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  1. J28

    Need a new vehicle

    I've had 2 Honda Pilots and 4 Audis - A4, TT, S4 and a Q7 TDI diesel. I currently still own the last two and gave the 2nd Pilot, a 2011, to my DiL. All were and have been very reliable cars. The Pilots don't get great mileage - 19 MPG on the highway, but are as reliable as a hammer and service costs are very reasonable. The 2011 Pilot has a ton of room in it. The Q7 is my daily driver and I love it. It's still under warranty and I plan to get an extended warranty when the factory warranty runs out. Tires and brakes only go about 20K and are expensive, but it's a heavy car with big expensive tires and big brakes. It's got plenty of room to haul the sails and gear for our 36'er. On the highway it gets close to 30 MPG. The diesel is torquey as hell, 406 ft/lbs from a 180 cu in V6 and it will tow 5,500 lbs. Audi/VAG are no longer importing diesels into the US due to the VAG emission scandal and the value of Audi diesels has taken a hit. The upside is you can pick up a low mileage 2013-2014 Q7 TDI for reasonable money. The body is built of galvanized steel and the engine is probably good for over 200K if you take care of it, so it should last. BTW, Audi engineered a pretty comprehensive fix for the engine so it meets EPA regulations when modified, and they extended the warranty on all parts related to the modifications (to 100K IIRC). The modification is done at an Audi dealership and Audi picks up the tab. Any used TDIs on the market should have the modification done. If not, I'd want to know why not. IMHO I would only shop at Audi dealers for a Q7 TDI. BTW, the Porsche Macan you mentioned is built on the same platform as the Audi Q5 and the Cayenne is a built on a shortened Q7 platform. Have fun - car/SUV/truck shopping is something to be enjoyed!
  2. J28

    US could lose a war with China

    I agree that Russia ought to concerned with China. With respect to China expanding it's influence into Africa, the NYT reports some Chinese business managers hold extremely racist views toward Africans in Kenya: "As the country embraces China’s expanding presence in the region, many Kenyans wonder whether the nation has unwittingly welcomed an influx of powerful foreigners who are shaping the country’s future — while also bringing racist attitudes with them." https://www.google.com/url?sa=t&rct=j&q=&esrc=s&source=web&cd=1&cad=rja&uact=8&ved=2ahUKEwiTvrThktXeAhVmzIMKHcPEDggQFjAAegQIChAB&url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.nytimes.com%2F2018%2F10%2F15%2Fworld%2Fafrica%2Fkenya-china-racism.html&usg=AOvVaw1DI4YEm7W54ZB1LXesiq9Q
  3. J28

    KAG Krusty Anal Goo

    I have NEVER observed that....
  4. J28

    Volvo Diesel parts less than marine prices?

    I believe you are correct, in that Mercury Diesel engines are now supplid by VM. I think the change to VM is very recent, like this year. Previously they were supplied by VAG.
  5. J28

    Volvo Diesel parts less than marine prices?

    My car is a 2014 Audi Q7 TDI (no worries, it's been "fixed"). It has a 3 liter turbocharged V6 diesel that puts out 428 ft/lbs. of torque at 2000 RPM. Mercury sells a marinized version of the engine as a stern drive. Since Audi is no longer importing any diesel models into the US because of the VW Diesel emission scandal (and perhaps future tighter emission standads on particulates in Europe) I question how much longer this engine, as well as the VW 4 cyl. Diesel will be available to Mercury. BTW, if you own a boat with this engine and think you might be able to get cheap parts at a Audi (or VW) dealer, think again.
  6. Faux News? What kind of Reich-wing lunatic are you?
  7. J28

    How many lines are on your boat?

    Just put the boat away for winter and took most of these off: Main halyard Jib halyard 2 Spin halyards Pole lift Boom lift 2 lazy jack adjusters Vang Furler line Mainsheet 2 traveler lines Main Cunningham Reef lines - 2 Back stay cascade - 3 Back stay adjuster 2 jib sheets Jib car adjusters - 2 Spin sheets - 2 Spin/jib top sheet twings - 2 Asym tack line Anchor rides - 2 Dock lines - 5 I’m tired just listing them. If I got a powerboat it would eliminate all but the last 2.
  8. J28

