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by Aesop
Mon May 23, 2016 9:47 am
Forum: Random
Topic: Does not follow...
Replies: 4418
Views: 313589

Re: Does not follow...

Cruising the net for some decent hiking boots, and apparently one (apparently Chinese) site is a gateway for trojan virus uploads. Suddenly my entire drive is encrypted and held hostage. SONOFABITCH MalwareBytes found the damned things, but after the damage was done. Managed to salvage some things, ...
by Aesop
Sun May 22, 2016 7:31 am
Forum: History and Current Events
Topic: US puts 522% tarrif on Chinese cold roll steel
Replies: 30
Views: 3528

Re: US puts 522% tarrif on Chinese cold roll steel

John_in_Longview wrote:In addition to the government not paying close enough attention to dumping, there are domestic purchasers who only care about the cost, and not the quality, of the flat roll they purchase.


Which exact problem, to the tune of a 522% mark-up, a tarrif was designed to solve. ;)
by Aesop
Sun May 22, 2016 3:03 am
Forum: History and Current Events
Topic: US puts 522% tarrif on Chinese cold roll steel
Replies: 30
Views: 3528

Re: US puts 522% tarrif on Chinese cold roll steel

That depends on whether we're smart or stupid about it. If we're smart, countries without tarrifs are selling use first-world steel that meets standards, and buying cheap China shit for themselves. If we're dumbasses, then yes, we get boned with crap steel and pay for the privilege. Letting middlema...
by Aesop
Fri May 20, 2016 6:18 am
Forum: Politics, Law, and Justice
Topic: "Wise Latina" Opens Mouth shows idiocy...
Replies: 6
Views: 1901

Re: "Wise Latina" Opens Mouth shows idiocy...

Once again, "that pesky Constitution thingie" rears its ugly head, and thwarts the will and whims of one of our presumed betters. If she's the standard for SCOTUS picks, Congress should pass an amendment stating that the next 9 choices to SCOTUS will be press-ganged from jury pools by rand...
by Aesop
Thu May 19, 2016 12:02 pm
Forum: The War Room
Topic: The M2 flame thrower
Replies: 36
Views: 2755

Re: The M2 flame thrower

Jericho941 wrote:...why do you have that?


Rethink your premise: the internet has that.
It's a wonder it isn't next year's Army recruiting poster.
by Aesop
Wed May 18, 2016 11:21 pm
Forum: The Kitchen Table
Topic: Missing, lost, absent members
Replies: 56
Views: 4549

Re: Missing, lost, absent members

Springtime, early vacation, election-season ennui... Right now the entire country feels like Minas Tirith before the thunderclap of doom, when the orc armies march westward. If I had either a defensible plot of land, or a sturdy motorsailor with intercontinental range, I'd either be forted up on the...
by Aesop
Wed May 18, 2016 11:13 pm
Forum: Random
Topic: Sunglasses
Replies: 10
Views: 2095

Re: Sunglasses

Another vote for large aviator glasses.
And if you can, with cable (wrap-around) earpieces, not bayonet-style (slide-on).
The former don't fall off when you move your head downward.
by Aesop
Wed May 18, 2016 10:59 pm
Forum: The War Room
Topic: The M2 flame thrower
Replies: 36
Views: 2755

Re: The M2 flame thrower

It's criminal that a bunch of non-combat jackasses and multi-star pussies have relegated hella-effective weapons like Claymores, Bouncing Betties, Toe Poppers, and M2 flamethrowers to the scrap heap, but that combat troops have to wear reflective belts to go jogging. I'm surprised they haven't adde...
by Aesop
Tue May 17, 2016 9:47 pm
Forum: The War Room
Topic: The M2 flame thrower
Replies: 36
Views: 2755

Re: The M2 flame thrower

Yes, but no. The fuel tanks were pressurized during firing (so no, not always at 14.7psi), but only when you opened the propellant tank up (to fire), until the fuel was used up. Then you vent the pressurized nitrogen, and you're just carrying an empty metal can. They were filled, as you'll note, by ...
by Aesop
Tue May 17, 2016 8:29 pm
Forum: The War Room
Topic: The M2 flame thrower
Replies: 36
Views: 2755

Re: The M2 flame thrower

Back in my day, if you couldn't throw a grenade to the range of a flamethrower, you didn't pass basic. The blast radius of a grenade is almost the range of a flamethrower. It is considered very bad manners to throw a grenade inside its blast radius. However, I understand that they are having proble...
by Aesop
Tue May 17, 2016 8:07 pm
Forum: The War Room
Topic: The Philipine Navy revives the grease gun
Replies: 17
Views: 2491

Re: The Philipine Navy revives the grease gun

Should be perfect for them: makes loud noise, doesn't hit shit, too heavy to steal in a pocket, and dirt cheap. Exactly what the Philippine Navy needs in a weapon. Inside of 15 feet, it will make 30 or so holes somewhere on a man-sized silhouette from feet to head; beyond that range, the muzzle blas...
by Aesop
Mon May 16, 2016 4:33 pm
Forum: History and Current Events
Topic: Colorado Marijijuana Smuggling
Replies: 18
Views: 2272

Re: Colorado Marijijuana Smuggling

Banks care little about threats of losing their FDIC status; the reality is that if they take weed deposits, both those assets, and the banks themselves, could be seized under the RICO statutes. The bank would be a de facto participant and beneficiary of the proceeds of narcobusiness. And the feds w...
by Aesop
Sun May 15, 2016 7:40 pm
Forum: History and Current Events
Topic: Colorado Marijijuana Smuggling
Replies: 18
Views: 2272

