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Jan 5, 2014 - 07:29am PT
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Crazy. And the question remains self-answered:

Republicans are wrong about everything because they are Republican.
Dingus Milktoast

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U.N. Ambassador, Crackistan
Jan 5, 2014 - 07:31am PT
RottenJ - I've made no secret of my disdain for religion. And yet? I, like probably many who share the opinion, can and have walked into many a house of worship for a respectful look around and in my younger days, even a dip in the water of a congregation and sermon. I'd meet peoples' eyes and smiles, return warm greetings. When pressed to return, as I have often been, I'd either politely decline or promise to think about it. When done I walked away much the same man as I when I entered, skin on my back and pride in my step intact.


So it was with some interest that in 2004, the year I broke my ankle, and the following year as well, 2005, I found myself in Honolulu on business. As a business traveler, Waikiki sorta sucks for accommodations, a crush of traffic both foot and automobile, a maze of streets and all the businesses upon which I called were located elsewhere. Since Harwhya has been part of my territory off and on for 2 decades I learned what worked and did not.

I found myself staying frequently at the Ala Moana Hotel. This is a hotel/condo conversion attached directly to the Ala Moana upscale shopping mall, across the street from the Ala Moana Yacht Club and Park. Not a glamorous tourist location, but cheaper without being Japanese-room-tiny and convenient.

During my stays there I noted the cast and crew of the show Lost also used this hotel (oh Kate! (swoon)). Well in the two years cited the Pearl Harbor Survivors gatherers also used it. So I had the opportunity to witness their comings and goings and to see the respect with which they were treated by their families, the hotel staff, etc. I never attended a Pearl Harbor Service and that is exactly what these things are - religious ceremonies, because getting in and out of Pearl Harbor on December 7th is ridiculous. Hell, getting anywhere in Honolulu is ridiculous enough... its a hellish city for traffic actually.

Regardless of one's opinions of the role of these survivors, some of whom were awarded medals for bravery in fire fighting or saving their fellow sailors and soldiers and the pomp and circumstance of these ceremonies, I could not help but observe the deep respect afforded these vets, from my fellow hotel guests, the staff, and pretty much anyone I saw interact with them.

They were a rapidly fading group, even then, going through their second and doubtless last act of surviving, to see each year who still remained, a somewhat morbid exercise to my way of thinking, but these ceremonies were not conducted for my benefit.

I was impressed with the respect, which was and is akin to religious respect, awe and admiration, as if these were holy men. They are. Holy persons I should say, there were women there too. These are holy persons in the American Religion, make no mistake.

I felt no need to denigrate them in my mind. I didn't question their 'right' to be venerated. I just accepted it, smiled, greeted anyone who seemed greetable without being intrusive, and went about my way with my own self-respect intact.

It was a lesson in humility for me, one I needed.


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Is that light the end of the tunnel or a train?
Jan 5, 2014 - 07:50am PT
Credit: philo

Because that was when Saint Ronald (aka Cut n Run Reagan) the Magnificent was asleep at the wheel.

Somewhere out there
Jan 5, 2014 - 08:29am PT
Hey republitards…. why do we give these scum subsidies?


What A Year: 45 Fossil Fuel Disasters The Industry Doesn’t Want You To Know About

While coal, oil, and gas are an integral part of everyday life around the world, 2013 brought a stark reminder of the inherent risk that comes with a fossil-fuel dependent world, with numerous pipeline spills, explosions, derailments, landslides, and the death of 20 coal miners in the U.S. alone.
Despite all this, our addiction to fossil fuels will be a tough habit to break. The federal Energy Information Administration in July projected that fossil fuel use will soar across the world in the come decades. Coal — the dirtiest fossil fuel in terms of carbon emissions — is projected to increase by 2.3 percent in coming years. And in December, the EIA said that global demand for oil would be even higher than it had projected, for both this year and next.
Here is a look back at some of the fossil fuel disasters that made headlines in 2013, along with several others that went largely unnoticed.


