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  • One-third of Detroit pregnancies are aborted: report

    05/26/2014 6:33:27 PM PDT · 37 of 103
    NVDave to Altura Ct.

    The rates of abortion in Detroit (and indeed in the US) among young black women is entirely consistent with their rates of STD infection, which are absurdly high. In order to require an abortion, sex had to come first, and the absurdly high rate of abortion, and especially repeat abortions, is simply a consequence of lack of planning, responsibility and adult behavior in sexual conduct that is indicated by the high rates of STD’s in the same population.

    The precursor to irony here is the high rate of abortion in Detroit is easily surpassed by by the rates of abortions among black teens in Texas, who have over double the rate of abortions per 1,000 population.

    The final irony is the perception that Texas is a “conservative” state. It might be fiscally, but where abortion is concerned, Texas is making the abortion mills in Michigan’s urban blight look like businesses run as a hobby.

  • One-third of Detroit pregnancies are aborted: report

    05/26/2014 6:10:49 PM PDT · 34 of 103
    NVDave to Mrs. Don-o

    I’ve heard all this before.

    You’ll be one of the pious people praying for civil order when the money runs out and the welfare hoards you’ve allowed to multiply at the expense of the productive people decide to take the model of government they’ve perfected in Detroit and make it a national condition. Look around Detroit and tell me that you’ll look forward to that: fire and police response takes an hour to two. Areas of the city are now dark, because they cannot afford to keep the streetlights on. Houses in some areas of the city can be purchased for pennies on the dollar of valuation 25 years ago.

    Detroit isn’t a one-off. It is what is coming to most of the large urban centers.

    You pious people, who keep clutching your Bibles, spouting moral indignation, fire and brimstone, have lost not only the battle on abortion with your tactics, you’ve effectively lost the war for limited government, free market capitalistic enterprise and a cohesive American with your tactics, which have done nothing to achieve your stated goal: the preservation of life.

    Why and how have you lost? Your tactics have created a huge base of voters who vote in lock-step uniformity for candidates who espouse left-wing policies and positions, especially abortion on demand. Your only hope for success now lies in depending on poor turnout among their numbers.

    As de Tocqueville observed, the American Republic will endure until people discover that they can vote themselves money from the Treasury. Your tactics have created a swelling underclass who do and will do exactly that.


  • One-third of Detroit pregnancies are aborted: report

    05/26/2014 12:35:01 PM PDT · 30 of 103
    NVDave to exDemMom

    By the way, there’s no way to force people to use contraception. Various schemes have been tried, and we’re following the usual litany of “sex ed,” “free or subsidized contraception methods,” etc.

    Short of forced sterilization, which they perform in totalitarian regimes such as the PRC, there’s little that can be done.

    The population of the inner cities of the US have made their choices how they’re going to conduct themselves. All the preaching, cajoling, etc isn’t going to change a thing at this late date. It is high time that conservatives quit trying to use morality and preaching to deal with this issue and admit that the moral argument is no longer viable.

    All that now remains is a choice for our civilization: Are we going to allow our civilization to be crushed under a wave of welfare dependency that has been allowed to breed on the taxpayer’s dollar, or are we going to look at the hard, unflinching math of our budget(s) and say “Well, the fact that so many dependents are having abortions might be morally repulsive, but it is preventing the collapse of our civilization?”

    That’s the choice we now have in front of us. As Maggie Thatcher famously said about socialist governments: “They’re always running out of other people’s money.”

    We’ve now run out of money. Look at the data coming out of the BEA, BLS and Fed over the last five years and you can see the writing on the wall in big, red block letters. We’re broke, and the ability of our economy to generate well-paid jobs is broken. Republicans have no viable solutions to this problem, all they can seem to do is repeat that mantra from the 80’s (”cut taxes”). The other party just wants to accelerate our flight speed into the terra firma with talk of more social spending.

    In light of this, I choose to say what needs to be said. It isn’t nice, it isn’t of “high moral stature” or anything of the sort, but it does make actuarial sense.

  • One-third of Detroit pregnancies are aborted: report

    05/26/2014 12:20:15 PM PDT · 29 of 103
    NVDave to SharpRightTurn

    About 24%, if recent statistics on unwed motherhood in the US black population are to be believed.

