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Posts posted by ElCid

  1. 13 minutes ago, Bogie56 said:

    If Joe Manchin (I wonder who is paying him?)  would get out of his way, I think Joe Biden could be America's greatest President since FDR.  Say goodbye if they don't sort out the voting rights act.

    Biden talks like the most pro-union president since the New Deal

    By Alyssa Fowers   Read more »

    Sen. Kyrsten Sinema(D) is also an obstacle to the far left, "Progressive" agenda.  There are other Dems who probably would not support some aspects of the far left, progressive agenda, but they prefer to remain quiet  Especially those running in 2022 for re-election.

    Nobody is "paying Joe Manchin," he is representing the people of WV.  

    EDIT:  I read the article and saw no mention of Manchin being opposed to the PRO act.  The problem is that far too many people in America today do not support unions, contrary to what the article stated.  It may be more of a regional thing, such as the walloping union organizers took in the Amazon, Bessemer AL  loss.


  2. 5 hours ago, jamesjazzguitar said:

    In no way does Don Wagner represent 3 million OC residents.     He is just one member of the OC Board of Supervisors.

    The fool is taking a lot of heat and the odds are good this clown will not be reelected.

    The OC does have many Trumper politicians but most are being exposed and I have faith we will weed them out and throw them to the curb.

    Note the purpose of this post is just for me to make it clear;  that a-hole doesn't represent me,  or anyone I know in the O.C. 

    I assume Wagner is not even chairman of the board?  If he was, that might get somewhat (but not really) closer to an interpretation of representing all the people of Orange County.  Are the supervisors elected by wards or districts?  If so, he actually only represents the people of that ward or district.

  3. 4 hours ago, hamradio said:

    Amusing everyone social distanced during speech then crowded together afterwards.  What's the point? :wacko:


    I think it is part of the confusion.  If everybody is wearing a mask, do you have to socially distance?  Reverse as well; if you socially distance, do you have to wear a mask?  Especially if the people have been vaccinated.

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  4. 3 hours ago, Sepiatone said:

    I can only go by what a grandnephew of mine, who spent a year in the Michigan State Police academy  before becoming a trooper claims.   And also going by what I saw on the video, it did appear there was more than just one or two officers on that scene.   Maybe if the other officers pulled their thumbs out they could have restrained her.


    "Nationally, states require an average of 21-24 weeks of police training. South Carolina requires 12. That's only 480 total hours of training, less than massage therapists (500 hours) and far less than barbers and cosmetologists (1,500 hours each). Worse, four of those 12 weeks are limited to internet-based training."  https://www.postandcourier.com/opinion/commentary/commentary-police-training-in-south-carolina-is-dangerously-deficient/article_b364e346-57f7-11ea-84de-57ebe6d3672b.html#:~:text=Nationally%2C states require an average,limited to internet-based training.

  5. 5 hours ago, hamradio said:

    LP's haven't died, FAR from it!  Making an amazing comeback.



    Did you say Morricone ?




    Search for turntables and see what's out there! 



    Vinyl is no more dead than the vacuum tube amp!



    Still have a turntable, but never use it.  Too much trouble to get up and flip the record over every 20 minutes or so.

    I do remember when I was in high school and we delivered to the radio station next door.  They actually had a "record player" in the DJ room that played from the inside outward.  The records were fairly large and red.

  6. 21 hours ago, hamradio said:

    Should try to acquire a combo unit for backup.  I have 2, a JVC DR-MV150 which has been software upgraded to multi region and a Panasonic DMR-ES46V.

    Shouldn't toss out tapes, may accidentally throw out a valuable memory (baby first steps, graduation, wedding, etc.)



    I have two combo units.  A Toshiba that records to DVD or VHS and from one to the other and a Magnavox play only.  The Magnavox is a rebuilt unit I picked up at Fred's very cheap to use when I exercise.  I play DVD's about cars, trains, old commercials and other such.   When we got the new Smart TV, decided to upgrade to a Blu-Ray, but kept the Toshiba in case I want to record something.  Recorded a lot when I first got it years ago, but not so much anymore.

