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posted at 8:01 pm on February 9, 2014 by Allahpundit

Investigations into whether New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie had a role in causing traffic jams as political retribution could make advancing his agenda a challenge.

The Republican governor is finding some Democratic legislators are more likely to push back against his proposals and appointees because they see him as weakened by the scandal.

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The uproar over the memo illustrates Christie’s struggles over the past month to regain his political footing amid a swirl of scandal. Until so-called “Bridgegate” erupted a month ago, he enjoyed a reputation as a politician firmly in control – of his well-honed public image, his second-term agenda in Trenton and the roadmap to the White House he intended to follow over the next three years.

The aura of authority surrounding Christie has given way to a feeling among his aides and allies that they are operating in new and unsettling territory, reacting to new twists in the scandal instead of driving events themselves…

“Assuming he is vindicated here, as I believe he will be, he could emerge from this stronger,” said GOP strategist Alex Castellanos. “If Christie’s political enemies miss, they will have inoculated him against these kinds of charges.”

But Castellanos added, “What he can’t endure is eight or 10 or 12 months of more shoes dropping, legal action, etc. If the faucet is still dripping in 2015, the party will move on.”

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During the fall campaign, the liberal TV hero Rachel Maddow ran a stinging segment ridiculing The Star-Ledger’s endorsement of Gov. Chris Christie. How could we endorse him, she asked, when we criticized him so harshly in the same piece? Had we lost our minds?…

Yes, we knew Christie was a bully. But we didn’t know his crew was crazy enough to put people’s lives at risk in Fort Lee as a means to pressure the mayor. We didn’t know he would use Hurricane Sandy aid as a political slush fund. And we certainly didn’t know that Hoboken Mayor Dawn Zimmer was sitting on a credible charge of extortion by Lt. Gov. Kim Guadagno…

But be careful. Because if you turn your focus to the presidential race in 2016, you might wind up facing the same dilemma we did in the fall…

If one of the tea party favorites gets the Republican nomination, then the country is at risk. Because as we have just seen, one scandal can flip the board in politics. What if Hillary Clinton is the Democratic nominee, and some dark secret emerges about her tenure as secretary of state? How does President Rand Paul sound to you?

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The fallout from the George Washington Bridge traffic debacle has opened the door for what might be the largest serious Republican presidential field in two decades. And that door is wide, wide open.

Politico Magazine asked some of the smartest and most experienced Republican operatives, pundits and even a former presidential candidate to weigh in on the suddenly unsettled field of 2016 GOP presidential aspirants. Three months ago, this conversation would have sounded like the Republican version of the Hillary chatter we’re hearing on the left today. Most of us would simply have cast Chris Christie as the inevitable nominee-in-waiting. No one can make that argument now, and the continued sell-off of Christie’s political stock has unlocked his formerly rock-solid donor base. It clearly tempts significant players to “buy the lottery ticket,” as Grover Norquist puts it.

If you ask me, Christie is almost dead but too stubborn to lie down.

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The middle ground possibility – that Christie escapes being tied to the scandal personally, but it hamstrings his second term and gets painted as some sort of pattern – is perhaps the worst possibility for people considering backing Christie nationally, as it leaves him wounded but not fatally so.

The scandal is damaging to Christie in a couple of ways. The innocent explanation, that this was an unusual event resulting from a handful of ‘bad apples,’ still calls into question his management of personnel, a problem for a candidate running mainly on being an honest, competent executive who gets stuff done. And aside from its pure pettiness and how unnecessary the whole thing was (Buono was even more doomed than George McGovern in 1972), the use of government power to punish political enemies is especially problematic in a Republican primary because it’s precisely how Obama and the Clintons operate and have for years. And with the general electorate as well: Democrats are supposed to stand for giving particular people and groups stuff they want, so voters tend to forgive them – up to a point – when they hand out goodies to friends and punish foes. Whereas the point of electing Republicans is to stand up for the general interest – such as the interest in limiting runaway government spending and regulation – so voters tend to be harsher towards Republicans who act as if they were hired to give particular people and groups stuff they want.

But even if the Bridge flap proves a minor bump in the road for Christie’s national ambitions, it nonetheless reminds us that Christie is not only not the inevitable 2016 Republican nominee, he might not even make it as far as the Iowa Caucuses. And that perception itself can become self-fulfilling: it emboldens other candidates to jump in the race, as they might not if Christie looked like a juggernaut.

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If Christie’s appointee David Wildstein is telling the truth when he claims evidence exists that proves the governor knew about the lane closures on the George Washington Bridge, and if that evidence is made public, then all the “Christie in 2016” talk is moot, because the governor will have great difficulty avoiding impeachment by the Democrat-controlled New Jersey legislature. If Wildstein is lying, Christie still has the headache of explaining why more than one of his trusted associates acted so vindictively and foolishly, and then tried to blame him.

