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""They will be presidentially nominated and Senate-confirmed, but after that they can only be fired for “neglect of duty or malfeasance in office.”"

Leaving ~the people~ only one remedy for ridding the system of the demonstrated incompetents and the obviously politically motivated.  How much is it going to add to the already outrageous burden of Federally Mandated Overhead costs when the "Health Care" System has to bear the costs of 24-7-365 total lock down security for the panel members and their entire families?

1 year, 3 months ago on An ObamaCare Board Answerable to No One

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People on the SNAP program are starving to death while gaining weight.  Poor nutrition, exacerbated by the high level of processing of most of the foodstuffs available on the shelves of the local grocery store, often leads to increased calorie consumption as the body tries to obtain many of the trace elements and nutritional factors necessary for good health.

The AMA is part of the problem.  The American Medical Association has become a trade group and industry lobbying concern that represents fewer than 50% of the Licensed Physicians in the USA.  Their chief concern isn't proper nutrition or preventative care.  AMA doctors make money form treating illnesses and infirmities, not from providing cures or prevention.  The AMA works in lockstep with Big Pharma to promote "new and improved treatment" but rarely promotes complete and effective cure of disease, it just isn't as profitable.

For decades the AMA has demured on  the efficacy of nutritional supplements such as a daily vitamin.  Making a standard nutritional supplement part of the SNAP program might have a large impact on the current obesity pandemic.

But then again, if something as simple as a One-A-Day [brand name used for purpose of illustration] vitamin could reduce the weight problems of a significant percentage of those over-weight then the AMA would have to find some other 'disease' as a new profit center for its members.

1 year, 3 months ago on U.S. Doctors Target Sugary Drinks Bought by Government

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Another Lunatic Leftist Liberal plays the played out Race Card.

Those of us who oppose late term abortions can only be defined as racist if you acknowledge that we are ~FOR~ the ~HUMAN RACE~.

Given the statistics on abortion at any point in the pregnancy a rational mind has to come to the conclusion that the ones advocating and or performing the abortions are the racists, based on the statistically significant number of abortions performed to prevent a black child from being brought into the world.

Bolster this with the stated intention of Planned Parenthood being to reduce the black population of the United States, as stated by the founder on the record and multiple times.   We all know who the real racists are and it isn't the people who are against abortion on demand.

1 year, 3 months ago on MSNBC Panelist Suggests Opponents of Late-Term Abortions Are Racist

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@Daniel Vaughn @Evermyrtle  

Better yet right in front of the engines on Air Force One.

 

1 year, 3 months ago on Obama Compares Catholic School With Racial Segregation

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IF Catholic Schools are a form of racial segregation it therefor follows, as the night follows the day, that Islamist Schools [madrasa]  are equally a form of racial segregation.

Stupid Liberals play the played out race card again.

1 year, 3 months ago on Obama Compares Catholic School With Racial Segregation

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@Terriern   Unfortunately, the way things work now days there are going to be a lot of people that fall into the "not culls" category that will be swept along with the detritus.

I'm not inferring that these people are in the rocket science category but that they will be subjected to forces beyond their ability to overcome, even though by any other measure they are "not culls".

This is what happens when the herd mentality is allowed to reach a tipping point in a society.  The nervous ones start to get agitated and the next thing you know its stampede time with everything that follows in its wake.

1 year, 3 months ago on Actress Loses 100,000 Twitter Followers For Advocating Gun Safety

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One of the questions that needs to be asked is "What does the IRS Bureaucracy cost to operate?"

I'm talking total cost of wage and benefits, equipment, general overhead expenses, office space, utilities, the whole enchilada.  Once we know the ~actual cost of collection~ we can add that to the compliance costs borne by business and private citizens and then come up with an idea of how much of what is collected is being syphoned off in overhead that can be eliminated.

All of the public employee union fat cats have to be quaking in their shoes at the thought of something as big and powerful as the IRS being brought down.  If We the People can succeed in dismantling this bloated monster which overinflated agency would be next?

