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Study Finds US Is an Oligarchy, Not a Democracy

smitty_one_each Are you kidding yourself? (584 comments)

Do you really think Citizens United magically transformed the U.S.? Really?
The House of Representatives has been frozen in size since 1910.
Since 1913:
- The IRS has eminent domain over your wallet.
- Your state, as such, is essentially voiceless in DC, now that Senators represent their parties.
- The federal government just borrows it forward to inflate the stock market and bind future generations in debt.
Blame Progressivism? Darn right I do.
Folks, it's time for a http://conventionofstates.com/

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Democrats playing the race card? Surely as the sun riseth

smitty_one_each Re:Foreign policy is a shambles...? (21 comments)

evil twin d_r, identical stones you two are

It took me a while to be mostly satisfied that you and he are not the part of the same sock puppet collection.
After a while though, he seemed more nutter, while you come off as a purely cynical play.

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52 Million Photos In FBI's Face Recognition Database By Next Year

smitty_one_each In like Rubin (103 comments)

The camera goes 'click'
You're in DB, like Rick
But we've got the trick
To make your chin slick
Burma Shave

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Democrats playing the race card? Surely as the sun riseth

smitty_one_each Re:Foreign policy is a shambles...? (21 comments)

while saying I'm for it

I'm not sure where, in this thread, I have asserted any positive allegiance on your end. It's possible that I've done that elsewhere, I suppose, but I'm afraid I don't recall where.

They have proven their "moral turpitude" by taking the same money and pushing the same austerity.

I think the austerity is happening, whether anyone wants to admit it or not. Note the smaller portions at restaurants.

That does not require me to supply you with "alternatives". I am simply pointing to the sign that says "bridge out".

This is slashdot. Nobody is ever required to do anything at all here.

Ignore at your own peril, and continue to play the victim card. The system cannot work without a submissive, non-thinking crowd who believe they have no alternative.

I'm just kind of chuckling here at "I am simply pointing to the sign that says 'bridge out'" followed by "crowd who believe they have no alternative".

At a sufficiently high level of abstraction, you're akin to Sri Mick Jagger, belting out "I can't get no satisfaction". Shall we read your double negative literally, and deem you satisfied, or take the spirit of the lyric, and deem you still seeking the satisfaction? This many decades on, did the seeking, itself, become a destination, affording some meta-satisfaction?
Trying to serve it humorously, sir, but I find you a crapflooder, albeit less tedious than ram_degistrars.

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REPOST: Brandon Eich

smitty_one_each Re:Marginal costs (20 comments)

Any reasonable society would recognize that the cost of living for the 2+1 group is higher than the 2 group, and set progressivity in the tax rate to reflect that.
Now, I know some people see it as a subsidy because they don't want children and don't see why other people should get a subsidy (etc), but it isn't one. Trying to get as much money out of parents as a non-parental couple is ultimately (1) a getting-blood-out-of-a-stone situation and (2) going to result in malnourished, poorly educated, badly brought up kids. Moreover, kids don't stay kids. Eventually they grow up. And they'll pay taxes.

These arguments are not "reasonable". I can't find an "reason" based arguments to venture beyond heterosexuality. Political arguments are not infrequently based upon stoking envy along sexual, racial, historical, and material lines.
Politicians demagogue, and low-information voters vacuum it up.

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Interested in seeing Colbert in a !Report mode

smitty_one_each Re:Colbert (24 comments)

aggregate capital in the form of the corporation

I don't dispute that this is an issue, but if we think in terms of seller/marketplace/buyer, I want to know what we're doing to ensure adequate numbers of sellers. That is, WTF competition?

yesterday
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Democrats playing the race card? Surely as the sun riseth

smitty_one_each Re:Foreign policy is a shambles...? (21 comments)

Subjectively, I never "pimped" McCain & Romney in any sense.
In both cases, I voted against them in the primary.
You can throw out the non-falsifiable proposition that "I didn't do enough to oppose either one", if you want to.
And you can toss out your "Oh, just randomize it all" suggestion, if you like.
*yawn*

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Interested in seeing Colbert in a !Report mode

smitty_one_each Re:Colbert (24 comments)

The lateral directions of Left & Right are a ruse. What matters is the individual vs. the collective. Seen from that angle, our "two party system" is a grand fiction.