Christie’s difficulties have caused some high-level Republican donors, bundlers, and party officials, as well as grassroots activists, to look around for a second option for 2016. No one is writing Christie off yet, but these people feel that the high stakes of the next presidential election require a backup plan. The name that is currently highest atop their list is that of Jeb Bush, former two-term governor of Florida and son and brother of presidents…

“Bush’s speeches are getting better, tighter, and more campaigny, from what I’ve noticed,” a senior Florida republican strategist says. “I still think Jeb is only a three-in-ten shot to go, but if you’re in his shoes, and Chris Christie has taken a huge hit in stock value — wouldn’t you wait and see? If Christie survives and runs, it’s a harder proposition by far, obviously.”

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As Chris Christie’s star falls, the party is giving a second look to another brash blue-state governor who stared down unions at home: Scott Walker.

Republican strategists say no one is in a better position to get a boost from the Christie Bridgegate scandal than Walker, who stepped into the national spotlight in 2011 when he won a union-fueled recall election in Wisconsin…

“Many are looking at Walker because he has won in a blue state not through accommodation but by promoting and enacting policies consistent with conservative principles,” said Kevin Madden, a former aide to Mitt Romney during his 2012 presidential bid.

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In the strongest indication that Christie has now won friends among former enemies, the Conservative Political Action Conference that previously snubbed Christie for being too liberal has invited him to speak at this year’s gathering…

While Christie is losing support among independents who previously supported him, he’s shoring up the very voters who might have opposed him in the primary — and he didn’t even have to change his politics to do so.

And if the over-hyped allegations prove fruitless over time, who’s to say he won’t be able to win those independents right back?

The left needs to slow its roll. Lest they want to end up like the boy who cried wolf — discredited and devoured by the zealousness of their own hype — Chris Christie’s opponents should sit back, relax and let this investigation play out.

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I’m from Mexifornia, I can vouch for what g2m sez.

31giddyup on February 10, 2014 at 2:41 AM

going2mars on February 10, 2014 at 2:34 AM

There is a Windmill farm/reserve in upstate NY near Ft. Drum Watertown where I flew for a time. It’s massive. Staggers the imagination. I can’t imagine the acreage required to put that all together had minimal impact on the ecosystem. Not to mention the migratory birds they’re taking out.

hawkdriver on February 10, 2014 at 2:41 AM

Dexys – Nowhere Is Home

kcewa on February 10, 2014 at 2:42 AM

hawkdriver on February 10, 2014 at 2:37 AM

they also lack a basic grasp of reality..floaters..
not what is….but what I wish it to be…rose colored

going2mars on February 10, 2014 at 2:42 AM

What happened to Carbon_Footprint? He became The New, something or other and then disappeared.

Lanceman on February 10, 2014 at 1:16 AM

“the new aesthetic”

Anti-Control on February 10, 2014 at 2:42 AM

Dexys – Nowhere Is Home

kcewa on February 10, 2014 at 2:42 AM

Language warning

kcewa on February 10, 2014 at 2:44 AM

We haven’t met, just wanted to say thanks for your service.

31giddyup on February 10, 2014 at 2:36 AM

I’ve seen your comments the last couple days. And thanks.

I always wonder about how the new folks come up with their screen nick. 31giggyup?

hawkdriver on February 10, 2014 at 2:44 AM

hawkdriver on February 10, 2014 at 2:41 AM

can you imagine 50 times that many…
(but none offshore of the Kennedy compound mind you)
and that doesn’t include breakdowns …so a few more..

and if I haven’t…thank you for your service ..
may I ask what did you fly?

going2mars on February 10, 2014 at 2:46 AM

Corny but simple. I like 31 flavors ice cream and I live in the “Cowboy Capital of the World”. Surrounded by horses but don’t own one. Born and raised in the Bay Area when it once looked like the country town this is. Couldn’t get out of there fast enough.

31giddyup on February 10, 2014 at 2:47 AM

Anti-Control on February 10, 2014 at 2:42 AM

That’s it. Thanks.

Lanceman on February 10, 2014 at 2:47 AM

from sochi…Canada beats Germany 11 to 8 in curling..

going2mars on February 10, 2014 at 2:52 AM

BTW, I don’t mean to be derogatory calling the state that name. There’s a book out by that title.

31giddyup on February 10, 2014 at 2:53 AM

hawkdriver on February 10, 2014 at 2:37 AM

they also lack a basic grasp of reality..floaters..
not what is….but what I wish it to be…rose colored

going2mars on February 10, 2014 at 2:42 AM

lol Makes me think. Mrs hawkdriver (not her real name) is as Conservative as they come. She makes me look like a liberal.

