The crappy part is, the USA (the politicians I should say) would do their darndest to make Texans lives a living hell if they did it. Denial of passports, refusal of trade agreements, VAT taxes on the moon, coastal waters disputes, if you can think of it – they will attack Texas with every non-military action they can come up with and block at every pass.
Let's see now. Texas will issue its own Passports. We can invite the people of Israel to live here and turn west Texas into agriculture land Plus beef up an already potent Texas Guard, Texas Rangers, and pretty decent standing militia. Now for the kicker - will Obummers military actually fire on Texas ? or want to join us?
Happy 4th to most all of ya'll
 July 4, 2015 at 5:24pm
Doesn’t matter if it is or is not. Most likely theirs probably still is there since it was privately traded for using normal trade/investments to acquire it – and Texas has never ‘dipped into’ the gold trust for anything. It has been just that all this time.
If for some reason the bank has quietly ‘utilized’ those bars for outside transactions and haven’t ‘replaced them’ over time then they will just wire an authorization of transfer to some poor schlops in Texas who will have to deliver their gold products as a replacement in exchange for a digital transfer of US funny money. Which they will then purchase more gold products with at a small hit, but in the end everyone gets their stuff without the public having a fall-guy.
Don't you just love trusting souls such as this? Doesn't it just warm your cockles?
You might want to google Fort Knox gold. (Hint: it ain't there no more).
July 4, 2015 at 3:15am
As a long time radio fan and amateur radio operator (HAM radio) – there are many reasons why RF needs to stay in some form. So ok – the ‘we already went digital TV and nothing happened’ argument is dandy. What happens in a real state of emergency? No electricity, no utilities at all really, and even those that have backup generators… aren’t receiving anything on those digital TV’s because the local station(s) are down? A couple of AAA baterries in a $2 radio will keep you updated 24/7 because there will be some radio station you can find on FM or AM.
I highly recommend having a cheap scanner for emergencies. Because guess what? During emergencies… our emergency services do their jobs and their best, but it is amateur radio operators and their thousands of stations that can provide instant real time updates to the National Weather control, Emergency Services net, etc. that keep things going.
The digital age is wonderful and all, but there is a reason analog works so well.
Besides ‘digital’ TV is still coming in on the same old frequencies… just using a decoder box for a type of signal it is receiving over it. Same with radio – ‘packet radio’ is ‘digital’ in the sense that you can use various VHF/UHF and other radio bands in HAM radio and use packets to transmit data like a modem. Hook it into your laptop, PC, whatever and you’re getting text, chatting it up, etc. All digital… over analog.
 June 30, 2015 at 12:39pm
He’s also very clear about providing as much of a civil environment as possible. Understanding heated debate will occur, but asking moderators to take as even a keel as possible on language, content, and directed aggression.
Regardless of what Mr. Nero claims, since we can’t see the original post – I highly doubt there was simply ‘no reason’ it was removed. There are plenty of counter-opinionated people on here, trolls, liberals, whatever that post regularly without issue. So get off the joke-train of self entitled rant rage.
If you have a reasonably stated opinion, statement, whatever – I’ve never seen one removed. I’ve had a couple removed… and once I calmed down… they were right to removed them. lol
 June 30, 2015 at 10:30am
Wow… thought that one up all by yourself there did’ja zap? LOL
June 30, 2015 at 2:18am
Are you just nuts or what? 10 years from now? Good grief, they will probably have a lunar lander as a science project by then. SpaceX has never used Russian technology so I guess ol’ McCain can stay calm over that – they’ve built their own engines from the ground up since DAY ONE. From the Merlin to the Draco… it’s all SpaceX. Their engineers, their fabricators.
As far as I and anyone I know is aware of – our military is who protects our freedom. Not SpaceX, not NASA, nor any other outside agency I can think of.
Get a grip man.