March 29: An ExxonMobil pipeline carrying Canadian Wabasca heavy crude from the Athabasca oil sands ruptures and spills thousands of barrels of oil in Mayflower, Arkansas. The ruptured pipeline gushed 210,000 gallons of heavy Canadian crude into a residential street and forced the evacuation of 22 homes. Exxon was hit with a paltry $2.6 million fine by federal pipeline safety regulators for the incident in November — just 1/3000th of its third quarter profits.

May 20: Underground tar sands leaks start popping up in Alberta, Canada, and do not stop for at least five months. In September the company responsible was ordered to drain a lake so that contamination on the lake’s bottom can be cleaned up. As of September 11, the leaks had spilled more than 403,900 gallons — or about 9,617 barrels — of oily bitumen into the surrounding boreal forest and muskeg, the acidic, marshy soil found in the forest.

July 30: About 50 tons of oil spills into the sea off Rayong province of Thailand from a leak in the pipeline operated by PTT Global Chemical Plc. It was the fourth major oil spill in the country’s history.

August 13: An ethane and propane pipeline belonging to Tesoro Corp. running beneath an Illinois cornfield ruptures and explodes. Residents heard a massive blast and then saw flames shooting 300 feet into the air, visible for 20 miles.

September 29: A North Dakota farmer winds up discovering the largest onshore oil spill in U.S. history, the size of seven football fields. At least 20,600 barrels of oil leaked from a Tesoro Corp-owned pipeline onto the Jensens’ land, and it went unreported to North Dakotans for more than a week. An AP investigation later discovered that nearly 300 oil spills and 750 “oil field incidents” had gone unreported to the public since January 2012.

October 7: An Oil and Natural Gas Corp. pipeline that carries crude from the offshore Mumbai High fields to India ruptures and spills at an onshore facility, but oil winds up flowing into the Arabian sea because of rainfall.

October 9: A natural gas pipeline explodes in northwest Oklahoma, sparking a large fire and prompting evacuations. No injuries or deaths were reported.

October 30: 17,000 gallons of crude oil spill from an eight-inch pipeline owned by Koch Pipeline Company in Texas. The spill impacted a rural area and two livestock ponds near Smithville and was discovered on a routine aerial inspection.

November 14: A Chevron natural gas pipeline explodes in Milford, Texas, causing the town of 700 people to evacuate. The flames could reportedly be seen for miles.

November 22: An oil pipeline explodes in Qingdao, China, killing 62 and setting ocean on fire. The underground pipeline’s explosion opened a hole in the road that swallowed at least one truck, according to Reuters, and oil seeped into utility pipes under Qingdao.

November 29: A 30-inch gas gas pipeline in a rural area of western Missouri ruptures and explodes, sending a 300 foot high fireball into the air.

Coal Mines

February 11 An explosion in a coal mine in northern Russia kills at least 17 miners in a shaft saturated with methane gas. Rescue workers said 23 people had been in the shaft at the time. The blast occurred about 2,500 feet underground.

February 13: Very large landslide hits a colliery in Northern England. No injuries, but Dave Petley, a geology professor at Durham University, said it “may well be the largest and most significant landslide in the UK for a decade or more.”

February 13: A 28-year-old mining machine operator was killed when he was pinned between the tail of the remote controlled continuous mining machine and the coal rib in an underground mine in Illinois. Timothy Chamness had only been a mine machine operator for 6 months when the incident occurred.

February 14: A landslide hits the Phillippines’ largest open coal mining pit, burying at least 13 workers and killing at least 7. The accident was the third to occur in mining sites in the country over the last six months.

February 19: A large rock cliff collapses on top of a coal mine in southern China, burying and killing five people, including two children. An estimated 5,000 cubic metres of rock fell on Yudong village in Kaili, in the country’s Guizhou province.

