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  • Best Cartoon Ever?

    08/19/2014 8:23:59 PM PDT · 53 of 97
    yefragetuwrabrumuy to MNDude

    Gotta love the original Jonny Quest (IMDb rating 8.0). The first cartoon series to air during prime time, because of its serious themes. They made an effort to use real places, to depict some realistic animals, and even gave some of the villains realistic motives.

    And a LOT of villains got killed, some in pretty awful ways.

    Some of the science fiction was realistic, some fantastic, and much of it plausible. Their depiction of ethnic groups was... ethnic.

    And don’t forget the superb music and incidental sounds.

    Even the opening credits were both scary and incredibly cool.

  • Looter: 'I'm Proud of Us. We Deserve This'

    08/19/2014 5:18:13 PM PDT · 10 of 96
    yefragetuwrabrumuy to Rusty0604

    Federal law (18 U.S. Code § 2101) makes it a crime to travel or to use interstate communications (which includes social media)

    (1) to incite a riot; or,
    (2) to organize, promote, encourage, participate in, or carry on a riot; or,
    (3) to commit any act of violence in furtherance of a riot; or,
    (4) to aid or abet any person in inciting or participating in or carrying on a riot or committing any act of violence in furtherance of a riot.

    The law also mandates speedy action by the Attorney General and Department of Justice. The statute directs that “the Department shall proceed as speedily as possible with a prosecution of such person(s).”

  • FL: Couple wins Gunfight with Intruder

    08/19/2014 4:22:38 PM PDT · 19 of 31
    yefragetuwrabrumuy to marktwain
    His last conviction was 3 years 8 months for aggravated assault. He was out of prison for one month before this armed robbery. At some point he was also arrested for an unspecified "drug related offense."

  • This 16-year-old girl may spend 25 years in prison thanks to the sexual liberation movement

    08/19/2014 4:06:14 PM PDT · 14 of 26
    yefragetuwrabrumuy to Morgana

    Truthfully, this sort of thing isn’t new. I’ve heard stories of people like this from the 1940s, if not as colorful. Dirt poor people whose sons matriculated in prison, and daughters who “worked prostitution” as early as they could.

    Then, a young girl who killed her john would have gone to juvenile hall, and once she turned 18 she would be back to turning tricks.

  • My cat attacks me beyond belief watch you die laughing

    08/19/2014 1:37:05 PM PDT · 61 of 68
    yefragetuwrabrumuy to februus

    “It’s like the Roman Empire. Wasn’t everybody
    running around just covered with syphilis?
    And then it was destroyed by the volcano.”
    —Joan Collins

  • Denmark: 100s March Through Muslim Area to Protest Anti-Semitism

    08/19/2014 1:24:34 PM PDT · 8 of 13
    yefragetuwrabrumuy to DeoVindiceSicSemperTyrannis

    The sad part is that it was only hundreds.

    Denmark has 5.57 million people. 80% are Evangelical Lutheran. 4% are Muslims. Other religious minorities are less than 1% each, amounting to 16% of the total.

    So the tolerance of religious hate should be laid at the feet of the Lutheran clergy. I wonder if they have so much as preached a sermon about it.

  • Police Officer: 'if you don’t want to get shot...just do what I tell you.'

    08/19/2014 11:48:52 AM PDT · 15 of 78
    yefragetuwrabrumuy to Rusty0604

    “you don’t have to submit to an illegal stop or search. You can refuse consent to search your car or home if there’s no warrant.”

    These two sentences include so many footnotes and conditions that they are meaningless. Especially about “warrantless searches”, “no knock searches”, “exigency searches”, “anonymous informant” and “secret government surveillance” searches, “dog authorized searches”, and “illegal search but still admissible in court” searches.

  • Primary Threat in Alaska has GOP Establishment Shuddering

    08/19/2014 8:16:15 AM PDT · 7 of 10
    yefragetuwrabrumuy to cotton1706

    The name that stands out here is Mitch McConnell. By now there should be no argument that he is an enemy of conservatism.

    But what should also be mentioned is that he does SO MUCH harm to conservatism that a freshman Democrat taking his seat would be *less* harmful. Assuming that Republicans still control the senate.

    If before the write in votes are made before the November election, the Tea Party gets out the message to *abandon* McConnell to his fate by just *not* voting for him, and in doing so, McConnell loses his seat, it will send shockwaves throughout the Republican leadership.

    With the loss of Cantor, it would be a devastating, one-two punch against the GOP-e.

