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  • Ted Cruz Is Right About Taxes: The Internal Revenue Code's Headache-Inducing

    03/25/2015 2:20:10 PM PDT · 25 of 27
    sargon to Kaslin
    The IRS is acting like petulant children now that they've been caught out as a partisan tool of the Democratic party.

    It sounds to me like the IRS is going out of their way to make taxpayers' lives difficult.

    In other words, they're simply continuing with their criminality, both petty and grand.

  • Which is worse, booze or pot? A doctor weighs in

    03/24/2015 8:38:39 PM PDT · 214 of 217
    sargon to ConservingFreedom
    Alcohol is quite obviously the worst drug on the face of the earth. The miseries, death, health problems and violence that it causes make all other drugs combined pale in comparison.

    Having said that, hysterical Prohibitionists once wanted to imprison people for merely possessing or transferring alcohol.

    That misguided notion was Tyrannical on its face, as is contraband law in general.

    When the government has the power to imprison somebody for owning the wrong plant, medicine, or liquid spirits, then its power is essentially arbitrary.

    Under such auspices, there is no practical limit to state power, and we clearly see the logical ramifications of such policy when we observe what has happened with the Fourth Amendment, asset forfeiture, and the right to privacy in general. All the bad things that come with an authoritarian nanny-state accrue.

    As a classical liberal, I reject such a bloated, expansive, essentially unlimited view of government power, especially as it applies to the federal government.

    Contraband law brings Tyranny, plain and simple. And the Tyranny that it brings far outweighs any benefits which could ever accrue, both in theory and in practice.

    I much prefer the admittedly difficult challenges related to decriminalization. The nanny-state method has been tried for a century or more now, it's a failure, and it's Tyrannical to boot.

    To my eyes, nanny-state prohibitionist authoritarians on the left and right seem to differ only on the details of whose version of Tyranny should prevail.

  • Dash Cam Video Shows Michigan Cops Lied About Beating Man They Arrested

    03/24/2015 5:16:28 PM PDT · 44 of 57
    sargon to DaveyB
    Cops lie? How ever could a man get a fair hearing for a traffic violation if police lie?

    How does a police state form and take hold? Hint - Start with police and destroy the protections of patriarchy! As one rises the other falls, like a teeter-totter.

    The police tell themselves that they serve and protect people, what they most often do is intimidate and enforce unnecessary laws. They protect and serve the state not the individual. With so many laws on the books, one cannot drive out of a parking lot without breaking one, so the citizens are always in violation of some law and always in fear of the police and power of the state. Back when men defended and protected women and the weak there was less need for a police occupation. Now women and weak men have traded their would be protectors for a state run tyranny.

    You reap what you sow, and America has sown the weeds that choke out liberty!

    Well said. It's so terribly true. It can't continue.

  • Dash Cam Video Shows Michigan Cops Lied About Beating Man They Arrested

    03/24/2015 5:12:54 PM PDT · 42 of 57
    sargon to E. Pluribus Unum
    Police say they found a bag of crack cocaine in his car, but Den, whose blood tested clean at a hospital after the arrest, says the drugs were planted.

    And that is not hard to believe considering the cop who placed him in a chokehold and punched him in the face 16 times is William Melendez, a cop who was indicted for planting drugs and falsifying reports when he worked as a Detroit police officer.

    How does such a person ever end up serving on another police force?

    It's ludicrous. There is just no accountability.

  • Enough Fighting: Time for Libertarians and Conservatives to Unite [retread zot]

    03/24/2015 10:27:26 AM PDT · 137 of 144
    sargon to Old Sarge
    You already lost your argument, so please stop pinging me.

    Thanks for informing me of that rather dubious fact.

  • Enough Fighting: Time for Libertarians and Conservatives to Unite [retread zot]

    03/24/2015 10:18:06 AM PDT · 135 of 144
    sargon to Old Sarge
    “Unrestrained unlimited access to drug use”.

    "Unrestrained and unlimited?"

    Not really. Alcohol (the worst drug on the face of the earth) has some limitations and restraints. But it's still legal.

    Everybody saw how black markets for alcohol made the situation worse. The same principle applies for all "contraband." In a free country, you don't threaten someone with prison merely for possessing the wrong plant, medicine, or liquid spirits. It's absurd on its face.

    Prohibitionists seek the "comfort" of a (necessarily) unconstitutional police state as a solution. It's not, and it never will be.

    The challenges of actual Freedom, warts and all, are infinitely preferable to shortsighted and Tyrannical Prohibitionist solutions.

    Such "solutions", which rationalize Tyranny, are far worse than the problems they portend to address. History has demonstrated that.

