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Comment on Good Police and Bad Police by Pamela

Thu, 25 Jan 2018 03:43:42 +0000

Well said! Can the ongoing discussion be about how to train cops to do a hard job while confronting their own faults? Cops are attracted to police work because they're authoritarian to begin with. Scripture says: "We have learned by sad experience that it is the nature and disposition of almost all men, as soon as they get a little authority, as they suppose, they will immediately begin to exercise unrighteous dominion." Doctrine & Covenants 121:39



Comment on Whom Do Police Protect and Serve? by NRA crosses a line with #BackOurBlue campaign | Federalist

Thu, 24 Aug 2017 03:00:41 +0000

[…] American police are a mixed bag: There are some exceptional officers who go out of their way to honor their oath of office and to “protect and serve.” And there are incompetent, intemperate, and even psychopathic individuals who hide behind qualified immunity and the institutional “thin blue line” to violate American civil liberties with virtual impunity. […]



Comment on Why #BlackLivesMatter by NRA crosses a line with #BackOurBlue campaign | Federalist

Thu, 24 Aug 2017 03:00:38 +0000

[…] Protect those in need? Well, at least when they feel like it. (And when they aren’t assaulting, robbing, or killing those in need.) […]



Comment on Why did I renew my NRA membership? by NRA crosses a line with #BackOurBlue campaign | Federalist

Thu, 24 Aug 2017 03:00:34 +0000

[…] The NRA has stepped up its unconditional support of the American law enforcement establishment. This is why I don’t have an NRA life membership, and why I won’t be renewing my membership for now. […]



Comment on QOTD: Lazy Law Update by federalist

Sat, 19 Aug 2017 20:48:00 +0000

From Innocence Is Irrelevant:
Legislators have added so many acts to criminal codes that in 2013, Neil Gorsuch ... asked, “What happens to individual freedom and equality—and to our very conception of law itself—when the criminal code comes to cover so many facets of daily life that prosecutors can almost choose their targets with impunity?”



Comment on Win at Gambling Using Quantum Physics by Kish

Sat, 29 Jul 2017 14:34:23 +0000

I understand that you are talking about the possibility of you being a winner in quantum world because of the multiverse theory. However, I believe the quantum mechanics are happening in our brain and it is affecting the outcome of many things we treat as important.



Comment on Midgrade Gasoline: Worst Deal on the NJ Turnpike by federalist

Tue, 20 Jun 2017 15:39:53 +0000

This post is calling out a particularly egregious mispricing that resulted from a sloppy contract by the NJTA. If your car needs higher octane, it's not just a matter of "every once in a while." You need it every tank. Car and Driver has a good analysis of how the cost of higher octane blends has increased in recent years. It probably is true that sellers get a higher margin on high octane because the buyers of that are less price sensitive. But it is also definitely true that it costs more to manufacture higher octanes of gasoline. The very interested reader can learn all about the production costs in this excellent technical review. (tl;dr: Straight-run distilled gasoline typically measures about 80 octane. Producing higher octane requires extra refining steps of varying costs.)



Comment on Midgrade Gasoline: Worst Deal on the NJ Turnpike by Kevin Scott

Tue, 20 Jun 2017 13:06:51 +0000

Its all retail gasoline stations that do it. The plus or Mid Grade gas has always been the money makers for the dealers. I am sure the cost of the octane level boost, is still low, 87 89 91 and 93 octane levels used to be only a few cents, or so more for each level of octane. Now the gasoline companies have increased the cost of octane as much as 50 cents a gallon, from 87 to 93 octane levels. The multiple blends tend to draw less attention to the wide cost of gas pump pricing. If your car runs on reg 87 gas use it. If you think you need something more every once in a while fill it with a tank of premium, super, ultra, high test, 93 octane or whatever they want to call it.



Comment on Why Don’t Cars Display Engine Performance Data? by Cheap HVAC Sensors Could Save Tons of Energy | Federalist

Sun, 11 Jun 2017 00:23:20 +0000

[…] Years ago I noted that modern gasoline-powered cars operate inefficiently on gasoline with suboptimal octane, and their engine control units even detect when that is occurring. If they simply communicated this fact to their operators, they could be fueled with the right gasoline, saving money, energy, carbon. But there are still no cars that do this! (I hate to invoke government, but if it took a government mandate to get automakers to put tire-pressure monitors on their cars, at a substantial cost, I wouldn’t chafe at government mandating an essentially free “low-octane” notification on the dash.) […]



Comment on Stop Saying WWW! by someone who hates people saying www

Tue, 16 May 2017 07:47:42 +0000

I am glad I am not the only one, I HATE when people say, "DOUBLE-YOU DOUBLE-YOU DOUBLE-YOU DOT", or even worse!!: ACH-TEE-TEE-PEE COLON FORWARD-SLASH DOUBLE-YOU DOUBLE-YOU DOUBLE-YOU DOT" Like, SHUT THE F** UP YOU STUPID IGNORAMOUS JUST TELL ME THE F**ING DOMAIN NAME!!! DON'T YOU KNOW THAT WWW BECAME OBSOLETE LIKE 30 YEARS AGO???



Comment on Grammar: Indexes vs. Indices by Bill

Thu, 05 Jan 2017 02:36:09 +0000

If only Hillary would have used indices instead of indexes, she would have won. I always told her grammar does make a difference.



Comment on Grammar: Indexes vs. Indices by Bob for Lord Chamberlain!

Fri, 25 Nov 2016 12:50:01 +0000

Bonus points for anybody who can point out the two spelling erors, two or three grammatical errors and one stylistic misstep :)



Comment on Grammar: Indexes vs. Indices by Bob for Lord Chamberlain!

