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  • Feds Detain At Least One Border Crosser…James O’Keefe!

    06/22/2015 9:01:34 PM PDT · 22 of 24
    tsomer to oldbill

    Clear violation of Due Process of Law, 14th amendment.

    Any Lawyers care to comment? Seems a no-brainer to me.

  • Rep. Gohmert: Obama Outed Active Israeli Iranian Spy Mission

    06/20/2015 2:41:42 PM PDT · 7 of 30
    tsomer to Eleutheria5


    Even with this administration.

    So I’ll follow this for details and hope its all a mistake.

  • Donald Trump: The anti-politician

    06/20/2015 1:46:54 PM PDT · 7 of 37
    tsomer to DBrow


    I thought it was DT’s challenge to Obama to show his “long form” bc that prompted the release of the now forgotten photo-shop fabrication.

    As I recall, that shut him up, but could DT’s challenge have been a collaboration between Donald and the Dems?

  • Burwell: Obama wouldn´t sign GOP plan to extend insurance subsidies

    06/10/2015 1:12:39 PM PDT · 23 of 26
    tsomer to Lee'sGhost

    Remember the government shut-down?

    He’ll do it again; there will be no bad consequences for him.

  • Burwell: Obama wouldn´t sign GOP plan to extend insurance subsidies

    06/10/2015 1:10:24 PM PDT · 22 of 26
    tsomer to Hardens Hollow

    “McConnell and Boehner are sewing their white underwear...”

    I doubt it’s white anymore.

  • Humor the Antidepressant — The Curse

    06/06/2015 12:31:13 PM PDT · 7 of 8
    tsomer to Larry Lucido

    It’s not clear to me which of the two parties was the disorganized one.

    You’re right though, either buy a new charger or do a simple Google search to find out about charging the battery from a computer. Too lazy, I guess— a bigger fault in my book.

  • The Profound Racism of ‘Black Lives Matter’

    06/02/2015 8:08:38 AM PDT · 12 of 24
    tsomer to libstripper


  • Our Crazy Treatment of the Mentally Ill

    05/21/2015 8:44:43 PM PDT · 34 of 40
    tsomer to JaguarXKE

    Thanks for your work and good words.

    Families are the first resource for people afflicted with the disease. They should decide if hospitalization is called for if the person cannot be persuaded to go voluntarily.

    We dare not give the government power to commit people without rigorous and open public review in the courts—for the minority who pose a threat.

    That, I think is why we do things the way we do and I’m leery of changing it. It’s not perfect and sometimes messy, but freedom has its price.

  • Where the Sidewalk Ends (D.C. law against 'incommoding')

    05/21/2015 8:16:26 PM PDT · 6 of 13
    tsomer to sagar

    Cooking chitlins is certainly extenuating circumstances.

    The cop should have given him a pass at the very least. I would have given him $10 to buy a ticket to a movie matinée.

  • Wall Street Journal/NBC Poll: Obama’s Approval Rating Improves

    05/06/2015 11:19:07 AM PDT · 18 of 19
    tsomer to molson209
    "Obama has been out of the News lately that’s why"

    You nailed it.

    He does best when he does nothing.
    He must be getting tired; time for a vacation.

  • The next big fight for gay rights will be won by Big Business

    04/21/2015 7:22:49 AM PDT · 17 of 21
    tsomer to C19fan

    Big Business’s support has two explanations:

    1. Gay relationships mean two income households with no kids to feed clothe and educate. Hence, you have lots of expendable income for cars, electronics, gadgets, vacations and clothing. They are perhaps the only group flourishing in this country. They are the market.

    2. No kids means more time for work and attendant office politics. Naturally, they prefer to work with their own. This means that increasingly these companies are dominated by gays.

    All of this is speculation, and I’d appreciate anyone having statistics that either affirm or disprove it. I have none to back this theory.

    But if I’m right,then this is sheer demographics at work. In a lousy economy there are no counterbalances.

  • Yearning for normal, &c.

    04/20/2015 6:37:55 AM PDT · 6 of 7
    tsomer to Buckeye McFrog

    Think of the press as a flock of pigeons at the foot of a peanut vendor. They’ve gotten too fat to fly. He has complete control.

