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I want some of whatever you are smoking!!
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Chevy Volt Heads for Fiery Crash

Riff Wrote: Jul 08, 2013 7:02 AM
And of course, your projected $50,000.00 savings goes directly back to the people who actually paid for the electricity, right? Didn't think so. So what actually happens here is that some smug, self righteous person gets someone else to pay his electric bill, then puts the "savings" in his pocket. Such arrogance!
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A Sober Approach to Drunk Driving

Riff Wrote: May 23, 2013 7:46 PM
I never thought of it that way, but it makes a lot of sense! And further, how often do we hear of drunk drivers who test at 2-3 times the legal limit? Clearly, laws don't stop them. Many of these are driving despite license revocations, which proves that particular strategy is ineffective. These are alcoholics who will drink to excess no matter what. Why not revoke their privilege to drink alcohol? Stamp their licenses with a NO ALCOHOL warning, and require everybody regardless of age to show their license at the package store every time they purchase. Not only would this reduce drunk driving, but also the other social costs of alcoholism- violence, loss of employment, etc. Sure, some may get alcohol other ways, but it makes far more sense to restrict access to alcohol than access to driving. Take away someone's right to drive, they lose their job, and hang around with a lot of time... to drink. Take away the privilege to drink, and maybe their life may be improved.
Hawkins makes some good points, but he missed a big one: our failed educational system. Our high tech society doesn't have much use for people who are unskilled and barely literate. Those people are doomed to poverty. Bust the teacher's unions, and privatize education.. put the public schools out of business!
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'Proportional' Response

Riff Wrote: Apr 09, 2013 6:03 PM
Have we learned nothing from our experience in Vietnam? The incremental escalation of attacks on the North was a dismal failure as a military strategy- it only gave the enemy time to adapt, improvise, and overcome. The Powell doctrine of overwhelming force should have taught our politicians once, for all that, once you are committed to military action, you make an all out effort to destroy the enemy. If you aren't serious enough for that, then stand down.
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Why the 2nd Amendment

Riff Wrote: Jan 02, 2013 7:20 AM
He was kidding....!!
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We Know How to Stop School Shootings

Riff Wrote: Dec 21, 2012 12:08 AM
Well said!!
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SF Supes Support (Some) Free Speech

Riff Wrote: Jul 26, 2012 11:41 AM
There's another important point in here that goes unnoticed... The concept of corporations as "persons" is a concept that came about during the debate many years ago concerning the taxation of corporations by government. Businesses argued that corporations were simply legal entities- not actually citizens subject to income tax. In response, the court created a definition of corporations as persons that has stood to this day. I don't think that those who argue against the "personhood" of corporations have thought all the through the implications of their position. If businesses were to again be considered merely legal entities, they would no longer be subject to income tax.
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Riff Wrote: Jul 19, 2012 10:21 AM
Ironic that an evidently non-religious person such as yourself would invoke the concept of "evil"... thought that was just a stick used by religious conservatives to beat people in line..
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Repeal and Replace

Riff Wrote: Jun 30, 2012 7:37 AM
Don't replace... repeal. Health insurance is none of government's business
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Should Fat People Pay More For Insurance?

Riff Wrote: May 27, 2012 7:55 AM
This is the dumbest thing I have heard in some time!! People, as you know, come in all shapes and sizes. I happen to be 6'4", and according to some charts, my 230 lb body weight makes me "obese". Really?!! At the recommended weight of 185 lbs, I would be practically a human skeleton, with little strength or energy to perform daily tasks.. First of all, we need to drop the term obesity- it's shock value is long lost due to overuse. Yes, many people are overweight; not so many are actually obese. Obesity is a severe, imminently life threatening condition. Second, we need to stop trying to coerce, bribe, or threaten those whose physical conditions or lifestyles do not meet favorably with our expectations.
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