But, she thinks like that. Not looking at things with rose colored glasses but in insisting something is silly and should be this way or that way. For example, I spent most of the day fixing our Bushhog for our compact tractor. Why? Because since we bought our farm and started working the acreage, Mrs Hawkdriver has contended the LS Tractor we bought is hers and she is in charge of meadow mowing. To wit, the deck is lowered to the point of dragging the actual box rather than keeping the blade four to six inches the way I want our meadow cut. End result. Shear bolt, broken every other outing. Blades, bent. And this last time we managed to break a shear bolt and compression pin which put the whole rig down for several weeks. So, she strolls back in the garage, hands the tractor keys to me and says, “Tractor needs fixing, Farm Hand”.

I love her with all my heart, but in meadow mowing she displays all that is wrong with the liberal mind and progressive world in general. She thinks the meadow should be cut close like our lawn. Should it? No. But she thinks so. In carrying out her assault on the acreage, she continuously destroys the machinery procured to tend to same and leaves it to someone else (me) to fix it.

I’m in a temporary “computer room” actually a very large walk in closet next to the bedroom and I swear I can hear her giggling in her sleep. I’m sure she’s dreaming of getting back on her tractor tomorrow now that it’s fixed. I think there’s an addiction analogy in there somewhere also.

hawkdriver on February 10, 2014 at 3:01 AM

and if I haven’t…thank you for your service ..
may I ask what did you fly?

going2mars on February 10, 2014 at 2:46 AM

Thanks. And I still fly when I’m called for a contract. Currently the UH60M. I’ve also flown the A/L and the UH1H. Was trained in the TH55.

(I had a little renegade time in the OH58 in Korea as a border/corridor and No-Fly-Line Unit trainer.)

hawkdriver on February 10, 2014 at 3:05 AM

hawkdriver on February 10, 2014 at 3:01 AM

perhaps she is thinking of you….three holes of golf in the meadow.
or
new shiny deer stand/blind..!!!

if you ever run short of parts…
these guys have everything under the sun and they deliver..

http://www.mcmaster.com/#

going2mars on February 10, 2014 at 3:08 AM

31giddyup on February 10, 2014 at 2:47 AM

Maybe silly, but there is some sense to it. Some, just don’t make sense. And I’ve asked.

“Hey you IOUGHghiiuGY, no one is going to be able to remember that screen name. What in the heck does IOUGHghiiuGY even mean?”

IOUGHghiiuGY: “Nothing. I just saw Open Registration and was so worried I’d miss it, I just start punching keys.”

hawkdriver on February 10, 2014 at 3:10 AM

going2mars on February 10, 2014 at 3:08 AM

Saved.

going2mars is a pretty cool handle. When I was a kid, I always thought I would do something like that. I was a little young to see them when they first aired, but I loved FireBallXL5 reruns and swore I was going to be a pilot and then an astronaut.

hawkdriver on February 10, 2014 at 3:16 AM

hawkdriver on February 10, 2014 at 3:05 AM

wow a 60…my respect sir…
I see the x2 is still setting records..
I worked in mesa AZ on the AH64D..
helped the FBW FBL change the pilot cluster…
from one mono screen to three color touch ones..
and controllers.. the script to run it cost a ton and took forever..
mechanically it was fun and an easy bird to work on…
love to watch em fly out the back door there
ive also made some bits for the chinook 47…
yes they are making a few more of the ole girl..
they didn’t have some of the drawings ..so we got a gig on that one..

going2mars on February 10, 2014 at 3:17 AM

hawkdriver on February 10, 2014 at 3:16 AM

I got g2m when I worked at JPL on the curiosity rover..

and yes I smacked myself in the head…hawk driver…dolt I am…

going2mars on February 10, 2014 at 3:19 AM

Last song I learned to play. Easier than I thought it would be.

Zombie

A favorite.

hawkdriver on February 10, 2014 at 3:23 AM

I got g2m when I worked at JPL on the curiosity rover..

going2mars on February 10, 2014 at 3:19 AM

That is about a cool a job as you can get. I’m sure you’ve seen the BBT episodes where Howard and Raj are working that program?

What, if I may ask, was your area of expertise in the program.

hawkdriver on February 10, 2014 at 3:25 AM

I love her with all my heart, but in meadow mowing she displays all that is wrong with the liberal mind and progressive world in general. She thinks the meadow should be cut close like our lawn. Should it? No. But she thinks so. In carrying out her assault on the acreage, she continuously destroys the machinery procured to tend to same and leaves it to someone else (me) to fix it.

I’m in a temporary “computer room” actually a very large walk in closet next to the bedroom and I swear I can hear her giggling in her sleep. I’m sure she’s dreaming of getting back on her tractor tomorrow now that it’s fixed. I think there’s an addiction analogy in there somewhere also.

hawkdriver on February 10, 2014 at 3:01 AM

Morning :)

First, thank you for your service Hawkdriver. I must ask though, have you ever explained your rational about the meadow to your darling wife? Sometimes hearing that opposing view can force us women to “see the light”.

pillepalle on February 10, 2014 at 3:27 AM

expertise in the program.

hawkdriver on February 10, 2014 at 3:25 AM

laffs..expertise…I got to draw the Martian rock crusher and some other SaSpah bits..
who’s a Martian rock crusher expert??
we had to buy samples of mars rock from the univ of Texas I think it was so we could test the darn thing…
im a designer…not an expert..

going2mars on February 10, 2014 at 3:30 AM

I envy that you get to fly. When I was a kid, during the Cuban missile crises (Yep, I’m that old…), I sat on the roof of the two story house my dad built and watched B52′s come in. Watched pilot survival training and the Blue Angels practice at NAS Pensacola. Later, we my daughter’s Sea Cadets unit and i took a short joy ride on a P3 to Monterey. Want to be a pilot in my next life.