    I got rid of all my VHS tapes after transferring the ones I wanted to DVD.  Most of them had deteriorated anyway.

    Incidentally, I received 3 or 4 catalogs in the mail this week with lots and lots and lots of DVD's.

  7. 2 hours ago, Bogie56 said:


    I don't see a lot here other than Madmouth foaming as usual.  Yes, Trump tried to damage the census and succeeded to a limited extent, but overall I think it will end up about where people expected.

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  8. On 4/26/2021 at 12:54 PM, Sepiatone said:

    No, but then, I didn't go through months of training in how to handle such situations.  


    Not sure law enforcement goes through "months" of training in how to handle an armed person in an agitated state who is threatening someone else.  It's like in the military, there is a lot of training, but only a short time to do it.  In addition, there are a vast number of people to be trained at any given time.  They may be told in classrooms what is appropriate, but that is probably only a few hours or so.

    It has only been recently that such a thing as law enforcement training in community colleges and senior colleges has been around.  Even then, that is not about how to handle people in all situations.

    It is also one thing to be trained on what to do and then to actually be involved in a situation where an innocent person may die if you do not take immediate action.  Let's wait for the investigation to be finished.

  9. 3 hours ago, jamesjazzguitar said:

    Democrats will be running against him?????     If Biden will not be running for a second term (which is highly likely),   why would any dems be "running against him"?????

    Instead Dems will be running against Harris saying SHE has done little as V.P.  and thus their are better Dem candidates for office




    Half agree with what you are saying.  There is a very good chance that Biden will step down after one term.  If so, Harris is the likely successor and I don't see an lot of Dems attacking her.

    As for "done little as VP,"  most VP's don't have an opportunity to do very much and she will be little different.  However, I do see Biden giving her more to do than most Veeps.  She already is usually present whenever he does something, unlike that guy Pence who was much ignored by Trump and later vilified.  Harris has only been Veep for 100 days, so not much she can do on her own.  She works for Biden.

    Regardless,  Biden's approval ratings for the much that he has done despite a weak Senate is far higher than what Trump had at the same point in time.  Trump was an abject failure as far as approval ratings go.

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  10. 13 minutes ago, speedracer5 said:

    I have CDs, but I don’t buy them any more. I’d consider buying one if it was something not available on streaming. My car doesn’t have a CD player, and it isn’t particularly something I wanted to add. I have Sirius and I stream podcasts and music via Apple Car Play. I like the Bluetooth too because I can text my husband via voice when I need to ask him something. 

    If I buy music, I buy vinyl. 

    I have had Sirius a few times when it was free.  Never subscribed as only found two "stations" I liked and they often had DJ's, so cancelled.

    As for other sources, don't use any of them.  Do occasionally listen to Public Radio  on the radio and a nearby station that plays fairly good music with little interruption. 

    Do have Bluetooth in cars, but strictly to use for brief phone calls if necessary.

    I have a turntable and some old vinyl records, but almost never play them.  Did record some (via computer) to USB or CD's.  Still purchase CD's, but not that often.  No interest in purchasing vinyl, especially at the current costs.

  11. 3 hours ago, TikiSoo said:

    ....as well as easy access to just referencing a particular scene or song, if a musical.

    I love that most 3-4 hour Bollywood movies "the songs" have their own menu, you can choose it & it plays only the sections of the movie with the song & dance numbers.

    Haha I just started buying CDs of my classic LPs because they're so cheap.

    We just bought a new vehicle and it does not have a CD player. It doesn't have ANYTHING. Everything now works through your phone and the car manufacturer "Apps". I don't use a cel phone & cautioned MrTiki against using his with the vehicle. If you read the "policy" to use their application, you have AGREED to ALLOW them to read & compile all your driving data (this is an electric vehicle) and any phone calls made using the car's bluetooth.


