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  • Most Awesome 1:23 ad you've ever seen (Vanity)

    10/24/2014 5:55:01 AM PDT · 36 of 45
    ziravan to Din Maker

    So. I watched the YouTube and typed this reply on my drive home from work.

    Color me unimpressed with a gimmick.

    Of course, I traded in a galaxy note because it was too big to conveniently text and drive...

    I’m sorry for the loss of the posters loved one to a drunk driver. Its not an apt comparison.

    What bothers me about this YouTube is the more hip than me condescension. I’m not so easily swayed by people convinced they know better than me lecturing down to me.

  • Some U.S. hospitals weigh withholding care to Ebola patients

    10/22/2014 4:34:29 PM PDT · 11 of 33
    ziravan to rey

    Military can be ordered to duty. Civilians (and hospitals) cannot.

  • Jackie Kennedy believed Lyndon Johnson killed JFK

    10/22/2014 9:57:47 AM PDT · 2 of 191
    ziravan to 2ndDivisionVet

    So do I.

  • Douchebag: The White Racial Slur We’ve All Been Waiting For

    10/22/2014 9:45:45 AM PDT · 7 of 14
    ziravan to outpostinmass2

    I think the writer is so fixated on douchebags because he’s the sludge a douchebag was designed to clean up....

    Paranoia on its finest display.

    If I can say that.

  • New Poll Shows McConnell Up by 3 in Kentucky With Overwhelming Tea Party Support

    10/22/2014 4:24:30 AM PDT · 40 of 76
    ziravan to 2ndDivisionVet

    Isn’t it fairly well established that if an incumbent isn’t polling near 50%, they are in trouble because undecideds normally break 2:1 for the challenger. (If you’re undecided about a political figure you’ve known about for most/all of your voting life, you’re more likely to remain undecided about him...)

    I don’t see how this poll is good for Mitchy. Margin of error poll that shows him significant less than closing the deal.

    The internals must say something different because the Dems have dumped this race. Still. Looking at this poll doesn’t say what the article suggests (the TEA party is coming home to Mitchy). No. This poll, so far as I can tell, shows McConnell in trouble.

  • Nina Pham boyfriend's alleged condition and identity still undisclosed

    10/21/2014 4:38:34 PM PDT · 34 of 39
    ziravan to tbw2

    Depends on how you define “literal mess”. She lives with her BF in a presumed intimate relationship.

    Even if sex isn’t involved, it’s easy to “swap fluids” in such a situation...

  • Highly-Rated D.C.-Area Hospital Turned Away Suspected Ebola Patient

    10/21/2014 1:00:01 PM PDT · 17 of 32
    ziravan to armydoc

    I’m sure that whether it was an EMTALA violation is a small concern here (although it almost certainly was an infraction). The Emergency Medical Treatment and Labor Act requires that emergency rooms provide stabilizing treatment regardless of ability to pay to anybody that shows up for care, or face a $10,000 fine for each infraction. If a hospital made a general practice of violating EMTALA, it could easily bankrupt that hospital in fines. Most hospitals have EMTALA monitors to ensure that that line isn’t crossed and most ER Docs and staff have tons of EMTALA training.

    On the one hand, what’s a 10K fine when you consider the economic losses at Presby?

    There is the possible PR harm of turning the patient away, as evidenced by this article. Again, whatever PR economic hit involved, an EMTALA fine is the least of concerns.

    My guess is they purposely weighed the economic harm of admitting the patient verses turning them away and decided that it was in their best interest to turn the patient away. EMTALA probably factored little into the equation because the other competing interests carry such a larger financial hit.

    EMTALA is designed to curtail general practices with a fine for each potential violation. When any ONE patient can cause such a huge disruption to operations, that fine is paltry by comparison.

    Even if you look at the ethics of it, it’s not so cut and dried as you would think on first glance. It’s not like the patient isn’t going to be treated somewhere, and EBOLA isn’t like a heart attack where minutes make a difference (time is muscle, as we say).

    No. Obviously somebody is going to treat that patient, even if they ended up at Bethesda a few hours later. This hospital did have the advantage of having a major “Ebola hospital” within decent reach.

