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Retired SCOTUS Justice Wants To 'Fix' the Second Amendment

unitron Re:Dear Stevens (1250 comments)

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

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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...

You swore an oath to The Constitution. If it's enacted, it becomes part of The
Constitution to which you swore that oath.

If that oath included a "but only the version in existence right now" clause, then imagine the clash between military and the public when Prohibition was repealed.

3 hours ago
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Retired SCOTUS Justice Wants To 'Fix' the Second Amendment

unitron Re:My revision: (1250 comments)

should be afraid of the armed populous

That's horrible...

It is horrible, misspelling "populace" like that.

3 hours ago
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Retired SCOTUS Justice Wants To 'Fix' the Second Amendment

unitron Re:People v. Persons (1250 comments)

People: "body of persons comprising a community". It is a singular noun. "Peoples is the plural." "People" is not the plural of "person" - that is "persons". The second amendment does not refer to the right of any individual person to keep and bear arms outside of membership in a militia. The language is already there, but almost everyone, including members of Supreme Court regularly misinterprets it.

In other places, The Constitution, and the various Amendments, are rather particular about using people or persons, and I'm starting to wonder if the Second wasn't written screwed up on purpose, so that no one could say for absolute certain what it means.

3 hours ago
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Retired SCOTUS Justice Wants To 'Fix' the Second Amendment

unitron Re:Actually the correct fix is far fewer words (1250 comments)

'A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, and the right of the people to keep and bear Arms shall not be infringed.' Instead of applying revisionist views that have no Constitutional basis.

According to current rules of grammar, usage, and sentence construction, the Second Amendment (although it may have made sense at the time, according to the standards of that time) nowadays looks like the result of the collision of two different sentences, and your addition of that single word in that part of it doesn't make it any clearer, unless maybe you were trying to prevent the infringement of a well regulated militia.

3 hours ago
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Retired SCOTUS Justice Wants To 'Fix' the Second Amendment

unitron Re:It's crap (1250 comments)

The US Military has spent ten years wearing out its combat troops trying to pacify a country the size of Texas, opposed by goat herders and drug smugglers. You think that a military that is fractured by domestic conflict would be able to control an area 14x as large if there was a widely distributed insurgency sparked by some egregious violation of the constitution? Dream on.

The key word there is pacify. We certainly have the weapons technology to allow us to just kill everybody there (and let God sort them out, I suppose), it's trying to avoid collateral damage, human fatality-wise, that makes things problematic.

But we aren't as tribal here in the States, and in a situation where the actual military was unleashed domestically, neighbor would be more likely to give away neighbor, especially if the alternative was having the entire neighborhood reduced to dead bodies and smouldering rubble just to get the guys in one house.

And our military has the firepower to do that to an entire neighborhood, and then another, and then another....

If it gets to the point domestically that due process and all that is out the window, the civilians are outgunned, because they can't afford their own air force, or a navy that can sit offshore and bombard them from miles away, etc.

3 hours ago
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Retired SCOTUS Justice Wants To 'Fix' the Second Amendment

unitron Re:It's crap (1250 comments)

The whole point is for the citizens to be able to form a militia in order to defend themselves from their own government...

Are you quite certain that that was the intent of the authors, and not a viable alternative to a standing army, or some other reason? The whole point of the Constitution with the establishment of elected representation and restrictions on the powers of the federal government was to have a functional government from which the populace would not need to defend itself. Were they expecting that one amendment to deter a government which ignored the rest of the text?

3 hours ago
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Retired SCOTUS Justice Wants To 'Fix' the Second Amendment

unitron Re:But what is a militia? (1250 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.

I would think that well-regulated would include "could reasonably be trusted to obey the chain of command and not just decide for themselves who to fight when, where, and how, and to not be as big a threat to the general populace as any invading army".

Which is why the Second doesn't start out "A bunch o' likkerd up good ol' boys with shootin' irons, being necessary to the security of a free State..."

