User Profile: Ailius

Member Since: March 08, 2013


  • [5] June 28, 2014 at 5:27am

    Enron, near the time of its collapse, wasn’t really producing anything. They were just buying an selling electricity, exploiting some of the intricacies in the market to collect government subsidies.

    For example, they’d buy electricity in California, “ship” it to Nevada, then send it back to California to collect a subsidy for importing electricity into the state.

    And that’s without the accounting mess. A company that doesn’t produce a good or service and has no customers is certainly a mulligan.

  • April 13, 2014 at 12:23am

    There is no reason to call victory here.

    First off, we need a cattle count. Reid’s cronies’ goal was to drive Mr. Bundy out of business and not cause a national incident. We know that BLM confiscated a few hundred cattle earlier in the week. If they euthanized them yesterday, Mr. Bundy is probably out of a job and Reid will get his big real estate project.

    More importantly, victory would be the relevant cronies being shown in the public spotlight and prosecuted for their crimes. Every endeavor, successful or not, where government works *against* the rule of law divides us as a country.

  • January 4, 2014 at 9:14pm

    This one is a very good window into liberal psychology. He is well aware of his own hypocrisy with that statement, but is saying it anyway, because he is a manipulative sociopath.

    No liberal will call him on this for the same reason.

  • April 19, 2013 at 12:58pm

    This actually relieves one of my fears since Afghanistan. Over there, when somebody does something like this, it’s never like this. All they have to do after planting the bomb is make it to the nearest building, and they are home free.

    I actually thought they could use the same tactics here, and we wouldn’t be able to stop them without some draconian martial law. I’m pleasantly surprised in that there is a huge difference between Afghanistan and here.

    Here, when a civilian sees a suspect, they call the cops. Or, try to apprehend the criminal themselves or whatever. The point is, contrast it with over there, where nobody sees nothing.

    The thing I’m worried about at this point is that in Afghanistan IED cells, the bomb makers are skilled assets that they try to protect, so they have one guy make it and another guy plant it. These two suspects planted the bombs, which doesn’t confirm or deny that they made the bombs.

    A take-home lesson for this event, in my opinion, is that we have got to get serious about our private security. A place like MIT shouldn’t be protected by college kids making minimum wage. Large scale private events like the Boston Marathon should as standard practice hire security contracting firms that can specialize in this sort of thing and then contract to another event when not needed.

  • April 15, 2013 at 1:02pm

    Why is it that we interpret the Geneva conventions as we would a bowling handicap? It’s like we think they were put in place to handicap whoever has the stronger military so that every war is interesting.

    Isn’t an ‘interesting’ war the exact thing we don’t want? In my opinion, the “best” wars are completely one-sided so the damn thing can be over quickly.

    Besides, even under Geneva, fighting while disguised as a civilian = spy = summary execution. The signers put this provision in there because if you have combatants disguising themselves as civilians, it turns into chaos. It causes every skirmish between a superpower and a third world p___hole to turn into a decade long quagmire with millions of *real* civilians dying.

    And if a few people end up falsely executed, that sucks. War is by its very nature the doing of the lesser of two evils.

  • April 14, 2013 at 10:53am

    Actually, the National Coffee Association recommends only brewing at 195-205 degrees. They do recommend serving “immediately” but when you look in detail it says 180-195 degrees, so McDonald’s was not serving below NCA recommendations. They were actually right on the mark.

    Nobody bury this thread. This is important.

    …yeah, I’ll admit it. I was a little too sympathetic because she needed to be hospitalized. Then I remembered that people do stupid things to land themselves in hospitals all the time, and not every case is lawsuit material.

  • April 13, 2013 at 12:31pm

    It wasn’t ‘millions’, and the settlement money was to cover medical bills for skin grafts to repair the third degree burns. By the way, the coffee was crazy stupid boiling hot enough to cause third degree burns. She had to be *hospitalized* over that coffee spill. As Paul Harvey would say, that’s “the rest of the story”.

    Oh well, you probably aren’t going to read this and are going to cite this case in a few months anyway.

  • April 12, 2013 at 1:03pm

    I don’t know if “bought and paid for” isn’t as accurate as “under control”.

    I left the Army recently. Partially out of principle, partially because of the sequester, and partially because I got a “bad boss”.

    The problem I have right now is that with the economy, and the fact that all of my “hard skills” aren’t useful to non-military companies, I’m having a lot of trouble getting a professional job. Yes, Obama has set up a grand Transition Assistance Program that we all have to go through. Its about as useful as every other government program. In it’s defense, I haven’t looked into Helmets to Hardhats or Troops to Teachers – I suspect those programs are very effective at getting people into unions or academia respectively.

    The career officers who stayed in quite simply have no other option. They have invested 10-20 years of their life to the Army, and are too old to drop everything and start another career from the ground up, which is impossible to do in this economy. They have families too which they can’t support working at Walmart.

