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by cphite
Wed Jul 18, 2018 7:17 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Firearms Regulations
Replies: 178
Views: 5545

Re: Firearms Regulations

People who don't care about the law, or feel themselves above it are far more concerning. Police without effective checks and balances. Military in the hands of a poor leader. Organized crime. If something is not intended as a threat, and does not actually pose a threat, you probably ought not inte...
by cphite
Wed Jul 18, 2018 5:09 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Firearms Regulations
Replies: 178
Views: 5545

Re: Firearms Regulations

The government does use overt shows of force as a threat. Individuals are checked by government force, and therefore, are at much lower risk, particularly when doing a demonstration(police are often right there if someone goes too far). The guy demonstrating for a legal change isn't likely to ignor...
by cphite
Tue Jul 17, 2018 8:52 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Firearms Regulations
Replies: 178
Views: 5545

Re: Firearms Regulations

Carrying a rifle openly in any sort of public setting is a political statement. It's not necessarily intended to be "threatening" as some folks might assume; it's generally more about demonstrating that, yeah, this is a fundamental right and we're exercising it. It may not be intended to ...
by cphite
Tue Jul 17, 2018 5:56 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Firearms Regulations
Replies: 178
Views: 5545

Re: Firearms Regulations

Convenience remains a factor. In some rural areas, it's not different from having a hammer in your toolbelt. Easy way to carry it while going in and grabbing whatever, even if there's no intent to use it there. Rifle racks in trucks are similar. In some areas, having firearms is particularly normal...
by cphite
Thu Jul 12, 2018 2:34 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Firearms Regulations
Replies: 178
Views: 5545

Re: Firearms Regulations

The NRA has a separate arm for politics rather than training. Is that sufficient for your purposes? Probably, though it should have a different name. The mandatory training institution should be completely insulated from political pressure, and should also appear completely insulated from it. Not s...
by cphite
Wed Jul 11, 2018 9:45 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Firearms Regulations
Replies: 178
Views: 5545

Re: Firearms Regulations

I wouldn't be opposed to required training to own; and then additional required training to carry. Of course, it would need to be operated in good faith - no slow-rolling the process as an indirect means of stopping people from owning or carrying firearms. I agree; the problem is in the "good ...
by cphite
Wed Jul 11, 2018 5:35 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Firearms Regulations
Replies: 178
Views: 5545

Re: Firearms Regulations

Alas, that fails to explain the function or purpose of open carry, it just claims that doing so is accepted in some parts of the US. As far as I can tell, it’s main purpose is to show off that you are carrying a gun around with you everywhere. I suppose it was at one point supposed to intimidate th...
by cphite
Wed Jul 11, 2018 5:10 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Firearms Regulations
Replies: 178
Views: 5545

Re: Firearms Regulations

Yes, many states have training requirements for carrying and using firearms, and it is important to distinguish that from ownership requirements. I wouldn't be opposed to required training to own; and then additional required training to carry. Of course, it would need to be operated in good faith ...
by cphite
Tue Jul 10, 2018 7:59 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Firearms Regulations
Replies: 178
Views: 5545

Re: Firearms Regulations

Unregistered guns are, just, STUPID! It makes reporting their theft harder. Not really. It's a phone call to the cops and a police report either way. The primary benefit of registration, at least in terms of law enforcement, is being able to tie a specific firearm to a specific owner after it's bee...
by cphite
Mon Jul 09, 2018 5:28 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: The Darker Side of the News
Replies: 3850
Views: 492647

Re: The Darker Side of the News

Or, in fact, I've heard it put down to being a message to other (and potential ) defectors. That could also be the case... the only reason I don't like that one is that most defectors worth worrying about already know who they're dealing with and the lengths they're willing to go. A bullet to the b...
by cphite
Mon Jul 09, 2018 3:02 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: The Darker Side of the News
Replies: 3850
Views: 492647

Re: The Darker Side of the News

(It shouldn't be a worse dose. For one thing, the hours between one succumbing and the second indicate less exposure to at least the latter. However it was engineered to expose Sergei (and I have my unfounded suspicions that the daughters near-simultaneous exposure took some of the "If it's su...
by cphite
Fri Jul 06, 2018 7:45 pm UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Eternal (a Marathon scenario)
Replies: 16
Views: 1882

Re: Opinions Wanted Re: Eternal (a Marathon scenario)

It's recently come to my attention that a large section of the fan community for Marathon think that this entire project is complete shit, but have only been saying so in places I wasn't aware existed, while the handful of people who have commented have been generally positive. This is making me qu...
by cphite
Mon Jul 02, 2018 7:03 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: 2018 Midterm Elections Coverage
Replies: 56
Views: 1811

Re: 2018 Midterm Elections Coverage

A third term, barring a very early resignation of a sitting president and their veep coming to power, is constitutionally impossible. Well we've seen how much respect Trump has for the constitution... His travel ban was effectively halted for a while despite being entirely constitutional; all becau...
by cphite
Fri Jun 22, 2018 3:43 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 6037
Views: 438005

