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  • Man shot during protests of Breitbart editor Milo Yiannopoulos’ speech at UW; suspect arrested

    01/22/2017 4:07:03 PM PST · 27 of 28
    yefragetuwrabrumuy to Uncle Miltie

    Some puzzling oddities to this. The man who was shot had a swastika tattoo on his arm, but covered with a red circle and diagonal line. But this was why it was initially thought that he was a neo-Nazi. In fact he is a leftist opposed to the speech.

    The 50 year old Asian man who shot him was in line to attend the speech, when this individual allegedly assaulted him, and he responded by shooting him, and is claiming self defense.

  • There Ain’t 17 Intelligence Agencies

    01/22/2017 4:01:27 PM PST · 22 of 28
    yefragetuwrabrumuy to Kaslin

    Here is a list of the 16 members of the US “Intelligence Community”. As of 2010 there were 1,271 government organizations and 1,931 private companies in 10,000 locations in the United States that are working on counterterrorism, homeland security, and intelligence.

    DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE
    Twenty-Fifth Air Force
    Intelligence and Security Command (Army)
    Office of Naval Intelligence
    Marine Corps Intelligence
    Defense Intelligence Agency
    National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency
    National Reconnaissance Office
    National Security Agency
    (note: The NSA Director simultaneously serves as the Commander of the United States Cyber Command and as Chief of the Central Security Service.)

    HOMELAND SECURITY
    Coast Guard Intelligence
    Office of Intelligence and Analysis

    INDEPENDENT
    Central Intelligence Agency

    DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY
    Office of Intelligence and Counterintelligence

    STATE DEPARTMENT
    Bureau of Intelligence and Research

    TREASURY DEPARTMENT
    Office of Terrorism and Financial Intelligence

    JUSTICE DEPARTMENT
    Drug Enforcement Administration
    Federal Bureau of Investigation

  • Anger in Russia as Bill Aims to Decriminalize Some Domestic Violence

    01/22/2017 3:46:44 PM PST · 9 of 12
    yefragetuwrabrumuy to Navy Patriot

    “...first-time offenses, caused no injury that required hospital treatment and excluded rape.”

    Despite the media hubbub, this doesn’t seem such a big deal.

    Remember that not only do men hit women and children, but women hit men and children as well. It basically moves to a normal social position held in the US not too long ago.

    Of course, there are always those who take it too far, and that’s when the police get involved, often based on complaints from neighbors.

  • President Obama, who hoped to sow peace, instead led the nation in war

    01/22/2017 3:41:27 PM PST · 9 of 16
    yefragetuwrabrumuy to grundle

    “Peace through strength or, failing that, peace through threat.” — Roman Emperor Hadrian (AD 76-138), who also built a very effective, 73 mile long wall between Roman territory and that of the Picts.

    It should also be noted that the wall worked so well, that Hadrian’s successor, Roman Emperor Antoninus Pius, built a second wall, the Antonine Wall, 100 miles to the North, just 22 years later.

    “War through cringing spinelessness and weakness.” - Barrack Hussein Obama, who was once allegedly the president of the United States, for an eight year period of decline.

  • Fox News signs Brexit leader Nigel Farage as contributor

    01/22/2017 8:40:10 AM PST · 11 of 11
    yefragetuwrabrumuy to Olog-hai

    Nigel Farage has some hidden sides that are very interesting.

    To start with, he is a very cagey politician, the big driving force behind UKIP and Brexit. And after that huge victory, in some amazing strategic planning, he turned over the reigns of UKIP to his successor.

    This meant the “conservatives” (Tories) couldn’t try to dump a defective Brexit in his lap, with the intent to destroy both him personally and UKIP. And being on the outside, he can act as a brutal check on the conservatives if they try any Brexit hanky-panky. It also insulates UKIP and makes it stronger by developing other leaders.

    While he and UKIP were shut out of membership in the UK parliament for a long time, they had a lot of successes in joining their nemesis, the European Parliament. With Farage himself a Member (MEP), he had to be given time to make floor speeches at an organization he despised.

    There are a *bunch* of these floor speeches on YouTube, and he is a treat to listen to as he berates the other MEPs for being dictatorial, greedy, and corrupt. His debate skills are comparable to those of the great Oxford/Cambridge debates, but he didn’t attend “Oxbridge.”

    Instead, he went to Dulwich College, an independent school in southeast London, that is something of a mix of a high school and college, but not a university. Importantly, for Dulwich, debate is a very serious sport there.

    They were winners of The Oxford Union Debating Competition 2014, 2015 and 2016, one of the most prestigious schools debating competitions in the world with over 800 teams competing. And they were also winners of The Cambridge Union Schools Debating Competition 2014 and 2015 – and remarkably, the final saw two Dulwich College teams competing.

