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Posts by William Tell

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  • You Are What You Say You Are

    05/25/2016 7:53:44 AM PDT · 17 of 29
    William Tell to Kaslin

    I truly believe that I am quadruplets trapped in a single body. That’s why I eat for four.

  • College reverses decision, rehires famed Delta Force hero

    05/20/2016 12:03:42 PM PDT · 8 of 17
    William Tell to jazusamo
    The hero said: "The first man who goes into the restroom with my daughter will not have to worry about surgery."

    What does this have to do with transgendered people? I have been assured that Caitlin Jenner is a woman.

  • Gun Ownership: A New Medical Illness?

    05/20/2016 10:43:12 AM PDT · 14 of 50
    William Tell to rktman
    From the linked article: "... and the third is patients in at-risk demographic groups such as middle-aged older white men, ..."

    "Middle-aged older white men"? I used to be in that group. Fortunately I am now much safer now. I got older.

  • California Senate Outlaws 'Bullet Buttons,' Other Gun Control Measures

    05/19/2016 5:31:11 PM PDT · 57 of 62
    William Tell to hanamizu
    hanamizu said: "As I recall, the San Berdoo jihadis had illegally modified their weapons to replace the bullet buttons making their crimes that much more heinous."

    I would be surprised if it took longer than five or six minutes to return a bullet-button rifle to its original function. Anti-gunners are so ignorant that they treat guns as if they are tremendously complex items. They aren't.

    hanamizu said: "Don’t some of these new laws basically outlaw nearly all semi autos?"

    I can't speak about the newly proposed laws. I don't have the time or energy to follow all the legislature's nonsense. I will write to the Governor if any of this nonsense reaches his desk.

    As for existing law, the impact has mostly been on AR and AK type rifles, due to their visual similarity to the real assault rifles used by the military.

    The Ruger Ranch Rifle is very popular with, ... wait for it ..., ranchers. It fires the same round at the same velocity as an M16. Normal capacity magazines are available throughout the U.S., although they are illegal to import into Kalifornia. These rifles are especially useful for protecting stock from predators such as coyotes. I'm not a hunter, but I believe most jurisdictions do not allow the .223 cartridge to be used for most hunting. This is because the round is UNDER-POWERED and is less likely to accomplish a clean kill. It is nowhere near as powerful a round as a 30.06 or a .308.

    It is only the ignorance of the anti-gunners and the complicit media that allows these nonsensical laws to be proposed and passed.

    One of the really remarkably idiotic efforts is the coming attack on purchasing ammunition. The average criminal probably uses ten rounds in his whole career. Criminals and terrorist will NEVER have trouble getting sufficient ammunition for their nefarious purposes. Ammunition laws will only have the effect of penalizing the law-abiding and causing some people to stock-pile enormous quantities of ammo that should be available at any time off-the-shelf.

  • Judge orders ‘intentionally deceptive’ DOJ lawyers to take remedial ethics classes

    05/19/2016 4:59:07 PM PDT · 33 of 35
    William Tell to jazusamo
    jazusamo said: "C'mon judge, why not order them fired for lying to the court. "

    I read a different article which contained more information. It said that there was a separate order affecting the lawyers who misled the judge.

    The lawyers are allowed to be in this judge's court room sort of by invitation. (I forget the legal term.) The judge has reportedly removed that permission for those lawyers. This order would apparently apply in all 26 states which were plaintiffs in the case.

    Some lawyers might be able to shrug off being banned in half the states but there might be others for whom that is a punishment. We can only hope.

  • California Senate Outlaws 'Bullet Buttons,' Other Gun Control Measures

    05/19/2016 4:32:34 PM PDT · 51 of 62
    William Tell to hanamizu
    hanamizu said: "A magazine release that can be used by a tool less human is already against the law in Cali."

    Not right.

    Most of the several so-called "assault weapons" laws in Kalifornia apply to center-fire rifles which can accept a detachable magazine. Such rifles may not have any of a list of evil features, such as a flash-suppressor, pistol-grip, adjustable stock, or some other features.

    By installing a "bullet-button" in place of the standard magazine release button, one can then legally have ALL of the evil features.

    There is nothing illegal about having a magazine release on a rifle which has none of the evil features. That is, unless the rifle otherwise qualifies as a so-called "assault weapon" under one of the other assault weapon laws.

  • How Does Light Travel?

    05/19/2016 3:34:25 PM PDT · 65 of 83
    William Tell to r_barton
    r_barton said: "If you are traveling the speed of light in your car and turn on the headlights, do they light up anything? ;-)"

    Basically, yes.

    A real car, consisting of a certain amount of mass, would require an infinite amount of energy to attain that speed.

    Slightly more realistically, let's assume that the car is traveling at 99 percent of the speed of light. Then imagine that a person at a distance in front of the car of one light year detects the light coming from the headlights.

    Although the light would probably be very dim, the observer would measure the photons as having a speed of 300 million meters per second. He would also detect a pronounced blue-shift in the frequency of the light. Each photon would carry a great deal of energy; much more than would be measured by an observer moving with the car.

    Finally, after 3.65 days of observing this unusual light, the observer would be run over by an extremely fast moving car.

