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Comment Re:I'm trying to look at this objectively (Score 2) 375

I'm still waiting for Trump to hold a press conference and say "Just kidding! It's been fun, but I don't want to actually be president! Good luck!".

I do agree that a lot of our problems today stem from the federal government over reaching into issues that are best left to individual states and local municipalities to adjudicate. Why is someone from Washington dictating kindergarten curriculum and teaching methods? Why does Washington care if my health insurance is worth 'too much'? The list goes on and on and on.

I believe that we are going to start seeing a shift with the states trying to reign in the federal government and take back a lot of the power they have given up.

The senate was originally appointed by states, not elected by the people. If we stopped trying to pretend we are a direct democracy and went back to acting like a coalition of individual states like we used to be, you would probably see a lot of this federal nonsense disappear.

Comment Re:I'm trying to look at this objectively (Score 1) 375

Moving away from the 2 party system will likely require substantial reform to either the way we hold elections or the way our government works. Right now, voting for the 3rd party sends a clear message that you want something to change. Your candidate will most likely not win, but the point of the vote is not lost. Voting for either Hillary or Trump is a vote to continue the status quo. Voting for someone else is a vote to get a better system.

Originally the runner up was the VP. Each party would field two candidates that had to be voted for independently. However Adams and Jefferson didn't like playing nice together and then they had problems electing Jefferson as president and Burr as VP (not president). The twelfth amendment changed it so the electoral college now votes separately for president and vice-president. Technically, the electoral college could select a president and vice-president from different tickets, but they don't.

Even if we didn't want to move to a coalition based government, changing the election from winner takes all to instant run-off would help get multiple parties in which would give us more ideas. Ultimately, our current system needs to be changed and not just by one party imploding.

Comment Re:Negligence? (Score 1) 202

So who decides when it crosses the line to "something stupid" and "they should have known"? You?

You clearly should have been watching your kid! You should have locked the door! You should have gotten child proof door handle things so the entire family can burn in the event of a fire! What if he had been kidnapped or hit by a car?

We can blame the parents all day long. We can go and remove the child from the home and declare the parents unfit. Or... we can accept that we weren't there. We don't know what the parents knew. We don't know what the parents thought. Maybe thought it only exploded in strange circumstances. You don't know. Just because YOU know better doesn't mean anyone told them.

In all honesty, we recall things so often in the country for stupid reasons that people tend to ignore them. My kid's high chair was recalled because apparently people weren't putting it together right. I looked at the high chair and decided the risk wasn't worth sending it back. Should I loose my kids if it falls apart? OR do I have the right to do my own risk management and use my own judgement?

Comment Re:Good Lord... (Score 2) 412

She apparently tried. In her documentary it talks about how she tried to get people to stop distributing the photo. From her point of view as a young woman that was a pretty terrible picture to have going around. But the media simply ignored her because it was 'important'. It wasn't until she was much older that she was able to recognize and accept the historic significance of the photo.

Comment Re:Good Lord... (Score 1) 412

It's also part of my job to help my children recognize when relationships are healthy or unhealthy. Like I said, an employer that cares about something as trivial as your baby photos is not someone you want to work for. Why on earth would you judge an adult based on a photo of them as an infant or small child? Are you seriously going to not hire someone based on a photo from 20 years ago?

If my child told me her friends would only be her friends if she cut her hair short and wore brown shirts, I would tell her to get better friends and I hope you would too. Or would you run out and buy her an entirely new wardrobe so she could 'fit in'? Do you buy your daughter a real American Girl Doll because all her friends have one and they won't be her friend if she doesn't have one? That actually happened to my niece. Or do you tell her that real friends don't care about that?

Comment Re:Good Lord... (Score 4, Insightful) 412

If your employer doesn't hire you because of a naked spaghetti covered baby photo from 20 years ago, you probably need a better employer. Those kinds of photos are not things that reasonable people should be embarrassed about.

Weren't we all talking about that poor girl who got napalmed having her photo plastered all over the net the other day? And the world pretty much told her to suck it too. We didn't even need the internet to spread her picture around.

Comment Re:Good Lord... (Score 1, Interesting) 412

I tell my kids tough shit, suck it all the time. It's called being a parent and caving into random whims about stupid stuff. I mean... what kind of parent says no to a kid who wants ice cream for dinner! They want it so they must have it!

Seriously... everyone has baby photos. We take photos of babies and post them on the internet. Before the internet we put them in books and then drug the books out whenever our kids brought home a significant other. Get over it. You were once a baby naked and covered in mud/spaghetti sauce and your parents took a picture. It probably even got taken in to work and is hanging up in a cube/office. That time you crapped your pants? Mom and Dad remember and will bring it up. Again. And Again. You'll probably do the same thing to your kids. Suck it up. Life is tough and not everyone likes you. It's my job to make sure you have the tools to make it, not be your friend.

I suppose it is possible that these 'embarrassing' childhood photos are not the typical spaghetti covered baby photos. But if that is the case, the parents probably belong in jail for other reasons.

Comment Re:Negligence? (Score 1) 202

Actually... I think I understand you perfectly. You want to charge parents with negligence when anything bad happens to their children that YOU are quite certain you would have never let happen because it makes you feel superior to judge people. YOU would never turn around in the grocery store to find your kid was not following you like he was supposed to. YOUR kid would never wake up in the middle of the night, open the front door and walk outside. YOUR kid would never set the house on fire making toast.

You are probably also the type of person that would sue Walmart because their parking lot was dark at 2AM and you tripped because they should have had better lighting.

How about instead we accept that sometimes shit happens? Sometimes we trip. Sometimes the toy/phone/laptop we are using randomly bursts into flames. We don't need to send someone to jail or take away their children every time something bad happens. We don't need to assign blame for every little thing. Accept that shit happens and life is dangerous. Life is full of risks that we take everyday.

Instead there are children suffering from REAL abuse and neglect that we are ignoring because we are too busy trying to decide if letting your kid hold a phone constitutes neglect. This kid has loving parents that can give him things like a state of the art brand spanking new phone. There are kids whose parents leave them alone while they go off and get high or drunk. There are kids who do not have food. Worry about those kids, not this one.

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