone Pipeline?

    09/30/2014 6:10:03 AM PDT · 6 of 6
    Spartan79 to Kaslin
    Were Nunn elected, she would face a possibly wrenching conflict between the voters who supported her and the activists who helped fund her campaign.

    Nonsense. The election safely behind her, Nunn would do the bidding of the big money types who funded her without the slightest hesitation. No "wrenching conflict" would take place. Sadly, the same can be said of most pols on both sides of the aisle.

  • NYC Climate Forum and the Next Steps for Left Politics

    09/28/2014 5:16:08 PM PDT · 6 of 7
    Spartan79 to Libloather

    More objective crowd estimates were much lower than 400,000:

  • Man charged with abduction of Hannah Graham was expelled from [...] University after [rape claim]

    09/25/2014 8:07:21 AM PDT · 18 of 29
    Spartan79 to RightGeek

    Not blaming the young woman, but folks need to get a grip on reality. Back in my days at university, women’s groups regularly mounted “Take back the night!” campaigns, Hoping to make it safe for coeds to stagger around the campus in a drunken haze at 2 a.m. Sorry, that’s akin to a woman hiking the Glacier National Park backcountry alone while menstruating. It’s a good way to be dinner for some hungry grizzly and her cubs.

  • Every WiFi user in US may have $10,000 Wiretapping Claim against Google

    09/25/2014 6:40:26 AM PDT · 9 of 53
    Spartan79 to servo1969

    Unless this ends up differently than most other similar litigation, if it appears likely that there is a real chance that the litigation will succeed, Google will settle with the plaintiffs’ lawyers for a few hundreds of millions each, and the actual plaintiffs will receive a coupon for a 5% discount on a pack of chewing gum.

  • Obama Admin. Plans $1,000 Fine For Taking Pics on Public Land; Will the Media Report?

    09/25/2014 4:33:35 AM PDT · 7 of 24
    Spartan79 to SMARTY
    This will only be an MSM story when THEY are barred from reporting on a news event there BY A REPUBLICAN ADMINISTRATION.

    The alphabet media will send letters expressing concern to the press secretary when dems are running things. Only when the GOP is in the White House will they go full Abu Graib on the story.

  • What We're Afraid to Say About Ebola

    09/12/2014 7:18:37 AM PDT · 57 of 190
    Spartan79 to ealgeone
    I see it at work all the time. thank goodness I don't have to touch anything they touch like paper, etc.

    You almost inevitably touch common fomites all day long at work or in school. Can you go through the day without coming in contact with door knobs, light switches, pens and pencils, buttons on the coffee maker, desktop surfaces, computer keyboards, etc. etc. etc.? Researchers studying the spread of germs in office environments have sprayed a doorknob with harmless tracker germs and found that they managed to migrate to 60% of the surfaces of other fomites in the office within two hours.

  • BREAKING: Mike Brown Autopsy “Expert” Is NOT A DOCTOR – Has Degree in NON-EXISTENT MEDICAL FIELD

    08/20/2014 5:17:44 PM PDT · 52 of 55
    Spartan79 to Mr Ramsbotham

    No - Fort Gordon, in Georgia.

  • BREAKING: Mike Brown Autopsy “Expert” Is NOT A DOCTOR – Has Degree in NON-EXISTENT MEDICAL FIELD

    08/20/2014 4:49:03 PM PDT · 38 of 55
    Spartan79 to Mr Ramsbotham

    I was assigned diener duties once at a stateside military hospital in 1969 or 70. My qualifications? I was a medic, assigned to the ambulance unit who had not yet mastered the art of looking busy at something else when the unit commander strolled into the ambulance shed looking for someone to send up to the morgue when they called looking for a soldier to help out with an autopsy of a Vietnam evacuee who had passed away at the hospital.

    A pathologist conducted the autopsy. I had to assist a couple of times in turning the body and fetching tools. When the autopsy was complete and the pathologist was cleaning up, he told me to put several handfuls of organs back in the poor guys body cavity. I told him I didn’t know where the hell they went. He just looked at me sadly and told me it really didn’t matter much where they went any more.

    As you say, important work, and necessary. But not work I’d seek out on a regular basis.

  • Former Vermont US Sen. Jeffords dies at 80

    08/18/2014 1:25:31 PM PDT · 18 of 26
    Spartan79 to Kartographer

    “I’ve never wished a man dead, but I have read some obituaries with great pleasure.” Attributed to Mark Twain (some say misattributed). Seems appropriate for the occasion.

  • ‘Crackpot Plan’ To Split California Into Six States Shoots For 2016 Ballot

    06/23/2014 5:07:30 PM PDT · 63 of 65
    Spartan79 to kingattax

    Division of California into six states would require approval of both the California legislature and the US Congress. I don’t think either are likely.

    On the other hand, some Texans believe that The Lone Star State is preapproved by Congress to split into up to five states, according to the 1845 congressional resolution admitting the State. I think I could deal with ten senators from Texas. (I was born in what would have been the State of Jefferson, according to a proposal floated about a century ago.)