  • VIDEO: Employees at SC McDonald's get into fight over pies

    05/19/2016 12:18:57 PM PDT · 29 of 75
    William Tell to aomagrat
    Things must have changed a lot since I retired.

    It used to be that virtually every workplace employed one particular person called a "supervisor". The supervisor's job was to make decisions on behalf of the business owner.

    I thought it was a pretty good system. I wonder what system they are using now.

  • Should Your Doctor Ask If You Own Guns?

    05/17/2016 10:28:11 PM PDT · 29 of 122
    William Tell to Mr. Mojo
    I really didn't know what to expect when I needed a certification from my doctor to apply for a concealed carry permit. The subject had never come up.

    During an appointment I asked if he would sign two copies of the letter (one for backup in case the authorities conveniently lost one). He glanced at it, said, "I don't recall ever signing one of these before.", and put his scrawl on both copies for me. Nothing to it.

    I was quite happy it didn't become an issue.

  • Trump Just Tweeted:

    05/16/2016 9:37:48 PM PDT · 22 of 29
    William Tell to RayofHope
    I was looking for a place to make some comments about Trump and this thread looks like a reasonable place.

    I was watching a Fox News show discussing how Trump is unfair to women. It is agreed that the topic is complicated because people are hearing different things about Trump's treatment of women and some of the things are positive.

    I believe the confusion is caused by the fact that Trump is a fighter. When he takes someone on he targets a weakness and then ridicules the person. He's very good at it, as has been proved by his primary successes.

    When Trump decides to attack a woman, it simply doesn't occur to him to pull his punches because it is a woman.

    Trump nick-named Rubio, "little Rubio", I believe. The reason that this is an insult is because masculinity is associated with strength and size. (We needn't get into all the details of this.) Does this mean that Trump hates men? No. Not at all. It simply means that Trump will bring up any weakness of an opponent to weaken them.

    Why was it so outrageous to some people when Trump made a presumed reference to menstruation when attacking Megyn Kelly? It's only outrageous because the necessity of menstruating IS a weakness and those who menstruate didn't choose to be females. It is just the way they are. Similarly, Rubio is a small man. That is just the way he is.

    Trump's "weakness", if that is what it is, is that he doesn't discriminate by treating female opponents differently than male opponents.

  • Supreme Court sends ObamaCare contraception mandate case back to lower courts

    05/16/2016 1:56:20 PM PDT · 17 of 18
    William Tell to ColdOne
    In order to justify infringement of rights protected by the First Amendment, the government needs to show that it has a compelling reason to do so.

    Just what compels the government to insist that private businesses supply their employees with the means to interrupt the natural consequences of sexual intercourse?

    The courts created these rules and now just ignore them.

  • Sons of Climategate: Dodgy Scientists Caught Red-Handed by FOIA Lawsuit

    05/15/2016 11:15:44 PM PDT · 5 of 13
    William Tell to george76
    Here's an excerpt from one of the letters:


    Dear fellow letter signers.
    Shukla and I respectfully request that you send us your private email address.
    If you prefer to leave it in a voice message, call me at [redacted by William Tell].
    Thank you,
    Edward Maibach, MPH, PhD

    This letter suggests full justification for a Freedom of Information request to obtain all email addresses provided as a result of this letter and then further requests for relevant documents sent to or received from any of those email addresses.

    The conspiracy to deny our children and grandchildren their liberty and wealth by means of fraudulent "science" has gone on long enough. What possible innocent explanation could exist for gathering private email addresses?

    The letter was dated October 2, 2015. You would have thought that by then people would have learned not to conduct their nefarious business by email.

  • Megyn Kelly can’t hide disdain; transgender issue creates bizarre behavior in Fox News host

    05/14/2016 9:41:50 PM PDT · 122 of 172
    William Tell to Impala64ssa
    Insisting that people born as females use the Women's room and people born as males us the Men's room is SEX DISCRIMINATION.

    Insisting that people must use the restroom which matches their "gender identity" is also SEX DISCRIMINATION.

    Fortunately, we are such a fabulously wealthy nation that we can tear out all the existing restroom facilities and replace them with individual lockable restrooms. We can just simply take the funds out of the Social Security lockbox and everything will be just peachy.

  • Maduro Orders Seizure of Closed Venezuela Factories, Jailing of Owners

    05/14/2016 6:02:01 PM PDT · 43 of 199
    William Tell to Popman
    Popman said: "Pretty hard to produce or manufacture anything out of thin air..."

    Reminds me of the Soviet saying: "We pretend to work and they pretend to pay us."

  • Comey rebuffs Clinton claim FBI only conducting ‘security inquiry’ on emails

    05/11/2016 4:43:40 PM PDT · 83 of 92
    William Tell to Don Hernando de Las Casas
    Don Hernando de Las Casas said: "Remember, Bill WAS IMPEACHED."

    From time to time I have to remind my wife of that.

    He was also DISBARRED. And the evidence proved to me beyond a reasonable doubt that he committed perjury and conspired with others to obstruct justice. It wasn't a case about sex, it was a case about sexual harassment of Paula Jones. Clinton ended up paying her close to a million dollars as settlement as I recall.

    Was it the FBI who wired Linda Tripp and cornered Monica Lewinsky, assuring that the infamous blue dress would be tested to prove the charges?

