User Profile: WaterTheTree


Member Since: June 27, 2012


  • [1] June 2, 2015 at 1:00am

    How many people in Delaware needed to look up the spelling of Paronychia? Is the state overrun with toenail fungus?

  • [1] January 1, 2015 at 11:59am

    He died of positional asphyxiation, complicated by asthma. The “choke hold” only lasted a few seconds. He was killed by being pressed down on his stomach with his hands cuffed behind his back. I couldn’t see from the clips just how long an officer kept his weight on top of him after he was cuffed, but that probably added to the problem. The failure here was in training on how to address restraining the morbidly obese.

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  • [5] January 1, 2015 at 11:53am

    A common mistake, Crabmaster. Perhaps your error comes in your understanding of what “left” and “right” means. Run it back to the most basic definition, the one you learned in 8th grade — you have those on the right who think the best government is the one that protects our freedoms and does nothing else, and you have those on the left who think that the government that provides the most services and takes care of the most people is the best.

    A lot of people get confused when they start wrapping other aspects of current and historical American politics into the definitions, frequently adding their own misconceptions and misinterpretations. Classic liberals who wanted the government to stay out of their bedrooms and choices of recreation are actually on the right. Moral traditionalists who want to use the force of government to make people to comply to their ideals are actually on the left, no matter which political party they tend to ally with.

    Nazism is fascism, not classical Marxism, a fair statement. But the essential description of Nazism is that while private property exists, all aspects of life are controlled by the state. That is not what the right would want when they say “leave me alone and protect my rights”. It’s what the left wants when they say “provide for me.”

    If you come up with any interpretation of Nazism other than “left”, you have a faulty definition somewhere throwing your reasoning off.

  • [8] December 23, 2014 at 12:50pm

    How far is Burbon County from Manhatan Kansas where the US government moved the research facilities from Plum Island?

  • [67] December 8, 2014 at 8:29pm

    A response for Crabmaster, who said “hen you would realize that Stalin and Hitler actually fall on opposite sides of the political spectrum. While Stalin does fall on the left, Hitler was on the right.”

    Actually, they were both on what we consider the left — they were both claimed to be “socialist” — though both were oligarchical collectivists.

    Some people try to make a distinction between the two in saying that Hitler was a “National Socialist” and Stalin was more global in thinking, but even that was a thin distinction, since both envisioned a worldwide government with themselves in charge.

    A slightly stronger distinction is that Stalin’s Soviet Union was officially atheist, with only worship of the state considered acceptable. They hadn’t quite gone as far as North Korea where everyone prays daily to their Dear Leader, but consider that the end-game of any totalitarian. Hitler’s socialist paradise was still forming — he had adopted a mantle of religion to get to power and had dispensed with it once he was in full charge.

    But other than that, I see no way that an honest student of history could say what Crabmaster said.

    Remember “right” and “left” are based on interpretation of the constitution. The right says the best government is one that obeys the constitution the best. The left says that the best government provides the most services to the people.

  • November 8, 2014 at 9:01am

    Makes sense — since the global warming killed off all of the polar bears, the seal population is out of control, attacking people… though I haven’t figured out how a seal managed to shoot a gun, but with all of the mass shootings massacring hundreds of thousands of people every day, it was just a matter of time before one of those evil seals did something like this.

    Okay, it was a stretch, but there must be some way to make this funny.

  • [2] October 20, 2014 at 8:03pm

    Here is the solution to their problem — they can create a policy that all wedding ceremonies that they perform must include a paragraph that denounces same sex marriages, using words that would gravely offend any same sex couple wanting to be married — and then offer to do the wedding, as long as the couple understands that they will be having exactly the same ceremony as every other couple.

    Now, before anyone hollers… I think that same sex marriage *MIGHT* be a good thing in the long run, but I strongly object to those who want to drive a culture change forcing anyone to do what they find abhorrent.

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  • September 5, 2014 at 2:09pm

    Blaze writer, remove the (sic) from “its”. The usage is correct, no apostrophe for the posessive pronoun.

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  • September 2, 2013 at 1:19pm

    Part Three – Freedom of Association

    Whether homosexual behavior is a sin or not, we are all endowed by God with the right of association. We can choose to gather together whomever we choose. We can also refuse to associate with whomever we choose. I can refuse to associate with a person because he combs his hair funny or because he voted for someone I don’t care for. I can associate based on my own set of ideals and beliefs.

    I can not be forced by the federal government to not associate with those I please, or to refuse to associate with those who I do not wish to associate. “Congress shall make no law”

    My choices of association may displease those around me, but they are still my choices. They may be socially unacceptable, but they are not illegal.

    And my choices may come with consequences from those I displease, for instance them deciding to not come to my business or them encouraging others to not come to my business.