    So if you get a chance, check out some of the YouTube videos. They are especially good if some other MEP decides to snivel and whine at Farage, and he proceeds to rhetorically cut them to ribbons.

    He will be a superb addition to Fox News, and will give uncensored and unfiltered views of what is happening in Europe that would horrify the MSM both there and here.

  • Adorable little girl meets her kitten.....

    01/22/2017 8:12:39 AM PST · 19 of 24
    yefragetuwrabrumuy to Doogle

    Cute overload to the point of meltdown.

  • Cops: Pregnant Woman Beaten In Weave Beef

    01/22/2017 8:02:22 AM PST · 39 of 41
    yefragetuwrabrumuy to Alas Babylon!
    Bacon weave before cooking

    After cooking

    But I've never heard of a "beef weave".

  • Requiem for a Lightweight

    01/22/2017 7:46:24 AM PST · 13 of 16
    yefragetuwrabrumuy to Kaslin

    If you have already had your morning coffee, and are sharp about the law and government, get a second cup of coffee and read the linked article A Revolution In Administrative Law, by the Hoover Institution.

    http://www.hoover.org/research/revolution-administrative-law

    Let me put it this way, “revolution” is an understatement.

    This will change the way the entire federal bureaucracy operates, as it has since FDR’s New Deal. And it is happening right now. Republican Representative Bob Goodlatte of Virginia brought up the bill, and the House has already voted in favor of it 237-187.

    Archive this article and follow this story. It is some of the most important legislation you will ever see.

    In real terms, it is the “enabling act” for the agenda of President Trump and his entire cabinet.

  • Pope Francis Takes ‘Wait and See’ Attitude Towards President Trump

    01/22/2017 7:18:21 AM PST · 27 of 31
    yefragetuwrabrumuy to marshmallow

    The other European leaders are not particularly charismatic as compared to nationalistic, a very important distinction.

    Charismatic, and sometimes populist leaders (you might note a pattern, here):

    Fidel Castro, communist

    Mahatma Gandhi, at various times his Indian National Congress party supported “social democracy”, democratic socialism, social liberalism, Gandhian socialism and Secularism.

    Adolf Hitler, national socialist

    Malcolm X, Islamic socialism and black separatism

    Nelson Mandela, communist

    Eva Perón, socialist

    Aung San Suu Kyi (Burma), democratic socialist

    Hugo Chávez (Venezuela), socialist

    John F. Kennedy, Democrat party

    Mao Zedong, communist

  • ESPN/Disney Offers Their Social Media Sites as Platform for Leftist Activists at Women’s March

    01/22/2017 6:22:12 AM PST · 6 of 11
    yefragetuwrabrumuy to brucedickinson

    Once again, President Trump must begin the process of breaking up the media oligopoly. They are now only five, maybe six corporations that control most media in the US.

    And these five or six are controlled by just 14 billionaires.

    This is not just profoundly anti-democratic, but anti-republican-democratic. For them to retain control deeply harms America and much of the rest of the world.

    It is far worse than the old late 19th and early 20th Century trusts.

    “The Sherman Act of 1890 attempted to outlaw the restriction of competition by large companies, who co-operated with rivals to fix outputs, prices and market shares, initially through pools and later through trusts.

    “Trusts first appeared in the US railroads, where the capital requirement of railroad construction precluded competitive services in then scarcely settled territories. This trust allowed railroads to discriminate on rates imposed and services provided to consumers and businesses and to destroy potential competitors.

    “Different trusts could be dominant in different industries. The Standard Oil Company trust in the 1880s controlled a number of markets, including the market in fuel oil, lead and whiskey. Vast numbers of citizens became sufficiently aware and publicly concerned about how the trusts negatively impacted them that the Act became a priority for both major parties.”

    But you see the problem today? Vast numbers of citizens are being *prevented* from becoming aware of the media oligopoly *by* the oligopoly.

    What the Sherman Act was *supposed* to do was create a situation where competitive markets themselves should provide the primary regulation of prices, outputs, interests and profits.

    But instead, the Act outlawed anticompetitive practices, codifying the common law restraint of trade doctrine. Far less than what was hoped for.

    In short, by today’s standards, the law *only* breaks up corporations that are so egregiously *monopolistic*, as well as having laws written to keep them monopolies by preventing competition, that to enforce the Act is a very rare thing. Think the break up of AT&T.

    So instead, corporations create oligopolies, that *act* effectively as monopolies, buying up any resources that could be used by competitors outside of the monopoly.