  • One-third of Detroit pregnancies are aborted: report

    05/26/2014 12:19:10 PM PDT · 28 of 103
    NVDave to Mrs. Don-o

    Amend my earlier reply to replace “not” with “now,” viz:

    “...they’re now debt slaves, consigned to paying off the largess of the current and past generations. This, IMO, is wholly inexcusable.”

  • One-third of Detroit pregnancies are aborted: report

    05/26/2014 12:18:00 PM PDT · 27 of 103
    NVDave to autumnraine

    All birth control requires a level of adult responsibility and judgement to use properly and effectively.

    These people lack that judgement and responsibility. So they use abortion as retroactive birth control.

  • One-third of Detroit pregnancies are aborted: report

    05/26/2014 12:15:41 PM PDT · 26 of 103
    NVDave to exDemMom

    Yes, there is.

    I think that we, the taxpayers of the US, should institute a wonderful enforced bit of birth control upon these “repeat customers:”

    In the shop for a second abortion? Great news! We’ll throw in a tubal ligation for free. Done deal, future problems solved.

  • One-third of Detroit pregnancies are aborted: report

    05/26/2014 12:14:28 PM PDT · 25 of 103
    NVDave to Mrs. Don-o


    I’m not a nice guy. I’m someone who looks at the truth and speaks it as it is.

    The hard truth is that we, the US, are out of money. We’ve indebted the future living generations to an extent that they have no future of their own - they’re not debt slaves, consigned to paying off the largess of the current and past generations. This, IMO, is wholly inexcusable.

    When I look at the fiscal state of the US, the grifters and welfare class are overwhelming the productive class. It is for this reason that I’m wholly and completely unabashed and unrepentant about cheering on the death of future generations of welfare recipients.

  • 'We were WRONG, we are SORRY' Senior Labour MP pens open letter to Ukip voters

    05/25/2014 10:01:58 AM PDT · 5 of 23
    NVDave to tcrlaf

    Reading it, I come away with a sense that Labour finally realizes that not just a few people, but a significant cohort of people, are really pissed off about the idiotic immigration policies of the UK.

    The trouble for Labour now is that the only way to win those voters back is to start talking about clamping down on immigration, which the Labour Party simply won’t do. Ever. The LP depends on their pro-immigration stand with the business sector and with the immigrant activists for their power base.

  • Can Colt Firearms Survive?

    05/24/2014 2:17:27 PM PDT · 36 of 55
    NVDave to MileHi

    The reason why is that the .44 Rem Mag is what everyone thinks they “need” in a .44.

    The last thing I’d want to carry concealed is a .44 Mag. Lots of noise, flash and recoil that I don’t need.

    The .44 Special, like the .45 Colt, is a grand older cartridge with nice low pressures, lots of flexibility and the ability to launch really heavy bullets. I think a 5-round, stainless revolver in either round would be the bee’s knees for CCW.

    Sadly, everyone appears to be chasing the plastic semi-auto market these days.

  • Can Colt Firearms Survive?

    05/24/2014 2:15:20 PM PDT · 35 of 55
    NVDave to mac_truck

    Mmmm... no, not really... the margins depend on being able to control the ability of competitors to make a functionally identical weapon at a better price.

    In economic terms, “rent seeking” is how Colt used to make money on the M-16/M-4. They held the rights to what is called the “technical package” on the M-16, all the specifications of how the gun was made, finished, tested, etc. The government didn’t set all the compliance data, the Colt technical package did.

    As long as Colt could control that, they could control what the government paid for them, since Colt effectively gamed their way into being a single-source bidder on the contracts by requiring any competitive bidder to add $X to their bid on each gun to account for the cost of licensing the Colt technical package.

    AR’s and M-16’s/M-4’s are now a commodity item. Everyone knows how to make them. Improvements are being made all the time, by a large (and increasing) number of vendors. Colt will never again achieve the level of margins they enjoyed throughout the 70’s to 90’s in making guns for the DOD on contract.

    Margins for commercial long guns are good, depending on your market.

    For example: Compete with Remington and Mossberg on a no-frill,s cheap-assed pump shotgun? Margins not so good.

    Compete with the Italians on side-by-sides and O/U shotguns? Oh, there’s a nice margin in there for those who want to compete.

  • Can Colt Firearms Survive?

