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1FreeVoice

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  • April 19, 2014 at 2:55am

    I was just visualizing a course for immigrants for whom English is a second language on how not to get shot by a police officer. Common commands they may hear in English, appropriate behavior to avoid a confrontation, or avoid escalating one. It might save a few lives, do you think?

    It could be offered to the general public as well. Young drivers (or anyone) can learn about police procedure, what to do or avoid during a traffic stop or other encounter with the armed force of the government. It can also offer advice relating to videotaping officers on the job. Is anyone currently offering or developing such a class?

  • April 19, 2014 at 2:42am

    That may be true, but I think that the reason for the delay is valid enough that a Republican administration would likely have made the same call. A Judge overturned a law which impacted the legality of the pipeline running through the state. Yes, that’s a good reason.

    I don’t have to like it though. They should have finished the approval and got to work ages ago.

  • April 19, 2014 at 2:29am

    I am not sure about this one. Shreknangst made some valid points, but they are not the only issues here.

    Whether the fees are owed is a significant one, and the Gov. may be right on that. I don’t like the way it was handled though. A cop can have cause to arrest someone – but not to physically abuse him. The Feds are being more heavy handed then I think they need to be, and it’s hurting their credibility.

    Napolitano’s comment was pertinent :

    The federal government should never be in a position in which it is deciding on the extent of its own power … And secondly, when you have a dispute over real estate, there’s a universal principle of law everywhere in the United States of America … that real estate disputes are resolved by state courts.”

    Then I think there was some question of mis-application of funds on the part of the BLM. The grazing fees were to be used for certain purposes, and were apparently not used for that purpose(s). I’m not sure if that’s breach of contract or not, but it’s not their private business/property. They hold a public trust and are accountable to the public for how the monies are used. If not used for their designated purpose, then … (?) It has been reported that he tried to pay the fees to a local govt entity which he trusted to use the funds for their designated purpose.

    Frankly, I’m not quite sure who is “right” on this one. I don’t see anyone pure as the driven snow in this mess.

  • April 18, 2014 at 3:53am

    Sen. Harry Reid (D-Nev.) claimed on Thursday that armed supporters of rancher Cliven Bundy are “domestic terrorists” and reckless individuals who put their families in danger.

    They didn’t bring their families and some came from as far as New Hampshire. Is that a veiled threat? Is he ruthless enough to go there? His nickname was Dirty Harry once upon a time; I heard a rumor about how he got the union backing that helped him get elected in the first place. I don’t really believe it… but I don’t know if the comment was based on ignorance of the facts or knowledge of facts we do not know. More than one situation is possible; I am awaiting further data before eliminating either.

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  • April 16, 2014 at 5:14pm

    Dr. King’s nonviolent protest movement was not simply about asking nicely, was it? It was about taking a stand for what was right and taking your lumps for it… as much as the bad guys were dishing out. Do you think it’s easier to sit there and get beat up, or to hit back? Non-violence is hard. It takes courage and strength to walk in expecting to take a beating, and not hit back.

    When you strike someone can’t they tell themselves and others that you were fighting THEM? Strike a cop, even if “he started it” and see what kind of trouble you are in. Any violence is grounds for your opponent to expect more, and be responding to it with as much force as it takes. Force on force is not the way to win, it’s a slide into anarchy where the most brutal takes control of everyone else.
    Is that the kind of world you are aiming for?

    Refuse to give them justification for escalating and refuse to comply even when they do; force them to see themselves acting unjustly and show others. The internet today can play a large part in the resistance to injustice, by making public the passive resistance of protesters and any violence perpetrated against them.

    We enjoy the same advantage that Gandhi had. We are not fighting monsters like Stalin and Hitler. Americans are not monsters. The moral high ground is the only place to stand. Violence will turn potential allies into opponents; peace will sow doubt in the hearts of your oppressors.

  • April 16, 2014 at 4:52pm

    Re: The left will make sure the squirrel has more rights than he does.
    Actually, yes.

    In the old days, when times were tight people shot/trapped rabbits and squirrels to put food on the table. Skinned, a cat and a rabbit look a lot alike. One of our relatives made cash during the depression by hunting rabbits. He left one paw on so that his customers had proof it wasn’t a cat.

    Instead of a gun being a tool to protect your family and keep food on the table even if you lost your job, people are told that they are scary things. They are imbued with superstitious terror as if they could slither off a table and come hunting for you all by themselves.

