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Comment: Re:Word on the street is that SW rocked (Score 1) 8

by damn_registrars (#48901887) Attached to: The Kevlar Kandidate Starts Kampaigning

What, precisely, do you think was even semi-conservative about the notion of raping all of the 529 accounts to offer a community college freebie?

Talk is cheap. Just because he said doesn't mean it will be done. You evaluate President Lawnchair and his legacy based on your fears, I evaluate him based on what he has actually done - and his speech about wanting to make community college free is not action but just a speech. We both know it won't pass.

But thank you for reminding us that education is something that conservatives love to hate - as of course very few educated people can ever benefit from conservative policy.

Comment: Re:Word on the street is that SW rocked (Score 1) 8

by damn_registrars (#48901491) Attached to: The Kevlar Kandidate Starts Kampaigning

Well, truly: a full-on Civil War, itself, would be as welcome as Lincoln's Constitutional freelancing.

It occurs to me that every state whose governor has encouraged secession has been a conservative-led state. Meanwhile any time a non-conservative suggests that maybe things might be better elsewhere (with or without their state) they are methodically labeled as "Un-American" and formally told to STFU. So it would appear that the conservatives are far more interested in Civil War than anyone else.

That said, haven't you previously used terms similar to "Constitutional Freelancing" to describe the current POTUS (who you keep pretending to be not enormously conservative)?

But I can't go expecting a valid, balanced approach

Well, I've tried to be fair and balanced, but I keep being told I'm not "American" enough to use that terms as it belongs to someone else who is somehow more "American" than I, and I'm afraid of his teams of lawyers.

Comment: Re:So your point then... (Score 1) 16

by damn_registrars (#48901473) Attached to: Props to William Jacobson
I love the quote from your source:

Criminal law should be used only if a person intentionally flouts the law or engages in conduct that is morally blameworthy

(Emphasis mine)

"Morally blameworthy" sounds like it could easily still include daring to be in love with someone who is of the same sex, or daring to follow a religion that doesn't pray to the right god (amongst other "blameworthy" offenses).

In other words, your bit on "overcriminalization" seems to - by their own quote - be another expression of "we will enforce what we want to enforce".

Comment: Re:So your point then... (Score 1) 16

by damn_registrars (#48900667) Attached to: Props to William Jacobson

Sure. Let's enforce all the laws, to the point that we realize that we've tremendous clutter, then set about streamlining them, so that what's on the books is needful, enforceable, reasonable, and minimal.

So then if "enforceable" is important, how much energy will you put in to the enforcement of laws that oppress individual freedoms? How will you manage doing that both for laws that are against freedoms you support and laws that are against freedoms you oppose? And for that matter how do you define which laws are "needful"? It seems that each time we get a change in the individuals at the power levers we would tweak the notion of which laws are "needful" (mostly just to make adjust them towards their preferred sponsors).

Comment: Re:So your point then... (Score 1) 16

by damn_registrars (#48900171) Attached to: Props to William Jacobson

The question is, given laws, why do we tolerate uneven enforcement thereof.

So do you want to see increased enforcement of jaywalking laws then? There are plenty of places where spitting on the sidewalk is against the law as well. I thought you were opposed to a police state overrun with law enforcement personnel.

Comment: Re:So your point then... (Score 1) 16

by damn_registrars (#48896755) Attached to: Props to William Jacobson
But is it not a local law that he was breaking by owning a large capacity clip? There is no federal ban on high capacity clips currently, though ones have existed under the administrations of less conservative presidents than President Lawnchair.

Hence the question remains, why do you support local jurisdictions passing laws regulating things such as marriage but not passing laws regulating things such as ammunition clips? You oppose the federal government interfering with regulations on marriage but you are begging for the federal government to interfere with regulations on ammunition clips.

Comment: The most useful dice.com site in a long time (Score 1) 132

by damn_registrars (#48892403) Attached to: By the Numbers: The Highest-Paying States For Tech Professionals
Maybe some of the programmers who worked on that page could fix this mess? Yeah it's far from the greatest page in the history of the interwebs but it is more functional than this one. I'll bet its administrators are more responsive to user feedback as well.

Comment: People who don't read it are telling us about it (Score 2) 65

by damn_registrars (#48892387) Attached to: Smartphones, Tablets and EBay Send SkyMall To Chapter 11
I used to read it regularly when flying. This was primarily because reading skymall was free, while buying a magazine at the airport was expensive (and I inevitably would forget to pick one up some place less expensive before going to the airport). While it wasn't exactly bursting at the seams with good deals, there were some things selling at reasonable prices in there. The more novel feature of it was that it was a pretty random selection of products; one page might be garden supplies while the next might be pool toys then power tools then kitchen accessories.

Now did I ever buy anything from it? No. So I am in part responsible for its demise as well.

I'm more concerned about the possibility of this becoming an excuse for the airlines to raise fares yet again. If skymall paid the airlines even $3 per seat to have their catalog in every seat back, the airlines will tell us that losing that contribution will increase the cost of every ticket by at least $20 (expect this to show up as an a la carte fee along with pillows, blankets, snacks, and seat belts).

Most public domain software is free, at least at first glance.

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