    While many of us abhor the Federal Communications Commission, because of its leftist efforts to censor conservative speech, and otherwise block conservative voices from the media; while giving free reign to leftist and liberal big media; we need to take advantage of some of its tricks *against* the media oligopoly, before abolishing the FCC.

    One of these was to limit what *types* of media a given company could own, and how many total it could own in the major markets.

    For example, a media company typically controls Internet, TV, radio, newspapers, book publishing, entertainment development, music, movies and video, and live entertainment.

    They need to be given an FCC directive that if they control something, such as TV, they cannot also control radio, print, or whatever *in the same market*. Then they need to be stimulated to spin off daughter companies with different owners, boards of directors and investors. This especially includes a strong control over proxies in either group.

    President Trump needs to do this both to insure his administration will be treated fairly, and that America benefits from information diversity.

  • Miley Cyrus is done with red carpets because people are starving — makes perfect sense

    01/20/2017 6:46:08 AM PST · 39 of 39
    yefragetuwrabrumuy to EveningStar

    When she did her rather hideous ‘wrecking ball’ video, some wit decided to use the video technique call “data moshing” to give the image a surreal look.

    Data moshing uses video compression artifacts to create noticeable distortion of media caused by the application of lossy compression. To give you an idea of what it looks like, here is a sample .gif taken from the datamoshed music video.

    http://i.imgur.com/A1GoEKO.gif

    Here is the entire datamoshed version. The music is unaltered.

    https://vimeo.com/87545616

    Based on the original video being slightly NSFW, this should be labeled NSFW, though just technically.

  • Trump signals he's softening on immigration: 'Working on a plan' that'll make DREAMers 'very happy'

    01/19/2017 3:49:19 PM PST · 42 of 45
    yefragetuwrabrumuy to SeekAndFind

    The best bet to offer Dreamers citizenship: give them a choice of military service in the Reserves or National Guard, if they are educated enough and already have jobs, as the *fastest* route to citizenship.

    Second, and this is an odd one, use existing federal funds to set up local library English as a Second Language (ESL) programs targeted at both legal immigrants and Dreamers. That is, the fastest route to success in the US is to be English literate. Give them “citizenship credit” for levels of proficiency in English.

    Public libraries are a great place to do this, because much of their funding, from all sources, is based on the headcount of those that visit. Many library workers have degrees in English along with Library Science. And a goodly number speak Spanish.

    The idea is not just citizenship for those we choose to give citizenship, but *successful* citizenship. The path to prosperity.

    The flip side to all of this is deportation of the bad ones. Very little tolerance for misbehavior. If they foul up, they are and should be kicked out and permanently barred from reentry, a serious federal felony if they come back.

    Likewise, there should be no effort to integrate refugees. It is not unreasonable to set up secure refugee camps, such as we have in Florida. To let refugees know that if they come here because they fear for their lives, they will live, but they will not become residents of the US, only staying here as long as necessary before they can return home to their native country.

  • In final act as president, Obama commutes 330 drug sentences

    01/19/2017 3:30:07 PM PST · 95 of 104
    yefragetuwrabrumuy to ColdOne

    I wonder how many of those pardoned will be taken out by gun liberty in the next few years? That is while trying to rob, burglarize, assault, or commit various and sundry other serious misdemeanors and felonies.

    It will also be interesting to see their group recidivism rate. That is, how many end up right back in prison.

  • 28% of federal employees may quit their jobs when Trump assumes office: Poll

    01/19/2017 3:26:17 PM PST · 188 of 230
    yefragetuwrabrumuy to markomalley

    Will they all move to Canada?

  • Time to go Barry

    01/19/2017 3:22:39 PM PST · 20 of 29
    yefragetuwrabrumuy to BobP

    Big Obama photo dump.

    http://imgur.com/a/ZVlIi

  • California ‘Accidentally’ Releases Info of 3,500 Firearms Instructors

    01/19/2017 10:02:04 AM PST · 26 of 37
    yefragetuwrabrumuy to bkopto

    What these victims should do is find a hacker who is willing to compile personal information about those responsible for this and their organizations, and release that information online, anonymously, as well. A counter-hack.

  • CNN president: Network’s ‘credibility is higher than ever

    01/19/2017 9:53:11 AM PST · 57 of 79
    yefragetuwrabrumuy to ColdOne

  • Dear Gwyneth Paltrow, I’m a GYN and your vaginal jade eggs are a bad idea

    01/19/2017 7:34:35 AM PST · 36 of 45
    yefragetuwrabrumuy to Gamecock

    In a vaguely related note, there have been a lot of women in past who have used their vaginas as “second purses” to store stuff. “Psychic mediums” who claimed to “materialize” objects out of thin air; drug and gun smugglers; and things far worse.