2 days ago
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Democrats playing the race card? Surely as the sun riseth

smitty_one_each Re:Foreign policy is a shambles...? (21 comments)

You are under the belief that a different face in front of the camera is all that's needed. You are retransmitting mass media content.

I guess the fact that I have repeatedly argued against changing the names on the doorplates macht nichts. Thanks, man.

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So, If The Supremes Say Money is Speech?

smitty_one_each Get your gab on (3 comments)

Don't you feel all rich and stuff?

2 days ago
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Verily I say unto you

smitty_one_each I guess the feet (1 comments)

I guess the feet are the only clue that this is supposed to be the Sage.

2 days ago
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Democrats playing the race card? Surely as the sun riseth

smitty_one_each Re:Foreign policy is a shambles...? (21 comments)

I mean, yeah, it's a farce.
However, that wasn't theatrics that had me rolling in sweat in Afghanistan in 2011.
It is quite real when you're over there in "the suck".
And thanks for nothing with the "bulimic starlet" comment. It's going to take significant time and effort to make any difference. I gather that you're from the "resistance is feudal" school of thought. Got it.

2 days ago
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REPOST: Brandon Eich

smitty_one_each Re:Marginal costs (20 comments)

Do you have children? It is among the legitimate gripes of the alternative marriage crowd, that couples having their own children get kickbacks.

2 days ago
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Democrats playing the race card? Surely as the sun riseth

smitty_one_each Re:bad example (21 comments)

Actually, it was "Rainn", as in Wilson. Clearly a subtle reference to "The Office".

2 days ago
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Democrats playing the race card? Surely as the sun riseth

smitty_one_each Re:Foreign policy is a shambles...? (21 comments)

Diplomatically, Kerry is an oaf. Or do you think having the Russian ambassador embarrass him over Crimea means anything else? Or Israeli/Palestinian flounder number 3,672?
Informationally. . .least easy to quantify. Your guess is as good as mine here.
Militarily, there was just another mass shooting at Ft. Hood, and Hegel is talking about drawing down end-strength while WW2.5 continues to warm up.
Economically, we continue to flatter ourselves that this is a "recovery".

If you like your Polyanna-ish view, you can keep your Polyanna-ish view, I suppose.

2 days ago
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For my stalker (and any amused bystanders.)

smitty_one_each Re:Quit whining? (5 comments)

I think he's a something of a sociopath, or at least a jackwagon.

2 days ago
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Democrats playing the race card? Surely as the sun riseth

smitty_one_each Re:Foreign policy is a shambles...? (21 comments)

Look at the levers of power that people talk about: Diplomatic, Informational, Military, and Economic (DIME).
We're taking it in the shorts across the board.

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For my stalker (and any amused bystanders.)

smitty_one_each Quit whining? (5 comments)

How. Dare. You. Sir?
You've got people whose entire (recreational) lives seem centered around whining here on /.
I tend to be fairly flexible with what anyone's putting out, up to the point that they start saying crap like

"If I could get you to be honest at some point"

as though I were some sort of pattern liar. While I may have been inaccurate, even hasty in a response, I just don't waste time deceiving anyone. The assertion that I would is a total conversation killer. Given other baseless assertions thrown my way, I'm unsure how soon I'll bother to respond to the clown. I'm that bored of it all.
Just not bothering to reply seems like it may be the only means of curbing the false whining.

2 days ago
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Democrats playing the race card? Surely as the sun riseth

smitty_one_each Re:Foreign policy is a shambles...? (21 comments)

"Most people want to buy American, even when it's made in China."

I just don't even follow what you mean. Are you saying that iPhones == foreign policy?
I guess in a DIME, sense, you can point to some informational/economic argument there, yeah, but I think we've stretched it a lot.

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Pssst: You Want A Secret Ballot

smitty_one_each smitty_one_each writes  |  about 3 months ago

smitty_one_each (243267) writes "Per the Daily Caller

A Clemson University professor is developing a new electronic voting system that will allow voters to cast their ballots from home computers, tablets and smartphones.
As Clemson’s chair of human-centered computing, Juan Gilbert has lead teams of students over the last 10 years to create an online voting system accessible at home or on the go that will be more accurate, have increased verification and make voting more accessible to people with disabilities by offering mobile and voice-command options.