  • Muslim population could catch up with Christians globally – study

    04/02/2015 8:11:48 AM PDT · 5 of 14
    tsomer to Citizen Zed

    Consider the source— the P.U. Research Institution— they probably opened champaign on hearing the news.

    — but I say they’re counting things while we’re at our nadir, and as the ‘slammies are peaking.

    Too soon to tell and that’s cause enough to hope.

  • Interfaith Rally Looks Beyond Anti-Islam Bus Ads That SEPTA Is Being Forced To Run

    03/31/2015 4:37:43 PM PDT · 3 of 10
    tsomer to Oldeconomybuyer

    In case anybody needs a refresher course:

    Bill Warner, one of the most courageous men alive today.

    He’s also on YouTube.

  • The Calm Before the Storm

    03/19/2015 2:51:08 PM PDT · 5 of 6
    tsomer to ctdonath2


    I suspect that Valjar will be the dem candidate.
    I didn’t think of her until this week, after Hill’s takedown and after that, the magazine interview—didn’t read it, don’t have the stomach. However it’s the sort of thing that appears just before a campaign—a getting to know you chit chat. She evidently impressed the scrivener, poised and gracious and all that; I expect the media will climb on-board.

    She could win; she has the media and the rabble behind her, and there’s nothing anyone can pin on her that the media will pickup. She’s teflon.

    I’m serious here; this is doom stalking us.

  • Ferguson eyes economic rebirth as corporations invest in troubled region, its residents

    03/18/2015 9:54:16 PM PDT · 17 of 29
    tsomer to mj1234

    Let the heeling begin.

  • Obama Moves to Keep Hillary's Emails Secret

    03/17/2015 9:28:28 AM PDT · 34 of 43
    tsomer to fivecatsandadog

    More than a cover up, and pray they’re stopped.

    Valjar will be the Democratic Candidate.

    Then president.

    Then payback.

  • Ferguson home values are plummeting, and residents are feeling the pain

    03/16/2015 2:19:58 PM PDT · 22 of 36
    tsomer to C19fan

    Well I’m not worried. I’m sure Barrack’s got something in his stash, and the state can kick in a little as well.

    Then we can see the miracle of urban renewal: a pedestrian mall, a museum, small storefronts for galleries, vegan restaurants, purveyors of 3rd world knick/knacks who pay a fair price and expect you to do the same, and an organic farmer’s market/coop.

    Oh. I forgot: there will also be a half-way house for sex-offenders, a methadone clinic, welfare office and a few low income housing complexes. You gotta put that shit somewhere doncha know, and since the bulldozers are already there...

  • Rattlesnake Bites Man at Ocean Beach

    03/15/2015 9:33:54 PM PDT · 35 of 53
    tsomer to Nowhere Man
    "... an Indian Squaw treated her by cutting her and sucking the poison out so she lived. ...

    We were taught to do that in Boy Scouts. They used to sell kits with little suction cups. Now they say it's the last thing you should do. Constriction bands are out too, I think.

  • Scott Walker: W. Without the Compassion

    03/13/2015 2:12:45 PM PDT · 9 of 50
    tsomer to Cincinatus' Wife

    Yeah. Right.

    Let’s all take the advice of the Obamabots to heart.
    He’s such a warm and fuzzy guy, O.

  • Big Shake-Up to Music Licensing Regime Embraced by U.S. Copyright Office

    03/09/2015 8:46:24 PM PDT · 18 of 19
    tsomer to Hawthorn
    "Even though they never used the modern term “intellectual property,” that’s exactly what we’ve had — in effect — for the last 226 years since the US Constitution became operative. It doesn’t mean, of course, that every single aspect of patent, trademark and copyright law as enacted by the Congress and interpreted by the Courts is wise or beneficial.

    Sorry for waiting so long for this reply; you make good points and I'm not opposed to some protection for artists and inventors.

    I'm also not that familiar with the history of the development of that concept. But from my limited perspective this is what I see: originally monopolistic control over use and marketing of some technical innovation was extended to inventors who met criteria under examination by an expert. This was intended to encourage commercial expansion and technical innovation for the ultimate benefit of the entire country. Copyrights and trademark protections were similarly granted--I would argue-- more for the public benefit than for the individual who conceived it. I think that this reflects enlightenment thought (think Adam Smith,) not any utopian pre-marxist conception of the masses.

