B.J. Porter

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  1. B.J. Porter

    Melania flexes her muscles

    Potato, poh-tah-toe.
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    Florida Recount 2018

    Imagine the horror of Republicans having to endure an election where they kept on and counted every vote even after they GOP decided they'd won.
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    Florida Recount 2018

    Because WAY more usually people skip over U.S. Senator or Governor at the top of the ballot to vote for the Commissioner of Agriculture.
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    Florida Recount 2018

    That's over the top. No, it's just stupid. No need to quote it. Or re-quote it...sorry...
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    Dirty Socks

    I'm not participating as much these days, so it makes those more difficult to pick out since they don't devolve to the same knee-jerk attacks so quickly. Same for Edith Bicknell's sock master (and his swarm of two dozen socks from Assman to LISailorKid and SnappingVagina...). This post might do it though. You can thank me later. And 3...2...1...
  6. We bought three of the things at Defender on our last visit to the U.S. We've not gone offshore since then, so they're still in the box as we didn't have time to install them yet. When we tried to purchase a fourth unit at Defender last week, we saw they were no longer selling them. When I asked someone there why not, he told me there had been "too many failures" on the self tests, and no real way to sort them out. So they stopped carrying them since they were having too many returns and problems. Has anyone come across this? Simply trying to google turns up nothing but marketing materials. We'll self-test ours when we get back to the boat, but I was hoping maybe someone else had already come across this.
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    Jim Acosta...out

    This "president"deserves no respect. NO ONE in the country disrespects the office of the President more than Trump does on a daily basis. NO ONE. Trump needs to have his feet held to the fire over his daily stream of lies and bullshit, it's the media's job to do it. If he can't take the heat, he should have set his sights on a smaller scam than POTUS.
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    drop the drops

    Your anecdotes of hearing yourself have no value buddy. There's nothing better than a horizon job. I always preferred actual victories to Pyrrhic ones.
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    Did You All Underestimate Trump Again

    That is an stupidly gerrymandered district. My parents live in it. When I last saw them, we were still seeing Riggleman/Cockburn almost two hours out of Charlottesville when we were driving to DC for our flight back to Oz. On the drive we saw other signs for another race - as we passed through Culpeper - then all of a sudden I was like "Why the hell are we seeing these signs again?" They manage to take the fairly enlightened bastions of Charlottesville and suburban DC and dilute it with all the shitkickers out in the country side, so Bigfoot-fucker can get elected. Look at that district - it runs from the southern border of the state all the way to Maryland, while not including places like Culpeper or Richmond with larger minority votes which are presumably diluted elsewhere. Fun Fact - Leslie Cockburn, the D candidate, is Olivia Wilde's mother. Her daughter came to stump for her mother and Riggleman made a big production over the "out of touch, hollywood elite" coming to town to campaign. And yeah, he's in there.
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    Did You All Underestimate Trump Again

    And we have 1.5 Million newly eligible voters in FL, a large number of whom are minorities.
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    drop the drops

    I don't race any more, I sold the 40.7 after the 2005 season and bought a cruising boat. The only yacht club I still belong to is Musket Cove, because that's a lifetime membership. But yeah, that's the general setup of the Wednesday night series at the club I used to belong to and race at - 10 races, three throwouts. So you can also go on the club cruise or take the family out for a week or two and not get penalized. I just happened to think the "unchuckable DSQ" was skewed wildly because of the number of throwouts. If you had one throwout instead of three, being forced to keep an 11 wouldn't hurt you so badly because everyone else couldn't ditch so many other their bad nights. The rule seemed Draconian for a 3-throwout Wednesday night series, where the top boats in a ten boat fleet could chuck 30 points of bad racing. It happened to bite me in the ass when my crew was covering for me while was out of town because the plug was being pulled on an immediate family member, so I had a lot of time to think about the policy. Trust me, I did NOT want to be dealing with it when it happened. Other races, other venues, other events? No throwouts, no problem. You know what you're getting in for when you read the SIs and NOR.
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    drop the drops

