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You have to already be in space for solar sails to work. A long rail gun could put objects in orbit without engines. Read "The Moon is a Harsh Mistress" by Robert A. Heinlein.
No, Mr. Ransom, Obama would not try to make the engines solar powered. He would try to make them wind powered.
Roy, you didn't have to imagine a worse President than Dubya. All you had to do was remember them. Woodrow Wilson, for example. Jimmy Carter, for another.
Yes, the welfare state accomplished what neither slavery nor segregation could. Saying that is not saying that slavery and segregation were not evil and in no way excuses them nor those who supported them.
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America: The Ostrich Years

Earl29 Wrote: Aug 24, 2014 1:59 PM
I think Obama is more a raging Chihuahua than a wolf.
Which costs thirty bucks?
That thought almost makes me feel sorry for Obama. Almost.
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The Federal Bagpipe Police?!?

Earl29 Wrote: Aug 23, 2014 6:11 PM
I love the pipes.
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The Federal Bagpipe Police?!?

Earl29 Wrote: Aug 23, 2014 6:10 PM
The treaty doesn't forbid having a substitute bagpipe inspector when the regular one is away, does it?
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Ferguson and the Militarization Myth

Earl29 Wrote: Aug 23, 2014 11:01 AM
Of course not. People have an inherent right to riot and loot. PERIOD!
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Ferguson and the Militarization Myth

Earl29 Wrote: Aug 23, 2014 10:59 AM
Of course we are not OK with that. Ordinary police work and defending against rioting mobs are entirely different.
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