    That being said, there actually is an OB/GYN joke. An interesting way to describe the profession.

    An OB/GYN was going to take a holiday, which he said he planned to use making some home repair. “I plan to put up new wallpaper in my vestibule, through the mail slot.”

  • Under Trump, Approach to Civil Rights Law Is Likely to Change Definitively (thank goodness)

    01/19/2017 7:19:01 AM PST · 6 of 6
    yefragetuwrabrumuy to reaganaut1

    Imagine what would happen if the appalling “hate crimes” law applied evenly to people, no matter their race, religion, sexual orientation or national origin?

    That is, if say a black man is screaming racist epithets when attacking a white person, or a female impersonator homosexual is trying to defraud a straight male looking for a girlfriend or wife? Or a Muslim employed by CAIR calls for Jews and homosexuals and Christians to be murdered?

  • Inauguration Day 2017 Survival Guide [Update: No-Umbrella Policy Revised]

    01/19/2017 7:02:58 AM PST · 4 of 4
    yefragetuwrabrumuy to COBOL2Java

    For future reference, Washington, D.C. needs a major upgrade.

    To start with, the entire city needs to be eminent-domained by the federal government. A fair price for all the private and commercial buildings in the city, on an extended plan to gentrify the place over perhaps 50 years.

    Once an area of the city, starting with the ghettos, has been taken, it will be bulldozed, and its entire infrastructure from below ground up rebuilt. All its utilities will be put in maintenance tunnels for easy access.

    Large parts of the surface will be turned into parkland initially, to both clean the soil and provide for gathering places for the public. Commercial buildings will be provided by lease only. Even the Watergate hotel complex will be government owned and leased.

    A critical part of the deal is to ban most private motor vehicle traffic from most of the city, except for VIPs. Small corridors for supply and trash vehicles will be located at the perimeter of the city, away from critical facilities.

    This means the emphasis will be on moving people around. This is done with a combination of light rail, buses, and covered moving sidewalks, already popular in large airport concourses. They move pedestrians much faster than walking, so can move a very large number of people a respectable distance quickly.

    The end result of all of this will be far fewer criminals about, since there will be no good place for them to hang out. There will be much more public land, needed because of the encroaching numbers of memorials, the city will have much needed infrastructure repair, be far cleaner, yet even more available to the public than it is today.

  • Trump to take handful of executive actions on Day One: transition

    01/18/2017 10:41:19 AM PST · 26 of 26
    yefragetuwrabrumuy to ColdOne

    Oddly enough, I imagine his first day in the White House the day after inauguration will be totally administrative. He will have to sign a gazillion forms, all of which state the obvious, that he is the new POTUS.

    He will be issued all sorts of pass codes, authorizations, keys, procedures that must be followed exactly, the list goes on and on. There are so many things that cannot be delegated.

    And then there is the old Marbury v. Madison (1815) problem.

    That is, Obama will have invariably made decisions that only come into play *after* Trump is in office, and those must be dealt with immediately.

  • Race Activist Calls Black Band Playing At Trump Inauguration ‘Coons’

    01/18/2017 10:15:10 AM PST · 26 of 26
    yefragetuwrabrumuy to ColdOne

    When the left and the media decided in the 1970s to call leftist agitators “activists”, it was just another word they euphemistically created to play down the bad consequences of their agitation.

    We should no longer play their game. Here is how that story should read.

    “A racist agitator referred to a historically black college’s marching band as “coons” for playing at President-elect Donald Trump’s inauguration. Tariq Nasheed, a black racist and agitator, used racist slang to disparage Talladega College’s marching band.”

    Importantly, a racist spends as much time disparaging those in his race that disagree with him, as he does attacking those of other races.

  • Democrats: Left in the Lurch

    01/18/2017 10:04:55 AM PST · 14 of 29
    yefragetuwrabrumuy to Magnatron
  • Al Gore on His 'Inconvenient Truth' Sequel, Private Donald Trump Talks, "Consoling" Hillary Clinton

    01/18/2017 10:02:26 AM PST · 11 of 13
    yefragetuwrabrumuy to RummyChick
  • PRISON INTERVIEW: Why this Woman Had to Kill a Man in a Wheel Chair in Phoenix, AZ (2012)

    01/18/2017 9:57:44 AM PST · 5 of 10
    yefragetuwrabrumuy to johnk

    Background (graphic)

    http://murderpedia.org/female.S/s/simpson-angela.htm

    Interesting note: She also wished she could murder child molesters, and, oddly enough, an armed robber. Though she was in prison for armed robbery.

