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Posts by John R. (Bob) Locke

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  • San Francisco mayor tops Kerry wife for 'gay' honor

    12/13/2004 10:43:47 PM PST · 20 of 20
    John R. (Bob) Locke to Inge_CAV
    She's a former Victoria's Secret model, if I am not mistaken.

    I think she sees him as someone on the rise politically, and she's been a talking head for a few years now, mostly on financial programs I think. Got nothing to base that on other than my own suspicions.

    But she is pretty easy on the eye...

  • San Francisco mayor tops Kerry wife for 'gay' honor

    12/12/2004 8:30:14 PM PST · 18 of 20
    John R. (Bob) Locke to Inge_CAV

    If you've ever seen Newsom's wife, you'd know he has no use for THK at all...

  • Showdown for Press Freedom

    12/05/2004 2:14:24 PM PST · 10 of 10
    John R. (Bob) Locke to Tumbleweed_Connection
    Not really related to this article, but on-topic.

    I've sort of been waiting for the San Francisco Chronicle to get in some hot water over the whole steroids and baseball issue. They basically printed the federal grand jury testimony of Jason Giambi and Barry Bonds, which they obtained illegally. I'd love to see those reporters forced to reveal who gave them those grand jury transcripts, and to see what happens if they refuse. Seems to me that the judicial system is in jeopardy if the confidentiality of grand jury testimony disappears.

  • Liberty for All (review of "The Case for Democracy" that Bush is reading - agenda for Middle East)

    11/24/2004 8:03:49 PM PST · 5 of 5
    John R. (Bob) Locke to newzjunkey
    Just pointing out that there are plenty of opportunities in the Middle East for "democracy".

    But I'm not going to hold my breath and wait for this administration (or any other, for that matter) to press the Saudi's to move in that direction.

  • Schools may need to pursue alternative discipline methods (WNY Leftist Moron Alert!)

    11/22/2004 7:49:55 PM PST · 22 of 22
    John R. (Bob) Locke to Houmatt
    Beat their @sses!

    Bring back the REAL "Board of Education"!

    "Time-outs" are a joke, and getting sent to the principal's office to sit by yourself for an hour or two means NOTHING.

    My kids (11, 9, 7, and 4) know that if they get in trouble at school (no such thing as a "paddling" around here), the fur is going to fly at the house. So, they almost never (once a school year each, at most) cause trouble during class, lunch, or recess.

    Something about "Spare the rod and spoil the child" in there somewhere.

  • Artest Expresses Regret Over Brawl with Detroit Fans (he's a big fan of the Nobel Peace Prize)

    11/22/2004 7:39:27 PM PST · 17 of 21
    John R. (Bob) Locke to jdm
    I wonder how most people would have reacted to having something thrown at you from a crowd on the heels of another ugly confrontation.

    Personally, I'd have been looking for the person or people responsible. And I'd have also gone in to help my teammate if he was in the middle of a handful of hostile people.

    The suspensions are too long, particularly the one for Jermaine O'Neal. He never went into the stands, and the only thing he did was KO a clown who came down on the court and was accosting Artest.

    I'm not a big fan of sports figures in general, and of most NBA players in particular, but I honestly don't think too many people would have reacted all that differently to being attacked. It's either fight or flight, and with the adrenaline already at a pretty high level from what had just happened on the court, flight just wasn't really an option.

  • Gun rights advocate cites preparedness

    11/21/2004 6:50:33 PM PST · 14 of 24
    John R. (Bob) Locke to Dan Evans
    Where's her eye protection?!?

    Gotta set a better example, Ann!

    I've met Phil on a few occasions when I lived in Virginia. He's a very mild-mannered gentleman, but also very firm in what he believes. Definitely one of the "good guys".

  • Renewable Energy the Way of the Future

    11/21/2004 12:19:48 AM PST · 8 of 17
    John R. (Bob) Locke to El Oviedo
    Renewable energy is not a BAD thing, in an of itself. But a lot depends upon the form it takes.