It is laudable to improve accessibility for all voters. If you're getting mugged for taxes, you really should be casting a ballot.
At the same time, retaining anonymity is key. That's why, in the polling location where I've served in the last couple of elections, verifying voter eligibility is separate from the part where the ballot is cast. Information Technology professionals would tend to want to engineer all of the ambiguity out of the system. However, the easier it is to correlate a specific person to an election outcome, the more likely abuses become.
You really don't want Checkov's Gun showing up at election time."

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How about an intelligibile interface

smitty_one_each smitty_one_each writes  |  more than 4 years ago

smitty_one_each (243267) writes "Trying to figure out the /. interface.
I know that they are smart, and I am not, but their brains have reached a stage where making a new journal entry seems impossible.
It's clearly my fault for being so stupid, but it seems trying a new submission with a 'journal' tag might work."

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Alzheimers--virally driven?

smitty_one_each smitty_one_each writes  |  more than 5 years ago

smitty_one_each (243267) writes "ESR points to a Science Daily article with compelling evidence:

The team discovered that the HSV1 DNA is located very specifically in amyloid plaques: 90% of plaques in Alzheimer's disease sufferers' brains contain HSV1 DNA, and most of the viral DNA is located within amyloid plaques. The team had previously shown that HSV1 infection of nerve-type cells induces deposition of the main component, beta amyloid, of amyloid plaques. Together, these findings strongly implicate HSV1 as a major factor in the formation of amyloid deposits and plaques, abnormalities thought by many in the field to be major contributors to Alzheimer's disease.

As ESR puts it:

Herpes simplex type I is dirt-common — most people have asymptomatic infection by it in their peripheral nervous systems. When you get old and your immune system loses some oomph, the virus can cross the blood-brain barrier and start doing damage. The plaques seem to be the result of virus-induced cell death.

May fortune smile upon the efforts to cure both."

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Small Car Hybrid Retrofit

smitty_one_each smitty_one_each writes  |  more than 5 years ago

smitty_one_each (243267) writes "TreeHugger points to a Danish outfit that can make your small car a hybrid:

Poulsen's Hybrid Kit will work on any car with 5" wheels or larger, be they front drive, rear drive, and all wheel drive. As they put it the kit's development came about from the observation that "only 10-15 horsepower is required to propel a compact or mid-size automobile along a level road at a steady 60 mph. leading to the conclusion that this relatively small amount of electric power would be able to cope with 70-85% of normal driving, only aided by the combustion engine during start up and when extra energy is required for acceleration and hill climbing."

Surely this will warm Al Gore's heart, if not the UAW's."
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GCC Plug-in Architecture: Vote Yes

smitty_one_each smitty_one_each writes  |  more than 5 years ago

smitty_one_each (243267) writes "The Linux Weekly News remains one of the best sources of information on the Linux kernel in particular and F/OSS software in general.
GCC has played a crucial role in getting F/OSS software anyware at all.
LWN has paid attention to the lack of a plugin architecture for GCC here and returns with an update
Historically, the concern has been that plugins might tempt companies to take functionality out of public view, into *gasp* restrictively licensed binaries.
Recent thought is that something akin the the Linux kernel approach of an unstable API might be an effective form of negative feedback for such crassness.
GCC itself has carried a GPL exception anyway, so that proprietary applications compiled with GCC and linking against its runtime library do not, themselves, count as GPL-derivative.
The gist of the current idea is to tweak the exception to foul the GPL exception when non-GPL code is incorporated into GCC.
The benefits for optimization and documentation outweigh such risks as may exist. Much time has passed since the FSF founding, and the threat situation bears review.
Miscreants will fare poorly in the court of public opinion. Happy hacking!"
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BDFL born May, 1995

smitty_one_each smitty_one_each writes  |  more than 5 years ago

smitty_one_each (243267) writes "Guido's blog on Artima reveals the genesis of the title Benevolent Dictator For Life (BDFL):

I believe I've tracked down the origin of the term Benevolent Dictator For Life (BDFL) to a Python meeting in 1995.

