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Wednesday, May 31. 2017
Learning the Art of Conversation
Clothing: What was lost in the casual revolution
Going Out for Lunch Is a Dying Tradition - Restaurants suffer as people eat at their desks; no more three-martini sit-down meals
Illinois Mandates Social Workers, Families Be 'LGBTQ-Affirming' for At-Risk Kids
Meet The Beautiful Sudanese Model Nicknamed The “Queen Of The Dark”
Very black and beautiful. Difficult to photograph?
I still am convinced that the penis and climate article was a hoax
The blasphemy case against Bret Weinstein, and its four lessons for professors
Illegal Aliens At Columbia U Release List Of Demands
Somebody teach them manners
"Suffer" is not the right word
Mark Zuckerberg's crusade against nationalism
Will This Be The Week That Was for the Fox News Channel?
The Marines Can Treat Women Honorably Without Putting Them in the Infantry
Hillary is retired, but courtiers help her maintain the appearance of importance.
James Rosen: Comey's FBI Broke Its Own Rules & Procedures On Spying On Americans
Separating Fact From Innuendo in the Flynn Fiasco - The former national security adviser may not have broken any laws. But those who leaked against him committed a chilling abuse of power.
In the Course of Explaining Why Democrats Lose, Matt Tabbi Demonstrates Why Democrats Lose
The stupid party did not get its nickname because of its smashing successes. And right now, it’s stupider than ever.
More cowardice than stupid
There was an easy answer, but it eluded him
The press' war aqainst Trump
What Was Merkel Thinking? An historical turning point or mere campaign bluster?
Palestinians paid terrorists $1b in past 4 years, Knesset panel hears
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Zuckerberg seems OK with things like indentured servitude via H1-B visa. Maybe we need some nationalists against Zuckism. Motto: Zuck sucks!
Bird Dog: Very black and beautiful. Difficult to photograph?
"Color film was built for white people."
Vox was built for retards.
P.S. Darker objects photograph differently than lighter ones - who knew?!?
Bill Carson: Darker objects photograph differently than lighter ones - who knew?!?
It's not merely that they photograph differently, but that film was optimized for lighter skin tones. Black faces would barely show.
Wow! Who knew? Those people at Kodak were racist.
Or perhaps like all liberals Zach sees racism in everything. I assume that the people who developed digital photography were racist as well and designed The image sensor in the digital camera (charge coupled device ) to put white people in a good light but not black people. White privilege at work again.
GoneWithTheWind: Those people at Kodak were racist.
It's called implicit racism.
Wow! "Implicit racism"! What does that mean? It sounds like it means that there was no racism, no thought of racism, no intent of racism, but today it suits the alt-left agenda to label it as racism so therefore it is "deemed" to be racism. Did I get that right?
GoneWithTheWind: What does that mean?
Encyclopedia.com: "Implicit racism, broadly defined, refers to an individual’s utilization of unconscious biases when making judgments about people from different racial and ethnic groups."
Are you suggesting that unconscious racial biases don't exist?
"Implicit racism, broadly defined, refers to an individual’s utilization of unconscious biases when making judgments about people from different racial and ethnic groups."
So... when I stated:
"It sounds like it means that there was no racism, no thought of racism, no intent of racism, but today it suits the alt-left agenda to label it as racism so therefore it is "deemed" to be racism. Did I get that right?"
I was 100% correct.
How do we know that anyone pointing out "implicit racism" doesn't suffer from implicit racism themselves? Perhaps you need to stop speaking like this because it is racist and offends me. Your constant use of the "W" word proves your racism and is offensive.
Try to answer the question. Are you suggesting that unconscious racial biases don't exist?
So Kodak optimized their film to suit the majority of their customers? Where's my fainting couch?!?
Can't wait for Vox to take on the insidious plot against normal folks waged by 'Big & Tall' clothing stores!
Bill Carson: So Kodak optimized their film to suit the majority of their customers?
They could have optimized the film for different skin tones, but didn't. The default color in America at the time was white.
They could have diverted finite resources to optimize the film for different skin tones for a small fraction of the market, but didn't.
Bill Carson: They could have diverted finite resources to optimize the film for different skin tones for a small fraction of the market, but didn't.
The history indicates it was due to implicit bias. ("This is awkward.") People who take pictures or use computers are white aren't they?
"Implicit bias" is what people shout when they've lost an argument. I will admit that it sounds much more clever then plain "racism".
