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Comment Re: pilots once they start flying their unmanned.. (Score 1) 191

Imagine if RC cars were a relatively new thing.. and people started attaching cameras to them and driving them on the freeway around emergency responders.

There are already laws in place to punish anyone doing such a thing. Just like there already are for flying model airplanes in the way of real aircraft.

Comment Re:Infringing on the freedom of the press (Score 1) 191

Because vehicle registration like that is a state-level activity, not a federal activity. And congress, in the 2012 FRMA law, explicitly fended the FAA off from doing some of this stuff. But the Obama administration is trying yet another counter-constitutional end-run by acting at the DoT level instead of the FAA level, and the task force is recommending that EVERY RC FLYING ANYTHING, including a kid's 9-ounce fixed wing toy plane, make that kid subject to federal registration and fines if he doesn't. Yeah, 9 ounces. 250 grams. Are you paying attention?

Comment Re:Unbelievable (Score 1) 570

A wall built for one purpose will work just as fine for the other. Just like surveillance systems built to catch terrorists will work perfectly fine to keep tabs on you, too.

Really? Have you been hearing a lot about how the areas of the US/Mexican border that are actually fenced off and have been for years are being used to prevent dissident US citizens from fleeing their oppressive country into Mexico? Please, do go on. Can't wait for the links you can't provide because you're being completely disingenuous and you know it.

Comment Re:The man is a marketing genius (Score 1) 207

Hey! My '98 V70 is the most comfortable car I've ever owned. It does not drive like a tank, more like a well worn-in Lay-Z-Boy.

Not saying that the sample lot was all that high-end, well there was the '96 Mazda Millennia, that was a nice car too.

I happen to like the way the V70 looks. This may explain why my wife picks my clothes when we go out, and makes me take the 2001 Volvo S60.

Comment Re:Godwin (Score 1) 570

a list of the worst things that have happened in the recorded history of the world, the USA's enslavement of black people would be right up near the top of the list

But not the European enslavement of black people? Or the enslavement of black people by OTHER black people that predated any European enslavement of black people? Or the still ongoing enslavement of black people by other black people (and Arabs, etc) that's happening right now? Your focus on the "USA's" enslavement (as if that institution wasn't in place for a couple of European-controlled centuries in North America and in Europe before there even was a USA) is pure drivel, and you know it. And then your fake ignorance of the intellectual and eventually physical civil war that erupted over and led to the practice of ending slavery - a cause to which untold thousands of white Americans gave their lives - that's a pretty tall order of disingenuous cherry picking on your part.

I would put helping poor people first

That would be nice. The first thing to do would be to stop voting for the people who have been conducting their "war on poverty" for decades, and who have done nothing but create a multi-generational ocean of people dependent on the vast bureaucracy and spending that that effort has ginned up. You want to see fewer people in poverty? Stop rewarding multiple births in single-parent households where absent fathers and disinterested mothers create rudderless, illiterate, unskilled, and often drug-addicted, violent kids even in areas where their cities spend enough per child on education to put three other kids through top quality private schools in any other place. The problem you're talking about, shy of true mental illness, isn't about resources. It's about local culture. Period. If you really think that you need to fix that, you have to take kids out of that environment and raise them away from it. Are you ready to make that case? Ready to take kids from their toxic neighborhoods and homes so they don't repeat the cycle of ignorance and a criminal world view? No? Then what sort of "help" did you have in mind, specifically? Give them more stuff? Spend more than $10,000 per student per year on school?

Wait. I know. We should rid their neighborhoods of the crime that plagues those places, so they can pursue a more constructive life. How should we do that? Perhaps make sure that the local criminal gangs aren't staffed up with members that cycle repeatedly through the legal system and return to commit the same crimes over and over again? Nope, can't do that, because that involved police, and we all know that police are now officially evil, and locking up violent gang members is officially racist. Looking forward to your specific suggestions, and explanations as to why they've never been tried before or have never worked before, but will now, because of how you're suggesting them.

Comment Re:Nope again. Now you're just making shit up. (Score 1) 570

Yes, and the entire conversation was with a gaggle of reporters who had been talking about the current events (Syrian refugee) situation in particular, and you're barely hearing the FIRST reporter's simultaneous questions. He (Trump) presumed everyone was still talking about the topic du jour, the refugee issue and the need to track them better than Europe has been doing. The ONLY person to suggest a "Muslim database" was a reporter throwing things into the multi-reporter scrum. If you really think that the way that was answered indicates some policy urge on his part to do what the reporter dreamed up, then you're just trolling.

Again, I am NOT a Trump supporter. I don't want him in office. But I know disingenuous faux outrage when I hear it. If the lefty media and blogosphere types really think that was something to be uptight about, then their disinterest in holding Obama, Clinton, Biden, Kerry, Reid, Pelosi and other notable Democrat figures responsible for some truly, truly stellar BS, non-sequitors, irrationalities, and outright deliberate repeated lies is ... well, a pretty predictable display of typical lefty hypocrisy. Or, would you link to your same armchair psychology analysis of some of those deliberate deceptions from people in office on the left? Please? Thank you for being intellectually honest and doing so.

Comment Re:Godwin (Score 1) 570

What makes you think you know anything about my party affiliation or lack of it? Your own rah-rah is showing.

And no, both parties are NOT equally bad in this regard. The vast majority of conservatives (who have plenty of cultural problems in the bus along with them, in the form of die-hard religious types, to be sure) are uniformly opposed to expanding government power over your personal daily life. They're not the ones trying to tell you what size drink cup you can buy, which medical services you must pay for (but only from these government-partnered sources!), which of the new 8,000 (!) new regulations issued every year may or may not make you a criminal this year while doing the same things you did last year, etc. The general disposition of the two parties is significantly different when it comes to the role of government in every day life.

When someone does something stupid, the republican's first instinct is to say, "What kind of upbringing did that person have, that they thought that was acceptable behavior?" while the democrat's immediate take on it is, "What kind of additional tax should we charge in order to fund a government program and new government employees and bureaucracy in order to attempt to control that behavior, or at least treat it as a new source of revenue?"

"Love your country but never trust its government." -- from a hand-painted road sign in central Pennsylvania