It's really hard to call anything at that time "bipartisan"
Given that the GOP clearly controlled all three branches. And it was the era of Tom DeLay as majority whip. His strategic use of extortion of his own party sowed seeds of distrust that are felt in the house to this day, and figure largely in our legislative gridlock, given that his approach killed compromise as a standard of negotiative practice.
Frankly it doesn't matter. The US as a whole was terrified when we created the TSA, not knowing the extent of the terror campaign against us, or how easy it was to exploit our airline system.
The attack worked. We were afraid and everyone voted recklessly, and now that emergency powers have been centralized it's become impossible to nullify them or return them to the people.
And that's how we're here. The US is bleeding out, and it may take a while before it fully collapses and transforms.
The Office of the Holy Inquisition is now the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith or CDF who recently went after the Leadership Conference of Women Religious for daring to think that the War on Poverty was a higher priority than bashing gays and suppressing contraception and abortion access.
The Spanish Inquisition took place during the Renaissance, founded in 1478.
The Holy Inquisition started circa 1230, and features Ad extirpanda the papal bull which authorized torture to extract confessions from heretics. It also would later feature that amazing discovery that you could torture confessions from witnesses to give up names, and by this marvelous exploit, get to torture everyone in a town.
And the church would seize the property of those who confessed, and give the state a share for its part. Gasoline on the fire.
Ferguson a finely crafted false narrative from the start by community activists for the public. NOT a case of police brutality or over reach.
As I was watching it streaming from cameras on the ground it looked a whole lot like police brutality. Overreach would be a euphemism for the disproportional response and outright abuse that was going on.
So...wait, I was wrong. Given what I saw with my own eyes as the situation unfolded, there is no possible justification of the behavior or the police forces in response to the Ferguson protests. That trainwreck will not go back on the tracks.
And given that the agencies couldn't find a few patsies to burn for the disaster they created, the entire mess serves to smear the whole precincts involved, and the County of St. Louis. If not the entire institution of Law Enforcement in the United States.
I'm pretty sure the Nineth amendment manages that.
Paraphrasing, your rights end where my rights begin.
And we've never established the right for people to not be offended by weirdos in their midst. Though the Hobby Lobby ruling by SCOTUS made a strong leap in that direction, granted the consensus of five Catholic justices.
As things are, a police officer has to right to enforce what he feels is right (arresting / assaulting those that behave in ways that he feels is wrong.) given that we cannot, nor do not expect a law-enforcement officer to know all the laws he is expected to enforce. Therefore police are given the latitude to enforce based on gut feelings.
So if they are offended by gays or blacks or goths or women in loose clothing, they have the precedent-demonstrated right to assault them with impunity.
So, yes, if you are a cop, then your hurt conscience and your sidearm skills are the only things that matter, your tendencies towards psychopathy, homophobia or racism notwithstanding.
The fact that state-rotting issues are not even on the table for reform or even challenge makes voting a trivial issue.
It's like California going after those who overwater their lawns while ignoring the excessive water waste in agri-business.
It's like House trying to balance the national budget by trimming the NEA or PBS while not even considering curbing military spending or addressing the inflated prices of big medicine.
The problems that we have that cannot be approached by voting -- or for that matter, any form of legal public involvement -- grossly overwhelm and override the issues that dominate elections. All the civil rights in the books don't make a difference when the police can gun down black men in the streets at their pleasure.
Winner-take-all assures that people have to vote defensively, specifically to vote against the greater evil by voting for the most popular rival.
We need a system where we can choose an order of preference, so that parties other than our two have a fighting chance.
Even then, it's going to be decades before there are enough parties to prevent monied interests from controlling the entire field. In the case of the US, without some kind of magical reform or revolution, maybe even centuries.
Some day Deep Blue will be available as a phone app.
But probably not this decade.
That said, I can't see how a chess app of this decade would be particularly useful against high-ranking masters. Our home-computer chess guns are good but not that good.
In the meantime, the current chess tournaments are about devising human error into the equation, hence rules like Once you pick up a piece, you have to move it. I think it'd be neat to see a game that allows for free-form consultations with all the software you want. Maybe even human lifelines. A different game, yes. But still one worthy of playing, just as open-dictionary Scrabble has its charm.
Another Freikorps-style paramilitary group that has decided they are above the law.
It seems we can't trust anyone with even a little bit of authority.
It does raise my curiosity about how difficult it is to impersonate a TSA officer for the sake of engaging in mischief undetected, whether it's feeling up strangers, looting their stuff, causing air-traffic delays or even facilitating acts of terror.
Food for thought for my next Sundance Film Festival entry.
Noisy rabble rousers! Why don't they take their problems elsewhere so that I can sleep!?
I think the point of noisy speech (e.g. large public protests that obstruct traffic and wake you up in the morning) is that the status quo is truly miserable and intolerable for a whole lot of people! And as much as their commotion might stress you out a bit, that's not an annoyance of the same magnitude experienced by those who have the problem they're complaining about in the first place.
Part of being a human being in a large society is our responsibility to have concern and awareness for those of us who are worse off. Even if we cannot directly support them in a way that lifts them out of their circumstance, the least we can do is tolerate when they make noise to raise awareness of their sorry lot.
And if you're not willing to do even that, to tolerate people crying for help, then you don't deserve the sweet, sweet fruits of the massive infrastructure that comes with having a huge society (e.g. electricity, running water, internet, WiFi hotspots everywhere, and so on.)
And getting back to the original topic, these campus regulations of free speech are institutionalized intolerance.
The whole point of government is to distribute power around more widely than it is when natural order prevails. A system in which corporations have all the gold, guns and power is little different than when kings and lords have all the gold guns and power. Either way, it sucks for us peasant schlubs here at the bottom.
We had figured we were over that shit when King George's parliament decided to tax the shit out of the colonies without giving us recourse. That's sort of happening again, this time, specifically, when we're just getting blatantly gouged for internet.
We could live without internet. The colonies could also live without tea. See how long that lasts. Either way, our responses will ultimately be the same.
One of my greater disappointments about Saints Row, The Third...
(An otherwise pretty swanky game) was how misrepresented the sex-work and kink communities were, and how conspicuously uncomfortable the main characters were with them. (Mind you, the Saints were allegedly veterans of the trade, having managed and possibly participated in sex work in Saints Row 2).
For instance, street-walkers and call girls usually hang out at the studio (boudoir? lounge? office? Pool?) dressed comfortably (not in stripperiffic turn-out gear) and eating, reading, sleeping or otherwise engaging in regular human behavior, not brushing up on their stripper-moves.
I suspect this was a product of the developers being uncomfortable with industry details and kink, and inadequate efforts to research what it really looks like.