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  • Jun 10, 2015 @ 05:17pm

    The way this is being handled is a strategy. Trying to get all the pieces together in one fell swoop is quite unlikely in the current congress. Starting with doing something that binds the DOJ will go over well with enough republicans, because Fast and Furious and Benghazi, that it's an easy lift. It's a good strategy, putting several different amendments into several different laws that add up to getting the desired effect. It has the added bonus of being damn difficult to get rid of, even with a hostile administration.

  • Dec 31, 2013 @ 12:06am

    Scott Turow

    I was just getting around to reading one of his books when he started this BS. I like knowing which authors aren't worth my time before I waste trying to read their drivel.

  • Feb 02, 2012 @ 07:16am

    Re: Re: Re: Re:

    I still remember the old Defazio commercials on KVAL with him driving around Eugene in that ugly old Dodge Dart. I wish I hadn't been a Republican at the time, I might have appreciated him a lot more. Fortunately George Bush showed me the error of my ways.

  • Jul 05, 2011 @ 09:32am

    Re: Re: Re:

    There is no such thing as excessive free speech. Even those hideously ignorant protesters should have the freedom to do what they do as long as they don't hurt anybody. As far as the rest of the world, the inability to complain has led to religions thinking they can run governments by making it illegal for anyone to complain about any religion. Nobody ever said that free speech was absolutely free, you still have to endure the judgement of others as to whether your speech is appropriate. However, that should not give anyone the license to curb speech before it is spoken on the off chance that said speech may be inappropriate

  • Mar 25, 2010 @ 11:27am

    The shame of ACTA negotiators

    Is there is no shame. Any thoughts that these people are afraid of or chastened by this leak are wishful at best. The only result of this leak will be higher security, more secrecy, and quicker resolution of the task at hand. The good news is that as of it's adoption it will be rendered moot by the same forces that strike fear into it's proponents. It will have the same effect as all the other laws that currently cover the same ground which of course is damn little. Trails is correct, there will always be some way for people to do what they want with what they want legal or not.

  • Dec 24, 2009 @ 03:30pm

    Re: Reading the works of those who hold different views

    I absolutely refuse to put money in the pocket of somebody that opposes what I feel to be truth in life. I stopped reading anything by Orson Scott Card after that ugly letter he wrote concerning his support of Prop 8 in California and I will do the same for this writer's work. The only way to deal with bad ideas is treat their adherents the same way you treat people who claim Jim Morrison is living next door, open derision with just a dab outright laughter. A list of all writers who resent and wish harm to google for this project should be compiled and posted on the web so the reading public can make a choice as to whether or not such morons deserve the title of "Paid Writer", I for one would rather see stupid people like that starve or flip burgers.

  • May 12, 2009 @ 02:46pm

    The point you are all missing

    This isn't about lousy code versus good code anymore, this is about accountability. Do the police buy the equipment that works the best? yes. Do police define what works the best by how many people get convicted of a crime using that equipment? yes. Does that create a situation where a manufacturer might use faulty hardware or software to make their equipment show more false positives thus resulting in more convictions? if you say no you're an idiot

  • May 07, 2009 @ 03:12pm


    The real travesty of justice here is the judge allowing this prosecution to go forward. Any time you have an overzealous prosecutor that reaches clear up to his eyeballs through his balloon knot to get a person into court there is a judge who wants just as badly to be on the cover of Life Magazine. The fact that this kid committed suicide for something so stupid is an indictment of her parents and their parenting skills more so than Drew's troll skills. I personally think we should put the girls parents on trial for criminal negligence and contributing to the delinquency of a minor.

  • Nov 17, 2008 @ 01:48pm

    The easiest appeal in history

    I cannot begin to imagine her lawyers glee when he heard this decision.I will just bet any third-rate ambulance chaser would already have the appeal written up and ready to go. I think this judge doesn't want to be the guy to say there's no case here so he's setting up the trial exactly how the people want it to teach them a lesson without getting hung out to dry himself.

