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Posted on August 22 at 10:36 p.m.

ALLEGEDLY beating the stuffing out of him.

The two duputies have only thus far been accused; you can put away the torches and pitchforks.

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Posted on July 20 at 9:44 p.m.

We need seatbelts why?

Because we really don't. Oh, unless something goes horribly wrong and not at all like we planned, that is.

Snide retorts aside, the purpose of the militia (or at least, the ability for one to be formed as needed) is as the same two-fold rationale as with any violent capability, be it the homeowner with a shotgun or a nation with a standing army: 1) Deterrence, first and foremost. 2) Need, should deterrence not suffice.

I'm not one of those paranoids preparing for revolution, but I understand the thought process behind it. Taken to less extreme ends, it's the motivation behind why we brush our teeth, pay our premiums, and wear our seatbelts.

On Arms and Other Rights

Posted on July 19 at 10:47 p.m.

Hehe thanks Ken, I will take that complement.

I'm not against regulation, it's just that I want smart, meaningful laws that are well enforced, not 87 bazillion worthless ones that are ineffectual at actually reducing crime. Of course that statement could be applied to every single aspect of our legal system....

The problem is we get more useless laws as a knee-jerk reaction anytime some scumbag does something criminal. These do little but punish law-abiding citizens; criminals are typically not hindered (or at least, far less so). Another analogy (I love analogies, even silly tangentially-relevent ones): every time anyone is given a speeding ticket, the speed limit is lowered.

On Arms and Other Rights

Posted on July 18 at 10:47 p.m.

The argument is occassionally made that the Second Amendment should be limited to the black-powder, bore-loading muskets and rifles of the era in which it was written. The rationale being that was what the authors were addressing, and certainly not the weapons that came later.

That logic fails with the understanding that those crude-by-our-standards weapons were the military tech of their age. The authors gave the citizen the same capability to defend themself that any aggressor could bring to the fight. By that standard, current firearms rights are distinctly more limited than those at the time of their initial writting due to the significant discrepancy between civilian and military firearms (despite rhetoric and misnomic buzzwords, eg "assault weapons").

To look at it another way, consider the First Amendment. Protection to free speech is granted regardless of its medium, as we interpret it today. Consider if it was limited to only the technology of its original era? No protection for radio, tv, film, anything recorded, email or anything electronic or internet-based, et cetera.

On Arms and Other Rights

Posted on July 12 at 12:24 a.m.

This discussion officially ended with Spiritwalker's comment posted July 10, 2013 at 4:04 p.m, due to invoking Godwin's Law.

"Anyway, since you completely missed the point, let me spell it out for you: THERE IS NO AMERICAN EXCEPTIONALISM, WE"RE DOING EVERYTHING NAZI GERMANY WAS CHARGED WITH AT NUREMBURG!!!"

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Godwin%2...

Sorry mate, not a personal attack, just rule of order.

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Posted on May 11 at 9:54 p.m.

Trader Joe's has an excellent Ethiopian coffee that's organic, fair-trade, and shade-grown.

Not only is it delicious, but it's cheap enough I don't feel pretentious.

Well, not due to my coffee, anyway.

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Posted on April 27 at 10:09 p.m.

Right, because how dare anyone try to do anything good? It's all just so overwhelming; we as a society and a species should give up. /facepalm

Thank you Mr Williams and the Assembly for this. The measure of a society can be how well its people treat its animals. We should never falter from doing right, just because there is so much still to do.

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Posted on March 30 at 10:17 p.m.

Here's a twist - legalize, regulate, and tax it, BUT also mandate that users be sterilized.

Yeah, sterilized. Shouldn't affect terminal patients, would discourage recreational users, and would weed out "medicinal potheads" from the gene pool.

On Backwards

Posted on March 15 at 3:07 a.m.

Very cool. Happy birthday Edythe, and thank you for your work!

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Posted on March 1 at 9:57 p.m.

Good work and thank you to all agencies involved.

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