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Comment: Re:Militia, then vs now (Score 1) 1581

by demonlapin (#46792801) Attached to: Retired SCOTUS Justice Wants To 'Fix' the Second Amendment
The amendment process for the Constitution is not for the faint of heart. The usual method is to have a 2/3 majority of both the houses of Congress pass the amendment, and for that amendment to be ratified by 3/4 of state legislatures. There is no way in hell that amendment would ever get through Congress, let alone the state legislatures.

Comment: Re:No problem! (Score 1) 163

by demonlapin (#46692319) Attached to: It's Time To Plug the Loopholes In Pipeline Regulation
If your counting the number of articles and saying it isn't enough isn't a complaint about length, then what is it? Oh guru, tell me, how many articles does it take to properly regulate an oil industry? And if California - a wealthy, environmentally conscious state - can't do it adequately, then what hope do you have that anyone can?

Comment: Re:No problem! (Score 1) 163

by demonlapin (#46679815) Attached to: It's Time To Plug the Loopholes In Pipeline Regulation
Are you seriously arguing that the quality of regulation should be judged by its length? Never mind that some of these 56 articles covering something less than 193 sections (some have been repealed, not going to bother going through them all) reference other sections, like this from section 6529:

Every employer shall implement confined space procedures in accordance with the provisions of the General Industry Safety Orders, Article 108.

Well, by your count that's one line, except that one line just embeds an entire set of other regulations.

Incidentally, if California - a wealthy state with a high-tax, high-service approach to government - can't design effective regulation, doesn't that tell us that pretty much nobody is going to come up with good regulations?

Comment: Re:"The state" has gone too far (Score 2) 405

by demonlapin (#46560191) Attached to: L.A. Police: <em>All</em> Cars In L.A. Are Under Investigation
If the state didn't have the power to do this stuff, it wouldn't matter whose interests it served. It's been almost 400 years, and we still have to put up with the damned Puritans' idiotic belief that you can make perfect human beings if you just swing the hammer of the state hard enough.

What is worth doing is worth the trouble of asking somebody to do.

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