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Nuclear Fallout: The Real-World Consequences Of Senate Filibuster Reform

Nuclear Fallout: The Real-World Consequences Of Senate Filibuster Reform

Commented Nov 22, 2013 at 09:11:22 in Politics

“Power grab by the Democrats? Ha! This change was not brought about by some long-standing Democratic agenda item finally being realized, it was brought about by Republican obstructionism and their abandonment of democratic principles with their shutdown, etc. As in, Republicans brought this roof down on themselves. Democrats didn't seize power, Republicans gave it up by failing to lead responsibly or legislate in good faith. How many decades, for example, did they have a chance to change healthcare when they had the gavel, and chose to do absolutely nothing? You don't like Democratic ideas? Fine. Then come up with your own, rather than just hate on/filibuster the people actually trying to improve things.”

Monkey business on Nov 22, 2013 at 09:27:30

“The GOP/Tea Party blocked and blocked.took our nation hostage again and again. With nothing against the three of any substance except to make life for the president harder they forgot how to be a team . Their blockheaded attitude cost them. They thought Harry Reid was a fool. Well, now they know. He was a gentleman who played by the rules something that this congress could not understand or appreciate.This will not change the mentality of the party of NO. Good job Harry.”

jnratliff on Nov 22, 2013 at 09:25:27

“F & F”

baba2655 on Nov 22, 2013 at 09:21:21

“And Boehner, where are the jobs?!???!!!!”
Nuclear Fallout: The Real-World Consequences Of Senate Filibuster Reform

Nuclear Fallout: The Real-World Consequences Of Senate Filibuster Reform

Commented Nov 22, 2013 at 09:01:08 in Politics

“Heh, you're trying to make it sound like Republicans didn't bring this on themselves.”
Miley Cyrus Censored By MTV After On-Stage Smoking

Miley Cyrus Censored By MTV After On-Stage Smoking

Commented Nov 11, 2013 at 12:32:14 in Entertainment

“You can tell she hasn't been toking very long; she still thinks she can shock people.”
Miley Cyrus Turns Heads At The MTV EMAs In Plunging, Backless Dress

Miley Cyrus Turns Heads At The MTV EMAs In Plunging, Backless Dress

Commented Nov 11, 2013 at 12:27:19 in Entertainment

“Regardless of whether you read the article, you still clicked on the link. Which means your eyeballs scanned across the ads, which is all the advertisers care about, which is all that HuffPo cares about. HuffPo gets paid per click. If you TRULY don't want to see more articles like this, then don't click on the link. Clicking on the link (regardless of your opinion of the article) only encourages HuffPo to post more like it.”

bluestatedog on Nov 11, 2013 at 15:18:50

“Ok, thanks, I will keep that in mind in the future!”
Ethan Hawke: Our Species Is Not Monogamous

Ethan Hawke: Our Species Is Not Monogamous

Commented Nov 7, 2013 at 14:57:48 in Divorce

“So when Ethan walks in on his wife while she's got 3 other guys in the room, I wonder if he'll still sing the same tune. :-P”
Ethan Hawke: Our Species Is Not Monogamous

Ethan Hawke: Our Species Is Not Monogamous

Commented Nov 7, 2013 at 14:55:07 in Divorce

“It seems like most people are debating whether what he said is true or not. Well heck, any casual perusal of a textbook on natural history and evolution will back him up, so it's not like he's blowing anyone's mind on that point.

The larger issue to me is that he seems to be saying these things in order to justify the act of cheating. Regardless of whether monogamy is natural or not, a loving spouse simply does not hurt the one they love, no matter how misguided they feel their loved one's insistence on fidelity is.

There is a reason we have different words for "polyamorism" and "cheating." It's because "cheating" isn't just taking more than one lover, it is a betrayal of trust, and that's the real issue here. If someone believes they have the right to explore relationships outside their marriage under the auspices that monogamy is unnatural, but their spouse is unaware of and would be unsupportive of this "exploration", then they are still a dirty cheater.