Re: Colorado Marijijuana Smuggling

The WY gov and AG should sue USAToday, Gannett Publishing, and the El Paso Federal Information Center for malicious slander and unspecified damages, on the grounds that no one could be so effing geographically illiterate as to get such a mistake past layers and layers of editors, thus forcing the pa...
by Aesop
Sat May 14, 2016 2:14 am
Forum: The War Room
Topic: Kommander visits the USS Iowa, becomes artist. (56K warning)
Replies: 1
Views: 629

Re: Kommander visits the USS Iowa, becomes artist. (56K warning)

Nice work.
We must have just missed each other; I finally visited it the other day too.
Taking a camera next time, but the tour and the ship are impressive, and everything you'd expect.
by Aesop
Sat May 14, 2016 1:56 am
Forum: Politics, Law, and Justice
Topic: F.B.I. Director Says ‘Viral Video Effect’ Blunts Police Work
Replies: 31
Views: 3130

Re: F.B.I. Director Says ‘Viral Video Effect’ Blunts Police Work

Why might someone think that just because a friend had a bad experience once-upon-a-time at a faraway place, that somehow it reflects on how I do my job? You're not the problem. A million of your blue-suited brethren are. I stopped to help out at an accident, mere moments after it had occurred, in ...
by Aesop
Fri May 13, 2016 8:16 am
Forum: Gear Talk and Tech
Topic: Lightsaber As Survival Multitool
Replies: 19
Views: 3605

Re: Lightsaber As Survival Multitool

1) My factory snark settings were designed by Ruger, not Colt: there is no half-cock position, and I can fire full-power proof loads. 2) If light saber tech existed, by now Schick and Gillette would have micro-miniaturized it and would be using it to offer a closer shave. In fact, the new Gillette S...
by Aesop
Fri May 13, 2016 8:01 am
Forum: History and Current Events
Topic: Looks like exoplanets are common afterall
Replies: 12
Views: 1392

Re: Looks like exoplanets are common afterall

One of the big issues as I understand it is the fact that were not sure when to start. Lets say we spend a ton of money on a few probes that will take 30 to 100 years to get to their destination. The fear is that in the intervening time we will develop an even faster way of travel that will have ne...
by Aesop
Fri May 13, 2016 7:48 am
Forum: Politics, Law, and Justice
Topic: F.B.I. Director Says ‘Viral Video Effect’ Blunts Police Work
Replies: 31
Views: 3130

Re: F.B.I. Director Says ‘Viral Video Effect’ Blunts Police Work

Fuck him and the horse he rode to town on. The problem isn't that officers are "afraid to get out of their car at 2AM and ask a group of guys 'What are you doing?'. It's that they're scared shitless of getting videoed jumping out of their car at 2AM, egging a group into a confrontation, then do...
by Aesop
Thu May 12, 2016 5:10 am
Forum: Politics, Law, and Justice
Topic: How many attempts on Trump's Life?
Replies: 36
Views: 4049

Re: How many attempts on Trump's Life?

I'm just going to point out that the vast majority of assassins and would be assassins of US presidents have been Democrats and/or commies. Ayup... The remainder were just certifiable nutjobs... You act as if there were some functional difference between population A and population B. :lol: Certain...
by Aesop
Thu May 12, 2016 5:05 am
Forum: History and Current Events
Topic: New $20 bills...
Replies: 20
Views: 2142

Re: New $20 bills...

Until now, when we turn that concept on its head.

Johhnyreb wrote:Tubman was a heroin

Malaprops/typo Win Of The Week Award. :lol:
I do not think that word means what you think it means, but I like it better than what you probably intended.
by Aesop
Thu May 12, 2016 4:39 am
Forum: Politics, Law, and Justice
Topic: The Truth About North Carolina’s Bathroom Bill
Replies: 5
Views: 842

Re: The Truth About North Carolina’s Bathroom Bill

And the feds have leapt the Civil Rights Act about three astronomical units outside its actual boundaries. (e.g. if people can act WRT the law on the basis of a self-claim to "identity", then I can apply for, and sue for grants assigned to native Americans, women, and minorities, simply be...
by Aesop
Thu May 12, 2016 4:34 am
Forum: History and Current Events
Topic: Looks like exoplanets are common afterall
Replies: 12
Views: 1392

Re: Looks like exoplanets are common afterall

My understanding is that there are only a few criteria used to determine if a planet could support life (note, not that it HAS life, but it COULD), and they're pretty simple and measurable even at this distance: The first thing they look for is that it's at the right distance from the star to suppo...
by Aesop
Wed May 11, 2016 6:40 am
Forum: History and Current Events
Topic: Looks like exoplanets are common afterall
Replies: 12
Views: 1392

Re: Looks like exoplanets are common afterall

I'll believe that when they find one that actually does. We don't even know whatinhell goes on upon Venus, Mars, and Jupiter, our relative next-door neighbors. Postulations about planets and any potential for life support reveal far more about the authors' prejudices, assumptions, and preconceptions...
by Aesop
Tue May 10, 2016 8:46 am
Forum: Politics, Law, and Justice
Topic: How many attempts on Trump's Life?
Replies: 36
Views: 4049

Re: How many attempts on Trump's Life?