  • 100+ ‘moderate’ Republicans back pro-abort Democrat over pro-life stalwart in Kansas gov. race

    08/19/2014 8:08:54 AM PDT · 15 of 23
    yefragetuwrabrumuy to cotton1706

    There is an argument going on behind the scenes here and elsewhere.

    Several statehouses were taken by Republicans in a sweep, yet the liberal Republican leadership is still in charge. So the end result is Republican who talk like conservatives, but *spend* like Democrats.

    This is what severely hurt the Republican congress in W. Bush’s second term. They just could not restrain their impulses to spend egregious amounts of money.

    So while abortion is a big issue here, the bigger issue is impulse control. Fortunately, fiscal conservatism is also aligned with the anti-abortion side.

    Thus, “the 100 ‘moderate’ Republicans” are actually liberal Republicans, who want abortion and to again spend like Democrats.

  • Heavy Metal: Why Ferguson has conservatives challenging military-style police

    08/19/2014 8:00:52 AM PDT · 74 of 88
    yefragetuwrabrumuy to Biggirl

    Importantly, while liberals and conservatives are now both opposing paramilitarized police, they are doing so for very different reasons.

    Liberals want the police to stop arresting criminals, even violent ones. Liberals do not want them arrested or put in prison, especially if they are black.

    Conservatives, on the other hand, want law and order, but do not want paramilitary police to do so, because the interest there is not law and order, but using violence to politically control the public.

    Importantly, those columnists and commentators coming out to defend the idea of paramilitarized police neglect the obvious: if we need or want paramilitarized police, then why not get rid of the police altogether, and replace them with soldiers?

    If we don’t need the US Army acting as police 99.9999% of the time, we don’t need a paramilitary police doing so, either.

  • Abortionist’s Wife on How It’s Okay to Do Abortions: “Read the Bible and You’ll See”

    08/19/2014 7:53:50 AM PDT · 37 of 45
    yefragetuwrabrumuy to wagglebee

    Look up the parts of the Bible that mention Moloch. A large brass statue and furnace with a bull’s head and a man’s body. In front of it was a pit of fire. Once the fire inside it had heated the statue to very hot, parents would offer their infant children to the priests of Moloch.

    With the sound of drums and trumpets covering the screams of the children, the priest would then set the baby on the statue’s searing hot metal arms, where it would cook to death and eventually drop into the fire pit below. The ritual would be followed with an orgy.

    The reason for this child sacrifice was that, unlike JHVH, the priests of Moloch promised instant gratification and prosperity without work.

    The parallels with the abortion industry of today are surprising. Offering women license to “keep partying” and to shun the expense and hardship of raising children.

    The ancient Hebrews could never rid themselves of the cult of Moloch, despite the strictest condemnations and threats. The promise of easy wealth was just too great.

  • Wow: Guess WHO is funding the group behind the indictment of Rick Perry…

    08/19/2014 7:05:10 AM PDT · 26 of 31
    yefragetuwrabrumuy to Beave Meister
  • Study: At Least 740,000 Wisconsinites Face Food Insecurity

    08/19/2014 6:18:23 AM PDT · 58 of 58
    yefragetuwrabrumuy to ctdonath2

    I know educated and informed people can do so. I once plotted out a six month plan for one person on food stamps where by the end of the six months, he could regularly feed a squad of people with balanced meals.

    But most people have no education how to do this well. A large number spend food stamp money exclusively on rice and beans.

    And that is also the other problem, that they don’t want to eat nutritious food. In WWII, a large part of the US Army would only eat grits. Though granted, their other choices of things like fatty, fried bologna and half-spoiled salmon were not that great either.

    One veteran I knew who had a better appreciation of nutrition just gorged himself on salad on the one time it was provided, unknowing that the dressing was made with mineral oil, which made its presence known while he was standing in formation later.

    He also noted that the breakfast bologna made him and some of his peers regularly throw up after breakfast, so they decided to stand outside the mess hall and vomit on its steps. The “good old days”.

    In any event, try to avoid falling into the trap that caught Michelle Obama, because food, for better or worse, is one of the most important personal choices that people have.

  • Study: At Least 740,000 Wisconsinites Face Food Insecurity

    08/18/2014 7:28:57 PM PDT · 56 of 58
    yefragetuwrabrumuy to ctdonath2

    University of Washington research (2007).

    Calorie for calorie, junk foods not only cost less than fruits and vegetables, but junk food prices also are less likely to rise as a result of inflation...

