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Politics / Re: President Donald J. Trump
« on: Today at 05:31:32 PM »
There is a drink called "dirty Girl Scout" no shit.

Like admitting you ate a Brownie?

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Politics / Re: President Donald J. Trump
« on: Today at 04:55:17 PM »
Is it? Think you'll find you're very wrong. The NHS is far from perfect, and gets abused and used as a political football. But the US (In the last twenty years) hasn't got close to the NHS in providing health care for all at a cost per patient that remotely compares. Out of eleven. The USA is eleven. The UK is about four.

If we didn't have to deal with an illegal population that is equal to 40% of the total population of the UK, I dare say our health care costs would be decreased. Virtually every outbreak of TB, measles, mumps, etc are in enclaves with a high % of illegal immigrants. We quarantine animals at the border for a reason.


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Politics / Re: President Donald J. Trump
« on: Today at 04:23:26 PM »
You are correct about people who choose, for a variety of reasons, not to have insurance. But when I had to pay out of pocket for my son's surgery during a brief period of being uninsured (before the ACA), the total costs for the surgery exceeded the amount I would have paid for one year of premiums and a high deductible. I considered it a hard-learned lesson.

In addition, through my work in the ER, I've encountered dozens of patients who faced even more devastating results of being uninsured. Being young and healthy is no substitute for health insurance. Even the cocky folks here who look down their nose at the poor, "non-contributing" Americans undeserving of healthcare are one unexpected illness or traumatic injury away from the same predicament.

Affordable healthcare for all!

Immediate 20% reduction in pay for all healthcare workers!!! Let's get these costs under control!!!

Or we could just get the federal government out of it. 90% were better off before it.


(I was kidding about the pay reduction - good health care workers do not get paid enough)

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Politics / Re: President Donald J. Trump
« on: Today at 03:48:00 PM »
The intentional vagueness of your millions do, millions don't statement attempts to obscure the causal impact that the ACA had on providing healthcare insurance for people who were previously uninsured. I provided a simple graph so those with limited critical thinking skills could follow along.  ;)

Most people that didn't have insurance before, didn't have it because they choose not to.

There were some with prior conditions that weren't covered, but even these had chose not to be covered at one time or they would not have been uncovered when the prior condition surfaced.

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Politics / Re: President Donald J. Trump
« on: Today at 03:19:32 PM »
That abstract, non-factual statement is such patented GOP party line bullshit propaganda I can't believe you would repeat it.

The "millions" who had no health insurance prior to the ACA's Oct, 2013 debut has dropped significantly versus the millions who are now insured, and that is fact.

Then, within days of taking office, as people scrambled to sign up for health insurance before the end of the open enrollment period Jan. 31st, Trump pulled the ads for the ACA, cocksure confident that Ryan and his accomplices had a "better" replacement plan ready to go. Haha, we all know how that turned out as they are set to embarrass themselves yet again with Trumpcare 3.0

How abstract is it that 5.9 million people that were among the most responsible of society that were actually carrying insurance, are no longer covered?

https://www.forbes.com/sites/scottgottlieb/2015/05/14/how-many-people-has-obamacare-really-insured/#2ebd82ca788a


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Politics / Re: President Donald J. Trump
« on: Today at 03:00:43 PM »
That abstract, non-factual statement is such patented GOP party line bullshit propaganda I can't believe you would repeat it.

The "millions" who had no health insurance prior to the ACA's Oct, 2013 debut has dropped significantly versus the millions who are now insured, and that is fact.

Then, within days of taking office, as people scrambled to sign up for health insurance before the end of the open enrollment period Jan. 31st, Trump pulled the ads for the ACA, cocksure confident that Ryan and his accomplices had a "better" replacement plan ready to go. Haha, we all know how that turned out as they are set to embarrass themselves yet again with Trumpcare 3.0

Hey tweetle dee, nothing abstract about it. I said millions had insurance that didn't have it before. I also said millions that had it before no longer have it. (I being one of the latter).

Or are you trying to tell me that 100% are now covered?  All except for me?

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Politics / Re: Marine Le Pen
« on: Today at 01:20:53 PM »
McCarthy's right hand man (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Roy_Cohn) was DJT's mentor. Truth strangeness > fiction strangeness.  ;)

Why do you think Pepe was such a hit?

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Random Topics / Re: What do you collect?
« on: Today at 12:35:05 PM »
Broken hearts

Wear them proudly on your belt?