Riddle me this ... Is implicit bias behind the epidemic of out-of-wedlock births in the black community? Does implicit bias cause black youths to ridicule other black youths as homosexuals or "too white" when the latter strive for academic achievement? Or would optimized film make everything all better? Jackass.
Bill Carson: "Implicit bias" is what people shout when they've lost an argument.
Are you suggesting that unconscious racial biases don't exist?
Aren't you the dude with the fixation on OBamama's boob belt? You famous.
"Color film was built for white people"
Oh the wisdom! I'm sure we're all humbled by the level of idiocy you all exhibit! Is there any type of test you have to take before they allow you to start posting or is it all scripted"
Why would color film be designed around anyone else? People product items for markets. What was the black market for color film in 1935? Where Africans clamoring for color film for their Brownies?
How about silver or chrome? Color film doesn't do well with either of those either. What about poor aliens who want to take selfies?
Oh wait, no one uses film now so this whole discussion is moot.
FRP: What was the black market for color film in 1935?
As is well known, black people don't want to take pictures of their families.
FRP: How about silver or chrome? Color film doesn't do well with either of those either. What about poor aliens who want to take selfies?
Sure, because black people are just like aliens, strange and foreign.
FRP: Oh wait, no one uses film now so this whole discussion is moot.
While the problem is less pervasive today, digital devices still have similar issues. ("This is awkward.") Nevertheless, it's an interesting historical tidbit that is related to Bird Dog's comment.
No, it's not an historical tidbit, it's s function of how things work. Ever noticed that you can't take very good pictures at night? It's just a little something more for you snowflakes to get your pants in a wad about.
I see that bike lanes are racist now as well as milk, Vegan diets, being a foodie, solar power, the wilderness, vitamins, the food pyramid, health food, jogging, cycling, walking your dog, legalized weed, and lets not forget being kind to dogs. All declared racist by one of your friends in the past month or so.
Maybe you could just make us a list of what's not racist?
FRP: No, it's not an historical tidbit, it's s function of how things work.
How things worked.
As usual you ignore what you don't dare respond to since you're probably a bike riding organic vegan. Right?
Frp: As usual you ignore what you don't dare respond
You claimed "it's a function of how things work". As we know that film can be optimized to work with both light and dark skin, it was apparently some other aspect of "how things work" that was at play.
I don't consider it a racist thing, but in the old days, film did work better on light skinned people. At least the cheap film I could afford as a teenager in the mid 60s. I remember getting my photos back from the lab of a friend's wedding. All the black men looked like they needed a shave. Something about the way the chemistry handled the lighting.
jay: in the old days, film did work better on light skinned people.
That's because the film was optimized for white skin.
REPORT: Despite Hysteria ‘Global Warming’ Isn’t Causing ANY Polar Ice Retreat
The global trend in sea ice is clearly downward. This combines the Arctic, which is rapidly retreating due to warming; with the Antarctic, which is advancing, probably due to increased precipitation and the effect of katabatic winds and the strong Southern Ocean Circumpolar Current. See new observational studies by Nghiem et al., Geophysical constraints on the Antarctic sea ice cover, Remote Sensing of Environment 2016.
Zach, the "globalists" want world control to tax carbon, and for world control. The scare tactic is that the seas will rise, there will be hurricanes, polar bear cubs will be unhappy, penguins will die, plants will choke on CO2, we will choke on cow farts, and algore's investment in carbon credit sales won't prosper. Something must be done before the next mini-ice age (starting now, because of declining cyclic sun activity in this cycle) makes the global warming scare tactics impossible.
I've earlier made a proposal which you have not addressed. Cool the earth by terraforming the deserts to make cooler, valuable-paradis,e real estate/agricultural land. Use gravity to put water in the deserts to lower the oceans. Be constructive, rather than destructively concentrating facsist world government control.
Here's what I asked you about before:
"The global warming scientists like Al “massage parlor” Gore claim that unless they are given 13 trillion dollars, global government control, and the shutdown of automobiles, cowfarts, oil, homeheating and breathing out our own CO2, the polar caps will melt to kill the cute polar bears, the seas will rise to the base of Mt. Everest and palm trees will grow in Antartica to displace the cute penguins .