    There's no justification for the unconstitutional War on Drugs.

  • The Fair and Relevant Question: After 8 Years of Obama, Why Should GOP Nominate a One-Term Senator?

    03/23/2015 9:10:53 PM PDT · 62 of 109
    sargon to july4thfreedomfoundation
    Because Ted Cruz is a man of God who deeply loves America, and Obama is nothing of the sort...

    Exactly! I believe that's a lot more important than anybody's party affiliation or level of experience.

    We need a humble, patriotic American who truly believes in limited government and is willing to work towards one.

  • Cue the Ted Cruz birthers… again [Once more with feeling: "Is he a natural born citizen?"]

    03/23/2015 1:43:45 PM PDT · 193 of 346
    sargon to DiogenesLamp
    I am certainly not impressed much by what the courts think about things nowadays. They all seem to have a screw loose.

    I'm simply saying that there is NO American court that would rule against Cruz's eligibility.

    As we have seen, with respect to gay marriage, there are Courts that are sympathetic and those that are not.

    It's a well-established principle that Cruz, having been born an American citizen to an American mother in Canada, is therefore Natural Born, and that's why I don't think there is a single court that will ever rule otherwise.

    It's simply a cut-and-dried issue, and I totally fail to understand why any conservative would attempt to make an anything of it.

    IMHO, the notion that Ted Cruz isn't an NBC basically brings one into the tinfoil hat realm...

  • I'm confused about this Cruz Citizenship thing

    03/23/2015 1:30:33 PM PDT · 45 of 425
    sargon to bigdaddy45
    Cruz's mother was an American citizen, without question, at the time of his birth, as opposed to 0bama's mother.

    Cruz was an American citizen at birth, born to an American citizen parent who happened to be in Canada at the time.

    If my American citizen mother happens to be traveling in Germany, and gives birth to me while she's there, I'm still a Natural Born American citizen.

    I'm not aware of any case law that would contradict that assertion.

    Cruz was not naturalized at some later date. That makes him a Natural Born citizen. Those are the only two types of American citizenship that I'm aware of. If you're not one, then you're the other.

    Cruz is therefore eminently eligible, and I don't think there is a single court in the USA, conservative or liberal, that will dispute that assertion.

    Trying to conflate Cruz's situation with the much more ambiguous 0bama case is simply not correct.

  • Liberty U. Students Forced to Attend Ted Cruz Speech, Make Stand for Rand

    03/23/2015 1:20:44 PM PDT · 40 of 52
    sargon to Citizen Zed
    Me thinks the journalists at Reason are afraid Cruz would enforce Federal pot laws.

    Actually Cruz, showing that he understands federalism, has stated that the pot issue is one for the several states, not an overreaching ferragummit...

  • Cue the Ted Cruz birthers… again [Once more with feeling: "Is he a natural born citizen?"]

    03/23/2015 10:20:23 AM PDT · 119 of 346
    sargon to Elsiejay
    Being born on territory of the U.S.A. is a requirement of eligibility to hold the office of President, irrespective of the nationality of one’s mother.

    What? So, if my American parents happened to be visiting Canada when I was born, I'm suddenly ineligible? Even though I was an American citizen at birth?

    That makes no sense. Natural born does not mean "born on US territory"; it means "American citizen at birth". Someone who is an American citizen at birth is not "naturalized". Therefore they are, by definition, Natural Born.

    The issues surrounding 0bama's citizenship center around his mother's age, and thus her US citizenship status, at the time of 0bama's birth.

    The birth of Ted Cruz to an unquestionably American mother (while she was in Canada) is a much different situation.

    Ted Cruz is an NBC, and not a single Court in this nation is going to rule otherwise. Not one.

  • Enough Fighting: Time for Libertarians and Conservatives to Unite [retread zot]

    03/23/2015 10:01:05 AM PDT · 96 of 144
    sargon to Old Sarge
    It may be summed up as the Law of the Jungle is [libertarians'] only guiding principle.

    Nonsense. Libertarians simply believe in prosecuting actual crime, when somebody's rights are actually infringed on, as opposed to manufacturing crimes with various nanny-state, Fourth Amendment-destroying contraband law, for instance.

    And I know many, many libertarians who are staunchly pro-life and tough on crime.

    Anybody who believes their brother belongs in prison for possessing the wrong plant, medicine, or liquid spirits, in the absence of actually committing a crime, is simply embracing authoritarianism, plain and simple.

    Left-wing authoritarians and right-wing authoritarians would simply have us choose between alternate visions of Tyranny. I'll take neither.

