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OK, let's see if I understand this. If some bimbo parties a little harder than she had planned , she can pick some random guy and cry rape to the campus rent-a-cops. Asking no questions, and never notifying a real cop, they will throw the guy out of school, ruin his chances for a career, and pat themselves on the back for their excellent police work and adherence to proper procedure. Is that the essence of this new law?
"This bill is very simple; it just requires colleges to adopt policies concerning sexual assault, domestic violence, gang violence and stalking," Everything listed in that quote is a criminal matter, and the State of California has had clear, well defined policies on all of them for over 170 years. Why is it suddenly necessary for colleges to develop new, unrelated policies for matters that are properly police business under the jurisdiction of the State? Are college campuses extraterritorial in some way? If so, how is that possible, especially since many colleges are actually organs of the State?
Well, Obama's approval rating in the United States is above 40 percent, so we have no room to criticize.
Nice try. No sale.
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Hands off My Sharing Economy

Steven668 Wrote: Aug 24, 2014 1:34 PM
California has had a law requiring motorists to purchase insurance for over 20 years. Why do we suddenly need a new law requiring motorists to purchase insurance? How many laws do we need requiring motorists to purchase insurance?
So if the standards are so rigorous and uncompromising, why are people reporting entire classes that do not seem to address them?
Even without political bias, history teaches us that we are the luckiest SoBs in the world. But to know that, one has to compare the outcome of the American Revolution with the outcomes of every other revolution that has taken place in the last 400 years or so. Ours is the only one where the leaders of the revolution did not use victory to entrench themselves in power. That is not a politically biased conclusion, it is just a statement of fact.
If this is an accurate report of the content of the high school history curriculum, we are not creating a cynical generation, but an ignorant one. From the Revolution that was ignited an led by men who were willing to give up the reins of power, and the Constitution that tried to guarantee that nobody could hold those reins for long, to the fact that our federal government must still give lip service to certain individual rights 220 years later, our nation's history has been a steady stream of unfathomable miracles. We all need to know and understand that, and how it came to be.
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Should The U.S. Declare War On ISIS?

Steven668 Wrote: Aug 23, 2014 4:04 AM
To be honest, we don't really need all the government that we are paying for. Option 5 would be to start closing Federal offices until the budget is balanced with a reasonable rate of debt service, and stop borrowing. If done all at once, this would cause only minor disruption as ex-federal employees seek work in the private sector, but would cause an unprecedented economic boom as regulatory enforcement is relaxed. Congress could keep itself busy by enacting the regulations we actually need into real, legally valid law, and there would be enough money left over to prosecute a medium scale war if desired. Everybody would win, so this is obviously not going to happen.
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Should The U.S. Declare War On ISIS?

Steven668 Wrote: Aug 23, 2014 3:51 AM
One thing we can be certain of: If America does declare war on the Islamic State, the America that ends the war will be very different from the America that begins it.
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Should The U.S. Declare War On ISIS?

Steven668 Wrote: Aug 23, 2014 3:16 AM
There are two problems with declaring war on the Islamic State. The first is that the Islamic State is not a government with defined jurisdiction, it is more a culture that happens to predominate in a particular area, but exists in pockets throughout most of the world. It would be a lot like waging guerrilla war on a couple of hundred fronts. The second, more serious problem, is the concept of war itself. Americans fight to make the enemy stop fighting and start negotiating. The Islamic State fights to destroy the enemy, or enslave him. Americans negotiate to reach an agreement. The Islamic State negotiates to gain time and/or position from which the enemy may be more easily destroyed or enslaved. America has no stomach for a war of extermination, but if we go to war with the Islamic State, that is the only kind of war we can ever hope not to lose.
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