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Submission + - Ron Glass, Firefly's Shepherd Book, has died

tiqui writes: The actor was 71 and the family has not released more details of his death, but the Firefly/Serenity fans can follow this link to the Hollywood Reporter for more information.

Comment yup, you're right (Score 1) 156

I was in a hurry and missed it.

I know the difference but was not even thinking of "lead", the material. I was distracted while typing the brief post which when I typed it was timely and, I thought, of interest to the Slashdot community. I was thinking of "lead" (pronounced "leed") as in "to lead" while reading the original article in one window and composing my post in another and keeping an eye on the clock with little time before I needed to tend to something. I'm not a grammar NAZI, but this sort of error usually sticks out at me when I read it, and I would have caught it had I spent an extra moment on it. The error was one of attention rather than ignorance.

I am not offended that you flagged it. We would all benefit from being a little more careful in what we post both on matters of content and style. It was however a minor error on your part to presume ignorance when simple carelessness was a sufficient explaination. Another thing we would all benefit from is not presuming each other to be either ignorant or persons of ill will. Sometime people of goodwill simply disagree, and sometimes people of goodwill simply make a typical human error.

Comment No, George Washington warned us against ANY (Score 3) 177

"However [political parties] may now and then answer popular ends, they are likely in the course of time and things, to become potent engines, by which cunning, ambitious, and unprincipled men will be enabled to subvert the power of the people and to usurp for themselves the reins of government, destroying afterwards the very engines which have lifted them to unjust dominion." - George Washington, first President of the US

If people would spend more time reading what our founders said and wrote, and just a tiny bit less time on pop culture, we might be a little bit less messed-up. They designed the American system and left us both the operating manual (the Constitution) and their design notes (extensive writings, both for and against the choices they made see: "Federalist Papers" and "Anti-Federalist Papers" and all thier other books and writings).

Submission + - RIP: Jerry Doyle

tiqui writes: Jerry Doyle, best known for playing Security Chief Michael Garibaldi on Babylon 5 has passed away in Las Vegas at only 60 years of age. His B5 character was often paired-up with G'Kar (played by Andreas Katsulas who died in 2006 at age 59) and with Jeffrey Sinclair (played by Michael O'Hare who died in 2012, also at age 60) He seems to have lead an interesting life. Cause of death not yet known.

Submission + - State Senator opposed to violent video games arrested for arms trafficking (mercurynews.com)

tiqui writes: California State Senator Leland Yee (D-San Francisco) has been a long-time vocal advocate for both gun control and regulation of violent video games, often speaking of his deep concerns for the victims of violence. He's just been arrested for trafficking in large quantities of fully-automatic guns (the type that have been illegal in the U.S. since the 1920's, NOT the semi-autos usually discussed) and shoulder-fired rockets. When taped discussing the arms transactions he commented “People want to get whatever they want to get. Do I care? No, I don’t care. People need certain things”. This character is not some unknown oddball, he previously ran for mayor of San Francisco and was currently running for Secretary of State.

Comment Give it a rest (Score 2) 208

Yes, Heritage (a "think tank", NOT the GOP) published a paper endorsing an individual mandate on health insurance, but you guys on the left need to become a bit more honest about waving that report around as evidence that Republicans were for the concept of "Obamacare" up until "a black guy" was for it (always that nasty little accusation of racism, from the party (the Democrats) that owned all the slaves and went on to found the KKK). ONE report from ONE "conservative" think tank does NOT establish the beliefs of the GOP any more than ONE report on ANYTHING from a "progressive" think tank establishes that as official Democrat policy. It's also important to stop accidentally failing to report that the very same Heritage organization has long published rants against individial mandates ( HERE is one example I could quickly find for this post ). Sure, Mitt Romney (in conjunction with a Democratic state legislature) did "Romneycare", but let's face it - that was in loony liberal Kennedy-land and most Republicans from the rest of the country oppose it (it was one of the biggest problems he had in winning the GOP nomination in 2012)

Comment Sorry, previous post was right and YOU are wong (Score 2) 208

In October 2009 the Democrats who were then running congress by a huge majority changed the locks on the capitol hill meeting rooms so they could keep Republicans out when they wanted to. (they did this to stop Republicans exposing the involvement of Democrats in the 2008 home loan meltdown activity at Countrywide, but they then used those locked rooms to exclude Republicans from the secret healthcare reform negotiations which Obama had promised would air in their entirety live on C-SPAN)

Obama did, indeed, promise Obamacare negotiations would air live on C-SPAN before he broke his promise, and journalists from across the political spectrum objected and tried to get the negotiations opened

And here's an admittedly biased link to a TEA Party site, used here to point out their frustration with the fact that the "establishment" wing (the lifetime politicians who like big government) of the GOP keeps doing SYMBOLIC votes against Obamacare but then keeps actually fully funding it. The Washington elites of both parties have done stuff like that to their base voters on many issues for decades, but the internet is exposing it.

