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Comment: Re:Gentrification? (Score 1) 330

by operagost (#46772001) Attached to: San Francisco's Housing Crisis Explained

The national average for gasoline was over $3/gallon for 10 months under Bush.

The national average for gasoline has been over $3/gallon for 3.5 years under Obama.

The dive well below $2 in 2008 was anomalous due to the shrinking economy. Likewise, however, was the anomalous rise over $4 for three months before that crash. The recovery point around $2.61, before the Democrats' crony-enriching "stimulus", was more reflective of the real value. Today's is partially a reflection of Obama's misguided economic policies.

Comment: Re:Militia, then vs now (Score 1) 1187

by DoofusOfDeath (#46768957) Attached to: Retired SCOTUS Justice Wants To 'Fix' the Second Amendment

And yes, I know that this opinion is not popular on a site as conservative as slashdot. That is why we see this as a front page story bashing the person proposing the re-examination of the second amendment.

I'm not sure Slashdot's commentators are all that conservative. I'd say they're 45% libertarian, 40% liberal, and 10% conservative.

Comment: Re:Militia, then vs now (Score 1) 1187

by operagost (#46768819) Attached to: Retired SCOTUS Justice Wants To 'Fix' the Second Amendment

At the time, there were limited means of communication (you took days to distribute a pamphlet) vs. being able to post on your blog within minutes or call into a radio or TV show.

Further, newspaper, book, and word of mouth were about all there were. The most literal interpretation of that 1st amendment means I could possess radio stations, TV stations, web sites, and if I were wealthy enough, my own cable network. In short, the 1st amendment favors the rich because they can speak as freely as they want. Not very equal, is it?

Comment: Re:Are you kidding (Score 1) 657

by operagost (#46768555) Attached to: Study Finds US Is an Oligarchy, Not a Democracy

Where's Lakoff's citation of people who suggest beating babies with sticks? Dobson suggests spanking babies, but that implies the hand just as well.

I'm not even sure how the opinion of one person even matters. I can quote Mao or Kim Jong-Il and claim that represents the opinions of every socialist.

Nothing is rich but the inexhaustible wealth of nature. She shows us only surfaces, but she is a million fathoms deep. -- Ralph Waldo Emerson