10.03.2016

2017 Ultimate Performance Truck Comparison



Hello truck enthusiasts and the rest. When I grew up I had to come to the realization that I couldn't buy a Monster Truck and drive it around every day. Darn. Luckily, there are some pretty radical and awesome trucks that could be bought if you got the money to pony up!

Chances are you've heard about at least one of these, but I'm going to put the ultimate short list of High Performance Trucks that are coming out soon as of this writing. What a time to be alive! Now, let's take a look at the offerings!

List of Competitors:

2017 Ford F150 Raptor
2017 Dodge Ram Rebel TRX
2017 Nissan TITAN Warrior
2017 Chevy Reaper
2017 Toyota Tundra TRD Pro

2017 Ford Raptor


The Ford Raptor made a splash on the scene with a true high performance truck that the every-man could manhandle. It has inspired people to send the truck 90 feet into the air jumping on YouTube, but don't try that at home! Now for 2017 it is all new with an amazing blue color available that matches the new Ford GT. It features a 450 Horsepower, 510 lb.-ft of Torque created with a 3.5 liter Twin-Turbocharged EcoBoost V6 engine. Said to have an Intimidating look by Ford, I'm inclined to agree that the body looks aggressive as hell! Highly desirable! A 5.0 EcoBoost V8 Engine may be coming out in the future.


Features:
3.5 liter Twin-Turbocharged EcoBoost V6 engine.
10-Speed transmission.
500 pounds lighter than the old model.
FOX Racing Shox 3.0 Internal Bypass front and rear.
The new Raptor’s engine has a new aluminum block and upgraded internals, revised heads, and tweaked fuel-delivery.
The new Raptor will be ~6″ wider than the standard new model 2015 F-150.
Paddle shifters on the steering wheel.
6 Upfitter (AUX) switches.
Push button start.
“The four-wheel-drive system in the next-gen Raptor will include a Terrain Management with settings for Normal driving, Street driving, Weather mode (for rain, snow or ice), Mud and Sand, Baja mode and Rock mode. According to Ford, the Raptor’s new transfer case is designed to work as both a locking unit for crawling and a full-time unit for other off-road applications. A Torsen front differential will be optional.”
Available in 2 door with suicide half-doors or a crew cab 4 door.
Specs:
MSRP: Super Cab $48,325, SuperCrew Cab $51,310
Engine: 3.5 L V6 Twin-Turbo
Dimensions: 232-251″ L x 80″ W x 76-77″ H
Bed length: 66″
Tire size: LT315/70R17
Wheel size: 17″ diameter, 8.5″ width

2017 Dodge Ram Rebel TRX


The new bad boy on the scene. Dodge has been to afraid to simply start selling these in their showrooms so they are parading them around as a concept. Is this the Hellcat-powered Off-Road Raptor-Killer?! Dodge calls their engine a Supercharged 6.2 Liter V8 with Ram Air induction. Calibrated for off-roading and mated to a 8-speed truck transmission. With 575 Horsepower it is said to be able to travel at 100 MPH in its off road terrain mode(!) Two spare wheels and tires are locked in the back with a purpose fitted jack. Strap into the 6-point racing harness and listen to the awe-inspiring side exit exhaust sounds. Man!


Features:
Supercharged 6.2 Liter V8 with Ram Air Induction.
8-Speed Truck Transmission.
Custom Front Control Arms, internal bypass shocks at each corner and new springs.
13 inches Suspension Travel all around.
Massive 37 x 13.5-inch tires.
Six-piston Brake Calipers with 15-inch Discs at the Front and 14-inch Discs at the Back.
Electronic locking differential.
Updated version of the Ram's 4x4 Performance Control System featuring Normal, Wet/Snow, Off-road and Baja modes.
Sporting interior with leather, suede and carbon fiber.
Nylon-door pulls instead of handles.
Six-Point Racing Harnesses.
Vented and Scooped Hood based on the Ram HD.
Large Steel Skid Plate.
Unique Side-Dump Dual Exhaust for maximum underbody clearance.