    I think we should start a poll on how many criminal counts Hillary will be charged with. I estimate about forty.

    Whatever happened to make Bryan Pagliano take a deal could well be happening to others.

    Before the smoke cleared, about 65 people, many of them lawyers, were convicted of crimes, many for perjury, during Watergate.

    I'll make the popcorn.

  • Lynch: States Can't 'Insist' a Man is a Man and a Woman is a Woman, If Person Feels Otherwise

    05/10/2016 4:57:05 PM PDT · 40 of 144
    William Tell to xzins
    Lynch: "States Can't 'Insist' a Man is a Man and a Woman is a Woman, If Person Feels Otherwise

    Of course the law does no such thing. It merely insists that if your birth certificate indicates that you are a male, you use the Men's restroom and if it says that you are a female then you use the Women's restroom. The only "feelings" involved at all are those which motivate one to use a restroom at all.

    A person who is born a male and who uses the Men's room is perfectly free to consider himself a man, a woman, or a gerbil. The law is completely silent on such a personal matter.

  • All-gender bathroom bill passes California Assembly

    05/09/2016 5:41:04 PM PDT · 43 of 68
    William Tell to 1FreeAmerican
    1FreeAmerican said: "Yeah - cause every home in America has a urinal in it. Right."

    It certainly has the equivalent.

    You speak as if you have never been to a public venue where the men's room is no waiting and the women are lined up at the women's room door. Recent construction probably dedicates more room for the women's room than in the past, so that might not be the problem it once was.

  • All-gender bathroom bill passes California Assembly

    05/09/2016 4:16:26 PM PDT · 12 of 68
    William Tell to bigbob
    bigbob said: "Single stall, lock on the door, problem solved right?"

    Not exactly. The elimination of urinals will make the whole process less efficient. The increase in floor space required and expense for upgrades will be reflected by yet another decrease in the standard of living of Americans.

    No single change will necessarily stand out, but the end result is that our grandchildren and their grandchildren will be less well off than we have been.

    Like Puerto Rico, much of the rest of the U.S. suffers under the delusion that our wealth is boundless and that we can indulge any irrational idea that comes along. This is just one more hole in the an economic boat which has been taking on water for a generation or two.

  • Treasury Secretary hopes to jump-start help for Puerto Rico (Balls in Ryan's court)

    05/09/2016 3:46:14 PM PDT · 15 of 27
    William Tell to Beautiful_Gracious_Skies
    The usual cry for help from failed liberal establishments is, "It's for the children!".

    In the linked article we read that Puerto Rico will be unable to make payments to creditors. We also read that classrooms don't have laptops and televisions for classroom use.

    In other words, Puerto Rico can't pay its debts AND can't pay its current operating expenses.

    What exactly is it that Puerto Rico CAN pay? Have they waited until the last dollar has already been spent? Wouldn't it have been wise to have seen some of this coming a little earlier?

    Or would such warnings have had a negative impact on the continuing nonsense which are liberal policies? The unwillingness of the liberal media to admit what is coming is exactly what will make the eventual crisis so astonishingly bad. And I'm talking about the entire U.S., not just Puerto Rico.

  • Anti-gun professor wrestles over whether to write reference for pro-gun student

    05/08/2016 10:46:19 AM PDT · 12 of 36
    William Tell to Mr. Mojo
    The answer is really simple. The professors who don't wish to support people who are pro-gun-rights merely need to have that noted in the class scheduling material and the school catalog.

    Students will then be free to pick schools based on their political leanings. If I were considering attending a school where the professors are anti-gun, I would want to know.

    Revealing such a bias after the fact is the height of deception and should garner a reprimand for the professor.

  • Prepper Food Storage Question

    05/07/2016 10:20:01 PM PDT · 67 of 137
    William Tell to PinkChampagneonIce
    PinkChampagneonIce said: "There are many days when the temperature is high that it remains at 45 or so."

    I once owned a travel trailer with a three-way refrigerator in it.

    While driving, it could be powered from the truck alternator, making it convenient to stop at service stations without having to make a prior stop to turn off the propane flame.

    While camping in developed camp sites with electrical power, it would run on 120 volts, meaning there was no need to monitor propane or battery usage.

    Finally, when camping where power was not available, it would run on propane.

    After running it while parked in snow or in hot deserts, it became quite apparent that the refrigeration system was "open loop". It had a throttle which controlled how much heat was being pumped out of the storage box, but it lacked a feedback system to turn the power off or on based on temperature such as would happen with a home refrigerator.

    We learned to decrease the setting while in warm environments to keep things cold and to increase the setting when in the snow to prevent freezing everything in the box.

    One successful tactic for reducing the uncertainty of the results was to load the storage box with water containers as much as possible. Once cooled to the proper temperature these would act as a buffer preventing rapid changes in temperature. The bottles would slow down the cooling, so one had to plan ahead by cooling them early. Then they would slow down heating during hot days or when the door is opened. At the same time they would make it less likely that everything would freeze.

    As others have suggested, you might need to add external insulation to preserve the cooling once it has been achieved.

    I learned the hard way years ago that home refrigerators need air to circulate between the freezer and the non-frozen storage box in order to work properly. This especially applies to "frost-free" refrigerators, (Which is probably the only thing made these days.)