1 year, 3 months ago on Ted Cruz Wants To Eliminate The IRS; Democrats Balk

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For many of those buying into what has become the higher education con game the debt burden that is financing the bubble will amount to an indentured servitude for life.

The only way out for many will be a change in the current law as this is one of the few forms of debt that are not dis-chargeable through any form of bankruptcy. Woe unto the parent who has co-signed on these loans, they will quickly find that their own nest egg for retirement is not proof against these creditors stainless steel clad demands for payment. 

 Like all good cons the mark, in this case the eager and naive young college student, won't realize that they have been duped until long after the con has been folded.  The prestigious university will have gotten all of its money and the newly graduated student will be left holding a diploma that won't open the promised doors  while the creditors who granted the loans will become increasingly insistent on the repayment of their loans, including interest which will begin to accumulate at a ruinous rate.


1 year, 3 months ago on Don’t Let College Professors Tell You There Is No Diploma Bubble

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"Life is made up of tiny moments. It may only take a slight shift to change everything. I can only hope."

Just as life is made up of tiny moments it is made up of tiny decisions.  The aggregate of those decisions  has a major effect on what options are available to you for making future decisions.  Poor choices often result in poor outcomes, often accompanied by restrictions in what options for the future are available.

Hope is a wonderful thing but in order for it to be effective it needs to be accompanied by informed action.  Your generation has been tragically mis-informed, chiefly through being propagandized by a system disguised and promoted as education.  One of your chief responsibilities, if you want to have ~your own~ widest ranges of future options is going to be to inform and educate your peers as to their own dreadful state of mis-information and the means necessary to correct the situation.

Many of them have spent 4 years toiling under the mis-information [read: propaganda promulgated by the education establishment] that a "degree" was the key to a successful future, without respect to the area of study and that a "slacker" degree in an easy "liberal arts" "discipline" would be treated with the same value as a more rigorous degree preparing a foundation for a clear career path.  Those days are far in our past.

Competition is now not just locally or nationally but increasingly on an international level for many positions.  The more desirable and  remunerative the job the wider the net will be cast in looking for the ~most qualified~ candidates.  Many of your college compatriots are going to find that they have been thoroughly defrauded by the "education conspiracy" and the only thing they are really qualified for is, possibly, a management trainee position for a fast food franchisee.  Some of them aren't even going to have a skill set that will allow this first rung up the ladder to be successfully grasped.

A major issue for your generation to deal with is going to be the overhang of insurmountable debt, amounting to chattel slavery in many cases, assumed in the pursuit of "an education".  From where I stand, at the end of a long and modestly successful working life full of many "interesting" twists and turns, the most likely scenario is going to involve some sort of "Jubilee" year [look it up, it's part of your education].

Robert Heinlein said "TANSTAAFL" [look that one up too].  Most of the 'educators' who created this mess, either through greed, arrogance or sloth, will be well into retirement by the time you come to grips with this problem.  I would suggest that the careful consideration of a clawback will be in order as they are the ones who have partaken most heartily of the free buffet and have the greatest amount of unearned resource available to contribute to the solution.

Good Luck and Good Fortune to you. Your problems are many and complex and it is your duty to our collective heirs to see that the burden you leave them is less than the one that you are soon to assume.

1 year, 4 months ago on Today, I Graduate College; Tomorrow, I Am Unemployed

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The Left has to place the guilt on the victims of their failed philosophy or else confront the inescapable ~fact~ that their system of values has failed them and therefore they are failures.

Since one of the core beliefs of leftists is self esteem based on nothing more than the belief that " I am, therefore I am worthy" without reference to any definable standard of worth this leads directly to "Since I am worthy, my value system is worthy".  Kick the props out from under the one and the other begins to sag and will eventually collapse under the weight of critical examination.

1 year, 4 months ago on A Lesson From Firefly: Abstinence Ethics Do Not Harm Rape Victims

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The last word in your article, courtesy, is the essence of the problem.

We have a basic problem with no definition of where or what our ~border~ is.  Without an internationally understood definition of our border, which we do not currently have given the thoroughly documented porosity of what is referred to as "the border", there can be no respect for the US Border or the rule of law that it is based on.

