Seriously, US and USSR military strategists quickly realized that a space-based weapon would allow either country to basically annihilate the other little or no response time. Most everyone else didn't want to get zapped either so they signed on as well.
However, the US has flirted with the idea of skirting the treaty by using other "non-bomb" space-based weapons. Remember "star wars" anti-missile system from Reagan era?? It would have used lasers to zap incoming ruskie ICBMs. Didn't work out too well.”
“The location is actually called, "Largo di Torre Argentina". The ruins occupy the center of the square and are 15-20 feet below the current street grade. A large colony of feral cats call the site home -- an odd fate for an historical site.”
“The GOP knows that Romney is not going to win so they are shifting him to what he does best - fundraising. Large chunks of these funds are not going to Romney/Ryan campaign, but are instead going to the RNC to help vulnerable GOP candidates on down ballot races.
Meanwhile the GOP will keep a brave face on the Romney campaign. This avoids a total implosion of the Romney campaign and prevents the Dems from gaining too much momentum.
Dems need to avoid taking the head fake and target competitive House and Senate races.”
“This is just the latest chapter in problems with inequitable funding of Texas schools. This round has been sparked by deep school funding cuts imposed by the GOP-controlled legislature and Perry to resolve multi-billion $$ deficits.
“Hmm, why do I get the feeling that Higgs boson (mass) research is related to FTL results??
Remember, that E=mass*speed of light^2. Relativity says that mass appears to increase (at least from a relative standpoint) as an object approaches SOL. This is why massless particles like photons can travel at SOL.
So what if a particle appears to have "negative" (at least from a relative standpoint) mass?? I've never heard of one but we haven't found a Higgs boson either and we don't exactly understand how mass works either. FTL could be a possibility within the Std Model after all.
This is an exciting time in physics. And no, I'm not a scientist either.”
tooncesrocks on Oct 7, 2011 at 17:43:48
“not sure L-Hand. One thing I've read is that if a particle is already traveling faster than the speed of light... that it only increases in speed as it loses energy due to the ^2.
it will be a great story no matter how it turns out :)”
“Sigh...sorry, but justices don't wear red or blue robes. Yes, some judges are "conservative" or "liberal" on particular issues (guns rights, abortion, etc.) but it's usually a much more complicated picture beyond that.
Judge Sutton's comments are significant not b/c he is a GOP appointee. Rather, b/c they are consistent w/the prevailing interpretation of the "Commerce Clause" of the constitution. Specifically, Art. I, § 8, cl. 3, gives Congress the power "[t]o regulate Commerce with foreign Nations, and among the several States, and with the Indian Tribes."
The legal question b/f the courts is whether Congress power under the Commerce Clause includes things like the so called "individual mandate" in the HCL. Judge Sutton, like most legal pros, say "yes" b/c there's little doubt that the insurance businesses are engaged interstate commerce.
“One of the problems with that statement is that even tho the Insurance Company may operate in more than one state, the consumer may only purchase from those plans offered in their state.
That does not make it interstate commerce, for the consumer it is intrastate.”
08Voter on Sep 29, 2011 at 15:23:12
“Justices don't wear red or blue robes...Lol
Citizens United? Anyone?
"The text of the Constitution itself
does not admit such a limiting principle. Moreover, the court has been unable to
find any precedent, and the parties have been unable to direct the court to any
precedent, that permits the expansion of the Commerce Clause authority to
regulate individuals prior to their engagement in commercial activity on the basis of
the unique nature of the market being regulated. This court is bound by the
principles of stare decisis and must reasonably interpret, not create, law."
“I don't know about damnation, but the GOP/TP would probably be better off trying to improve the law, rather than seek to overturn the individual mandate. Yeah, it plays to the base but the reality is that HCL is actually based on private insurance. That's why the GOP proposed an individual mandate back in the 90's.
Even if the law is overturned and the Dems don't retake Congress, the health care issue is not going away - especially since the private insurance companies will have just lost millions of customers who would otherwise have been req'd to buy their product.
As for SCOTUS, this is a court case and not a popular election so it's decision one way or the other isn't a "repudiation" of anyone. Sure, judges are like everyone else and have their built-in spin on things but it's not like the justices will be holding a press conference on their decision. They just move on to the next case.”
jackinjax on Sep 28, 2011 at 19:33:25
“With most of the rank and file wanting out and out repeal, I can't see the Republicans trying to improve what is surely on the road to being single payer. Last poll I saw said 58% of Americans wanted the bill repealed. If SCOTUS throws out the mandate, it would be the kiss of death for EITHER party to try to patch it up and run it through again in any other form.