Thus, this term was not cribbed from a Monty Python sketch, and your opportunity to win a Beverage Dat's Free (Libre) of your choice from Cowboy Neal in a bet on the topic has officially been missed."

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Waiting for a Fritz Lang Time

smitty_one_each smitty_one_each writes  |  more than 5 years ago

smitty_one_each (243267) writes "It will be instructive to see all of Metropolis

Metropolis, which is set in a futuristic city state and explores the clash between workers and their capitalist exploiters, was at the time one of the most expensive films ever made. Produced in the Babelsberg studios on the outskirts of Berlin, it cost around 7m Reichsmarks, but was hated by critics and the public alike. It was shortened by the American company Paramount Pictures, who considered it impenetrable for the US market, leading to an oversimplification of the plot, the disappearance of key scenes and the sidelining of significant characters.

In the first place, auteurs need to quit underestimating the viewing public. It's OK to challenge people and teach them something.
In the second place, this news serves up a fine excuse for those who haven't seen the movie (me): "I was waiting for it to get out of beta"."

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NASA Voyager Data Rescued

smitty_one_each smitty_one_each writes  |  more than 5 years ago

smitty_one_each (243267) writes "
Beyond the edge of the solar system, something has gradually dragged two of America's oldest space probes — Pioneer 10 and Pioneer 11 — a quarter-million miles off course. Astrophysicists have struggled 15 years in vain to identify the infinitesimal force at play. The Pioneer anomaly, as it is called, throws a monkey wrench into celestial mechanics.
Slava Turyshev may have found the answer in NASA's trash. Reconstructing decades of discarded spacecraft data, the Russian-born astrophysicist and the private space enthusiasts helping him say they believe they are on the verge of solving a mystery of time and gravity that has perplexed a generation of physicists and might have confounded Newton and Einstein.
Besides the cool astrophysics angle, there is also the data recovery angle:

Then, at JPL in 2002, he discovered 400 computer tapes of Pioneer data gathering dust under a stairwell. In 2005, he intercepted 70 filing cabinets of Pioneer engineering data on their way to the junk heap at the NASA Ames Research Center, at Moffett Field, Calif. The computer files held all of the Pioneer mission data, but they were unreadable.
With no formal NASA funding, almost 6,000 members of The Planetary Society, a space-exploration advocacy group based in Pasadena, Calif., donated $220,000 to translate the antiquated data into a digital format that a modern computer can read.
The Information Age seems counter-intuitive in that, for all of the terabytes of information gathered, there is such a struggle to maintain the information in a usable form.
Will your precious /. posts one day vanish like the works of Ozymandeus?"
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DustStorms: All Your Plankton Are Stimulated By Us

smitty_one_each smitty_one_each writes  |  more than 6 years ago

smitty_one_each (243267) writes "Science may be just catching up with Muthuh Nature on ideas for growing plankton:


The eastern Atlantic Ocean, for example, is often characterized by large phytoplankton blooms; the source of iron is the aeolian dust that blows off the coast of Africa from the Sahara desert.
Replete with nitrogen, phosphorus and iron — amongst other nutrients — the dust essentially acts as a fertilizer to stimulate the production of large blooms.
Of course, with potable water looming as a major source of geopolitical tension, we should think about desalination plants as well.
Filtering out bogus politics and focusing on cool, rational decisions promises a world of improvements."
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The Godfatherly PHB

smitty_one_each smitty_one_each writes  |  more than 6 years ago

smitty_one_each (243267) writes "Alberto Savoia over at Artima has a blog post for the budding PHB. He gets a lot of details right, from the Steve Jobs attire to the Brando poster in the background. The hammer he uses may well be a Spolsky reference. His Italian accent affords a Renaissance feel to the whole presentation. He also has a demo for his crap4j application on YouTube."
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Let's Talk Trash

smitty_one_each smitty_one_each writes  |  more than 6 years ago

smitty_one_each (243267) writes "Lambda the Ultimate has an interesting write-up concerning a paper on the time-honored debate on the performance hit, if any, of using garbage collection over managing memory explicitely (@#$%!!)
The treatment focuses on execution only; the amount of developer implementation and maintenance time saved (I thought that meant something to you) by delegating the boring work to the runtime receives scant attention.
Not that there is a free lunch:

