“What happens if birds aren’t able to fuel sufficiently to make this kind of flight because of habitat fragmentation and habitat loss in New England or the Canadian Maritimes?”
Quick let’s uproot human society from those areas, destroy our cities, and make the habitat perfect for this little tiny songbird once again. Heaven forbid if we humans encroach on their habitat. /sarc Reminds me of the Delta Smelt situation. Look how well that turned out for the farmers in the San Joaquin Valley…
 March 31, 2015 at 6:41pm
Can we put this impeachment talk to bed please?
Do I believe President Obama is a valid candidate for impeachment? Yes. Is it ever going to happen? No, never was. Why? Because the Democrats in congress put the party above the constitution. (lest anyone thinks Repubs are any better they are not, they would do the same thing)
Getting an impeachment of Obama in the House is easy at this point since the GOP control more than enough seats to get it done. But that’s as far as it goes just like with Clinton in the 90s. You need a 2/3rds vote in the Senate (67 seats) to convict an impeached president and the GOP only has a simple majority (54 seats).
Some question why we can’t use a rule change, or nuclear option, like Reid did over presidential nominations. That’s comparing apples to oranges. Since the process for impeachment is spelled out in the constitution changing the rules would require a new constitutional amendment to get it done. (those take years to get through) On the flip side the constitution is vague on presidential nominations to the point where it merely says that the Senate shall make the rules. (in a nutshell)
So while impeaching Obama would be symbolic it wouldn’t solve anything at this point. I think we need to focus our energy on blocking or undoing the damage this president has done. Instead of wasting time on a sure fire failed endeavor. Just my two cents on the issue.
I agree, they've been talking about it for 6 years...........it's not gonna happen, we all knew it never would.
I agree mastice, add to that it would take longer to impeach than he has time left in his term. A full blown impeachment & conviction would take about 2 years to get done. Most people on here think it takes 2 days. Obola could easily drag the trial out for years.
 March 31, 2015 at 5:24pm
Imagine if this guy had been like so many today and simply wrote the young baby off for dead when it was born premature. He might not be here today. On a similar note imagine if one of the millions of babies aborted over the last 30+ years had been the one to cure cancer/aids/diabetes/etc or been the next Einstein… kind of makes you sad for the human race sometimes.
Or they could have been the next Hitler or just the drunk driver who kills the doctor on his or her way to save a life. Life is full of what ifs and maybes. Odd coincidences happen all the time.
 March 31, 2015 at 2:02pm
I believe he did the right thing. Just want to get that out of the way so no one throws stones at me. ;)
But it doesn’t matter if he shot someone or fired directly at someone. All it takes is one anti-firearm overzealous attorney taking him to court and he’s got a legal battle on his hands. It’s sad. I hope it doesn’t happen to him but I won’t be surprised if it does.
 March 29, 2015 at 5:07pm
While using child soldiers is a horrible practice I’m going to look at this through a different lens of sorts. When a fighting force has to rely on those who are typically outside the prime range for soldiers (roughly 19-29 year old range) then it speaks volumes about their fighting force overall. In many ways it shows defeat when you have to rely either on children or mature (nothing against aged people) people to do the fighting for you.
Take the Hitler youth for example. Prior to the invasion of Poland the average age for leaders within the youth movement was 24 years old. By 1945 that had dropped to 16 years old due to heavy losses of manpower. So it does speak volumes when a fighting force is reduced to using those soldiers outside that prime age range of combat. Just something to consider.
ISIS is trying to toughen up the teens. I don't think manpower shortage is the issue here.
March 29, 2015 at 1:29pm
I have gay friends and 2 extended family members who are gay. Personally, I don’t agree with their lifestyle choice but at the same time I don’t care what they do. But this has got to be a two way street here and that is something I tell them all the time. Just as the followers of religion cannot push their beliefs off on them they cannot push their beliefs off on the followers of a religion. The constitution of the United States guarantees religious freedom here in the US. At this time it does not guarantee a person the right to be gay. Maybe it should, I’m not going to argue the “what if” with people, but right now it does not say that.
When it comes to a business that turns away a gay person, people can always vote with their dollar bills. Even removing the gay aspect, given the difficulties us small business owners face each day here in the US I think it’s a bad business model to follow turning away any customer. And given the change in the social winds of the US concerning gay rights I think you just made it worse on your bottom line as a small business owner. But that is also just my opinion as a small business owner myself.
I just think that neither side is guilt free in this debate. There are fringe elements on both sides that make both sides look bad on this.
It's not just about religion, though, and we need to understand this or we will absolutely lose this fight since the Left doesn't give a rat's tail about freedom of religion. They are finding more and more ways to violate freedom of religion because they hate Christians.
