Aug 5, 2013
commented on Does Everybody Hate a Jet Ski?
I don't have a problem with jet skis themselves. They could be cleaner, but they're not all that bad as toys go.
Jet ski operators, however, are the scum of the boating world. The average operator has no idea how to operate one safely or what the "rules of the road" are for boating, like a 12 year old getting behind the wheel of a car and heading for the interstate. As a lifelong sailor and paddler, motorboats are mildly annoying in general - but Bayliners aside, you can expect a fair percentage of boaters to be knowledgable, courteous, and above all safe. Jet ski operators on the whole can just DIAF. (Yes, there are exceptions - and they're so rare it's an amazing event when I see a jet ski properly handled.)
May 16, 2013
commented on US Military Grants Itself the Power to Police American Streets and "Quell" "Civil Disturbances"
Uh, this is bullshit. Selective quotes and all. Look at the original source document they're referencing. The quote they reference about how "federal military commanders have the authority" blah blah blah and that's bad because it undermines civilian control of the military?
It doesn't say that. In the document they're quoting, that text is preceded by the line "When permitted under emergency authority in accordance with Reference (c),".
Reference (c) says: "Federal military commanders are provided EMERGENCY AUTHORITY under this Directive. Federal military forces shall not be used to quell civil disturbances unless specifically authorized by the President in accordance with applicable law (e.g., chapter 15 of Reference (d)) or permitted under emergency authority, as described below (see DoDD 3025.12 (Reference (j)) and DoDD 5525.5 (Reference (c))).
In these circumstances, those Federal military commanders have the authority, in extraordinary emergency circumstances where prior authorization by the President is impossible and duly constituted local authorities are unable to control the situation, to engage temporarily in activities that are necessary to quell large-scale, unexpected civil disturbances because:
(1) Such activities are necessary to prevent significant loss of life or wanton destruction of property and are necessary to restore governmental function and public order; or,(2) When duly constituted Federal, State, or local authorities are unable or decline to provide adequate protection for Federal property or Federal governmental functions.
Federal action, including the use of Federal military forces, is authorized when necessary to protect the Federal property or functions."
In other words, this is a lot weaker than the article makes it out to be, isn't really an expansion of powers since these are all directives that have been in place for decades, and given the wording would not be applicable in any of the situations people are throwing out as threats. The whole thing's basically bullshit. C'mon, Brendan, I thought you people were reporters; aren't you supposed to check this shit out before you post it?
May 14, 2013
commented on Morning News: Nearly Everything Is Terrible
Did you bother to read the Monsanto decision before jumping on the "evil corporation is evil" bandwagon? I have plenty of issues with Monsanto's business practices, and the whole damned patent system as it is current constructed should be burned down and rebuilt - but this case is a very clear-cut example of infringement, and not just in a "the guy downloaded something off the Internet" fashion but in a "the guy intentionally violated his contract and knowingly committed fraud" kind of way.
Save the righteous indignation for real issues please.
Jun 20, 2012
commented on Stephen Colbert on Mitt Romney's Fancy Dancing Horse
Thanks for completely illustrating my point perfectly, Schweighsr @4!
- You don't know anything about the sport
- You don't know anything about the people who participate in it
But damnit, you know you don't like 'em, 'cause they must be snobby rich snobby-pants people!
Hint - look up the definition of "snob". And join Paul in the fucking useless liberal making the rest of us look bad club. Which needs a snappier name. How about you get on that and stop fucking things up for the rest of us?
Jun 23, 2011
commented on The Morning News
James Arthur Ray was convicted of negligent homicide; the jury explicitly rejected the option of convicting him of manslaughter.
Granted that the line doesn't work as well when it's accurate, you should still consider using it.
(Never mind the bastard *should* have been convicted of manslaughter, he wasn't.)