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Comment: Re:The providers (Score 5, Insightful) 127

by Tailhook (#48365265) Attached to: FCC Confirms Delay of New Net Neutrality Rules Until 2015

Why should the providers shoulder this burden?

Because their customers are paying them to shoulder this burden. Directly. With real money. These paying consumers expect their bytes to be relayed at the rate and volume they pay to send or receive. Whatever other business arrangements a providers customers may have with any other party is none of the providers @$%&*+! business.

Simple. Straightforward. And entirely incompatible with our government's monopoly protected cable and phone companies that have decided they'd like a big juicy piece for themselves.

Comment: Re:The more things changes... (Score 4, Interesting) 401

by Tailhook (#48297243) Attached to: US Midterm Elections Discussion

I hope

Don't look to hope. Despite liberal rhetoric claiming shutdowns hurt the Right, Republicans are doing well this cycle; the 2013 shutdown has done them no harm. Listening to the MSM one might think we had sent all Republicans to gulags after two shutdowns in '95-'96, but in fact they held majorities in both houses for another 10 years.

As Federal debt mounts you should anticipate more frequent and severe disruptions and develop alternatives for yourself. The odds of more shutdowns in 2015-16 are high.

Comment: Re:Wow $100 Million (Score 0, Troll) 143

More tax money will merely inflate teacher and administrative pay and pensions further. On the other hand, whatever costs these donations offset will end up in the same teacher/admin/union pockets, so it's a wash.

The schools will continue to cry poverty, the `students' will continue to attend their glorified daycare and you will go on farming your groupthink mod points.


Comment: Re:Having a Surgeon General would help (Score 4, Informative) 384

Reid has 55 (D) votes and it only needs 51 to confirm, so put the blame where it belongs.

Why is there no surgeon general?

Short answer: Obama's nominee is a political disaster; a highly partisan anti-gun obamacare cheerleader that the Dems know better than to expose to the confirmation process in an election year.

Comment: Re: a quick search (Score 4, Informative) 334

by Tailhook (#48180969) Attached to: No More Lee-Enfield: Canada's Rangers To Get a Tech Upgrade

Yeah that seems...odd.

Nothing `odd' about it. Canadian Rangers aren't involved in an arms race. Bears and whatnot haven't evolved much since 1914, and they haven't been issued bear shaped body armor or fully automatic laser claws.

Thus, a reliable bolt action rifle remains sufficient. Traipsing around Arctic tundra with a heavy, high maintenance semi auto just to fend off the wildlife would be silly.

Bolt action rifles are still standard issue in the US military, ubiquitous in LE arsenals and remain wildly popular with civilians for whom new bolt action designs continue to appear. Once you exceed 5.56 NATO and 7.62×39mm calibers bolt action is by far the most common rifle action type for non-military applications.

+ - Journalists Route Around White House Press Office

Submitted by Tailhook
Tailhook (98486) writes "Pool reports written by White House correspondents are distributed to news organizations via the White House Press Office. Reporters have alleged that the Obama White House exploits its role as distributor to `demand changes in pool reports' and has used this power to `steer coverage in a more favorable direction.' Now a group of 90 print journalists has begun privately distributing their work through Google Groups, independent of the Press Office. Their intent is to `create an independent pool-reporting system for print and online recipients.'"

Comment: Re:Makes sense (Score 4, Informative) 87

by Tailhook (#48157061) Attached to: Early Childhood Neglect Associated With Altered Brain Structure, ADHD


Here we are, discussing a story about the developmental damage measured in the brains of the victims of Ceausescu's communist hellhole, and this fucking freak starts bitching about Reagan, the one president in my lifetime that made a point of illuminating the plight of people subjected to that nightmare.

In actual fact the ratio of working women has been steadily increasing since the end of WW2. Reagan's time in office didn't influence that trend one way or the other.

But keep knock'n back that Daily KOS kool-aid. No sense in allowing reality to impede on that fucked up worldview.

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