The argument is also about freedom of politics, though. The gay movement in America is nothing if not purely political, and forcing a business to support that political movement is a clear violation of the First Amendment.
My wife is a baker, and her cakes are absolute works of art when decorated. The same thing is true of bakers who decorate cakes for certain events. If an artist is forced to create art for a political event which they cannot in good conscience support, that would be an egregious violation of their First Amendment rights to free speech and freedom of association.
That is the argument we must make. Forget the religious argument.
As soon as you mentioned that you have family members ( but they’re extended!), who are gay, than every extreme right conservative reading your post, just had the same thought. ; "Sucks to be you."
You can bet that they’re relieved that they don’t have to deal with the ” gay problem”, not yet realizing that it is inevitable that we all will be dealing with the ” gay reality”
It’s not a problem, it’s just one more rung on the moral ladder we are always climbing, whether we like it or not.
We are on this planet to fully know tolerance, compassion, empathy and truth
Let us spend our limited time wisely in the light of reason, not the dark of malice, and ignorance.
 March 29, 2015 at 1:12pm
Not TheBlaze’s fault. The owner of the video has monetized their video which means YouTube plays an ad sometimes before the video. Just thought I would point that out.
March 28, 2015 at 7:23am
I doubt you will see this comment but I wanted to add it for the record. You might want to go back and reassess what happened during the shutdown. The GOP had a few demands they wanted met before passing the resolution to keep the government open. (which is well within the House’s power) It’s nothing new for a political party to have demands. Democrats have had plenty of demands throughout the years.
Instead of the Democrats compromising they just put their foot down and said “no”. The president himself said publicly that he refused to negotiate with the GOP. You have to remember that to compromise neither party gets everything they want but neither party also gets nothing. Compromise requires give and take on both sides. When one side refuses to even negotiate terms then they are the ones who are to blame when nothing gets resolved.
So in the real world friend… in the adult world …this is what happened during the 2013 shutdown. The GOP wanted something, the Dems wanted something. The Dems refused to compromise and got nothing… well, that is until the GOP folded and gave into every one of the Dem demands but that is besides the point. ;)
 March 28, 2015 at 7:01am
I don’t mean to sound harsh here because I do believe the school could have gone about this a much more diplomatic way given the circumstances and the young mans handicaps. But I have to agree with the overall idea behind why the school asked the kid not to wear the varsity letter. He is not on the varsity team nor did he earn it.
Now before I get tarred and feathered by the group here please understand that I believe they should have made him an honorary member due to him being in other sports and extra curricular sports activities. It’s not going to hurt anything to do this. I just don’t agree with the adoptive mother going out and buying him a varsity letter without first considering how those who actually earned the letter are going to feel about it.
Hear, hear. “Mommy, I want a letter, too! I played as hard as I could this season and I didn’t make Varsity!” Okay, next year let’s just give everybody that shows up a letter – that way everybody will be happy. We'll call it Social Justice.
 March 27, 2015 at 10:58pm
What you are suggesting is just a hair short of secession. That was tried in 1860 when the first state, South Carolina, seceded from the union and sparked the civil war. Since Lincoln’s response was to mend the union through force the precedent of using force has been established and upheld. If secession is tried again then it will spark an armed conflict. There is no denying that at this point. Is that what you want? I will concede that the fear of a convention being subverted for nefarious means is a legitimate concern. But the chance of it happening is slim. The chance of armed conflict resulting from a failed, or misguided, convention is small. Whereas your path, according to history, is a sure path to armed conflict and rebellion. I’m going to have to respectfully disagree with your tactic. The founders laid out a path for the people to reign in the government if it ever came to it. The second provision of amending the constitution is that tool given to us by the founders. They would not have given it to us if they didn’t intend for us to use it at some point in our nations history.
 March 27, 2015 at 7:02pm
While you are correct in some respects Lordchamp, at this point what other alternative do we have short of open rebellion? None. Washington DC is broken friend. They have completely lost control in terms of taxation and spending. It’s up to the states now to set things right. Our founding father’s knew a day like today would arrive and gave us, the people, the tools to make things right. Quite honestly I believe most of the founding fathers would be surprised that we lasted this long without calling a convention or killing ourselves outright. (we nearly did during the civil war) As for what happens if the convention is hijacked by special interests and powers on either side? We’ll cross that bridge when we get there. Until then… this is the only tool we have left.
 March 27, 2015 at 6:42pm
While a balanced budget amendment is a great start, we need to throw term limits for congress in there too.
