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Dependency, Not Poverty

Riff Wrote: Feb 13, 2014 8:09 AM
Which "whites" are you referring to? All of them? Me? Neither I nor anyone I know has any interest in destroying the black family. Your arrogant, bigoted attitude toward people you don't even know is telling.
Actually, Mom, they DID hire it plowed. They pay taxes- millions and millions of dollars- to the city to have their streets plowed. Notwithstanding the fact that it costs no more to plow the street in front of a rich person's home than any one else's, they pay at rates far in excess of the actual cost to do the job. But that still wasn't good enough for a greedy city government. They took the taxpayer's money and gave nothing in return. That's theft. The city should be sued for breach of contract and those who made this hateful choice made personally responsible. How about sending the mayor over to 5th ave. with a shovel in his hand?
This new "discovery" of theirs is something I learned in high school physics more than 30 years ago- we learned that polishing two surfaces in contact reduces friction, up to a point. Any further smoothing would cause the surface area in contact to increase, thereby increasing the friction between them. Think of all the new discoveries we could have if these guys just turned off the computers and cracked a few old textbooks!
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We May Have a PTSD Vaccine Soon

Riff Wrote: Dec 15, 2013 6:18 PM
Hmmm.... speaking of hate...
I flew out of Minneapolis- St. Paul airport two weeks ago. In the security area was a cop in full battle dress- combat boots, bullet proof vest and M4 carbine slung across his front. It was shocking! This isn't America anymore. Perhaps the availability of surplus military items is facilitating the militarization of the police, but it's been a steadily growing issue for many years now. Our cops are like little boys playing army, equipped with race cars and machine guns. Who is the enemy they are preparing to fight?
I want some of whatever you are smoking!!
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Chevy Volt Heads for Fiery Crash

Riff Wrote: Jul 08, 2013 7:02 AM
And of course, your projected $50,000.00 savings goes directly back to the people who actually paid for the electricity, right? Didn't think so. So what actually happens here is that some smug, self righteous person gets someone else to pay his electric bill, then puts the "savings" in his pocket. Such arrogance!
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A Sober Approach to Drunk Driving

Riff Wrote: May 23, 2013 7:46 PM
I never thought of it that way, but it makes a lot of sense! And further, how often do we hear of drunk drivers who test at 2-3 times the legal limit? Clearly, laws don't stop them. Many of these are driving despite license revocations, which proves that particular strategy is ineffective. These are alcoholics who will drink to excess no matter what. Why not revoke their privilege to drink alcohol? Stamp their licenses with a NO ALCOHOL warning, and require everybody regardless of age to show their license at the package store every time they purchase. Not only would this reduce drunk driving, but also the other social costs of alcoholism- violence, loss of employment, etc. Sure, some may get alcohol other ways, but it makes far more sense to restrict access to alcohol than access to driving. Take away someone's right to drive, they lose their job, and hang around with a lot of time... to drink. Take away the privilege to drink, and maybe their life may be improved.
Hawkins makes some good points, but he missed a big one: our failed educational system. Our high tech society doesn't have much use for people who are unskilled and barely literate. Those people are doomed to poverty. Bust the teacher's unions, and privatize education.. put the public schools out of business!
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'Proportional' Response

Riff Wrote: Apr 09, 2013 6:03 PM
Have we learned nothing from our experience in Vietnam? The incremental escalation of attacks on the North was a dismal failure as a military strategy- it only gave the enemy time to adapt, improvise, and overcome. The Powell doctrine of overwhelming force should have taught our politicians once, for all that, once you are committed to military action, you make an all out effort to destroy the enemy. If you aren't serious enough for that, then stand down.
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Why the 2nd Amendment

Riff Wrote: Jan 02, 2013 7:20 AM
He was kidding....!!
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