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The Lounge Situation at the border Jul 10 2014
13:56 (UTC)
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Original Post by nomoreexcuses:
How about we close a tax loophole or two to pay for it?

I was thinking of axing pointless DOD spending, but that works too.

The Lounge What have you done for the environment lately? Jul 09 2014
17:58 (UTC)
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Original Post by liseey02:

Oh yeah, and about the solo cups thing - I don't know whether those are better or worse either.

I'm still trying to figure out if Kevin's being serious or just likes a particular Toby Keith song.

I must say, when I was partying in college, it never occurred to me to use them as everyday drinkware.

The Lounge What the... what? Jul 09 2014
13:45 (UTC)
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While I don't think climate change denial is specifically a hate crime, I think we can all agree that stupidity should be grounds for not electing someone to office.

Or at least not putting them in a position to influence science education curricula.

The Lounge It's not about impeachment, or is it? Jul 08 2014
14:29 (UTC)
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Yes.  Let's cut "White House Funding."

Wasn't it Goehmert that was whining about the shut down of White House tours a while back?  Why, yes it was....

The Lounge What the... what? Jul 07 2014
20:11 (UTC)
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Original Post by amethystgirl:

Tell me this isn't real. People aren't this dumb and petty. Right?

Some of them are, yes.  I kid you not, I've worked with people who, when they knew Earth Day was coming up, bragged about how they were planning on buying a value pack of stryofoam plates at Sam's and having a bonfire with it.  When I scoffed with "uh huh", one guy said, "no, really - they're in the back of my truck right now."

The Lounge World Cup Jul 07 2014
19:55 (UTC)
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Original Post by crazineko:

  It's just too...European.   

Considering that the majority of America, at one point, was mostly made of European immigrants, I'm wondering why this is a so often offered as a reason for Americans to dislike something.  There are very few things in America today without a European origin.

Of course, people are entitled to their opinions, but Ann Coulter is full of it.

The Lounge Buffer Zones Jul 04 2014
14:02 (UTC)
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Well, I'll just point out that some people are already hoping this ruling applies to subjects beyond birth control.  (And yes, I'm aware of how the ruling is supposed to be limited in scope - a lot of people haven't read it, apparently....)

Because the ability to discriminate should not be discriminatory.

The Lounge Family origins? Jul 04 2014
13:54 (UTC)
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On my mother's side, they almost all came from Germany shortly after the civil war and settled in Texas.

My father's side came mostly from England, but were here earlier and in the Revolutionary War - apparently, one of them at Valley Forge under Washington.

I have the genealogical histories somewhere - I'll have to look it up.

The Lounge Buffer Zones Jul 01 2014
17:39 (UTC)
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It's not just hypocrisy of Hobby Lobby that gets me, it's sheer lunacy of the SCOTUS having the jurisdiction to determine which "sincerely held religious beliefs" are worthy of being exempted from federal  law.   Apparently, those dealing with women's private parts are special.

Let someone go to SCOTUS with their "sincerely held religious belief" against the death penalty or unjustified war and see if they can get away with  not paying their taxes.

The Lounge Buffer Zones Jun 27 2014
15:25 (UTC)
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Original Post by lysistrata:

That's some nice bombast, but he's entirely missing the point in the opinion. 

Yes, it is, and that's what he does.  I don't go that blog for reasoned analysis.

But I think you're missing the point of his rant.

The Lounge Buffer Zones Jun 27 2014
15:18 (UTC)
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Original Post by kevinatthebrook:

Original Post by santonacci:

Original Post by dbackerfan:

I also wonder how this might later offer persons like Westboro to file lawsuits allowing them to protest in the cemeteries  or even parking lots of churches?   

 

I don't know, but at least one blogger (NSFW) is wondering as to what the reaction would be if atheists positioned themselves on the public sidewalk outside their church to "protest" religion.  (I know it reads as really incendiary, but that's this particular blogger's MO - I doubt he's actually advocating it.)

I think this is apples to oranges (I have no doubt you can frame it better) but religion is a believe abortion is an action.

And as far as my experience goes the decision would have been the same. It would have been based on the constitutionality of the law as written not as conceived (perceived?).

Oh, I agree in the details the analogy isn't exact, however, in both it's a case of people exercising their right to do something completely legal (go to church/get an abortion) and other people exercising their right to talk to them about it.

And the blogger wasn't postulating as to whether or not there would be a different court decision (I'm sure there wouldn't be), but wondering if suddenly the abortion protesters wouldn't see a buffer zone as all that intrusive to free speech as long as it was protecting them.