This respect is the foundation upon which courtesy is based.  Without respect there is no courtesy, in plain fact there is contempt.

1 year, 4 months ago on Hispanic Janitors Claim Discrimination Because They Can’t Read English

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Without the rule of ~law~ we have the rule of ~men~.

This inevitably devolves from the rule of men of good intention and high personal standard to men of lesser ability and lower standard until we have the rule of the tyrant.

We are well down that road.

1 year, 4 months ago on Justice Department Has Decided 4th Amendment Doesn’t Apply

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The patents need to be voided and the patent law ~made clear~ in this area.

This is a necessary first step in the long road to removing patent protection from the mutilated food and feed crops sold by Monsanto and others.  Without the patent protection Monsantos lawyers will not be able to engage in their predatory  practice of suing farmers who don't use their seed that will not reproduce correctly when wind drift puts the "frankenfood" into adjacent fields and ruins the crops of farmers who plant crops that will reproduce healthy seed and plants.

1 year, 5 months ago on Court: Can Human Genes Be Patented?

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4. I’m sorry if it sounds callous, but $15 an hour for flipping patties is insane. Fast food work can be performed by just about anyone; which is why it is often performed by teenagers.

This  is also why the fast food industry is developing more and more automation.  It won't be very long before the touch screen terminal where you place and pay for an order is linked to a machine that processes your order, packages it and serves it too you, eliminating a lot of the minimum wage ~labor~ costs and all of the regulatory burden and overhead and support costs that go with having employees.

If a small businessman can reduce his labor to one person per shift instead of 3 to 12 people this is a major savings, particularly with the burden of cost and reporting associated with Obamacare.

In addition, machinery is a depreciable expense which is a major consideration for any business.  The costs to maintain and update an automated system are usually less than the ongoing hiring and training costs associated with high turnover minimum wage jobs making automation even more attractive when employees start making unreasonable and economically unjustifiable demands

1 year, 5 months ago on $15 an Hour for Fast Food Workers—Entitlement is Killing Us

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Banks and car companies too big to fail and bad ideas too big to die.

1 year, 5 months ago on From Dumb To Dumber: Obama Proposes Subprime Housing Bubble

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It should not come as a surprise that those who worship at the altar of Moloch would advocate the murder of adults to protect their murder of children.  Without the willing co-operation of those who demand the freedoms of the USA but shun the co-equal responsibilities in the regulation of their public and private lives this practice would dwindle and cease to be a matter of public debate and rancor.

The requirement that abortionists have hospital privileges is only  common sense and something that should be required for any high risk surgical procedure.  How many reports have there been of women who were permanently injured [the case can be made that ~any~ abortion causes permanent emotional and psychological injury] or died from a "botched" abortion performed in a setting incapable of dealing with a situation gone bad and no backup plan beyond "call 911"?

1 year, 5 months ago on Pro-Abortionists Make Death Threats Against ND Governor for Signing Pro-Life Bills

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Monsanto is protected but there is no protection for the farmers whose crops are ruined by Monsanto "bad seed" pollinating their plants so that they won't reproduce correctly.  Then Monsanto ruins their business with massive lawsuits for "stealing" the Monsanto produced pollutant.  Monsanto has spent decades and untold millions of dollars in development of seed that will not reproduce healthy stock after the first generation so the farmer becomes a sharecropper on the Monsanto plantation.

1 year, 5 months ago on Genetically Modified Crops Protected By New Budget Bill

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Just one more example of why so many alphabet soup agencies need to be abolished and their funding used to pay off the national debt, or better yet, not taken from the American People in the first place.

1 year, 6 months ago on Government v. Justice: EPA Protects Bee Polluters

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@rad_point "Marriage" is the religious recognition of a civil union.

Since your position is insupportable by over 4000 years of Judeao-Christian teaching and law, in fact closely aligned to what caused "the Wrath of God" to destroy Sodom [where we derive the word sodomy from] and Gomorrah what can you site as justification for a demand that those of us who reverence marriage as a God ordained sacrament?

