Why is the alphabet soup brigade so confusing? Even if you try to be polite, you can make someone mad. Mr, Ms … male, but socially presenting as female, but gay or straight female? Maybe we need a new prefix that denotes marital status, biological gender (X/Y Chromosome), altered or not ( hardware attached?), social presentation as (M/F), and sexual “orientation”
You can never satisfy everyone, but….
A base with pre and suffixes should do it. Base for biological gender and whether it was altered or not (hardware attached?), A prefix for marital status and social presentation (m/f, single/married), a suffix for orientation. Would that clarify things in a neat and easy to read note?
A set of patterns that can be mix and matched on jewelry to denote the same information would be useful also. Figure out who is or isn’t ___ before you even say hello. Unlike colored jems, patterns are read even by the color blind so that’s one less thing to go wrong.
Now for the hard part…. deciding the actual content. Any ideas Bum?
July 31, 2015 at 3:30pm
Sorry Standing, this comes under ‘public view’.
It’s a bit closer to the periodic attempts to teach kids to inform on family and friends as part of school assignments in observation. Becoming a trained observer is useful; teaching kids there is nothing weird about informing on the people close to to them is very Soviet. I know someone who had a school assignment to observe his family and write a report. His dad did NOT approve, and did something about it; conversations were had and the teacher backed down. ( This was many years ago.)
Not knowing if someone is police or an informer; anyone could be a spy for the government. THAT is where this may be leaning… not toward spying through our cell phones. At least it was a cop, not just someone with a body cam clicking to mark videos worth watching. That could be coming; cops are expensive, informers can be relatively cheap.
THAT’S something to give you creepy nightmares.
>We do need to push for enforcement of the constitutional prohibitions against unreasonable search and seizure.
re: ____ Fish on !!
…it’s working for Some People.
July 31, 2015 at 2:25pm
I agree that texting while driving is a problem. BUT tagging someone for a moving violation when they are stopped ( and that is what ticketing someone who uses the phone at a stop light is) goes over the line.
Wait until you are stopped to use your phone and get in trouble anyway? That seems to ignore the real purpose of the measure, and might even have unintended consequences…. If you are going to get in trouble even if you are stopped, why worry about the distinction too much? Many people obviously feel safe enough ( whether they actually are or not) to use their devices while driving.
It doesn't matter if you are at a stop light or not! You are still operating a motor vehicle! I have had idiots on cell phones at red lights not go when the light turns green because they are paying attention to their phones and not their driving! Put the phone away when you are driving!
 July 31, 2015 at 1:58am
If the committee is not seeking answers to serious important questions, then why have the damn meeting?? It’s a circus..
Answer : They wanted to have a circus…
 July 31, 2015 at 12:55am
I don’t think it will happen. We can write page turners about all our wishful thinking though; maybe they will sell. Hmmm. IDEA
Spin it for the left as a Republican president out of control, and copy in reams of scandals the Democrats were part of, including using the IRS to attack political opponents. The right will see through it instantly and cheer his destruction. The left will see their crazy opponents really off the rails, just as they always feared/imagined, and will be too out of touch with the scandals of their own party to notice at first that they are cheering for the destruction of one who represents their own leaders. The afterward can offer a link to a website where the source material for some of the book, based on real scandals in both parties can be found.
It will be a teaser, first showing a list of all the scandals and improper actions in the story, with commentary about some of them, constitutional violations why such things are important, etc.
Comparisons with corruption in other countries may be made. Information will be added each week.
Further information on the sources of inspiration will be pending. Industrious readers will dig up some of the scandals themselves. After hitting #### in sales. the site will go fully online… and blast them with history… who, what, when where.. old articles reprinted or linked to etc.
Ooooh. That could be good….
Do you know any writers good enough to nail it?
 July 31, 2015 at 12:38am
His job as the chief executive is to carry out the policies approved by congress, he executes-caries out- their decisions. If he has decided that he does not want to do that…does this mean that he is tendering his resignation?
He doesn't care. He will do whatever he durn well pleases.
 July 30, 2015 at 10:17pm
I haven’t even seen the video yet. Surely she knows and was
1. just caught flat footed not expecting the question.
2. knows the answer and REALLY doesn’t want to answer it publicly
3. didn’t have a good dodge ready and fumbled.
July 30, 2015 at 10:12pm
“Once the death/rationing panels start killing off Conservatives, Christians and repubs…”
They will be more careful than that. It will all be about cost benefit analysis and rules that apply to everyone (in theory). They may have a few loopholes for people in the know, but hidden well to keep them for insiders only.
It’s true that it’s largely conservatives who avoid abortion, even in cases where there is a serious health issue. There may be other issues that skew statistically toward or away from other groups and they can honestly say that the rules are set the same for everyone….
What worries me are threats against doctors who don’t want to play ball. They must follow the guidelines for ‘best practices’ … or else.
What happens if the Dr thinks something else is best, &/or the patient has a brain of his/her own? Patients can be seriously motivated to research as if their lives depend on it. Can a disinterested panel of experts with other things to look at always get it right …for everyone?
