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Comment: Re:of course! (Score 1) 256

by BlueStrat (#49802653) Attached to: Silk Road Founder Ross Ulbricht Sentenced To Life In Prison

Hmm... maybe someone should start up a spin-off called LobbyRoad where politicians can meet to trade kickbacks and favors in an anonymous setting?

Done & done.


Unfortunately, HRC's private email servers she hosted at her home while SoS are temporarily down due to a security issue. Authorities wanted to see the contents.


Comment: Re:Nonsense (Score 2) 387

by BlueStrat (#49785797) Attached to: Obama Asks Congress To Renew 'Patriot Act' Snooping

In reality, it's even worse, as requiring the telecoms to keep this data guarantees that the telecoms will use that data -- so the end result is an expansion of the the amount of spying that is being inflicted on us.

Exactly this. Government spying on its citizens is bad, don't get me wrong. However, there are remedies for this. It isn't easy, but you CAN vote out the current government and vote in people who will end the spying. Again, it's not easy and it might take time, but it's doable.

The problem is that ending domestic bulk data collection requires enforcing the Constitution, and although many are against mass surveillance, many more are against other things that the Constitution enshrines & protects, like civilian gun ownership and freedom of religion as just 2 examples off the top f my head.

Unfortunately, there are many people out there that would be more than willing to sacrifice many civil rights if only guns were banned, and/or any church that performs any weddings was forced to wed anyone of any sex regardless of long-held religious beliefs/doctrines of said church/religion.


Comment: Re: And I'm the feminist deity (Score 1) 443

Not everyone is a fit parent.

See, that's the problem. There is disagreement among large numbers of people on exactly what the definition of "fit parent" is, who gets to decide what that definition is, and how it is interpreted/implemented/enforced, and if government even has the power under the Constitution to be involved at all.


Comment: Re:And I'm the feminist deity (Score 3, Insightful) 443

"Why should there even be a "solution"?"

Because we're a progressive world, where we successfully freed women from the oppresion of having a nice household, a partner who takes cares of them, and pursuing the ultimate biological goal of reproduction. Now they can enjoy being forced into being competitive just as men are. Remember girls, now you have to earn the right to use your womb now, better get working because you'll need the money in case you decide to unfreeze your eggs and have a baby a couple of years before your retirement.

So better get into engineering even if you don't like it because babies are fucking expensive now! Uh? you don't like it? well that's because your internalized patriarchy doesn't let you think straight you silly girl.

Obviously the only real solution is to force all children to be taken at birth to be raised and educated in government-run facilities until the age of majority, safe from bad parenting decisions and dangerous political/ideological ideas. /s

I felt the need for the '/s' sarc tag, as there are actually a number of people, some in positions of power, who would take the above as a given, that children belong to the State first and parents second.


Comment: Re:Are they LEOs (Score 4, Funny) 104

Is an apparent law enforcement officer (or group thereof) who is conducting their work illegally, really a law enforcement officer?

Nope, they are just Low-Earth Orbits then.

Take from that what you can comprehend. Don't try to understand it. My head hurts.

It's quite simple.

They are acting as agents of State Security, or "SS".

The SS operates without regard to laws or Constitutionally-mandated limits/restrictions to government powers. They believe as tyrants always have, that power comes from the barrel of a gun.

At a 2008 "distressed investors" forum, Ron Bloom, appointed Senior Counselor to President Obama for Manufacturing Policy in September 2009, said:

"Generally speaking, we get the joke. We know that the free market is nonsense. We know that the whole point is to game the system, to beat the market. Or at least find someone who will pay you a lot of money, 'cause they're convinced that there is a free lunch. We know this is largely about power, that it's an adults-only, no-limit game. We kind of agree with Mao, that political power comes largely from the barrel of a gun."

This mentality is not uncommon across government, especially the higher one looks.


Comment: Re:Effect? (Score 0) 383

by BlueStrat (#49751157) Attached to: What Was the Effect of Rand Paul's 10-Hour "Filibuster"?

Then what exactly are you saying you want? Don't hide behind the Federalist and Anti-Federalist Papers and tell me exactly what it is you are advocating that is in some way different to what George Washington delivered.

