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Jan. 9, 2021, 4:28 p.m.
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Re: Guns

Posted by: tungsten

Almost impulse bought a Mini-30 about a year ago. Now I'm glad I didn't.

Fun guns, nonetheless.  I refurbished my friend's Mini 30 as it was in a flooded basement, and so of course I needed to test fire afterwards.  I went through all the ammo I had on that thing, it was just too fun to shoot.  Heavy, but fun.

Jan. 9, 2021, 4:26 p.m.
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Re: Climate Change - so I'm starting to panic a bit

Every morning I wake up and look at the Coastal Mountain range and admire their beauty, then I remind myself that though some of them are cut from glaciers thousands of years ago, some of the formation are from plate changes, and Alberta used to be the ocean floor.  News flash - the climate is always changing.  You just have media pumping gullible fear about nature into your ears; like there is anything people can do to stop it again.

Jan. 5, 2021, 10:04 p.m.
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Re: Guns

Been a few years, gents.  I can see nothings changed here, same ol political garb over and over; hence, the absence.  Rental vans behind the hands of extremists have killed more Canadians than AR-15's, btw.  If the courts weren't a revolving door, the population would be safe; if legal gun owners having AR15s is your concern, then you fell into the media mold just right.  

Anyways, I'm still shooting away.  Not as much as I would like, my career has been smoking busy the last few years as I now run the show.  I was thinking of Rossco and the time I took him to the range to shoot, made me want to pop in and see who's who in the pew around here.  Carry on.

Why be misled when you can throw lead?

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Jan. 5, 2021, 9:55 p.m.
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Re: Cancer, Before I die

Long time no see, NSMB.  I was thinking of Rossco the other day when I was at the range, wondering how he made out.  I'm glad to hear he kicked cancer's ass and is knees in the breeze still.

June 11, 2017, 7:04 p.m.
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Re: Cancer, Before I die

Hey Rossco - been awhile, let me know if another range day is in order.

March 29, 2017, 5:11 p.m.
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Re: Who needs a budget?

Posted by: KenN

Posted by: Zedbra

Anyways, you can't tax money people don;t have for long - ask Greece how that worked out for them.

Oh come on now. You know perfectly well that the problems with Greece didn't start from lack of tax revenues from the unemployed. It started with the very well and gainfully employed turning cheating on their tax returns into a national sport. Filing a falsified return in Greece was endemic.

Is that a KenN joke? People here are cheating where they can because they give enough as it is to the Feds - I paid over $51k in federal income tax alone last year. Now the CRA is getting another half a billion to scratch out more. Greece went down the same road we are traveling

<font color="#4a4a4a" face="Arial, sans-serif"><span style="font-size: 15px;">Debt in these countries has become a burden not because of government profligacy but because each enjoyed a decade of low interest rates and was then hit by the financial crisis. Easy credit fuelled debt in households and the financial sector.</span></font>

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March 29, 2017, 2:05 p.m.
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Re: Who needs a budget?

Man this new forum blows.  So - trending on $2 trillion in personal debt and climbing, almost all from real estate.  We have 36 million people and much less own property.  Despite the blame on the oil 'collapse' it is selling at an all time high - funny how that works.  Anyways, you can't tax money people don;t have for long - ask Greece how that worked out for them.

March 29, 2017, 2:03 p.m.
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Re: Who needs a budget?

Posted by: syncro

Posted by: Zedbra

So, rebuttal facts to 'but Harper' are now putting him on a pedestal when the collective brain power can only put him down rather than discuss the poor performance of Mr Selfie? Like what you just did. Got it.

Care to embellish on your opinions of this budget without mentioning the government from 3 years ago? Is going billions into deficit in order to tax the 'middle class' and holding onto a balooning real estate market, in the face of the international monetary eyes saying doing those very actions red lights us for a potential recession, the right course to thrust Canada towards prosperous times in the face of a potential recession?

Yes, and they all suck - I can agree to that, Red.

Not sure why you keep saying three years, Trudeau's been in charge for less than half of that - 16 months so far.

I called it putting Harper on a pedestal because that's how you frame your responses and questions. Your general style is to attack Trudeau/Liberals and defend Harper/Conservatives with one sided debate. If people bring up opposing info to balance your claims then you turn that into "Harper bashing". When you talk about the Liberal deficit like it's the worst thing since sliced bread and them someone else points out the Conservatives ran deficits too, including the highest ever, you turn that into "Harper bashing". That is simply just adding balance to the debate. People aren't tired of hearing about out talking about government. but I suspect some are tired of the one-sided way you always seem to go about that process.

In terms of the current budget there are a number of things I'm not happy with and the shine is coming off this Liberal government very quickly for me. If they continue on the current trajectory I won't see myself supporting them in the next election. The way the Conservatives are going though with their leadership (or better, lack of leadership) candidates I don't see myself supporting them either.

Looking at your article link:

  • deficit is down this year, will be up next year and then down significantly the year after

  • scrapping CSB makes sense at this point considering interest rates. who even buys them anymore? it probably costs more to run the program than any sort of profits that can be realized.