"Because I want it" isn't good enough.  "Because I want it" won't put a $1,000,000 in my bank account.  "Because I want it" won't bring about peace in the middle east.

"Because I want it" is the thinking of a child.  It is time for everyone who considers themselves as Gsy, Lesbian. or Trans-Gender to grow up and start acting like adults.

1 year, 6 months ago on Contra George Will: Imposing Homosexual Marriage Not Libertarian

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It appears to me that McCain boarded the senility train a few stops back and he is really enjoying the ride.

It is past time for this old war hero to be retired from public office.  He is beginning to do more harm to the general welfare than good.

We have some conservative minded men and women coming into positions of responsibility and the RINOs need to recognize that they are the salvation of the Republican Party and not its nemesis.

It is that or the Tea Party is going to be the NEWREP = New Republican Party.

1 year, 6 months ago on Ted Cruz Pushes for Vote to Stop Funding for Obamacare

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There needs to be a line item on every receipt from every retailer right below the sales tax {make it in boldface too]:

"Obama-care surcharge".

When the fools that keep voting for the idiots that pass this sort of abomination get an in-your-face ~bill~ for their "free healthcare" they may start to re-think their voting habits.

The major trucking companies had to add a "fuel surcharge" to their freight rates when that single cost started to go off the rails.

It has worked well for that industry, there is no reason why it won't work just as well at the retail level for other out of control costs.

1 year, 6 months ago on Five Guys Franchise Owner Confirms Need to Pass Obamacare Costs to Consumer

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I hope this gets to Chau's attorney.

Whatever amount you decide to sue for will be chump change to the city unless you ask for punitive damages that are a percentage of the cities total revenue for the year.

Lets say 5% of all sales tax revenue, property tax revenue, fees paid to the city for any reason, etc.

Until these cities are made to pay until it ~hurts~ they aren't going to mend their ways.

Oakland is the armpit of the San Francisco Bay Area. They need to be slapped up side the head ~hard~ just to get them to focus on the problem.

1 year, 6 months ago on Police Take Credit For Fighting Fictional Crime

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Observe and carefully parse Holder's statement that "‘as a policy matter…we reject the use of military force where well-established law enforcement authorities in this country provide the best means for incapacitating a terrorist threat.’”".

The government is busy supplying military grade toys to local law enforcement in ever increasing amounts.  There are multiple reports of various law enforcement agencies having made request for drone capability, the same drones used in watching and assassinating foreign nationals and US Citizens operating against US interests in foreign countries.  Holder is hoping that the mass media and the people of the United States are not capable of connecting the dots and seeing the picture of what is actually going on.

1 year, 6 months ago on “Drone Me, Baby” Does America Love Obama Like A Battered Wife Would?

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The Entitlement Mentality starts in the White House.  This is blatantly obvious from the increase in staffing levels and the well reported lavish and numerous vacation junkets.

The anointed one is starting to display many of the masochistic attributes of a tinpot dictator in that it is perfectly fine for the people to suffer under the lash of mandatory budget cuts but the presidential palace rolls on as usual.

Jim Messina is using the sequester as just another opportunity to send out an anguished appeal for more money to be poured into the coffers of  the slush fund that he manages, and from which he probably rakes off a very comfortable living.

America slips ever closer to a technological version of the feudal system of overlord-ship, with the nobility ["elected officials"] and the church [bureaucracy] growing fat off of the produce of the serfs [working people].

Watch out for a change in the oath of our military from allegiance to the Constitution to allegiance to those officers placed over the one making the oath.  At that point the takeover of the Republic is complete and, like Rome before us, the dominion of the Emperor will be in force.

1 year, 6 months ago on Obama Furloughs FDA Inspectors; Keeps $100K First Family Dog Walker

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This incipient third world dictator [Generalissimo] needs to be taken out of his position and barred from future law enforcement work.

The "us vs them" psychology may be appropriate for the battlefield but is not just out of place but counterproductive in policing a community.  When a police chief or commissioner starts to view his sworn officers as "troops"he has passed the point where his perspective can be brought back into the mode of "keeping the peace" in the traditional sense of police work.

