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  • Why Do Multiple Texas Cities Want to Host the Sriracha Factory...

    05/03/2014 9:32:54 AM PDT · 19 of 40
    wizkid to Extremely Extreme Extremist
    My close relative was the PM, construction company project manager, for this factory.

    He often gets put in charge of projects with difficult owners.

    He had a lot of respect for David Tran who founded this company.

    From what I can recall, Mr Tran fled Vietnam after the war with just the clothes on his back and started out making the sauce in his house.

    He is just what you would expect from a self made man: No consultants, someone who took an in depth personal interest in every aspect of his business, only respected cash on the barrel head, very family oriented...

    Knowing what I know about California, my guess is that this is some sort of shakedown by the powers that be and Mr. Tran is not coughing up.
  • DA charges ex-Middle Smithfield golf director Pugh with voter fraud

    01/01/2014 4:27:26 PM PST · 7 of 16
    wizkid to gooblah
    Pocono Record -Middle Smithfield Township settles harassment lawsuit

    There are allegations that she was having a relationship with a town supervisor who hired her for a management position despite the fact that she had no relevant experience. When she was fired for mismanagement, she then sued for sexual harassment.

    Do not know it any of this is true but, if it is, I hope she gets nailed to the wall.
  • Nashua’s Campbell issues apology over duck deaths

    01/01/2014 11:21:49 AM PST · 17 of 19
    wizkid to billorites
    Thank you for posting this disturbing story. It is a perfect illustration of the kind of psychopath found in great abundance in political offices throughout the land.

    To those blaming the ex-Marine who fed them. No, these ducks were not being fed on a busy highway. They were near the hotel entrance where there is pond nearby. Many hotels often have these types of features because guests find them relaxing.

    Here is the hotel entrance:

    It is located far from the street and is reached via this minor access road. Note the almost L curve in the road that is designed to slow motorists down. I doubt that one could take the turn at more than 15 mph comfortably. This is not even the road that the ducks were on. It is just the road that one needs to take to get to where the hotel entrance is.

    As you can see from the map, there is a pond where the ducks hang out. It is off the road and near the hotel entrance. The ducks have to walk in the parking area of the hotel near the entrance where one would presume that drivers would be using great caution. A prudent speed for a hotel entrance would be more like 5 mph rather than 15 mph and zero if you saw ducks in the road with someone feeding them.

    The grace of God demands that we treat animals humanely.

    For what happens to the children of man and what happens to the beasts is the same; as one dies, so dies the other. They all have the same breath, and man has no advantage over the beasts, for all is vanity. - Ecclesiastes 3:19

    One sign sure sign of a disturbed individual is animal cruelty:

    WikiPedia - Cruelty to animals

    Psychological disorders

    One of the known warning signs of certain psychopathologies, including antisocial personality disorder, also known as psychopathic personality disorder, is a history of torturing pets and small animals, a behavior known as zoosadism. According to the New York Times, "[t]he FBI has found that a history of cruelty to animals is one of the traits that regularly appears in its computer records of serial rapists and murderers, and the standard diagnostic and treatment manual for psychiatric and emotional disorders lists cruelty to animals a diagnostic criterion for conduct disorders.[81] "A survey of psychiatric patients who had repeatedly tortured dogs and cats found all of them had high levels of aggression toward people as well, including one patient who had murdered a young boy."[81] Robert K. Ressler, an agent with the Federal Bureau of Investigation's behavioral sciences unit, studied serial killers and noted,"Murderers like this (Jeffrey Dahmer) very often start out by killing and torturing animals as kids."[82]

    Cruelty to animals is one of the three components of the Macdonald triad, indicators of violent antisocial behavior in children and adolescents. According to the studies used to form this model, cruelty to animals is a common (but not universal) behavior in children and adolescents who grow up to become serial killers and other violent criminals.

    It has also been found that children who are cruel to animals have often witnessed or been victims of abuse themselves.[83] In two separate studies cited by the Humane Society of the United States roughly one-third of families suffering from domestic abuse indicated that at least one child had hurt or killed a pet.[84]
  • UPDATE: Lawmaker issues apology about driving over ducks

    12/31/2013 9:04:39 AM PST · 55 of 56
    wizkid to afraidfortherepublic
    He is most likely a psychopath. Psychopaths have no empathy so to him it was a simple decision: Ducks in the way then run them over. He would probably done the same if they were children if he thought he could get away with it.

    He do I know that he is one? ... because he is a Lawyer, Politician and a Democrat so the odds are astronomically high:

    Business Insider - 20 Signs That You Are A Psychopath

    Lawyers are the second most "psychopathic" profession in the world, according to Kevin Dutton's book "The Wisdom of Psychopaths."

    In his book, Dutton interviews a cold-hearted lawyer who embodies psychopathic tendencies.

    "Deep inside me there's a serial killer lurking somewhere," the young attorney told him. "But I keep him amused with cocaine, Formula One, booty calls, and coruscating cross-examination."

    Here is a fuller account from the Nashua Telegraph:

    Nashua police investigate report of state Rep. Campbell running over ducks at hotel

    Here is the witness account, James Murphy, retired US Marine officer:

    “All of a sudden, this 5 Series BMW comes up, it’s going about 15 miles an hour, and then when he gets to the ducks, it’s not like it even slowed down,” Murphy said.

    “It just crushed all of the ducks.”

    Murphy said he called police because he was struck by the driver’s indifference.

    Note the money quote: "Struck by the indifference."

    Here is the perps rationalization:

    “I hit some ducks,” Campbell said in an interview with The Telegraph. “Some people were feeding ducks on the driveway in front of the Crowne Plaza at 10 o’clock at night … and they didn’t move, and I hit some ducks.”

    The lick spittles in the media are already jumping out of their way to defend him:

    The Atlantic - In Defense of a Duck-Killing New Hampshire Politician

    Note to the Altantic: This is not a busy thoroughfare. The front entrance to the hotel is set so far back from the non busy street in front of it that you can barely see it. Apparently, the people were feeding the ducks way back from the street near the front entrance to the hotel.

    Street View of Entrance to Hotel
  • Movie for a Sunday afternoon: "Repeat Performance"(1947)

    12/30/2013 6:33:55 PM PST · 13 of 14
    wizkid to ReformationFan

    Thank you for this excellent suggestion.

  • Hot Tamale Trail

    12/29/2013 10:59:10 PM PST · 62 of 70
    wizkid to Rebelbase
    Yes, scoring a good tamale sometime can resemble a dope deal. There is a big difference though: Street tamales can sometimes be the best.

    Just a few weeks ago, I was walking out of the local meat market and a guy walked up and asked if I wanted to score some tamales. He had me pegged for a tamale addict all right. Anyway, they were raising money for a Mexican charity and they had all the mothers making them so they were excellent. I respect charities that raise money by doing something productive other than simply begging.

