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Journal: The Kevlar Kandidate Starts Kampaigning 10

Journal by damn_registrars
Looks who is back in Iowa, but the Kevlar Kandidate. Of course, his priority is Wisconsin, so he isn't officially running for POTUS (wink, wink) - he's just giving the best presidential speeches he can just in case there is a presidential election after his current term as governor is up.

Pop quiz - can you name a democrat who is not from Iowa who has spent more time in Iowa in 2015 than Scott Walker? Yeah, neither can anyone else.

I'm particularly looking forward to him selling himself as an outsider in light of the plain fact that

he has been in office for more than 75 percent of his adult life

Although since nobody seems to be bothered by the fact that his budgets have led to the opposite of their promises in almost every single case, they probably won't be bothered by this either.

First Person Shooters (Games)

Journal: More Guns Get You What, Now? 31

Journal by damn_registrars
The FBI's Uniform Crime Report (UCR) has been released through 2012. While crime is generally down, it is interesting to notice the geographic distribution of property and violent crimes (Image 2/20). The highest rate of violent crime - 423.7 per 100,000 inhabitants - is in the south (Texas to Florida up to Maryland). The highest rate of property crime - 3,226.8 per 100,000 - is in that same region.
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Journal: Have slashdot admins checked out for the last time? 11

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When i was looking at my email today (yes, is real) I took a moment to check for slashdot-related mail in there. I noticed that there was an email that I sent to back in November when the message system was borked. Almost two months to the day and ... nothing.

While Taco was incompetent and irrelevant, he at least responded to email.

Journal: Today's Slashdot Experiment 42

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I noticed that my friend the fake conservative has shown up again recently to grace slashdot. I recall that some of the conservative regulars here have before claimed to not profile comments based on their authors but rather to judge them based on their content. So to see if my friend would follow their previous claims, I wrote a reply to one of his comments in a different style. We'll see if he - or any actual slashdot conservatives - bite.

Journal: Airtight flawless accusation? Not really. 15

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Accusing someone of something - be it criminal, trivial, or somewhere in between - when there is no way for them to prove that they have not done that something, does not mean you are automatically right. If I accuse someone of being a time-traveling alien responsible for the assassination of Lincoln that doesn't mean they are just because they can't disprove the allegations of being a time-traveling alien.
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Journal: Benghazi part seven 16

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The House did their own investigation on the Benghazi attacks from 2012. This was after a slew of other investigations into the same, which were of course all promptly discarded by conservatives for not coming to the "right" conclusions. Naturally, when the house released this, the conservatives who were so certain all the other ones had it wrong jumped for joy in the vindication of this report (which was of course steered by the conservative-controlled house), right?

After all, it was covered by all the media, wasn't it?

Well, at least the conservative-leaning paper in DC covered it.

The report dents many of the claims some Republicans have advanced, including rejecting the claim that CIA security officers were told to âoestand downâ and not try to rescue State Department personnel at the diplomatic compound under assault, and that the White House forced the CIA to alter talking points to delete references to a terrorist attack.

But go ahead, ask for another investigation. We don't really have anything better to do with billions of dollars, do we?

the top Democrat on that committee, Rep. Elijah Cummings of Maryland, said Fridayâ(TM)s report should close the books on the CIA talking-points part of their inquiry.

âoeAfter an exhaustive bipartisan investigation that spanned nearly two years, the House intelligence committee now unanimously agrees that the CIA talking points reflected conflicting intelligence assessments in the days immediately following the attacks and that there is no evidence that the intelligence community shipped arms to Syria,â Mr. Cummings said in a statement.

âoeBased on these unanimous, bipartisan findings, there is no reason for the Benghazi Select Committee to reinvestigate these facts, repeat the work already done by our Republican and Democratic colleagues, and squander millions of additional taxpayer dollars in the process,â he said.

It's funny.  Laugh.

Journal: You can call me... 23

Journal by damn_registrars
... your excellency. Mod-bombing me still doesn't move my karma, dumbshit. I'm honored that you're willing to waste your points on me, though. Do you talk with the other kids on your short bus about how this makes you feel?
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Journal: Karma: Excellent 27

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I'm sure the fact that my 6 most recent comments were all moderated down "flamebait" in spite of being in different discussions and written on different days is just coincidental. Nonetheless, dear idiot, you haven't moved my karma. I told you that before.

Journal: Dick "Smitty" Cheney 95

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Shortly after the release of the Senate investigation into CIA torture, we hear from former president Dick Cheney on his thoughts on the matter :

Former Vice President Dick Cheney called a Senate panel's report on U.S. interrogation tactics during George W. Bush's administration is "deeply flawed" and a "terrible piece of work."

"The report's full of crap," he said in an interview with Fox News on Wednesday evening.

So how well versed is he on this "terrible piece of work"?

Cheney said he'd "seen parts of it. I read summaries of it."

Sounds familiar, there... His closing Bauer-ish remarks summarize his world pretty well:

He said he has no regrets about the tactics used after the Sept. 11, 2001, al Qaeda attacks.

"I think what needed to be done was done," Cheney said. "I think we were perfectly justified in doing it. And I'd do it again in a minute."


Journal: Legislating from the other side of the bench? 27

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A US Supreme Court Justice made a statement on the purpose of a grand jury a while back:

It is the grand jury's function not 'to enquire ⦠upon what foundation [the charge may be] denied,' or otherwise to try the suspect's defenses, but only to examine 'upon what foundation [the charge] is made' by the prosecutor. Respublica v. Shaffer, 1 Dall. 236 (O. T. Phila. 1788); see also F. Wharton, Criminal Pleading and Practice  360, pp. 248-249 (8th ed. 1880). As a consequence, neither in this country nor in England has the suspect under investigation by the grand jury ever been thought to have a right to testify or to have exculpatory evidence presented.

This was brought up in the light of the Ferguson grand jury hearing where the prosecutor notably went out of his way to bring up exculpatory evidence when the DA said:

And you must find probable cause to believe that Darren Wilson did not act in lawful self-defense and you must find probable cause to believe that Darren Wilson did not use lawful force in making an arrest. If you find those things, which is kind of like finding a negative, you cannot return an indictment on anything or true bill unless you find both of those things. Because both are complete defenses to any offense and they both have been raised in his, in the evidence.

It appears the DA, knowing that he was being asked to bite the hand that feeds him, decided to either discard legal precedent or to make up his own.

And if you're wondering who the liberal scum supreme court member was that made the earlier statement? That came from Antonin Scalia, in a 1992 case.


Journal: President Lawnchair in Cartoons, again 22

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Not that it hasn't been described before, but this one from Chris Britt very accurately describes why President Lawnchair has been underimpressive for actual liberals.

Really, he remained in office by a combination of
  • A general lack of liberals in this country
    • ...and...
  • The far more dramatic threat that the other conservatives posed to the ability of us few remaining liberals who wanted to be able to continue to exist.

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