This is an absolute litmus test for local elected officials.  Those who support this mentality for the police departments under their control and supervision have to be removed form office in order to promote public safety instead of public oppression.

1 year, 6 months ago on Police Chief Opposes Second Amendment; Gets Tank For His “Troops”

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We can teach sex education to 5 year olds but firearms safety is a forbidden subject.

1 year, 6 months ago on Chicago Passes Sex-Ed for Kindergartners

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Anybody want to make odds on her getting moved to the head of the line for treatment under the failing publicly administered Health Care System in Great Britain?

1 year, 6 months ago on UK: Queen Hospitalized over Stomach Illness

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I think that, in the absence of a Living Will, the nurse and the facility are going to be faced with

A.  A massive lawsuit

 

B.  Possible sanctions from the state in the form of license revocations.

C.  Investigation for criminal neglect leading to felony prosecution.

1 year, 6 months ago on Elderly Woman Dies in California After Nurse Refuses to Do CPR

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Using the stated $85Billion sequestration figure that means each of Maxine Waters 170Million jobs is only worth $500.  Looks like Maxine has slipped a couple of decimals at a minimum.

OR the entire effect of the sequestration will have dissipated by next Thursday.

1 year, 6 months ago on Sequestration to Destroy All Life on Earth, Dampen Consumer Confidence

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The Grand Default is coming according to a report that was prepared for some very powerful private bankers within the last month.  The liberal fantasy has about 24 more months to run and then they run out of 'other peoples money' and the bill  for the feast of fools is presented in the form of credit denial and the demand for repayment of principal with interest.

The last desperate act will be the attempt to confiscate the accumulated wealth of the 98% of the American Citizens through the confiscation of private retirement savings and any other assets that are fungible and may be liquidated.

Roosevelt did this with the Gold confiscation in the 1930s needed to satisfy foreign debt.  As soon as all of the gold was taken at a value of $20.00 per ounce paid in paper dollars [but convertible to silver]  the value of an ounce of gold was reset to $35.00, a default of 40%+ on the foreign debt.  Nixon closed the silver window in the 1970s, making the paper dollar exchangeable only for another similar paper dollar, another effective default that was only cushioned by the settlement of oil purchases worldwide in dollars [this system is now breaking down].

Bernanke is rapidly approaching the point of a financial singularity, where he will be forced to print more money in order to "pay" for the money that has just been printed.  Shortly after the system collapses in a spasm of hyperinflation.  For those of you too young to have lived through the period in the 1970s where the system went off the rails, you aren't going to like it because your comfortable lifestyle is about to be destroyed by out of control price increases and a paycheck that will pay for less every week.  Enjoy the ride, you voted for it.

1 year, 6 months ago on Mayor Bloomberg Says The United States Can Borrow Forever

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 @wedey 

Substitute "the will of Obama" for "the will of the people" and you will have a more perfect understanding of  his thought process.

Obama need this Supreme Court ruling as a cover for his own past vis a vis the "Low Down Club" in Chicago.

Taken as a whole it is easy to see the contempt that Obama and his sycophants have for the values that made this country great and that are still held by the majority of American Citizens.  So the lies continue and when somebody like Bob Woodward finally stands up and publicly states that 'the emperor has no clothes'  the public lynching is convened.

1 year, 6 months ago on Obama to the American People: ‘My Will, Not Yours!’

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""The judges said “there is nothing inherent to the condition of being impoverished that supports the conclusion that there is a ‘concrete danger’ that impoverished individuals are prone to drug use.”

“The simple act of seeking public assistance does not deprive a TANF applicant of the same constitutional protection from unreasonable searches that all other citizens enjoy,” they added.""

 

Substitute the words 'professional truck driver'  for 'impoverished individual' and 'TANF applicant' and see what happens.

As a condition of employment a Class A license holder [professional license] must agree to submit to Federally mandated drug testing, prior to employment, at random intervals, and required within 24 hours of being involved in any traffic collision.  Why do those on welfare get a free ride and some of the hardest working people in the country [average work week for a driver is 70 plus hours long haul or 12 hours a day for local work] are under constant scrutiny?