    Also, remember that pure science, and art was largely the past time of the wealthy and admired as philanthropic activity.

    Or so it seems to me.

    When art and science became professions, it was reasonable to extend protections for publication and claims of authorship, but I don't think the original conceivers of these rules would have accepted the idea that ideas and conceptions could be claimed as property, or that patents and copyrights should ever benefit individual holders of those claims (who now very often are not the originators of the novelty) at the expense of future innovation or other fundamental rights.

    That's putting the cart before the horse, and it is why I find "intellectual property" pernicious.

  • Will Obama leave office in 2017?

    03/05/2015 9:01:49 PM PST · 36 of 69
    tsomer to Oliviaforever

    He will try to stay in and very possibly succeed.

    He’s our Hugo Chavez. He knows the script. We’d better learn it.

  • Both Sides See Vindication in Justice Department Reports on Ferguson

    03/05/2015 8:52:48 PM PST · 4 of 20
    tsomer to Second Amendment First
    '“It remains not only valid — but essential — to question how such a strong alternative version of events was able to take hold so swiftly, and be accepted so readily,” Mr. Holder said...'

    Holdey: Apparently the allegations were false. But how was it that so many outside professional agitators, provocateurs, street thugs and gangsters were apparently so certain? Whitey must have been up to something.

  • Big Shake-Up to Music Licensing Regime Embraced by U.S. Copyright Office

    02/08/2015 6:00:30 PM PST · 16 of 19
    tsomer to Hawthorn
    Playing a record at a party, or loaning it to a friend will be a crime <
    "Sorta hard to enforce, doncha think? I imagine non-commercial uses will be exempt,"

    Not that hard-- in Cuba everybody's a cop. We haven't got that far to go.
    I wonder if NPR, claimed to be a "nonprofit," has to pay the RIAA "royalties." (The artists get little if any actual royalties.)
    Maybe we should all form non-profits. It seems very profitable.

    ">> Hippy rockers..."
    " Let ‘em rot..."

    Where's your sense of charity? Besides, have you turned on the radio lately?

    Old songs have long been protected, thanks to the retrospective copyright law that Congress enacted 15 or 20 years ago.

    That was Clinton's doing. I'm convinced it was a quid pro quo; you'll recall there was nothing he wouldn't sell for a few campaign bucks. It smells as bad now as it did back then. Remember, that was back in the day when the RIAA was suing private citizens into bankruptcy--at least ones who had anything--because their kid neglected to click off the "share" button on their download app. Most parents were unaware and considered it akin to the radio.

    If somebody plays a song and I like it, I'll buy the record or maybe go to the show. I don't care what they look or smell like. But at the same time, I don't feel anyone's obliged to pump quarters into them like some parking meter.

    I'd say make the copyrights on recordings good for five years--half the span of a patent. Seems fair to me, considering the expense of the patent and the relative benefit to society.

    When people talk about "intellectual property" I get 'skeeved'* out. Intangibles-intellectual clouds,light rays,electric pulses or sound waves are not property. If you're a scholar, sell a book. There are enough penalties for plagiarism. If you're a singer, sell the record or tickets. "Intellectual property" as a concept is an open invitation to havoc: It can only be enforced randomly. It's impossible to know when you've done something that will make you vulnerable; this is already happening in the software industry. Worst of all, it opens the door of your home to professional snoops.

    "(verb) to gross out; to digust; to make your skin crawl, sometimes with undertones of sexual deviance/perversion"
    (from Urban Dictionary) I recently heard my kid use it. I don't think anyone's got a copyright, so feel free.