    Can you imagine a safety video where the opening scenes show guns and knives animating themselves in someone’s nightmare? Then it’s time to wake up and learn how to use a kitchen knife, pistol, and matches safely. Many things can be dangerous when misused. Refusing to learn how to handle them safely is not a way to improve safety.

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    Hawaii has an interesting history with gun control. People died because they were not allowed to arm themselves, only the people in power and their strikebreakers etc. were. They clearly defined the term “militia” in their state constitution and enshrined the right to keep/bear arms… until lately. Now they have the strictest gun control laws in the country.

  • April 15, 2014 at 4:00pm

    I saw that the Cato Institute has something on replacing Obamacare. I’ll have to check it out.

    I am rather fond of my own ideas– tax free healthcare. What if all money spent on health care, medication, and medical equipment was non-taxable (income) regardless of the source, 1/2 of the money spent on health insurance was non-taxable, and tax deferred for all money in health savings/investment accounts? THAT would be a real affordable health care act, wouldn’t it? We can wish…

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  • April 15, 2014 at 2:35am

    Why would anyone be dense enough to announce to the world that they have a “hidden” safe?

  • April 14, 2014 at 7:20pm

    Never give up your only evidence; bring a copy just in case something goes wrong.

    Criminals do not give consent for their images to be taken by security cameras, I think that this use of recording technology was appropriate and (should be) legal.

    When I was a kid, if there was no blood/bruises the school considered it a he said/she said mess and didn’t want to touch it. I thought of making recordings, but the technology wasn’t as small, cheap, and easy to use as it is today. I would have LOVED to have evidence!

    The bullies will have it in for him for trying this, and may be watching for it in the future. He may be getting the brunt of the bullying, but I’ll bet he isn’t the only one getting harassed. I am sure some of the other kids are glad it isn’t them being targeted (yet). He should get some help from other students to record more evidence, and take it to the police next time. It was appropriate to go to the school first, now a new plan is called for.

    Also get legal advice.

  • April 12, 2014 at 9:29pm

    Mass firings, and ban them from being re-hired when there are sudden shortages in many departments. How many non-progressives could we get to replace them?

    The IRS shouldn’t exist at all, but as long as it does, it should be a place with of diversity of thought, not just diversity of bathrooms and skin tone.

  • April 12, 2014 at 9:20pm

    When I was in school, I could only have prayed for such a response from school officials. It’s not that some people are too hostile/mean or something, but just that some people are too thin skinned. In their eyes if there was no blood/bruises it was just he said/she said, and really not a problem. There were a couple of suicides, but that was someone else’s personal problems… nothing to do with THEM!

  • April 12, 2014 at 9:14pm

    Is it better to have competent “nut-cake ideologues” or incompetent “nut-cake ideologues”?

    Which one does more damage over the long term?

  • April 12, 2014 at 1:24am

    In reference to:
    If you want to do something stupid that puts everyone around you at risk, your rights end where mine begin.
    Not getting vaccinated qualifies as the second part beyond any reasonable doubt.

    If you are vaccinated you won’t catch it, right? If they are not vaccinated, it’s their butt on the line and they can live or die with the consequences. How does his catching the illness put you at risk if you protected yourself with the vaccine?

    You have the right to vaccinate yourself, but NOT the right to demand that others vaccinate, or do so on the same schedule you do. Parents have the right to make medical decisions for their minor children, including life and death decisions. The State does NOT have that right.

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  • April 11, 2014 at 1:12pm

    This is not the first time that an American president has led the country poisoning race relations and increasing division and violence. Last time it was a white president encouraging such division. That president segregated parts of govt. service that had been desegregated, took some good (govt.) jobs from minorities, and commented on a bit of racist propaganda used as a recruiting tool by the KKK: Wilson was reported to have said about the film, “It is like writing history with lightning. And my only regret is that it is all so terribly true”

    Race relations have not been on a constant road of improvement. Professor Loewen is correct that there is much to be learned about how and why race relations have improved in the past, and broken down in the past. His books are surprising, educational and fun… NOT what I learned about history in public schools. He encourages people not to take his word for anything, but to go back to source material written during the period, not commentary written a generation or more later. I have held revisionist historians in disrepute. His work is solid enough to make me re-think that sweeping judgement.

    http://sundown.afro.illinois.edu/liesmyteachertoldme.php

    https://www.google.com/#q=books+by+james+w.+loewen

    https://www.goodreads.com/author/list/8458.James_W_Loewen

  • April 10, 2014 at 8:24pm

    No way to know if the reported fumbling was real or an excuse not to actually fire. I read part of On Killing and the information on human’s reluctance to use deadly force on each other, though inconsistent with the headlines, rings true. It is consistent with observed behavior in animal species which usually do not fight to the death or seriously injure one another within the species. Intimidation and displays of ability are more the norm.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/On_Killing:_The_Psychological_Cost_of_Learning_to_Kill_in_War_and_Society

    http://pi.unl.edu/~bdeng1/Teaching/math439/readingarticles/Mayn73.pdf

  • April 10, 2014 at 7:40pm

    What happens when you omit “religious” from the definition :
    A cult is a group whose members are controlled almost entirely by a single individual or by an organization.”

