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Fact-Free Crusades

Dot462 Wrote: Apr 16, 2013 5:37 PM
What is surprising is nobody calling for the control of knives after that person stabbed a bunch of people. One of the victims said if he could have carried a gun on the college campus (he had a CCW permit), that he would have put a stop to the knifings. Unfortunately, a bill died in the Nevada legislature that would have allowed people with CCW to carry on the college campuses. Too bad. We need trained people with guns to have their guns available to counter people who want to shoot up a bunch of people. It looks like there's hope that nothing will get through the U.S. Congress, which is better than a piece of legislation that is a hodgepodge of attempts to regulate guns.
I have yet to hear from a sane govt official from SF. This DA is supposed to be protecting law-abiding citizens from people who break the law, cause accidents, behave illegally. I moved out of SF 35 years ago, moved out of CA 17 years ago and never regretted it. There's something wrong with many of the people in SF. What should happen is all the weirdos, illegals, socialists, communists, anarchists should find SF so favorable to them that they all move there, leaving the rest of the country to the sane people.
So Rand Paul stirs up the libertarians living in the dorms, huh? How about me? I've been a libertarian since the 1960s and I don't live in dorms. Some of us are actually fearful of a president having the power to be judge, jury and executioner of people he deems to be "enemy combatants." I was against the Patriot Act and RICO because they violate individual rights and due process. Too bad Graham and McCain aren't a bit more concerned about excessive executive power. Maybe they both should consider whether they're doing the Republican party any good by insulting people who support the rights under the constitution. Holder should have answered Rand Paul's question yesterday.
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The California 'Mordida'

Dot462 Wrote: Mar 07, 2013 2:30 PM
NV is not that far. Persuade the grandkids' parents to move out with you. My husband and I did that -- moved up to Reno along with my mom and daughter and her husband, sold two houses in CA for way more than we paid and bought houses for way less in NV. Depends on what work your kids do, but there is opportunity elsewhere in low tax areas.
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The California 'Mordida'

Dot462 Wrote: Mar 07, 2013 2:27 PM
It's not a choice between living in CA or living in TX. There are other states with good climates, maybe not as good as Redwood City (climate best by government test), but since I left there in 1995 I've enjoyed the four-seasons climate of Reno, NV, and would never move back to CA. Of course, I couldn't afford to live there unless I was a lot poorer or richer than I am. Unfortunately, CA will be the residence of choice for either the very rich who don't care about taxes or the poor who exist on govt handouts. People with middle incomes can't live there any more. I enjoy an even better view of the eastern Sierra than you do of the western side.
If any female can meet the requirements for the combat position, go for it. If any woman can meet the requirements for SEALs or Delta Force, go for it. It's fine to open up positions to women but we must be sure they meet all the requirements of that position. No lowering of standards such as was done with female applicants for firefighter and police officer. If men have to register for the draft, then women should, also, since there wouldn't be equality if women couldn't be drafted.
It's true that a lot of information sharing with regard to medical records requires patient consent or a subpoena (or, in the case of mental health information, a court order), but remember that Obama's goal is to have an electronic medical record within five years of passing the ACA and that record would be able to be accessed nationwide. Of course, that's probably impossible since there's no national standard for the EMR and many of these current programs don't talk to each other. There's already a court decision (Tarasoff) which requires psychiatric professionals to report to law enforcement if a patient threatens others and that particular information doesn't need patient consent.
Remember, it had to pass before we could find out what was in it. Practically every other paragraph said "shall be written by the Secretary of HHS." Nobody could know what was in it. Currently, there are 13,000 new regulations written under the ACA. Physicians are already required to ask Medicare recipients about their lifestyle -- smoking, exercise, advance directives. It would be a logical extension to ask about gun ownership. Of course, all you have to do is lie if asked about this. The doctor has no way of checking.
Right now, Nevada is doing pretty well without an income tax, although of course revenues from sales taxes went down during the recession and revenue from property taxes took a hit. A consumption tax would be a good thing -- resembling a flat tax. Unfortunately, the NV legislature goes into session next week for one of its 120-day sessions every two years (we're saved from them most of the time) and there's a push to reverse the sunsetting of several taxes that are due to expire this year. And, the teacher's union has been pushing for a business margins tax which would take effect on GROSS income, so that a company that was unprofitable would still have to pay the tax.
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Dishonest Educators

Dot462 Wrote: Jan 09, 2013 12:43 PM
Interesting Frontline report on public TV last night about Michelle Rhee and her time as chancellor of the D.C. schools. Apparently, there was alleged a lot of erasing going on with the standardized tests. Investigation did not seem to prove anything, There were wild upswings in achievement levels year-to-year. Frontline did not tell me what happened to the scores after Rhee was ejected (along with the mayor who had hired her). From what I saw on this program, the students were mainly unmanageable, not following directions, listening to Ipod during class, dressing like hoodlums. I hope Rhee is successful in her new endeavor.
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A Man's Home Is His Subsidy

Dot462 Wrote: Jan 09, 2013 12:31 PM
This proves, as all subsidies prove, that if you pay people to do something, you will get what you pay for. If you pay people to stay in subsidized housing, they will diligently work to maintain that subsidy. John is right, as usual, that such subsidies sap incentive (although the example of the woman who developed a website shows she could turn her innovation to something profitable). Most people get other subsidies besides Section 8, so their incentive is to maintain that and not work or take work under the table (off the books).
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