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"A man wielding an assault rifle"? Whoa!! This term seems to roll of this writer's tongue without any thought or knowledge. Just what gun was he carrying? The writer clearly does not know. I have seen single shot 22's called "assault rifles" by these writers with an agenda. Facts do not matter when there is a chance to demonize guns. Note that a gun is not an "assault rifle" unless it is capable of fully automatic fire.
I do not choose to address this incident (I do not have the facts). But, I observe several conflicts of interest in barristry as now practiced. First, the fundamental conflict between the duties of a judge and a lawyer. Should a lawyer give up his bar license (for life) if he accepts a judgeship? I suggest that he should. Second, if a lawyer is elected to an office that produces laws and/or regulations, should he be required to give up his law license for life? Many of the laws produced seem to be primarily aimed at producing more litigation (how often are laws simplified to the point that an individual can even understand the operation or import of the law?). Again, a fundamental conflict of interest. Food for thought.
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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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