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    Today, 08:06 PM
    CaptUSA replied to a thread Potato Head in U.S. Political News
    So many options!! I imagine the Gerber Baby needs to be more "ethnic" The Pillsbury Doughboy will become gender neutral. Colonel Sanders will be removed in favor of his adopted grandniece Coletta Sanders. Mr. Clean will be killed off in an industrial chemical accident. Snap and Pop will morph their racial identities and will take Crackle as their indentured servant. The Geico Gecko will become a chameleon and will adapt to whatever his current surroundings are. The Keebler Elves will break their bondage and will replace the sugar in their cookies with soma. Cap'n Crunch will be arrested for piracy.
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    Today, 03:23 PM
    CaptUSA replied to a thread Potato Head in U.S. Political News
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  • Invisible Man's Avatar
    Today, 02:35 PM
    That's pretty much what he says in this quote: "Corporations don't have rights per se, but the individual who happens to own a corporation or belong to a union does have rights, and these rights are not lost by merely acting through another organization." https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Political_positions_of_Ron_Paul#Freedom_of_speech Notably, he called restrictions placed on the ability of corporations to spend money on lobbying violations of the freedom of speech. I think that illustrates how he understands the rights of individuals to apply to corporations, as tools being used by individuals.
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  • Invisible Man's Avatar
    Today, 12:22 PM
    Yes. That's what we need. More say on the part of average American voters over who the president is. "As democracy is perfected, the office of president represents, more and more closely, the inner soul of the people. On some great and glorious day the plain folks of the land will reach their heart's desire at last and the White House will be adorned by a downright moron.”-H. L. Mencken
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  • Invisible Man's Avatar
    Today, 10:59 AM
    How is that a key word? Is there some other possible source that could be used for number of people 18 and over in a state that isn't an estimate? Even when we get results of the 2020 census, it will still be an estimate. But first of all, it's the state of Alaska's own estimate. You claimed that the state of Alaska's own website did not provide the number of eligible voters in 2020 to compare with the number of registered voters, and in fact it does (actually, not exactly, since the number of eligible voters is less than the number of people 18 and over, which is what this number is). Second, yes it's an estimate. It's not exact down to the ones digit. No population data ever can be. But it's not off by anything on the order of 10% either. If you look at the underlying figures that's available at the link I provided you on the Alaska state government website (e.g. births, deaths, migrations, baseline population data going back to the 2010 census, etc.) you will see that there's no conceivable way to get an extra 50,000 people in the state of Alaska above the state government's own estimates of its population. The state of Alaska, using its own numbers for both population 18 and over and registered voters does affirm that it has more registered voters than it has people 18 and over. And it's not within the margin of error.
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  • Invisible Man's Avatar
    Today, 10:49 AM
    It doesn't really matter. Whether Trump does or doesn't run again, either way, I don't see any potential for any candidates worth supporting being in the race.
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  • Invisible Man's Avatar
    Today, 08:28 AM
    Ok, but what did she say? What was the actual disparaging comment she made? Was it something so horrifying that neither you nor anyone in the media dares to quote it? For the life of me, I can't find an actual quote of it anywhere. I still don't know whatever it was that she said.
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  • Invisible Man's Avatar
    Today, 08:21 AM
    Paul doesn't call her a diakonos of God. He calls her a diakonos of the church at Cenchreae. And even if he did call her a diakonos of God, I have trouble seeing why it would be wrong to translate that as "servant." He often refers to himself and others as servants of God. When you say that it has to be translated "minister" and that "servant" and "helper" are mistranslations, it seems like you're implying that the word connotes some kind of formal leadership position (granted, the word "minister" itself can also just be a synonym for "servant" depending on the context--so I'm not saying that's a mistranslation). The word may sometimes be used for people in formal leadership positions. But there's nothing in the word itself that requires that. Notice that in almost all of the 28 occurrences of the word in the New Testament, only a few of them refer to the title of an official church office (i.e. a "deacon"). The rest of the occurrences take a more generic sense. https://www.stepbible.org/?q=version=ESV|version=SBLG|strong=G1249&options=GVUVNH&display=INTERLEAVED
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  • Invisible Man's Avatar
    Today, 07:33 AM
    Why do you consider "servant" or "helper" to be mistranslations of the Greek word diakonos?
