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Posts by pierrem15

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  • There are no royals or peasants, just humans in the same boat (or plane)

    03/22/2018 1:20:49 PM PDT · 31 of 31
    pierrem15 to cherry
    Most check-ins are for people with baggage who have a boarding pass. You should be able to scan that when you start the check-in process and scan again when you finish. The same with the TSA.

    If your check-in time or security line is more than X minutes, you get paid by the airline or TSA.

    If this were policy, you'd be amazed at how quickly the process would improve.

  • Dowd confirms he resigned as Trump’s lawyer in Mueller probe

    03/22/2018 8:50:54 AM PDT · 7 of 21
    pierrem15 to shelterguy
    Exactly: Trump is being tried (lynched would be more accurate) in the court of public opinion by the partisan media.

    He needs a lawyer who is willing and able to fight the press in public.

  • There are no royals or peasants, just humans in the same boat (or plane)

    03/22/2018 8:46:41 AM PDT · 17 of 31
    pierrem15 to freedumb2003
    You're ignoring something important about what the airlines are doing, with the assistance of the government:

    This is an engineered shortage.

    The TSA and the airlines are in cahoots to make the ordinary check-in/security system as loathsome as possible, to coerce you to fork over more money to receive an acceptable level of service.

    It's all about the abuse of monopoly power and crony capitalism. Being able to check-in in an efficient manner and go through security efficiently is not a perk, it's what ought to be normal service.

  • Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner is dead meat

    03/21/2018 2:52:17 PM PDT · 45 of 84
    pierrem15 to Impy
    I don’t agree with JYO19 that Ives would have been a weaker candidate than Rauner, given his bottom basement ratings I would say it’s a push at worst, the narrow primary results are more indicative of his weakness than hers, beating an incumbent Governor in a primary is no easy feat, especially when you started the race as a virtual unknown and got heavily outspent. I voted for Ives and wish she had won. And I’ll be voting for Rauner in November, not doing all I can to stop Lard *ss is not an option for me. I was praying that a freaking Berner Nutjob or a friggin KENNEDY would win the rat primary, that’s how bad this disgusting Madigan sockpuppet is to me.

    The truth, even though many here don't want to see it.

  • Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner is dead meat

    03/21/2018 2:49:32 PM PDT · 44 of 84
    pierrem15 to tflabo
    Illinois is California without the nice weather, beaches, mountains and vineyards.

    No, but if Priztker gets elected, we will have California levels of taxation.

    Pritzker is a billionaire, trust-fund Communist, an Illinois version of DeBlasio.

    As much as I detest RINO Rauner, I will support him in the general.

  • Why Gun Culture Is So Strong in Rural America

    03/16/2018 2:45:20 PM PDT · 33 of 112
    pierrem15 to MNJohnnie
    Gun control is just part of the problem.

    It's magical thinking: they just really believe that if well-intentioned people like themselves just pass a law to make something happen, it will magically happen.

    This is despite the fact that every day they will see (or will themselves do): jaywalking, speeding, throwing trash in streets, a gazillion building code violations, etc., etc.

    Somehow, by magic, new laws and more governmental power will fix everything.

    It's like a cargo cult for despotism driven by childish wish fulfillment.

  • U.S. troops who repelled Russian mercenaries prepare for more attacks

    03/16/2018 10:48:24 AM PDT · 53 of 87
    pierrem15 to Haddit

    I am more than happy to have as many Russians as possible sacrifice themselves.

  • U.S. troops who repelled Russian mercenaries prepare for more attacks

    03/16/2018 10:47:25 AM PDT · 52 of 87
    pierrem15 to silverleaf
    ISIS is a rump of its former self, and we allowed them to retreat from Raqqa because a street to street fight with them in an urban area would just be stupid.

    Russia is there because its a way to put a thumb in our eye and help the Iranians and because they though it would be cheap.

    It's turning out to be a lot harder than they thought.

    The notion that there is some NATO conspiracy or false flag operation is just tinfoil hat Russian propaganda: what other NATO country is fighting with the US? No one. Lookum the Magnificent has Turkey pursuing some idiotic neo-Ottoman empire building that is also turning out to be far more expensive than he thought.

  • U.S. troops who repelled Russian mercenaries prepare for more attacks

    03/16/2018 10:41:00 AM PDT · 51 of 87
    pierrem15 to mac_truck
    You and many others seem to think this is a game where we can take our ball and go home. It isn't.

    If we don't stay then sooner or late the Iranians and Russia will control the area and cut-off the Straits of Hormuz to attack the Saudis and Gulf States.

    Oil will move to $200 or more per barrel and gasoline will be $10/gallon or more in the US, if you can get it at all. Our economy will crash, and the impoverished voters will probably vote for some socialist.

    Could we make ourselves independent from what happens in various Middle Eastern sh*tholes? Sure, but the likelihood of that happening are about the same as death by meteorite.

    If we leave the ME now, we'll just be back again in an even worse situation a few years from now or have an even bigger war somewhere else as a consequence of our defeat. Non-interventionism is a political fantasy. And right now we are maintaining an important strategic position at almost no cost, so it would be even more stupid to throw it away in a fit of pique.

  • U.S. troops who repelled Russian mercenaries prepare for more attacks

    03/16/2018 8:39:57 AM PDT · 15 of 87
    pierrem15 to mac_truck
    Controlling the oil fields was a major ISIS asset. Controlling them would be a major asset for the Iranian backed Syrian regime.

    Keeping the oil fields out of unfriendly hands is just good strategy.

  • Poland should note Austrian chancellor Sebastian Kurz's speech

    03/15/2018 6:27:04 PM PDT · 12 of 18
    pierrem15 to Grzegorz 246
    Whereas Poland has hunkered down behind a new Holocaust law saying the country was a victim of the Nazis, not a Holocaust perpetrator...

