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Posts by William Tell

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

    04/26/2016 12:02:59 PM PDT · 12 of 14
    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 85
    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 14
    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 85
    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 68
    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?

  • This House Costs Just $20,000—But It’s Nicer Than Yours

    04/12/2016 10:07:00 PM PDT · 64 of 66
    William Tell to maine-iac7
    A family member of mine wished to build a new home on their property. The existing house was small, sixty years old, and was poorly built to start with.

    Instead of building a new home, they ended up "remodeling" the old home in order to avoid about $50k in impact fees.

    The fees supposedly represent the costs to the county of building roads, building schools, building waste treatment plants, etc. If a person "remodels" an existing house, it is evidently presumed that the owner already contributed to the creation of these services.

    Even while "remodeling", he was required to install a fire sprinkler system. I doubt that the $20k beauties described in this article have such a system.

    The progressives running my county are convinced that every household must be able to afford a fire sprinkler system. These same people admire the efforts described in the article to create more affordable housing. This nonsense never ends and the hypocrisy of their position is never admitted.

  • Denmark, a social welfare utopia, takes a nasty turn on refugees

    04/11/2016 11:09:58 PM PDT · 20 of 27
    William Tell to Rusty0604
    Rusty0604 said: "Nowadays, innocent taxpayers and citizens are on the hook for everything."

    The U.S. immigration service still accepts affidavits of support when a person sponsors an immigrant. At least they did in 2010. It lasts roughly until the immigrant accomplishes ten years of self-support.

    Of course, if the government is the sponsor, then you and I are on the hook, whether we choose to be or not.

  • Hillary Nods Approvingly As Supporter Claims Gunmakers Are Turning Americans Into Terrorists [VIDEO]

    04/11/2016 10:59:33 PM PDT · 12 of 19
    William Tell to Zakeet
    My idea for a poster:

    The picture: the iconic picture of soldiers landing on the beaches of normandy, carrying guns and sacrificing their lives.

    The caption: Hillary agrees that having guns turns Americans into terrorists.

  • NASA: Kepler emergency over, spacecraft now stable

    04/11/2016 9:09:35 PM PDT · 8 of 8
    William Tell to sparklite2
    sparklite2 said: "I’d love to know how Kepler reoriented herself by herself."

    One item of interest on the Kepler spacecraft is a "star tracker". I don't know which kind, but I read up on what I believe are similar systems.

    The star tracker I read about is evidently a self-contained system which consists of a two-inch telescope, a ccd sensor, map data of the relative positions of stars, and a computer which runs algorithms to identify which stars are presently in the field of view of the star tracker.

    The field of view is about 10 degrees square, so it covers quite a bit of space (about 3% in each direction). The device communicates with the rest of the space craft using a serial interface. The spacecraft, once it knows where the spacecraft is presently pointing, can then use its thrusters to make minor adjustments in its attitude until the star tracker reports that it is looking in the preferred direction.

    The spacecraft no doubt also has the data to calculate the present time and uses that to predict where the earth is for purposes of pointing its communications antenna properly to establish communications.

    The spacecraft is probably equipped with algorithms to determine whether or not it is still in communication with earth and, if not, to double check its attitude and make corrections if necessary. There is probably some degree of redundancy in its capabilities, so if one attempt isn't successful at restoring communications then an alternative is tried.

    If anyone reading this has more information or corrections for what I have written, I'd be glad to hear it.

  • Austria Just Announced A 54% Haircut Of Senior Creditors In First "Bail In" Under New European Rules

    04/10/2016 11:26:32 AM PDT · 6 of 14
    William Tell to Gen.Blather
    Gen.Blather said: "When those bonds are likely to be worthless, by government administrative action at any moment, how likely is it that other creditors will continue to loan to banks?"

    As I read it, the worthlessness of the bonds was not due to government administrative action. It was due to poor management of the capital by the bank. The refusal of the government to underwrite irresponsible actions by the banks will have just the consequence you describe; that is, the banks will have to take steps to assure bond purchasers that the money will not be lost. I see that as a very good thing.

  • Evenwel v Abbott: A Good Day for Democracy

    04/10/2016 11:05:07 AM PDT · 2 of 3
    William Tell to Kaslin
    From the article: ... the plaintiffs argued that the Fourteenth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution requires that the boundaries of legislative districts be drawn so as to equalize numbers of CVAPs (“Citizens of Voting Age Population”), not total population.

    From the Fourteenth Amendment:
    Representatives shall be apportioned among the several States according to their respective numbers, counting the whole number of persons in each State, excluding Indians not taxed.

    I don't see mention of "Citizens of Voting Age Population" at all.