Private sector insurance providers will be happy to go back to the old status quo. They were making billions before, they would make billions going back.”
Actually, "it" is a lawyer w/years practice...so don't pretend that you know more law than I do. You make a distinction w/no relevance. Fact is most folks w/a serious pre-existing condition fall outside of the 63-day HIPAA limitation.
...and I'm not a liberal. Just calling it like I see it.”
“To the TP/GOP types out there, beware of what you wish for.
You only need to look at Kaiser Foundation Study released released this wk understand why Obama opted to cut to the chase. MSM gave lots of coverage to increase in premiums but key factoid is lots of new folks have coverage and benefits -- adult children, pre-existing conditions, mammograms, etc. This is an expansion of PRIVATE insurance (i.e., not gov't insurance).
If SCOTUS upholds HCL then Obama has eliminated a big talking point for the GOP. The GOP/TP may not like it, but it's the law. Obama can then point out all of the wasted hot air and taxpayer $$ the GOP has spent trying to overturn the law.
If SCOTUS overturns HCL, then Obama has a new campaign talking point - lots of folks just lost their coverage and he will be more than happy to tell everyone about it. What's more, since SCOTUS will have declared an "individual mandate" unconstitutional then only leaves a couple of options: (i) expand Medicare or (ii) (gasp) establish single payer. Ahem, that would be an expansion of GOV'T insurance programs.
Sorry GOP/TP, you've been played. Check-mate.”
jackinjax on Sep 28, 2011 at 18:10:19
“Interesting. Damned if you, and damned if you don't? I think if SCOTUS strikes down the mandate, it will be a repudiation of Obama. The plan will not work without the mandate, and unless the Dems can hold on the Senate, and retake the House before the end of Obama's second term (God forbid on all counts) he can't pass the single payer plan the left wants.”
burnking1 on Sep 28, 2011 at 18:06:26
“what a scare tactic, no one believes these anymore. and the last sentence, are you 16?”
mpsbh1 on Sep 28, 2011 at 18:05:25
“I think we've all been played.”
YoureWrongAgain on Sep 28, 2011 at 18:03:38
“Once again a liberal misinteprets what it reads. First major inaccurate factoid. If you have a pre existing condition and had no lapse in coverage for the previous 63 days, you CAN NOT BE DENIED insurance. That law has been on the books for more than 15 years. Its call HIPAA. go read it and then come back.”
“So we go full circle (again) and the MSM has (again) missed the obvious irony here. MSM breathlessly focuses on the horse race and neglects to recognize what's really going on.
The modern Israeli state owes its very existence to the 1947 UN resolution for the partition of Palestine, which was at that time a British Protectorate. The UN resolution called for the formation of 2 states - on Arab and one Jewish. The ink had barely dried when the fighting and recriminations on both sides began and continues to this day.
With this in mind, it's rather ironic that the Israeli PM would stand before the UN today to argue that a Palestinian state cannot be established by the UN. That's simply not true. Were it so, then Israel would not exist.
What is true, however, is that Israel and more importantly, the US, will not recognize any Palestinian state outside their unspecified terms - which are subject to change, from time to time (i.e., never).”
TAIsabel on Sep 23, 2011 at 16:16:18
“The entire world is paying for the folly of the British Empire. They had no right to unilaterally issue a Balfour Declaration without any regard for the Palestinians. It is indicative of eir racism and bigotry against the Arabs. Their arbitrary and selfserving lines in the sand in South Asia and the ME will strangle us for generations to come.
Shame on the British, shame on us for following in their twisted and dirty footsteps.”
“Hmm, seems odd that HP is in such a hurry to get out of the phone and tablet biz....and only a few days after Google + Moto (Moogle) deal is announced.
Google says everyone will still have full access to Android but no one is buying it. It's like your college roommate's girlfriend has moved in and he's insisting that she's ok w/you hanging around. Yeah, right.
It's no secret that the Koreans (Samsung and HTC) and other Android-based manufacturers don't like the Moogle deal and are looking for a new OS. Well, HP happens to own WebOS and was just getting its feet wet w/its own gear soo..
Could HP be abandoning its phone and tablet gear to cut a deal w/the Koreans for access to WebOS?? Samsung, HTC, etc. + HP would make a formidable competitor to Apple and Moogle. Meanwhile HP would still have access to WebOS for its remaining hardware - PCs, laptops, servers, printers, etc.”
