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Retired SCOTUS Justice Wants To 'Fix' the Second Amendment

PortHaven Re:Dear Stevens (1491 comments)

Yes, Stevens wants to enact a Constitutional change....but the government has been endeavoring to enact much of these policies without such, and they are unconstitutional.

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Retired SCOTUS Justice Wants To 'Fix' the Second Amendment

PortHaven Re:Dear Stevens (1491 comments)

"your oath to support and defend the Constitution would obligate you to honor this amendment, properly enacted, just like any other part of the Constitution"

Yes, if they actually fairly passed this as a Constitutional Amendment rather than their present means. We would be obligated to uphold it.

But crap like the NSA violating the 4th Amendment in no unquestionable ways. They're a clear and present threat. And all servicemen are duty bound to oppose. Presently, I still feel I can do so through the system. I believe every service person is bound by their oath to oppose any incumbent who supports the NSA's blanket monitoring.

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Retired SCOTUS Justice Wants To 'Fix' the Second Amendment

PortHaven Re:Militia, then vs now (1491 comments)

a) !@#$ Reagan, I'm not a big fan

b) many laws that are abused today were passed decades ago, and get perverted and twisted and used for unintended consequences.

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Retired SCOTUS Justice Wants To 'Fix' the Second Amendment

PortHaven Re:Militia, then vs now (1491 comments)

"Terrifying. Unaccountable quasi-military organizations that tend to be high on ideology and low on reason."

I'm confused, are we talking about Nevada or the NSA & TSA?

"just allowing a freeloader to not pay for grazing rights?"

Please note this was not about freeloader grazing, this was about the Feds demanding he shrink his herds (and all other ranchers their herds) by 90% so that precious water would not be used for agricultural reasons and more can be diverted to urban California residents (larger voter pool).

Go read....you'll learn that if this was just about the $1/head of cattle, there would be no issue. But it wasn't. And if you think it was, you need to STFU because you haven't read enough of this to even have two bits worth of awareness about what is going on.

"Managing land to keep it from being destroyed like it was during the Dust Bowl is important and costs money."

That is NOT what they're doing. In fact, ruminant grazers are important for preventing the dustbowl type scenarios.

"but your rationalizations are arbitrary and capricious"

My rationalizations are far less arbitrary and capricious than .gov

"somehow you use that to justify murdering people (or at least threatening to.)"

No, you seem to have things reversed. I'm arguing for people's rights to defend themselves against arbitrary and capricious government thugs who are threatening to murder people.

Capiche?

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Retired SCOTUS Justice Wants To 'Fix' the Second Amendment

PortHaven Re:Militia, then vs now (1491 comments)

Then you need to read more sir.

If I told you that in order to file your next W2 you had to sign a form. That form stated that from henceforth, you can only earn 10% of what you are currently earning. You refuse to sign, cause that's ridiculous.

Then I claim the reason we're arresting you is because you failed to pay taxes. BS. You failed to basically be put out of business.

And please realize this has NOTHING to do with tortoises, just like California Central Valley issue had nothing to do with a tiny fish. This is ALL about water for urban Californian cities. That is why the Federal government used an environmental law to shutdown ranching in a huge portion of Nevada. In order to reduce the water usage so more was available to California.

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Retired SCOTUS Justice Wants To 'Fix' the Second Amendment

PortHaven Re:Militia, then vs now (1491 comments)

Regardless, the Declaration of Independence not only affirms one's right, but admonishes one's duty to do so. No it is not law.

Rather it is the one document higher than the Constitution, the document that affirms that none of these rights are provided by laws. And that one always has the right to replace the government or constitution when it fails to work.

Which may be very soon...

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Retired SCOTUS Justice Wants To 'Fix' the Second Amendment

PortHaven Re:Militia, then vs now (1491 comments)

You really think most of the 1,000 folks there were wealthy?

You can buy a decent 22 caliber semi-automatic rifle for $100. It's getting hard to do that for a pair of shoes.

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Retired SCOTUS Justice Wants To 'Fix' the Second Amendment

PortHaven Re:Militia, then vs now (1491 comments)

Right, but find me ANY pre-1800 discussions on the 2nd Amendment which purport it to not be a right of individuals, and solely for an organized active militia. Find them. Post them. Or STFU.

