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  1. I'll venture a WAG that IRT wants a very thorough debugging of their reels before they force the pace on sales. They may not have the manufacturing capacity needed for a large retail market; they may not have the capital to set up a broad retail distribution system yet. Truth became Release Reels, Release became Siegler, and besides bumping chests with established copyright owners, I believe they did have some glitches in early production reels. It's hard to avoid them. They may have taken due notice of this. I can't say they are wrong. Penn was boasting, in ads awhile ago, of having purchased a Swiss "gear nobbler" for making gears. It cost $250K. You've got to be able to lay out some sizable money if you want to do a nice job machining gears in tough materials, like quality SS.
  2. Hooooo boy, does that post ever feel familiar.
  3. We had a thread on SA Series II drags, not too long ago. Search might turn it up. I don't recall the title, or whether it addresses your specific point, but it's a start.
  4. We had a brief appearance by that guy - name forgotten; he fished out of a very big yacht? He hasn't been back. If i recall, he only appeared to protest jokes about his inherited money, or something like that.
  5. Nicely phrased. I, too, liked Larry Dahlberg. Was anyone ever charged with his son's murder?
  6. OK, gents, let's return to civility promptly. No need for personal insults. A moderator's request. Opinions about the engines you own. Not the engines you don't.
  7. Jeremy Wade is back with "Mighty Rivers". I like his schtick well enough, I'll watch it now and then, so long as it doesn't conflict with "Forged in Fire." There was some knockoff on NatGeo for a bit. Now there's another "Extreme Angler," with a somewhat different format then Jeremy, but still recognizable as an imitation. I wonder if he feels flattered? Judging by name (forgotten at the moment) the host is South African. I never liked watching Jimmy Houston shriek like a fondled girl with every three-pound bass, and this latest Extreme Angler is a bit too much into the whoop-'n-holler school of TV angling to thrill me, but .. I'll give it some time.
  8. Cascade, what kind of supplier can fill a cooler like that with ice for a reasonable fee?
  9. KnewBee, I would welcome your thoughts on the matter. And those of other veterans, especially those who have been there.
  10. Seeing George H.W. Bush in a wheelchair, and reading that he's hospitalized and in intensive care, is a melancholy thing. He can't have much time left, and he may not want to stay. Barbara Bush's death has ended the grandest romance in modern Presidential history. I was struck by the thought that, since WW II, we've really had only two Presidents with a deep and thorough grasp of war as a tool of policy. One was Dwight Eisenhower, and he proved it by a war he avoided, in Vietnam. The French were desperate for direct American involvement. They wanted the atomic bomb used around Dien Bien Phu. He looked over the issue carefully, and said no. He also had a realist's grasp of the true state of Vietnamese politics, and somewhere in his memoirs noted that Ho Chi Minh would have won 80% of any honest, unrigged vote. The other President with a real grasp of war was George H.W. Bush. He lined up a huge coalition to restore Kuwait; he applied maximum force, managed the internal politics of the coalition, and fought for the kind of victory that America is geared to achieve: a short, violent, conventional brawl in which intense firepower can be brought to bear, for a politically limited purpose. The Arab states wanted Saddam to stay where he was; he left Saddam in place. He had, I think, a shrewd and instinctive caution about trying to remake societies as democracies. It can be done, but only through an all-out national effort, not the kind of consumer-friendly war that civilians like. It's hard to assess the others. Truman's world changed so much while he was in office. First we had a nuclear monopoly, then we didn't. The idea took hold that war was impossible, once nuclear weapons were in play; that turned out to be wrong. We got caught by the short hair in the initial phases of the Korean War. Truman was an implacable opponent of Communism, and he won that war, but the Korean War set a precedent that has grown and gotten toxic since 1950. Calling the war a police action spared Congress from the icky necessity of declaring war, and they've been ducking and dodging that Constitutional obligation ever since. JFK subscribed to the