    Foods with high energy density, meaning they pack the most calories per gram, included candy, pastries, baked goods and snacks. Although fruits and vegetables are rich in nutrients, they also contain relatively few calories.

    The survey found that higher-calorie, energy-dense foods are the better bargain for cash-strapped shoppers. Energy-dense munchies cost on average $1.76 per 1,000 calories, compared with $18.16 per 1,000 calories for low-energy but nutritious foods.

  • Study: At Least 740,000 Wisconsinites Face Food Insecurity

    08/18/2014 5:23:38 PM PDT · 54 of 58
    yefragetuwrabrumuy to driftless2

    Ask some clergyman you trust. He will likely know what is real. Relying on observation can be deceptive.

  • Study: At Least 740,000 Wisconsinites Face Food Insecurity

    08/18/2014 3:02:13 PM PDT · 51 of 58
    yefragetuwrabrumuy to driftless2

    According to the US Census, La Cross in 2008-2010 had about 14.3% of families and 24.0% of the population below the poverty line, including 25.8% of those under age 18 and 10.2% of those age 65 or over.

    The best way to find out the real story is to ask some clergyman, who have a much clearer view of how much poverty and hunger is there, because it is indirectly related to their job.

  • Study: At Least 740,000 Wisconsinites Face Food Insecurity

    08/18/2014 2:55:24 PM PDT · 50 of 58
    yefragetuwrabrumuy to ctdonath2

    Carbs are a lot cheaper, tend to store longer, and often need minimal preparation.

  • Study: At Least 740,000 Wisconsinites Face Food Insecurity

    08/18/2014 1:01:15 PM PDT · 46 of 58
    yefragetuwrabrumuy to driftless2

    Appearances can be deceiving. The poor are often overweight because their diets are carbohydrate heavy, so “fat but malnourished”. Likewise, a lot of people are loathe to take government handouts, knowing their steep price in the loss of personal character; especially true because there are often time limits on such aid. That is, you can only have it for a fixed length of time, and only once, is sometimes true.

    This is another good reason to set up church food banks, because it is “friends helping friends” more than charity, as well as people contributing work in exchange for aid.

  • Open-carry fight moves to Kroger

    08/18/2014 12:48:45 PM PDT · 21 of 23
    yefragetuwrabrumuy to deoetdoctrinae

    As a note, the Kroger chain includes:

    Combination Food & Drug Stores:

    Baker’s Supermarkets (Omaha, Nebraska)
    City Market (Colorado, Wyoming, Utah, New Mexico)
    Dillons Food Stores (Kansas, Missouri)
    Fry’s Food & Drug (Arizona)
    Gerbes Super Markets (central Missouri)
    Harris Teeter (North Carolina, South Carolina, Virginia, Georgia, Tennessee, Florida, Maryland, Delaware, and the District of Columbia)
    Jay C (southern Indiana)
    King Soopers (Colorado, Wyoming)
    Kroger (Alabama, Arkansas, Georgia, Indiana, Illinois, Kentucky, Louisiana, Michigan, Mississippi, Missouri, North Carolina, Ohio, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia, West Virginia)

    Owen’s (northeastern Indiana)
    Pay Less Super Markets (central Indiana)
    QFC (Oregon, Washington)
    Ralphs (Southern California)
    Scott’s (Fort Wayne, Indiana)
    Smith’s (Arizona, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, Utah, Wyoming)

    Multi Department Stores:

    Fred Meyer (Alaska, Idaho, Oregon, Washington)

    Price Impact Stores:

    Food 4 Less (Southern California; Las Vegas, Nevada; Chicago, Illinois; NW Indiana, and they have a former location in Allentown, Pennsylvania and Tahlequah, Oklahoma); there is also one location in Fremont Nebraska (Food 4 Less stores elsewhere are owned by other companies)

    Foods Co. (Northern California)
    Ruler Foods (Indiana, Illinois, Ohio, Kentucky)

    Marketplace Stores:

    Dillons Marketplace
    Fry’s Marketplace
    King Soopers Marketplace
    Kroger Marketplace
    Smith’s Marketplace

    Jewelry Stores:

    Fred Meyer Jewelers
    Barclay Jewelers
    Fox’s Jewelers
    Littman Jewelers

    Convenience Stores:

    Kwik Shop (Iowa, Kansas, Nebraska, Tennessee, Mississippi)
    Loaf ‘N Jug (Colorado, Montana, Nebraska, North Dakota, Wyoming)
    Quik Stop (California, Nevada)
    Smith’s Express (Utah)
    Tom Thumb Food Stores (Alabama, Florida)
    Turkey Hill Minit Markets (Pennsylvania, Ohio, Indiana)

  • Former Vermont US Sen. Jeffords dies at 80

    08/18/2014 12:38:23 PM PDT · 15 of 26
    yefragetuwrabrumuy to Kartographer

    His new home is in Cocytus, according to Dante, but so petty his treason, he is buried just up to his ankles in ice.

