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Comment Re:Horse Hockey (Score 5, Insightful) 408

Even if they did get in (nice proof by intimidation you have there), how likely is it that there were REAL gems there?

So you're going with the "I broke the law, but it's OK because nothing bad happened" defense? Try that next time you get pulled over and fail a breathalyzer. "Hey officer, I'm drunk as a skunk but nobody got hurt so you can't charge me!" Tell me how that works out for you, the common citizen.

The laws Hillary broke did not require intent or damage to occur in order to be prosecuted. Go read the statute. Comey invented the whole "intent" thing out of thin air. She got a pass because her last name is "Clinton." Any other person would, at the least, be fired and banned for life from Federal service. At the worst, they'd be in jail already.

Comment Re:well well well (Score 5, Insightful) 408

In neither case does it matter if the emails are real or not.

Well, actually it does matter. If the emails are real -- and everything thus far indicates they are, including press releases from HRC's campaign and the resignation of the DNC chairwoman -- it shows systematic corruption within the DNC. Not that comes as any surprise. Debbie Wasserman-Schultz was an unabashed Clinton supporter, carrying water for her at every opportunity. Only a fool could believe she was capable of running the DNC on an impartial basis.

Unfortunately there are a lot of fools out there.

Comment Re:Wasserman-Shultz will get a job in administrati (Score 5, Insightful) 408

Bernie supporters get some meaningless words in the party platform. Clinton supporters get positions of power.

Oh, I'm sorry. Were you unaware the system was rigged long ago? Between the DNC's internal schemes to anoint Hillary and whole idea of "superdelegates," you don't have much in the way of say-so about who gets the DNC nomination. "But trust us," the DNC says. "We know better than you who's fit to rule you."

Comment Re:Also (Score 1) 120

My phone is encrypted and protected with a fairly strong password (12-digit PIN in my case). In addition, the mobile banking app is also protected with a different, fairly strong password. It has multi-factor authentication, but since that is a text to my phone that doesn't count here.

Since my life is on the phone and I use it to constantly stay in touch with family and friends, plus things like navigation, and quick look-ups of information, it is always on me. So much so that I'd sooner forget my wallet or car keys than my phone.

Finally, my phone is not only constantly backed up, it has, essentially, a GPS locator that I can use from my PC to to find it. Just enter "where's my android phone" into Google, assuming you're logged in to your Google account.

Comment Why do I get the feeling... (Score 2) 255

Why do I get the feeling a lawsuit isn't far behind this announcement? The parent's description of the child's horror and emotional turmoil seem ready made for a lawyer to grab up and sue Knightscope, the mall, and every business (with money) in earshot and eyesight of the event.

Comment Re:karma's a bitch (Score 1) 393

They probably had it in their minds that this was a guy with a gun, and a black guy with a gun, therefore they felt he MUST be arrested or shot with no other alternatives allowed.

Umm...he DID have a gun. That's why the cops were called in the first place, as he was reported to be threatening people with it. At that point it didn't matter whether he was black, white, red, yellow, or indigo. An armed person confronting police automatically brings lethal force into the situation. Police tried every non-lethal method available to them to subdue Sterling, including physical restraint. During the attempt to restrain him, Sterling disobeyed commands to keep his hands away from his weapon and gave every appearance of reaching for it. In such a situation, lethal force is authorized and legal.

Moral of the story: don't be a fucking idiot. Don't be a felon with an illegal firearm. Don't wave it around at people. Don't fight with police. Don't reach for your weapon when the cops have drawn on you and have you at point blank range. Sterling is dead because he took MULTIPLE steps to create the situation.

Comment Re:karma's a bitch (Score 1) 393

Try digging into the case a little more than watching the video. Sterling was a convicted felon. He had a gun on him, which is illegal for a convicted felon. He knew if he was caught and searched, they'd find it and he'd be headed back to jail.

When police are struggling with a person who has a gun, they have every right to assume that person intends to use it. The escalation to lethal force was due to Sterling's actions. No prosecutor is going to make murder, manslaughter, negligent homicide, or anything else stick because none of it is true. Sterling was armed, fighting with police, and reached for his weapon. Shooting him at that point was justified NO MATTER WHAT ELSE WAS GOING ON.

Comment Re:karma's a bitch (Score 1) 393

I've been stopped for speeding on more than one occasion and I carry at all times. Each time, as soon as the officer approaches, I make sure both hands are on the wheel and announce I am carrying. I tell the officer where my weapon is and offer to let them take possession of it for the duration of the stop if it will make THEM feel safer. I'm neither rich nor delusional. It's simply a matter of understanding the cop doesn't know me, doesn't know my intentions, and doesn't want to be shot in the line of duty. Since I'm not a fool like Sterling (who, as a convicted felon, illegally possessed a firearm), I don't want to be shot either. Simple communication and respect for both sides of the situation keeps things from escalating. Sterling knew if he complied with the cops he'd be searched, they'd find his weapon, and he'd be headed to jail again. Like I said, he was stupid and now he's dead because of it.

Comment Re:karma's a bitch (Score 1) 393

The Philando Castile shooting was a definite case of the cop acting improperly. "Improperly" doesn't sound strong enough but I'm unable to come up with the right word at the moment. However, if you listen to the video afterwards the cop is absolutely distraught to the point of tears. It's clear he overreacted and thought Castile was going for a weapon. He will be put on trial and face the consequences, and Castile's death is an unmitigated tragedy. That said, the situation could have been avoided if Castile had announced what he was about to do asked the cop if he was OK with it first. Not BLAMING Castile. Fault is definitely with the officer. I'm merely offering a suggestion on ways this could have been avoided.

Sterling is a different case entirely despite attempts to conflate the two simply because both victims were black. Sterling was a convicted felon. He had a gun on him, which is illegal for a convicted felon to possess. Police were responding to a call where Sterling was reported to be waving a gun and threatening people with it so they had every reason to suspect it was a very dangerous situation. Sterling refused verbal commands to stand down and be searched, no doubt because he knew if they found his weapon he'd be going back to jail. Police used Tasers on Sterling to little effect. Seeing that, they attempted to restrain him physically. He fought them, no doubt because he knew he was headed to jail if they succeeded. During the fight he was pinned to the ground, his left arm was pinned, but his right arm -- the arm nearest his gun -- was free. Sterling was verbally ordered not to use his hands. Sterling instead moved his hand towards his waistband, this even after the cop had pulled his weapon and had it point blank on Sterling. Cops had every reason to suspect they had an armed, belligerent suspect who was going for his weapon. Lethal force was called for.

The moral of Sterling's story is he acted stupidly and is dead because of it. DON'T fight with police, especially when you have a weapon on you, legally or otherwise. I'm not arguing people need to knuckle under to bullying cops, but it's important to consider the situation from the cop's perspective. If you have a weapon on you -- or they have strong suspicion you have one on you -- any threatening move you make can look like you're preparing to escalate. Do everything you can to assure the cop you're NOT a threat. If you have a weapon, state that fact clearly. Tell the officer where the gun is while your hands are in plain view. Offer to temporarily give up the weapon while you're being questioned. Make no sudden moves, especially if they involve moving your hands out of view of the officer. None of this is "being a pussy." It's acknowledging the cop DOESN'T know your intentions and, like all of us, would like to go home to his/her family at the end of the day alive instead of to the morgue.

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