User Profile: PJNevada

PJNevada

Member Since: June 01, 2013

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  • [-2] October 30, 2014 at 8:34pm

    It seems the exam was part of a unit on the rise of Middle Eastern empires and how that influenced the Middle East as it is today. According to the district, when students study the Renaissance and the Reformation, basic tenants of Christianity are covered as well. Now, that might be a bald-faced lie, but that easily could be tracked down and verified or debunked. In any event, as long as it is from a scholarly perspective, and not indoctrination, studying comparative religion is a good thing and broadens a student’s understanding of the world they live in, especially at an 11th grade level.

  • [1] October 30, 2014 at 7:57pm

    Take this plane to Cuba or I swear… I’ll blast you with my tiny Jetsons ray gun! [roll eyes]

  • October 29, 2014 at 9:54pm

    You do know what a xenophobe is, right? Or are you just cut and pasting from the dictionary?

  • [2] October 29, 2014 at 9:51pm

    Pretty hard to learn anything when you’re *dead*, but just as well…

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  • [6] October 29, 2014 at 9:48pm

    I think the Secret Service should worry a little more about dealing with fence jumpers and hookers. Priorities and all…

  • [1] October 29, 2014 at 9:46pm

    Ya know… when I get door hangers, they are usually from FedEx. Damn… good luck.

  • [8] October 29, 2014 at 8:08pm

    When I was a little kid I used to take my BB gun onto the high school campus across the street on weekends and shoot birds. My brother and I used to take our 12 GA shotgun to the north end of Santee Lakes (our parents dropped us off!) when I was about 14 and shoot dove and mud hens; maybe a couple of hundred yards at most from the nearest housing development. Nobody called the cops… SWAT teams didn’t even exist.

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  • [8] October 29, 2014 at 9:58am

    Beck is on air right now talking about the nurse in Maine who apparently is refusing even voluntary home quarantine. In my opinion if some returning health care workers don’t have enough consideration to voluntarily quarantine themselves for 3 weeks, then there should be a de facto policy to put an ankle bracelet on all of them when they return and tell the to stay home for 21 days or until they show symptoms, whichever is first.

    Also, it should not be too much of a technical hurdle to interface a lightweight clinically-rated digital thermometer to a cell phone app that phones home every few hours.

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  • October 28, 2014 at 9:46pm

    Actually they do have a legitimate power to quarantine people, for three weeks or whatever is necessary; but they must be able to show that the specific person poses a clear and present risk to public health.

    The nurse was in Africa treating the most contagious patients in less than ideal conditions; a serious risk factor (in that part of the world they call Ebola the nurse killer). Her temperature was another serious risk factor. Once the nurse’s elevated temperature had dropped however it would have been difficult to meet the standard necessary to hold her so they transported her to her home state; on a private plane.

    I agree the tent is indifferent treatment by our standards, but the civil authorities do indeed have the authority and frankly the duty to quarantine and to err on the side of caution given the 70% odds of an ugly death within 2 weeks of showing symptoms.

    The fact that only one patient in this country has died has far more to do with the quality of care given. However our treatment bed capacity for highly contagious disease is severely limited. From what I have read, 11 beds in four or five hospitals nationwide. The cost of that kind of care is $500K per patient, which is a severe drain on resources; and one patient in Dallas seriously disrupted normal hospital operations. Those factors pose a serious risk exposure of overwhelming the system if even a relatively small number in this country become infected.

  • October 28, 2014 at 9:07pm

    We’ll never know. Haven’t seen his transcripts…

  • October 28, 2014 at 9:06pm

    Should also not be based on political correctness.

  • [6] October 27, 2014 at 9:47pm

    Ooooh, Look! Another ignorant troll!

  • [10] October 27, 2014 at 9:45pm

    Hmm… 24 swat officers and an armored vehicle versus a *lien*. Yeah, I’d go for the swat team and the MARV.

  • October 27, 2014 at 9:17pm

    You don’t want to bet that those ballots will be cross-checked. Reading into it further, it turns out that the state legislature had passed an omnibus reform bill in 2013 that had put the kibosh on this sort of thing, and it was signed into law. But then, because an initiative to reject HB2305 had been placed on this year’s ballot, the legislature and Gov. Brewer turned around and repealed it in February of this year. Now that may have been a tactical decision (assuming the initiative would have effectively vetoed HB2305 outright) so that they could come back and take smaller bites at the apple, but I have not found the text of the initiative and I am not familiar Arizona politics.

    There are even Arizona Democrat quotes saying that something needs to be done about “ballot harvesting” in Arizona. You can take that and the repeal decision for what it’s worth, but the bottom line is that the only reason Maddow has something to moo about is that the law prohibiting ballot harvesting and other practices was repealed for political reasons (probably tactical), not because ballot harvesting isn’t a shady practice in it’s own right.

  • [1] October 25, 2014 at 11:57am

    Or… you could just buy something like this for $10.

    http://www.rayovac.com/Products/Portable-Power-Chargers/PS72-External-Micro-USB-Battery-for-Cell-Phone.aspx

  • [1] October 25, 2014 at 11:46am

    The USB power standard is 5 volts, so if you jerry build your own charger from scratch using 9 volt battery, I think you are going to need a voltage regulator.

  • [3] October 25, 2014 at 11:19am

    ‘Course if you have the car charger, you probably got it *out of the car*. Hmmm…

  • [1] October 24, 2014 at 8:26am

    The Washington quote is from his first state of the union, and is indeed a statement that it is not enough for a free people to simply be armed, but that they must also establish the common defense.

    “Among the many interesting objects which will engage your attention that of providing for the common defense will merit particular regard. To be prepared for war is one of the most effectual means of preserving peace.

    A free people ought not only to be armed, but disciplined; to which end a uniform and well-digested plan is requisite; and their safety and interest require that they should promote such manufactories as tend to render them independent of others for essential, particularly military, supplies.

    The proper establishment of the troops which may be deemed indispensable will be entitled to mature consideration. In the arrangements which may be made respecting it it will be of importance to conciliate the comfortable support of the officers and soldiers with a due regard to economy.”

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  • October 23, 2014 at 8:12pm

    Blaze, where you been? That story has been out for months!

  • [5] October 22, 2014 at 9:49pm

    That’s nice of ‘em and all, but most studies I have read regarding actual controlled ranges conclude that environmental impact of lead bullets in such conditions is relatively low. Those studies conclude bullet lead does absorb eventually into the top few inches of soil but it does not contaminate subsurface soil and does not leach into groundwater. If a range is close to a river and is prone to runoff, then contaminated runoff potentially could get into a river, but I am not aware of any anecdotal evidence. Trees close to a range can draw up lead and if harvested they would be considered contaminated, but from what I have read that is not a large percentage of trees, and contamination drops of quickly the further they are from the downrange proper.

    Mechanical separation of lead bullets from soil does have tradeoffs too, as that process could cause shedding and stirring up of corrosion byproducts that would be more easily soluble. So the most important considerations would seem to be in selecting the location of the range away from surface water, streams and rivers, and management to minimize vegetation in the immediate downrange area.

    And don’t buy the BS that it will be paid for by asset seizure from “alleged criminals”. Most likely the funding will come from civil asset forfeiture, and most people here know what that’s really all about.

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