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  1. Thomas

    Trumped

    This thread is starting to make Waiting for Godot seem like an easy read.
  2. Thomas

    Trumped

    I'm not remotely a fan of these kind of parades. It is indeed curious though why the 1991 parade, even taking inflation into account, was so dramatically less costly than what they were estimating.
  3. Thomas

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    Hah! That's a strip club now? A sketchy one one in fact? That's too funny. I shouldn't be too surprised. Lived by there as a kid though it's technically Colton. Whatever they've put in that lovely location has always failed since the early 80s.
  4. Thomas

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    More attention than strictly adoration. He likes compliments. But if he can goad people into a strong negative reaction that may be even better. But attention is the common thread.
  5. Thomas

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    No, I was literally countering VHF's assertion that Republicans more likely than Democrats to do so by pointing out that history didn't bear that out. Had someone in my family laid off from NASA during Obama's first term so I certainly heard all about it.
  6. Thomas

    Super nerds are killing baseball

    "Wow. We still really suck. But at least in 2018 we had Trout before he won his six straight rings in the Bronx and went into the HoF as a Yank" 2018. Good times."
  7. Thomas

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    You could argue this goes back to the argument between USAF and USN about whose missles would be loaded with nukes and later people. But this is quite right.
  8. Thomas

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    There are times at work I swear people are just making up acronyms.
  9. Thomas

    Trumped

    Absolutely but sometimes it takes a good wake up call for one to reassess priorities.
  10. Thomas

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    I get Trump stole this is as an apparently brilliant noise maker. Especially as people in this country are generally unfamiliar with this country's existing missions in space. However this idea predates him by years. Trump however hijacked the argument and made it sound like a joke. There has been considerable dissatisfaction in Congress with the USAF's leadership of the space program which has been going through numerous leadership reorganizations. Including yanking Cyber from AFSPC earlier this year. As I mentioned earlier regarding the A-10, the USAF tends to be laser focused on specific missions to the detriment of others. This has been a constant criticism of the branch. There is concern that compared to potential adversaries, the USAF hasn't done enough to stay in the lead. There was an excellent 60 minutes piece on this a few years ago that is unfortunately now behind a paywall. Given the already incredible importance of the existing and future missions, it's fair for there to be concerns. That it's a mistake to have this mission led by leaders who consider space their third or fourth highest priority. It's also fair to question whether this administration and DoD plan to fix this is a good one. But it isn't fair to simply call this a cash grab. There are legitimate concerns and great importance of getting it right. You also can't conflate NASA with the existing military space program. They are already quite distinct. Congress could easily kill NASA funding without affecting the military program. Also to be fair to Republicans, NASA saw its biggest cuts from B. Clinton and Obama.
  11. Thomas

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    I wonder if he could even name three things AFSPC does?
  12. Thomas

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    Unions yes. But they are still trying to woo the members, or at least who should be members, by painting unions as being against their self interests. Without the unions ability to donate large sums of money and corral voters, the Democratic party has seemingly lost interest. Not sure which partys' action is a worse sign of humanity. It shouldn't take being a literal Democratic Socialist to see the stupidity of these actions by the DNC.
  13. Thomas

    Trumped

    I'm waiting for the story here in NM to explode...um pun genuinely not intended https://www.krqe.com/news/new-mexico/documents-man-training-kids-for-school-shooting/1354582454 https://www.cnn.com/2018/08/08/us/new-mexico-compound-complaint-school-shooting/index.html
  14. Thomas

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    Of course I am strictly speaking the capital D party. Of which Sanders and Ocasio-Cortez are not exactly endeared by. But this isn't exactly a new criticism. https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2016/nov/10/democrats-working-class-americans-us-election https://www.lawcha.org/2016/11/23/bill-clinton-remade-democratic-party-abandoning-unions-working-class-whites/ And a Democratic POTUS who strongly supported manufacturing unions wouldn't make the, in hindsight terrible, statement that some manufacturing jobs aren't coming back. Even if that is in fact true.
  15. Thomas

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    On this issue I certainly don't mind being as I support open borders. Just was confused with your disagreement with MT. The Democrat's motivations regarding immigration is pretty transparent. While I'm sure they sure wouldn't mind the votes increased immigration brings, I'm sure the are aware of the scrutiny a large increase would bring. But it is interesting to watch their policy evolve as they move away from the manufacturing unions. Of course moving away from those unions sure didn't come back to bite them in the ass.