    My frost-free fridge failed to defrost properly and the passage from the frozen food box to the non-frozen food area blocked up completely with ice. What a mess that was.

    If your refrigerator is able to make ice, then it should be able to maintain a temperature much below 40 degrees. If it will not make ice, then I would be suspicious that it is malfunctioning. Realize that a refrigeration system is a heat pump. It pumps heat from the storage box to the outside of the refrigerator. You must make sure that the heat delivered to the external coils can be carried off and not allow the coils to be too warm. For example, it may be that your refrigerator is too close to a wall, reducing its ability to dissipate the heat pumped from the storage box.

  • Vanity - Prayers Needed Desperately

    05/07/2016 6:39:23 PM PDT · 37 of 97
    William Tell to MarineMom613
    I can describe a little of what I learned from my recent medical adventures.

    Cancer cells are mutated versions of normal human cells. The mutation will cause the cancer cells to grow without any external signal from the rest of the body. Despite the mutation, the cells can be otherwise normal.

    In many types of cancer the abnormality causes the cells to proliferate from a single mutated cell into a tumor. As the tumor grows it can also cause the creation of additional arteries, veins, and capillaries in order to provide oxygen and nutrients to the tumor cells.

    Now comes the important part.

    If cancers are detected early enough, many patients can experience a complete cure by "simply" removing all of the cancer cells. This sometimes requires removing some or all of an organ that contains the tumor and some organs can tolerate partial or complete removal.

    The problem is that recurrence of the cancer may happen if only a single cancer cell is left in the body. The removal of a cancerous tumor requires great care to ensure that no cancer cells are spilled from the tumor into the rest of the body.

    Now comes another really important part.

    Tumors sometimes tend to grow so much and so fast that they outgrow the ability of the circulatory system to keep them alive. This can result in necrosis of the tumor; that is, some of the cells die. The resulting tumor can then become very unstable and likely to shed cells into areas that were otherwise tumor-free.

    The upshot of this is that the process of removing a tumor is complicated by the necessity of handling it with great care so as to ensure that every single cancer cell is removed.

    I can understand how the risk of disturbing a tumor in a patient might be so high as to postpone treatment for a wound in order to evaluate the tumor and establish optimum conditions for successful surgery to remove it.

    I'm not a doctor but I've met a lot of them recently and this is my understanding of the issues I have described.

  • Investigators: Scant evidence Clinton had malicious intent in handling of emails

    05/05/2016 11:19:39 PM PDT · 138 of 161
    William Tell to Fasceto
    I sense from the discussion that there is some ambiguity regarding the terms "mens rea" and "intent".

    My understanding is that a person doesn't have to have an intent to break the law, they merely have to have the intent to do that which the law forbids.

    It is said that "ignorance of the law is no excuse" and I think there are very few exceptions to that.

    If a person is sleep-walking and manages to rob a bank, without having intended to rob the bank, then I think perhaps "mens rea" might be an issue.

    If, however, a person intentionally robs a bank, but explains that they didn't know it was illegal to rob a bank, I doubt that a jury would be required to decide whether the person did or did not know the relevant law. The intent to rob is sufficient.

    In Hillary's case she most certainly intended to have an unsecure server which she used for all of her business as Secretary of State. I don't think a reasonable juror would believe that she intended to never send or receive any email containing classified information.

    In at least one case, she instructed Jake Sullivan, I believe, to strip markings from a document and send it unsecure. The intention then to handle the information other than required by law is clear. She may not have intended to break the law, but she most certainly did intend to do that which the law forbids.

    The entire body of secure systems, classification of documents, and laws regarding the handling of classified information is predicated upon the idea that it should not be necessary to prove that a person passed information to the enemies of the United States in order to punish them. It is sufficient that they failed to conform to the legal expectations on handling classified information.

    Hillary is guilty as hell of probably many dozens of counts of violation of national security laws and deserves severe punishment for it.

  • Ronald Reagan tells joke about Democrats (A Man of Charm, Grace and Wit)

    05/04/2016 11:42:28 PM PDT · 3 of 14
    William Tell to Badboo

    How about “Queen Hillary”? I think Hillary’s sense of self-importance just might be a good target.

  • Ronald Reagan tells joke about Democrats (A Man of Charm, Grace and Wit)

    05/04/2016 11:40:28 PM PDT · 2 of 14
    William Tell to Badboo
    I spent some time listening to several Youtube videos of Reagan one-liners. Although I think Trump does well with his audiences, I think he could do worse than to listen to these videos for ten minutes every day. Reagan had a way of light-heartedly communicating some very important ideas.

    One of Reagan's stories involved a Republican giving a speech to a farmer and his wife. Without actually saying the words, he communicated that the Democrat platform is bulls**t. He did it in a way which would frustrate any attempt by the media to suggest that he was being cruel or mean.

    We need to help Trump find a way to address "Crooked Hillary" in a way which ridicules her without sounding mean-spirited.

    How about "Easily Distracted Hillary"? She forgets where she put the Rose Law Firm billing records. She overlooks the presence of almost a thousand FBI files in the White House. She's too busy being Secretary of State to learn proper protocl for handling classified information so she causes a secret server to be created.

