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  • Deadliest School Massacre in American History Is a Bombing... from 1927

    02/21/2018 8:44:17 AM PST · 11 of 16
    Spartan79 to Beautiful_Gracious_Skies

    A 1958 fire at Our Lady of the Angels, a Catholic elementary school in Chicago, claimed the lives of 87 children and 3 nuns. A troubled boy confessed to having set the fire in the basement at the foot of a stairwell. For some reason he was not charged, but if this fire was indeed arson, that would make this the worst school mass murder in history by a wide margin.

  • Anna Mae Hays, 97, U.S. Military’s First Female General, Dies

    01/10/2018 2:38:40 PM PST · 18 of 29
    Spartan79 to Borges

    I had the privilege of meeting General Hays shortly after she was promoted to general officer. She came to visit Fort Gordon to tour the hospital and the post’s medical dispensaries (the army was eager to show off it’s new female general). I was detailed as her driver, and drove her all over the post, including to a big reception at the officer’s club. In chatting with the general as we motored around the fort, she apparently picked up on the fact that I lived off base with my wife, and that we endured the typical junior enlisted couple’s diet of hot dogs and beans (I had a good lunch every weekday at the hospital cafeteria, but the military separate rations allowance never went far for all the other meals for me and my new bride).

    After the conclusion of the reception at the officer’s club, during which I and several other drivers cooled our heels outside, General Hays and the post commanding general came out together, followed by the post commander’s aide struggling with a huge tray of leftovers from the reception: shaved ham, turkey, sliced and cubed cheeses, bread, and other fancy fixings. General Hays insisted that I take the goodies back to my off-base housing, to be enjoyed by the missus & myself - which I gratefully did.

    My wife and I still remember with pleasure, eating like kings with the bounty that General Hays thought to provide us. I think it lasted us the better part of a month.

    RIP, General Hays, and thank you for your service.

  • How California plans to stop ‘dead’ drivers from using disabled parking placards

    12/28/2017 10:10:26 AM PST · 34 of 44
    Spartan79 to bigredkitty1

    See my response to Bonnie above. I might well be the “seemingly able-bodied” person you see parking in a handicap space and walking into the store. But if I don’t plop my butt in an electric scooter within 3-4 minutes after exiting my car I’m apt to faint and collapse. Hopefully in another few months my body will have reconditioned itself sufficiently from an extended hospitalization that I will no longer be so afflicted, but until then try to control you rage if you see me.

    Yeah, yeah. I know. 99 out of 100 you see walking in are scamming, but not all of us are. Believe me, I notice the hostile glares.

  • How California plans to stop ‘dead’ drivers from using disabled parking placards

    12/28/2017 9:18:11 AM PST · 27 of 44
    Spartan79 to Vinnie

    I’m 6’5” and well over 200lbs, and I regularly hang my handicap placard from my mirror and walk into my local Wal-Mart. But if I don’t find myself one of their little electric scooters and sit down within about 60-80 feet from my car I’m going to phase out and collapse on the floor. An extended hospitalization earlier this year left me with severe orthostatic hypotension. My blood pressure drops precipitously within 3-4 minutes after standing. Appearances can be deceiving. Don’t judge the guy you see parking in the handicap spot and walking into the store too harshly until you’ve walked in his shoes.

  • Al Gore’s Carbon Footprint Doesn’t Matter

    08/07/2017 7:41:22 AM PDT · 14 of 39
    Spartan79 to artichokegrower
    ... climate change advocates who don’t live a carbon-neutral lifestyle aren’t hypocrites because, for the most part, they’re not asking you to live a carbon-neutral lifestyle.

    Correct. Climate change advocates aren't ASKING us to live a carbon-neutral lifestyle. They're asking the government to COMPEL us to live a carbon-neutral lifestyle.

  • Ara Parseghian, Hall of Fame coach at Notre Dame and Northwestern, dies at 94

    08/02/2017 7:59:57 AM PDT · 14 of 28
    Spartan79 to Borges

    Oops. Commented before finishing reading the post.

  • Ara Parseghian, Hall of Fame coach at Notre Dame and Northwestern, dies at 94

    08/02/2017 7:58:09 AM PDT · 13 of 28
    Spartan79 to Borges
    Both of those teams were unbeaten.

    The 1966 team was indeed unbeaten, but only by virtue of scraping out a 10-10 tie against Michigan State (a game I count myself fortunate to have attended). This was the infamous "Tie one for the Gipper" game, where Parseghian settled for a short yardage field goal in the waining moments, rather than risk a loss, figuring if his unbeaten Irish tied the unbeaten Spartans on their home turf, the post season polls would award the (at that time) mythical national championship to his team.

    He was right. But a great coach nontheless. RIP

  • Blacklisted For Building Trump's Wall? California Considers It

    05/02/2017 1:02:55 PM PDT · 10 of 23

    The president should respond by issuing an executive order prohibiting any California businesses from contracting to build the wall or supplying materials and services to be used directly or indirectly in the wall’s construction, maintenance or operation, and prohibiting employment of any California residents on the wall’s construction, maintenance, or operation. Thewe steps are needed to protect such California businesses and residents from being blackballed by their state government and sharing any of the filthy federal money to be expended on the project.

  • After Gorsuch: Next SC Justice to Likely Step Down Is a Swing Vote & Has Close Ties to Trump Family

    04/07/2017 1:55:38 PM PDT · 17 of 52
    Spartan79 to 2ndDivisionVet

    I realize she’s a bit older than we would like, but Trump would hard-pressed to find a better nominee than strongly conservative/libertarian Janice Rogers Brown. As a black woman, she would be hard for the Dems to oppose. Like I said, though - born in 1949, she is a little older than our ideal nominee.