  • higher taxes on tobacco and alcohol are more good than bad in my eye

  • money for affordable housing is a good thing

  • CRA has been hamstrung due to cuts for years, part of the reason nothing's been done about the real estate debacle is they simply don't have enough auditors or budget to deal with it.

  • new daycare spaces are good and is related to housing imo

  • student loan stuff is good but they've cut tax credits for students which is bad

  • adding some bureaucracy which is not good imo, I question how effectively that money will be spent.

So looking at the info in your link it's not all doom and gloom as you stated from the beginning.

Those were only some of the highlights - I've managed to saunter through about the first 90 pages of the budget and I haven't come across massive job creations to increase our GDP and all roads lead to taxing real estate, which has been warned is dangerously close to popping n the international community's investment eyes.

Did you read at all the BIS report, that has been able to predict the US economic collapse and the UK's as well? Here is just a little bit for us to all ponder:

<u>They’ve identified the disease of debt, but they’re mum on the cure as well as where all this speculative credit is coming from.</u>

<u>The Bank of Canada revealed that Canadians have taken on $2 trillion dollars in consumer debt. And while large numbers like these are thrown around a lot in the age of low interest rates, deficit spending and quantitive easing, it helps to have some perspective. It takes 31,709 years to count to one trillion. Now multiply that by two.</u>

<u>71.6% of that $2 trillion consumer debt is in mortgages. The BIS warns that large debt binges like this are almost always followed by a proportional recession. Thus, Canada has been flagged for bad times in 2018.</u>

March 29, 2017, 7:01 a.m.
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Re: Who needs a budget?

Posted by: syncro

Posted by: Zedbra

It's always the other guy to those that need to blame others for their own actions.

Non sequitur

Harper created jobs.

Harper also lost jobs

You suggested that he invested heavy into oil - well, point out one thing in your house or everyday life that wasn't made or delivered using oil. As an investor and businessman, you target a product that everyone uses - and Harper nailed that well.

Some truth there, but it's not smart to focus on one sector especially if it's volatile - a downturn can have significant repercussions in that case. How's Alberta now? The key to a healthy economy is diversification and developing new industries/markets where possible.

JT on this budget aimed and nailed targeting those that still have jobs with more taxes, and more money to CRA to find more of your money. If you think creating 1.3m jobs isn't setting out country to be more competitive for the future, why don;t you embellish what this budget is doing to make us competitive, in lieu of the international business society marking us for a recession just one week before the budget? Notice your high-fiving 'but Harper' back-up boy switch isn't here to respond anymore?

Your argument would be more sound if you weren't constantly trying to put Harper on a pedestal.

Spending minimal money on defense is pittance to freedom - be glad it is only your money you part with. If you don;t want to stand behind our troops, feel free to stand in front of them.

Same can be said of Harper and previous governments as well.

So, rebuttal facts to 'but Harper' are now putting him on a pedestal when the collective brain power can only put him down rather than discuss the poor performance of Mr Selfie? Like what you just did. Got it.

Care to embellish on your opinions of this budget without mentioning the government from 3 years ago? Is going billions into deficit in order to tax the 'middle class' and holding onto a balooning real estate market, in the face of the international monetary eyes saying doing those very actions red lights us for a potential recession, the right course to thrust Canada towards prosperous times in the face of a potential recession?

Yes, and they all suck - I can agree to that, Red.

March 28, 2017, 8:23 p.m.
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Re: Who needs a budget?

Posted by: chupacabra

Fair enough, but I think you will find the same applies to conservatives.  It's always the other guy.  When it comes to federal budgets I look at the taxes and what the government is going to do with them just like anyone else.  Sometimes I will vote for increasing my taxes, and I did so with the Liberals with eyes wide open.  The most dramatic of the increases was the end of income splitting since my wife is only working sporadically while our daughter is young.  I doubt anything in this budget will affect me as dramatically as axing that one Conservative program, but I voted for them anyway.  I am more concerned that the taxes are fair and that they are spent in areas that will make the economy more competitive in the future and I felt Harper did not do that.  He made decisions that would make hay while the sun shined and chose resource extraction as our main source of revenue into the future and he cut taxes, so to me, it was inevitable that resources would eventually let us down and taxes would have to be raised just to get things back on track.  On top of that, the reduced revenue that he did bring in was put toward questionable initiatives like boosting the prison capacity or F-35s (so shiny).

So, I like the fact that the Liberals are spending close to a billion over 5 years on innovation, but we will have to wait and see if it is effective.

It's always the other guy to those that need to blame others for their own actions.  Harper created jobs.  You suggested that he invested heavy into oil - well, point out one thing in your house or everyday life that wasn't made or delivered using oil.  As an investor and businessman, you target a product that everyone uses - and Harper nailed that well.  JT on this budget aimed and nailed targeting those that still have jobs with more taxes, and more money to CRA to find more of your money.  If you think creating 1.3m jobs isn't setting out country to be more competitive for the future, why don;t you embellish what this budget is doing to make us competitive, in lieu of the international business society marking us for a recession just one week before the budget?  Notice your high-fiving 'but Harper' back-up boy switch isn't here to respond anymore?

