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Feb 01 2017

Open Thread


Via Bookworm Room.

137 Responses to “Open Thread”

  1. Jack Bauer says:

    Oh my God Dave……
    If you’re going to keep subjecting us to images like that, I’m going to have to start buying eye-bleach by the 55 gallon drum!

  2. Steve2 says:

    The liberals candidate for 2020?

  3. EVERYDAY PRESIDENT ☆ ᵀᴿᵁᴹᴾ says:

    I finally found what obama’s been using to get Merkel to do his bidding:

    NSFW – you’ve been warned!

  4. Saxon Warrior says:

    Moonbats would be useless in a war. Moonbat men are useless whinging pansies.

    In fact, that gives me an idea. If we want America to be hopeless in any wars why don’t we introduce moonbats into the armed forces? We could always recruit transsgenders, faggots and women into the military and send them into battle. The U.S.A. would become the laughing stock of the World and ISIS would think that all their birthdays have come at once. If anybody notices that we are infiltrating the army with gimps we could always claim that we’re just recruiting in the interests of diversity and equality.

    Oh, yes I forgot. Seems like that idea has already been used before by the bathhouse sodomite that used to be POTUS.
    What was his name again?

  5. Nobama says:

    We shoulda sent troops to the Mexican border YEARS ago. Why is this controversial?

  6. MAS says:

    Watch out he might scratch your eyes out…

  7. Bodhisattva says:

    Sierra Nevada snowpack is biggest in 22 years — and more snow is on the way

    The Sierra Nevada snowpack — source of a third of California’s drinking water — is 177 percent of the historic average, the biggest in more than two decades.

    The last time there was this much snow on Feb. 1 in the Sierra was in 1995. Pete Wilson was California’s governor, “Seinfeld” was the top-rated show on television and Steve Young had just led the 49ers to a blowout win in Super Bowl XXIX.
    In a breathtaking shift for a state that had been mired in five years of punishing drought, 25 feet of new snow has fallen on Heavenly ski resort in South Lake Tahoe since New Year’s Day. Freeways and schools across the Sierra have been closed at times, and firefighters are having trouble finding fire hydrants.

    “Some are buried under 12 or 13 feet of snow,” said Eric Guevin, fire marshal at the Tahoe-Douglas Fire Protection District in Zephyr Cove, Nevada, just north of the California state line. “We’ve had to use metal detectors to find them.”

    After a week to dry off, a new round of storms is set to roll into California. A Pacific system will dump up to 3 more feet of new snow in the Sierra by this weekend.

  8. Bodhisattva says:

    Actually if you think about it, there IS historic precedent. How many times have we had to go clean up Mexico’s messes for them?

  9. Bodhisattva says:

    Just moonbats doing what moonbats do… so much for the First Amendment.

    Student protesters upset over a speech by writer Milo Yiannopoulos are setting fires and destroying property at Berkeley University Wednesday night.

    Shouting “Shut It Down,” the protesters are removing barricades, toppling a light pole, and throwing projectiles — including fences and firebombs — at the building where the speech is being held.

    Here protesters are trying to firebomb the building.

  10. Bodhisattva says:

    Boys Will Be Boys, and Eventually Should Be Men
    Ask Matt Labash, who plays the world’s smallest violin for Reiner and The Emasculators.

    Our liberals are out in the street, complaining about one perceived injustice or another, every other day.

    The Idiocracy has turned on its afterburners. Whatever you expect to happen, lower those expectations by factoring in unprecedented vulgarity, shamelessness, and stupidity—then expect the unexpected, which will come to pass.

  11. Bodhisattva says:

    Rodeo reports increased attendance due to free publicity.

    An animal rights group is calling for a boycott of rodeos after two horses died during bronc riding competitions in Fort Worth.

    “It was very sad,” said LeeAnn Nalls, a life-long rodeo and show participant.

  12. C. S. P. Schofield says:

    He forgot “Twit”

  13. Bodhisattva says:

    “With the exception of the foundation,” it read, “none of the settlement-related demands on these elements are at levels that indicate impending failure.”

    Oh, gee, so it’s just the foundation, the key part all the other parts sit on, that is doomed?

    Only in moonbat ridden San Francisco…

    The city’s [DEMOCRAT] administrators joined in the alleged fraud by helping conceal the tower’s engineering flaws as early as February 2009 by signing mutual nondisclosure agreements. The two colluded over half a decade to keep Millennium Tower’s design defects secret to allow the city to move forward on its own construction in the neighborhood.

  14. Bodhisattva says:

    An attorney for a man convicted of taking part in sniper shootings that left 10 people dead in the Washington area is asking a judge to toss his life sentence because he was convicted as a juvenile.

    In a motion filed Friday in a Maryland county court, public defender James Johnston argues that Lee Boyd Malvo’s mandatory life sentence is illegal because the U.S. Supreme Court determined such sentences are unconstitutional for juveniles.

    Malvo was convicted in Maryland and Virginia when he was 17 for his role in the 2002 sniper shootings that killed 10 people and wounded three in Virginia, Maryland and the District of Columbia. He also later admitted to shootings in other states. He’s serving a life term at the Red Onion State Prison in southwest Virginia.

    Muhammad, his partner in the shootings, was executed in 2009.

    Malvo’s lawyers in Virginia have made similar arguments in federal court in Virginia, where Malvo received life sentences for slayings in Fairfax and Spotsylvania counties, respectively. The life sentence in Spotsylvania County was the result of a negotiated plea agreement.

    Yeah, I’d offer to exchange his life sentence for an agreement to be executed…

    The brutal murders of a well-known Richmond couple and their young daughters as they were preparing to host a New Year’s party sent shock waves through Virginia’s capital city. More than 11 years later, some hope the execution of a man convicted in their deaths will close a painful chapter of this community’s history.

    “I do not think we should be saddled with the cost of keeping that heinous murderer alive,” said Steve Tarrant, who lived near the slain family and still gets emotional when he talks about watching their bodies being carried out of their home. “I think his execution will help effect a closure,” the 76-year-old said.

    Ricky Gray is scheduled to be put to death Jan. 18 for the murders of 9-year-old Stella Harvey and 4-year-old sister, Ruby. Gray and his nephew Ray Dandridge were looking for a home to rob on New Year’s Day 2006 when they spotted the Harveys’ open door and walked in. The girls and their parents, Bryan and Kathryn Harvey, who were cooking a chili dinner for gathering they were hosting, were found in the basement of their burning home, bound, beaten and stabbed, with their throats cut.

