I am the extremist your Government warned you about....
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None of those other "Pillars" will stand without a BORDER WALL>
A COMPLETED wall. Built from the Pacific to the Gulf.
Then start the rest. As for the other proposals? Yep, I gotta say I like 'em. Especially the proposal wherein bad Government workers can be fired. (I doubt he can circumvent Civil Service laws, but lets see)
There were 4 million illegals when the act was signed.
Now we have 25 million illegals. No border security to speak of, and the Left (and some of the Right) has done their best to keep us from getting a border wall for the past 32 years. We have a greater problem with illegal immigrants now than we did then. And remember: 4 million or more got amnesty in 1986. So those 25 million (or more) are all new.
Mr Trump: DON'T TRUST 'em. Demand a COMPLETED wall before ANY other actions take place regarding immigration or Amnesty for ANY illegals. A wall must be completed as a precondition for all the other legislation to become law.
Don't trust anything else. Don't trust the congressmen (and women) on the Right, and SURE AS HELL don't trust the congresscritters from the Left.
They want the illegals so they get cheap labor (right) and more voters (left). More people to exploit.
This find tells me that it was longa go, warm enough that people lived there, and worked there, and hunted there and grew crops there. Then it got cold enough that they all left and went somewhere else.
Then it warmed enough that someone else went and found all the stuff that they left behind that, until now, was covered with ice.
Therefore it has been both significantly colder there (In Norway), and significantly warmer. (Much like the rest of the earth).
"Global Warming" is bullshit, so is "Global Cooling", "Climate Change" is also a bunch of bushwah.
These cycles happened over and over in the past. The changes we see today are normal variations in climate.
All thse climate scientists should be shot for stealing money from governments and false reporting.
Seems that all of the DNC types, and a goodly percentage of the RNC types keep repeating the Mantra:
"A Border Wall isn't a good solution, we have Technology that is more effective"
"We have technical solutions which do a better job of keeping our border safe"
WTF? Cameras don't deter anyone. Nor do motion detectors. A physical barrier that is difficult to climb or go around, that is imposing and is hard to scale is a Great Solution. It may not stop everyone, but it WILL stop most.
The only technological solution that is a deterrent is a minefield (which is also a barrier). The downside is the maintenance (and the fact that it kills people rather than just deterring them).
Spycams and motion detectors don't do anything unless you have the manpower to back it up and apprehend what/who the devices detect. We don't have that much manpower in Customs and Border Patrol.
But seriously: Who is writing the script that these congressweasels keep repeating? Someone is telling 'em what to say. They've been saying it for the past 30 years or so, (and fighting against a wall for all that time) and so far, I can't see that we have a better solution than a wall. Oddly, walls and fences work where we put 'em along the border near California and in some places in Texas....People have to go to other locations to cross.
Who is putting words in the mouths of our Senators? Who's paying 'em to repeat back that bullshit?
Only then, when the wall is COMPLETED, will I support any legalization of the Dreamers and/or other action to legalize them.
Not "Materially complete".
No more lies nor broken promises, no more "drones" nor "Passive Sensors".
A. Fucking. WALL.
Only then can you ask me to support any other legislation which, in any way, legalizes even one single person who is here illegally.
Stop the influx. Stop the Chain Migration, the Diversity lottery and all the other shit that brings people in who aren't gonna make this their home....their nation....who won't fly the Flag of the United States as THEIR flag.
BUILD THE FUCKING WALL.
Then we can talk about the rest....When the Wall is COMPLETE.
And anyone who is legalized after that needs to pay a fairly hefty fine for being here illegally and can't vote for at least 10 years or 2 presidential election cycle, whichever comes first.
Make that happen, and I will give you my support.
BUT BUILD THE WALL FIRST.
(Nope, not Anti-Latino nor Anti-Hispanic. Just Anti-lawbreaking and anti-Illegal immigrant)
They couldn't prosecute Hillary without prosecuting (or at least exposing) Obama for the same crime. Which statute, BTW, doesn't not mention "intent" merely the "misuse or mishandling of Classified data or information"...Which includes ALL presidential communications.
I'm sympathetic to the plight of the Dreamers, and would be more than willing to let them find a way to stay...
As long as we STOP the open borders and Chain colonization migration.