    This past election here in Colorado, we passed an amendment to the state's constitution calling for sizeable increases in the amount of renewable energy produced across the state over the next decade. I don't have a real problem with that, except that the form of power production that is being relied upon most heavily is wind, and sometimes the wind just doesn't blow while at other times it blows too much (have to shut those large wind turbines down above about 50 mph wind speed).

    I work at a natural gas fired generating facility, and we are in constant contact with the people who are responsible for maintaining the reliability of the power grid across the state. I asked one of them about wind power the other day, and she said everyone in their office voted against it and that they were all pretty unhappy that it passed because of the reliability issue of having 500 megawatts of power either suddenly appear or disappear from the grid.

    Personally, I'd like to see more nuclear plants get built. They are much more cost-effective over the long haul, and their environmental impact is basically zero because they have no emissions.

    Just my $0.02, of course.

  • China Tightens Control on Religion

    11/20/2004 11:18:07 PM PST · 3 of 5
    John R. (Bob) Locke to Right in Wisconsin
    But as long as we keep trading at record levels, the Christians in China will be totally forgotten by this administration.

    I guess religious freedom in some countries isn't as important as it is in others...

  • Liberty for All (review of "The Case for Democracy" that Bush is reading - agenda for Middle East)

    11/20/2004 9:04:39 PM PST · 3 of 5
    John R. (Bob) Locke to baseball_fan

    Maybe Bush could talk to his buddies in the Saudi royal family about bringing "democracy" to that country...

  • Taxing thoughts

    11/19/2004 7:00:35 PM PST · 4 of 4
    John R. (Bob) Locke to Kitten Festival

    Now if we could just get him as interested in cutting spending as he is in cutting taxes, THEN we might actually get somewhere (besides deeper in debt, that is).

  • Going Nuclear - Will the GOP change the filibuster rule for judicial nominees?

    11/16/2004 10:06:41 PM PST · 18 of 18
    John R. (Bob) Locke to Syco
    Maybe they could actually make the Dems go down to the floor and perform a filibuster rather than just threaten one. That's all that has happened in recent years, after all. No one has taken the floor of the Senate and rambled for 16 hours straight recently that I am aware of. The mere raising of the possibility has been enough. to call a halt to a bill or a nomination.

    I'd LOVE to see ol' Teddy down there reading from the Betty Crocker Cookbook for a day-and-a-half!

  • International Day of Prayer

    11/14/2004 12:57:02 PM PST · 1 of 1
    John R. (Bob) Locke
    I'm pretty sure many of you participated in this either today or recently. Our congregation spent most of the morning on the subject, and we honored our veterans as well.

    I thought the map provided on IDOP's web page was pretty telling as well.

    Where Christians Are Persecuted

    We have so much to be thankful for in this country.

  • Judge dismisses challenge to Electoral College ballot measure

    10/28/2004 12:20:09 AM PDT · 5 of 25
    John R. (Bob) Locke to Freesofar
    I can't see it passing, and I live here. Almost all of the elected officials and candidates from both major parties have denounced it as a bad idea.

    I'm voting against it, and I think a large majority of the rest of the state will as well.

  • Democracy vs Republic

    10/27/2004 8:54:29 PM PDT · 6 of 16
    John R. (Bob) Locke to Jeff Head
    I wrote an Op-Ed to the local paper about the differences between a republic and a democracy about six months ago which they actually published. I wasn't too thrilled with some of the changes they made, but they printed most of the good stuff.

    It's a distinction that very much needs to be made.

  • we are winning nearly every senate race

    10/24/2004 4:51:57 PM PDT · 86 of 86
    John R. (Bob) Locke to Colorado Buckeye
    And, once Salazar gets in, he'll be difficult to remove.

    I totally agree with that assessment.

    I also believe he would be posibly the most conservative Democrat in the Senate if he wins, and even more conservative than many GOP senators from the northeast.

    But I'm still not voting for him.

  • we are winning nearly every senate race

    10/24/2004 1:06:32 AM PDT · 60 of 86
    John R. (Bob) Locke to WOSG
    I can't see Coors winning here in Colorado. He just comes across so poorly in live addresses and debates because he is so completely uninformed on the issues.

