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Comment: Re:Flat tax - IRS severely downsized (Score 1) 615

by Rakarra (#46764697) Attached to: IRS Can Now Seize Your Tax Refund To Pay a Relative's Debt

Irrelevant. The fact that this started at all is yet more evidence that the "kinder gentler" IRS that 1990 era reforms were supposed to bring about failed and/or didn't stick. The IRS demonstrates, decade after decade, that it is a rogue agency.

IRS enforces law passed by Congress == IRS is a rogue agency?
You may not like the IRS, but in this case I think the blame should go to our lawmakers.

Comment: Re:This is what Republicans... (Score 1) 615

by Rakarra (#46764629) Attached to: IRS Can Now Seize Your Tax Refund To Pay a Relative's Debt

I know "liberal" leaves a bad taste in your mouth, but they don't deserve that label. Call them by their name: Democrats, as in the people who created Jim Crowe laws and voted against the Civil Rights Act. Don't call them liberal.

You mean people who are all dead now? Those democrats? What do they have to do with the current democrats/liberals/whatever?

Comment: Re:I May Not Agree (Score 1) 1109

by Rakarra (#46729363) Attached to: Mozilla CEO Firestorm Likely Violated California Law

You should know very well that more justifications have been proposed than "it's gross". You may have good arguments against those justifications but what you have presented here is a pretty pathetic straw-man.

And yet, all opposition so far has come down basically to "it's gross," whether it's a gut reaction, a learned behavior, or their religion says it is (usually all three).
All of the logical arguments have been inconsistent enough to be easily shot down.

Comment: Re:I May Not Agree (Score 1) 1109

by Rakarra (#46729307) Attached to: Mozilla CEO Firestorm Likely Violated California Law

Prop 8 was about undoing judicial activism.

At the time, the California constitution's equal treatment clauses meant that a state ban on gay marriage was not legally supportable. Judges ruled as such, and that's why Prop 8 was a state constitutional amendment, not a regular proposition, directive, or law.

Comment: Re:Lol... (Score 1) 1109

by Rakarra (#46729069) Attached to: Mozilla CEO Firestorm Likely Violated California Law

According the online Etymology Dictionary, "liberal" stems from Latin liber, meaning free (for a man). What did -that- mean? Essentially, something which was liber was "suitable for a free man," or gentleman, which is why "liberal arts" are titled to that -- arts for a gentleman as opposed to a tradesman. The middle ages saw some interesting definitions for liberal, both positive (selfless, noble, abundant) and negative (unrestrained, extravagant). It attained it's more current definition during the Enlightenment, meaning "free from prejudice, tolerant."

Comment: Re:The Re-Hate Campaign (Score 1) 1109

by Rakarra (#46728809) Attached to: Mozilla CEO Firestorm Likely Violated California Law

Oh, I'd ban tax incentives for non-gay marriage too.

If you like him/her, live with him/her, fuck him/her, just don't make me fucking pay for it.

That's fine, as long as we're consistent. Many of the anti-gay-marriage arguments introduce inconsistencies (like claiming "Marriage should be about having children" as an excuse to ban gay marriage while doing nothing about marriages of elderly couples, infertile couples, or people who refuse to have children).

Comment: Re:WTF? (Score 1) 193

by Rakarra (#46728515) Attached to: Stephen Colbert To Be Letterman's Successor

You don't know what a Lefty is. He's to the right of all the countries in Europe.

Or, some countries in Europe are way to the left of the rest of the world. Europeans can criticize Americans for feeling like they're representative of the world, which is a fair point, but don't let Europeans fall into the same trap.

Comment: Re:The Re-Hate Campaign (Score 1) 1109

by Rakarra (#46728375) Attached to: Mozilla CEO Firestorm Likely Violated California Law

Well, it costs me money if they get tax breaks as a result. My overall share of the tax burden has to rise to cover that reduced tax income from them.

So the impact is not 0.

Yet a frequent argument against gay marriage is that gay people are still free to marry a woman and live in a straight relationship (sham or not).
The only way gay marriage would impact you economically is if we came from a system where gay people would not be allowed to marry anyone of any gender.

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