    Ricky Gray’s execution took more than 30 minutes. His attorneys want to know why.

    Well perhaps it had to do with the length of time his crimes took?

  15. Bodhisattva says:

    See chart – refugee admissions to the U.S. by country of origin in 2016

    Scroll down.

  16. Bodhisattva says:

    You may be aware of the theory that the moon was created by a collision between the Earth and another body. It may have been one in an orbit like this.

  17. Bodhisattva says:

    Carlson to Jose Antonio Vargas: If You’re Here Illegally We Have A Right To Tell You To Leave, Right? What Am I Missing?

    FNC host Tucker Carlson and Jose Antonio Vargas, an immigration rights activist who revealed himself to be in the country illegally in 2011, debate President Trump’s plans to reform the immigraton system.

    “Do you think I came to this country,” he asked, “so you can beat me up and call me illegal and criminal on national television?”

    “Because ‘being here illegally’ or being here without documentation or authorization is a cicil offence. Not criminal. Almost half of the people who are here illegally actually came legally and overstayed their visa. Right? They aren’t crossing the Mexican border.”

    “Those seem like non-sequiturs,” Carlson said.

    Reply: “Tucker, the problem is you don’t actually operate in facts. You don’t!”

    “I’m not contesting those facts?” Carlson said.

    “No, no. These are facts,” replied Vargas. “You don’t actually operate in facts… I operate in facts, you’re a pundit. There’s a difference between the two of us.”

    Carklson asks: “What does that have to do with anything? You’re not answering my question. Which is, if a country has a right to determine who is here and under what circumstances. What are you arguing about? If you’re agreeing that a country has a right to determine who has a right to be here, what is the arguement? If you’re here illegally, we have a right to tell you to leave. What am I missing?”

    Vargas: “Yes, you do. But why am I here. What are the root causes of migration? What do U.S. foreign policy and trade agreements have to do with migration patterns? How did NAFTA impact not only the United States, but Mexico? Right? These are the harder questions.”

    “We must be fully aware of our own history. I thought that statement from the African Union was really interesting — ‘Wait a second, so slaves have to build America, but we can’t accept refugees?”

    What do the two have in common. That’s like saying, “your hair looks like a bird, so your point is invalid.” Absolutely no valid connection between slaves and refugees – and by the way, slaves did very little to build this country. That’s a typical false argument of the left.

  18. Bodhisattva says:


    Mother Of Son Killed By Illegal to Pelosi: Which One Of Your Children Is Expendable For An Illegal Life?

    Did Pelosi have any children that lived?

    Anyway, here’s the story:

    At a CNN townhall Tuesday night, Nancy Pelosi was asked by a sobbing mother who lost her son to an illegal immigrant, who she said brutally tortured him before death, which one of her grandchildren she would give up to make room for an illegal.

    “If you need to go home tonight and line up your babies as you say, and your grandbabies, which one of them could you look in their eyes today, and tell them that they’re expendable for another foreign person to have an a nicer life? Which one would you look to say, you, my child, are expendable for someone else to come over here and not follow the law and have a nicer life?” Laura Wilkerson, who said her son was “slaughtered” by an illegal immigrant, asked Pelosi.

  19. Bodhisattva says:

    Chicago’s 762 homicides in 2016 is highest in 19 years

    Chicago marked 2016 as the deadliest year in nearly two decades, data released by the Chicago Police Department shows.

    The city saw a surge in gun violence in 2016: 762 murders, 3,550 shooting incidents, and 4,331 shooting victims, according to a statement released by the department on Sunday.
    There were 480 murders in 2015, the most in the city since 1997.

  20. Bodhisattva says:


    Swastika scrawled in snow in park in Queens

    A woman walking in a park in Queens was shocked to discover that someone had scrawled a swastika and “KKK” in the snow on the ground.

    Eileen O’Gara Linzer posted photos of the hateful symbols and letters she found in Juniper Valley Park in Middle Village on her Facebook page, prompting dozens of comments and more than a hundred shares. “This morning’s walk… unfortunately, was the furthest thing from wonderful,” she wrote. “Down the block from where my Jewish husband and half-Jewish children are currently living. In one of the most diverse places on earth, and one of our most beloved – Queens NY.”

  21. Bodhisattva says:

    Commenting on 2016 being the “hottest year on record” Richard Lindzen said, “the temperature is always going up or down a little. What is astonishing is that in the last 20 years it hasn’t done much of anything. Here’s how the New York Times depicted the El Nino-fueled 2016, which was about 1C above the 1880 level, in line with the Lindzen prediction of the eventual warming likely to occur and the fact that it already has taken place.

    (see graphic at link, where they stretch the vertical scale to make the warming look significant.

  22. 762x51 says:

    Not necessarily. The Progressives have a large number of shock troops, mostly gangbangers and black militants. They are dangerous but largely irrelevant to victory, they can be hunted down later. The main objective in the coming civil war is to eliminate the enemy command and control, meaning white progressives who are driving this. Progressive media, politicians, financial backers and university instigators all will need to be eliminated, there is no other way to win and minimize our own casualties.

    All that paint is meaningless, focus on the T Box.


  23. C. S. P. Schofield says:

    Judging by what he included, the little moron would be PROUD of “skank”. “Twit” would hurt his widdle ego. Which is clearly overdeveloped, and possibly cancerous.

  24. TED says:

    AND he still can’t get a date! From ANY of THEIR 32 genders…

  25. TED says:

    WHAT is that whining noise???!!!!

  26. ICEvictim says:

    that would be worth a pay per view the day it happened

  27. ICEvictim says:

    just target Prius drivers, ha ha

  28. TED says:


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  30. KirklesWorth says:

    Here it comes…the “human cost”. Funny how the left doesn’t want us involved in wars to protect the “human cost” of innocent civilians or our own people getting killed by illegal immigrants, but think it is our obligation to take in refugees that often times insult us for our generosity.

    Salon: Child refugees from Central America are being turned away too: The human cost of Trump’s ban grows daily

    One of the more inexplicable actions of last weekend, as the chaotic ban on travelers and immigrants from several Muslim countries lurched into effect without any planning or notice, was the detention at Dulles airport of a five-year-old boy arriving from Iran who was traveling home to Maryland. His mother was anxiously waiting for him in the arrival area, and CNN showed the footage of their eventual reunion, which illustrated the inanity of this blanket ban more perfectly than any words could have done.

  31. KirklesWorth says:

    Huffington Post calls Milo a “troll” – not very gay-friendly of them. How about the UC Berkley rioters who beat a man unconscious?

