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Thursday, June 20. 2019
8 Fun (and Possibly Dangerous) Activities Enjoyed by Past Generations That Today's Kids Will Never Experience
JD POWER SAYS KOREAN CARS BEAT US AND EUROPE IN QUALITY
California Bishops Concerned With Climate Disruption, Want Ecological Sprituality
Female Student Athletes File Title IX Complaint, Say Transgender Competitors Are ‘Displacing’ Them
Stuyvesant High School: Some stats: Mean SATs, Stuyvesant: 1470, mean math 760. These correlate with an IQ of 143.
Meet the New York couple donating millions to the anti-vax movement
Mexico becomes first country to approve USMCA
Schumer & Cotton: Our bipartisan 'Fentanyl Sanctions Act' targets traffickers like China
Hoyer expects reparations bill to get a floor vote
Don Lemon Compares Airing Trump Speeches To Giving Hitler Air Time…
MSNBC’s Donny Deutsch: Make America Great Again Is Make America White Again, ‘It’s All About Racism’…
CNN Pulls the Plug on Trump Rally After Crowd Chants 'CNN Sucks'
Trump's Orlando Speech: Unprecedented and Remarkable
This Marine captain figured out exactly how many pounds equal pain in combat
One of the criticisms of D Day was overloaded infantry
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Trump's speech: "I was blown away by Trump's unprecedented, straightforward honesty."
This is why Trump is so dangerous to the swamp, there are things you just don't talk about, things that will upset the hoi polloi. This is why the Mueller investigation had to be foisted on us and why when it failed the Democrat house had to take the lead on the effort to obfuscate and divert attention from the real crimes committed by Obama and his minions. The AG appears to actually intend to root out the truth and maybe even bring some Democrats to trial. For this Trump must be persecuted.
"Trump told the American people the truth about numerous important issues which have been lied about or hidden by fake news media."
The news media is part of the swamp. They have always been the untouchables of American politics but this president has pulled back the covers and exposed them for who they are. For this, Trump must pay...
Korean cars are no better than European cars. Some Korean cars may be better than some European cars. But many European cars are better than any Korean car.
Korean cars have got a lot better than they used to be, but so have European cars.
Why it appears European cars have got worse is because now brands like Dacia that previously weren't counted as such, and which are rubbish, are now counted as European cars.
That's like counting North Korean cars as Korean cars...
Admittedly, my Mercedes are not new but I have had a lot more problems with my 2005 and 2006 C230s than I remember having with other cars - certainly more than I expected. From the research I've done, BMW and Mercedes aren't any better than average in reliability. That sounds about right to me. It used to be that well maintained BMWs and Mercedes would last hundreds of thousands of miles. I'd say those days are over.
I have a friend in South Texas who finally gave up on his Mercedes when the newfangled 'eco-green' insulation on his wiring harness began disintegrating in the heat and shorting out his electronics. It was only a few years old. I had an Audi at one time which I really enjoyed driving - they're very much an acquired, delicious, taste. But it was a serious maintenance hog. Seemed like every other month was a 'scheduled' visit. Now I drive my 23 year old Dodge 4x4 pickup and it works just fine, even though the interior is falling apart, as Dodges do.
Lease European cars; don’t buy them. And never buy a used European luxury car.
I used to work with an ex-pat Brit who was a fan of 60s Jaguars. He said he didn't worry about them being stolen for three reasons: first you could always find it by following the trail of leaking oil on the street, secondly there was no reason for a chop-shop, since parts off of one would rarely fit only another without enough filing and grinding to make it unreasonable to try, and third if the thief could get one to start quietly in less than 10 minutes he'd want to hire them as his mechanic.
I had a used one for a year in the 80's when I was in the Air Force. When it ran it was magnificent...the other 70% of the time it looked good parked. Kept a running tab on a legal pad of what was wrong and what was fixed...it ran 2 and a half pages by the end.
BMWs are notoriously over engineered and the electronics on them are garbage. Had a big 740iL; rode like a dream, beautiful, but after the first couple of years, there was constantly some little electronic niggle or another arising.
The Whiffle Life.
A world in which nothing bad can happen, even at the expense of the ability for anyone to achieve or innovate.
Everybody will be happy, because they will be told that what they feel is happiness. Anyone who feels differently will be bullied, cowed, intimidated, or just plain drugged into feeling appropriately.
It's not 1984 they're using as a playbook, it's Brave New World.
"How many pounds equal pain in combat"
Excuse me for being a cynic but the issue underlying this is that women cannot carry the combat load. The activists would like to convince you that women should be in combat and the fact that they cannot carry this equipment should not matter. And now a female Captain discovers what no one in history ever discovered; that 15 lbs should be the maximum anyone carries! Well pardon me for being surprised and perhaps a little cynical about this amazing discovery.
