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Comment Re:Blown (Score 1) 106

I'd agree that the comment comes off as redundant and unscholarly, but there's nothing wrong with it from a grammar standpoint. "It" is the understood subject of the first clause...although there should really be a comma before "doesn't."

Just what is it that is supposed to make us think?

It should be blindingly obvious to anyone that it refers to the preceding summary. Reading between the lines, claims of falsified reports are supposed to make us think about how much mass recalls are due to hysteria vs. actual issues.

There are other problems with the summary, though. I did a double-take on

Lately, a lot of behind the scene conversations have been suggesting that perhaps the Note 7 battery explosion fiasco has been blown out of the proportion. There's no evidence of any of that, so we won't discuss it any further,

when I hit

but amid all of this, Samsung has confirmed that at least 26 explosion reports that circulated everywhere were hoaxes.

So there's no evidence of it being blown out of proportion...except for this evidence that we're showing you right now. And we "aren't discussing it" here, somehow?!

Normally I would never say this, but in this case the summary would be better off as just an ungarnished blockquote. So I suppose you're right.

And finally, there's the part where "we couldn't easily and immediately obtain proof it happened" somehow translates to "they were lying and it didn't happen." Wow.

Comment Re:there's always greed and the clintons (Score 1) 387

While Clinton pardoned a large number (450)[3] of people compared with his immediate predecessor Republican George H. W. Bush, who only pardoned 75, the number of people pardoned by Clinton was comparable to Republican Ronald Reagan and Democrat Jimmy Carter, who pardoned 406 and 566 respectively.[4]

You're saying the pardons he did on his last day were more than everybody else's last-day pardons?

Not sure I really see how much the timing matters. If nobody can veto the pardons regardless of whether the president is still in office...all that really changes is pardoning earlier gives their political opponents more time to get pissy about them.

A more charitable way to look at it would be to say he procrastinated.

Comment Re:So what? (Score 1) 273

How would we know if there was voter fraud without voter ID laws? How would you tell if someone voted for their family member who decided not to vote?

Just because the incidence of voter fraud after the laws are passed is low, does not indicate the incidence when there is no law.

We *already have* laws against vote fraud. These guys are trying to tighten them, which you seem to be in favor of despite us having basically no evidence it actually happens.

But even if it didn't, you can't cash a paycheck, get welfare, or even buy a beer without an ID, do you really think there is this huge population of voters with no IDs?

Yes: illegal immigrants.

Comment Re:So what? (Score 1) 273

Go watch the voter ID episode of Last Week Tonight.* IIRC he said there were TWELVE counts of voter fraud caught last year. And the politicians who are pushing for the tighter laws are the same guys who are caught on camera voting for absent representatives while they're in session.

And no, obviously it couldn't be about the Republicans trying to disenfranchise the large demographics that vote against them. That's crazy talk.

Those people speaking out against Voter ID laws are pretty terrible citizens. They don't care if people cheat in the elections, as long as it is their people who are benefiting from the cheating.

Blow it out your ear. Yes I do care.

*Apparently it's the July 31st episode but I'm having a hard time finding a link to the whole thing at the moment.

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