User Profile: dnewton


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  • [2] December 20, 2014 at 1:29am

    Is selling loose cigarettes a broken windows crime?

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  • [2] December 17, 2014 at 5:29pm

    The problem with copper was the solder. It used to be mostly lead and that lead put minor amounts of lead in the water. Silver solder solves that problem but it is way more expensive. My copper pipes are over 30 years old and have served me well.

  • December 17, 2014 at 12:43pm

    This is pretty mild considering the towns that are victimized by newspaper regimes that become mouthpieces for the local chamber of commerce. The opinion page is often slanted toward the positive side of every negative thing happening. This is not a small city phenomenon either. Cities like Memphis can also fudge their crime statistics. Others can pay for a public relations firm to give them an award for their hospital’s stellar performance among the other clients of the same public relations firms. What does public relations have to do with healthcare? A lot apparently. Whenever the lie fails, then attack any means by which the truth could come out. Hyper sensitivity to city criticism usually goes hand in hand with the possibility that some manufacturer could or might relocate in that city. They want to clean up their image for the jobs and the tax money, not because it is the right thing to do. Many years ago, Cookeville Tennessee paid an out of court settlement to a journalist who often made disparaging remarks about the city. The city’s IT director managed to raid the computer for the purpose of finding our who was sending the journalist tips, especially troublesome were tips from the police department. The IT guy was rehired as a contractor. The journalist lost a court battle to obtain cookies from the city to see how many were and who was looking at porn on their city computers. It is sad to see people worrying more about something bad rather than something being true.

  • December 17, 2014 at 1:44am

    I think the Fair tax is dead as long as we have a progressive income tax scheme. The Obamacare fiasco is just another nail in the coffin of the Fair Tax. We have a greedy government that shears its sheep to the max so it can continue to grow to the max. The open borders may help get votes for Liberals but it assures the import of people with small incomes and low upward mobility to keep them dependent on the Libs. If the average income of new immigrants does not equal the average income of the American people, then taxes must rise to cover the induced shortage caused by stupid immigration policy.

  • December 16, 2014 at 3:58pm

    Statistically, does this go down as a domestic violence related shooting? They are suppose to be 500 times more likely according to Bloomberg’s minions if you have a gun in your house. How do they count it when someone brings a gun to your house and shoots you and your relatives? Does the unused gun you might have in the dresser drawer that you could not access count as the offending weapon that caused your death?

  • December 16, 2014 at 3:44pm

    This is nothing but history repeating itself. When the French and English finally left Egypt in the early Eighteen Hundreds, it was understood that those Muslims or Egyptians who had been friends and collaborators with the foreigners would be subjected to severe punishment. Merchants with foreign coinage, women who had fraternized with the foreigners could expect to have their throats slit. Those who helped the French make alcoholic beverages would be targeted as soon as the English loaded their ships and started sailing west. Leaving Afghanistan will be the same way, sort of like leaving Iraq. If you go to the Middle East, plan to stay or plan to write off all of your losses.

  • December 16, 2014 at 12:34pm

    I saw something like that towed from a plane. It turned out to be a magnetic field detector associated with a geological search for zinc.

  • December 16, 2014 at 12:26pm

    I don’t see how you kill 70 kings unless you count the killing of potential heirs, like the children of the kings too.

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  • December 16, 2014 at 12:47am

    Get everyone a hydraulic jack so they can raise the hospital above the rising sea levels. It would also be interesting to see what is suggested to prepare for two 500 year floods that could come during the 50 year service life of the hospital. It seems like the Mississippi River experienced such flooding back in the mid nineties. As long as silt is continuously washed into the seas and beach sand is washed out to sea by wave action, there will be some problems with rising sea levels.

  • [2] December 16, 2014 at 12:37am

    Even if it was true, we have no financial capacity to solve the problem. It is questionable that we have enough financial capacity to pay off our debt.

