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Posts by NetLiberty

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  • Some Chevy Dealers Pull Plug on Volt – 2012 Sales Well Below Goals

    01/08/2013 8:14:09 AM PST · 31 of 31
    NetLiberty to willk

    Thanks for your support! I agree with you that wanting to free ourselves of dependence on foreign oil should be something that we conservatives should be practicing and not only preaching. I wish more conservatives would try to take a closer look at the Volt without throwing politics over it, and glad I’m not the only one here with an open mind on this.

  • Some Chevy Dealers Pull Plug on Volt – 2012 Sales Well Below Goals

    01/07/2013 2:52:53 PM PST · 24 of 31
    NetLiberty to jazusamo
    Let me be the first FR member to tell you something shocking--this week I'm taking delivery of a 2013 Volt.

    I've been a member here since '98 and take a backseat to no one on conservative issues, so why am I going against the overwhelmingly negative response from my fellow conservatives and buying this car?

    First, the Volt is an amazing piece of engineering. It's the first true practical electric vehicle designed for the way most people drive. The clincher for me was the fact that its all-electric range of 40 miles is adequate for most of my daily driving needs. I can charge up every night and then I'm good to go all day in all electric mode. In doing my early research, I found that 80% of drivers in the U.S. have a commute of 40 miles or less, so that's a big market for this car. This means that, theoretically, you'd never have to buy gas for most daily driving.

    Second, the performance of the Volt is outstanding. Electric drive generates tremendous torque off the line, which makes this a very fast and sporty car to drive. No, it's not a Corvette, but 0-60 is a respectable 8.5 seconds, about the same as most gas-powered sedans, and good enough for me. I also really like the fact that it's quiet too--perfectly silent at idle, and extremely quiet overall due to electric drive and optimized aerodynamics which virtually eliminates wind noise at higher speeds.

    Third, I think we as conservatives have been grossly unfair to this car, and to GM. I take a backseat to no one in my negative response to the way Obama stiffed bondholders and gave preferential treatment to the UAW in the GM bankruptcy, but the fact is that whoever was president was not going to let GM and one million auto industry jobs go down the drain. Hopefully after decades of mismanagement GM will turn itself around, and after driving imports for 30 years I'm giving them another chance because of my interest in this car and its technology.

    Fourth, the Volt development program, including the $7500 tax credit, was started during the Bush administration, so the implication that this was some kind of Obamamobile is false.

    I'm looking forward to a long and happy experience with this car and think the technology behind it holds great promise for the future. I think that many people, including those here on FR, after doing extensive research on the Volt, would reach the same conclusion I reached.

    Flame suit on, so let the fun begin ;)

  • Greed and Debt: The True Story of Mitt Romney and Bain Capital

    08/30/2012 8:22:05 AM PDT · 15 of 31
    NetLiberty to 1rudeboy
    I posted this article because in this article Taibbi covers the federal tax breaks that made the Bain Capital hedge fund deals possible. Without this form of "government aid" making debt interest tax deductible for companies like Bain, most of these deals wouldn't have worked. That's something I didn't know before.

    Anyone who's actually been in business knows about guys like Romney. They're the priviledged financial guys who take over a company, push a bunch of people out of their jobs to cover the debt they load the company up with, and then install some clueless MBAs who don't understand the business they're in. The company collapses but the hedge fund operators like Romney always seem to make out just fine.

    And before anyone else accuses me of being a democrat troll, check my profile--here since 1998 and participated in the original FR March for Justice for the Clinton impeachment. I take a backseat to no one on my conservative cred, but I think it's important to know who is being put up in front of us to vote for in November.

  • Greed and Debt: The True Story of Mitt Romney and Bain Capital

    08/30/2012 7:52:57 AM PDT · 1 of 31
    NetLiberty
    A very enlightening article on Romney's sorry past as an asset stripper at Bain Capital
  • Sex, sex, sex, sex, sex

    08/06/2012 3:09:45 PM PDT · 4 of 15
    NetLiberty to NYer

    The key is not to let this imagery invade and corrupt your spirit, and the way to do this is to see these images objectively for what they are—pictures which are designed to appeal to our base instincts and make us weak. After awhile, you begin to see how this imagery is being used on (or against) us, and the net response, instead of the intended result, is both one of amused derision against the media perpetrating these acts, or even pity on the women who allow themselves to be exploited.