    The group is typically manipulative, demanding total commitment and loyalty for anyone involved. And members are sometimes cut off from former associations, including their families,

    Sounds like some leftist organizations to me. You are on the bus or under it, right? Freedom is a word not meant to include freedom to think and say what you want. Diversity does not mean diversity of opinion. So say the Progressive leaders of the Left. They are progressing toward heaven on earth, made in the image they have dreamed. Anyone who opposes them opposes heaven itself and must be EVIL!

  • April 10, 2014 at 6:57pm

    I don’t think it matters much either way. People literalize their symbolism and build up their fantasies about how they think God should be… God just IS and doesn’t need their permission or understanding.

    I’ve heard the arguments for the notion that Jesus was in fact married. It seems to me that the arguments against it are more theological than cultural or evidence based. He was a Rabbi and (culturally) would have to have been married before he began his ministry. The idea of abstinence being associated with the clergy was developed by the Catholics, but Jesus was a Jew; He lived in another time and place.

  • April 10, 2014 at 6:45pm

    1.
    I thought that under eminent domain the government was supposed to pay for any lands it took… Did the federal government pay the state of Nevada for the land it seized back then, or was it an illegal seizure of land without compensation?

    2.
    Agents from the Bureau of Land Management and National Park Service closed the Gold Butte area in Clark County, Nev., … but put in place “First Amendment zones” for protesters to gather.

    First Amendment Zone? The USA is a First Amendment Zone!!!
    Someone should put that on a T-shirt – I may start working on a design.

    3.
    Have any of you read about “Buffalo Commons?” There were a couple of articles on the east coast. Basically there is a plan to make a big wilderness area and give it back to the herds of buffalo.

    Sorry, I don’t remember who published it, but there is an article on Wikki
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Buffalo_Commons

    (Wikki mentions an article in the Kansas city Star, but that’s not the one I’m thinking of. )

    http://infrascapedesign.wordpress.com/2011/12/15/buffalo-commons/
    has more information

    http://sustainingthenorthernplains.wordpress.com/2011/04/04/revisting-the-buffalo-commons/
    and
    http://www.dispatchesfromkansas.com/2010/12/buffalo-commons-experiment-station-in.html
    Commentary from a locals.

  • April 8, 2014 at 3:37pm

    Under #2 Stop spending $ we don’t have…. It’s not their money.

    How about a new law that says if they go over budget, they have to pay into the deficit with their re-election funds…? Maybe they could sacrifice their salaries for a year if they go over budget a second time. It would be less than a drop in the bucket, but it would link the funds they manage with some consequences to themselves if they fail to abide by the most basic rule of budgeting.

    I know. They will never do that to themselves, but I can dream.

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  • April 8, 2014 at 3:22pm

    You may enjoy a book by an atheist called Mind and Cosmos why the materialist neo-Darwinian conception on nature is almost certainly wrong. Thomas Nagel admits that he has a problem with theism, he doesn’t want it to be true. However he points to logical flaws in the atheist view of evolution/formation of the universe that are worthy of note.

    Most are grounded in the mind/body problem. Science is good at the “body” part, but left “mind” out of everything to simplify their research. At some point we will need to come to terms with the fact that minds exist and find a way to fit them into our understanding of the world. Minds are common, as if it is required beyond some point of complexity for minds to emerge.

    Even if it is an emergent phenomenon, why? What is it about our universe that makes minds not simply a rare accident, but likely… or even required? What runs counter to entropy and makes the development of ever more complex lifeforms ( and at some point, life from non-life) part of reality? Why do minds exist?

    He doesn’t offer an answer, but pokes holes in the assumptions currently in vogue, and explores the kinds of questions science will have to find ways to address in order to offer a scientific alternative and a more comprehensive view of life and matter that is inclusive of mind.

    http://opinionator.blogs.nytimes.com/2013/08/18/the-core-of-mind-and-cosmos/?_php=true&_type=blogs&_r=0

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