4 hours ago
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Retired SCOTUS Justice Wants To 'Fix' the Second Amendment

unitron Re:Militia, then vs now (1250 comments)

When the constitution was ratified, the militia was the only defense that the United States had, and all able bodied men were expected to be ready to serve.

Now, whether the militia is the intent of the second amendment is a question that we have been asking for a long time now. The wording of the second amendment is not particularly clear on that.

And yes, I know that this opinion is not popular on a site as conservative as slashdot. That is why we see this as a front page story bashing the person proposing the re-examination of the second amendment.

The wording of the Second Amendment is not particularly clear, period. Unfortunately.

But we do know that the authors were pro-militia in large part because they were very nervous about the alternative--a large standing army.

The world and technology have changed so much since then that I'd be very nervous about our not having a somewhat large standing army.

4 hours ago
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Ask Slashdot: What Good Print Media Is Left?

unitron Re:I loved the ads (183 comments)

Why is it that the ads in mags like Byte were a key part of the reason I bought the magazine...

Wasn't that pretty much the only reason to buy Computer Shopper?

(well, except for the Lab of Doom and Pepsi-Cola)

4 hours ago
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Ask Slashdot: What Good Print Media Is Left?

unitron Re:Yes. (183 comments)

"What good print media is left?"

Yes.

Print is a medium, so yes, it is still there. A newspaper, or magazine, it's a publication, not a medium.

You mean "What good print publications are left?"

In that case, shouldn't it be "What good print media are left?", media being plural and all?

4 hours ago
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Ask Slashdot: What Good Print Media Is Left?

unitron Re:NYTimes is left I believe. (183 comments)

Of course the NYT is liberal, remember how liberally Judith Miller helped Cheney sell the war?

4 hours ago
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Ask Slashdot: What Good Print Media Is Left?

unitron Re:There are exactly two (183 comments)

The Economist, and
The Christian Science Monitor

One of those titles is an oxymoron.

Nonsense! If there is such a thing as Christian Science, then it certainly should be closely monitored.

4 hours ago
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Ask Slashdot: What Good Print Media Is Left?

unitron Re:There are exactly two (183 comments)

The Economist, and
The Christian Science Monitor

Didn't CSM shut down its print edition a while back?

4 hours ago
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Ask Slashdot: What Good Print Media Is Left?

unitron Re:The Economist (183 comments)

Try different newspapers and see if she's expressing a political view.

Or tabloid versus traditional fold in the middle, see if it's a class thing.

Let me know how she feels about USA Today.

5 hours ago
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This 1981 BYTE Magazine Cover Explains Why We're So Bad At Tech Predictions

unitron Re:It was a "joke" back then (272 comments)

dead horses and vehicular entanglement

BAND NAME! Called it!

A bit long for a band name, but it could certainly be an album title.

yesterday
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Michael Bloomberg: You Can't Teach a Coal Miner To Code

unitron Re:A Poem, by TFHF (578 comments)

For some reason I am unable to reciprocate.

The thingie to click ain't there.

yesterday
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Sorry dudes: I hit a posting limit

unitron Re:I don't believe you, sir (68 comments)

Friending limits? When did that start? Is it a database limitation or a management imposed policy? Is it a limit on how many you can call friend or how many can call you friend?

Is there a similar limit on foe-ing?

3 days ago
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Sorry dudes: I hit a posting limit

unitron Re:I don't believe you, sir (68 comments)

During the buildup to the Slashcott, I was informed by management that I had exceeded 50 posts (not all in the same thread/article) within 24 hours or something like that and basically told to go stand in the corner for a while, so apparently there is a limit.

4 days ago
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Michael Bloomberg: You Can't Teach a Coal Miner To Code

unitron Re:A Poem, by TFHF (578 comments)

I'd rather write
Host files at midnight
Than pass my days
Hacking at lignite

BURMA SHAVE

This is the kind of post I absolutely hate.