    A big "thank you" to Bill Owens and the GOP "losership" here in CO for undermining a solid conservative, Bob Schaffer, in favor of a political neophyte based on nothing other than name recognition.

    Ken Salazar comes across as just what he is: a moderate, centrist Democrat. Pretty much Ben "Nighthorse" Campbell with a Hispanic lineage rather than Native American.

    Not to be a pessimist, but I honestly think that Salazar is going to win this one.

  • This young generation has not X-ed out responsibility, character

    10/24/2004 12:58:06 AM PDT · 25 of 30
    John R. (Bob) Locke to lasisra; TNdandelion
    Just want to say "thanks" to you two for what you do, the most important job in the world: HOMEMAKER!

    I'm a '69 model myself, and my wife stopped working outside the home two months before our oldest son (11 1/2) was born. She, too, has a college degree, and probably could have made more money than I did at that time (I was enlisted in the Navy). But I was totally unprepared to breast-feed, so we went the route of having her stay home instead, and three more additions to the family have followed.

    My mom worked during my entire childhood, and I was determined that my kids would have it differently. My wife totally agreed. In fact, that had quite a bit to do with me leaving the girl I was seeing at the time I met my wife (her ideas about career versus family didn't square with mine) and taking up with her.

    Sometimes my wife gets to feeling like society demeans SAHM's, and to some extent I think that's the case. But I'm seeing more and more women make that choice, and I totally applaud it. And I also believe that as more and more moms take that on, the perception about who they are and what they do will change for the better.

    What can possibly be more important than raising your own children? It really is that simple, isn't it?

    And I believe that's a cycle we're going to see both continue and expand as more and more mom's take up the challenge (and I know what a challenge it is) to eschew the workplace for the home place.

    As I tell my wife all the time: she has a MUCH harder job than I do!

    Way to go, all you SAHM's!

  • Next President Could Get to Reshape High Court

    10/02/2004 3:36:23 PM PDT · 11 of 11
    John R. (Bob) Locke to FairOpinion
    This sounds familiar. Where have I heard it before? Oh, yes. Four years ago!

    I can't recall the name(s) of Bush's SCOTUS appointees, even though that was trotted out as the most important reason to vote for him over Gore. There were "two or three" impending retirements four years ago, and yet I still count nine people in robes every October when the Court convenes.

    And so many decry the left's use of "scare tactics"...

  • Democrats may use assault weapons ban against Bush, GOP

    08/01/2004 5:58:16 PM PDT · 25 of 34
    John R. (Bob) Locke to the gillman@blacklagoon.com
    Should he sign an extension, it will cost Bush the election this time.

    Never happen. Not even close to enough willpower among the vast majority of gun owners to NOT vote for him even if he signs a renewal.

    And he know it, too, which is why he has said all along that he WILL sign a renewal if it gets to his desk.

  • Labgrade is Gone (One of the Original TRT Founders)

    05/01/2004 8:11:29 AM PDT · 61 of 99
    John R. (Bob) Locke to fivetoes
    Posted this from The High Road at the request of fivetoes.

    I cannot find the words. This man was my FRIEND. Not my buddy, not someone I knew from the Internet, but my FRIEND.

    My heart is aching. It hurts to breathe.

    I haven't been on the board much lately. Too much other stuff going on in life. Was gonna sit down and send him a PM to see if he wanted to go shooting tomorrow, since I now have the day off. Haven't seen him in a few months and was feeling bad about that. Now I won't get to.

    DAMMIT ALL!

    I wish those of you who never had the privelege of meeting Alan Albertus would have. He was quite the remarkable fellow. I'm pretty sure if you open up your dictionary and find the term "laid back", there'll be a pic of my buddy in there somewhere.

    Until you started messing with his family or his freedom, of course. Then he'd pull a serious Jekyll and Hyde on you.

    The world is a seriously lesser place than it used to be.