Spending minimal money on defense is pittance to freedom - be glad it is only your money you part with.  If you don;t want to stand behind our troops, feel free to stand in front of them.

March 25, 2017, 2:19 p.m.
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Guns

I took the morning to put together a friend's Remington 742 that was brought to me in pieces and with a broken disconnector on the trigger group. That disconnector is a discontinued part, but I tracked one down from Western Gun Parts in Edmonton as well as new sear and hammer springs.

These guns were made to be carried into the bushes and this one had certainly had a hard life - it was scratched to hell, missing bluing on the crown, the bolt handle, the bottom of the action, and various scratches all over the barrel. Even though my friend said he cleaned the barrel, I soaked it overnight with Wipeout and the first few patches were pure blue - signs of copper fouling.

So, I scrubbed out the barrel, replaced the disconnector, disassembled it so I could get the gas tube out to clean (it was completely caked with built up powder as well as the handgaurd being caked in residue), and reblued the action, the crown, the magazine, the bolt handle, the handgaurd's sling stud, and various scratches on the barrel. It was a decent little project that went really smooth.

Pictures aren't the best, but I was in a hurry to get my boys to soccer on time.

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March 25, 2017, 6:25 a.m.
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Re: Cancer, Before I die

When you get paroled from the hospital, let's hit up the range again, Rossco.

March 24, 2017, 7:13 p.m.
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Re: Who needs a budget?

Posted by: chupacabra

Why would you say "but Harper" and then post an article showing that Canadians and our debt has been an increasing problem during his entire tenure?  Are you suggesting that the overheated housing markets and high debt levels are the doing of the Liberals?  But Trudeau?

Back to taxation and growth, it isn't as simple as more tax less growth.  It depends on where the taxes go.  Increasing taxes for infrastructure, for example, increases growth.  It also matters who is getting taxed and at what amount.

I say 'but Harper' because even though it has been three years since a budget of his, those were (and generally are) the first words out of most liberal's mouths when you ask them about this budget.  Which is a segue into your second part....all that you said is somewhat true, but seeing as how this discussion is about this budget, none of those points were addressed.  You do know who these taxes are targeting - do you not?

Oh - and Maxime Bernier will edge in over O'Leary.

March 23, 2017, 7:02 p.m.
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Re: Who needs a budget?

Posted by: three-sheets

How many of those jobs still exist? .....dont count the mc jobs.

Furthermore, do you think Trudeau himself comes up with the budget himself when writing in his journal at night or something?

Not sure how you would measure this - but creating jobs for 3.5% of a country's population is still in my books a lot better than taxing 90% who are still working.  Taxation is not how you create growth, and Canada is heading down a slippery slope without showing a strong will to investors we are doing more for economic growth through...job growth - not real estate and further taxes on that one avenue.

But...Harper!

http://business.financialpost.com/news/economy/bank-for-international-settlements-says-canada-is-showing-early-warning-signs-of-financial-crisis

http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2017-03-15/canada-flagged-recession-bis

March 23, 2017, 1:58 p.m.
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Re: Who needs a budget?

Posted by: chupacabra

Posted by: Zedbra

Posted by: switch

Under Harper, Canada had a record deficit of $56 billion ($61 billion adjusted for inflation) in 2010 when the recession (he didn't see) was over and the price of oil was $120 a barrel.

If the barrel would have been at $40-$50 dollars, like today, the deficit would have been over $85 billion!

This deficit of $29.5 billion, if you take into account a $50 barrel of oil, amounts to $22 billion in lost revenue and the deficit would be $7.5 billion.

Can anybody really pretend that the NDP or Conservatives would have had done better?

You know, Harper bashing never gets old - so you hold onto that as long as you need, like a SJW blanket. Let's talk here and now. Try. I can live with a $29 billion deficit - even though that was an election lie in a massive scale - but point to all of us non Harper bashers where in this budget that $29 billion is creating jobs and economy to you know, eventually pay off this deficit. Simply pulling the Liberal card of spending what you aren't making and adding more taxes does not equal future prosperity. Explain it, I'm all ears.

So sensitive. Is pointing out the difficulties balancing the budget in an era of cheap oil Harper bashing, or is your crying foul a distraction from the fact that switch had a valid point to make concerning the deficit spending?

I do agree with you, however, and I think there ought to be significant investment in our economy over and above what we will get from infrastructure spending. There was no budget number associated with the innovation and skills plan and I think this is where we should be investing for a stronger economy in the future. To bash our dear Mr. S Harper though, he should have been doing the same to diversify our economy and pooped the bed.

Not sensitive, but practical. From the global economic crisis of 2008 to 2015, Harper's government spent deficit money to create over 1.3 million jobs, the best percentage wise of all G7 countries. And they are "Conservative" in their ways. So, our new drama teacher that likes to show up at the Commons once per week blows his campaign promise budget number by over $10.8 billion and no mention of diversity while creating jobs - rather more ways to collect taxes from the stretched middle class and below. 

At least they should do something liberal - legalize weed and tax that shit, watch gang violence drop - win/win.

I know, I know....but Harper!

http://www.thespec.com/news-story/5789196-harper-s-claim-to-have-created-1-3-million-jobs-was-mostly-accurate/

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