  • Is Ted Cruz a natural-born citizen eligible to serve as president? [Yes! And I support him! JimRob]

    03/22/2015 10:28:59 PM PDT · 282 of 283
    sargon to noinfringers2
    To me the interpretation seems obvious. If you are in fact an American citizen at birth, then you're Natural Born.

    I'm convinced that claims of Cruz's alleged ineligibility are a non-starter in legal circles, and I'm rather bewildered as to why they would be seized on in such apparently knee-jerk fashion.

    It seems like a slam dunk to me. How is Cruz, an American citizen at and by birth, not Natural Born?

  • FBI asks for patience in black man's hanging in Mississippi

    03/20/2015 8:10:33 PM PDT · 18 of 65
    sargon to Sacajaweau
    Glad the POS is dead.

    The dead man was an ex-convict, apparently.

    Is that what made him a POS in your mind?

    I was just wondering why such a strong reaction...

  • Ted Cruz calls for liquidating the IRS in New Hampshire

    03/20/2015 8:04:55 PM PDT · 63 of 94
    sargon to SoConPubbie
    Ted Cruz gets it.

    Abolishing the IRS would be one of the most significant and positive government reforms in the last century.

    The Liberty-crushing "progressive income tax" is a Marxist abomination, a central plank of the Communist Manifesto.

    We need bold leadership, not the status quo.

    I like a lot of what Cruz has to say.

    Can you imagine someone like Jeb Bush advocating abolishing the IRS? Maybe I'm wrong, but somehow I think Jeb's reforms would invariably be more "moderate".

  • FBI investigating hanging death of African-American man in Mississippi

    03/19/2015 5:00:04 PM PDT · 39 of 44
    sargon to South40
    I grew up in Florida in the 60s. One day on our way to school our school bus suddenly stopped. I was sitting just right behind the driver and I heard her gasp. She then, with her voice cracking, instructed us all to not look out the front window of the bus. Of course we did only to soon regret it as there was black man hanging by the lineman hooks on a telephone pole. Police were there and instructed her to turn the bus around, which she did but not without much effort and not without every child onboard being exposed to that sight.

    The man's name was Leroy, and he had been driving home from work the night before when his car quit leaving him stranded in a neighborhood where his presence was not welcomed. To my knowledge no one was ever arrested for the crime.

    Tragic. Sad to think that such things could ever have happened. It can't be denied that there has been and still is a lot of injustice in many places. We should all hunger for its abolition.

  • Freeing Drug Dealers Is Not a Conservative Solution

    03/17/2015 8:02:48 AM PDT · 11 of 12
    sargon to cripplecreek
    I don’t care about your talking points. Don’t waste my time with them.

    Your talking points are the ultimate waste of time: the talking points of Tyranny...

  • Freeing Drug Dealers Is Not a Conservative Solution

    03/17/2015 7:26:04 AM PDT · 5 of 12
    sargon to cripplecreek
    I read every word of the article.

    Our prisons are overflowing with non-violent offenders— people who have never assaulted anyone, and, furthermore, who have not committed burglaries in pursuance of their bad habits.

    On the contrary, most of these "non-violent offenders" simply got pulled over by some cops who routinely go on fishing expeditions, and invent fake reasons to establish probable cause.

    You've seen some of the recent court cases. You know as well as I that the Fourth Amendment has become a joke in law enforcement circles; it's essentially been nullified, all in the name of the War on Drugs, and as if that's weren't enough, the War on Terror.

    Non-violent offenders are clogging our prison systems with mandatory minimum sentences, while violent offenders are released.

    And when I say "non-violent" offenders, I'm not talking about people who commit actual crimes like burglary and theft. I'm talking about people who have committed no crime other than the phony one of possessing some thing against the edicts of the State.

  • Freeing Drug Dealers Is Not a Conservative Solution

    03/17/2015 7:15:23 AM PDT · 3 of 12
    sargon to cripplecreek
    The Prohibitionist mind is one of the most hysterically authoritarian constructs of the modern nanny-state.

    Prohibitionists use the same twisted logic which leftists do in order to destroy liberty, all in the name of doing good, of course.

    If your government can put you in prison for owning the wrong plant, medicine, or liquid spirits, then there's no such thing as practical limited government.

    Government does not exist to legislate morality or coerce behavior; it exists to defend individuals against force and fraud.

    The arguments used by Prohibitionists epitomize the reason we have arbitrary law in this country. Right wing and left wing authoritarians simply demand that we choose between whose self-righteous vision of Tyranny will prevail.