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Retired SCOTUS Justice Wants To 'Fix' the Second Amendment

PortHaven Re:Militia, then vs now (1491 comments)

Actually, you're quite misinformed.

a) the NRA is often outspent by Mr. Bloomberg alone (one rich fat ugly 1% crap outspends the entire NRA)

b) the NRA is often forced to drag gun manufacturers kicking and screaming to the fight (not the other way around)

c) the NRA is actually far milder than it's 4 million members, and 20 million ad-hoc supporters.

Do you know the number one reason why gun owners do not join the NRA? The number one reason I hear, "Won't join them, they compromise too much."

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Retired SCOTUS Justice Wants To 'Fix' the Second Amendment

PortHaven Re:Militia, then vs now (1491 comments)

Really, did you not see the standoff in Nevada? First time in probably over a hundred years that a Battalion size militia was formed.

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Retired SCOTUS Justice Wants To 'Fix' the Second Amendment

PortHaven Re:Militia, then vs now (1491 comments)

Oh, you mean only for the likes of the rich and powerful who can afford body guards...

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Retired SCOTUS Justice Wants To 'Fix' the Second Amendment

PortHaven Re:Militia, then vs now (1491 comments)

We do....

Swords should NOT be prohibited. In fact, they are "arms" and should be recognized as protected by the Constitution. In fact there is even an organization kniferights.org, that was recently started to help restore such rights.

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Retired SCOTUS Justice Wants To 'Fix' the Second Amendment

PortHaven Re:Militia, then vs now (1491 comments)

Really, what were they doing?

What about Ruby Ridge? There is a reason we paid that family millions of dollars in compensation.

Not saying either were great people. But look at Nevada, a 1,000 man militia. Probably the first time a battalion size militia has been active in the U.S.

Sure you can argue Mr. Bundy was breaking the law. But one can also argue the Feds enacted unethical policies and mis-used laws, in an abusive way.

Remember EVERYTHING the British did to the colonialists was 'legal'. The point of the Second Amendment is for those times when what is legal (or what is illegal) is WRONG!!!!!

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Retired SCOTUS Justice Wants To 'Fix' the Second Amendment

PortHaven Re:Militia, then vs now (1491 comments)

And lest we forget, the militia was the defense, that overthrew the British regulars (trained).

Hence it is stated the need for a well regulated (trained) militia capable of countering an army of "regulars" (or what we would call "professional" soldiers).

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Retired SCOTUS Justice Wants To 'Fix' the Second Amendment

PortHaven Re:But what is a militia? (1491 comments)

No, because then they cease to be militia and have become regulars.

Oh, btw, why a well regulated militia? so that they were capable of holding their own against regulars. Just an FYI.

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Retired SCOTUS Justice Wants To 'Fix' the Second Amendment

PortHaven Re:Flaw in the slaw (1491 comments)

Um, who disposes of the people?

You're basically asking "What happens when the people itself needs disposing of?"

(see 1939 historical information)

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Retired SCOTUS Justice Wants To 'Fix' the Second Amendment

PortHaven Re:It's crap (1491 comments)

Actually, that's about right. It would likely lead to the mass genocide of 1 in 10 Americans.

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Retired SCOTUS Justice Wants To 'Fix' the Second Amendment

PortHaven Re:"What I find interesting is how..." (1491 comments)

Not necessarily relevant, not necessarily true. He knows a crapload more about his agenda. But nothing necessitates knowledge to equate to proper use. In fact, I'd wager he is well aware of the real evident meaning and intention. Hence he wants it changed....

The real scholars have, and every time, those who go by simply a historical basis conclude without a doubt that the intention was personal arms.

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Retired SCOTUS Justice Wants To 'Fix' the Second Amendment

PortHaven Re:Going further on the context of the 2nd (1491 comments)

Actually, it was largely the powder that was prohibited, due to fire risk. And often stored in a common facility. Which if you do some research you'll learn that the British attempt to seize said facility is in fact what triggered the Revolutionary War.

Second, there were laws against concealment. Because it was often the method of criminals.

