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Posts by Norman Arbuthnot

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  • Who Are Your Top 5 Talk Radio Hosts?

    04/18/2014 9:08:23 PM PDT · 53 of 126
    Norman Arbuthnot to publius321

    1) Rush
    2) Savage
    3) Alex Jones
    4) Levin
    5) Batchelor

  • What If Tesla Took 500,000 Gas-Guzzlers Off the Road?

    08/18/2013 7:45:15 PM PDT · 216 of 255
    Norman Arbuthnot to Norman Arbuthnot

    Ooopps, Sorry to all about the duped post. FR is very buggy tonight.

  • What If Tesla Took 500,000 Gas-Guzzlers Off the Road?

    08/18/2013 7:42:03 PM PDT · 215 of 255
    Norman Arbuthnot to RFEngineer
    FYI

    Tesla plans to greatly expand the number of SuperCharger stations over the course of the next several years. If you go to the Tesla website you can see an map of the country which shows exactly where they will be building these charging stations.

    A few years ago I was a Tesla skeptic as well. Then I did further research on the company and I went from being bearish on the company to being quite bullish. The company has a very detailed and intelligent plan to succeed and I hope they do.

    The Tesla plant in Fremont, CA employs 3,000 people. I think it would be great if they ultimately build 5 or 10 more plants just like that.

  • What If Tesla Took 500,000 Gas-Guzzlers Off the Road?

    08/18/2013 7:41:18 PM PDT · 214 of 255
    Norman Arbuthnot to RFEngineer
    FYI

    Tesla plans to greatly expand the number of SuperCharger stations over the course of the next several years. If you go to the Tesla website you can see an map of the country which shows exactly where they will be building these charging stations.

    A few years ago I was a Tesla skeptic as well. Then I did further research on the company and I went from being bearish on the company to being quite bullish. The company has a very detailed and intelligent plan to succeed and I hope they do.

    The Tesla plant in Fremont, CA employs 3,000 people. I think it would be great if they ultimately build 5 or 10 more plants just like that.

  • What If Tesla Took 500,000 Gas-Guzzlers Off the Road?

    08/18/2013 7:40:58 PM PDT · 213 of 255
    Norman Arbuthnot to RFEngineer
    FYI

    Tesla plans to greatly expand the number of SuperCharger stations over the course of the next several years. If you go to the Tesla website you can see an map of the country which shows exactly where they will be building these charging stations.

    A few years ago I was a Tesla skeptic as well. Then I did further research on the company and I went from being bearish on the company to being quite bullish. The company has a very detailed and intelligent plan to succeed and I hope they do.

    The Tesla plant in Fremont, CA employs 3,000 people. I think it would be great if they ultimately build 5 or 10 more plants just like that.

  • What If Tesla Took 500,000 Gas-Guzzlers Off the Road?

    08/18/2013 3:24:57 PM PDT · 173 of 255
    Norman Arbuthnot to hattend
    At zero RPM the motor is doing nothing but sitting there, so there's no torque.

    Well, that is how the auto magazines describe it. Car & Driver, for example, provided the following specifications for the engine of the Tesla Model S..

    MOTOR TYPE: AC permanent-magnet synchronous electric motor

    REDLINE: 16,000 rpm

    POWER: 416 hp @ 8600 rpm

    TORQUE: 443 lb-ft @ 0 rpm.

    The Tesla is beast and the sub 5 second 0-60 time speaks for itself. You can see the torque in that video of the Tesla smoking the BMW in the drag race. The instant torque enables the Model S to leap off the line and BMW can't catch up.

    http://www.caranddriver.com/reviews/2013-tesla-model-s-test-review

  • What If Tesla Took 500,000 Gas-Guzzlers Off the Road?

    08/18/2013 2:26:35 PM PDT · 152 of 255
    Norman Arbuthnot to jetson
    Fossil fuels equal high torque and power.

    The Tesla Model S produces 443 pounds of torque at zero RPM.

    Here is a video of a Tesla Model S beating a BMW M5 in a drag race...

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vvHTN0Yi1t4

  • What If Tesla Took 500,000 Gas-Guzzlers Off the Road?

    08/18/2013 2:02:39 PM PDT · 140 of 255
    Norman Arbuthnot to cripplecreek
    Is a kid working his first job going to save $500 to $1500 buy one that's 10 or 15 years old and drive it for 3 or 4 years with minimal maintenance?

    No, and who cares? Tesla is not after that segment of the auto market. They are out to make a profit. They want to capture a significant portion of the high performance, luxury market and ultimately a significant share the middle range of market (30 to 40K). I think it would be a great story if they are successful. Why root against an American Car Company??

  • What If Tesla Took 500,000 Gas-Guzzlers Off the Road?

    08/18/2013 1:25:39 PM PDT · 120 of 255
    Norman Arbuthnot to cripplecreek
    So what do you suppose the chances are that a kid starting his first job will save $500 to $1500 to buy a good used Tesla.