    Whenever I buy food off the street, it reminds me of my favorite BBQ in Old Town Katy Texas, Midway BBQ. It was a real hoot: Part market, part BBQ, part deer processor. Here is a street view of the sign (Yes, the entrance has a full sized stag mounted over it):

    Note: Sadly, it appears that the actual BBQ has since moved to bigger and fancier digs down the street. Bet they don't have that 29.99 take out family meal deal anymore either.

    In any case, some black ladies used to hang out front selling baked goods to raise money for their church. One things for sure, there ain't nothing better than a Southern church bake sale. You see one and you had best slam on the brakes, hang a huey and start buying up the goods. For just a few bucks, I could score all the classics: Pineapple Upside Down Cake, Coconut Cake, Pecan Pies. The thing that I most loved was the cookies. It was really the first time that I ever remembered eating a classic tea cake (cookie):

    Deep Dish South - Old Fashioned Tea Cakes

    The evolution and endurance of our southern tea cake is actually a rather remarkable story in itself really. The simple and unassuming cookies that we know, likely evolved from an English tea cake, according to most southern food historians. Arriving in our country probably sometime in the 1700s, it was typically served up at afternoon or high tea in the homes of the wealthy planters, and likely a version of the slightly sweet, light yeast bun, containing currants and other dried fruits.

    It wasn't long before little tea cakes found their way into the lives of poor southerners, who adopted them as our own and made them more suitable to our basic, affordable pantry ingredients - and our love for a much sweeter taste. One of earliest recorded recipes for an American version of tea cakes is found in the cookbook, American Frugal Housewife, published in the 1830s. Here is what they look like:

    Southerners do like things a tad sweet though. The deeper you get in the South, the sweeter they get. Here is the Creole/Cajun style glazed Tea Cake:

  • Hot Tamale Trail

    12/29/2013 9:44:42 PM PST · 61 of 70
    wizkid to Osage Orange
    You've got that straight about El Rio Verde. Where else can you get decent ceviche in North-Eastern Oklahoma? After suffering through Tex Mex hell for several years, I finally found this Oasis in Tulsa. Here are some snaps of my first meal there:

    Note: There is nothing wrong with Tex Mex food but sometimes it is nice to have real (or at least something that tries to be more authentic)Mexican food.

    The signature El Rio Verde Wet Burrito

    Tortilla Soup

    Taco Salad

    Pièce de résistance - Shrimp Cocktail

    My favorite is the posole and menudo but they only have them on certain days and you have to get there early before they run out. You can really tell a good Mexican place by their soups. Unfortunately, I have no snaps of them.

    Super sketchy area though. It looks like a nuclear bomb went off and the flesh eating zombies are about to swarm. This street view does not do it justice. You need to visit in the Winter when the trees look dead for the full Walking Dead effect:

    El Rio Verde - Street View
  • Hot Tamale Trail

    12/29/2013 8:44:12 PM PST · 59 of 70
    wizkid to discostu
    You are lucky to be in Tucson with all its fine Sonoran style Mexican restaurants. I have been there many times but, to my great regret, have never made it to El Charro yet (home of the Chimichanga and oldest Mexican restaurant in the US):

    El Charro Cafe

    Featuring Sonoran and innovative Tucson-style Mexican food, El Charro has won the Tucson Lifestyle Reader’s Poll Gold Medal as Best Mexican Restaurant nine years in a row or since the award was began in the local lifestyle magazine and was named in 2010 as one of America’s Top 50 Restaurant Icons by Nation’s Restaurant News.

    El Charro Cafe, Street View

    I spent my high school years in Phoenix and used to visit Tucson quite a bit. In Phoenix, my brother and I used to go to a place called La Tolteca a lot back when Van Buren was the preferred haunt of crack ho's. It was quite a trip: Part tortilla factory, Mexican pastry shop and deli that also served BBQ chickens for the brothers and sisters. The owner was Greek and packed a 38 in a holster. He would always greet us warmly and tell his kids to look at us because he respected two brothers that hung out as family (Some family, my mother and father were divorced but it sure was nice to see a father figure with some respect for family.). In any case, the super burrito must have weighed about five pounds, cost only a few bucks and my brother and I could live off one for a day (Good food too). It just goes to show that you do not have to be rich to eat well.

    I revisited Phoenix about ten years ago and it was great to see how much they have benefitted from the revitalization of Van Buren.

    La Tolteca
  • Hot Tamale Trail

    12/29/2013 7:50:38 PM PST · 54 of 70
    wizkid to vetvetdoug
    My guess is the tradition started with Cuban (maybe slaves) in the South.

    Tamales does seem to be a family type business and it comes with all the usual family business type problems.

    For example, there is, apparently, a feud going on in Vicksburg between Solli's and the Tamale Place (In fact, one of those little signs in the "hole on the wall" picture that I posted states that Solly's is the place blessed by Solly although I do not take sides):

    Adventure Rider - Ride to Eat Tamales Tour (RTETT)

    In Vicksburg we have The Tamale Place and Solly's. Both started from a one man operation. A native of Cuba, Henry Solly, moved to Vicksburg and started selling tamales from a cart. He later opened up a small cafe to house his business. After his death there was some family fight that resulted in the two current tamale places in town, The Tamale Place and Solly's. They both use Solly's recipe and are quite good.

    It is crazy how close they are to each other:

    Directions from Solly's to the Tamale Place

    Heck, it would not be the South without a little bit of feudin. It probably makes them both up their games just like all those whiskey distillers.

    I must confess that the Tamale Place does have a bit more ambiance than Solly's:

    It is also home to the infamous Tamale Supreme:

    I borrowed the pics from Yelp because I misplaced mine. Here is a pic of their menu (May I suggest the saltine crackers as a side):

    Yelp - Tamale Place Menu

    Here is a great review of the Tamale Supreme (good pics too at the link):

    The Cynical Cook: The Tamale Place - Vicksburg

    If you thought the Frito Pie looked like a heart stopper, you’ll be floored when you see the Tamale Supreme. Filling a whole quart container, there’s a sense of foreboding just looking through the lid. Floating on that ocean of nacho cheese is a few jalapeno boats and a oil slick. With a little digging, I found there were actually tamales in this Tamale Supreme.

    The reviewer does fail to mention the beans at the bottom but there are some frijoles in there too (for a complete meal).

    The reviewer does mention that they also sell Boudin (Boo Dan) sausage there too, which I somehow missed on my trip there.
  • Hot Tamale Trail

    12/29/2013 6:58:04 PM PST · 50 of 70
    wizkid to snoringbear
    If my wife was online she would kill me. She hates it when I switch from one food to the next. For example, I will say I am going to take her out to BBQ then change my mind and decide on Italian. In this case, the switch is from tamales to classic Southern style feasts.

    I would be remiss without a picture of some black eyed peas (alas with no snaps in them).

    Southern style veggies can't be beat that's for sure. One thing about Southern cafeterias is the sheer variety of vegetables. Here is one of my all time favorite spreads from Bryce's in Texarkana (It is a shame what the new freeway overpass did to them.)