  • Big Shake-Up to Music Licensing Regime Embraced by U.S. Copyright Office

    02/06/2015 5:00:38 PM PST · 10 of 19
    tsomer to Hawthorn

    Google needs to provide a translator for articles like this, but from what I’m able to ascertain:
    1. Playing a record at a party, or loaning it to a friend will be a crime.
    2. Will playing the record more than once be a crime as well? A record’s a performance and a performance is a moment in time. No more freeloading on moments in time.
    3. Hippy rockers might get some retirement pay, something I’m all for.
    4. This proposal was written by the RIAA. If it passes and if they’re selling any stock, I’m buying.
    5. There will be no music on the radio.
    6. There will be no refuge in folk song covers. Led Zeppelin will have to pay retroactive royalties to Memphis Minny’s descendants.
    7. I wonder if visual artists can get on the bandwagon? Maybe we could set up a reasonable fee schedule, like 5 cents a glance. Then descendants of artists could charge the museums for a piece of the action. Such a boon to creativity!
    8.Of course, the RIAA will not be able to enforce every potential instance of non-compliance. They’ll need help. Get those resume’s up to date’s; it’s going to be a goldmine!

  • Native Americans Claim Obama Administration’s ‘Operation Choke Point’ Hurting Their Businesses

    01/14/2015 6:40:00 PM PST · 13 of 15
    tsomer to barmag25

    I guess if Big Brother and the Holder keep this up, alternative entities will emerge — like the mob or foreign

    Maybe that’s their intention.

  • Study Finds that Men Who Share Selfies Online Show More Psychopathic Tendencies

    01/10/2015 8:24:01 PM PST · 32 of 43
    tsomer to SWAMPSNIPER

    “I resent labels like ‘psychopath’ or ‘narcissist.’
    We’re no different from you; it’s just that our needs are greater than yours.”

  • BAN THE BURKA NOW! - vanity

    01/07/2015 6:24:22 PM PST · 13 of 32
    tsomer to Two Kids' Dad

    If a woman wants to go around in a bag, that’s her business, but no one should be allowed hide behind them.

    I’m for banning all masks, balaclava’s, bandannas, burkas etc. in public—with reasonable exceptions for weather or hazardous atmospheric conditions.

  • OK, So What Really Happened to Harry Reid?

    01/06/2015 8:03:45 PM PST · 82 of 114
    tsomer to Snickering Hound

    I think you nailed it; his age is catching up with him.

    It’s the one thing he won’t be able to sell himself out of.

  • STOP ‘American State Legislators for Gun Violence Prevention’, Before They Start

    01/01/2015 12:25:18 PM PST · 15 of 15
    tsomer to SWAMPSNIPER

    What you said!

  • A National Conversation about the American Ghetto

    01/01/2015 12:07:35 AM PST · 39 of 57
    tsomer to cuban leaf
    My God, what an article.
    A few remarks really caught my attention:

    "...blacks are different by almost any measure to all other people. They cannot reason as well. They cannot communicate as well. They cannot control their impulses as well. They are a threat to all who cross their paths..."

    and this, recalling a client he was urging to plead guilty and avoid a jury trial. His advice to the culprit required empathy to understand. This was no moral lecture; he was trying to convince the culprit to follow his own self-interest:
    I asked him whether he felt bad for the women he had beaten and terrorized. He told me...“What do I care? She ain’t me. She ain’t kin. Don’t even know her.”

    This seems accurate from what little I've seen in my own visits to the city and the courthouse, though I try to stay away from these places.

    The thing is, this is classic psychopathy, cultivated by our own government.

  • The Speech That Could Make Elizabeth Warren the Next President of the United States

    12/13/2014 10:12:20 AM PST · 27 of 98
    tsomer to 2ndDivisionVet

    Elizabeth embodies all of the color, flavor, variety, interest and innovation of a Michelle Obama school lunch.

  • Obama, complaining of sore throat, goes to hospital for tests

    12/06/2014 4:18:54 PM PST · 150 of 194
    tsomer to right way right

    Maybe Valjar poisoned him.

  • Obama, complaining of sore throat, goes to hospital for tests

    12/06/2014 4:14:55 PM PST · 147 of 194
    tsomer to GraceG

    Yes! Even him!

  • Teen gets no jail time in violent MOA assault

    12/06/2014 4:11:19 PM PST · 65 of 93
    tsomer to lee martell
    ...“'Benign Racial Prejudice Based on Low Expectations'”. I.E. Everybody knows that Black youths are too dumb to learn..."

    Very well put. I think you've pinpointed the root of this societal cancer.

  • Teen gets no jail time in violent MOA assault

    12/06/2014 4:03:35 PM PST · 61 of 93
    tsomer to Berlin_Freeper
    "...Andrew told MPR '...I don't think harsh prison terms for three youngsters.'"