    So, the hospital is considering a few hour delay in the treatment of an illness that takes place over days versus huge potential economic losses of admitting that patient. Remember that Duncan will likely cost Presby more than $1 Billion dollars in economic harm before it’s done.

    It may sound tacky or morally wrong for the hospital to risk a small PR hit (the current article) to avoid a much larger hit (A potential Presby-level event), but there you go.

    1. It’s not black and white, and more and more institutions will be forced to come to terms with the same decisions if Ebola continues to be a problem.

    2. EMTALA is the least concern here.

    3. A hospital is a business. Yes, the business is saving lives, but it’s not a suicide pact. Considering that Ebola has shown itself to be a hospital killer as well as a human killer, it’s not unreasonable for the hospital to engage in self-preservation.

    4. I’m not saying this is right, there are large moral issues here. I’m just saying that it’s not so cut and dried. More important, I’m saying that if the disease takes any kind of hold here, expect more and more hospitals to make similar decisions. EMTALA is a minor player here.

  • UH OH: New Ebola Czar believes ‘overpopulation’ the biggest leadership issue for the world

    10/21/2014 3:09:24 AM PDT · 21 of 32
    ziravan to Iron Munro

    Years ago, I read Gore’s book, A Convenient Lie.

    In it, Gore’s basic premise is that global warming is destroying the earth, yes.


    His solution to global warming, ultimately, wasn’t carbon reduction, credits, or taxes. Ultimately, the only cure for global warming is serious population rollback.

    Gore goes out of his way to make the point that the largest “human footprint” isn’t the individual one, but the collective footprint of 8 billion souls.

    Don’t discount for one minute that climate change (progressive is to liberal as climate change is to global warming) is synonymous with the left’s depopulation theory.

  • Military preps team for Ebola response in US

    10/19/2014 2:42:36 PM PDT · 38 of 51
    ziravan to driftdiver

    The military can be ordered to treat someone.

    Civilians can walk off the job.

    That’s the difference.

  • Waiting on a Social Security disability appeal? Get in line. A very long line.

    10/19/2014 2:32:26 PM PDT · 14 of 28
    ziravan to Nachoman

    My Grandmother had a debilitating stroke in 1983. Three days before she died, she received the following in the mail:

    “Denied...based on evidence you should be able to return to work and lift 25 lbs within a year...”

  • Ebola crisis is testing Presbyterian Hospital Dallas

    10/19/2014 2:34:37 AM PDT · 6 of 12
    ziravan to re_nortex

    If a hospital is smart, and considering the CDC says it will take control of Ebola patients and relocate them, the correct “protocol” for suspected Ebola should be to isolate anybody meeting the profile in a hazmat tent outside the hospital, and only bring them inside if cleared. If positive for Ebola, the CDC can take custody from the hazmat tent.

    That hospital should use fewer than five staff members on the experience and give them a two month paid vacation if they treat a positive patient.

    “Patient X was treated completely outside our facility and we are taking extraordinary measures to ensure that our facility and on-duty staff have been completely isolated from exposure.” The benefit from being able to completely isolate a positive patient from their facility will be the difference between the next hospital surviving, or not.

    Presby should have included in its statement that it was fully paying the salary of its isolated staff members and giving each of them a 20K hazardous duty bonus. The PR for such a move would be well worth the price.

    Right now, a hospital’s biggest concern isn’t an epidemic. It’s the one patient that will destroy its business model.

    Duncan will have caused close to a Billion dollars in direct damages stemming from his lie to enter America.

  • Blood sample taken from Ebola hospital worker in isolation aboard Carnival cruise ship

    10/19/2014 1:56:20 AM PDT · 79 of 97
    ziravan to Teacher317

    Your average nurse, with overtime, can easily hit $100K/YR. Overtime is plentiful. Many nights I have to say no to the nightly plead to come help out. A good average salary for RNs in Dallas is about $32-35/HR and Dallas has a much cheaper cost of living than many other major cities. (You can find 3BR houses in nice neighborhoods for $150K or less, for example.)