There is a scene in "Blackhawk Down" where the American troops getting ready to go on a short mission and some decide to not carry the hard body armor because they are heavy. Predictably those soldiers who choose not to use that feature of their equipment where shot and died because of that decision.
The combat load is heavy, but what, exactly, shouldn't the soldier have with them if they need it in combat? Should they run out of ammo and throw rocks? Should they not have any food or water? No body armor? No radio or other electronic equipment that tells them where the enemy is. No weather protection or sleeping gear? Where do you cut to get to that magical 15 pounds???
15 lbs is a joke...I carried that much in water in RVN.
German army study after WW1 concluded 28 pounds was optimal infantry load. For German weather and terrain, maybe. Like the old answer: That depends on the enemy, the terrain and the weather. And the mission. 40 pounds is too much. 50 is way too much. Ordering 75 pounds and over is conduct unbecoming.
In watching this freakshow about the ridiculous concentration camp tweet, and the Don Lemon clip linked to, it occurs to me that there's a hidden blessing in it: At least there are very few left of the the people who were there, who saw their families herded onto trains, tortured, forced into gas chambers, thrown into ovens, who saw the bodies stacked in the hundreds, rotting and stinking in the sun, who saw their civilization nearly destroyed; there are very few of them left who have to see those memories abused by this cabal of twits whose mental and moral development was arrested in middle school, like Don Lemon and that professional nitwit Cortez girl. At least there’s that.
Yup...every day the socialist/communists prove that the gutter is far deeper than any of us could have guessed.
I'd say there are far more people in that gutter than I would have guessed too. I find it really scary!
Imagine if every Jewish family in the 30's in Germany had a gun. When they came to their door at 2:00 AM to take them away that they defended themselves. Likely that at least in half of those cases the Germans would have prevailed but in about half the innocent civilians would have been able to kill the government jackbooted thugs. That one thing would have changed history. I is not coincidental that Germany confiscated guns before they too these steps.
Re Activities Enjoyed by Past Generations.
Remember the Gilbert chemistry sets where you were taught how to make explosives?
I do not Ray. Before my time, I suppose.
But I have read about the Glibert Atomic Energy Lab from the early 50s "which contained three “very low-level” radioactive sources (alpha, beta, and gamma particles), a U-239 Geiger counter, a Wilson cloud chamber, a spinthariscope, four samples of uranium-bearing ores, and an electroscope to measure radioactivity."
Indeed. The good old days when chemistry sets were fun. They should be listed in the top link of fun things enjoyed by past generations.
I have at least half a dozen friends or family members who blew stuff up in youth, with everything from white phosphorous to nitroglycerine. It's amazing what a teenager can manufacture.
Yes Texan 99.
Back in the 1950s, my brother-in-law figured out how to make a fertilizer bomb like the one that was detonated in OKC.
He was lucky he didn't blow himself to smithereens.
Since you opened that door; The bomb(s) in OKC were not what the FBI said. The FBI had to walk a very fine line in describing the bomb(s) because: 1. An ANFO bomb would not have severed a 5' thick reinforced column 20 feet inside the building and another 15' from the outside of the building to the bomb. 2. The FBI first claimed the ANFO was 15 tons of ammonium nitrate mixed with nitromethane. They did this because they really needed it to be a big and powerful bomb to counter the obvious fact that regular ANFO will not severe a reinforced concrete column. But it is a physical impossibility that one person (or even two people) could mix such a bomb. It would take days/weeks, special equipment, etc. And the narrative was that McVeigh acted alone (yeah one other guy knew something and/or participated in some minor way, maybe) and there is no way he could mix up the ANFO. SO the settled for a much smaller bomb with some unstated but implied mysterious additional "stuff" to make it more powerful.
The point is, they lied. McVeigh didn't act alone, it is likely that some more powerful explosive material was attached to the concrete column(s), and that this was a larger conspiracy which for some secret reason could not be exposed.
Therefore the destroyed building had to be cleaned up quickly with no independent access and investigation into what happened AND McVeigh had to be executed in record time so that he couldn't tell what he knew.
I'm watching the Youtube video of the Trump rally. I was really impressed that, after Melania spoke, the President escorted her of the podium. He's a gentleman as well as a great President.
Hitler and air time.
Hitler actually was censored by the Germans prior to the National Socialists taking over. Didn't work that well, did it?
A Champion Emerges: Sen. Hawley Proposes Bill To Tackle Tech Censorship
From the article:
A Republican lawmaker is finally taking on Big Tech censorship. Missouri Sen. Josh Hawley announced Wednesday a bill that would aim at the Achilles heel of Big Tech: Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act.
Section 230 gives tech platforms immunity from publisher liabilities. The reason being is that they provide a “forum for a true diversity of political discourse.”
Hawley’s bill would require all large platforms to submit to a government audit to assess if they operate as neutral political forums. If they refuse to comply or fail the audit, the platform would be stripped of its Section 230 protection.