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Blue last won the day on February 26 2018

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  1. Mattis was on Meet the Press this morning, talking about how much he disagrees with the Syria pull-out. And AOC was all for pulling out of Syria, until she wasn't. https://townhall.com/tipsheet/mattvespa/2019/10/09/classic-ocasiocortez-wanted-us-troops-out-of-syriauntil-trump-agreed-n2554471 What a bunch of nonsense. I hope this is just the beginning of our draw-down in the Middle East.
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    UFO thread

    This article had an interesting and seemingly a plausible explanation for bright saucers moving at phenomenal speeds.
  3. Shouldn't the Kurds have expected this from the start? That we'd be by their side, every step of the way, and then one day we'd drop everything and leave? I mean, as others have stated, we have a track record of doing just that. One would think the Kurds would have planned accordingly.
  4. Another article talking about what happens if when we leave. Will Afghanistan remain stable, will it crumble, will it be someplace in between, etc. This part below was news to me though. Can't help but think "what might have been," had we declared victory back in 2001, handed things over to the Taliban with a stern warning to not f-it-up, or else, and gone home. https://www.wsj.com/articles/can-the-new-afghanistan-survive-americas-exit-11569596722?mod=hp_lead_pos11
  5. When Cape Air announced their "orders" for Eviation's electric aircraft, both companies got a ton of positive press. I'd assume both Cape Air and Eviation were ecstatic about all the exposure. However, I wouldn't equate Cape Air's "order" of the Alice as any kind of indication of the aircraft's feasibility. Eviation has a "prototype" that was shown at the Paris Air Show this year, but they have yet to fly. Poking around the net, it seems like they're projecting a first flight late 2019, and certification in 2022. Three years from first flight to certification is attainable for a conventional aircraft, but it seems like an incredibly optimistic schedule for something with such an unconventional design and power source. I'd bet that Cape Air's "order" has no real teeth to it, and allows either company to back out at any time, with no financial penalties at all. The aircraft really sounds like a whole lot of vaporware.
  6. Doesn’t surprise me, but source?
  7. I live in glorious Cook County IL, and have always kicked around the idea of buying a multi-unit property. Live in one, rent out the rest, that sort of thing. Poking around the net, I see conflicting info on the max amount that can be lent using a VA loan for a multi-unit property, either 484k or 931k. Advice or thoughts from those who know this stuff?
  8. All kinds of stuff on the Air Force amn/nco/snco page about mold at Lackland. https://www.facebook.com/AirForceForum Getting picked up in the press as well. https://www.expressnews.com/news/local/article/Mold-found-in-1-100-dorm-rooms-on-Lackland-14268580.php Lackland AFB has been there for a long time, how the hell does it all of a sudden become mold - infested?
  9. Damn. Worse than I thought.
  10. This. Also, right now it's just a lot of noise. You have 25 different Democrat candidates all clamoring to have themselves heard. The majority of voters aren't really paying attention until the field starts to shrink, and we get closer to the primaries.
  11. Source? Genuinely curious to read more.
  12. I have a tough time believing that this guy was flying a Mirage as a mercenary. If nothing else, there has to be hundreds (if not thousands) of folks out there with actual tactical jet experience who would have been more qualified than this guy. Thinking former pilots from third-world Air Forces, etc. Got to think that any organization sophisticated enough to have a flyable Mirage would at least capable of performing enough vetting to determine if someone had some semblance of previous experience. Although hell, maybe this guy is enough of a bullshit artist to pull it off. Think someone could practice enough on a PC-based flight sim to credibly fly a Mirage?
  13. Don't disagree with any of your post, but I thought it was more along the lines of Shanahan didn't want his son's name plastered all over the news. Seemed like the wife was borderline nuts, the son went after the mom with a baseball bat, and the whole thing sounded really sad. Didn't think it was so much that Shanahan was going to be accused of anything, but more that all his family drama would be drug up for all the world to see.
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    Latest Movies

    Saw Triple Frontier on Netflix, and now I want the last two hours of my life back. You get the feeling they blew 95% of the money on getting A-list actors, and then kinda phoned-in everything else. The storytelling was uneven, there were random plot threads that went nowhere, and the whole thing felt kinda mediocre and silly.
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