Oh, and if you are in denial about the corporate lobbyists who climbed into bed with Obama on Obamacare, here is a link to a story explaining WHY big insurance got on board (they originally fought it, but then they got admitted to the closed-door meetings WE the public were shut out of). Also see this link on big Pharma and big Insurance climbing on board and throwing money at Democrat politicians. While many organizations and lobbying groups were involved in the "secret" negotiations, the names of most of the individuals involved are NOT known to Republicans who repeatedly demanded the names and were denied.

Let me further point out that when the Obama administration thinks a Republican governor is breaking a law, they run to the federal courts - something they have NOT done (so I cannot link to it here) to any governor over his/her refusal to create a state exchange - a tacit admission that the governors are obeying the law.

Since I have validated everything in the post you said was so full of falsehoods, whereas YOU provided NO evidence ANY of the claims was false, that previous post was the correct one and yours was the loser

Comment don't be mis-lead (Score 1) 291

Yeah, those wars cost money... but before we abandoned the place there was the hope that over the long-run we'd end-up saving money since we'd no longer need to keep providing forces to protect Saddam's neighbors from him (as we'd done for MANY years) and not need to periodically wage more limited wars to push him back into is own borders (see 1991 gulf war). Before the current drive to pull-out and abandon Afghanistan, there was the hope that enough years w/o the Taliban and with kids of both genders getting a proper education the place would become a better and more peaceful place that would prevent it being a launchpad for future violence (again, saving many billions from any future wars, post-terror attack re-building, etc)

Obama's "stimulus" law, however, borrowed-and-spent (in one law passed in one year) more money than both of Bush's wars cost in ten years... so some perspective is called for

We have dramatically reduced American military spending as a portion of the federal budget. It used to be the biggest item, now Social Security and Medicare are both bigger. The truth is that NASA's entire budget is so small it's just a "rounding error" in the federal budget. Obama could have doubled it with not much impact to the nation's budget if he had cared to do so. His one-year stimulus program could have funded NASA for 50+ years

Comment But that too raises questions... (Score 1) 291

WHY would you want all the federal people packing?

As an old guy, I remember when you could go to an airport, walk-up to the counter, buy a ticket (for cash with no ID) hand the person at the ticket counter your suitcase (which went right-onto the conveyor out to the guys who loaded the planes) and then you could walk over to the "jet way" where you handed-over the ticket and walked onto the plane. No searches, no background checks, no grope-fests, no microwaves, no x-rays, no metal detectors. Flying was convenient and a generally good experience (the worst bits were sub-par food and jet-lag). No planes were falling from the skies or crashing into buildings.

The IRS used to mostly scare people with auditors (scary-geeky guys with glasses, green eye-shades and pocket protectors)

ATF? There was a day when they did not exist, and even after that a long time when the only people who ever saw them were liquor store and gun store owners who were being periodically checked for records compliance. When they pulled the Waco-thing, I remember having conversations will friends of all political stripes and we were all shocked that the ATF had all that tactical gear, and tanks and helicopters and was capable of doing a large-scale military-style assault on any group of Americans. (The Waco people were NUTS, but the scope, equipment, and scale of the ATF was a real eye-opener at that moment)

We are being turned into a police state and the young people who've never known America to be any different, very sadly, do not even know this or more importantly feel it at a gut-level the way this old vet does. I'm one of those old guys who gets a tear in his eye when he hears the national anthem and loves to see a flag flapping in the wind and who has not understood why so many younger folks do not seem to love the country at a gut-level in the same way... but I am starting to see that the country they have grown-up knowing has been developing a very different nature than the country I have lived with. Much of it is with the un-spoken threat (the same govt using the threat is too PC to SAY the words) that if we do not do this then "crazy radical Muslims" will blow us all up. We're supposed to forget that we've had to "deal with" radical violent Muslim forces every few decades since Jefferson was president (and never before did we do it by militarizing at home). They do not want us to notice that they are the ones who invited the wave of Muslim immigrants and visitors (both legals and illegals via leaky borders and poor visa tracking). They also do not want us to remember that it was their policies on how to handle hijackers that led the people on the 9-11 flights to not immediately resist, but that no American in his/her right mind would fail to try to stop or even kill any post 9-11 hijackers (and therefore we probably need LESS airport security now than we've ever needed before) We are not supposed to notice that many of the military-style law enforcement actions inside this country are to enforce laws that used to not even be on the books.