    Huffington Post: Donald Trump Defends Conservative Troll Milo Yiannopoulos

    President Donald Trump lashed out at the University of California, Berkeley on Thursday after the school canceled an appearance by conservative provocateur Milo Yiannopoulos.

    Yiannopoulos, an editor at Breitbart, had been invited to speak at the university by the Berkeley College Republicans, but Wednesday’s event was called off after protests against him turned violent. Trump didn’t refer to Yiannopoulos by name, instead referring to “innocent people with a different point of view.”

  32. KirklesWorth says:

    Sure…because when you think of hospitality, you think Islam…not.

    Salon: Islam and hospitality: US doctor back from Sudan shares his experience

    Many Americans have never visited a predominantly Muslim country and may know relatively little about the faith of Islam. This is relevant in light of the Trump administration’s recent executive order attempting to reduce terrorist threats to the U.S. by halting the issuance of visas to travelers from seven predominantly Muslim countries.

    Having returned this month from Sudan, one of the countries affected by the ban, I wish to share my own firsthand experience of Islam – not Islamic extremists or Islamic terrorists, but Islamic hosts. As I have learned, hospitality and generosity are traits that receive considerable attention in both Islamic culture and the holy book of Islam, the Quran.

  33. KirklesWorth says:

    What the right has known all along… Researchers: Fake News Did Not Alter Election Results

    As social media sites like Facebook and Snapchat move to eliminate “fake news” reports from their sites, researchers from Stanford and New York Universities say Americans can be sure of one thing: the phenomenon did not affect the results of the presidential election.

  34. KirklesWorth says:

    Why are things are pronounced “dead” just because the writer doesn’t like it? It’s more like wishful thinking than statistics.

    Federalist: Facebook Dead At 12, A Victim Of 2016

    The Facebook, known as Facebook or FB for short, was invented as a tool to connect users with friends, family, and occasionally brands. The social network became a death knell for high school reunions, as we no longer had to schlep back to our hometown to see how fat the star football player had gotten, or how successful the school nerd had become. We use the service to connect with old classmates, coworkers, and neighborhood friends.
    The Negativity Has Gone Viral

  35. Wilberforce says:

    Read that yesterday, great article 🙂

  36. KirklesWorth says:

    The Kos kids outrage of the day – Trump takes jabs at Arnold’s ratings. Notice the “popular vote loser” meme which the right needs to destroy.

    Daily Kos: Trump kicks off National Prayer Breakfast by attacking Arnold Schwarzenegger’s ‘Apprentice’ ratings

    Let’s kick off your daily cup of good-God-Trump-is-a-moron, with this from the popular vote loser, speaking at the National Prayer Breakfast, where he began with a “what the hell” and then humbly began praying for this great nation … or not:

  37. Mr. Freemarket says:

    Further proof that God has a sense of humor.

  38. Mr. Freemarket says:

    Just some active boys out having some fun.

    Any guess on whether protesters tend to have preferred pigmentation?

  39. Mr. Freemarket says:

    “We can’t sell, we can’t rent, we can’t move,” said Agabian, the retired scientist. “I’d sell it in a second if I got fair market value for it.” She corrected herself: “Well, there’s not a fair market for it, because now the fair market for it is zero.”

    Brings additional insight into the term “sunk costs.”

    It also brings to mind “the foolish man build his house upon the sand.”

  40. Mr. Freemarket says:

    “Ricky Gray’s execution took more than 30 minutes. His attorneys want to know why.”

    Perhaps it is because the state doesn’t embrace forms of execution that tend to be faster. A bullet tends to kill most pretty fast if they are shot in the right spot.

  41. Mr. Freemarket says:

    If Vargas in in the States illegally, the question is what does he do for a Social Security number? How does he work? How does he bank.

    Typically a person here illegally has to commit a number of other crimes to stay here. Many of them would be described as “fraud.”

  42. Mr. Freemarket says:

    If only we had some sensible gun laws…..

    Oh, wait….

  43. Mr. Freemarket says:

    Wait…there are no winners and losers. Everyone who participates, wins. After all, Bernie won himself a new second home.

  44. Mr. Freemarket says:

    Next thing you know, they will be painting it white, too.
    Just to demonstrate that they are racists.

  45. Torcer says:

    Yes, I realize it’s a photo-shopped image, but you have to laugh anyway..

  46. Torcer says:

    Why They Call it Reaper: MQ-1 Brings the FOOM!
    Please enjoy the following video, courtesy of the US Central Command. In which a splodydope-piloted VBIED gets returned to kit form at approximately 58,000 feet per second. You will need a heart of stone not to chortle with glee.

    MQ-1 airstrike stops car bomb

    The vehicle in question is a ISIL specialty, an armored-up truck or military vehicle converted to a command-detonated VBIED, with the crew and (usually) the commander who commits the vehicle having a FOOM switch. (The commander, observing, keys the switch if his boys get cold feet. The coward may die a thousand times in Shakespeare, but in ISIL he only gets one shot, no pun intended).

    The vehicle is hardened against small arms fire by improvised armor made from steel plate. If you look closely, you can see that the armor on the ISIL vehicle in the video is slanted to increase thickness and deflect more projectiles, in the style of German WWII armored cars and halftracks. The guys who drive these things are suicidal idiots, but the guys who build and dispatch them are not.

    It’s a win-win all round, a rare commonality of objectives in the Middle East: they want to die for their moon god Baal, aka Allah, and we just want them to die.

  47. Torcer says:

    So the national Socialist Left is suddenly all a twitter over civil liberties.

    Too bad they didn’t have the same concerns back during the Obama regime when they entertained fantasies about grabbing guns:

    How to Ban Guns: A step by step, long term process
    By sporks
    Friday Dec 21, 2012 3:20 AM PST

    The only way we can truly be safe and prevent further gun violence is to ban civilian ownership of all guns. That means everything. No pistols, no revolvers, no semiautomatic or automatic rifles. No bolt action. No breaking actions or falling blocks. Nothing. This is the only thing that we can possibly do to keep our children safe from both mass murder and common street violence.