G2M, I assembled semi-conductors for JPL (along with a few other companies) in ’74. Worked in Hi-Rel and put a few together for heat seeking air missiles in F-14.

31giddyup on February 10, 2014 at 3:32 AM

hawkdriver

I should warn you…knowing your background better..
McMaster carr is NOT flight approved hardware…
so read the Material closely..
they make good bits…but watch the matl..

going2mars on February 10, 2014 at 3:32 AM

going2mars on February 10, 2014 at 3:17 AM

The Apache is an amazing machine. My last job deployed was as the senior warrant in a small detachment of six helicopters. Three Hawks and three Apaches. We worked exclusively farmed out to CJSOTF. We got lots of props for our missions. I always thought the amazement people had for what we did was a bit much. It’s easy to be ballsy when you’re continuously being watched/guarded by the most advanced rotorcraft attack weapon in the world. Angels on our shoulders.

And almost every mission we did was videoed by the Apache (Gruesome) elements. The Hawks were Ozzies.

hawkdriver on February 10, 2014 at 3:35 AM

31giddyup on February 10, 2014 at 3:32 AM

sheesh were like a family here
I also worked on the f14D…
I worked at Hughes Aircraft in the Radar group…
the 36inch gimbaled dish under the nosecone

I also wanted to fly as a kid….hangs head…
I play on the puter simulators….weak I know..
I did sit in a few Pro sims…in mesa and hughes…trw..
all it did was make me want to fly more…

going2mars on February 10, 2014 at 3:38 AM

hawkdriver on February 10, 2014 at 3:35 AM

smiles I love the war porn from the 64s on youtube…nightvision..

its a hell of a bird but they have to get the cash for the motor upgrades…do you know if they did that yet??..talk was 5000 hp to the blades…
they keep hanging on electronic heavy boxes on it …more weight…
more weight…I don’t think it can still do the barrel roll…can it?

going2mars on February 10, 2014 at 3:42 AM

Morning :)

First, thank you for your service Hawkdriver. (thanks) I must ask though, have you ever explained your rational about the meadow to your darling wife? Sometimes hearing that opposing view can force us women to “see the light”.

pillepalle on February 10, 2014 at 3:27 AM

I really don’t even much try anymore. Mrs. Hawkdriver will have an occasional epiphany on her own, but I am the fixer, not the instructor. (Although for the first year we owned the tractor, she needed refresher training every two weeks when it came time to use it)

It’s like this. The greatest thing about Mrs. Hawkdriver is that she is stubborn and set in very predictable ways. And the worst thing about Mrs Hawkdriver is that she is stubborn and set in very predictable ways.

She’s also very pretty and gets away with the bad stubborn side.

hawkdriver on February 10, 2014 at 3:44 AM

you are wrong about one thing…
what you all did…was amazing…
there is no amount of thanks this nation could ever give you all
for the efforts you all made….so…im amazed.. and grateful

going2mars on February 10, 2014 at 3:46 AM

going2mars on February 10, 2014 at 3:42 AM

The Apache upgrades and software builds were hard enough to keep up with when I was in charge of them. Now that I’m out, I really only keep up with Blackhawk info. At this point, it’s enough to try to stay UTD on it. With the MFDs and Flight Management system being all software build dependent, it is hard to process the changes sometimes.

hawkdriver on February 10, 2014 at 3:49 AM

She’s also very pretty and gets away with the bad stubborn side.

hawkdriver on February 10, 2014 at 3:44 AM

so when she smiles…
your tuff side melts…
proves your human…
and smart..

rough to negotiate from a position of weakness…smart man

going2mars on February 10, 2014 at 3:51 AM

hawkdriver on February 10, 2014 at 3:49 AM

its hard to keep current on anything these days..
tech moves so fast..
you can package a new CRT in a cockpit project…
and before your bird is out of the test phase barn
6 new better smaller lighter screens are out already..

going2mars on February 10, 2014 at 3:54 AM

going2mars on February 10, 2014 at 3:46 AM

Thanks. But this is what I’m talking about. Much of the time, it was easy to do things because you knew these guys were right above you. Cindy Munfords husband for instance, was a door gunner on UH1s in Viet Nam. They didn’t have anything like this to cover their missions. (When you see Cindy, make sure you tell her to send props to her hubby.)