    No thanks; I'll take actual freedom, with all of its inconvenient challenges; there are not shortcuts to Liberty and civil society. Education must prevail over legislation. Prohibitionists help propagate all the Tyrannical evils of contraband law: no-knock warrants, asset forfeiture, causeless searches, virtual negation of the Fourth Amendment; all of these logically flow from such blind authoritarian impulses.

    As it was with alcohol, Prohibition is a perfect example of the solution being far worse than the problem it portends to solve.

  • Teen turns herself in over attack video at McDonald's in New York

    03/15/2015 11:08:55 AM PDT · 86 of 100
    sargon to eastforker
    There are plenty of members of the Black community who have the same values as you do. You don't tend to hear much about them.

    Some of them probably tend to paint with an overly broad brush as well, but I don't see the constructive value of that.

  • ‘If I Hear One Homophobic Word, I Will Arrest You:’ Street Preacher on Trial for Biblical Preaching

    03/14/2015 12:03:29 PM PDT · 45 of 59
    sargon to ravenwolf
    Just curious, where does the Bible say that God loves queers?

    I think it's probably a non-controversial statement to say that the Christian God loves every sinner...

  • Russia This Week: All the Strange Things Going on in Moscow

    03/14/2015 7:03:16 AM PDT · 13 of 35
    sargon to UMCRevMom@aol.com
    What are they saying about a Makarov? I've owned a Makarov pistol. It was double action, with the hammer pre-cocked after the first shot. With the shorter pull after the first shot, one could easily get off 6 shots in 2-4 seconds. So I don't get what they're saying about it taking 12 seconds...
  • BOOM: It Took Just 3 Minutes For Trey Gowdy to Leave the Media in Stunned Silence [VIDEO]

    03/09/2015 9:01:38 PM PDT · 84 of 99
    sargon to sargon
    subpoena'd...
  • BOOM: It Took Just 3 Minutes For Trey Gowdy to Leave the Media in Stunned Silence [VIDEO]

    03/09/2015 9:00:58 PM PDT · 83 of 99
    sargon to kjam22
    Problem here is according to our laws Hillary doesn't have to answer a single question Gowdy wants to ask. She doesn't have to incriminate herself.

    Can't a Congressionally-sibpoena'd witness be granted immunity, thus removing the risk of self-recrimination, and then be compelled to testify?

    Haven't things like that been done before?

  • 47 Senators Warn Iran–and Obama–that Deal Must Pass Congress

    03/09/2015 6:21:38 AM PDT · 18 of 32
    sargon to E. Pluribus Unum
    Wouldn't this "Deal" with Iran be a TREATY?

    And wouldn't it thus require ratification by the United States Senate?

    Since when does the President get to make such international "deals" unilaterally?

  • School Prepares to Terminate Teacher for Facebook Post Opposing Common Core Curriculum

    03/09/2015 12:31:19 AM PDT · 68 of 70
    sargon to Leaning Right
    [Suppose a] Ford engineer constantly posted Facebook comments about how terrible Ford products were.

    Ford is a private-sector corporation!

    Conversely, this woman is a teacher at a publicly funded government school.

    That's a huge difference. This woman's exercising of free speech is entirely appropriate in this instance, and the powers above her are waaaaaaaaaay off base in singling her out for persecution...

  • Black Wisconsin Teen Killed By Cop Was Felon Convicted Of Committing Armed Robbery In Home Invasion

    03/09/2015 12:27:11 AM PDT · 41 of 50
    sargon to E. Pluribus Unum
    The unarmed Wisconsin teenager who was shot to death last night during a confrontation with a Madison cop pleaded guilty last year to armed robbery and recently began serving a three-year probation term for that felony conviction, court records show.

    So a conviction for armed robbery resulted in 3 years of probation?

    Astonishing. If the kid had been serving a good nickel (his richly-deserved time) he'd probably still be alive.

    In other words, if there was justice in this country, the kid would probably still be alive...

  • CPAC 2015: Cruz Marijuana Policy Shifts (should be state's decision)

    03/06/2015 12:56:18 AM PST · 63 of 74
    sargon to MaxMax
    Would you vote for a Conservative Candidate who is against MJ legalization?

    It seems like Ted Cruz might qualify as such a candidate.

    As for myself, I could certainly still vote for him, even though I disagree with him on the Drug War.

    If Cruz is astute enough to understand federalism (and his statement seems to indicate that) then that would be a great start.

    I don't think any of us really ever find a candidate that agree with on 100% of the issues, but anybody who, in principle, understands that shrinking the federal government and restoring it to operating within its Constitutional bounds is paramount, has definitely got the right idea.