    Add to that many nurses are either single with no kids ($100K for one person to live on is quite a bit of disposable income), or they typically live in dual income homes.


    Add to that the fact that most nurses work 3 - 12/HR shifts per week and you have people with a decent degree of disposable income with quite a bit of flexibility in their work schedules (you can work S/M/T one week and Th/F/S the next and have 8 days off without taking a vacation day.)

    Now. Add to THAT the fact that neither Frontier Airlines nor Carnival are particularly exoticly priced exclursions, and it’s not so far fetched as you would think. It doesn’t surprise me at all.

    I’m a RN in Texas, we homeschool, and I do the “8 days off without taking a vacation day’ thing once a month. We normally take short vacation trips. In the last six months, we’ve dug for diamonds in ARK, gone to the Basketball playoffs in San Antonio, Moody Gardens in Galveston, Schlitterbahn in New Braunfels several times (annual passes) Disney World, Atlantic Coast, etc. Go back few years and we’ve been to Las Vegas, Sea World San Antonio (we used to have annual passes), Mexico, Laguna Beach CA, Disneyland, Springfield Mo, Kansas City KS, OK City OK, and on the Carnival Triumph out of Galveston. I like to travel. We’re going back to Disney World next month (we have annual passes).

  • Texas Health Care Workers Who Treated Ebola Patient Told to Stay Out of Public Places

    10/17/2014 4:11:44 PM PDT · 15 of 15
    ziravan to Pearls Before Swine

    We’ll run out sooner than that.

    If you’re a nurse, and an Ebola patient comes into your hospital, would you take care of them if you know that you’ll be on a watch list with govt agents showing up at your door asking you to sign a “voluntary” self-quarantine order?


    You’re going to run out of nurses sooner than when there all on quarantine.

    You’re going to run out of nurses when you run out of willing volunteers.

    Even now, Texas Health Presby can’t staff their hospital.

    Blue Flu.

    The bigger and far more likely threat of Ebola isn’t 20K US cases. It’s what happens to the infrastructure when there’s 20 cases and EVERYBODY has Ebola-type symptoms...or, if you work in health care, a Blue Flu.

  • Texas Health workers receiving orders to stay home

    10/16/2014 7:34:54 PM PDT · 48 of 59
    ziravan to tcrlaf

    The Dallas Morning News endorses Clay Jenkins for re-election:

    “Perhaps most disturbing were Natinsky’s comments regarding our community’s Ebola crisis. He questioned established science about transmission of the disease and seemed to suggest a course of action that could lead to community panic.

    All things considered, Jenkins is the superior choice.”

  • Looking Past The Party, The Texas House Is Blue

    10/16/2014 3:45:58 PM PDT · 9 of 14
    ziravan to thetallguy24

    Speaker Straus was originally installed by 65 Democrats and 11 Republicans.

    Now, he controls the committee chairs and they are all his cronies, even the chairs he voluntarily gives to Dems. You can’t get anything passed in the House if you aren’t on board Team Straus.

    I voted for Dan Patrick for Lite Gov simply and only because he promised to end Dem chairs in the Senate. If he only does that one thing, he’ll have earned my vote. Everything else would be gravy.

    If you’re a conservative on a Texas, Straus has to go. His politics towards conservatives are every bit as nasty as what happened in Miss.

  • Ebola Headlines if a Republican was President (vanity)

    10/16/2014 5:27:54 AM PDT · 21 of 31
    ziravan to BobL

    “President Bush, ‘Heckuva job, Tommy!’ “

    “Ebola Response Tests Administration’s Competence.”

    “Lethal Ebola Response Brings Calls For Special Prosecutor.”

    “Midterm Elections a Referendum on Ebola Missteps.”

    “Should President Be Impeached For Bungling Ebola Response?”

    “Will the President Resign Over Failed Ebola Response?”

    “Editorial: Resign Now, Mr. President!”

    “Worst Administration Response in HISTORY!”

    And my favorite,

    “Republicans Call on President to Step Down Over Ebola Response.”

  • When guys find out I’m a virgin [author is a 26 year old female Christian]

    10/13/2014 4:57:38 PM PDT · 106 of 396
    ziravan to grundle

    Chastity until marriage? Yes”

    Still unmarried at 27?

