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1201  DBMA Martial Arts Forum / Martial Arts Topics / Re: Citizen-Police interactions on: May 16, 2012, 08:25:11 PM
I wonder if a police officer can buy "malpractice" insurance?
1202  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Re: The United Nations/ US Sovereignty/International Law on: May 16, 2012, 11:39:30 AM
"Agree!  For many reasons.  The desire of some to give up our sovereignty is not tied to one or two individual issues.  I don't see the need for the UN at all except as a speakers forum and a place where representatives can make contacts for voluntary  cooperation. I would keep the UN, move it out of NY, scale down our contribution, and form other organizations that address specific global needs that are in our best interest."

This is interesting.  Do you have particular needs (and or partnering nations or organizations) in mind?
1203  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Re: Second Amendment Law School Textbook on: May 15, 2012, 10:04:28 PM
 cool cool

1204  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Re: Gender, Gay, Lesbian on: May 15, 2012, 05:50:49 PM
Fantastic comic, GM.  Good to hear from you!
1205  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Dream Act students sue to stop Senate filibuster on: May 15, 2012, 02:22:44 PM
http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2012/may/15/dream-act-students-sue-stop-senate-filibuster/

Nonsense... Constitution explicitly gives the chambers in Congress the power to make their own rules. 
1206  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Science, Culture, & Humanities / People see sexy pictures of women as objects, not people on: May 15, 2012, 02:10:11 PM
http://www.psypost.org/2012/05/people-see-sexy-pictures-of-women-as-objects-not-people-11643

"Perfume ads, beer billboards, movie posters: everywhere you look, women’s sexualized bodies are on display. A new study published in Psychological Science, a journal of the Association for Psychological Science, finds that both men and women see images of sexy women’s bodies as objects, while they see sexy-looking men as people.

Sexual objectification has been well studied, but most of the research is about looking at the effects of this objectification. “What’s unclear is, we don’t actually know whether people at a basic level recognize sexualized females or sexualized males as objects,” says Philippe Bernard of Université libre de Bruxelles in Belgium. Bernard cowrote the new paper with Sarah Gervais, Jill Allen, Sophie Campomizzi, and Olivier Klein."
1207  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / A Time-Lapse Map of Every Nuclear Explosion Since 1945 on: May 15, 2012, 02:07:10 PM
#Invalid YouTube Link#

This is interesting, cool and scary all at the same time. 
1208  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Re: 2012 Presidential on: May 15, 2012, 01:10:46 PM
"...with foodstamps they can make healthy choices in the short term that will keep them out of the ER and doctors' offices in the longterm?"  - Looking forward to the link on that!

You don't understand the link between nutrition and health, Doug?!?  Have been giving you too much intellectual respect?  Did you listen to the ad?  Is does NOT say let's buy pie and choclate milk.  The ad explicitly is discussing health and healthy choices. 

The burden is so heavy that 47% of the people need some kind of assistance - in the richest country in earth's history.  So, then, we agree that people need assistance?  I mean, most of the (FOX) panel you posted agreed that much of the public needs help.  So, since we seem to agree, why, exactly is foodstamps the program you disagree with?  Is helping people eat bad?  Do you want children to starve?

These were not job creation attempts in any way I can recognize.  You know that whole "Buy American" push?  You know the car companies that were bailed out?  You don't recognize the connection to building cars in the US and US jobs?

Since we are telling personal stories... I was on Food Stamps for about 6-8 months about 20 years ago.  I literally had no money, no family willing to assist me, and with literally no money no way to move to get a job.  It didn't help that I lived in a rural area where there was no public transportation, and the local economy was seriously terrible (one reason not to have local support as you describe is the potential inability for the local government to provide the goods that are needed due to local bankruptcy, economic conditions such as employment or drought or other issues).  So, yes, I was on the taxpayers dole for a period of time.  Sorry I took all that money out of your pocket.  Now that I make money though, I have visited your fair state, and thrown down several hundred dollars on your local economy.  You don't mind if we call it even, I hope. 

