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  1. That which does not kill you only makes you stronger.
  2. Hopefully your estimates are off, but then again you may not be counting the dead people, and what the Dems have always said is "Vote early, and vote often."
  3. More easily IF we have honest elections. And if we don't, it will take huge landslides of legal votes to overcome the bogus ones and that's what I'm hoping for.
  4. The question I want to ask, that I didn't get to ask in the other tread after it got shut down because of the people who could not disagree without insults and name-calling, is this one: IS SHE HOT?? And where is that "This thread is worthless without pictures" Emoji????
  5. Democrats’ Culture War Is Destroying Their Ability To Govern Competently Enough To Fool Voters By: Nathanael Blake April 25, 2022 The Federalist The ideology making Democrats unpopular is also preventing them from understanding why they are unpopular. New York Times columnist Charles Blows recently claimed to be “truly shocked” by a poll showing President Biden with a 33 percent approval rating. I was shocked, too — how could his approval rating be that high? Blow, of course, is surprised at Biden’s unpopularity, and worried that the Democrats are stumbling into a bloodbath in the November midterms. Blow is paid to understand and explain politics and culture to his readers. That he is surprised reveals a lot about the bubble he is in. And his meandering analysis of Democrats’ problems illustrates how the ideology making Democrats unpopular is also preventing them from understanding why they are unpopular. Blow initially blames Biden — for being too much of a “decent man … sober and straightforward” rather than a “showman.” This is a ludicrous assessment of a politician, who, until age caught up with his tongue, was one of D.C.’s preeminent bloviators. Nonetheless, Blow’s ordinary partisan delusion is less interesting than the ideological blind spots revealed when he turns to genuine sources of Biden’s unpopularity, such as “the fear of crime and the pinch of inflation” and that “Republicans are playing heavily into culture war issues.” Although Blow does not seem to realize it, these issues combine to reinforce voters’ disapproval of Biden. Democratic failures on bread and butter issues such as crime and inflation are related to the culture-war radicalism that has captured their party. Twitter, not the blue-collar union hall, is now the heart of the Democratic Party, which is controlled by the educated, urban professional-managerial class, epitomized by woke, union-busting CEOs. This faction has merged the class and culture wars — championing cultural radicalism, entrenching its own economic interests, and neglecting the common good. The Democrats are the party of wealthy diversity consultants lecturing hourly workers about white privilege and cis-heteropatriarchy while inflation eats away at wages and investment firms buy up homes in the hope of making America a nation of permanent renters. The governing priorities of those running the Democratic Party are sending government money to their clients (from teachers unions to Planned Parenthood) and waging culture war. And they are fanatical culture warriors. Consider Blow’s complaint that the GOP is “challenging the teaching of Black history and the history of white supremacy in schools, as well as restricting discussions of L.G.B.T. issues and campaigning against trans women and girls competing in sports with other women and girls.” He adds that “Republicans are using white parental fear, particularly the fears of white moms.” This litany of whines highlights the bubble Blow and his audience at The New York Times are in. Ordinary Americans know the difference between teaching history and teaching poisonous ideology derived from critical race theory. Americans understand that it is unjust for males to compete in women’s sports, and that it is perverse to teach young children about sex and gender ideology. They are angry when educators encourage children to transition, and outraged when they hide it from parents. Voters have also noticed that the cultural left never stops where it says it will. We were assured that the LGBT movement was about tolerance for consenting adult relationships; now it is about transgender toddlers, child drag queens, and men in girls’ locker rooms. We are also now told that being anti-racist somehow means judging people based on the color of their skin. Blow and other bubbled liberals may be okay with mastectomies for confused teenage girls, but most Americans are not. This cultural radicalism erodes Democrats’ ability to govern competently. Sometimes this is the result of neglecting the basic tasks of government in order to prioritize boutique cultural issues, other times it is a direct consequence of ideology, as exemplified in the crime wave resulting from woke prosecutors and defunding the police. In either case, wokeness is an ideology for those who are cushioned from its consequences. Indeed, wokeness is primarily a phenomenon of the college-educated, and especially the well-off; it is a niche, luxury political philosophy that thrives among the privileged and in the shelter of academia. But though it is often a political liability, there are ways it serves the interests of its adherents. In particular, woke ideology legitimates the rule of the woke over the non-woke, and justifies economic exploitation and socio-political repression. Wokeness claims to reveal the systems of unjust oppression that permeate society; it focuses on race, sex, and gender, and relegates economic class to a second-tier concern. This allows many of the privileged and powerful to claim to be righteous allies of the oppressed without having to sacrifice economic or social power or position. Indeed, many can claim to be oppressed themselves. This is why wokeness tends to focus on BIPoC and LGBT representation in boardrooms and Ivy League campuses, rather than helping the working class. Thus, it is to be expected that woke discourse often suggests that the working class (especially working-class whites) have it coming for their sins of racism, sexism, transphobia, and so on — the wicked deserve punishment, not sympathy. This is why pundits such as Blow are so quick to accuse dissenters of racism and bigotry. And it is why the woke left supports oligarchic power in pursuit of its aims, and eagerly uses economic, technological, and cultural power to suppress dissent. This is why professors are having to submit woke loyalty oaths in the form of diversity statements, and why mandatory diversity, equity, and inclusion training has become the norm in the corporate world. This is why the left is eager to use social media censorship to suppress “misinformation” — which in many cases is truth that is inconvenient to the regime (e.g., the Hunter Biden laptop story). It is also why the left cannot understand its own failures. They have isolated themselves in a bubble that has drifted so far from reality and the concerns of normal voters that even electoral disaster may not bring them back to Earth. Cocooned in privilege and ideology, they think Biden is doing just fine. But most Americans have had enough of a government that is more committed to transitioning children than to controlling crime and inflation.