"Hide behind the Fed/Anti-Fed Papers"? Seriously? Why do you think "what George Washington delivered" and what the *other* founders agreed on and included in the design of the nation based on the discussions carried out through those very Fed/Anti-Fed Papers is different? You *do* realize that the Federalist/Anti-Federalist Papers are as close to code-comments for the Constitution as we can get, right?

It sounds like you have not invested sufficient time in learning and understanding the history of the design and theory of governance behind the US Constitution.

Until you have, there is no possibility of having a rational discussion.

Good day, sir.


Comment: Re:Effect? (Score 1) 383

by BlueStrat (#49749505) Attached to: What Was the Effect of Rand Paul's 10-Hour "Filibuster"?

If not, then say what you mean instead of this childish shit of suggesting we are better of with something other than an elected government.


What a marvelous strawman you created and killed! Too bad I never said anything like that.

It was Congress who passed the Patriot Act in a rush in the first place to create this mess, and you want to give them even more ability to stampede things through without ample time for people to learn about, understand, and form opinions and advocate for or oppose legislation?

Please take the time to read the Federalist and Anti-Federalist Papers before criticizing a system you obviously do not understand.

A runaway/out-of-control Legislative branch is equally as dangerous to liberty as a runaway/out-of-control Executive or Judicial branch.

If you have a problem with the built-in safeguards against a runaway/out-of-control Congress included in the design of the US Congress by the authors of the Constitution, amend it.


Comment: Re:Effect? (Score 1) 383

by BlueStrat (#49749291) Attached to: What Was the Effect of Rand Paul's 10-Hour "Filibuster"?

So that the NSA et al can just get on with business as usual without elected officials telling them what to do?

Wait, I thought it was these same elected officials who authorized the "business as usual" you refer to? They were about to re-authorize the same "business as usual" when Sen. Paul filibustered, were they not? The US Freedom act which codified into law many of the provisions re: domestic surveillance, but which has been promoted as a "fix" despite that fact, was not up for a vote.

Gridlock was intentionally designed into the system as a safeguard against knee-jerk legislative responses in order that there was at least a chance that adults could rein-in such knee-jerk/runaway legislative actions.

You need to check your facts.

You'll love China. They've got all that without those expensive elections. Or how about the colonies when the King was in charge?

Again, rather than tossing accusations & insults you *really* need to check the facts and think before you embarrass yourself further.

As far as Kings and decrees go, the current occupant at 1600 Pennsylvania Ave. has been doing a pretty good impression.


Comment: Re:Effect? (Score 1) 383

by BlueStrat (#49749023) Attached to: What Was the Effect of Rand Paul's 10-Hour "Filibuster"?

the rather obvious point is that our legislative rules are specifically designed so that congress accomplishes nothing when there is no majority to push things forward

Yes, quite true.

The tone of your replies to me seems to suggest I am arguing against the things you've stated when I've made no such statements, and in fact agree that gridlock is not a bad thing, and is in fact an intentional feature meant to slow and in some cases curb legislative excesses.


Comment: Re:Effect? (Score 4, Insightful) 383

by BlueStrat (#49747465) Attached to: What Was the Effect of Rand Paul's 10-Hour "Filibuster"?

somehow throw a spanner in the works and cause a massive cost/delay to the government.

Are you asserting that congress would have actually gotten anything done during that time?

Yes. Congress is typically quite industrious at violating the Constitution and destroying civil rights.

I wish the partisans would STFU and realize this is a civil rights issue, not a partisan issue, for *everyone* regardless of political party, ideology, and/or religion (or lack thereof).

For those kool-ade drinkers defending the administration regarding domestic spying, do you want your political enemies to have this power to wield when they inevitably gain office?


Comment: Re:US Proposes Tighter Export Rules ... (Score 1) 126

by BlueStrat (#49746499) Attached to: US Proposes Tighter Export Rules For Computer Security Tools

Paranoid, much?

Those that would mistake paranoia with basic observational skills referencing events over the last 60 years are likely be on some type of 'agenda'. What some call paranoid, others are calling it 'having a big mouth', but you don't see that part now do you?

Don't bother. Just check Dave420's post history. He's drank so much of Leftist/Social Justice kool-aid that California is considering sanctioning him for the amount of water he wastes.


Air is water with holes in it.