    Unfortunately, right now we can’t. The political will is there, but the institutions are not. Honestly, this is a good thing. If we passed a law tomorrow banning all firearms, we would have massive noncompliance. What we need to do is establish the regulatory and informational institutions first. This is how we do it:

    The very first thing we need is national registry. We need to know where the guns are, and who has them. Canada has a national firearms registry. We need to copy their model. We need a law demanding all firearms be registered to a national database. We need to know who has them and where they are. We need to make this as easy as possible for gun owners. The federal government provides the money and technical expertise, and the State police carry it out. Like a funded mandate. Most firearms already have a serial number on them, so it would really be a matter of taking the information already on the ATF form 4473 and putting it in a national database. I think about 6 months should be enough time.

    Along with this, make private sales illegal. When a firearm is transferred, make it law that the registration must be updated. Again, make it super easy to do. Perhaps over, the internet. Dealers can log in by their FFLs and update the registration. Additionally, new guns are to be registered by the manufacturer. The object here is to create a clear paper trail from factory to distributor to dealer to owner. We want to encourage as much voluntary compliance as possible.

    Now we get down to it. The registration period has passed. Now we have criminals without registered guns running around. Probably kooky types that “lost” them on a boat or something. So remember those ATF form 4473s? Those record every firearm sale, going back twenty years. And those have to be surrendered to the ATF on demand. So, we get those logbooks, and cross reference the names and addresses with the new national registry. Since most NRA types own two or (many) more guns, we can get an idea of who properly registered their guns and who didn’t. For example, if we have a guy who purchased 6 guns over the course of 10 years, but only registered two of them, that raises a red flag.

    Now, maybe he sold them or they got lost or something. But it gives us a good target for investigation. A nice visit by the ATF or state police to find out if he really does still have those guns would be certainly warranted. It’s certainly not perfect. People may have gotten guns from parents or family, and not registered them. Perfect is the enemy of pretty darn good, as they say. This exercise isn’t so much to track down every gun ever sold; the main idea would be to profile and investigate people that may not have registered their guns. As an example, I’m not so concerned with the guy who bought that bolt action Mauser a decade ago and doesn’t have anything registered to his name. It’s a pretty good possibility that he sold it, gave it away, or got rid of it somehow. And even if he didn’t, that guy is not who I’m concerned with. I’m concerned that other guy who bought a half dozen assault weapons, registered two hunting rifles, and belongs to the NRA/GOA. He’s the guy who warrants a raid.

    So registration is the first step. Now that the vast majority are registered, we can do what we will. One good first step would be to close the registry to new registrations. This would, in effect, prevent new guns from being made or imported. This would put the murder machine corporations out of business for good, and cut the money supply to the NRA/GOA. As money dries up, the political capital needed for new controls will be greatly reduced.
    Tell Pres. Obama and democrats in congress to demand mandatory, comprehensive gun registration. It’s the only way we can ban guns with any effectiveness.

  48. Torcer says:

    Can you believe this:

    we simply cannot allow people to pour into the United States undetected undocumented unchecked and circumventing the line of people who are waiting patiently diligently and lawfully to become immigrants in this country

    That must have been said by some xenophobic racist like Trum… Oh! never mind .. that was Obama back in 2005..

  49. KirklesWorth says:

    This seems like an old story…and I hate it when they don’t date their articles.

    Truth and Action: UN Official: The Real Reason For The Global Warming Scare Is To Kill Off Capitalism

    This confession is either quite arrogant in the fact that she feels she can admit such a thing without consequence, or the U.N. is backpedaling as the world wakes up to this massive fraud our leaders have perpetrated on us all. This month The Telegraph published a piece demonstrating how the numbers supporting the theory of global warming, specifically official temperature records, have been systematically altered in order to give credence to this scam.

  50. Steve2 says:

    Now is the time to push for our gun rights

  51. Mr. Freemarket says:

    Private ownership of guns was prohibited in the Soviet Union. Stalin and Lenin killed 50 million of their own citizens. Private ownership of guns was prohibited in China. Mao killed 70 million. Unborn US citizens are prohibited from owning guns. We have killed 55 million of them.

    See a trend yet?

  52. Mr. Freemarket says:

    His views have evolved….just like his views on gay marriage evolved.

  53. Mr. Freemarket says:

    Leftist will seize any opportunity to take your money. They are a lot like any other band of criminals.

  54. Torcer says:

    One of the key indicators of those of a Fascist or Socialist bent is a predilection to take away the people commonsense civil right of armed self-defense.

    In other words, Fascists and Socialists prefer to Confiscate guns… Since a monopoly on the use of force makes it that much easier to implement one’s agenda..

    So while the national Socialist Left loves to hurl the ‘F’ bomb with abandon (the political F Bomb) at President Trump he has yet to go that route.

    How the Nazis Used Gun Control
    In 1931, Weimar authorities discovered plans for a Nazi takeover in which Jews would be denied food and persons refusing to surrender their guns within 24 hours would be executed. They were written by Werner Best, a future Gestapo official. In reaction to such threats, the government authorized the registration of all firearms and the confiscation thereof, if required for “public safety.” The interior minister warned that the records must not fall into the hands of any extremist group.

    In 1933, the ultimate extremist group, led by Adolf Hitler, seized power and used the records to identify, disarm, and attack political opponents and Jews. Constitutional rights were suspended, and mass searches for and seizures of guns and dissident publications ensued. Police revoked gun licenses of Social Democrats and others who were not “politically reliable.”

    During the five years of repression that followed, society was “cleansed” by the National Socialist regime. Undesirables were placed in camps where labor made them “free,” and normal rights of citizenship were taken from Jews. The Gestapo banned independent gun clubs and arrested their leaders. Gestapo counsel Werner Best issued a directive to the police forbidding issuance of firearm permits to Jews.

    In 1938, Hitler signed a new Gun Control Act. Now that many “enemies of the state” had been removed from society, some restrictions could be slightly liberalized, especially for Nazi Party members. But Jews were prohibited from working in the firearms industry, and .22 caliber hollow-point ammunition was banned.

    The U.S. media covered the above events. And when France fell to Nazi invasion in 1940, the New York Times reported that the French were deprived of rights such as free speech and firearm possession just as the Germans had been. Frenchmen who failed to surrender their firearms within 24 hours were subject to the death penalty.

    No wonder that in 1941, just days before the Pearl Harbor attack, Congress reaffirmed Second Amendment rights and prohibited gun registration. In 1968, bills to register guns were debated, with opponents recalling the Nazi experience and supporters denying that the Nazis ever used registration records to confiscate guns. The bills were defeated, as every such proposal has been ever since, including recent “universal background check” bills.
    Read more at:

  55. Bodhisattva says:

    There are more than just that one… here’s another:

    A leading member of the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change admitted, “[W]e redistribute de facto the world’s wealth by climate policy.”