    About the same as kid saving up to buy a BMW, Mercedes, Porsche, Lexus, etc., etc.

    The Tesla Model S is a high performance, luxury sports sedan and is priced like one.

    Tesla does plan to intro a much more affordable model in 3 to 4 years. The Model S was never intended for the middle class, but their next sedan will be.

  • What If Tesla Took 500,000 Gas-Guzzlers Off the Road?

    08/18/2013 12:27:32 PM PDT · 84 of 255
    Norman Arbuthnot to max americana
    "I’ve never seen a Tesla even here in libtard L.A."

    Do you know what a Tesla Model S looks like? I ask that question because I've seen the Model S all over SoCal. Down here in San Diego I see them on an almost daily basis now and I think that is a good thing. I want to see Tesla, an AMERICAN CAR COMPANY, succeed in a big way and it looks like they are well on their way to becoming an important company in the automotive world.

    Frankly, I don't completely understand why some conservatives seem to be rooting for Tesla to fail. Look, I know Elon Musk, Tesla's founder is a big lib. I probably would not agree with Musk on many political issues. So what? I could have said the same thing about Steve Jobs and I think Apple makes great products. I also know that Tesla has received gov't loans and I don't approve of the gov't throwing money at companies that have little or no chance of succeeding, such as Solyndra, but Tesla is not category, they are the real deal and the company has already paid back the gov't loans, years ahead of schedule. Let's give some credit where credit is due. Musk built a car company from nothing and in a few short years that company produced a car that is in many respects as good or better than anything else in it's price range.

    The fact of the matter is that the Tesla Model S is simply great car, regardless of what kind of power plant it has. The Model S does 0-60 in 4.2 seconds and it will blow away BMW's and MB's that cost thousands more than it. The gas vs. electric debate will go on for some time. Each type of engine has it's own advantages and disadvantages, but the Tesla Model S has already ended the debate about performance.

    The Tesla Model S is selling in Red States and I expect that sales will soar when Tesla finishes building it's SuperCharger network from coast to coast, which will happen within the next few years. People who simply appreciate great design and performance will buy the Tesla Model S and future models from Tesla if they are just as innovative. There is a reason that Tesla's stock has gone from 35 to over 150 this year. Some investors are recognizing that this company maybe a real game changer. Tesla plans to introduce a much more affordable model within 3 to 4 years, a car that would be in the 30K to 40K range. If that car is as well designed as the Model S Tesla is going to be become a real power in the automotive world.

  • Which of Clint Eastwood's movies do you think is God's favorite?

    09/05/2012 12:20:16 PM PDT · 41 of 49
    Norman Arbuthnot to Slyfox
    Hard to narrow it down to just one.

    Three of my favorites are:

    The Good, the Bad and the Ugly

    Dirty Harry

    In The Line of Fire

  • "Prometheus" -- a real disappointment

    06/19/2012 1:28:35 AM PDT · 60 of 60
    Norman Arbuthnot to pabianice
    I did not think Prometheus was all that bad. It did not meet the high expectations that many sci fi fans had for it, myself included, but I still found it to be an entertaining film, albeit a flawed film. Prometheus was good, but not great imo. We have come to expect greatness from Ridley Scott, so it was a bit disappointing that this film did not measure up to Alien or Blade Runner. However, I think Prometheus is worth seeing on the big screen because of the outstanding special effects and production values. Scott did not disappoint in the FX dept. As many have noted, the plot has a lot of big holes in it, but the film moves along at a brisk pace, so I didn't think it was boring. The cast was strong overall and did a good job, given what they had to work with. Michael Fassbender, playing the android David, was especially good, although Fassbender is always good. I think the film tried to combine riveting action and spectacular special effects with high minded questions about the nature of man's origins and did not really succeed very well with the last part in my view. Scott and writers Damon Lindelof and Jon Spaihts may have bitten off more than they could chew with the last part. This film does not present the intellectual challenge of something like 2001: A Space Odyssey, but again, I thought it was an above average sci fi overall and fans of the Alien films in particular will probably find it interesting.
  • Will Liberal Mitt Romney be Conservative Kind to Supreme Court

    04/05/2012 11:43:55 PM PDT · 50 of 50
    Norman Arbuthnot to SoConPubbie
    Re: ABM

    C'mon, let's be realistic. The only Republican candidate that has even a remote chance to beat Romney at this stage is Santorum and his chances are very, very slim right. It looks like Romney is about beat Santorum in his home state of PA. If that happens it really is all over for Santorum.

    Philosophically, I happen to like Santorum and Gingrich more than Romney. I could probably say the same about Cain, Perry and Bachmann. However, they didn't make the cut for a variety of reasons and it appears to me that Romney will be the last man standing. I would readily admit that Romney ain't exactly the second coming of Ronald Reagan, but if the choice is between Romney and Barack Hussein Obama I've got to vote for Romney. Let's not forget that Obama was the MOST liberal Democrat Senator prior to becoming POTUS. Do you really think that Romney will be as far to left as Obama has been as president?? I don't.