July 30, 2015 at 9:55pm
We are in military medical, and insulated from some of the changes for a while. … Except that my husband’s doctor had to get permission to issue one of the medications my husband needed. He wrote the prescription, and needed to get it approved before the pharmacist would fill it. New procedure… you can guess when that started, right?
July 30, 2015 at 9:49pm
The required recommendations will include lots of prenatal screening for expensive long term disabilities, and the one who pays the gold will make the rules… standard procedure will involve abortion of those who don’t meet specification.
Elderly and very young who do not meet their cost/benefit threshold will be downgraded… there will be deaths, there will be push back, but maybe less than would once have been the case. Families are more spread out, many kids no longer have such close relationships with their grandparents. Adults may live in diff. cities than their parents.
Kids are tearjerkers, but the pro-abortion crowd will point out that the mother’s sensibilities would be catered to out of her neighbor’s pockets. There are other arguments and propaganda that would be used also. It will take time to fight the bureaucracy.
The so called ‘death panels’ (not called that officially, and if I remember correctly that part was passed in other legislation) may be disbanded or reigned in, eventually.
Something will happen politically. The most vulnerable and expensive patients will already be dead though. For a number of years they will have been able to cull the genome of the herd a bit. Long term expenses will drop accordingly. They will get the blame and some other administration will take credit for lowered health costs.
Are you a pessimist or optimist today?
July 30, 2015 at 9:32pm
Abundance the future is better than you think
and the sequel: BOLD
There is already work in this area. …& others.
July 30, 2015 at 9:29pm
That’s a fair question. It deserves closer examination. The free market is about mutually beneficial exchanges. If it does not benefit both sides, they will not willingly trade. (If they will not trade Willingly, force can be applied…) Competition pits various providers of goods and services against one another to see who can provide the best ( fastest/cheapest/highest quality) goods/services that people want. There is a force that gets in the way of this process of making things better, cheaper and so on… and that’s force. By force, I mean government.
Government is no longer simply making sure that voluntary agreements are enforced as written. No longer simply trying to make sure that there is no fraud or cheating involved. They have been tinkering for a long time trying to make things “better”. When has there ever been a year that insurance rates did not raise faster than inflation; when has there been a year that government stayed OUT of their business? Just a thought you might want to research.
July 30, 2015 at 9:14pm
BS factor is very high.
Can we tag him for false advertising and file a class action lawsuit? [or something]
July 30, 2015 at 9:12pm
“The main point is that the bill will continue to grow faster than the economy, which is what pays the bill,” he added. “The next president faces the task of reining in the growth of federal entitlement spending.”
This has been a key problem for decades….since way before O. took office. He hasn’t done anything to help fix it … and just declared it someone else’s problem (even though he IS still the President).
[drum roll and sarcasm here]
 July 30, 2015 at 9:04pm
You left off mission oriented
Lots of people simply lack a sense of mission, and don’t see any reason to adopt someone else’s mission as their own. They are there to do a job and pick up their pay. A military person will often go that extra step to get the job done.
July 30, 2015 at 8:52pm
Progressivism: a primer on the idea destroying America
Stupid is permanent; strategies to be (or feel) safer are variable. You should really read that book.
July 30, 2015 at 6:45pm
Being drunk/high does not mean someone isn’t a criminal to defend yourself from.
Criminals use drugs too! (Maybe not the smarter ones)
July 30, 2015 at 6:40pm
Actually, you should read
Progressivism: a primer on the idea destroying America
He is respectful of people he disagrees with, and makes good points about how much of the “right” has accepted basic premises of the “left”.
*** He also gives the first good alternative I’ve seen to the dismissive “they’re crazy”. He makes what they are doing ‘sensible’ without resorting to name calling or an insanity defense. It’s available on kindle and not long. If you want to actually understand them, not just insult them.
Read the introduction to see his background, why he is qualified to talk about how liberals really think- and why you should still respect him as one of our own rather than some turncoat hanging out with THEM.
Finally, though they make decisions we may regard as … foolish…. many of them are quite smart, and know it. Why smart people do dumb ### is fodder for maaaaany books.
July 30, 2015 at 6:26pm
Black on black crime is a big issue.
Are they arguing that white people are getting away with killing blacks, or that black people are defending themselves against blacks? Should black people be able to defend themselves against skinheads/KKK/neo-natzis?
The figures seem less than complete, and ignore context both regional and national regarding the background of crime that these specific incidents are part of.
memento_e_pluribus_unum is right, and with only a bit of thought we could come up with other details to parse out that would make the statistics more relevant and revealing.
flatdaddio I appreciate your taking the time to pull out the details and post them, even if they are old.
“Defendants who raised a Stand Your Ground defense [in Florida] were 24 percent more likely to avoid criminal liability for a homicide if they killed a black victim,
They don’t say if blacks are 24% more likely to be engaged in criminal activity, but that is implied isn’t it?
 July 30, 2015 at 4:31pm
They don’t even know the history of the term and how its use/meaning has shifted. Today it’s seen as patting ourselves on the back for just being ‘great’ with no context as to what made us great. It is seen as an American term rather than (originally) an observation by a European visitor who saw us as the exception to the rule… an outlier… different in specific ways which he wrote about.