These results quantify the time-space tradeoff of garbage collection: with five times as much memory, an Appel-style generational garbage collector with a non-copying mature space matches the performance of explicit memory management. With only three times as much memory, it runs on average 17% slower than explicit memory management. However, with only twice as much memory, garbage collection degrades performance by nearly 70%. When physical memory is scarce, paging causes garbage collection to run an order of magnitude slower than explicit memory management. [emphasis added]
So, apparently, we buy stock in a RAM company, then strongly advocate garbage collection. Which seems to make sense: resources and hardware have improved over time, once we got past the 640Kb event horizon."

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What is the worst commute you have heard of?

smitty_one_each smitty_one_each writes  |  more than 6 years ago

smitty_one_each (243267) writes "In these days where carbon neutrality is all the environmentally-friendly rage, I'm curious: who has the most brutal commute, in terms of hours sacrificed per day, on average, to the gods of transportation?
Let's define "commute" to be a work-related journey undertaken at least three times per week, over a minimum one-year time period. IOW, living in New Mexico and commuting by plane to New York on Monday, the flying home Friday does not count.
Under no circumstances will any postings be used in a punitive manner against the poster. There will be no carbon footprint calculations, and no speed traps set up based upon anything posted to this thread. This thread concerns morbid curiosity only."
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Electricity from the People

smitty_one_each smitty_one_each writes  |  more than 6 years ago

smitty_one_each (243267) writes "Some chap named Lucien Gambarota has implemented one of those ideas that likely shall have seemed obvious in retrospect: electricity from thepeople.

As the political and ecological aspects of energy rise in people's consciousness, the search for new and clean ways to generate energy is California Fitness Gym's demonstration how energy is generated from gym users gaining momentum. A fitness center in Hong Kong has joined the movement with a new idea: the energy generated by the members as they exercise is transformed into electricity to help light the facility. Claudia Blume has more.
Improving health through fitness and producing electricity as a result should please both Michael Moore and Al Gore. So we got that goin' for us."
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smitty_one_each smitty_one_each writes  |  more than 7 years ago

smitty_one_each (243267) writes "While clearly not as cool as the Antikythera Mechanism, the more recent Tinkertoy Computer is still kinda nifty.
The Tinkertoy computer is not fully automatic: a human operator must crank the read head up and down and must manage its input. After the computer's opponent makes a move, the operator walks to the front of the machine to adjust the core piece inside the read head, registering the contestant's move.
This gadget appears to have been an MIT project with strong Danny Hillis input.
That would be Mr. "WTF my watch?" Hillis of Long Now fame. The Wikipedia entry lists no timeline for completing the thing, but they need to get cracking soon, or Styx will be too old to perform at the Nevada site's commissioning."

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Democrats playing the race card? Surely as the sun riseth

smitty_one_each smitty_one_each writes  |  2 days ago George Will:

"Liberalism has a kind of Tourette Syndrome these days," Will said. "It's constantly saying the words racism and racist. There's an old saying, 'If you have the law on your side, argue the law. If you have the facts on your side, argue the facts. If you have neither, pound the table.' This is pounding the table. There's a kind of intellectual poverty now. Liberalism hasn't had a new idea since the 1960s, except Obamacare, and the country doesn't like it."
"Foreign policy is a shambles from Russia to Iran to Syria to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict," he added. "And, the recovery is unprecedentedly bad. So, what do you do? You say anyone who criticizes us is a racist. It's become a joke among young people. You go to a campus where this kind of political correctness reigns and some young person says, 'It looks like it's going to rain.' And, the person next to him looks and says, 'You're a racist.' It's so inappropriate. The constant invocation of this that it is becoming a national mirth."

What does Will mean?:

Israel, chairman of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, whose major role is the get House members re-elected, told CNN's "State of the Union" that not all of his Republican colleagues are racist.
"Not all of them, of course not," he said. "But to a significant extent, the Republican base does have elements that are animated by racism."