  • DC Police Prohibited From Having Body Cameras On At Inauguration Day Protests

    01/17/2017 8:56:34 AM PST · 25 of 51
    yefragetuwrabrumuy to johnk

    Fortunately the city police won’t be the only LEOs with body cameras.

  • Boom: Trump eyes 10% spending cuts, 20% slash of federal workers

    01/17/2017 8:53:53 AM PST · 42 of 64
    yefragetuwrabrumuy to Hojczyk

    It is very important for conservatives to set a reasonable timetable of expectations. Those who demand massive changes on “day 1” are definitely going to be disappointed.

    What is far more likely is that there are going to be rather hard to see *parallel* actions. That is, president Trump has selected cabinet posts with the eye that each cabinet officer will analyze and slash just their agency.

    They are going to have a little under a month to finish their analysis, plan for cuts, and to get them vetted by the White House in time for the State of the Union on February 21.

    *Meanwhile*, both the House and Senate Republicans have already been very busy with their own parallel agenda, and this will intensify leading in to the SOTU.

    At the same time, the opposition and obstructionists everywhere will be trying their damndest to slow down or even stop just about *everything*. Many of them will even pretend to support agenda items they want to kill dead.

    The congress has already vied to kill Obamacare taxes, which will starve the beast. The senate will have a major brawl seating a replacement Supreme Court justice, that everyone realizes is ridiculously important.

    Things are really going to be hopping in Washington, D.C. And news of it will be limited, the more important the news, the less will be written about it.

  • Holman Rule will help improve civil service

    01/14/2017 9:53:49 AM PST · 15 of 15
    yefragetuwrabrumuy to george76

    Imagine if every congressmen was given an assignment by the RNC to each locate 100 items of government bad regulations, corrupt government employees, waste, etc. These lists would then be vetted by both the associated committee in the House and by the Trump administration. Then eliminated according to this process.

    For every one of these identified and eliminated, a given congressman would get a bonus of reelection support from the RNC.

    For every item greater than the first 100, they would get a bonus-and-a-half. Over 200, double bonus. Over 300 triple bonus.

    It wouldn’t actually matter how the congressman found out about the abuses. Complaints from constituents would actually serve a very useful purpose.

    This would be ridiculously cost effective in reducing the size and over-regulation by government.

  • Oakland Raiders to file relocation papers, will move to Las Vegas

    01/14/2017 9:43:29 AM PST · 44 of 63
    yefragetuwrabrumuy to C19fan

    I wonder if the California legislature will pass a law to try and prevent them from leaving?

  • The Bet: Paul Ehrlich, Julian Simon and Our Gamble over Earth’s Future

    01/14/2017 7:46:19 AM PST · 28 of 32
    yefragetuwrabrumuy to Harmless Teddy Bear

    Not correct. The world population stops growing a country at a time. That is, demographically, when a country reaches an economic plateau unique to it, quickly its birthrate falls to between 2.1 and 2.3 children per family, which is the stable level of no growth.

    Importantly, while government often panics with this, there is little they can directly do to increase their population growth rate. However, both government and the predominant social culture can *lower* the rate even further.

    That is, every added “requirement” of potential parents by either government or culture means that fewer parents will want to have children. Added to this provision of birth control, and abortion, and the birthrate can really be driven down.

    Most recently, this phenomenon has taken place in Mexico, whose population growth rate has dropped to just 1.15%, just slightly less than Iceland, at 1.17%. Most of eastern Europe are in the *negative* numbers.

    https://www.cia.gov/library/publications/the-world-factbook/rankorder/2002rank.html#mx

  • REPORTS: MILO UC Davis Event Cancelled After Leftists Tear Down Barricades, Engage In Violence

    01/14/2017 7:31:15 AM PST · 53 of 57
    yefragetuwrabrumuy to boycott

    Just once, I wish some person or persons unknown would hire a bunch of masked illegal alien hombres, giving them $100 each to wade into the crowd of noisy protesters while carrying axe handles (symbolic), and give ‘em a whupping for 30 seconds, then to leave and disappear when an air horn is blown.

    The amount of hilarity this would create would be good for six months to a year of yucks nationwide.

    “Were they neo-Nazis?”

    “No, they were Mexicans.”

    “Were they KKK?”

    “No, they were Mexicans.”

    Imagine the MSM utterly befuddled.

  • Deadly Mushrooms: Santa Cruz Protocol Is Becoming Known Internationally

    01/14/2017 6:50:32 AM PST · 11 of 22
    yefragetuwrabrumuy to nickcarraway

    The active ingredient in Milk Thistle is called silymarin, and its effects on the liver have been known for several decades. Silibinin, also known as silybin, is the major active constituent of silymarin.

