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Tuesday, August 27. 2013
Feeding an army of firefighters on the American
What Can Be Done About Pedophilia?
4 Reasons why you didn’t just buy that online
Ban E-Cigarettes? The Anti-Smoking Lobby's Clueless Crusade
The Indebted States of America - States and localities owe far, far more than their citizens know.
Obama’s big voting rights gamble
Not a joke: NYT, AP to refer to Manning as 'Chelsea'
Clothing Store Fined $3.9 Million by Feds Over Drawstrings
For Obama, world looks far different than expected
Cause for Grief? The Jewish people would suffer no great loss if all the Jews of Europe were
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Nothing went wrong in the Middle East. It is exactly as its inhabitants wish it to be, within the limits imposed by reality.
I disagree. The ME went wrong. It just went wrong about 1200 years ago.
Consider where the Arab's be if they didn't have oil? An collection of squabbling tribes of as much importance as say the Tutsi/Hutu?
Also consider where they would be if we and the Brits didn't find it for them and help them get it out of the ground. Of course, now we're the Great Satan.
There's gratitude for you!
It’s amusing to contrast the difference: if man declares he is a woman, the reporters’ guidelines use his womanly name; if a kaffir converts to Islam and becomes a terrorist, the reporters’ guidelines use his infidel name and don’t mention his Islamic name.
I have the perfect solution to the Bradley Manning and Nidal Hasan punishment. Deny Bradley Manning any medical treatment to make him a woman and force him to live as a man. Give Nidal Hasan the medical procedures to make him a woman and force him to live his life as a woman. Perfect!
"In some cases, the current climate has been driven by factors outside the White House's control.”
I wonder what sort of world the AP reports (Julie Pace wrote that line) live in. I’d like to think that almost all of the current climate (that is, the world, all the people in it, the seas, and the air) are outside the White House’s control. And will forever be.
I’d like to think that it’s not even possible that anything other than an infinitesimal fraction of the world could be in the White House’s control.
Good point, but the difference in the way these sorts of things are reported is pretty stark. Bush screwed things up, Reagan was lucky to have Gorbachev in the USSR (otherwise he would have screwed things up) but Obummer has no control (and therefore shares no responsibility for what happens).
Yeah. Reporters (and, too often, historians), act if the president’s desk in White House had knobs and dials that controlled the economy, the weather, foreign governments, our own government….
It reminds me of how the ancient peoples viewed their multiplicity of false gods. Not even the most educated can escape the belief that someone, somewhere has authority and responsiblity and has chosen everyone’s path in some great game of destiny.
+1. Washington DC has become the Emerald City of Oz, Hussein Obama the Wizard, a giant head of smoke and fire. Pay no attention to that man behind the curtain.
"an infinitesimal fraction of the world "
You keep talking about the Washington/NYC media like that and you're going to hurt their feelings. Not to mention the White House people. They are king of all Ideadia and wear shiny hats.
Wikipedia notes that there were 22 deaths from drawstrings from 1985 to 1999. So, the 26 deaths mentioned in the article are probably over the span of 1985-2012, or about one death per year.
$4 million for a paperwork error related to a death rate that is insignificant (compared to the many other dangers in the world). GO BUREAUCRATS!!!
Kids dying is bad and is very useful for the agency to lobby for increased funding.
But messing up the paperwork is unforgivable, assuming the perpetrator is without the requisite influence in high places. And forgetting to report something silly like this is contempt of bureaucrat, which they cannot abide.
Bureaucratic fines are probably unconstitutional. They get to make the regulation without any public input or vote. They get to decide what infraction will be punished by a fine and decide how much the fine will be. They get to decide who gets fined. And finally they get the money. Does this sound like a prescription for fraud waste and abuse. My solution is to strip all government of the ability to fine or in any way punish wrong doing by taking of money or property. Their only recourse should be in the courts and either the perp/citizen broke a law passed by congress or they did not and if a law was broken the only punishment within their ability to levy should be incarceration. This would put skin in the game for both sides. No back room deals. No crossing anyone's palm with silver. Either the crime was serious enough to merit a DA spending hours, days, weeks and months prosecuting or it is not. Either all legal battles are fought in public in our court system or they are not. The very ability by the DA to bargin creates a system rife with corruption. A lot of innocent people went to jail simply because the cost and risk of a trail was too scary. The trail should be and must be the only recourse of a government that holds all the power.
I've just started reading 'The Problem of Political Authority: An Examination of the Right to Coerce and the Duty to Obey' by Michael Huemer. It promises to be an interesting look at why we tolerate behaviors from government that we'd never tolerate from the random individual and even charge them with a crime. Although that last part starts a circular argument since you generally need some entity empowered to use coercion (violence) to arrest and impose upon people.
I like the thought experiment of looking at a neighbor forcing you to do something, such as give to charity, then after determining such a thing would not be tolerated, asking why we tolerate government doing it.
How would people view a cabal imposing million dollar fines on businesses for a paperwork issue? And why do we think such a thing is proper for a cabal simply because it is a "government agency" and has the threat of government violence to coerce compliance?
What can be done about pedophilia:
1. The old way: remove from society, castrate, shame
2. The new way: normalize pedophilia, problem solved.
What treatments are available for pedophilia?
My greatest hope is less about treatment, however, and more about prevention. ...
... using the magic words, "touch my child and I'll kill you."
4 Reasons why you didn’t just buy that online On many, many web sites, including Amazon, you have to go all the way to checkout to get bottom line cost of an item because they don't let you figure shipping, taxes, handling fees, quantity discounts and such up front. So If you're a low-baller like me, you may have six, eight or more shopping carts loaded, and only purchase from one site, if any. Some web sites don't divulge shipping etc. until you've paid (I skip these altogether). I suspect that's where an abundance, if not the preponderance of abandoned carts come from. Some might point out that sites saving the shipping etc. surprise until checkout state their shipping etc. policies somewhere under support. But, who has time to find and wade through that info in this era?
There are only 2 reason why I've ever abandoned an on-line shopping cart, and neither one is listed in the article: (1) At the last minute I realize I've forgotten to check a different merchant to do a price comparison, or (2) In the case of Amazon, they wait until I press the order button to tell me that for some unspecified reason they can't or else won't ship the items I've entered to my location.
For the most part, I find the total costs are shown up-front from the beginning or very near the start of the ordering process. On Amazon's web site, this only gets tricky when you order from a third party merchant, which may not disclose all that cost information until you're about to hit the Buy Button, but in my experience Amazon itself as a seller is pretty forthcoming.
Political insiders. Hmmmmmmm. Why should I believe them? I think I won't.
But Obama is so smart! How can the world frustrate his genius?
Miley. I missed it. The Skankification of culture continues.
Jews should wash the dust of Europe off their feet, and not look back. And do it before the muzzies take over by out-populating the Euros. Then Europe can turn to sand.
In defense of the Crusades
Sorry about that little mistake. Global Positioning wasn't all that refined back in the Day. And, you know, you people sound like foreigners anyway. Just sayin'.
Re Detroit: If Hussein Obama claims that the private sector, most notably GM, didn't "build that" and make pre-1960 Detroit one of the wealthiest metropolitan areas in the country, is he also willing to concede it was government that turned gold to dross and led to the ruination of Detroit? I don't think so. He's exceptionally good at taking credit for the accomplishments of other people while blaming them for his mistakes. Democrats, they never, ever say "sorry, my mistake."
What Can Be Done About Pedophilia?
Introduce Islam? [snark]
Treatment at the moment: baseball bats
Or give them over to Isaac Parker