I agree that monogamy is unnatural, but I would be a 100% jerk if I used this fact as an excuse to betray my wife's expectation of fidelity. If I really believed monogamy was not a realistic expectation of myself, then I wouldn't have married the woman I did. I would have married a different woman, or not married at all. What I would NOT do is cheat on my fidelity-expecting wife and then rationalize my behavior as "natural."”

sinclair79 on Nov 7, 2013 at 16:48:27

“Well said and I agree.”
Ethan Hawke: Our Species Is Not Monogamous

Ethan Hawke: Our Species Is Not Monogamous

Commented Nov 7, 2013 at 14:29:47 in Divorce

“That's beside the point. When you love somebody, you don't hurt them, regardless of whether their "social structure" is misguided or not. It is wrong for a polyamorous person to marry a monogamous person, regardless of whether monogamy is natural or not. The only way Ethan is not a heel is if he told Uma before they got married about his opinions regarding monogamy and she still married him regardless.”
Colorado Marijuana Taxes Prop. AA Passes: Legal Weed Will Be Taxed

Colorado Marijuana Taxes Prop. AA Passes: Legal Weed Will Be Taxed

Commented Nov 7, 2013 at 13:37:11 in Politics

“Using Apple as an example is also a terrible analogy because Apple, until very recently, has had little to no real competition. A LOT less competition than pot producers will. This is because it takes a heck of a lot more work to design, manufacture and bring something as unique as an iPad to market than it does a bud of weed. Anyone can grow pot, but not everyone can design, build, and distribute a highly specialized and miniaturized semiconductor using material and rare earths from all around the world.

Simply put, when you say "the market will support the price they sell it at" that is only true when there is little to no competition and the company has a captive audience (such as Apple until recently).

I'm also aghast at your assertion that the black market for weed is "perfectly safe." Perfectly safe? PERFECTLY SAFE??? So you regard all the gang and cartel violence that this black market creates as PERFECTLY SAFE???

Your anti-corporatism feelings are admirable, but they've pushed you past the point of being rational. Most proponents of legalization/students of Prohibition agree that higher prices are a perfectly acceptable consequence of reducing the horrific blight on society created by gang and cartel violence. I hate corporatism too, but I'd hate being shot for being in the wrong place at the wrong time even more, and I'd hate being jailed for a vice that is about as detrimental to society as caffeine even more.”
Colorado Marijuana Taxes Prop. AA Passes: Legal Weed Will Be Taxed

Colorado Marijuana Taxes Prop. AA Passes: Legal Weed Will Be Taxed

Commented Nov 7, 2013 at 12:54:06 in Politics

“Finally, are you CERTAIN the price for bread hasn't come down since the 50's? I must assume you are adjusting for inflation with that assertion, RIGHT??? There are so many other factors to calculate as well. For example the population is much different than it was in the 50's, which influences demand, and we all know that the greatest determinant of price is supply vs. demand (RIGHT???). There are exponentially more people now than there were in the 50's, which means a lot more demand for bread and yet a much smaller amount of land on which to grow the supply of wheat. That has an upward effect on prices. I'm as wary of corporatism as the next guy, but I'd rather support a corporation that grows pot than support a corporation that owns prisons. One profits from making pot legal, the other profits from keeping pot illegal. But only one puts people in prison for heating natural plant fiber and enjoying the ensuing vapor. That is a far greater evil of corporatism than any of the evils you describe.”
Colorado Marijuana Taxes Prop. AA Passes: Legal Weed Will Be Taxed

Colorado Marijuana Taxes Prop. AA Passes: Legal Weed Will Be Taxed

Commented Nov 7, 2013 at 12:49:30 in Politics

“Having said all that, your OP seems to be arguing two different points: 1) that legalization and the ensuing taxation will raise prices, and 2) that black markets will be empowered by legalization.

I would say that on point #1 you have more standing than on point #2. Yes, my Colorado example does suggest that your first point is incorrect (top-shelf illegal pot costs about $250/oz, and Colorado's AFTER-tax price is also about $250/oz, which is not higher, it's the same), but nevertheless I can concede that prices can rise above where they are now if there is not enough competition in the legal market. (Since I do believe there will be plenty of competition, I am not worried about this) But it is a fallacy to assume that point #1 leads to point #2. If legalization empowered black markets, then bootlegging would still be thriving. Exactly the opposite happened: lifting Prohibition destroyed the market for bootleggers, the likes of Al Capone faded from history. History has proven that society is willing to pay a premium for their vices in order to avoid the "criminal" label, and they are willing to pay a premium for convenience (baking bread and brewing beer can actually be really easy with just a minimum of equipment, just not as easy as going to the store). So even if prices for legal stuff begin to exceed prices for illegal stuff, the black market still suffers. This was the lesson of Prohibition.”
Colorado Marijuana Taxes Prop. AA Passes: Legal Weed Will Be Taxed

Colorado Marijuana Taxes Prop. AA Passes: Legal Weed Will Be Taxed

Commented Nov 7, 2013 at 12:31:52 in Politics

“You accuse me of assuming that corporations will handle the legalization of pot differently than they have handled anything else in the last 200 years, when, if you had read my post more carefully, you would understand that I am arguing exactly the opposite. I am saying the corporations that get into the business of pot production will handle it just like they've handled everything else. Which includes enjoying the benefits of economies of scale. I absolutely agree that Cheech and Chong and Hippie Steve will not be the pot producers in a legalized world.