1209  DBMA Martial Arts Forum / Martial Arts Topics / Re: Warriors in action on: May 15, 2012, 10:21:41 AM
It worked for me before I posted it, and again when I checked it.  If others have issues, I can try to repost. 
1210  DBMA Martial Arts Forum / Martial Arts Topics / The Mission Continues on: May 15, 2012, 07:03:37 AM


A service created by former Navy SEAL Eric Greitens, with the intention of helping disabled veterans continue lives of service. 
1211  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Science, Culture, & Humanities / Where the Wild Things Are and the“Gettysburg Address” on: May 15, 2012, 05:52:41 AM
http://www.slate.com/blogs/xx_factor/2012/05/08/the_crazy_invented_worlds_of_maurice_sendak_.html
1212  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Science, Culture, & Humanities / Re: Privacy, Big Brother (State and Corporate) & the 4th Amendment on: May 15, 2012, 05:19:00 AM
I read an article yesterday talking about the security at the London Olympics.  The author claims that (many) drones will be employed there, too. 
1213  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Re: 2012 Presidential on: May 14, 2012, 08:51:33 PM
Food stamps is meant to be a temporary helping mechanism.  Nothing the FOX "report" argued otherwise.  The rules were relaxed because of the increased average unemployment and subsequent, hopefully short term, poverty rates.  People bitch about Obama's job creation attempts, and then bitch about people not having jobs.  Complain about healthcare and then complain about a ad designed to get people to recognize that with foodstamps they can make healthy choices in the short term that will keep them out of the ER and doctors' offices in the longterm.  That was NOT a good story.

As a side note, you can't "watch" the ad because it is a radio spot.  The images you see are FOX's visual representation coinciding with the words.   
1214  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Opening up a hell-storm...? on: May 14, 2012, 08:29:30 PM
http://www.whitehorseinn.org/blog/2012/05/11/same-sex-marriage-makes-a-lot-of-sense/

Both sides trade Bible verses, while often sharing an unbiblical—secularized—theological framework at a deeper level. If God exists for our happiness and self-fulfillment, validating our sovereign right to choose our identity, then opposition to same-sex marriage (or abortion) is just irrational prejudice.

Given the broader worldview that many Americans (including Christians) embrace—or at least assume, same-sex marriage is a right to which anyone is legally entitled. After all, traditional marriages in our society are largely treated as contractual rather than covenantal, means of mutual self-fulfillment more than serving a larger purpose ordained by God. The state of the traditional family is so precarious that one wonders how same-sex marriage can appreciably deprave it.
1215  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Re: Political Rants & interesting thought pieces on: May 14, 2012, 04:50:30 PM
As do I.  However, I think that he (and often liberals are guilty of the same) makes the claim, and implicitly wants to forget/forgive/cast aside the transgressions of his party and/or ideological sympathizers. 

Forgive the tedium of the question BD, but I understand Rush's point to be the differing consequences with the pravdas for the various transgressions in question.


1216  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Re: Political Rants & interesting thought pieces on: May 14, 2012, 02:42:38 PM
Rush conveniently ignores the sins of Republicans.  While I take his point, it is not as if the GOP doesn't have its share of pretty scummy pols.

In researching a side project, I discovered this: http://www.funeralwise.com/customs/society/gangs

Interesting to me that such a page exists. 
1217  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Re: Islam in America on: May 14, 2012, 11:38:43 AM
"The Kansas law quoted below really is saying what is already the law, you cannot contract away your constitutional rights and liberties."

So the elected officials in Kansas took time to make illegal an illegal act?  Is this the Department of Redundancy Department?  Big government? 
1218  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Re: We the Well-armed People (Gun rights stuff ) on: May 14, 2012, 11:32:49 AM
From the Crafty Dog: "This sounds sound to me BD.  What do you think?"

Agreed. 
1219  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Report: Al-Qaida doctors trained to implant bombs in humans on: May 13, 2012, 08:19:52 AM
http://worldnews.msnbc.msn.com/_news/2012/05/13/11683248-report-al-qaida-doctors-trained-to-implant-bombs-in-humans?lite

Western intelligence agencies believe that al-Qaida doctors have been trained to implant bombs inside the bodies of suicide bombers, Britain's Sunday Times reported.

