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Comment Re:Forced to accept cash? (Score 1) 181

In general, deadly force may not be used to simply defend ones property, and can only be used to defend someone's life or safety. An unarmed thief who has grabbed a cash box right in front of the landlord and then tries to immediately run away is not a threat to one's life, and shooting him to stop him would be highly illegal.

Depends on the state you live in.

I believe TX allows you to blow someone away if they are stealing your property.

I remember a bit before Katrina, there was a case in New Orleans East I think, a couple of kids were in an apartment parking lot, stealing stuff out of a car. The owner shot them and killed at least one of them, from his upstairs balcony facing the car.

The actually tried to press charges on the property owner, but they couldn't find a jury that would convict him....and I agree.

If the kids hadn't been committing a crime, they'd still be living today.

But most states I know of..if your able to in any way at all, think you are threatened, you can shoot someone, and no one shoots to injure, you're a fool if you try doing that. Heck, some states have weird old laws too, I remember in AR, that if you see someone trying to commit arson, even if you are not the property owner, you can legally shoot that person.

Things like that...

Comment Re:The unmarried speak... (Score 2) 542

You aren't married are you? Anyone who is married is laughing at your naivety right now. (Including me)

No, I"m not...I do NOT want kids. Therefore, there is no reason to get married, and risk losing half of what I own whenever I decide I want to move on to a different woman.

I have had a number of very long term relationships (each of numerous years)....and sure, I know that requires some compromise, but seriously, a fucking car horn he has to ask about? Does he also ask if he can have a pudding cup or a beer before dinner??

There's a difference between compromise in a relationship, and being a spineless yes "man" in a relationship where you feel you have to ask or get permission for anything you do.

Yes, I say, grow a pair....women don't respect you if you don't assert yourself, show confidence, and show that you know (or at least project that you know) what you want in life.

If fact, being too much of a pussy, can put your at risk of losing your dear woman.

Just because you put a ring on her finger, doesn't mean you should let her put one through your nose and guide your ass around the rest of your life.

If it gets too bad...well, there are a ton of other women out there, a dime a dozen.....

But hey if you want to be monogamous your life with one women, fine....but you still don't have to be a pussy and cow-tow to the woman. If you have to get WAF (Wife Approval Factor) for simply changing the horn in your very own car you have....you've got some problems my friend.

Geez, do you ask permission to change the radio station too?

Comment Re:So, now is it finally legal to... (Score 1) 542

Single again are you? I wonder why...

No...I have plenty of girlfriends and those I can and do date as I please.

Monogamy is fine for some, but I figure, why tie yourself down to just one?

Why get married unless you really want to have kids?

Women are a dime a dozen out there...variety is the spice of life.

Comment Re:So, now is it finally legal to... (Score 1) 542

There's a whole world out there with other people called women. And when you meet one that likes you (for some reason), things get complicated. Overall, though, they are soft, smell nice, posses pleasant curves and may have different opinions than you that you will have to work through or learn to live with. if you wish to maintain their company.

No reason really to get married, unless you plan on having kids.

I figure, why tie yourself down to one...with the added risk of losing half your shit you own if you ever decide to "upgrade" to a newer model?

But even so...seriously, just because you are in a relationship, doesn't mean you have to lose your spine, and give in with everything to the women. Hell, in most cases, if you do this as a man, you WILL start to lose her respect. One thing they attracted to is your being confident, in command, and in control.

Sure, you have to compromise if you're gonna marry them, but NOT on everything.

If you are too much a pushover, they may end up leaving you for someone else a bit more 'difficult', that doesn't let themselves get run roughshod over....

Not everything requires WAF (Wife Approval Factor).

It is the guys own car, and he seriously has to ask his wife about changing the fucking horn on it?!?! Does she also pick his underwear out for him too?

Comment Re:Uh... let me think about it (Score 4, Funny) 542

Yes, the woman who drove for two days to a destination 2 hours away has nothing to do with the GPS. That has everything to do with stupid.

And yet, these SAME women will bitch and moan at us for not asking directions.

Geez, first we gave them the vote, and then drivers licenses, and the world has gone downhill ever since then....

;)

Comment Re:So, now is it finally legal to... (Score 5, Funny) 542

I keep telling my wife that this is why I want to install a really loud air horn in my car, think semi truck loud, but she says no.

I'm sorry...why the fuck are you asking your wife about what you want to do with YOUR car...?

Even with that...why would you listen..it is your car, enjoy man.

Grow a pair and do what you want on your own car....

Comment Re:Why not overseas .... (Score 1) 151

A free market is good for everyone. Right?

A free market that is based on everyone operating on a fair playing field is..yes.

But when you have China devaluing its currency and them and other countries playing dirty tricks to keep their prices artificially lower...then a tariff balances things out.

If the US has to have some freakin' carbon tax....hard to compete with a country that does not, so we have a tariff that makes the prices more or less equal, and then people can buy based on quality with price being close to equal.