    This election cycle will be an interesting season for the GOP. Will the elitist authoritarians prevail once again, or will the minimal government/conservative/TEA party/amsll "l" libertarian (classical liberal) crowd finally coalesce around worthy statesman to carry the banner of Liberty into the American future?

    We truly need somebody like that. If I have to vote for a candidate with whom I disagree on some issues, at least it should be someone like Cruz who truly seems to understand both what is needed and what is Constitutionally proper.

    As far as the apparent current crop of Republican candidates is concerned, Cruz has my vote as of this moment. I can only hope that Cruz is teamed with somebody like Sarah Palin or her ideological ilk, to create a formidable small-government ticket which could usher in a new era of American opportunity, prosperity, and (not to mention) potential Liberty.

    Barring that, I would be looking for an independent candidacy that could accomplish the same. Because the Republican party at the national level is establishment-rotten to its core, and they will not surrender their power to "upstarts" without a bruising and bloody fight.

  • Walking With Jesus as a Former Catholic

    03/06/2015 12:41:48 AM PST · 110 of 125
    sargon to NKP_Vet
    Now these two outstanding Catholic apologists tell in their own words about the incredible spiritual journey that led them to embrace Catholicism. Scott Hahn was a Presbyterian minister...

    Well then he was already halfway there, I guess.

  • CPAC 2015: Cruz Marijuana Policy Shifts (should be state's decision)

    03/06/2015 12:09:26 AM PST · 59 of 74
    sargon to G Larry
    As predicted, you don’t care about the facts about marijuana at all.

    Do you care about the facts of Liberty at all?

    If we don’t have legal dope we’ll lose our freedoms and personal property....HAHAHAHHAHAH!

    It has already happened to a large degree. And you want to laugh it off. The Drug War has been a huge factor in the destruction of freedoms and personal property, and one must be willfully blind to overlook that fact.

    Those who embrace imprisoning their fellow citizen for merely possessing the wrong plant, medicine, or liquid spirits, can hardly be called conservative.

    Why? Because they support the same arbitrary notions of law and control which the most rabid authoritarian Marxists do. The same arguments are used regarding gun violence, smoking, and many other characteristics which exist in a free society.

    It's as if the authoritarian Left and the authoritarian Right would have the rest of us choose between whose version of Tyranny should prevail.

    "What about the children?" and "We must save the People from themselves!" and all such garbage are ever the refuge of the narrow-minded and despotic. The hysterical imposition of such oppressive nanny-state law can only logically lead (and, indeed, has led) to the obliteration of the Fourth Amendment, enrichment of organized crime organizations, and other such abominations.

    Deride "potheads" and their "enablers" all you want, but the totalitarian impulses of the Prohibitionist mind, and its unbelievably shallow and naive awareness of true Liberty, are truly a marvel to behold.

    I, for one, would rather tolerate the admittedly challenging consequences of decriminalization, than to continue traveling the autocratic road down which Prohibitionists have been leading the nation for the last century or more.

    But the American People are up to such a challenge, because the alternative is a prison nation populated by inmates who have committed no crime other than the phony one of possessing this or that tool or substance in violation of the edicts of a Tyrannical government.

    True freedom (not some pale imitation of it) carries with it many challenges for civil society to address.

    But taking draconian shortcuts will never be the answer.

  • CPAC 2015: Cruz Marijuana Policy Shifts (should be state's decision)

    03/05/2015 11:34:46 PM PST · 57 of 74
    sargon to Ken H
    “If the citizens of Colorado decide they want to go down that road, that’s their prerogative. I personally don’t agree with it, but that’s their right.”

    Well said. Cruz understands Federalism. That's a point in his favor. He might be the best choice for conservatives and libertarians!

    Let the unconstitutional and Tyrannical Federal Drug War end. Obliterate the DEA. It would be a great start.

    "And there shall be wailing and gnashing of teeth" (by the Prohibitionists)...

  • Richard Dawkins: The state needs to ‘protect’ children from religion...and their parents

    03/05/2015 12:54:43 PM PST · 76 of 111
    sargon to wagglebee
    Absolutely shameful.

    These men are totalitarian criminals.

    Communist scum.

  • Hillary Clinton Used Private Email Account for State Department Business (Update)

    03/03/2015 2:44:46 AM PST · 21 of 31
    sargon to kristinn

    More criminality for Congress to do nothing about...

  • EXPOSED: Department of Justice Shut Down Search For Lois Lerner’s Emails

    03/03/2015 2:43:44 AM PST · 30 of 57
    sargon to Nachum
    ...and as usual Congress will do NOTHING about this, other then squawk a little.

