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Posts by William Tell

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  • 15 contradictions you have to believe to fit in with pop culture

    08/22/2014 10:14:33 AM PDT · 32 of 35
    William Tell to wagglebee
    Here's a situation that is just now forming.

    Liberals believe that human activity is causing global warming that is unstoppable by anything but huge economic sacrifices by man.

    Recently, however, comes a theory that there is a mechanism whereby the oceans can soak up significant amounts of heat.

    The result of the man-caused warming and the ocean-caused cooling is that NOTHING IS HAPPENING!

    Only liberals would need to invent two conflicting and unproven theories to explain why we are NOT having any climate change.

  • If This Is It, Officer Wilson Has the Advantage: Conflicting Testimonies Favor Defendant

    08/22/2014 9:51:46 AM PDT · 20 of 21
    William Tell to SeekAndFind
    The linked article seems to make light of the claim that a shot was fired INSIDE the vehicle.

    If the altercation occurred as a result of Brown attacking Wilson through the car window, and if a round was fired during that attack, then there is a large likelihood that the round did not leave the car.

    There's some possibility that the round fired from inside the car, if there was one, hit Brown in the arm, and then ended up outside the car somewhere. But even that would leave some gunshot residue inside the car that would not be there otherwise, not to mention the high speed blood spatter that would have occurred.

    Part of the problem in this case is that the police have been far too slow to release such information. It has served them badly to withhold such evidence and leaves open the possibility that no such evidence exists, or that when such evidence is presented it will not be believed.

    One can certainly argue with the O.J. jury's decision, but there is no doubt that the police failed to properly label evidence, failed to maintain proper custody of evidence, failed to timely secure evidence, failed to conduct thorough searches, and committed perjury. It is hard for me to believe, beyond a reasonable doubt, that all of this was just incompetence.

  • The Case Against Officer Darren Wilson.

    08/21/2014 4:35:47 PM PDT · 46 of 108
    William Tell to 2ndDivisionVet
    From the article: "Fact. There are at least two (TWO!!!) eye witnesses, Dorian Johnson-Michael Brown’s friend that was with Brown at the time of the shooting-and Piaget Crenshaw-happened to video record from her apartment window Darren Wilson shooting Brown dead."

    This "fact" appears to be an outright lie.

    The video I have seen begins at a point in time with additional officers on the scene and at least some crime scene tape in place. These things take quite a few minutes to accomplish.

    The woman who made the video, had she actually witnessed the shooting would have had plenty of time to get her camera and start recording. I believe it likely that she saw NOTHING of the shooting.

  • Moms Demand Action Loses Again: Fred Meyer Supermarket Will Not Ban Guns

    08/19/2014 9:40:49 AM PDT · 21 of 25
    William Tell to ThunderSleeps
    ThunderSleeps said: "I don't understand the fear, ..."

    I think at least some of these people have inner rage which they fear will express itself while they are carrying a gun.

    They wish to reserve for themselves the right to express their anger in irrational behavior and violent outbursts, after which they intend to apologize profusely for the fact that something "made them angry".

    It would be too costly to indulge in such behavior if the outcome became the loss of one's life or a murder charge.

  • Vanity: Need help choosing home invasion shotgun

    08/19/2014 9:11:29 AM PDT · 145 of 171
    William Tell to JRandomFreeper
    JRandomFreeper said: "Paracord doesn't touch the trigger guard."

    I wasn't referring to the end of the cord attached to the shotgun, but rather the other end of the cord and where that could end up while using the shotgun.

    I'd be concerned that the loop could catch a finger or thumb and prevent rapid use of the gun, or that the end of the cord could become entangled on the trigger, perhaps causing an unintentional discharge.

    It's the kind of concern which makes it advisable to carry handguns in holsters.

  • Vanity: Need help choosing home invasion shotgun

    08/18/2014 10:19:53 PM PDT · 29 of 171
    William Tell to JohnnyP; JRandomFreeper
    JohnnyP said: "Make sure the string doesn’t hang up on the nail if you have to grab it in a hurry."

    I would also shorten the string so that it cannot possibly touch any part of the trigger guard.

  • Autopsy: Michael Brown Was Shot 6 Times

    08/18/2014 11:28:56 AM PDT · 94 of 98
    William Tell to butterdezillion
    butterdezillion said: "If so, then it seems like 4 of the shots might have been to stop him and the head shots were fired when it was clear he wasn’t going to stop."

    ALL of the shots were intended to STOP him.

    Those unacquainted with the reality of using a handgun to stop an attack usually get their notions of what handguns do from TV and movies.

    Roy Rogers or the Lone Ranger would typically draw from a holster and use their outstanding point-shooting skills to shoot the gun out of the bad guy's hand without even harming the hand. The TV movie alternative is that a person is shot using a handgun and immediately falls unconscious or dead. Neither of these scenarios reflects the reality of most shootings.

