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Comment: Re:How about freedom for all? (Score 1) 1168

Since everybody is required to do business to survive, you're effectively saying that nobody has rights. Where in the Constitution does it say that we lose them when engaging in business? I can accept that for corporations, who are making a bargain in exchange for limited liability, but not for partnerships and proprietorships.

Comment: How about freedom for all? (Score 1) 1168

I've always believed that gay people should be free to live the way they want and that they shouldn't have to ask anyone's permission to get married. I also believe that people should be free not to associate with them (or anybody else), if they'd prefer.

If everyone is required to think the same way, they you're not actually free. It seems though, that many people have a passionate desire to save bigots from their own bad business decisions, and would rather just give them their money blindly, without making the decision to shop elsewhere on their own. If businesses want to attempt to discriminate, in this day and age, then let them try and watch them go out of business. Prevent them from discriminating and all you're doing is saving them from themselves.

Comment: Same Thing Almost Happened to Me (Score 5, Informative) 536

Before I bought my house, I went down to the Comcast office to confirm that I would be able to get broadband there. Multiple people told me yes, but I still wanted to speak to a manger, just to be sure. And they did assure me, over and over again. So I bought the house, moved in, and then they finally told me it wasn't available yet.

Since I was doing software consulting from home, at the time, I made it clear to them that I wasn't going to move there if I couldn't get it. I ended up going over a year before they decided to turn it on (the wiring was all there, it was a new development). It really hurt my business, at the time. I'm still bitter about it to this day. I couldn't have been any more thorough in checking before moving in. They are absolutely incompetent.

Comment: It would make money more influential, not less. (Score 1) 1089

by Maltheus (#49296933) Attached to: Obama: Maybe It's Time For Mandatory Voting In US

People who have enough of an opinion to vote aren't going to be swayed by ads nearly as much as those, who had no interest in voting in the first place. These are the types of people who will more likely vote for the most familiar brand name.

If anything, we should be going in the other direction. If you can't name the vice president, or you don't know which party controls the senate, you should lose your right to vote, until you do. We need better informed voters, not less informed.

To spot the expert, pick the one who predicts the job will take the longest and cost the most.