My only issue with these folks is that the, for the most part, don't seem to care about citizenship. They say the US is their home, but they don't ACT like it is. IF thy wish to make the US their home, and become citizens, then they might actually become loyal to the US and put the country first...
Stopping the influx of illegals over our southern border is a priority with me. (I still think if we'd tax monies (5%??) transferred from the US to Mexico and other Latin American countries we'd be able to pay for a goodly portion of the wall in about 10 years, but that's just my practicality speaking. I'd put up a wall and then a minefield, if it were up to me. )
Ending "chain Migration" is another.
So I could support this idea in principle. Haveta see the details.
So yesterday (Tuesday).....While having lunch with a friend, I listened to a man in the restaurant expound on the Deep State....You know, the ones who:
1. Covered for Hillary and Bill in all their misdeeds during Bill's term as president. (See also the definition of "Fostered").
2. Tried desperately to come up with some reason for Trump to not be eligible for election.
3. Tried to come up with false information to discredit him. Paid for by the FBI and State.
4. Colluded with each other to give Hillary an out for her misdeeds that came to light.
5. Accuse Trump of "Russian Collusion" while hiding Hillary's actual collusion with those same "Russians".
-....and about 6 or 7 other items that DO point to a conspiracy of entrenched bureaucrats. One that is now blatantly hiding evidence of their own misdeeds and ignoring requests from Congressional investigations. Blatantly.
And then he pointed out all the inconsistencies in the Kennedy Assassination, and how it couldn't have been Lee Harvey who did all of the shooting (which I do believe, Warren Commission notwithstanding) but rather the CIA under the command of the "Deep State".
He also mentioned Reagan and the oddly well-timed series of "missteps" by the Secret Service that day which allowed the attempt on his life by John Hinkley ........(and the commonalities between him and Oswald) in an attempt Reagan from doing what Trump wants to do today....
At first I was dismissive, but then I considered his statements and I couldn't help but think that there might be a bit of truth in the connection he claimed. The more I thought about it, the more disturbing it was.....I couldn't dismiss his statements.
I find that kinda scary, actually. Evidence does point in that direction. I cannot discount it. Is it possible (even likely) that there is a group of folks who, over the past 54 (or more) years, have twisted and (mis) guided and controlled our country's direction? I can't say "No" anymore.
I wish that I could laugh his statements off.....But I can't. Deeply entrenched Conspiracies??
But I can't laugh it away anymore.
And we are allowing these things to slide.
Yeah he might be crazy. I might be crazy. But that doesn't mean we are wrong......
Nearly every semi-automatic pistol sold today owes him for the operating mechanism it uses.
One wonders what he could do today in design with modern materials and metal manufacturing techniques....back then his designs were limited to "Start with a hunk of good quality steel (which wasn't that great by today's standards) and carve away everything that doesn't look like a gun part".
With today's steels, metals, manufacturing techniques, and modern polymers? What might he create?
On the one hand, I would think that the standard of living in Angola could be pretty high if you have any reasonable amount of saving in US dollars.....But I doubt that it is a great place to live, when one looks at the crime stats and such. There may be opportunities for skilled workers in those countries, but there are just as many opportunities of you have skills here in the US.
And, despite what they claim, there are still better protections here in the us than anywhere else.
Every person involved, every single one, should get jail time. Starting at Michael S Rodgers, and every deputy of his, manager, employee and any other person who was involved in the decision to cull the data. Each and every one gets criminal felony penalties for destruction of evidence and conspiracy to hide or destroy evidence. Loss of pension and position. Be barred from ever working for the Federal Government again, or holding a position where they might handle sensitive data. But jail time, and not in "Club Fed".
If I were doing the sentencing, I'd add in a good horsewhippin' as well.
How did the Illegal Immigrant movement somehow gain such power over the Democratic Party that they are, in effect, saying"Fuck YOU" to the rest of their constituents over illegal immigration?
What hold do these folks have? They can't vote (yet, anyway, at least not legally)....so why does the DNC pander to their wishes? It is, really a significant part of why Trump got to the position he did. He was the only one who called it on Illegals.
So why does the DNC-type folks cling to this as their cause? Why do they say "fuck you" to to their rest of their constituents?
