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Comment: Re:Militia, then vs now (Score 4, Informative) 1239

by dlt074 (#46768261) Attached to: Retired SCOTUS Justice Wants To 'Fix' the Second Amendment

you sure can.

the branch dividians purposely didn't pay the tax on their weapons in order to instigate a standoff with the Feds. if you pay the proper tax, you can legally own any of the weapons they were killed over.

the FBI/ATF did not have to step in and stop it anymore then they have to enforce any other failure to pay taxes.

the Man wanted blood and the dividians gave them an excuse. just remember, all those people died because they didn't pay the tax. money == freedom and in this case life.

Comment: Re:Why? (Score 2) 111

by dlt074 (#46728321) Attached to: $250K Reward Offered In California Power Grid Attack

"This was mostly like one drunk teenager. "

i wish you were right on this. this attack was no drunken stunt. it was deliberate and calculated. i advocate hardening our vital infrastructure and i don't get any piece of the pie. the power grid goes down for any length of time, people are going to die.

ignore and hide from the facts all you like it won't change the fact that people around the world wish to do us harm and are working to do so.

Comment: Re:Good choice (Score 1) 313

by dlt074 (#46725297) Attached to: Double Take: Condoleezza Rice As Dropbox's Newest Board Member

The attacks crippled the economy, not the president.

Iraq was already draining resources pre-war. No fly zones are expensive and protecting Kuwait is/was as well.

I doubt there would be any president who wouldn't have invaded Afghanistan after 9/11.

However, I will admit the war is taking too long. Play to win or don't play at all.

After the invasion of Iraq, Kadafi got in line and played ball, and did everything we demanded. Look where that got him under Obama. Now, there is zero incentive to do what the US tells you.

You will never find an army that goes to war with everything they want. NEVER. You will never find a army that is 100% ready to go to war. NEVER. If the commanders say they are, they are covering their asses. There are just degrees of readiness.

Would you prefer we not use the Reserves and just keep a larger standing army? Using the Reserve is a great way to save some money and great for the Reserve.

PTSD does exist, but not in the numbers the press would have you believe. Deployments do not automatically cause PTSD and having PTSD does not necessarily make you incapable of doing multiple tours.

Veteran care is as good as it's ever been. It sucks, but you can't expect government agencies to provide any level of service or care worth a dam in the first place.

Yes, they did lower the standards to get in. That's what you do when you need people and don't want to draft. You'd rather serve next to somebody who fits the perfect standard but does not want to be there and does not give a damn if the guy next to him dies, or serve next to somebody who isn't perfect but would give his life to watch your back?


Comment: Re:But ... FREEDOM! (Score 2) 240

by dlt074 (#46357543) Attached to: WV Senator Calls For Ban On All Unregulated Cryptocurrencies

i think it also has something to do with the fact that they need everyone to keep using US $'s. the ponzi scheme that is our current monetary system, only works if people keep believing their money has value and keep using it. the house of cards quickly collapses once enough people realize their money is only worth the paper it's printed on.

Comment: you're thinking too small. (Score 1) 267

by dlt074 (#46328117) Attached to: We Can Avoid a Surveillance State Dystopia

while some injustices and arbitrary limitations of certain minority groups have been undone, giving the illusion of more "freedom". individual liberty has gone so far backwards as to make it impossible for a person of any sex, or race to live free with out paying the government for the pleasure. we in fact have become property of the state.

don't believe me? attempt to feed your family or just yourself without having to pay the government, be it via a hunting fishing tax, a tax on your income or sales of any goods you may manufacture. live off the land? you have to pay property tax on that. live on "public" land? in what fantasy world? and even then, there's probably a "use tax" but don't get caught harvesting anything.

you only keep your "freedom" as long as you pay the vig to the man. stop paying and you'll quickly be on the wrong end of a man with a gun. you'll then pay up or be shipped off to a prison.

choosing to not pay is an option, but you are then labeled a criminal and are not allowed to play in the walled garden with the other inmates... i mean citizens.

our masters are very clever and have done a very good job making most of us think we are free. your comment is a very good example of that. keep telling everyone how free we have become, and believe it. life is just easier that way.

Comment: Re:Malice? I think not. (Score 1) 166

by dlt074 (#46324755) Attached to: Study Shows Agent Orange Still Taints Aging C-123s

I gave the VA the benefit of the doubt and tried them out. yes the people there seem to care and I doubt there is any malice. However, I refuse to use them for anything beyond my benefits physical. I'll have to be unconscious and near death before I'll go back to them. The level of care is slightly above active duty health care... which is to say, still not very good. you're just another number in their system waiting to be processed. Just trying to schedule a visit for something simple was painful, as the governmental red tape and group think are absurd and almost amusing, if you can go elsewhere.

I preferred to pay out of pocket and get real care and have my issues taken care of in a timely fashion the first visit. I really feel for those who can't afford to take care of themselves and have to rely on government options.

I don't want to achieve immortality through my work. I want to achieve immortality through not dying. -- Woody Allen