    05/24/2014 11:47:51 AM PDT · 30 of 55
    NVDave to MileHi

    You’re absolutely right.

    The 10mm was a riff by Jeff Cooper off the .41 Mag, which was Elmer’s fondest dream realized.

    Both Elmer Keith and Jeff Cooper put too much emphasis on the idea of a cop taking long range (like 50 yard) shots with a handgun. Today’s cops can barely hit anything at seven yards, so equipping them with a long-range handgun just means that more people, animals and property downrange are in more substantial danger.

    The 10mm and .41 are both excellent cartridges, but they’re really now consigned to the limited number of people willing to pony up the money for the high-end handguns to handle them, and the practice needed to use them competently.

    Personally, I wish that S&W would put out a product in stainless that holds five rounds of .44 Special, with, oh, a 3” barrel. For me, that would be an ideal CCW revolver.

  • Can Colt Firearms Survive?

    05/24/2014 11:44:09 AM PDT · 29 of 55
    NVDave to Bulwyf

    There is. I like the Ruger product line. It is a well-made product, and they get their prices down by extensive use of investment casting.

    This is where I get a giggle out of the ‘forged vs. cast” endless debate by gun people. Ruger makes investment case guns. They finish-machine and polish the castings, and Ruger’s castings are hell for strong. Look at Ruger’s single action revolvers, as an example. They’re some of the strongest, most affordable SA revolvers out there. About the only thing stronger is the Freedom Arms product.

    Ruger’s products are so strong that reloading manuals often call out loads specifically for the Ruger SA’s, especially in .45 Colt.

  • Can Colt Firearms Survive?

    05/24/2014 11:39:14 AM PDT · 28 of 55
    NVDave to Senator_Blutarski

    You’ve obviously never seen the inside of a Colt revolver, much less the fit and especially the finish on a Python.

    The metallurgy of the Python doesn’t enter into the issue. The metals used in the 60’s are largely the same metals being used today in firearms, with some additional options offered in the stainless alloys. AISI 4140 was plenty good enough back then and is still more than good enough today. if you want to case or color case a firearm, AISI 8620 is what you’ll likely be using.

    The problem for Colt in replicating the Python is twofold:

    1. The “bank vault lockup” of the Python (and the tighter lockup of Colts in general) was the result of hand-fitting several critical components in the Colt DA revolver design. The rebound bar in the Colt design was where it all came together, in a multi-faceted boss on the right side of the rebound bar which possessed a number of angles that timed the lockup and rebound of the lockwork. This is where Colt revolvers get their reputation for “finicky” lockwork. S&W made it easier to achieve an adequately tight lockup more cheaply with machined-to-size components by splitting their revolver actions into two springs. Colt’s design, using only one flat mainspring to power both the hammer and trigger rebound in the revolver, makes the fitting of tenths of a thousandths of an inch rather critical.

    2. The finish on a Python, the legendary “Royal Blue” blue job, required polishing that cannot be done by machine. It has to be done by hand, and skilled hands at that. The things that amateurs look for in a polishing job is “is it shiny enough?”

    The things that professionals look for in a gun polishing job is “are all the features and corners still there when that level of polish has been achieved?” You can tell when a hack polishes a gun for a blue job, any blue job. The corners, features and edges are all rounded off. They went to town with a damn buffing wheel and they blew off all the stuff that they didn’t know someone was looking for. The result is a gun with washed-out features to (in an extreme) what I would call a “melted” appearance.

    People who think that hand fitting and polishing can be replicated by machine are the same people who buy vastly over-priced guns, and then are disappointed when they learn what to actually look for in a high quality gun. Machines can’t get into the nooks and crannies, machine-finished guns aren’t finished on the insides, etc.

    There’s a reason why the market of high-end guns is narrow - there’s just not that many people who know their ass from a warm rock when they’re looking at a gun. People who appreciate the highest levels of quality are looking for quality in very specific areas of a gun, and then they don’t see that quality and attention to detail, they won’t pay up.

  • Can Colt Firearms Survive?

    05/24/2014 10:55:13 AM PDT · 20 of 55
    NVDave to T-Bird45

    Colt probably doesn’t have anyone on their staff that can do it, but they can be trained. There’s all manner of graduates coming out of gunsmithing programs across the country’s six or so schools of gunsmithing who would love to have their names attached to making something as nice as a Python.