June 28, 2015 at 3:44pm
I can’t tell if this is sarcasm.. but you realize that there is no such thing as ‘launch insurance’ right? Insisting on more and more oversight is where problems start becoming even more of a problem… whatever.
Payload insurance is used all the time. Talk to Sen. Mccain about his push for the end of Russian Engines on the Atlas V. To save $$ for the air force our Sats are going to be launched on SpaceX for 60 Million, with 40 million insurance. Only a major problem Mr. McCain keeps forgetting in his hate for Russian engines. See it might take 10years to build the missile launch Sat.. So who is going to protect your freedom for those 10 years if it fails in launch my friend??
Are you just nuts or what? 10 years from now? Good grief, they will probably have a lunar lander as a science project by then. SpaceX has never used Russian technology so I guess ol' McCain can stay calm over that - they've built their own engines from the ground up since DAY ONE. From the Merlin to the Draco... it's all SpaceX. Their engineers, their fabricators.
As far as I and anyone I know is aware of - our military is who protects our freedom. Not SpaceX, not NASA, nor any other outside agency I can think of.
Get a grip man.
 June 28, 2015 at 3:42pm
This will unfortunately be buried in the BS, but so far, SpaceX has a pretty dam good record all things considered when compared to NASA as a ‘dedicated’ space agency. They’ve been at it for a few years while NASA has been dedicated to it for its entire existence.
They also use their own technology, funding sources (yeah the government and us taxpayers are on that list, but not the same as with NASA) and pay their own people to actually mae this stuff happen.
Who in their right mind wants the government, and ONLY the government capable of manned and/or unmanned space missions?!
Kudos to Elon Musk for having the initiative to actually give these ideas a shot. They’ve successfully docked with the station more than once now by the way…. nowthey’re movingon to more advanced rocketry design and it has problems to work out. Oh well – they’re not testing it with humans ye and just incinerating people to move things along unlike some projects right?
 June 26, 2015 at 12:50am
I think you need to cash in your Rubles blink. Nobody’s taking the doofus bait from you anymore. Too much of the same old, same old I guess. Kinda feel bad reading through the comments and you not having a single reply so… here ya go. Maybe it will go towards keeping your numbers up a little :)
 June 23, 2015 at 1:49am
Haven’t seen that in years! Friend told me to watch this after K-PAX came out. Whether it was intentional or not… definitely a predecessor to the movie. I enjoy it … not to mention… yeah :)
 June 18, 2015 at 3:32pm
Who’s the idiot VcV? There are over 100k wildfires every year, consuming anywhere from 4ish to 9+ million acres per year? Yeah it is just a few tons of stoof in the air.
That doesn’t even include all the prescribed burning that conservation departments and landowners participate in all over the country throughout the year to restore woodlands, prairies, glades, and croplands.
It averages out to 24/7 pretty quick when you add up all the days of fire and the tonage of ‘pollution’ getting dumped into the air.
Love you bleeding heart types. You’re the reason there are wildfires that get so out of control in the first place.
 June 16, 2015 at 10:16pm
You bleeding hearts absolutely never fail to amaze. What’s the problem with snakes?
Nothing – with the garden variety. Everything – with the poisonous varieties.
Sorry, but you can’t just ‘leave it alone and it will leave you alone’. When you live out where they live, you can’t see them in the tallgrass or in trees. Copperheads, cottonmouths, pygmy rattlesnakes… any and all of them I come across are dead. Why oh why you ask? Because there are plenty of children and adults who are missing chunks of flesh (poison rot), extremities (fingers, toes, foot), or have even died from them.
So yeah, all poisonous snakes die. There are plenty of others to take care of the rats, mice, and other ‘issues’ that you use as an excuse for them. Black snakes, garden snakes, brown snakes, dozens of them.
 June 15, 2015 at 11:30pm
According to several government funded studies, scientists use the ‘Benchmark of Legitimatacy on Eisntein’s Hairstyle’ or BLEH. Over the decades it has become apparent that intelligence increases as the ability to keep track of personal hygiene decreases. In cases where this does not occur, then it is not unusual for scientists to attempt to emulate the Hairstyle of their betters so they may also benefit from the same government funding.
