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Comment Re:No free education for illegal aliens? (Score 1) 191

Citizenship has little to do with it since Plyler v. Doe, and I would imagine that ones legality in the country would not come into play with regards to qualifying for such a program while serving a sentence in prison... however the illegal alien may find themselves deported along with their degree after completion, while the citizen would be forced to go look for work with their degree and a local criminal record.

Comment Re: Good for them (Score 2) 191

You beat me to it.

Apparently the OP either works for a small company that honestly doesn't care, or didn't read everything they were signing/agreeing to when accepting the job.

Fun fact: These background checks often aren't just a check to see IF you've been convicted of criminal wrongdoing, but to make sure you own up to them.

I knew a guy who was offered a job at a rather large SW house, underwent the background check and because he failed to pre-emptily disclose a thing or to they found (nothing overly serious IIRC) they pulled the offer. Had the acknowledged the previous convictions up front there would not have been a problem.

Comment Re:Re-what? (Score 1) 139

Have you tried buying a gift card with a credit card? ... if you try it at a grocery store, they'll deny the purchase.

Yes, I do it all the time, and no it doesn't get denied. The only catch is that if I buy one and put enough money onto it, the POS terminal asks for my DL# for verification.

So I don't know where you got your information from, but it's flat out wrong.

Comment Re:How long will the company stay up? (Score 1) 494

Meanwhile my VW is only at 63k miles, bought new, and has had to have the intake plenum essentially replaced twice due to excessive carbon buildup, has had the gas cap "door" get stuck shut twice requiring a replacement of the spring loaded part that pops it open both times (this is especially annoying because by the time you notice it, guess what - your gas tank is nearly empty), and had the water pump fail just last week.

Not to mention other annoyances like being unable to replace the rear brake pads on your own without the $300 VW computer tool or without bringing it into a garage or - worse - the dealership.

My Fiat has been trouble-free by comparison, and that is particularly embarrassing when the Italians managed to build a more reliable car than the Germans.

Comment Re:Silly story... (Score 1) 361

I'm actually happier with no salesmen and no hari krishnas in the waiting room

There are ways to deal with that which not only do not require security theater, but that were well in the works a decade before 9/11 which is why you probably haven't seen many of them at the airport in the 90's outside of movies:

Comment Re:Silly story... (Score 1) 361

Are you saying that this is some sort of terrible hardship?

Terrible? No. Rather inconvenient more often than not? Yes.

Given the choice between waiting at the gate and trying to spot your person/group out of ~100-200 people getting off the plane you know them to be coming from is far far easier than trying to figure out which exit gate into baggage claim they will come out and when, all the while trying to guess which scrum of people happen to be from the same plane.

Plus, by doing that at the gate you distribute the load of reunions rather than cram even more full a poorly orchestrated baggage claim area.

I've long thought it fortuitous the rise of mobile phones since 9/11 as without them things like cell phone waiting lots and other means of 'quick' airport pickups just wouldn't be practical.

Comment Re:They Never thought he had a bomb... (Score 1) 361

Wow, someone who still things mens rea means a damn!

In far too many cases, simply 'causing alarm' is sufficient.

Example: In most states, openly carrying a firearm on your hip is legal. Depending on the area there are often restrictions as to where you can carry (bars, schools, playgrounds, etc) and what limitations private businesses can put on your carrying ("We prefer that patrons not carry firearms here so we must ask that you leave now, if you refuse we will ask the police to charge you with trespass" vs "Seems you missed our legally binding 'gun free zone' sign... guess what? you just committed a crime! Please wait here while the police come to arrest you").

It seems cut and dry, until enough people freak out that someone is carrying a gun and suddenly you can be facing charges despite acting fully within your rights.

Comment Re:Silly story... (Score 1) 361

Was that because of your race... or the time you did it?

I suspect you are a bit older than he so come from a different time, as do I.

There was a time when carry on baggage was not screened for weapons or explosives prior to a flight.

There was a time it was not uncommon for rural high school students to keep a shotgun or rifle in their vehicle in the fall so that they could go for a quick hunt after school.

There was a time you could walk without a ticket up to the gate at an airport and meet your loved ones when they arrived.

Unfortunately we do not live in those times anymore.

Comment Re:Silly story... (Score 4, Insightful) 361

Plain out-and-out racism and denying this kid his civil rights.

You have specific evidence that he was singled out because of his race? Or is that your own bias showing?

If so, why then so much less outrage & support for the kid who pointed a chicken finger at another student, or the pop-tart gun kid, or the kid who wrote a story about shooting a dinosaur? I don't think any of them got invited to the White House.

Comment Re:It's A Different World Today (Score 1) 193

You really should read more than the headline... the study started by looking at households where a death had already happened and then asking if there were any firearms in the house and so largely ignores the rest of the homes where firearms exist safely and without killing anyone.

Correlation != causation.

Comment Re:Poptarts have gotten the same response (Score 1) 193

statistically speaking, owning a gun increases the danger to you and your loved ones, a notion your anecdote supports

Cherry picked & misrepresented statistics do say that yes.

If someone is desiring to kill themselves or others, having a gun around does sometime lead to an uptick in deaths due to guns... if they don't have a gun around it causes an uptick in knife, auto, blunt object and other deaths... which never seem to matter for some reason.

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