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Kiloalpha last won the day on May 15 2017

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  1. Gotcha. Thanks for letting me know. I wasn’t sure if there was some “has to reach x rank by x age” regulations.” They probably take care of that with the whole “up or out” system?
  2. Well, after years of chasing ANG fighter squadrons around the US, I'm looking at the AD option. The downside is that by the time I finish the whole AD onboarding process and make it to UPT, I'll be 29 years old. I'm curious if you guys have some insight into how that will affect me in my career, how/if it will impact promotion, opportunities for me down the road, etc. I fully expect to be an old dude among younger guys, but I'm more concerned with the AF trying to put me in a corner for my career because I don't line up with the typical timeline.
  3. We're talking past each other on the polling thing, I think. Internal polling done by campaigns, and a significant number of major polls will refine the "registered voters" pool to get a better hold on how the public feels. Why? Because the number of registered voters who actually vote in the US is pretty low, so they want to make sure they're polling someone who actually might vote. All I was saying is that most of the time they narrow it down by voting in previous elections. I'm 99% sure Politico does that, and I'm fairly sure Fox News did, but just said they asked "registered voters" which is true, but it doesn't give away their secret sauce recipe of which elections they use to determine who. Maybe not in the poll you mentioned, I'm just speaking from personal experience. Also, fair point about them polling independents and Republicans as well in some polls. That complicates things somewhat, as some states are closed primaries, meaning republicans couldn't vote for a democrat even if they wanted to. Mayor Pete is prime VP material, I think. Kamala should be second on that list. I cut the cord, so I'll be spared from the endless campaign commercials next year... thank god.
  4. Fair point. However, she’s had two major roadblocks to her success. One, the DNC actively kept her off the stage by manipulating which polls were used for admission, and have cut off major donor fundraising as punishment for attacking Kamala. Two, the polls being done (you mention 2%) are typically done with voter rolls of people who have voted D in the last 3-4 presidential elections (aka “highly likely voters”) which means you’re asking the deepest blue folks how they feel, not the rest of the Democrats. Her value is giving them a moderate base and hoping the rabid left still hates Trump enough to vote for her as a FU to him. Plus, she strikes me as the type of woman who wouldn’t hesitate to rub Trump’s face in his lack of military service/sporadic foreign policy decisions... all while wearing a smile. That’s dangerous. Trump could attack Hillary because she’s basically a man. The public will react differently when an attractive veteran woman stands there. For the record, I don’t agree with her foreign policy at all, and I don’t like that she’s embracing SJW stuff. But her answer on impeachment shows she’s rational and smart. It’s not completely outside the realm of possibility that I’d vote for her, but it would take some interesting circumstances. TLDR; she attacks the problem of winning by starting in the middle and growing outward. Warren/Biden do the opposite. For anecdotal reference, several moderate Democrats that I work with and know say they wish Tulsi would have a chance, but they know the system will pick a old white person instead. I also know never Trumpers who would love to cast a vote for her, but will either hold their noses and vote for Trump (but telling no one) or just skip the Presidential election.
  5. The great gamble is whether the moderate Democrats can gather behind Biden/Warren. Several swing states are showing Democrats losing registrations, with independents (and some republicans) gaining ground. NC is hemorrhaging registered D's in several areas, and seeing a lot of first time voters, just as an example. Large portion of those are Eastern NC blue collar Democrats who saw the textiles vaporize after NAFTA. You tell me who they're registering to vote for... If it's Biden, Trump wins in a "biggly" way. If it's Warren, Trump wins, but not so "biggly." If it's Gabbard? It'll be a good fight and he'll lose by a large (historically) margin. If it's Buttigegggg, Trump wins. The ultimate irony is that Tulsi would wipe Trump off the map, but the Democrats are too preoccupied with Socialistic posturing and nonsense to notice it. She's been my dark horse in this thing from day one, and that's before Hillary said she's a Russian operative!
  6. Heard on talk radio that she's autistic/has Asperger's and didn't believe it. Apparently, she really does. Her parents should be charged for exploitation IMO. https://www.nbcnews.com/news/us-news/people-asperger-s-role-model-emerges-greta-thunberg-n1058276
  7. Young single guys live in AC. Older pilots in suburbs around the base. Decent contingent of the guard pilots reside in Philly and commute. For your purposes as a TFI guy, I’d probably shoot for the areas around AC. There’s some decent neighborhoods near there. Least, that’s what I remember hearing. YMMV.
  8. https://www.washingtonexaminer.com/washington-secrets/pew-91-democrats-see-violence-next-in-war-of-words “Nearly 8 of 10 Americans told the Pew Research Center that supporters for both sides could “act” on the politically charged rhetoric with violence. It was higher for Democrats, 91%, than Republicans, 61%.” That’s the thing. The right, despite its flaws, appears to understand and respect the electoral process. If Trump loses, they’re not going to go Antifa on everyone. They’ll likely hope Congress acts as a backstop, and if they’re not sure about the legislature, they’ll get super active and vote in large numbers in two years. Historically, this has happened a few times. In an election year with mild D turnout, you get the Tea Party wave, for example. The Democrat party has embraced a victimhood/cry wolf mentality that has given them incredible political and psychological power. However, they’re learning that they can’t control it in today’s social media/SJW world, as it’s a chain of thought with no rational conclusion. It’s an infinity loop of oppression olympics. My forecast is the Dems tear themselves apart... and that will end up being a peaceful process, or a drastically violent one. We’ll either see a lot of Weather Underground/Bill Ayers domestic terrorist types, or a highly visible shouting match over who is the true Democrat party. Option one will test the republic, namely posse comitatus and the power of the IC. Option two will cause a nationwide shortage of popcorn. So, stock up on corn and ammo?
  9. You check out the free materials on the actual AFOQT/PCSM website? I’d start there...
  10. Practice. Yes, I said it... practice. There’s so much free math prep stuff (not necessarily AF related) online. Do x number of questions a day. As for vocabulary? Read and download one of the GRE/SAT vocab applications. Usually they have quizzes or Flashcards and that’s peobably the easiest way to attack this. I have posted before about my plan to prep for the test, I’m sure it’ll pop up with a search.
  11. Vertigo, go outside and look around. The sky isn’t Soviet red, the government hasn’t bugged your house and nuclear war isn’t breaking out. Occam’s razor is a real thing, and the easiest conclusion isn’t that a Trump is an agent of Russia. It seriously must be hard thinking up these global conspiracies all the time.
  12. Not unheard of. Been a part of two boards that did this.
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