Run away, that seems to always be the answer for Democrats. They
pulled the same stupid stunt in Texas a few years ago and most of them
were kicked out of office in the next two elections. I appears that
the unions idea of "Public Servants" is to make the public their
result of the re-districting that was in favor of the republicans?
I know there were fewer dems as a result of the republicans
redistricting. I've wondered how the dems fared after the redistricting
where D vs. D wasn't an issue in an election. How many were re-elected?
Zizzle that Fire - it's Zizzle Time !!!!!!!
This last election saw a lot of so called safe Democrat districts
going Republican with some long term representatives being voted out.
A lot of people were really embarassed by the way their elected
officials acted both then and now.
You can do the research if you want but I live here and observed the
results first hand, why do I need articles based on others
However, just to give you a clue the mix of Dems to Republicans was
approximately 50x50 in the last session and is now 67% Republican.
Now if the Dems walk out as they did in 2003 they won't even be able
to keep a vote from being taken.
True, and this time it's very well financed by the reactionary Koch
brothers of Texas. They are also prime funders of the "tea party"
movement. A classic example of powerful interests taking advantage
of ignorant/frightened people as "useful idiots".
This is being watched all over the country. If a formerly progressive
state like Wisconsin can cave to union-busters, our corporate masters
in other states will gleefully move to reclaim their baronial rights
to treat human beings as wage slaves.
We still have a democracy -- on paper -- but in practice, we are
rapidly morphing into a plutocracy. Money buys anything --
legislatures, Congress, judges, the Supreme Court. Oh, what a falling
off is there. The Founders must be spinning in their graves.
The DOD portion of the U.S. budget is 20%, not fifty.
Don't know how many bases we have outside the US, but we have 57 in the UK.
I'm sure the local folks appreciate the money these bases provide the local
How much do these bases contribute to the local economy? We visited US
military friends in Germany many years ago. The only place they shopped
was the PX (would it have sold many local products, or would they all
have been shipped in from the US?), they spoke and understood little or
no German, and they did very little traveling there. The military wife
was amazed that my wife was able to buy a train ticket without knowing a
word of German.
OTOH, the base might have employed some local people, but I don't have
certain knowledge of that.
US military personnel in the UK might get around more, there being a
vague similarity between the languages. :-)
That must be an old legend/story
You can't really title a foreign car here until it gets certified as
meeting all of the American safety and emission standards. That can
easily cost as much as the car is worth, just for the certification
testing, even if it passes all the tests.
I suspect it might actually be the foreign car manufacturers who
contribute to this bureaucracy because they have the same problem with
their export models.
On Thu, 24 Feb 2011 13:11:21 -0500, email@example.com wrote:
Yep, that's old stuff.
My first Med cruise in '64 I got snagged by a Triumph Spitfire
salesman they allowed aboard ship to sell them.
Think we were in Naples.
Can't remember what port it would be shipped to, but at that time
there were none on the inspections you're talking about.
Put $500 down.
The Navy kindly arranged to have it taken from my pay.
I backed out and lost the $500 before it was shipped.
Think my ma convinced me to kill it when I got back to the States.
I was 17 years old. She was the smart one.
Basically it was contract default by not taking a needed action.
The needed action was to cough up more money.
No big deal. Just half a year's worth of Navy pay.
Didn't even notice it gone.
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