    Shooting at a gun-sized target at twenty feet would be challenge enough with carefully aimed shots while lining up the sights on the handgun.

    In a real self-defense shooting there typically isn't time or even physical coordination enough to make such a shot. The risk of failing to stop the attacker is that a person is killed by the attacker. This makes it necessary to adopt a different plan.

    Every single shot is initially aimed at the center-of-mass of the target. This maximizes the chances of the shot incapacitating the attacker most quickly. It is simply a coincidence of anatomy that shots intended to quickly stop a person are also most likely to kill the person. That is because STOPPING the attacker typically requires one of three outcomes.

    1. The attacker loses enough blood to drop blood pressure sufficiently to lose consciousness. The attack stops.

    2. The attacker's central nervous system (the brain or spine) is sufficiently affected by the wounds to render him incapable of continuing the attack.

    3. The attacker's skeleton or musculature is sufficiently damaged to prevent the attack from continuing.

    Shooting at the center of mass of the attacker has the highest probability of stopping the attack because a hit in this area will often hit the heart or a large artery and quickly lower the blood pressure, or the bullet will damage the spine and prevent further coordinated motion by the attacker.

    In self-defense classes, one is taught to shoot twice at center-of-mass and then, if the attacker is not stopped, shoot at the head. This is because the failure of the first two rounds may indicate that the attacker is protected by body armor.

    If the policeman was confident that no body armor was involved, then all shots would be to center-of mass. It might still be possible that a shot intended for center-of-mass might hit the head of an attacker who crouches down during the attack.

    As for those who would recommend that the cop shoot-to-wound rather than kill the attacker, it should be pointed out that four of the rounds did wound the attacker and yet failed to stop the attack.

  • 'There are no police': Ferguson store owners guard businesses; cite lack of police response

    08/16/2014 9:44:12 AM PDT · 114 of 151
    William Tell to First_Salute; Safetgiver; Menehune56
    First_Salute said: "You might want to double-check that. "

    Since 1995 the California Highway Patrol has taken over all the responsibilities of the California State Police, which no longer exists by that name.

    It used to be the case that the Highway Patrol had jurisdiction only on the highways.

  • Judge Issues New Order to IRS: Your Excuse For "Lost" Emails is Invalid

    08/15/2014 7:55:47 PM PDT · 47 of 53
    William Tell to Agamemnon
    Agamemnon said: "Thank you for expressing some common sense."

    You're welcome.

    Of course everything depends upon the judge truly wanting to make the executive branch accountable to the people. If not, then he can pretty easily tie things up, requiring an appeal of his every decision.

    Many of us remember Watergate. Nixon was ordered by the courts to turn over secret audiotapes recorded in the Oval Office. Claims of "executive privilege" do not extend to evidence of felonious behavior.

    If the judge in this case demands evidence, I think he will get it.

    Sixty-five people were convicted of felonies during Watergate, many of whom were lawyers and who had no direct involvement in the original crime. Such a thing could happen here.

  • Court: Silence Can Be Used Against Suspects

    08/15/2014 4:51:09 PM PDT · 24 of 306
    William Tell to P-Marlowe
    P-Marlowe said: "But everyone here seems to treat it like the holy grail of conservative constitutional principles."

    The overwhelming benefit of the Miranda warning was that it assured that the cops knew your rights and were aware of their obligation to respect them.

    It's pretty hard to tell a person in one breath, "You have the right to remain silent" and then in the next breath tell them that if you don't speak you will be charged with a crime.

    It's similarly difficult to tell a person one minute that "You have a right to an attorney before any questioning" and then insist that they answer your questions without the benefit of an attorney.

    If you don't believe that cops have coerced confessions out of innocent people then you haven't been paying attention.

  • Alarms went at 6am in my house, I investigated armed (2nd thoughts)

    08/15/2014 3:07:24 PM PDT · 60 of 71
    William Tell to LibWhacker
    LibWhacker said: "A cop buddy once told me that the best approach often is to take cover and wait for the intruder to come within view."

    There is nothing in my house which is worth as much as my life or the lives of my family members.

    My home has six entrance points. Assuming that my wife and I are the only ones who are supposed to be in the house and we are together in our bedroom, then I would arm myself and try to verify that exiting the house through the outside door in our bedroom is safe.

    If it appears safe, then we exit and make our way up the hill next to our house where we have a relatively good view of the entire house. This buys us time to then consider what the next move should be.

    The risks in this plan are that there might be unwelcome attackers outside the house or that somehow the police have already arrived and mistake me for the intruder. I think neither of these is very likely.