We Americans need to be asking some very basic questions of our politicians... no matter which party they are from and no matter whether we like their other policies or not. This was easier many years ago when the government did much less, and was therefore involved in many fewer things, and therefore politicians could not say "ignore the bad things I'm doing with my left hand, becase you love what I'm doing with my right hand"

Comment Well, let's see... (Score 1) 291

His ATF transferred THOUSANDS of so-called "Assault Weapons" to Mexican drug cartels and he claimed no personal knowledge. Then when congress demanded the documents from his Atty Gen (Eric Holder) his admin ignored the legal subpoenas (though he has jailed Americans for ignoring his subpoenas) and when things got too close to the courts, the president asserted "Executive Privilege" over all of it (something he cannot legally do if he was not personally involved from the start). Obama? Meet Nixon...

He got elected in 2008, in part, by going around denouncing Bush43 for waterboarding (done to three terror suspects, all of whom survived without permanent injury) but this Nobel Peace Prize winner has been sending drones out to convert anybody he puts on his secret "kill list" into piles of cooked sausage (often NOT in a war zone, where strikes are generally accepted a legitimate military activity) ... including US citizens whom he does not think need any rights or due-process. Ah, well, Arafat got one of those nice shiny medals too...

In his 2008 presidential election run he denounced Bush43 as un-patriotic, un-American, reckless, irresponsible and immoral for having run-up about $5Trillion on debt over 8 years (which included the costs of 9-11 and the wars) but Obama has run-up approx $6.5Trillion in new debt in just four years (with no 9-11 and while eliminating the Iraq war and now ending the Afghan war) and his budget proposals have been projected by the non-partisan CBO to take the nation to over $20Trillion in debt by the end of his 2nd term.

Obama claimed Bush43's "Patriot act" was awful... but once he got in office, he doubled-down. When the act was created, it contained sunset provisions (so some would go away automatically over time) but these have been removed. He allowed the TSA to unionize (when it was created, the Dems promised as part of the deal to make it govt, rather than private, that it would remain non-union). As a result, it'll be nearly impossible to ever reform it or eliminate it. He is buddies with the Google and Facebook operators and has increased the govt intrusions into private electronic communications, coincidence?

Need I go on?

Bush43 was a turkey... Obama is far worse

Comment You have been propagandized (Score 1) 291

There is only one kind of US Dollar.... Dollars are fungible... and Social Security is forbidden (by law) from investing in anything other than US debt

What this means:

  • 1. All money collected by tax man is in the same dollars, and it all goes into the same US treasury (the idea that Social Security is something separate is a political and accounting gimmick which even the US supreme court has ruled on: They've already ruled that the fed govt is under no LEGAL obligation to pay anything to the recipients (only political pressure keeps the checks going)
  • 2. Because money is fungible (its all units of the same stuff and if you put in extra "over here", the recipient is free to move some of his other cash around "over there") there's no way to isolate it. If you put more into Social Security, the fed govt just writes itself another IOU and puts that into Al Gore's infamous "lock box" and then moved the money over into the state dept to buy more tanks and planes for Egypt or over into the food stamp program, or into the air traffic control system etc. There's no special type of "social security dollar" that can only go into SS and just sits there on a dusty shelf waiting to be paid back out to a retiree later. 20 years from now when then-current retirees need their checks and the "lock box" IOUs need to be honored, hard-working people will have to be taxed even more.
  • 3. Social Security only "invests" in bonds (i.e. it lends its money to the rest of the govt). This makes it the biggest enabler of deficit spending. It has to invest in SOMETHING otherwise the money would not "grow" and it would have to pay retirees less than they payed in (what they payed, minus the overhead). People in BOTH parties have historically opposed letting it invest outside of govt as it would become the worst enabler of crony-capitalism imaginable (with politicians choosing which politically-connected companies on Wall St got BILLIONS in investments and which got "frozen out" and little attention to which made the best returns). Every time, since the program started, that the GOP tried to pass laws to enable individuals to have their own accounts and choose their own (non-govt debt) investments the Dems have denounced this as "privatization" and "gambling with people's retirement money". The result: Every single dollar paid in "payroll taxes" is lent to the rest of the government to spend.

These are facts. Get used to them; you'll be living with them for the rest of your life.