March 13: A 63-year-old man with 40 years of mining experience was killed underground when he was struck by a large piece of roof rock. The rock that fell was approximately 6 feet long by 5.5 feet wide and about 5 inches thick.

March 29 and April 1: The Babao Coal mine explosions kill 53 people in China. The coal mine company responsible, Tonghua Mining (Group) Co. Ltd., was later found to have concealed the death toll in the incidents, additionally concealing deaths of six workers in five accidents in 2012.

May 11: Illegal mining causes an explosion in a Chinese coal mine that killed 28 and left 18 injured. China orders production suspension at all coal mines in the southwestern province of Sichuan, China’s 16th-biggest coal producing province, after the blast.

July 16: A landslide at a coal mine in Bulgaria claims the lives of two people who were discovered underneath 50 meters of land mass. It was the fourth major landslide in the Oranovo mine in the past eight years.

August 10: Seven people in India are killed after a landslide in a coal mine in the Sundergarh district of Odisha. The incident occurred while people from nearby villages were collecting coal from the “over-burdened” dump yard located near the mining area.

November 23: While working inside a coal mine in Ohio, a 32-year-old man was killed when he was struck by high pressure hydraulic fluid after a valve broke. Ryan Lashley had worked at The Century Mine, which was the site of another near-fatal accident that month.

November 27: A coal mine in northern China’s Shanxi Province is hit with a landslide that buried several excavators and kills two people.

December 4: Gas explodes in a coal mine early in eastern China’s Jiangxi province, killing at least six workers.

Offshore and Onshore Rigs

January 22: A Devon Energy natural gas rig in Utah catches fire, causing evacuations for half a mile radius of the rig. No injuries are reported.

July 7: A hydraulic fracturing operation at a gas well drilling pad in West Virginia explodes and injures seven people, four with potentially life-threatening burns. The explosion occurred while workers were pumping water down a well, part of the hydraulic fracturing process for recovering gas trapped in shale rock. The tanks that recover the water and chemical mixture after they return to the surface are what reportedly exploded.

July 27: BP’s Hercules 265 offshore gas rig in the Gulf of Mexico off the coast of Louisiana explodes, enveloping the rig in a cloud of gas and a thin sheen of gas in the water. After spewing gas for more than a day, the rig finally “bridged over,” meaning small pieces of sediment and sand blocked more gas from escaping.

August 20: A gas rig belonging to the State Oil Company of Azerbaijan exploded in the Caspian sea while workers were carrying out exploratory drilling, when it hit a pocket of gas at unexpectedly high pressure.

August 28: A “well-control incident” at an oil drilling rig in rural south Texas causes an “intense” explosion after workers were drilling horizontally into the Eagle Ford Shale, causing homes to be evacuated. No injuries reported.

Train Derailments

March 27: A Canadian Pacific Railway train derails, spilling 30,000 gallons of tar sands oil in western Minnesota. Reuters called it “the first major spill of the modern North American crude-by-rail transit boom.”

July 6: A unit, 74-car freight train carrying Bakken formation crude oil derails in Lac-Megantic, Canada, causing an incredibly tragic fire and explosion. Forty-two people were pronounced dead, 30 buildings downtown destroyed. Emergency responders describe a “war zone.” 2,000 people evacuated because of toxic fumes, explosions, and fires.

July 18: 24 cars of a 150-car coal train derail in Virginia, spilling more than a thousand tons of coal along the roadside.

October 19: A train carrying crude oil and liquefied petroleum gas derails west of Alberta, Canada, causing an explosion and fire. No injuries were reported. Nine of the derailed cars were carrying liquefied petroleum gas and four carried crude. The crude oil cars were intact and kept away from the fires with no indications of any leaks.

November 8: A 90-car train carrying North Dakota crude derails and explodes in a rural area of western Alabama. Flames spewed into the air on a Friday, only finally dying down by Sunday, in what the Huffington Post called “the most dramatic U.S. accident since the oil-by-rail boom began.”