2017 Nissan TITAN Warrior


Nissan is of course very conservative and is also scared to call this anything but a concept. But the TITAN Warrior packs a knock-out punch with a Cummins 5.0L V8 Turbo Diesel engine! Protected with a "Modern Armor" exterior painted in "Thunder" color, Nissan says it is stealthy, robotic, machine-like, with sharp edges - manacing and beefed up. OK, Nissan. The quad-tip exhaust is bad-ass for sure, though. "Premium Sport" interior makes an impression with carbon styling, high strength fabric, orange "Magma" race accents, polished aluminum and the steering wheel is constructed out of a single block of aluminum. Wow, that means business.


Features:
Cummins 5.0L V8 Turbo Diesel.
Heavy-duty 6-Speed Aisin Transmission.
Full Custom Off-Road Suspension.
Front Custom Upper and Lower Control Arms with Performance Ball Joints and Tie-Rod Extensions, and racing-style Shocks with Custom Reservoir Mounts.
Back Custom Shocks and Reservoir Mounts, a Lengthened Next-Gen Axle, Relocated Sway Bar Brackets and Rear Lift Blocks and U-Bolts, and a Custom Sway Bar.
Hydraulic Pressurized Bump Stops added to Front and Rear.
Height Raised nearly Three Inches, from 78.7 inches to 81.5 inches.
37-inch tall Off-Road Tires mounted on 18x9.5-inch Aluminum-alloy Wheels, machined in Dark Matte Finish.
New Long-travel Suspension, and Width was Extended three inches on each side, from 80.6 inches total to 86.6 inches.
Custom LED Lights, Front and Rear with Integrated LED Taillights.
Quad-tipped Molded Exhaust with Squared Exhaust Tips.
Carbon Fiber Rear Cab Spoiler and Tailgate Spoilers.
Unique Hot-and-Cold Drink Containers Integrated into the Center Console.
Robust Auxiliary Toggle Switches are Integrated into the Center Stack.
Instrument Panel-Mounted Auxiliary Gauges.

2017 Chevy Reaper


Originally introduced as the Chevy "T-Rex", anytime you hear a ancient carnivorous dinosaur in the name, you know it's serious. Now called the 2017 Chevy Reaper, it was known for a time as the best off-road oriented pick-up. Designed to offer high off-road performance and very good comfort, let's see how it stacks up. Chevy jammed under the hood a Lingenfelter Supercharged V8 engine producing 550 Horsepower and 575 lb.-ft of Torque. Equipped with special beadlock wheels, a Fox Racing Suspension, upgraded body, upgraded interior, 3 inch Ridetech Lift Kit, Auxiliary Light Bars, a performance exhaust, and huge Reaper Graphics, there is no question this after-market customized truck is designed to compete with the Raptor.


Features:
Lingenfelter Supercharged 6.2L V8 engine with Tuning Package.
Custom Reaper Hood and Grill with Custom Reaper Badging.
Reaper High Clearance Bumpers with LED Fog Lights.
Reaper Front Skid Plate.
Reaper Fender Flares with Graphics Kit.
Reaper Gauge Package.
Fox Racing Suspension with 3" Ridetech Lift Kit.
17" Street Legal Beadlocking Wheels or 20" Custom Reaper Beadlocking Wheels with General Grabber AT2 Tires.
Custom Interior with Stitched Reaper Headrest.
Removable Step Rock Rails.
50" Rigid Brow Light Bar and Two 10" Ridgid Industries Light Bars.
Corsa Performance Exhaust with Lingenfelter Exhaust Tips.
Custom Etched Auxiliary Switches.
White LED Floor Lighting and Window Tinting.
Custom Colors and Matte Paint Options.
Linex Bed Liner.
Cost Estimated $55,000 to $65,000

2017 Toyota Tundra TRD Pro


The Toyota Tundra TRD PRO may not even be on your radar, but consider that this truck is CAPABLE. Toyota focuses on offering a superior suspension package with specially tuned Bilstein® shocks mated to lower-rate TRD Eibach springs that help raise the nose two inches, while improving tracking while driving off road. Tundra TRD Pro also has unique off-road wheels and tires, a heavy-duty skid plate and an aggressive TRD-tuned Dual Exhaust together with a Brawnier, Chiseled body. A 5.7L V8 Engine with 381 Horsepower and 401 lb.-ft. is more than enough grunt to push you around. Upgraded 38 Gallon Fuel Tank offers extended range. Nice interior standard equipment make this truck special with the legendary roll-down rear window. Where it lacks in raw power, it has so much of that Toyota truck experience that has made them a top player in the truck world.



