Mar 3rd 2013 7:00PM The flag of the U. S. is an undesireable artifact in this neighborhood. I find this disgusting. Perhaps we should additionally figure out more ways to demonstrate our contempt for all those who fought and died for this country. I am no longer incensed by these stories of hatred for our country. No doubt the HOA will explain "This has nothing to with a statement against the U. S. A." That like the statement "I am not a dictator" are just plain bull pie. I'm sure if it was a Muslim country flag and the case went to court, the Judge would rule against the HOA.
Maybe we should all have a "To Hell with America" part on July 4th this year but before that have an Easter "Spike Christ to a Cross" festival. I am so glad I am not part of the sick, twisted mindset that calls everything I hold dear in rabid contempt. Guess I don't mind being a social outcast because I'm patriotic.
Dec 21st 2012 9:39AM I posted here about this issue only minutes ago; now I realize there is one more very important thing to say:
A semi-automatic weapon shoots a bullet - only one bullet - each time the trigger is pulled. An AUTOMATIC weapon typical shoots 7 - 13 bullets per second with a single trigger pull.
Automatic weapons are only legally available through specially licensed gun stores (Third Class FFLs)for people who pass a battery of investigation through the Federal Government. These stores are rigorously controlled through the Federal government and provide weaponry for police,paramilitary (like high security firms who protect diplomats, armored cars, etc.
In simpler terms - automatic weapons - MACHINE GUNS - are currently effectively banned except to the few who can pass the stringent criterea to buy them. The penalties for owning such a gun illegally are significant - 10 years per count.
Automatic weapons - Machine guns - have no place other than in open warfare. Few folks need them' those who do have to jump through numerous hoops (as it shoud be).
Unfortunately semi-automatics are often refered to as "automatics" because they reload atuomatically. That is NOT the same as shooting at a prodigious rate (like a machine gun)until you release the trigger.
You should understand the nomenclature before you make your own personal decision regarding these issues.
Dec 21st 2012 9:04AM The vast majority of gun owners want to protect you, me, and everyone and everything we hold dear. Some people have guns to forcibly break the law and do horrendous things. Every coin has two sides. Every liberty comes with the potential for abuse.
What we need is a complete approach that helps the entire gun owning and non-gun owning community to identify the characteristics which compose a deviant threat.
Read carefully: Criminals live a life of sidestepping the law to get what they want. Our gun laws with regard to criminal activity are seldom if ever prosecuted. If a sociopath wants to kill people there are countless alternatives to guns from fire to poison to blades, etc.
The problem is in the brain. We need to use our brains to deal with potential killers in order to find a real solution.
I know grown men who have wept as they told me about killing people in war. One man at our gun club had two other members hug and console him as he slumped and openly cried while speaking of shooting (to death) 6 North Korean soldiers with his M14 in 1952. He said he and a fellow soldier had no choice but to open fire when one pulled out a grenade while the others seemed ready to surrender. He has died since, but lived his life after the army as a clothes and shoe salesman and retiring in the late 1990s.
I own assault rifles and pistols with magazines ranging from 8 to 40 shots. I use the small magazines as they are the most practical. The high capacity magazines are for warfare because taking our freedom for granted is a foolish thing.
In the time it takes to cock a gun or use a manual bolt, an enemy has an opportunity to take a shot. The Japanese and Germans mostly had bolt action rifles in WW2 whereas most Americans had semiautomatic rifles. We won.
Having been happily married 32 years, I know that love requires us to get to the bottom of problems and deal with the cause. The problem here is not guns; it is our unwillingness to take the steps to understand and respond to thethings that make a person become homicidal. If we can't fix the person, we need to keep him away from guns; we have laws to do so but they are incomplete. We can't abandon our responsibility to be a well armed populace just because one person in a few million does this kind of thing.
Mar 6th 2011 8:38PM Walmart is its own victim. I have learned that the best way to shop Walmart is to get your crap and get out. The employees are about as helpful as a sticky unoccupied table in a diner.
I sho there but buy less and less as other retailers provide a bettere shopping and service experience.
Walmart is going downhill because Walmart is "better" than we are. IBM, GM, Chrysler, Ford and others have done the same.
Jan 4th 2011 7:11PM I'd be delighted to see an Indian car company diprove the laws of nature. I will buy a Tatas or at least befriend a girl with a pair of nice Tata's. Perhaps she can extract more energy out of me than I know I had.
Nov 2nd 2010 6:17PM I watched a brief segment on a Monday night network news show in which a gentleman in a position of political authority spoke FOR legalizing all drugs. He cited making the streets safer for police and giving these criminals less reason to be desperate enough to kill.
I will support this if I might be allowed to carry a loaded machine gun along with the right to preemptively shoot anyone publically under the influence AND threatening to endanger the public.
When you are like me - meaning the kind of person who has shaken his head in angst, sorrow, sadness, disbelief, etc., etc., etc. when drugs, alcohol,sexual perversion, and violence have destroyed innocent lives, you realize that hitting a meth cooker in the head with a baseball bat or spraying a car full of gangbangers with an M16 (5.56mm Nato) or M14 (.308)is no more criminal in the eyes of God than playing with your children in the park.
I peace and quiet and respect for human life too damned much to ask for?
Nov 2nd 2010 10:16AM Thumb bands? I'm assuming the guy who thought of this invented the band for the middle finger, the penis, and the tongue. Perhaps he also invented a band for the head to reduce the tendency to have lustful thoughts. I am going to try one solution. I'll put a rubber band on my gas pedal so I might drive more slowly.
Now if we can gather up all the terrorists and criminals and get a bunch of rubber bands........
Nov 2nd 2010 10:12AM Give me a break. Electric can openers? Same could be said for electric windows in cars. Everything else you selected makes. We have no toaster oven or electric grill. We cook full meals daily.
Oct 21st 2010 10:19AM Driving any rear wheel drive car with a high horsepower to weight ratio can turn the throttle into a "trigger" for an inept driver. Anyone who carries a weapon for a living is supposed to be trained to control anger. This mechanic went way over the line - allowing his emotions to govern his actions.
Any tire in a given application has a tractability. In a car with such power rear tires loaded by cornering forces are easily broken loose by a power surge. Since turbochargers tend to "lag" when power is called for by the throttle, the timing becomes critical requiring the driver to have a lot more experience with throttle control than on a normally aspirated car with more intuitive throttle response.
In other words, the mechanic is an immature idiot - short on common sense.
The GT ford is a short wheelbase low polar moment design. It's balance can be much more easily upset than the typically longer wheelbase computer optimized suspension designs of today. So sad. You failed to mention how valuable these cars are. If it was in excellent condition and had a racing pedigree, it could have been worth over $500,000.
Aug 27th 2010 9:13PM Perhaps the cost of these super projects should be compared with gigantic hydrofoil ferries. Imagine a ship twice the mass of an aircraft carrier with a nuclear powerplant producing ten million horsepower as it runs through fifty foot waves at 80 - 90 knots carrying a load of vacationers in their Fiats.
Of course the infrastructure problem would be easy: 500 mile superhighways on land enclosed in a linear structure of ultra high strength glass and stainless steel.
Now imagine the policy of no racial profiling at checkpoints. 15 billion people on earth starving to death. Where is Captain Pickard when we need him. Perhaps Geordi will come up with a gelatenous solution.
Great idea! Please start it after I die.