  • Coffee Is About To Get More Expensive Everywhere

    06/21/2014 6:12:26 AM PDT · 32 of 54
    Spartan79 to Celtic Conservative
    Some brands will just add in more of the cheaper, more plentiful (but less tasty) robusta beans.

    A better way of dealing with coffee shortages and price spikes: mix two parts coffee with one part chicory. The result is less expensive, has less caffeine, and is delicious. Order some coffee with chicory from Amazon or numerous other online merchants, or grab a cup the next time you're in the New Orleans area. You can also buy coffee with chicory at Walmart and other grocery stores throughout Louisiana, southeast Texas, southern Arkansas, and most of Mississippi and Alabama and in the Florida Panhandle.

  • Study Links California Drought To Global Climate Change

    04/25/2014 3:22:20 AM PDT · 34 of 35
    Spartan79 to beethovenfan
  • Get Ready For One Of The Worst El Niños Ever

    04/22/2014 11:26:27 AM PDT · 31 of 63
    Spartan79 to blam

    The author of the Business Insider article, Eric Holthaus, is a complete global warming/climate change/global climate disruption coolaid drinker. Check out his blog for more samples of the drivel he spews ...

  • BOMBSHELL REPORT: Sen. Harry Reid Behind BLM Land Grab of Bundy Ranch (freerepublic credited)

    04/11/2014 5:39:13 PM PDT · 107 of 210
    Spartan79 to Publius
    A senator or congressman cannot be impeached. He can be expelled from his House of Congress by two-thirds of that House’s members.

    True. The prospects for expulsion are slim and none. Even if the GOP runs the table this November and flips all 21 dem Senate seats up in 2014, they would still be one vote short of the 67 votes necessary to expel Reid (and that assumes no GOP Senator votes no - not a sure thing in a GOP senatorial delegation populated by the likes of McCain and Graham. And I don't think anyone in their wildest fantasies is projecting a GOP Senate sweep in November.

    We can always dream, I guess. Let's see: The pubbies run the table and Maine's Angus King goes with the GOP (that has been rumored). That's 67 - impeachment territory.

  • Is Mozilla legally a hostile workplace under both state and federal laws?

    04/06/2014 1:58:57 PM PDT · 26 of 44
    Spartan79 to airedale

    Not only Mozilla is potentially on the legal hot seat for Eich’ s constructive discharge in violation of both federal and California laws prohibiting religious discrimination. I think a very good case can be made against OK Cupid as a tortfeasor, for tortious interference ‘swith contractual relations. The same can be said about any of the other parties who were loudly calling for Eich’ s scalp.

  • Breaking: Supreme Court Strikes Down Aggregate Campaign Contribution Limits

    04/02/2014 1:26:51 PM PDT · 73 of 86
    Spartan79 to utford
    It pretty much is bribery - but it seems most people miss the real problem. As long as the government is going to legislate in all areas of life, people and organizations are going to have incentive to try and influence that legislation, through a variety of means (including contributions/bribes). If the government were to fit within their constitutionally prescribed role, this problem would be highly reduced - the incentive to contribute would no longer exist.

    Very true. The founders thought that the powers granted to the federal government they created were so effectively circumscribed by the Constitution that it wouldn't't really matter very much who won federal elections.

  • Compassion: Anti-Obamacare cancer patient smeared by Reid now receiving death wishes from liberals

    04/02/2014 11:49:21 AM PDT · 6 of 29
    Spartan79 to 12th_Monkey

    The scary thing about the mindset of the slime making these comments and death threats is this: I’d be willing to wager that, if one could have access to IP addresses and names of folks of this ilk, you would likely learn that a major portion of them are federal and state civil serpents, most probably pouring forth their venom on government computers on our time. These people lean almost exclusively left/Democrat (it is, after all the party of government) and overwhelmingly favor anything which expands their power, income and influence. These same cretins will be the ones running healthcare if the Obamacare monstrosity is fully implemented, and they will be the ones deciding whether you get the expensive operation, lifesaving drug, or instead receive relatively cheap “comfort care”.

    Be afraid. Be very afraid. Find a way to contribute to and support conservative, small-government causes anonymously.

  • Get ready to have your biometrics tracked 24/7 [Scary!]

    03/28/2014 6:13:57 AM PDT · 12 of 19
    Spartan79 to upchuck

    I recall reading a scifi book decades ago in which one of the characters, upon competing his business in the head, is confronted, as the toilet gurgles away, with a message in a display built into the lavatory mirror, advising him to cut back on potassium-rich food and notifying him that he had been scheduled for an appointment with the urologybot in the ship’s medical unit for that afternoon.

    The scary thing is, that type of scenario is not too farfetched with today’s technology. Scary, but at the same time cheering. Imagine your toilet analyzing bodily waste, making dietary recommendations, prescribing meds, etc. (but also notifying your doctor, and maybe the government and employer?).