    What I would not do is attempt to clear the house. I took a defensive handgun course once which taught us that the doorway into a room is a tunnel of death. Standing in a doorway a person is located exactly where a bad guy is expecting you to be.

    I'm reminded of the line from "No Country for Old Men" in which the sheriff says something like, "Even in a contest between man and beast the outcome is uncertain." Despite all the advantages I might have over an intruder in my house, confronting him has little upside and has a downside risk of getting myself killed. It's just not worth it.

    The scenario I described also allows for the possibility that one of my family members has mistakenly entered the house without informing me. There's a further possibility that the intruder is simply a drunken teenager whose lost or out to cause trouble. Why kill them if there is nothing to be gained?

  • Judge Issues New Order to IRS: Your Excuse For "Lost" Emails is Invalid

    08/15/2014 1:55:51 PM PDT · 38 of 53
    William Tell to tbw2
    tbw2 said: "What can the judge do ..."

    I would never underestimate what a judge can do, especially if involves what transpires inside his courtroom.

    I recall in the O.J. case that the defense brought to the judge's attention that a knife existed at O.J.'s home and that the police had failed to take it into evidence.

    I believe that the judge appointed a "master" who then had authority to go to O.J.s house and take possession of the knife. This mystery object was in a sealed envelope for much of the trial.

    Probably whatever authority the judge can grant to others, he can also use to advance matters himself. Search warrants, arrest warrants, subpoenas, gag orders, injunctions, contempt citations, and who knows what else. He can probably grant a witness immunity from prosecution in order to defeat a claim of self-incrimination.

    All of the above actions would be subject to appeals, perhaps ultimately to the Supreme Court. Our judiciary system will continue to function as long as law-abiding citizens will recognize their authority. Unfortunately, Obama's injustice Department is busy undermining the rule of law faster than the courts can reverse it.

  • Michael Brown Was An "Unarmed Teen" Because He Was Unable To Take The Cop's Gun!!

    08/15/2014 12:52:03 PM PDT · 103 of 106
    William Tell to kenmcg
    kenmcg said: "... because he coudn’t cut the mustard? "

    I doubt that very much.

  • Within black families, hard truths told to sons amid Ferguson unrest

    08/15/2014 12:47:43 PM PDT · 63 of 65
    William Tell to econjack
    econjack said: "... stealing a box of cigars."

    Shoplifting is a form of "stealing".

    What the photos depict I think is properly termed "robbery", which is stealing from a person aided by intimidation or force.

    Since there was no weapon visible, I believe the term "strong-arm robbery" is used.

    Since the storekeeper would reasonably have feared great bodily harm, there is an additional crime of "assault".

  • Within black families, hard truths told to sons amid Ferguson unrest

    08/15/2014 10:06:14 AM PDT · 59 of 65
    William Tell to econjack
    econjack said: "My guess is that their behavior in Ferguson isn't helping. "

    It's also not helping that the black community seems to believe that Trayvon was a saint, despite the evidence that he was once apprehended in school with a backpack containing stolen jewelry and a screwdriver.

    I hear no protestations that the claim about the stolen jewelry is false. It is simply ignored as if it is irrelevant.

    Until the black community can cure themselves of this blindness they will continue to make fools of themselves and set back any hope of improving the lives of their children.

  • Michael Brown Was An "Unarmed Teen" Because He Was Unable To Take The Cop's Gun!!

    08/15/2014 9:44:51 AM PDT · 99 of 106
    William Tell to kenmcg
    kenmcg said: "What pure BS coming from an obvious cop hater who has no idea of what he’s talking about."

    The son of a friend of mine was in the local police academy. He left the program when he realized that he wasn't being trained to be a public servant.

    Basically, he was being considered for entry into a gang. Loyalty to the gang was to be valued above other considerations, such as the rights of the people with whom they would interact on the job.

  • Confessions of a disillusioned Democrat

    08/15/2014 9:24:42 AM PDT · 27 of 27
    William Tell to afraidfortherepublic
    From the linked article: " ... to help those in dire distress from poverty and crime."

    Joe has completely ignored the spending problem. Lowering taxes when the nation is spending a trillion dollars more per year than it takes in has always been a recipe for disaster. Our national debt approaches twenty trillion dollars and that doesn't even take into account the unfunded liabilities of Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid, and other improperly funded public pension funds.

    Joe's understanding of economics is not zero. He recognizes that taxes need to be lower and he recognizes that only a better economic situation for employers could justify adjusting the wages of workers.

    He fails to mention the need of businesses to compete with third world nations and he doesn't mention the absolute requirement that employee wages be dictated by employee productivity.

    Also from the linked article: " ... if I can walk the streets of Camden to try to help the disenfranchised, ..."

    At 63, Joe is moving far too slowly in his realization that things have gone terribly wrong in this country.