Seems that the Muslim "youths" have formed gangs and are now actively taking on the police in Malmo and other cities. (Up 'til now they've been fighting each other, mostly). Seems that the public transport folks won't stop at certain train stations anymore, and there are something like 55 areas where even the police find to be "No Go" zones.
Apparently, the Swedes are considering bringing in their Army to deal with the issue......which is not good. The army is going to use a hatchet, not a scalpel. Likely to get really ugly.
The Swedes have taken nearly twice as many migrants per unit of native population as anyone else. Apparently they are starting to regret that.
I think that they, along with France, Germany, and Norway will soon learn the negatives of such actions.
Odd that you aren't hearing any of this from CNN or any of the other media, innit?
Just how long the "government Shutdown" would last if, since there is no funding for parts of the Government, we included the salaries of the Congressional and Senatorial aides and the Congressmen and Senators themselves. I'd bet that they'd get their shit together fairly quickly when their staff started whining
I mean, if we simply stopped paying the bar tab for the legislators they'd likely see it in a different light.....And I don't mean just the DNC folks.
And the thing is, they GOT what they wanted on DACA, just not that AND no border security.
I think most of us are OK with the DACA folks, and the DREAMers getting some sort of accommodation for their status, we JUST WANT THE CONTINUED ILLEGAL IMMIGRATION TO STOP.
And the Democrats don't want that (and to be honest some of the RNC boys don't either). They'd prefer to use DACA to hide the fact that they won't see a penny spent on a border wall or other EFFECTIVE security.
They DNC folks would rather shut down the Federal Government (for whatever level of shutdown one might achieve) and cause great strife to our military and many government workers rather than play straight. And,at the end of the day, they don't care about those citizens they claim to represent at the expense of some illegal immigrant they've never heard of, who might someday vote for them (or whose children might vote).
At the end of the day, we want a secure border. The rest is workable, but the lack of border security is irritating.
Expect next that there will be mandatory inspections. Why not? They banned an item that was once legal,,,,
Then, soon, because they have that list, the next letter: You firearms is now banned and therefore you must turn it in as well. Because "Assault Rifle" Again: for "safety".
And what are you gonna do about it? You gonna die for an AR? How about a Bump Stock? How about when they say anything with a magazine that holds more than 5 rounds? 2 rounds? Only single shot? Only shotguns? Where is the line? And remember, they have a list, so they know....and with "universal background checks" they know if you sold it to someone else....or bought one from someone else.....And they know where to come to take it.
They won't come for you all at once, but they will nibble about the edges, first.
All because they "registered" that gun for "safety".
Think about it.
A final thought: If you think it's time to bury 'em, it is really time to dig 'em up and USE THEM. http://www.thetruthaboutguns.com/2018/01/robert-farago/massachusetts-surrender-your-bump-stocktrigger-crank-by-may-2-or-go-to-prison/
Layers and layers of Security. Top. Men are working to keep us safe. (did you know that having a High School diploma isn't a requirement to be a TSA agent?)
I feel much safer now. At least our airlines are secure...
For some odd reason, Google seems to be breaking the links to articles lately. Perhaps I should post direct copy/paste links at the bottom of my postings? http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/local/breaking/ct-met-serial-stowaway-london-flight-court-20180120-story.html
So....when you let folks (or corporations) keep their profits (or at least more of them) then they choose to invest in the United States, instead of keeping those profits out of the reach of the greedy bureaucrats at the US Treasury, and the Federal Government in general..
They are testing their systems for when it gets real. I think he is right. Once is happenstance twice is coincidence(maybe). If there is a third time.....
If you don't have some preparations in place, think hard about getting some. A few weeks of food and some water will go a long way towards giving you more options than most folks. Even a few flats of cans of beans and a few pounds of rice will go very far, and they buy you the most important thing in a crisis: The time to consider your situation and plan for what is next. Most people will not have that luxury because they are stupid. Don't be them.
And, if you are smart, a plan for, and the tools to, defend your stash from those folks who are unable or unwilling to plan ahead.
That the Rev. Martin Luther King would likely be very disappointed in what the Black rights/Civil Rights movement has become, and the general attitudes of black people in general and especially the ends pf the spectrum....powerful and wealthy, and poor and undeducated, have become.
He'd likely be ashamed of the movement and his people today.