    Any honorable statesmen would be prosecuting this criminality to the fullest extent possible.

  • Distinct stages to chronic fatigue syndrome identified

    03/02/2015 1:27:28 PM PST · 11 of 19
    sargon to Uncle Miltie
    Chronic pain (a slightly different but associate “syndrome”) is an excellent cover for an opiate addiction.

    It's hard to get inside somebody else's head who has chronic fatigue, or chronic pain.

    Experiences which we might tend to scoff at can nevertheless be very real to others. So I can't be too judgmental about such things.

    That's why, as long as such a person is not bothering anybody else, they should be free to address their medical condition as they see fit.

  • More Lois Lerner Emails Recovered: ‘No One Will Ever Believe That Both Your Hard Drive and Mine ...

    03/01/2015 12:22:25 AM PST · 40 of 49
    sargon to 353FMG
    Don’t forget the Executive’s skin tone.

    Nonsense. It's irrelevant. If this President were lily white, this Congress would still let him get away with exactly the same crimes.

    That's how cowardly this Republican Congress is.

    Collectively, they just don't f-----g care...

  • Florida, the Freest State in the Country?

    02/28/2015 5:07:33 PM PST · 20 of 41
    sargon to manc
    Those who embrace contraband law use the same arbitrary arguments as the authoritarian left. Anybody who believes that their fellow citizen deserves to be put in prison for possessing the wrong plant, medicine, or liquid spirits is no conservative.

    Be careful for the police state you ask for. You may get it.

    When someone commits an actual crime of force, fraud, or negligence, then an actual crime has occurred, and not before. All else is Tyranny.

    Authoritarians really make me laugh, whether on the left or the right, because the only thing they're arguing about is whose vision of Tyranny should prevail. That's why the independent middle is constantly whipsawed between two false extremes.

    I categorically reject such nonsense. I'll take the animating contest of Freedom, with all of its perilous adjuncts, pros, cons, benefits, and opportunity.

    I do not seek peace by caging my brethren who happen to party on this or that legal or illegal substance. It is to laugh.

    Parenthetically, alcohol is by far the worst drug on the face of this earth. The death, violence and destruction it causes exceed by magnitudes the woes of all other drugs combined.

    The hysterical Prohibitionist mind, whether left wing or right wing, with its self-righteous nanny-state impulses, is truly a thing to behold. Authoritarians, at their core, are of the same ilk. I'll take door number 3, Monty...

  • Florida, the Freest State in the Country?

    02/28/2015 4:48:55 PM PST · 16 of 41
    sargon to manc
    Being against the phony, Constitution-destroying WOD does not make anybody a liberal-tarian.

    Maybe you don't give a shit about the 4th Amendment, but some conservatives do...

  • Florida, the Freest State in the Country?

    02/28/2015 4:33:27 PM PST · 13 of 41
    sargon to Hojczyk

    Florida is a mixed bag, due mainly to the phony War On Drugs. Down here in the Fort Lauderdale area, rude cops are always performing illegal searches without probable cause and bullying citizens. Aside from that, we’re a pretty libertarian state, “shall issue” on concealed carry, and so on.

  • FCC Approves Socialism for Broadband

    02/28/2015 2:40:48 AM PST · 94 of 97
    sargon to Ray76; Star Traveler
    TO me, the "free market" issues with respect to Net Neutrality get significantly muddled when one realizes that many of the entities involved are effectively weilding monopoly power.

    Let's take Comcast here in South Florida as an example. It possesses (has been granted) a virtual monopoly on broadband connectivity delivered over cable to physical locations (homes and businesses). Such consumers can choose from a competitive array of wireless providers, but not so for wired bandwidth. And that's what pretty much every American household or business uses for their stationary internet service.

    Thus, if Comcast decides to offer a streaming service (Xfinity) virtually identical to what Netflix offers, it would be unfair business practice for Comcast to restrict Netflix's bandwidth, because it would thereby be degrading Netflix's service, rendering it artificially inferior to Comcast's competing Xfinity service.

    Thus, "free market" competition for such services would be crushed, which would accrue greatly to the advantage of the entity with the (essentially government-granted) monopoly power, and greatly to the disadvantage of the consumer, since their free market choices for such services would dwindle.

    Allowing a large corporation to "stack the deck" against competition in this way is not what I would consider a situation which offers "free market" benefits to the consumer.

    I haven't formed a final opinion or understanding of the overall Net Neutrality issue, but the debate should certainly include consideration of the fact that there are potential monopoly abuses to safeguard consumers against.

