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  1. noblepa commented on Tank McNamara almost 2 years ago

    TIgger, you forgot “thaw the bird”. Every year, some moron tries to deep fry a frozen turkey. The frozen water in the bird flash boils and flings boiling oil in all directions, even if the pot is not overfilled.

  2. noblepa commented on Mike Luckovich almost 2 years ago

    DrCanuck: I agree about Shep Smith. I stayed up on election night to watch the results. All the networks, including Fox had called it for Obama by 11:30. At about 12:30 Shep Smith was explaining that the protocol was for the loser to make a phone call, then a concessions speech and then the winner would make a victory speech. Smith seemed downright peeved that Romney had still given no indication that he was going to concede.

    Smith and a few others seem to try to be real journalists, but they are completely overshadowed by Hannity, O’Reilly, et al.

  3. noblepa commented on Tom Toles almost 2 years ago

    Michael WME: The Senate does not, and AFAIK, never has operated under Roberts Rules of Order, although there may be similarities.

    It is my understanding that it would take only 51 votes to change the Senate Rules to eliminate or change the filibuster, but that both parties are loathe to do so, because they all know that they may want to use it some day.

    I would prefer that it be eliminated altogether, but I would be happy if they would return to the days when a Senator must actually stand there and talk. Remember Jimmy Stewart in “Mr. Smith Goes To Washington”?

    I, too, find the anonymous holds to be especially offensive. IMHO, they are downright unconstitutional. The Constitution gives each house the right to set their own rules, but I don’t believe that right extends to subverting the intent of the Constitution.

  4. noblepa commented on Tom Toles about 2 years ago

    Tigger also conveniently fails to remember that, when the democrats voted to extend the Bush tax cuts, they only did so because the republicans were prepared to prevent ANY budget measure from passing, thus causing the U.S. to default on its debt for the first time in history.

  5. noblepa commented on Tom Toles over 2 years ago

    How come its okay for the government to force me to buy a state-issued ID card, that I have no other use for, but its not okay for the government to force me to buy health insurance, which I am virtually guaranteed to need sometime in my life?

    Voting is one of our most fundamental constitutional rights. Unless there is a pressing public interest (which means a lot more than one or two cases of fraud in the last ten years), voting should be as easy, not as hard, as possible.

    Show me the fraud!

  6. noblepa commented on Tony Auth over 2 years ago

    @Meetinthemiddle

    Troops are not allowed to campout without at least two adult, registered leaders. I was once at summer camp with my son’s troop and an inner-city troop had only one leader. The camp manager asked our troop to send one of our leaders over to sleep in one of their tents, so that there would be two adults present.

    Leaders are not allowed to share a tent with the boys, even their own sons. Nor are they allowed to shower with the boys at facilities where there are showers, such as summer camps.

  7. noblepa commented on Jeff Danziger over 2 years ago

    Bruce4671: It is his mother’s citizenship that is irrelevant. The fact that he was born in the US makes him a natural born citizen.

    Since his father was NOT a citizen, he would only have acquired citizenship via his mother if she had spent something like seven of the previous ten years in the US, which she did not.

    One automatically gets citizenship through parents only when BOTH parents are US citizens. If his father had also been a citizen, it wouldn’t matter where he was born.

    No one in the US has their original birth certificate. The best one can have is a certified copy of the original. The original remains safely locked up in some registrar’s office. The REPUBLICAN governor and the REPUBLICAN in charge of vital records for Hawaii, both have publicly stated that they examined the actual, original birth certificate, signed by the attending physicians, and that it is very real.

    As for faking the newspaper announcement, it is theoretically possible, but there is not a scintilla of evidence that this actually happened. Why would a poor Kenyan place an announcement in a Honolulu paper? I would think that a larger, more well known paper, such as the New York Times would have been more a logical choice.

    There has been so much evidence put forward that the President was, in fact, born in Hawaii, that it now becomes the responsibility of those claiming otherwise to provide actual, tangible, verifiable evidence that this conspiracy actually happened. Not simply speculation that it COULD have happened, but real evidence that it DID happen. That means names, dates, paper trail, etc.

    If it was a conspiracy, it was a darned good one. All the pieces are in place, exactly as they should be. It all hangs together. So, if anyone has PROOF, that the released long form BC is forged; that someone phoned in the birth announcement from Kenya; that someone somehow planted a forged original in the vital records office in Honolulu; the the REPUBLICAN governor of Hawaii is lying, please produce it.

  8. noblepa commented on Stuart Carlson over 2 years ago

    @onguard
    I hear about those lawsuits on CNN, NBC and MSNBC. They just don’t harp on them over and over again.

    I think that Stephen Colbert got it right a few years ago, when he hosted the White House Correspondents Dinner. “FOX reports both sides of every story; the President’s side and the Vice President’s side”. Now, they report Rush Limbaugh’s side and Grover Norquist’s side.

  9. noblepa commented on Stuart Carlson over 2 years ago

    @jmattadams. Obama did pay the tax he owed. And, yes, he did owe a smaller percentage than his secretary. Both paid what the law required. The point is that the law is unfair, when a secretary, albeit a rather well-paid one, pays a higher effective rate than the POTUS. Obama is willing to pay more in personal taxes. He just wants to change the law, so that it is more fair.

    So, don’t go claiming that he didn’t pay the tax he OWED. He did, and he paid it on time. Romney hasn’t filed his 2011 return yet. He filed for an automatic extension.

  10. noblepa commented on Stuart Carlson over 2 years ago

    Masterskrain, you’re not quite right. The Constitution is not silent on the question of religion in this regard. In fact, it is quite clear and emphatic.

    Article VI

    3: , , , ; but no religious Test shall ever be required as a Qualification to any Office or public Trust under the United States.

    Not only is there no law prohibiting a Muslim, or anyone else, from being President, the Constitution expressly FORBIDS such a law.

    I’m not accusing you, Masterskrain, but I really wonder sometimes, how many of the people of both parties that we see on TV, bloviating about how the other guys are shredding the Constitution, have actually read the document themselves.

    I’ve conducted an informal, off and on, completely non-scientific study of this. I occasionally ask people I know to tell me what the first three articles of the Constitution are about. They don’t even have to get them in the right order. Most can’t do it, even though they’re easy to guess.

    Article I. The congress

    Article II. The Executive branch

    Article III. The Judicial branch.

    I strongly suggest that anyone who hasn’t already done so, read the Constitution from start to finish and think about it. Its an amazing document.