    Check out these salads:

    Jellies too, including that Southern delicacy, Tomato Aspic stuffed with mayonnaise.

    and what meal would be complete without some pie (and, no, that is not a mirror image of pies but a double decker stack of pie shelves):

  • Hot Tamale Trail

    12/29/2013 4:58:40 PM PST · 19 of 70
    wizkid to Red_Devil 232
    When you say order from a whole in the wall, you ain't kidding.

    Sorry for the ridiculously large photo but I cannot get it re-sized for the life of me:

    Solly's Tamales Vicksburg - Order Window photo Picture147_zps0901a844.jpg
  • Hot Tamale Trail

    12/29/2013 4:50:58 PM PST · 17 of 70
    wizkid to Nifster
    Yes, in a lot of areas they are popular. When I moved to Southern California, my Mexican friends would have me over for tamales during Christmas/New Years.

    I feel sorry for people without this tradition. Here is an Esquire writer who is flummoxed by the whole thing:

    Esquire - The Red-Hot, Pork-Stuffed, Corn-Wrapped, Blues-Flavored Enigma

    At first I thought they messed up my order because I was like, "What the **** is that?" as I stared into a Styrofoam container at Bud's Snack Bar in Tunica, Mississippi. Inside there was a lump wrapped in some kind of a wax paper, tied together with what looked to me like a tampon string.

    I was really specific when I told the girl working behind the counter I wanted a tamale. She said okay, then asked how many. I told her one, she said they don't serve only one, and before I could even ask her why not, she said they sell them by the dozen, half dozen, or I can buy just three for three dollars, since they come in a bundle. I told her I'd take three.

    I then asked the girl if in fact that thing inside the white Styrofoam container was a tamale. I'm no connoisseur, but to me it looked absolutely nothing like any tamale I'd ever seen before.

    Apparently, this poor man has never bought tamales by the dozen and experienced the torture of the smell permeating both his car and clothes during the ride home as the molten red grease seepes through the brown paper sack. Of course, one or two always went missing during my trips.

    Here is one of my favorite places in Vicksburg, Mississippi, Solly's:

    Solly's Tamales - Store Front photo Picture138_zps1881fb31.jpg

    Eat your heart out Taco Bell:

    Solly's Tamales Vicksburg - Hot Tamales photo Picture139_zps3eff1b02.jpg

    Here is their mucho delish-iosso tamale burrito (a bad boy loaded with tamale stuffing):

     photo Picture140_zps15f597c6.jpg
  • Hot Tamale Trail

    12/29/2013 4:17:15 PM PST · 1 of 70
    To some people, New Years in the deep South means black eyed peas but, to me, it means Hot Tamales.
  • The end of a Deep South way of life

    12/29/2013 1:50:02 PM PST · 95 of 113
    wizkid to the scotsman
    The story reminded me of growing up in Galveston, Texas, on the Gulf. Even though we were Catholic, my mother sent me to the Jewish Temple Academy because it had the best kindergarten:

    Encyclopedia of Southern Jewish Communities

    B’nai Israel continued to be influenced by Rabbi Henry Cohen, even after he passed away in 1952. His vision of social justice undoubtedly inspired the congregation’s leadership to open the “Temple Academy” in 1957. At a time when Galveston was still racially segregated and there was no public kindergarten for blacks, the temple’s pre-school and kindergarten accepted students of all races.

    Even though people are taught that everyone was a bunch of bigots in the 50's and 60's, this is not an accurate picture. Just like it was not unusual for a Catholic to attend a Jewish kindergarten (if it was the best school), I remember many Jewish kids attending my Jesuit high school because it was the best.

    Sadly, the Jewish community has mostly died out on Galveston.

    It really was a special time, a time when a you knew everyone by name from the postman, to the guy that owned and ran the service station, to the fishermen who sold you seafood straight off the docks. I even remember riding my bike down to the local park every year to watch the circus set up its tents, all about age of five without my parents having to worry about me.

    Call me a dope but this song still gets me everytime:

    Glen Campbell - Galveston (Original Video HQ Stereo)
  • AK and StG – Kissing Cousins

    12/25/2013 3:56:02 PM PST · 12 of 39
    wizkid to Antihero101607
    In terms of the actual article, you are right on subject.

    From best I can tell, the AK47 is an amalgamation of many ideas, including the Stg44, that the Soviets put together in stunning fashion. The whole idea of Kalishnikov dreaming up much of the design is a fair tale.

    Apparently, the bolt action was borrowed from the M1 Garand:

    Rotating Bolt - AK47

    YouTube - How a Rotating Bolt Works

    Rotating Bolt - M1 Garand

    Amazing rare film: M1 Garand Rifle U.S. CAL.30

    Tilting Bolt - STG44

    How a Tilting Bolt Works
  • AK and StG – Kissing Cousins

    12/25/2013 2:19:28 PM PST · 3 of 39
    wizkid to fso301
    A single death is a tragedy; a million deaths is a statistic. - Quote Attributed to Stalin

    UC Press E-Books Collection, 1982-2004 - When the Soviet Union Entered World Politics

    primitive socialist accumulation

    Unless capital was supplied by foreign loans, the only available policy alternative was the one espoused by the leading party economist, Evgenii Preobrazhenskii. He advocated immediate and rapid industrialization, with priority given to large-scale heavy industry, and with investment capital mobilized by transferring to state industry what could be accumulated internally within the private sector, especially in previous hit agriculture next hit. At the center of his strategy for industrialization was the expropriation of agrarian surpluses, which he termed "primitive socialist accumulation."[69] Preobrazhenskii's proposal represented a direct challenge to the smychka , the worker-peasant alliance on which NEP was based, and to Bukharin's gradualist, voluntarist, and harmonious concept of how "socialism in one country" would be constructed. Bukharin in turn ridiculed Preobrazhenskii's strategy as "super-industrialization," industrialization at any cost, and he included in his condemnation Trotsky, who shared Preobrazhenskii's preference for rapid industrial growth but did not identify himself with the notion of peasant expropriation.
  • AK and StG – Kissing Cousins

    12/25/2013 1:50:55 PM PST · 1 of 39
    What struck me more than this excellent article were some of the comments:

    Commenter -Kevin R.C. O'Brien

    NOTE: Commenter O'Brien is describing the wholesale importation of factories and technological know-how from the US during the 1930's. While I was somewhat aware of this, it never struck me just how massive this assistance was.

    The Russians imported entire truck factories and reams of machine tools, and the expertise to set them up in production, between the wars. I once worked for a machine tool company that had shiped hundreds of machine heads and precision grinding machines to the USSR. One day oit of the blue we got a letter in Russian. Some guy in a factory was praising one of our #2 grinding machines, which had been displaced from its original factory to the Urals and then back to a new factory in, IIRC, the Murmansk area. He said that the machine was quite a celebrity in his plant and thanked us for making a good machine. The factory had since been sold but there were sons of several of the original workers who had built that machine, and I was able to find the original inventory card showing it consigned to Togliattistadt, IIRC, in 1934 or so.

    Those archives (and all those guys’ jobs) were gone a few years later.

    Commenter - So?