December 9: 19 cars of a coal train near the Las Vegas Motor Speedway derail, spilling coal onto the ground. The train had four locomotives with 103 cars, each carrying about 75 tons of coal. The train was headed from a mine in Carbon County, Utah, to a utility company in Mojave, California.

Power Plants and Refineries

April 4: Federal safety officials eventually make Georgia Power pay $119,000 in penalties after an explosion at one of its coal plants. The blast injured two people and was caused by a buildup of hydrogen and air inside a generator.

April 5: Residents near an ExxonMobil refinery begin to smell “burning tires and oil” after the refinery leaked condensate water that accumulated while the company was flaring gas. Through the leak, ExxonMobil announced that it had released 100 pounds of hydrogen sulfide and 10 pounds of benzene. According to readings at the spill site, the refinery measured 160 parts per million of hydrogen sulfide and 2 parts per million of benzene in the air.

August 8 and 15: 15,000 liters of oil spills into local streams in Cuba, after two separate instances at the Sergio Soto Refinery. The oil spill was the result of a negligent operator who failed to properly secure the residuals trap used to contain the hydrocarbon. While some of the oil was able to be contained, much of it was pushed upstream because of strong rainfall following the spill.

August 28: Approximately 20 gallons of partially refined petroleum from a New Jersey refinery spills into the Delaware River, after a leak in a heat exchanger that is part of the refinery’s crude oil processing unit. The spill was reported two hours after workers discovered it, when they realized it was going into the river.

September 10: An explosion at the Deely 1 coal power unit in Pennsylvania caused cascade housing damage. The explosion happened after coal dust in a silo caught fire.

January 27: A barge carrying 668,000 gallons of light crude oil on the Mississippi River crashed into a railroad bridge. An 80,000 gallon tank on the vessel was damaged, spilling oil into the waterway, which prompted officials to close the river for eight miles in either direction.

September 15: Fuel tanks explode at Virgin Islands gas station, resulting in a huge blast and a fire and causing two injuries. The St. Thomas community of Bovoni was evacuated and traffic was diverted after the explosion.

October 1: An underground fuel reservoir explodes on a Czech Lukoil petrol station on a highway in Prague, killing one person and injuring two.

November 23: Five are hurt after a gas tank near a drilling rig explodes in Wyoming.

December 14: Thousands of gallons of gasoline spill into a harbor in southern Alaska on Saturday after a pump used to funnel fuel into boats is accidentally severed. The 5,500 gallon spill occurred in the small village of the village of Kake, whose residents rely on fish and subsistence to get by.

Sport climber
mammoth lakes ca
Jan 5, 2014 - 11:13am PT
Ding Milk...I have to agree with you that the pearl harbor survivors you encountered are part of a religion and i respect their experiences and beliefs...I had 2 distant relatives that went down on the Arizona...I almost stuck my foot in my mouth big time at the lumber yard counter one morning when a conversation came up about the ski patrolman that died on Mammoth Mountain..I was ready to blast Mammoth Mt. about ignoring OSHA and not roping off the fumarole where the patrolman fell in and suffocated...Luckily i refrained as i figured out later that the guy standing next to me was involved in the rescue and had watched his friends die..The patrolmans deaths' might be considered a religion over here on the eastside and even though i knew one of the deceased patrolman pretty well , i never stuck one of those touristy red stickers commemorating the patrolmans' death on my car...

Somewhere out there
Jan 5, 2014 - 01:41pm PT

 Toby Keith - I had no idea he was such a giant pile… What is wrong with the south?

To Be Sure Edit: Toby Keith is a country and western baseline of emotion type singer songwriter. In this instance I have to agree with Keith as there is no real reason for guns to be at the dinner table alongside alcohol, the occasional crying baby and the ever-present check that needs to be paid…

Maybe those gun nuts are right… maybe the problem is the lack of guns…. Or else the south could still be republitarded.

