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Everything posted by ElCid

  1. I don't have an accent; you do.
  2. Odd, since you use the African-American term more than anyone else on this forum.
  3. The purple paint peeled after 24 months or so and they were terribly unreliable. Pretty though. Personally I preferred the Dodge Challenger - I owned a 71.
  4. The government already has a nation-wide system of rent payment. It's called public housing.
  5. A more accurate description of the filibuster rules. Republicans and Democrats, Northerners and Southerners and Westerners have used it over the course of time. It was not just used to kill civil rights bills. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Filibuster_in_the_United_States_Senate
  6. Fines won't mean much. What about just refusing them admission to the House chamber?
  7. Years ago when I first was in the Army I was tasked with teaching classes on psychological warfare. One of my key elements was the firebombing of Dresden in WW II. Absolutely no military reason at all.
  8. The part at the end about how much had been spent on the DB4 reminded me of an interesting article in the March edition of Hemmings Classic Car magazine on "cheap" collector cars. Rolls Royce Silver Shadows from the 1970's. Partially due to unreliable hydraulic systems. But any old "luxury" cars are expensive to repair and maintain so some are fairly inexpensive to purchase. The Silver Shadows sell for $5,000 to $31,000. Read an article in a Mercedes-Benz related magazine and few years ago. Expert mechanical authority said bad idea to buy older one to restore if you hope to break eve
  9. Puerto Rican statehood is more complex than DC. For one thing, PR has massive debts and while federal government would not necessarily have to help with them, it would be an issue.
  10. And there is another "legacy" that Trump has left us. The length of time it will take to reverse what he did. And it is not just in the areas mentioned, but transportation, education, agriculture and every other agency.
  11. I am sorry to inform you but your information is biased. While there have been improvements, the danger of pipelines leaking is still present. The leak I referred to is still a problem and ongoing remediation of the land around it and monitoring of groundwater at the site and along the rivers. It was not "decades" ago, but within the last 7 or 8. It was not the only leak by a pipeline within a four county area. One went under a river and began leaking directly into the river. That river is a source of drinking water for thousands. Within the past 10 or so years. It may be a "ne
  12. Welcome to the world of American politics. If Trump had not callously pushed it through, Biden would not have to reverse it. Same as will all the other bad/evil things that Trump did. Same as with the wall.
  13. Apparently McConnell is delaying turning over the Senate to the Democrats. Until they all vote on the new rules, the GOPers still chair the committees. Someone may know this, but one sticking point is that McConnell wants to retain the 60 votes filibuster rule. Rather than a simple 51. I thought McConnell had already trashed it so they could push through all the judges and supreme court justices, as well as other matters. So, regardless of what he says, McConnell's real goal is to Obstruct, Delay and Defeat Biden's agenda, as well as any Democratic plans for as long as possibl
  14. Can't find what my original post was referencing, but I think it had to do with a specific policy of Obama's and that the GOPers would have opposed it if it come from a white man.
  15. S.C. sales tax is 6% for the state, but higher in some areas. Some counties have an extra 1% for special school projects. Others have one for roads. Most school money comes from the state though. If the property is vacant for lengthy period, the owner can apply for a lower valuation. Some businesses and manufacturing plants have gone to length of tearing down buildings and leaving a vacant lot. Then it can be assessed as unimproved property.
  16. It is not an impeachment trial; Trump has already been impeached for the second time. When Nancy Pelosi sends the Article of Impeachment from the House to the Senate, then the Senate will have a trial to determine whether or not to Convict.
  17. To be technically correct, Trump has already been impeached for the second time. The trial in the Senate is to determine whether or not to convict. However, it will not happen until Nancy Pelosi sends the Article of Impeachment from the House to the Senate.
  18. Not sure where you live, but in the South, most sales taxes go to state government. Some go to schools or special projects, such as highways in tourist areas. But the bulk of municipal operating revenue comes from property taxes. Of course, they have also learned to have accommodations taxes on room rentals and hospitality taxes on prepared (restaurant) food sales.
  19. One of the problems with Keystone is that it's purpose is to transport Canadian oil to the US Gulf coast going through supposedly protected Native-American lands. Also, it comes dangerously close to American towns, recreation areas and other places. Pipelines are more subject to earthquake damage and this is a factor for Keystone. Canada could have built it to their west coast, but they are too cheap. While pipelines technically may be more secure than railroads, that is not always the case. I live near one of the major pipelines going from Southwest US to New England area. Several y
  20. One thing many people do not realize is that most towns receive the bulk of their revenue from property taxes on the property occupied by businesses. If there is no business there, the valuations have to lowered.
  21. In case you haven't heard, Donald has left the building and the Capitol.
  22. She is actually British-Jamaican-Indian-American. Her father was born in British Jamaica and moved to US where he married her mother, who was from India. "Black" Jamaicans are sometimes called Afro-Caribbean. Regardless, she is an American.
  23. I've been a Democrat since 1972 and frequently get contacted by Republicans.
  24. But the people in her district in GA love her. She does not even know what False Flag really means. Wikipedia: "A false flag operation is an act committed with the intent of disguising the actual source of responsibility and pinning blame on a second party."
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