Features:
TRD Pro 5.7L V8 Engine.
Heavy-duty 1/4-inch Aluminum Front Skid Plate.
TRD-tuned Dual Exhaust.
Lower-rate TRD Eibach Springs that help raise the nose two inches, while improving tracking while driving off road.
Special TRD Bilstein Coil-Over Shocks with 2.5-inch Body (similar to what you might find on an off-road racing truck) designed to deliver two more inches of downward wheel travel.
Main Piston on the TRD Bilstein Shocks is 60mm - 30 Percent Larger than Standard.
Internally TRD Bilstein Shocks with Remote Reservoir to help ensure consistent damping while helping to control shock temperature.
Rear Matched Bilstein Shocks with TRD Off-road Leaf Spring.
3-stage Compression Dampening with Internal Hydraulic Bump Stops.
18-inch Black Alloy TRD Wheels Wrapped in 32-inch Michelin LTX AT2 Tires.
Front Bucket Seats with Black Leather-trimmed and Red Stitching and Accents as well as embroidered TRD Pro Badges.
Unique TRD Pro Carpet Floor Mats and a Leather-accented TRD Pro Shift Knob with TRD logo.
Entune Premium Audio with Integrated Navigation and App Suite.
Roll-down Rear Window (CrewMax models).
Unique TRD Pro bed stamp.
Specs:
Double Cab $43,395, CrewMax $46,010
Towing capacity: 9,400 to 9,800 lbs
MPG: 13 city / 17 highway
Wheel size: 18″ diameter, 8″ width


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9.28.2016

Trey Gowdy: Why Can't Law Enforcement Ask If A Suspect Is Here Illegally?


Published on September 28, 2016
New Orleans, LA Police are NOT ALLOWED by policy to ask about IMMIGRATION STATUS of those that are arrested, nor can they make inquiry as to the status of a person's citizenship status as a pre-emptive measure before a violent crime has been committed. This is a failure of the Federal Government's primary responsibility to ensure sovereignty and protection of its citizens from inherent threats.

Immigration and Border Security Subcommittee Chairman Gowdy and House Judiciary Committee Chairman Goodlatte issued the statement below in advance of this hearing:

“It is outrageous that the Justice Department would seek a consent decree with the New Orleans Police Department to actually inhibit the ability of the federal government to enforce federal law. By hindering federal immigration officers’ ability to apprehend criminal aliens, the Justice Department consciously disregards the safety and security of the American public by enabling the release of these criminals back into our communities to commit more crimes.”

“Next week, the Immigration and Border Security Subcommittee will examine DOJ’s role in coercing the New Orleans Police Department to adopt dangerous sanctuary policies and will seek answers from the Department. We look forward to hearing their explanation as to why they would encourage a local jurisdiction to violate federal law.”

Honorable Jeff Landry, Attorney General, Louisiana Department of Justice
Honorable Vanita Gupta, Principal Deputy Assistant Attorney General, U.S. Department of Justice
Honorable Michael Horowitz, Inspector General, U.S. Department of Justice
Mr. Zach Butterworth, Executive Counsel and Director of Federal Affairs, Office of Mayor Mitchell J. Landrieu, City of New Orleans

8 U.S. Code § 1373 - Communication between government agencies and the Immigration and Naturalization Service

(a) In general
Notwithstanding any other provision of Federal, State, or local law, a Federal, State, or local government entity or official may not prohibit, or in any way restrict, any government entity or official from sending to, or receiving from, the Immigration and Naturalization Service information regarding the citizenship or immigration status, lawful or unlawful, of any individual.
(b) Additional authority of government entitiesNotwithstanding any other provision of Federal, State, or local law, no person or agency may prohibit, or in any way restrict, a Federal, State, or local government entity from doing any of the following with respect to information regarding the immigration status, lawful or unlawful, of any individual:
(1) Sending such information to, or requesting or receiving such information from, the Immigration and Naturalization Service.
(2) Maintaining such information.
(3) Exchanging such information with any other Federal, State, or local government entity.
(c) Obligation to respond to inquiries
The Immigration and Naturalization Service shall respond to an inquiry by a Federal, State, or local government agency, seeking to verify or ascertain the citizenship or immigration status of any individual within the jurisdiction of the agency for any purpose authorized by law, by providing the requested verification or status information.