And lets not get into what the CULTURE has morphed into.
Yeah, I'm white and yeah, I know the above makes me "Raciss"...but at least I can both pronounce and spell "Racist" correctly.
If this offends you, then you are a part of the problem.
So, in preparation for the move, I was helping my brother on Thursday....and as happens to people who use their hands, I took a chunk out of the edge of one finger with a chisel that slipped. Not a big deal, a bit of blood and a curse and all good. Except this was right at a joint, so despite the fact that I clot quickly, it kept breaking open.
Being as it was a new house, no one living there yet, no bandaids, so a bit of paper toweling and some of his finest Scotch 33 tape (only the good stuff , not Jap Wrap) and I'm not bleeding all over his new floor anymore. We finish that job and move to another.
Later that day, I leave to go to a Dentist appointment.
The dental assistant, a nice young lady, asks what is up with my stylish tape on my hand?
I explained how I got the tape, and why.
"My boyfriend would not be able to keep working if that happened to him, he can't take blood, he'd have to go home" She said. "He'd never just tape it up and keep on working...He's not very tough"
I (probably wisely) refrained from pointing out that she needed to find a more manly boyfriend, (seeing as how she would soon be probing onside my mouth with sharp objects....) Perhaps one with a set of cojones putting some testosterone in his blood.....
But seriously, WTF? Why do women go with, and stay with, such wimpy men? One would think she'd want someone tough enough to deal with a very minor injury, and manly enough to suck it up and keep working.
Perhaps he's "sensitive to her needs" or something?
Why would women, seemingly intelligent, want such a wimp? I thought they'd want tough manly men, not pussified ones.
Or is this the new Millennial womanhood? "I am Woman, hear me squeek." Mates as weak and soft as they are? Raising children to be as weak as they?
MLK day is actually being celebrated on.....MLK day! It is, actually his birthday on the day it is celebrated instead of kinda-sorta close to that day.....
Usually it is just whatever Monday is closest so that Government employees and leeches (but I repeat myself) get a three day weekend......Which always seemed to me to weaken the impact and import of the holiday and doesn't really honor the person that the holiday is supposed to honor.
Pick the day, and celebrate it when it actually happens. Or not. But the holiday isn't just another excuse for a three day weekend.
That's when I woke up and realized that today was the day that I solo;
First time in a week that I could fly (the eather in NW Indiana isn't always cooperative in winter)
It was cold (-5 F) and calm. Like perfectly calm.
So at 7 AM they unlocked the doors and I preflighted the plane. The last user had overtightened the oil cap, but other than that, the plane was good. (I loosened it using a pair of pliers from my toolbox ...oil level was good).
Then a quick flight check with the Chief Instructor. 2 stalls, some slow flight, an engine out procedure, and a landing...then another landing. First one was flat, second one was a go around (my choice) and then a really smooth landing. Touched down as the stall horn went off, exactly where I wanted.
Taxi back to the barn, turn around, he got out, and I taxied back to the hold short line for 18.
Now it REALLY got real. No one next to me. No safety net.
and I called for departure on 18 on CTAF, and warned everyone:
"Look out above, Watch out below: Y'all better be ready, Here I go. "
and with that, I did my first ever solo takeoff .
Around the pattern....
Was OK, the second landing was better than the first, and then a third one which was ok.
Then back to the barn and parked it.
Like most first times, it went too fast...
Maybe video later if I can get it off the camera.
ETA: Can't seem to get any good clips from the GoPro, so none at this time.
And yes, I did transmit that. Figured I'd better warn everyone.
And right there is the issue. If (and it is unlikely) those folks most outraged have ever been to any of those places referred to as Shitholes (if that is what was said), then they went from an airport to a resort (where it was inexpensive because labor was cheap) and likely never saw any of the country. And I doubt that any of them have ever visited Hati or any other true shithole.
"FCA CEO Sergio Marchionne says the company should adjust its manufacturing footprint to reflect “improvement in the U.S. business environment.”"
MAGA and all that. But, at the end of it all, the economic policies make it worthwhile to bring that production back to the US.
A long time ago I did work for a subcontractor that made wiring harness testers for Ford. The Ford folks hated the fact that they had production in Mexico....the workers sucked, the plant was shit and they wished they could afford to move the pant back. But they couldn't, due to Clinton policies. Bush didn't fix that, and neither did Clinton.
