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In Topic: How long Can A Fiberglass Sailboat Last?

Yesterday, 02:25 PM

As has been mentioned, I fully expect the old 6KSB solid core boats of the 1950s-1970s to be sailing 100 years from now if anyone wants to bother with them. Many of the newer high-tech boats, not so much.

In Topic: O'Care I told you so

27 November 2015 - 02:18 AM

So you are sitting in the road with a fractured skull, ruptured spleen, missing an eye, and maybe an arm or leg too.

Do you use your remaining eye and hand to get out the phone and start using Travelocity to find the cheapest ambulance  :rolleyes:



Thinking is hard for Nancy.  Finishing first in the Olympic Leaps of Logic isn't thinking.

as Eva Dent.


One of the major problems with liberals is that they are economically ignorant, just as they are scientifically illiterate.  They think they are smarter and better at making choices for people than those people are at choosing for themselves how to spend their own money; they believe they can control the economic choices of individuals by repealing the fundamental laws of supply and demand which operate at the heart of every market.  That is not possible.  It is pure hubris. Insanity. The only thing which is accomplished is a distortion in the information (prices) necessary which results in misallocation of capital.  That is what has happened with healthcare in this country over the past 50 years.  But liberals never learn.  Every one of their failures is an excuse to do more of what doesn't work.  Obamacare is case in point.  It is a vicious cycle.  Instead of learning from the last failure, we go on to more.  Now it's single payer, the holy grail.  Well, it's holy shit and stupid.


Medical care is a service, in economic terms a scarce commodity.  And scarce economic resources are best allocated by free markets, which means that they function by voluntary transactions between free people WITHOUT COERCION, force or manipulation.  


Better and less expensive healthcare can only come about through the re-introduction of rational economic pricing so that all participants, doctors, hospitals, pharmaceutical companies and patients alike can arrive at decisions with the best information which serve their own best interests.


These principles are at the heart of our free economy, and we trust them in most every other aspect of our economic lives.  They also happen to be  the reason for America's great economic success.  It behooves us to recognize that there is no better or more important place for free markets than in healthcare because it is so fundamentally important to all of us.


Free markets.  Free people.


In Topic: Trump mocks disabled reporter

27 November 2015 - 01:04 AM

SInce the van was occupied, they could MOVE if a handicapped person needed to displace our future president and email server designer. Jeez, not like just parking it there and leaving

Secret Service parks Hillary Clinton's van in a HANDICAPPED spot as she huddles with Democratic leaders in high-stakes meeting


  • Clinton's signature black customized van was parked in a spot reserved for the disabled in Council Bluffs, Iowa.
  • Hillary walked right past an unmistakable blue parking sign to climb into the van, nicknamed 'Scooby'
  • Meeting inside cafe lasted 90 minutes and was reportedly so sensitive that Democratic Party insiders were told to hand over cameras and cell phones
  • Secret Service are technically federal law-enforcement officers and the vehicle is never left unattended, so there was no chance of a parking ticket



Hillary Clinton’s now-famous Scooby Doo van made an appearance in Council Bluffs, Iowa on Thursday for a closed-door meeting with state Democratic Party officials – and it idled in a handicapped parking space from beginning to end.




In Topic: Donald Gump and the NGS idiocy

26 November 2015 - 02:39 AM

I posted this theory months ago. Some are convinced Bill is puppet master behind the demented brownshirt. He may be very sorry if it goes wrong, the 1930 era master politicians that got a two-bit fascist spun up ended up losing control of him.

He's been planted there by the DemocRATS, to lure that segment of the GOP out into the open.  That whole group of Southern Strategy voters has been simmering just below the surface for some time, staying just out of sight enough to give plausible deniability.  Trump lured them out into the open.  


Those voters might be racist, but I see the signs of fighting back by other candidates to be a good sign.  I would much rather see those folks fighting back than adopting Trump's open nasty racism to chase those crowds of Trump supporters for themselves.  That actually gives me some hope for The Party.  

In Topic: Nav charting tech - obsolete?

25 November 2015 - 05:22 PM

You would SO fail one of my checkrides.


For example, and on another recent occasion, an intended straightforward 2-day delivery along the English South Coast with a good friend turned out to be thickly foggy much of the way. I spent most of that trip 'closed up' doing a full-on radar plot and con. That was 'using all available nav aids', and quite intense. I was like a wet rag at the end, when the fog thinned at last and the Needles Fairway buoy became properly visible.


It remains my view that a really good navigator makes himself really capable with all the navaids that are available - not just a couple of the more convenient ones.



I'd regard such conditions as only proper for a commercial captain, but then I don't expect to see pea-soupers down here. In any case, a man has to know his limitations. The chances of my having radar available are also miniscule, so not much point learning how to use one.

But if it's just a matter of the GPS system being turned off, that's not much of an issue in normal visibility. One always knows which ocean he's in and the general direction he's heading, which is sufficient until it comes on again.