    I remember the first time I met him in person: at a TRT rally (of course). I was out here in Colorado on leave from Virginia, and the Brady Bunch was getting together in Denver. It was decided that would be a nice time for the TRT to "get together" as well, and since I happened to be here I trekked on down and joined in. I had swapped several e-mails with Al in weeks prior (since I was moving to within spitting distance and wanted to get to know him in person once I got here), and he told me to "look for the tall, skinny dude" at the rally and that'd be him. Since he stood about 6'6" and probably weighed 150 lbs. or so, he was pretty hard to miss.

    Then (finally) came my move out here for good, and we struck up a solid friendship pretty much immediately. I remember being between jobs for a little while, and he knew I was down about it so he dragged me out for a camping trip out by Cripple Creek on the west side of Pike's Peak. Him, me, and one of his dogs piled up in that Toyota pickup of his and off we went. Trucked up about an hour and a half and made camp. Cut up some wood (Al cheated and brought the chain-saw, but I was cool with it) and got a fire going, and Al cooked some steaks on his little propane grill. It was COLD that night, and the wind was blowing. And here I am, originally from Texas and having lived in Virginia for 10 years, and I'm freezing my hindparts off. So he's got this nifty little bag for me to sleep in, except I'm about 50 lbs. too heavy for it. But I managed to get in it eventually, and avoided sleeping in the truck (I think he would have ribbed me about that, and I wasn't gonna let him). Next morning we went rabbit hunting, and after three hours of neither of us getting anything, we packed up and headed home. That whole episode still makes me smile, and it made him laugh when we'd talk about it, too.

    He got me interested in reloading, and I've still got a box of .308 rounds for my rifle that he and I loaded up at his place. He had a setup that was second-to-none. RCBS press on one end of the bench, and a Dillon progressive on the other. And a closet FULL of reloads. He didn't really own that many different firearms from what I ever saw, but he could have shot each of them for a week straight and still have had ammo left over.

    Trips to the Sportsman's Warehouse, and wishing we each had $10,000 or so of spare change lying around. Days at the range trying to relieve some of the sag in the closet floor.

    Not enough of either. Not by a long shot.

    I need to get to sleep, but I'm afraid it's gonna be impossible. And Al's not there at 2 AM like he has been so many times before.

    You ever lose a friend and have it hurt more than losing all but your closest family members? Can someone get this weight off my chest please?

    Hopefully I can track Crystal down tomorrow (later today?), and find out if she needs anything. They were so wrapped up in each other that it was sometimes hard to figure out where one left off and the other started.

    He was prone to rambling, both on the 'Net and in person. I laughed a little when I read fivetoes talking about the "hours-long conversations". If you've ever been involved in a "talk" with Al via THR or TFL, you can rest assured that he was the SAME WAY in person. I'm gonna miss that rambling of his something fierce. I guess in a way I'm sort of borrowing it from him for this post.

    And be passionate about things. Al never half-assed anything. It was either leave it alone or full speed ahead.

    Folks, don't pull a Bob.

    That friend of yours who you haven't called or written to or gone to see in a while? Get to it.

    Don't get caught in front of your computer late one night with tears in your eyes and fingers that won't cooperate lamenting the passing of a friend that you've neglected for so long that it becomes too late and you run out of opportunities.

  • Teach The Children The REAL Meaning of Christmas

    12/27/2003 1:06:12 PM PST · 40 of 59
    John R. (Bob) Locke to cpforlife.org
    Maybe you can teach them the real origins of the holiday, and how it has no basis in the Scriptures, while you're at it.
  • Thomas Sowell: Supreme Court prime example of lawlessness

    12/27/2003 12:55:43 PM PST · 77 of 122
    John R. (Bob) Locke to inquest
    Why is the outrage all of the sudden being directed at SCOTUS? Congress is the one primarily responsible for this abomination - they're the ones at whom our wrath should be directed. So what's going to done? Are we going to make them feel it? How?

    And what about Bush? There wouldn't have even been a case for the SCOTUS to rule on if he had vetoed that bill.

  • Safe House, Unsafe Principles: Will conservatives benefit from safe Republican control?

