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Comment: Re:So your point then... (Score 1) 15

by smitty_one_each (#48901395) Attached to: Props to William Jacobson

how much energy will you put in to the enforcement of laws that oppress individual freedoms?

Well, were this wild hypothetical somehow instantiated, I guess we'd have to start with tracking you down in the real world and just screwing with you for sheer recreation.
As far as "needful" goes, one good approach for starters would be to begin with the overcriminalization problem and just work backward. That is, there is plenty of good thought by sane people in circulation on the topic. It's a going-in position.
What's your next diversion? Do you shoot the messenger? Do you claim that "love is hate, peace is war" and any conservative approach is really just tyranny?

Comment: Re:So your point then... (Score 1) 15

by smitty_one_each (#48900615) Attached to: Props to William Jacobson
Sure. Let's enforce all the laws, to the point that we realize that we've tremendous clutter, then set about streamlining them, so that what's on the books is needful, enforceable, reasonable, and minimal.
Such a state would probably optimize the balance between the individual and the group.
Which invites the question: what's your next obfuscation?

Comment: Re:So your point then... (Score 1) 15

by smitty_one_each (#48899469) Attached to: Props to William Jacobson
I find your interrogative disingenuous. The question is NOT "why do you support local jurisdictions passing laws regulating things. . .such as ammunition clips".
The question is, given laws, why do we tolerate uneven enforcement thereof.
This is a specific example of why I generally assume, as a default, that you are arguing in bad faith, or at least trolling, until proven otherwise.

Comment: Re:not my takeaway at all (Score 1) 15

by smitty_one_each (#48899453) Attached to: Props to William Jacobson

I think when the Irish and Polish and Italian immigrant waves came, they actually liked the basic system of America and wanted to melt into it. They thought they could make it just fine on their own, by working. Now we have multiculturalism and its encouragement of cultural segregation, and of not learning the language and customs and fully joining in. Now suddenly these days it's like America is at a zenith of racism and the message that can and does resonate is that you can't make it on your own in America, without the Left's help.

You have to admire the Left's genius in realizing that there is more political power to be derived from keeping people divided, rather than having them unite under one set of capitalistic Judeo-Christians values.

Comment: Re: Hitchhiker's (Score 1) 410

by LordLucless (#48892137) Attached to: Disney Turned Down George Lucas's Star Wars Scripts

Agree. This might come across as heresy, but I even dislike HHGTG as a book - it's really a series of loosely-connected jokes strung together by an absurdist plot. The funniest things in HHGTG are the asides and internal monologues - and that's pretty much impossible to reproduce in a movie (unless you do the whole thing in voice-overs, at which point it becomes less a movie and more, well, a radio play).

My favourite Douglas Adams book was Dirk Gently's Holistic Detective Agency: funny, with a coherent (albeit, somewhat wild) plot.

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