Posts by Wonder Warthog

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  • Beyond Pro-Choice: The Solution to White Supremacy is White Abortion

    06/26/2017 9:47:45 AM PDT · 13 of 66
    Wonder Warthog to Army Air Corps
    "When white conquerors forcefully penetrated the indigenous, egalitarian homeland of the Native peoples of America,"

    Indigenous, yes. Egalitarian my ass. The "earlier immigrants" were just as warlike (or more so) than the "later (white) immigrants". "Early Immigrant" Americans were noted warriors, raiding other tribes for women and goods.

    Profound ignorance of reality.

  • Sinking Louisiana: A Major Threat To Billions In Oil Infrastructure

    06/25/2017 3:30:24 PM PDT · 40 of 41
    Wonder Warthog to arthurus
    "And we can’t really count on the government to do it even if the Congress enacts the funding. Look at what happened with the levees that were supposed to be shored up with federal funding.It got frittered away and Katrina tore the place up."

    The problem wasn't anything to do with either the Corps of Engineers or the federal aspects....it was due to local corruption and local politics. New Orleans committed suicide with respect to the Katrina flooding. What got built was a compromise between what the COE wanted to build, and what local residents allowed to be built.

    I am from South Louisiana and grew up in the midst of the Corps of Engineers projects to tame the lower Mississippi and Atchafalaya Rivers. The Old River Control Structure is about eight miles from our family farm. The Morganza Floodway and locks were built during my childhood, and are about five miles south of that farm.

  • National Reciprocity: If Not Now, When?

    06/25/2017 8:44:19 AM PDT · 38 of 57
    Wonder Warthog to ConservativeMan55
    "The issue I have with national concealed carry is the same issue I have with Obamacare."

    National reciprocity is not the same as "national concealed carry" (i.e. a federally issued CCW license). I agree with you on "national CCW". But national reciprocity is square in the center of the fedgov's authority to regulate interstate commerce.

  • Sinking Louisiana: A Major Threat To Billions In Oil Infrastructure

    06/25/2017 7:34:59 AM PDT · 38 of 41
    Wonder Warthog to arthurus
    "The silt does not contribute to the delta. It washes out to sea or it stays in the channel."

    Actually, it doesn't "wash out to sea" in the sense of just being diluted. What happens is actually much worse than that.

    Due to dredging to maintain shipping channel depth, the continued growth of spoil and natural levee effect has grown south, until the silt is falling into the "deep Gulf" instead of building up the shallower coastal areas. The fix is to simply dredge new shipping channels to the west (and possibly east), and deposit the dredge spoil into the old channel.

    But it literally needs an act of Congress to make this happen, and won't be cheap to do. Despite the expense, this is far, far cheaper than either building much higher levels or sacrificing all the productive infrastructure of south Louisiana.

  • Sinking Louisiana: A Major Threat To Billions In Oil Infrastructure

    06/24/2017 7:42:42 AM PDT · 30 of 41
    Wonder Warthog to miniTAX
    "NO measurements was made."

    NOT true. Measurements are made constantly by satellite. I don't know how many per day, as there are multiple satellites involved. My brother worked for a while using the sattelite data to map potential hurricane storm surge flooding across all of South Louisiana. The land height(s) across South Louisiana are among the most accurately measured probably in the world.

    Both the short-term and long-term solutions are known. Short-term are levees. Long-term is channelizing the Mississippi below New Orleans to spill the sediment east and west along the coast instead of into the abyssal deep of the Gulf of Mexico.

    All that is needed is the money to make it happen.

  • Texas, three more states on California’s banned travel list

    06/23/2017 6:19:33 AM PDT · 83 of 98
    Wonder Warthog to lee martell
    "What if these states on the ‘bad’ list decided to start charging California a few extra taxes here and there for miscellaneous stuff? "

    IIRC, this is specifically prohibited by the Constitution and falls under the "commerce clause". In fact, I think a case can be made that the "bans" themselves run afoul of that.

  • How Weld law enforcement is working with the BATFE to combat gun crime

    06/22/2017 1:00:45 PM PDT · 5 of 8
    Wonder Warthog to real saxophonist

    So what do they do if the perp uses a revolver???

  • Trump Was Right After All: Study Reveals Up To 5.7 Million Illegal Votes Cast In 2008

    06/21/2017 8:47:04 AM PDT · 45 of 49
    Wonder Warthog to Reno89519
    "Make clear either way they get deported. Bet most of those 5.7 million will take the self-deport and be gone."

