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Senator Lisa Murkowski, R-AK
Senator Lisa Murkowski, R-AK
Is there something in the water up there? The air? This is Senator Lisa Murkowski, from Alaska,speaking on the floor of the Senate on the the 22nd of January. Any comparisons to another Alaskan, I'll leave to you.

I know that the quote after squiggle is long, but it's the only way to show the full magnitude of it.

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Sat Jan 24, 2015 at 01:53 PM PST

A Single Oil Pipeline?

by owsleyskid

Remember in the State of the Union address, when the President wheedled the Congress to pass a comprehensive infrastructure construction bill instead of wasting so much time and energy on "a single oil pipeline?"
Did you wonder why this particular pipeline is more important to the corporate lackeys that control both houses of Congress, right now, than any other facet of the people's business?
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Today is a pretty important day! So was  yesterday!
December 9th is Grace Hopper's birthday. The 10th is Ada Lovelace's birthday.
If you have daughters, now or ever, you need to tell them about these women!

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He has inadvertently revealed the existence of a nest of vipers in my back yard. I was watching his most recent attack ad, to see who was paying to air the bullshit. Turns out it was Corbett's campaign paying.
It's seemingly straightforward; just citing five "facts", with source references. How can that be deceptive?
Well, lets have a look behind the curtain.

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We should use it ourselves, with a bit of editing!

While we've all been busy inundating the FCC with our opposition to the new "Open Internet" rules purportedly being circulated by Chairman Wheeler, and advocating the classification of 'last-mile" broadband service as a Title II common carrier, the conglomerates have been lobbying everyone in Congress to sign and send the FCC this letter:

The Honorable Thomas E. Wheeler
Chairman
Federal Communications Commission
445 12th St, S.W.
Washington, D.C. 20554

May __, 2014

Dear Chairman Wheeler:

I have been following with interest your ongoing proceeding on how best to re-implement the “net neutrality” rules. Like you, I believe it is critical that we maintain a free and open Internet, where consumers are not blocked from accessing the websites of their choice and providers do not use their control over the last mile to stifle competition.

As you consider how best to move forward to achieve these goals, I write to share my concerns with reports that the Commission may be considering achieving these goals by reclassifying broadband Internet access service as a “Title II” common carrier service. In the years that broadband service has been subjected to relatively little regulation, investment and deployment have flourished and broadband competition has increased, all to the benefit of consumers and the American economy.

While we still have further to go to ensure that the benefits of broadband reach all Americans, I am concerned that opening the door to subjecting broadband service to a wide array of regulatory burdens and restrictions, including imposing Title II, might halt this progress. I respectfully urge you to consider the effect that regressing to a Title II approach might have on private companies’ ability to attract capital and their continued incentives to invest and innovate, as well as the potentially negative impact on job creation that might result from any reduction in funding or investment. I share your goals of keeping the Internet open to all. I do not believe that a Title II approach is the best means of achieving this goal for our country.

Thank you for your work on this very important issue.

Sincerely,

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U.S. Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL). REUTERS/Jason Reed
Florida Senator Marco Rubio  has said he doesn't believe that mankind's activities are adding to climate change, .
"I don't agree with the notion that some are putting out there, including scientists, that somehow there are actions we can take today that would actually have an impact on what's happening in our climate," Rubio says. "Our climate is always changing. And what they have chosen to do is take a handful of decades of research and say that this is now evidence of a longer-term trend that's directly and almost solely attributable to man-made activity, I do not agree with that."
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Wed Feb 12, 2014 at 03:20 PM PST

Terrorism?

by owsleyskid

Elk River, West Virginia - January 9, 2014  "West Virginia chemical spill cuts water to up to 300,000, state of emergency declared"

Dan River, North Carolina -  February 2, 2014 "Spill spews tons of coal ash into North Carolina river"

Kanawha River, West Virginia - February 11, 2014 "Patriot Coal Spills Waste 2 Months After Bankruptcy Exit"

If someone with a middle-eastern name had caused any of these water-supply disasters, he'd be in Guantanamo facing the death penalty as a terrorist saboteur.

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The DOD has created a new medal, supposedly equal in prestige to a Bronze Star or Purple Heart!
It's called the Distinguished Warfare Medal.
It's not specifically for the joystick jockeys who play with drones, but it seems like it was created so they'd have a medal they could give to them.

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Sun Dec 30, 2012 at 08:30 AM PST

Here we go; Over the cliff!

by owsleyskid

If you have a golden parachute, it's the thrilling sport of base-jumping, but for the other 99.9% of us, well....

"The GOP has become an insurgent outlier in American politics. It is ideologically extreme; scornful of compromise; unmoved by conventional understanding of facts, evidence and science; and dismissive of the legitimacy of its political opposition."

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Wed Dec 19, 2012 at 08:25 AM PST

Autoloading (semi-automatic) rifles

by owsleyskid

    The only valid argument on limiting the scope of banned weapons is their application for hunting and target shooting. Anybody making the argument that the citizenry should have high-capacity autoloaders to preserve democracy and repel the armies of a tyrannical government is seriously deluded. Even a large group of citizens armed with AR-15s, SKSs, etc. would be annihilated in short order by any well equipped military unit, even a small one. What would your chances be against Seal Team Six, even if there were 100 of you? Not even night-vision optics, body armor, and RPGs will give you any chance against Predator drones, attack helicopters and Tomahawks.  'Red Dawn' was feel-good, Reagan-era propaganda, but had little in common with what the reality would be.
    In Pennsylvania, where I live, it is illegal to hunt big game with semi-automatics containing more than 5 rounds of ammunition. If you can't take your bear or deer with 5 rounds, you shouldn't be in the woods.  Magazine capacities should be restricted accordingly. If you're plinking, it may be a bit annoying to reload more often, but where is there any real interference with your sport?
     Military-style autoloaders are unnecessary & expensive. In the 48 years since I started hunting big game in PA, I've never seen a hunter carrying anything like an AR-15, SKS, Thompson, or Uzi. They'd be laughed out of the woods. All the fancy accessories you mounted on the picatinny rails won't impress the buck you're hunting or fill out your jockstrap.

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No New Legislation Required!

It would appear, according to  USC › Title 26 › Subtitle E › Chapter 53 › Subchapter B › Part I › § 5845, that they are already classified as machineguns:
    (b) Machinegun
    The term “machinegun” means any weapon which shoots, is designed to shoot, or can be readily restored to shoot, automatically more than one shot, without manual reloading, by a single function of the trigger. The term shall also include the frame or receiver of any such weapon, any part designed and intended solely and exclusively, or     combination of parts designed and intended, for use in converting a weapon into a machinegun, and any combination of parts from which a machinegun can be assembled if such parts are in the possession or under the control of a person.

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