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Comment Re:Wow, another JE for me! (Score 1) 47

It's attitudes like that by that writer (and my sister holds the same view), and the govt. using drones to kill people including Americans, and the Obamacare "death panels" (govt. deciding if you're not worth it to society to receive potentially life-saving healthcare), and the mandate that your doctor must talk to you when you're old and sickly about throwing in the towel, that have made this Right-winger and long-time death penalty proponent abandon that, as too dangerous a precedent.

On top of this around here the police just shoot you if you look at them wrong, and they shoot to kill. And the news media dutifully announces in each incident that they had no choice and were forced to do it and justified, and then that news report ends with no facts or reasoning for the justification. I.e. we're not supposed to question, and eerily no one does.

Combine that with all the violence and death that the Leftie Hollywood has churned out for decades (betcha the Dems won't ban guns in movies!) and we have a culture of death, where all kinds of killings and more kinds of them over time are considered "justified".

Unfortunately it's prolly only going to get worse, as an economy with a Leftie boot on its neck can't support people with jobs, and govt.'s going broke can't support people with welfare, so our collectivist overlords will feel the need to do something [famous Leftie credo (and example of typical logic): "Anything's better than nothing!"] to protect the system/the society (since the collective and not individuals is what is sacred).

Comment Re:moof (Score 1) 5

Unfortunately nowadays no more violent than when the govt. enforces things. Around here the cops will shoot you if you look at them wrong, and shoot to kill. I used to be a supporter of LEO's. But with the ridiculously heavy-handed tactics, and Obama assassinating people including Americans with aerial drones, at this point I'm only slightly in favor of govt. being in charge of preserving order. It's conceivable that could change if it grows even more corrupt in ruthlessness and violence.

Comment Re:Well at least they're consistent (Score 1) 8

without the 'non-interventionist' foreign policy baggage

What I had hoped, but not what I've seen. E.g.: I'm far from the neocons and their desire for nation building and spreading freedom and democracy to cultures that can't really understand why that's a good thing (I was for occupying Iraq for its geographically strategic position and a stabilization effect in the area), but I'm definitely for stopping Iran from getting a nuclear weapon even if it means groundtroop deaths (since I think that's among the kinds of threats these people have actually signed up to defend against).

Comment Re:People just... (Score 1) 336

Netbooks were cute, but tablets are sexy, I guess. Less is more; I'd argue that removal of the keyboard goes a long way towards appealing to Average Joes, because it's a visual reminder of the inherent nerdiness of computing devices and having them. So even if they can do the same or less but for more money, more people see themselves as having a tablet vs. something that looks like a scaled-down geek machine.

Comment Re:XP (Score 1) 336

Yup, it was partly a timing thing. MS was transitioning at the time to a next gen of their OS with more security and other overhead, ahead of even where most desktop hardware was at the time, and then this niche of older, even slower componentry became hot, and MS didn't have a good offering for it.

Glad I snatched up an XP Home based 12" netbook, before they were outlawwed at that size I guess and before XP ceased being available. I don't think I've ever seen mine get into the 2nd GB I added to it, but while my desktop runs Vista like a dream, I'd hate to try that on the portable.

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