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Comment: The Majority Still Has Follow the Constitution (Score 3, Insightful) 1081 1081

Prop 8 was of the people, as are all the constitutional amendments passed in many states explicitly defining what marriage is or isn't. Isn't that independence of the people? Who is it that's against independence now?

The 14th Amendment reads in part, "All persons born or naturalized in the United States, and subject to the jurisdiction thereof, are citizens of the United States and of the State wherein they reside. No State shall make or enforce any law which shall abridge the privileges or immunities of citizens of the United States; nor shall any State deprive any person of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law; nor deny to any person within its jurisdiction the equal protection of the laws."

Note that the only two descriptors of people are "persons" and "citizens." It doesn't talk about white, black, native, asian, gay, straight, or anything else. The only thing that counts is "citizen." So even if your state passed an amendment to its constitution that said black people couldn't drive on Sunday, it would be unconstitutional. This is the same reason the court invalidated laws prohibiting inter-racial marriages in Loving v. Virginia in 1968, a point which seems to have been lost on Justice Thomas.

Comment: Gmail Is Not The Solution (Score 1) 265 265

I have a work email, a gmail account and a couple of ISP-based accounts that I've had for years. The gmail account blocks about 85% of spam, but blocks a lot of non-spam. The big problem is that the gmail account draws a tremendous amount of spam, so the volume of garbage to look through searching for the legitimate emails that were blocked is huge. Because of this, I have given up using gmail for anything that matters. Additionally, I consistently get gmail intended for at least four people who share my uncommon last name, two of whom share my first initial and two of whom don't. Some of this is quite personal and some is financial. The bottom line is that I don't trust gmail at all anymore. All I use it for now is getting grocery store coupons My personal opinion is that webmail sucks. I know other use it happily, but I'm not one of them. Right now I'mm happy with IMAP, and I will probably switch to my own hosted solution eventually.

Comment: Help Me With This... (Score 0) 125 125

So if you're in the newspaper business, it is somehow bad if millions of extra people see the front page of your paper? Because none of those people would conceivably think of actually going to the NYT site? Ah well, it used to be a good paper before NewsCorpse got ahold of it.

Comment: Re:Labour laws (Score 3, Insightful) 422 422

It's not like they were used to doing business in Kansas and moved to France for the atmosphere and got surprised by the laws. From the very start, they have been a French company, and all of the principals are French. They knew exactly what they were doing and what the labor laws were.

Lead me not into temptation... I can find it myself.