I'm telling you there is another way out! Arrest all of the Government, try them for treason. And hang one or two a night on the Capitol steps and televise it on Pay Per View! The world audience would pay off our debt. And there would be no need for term limits.
March 26, 2015 at 4:19pm
tcpubella: While I agree with the idea behind what you are saying I take issue with your misguided generalization. I understand that you said “most” people but I disagree that it’s more than half. I don’t even think it’s more than 25%. It’s a small group of ignorant people who make the rest of us look bad.
I’m 36 years old and I know what each of those things are. (by the way it’s the Falklands War not the Falcons War, just thought I would clear that up for you) I know vets. My 92 year old grandfather, who is still alive, served in North Africa and then the European Theater of WW2. I just saw him the other day. When I was a kid I met two WW1 veterans that were honored in our small town (they were in their 90s at the time). One of my good friends’ father was in Vietnam and I spoke with him, and his father, a few weeks ago when my wife and I ran into them having dinner at a local restaurant.
The point I’m making is that just because someone like me didn’t live during the time of those periods in history doesn’t mean we are ignorant to them. These parents, in this story, are part of the minority in this country that makes the rest of us look bad.
So please don’t lump us all into the same boat as them.
 March 26, 2015 at 11:16am
To TheBlaze Staff: thank you for putting a 3rd option on the poll. :)
 March 26, 2015 at 10:12am
There should be a third option on the poll. Although the kids are old enough to know better I do think this is just kids being kids who have not been properly taught to respect something that should be respected. The third option should be something like “not the fault of the kids but the parents”. The parents should definitely know better. What a disgrace.
Si. And though it's hard to tell, dreamers really have no worries over societal norms or even actual laws. Funda mental transformation has it's lil helpers.
Maybe show the children some photos of women affected by the war. Some candid shots of women that have given ALL for our flag. Then show them to the parents of these brats.
Kids being kids.
It could be that the parents didn't know. "Go play [get out of our hair for just a few minutes]"
Otherwise the parents should know better.
When you have (so-called) adults who trample, pepper spray, etc. to get that bargain on Black Friday, what do you expect...They value "junk" more than life, and they're willing to do anything to get it.
This is how I took the "Both" choice. Kids being kids, but parents being ignorant.
To TheBlaze Staff: thank you for putting a 3rd option on the poll. :)
I think the parents need to be bitch slapped.
@ mastice: The parents are as disrespectful and ignorant as the Commander-in-Chief that closed down the War Memorials to the Veterans and everyone else. Social Rot and Decay comes from the top.
The greater disrespect and ignorance being shown is in the parents, the indicator that progressivism has done its job well.
Ask most people under 50 what Vietnam was and they couldn't tell you...definitely won't know who the Allies and Axis countries were during WW-II. Fewer under 45 know about Grenada, Panama and Noriega, of Reagan's support of Great Britain's exclusion zones during the Falcon's War. Some under 35 have recollections about Gulf War I, a few of them could tell you about Gulf War II, but mostly that "Bush lied about WMDs", not true. Arnold Schwarzkopf is a brand of liquor, and they mix up photos of Colin Powell with Andrew Young.
It was my privilege to have met men and women Vets from WW- I through all current conflicts. There are some incredibly moving stories that many have shared, and many more that will be buried with these souls who do not wish to cast their personal trials, horrors, and burdens upon the world or their families.
When I was a kid, I climbed on the monuments at the park, some surrounded by peaceful fountains. They meant little to me as child, but over time have taken on much deeper significance.
Thank you to those who are willing to fund and build these memorials. You hope that the child climbing on the head of a battlefield nurse cradling a wounded soldier in her arms learns something more about it, something that deserves the respect that should be shown.
Barry isn't going to do it.
You have to do it.
“They are just kids, and it’s just a statue,” I bet if I went that guy's house and let my kids tear up some of his "stuff" that had personal meaning he wouldn't be saying that garbage!
March 25, 2015 at 6:11pm
Just something to consider:
“On Reddit, Peebler wrote they were watched for 20 minutes and it was his friend — the man on the ground in the photograph — who spotted the man standing high up in the bridge structure.”
March 25, 2015 at 4:40pm
I’ve said this here before. As a small business owner who ships items worldwide I have had my fair share of headaches with shipping companies in this regard. Not all carriers are bad but there are bad apples in every company. This doesn’t surprise me one bit.
 March 25, 2015 at 4:32pm
I think you are right. I either thought it was photoshop, a shadow, or (if it really was a person) then it was a transient or homeless person. You find them living under bridges all over the country. Up in the supports or just down on the ground below it.
