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  • Birthday 06/14/1962

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    1999 Indian Chief #930, Yellow & Cream
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    Bremerton, WA
  1. First, I'm not a smoker, never was, never will be... not even the occasional cigar! Lost my Dad to lung cancer almost certainly caused by life-long smoking. So, I have no love of the habit or the habitue. All that said, it's legal and government getting involved and telling private business owners who can do a legal thing in their private establishment is clearly restraint of trade in my book. The law of unintended consequences: After the town I was living in at the time passed a 'no smoking in bars or within 25' of the door law', within 6 weeks two women were accosted. The fir
  2. Oh, and the bonus is he did it to a 750 Shadow, not the 1100. I can tell you from extensive personal experience riding the ol' Ladies' 750 ACE Shadow that it is one tremendously gutless bitch. --Hal
  3. I would put this slightly further out on the spectrum from the Kawasaki Drifter bastardization only because someone actually had to DO this to the bike... Takes all kinds I guess? --Hal
  4. A rat brain? Shit, that makes it smarter than 90% of Congress! --Hal
  5. It's the Chicago Way! Daley Sr. would be so proud! When I die I want to be buried in Chicago so I can stay active in politics. --Hal
  6. I don't think there is any doubt around here that I'm a Republican and old school conservative. But this Obama is/was/will be a Muslim crap is idiotic. The man DID have a Muslim ancestor (fairly close, actually). So frackin' what? I had Scottish ancestors, that don't mean I wear plaid skirts and eat sheep's guts. There are PLENTY of reasons not to like this a$$ hatted empty suit, but being Muslim is not among them. 'nuf said. --Hal
  7. From one of my favorite authors. Surprising given his decidedly lefty leanings http://www.ldsmag.com/ideas/081017light.html Would the Last Honest Reporter Please Turn On the Lights? By Orson Scott Card Editor's note: Orson Scott Card is a Democrat and a newspaper columnist, and in this opinion piece he takes on both while lamenting the current state of journalism. An open letter to the local daily paper — almost every local daily paper in America: I remember reading All the President's Men and thinking: That's journalism. You do what it takes to get the truth and you lay
  8. Charger, My understanding is that the Jeep and Caravan Plug-in hybrids are based on the Volt platform and technology. And I think you've hit the nail on the head with the folks at Cereberus doing this to get the rest of GMAC. --Hal
  9. Life long Republicans in Louisiana? Son, I strongly doubt that, with anyone over 50. The Democratic party had a death grip across the south from before the Civil War until the big shift in the late 70's. The only grip that Republicans had on the south was through the Reconstructionist Carpetbaggers, and the governments imposed by Reconstruction. My mother, a Mississippian, tells a story from when she was a girl in the 1930's. She was sitting on the porch with her mother and aunts (all from New Orleans) who were gossiping about a local widow who was "stepping out" with a fellow. Afte
  10. Big Iron, I'm with you. I've never seen an endorsement do much to help a candidate, just hurt them. Don't get me wrong, the General has a right to speak his mind just like any American. In fact, given his service I think he has more right. That said, it doesn't add an value to his opinion either. --Hal
  11. Hemi & Dodge are both strong brands. Jeep is one of the 5 most recognized brand names in the world. GM could do worse then buy them if the price is right. As far as asking Daimler, all they really wanted from Chrysler was their $14 billion rainy day fund. They were never really interested in much else. This from several friends of mine who work and worked for Chrysler before, during and after the merger. That includes one who spent several years at the Daimler HQ in Germany. Everyone tolling the death knell for the US auto industry seems a bit premature to me. There will ce
  12. Houndrock, I live here in the Pacific Northwest, work in Seattle, liberal central. I heard it quite a bit. If you want to see some excellent examples of this kind of language, or these statements exactly, just cruise on over the Democratic Underground or the Daily KOS, or the Huffington Post. Trust me, you'll find far more hateful language tolerated on the lefty sites than on the right. It is an unfortunate truism that you'll see hate spewed from everywhere. But, being a political junkie I troll the political sites, left and right. I see hate TOLERATED from the left much more th
  13. Big, I find it interesting that the Left spent a good chunk of the last 8 years trying to discredit Gen. Powell. You know, he was a Oreo shilling for the man, an enabler for W's lies, he was George Bush's house ni**er (that was after he was Reagan's & Pappy Bush's H-N), he was an Uncle Tom for presenting information to the UN. Now he he is all the sudden an elder statesman once again. Hmmm.... While no one can know what is in another's heart, I have trouble swallowing the his statement that race had nothing to do with his choice. Let the flaming begin! --Hal
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