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THE SHOTGUN BAR / Re: Oh Dear...
« on: November 23, 2014, 01:06:57 PM »
No argument with me. The Karma function being a great example.

THE SHOTGUN BAR / Re: Oh Dear...
« on: November 22, 2014, 09:35:31 AM »

One of the things besides that it is really good software at a damned good price but I've also been very impressed in general  by just how scalable the SMF is. You can supposed half a dozen members or you can support off a  million. The only different 5 and 500,000 is maybe extra half a days works and even some of that depends on how perfectionist you want to get but in a instances Heilein had that one right. They didn't want it good they want it yesterday.

THE SHOTGUN BAR / Re: Not just any anniversary...
« on: November 10, 2014, 10:16:15 PM »
Yes, lest we forget. We call it Veteran's day on this side of the world but it's a national day of remembrance.

THE SHOTGUN BAR / Re: My new range.
« on: November 10, 2014, 09:16:15 PM »

There are.

One example.

I consider a fan forced oven but in the end I decided it wasn't worth the cost.

THE SHOTGUN BAR / Re: My new range.
« on: November 10, 2014, 02:56:47 AM »
I've used gas ranges in commercial kitchens but always electric at home.

In this case I really had no choice. It's a rental house that doesn't have a gas line and I don't plan on being here but a few years at most and so paying to run a gasline to somebody else's house seemed rather silly to me. Add to which, I've always been perfectly happy with electric.

When I get the chance I'll post up some pics of my new baby at work.

THE SHOTGUN BAR / Re: Interesting world events
« on: November 10, 2014, 01:39:42 AM »
Oh I understand Putin just fine. There's a K a G and a B. Not a whole lot more you need to know to understand him.

THE SHOTGUN BAR / Re: Interesting world events
« on: November 08, 2014, 03:17:09 PM »
Well as I said before, Putin belongs in an insane asylum.

As for the G20 summit there is rather strong support here for not only kicking Russia out of the G20 but also full scale economic sanctions.

THE SHOTGUN BAR / Re: Now this is fucking crazy...
« on: November 08, 2014, 03:09:10 PM »

Fucken coppers soon showed up after he crashed into a gas tank.

Yeah, I found it rather bemusing that at least according to the news report it was nearly 30 minutes from the time the reporter called to tell them he had the guy they were looking for with him until they actually showed up.

THE SHOTGUN BAR / Re: Well that is the utter end of Obama's agenda.
« on: November 07, 2014, 07:45:23 PM »
Yeah, I utterly agree that a direct, U.S. military on the ground confrontation with ISIS would be playing right into their hands. That's what they want but there are some on the whacko right here who don't understand that.

As I said, I like Christie a LOT and I have for a longtime but as I said the Jersey approach of keep flapping your mouth and I've got enough room in the trunk of my car for two or three bodies isn't really going to work in other parts of the country.

Nor is declining an invitation to dinner by saying, buddy, I've got about a thousand things I'm going to do tonight. Having dinner with you is number 1,0001.

THE SHOTGUN BAR / Re: Well that is the utter end of Obama's agenda.
« on: November 07, 2014, 06:10:14 PM »
Well while I care about foreign policy and it has been apparent pretty much from the beginning that Obama is utterly out of his depth on foreign policy the Tuesday exit polls also overwhelmingly showed that people weren't voting on foreign policy, they were voting on the economy.

I doubt there will be any kind of back down from ISIS. Most of the Republicans realize just how potentially dangerous they are. Even Obama has finally managed to figure that one out.

As for potential 2016 candidates. It's really too early to tell. The field will start to take shape after the first of the year but right now the U.S. is heading into not one but two major national holidays Thanksgiving this month and of course Christmas next month. People will be taking time off to spend the holidays with their families and probably some time to contemplate what they want to do but here are some quick thoughts from me on the current list of likely candidates.

Jeb Bush. My Uncle lives in Florida, he thought Jeb Bush was a good governor and has said for years he wished he would run for President. Were it not for his idiot brother he might would have a shot but I doubt it now and I don't know if he will run or not.

Chris Chrisstie. I do think Chrisstie will run and I hope he does. I would personally campaign for him. I like him a LOT and he did a LOT to help Republican governors get elected and so he's got a solid foundation for a campaign. My concern is that I think he may be a little be too loud mouth, too abrasive and too "Jersey" to make it on the national level. Telling somebody to "sit down and shut up" might work up in Trenton but it's not going to play so well in say Charleston. Charleston is not a city where you tell people to "sit down and shut up" it's a city where you don't walk past someone on the street without speaking to them or at least nodding your head.