Let's be fair: Boehnhead, McConjob, and Ryan will own 95% of that, if it happens.
Trump is just a symptom.
by Aesop
Mon May 09, 2016 8:27 pm
Forum: Guns and Shooting
Topic: How cool
Replies: 11
Views: 1516

Re: How cool

I don't know if it's art, but I like it.
I ever move to a free state, and one of those is a truck gun.
For a .45 Colt, I'd start looking at real estate sites.
by Aesop
Mon May 09, 2016 8:23 pm
Forum: Politics, Law, and Justice
Topic: Sharia Law is coming to London
Replies: 13
Views: 1523

Re: Sharia Law is coming to London

How long until it gets sporty there? My daughter has a class trip scheduled there in the beginning of June. Um, that would be either 2005 or 2011 , depending on how you define "sporty". And those 2011 riots made Ferguson look like a church social. There hasn't been an England since Thatch...
by Aesop
Mon May 09, 2016 8:16 pm
Forum: Politics, Law, and Justice
Topic: How many attempts on Trump's Life?
Replies: 36
Views: 4049

Re: How many attempts on Trump's Life?

I'm just going to point out that the vast majority of assassins and would be assassins of US presidents have been Democrats and/or commies. Ayup... The remainder were just certifiable nutjobs... You act as if there were some functional difference between population A and population B. :lol: Nationa...
by Aesop
Mon May 09, 2016 8:07 pm
Forum: Politics, Law, and Justice
Topic: CRULazyGutlessSonofabitchUUZ!
Replies: 394
Views: 28489

Re: CRULazyGutlessSonofabitchUUZ!

You assume far too much goodness or commitment to anything he's said from Trump. I think he's going to revert to biblical levels of douchebaggery, because the sonofabitch answers to no one now . And I don't believe he meant, nor remembers, anything he said 5 minutes ago. Were he to win, I think he'd...
by Aesop
Mon May 09, 2016 4:37 pm
Forum: Politics, Law, and Justice
Topic: CRULazyGutlessSonofabitchUUZ!
Replies: 394
Views: 28489

Re: CRULazyGutlessSonofabitchUUZ!

OK, let me explain. No, would take too long, let me summarize. ... Bravo. Well-played. I mean that sincerely. Almost persuasive. And then I remember Trump is Obama with a (largely ceremonial, and utterly insincere) [R] after his name, and I realize they're both going to eff over the country just ab...
by Aesop
Mon May 09, 2016 2:24 am
Forum: Humor
Topic: Statue of limitations?
Replies: 11
Views: 1936

Re: Statue of limitations?

First Shirt wrote:Didn't realize that there was a statute of limitations on treason.


If you assume Trump is simultaneously 100% wrong, and talking out his ass from a position of utter ignorance, on any topic since the dawn of time and recorded human history to now, you will seldom, if ever, be disappointed.
by Aesop
Mon May 09, 2016 2:22 am
Forum: Guns and Shooting
Topic: How cool
Replies: 11
Views: 1516

Re: How cool

Loaded with .44 Special, that could be named the "HushHog".
by Aesop
Mon May 09, 2016 2:18 am
Forum: Politics, Law, and Justice
Topic: CRULazyGutlessSonofabitchUUZ!
Replies: 394
Views: 28489

Re: CRULazyGutlessSonofabitchUUZ!

Indeed. Still, I can't help but wonder if GOP establishment figures saying "I'm not ready to support Donald Trump at this time" is a soft form of support. Paul Ryan et al saying that doesn't actually hurt Trump at all, as he's styled himself as an "anti-establishment" figure. Ev...
by Aesop
Sat May 07, 2016 5:54 pm
Forum: Politics, Law, and Justice
Topic: Gary Johnson for President!
Replies: 21
Views: 2219

Re: Gary Johnson for President!

We needn't do mass deportations. Ever. 1) Build the goddam wall, from San Diego to Brownsville. Crossers to be shot on sight. 2) Every one you catch here incidentally, from felonies to broken tail lights, gets 25 years in the federal pen at hard labor, followed by irrevocable lifetime deportation. (...
by Aesop
Sat May 07, 2016 5:13 pm
Forum: Humor
Topic: Trumps press secretary
Replies: 6
Views: 1040

Re: Trumps press secretary

Trump doesn't need a press secretary any more than an ocean liner needs an extra foghorn.
What he does need is a fire engine company, so they can cut him free when he loses, put out the flames when he craters into the ground, and patch him up as he gets tried by fire.
by Aesop
Sat May 07, 2016 4:36 pm
Forum: Politics, Law, and Justice
Topic: CRULazyGutlessSonofabitchUUZ!
Replies: 394
Views: 28489

Re: CRULazyGutlessSonofabitchUUZ!

How did we get off the rails? I'm glad you asked.....In no particular order US Constitution, 16th, 17th, 18th, and 19th amendments. FIFY. Those were all the progeny of unadulterated Progressivism. If someone had shot Wilson instead of McKinley, the country would still be a constitutional republic.
by Aesop
Thu May 05, 2016 12:30 pm
Forum: Random
Topic: Chinese Secret Service agents for the US?
Replies: 3
Views: 872

Re: Chinese Secret Service agents for the US?

Look at the brighter side: we'll see the first open-car presidential motorcades since 1963. :lol:
by Aesop
Thu May 05, 2016 12:24 pm
Forum: Politics, Law, and Justice
Topic: How many attempts on Trump's Life?
Replies: 36
Views: 4049

Re: How many attempts on Trump's Life?

OTOH, if some unlikely how Trump wins , and his running mate has any kind of aura of reasonableness about him/her, the day efter the election, Trump will need Captain America's shield built into every podium he stands behind, he'll have to hire food tasters, and the Secret Service will need a Patrio...
by Aesop
Thu May 05, 2016 12:17 pm
Forum: Politics, Law, and Justice
Topic: CRULazyGutlessSonofabitchUUZ!
Replies: 394
Views: 28489

Re: CRULazyGutlessSonofabitchUUZ!

