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Comment: Re: Only allowed to have civilian firearms ... (Score 1) 264

All that would do is keep them from using CS or flash bangs.

No, in various jurisdictions they would also not have "assault weapons" and high capacity magazines. Which they basically have nowadays purely for intimidation, not any tactical need. They can have a rifle that looks like an ordinary semi-auto deer rifle, they can have 10-round magazines. Which is basically what they did when they were spending their own department's money pre-911. Pre-911 my local Sheriff's department had a 12-guage Remington 870 shotgun and a Ruger Mini-14 rifle with a 20-round magazine in patrol cars, the county had sizable rural sections so occasionally they needed a little more range than the shotgun provided. They considered M-16/M-4 but they determined the Mini-14 with a high capacity magazine had the exact same performance at half the price. Once the federal money and surplus became available post-911 they switched to M-4 since they were now free/cheaper.

Plus they would be prohibited from full-auto.

Comment: Re:Only allowed to have civilian firearms ... (Score 1) 264

At the cost of ensuring any attempt to enforce the law results in a massive and relatively even firefight that is likely to result in a whole lot more blood spilled?

You are woefully misinformed. It won't be even. Tactics, training and skill will give law enforcement the edge.

Plus the semi-auto high powered rifles you see law enforcement carrying on the TV, they are legal for civilians in most jurisdictions. Keep in mind that even in jurisdictions with "assault weapon" bans these are nearly always based on cosmetics, these bans are "placebos" that make some feel good but factually accomplish nothing since functionally equivalent substitutes are still available. Various hunting and target shooting rifles are are semi-auto and fire the exact same ammunition as the M-16/M-4. Before all the post-911 giveaways many police departments would purchase the civilian semi-autos rather than M-16/M-4. Exact same functionality, half the price.

Keep in mind that "assault weapon" and regular civilian rifles are functionally identical. Put a 5-round magazine into the M-16 and it is has the exact same performance as popular deer rifles. Put a 30-round magazine into various deer riles and they have the exact same performance as the M-4 you see police carrying on TV. Many departments did the later before pre-911 giveaways. They only used M-16/M-4 for the SWAT team, and that had more to do with intimidation because of the "look" of the rifle.

Comment: Re:Its politics not culture ... (Score 1) 272

by drnb (#47244507) Attached to: EU May Allow Members Home Rule On GMO Foods

People who left their country of origin say very little about those of those who stayed behind.

On second thought, no. That is also pure unsubstantiated speculation. The two examples I referred to were in their 20s when they emigrated and their work ethic predated their arrival in the US. It was not something that they adapted to, it was something they brought with them. As immigrants to the US have been doing for centuries. Well, except for a few British gentlemen who had to learn how to work hard at Jamestown several centuries ago.

Comment: Re:Its politics not culture ... (Score 1) 272

by drnb (#47244473) Attached to: EU May Allow Members Home Rule On GMO Foods

People who left their country of origin say very little about those of those who stayed behind.

Do I really need to mention for a third time my great-grandfather who stayed behind and has the same work ethic as my grandfather who emigrated has?

Germany outproduces the Mediterranean countries. This is a fact. Spin it however you want, with whatever anecdotal examples you choose, you can't change the raw numbers.

Actually you are doing the spinning. The disagreement is not about what country has a more productive economy. The debate is over the reasons, you claimed it was culture and work ethic. You speculation on that matter is wrong.

Comment: Re:Its politics not culture ... (Score 1) 272

by drnb (#47240695) Attached to: EU May Allow Members Home Rule On GMO Foods

Really, my born and raised in Italy and emigrated to the US at age 20 grandfather has a work ethic that a very conservative American would consider exemplary.

One of my friends growing up, his father was born and raised in Greece. He emigrated to the US in his early 20s also. He seemed to share a work ethic and some other traits with my grandfather.

You do realize that nothing you said has any bearing on my point, right? Culture is local, not ethnic.

You do realize that my grandfather and my friend's father were born and raised in Italy and Greece, right? That they did not emigrate to the US until they were 20+ years old, right? That they brought their Italian and Greek culture with them to the US, right? That my great-grandfather never left Italy, right?

Well, that's not true either, but you should catch my meaning. It's an entirely different pace of life in the Mediterranean Countries. You can get a similar culture shock if you travel from New York City to New Orleans, and The Big Easy is positively fast paced when compared to Italy, Spain, or Greece.

Yes, but a pace-of-life thing like sitting down for a nice long meal doesn't mean they are incapable of working quite hard when not at the dinner table.

Its a welfare state government not the national culture that screws things up.

Then why isn't Finland broke and begging Germany for bailouts? Finland isn't going to bring the Euro down. The aforementioned countries just may.....

The government is not as corrupt and incompetent as say Greece with respect to finance.