    Back when people where still generally chaste until marriage, they had a name for that:

    Old Maid.

    There’s a reason why chaste until married equaled mostly teenaged marriages (well, actually more than one reason, but I digress).

  • CDC Now Considers Everyone Who Cared for Duncan 'Potentially to Have Been Exposed'

    10/13/2014 6:29:40 AM PDT · 67 of 180
    ziravan to Mom MD

    “The ED is shut down because they do not have staff to take any more patients. Most of their staff is being watched for Ebola....”


    The doc at the pres conf. also said there were 18 hospital employees being watched.

    That’s a small fraction of a large city ER staff, even if they all came from the ER, which is unlikely.


    The reason they don’t have staff is a severe case of the blue flu.

    Their staff is refusing to work.


    That information went down the memory whole.

    After the doc said no staff, so decontaminating while we’re down anyway...

    The media reported: closed for decontamination.

    They (the people that yanked the doc out of the press conf) don’t want you to know that they cannot provide adequate staffing during an outbreak.

    Every hospital. Every unit. Every clinic. Every medical office. Nationwide. They’re discussing this. People are drawing lines about what they will do if Ebola comes to their workplace.

    You’d be surprised what is being said. See. A primarily female work force with young children at home and spouse that also work is a workforce that has employment options. Maybe not all of them.


    As clearly seen in Dallas. Enough of them.

  • Is Ebola about to go wild?

    10/12/2014 6:58:10 PM PDT · 37 of 109
    ziravan to OKSooner

    In Texas, the head of a County Commissioner’s Court is referred to as a judge. So, Jenkins is chief exec of the Dallas Co. Govt.

  • Ebola-infected Dallas hospital worker followed all CDC procedures: CDC says "trust us, don't worry"

    10/12/2014 10:21:41 AM PDT · 60 of 167
    ziravan to VerySadAmerican

    The hospital isn’t accepting new ER patients because there isn’t enough staff available to do so.

    That’s what the doc said at the press conf.

  • Ebola-infected Dallas hospital worker followed all CDC procedures: CDC says "trust us, don't worry"

    10/12/2014 10:15:12 AM PDT · 56 of 167
    ziravan to gunsequalfreedom


    You can probably count on your hands the number of hospitals in this country that have respirator-contained isolation equipment for general care (as opposed to limited supply in research areas).

    When they say CDC guidelines, they don’t mean level 4 hazmats.

    They mean standard droplet and contact precautions.

  • Ebola-infected Dallas hospital worker followed all CDC procedures: CDC says "trust us, don't worry"

    10/12/2014 10:15:11 AM PDT · 55 of 167
    ziravan to gunsequalfreedom


    You can probably count on your hands the number of hospitals in this country that have respirator-contained isolation equipment for general care (as opposed to limited supply in research areas).

    When they say CDC guidelines, they don’t mean level 4 hazmats.

    They mean standard droplet and contact precautions.

  • Nursing staff resign from their posts to avoid treating Ebola cases (SPAIN)

    10/12/2014 8:15:52 AM PDT · 75 of 87
    ziravan to jpsb

    Texas Presbyterian Hospital has placed its emergency room on divert. News reports say it’s to take a “time out” to ensure everything is decontaminated.

    That’s NOT what the doc said in the press or.

    He said it was on divert because of staffing issues, and since it was on divert, they would work on decon, etc.

    I wonder why DPH can’t find enough staff to keep its ER open?

  • Nursing staff resign from their posts to avoid treating Ebola cases (SPAIN)

    10/09/2014 6:15:05 PM PDT · 30 of 87
    ziravan to ansel12

    You can wax as noble as you want about how you think people should act.

    I’m talking reality. I hear this same conversation a dozen times a day.

    It’s a bridge too far to ask someone to risk their children’s lives for any profession.

    Your pejoratives from afar won’t change reality.

  • Nursing staff resign from their posts to avoid treating Ebola cases (SPAIN)

    10/09/2014 5:44:15 PM PDT · 26 of 87
    ziravan to ansel12

    This isn’t about personal fear. If I get stuck by a needle and get HIV, well that sucks, but it’s what I signed up for.