    How can Joe really think the problem is that people in the inner cities are "disenfranchised"? Do they not have local polling places? Are there not enough languages on the ballots? Most such places don't even require a photo ID to vote. Not only are these people not "disenfranchised", but the chances are they are voting multiple times along with their dead ancestors.

    I see no possibility whatever that increasing voter participation in the inner cities would change a thing.

    Keep working on it, Joe. In another 63 years you'll figure it out.

  • Hackers have the names and Social Security numbers of Ferguson police. But should they share them?

    08/14/2014 8:27:16 PM PDT · 37 of 39
    William Tell to 2ndDivisionVet
    Thanks for the link. Everybody needs to watch this series of videos.

    It's important to recognize that, even if you tell the absolute truth, you can create suspicion about yourself and possible evidence against you, if some other credible witness mistakenly contradicts you about an otherwise unimportant detail.

  • Hackers have the names and Social Security numbers of Ferguson police. But should they share them?

    08/14/2014 7:51:28 PM PDT · 34 of 39
    William Tell to 2ndDivisionVet
    From the article: “But they could be lying.”

    The police have gone to great lengths to establish that they are free to lie to suspects. Since we are all probably suspected of doing something illegal, I'm sure this includes all of us.

    Perhaps someone can educate me as to whether there are any limits to such lying.

    Can the cops tell you "no" if you ask whether you have a right to a lawyer? Can they lie by telling you that no bail has been set when in fact it has? Can they tell you that they will charge your mother with a crime if you don't confess?

    I, for one, follow the advice, "Don't talk to the police."

  • Liberals Manage to Make Your Grocery List Racist

    08/14/2014 7:39:46 PM PDT · 50 of 51
    William Tell to Kaslin
    From the article: "Boycotts, however, are generally distasteful, useless, and absurdly counter-intuitive to the free market experience that conservatives tend to cherish."

    What nonsense. Boycotts are more American than apple pie.

    In the 1760s, their own government attempted to tax several items being used in the British colonies in America.

    Included among these items was tea. The most outraged colonists organized boycotts and used considerable persuasion to get others to join in. The effort had a substantial impact on the importation of manufactured goods from the home island into the colonies.

    Parliament, with no representation from those same colonies, eventually repealed the taxes, except the tax on tea, which was retained to establish clearly the authority of Parliament to tax the colonies.

    Well, we know how that turned out.

    The Sara Lee corporation made a sizeable donation to an anti-gun organization. As a result, I haven't touched a Sara Lee product in over a decade.

    The challenge I have with choosing whether to boycott or not is whether or not I will suffer sufficiently more than the business I choose to boycott that it makes the effort ridiculous.

    If you can easily boycott a corporation which is working to undermine your unalienable rights, how could you possibly not do so?

  • Kerry: Climate Change is ‘The Biggest Challenge of All That We Face Right Now’

    08/14/2014 10:14:56 AM PDT · 55 of 61
    William Tell to rktman
    Kerry said: "Ask any kid in school. They understand what a greenhouse is, how it works, why we call it the greenhouse effect."

    Be sure to ask the kid whether or not the hottest air in the greenhouse is at the top. Then ask the kid whether the upper atmosphere has warmed as the models predict.

    Somehow I'm guessing the kid won't know.

  • Part One: The Problem With The Right

    08/14/2014 10:08:32 AM PDT · 16 of 22
    William Tell to Kaslin
    From the article: "Voters won’t follow someone who says stupid things ..."

    I lost interest in the article right there. Voters have been following people who say stupid things forever.

    Obama, Biden, Pelosi, Sheila Jackson Lee, Kerry ... the list is far longer than I care to compile.

    Here's a quote attributed to Benjamin Franklin:
    A democracy cannot exist as a permanent form of government. It can only exist until the voters discover that they can vote themselves largesse from the public treasury. From that moment on, the majority always votes for the candidates promising the most benefits from the public treasury with the result that a democracy always collapses over loose fiscal policy, always followed by a dictatorship.

    The majority of voters are not voting for Democrats because Democrats say brilliant things and Republican say stupid things. In fact, if every comment made by Democrats was stupid and every comment made by Republicans was brilliant, it would change very little.

    I see nothing short of national bankruptcy in our future.

  • College Prof: Gun Owners ‘Not A Protected Group’

    08/13/2014 5:05:12 PM PDT · 29 of 33
    William Tell to IncPen
    From the linked article: "... but of course the right to bear arms doesn’t mean the right to bear every arm, it doesn’t mean the right to bear all the arms. It only means the rights to bear arms.”

    The anti-gunners are quick to point out that the right might have some limits.

    I have never heard them expound on what the right to keep and bear arms DOES protect.