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Director Comey Refuses to Cooperate With Re-Opening Hillary Clinton Email Scandal Case


Published on September 28, 2016
FBI has not provided information demanded by subpoena. Director Comey claims to not understand that his bureau's cooperation is not optional.

Representative Smith (R-TX) requests James Comey / FBI Director to re-open the Hillary Clinton Email Scandal Case in light of several large pieces of significant new information that has surfaced since the FBI closed the case in July. James Comey affirmed there is no such thing as "Lifetime Immunity."

Today, the House Judiciary Committee will hear from Director James Comey on the challenges facing the FBI and how the FBI is addressing them. From San Bernardino to Orlando to the most recent terrorist attacks in New York, New Jersey, and Minnesota, the United States has experienced a rise in radical Islamic terrorism and we must ensure that the FBI has the resources needed for its counterterrorism efforts in order to thwart these heinous plots and protect Americans from harm.

“Additionally, many members of the House Judiciary Committee continue to have unanswered questions about the FBI’s investigation, Director Comey’s public statements on the matter, and the Justice Department’s decision to not prosecute Secretary Clinton for mishandling classified information through private email servers. It defies logic and the law that she faces no consequences for jeopardizing national security. It also appears that Secretary Clinton may have perjured herself and made false statements to Congress under oath. I’ve called on the Justice Department to investigate her for perjury and am interested to hear from Director Comey on the matter.”

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Jason Chaffetz Lays Into FBI Director James Comey Over Hillary Clinton's Lies


Published on September 28, 2016
The FBI refuses to act against Hillary Clinton and her corruption.