But by asserting as much, aren't you essentially arguing against your original post? If Mega Corp X is making all the legal pot, they certainly aren't going to be distributing through "Two Time Johnny" and his friends.

Please tell me you understand what people mean when they say "economies of scale" otherwise you'll never get it. It's a very basic business concept that every business owner understands. You keep on bringing up the bread analogy, but why are you ignoring the price of alcohol during and after Prohibition analogy? The bread analogy does not apply because bread was never illegal, and it is the legal/illegal dichotomy that makes this subject unique.”
LAX Shooting: TSA Agent Dead, Gunman In Custody At Airport (UPDATE)

LAX Shooting: TSA Agent Dead, Gunman In Custody At Airport (UPDATE)

Commented Nov 7, 2013 at 11:38:48 in Crime

“I see, so when our politicians speak of an "assault weapon ban", we AR owners have nothing to worry about since "it is in no way an "assault rifle""??? Just because an AR is technically considered a sport or long rifle and not officially an assault rifle is irrelevant to this discussion. The reason it is irrelevant is because when our politicians talk about an "assault weapon ban", they are including rifles such as my AR in that definition. If there are any AR owners out there who feel they are safe from an assault weapons ban just because an AR is not technically an assault rifle are in for a rude awakening. The people who are trying to ban "assault" rifles do not give a hoot whether the rifle is select fire or not. Right or wrong, propaganda or no, the media and our politicians are including ARs in their definition of assault rifle, and in their parlance "assault rifle" includes any military-STYLE rifle, and those are not illegal in CA. The type of rifle YOU are describing isn't legal ANYWHERE in the country, not just CA, which sort of destroys the premise of your OP.”

Silenze Dogood on Nov 7, 2013 at 13:46:20

“Oh, no, I agree with you on that. I'm objecting to terminology misused by those who have no idea what they are talking about.

"Assault weapon" itself is a made-up political term.”
Ethan Hawke: Our Species Is Not Monogamous

Ethan Hawke: Our Species Is Not Monogamous

Commented Nov 7, 2013 at 09:18:45 in Divorce

“Monogamy might not be a natural trait, but empathy is. The reason you don't cheat is not because it's not natural, but because you don't do things that would hurt your spouse. If your spouse is cool with it, then fine. But don't marry somebody and THEN rationalize your cheating. If you're the type who is polyamorous, then don't marry somebody who is not! Ethan is still a heel because he didn't start rationalizing like this until AFTER he married somebody who didn't share his perspective.”

NewsMix on Nov 7, 2013 at 09:39:22

“I agree. I had to chuckle going through the slide show with Elizabeth Taylor and Eddie Fischer. She later left him for Richard Burton. Poetic justice.”
LAX Shooting: TSA Agent Dead, Gunman In Custody At Airport (UPDATE)

LAX Shooting: TSA Agent Dead, Gunman In Custody At Airport (UPDATE)

Commented Nov 6, 2013 at 10:26:31 in Crime

“MILITARY assault rifles are illegal. Not all assault rifles are military. Just ask my AR-15.”

Silenze Dogood on Nov 6, 2013 at 10:41:29

“If you actually owned an AR-15 (and you don't) you would realize that it is in no way an "assault rifle." It does not have select fire (three-round burst or automatic fire). Your obvious lack of knowledge is showing.”
Colorado Marijuana Taxes Prop. AA Passes: Legal Weed Will Be Taxed

Colorado Marijuana Taxes Prop. AA Passes: Legal Weed Will Be Taxed

Commented Nov 6, 2013 at 10:21:22 in Politics

“"More corporations making bread today than in 1950 and has the cost of bread come down?"

