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Comment Re:First dissent (Score 1) 2416

Obama and the Democrats were idiots for not implementing the "insurance individual mandate" as a tax break / monetary payout to buy health insurance anyways. They could have avoided this entire debate by doing so.

I agree with you about constitutionality -- Obama could have said "we're going to raise everyone's taxes except you get a deduction if you have health insurance". Except the Dems weren't idiots because it would never have gotten past the House. Republicans wouldn't have voted for a tax hike. They could vote for the original because they viewed it as an insurance industry (in GOP lingo, "corporate") subsidy, and therefore a spending issue rather than a revenue issue.

The Republicans (and the Democrats) are statist and have no problems spending your money; the only difference between them is which special interest groups they want to spend your money on.

Comment Re:How did they get a patent... (Score 2) 194

Because they filed the original application 16.5 years ago, when there wasn't so much prior art.

This application is a continuation of and claims priority from U.S. patent application Ser. No. 12/353,218 filed Jan. 13, 2009, now U.S. Pat. No. 7,945,856; which is a continuation of and claims priority from U.S. patent application Ser. No. 11/591,878, filed Nov. 2, 2006, now U.S. Pat. No. 7,493,558; which is a continuation of and claims priority from U.S. patent application Ser. No. 09/632,154, filed Aug. 3, 2000, now U.S. Pat. No. 7,181,690; which is a continuation of and claims priority from U.S. patent application Ser. No. 08/747,420, filed Nov. 12, 1996, now U.S. Pat. No. 6,219,045; which claims priority from U.S. Provisional patent application Ser. No. 60/020,296, filed Nov. 13, 1995. The disclosures of all of the foregoing patent documents are incorporated herein by reference.

Comment Busy work for NHTSA (Score 1) 911

There is no need for this at all. The Lexus crash was a tragedy, yes, but then all of the faulty cars were recalled and now Toyota has a standard braking system installed. What problem, exactly, is NHTSA trying to fix?? Other than making more work for themselves so they can justify a budget...

Comment Re:Whoa, back up a minute. (Score 1) 270

I would think that with enough precedents against them and enough six figure settlements, any city would catch on pretty quickly that they need to fire such law-breaking cops. Hell, if another cop pulls this shit in Boston, you can bet the suit won't be for $100,000, but for a ton more because the city is showing signs of being a "habitual offender".

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