    “That will change immediately if global emission rights are distributed. If this happens, on a per capita basis, then Africa will be the big winner, and huge amounts of money will flow there. This will have enormous implications for development policy. And it will raise the question if these countries can deal responsibly with so much money at all. Basically it’s a big mistake to discuss climate policy separately from the major themes of globalization. The climate summit in Cancun at the end of the month is not a climate conference, but one of the largest economic conferences since the Second World War. One must say clearly that we redistribute de facto the world’s wealth by climate policy. One has to free oneself from the illusion that international climate policy is environmental policy. This has almost nothing to do with environmental policy any more.”

    Edenhofer was co-chair of the IPCC’s Working Group III, and was a lead author of the IPCC’s Fourth Assessment Report released in 2007.

    They’ve got it all figured out, based on their false starting premise:

  56. Auburn Rapunzel says:

    And they said that our pointing this out was all just scaremongering conspiracy theory…

  57. Auburn Rapunzel says:

    Why was a five-year-old Central American boy traveling to Iran without his mother?

    I smell a staged incident.

  58. Auburn Rapunzel says:

    Meaning that many of those “shooting incidents” had multiple victims.

    I wonder what sort of shooting incident has more than one victim.

  59. Auburn Rapunzel says:

    Well, her mother didn’t have any who weren’t braindead…

  60. Auburn Rapunzel says:

    Oh, poor Ricky Gray, not dying instantly.

    How long did it take for Gray’s late wife to die as he beat her to death?

    How long did it take Percyell, Mary, and Ashley Baskerville-Tucker to die of suffocation from the plastic bags Gray ducktaped around their heads?

    How long did it take nine-year-old Stella Harvey to die of smoke inhalation? Or for her four-year-old sister to drown in her own blood after being stabbed?

    …Oh, I forget, we only care about the criminal. My mistake.

  61. Ol' Uncle Lar says:

    You’re right the story has been around for a while. Here’s the “sweetheart” behind the story. Kinda scary lookin’.

  62. Momster says:

    Oh Lord. Pleae tell me those are tattoos and not just put on with markers.

  63. Bodhisattva says:

    Before they finally admitted we were right all along.

  64. Auburn Rapunzel says:

    That’s the way it always seems to work.

    And they say that Good cannot comprehend Evil…

  65. Bodhisattva says:

    Sorry, it appears to be markers. But maybe it will make you feel better to know that it likely is a more permanent marker that will take time for the stuff to come off, not just something that can be washed off by a single shower.

  66. Bodhisattva says:

    Hmmm… yaTHINK?

    “Democrats can barely keep up with their problems with Trump, raising some to wonder if their perpetual opposition is undermining a more focused message.”

    Nah, I think they should stick with “We’re the party of hate, rage, violence and destruction!” It’s working just fine, as far as I can see!

    In a speech on the Senate floor Tuesday, Minority Leader Chuck Schumer declared that the early theme defining President Donald Trump’s administration was “incompetence leading to chaos.”

    “It’s amazing how poorly done so many things have been that have come out of the White House in the first two weeks,” the New York Democrat said.

    yeahRITE, poorly done… that’s why they’re so upset about it, because it’s poorly done.

    Rather they’re prompt, efficient, effective. THAT is why they’re upset. Because they’re RIGHT ON TARGET!

  67. Momster says:

    Shower? What is this “shower” of which you speak?

  68. Bodhisattva says:

    Poll results from Rasmussen:

    Approval/Disapproval pretty much split along party lines
    Americans Feel Much Better About the Economy
    Most Say All Trump’s Nominees Deserve A Senate Vote
    Most Voters Want Congress to Work With Trump
    Voters Debate Senate’s Role in Cabinet Selection
    Most Want Mexico to Pay for At Least Some of the Wall
    Voters Are Wary of NAFTA But Still Like Mexico
    50% Favor Major Cutback In U.S. Funds To UN

  69. Bodhisattva says:

    Another reason it was CRITICAL to AVOID electing H. R. Clinton:

    ‘Can she eat more kale?’ Hordes of liberals want reassurance RBG’s health is good

    On Tuesday evening, President Donald Trump nominated Neil Gorsuch for deceased Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia’s long-empty seat. On Wednesday morning, liberals woke up, did the math and realized it was time to be concerned about Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s fiber intake. Also bone density. Also exposure to airborne viruses (Madame Justice, what is your flu shot status?), and salmonella, and slippery ice, and also: Has anyone heard how scientists are coming along with a Zika vaccine?
    “I’m very interested in this.” says Jeanette Bavwidinski, a community organizer in Pennsylvania. “I’m interested in what her daily regimen is. Like, what are you all feeding RBG? Is she getting enough fresh air? Is she walking? Is she staying low-stress? What is she reading? Is she reading low-stress things?”

    “Can she eat more kale?” asks Kim Landsbergen, a forest ecologist in Ohio. “Eat more kale, that’s all I can say. We love you. Eat more kale.
    The facts in play: Ginsburg is 83 years old, the oldest justice by more than three years. She is one of the four reliably liberal jurists on the Supreme Court, and a mascot and hero to the left. There is one swing vote on the court, Anthony M. Kennedy, and there are three staunch conservatives. Adding Gorsuch would maintain the balance that existed when Scalia was alive: conservative replacing conservative.
    But what if Ginsburg retires? What if Ginsburg gets sick and needs a leave of absence? What if Trump ends up replacing Ginsburg? In a week that has seen a relentless churn of White House news, liberal residents of the nation funneled their worst fears into a tiny, elderly woman.

    What if?

    I’ll tell you what if…

    A GREAT DAY FOR AMERICA. I don’t want her to die, I don’t wish death on ANYONE. But if one of the liberals on the Court were to have to step down that would be A GREAT DAY FOR AMERICA!

    As long as Trump replaced them with an originalist conservative, Constitutional justice, that is… not one of these “what can we find in ‘penumbras’ and ’emanations’ that justifies our nonsense” justices.


    Ginsburg, appointed to the bench 23 years ago, has the endurance of a “Law & Order” franchise, but there are those YouTube clips of her nodding off during the State of the Union address, and she has already survived both colon and pancreatic cancer (a death sentence to many, though Ginsburg was back at work two weeks after surgery). And there are those people who remain furious that she didn’t step down during Barack Obama’s presidency: “Looking back, it was seriously dumb (and, frankly, selfish) of Ruth Bader Ginsburg and Stephen Breyer not to retire from #SCOTUS in 2013,” fumed a user on Twitter shortly after the Gorsuch announcement.