This should have never been released to the public. Not sure how they do get out but they do. So, I’ll link to it for you.

This is the greatest Apache pilot I have ever know. He earned two DFCs in one tour with our detachment. He earned the one for this mission. The bottom line is that this man, directing his two Apaches neutralized 30+ armed Taliban fighters in a Bedouin tent city and they managed it all with the only collateral damage being a few donkeys. (which we paid for) But not one scratch on one child or woman in the entire operation. They had to coordinate between each other, the ground element Balckhawks put in and not hit an innocent civilians.

These guys were the difference many times with whether a mission could even be done or not.

hawkdriver on February 10, 2014 at 4:03 AM

hawkdriver on February 10, 2014 at 3:44 AM

Let us hope that Mrs. Hawkdriver has her epiphany about the meadow before you end up doing too much fixing then!

pillepalle on February 10, 2014 at 4:09 AM

When you watch videos like this, the fire directed at the bad guys seems a bit of overkill. People will often time comment they do not understand why the individuals are even being shot at. On the FLIR you can’t see the automatic weapons fire the pilots can when they switch back and forth to NVGs. That and they see with much better resolution on the original screen displays than you can see with video thats been copied a dozen times.

The Blackhawk pilots that night, exclusively on NVGs, said they’d never seen anything like that volume of tracers in and outbound.

Pretty much shootout at the OK Corral.

hawkdriver on February 10, 2014 at 4:12 AM

hawkdriver on February 10, 2014 at 4:03 AM

ive seen that video…
several ways to look at it I guess…
I think most of the public is too stupid to understand or
appreciate how hard that job is…
they scream collateral damage …like it was magic…
you can tell by the heads up FLUR rounds
that the helmet and the end result are not exact..
this is where the only magic comes in…the pilot..
unbelievable skill is required to even think like that..
let alone pull I off…
fly by wire isn’t magic either..
laser designators….someone got to put the darn dot on it…
its not a video game…the public doesn’t see that…
so maybe a video will help some of them a bit…maybe

going2mars on February 10, 2014 at 4:13 AM

hawkdriver on February 10, 2014 at 3:44 AM

Let us hope that Mrs. Hawkdriver has her epiphany about the meadow before you end up doing too much fixing then!

pillepalle on February 10, 2014 at 4:09 AM

Well, full disclosure. Mrs hawkdriver has in fact replaced the shear bolt once herself.

hawkdriver on February 10, 2014 at 4:14 AM

hawkdriver on February 10, 2014 at 4:12 AM

did you catch the post I made on the new APKWS system today?

a different approach to the laser…
its in the fins…
(I worked that gig too for a long time)

going2mars on February 10, 2014 at 4:18 AM

going2mars on February 10, 2014 at 4:13 AM

Having the videos when they’re finally released is cool. I have young relatives that ask to see them every time they visit.

This Fox story by Greg Palkot was also based on the folks we worked for and our aircraft. Mr. Palkot is a heck of a nice guy. Used to love the Fox people.

hawkdriver on February 10, 2014 at 4:21 AM

http://www.defenseindustrydaily.com/apkws-ii-hellfire-jr-hydra-rockets-enter-sdd-phase-02193/

the firm I drew for made the mid fin section..

going2mars on February 10, 2014 at 4:21 AM

http://www.defenseindustrydaily.com/apkws-ii-hellfire-jr-hydra-rockets-enter-sdd-phase-02193/

the firm I drew for made the mid fin section..

going2mars on February 10, 2014 at 4:21 AM

We all but stopped using rockets under obama because of collateral damage restrictions.

That’s also pretty cool program to be involved with among them more accurate.

When you say you drew for, you’re a CAD guy? If you are do you work much with STL files at all for 3d Printers and rapid prototyping?

hawkdriver on February 10, 2014 at 4:27 AM

cool video…
I bet that tightens your bum…

going2mars on February 10, 2014 at 4:27 AM

amoung somehow =’s “making”

Don’t ask.

hawkdriver on February 10, 2014 at 4:28 AM

hawkdriver on February 10, 2014 at 4:27 AM

yes..ive made many rapid prototype parts..and stl files..
I have UGII NX7.5 on this puter…and my desktop..

need some design help?

going2mars on February 10, 2014 at 4:30 AM

the price has come down so much on those things
ppl are buying them for the garage or basement..
and this too the government hates…
cant have ppl making their own parts at home…they may make guns
errr something

going2mars on February 10, 2014 at 4:34 AM

btw…I have never understood ..rules of engagement…
the other side is cutting off our heads for Gods sake,,,
anything short of that should give us the ‘high ground’..
BHO is pathetic ….and to just leave Iraq….epic fail

going2mars on February 10, 2014 at 4:37 AM

Hawkdriver it was nice “meeting” you. I have the utmost respect for all service members (active and inactive) including my husband of 39 years. He’s a Viet Nam era vet but never went to Viet Nam. I believe we were pulling out of there when he graduated from the USNA. He was surface warfare. I was his “pier percher”.
Again, thank you.

