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About icarussound

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    UK born & bred, US educated and jobbed. Overly inked.
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    Ultra Running, brewing, making up excuses not to do taxes ontime. Making bucktails. Fishing bucktails.
  • What I do for a living:
    Professor of Music 1992-2016. Now... 30 hours a week fishing the Florida surf.

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  1. Did you actually read it? “their cold, stiff, almost inhuman demeanor and appearance more closely resembling a cold-blooded apparition than a warm-blooded human being.” “Self-proliferating bureaucracies would spring up and regulate every facet of personal life in this nation. Eventually, you would have to get a permit to dig a hole in your own back yard.” I’m sorry but this is so poorly written it’s almost impossible not to dismiss it. Had the writer remembered his English classes, or history classes it would still be a horribly deficient “article” It is, frankly, mostly hysterical hyperbole written by a not so smart “writer.” I do hope he eventually figures out what the female equivalent to testosterone is.
  2. Actually I was responding to the title of this thread: What are Democrats offering to stop illegal Immigration? The implication is obvious. In reality border security is bipartisan and has been for decades. So far as the Wall is concerned, yes $5.7 billion worth of “beautiful artistically designed steel slats” is utterly ineffective. It’s pure political symbolism. It would cover, what >100 miles of an 1,100 mile border? Frankly all you need to breach a fence is a taller ladder! Not to mention now that his promise that Mexico would pay for it was rescinded, and now that Congress is in limbo over you and I paying for it, he’s looking at pulling funds from the military to build this useless symbol. Fortunately by declaring this a national emergency- which seems the only way out he has left- will result in actual congressional scrutiny. Why, for example, is it an emergency when illegal immigration has been declining for more than a decade? Etc
  3. Increased border security, just not in the form of an expensive utterly symbolic “Wall” not paid for by Mexico. do you read? Have you not been keeping up with this issue? Democrats are fine with border security funding. A wall, fence, steel slats or whatever is a total waste of money, time, resources and is completely ineffectual. This is the point. This symbol is entirely political - Trump thinks he can’t win next election unless he puts one up - it’s meaningless in terms of actual border protection. You know this of course so I assume the topic is rhetorical.
  4. Sure they do. I’m not even going to spell it out, it’s been a part of this discussion from the start. What do the democrats want In order to fund border security? If you don’t know you haven’t been paying attention.
  5. Rather than commenting with liberal baiting and insults, tell me what’s wrong with this: “Right now, government works great for giant drug companies – it just doesn’t work great for people trying to fill prescriptions,” Warren said. “It works great for giant oil companies that want to drill everywhere – it just doesn’t work great for families who want kids who can actually breathe the air. It works great for giant financial companies like Equifax – it just doesn’t work for people whose social security numbers get stolen. “That’s the difference in America,” Warren continued. “It is an America right now that works for the rich and the powerful. And we need to call that out for what it is: corruption, pure and simple.” from the Guardian
  6. If you can skip the liberal portions - if they offend you - it’s worth looking at her voting record and policy advisory roles. Since I’m not allowed to post links here is a section that might be illuminating: Warren was registered as a Republican from 1991 to 1996. Warren voted as a Republican for many years, saying, "I was a Republican because I thought that those were the people who best supported markets". According to Warren, she began to vote Democratic in 1995 because she no longer believed that to be true, but she states that she has voted for both parties because she believed that neither should dominate. According to her, the Republican Party was no longer "principled in its conservative approach to economics and to markets" and was instead tilting the playing in favor of big financial institutions and against middle class American families.
  7. Not sure why you people dislike her - I suppose it’s simply because she’s liberal. To answer another thread question I’m voting for her mainly because she is fighting the financial sector. I’m 100% sure there will be another recession in the near future, and the banks are on track to be exactly where they were before for the 2008 crash. She’s a class act in my mind, very sharp, principled, articulate, and willing to fight against powerful interest groups in the name of fairness. I like Bernie Sanders, and would have voted for him, but Warren I believe is closer to a progressive leadership that fits this country. Not sure Bernie would have been/be able to make it work in this country at least.
  8. Hi. I finally got some wheels for my outback so I can drive. Been fishing the lagoon but really want to get out nearshore for reef fish. It’s a bit too rough for me these days but I would like to find people close by who fish the salt near Sebastian Inlet to get some experience.
  9. I’m voting for her, many reasons most in this forum will not get. I think she has a good shot, I think Trump has no shot at this point. If Bernie decides to run I’ll have a dilemma but will probably go for Warren.
  10. Read back, I listed the agencies that have been shut down. Not mentioned but included is the coast guard btw.
  11. Yeah keep it closed. We don't need departments of Agriculture, Commerce, Justice, Homeland Security, State, and Transportation. And, of course, we certainly don't need the Department of Commerce, NASA, the IRS, and the Department of Housing and Urban Development. It'll save the taxpayers millions and make a teeny tiny incremental small little ding in the $22 Trillion national debt from that brilliant tax reform. But every penny counts right?
  12. Good point. I don’t know, but I do know that your president said that there were “very intelligent” people - not scientists per se - that don’t believe humanity has had any impact on climate change. People that presumably watch a lot of tv and can read things on the internet like the president himself (who has no time to read books & such apparently.) I’d totally take their word on it over scientists that have been studying this for decades, and the international community. Your point is is very well taken. Probably closes this argument fully. Brilliant really.
  13. From this morning: Wall Street drops at open on growth fears DECEMBER 14, 2018 AT 9:36 AM from Reuters Donald Trump directed me to pay hush money, says Michael Cohen – live DECEMBER 14, 2018 AT 9:39 AM from World news | The Guardian by Ben Jacobs in Washington GM to begin U.S. layoff notices as it offers job transfers DECEMBER 14, 2018 AT 9:33 AM from Reuters Weak economic data send world stocks tumbling DECEMBER 14, 2018 AT 7:47 AM from Reuters Guatemalan girl aged seven dies in custody on US-Mexican border DECEMBER 14, 2018 AT 5:48 AM from The Guardian by Associated Press in Las Cruces
  14. More right wing idiocy. You read, you think you’re smart, the internet is your source, so based in your ideology you decide you know better than trained scientists. Thing is, you don’t. Get a postgraduate degree in some science, doesn’t matter what discipline. Then read. I get disputes associated with ideology, but this is pure unadulterated crap.
  15. 2 hours 20 mins: blacktip shark on light tackle, I didn’t want the shark, just my spoon. Hooked at 6:30 landed just before 9AM.