 March 25, 2015 at 12:00pm
foobared: Possible but still not as likely as a hacker taking down the grid, for many different reasons. To achieve a nation wide EMP burst would require a nuclear device exploded in the atmosphere because a NNEMP (non-nuclear electromagnetic pulse) has a very limited range. There are the logistics of securing a nuclear device (which has it’s own mountains to overcome), then secretly transporting it to the US, then unloading it from the shipping container, and finally reloading it onto a missile delivery system of some kind like a silkworm missile… all without being detected. That’s the stuff spy novels are made from. I mean no offense because I do agree that it is a distant possibility and we can’t rule it out. But I just don’t see it being a critical and primary threat to US homeland security anytime soon. Sorry. I just think there are much more credible and likely threat scenarios to address first. Yes, that includes the vulnerability of our electrical grid, but it doesn’t mean that hardening it against an EMP is the top priority. It should be on the list, but not the number one threat.
 March 25, 2015 at 11:26am
I tend to agree with what you are saying but for an EMP to affect the entire country it would require detonation in the atmosphere above the US. Atmospheric detonation would require some sort of ballistic missile for the most part. At this time terrorist organizations, even those supplied by Iran, lack the ability to deliver such a weapon from their country to ours. A ground EMP burst would only affect, maybe, a large city and it’s surrounding areas. Still devastating but not on a wide enough scale to where it would shut the country down. Personally, with the computerization of our electrical grid, I am more concerned with what some kid in a basement can do somewhere. That is a much more likely scenario to bring down our power grid.
I can water ski naked all day in most of our ports to rousing cheers from longshoremen hanging out on the clock; not that that detracts from a Silkworm on a container ship. Old tech with some new friends of iran and poof, 18th Century again. Good thing their military hasn't already war gamed it and has schematics from decades ago. The Mississippi is in a curious position too, being a massive waterway about equidistant from coast to coast.
Ooh, OK That makes me feel SOOOOO much better. Thx.
You ain't right man.
foobared: Possible but still not as likely as a hacker taking down the grid, for many different reasons. To achieve a nation wide EMP burst would require a nuclear device exploded in the atmosphere because a NNEMP (non-nuclear electromagnetic pulse) has a very limited range. There are the logistics of securing a nuclear device (which has it's own mountains to overcome), then secretly transporting it to the US, then unloading it from the shipping container, and finally reloading it onto a missile delivery system of some kind like a silkworm missile... all without being detected. That's the stuff spy novels are made from. I mean no offense because I do agree that it is a distant possibility and we can't rule it out. But I just don't see it being a critical and primary threat to US homeland security anytime soon. Sorry. I just think there are much more credible and likely threat scenarios to address first. Yes, that includes the vulnerability of our electrical grid, but it doesn't mean that hardening it against an EMP is the top priority. It should be on the list, but not the number one threat.
Double stuff Oreos are on sale at WalMart, if that helps. Iran's Revolutionary Guard has plans. Russia, China, Argentina, Paleostine, Norks.. mucho countries would love to see us set back hard. And it's weird how Mehico would act or not act with a few discrete pesos tossed at it. Hell, narco cartels almost have the manpower, definitely have the currency to make something happen. Our border has never been more unsecured though.
Mastice - point taken and I rarely go left field into conspiracy theories- because like you said there are too many moving parts. But one cannot deny sovereign, hostile nations do have those exact plans, have for years. Cyber is easier, remote, less expensive, more easily compartmentalized without doubt. Hopefully Kerry will make things easier for the mullas soon and this is just a moot grey matter exercise..
Did any of you watch the video? All it takes is a synchronized attack on, at the most, NINE power stations in the U.S. to bring the WHOLE COUNTRY down for at least 18 months. If you just wanted to take down the major cities along the coasts you could do it with even less effort. People don’t realize the absolute horror that would follow a grid collapse in ANY major city. The pandaemonium would spread like wildfire as these huge populations of people turn into animals just to survive. One or two major cities we can deal with. Three? We could probably figure it out but would suffer considerable casualties before we got things under control. Any more than that and there is just no way. People without food, water, or ability to heat their home (if the grid went down in the winter) would obviously kill to survive.
It may sound like an exaggeration but I’ve seen it first hand when I was in Hawai’i in 2006 and we were hit by an earthquake that took out the power for days. People went nuts realizing they had no food or not enough food to survive a couple days. The grocery stores were empty in a matter of hours after the initial quake. People stopped following traffic laws while pedestrians were running all of the city trying to find a place to get food. Fights broke out in grocery store lines and the few open fire BBQ joints that could still serve food. A lot of people were turned away because they had no cash to pay since the ATMs were all down.
It’s a chain reaction.