    And yes, they’d need to be paid.

  • Can Colt Firearms Survive?

    05/24/2014 10:53:58 AM PDT · 19 of 55
    NVDave to MileHi

    No, and the reason why is how the cartridges headspace in their respective chambers.

    Revolver cartridges headspace on the rim (or, more precisely, the front edge of the rim).

    A semi-auto case like the .40 or 10 headspaces off the front edge of the case mouth. This means that the .40 has nothing but the ejector hook holding it from headspacing too far forward into a 10mm chamber.

    The .40 killed the 10mm, mostly because the only difference between the 10mm and .40 is achieved by loading the 10mm to its real potential, which is well above what the .40 achieves, and high enough to cause some 10mm pistols to start developing issues like frame/slide cracks, etc. As a result of the ferocity of the full-house 10mm, the FBI down-loaded the round to give the ballistics of what became known as the “FBI load” in the 10mm, and that in turn fostered the .40 S&W when Smith noticed “hey, that load leaves all this unused space in the 10mm case, so why not just cut down the case, and we get a smaller grip size and we can double-stack it?” Lo, the .40 resulted.

    The only solution (real solution) I would see to cycling a 10mm auto with a .40 S&W cartridge would be to obtain another un-chambered barrel for the 10mm auto pistol, and chamber it for only the .40, and then you’d be off to the races.

  • Can Colt Firearms Survive?

    05/24/2014 10:20:11 AM PDT · 14 of 55
    NVDave to Antihero101607

    IF (and that’s a huge “IF”) Colt were to make the Python to the same level of quality it displayed in say, the mid 60’s to the mid-70’s, and they brought back the Royal Blue finish, then yes, they’d sell.

    But, here’s the kicker: That level of quality in a revolver is going to cost some serious money - as in $2K and up.

  • ExOne M-Flex Production Metal 3D Printer

    05/23/2014 10:25:54 PM PDT · 24 of 24
    NVDave to driftdiver

    In short, “yes” you can print springs with additive machining.

    Can you print a direct replacement for the classic leaf or coil springs you’re used to seeing in guns? Well, mostly “no.”

    3D printed springs, from what I’ve seen so far, need to be redesigned to achieve the required motion and spring coefficients with the metallic alloys they have in their inventories, and these springs can work well. They might not fit into the space dictated by a prior design assuming a classic high carbon steel spring, however.

  • Switzerland 'rejects world's highest minimum wage'

    05/18/2014 6:27:30 AM PDT · 15 of 26
    NVDave to the OlLine Rebel

    We also need to close off the entitlement freebies.

  • Switzerland 'rejects world's highest minimum wage'

    05/18/2014 6:27:02 AM PDT · 14 of 26
    NVDave to Jack Hydrazine

    Two reasons why the left-wing minimum wage nonsense doesn’t play well in Switzerland:

    1. They have a very strong currency, and a sound economy. Part of the reason why their economy is so sound is that they have very tight immigration controls - meaning that there are jobs for their people because they don’t import “cheap labor.”

    2. They have a pretty small national budget compared to the rest of Europe because of the immigration control and their isolationism. Isolationism has many benefits, chief among them that their military spending stays mostly in-country, yielding much higher benefits to their national economy than the kind of military spending the US does, where we’re pissing away rivers of money into foreign countries. eg, all the troops we have stationed in Germany - where are they spending their consumer dollars? In Germany, which benefits the German economy, not our economy.

    The same vote held here would probably pass by a comfortable margin, because we have a Federal Reserve that is designed to devalue our currency over time. Therefore the impetus to raise the minimum wage is always there over a period of decades because the spending power of the US dollar has been shrinking over time since the inception of the Federal Reserve. The Swiss Franc? Pretty strong and stable by comparison.

  • The Evolution of Marriage: We didn’t get traditional monogamy by chance.

    05/17/2014 5:23:16 PM PDT · 16 of 16
    NVDave to GOPJ

    Well, of course it hasn’t.

    But that’s where we’re headed - with additional points for perversion in the extreme. Altho, hey, when the FLIR footage out of some Iraq and Afghanistan shows men humping farm animals... there’s not going to be much of a difference.