    Can we keep the illegals and deport the journalists?? That strikes me as a better deal.

  • Camille Paglia Blames Dems for Destroying Journalism — ‘It Is Going to Take Decades to Recover’

    06/21/2017 8:43:25 AM PDT · 54 of 80
    Wonder Warthog to N. Theknow
    "Way back when dinosaurs roamed the earth and it was a somewhat reliable source, early '80's, the USA Today reported every week the ratings for TV shows and Network Evening News ratings."

    I have to disagree with you, by the "early 80's" the shift to the left was virtually complete in print and broadcast media. I used to be a voracious reader of news magazines (Time, Newsweek, USN&WR) starting in college (free library access). By the mid 80's the only one with even a pretense of impartiality was USN&WR, and that one made the leftward shift at about 1985.

  • Patrick Tomlinson: Constitutional carry comes for Wisconsin (barf alert)

    06/21/2017 7:41:33 AM PDT · 9 of 12
    Wonder Warthog to marktwain
    "It is not a persuasive argument.

    Nor are hard facts, apparently. A huge number of states changed their laws from "may issue" to "shall issue" CCW, and gun ownership and civilian carry have increased greatly. Gun crime did not increase.

    I haven't yet seen any similar studies for "Constitutional Carry", but surely enough states have made such changes and have a long enough timeline to yield at least indicative data. I expect a similar outcome.

  • Sen. Blumenthal insists President Trump is breaking the law

    06/21/2017 6:08:45 AM PDT · 36 of 37
    Wonder Warthog to matt04

    Ludicrous. I don’t recall G. Washington giving up ownership of his plantation, and I am sure that there were dealings between British (and other foreign) firms during the time he was President.

  • I Never Knew That Abraham Lincoln Ordered The Largest MASS HANGING IN US HISTORY, Or Why He Did It

    06/19/2017 4:08:07 PM PDT · 306 of 466
    Wonder Warthog to DoodleDawg
    "So in other words there was no "economic war" being waged when the Southern states began their rebellion. Nice to know."

    Sure there was. It just wasn't run by Republicans (yet). The question of slavery was itself an economic question, at least for the South.

  • I Never Knew That Abraham Lincoln Ordered The Largest MASS HANGING IN US HISTORY, Or Why He Did It

    06/19/2017 10:51:00 AM PDT · 276 of 466
    Wonder Warthog to DoodleDawg
    "Senate control would not have happened until March 1861, and the first session of the new Congress wouldn't have convened until December 1861."

    The southern states knew what the Republican plans were as soon as their nominating convention was over.

    "But regardless, your claim was secession occurred because Lincoln and the Republicans were waging economic war on the Southern states. Since, as I said, they didn't control the White House and Congress until after secession then how were they able to wage the economic war that led the Southern states to rebel?"

    There were Republicans in Congress well before this specific election, as well as "proto-Republicans" (Whigs and others) who had been pushing the same agenda. The only thing that the election did was show that the proposed economic plan was inevitable.

  • I Never Knew That Abraham Lincoln Ordered The Largest MASS HANGING IN US HISTORY, Or Why He Did It

    06/19/2017 4:59:38 AM PDT · 260 of 466
    Wonder Warthog to DoodleDawg
    "Secession happened before Lincoln and the northern Republicans took office and control of Congress. Try again.

    Wrong. The Republicans gained a majority in the House in 1858 and the Senate in 1860. The election results were known in November 1860. South Carolina seceded in December 1860. You think the South couldn't see the dominoes falling?

    And do you think that the post electoral plans of the Republicans were not well known, given that they had run for election on them??

    "What would have prevented it?"

    No Republican majority, no secession. It really "is" that simple.

    "The first successful mechanical cotton harvester wasn't introduced until the 1930's."

    Being from the South, I am well aware of the history of mechanical cotton picking. Without the huge expenditure of money and resources sucked up by the war, technological development would almost certainly been accelerated.

  • I Never Knew That Abraham Lincoln Ordered The Largest MASS HANGING IN US HISTORY, Or Why He Did It

    06/18/2017 5:27:09 PM PDT · 226 of 466
    Wonder Warthog to x
    "Secession destroyed the Old Republic. Whatever came next was going to be different."

    And secession happened because northern Republicans and Lincoln basically waged economic warfare on the South.