Economic policy dictates where Big Business (and the small businesses that supply and support them) locate.
Note: he was asking WHY we should protect immigration numbers from these countries and not promote immigration from places like Norway....Which to their minds, means "White", rather than "First World".
And why shouldn't we promote immigration from places where people are literate, clean, disease free, skilled and whose values closely approximate those of the US? Why should we "protect" immigration from places where the population hates OUR culture, where diseases are rampant, where there are few (or no) skills, where the immigrants fail to assimilate and dislike and do not want to learn the culture of the US?
My health insurance cost has gone up by a factor of five:
My deductible has gone from $500 per year to 5 times that.
I no longer have vision insurance.
I have less access to care than I did before your wonderful "Affordable Health Care Act".
I know of NO ONE who is better off now than they were then. No one. Not even the "Poor" people. Even they have lost out in this.
So, from the Heart of my Bottom, I would like to say Thanks, you assholes.
When will there be charges posted against the Federal Prosecutors in the Bundy Trial? Why are they not currently disbarred? (or in proceedings for such?)
How about those FBI who willfully chose to lie under oath? Why aren't they charged? Under suspension as well?
Any supervisors of those agents and prosecutors should have all their Emails subpoenaed to determine if they were aware of the malfeasance....and if they were involved. Did they condone or order the behavior? How about their bosses?
We should be working our way up the chain of management to root out this rot....Gut them if we need to. Ultimately, the agencies need cleansing....That this behavior happened at all, for any reason, shows that.
So much for oaths. So much for "Sworn" officers. So much for the "Fidelity", "Integrity" parts of the FBI motto.
So now we have 2 instances of the FBI lying and subverting investigations. Manufacturing and/or withholding evidence.....failing their oaths.
I have known a fair number of FBI agents. They may have been foolish, uneducated, idiotic, shortsighted and just plain dumb sometimes....But the ones I knew were honest, at least. The New FBI? I cannot say....I do know that whatever they say I will not believe without corroborating evidence.
So I had the occasion to talk about the "SWAT" shooting (that I posted about here) with an ex cop.
His take: "Dude didn't obey orders, so the shooting is justified".
I pointed out that dude had no idea what was going on, and WAS ON HIS FRONT PORCH..... that some folks he couldn't identify (maybe) shouted at him from across the street....that he was at least 30 yards (more like 60) away from the cops that had cover.
His take: If a cop tells you to do something, you'd better do it so you don't get shot".
I pointed out that it wasn't like a cop was, you know, on the porch...in uniform, giving the orders.
His response: "I don't know, I haven't seen the video".
I then asked, if he hadn't seen the video, how could he judge?
"Doesn't matter, it just matters what the cop on the scene thought. If he thought the dude was a threat, then the shooting was justified."
I pretty much pulled back from the conversation at that point, 'cause it wasn't gonna go anywhere.....
His parting shot? "If you see a cop at 2 am in your bedroom, you'd better do what he says or you could get shot....and that is justified too."
I refrained from pointing out that ANYONE in my bedroom uninvited at 2 AM is probably also gonna get shot...I also refrained from asking him who he, or any cop, was that they thought they were justified in giving me orders?
But if cops really think this way, or even a significant fraction (by "significant", I mean like more than 2%) of them do, how can we be safe around them? If all they need to be "justified" (at least in their minds) to use deadly force is that they think anyone is a threat, then how can we let them interact with the rest of us? I, as a concealed carry holder have much more stringent rules than that for using deadly force, shouldn't the "trained professionals" have at least as stringent rules of engagement?
More importantly, should we allow officers with that mindset to, you know, police the rest of us?
How there are lots of articles lately trying to whitewash the past actions of the ATF (Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms (and explosives now too)) and how now they are unable to do their (self defined) job because they are terribly underfunded and all?
Someone who wasn't paying attention might think that the ATF has some pull with some folks in the Media and is trying to keep the agency from disappearing altogether or something...or at least gain funding.
If the Feds wanna say they can regulate pot, then why don't they regulate the sales (and availability) of booze? Why can i buy it here in Indiana in a bar, but not in a package store on Sunday? Hows come I can buy it in Illinois on a Sunday but not in Indiana? How about county to county in Kaintuky? Some places you can buy it, some places you can't. States rights mean something.