    The point is, the feminists will be left in the dust by the world they helped create. Most women will become disposable commodities in this world, as they are in Islamic countries.

    And all I’ll say about this development to women is this:

    “Well, you wanted this. You might claim you didn’t want this, but you did. You were just too stupid to know this was what you were going to get in addition to what you thought you wanted.”

    And at that point, I think it will be pretty safe to repeal the 19th Amendment, don’t you?

  • 17-Yr-Old Girl Who Wants to Actually Represent the People Just Unseated a Politician in W. Virginia

    05/17/2014 11:39:33 AM PDT · 39 of 72
    NVDave to Sacajaweau

    Most people come out of college knowing LESS about American civics and government than they knew going INTO college. This is especially (and obviously) true of Ivy League graduates.

    In other words, if you want a constitutional republic, then requiring a college credential isn’t necessarily going to get you the desired result.

  • The Evolution of Marriage: We didn’t get traditional monogamy by chance.

    05/17/2014 11:26:06 AM PDT · 8 of 16
    NVDave to Dilbert San Diego

    What’s more, I expect marriage to evolve not only into polygamy, but the alpha males will be the ones with multiple wives (because they can provide for them all) and the loser, slack-jawed gamma males will be left with nothing but online porn.

    Feminist females will be left single for their entire lives, because, hey, who wants to deal with that crap?

    As a result, we will finally attain a level of natural selection that will confound the most earnest wishes of the feminists and losers out there, and modern feminism fail and founder upon the reality of the world they brought into being.

  • Report: Food Prices Skyrocket: “We’re Going to Have a Major Problem Coming Into the Fall”

    05/14/2014 4:51:40 PM PDT · 28 of 189
    NVDave to Kartographer

    It’ll get much worse as the effects of the California water situation are made clear to shoppers by August.

  • Nigerian schoolgirls: Girl who escaped Boko Haram abduction speaks publicly about ordeal

    05/12/2014 12:29:16 AM PDT · 24 of 52
    NVDave to Selene

    I’ve a good sense of what is going on in Nigeria. It’s another front in the war by Islam on the west.

    We’re not going to do what needs to be done, which is slaughter saracens by the thousands. That’s the only “language” that Muslims understand - wholesale slaughter.

    Instead, we’re going to get a feeble campaign with limited resources, maybe a couple of spec-ops teams on a snoop-n-poop op, which is going to make us look impotent and feeble.

    This business with kidnapping girls for use in a sex slave trade is just more of what Islam promotes as the “religion of peace.” The one good thing about no longer having Bush in the White House is that we don’t need to be fed that line of treacle any more. The bad news about not having Bush in the WH any more is that we have someone who makes even more banal gestures in the war by Islam on the west.

    The POTUS who puts an end to things like this will be the POTUS who, when a bunch of Muslims take to the streets in violent protest of some action by the west, flies a couple of A-10’s or AC-130’s over the streets in a strafing run or two. And then when there are more protests to protest all the deaths at the first protest, the POTUS turns those protests into a hamburger festival as well.

    That will be the moment that the Muslims decide “Uh oh, this might not work quite as well as we were planning.” Until that point, we’re going to keep losing ground.

    But this POTUS isn’t going to do anything like that. So we should just keep out people and assets out of the situation, lest we look even more impotent and idiotic than we have for the last 10+ years.

  • Nigerian schoolgirls: Girl who escaped Boko Haram abduction speaks publicly about ordeal

    05/11/2014 10:23:40 PM PDT · 16 of 52
    NVDave to nickcarraway

    And this is our problem because.... ?

  • Linux Has Too Few Distributions and Desktop Environments

    05/08/2014 6:54:56 AM PDT · 14 of 22
    NVDave to driftdiver

    I’ve been reading up on the “paradox of choice” recently and there’s no segment of the computing world with more of this going on then the Linux world. The average person gets crushed under this abundance of choices, and the mentality of Americans is that they want to be seen as smart, making smart choices, and when presented with an overwhelming number of choices and decisions to make, they shut down and either a) make no choice (ie, opt-out of the decision space) or b) choose the generic choice of inertia (which in this case would be Windows) to just go along with the crowd.