    12/22/2003 6:10:45 AM PST · 16 of 18
    John R. (Bob) Locke to AwesomePossum
    My point is that he could have held the line on a lot of places where domestic spending was concerned, but he didn't. He didn't just throw in the towel; he joined forces with "the enemy" (Dem's) and has passed budget increases that Clinton would have blushed at. And he's increased non-defense spending at a higher rate than defense spending!

    If Al Gore had won, and had presented the exact same budgets as George Bush has, everyone on this forum would have been up in arms about it, and the Republicans in the Congress would have done everything in their power to prevent the legislation from passing. But because Bush is "our guy", he gets a pass on it. Why? Because he's "taking issues away from the Dem's", and they won't be able to use them against him in November.

    In my book, when one party's issues are advancing and another declining, then I'd say you have a clear indicator of which party is actually "winning". And from this seat, the party that controls both the White House and both chambers of the Congress is the one caving in.

  • Safe House, Unsafe Principles: Will conservatives benefit from safe Republican control?

    12/22/2003 12:56:33 AM PST · 13 of 18
    John R. (Bob) Locke to AwesomePossum
    Also, Bush, when he goes after the sacred cows of the democrats, after 2004, will be able to say,"I did not start off cutting and slashing, but tried to work with the democrats and put more money into their sacred cow programs, but now we know it just doesn't work to keep throwing money down these rat holes, so it's time for some changes." And, he will be standing on firm footing as he says it.

    I'd say there's plenty of history already in place for him to make such a statement.

    He's out-pandering the panderers, and he's being praised by his supporters for his slick political maneuvering.

    God help us.

  • Safe House, Unsafe Principles: Will conservatives benefit from safe Republican control?

    12/21/2003 9:44:34 PM PST · 6 of 18
    John R. (Bob) Locke to Blake#1
    I believe that I have earned the right to complain.

    I spent almost 13 years wearing a uniform for this country. I figure I've got at least as much "right" as you.

    My complaint is about the Republican voters that don't like the GW Bush style Republicanism.

    I'm not a Republican voter. I didn't vote for Bush in '00, and I won't in '04 either. That's not to say that I never vote for Republican candidates, because I certainly do and have. But simply being a Republican won't automatically get anyone my vote. I know better.

    Stop complaining about GW Bush's governing style. It is the wave of the future. It is a style that takes Capitalism and joins it to government. It is a program that lets the private entreprenuer prosper through government action. It is here, so get used to it.

    If more people start thinking as you think, then we may as well throw in the towel because it'll be over. That last commentary of yours is flat out scary to read, especially coming from someone who should have enough experience to know better.

  • Safe House, Unsafe Principles: Will conservatives benefit from safe Republican control?

    12/21/2003 9:21:40 PM PST · 2 of 18
    John R. (Bob) Locke to Pokey78
    For those who voted for the Contract With America to hand control of Congress to Republicans, the more important question is simply, will the GOP leadership remember it's limited government principles if it doesn't have to worry about losing control of the House? Unfortunately, the answer may already be in. This year Republicans in Congress have passed the largest expansion in federal entitlements in four decades and have presided over record increases in domestic spending. But for Rep. Mike Pence of Indiana, "It's up in the air." Mr. Pence led the revolt among conservative House Republicans against the prescription drug bill this month and says now: "Sometimes I think my colleagues want to stand up for what's right, and sometimes I think the pressures for higher spending are too great."

    There's the whole thing in one paragraph.

  • Another Democrat Candidate Uses Profanity.

    12/21/2003 5:18:03 PM PST · 71 of 71
    John R. (Bob) Locke to OldFriend
    I can tell that Bush meant his comment as a personal smear against Clymer, and that Kerry and Clark didn't direct their comments at anyone in particular.

    Sorry you can't tell the difference.

  • Another Democrat Candidate Uses Profanity.

    12/21/2003 2:08:39 AM PST · 56 of 71
    John R. (Bob) Locke to ConservativeMan55
    This is hysterical.

    Someone do a search for "Clymer" here on FR and see how that term came to be.

    That Bush (or his supporters here on FR) is criticizing someone else for using an obscenity is laughable.