Fri, 25 Nov 2016 12:45:52 +0000

Though I am very late to the party (so much so that everone else seems to have long packed up and gone home), I would just like to say that I thouroughly enjoyed this comment, whose point I believe was missed by the vast majority of the previous respondents, who seemed to have forgotten their sense of humour. Just a couple of the errors were enough to convince me that four or five, at least, of hte seven errors, were entirely intentional and wholly humorous. Well done; a bloody good joke, with the perfect bait, swallowed hook, line and sinker :)



Comment on Chemical Interrogation for Counter-Terrorism? by Robin Garces

Wed, 19 Oct 2016 05:49:55 +0000

Excellent artical. Western law and it's protections are now exploited by our enemies to thier advantage because or leftist liberals twisting the system to create weekness in western civilization to destroy it. Chemical interrogation should be advanced and perfected with urgency to aid in defeating terrorisim and violent crime in general.



Comment on State Interposition, Nullification, and Secession by federalist

Thu, 22 Sep 2016 14:46:42 +0000

Ideally, nothing would be taken from the state to begin with. I.e., the Federal government can borrow and spend all it wants, but if a state strenuously objects and says it's neither going to forward taxes nor accept liability, the Federal government is then limited by the credit and funds it can obtain through taxation of interstate commerce. I don't know how something like this would play out today. I'm reminded of the politics that resolved the new republic's debt crisis, but that was a means of resolving a problem faced primarily by the people and the individual states themselves, and which had been created largely in the course of the war to win freedom in the first place.



Comment on State Interposition, Nullification, and Secession by Brent

Thu, 22 Sep 2016 14:31:35 +0000

How would true interposition work when most of Federal spending is done with "borrowed" dollars? What would get returned to the state?



Comment on Grammar: Don’t Use “Woman” as an Adjective by SoSaysSunny

Sat, 27 Aug 2016 17:26:15 +0000

[...] [T]he English language is systemically being butchered by our so called educators. Eventually this will lead to people speaking a language that is a shadow of what used to be English. That is not progress. That is regression. That is the deterioration and eventual fall of a beautiful dialect. [...] I agree. Why create a new practice that applies to 'woman' but not 'man'? Languages should GROW with new words that are needed, SHRINK by losing unused/unnecessary words, and AVOID creating new exceptions -- especially to an already insanely complex language like English. ~ SoSaysSunny (that's my opinion, take it or leave it ... or debate it!)



Comment on Why #BlackLivesMatter by CJ

Thu, 18 Aug 2016 03:40:44 +0000

This is a very interesting post, as well as perspective on the stance of the BLM movement. For the most part, I agree with you about the issue of police brutality against citizens in this country. It is in fact widespread, and it affects every race, and culture in this nation, with a disproportionate aggregate of Black Americans being targeted. However, I cannot say that I find your argument as a whole, compelling enough to sway my opinion to agree that the BLM policy, is to bring attention to, “…, the dignity that every American deserves at the hands of public servants.” So far, I do not consider that statement as entirely accurate, due to the focus of a single race that is suffering at the hands of unwarranted police attention, and oversight. Additionally, the name of this organization alone, creates a cultural caricature of sorts, that denies such a statement as true on the face, when it fails to bring a voice to those Americans that have suffered at the hands of police brutality, whose skin color differs from an African American person. As a supporter of the BLM movement, will you please elaborate as to why you believe this movement serves the above agenda? I ask because I want to understand this movement more, and I would love to hear opinions from the perspective of supporters who voice their views in the written narrative. Also, I am not a supporter of this movement (which is fairly obvious at this point) though I believe in the general cause of the ideology behind the roots of the organization itself. That is, I believe that the issue of police brutality against vulnerable parts of the population, minorities, the homeless, and the poor, needs to be recognized as a systematic problem America is plagued with; one that needs to be dealt with by addressing the issue with those affected, and doing the affecting towards potential victims. Thank you so much. CJ



Comment on Whom Do Police Protect and Serve? by federalist

Thu, 11 Aug 2016 16:03:12 +0000

Baby steps: The U.S. DoJ has proposed mandatory reporting of Arrest-Related Deaths to its Bureau of Justice Statistics by all state and local law enforcement agencies and medical examiner's or coroner's offices..



Comment on Why #BlackLivesMatter by federalist

Fri, 15 Jul 2016 19:59:22 +0000

This is the problem: Though legally cops are required to arrest and charge any perpetrator of a crime they witness, they have been indoctrinated with an "us vs. them" mentality. Not only is their first instinct to "cover" for fellow officers when there's a questionable incident, but also their unions reinforce something of an "above-the-law" status in contracts and even in state statutes. The undercurrent of abuse does not frequently rise to the level of clearly prosecutable misconduct. Now that police are almost always recorded while on duty, they have developed all sorts of habits to cover for questionable behavior. For example, they know not to say, "I'm pulling over a vehicle because it's being driven by a black guy in a white neighborhood, and I'm in a bad mood so I'm going to give him a hard time." Instead they might wink and say, "That vehicle made an unsafe lane-change." Or, "The driver resembles a robbery suspect because he has a broad nose." When assaulting a citizen they know to shout, "Stop resisting!" even if the person is perfectly compliant (or already unconscious), since that verbal declaration will be accepted as evidence that they were justified in using what would otherwise be excessive (and felonious) force. Neither proximate cops nor cameras can often tell for sure what's going on, and so the sadist gets the benefit of the doubt, and may even be reinforced by colleagues who take him at his word. If an officer will not be prosecuted for misconduct, or there is any doubt he will be convicted, virtually no other officer will risk crossing "the thin blue line." Cops that have blown the whistle on police corruption have been routinely shunned and terrorized by their colleagues. Again, there is ample reading to be had on that problem. Just as an example is this article I found in a police magazine.