    They defended the law in D.C. forbidding the presence of an assembled and loaded firearm in one's home. This was struck down in the Heller case.

    They defend the law in DC prohibiting the average, law-abiding adult from carrying arms outside the home.

    They defend the laws in New York, Connecticut, and Kalifornia prohibiting some rifles simply because they have a pistol grip.

    They defend prohibitions on possession of normal capacity magazines carried by every infantry soldier.

    They defend licensing, registration, waiting periods, background checks, and lifetime bans for some misdemeanors.

    But I have never heard an anti-gunner describe what IS protected. What behavior may I engage in for which I am guaranteed by the Second Amendment that I will not face prosecution?

    In preparation for my upcoming CCW training I purchased a book entitled, "California Gun Laws : A guide to state and federal firearm regulations". This book is 466 pages long. What response would our Founders have recommended to such an abomination from their government?

  • Rachel Jeantel Talks Life After Trial, Says “With What I Know Now, I Would Have Done A Better Job”

    08/12/2014 12:46:45 AM PDT · 56 of 66
    William Tell to Aurorales
    Aurorales said: "I agree."

    It occurs to me that there is an important liberal goal in this deception.

    This woman's credibility with most of the minority community is already as high as it could be.

    The deception is aimed at those in the white community who are anxious to believe that the only reason that such a woman would remain ignorant is due to poverty. And furthermore, that simply providing money to such a person will solve the disparity of wealth which has enslaved in poverty her and her peers.

    The musical "My Fair Lady" tells the tale of an uneducated girl who sells flowers and speaks atrocious English. She is taught the language and is taken for royalty at a ball. This story is based on the myth of Pygmalion.

    Gee, ... what would one name a black version of "Pygmalion"?

    Nope, I'm not going there.

  • Rachel Jeantel Talks Life After Trial, Says “With What I Know Now, I Would Have Done A Better Job”

    08/11/2014 10:36:31 PM PDT · 53 of 66
    William Tell to UCANSEE2
    UCANSEE2 said: "Rachel spent her fame and fortune on getting educated instead of drugs or alcohol. That's a pretty clear sign of intelligence. "

    I thought this was called "acting White". Are we to assume that her entire circle of friends and family are pleased with this and will emulate it?

    What exactly was it that prevented her from this transformation prior to her "fame"?

  • Rachel Jeantel Talks Life After Trial, Says “With What I Know Now, I Would Have Done A Better Job”

    08/11/2014 7:16:54 PM PDT · 32 of 66
    William Tell to 2ndDivisionVet
    From the linked article: "Also I would have learned proper grammar and how I should speak or what should I say when I am on trial."

    I'm betting there is no video or audio recording of this interview.

  • Reciprocity Mix-Up Leads to Felony Charges for Philadelphia Mom

    08/11/2014 9:21:45 AM PDT · 20 of 28
    William Tell to LucianOfSamasota
    Here's some assistance to the Supreme Court so that they don't have to spend much time authoring an opinion:

    The Second Amendment to the United States Constitution, as clarified by this Court's decisions in Miller and McDonald, protects the individual right to keep and bear arms for self-defense. Whereas the defendant is neither a felon nor has she been adjudicated as mentally defective, and whereas this Court cannot justify treating the entire state of New Jersey as a "sensitive place", therefor the charges against the defendant shall be dismissed. It is so ordered."

    See, ... it's really not all that complicated.

  • Reciprocity Mix-Up Leads to Felony Charges for Philadelphia Mom

    08/11/2014 9:09:55 AM PDT · 19 of 28
    William Tell to LucianOfSamasota
    Another person arrested for trying to "keep and bear arms".

    We shouldn't be looking to Governor Christie to right this wrong, but to the Supreme Court of the United States, to whom this defendant should make an emergency appeal for dismissal; one which should be granted immediately with a brief statement quoting the Second Amendment.

  • Tips For Hospital Visiting (Protestant/Evangelical Caucus)

    08/09/2014 11:36:04 AM PDT · 10 of 15
    William Tell to Our man in washington
    Our man in Washington said: "I appreciated long visits to ease the boredom. "

    I was in a similar situation. Hospital stays greatly disturb one's normal rhythms. Many times I found myself awake at two in the morning in a quiet, dimly-lit hospital room with nothing to do but watch the clock.

    On most days it was impossible to have too many visitors or too long a visit. When we are well we can choose among the many activities that we enjoy. Being confined to a hospital bed, we have few if any choices. Visitors provide an entertaining break that allows one to get lost in the thoughts of others and provides a rest from our own challenges.

    I was also struck by how often a visitor would comment on how great I looked. I could only conclude that I looked absolutely terrible at first and must be mending satisfactorily. You know you have been through a great trial when even the doctors make this comment.