    Somehow "Crooked Hillary" doesn't quite do the job.

  • Federal Judge: Hillary May Have to Give Deposition on Private Server Use

    05/04/2016 11:00:29 PM PDT · 8 of 20
    William Tell to Attention Surplus Disorder
    Attention Surplus Disorder said: "What will come out of a depo?"

    I think the original case was a request under the Freedom of Information Act. The judge agrees with the plaintiff that the response to the original request was deficient and that the plaintiff may investigate who was responsible for the deficiency.

    It may well be that Hillary was personally responsible for responding to the request and she may have to explain how she managed not to respond appropriately. It would certainly be difficult for her to claim that she didn't know about her own secret email server.

  • [Vanity] Pick the Trump VP game

    05/04/2016 9:58:16 PM PDT · 105 of 118
    William Tell to xander
    "Condoleezza Rice"

    Oops. Missed by twenty minutes.

  • Clinton says she'd take Bill 'out of retirement' for White House jobs role

    05/03/2016 11:13:39 PM PDT · 49 of 51
    William Tell to kevcol

    Isn’t there a picture of Clinton supporters jumping up and down on a bed in the Lincoln Bedroom? People should be reminded of what it will be like to have the Clintons back in the White House.

  • Megyn Kelly: Trump can improve image with women

    05/03/2016 4:48:48 PM PDT · 48 of 51
    William Tell to BlackFemaleArmyCaptain
    Kelly said: “I look forward to covering the general election from the sidelines, where I ought to be".

    This sounds very much like an admission that she was out of line during the debate. What other interpretation of the phrase, "...where I ought to be", could there be?

  • Greta makes an unexpected statement about Cruz

    05/03/2016 3:08:28 PM PDT · 125 of 190
    William Tell to Repealthe17thAmendment
    Repealthe17thAmendment said: "When the campaign started, Cruz was my first choice;"

    Same here.

    From Trump we hear, "Make America Great Again!", and "Build the Wall!".

    I was expecting to hear a similarly catchy set of phrases describing Ted's stance and yet I haven't. Have you? How would you sum up what Cruz would accomplish as President?

    The bottom line for me now is that I believe that Trump has a better chance of beating Hillary than Cruz and that any Supreme Court nominee by Trump will be so far superior to any Hillary nominee, that supporting Trump now is a no-brainer.

    Did I miss something about Cruz that I should be considering?

  • Letter To The Editor NAILS The “Top 12 Reasons To Vote Democrat”

    04/26/2016 12:02:59 PM PDT · 12 of 17
    William Tell to Mogger
    Mogger said: "Democrat" is the noun that should be used to define them, using proper English.

    What you say is true.

    However, there are publishing style practices which govern changes that editors may make to the words of others.

    Assuming that this letter was indeed submitted by a reader to a newspaper, then it would not necessarily be justified to correct a usage error. The rules for transcribing from verbal speech are different, I think, in that the listener may attribute some errors to mispronunciation rather than misuse.

    If the source of the letter could be authenticated then the decision would be easier.

  • Stossel: I have lung cancer. My medical care is excellent but the customer

    04/26/2016 11:49:21 AM PDT · 54 of 86
    William Tell to JediJones
    JediJones said: "... taking the libertarian angle too far."

    I had some "routine" blood tests on record from several months prior to taking a new medication with great potential for side effects. These tests proved that an anomaly seen after taking the new medication was probably not caused by the medication. Otherwise, my treatment might have been needlessly modified, thereby reducing the effectiveness of the new medication.

    Humans are extremely complicated machines and it is almost impossible to have too much data.

  • Letter To The Editor NAILS The “Top 12 Reasons To Vote Democrat”

    04/26/2016 11:20:40 AM PDT · 8 of 17
    William Tell to Morgana
    I transcribed the letter for those who wish to email to friends. I removed the signature since I don't really know the source of the letter.

    A Letter to the Editor from an unknown reader:
    Dear Editor:
    Here are the 12 reasons I voted 
       1. I voted Democratic because I 
    love the fact that I can now marry 
    whatever I want. I now may marry 
    my Labrador.
       2. I voted Democratic because I 
    believe oil companies' profits of 4% 
    on a gallon of gas are obscene but the 
    Government taxing the same gallon 
    of gas at 15% isn't.
       3. I voted Democratic because I 
    believe the Government will do a 
    better job of spending the money I 
    earn than I would.
       4. I voted Democratic because 
    Freedom of Speech is fine as long as 
    I agree with what is said & nobody 
    else is offended by it.
       5. I voted Democratic because
    I'm way too irresponsible to own a 
    gun and I know that my local police 
    are all I need to protect me from 
    murderers and thieves.
       6. I voted Democratic because I 
    believe that people who can't tell us 
    if it will rain on Friday can tell us 
    that the polar ice caps will melt away 
    in 10 years if I don't start driving a 
       7. I voted Democratic because 
    I'm not concerned about millions of 
    babies being aborted so long as we 
    keep all death row inmates alive.
       8. I voted Democratic because I 
    think illegal aliens have a right to 
    free health care, education, and 
    Social Security benefits, and we 
    should take away Social Security 
    from those who paid into it.
       9. I voted Democratic because I 
    believe that businesses should not be 
    allowed to make profits for them-
    selves.  They need to break even and 
    give the rest away to the government 
    for redistribution as the Democrats 
    see fit.
       10. I voted Democratic because I 
    believe liberal Judges need to rewrite 
    the Constitution every few days to 
    suit some fringe kooks who would 
    never get their agendas past the voters.
       11. I voted Democratic because I 
    think that it's better to pay billions 
    for their oil to people who hate us 
    but not drill our own because it 
    might upset some endangerd beetle, 
    spotted owl, gopher or fish.
       12. I voted Democratic because 
    my head is so firmly misplaced 
    toward the south end of my body; 
    it's unlikely that I'll ever have another 
    point of view.
       No trees, Spotted Owls, or Red 
    Cock-headed Woodpeckers were 
    harmed in the sending of this message.
  • Stossel: I have lung cancer. My medical care is excellent but the customer