Rand Paul is the really scary one. He's both a tea party idiot and an isolationist idiot. I have no doubt he will run but I don't think he has that much of a chance.

Ted Cruz is going to run, no doubt about it. If the media reports are true he already has advisers out looking for office space for his campaign HQ.

Rick Perry, Paul Ryan and Marco Rubio are also all three likely candidates. IMO of the three Rubio has the best shot of the three.

Mitt Romney also hasn't ruled out another run and he's well heeled enough to kick in large sums of his own money into his campaign if he decides to run.

Rick Santorum. Not a chance in hell of winning but he may still run.

Michele Bachmann. Not a chance in hell. She may well run but not a chance in hell of winning. Even a lot of Republicans think she's a whackjob. The same goes for Sarah Palin. I still maintain that McCain managed to torpedo his own campaign before it even got going by choosing Palin as his running mate.

On the Democratic side.

Hillary Clinton is of course the presumptive front runner, I have little doubt that she'll run and she's very well cashed up for a second campaign.

I wouldn't be surprised if Andrew Cuomo runs but he's going to have the exact same problem Obama has had, he is simply too left-wing and too out of touch to be successful.

Mark Warner may very well make another run in 2016 but he's kind in a tight spot. A lot in his party see him as too moderate and a lot on the right wing of the Republican party see him as too liberal.

I'm sure I may have missed some but those are the highlights.

THE SHOTGUN BAR / Re: Well that is the utter end of Obama's agenda.
« on: November 07, 2014, 04:04:10 PM »

Well, time will tell. He says he's going to do something via Executive Order by the end of the year but hasn't necessarily been clear on what.

Generally speaking, I might agree on holding up funding not be a good idea politically but in this case I think Tuesday was a pretty clear repudiation of Obama's agenda.

It's also rather interesting that for whatever reason, most of Obama's base stayed home and significant percentage of the Latino vote went Republican.

It's also an unfortunate illustration of just how politically divided the U.S. has become. A lot of the Democrats who lost were actually moderates whereas most of the whacky left, Obama is the second coming of Christ part of the party are still there.

THE SHOTGUN BAR / Re: Well that is the utter end of Obama's agenda.
« on: November 07, 2014, 02:40:56 PM »

You know, I was actually thinking about that today. Even as a lame duck President Reagan remained fairly popular until the day he left office to the extent his approval ratings dropped it was largely because of Iran-Contra.

Bill Clinton is about the best salesman I've ever seen and in his case the product he was selling was himself. Clinton cared very much what people thought about him even in his last years in office.

I'm not sure Obama has ever really cared and certainly not since he was reelected.

You are a bit wrong though on Obama can say whatever he wants but doing is a different story. He can and probably will issue some type of executive order on immigration but once the Republicans take control of Congress in January, they can stop whatever he tries to do dead in the water by simply denying funding for it.

That Congress controls the purse strings is one of the checks and balances in the U.S. system.

Add to which there are even a few Democrats who have seen the writing on the wall and said they will caucus with the Republicans in Congress.

With Obama. stick a fork in him because he's done.

As someone on one the cable news shows I was watching tonight very rightly pointed out. Obama says he wants to work with Republicans but if that were truly true he'd be doing what LBJ did. Going to Congress and talking with people, calling them on the phone, inviting them over to the White House to have lunch with him, etc.

Even most Democrats I've heard don't think Obama will do that. He remains hellbent that he's right, he's going to do what he wants, end of discussion.

THE SHOTGUN BAR / Now this is fucking crazy...
« on: November 07, 2014, 05:14:21 AM »
I'm sure this story has made national news in Oz but it has even made the national news in the U.S. I just heard about it while watching one of our 24/7 cable news channels.

Trust me, we have all kinds of crazy shit that goes down on this side of the world but even by American standards, this is one of the craziest fucking things I have ever seen.

I also noticed in the video that even your cops had their guns out while they were chasing lunatic around the parking lot at the service station.

I guess their guns aren't just a badge of officer after all.

As I've mentioned in the past on this side of the world it's SOP for our cops to have their guns out during a felony arrest or forced entry into a house. Even on a traffic they usually have their hand on their sidearm simply because they don't know who or what they might be dealing with but anybody who was chasing this guy around the parking lot without their sidearm out would have to be even crazier than he is.

THE SHOTGUN BAR / Re: Well that is the utter end of Obama's agenda.
« on: November 06, 2014, 11:33:41 PM »

I don't know about net voting. As I've said my mother and I both voted by mail in this election. I told a little white lie and checked the box that I couldn't vote in personal because of illness.