    As it stands, many of these guys can’t afford to oppose the administration. Their own thoughts and opinions are irrelevant. If Obama’s administration doesn’t end in 2016 (not a certainty), then they might as well swear feudal oaths to the Democratic Party.

  • April 12, 2013 at 12:20pm

    As for the “thieves”, buying stolen/pirated merchandise is common practice in that part of the world, and *all* the merchants sell that stuff. It’s not like they have Walmart.

    Moralistically, they don’t really have a concept of a “fence” or “purchaser of stolen property”. Furthermore, thieves generally have to either be caught red-handed, or they are free. If a modern laptop suddenly shows up in a farmer’s market kiosk next to local produce and locally found scrap, everyone may be suspicious but nobody will make the accusation.

    These girls are not doing anything remarkably different than their peers.

  • April 12, 2013 at 12:08pm

    Bad idea.

    Hackers would crack such a program in order to vandalize computers remotely.

  • April 11, 2013 at 12:52pm

    They probably needed this equipment for some sort of covert action. The CIA, FBI, etc. has a tendency to require off-the-wall stuff like this when they gather intelligence.

    The real problem here is DHS’ ever-expanding mission. All they were supposed to do was to co-ordinate between the *other* three-letter agencies to *share* intelligence. Now, they are apparently gathering intelligence of their own.

    What’s happening is that their managers are allowing them to expand into a redundant version of the FBI. So, the *entire* agency, except for the three or four office clerks still assigned to share intelligence, is turning into waste.

  • April 11, 2013 at 12:18pm


    Okay, I’ll agree with you. Bush did rack up too much debt.

    How does that in any way justify Obama’s overspending? All he’s done is made the problems he has inherited worse. It’s like he started off in a hole and he’s convinced he can get out of it if he keeps digging deeper and deeper.

    Right now, that headline is an understatement. Obama currently stands as the most indebted world leader in the history of human civilization.


    Let’s be honest, if Obama was any kind of good, you’d be trying to compare his positives to FDR, but you can’t.

  • April 10, 2013 at 3:17pm

    That reminds me…I’ve been looking for my bible. It must have been in the glove compartment of the car that went into the river with my guns in the trunk.

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  • April 8, 2013 at 1:04pm

    Then, the “autopsy” we should be doing for the 2012 election should be how the heck Mitt Romney won the primary.

    We need to create a new political party. This would be a second political party, not a third party, because the republican party is pretty much DOA.

    But, Soybomb is right. We need to spend our energies getting out message out.

    I’m not even sure the left supports the left any more. I think some of them are forced into compliance. I’m sure there are some blue collar union members who would oppose the government taking their kids away, but they might “support” it because the union would throw their butts on the street if they broke ranks.

  • April 7, 2013 at 1:28pm

    Well, Zabul is definitely the place you would send a young diplomat to hand out textbooks. And for the conspiracy nuts here, no, the CIA would never be interested in the area. It’s funny being on the other side of the conspiracy theory. Elaborating would actually divulge national security secrets as I’d have to cite troop strength and mission. So, all I can say is “No, she was handing out textbooks”, “The CIA would never be interested in Zabul because it isn’t ‘cool’ enough for them” and “trust me”.

    I am curious which part of “southern Zabul province” she was in. While the area is mostly secure, there are places you simply don’t go. A lot of times, when military commanders say “Don’t go there, it’s too dangerous”, civilians don’t listen and go there anyway. I’ve seen it happen before and I wonder if that happened here.

  • April 7, 2013 at 1:07pm

    That’s kinda the point. Let’s face it, the day she graduated college, she had zero experience under her belt, and while other people her age are struggling to find any work at all, she lands her dream job first time around. She clearly was on some kind of development track since about her sophomore year of college.

  • April 5, 2013 at 2:54pm

    I’m with Bill on this one. “The Bible says so” is not a logical argument.

    God isn’t an autocrat. Whenever He put a law in the Bible, He did so for a damn good reason. Therefore, for every law put forth in the Bible, there exists a logical, compelling argument for its existence. With examination, we can figure it out. Sure, saying “well it’s there” certainly *easier*, but discovering the reasons for this mandate is *better* because it brings us closer to God.

    The “Bible Thumpers” make the rest of us who actually put deep thought into our faith look like morons.

  • April 4, 2013 at 11:29am

    You would find *some* of the crooks this way. The guys withdrawing in the UK are the petty ones. The *real* criminal masterminds are the ones who caused this whole situation in the first place.

  • April 3, 2013 at 4:34pm

    We spent the last 10 years proving we’re a paper tiger.

    I’d also advise the people here to take the North Koreans a little more seriously. If China backs them up, then another Korean War would turn out the same as the last one. Our tech would *not* decisively overcome their numbers.

  • April 2, 2013 at 12:43pm

    I’m calling April Fools on this article too. Blaze needs to stop referring to these articles today.