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I fully support the Central American migrants in their quest to resettle in a larger and more prosperous country to their north. Hey, here's one...



;)

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Local Events / Re: Allegany Boardgaming Society
« on: July 28, 2014, 10:56:08 PM »
Wow, you're reaching super - "POW!" - g-g-g-geek status now!  :D



:)

Seriously, though...  I mostly missed out on comics, especially superhero ones. All I read as a kid was G.I. Joe. So know you know...


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Local Events / Re: Allegany Boardgaming Society
« on: July 26, 2014, 01:26:56 AM »
Like comics? Like deck-building games? Then you just might like the aptly-named DC Comics Deck-Building Game! :)



Like other games in the deck-building genre, players assemble their decks during the course of the game by adding (in this case) heros and superpowers and defeating villains. This one is a little on the lighter side compared to deck-builders like Dominion or Thunderstone - but it's lots of fun and the superhero theme will surely appeal to many.

Come check out this and many many other games with the Allegany Boardgaming Society! Our next Game Day is tomorrow:

Saturday, July 26th, 11AM-5PM - at the Washington Street Library meeting room

We've picked up some new gamers this summer, and we're always looking for more. Come out and play!

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Allegany County Discussion / Re: From Tomorrow's New York Times
« on: July 22, 2014, 02:57:36 PM »
Nice story. Nice story that will have no impact whatsoever on people coming here, or moving here, or living here.

Every time this area is mentioned in a national publication - or even a regional publication - the usual suspects start crowing about what this means to our economy, our population, etc.

It doesn't mean anything. He's a scholar who moved here to write a scholarly tome that I suspect will be cheered in the narrow world of scholarly tomes and that's about it.

Hordes will not follow, either to visit or live. It changes nothing.

POSITIVE NEWS! IT BURNS USSS!!!

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National Politics / Re: Putin, air pirate
« on: July 22, 2014, 12:54:40 PM »

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National Politics / Re: Putin, air pirate
« on: July 22, 2014, 12:46:05 AM »
Your image shows only the control of the command center - not that of the launcher which is easy to use.

Incorrect. Read the caption:

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Inside of TELAR [transporter erector launcher and radar] 9A310M1 of a Buk SA-11 SAM system.

This is not something you hand over to "militants" off the streets. Putin's fingerprints are all over this.

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National Politics / Re: Putin, air pirate
« on: July 21, 2014, 12:57:49 AM »
Yeah, just press a button...



 ::)

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National Politics / Re: Putin, air pirate
« on: July 19, 2014, 01:07:41 AM »
From what I have read you can tow these missiles behind a truck and it does not require much skill to operate them. You just press a FIRE button and off it goes. It basicaly takes down the largest heat object it finds in the sky. If there are two planes in the sky -- it will go after the one with the largest heat signature. Now, if you all the equipment hooked up and can tell that it went after the wrong plane you can blow the missle up in mid air. It flies at Mach 3 so if you just have the system and see something in the sky which looks like an enemy aircraft and hit FIRE it will take it down.

You simply have no idea what you are talking about. The missile system in question is not heat-seeking, it is radar-guided.

This is not some man-portable missile you can ship in crates to the local "freedom fighters" or mujahideen; this is a sophisticated, multi-vehicle weapon system capable of engaging targets at altitudes of up to 80,000 ft.

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Local Politics / Re: Mark Fisher for City Council
« on: July 17, 2014, 10:26:49 PM »
Marc says he will post the campaign finance submissions discussed in todays Times-News. I'm still waiting on my request for the ones from past elections, but I think it is safe to say that this level of spending is unheard of in Cumberland's history.

Thank you for obtaining those! It sure would be nice if the city posted them on their website...

Here is the primary report for everyone except Seth Bernard, and here is Seth Bernard's.

I don't have a complete record of past elections, but I do have the campaign finance reports from the 2006 general election and the 2008 primary. This year's fundraising and spending is certainly up from then.

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Local Politics / Re: Cox's Salary
« on: July 17, 2014, 10:01:42 PM »
If the majority don't want a union, it's fine with me. Which you could figure out if you read my post.