    I have rights, but those rights come with consequences that I may not like, like losing business.

    But no one has the right to intimidate others. Hold back business and encourage others to do the same if you want, but no one has the right to create social change through intimidation.

  • September 2, 2013 at 12:31pm

    Adding my thoughts and opinions… though plenty of people have already posted.

    First, the nature of sin:

    1 – We are all God’s children and worthy of dignity and the rights given to all of mankind
    2 – God gave each of us our own set of biologically-driven impulses, some of which are harmful to others, some of which are beneficial to others, and some which
    3 – Impulses themselves are not sins
    4 – All of us choose to give in to impulses from time to time, making us less than we might be. We are all sinners.
    5 – Sometimes we refuse to accept responsibility for the consequences of giving in to impulses, even those that harm others and our relationship with God. When we do that, we are unrepentant.
    6 – We might even give our entire lives over to those impulses, even when we recognize the damage it causes to ourselves, others, and our relationship with God. When we do that, completely giving away our responsibility for our own behaviors, we are wicked.
    7 – ANY human behavior can reach the point of wickedness if it takes over your life: over eating, reading poetry, washing your hands, taking drugs, abusing your spouse, watching baseball…. anything

    Next, sin and homosexuality —

    uh… out of space… look for part to as a response to this post

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  • April 26, 2013 at 9:30pm

    Might lead to some very unpleasant consequences. One smartazz decided to get vanity plates for his car that read “NO TAGS”. The first time he was pulled over for a minor traffic violation, the officer recorded the licese plate number “NO TAGS”. So his minor traffic violation got very messy very fast.

    Of course, nothing could possibly go wrong with your plan….

  • March 19, 2013 at 11:09pm

    What the paid progressive trolls that come to this site don’t realize is that most of us aren’t that fond of Bush either. Both saw a bigger and more controlling goverment as the solution to problems. They were both willing to sacrifice the principles of individual responsibility and self-determination for political purposes.

    No, we are not Bush worshipers, but it’s clear that the trolls think we are. They hate Bush with an unreasoned passion, so they assume we love him the way they love Obama.

  • March 19, 2013 at 9:33pm

    If NK sailed a nuke in a ship to the US, put it on a truck and drive it close to American troops stationed in SK, or somehow got a missile to reach US soil, I doubt that our current president would respond in kind. We’d probably have a prolonged air war, heavy on the cruise missiles and UAV’s until there is no identifiable central government or concentration of miliatry. Then, I pray that our current president has the good sense to not try to rebuild the country, just leave the doors wide open for the neighbors to move in.

  • March 13, 2013 at 7:21pm

    Well, FEMA camps do exist, but maybe not evil plans to forcebly detain troublemakers for reeducation. After Katrina, it was pretty obvious that FEMA couldn’t relocate the inhabitants of a major city very efficiently, so they established pre-determined “camps”.

    Of course, even if the “camps” were built for fairly benign purposes, it doesn’t keep them from being used by [insert evil power here] as prision camps for troublemakers.

  • March 6, 2013 at 7:48pm

    Yes, Blaze, *PLEASE* hire a copy editor. Poor grammar does not reflect well on such an important resource.

  • February 18, 2013 at 7:22pm

    I may not agree with the over-the-top presentation, but he is absolutely right that quantum mechanics is completly contrary to everything we learn about how the real world works.

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  • February 10, 2013 at 9:00pm

    Dang, and I was just about to adopt the five pointed star as a symbol of freedom. Maybe I’ll have to settle for some lefover symbol discarded by the Hitttites or Thules.

  • February 10, 2013 at 5:12pm

    wouldn’t “functional equivalent” include all US airports too? And 100 mile perimeter around each, of course.

  • February 6, 2013 at 9:19pm

    I encourage my fellow posters to work on their spelling too. It helps understanding and is essential for computerized translation. But even more importantly, using non-standard spelling and grammar makes it too easy for the narrow minded trolls to dismiss serious posters. I might not be perfect, especially when I’m trying to type a reply on my smartphone, but it doesn’t take much to learn the correct use of their, there, and they’re.

    And I will add my voice to the call for the Blaze to get a copy editor for their writing staff. While we can tolerate non-standard grammar in the replies, it’s absolutely essential for the stories (and headlines) to be polished and professional.

    (Full disclosure — I’m a working journalist and former copy editor.)

  • February 3, 2013 at 5:53pm

    The sad failure of the Republican party is that they have believed for over 20 years that the way to get the “middle” voters is to change policies and become more like the Democrats. Instead, they should learn how to communicate conservatism so that they middle agrees with them.

    But, then, it’s much harder to educate the disintrested than to pander to them.