  • Linux Has Too Few Distributions and Desktop Environments

    05/08/2014 6:51:20 AM PDT · 13 of 22
    NVDave to KoRn

    Yep. That is my assessment as well. I’ve pretty much written off the Linux world for now. I’ll use one of the BSD-based distro’s for my generic PC/workstation work, because they’re more coherent with less forking, IMO.

  • No hard sciences? Then no job offer

    05/08/2014 6:48:33 AM PDT · 32 of 50
    NVDave to MIchaelTArchangel

    Exactly. Outside of engineering, science and medicine, there really is no “core” courseload requirement any more; it’s all “ala carte” choices by the students.

    So you get what Mr. Root was explaining: students with courses in all manner of easy fluff and no core competency in useful skills.

    Anything to get the money out of the kids’ pockets and then get the kids out the door with a higher GPA than they deserve.

  • Vatican Defrocked 848 Priests, Sanctioned 2,572 Others in Child Abuse Cases; $2.5B Paid to Victims

    05/07/2014 2:29:36 PM PDT · 3 of 25
    NVDave to SeekAndFind

    What does it mean to “sanction” a member of the clergy?

  • Asians outperform white students because they try harder: study

    05/06/2014 9:21:14 AM PDT · 22 of 68
    NVDave to Nea Wood

    The parents push harder because they know what it is like to be hungry, with not enough (or no) food to eat.

    More people should go to bed hungry in this country. Hunger focuses the mind wonderfully well.

  • Off-duty Detroit police officer shoots would-be cell phone thief in the face

    05/03/2014 6:15:29 PM PDT · 40 of 56
    NVDave to Graybeard58

    You’re likely use QUALITY revolvers for 50 years and never had a jam.

    There’s some real crap out there, however. S&W, Colt and Ruger are quality revolvers.

    Charter Arms is a so-so quality revolver.

    Then there’s some absolutely festerous crap out there. RG and Rohm - made in Germany, of all places. CDM (I seem to recall - years since I’ve seen one) out of NYC in the 50’s and 60’s.

    Even Colts will jam up if you mistreat them. Use a Colt to pistol-whip someone or use the butt as a hammer, and you’ll throw it out of time so well that it will probably carry up once and be done until you open it up.

  • Our View: Opiate abuse epidemic is a national nightmare

    05/03/2014 6:07:13 PM PDT · 7 of 24
    NVDave to mgist

    Up the concentration, increase the purity. When the addicts die, the problem is solved.

  • Catholic Archbishop: No Guns in My Churches

    05/02/2014 11:03:21 AM PDT · 3 of 75
    NVDave to from occupied ga

    As if we were ever in doubt of the actions of the Catholic Church on this topic.

  • GOP senators: Arm Ukraine, hit Russian banks

    04/30/2014 3:17:16 PM PDT · 25 of 236
    NVDave to

    Doing what?

    See, “we should be doing something” leads senators and pinheads in the State Dep’t to do some really stupid things. When citizens call them out and say “you’re doing something stupid!” they reply

    “Well, you said ‘we should do something!’ and this is ‘something’, so we’re doing it.”

    We should be doing nothing at this point, because it is:

    a) quite obvious we don’t fully know or understand what is going on,
    b) even more obvious we don’t have people in the executive branch right now who understand Putin
    c) and it is even more obvious that we have no logistics in place to deal with the Russian threat of shutting off energy exports to western Europe.

    In short, we have no good options to “do something.” What is being proposed now is just chum for the western press, and won’t result in anything other than annoying Ivan. It isn’t going to stop anything from happening.

    Doing something futile and pointless is the action of the impotent. Doing nothing and maintaining an air of uncertainty over what we’d do is the stronger position.

  • GOP senators: Arm Ukraine, hit Russian banks

    04/30/2014 3:09:46 PM PDT · 23 of 236
    NVDave to cripplecreek

    EXACTLY my thinking.

  • The NRA Won, and Conservatives Aren’t Sure What to Do With It Next

    04/30/2014 11:29:03 AM PDT · 8 of 9
    NVDave to Timber Rattler

    He’s a member of the “juicebox mafia” from JournoList.

  • NARAL President says GOP should support abortion to win elections

    04/29/2014 3:12:48 PM PDT · 14 of 25
    NVDave to NYer

    If I were running, I’d do it.

    I’d pledge to support abortion. I’d say that any woman who is either a liberal or registered as a Democrat can get a free ride to the abortion clinic, her abortion paid for, etc on the taxpayers’ dime.