And why should anyone's livelihood be subject to majority vote?

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National Politics / Re: Putin, air pirate
« on: July 17, 2014, 09:59:41 PM »
Russia does not have total control over the Freedom Fighers opposiing Poroshenko.

Pull the other one. :)

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National Politics / Re: Putin, air pirate
« on: July 17, 2014, 05:56:10 PM »
This isn't the first commercial airliner Russia has shot down........ shades of Korean Air Lines Flight 007

That was the first thing I thought of, along with Lockerbie.

Clearly, we aren't going to be bombing Putin's house... But the time has come to stop treating Russia like a normal country and start treating it like the lawless aggressor it is, i.e. like North Korea, Iran, or Gaddafi's Libya.

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National Politics / Putin, air pirate
« on: July 17, 2014, 05:15:43 PM »
With the attack on Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17, Russia joins other state sponsors of terror such as Syria and Iran:

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Missile fired at downed Malaysian plane: US intelligence

A Malaysia Airlines passenger plane carrying 295 people was hit by a surface-to-air missile, according to U.S. intelligence officials. Officials were divided over the origin of the missile that hit the plane, which crashed over eastern Ukraine on Thursday.

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Local Politics / Re: Cox's Salary
« on: July 17, 2014, 04:58:45 PM »
What if the majority prefer banning abortion, Mac? Does that make it the right thing to do?

Is no one capable of defending forced unionization?

The power of government does a fine job of defending forced unionization.  They don't need much else to accomplish their objective.

FYTW - the intellectual foundation of contemporary leftism. :)

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Local Politics / Re: Airport Issues
« on: July 17, 2014, 04:25:40 PM »
I know McKay is moving on, and Brodie is part of the problem... But what is Commissioner Valentine doing to replace the county's representatives to the airport board?

There's no reason to allow this mess to keep festering.

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Local Politics / Re: Cox's Salary
« on: July 17, 2014, 04:23:06 PM »
What if the majority prefer banning abortion, Mac? Does that make it the right thing to do?

Is no one capable of defending forced unionization?

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Local Politics / Re: Cox's Salary
« on: July 17, 2014, 04:12:10 PM »
Why does everyone have to live by your rules?

Says the person who wants to dictate their co-worker's pay and benefits...

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Local Politics / Re: Cox's Salary
« on: July 17, 2014, 03:10:27 PM »
Or require a union to be a sole negotiator. 

Exclusive representation is the crux of the problem. If I am am free to reject the collective bargaining agreement and strike my own deal, then fine.

But the unions would fight it to the death - because losing the ability to force workers into their deal would be their death.

You should have the right (and do have) to persuade your fellow workers not to form a union and not to require a closed shop deal from an employer.

Why are you against allowing me to strike my own deal? It avoids the free rider problem entirely. I give the union nothing and in return I ask nothing of it.

Because that right infringes on the employer's (and the union's right) to strike whatever deal it wants.

A union doesn't have "rights" - it has special privileges granted by law.

And the employer cannot strike whatever deal it wants. It is forced to deal with the union, whether it wants to or not.

I'll restate the question: Why do you want the union's special privileges to override my natural right to my own labor?

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Local Politics / Re: Cox's Salary
« on: July 17, 2014, 02:03:03 PM »
Or require a union to be a sole negotiator. 

Exclusive representation is the crux of the problem. If I am am free to reject the collective bargaining agreement and strike my own deal, then fine.

But the unions would fight it to the death - because losing the ability to force workers into their deal would be their death.

You should have the right (and do have) to persuade your fellow workers not to form a union and not to require a closed shop deal from an employer.

Why are you against allowing me to strike my own deal? It avoids the free rider problem entirely. I give the union nothing and in return I ask nothing of it.

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Local Politics / Re: Cox's Salary
« on: July 17, 2014, 02:00:48 PM »
You're also free to go work for a system where there's no union. Problem solved.

So if you don't want to be extorted by a union, get a new job... But if you want free birth control from your employer, that is your inalienable right.

Interesting view of liberty you have.

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