    You have your choice of racing Wednesday night or Thursday night. On Wednesday if you sail well and prepare for the races, you have a chance of winning something and doing well. On Thursday, it doesn't matter how well you sail, you have been told you will never score higher than third over all, if you're lucky. Just because. Which race is going to be more fun? We're out for fun, too. Always were. Racing's not free, and I have only so many places and times I can race. But if I'm going to spend the money and the time to go out and race, I'm going to do it someplace where I'm not statistically eliminated by a stupid rule in the SIs. I'm pretty sure that if I had lost that bullshit protest and my contention for a prize was ended after week #2, my enthusiasm for showing up for week three would have been near zero. Why prep the boat? Why practice? Why buy decent sails? Why pay for a diver to clean the bottom? Why show up at if you can't possibly compete? Racing is expensive. So is breaking shit and buying the crew dinner afterwards. There were other series on the bay.
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    drop the drops

    So you are saying that a Yachting Australia sanctioned event that decides who goes to the worlds is Wednesday Night Beercans So I need to explain to you what the symbol "<>" means?
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    drop the drops

    No, they aren't. If you were told that you could play a round of golf, but no matter how well you did you'd be scored no better than 100, would you enjoy the round? Especially if you're capable of shooting in the 70s or 80s? If you were told that if you committed to a summer long series, but you couldn't possibly finish any better than 3rd place no matter how many bullets you got, would that be any fun? A summer-long series commitment is not the same as a week long regatta, a OD championship, etc. Even if it's low key, if you have no chance of winning it will be no fucking fun. Why would you even show up if you can't possibly win, no matter how well you do? I wouldn't - I'd pick a series at a different club. So when your season is ended by a protest in week 2 of a ten week series, how is this fun to even finish you? You can't win, you can't even do well.
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    drop the drops

    <> Wednesday Night Beercans
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    drop the drops

    If committing to a racing series would have made it impossible for me to take a week or two of vacation with my family on the boat in the middle of the summer without taking myself out of contention, I wouldn't do that series. We were VERY committed to our racing. But I was still more committed to my family. Motor racers are pros. Pro golfers don't get gimme putts.
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    drop the drops

    Not sure what you are saying here. Are you saying that protests spoil the fun and shouldn't happen? No, unwarranted stress and aggravation spoils the fun. In my case, neither skipper was on the boat, though he was at a graduation I attending a death in the family. It was...stressful. And it was a dick move to push the protest on his part. But I couldn't ignore it, because if I lost the protest my season was over at week 2 and I had a lot invested in prepping for the season. That particular rule caused undue stress and aggravation in that series every time a protest came up - I think it was a mistake. A protest should cost you, but it shouldn't cost you the season. With three throwouts out of ten, NOT being allowed to chuck a DSQ pretty much killed you because the other top boats chucked out their 6's and you owned an 11. It's one specific incident that highlights how club racing shouldn't be.
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    “Can u say ‘shitbags?!'”

    unless you are in fact a fucking idiot you should realize it's a simple matter of principals, your kind aren't sufficiently decent. do the world a favor, on your way to the polls tomorrow, aim for a telephone pole. thanks. You want to see butthurt, go look at the comments on the Axl Rose tweets from the fascists and racists.
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    drop the drops

    And he'll probably lose... When I used to club race, we had a ten week series, and we could drop our first three. Do you know what that bought me? Family vacation. I could take my boat and go away with my family in the middle of racing season and not get penalized for it. What a concept...just get ready to chuck that DNS and *poof* we were off to the Cape & Islands for a week with the wife and tater tots. The thing we didn't allow - which I thought was a mistake - was chucking out a DSQ. Which is why I had to deal with a protest the week we went to FL to pull the plug on a family member dying of cancer because some twat at my club (who also was away that week at his kids college graduation) insisted on pushing a protest with his crew against my crew*. You stick an 11 I can't get rid of in my results in week 2, we might as well not show up the other eight because the odds of us finishing in the money are near zero. It's CLUB RACING. It's supposed to be FUN. It's supposed to eliminate stress and bring joy into your life. If it's not doing that, you might as well be playing golf. Because while that sucks too, it's cheaper than sailboat racing. * We won
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    drop the drops

    Club racing is for fun. Most big regattas are for fun. There's only a few regattas and events that are Serious Money events. You're playing for pickle dishes and bragging rights. Drops are the equivalent of gimme putts and Mulligans for weekend hackers out with their buddies. It keeps it more fun being an amateur playing a sport with your friends that Pros play at a level you can never touch.
  21. If you can throw kids in cages to trigger the libs, what's tossing away a few $million?
  22. $100K? Not even one.
  23. B.J. Porter

    “Can u say ‘shitbags?!'”

    At a volume that can peel paint...
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    “Can u say ‘shitbags?!'”

    You didn't look far enough on Twitter...