  • Study: At Least 740,000 Wisconsinites Face Food Insecurity

    08/18/2014 11:33:26 AM PDT · 33 of 58
    yefragetuwrabrumuy to Citizen Zed

    This year the Midwest has a gigantic surfeit of corn, and while man may not live on corn alone, it is a really good start. And with minimal work, people can raise chickens, that usually like cracked corn or cooked corn.

    And for a few years, potatoes have had a bumper crop as well, at the peak of the season selling for as little as $1 for 10 pounds. Likely they still have more deer than they know what to do with.

    The best bet, which has been done before to great success, is to set up church food banks, which can take a lot of pressure off public food banks. By caring for their congregations, they might slash 20-30 people from the public food bank rolls. This matters a lot.

  • SOS From Liberia: WHO, Others Must Step In Before We All Die

    08/18/2014 7:29:10 AM PDT · 25 of 27
    yefragetuwrabrumuy to redgolum

    While I agree that people can be stupid about everywhere, there are several huge differences. To start with, look at the CIA Factbook for Liberia, under “People and Society”:

    The largest of their top 10 ethnic minorities only has about 20% of the population. Likewise, to a great extent, tribes still rule their people, not the government.

    Though it is the official language, only 20% of Liberians can speak English. The other 20 languages are primitive and rarely written.

    43% of their population is below age 14.

    .01 physicians per 1000 population. (US has 2.42 per 1000).

    Their fresh water and sanitation are also lacking. US has almost 100% quality for both.

    Note also that Liberia has an entry for Major Infectious Diseases.

    The US has had a top notch epidemic disease response for well over 100 years; and during WWII, there was an enormous government initiative to teach the public hygiene, which continues today.

  • Federal Autopsy of Michael Brown Ordered As Unrest in Ferguson Rises

    08/17/2014 4:43:17 PM PDT · 42 of 55
    yefragetuwrabrumuy to Steelfish

    “Let’s see. His skull goes to the Skull and Bones society at Yale, the Illuminati get his buttocks and shinbones, the Bilderberg Group have dibs on his genitalia, and the Trilateral Commission wants to make human bacon out of his belly.”

  • Where is the GOP heir apparent? It’s an odd election cycle when the Dems have one & Repubs don’t

    08/17/2014 4:15:37 PM PDT · 40 of 62
    yefragetuwrabrumuy to 2ndDivisionVet

    I disagree. The Republican leadership has decreed that either Mitt Romney or Jeb Bush will be the *only* choices offered to delegates at the convention. And they are likely going to make a rule that *forces* delegates to choose between those two, whether they want to or not.

    This is such an offensive action, that there might be a full scale delegate boycott and walk out, punctuated with very loud booing. Because the bottom line is that the rank and file will *never* vote for *either* Mitt Romney *or* Jeb Bush.

    Oddly enough, this is why this midterm election is so important. Assuming the projections before absentee ballots are cast is that Republicans will have a bunch of pick ups in the senate and the house, it will be up to the Tea Party to *boycott* voting for the worst RINO offenders, like Mitch McConnell.

    Yes, it is worth it to give a seat to a powerless freshman Democrat, if that seat is taken away from a scoundrel like McConnell. Precisely because he does us more harm than any freshman Democrat could. Especially if the Republicans still have the majority in the senate.

    And only this, throwing McConnell into “the pit”, will be enough to rattle the leadership when the next convention is held.

  • The Economist explains: Why the price of commercial sex is falling

    08/17/2014 1:32:59 PM PDT · 47 of 55
    yefragetuwrabrumuy to Duke C.

    A large part of prostitution is never talked about, because neither the prostitutes or their clients are arrested. It can best be called “middle class prostitution”.

    Typically it starts with a younger, divorced woman without children, who has a mortgaged home she cannot afford as part of the divorce settlement, and little possibility of gainful employment better than minimum wage.

    She has anywhere from four to eight clients, often who are divorced themselves, but are men of some means. And neither she nor they want to get married again.

