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Questions After a Massacre

Fred688 Wrote: Jun 01, 2014 11:02 AM
"Concealed carry permits, were they more readily available in California and elsewhere, might indeed spark more caution from evil men like the young Mr. Rodgers." Relative to this, Bill Brown, the Sheriff of Santa Barbara County, is adamantly opposed to the issuance of CCWs, to the point of cancelling existing permits. Only the politically connected in Santa Barbara County are able to obtain these permits.
Years ago, Nixon blurted out that he knew certain things about the USSR because he was listening to Khrushchev's car phone conversations. This exposed one of our most successful intelligence collection systems. The Soviets immediately encrypted these communications, cutting off a very valuable collection technique. Now, fast forward to today. Does anyone really think that Merkel was surprised that her conversations were equivalently monitored by the NSA? After all, we share that class of intelligence with her own intelligence system. The only issue here is public awareness of the scope of our collections, particularly with respect to its use against American citizens. In the final analysis, Snowden may, indeed, be a hero.
Mark Skousen needs to move along. Perhaps he is more suited to HuffPost.
Whoever wrote the headline for Ben's article is no friend (of conservatives). Compromise is only a virtue relative to tactics, not principles (and then only as an interim device).
I hate to give this administration any kudus but these rules do have merit. During the ticket purchase transaction is complete, the customer must be advised of all fees and costs (and other onerous conditions). If it takes government intervention to accomplish this, so be it. Now, if we can only get rid of the TSA............ Is the public aware of the fact that the TSA has never intercepted a single individual who had mal-intent wrt a flight?
I am encouraged that there are some on the Supreme court that still display wisdom, judgement and a respect for the Constitution.
Obama spoke the truth. There are few jobs for "Art Majors" (history or otherwise).. Most who graduate with these (or a similar) degrees must acquire other industry valued, skills to make a good living. The old quip regarding starving artists is only too true. While visiting a large university in California some years ago I had a causal conversation with the head of the graduate placement office. I inquired as to the job prospects for liberal arts graduates (such as with a Art History degree). The answer was blunt: "We get no recruiters for these graduates". I then, somewhat impishly, suggested that the students in these majors should be advised of their job prospects. The response was a look of horror. "If I even hinted to these students that there were few, if any, employment prospects the respective department heads would have me fired, immediately." So, I suggest that the true objectives of many of these departments are to insure the continued employment of the instructors and their Deans, not to prepare the students for gainful employment.
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A Traffic Jam?

Fred688 Wrote: Jan 11, 2014 7:43 AM
A perfect example of machine politics; reward your friends, punish your enemies. Did Christie know? Probably. Did he care? Probably not (until it hit the press). An excellent mea culpa, however.
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Free Edward Snowden -- Really?

Fred688 Wrote: Jan 05, 2014 9:47 AM
Anyone who believes that Snowden told our enemies anything they did not know is hopelessly naive. Every technologically advanced government in the world was/is acutely aware of our data collection activities, which are vast and obvious. Indeed, many governments are active participants in the program, providing covert collection sites in their respective territories. The quid-pro-quo was that the NSA would share data of interest to the local intelligence community. The only group "kept-in-the-dark" were the citizens who paid the bills and who were the focus of much of the data collection. Snowden turned the spotlight on these activities. It is now up to the informed populace to decide the extent that they will continue to allow their government(s) to spy on them.
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I Love Karl Rove!

Fred688 Wrote: Feb 08, 2013 6:49 PM
Scottie seems to have pinned the tail on the---whatever........... As Goldwater said, we need to provide a choice, not an echo. The present Republican establishment (well represented by Rove) is so in love with its own power and influence that it is willing to self-destruct rather than acknowledge that conservatives hold the key to the future.
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Why Are You Opposed To Ending Violence?

Fred688 Wrote: Jan 13, 2013 3:16 PM
On the subject of derogatory words and their repression to spare "feelings": The terms "idiot, "imbecile" and "moron" were originally clinical terms for mental incapacity. These roughly corresponded to IQ ranges of 0 to 30, 30 to 50 and 50 to 70. Touchy-feely types decided that these terms were too pejorative to be used by professionals. The non-specific term of "retarded" was substituted. The only problem is that the individuals to whom this new term was applied were not "retarded" (meaning late) but fundamentally defective. Over the years, several more generations of cloying, but meaningless words were then invoked to avoid stigmatizing the "defective" individual. Result: Loss of effective communication.
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