If you are under 30 (and if you've seen Obama's fiscal projections) you should be VERY concerned... this is all going to fall apart in your lifetime and you will be left eating dog food and w/o healthcare. When Obamacare finishes-off the insurance programs, which it's designed to do (by capping their profits, making them provide everything people want, and making them compete with govt actors who can operate in deficit) you will be offered "single-payer" as the solution to the mess (Obama and several of his advisers are on tape saying essentially these things, though not using the term "obamacare" as they were speaking years earlier). It will sound great (seems like a no-brainer to eliminate a layer of the free-market) ... but that eliminates two vital things: competition (which forces innovation and efficiency) and freedom (the option to "go somewhere else" for a service if a vendor is not performing). When a company screws-up, you can go to the govt for relief and another company for future business, but where do you go when the government screws up??? What happens when the feds are the source of your healthcare and the money runs out????? People used to feed themselves and their families, but now we have govt programs feeding the kids at school and the seniors.... but what happens when the feds can no longer print money???? The Germans ran a version of this experiment in fiscal recklessness and money-printing in the thirties... and it did not end well.

There is a basic law of the universe: Something which cannot go on forever, won't.

Comment Obama has no intention of boosting NASA (Score 2, Insightful) 291

Obama was the one who created the "sequestration" plan (Liberal-favorite and Watergate hero journalists Bob Woodward reported this) and Obama signed it into law. Now he is demanding the GOP violate their principles as the price for avoiding sequestration... so the only way Obama will NOT chop NASA's funds is if the GOP caves-in on their principles and this might not happen; too many house Republicans have already outraged their base supporters by raising the limits on Obama's credit card over and over again (allowing him to drive-up nearly $7,000,000,000.000.00 in new debts). Obama is also the guy who tried to kill NASA's manned spaceflight capabilities; first he killed the bi-partisan Constellation program, then he shut-down shuttle operations (and ripped-up the infrastructure and tore the guts out of the orbiters (they all now have fake engines, gutted OMS pods and gutted FRCS modules) so they could never fly again). Sure, he has funded commercial cargo to ISS (this is the Bush "COTS" program, not an Obama program). Sure, he claims to be pushing "commercial" manned spaceflight (by tossing a little cash at 3 different companies), but [a] none of these companies has any firm commitment from the government (possibly why none has firm scheduled for manned flights) [b] they're not being given enough for a real program and [c] These programs are being run so slowly that none will carry anybody into orbit while Obama is in office. Congress (bi-partisan effort) forced Obama to plan to build the new SLS rocket and to keep working on the Orion capsule, but he has had his people slow-walk these programs in the apparent hope that dragging them out will frustrate congress and cause congress to cancel them (to such an extreme that the senate had to threaten legal action to get him to stop foot-dragging); there are no planned manned American space flights currently in any official NASA plan other than 1 possible flight around the moon (no landing) many yeas from now, possibly. maybe.

Comment The IRS is growing to (Score 1, Interesting) 291

become the enforcer of Obamacare. In just 12 months, all Americans will be required to buy health insurance that meets Obama's specs. The IRS estimates that these policies will cost $20,000.00 per year per Adult (and $10,000.00 per year per child). If you do not buy this insurance for yourself, your spouse and your kids, you will be penalized by the IRS.... unless you are an illegal alien (they are specifically exempt from the penalty (it's right in the plain text of the law)). Oh, they do get the same care you get though if you and they show up at any hospital ER with equivalent injuries/illnesses; that's required by an earlier law that's still in force.

As for the many millions (billions now? could be I suppose) of rounds Obama has been having all the non-military agencies buy... I have heard no explanation... but it certainly dovetails interestingly with his desire to disarm the public; perhaps he is preparing to face a few million very angry people in the next couple of years and will need all the federal agents to be armed and assisting in the effort to disarm the public? (it's interesting to see so many elected democrats taking their masks off now and pushing legislation to grab guns) I do not know and I'm not one to prefer a foil hat, but there are questions that should be being asked, and would be asked if we still had any real journalists.

Comment By your logic... (Score 0) 291

if we tell Obama the moon's packed with "undocumented immigrants" or people whose votes he can buy by giving them food stamps, he'll fully fund moon missions that will put Apollo to shame.

See how dumb that is? Just plain dumb.

I presume you do not like the idea that the GOP is willing to spend money on national defense (something the constitution specifically requires the Federal govt to do) but you're fine with the trillions we spend every year on social spending (which the constitution not only does not require, but arguably forbids (the constitution lists a few duties of the Federal govt and then says everything else is in the hands of the states and the citizens) ). Your comment makes a cartoon of the idea that one party is at least trying to follow the basic idea of our founding document.

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