I'm not sure what box my mother checked but she could have honestly chosen for one of two choices. One is if you're over 60 and the second is your a caretaker for someone who is sick. She could have picked either one. She's 65 and works as a caregiver for a 90+ year old man who is legally blind, bedridden and has dementia and given the hours she works for him and that it's a 30 minute drive back here from his house there is no way she could voted in person.

Did you happen to see Obama's press conference yesterday?

Waffling, avoiding blame and being utterly tone deaf doesn't even begin to describe.

He accepted no responsibility whatsoever for the shellacking the Democrats got on Tuesday and while ostensibly extending an olive branch and saying he wants to work with the new Republican majority in Congress and that he's willing to listen to what they have to say he then proceeded to say that if he doesn't like what he hears then he's going to continue to do whatever he wants.

THE SHOTGUN BAR / Re: Well that is the utter end of Obama's agenda.
« on: November 06, 2014, 07:05:24 PM »

Did you miss the first sentence in my post where I said we have some degree of voter fraud and imitation here.

As for multiple voting, there's an old joke that in Chicago they vote early and vote often.

Also every state and in some cases different counties in the same state have different systems.

We do use electronic voting machines here and have for a long, long time but there is still a screening system. You don't just walk in an vote and then come back on hour later and vote again.

You can only vote at the polling place that is on your voter registration card. You have to show your card, a government issued photo ID that matches the info on your card and then you sign a sheet requesting a ballot. Only from there do you go back and start pushing buttons.

BTW, I wasn't talking about voter fraud in general, I was talking about the Electoral College.

THE SHOTGUN BAR / Re: Well that is the utter end of Obama's agenda.
« on: November 06, 2014, 06:04:49 PM »
While there is of course the ability for abuse in our Electoral system, it doesn't happen. Voter fraud and intimidation, to some extent, yes but the state electors have very strong allegiance to their particular party. If their guy wins then that's who they will vote for.

As for healthcare in the U.S. we have had a mix of employer paid insurance with some degree of employee copay. Reach down in your own pocket and pay for your own. You don't have insurance because you think you don't need it. Medicare which pays 80% of the healthcare costs for people over 65 and medicaid was provides healthcare to poor people.

Also insurance aside, hospitals cannot legally refuse emergency care to anyone.

The vast majority of Americans were pretty happy with that system and then Obama decided to "fix it." Bill and Hillary Clinton tried the same thing back in the 90s and it was a colossal failure. But Clinton had enough political sense to realize it wasn't going to fly and moved on. Obama on the other hand is too arrogant and stubborn to do that.

THE SHOTGUN BAR / Re: Well that is the utter end of Obama's agenda.
« on: November 06, 2014, 05:10:02 PM »
Well, I don't know if I can explain the Electoral College to Aussies but I'm going to give it a go.

The President is not directly elected by popular vote, he is elected by the Electoral College. The number of electors each state has is equal to the number of Senators and Representatives each state has.

Every state has two U.S. Senators but the number of Congressmen is determined by the population of each state and periodically adjusted by the census which we do once every ten years.

If you win the popular vote in a given state than what you've actually won is the state electors.

That's both the short version of how it works also the explanation for why the numbers can vary so widely between the popular vote and the electoral college and also the explanation for how Gore managed to win the popular vote back in 2000 but still lost.

THE SHOTGUN BAR / Re: Well that is the utter end of Obama's agenda.
« on: November 05, 2014, 10:44:24 PM »
As for having a "strong and decisive leader."  Sure, great idea. When however has Obama EVER been strong and decisive? pardon my unfettered ignorance of US politics but exactly why has BO been so damned unpopular? Considering the guy won on a landslide IIRC... ;qo


In short and please keep in mind this is just MY opinion but IMO he has become so unpopular for four major reasons. One, his views are massively out of step with the majority of American voters and second he has tried to govern more like an emperor than a President. Third he mainly ran on improving the economy which six years later isn't a hell of a lot better than it was then. The exit polls from yesterday showed that the economy is what voters were overwhelmingly concerned about and fourth Obamacare has been a gigantic failure and Obama flat out mislead if not flat out lied to the American people about how Obamacare would work. We were told that you could choose your own insurance, choose your own doctor, etc. That did not turn out to be true at all and if you are young and in good good health and you decide that you don't need medical insurance then you have to pay a tax for not having it. That is assuming you're working. If you're sitting at home on your ass, living off of the government then Obama is perfectly happy to hand you all of the government funded healthcare you want. That is unless you are a veteran trying to get help from the fucked up VA system, well in that case, Obama doesn't give a shit.