  • Oct 29, 2008 @ 04:43pm

    He's trying hard to stay relevent

    Prince was it with the girly crowd when I was in high school
    and tries to stay in the limelight like many others from that time have done. Who knew that Metallica would still be going
    and Michael Jackson would not back then. Prince just doesn't want to be another Faster Pussycats.

  • Feb 07, 2008 @ 01:14pm

    Re: Playing by the rules

    According to you then, We had no reason to put criminals in jail because they are following the rules. All of those poor people that got nabbed for running California into the ground by making their own energy crisis didn't break the law, they just gamed the rules to fit their needs. We are not just a nation of laws, we are also a nation of conscience, which means that we must act without malice even when we are technically allowed to do so by the absence of any hinderance. Holding any other belief will only hasten the demise of free society.

  • Oct 19, 2007 @ 05:18pm


    275K isn't even booze money for Jerry Jones.

  • Oct 05, 2007 @ 03:51pm

    The Ipig in a poke

    Steve Jobs pulled the biggest scam on AT&T you've ever seen. After the switch to Intel chips he had to know that there wasn't a chance in hell of that kind of lock in surviving. Jobs really skinned AT&T for the right to be the first hacked.

  • Sep 21, 2007 @ 08:09am

    Vote by mail

    Here in Oregon they send you your ballot and you mail it back. Up till now I thought it was pretty neat until I started wondering how they were counted. The good news is if the counter is wrong there are manual counts, but still I have to wonder. In 1996 I lived in a town with a contentious race for county commissioner. One rabble rouser made it his duty to stake out the court house election night so he could catch any hanky panky. As it turns out the room holding the uncounted ballots was opened and cleaned that very night. When the lights went on the police were called by said rabble rouser and much fuss ensued. The punchline is that the cleaning crew worked from 4 am to noon and this office suddenly needed cleaning at midnight. It was never in the paper or reported anywhere else. I knew about it because my phone was used to call the cops

  • Aug 27, 2007 @ 07:10pm

    Dingy Harry

    Hollywood has Dirty Harry, now congress has Dingy Harry. It is worth noting that even though he is a senator from Nevada, He wouldn't know a fair deal if it slapped him on the ass.

  • Aug 27, 2007 @ 04:00pm

    Torrentspy and the free anklegrabbing lesson

    Feel free to apply the KY jelly Torrentspy, if the MPAA doesn't ream you out your largest market will.

  • Aug 15, 2007 @ 03:43pm

    Useless as teats on a boar hog!!!

    Speaking as a citizen of the city of Roseburg OR who was just reamed up the poopshoot by Dell I would say that the chances of one of their products entering my home is only slightly better than SCO not going bankrupt. As far as customer service is concerned, I look to the way their employees are treated to gauge how effective their customer skills are. Micheal Dell should sell out to a company that really knows how to treat people right and go stand in a corner and think about what a naughty boy he has been. Either that, or, he should be forced to contact every single person his company has screwed in the last ten years(undoubtedly any time further back there would be premature deaths caused by the stress of not being able to personally strangle the worthless git) and offer his sincere, heartfelt apology for the mess he's made of so many lives.

  • Dec 12, 2006 @ 07:16am

    What if it's a husband replacement

    What if the wife needs the porn to make up for a dud
    hubby, it would be the ultimate confusion for the man. On one hand tech is cool and the net is cool and porn is really cool. On the other the wife is doing her own thing and slapping the man away saying "you had yours", tough world.

  • Dec 03, 2006 @ 01:06pm

    Re: Anonymous Coward

    Right after you FUCK off and die you twit

  • Nov 17, 2006 @ 04:06pm

    Re: Softwood

    As a citizen of a state that has been raped by the canadians and their wood that seems to have no environmental encumberances I take exception to the premise that Canada got screwed at all in that fight. The Canadian government wanted to flood us with their wood because the domestic market was in the shitter and ours was starving because of bunny-huggers crying over every tree we cut. It was just a survival move to impose tarrifs on that lumber so that our mills wouldn't die completely

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