1 year, 6 months ago on Court Blocks Fla. Drug Testing of Welfare Applicants

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This system would work with the old fashioned "country doctor" who had to rely on his training and experience without the support of a cadre of specialists and multi-million dollar diagnostic tools.

Unfortunately there are very few doctors that have the experience to be able to perform effectively in this scenario and most of them work in remote areas of the underdeveloped portions of the world.  Our "modern" medical system does not train MD candidates how to perform in this sort of situation, in fact just the opposite.  A doctor working in the United States of America must always approach diagnosis and treatment with the awareness that should ~anything~ go wrong there are lawyers ready to drag the doctor into court and make his/her life something to be avoided at all cost, particularly when "at all cost" means the costs to a third party payer.

The medical establishment and the lawyers bear equal responsibility for the current state of affairs.  The lawyers see an opportunity to score large paydays.  The medical profession doesn't do an adequate job of policing its own ranks and creates many of the opportunities for the lawyers by a "closed shop" mentality to obvious mistakes made by licensed practitioners.

We need systemic reform in order to contain spiralling costs for medical care.  These reforms will need to start with the way that new doctors are trained and the in service training for current MDs.  The next stage of reform requires a complete overhaul of how "medical mishap" is dealt with and will probably require special courts with judges who are also trained MDs.  Jurors will need a balance of general public and trained medical professionals on all jury's with the medical professionals given the instruction to share all pertinent medical knowledge in their possession with their general public co-jurors.  The lawyers who have made a specialty of  suing doctors are going to scream about this change in the playing field but it is a necessary levelling of the playing field.

Those "medical mishaps" that are dealt with by internal review and disciplinary procedures need to be open and public instead of the secret convocations that currently take place.  If the open and public policy results in more frequent litigation based on the information revealed then it will be proof of the need for reform and public oversight of the procedures.

This process won't be easy but it is the only way to prevent a complete collapse of the system into a British style public health care disaster.

1 year, 7 months ago on The Coming Failure of 'Accountable Care'

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Gee if there isn't money available to pay government inspectors then maybe the entire program should be disbanded.

I'm sure that the large meat distributors would be happy to contract with private inspection laboratories for the certification of the wholesomeness of their products.

Given the recent well publicized recalls of so many meat products it seems to me that the government mandated program isn't working very well.  Reliance on the government inspectors has cost millions in recalls of tainted products.  If meat packers were relying on private laboratories to certify there products then the certifying laboratory would bear significant financial liability for a failure to catch unfit products before they entered the distribution system, a liability that the federal government does not bear for a failure of government inspectors.

1 year, 7 months ago on Beef, Chicken Supply Could be Casualties of Congress, Obama Sequester Fight

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The elephant in the room that federal supremacy advocates refuse to acknowledge is that the entire federal government is a creation of the United States Constitution and does not exist without the enabling agreements and stipulations of that document.

All federal authority in all branches and in all matters springs from the various sections of the US Constitution.  Without the "glue" [the agreements each state has become a party to] of the US Constitution there is nothing to prevent the states from each going their separate ways according to their own state constitutions.

1 year, 7 months ago on State Supremacy vs the Supremacy Clause

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They need to change the time in county jail to "a year and a day".

That single change would place federal violators at risk of loosing all of their future benefits, including any retirement benefits.

1 year, 7 months ago on Resistance to NDAA Kidnapping Powers is our Duty

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Meanwhile the Department of Homeland Security has put out for bid a contract to supply 7,000 "personal defense weapons". The contract calls for a selectable ~full automatic~ weapon based on the AR-15 design in NATO 5.56 calibre with a standard magazine capacity of 30 rounds.

The current media-driven hysteria over privately owned weapons in the hands of law abiding citizens characterizes the ~semi-automatic only~ version in NATO 223 calibre with a smaller [less than half the capacity] magazine as an "assault weapon" and attempts to portray this sporting and self defense arm as a military grade terrorist weapon.

