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re: Need Snake ID - dewster
Doesn't look like a poisonous snake. I tend to kill them when in doubt. When I'm sure it's harmless, I'll relocate it to the wooded area down the street. ...


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re: Chevy truck discussion - dewster
Good choice. I've had good experiences with Chevrolet trucks. The 4.8L was surprisingly powerful for an entry level V8. I prefer the newer small blocks to the older 305 and 350. Having owned both, I appreciate the flatter-feeling torque curve in the newer motors. I don't like peaky motors ...


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re: The "racial impact" on the war on drugs. - dewster
I think the neighborhood has a lot to do with it....and I think that race is not a causation factor as much as education, % of single family households, average AGI, and neighborhood population density. I think that police are going to have a greater impact in higher crime areas, which are typi...


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re: TN Republicrat Lamar Alexander lied about opposing amnesty to get re-elected - dewster
I voted for Carr with the hope that a closer primary would scare Lamar a bit. I can't stand him. [quote]This is also why people shouldn't blindly vote party lines. [/quote] While I agree with you in a general sense.....this was a primary. You have to choose party so they can setup your ba...


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re: Robin Williams Dead at 63 - dewster
I hope this is fake. ...


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re: Thursday Primary thread for Tennessee - 4 races of interest - dewster
I hope Carr can at least make Lamar Alexander sweat a little. Early results show Alexander ahead 48-44. No early results from the Memphis districts yet, but I suspect Cohen has it. Edit: Alexander now up 51-38. I expect him to do very well in middle and East Tennessee, who are starting t...


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re: U.S. policymakers gird for rash of corporate expatriations - dewster
There will be a wave of these over the next few years. ...


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re: Serious questions about spending priorities at LSU. - dewster
-I think LSU is not aggressive enough in raising funds to build their academic endowment and they don't have enough freedom to raise tuition and fees. I'm disgusted with their lack of focus on building their academics endowment as of late. - I think more students- especially freshmen- should l...


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re: Walgreen's decides to remain American - dewster
I suppose you can ignore reality by pretending that private capital isn't capable of moving to better environments with ease and vote for the most liberal candidates out there. I'm sure there's no consequences to having some of the highest corporate tax rates out there with thousands of loopholes....


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re: Walgreen's decides to remain American - dewster
As a retail establishment, their brand is very well known and subject to backlash. If we had lower corporate tax rate and fewer loopholes, perhaps Walgreens would never have considered leaving. I'm glad they are staying, but I think a lot of companies will make the decision to leave in the nex...


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re: Cafe owner charges Min Wage fee in response to increase, libs irate - dewster
The living wage argument attracts colossal morons. I can't believe that many people slept through basic economics. The way they react to a $0.35 charge leads me to believe that they'd flip their shite if every employer was forced to pay low level employees drastically higher wages. There's ve...


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re: Bear thinks he's human, creeps around the burbs on two legs - dewster
That's creepy. ...


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re: LSU's 25 highest-paid employees in 2013-14 (and salary database) - dewster
I think the competitive pressure on those salaries have more to do with their actual pay than the ranking of the school. Apparently $124,000 is enough to attract the best in landscape architecture. Get to be head of a business, science, or engineering department and then write a few book...


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re: LSU's 25 highest-paid employees in 2013-14 (and salary database) - dewster
Damn....looking at some of the admin staff for my grad school program. The guy that mistakenly posted everyone's admissions data makes $200,000. ...


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re: NY rep Charlie Rangel calls the Tea Party a bunch of white crackers - dewster
This Brooks guy from Alabama may have been accurate in his "war on whites" statement. Rangel's party depends on exploiting an racial divisions and building distrust through emotional appeals. The goal is to brand while people as racist and associate whites with their opponents. Rangel's w...


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re: Neighbors called the cops on me - dewster
Compliments on the concrete masonry wall between you and the neighbors. I'd like a moat but my city won't allow it. 8' concrete wall is a pretty legit alternative. I'm lucky that my neighbors are pretty cool. The one next to me is a single dad with two sons, so you can imagine how their ...


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re: Neighbors called the cops on me - dewster
Do you have a dog? If so, move away. The cop will shoot it next time he investigates a strange occurrence at your house. If you don't have a dog, continue on as normal, including your daily ritual of standing on top of your fire pit. Halloween is coming up and you should decorate your...


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re: Tuesday primary results thread - dewster
I hate Lamar Alexander. Maybe I should vote for Carr..... I haven't done my homework this time. I imagine Alexander will run away with it. Is Carr toxic? ...


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re: Have we been misled about how expensive it is to live in the NYC metro? - dewster
I'm sure the tax bill is priced into the real estate value. People will choose the community with the lower taxes all other things being equal. Nothing is every completely equal in real estate though. ...


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re: Have we been misled about how expensive it is to live in the NYC metro? - dewster
Exactly. Seems like the middle class either voluntarily moves to the suburbs or gets pushed out to the suburbs. I'm not sure where I'd put Dallas. It lacks geographic barriers to sprawl and no shortage of highways, which keeps housing prices across the metro in check.....but it's also a desirab...


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re: Have we been misled about how expensive it is to live in the NYC metro? - dewster
He lives in a suburb. I've lived in a dozen different cities, and I see two extremes as far as demographic patterns in American cities. The first extreme has a functioning, desirable city center with high rental rates and expensive housing. In these metro areas, the middle class is pushed o...


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re: What's the best full sized truck to buy? - dewster
GMC Sierra All Terrain But unless you are in the habit of towing 6,000+ lbs, take a look at one of the newer mid sized diesel trucks from Chevrolet or Nissan in the next year. ...


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re: Man lures squirrel to edge of Grand Canyon and kicks it off - dewster
[quote]Both cats and squirrels have non-fatal terminal velocities. [/quote] I did not know that. I've seen them fall pretty far and survive intact. ...


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re: Man builds own toll road after getting tired of city works road closure - dewster
[quote]better roads than that[/quote] .....like the one buried under a landslide? It only has to be better than the competition. In this case clearly it is the better alternative. ...


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re: 240 Largest Companies with the best and worst 401K contributions - dewster
The stats for my company is incorrect on this list.....and by a significant margin. I've got a much sweeter deal than that. ...


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re: Do you periodically flush your radiator? - dewster
I'm pretty careful with maintenance....more so than most people, I imagine. I think how a car is maintained plays a bigger role in how long it lasts than the brand. I've had the best luck with Honda cars and GM trucks so far. Our newest car is a Subaru Outback. I've never owned a boxer e...


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re: Do you periodically flush your radiator? - dewster
I've owned high mileage GM vehicles from model years 1995, 2002 and 2007. I believe all but the 1995 model used different variants of that proprietary coolant. I've never once had issues with them (and this includes some heavy towing in high elevations).....but I do follow the maintenance guideli...


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re: Do you periodically flush your radiator? - dewster
If it's a GM, it uses an oily type of coolant called Dexcool. It's not a bad product in of itself, but you can't mix it with any off the shelf coolant. You need to get your radiator repaired....then switch over to an more common, interchangeable type of coolant. ...


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re: What do you think about the new Hyundai Genesis? - dewster
Stay far away from it until realistic data can be provided by Consumer Reports or JDPower on the reliability of the car. My parents bought the previous generation Genesis. It was a nice car for about 35,000 miles before it started falling apart. It had a lot of problems, and left them on th...


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re: Couples who decide not to have kids. - dewster
Financial stability is an understandable reason to wait. We started waiting because we wanted more financial stability, but now that we have achieved that, we learned that we may be facing a big move next year that will require us selling the house and relocating to an area neither of us are fam...


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