  6. When the phones were tied to the wall people were more free than they are now that they're tied to their phones.
  7. I can't believe this Op-ed actually blaming Biden for the increase in crime instead of blaming on Ghost Guns and actually tying it to his border policies. This is the mainstream media accidentally swerving into the truth! This is a must-read. Biden’s border disaster fuels the crime wave in American cities Marc A Thiessen The Washington Post April 21, 2022 The crime wave in America keeps getting worse, as evidenced by the bloody Easter weekend in New York City. From Friday through Sunday, 29 people were shot, one fatally, in 24 different incidents. And New York is far from the only city seeing a surge in crime.Sign up for a weekly roundup of thought-provoking ideas and debates This is a major problem for President Biden. In a new ABC-Ipsos poll, approval of the president’s handling of crime has fallen to 38 percent — down five points from the same poll in October. According to Gallup, 80 percent of Americans say they are worried about rising crime. Fifty-three percent say they worry a “great deal,” behind only inflation and the economy on Gallup’s list of 14 national concerns. Americans feel unsafe — and they blame Biden and other Democrats. They are right. And one major reason we are facing a surge in crime is the disaster Biden unleashed on our southern border. Last year, the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) seized enough fentanyl to provide a lethal dose to every American. Overdose deaths from fentanyl coming across the border hit record levels in 2021, claiming a new victim every five minutes. Most fentanyl entering the United States used to come from China. Then in 2018, President Donald Trump signed the bipartisan Synthetics Trafficking & Overdose Prevention Act, which frustrated the ability of Chinese traffickers to ship fentanyl through the U.S. Postal Service. At the 2018 Group of 20 summit, Trump also got Chinese President Xi Jinping to declare fentanyl a controlled substance, making trafficking it a crime under Chinese law. As enforcement against Chinese fentanyl increased, transnational criminal organizations shifted production to Mexico and began shipping it in larger and larger quantities over our southern border. The problem has worsened in the past year thanks to the border crisis Biden unleashed, as the flood of illegal migrants over the past year has forced Customs and Border Protection to shift resources away from drug interdiction to processing migrants. Biden’s own budget acknowledges this, requesting funds for 300 new “Border Patrol Processing Coordinators to respond to migration along the Southwest border,” who “will allow existing agents to focus on their core counterterrorism, law enforcement, and security missions.” Because the same cartels are engaged in both human and drug trafficking, they often use migrants — including children — as drug mules. And they strategically send caravans of migrants to overwhelm and distract Border Patrol in one area so they can surge drug shipments across the border in another location. As the migrant crisis has grown over the past year, fentanyl seizures rose 56 percent in March 2022 compared with March 2021. And this surge in illegal drugs has contributed to the crime surge in U.S. cities. Last fall, the DEA analyzed “national crime statistics and [Centers for Disease Control and Prevention] data to identify hot spots of drug-related violence and overdose deaths across the country.” The DEA study “revealed alarming trends” about the criminal drug networks’ activity in 34 U.S. cities, finding the vast majority of those networks “are engaged in gun violence.” In response, the DEA launched Operation Overdrive this February “aimed at combatting the rising rates of drug-related violent crime.” By making it easier for cartels to flood our country with illegal drugs, our unsecured borders are fueling a drug-related crime wave across the United States that has necessitated a major DEA response. But instead of securing our border, Biden is preparing to make the problem even worse with his plan to scrap Title 42, the public health order that allows border officials to turn away illegal migrants to prevent the spread of covid-19. Lifting Title 42 would open the floodgates for the cartels to traffic illegal drugs into the United States, as even more Border Patrol agents will be pulled off the front line to process and care for migrants. This is one reason vulnerable Senate Democrats are joining with Republicans in introducing a bill to keep Title 42 in place. It’s not just border-state Democrats such as Sen. Mark Kelly (Ariz.) pushing back on Biden. Sen. Maggie Hassan (D-N.H.) has also joined the Title 42 revolt. New Hampshire is about as far from the southern border as you can get, but it is also ground zero for the fentanyl epidemic. That’s why Hassan just released a video of herself standing in front of the border wall and calling on Biden to address “gaps in physical barriers along the border.” When vulnerable Democrats are calling for border wall construction, you know the president’s border policies have failed. Over the past two years, Democrats have shown themselves to be opponents of both law enforcement and border enforcement. Now, some are belatedly recognizing their error and trying to distance themselves from the left’s push to defund the police. But, as Biden’s Title 42 decision shows, there has yet to be a similar reckoning when it comes to the border. Until Democrats reverse course on border security, as they have on police funding, the crime wave will continue — as will Biden’s collapse in the polls.
