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Comment Re:We'll see how long this lasts... (Score 1) 82

Trump is now the leader of the republican party (as happens when one is elected POTUS as the candidate of the party). He also is the most successful troll in the history of trolling. Anyone in Washington who disagrees with him - regardless of their party affiliation - will be openly shamed and abused by the Troll in Chief. When he tells the GOP to jump they will ask only how high. When he says in January that he wants this bill killed they will ask only how quickly.

Being as this type of bill potentially challenges his god-given right to make money, he will want it killed. Just as he wants "new libel laws" that allow him to throw journalists into prison who cover him in unfavorable ways.

Comment Re:Different people, different rules (again) (Score 1) 1042

The DNC put a baker out of business because they wouldn't bake a gay wedding cake.

Here is an actual event

Really? I've heard various iterations of this story but I have not heard one where the Democratic National Committee actually put a baker out of business as you claim. Do you have a source for that?

If someone chooses to be a bigot, and then the negative publicity of their bigotry causes their business level to drop to zero, that is a long ways from having a political party come in and somehow magically put you out of business. Furthermore, if you sell a product to someone, and then you fail to deliver that product as promised, the person who paid you for that product has a right to seek their money back. And if your timing on denial of said product is such that an important event is now disrupted, the customer has a right to seek additional compensation for that as well.

Had the actual, extant (as opposed to your fantasy) baker just had a sign on his door declaring his bigotry, he could have avoided all this as the customer who wanted a wedding cake for a same-sex marriage never would have bothered going in.

Comment Re:Granted Government Powers (Score 1) 1042

Sure, stop black people from stepping foot into your home or your store. Refuse to buy or sell with them. It's your right!

There are things you can do that I don't think are good ideas. There are things you can do that I think are immoral or even dangerous to yourself. I am not endorsing business owners being bigots, but they do have certain rights to exclude people from their private property and rights of association. I'm willing to meet them half way and say "if you don't want to do business with XYZ type of people, that's fine as long as you post a sign plainly stating that. No surprises after the fact".

Similarly if a technology company wants to exclude certain types of traffic or communication from its services, I'm fine with that as long as it is understood what is and is not allowed. As long as the forbidden content is described, they can go ahead and do it.

Comment Re:Another one to add to the list (Score 1) 11

But weren't the broken promises part of what led to President Lawnchair having a democratic majority for only a vanishingly short period of time? If tallying up the broken promises helps to drive out some of the hacktacular idiots in 2018 I'm all for it.

You do have a point, though - he hasn't put many people in his cabinet yet that GWB wouldn't have selected. Now whether or not Cruz would have selected them is a different matter...

Comment Another one to add to the list (Score 1) 11

This is but yet another campaign promise that Trump is breaking before inauguration. If we start from 282 promises Trump made on the campaign trail (an abridged list, most likely) and then eliminate the ones that are too vague or simply impossible (like "make America great again" - for whatever that is supposed to mean today), and then subtract the ones he has already backed out on (including notable ones like this as well as "lock her up", "repeal Obamacare", etc), what is left? Not much, I suspect.

This could be a return to failure is not an option.

Comment Re:Different people, different rules (again) (Score 1) 1042

You're making an assumption there based on your own assumptions rather than what I wrote. I never said I would force the bakers to not be bigots. If they want to refuse certain types of customers I could care less, as long as they are upfront about it. Let every person who walks in know (say, with a sign near the front door) that you won't bake for people of type X. Then there will be no surprises for anyone, and everyone can make a decision to care about that decision or not.

In other words, the same as when Twitter says they won't propagate hateful speech. They are saying it before hand, so that people who are posting hateful speech will know they might not find their speech propagated through that service. Similarly if Twitter said ahead of time they didn't want to be used to advertise a certain neutral product they could do that as well provided they declare that ahead of time so everyone knows.

Comment Re:Garages? (Score 1) 11

Think about the power to weight ratio--with as little as a plastic vehicle with a passenger or two would weigh on Ceres, the ratio would be very high, especially after they found the ferromagnetics in the belt that could be magnetized a hundred times as strong as today's (that story, "The Pirate", is still in edit), replace the magnets in a 100 watt motor with them, and one watt will run that motor as well as 100 did the old.

They already had real moon buggies, they're still up there. They used wheels, but the moon is a LOT heavier than Ceres.

Imagine playing basketball on Ceres? I might add that to a story, there were microgravity sports in "Mars, Ho!".

Comment Re:Hard drive or software? (Score 1) 106

I don't back up daily, more like weekly, plus whenever I have a rash of new data. I keep the backup drive unplugged except when backing up, and never in s thunderstorm. Losing my non-backed up data would only hurt a little, it isn't like I'll lose a 10,000 customer database or anything.

Before I retired, backups were automatically done daily by software. I had to change the backup tapes weekly.

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Journal Journal: Santa Killed My Dog!

They say that Santa's coming,
He comes 'round every year.
He comes he'll meet a shotgun slug
'cause he ain't welcome here.

Five years ago this Christmas
The fatass came around
With jingle bells and ho ho hos
And looking like a clown.

He came in for a landing
As I let out a yawn
My house is pretty little
So he landed on the lawn.

Comment Different people, different rules (again) (Score 4, Insightful) 1042

The GOP wants bakeries to be able to reject potential customers based on their religious beliefs, yet they want twitter to be forced to broadcast the angry ramblings of Trump just because he's Trump? The double standard is staggering. I haven't seen anyone preventing Trump from hiring someone two come up with their own site similar to Twitter; if he's as wealthy as he wants everyone to believe he should have no difficulty hiring brilliant programmers to write something that people would want to use even more than Twitter.

Comment Re: Don't give him ideas (Score 1) 552

Those were all bad presidents. My grandmother, born in 1903, said Coolidge caused the depression but Hoover was a terrible president, too. Most historians consider Lincoln's predecessor, James Buchanan, .was history's worse.

I never thought I'd ever see a worse president than Carter, but GW proved me wrong.

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