    She very carefully schedules them so there are no conflicts, and often provides other entertainments, like a good dinner and conversation, as part of the deal. She may also act as an escort to public functions.

    In return, each of the men give her some part of the legal exclusion of taxable money gifts for the year, which can be as much as $14,000 per customer, though seldom rises to that level, of course.

  • Greens are the Enemies of Energy

    08/17/2014 1:10:51 PM PDT · 6 of 6
    yefragetuwrabrumuy to Sean_Anthony

    For the next decade or so, if there is a bad winter in New England, they are going to freeze in the dark, and it is their own fault. They had eliminated coal and oil fuel plants, with the idea that they would get natural gas, but then they neglected to build the pipelines to carry the natural gas.

    Even the last ditch effort of getting electricity from Canadian hydroelectric won’t work, because they didn’t want to ruin their views by building high tension lines.

    The bottom line is that they have eliminated about 40% of their energy production. So when they have a bad winter, they are going to freeze in the dark.

  • Death Wish? Media Draws Map To Home Of Ferguson Police Officer Who Shot Mike Brown

    08/17/2014 1:02:44 PM PDT · 36 of 46
    yefragetuwrabrumuy to ransomnote

    As when the newspaper posted a map showing where gun owners lived, they only took it down when someone else put up a map showing where *they*, the newspaper staff, lived.

    Apologies after the fact do nothing. This was clearly an attempt to get this officer, and maybe his family, lynched, and should be taken in that spirit. So those who did so should pay, either in a court of law, or by having their own home and family potentially menaced.

  • SOS From Liberia: WHO, Others Must Step In Before We All Die

    08/17/2014 12:52:28 PM PDT · 8 of 27
    yefragetuwrabrumuy to BlatherNaut

    The bottom line here is that the die is cast. The public have stormed Ebola hospitals to carry off infected family members and trash the place, some claiming that there is no such thing as Ebola, and others looting contaminated, bloodstained linens, mattresses and equipment.

    People who do this cannot be saved by outsiders with good intent. Until enough of them have died to pound it into their fool heads that this is a *plague*, they will have to suffer.

  • Ferguson: When Stupid and Evil Reign, It's Good to Own a Gun

    08/17/2014 11:21:18 AM PDT · 12 of 18
    yefragetuwrabrumuy to Graybeard58

    Obligations of this type are self-assumed, so if you want to leave an unarmed liberal to the zombie hoard, that’s your choice. But in the vast majority of cases, the people you protect will be worthy, not wanting.

  • Superman Is Jewish: The Hebrew Roots of America's Greatest Superhero

    08/17/2014 9:55:47 AM PDT · 23 of 24
    yefragetuwrabrumuy to SeekAndFind

    His parents had to contract with a Laser-Mohel.

    Superboy: “Do you expect me to talk?”

    Laser-Mohel: “No, Superboy, I expect you to be circumsized!”

  • Report: Armed men attack Liberia Ebola clinic, freeing patients

    08/17/2014 9:52:58 AM PDT · 23 of 26
    yefragetuwrabrumuy to SeekAndFind

    Saint Darwin may be delayed, but he will not be denied.

    Natural selection targets the stupid. This is why plagues tend to kill “from the bottom up”, taking out the sickly, the weak, the fools, the lazy, the looters and other scoundrels, and the other people, many good, who make bad gambles without even knowing it.

  • WI: Employee Shoots, Kills Attempted Robber at Innovative Optique

    08/17/2014 8:57:44 AM PDT · 24 of 34
    yefragetuwrabrumuy to marktwain
    The late Joshua Drake. Drake's father and life-long friend said they hope his life serves as a reminder that chosing a life of crime can have bad consequences. His father said Drake left his home 9 months ago because his father wanted him to get a job or go to school. His father says since his late teens he was starting to stray in a bad direction.

    N.B.: About his t-shirt, the Wild 100s. "The title of the 100th through 130th area of Chicago's South Side. The Wild 100's also known as the Wild Wild, is home to most of Chicago's gangs including the Black Peace Stone Nation, Four Corner Hustler Nation, Vice Lord Nation, Black Disciples, Gangster Disciples, Mickey Cobras, and Latin Kings."

  • Is the Criminal Justice System Racist?

    08/17/2014 8:36:01 AM PDT · 24 of 33
    yefragetuwrabrumuy to Kaslin

    I can use the same argument liberals use to justify black violence: that it is not race-based, but “poverty” based.

