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Comment Re:Immigration policy is not hate speech (Score 1) 1030

"Alot of folks just don't understand the frustration that the liberalists create by basically saying we can't say anything bad about anything. "

They should by now:

Nominee Donald Trump Hillary Clinton
Party Republican Democratic
Home state New York New York
Running mate Mike Pence Tim Kaine
Projected electoral vote 306 232

Because I've not seen a better single-sentence summary of why Trump won than your post. Thank you.

Comment Re:Here come the science deniers (Score 1) 553

...and you're part of the problem.

1) to say "well look how dangerous THOSE things are" and somehow suggest that therefore pot must be safer is a simple tu quoque fallacy. Same with criticizing the commercially-motivated studies by alcohol and tobacco against pot; simply because they have a reason to dislike pot DOESN'T INHERENTLY MEAN their facts are wrong...just that it's possible they're spun.

2) "Everyone knows pot is safer than alcohol, opioids and tobacco."
Really? What I /know/ is that ANECDOTALLY (which we all know is useless in terms of determining policy) potheads seem to be less trouble than alcoholics. Smokers are mostly a danger to themselves, and opioids are strongly constrained by law so most recreational use is HIGHLY illegal.
If you're talking about 'traffic deaths and domestic violence' etc from alcohol, well, that's not the substance, that's resulting behavior from WIDESPREAD overuse and acceptance - let's let pot get into widespread casual use for generations, and THEN compare those factors.

Comment Only in China? Nah. (Score 3, Informative) 204

In a US where there is a broadly sweeping and growing generational consensus that government should:
- provide all healthcare
- protect everyone from any conceivable harm whether practical, realistic or not (from terrorists to pedophiles), - even from their OWN CHOICES - and at literally any expense're fooling yourself.

"Any government powerful enough to give the people all that they want is also powerful enough to take from the people all that they have."

Famously NOT said by T.Jefferson, but pretty damned good comment nonetheless.

Comment Re:Begs the question (Score 1) 88

There wouldn't be an 'abundance' if EVERY KID IN THE WORLD knew how to code, would there?

Already, US coders are unhappy about the legions of immigrants (or simply foreign-seated coders) willing to do their jobs for 1/3 or less the salary. You think teaching every kid to code would improve that situation?

Comment Cutting down trees to stop Trump (Score 1) 1424

"William Roper: So, now you give the Devil the benefit of law!
Sir Thomas More: Yes! What would you do? Cut a great road through the law to get after the Devil?
William Roper: Yes, I'd cut down every law in England to do that!
Sir Thomas More: Oh? And when the last law was down, and the Devil turned 'round on you, where would you hide, Roper, the laws all being flat? This country is planted thick with laws, from coast to coast, Man's laws, not God's! And if you cut them down, and you're just the man to do it, do you really think you could stand upright in the winds that would blow then? Yes, I'd give the Devil benefit of law, for my own safety's sake!"

(A Man For All Seasons, 1966)

Comment So much this (Score 0) 158

...yes, I understand the entire point of the "fake news" claim is to blame THAT for Trump's victory (setting aside the entirely horrible candidate that routinely insulted half the electorate, approached the election as an entitlement, and never took her opponent seriously), but the fact is that 'fake internet news' has been a thing since the internet was.

And the reason it's a thing IS BECAUSE the 'real' news organizations have long since (for a number of reasons) lost any credibility whatsoever.

Comment Begs the question (Score 2) 88

Has it "turned into" implies that it wasn't basically that from the start.

The idea that every kid should know how to code is stupid. The majority of people in the developed world, much less the REST of the world, can get on comfortably through their entire lives never knowing a line of code.

There's too many things people already need to know (that they generally don't) to waste time advancing such a narrow agenda.

Comment Good idea..but (Score 1) 291 will they (compulsorily) limit this to the DRIVER? Anything short of that is nothing more than window-dressing to make legislators feel they're "doing something".

As they say: "Such driving modes are already implemented within certain Android smartphones, including Samsung models, but they are not compulsory and are up to the users to activate."

If they're already in place, are they making ANY difference? I'd guess not: people who are conscientious enough to voluntarily use the feature, are probably already sensible enough to not be responding to FB if they're driving anyway.

Comment Re:SO... (Score 1) 333

I'm not going to argue that some Republicans aren't in the pocket of big business, certainly no moreso that Democrats are in the pocket of labor and trial lawyers. (shrug) We have a congress generally that - regardless of party or predilection - is venal, blindly tendentious, and frankly more than a little stupid.

I disagree that there "needs to be some sort of government agency" - we have PLENTY of government agencies under whose jurisdiction this COULD fall: FDA, Commerce, FTC, CPSC,
Per the US Gov't itself:
The FDA regulates products that are foods, drugs, cosmetics, or medical equipment.
FTC: As a general rule of thumb, every other consumer commodity that doesnâ(TM)t fall under FDA regulations is regulated by the FTC.
There, solved.

And before you claim "but...Republicans drain all the funding from these programs" - in a sense, yes. Republicans tend to try to take money out of government spending generally (save perhaps Defense - although GWB pre 9/11 had major plans for DoD downsizing. That's precisely why Rumsfeld got SecDef: he was a budget cutter) BECAUSE WE DON'T HAVE ENOUGH FUNDS TO HAVE EVERYTHING WE WANT. So yes, in the same sense your household might be cutting the breakfast cereal budget along with everything else because you're deeply in debt, Republicans regularly try to drain bloated and eternal programs.

I'll remind you, nevertheless, that something north of 53% of the US Fed budget goes to Health and Social Services, so if the Republicans are attacking non-defense programs, they're not winning...

Comment SO... (Score 5, Insightful) 333

....let there be ACTUAL consequences, maybe?

Charge Wal-Mart with fraud for selling falsely-labeled products. One count per bottle on the shelves.

That's a big fine, yes? Well, Wal-Mart, if it didn't know about the fraud (and I expect they didn't actually) should be able to go after the producer for the fines they had to pay on their behalf.

Oh, I'm sorry: their producer is some untraceable company in some faraway land (because they were the cheapest, natch) that doesn't feel like it needs to behave according to laws and skips out on paying Wal-Mart back?

Huh. Almost like that's a reason one would want to buy from - I dunno - a DOMESTIC company where one has at least reasonable surety they they're going to behave within the law (or face consequences of same if they don't)?

Let me be clear: I'm a staunch Republican and free marketeer. But I recognize that the government DOES have a role in consumer protection and labeling, and needs to act aggressively to ensure that consumers in a capitalist marketplace can make free choices based on reliable information.

One might also notice that this exposure alone would either incentivize the spread of the rule of law, or bringing back more industry to the US. All without a new government agency, new powers, or a bevy of new laws - but instead government just DOING WHAT IT'S SUPPOSED TO BE DOING in the first place.

Comment Re:False decisiveness. (Score 1) 600

"He doesn't know how to fix Obamacare but he'll "do something", lol."

You apparently missed that he's already mentioned several times that there are a number of elements of Obamacare that he wants to keep, and Ryan's replacement draft is already pretty obviously about half-accepting of a number of core precepts of Obamacare.

So it really doesn't seem to be going anywhere.

I know the point here isn't to state facts, it's just to bash Trump, but yeah: sometimes facts anyway....

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