  8. I had a DNA test done and found out I have a lot of Neanderthal genetics. That's probably why I am the way I am. I don't hate technology I just like (and understand) Mechanical technology a lot better than electronics and I actually Like SOME capabilities that electronics makes possible. But I'm convinced that the people (Nerds, Geeks) who design electronics ar so enthralled with it's many possibilities that they simply LOVE to make everything more complicated than it needs to be. One thing I'm good at with the computer is graphics. I have an art background and back in the 60's and 70's I was silk screen printer and then lter got into the construction trades and then when I retired I started doing art again but it digital art created on the computer and then printed and framed. But I never used Photoshop because it was designed by computer nerds and was too complicated. So what I did was I used a combination of two very simple graphics programs, Windows Paint and GIMP both of which have since been "improved" and "upgraded" with newer versions that are more complicated and break up my creative "Flow" when I'm working on a project, and with the older programs I have total mastery over my tools and I've learned ho to do things with them that most people have never done. I also have become fairly skilled at painting and drawing with the mouse. Attached are two"paintings" I did using windows paint and GIMP. one of the paintings I "painted" the sky by putting different dot patterns on the computer screen and then stretching them across the screen 500 per cent horizontally and maybe 200 per cent vertically and stretching them even more, blending all the colors together and then cutting and pasting different sections together and just playing around with it untll I got the effect I wanted,and then did a drawing from a photo i had of a guy holding a mirror and made the mirror into a picture of the picture by copying and then shrinking the picture and flipping it on it's side. The second painting is a drawing I did of the skyline of Lake Coeur d'Alene In Idaho and "Painted another sky but now one that was so colorful because I intended to flip it an make it a reflection of the sky in the Lake, and I alos use a program in GIMP to stretch it and fade it so that the lake at the bottom of painting was larger than the sky making the mountains surrounding the lake look further in the distance.
  9. Very cool car but it should have Desoto Firedome Hemi in it. Chrysler Hemi's were 331, 354, and 392 but the biggest Hemi Desoto made was a 361 but it was rated at 345 horsepower with high compression heads, and could make even more power with headers, a cam, and improved carburetion, fuel injection, and a high flow intake manifold.
  10. I love Caddies. 1958 ElDorado?
  11. Here's some really interesting technical information on the early 60's Pontiac Tempest: https://www.macsmotorcitygarage.com/secrets-of-the-1961-pontiac-tempest-rope-drive/
  12. "Hers had the 194 CI inline four cylinder -- basically, half of a 283." Actually it was a 194.5 cubic inch "Slant 4" which was half a 389. (194,5 + 194.5= 389) Being slanted at a 45 degree angle gave it low hood clearance and sharing 120 components with the already in production 389 V8 saved greatly on development costs and the engineering of this new engine was driven mainly by the Tempest program’s tiny development budget, and it was inspired by an earlier experiment led by Pontiac engine wizard Malcom McKellar and crew. They had deactivated four of the cylinders in a standard Pontiac 389 cubic-inch V8, and to their mild surprise it could push a full-size Catalina sedan to better than 90 mph while still delivering reasonable fuel economy. With a new cylinder block and crankshaft, this same basic setup became the production Trophy 4. The Trophy 4 was offered in five different horsepower ratings for 1961, from 110 hp (one-barrel carburetor, 8.6:1 compression ratio, regular fuel) to 155 hp four-barrel carb, 10.25:1 CR, premium fuel, and for 1962-63, there was a four-barrel, high-compression package with 166 hp at 4800 rpm. Mickey Thompson used the "Trophy 4" in several streamliners and production cars to set several world records in it's displacement class at the Bonneville salt flats.