    "Be honest. Do you really think that a country divided into two hostile nations was going to be the same as one that largely had a continent to itself?

    Of course not. But I think there is a good possibility that there would have been no split.

    "The idea that the Civil War gave us big government is an exaggeration. Most functions were still in state hands after the war as before. It would take 50 years or more after the war for that to change.

    The Civil War set the precedent for a totally dominant central government supreme over the states. That it took time for the full effects of that precedent to be realized is irrelevant.

    "But do you really think that an exceptionally decentralized form of government would have survived into the 21st century?"

    Actually, yes. Switzerland has lasted far longer and survived quite nicely into the 21st Century.

    "And do you really think that country founded on slavery -- whether the US or the CSA -- could be devoted to liberty for very long? Wouldn't the fear of the slave owners or the rage of the slaves eventually overwhelm constitutional protections?

    There would have been no "country founded on slavery" in the long run. Slavery was morally and economically doomed, and would have disappeared in the same fifty years you posited for the overweening central government to fully develop. Developments in agriculture would have seen to that. A horse-drawn or steam-powered cotton-picker isn't much of a stretch, given developments in agricultural innovation between 1860 and 1880 or -90.

  • Identifying Real Health Care Cost Drivers

    06/18/2017 5:21:53 AM PDT · 32 of 33
    Wonder Warthog to GailA
    "Not the ones Medicare/Tricare Life are given. All the test meters I’ve seen are ‘FIXED’ just shove the strip in and hope it doesn’t say error."

    I wonder if you can ask your doctor for a source for a standard solution. That the meter is "fixed" is just an inconvenience...it is simple enough to add or subtract an offset.

    A quick Google search using this search term:

    -Calibration Standard for Glucose Meter-

    Turns up a lot of possibilities, the most expensive of which is less $20.00. Most less than $10.00. Walmart has one for $4.40.

    As an analytical chemist, I've spent my entire work career coaxing better performance out of measurement instrumentation. "Not" having a check standard seems to be not very bright on the part of meter manufacturers.

  • I Never Knew That Abraham Lincoln Ordered The Largest MASS HANGING IN US HISTORY, Or Why He Did It

    06/17/2017 7:24:41 PM PDT · 60 of 466
    Wonder Warthog to SSS Two
    "....A reason to secede..."

    Not "the" reason to secede. Those who say it "wasn't about slavery" and those who say it was "all about slavery" are both wrong. There were many reasons. The fact remains that Lincoln destroyed the Union to save it. What existed after the Civil War bore little resemblance to the original. A once "union of independent sovereign states" was now a union of subsidiary political units, no longer sovereign.

  • Identifying Real Health Care Cost Drivers

    06/17/2017 7:26:04 AM PDT · 21 of 33
    Wonder Warthog to GailA
    "Said meters can be up to 30% OFF calibration and it’s OK with the FDA."

    They don't offer a small vial of calibration standard??? Heck, the kit I bought for my DOG has that. And I can easily buy more when the expiration date runs out.

  • Cuba Scrambles As Venezuela’s Oil Industry Collapses

    06/15/2017 3:23:54 PM PDT · 27 of 31
    Wonder Warthog to Joe Bfstplk
    "I thought China was exploring in Cuba’s Gulf waters."

    I doubt that China's drilling and production tech is any great shakes.

  • Who Wrote the Gospels?

    06/14/2017 4:13:50 PM PDT · 290 of 403
    Wonder Warthog to Luircin
    "You forgot Greek Orthodox, which has an equal claim. Probably a better claim than Rome does, actually."

    Except that neither the Greek Orthodox church, nor the Russian variant nor any of their other nationalistic relatives spread over the entire world. God's verdict is in. Rome wins.

    "Really? So age means superiority of faith, does it? I guess that means Baal and Moloch worship are superior to Catholicism."

    Compare apples to oranges. Comparing the Christian religion to a non-christian one is not logically the same as comparing two Christian sects. And yes, in my opinion, the Church whose origin is nearest to Christ's time on earth is more likely to "have it right" than one dreamt up out of thin air by Martin Luther.

    "Because the Catholic hierarchy abandoned the Gospel, and in doing so, Rome became a false church and they are now preaching the path to damnation. The instant it stopped preaching Jesus’ sacrifice alone (As THE APOSTLES taught) as the path to salvation and added works, Rome forfeited all right to be called a church.

    S'funny, but I see the Gospel taught every Sunday at Mass, and indeed on every day of the week at every mass offered.