    That is, instead of comparing the race of people in their treatment by the justice system, compare their social class and wealth.

    That is, don’t compare an unemployed black person living in subsidized housing with white, middle class people living in suburbia. Instead compare them with unemployed white people living in subsidized housing.

    This changes the headline to “Is the Criminal Justice System Classist?”

    While there is no doubt still some dissimilarity, I bet the two groups are a lot closer in their treatment by the criminal justice system.

  • Socialism infecting the clergy

    08/17/2014 8:28:28 AM PDT · 17 of 40
    yefragetuwrabrumuy to ProgressingAmerica

    There is an irony here in that to a great extent, socialism is a form of Judeo-Christian heresy.

    It exists as a method of the oldest of sins, vanity, which has plagued mankind since its beginnings, in the form of men trying to pretend they “are like God”.

    Socialism in a nutshell begins with the Book of Genesis, in which socialists put “mankind” in the place of God throughout; yet in a corrupted form, they keep the myth.

    For them, the Garden of Eden becomes The State of Nature, from which mankind was ejected for embracing the knowledge of good and evil. So, one precept of socialism is that good and evil must be ‘normalized’, made equal, so they cease to exist as such. When this happens, socialists theorize, mankind can return to Eden, or The State of Nature.

    This is pretty much the basis of radical environmentalism as well, that mankind must give up on civilization to return to nature, that our current state is unnatural and must be stopped.

    The real hazard is that true clergy, Catholic, Orthodox, conservative Protestant, and Jewish, need to realize that socialism *is* heresy, in its deepest manifestation, because it rejects God, it shuns God, and it despises God.

    But, as a twisted parody of Judeo-Christianity, it often seems on the surface to embrace the same goals as religion, so the temptation is ecumenism. But ecumenism cannot happen with evil, and religion is corrupted in the effort.

    A pragmatic approach, that “It does not matter who gives bread to the poor, as long as they are fed”, ignores that religion gives the faith, and the bread, and the water; but socialism *promises* the bread and the water, but only delivers liquor, narcotics and perversion, at the demand that faith and righteousness be discarded.

    So look on clergy that embrace socialism as either being ignorant of the truth, or worse, that they have embraced the axiom of socialism, and now despise God.

  • Ferguson: When Stupid and Evil Reign, It's Good to Own a Gun

    08/17/2014 7:22:35 AM PDT · 3 of 18
    yefragetuwrabrumuy to rktman

    “You have an obligation to prepare yourself.”

    However, this obligation extends in three other directions.

    The first is protecting your family and neighbors, some of whom cannot effectively defend themselves, such as the infirm, elderly, and children.

    The second is protecting innocent strangers from violence and chaos. While this is situational, it is a good sign of character.

    Third is the protection not seen. If you harm or kill someone who is criminal, violent and a threat to society, you have prevented *future* crime, violence and threat by that individual. The victimization of some or many others. And, if you kill them, you may save the taxpayers $1,000,000 or so for each decade they would have spent in prison. This adds up.


    08/17/2014 6:32:00 AM PDT · 64 of 64
    yefragetuwrabrumuy to Jim Robinson

    Agreed that this incident has little to do with de-paramilitarization. However, both proponents and opponents seize on incidents like this.

    The proponents hope to use a prominent, publicly known example to illustrate their cause, even if it is not a good example.

    The opponents want to use a poor example as a straw man argument to oppose the idea.

    The trouble is that proponents and opponents sound much alike, and create a nebulous gray area where before there was clarity, thus diluting support for the change.

    Probably the best example of the resulting confusion is the border fence with Mexico, in that its strongest supporters were often actually dead set against it, so sought to sabotage the idea from within in a number of ways.

    Its seeming opponents were in some cases supporters, who were instead focused on the most efficiency in keeping out illegal aliens, only putting up fences where illegal aliens actually crossed or could cross, not in road-less and empty desert where no one crossed. Satisfied if they could keep out 90% of aliens on a budget, rather than insisting on 100% at 100 times the cost, which they knew would never be funded.


    08/16/2014 6:25:57 PM PDT · 52 of 64
    yefragetuwrabrumuy to Jim Robinson

    “De-paramilitarization” of police is obviously picking up a lot of momentum around the US right now, with the realization that police have no, zero need for belt fed machine guns, armored vehicles, explosive and incendiary devices, secret information provided by the feds authorizing warrantless and no-knock searches that cannot be cross-examined at trial, and SWAT teams brutalizing citizens and killing family pets over petty searches.

