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Posted 06 February 2018 - 05:09 PM

In case anybody wanted to know.
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Posted 06 February 2018 - 05:17 PM

To put things in perspective, that's over 2x Afghanistan's GDP!

https://en.wikipedia..._of_Afghanistan

Just sending money would be more cost effective, to say nothing of the US casualties.
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Posted 07 February 2018 - 06:46 PM

View Postbaw1064, on 06 February 2018 - 05:17 PM, said:

Just sending money would be more cost effective, to say nothing of the US casualties.
That reminds me of a friend after his divorce. "Next time I'm just going to find a woman who hates me, and buy her a house. It would be more efficient"
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Posted 07 February 2018 - 08:48 PM

View Postpnwguy, on 07 February 2018 - 06:46 PM, said:

That reminds me of a friend after his divorce. "Next time I'm just going to find a woman who hates me, and buy her a house. It would be more efficient"
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Posted 08 February 2018 - 10:20 AM

Someone needs to tell Trump there's his wall money.

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Posted 08 February 2018 - 12:51 PM

View Postandydp, on 07 February 2018 - 08:48 PM, said:

In McClintock ! Chill Wills asks Wayne if alimony is when you pay a woman not to live with you ? Wayne responds with pretty much. Wills then says: some women I knowed would have been worth it.

LOVE that movie.
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Posted 08 February 2018 - 04:53 PM

View Postpnwguy, on 07 February 2018 - 06:46 PM, said:

That reminds me of a friend after his divorce. "Next time I'm just going to find a woman who hates me, and buy her a house. It would be more efficient"
Not enough upvotes for that!
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Posted 09 February 2018 - 12:49 PM

View Postpnwguy, on 07 February 2018 - 06:46 PM, said:

That reminds me of a friend after his divorce. "Next time I'm just going to find a woman who hates me, and buy her a house. It would be more efficient"

Someone made a comparison between Paul McCartney's second marriage and divorce costs to hiring an escort for every night he was married. Turns out it would have been cheaper for McCartney to go the escort route.
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Posted 13 February 2018 - 05:53 AM

View Postandydp, on 09 February 2018 - 12:49 PM, said:

Someone made a comparison between Paul McCartney's second marriage and divorce costs to hiring an escort for every night he was married. Turns out it would have been cheaper for McCartney to go the escort route.
I think they were married about 4.5 years, and he settled on 38.5 million. That over $20K a night. I would imagine it would be possible to find a classy escort for less than that.
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Posted 17 February 2018 - 05:21 PM

View Postpnwguy, on 13 February 2018 - 05:53 AM, said:

I think they were married about 4.5 years, and he settled on 38.5 million. That over $20K a night. I would imagine it would be possible to find a classy escort for less than that.

I dunno, Trump seems to be paying a lot more than that. Well, his lawyer is paying a lot more, and apparently getting stiffed by Trump on the reimbursement.
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Posted 17 February 2018 - 08:17 PM

View Postbaw1064, on 17 February 2018 - 05:21 PM, said:

Well, his lawyer is paying a lot more, and apparently getting stiffed by Trump on the reimbursement.
But when Karen McDougal got Stiffed by Trump, he was at least ready to pay on the spot.... :P
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Posted 17 February 2018 - 09:54 PM

View Postpnwguy, on 17 February 2018 - 08:17 PM, said:

But when Karen McDougal got Stiffed by Trump, he was at least ready to pay on the spot.... :P

Sound like he was being a softie! He might have taken the Red Pill and not the Blue Pill.
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Posted 18 February 2018 - 12:02 AM

Having the prettiest dancing boy confers great status among tthe warlords, but they are expensive and wear out quickly.

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Posted 03 May 2018 - 12:47 PM

The money is bad enough, but we're getting less than nothing for it.

Afghan Futility and the Not-So-Curious Case of Lieutenant Jordan Rich

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Posted 03 May 2018 - 12:56 PM

View PostMSheridan, on 03 May 2018 - 12:47 PM, said:

The money is bad enough, but we're getting less than nothing for it.

Afghan Futility and the Not-So-Curious Case of Lieutenant Jordan Rich

Interesting, and thanks for getting this thread back on track.
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Posted 04 May 2018 - 09:18 AM

"Never get involved in a land war in Asia."
Well, fuck.

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Posted 04 May 2018 - 09:42 AM

View PostHockeyDon, on 04 May 2018 - 09:18 AM, said:

"Never get involved in a land war in Asia."

Attila the Hun would disagree but then he'd also disagree with our tactics in that land war. Time to send over a million troops, the American horde if you will, and conquer everything in sight. If they resist then just kill them and take their women. All hail the glory of Emperor Trump!
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Posted 04 May 2018 - 10:10 AM

"Have you ever heard of Plato, Aristotle, Socrates, Attila the Hun? Morons."
Well, fuck.

How can I be expected to distinguish BS from reality when so much of my reality is utter BS?!

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Posted 04 May 2018 - 12:18 PM

View PostLFC, on 04 May 2018 - 09:42 AM, said:

Attila the Hun would disagree but then he'd also disagree with our tactics in that land war. Time to send over a million troops, the American horde if you will, and conquer everything in sight. If they resist then just kill them and take their women. All hail the glory of Emperor Trump!
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Posted 04 May 2018 - 12:54 PM

View PostLFC, on 04 May 2018 - 09:42 AM, said:

Attila the Hun would disagree but then he'd also disagree with our tactics in that land war. Time to send over a million troops, the American horde if you will, and conquer everything in sight. If they resist then just kill them and take their women. All hail the glory of Emperor Trump!

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