    It limits the uptake of deadly toxins by the liver, so it is not overwhelmed. It also has a protective effects against toxins as well. Last but not least, it speeds healing of liver damage around 30% faster than normal. It has been described as “the perfect liver medicine”.

    Both milk thistle and silymarin have been sold OTC for decades. Unless you already have some liver damage (always ask doctor), the purpose of taking silymarin is prophylactic, preventative, prior to eating wild mushrooms or exposure to other known liver damaging chemicals.

    Here’s the science about cirrhosis and liver cancer.

    https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/21466434

  • Jerusalem Truck Attack Raises Some Interesting Questions

    01/14/2017 6:28:01 AM PST · 19 of 34
    yefragetuwrabrumuy to Kaslin

    In all fairness, officer cadets and even “green” soldiers are very ill-prepared for their first time in a combat situation. So it is very common that some will flee, others will be confused, and only a few will respond properly.

    This is why experienced NCOs *always* accompany both officer cadets and green soldiers. Because when both groups get effective NCO leadership, their responses and reactions are far better, there are far more enemy casualties, and far fewer friendly ones.

    NCOs also keep a lookout to prevent vulnerable situations from developing, such as their charges standing around, forming an aimless, high density target. Even in protected situations like military bases, NCOs will often put “road guards” out at a distance from a running formation, to spot careless drivers who could plow into the formation. One in front, one behind, and two sent ahead to watch crossroads.

    As far as not having their weapons loaded, that is common practice when traveling in vehicles, buses, trains, helicopters and aircraft. In helicopters, especially, not only unloaded, but barrels down in case one idiot has a round in the chamber.

    The standard Israeli rifle is the Tavor, which fires 5.56×45mm NATO ammunition, which violently fragments at short range. So, typically while entering or leaving a vehicle, if a round is discharged, it could wound or kill several people.

  • House votes to begin Obamacare repeal process

    01/14/2017 4:38:42 AM PST · 27 of 30
    yefragetuwrabrumuy to willibeaux

    Roberts was in a tactical bind. Justice Kennedy is two faced, voting with the conservative side on petty issues, but always with the liberals on the big issues. As such, he is the “swing vote”. Oddly enough, unless he can be the swing vote, he won’t join with the liberals, which suggests that he craves to get his name in legal textbooks.

    So, had Roberts voted *against* Obamacare, Kennedy would have voted for it, the liberals would have won, but their decision would have been written by them, and it would likely mean that Obamacare would be as impossible to repeal without 60 or even 67 votes in the senate, which the Democrats could likely prevent forever.

    When Roberts voted *for* Obamacare, this changed everything.

    First of all, Kennedy was reportedly *livid* at Roberts for denying him, Kennedy, the swing vote in one of the biggest decisions in his career. Because his vote wouldn’t matter, Kennedy then just stayed with the conservatives.

    But there was yet another important twist. One of the few powers the Chief Justice has that the other Justices do not is that, if he is on the side of the majority in a case, he is the one who assigns who writes the primary decision. While other justices on the majority can write an independent concurrent decision, it does not carry as much weight in the law.

    So, having this power, Roberts decided that he, not one of the liberals, would write the decision. Only when he announced this, did the liberal justices realize they had been skunked.

    But that is where the real legal artistry came into play.

    He couldn’t do a judicial branch poison pill, because there are so many liberal federal judges. So it had to be the legislative branch that used the poison pill to kill Obamacare.

    While typically a law requires 60 or even 67 votes in the senate, the constitution is very clear that all laws about taxes can *only* require a simple majority to pass. And this was the key to destroying Obamacare. Inserted in Roberts decision was that the individual mandate is a tax.

    If it is a tax, then all of Obamacare is also a tax.

    To be fair, the many people here who disparaged Chief Justice Roberts for voting “to uphold” Obamacare should not feel puzzled by it all; because it was so unexpected, and such a brilliant maneuver, even the conservative Justices on the court were taken by surprised and horrified by what they thought was Roberts “jumping ship”.

    It really is one for the law books.

  • No 'credible' security threats to Trump inauguration: government

    01/13/2017 3:49:18 PM PST · 16 of 18
    yefragetuwrabrumuy to ColdOne

    I wonder how many normally lawful, but in D.C. unlawful firearms are going to be brought anyway?

    There are a lot of people with low confidence that the authorities can protect them by disarming them.