Cruz had one job. :roll: Disappointment was when he picked Failerina for a running mate. But yesterday, the air came out of him so fast he must've turned inside out through his own @$$hole. He probably needs a compressor hooked up to his navel to re-inflate himself right-side out again. The only goo...
by Aesop
Thu May 05, 2016 12:03 pm
Forum: Politics, Law, and Justice
Topic: Gary Johnson for President!
Replies: 21
Views: 2219

Re: Gary Johnson for President!

Shrillary. Solid majority. And if Trump can't find his own "mute" switch, she may even win it all. If you didn't go to the gun store after yesterday's news, you're already behind the power curve on this. The only thing that stops her now is an indictment on 27,000 counts. And if you though...
by Aesop
Thu May 05, 2016 11:11 am
Forum: Politics, Law, and Justice
Topic: CRULazyGutlessSonofabitchUUZ!
Replies: 394
Views: 28489

Re: CRUUUUUUUUBatcrapCrazyUUUUUUZ!

On the plus side (he said, digging through the manure, looking for the pony) this means that Cruz will be eligible to fill the Supreme Court vacancy. Now THAT would be a plus for our side (the side of the US Constitution)!! As if Trump would ever nominate him. As if 52 Republican senators wouldn't ...
by Aesop
Wed May 04, 2016 5:05 pm
Forum: Politics, Law, and Justice
Topic: Gary Johnson for President!
Replies: 21
Views: 2219

Re: Gary Johnson for President!

Might as well vote for Doc Johnson: Same result in the end, wider selection, and a higher chance of getting lube before the festivities begin.
by Aesop
Wed May 04, 2016 4:58 pm
Forum: Politics, Law, and Justice
Topic: How many attempts on Trump's Life?
Replies: 36
Views: 4049

Re: How many attempts on Trump's Life?

Why drum up sympathy for Hairpiece?

Shrillary's going to win this in a 15-point walkaway.
Republicans are going to stay home by the millions this time.
by Aesop
Wed May 04, 2016 4:40 pm
Forum: Politics, Law, and Justice
Topic: CRULazyGutlessSonofabitchUUZ!
Replies: 394
Views: 28489

Re: CRUUUUUUUUBatcrapCrazyUUUUUUZ!

[(Personally, I think he's simply decided "Fuck it. I have four more years in the Senate to be the conservative equivalent to McCain as a Flaming Pain In The Ass, and I've already got a lifetime Senate pension. I don't need this grief any longer, so I may as well put on clown shoes and do prat...
by Aesop
Mon May 02, 2016 5:16 pm
Forum: Politics, Law, and Justice
Topic: CRULazyGutlessSonofabitchUUZ!
Replies: 394
Views: 28489

Re: CRUUUUUUUUBatcrapCrazyUUUUUUZ!

Are you sure you want to use gatewaypundit as a serious reference? It reads like the Trumpkin Manifesto Homepage in any 6 lines. Trump isn't walking away from primaries with all the delegates, because all the voters don't want him, nor are all of the delegates selected by popular vote. In districts ...
by Aesop
Sun May 01, 2016 5:31 pm
Forum: Guns and Shooting
Topic: So, I'm opening up a gun store...
Replies: 13
Views: 1933

Re: So, I'm opening up a gun store...

1) The easiest way to make a small fortune in the gun business, is to start out with a large one. 2) Your customers will be the cheapest, most penny-pinching skinflints on the face of the earth. 3) New guns, overall, will be a break-even proposition. 4) Used guns, if you know your business, will mak...
by Aesop
Sun May 01, 2016 5:09 pm
Forum: Humor
Topic: Latest from US State Department
Replies: 10
Views: 1540

Re: Latest from US State Department

Ah!
So.






I'm pretty sure that was cut #4 from The Guantanamo Waterboarders' Greatest Hits: Music To Torture Prisoners.
by Aesop
Sat Apr 30, 2016 12:39 am
Forum: Guns and Shooting
Topic: NFA Dealer Trolls ATF And Houston PD
Replies: 5
Views: 1050

Re: NFA Dealer Trolls ATF And Houston PD

A guy with brain, a wicked sense of humor, and sarcasm by buckets. Hope he thrives.

Meanwhile, 10,000 entrepreneurs kick themselves in the ass and scream at their assistant, "Dammit, Witherspoon, why didn't we think of that??"
by Aesop
Sat Apr 30, 2016 12:19 am
Forum: Politics, Law, and Justice
Topic: CRULazyGutlessSonofabitchUUZ!
Replies: 394
Views: 28489

Re: CRUUUUUUUUBatcrapCrazyUUUUUUZ!

Condi made her feelings well known in 2008, giving statements a whisker short of William Tecumseh Sherman's famous :"If nominated I will not run; if elected I will not serve." She made it blisteringly clear to the GOP that her answer was not just no, but HELL NO to any further government o...
by Aesop
Fri Apr 29, 2016 10:50 am
Forum: Politics, Law, and Justice
Topic: CRULazyGutlessSonofabitchUUZ!
Replies: 394
Views: 28489

Re: CRUUUUUUUUBatcrapCrazyUUUUUUZ!