Video Transcript: This investigation started because the Inspector General found classified information on secure setting and the FBI went to a law firm and found this information they seized at least one computer at least one thumb drive did you need an immunity agreement to get those it was not i don't think there was a mutant fact I'm certain there was no immunity agreement used in connection with that so did it really take the FBI a full year to figure out that Cheryl Mills and other Samson also had computers with classified information no it took us to that . investigation to insist that we try to get them are you getting that because they had classified information or because there were some other information you want we thought those with the tools we understood that have been used to sort the emails and investigative team very much want to understand if they could weather was an electronic well of how that had been done big big issue was what did they delete what did they keep in but why did you need an immunity agreement why didn't they just cooperate and hand them over a law firm did didn't he oh yes the that's a question really I can't answer that's between a lawyer and her client and the Justice Department lawyers for whatever reason her lawyer thought it was in her interest to get an active production immunity agreement with the Department Justice the FBI interviewed David Kendall's partner but did not interview David Kendall why didn't you interview David Kendall I don't remember I don't remember that decision going back to this reddit post this is put up on july twenty fourth of 2014 you believe this to be associated with mr. competi correct yes think that's right um this is the one to mr. Jordan put up about the need to strip out of VIPs very VIP email address and a bunch of archived email this is if he's that referring to a federal record isn't he I don't know exactly which records is referring to how is this not a conscious effort to alter federal records I mean the proximity to the date is it just stunning sorry what's the question how is this not a conscious effort to do to alter federal record depending on what the record was exactly what he was trying to do and whether there would be disclosure to the people they were producing a to saying we change this for public for privacy purposes just don't know sitting here these are documents that were under subpoena these federal records are under subpoena their honor under a preservation order did mr. combated destroy documents i don't know where that was true in july of  2014 they're under subpoena did he ultimately destroy federal records mr. competitor oh I have no reasonably be destroyed federal records use bleach bit did he not have the question is what was already produced before use the bleach bit he definitely the reason he wanted immunity was he had done the bleach bit business after it was publicity about the demand from Congress for the records that's a potential not just Felicity there's a subpoena right that's pretend there was communication from Cheryl Mills that there was a preservation order correct yes and he did indeed use bleach bit on these records sure whether or not that's why the guy wouldn't talk to us without immunity it's so when you got immunity what did you learn we learned that no one had directed him to do that but he had done it if you strip you really think that he just did this by himself I think his account again I don't I never firmly believe anybody except my my wife but it but the question is do I have evidence to disbelieve him and I don't his account is credible he was told to do it in 2014 screwed up and didn't do it panicked when he realized he hadn't in the race back in and did it after Congress as for the records and the new york times wrote about them that was his oh shi t moment but that was incredible again I don't believe people but we did not have evidence to disbelieve that established someone told him to do that no email no phone call nothing the hope was if you've been told to do that that'd be a great piece of evidence if we give him immunity maybe he'll tell us so and so told me to so-and-so asked me to and then we're working up the chain but he did indeed destroy federal records and he was told at some point to do this correct who told him to do that initially when we supposed to do it in december and he didn't do it who told him to do that one of one of Secretary Clinton staff members me i can remember sitting here we know that one of her lawyers might have been Cheryl Mills someone on the team said we don't need those emails anymore get rid of the archive file this is that's unbelievable about this because there's classified information there is there are federal records that were indeed destroyed and that's up that's just the fact batter let's go back to let's go back to this here's the other thing that's a draw to your attention that is new September fifteenth of this year I issued a subpoena from the Oversight and Government Reform Committee on these reddit post four days later they were just they were destroyed or taken down they were deleted I would hope the FBI would take that into consideration again we're trying under a properly issued subpoena to get to this information go to heather mills real quick how does the in the 2016 interview with Cheryl Mills she says quote mills did not learn in the interview report that you the interviews summary from the FBI mills did not learn Clinton it was using a private email server until after Clinton's tenure back yet also you have this interview with mr. pagliaro who said he approached quote peg landing approach Cheryl Mills in her office and related a State Department employees concerns regarding federal records retention and the use of a private server pagliaro remembers mills replying that former secretaries of state had done similar things to include colin powell it goes then onto a page 10 and this is what i don't understand the FBI rights Clinton's immediate aids to include mills Aventine Sullivan and read a redacted name told the FBI they were unaware of the existence of a private server until after click Clinton's tenure and state or when it became public knowledge but if you look back at the email from from heather mills if you go back to 2010 this is to Justin Cooper k mills to Cooper who does not which you where he works for Clinton's he doesn't work for the state department FYI hrc email coming back is server okay Cooper writes back you are funny we're on the same server she knew there was a server when there was a problem with Hillary Rodham Clinton's emails what did they do she called the person who has no background in this is not a State Department employee no security clearance and then tells the FBI well I'd ever knew about that but there's direct evidence that contradicts this how do you come to that conclusion write that in the summary statement that she had no knowledge of this there was a problem with Hillary Rodham Clinton's emails what did they do she called the person who has no background in this is not a State Department employee no security clearance and then tells the FBI well I'd ever knew about that but there's direct evidence that contradicts this how do you come to that conclusion write that in the summary statement that she had no knowledge of this

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Hillary Clinton Top Email Architect Found To Be In Contempt of Congress


Published on September 22, 2016
 Brian Pagliano, top Hillary Clinton Email Server Architect was found to be in "Contempt of Congress" for his "Failure to Appear" before the House Oversight and Reforms Committee. Chairman Jason Chaffetz (R-Utah) provides contextual background for the motion before the Committee with 5 minute comments provided by Republicans and Democrats for and against the motion.

In a 19-15 vote in FAVOR of a finding of Contempt, the matter will be under review for 48 hours, after which, the recommendation will be brought before the entire House of Representatives which is required for a vote to officially find Mr. Pagliano to be in Contempt.

Should the majority of the House of Representatives vote affirmatively in favor of finding Mr. Pagliano to be in Contempt, the matter will most likely be sent by referral to the Department of Justice / Superior Court in the District of Columbia for Criminal Proceedings.