    Is this verbatim? Is he now so addled he can't complete a thought?

    "...I didn't see the value in incarcerating any of these three for a long period of time."

    Sorry I asked.

  • Be on the lookout for wild turkeys

    12/04/2014 10:00:17 PM PST · 22 of 30
    tsomer to CPT Clay

    New Jersey.
    Their not much to look at either.
    I hate the damn things, inside or outside. I dread Thanksgiving and Christmas when I’m obliged to eat from the carcass of one.

    I’m old enough now that I don’t need to feel guilty about what I don’t like and, thank God, rich enough to pick and choose. It may not always be so.

    Anyway, this year I had ham.

  • (NJ) Washington Township woman loses bid to overturn McCarthy-era spying conviction

    12/04/2014 7:58:55 PM PST · 9 of 15
    tsomer to txnativegop

    Maybe there is, or ought to be, a permanent forfeit of citizenship status for espionage.

    But if not and, if she’s beyond the time stipulated for her sentence, she can vote— several times if she’s a dimocrat.
    Seriously, I think the principle is: if the debt is paid, it’s paid—if it’s paid.

    Griping about the lawyer is something else; welcome back to the US, Miriam. You could have done it yourself or sold your story to some advocacy group and another thing: how is it you have money now that you didn’t have 8 years ago?

  • No indictment for Eric Garner unites the right and the left… for now

    12/04/2014 2:29:56 PM PST · 49 of 49
    tsomer to Boogieman

    I forgot to mention this thing about “choke holds:” it’s a Jujitsu move; the carotid arteries are restricted for a few seconds, causing the person to black out. The airway is not pinched; it’s not strangulation. It is an autonomic reaction triggered by sensors in the arteries when a blood pressure drop is sensed downstream of the choke point. Here’s the thing: some people are more sensitive to the stimulous, and though harmless to a healthy person, it’s dangerous to unhealthy people.

    As I understand, as the subject comes out of the blackout, the adrenal glands kick in. The heart attack may have been triggered by the subsequent adrenaline rush.

    I always thought the maneuver was illegal. Maybe that’s changed over the last 15 years.

    One thing I got wrong last night: the cop did not have his knee on Garners head, though he was using considerable force pushing it onto the pavement.

  • No indictment for Eric Garner unites the right and the left… for now

    12/03/2014 8:52:00 PM PST · 41 of 49
    tsomer to SeekAndFind

    The tape shows clearly that the cops forearm was around the man’s neck. I saw the tatooed paramilitary guy with his knee on the mans head. There were six cops immediately on the guy, followed by a swarm within a minute later as if somebody had opened a can of them.

    The man was not threatening anybody; he was gesticulating and pleading. The narrator said that he’d just broken up a fight. I don’t know if they have any footage or testimony of seeing the guy peddling cigarettes. Cops always make up crap like that standard cya.

    So what’s different?
    In the first place, it’s New York.
    In the second place, they’re New York Union cops.

  • Shell Art Was Carved By Homo Erectus Up To 540,000 Years Ago

    12/03/2014 1:57:48 PM PST · 38 of 58
    tsomer to mbarker12474

    I wondered when somebody would get this discussion headed in the right direction.

  • Shell Art Was Carved By Homo Erectus Up To 540,000 Years Ago

    12/03/2014 1:56:33 PM PST · 37 of 58
    tsomer to mbarker12474


  • White Reds Exploiting Blacks in Ferguson

    12/01/2014 3:02:39 PM PST · 19 of 20
    tsomer to detective

    Less than halfway down the page of the article, this quote:

    “...The late Larry Grathwohl, former FBI informant in the Weather Underground, understood from personal experience how white communists exploited blacks and other minority groups....”

    The Weather Unders used the Panthers. The pattern here hasn’t changed it seems.

    1.Is this bunch (which I’ve no doubt has strong connections to Occupy) co-opting criminal gangs for their dirty work? Head, the step-dad, is a Blood.

    2.Maybe junior’s two assaults prior to his demise was part of an initiation?

    3.Who else besides these fringe level commies were behind this? Breitbarts’ “Occupy Unmasked” documentary revealed the omnipresence of the SEIU (I think) union. Were they in Ferguson?