Going to someone who balances the ticket nationally, and has some bare chance of adding voters in a national campaign (I'm talking in the millions, not the dozens), like Scott Walker, or Mike Pence, or even Rick Santorum, Walker or Santorum? They are both ok guys, but add zero in terms of being &qu...
by Aesop
Thu Apr 28, 2016 7:33 pm
Forum: Politics, Law, and Justice
Topic: CRULazyGutlessSonofabitchUUZ!
Replies: 394
Views: 28489

Re: CRUUUUUUUUBatcrapCrazyUUUUUUZ!

When would have made sense then? Doing it the same old way as every past Presidential nominee? 1) Keeping his mouth shut about veeps until he was something more than the second-place candidate hoping for a shot on the second ballot. 2) Bringing in someone who adds sizzle to your campaign, rather th...
by Aesop
Thu Apr 28, 2016 5:00 pm
Forum: Politics, Law, and Justice
Topic: From the world of socialized medicine...
Replies: 39
Views: 3597

Re: From the world of socialized medicine...

Been through this mess with a granddaughter. She's going to be nine, and she's about average size for a five-year-old. Since her dad is 5'7" and her mom is 5-foot-nothing, nobody is surprised, except the pediatrician who wanted to send her for every test in the book for "arrested developm...
by Aesop
Wed Apr 27, 2016 9:49 pm
Forum: Politics, Law, and Justice
Topic: From the world of socialized medicine...
Replies: 39
Views: 3597

Re: From the world of socialized medicine...

Okay. And the doctor sought her ought, at home, on his own time, and told her than unless she dragged her child repeatedly to undergo all these tests, he would report her to CPS? Or, mayhap, was it another iteration of being a Stage Mom cross-pollinated with Munchausen By Proxy, wherein the practiti...
by Aesop
Wed Apr 27, 2016 9:21 pm
Forum: Politics, Law, and Justice
Topic: CRULazyGutlessSonofabitchUUZ!
Replies: 394
Views: 28489

Re: CRUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUZ!

Apologies for following my own post on this thread, but now we have even bigger news: It's finally happened: For months and months, those of us following the primary politics of this incredible season of insanity have watched and waited, certain that one candidate, lasting far beyond any rational ex...
by Aesop
Wed Apr 27, 2016 7:35 pm
Forum: Politics, Law, and Justice
Topic: CRULazyGutlessSonofabitchUUZ!
Replies: 394
Views: 28489

Re: CRUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUZ!

Meanwhile, comes word from the dutiful (D) minions at TimeWarnerAOHell that Bernie should throw in the towel because, statistically, he has no chance in hell of getting the nomination, and shouldn't-we-all-start-carving-up-the-likely-Republican-nominee(s)? Unfortunately, in their haste to crown Shri...
by Aesop
Wed Apr 27, 2016 7:12 pm
Forum: Politics, Law, and Justice
Topic: From the world of socialized medicine...
Replies: 39
Views: 3597

Re: From the world of socialized medicine...

I don't know, Aesop, about the "fuck you, go die" being the only solution. I don't think it's the only solution. But it's the only solution when you turn healthcare over to the government . { cf. airport security, railroads, mail delivery, veteran's care, home loans, college loans, marria...
by Aesop
Wed Apr 27, 2016 6:36 pm
Forum: Politics, Law, and Justice
Topic: From the world of socialized medicine...
Replies: 39
Views: 3597

Re: From the world of socialized medicine...

You probably want to beware of certain bargain procedures.
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Just saying.
by Aesop
Wed Apr 27, 2016 5:32 pm
Forum: Politics, Law, and Justice
Topic: From the world of socialized medicine...
Replies: 39
Views: 3597

Re: From the world of socialized medicine...

He told me that there is no one major problem; that the system is broken from top to bottom. And that one of the biggest problems is rampant greed, from all parties. Yeah. Starting with patients, who seldom pay much if any of the cost for anything, and thus have no wild fucking clue what they're or...
by Aesop
Tue Apr 26, 2016 4:17 pm
Forum: Politics, Law, and Justice
Topic: From the world of socialized medicine...
Replies: 39
Views: 3597

Re: From the world of socialized medicine...

My father died in BC because of the long wait times. He was on a cruise ship headed to Alaska from Seattle with his favorite grandson. Shortly after they left, he suffered a heart attack. The doctors on the ship got him stabilized and he was actually improving. Then they decided to transfer him to ...
by Aesop
Mon Apr 25, 2016 11:08 pm
Forum: Politics, Law, and Justice
Topic: CRULazyGutlessSonofabitchUUZ!
Replies: 394
Views: 28489

Re: CRUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUZ!

Trump is simply the flip-side of Obama: what a Republican would look like if he'd never had an original thought, never took the time to think about something in his entire life, had been gifted with undeserved success, was pompously bombastically morally certain of his inate superiority to lesser m...
by Aesop
Mon Apr 25, 2016 10:55 am
Forum: Politics, Law, and Justice
Topic: I may finally understand Sanders' role
Replies: 2
Views: 706

Re: I may finally understand Sanders' role

Sanders' entire function is to make Shrillary seem like the more rational, safe, and more palatable candidate.
The rank and file Dumocrats haven't been reading their talking points memos, and so a certain percentage of them are voting for the open communist out of sheer reflex.
by Aesop
Sat Apr 23, 2016 9:29 am
Forum: Politics, Law, and Justice
Topic: CRULazyGutlessSonofabitchUUZ!
Replies: 394
Views: 28489

Re: CRUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUZ!