    Why have a Constitution if it isn't going to be used? The conclusion I draw is that every state has a vested interest in preventing other states from importing illegal aliens in order to boost their representation in Congress. Seems pretty simple to me.

  • Trump just got BAD news, could COST him nomination(Allen West's blog)

    04/09/2016 11:14:05 PM PDT · 113 of 192
    William Tell to Crucial
    Crucial said: "I think Allen West would make a fine Vp."

    I think West, Cruz, or Trump would make a fine President given that the alternatives are Hillary and Bernie. It is said that "perfection is the enemy of the good".

    None of the possible nominees is perfect. We need a nominee who is principled, intelligent, and motivated to use his intelligence to advance the principles we support.

    Either Hillary or Bernie will open our immigration to all comers, especially those who come from cultures which specifically reject our Founding principles.

    Either Hillary or Bernie will borrow every dollar that lenders will provide to purchase loyalty from voters regardless of the debt burden for the children and grandchildren of those voters.

    Either Hillary or Bernie will destroy the U.S. dollar and the U.S. economy, much as the socialists in Venezuela have destroyed their currency and economy.

    Either Hillary or Bernie will appoint Justices to the Supreme Court who will repeal Heller and completely negate the Second Amendment followed closely by elimination of the entire Bill of Rights.

    The amount of damage done to the U.S. by either Hillary or Bernie dwarfs any problems we might see from any possible GOP nominee.

  • Trump just got BAD news, could COST him nomination(Allen West's blog)

    04/09/2016 10:56:47 PM PDT · 106 of 192
    William Tell to sickoflibs
    It seems to me that the discussion on this thread is missing the point.

    The most important thing for conservatives is that the Republicans win the White House and hold the Senate. This will insure that the Supreme Court will become more conservative and not more liberal for the next generation.

    The "rules", whatever they may be, need to align with that goal.

    If over half of all Republicans WILL NOT VOTE for Trump under any circumstances, and if over half of all Republicans WILL NOT VOTE for Cruz under any circumstances, then I would suggest that sensible rules will dictate that some third party win the GOP nomination.

    Regardless of who wins the GOP nomination, I will be voting against Hillary or Bernie and for the GOP nominee.

    I have a daughter who "feels the Bern" and somebody has to take on the responsibility of cancelling out her vote.

    Those Freepers who will not vote for Trump, need to consider carefully what it means that many conservatives will not vote for Cruz. Those Freepers who will not vote for Cruz, neet to consider carefully what it means that many conservatives will not vote for Trump.

    Winning the nomination will be quite irrelevant if we don't win the general. Unless you are a conservative who will vote for the GOP nominee regardless of who it is, then you are not being sensible regarding the possibility that someone other than the two top contenders becomes the nominee.

  • Ted Cruz, the man who believes god wants him to be president

    04/09/2016 1:30:14 PM PDT · 83 of 253
    William Tell to erkelly
    erkelly said: "But to react that violently after all those years, suggests something on a different level entirely; perfectly possessed perhaps?"

    Or perhaps a liberal? If it helped this person to elect Bernie or Hillary or whoever he supports, do you think he would not lie?

    If admiration from one's roommate is the litmus test for the Presidency, then perhaps we should all support Al Gore. Wasn't Tommy Lee Jones his roommate and political supporter?

  • Ted Cruz, the man who believes god wants him to be president

    04/09/2016 1:23:36 PM PDT · 74 of 253
    William Tell to ShivaFan
    "... he needs to be stopped before he has his hands on our military and the finger on the nukes."

    Isn't that exactly what was said about Reagan?

  • Ted Cruz, the man who believes god wants him to be president

    04/09/2016 1:05:42 PM PDT · 44 of 253
    William Tell to bushwon

    Imagine voting for a religious person who believes that God DOESN’T want him to be President. Now THAT would be weird.

  • People who constantly point out grammar mistakes are pretty much jerks, scientists find

    04/07/2016 12:40:00 AM PDT · 215 of 228
    William Tell to Arthur McGowan
    Arthur McGowan said: The noun is “mix-up.”

    How did you determine that?

  • People who constantly point out grammar mistakes are pretty much jerks, scientists find

    04/06/2016 10:31:31 PM PDT · 213 of 228
    William Tell to Arthur McGowan
    Arthur McGowan said: "It is if one instance is a verb and the other is a noun."

    Perhaps. Did I mix up the "mix-up" references in the article? No the references are both nouns.

    Used as a verb, I see only "mix up" used. Does that then constrain one to use "mix up" for the noun? I think not. I did see an example where "mix up" is used for the noun meaning.

    I'll have to entertain my linguist daughter with this problem.

  • People who constantly point out grammar mistakes are pretty much jerks, scientists find

    04/06/2016 5:21:35 PM PDT · 201 of 228
    William Tell to Arthur McGowan
    And "mixup" is also acceptable.