  13. I'm surprised that independent rear suspension could stand up to all that horsepower of the 421 when it was originally designed to be used with the 4 banger and the 326. I remember when those Tempests first came out with the trans axle the big selling point was a much smaller center hump on the floor. But as far as independent rear suspensions at the drag strip, the Corvettes did pretty good with them.
  14. Here are a few punchlines from jokes I know. See if you can figure out the joke from the punchline and maybe post some of your own punchlines. "That's why he's so Big and MEAN!" "Rectum, hell, damn-near Killed him!" "Charlie's out there picking watermelons!"
  15. They used to be sharpened to the tip and they used to come really sharp from Cold Steel and you could make them even sharper. I had one about 5 years ago but I gave it to my nephew and now I want it back! But now theyre made made so they can't easily be sharpened to the tip. Now the tip is squared off for a inch back and the edge of the blade is not as sharp as it used to come from the factory because there used to be a one month delay when you ordered any machete from cold steel because they would hand sharpen them. but because Cold steel was back ordered on these things I ordered mine from another company so they din't get the sharpening treatment so I've had to shrpen it myself but the tip will take a lot more work. I tried taking a picture but it's hard to tell so I made an exaggerated drawing that gives you a better idea of how they made the tip so it can't be sharpened all the way to the end. It will take some file work but eventually I'll get the tip as sharp as the rest of the blade.
  16. I heard this one in 1959 when I was in the sixth grade: An Englishman, a Frenchman, and a Mexican go to a hotel to get rooms and the hotel maid goes to them and says, "I apologize for the inconvenience, but your rooms are not ready yet. I need to know how many sheets you would like on your beds." And the Englishman says, "I would like two sheets, please." and the Frenchman says, "I would like only one sheet". And the Mexican says, "You sheet on my bed and I keel you."
  17. These V6 powered cars would have been better if they had a turbocharged V6 in them like the Buick Grand National. Curb weight was 2800 lbs and a Buick GNX weighed 3285 lbs. This car was not a prototype. It was in full production from 1997 -2002 but only 11,702 were ever sold. They would have sold a lot more if they had made it into a real hot rod instead of a wannabe hot rod look-alike. The Chrysler V6 was 3.8 liters (231 cubic inches) same as the Buick and ws dimensionally similar and weighed about the same.
  18. Yep. Grilled English cheese and tomato was my favorite and I seem to remember they had chocolate malts with real malted milk. When I lived in Southern California, the Valley Plaza mall was a shopping center in North Hollywood, California, one of the first in the San Fernando Valley, that opened in 1951. In the mid-1950s it claimed to be the largest shopping center on the West Coast of the United States and the third-largest in the country The Woolworth's store and lunch counter remained unchanged from the 50's 60's, 70's 80's until the mid- 90s when Woolworth's went out of business. It was like a time capsule! My family moved there in 1959 when I was in the sixth grade and my mom would go shopping at the sears store and we would eat lunch at Woolworth's. years later I was living In North Hollywood and still used to go to the Woolworth's for lunch and I think they still had that same menu (But maybe with different prices in the 1990's) because I would always get grilled English cheese and tomato sandwich and fries and a chocolate malt. I moved out of L.A. in 1998 not long after the North Hollywood bank of America shootout which happened across the street from the Woolworth's which may have been closed at that time. The LAPD were barricaded behind their cars in the big parking lot across Laurel Canyon Blvd and that B of A was my bank and I was supposed to cash a check there that morning but was delayed and then the streets were closed off when the shooting started and I had to go to another branch.
  19. I'd be curious to know what the trajectory is of both the Subsonic and Supersonic loads with the 1:3 twist and a 300 grain bullet. Seems likely that it's a short range cartridge with heavy bullets and I don't know how stabilization would be with 200 or 225 grain bullets for use as a supersonic hunting cartridge similar to the 338 Federal but with reduced velocity because of the shortened case.
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