    My grandfather mined gold in the Urals with a 1932 American dredger. US industrial aid to the USSR in the 1930s was absolutely massive. There are a few Russian blogs dedicated to the subject. Their inescapable conclusion is that it indeed was aid, and not simple trade. For whilst the USSR used every ounce of economic surplus to import industrial supplies, it got far more from the US than it paid for. (The stories about conniving commies tricking Depression-era “starving capitalists” like Henry Ford into building factories for them, and then not paying, are fairy tales.) IOW, the real Lend Lease happened in the 1930s.

    The more I research this the more it becomes clear just how much US supported the Bolsheviks to the point of industrializing them during the late 20's and thoughout the 30's. It is a tradition that we have continued to the present day with the Red Chinese. Unfortunately, with the Chinese, it is even worse because our government appears to be hell bent on handing over the keys to the kingdom to them (open markets, technology transfers,ect.) while all the while hollowing out our industry.
  • Surgeon suspended over claims he branded a patient's liver

    12/24/2013 7:30:56 PM PST · 41 of 42
    wizkid to steelhead_trout
    He is probably a psychopath, which is a quality suited for surgeons. My father was a surgeon and had strong narcissistic if not psychopathic tendencies so I have a bit of knowledge on the subject.

    Smithsonian - The Pros to Being a Psychopath

    Can psychopaths have a positive impact on society, as opposed to just using their advantages to get ahead?

    I’ve interviewed a lot of special forces troops, especially the British Special Air Service. They’re like Navy Seals. That’s a very good example of people who are pretty high on those psychopathic traits who are actually in a perfect occupation. Also, I interview in the book a top neurosurgeon—this was a surgeon who takes on operations that are especially risky—who said to me, “The most important thing when you’re conducting a dangerous operation, a risky operation, is you’ve got to be very cool under pressure, you’ve got to be focused. You can’t have too much empathy for the person that you’re operating on, because you wouldn’t be able to conduct that operation.” Surgeons do very nasty things to people when they’re on the operating table. If things do go wrong, the most important facet in a surgeon’s arsenal is decisiveness. You cannot freeze.

    My dad was not a very good father but he was a fine surgeon. One time, I asked him what he was most proud of and it was reattaching all the fingers on a two year old's hand. He was the type of surgeon that operated with microscopes attached to his glasses.

    Another time, my mom nagged at him for picking his nails at the dinner table. Apparently, a roofer had fallen into a vat of hot tar and he had spent the afternoon picking it out of this poor soul. I guess his glove had either melted or shredded at some point because it had gotten under his nails. In any case, he informed my mother that he would pick his nails any damned where that he pleased.

    Sometimes, I think the media portrays all psychopaths as ax murdering serial killers to fool the public. There are many professions including a lot of politicians and the clergy where they do quite well. Of course, it is not in their interest for the public to know this.
  • AK47 assault rifle designer Kalashnikov dies at 94

    12/24/2013 11:50:20 AM PST · 9 of 10
    wizkid to nascarnation
    General Patton was a stickler for regulation dress so it would surprise me if chin straps were optional in his units even in combat:

     photo ChinStraps_zps91dd86cd.png

    I could be wrong though. After searching countless photographs, the preferred method in the European theater appears to be strapping the chin strap to the helmet. Soldiers justified this by saying it protected them from getting their heads ripped off from shell blast concussions. My guess is that they did not like wearing them and used the shell concussion excuse as a pretext.

    In any case, here is the first in a great series of documentaries on Patton. It describes how one of his first moves in North Africa was enforcing regulation dress in combat zones including the use of ties by officers

    General George S. Patton 360°: Baptism of Blood - S1E3 (part 1/5)

    To best answer, how the chin strap was worn, please allow me to defer to more expert replies on this subject: - Chin Strap Question

    In all those Hollywood war films, and in quite a few newsreels, the GIs wear helmets but never fasten the straps. Is this bravado, bad discipline or artistic licence?

    THIS WAS best answered in the Audie Murphy (most decorated American G.I in World War II ) Biopic "To Hell and Back". Murphy (playing himself in the movie) was told to undo the strap to stop the blast of explosions not only tearing off his helmet but his head along with it. "Well how do I keep it on then?" asks Murphy. "You don't" was the cheerful reply. He then goes on to lose his helmet, win the war and get shot in the backside - which, while painful, certainly took his mind off loosing his hat.

    Peter Brooks, Higher Blackley, Manchester (

    IT IS TRUE that in some cases soldiers really were killed by concussion due to a buckled chinstrap (in the event of an explosion nearby) and for this reason the US Army developed a new chinstrap release, T1, that would allow the chinstrap to unhook under a pressure superior to 15 pounds. This development came in late WWII, too late to help the GIs then, but it was standardised ever since and all helmets refurbished and produced after WWII have (or should have) been fitted with this new device. During the Korean conflict many commanders wanted their soldiers to fasten the chinstrap (as it was meant to be) also because, as an officer [Col. Cawthon] stated, "a soldier wearing a helmet unbuckled looks about as martial as a tomcat with his head in a can of salmon". The T1 fastening hook allowed it to be done without fear of terrible injuries. It must be also noted that a blast near and strong enough to break a neck by concussion will probably cause many other serious injuries. Anyhow, the GIs didn't like to "buckle up" their helmet (M1) at all, fearing a very unlikely injury, and preferred to fasten the chinstrap over the back rim of their steel pot or hook it on the camouflage net, but the helmet was not stable: it wobbled and danced over the head of the running soldier, and (US Army veterans have told me), it was quite usual to see a soldier running with one hand holding his rifle and the other over the helmet. Furthermore, let's face it, a well fastened helmet is not a comfortable thing to wear. The British WWII helmet (MkII) was even less stable than the American helmet (the US Army had a similar shaped helmet until 1941-2) and it had to be worn with its chinstrap under the chin not to fall off immediately when running (but many pictures show soldiers marching or at rest with the strap pulled over the rim, tuched inside the shell or, as also prescribed, worn behind the neck). Its shape was the same of its predecessor, the MkI, which was designed for trench warfare, where soldiers had to be careful about what came right down from the sky - that's why it was wide and flat.

    Michele Tagliavini, London N5 (

    The M1 Helmet in Normandy: A Case Study

    If the photo study numbers were hard and fast rules (which they aren’t – just a starting point for proportions and discussion):

    Looking at a squad of 12 guys in a reenactment unit – going by the numbers: • 9 of the 12 would have their chinstraps behind the back of the helmet • 1 of the 12 would have their chinstrap buckled under their chin • 1 of the 12 would have their chinstrap up in their helmet net • 1 of the 12 would have their chinstrap dangling down freely

    Out of an over strength rifle platoon of 50 of men – going by the numbers • 1 of the 50 would be missing chinstraps entirely missing • 1 or 2 of the 50 would have their chinstrap tucked between their helmet and liner • 36 of the 50 would have their chinstraps behind the back of the helmet • 4 of the 50 would have their chinstrap buckled under their chin • 3 or 4 of the 50 would have their chinstrap up in their helmet net • 4 of the 50 would have their chinstrap dangling down freely
  • AK47 assault rifle designer Kalashnikov dies at 94

    12/24/2013 8:50:39 AM PST · 6 of 10
    wizkid to Impala64ssa
    Amazing how those pesky Germans traveled forward in time to steal assault rifles from the soviets.