If Israel isn't dropping specific names/instances, then I don't take him seriously and think he's less than forthright.
In defense of Israel, this is the sort of squishy rhetoric that brought you the ruin of ObamaCare, so at least he's consistent with his party.

And of course the usual sycophants will claim that the URLs go to Unapproved Sites or something. Before you bore me: get a life.

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"If I could get you to be honest at some point"

smitty_one_each smitty_one_each writes  |  4 days ago The strategy of insulting my integrity to destroy dialogue is an instant win.
ANGTFT

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Interested in seeing Colbert in a !Report mode

smitty_one_each smitty_one_each writes  |  4 days ago I've always liked Colbert. Taking myself too seriously has never been among my otherwise multitudinous shortcomings. Otherwise I couldn't deal with some of the jokers around here at all. Thus, I've always enjoyed Colbert's skewering of his mindless conservative strawman. The strawman certainly isn't real, so what's the harm?
More to the point, Colbert has actual talent. His interviews display a mind that plays chess three moves ahead of the victim, throwing out delightful inversions all over the place.
I think he'll surprise a lot of people on Letterman. I may even try to TiVo an episode, and even watch a couple of minutes.

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Benghazi

smitty_one_each smitty_one_each writes  |  5 days ago Mighty nice of Boehner:

The administration has not told the American people the truth about Benghazi.
We've been going through all of these hearings, having to hold people in contempt, because they've made it impossible to get to the documents.
They have not been forthcoming. They owe the American people the truth.
And when it comes to Benghazi, we've got four Americans who are dead, and their families deserve the truth about what happened. And the administration refuses to tell them the truth.

Well, I sure am glad that I didn't waste any time on a fool's errand reading Pravda on the Hudson (NYT) or "Dingy Harry's Tale of the Fairy" on the topic of Benghazi.
Not that I doubt that Boehner, himself, doesn't know more than HE is telling, too. If he REALLY had his panties abunch, he might have brought HR36 to a vote.

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Facts are not evidence, to some

smitty_one_each smitty_one_each writes  |  about a week ago

Hank Aaron equated Republicans who oppose President Barack Obama's policies to the KKK.
Aaron implied that conservatives are racists who now wear "neckties and starched shirts" instead of hoods.
In an interview with USA Today's Bob Nightengale on Tuesday, "Hammerin' Hank" lamented that the country has not progressed far enough on race relations, saying that though the nation has a black president, "President Obama is left with his foot stuck in the mud from all of the Republicans with the way he's treated."

Correlation is not causation, however; the evil Republicans could have been after Hank with the Orbital Mind Control Lasers and forced him to say that.
Also, a vast swath of public figures elected and otherwise who make idiotic statements does not a conspiracy make.
Let's just not go there.

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Propaganda 'Truth': Opposition to Obama is Racist

smitty_one_each smitty_one_each writes  |  about a week ago Emphasis mine:

A few weeks ago, the liberal comedian Bill Maher and conservative strategist and pundit Bill Kristol had a brief spat on Maher's HBO show, putatively over what instigated the tea party but ultimately over the psychic wound that has divided red America and blue America in the Obama years. The rise of the tea party, explained Maher in a let's-get-real moment, closing his eyes for a second the way one does when saying something everybody knows but nobody wants to say, "was about a black president." Both Maher and Kristol carry themselves with a weary cynicism that allows them to jovially spar with ideological rivals, but all of a sudden they both grew earnest and angry. Kristol interjected, shouting, "That's bullshit! That is total bullshit!" After momentarily sputtering, Kristol recovered his calm, but his rare indignation remained, and there was no trace of the smirk he usually wears to distance himself slightly from his talking points. He almost pleaded to Maher, "Even you don't believe that!"
"I totally believe that," Maher responded, which is no doubt true, because every Obama supporter believes deep down, or sometimes right on the surface, that the furious opposition marshaled against the first black president is a reaction to his race. Likewise, every Obama opponent believes with equal fervor that this is not only false but a smear concocted willfully to silence them.