    Yes, there are *rare* events like riots and mass shootings that need a greater police response. But that is it. In the other 99% of the US it is not needed, ever.

    The logic that supports paramilitarized police could with equal justification say that there are little wars around the world, so obviously we need soldiers patrolling all of our towns, in case a war breaks out somewhere in the US.

  • The “militarization” of police was not only inevitable, but necessary

    08/16/2014 6:15:12 PM PDT · 110 of 290
    yefragetuwrabrumuy to 2ndDivisionVet

    He uses some false analogies. For example, because the LAPD need to turn out in force because of a major riot in south-central LA, does that mean that police in thousands of cities and towns in the US need military arms in case there is a major riot in Podunk?

    Do police in a small town need an armored vehicle, explosives and fully automatic weapons? Many years ago, one well known Sheriff tried to justify having a .30 caliber, belt-fed Browning machine gun on the grounds that if someone hijacked a commercial aircraft near his airport, he wanted the means to *shoot it down*. Uh, no. Not your job.

    And beyond the weapons and equipment, the reason police departments all over the US created SWAT teams was because of a small number of police assassinations by radical leftists in the 1970s. Encouraged by the federal government, police changed their training to assume, for example, that *everyone* could be a potential cop-assassinating terrorist. Which is utter hooey.

    It is as irrational as the TSA searching an elderly Irish grandmother in a wheelchair because she *might* be a terrorist, and we *certainly* don’t want to *profile* young Saudi Arabian Arabic Muslim men with beards, carrying Korans, who try to smuggle cigarette lighters on board even though they don’t smoke.

  • St. Louis Area Gun Stores See Sales Spike

    08/16/2014 6:01:55 PM PDT · 9 of 17
    yefragetuwrabrumuy to Olog-hai

    Based on other violent places that have had a surge in gun sales, I wonder how long it will take the curve of violent crimes to go into long term decline?

    There really needs to be a unique name for that curve.

  • Professors Now Say SLAVERY Forced Colleague To Batter Teen, Destroy Her Anti-Abortion Poster

    08/16/2014 5:56:15 PM PDT · 20 of 38
    yefragetuwrabrumuy to Ray76

    Notice that her lawyer was begging the judge to *not* force her to attend anger management classes. However, that may be the best punishment of all.

    A self-important, arrogant, entitled egotist, forced to endure the nattering whining of some other leftist, whose only measure of success is “improvement”, which means that she will have to admit she “has a problem”, and has a multitude of anger issues that “she must overcome” before her counselor will agree to let her go.

    She might try to strangle her counselor before the week is up. Anything instead of having to own up to her own deficiencies.

  • Irony alert: Al Gore sues Al Jazeera for fraud

    08/16/2014 3:33:23 PM PDT · 9 of 18
    yefragetuwrabrumuy to SeekAndFind

    It took Qatar a long time to figure out that Al is a goniff, who played them for suckers.

  • Emmitt, Trayvon, Rodney, Raymond, and now Michael

    08/16/2014 3:30:43 PM PDT · 14 of 47
    yefragetuwrabrumuy to 2ndDivisionVet

    I don’t suppose that anyone has pointed out to the staff at the San Diego Jewish World, that the arguments they are using to defend often violent black men who get their comeuppance are pretty much the same arguments used by the defenders of Hamas.

    Let me paraphrase what they wrote:

    “From North to South and East to West Gaza, Jewish soldiers beating or killing Palestinian men, in displays of force and brutality that are inconsistent with any forms of social or legal codes, has been—and remains—rampant.”

    But seriously, in both cases, the agents of civilization and order are trying to protect society from the barbaric and criminal. Fretting about the rights of the barbaric and criminal means nothing *until* they change their behavior.

  • A ‘purr-fect’ day to adopt a black cat (Aug 17th)

    08/16/2014 1:14:05 PM PDT · 11 of 25
    yefragetuwrabrumuy to Perdogg

    This is an “anti-Halloween” event, because then, some people adopt black cats to abuse, and then later discard. It deeply bothers cat lovers, but shelters have adopted screening procedures to limit abusive adoptions.

    There is a similar problem with adoption of chicken chicks and rabbits around Easter.

  • Travelodge removes the Bible from every room: chain 'doesn't want to discriminate'

    08/16/2014 7:43:13 AM PDT · 26 of 61
    yefragetuwrabrumuy to Oldeconomybuyer

    This is disingenuous. If there had been any complaint, they could have just kept Bibles at their front desk, for anyone who wanted one.