The way I see it, the Feds can prevent inter-state commerce, but not in-state commerce. This is, again, a States Rights issue.
And, as stated in the linked commentary, the best way for the GOP type folks to retain power is to let this go....to allow the STATES to make their choice.
But, realize that one cannot have the Feds stay out of pot and booze, and yet require Federal reciprocal carry rights. Pick one way or the other.
If you don’t feel the need to carry a gun because you believe the government will keep you safe, why do you care if I or anyone else decides to Carry a gun? If anyone tries to harm you, the government will stop it right? Where Is your faith in government? Colion Noir@MrColionNoir
Why did they stop investigating "dial back" during the presidential campaign?
Why are we only now hearing about this investigation, rather than during the campaign?
One wonders why it was stopped...Did the FBI think the case about the classified emails/Unsecured server would put her away (It should have, she WAS guilty, and folks have gone to prison for lesser failures with classified info)??? Or did someone...say a guy with big ears who lives in a pale house near a swamp, order Comey and his minions to stop? Perhaps it happened after another "chance meeting" with Loretta Lynch or something. One wonders what leverage the Clintons had over the higher ups in the Justice department.....Were they afraid of being "Fostered"? I cannot find any other reason as to why they would have stopped it.
I still want to know where the press was regarding this investigation before the election, and who ordered them to keep it quiet.
And I want to know why the FBI agents kept it quiet too? They talk about every other investigation, why keep mum on this one?
So I was supposed to fly Wednesday. Nope. snow squalls all day, bad viz. So, no flying. It was, of course, clear and nice at my house, 9 miles away....
Same same today. Clear and sunny at my home, viz in excess of 10 miles, unlimited ceiling. But to the east, Lake Effect snow. Viz 1/2 to 3/4, ceiling at 1700. So no flaying at 10 AM.
So I cancelled flying at 10. At 3 pm, it was awesome clear and smooth and no clouds or haze. I went up and did stalls and steep turns and slow flight and then some some landings. Winds 310 at 12 gusting 22.... So runway 27. First approach, wind gust picked me up a quarter mile off the end of the runway. I chose to go around, even though I could have used some more of the 7000 foot runway to set down. Trying to learn to make good decisions.
Second landing was a bit flat, but not too bad. The wind dropped me at the last minute, but I was correcting for it and was prepared for it. I'm actually not having to THINK about it, I am just doing the corrections.
3rd landing was just about perfect.
4th was perhaps the best I've ever done. Just touched on the upwind wheel and then the downwind. If you'd had a cup of coffee it wouldn't have spilled. Didn't even squawk the tires, just a rumble to show I was down.
5th was smooth, but not as smooth as the 4th one.
Taxi back and call it good.
0.9 for the day.
I did learn how much fun a snow covered taxiway can be though.
So all these folks pushing for electric cars: You know, Coal powered cars.
I actually took the time to look at electric cars: Not the expensive Teslas, but the Leafs and the Bolts and the Mitsubishi IMiEV (I tried to get some specs on the Fords, but their web pages either won't load or go to an error page...I finally gave up, so I can't comment on them).
I thought , Hey, much (90+%) of the time we go less than a hundred miles in a day, total, so why not check them out? Might save us a bit of cash, fuel wise, and we'd still have the other car for those longer trips......And the truck to carry anything heavy, long or large.
Ultimately, it comes to this: One can get a small (very small) car for about $30,000 after incentives....government rebates, power company rebates, etc. About $10K off the actual price. One with not a whole lot of features...(the features are available, but at a higher cost...like $5-$7 K more). Less room than most cars, even less cargo capacity. Performance that is not bad, but not great. Of course, the Bolt has a backup camera washer jet that is kinda cool, but not enough to offset the other negatives....
Charge time is more than overnight for most cars from full to empty; at least 6 hours for a half full battery, which only gives you about 100 miles range, tops.
So one gets a smaller car, with less performance, long refuel times, at a cost that is about 25% higher than an equivalent (or even nicer) gasoline fueled car....And a gas or diesel car can be refueled to full 250+ mile range in 10 minutes or so...