The doctors, thought to have been trained by a man who worked with the top bomb-maker for al-Qaida in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP), have the ability to put explosive compounds in breasts and abdomens of suicide bombers, the newspaper reported without citing its sources.

The lead doctor was thought to have been killed in a drone attack earlier this year and likely worked with the master bomber-maker, Ibrahim al-Asiri, according to the newspaper.
1220  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Re: We the Well-armed People (Gun rights stuff ) on: May 12, 2012, 07:57:54 PM
Thank you BD.

I note the mention of Harold Koh, now at Hillary's elbow in some Int'l Law post at State, in NPR piece you posted, upset at the logic of the SCOTUS decision.  He is well positioned (and will be well supported by SecState Clinton in these efforts) to negotiate something really cute in the language that will seek to provide a basis for the criteria mentioned in , , , I see the piece does not name the case-- any chance you could find us the case and its citation BD?


Name, citation, briefs and oral argument.  http://oyez.org/cases/2000-2009/2007/2007_06_984
1221  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Re: 2012 Presidential on: May 12, 2012, 10:03:00 AM
What was the confidence interval?  Many are +/- 3.5%, which would make this a statistical dead heat no matter who did the polling.  And, is this national or swing state?  That matters too!

On Drudge is the latest Rasmussen poll showing Romney ahead with likely voters 7 points.

Just my hunch but by Monday a left wing poll will be announced by the AP that shows it either a "statistical dead heat" or Obama still ahead.

Russmussen of course could be wrong but I believe they have been the most accurate in the last elections.
1222  DBMA Martial Arts Forum / Martial Arts Topics / Matt Thornton in the classroom on: May 11, 2012, 07:17:20 AM
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Oy4TwtoDs50

Skepticism & Spirituality in the Martial Arts
1223  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Warren found listed as a minority professor at second law school on: May 11, 2012, 07:10:18 AM
http://thehill.com/blogs/ballot-box/senate-races/226789-second-university-listed-warren-as-minority-professor

"The revelation that a second school listed Warren as a minority raised further questions about her claim to Native American heritage and whether it was reasonable for her to represent herself as a minority. Republicans, including Sen. Scott Brown’s (R-Mass.) campaign, have questioned whether Warren used the claim to further her career — an allegation Warren has repeatedly denied."
1224  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Politics of Gay Marriage, pt. 2 on: May 11, 2012, 07:06:11 AM
http://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/gop-treads-lightly-on-gay-marriage-issue/2012/05/10/gIQAk4LtGU_story.html

"Some of Romney’s biggest financial backers — including Lewis M. Eisenberg, a former Republican National Committee finance chairman, and hedge fund managers Paul Singer and Daniel S. Loeb — have become public advocates for gay marriage, as have other Romney supporters, including former vice president Dick Cheney and former ambassador to the United Nations John Bolton.

Behind the scenes, influential donors and top strategists are counseling Republican candidates to avoid hot rhetoric or stigmatizing gay people, fearing a potential backlash from voters, who, polling suggests, are fast growing more open to gay marriage."
1225  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Politics of Gay Marriage, pt. 1 on: May 11, 2012, 07:04:44 AM
http://thehill.com/homenews/administration/226823-biden-apologized-to-obama-after-gay-marriage-comments

"Vice President Biden offered a hearty apology to President Obama on Wednesday, hours before the president was forced to announce his belief that same-sex marriages should be legal.

Sources familiar with the apology confirm to The Hill that Biden apologized a few hours before Obama appeared in a hastily scheduled interview on ABC to announce his shift on the controversial issue."
1226  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Re: We the Well-armed People (Gun rights stuff ) on: May 11, 2012, 04:49:59 AM
One would think:

http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=89100044

http://www.sweetliberty.org/issues/staterights/treaties.htm

As I said, I really just get the feeling that Dick Morris is trying to sell his book. 

Bingo-- the foundation of my confusion, and the nature of the danger, is now made clear.   Thank you.

