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Comment: Re:Militia, then vs now (Score 1) 1411

by MadMartigan2001 (#46770411) Attached to: Retired SCOTUS Justice Wants To 'Fix' the Second Amendment
That is not a straw man argument. He was simply and correctly stating that if technological advancement requires a redefinition of part of the constitution then ALL parts of the constitution should be redefined equally. There is no straw man there. Your naivety shows when you claim that modern guns cannot be compared to the press. Tyrants and Dictators fear a free press more then they fear an armed society. Which is why history shows us that that first thing they do is take over the press and start to brainwash the citizenry to voluntarily give up their weapons and report their treasonous neighbors who fail to turn in their weapons. Nice guys huh? The moral of the story; Stop giving away your freedom because guns looks scary and a printing press does not.

Comment: Re:Poor poor bigot (Score 1) 1109

by MadMartigan2001 (#46705527) Attached to: Mozilla CEO Firestorm Likely Violated California Law
According to Merriam-Webster bigotry is defined as....

: a person who strongly and unfairly dislikes other people, ideas, etc. : a bigoted person; especially : a person who hates or refuses to accept the members of a particular group (such as a racial or religious group)

Your definition of bigotry differs from that of all respected sources. Therefore, the remainder of your argument is invalid. You also say...

Intolerance makes the world go 'round'...

To which I say, what world do you live in? I imagine if you were a Jew in 1939 living in Germany, or a native american in 1800 living in north america, etc, you may have a different opinion on the effect of intolerance and it's value to society.

Comment: Re:Is it not obvious? They have dirt on him! (Score 3, Insightful) 312

by MadMartigan2001 (#46680543) Attached to: Why No Executive Order To Stop NSA Metadata Collection?

I don't call people on watch lists, I don't call any known criminals

How you would know? Do you have a copy of the watch list or known criminals? Are those lists published? Being distrustful of government is not "groupthink". It's called paying attention to history.

Comment: Re:America is boned (Score 0, Troll) 870

by MadMartigan2001 (#46580161) Attached to: Job Automation and the Minimum Wage Debate
The only reason you are pro-socialism is because you have not yet experienced a socialist government that has been taken over by angry nut jobs. When that happens, maybe not in your lifetime, your socialist citizens will be in no position to oppose it. America is unfortunately more socialist than capitalist at the moment which is why you see "to big to fail" crap. In a truly capitalist system, to big to fail would be impossible. Only in a socialist system can the government decide who is "to big to fail" and consequently "to small to succeed". You long for "true socialism" as defined in your texbook. Sorry, has never happened and will never happen. People with greed (and all other negative emotions) get in the way. Human nature trumps all political systems. The best you can do is to try and let peer pressure bring out the best in others and hope empathy grows.

Comment: Re:Dicks Getting Punched Not New (Score 1) 363

by MadMartigan2001 (#46578295) Attached to: Google Tries To Defuse Glass "Myths"
UPS and FedEx are both private corporations. The USPS is an independent agency of the Fed. If your point is that government has no problem regulating private corporations or independent agencies then yes, you are correct. If your point is that the people of the united states are still (if they ever were) capable of regulating the government itself, then your examples do nothing to support that claim.

Comment: Re:At last (Score 1) 273

by MadMartigan2001 (#46578189) Attached to: IRS: Bitcoin Is Property, Not Currency
I'm sure that if you were a resident of the middle east, where this American "adventurism" is taking place, you might call it something different. I'm sure you sleep well at night knowing that you have cheap gasoline for your auto. Who cares what harm this "adventurism" causes to the region or whether it is morally wrong. Dag gummit, I wanna drive my SUV! You should be less critical of people who actually want to *do something* about overreaching federal control rather than just being "critical" or "distrustful" and doing nothing. Anyone who tries to defend the US government (especially after the NSA revelations) is a fool or has the "frog-n-water" complex.

Comment: Re:Makers and takers (Score 1) 676

by MadMartigan2001 (#46465089) Attached to: 70% of U.S. Government Spending Is Writing Checks To Individuals
I agree with you that actual cost of consumer goods has gone up. But pointing to a specific examples of a few products does not help your argument. It would be easy to find other items that have gone down. The only way to validate the claim is to average thousands of products and ensure the stats are not "massaged" by biased researchers.

Comment: Re:Makers and takers (Score 1) 676

by MadMartigan2001 (#46465049) Attached to: 70% of U.S. Government Spending Is Writing Checks To Individuals
That's interesting. Seeing evidence of this "remarkable restraint" would be gratifying. In science we use peer review to validate claims. In finance we use audits to validate claims. Perhaps you can paste a link to the latest audit of the Federal Reserve bank that was open to peer review. I would be very excited to see what actions these central bankers have taken to directly prevent hyperinflation.

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