  • Humanity May Face Choice by 2040: Conventional Energy or Drinking Water

    08/07/2014 9:36:56 AM PDT · 28 of 30
    William Tell to Diana in Wisconsin
    "Writing in the Times of London in 1894, one writer estimated that in 50 years every street in London would be buried under nine feet of manure."

    That's why London doesn't exist anymore. Oh, ... wait, ... that didn't happen did it?

  • Instead of granting executive amnesty, couldn’t Obama just pardon illegal immigrants?

    08/07/2014 8:57:40 AM PDT · 13 of 14
    William Tell to servo1969
    servo1969 said: "You can only pardon someone whose been convicted of a crime in a court of law."

    While I would certainly agree that pardons should not be used to conceal criminality or to grant an ongoing special status to some people, we must recognize that Gerald Ford pardoned Nixon for offenses without specifying what they were, when they were committed, or who was harmed.

    It makes me absolutely ill when I hear people praise Nixon. His criminality led to the felony convictions of about 65 people. Instead of using the machinery of government to safeguard our liberties, Nixon used it to further his own political ends and to persecute his personal enemies. Gee, who does that remind me of?

  • Gun Control in Action: Amtrak Safety Video Suggests Throwing Duffel Bag at Gunman for Protection

    08/06/2014 8:56:53 AM PDT · 6 of 40
    William Tell to Olog-hai

    I wonder what one is advised to do if attacked by a man with a duffel bag?

  • Assault Weapons Backgrounder [USCCB position from 2005]

    08/03/2014 7:55:29 PM PDT · 10 of 15
    William Tell to PieterCasparzen

    I’d hazard a guess that if Congress completely outlawed cars, the number of cars used in bank robberies would decline dramatically.

  • McDonald’s Ordered To Pay $27 Million For Teens’ Deaths

    07/31/2014 11:02:46 AM PDT · 53 of 56
    William Tell to Responsibility2nd
    Responsibility2nd said: "If you would’t do that, if you would provide security for yourself, then why are you denying McDonalds the same opportunity to provide security under the same circumstances?"

    I think you have hit on why we disagree. I believe that it is the customer's duty to provide security and not the business. Even if the business disallows guns, the customer's duty to protect himself requires that he either ignore the prohibition or cease doing business where he cannot protect himself.

    I don't see the moral or ethical mechanism that transfers the duty from the customer to the vendor.

  • McDonald’s Ordered To Pay $27 Million For Teens’ Deaths

    07/31/2014 9:43:26 AM PDT · 50 of 56
    William Tell to Responsibility2nd
    Responsibility2nd said: "A security guard may not solve all problems, but in hindsight, it would have saved them 27 million."

    So, does every business owner, regardless of the size of the business, now require a security guard to satisfy this duty?

  • McDonald’s Ordered To Pay $27 Million For Teens’ Deaths

    07/31/2014 9:23:50 AM PDT · 47 of 56
    William Tell to Responsibility2nd
    Responsibility2nd said: "McDonalds had a duty to provide security."

    Could you please describe what mechanism you recommend be implemented in order to satisfy this duty?

    Please recognize that the solution must be reasonably effective, must shield the business from the liability found, and must be such that any business which would otherwise be similarly liable would be able to implement it.

    It's hard for me to picture every shoe-shine stand or coffee kiosk being responsible for the criminal acts of others, but apparently that is your assessment.

    Or is it merely the size of the corporation which triggers this duty?

  • George Zimmerman 'patrolling' Central Florida shop after gun theft

    07/29/2014 9:04:56 AM PDT · 15 of 32
    William Tell to Leaning Right
    Leaning Right said: "One of three possibilities here:"

    I think you left out the fourth and most likely possibility; that the media is intentionally misreporting the facts in order to advance their anti-gun agenda.

  • Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy Calls Constitution “Flawed”

    07/26/2014 11:17:17 PM PDT · 52 of 74
    William Tell to 2ndDivisionVet
    From the article: "Kennedy was referencing the section of the Constitution in which each slave was defined as three-fifths of a person ..."

    Kennedy would evidently have preferred that TWO nations be established. The Northern United States without slavery and the Southern United States with slavery.

    Just how that would have advanced the cause of liberating the slaves is not obvious to me.

    One test of the validity of a liberal argument attacking some detail of life is to examine just how liberals would respond to the alternatives.

    If the Constitution had granted representation based on a full count of slaves, rather than three-fifths, the liberals would still attack the Founders for having allowed representation for people who had no civil rights.

    Had the Founders granted NO representation for slaves, they would be attacked for failing to recognize the humanity of the slaves; ignoring for the moment that the southern states would not have ratified the Constitution.

    Evidently the right solution was to start the Civil War to eliminate slavery immediately after cessation of hostilities with Great Britain, thus almost insuring loss of the nation's independence due to renewed hostilities with Great Britain in the War of 1812.

