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Schooling, Homeschooling, and Now, "Unschooling"

TurdTapper I have that experience (1345 comments)

It's called childhood. After school, weekends, and the summer.

more than 5 years ago
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Bad News / Good News

TurdTapper Re:Nice try... (44 comments)

Fine, you're more than free to do so.

The point of his reply is that before too long, and with continued moronic leadership, we will NOT be free to do so.

But in response to your claims, as you can see in the article: "The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration estimates that every 100-pound reduction in the weight of small cars increases annual traffic fatalities by as much as 715."

In your one article, "Is Bigger Safer? It Ain't Necessarily So", they don't come up with any real particular conclusion to WHY a vehicle that is heavier isn't safer. They have taken a bunch of data and said that it isn't the case to say 'heaver is safer.' I would assume that there are a lot more variables than mere weight.

As you claim, newer lighter cars are safer than older heavier. Does that have to do with weight? I think not. Does it have to do with the fact that a lot of the various other safety systems weren't in the older heavier vehicle? Absolutely.

If you took two vehicles with identical safety systems (air bags, side air bags, ABS, etc, etc) and one of them was built like a 1959 Lincoln and one was built like a 2005 Corolla, I can guarantee that the Lincoln built-alike would be safer. Give me real, heavy steel, give me the extra reinforcement, but include the latest in safety technology.

So, if all things were equal (except for the weight and composition of course) we'd be safer in heavier vehicles. Which IS the point of the JE and the new emissions standards.

more than 5 years ago
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Most Liberal States Are Least Free

TurdTapper Re:The problem is when you supress tyranny (8 comments)

Then what you really need is to suppress the tyranny, and then have some more self-reliance. Too many people that want someone else to save them from people 'frauding' them, so they turn to the government. We just need a huge shot of personal responsibility.

If you don't like something, don't just call foul and expect Big Brother to come save you. Take care of the problem. You don't like a bank or it's methods? Don't keep your money there. Why is this so hard? Is it because the liberal mainstream has worked so hard to make the sheep think they can't survive without the government? That the government can do it better? Stupid sheep.

more than 5 years ago
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Quote of the Day.. 4/21/2009

TurdTapper Re:I hate to... (9 comments)

I love Ted.

Hey Froman, send me an email, we need to be able to set up a time to plink and work on our DTCM Boogie.

more than 5 years ago
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Obama Administration Defends Warrantless Wiretapping

TurdTapper Re:Change? (788 comments)

I don't know about you, but I live in the US. In Michigan no less! And I have awesome health care. Myself and my family are well taken care of, the doctor's are great, and although more expensive than I wish I had to pay, is still MUCH better than: a) nothing and b) government regulated medicine.

All of our children had to be delivered by c-section. So even tho I had to pay 400 bucks a month for my premiums, I'm still TENS of THOUSANDS of dollars ahead. And our doctors are damn good. Why do you think that Canadians with their socialized medicine want to come to American to have procedures done? Here's two of the answers: 1) Our doctors are better and 2) Our doctors will do it quickly, instead of the however many months or years it will take to get into a doc in Canada.

more than 5 years ago
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Remington 870 12 gauge pump action BOOMSTICK

TurdTapper Re:Cool beans... (12 comments)

I have a speed loader for my 10-22 mags. It is extremely old, my grandfather had it for years before he died and he's been gone 15 years. It actually works pretty well, a heck of a lot better than trying to reload those mags 9 or 10 times. You have to be careful, every once in a while one will get stuck and it's a pain to clear it. Also, for every time you turn the knob, it's supposed to put a round in, but if you don't hold it at the perfect angle, you'll only get one every 3 revolutions.

Definitely a must have. It isn't as efficient as you'd think it should be, but it is 10 times better than by hand.

Make sure to pick up some more of those 30 rounders while you still can!

more than 5 years ago
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Ask a Subset of /. : Mossberg Pump Action Shotguns

TurdTapper Nice, Solid, Dependable (9 comments)

I've got a 500 that I use for hunting. It's a great gun, you can beat the crap out of it and it still shoots. It kicks a HECK of a lot harder than my Browning Gold Hunter, but it's my go-to gun.

And that 54169 looks like you get the pistol grip kit with it.

The only thing I'd suggest for home defense is shortening that barrel. As great as it is for bird hunting, that thing is just ridiculously long to try and maneuver in an enclosed space.

more than 5 years ago
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[NTP] Can you guess?

TurdTapper Re:Amazing (7 comments)

jacking off - go nuts

The monkey made a funny!

more than 5 years ago
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Obama admits McCain was right again... Language Warning

TurdTapper Re:Messianic cabinet (4 comments)

Yeah, that totally would have been embarrassing if Jesus didn't know what was going to happen already.

more than 5 years ago
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[OBP] List of the five biggest Broken Promises

TurdTapper Re:You have eyes, but you do not see (19 comments)

If you have well-reasoned arguments counter to what's in the article, why not post them?