    FWS Forgotten Weapons: The StG44 Assault Rifle

     photo Stg44_zps9669d951.png

    Captured ones were big hits with our troops too:

    I remember as a kid watching the old "Combat" TV series with my dad, and always asking questions about the gear, the weapons, etc.

    So many interesting tidbits stick in my mind. One was how the actors always had the chinstraps unsnapped and dangling, and that real soldiers never did that, because those little metal hooks would swing up and nail you right in the eye. Soldiers either buckled the snaps under their chin, or around the back of their helmet. I find little details like that fascinating.

    He was in the 30th Division that spearheaded most of the big drives in Europe. Wherever the 30th went, the Germans countered with SS Divisions. They fought the 1st and 2nd SS Panzer Divisions in half a dozen big battles. The 17th SS Panzergrenadiers almost as often. I mention that because I once made a snarky comment on the poor Germans being armed with bolt rifles, while the GI's had Garands, BAR's etc. He laughed at that, and said the Germans had damned fine rifles and that GI's often picked them up and used them instead of their own rifles. A few years ago, I researched my dads unit history for a self-published book distributed to the family. I learned that many of the SS units they faced were largely equipped with the G43's by D-Day, and the war went on they were increasingly armed with the STG44. (google these up if you're unfamiliar with them) At Stavelot (the battle of the Bulge) they were up against the the 1st and 2nd SS Panzer Divisions again, and the spearhead units they fought were almost universally armed with the STG44. Even the follow-up SS units had G43's.

    The German army had nearly a million g43's and STG44's by the end of the war, and the Waffen SS got first pick of those new rifles

    I just find that fascinating. Hollywood would have us believe that the GI's had the Germans outgunned in the small arms arena, but at least where the Waffen SS is concerned that largely isn't true. The GI's were often the ones outgunned, and they still consistently kicked ass.

    They really were the greatest generation.

    Here's a picture I found of a 30th Division GI in the push to drive the Germans back out of the bulge - note that he is carrying an STG44.

    Met a WWII vet at the range Sunday...

     photo US_Stg44_zpsfaac8366.png
  • Want to Buy a New PC

    12/23/2013 10:37:58 PM PST · 105 of 124
    wizkid to savedbygrace
    I just got this convertible laptop (converts into a tablet) for my daughter and she loves it.

    The link below is for Amazon. The price listed is $999 but I was able to drive to Best Buy and pick one up for $200 cheaper at $799 just last week.

    Amazon - Lenovo IdeaPad Yoga 11s 11.6-Inch Convertible Touchscreen Ultrabook - Intel Core i5-4210Y Processor, 4GB Memory, 128GB SSD, Windows 8 64-Bit (Silver Gray)

    We also had an Asus with a bum screen. I chose a smaller 11.6 inch screen on the Lenovo since my daughter lugs her laptop all over so she needed something portable and smaller screens or less prove to break.

    I researched it a lot and this is the best convertible model that I could find anywhere close to this price. It does not have the 8GB (only 4GB) of RAM that you were looking for but the performance is excellent with an Intel i5 processor.

    The best part about it is the design where the screen can flip 180 degrees backwards to convert into a tablet. When the screen flips back it disables the keyboard and turns into a tablet. You can also use the touchscreen even when the keyboard is not disabled.

     photo Lenovo_zps31ea96a7.png

    12/20/2013 6:26:43 AM PST · 86 of 89
    wizkid to mrsmith
    Regarding your question about splitters...

    We have Cable One.

    I dropped the cable TV part of my service but kept the high speed Internet portion of the service a few years back.

    Since we live close to the cable office, I drove over to their office to make the request to drop service.

    The lady behind the counter went apoplectic and started accusing me of trying to defraud them because, apparently, Cable One had no real way of letting you keep your high speed Internet and cutting off basic cable access at the same time plus they had NO way to monitor if you were using the basic cable.

    The solution that we agreed upon was for them to send a tech person home with me to crawl up into my attic and disconnect the cable TV cord from the splitter.

    He showed me what he did, simply unscrewed the cable cord from the splitter and left the computer cord connected.

    If I wanted basic cable, I would simply have to reconnect the cord to the splitter but I have not bothered.

    Of course, I am not a cable TV expert and do not know how all systems work for all companies but assume that they all basically work the same way.

    In any case, I currently use Apple TV with NetFlix and have been saving between 100 to 200 dollars a month for several years (more like 400 a month if you include dropping the phone service for Internet Phone. My wife's family lives in Japan and she needed a land line to make international calls). I just got a chromecast for $35 and will probably be using that more than Apple TV from now on since it is easier to use my computer to type in the search menu. Also the Apple TV will not let you watch all programs on YouTube and Chromecast will. Apparently, YouTube recognizes Apple TV as a TV and will not let you watch programs that have TV licensing issues. Only problem with chromecast is that it does not support Android yet despite what it says on the box. It would be nice to control it via my Smart Phone or Android Table rather than lugging my laptop around.

    Best of luck and Merry Christmas!

  • The Homosexuals Go After Duck Dynasty, While Preying On Children

    12/19/2013 5:20:15 AM PST · 13 of 18
    wizkid to markomalley
    Anal Sex is considered a high risk behavior for HIV and other STI transmission. So, have fun and be safe!
    Go Ask Alice, Columbia University Health Services

    JQ - Up Yours, An Exploration of the Nether Regions
  • (Halal) Meat shop owner arrested in connection with major SNAP fraud operation

    12/04/2013 8:32:20 PM PST · 15 of 15
    wizkid to hiho hiho
    Reminds me of how the 911 terrorists were funded via cigarette smuggling abetted by these same types of stores.

    It is almost like our government has decided to make things easier for them and let them become black market SNAP money changers.

    Maybe next, we will build a nuclear reactor for Iran just like we did for North Korea.

    Money, nuclear weapons, extreme anti-US ideology -- What could go wrong?
  • A Homosexuality "Fact Checker" for Born-again Christians

    11/02/2013 9:46:03 AM PDT · 24 of 76
    wizkid to James R. Aist
    Great post on an important topic.

    I would much rather read something like this than the soul rotting garbage spewed out by the mass media.

    Great set of links too! Here is an example of one that I enjoyed.

    rethinkingtheology - Links Between Homosexuality and Pedophilia

    Thank you for taking the time to share this excellent alternative to the poison that is typically served up by our minders.
  • Apple's new headquarters: An exclusive sneak peek

    10/12/2013 9:48:13 AM PDT · 15 of 26
    wizkid to re_tail20


    Steve and Woz did their best work in a garage used to store internal combustion vehicles.

    ...but the new geniuses need to pretend that they are above it all.

  • The Trayvon Martin Case; Update 32.4: The Faithful Waver

    07/05/2013 11:36:45 AM PDT · 7 of 7
    wizkid to Uncle Chip
    Great summary of the trial.

