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    Today, 10:11 AM
    I wasn't in that thread. But I do have neighbors on both sides of me running businesses. The one on the West side of me has lived here for over a decade and has had various neighbors call the county on her for running a business in the home, call the county because she had more than one package delivery truck come through the neighborhood every day, call the county because her son (and employee) was parking on the street instead of in her driveway, etc, etc. She learned nothing from the experience, because the neighbor on the East moved in and literally got screwed by the county. He bought the house specifically because it was big enough for his wife to run a 12-child daycare in it. Right after he closed on the house, the county reduced the number of kids for an unlicensed daycare to 9. So he's been fighting to get 12 kids in the daycare since he moved in... and the most vocal critic of this, the person who has been at all the hearings screaming no the loudest, has been my other neighbor, who already went through all this "county says" bullshit. That has always been my experience. It doesn't matter whether people have been on the wrong end of the state. They always go crawling back to it. It doesn't matter whether you're talking about a chicken processing plant, or a daycare. If someone doesn't like it, they're not going to give up their murder squad. Your 3 man moderation sounds great. It's also exactly what I was talking about before: being forced to deal with your neighbors in a civilized fashion. There are tons of ways to be civilized about it. Nobody wants to hear it.
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    Today, 08:41 AM
    If it wasn't for zoning law, then neighbors would have to talk to each other and figure out amicable resolutions to grievances. They'd have to have relationships with each other and treat each other with respect in order to get what they want. With zoning law, all that needs to be done is to pick up the phone and make one call, and assert that a law is being broken. Then a gang of armed thugs who don't really know the law at all respond, and if there is any resistance, someone gets murdered. I don't think it needs to be more complicated than that. Certain people prefer the first option, and certain people prefer the second option. More people prefer the murder option. I don't think we're going to change minds by explaining to them that they can get their neighborhood controlled in another fashion. They've already decided murder is an acceptable outcome to get what they want.
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    Yesterday, 08:46 PM
    It's my contention that what we all come here to bitch about is exactly that: the US Constitution doing what it's supposed to do. It was a power grab. That was the original requirement. It did that well. We ought not be too upset to find out that it's been continuing to do the thing it was supposed to do. In short, it's a wildly successful experiment. But almost nobody recognizes it, because they think it's supposed to do something else.
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    Yesterday, 03:00 PM
    I can appreciate how some people like to trace back and look at the US Constitution and figure out where it went wrong. Unfortunately, that approach will never work. I have had to revise programs in excess of 10,000 lines of code before. This is well in excess of the length of the constitution. In a few cases, I had to perform some pretty deep surgery to a) get to the root of the problem, b) fix the problem, and c) make sure it still runs correctly. I would end up reading through and understanding the whole thing prior to trying to make a change. So I have a bit of experience in taking a huge, complex document that does something, and changing it, sometimes fundamentally. Here are some things to consider. 1) When modifying a program, there are a ton of other rules and other structure involved. You have to know the byte size of an integer on the platform you're working on. You have to know how to terminate lines of code. You have to know what documentation scraper you're using and how to format for it (and this is completely irrelevant to its actual function). It's the same way in the US Constitution. It's a short program, sure. Written in 18th century code. If you change the byte size of an int in a program, pretty soon all sorts of unpredictable things start happening. Same as if you redefine the words "among" and "invasion". One tiny change in one of the non-explicit rules has big effects and they are never beneficial.
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    05-01-2016, 12:26 PM
    Well, it IS the original topic. Someone brought up a sidebar and you chose to defend the F35 platform on the basis that other fighter planes have had performance issues to begin with. Now let's leave aside the point that the F14-16 weren't being compared to P51s during their trials (which is the correct analogue for comparing F35s to F14s) and stick to my original question.... ...If every fighter goes through similar development and testing, how many other cases were there of over 80% of a group of foghters which have been declared operational getting grounded? You're the one who started this "all fighters are tested the same way" motif.... I just want to know how many abject failures that is supposed to excuse, is all.
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    05-01-2016, 11:03 AM
    So Danke, how many times in their operational life were over 80% of F14s, F15s, and F16s grounded due to software bugs?
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    05-01-2016, 10:25 AM
    I've never sung over an hour nearly every day for a whole week before, in my life. Last night I couldn't go below A. Normally I can get down to F easily and sometimes all the way down to C. The other bass is a reader and I'm by myself while he's reading, so we missed out on a lot of basement notes last night.