Trump is simply the flip-side of Obama: what a Republican would look like if he'd never had an original thought, never took the time to think about something in his entire life, had been gifted with undeserved success, was pompously bombastically morally certain of his inate superiority to lesser mo...
by Aesop
Fri Apr 22, 2016 4:24 pm
Forum: The Kitchen Table
Topic: Bye, Doofus
Replies: 14
Views: 1458

Re: Bye, Doofus

I'm kind of touched that you named the cat after every recent President.
But assuming a cat heaven, he's rolling in fields of catnip, can pee on everything, the mice are always fat and tasty, and there's always someone standing by to let him in. And out. And in. And out. And in.
by Aesop
Fri Apr 22, 2016 4:14 pm
Forum: Culture Junkies
Topic: 2016 Ooops Sorry Out Of Time...
Replies: 11
Views: 1595

Re: 2016 Ooops Sorry Out Of Time...

Musically, he was one helluva fantastic guitarist, and fairly influential during his heyday. OTOH, he was about 5'4", and an insufferable prick with most of the people with whom he came into personal contact, and he hadn't had a hit since, geez...1999. So I rate his passing a giant "Meh. B...
by Aesop
Fri Apr 22, 2016 4:10 pm
Forum: Politics, Law, and Justice
Topic: CRULazyGutlessSonofabitchUUZ!
Replies: 394
Views: 28489

Re: CRUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUZ!

If that happens, the GOP nominee will win 27% of the Republican voters, and 10% of all voters, and they will, deservedly, become the 21st C. Whig Party.
by Aesop
Thu Apr 21, 2016 4:52 pm
Forum: History and Current Events
Topic: New $20 bills...
Replies: 20
Views: 2142

Re: New $20 bills...

By the time this comes out, $20 will be a coin used for buying a gumball; equally likely is that we'll be using gold and silver coins exclusively, and a $20 bill will be used for kindling. Either way, I'm pretty sure IDGAF at that point. Personally, I'm holding out for putting Fatass Clinton on a $3...
by Aesop
Thu Apr 21, 2016 4:39 pm
Forum: History and Current Events
Topic: Target stores bravely allow you to choose your restroom
Replies: 12
Views: 1388

Re: Target stores bravely allow you to choose your restroom

1) I don't know what you're all talking about. I'm a guy. The WORLD is my bathroom. (And I assure you, I've done much to enforce this policy, even to the present day.) 2) As a practical matter, all bathrooms will probably be single-occupant within a matter of months to a couple of years, of necessit...
by Aesop
Thu Apr 21, 2016 4:34 pm
Forum: Politics, Law, and Justice
Topic: CRULazyGutlessSonofabitchUUZ!
Replies: 394
Views: 28489

Re: CRUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUZ!

The way I see the race, there are four candidates: Trump, Cruz, Some Loser, and None Of The Above (NOTA). There are three critical delegate counts. 1,237 and you're nominated. Around 1,075, and you only need to pick up Kasich's or Rubio's delegates to win. Below ~950, you're done. Fox News' estimat...
by Aesop
Tue Apr 19, 2016 2:16 pm
Forum: Guns and Shooting
Topic: He died getting the shot
Replies: 8
Views: 1302

Re: He died getting the shot

A reminder that there is no such thing as "friendly fire".

The after-action will only clarify if this was the result of two dipshits in action, or simpy one.
by Aesop
Tue Apr 19, 2016 2:12 pm
Forum: The War Room
Topic: 70% of Marine Aircraft Grounded
Replies: 28
Views: 4310

Re: 70% of Marine Aircraft Grounded

I do think that it is noteworthy that they're speaking directly with mainstream media about this, without apparently being filtered through Public Affairs and/or AFN. Historically, when maintenance starts talking to the media, it means heads are either already rolling or are about to. See: C-5, V-2...
by Aesop
Sun Apr 17, 2016 6:27 pm
Forum: Random
Topic: Costco has ammo cans
Replies: 12
Views: 1593

Re: Costco has ammo cans

But they are, most definitely, ammo cans. That's exactly the point. They're simply cans . They've never held ammo, but are merely designed to ape actual milspec ammo cans. Cheaply. Which I freely concede, they evidently do in spades. To which I ask rhetorically, how well has that worked with most o...
by Aesop
Sun Apr 17, 2016 6:09 pm
Forum: The Kitchen Table
Topic: My Cancer Treatment Plan is complete
Replies: 13
Views: 1396

Re: My Cancer Treatment Plan is complete

When you're going through Hell, keep going. - Winston Churchill
by Aesop
Sun Apr 17, 2016 6:02 pm
Forum: The War Room
Topic: 70% of Marine Aircraft Grounded
Replies: 28
Views: 4310

Re: 70% of Marine Aircraft Grounded

This isn't PAOs. When you have a squadron commander on camera openly stating he has two flyable F-18Cs in a squadron of ten, with deployment in a few weeks, the "70% grounded" number may be sugarcoating the truth. It's apparently worse. When you have squadron pilots getting 4 flying hours/...
by Aesop
Sat Apr 16, 2016 4:39 pm
Forum: The War Room
Topic: 70% of Marine Aircraft Grounded
Replies: 28
Views: 4310

Re: 70% of Marine Aircraft Grounded

https://s-media-cache-ak0.pinimg.com/736x/54/f9/9d/54f99dd3da304ee467d46ca6ac00f1fe.jpg Meh. Congress and the DoD lied women into a plethora of military jobs in the first place, for decades. If you think TPTB are above lying them right back out the door if the opportunity presents itself (and are s...
by Aesop
Sat Apr 16, 2016 4:25 pm
Forum: Politics, Law, and Justice
Topic: Woman Shot by Bounty Hunters...
Replies: 11
Views: 1426

Re: Woman Shot by Bounty Hunters...