This is a terrible analogy. Bread has never been illegal. A more appropriate analogy would be comparing the prices of alcohol during and after Prohibition. Prices most assuredly came down, especially after adjusting for inflation.”
Colorado Marijuana Taxes Prop. AA Passes: Legal Weed Will Be Taxed

Colorado Marijuana Taxes Prop. AA Passes: Legal Weed Will Be Taxed

Commented Nov 6, 2013 at 10:05:37 in Politics

“The critical factor you're not considering is economies of scale. You cite what it costs the average home grower to make a profit, utterly failing to recognize that the legal market will not be supplied by small time home growers. A big business can bring product to market at significantly less per-unit cost than a home grower. Case in point: CO's legal stuff is being sold for $200/oz before taxes, $250 after taxes. That is not higher than current black market prices, it is the same.”

OceanSize on Nov 7, 2013 at 13:37:11

“Using Apple as an example is also a terrible analogy because Apple, until very recently, has had little to no real competition. A LOT less competition than pot producers will. This is because it takes a heck of a lot more work to design, manufacture and bring something as unique as an iPad to market than it does a bud of weed. Anyone can grow pot, but not everyone can design, build, and distribute a highly specialized and miniaturized semiconductor using material and rare earths from all around the world.

Simply put, when you say "the market will support the price they sell it at" that is only true when there is little to no competition and the company has a captive audience (such as Apple until recently).

I'm also aghast at your assertion that the black market for weed is "perfectly safe." Perfectly safe? PERFECTLY SAFE??? So you regard all the gang and cartel violence that this black market creates as PERFECTLY SAFE???

Your anti-corporatism feelings are admirable, but they've pushed you past the point of being rational. Most proponents of legalization/students of Prohibition agree that higher prices are a perfectly acceptable consequence of reducing the horrific blight on society created by gang and cartel violence. I hate corporatism too, but I'd hate being shot for being in the wrong place at the wrong time even more, and I'd hate being jailed for a vice that is about as detrimental to society as caffeine even more.”

dbw8906 on Nov 6, 2013 at 10:21:51

“May god bless your faith in Mega Corp X as you expect them to act the total opposite of any corporation in the last 200 years.

Hippie Steve and or Cheech and Chong are not running these companies and they will maximize profits on the cost saving they produce from mass production. Easier to produce, ship, and make bread today than it was 100 years ago yet the prices never go down. You CAN make your own bread at significantly lower cost than you can buy it. These cottage industries are not going away, not every grower is a gangbanger and their customer base is perfectly happy to continue to support their "buddies". Weed-Mart isn't coming over to your house with a baggie and some doughnuts to watch Aqua Teen Hunger Force.

You fail to recognize the reality of corporate ownership and are pretending for the good people they will be discounting ganga for the betterment of humanity.”
Colorado Marijuana Taxes Prop. AA Passes: Legal Weed Will Be Taxed

Colorado Marijuana Taxes Prop. AA Passes: Legal Weed Will Be Taxed

Commented Nov 6, 2013 at 09:55:03 in Politics

“Except for the fact that legal stuff is cheaper to grow (y'know, economies of scale and all that). Colorado's stuff is going to be sold at $200/oz (according the HuffPo's article yesterday) which comes out to $250/oz after a 25% tax. And what is the going rate for top-shelf illegal stuff? The same: about $250/oz. We have to assume that people will be willing to pay at least some sort of premium to stay above the board (for the same reason that we all pay sin taxes on our alcohol even though we could brew it ourselves and avoid the tax), but in this example there isn't even a premium for the legal stuff, it is pretty much the exact same price. If people can toke legally for the same price as toking illegally, they'd be pretty stupid to keep doing it illegally.”
Colorado Marijuana Taxes Prop. AA Passes: Legal Weed Will Be Taxed

Colorado Marijuana Taxes Prop. AA Passes: Legal Weed Will Be Taxed

Commented Nov 6, 2013 at 09:45:23 in Politics

“Simply put, legal stuff should be much cheaper to produce than illegal stuff, therefore the legal stuff can withstand a fair amount of taxation before pushing people to black markets. Yesterday's article said that the CO shops are planning on selling an ounce for $200, which would be $250 after a 25% tax. Well, $250/oz is the going rate for top shelf illegal stuff in CA. And if the price is the same after taxes for both the legal and the illegal stuff, then the answer to your question should be No.”
Colorado Marijuana Taxes Prop. AA Passes: Legal Weed Will Be Taxed

