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Comment Not quite (Score 1) 175

The more people are able to get away with stuff, the more they do it. If you keep getting away with lying, cheating, and dishonest behavior, the more likely you are to test the limits. The more you are able to bull*shit other people, the bigger shovel you try to use. Eventually, this all catches up with you.

Comment Give them an inch... (Score 1) 898

Sounds to me like this guy doesn't want to work hard for his constituents. The basic premise is that you should be paid for gracing the world with your existence. Accomplishments and merit are irrelevant to them. Oh, you showed up to work for 40 hours? That's nice. Did you accomplish anything? No? Tell me again why you think you're worth more money. Never cave to these people. Nothing is ever enough.

Comment Re:Is there a doctor in the house? (Score 1) 552

Actually, I'm old enough to remember rotary phones with cords that got tangled to the point of having to dangle the handset so it would unwind properly.
Hell, I even vacationed in a place that had a party line. Technology always has a light side and a dark side. In this case, the light side is the phone is a life-saving tool (as a member of search & rescue, I can attest to that). The dark side is some dumbass recording a concert with crappy audio and mediocre (though improving) video.

Comment Just gives them more time to cheat (Score 1) 454

What was wrong with the mechanical voting machines? They can't be hacked externally and there is no risk of mail-in ballots getting tossed or rejected because somebody supposedly didn't color in the square completely. And you have to sign the voter registry so there's no chance of somebody voting twice. All that would need to happen, and probably should happen is election day should be a national holiday. If you can't spare an hour of your time to go to a polling place, you need to reevaluate your priorities.

Comment Re:Priorities (Score 1) 275

Reminds me of a scene in "The Restaurant at the end of the Universe":

"What about this wheel thingy? It sounds a terribly interesting project."
"Ah," said the marketing girl, "Well, we're having a little difficulty there."
"Difficulty?" exclaimed Ford. "Difficulty? What do you mean, difficulty? It's the single simplest machine in the entire Universe!"
The marketing girl soured him with a look.
"Alright, Mr. Wiseguy," she said, "if you're so clever, you tell us what colour it should be."

Comment Just the facts, ma'am (Score 2) 38

I don't want a joke unless I specifically as for it. Case in point: last year I was driving from AZ to CA on I-8 and my speedometer cable broke so I couldn't tell how fast I was going. I thought, "My phone has GPS which can give me my speed so I'll ask Siri." "Hey, Siri, how fast am I going?" She responded, "I've been wondering that for a while." Great, thanks for nothing, smartass.

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