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  • CaptUSA's Avatar
    Today, 07:29 AM
    Think it's more of an "identocracy". Governance by those chosen on a basis of their self-selected identity.
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    Today, 06:55 AM
    Worse yet, would you believe there are actually dating apps that force you to select a gender of the person you want to date?! Could anything be more sexist? It's literally the way the apps are designed!! They also allow you to select a race, if you can believe it! http://www.ronpaulforums.com/showthread.php?552730-Postcards-from-the-Clown-Show&p=7025179&viewfull=1#post7025179 I don't know what the world is coming to when institutionalized sexism and racism are being coded into our phones!
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  • Invisible Man's Avatar
    Today, 06:50 AM
    Have you seen the word-for-word quotes of these allegedly disparaging comments? All I've been able to find are that video of her posting a sign and a tweet where she said, “Your biological son does NOT belong in my daughters’ bathroom." Is there something else out there that's worse than either of those things that articles are just referring to obliquely without quoting what she said? Or do those two items make up the full extent of what her supposedly disparaging comments were?
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  • CaptUSA's Avatar
    Yesterday, 07:53 PM
    Apparently not. I mean, they no longer need elections to claim power.
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    Yesterday, 07:47 PM
    Under whose authority?!
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  • CaptUSA's Avatar
    Yesterday, 07:26 PM
    Oh, this is gonna be entertaining! I sincerely hope you make the switch, because it'll just make the satire account that much better! :D
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  • CaptUSA's Avatar
    Yesterday, 07:16 PM
    Well, they did add this little tidbit in at the end for good measure.
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  • CaptUSA's Avatar
    Yesterday, 07:08 PM
    ....AAAnnnnd here's how the press (courtesy of Drudge) is reporting this: https://www.vice.com/en/article/n7vgv7/a-gop-senator-just-compared-trans-health-care-to-genital-mutilation These people have no limitations to their insanity.
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  • Invisible Man's Avatar
    Yesterday, 04:18 PM
    I heard that accusation made. But what did she do to attack the child? It must have been something other than just hanging that sign up.
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  • CaptUSA's Avatar
    Yesterday, 02:52 PM
    Lol - I was just coming here to post this! Rand is the man! Not sure what that other monster is.
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  • Invisible Man's Avatar
    Yesterday, 01:59 PM
    To see how fast the transgender movement has been moving lately, consider the fact that both Mr. Potato Head and Mrs. Potato Head, as two separate gender-specific characters, appeared in Toy Story 4 in 2019, as far as I know without controversy. And that was coming from a leftwing Hollywood production company.
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    Yesterday, 01:48 PM
    CaptUSA replied to a thread Potato Head in U.S. Political News
    FTFY
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  • Invisible Man's Avatar
    Yesterday, 01:33 PM
    Consider this scenario. A group of people contractually agree to pool their resources for some endeavor, and as part of that agreement they delegate to some board of trustees whom the elect to manage the use of those resources under the name of the organization that they create by way of that contract. This organization can buy and sell property, put its money in a bank account, hire employees, and enter into other contracts as decided by that board, in accordance with the contract these people chose to enter with one another. Included within the kinds of contracts this organization enters with other parties there are stipulations that limit this organization's liability. These people who choose to pool their resources in this way do so without any charter by a state recognizing or creating their organization. They create it themselves. Is this a corporation or a partnership? I would argue that such things did exist before the advent of the modern corporation as we know it, albeit perhaps without as much formality (e.g. in ancient voluntary societies such as churches, synagogues, and other such organizations that owned property separate from that of their members). But to acknowledge this would require that the word "corporation" not be defined in such a way that only government-created entities could count by definition. But even if no good examples can be found in antiquity, they surely would exist today even without any state's help or regulations.