    04/26/2016 10:40:42 AM PDT · 13 of 86
    William Tell to beaversmom
    Stossel said: "I get X-rays, EKG tests, echocardiograms, blood tests. Are all needed? I doubt it."

    Stossel is oversimplifying what it takes to effectively treat serious diseases. Just because the diagnosis is lung cancer does not mean that he doesn't suffer from sufficiently serious heart disease making surgery impossible.

    I survived multiple medical crises two years ago and owe my life to a team of half a dozen specialists working together to get me through. It cost my insurer a bundle and I don't resent a single dollar of it.

    If those doctors live in mansions and drive expensive cars that I can't afford, I'm fine with it.

  • Guardian: Correct Grammar is a Racist Power Imbalance

    04/24/2016 10:56:17 AM PDT · 81 of 89
    William Tell to Diapason
    Diapason wrote: "A woman! Without her man is nothing."

    I would write, "Without her, man is nothing."

    I was taught that it is acceptable to put a comma where one would expect the reader to pause. This is especially helpful in this case because of the ambiguity possible with the phrase "her man" along with the fact that the usage of "man" here, meaning "mankind", is an infrequent one.

  • "This Is Going To Be A National Crisis" - One Of The Largest U.S. Pension Funds Set To Cut Retiree

    04/20/2016 8:58:26 PM PDT · 36 of 79
    William Tell to Nachum
    I know of no permanent mechanism whereby the United States can continue to enjoy a standard of living dramatically greater than that in India, China, or other parts of the world if those other places implement rational policies. (Fortunately, such policies are not as commonplace as they could be.)

    If Chinese and Indian workers create products and services that are competitive with the U.S., then their standard of living will rise.

    In order for these nations to prosper, they will price their products and services below competing products from the U.S.

    The result will be a contraction of markets for companies with workers in the U.S. and a lowering of wages. This process will continue until the differences between the standard of living in China or India and the U.S. has vanished.

    Unfortunately, the people of the U.S. are not prepared to accept the only deal they are going to get. Instead, we see pie-in-the-sky ideas of how to implement more and more programs, accumulating more debt, and pushing the day of reckoning into the future.

    The future is just about here. Zero interest rates have taxed savers and benefitted spenders. This has caused indebtedness to grow to such levels that the interest rates on such debt could not be paid if interest rates were returned to normal.

    The government is already providing money as Earned Income Tax Credits for low wage earners. Before the music stops and everyone rushes for the chairs, we will see even more such direct transfers to make up for prior failed policies.

    The reason the policies fail is due to the lack of recognition that the problem is that workers must accept a lower standard of living. Taxing "rich people" will not erase this reality, it will only put the government in the position of not solving the problem and cause the wealthy to stop creating jobs.

    As an older Baby Boomer, I have witnessed rapid changes throughout my life which have caused people only ten or fifteen years younger than me to experience a dramatically different country than I did. With some luck my prudent habits will see me and my wife through the rest of our lives with some semblance of comfort.

    For those who come after us, I see little hope.

  • Hillary Clinton Says America Has ‘Too Many Guns’

    04/20/2016 6:56:26 PM PDT · 64 of 88
    William Tell to Sub-Driver
    I'm inclined to believe that if Hillary is elected, the number of guns sold will dwarf the Obama era. Not only guns, but other military supplies as well.

    If the Supreme Court reverses on the Second Amendment, life is going to get very tough in the U.S.

  • Hospital

    04/20/2016 6:47:30 PM PDT · 39 of 75
    William Tell to Kaslin
    I spent two weeks in a small local hospital two years ago.

    I was unconscious and on a ventilator for half of the first week. I spent the rest of the time trying to learn the names of the half dozen doctors working on my case.

    I experienced just one unreasonable nurse during my stay. Everybody else was superb. I literally owe these people my life.

  • What sticks

    04/16/2016 10:06:06 AM PDT · 14 of 21
    William Tell to kiltie65
    kiltie65 said: "... so I blame Linda Tripp more than Monica Lewinsky. "

    Monica Lewinsky ... Paula Jones ... Kathleen Willey ... Juanita Broaddrick.

    What do all these women have in common? They were victimized by Bill Clinton and his sidekick Hillary.