  • September 10 Mindset (Radical Courts)

    12/20/2003 3:41:50 AM PST · 61 of 61
    John R. (Bob) Locke to seamole
    If 30 men are mistakenly incarcerated without trial for ten years because we thought they were Al Qaeda, so that 30,000 Al Qaeda may stay locked up, that is a sacrifice that we must make.

    I'm thinking that Jefferson and Co. are doing barrel rolls.

    I'm also envisioning Hillary! with this sort of power at her disposal. You think about that, too.

    I have no problem with the detention of foreigners waging war against America. I do have a problem with an American citizen being detained indefinitely on nothing more than the say-so of the government. That's Stalinist at its core, plain and simple, and I'm pretty well shocked that an American would think ol' Joe had it right.

  • The Padilla Decision (NY Times cheers release of terrorist)

    12/20/2003 3:29:37 AM PST · 18 of 20
    John R. (Bob) Locke to DugwayDuke
    The government claims the man is an "illegal combatant".

    By this logic, the government can claim anyone an "illegal combatant" without ever offering a shred of proof. And then they can lock them away, indefinitely.

    I'm starting to wonder if this is America or Stalinist Russia.

    If he's conspired with the enemies of this nation to do great harm, then charge him with treason and carry on with the proceedings.

  • The Padilla Decision (NY Times cheers release of terrorist)

    12/20/2003 3:25:53 AM PST · 17 of 20
    John R. (Bob) Locke to freebilly
    As long as you haven't conspired with a foreign enemy for the purpose of destroying American lives your freedom to dissent is guaranteed.

    So you're willing to let Padilla be held indefinitely on nothing more than the government's say-so? Or do you have some sort of special access to the evidence against him that none of us (or his lawyer, or any court of law) has?

  • September 10 Mindset (Radical Courts)

    12/19/2003 6:35:17 AM PST · 17 of 61
    John R. (Bob) Locke to MizSterious
    Fine. Maybe his next dirty bomb plot will include your city.

    If they have evidence to prove that he was/is engaged in a conspiracy to explode a dirty bomb, then let them bring charges and present that evidence to a jury in a court of law.

    Let's keep one thing firmly in mind here: The precedents established by this administration will also be in place for future administrations. Are you sure you want a Democratic president (and we WILL have one, at some point in the future) to be able to lock up anyone he or she deems a threat to the security of the nation without the protections of the Constitution being afforded to that person?

    I am appalled that people think it's a good idea for a citizen of this country to be held in prison, indefinitely, on no more than an accusation by the government. That's something I would expect from Stalinist Russia, not America.

  • September 10 Mindset (Radical Courts)

    12/19/2003 5:02:35 AM PST · 12 of 61
    John R. (Bob) Locke to MediaMole
    The ninth didn't issue the Padilla order, they said that ALL the detainees at Gitmo should have access to lawyers and the federal court system.

    Thank you for the correction. I see now that it was the 2nd Circuit in the Padilla case.

    The 9th, as usual, got it wrong. HUGE difference between American citizens and enemy combatants, IMO.

    Even if Padilla was/is collaborating with the bad guys, he is entitled, by the Constitution, to a trial within the court system of this country. And you are spot on with the charge that should be brought: treason. Personally, I hope he is charged.

    But if we start to disavow the Constitution in the name of "saving the country", then haven't the terrorists actually won?

  • September 10 Mindset (Radical Courts)

    12/19/2003 4:41:54 AM PST · 9 of 61
    John R. (Bob) Locke to Elkiejg
    As much as I can't stomach the vast majority of the 9th's decisions, I think they got this one right.

    If we adopt the stance that American citizens can be detained indefinitely by the government on no more than the government's say-so, what precedent will be in place for future administrations with whom the people on this forum strongly disagree?

    If he's done something wrong, charge him in a court of law and let the process provided for in the Constitution take its course.

    Last time I checked, this is still a nation of laws. At least I thought that's what we're all striving for.