    To me, this challenges the rather oversimplified notion that Net Neutrality is simply about crushing a free market. because some internet markets are certainly not free under current conditions.

    I just don't see the benefit, or even the legality, of allowing large broadband providers to use their monopoly power to crush competitors. I'm not saying that Net Neutrality is the answer, but these situations must be evaluated with a view towards allowing the consumers as much choice as possible. That's one of the benefits free markets are supposed to offer...

  • Star Trek - Amok Time

    02/27/2015 11:36:47 PM PST · 48 of 67
    sargon to Talisker
    Just got done watching the remastered version of Amok Time. Great episode for the Kirk-Spock dynamic.

    Now, as for our poker game: I'm in!

    I call Mariette Hartley, Sherry Jackson, and Diana Ewing and raise Leslie Parrish.

    The women and their attire were one of the most consistent things about the whole show.

    Anybody else playing?

    Leslie Parrish

  • Star Trek - Amok Time

    02/27/2015 11:16:44 PM PST · 47 of 67
    sargon to henkster
    I call your Mariette Hartley and raise you a Sherry Jackson...

    The 60's-influenced attire which was used for the women on the original Star Trek series was simply magnificent.

    Combine that with the often smoking-hot actresses, and it was a great bit of frosting on an overall very well-written and ahead-of-its-time show.

  • Black Privilege: Students Get SAT Bonus Points for Being Black or Hispanic – Asians Are Penalized

    02/27/2015 10:01:38 PM PST · 12 of 94
    sargon to doc1019
    A large percentage of blacks that enter College drop out during their first year.

    A large percentage of students that enter College drop out during their first year.

  • Black Privilege: Students Get SAT Bonus Points for Being Black or Hispanic – Asians Are Penalized

    02/27/2015 9:59:54 PM PST · 10 of 94
    sargon to Oliviaforever
    Publicly funded colleges should not be able to give bonus points, but private colleges should not be limited as to who they give extra SAT points.

    Whether public or private, it's an overtly bigoted and discriminatory practice.

    I'd never want my child to attend a school that applied such policies.

    It's asinine and un-American, IMHO.

  • Report: 9 found dead at multiple sites in Missouri

    02/27/2015 1:24:25 PM PST · 56 of 102
    sargon to Blood of Tyrants
    Thank you for your sharing your wisdom, BOT.

    Prohibition is a fundamental attack on human Freedom. The problems that drugs cause will never be addressed by imprisoning people using contraband law.

    The preemptive authoritarian arguments used by Prohibitionists are of the same order that the Left uses to justify the collectivist Tyranny that it espouses.

    Those who embrace Prohibition ultimately embrace Tyranny in all of its forms, for the Laws which flow from it are arbitrary.

    Crime and negligence occurs when rights are actually infringed upon, with force or fraud. Not when they might be infringed upon.

    If People accept the arguments for the existence of contraband law, then any amount of Tyranny can be justified using the same "what about the children" or "we must be saved from ourselves" reasoning. This absurd logic was used during alcohol Prohibition (parenthetically, alcohol is the worst drug on the face of the Earth, far exceeding the damage of all other drugs combined) yet the even more evil fruit which Prohibition bears was and is clear for all to see.

    Those who are not Tyrants in their heart must therefore be content with criminalizing people after they have committed actual crimes. This is the essence of true Freedom. Freewill, by its very nature, does not guarantee peace and tranquility, indeed quite the opposite. It is within those confines that education and morality must prevail without the use of coercion.

    The authoritarian on the right who wishes to imprison somebody for possessing the wrong plant, medicine, or liquor uses the same Tyrannical logic which the authoritarian on the left seeks to use to ban smoking, guns, bullets, the right to work, and so on. There is no difference.

    Authoritarians on either side of this phony left-right spectrum invariably offer a choice between whose petty visions of Tyranny and "order" shall prevail.

    I reject such false choices utterly. I choose freewill for myself and my brethren, with all its perilous adjuncts, warts, inconveniences, potentials, and opportunities.

    Therein lies true Liberty, and taking shortcuts with Liberty will never create a better world. Indeed it will create a less-free, and therefore less ideal world.

    Those who wish to lead must do so by example using education and persuasion, not by using the force of the state to oppress those with whom they disagree.

    True crime should be punished aggressively and severely. Yet, as we have seen, all People are now made criminals due to their violation of one rule or another; rules promulgated by misguided nanny-staters who seem to prefer the peace of a police state to the animating challenge of Freedom.