    Thank you for posting.
  • Jerry Brown's Political Reboot (or How Jerry Brown Saved California)

    05/26/2013 10:03:03 AM PDT · 11 of 42
    wizkid to blam
  • The appalling apartments of Los Angeles: the 'worst cities for renters' in America

    05/13/2013 4:39:30 PM PDT · 8 of 20
    wizkid to Lorianne

    The bunk beds remind me of this scene in the movie "Down By Law"

    I Scream, You Scream, We All Scream for Ice Cream

    I moved out of LA about 4 years before the bubble burst and the rents back then were just as ridiculous. I also did not feel comfortable paying the kinds of prices people were asking for houses. Instead, I saved my money and moved to Katy, Texas. For $1,400 a month in Texas, I got a 2,400 sq foot beautiful brand new home in a great school district which was several hundred dollars less than what I was paying for a small one apartment in West LA.
  • Police: Utah soccer referee punched by player dies

    05/05/2013 9:56:07 AM PDT · 25 of 30
    wizkid to momtothree; pieceofthepuzzle
    Thank you both for your insightful comments.

    As a parent of two children who play soccer, it is sad to see how often the game strays from its original intentions. Historically, soccer was designed to not only to encourage fitness but, more importantly, to develop desirable qualities of character such as self-discipline, responsibility and a sense of justice. In fact, the 12 Laws of the game, particularly Law 12 regarding Fouls and Misconduct, are meant to instill these admiral qualities of character when taken to heart.

    Law 12 – Fouls and Misconduct

    Soccer Ethics & Sportsmanship

    As you both point out, too often the tone is poisoned at the top with the parents:

    10 Types of Sports Parents

    ...and the coaches, who foster a win at all costs attitude...

    ...and the referees who do not set a hard line at the beginning of games and let things slide out of control.

    “The Battle of Waterloo was won on the playing fields of Eton”- apocryphal quote attributed to Arthur Wellesley, 1st Duke of Wellington

    The saddest thing to me is the fact that fair play can usually be best learned by the kids themselves on their own without parents, coaches or referees; but we are denying our children this opportunity:

    NYT -School Recess Improves Behavior

    Christian Science Monitor - Recess backlash: Parents say it pays to play
  • Judge extends ban on lottery payout

    03/02/2013 10:58:01 AM PST · 13 of 14
    wizkid to JoeProBono

    They don't call it the idiot's tax for nothing:

    The Treasure of Sierra Madre, The Golden Curse

    CAUTION: The YouTube link starts with a Michelle Obama, "Let's Move," commercial (at least when I opened it) but you can skip it right away. Hopefully, google is just targeting me with the Obama stuff but, just in case, a caution is in order.
  • Hormel: Another All-Time High for the Spam Seller

    02/22/2013 12:22:57 PM PST · 32 of 64
    wizkid to COBOL2Java
  • Japan scrambles jets to head off China plane flying near disputed islands

    01/05/2013 12:49:59 PM PST · 11 of 13
    wizkid to EEGator
    Besides oil and gas, the Japanese are also obsessed with the fishing rights associated with these islands.

    Most of the recent spats with China have involved Chinese fishing vessels encroaching on the fishing zones associated with these islands that are controlled by the Japanese. Here is a video of a Chinese fishing boat ramming a Japanese Coast Guard vessel near one of these disputed islands (Islands controlled by Japan that China is disputing.):

    YouTube - Truth of the Senkaku incident 5 - Second Ram

    Japan has a huge population and few natural resources. This means that they have to import a large percentage of their food. Consequently, they have huge insecurities regarding retaining control over what few resources that they do have.

    Immediately post WWII, the Japanese suffered horribly due to lack of enough food to feed their population and people did starve.
    Here is a scene from the Japanese Animated movie, "Grave of the FireFlies," where a young boy is doing his best to keep his sister from dying of starvation.

    YouTube - Grave of the Fireflies
  • Obama's Friday Aloha Speech

    12/21/2012 5:32:54 PM PST · 14 of 17
    wizkid to Toespi
    Most people do not know it but the Hawaiian name equivalent for Barak "Barry" Obama is "Pali".

    The Hawaiian word, "Pali" in English means "Cliff,"

    English Name: Barry
    English Word: Cliff

    Hawaiian Name: Pali
    Hawaiian Word: Pali
  • GOP sides with Mickey Mouse on copyright reform

    12/08/2012 6:43:30 PM PST · 21 of 28
    wizkid to seacapn
    The child molesters at Disney just love the GOP:


    disney subliminal sex messages

    Disney Pedophiles

    From the Huffington Post (sorry no linky to Zsa Zsa Arianna Gabor's site):

    In the case of News Corp., Time Warner, Comcast, and the Walt Disney Co., donations made to Obama were roughly ten times the amount than donations made to Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney.

    For example, the Walt Disney Co.'s Bob Iger donated $30,800 to the DNC Services Corporation; $25,000 to the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee; and $5,000 to Obama's campaign.

    I say (pardon my language) F 'em all.

    Glen Reynolds at Instapundit is right. It's time we start hitting the child molesting, Democrat media where it hurts.

    Aint gonna happen though:

    GOP Scared Stiff by Copyright Paper
  • Once Boxed-In, Boehner May Finally Be Master Of The House

    12/08/2012 6:01:41 PM PST · 44 of 54
    wizkid to nickcarraway
    All my child molesting friends at NPR are just tickled to death with the House redecorating:

  • Engraved Stone Dating Back 30,000 Years Found in China

    12/01/2012 7:56:50 PM PST · 27 of 46
    wizkid to BenLurkin
    Yes, there is good reason to be a bit skeptical on the dating.

    In China and Japan where the majority populations usurped civilizations that predated them. There are strong social/cultural/political reasons to distort facts/dates.

    Even the most transparent frauds are often go on for years, take the case of Shiniichi Fujimura in Japan:

    Japanese paleolithic hoax

    Of course, the West has its own biases that have led to the same type of thing on our end too, such as the Piltdown Man.
  • Kansas City Chiefs’ Jovan Belcher kills girlfriend, then self

    12/01/2012 11:13:24 AM PST · 52 of 107
    wizkid to Berlin_Freeper
    Thanks for the link.
    Great soccer match:
    Not one wannabe gangsters in sight.
    Constant action without all breaks and constant penalties in American football.
    No TV commercials.
  • Latest drawing "The Vigilant"

    10/28/2012 8:59:53 PM PDT · 9 of 16
    wizkid to freemike
    Stunning work.

    The Civil War page is amazing. It is like someone took a time machine back and snapped some kodachrome pictures.

    You have a real talent for capturing landscapes. Nature really comes to life in your pieces.
  • Did Obama wear an earpiece?

    10/26/2012 7:20:02 PM PDT · 31 of 31
    wizkid to dragonblustar
    He really does seam to have something in his ear during this recent interview:

    9 News, Obama on Libyan Attack.

    It appears to be in his right ear and he tilts his head towards the right the whole time.
  • Ever War: The Skulls of Chou Kou Tien, Part 1: The Fall

    06/18/2012 6:24:07 PM PDT · 8 of 9
    wizkid to STD

    Thank you for your kind comments.