  • Memo To President Bush: Please Veto The Next Unconstitutional Bill To Reach Your Desk

    12/17/2003 2:04:09 PM PST · 68 of 91
    John R. (Bob) Locke to LTCJ
    And that is why no party will ever be guaranteed my vote in advance.

    If only more people would grasp that powerful concept.

    I still remember Bill Owens thumbing his nose at gun owners here in Colorado. We were giving him a hard time about his support of laws contrary to our right to defend ourselves, and in an interview with a local paper he basically resorted to the comment "What are they going to do, vote for the Democrat?"

    At least he was honest about it.

  • Memo To President Bush: Please Veto The Next Unconstitutional Bill To Reach Your Desk

    12/15/2003 7:24:18 PM PST · 36 of 91
    John R. (Bob) Locke to tacticalogic
    As long as they know they can count on your vote regardless, they don't mind showing their true colors.

    This is a point I've been trying to make for years.

    If you are unwilling to allow unacceptable candidates to go down to defeat, then you will never, ever, get acceptable ones.

    If the Republicans can scare you into going to the polls to vote for them by doing nothing more than claiming "the Democrat is worse", then you cannot possibly win.

  • Rifle Suggestion Thread: advice needed

    12/12/2003 10:08:26 PM PST · 109 of 190
    John R. (Bob) Locke to PSYCHO-FREEP
    I haven't priced any since then then but I have heard they go for $1500 (used) and up.

    I was thinking they were around $2K brand new. Sounds like we're in the same ballpark.

  • Rifle Suggestion Thread: advice needed

    12/12/2003 9:45:34 PM PST · 100 of 190
    John R. (Bob) Locke to PSYCHO-FREEP
    I thought the HK-91 (which I agree is an excellent rifle) would be a little more than the $1,200 budgeted here. What do those go for?
  • Rifle Suggestion Thread: advice needed

    12/12/2003 9:30:10 PM PST · 96 of 190
    John R. (Bob) Locke to PSYCHO-FREEP
    I'm a .308 fan, too! I've gotten really, really good results with my Savage 10 FP, but I really like the 700, too.

    In your opinion, is the FN FAL about as good a buy (what you get for what you pay) as this guy's likely to find for a "battle rifle"?

  • Libertarian Party: Campaign Finance Reform Ruling is Assault on Free Speech

    12/12/2003 2:11:23 PM PST · 143 of 181
    John R. (Bob) Locke to Southack
    Then you don't see the logic. Either the SCOTUS overrules the law, in which case you've achieved total political victory by removing the issue from your opponents without giving anything up, or else the SCOTUS rules that the law *is* Constitutional, in which case you haven't signed anything unConstitutional, per SCOTUS.

    I see. So, since Roe v. Wade was been decided for the side of the baby-killers, then we're all in agreement that abortion IS Constitutional.

    Do you agree with the SCOTUS interpretation of the First Amendment as it applies in this case?

  • THUG-SLAY REGRET [Follow-up on Pet Shop Self-Defense]

    12/12/2003 9:03:45 AM PST · 14 of 14
    John R. (Bob) Locke to E. Pluribus Unum
    I had the same thought.

    The story was about this man lawfully defending his life and that of his employee, but the paper decides that it needs to burden us with details that have no bearing on this matter. They want to make him look bad so they can say "only bad people use guns".

  • THE SUPREME COURT'S 1ST AMENDMENT ARROGANCE

    12/12/2003 9:00:48 AM PST · 28 of 35
    John R. (Bob) Locke to jeremiah
    Good point, and one the Bush supporters don't want to hear. If he was so convinced that the SCOTUS was going to strike down many of this law's provisions, then why are his people out and about applauding the decision? Why aren't the mouthpieces saying that they thought this part and that part would be struck down and are surprised that they weren't?
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    12/12/2003 8:41:15 AM PST · 133 of 181
    John R. (Bob) Locke to Jim Robinson
    We just threw them out of a seventy year run of flushing the country down the toilet.

    And our reward has been the most rapid expansion of the federal government since FDR was in office.

    Who's nuts, Jim?