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Politics / Re: President Donald J. Trump
« on: Today at 12:04:47 PM »
What surprises me is why anyone is surprised. Does anyone really think that a typical politician who would gladly allow several million fellow citizens be denied healthcare because they're not rich or have the misfortune to have a condition before the insurance companies played god and said they wouldn't foot the bill, go without the juicy bits out of something they spent the last nine years voting against?

Obama did.  There are millions today that had insurance before Obamacare that lost it because they either lost their employee plan, were knocked down to part time to evade Obamacare, or just can't afford it anymore. Millions have. Insurance that didn't have it before, but millions don't have it, that used to have it.

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Politics / Re: President Donald J. Trump
« on: Today at 10:44:07 AM »
I thought they were already exempt? I seem to remember someone tried to force Congress to use Obama care. The idea being if they were going to force it on the population they should be required to use it. It was shot down quickly.

They lied on the applications and signed up on a small business exchange.

Not kidding

http://thehill.com/blogs/congress-blog/healthcare/276286-on-obamacare-is-there-one-set-of-rules-for-congress-and

https://www.forbes.com/sites/michaelcannon/2016/04/15/congress-is-getting-a-special-exemption-from-obamacare-and-no-its-not-legal/

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Politics / Re: President Donald J. Trump
« on: Yesterday at 10:52:29 PM »
No?
Trump agrees 'not to terminate NAFTA at this time'

www.cnn.com/2017/04/26/politics/trump-nafta/index.html

Wasn't NAFTA another 'must get rid of' pledge that Trump campaigned on?

I don't remember him saying he would get rid of it... Just renegotiate it. Like the article says.

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Radio and Podcasts / Re: Amy On The Radio
« on: Yesterday at 09:30:17 PM »


Bummer.

This is becoming Hoaglandesque

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How To Use BellGab / Re: Search Bar at the Top of the Page
« on: Yesterday at 08:20:39 PM »
I did a "custom" search for "Demme" because he had passed away today, but it came up "No Results." Is the search dependent on what Google can come up with with their scans?

I am sure it takes awhile for google to update its indexes. The bots don't run in real time.

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Random Topics / Re: What do you collect?
« on: Yesterday at 06:11:56 PM »
Wouldn't it have the potential of misfires? Until several years, for example, you couldn't use narrow pointed bullets in my LA .30-.30, and guns designed like it with the tubular magazine design, because of the way they are aligned in a row and risk of a misfire in the magazine after shooting.

I don't have any idea what the inside of the mag looks like. Certainly has to be more prone to misfire than a simple box mag. You would think the soring wouldn't last very long.

I wonder how many rounds they hold. I can change 30 round mags in my AR and shoot in less than 2 seconds.

It has to take longer than that to change the helical mags.

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Politics / Re: President Donald J. Trump
« on: Yesterday at 05:36:45 PM »
I agree!  We should not have left Sadam in control.  It cost the lives of many Kurds and Marsh Arabs and we could have let participating Arab states deal with the war's aftermath in terms of stabilizing the government and overseeing the election of a successor government.

It should have been carved up into separate states. At least 1 each for the Shia, Sunni and Kurds. everyone else like the Christians and Jews should have been relocated.

There is no country or countries in that area that can hold those 3 groups together without slaughtering the others.

Should have given Kuwait a 50 mile wide strip that they could maintain as a buffer zone.

Too bad it wasn't done in the 90's. Would have saved us a few trillion $.

For all the libtards that said we went in for the oil... WTF??? Same for strategic minerals in Afghanistan. Looks like China will end up with those.

If the Shia and Sunni ever stop killing each other, we are screwed. Better hope those Mormons keep making babies.

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Random Topics / Re: What do you collect?
« on: Yesterday at 03:15:52 PM »
Yes I am familiar with both of those, but they are totally different animals than the M6.  It was an over/under chambered for .22 Hornet and .410 shotgun shell.  It was also incredibly ugly.  Either of those you mentioned would be far more practical if I was looking for a survival rifle to actually use, but I'd want the M6 more as curiosity and piece of history.

I have one, I think it is a savage or maybe some off brand, that is chambered in .223/.410.

It looks like the savage, but not sure that it is.

About the only real "gear" I have left is a helmet bag and a couple of pairs of mukluks.

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Well, I remember the aliens being described as grey from Missing Time though I remember that the aliens from Close Encounters of the 3rd Kind were grey too.

CE3K was 1977. Well before Strieber. Spielberg have access to secret files?

Seems like the prototype for all future depictions of the greys.

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Random Topics / Re: What do you collect?
« on: Yesterday at 02:49:04 PM »
Where are you supposed to hold the gun when you're actually shooting? Wouldn't that thing get really hot? Looks badass though.