    I didn’t sign up to catch a virus that once caught, puts my children at extreme risk of at least being without a parent, but also probably in jeopardy of life and limb as well.

    Call me a coward all you want. I’ve been called much worse. I’m an RN and I’ll be damned if I’m going to put my 6 and 1 yr old children living under my roof in that kind of jeopardy.

    No job is worth that.

    If this becomes more than an isolated event and if the current trend continues of health care providers being at risk, then you can expect healthcare providers to walk off the job by the tens and hundreds of thousands.

    Even when I was on active duty, it was my own life I place in harm’s way. My FRiend, you’ve seriously miscalculated bravery by extended it to include acts that place my immediate family at risk.

    The analogy that you go if you’re so brave wasn’t apt. Send your children.

  • White House Senior Administration Officials Heard Saying "We Are Screwed!" Over Ebola..(Video)

    10/07/2014 1:50:07 PM PDT · 9 of 37
    ziravan to blueyon

    Direct youtube to avoid bumping the blog.

  • Ebola Play-Out Scenarios in the United States

    10/02/2014 9:26:37 PM PDT · 20 of 78
    ziravan to ProtectOurFreedom

    Most nurses make a good income, typically middle class moms with kids at home and with a built-in nurturing/protective mentality - it’s why they became nurses.

    They won’t expose their own children to Ebola.

    If this moves past isolated events, the much vaunted first world health care system that will supposedly lead to a different outcome here: it will collapse in hours when few health care workers show up to work.

    I wonder what kinds of incentives Dallas Presbyterian is handing out right now to staff their one patient.

    Would YOU go to work everyday in your neighborhood hospital’s Ebola ward?

  • Your nose knows when death is imminent

    10/02/2014 7:42:41 PM PDT · 6 of 27
    ziravan to ClearCase_guy

    Or, doesn’t, as the case may be.

  • God Save Us from the Loud ‘I’m Staying Home This Year’ Conservatives

    10/01/2014 3:31:27 PM PDT · 22 of 778
    ziravan to smoothsailing

    The problem is this: if you are a conservative, both parties are currently opposition parties.

    The sad fact is, it didn’t have to be this way.

    That said, it’s the establishment telling conservatives that they need to learn their place and are now witching and moaning because of the all too foreseeable result of their scortched-conservative politics.

  • A man's ideal woman? She's in her mid-20s...whatever his age

    10/01/2014 2:26:57 PM PDT · 61 of 93
    ziravan to Nachum

    I thought Obama’s ideal woman was Reggie Love...

  • Democrats Are Poised To Hold The Senate, And It’s Conservative’s Fault

    09/21/2014 5:22:30 AM PDT · 42 of 507
    ziravan to Kaslin

    I don’t see a difference between the Senate being held by the Democrat Party or the ‘We’re Better Democrats than the Democrats’ Party.

    Will a Republican Senate block a Supreme Court nominee? They didn’t even blink as the nuclear option was crammed down their throat. Some ‘gang of X’ will ensure whatever communist is nominated.

    Will they pass a conservative budget and hold the line on a veto. Not hardly. It’s those damned conservatives that want to use the powers that congress holds to force a showdown. The Senate is a club and we want to just get along...

    Will a Republican Senate hold the pResident accountable for his illegal executive fiats? Of course not.

    Will they hold the line on immigration? Those damned conservatives (and most other Americans, too, but that doesn’t matter) are the obstacle to Republicans being as progressive as they know they want to be on this issue.

    Gay marriage? Well, that’s already a fait accompli and you should really get over it.

    I don’t see any daylight between the parties. I don’t see how McConnell is one bit better than Reid. I do, however, see that rewarding McConnell with majority status teaches the BDTD Party that their base doesn’t matter. I believe it more important to rub in the message that they can’t win without their base than it is to allow a changing of the drapes with no change in policy.

    So. I get probably 10 solicitations a day to help take back the Senate. By phone. By mail. By email. See. I DO have a history of supporting candidates, and the various donor lists know it.