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    05-01-2016, 10:20 AM
    Christ is risen! If there are devout and God-loving people here, let them enjoy this beautiful, radiant festival. If there are prudent servants, enter joyously into the Lord’s joy. Whoever may be spent from fasting, enjoy now your reward. Whoever has toiled from the first hour, receive today your just settlement. If any came after the third hour, celebrate gratefully. If any of you arrived after the sixth, have no misgivings, you have lost nothing. If some have been as late as the ninth, come forward, do not be at a loss. If any of you have arrived only at the eleventh hour, do not be dismayed for being late. The Master is gracious: He accepts the last even as the first; He gives rest to those of the eleventh as well as to those have labored from the first; He is lenient with the last while looking after the first; to one He gives, to the other He gives freely; He accepts the labors and welcomes the effort; honors the deed but commends the intent. So, all of you, enter into the joy of our Lord: first and second, share the bounty. Rich and poor alike, celebrate together. Sober or heedless, honor the day. Those who fasted and those who did not, rejoice today. The table is full, everyone fare sumptuously. The calf is fatted; no one go away hungry. Everyone, savor the banquet of faith; relish the riches of His goodness. No one need lament poverty, for the kingdom is seen as universal. No one need grieve over sins; forgiveness has dawned from the tomb. No one need fear death; the Savior’s death has freed us from it. While it’s captive He stifled it. He despoiled Hades as He descended into it; it was vexed when it tasted His flesh. Foreseeing this Isaiah proclaimed: “Hades,” he said, “was vexed when he met You below.” It was vexed because it was abolished. It was vexed because it was mocked. It was vexed because it was slain. It was vexed because it was shackled. It received a body and encountered God. It took earth and came face to face with heaven. It took what it saw and fell by what it could not see. Death, where is your sting? Hades, where is your victory? Christ is risen and you are overthrown.
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    04-29-2016, 11:55 AM
    Why did I watch a whole 2 minutes and 40 seconds of this? This is basically torture porn. It's just me watching someone get hurt and there's nothing I can do about it except turn it off. I've known dweebs like this. Some of them are married now... and it didn't happen until they were over 40. If you are obviously Aspy and limit yourself to a particular religious group, then you need to either move to a high mobility area (where the congregation gets totally swapped out every 10 years) or you need to live with being alone. Widen your options or live with it.
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    04-29-2016, 11:39 AM
    Here's what the "good old days" were like: It's pretty well known that Freddie Gray got what the police call a "nickel ride". It's less well known that they originally called it this because it reminded the cops of dodgy amusement park rides that cost a nickel. And the things nobody has ever stopped to consider since we heard about Freddie Gray are.... When, exactly, did amusement park rides cost a single nickel? The police "nickel ride" has to have been invented, at the latest, in the 1940s. That's the last time you'd see rides costing a nickel.
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    04-29-2016, 10:33 AM
    I call bullshit on that time lapse. I've never gotten a tomato to go unmolded for 20 days. Also, I had totally forgotten Hostess went belly up. Shows you how important it was to me.
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    04-29-2016, 10:25 AM
    And if you don't have a replica at all, and the BALTIMORE COPS take you in anyway, you can expect to be handcuffed behind your back, shoved in the back of a van, and driven around at high speed around corners until you break your neck. Do these people seriously think the average human being is completely incapable of storing memories for more than a year????????
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    04-29-2016, 06:57 AM
    They haven't taught them to cry yet, so you might want to wait.
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    04-28-2016, 12:53 PM
    The official response from the stage...
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    04-28-2016, 12:49 PM
    I think you should grow them, and we could have a system wherein people on this forum make microdonations to the site and receive Bansai as a gift, NPR style. Then those present would present cents for a present from Presence.
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    04-28-2016, 08:36 AM
    I just talked to the county police only two nights ago, as I do now every single time I'm going to leave my daughter alone, to verify what the current statute is. They are still holding to a CPS guideline regarding the amount of time my nine year old can be alone, which is 1.5 hours. If I leave her alone for 1 hour and 31 minutes, they will use that as an excuse to prosecute me, my wife, or both of us for felony negligence. In addition, those are only guidelines, so if they catch her alone for any amount of time, at age nine, they can still opt to prosecute for felony negligence. Which is the exact same thing this guy got convicted for, for murdering an unarmed and restrained man.
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    04-27-2016, 01:46 PM
    Everything I mentioned has been going on for over a century. I can totally appreciate not wanting international government to meddle in our local affairs. I can totally appreciate not wanting federal government to meddle in our local affairs. I'm talking about local government meddling. That has been going on forever, and it's the worst kind, because there are so very few of us who are tuned into it. Lots of Americans are ready to get out of the UN or eliminate the FDA. None of those anti-government types is going to give up on the possibility of calling the cops first when their neighbors are playing music at 10pm.
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    04-27-2016, 11:23 AM
    I wasn't even thinking that far. I am thinking about all the petty dictators running the city bureaucracies. The moment they find out about something like that, it's all over. A bag of compost is a fire hazard. This area isn't zoned for it. You didn't pull the permits for that structure. The engineer in charge of that permit has never heard of anything like this, and they don't pass plans they don't understand. Hey, our inspector was there at exactly 2:30, and he waited for a whole 45 seconds. It's your fault: be on time next time. You can't have livestock within city limits. Our officers aren't trained to tell Quinoa from Marijuana. It's your fault for growing that many plants. Be happy it was just your dog and not you.
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    04-27-2016, 10:57 AM
    There is ONE, and only one reason why cities can't grow their own food. It's because as soon as someone undertakes figuring out how to do it, the city is going to shut him down.