Wait… republitards run the south… that's why it is wrong about everything
Ken M

Mountain climber
Los Angeles, Ca
Jan 5, 2014 - 02:06pm PT
Romney proves himself gracious:

By Brad Knickerbocker
2 hours ago

The relatives of presidents and presidential candidates can be wonderful sources of information. I once sat on Neil “Moon” Reagan’s couch in Southern California, listening for two hours as Mr. Reagan told revealing family stories about the younger brother then campaigning for the White House.

Relatives close to seats of political power also can be, and historically have been, targets for joking as well as serious criticism. Who can forget Jimmy Carter’s younger brother peddling “Billy Beer.”

But in the modern era, at least, one class of relative has become off-limits: children and grandchildren. Sen. John McCain found that out when he had to apologize for what he acknowledged was a “stupid and cruel and insensitive” comment he had made about Chelsea Clinton during a Republican fundraiser in 1998.

The issue came up again this week when MSNBC host Melissa Harris-Perry issued an emotional apology for mild jokes she and her guests had made about one of Mitt Romney’s grandchildren – an adopted baby boy of mixed race who stood out on the Romney’s Christmas card photo of an otherwise all-white large extended family that includes 22 grandchildren.

It was suggested by one of Ms. Harris-Perry’s guests that young adopted grandson Kieran perched on Mr. Romney’s knee "really sums up the diversity of the Republican Party…”

Harris-Perry – herself of mixed race – quickly posted a series of tweets, one of which said, “As black child born into large white Mormon family I feel familiarity w/ Romney family pic & never meant to suggest otherwise.”

Then on Saturday, choking up at times, she read a fuller apology.

“Without reservation or qualification, allow me to apologize to the Romney family,” she said. “Adults who enter into public life implicitly consent to having less privacy, but their families, especially their children, should not be treated callously or thoughtlessly. My intention was not malicious, but I broke the ground rule that families are off-limits. For that, I am sorry.”

“Allow me to apologize to other families formed through transracial adoption, because I am deeply sorry that we suggested that interracial families are in any way funny, or deserving of ridicule,” Harris-Perry continued. “On this program, we are dedicated to advocating for a wide diversity of families, it is one of our core principles. And I am reminded that when we do so, it must be with the utmost respect. We’re genuinely appreciative of everyone who offered serious criticisms of last Sunday’s program, and I am reminded that our fiercest critics can sometimes be our best teachers.”

On “Fox News Sunday,” Romney accepted the apology as “clearly heartfelt.”

“I recognize that people make mistakes," he said. “And the folks at MSNBC made a big mistake. They’ve apologized for it. And that’s all you can ask for.”

“People like me are fair targets," Romney said. "If you get in the political game, you can expect incoming. But children, that’s beyond the line. And I think they understand that. I think it’s a heartfelt apology. And for that reason, we hold no ill will whatsoever.”

Trad climber
Living Outside the Statist Quo
Jan 5, 2014 - 02:15pm PT
This group seems to have it right, repubs and dems both being one motley crew

(Washington, DC) – Judicial Watch today released its 2013 list of Washington’s “Ten Most Wanted Corrupt Politicians.” The list, in alphabetical order, includes:

Speaker of the House John Boehner (R-OH)
CIA Director John Brennan
Senator Saxby Chambliss
Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton
Attorney General Eric Holder
Former IRS Commissioner Steven T. Miller / Former IRS Official Lois Lerner
Former DHS Secretary Janet Napolitano
President Barack Obama
Senator Harry Reid (D-NV)
Health Secretary Kathleen Sebelius

Dishonorable Mentions for 2013 include:

Former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg
Outgoing Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell (R) / Incoming Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe (D)
Former Rep. Rick Renzi (R-AZ)
National Security Adviser Susan Rice

Read more at http://www.judicialwatch.org/press-room/press-releases/judicial-watch-announces-list-of-washingtons-ten-most-wanted-corrupt-politicians-for-2013/

Go ahead and tell me again who you support?