Here’s an alternative. There is a vast depression well below sea level in Northern Africa. A century ago it ws proposed to divert part of the Nile flooding to this depression to create a vast lake and oasis. More recently, running Mediteranean salt water into this depression was proposed for hydroelectric power. Either way, the temperature of this region would be greatly reduced, atmospheric water increased to induce rain, and the area would be restored to lush greenery as it was in the past. The Sahara would return to a tropical paradise. Valuable realestate created for the political crooks. A mideast with something to do other than pump oil and migrate elsewhere. The sea level would go down. No fascist world government needed. Al “I’ll make billions in my carbon trade business” Gore won’t get his billions. We won't have to spend any more money funding "Climate Scientists".
Periodically (on a scale of tens of thousands of years) the monsoons from the indian ocean make it to the Sahara. This capability would be induced by a "Great Lake” and surrounding greenery. Viola, problem solved!!
Similarly, Australia is a vast desert. The Western mountains block rain to the middle, which is too hot without greenery to induce rain from what moisture does get past. Pumping water across the mountains to the interior would also induce greenery, cooling, more rain, and “climate change” for the vast continent of Australia, which would cool the earth. Problem solved.
Large amounts of water are routinely transported large distances (eg, California). Projects possible a century ago can more easily be done now."
Zach, here is some info to help your response.
Why not do something positive and "constructive", rather than destructive fascist bullying based on phony global warming propaganda?
Sahara Desert Was Once Lush and Populated
The lost forests of the Middle East
jaybird: the "globalists" want world control to tax carbon, and for world control.
The topic was the false claim that there isn’t any polar ice retreat.
jaybird: Cool the earth by terraforming the deserts to make cooler, valuable-paradis,e real estate/agricultural land.
Easier said than done.
jaybird: There is a vast depression well below sea level in Northern Africa. A century ago it ws proposed to divert part of the Nile flooding to this depression to create a vast lake and oasis.
It's doubtful such a project would have a substantial impact on global temperatures. It could have local benefits, but you'd have to provide the engineering data to determine feasibility.
jaybird: here is some info to help your response.
What will those crazy climate scientists come up with next?!
Zach, so you punted. You've got nothing but propaganda.
Get one of your "climate scientist" buddies to run it through one of their many models (which each come out differently, depending on whim, and who pays them).
The calculations have been done, starting over a century ago. Plans date back to 1912. President Eisenhower considered such projects as a way to achieve peace in the Middle East. Flooding the depression would be "spectacular and peaceful", it would cool the outrageously hot climate, and it would "provide work during construction and living areas after completion for the Palistinean Arabs. What part don't you like, Zach? A beautiful paradise? Mideast peace? Climate cooling?
You argue that the effects of major local cooling in the hottest places on earth don't affect the earth? Returning monsoons to the Sahara for lush, cool greenery and prosperity doesn't excite you? - apparently only global government power to tax gasoline and other carbon products needed for civilization will satisfy your blood lust for fascist domination of the world?
You argue the cooling great lake paradise would only be local. So, by your twisted logic, your alleged warming of the arctic will only be local. So, no problem.
Your credibility is zero. But Bird Dog sure knows how to attract you for entertainment of his followers, like a fly to to a bug zapper (or horse poop).
Zachriel: It could have local benefits, but you'd have to provide the engineering data to determine feasibility.
jaybird: Get one of your "climate scientist" buddies to run it through one of their many models
You proposed a specific engineering project, but have no idea whether it is feasible or whether it will achieve the goals you have laid out. For instance, how fast will the water evaporate? How fast will the salt accumulate? If you have engineering specifics concerning seawater flooding of the Qattara Depression, and how this will affect global climate, then feel free to provide them.
Global scale engineering has certainly been proposed to mitigate climate change, but generally, it is cheaper to update the energy infrastructure, which has to be replaced every few decades anyway.
Zach, you are a jerk. I told you it has already been calculated, starting a century ago. Read the links I gave you. Including evaporation rates (which enhance rainfall). Freshwater flowing down from the Nile is better than saltwater from the Mediterranean. Plus Australian desert converted to useful, cooler land. Lower sea level. Sahara retreating to greenery. But you prefer fascist world government to criminalize cow farts, home heating, automobiles etc, because you claim it is cheaper than making a green paradise from deserts, mideast peace, and global cooling.