    I don't think it proper, however, to use more than one form in the same article.

  • People who constantly point out grammar mistakes are pretty much jerks, scientists find

    04/06/2016 2:56:32 PM PDT · 149 of 228
    William Tell to forgotten man; Fundamentally Fair

    Here’s the link I meant to post:


    It goes into some depth regarding the subjunctive mood.

  • People who constantly point out grammar mistakes are pretty much jerks, scientists find

    04/06/2016 2:49:37 PM PDT · 143 of 228
    William Tell to forgotten man; Fundamentally Fair

    Your usage appears to be correct.

    Here’s a link supplied by a link above.

    It would appear that my high school teacher oversimplified the topic.

  • People who constantly point out grammar mistakes are pretty much jerks, scientists find

    04/06/2016 2:18:57 PM PDT · 126 of 228
    William Tell to forgotten man
    forgotten man said: 14) “If I was” instead of “If I were”

    I was taught to say:
    "If I was on fire, I would burn, but if I were you I would just ignore it."

    The distinction is that being on fire is possible. My being you is not possible. Several years ago I tried to verify this usage but ended up just confused. What is your rule?

  • People who constantly point out grammar mistakes are pretty much jerks, scientists find

    04/06/2016 1:51:40 PM PDT · 84 of 228
    William Tell to I want the USA back
    I want the USA back said: "I give the authors a 100."

    I was going to deduct points for using "extravert" instead of "extrovert", not realizing that it is an alternate spelling.

    I do deduct a point for using both "mix up" and "mix-up".

  • Jerry Brown signs $15 minimum wage in California

    04/04/2016 12:59:14 PM PDT · 89 of 105
    William Tell to SpaceBar
    SpaceBar said: "Somewhere in the middle lies an ‘optimal’ tax rate people are willing to pay that maximizes government tax receipts. "

    I'm glad you put "optimal" in quotation marks.

    The analogy I would propose is that of bacteria living in a petri dish. The population continues to grow until the miserable conditions in the dish cause the death rate of the bacteria to match the creation rate. This maximizes the number of bacteria but creates miserable conditions for all.

  • Jerry Brown signs $15 minimum wage in California

    04/04/2016 12:47:33 PM PDT · 85 of 105
    William Tell to central_va
    central_va said: "One employee can do the job of four? Sounds like a management issue not a minimum wage issue."

    If you raise the minimum wage to $100 per hour, there will be no customers for the product or service affected.

    At $15 per hour, some of the customers will disappear. Every job will disappear which doesn't generate sufficient revenue to justify the wages. Every wage increase changes the criteria for justifying the existence of that job.

    In some cases, the customers may absorb the increase. If they don't, then higher paid workers may subsidize those who are paid less.

    What will not happen is that entrepreneurs will operate businesses at a loss. Only governments do that.

  • Trump just dropped MAJOR HINT about what he’ll do if NOT the nominee…

    04/02/2016 5:21:01 PM PDT · 182 of 226
    William Tell to Mike Darancette
    Mike Darancette said: "Trump signed an agreement to do something, now he’s backing off of that agreement."

    Are you suggesting that Trump made a unilateral agreement with no conditions? Do you believe that the GOPe are supporting Trump to the extent he deserves? I don't.

  • Holding Back Social Promotion: Florida’s Example Promises Stronger Readers

    03/30/2016 10:40:32 PM PDT · 7 of 7
    William Tell to MichCapCon
    When I was in sixth grade, I used to have clarinet lessons during the math sessions. I would arrive back in class with about five or ten minutes to complete the day's assignment.

    Because I was consistently bored to death in school, I would frequently have convenient "stomach flu" and would miss school. At the end of the year it was determined that I would have to attend summer school to make up the missed attendance.

    The only thing I remember from that lost summer was an art class during which I created a construction-paper poster featuring London's Big Ben clock tower.

    The irony is that the public education system spent resources to insure that I attended the required number of days, despite having no academic issues whatever. I don't know if any of the students in my class needed remedial instruction in reading, but the resource was instead squandered and completely ruined my summer.

  • Cosmopolitan: All Women Think Guns Are Icky and Bad

    03/30/2016 10:07:18 PM PDT · 66 of 66
    William Tell to karatemom
    karatemom said: I am rather fond of my sweet little “Lucy” as I have named her.

    "Lucy"? That's my nickname for a Ruger LCP. Never leave home without it. It's helpful to have a way to speak about certain matters without arousing the interest or concern of others.

  • ABC’s 'Quantico': Firearms a Privilege, Not a Right

    03/29/2016 8:34:24 AM PDT · 38 of 38
    William Tell to skimbell
    skimbell said: "I'm not saying everything is good, but this was one he11 of a surprise."

