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Comment: Re:You should title this "Patriot act to be repeal (Score 1) 185

by dwillden (#49335825) Attached to: New Bill Would Repeal Patriot Act
Despite media claims (mostly left wing media at that) about the crowning of Jeb, he has not been nominated and is actually very unlikely to get the final nod. While he's a good leader many conservatives recognize that the left and middle will be very hesitant about yet another Bush, and we ourselves are leery of a Dynasty.

I doubt he'll get the Nomination.

Comment: Re:I'm disappointed in Canada (Score 1) 202

by dwillden (#49320563) Attached to: Leaked Snowden Docs Show Canada's "False Flag" Operations
<quote><p>There is a pretty big difference between performing espionage and doing a false flag operation.
A false flag operation actively tries to destabilize the relationship between other nations. </quote>
No a false flag operation plays on the friendship of two nations to allow a third to collect information. A and B are friends, A does not like C. C sends an agent claiming to be from B. The agent is thus able to collect the information on/from A because A thinks he is from B. That is a false flag op. It can destabilize relationships but that is not the active goal or target.

Comment: Re:hypocrisy (Score 1) 337

by dwillden (#49302191) Attached to: German Vice Chancellor: the US Threatened Us Over Snowden
Actually it is hypocrisy, Because everybody spies on everybody. if not for military threats then for political and economic espionage reasons. The Germans complaining about it is very hypocritical because in the world of intelligence and espionage there are no perfect allies.

The American intelligence community assumes that the BND, MI6 and everybody else we work with every day is trying their darndest to wiretap the Oval Office. And for all we know they do have a successful tap running. Amused, not really because it means our counterintel efforts failed. But not surprised or really upset either.

Comment: Re:Paranoid, but mostly appropriate (Score 1) 90

by dwillden (#49301403) Attached to: Amazon Wins US Regulators' Approval To Test-fly Drone
Those schlubs do require a current DOT card and fall under DOT driving regulations and limits and have to maintain a clean driving record. (i.e. 60 hours per week max, no more than 14 hours in a single day etc.) And they are monitored like crazy. Seatbelt buckled when moving, back and interior bulkhead doors closed, backing too much, total distance driven during the route (and compared with the computer estimated route and times). And let's see that drone deliver 60" flat screen TV's.

I drove for UPS this last holiday season, and I really doubt UPS is at all worried. The amount of volume a single schlub driving a package car can deliver and pickup in a single day is quite surprising. The swarms of drones that would be required just for smaller packages would be overwhelming, let alone being able to handle large and odd shaped packages, envelopes and large volume deliveries and pickups.

Comment: Re:M-16? (Score 1) 449

by dwillden (#49248195) Attached to: Cody Wilson Wants To Help You Make a Gun
Actually it does. The carrier is not liable for what it carries if the product is not a hazardous material restricted from transport or requiring special handling. The carrier can't be held liable if the Ginsu knives you orders are then used to butcher your family. Similarly nobody went after the company that delivered the fertilizer Tim McVeigh used to the stores he bought it from. They didn't even go after Ryder Trucks for renting him a truck. The person who planned and or carried out the crime is the one held liable.

As to printing, I ignored that because it's a small irrelevant part of this discussion. We are not talking about a 3-D printer here. This topic is about Cody trying to ship a small CNC mill, something used in workshops and factories around the world every day to produce all kinds of stuff. Yes one that comes pre-programmed for a specific design, but still no different in capabilities (and possibly even reprogrammable for other purposes) than any other CNC Mill of similar size.

And the fact stands that pertinent to the goals of Distributed Defense and Cody Wilson the desires of the Mexican government or any other foreign government are irrelevant at this point. In the future that may change but for now he wants to sell and distribute within the boundaries of this country. And thus that is the shipping requirements he needs to meet.

Comment: Re:M-16? (Score 1) 449

by dwillden (#49248091) Attached to: Cody Wilson Wants To Help You Make a Gun
Actually according to the laws of this land at least the receiver is the firearm. The rest of it is just finishing touches and are not tracked. And that is what I said in my post, you can build a receiver out of a shovel. So my point stands, in the eyes of the government you can build a firearm (the receiver) out of a shovel.

The part that the government cares about and tracks can be and occasionally is blacksmithed out of a shovel. The barrels and other components are not tracked. The government has no idea how many of the other parts anyone has or where they keep, bought or shipped them. The receiver is the key component that you must go through an FFL to buy new. Or to buy across state lines. But the receiver is so simple to build that it can easily be made without any government knowledge of it's existence. The other stuff they don't track so build it your self (with a machine shop) buy it at the local gun shop or order online they don't track the components as they are not considered the firearm.

Comment: Re:1st Amendment (Score 1) 449

by dwillden (#49248049) Attached to: Cody Wilson Wants To Help You Make a Gun
The response is that the Supreme Court has ruled that the right is reserved to the people not to the states. The Bill of Rights applies to the people, only in the 10th does the rights of the States come into play. The 1st applies to the people, the 2nd to the people, the third to the people, the fourth to the people the 5th to the people, get the drift?

The right protected in the 2nd is the inalienable right of the people to keep and bear arms just as the freedom of speech and religion is the freedom of the people. It's not a conditional clause, it's an introductory clause explaining why the right of the people must be protected.

"You're a creature of the night, Michael. Wait'll Mom hears about this." -- from the movie "The Lost Boys"