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  1. With the recent laws passed in Alabama, Georgia and soon Missouri, What are the opinions here on "abortion"? I have a lot to say on this. I can argue for or against. I can offer solutions, compromises, etc... The big fallacy I see here is abortion is not a "right". Legal abortion is a legal precedence set over Roe v. Wade under the legal opinion of the 14th Amendment's "Right to privacy". One the nurse of the last few days, feminists are losing their minds. In an attempt to educate...I asked if rights should be taken away, limited, left to people not involved to decide. The response was a resounding "NO!". So I offered the example of gun control and the the 2nd Amendment that explicitly forwards the right to bare arms and that the same people screaming to keep their "legal precedence" are mostly the same screaming to take away my explicitly defined "right". Absolute mind explosion. They can't even see the lines. So I took it a step further. "What would you give up in order to keep abortion open and legal?" They are willing to give nothing. This is not how politics works. I also offered an easy solution. Under the "Right to choose" (which I've explained isn't a right at all), include men. Include in the right to choose men having the ability and legal standing to give up parental rights when informed that a woman is carrying his child. This would give men the ability to forego paying child support for an unwanted child. Now if the guy accepts the child, then he's on the hook, can't change his mind later. Women lose their mind again. "NO! They have a responsibility to take care of it!" But you can make the decision to terminate when he wants it, why can't he relieve himself of legal and financial obligation and have a "right to choose" as well? I explain it this way and state that this issue isn't about women's health at all. It's purely about women wanting control to make decisions. Decision that men have no say yet can bare major consequences against their will and desires if the woman so desires. So let's start there....and GO!
  2. Mac

    Thanks Mac

    I use to think that way. You don't use good wine to cook with. Even Gordon Ramsey says buy the cheapest you can find.
  3. A big boy Jenga set. Made out of 2x4s. Clean, sanded. Stacks up roughly 3 feet to start. $50 Located in South San Diego or you can set up a GD postal.
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    Jenga set

    I think we have a winner. I'll make sure you're there to play!
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    Jenga set

    If it gets loaded back into my trailer that will be what gets done with it.
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    Thanks Mac

    I am getting a hangover just looking at this...
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    Jenga set

    You are correct.
  8. Retractable fiberglass flag pole. 22 foot. $50
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    Jenga set

    Back up for sale...
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    Thanks Mac

    I see what you did there... 12 ounces of standard beer = 1 ounce of 80 proof liquor = 6 ounces of standard wine. You get 4 "servings" of wine from a 750ml bottle, so the equivalent of 4 beers per bottle.
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    Thanks Mac

    Italian table wines are "different". They make them that way. I'm just more of a purist in things. Just like bourbons and Scotch, I'm not a "blend" guy.
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    Thanks Mac

    I buy 2 buck Chuck to cook with though...works good for that. I've found that "price" doesn't necessarily dictate how good the wine is going to be but with that said...I try to stay in the $20-$40 dollar a bottle range. I've gone a lot higher and yes, it was fantastic, but I can't "live" at that price point on a regular basis. If you want to try going a little "big", try a Beaulieu Vineyard Georges de Latour Private Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon. Worth every penny. Goes great with a good prime rib.
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    Thanks Mac

    I stay away from "blends" I just consider them the stuff they would throw away but "blend" it with all the other throw away stuff and wha la...a "California Red" "table wine" or "blend" When doctors "recommend" red wine, the point is to kind of stay away overly sweet and heavy sugar. Whites and blends tend to be sweeter and have more sugars, hence the "dry" reference. My favorites are Cabernets, Old Zinfandels, Pinot Noir, Malbecs, Carmeneres, Chiantis. I do occasionally get a good port. I also have a few whites I like. Being a "chef", get into the whole pairing a meal with a certain wine. A good wine and focus on "how" you want to enjoy it really does make a difference. Best places to buy that I've found are Costco or Bevmo. Bevmo has a buy one, get one for 5 cents. You save a lot if you find one of their wines they have on sale regularly. There are some that I buy by the case. I would highly recommend going to Temecula and go wine tasting. You will learn a lot, get to try a lot and find out what you like. I'd recommend South Coast, Wilson Creek, Ponte, maybe even Callaway. There are other good ones out there, those just seem to be the ones you can find their products in stores locally instead of having to go to Temecula or joining one of their wine clubs...which can be a rip off. I would save your money.
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    Thanks Mac