domino theory (everyone did, at the time), and put us into motion in Vietnam. His defenders, mostly hagiographers, write often about how conflicted he was in doing so. Perhaps that's so, perhaps he might have backed off at some point, but the question remains open. He signed off on the murder of the Diem brothers, which set off a witches' dance of coups and countercoups and subsequent coups that eroded the ARVN and got us committed to an ever-deepening level of support. LBJ I equate to George W. Bush. Both Presidents were far more concerned with managing the electorate at home then they were with "winning," to the point that they seem to have thought their respective wars were impossible to lose. LBJ was an overwhelming personality and his military advisers were unable to confront him about the casualties he was running up by micromanagement, by gradualism, by always giving Hanoi time to adjust to whatever we were doing that was new. Gen. McMaster wrote the book on that. Col. Broughton wrote the best memoirs on that. I've read, once or twice, that the only senior man in uniform to tell LBJ what he didn't want to hear was Gen. Shoup, the then Commandant of the Marine Corps. His estimate of what was required for victory, supposedly, was a million men for ten years. I'd like to know if that's true. If I ever visit his grave (Arlington?), I'd lay some flowers there, in respect. Does anyone know? Presidents Reagan and Clinton are oddly similar. Both got burned, early on, by a military venture that ended horribly. I was on honeymoon in San Francisco when the Marine Barracks in Beirut was bombed, killing 231 Americans, including most of the CIA staff in Lebanon. Clinton let mission creep in Somalia lead to a bad result, albeit not quite as casualty heavy. Both men were more cautious in the use of force thereafter. Clinton did have a far better appreciation of the growing risk of al-Queda to the United States then did the second President Bush. George W. Bush ... what's to say that I haven't already? Unlike LBJ, he had plenty of warning from the senior brass about force levels needed for Iraq and Afghanistan. He wouldn't take it, and his major interest in bin Laden and al-Queda was as a marketing tool, to drum up support for the war he wanted. He was unwilling to increase the military budget to match demand, and Russia and China have reduced or ended our former technological edge. We have replaced the localized Islamic crazies of previous years with a global ideology that focuses on killing Americans. Bush was, however, completely right in refusing to let Iraqis charge Americans with war crimes, and try them in local courts. That led to a withdrawal that was premature. Iraqi politicians seem to have let that demand slide. I wonder if it's ever been withdrawn, though. JimP? KnewBee? Nessmuk? By the time that Obama came into office, most Americans were preoccupied with economic survival, and heartily wished they'd never heard of GWOT and Saddam Hussein's WOMD. It's an appalling comment on the Bush Administration that the modest, and inadequate, increase in force levels in Afghanistan that Obama ordered was delayed by the lack of logistics infrastructure that should have been there. The drone and SOCOM war spread over a huge part of the globe, on his watch. It's above my security clearance level to know how well we're really doing, but we haven't had a publicly known near miss with a major attack since the Underwear Bomber failed to detonate his pants. I have the thought that we've achieved a stalemate, and not too much more. Your take? Veterans of the sandbox, please do speak up.
  11. I'm considering setting up a GoFundMe account to buy Red a pedicure, but it'll need to be a good account because the pedicurist will need to wear a hazmat suit and might need to replace the belt on a sander, once or twice. I doubt that Obama, taking an afternoon's swings at a local course in DC, could ever match the number of holes that DJT plays on his vacation days.
  12. You're checking out his legs again? Sick puppy. And, BTW, President Trump has now spent about 100 days on vacation, usually at one or another of his resorts. Obama couldn't have matched that if he'd had the White House leveled for a putting green.
  13. I smell an insanity defense coming, and probably with a meritorious claim. Schizophrenia usually shows up late in adolescence, or early adulthood, and it sounds like a plausible diagnosis here. Betcha his father is arrested within a few days. Civil litigation is a gimme.
  14. Seadogface, where's that bunker located? Sandy Hook?