If government trained paedophiles and sneak thieves need such a weapon to defend themselves against business travellers armed with briefcases and smart phones or harried mothers trying to control 7 year olds with a Nintendo DS while wheeling the younger sibling in a baby carriage and simultaneously managing diaper bags and luggage then why should any ~reasonable~ person expect the law abiding citizen to have anything less available for dealing with heavily armed gang members intent on a take over robbery? Oh, I know, it isn't about reasonable - it's about control.

Let's arm all those new female front line troops with scissors and see how long it is before we have an army in mutiny.

Just a thought:  Have SCISSORS engraved in an appropriate place on your Bushmaster.

1 year, 7 months ago on DHS Instructional Video For “Active Shooter” Situation: Just Die

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We have a drug abuse problem in this country, not just with prescription pain killers but with a broad spectrum of drugs.

As a sufferer of migraine and other debilitating injuries from an accident caused by a drunk driver [ another DRUG that is widely abused] I find it of interest that those who do not suffer from chronic or recurring debilitating pain are the ones attempting to restrict the access to effective treatment of those of us who have to use these medications just to be able to function in some fashion that is near what is accepted as "normal".

If you examine the entire history of drug regulation in this country, from the first regulation of patent medicines containing high alcohol content combined with opiates, you will find a history of criminalization instead of addressing the root cause which is the tendency to addiction of certain personality types.  This has been of great benefit to the entire law enforcement industry but has done nothing to address the root causes of addiction or effectively treat those suffering from addiction to controlled substances.

If we were treating drug abuse as a mental disorder instead of a criminal problem we wouldn't need massive police forces with military levels of firepower to combat drug gangs and drug lords.  There wouldn't be the profits involved that attract criminals to this as a business opportunity. The money saved from not equipping and manning drug enforcement units would allow for a large treatment program for addicts.

Every member of society will continue to have a drug problem until there is effective treatment, both in terms of cost and in terms of reducing addiction through effective treatment instead of incarceration of drug addicts with hard core criminals.

1 year, 7 months ago on Panel Prods FDA to Restrict Hydrocodone

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 @vermiss The question comes to mind, do you start at the north end or the south end?

1 year, 7 months ago on Youth Hit Hard By Obamacare Law

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All it takes is for one clerical~ error~ by those same bureaucrats and you are S.O.L.

What if she actually paid the court costs and the payment was never properly recorded?

The IRS has limits on how long one has to retain records of transactions.  Ask yourself, how many receipts from 1991 do you still have on file.

Maybe the court should be required to produce all of their records for 1991 and the accounts audited.  Then we can prosecute all the clerks for any errors made under their control.

This whole situation is further evidence of the schitziod insanity that pervades government at all levels.

1 year, 7 months ago on The War On Terror Catches & Jails $85 Debtor From 1991

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Ask Tony Rezko what sort of background check he performed before helping Barrack and Michelle with a certain land deal in Chicago.

1 year, 7 months ago on Background Checks for Guns and Apartments, Why Not for Presidency!

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 @RalphZ We're also well on the way to bringing back an old military custom called "fragging".

It seems to flourish during times of tyrannical behaviour.

1 year, 8 months ago on “Combating Terrorism” - Another Stab Wound In The First Amendment

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The West Point Think Tank must use "Red Queen Publishing" to disseminate their "reports".

The entire quoted text has black as white and a complete reversal of the actual, provable focus and direction of the left of center and right of center political movements.

Any government financed "study" has to be filtered through a very fine propaganda screen.  The writers know that if they don't produce a body of work that fits paradigm of "government is good - more government is better" they will have to find a real job.

The vision of the founding fathers and the thousands that fought, bled, and died to make it reality is nearly extinguished.  Sic Semper Tyranis

1 year, 8 months ago on “Combating Terrorism” - Another Stab Wound In The First Amendment

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 @scullymjs  @Ltpar As in "The Low Down Club"?