I think you answered your own question.

more than 5 years ago
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Quick Hits

TurdTapper Re:Hmm. (8 comments)

Science doesn't exactly work like most 'scientists' want it to either.

The biggest point on that is that God created science. True science (not the mumbo jumbo voodoo stuff) absolutely points to a Creator.

Just because some folks like to claim that they are following the scientific method, doesn't mean that they really are.

Your cute little comment on 'faith based' aeronautical engineering is merely that, cute. There isn't any substance to it. An awful lot of men and women that work in ALL engineering and scientific fields are Born-Again Believers in Christ. (Wilbur and Orville were both Christians) Their designs aren't any less valid merely because they know that science and faith exist together.

more than 5 years ago
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Cool beans.

TurdTapper Congrats! (3 comments)

Congratulations on the new purchase. I have a Sig P229 in .40 S&W and I've been very happy with it. I would like to get a Glock at some point, but my next purchase I'm looking at is a nice small revolver for easier concealed carry.

Thanks for the sites, I'd seen the Civilian Gun Defense Blog before, but not the other two.

I don't know what difference there might be when having it shipped to the FFL (I purchased mine from a local private party). I went to the County Sheriff (I could have gone to the Portage Police, but didn't realize that until after I was at the Sheriff's, so I just continued it there), did the test (There are a couple of those strangely worded questions, just read them carefully a couple of times. It's an easy 100% test and mostly common sense), then I took the green sheet that they had partially filled out with me when I went to get the gun. The seller then filled in the various information and kept one, then I kept one for myself and took the last one back to the Sheriff with me for the 'Safety Inspection' (which you no longer need by the way). You still have to register it, but you can do it by mail now.

It is still a bunch of hoops to jump through in order to be allowed to exercise a Constitutional Right, but it goes pretty smoothly.

I'm hoping that our next house has enough land to be able to scoop out a nice range! I'm looking forward to that!

more than 5 years ago
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Going on Vacation...

TurdTapper Re:I have no idea (10 comments)

Why fly all the way over there when you can probably find a local Tee-ball league where the kids have just as much skill as the Tigers do?

more than 5 years ago
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A Special Note of Thanks to Sen. Tom Harkin, D-IA

TurdTapper Free Speech? (8 comments)

Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.

I guess I must not be reading this right...

more than 5 years ago
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Pistols

TurdTapper No Taurus, go with a Sig (16 comments)

From the recommendation of my gunsmith buddy, I would avoid the Taurus.

As for anything else, is there a reason you wanted the 9mm? I personally have a Sig Saur P229 .40 S&W. I want something with a lot of stopping power and it still holds 13 rounds. Very dependable, very comfortable, and a blast to shoot.

But no matter what you pick, make sure you are good with it. A tool can't help you if you don't know how to use it. And getting together with the guys for practice is awesome.

more than 5 years ago
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An Open Letter to the Big 3 Automakers

TurdTapper Re:If it was impossible to fire union employees (16 comments)

Holy crap, what did you do? We have guys here at the state university that can drive a plow drunk, damage property and endanger people and still get their job back a week after being fired. All it takes is a grievance around here.

Unions protect the lazy and drain the resources that could improve an institution. We could halve the maintenance force around here, give the hard workers huge raises and get more work done.

Nothing ruins a good worker like joining the union here.

about 6 years ago

Submissions

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TurdTapper TurdTapper writes  |  more than 7 years ago

TurdTapper writes "From the article:

Researchers are trying to find ways to regrow fingers — and someday, even limbs — with tricks that sound like magic spells from a Harry Potter novel.
There's the guy who sliced off a fingertip but grew it back, after he treated the wound with an extract of pig bladder.


I wonder what it would take to increase the size of my manhood...perhaps shredded shark cartilage."
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TurdTapper TurdTapper writes  |  more than 7 years ago

TurdTapper writes "April 13th, 2036 to be precise.

An asteroid, named Apophis, has a 1 in 45,000 chance of striking the earth in 2036. And a group of astronauts, engineers and scientists said the U.N. should assume responsibility for saving us from asteroids.

With a name like Apophis, shouldn't we be looking to SG-1 instead of the U.N.?"
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TurdTapper TurdTapper writes  |  more than 8 years ago

TurdTapper writes "From the USA Today article: Windows Vista will have new anti-piracy technology that locks people out their PCs if the operating system isn't activated within 30 days after installation.

If ignored, after 30 days Vista will display four options. The first will allow the user to activate online, the second is to run in reduced functionality mode, the third is to enter a product key and the fourth displays instructions to activate by phone, Lindeman said.