G2M, nice “meeting” you too. I worked at the now defunct National Semiconductor. We also made parts for Hughes. Experienced using a simulator: They wanted us to know what it was like to fire one of the missiles. It was unbelievable but nothing compared to what’s done today.

To you both: It is like being with family here and I’ve enjoyed your reading your conversation. I was interested in “shop talk” way back when among the ranks and it’s nice to hear it now. Don’t want to leave… too interesting.

Take care and g’nite

P. S. Would the last one going out turn of the lights?

31giddyup on February 10, 2014 at 4:41 AM

cool video…
I bet that tightens your bum…

going2mars on February 10, 2014 at 4:27 AM

It had it’s moments. And there were weeks patrolling areas like Marjah, when we saw nothing, stopped nothing for the entire week deployed there.

Then two weeks later, there again and we’d see everything. Almost too many to stop and we’d have to call ground forces on some targets.

Amazing times.

hawkdriver on February 10, 2014 at 4:27 AM

yes..ive made many rapid prototype parts..and stl files..
I have UGII NX7.5 on this puter…and my desktop..

need some design help?

going2mars on February 10, 2014 at 4:30 AM

Mebbe. I’ve just bought an Ultimaker clone. A Korbot. I’m using Google Sketch and a few other free open source CADs and Cura. But nothing I’ve used will convert a CAD file (from any program I’m trying) to the STL to import to Cura. The gap between the software is the problem. I can CAD an idea. I can download other folks STL files and convert them to g-load files to print. I just can’t convert my CAD files to STL. What is a good novice CAD program that does all of that.

My 3D Printer primary function will be to scale major body part to speed up the maquette set ups for sculptures that I’m doing. Military figurines. What I do now is built an entire armature of aluminum wire and model in clay around it. Pretty traditional. And tedious. If basic head and torso parts are scaled up and down and printed on my 3d printer, I can just attach them together with the same twisted wire and get to the basic pose to model clay around much faster.

hawkdriver on February 10, 2014 at 4:44 AM

31giddyup on February 10, 2014 at 4:41 AM

Being a military wife is no small chore in itself. Thank you and your hubby for your service. And gnite.

hawkdriver on February 10, 2014 at 4:47 AM

31giddyup on February 10, 2014 at 4:41 AM

very nice to meet you too….
hope I didn’t run you off babbling shop…
your right…feel like ole home week here…
sleep well and be safe..

going2mars on February 10, 2014 at 4:47 AM

oh and my respect and thanks to your husband..

going2mars on February 10, 2014 at 4:48 AM

btw…I have never understood ..rules of engagement…
the other side is cutting off our heads for Gods sake,,,
anything short of that should give us the ‘high ground’..
BHO is pathetic ….and to just leave Iraq….epic fail

going2mars on February 10, 2014 at 4:37 AM

Don’t even get me started. There is another commenter here who has some prospective from the ground-pounder’s side of the obama’s administrations ROE. If he is ever one when you are, his handle is SmoothSailing.

hawkdriver on February 10, 2014 at 4:49 AM

hawkdriver on February 10, 2014 at 4:44 AM

hmm…there are several smaller cad programs…
give me a second to look for the site..
will it convert to a STP or a STEP file?
parasolid??…IGES maybe??

have you seen the new CNC home routers??

going2mars on February 10, 2014 at 4:53 AM

No worries, really enjoyed the conversation. I’m more mechanically inclined than domestic, but not the level you two are at, needless to say.

For real g’nite this time. : )

31giddyup on February 10, 2014 at 4:53 AM

going2mars on February 10, 2014 at 4:53 AM

Cura is the only software that will export the g-load for my printer so it has to be a STL file.

hawkdriver on February 10, 2014 at 4:57 AM

I have seen home routers. Pretty cool.

hawkdriver on February 10, 2014 at 4:59 AM

http://pdjinc.com/parts.html

this is a CNC routers parts page..
(this guy makes a good product..uses good bits)
anyway…scroll down the page a bit and youll see
turbo cad pro add….295$…
I bet it would solve your troubles…

also this guys machine can do rapid prototyping…
so check out the whole site…
(yes ive already redesigned his machine here
I just couldn’t help myself)

going2mars on February 10, 2014 at 4:59 AM

going2mars on February 10, 2014 at 4:59 AM

Checking it out.

and g-load =’s g-code.

hawkdriver on February 10, 2014 at 5:02 AM

Yeah, I think that software would do it. You have to purchase some combo of his products it looks like to get it at that price.

hawkdriver on February 10, 2014 at 5:04 AM

run a search on it…sometimes collages sell things like this cheaper..

Im not sure what g code is??..

whats the three letters after the file name?

like you want it to say something like test.part.1.stl

NX would have that at test.part.1.prt for the 3d model
and I would run the convert in the export file function
and then it automatically renames the part

going2mars on February 10, 2014 at 5:10 AM

(yes ive already redesigned his machine here
I just couldn’t help myself)

going2mars on February 10, 2014 at 4:59 AM

I’d love to see you guy’s shop.

