“This isn't a free speech issue. This is a capitalism issue. The first amendment protects citizens against GOVERNMENT limits on speech, but it doesn't protect individuals from the free market making judgments about how to operate a business. These guys do not have a constitutional right to have a nationwide cable TV show, and HGTV has np obligation to provide them with one. Fact is, their views would have cost HGTV money, and HGTV is responding accordingly. Its as simple as that.”
“Good for you. Not only can you be "Freedoms (sic) Sentry" but you can be the "Artistic Sentry" too. It may not be how the world is, but it must be comforting to think you live in a world where everything's so perfectly black and white.”
“There was a Civil War and the North won. Unless there's a 10th Amendment issue, when in conflict Federal law trumps State law. The Federal government clearly has the authority to manage Federal land, just like it manages every military base in America. The State of Nevada isn't even asserting jurisdiction over these Federal grazing lands. There is simply no States Rights issue here. These are Federal lands, being managed in trust for all of us by the BLM, and this guy hasn't paid his bills in over 20 years. Fact is, these grazing fees are ridiculously low to begin with.”
“He sure looks guilty, but I'm not sure what his employer is supposed to do except presume him innocent until the legal process plays out. Their ONLY alternative is to suspend him with pay until there's proof he violated the "morals clause" of his contract.”
Siberian H on Apr 7, 2014 at 15:12:00
“It doesn't matter if he is guilty unless he is a scrub riding the bencg. As long as you are a starter that's all that matters.”
“Many here seem to fundamentally not understand why so many are angry with Oculus Rift and disgusted with Facebook. These folks are annoyed because the reality that now faces Oculus is exactly the opposite of the "vision" that was articulated to get people excited enough to contribute through Kickstarter in the first place. Two examples: No doubt that (1) Oculus will no longer be an open source platform and (2) Oculus will almost certainly operate through Facebook authentication and both developers and users will have to have accounts with and interact with the Facebook environment (and the inevitable collection and sale of meta-data) as part of using Oculus. This is the exact OPPOSITE of the vision that attracted Kickstarter contributors. Obviously the original contributors have no legal recourse, but their irritation is completely understandable.”
“The reality/science-based community needs to stop using the language of belief regarding controversial scientific matters, e,g.,, "I believe in evolution," or, "I believe in climate change."
"Belief" is what the faith-based community does, it is NOT what good scientists do..
Evolution IS. Climate change IS. Both scientific controversies exist as OBSERVABLE, DEMONSTRABLE, AND SETTLED FACTS of the natural world. Like gravity, the speed of light, and the THEORY of relativity, these are facts of the world -- subject to ongoing and rigorous testing and possible future refinement, but facts nonetheless. "Belief" has nothing to do with it, and the language of advocates of science needs to consistently reflect that.
And advocates of Creationism really do need to learn the difference between the use of the word "Theory" in science, vs. its very different usage in common everyday language. Religious fundamentalists are deliberately conflating the two uses of the word "Theory" to sow uncertainty and confusion about the scientific community's certainty about evolution. This self-serving conflation of the scientific and common meanings of "Theory" exhibits either a profound ignorance of science and the scientific method, or intellectual dishonesty on a monumental scale. The Creationists need to decide which its going to be: Ignorant, Dishonest, or Both.
“Sad to see so many obstructionist Republicans (both paid and unpaid), rooting for America's failure to improve its healthcare system. And many of these implementation hiccups are a consequence of Republicans refusal to pass the kinds of routine "cleanup legislation" that is typical after ANY major new initiative is passed. To the GOP, remember, this was a REPUBLICAN initiative that you'd be supporting with all your might if a Republican was proposing it. In fact, if you're old enough to have been opposing "Hillarycare" back in the 1990's, you probably DID support Obamacare at that time, because it was the GOP alternative to the Democrats proposal. Makes your head spin, doesn't it?”
“Could be true that service in Laughlin sucks. I've never dined there before. But I doubt that it has anything to do with whether or not the labor is unionized, since most Vegas restaurant workers on the Strip are unionized too, and you acknowledge their service there is generally excellent. More likely its bad management at relatively few (no competition) locations.”
“First, Las Vegas is a city and not a state. Second, in my experience dining service in Las Vegas is generally outstanding. Third, where do y'all get this stuff?”
Happylib on Mar 11, 2014 at 18:11:01
“Oops. Thanks for the correct. I meant to say Laughlin in the union state of Nevada, and I started thinking about fun times in Vegas. :) I agree that Vegas has good service. Laughlin is a combo of union help who do not depend on tips and very little competition. That was my point. The service is over-the-top HORRIBLE there. I worked for tips and I made a killing because I knew where the butter for my bread was!!”
“We are witnessing the death throes of the Republican Party. Remember, demographics is destiny, and this country is turning bluer every day. Sad to say. but legendary economist Paul Samuelson was right: "Sometimes progress happens one funeral at a time."”
“Christie says, "this is not representative of my Administration." Really? It seems, at minimum, that senior aides at both the Port Authority and Christie's inner circle were in on this. That seems the very definition of "representative of your Administration." There's probably not a paper trail tying him to the conversations he certainly had with his Deputy Chief of Staff, but I wonder how much she's willing to twist in the wind on his behalf? Looks like he's throwing her under the bus at lightning speed.
Will she lawyer up and try to weather the storm, ala Scooter Libby? Or will she tell the truth and cut a deal with legislators and/or prosecutors in exchange for immunity? The coming weeks should be very interesting for the State of New Jersey and Governor Soprano.”
“Sorry to disappoint you (and sadly, I am sure it IS a disappointment), but unlike most states, California is facing a significant budget surplus this year. In addition, I wish all those Red States could send a thank you note or something for how California has been subsidizing their economic "Race to the Bottom" for years. After all, California has been a net exporter of federal tax dollars for decades, while most of the Red States have been more than happy to import those federal dollars to help prop up their low-wage economies.
And I'm sure that SF future is indeed grim, with economic dinosaurs like Google, Apple, Oracle, Hitachi, Intel, National Semiconductor, Chevron, Pixar, Dreamworks, LucasFilm, PayPal, Visa, Wells Fargo, eBay, Yahoo!, Facebook, Linkedin, Gap, Gymboree, Levis, Macys, Pottery Barn, Safeway, Adobe, Intuit, McAfee, Cisco, Symantec, etc.
If you'd like me to list a few dozen more major employers, please just let me know. Trust me, SF is doing just fine, even if they do have to accomplish it without you wishing it well.”
Patient Zero on Jan 1, 2014 at 15:21:00
“Those businesses are in the SF Bay Area, not necessarily in SF proper, but yes. SF itself is doing so well, that you really can't even live in it now unless you're very well off.”