    You can count on my ping when Part II has been completed.

    It is nice to know that others share my fascination with this stuff.

    The subject has haunted me since running across Colin Wilson’s History of Crime in a dusty old book store ages ago.

  • Ever War: The Skulls of Chou Kou Tien, Part 1: The Fall

    06/17/2012 12:38:24 PM PDT · 1 of 9
    "And unto Adam he said, Because thou hast hearkened unto the voice of thy wife, and hast eaten of the tree, of which I commanded thee, saying, Thou shalt not eat of it: cursed is the ground for thy sake; in sorrow shalt thou eat of it all the days of thy life;"-Genesis 3:17
  • Poverty Inc.: The Sack of Huntsville

    06/27/2011 7:29:55 PM PDT · 29 of 29
    wizkid to higgmeister
    Thanks for clarifying. It sounds like it must have been a wonderful place. No, I was in Galveston not Huntsville. Galveston also benefited from the space program due to its proximity to "Houston Control."

    Huntsville was used as the backdrop for my post because it is the latest victim of HUD poverty decentralization programs. Huntsville was a good choice because it is a midsized southern city that people normally do not associate with crime and poverty.

    People soon will though. The Huntsville Housing Authority has already demolished the Council Courts Projects near the medical center and have moved many of the residents to luxury apartment complexes that the Housing Authority has purchased on the south side of town.

    Like many once great Southern cities, Huntsville will soon spiral out of control. Do you know that Atlanta, Birmingham, Orlando, Memphis and Miami now make up 5 of the top 7 most dangerous cities in the US? If you include St. Louis, which is a border city, six out of seven are Southern, leaving only Detroit as the only non-southern one.

    The 11 Most Dangerous Cities

    It turns out that they have all become victims of the poorly thought out plan to disperse poverty. First HUD broke the families, a lot of them black, with welfare dependency in concentrated projects and now they are dispersing these people throughout cities all over the South. A policy that has been shown to increase overall violent crime rates and tip marginal communities into poverty, thus increasing the overall poverty rate too.

    Why Is Memphis the New South Bronx?

    Local experts offer an unsettling answer: demolition of low-income housing projects isn’t eradicating crime and poverty by giving residents a fresh start—it’s just decentralizing and relocating the problem.

    The big difference between then and now is the poverty of spirit nowadays. Instead of being proud and self reliant, a whole generations had been raised to be dependent and feel entitled.

    It is one of the great unpublished news stories of our day. One that you will not hear widely publicized in our major media because it would not make our President look good. Their is also to much graft to be had on building projects.
  • Poverty Inc.: The Sack of Huntsville

    06/26/2011 8:32:00 PM PDT · 27 of 29
    wizkid to higgmeister
    We must have lived in a different 60's.

    In my 1960's, there were plenty of poor people.

    In fact, I visited Galveston recently where I lived for some time in my childhood and the same projects were right down the street from my old house.
  • Poverty Inc.: The Sack of Huntsville

    06/26/2011 12:24:42 AM PDT · 24 of 29
    wizkid to shibumi

    If you somehow took offense to my comment, please accept my apologies.

    You mentioned that you felt I was cajoling you to read my post so I was telling you not to bother because you would not like it. Based on your comments, it seemed obvious to me that it was not for you.

    I honestly do not want to waste your time and would rather have one person read it and enjoy than have a thousand people read it and have a bad time.

    Hope there are no hard feelings.
  • Poverty Inc.: The Sack of Huntsville

    06/25/2011 11:06:48 PM PDT · 22 of 29
    wizkid to shibumi
    Amongst other things, the post is rather large and took several days to compile plus discussion boards have format limits, otherwise, I might take you up on your suggestion.

    Any writing beyond an elementary level relies on literary techniques. They are not suitable for children as they would sail over their heads.. By definition, a topic paragraph should be compelling. It should also promote discussion which mine certainly has done. I have already provided a detailed analysis of it via a separate reply to help clear up any confusion. Per your request, I have already provided you with a detailed outline and have clarified other items. As far as seeking your hit, please do not read my blog post as you probably will not enjoy it.

    In regards to the pimping allegation:

    I am a conservative blogger who has received consistently high comments. My post involves the importance of self reliance and uses biblical references for support. In my book, that is about as conservative as one can get.

    I have conscientiously joined in every discussion for the small number of items that I have posted and have attempted to respectfully respond to all comments directed to me. Even to the extreme of providing a detailed outline and analysis of my title, excerpt, comment and tags.

    My post involves sharing research that has shown to accurately predict success and happiness in life. This is certainly an important topic.
  • Poverty Inc.: The Sack of Huntsville

    06/25/2011 9:39:14 PM PDT · 21 of 29
    wizkid to alexander_busek
    Yes, the word is elicit. Since it came from a direct quote that I put in italics from another author, I left it alone. With today's spell checkers, words often get switched.

    We should probably just agree to respectfully disagree but you have put several words in my mouth, most likely unintentionally, that require clarification.

    Nowhere in my reply did I make the claim that my readers here at Free Republic are lazy (If they were my readers, they would not be lazy.). What I said was:

    Attempting to provoke thought (by using some non-linear techniques) is not an easy task. With many readers, this style will fall flat. Some people do not like it and they are perfectly free not to. There are also some that do.

    By your own words, you prefer plain, unadorned facts. Most people do and there is nothing wrong with that either. My preference is for a complex, non-linear style which can easily fall flat with the just the facts crowd. In my opinion, our disagreement is more about style than substance.

    I also did not accuse every Freeper or even you of expecting to be spoon fed. I just made a simple statement of fact that many people do. In any large group of people, human nature dictates that a fairly large number do not want to have to think too deeply. This is obviously not my target audience either..

    The vast majority of posters at Free Republic excerpt only the topic paragraph and that is exactly what I did. By definition, the topic paragraph should be a teaser. Further, it would be a stretch to assume that any excerpt should provide an adequate basis for any real discussion.

    What you seem to be proposing is the posting of entire sections of articles in the excerpt section, which I believe is a violation of copyright laws (for most items) and is against Free Republic policy.

    When taken as a whole (the title, excerpt, initial comment, and keywords), one would be hard pressed to claim that they were inadequate to forewarn the reader about what the post would be about:

    Title: Poverty Inc.: The Sack of Huntsville

    Poverty Inc. - It is common to put “Inc.” after a word to indicate that something has been turned into a big business (i.e. the poverty business) (e.g. government welfare agencies, community organizers, non-profits, legal foundations).

    Sack – Even though I thought sack was a pretty common word, apparently high school world history classes no longer teach about the sack of Jerusalem, Rome and/or Constantinople anymore because that is where I learned about many of these topics.

    Huntsville – I would assume that the majority of adults know that Huntsville is a city somewhere in the South.