    Until someone can show me it’s in the interest of conservatives to tow the party line, I’ll continue to ignore every solicitation. Nothing in this article changes my mind. I share the writers concerns about the Democrats holding the Senate. I just believe the same exact concerns exist if the ‘Better Dems than Dems’ Party takes over.

    So all that to say this: the squishes can go to hell.

  • After Declaring War on Tea Party, Karl Rove Frets GOP Estab Candidates Not Getting Enough Donations

    09/20/2014 9:38:40 AM PDT · 46 of 130
    ziravan to Rockitz

    I get several email requests a day to help take back the Senate. First, someone needs to give me a clear example of how the Senate will be any different with McConnell at head over Reid.

    I don’t see a distinction being offered by the “We’’re better Democrats than the Democrats” Party.

    Truly, I don’t see a distinction.

  • After Declaring War on Tea Party, Karl Rove Frets GOP Estab Candidates Not Getting Enough Donations

    09/20/2014 9:38:00 AM PDT · 45 of 130
    ziravan to Rockitz

    I get several email requests a day to help take back the Senate. First, someone needs to give me a clear example of how the Senate will be any different with McConnell at head over Reid.

    I don’t see a distinction being offered by the “We’’re better Democrats than the Democrats” Party.

    Truly, I don’t see a distinction.

  • As Poll Numbers Worsen for Wendy Davis, Democrats Forced to Hire Canvassers

    09/18/2014 1:20:59 AM PDT · 25 of 34
    ziravan to 2ndDivisionVet

    You have to put this in perspective. This has been an awesome campaign and political move for Wendy Davis.

    1. She was very likely to lose her state senate seat in Ft. Worth, so she had nothing to lose by running.

    2. Her “filibuster” of pro-life HB2 gave her a national platform that running for Gov extended.

    3. She’s raised quite a bit of national Democrat money, and that itself creates future political ties and connections.

    4. Abbot simply isn’t beatable for most intents and purposes. That wasn’t her goal. Bet you money that Wendy Davis ends up a host or commentator making the DNC rounds. She’ll at least be the DNC point person on the status of the Democratic Party in Texas over the next two decades.

    Wendy Davis has turned a losing state senate campaign into a future career in DNC politics/media by moving up to a losing Gov. campaign. That is and has been the point of her campaign all along. The idea that she could actually win the Gov’s Mansion is fodder for the true believers.

    Wendy Davis will win in November, and she’ll win exactly what she set out to win, and that wasn’t the Gov. Chair.

  • Chicago hospital trains Navy doctors for battle

    09/13/2014 12:42:02 AM PDT · 19 of 24
    ziravan to doc1019

    San Antonio’s gang battles have been providing Brooke Army Med Ctr docs with training for decades. When I worked in the healthcare field in San Antonio, it was well known that the military would airlift gun shot wounds of any stripe (read non-military) to their facilities for treatment.

  • Senator Cruz Honors CSPD Officers

    09/06/2014 10:06:59 AM PDT · 3 of 3
    ziravan to SoConPubbie

    Officer Brad Smith was pinned down behind a tire well in a vehicle in front of the house and distracted the gunman for 20 minutes while police evacuated nearby houses and got into position for the shoot.

    He repeatedly drew the attention of the gunman - and his fire - to buy time to set up the take down without endangering the public. He was treated for minor injuries from shrapnel created by bullets hitting the street near him and throwing up concrete at him.

    I’m sure the other officers are worthy of award, but a ceremony that doesn’t honor Officer Smith misses another true hero that sad day in Aggieland.

  • When can you legally use a gun against an unarmed person?

    09/01/2014 5:12:01 AM PDT · 15 of 39
    ziravan to 2ndDivisionVet

    Here’s how my concealed carry course put it: in Texas, if you are in an altercation and use deadly force in the form of a gun, you will most likely be vindicated (although he pointed out several examples where that wasn’t the case). It’s just very difficult to get a conviction in Texas against someone using a firearm to drop someone else engaged in thuggish behavior.

