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We are going through a similar circus here n Pgh with the ACLU suing the PD on the ridiculous premise that since "blacks" are "under-represented" on the Force, the hiring process MUST be racist. What happens when the PD waters down the requirements (e.g., having a clean police record)?
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D.C. Disease and the GOP's "Electeds"

David1454 Wrote: Aug 27, 2014 10:06 AM
I agree with the list. The ironic thing is that with our well-known and honed polling capabilities, it would be "duck soup" to poll the Republican base (and even the general population) to find out what they actually want...but no one in Congress wants or cares enough to do that, because of the insularity described in this article.
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A Problem Bigger than Ferguson

David1454 Wrote: Aug 27, 2014 9:57 AM
On what basis, exactly, can "we" all agree that this was a horrible tragedy? While Michael Brown's mother and father have suffered a loss (it would appear), for society as a whole, not so much. A large, aggressive bully and budding criminal is no longer with us. The world is a tiny bit nicer place as a result.
Reality check: Still NO EVIDENCE the kidnappings were ordered or executed by Hamas. More and more evidence every day that the Israeli's are recklessly targeting locations where non-combatants are likely to be killed. No evidence Israel is willing to explore ways of reducing the hardships caused by the border blockade. The casualty number don't lie. Maybe our younger adults are less influenced by commonly accepted myths dating from the 1940's.
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Let Us Now Praise Democratic Hypocrisy

David1454 Wrote: Aug 01, 2014 9:30 AM
CLearly, it is time for a constitutional convention. No lawyers. No sitting Congresspersons. Have lawyers on staff so that the wording of the various Amendments are legally defensible, but the members of the convention should be real people, who have actually had to work for aliving at least for a short time in their lives.
The best examples of bi-partisanship are always situations where Congress does something stupid in response to an imaginary crisis. The solution to incompetence and corruption in government is not MORE MONEY, it's competence and honesty (good management from the top down).
So Mark Davis doesn't like Jesse Ventura. So what? So the defamer was a war hero? Does he get a pass for defaming someone? I don't think so. As for whether this verdict takes money out of the mouths of babies...I think probably not. Ventura will probably just take the insurance money, pay his lawyers, and write off the rest.
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The Loophole is Obama

David1454 Wrote: Jul 31, 2014 7:49 AM
I wonder if it is a "high crime and/or misdemeanor" to flout one's oath of office, i.e., to overtly and purposefully violate the clear terms of the U.S. Constitution. Seems like a no-brainer to me.
The two most important provisions (for today) in the Constitution are Article I, Section 8, which details Congress' enumerated "powers," and the Tenth Amendment, which says that the powers not specifically delegated to the Federal Government are reserved to the states and the people. One should also understand that the longer a Supreme Court opinion is, the more likely it is that the opinion is justifying the subversion of Constitutional principles in a sea of devious sophistry. Most people who are uneducated in the law get hung up on the "general welfare" language of Section 8, concluding that it gives Congress the power to do anything it deems good for the "general welfare" of the country. But this is nonsense, as it renders the remainder of the section meaningless.
Consider one of the underlying assumptions of this article: Four of the 9 Supreme Court justices will CERTAINLY conclude that the federal subsidies are consistent with the law, and are "constitutional." The only question to be considered is which way Roberts and Kennedy will go. And Roberts chickened out last time around.
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