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Comment Re:"Congress shall make no law" (Score 1) 124

Thank you for pointing out the obvious. :-)

Now I will have to ponder whether the 4th amendment with its more general language
"The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no Warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by Oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized."
might be something for which a Supremacy Clause argument might be made.

Comment Re:First Ammendment (Score 3, Informative) 124

How can the State of California breach the 1st Ammendment. I was under the belief that the US Constitution said what the Federal government could do, and had no effect on the States themselves, which would each have their own constitution.

It used to be the case until the 14th amendment extended constitutional protection to all levels of government.

Note that this was not an immediate effect of the 14th amendment. Passed in 1868, but not covering the First Amendment until ruled to do so in 1925.
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/...

Comment Corrected - 1925 Supreme Court decision (Score 2) 124

I stand corrected. Somehow the Supremacy Clause was not applied to the Bill of Rights. Matter of fact that 14th amendment (1868) didn't initially apply to the Bill of Rights much either. It was not until 1925 that the courts ruled that the states were bound by the First Amendment.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/...

Comment Supremacy Clause of US Constitution (Score 1) 124

How can the State of California breach the 1st Ammendment. I was under the belief that the US Constitution said what the Federal government could do, and had no effect on the States themselves, which would each have their own constitution.

Saying that the federal government is empowered in these areas, and that in all other areas the states are empowered, does not exempt the states from complying with federal law in those "federal" areas. The states must also honor the rights enumerated in the Constitution. The Supremacy Clause of the Constitution says that all federal law made under the authority of the Constitution is the supreme law of the land and that state courts must abide by it.

Comment State lottery far worse than casinos (Score 1) 406

I get the entertainment aspect. I personally follow a similar behavior.

Regarding the state lotteries. They are far worse than any casino. A greater con, but its the government so they get be more "evil" than even casinos. In my state a portion of the lottery is marketed as going to the "schools". What the government did was reduce the educational budget proportionally to the revenue generated by the lottery.

Comment Re:Its not cheating (Score 1) 406

Using marked cards is cheating, but it's also against the law.

The cards as supplied by the casino are not marked. Every card has the same appearance until rotated. Such rotations are not part of the casino's standard practices. The rotation was a player request and the "marking" by the casino an unintentional (from casino's perspective) result of fulfilling that request. Note that you use the word "using" in your description of the law, who was using this "marking" to their advantage? It was the player not the casino.

Comment Fake news does not require "deliberate fiction" (Score 0) 406

Fake news is a deliberate fiction on the part of the writer, with an intent to deceive. It is not the same as a news story reported in good faith, but with errors.

Fake news does not require "deliberate fiction". You are closer to the truth with respect to "good faith". A better definition of fake news would be news where there was a lack of good faith in reporting. Your first definition excludes reported "news" that was blindly accepted because it matches the predisposition of the news staff, a staff that conducted no due diligence to confirm the story. I.e. journalistic negligence. That counts too as fake news.

Comment Its not cheating (Score 5, Insightful) 406

Remember kids! Only the casinos are allowed to cheat you out of your money!

Its not cheating you out of anything when you ignore the fact that the statistical probabilities are against you. As my statistics 101 professor explained (literally, he used casino games examples all the time) you are either:

(1) Paying the "I didn't pay attention in math class" tax.
or
(2) Paying someone else to play cards with you.

Comment Re:"Historic thaw"? (Score 1) 279

I don't disagree, but if that was the intent of the embargo, it has been a stunning failure.

The embargo was a reaction to Fidel's involvement with the Kennedy assassination, that's the reason all Presidents until Obama maintained it. Perhaps now the truth can come out. ;-)

Comment Fidel - The little bully sidekick (Score 1, Insightful) 279

You can say anything about Fidel, but he was a tough guy. Cuba resisted bravely ...

Fidel was the little bully sidekick talking sh*t, sucking up to, the real tough bully, the Soviets. He was a useful idiot, nothing more. Once the Cuban people are allowed a voice he will be consigned to the dustbin of history.

Comment Khrushchev thought Fidel insane (Score 1) 279

Khrushchev would agree with you. If he or his dream were still alive.

And Khrushchev was the sane one of the two. Part of the reason he withdrew missiles from Cuba was that he thought Fidel was f'n crazy, willing to let Cuba suffer nuclear strikes if it would advance global communism.

Comment Reagan didn't need guns to people's heads (Score 1) 279

Cuba is still communist while tricle down economics has been discredited. People die . Its if their ideas live on is what matters.

Fidel's ideas only live on under the gun's of his government. Reagan didn't need to hold guns to people's heads. When the Cuban government's guns are put aside we'll learn the people's true opinion of Fidel.

Comment Re:"Historic thaw"? (Score 1) 279

Freedom worked so well in Afghanistan, Iraq, Libya, Syria...

Cubans have a western culture more compatible with democracy, like the other peoples of the region. You cite countries where the people often have a greater loyalty to local tribes.

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