"In reduced functionality mode, we will let you use your browser for periods of up to an hour before we log you off," Lindeman said.

How nice of them to "let us use our browser"."

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DVR radio commercial

TurdTapper TurdTapper writes  |  more than 7 years ago I don't normally write in my journal here, but I had to ask about this. Has anyone else heard a radio commercial that starts with this line:

"Is juggling work, kids and your life taking the fun out of TV?"

Is anyone else amazed that our society has gotten to where this is a viable commercial?
I can't remember exactly who did it, it was promoting a DVR and I think it had to do with satellite TV, but I could be wrong on the satellite part.

I'm just baffled that anyone would actually say, "You know, I've not been getting as much fun out of my TV because I've had to spend time with my kids and living my life. If only I had a DVR to help with that."

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D & D Character Meme

TurdTapper TurdTapper writes  |  more than 8 years ago I Am A: Chaotic Good Half-Elf Ranger Fighter

Alignment:
Chaotic Good characters are independent types with a strong belief in the value of goodness. They have little use for governments and other forces of order, and will generally do their own things, without heed to such groups.

Race:
Half-Elves are a cross between a human and an elf. They are smaller, like their elven ancestors, but have a much shorter lifespan. They are sometimes looked down upon as half-breeds, but this is rare. They have both the curious drive of humans and the patience of elves.

Primary Class:
Rangers are the defenders of nature and the elements. They are in tune with the Earth, and work to keep it safe and healthy.

Secondary Class:
Fighters are the warriors. They use weapons to accomplish their goals. This isn't to say that they aren't intelligent, but that they do, in fact, believe that violence is frequently the answer.

Deity:
Solonor Thelandria is the Chaotic Good elven god of archery and the hunt. He is also known as the Keen Eye, the Great Archer, and the Forest Hunter. His followers respect nature, and only hunt when needed, but are quick to defend the forest from intruders. Their favorite weapon is the bow, and they tend to be extremely talented with it. Solonor Thelandria's symbol is an arrow with green fletchings.

Find out What D&D Character Are You?, courtesy of NeppyMan (e-mail)

Detailed Results:

Alignment:
Lawful Good ----- XXXXXX (6)
Neutral Good ---- XXXXXX (6)
Chaotic Good ---- XXXXXXX (7)
Lawful Neutral -- XXX (3)
True Neutral ---- XX (2)
Chaotic Neutral - (-1)
Lawful Evil ----- (0)
Neutral Evil ---- (-1)
Chaotic Evil ---- XX (2)

Race:
Human ---- (-2)
Half-Elf - XXXXX (5)
Elf ------ XXX (3)
Halfling - (-3)
Dwarf ---- XX (2)
Half-Orc - XXX (3)
Gnome ---- X (1)

Class:
Fighter - XXXXX (5)
Ranger -- XXXXXXXXXX (10)
Paladin - XXXX (4)
Cleric -- (-5)
Mage ---- (-5)
Druid --- XX (2)
Thief --- (-5)
Bard ---- XX (2)
Monk ---- (0)

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Fours Meme

TurdTapper TurdTapper writes  |  more than 8 years ago FOUR JOBS YOU'VE HAD IN YOUR LIFE
Pizza Hut Cook
Harding's Bagger
Web Developer
Database Analyst

FOUR MOVIES YOU COULD WATCH OVER AND OVER
The Princess Bride
So I Married an Axe Murderer
13th Warrior
Star Wars: A New Hope

FOUR CITIES YOU'VE LIVED IN
Traverse City, MI
Grand Rapids, MI
Walker, MI
Portage, MI

FOUR TV SHOWS YOU LOVE TO WATCH
Stargate SG-1
Battlestar Galactica
Whose Line Is It Anyway?
House

FOUR PLACES YOU'VE BEEN ON VACATION
Pensacola, FL
Salt Lake City, UT
Virginia Beach, VA
Caribbean

FOUR WEBSITES YOU VISIT DAILY (during the week)
http://www.pvponline.com/
http://www.comics.com/comics/arlonjanis - And then I hit about 25 of the others
http://news.google.com
http://www.arloandjanis.com

FOUR OF YOUR FAVORITE FOODS
Parmesan Chicken
Turkey and Stuffing
Toasted Sandwiches
Pizza

FOUR PLACES YOU'D RATHER BE RIGHT NOW
San Diego, CA
Salt Lake City, UT
The Woods
The Lake

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TurdTapper TurdTapper writes  |  about 9 years ago Instructions:

  1. Grab the nearest book.
  2. Turn to page 23.
  3. Find the fifth sentence.
  4. Post the text of the sentence in your journal along with these instructions.

Learning Perl, 3rd Edition

Any character other than a single quote or a backslash between the quote marks (including newline characters, if the string continues onto successive lines) stands for itself inside a string.

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