Theodore Gorath
SWASHBUCKLING HERO 2012
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Feb 18 Theodore Gorath commented on Mayor Calls Kshama Sawant's Suggestion that Seattle Police Block ICE "Irresponsible and Dangerous".
@13: She has no idea what she means by that, just like all the rest of us. I am sure in her head she sees people and the cops holding hands (with her dead center in front of the cameras, I am sure) physically blocking ICE from getting to a huddled, crying family, maybe some fighting.

However, the reality is much more boring and with no place for self-aggrandizement. Basically, the SPD just needs to not answer the phone when ICE calls, and not give them any helpful information. Although being a federal law enforcement agency themselves, I am unsure how much assistance ICE really needs from local PDs.
Feb 16 Theodore Gorath commented on Source: Intelligence Agencies Prepared to Go "Nuclear" on Trump; Watch Him "Die in Prison".
@29 I fail to see how moving power in secret behind closed doors and subverting any kind of input from citizenry will help any of that fever dream apocalypse fantasy you have though.

At least when we elect a shitheel, we know who the shitheel is. As of now...who knows?
Feb 16 Theodore Gorath commented on Source: Intelligence Agencies Prepared to Go "Nuclear" on Trump; Watch Him "Die in Prison".
Even if you hate Trump, the idea that the intelligence community feels it should decide who runs the government should chill you to the very bone.

Trump is a buffoon whose time will eventually come to a close, and whose policies will eventually be done with. But if the intelligence community feels free to destroy democratically elected officials and their appointments for their own ends, then they feel that they are the true, unelected, and permanent government.

That is not how any republic or democracy is supposed to function.
Feb 15 Theodore Gorath commented on Is a Tarp a Home?.
@7: Not entirely true, I still have the expectation that the contents of my pocket, or the items in the glove box of my car are private when in a public place.

But, if I break the law in a public place and get arrested or searched by police because of it, then I do not have a reasonable expectation of privacy. The reason the police were even there was because this guy was breaking the city ordinance by camping on public land outside of acceptable hours.
Feb 15 Theodore Gorath commented on Is a Tarp a Home?.
@5: Yes, and it is very clear from a legal perspective that you do not have a reasonable expectation of privacy when breaking the law on public land. This question was settled quite some time ago.
Feb 15 Theodore Gorath commented on Obamacare and Why Socialism Is Good For Business.
@13: Yes, and all of those rates....go into the common pool. This is not debatable, it is just the way it works. The sky is blue, birds fly, and insurance premiums all go into one pool which is used to pay claims for everyone who contributes into the pool.
Feb 15 Theodore Gorath commented on Is a Tarp a Home?.
@2: Please, it is not the 1800's anymore. Squatting really is no longer legal (mostly depends on the willingness of the owner/law enforcement to do anything), and you could never just claim publicly owned land for yourself by laying down a tarp.
Feb 15 Theodore Gorath commented on Is a Tarp a Home?.
The distinction is not "wooden walls vs. tent walls" or "permanent ceiling vs. temporary ceiling."

The distinction is "public land vs. private land." Public land does not become private land when someone lays a tarp down on it and declares it "theirs."
Feb 14 Theodore Gorath commented on Michael Flynn: That Deescalated Quickly, Over And Out, You're Fired, Etc..
@18: Yes, we can all imagine lots of things to impeach Trump for, but he actually has to do something that is actionable, and the congress has to move on it.

Also, I have a tip for you: don't give condescending grammar lessons when you see a typo. It does not make you look like a wise old benevolent sage, it makes you look like a pedantic prick.
Feb 14 Theodore Gorath commented on The Morning News: Two Mercer Island Lawsuits—One's Suing SPD, the Other's...Trying to Block Light Rail!?.
@1: Eh, that was Obama deporting immigrants, it was cool then.