I have spent the last 11 years in an Army Band (retiring in August, 21 years total). Two points: 1: You don’t route step to band music or cadence of any type. Route step is simply walking in formation, no left foot landing on the strong beat of the music/cadence. So either this was crappy D&C or somebody in command is really screwed up. 2: Star Wars….seriously….Star Wars??? I find this every bit as shocking as someone looking at their cell phone. This is THE U.S. MILITARY ACADEMY BAND at West Point, one of just four special Army bands, and they are playing High School half-time music???
In route step (route march as some call it) you can talk. No need to hold step or cadence, but you do have to hold interval (which they more or less did). However, using a cell phone? No. Hell no. Star Wars music was a joke. Plenty of great military marches to be played. Finally, the band sucked.
 May 22, 2016 at 11:28pm
“You can watch the video here, but the content will be disturbing to some readers.”
Yes I found the video extremely disturbing: grainy, no sound, filmed at a ****-eyed angle, no telephoto lens. Without reading the article the viewer would have no clue that he was watching anything other than what might be a couple lions walking around an enclosure, filmed by below average technically experienced 8 year old. Very disturbing indeed.
 April 18, 2016 at 2:48pm
Seriously? I have a machete in my garage that I’ve owned for over 40 years. It is an indispensable tool around my 3 acres of property. Emphasis on “tool”. I have other tools in my garage that could deal out just as much or more damage in a violent altercation: shovel (various types), axe, hatchet, mattock, hoe, pitchfork, grass sickle, etc. Is the “Empire State” going to simply ban gardening tools? Sheesh!
 April 18, 2016 at 2:35pm
When you get right to it, she died because this zoo has terrible policies and procedures. I’ve worked for a zoo for the past several years. Our zoo is a member of the AZA (Association of Zoos and Aquariums). Under AZA protocols, you *never* go into an enclosure with an animal of this nature. The only animals with which our keepers are ever in direct contact are birds, some reptiles, and the kid’s petting zoo animals. All other animals are controlled by training and the strategic use of shift gates to move the animals from area to area. We have Amur (Siberian) tigers at our zoo, about three times the size of these Malayan tigers. While they are gorgeous animals, it gives me the willies to think about going into an enclosure while they are in there.
 April 1, 2016 at 6:13pm
You are “eumelanin challenged”
 March 17, 2016 at 9:47pm
That doctor/technician has to have one of the best jobs in the world!
A guy I used to work with developed cancer. He went through six hellish months of chemotherapy and drug therapy.
A month after his last treatment he went in for his final evaluation. He said the doctor literally burst into the examination room with a big smile on his face and plopped down onto the chair and said with tears in his eyes, "you're in complete remission, there is no more sigh of cancer."
He later told Ron, he couldn't do this if he didn't have days like this once in a while.
March 7, 2016 at 12:21pm
Show it to O.J. and ask him if it was the one he used.
 February 22, 2016 at 3:41pm
Sheesh, if the BATF or other authorities came around my house when I was a kid 45 yrs ago they would have found lots of “dirt and grass just strewn across the ground”. Home made gunpowder or match heads in a piece of copper tubing were lots of fun! It’s amazing what you can do with ground up model rocket motor propellant! I also discovered it was quite easy to open the old school style paper shotgun shells and remove the powder. Fun Times!
Used to love those model rocket engines - used to make roman candles that shot a ball of fire about the size of a beachball about 100 yards (or randomly exploded in a shower of smaller fragments) with D size engines. That was some good fun. (Not the kind of thing you'd hold in your hand though.)
 February 8, 2016 at 12:58pm
Absolutely no corporations or business pay taxes when you get right to it. Taxes are part of overhead just like raw materials, labor, facility costs, transportation costs, etc. Overhead is what drives the cost of a product or service a corporation provides. When overhead goes up, the final product cost goes up. Raise the taxes of McDonalds and the cost of your hamburger goes up. Raise the taxes of U.S. steel or plastics producing corporations,it gets passed on to General Motors/Ford/Chrysler, etc and they then pass the cost on to the consumer. There may be other cost cutting measures that come in to play such as reducing labor costs, but eventually the consumer is going to pay more.
 December 23, 2015 at 2:39pm
And that is why you should leave the cash drawer open when you empty it and close up at the end of the day. Would have saved them some trouble replacing the registers.
 October 23, 2015 at 8:13pm
Oy, watching him use the tablesaw as a cutoff saw with a long end against the fence and later on freehand gave me the creeps. Very dangerous. My son is missing about 1/4″ of the tip of his left thumb from doing the same exact thing (and he definitely knew better).
5.1 Weapons and Explosives: Possession, use, or sale of any incendiary, explosive, or destructive device or any firearm on the University campus and within University housing is not permitted. At no time will live ammunition of any type be permitted in or on University premises.
5.2 Handguns: Any and all types of pistols (including revolvers, automatics, derringers, etc.) and any and all types of air- or gas-operated guns (including paintball guns, airsoft guns and any object reasonably perceived to be a gun) are prohibited on campus and within University housing at all times.
5.3 Discharging Weapons: The firing of any type of firearm, bow and arrow, slingshot, or any other weapon on campus is prohibited.
 October 8, 2015 at 7:22pm
Butternut squash…looks just like pumpkin pie when you’re done and tastes every bit as good or better.
September 27, 2015 at 5:55pm
I can’t believe all these comments and nobody (especially the females) addressed the obvious problem if males are using the female restrooms: You know darn well that they’re going to leave the seats up. Or worse yet, don’t lift the lid and dribble!
September 16, 2015 at 9:12pm
Put a 20hp lawnmower engine and a snowplow on the front of that wheelchair and they wouldn’t have to “let” him make a touchdown!
 September 14, 2015 at 11:08am
No, they wouldn’t want a separate competition, “Miss TransAmerica”, they’d want to be included in the regular competition.
September 8, 2015 at 9:20pm
I’m confused. For about a year and a half, starting about four years ago (until my employer started simply paying me a phone stipend) I had a work phone and a personal phone. With a few keystrokes I had my work cell calls forwarded to my personal cell and tossed my work cell into a desk drawer, never touched it again. What’s the big deal? Cool thing was, I could turn the call forwarding on and off with a speed dialed number. I could turn it off on the weekend so I wouldn’t be bothered with work crap, and then turn it back on at the beginning of the week.
September 8, 2015 at 9:07pm
And add “her and her boyfriend…”
 September 3, 2015 at 11:33pm
UnderstandBothSides: You are saying that you are looking forward to the time some white teenager shoots up his high school? Seriously??? Wow, you are one sick puppy!!!
August 22, 2015 at 9:18am
I taught at a Job Corps for a couple of years about 20 years ago. I don’t know what they are like now, but back then most of the bullying and interpersonal relationship problems occurred after working hours in the dorms (ours was a live-in school). During the class/work day the teacher expectations were closer to boss/employee than traditional teacher/student. Teachers (non union, by the way) were people from business and industry who had to have a certain number of years of experience in the particular trade they were teaching. Students had to punch in and out for the day, lunch, and breaks and had specific tasks that had to be completed. They were kept too busy to get into too much trouble. We didn’t put up with any crap, “firing” a student for the day if there was a problem. This resulted in loss of privileges during personal time. However, the dorm staff was populated by social work types sometimes with little to no work experience. Often the dorm staff, especially in the evenings, were twenty-somethings with no particular education or experience. Many times the after work hours staff were part of the problems we saw at my Job Corp Center.