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Comment Re: The other campaign (Score 1) 445

Either a worthy candidate will appear for the Democrats in the next four years, or they'll pick the same kind of nobody bullshit candidate that the Republicans have been running since Bush ran the first time. It doesn't seem like they'd run Hillary again, though it wouldn't surprise me if she turns up for the primaries.

Submission + - Democrat Operatives Caused Violence at Trump Rallies, Framed Sanders Supporters (youtube.com) 16

Xenographic writes: A new video has come out detailing how Democratic operatives created violence at Trump rallies. You may remember that they then framed Sanders supporters for those protests. This video is notable because one of the operatives, Zulema Rodriguez, can be identified in videos of the Arizona protests at 17:35 in this independent video as well as at 10:30 in the first video link. Furthermore, you look at the FEC records of disbursements to her and see that she was paid by MoveOn.org. Finally, this again can be corroborated with the Wikileaks dump, specifically this email. For those too lazy to browse all the links, you can see Zulema's appearance in both videos in this image and note that it's the same person down to the tiny mole on her chest.

Comment Re: Hipster compliant? (Score 1, Offtopic) 130

Jesus' real name, if you wanted to translate it by the same rules as has been done with other people who had that name in the Bible, is Joshua.

The trouble is that Jesus' message is largely misunderstood. People get tied up in obedience and the Hell-and-Damnation, self-righteous preaching style of modern evangelists. They tend to think that this is what Christianity is about, and you're most certainly right-- if Christ were to walk among us today in the way that he walked among the Romans, he'd be flipping tables at a great deal of American churches, just as he did with the Pharisees. Occasionally though, you do encounter a congregation that gets it right-- where they understand that Jesus' message had to do with love. That God loves us, and that we should show our love for Him, by loving eachother. Even Christ's sacrifice is misunderstood; people compare it to the Jews sacrificing doves and lambs to God, but really it's more like Abraham sacrificing his son to God; except that in Jesus' case, the roles are reversed. We didn't sacrifice God's son to God, but God sacrificed His son to us. That's what people don't get. The whole point of the thing is that we are more important to Him than anything else, including His own flesh.

Does that sound more like something you might be able to get into?

Comment Re: Single payer system would avoid this problem (Score 1) 327

The trouble is, a good deal of the price gouging we see in the United States, is a result of the pharmaceutical industry trying to subsidize the low prices in other countries. A thing costs a given amount, and if they don't making it up somewhere, the won't be around to make anything at all.

I don't know what the solution looks like, but we definitely need to remove profit as a motivator from the entire medical industry, as those two things just don't mix very well. Too much of medicine is assuring people they're being helped, while burglary is being done. The tricky part is removing the money from the equation, while still maintaining a system that people want to participate in. I fear we may never get there, without a post-scarcity economy.

Comment Re:Cell Phone (Score 3, Insightful) 195

This thinking really bothers me, and while I know the principle you cite is generally true, I can't help but think that by far, I'd prefer to live next to a slob than someone who's going to tell me what I can and can't do on my own property. I can't speak for anyone else on this, but I, for one, would abandon any bargain on the sale of a house, upon being told that there's an HOA involved. That is a total deal breaker. If I'm going to buy a house, I'm buying a place to live. If it's an investment that I want, I'll try venture capital, trade goods or the stock market. Or comic books, as I'm already doing that.

Comment Re:Really Obvious Solution (Score 1) 1144

Australia also doesn't share borders with countries that have rampant illegal drug trade going on. It's isolated pretty well, and having a limited number of locations where entry is possible makes it difficult to smuggle conspicuous things in. America has Mexico and a whole bunch of nearby island nations in the Caribbean where all sorts of crazy shit is going down. Whether it's a matter of catapulting a package across a relatively unpatrolled part of the border, or discretely landing a motorboat on a Southern beach, people bring weapons here both for their own use, and also to sell. What worked in Australia isn't likely to work very well, here.

Comment Re:Virginia Tech (Score 1) 1144

When the state of Florida introduced requirements for registered gun ownership, they started a program to keep track of gun-related crimes involving registered gun owners. They discontinued the program after several years because there just weren't enough incidents to justify spending money on tracking them. A fair number of the incidents they did document involved a registered gun owner using his gun to save the life of a police officer.

The incident I think GP is talking about was one of the copycats following Columbine, and it was, in fact, a teacher who went out to his car, and obtained his gun, then proceeded to end the situation.

Wide-spread legal gun ownership really does make people generally safer.

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