ETA:  And I'm wondering what this means, if anything, for the buffer zone around the SCOTUS building.

The Lounge Solar Roads? Jun 27 2014
13:14 (UTC)
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Or we could just paint a bunch of stuff other than a highway- don't know if that tech could take the punishment of traffic, but I imagine a lot of self-charging electric cars and houses, which would be cool.

The Lounge Buffer Zones Jun 27 2014
03:13 (UTC)
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Original Post by dbackerfan:

I also wonder how this might later offer persons like Westboro to file lawsuits allowing them to protest in the cemeteries  or even parking lots of churches?   

 

I don't know, but at least one blogger (NSFW) is wondering as to what the reaction would be if atheists positioned themselves on the public sidewalk outside their church to "protest" religion.  (I know it reads as really incendiary, but that's this particular blogger's MO - I doubt he's actually advocating it.)

The Lounge Solar Roads? Jun 26 2014
20:01 (UTC)
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Original Post by dnrothx:

Not feasible whatsoever.  Here in the U.S., we can't even come up with the maintenance money to keep our roads in the condition they've already deteriorated to.  If you can't afford just run-of-the-mill asphalt, you certainly can't afford this nonsense.

There's also labor costs - although if Mitch McConnell has his way, maybe KY can save a few bucks.

But it's also an education and training issue - I'm pretty sure maintenance of a solar road requires skills above and beyond laying asphalt, and the US can't keep up with technology jobs as it is.

The Lounge It's not about impeachment, or is it? Jun 26 2014
18:58 (UTC)
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Original Post by lysistrata:

What I read was making my eyes cross.  You are more diligent than me!

Nah - I audit a lot, so I've had practice at picking out things from blinding paragraphs of business speak.  Well, that and adobe professional version.

And I agree on separating powers being just as important for the guy you like as the guy you don't.  My issue is with IOKIYAR - a good portion of the things the GOP has blasted Obama for are things they used to support (the individual mandate and contraception coverage, for example).  It's like they forgot that newspapers and recording devices existed 20 years ago.

I have no problem with holding Obama's feet to the fire on questionable actions (and he has definitely had some) - but the GOP shouldn't go around acting like their poop doesn't stink.

The Lounge Any one else like Game of thrones? **WARNING ** Spoilers inside Jun 26 2014
18:17 (UTC)
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Original Post by lysistrata:

LOL, busted!  I do have to wonder if he stole the idea from George Martin's twitter.

Eh - possible.  But what I get from GM's comment is "okay, you want it right freakin' now?  Here you go!", but what I get from The Oatmeal is "Quizzes are stupid."

The Lounge It's not about impeachment, or is it? Jun 26 2014
18:06 (UTC)
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Original Post by lysistrata:

(2) The link doesn't say whether the penalties were contained in the text of the bill passed by Congress, as the ACA's implementation deadlines and funding allocations are.

Based on a preliminary search/read, yes, the Late Enrollment Penalty (LEP) was actually part of the legislation, but who it applied to was not so much defined by specific dates, but the length of time between medicare enrollment and enacting part D coverage.  So, if GWB was using an executive order to extend this period of time for the benefit of the people for whom it was intended, it does not appear to be all that different from what Obama did with the ACA deadlines.

The Lounge Any one else like Game of thrones? **WARNING ** Spoilers inside Jun 26 2014
17:14 (UTC)
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Original Post by lysistrata:

LOL.  I got Khal Drogo when I did that one.

Um....I don't think you took the Oatmeal quiz I linked to.

ETA:  On different ones I've gotten Arya and Catelyn.

The Lounge It's not about impeachment, or is it? Jun 26 2014
17:08 (UTC)
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Original Post by lysistrata:

(1) Really? Because I haven't heard a peep about signing statements since the Democrats were shrieking hysterically about GWB's use of them.  The polemic was as dumb then as it is now.

(2) The link doesn't say whether the penalties were contained in the text of the bill passed by Congress, as the ACA's implementation deadlines and funding allocations are.

(3) The lawsuit is much more broadly focused than the recess appointments clause.  All the SCOTUS decision says is that recess occurs when the Senate says so.  Turley's proposed suit would invalidate unilateral rewriting of express laws such as the extension of the ACA individual mandate, the reallocation of ACA funding and the modification of citizenship requirements by executive order.

1)  Really

2)  That's a good point - will look up later

Additional info much appreciated!

The Lounge Any one else like Game of thrones? **WARNING ** Spoilers inside Jun 26 2014
16:26 (UTC)
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Which Game of Thrones character are you?

 

HODOR!

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