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Regulation is essential to the 2nd Amendment's purpose

Background checks, training, and permits all seem reasonable for a well regulated militia as opposed to any yahoo who wants a gun.

"Well Regulated" does not just mean well equipped. It also means well trained, well disciplined and with a lawful chain of command.

The government can and should regulate what type of weapons are permitted. That is reasonable.

The government can and should regulate who is legally prohibited and enact regulations that prevent them from obtaining firearms. That is reasonable.

If the "militia" is not well trained, it is nothing more than a danger to itself, our nation and its citizens. This should be blindingly obvious.

If there is not a lawful chain of command, the so-called militia is just an armed mob, a dangerous pack of vigilantes, or an angry nut with a grudge.
Posted by ThoughtCriminal | Sun Dec 6, 2015, 03:52 PM (2 replies)

Moore's Law for Politics - "Every two years the GOP becomes twice as insane"

"Moore’s Law is a computing term which originated around 1970; the simplified version of this law states that processor speeds, or overall processing power for computers will double every two years." - http://www.mooreslaw.org/

Over the past generation, we have witnessed a similar revolution in the Republican Party. Every two years, the GOP gets approximately twice as bat-shit crazy.

It is not perfectly linear - during primary season the rate increases as Republican politicians strive to prove they are farther to the right than any challengers. Unfortunately, this season has grown with every election to the point that it begins on the Wednesday after the first Monday of November of even numbered years. This constant "doubling down" raises the question of whether quantum physics places any limits on how far to right it is possible for a political party to go.

Posted by ThoughtCriminal | Sat Aug 15, 2015, 06:12 PM (6 replies)

A RW Fantasy End Game: "No size restrictions and screw the limit"

Here in Central Teapartistan, I'm hearing some pretty delusional talk from a particular sub-set of the GOP base.

They are hoping that the shut down will lead to a societal breakdown, followed by martial law, FEMA concentration camps, and civil war. Ending up with patriots "Taking our country back" just like those kids in "Red Dawn"!

What do these "Prepper Patriots" plan to do when SHTF? Why go into the mountains with their SUV, stockpiles of MREs and ammo and go hunting and fishing! I don't think it is a coincidence that mostly, this is what they love do anyway on days off. There is an unmistakable wish here to screw to mortgage, get away from the dead-end job and go on a permanent vacation while the deadbeat liberals starve in the cities.

The fantasy of living off the land with bushcraft skills learned on YouTube and practiced on weekends is not likely to play very well when dealing the reality of doing that in the wilderness for more than a few weeks. It is especially difficult along with a million other Elmer Fudds with the same dream. Game gets scarce, fuel, rations and ammo run low. Hard enough for the single survivalist, imagine trying to keep a family fed.
Posted by ThoughtCriminal | Sat Oct 5, 2013, 04:19 PM (2 replies)

If corporations are people, how do we determine their gender?

So we can prevent same-sex corporate mergers? Why isn't the GOP doing something about this?

Could we somehow use the name of corporation (John Deer is male, Amazon is female), or base it on their best selling products? But what if the parent company makes both locomotives and bras? We certainly couldn't use the French noun gender as a guide, because well... that would be "French".

Posted by ThoughtCriminal | Mon May 21, 2012, 08:50 PM (10 replies)
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