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The title is misleading. I would vote for anyone that I thought would do the job of President of United States well. My definition for "well" includes Constitutional amendments for getting the money out of politics; ending oil subsidies and instead subsidizing solar, wind, hydro, and thorium energy; rezoning and expanding public land forests as CO2 sinks; infrastructure projects including high speed rail, updated energy grid, buried electric lines, replaced sewage, water, and natural gas l

Comment: Re: Ridiculous. (Score 1) 914

I completely agree that the justice system should not be a vehicle for vengeance, but consider the most extreme crimes you can imagine. What about war criminals? What about people that are happily responsible for the torture of hundreds and the deaths of thousands, who are walking around free today? What if they could be tried and convicted of their crimes? If they were quite old, a simple life sentence would be meaningless. Would it be enough to give them the death penalty? Or would it be preferable, to those they have harmed directly or indirectly, to subjectively lock them inside their aging bodies for what would feel like decades, maybe even centuries?

Let's keep in mind that the death penalty is permanent, forever, and our justice system is fallible. Better a time dilated sentence than death, simply because we can halt the time dilation half way through if we choose to.

Comment: Steering out of the spin (Score 1) 361

by tgrigsby (#46279689) Attached to: Killing Net Neutrality Could Be Good For You

Instead of pretending that the toll bridge operator that throttles traffic and charges exhorbitant tolls from the taxis coming *and* going isn't the problem, let's instead eliminate the toll bridge operator all together and let the "free market" decide which taxis it wants to use.

Minus the bad analogy: the communications infrastructure shouldn't belong to the communications service provider, and any service provider should be allowed to operate on the infrastructure. The federal government should purchase all the cable and fiber as part of regulating commerce and tax service providers for usage of the infrastructure.

To me, communications infrastructure is like the highway system. I also don't think healthcare, emergency services, or disaster relief should be for-profit, so maybe I'm just a damned socialist?

Comment: Re:Voting Franchise Restoration (Score 1) 694

I'm going to go ahead and reply to my own post... :)

Take the issue that makes you angriest because you're just sure our government is lying to us about it. Doesn't matter what it is. You are probably confident that politicians that vote "the wrong way" are getting paid off by some big money lobbyist representing people you despise.

Now imagine that money was no longer considered, in the words of Antonin Scalia, "impossible to separate from the speech it enables," and therefore speech itself. Imagine if one party was unable to gain unfair advantage by preventing people from voting or altering the districts so the majority lost regardless. Imagine if the only thing that mattered when it came time to get re-elected was a Congressman's record and whether he honestly represented the interests of his constituency.

Yeah, you want it too. You know you do.

Comment: Voting Franchise Restoration (Score 1) 694

The only issue that matters anymore is the restoration of the voting franchise. We need to:

    - eliminate PACs and SuperPACs
    - limit contributions to individual, human contributions only, capped to $1000 per person
    - outlaw gerrymandering and require an immediate redistricting such that, except for districts on state lines, no district has a concave border.
    - functional, tamper-proof, open source voting machines that issue paper records of the votes cast must be in sufficient supply and for a sufficient time period that everyone in the district will be able to vote
    - No ID card is required, but the person voting must be on the roll for the polling station they are assigned to and they must give a thumb print and sign their name.
    - No penalties for honest voter registration drives; heavy penalties for fraudulent practices during voter registration drives.
    - failure to provide adequate access to the voting process is grounds for heavy fines and overturning of the election results.

And don't just pass a set of laws -- pass an Amendment to the Constitution. Because the vote of the people is the most essential part of the foundation of our form of government, and it has been seriously eroded over the last few decades to the point where well-financed parties seriously believe, and rightly so, that they can sway elections and deform our laws and regulations to suit their interests alone.

When the voice of the people is restored, when we are truly once again a government of, by, and for the people rather than the top 0.001%, everything else will fall into line.

Comment: Re:Pascal ? (Score 2) 176

by tgrigsby (#42900799) Attached to: For Your Inspection: Source Code For Photoshop 1.0

Turbo Pascal rocked. Ignoring all the "it's pascal so it must suck" idiocy being posted, Turbo Pascal changed PC programming. The only compilers besides MASM were too expensive for a college student to touch and slower than Christmas to compile, but TP was $99 and screaming fast. I got a copy and that started a 25 year career in programming, almost exclusively using Borland products and building just about everything you can imagine with them. I get it that Photoshop was first written to run on Apple, but TP was more than just a hobby compiler, and really the best choice at the time for doing any serious work on a PC.

Wasn't there something about a PASCAL programmer knowing the value of everything and the Wirth of nothing?