  • [1] December 16, 2014 at 12:26am

    I could not figure out what, if anything, justified the cop in seizing the old mans wrist, the one with the paper in it. I am happy to see that the TASAR did not initiate a heart attack.

  • December 16, 2014 at 12:08am

    New York is suppose to be at least 50 % minorities. When they start killing police what will be the most important color white, black or blue?

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  • [2] December 15, 2014 at 6:25pm

    I don’t either because it does not exclude the possibility of a third party actually doing the shooting, like the police and maybe for a justified reason(after they shoot your dog). Murder stats are on the way down in Virginia and most firearms involved in crimes up north are local stolen firearms, not imported from Virginia. Your are 500 percent more likely to win the lottery after you bankrupt yourself, but that does not mean it is a good idea to bankrupt yourself.

  • [3] December 15, 2014 at 6:08pm

    People who live in glass houses should not throw stones but I did back up when I saw this: “strickter.”

  • [2] December 15, 2014 at 5:57pm

    In my county, a coffee shop with 13 people in it , assuming all adults, would have a 75% chance that at least one would be packing a pistol. I am not sure what would have been the chances if it was Starbucks since some permitted people avoid Starbucks. Australia is a gun free zone. They even disarm their police when they are not on duty.

  • [1] December 15, 2014 at 1:13pm

    “These companies assume no responsibility for marketing and selling a product to the general population who are not trained to use it nor even understand the power of it,” he said.

    Does this comment include Bill Gates and the other computer companies?

  • December 15, 2014 at 8:38am

    I think she has been harmed in a deceptive way. Her image is important to her career, it could prevent her from using her image in the future. It might also help, if she survives the Fatwah.

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  • [1] December 15, 2014 at 1:45am

    At least Bond did not convert to Islam.

  • December 15, 2014 at 1:36am

    Public transit will always disappointing because to really make it work, you have to have the urban area designed for it on day one and continue to take that into consideration on nearly every major decision in the future. If you live in a city that has grown up via suburban expansion from a core, public transit will be doomed. There are cities like Durham N.C. that have “free” public transit and it loses money and fails to operate at even half capacity. The public transit bus average farebox takes in only 25% of all costs. The people who drive to work and have cars pay the rest either in higher sales taxes or property taxes or both. In my state it is actually against the law to spend more than 1/9 of local transportation funds, city or county, on public transportation. CAFE standards are pressing the average cost in BTU’s per passenger mile down so low that a single person in a car actually can consume less energy than the average bus in an urban area in terms of BTU’s per passenger mile. This is especially true in areas like Phoenix or in the SW where air conditioning on buses is a major factor in the costs. Still the Grenie Weenies want to save the planet with buses. The Japanese have a fairly good public transportation system because when it was designed after WWII, there were almost zero private cars and there still are a low fraction of private cars compared to America.

  • [7] December 14, 2014 at 5:44pm

    The real problem is that the transportation system has been degraded by the federal government by eliminating the science of traffic engineering. Money for highways is mis-spent on flowers on the road, bicycle paths, train depots, unneeded interchanges and other nice things to have at the expense of greater mobility. The enemies of the car and suburban living have manipulated the system to prevent minimal improvements in capacity on the theory that they are saving the planet. Crazy theories about how a train promotes economic development and greater throughput of passengers when compared to a car are applauded instead of hooted down as absurd based on raw math and logic. Roads that actually make money or are financially stable based on the gas tax are disappearing and their incomes are being distributed to other roads that can never pay for themselves. Some gas money for the benefit of cars is being transferred to less adequate means of transportation. The transportation funding system has morphed into a failed socialized system where the financial winners are supporting the financial losers, but the winners are slowly failing too. Our population is doubling every 66 years but our lane mile inventory of roads is doubling every 366 years. The last bit of spare capacity is on the horizon and no one wants to fix it because the fix involves admitting that political correctness has failed and telling the truth is just too painful.

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