  70. Bodhisattva says:

    Here’s something nice, if they actually go through with it, though their logic is somewhat convoluted:

    South Park to back off mocking Trump

    But once you read the story you start to wonder:

    South Park creators Trey Parker and Matt Stone say fans keep assuming they must be loving the Trump presidency — there’s so much dramatic material to parody, right?

    But no, the duo behind the long-running Comedy Central hit says in a new ABC News interview. Though last season had a character clearly inspired by Trump, Parker and Stone say they’re likely going to back off mocking “everybody in government” when they return.

    “It’s tricky and it’s really tricky now as satire has become reality,” Parker notes. “We were really trying to make fun of what was going on [last season] but we couldn’t keep up. What was actually happening was way funnier than anything we could come up with. So we decided to just back off and let [politicians] do their comedy and we’ll do ours.”

  71. Bodhisattva says:

    I bet they wouldn’t have complained had it been an Obama flag…

    But it was “unauthorized” and therefore “inappropriate” – so if you ever run into any of those responsible, be sure to give them a crisp salute then shake their hands!

  72. Bodhisattva says:

    Police are investigating a video posted to social media showing a man receiving oral sex from a woman in front of what appears to be a courtroom at the Duval County Courthouse.

    The 34-second video has been copied to numerous Twitter accounts, although it appears to have been removed from the woman’s account.

    The 26-year-old woman seen in the video was scheduled in Courtroom 401 for a 9 a.m. arraignment on her Jan. 19 arrest for a charge of possession of drug paraphernalia, according to court records. Pleading no contest, she was sentenced to time served, which was two days in jail. Then she was fined and released, records show.

    She has not been charged in the latest incident, so the Times-Union is not identifying her or showing an image of her from the video.

    A screen grab from her Twitter account taken by Action News before the video was deleted has her comment above the link stating, “HAD SO MUCH FUN IN COURT TODAY. FOUND A WAY TO GET MY CHARGES DROPPED….Ssssssh Don’t Tell.”

    The smartphone video shot of the incident opens showing a woman in a white dress performing the sexual act on a man seated on a courthouse hallway bench wearing khaki pants and a dark T-shirt with some kind of logo on the left side of his chest. Not a word is said, then the woman stops when what sounds like a door closing is heard and she looks around.

    The woman then smiles and combs her hair before the camera pans around what appears to be the courthouse corridor and Courtroom 401’s entrance. Courtroom 401 is on the fourth floor of the courthouse, publicly accessible for hearings and trials after visitors undergo a standard security check in the lobby.

    The woman’s Twitter account, which includes some sexually explicit images and videos, has a claimed 26,000-plus followers.

  73. Bodhisattva says:

    (Article, from yesterday, corrected as the event already happened.)

    Well SMoD (Sweet Meteor of Death) didn’t show up and Trump was elected, yet the world continues to turn.

    Then again…

    Asteroid 2017 BS32 zoomed past Earth at 3 PM EST in fourth close shave of the year

    Scientists spotted space rock from ‘potentially hazardous’ Aten asteroid group on Monday

    Asteroid 2017 BS32 flew past at around 161,280 km from our planet, according to stargazers.

    It was only spotted on Monday by astronomers and is the fourth Near-Earth Asteroid to pass this year, according to eagle-eyed asteroid watchers.

  74. Bodhisattva says:

    A sunny day at the beach took a bizarre twist in Argentina when some 20 police officers arrived to expel three topless women — now the center of a national protest movement.

    With summer in full swing in the southern hemisphere, the three Argentines had shed their tops to sunbathe last weekend at the beach in Necochea, a resort town 500 kilometers (300 miles) south of Buenos Aires.

    But local police in shorts and fluorescent vests arrived to tell them they were breaking public decency laws.

    The women argued they were doing nothing wrong — leading to an escalating row that drew in police reinforcements and a giant crowd of onlookers, some yelling at the women to get off the beach, others shouting their support.

    Eventually, the women decided to leave what one of them called the “fascist beach.”

    “A woman baring her breasts does not constitute an act that harms others, and is therefore outside the authority of the courts,” local criminal court judge Mario Juliano ruled Wednesday.

    He called on the police to be more “prudent.”

    What do you think? Should it generally remain illegal to “free the nipple” on public, family beaches?

  75. Bodhisattva says:

    Only in Chicago: Lake Zurich High hazing included forced homosexual oral sex acts

    The lawsuit alleges some players have urinated on other members of the team, slapped them in the face with their genitals and forced teammates to perform oral sex on each other.

  76. Bodhisattva says:

    I say we should honor the deal and take the refugees that are in Australia… back to their countries of origin!

    Donald Trump ‘upset and angry’ over refugee deal discussed with Malcolm Turnbull

    I’m serious – Obama said we would take the refugees that Australia has in the camp. So let’s take them… back home, where they belong!

  77. Bodhisattva says:

    Erdogan tries to shame Merkel for being honest.

    Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Thursday rebuked German Chancellor Angela Merkel for using the expression “Islamist terrorism”, saying the phrase was not correct and saddened Muslims.
    Speaking after a critical bilateral meeting with Erdogan, Merkel spoke of the need for Turkey and Germany to cooperate even further to fight against terror, including “Islamist terrorism” and Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) militants.

    “We spoke in detail about… the questions of the fight against Islamist terrorism, against every form of terrorism, also the terrorism of the PKK,” she said alongside Erdogan at his palace in Ankara.

    “We agree we want to cooperate, we are all affected by this. We agreed to have closer cooperation in the future,” she said.

    Erdogan, sitting next to Merkel, was stony-faced as she spoke.

    Many Muslims oppose any equating of Islam and terror, arguing those who commit crimes purportedly in the name of Islam have nothing to do with a religion that espouses peace.

    Oh really?

    Does the Quran really contain over a hundred verses promoting violence?

    The Quran contains at least 109 verses that call Muslims to war with nonbelievers for the sake of Islamic rule. Some are quite graphic, with commands to chop off heads and fingers and kill infidels wherever they may be hiding. Muslims who do not join the fight are called ‘hypocrites’ and warned that Allah will send them to Hell if they do not join the slaughter.
    Unlike nearly all of the Old Testament verses of violence, the verses of violence in the Quran are mostly open-ended, meaning that they are not restrained by historical context contained in the surrounding text.