I can only plead my life, having served with Americans of all stripes: I'm not racist. I don't think you can find substantial actual racism much of anywhere (though somebody is always willing to carry a Confederate Battle Flag for a few bucks, I'm sure.)
No, the race card has just been a convenient foil, no more. A bin into which all legitimate criticism can be swept. In a way, one must confess it's been a handy device.

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An old, ex-liberal, on the state of the Left

smitty_one_each smitty_one_each writes  |  about a week ago Roger Simon is a great American:
http://www.pjtv.com/?cmd=mpg&mpid=174&load=9597
Interestingly, Simon assumes the "born that way" position on sexuality (I guess his son is gay).
As noted elsewhere, I think that's a rationalization. Then again, we'll see if either of my sons falls prey to this modern deception. I doubt I'd love them less, but I'll likely take it as a personal failure.

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Steyn on Eich

smitty_one_each smitty_one_each writes  |  about two weeks ago

Mozilla's chairwoman Mitchell Baker issued the usual tortured justification:

"Mozilla believes both in equality and freedom of speech. Equality is necessary for meaningful speech," Baker said. "And you need free speech to fight for equality. Figuring out how to stand for both at the same time can be hard."

I heard a lot of this stuff during my free-speech battles in Canada. The country's chief censor, the late Jennifer Lynch, QC, was willing to concede that free speech was certainly a right, but it was merely one in a whole range of competing rights - such as "equality" and "diversity" - that needed to be "balanced". What the "balancing" boils down to is that you get fired if you are an apostate from the new progressive groupthink. Underneath the agonized prose, Mitchell Baker is a bare-knuckled thug.

And thus the sins of the past are recycled with new labels. Bravo.

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Sweet, sweet Vichy GOP

smitty_one_each smitty_one_each writes  |  about two weeks ago

"Maybe you say it helps (Obamacare), but it really helps the small businessman," said Rep. Phil Roe, R-Tenn., one of several physician-lawmakers among Republicans and an advocate of repeal.
No member of the House GOP leadership has publicly hailed the fix, which was tucked, at Republicans' request, into legislation preventing a cut in payments to doctors who treat Medicare patients.
It is unclear how many members of the House rank and file knew of it because the legislation was passed by a highly unusual voice vote without debate.

Feel the awesome subversion of representative democracy that is the Amorphous Care Act.

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Should we just make UPS the government?

smitty_one_each smitty_one_each writes  |  about two weeks ago They have shown the wisdom in avoiding the Left:
http://priceonomics.com/why-ups-trucks-dont-turn-left/

UPDATE: Canning 250 drivers, including the King of Queens (not really)? FedEx laughs.

Update II: posting here since it was written, but some karma over-ran my dogma :-(

I support the right for a grand jury review of UPS every bit as much as in the case of Benghazi.

And if you don't support the right of all workers to seek union representation, then you don't support the right for any workers to choose union representation.

Covered here.

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Heck yeah, unions

smitty_one_each smitty_one_each writes  |  about two weeks ago

In late April 2013, the American Federation of Teachers-Wisconsin chapter gathered for a post-election "workshop" on the campus of the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Among those scheduled to present that day was Mike McCabe of Wisconsin Democracy Campaign, to explain how big-spending special interests "conspire to prevent government decisions from reflecting the will of the people." McCabe's presentation promised to include a discussion of how "Super PACs, dark money and unlimited election spending" erode "democracy's health."

Perhaps lacking the most in McCabe's presentation was any sense of irony or self-awareness. According to one recent report, AFT has been the 12th-largest contributor to candidates and outside spending groups in America over the last quarter-century, shelling out $37 million to support Democratic candidates almost exclusively. Further, WDC is a liberal lobbying group that advocates for progressive reforms while refusing to disclose its donors, and McCabe himself is a registered lobbyist.

Private sector unions are a matter of free assembly. Public sector unions are a godforsaken mutiny that even the generally wrongheaded FDR understood were a lousy idea.

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Sorry dudes: I hit a posting limit

smitty_one_each smitty_one_each writes  |  about two weeks ago

No more witty rejoinders today. Fustakrakich, stay beautiful. Damn_registrars, borrow a sense of humor from somewhere, at least for the duration of your Slashdot sessions.

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