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    12/12/2003 8:38:18 AM PST · 132 of 181
    John R. (Bob) Locke to Jim Robinson
    Aside from the partial-birth abortion ban, what have the Repulicans done to protec the unborn?

    I'll spot you the homosexual ajenda advancement. That's purely a Democrat thing.

    Bush has pledged to reauthorize the "assault weapons" ban, and the GOP hasn't done a single thing to repeal it since it has had control of the Congress and White House. They must like things the way they are. No bonus for them on the gun issue, because they've said a lot and done little.

    There are differences, but they are a lot more minor than most Republican supporters are willing to admit.

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    12/12/2003 1:58:39 AM PST · 92 of 181
    John R. (Bob) Locke to Jim Robinson
    Had my fill of Democrats for this lifetime.

    What have they done to you that the GOP hasn't also done?

    That's a serious question.

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    12/12/2003 1:56:25 AM PST · 91 of 181
    John R. (Bob) Locke to Jim Robinson
    I just keep thinking back to the lessons learned in '92 and '94, and I believe that those lessons are totally lost on the current GOP leadership.

    I think that Bush is going to win in '04, but I think the ultimate price for that win won't be realized until '08 when Hillary becomes the first woman elected to the Presidency. And if the GOP continues its embrace of the Democrat agenda, it's gonna happen.

    The Dem's can't field someone in '04 that can beat Bush, and they know it. But it's much easier to win the White House when there is no incumbent running for re-election. I think they're more than happy to slowly drag GWB to their end of the spectrum and then pounce in '08 after four more years of conservatives being hung out to dry by a clueless GOP.

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    12/12/2003 1:39:41 AM PST · 82 of 181
    John R. (Bob) Locke to Southack
    They'd have to overrule it, so it makes sense to sign it.

    So it's okay to sign an un-Constitutional piece of legislation into law if you're sure the SCOTUS will strike it down? That's a little unnerving to me.

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    12/12/2003 1:30:48 AM PST · 78 of 181
    John R. (Bob) Locke to Jim Robinson
    The Democrats rammed it through. Check the votes.

    C'mon, Jim. How did it even get on the calendar for the House? You know that if Gephardt had the power, and a bill that he didn't want to come to the floor for a vote came up, he'd have it buried.

    The Democrats certainly offered more support than the Republicans, but the GOP'ers could have prevented this thing in its entirety. All it would have taken was a little bit of courage.

    And Bush is really lacking in that area, truth be told. He gets a pat on the back for going after the terrorists halfway around the world, but that idea was supported by a massive majority of the population here at home. It was a simple decision, politically, for him to pursue that course of action. And tax cuts are a no-brainer as well. Not too many average working folks are going to decry a little extra take home pay.

    Vetoing this CFR bill would have required him to go against popular opinion somewhat in order to do the right thing. When faced with that, he choked.

    The more I think about this, the less respect I have for him.

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    12/12/2003 1:20:06 AM PST · 74 of 181
    John R. (Bob) Locke to Jim Robinson
    In the meantime, I suggest the best course of action is to start grooming a more conservative candidate for 2008.

    How do you propose we accomplish this? I'm not disagreeing, just wondering how you see it coming together.

    To me, if we continue to vote for Republicans when they stand in the middle of the road then that's exactly where they are going to stay. Think back to '92 and '94. Bush got whacked in '92 for being a centrist, the Contract With America was born for '94, and the GOP whipped the Dem's up one side and down the other.

    But it was the lesson learned from Bush running the country from the middle and losing the support of the base that eventually cost him the election that changed the direction of the GOP. I just don't see how Bush and the Congress can bash the Constitution this way and then reasonably expect to maintain support from conservatives.

    And Bush is at least as much to blame as anyone, and more so than almost everyone else. He got the bill he bargained for with McCain, and he signed it, just like he said he would. It's not that he's breaking his campaign promises that scares me, it's that he's acutally keeping most of them. And he's also pledged to sign the "assault weapons" ban back into law if it hits his desk. I believe him. If he helps take a bite out of the Second Amendment like he has the first, are you going to change your opinion of him?