“T Trump -- true. Now how about adding that the terminally brain-dead accusations against the President made by the even more brain-dead "Birther Movement" are nothing but utter BS? AND that they are OLDER than said Birth BS?”
“rcmdr7, no worry. Texas' expanded castle defense law now includes traveling to and from work, as well as at work. since the meter man was at his "place of work," so to speak, he could strap on a Big Iron and tell that idiot homeowner, "BACK OFF, JACK!"”
“Oh, goody goody. A million armed Floridians. Just wait until half of them are armed -- in a state with 19-20 million residents!
Now, if we can just get other states of the NRA -- I mean controlled by the NRA, sorry -- to do likewise, what a happy day it will be!
Heck, everyone ought to raise the bar: shoot for -- no pun intended -- say, 75% of the roughly 311 million Americans there are. And give each and everyone an open-carry permit (none of this wishy-washy, sissy "concealed" -- trash; get serious). Eliminate any and all restrictions on where they can carry them. Then anyone with a permit can stroll into a courtroom, police station, public kindergarten, any government office. That way when something doesn't go the citizen's way, he can pointedly remind the denying individual of the Big Iron or Glock on his hip. especially pansy-wamby judges and pushy cops.
Paradise RESTORED!!! That'll shut up those traitors who don't think most of us need an assault rifle, especially full-auto ones. Those are just so much FUN!”
“jerseytrambo, the "you'll get my gun when you pry it out of my COLD,DEAD FINERS!" crowd apparently plucks the first big number that pops into their minds when making such claims For example, I red within the past three weeks or so a comment in which the write pronounced that over 2 MILLION incidents had been stopped cold by lawfully armed citizens in 2010 alone. But a year or two ago, I read another comment, supposedly written by a mid-level NRA official, that the number was what he clearly thought was an impressive number of around 50,000 -- 1/40th of the more recent number I mentioned first.
Take your pick. If you manage to corner them and make them REALIZE they ARE bought and compromised, they'll babble about the Constitution on a reflexive level controlled by the autonomic nervous system. I suspect scientists will eventually discovered it's a genetic flaw, perhaps inherited by some, but honed and developed by plain nuts.”
“cottonpenny, I agree whole-heartedly -- but there's also this: for every single job out there in America, there are FOUR Americans actively seeking work. Yet some in our society tell them, "Though stuff. Suffer."”
“dancingstu -- maybe Playboy and Playgirl, Hustler, or maybe Xaviera Hollander of "the Happy Hooker" fame? Or maybe some university might recruits for a degree program in sexology, including a summer internship every summer for practical training at The Chicken Farm!
And let FOREIGN firms get in on the act so some foreign money is rolling back THIS direction. I'm think maybe Asian traditional medicine shops that sell stuff like dried and powered tiger, um, let's see -- "tiger poles," a.k.a. "boy tigers' junk."”
“Being a Texan myself, I had to chuckle -- very darkly, anyway -- at that.
Seriously, though -- can you show me a state prison system has done any better, at least much. And don't confuse our trial and sentencing system with the prison system; all it does is lock up those the judicial system has found guilty for a prison crime. Even the death penalty, happily and merrily imposed far and wide (I'm sorry to say) in the state of my birth with crowds cheering heartedly, loudly, and with great enthusiasm isn't imposed by the *prison system.* As is true of ALL states'.”
“mech126 -- now THAT got an outright guffaw from me! THANKS!!!
I can hardly WAIT to see those signs. You've reminded me to print out some stories and pictures -- especially pictures -- of TP'ers demonstrating and ranting about "Obamacare is unconstitutional" (scratch THAT, huh?) so when they don their ridiculous tri-cornered hats and so on then demonstrate a decade or so from now, I can show the reality today on a big-screen TV mounted in the back of a pick-up!
“4given4ever, I know I've seen your screen name before, more than once -- and that you went off into deep space then, too, light years from the actual TOPIC discussed, including here.
Turned the autopilot on, enter "Destination: Earth," then punch the activate button. Relax while a medibot administers meication to put you to sleep until you reach Earth (so you can't screw up again).”