    I think Romney will be right of center on fiscal matters and national defense/foreign policy matters. He will probably be a moderate, or even a liberal, on a variety of social issues and in that respect I would concede that he may be disappointing. If Romney wins we will just have to hope that he turns out to be more conservative than we expect him to be on social issues. However, even if he is a moderate/lib on social he would still be preferable to the full spectrum liberal that is Obama. Supporters of Obama have indicated that they are expecting a far more liberal president in his 2nd term. I'm sorry, I find the 1st term version totally unacceptable.

    It is my hope that Romney picks a promising conservative, such as Paul Ryan, Marco Rubio or Bob McDonnell to be his VP and that one day one them becomes POTUS.

  • Will Liberal Mitt Romney be Conservative Kind to Supreme Court

    04/04/2012 11:16:59 PM PDT · 38 of 50
    Norman Arbuthnot to SoConPubbie
    Romney's picks for the SCOTUS are not likely to be as conservative as Santorum's or Gingrich's would be, but I think it is safe to say that they will significantly to the right of Kagan, Sotomayor or anyone Obama might nominate in a second term.

    So, here we are again, with the "It could be worse" scenario. I really wish we had a more conservative candidate to oppose Obama, but it like Romney is the man, so I will support him and hope he wins.

    ABO!!

  • Axelrod bails on Bill Maher

    03/13/2012 11:01:22 PM PDT · 39 of 64
    Norman Arbuthnot to Enterprise
    How can this be?

    All the Bill Maher apologists, such as Sen. Schumer, keep telling us that Bill Maher and his ilk can't be compared Rush Limbaugh. Therefore it should be perfectly fine for Axelrod to appear on Maher's show.

    The fact of the matter is that it is only now that some members Dem leadership appear to understand how ill conceived their war against Rush and other conservative talk show hosts really is. Liberal Dem's such Maher, Letterman, Louis C.K. John Stewart, Mike Malloy, etc. constantly make remarks directed against conservatives that are far, far more offensive than anything Rush or any other conservative talk show host has ever said.

    Do the Liberals really want to go down the road of depriving Rush his "free speech"?? I guess some of the real fascist liberals would, but they better rethink that. The liberal certainly cannot live under the standards that they would like to impose on others.

  • “If Cameron Blocks EU Treaty It Will Be Act Of War”

    01/08/2012 1:45:26 AM PST · 13 of 38
    Norman Arbuthnot to 60Gunner

    The Brits still have a few subs with ICBM’s. I don’t think the Germans or French will be invading the U.K. anytime soon.

  • Navy man shoots, kills self accidentally

    01/05/2012 12:53:43 PM PST · 20 of 86
    Norman Arbuthnot to South40
    What the heck is going on ???

    First, the F-18 pilots' murder/suicide on Coronado a few days ago and now this tragic incident. Very sad.

    I totally agree with the lessons learned that you posted.

  • Steve Jobs 1955-2011

    10/05/2011 7:12:18 PM PDT · 29 of 36
    Norman Arbuthnot to AZLiberty
    RIP Steve Jobs. You made your mark on this world.

    “Innovation has nothing to do with how many R&D dollars you have. When Apple came up with the Mac, IBM was spending at least 100 times more on R&D. It’s not about money. It’s about the people you have, how you’re led, and how much you get it.” [Fortune, Nov. 9, 1998]

    Steve Jobs

  • BBC financial expert Alessio Rastani: 'I'm an attention seeker not a trader'

    09/27/2011 8:52:10 PM PDT · 9 of 10
    Norman Arbuthnot to PotatoHeadMick

    I appreciated Rastani’s candor and I agree with most of what he said and I’m in the financial services industry. I know many professional traders would agree with him. That fact that he is “independent trader” is not a negative. It is because he is independent that he was able to speak freely. I’m also glad the BBC interviewed him. You rarely see someone like Rastani on a network such as CNBC, which seems to feature an endless parade of perma-bulls from major firms and only occasionally gives significant air time to traders who have a bearish outlook on the equity markets.

  • A No Confidence Vote in Orlando [Kristol: Cain Vote Just Means "None of The Above"]

    09/24/2011 6:00:25 PM PDT · 42 of 105
    Norman Arbuthnot to Steelfish
    Kristol is just trying to bolster the case Chris Chistie. Kristol probably finds Perry too conservative (except for his weak position on securing the border, which I'm sure appeals to Kristol) and he may have reservations about Romney's ability to win vs Obama for a variety of reasons (Mormon, rich, RomneyCare). Kristol may think Christie is the best choice because he is a moderate on many social issues (aka RINO), but has appeal to middle/working class voters because of his own middle origins and tough guy image.

    I would remind Mr. Kristol that Christie has to lose about 100 pounds before he thinks about running for POTUS.