    </rant>

  • Leonard Nimoy, world famous as Mr. Spock on ‘Star Trek,’ dies

    02/27/2015 12:52:24 PM PST · 44 of 78
    sargon to Charles Martel
    Dang. It doesn't seem so long ago when the old Trek promo pics were printed out in ASCII format and taped up on the walls of every university computer science lab in the country.

    I remember running some of those printouts myself back in the early 80s at Georgia Tech on the CDC Cyber computers, when I was a young computer scientist.

    The one you have displayed is part of a larger "photo" of Spock holding up a model of the USS Enterprise...

  • Madonna: Atmosphere of intolerance in Europe 'feels like Nazi Germany'

    02/26/2015 8:29:03 PM PST · 67 of 74
    sargon to Nachum
    I don't know whether Madonna is referncing "Islamophobia" or not, but she's definitely spot-on regarding anti-semitism.

    Europe just can't seem to help themselves. With respect to Jews, Europe is so blatantly bigoted, it makes anything in America look tame in comparison.

    This is why the German takeover of some countries was so easily accomplished during the Nazi era. All of Europe hated the Jews...

  • Could there be another planet behind the sun?

    02/24/2015 11:31:42 AM PST · 16 of 72
    sargon to humblegunner
    Used to read the Gor books back in the dark ages.

    Gor circles the sun just opposite us. Everyone knows that.

    Ah yes, the Gor novels. Tarl Cabot and the counter-earth.

    The author, John Norman, would go off on these endless digressions regarding human sexual roles, dominance and submission, etc., but, spaced in between all that schlock was a very engaging and vivid fantasy/sci-fi mythos.

    I haven't ready any of the Gor stuff in over 20 years, probably, but I imagine that I've read all but the last few entries in the series. Certainly 20 books or so. They even made a cheesy movie or two about it.

  • Tuesday, Feb. 24th: Alaska Marijuana Legalization Law Takes Effect

    02/23/2015 4:26:31 PM PST · 19 of 21
    sargon to taildragger
    What a mess, the evidence is out their it can lead to psychosis and can accelerate the onset of schizophrenia if one is genetically prone to it, yet we go head long, state by state into this madness that will further strain the federal and state coffers with an onslaught of increased mental illness? We are in the last days of Rome, I have no other explanation....

    It seems like the psychosis which weed causes accrues mainly to hysterical Prohibitionists.

    Subjecting someone to prison for merely possessing the wrong plant, medicine, or liquid spirits is the height of nanny-state authoritarianism, and no amount of "what about the children" hand-wringing can ever excuse such Tyranny.

    A government which can imprison you for possessing a plant is a government that is too big and with too much power.

    Those who argue for such arbitrary law are using the same reasoning which the left uses in order to justify their various Tyrannies.

    I categorically reject such authoritarian logic, from either side of the political spectrum.

    When somebody directly infringes on somebody else's rights, via force, fraud, or negligence, that is when a crime has occurred, and then and only then is when criminal prosecution is warranted.

    When it comes to the challenging, perilous notion of human freedom, warts and all, the Prohibitionist mind often seems more warped than the even the most despicable drug addict.

    "Those who know what's best for us must rise and save us from ourselves."

  • Resistance in Munich

    02/22/2015 4:35:28 PM PST · 25 of 26
    sargon to Kaslin
    They were convinced that most Germans felt the same way. But they knew most were too afraid to speak up, to stand up, to resist the evil in front of them. After all, the price would almost assuredly be death, and life is mighty dear.

    The average peaceful Muslim must assuredly feel the same way in the present day.

    Peaceable Muslims will have to make a choice sooner or later. They will choose the path of peaceful coexistence, or in their complacency they will be lumped in with this savage cult of blind, murderous zealots.

    There will be many more Muslim martyrs, as there already have been many.

    Just as the Nazis were eventually doomed to fail versus the rest of the civilized world, so, too, will Islamic extremism fail.

    The only question is whether the religion of Islam, its Holy cities, and its adherents will exist at all, as we move inexorably towards the 22nd century.

    Look around the world today.

    How many Nazis are there left? Not too many!

    The same will be true for Muslims if they don't address this cancer from within, because if it's imposed from the outside, the slaughter they experience will ultimately, and quite logically, be totally indiscriminate.

    I think that the Muslim world is beginning to slowly and grudgingly awaken to this reality, given the emerging courageous leadership of Muslim leaders such as Egyptian President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi. His sentiments must be echoed up and down the Islamic power structure by an abundance of religious and political leaders.

    The alternative is a pogrom of annihilation conducted by the civilized world, a campaign which will result in there being very few Muslim men, women, and children left alive. Those are the stakes, and the sooner Muslims realize this absolute Truth, the better.