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Posts Made By: James C Chandler Jr

October 11, 2009 10:05 PM Forum: Bad to the Bone Autos

Is this a chick magnet?

Posted By James C Chandler Jr

Billed as a sky sports car:

Scant room aboard for a telescope, but there is plenty of room for a chick as long as the chick weighs less than: [530 pounds minus your weight]!

It looks like an elegant little machine, but perhaps a bigger chick magnet would be the smell of fourteen-hundred one-hundred-dollar-bills in yer pocket? As Mae West might say, "Is that $140,000 in your pocket or are you just glad to see me?"

October 15, 2009 06:43 PM Forum: Politics

Its not about me

Posted By James C Chandler Jr

New Orleans BHO speech clip. Obama uses the two personal pronouns 'I' and 'we' a total of thirty times in only two and one half minutes! An average of one self-reference every 5 seconds.

Does Ripley's have a world record category for "Most Self Referential"? Or better yet, "Most Self Reverential"?

It is also remarkable that he managed to spend 2:30 saying basically nothing.

The 'information' embedded in the 2:30 could have been conveyed in about 5 seconds with about 3 sentences. No new 'information' which has not been presented by BHO many times in the past.

October 21, 2009 11:19 AM Forum: Politics

Re: Obama's newest political tool---VACCINE

Posted By James C Chandler Jr

The most properly paranoid ideation would be that BHO wants to kill off the states to which he IS shipping the vaccine.

Supporting references to the undisputed world champion of paranoia--

October 23, 2009 10:05 AM Forum: Politics

So-called founders and so-called economic freedom

Posted By James C Chandler Jr

BHO's Columbia thesis:

"... the Constitution allows for many things, but what it does not allow is the most revealing. The so-called Founders did not allow for economic freedom. While political freedom is supposedly a cornerstone of the document, the distribution of wealth is not even mentioned. While many believed that the new Constitution gave them liberty, it instead fitted them with the shackles of hypocrisy."

It is yet unknown if more of this thesis will be released. It was also noted that the President received an A- for the paper, which later led to his graduation.

October 24, 2009 07:08 PM Forum: Politics

Medical Marijuana

Posted By James C Chandler Jr

As best I understand the issue, one of the few things I approve so far of BHO admin, of not overriding state pot law with federal pot law. State's Rights and all that. I'm horribly allergic to the stuff, so even if pot would turn out medically necessary for me, I couldn't take it. But this is just a principle of basic fairness.

The bad part of this administrative decision-- It devalues the force of laws in general. It would be better to have the courage to repeal federal pot laws and leave it to the states entirely. Leave the issue completely undefined under federal law. That way the feds wouldn't have to spend money enforcing such silly law, and feds wouldn't have to show hypocrisy of selectively enforcing law.

It is a problem when we write so many laws that we get a general attitude (even among law enforcement) that many laws are optional. Just ignore the ones you don't like. The solution is not to devalue law by ignoring the bad ones. The solution is to whittle away about 99 percent of the current law until we have an essential core which is affordable to enforce, and worthy to enforce.

Ferinstance I know good-hearted vegetarian folk who would never think of breaking laws, cheating taxes, drinking, dancing, kicking dawgs or hurting feelings. But they drive like maniacs. Maybe these folk are so holy that they want to get to heaven as quickly as possible . These good-hearted folk think speed limits are not 'real laws' and can be ignored as long as a cop didn't see it.

That is just an example of a general attitude of ignoring the laws you don't like, because there are so many of them, and so many seem silly.

Though I applaud the atty general selectively giving back pot enforcement to the states, it makes interesting precedent.

For instance-- If a state passes law that its citizens do not have to pay federal income tax-- If the feds go in and enforce income tax law, could the state bring a case that if the feds selectively enforce pot law, then they have surrendered the right to enforce any other fed law?

October 30, 2009 09:58 PM Forum: Ham and Shortwave Radio

Sangean PR-D5

Posted By James C Chandler Jr

The Sangean PR-D5 is not shortwave. Only an AM/FM smallish tabletop set. But it is a very good AM/FM tabletop receiver, and not really expensive.

I don't work for universal radio.

Our vicinity has many appalachian weathered mountains, hills, and ridges. Big and small, fractal-style. Which causes many dead reception zones and radio reflections/phase cancellations.

To make things worse, our favorite stations are only a few thousand watts, hardly able to defend themselves against multiple 100,000 watt flame-thrower stations splattering out 100 percent modulated top 40 rock, country, and rap from mountain-top antennas.

It is a tough environment and most inexpensive receivers just are not up to the job. Over the years we've had several $50+ radios or clock-radios where each flame-thrower obnoxious pop station comes in clear from multiple places on the dial, but our favorite stations are not even on the dial. Even worse in rainy weather. Modern electronics is great, but the PLL front ends on most modern consumer sets just do not seem very selective.

Got wife a Sangean PR-D5 and it works just perfect. Pulls in the low-power stations and rejects the obnoxious flame throwers. The tone is very good for such a small set. It is non-techie easy for the wife to operate. Has tuning presets. Runs a long time on C cells and comes with a wall-wart for normal location on her reading table. Has an aux input for her little MP3 player I loaded all her classical CD's on.

Wife was so happy with it, got her another one for work. She works in a brick and steel building that for most generic radios might as well be a big Faraday cage. The Sangean picks up her favorite low-power stations just great at her work.

She ended up donating one to her Mom, who lives on a rural plateau in middle TN. Her mom couldn't adequately receive the favorite stations up there, but the Sangean solved the problem. So I'm ordering a third tonight, to replace the one wife gave to her Mom.

Ain't saying its incredible or anything, but its pretty dern good compared to most small tabletop radios.

November 4, 2009 03:40 PM Forum: Politics

Reverse Coattails?

Posted By James C Chandler Jr

Maybe Bill Owens narrowly won the NY 23rd congressional district because BHO didn't go up there and campaign for him?

As opposed to spectacular losses in VA and NJ where BHO DID make multiple hands-on efforts?

If this is a case of reverse coattails, then one might hope that BHO will spend the next year with numerous petroleum-wasting jet trips around the nation, personally campaigning for as many congressional candidates as possible?

The coincidental advantage would be that every extra hour spent campaigning, would be an hour where BHO is too busy to further screw up the country with that marvelous hopeless change.

November 4, 2009 03:46 PM Forum: Politics

Involuntary loans to California

Posted By James C Chandler Jr

Wazzup with that?

"Starting Monday, employers in the cash-strapped state are required to withhold 10 percent more in state income taxes to help ease the budget problems. It's part of a plan to artificially inflate state revenue by $1.7 billion through next June."

Will California repay the taxpayer's involuntary loans with IOU's again? California is missing the boat not calling these things State Savings Bonds, mandatory savings bonds which cannot be cashed in for 30 years. Heck, make it 100 years!

November 7, 2009 12:39 PM Forum: Politics

CramDown on CSPAN

Posted By James C Chandler Jr

CramDown proceedings on CSPAN are pretty interesting today, if you like that sorta thang.

November 17, 2009 07:00 AM Forum: Politics

The Onion Teleprompter Sendup

Posted By James C Chandler Jr