But only because I come across them just when I don't have mod points.

(for upmodding)

5 days ago
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Michael Bloomberg: You Can't Teach a Coal Miner To Code

unitron Re:What???? (578 comments)

...My friend's mother dropped out of accounting and picked up web application design in her late fifties, and developed a small but successful consultancy...

If she was that old when web application design first became "a thing", then in her previous life as an accountant she no doubt had 10 if not 20 years of experience with computers.

If she'd spent that time as a migrant worker picking lettuce and strawberries and such, or painting houses, or working as a short order cook, it might not have been as easy to make the transition.

5 days ago

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The Individual Midnight Thread

unitron unitron writes  |  about 2 months ago

unitron (5733) writes "Trying to figure out time zones is starting to make my brain hurt, but apparently in a bit over 6 hours somewhere on the other side of globe from Greenwich the Week of Slashcott will begin, as Midnight arrives for anyone in that zone, and then it travels west, where I will encounter it in about 23 hours.

So if we can get this thread out of the Firehose, I was thinking that, as the 10th arrives for us in our respective locations, we could leave here what may be our final farewells to Slashdot.

Until Midnight, this is our meeting place, our City Hall, our town square.

(and yes, our playground)

After that I'm not sure where we can congregate to discuss how the Slashcott's going and whether it's time to move on.

I'm going to jump the gun and lay claim to "So long and thanks for all the Karma", and perhaps someone could do a Bob Hope and re-write the lyrics to "Thanks for the Memories".

In the meantime, a bit of housekeeping.

An AC beat me to the week-long boycott idea by a couple of hours, and suggested the date range of the 10th through the 17th.

As part of a group of people familiar with the concept of beginning a count with 0 instead of 1, I really should have spotted the mistake of putting 8 days into that particular week.

So, should Slashcott Week end as the 17th begins, or do we give Dice a bonus day?"
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A Modest Proposal, re: Beta vs. Classic

unitron unitron writes  |  about 2 months ago

unitron (5733) writes "Dice wants to make money off of what they paid for--the Slashdot name--, or rather they want to make more money off of it than they are making now, and they think the best way to do that is to turn it into SlashingtonPost.

They should take this site and give it a new name. Or get Malda to let them use "Chips & Dips".

Leave everything else intact, archives, user ID database, everything except the name.

Then use the Beta code and start a new site and give it the slashdot.org name, and they can have what they want without the embarrassment of having the current userbase escape from the basement or the attic and offend the sensibilities of the yuppies or hipsters or metrosexuals or whoever it is that they really want for an "audience"."
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Oops!, it's not DST weekend yet after all

unitron unitron writes  |  more than 6 years ago

unitron (5733) writes "In the back of what's left of my mind I've been thinking "Halloween's coming up, time to change the clocks again", and I just tripped over a HuffingtonPost story by Robert J. Elisberg (whoever he is) that reminded me that it's not just Spring that's gotten screwed up, it's Fall as well.

For those of you outside of, or in certain sections of, the U.S., YMMV. Excuse me while I check to see if my Tivo's gonna be screwed up."

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Only way to be sure

unitron unitron writes  |  about 2 months ago

Someone needs to take off and nuke beta from orbit.

In the meantime, an AC has suggest that we boycott from the 10th to the 17th.

So, who's up for a Slashdot Valentines Day Massacre?

"Beta is Slashdot's version of Jar-Jar Binks, only worse."

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moderation weirdness, who ya gonna call?

unitron unitron writes  |  more than 10 years ago Lately I've been getting moderation points every time I turn around, and maybe it's overwhelming my memory (not RAM, but the stuff in my head), but I think I just got meta-moderated on moderations I never made of comments I never saw in articles I never loaded, so I'm sticking the source for this page (http://slashdot.org/messages.pl?op=display&id=3795876) here for possible future reference.

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