    Maybe that's because Poland was a victim and not a perpetrator.

    What Polish governmental or army units aided the Holocaust?

    Displays precisely the attitude that incenses the Poles and caused the government to pass the stupid law.

  • Whistleblower Says Illegal Aliens Have ‘Taken Over Every Trade’ in CA Construction (T)

    03/15/2018 10:02:55 AM PDT · 74 of 144
    pierrem15 to PapaBear3625
    Yep. I worked in Texas as a carpenters assistant in 1980-81 at a pay rate of $8/hr-$9/hr.

    I recently saw an ad for the same job at $8/hr-$9/hr.

    With inflation, the job should pay $23/hr-$24/hr, just to stay even.

    It hasn't, because Juan, Jose and Pablito are there.

    I note that home builders are not selling the homes for 40%-50% less than 1980-- that's where the difference is going.

    Illegal immigration is all about American businesses breaking the law to get a higher profit. It's not different than tax cheating or fraud or any other unlawful, profit generating activity, and shouldn't be tolerated any more than those are.

  • Trump's Steel and Aluminum Tariffs

    03/14/2018 9:59:35 AM PDT · 8 of 36
    pierrem15 to Kaslin
    None of the ideologues bother to address the reality of dumping and subsidized Chinese overcapacity.

    They even say "only a small percentage of US imports are Chinese steel," without mentioning how China ships almost finished steel to third countries that do very little processing and cross-ship to the US to avoid the previous tariffs on Chinese steel.

    They also fail to mention the impact of the tariffs on US steel consumers: How much is the raw steel price affecting the price of a $500,000 combine? $500?

    The alternative is that the US loses the ability to produce steel in any quantity, unless the US government decides to directly subsidize US government purchases. This (of course) would cede the entire domestic consumer market to foreigners, and starve US companies of the profits needed for R&D and new plant and equipment. Then critics would say, "US steel producers are technologically backward." Of course they are, because unlike their foreign competitors they have no guaranteed market to pay for R&D and upgrades.

    It's a thoroughly dishonest argument, so once again, Trump is right.

  • Why Democrats Would Lose the Second Civil War, Too

    03/12/2018 9:53:27 AM PDT · 105 of 132
    pierrem15 to Jim Noble
    But this is why California secessionists have such an advantage.

    Maybe. But it gets harder and harder for the Communists in charge of California to make that argument when almost all they are concerned about is privileging foreigners in the US against Americans.

    All Trump would have to do is declare California to be in a state of insurrection, arrest its politicians and place the state under a military governor. Then commence Operation Wetback II.

    Would there be riots? Probably. But why should I care if LA or Oakland burns itself out? Cut-off news and telecommunications, and make it plain that state employees need to fall in line if they wish to get paid. Heck, just offer those who stay on the job an emergency bonus.

  • Why Democrats Would Lose the Second Civil War, Too

    03/12/2018 9:42:33 AM PDT · 104 of 132
    pierrem15 to akalinin
    How are any of these militaries going to get here? Swim?

    The Europeans have no stomach for fighting, and in any case, any US civil war would probably mean they would have their hands full with Russia.

    And the US would still control its nuclear weapons. Even if a rogue leftist US government invited them in, it would be a hard offer to accept, if for no other reason than such invitation would be a good way to cause US strategic forces to remove themselves from the US command structure.

    My guess is everyone else would sit it out and wait for the dust to settle.

  • Why Democrats Would Lose the Second Civil War, Too

    03/12/2018 9:35:55 AM PDT · 103 of 132
    pierrem15 to KrisKrinkle
    My thoughts, too. It won't like Bull Run. It would be more like El Salvador, with death squads running around eliminating or forcing out local opposition (yeah, Austin, that's you), until there's enough consolidation at a state level to get state's involved directly. In some states (like Texas) that would happen quickly.

    In the meantime a powerful break on violence would be the economic collapse as people lose jobs and commerce becomes impossible. This would hit the blue cities harder and more quickly, but it would affect everyone.

  • Why Democrats Would Lose the Second Civil War, Too

    03/12/2018 9:31:10 AM PDT · 102 of 132
    pierrem15 to Forward the Light Brigade
    That was due to the commitment of the people of Paris.

    There's no such commitment in LA. In SF, maybe, but it's easier than LA geographically.

    New York is very vulnerable to cut-off, but there's a large working class population that might be glad to see the snobs and hipsters tossed out.

  • Why Democrats Would Lose the Second Civil War, Too

    03/12/2018 9:28:08 AM PDT · 101 of 132
    pierrem15 to Impala64ssa
    In my experience the trick with a 4x4 in the snow is that it accelerates much faster than a 2 wheel drive in the snow.

    Unfortunately, it doesn't decelerate any better, which many seem to forget.

  • Five dead after helicopter crash in New York City (East River)

    03/12/2018 9:10:57 AM PDT · 27 of 37
    pierrem15 to nuconvert
    Oil platform workers need special training to get out of a helicopter in a water landing.

    They usually flip upside down, fill with water quickly and are very tightly packed.

    You have only a few seconds before it starts to sink.

    This probably explains why only the pilot survived. And no, he would not have been able to help others before becoming trapped and drowning himself, especially given the water temperature.

  • PETER HITCHENS: We're goading Russia into a 'dirty war' we CANNOT win

    03/11/2018 9:54:02 AM PDT · 27 of 32
    pierrem15 to Nextrush
    The British government could easily strike a great blow against Putin by seizing the property held by Russian oligarchs in Britain and by British banks.

    I doubt it will do so since the Tories are largely bought and paid for by the City of London.