  • America's infrastructure is crumbling, but a pipe-crawling robot could help

    03/10/2017 11:13:09 AM PST · 4 of 10
    Spartan79 to Lorianne

    Smart Pigs have been in use on oil and gas pipelines for years.

  • Lighten the Load

    02/26/2017 7:54:42 AM PST · 6 of 7
    Spartan79 to sodpoodle

    I saw a “Best Erections in the Business” sign on a panel truck operated by a company that erected and serviced transmission and cell phone towers.

  • Feds Make Record Gains On Human Trafficking As Global Networks Broken Up

    02/16/2017 5:13:59 PM PST · 12 of 25
    Spartan79 to Cold Heart

    Not surprising, in the city that elected “Sambla” Adams mayor.

  • Appeals court judge wants vote on whether to reconsider travel ban ruling

    02/10/2017 5:11:14 PM PST · 69 of 104
    Spartan79 to Sasparilla

    80% of the 9th circuits decisions are not overturned. 80% of the 9th circuits cases appealed to SCOTUS, and for which SCOTUS grants cert, are overturned. Only a small fraction of their decisions are appealed.

    Still a horrible record.

  • The Ninth Circuit’s Power Grab

    02/10/2017 12:15:30 PM PST · 12 of 25
    Spartan79 to Spartan79

    “checkmark” = “checkmate”. I swear, I think Soros’ minions have taken over autocorrect.

  • The Ninth Circuit’s Power Grab

    02/10/2017 12:12:23 PM PST · 11 of 25
    Spartan79 to b4its2late

    Although I have little confidence in the GOP’s having the stones to do anything so bold, Congress could quickly checkmark the nutty 95th by establishing a new article III court to hear all immigration, naturalization and citizenship cases, and reassign all pending such cases to that court, which can have been staffed with a new crop of Trump appointed judges, selected with an eye to finding jurists inclined to derive their decisions from the law and the constitution instead of the “thinking” of La Raza, MSNBC, and Saturday Night Live.

    Congress under Thomas Jefferson created a new article III court and reassigned pending cases. In that case, they even dissolved the previous court, leaving the judges on the defunct court without a job, notwithstanding their supposed lifetime appointments. The Supreme Court upheld the action (Stuart v. Laird, 1803).

    While I doubt that Congress would want to, or even get away with it if they did, imagine the reaction of the loony left if Congress threatened to disolve the 9th and reassign all pending cases to a newly established and suitably staffed court of appeals. They’d go bat-s**t crazy.

  • Democrat Hacks Sets Record for Delaying President Trump’s Appointees

    01/31/2017 1:12:41 PM PST · 23 of 28
    Spartan79 to Enlightened1

    A couple of thoughts about what Trump and the GOP might do about Democrat tantrums:

    (1) If Trump can appoint acting secretaries, as he did by firing and replacing Rowdy Yates, why can’t he simply appoint as acting department heads those he’s nominated to those posts? Let them filibuster until they’re blue in the face while the acting head proceeds to manage the department until confirmed? (BTW - make them actually filibuster. I’m looking at you, McConnell.)

    (2) In the case of the Supreme Court, eliminate the filibuster, and the demo peel off enough GOPe squishes (e.g., McCain, Graham, Collins, etc.) to block any of Trump’s nominations, after a reasonable delay of a week or two, get McConnell to recess the Senate for a week (with House approval) so the members can sound out their constants. Meanwhile, President Trump immediately makes recess appointments for all the vacancies, including not just for SCOTUS, but also for the hundred or so currently vacant district and appellate court seats. Risky, but they would all serve then until the end of 2018. After that, the new Seagate seated after the 2018 midterms could take up the matter (most pundits are predicting that the GOP may pick up up to 12 seats, given the large number of seats the demo have to protect. The media and MSN would wail in outrage, but then the GOP could return from the recess and focus on governing, reducing taxes and regulations, and preparing the battles pace for 2018 campaigns.

  • California Could Cut Off Feds In Response To Trump Threats

    01/28/2017 7:55:53 PM PST · 60 of 112
    Spartan79 to Mariner

    Easy to counter this move. The minute California tries this gambit, the feds cancel all water distributions to California from the Colorado River system. They currently get the Lions share. Let the water go to Utah, Arizona, Nevada, New Mexico - and as a token of good will to Mexico, let an appreciable amount flow down to the Gulf of California (it hasn”t reached there in years). Hurry up and start to work on desalination, California!

  • Celebrities Call For ‘Total Hollywood Strike’ Until Trump Resigns

    01/28/2017 3:07:18 PM PST · 266 of 278
    Spartan79 to Mycroft Holmes

    The Constitution expressly authorizes Congress to provide for copywrite protection “for a limited time”. Currently Congress under “Bono’s law”, extends copywrite protection for the life of the author plus 50 years, or 75 years in the case of corporate authorship. This was passed in 1998 after furious lobbying by the movie and music industry, and is one of the reasons the entertainment industries so loves Clinton and the democrats.

  • Celebrities Call For ‘Total Hollywood Strike’ Until Trump Resigns

    01/28/2017 1:37:41 PM PST · 256 of 278
    Spartan79 to TigerClaws

    Oh, right. Stop streaming out your anti-American bilge and bring the country to it’s knees.

    Here’s a counterproposal. Amend the copywrite laws to put Hollywood movies in the public domain after a year or two.

  • Celebrities Call For ‘Total Hollywood Strike’ Until Trump Resigns

    01/28/2017 1:33:39 PM PST · 254 of 278
    Spartan79 to TigerClaws

    Oh, right. Stop streaming out your anti-American bilge and bring the country to it’s knees.

    Here’s a counterproposal. Amend the copywrite laws to put Hollywood movies in the public domain after a year or two.