A possible problem with that is if the gendarmes catch those thugs in the act, the thugs get charged with kidnapping or attempted kidnapping. It's absolutely a problem: getting caught doing anything is always felony stupid, anytime and anyplace. But the skill set required to pull it off is hardly a...
by Aesop
Fri Apr 15, 2016 10:23 pm
Forum: The War Room
Topic: 70% of Marine Aircraft Grounded
Replies: 28
Views: 4310

Re: 70% of Marine Aircraft Grounded

I suspect TPTB at 8th & I will simply bide their time, and point out at the opportune moment that the birds cannot fly, because the women maintaining them can't reach high enough or lift the necessary heavy parts into place. 8-) Then sit back and watch the SecDef's and SecNav's heads explode, an...
by Aesop
Fri Apr 15, 2016 10:17 pm
Forum: Politics, Law, and Justice
Topic: Woman Shot by Bounty Hunters...
Replies: 11
Views: 1426

Re: Woman Shot by Bounty Hunters...

In general, bail enforcement agents can go anywhere they can get to in order to apprehend a fugitive. Being Not The State's agents, enforcing the return of said problem children means they are quite literally the long arm of the law, in this case the court, minus any requirement for specific search ...
by Aesop
Fri Apr 15, 2016 9:48 pm
Forum: Politics, Law, and Justice
Topic: California raises minimum wage to $15/hour
Replies: 50
Views: 4741

Re: California raises minimum wage to $15/hour

Any increase in wage floor makes teens nigh unemployable whatsoever. Last I looked, for black & Hispanic teens, unemployment runs 60-85%. At $15/hr, there's no way any teen (other than the boss' kids) is ever going to be considered. Who's going to hire an under 20 person for $30k/yr? Even Uncle ...
by Aesop
Fri Apr 15, 2016 4:39 pm
Forum: The War Room
Topic: Russians buzz US warship in Baltic
Replies: 16
Views: 1671

Re: Russians buzz US warship in Baltic

That's not how the game is played. Proper etiquette is to return the favor on 2-3 Soviet ships, in cold blood, then have an attack sub do an emergency blow and surface behind one of their top-tier ships just after it passes by. This latter is the reason for the nautical term "poop deck", f...
by Aesop
Fri Apr 15, 2016 4:27 pm
Forum: Politics, Law, and Justice
Topic: Woman Shot by Bounty Hunters...
Replies: 11
Views: 1426

Re: Woman Shot by Bounty Hunters...

"Woman shot by bounty hunters..."

Okay.
So, how much do they get for them, apiece? :D
by Aesop
Fri Apr 15, 2016 4:19 pm
Forum: History and Current Events
Topic: The problem with the scientific method
Replies: 6
Views: 1287

Re: The problem with the scientific method

It's a rhetorical masterpiece and a modern classic, should be required reading annually for all STEM majors in college/university, and a dirty damned shame it wasn't videotaped in the first place to live on YouTube forever. I have a feeling when he gave it, even at Caltech, he pissed on a lot of peo...
by Aesop
Fri Apr 15, 2016 4:17 pm
Forum: Politics, Law, and Justice
Topic: California raises minimum wage to $15/hour
Replies: 50
Views: 4741

Re: California raises minimum wage to $15/hour

You might find maids or garment district piece-workers to work for less than minimum wage, but you won't find many strong backs outside of Homeless Depot on most days who aren't bargaining for and getting well above minimum.

Whether that holds true when it's $15/hr remains to be seen.
by Aesop
Thu Apr 14, 2016 5:51 pm
Forum: The Kitchen Table
Topic: what to do in KC?
Replies: 7
Views: 1203

Re: what to do in KC?

Drive east or west a few miles. Find a Dairy Queen. You can kill a week there one afternoon. Find a small town, and watch them blow out the street lights and roll up the sidewalks at night. Go cow-tipping at night. And Branson is only a couple of hours away. :lol: But seriously, stay out of the few ...
by Aesop
Thu Apr 14, 2016 5:33 pm
Forum: Politics, Law, and Justice
Topic: California raises minimum wage to $15/hour
Replies: 50
Views: 4741

Re: California raises minimum wage to $15/hour

There's nothing deep there, it's simply "Rules for thee, and not for me". They won't get it, BTW, but they will see the Detroitification of most of California as a direct result. There's also no guarantee this won't hit the CA ballot initiatives anyways eventually - to repeal the law the D...
by Aesop
Thu Apr 14, 2016 5:16 pm
Forum: History and Current Events
Topic: The problem with the scientific method
Replies: 6
Views: 1287

Re: The problem with the scientific method

There is absolutely nothing wrong with the scientific method, so long as it is used rigorously according to its intended use, to test a hypothesis here and now in a laboratory. When that method is yanked out and stapled onto prognostications about the distant past or distant future, as if that could...
by Aesop
Thu Apr 14, 2016 4:54 pm
Forum: The War Room
Topic: Russians buzz US warship in Baltic
Replies: 16
Views: 1671

Re: Russians buzz US warship in Baltic

You're all missing the bigger story:

The USN still has enough ships to send one to the Baltic! Mirabile dictu!