    When put together, the title tells one that the article will be about poverty advocacy groups somehow destroying a southern city. On top of this, one of the key words is “Fair Housing,” which should be a familiar term for anyone that casually reads the new. This is the a tip off that the it will be about housing advocacy groups in particular.


    “In the Spring of 1968 at the Bing Nursery School in Palo Alto California, America came to an end. Within its walls, the elites learned just how cheaply our souls could be had: All it cost was a couple of minutes and one marshmallow per soul on average.”

    In 1997, the author, Daniel Goleman published the book, Emotional Intelligence, in response the the controversial book, the Bell Curve. EI was a smash world-wide hit. With the author appearing on numerous radio and tv shows. I was living in Tokyo at the time and the Japanese translation was a hit even over there and a hot topic of conversation in the media there too. The book is still in print and has spawned many knock offs and follow up versions. Check Amazon and you will clearly see that is has spawned a whole emotional intelligence publishing industry that continues to this day.

    In any case, the book popularized the Bing Nursery School Marshmallow experiment. Goleman used to fascinate tv and radio audiences with tales of it so it is part of popular culture. Also anyone with even a passing interest in psychology, particularly behavioral psychology, is certainly aware of it.

    You should also note that the article was posted as a Science topic. I often see scientific article posted at Freeper that contain complex scientific terms without explanations let alone ones that are part of popular culture and have yet to see any complaints about them.

    America came to an end – This clearly indicates that America has sold its soul.

    How Cheaply Our Souls Could Be Had – While this does presume some biblical knowledge, I feel pretty safe that this is not an issue at Free Republic. Most people should know that souls are sold to the devil for some temptation. In this case our souls are being sold cheaply.

    When one puts the title together with the excerpt, you get:

    A Southern City is being destroyed by fair housing poverty advocates. This involves involves a change in the American character that will destroy our whole country.

    If one is familiar with the Marshmallow Experiment, you would understand that this change is the loss of self control, which is the most important determinant to success.

    Comment Section Quotes:

    I have posted quotes for one of the most famous episodes in the new testament and one of the most important works of Western literature. Since most children are taught the bible and the tale of Odysseus and the sirens is also featured in many cartoons and family oriented movies, they should be familiar to most people even those without a high level of education. Both of these quotes involve resisting temptation via self control.

    Since both Jesus and Odysseus resist temptation, they are meant to serve as a hopeful bookend to the grim excerpt. There is hope for America and that hope is self control.

    When one puts everything together you would get this:

    An American city in the South is being destroyed by fair housing poverty advocates. This involves a change in American character related to the loss of the most important determinant to success, self control, that will destroy us all. There is hope if we resist temptations for cheap riches and maintain self discipline.

    Blog Pimp

    If my post consisted of just my excerpt and a few scraps, I would agree with the Blog Pimp characterization but that is not the case. In fact, its scope and references would more likely overwhelm most readers who typically expect to tackle much more modest articles.

    It is funny that you mention me baiting users who appear almost hopeless to resist my temptations because it oddly parallels the marshmallow test scenario. If JQ is up there with marshmallows, America must truly be doomed.
  • Poverty Inc.: The Sack of Huntsville

    06/25/2011 10:57:20 AM PDT · 18 of 29
    wizkid to alexander_busek; shibumi
    Your post #8 makes it clear what your blog article is about. #8 makes it possible to decide whether it is worthwhile to actually go to your blog and read the rest.

    I am glad you liked the outline.

    In contrast, the two brief, disjointed, out-of-context sentences you posted at the beginning serve only to confuse and frustrate. Were they perhaps intended as a "come-on" (comparable to "Why Is this Man Smiling? Turn to Pg. 16 to Find Out!")? Were you trying to "lure" FReepers to your blog?

    Are you referring to the excerpt or my initial comment? In either case, they appear to have served their purpose admirably. What you call a "Come On" is actually a standard writing technique:

    The first sentence of a research paper must lure your audience into reading further. The first sentence may be the thesis of the paper, or it may be a compelling statement to grab a reader's attention. Either way, the sentence needs to command attention from a reader and make them interested enough in the subject to want to continue reading.

    How to Develop an Opening Sentence for a research Paper

    Both the excerpt and quote were meant to be compelling because that is their main function. A secondary function, is to get the reader to start thinking about the topic at hand by leaving some loose ends (loose ends tend to sound disjointed). The excerpt and comments also appear to have accomplished that feat. Here is an informative snippet from a post on the forex scams website (how to avoid forex scams):

    How To: Let the reader fill in the blanks

    Forcing your readers to draw their own conclusions will illicit mixed results: you may find that it increases your conversions dramatically, or you may find the opposite. The difference between the two extremes comes down to your use of persuasive language and subtle actions.

    Letting the reader fill in the blanks is not an easy task to accomplish. Your goal is to write content that is creative and compelling enough to get the reader thinking about it, yet vague and open-ended enough that your readers will be able to draw their own conclusions successfully.

    In university level writing courses, this topic is also covered extensively:

    Texas A&M University Writing Center, Teaching Paragraphs.

    Sometimes a writer prefers to make a point more subtly, and forcing readers to draw their own conclusions.

    My apologies if you feel cheated by my attempt to get people thinking and start a conversation about the nature of success. It is a topic that many people find fascinating so I thought Freepers would enjoy it.

    If you feel cheated by my writing skills, it is not due to lack of effort on my part. As mentioned above attempting to let readers draw their own conclusions is not an easy task. There is also the fact that many people prefer being spoon fed information and get upset when they are forced to draw their own conclusions. Unfortunately, the outline that I supplied defeats the purpose any effort to let readers draw their own conclusions. Some people will get it like ARepublicanForAllReasons and other will not that is the difficulty a posting somewhere with such a diverse audience (diverse audience of conservatives).

    If there is some scam involved, the only profit that I derive (My post has no advertisements and does not solicit donations) is a comment that further enlightens me on the topic at hand (in this case, the nature of success versus poverty).
  • Poverty Inc.: The Sack of Huntsville

    06/25/2011 2:04:49 AM PDT · 14 of 29
    wizkid to ARepublicanForAllReasons
    Thank you for your kind comments.

    Freepers definitely do not tend to pull their punches but even the harsher ones have a point:

    I cannot expect everyone to take the time to make some leaps on their own. Most people demand things to be spelled out in fine detail.

    Based on the comments, I have gone through the entire post to better/explicitly tie everything together.

    Your summary is spot on.

    Unfortunately for our society, the Department of Housing an Urban Development has taken dependency to the next level by attempting to "distribute dependency/poverty" across entire cities with dire consequences for all of us:

    Consequences from the Redistribution of Urban Poverty During the 1990's.
  • Poverty Inc.: The Sack of Huntsville

    06/25/2011 1:01:05 AM PDT · 11 of 29
    wizkid to shibumi
    And - more importantly - How big a sack? Paper or Plastic?

    Hope this helps:

    sack 2 (sk) tr.v. sacked, sack·ing, sacks To rob of goods or valuables, especially after capture. n. 1. The looting or pillaging of a captured city or town. 2. Plunder; loot.