  • Rubio Praises U.N., World Bank, IMF for Not Asserting ‘Narrow American Interests’

    04/26/2012 12:08:45 PM PDT · 5 of 29
    NetLiberty to IbJensen
    Alex Jones was talking just yesterday about how Rubio was being positioned to be Romney's VP pick pending Bilderberg "approval;" this speech seems like a perfect clockwork move for him to gain the globalist chops he needs to pass the CFR's foreign policy test.

    Wonder how all those Tea Party conservatives in Florida feel about their guy now?

    At least we all get some advance warning before any of us decides to vote for Romney if/just because Rubio ends up on the ticket.

  • Former Prosecutor William Black on Wall Street Housing Fraud at Occupy LA

    11/24/2011 5:58:47 AM PST · 1 of 20
    NetLiberty
  • Online Furor After Police Pepper-Spray Demonstrators at UC Davis

    11/19/2011 2:52:53 PM PST · 1 of 208
    NetLiberty
    Don't know about all of you, but this is excessive and unnecessary police brutality.

    Don't care who the protestors are--I take a back seat to no one here on conservative principles.

    We have reached a new low in the relationship between peaceful protest and the state when police feel they can spray peaceful protestors like insects.

    Again, I don't give a crap about some of their views, but this is just plain wrong.

  • JFK to MLK to Terri Schiavo (History Lessons?)

    03/31/2011 6:08:54 AM PDT · 8 of 10
    NetLiberty to Nextrush
    Thank you for your post, and for reminding us of this sad and tragic anniversary date.

    At the time, I echoed your sentiments about the timidity of those in power to take direct action.

    Here's a piece I wrote in March, 2005 when this controversy was in full swing:

    Governor Bush: The Terri Schiavo Case is Your “Birmingam Jail” Moment

    Governor Bush: The Terri Schiavo Case is Your “Birmingham Jail” Moment

  • How Can America Create Wealth If Our Industrial Base Is Destroyed?

    03/27/2011 11:24:44 AM PDT · 10 of 85
    NetLiberty to Uncle Miltie
    We can make stuff: Intellectual stuff.

    I used to think this way, but as a country we also don't have a monopoly on design and creativity. China, India and other growing nations are also getting into the design and intellectual property game, and the winners will be those countries who have both design capabilities and an integrated design and manufacturing base, preferably within the same company. Not enough to just design something and throw it over to China--the most agile players of the future are designers who are also close to the manufacturing process. Outsourcing has hidden costs, and designers who are close to their manufacturing processes have substantially increased efficiencies.

    Couple of good links for on this topic for background reading:

    http://www.theatlantic.com/business/archive/2011/02/we-still-make-stuff-in-san-francisco/70946/

    http://www.latimes.com/business/la-fi-hiltzik-20110215,0,442445.column

  • Advice/suggestions wanted re treatments for migrane headaches

    01/26/2011 2:27:55 PM PST · 49 of 80
    NetLiberty to ken5050

    I can speak from personal experience that many foods can be headache “triggers.” This book, written by a neurologist, focuses on self-help dietary changes that can help avoid headaches, and has benefited our family greatly:

    Heal Your Headache:

    http://www.amazon.com/Heal-Your-Headache-Program-Taking/dp/0761125663

  • So what water filters are best (VANITY - attention preppers)

    11/10/2010 9:14:07 AM PST · 50 of 53
    NetLiberty to ModelBreaker
    If you ran it full out 8 hours a day producing clean water, what is a “long time?”

    Before we switched over to distilling our own water, we used it every day for about 8 years. When we put it in storage, the filters were/are still quite usable and ready for backup filtration when needed (for example, in a power failure). I think the filters themselves are rated to last for many thousands of gallons.

  • So what water filters are best (VANITY - attention preppers)

    11/10/2010 5:03:25 AM PST · 6 of 53
    NetLiberty to surroundedbyblue

    We have used a British Berkefeld (also known as “Berkey”) filter for many years. These use four ceramic filter elements which last a long time and work very well. Our unit has a 2-gallon capacity. What sold us on the Berkey is the fact that these filters have been used by many years by aid organizations for water filtering in third-world countries—a proven design that is effective, practical and reliable.

  • Military Suicides And American Indifference

    10/01/2010 11:16:43 AM PDT · 8 of 8
    NetLiberty to SolitarySaint

    Might the fact that anti-depressants are being handed out to our troops like candy be playing a role in these increased suicides? Ya think? Side effects of antidepressants and their overprescription is one of the biggest cover-ups of our time.