  • Network TV Blackout on Obama’s Amnesty Address:

    11/20/2014 12:25:28 PM PST · 38 of 44
    tsomer to Baynative’s more likely that it is a White House tactic to keep low information voters from seeing him in action...

    Perhaps, but keep in mind that dollars still trump politics, despite their liberalism.

    I could be wrong, but I think this more about obama's damaged ego than anything else.

    Figuratively speaking, November's election cut off his dick, and so now he has to wag the prosthesis in our faces.

    It's wishful thinking perhaps, but I expect the measures he dictates to be watered down from what we've been told to expect.

    First--This is a typical ploy among politicians when enacting unpopular policies.
    Secondly- this is more apt to fracture the dem block than the Republican. There are a few pragmatists and populists among the dems and they'll be very influential six weeks from now.
    Thirdly- he'll face opposition from state governments--possibly outright defiance, but certainly court delays.
    Forth- There will be payback. There's still a vote on the budget and Holder's replacement coming up.

    It's still in flux; the whitehut is still gaging and revising, and congress is weighing its options. The outrage is not being ignored.

    Again, I could be wrong, but I think this is about ego.

  • The Drummers of Frank Zappa [FULL]

    11/15/2014 1:45:46 PM PST · 7 of 13
    tsomer to real saxophonist

    “I wanna here Caravan witha drum sola”
    (Papa Joe takes off at 1:22 )

    By the way, thanks for that link!

  • U.S. to give $3 billion to international climate fund

    11/15/2014 12:56:37 PM PST · 25 of 26
    tsomer to molson209
    "Putting more money away for Retirement

    You Win!

    Climate change is the ultimate feather-nester's scheme. They'll appoint him chairman of the carbon reduction enforcement panel and give it back to him as his salary.

    He'll telecommute.

  • Obama ‘rethinking Syria strategy, wants to oust Assad’

    11/13/2014 7:40:43 AM PST · 41 of 47
    tsomer to SoFloFreeper

    I find all the allegations made against of Assad, including the characterization as an Iranian agent, dubious.
    Compared to most of the leadership in the region, he’s the sort we’d most likely be able to cooperate with.

    Two things:
    Assad is Alawite, a minuscule and evidently less militant off-shoot of Shia islam. They’re one of the first the Sunni fundamentalist would kill. There appears to be a fair degree of tolerance for Christians in Syria, and so far as I can tell, their antisemitism has been largely confined to obligatory and relatively mild ranting. As for Iran, there may be lip-service, but I suspect the former ophthalmologist can see that he’d fair no better with them.

    There’s another pattern in all this Mid-east turmoil:
    All of the Mid-east regimes attacked by administration’s proxies have been Ba’athists, or have shown parallel sympathies. Syria is Ba’athist.
    Mubarak, Qaddafi, and lately Assad have been the targets; all attempted to maintain secular governments.

  • Source: Obama to announce 10-point immigration plan via exec action as early as next week

    11/12/2014 4:57:13 PM PST · 84 of 216
    tsomer to Qwackertoo
    They seem to be in full steam ahead mode . . .

    I guess they figure it's now or never. They're willing to bet that the additional millions of voters they'll gain will offset any political repercussions.

    What could the House do at this point that would pose an immediate threat?

    All along that turd and his henchman holder have exploited the snails pace of congressional action and court deliberations to pull crap like this and avoid consequences.

    By the time they get around to something, it will be done and congress will be face the task of declaring newly-minted citizens as aliens. The media will be all over it.

    Grim scenario.

  • QUIZ: Modernist Church or Communist Building?

    11/10/2014 2:55:51 PM PST · 12 of 22
    tsomer to mrs. a

    I got four.

    I mis-interpreted those roof things—I thought they were surveillance towers.

    They’re all ghastly. And I’ll bet they all leak— it’s what happens when you leave a work of art out in the rain. (Frank Loyd Wright’s sister and first client said that.)

  • Black Revolutionary Group Puts Bounty Out on Officer Darren Wilson’s Head #Ferguson

    11/09/2014 8:01:59 PM PST · 62 of 103
    tsomer to 2ndDivisionVet

    Friends don’t let friends tweet jacked.