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Retired SCOTUS Justice Wants To 'Fix' the Second Amendment

PortHaven Dear Stevens (1491 comments)

Enact this, and as a former serviceman who swore an oath, I am obligated to stop you at all costs.

***
Your argument would
a) do nothing to reduce crime or mass killings
b) furthermore, since we have no militia, it is a de facto nullification of a primal right (and no, the National Guard is not a militia, sorry, you don't send a militia abroad to foriegn wars)
c) with the increasing breaches of American civil liberties, we need our guns now, more than ever...

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Adobe launches AIR, open-sources the Flex SDK

PortHaven PortHaven writes  |  more than 6 years ago

PortHaven writes "Today Adobe launched several products and initiatives:

- AIR, Adobe's integrated runtime environment which brings Flash to the desktop has gone live.
http://www.adobe.com/products/air/

- The release of Flex 3,and the Eclipse based Flex Builder 3, were launched! Along with the new release, Adobe's Flex SDK has also gone open-source. Adobe has launched a new website in support of the Flex SDK, BlazeDS & Tamarin.

Definitely an exciting day for many of us RIA developers."
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1-ton ROUS found...

PortHaven PortHaven writes  |  more than 6 years ago

PortHaven writes "The fossilized remains of a rodent measuring nearly 3 meters and weighing approx. 1 ton has been discovered.

The scientists believe the rodent, named Josephoartigasia monesi, roamed the earth about four million years ago...obviously readers of "The Princess Bride" know that these large rodents of unusual size continued to exist until the late 1800's in select regions of the world.

http://www.cnn.com/2008/TECH/science/01/16/super.rat/index.html"

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One million doses of vaccine recalled

PortHaven PortHaven writes  |  more than 6 years ago

PortHaven writes "Today on CNN.com a recall of one million doses of vaccines. The doses were not properly sterilized and could pose a risk of infection.

Recently, there was a post on Slashdot regarding YouTube videos containing misinformation on the dangers of vaccines.

While I agreed that most of the information put out is misinformed, outdated, or fear-mongering. I expressed concern that while the vaccines by design might be safe, there may be bad batches from the manufacturing process. Those seeming to suffer such ailments from vaccinations may have received a batch of subpar quality. A scientific study may show the vaccine to be safe when manufactured properly, while not taking into account the affect of poor quality batches.

However, even expressing such concerns on Slashdot easily gets one labeled as being anti-science. I am far from being an anti-vaccine advocate but I am also aware of modern day manufacturing processes and failure rates. Numerous studies have shown that manufacturing processes tend result in a portion being defective or of sub-par quality (be it chemical testing standards, Snickers bars, or Xboxes) — so how is it unscientific to point to this as a valid concern regarding vaccinations."

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PortHaven PortHaven writes  |  more than 7 years ago

PortHaven writes "Just received a notice from Comcast regarding future rate hikes. Essentially, Comcast is trying to force all it's broadband subscribers to use their TV service.

The rates were as follows:

$39.95 internet+TV
$49.95 internet only ($39.95+$10 additional fee)

The new rates for 2007 are as follows:

$42.95 internet+TV
$59.95 internet only

There is nearly a 40% cost difference if you decide not to subscribe to Comcast's TV. Yes, it is common to offer discounts for bundled services but Comcast has gone way beyond a mere bundle discount. The new pricing scheme is akin to McDonald's announcing that you can no longer buy a hamburger unless you also buy a coke and fries. Everyone understands the concept of the value meal. Buy a #1 and save 70 cents on your big mac, fries and coke. But what Comcast is doing is charging $7 for a #1 value meal. And if you just want to buy a big mac charging you the same $7.

Essentially, this pricing is designed to prevent customer from moving to alternatives. Now any difference in savings you'd gain by using satellite TV + cable internet is lost because there is now a $20 surchage. Presently, my household does not own a TV or subscribe to TV service instead we utilize Netflix and iTunes. The only real alternative to cable broadband is DSL. However, the telephone companies require you to have a landline (approx. $20). I, like many others in the younger generations have found no need for a landline (our cell phones do quite nicely) nor for TV service.

It appears I have no choice but to choose one or the other if I want broadband internet access. It's Monopoly! Do you choose to land on Boardwalk or Park Place?"

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