    Awesome. Glad you like it. If I knew you'd be smoking a cigar with it, I'd have recommended a 10-20 year Fonseca Port!
  15. Yeah...I said it. I'm tired of the left still praying and unwilling to accept the results of the 2016 elections and then Republicans waving flags that Jesus Christ in the form of Donald Trump has returned to save us. Anyone else here sick of all the Q Anon and over the top Pro Trump crap? I hate liberals just as much if not more than the next guy but all this wasted bulls*t..."Oh...the swamp is draining!" "Oh....it's coming!" I call bullsh*t. If I have to read and decipher some made up "code" to figure out your "message"...you're a waste of time. If there is so much "evidence"...then why isn't anything being done? And the Pro Trump crowd...Is he REALLY what you've been waiting for, for YOUR President? The man is an arrogant A-hole. He's an idiot. I like and support most of his policies. Yeah...I've waited for someone to have a platform like this but what's REALLY being done? Nothing. The American public gave the Republican party a mandate in 2016. They did NOTHING! They had control of the House, the Senate, the White house, and the Supreme Court...yet they did nothing! Then there's the Twitter crap all the time. While I appreciate it because the media sure as Hell won't report the truth...at least his "tweets" come from him. But come on...he acts like a freaking child! So...over 2 years into this...where is the change? What's REALLY changed? The "swamp" as you call it is still full and seems to be getting worse. The far left is gaining momentum and numbers. We are faced with another election in 2020 where we as Americans are going to be handed absolute CRAP for our choices...AGAIN...and it's going to get worse. There is not a single viable candidate on either side...AGAIN! All while America will lose...AGAIN! So seriously...what do you people REALLY feel?
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    Game Of Thrones

    I don't think there will ever be a better series again or for a very long time. I expected a different ending. I wanted a different ending. Glad to see those that made it through the series alive. I really thought everyone but one would die.
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    The debate over abortion

    Politics has lost all sense of debate, compromise and creating a great good for the largest amount. it's all about win or lose now and in most cases, 100% of Americans lose out or suffer somehow. The pure lack of debate and intelligible effort to solve this kills me. Also, this is a 50 year old debate. It serves really as nothing more than a distraction from what our elected officials and citizenry effort could be spent on, creating a greater good.
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    The debate over abortion

    Agreed. Maybe...we should focus more on the basics of sex ed instead of all the perversion they teach and focus on nowadays. Get back to the basics kids need to know about their bodies. Get back to teaching boys and girls how to get along and respect each other. Discuss rape and victimization and breakdown the "taboo" stench of it so we can focus on helping people, not punishing them.
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    The debate over abortion

    Interesting and kudos for having a decent reference. I'll be reading this. I don't deny the connection to an extent, just not ready to fully support it. Also, this could lead to some very interesting debates on color, religion, other factors that our society won't discuss or face these days.
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    The debate over abortion

    I didn't think we'd get here yet but.... I was adopted. My biological mother was 15 when she had me. I was born in 1969, Roe v. Wade was ruled on in '73. Had it been sooner, I might not be here. I don't think I turned out so "bad", but I do get what you're saying. I'm not sure we can purely make the association as there are some born and raised under those circumstances that create a lot of good. Plus...a lot of serial killers come from upstanding and well off families. I do believe is really comes down to the person.
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    The debate over abortion

    Like I said...there is no defined "Right" in any of this....only a legal precedence. And when you offer solutions and compromise...nope, they won't even entertain it. For me, it comes down to control. Plain and simple. Pretty steep price to hold "control" over something. I'd choose a more positive approach to control something.
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    The debate over abortion

    This is an interesting statement as we "pull the plug" on brain dead people. BUT...as an unborn child, it isn't brain dead. It just hasn't developed and been given time to learn to communicate or develop a personality. By that logic we could terminate kids up to a year or two.
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    The debate over abortion

    I asked that question too. If someone kills a pregnant woman or injures her under a violent act or malice, and the baby dies...do you charge the person with murder? All but one immediately said "YES!" Yet, they don't see that they just proclaimed it a life under one circumstance but not another...
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    The debate over abortion

    I support termination when conceived by rape or if the mother's health/life is at risk. I don't support it as a form of birth control. And this came up debating yesterday...So...if raped, take a morning after pill as a precaution. You don't know if you are or aren't. Why wait weeks or months and have more pain and trauma over it? Seems less traumatic to me. Besides, less than 5% of rapes result in a pregnancy.

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