    Unfortunately, there are very few verses of tolerance and peace to balance out the many that call for nonbelievers to be fought and subdued until they either accept humiliation, convert to Islam, or are killed. Muhammad’s own martial legacy, along with the remarkable stress on violence found in the Quran, have produced a trail of blood and tears across world history.

    I would love to list them ALL, but it would be a daunting WALL OF TEXT (in a post of mine that is already, some might say, too long) so you’ll just have to go here and see them for yourself:

  78. Bodhisattva says:

    More nonsense:

    Tamron Hall Exit Bashed as ‘Whitewashing,’ Black Journalist Group Tells NBC

    This as it is announced Tamron Hall and Al Roker on the way out, Megyn Kelly on the way in.

    The truth?

    Hall decided to leave NBC on Wednesday after her 9 a.m. hour of the “Today” show was canceled and she failed to come to an agreement on a new multi-year, multi-million dollar contract. The offer included a role in the flagship 7-9 a.m. timeslot of “Today” as well as a show on MSNBC, according to network reps.

    Roker will continue to host the 9 a.m. hour until the fall

  79. Bodhisattva says:

    Ambitious. I hope he succeeds!

    The new US Secretary of Homeland Security told Fox News late Wednesday that he hopes the US-Mexico border wall ordered by President Donald Trump can be built in two years.

    “The wall will be built where it’s needed first, and then it will be filled in. That’s the way I look at it,” retired Marine general John Kelly told Fox.

    “I really hope to have it done within the next two years.”

  80. Bodhisattva says:

    Transgender teenager, born female, sues former school for discrimination after they refused to let her wear boy’s uniform

    Yes, that’s right – she’s going after a FORMER school. Not the one she’s going to now.

    And this same lunacy is what Obama desperately tried – and to a great extent succeeded – in creating here.

    “They are already suffering enough. I would know it.”

    He said that when he told his mother he was a boy, she was “definitely heartbroken”.

    “I feel like she had dreams of seeing her daughter getting married and having children,” he said. “She definitely needed time to mourn and I needed to let her have that time.”

    A spokesperson for Hereford Cathedral School said: “The continued happiness, wellbeing and safety of our pupils is the top priority.

  81. Bodhisattva says:

    Short answer: NO!

    Should have hired Americans.

    Microsoft Corp. is asking U.S. officials to grant exceptions for law-abiding, visa-holding workers and students from President Donald Trump’s immigration order, channeling the outrage expressed by many in the technology industry with a proposed solution.

    Such individuals are low-risk — having already undergone a rigorous vetting process — and face immediate hardship as a result of last week’s order, Microsoft President and Chief Legal Officer Brad Smith said in a letter Thursday to the secretaries of State and Homeland Security. Smith said he believes the two officials are empowered to take the necessary steps to allow certain people entry into the country. The exemptions sought would cover workers with visas sponsored by U.S.-based companies and students with ones obtained via a U.S.-based school.

    “We believe such an exception under the existing framework of the Executive Order would help address compelling personal needs without compromising the Executive Order’s security-related objectives,” Smith wrote in the letter and a related blog post.

  82. Bodhisattva says:

    Careful using CRAIGSLIST

    Second teen arrested in Craigslist murder

    Tampa police have made a second arrest in the murder of a Pasco man who was killed right in front of his teenage son during a Craigslist transaction Wednesday.

    Detectives first arrested Ramontrae Williams, 16, Wednesday evening and charged him with first-degree murder and robbery. They said they found the stolen dirtbike near his home.

    But the other suspect was still at large.

    Detectives soon identified 17-year-old Dontae Johnson as the second suspect. Late Wednesday night, Johnson was taken into custody.

    Ramontrae and Dontae. Gee, I wonder what their race/ethnicity is?

    James Beck had planned to meet Williams and Johnson after they expressed interest in a dirtbike his son had listed for sale on Craigslist.

    Youth minister defends teen accused in Craigslist killing, because Black Lives Matter!

    Misty Winter says the Donte Johnson she knows would not have willingly participated in a murder.

    “I love him. The Donate I know would never hurt anyone,” Winter told FOX 13 News.

    Well, he didn’t hurt him, HE KILLED HIM. Apparently she doesn’t know him that well.

  83. ICEvictim says:

    this H1 visa program needs a serious house cleaning. It is meant to ‘temporarily’ fill jobs here that have no Americans able to do it. Instead they use it to hire scabs from overseas to come in here at half pay. Any company that boots an American and hires a foreigner who has no special talent should be fined BIG bucks.

  84. Bodhisattva says:

    Agreed – though to what extent is this disturbing policy the fault of government meddling and union demands?

  85. Bodhisattva says:

    I don’t know but he mentioned something about “golden showers” after the march… no clue what he was talking about, but he was pretty excited about it.

  86. Bodhisattva says:

    Think of it this way. How can I understand a woman who is sexually attracted to another woman… no, that’s not a good example, since I find women sexually attractive so it does make a certain amount of sense to me… let’s use a man being sexually attracted to another man. How am I expected to comprehend that?

    How can I comprehend someone who would kill another person? Well when I see liberals advocating the killing of unborn, while I don’t start thinking of killing them first, I do begin to understand why some might.

  87. ICEvictim says:

    once you start down that path it goes right to tossing ALL morals out the window. I appreciate a nice set of boobs as much as the next (hetero) guy, but I do not think it is appropriate on an open family beach.

  88. Auburn Rapunzel says:

    I can understand why someone would do something without wanting to do it myself or approving of it, that’s the thing.

    It’s a fundamental misunderstanding of Good and Evil. Evil congratulates itself on its capacity for wickedness, its unashamed contemplation of wickedness, and interprets the abhorrence of the Good as “naivete.” But the thing is, the Good are simply Evil who’ve decided to stop being Evil. We understand Evil because that’s what we were, and could be again.
    And that’s why, every damn time, we see what they’re up to.

  89. ICEvictim says:

    it is government and business. Unions are only involved on the periphery.

    For decades they tried to organize programmers and admins but we are way too independent for that. Unions can use this as a prod. IMAO they can shove the prod in their tailpipe. We just need labor law enforced properly. Faint hope I suppose.

  90. Auburn Rapunzel says:

    “A woman baring her breasts does not constitute an act that harms others…”

    Um, excuse me, have you seen the kinds of women who demand to run around naked in public? There’s not enough therapy in the world to make up for that kind of mind-shattering horror.

  91. Bodhisattva says:

    Obama put some really deranged persons in key positions:

    Rosa Brooks – a counselor to the U.S. defense undersecretary for policy from 2009 to 2011 and previously served as a senior advisor at the U.S. State Department… but perhaps NOW she’s in the most dangerous position of all:

    A law professor at Georgetown University

    Who advocates a military coup in the United States.

