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Walter_Sobchak

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  1. Please delete my account. And go fuck yourself. Sincerely,. The demented parrot with dementia
  2. Recently all your responses are meaningless memes or images. Not impressed. Anyhow, you apparently have more information that the President himself, who finally admitted that "he had no idea" if the Clinton's were somehow involved in Epstein's demise. Asked Tuesday if he actually believed the Clintons had anything to do with Epstein’s demise, Trump answered: “I have no idea.” But apparently you are so married to your conspiracy theory, you can't tolerate someone making the rather obvious observation that none of us know for sure.
  3. I'm just saying that making a conspiracy theory that Trump did it is just as plausible as saying Clinton did it. None of us know all the facts.
  4. Begrudingly, yes. What's that have to do with anything? Do the Clinton's have control and access and control over federal jails? No. That's actually Trump and his AJ Bill Barr. Anyhow, the simplest answer may the correct one, which is that this happened as a result of lazy work by the prison guards and Epstein's desire to commit suicide. "The two guards that were at the Special Housing Unit where Epstein was housed, were both on overtime. One officer was working a mandatory overtime shift. The other officer was working his fifth overtime shift of the week, a single source familiar with the matter told ABC News. This was first reported by CNN."
  5. As far as I can tell, he is only partially right. Mass shootings did not decrease after the ban, but they certainly increased after the ban ended.
  6. If they could figure out a way to make a tank suspension out of Beleville washers, anything is possible.
  7. The ASAP Rocky thing is not complicated at all. The one thing that is blindingly obvious about Trump is that he is very transactional. If you say nice things about Trump, he will return the favor, if you say something nasty, he will attack. Kanye is one of the few big name celebrities that has supported him. Kanye and Kim K asked Trump to help out ASAP, so he did. I don't think this is even about race, it's just Trump rewarding a friend and supporter with a favor. That's how he rolls.
  8. From https://history.army.mil/books/Studies/sunell/sunell.htm, thought it was relevant to the current conversation. General Sunell: Well, General [Robert J.] Baer was the tank program manager for a long time, and he had a very close relationship with Fort Knox. The reason I can discuss the tank program is because I left the Armored Reconnaissance Scout Vehicle (ARSV) task force and became the deputy program manager for the XM1 tank where I worked for General Baer. General Baer, in effect, said, "This is what all these different items cost on a tank, and I have a $507,000 ceiling for the XM1 tank." And he said, "If you really want to add that to the tank, here's what a fender costs; here's what a machine gun costs. Now which one do you want me to take off, because I cannot exceed this cost ceiling?" Everybody understood that. General Starry and General Baer traveled together and then General McEnery came in. He did the same thing; he kept the program going. There was some criticism of the tank, and General Lynch came out very strongly as the commandant supporting the tank. His famous message was, "If you can't support the tank, keep your mouth shut and at least don't join the hostiles," if I recall his words. The tank went through then. General [Donald M.] Babers became the program manager, and we always kept an extremely close relationship with Fort Knox. The program manager and the commandant were not enemies; they worked together. That kept that program going. Major Pirnie: In other words, there were two aspects. One was the close cooperation with the Program Management Office [PMO] in Fort Knox, which included personal contact with the officers involved, extending over several changes in personnel. The second aspect was tying it to a budget requirement. General Sunell: Yes. Major Pirnie: It's perhaps a little unfortunate we have to use the budget in that fashion, but it does compel decisions. Wouldn't it be better if we worked with effectiveness criteria? General Sunell: Well, this went back to the MBT70 [Main Battle Tank-70] when we had a joint program with the Germans. That tank was coming along, but we had so many additional dollars tacked on to it that Congress accused the Army of "gold plating," and the program was stopped. Everybody knew we needed a new tank program. The Congress specifically stated that the Army could have a tank program, but it must be below a specific cost ceiling. Every time we went to testify in Congress, we were required to go back to that number ... that basic number. Even today, Brig. Gen. Peter M. McVey, who used to be the program manager for tank systems and is now responsible for all combat vehicles, must go back and trace the cost to the 1972 dollars�$507,000 a copy. Major