Mr. Pagliano had been subpoenaed at least twice by Chairman Chaffetz to provide verbal/written testimony regarding the Hillary Clinton Email Server issue, as well as to provide the "Immunity Agreement" that is alleged to exist providing Mr. Pagliano from criminal prosecution for any testimony he may provide before Congress.

The Immunity Agreement does not however provide protections from "Failing to Appear" before Congress as required by a lawfully executed Subpoena. Failing to Appear, and Failing to Provide Requested Documents, is potentially a criminal offense that must be prosecuted by the Department of Justice under separate charges not included within the original Immunity Agreement.

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10.10.2014

My November 2014 Trip To Japan

alby13 Japan Trip 2014

I will be going to Tokyo, Japan in the beginning of November, 2014. From there I will be taking the train and traveling to many other places all over Japan. I will be taking photos and writing about my experiences. There will be good friends, good food, and interesting places! Say Konichiwa!

2.17.2014

Who is Black Tusk Studios of Microsoft? New Gears of War 4 Developer



Who is Black Tusk Studios, of the Microsoft Division? Black Tusk Studios is set to develop the next-gen Gears of War game exclusively on the Xbox One. I'll talk about what the team is, who they are looking for and what that means.

Microsoft Studios has acquired the rights to the “Gears of War” franchise from Epic Games, including rights to all existing and future games, entertainment experiences and merchandise. What does this mean for fans? It means a new Gears game with unlimited Gears Lifestyle possibilities including new clothing, toys, and console/controller bundles and themes. Bungie has plans to incorporate social media into new upcoming MMO Shooter 'Destiny', allowing players to remain connected to one another even when offline. Bungie is exploring the potential of using a mobile phone application to update players about new quests and inform them as to what their friends are doing in-game. It's possible Black Tusk is looking to connect players via their cell phone or tablet for stats and more.

Let's get down to who is behind Black Tusk Studios. Formerly Microsoft Vancouver, located in Vancouver, Canada. From them: "We are the official home of the Gears of War franchise and our objective is to forge the future of the IP and push the limits of Microsoft’s entertainment platforms and devices. Our team is comprised of deep creative and technical expertise from our industry’s top shooter and action titles, working cohesively to delight our fan base and shatter expectations of what is possible."

Why was an as-yet-unproven studio like Black Tusk chosen to lead the “Gears of War” development over a more established studio?
Phil Spencer (Head of Microsoft Studios): Black Tusk has assembled a world-class team with deep experience and passion for the shooter space, and specifically the “Gears of War” franchise. I am extremely confident that under the leadership of Hanno Lemke, Rod Fergusson and our other leaders in the studio, Black Tusk is well equipped to take on the future development of the “Gears of War” franchise.

From IGN:
The development team itself has a rich history of excellent games. The combined resume of Black Tusk's team includes Splinter Cell: Conviction, Warhammer 40,000: Space Marine, Crysis 2, Deus Ex: Human Revolution, God of War III, Uncharted: Drake's Fortune, The Saboteur, and more.

Hanno Lemke is General Manager, Microsoft Studios
-Previously managing games such as Forza, Fable, and Ryse: Son of Rome
-General Manager of Black Tusk Studios. Oversight of studio and Gears of War franchise development.

Rod Fergusson previously Executive Producer at Epic Games and 2K Studio Executive Vice President of Development
-Now Studio Manager (Producer) at Black Tusk Studios
-Expertise in directly communicating with Fans and Game Community

Who is Black Tusk Studios looking for?
Senior Concept Artist
Minimum of 7 years in video game production. Black Tusk is looking for leader to add creative visual impact for the new Gears game.

2 Gameplay Designers
Minimum of 5 and 6 years experience. Gameplay is extremely important to Gears of War and they are looking for new talent who can think outside the box as Gears has always been a radical approach to cover based shooters.

Lead Online Services Engineer
Minimum of 10 years experience. Will be responsible for leading the Gears of War Game Services team to build the next generation of backend services to power the Gears of War Universe, on console, web and mobile. Expect a rich website experience and as previously mentioned they want to tie the mobile phones and mobile devices to the Gears experience.

Watch for updates on http://www.blacktuskstudios.com/