  • Bride in coma, 27, dies after surviving 8 weeks

    09/25/2010 7:35:55 AM PDT · 41 of 50
    NetLiberty to EternalVigilance
    Well, first of all, you have no idea what I’ve experienced.

    Don't talk to me in generalities. Have you ever had a family member die of a malignant brain tumor, like a fast-growing glioblastoma?

    If you have, like I have, then you'd know this in itself is a death sentence. It can be a miserable, horrible way for someone to die. In situations like these, the loving thing to do is to let the disease take its course, and with malignant brain tumors the only fortunate side of this is that death does come quickly.

    If it weren't so blatantly stupid on its face, equating a personal and family decision in a circumstance like this to murder would be about the most offensive thing you could say to anyone who experienced a situation such as this one. You can reply if you like, but I'm not going to bother responding to you.

  • Bride in coma, 27, dies after surviving 8 weeks

    09/25/2010 6:22:50 AM PDT · 39 of 50
    NetLiberty to EternalVigilance
    She didn’t die of a brain tumor. She was dehydrated and starved to death.

    If you had ever experienced a situation like the one experienced by this poor young woman and her family, you would know what you're talking about. You repeat your assertion, only proving that you are an ignorant fool.

  • Bride in coma, 27, dies after surviving 8 weeks

    09/25/2010 5:55:51 AM PDT · 36 of 50
    NetLiberty to EternalVigilance
    The proper headline:

    Trisha Rushing Duguay starved and dehydrated to death

    Atlanta Journal-Constitution rhapsodizes about it

    If you ever had a family who died of a brain tumor, you would never have posted this ignorant, hurtful comment.

  • Liberal-leaning unorthodox views of God - the pseudo neo dogma, part 1

    09/20/2010 6:41:57 AM PDT · 2 of 6
    NetLiberty to MarianoApologeticus
    From the article:

    To Rutledge, God is a process of mysterious cosmic creativity that makes for greater love and justice. He thinks of God as a force working within human beings and nature, and he sees his role as trying to imitate that divine character whose greatest exemplar is Jesus.

    Slap the term "liberal-leaning" on anything and you can discredit anything on this forum, but I can't disagree with his general premise, unless you tell me he's pro-choice or for gay marriage.

  • O'Donnell's win: Has it made Palin the 2012 nominee?

    09/18/2010 6:54:01 AM PDT · 25 of 33
    NetLiberty to 2ndDivisionVet
    Hate to introduce a dose of reality to the 24/7 Palin love-fest that Free Republic has become, but Sarah Palin is a sure loser in 2012.

    First, beyond this hothouse of Palin-bots, she has far too many negatives, both real (such as her lack of intellectual depth and experience, and her pandering to conservatives), and illusory (the mainstream media is 100% against her, whether their vitriol is fair or unfair does not matter--they are a powerful influence).

    In the long run she will either be seen as a major, non-running party power broker for candidates who are electable--maybe someone like Sen. Jim DeMint or a total newcomer who appears on the scene--or an influential force in conservative politics like Phyllis Schafly. In fact, Palin would do well if she could become half as thoughtful or effective as Phyllis Schafly.

    Nominating Palin in 2012 would be a sure-fire recipe for assuring a second term for Obama, notwithstanding his deeply troubled presidency. Obama is a wreck of a president, but from 2010 to 2012 he will flip back to "campaign mode," where he is brilliant. With the help of a syncopantic media, some luck, and running against a polarizing, not-up-to-it candidate like Palin, he can pull off a second term as well.

  • Obama, Presidential Greatness and the War Temptation

    09/15/2010 6:27:53 AM PDT · 12 of 17
    NetLiberty to Kaslin
    I disagree with the comments here. I think an "October Surprise" military attack, most likely against Iran, is the ONLY thing that would reverse Obama's slide toward loss of control of the Congress in November, and such an event would instantly reverse his declining support among voters.

    If there is one thing you can be sure of, Americans rally around their president in times of war, or when America is under attack. A perfect case in point was Clinton's comeback in 1995 as a result of the Oklahoma City bombing. The average mainstream American (not those of us here on FR) would rally around their president, even one as unpopular as this one. Our mainstream, left-controlled media would fall in line as well. This support would likely extend to Democrats and would have a good chance of tipping the balance in many close elections for the House and Senate.

    At this point in time, an attack on Iran, or a major terrorist attack here at home are the only two events which would reverse what is looking like a major turnover in the House and Senate.