    That said, you almost certainly will have to spend extravagantly to defend that shoot. Your justified use of a firearm as lethal force is a FIFTY THOUSAND DOLLAR event. And. Given the ensuing disruption to your life, that’s not nearly the only cost. Now, add back in the unpredictability of the legal system, and using a firearm, legally, is more disruptive than anything that can happen in your life just short of being exposed to lethal force against you.

    You had better be facing lethal force when you shoot, or you have just made a costly choice by comparison...

  • HPD: Man arrested after odd rampage at Lakewood Church (Osteendome)

    08/31/2014 9:55:24 PM PDT · 18 of 21
    ziravan to ziravan

    The Cars- Heartbeat City Tour
    The Summit - Houston Texas
    Sept 12, 1984


    Moving In Stereo
    Hello Again
    Bye Bye Love
    Good Times Roll
    You Might Think
    I’m Not the One
    Let’s Go
    All Mixed Up
    It’s All I Can Do
    Heartbeat City
    Since You’re Gone
    Shake It Up
    Looking For Love
    Stranger Eyes
    Touch and Go
    You’re All I’ve Got Tonight
    Just What I Needed
    My Best Friend’s Girl

    Tonight She Comes

    Ah, memories...

  • HPD: Man arrested after odd rampage at Lakewood Church (Osteendome)

    08/31/2014 9:46:53 PM PDT · 17 of 21
    ziravan to Gamecock

    First time I ever smoked pot was at the Lakewood Church...

    Only then, it was the Summit and I was there for the Cars’ Heartbeat City Tour.

    Full disclosure: that was well over half my life ago, haven’t used anything illegal since I joined the Navy a few months later, and the statute of limitations has long since expired.

  • 'Air Bubble' Submarine Pursued by China Would Be Supersonic

    08/28/2014 7:37:22 AM PDT · 62 of 74
    ziravan to lbryce

    Might work for a missile, but the purpose of a submarine is stealth. EVEN IF you could supercavitate right on over to our coastline (and that’s a supercavitated IF), I doubt you could do so quietly. The second that sub made the jump back from hyperseaspace, it’d be a sitting duck.

  • Jake Tapper: Getting a conviction against Darren Wilson could be an ‘uphill battle’

    08/22/2014 8:22:15 PM PDT · 27 of 65
    ziravan to 2ndDivisionVet

    What do Obamacare, illegal immigration, and Ferguson have in common?

    The left’s preferred outcome is a violation of the Rule of Law.

    The next step in the Left’s agenda requires undermining the Rule of Law. We are a nation of laws not men, but that doesn’t square with the socialist agenda of putting men in charge. So. Here we are. To get from here to there, the Left must destroy the Rule of Law.

    Stop trying to think that if the law is on the side of the cop, that common sense will prevail. THAT is precisely what is under attack here.

  • Romney: It's Ryan's turn to run for president

    08/22/2014 6:16:37 AM PDT · 11 of 87
    ziravan to maggief

    “Ryan should run,” Romney says, as he begins to lay out his own vision for the future.

    Go to hell.

  • Perry Indictment: Why It Has Legs

    08/20/2014 11:42:16 PM PDT · 50 of 63
    ziravan to JRandomFreeper

    Wow. If the reaction in this thread is any indication, the Travis Co. DA has given Perry an unfathomable gift. Any comment negative of Perry is now circle the wagons zotworthy on FR?

    Just wow. What a difference from last time around. It must be nice to get a pass on some real concerns about your credentials because of trumped up charges that won’t go anywhere.

    I had already decided to lay off Perry this time around. He’s better than Jeb or Crispy will be, even as I’d prefer Cruz or Palin. My guess is that Perry needs to walk back his “heartless” comment more than “oops”, and I suspect he will.

    But still. If you disagree about Perry, you deserve the Zot? Really? How far we’ve come if the machinations of Austin commies send us thumb-sucking to rally round the flag. We, of all people, should be above being so easily manipulated.

    You’re wrong about Jo Ann Fleming. I’ve worked with her in the past. She may have been tone deaf in this article, but she is a tireless backer of conservative causes in Texas. I mean conservative as defined by the likes of people on websites like FR. Part of the problem in Texas politics has been the mountain of money vested in the triumvarate of Perry, Dewhurst, and Straus. Dewhurst is gone, Abbot will inherit Perry’s place, and the proper next point of attack is Straus. There is good reason for conservatives to be wary of the money game that has iced them out and kept Democrat chairs in power in a government composed of 2/3rds Republicans.