Edit cuz it's not worth a bump. Oh my what stinging criticism db offers below, I gave you the link dood at least say something other than we are not the dirtiest shirt in the laundry pile. Of course it brings up the leaders as it's the leaders who should be held responsible but hey it's not Mexico

Jan 5, 2014 - 02:39pm PT
Both parties have corrupt leaders.

Though frankly, this list sounds like utter bullsh#t. And I say that not because guys I supported are on the list, but because they seem to be picking the most prominent politicians, ones that give them a boner--including Boehner!--for whatever reason. And speaking of Boehner, I have a really hard time believing Boehner is truly corrupt.

Stupid list. Go to Mexico, if you want to see real corruption.

And psssst... there's a reason why Ayn Rand's vision is limited to crap fiction like hers.

Social climber
So Cal
Jan 5, 2014 - 03:18pm PT

Somewhere out there
Jan 5, 2014 - 04:55pm PT

republitards are on the way out….

Trad climber
Jan 6, 2014 - 12:35pm PT
dont let the door hit your ass on the way out!

a message to the red states

Social climber
Falls Church, VA
Jan 6, 2014 - 04:50pm PT
sow "green energy" and reap reality:


oh, the irony...

Sometimes LA
Jan 8, 2014 - 01:58pm PT
Chris Christie doesn't have to throw people under the bus, he can just sit on them. You know, because he's so disgustingly f*#king fat.
Dave Kos

Social climber
Jan 8, 2014 - 03:23pm PT
Heh, Chris Christie.
Ron Anderson

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Relic MilkEye and grandpoobah of HBRKRNH
Jan 10, 2014 - 10:25am PT
well,, after much time has passed by,, the Admin now admits to who was responsible for Benghazi..And gee what a shocker, it ISNT those upset at a video..As the have soooo often touted. They still attempt to somehow keep secret that it was a gun running deal to syria and al-quay-duh.

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WASHINGTON (AP) - The Obama administration for the first time is identifying specific groups as being involved in the attack in Benghazi, Libya, that killed Ambassador Chris Stevens and three other Americans.

The State Department is issuing terrorist designations for three militants and three extremist groups, including two it says were involved in the 2012 attack.

The department is designating the Darnah (dar-NAH) and Benghazi branches of Ansar al-Sharia in Libya and a third branch in Tunisia as foreign terrorist organizations.

It also designated militants including Sufian bin Qumu (KOO'-moo), leader of the Darnah branch released from Guantanamo Bay in 2007. He and two others are specially designated as global terrorists, barring anyone from supporting them.
Dr. F.

Trad climber
Topic Author's Reply - Jan 10, 2014 - 04:10pm PT
No rong
you were WRONG about everything you posted about Benghazi

They were not Al Qaeda like you claimed,
and you were 100% wrong about the video, it was the catalyst that spurred the attack

You lose, you get nothing, good day sir.
Dr. F.

Trad climber
Topic Author's Reply - Jan 10, 2014 - 04:19pm PT
I'm Outraged I tell You!!
The Man has take away the Los Angeles Liberal progressive AM radio station and replaced it with the "Right Wing State Media Corporation" radio.

Now its Glenn Beck, Rush and Hannity!!!
They bought up the air waves and don't want any opposing views being espoused on their media empire.

Maybe it's good for me, now that I don't know what the hell is going on.
I'm listening to Kevin and Bean, and getting my news from Doc on the rock.

I'll be checking into satellite radio, so I can tune back in.
The Chief

From the Land of the Mongols
Jan 10, 2014 - 04:23pm PT
you were WRONG about everything you posted about Benghazi

They were not Al Qaeda like you claimed,

Oh, by all means do cite a viable ref for that outta yourass again claim.

PS: You can't DRF Tard

The precise ID of them culprit Bad Guys is still Highly Classified Info.

Gym climber
Jan 10, 2014 - 11:54pm PT
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