  • Man admits to attacking teen with machete (& tries to chop off her head)

    01/13/2017 3:46:32 PM PST · 28 of 34
    yefragetuwrabrumuy to pangaea6
    The victim

    The attacker

  • Who Is Dina Habib, the Egyptian Trump Appointed as His Adviser

    01/13/2017 3:37:03 PM PST · 16 of 25
    yefragetuwrabrumuy to nickcarraway

    The Coptic Orthodox Church of Alexandria belongs to the Oriental Orthodox family of Churches, which has been a distinct Christian body since the schism following the Council of Chalcedon in AD 451, when it took a different position over Christology from that of the Eastern Orthodox Church and the Roman Catholic Church.

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Coptic_Orthodox_Church_of_Alexandria

  • House votes to begin Obamacare repeal process

    01/13/2017 3:16:40 PM PST · 8 of 30
    yefragetuwrabrumuy to Innovative

    Ordinarily, this would have been very difficult, which the Democrats were relying on. However, one person, Chief Justice Roberts, has made it remarkably (relatively speaking) easy.

    For all those conservatives who damned Roberts for supporting Obamacare when he would have lost if he opposed it, then inserting a “poison pill” into the SCOTUS decision, what we are witnessing right now is the effect of that poison pill.

    Had Chief Justice Roberts voted against Obamacare, the liberals would have won, and made Obamacare impossible to repeal.

  • Most Germans don't think racial profiling is a problem: poll

    01/13/2017 1:44:08 PM PST · 12 of 12
    yefragetuwrabrumuy to Olog-hai

    Profiling only exists because racists in the US used it to determine in the 1960s that black people deserved unfair treatment.

    Thus profiling only has a bad name in the US. In other countries, it is the accepted norm. Not just profiling for race, but apparently wealth and social class, religion and citizenship. No problem at all.

  • Health Care’s Bipartisan Problem: The Sick Are Expensive and Someone Has to Pay

    01/13/2017 12:31:39 PM PST · 33 of 105
    yefragetuwrabrumuy to JeepersFreepers

    The way to solve this problem is straightforward.

    To start with, neither the government nor insurers should be permitted to pay for routine and ordinary medical screening or care. By eliminating both from the system, the price of medical care drops around 50%. Yes, their overhead is almost half the cost of medical care.

    For moderate health care, such as short term hospitalizations and lesser surgeries, insurers should be allowed in for those who wish to buy insurance; and government gives block grants to the states, who will use it to prioritize medical care for those who cannot afford insurance.

    For extreme, catastrophic, extended stay care, it should be a separate block grant to the states. In declared emergencies, additional monies for this can be provided to the states involved.

    The purpose of turning it over to the states is intended to create a price list of medical procedures. At the top of the list are things like cleft palate surgery, which is inexpensive, generally works, and substantially improves the quality of life. At the bottom of the list are things like multiple organ transplant surgery for premature infants, that is egregiously expensive and almost never works. The states prioritize procedures based on a finite amount of money. No money, no procedure, starting from the bottom of the list.

  • On eve of Trump, Obama’s Energy Department announces new policy to protect scientists

    01/12/2017 12:14:09 PM PST · 10 of 42
    yefragetuwrabrumuy to ColdOne

    “You can’t fire me or cut off my funding, because I don’t want you to!”

  • Community draws on freedom Tombstone proclaimed ‘America’s Second Amendment City’

    01/12/2017 9:06:14 AM PST · 15 of 19
    yefragetuwrabrumuy to SandRat

    Proclamations are easy. What would make a much better statement would be to erect a city monument to the Second Amendment.

    One in a prominent place where observation is frequent, against vandals. And decorous enough to become a photographed attraction.

    My own preference would be to make it out of a very hard and durable rock, laser cut with both high relief and low relief.

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Relief

  • Marine Le Pen in Unannounced Visit to New York

    01/12/2017 8:45:56 AM PST · 14 of 18
    yefragetuwrabrumuy to maggief

    She will likely meet with several of President Trump’s top team members. Wisely, I assume that she wants to be square in the middle of the rising nationalist (as opposed to internationalist) movements in Europe and the US.

    This being said, it is next to impossible for them to communicate at a distance without both their governments and opposition monitoring the heck out of them, with the intention to undermine and hurt them both. I would not put it past either government to even try to waylay a courier carrying documents.

    So it has to be done in person, if not face to face. This is because neither wants a meeting between them to be used as propaganda against them either. Again, smart move.

  • No Sign of Japan-Related Radiation Found in Alaska Waters

    01/11/2017 7:20:25 PM PST · 8 of 9
    yefragetuwrabrumuy to nickcarraway

    A nuclear scientist could have told them that. Radioactive particles still have their chemical properties. As a rule of thumb, the lighter they are, the more able they are to travel, because the heavier ones sink in the air or water.