And in addition to that inconvenience, one must drive the car for about 45,000 miles to make up the difference in cost....yep, 45,000 miles to break even cost wise. And that isn't figuring any resale value (which seems to be much less for full electric cars). And that isn't counting the cost of the home charger and installation, either, nor the cost of the actual electricity to charge the car.
More money, less car, less range, less convenience, for no monetary savings for at least 4 years for the average person (12K miles per year)...Not counting depreciation and resale losses.
Why should we buy these cars the "green" folks want us to? Less (much less), for more money?
And they are still coal powered cars! Somehow their CO2 savings calculations never take that into account. most of your electrical power still comes from burning a hydrocarbon of some kind....
Now, up front, I gotta say that I know, and have known, a lot of cops who were and/or are good people, decent police officers and good examples of what a cop should be. This is not directed towards them nor those who are like them.....although, they do allow the bad ones to wear the same uniforms, so I can't tell them apart.......And in most incidents, I have been inclined to give cops the benefit of the doubt when it comes to second guessing their actions....
What would happen, if each time a cop shot an innocent......and got away with it.....I'm not meaning where there is any way to give the cop the benefit of the doubt, but like the last two incidences I posted where a cop shot a man for doing nothing....where the cops were so concerned about their safety that they couldn't use a reasonable set of tactics to secure the person ....
What if people of the family of the person slain by the cops were to exact revenge?....Say my brother is shot in a similar incident...... Say he was the dude on the porch in the last SWATting incident....and say the cop(s) get clean away with it in a hearing because they claim it was a "furtive movement" or "appeared to reach for the waist" or somesuch....
And then, say, I were to resolve the issue by revenging my brother's death (Not saying I would, and not suggesting that people should either) ...from up close on the street, or from 600 or more yards away. (I have the skills for either method of revenge, and enough ways to probably prevent incarceration, should it come to that....as do many of my acquaintances).
If enough of us started doing that: taking cops who killed innocents from the gene pool entirely or at least out of circulation............would the cops start thinking twice if they got got put in prison by the courts or if the rest of us started taking them out? (In the olden days, apparently, one could hire such work out, if one knew the right people....) Would the cops begin spending a few moments deciding to actually do their jobs rather than shoot first so that all cops get to "go home safe" at night? (even though being a cop isn't in the top 20 of dangerous professions, BTW....and "Going Home Safe" isn't a part of their job description)You really should read the article at that link. Or would these folks who took the job as a cop because they thought it would be easy and would give them power over their fellow citizens find another profession?
Seriously: how do we ENcourage good behavior and DIScourage the referenced bad behavior.....
Wwhat happened to cops I knew when I was growing up that weren't so pants pissing afraid of everyone that they just shot people instead of, you know, doing their jobs?? Why aren't those "GOOD" cops doing something to get these deadly dangerous cops out of their departments?
If cops get to shoot people because they are afraid of them, next time a cop makes an intimidating or threatening movement near me, do I get to shoot him or her preemptively?
-10 degrees on the Fahrenheit scale tonight. (For you folks whose countries have never put a man on the moon or sent an interstellar probe beyond Saturn, that is -23 C)
Which is pretty much plain old "fucking cold" no matter what you measure it in. Kelvins or Rankines or Delisles or whatever.
Even Harold the outdoor cat wants to come in when it gets that cold. He's ensconced happily in the barn right now in a warm box out of the wind.
Gotta feel sorry for the deer and the other denizens of the forest when it gets that cold. Plus real wind for even more chill tonight
Don't wanna confuse WEATHER with CLIMATE (I've seen it colder here in winter, and much warmer too), but I wants me some Glowball Warming right now
Notice how far away the cops were from the suspect. If (and it was, at that point, an IF) the dude had had a handgun in his waistband, he wasn't much of threat to cops that far away and behind the cover of vehicles. I dislike second guessing cops, but here, it is obvious. I'll call it a really bad shoot. No matter what the circumstances leading up to it, this was a bad thing.
Notice how clearly lit the scene was. (yes, that was sarcasm)
Notice the "movement".
I can, now that I have the video, call it murder.
Remember, these folks are "professionals"....."Trained to handle firearms". (Yes, that was also sarcasm)...."The only ones that should be allowed to have guns" and all that.
I am beginning now to see why so many cops were against the mandatory BodyCams.