    Jo Ann Fleming works around the clock to de-throne Straus. Calling her names based on her looks is truly classless. Yes. Do look her up online. See how she traveled the state with Ted Cruz, working full time to get him elected. See how she went to dozens of local campaign forums to push candidates to the State House that wouldn’t be under Straus’ thumb.

  • Jerry Brown: Affluent Families 'Not Producing' Children

    08/12/2014 9:46:40 AM PDT · 54 of 74
    ziravan to Rusty0604

    As a parent with a gaggle of kids, let me suggest this is a chicken/egg issue.

    It’s not that’s the affluent aren’t having kids so much as not having kids is a recipe for being affluent.

    Just saying...

  • 'It's a Small World' after all; iconic ride celebrates 50 years

    08/10/2014 9:34:38 PM PDT · 11 of 30
    ziravan to WilliamIII

    I took my three boys on this ride when they were growing up (age 13, 10, and 8 at the time).

    Halfway through, my 13 yr old asks, “Dad, why did you take us on this ride?”

    My answer:

    “Because I could.” (Insert evil laugh here.)

  • Putin Will Out Obama As Gay Within 100 Days

    08/07/2014 5:28:36 AM PDT · 32 of 47
    ziravan to Olog-hai

    Is that 100 consecutive days....

    Or 100 business days?

  • BREAKING: Obama to Look at How He Can Act on His Own to Mitigate Contraception Mandate Ruling

    07/01/2014 12:02:39 PM PDT · 32 of 32
    ziravan to chessplayer

    Hyde Amendment.

  • Egos And Infighting: The GOP’s Biggest Opponent In November

    06/29/2014 7:56:13 AM PDT · 35 of 60
    ziravan to Kaslin

    Who said anything about a third party? The establishment started this Civil War. I aim to finish it.

    I’m just adopting their strategy and tactics, to wit: the establishment is more dangerous than the democrats.

    Can you honestly tell me you believe that the establishment doesn’t think -act -the same way about its base?

    Democrats need to be countered. To do that, we need an opposition party. Forcing the establishment into at least a coalition is a necessary first step to counter what is going on in Washington.

    Failing a coalition, the establishment needs - and soon will - be subject to a hostile takeover.

    You wait and see. Washington insiders lost much more than they gained in MS. The tipping point is here. Even here on FR, I’ve never seen as much open hostility to the leadership of the GOP than I have this week, and that’s saying something.

  • Egos And Infighting: The GOP’s Biggest Opponent In November

    06/29/2014 6:41:04 AM PDT · 19 of 60
    ziravan to Kaslin

    The Republican Party is in a Civil War. Until the establishment decides to form a coalition with its base instead of trying at every turn to undermine it, the establishment deserves to lose.

    They started this war, they can end it. It serves no purpose to question the validity of why the base is taking up arms. The answer is simple: we’re done taking so-called friendly fire.

    In the meantime, I’ll be damned to be lectured about how I have an obligation to lay down arms in a civil war not started by me and still actively being waged against me. The GOPe can go to hell.

  • Egos And Infighting: The GOP’s Biggest Opponent In November

    06/29/2014 6:32:39 AM PDT · 15 of 60
    ziravan to Kaslin

    If the GOPe hadn’t stabbed Sharon Angle in the back, Harry Reid wouldn’t be Majority Leader in the first place. So, we have to support the anti-conservative GOP establishment that handed Reid his last election....wait for order to defeat Reid.

    The GOPe might want Reid gone, but not at the expense of replacing him with one of us. Tell me again why our priorities - and political strategies - should be any different from those we are now encouraged to support.

    If we followed the establishment MO, Cochran and McConnell would both go down in defeat along with much hand-wringing about how their losses prove that establishment candidates can’t win in Nov.

    I didn’t set these rules of engagement. The establishment did. You can do better than this, Derek.