    A very pleasant surprise.

    Assuming that the Ninth Circuit panel had accomplished anything in their quest to reverse the favorable Peruta decison, my guess is that they had to tear the whole thing up and start again.

  • Secret Service: No guns in GOP convention

    03/28/2016 11:27:46 AM PDT · 28 of 67
    William Tell to ConservativeWarrior
    ConservativeWarrior said: "Too many crazies would use open carry to put themselves in a position to take a shot at Trump."

    Yes. Perhaps even one of the Secret Service.

    You are much more convinced that the measures to prevent firearms into the venue would be effective. I understand that the TSA misses about 95% of the stuff used to test their effectiveness.

    As for the "rules", I think it would be pretty simple for the candidate to simply deny Secret Service entry into the venue. They can study their rulebook while waiting for the candidate to reappear.

  • U.S. Says It May Not Need Apple’s Help to Unlock iPhone

    03/22/2016 3:27:45 PM PDT · 55 of 55
    William Tell to DiogenesLamp
    DiogenesLamp said: "What they have been asked to do appears pretty easy from a software point of view. All they have to do is disable a counter to ten, and remove delays."

    If one combines the memory access function, the password entry function, and the mechanism which counts password attempts and generates delays in a single chip, along with the routines needed to erase the mass storage device, then it could be made virtually impossible to change the operating system in a way which would defeat the chip.

    I know that many of Apple's security features are built into the chips. Some day it will certainly be the case that you can't update the operating system at all and that Apple will have no ability whatever to overcome the encryption features of its products.

    The question that will remain is whether the government will dictate that no such hardware will be permitted. Such banning, of course, will not diminish any government's ability to protect its own secrets, whether that government is the U.S., Russia, or China. Nor will it stop larger criminal or international enterprises from implementing unbreakable encryption. Only the law-abiding will be affected by such a ban.

  • Hillary Has an NSA Problem

    03/18/2016 5:12:30 PM PDT · 77 of 88
    William Tell to wrench
    wrench said: "Nixon tried to cover up after the fact, ..."

    I'm not trying to understate Hillary's crimes.

    But I get nervous when people don't realize just how serious Nixon's crimes were.

    Sixty-five people, if I remember correctly, were convicted of felonies, most of them lawyers working for the administration. You don't get that kind of rot with an innocent leader.

    The funds used to finance the Watergate break-in were part of a stash of cash used to finance any number of criminal enterprises used to benefit Nixon. We will never know all the details but I doubt very much that Nixon was unaware of what was happening.

    I've already posted regarding Nixon's dealings with China. Who knows how many people have died under that regime that might not have if not for Nixon's support. Nixon should have done to China what Reagan did to the Soviet Union.

  • Hillary Has an NSA Problem

    03/18/2016 2:56:50 PM PDT · 50 of 88
    William Tell to wrench
    wrench said: "Comparing Nixon’s actions to Hillery’s is ridiculous."

    You don't have to minimize Nixon's crimes in order to hope for justice for Hillary.

    Nixon conspired to obstruct justice by paying hush money to government sponsored spies. He went to great trouble to erase the 18 minute gap in the White House tapes. We will never know what additional crimes he covered up.

    Nixon's opening up of trade with China has had a disastrous effect on our economy and has provided support for a ruthless oligarchy controlling a fourth of the world's population. I'm sure Nixon's cronies profited well from this treason.

    If there comes a day when there is no justice in our courts, then it won't matter what our external enemies have in mind. The internal enemies will have succeeded in enslaving us.

  • Hillary Has an NSA Problem

    03/18/2016 2:49:22 PM PDT · 47 of 88
    William Tell to wrench
    wrench said:"No such thing as a “blanket pardon”, "

    Here's the relevant text from Ford's Pardon of Nixon:
    "Now, Therefore, I, Gerald R. Ford, President of the United States, pursuant to the pardon power conferred upon me by Article II, Section 2, of the Constitution, have granted and by these presents do grant a full, free, and absolute pardon unto Richard Nixon for all offenses against the United States which he, Richard Nixon, has committed or may have committed or taken part in during the period from January 20, 1969 through August 9, 1974."

  • Hillary Has an NSA Problem

    03/18/2016 2:17:25 PM PDT · 42 of 88
    William Tell to wrench
    wrench said: "Hadn’t Nixon already resigned at that point?"

    Yes, although the deal with Ford to get the pardon may have already been made.

    The point is that there is a precedent for pardoning people without specifying the crimes and without a conviction.

    As a mechanism for concealing wrong-doing in government, I would be pretty confident that our Founders would have opposed doing this, although they might have recognized that an out-of-control prosecutor can make life hell just by prosecuting.