4given4ever on Jul 16, 2012 at 15:17:16
“I was very much aware of what I was doing autopilot was off.. Sometimes dear, you need a forced entry into a hostil atmosphere full of astroids that try and knock you off track so we can't see all destinations and possibilities of what is going on or being reported in inner space. It was my probe into a blackhole. I have since landed safely and mission accomplished. Thanks OB one. ”
“D6E4, according to the Starbucks' Investor Relation Page's FAQ (the very first question), it doesn't franchise at all with no plans to do so, though they own Best Brands -- and that does franchise. (It's not cheap, at least not for most people.)
BTW, I have nothing to do with Starbucks -- there are several well under a mile from where I live, but I've been in one -- twice, and both those times were years ago. I like them fine, but they're too expensive for my taste. That's just me, though. I don't have it out for them, either.”
“Of course Romney wants at least 50.1 of the vote when it comes right down to it (and the necessar electoral ones, of course) -- as does President Obama.
And I understand his wanting "good" people to support him.
Of course, we all know that one single individual's will make any difference to either candidate's winning or losing this election.
An individual a wide band of voters across most of the spectrum who can win their trust and convince his or her endorsement for either can't is at least *potentially* important. If that individual can convince, literally, millions to turn out and actually vote -- not a very strong point for us in America -- that one person could, indeed, turn an election.
So -- where in the world does an ignorant clown like Trump, of all people, fit into Romney's calculations? Is Romney using a vote calculator for adding up possible popular and electoral votes? -- a calculator using the Republican "Magic Math" program?”
2lib4oh on Jul 16, 2012 at 10:26:45
“Hey, a vote is a vote is a vote. It doesn't have to be from a smart voter. And if the numbers aren't working then you send in people who know how to hack an election.
Its simple.Really, don't worry about it. Mitt has it covered.”
“True. I happen to receive Japan's English-language cable news channel, NHK, and about a year or so ago saw a documentary about a factory that pre-mechanization employed upwards of 900 workers or so per shift. After mechanization, the per-shift number of employees dropped to an astounding *3,* who could match the output of those 900 workers previously employed.
Granted, that's a truly extreme and exceptional example involving a company that took a long view and invested a *bunch* of money to automate dadgum near everything.
So, whether its the cheap labor available in some countries or the cutting-edge stuff we could do here, I imagine that long-term, most traditional manufacturing will simply disappear. Heck, look at how many people it takes to engage in agriculture today compared to even just 50-60 years ago, more if you go back to the the end of the 19th century and earlier. Of course, you have to compare like crops and scenarios to make true comparisons, or to fairly equate them in some way -- for instance, how many mules can a single average tractor today?”
French Toast on Jul 15, 2012 at 13:11:36
“Legos are made with no workers on the floor. There is essentially a maintenance crew for the robots.
The pain is in the shift. Much like agriculture, the jobs will just go elsewhere eventually. In the meantime, a lot of otherwise productive people will have their potential go to waste. ”
“Ms. Sacramony, just as perfectly free to buy the products, you are equally free not to do so -- and to urge your family, friends, neighbors, colleagues, etc. to not buy them.
If the tone of your comment here is representative of your general attitude -- uppity, judgmental, and sarcastic -- perhaps a slight change to your screen name is in order -- from "Sacramony" to "Sanctimony."”
“MANOFCOMMONSENSE, I'm Texan and when I read your comment that Texas and California have somewhere in the neighborhood of the same number of state residents. That struck me as odd, since California has 53 congressional districts compared to Texas' 32 -- inexplicable if they have roughly the same number of people. So I looked up the estimated 2012 population for the two states. California had roughly 38 million compared to Texas' roughly 26 million, a difference of 12 million. That means that for about every 100 Texans there are slightly over 146 Californians -- a pretty big difference.
We Texans may have some bragging rights about Texas being larger than California (I know, I know, "but not Alaska"), but that's in terms of *area,* not *population."”
MANOFCOMMONSENSE on Jul 15, 2012 at 12:43:31
“Sorry...lol... You guys have alot of Starbucks??”
“Sir -- that's the most honest answer I've heard, pro or con. There's a helluva lot of it I don't like, and I'm deeply suspicious of Chief Justice Roberts' stated reason for voting for the Act's constitutionality -- he may have helped established a precedent allowing the Supremes' interference with the tax powers granted to Congress (and to Congress alone) in the Contitution).
But the Court has ruled.
I can't tell you how delighted I am that you are very open to point-blank, no-nonsense write what you wrote. And I salute you, with respect, for it, even if we still PARTLY disagree. (I don't hate the Act completely, by a good margin, just significant parts of it.)”