The "desert-to-oasis" approach is useful if there is no man-made "global warming". In fact, we are heading into a new cooling period of reduced solar output. Your solution to address the fake "global warming" meme is to "cheaply" criminalize and tax cow farts and home heating, automobiles, etc. Presto, make a law and create a global government to enforce it, and algore traders to profit from your world police state. But who wants to live under your hitler/soros fascist world government run by the crooked UN climate and human rights commissions? (you would not fare well either, whoever you are).
Lets have some of your corrupt "climate scientists" plug these ocean-lowering, desert-greening, climate-cooling solutions into their crooked "climate models" ?
jaybird: I told you it has already been calculated, starting a century ago.
The global climate effects of filling the Qattara Depression with seawater were calculated a century ago? The only link which seems relevant is the Wikipedia article on the Qattara Depression Project. They mention the reduction in sea level as a couple of millimeters, hardly sufficient to counteract sea level rise due to global warming. They also mention that it is being considered for regional effects. There may very well be global effects, but you have yet to support your claim with specifics, including cost estimates.
jaybird: In fact, we are heading into a new cooling period of reduced solar output.
Forcing due to greenhouse gases is much greater than the projected effects due to reduced solar output.
Zach, so you now admit a sea level drop, and just for one small desert depression!! Add in Sahara monsoons and filling of ancient Sahara lakes, and greening the Australian desert, and we've got some major sealevel drop!! And even a small amount of cooling will increase the Arctic and Antarctic ice mass, by your own admission. More sea level drop. Maybe we would need your fascist world government to protect us from global cooling and global sealevel drop, endangering the California salmon?
Do you know why the country of Greenland is called "Greenland"? Towns and relics are just now being uncovered from in "Greenland", from a time not long ago when the world was warmer than it is now.
A new mini-ice age is starting, like the Maunder minimum which killed many people, due to cyclic lower sun output. Greenland will get more ice, reburying the towns that were built when it was warmer than it is now.
The sun is cool and clear of energetic sunspots today. Check it out. Long, extended periods of cool, clear sun surface are projected for decades coming up. We are going to need to heat the planet in order to prevent freezing deaths !! Do you remember when your "climate scientists" were screaming about the coming ice age? Give them money, and hey would prevent the upcoming ice age !!! Well, they were right. Global cooling is coming.
jaybird: Add in Sahara monsoons and filling of ancient Sahara lakes
Surely, you are able to support your claims.
jaybird: A new mini-ice age is starting, like the Maunder minimum which killed many people, due to cyclic lower sun output.
Forcing due to greenhouse gases is much greater than the projected effects due to reduced solar output.
See Feulner & Rahmstorf, On the effect of a new grand minimum of solar activity on the future climate on Earth, Geophysical Research Letters 2010: "the effect of a 21st-century grand minimum on future global temperatures, finding a moderate temperature offset of no more than −0.3°C in the year 2100 relative to a scenario with solar activity similar to recent decades."
How would a new grand minimum of solar activity affect the future climate?
Zach, even assuming that your "climate scientist" is correct (which is highly doubtful), your natura,l subdued-sun caused negative temperature effect is good according to your scaremongering, isn't it?' Except for the "climate scientists" who tried scaremongering about an upcoming ice age.
In general, warming is good, though. Better than freezing to death, as humans have done many times in the past. Maybe cooling and greening of the deserts is a bad idea, if it gets too cold in the rest of the world.
jaybird: your natura,l subdued-sun caused negative temperature effect is good
As the solar cycle is, well, cyclical, it would only mean that the projected warming is slightly delayed.
jaybird: In general, warming is good, though.
Some warming can be beneficial. However, projected warming will far exceed what can be considered beneficial.
Zach, "projected" by the crooked "climate scientists" who "projected" a deadly, devastating ice age just a few years ago? Projected by intellectually crooked "climate scientists" who will "project" anything to get themselves funding grants? If we paid any attention to those "climate scientists", we would have burned all the coal we could, and would have burned the furniture, too. You can make a computer model do anything you want. But even a hypothetical honest "climate scientist" still can't even tell us with certainty if it will rain in 2 weeks. Here's a wager: I'll bet that if the funding agencies want "projections" of global cooling (the opposite of the obama administratiion), there will be "climate scientists" who will project global cooling.