    So, put this in the column of “anti-Christian bigotry.”

  • If Only They Treated Him Before... (letting murderers out!)

    08/16/2014 7:40:34 AM PDT · 12 of 13
    yefragetuwrabrumuy to Innovative

    The states are unable (because of the ACLU, and former abuses) and unwilling (because it is expensive), to put the dangerously mentally ill, “threatening harm to themselves or others” in insane asylums.

    And Americans are *definitely* frightened of the idea of a federally run insane asylum, with good cause.

    So the best solution might be to set up “regional” insane asylums. With say, five states dividing the costs, as well as paying for each person sent by their state, and one of the five hosting the asylum in a semi-rural but accessible area.

    And lots of independent checks before a person can be committed there, as well as be released from there.

    Each of these institutions would be subdivided into parts, that largest of which would be for the elderly and others suffering from dementia, persistent coma, and other incapacitating mental deficiency. Demographically, the vast majority would be women.

    The next part would be for the treatable mentally ill who are aware of and cooperative with their treatment, but who cannot function in the outside world. It is mostly a minimum security section for their protection. Many there would be intellectually deficient or emotionally fragile.

    The third part are for the untreatable who are in slow decline. It is medium security, and the people who are put there are currently put in prison, but are “not guilty by reason of insanity.”

    The fourth part is for the “guilty but insane”, as well as those who are an imminent threat to others. They are in maximum security, and except for the rare instance, they are in for life.

    To be put in this regional institution, there would first have to be a local diagnosis of mental illness affirmed by a court, then a second, independent state level diagnosis, also affirmed by a state court, followed by a regional diagnosis by psychiatrists from each of the participating states. Without all three, they cannot get admission.

    The same with releasing those judged no longer mentally ill. First the regional committee, then the state, before they could return to their home. Local approval would not be needed, however.

  • How to Eliminate Almost Every Federal Agency: Here's the List.

    08/16/2014 6:40:38 AM PDT · 32 of 33
    yefragetuwrabrumuy to tacticalogic

    That statement is accurate, and has been since FDR’s time, with its ridiculously intrusive and authoritarian government actions, that even FDR himself compared to “some of the things” done by the Soviets and even the Nazis.

    And, it should be noted that FDR threatened the Supreme Court when they objected to these tyrannies, and to a great extent, they have been cowed ever since. So, to reverse the problem, the solution must unravel it, starting with the Supreme Court.

    By splitting the organizational parts of the constitution from the general statements of philosophical ends, much of this would be accomplished both in the near term and in the future.

    I’ll add as a final note that the Democrats still cling to LBJ’s general welfare clause as the justification of much of their behavior, like Obamacare, because the commerce clause abuses have been steadily whittled away since FDR, so do not have the radical ‘teeth’ that does the general welfare clause.

  • Couple arrested in kidnapping of two Amish girls

    08/15/2014 7:54:33 PM PDT · 6 of 40
    yefragetuwrabrumuy to CorporateStepsister

    And not the slightest mention of a motive.

  • PR Firms Take a Stand on Climate Change: Will No Longer Represent Firms Denying Climate Change

    08/15/2014 7:28:37 PM PDT · 11 of 22
    yefragetuwrabrumuy to SeekAndFind

    The PR business is cutthroat. So all it takes is one smaller player to break the embargo, and the walls come tumbling down.

  • Humans need not apply.

    08/15/2014 7:26:29 PM PDT · 12 of 26
    yefragetuwrabrumuy to Twotone

    The axiom is flawed.

    It is the “bicycle paradox”. Comparing distance traveled to fuel consumed, bicycles are a very efficient vehicle, anywhere from 150 to 300 miles per gallon of food.

    And the same thing applies to robots vs. humans. Robots consume fuel, require maintenance, complex command and control, etc. But humans are organically designed for these things.

    The next problem is that robots are must more efficient doing things that are *complementary* to what humans do, not in competition with them.

  • How to Eliminate Almost Every Federal Agency: Here's the List.

    08/15/2014 7:15:28 PM PDT · 29 of 33
    yefragetuwrabrumuy to tacticalogic

    Make it a “two-fer”. The commerce clause was abused by FDR for his New Deal; but LBJ used the general welfare clause to create his “Great Society” welfare state.

    The way around this will most likely be a major SCOTUS decision that differentiates between organizational clauses and secondary clauses of general principles which do not by themselves authorize organization outside of the organization clauses.