    Lighter isotopes also generally have shorter half lives, so they can’t travel too far before they are no longer radioactive. The most dangerous isotopes are the medium sized ones, especially if of elements that are easily absorbed by plants and animals. But in addition to everything else, they tend to disperse.

    You likely have some of these in your body, but too few to even notice.

    In any event, the Pacific Ocean has about 180 million cubic miles of water. However much medium sized radioactive particles released from Japan would be spread out in this.

  • The Legendary A-10 (Warthog) Looks Like It's Here To Stay After Being Upgraded By The Air Force

    01/11/2017 7:05:07 PM PST · 13 of 53
    yefragetuwrabrumuy to SandRat

    As an aside, the acronym must have elicited some grins somewhere, because in addition to Combat Search And Rescue, it also stood for the Center for Scientific Anomalies Research in Ann Arbor. They got a lot of government funding to figure out some way to use telepathy to communicate with nuclear submarines. It didn’t work, and served as an example of the waste of taxpayer dollars.

    http://www.encyclopedia.com/science/encyclopedias-almanacs-transcripts-and-maps/center-scientific-anomalies-researchcsar

  • Tips for Hate Crime Hoaxers

    01/11/2017 6:16:00 PM PST · 8 of 11
    yefragetuwrabrumuy to scottinoc

    Here’s a better tip.

    PETA nuts and other freaks decided to ruin agriculture with direct actions and slanders. So some states have passed laws making such things unlawful. And not just as petty crimes.

    So why shouldn’t states pass laws tailored to hate crimes hoaxers? While they obviously need to be written very carefully so as not to harm real victims, they have to be very punitive to those caught out in deceptions.

    First of all, they must misuse police and prosecutorial resources. Accusations against named individuals come under criminal and civil libel laws. So these hoaxes need to implicate indeterminate persons; *or* they should seek to create a public disturbance or animosity between people.

    If under examination they either substantively change their story to the police, or confess that it is a hoax, this should be enough for arrest. Likewise, if the police can identify them as creators of the hoax, like buying spray paint on the day of spray paint hate vandalism, that also should substantiate an arrest.

  • Trump conducts his own sting operation to ensnare intelligence briefers

    01/11/2017 4:54:07 PM PST · 26 of 36
    yefragetuwrabrumuy to COBOL2Java

    This isn’t particularly hard to do, and has long been done in intelligence circles. When there is a briefing, make sure the participants each get a slightly different briefing document.

    Leakers and plagiarists rarely are smart enough to paraphrase. And if there is nothing grammatically wrong in the different briefs, they likely won’t compare copies.

    Importantly, this isn’t just a “gotcha”. Once a leaker has been identified, you task a competing intelligence group to catch him, or one of his staff, in the act. When they do, the cuffs go on right there.

    Intelligence organizations have their own rules about leaking, and some of them can be particularly brutal. None are going to talk about that, however.

  • Rep. Duncan Hunter: If Trump really wants a ‘beautiful’ wall, here's what he's gotta get right

    01/10/2017 8:36:03 AM PST · 56 of 75
    yefragetuwrabrumuy to Beautiful_Gracious_Skies

    Because the drug cartels are large, violent, and more than willing to cross the border with military style weapons to attack Americans. So trickling their criminals back to them is an awful lot more cost effective than stationing two or more US Army divisions on the border.

  • Wall Street hates the Volcker Rule. Will Trump finally kill it?

    01/10/2017 8:01:51 AM PST · 15 of 15
    yefragetuwrabrumuy to expat_panama

    I think it would be best to make a few additions to the rule.

    Only financial institutions that are *not* “too big to fail” can make such “gaming” investments. And they can only do so with their annual *net* profit, after taxes and payments to their investors and creditors, not with anyone else’s money.

    This accomplishes several things. First of all, financial institutions that are “too big to fail”, are also “too big to survive”, so need to be broken up to protect the economy. So if they make poor choices with their gaming, they go broke and are out of business, owing nothing to anyone who will be punished in their bankruptcy.

    Second, no gaming with anyone else’s money. They are willing to take the risks to get the rewards, so the risk must entirely be theirs.

  • Bombshell-CIA agents issue major threat to Trump, they went too far

    01/10/2017 7:45:53 AM PST · 144 of 189
    yefragetuwrabrumuy to HomerBohn

    It would be super useful if someone can compile a list of leftists and deadwood in the CIA. The fools who will resign are just the start of what should be a serious purge.

    Plus, their hiring practices need a major readjustment to get rid of the Ivy League “honorable schoolboys”, and replace them with graduates of non-Ivy League schools.

    This would be much like the military replacement of inferior military academy graduates with ROTC graduates which took place out of necessity.