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Comment: Re:How about a shotgun? (Score 1) 235

by gtall (#48916127) Attached to: White House Drone Incident Exposes Key Security Gap

Have you been injured by falling buckshot fired at drone? Have you or loved one been traumatized by the sound of a shotgun near the White House? Then please call the Law Offices of Dewey, Cheatem, and Howe as we may be entitled to a large monetary payout on your behalf. Many people across the country have reported these sorts of Medical Issues to us and we feel empowered to Put the Law On Your Side. Our operators are standing by to take your call and your credit card number. Don't delay, failure to contact us immediately could result in Lost Settlement Funds.

Comment: Re:Not so difficult (Score 1) 512

by gtall (#48883149) Attached to: Senator Who Calls STEM Shortage a Hoax Appointed To Head Immigration

And as soon as you raise trade barriers, other countries will do the same. The total economic pressure, thought of as something like air pressure, goes down and you can expect the American economy to slow since we won't be exporting as much which will cost jobs as well. America and China are about equivalent as exporters now. That's a lot of economic activity you casually throw overboard with your simple solution.

It is not a simple problem and your simple solution will not work.

Comment: Re:No way! (Score 1) 512

by gtall (#48883099) Attached to: Senator Who Calls STEM Shortage a Hoax Appointed To Head Immigration

Not really, Sessions could do a lot of damage to the immigration debate because he's essentially stupid, and he has no qualms about packing committee hearing witness lists with ringers. He's more likely to draw attention to himself and Congress than on the debate. I've seen him on EPA hearings, I forget the committee name. He's not the dullest knife in the drawer being almost but not quite entirely as dumb as Ron Johnson, Republican senator from Wisconsin.

Comment: Re:Yep it is a scam (Score 1) 666

by gtall (#48870593) Attached to: US Senate Set To Vote On Whether Climate Change Is a Hoax

Ever watch CSpan when they are televising hearings? The hearing opens, the chair honks on for several minutes..."burble...furble...whacka, whacka, ding-dong!" Then he passes off to the minority leader of the committee...more boom-chicka-wow-wow for several minutes. If it is a big hearing, we'll be hearing from every doofus committee person with a point no matter how minor to honk on about their minor point. Then we get to the witnesses, they get to make statements. More delay. All the above just cannot get out all their valuable words and put other comments in the written record.

Now that we've wasted 1/4 of the time, it is time for questions. A good committee person will be able to question by thinking on his feet. Most committee persons (e.g., Richard Shelby from Alabama) will read questions their staff has prepared. And if it is a critical hearing, some of the "witnesses" are ringers. Jeff Sessions from Alabama (must be something in the water down there) does this for any EPA hearings. He's got a safe ringer who comes in and mouths bullshit about global warming (the usual Republican talking points, I hope they pay him well).

If I were to run hearings, we'd have tasers wired into committee members chairs. Time is up when the taser shocks. No beginning statements, no witness statements. All questions must at least be memorized, no reading prepared sheets. Fail to do that, Mr. Taser gets a bit more work. Any ringers get to sit in the corner with a dunce hat and cannot speak...well, they can but only if Mr. Taser gets to pay them back for it.

Comment: Re: Wow... Just "no". (Score -1, Troll) 204

by gtall (#48864515) Attached to: Sends Personal Data To Over a Dozen Tracking Websites

Not really, most of the ACA was recycled Republican ideas, complete with bending over for the insurance companies and using private contractors to build the web site. Democrats are not absolved of blame, they were so giddy to get a chance to pass a national health insurance that they didn't really care about what was in it. Instead, they thought they'd heralded by Americans and show a Progressive success.

The idea of covering the uninsured is still a good one. In the U.S., you should not have to court bankruptcy due to common medical conditions. That said, I don't think the U.S. can afford all the health care Americans want. The current system is now a franken-system where a health problem is looked at as an economic opportunity for the health care industry. Look at your bill sometime for procedures. Even if your insurance company covered, it is still enough to make you wince.

ASHes to ASHes, DOS to DOS.