“Well, I think the GOP's got the lead on the smear approach as well. They've always been pretty good at it (Willy Horton, Swift Boat, etc). Ron Paul supporters seem very interested in Perry's sex life:
The facts of the case are undeniably tragic, but Perry (and Tex AG Abbott) have really gone out of their way to deny that Texas executed an innocent man. As with many instances of alleged misconduct, it's the cover up that is just waaay out of bounds.”
billy112140 on Aug 18, 2011 at 15:20:00
“If that`s the case of a father accused of setting a fire that killed his kids, i read and saw the story about it. I just sat there with my head down and wondered how a man ( Perry ) and a state could do that to a human being and sleep at night.”
justwantajob on Aug 18, 2011 at 15:14:25
“Houston news? Really? Anti-death penalty. Anti-conservative. Please. Half truthes and lies. You libs must be really scared of Perry if you're coming out in front and trying to get us to nominiate someone else.”
“sigh...nat'l media just slooowly beginning to figure Perry out.
Perry figured out long b/f many others in the GOP to play to the TP. Down is up and up is down and so on. Personal beliefs are taken as "truths" and "fact" -- even if they are actually in conflict with reality.
For example, Perry's comments on global warming are perceived as "true" by his supporters. Never mind he cannot actually cite any actual proof to back up his statements. Any effort by the media, leading scientists, the pope, etc. to prove otherwise would be viewed by his supporters as part of some grand conspiracy coverup - another effort by "big gov't" to intrude on their lives. So don't expect Perry to back down. He will instead keep on message and if the media challenges him on it, so much the better.
All bets are off though if the media actually catch him in a lie. That is, that Perry is not actually one of the "true believers".”
“"The governor's media team in Austin did not return a request for comment."
Get used to the stonewalling. Perry is like Palin, but w/a fake front tooth. Media access is limited to only very friendly venues and his "public statements" are often in the form of social media tweets - which the media promptly broadcasts with little or no scrutiny.
This tactic allows him to shape the narrative and stick to his talking points. No follow-up questions or analysis as to whether any of it is true. Opponents are left to debate with a blinking cursor.
You need only look at Perry's last re-election campaign to see how he operates. Perry refused to meet any the Texas newspaper editorial boards. Refused to debate his Democratic opponent. Refused to comment on the multi-billion state budget deficit. He just stuck to his talking points, tweeted, and insisted that everything was fine. If a reporter wrote something negative, Perry's campaign would "unfriend" the reporter. Petty yes, but it put the reporter at a disadvantage at getting what little info was actually available.
Perry won, walking away.”
tdgaustin on Aug 20, 2011 at 18:01:05
“Here in Austin...you are correct on all points. ...refused to debate...that says so much about the guy and how he operates.”
“Texas "miracle" is about as real as Perry's fake front tooth - yep, it's a dental prosthetic.
GOP cut property taxes in the prior biennial budget (legis only convenes on odd no. yrs) with promises that the cuts would lead to more growth, revenue and jobs. Not. When the deficits piled up, the GOP pushed through massive budget cuts, especially in social services and education and rejected any increase in taxes -- even closing any loop holes and tax breaks for the wealthy. They even extended tax cuts on the purchase of yachts! Oil and gas lobbyists were even shocked as the industry is quite healthy and flush w/cash so they figured they would need to give a bit on the state's tax breaks in light of the severity of the budget cuts. Nope, not one cent.
“So I take it then, that you were opposed to the Bush Tax Cuts (both rounds), unfunded Medicare Prescription Drug, and 2 wars in Middle East?? We had a surplus until Shrub and the GOP forced those UNFUNDED fiscal policies. And oh yeah, Shrub and GOP also passed TARP bailout for banks too!”
anthdif on Aug 2, 2011 at 16:03:27
“yes, I was opposed to the two wars in the Middle East and I still am opposed while we add a third which is in Syria. I am also concerned with the major cuts to Medicare that will result from the National Health Care plan. But what really amazes me is how you and people like you never want to deal with the issues of Today, but want to talk about three to four years ago and who is to blame. Perhaps, this is the clearest explanation why this President can't seem to get his hands around the problems and certaintly hasn't proposed or enacted a meaningful solution since his election!! We have an economic mess and the problems are not getting resolved. Frankly, Obama is merely an extension of Bush; no better and no worse!”