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Comment Re:I drive an older car because it ISN'T smart (Score 1) 87

No power steering or power brakes? That must be hard to drive!

Many cars had Vacuum-powered break assist, which many drivers did not know about. They were often not consider to be "powered", since they were not hydraulic-assisted like the power steering.
And since this thread is about computer controls, they might qualify anyway, as non-computer-controlled. Certainly they were more reliable than the computer controlled breaks in the Toyota, that was subject of a court case last year.

Comment Re:ruled unconstitutional, so someone good. EFF (Score 1) 211

... That part bothers me much less than their patronizing attitude toward my wife and daughter, though, their belief that my wife and daughter can't manage without special favors and protection from snotty white people.

Those attitudes came down from the southern slave owners, who were also democrats. It is the same attitude that horse owners have to the horses, and maybe it is appropriate for horses. But not for people!

Comment Re:What about howitzers? (Score 1) 698

Those are considered ordinance/artillery, not small arms. Different category. Such things as cannons were usually owned by towns, lords (titled deeded land owners), and vessels (ships in many ways are akin to mini villages, this is why captains often have similar rights - ie: ability to marry).

In Europe maybe, but in the US the cannons were owned by prosperous citizens or the towns (which meant the citizens).
Technically, the second ammendment covers armaments used by the military, including field artillery and battle tanks.
Of course, the BATF might not agree. 8-)

Comment Re:Exclusivity (Score 1) 698

... this operates on the premise that the only way to have civilization is through constant fear of one another. that's a terrible model of humanity, and no one should want a part of it.

You realize, of course, that there are a lot more dangerous things than guns? Cars, chainsaws, medication, etc.
There is no reason to be terrified of a person with a gun. Just because you are scared of them, is not enough reason. People are scared of the dark, too.
Where I live everyone has guns, everyone is polite to each other, and some people don't even bother to lock their doors. You are wrong about what would happen.

Comment Re:i'm waiting for actual enforcement of 2nd amend (Score 1) 698

No, militia officers were generally elected by the members. But not always.

The problem is not the training, it's who gets to do the control. Letting others in far places do that is a conflict of interest and subject to abuse. As in, "Power Corrupts".

If someone is a crazy criminal, then convict them so they have a record. Then everyone will know not to sell them a gun. Works pretty well where I live.

If you are in a big city, then you live in a sick place and should move! 8-)

Comment Re:Yes (Score 1) 698

In the second ammendment, "well regulated" means using the same type of ammunition and equipment, so that it would be possible to supply them in time of war. If they showed up with all kinds of add-hock weapons, it would be a nightmare to supply them with each the correct size of ammunition and replacement parts. It other words, the citizens need to have standard military weapons, like the Swiss do.

It could also include using the same set of movement orders such as "right face" and "forward march", so that officers could be assigned to units as necessary.

Comment Re: Yes (Score 1) 698

Artillery is ordnance not arms. Explosives were not considered personal arms by the framers.

Actually, the muzzle-loading field cannon of the time were included in the second ammendment. The "decorative" cannon in many town squares were actually local militia cannon, until they were rendered obsolete. They were owned by the towns or local citizens who were rich enough to buy them.
"Ordnance" is actually equipment that is specified to be all the same, similar to the meaning of "regulated". Ordnance was only taken to mean cannon in later years, I think.

If it wasn't for Newton, we wouldn't have to eat bruised apples.