Whether they'll have enough fuel to get it back to a friendly port without a tow from the USCG cutter Eagle still remains to be seen.
by Aesop
Thu Apr 14, 2016 4:50 pm
Forum: Random
Topic: Costco has ammo cans
Replies: 12
Views: 1593

Re: Costco has ammo cans

They are Made In China cans, and not up to specs. That has yet to be determined. They appear identical in every way I can easily visually determine to my authentic surplus cans. Except these work properly, I have a couple surplus cans that came a little fucked up and don't seal properly. IIRC, .30 ...
by Aesop
Wed Apr 13, 2016 11:09 am
Forum: Random
Topic: Costco has ammo cans
Replies: 12
Views: 1593

Re: Costco has ammo cans

They are Made In China cans, and not up to specs. IIRC, .30 cans do NOT fit inside .50 cans. Therefore, one can or the other, or both, has apparently had its milspec LWH measurements jacked around to make this work. http://www.commanderzero.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/03/20160308_145901.jpg That sai...
by Aesop
Mon Apr 11, 2016 2:02 pm
Forum: Politics, Law, and Justice
Topic: Just Go And Read This'un
Replies: 4
Views: 934

Just Go And Read This'un

Small Town Law Enforcement by LawDog.
For the sheer enjoyment of the story.
by Aesop
Sat Apr 09, 2016 8:07 pm
Forum: History and Current Events
Topic: Pope says trust your conscience
Replies: 29
Views: 2119

Re: Pope says trust your conscience

First of all, since the subject was broached, Jesus was pretty clear that only everyone on the winning team gets a trophy. He was also excruciatingly clear: that team is not Everybody, and their reward is nothing to write home about. All the nations will be gathered before him, and he will separate ...
by Aesop
Wed Apr 06, 2016 12:31 am
Forum: Politics, Law, and Justice
Topic: CRULazyGutlessSonofabitchUUZ!
Replies: 394
Views: 28489

Re: CRUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUZ!

1) Cruz, in all likelihood, wins WI. 2) Trump, faltering, may win NFY, but he'll lose delegates to Cruz and Kasich. 3)Trump at that point has no clear path any longer to the nomination, uncontested. 4) At the convention, after the first futile ballot, all the delegates are weapons-free. All the buye...
by Aesop
Mon Apr 04, 2016 5:18 pm
Forum: Politics, Law, and Justice
Topic: CRULazyGutlessSonofabitchUUZ!
Replies: 394
Views: 28489

Re: CRUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUZ!

If the asswagons at the RNC try to foist Ryan on the party at the convention, the GOP will become the 21st C. Whigs, and they'll get less than 10% of the vote in the general election. And probably split into two or three parties overnight. That is shoving a live hand grenade up your butt with the pi...
by Aesop
Mon Apr 04, 2016 5:06 pm
Forum: Politics, Law, and Justice
Topic: California raises minimum wage to $15/hour
Replies: 50
Views: 4741

Re: California raises minimum wage to $15/hour

So I had a little chat with the local McArches manager, who sees me frequently enough getting dinner on my way to work that we talk a bit.
She assured me that at the coming $15/hr wage point, robotic burger flippers aren't merely likely, they're virtually inevitable.
by Aesop
Mon Apr 04, 2016 4:48 pm
Forum: Random
Topic: How secure do you feel in your livelihood?
Replies: 32
Views: 2780

Re: How secure do you feel in your livelihood?

Aesop, the very short version is that the FDA was/probably still is, standing in the way of some of the rapid analysis tools being worked on/used in research. The theory was to take the modern chemical research techniques, where hundreds of versions/tests are done at once, and apply them to diagnos...
by Aesop
Sat Apr 02, 2016 6:28 am
Forum: Guns and Shooting
Topic: Sometimes you just have to grit your teeth...
Replies: 20
Views: 1868

Re: Sometimes you just have to grit your teeth...

I feel your pain. Every American male, including 98% of Gun Fearing Wussies, harbors the quiet mental certainty that he is the direct descendant of Davy Crockett, Annie Oakley, Wyatt Earp, and Audie Murphy, with no background, training, or discernible mad skillz whatsoever to back this up. It's prob...
by Aesop
Sat Apr 02, 2016 6:04 am
Forum: Politics, Law, and Justice
Topic: California raises minimum wage to $15/hour
Replies: 50
Views: 4741

Re: California raises minimum wage to $15/hour

IIRC, unemployment for the under-21 crowd hereabouts is something in the low 60s%, and for adolescents of color, somewhere north of 80%. For $10/hr, illegals are a better buy than teenagers. At $15/hr, those same illegals will need at least a h.s. diploma, English fluency, and probably a year of com...
by Aesop
Fri Apr 01, 2016 11:39 pm
Forum: Politics, Law, and Justice
Topic: California raises minimum wage to $15/hour
Replies: 50
Views: 4741

Re: California raises minimum wage to $15/hour

I keep wondering what will finally drive the last of the Hollywood film industry out of the state. Maybe this will be it. The lowest wages in the film industry are Production Assistants, who are entry-level gophers who have and will continue to work for far less than minimum wage, as they are the o...
by Aesop
Fri Apr 01, 2016 10:54 pm
Forum: Politics, Law, and Justice
Topic: Driver runs over cyclist.
Replies: 10
Views: 1174

Re: Driver runs over cyclist.

F**k the cyclist. I routinely drive a short (<3 mi.) commute to the primary hospital I get called to. On this route, I travel a 50MPH suburban boulevard with a downhill sidestreet, from which cyclists routinely run the red light and transit 8 lanes of the boulevard blind, with no regard whatsoever f...
by Aesop
Fri Apr 01, 2016 10:38 pm
Forum: The War Room
Topic: Norks threaten China
Replies: 11
Views: 1340

Re: Norks threaten China

Monkey slaps dragon: result.

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