    To suggest that Linda Tripp is at all responsible for this mess is to suggest that she owed no duty to you, to me, and to Paula Jones to have the truth be heard. Without Linda Tripp people might still be talking about what happens when you drag a 100 dollar bill through a trailer park.

    That we are talking about a former President of the United States and are blaming anyone but him and his enablers is the real shame in all of this.

  • Judge rules that kids can sue the US government for inaction on climate change

    04/14/2016 4:44:09 PM PDT · 43 of 69
    William Tell to 2ndDivisionVet
    Executive Order

    Whereas Global Warming has been identified as a danger to public health, and

    Whereas the Congress of the United States has refused to act to diminish the danger, and

    Whereas the people of the United States have selected me to protect them from all dangers, foreign and domestic,

    Therefor, I , President Hillary Clinton, do hereby order that all power plants fueled by coal, oil, natural gas or other petroleum product be immediately shut down, and

    Furthermore, I order all petroleum refineries to be shutdown, and

    Furthermore, I order the immediate end of the operation of all vehicles powered by petroleum products, whether operated on air, land, or water.

    signed, President Hillary Clinton

    How long will the little kiddies last without their cellphones and computers? I'm guessing about an hour.

  • Megyn Kelly and Donald Trump 'discussed the possibility' of an interview in secret meeting

    04/14/2016 3:47:22 PM PDT · 46 of 51
    William Tell to Anima Mundi
    Anima Mundi said: "Which is great so long as the person wants what you want - but what about when that is not true?"

    I read a book some years back called, I think, "Looking Out for Number One". The author had been in real estate and had decided that there are three kinds of competitors in the real estate business.

    The Number Ones were assertive, ambitious competitors who were in it to benefit themselves but they recognized that there's more than enough wealth to go around. They wanted what was theirs but they didn't mind when other people also profited.

    The Number Twos were the people who would expend a lot of energy telling you what great guys they were and how everyone was going to do fine, but when offered an opportunity to benefit at someone else's expense, even on the sly, you could count on them stabbing you in the back.

    Finally, there were the Number Threes. These were people who were so incompetent that they would mess things up so bad that EVERYBODY would lose money.

    I think Donald Trump is a Number One. I don't think he minds when other people make good. He doesn't tolerate, however, having anyone take something that is his. When Kelly suggested that Trump was unfair to women, I think Trump considered her an attacker who was taking away the good reputation he thought should be his. So he attacked.

    If you believe that Trump was unfairly attacked, then his response doesn't seem nearly as reprehensible as it would if you believe that he "hates women". If Kelly and Trump conduct a love fest in May, it could perhaps overcome the claim that "Trump hates women".

    The bottom line is that I don't think Trump is in the disappointment business. I don't think he is after a place on Mount Rushmore. He's the kind of guy who doesn't want to find himself beholden to others for his success, but I don't think he minds being generous to those who he thinks are deserving.

  • Say goodbye to paypal

    04/14/2016 3:21:01 PM PDT · 34 of 43
    William Tell to Responsibility2nd
    Responsibility2nd said: "But no worries. Fed Ex and UPS deliver out there for Amazon."

    I think Walmart will deliver for free if the order is over $50. I have to remember to check Walmart when I order something since I have found that the Amazon price can sometimes be 50 to 75% higher.

  • Megyn Kelly and Donald Trump 'discussed the possibility' of an interview in secret meeting

    04/14/2016 10:52:57 AM PDT · 36 of 51
    William Tell to winoneforthegipper
    I'm beginning to have some respect for Donald's ability to turn lemons into lemonade. He has a single-mindedness about his goals and he doesn't hesitate to take risky steps to reach them.

    A person should think twice before deciding whether to be on Donald's side or against him. He's willing to sacrifice in order to cause others pain, yet he shows that "making up" is also possible.

    Should Donald become the nominee, it will be interesting to see what he comes up with in attacking Hillary. This could prove very interesting and possibly a lot of fun.

    There's something missing when it comes to Cruz. Cruz fights back and has strong opinions, but he somehow doesn't create helpful images like Trump does. Trump says, "Build the wall!" and one can picture an actual wall running the length of the border.

    Has Cruz created any such mental images?

  • Path to certain failure: NeverTrump + NeverCruz = NeverWin = LostSCOTUS = LostFreedom = LostNation

    04/13/2016 4:13:56 PM PDT · 156 of 514
    William Tell to MaxFlint
    MaxFlint said: "How do you do that while retaining the loyalty of Cruz and Trump supporters,...You can't, so forget it. I will vote for any mangy mutt the GOPe nominates, even if it's not Cruz or Trump."

    I disagree that "You can't, so forget it."

    The answer is for those of us with the longer view to ratchet up our disapproval of the NeverTrump and NeverCruz minorities. If either of these groups stays home in November, then Hillary wins.

    I would like to believe that most of those two groups would, in fact, support the Republican in November over Hillary or Bernie. Certainly some will.

    But their intranisigence now is costing us. If it is true that they would support Hillary over Cruz or Hillary over Trump, then I think they are in the wrong place and should have discussions with Bernie supporters on some other forum. As long as those people are here, then the focus of the rest of us should be to help them understand the stakes and get them to commit to keeping Hillary or Bernie out of the White House.

