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Comment Re:so... now they want to ban knowledge (Score 1) 311

Wasn't that program actually started under the Bush administration?

Well, yes but that's misleading.

So that Obama and Holder ended up taking all manner of shit from the Rabid Right--including a massive anti-Holder PR campaign by the NRA--for continuing to do what their guy had started?

This is the misleading part. The operation that became Fast and Furious began under the Bush administration as Wide Receiver but the program was vastly different under the Obama administration.

There was nearly seven times more guns allowed to walk during the Obama administration than under Bush. The Bush administration ended Wide Receiver in 2007 when they had issues with inadequate tracking. None of the Bush era guns have been used in homicides in the US. The Bush era program notified Mexican law enforcement of guns that they expected would cross the border, that didn't happen under Obama.

Whether you choose to chalk it up to incompetence or malice, there were many differences between Wide Receiver and Fast and Furious that show the Obama administration's operation was a wholly different beast.


Comment Re:To whom did he really appeal? (Score 1) 309

The DNC isn't a charity; they exist to get people elected.

Not only that but to get people elected who will serve the best interests of the party. Some guy who wants to win to "make a statement" and claimed he will leave office in one year, a time frame in which he can't possibly achieve anything meaningful, isn't the guy to support.

The debates promote the entire party, and they're trying to create a contrast with the Republican clown show.

There are plenty of clowns on both sides.

Trump and Hillary may as well play Entrance of the Gladiators as their theme music when they make public appearances.


Comment To whom did he really appeal? (Score 1) 309

He's in favor of government funding for Planned Parenthood and he has expressed both support for gun control and complete ignorance of the current gun laws, so he's not going to pull away any Republican voters.

He has not put forth an agenda on Income inequality, the budget deficit/national debt, union support and police misconduct, so he's not going to be able to develop a connection with the Democrat base.

His one big issue is something that the majority of Americans do not support.


Comment Re: In three years ... (Score 1) 217

Precisely. I have spent nearly my entire career (over 3 decades) in IT, including working at Microsoft and currently for a Really Big Networking Company Based in San Jose, and this idea is nuts.

The part of my career that I didn't spend in IT was a detour into foreign language teaching (went back to IT after 3 years). Even before that experience, I firmly believed - as person who has formally studied 3 foreign languages and is actually good at one of them - that people should not be forced to study a foreign language. There's no benefit at all to people who aren't motivated, and even among those who are, the benefit is mostly just personal interest. It's not like taking classes in English and basic math; those are things you need in order to function well in society and your career.

Of those three languages, the one I'm good at is the one I studied because I really wanted to learn it. The others were a waste of a time in each of 5 consecutive academic years.

I'd sure hate to be in a programming class where most of the students were only there because Rahm Emmanuel forced them to be.

Comment Re: At least I won't have to read about it in Wir (Score 1) 234

The left is actually the group that opposed the involuntary sterilization measures that were practiced, and the left doesn't support any extant programs to discourage particular races to reproduce that I know about.

Not explicitly but there is a reason why 80% of Planned Parenthood facilities are in minority communities.


Comment Re:Why now? (Score 1) 234

Drunk driving cases are a special breed.

In most states, a criminal defendant has an absolute right to have evidence evaluated in an independent laboratory to confirm the state/county crime lab's results but in many states, that doesn't apply to DUI defendants. The "official" results from the crime lab are the only ones that are permitted.

This is a recipe for abuse.


Machines take me by surprise with great frequency. - Alan Turing