I’m still goosing my machine to get it to do what I want. None of the 3d Printers out there are what they should be yet. Some of the problems I have are plastic feed. The extruder feeder with not be controlled well in time with the stepper motor movement and the plastic gets ground in the extruder feeder and the resultant residue exacerbates the problem. The primary extrusion at the beginning of the print seems slow too. The dam is never successfully printed, (not a big deal), but the head covers the ground without putting the plastic down. Always successful with the part though if I keep the build plate clean. I’ve used stick glue to avoid warping.

hawkdriver on February 10, 2014 at 5:12 AM

maybe you can try file export part/file as
and maybe your convert routine is in there somewhere

going2mars on February 10, 2014 at 5:13 AM

I just opened an STL and saved it to print as a g-code file. The file extension is .gcode.

hawkdriver on February 10, 2014 at 5:17 AM

Morning HA

What oh what will be the lsm talking point of the day?

cmsinaz on February 10, 2014 at 5:19 AM

hawkdriver on February 10, 2014 at 5:12 AM

I have a very nice shop…but not one of these yet…maybe next..
I said I re designed it…not I re built it………
he uses the slides in a ‘hang condition’ as most of em do..
those slides will last more than twice as long in a load condition.. changed the CG..4×8 sheets on the table..
small things like that…
he uses 80/20 tho and that is some great stuff if you haven’t tried it yet..
http://8020.net/About-1.asp

going2mars on February 10, 2014 at 5:20 AM

I just opened an STL and saved it to print as a g-code file. The file extension is .gcode.

hawkdriver on February 10, 2014 at 5:17 AM

ill poke around and see what I can find…

so your printer speaks g-code then..??
usually its the printer that wants STL…

going2mars on February 10, 2014 at 5:22 AM

I enjoyed all the info. I cannot imagine how cool it would be to have worked on putting hardware on another planet. I’m very impressed.

G2M, I need to catch a couple before the Plantation owner puts me to work again. I’ll try some of the things you recommended and update you. I might try Office Max or the other place for the CAD software too.

I guess you get to turn the light out. :-)

hawkdriver on February 10, 2014 at 5:23 AM

cmsinaz
morning to you…

tis almost ‘my take’ time isn’t it??

going2mars on February 10, 2014 at 5:23 AM

It sounds like the lsm will be defending Hillary from the new book that is out

cmsinaz on February 10, 2014 at 5:25 AM

im off to nap as well…
and ill look at some things on the net and report back…
thanks again for your service…sleep well

going2mars on February 10, 2014 at 5:26 AM

cmsinaz on February 10, 2014 at 5:25 AM

it would be news if they didn’t…
we are about to see a complete re-write
of things our lying eyes have been seeing
in all things Clinton…

going2mars on February 10, 2014 at 5:28 AM

You’re not kidding…..rewriting history witthout repercussions from squishy gop,

Well the other news they are giddy about is holder and the football player who came out…..

cmsinaz on February 10, 2014 at 5:33 AM

Nice reading you guys this morning even though I have no idea what you are talking about. My brother was in Army intelligence in Vietnam. My other brother was in the Navy then.

crankyoldlady on February 10, 2014 at 5:36 AM

I call them the criminally liable press…
they know hes breaking the law….and they wont report it honestly..
if we planed a bank job…and AP n Ed didnt report it that’s
prior knowledge …criminal liable…
what I don’t get is….id rather have Pulitzer on my resume..
than I was a BHO lapdog….
what’s lapdog worth 10 20 years from now??
there are stories they could be winning Pulitzers on
that they wont touch…

oh and don’t leave out that a openly gay man won a medal in sochi too…

going2mars on February 10, 2014 at 5:42 AM

morning COL…hope your napping went well…

going2mars on February 10, 2014 at 5:43 AM

going2mars on February 10, 2014 at 5:42 AM

:)

mj crew starts off with the woody allen saga….who cares????

cmsinaz on February 10, 2014 at 6:06 AM

but right to christie.

renalin on February 10, 2014 at 6:09 AM

tis almost ‘my take’ time isn’t it??

going2mars on February 10, 2014 at 5:23 AM

KJ should be here shortly :)

cmsinaz on February 10, 2014 at 6:09 AM

mj crew doesn’t believe christie didn’t know anything and yet lets obama get away with the same excuses for the PAST 5 YEARS….

puhleeze

cmsinaz on February 10, 2014 at 6:10 AM

joe finally calls out ‘obama just heard about it on the news’excuses

gibbsy diverts away from the question…

cmsinaz on February 10, 2014 at 6:14 AM

sports segment leads offf the gay dude.