Zach, "projected" by the crooked "climate scientists" who "projected" a deadly, devastating ice age just a few years ago? Projected by intellectually crooked "climate scientists" who will "project" anything to get themselves funding grants? If we paid any attention to those "climate scientists", we would have burned all the coal we could, and would have burned the furniture, too. You can make a computer model do anything you want. But even a hypothetical honest "climate scientist" still can't even tell us with certainty if it will rain in 2 weeks. Here's a wager: I'll bet that if the funding agencies want "projections" of global cooling (the opposite of the obama administration), there will be "climate scientists" who will project global cooling.
jaybird: "projected" by the crooked "climate scientists" who "projected" a deadly, devastating ice age just a few years ago?
There was never any consensus concerning global cooling. Rather, there are two anthropogenic influences; aerosols, which cool the climate; and greenhouse gases, which warm the climate. It was soon apparent to those who studied the problem that greenhouse warming would predominate.
As early as 1970, an interdisciplinary study, "Man's Impact On The Global Environment", found warming to be of concern, but not cooling. In 1971, Stephen Schneider published a flawed paper which exaggerated the effects of aerosols and minimized the effects of CO2. This formed the basis of the media blitz concerning global cooling. These errors were quickly pointed out by other scientists, and Schneider admitted to the errors. In 1975, Schneider then tested the effects of aerosols by studying volcanic emissions of dust. This gave a reasonable match to the historical record, and indicated that CO2 would dominate after 1980.
Zach, again, why is Greenland, now a ball of ice, called "Greenland" if the earth is now in a heatwave crisis, as you claim? (you may be too young as a new troll, to remember the coming global ice age crisis claimed in horror by your "climate scientists" clamoring for government grants).
The Sahara has periodic wet, cooler monsoon climates. Archeological finds are in currently dried-up lakes for crying-out-loud, which are cyclically, periodically flooded over time. As recently as 10,000 years ago, monsoon rains over the vast (over 3 MILLION square miles) Sahara desert transformed the entire region into habitable cooler land. Human deforestation in Spain and northern Africa caused much desertification. That can be reversed. The ancient Egyptians built the Pyramids. The modern Egyptians built the Aswan hydrocomplex. The Chinese built the gigantic Three Gorges dam, and Brazil built the massive Itaipu dam. But you want to build a fascist gestapo world government.
CO2 is good for plants. Including those that can grow in the Sahara. Your "forcing" BS is simply wrong. Simple water vapor and clouds which have been around for millions of years, interact with sunlight much more than CO2, whether natural or manmade. Fluorocarbons, which have been eliminated, absorb much more infrared light. Even the craziest "climate scientists" are aware that ther is no "global warming" since fluorocarbons were banned about 20 years ago. Look at an Infrared spectroscopy chart, why doncha? Compare CO2 to H20. Compare their concentrations in the atmosphere. Look up Beers law.
Birddog, we viewers don't get paid like this zach troll. The "clicks" you get in the comments aren't positive for your site. I only check your site out periodically, rather than regularly, since it became infested.
jaybird: called "Greenland" if the earth is now in a heatwave crisis, as you claim?
The problem isn't current warming, as real as it is, but projected warming.
jaybird: The Sahara has periodic wet, cooler monsoon climates...
What will those crazy climate scientists come up with next?!
Zach, I'll help you. Its called "Greenland" because it was "green" with plants, not glacier ice, when it was warmer centuries ago than it is now. Maybe if it gets warm enough, it can be Greenland again.
The 3 to 4 million square mile area of the Sahara desert was lush green with lakes up to about 5,000 BC. Those conditions can be recreated. Your beloved "crazy scientists" can model it, if they are able to predict the weather a century from now !!!).
jaybird: Its called "Greenland" because it was "green" with plants, not glacier ice, when it was warmer centuries ago than it is now.
The island of Greenland has been covered with an ice cap for 2-3 million years. The coast was somewhat more hospitable during the Medieval Warm Period.
jaybird: The 3 to 4 million square mile area of the Sahara desert was lush green with lakes up to about 5,000 BC.
The Sahara has been a desert for 2-3 million years, though watery regions were more extensive a few thousand years ago than they are today. See Kuper & Kröpelin, Climate-Controlled Holocene Occupation in the Sahara: Motor of Africa's Evolution, Science 2006.
Natural climate change! What will those crazy scientists come up with next?!
Re; women in the marines.
It is illogical. We only do it because various women's groups see it as a political win and the young women who actually choose to become Marines generally have no clue what they are getting into. And they won't have any clue until the next Guadalcanal and make no mistake there will be more of these terrible firefights in the Marines future.