    (And she says Trump is the crazy one…)

  92. Bodhisattva says:

    Commenting on 2016 being the “hottest year on record” Richard Lindzen said, “the temperature is always going up or down a little. What is astonishing is that in the last 20 years it hasn’t done much of anything.’ Here’s how the New York Times depicted the el ninio-fuelled 2016, which was about 1°C above the 1880 level, in line with the Lindzen prediction of the eventual warming likely to occur and the fact that it already has taken place.

  93. “Larry the fairy” or something like that.

  94. Bodhisattva says:

    Well you got me there.

  95. Bodhisattva says:

    I do not think it is appropriate on an open family beach.


    That’s why I’m generally OK with Black’s Beach in San Diego being clothing optional.

    The only assured access is from the east via trails down the ~400 foot tall bluffs, one of which is improved – also a private road that you have to walk down that is quite steep at some points, used to give the lifeguards access, but it’s quite a hike to the south of the actual beach. The other trails are hit and miss – people in the news all the time after attempting them without sufficient skills and falling or getting stuck on the bluffs.

    From the north, Torrey Pines State Beach, it’s a mile just to Flat Rock/Bathtub Rock and this route is impassible once the tide hits about +5 feet most days. And the rock is still about 1.3 miles from the unofficial “clothing optional” zone. Plus the bluffs are unstable and if you get too close falling rocks could be your doom, as one man found out when he was sitting under a major section that suddenly gave way and killed him. He was practically under a sign that warned of the danger yet his family sued the state claiming the danger was not adequately communicated hence they were in part guilty of negligence, but I digress.

    From the south you approach via La Jolla Shores/Scripps beach and right away there’s a point, just a few yards north of Scripps Pier, which becomes impassible at tides of +3 or so feet.

  96. Bodhisattva says:

    Let’s examine the phrase “sensible gun laws” in this context.

    Liberal gun laws tend to restrict responsible citizens from obtaining guns and from bearing them.

    Sensible gun laws are those which reaffirm the Second Amendment right not only to obtain firearms but also to “bear” them, i.e. laws which REQUIRE local authorities to issue either open or concealed carry permits (or both) unless significant justification exists to deny one, the exact opposite of what exists in liberal dominated places today.

    Liberal gun laws, such as those in Chicago, take two basic forms:

    1) They make it difficult, expensive and sometimes impossible to obtain guns.

    2) They impose various traps which cause the perfectly legitimate ownership of a gun to be a crime and this is used to punish those who dare exercise their Second Amendment rights. An example: You can’t transport a weapon within a given arbitrary distance of a school. So anyone who tries to do this who lives within that distance is automatically committing a crime any time they move their gun to or from their home. Naturally they usually can do this with no problem, but the one time they get caught for whatever reason they face expensive and ridiculous legal consequences.

  97. Bodhisattva says:

    But… but… but… coming here (or staying here) without proper documentation or authorization isn’t a crime, it’s an infraction, an administrative issue!

    At least that’s what liberals are always trying to convince themselves.

    And as you point out, the first crime leads to a cascade of others.

  98. Bodhisattva says:

    Every form of execution can go wrong – though I doubt as dramatically as that of “The Green Mile” and Delacroix. Plus that was portrayed as a deliberate act, which I suppose happens from time to time and may, in fact, have happened in this case.

    Your own statement, “if they are shot in the right spot”, speaks to this. What if the shooter’s aim is off?

    Personally given the crimes many capital murderers committed, I’m O.K. with looking the other way if, BY NO INTENT OF THOSE INVOLVED, the execution isn’t “quick and painless” from time to time. Yeah, let’s try to be humane about it, but if our efforts fall a bit short now and then, well, that’s justice for you!

  99. Bodhisattva says:

    While stationed in Texas I found a number of ‘sweet deals’ on really nice houses in generally really nice neighborhoods… but rather than just jumping into any deals, I did my homework.

    One house I considered, bought by someone else I knew, was hit by a tornado, rebuilt, hit by another tornado, rebuilt, sold, and the new owner, I hear, reports it was hit by another tornado. That may seem unusual, but the geography of the area apparently tended to help form and guide these storms right by that spot. It’s name was “poor man’s point”. Now I know why.

    Now when I say “hit” I mean a tornado passed close enough three times that the associated winds damaged the house significantly, not that a tornado actually hit the house three times.

    Other houses looked great, but upon review of local flood maps, each was subject to potential flooding in the event of floods considered to be 50 year or more events. At least one house I looked at did get flooded while I was still there and one I didn’t that a friend of mine bought, right on a beautiful creek, was flooded repeatedly. It’s OK to be on/near a creek, but only if you’re on very high ground on/near a creek.

    In this case you note they built this tower on ‘reclaimed land’ just as many of the buildings that were heavily damaged in one past S.F. quake were built on similarly reclaimed land. Foolish, particularly for such a major structure. Buyers should have not rushed for a “status” property, should have looked into it.

  100. Mr. Freemarket says:

    Execution is a bit of an art. Back in the day of firing squads, multiple shooters fired multiple rounds with the intention of making sure enough holes are put in a guy that a relatively quick death is assured. When people were hung, the intent was to break a neck without either strangling the guy or seeing his head pop off. Electrocutions were kind of problematic since, while they may stop a guy’s heart, they might also cook them at the same time.

    Of course some people might be happy if the executioner says to the condemned “start running.”

  101. Mr. Freemarket says:

    Early I made a similar mistake. I was looking at homes and found one with a rail line running along the back of the property. Three times we visited the home, never seeing a train (but I did notice the rails were bright and shiny). Nevertheless, we bought that home. It was the B&O railroad main line. We didn’t see the trains in the day because they were more frequent at night. Thursday night…14 trains.

    So I paid some tuition to the School of Hard Knocks.

  102. Bodhisattva says:

    I walked some of the B&O lines during my visits to PA and surrounding areas. It was then I noticed, well realized, that the state of the rails (rusted v. shiny, as you say) was a good indicator of whether they were used recently, and/or how often they were used. I wonder how close I came to your house, if at all.

    14 freights, I’m guessing. Any crossings nearby?

  103. Mr. Freemarket says:

    I lived in the panhandle of West Virginia, 90 miles from DC, less than 20 miles from Maryland, and less than 40 miles from Pennsylvania. That was in the 70’s and early 80’s. Good times.

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