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    04-26-2016, 08:31 AM
    What did I miss? Was there an even more egregious violation of the constitution earlier than two years after ratification? The point that went sailing over your head is this: nobody has ever given a damn what the constitution actually says. There have always been a few minor characters in this farce who pay lip service to it, but they always buckle the moment it's their thing the constitution says they shouldn't do. It literally doesn't matter. Pick a time, any time after ratification, and within two years I'll find you a direct violation of it. It has never stopped anyone from doing anything. If LE is right and obsessive hypervigilance is required to make this system work, then it's an unworkable system. In other words, if your state requires 100% of the populace to watch it at all times and all be 100% on the same page about keeping it in its place, or else it grows into a tyrannical monster, then the odds aren't real good for that not happening. You know, thanks for this, because I was musing yesterday to myself, that you must be some kind of plant, because nobody talks about anarchism on this board more than you do, and there's no such thing as bad press. So thanks for this gigantic and completely intractable non-sequitur. You've successfully shocked me back into the knowledge that you simply can't frame an argument.
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    04-25-2016, 08:14 PM
    It's a fine fairy tale you tell yourself, but consider it took all of two years for the new constitutional government to pass the whiskey tax, and three years after that before the constitutional government formed a literal army to go collect it... when there was, and to this day still is, clearly no constitutional authority for the tax to begin with. Then on to Adams and the Alien and Sedition acts... two things you folks are abjectly unfamiliar with.... Jefferson and the Louisiana Purchase, among other things.... Like I said, it's a great fairy tale, and in my youth I would gaze out my window and wish upon a star that the constitution would be followed, complete with singing crickets and everything. I learned some history, and then I grew up.
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    04-25-2016, 04:48 PM
    To demonstrate to Gary Johnson's supporters the value of backing a candidate perceived as the most electable.
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    04-25-2016, 04:46 PM
    Side note. Kid was taken by CPS. Good friends of ours were foster parents when we met them. The kids they had at the time were similarly literally "taken" by CPS after the father murdered the mother. The childrens' biological grandparents had to go through the process of getting into the foster system because that was the only way Virginia CPS would let them have the children. So lets dont forget there is a near mathematical certainty that even if the state didn't arrange her murder, they're still quite busy doling out injustices.
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    04-24-2016, 03:03 PM
    So, two points. 1. These guys are the constitutional sheriffs that people here seem to think are the solution to our cop problem. So maybe try to understand how some of us can have a problem with that. 2. So, they got caught red-handed in one bald faced lie about what happened that night, but everyone is expectef to swallow the story about how they were running from the cops? That's not the way it works for anyone else... if you get caught in one lie, you are an unreliable witness about everything else forever.
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    04-21-2016, 02:06 PM
    Well, I'm a bit younger, and was (and still very much am) into thrash metal. I had heard a lot of rap in grade school (grades 3-6 I lived in New Orleans in a... shall we say... fairly monochromatic environment) but left it behind along with New Orleans in 1986. Then pretty soon after that I got to hear Anthrax & P.E., and to a lesser extent Faith No More... by the time Rage Against the Machine showed up I was pretty solidly into hip-hop thanks to previous crossovers. I'll always remember an eye-opening moment working on a conveyor belt in 1993, in another... monochromatic environment, and the other guys blasted the "kill the white man" stuff all night (I had so far only listened to the benign stuff). In that particular case it was a little uncomfortable, so I brought in a Walkman. One night one of the guys asked me what I was listening to. "Nothin' you'd like, man." "No, really what is it?" "....Slayer?" "Oh yeah, I like them. I like dat other ban, too.... Paaaantera." It goes both ways. :D
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    04-21-2016, 09:30 AM
    And remember everyone, if he really didn't like it, he could have left. If he wants to grow pot he could have moved somewhere where he could grow pot.
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    04-21-2016, 09:27 AM
    So the real reason is because they can't be bothered spending a couple extra hours on the process... and so instead, they've decided to have a massive new IT overhead and expose the process to tampering.
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    04-21-2016, 06:57 AM
    Accuracy? Seriously? These people want to put someone in charge of running the most powerful country on Earth, with trillions of dollars and nuclear weapons at stake, and they can't figure out how to count a thousand votes without machines? If they have machines for voting, there are only two possible reasons for it. Either they're grossly incompetent (seriously, a seven-year-old can count to 1000), or they actually are planning on fixing the vote.
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    04-21-2016, 06:43 AM
    There is a monumental difference between a thing being legal, and a thing being constitutional. Nobody ever doubts that the current immigration rules were passed by a legislative body. But when a man of the esteem of Andrew P. Napolitano utterly neglects to examine the constitutionality of this particular thing, these "laws" against free movement, that has only one purpose: to turn people like me, who can read and parse English sentences just fine without a "constitutional scholar" chiming in on it, forever against constitutionalism. These laws are exactly as constitutional as the National Firearms Act of 1934 or the existence of the FDA. We all accept these things as legal. The question is whether you accept them as right.
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