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Obama Admin Fights Missing White House Email Lawsuit

Dolly_Llama Re:In Defense of Obama (345 comments)

The ONLY exclusive power the President has is to grant pardons and reprieves. All other powers are subject to approval by Congress. Even the, much flaunted, Commander-in-Chief power: "The President shall be Commander in Chief of the Army and Navy of the United States, and of the Militia of the several States, when called into the actual Service of the United States;" (emphasis mine).

I think you've got your emphasis mixed up. The "when called into" bit refers to the militia. The President is the cinc of the armed forces at all times, and the militia too when it's needed. The text says the president has limited powers. The truth is that the president can do what he pleases to the extent that the congress or the courts do not stop him.

more than 5 years ago

GAO Reports Bailout and Tech Firms Love Tax Havens

Dolly_Llama Re:Off with her head! (347 comments)

The whole idea of a tax haven or a loophole, is that it is legal. They exploit the letter of the law to avoid the spirit. There is only the presumption of innocence in a criminal sense. This is a political question.

about 6 years ago

State Secrets Defense Rejected In Wiretapping Case

Dolly_Llama Re:Its good to see ... (269 comments)

One of the scarier things about the Cheney philosophy to governing was that he knew the judiciary was so slow. In a presidential term of four years, scandals at the very beginning just might work their way through by the end of the first term. Sometimes faster as in Watergate, but usually slower.

The executive also has the huge luxury of using tax dollars and the federal bureaucracy to lean on their political opponents. If they decide to do X, all it takes is an executive order and it's done. To overturn the decision, barring an act of congress, opponents have to undertake the lengthy and expensive litigation. And Cheney chose to litigate EVERYthing, using the entire weight of the federal bureaucracy, stonewalling at every turn, whereas the opponents would be forced to pick and choose court battles.

about 6 years ago

Apple Intros 17" Unibody MBP, DRM-Free iTunes

Dolly_Llama Re:Sometimes CEOs are really worth the billions. (1079 comments)

"Jobs proves CEOs are worth their pay,"

The Jobs-Fiorina comparison makes almost the opposite point seeing as Jobs's salary is $1 and Fiorina's was ~$8M

about 6 years ago

How Do Geeks Exercise?

Dolly_Llama John Stone (1806 comments)

Harness the analytical and the fastidious.

John Stone Fitness really impressed me. He applied an almost OCD level of detail to his diet and exercise regime and kept records of the results.

iirc, he works at home and has a home gym. Check out the animated gif of his first results. Very impressive.

more than 6 years ago



Bob Pease Dies In Car Accident

Dolly_Llama Dolly_Llama writes  |  more than 3 years ago

Dolly_Llama (267016) writes "Bob Pease, an alpha geek in the field of analog design died last night in a car accident. Pease, recently retired from National Semiconductor, was famous in the valley for his intuitive knowledge of analog circuits and his ability to communicate that knowledge to others.

In a sad coincidence, he died returning from the memorial service for Jim Williams, another great in the field of analog design, who passed away last week from a stroke."

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