    Ancestry DNA

    Northern European white bread with a tiny pinch of Turk
  9. J28

    Trump Blamed for California Fires

    People die. They can’t be rebuilt.
  10. Pics of Hillz crashing a HS football game in VA on Saturday. This is getting creepy: https://mobile.twitter.com/JamesMadisonHS?ref_src=twsrc^tfw|twcamp^tweetembed|twterm^1061379233770102786&ref_url=https%3A%2F%2Fdailycaller.com%2F2018%2F11%2F12%2Fhillary-clinton-crashes-high-school-football-game-virginia%2F
  11. The following is an editorial on Foxnews.com and written by Bryan Dean Wright, a former CIA officer and Democrat. I posted it so folks that can’t bring themselves to click on a Fox link can still read the article. “As word trickled out Tuesday night that Democrats had recaptured the House, likely Democratic Speaker Nancy Pelosi of California wasted no time in celebrating the moment. Tomorrow will be a new day in America,” she proclaimed. But beyond Pelosi’s soaring rhetoric is a harsh political reality: the power to shape the country no longer rests in the House. Instead, the waning influence of America’s legislature is concentrated in the Senate. And unless Democrats can take back the upper chamber, Tuesday’s victory is nothing but political fool’s gold. Here’s why. Most Americans know how Washington, D.C. is supposed to work, with the House and Senate drafting compromise legislation to fix the nation’s troubles while the president signs or vetoes the bills accordingly. But a recent study shows that things aren’t going as the Founding Fathers had planned. No longer are the House and Senate serving their intended functions of drafting new laws, declaring war, and serving as a check on the presidency. Instead, the deeply divided legislative branch has delegated its powers to the executive – specifically to the president and his many executive orders. It’s a pattern that started with President Barack Obama and has continued under President Donald Trump. But that heavy-handed governing has led to an unending stream of lawsuits from opposing states and activist groups. That means the federal judiciary has more frequently stepped in to decide the nation’s future on the most divisive issues like abortion, immigration, and affirmative action. In effect, we are increasingly governed not by the House and Senate but by partisan judges who rule on partisan lawsuits. “The legislature is impotent,” thundered Sen. Ben Sasse, R-Neb., during a recent debate. “The legislature is weak.” And yet even as Capitol Hill has weakened itself, the Senate has retained one critical function: confirming those many judicial nominees who rule on those many partisan lawsuits. From the Supreme Court to the federal circuit courts, America’s senators are choosing the elite group that has dictated and will continue to dictate the nation’s future. None of this is to say the House is wholly without power. Democrats will almost certainly use their majority to launch investigations of Trump and the Republicans, or even start impeachment talks against the president. But make no mistake, governing power now sits in the Senate vis-a-vis the judiciary. Unfortunately for the Democrats, that’s incredibly bad news. On Tuesday, Republicans added to their once-slim Senate majority with what will likely be five new seats when the final votes are counted. Make no mistake, Majority Leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky will put that additional firepower to work. He and his colleagues have already confirmed Justices Neil Gorsuch and Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court bench, with a clear eye on replacing the aging Justices Ginsburg and Breyer. Additionally, Republicans will continue adding to the already impressive 29 circuit court judges confirmed during Trump’s first two years. That’s a record for any modern president. Smart Democrats are bitterly aware of this development, with the minority recently lashing out at McConnell for pushing through judicial nominees while the Senate was technically in recess. Still, ever-hopeful Democrats are crossing their fingers that the 2020 Senate elections might give them a shot at retaking the upper chamber. For two reasons, that is almost certainly not going to happen. First, liberals will start with a likely five-seat deficit in the Senate in 2020. Strategists are aiming to steal Maine, Colorado, Georgia, North Carolina, and Arizona from the Republicans, but acknowledge that such is nearly impossible. Democrats are also defending Alabama Senator Doug Jones, who snuck past the scandal-ridden Republican Roy Moore in a special election late last year. Jones is unlikely to be so lucky the next time around. That leaves progressives short of a Senate majority, especially if Republicans manage to pick off Democratic senators in New Hampshire, Michigan or Minnesota. But things only get worse after 2020. In fact, things get much worse with each passing year. By 2040, most of the nation’s voters – including most liberals – will live in 15 of our 50 states. That means Democrats will solidly control only 30 Senate seats, even if they dominate in the House. That leaves 70 Senate seats belonging to states filled with mostly rural, conservative and older voters. In other words, the GOP’s rock-solid base. The message for Democrats is bleak: any hope of a Senate majority runs through conservative red states like Missouri, Indiana and North Dakota. All states that Democrats just lost handily. This wipeout of moderates has been a long time coming, of course. The Democratic Party has abandoned pragmatic politicians in favor of more extreme ideologues. (So has the Republican Party for that matter.) For liberals, that has equaled a wicked embrace of “progressive” activists who are demanding open borders, impossibly expensive healthcare programs, and a socialist takeover of the economy. So let Pelosi and her fellow Democrats celebrate their House victory. Their joy will almost certainly be short-lived. Trump and Senate Republicans will soon return to the upper chamber and continue to shape the judiciary – and with it, the very fabric of American life.” Bryan Dean Wright is a former CIA officer and member of the Democratic Party who resides in Oregon.
  12. Interesting article: https://www.wsj.com/articles/hillary-will-run-again-1541963599 “Just as Mr. Trump cleared the field, Mrs. Clinton will take down rising Democratic stars like bowling pins. Mike Bloomberg will support her rather than run, and Joe Biden will never be able to take her on.”
  13. If we have a culture of violence in the US, could the following be contributing to it: Violence in movies and TV shows? Violent video games? The attention given to violent sports - football, hockey, boxing, MMA, etc.? Reduction in the amount of face-to-face interaction we engage in because of social media? People from different cultures forced to live in close proximity in the cities due to lack of economic opportunities? Being continually at war since 2001? Any other ideas other than the number of guns?
  14. If Jeff is correct in his observation that the US is awash in violence - and I don’t question that it is - what are the root causes of all the violence?
  15. J28

    Jim Acosta...out

    Me too!