1 year, 8 months ago on The Stunning Ignorance On Inauguration Day

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The remarks of this 17 year old, who will very soon be wielding a vote with reckless ignorance need to be carefully examined and the thought processes behind them need to be understood.

A fundamental question needs to be addressed with respect to the 18 to 25 year old voter. That question being why are we allowing a demographic group to vote who do not, as a group, posses the requisite mental capacity to make rational and informed judgement on matters that affect every member of society? There are multiple peer-reviewed studies that document the development of the human brain. These studies have concluded that the human brain is not fully formed until about age 25. The point of full maturity occurring slightly earlier in the female and slightly later in the male. The last portions of the brain to mature are those dealing with risk assessment and long term judgement. Insurance companies and car rental agencies have known these facts for decades as demonstrated by actuarial tables and accident rates. Bottom line – why do we allow people who can’t rent a car and won’t be put in positions requiring judgement in private business to make critical decisions with respect to the public governance?

1 year, 8 months ago on The Stunning Ignorance On Inauguration Day

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 @Evermyrtle Unfortunately, due to the levels of and the many decades of exposure to toxic/hazardous substances, the majority of the ground suitable for a home garden has measurable levels of pollutants.

If you use any soil amendments these are probably polluted as well.

In many areas of the country a chemical analysis of the groundwater will show levels of undegraded medical compounds that should be of concern to all drinking from the supply.

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 @SandyTrank Please allow me to correct one great mis-perception in your statement regarding the banks.

Al of the banks that belong to the FDIC [virtually all federally chartered and almost all state chartered banks] are under the control of the rules of the private banking corporation known as "The Federal Reserve System".  They steal from you by means of inflation, which robs your money of purchasing power while retaining the illusion of  "value" by having the numbers all add up correctly.

Any honest banker [if you can actually find one] will tell you that the amount of interest they pay out on deposits doesn't even equal the rate of inflation, much less give you any compensation for the "time value" of your money.  Meanwhile they lend out money they don't actually have as deposits through the chicanery of the Federal Reserve Bank  system of deposits and credits, which is the primary driver for the inflation in the first place.

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People need a zero tolerance policy against ~stoopid~ being perpetrated on our young and impressionable children.  The offending school officials need to be fired and have all future benefits stripped, including retirement and unemployment benefits, it needs to be done very publicly as a warning to their "colleagues" that further acts of ~stoopid~ will be met with a similar response.

There was a time in this country when somebody perpetrating this sort of act on a 5 year old would have been suspended, fired, and possibly found themselves in a lockdown ward at a mental institution to keep them from infecting any of the more impressionable members of society with their mental disorder.

 

Lets propose a ban anything that is shaped like a gun and see how fast it is before the pushback from the business community silences the whole hysterical attempt at debate.

Every time I go to Costco/WalMart/Target/Your-Favorite-Store I see store employees wielding "Guns" used to scan merchandise at checkout and to do inventory control in the stores. I'm sure these same "guns" are used in the warehouses and manufactories all along the production chain.

When I go to the hardware store I see extensive shelf displays of "Guns", designed for everything from drilling holes to driving screws to making the nailing process faster.   Note:  There is one specific type of fastener available at any well stocked hardware store that requires an explosive charge [available at the same location] to install.  No license required for their use.

Hundreds of Thousands of men and women use these "guns" every day in the regular course of their work with only an occasional ~industrial accident~ as a by-product of their normal use. The "gun" shape is used for such a wide range of tools for one reason.  It fits the human hand better than any other shape tried and makes it faster and more convenient to do a broad range of socially beneficial activities.

When are we going to start putting the paranoid nutcases where they belong - on the unemployment lines and in the lockdown wards of our mental institutions. 

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If the providing of drugs that cause effects counter to the religious mandates  of a business owner may be required then I see no reason that a Halal butcher can not be mandated to butcher and carry pork products

1 year, 8 months ago on Obama Admin Trying to Force Company to Comply With HHS Mandate

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72 plus hours after this was published and the sound of crickets chirping is a near deafening roar.

I guess there aren't that many liberal solutions after all.

1 year, 8 months ago on What are the liberal solutions?

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