Comment: Its politics not culture ... (Score 2) 272

by drnb (#47238993) Attached to: EU May Allow Members Home Rule On GMO Foods

... Of course, it's not Germany's fault they're so much more productive than the rest of Europe. Ever been to Italy, Greece, or Spain? The "work ethic" in those cultures is utterly foreign to an American, never mind a German ...

Really, my born and raised in Italy and emigrated to the US at age 20 grandfather has a work ethic that a very conservative American would consider exemplary. And Italian culture is not gone from his house as my father and us visiting grandchildren can attest. If you are working hard or studying hard he is kind and generous, slack off and you will hear about it. And the expectation level is not fixed, if you were lucky enough to be stronger or smarter than average then expectation are increased. He runs his house and raised his kids pretty much like his father. When visiting Italy I've seen my 90 year old great-grandfather tending his orchard. When my grandfather says to him, hey your 90 years old, take it easy. My great-grandfather replies that he'll take it easy when he's dead, that working keeps him healthy.

One of my friends growing up, his father was born and raised in Greece. He emigrated to the US in his early 20s also. He seemed to share a work ethic and some other traits with my grandfather. Strict house, exemplary work ethic, generous to family and friends who lived up to his expectations.

Don't confuse culture with the politics of the day. Its a welfare state government not the national culture that screws things up.

Comment: US Court did *not* say corporations are people ... (Score 2) 226

by drnb (#46848441) Attached to: American Judge Claims Jurisdiction Over Data Stored In Other Countries

With apologies to various political hacks in the judiciary, corporations are not people ...

Actually the U.S. Supreme Court did *not* say that corporations are people. What the court actually said is that *groups of people* have the same rights as individual people, and that the nature of that group -- corporation, labor union, activist group, etc -- does not matter.

I apologize of actually reading the court decision rather than relying on the characterization of it by the talking heads on TV.

Comment: Re:PINO - Progressive in Name Only (Score 1) 253

by drnb (#46836335) Attached to: L.A. Science Teacher Suspended Over Student Science Fair Projects

What specific policy positions taken by the current Democratic Party do you feel are "radical left"?

You are moving the goal post. The actual conversation is that the "progressive" label is being co-opted by the radical left. The California state legislature offers some good examples. Absolute control by the Democratic party for decades and unlikely to change, a strong tolerance and occasional embrace of its more radical elements. One example would be a ban on civilian ownership of firearms. I'm in California, some Democratic state legislators are literally behind such legislation each and every year. They consider this a regular every-day "progressive" position.

Comment: Voters are absolutely to blame ... (Score 3, Insightful) 155

by drnb (#46836231) Attached to: Verizon and New Jersey Agree 4G Service Equivalent to Broadband Internet

I'm getting really tired of this shitty argument. We currently have a system in which rich people and corporations can donate nearly unlimited amounts of money to all political candidates, essentially buying them all out and you insist that the problem is with the voters. When every candidate is bought, there is no one left representing US! Stop acting like there is always a perfect candidate and somehow we pick the wrong one 100% of the time.

If anyone has a shitty argument it is you. Votes are politics true currency, money is just a tool to influence voters in order to get their *vote*.

A 1% has *one* vote. A 99% has *one* vote. The 99% have the power but they squander it, to believe otherwise is to be a denier of reality like climate deniers, to let politics blind oneself to reality.

Look at the two most powerful lobbying groups in the country, the AARP and the NRA. They have so much power not because of political campaign contribution but because ***their members show up on election day*** highly motivated to vote based on a single issue. Their opponents often fail to understand this, think it is simply political contributions, and in the NRA case raise huge amounts of money for anti-gun groups and then fail and fail again.

Politicians value votes beyond all other things. It is votes that put them into office and keep them in office. The secondary nature of money is easily illustrated. No amount of money spent on TV and web ads by Bloomberg will convince NRA member to vote in favor of restricting guns. No amount of money spent on TV and web ads by the Koch brothers will convince Occupy Wall Street members to vote against banking restrictions. Only the ignorant or ambivalent voter is persuaded.

To deny that the real issue is the ignorant/ambivalent voter is to doom one's efforts at reform. Only when the 99% insists on politicians representing their interests, and voting out those who do not, will politicians change their behavior. Reelections communicates to politicians that their actions are OK with voters.

Voters *are* communicating to politicians that it is OK to cash in. Until *voters" say otherwise nothing will change. Don't fool yourself into thinking otherwise.

Comment: PINO - Progressive in Name Only (Score 1) 253

by drnb (#46806201) Attached to: L.A. Science Teacher Suspended Over Student Science Fair Projects

Progressives are *not* anti-gun, neither are environmentalists THIS IS NOT TRUE. They are absolutely anti-gun and anyone claiming otherwise, isn't paying attention. Teddy Roosevelt has almost nothing in common with today's Democrats and their progressive/environmental constituency. The fact that you try to tie the two together only further proves the point.

No. My point is that the radical left is trying to rebrand themselves and usurp a nice sounding existing label. These modern democrats are PINO, progressive in name only.

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