    Not sure but most cars have an optional CD player.  If not, you can probably still get one from a local electronics company that specializes in that sort of thing.  See below.

    In 1988 I purchased a Mazda Rx-7 convertible that had a CD player and cassette player.  Up until then I had cassette players in cars.  So I began the switch to CD's, but continued recording to cassettes from my CD's and vinyl.

    In 1996, I purchased a Ford Taurus - no CD player on model I wanted, but dealer had local electronics company install one in the trunk that played through the car's radio.  Held six CD's so played a long time.  When I sold the car in 2003, the dealer was more impressed with the CD player than anything else about the car!

    My wife's 2014 Nissan Rogue has a single CD player, but we now record CD's to a USB through a computer.  My car has a six CD player, a USB connection (never used), but also permits downloading from CD to hard drive.  Have over 1,000 songs downloaded onto the hard drive.  Still use CD player/changer for ones not downloaded.

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  12. 5 hours ago, Sepiatone said:

    Do you mean one of the many OTHER officers who could've tackled and restrained the girl with the knife instead?  


    Have you ever tried to tackle someone with a knife who is obviously in a very excited state?   This is an unfortunate situation, but let's not jump to conclusions yet.

  13. We got rid of a 1990's Entertainment Center and lost storage space for about 1/3 of our CD's.  So purchased a "media cabinet" similar to one we purchased years ago.  Took months to get it due to pandemic.  We actually store both DVD's and CD's in them.  Most DVD's are in the "new" EC, which is actually the bottom half of the old one.  The top of the old one would only hold a 39" modern TV, so it went but had to get a cabinet maker to do it as all one piece.

    Having real DVD's and CD's allows you to see or play what you like when you want to.  Now we do download CD's into the hard drive of one vehicle or onto a USB for the other one.  Have to adapt.

  14. Nothing in particular, but I have recently taken advantage of all the FREE stuff available through my smart TV.   Watching a lot of stuff on Tubi and IMDb, which get me to Shout, Blue Moon, FilmRise and other "providers."  My various "watchlists" have a few years of movies and TV series to watch.

    Also have HBO Max as I subscribe to HBO on Spectrum.  Noticed that it has a "hub" for TCM.  But only about 10% are the Classic TCM type movies.  The others are newer.  Logo says these are movies "curated" by TCM, whatever that means.

  15. 10 hours ago, hamradio said:


    I think my Sony BDP-S6700 / BDP-BX670 can play the format.  It supports most computer files MP4, Quick Time, FLV.  It's a multi region Blu-ray / DVD player and is unusually small in size. Even supports Super Audio CD!

    Can finally watch the  converted Yortube videos no other player can do.


    Got one of those about 4 months ago to pair with new Sony Smart TV.  Only have one Blue-ray discs and its a 1950's B movie we got for free.  Everything else is on DVD.  The few times I have watched Blu-rays, just never saw the difference.

    One thing about the above unit is that it automatically turns on the Sony TV and selects the correct input.  And controls the TV volume which controls the sound bar volume.

    For all the other functions, we use the remote for the TV.

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  16. Interesting article from a S.C. "newspaper" about Nikki Haley.  Despite many serious missteps and being totally unqualified, she is still in there working to become president.   You can't count her out as she proved in being elected governor of S.C. twice.   Tim Scott is running for reelection to US Senate from S.C. in 2022, but since Haley appointed him originally not likely she would run for Senate.   Besides which, she really wants to be president.

    She has stated that she would not run in 2024 if Trump runs again.


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  17. 1 minute ago, txfilmfan said:

    It's not quite in the panhandle - it's a bit south and east of there, but the topography is similar.   It's just a bit south of Wichita Falls TX.  

    Trees are in short supply in that part of the country.

    I went through an Army training course in southern MS once and roomed with an Army veterinarian from OK.  He said if anyone asked him what he thought of southern MS, he would have to say he couldn't see anything for the trees - compared to OK.

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