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Posts posted by Stumpy

  1. 1 hour ago, BillyVance said:

    Until the US figures out how to keep guns out of bad people's hands, I'll keep my guns for self protection, thank you very much. 

    That's your choice. I'm sure you are ignoring the fact that they are far more likely to do you harm than good. You doubtless think you are an exception, same as everyone else.

  2. (found on another forum - seems about right!)

    So, vlad the poisoner has;

    • Borked the already partially borked Russian economy;
    • showed the world that soviet arms aren’t all that (India has quit contracts for more sukhois and is looking at leopards to replace its newish t90s)
    • degraded his military, and demonstrated its inability against non crazy motivated forces;
    • motivated non nato holdouts to join nato; and
    • successfully motivated Europe to ditch Russian natural gas, reducing a major foreign policy lever.

    Well played. And this is the guy who has easily conned the american right

  3. 8 hours ago, Phil1111 said:

    “millions of Americans would like (Putin) to come and run for president of the United States.”

    Probably not incorrect. The millions that loudly and vocally label themselves as "Patriots" and are anything but.

  4. 1 hour ago, ryoder said:

    GOP finds voting fraud!

    Republicans Found the ‘Election Fraud’… at Their Own Convention

    Two Republican delegates in Salt Lake County, Utah, lost their delegate titles because they were caught trying to vote more than once at a party convention.

    To be fair, the fact that they found it and punishment means that their preventative measures work. It does however shine a light on the general republican "if you can't win, cheat" mindset.

  5. 50 minutes ago, billeisele said:

    Do you normally take a specifically stated set of parameters and alter it to create an argument?

    The post was clearly talking about vehicles of the same SIZE. But thanks for letting us know that a F450 would squash a Miata, a fact that no one, except you, could have possibly known.

    If only cars of the same SIZE crashed into each other, you'd have a point. As it stands, you don't.


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  6. 9 hours ago, billeisele said:

    Another interesting fact is that an electric vehicle the same size as a gas vehicle, weighs about 1,000 lbs more. A head on collision is a bad thing if you are in the gas vehicle. What fun.

    Since when has anyone ever cared about that? If they did, the enormous super duallys and so on wouldn't exist.

    If an F450 or whatever hits, say, a miata, it pretty much won't even feel the bump, and a lot of people who drive those trucks see that as a point of pride. It's a bit late to get worried about vehicle weight.

    I saw a review of the new Hummer Electric truck last night - no-one has learnt any lessons about energy consumption.

  7. 41 minutes ago, gowlerk said:

    You don't see religious freedom and the contents of your beloved Bill of Rights as liberal?

    "Founded on" is true, "world leader in" - not so much. Increasingly tending back towards a middle eastern style theocracy, at least in some areas.

    Doubtless that will get some people upset, but look at some of the legislation being proposed/ pushed through/ approved in some places for the crime of allowing someone to be transgender - or some of the comments by sitting senators and members of congress re. repealing the ability for interracial marriage, or banning books..... the list goes on.

  8. 3 hours ago, kallend said:

    Not sure whether to laugh or cry about this one:

    Former President Donald Trump filed a sprawling federal lawsuit on Thursday against Hillary Clinton, the Democratic National Committee and 26 other people and entities that he claims conspired to undermine his 2016 campaign by falsely tying him to Russia.

    The lawsuit names a wide cast of characters that Trump has accused for years of orchestrating a “deep state” conspiracy against him – including former FBI Director James Comey and other FBI officials, the retired British spy Christopher Steele and his associates, and a handful of Clinton campaign advisers.

    He doesn't seem to have got the message yet that discovery can show up all sorts of interesting information on both sides of the fence.

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  9. 22 hours ago, GeorgiaDon said:

    Marsha Blackburn and others (such as all three Republicans running for Michigan Attorney General) have spoken out clearly that they think Griswold vs Connecticut (the Supreme Court case that legalized birth control for married couples) was wrongly decided.

    Republican Senator Mike Braun of Indiana thinks that the Supreme Court was wrong on contraception, interracial marriage, and same-sex marriage.

    Ted Cruz and most Republican politicians are totally on board about censoring any expression regarding racial history or race relations.

    The great majority of Republican politicians are in favor of restricting elections so that only Republicans can win.  They are also about throwing out the 2020 election and installing the loser in office.

    These ones in particular are the ones that make me fear for the US. There is a big chunk of the country (a minority, but a decent sized, and increasingly powerful one) that would be totally OK with all of this. Sadly, that seems to include some posters here.

  10. 5 minutes ago, brenthutch said:


    What double standard?  I’m just saying the Biden clan should receive the same treatment as the Trump family.

    What - you mean Hunter should be given a job in the administration by his dad?

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  11. 3 hours ago, winsor said:

    I think the incumbent is at least as dishonest as was his predecessor. 

    There it is - the dumbest thing you'll read all year.

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  12. 13 hours ago, ryoder said:

    Screw that. It would be bad enough living with a moron, let alone one that was torpedoing my career.


    True. And that stuff doesn't happen in a vacuum. He will be agreeing with her on stuff.

  13. 11 hours ago, airdvr said:

    Hi jerry,


    Defense spending pales in comparison to Social Security and Medicaid.

    The US spends more on looking after its poor, sick, and vulnerable, than on killing foreigners.



  14. 7 hours ago, JerryBaumchen said:

    Hi Stumpy,

    First, I never said that you cannot be successful in another country.

    My thinking is that mostly, because this country has laws and talent to truly create big, successful businesses.  Think of Bill Gates, Elon Musk, Jeff Bezos & the myriad hi-tech/computer companies that have created the richest men ( so far no woman that I know of ) in the world.  With the one exception, Carlos Slim in Mexico that was the richest man in the world for a while, a few years ago.

    Obviously, companies like German-based Volkswagen are very large & very successful. 

    However, I still say that the best odds of being successful in business are having that business right here.  And, this country's tax structure seems to support that thinking.

    Jerry Baumchen


    Hey Jerry - thanks, wasn't contradicting you, just curious on your thinking.

    My first company was bought by a US tech fast mover which I then became a director of - my view was that there wasn't inherently anything easier/ better about doing business in the US, but what it did have was scale - we had topped out in our market in NZ because its only tiny.

    My view is the odds of being successful are actually lower - (way more competitors, especially big ones) but the potential rewards are higher. I lucked out and sold to the right buyer so exited that business twice.


    Sorry - digressed there.