Sochi anyone?

renalin on February 10, 2014 at 6:39 AM

who’d u rather have in your locker room….a rod or the gay dude.

hmmmm.

renalin on February 10, 2014 at 6:42 AM

Thought that was odd too Renalin…. crickets about Sochi

cmsinaz on February 10, 2014 at 6:45 AM

My take on homosexuality. It’s a mental illness. Get them help. The socialists don’t want to because they are too busy exploiting them. They never have enough victim groups. I think people with that problem should probably be careful about coming out. It’s fashionable now to be “gay” but what happens when it isn’t anymore. Fads come and go and that one will too.

crankyoldlady on February 10, 2014 at 6:49 AM

cmsinaz on February 10, 2014 at 6:09 AM
You’re right!

Hil is “noways taaaard.”

My take: The Legend of the Hildebeast: “Hillary Papers” Released

kingsjester on February 10, 2014 at 6:50 AM

cmsinaz on February 10, 2014 at 6:45 AM

yep. the nfl is filled with murderers and rapists who don’t pay child support. Who wouldn’t want a nice wholesome gay guy on their team.

and yes…..not one single word on sochi.

renalin on February 10, 2014 at 6:51 AM

what I don’t get is….id rather have Pulitzer on my resume..
than I was a BHO lapdog….

I imagine that by now they’re afraid.They don’t want to lose their jobs or whatever benefits they might still have. And they don’t want to meet with any “accidents”. But, boy, what an opportunity that would be. Investigating and writing about the criminal behavior by this administration would get them all kinds of prizes. I suppose years from now there will be a lot of books.

crankyoldlady on February 10, 2014 at 7:08 AM

Excellent take KJ

cmsinaz on February 10, 2014 at 7:12 AM

cmsinaz on February 10, 2014 at 7:12 AM

Thank you, ma’am!

kingsjester on February 10, 2014 at 7:16 AM

So, Killary?

Did you prefer being Bill’s doormat to being the Butcher of Benghazi?

viking01 on February 10, 2014 at 7:31 AM

The aura of authority surrounding Christie

Since when is that ever, in itself, to be considered a virtue?
No tinhorn dictator ever existed without such. Why is it they seldom highlight his sterling character and virtues for us?
He’s Hillary without the facelift and famous spouse.

Don L on February 10, 2014 at 7:36 AM

My take: The Legend of the Hildebeast: “Hillary Papers” Released

kingsjester on February 10, 2014 at 6:50 AM

Anything that is coming out now is designed to show the world that Hillary is her own man. She doesn’t need no stinking husband. Hear her roar!

And that whole screwing an intern thing? Turns out that was stress related and not a vast right wing conspiracy! Who knew?

Happy Nomad on February 10, 2014 at 7:36 AM

the nfl is filled with murderers and rapists who don’t pay child support. Who wouldn’t want a nice wholesome gay guy on their team.

and yes…..not one single word on sochi.

renalin on February 10, 2014 at 6:51 AM

I’ve got to think that your marketability is limited as a gay dude playing in the NFL. I don’t really see Philadelphia, New England, or Texas (as three examples) as options. Seattle or San Francisco, on the other hand.

But the bottom line here is who the hell wants to recruit a player who creates his own media circus?

Happy Nomad on February 10, 2014 at 7:42 AM

But the bottom line here is who the hell wants to recruit a player who creates his own media circus?

Happy Nomad on February 10, 2014 at 7:42 AM

Yo! Leave perfessinal bassaball outta dis!

viking01 on February 10, 2014 at 7:45 AM

Politics today has turned into a sled dog race where all eyes are searching for the best lead dog while practically no one seems to care that all the teams are heading in the wrong direction.

Process has replaced goal–winning has replaced the why–as if it is the goal, rather than merely the means to a good end. The end has become irrelevant.

We fail to understand that that thinking has allowed us to cross the finish line first before–and we still lost as we went further downhill, yet we continue with our confused addiction to “just winning.”

How far we’ve drifted from the goals of our forefathers…”in order to form a more perfect union….

Don L on February 10, 2014 at 7:49 AM

viking01 on February 10, 2014 at 7:45 AM

Think of it this way. Now he’s a victim of discrimination if he doesn’t go in the first round!

Frankly, I liked it when people didn’t announce every single freakin’ detail of their personal life to the world. Boundaries!

Happy Nomad on February 10, 2014 at 7:55 AM

Don L on February 10, 2014 at 7:49 AM

Very good analogy.

crankyoldlady on February 10, 2014 at 7:56 AM

Frankly, I liked it when people didn’t announce every single freakin’ detail of their personal life to the world. Boundaries!

Happy Nomad on February 10, 2014 at 7:55 AM

These things didn’t used to matter until some people with agendas decided to use all these little details for their own ends.

I remember when nobody knew or cared what religion the president was until Kennedy when the media tried to make it look like he belonged to some cult instead of just the Catholic church.

crankyoldlady on February 10, 2014 at 8:01 AM

Peeking in…

captnjoe on February 10, 2014 at 8:02 AM

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