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About Moostangdude

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    A business nerd from the Great State of Texas
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    Colorado - at the moment
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    Motel Manager
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    Cooking, Dancing, Politics, Economics, Building Websites, and a fairly sizable Firearm Collection
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  1. The Civil War decided that the political party with more military and financial "might" can tell the weaker party what to do. Not exactly anything new in human history. Some rebellions work, most do not. There is no obvious or stated legal recourse for leaving the Union once you are in. (right or wrong logically, the winners make the rules) The only options are rebellion (a very poor choice obvious to any rational person) or a mutually beneficial negotiation that could lead to an addition to the constitution creating a legal path of separation under peace. (preferred, but hell will freeze over, pigs will fly, and Iran will give up its nuclear ambitions before that ever happens)
  2. I am from TX and we are always joking (and sometimes a little serious) that "The Republic of Texas" has a nice ring to it. Things would have to get much worse for anything to happen on this front. (Right now its just fun little bit daydreaming) However, Texas pays more federal taxes in than it receives back. Texas would be the 15th richest nation in the world (roughly) http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Comparison_between_U.S._states_and_countries_by_GDP_(nominal) Texas has good ports and a few international airports. Texas has more than enough oil and nat. gas to keep us running for quite some time and we would be more than happy to build non-weaponized reactors. The thorium reactors are interesting, but I am a finance major/business owner, not a physicist. Add some Swiss-style no questions asked banking, some form of inflation hedged currency, stable tax code (not cheap because we would be in so much debt initially, moderate tax rates would be mandatory) promoting investment, and minimal welfare requirements. It could be a little capitalist utopia, LOL. Would probably have to pay 2-3 times gross state product to buy TX back. $3 trillion sounds like a pretty fair deal to me. Think of all the free healthcare, educations, and housing you could give away with $3 trillion? Not to mention the Dem's wouldn't lose another election for at least 20 years. You should be asking us to buy you out. =) (this is all rather tongue in cheek if you can't tell)
  3. As you may note, individual tax rates don't seem to have as much impact on total revenues as a % of GDP as people suspect. http://www.heritage.org/federalbudget/current-tax-receipts Any budget models using a higher revenue as % of GDP than 18-20% will never be sustainable. Also, keep in mind 18-20% is just about sustainability not actually doing anything about our 15 going on 20 trillion in debt. Note: As I understand it, this is Federal tax receipts and does not account for state and local governments slice of the pie which is significant to say the least.
  4. For the sake of argument, A high quality AR in .223. i'm from TX so lets say a Larue Tactical PredatAR 16" midlength gas system. Put a quality red dot on top, probably a Aimpoint because of battery life, and backup iron sites. For pistol I would go with CZ Sp-01 Tactical in 9mm. I like CZ pistols, they fit my hand well, are pretty rugged, and have high magazine capacity for a pistol. I went with .223 (or 5.56x45 depending on what is lying around) and 9mm because they are very common where I am at. A gun without ammo is less useful than a hammer. Keeping in mind, I don't expect to ever see a SHTF situation. If I do, I will do my best to avoid trouble like this. If I can't, the likelihood of me (or anyone) surviving a shootout isn't nearly as good as the movies would have you believe. Without hospitals (again SHTF situation) even typically non fatal gunshot wounds can and will end up killing you. I would personally rather die of old age, in bed, curled up with an attractive woman I like. =)
  5. I can't offer you much advice on the competition side, but a 30/30 cartridge is a perfectly effective for hunting white-tail deer inside of 150 yards. A Winchester 97 pump shotgun in 12 ga. is an amazing piece of machinery considering when it was designed. I have one with 30 inch barrel and it knocks down clay pigeons just fine. Granted, you probably aren't going to want a 30 in barrel on a competition gun. My experience with revolvers is late production Colt. Not going to see any of those is CAS.
  6. Actually, it has more to do with the republican candidate (whoever it is) being more in line with my viewpoints across a broad political spectrum. Religion has very little to do with it as an individual issue. I don't like the current republican candidates. I think they are wrong on a lot of different issues (depending on candidate). However, I agree with the current administration even less. Life is full of "lesser evil" type choices.
  7. Nice avatar.. ;)

  8. As a guy I like brown/black hair on a girl. Mostly because, I like fair skinned girls with contrasting hair (not gothic, more "girl next door) Of course is really doesn't matter. 2 of the 3 girls I have legitimately dated were blonde. EDIT: Red hair is sexy because it is contrast and RARE. Watch an episode of Mad Men, Look at Joan, and you will understand the fascination.
  9. This does assume that said prisoners of war are being held by captors suffering from the same moral dilemma. Opinions on the moral validity torture or "advanced interrogation" of an enemy, vary throughout history and from culture to culture. It does not make a positive view of torture "correct" by any means. But if your opponent in a conflict doesn't hold moral reservations on torturing its POW's, should you still maintain yours? Personally, I think that torture (much like the death penalty, another discussion entirely) should be used in VERY limited cases. ...then again, maybe I watched too much 24, =) Night.