    I’d go even further an say that if a woman has two abortions in her life, the taxpayers will front the cost of tubal ligation to prevent further abortions. Heck, if the Democrat-registered women want, let’s give out free hysterectomies.

    Prevent Democrats from reproducing and in 20 to 40 years, we’ll have a firm control on the problems in this country.

  • Man allegedly claims Islamic Law gives him to right to kill wife - FOX 10 News

    04/29/2014 10:10:24 AM PDT · 21 of 24
    NVDave to ogen hal


    Next question?

  • Man allegedly claims Islamic Law gives him to right to kill wife - FOX 10 News

    04/29/2014 9:35:07 AM PDT · 17 of 24
    NVDave to Mich Patriot

    Let’s not be hasty now.

    Let’s think this through.

    OK, what’s possible under Sharia law?

    You can beat your wife, as long as you don’t break the skin.

    You can have four wives, or, in some sects, as many as you can financially support.

    In the strictest interpretations of Islam (eg, Saudi Arabia), women can’t vote, drink or drive.

    American feminists’ reaction to all of this? Silence. They’re now more worried about “micro-aggressions” and “trigger words” on college campuses.

    If American women aren’t worried by the prospect of Sharia law, why should I be? Sounds like a hell of a deal from where I sit. All I have to do is bang my head on the carpet five times a day and in return, I get to give the feminists what they wanted (the end of “white patriarchy”) good and hard.

    Count me in.

  • Politico gives away the game

    04/29/2014 9:28:42 AM PDT · 5 of 7
    NVDave to cotton1706

    I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again. The GOP could stage a huge win if they went after the commie capitalists of Wall Street with a stick.

    The banking sector of the US is strangling the rest of the US economy. Banks should be kept small, regulated and on a tight leash, because bankers are highly prone to manic behavior at the most inopportune times.

  • When It Comes To Your Retirement, $2 Million May Be The New $1 Million

    04/29/2014 9:26:05 AM PDT · 11 of 32
    NVDave to SeekAndFind

    A big part of the reason why retirees will need so much more capital to live off in their retirement is the way the Federal Reserve has warped the yield curve to bail out the banking sector.

    The Japanese learned this the hard way. Mrs. Wantanabe had to turn to speculation in the FX market to make up for their ZIRP.

  • Welders Make $150,000? Bring Back Shop Class

    04/22/2014 10:55:10 PM PDT · 42 of 87
    NVDave to MasterGunner01

    I think quite a bit of this is due to K-12 education being taken over almost completely by women.

    Most women don’t want anything to do with getting dirty, working outdoors or breaking a sweat. Most women see the BA/MA/PhD track as the road to success, and they look down their nose at the trades because lots of what it takes to succeed in the trades is stuff that women see as being “beneath them.” They certainly look down their noses at working men - being in the company of women with degreed letters after their name (but no income) around men with a AAS or certificate (or lessons from the School of Hard Knocks) who do have tidy incomes is funny as hell to watch. You see the women realize “Hey, this guy is making good money...” and then they realize “Ooooo... but he doesn’t have a degree, so he’s not husband material... he won’t have read any of the books I’ve had to read.”

    But then, to cap it off, it is even more amusing to listen to young women bitch, piss, whine and moan how they can’t find a man who can “fix stuff around the house.” Well, ladies, you got what you wanted when you turned men into drug-addled zombies in the K-12 system to get them to pay attention to endless droning about book learning: guys who don’t know a screwdriver from a chisel, and could (*&K-up an anvil without a hammer.

    I think what has to happen to change this is to get a handle on the high schools and have vocational tracks.

    When kids ask me for advice or a perspective on what they should study, increasingly I’m telling them to look very hard at the trades, welding, machining, diesel wrenching, etc. The money is there. More money is going to be there pretty quickly as the Boomers retire.

    When kids ask “why can’t I get a better paying job with some BA degree?” I ask them: “Is there any situation where you can imagine you being called into the office at 3:00 AM on an emergency, and getting someone to pay you handsomely for going in?”

    Usually, the answer is “no.” No one needs post-modernist trans-sexual, multi-cultural poetry analyzed, much less written, on an emergency basis. No one.