But the real problem is for the rest of the marines and our country. Can a physical fighting force be effective if a large percentage of the fighters are women? According to the article (and common sense) "The women weren’t slightly less capable than the men; they were profoundly less capable". So... why???
Regarding the naked pictures; If someone voluntarily puts pictures "out" they should have no recourse if others see them or distribute them. I do understand the belief that in this one case we should treat everything different and contrary to established precedents but I don't agree. If on the other hand someone takes pictures without your permission AND in a place you expect privacy and then distributes them we already have laws in place to deal with that.
Re: The press' war on Trump
I watch CNN just for the laughs, they're so convinced they've got Trump defensively hunkered down in the Oval Office, broodily muttering to the ghost of J. Edgar Hoover. Their alternative facts are delusional, they've learned nothing whatsoever about their enemy and their strategy, like Custer riding into battle convinced he's not about to let glory escape.
Their strategy in 2008 and 2012 worked wonderfully - give their favored opponent all the coverage they wanted in the primary, enough rope to hang themselves, only to 'discover' in the general that Maverick McCain and Moderate Mitt have been secret Nazis all along and watch them flounder as they try to defend themselves from the drive-by charges flung like firepots by the press. It didn't work with Trump, did it? Trump never apologizes, never explains, he has no shame, no morals, no scruples, he's never defensive, he's always attacking, he believes there's no such thing as bad publicity. He even had a book out explaining how he fights, the press has no clue that, no, despite your triumphalism, it's not true that "we've got him this time!" just like the other dozen times you thought you had him pinned. CNN has become a parody of themselves and it's hilarious.
Did you know that Mit Romney had "binders full of women" he would consider hiring? What a fascist, sexist, insensitive misogynist. Totally unfit to be president.
Used to be when a newspaper story was proven inaccurate that there was a retraction notice and apology. Any reporter who repeatedly wrote 'fake' stories was fired (anyone remember Stephen Glass????) and the newspaper was quick to distance itself from such a fabricator.
Apparently that is not the case anymore. The New York Times and Washington Post happily print fake story after fake story, not caring that they are instantly debunked. I'm really quite flabbergasted and they are destroying their credibility with every single story. When the 'Russia' story is revealed to be NOTHING, what will happen to the NYT and WaPo?
They are becoming the new National Enquirer.
And that says a lot about the owners. People you wouldn't want to have a beer, or go fishing with.
The NYT and WAPO are Pravda for the Democrats. They gave up any pretense of objectivity long ago.
In an example of the NYT covering for the Democrats, former CIA director Brennan offered a blatantly preposterous Russia collusion story To justify blatantly illegal CIA spying On the Trump campaign. The NYT is of course spinning this as the trump campaign committed some serious offense rather than the Obama administration was illegally spying on American citizens.
Ray, no problem with Brennan. Both the CIA, and his Taqiyya, authorize him to not tell the truth, so no-one should expect it from him.
"Before you laugh at Tiger Woods . . .": I thought the story was going to be about mixing various Pharma with the potential for multiple consequences including death.
A word of advice, if you take more than an occasional aspirin, become best buddies with your pharmacist. Few docs know tiddlywinks about the drugs they prescribed aside from what the salesperson has told them and the warning inserts in the packaging. Many people go to specialists, so even if your internist is up to date via a recent Physicians' Desk Reference, that little pill prescribed your asthma doctor may interfere with his pain med for your bursitis or your over-the-counter sleeping aids no one has prescribed.
I have had too many scares with relatives and friends getting themselves into serious trouble by not have one highly-educated person to monitor their pill-taking. A pharmacist is ideal as they often see the consequences of interactions, both with other meds and with foods and drinks such as grapefruit.
If your doc doesn't want to review a list of your current prescribed and OTC meds before writing a new prescription, find a new doc. This one could kill you.
Re: The 18-second press conference pause:
Clearly the State Department is not used to having to answer questions that are possibly hostile to America's foreign policy. Not because our policies towards Iran or Saudi Arabia have changed, but because the people in charge of them have.
In response to the "Fox News" article, one of the biggest problems lies with Shepherd Smith as the head of the News Department. Not to mention Rupert Murdoch's pinheaded sons. It has been pretty obvious in recent months that the sons are trying to be more left leaning. As a result more and more of their regular viewing audience has stopped watching. The demise of Fox News will be a sad day, hopefully something else will come along for those of us that are of a more conservative mindset. I don't mind differing points of view, just tired of the bullsh#t !