I don't think they would get hot. The attachment point on the front is the bayonet lug.

Probably not the easiest to handle and shoot with all of the weight of the ammo, but using the single point sling and the pistol grip, you can send a lot of rounds down range pretty quickly, just not accurately.

Interesting design though.

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Random Topics / Re: What do you collect?
« on: Yesterday at 02:35:10 PM »


I had several of the MC-1s.  Like most of such things I acquired during my career, I gave them away.  Just a few weeks back I was looking on eBay at the prices some of those things are going for these days, realized I'd pissed away a tidy sum.  Still have my pen gun and flares, although the flares are well past their shelf life.  Somewhere I still have a survival vest and personal lowering device.  One thing I would like to have is one of the vintage USAF survival rifles (M6?).  Actually had my hands on one in the old Life Support SPO in the early 80, it was part of a survival equipment "show & tell" display left over from the 1960s.  One of the smaller gun companies was making a civilian copy of it several years ago, but have never run across one.

Henry makes a knock off. I would get a Ruger Takedown model before the henry though.

https://www.henryusa.com/rifles/u-s-survival-ar-7/

http://www.ruger.com/products/1022Takedown/models.html

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Random Topics / Re: What do you collect?
« on: Yesterday at 01:11:25 PM »
Nice collection - covering all the bases ;) You reminded me of a hole in my flown space-themed collection - I tried one of the Schrade/Camillus MC-1s on ebay a few times and the price would end up in bidding wars over $200.

As for Swiss Army Knives, of course I have the Shuttle flown model, but retired it early to keep it in good shape - they are hard to find now. Now for everyday use and purse carry, a SAK Tinker.  I'd feel lost without an SAK with a phillips head and flat screwdriver on it.

The orange MC-1 has been on all US space launches since about the early Gemini program as part of the survival kit. AFAIK, you wouldn't want to carry it around as the semi-automatic opening puts in the same category as switchblades in most jurisdictions.  Many of them came on the market after Vietnam from AF aviators.  Truly a collector's item.

I lost my MC-1 in a move about 25 years ago. Someday I might pick up another.

Mine had developed a wobble in the blade at the hinge pin after using it in a stupid manner to try and pry something open.

I have too many knives as it is. (Bayonets too).

This is my current Rule #9. When I got it I put my Kershaw in a drawer.

Opinel #8 stainless folder with a walnut handle. Based on a French design that is over 100 years old.

I have a beechwood one as well. Only $15 on Amazon

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Politics / Re: Random Political Thoughts
« on: Yesterday at 11:15:20 AM »
Too much wine, or is she losing it?


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Random Topics / Re: Random stupid things on your mind. Post them.
« on: Yesterday at 05:19:21 AM »
Bay of Pigs invasion


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Sliding in for the last hour to hear the guest.
This gemologist is pretty good. Dave is an idiot.
I give Leela a shit-ton of credit for ignoring Dave's stupidity in the questions he asks.
That dumb-ass sure knows how to ruin what would be an otherwise good show.  >:(
GNS

"The crystals grow, that must mean they are alive. "

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Is this Michelle who used to call into Hoagie's show?  He's a self-identified she but got thrown out of a Japanese lesbian club for not having proper boobies or something.  There are some subtle nuances here I'm still learning.

I think either JJ or Norland posted a pic of Hoagland's Michelle. Fairly chunky human being if I remember correctly. Didn't look anything like the pic above.

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Random Topics / Re: Random stupid things on your mind. Post them.
« on: Yesterday at 02:39:56 AM »
Wild leap/dive over a catcher to avoid a tag and score a run.

http://www.espn.com/video/clip?id=19244468


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This is rich...


Remember this?

http://www.truthrevolt.org/news/lena-dunham-describes-sexually-abusing-her-toddler-sister#top

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Here is the photo of that Martian tree stump (plus close-up) that was in the news today.  The picture was taken by the rover Curiosity last March.  No sign of Big Foot but who knows.  Perhaps Martian Big Foot's dog paid the tree a visit, as Richard would say, "a...long...time...ago."


"Courtesy NASA/JPL-Caltech."

Down near the bottom, there is a part of a one dollar bill.

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Politics / Re: President Donald J. Trump
« on: April 25, 2017, 10:00:23 PM »
This Politico article is a must read (albeit a little too long and lacking in pretty color photos for the typical Trump-hating, pants wetting lefties among us.)   The extent of the Obama Administration's incredible bungling, pusillanimous compliance with the demands of a sworn enemy of our Nation and criminal deceipt of the American people is without parallel in American History.   It amounts to aiding and abetting the enemy.

So is this one.

😎

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