If govt is the cause for causing US prices to be higher (labor or ecology) then it should tariff to make things more of an equal footing.

Things like just being more efficient and new methods that allow cheaper manufacturing, those should not be tariff protected.

Comment Re:Why not overseas .... (Score 1) 151

We could also have import tariffs and whatnot to offset the reduced cost of not caring about employee safety. But we're all about "free trade" nowadays, where companies are free to roam the globe looking for the cheapest, most desperate labor with the lowest cost of living. If laws can drive industry away, they can keep it around too.

While I lean myself towards that idea...it has been brought to my attention that this would be counteracted quickly by other countries....and a trade war would break out, which could hurt US interests.

While myself, I don't mind spending a bit extra for something made in the USA...that is not a sympathy shared it seems, by the majority of our US fellow citizens that are looking ONLY for the cheapest item at Wally World, or the $1 value "meal" at McD's.

Comment Re:The basic question is answered...but still... (Score 1) 554

No, we're all too focused on "Who's fault is it?" and nobody has properly considered "What do we do about it?"

We know exactly what to do about it: move to less convenient fuels (excuse me, "renewables") , adopt less comfortable living conditions (aka "reduce energy consumption"), reduce the amount of disposable consumer goods in our lives, etc. And those of us in the developed world have to cut enough from our carbon budgets to make allowances for the populations of the developing nations who want to better their standards of living, a move that is guaranteed to build resentment on both sides of the equation.

What you're missing here (either honestly or deliberately) is that the problem is ongoing, and that because it's caused by economic activity, the people who are profiting from it want to continue to profit from it, and they are actively working to derail efforts to correct or even acknowledge the problem.

And those of us in the developed world are not too excited about fixing it. The benefit we get from fossil fueled energy is great and immediate; the impact we feel from CO2 emissions is so low we have to be 40 years old before we have enough experience to notice the impact on our own lives. Rising water levels on a few tropical islands is a long way from stepping on a gas pedal in North Dakota.

So yeah, we need to do both: stop the people who are encouraging the growth of the problem, and we have to accept some sacrifices as a result. Neither is fun, so ... you first.

Comment Re:The basic question is answered...but still... (Score 1) 554

Every single argument I've ever heard from the "deniers" is based on either a real lack of understanding of science, or they've assumed an argumentative position based on their political leanings. They don't understand the difference between weather and climate. They don't understand trends or statistical sampling. They don't understand the difference between tolerances and allowances, accuracy and precision, or how averages are computed. They don't understand how data from ice cores is calibrated and tested. They don't understand how geologic climate data works. They make faulty assumptions about CO2 data collection methods.

And you know what? That's OK. Not everyone can be expected to learn all that. But if they can't, then they at least need the honesty to either try to learn from people who do understand, or at least refrain from echoing arguments made by others - because those others aren't making those arguments out of pure stupidity. They are making them to advance their political agenda, or to at least delay someone else's agenda.

In any collection of people, there will be some "deniers" who will not listen to reason, meaning we will never see unanimity. The trick is recognizing when enough rational people have accepted the arguments. Once the percentage of "deniers" drops far enough below the population of rational people, it's time to stop trying to convince everyone and moving on to accomplish tasks. We have to know when the delays have run their course, because nothing will ever get done if we wait for every last denier to come into accordance.

As far as your argument goes, there are 50 years of science, 150 years of direct climate measurements, thousands of years of indirect climate measurements, and geological evidence going back much further. I think climate science is a lot further along than still trying to establish first principles.

Comment Re:APorsche Self-Drive? (Score 1) 213

Taking note of how you perceived the driving conditions to be, unaware that you are incapable of accurately assessing them, at the expense of the safety of others. There is no excuse for being a twat.

Lets see...roads clear...check.

Weather conditions good...check

Car has ability to travel at high speeds, brake better than normal cars, handle better than other cars....and I know how to drive it....check.

What's your problem with this?

The posted speed is often arbitrary....

Or, are you just afraid of speed period?

Comment Re:APorsche Self-Drive? (Score 1) 213

Doesn't change the fact that most of them still putt along in rush hour traffic the same speed as a Camry or Civic. Unless you spend a lot of the time on a track (which let's face it next to nobody does), then the concept of a "sports car" is an oxymoron. If you actually want to go fast on a public road, get a bike.

Wow..where do you live where traffic is THAT bad?

Before Katrina, I had a 1986 911 Turbo...and man, what that thing a BLAST to drive...black on black..whale tail, the whole thing.

Even as bad as the roads are here largely in New Orleans, I had NO problems finding places to open up that car and have some fun....taking note of the currently driving conditions at the time of course.

And when leaving out, on the highways, I had no problem getting up to 100+ from time to time and stretching it out...and no, I wasn't passing people up THAT badly...as that most hwy traffic in this area stays about 85mph average.

I guess if you live in LA, it sucks that you have such bad traffic...but it isn't that way by a longshot in most of the US.

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