Re: Trump presidency

A bit off topic, but what the hell is with the trope of "ransom note made from cut and paste magazines"? There's going to be more of your DNA on that note if that's what you are worried about, your home now has a bunch of magazines missing those letters and thus is evidence if you don't r...
by cphite
Fri Jun 08, 2018 5:58 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 6037
Views: 438005

Re: Trump presidency

But that's not true in real estate. It's an extremely cutthroat business. Trump did have an extremely effective strategy in real estate. He borrowed so much that the banks wouldn't dare call his debts, then renegotiated with those banks for debt reduction, then pocketed the money. He would negotiat...
by cphite
Thu Jun 07, 2018 8:01 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Where Aren't They Now (Obituaries)
Replies: 234
Views: 43352

Re: Where Aren't They Now (Obituaries)

If the US offered the moon landing as a one-way trip, we would still have had enough volunteers... Volunteers isn't the limiting factor. The public would not stand for killing people in space on a commercial joyride they way they would accept the death of a brave explorer attempting to break throug...
by cphite
Tue Jun 05, 2018 5:32 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 6037
Views: 438005

Re: Trump presidency

There's also plenty of things he promised, and then did the exact opposite. E.g. every American having medical cover, and then doing his best to kill the ACA. I fully expected (or maybe hoped) that he'd be so mired in controversy and would have pissed so many off so early that he'd basically get no...
by cphite
Tue Jun 05, 2018 5:13 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 6037
Views: 438005

Re: Trump presidency

I fail to see his accomplishments. There seem to be three. 1) pushing through a tax bill to benefit the wealthy. 2) pack the judicial branch with right wingers, and 3) Damage the bureaucracy by appointing terrible cabinet members. All accomplishments if you have an anarcho-capitalist viewpoint, or ...
by cphite
Tue Jun 05, 2018 3:08 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 6037
Views: 438005

Re: Trump presidency

Then I've got to give Trump credit where it's due. You're telling me that suggesting tyranny is okay is protected by the rules written to oppose it by a nation whose founding document was written to declare independence from a tyrant king. I'm simply telling you that a lawyer cannot be disbarred fo...
by cphite
Mon Jun 04, 2018 2:49 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 6037
Views: 438005

Re: Trump presidency

Disbarred? What he is saying has legal merit. My argument is that it breaks the spirit of the law. Tyrants shoot dissenters and people who oppose them. Defending that behavior is not in line with what a lawyer who is tasked with upholding the laws that prevent tyranny should be capable of doing. He...
by cphite
Wed May 30, 2018 9:41 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Police misbehavior thread
Replies: 6248
Views: 886317

Re: Police misbehavior thread

Good Grief! Get back to the people in your little Coal Mining Town. Tell them Technology took the underground jobs. And; Good Riddance! Those jobs sucked! Some of them suck, yeah - but they were jobs. They put food on the table. And to the surprise of absolutely nobody, telling people who're strugg...
by cphite
Wed May 30, 2018 5:01 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Police misbehavior thread
Replies: 6248
Views: 886317

Re: Police misbehavior thread

Reinvigorating the coal industry was an important part of Trump's support that had nothing to do with race. It's stupid for economic reasons (Natural Gas production has been steadily getting more economic than coal extraction for about a decade now), but it's an issue that swayed a lot of voters in...
by cphite
Tue May 29, 2018 4:04 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Police misbehavior thread
Replies: 6248
Views: 886317

Re: Police misbehavior thread

Uh, no. All of this is wrong. Intent does not need to exist for sexual assault to occur: "The term “sexual assault” means any nonconsensual sexual act proscribed by Federal, tribal, or State law, including when the victim lacks capacity to consent." This is true for many other countries i...
by cphite
Tue May 29, 2018 1:14 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Police misbehavior thread
Replies: 6248
Views: 886317

Re: Police misbehavior thread

We have plenty of evidence Janet Jackson didn't consent and zero evidence that she did. We have statements from Jackson herself, and from her publicist, that explicitly confirm that opening the outer garment was a planned part of the act. We have the fact that she was wearing an outfit designed to ...
by cphite
Fri May 25, 2018 5:23 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Firearms Regulations
Replies: 178
Views: 5545

Re: Firearms Regulations

I fail to see how "Less guns around = less gun deaths" doesn't at least correlate in your world? Well, as he already pointed out, Australia has more guns in the hands of citizens than they did 20 years ago, and yet their rate of gun related deaths continues to decrease. And if you look at...
by cphite
Wed May 23, 2018 9:57 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Firearms Regulations
Replies: 178
Views: 5545

Re: Firearms Regulations

Anyone care to defend possession bans as a result? The video I saw of a demo of bump stocks shows me that it is pretty effective at turning a semi-auto into [what I imagine to be] a fully automatic machine gun. On philosophical grounds, if fully automatic machine guns are possession-banned, then it...
by cphite
Tue May 22, 2018 9:17 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 6037
Views: 438005

