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Comment: Re: Above Congress? (Score 1) 153 153

Interestingly, HOAs do have the most scope and reach over your life (if you choose to live there). At least as pertains to your home life. The control how long your grass is, where you can park your car on your own property, what kind of toys you can put up for you kids in the yard, who can come over to your house, when and for how long.... they can be very intrusive. They can even have approval over the sale of the house when you decide to leave.

Pretty much just about anything they'd like can be in the HOA contract you agree to when you buy in. I live in HOA central down in south Florida. They are so pervasive that several of those weekend radio shows that are mostly advertisements for professional services are dedicated to HOA legal advice (both for homeowners and for HOA boards). I've not seen that elsewhere, but it seems to be a pretty hot topic around these parts. They have full slates of callers looking for solutions to perceived HOA abuses or homeowners who are resisting HOA mandates. On the few occasions that I've caught a few minutes, the legal experts seem to advise that "the HOA is going to win so just pay up" most of the time.

Comment: Re:Iran is not trying to save money (Score 1) 267 267

It's insane to think Iran would open up its military facilities for inspection. No country has ever willingly done that except those that have surrendered unconditionally after defeat in war (such as Imperial Japan). It would essentially mean Iran gives up its right to exist as an independent sovereign nation. . . .

. . . Those insisting that Iran open up its military sites are insisting on something they know Iran won't do so as to derail the deal. Their intentions are not sincere.

Do tell.

U.S. Missile Base Braces for Soviet Inspectors

Have a great day Comrade.

Comment: Re:They are looking forward (Score 1) 267 267

Unlike ISIS, Iran is a country that has existed continuously for 2500 years.

The people of Persia have existed for thousands of years. The Islamic Republic of Iran has only existed for a few decades, and has fostered suicide bombings and Islamic revolution around the world.

I highly doubt they would self-immolate just for a chance to 'nuke the infidel.'

Much as Germany wouldn't self-immolate just for a chance to kill a few million Jews? Oddly enough there is another country so inclined to attempt that feat. Any guesses on that? You should look into the question of Germany's use of railway shipping to send Jews to death camps versus sending supplies to the fighting fronts.

Comment: Re:Really? (Score 1, Flamebait) 267 267

Horse shit.

Iran was a pro-Western, pro-American country until we sent the CIA to overthrow their government in 1953 and installed the Shah. If you're going to quote an Israeli PJMedia/Fox News propagandist, you might want to find one with more credibility than Barry Rubin.

The "Horse shit" prefix wasn't needed, at least some of us could identify the content of your post without it.

The government of Iran had been overthrown by the Prime Minister who faked an election, dissolved parliament, and was ruling by decree while ignoring the Shah as constitutional monarch. (You know, the traditional head of government being responsible to head of state?) Not even Stalin faked elections as brazenly as the Iranian PM. The Shah fled for his own safety. The US and UK helped restore the Shah to power, not install him.

Iran was also an ally of Israel but that changed with the Islamic revolution and Iran's turning on the Jewish state as well as the US. The bad blood between Iran and Israel is Iran's doing.

Comment: Re:Knew it was too good to be true. (Score 1) 153 153

... considering that every Chief Justice since the act of Congress that created it in 1978 has been a conservative (Republican), that may tell you something about the mindset of the FISC. It's certainly not a place to find diverse opinions.

So in your mental map of the universe you wouldn't find a justice appointed by a Republican president voting for something like ... say .. "gay marriage" or Obamacare? Perhaps even casting the deciding vote? There may be a gap between your thinking and current events / history.

...it really should come as no surprise that the Court continues to rubberstamp the same stuff they approved before.

If the court found it legal before what would have changed? Nothing. Easy decision for them.

You should probably look into the question of the court forcing the Justice Department to alter applications for warrants. That is far more common than outright rejection. Applications for those warrants are inches thick. Do you think they like to redo them? Do you think they'll just slap some nonsense together just to see if they can slip by? If you think that you probably don't have any insight into the legal system, or the professionalism of judges and lawyers as officers of the court. Why would those jobs be highly competitive and credentialed if you can just slap some nonsense crap together and get by?

Comment: Re:retire and let me have your job (Score 1) 181 181

C'mon folks, do you really have to be so mean when someone asks a simple question?

MoarSauce123, meet The Public. The Public, meet MoarSauce123. I hope your new relationship is pleasurable for both of you.

Heh, all of the entertainer, movie stars, etc have known this about the public. They are mean, rude, evil, etc. Just relax, what you are seeing is perfectly normal. Read the responses in a week or so and you will see some good stuff too. The moderation system helps make the good stuff more visible.

With your UserID, I can see why you might be surprised. Hang around for a while. The crowd here is generally better than most places... but it is still, The Public. ;)

Comment: Re:Design by Fisher-Price? (Score 1) 293 293

What really blows me away is that they STILL refuse to let people personalize how it looks. WTF? XP had the software to change the themes radically but it was locked down and kept away from us users. Vista and 7 removed it entirely. Why? Stardock made a LOT of money back in the XP days turning on the functionality already built in. Some amazing looking interfaces were built.

Now? We are forced to use shit.

Comment: Re:The founding documents present a path... (Score 1, Troll) 153 153

So are you thinking constitutional amendment, constitutional convention, a vigorous letter writing / lobbying campaign, or ... cough *armed insurrection* cough?

Is the straw that broke the camel's back for you Citizens United, Obamacare, gay marriage, NSA collecting phone records, or warm beer?

Comment: Re: Above Congress? (Score 0, Redundant) 153 153

... CIA people ... spy on Congress ... secret kangaroo courts ... overseas executions ... behind closed doors ... spies ... blackmailing ... Congress or other high elected office ... military-industrial complex ... secretly ruled by spooks ... banksters.


Comment: Re:FISA court (Score 0, Troll) 153 153

Who are these judges appointed to the FISA court? Is a prerequisite a hatred for America, or is this something they develop once on the bench?

They are ordinary judges that serve on a rotating basis on that court. They are selected by the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court.

The judges who preside over America's secret court

Hatred for America? How do you think that plays out between findings for gay marriage versus findings that allow continued surveillance against terrorism?

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