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  1. I bought the TP9SFX over the summer. I really like it. The 20 round mags are very fun. I'd like to find a couple of 18 round flush mags but they are very tough to come by right now.
  2. I agree. I think he's physically done. Didnt attempt a single pass over 20 yards yesterday. Was errant on some throws that a couple of seasons ago would have been darts. I believe we saw in this game the fact that his physical skills have declined and the offense was trying to manage based on those limitations. Still a first ballot Hall of Famer and a class act.
  3. Yes it does allow for a discussion over time that focuses on each episode while not potentially spoiling things for people who havent watch the whole season.
  4. I prefer the drop all at once because I really dont watch much television anymore. So usually I'll wait until all the episodes are out and watch over a couple of days as time allows. Yes, NF really made that convenient for me.
  5. Exactly. The whole reason streaming services became so popular was because you could watch all the episodes even of their original content, back to back. That was a feature, not a bug.
  6. Texas wont secede in the end. This is political posturing. Yes, Texas is proud of its heritage and the fact that it was once its own country. But I highly doubt we will secede. Although I think if a state were to secede Texas would be the best positioned of the 50 states to do so. More so than California. We have a rather large manufacturing base. We also have a pretty large agricultural base. The state is rich in natural resources. Population density is low outside of the four major metropolitan areas. Infrastructure is relatively good. If there was an amicable separation between the other 49 states and Texas. Both countries would be natural trading partners and Texas could negotiate its own trade agreements with Mexico, another natural trading partner. Texas could lease land to the US for its current military installations, namely Ft. Bliss and Ft. Hood. Or the US could withdraw its forces entirely from the state while losing two of the largest training areas for combined arms in North America. But as others have stated as the major cities have grown in Texas the state is not as solid red as it used to be. That would make seccession a hotly contested issue. I think if the state took a more Libertarian bent, politically and in its governance there could be broader support for secession. But if the Texas GOP is leading the charge thats really unlikely as neither major party here in Texas or nationally adhere to a live and let live philosophy in terms of governance. But ultimately its sound and fury that signifies nothing. Most Texans just want to be left to their own devices.
  7. That is the position I am currently in. Watched the first three episodes and I am bummed I have to wait a week for Ep. 4.
  8. Miss running with a squad of FBGs in BF3 and BF4. Always a good time no matter the outcome of the match and the odds were almost always in our favor.
  9. I believe Palmetto State Armory is running a promo on aluminum magazines from D&H. 10 magazines for $99 and free shipping. https://palmettostatearmory.com/case-of-ten-10-d-h-5-56-30rd-aluminum-magazines-black.html
  10. Its not only the top schools, although I will concede that its most glaring at the top schools. Other schools are adding amenities to both campus housing, dining and recreation in order to attract students and the dollars that come with them. There are a host of schools that have sprawling aquatic centers with lazy rivers and slides that rival the aquatic facilities at many resorts. Many of them are state schools. There is alot of expense in maintaining these kinds of facilities and the students bear the costs in either increased tuition rates or additional activity fees. Most student loans dont differentiate between tuition or room, board and fees. Interestingly enough the 529 plan we invested in for our kids does. It only covers tuition. If student loans were only for tuition then the cost of attending to college might be lower. No guarantee it will though.
  11. Being educated and skilled is good for the individual first and foremost. Is $2500 a year too much to invest in ones self? Because education and skills training is an investment in yourself before it ever becomes good for the country.
  12. Why does government need to provide additional funding? Government is already subsidizing Community College and Technical Schools. It costs $2500 a year to attend our local community college. I will grant you that we need more technical schools or we need an expansion of technical programs offered in the community colleges but based on my experience as a parent with a child in CC its pretty affordable as it is. Or is $2500 a year too big an ask?
  13. Agree with your assessment. That was our experience as well when our son was registering for classes this fall. We had to go through all of the financial aid mularkey even though our 529 plan was covering most of the cost. But its tempting to use those available loan funds to cover room and board. Having that loan availability might encourage a student to attend a school and live on campus as opposed to attending another school as a commuter. The available federal loan amounts are relatively small. But the private funding can be considerably more and its essentially federally backed as it cant be discharged either, to my knowledge. Removing the provision that prevents student loans from being discharged in bankruptcy proceedings would impact the student lending industry and by extension the cost of college. Colleges can essentially charge whatever they want right now because virtually anyone can qualify for loans both federal and private to cover the cost. there is no incentive for colleges to make tuition more affordable. Just the opposite exists right now as schools offer ever more amenities to students.
  14. Agree completely. Another alternative may be to only loan the cost of tuition. Not the cost of room and board, which appear to be the real profit centers for colleges and universities. Had my son gone away to college this year, as planned, the cost of room and board was actually more than the cost of his tuition. Under current laws and structures student loans dont differentiate between the cost of tuition and the cost of room and board. Which is why you see ever more elaborate and luxurious student housing and more and more elaborate dining options on college campuses. Even in a dormitory setting where a student may have a full kitchen in their suite, many colleges require the student to purchase a meal plan. That was the case when we were looking at my sons housing options.
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