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Comment Re:It's about landmass (Score 1) 235

A car costs $300-$400 per month until you pay it off (especially if you include maintenance), that tends to be more than my typical business travel car rental.

My household has a single (gasoline) vehicle, the few times we really need a second car for around the town we use Uber, still cheaper than owning a second car.

Comment Re: Shorter summary (Score 2) 137

Hypocrisy- I don't think that word means what you think it means. Well that or there is a lot more to this story than what is printed on this page.

Even if we buy into the suggestion that the GP is a "lock her up" fan (there is evidence in word or text of law of wrong doing, Comey inserted a mens rea test into the application of a law which the law in question specifically avoids in order to say no charges are warranted because Hillary didn't mean to break the law. The only people not questioning that are Hillary supporters and never trump'rs) , I still don't see the hypocrisy here- or even a connection to the new AG or some Alt Right team member- whatever that is supposed to mean anyways.

Comment Re:Coast Starlight (Score 1, Insightful) 392

Why not start upgrading the track to run at 150 mph in segments and speed up the trip?

Because Amtrak is a corporate welfare basket case that will never come close to justifying itself economically. We have aircraft now. Passenger rail is for short-distance commuting, and it's barely cost effective at that.

If done correctly, high speed rail could work on the west coast.

If wishes were horses, beggars would ride.

-jcr

Comment Re:Slashdot silence on Trump & Russia. (Score 3, Interesting) 266

Those of us with memories also know that Hillary as secretary of state took credit for parts of the Arab Spring and was trying to take credit for the Libya uprising until it went south. This was so prominent at her time in the State Department that Putin even accused her of interfering in Russian affairs and organizing protests after a parliament election.

http://www.nytimes.com/2011/12...

If Russia was involved in the US election, it was likely retaliation for that. People who remember that don't worry that their involvement was to help trump but assume it was little more than to defeat Clinton who has been accused or similar crap.

Comment Re: This will never happen, even if I want it to. (Score 3, Informative) 266

No, someone doesn't need to be convicted to be pardoned. President Nixon was never convicted (or even impeached) and he received a pardon from President Ford over the Watergate charges after he resigned.

There is an implicit admission of guilt in accepting a pardon. But my understanding is that you really have no choice in the matter as once a pardon is issued, it is valid from the perspective of the government whether you accept it or not (they will no longer attempt to prosecute or detain/punish you for the crimes you were pardoned over).

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