All of the above is 100% completely true according to all of my sources and diligent sourcing materials which I will not disclose here for the sake of their privacy and to ensure the solid nature of these revelations.
If you understand and believe these statistics and facts, I also have some great deals on shoelaces and sandals.
Your comment was better than the article. Sorry Blaze, just calling it as I see it.
I must be bloody brilliant!!!!!
 June 15, 2015 at 8:32pm
I can’t praise both these guys enough for the same reasons you spoke of. It is way too ridiculous how often people go insane over piddly crap that can be easily resolved.
This reminds of the time a young man rear-ended me – I was one of about 3 cars in a row that had to stop really short because of a school bus no less… that pulled out in front of everyone on the highway.
It was on a corner and the kid that hit me never had a chance. He went from 50-ish to black marks, to smacking into my car in nothing flat. I’d say a good 20-30mph smack. His car was totaled and mine was messed up pretty good but fixable.
You would have thought he had killed somebody! He came up to me apologizing and begging my forgiveness, please not to be angry, etc. He was scared to death.
I just shook his hand and told him calm down kid… stuff happens, it will be ok. Let’s call the sheriff and exchange info. No problem. I thought he was going to faint! LOL poor kid. Still think of him anytime I read something like this.
 June 15, 2015 at 8:22pm
It really is nice to see someone so gorgeous inside and out. Kinda brings out the ol’ softy in me. I’m gonna go skip rocks for a while…
 June 15, 2015 at 8:06pm
Stop What? Putting up occasional stories that aren’t fodder for the political and agenda engine? I think that with 90% politics, events, and US/world interest stories… you people get awfully worked up over the comparatively few stories not dedicated to the cause as it were.
Try relaxing and just skipping the story if you don’t like it. Pretty easy to do on the interwebz right? Clickety-click-click… magically gone and you can move on to the next torment we need to consider.
 June 15, 2015 at 12:27pm
Been there, done that, in the past, and remarried. Young and dumb man. If she’s seriously chasing after you like that then you have no chance of being happy in the long run because it seeps into everything else in life. You could be the most trustworthy person on Earth, use a dash-cam and lapel-cam all day, every day… and you would still have arguments about why you feel you need to use them?
Catch 22 that can’t be resolved and you don’t deserve to spend your life paying for someone else’s mistakes. I tried it for 6+ years and it nearly drove me insane. I still hope she finds peace someday, but I am so much happier the last 15 years or so… I didn’t even realize how far I’d sunk until I broke the surface! :)
Yeah. I had one like that years ago. We were just dating. She came over one night when I was out with my buddies and keyed my car..which was in the driveway.
That was after a few other little "possessive" incidents. That was the last straw. I had some very strong conversation about what would happen if she ever bothered me again...and I meant it.
I never heard from her again.
 June 14, 2015 at 9:21pm
“It is sad that this is even a debate.”
I completely agree. What you choose to do to/with yourself is your business until it comes to my own privacy and/or my child’s.
It is not even a debate that your daughter should be allowed to use the same restroom as my son. Conversely there is no debate whether my son should be allowed to use the girls room!
Extenuating circumstances aside (bathrooms closed for maintenance, etc. everyone has to use the same single unit…) this is a no-brainer.
 June 14, 2015 at 12:45pm
Not really enough difference to dismiss the issue Ragnar… Jet Fuel still has a flashpoint of around what… 100 degrees or so? That’s really low. Any old static spark or idiot with a lighter… if you can smell the fuel inside the cabin – it is potentially bad news no matter how you slice it. Jet fuel, light aircraft fuel, any kind of friggin’ lawn-mower mix fuel for cripe’s sake really. It doesn’t matter. Combustible fumes in a confined space = bad idea.