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Comment: Re:Can the executive branch be held in contempt? (Score 1) 226

What would happen if the executive branch (which is supposed to enforce the law) simply refused to comply with a judicial order?

Does the phrase "Trail of Tears" mean anything to you?

How about "John Marshall has made his decision, now let him enforce it!"?

Note that the quotation is likely apocryphal, but it pretty much conveys Jackson's attitude toward the Supremes in regards to the Trail of Tears....

Comment: Re:this would expose an enormous state secret. (Score 1) 226

the deficit is shrinking at a staggering rate.

Yes, it's now the sixth or seventh largest in history...

Note that the only reason the deficit is "shrinking" is that it ballooned enormously (to over twice the previous record) a few years back. It has yet to get back down to the level that was considered "normal" (which most of us considered "too damn high")....

Comment: Re:It'd be nice... (Score 1) 226

half of these is probably about whether or not he slept with that woman... he he...
- Not that I ever cared one bit....

The only thing even remotely interesting about whether he slept with that woman was that, since she was an employee of his, it was a textbook example of workplace sexual harassment.

Even if she was willing....

Comment: Re:Send in the drones! (Score 1) 789

by CrimsonAvenger (#47779593) Attached to: Russian Military Forces Have Now Invaded Ukraine

Because, the yellow cake thing was a lie, there were no WMDs, they weren't sponsoring terrorism, and had nothing whatsoever to do with 9/11.


No opinion on the yellowcake or the sponsoring of terrorism, but there WERE WMD's.

Note that chemical weapons are WMD's (yeah, Assad has used WMD's on his own people, as did Saddam). Note that Saddam had used chemical weapons against the Kurds....

Comment: Re:Mandatory panic! (Score 1) 421

by CrimsonAvenger (#47743217) Attached to: South Carolina Student Arrested For "Killing Pet Dinosaur"

Comparatively, the world has had a large decrease in military force, where world wars were a 20-year occurrence. But those mostly ended after WWII. And yes, lots of wars in the 1800s that weren't world wars were still world wars because Spain, England, and France were battling behind the scenes in lots of "local" skirmishes.

Two things:

1) one of the reasons world wars went out of style was the US's overwhelming military dominance. World Wars were fashionable when the "great powers" (note the plural) had comparable military strengths.

2) Before the 20th century, "world wars" were mostly impractical because it took so damn long to get anywhere. Months to cross the Atlantic, more months to cross the Pacific, much less to do the fighting when you got across, that sort of thing....

Comment: Re:tax by transaction (Score 1) 316

by CrimsonAvenger (#47738711) Attached to: For Microsoft, $93B Abroad Means Avoiding $30B Tax Hit

What if we had a 1 penny tax on transactions, any transaction. For example there are 300 million bank transactions in the country a day. thats 30 million in taxes per day, JUST on bank transactions.

Alas for your theory, we don't have ten cents to the dollar in the USA. 300 million bank transactions is only $3 million.

Note, by the by, that $3M is about enough money for 25 seconds of Federal spending....

Comment: Re:Correlation is not causation (Score 3, Informative) 175

I bet they have crazy high infant mortality, shitty health in general, and a high per-capita crime rate too.

Per capita violent crime in MS ranks considerably below the national average (299 per 100K as opposed to 474 nationally (2006 figures)).

Massachusetts, New York, and California all have violent crime rates rather higher than the national average....

As does the District of Columbia (over three times the national average, nearly twice that of the highest State).

Comment: Re:BooksKindleAudiobooks (Score 1) 105

by CrimsonAvenger (#47719059) Attached to: Do Readers Absorb Less On Kindles Than On Paper? Not Necessarily

Say what you will about those old paper-and-board book things, at least you knew exactly where you were, and could get some mental image of the progression of the narrative arc.

Seems to me I get the same effect by glancing down to the bottom of my Nook's display and noting the "page ## of ####".

Seriously, if that's your only problem with a Reader....

If I'd known computer science was going to be like this, I'd never have given up being a rock 'n' roll star. -- G. Hirst