    Then I point out: “Plumbers get calls at nights, on weekends, on holidays, even Thanksgiving and Christmas... and they charge appropriately, and people are willing to pay these plumbers, because they want that messy problem fixed RIGHT NOW.”

    Every now and then, I’m rewarded with a light bulb going on...

  • Welders Make $150,000? Bring Back Shop Class

    04/22/2014 10:38:46 PM PDT · 39 of 87
    NVDave to dalereed

    That’s about what I reckoned. 1/16th dual-shield is pretty easy going to lay down a bead all day, every day.

    The guys up in the oilfields are usually running hot and hard on pipe. They’re out of doors most all the time, often down in a ditch in all kinds of weather, sometimes up to their butts in freezing mud, laying down X-ray quality weld after Xray quality weld on a big pipe with stick.

    Part of what isn’t explained how they get to six figures is the brutal schedules they endure - 60+ hours a week. When the weather is good, these guys can work 80+ hours a week, making tracks to make up for the times when the weather prevents progress.

    The guys who are really good don’t even have to look at what they’re doing. I’ve seen guys get their rod started, flip up their mask, light up a cig and carry on a conversation, all the while laying down a cover pass downhill. To the guys who have lots of experience, stick welding becomes a tactile skill with sound feedback - so they tell me.

    For me, stick welding is something I have to pay only a little less attention to than my TIG welding.

    The highest paid welders I’ve met are teams - they weld inside power plants and other high-risk environments (ie, the welds really better hold up, or really Bad Stuff[tm] happens) and in spaces so tight, you’d better be a contortionist to get in (and out) of these places. Most of that is scratch-start TIG on stainless. They’re a team because when one guy can’t get wrapped around to finish the weld, his buddy is on the other side to take the torch, filler metal (if any) and possibly a mirror and keep going around the joint - without breaking the arc.

    The couple of guys I’ve met who did this (and were about ready to retire and do something else in their late 40’s) said their working relationship was better than their marriages.

  • Is Bundy's Protest Tarnishing the Tea Party? (Weekly Standard jumping the shark?)

    04/22/2014 9:54:17 PM PDT · 132 of 262
    NVDave to RushIsMyTeddyBear

    Small quibble on the accuracy of your statement:

    The WS is run by neo-con GOPe tripe.

  • Welders Make $150,000? Bring Back Shop Class

    04/22/2014 9:49:11 PM PDT · 31 of 87
    NVDave to Girlene

    $65/hour on up.

  • Welders Make $150,000? Bring Back Shop Class

    04/22/2014 9:48:55 PM PDT · 30 of 87
    NVDave to dalereed

    That’s because dual shield is pretty easy stuff compared to other technologies.

    PIpeline guys who work out in the field and bring their own rigs to the job (usually a Lincoln machine) get upwards of $30/hour, and then $15 to $20 for rig rental on their rigs.

    There’s more than a dozen “certificates” in welding. There’s certificates for process, then position, then some application certs as well. Saying “we’re hiring certified welders” is a pretty loose specification.

  • Welders Make $150,000? Bring Back Shop Class

    04/22/2014 9:31:33 PM PDT · 28 of 87
    NVDave to Balding_Eagle

    From my observation, it depends on what type of welding we’re talking about.

    If you’re talking of dual-shield or MIG, then lots of people can weld.

    When we get to out-of-position stick, or pipeline stick, now the number of people who can pull it off gets much thinner.

    And then there’s TIG, and some specialized TIG welders make huge money, but they’d got a very difficult job in tight spaces (eg, in power plant piping on stainless).

    The hardest jobs require Xray inspection of every weld. If you botch more than two per month, you’re probably going to be given your walking papers pretty soon.

  • Welders Make $150,000? Bring Back Shop Class

    04/22/2014 9:28:59 PM PDT · 25 of 87
    NVDave to The Mayor


    Hand a stinger to a liberal arts major and odds are, they’ll never be able to successfully start an arc, much less run a bead that looks like a chicken crapped on the metal.

  • Welders Make $150,000? Bring Back Shop Class

    04/22/2014 9:28:17 PM PDT · 24 of 87
    NVDave to Girlene

    For what? Industrial electrical work, ag/ranch/oilfield, residential, light industrial, etc?

    There’s electricians and then there’s electricians.