    As with many objections raised by liberals, there is simply no way to satisfy them.

  • Need Home For two Black Labs Or They Go To Pound

    07/26/2014 10:49:05 PM PDT · 62 of 102
    William Tell to Innovative
    Innovative said: "Well, she had to know they are moving ..."

    My mother related an anecdote of her having come "home" from high school and finding that she no longer lived at that address. I don't know exactly how she found her way to her new home, but I suspect that the fact that her grandfather owned a farm nearby probably played a part.

    I would never underestimate the amount of chaos created in children's lives by dysfunctional parents.

  • Day 8: IRS still can't find Lerner's hard drive

    07/19/2014 4:27:13 PM PDT · 36 of 50
    William Tell to TWhiteBear
    From the linked article: Manning said Lerner’s hard drive was then “delivered to the IRS Criminal Investigation Division Electronic Crimes Forensic Laboratory for additional efforts to recover data from the malfunctioning hard drive.”

    Let me see if I understand this correctly.

    The claim is being made that taxpayers are supporting an organization which is called "the IRS Criminal Investigation Division Electronic Crimes Forensic Laboratory"
    ... and we are being asked to believe that such organization actually performed a forensic analysis on Lerner's hard drive,
    ... and that the laboratory personnel did so

    This is the most NON-credible claim I can imagine being made about an organization with "Laboratory" in its name. I see more subpoenas heading the way of the IRS.

  • Widow of man shot in theater ‘for texting’ hits out at judge after ‘shooter’ released

    07/14/2014 3:13:35 PM PDT · 228 of 261
    William Tell to dragnet2
    dragnet2 said: "Good God, you're actually defending this murderer after he shot to death an unarmed person? "

    Good God, you're actually defending this attacker after he assaulted who he thought was an unarmed person?

    Answer me this: Have you ever had any stranger throw an object into your face? What would you believe would be the purpose of such an attack? This idiot wanted a response. He was begging for a response. He hoped to punish a man in his seventies with a severe beating at the very least.

    Tell me, did the attacker commit a felony or not? Was the action of taking the ex-cops popcorn by force and flinging it at him a crime?

    If somebody is willing to commit such a crime before witnesses, what would convince you that the crime was going to end with just the robbery and assault? Or was the attacker going to punch the old man into unconsciousness and leave the theater? How much of a reaction from the ex-cop would have generated just such a response?

  • 'Yellow Fever' Fetish: Why Do So Many White Men Want To Date A Chinese Woman?

    07/13/2014 6:45:04 PM PDT · 130 of 182
    William Tell to driftdiver
    driftdiver said: "I think its because they accept that men and women are different."

    My wife is Italian and I think you have identified an important part of what makes my marriage work. She and I seldom find ourselves struggling over making a decision.

    I have seen a couple who argued heatedly over exactly where to place their garbage can at the curbside for pickup. How they ever came to believe that they should both be involved in such a decision is a mystery to me and my wife.

  • Priceless: Student Sums Up Common Core Idiocy in a SINGLE Word

    07/13/2014 1:21:46 PM PDT · 30 of 44
    William Tell to Tigerized
    Tigerized said: "I do it this way mentally..."

    And I did it differently.

    I recognized that 17 is nearly 20.
    I added 10 to 26 to get 36.
    Then I added 10 again to get 46.
    Then I subtracted 3 because 17 is not quite 20.

    Sometimes I will just mimic the way done on paper. I glance at the units column and see that there is a carry.

    Then I add 2 plus 1 plus the carry to get 4.

    Finally, ignoring the carry I add 6 + 7 to get the 3, for an answer of 43.

    The point being, I don't do it the same way all the time.

    I recall an anecdote from a book by Richard Feynman, the Nobel prize winning physicist. He is with several other people who propose a math problem to him. As a result of some coincidental relationships in the numbers, he is able to do the mental calculation to generate an answer to several decimal places, impressing the people around him.

    His was another example of the fact that a skilled person wouldn't necessarily use just one approach to making such a calculation.

    Those of us who use such shortcuts to making calculations do so in order to save the trouble of doing the calculation on paper. If a person doesn't have the skills to do the paper calculation, then there will be little incentive to understand and retain shortcuts.

    Educators have been struggling for generations to find some way to teach arithmetic and higher math to the masses. They have failed to improve on the necessity of having everybody learn the basics. Calculators allow people to be ignorant, they are not a replacement for knowledge.

  • Widow of man shot in theater ‘for texting’ hits out at judge after ‘shooter’ released

    07/13/2014 11:49:43 AM PDT · 52 of 261
    William Tell to Uncle Chip
    Uncle Chip said: The theater was a “no guns” zone.

