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Comment Re:Oh look (Score 1) 88

I wish people would stop with the nickelodeon party line bullshit: That other political party is bad, they are eroding your civil liberties!!!.
Republicans and Democrats are both complicit. The depressingly small number of privacy protecting politicians defies party lines...

Yep. Both parties are bought and paid for, and ethically (if not morally) bankrupt.

Comment Re:total bullshit? (Score 2) 344

Nope. Nothing the US did constituted torture under US law at the time.

You also got the use of "stupid" wrong.

And the Holocaust wasn't illegal under German law at the time. When AT&T allowed NSA to tap their lines that was illegal at the time, and Congress then passed an ex-post-facto law exonerating them.

Please explain how both of those fall into your simplistic picture, preferably without your head exploding from the contradictions.

Comment Re:total bullshit? (Score 1) 344

no but this gem, i believe

I was not thinking a lot

We hold some truths to be self-evident.

I mean, FFS, the Clintons have been in positions of power for what? 36 years... (since the 1st term began as Governor of Arkansas.)

It's clear she should have an inkling how to act in office, and yet, like so many of the political ilk, she uses her skills for evil instead of good.

Moreso than that, didn't she get her start as a young lawyer working on Watergate?

Comment Re:pros and cons (Score 1) 502

> IF the F-35 does four different roles

But it can't do _any_ of the roles well. The tradeoffs made to accommodate all different military branches needs have played havoc with doing _any_ role well. The repair and upkeep costs are astronomical, it's a fuel glutton, it's fragile, and it's clumsy.

Yeah, like a Swiss Army knife while it has a multitude of tools it excels with none of them.

Comment Re: A-10 for the Win (Score 1) 502

And speaking as an ex-tanker guy, speed and height are not what we want. The job is *close* air support- this means being nearby, able to see the target. Is this a dangerous role? Yes- modern AAA is very good. But being on the ground is kind of dangerous too, and it would be kind of nice if the Air Force were willing to actually help out rather than just chucking a precision bomb from 20KM away and hoping it's enough. (And then being shot down by a modern dedicated fighter jet since it's not very stealthy with the weapon racks open and sucks in air-to-air combat even against 40-year-old models like the F-16)

Right, you nailed it. The A10s do CAS and the the more capable air-to-air combat planes cover for the A10s.

Comment Re:"...the same as trespassing." (Score 1) 1197

It wasn't long before the drone's owners appeared.

"Four guys came over to confront me about it, and I happened to be armed, so that changed their minds," Merideth said.

"They asked me, 'Are you the S-O-B that shot my drone?' and I said, 'Yes I am,'" he said. "I had my 40mm Glock on me and they started toward me and I told them, 'If you cross my sidewalk, there's gonna be another shooting.'

Oh lookie at that, a clear example of why that law is in place, all neatly wrapped up in the topic at hand.

That's not reckless endangerment. That's warning four miscreants to not trespass with the intent of doing bodily harm. Warnings like that are actually encouraged.

The reckless endangerment is from firing a shotgun in a residential neighborhood.

It's not hard to admit errors that are [only] cosmetically wrong. -- J.K. Galbraith