He's arrogant, stubborn, thinks his shit doesn't stink and really doesn't care what anybody thinks because he's utterly convinced that he will be vindicated by history. He's a GREAT deal like George W. Bush in all of those regards.

Beyond that, the world has gone to hell in a hand basket in very large part to what is perceived as U.S. weakness and that is something that lands squarely on Obama's shoulders.

Obama, his wife and a lot of his supporters like to try to play the race card and that is not something that has played well with a LOT of voters.

Also, although he did win in a landslide in the Electoral College he didn't win all that decisively in the popular vote. In 2008 He won 53% of the popular vote and McCain won 46%

The campaign between Obama and Romney in 2012 was about the same numbers.

Back in 2008 his main campaign slogan was, "I'm a uniter, not a divider." But over the past six years he has been the most partisan, divisive President I have seen in my lifetime.

Roll all of that together and it's the short summation of why his job approval rating is dipping down toward 40%.

There's also he doesn't seem to stop and think about how things look. The world is on fire and he's playing golf and he got off of Marine One and the Marine who was saluting him as he got off of the helicopter, Obama returned the salute with fucking cup of coffee in his hand. I'm hardly the only American who was rubbed the wrong way by that one. 

THE SHOTGUN BAR / Re: Well that is the utter end of Obama's agenda.
« on: November 05, 2014, 07:28:48 PM »

I kind of disagree with you on Obama. Yeah, he inherited a cluster fuck but in a somewhat different way, so did Reagan.

Obama's problem isn't that he inherited what Bush fucked up it's that six years later things really aren't much better, he doesn't seem to give a fuck and he has an ideology that is contrary to what the majority of Americans think.

As for Ford, yeah from what I've heard he enjoyed watching his football games.

THE SHOTGUN BAR / Re: Well that is the utter end of Obama's agenda.
« on: November 05, 2014, 06:54:26 PM »
Alaska while a Republican state has actually been a little bit tighter race than expected.

As for having a "strong and decisive leader."  Sure, great idea. When however has Obama EVER been strong and decisive?

BTW, you left out Carter on the list of utterly incompetent Presidents and I've never been so sure that Ford even wanted the job in the first place, it was dumped into his lap and he was a patriot and so he took on the responsibility.

THE SHOTGUN BAR / Re: Well that is the utter end of Obama's agenda.
« on: November 05, 2014, 06:24:01 PM »

Well I just watched a bit of news and while they are still finishing counting the votes up in Alaska it looks like the Republicans will pick up that U.S. Senate seat as well.

THE SHOTGUN BAR / Re: Well that is the utter end of Obama's agenda.
« on: November 05, 2014, 05:56:05 PM »
Yep, that pretty much sums it up Ry. All Obama has left is his veto pen and even that I'm not so sure of.

There are some moderate to conservative Democrats in Congress who are up for reelection in 2016 and after having seen what happened today could very well side with the Republicans.

Obama is so unpopular that even in this election there were quiet a few Democrats who politely told Obama to stay as far away from their campaigns as he could and a lot of them still lost.

THE SHOTGUN BAR / Re: Well that is the utter end of Obama's agenda.
« on: November 05, 2014, 05:17:03 PM »

Oh I saw it coming, just not to THIS extent.

One small example, in Maryland of all places the newly elected governor is a Republican. The same with Massachusetts. Both very, very liberal states.

THE SHOTGUN BAR / Well that is the utter end of Obama's agenda.
« on: November 05, 2014, 04:33:42 PM »

We just had our mid-term elections here and the Democrats got a shellacking to an extent that even I didn't expect.

There are still some races too close to call mostly a couple of Senate races that are so close that by the election laws in those states they'll be an automatic recount but at the moment the Republicans control the Senate 52-45 and an overwhelming majority in the House 233-159.

They also have the majority of state Governors and the majority of state legislatures which if they play their cards right is one hell of a good foundation for whoever the Republican Presidential candidate is in 2016.

I also think this is most likely the end of the road for Hillary Clinton. She campaigned HARD for Democrats and she had about as much success as she did with her book tour.

THE SHOTGUN BAR / Re: Interesting world events
« on: November 05, 2014, 04:16:24 PM »

Both a funny picture as well as a wonderful illustration of the idiocy of what the Russians are doing.

A Russian Bear versus an F-22. Hmm...

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