    It was probably a "no snake" zone also. That doesn't change what can happen to you if you attack a snake.

  • Widow of man shot in theater ‘for texting’ hits out at judge after ‘shooter’ released

    07/13/2014 10:49:08 AM PDT · 21 of 261
    William Tell to smokingfrog
    smokingfrog said: "Hopefully, he’ll do the right thing and off himself."

    Do you think this was some kind of boxing match gone wrong?

    How do you rule out the likelihood of a serious physical attack when somebody throws popcorn at you, perhaps in an attempt to blind you temporarily to aid in their attack?

    I use copious amounts of salt on my popcorn. How would you like it if I threw salt in your eyes under similar circumstances? How would you determine that the throwing of popcorn would be the end of the attack?

    What would a rattle snake do if you approached it and threw popcorn on it? Would it instinctively fight back and possibly cause the death of the attacker? How much more thought is a person required to give to their reaction than a rattle snake?

    Does the fact that the person attacking the rattle snake doesn't know that the snake is deadly in any way change the expected outcome?

    If this retired cop had been on duty and had been attacked in such a way, what would the cop expect to have happen next? What action should the cop take?

    I have grown to distrust the police perhaps as much as anybody I know. That doesn't mean that I expect cops to have to submit to an attack.

  • Gun Control

    07/13/2014 9:21:13 AM PDT · 22 of 49
    William Tell to CitizenUSA
    CitizenUSA said: "I daresay many actual crimes, like possession of drugs, shouldn’t also expose one to the risk of execution at the hands of police."

    It's the illegality of drugs and the draconian punishment for their possession or use which motivates some to react violently to the prospect of being incarcerated for decades.

    Without the artificially high prices created by the illegality, most illicit drugs would cost pennies per pound. It's always been my opinion that less harm would be done allowing addicts to overdose whenever they like rather than give up all of our Constitutional protections in order to fight this losing battle.

    I'm just uninterested in continuing the effort to protect people from their own bad choices at such a high cost to me.

  • Media Campaign Against Chipotles Open Carry is Backfiring

    07/09/2014 2:51:48 PM PDT · 5 of 18
    William Tell to InsidiousMongo
    InsidiousMongo said: "I have open carried before and I ALWAYS LEAVE THE MAGAZINE OUT OF THE RECEIVER of my AR15.""


  • Murder rate drops as concealed carry permits rise, study claims

    07/09/2014 2:27:59 PM PDT · 17 of 24
    William Tell to knittnmom
    knittnmom said: "{ ... anyone know which 6?"

    I was surprised to read "6" instead of "4".

    Vermont has very few gun laws and has never required a permit to carry concealed and does not issue them.

    Alaska and Arizona have relatively recently changed their gun laws so that a concealed carry permit is no longer required. Permits are still issued so that residents can take advantage of reciprocity laws in other states.

    Wyoming only recently changed their law so that permits are no longer required but I believe it only applies to Wyoming residents.

    The linked article mentions a "majority of Montana" but I am unaware of what their laws are.

    That still leaves a sixth state. I have no idea to what the article may be referring.

  • 17 Former Google Interview Questions So Ridiculous The Company Banned Them

    07/08/2014 11:17:34 PM PDT · 30 of 30
    William Tell to SeekAndFind
    I think I have a better answer to the blender question.

    If a human's linear dimensions are reduced by a certain factor (let's say 1/500), the mass of the human, assuming the density doesn't change, would be reduced by an amount equal to the factor cubed; or 1/(500*500*500).

    The strength of the muscles would only be reduced by an amount equal to the square of the factor, or 1/(500*500). This means that the shrunken human's ability to leap would be increased by the ratio of the strength to the mass.

    Assuming that a full size human can jump to one-third of his height, then the shrunken human would be able to leap 500 times one-third of his height, or about 170 times his height.

    Assuming that a nickel is one-tenth of an inch in height, then the shrunken human would be able to leap 170 times the one-tenth inch, or about 17 inches.

    My answer to the blender question is that the shrunken human, before the blender is started, simply jumps out of the blender.

    The concept above explains why fleas can leap hundreds of times their body size and why dinosaurs were not able to grow to any greater size than what the fossil record indicates.

  • Hillary Clinton laughs about helping accused child rapist Thomas A. Taylor walk free in the 1970s

    07/08/2014 9:50:23 AM PDT · 3 of 4
    William Tell to rface
    From the linked article: "The investigator said there was not enough blood left on the underwear to test, which ultimately caused the Arkansas judge to offer Taylor a plea deal."

    Since when do judges offer plea deals? Isn't that a function of the prosecutor, with the judge approving any such deal?

    Is Hillary stupid, lying, or was she practicing in an incompetent court?

    Oh, well ... At this point what difference does it make?