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  • CaptUSA's Avatar
    Yesterday, 01:18 PM
    Unreal - read your contracts, people. You benefit from a variable rate plan every day, but then bitch about it when it bites you. Pretty sure I said this was going to happen. The PUC can be blamed for artificially raising the wholesale prices, but they probably staved off a catastrophe. The free market side of this is that they shouldn't have set any limits on prices whatsoever. The limits benefitted the retail power providers by limiting their loss in the retail market for their customers on fixed-rate plans. People on variable rate plans just got a pass-through. But really, the main issue here are the obfuscation of the price signals. You have a product that is delivered at near the speed of light, but your price signals are at the hourly level in the wholesale market, and up to a month after the fact in the retail market. That's just insane.
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  • CaptUSA's Avatar
    Yesterday, 12:52 PM
    Wait, what?! They shoot your employee multiple times and now you're going to give them $500K to get your dogs back without being concerned about your employee??! Nope - no questions. Just gimme my puppies. I wonder if those dogs paid off some guys to get them away from her. (I feel like this is very similar to the plot of a Norm MacDonald/ Dave Chappelle movie) ETA:
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  • CaptUSA's Avatar
    Yesterday, 11:11 AM
    Interesting one here. Amash does a pretty good job at getting Malice off his theoretical platform and considering an incremental reality. Both valid viewpoints, IMO, so it's interesting to hear them discussed rationally.
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  • Invisible Man's Avatar
    Yesterday, 10:51 AM
    Another point that hasn't been brought up here (understandably, since it's not what the OP is directly about), is what should happen *if* the search performed was improper. The status quo is that the evidence obtained that way would not be admissible in court, via the exclusionary rule. This exclusionary rule is another innovative reading into the Constitution of something that isn't there by judges who view it as a living document. But the exclusionary rule is now so ingrained in our legal system that I highly doubt that SCOTUS would even question its applicability even if they do rule that the search in this case was unconstitutional. Evidence for actual crimes (i.e. the kind of crimes that have victims and violate natural law and not just statutes made up by politicians) should always be usable in prosecuting the guilty party, no matter how the evidence was found. But if it was found in some unjust way, then the police officer, or whoever performed the unjust acts that resulted in finding that evidence, should be help accountable for the crimes they committed in finding that evidence as a matter that's kept separate from the prosecution of the criminal the evidence implicates.
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  • Invisible Man's Avatar
    Yesterday, 10:43 AM
    Ron Paul may not be right about everything. But calling him a gullible ignorant sucker is going a bit far, don't you think?
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  • Invisible Man's Avatar
    Yesterday, 10:40 AM
    I disagree. It's to decide if it's reasonable, at least if done within the framework of the Constitution taken literally. Otherwise, warrants would always be required, not just for misdemeanors, but also for felonies. Just as with deciding reasonableness before the fact, so also after the fact, the judges, in this case the Supreme Court, may decide if this particular search was reasonable or unreasonable. And that can and should be decided without regard for whether or not the officer had a warrant. In the case at hand, the argument against requiring a warrant would be that by the time he got a warrant, the blood alcohol level that he would be able to test the suspect for would no longer be indicative of what it was when the suspect was driving on public roads, and thus if the search was reasonable at all then it would need to be performed without waiting for a warrant. But that is what the question really should boil down to for SCOTUS--whether or not it was reasonable at all. If a search is reasonable, then neither the 4th Amendment nor anything else in the Constitution requires that a warrant be gotten prior to performing it. There may be statutes that require that. And there may be court rulings that were made by judges who view the Constitution as a living document that require that through reading into the Constitution things that aren't there. But the Constitution does not. And the title of this thread says that SCOTUS will rule on the constitutionality of it.
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  • Invisible Man's Avatar
    Yesterday, 10:29 AM
    That is a good question. But notice that the stipulation "without a warrant" is superfluous there. If it's improper without a warrant, then it's improper with one as well. Similarly, the distinction between felony and misdemeanor is also beside the point.
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