Pirnie: How wise was it for Congress to set that standard? Did that help or hurt the program? General Sunell: It certainly didn't hurt the program at the time. We stayed under budget, and we had the support of the Congress. We didn't have runaway costs. It allowed the program manager to budget within those dollar figures. But in one place it did hurt the program. We knew at that time that we wanted an underarmor auxiliary power unit that cost $35,000 in today's dollars, probably about $15,000 in dollars in that day, but we couldn't do it. We included the power unit as a Pre-Planned Product Improvement program. But if we could have taken the dollars and put it in then, in the 1970s, it would have cost us half as much as to go back and add it to the program. The second thing we always wanted and needed was a redundant sight for the commander. By that I mean an independent sight for the commander, now called the Commander's Independent Thermal Viewer (CITV). This allows the commander of the tank to search a portion of the battlefield and the gunner to look at a different portion of the battlefield. If the commander sees a target out there, he hits a switch and the gunner automatically slews to that target. We wanted that capability, but we couldn't do it because we couldn't exceed that ceiling. Now the commander and the gunner are looking through the same sights, and we really would have liked to have had the commander's independent sight, but we couldn't do that. We saved dollars at that time, but it's going to cost us big bucks to go back and do that now. Major Pirnie: In other words, setting the ceiling had the ironic result of increasing the cost of the vehicle. General Sunell: Yes. It increases the cost of the vehicle when you have a pre-planned product improvement.
  9. So wait. Are you admitting that Trump's statements are racist, but it's ok because it's a way for conservatives to piss off liberals?
  10. Then your experience with conservatives has been very different than mine.
  11. I did not call him Hitler. I called him a racist. 51% of the American population agrees with me on this. By referencing Hitler, you pretty much lose the argument automatically via Godwin's law.
  12. Stop with the game. Trump explicitly called out Rep Cummings of Baltimore as a racist in his comments. Stop with the spinning and dodging and deflecting. Your guy is an orange race baiting narcissist. I am in the majority in this opinion.
  13. Modern tanks are expensive. Comparing the Abrams to the cost of earlier tanks is not very useful. Perhaps a comparison of the costs of the Abrams versus other third generation post war tanks would be appropriate?
  14. No, but I have been to Detroit many times. Still, that's not the issue. Many US cities have serious problems. Trump doesn't care about that. He only cares about stoking the racist sentiment of his base. The day he calls West Virginia a coal dust infested shit hole is the day I stop believing he is a racist.
  15. Maybe people cry racism because Trump says things that are textbook definitions of racism? I am not exaggerating. US government guidelines give as an example of racist speech the phrase "go back where you came from." Trump ain't even using a dog whistle the way Nixon or Reagan did, he is just flat out speaking directly to racist sentiment.
  16. Ok, let me put it to you this way. If I said "The Sherman tank had serious deficiencies that impacted the lives of the crews that served it in and policies should be adopted to remedy them", that would be the basis for a discussion. If I said "The Sherman tank was a pathetic piece of shit and it's the fault of people I don't like", then you might think I am not serious about having a discussion and that I just want to score points and denigrate those that I disagree with. That's the difference between how serious people talk and how Trump talks.
  17. So long Rutger https://variety.com/2019/film/obituaries-people-news/rutger-hauer-dead-dies-blade-runner-co-star-1203278050/amp/?__twitter_impression=true&fbclid=IwAR0Bep6o72NpURTN47ZPRa3CDBaRdDsFAEkxoBDPsmZT4FSau9VacdyOe7g
  18. This is probably a lot closer to what a Panzer 46 vehicle would have looked like than most of the crap people imagine.
  19. Obama slump? That's some weird historical revisionism. Obama's tenure was basically one of continuous recovery from the serious recession during the second term of Bush. The Democrats are trying, to various degrees and sometimes rather ineffectively, to sell people on the idea that government should perhaps be helping average people with the costs of healthcare and education. It's a concept that seems to resonate pretty well with young people.
  20. Pooping out meaningless acronyms is not a valid argument.
  21. And look how the congressional election went last year in Michigan.
  22. And as the election gets closer, the attention will focus around the Democratic candidates, not the Squad. Meanwhile, Trump will continue to be toxic to 55% of the American public.
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