Re: Trump presidency

... Obama was reasonably moderate ... Trump isn't terribly conservative ... As viewed from which of these blobs? Look, if you compare Obama to say, Sanders, Obama is pretty obviously more moderate. Likewise, Hillary is more moderate than Sanders. The party attempts to select for the most mainstream...
by cphite
Mon May 21, 2018 9:19 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Police misbehavior thread
Replies: 6248
Views: 886317

Re: Police misbehavior thread

"Cities have had to pay out" is ever so slightly different from "every person the city ever legitimately wronged sued the city" Your original question was whether every wronged person had the time and money. Im referring to this case. In this particular case, as an unemployed ho...
by cphite
Mon May 21, 2018 8:04 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Police misbehavior thread
Replies: 6248
Views: 886317

Re: Police misbehavior thread

He isnt suing the police though. Something is missing from the story. He would be hard pressed to win a suit against the police because, as shitty a situation as it was, they were technically following procedure. He wasn't being held for the allegedly counterfeit bill - he was being held on a proba...
by cphite
Tue May 15, 2018 3:28 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 6037
Views: 438005

Re: Trump presidency

But see, here's the problem... and please understand from the start, this is not an endorsement of Trump pulling the plug on this thing, but rather an observation of why he can pull the plug. The Iran deal isn't an actual treaty, and it technically isn't even a formal agreement; it's basically noth...
by cphite
Mon May 14, 2018 9:11 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 6037
Views: 438005

Re: Trump presidency

"North Korea can take away from this one very important fact - don't enter into any negotiations or any deal with the intent on not complying with your end of the bargain." Or, at least, don't enter into any negotiations or any deal where Trump might maybe think that you might not be comp...
by cphite
Thu Apr 26, 2018 9:36 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Police misbehavior thread
Replies: 6248
Views: 886317

Re: Police misbehavior thread

Why do you keep speaking in terms of prosecution? I already agreed it was minor in legal terms (at that stage). I'm talking in terms of a mental health intervention. Many criminal matters are actually mental health issues, especially if there are drugs involved. Because the only way they're going t...
by cphite
Thu Apr 26, 2018 7:11 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Police misbehavior thread
Replies: 6248
Views: 886317

Re: Police misbehavior thread

Eh... actually it's not that unusual for cars to be taken and returned. Sometimes for use in crime, sometimes for simple utility - they need a car, you have a car. Sometimes just for fun. The returning the keys where they were is a bit more noteworthy; but frankly - and don't take this personally -...
by cphite
Thu Apr 26, 2018 5:45 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Police misbehavior thread
Replies: 6248
Views: 886317

Re: Police misbehavior thread

That's some really shortsighted thinking. You catch the criminals WHILE they are small time crooks, before they escalate from petty larceny to armed robbery. That they get minor penalties or deals is a GOOD thing. The problem is having the resources to actually catch them. In the car example, it's ...
by cphite
Thu Apr 26, 2018 3:05 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Police misbehavior thread
Replies: 6248
Views: 886317

Re: Police misbehavior thread

I wonder if it's a lack of resources thing or them just getting jaded. It's probably a bit of both. Little of both. Most police departments are staffed at levels that force them to prioritize resources when it comes to actual investigations... and the unfortunate reality when it comes to things lik...
by cphite
Wed Apr 25, 2018 5:35 pm UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: Avengers: Infinity War
Replies: 129
Views: 6868

Re: Avengers: Infinity War

I don't recall Thanos' intention being spoiled by the official trailers, but I've seen it pretty much spelled out on various promotional clips, both online and on television. To be honest, I find it kind of cheesy the way they attempted to make him somehow more sympathetic via the whole "greate...
by cphite
Tue Apr 24, 2018 2:22 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Census Dickery
Replies: 59
Views: 6937

Re: Census Dickery

Also, nowhere in the constitution does it say that children of illegal immigrants are citizens... Section 1 of the Fourteenth Amendment is pretty explicit about this, and is, in actuality, quite easily Googlable. "All persons born or naturalized in the United States, and subject to the jurisdi...
by cphite
Fri Apr 20, 2018 8:06 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Police misbehavior thread
Replies: 6248
Views: 886317

Re: Police misbehavior thread

Guys from some previous interactions I think bantler might be a literal troll, as in he's saying deliberately absurd shit to stir up argument and not legitimately defending his position. Then again, Poe's Law. Good call. To be honest, I'm having trouble not laughing at the notion of sweat pants bei...
by cphite
Fri Apr 20, 2018 6:01 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 6037
Views: 438005

Re: Trump presidency

It feels like it's taking ages because we're stuck living through it one day at a time. But for all the points of comparison to Watergate, we're blazing through this by that scale. And as for hard evidence, well, A. it's worth remembering that what we've seen is not the entirety of what the investi...
by cphite
Fri Apr 20, 2018 2:32 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Police misbehavior thread
Replies: 6248
Views: 886317

Re: Police misbehavior thread

I see white drug-addicts and homeless people denied rest-room keys and asked to leave establishments all the time. If they don't leave the police escort them out. Denying service isn't inherently racist. Sure, but the issue is that far too often, white people are denied access and asked to leave if...

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