    Is there anyone on this forum who believes that the Democrats are better off having Bernie challenging Clinton? With any luck they will each eventually destroy the other. We should learn from their experience and avoid that.

  • Path to certain failure: NeverTrump + NeverCruz = NeverWin = LostSCOTUS = LostFreedom = LostNation

    04/13/2016 3:25:55 PM PDT · 91 of 514
    William Tell to Jim Robinson
    Jim Robinson said: "Because he [Cruz] has no path to winning honorably via we the voters."

    Don't we all wish that the situation was that simple.

    Unfortunately, the majority of Republicans have shown multiple times recently that they can select a nominee who is unable to win in the general election.

    It could very well be that a better approach to this election is to identify that Republican candidate who is least objectionable to the Republicans in order to garner the majority of independents.

    The consequences to the makeup of the Supreme Court of a Democrat success in November are almost unimaginable. If someone could create a list of Republicans who WOULD win in November, I would gladly support one of them over Trump, Cruz, or Kasich if I knew none of those three could win.

  • Obama Administration Weighs Nixing 'Confidential' Classification

    04/13/2016 1:23:08 PM PDT · 9 of 31
    William Tell to Oldeconomybuyer

    I won’t be able to properly evaluate the recommendations made in this article until I know what level of classification applies to Obama’s original birth registration document.

  • Ted Cruz Bodyguards Speak Out, Reveal Cruz’s True Character

    04/13/2016 1:03:33 PM PDT · 32 of 77
    William Tell to 2ndDivisionVet
    If I had a security detail, I would consider it extremely inappropriate for the bodyguards to make any comment whatever about me; even what they might consider to be positive comments. Their job would be to guard me while otherwise being as invisible and non-intrusive as possible.

    If the Secret Service has set a precedent that their guards will make positive statements about people they are guarding, then what should one conclude if the guards choose to remain silent?

    Either Beck is lying or someone needs to be fired. Which is it?

  • Does Carrying A Pistol Make You Safer?

    04/13/2016 11:35:43 AM PDT · 62 of 92
    William Tell to jagusafr
    jagusafr said: "But the article was surprisingly well balanced, a shock for NPR."

    Yes. We are definitely winning. Slowly, here in the People's Republik of Kalifornia.

    One need only imagine a similar article from twenty years ago. The article might have focused on how important it would be to study guns as if gun-owning is a disease.

    Or the article could have interviewed mothers whose children died from unfortunate gun-owning negligence. Instead it simply related the same things I have heard in virtually every gun course I have taken; basically, that you will be required to fully justify even taking your gun out of its holster should the occasion arise.

    I was especially impressed by the anecdote of the shooter who killed a car-jacker who it turned out WAS reaching for a gun. What a great shoot.

  • The Prosecution of Hillary Clinton

    04/12/2016 11:50:52 PM PDT · 64 of 71
    William Tell to henkster
    My wife and I agree that Hillary has undoubtedly committed crimes in her negligent handling of secure information.

    My wife is much more cynical than I regarding whether Hillary will be charged, and if charged, convicted.

    I have pointed out to her what happened to Bill Clinton.

    Bill's dalliance with Lewinsky was easy to understand and represented a betrayal of the trust put in him by the American people. Similarly, Hillary has betrayed the trust put in her as Secretary of State to protect the secrets of the U.S.

    Bill thought that he could simply lie his way out of the problem, not realizing that Lewinsky saved genetic evidence of his actions. Similarly, Hillary has left an illegal server, with perhaps thousands of not-quite-deleted documents on it, as well as perhaps as many as a dozen people who will be able to describe her betrayal of the public trust.

    Like Bill, Hillary is approaching the day when she must decide whether to tell the truth, lie about easily established facts, or take the Fifth.

    Bill mistakenly chose to lie. The evidence proved that he committed perjury and that he conspired with others to obstruct justice.

    Hillary probably won't make that mistake. She knows that Pagliano will tell the truth. She can't know whether or not her co-conspirators will tell the truth or get caught in lies. It appears to me that Hillary's only course is to refuse to answer questions by the FBI.

    That, I think, will be the end of Hillary's career, including the end of any possibility that she will be elected President.

    I think that Bill Clinton knows that Hillary is doomed. I expect to see even more evidence of his assessment in the future.

    What Bill knows now, and probably even knew before he perjured himself, is that the legal process has a life of its own. Prosecutors have discretion but it doesn't extend to letting people off because their last name is Clinton. The easiest thing for almost everybody in the legal machinery is to simply do what they have to do while paying lip service to the idea that Hillary didn't intend to commit any crimes.

    But the process will proceed. Hillary will either answer or remain silent. She will either lie or tell the truth. Her betrayal will be as evident as the biological material on a certain blue dress.

    I've tried to explain my opinion to my wife. She still thinks Hillary will "get off".

  • Yet another old-earther accuses a creationist of believing in evolution

    04/12/2016 11:17:44 PM PDT · 43 of 102
    William Tell to angryoldfatman
    angryoldfatman said: "Also, this leads to the possibility that the Biblical Adam was not the first Homo sapiens, but instead was the first one with a soul."

    Is this then the explanation for where Adam's son's found wives? Do all the offspring of Homo Sapiens with souls who mate with Homo Sapiens without souls, have souls? Or is there some other explanation?