Colorado Marijuana Taxes Prop. AA Passes: Legal Weed Will Be Taxed

Commented Nov 6, 2013 at 09:32:17 in Politics

“You might already be proven correct. I noticed yesterday that the CO shops were going to be selling it for $200/oz, therefore a 25% tax would raise the price to $250/oz. Well, here in CA the legal medicinal stuff (top shelf) is going for north of $300/oz (presumably taxed) and the top shelf illegal stuff is going for $250/oz. In other words, the stuff that is being produced above the board in CO has the SAME price AFTER taxes as the illegal stuff in CA, and a LOWER price AFTER taxes as the medicinal stuff in CA, which, while it is being distributed legally, is much more likely to have been produced illegally than the stuff now being grown in CO. This would suggest that legal producers can more readily take advantage of economies of scale, and therefore undercut the illegal producers to such a degree that, after taxes, prices for legal stuff remain roughly where they were when it was illegal. Weed is a weed, meaning it is very easy to grow. People could sell it for pennies and still make a profit if there weren't so much risk currently. Reducing the risk to produce reduces the price, which means the market should easily be able to withstand an increase in taxes without pushing people towards black markets.”
Colorado Marijuana Taxes Prop. AA Passes: Legal Weed Will Be Taxed

Colorado Marijuana Taxes Prop. AA Passes: Legal Weed Will Be Taxed

Commented Nov 6, 2013 at 09:06:17 in Politics

“The alleged side-effects of weed such as increased consumption of Cheetos & Goldfish, are far preferable to the side-effects of alcohol such as Wife-Beating & Date Rape. The taxes sound high, but doing the math, the stated price ($200/oz pre-tax, $250/oz post-tax) is still lower than what people are paying in CA for primo legal MM, and the same as what people are paying in CA for the primo illegal stuff. And if it costs the same as the illegal stuff, then this whole legalization thing might actually work.”
LAX Shooting: TSA Agent Dead, Gunman In Custody At Airport (UPDATE)

LAX Shooting: TSA Agent Dead, Gunman In Custody At Airport (UPDATE)

Commented Nov 1, 2013 at 13:10:16 in Crime

“Assault rifles are not illegal in California. I wonder what else you're wrong about.”

Silenze Dogood on Nov 4, 2013 at 10:41:48

“Yes they are. They are illegal under the 1934 NFA and 1986 laws ("have been for years").

This was not an assault rifle.”

Silenze Dogood on Nov 1, 2013 at 13:22:03

“??? You are misinformed. Assault rifles (select fire, intermediate cartridge military weapons) are illegal in the US unless you are one of the very few with an NFA tax stamp and ATF approval. Rarely used in crimes.”
LAX Shooting: TSA Agent Dead, Gunman In Custody At Airport (UPDATE)

LAX Shooting: TSA Agent Dead, Gunman In Custody At Airport (UPDATE)

Commented Nov 1, 2013 at 13:07:01 in Crime

“It's not happening in Obama's America, it's happening in Fox News' America.”
Melissa Joan Hart: Romney Tweet Led To 'Unbelievable' Hate

Melissa Joan Hart: Romney Tweet Led To 'Unbelievable' Hate

Commented Nov 1, 2013 at 10:31:33 in Entertainment

“A man might not hate a woman when he treats her like chattel, since he is just following his magic book, but it still feels like hate to the women being treated like chattel.”
1 In 4 Americans Say They'd Buy Pot If It Became Legal

1 In 4 Americans Say They'd Buy Pot If It Became Legal

Commented Oct 31, 2013 at 10:42:17 in Business

“Your post is pure misinformation. The supposed correlation between munchies and obesity has already been thoroughly debunked. And your assertion that the same ratio would grow pot as would use pot is about as absurd as asserting that everyone who drinks beer also brews it. And it would still be illegal for high school and college kids. They would still be able to get their hands on it of course, but the barriers would be higher than they are right now. The current distribution system does not include age verification.”
NSA Denies Reports That Obama Was Briefed On Angela Merkel Surveillance In 2010

NSA Denies Reports That Obama Was Briefed On Angela Merkel Surveillance In 2010

Commented Oct 28, 2013 at 09:56:36 in Politics

“Gee, you mean we actually utilize our intelligence services? Sounds like much ado about nothing.

As if Merkel doesn't have a file on Obama!”

FGSOCALA on Oct 28, 2013 at 10:05:45

“And Obama has one on all of US”
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