One would think that there is SCOTUS case law on point , , ,
1227  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Powell's new book on: May 10, 2012, 08:50:14 AM
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/05/09/colin-powell-book_n_1503592.html

Bush insisted in his own 2010 memoir, "Decision Points," that the invasion was something he came to support only reluctantly and after a long period of reflection. During his book tour, he even cast himself as “a dissenting voice” in the run-up to war. “I didn't wanna use force,” he said.

But Powell supports the increasingly well-documented conclusion that there was actually no decision-making point -- or decision-making process -- during the events between the 9/11 terrorist attacks and the March 2003 invasion of Iraq, which had nothing to do with those attacks.
1228  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Re: We the Well-armed People (Gun rights stuff ) on: May 10, 2012, 07:12:59 AM
I know nothing of this website or its organization, but it does a nice job summarizing the discussion/dispute.  I don't really understand the dispute (as in, it seems facially obvious to me what the Framers were doing).  But, here it is:

"In spite of the clear evidence that the treaty power was intended to be limited, promoters of big government in our century have attacked our constitutional protections through a deliberate misinterpretation of Article VI. They read it as "Treaties...shall be the supreme Law of the Land...any Thing in the Constitution...to the Contrary notwithstanding." They claim that the mention of a Constitution refers to the US Constitution, when the grammar in this clause and usage elsewhere in the document clearly shows that it is referring to the "Constitution or Laws of any State." In other words, while treaties are to take precedence over state laws and constitutions, the would-be tyrants assume that they take precedence over our federal Constitution."

http://www.neusysinc.com/columnarchive/colm0093.html


So, there is dispute about this point?

I hope I do not impose with my request, but would you flesh this out further please?

1229  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Re: 2012 Presidential - Joe Biden, the Gaffe machine on: May 10, 2012, 06:40:54 AM
They let him on Meet the Press and he calls Romney 'President Romney' http://www.theblaze.com/stories/gaffe-prone-biden-strikes-again-calls-mitt-president-romney-and-obama-president-clinton/, Obama 'President Clinton' and opens the door on gay marriage to a media circus ahead of any announced policy change.  Meanwhile, they leave him out of the highest campaign planning meetings. 
http://www.nytimes.com/2012/05/05/us/politics/at-sunday-meetings-team-obama-prepares-for-a-tough-fight.html?_r=2&ref=politics

This one was an innocent slip up (or two or three), but I especially like the way he slows down and repeats for emphasis his false facts as he did several times in his debate against Sarah Palin.

"Biden isn't the vital player. That's still Obama. But Biden happily plays the "fool" while consistently outmaneuvering those who think the bigger story can be found in his malaprops and exasperating candor."

http://nationaljournal.com/whitehouse/biden-with-the-assist-veep-again-dumb-like-a-fox-20120510
1230  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Re: We the Well-armed People (Gun rights stuff ) on: May 10, 2012, 06:06:27 AM
According to the best interpretation of the Constitution, and the specific clause you are asking about, treaties do NOT supercede the Constitution. 

Thank you.

Forgive me for being anal here, but the point is really important and I really want to make sure I get it right.

What is the meaning of "any Thing in the Constitution or Laws of any State to the Contrary notwithstanding."?

Does it mean that even if contradicted by some part of the Constitution, it still is legally valid?  It seems to say that to me , , ,  sorry to be slow-witted here , , ,
1231  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Re: Morris: Baraq's a back door man; his plan to use US Small Arm Treaty on: May 09, 2012, 07:51:27 PM
There is a great deal in that 3 minute video. 

He says that President Obama could backdoor the small arms ban without congressional approval.  He then, correctly, notes that a treaty must be passed by the Senate.  He then goes on to say that this could happen "easily with a Democratic lame duck Senate."  This I find hard to believe for a few reasons.  First, I think he "misunderestimates" the role of the filibuster.  Second, it takes a supermajority of two thirds for the treaty to be ratified.  Third, I suspect that there are Democrats who are not leaving, but are up for reelection in 2014 who might think twice about voting for the treaty.  But all of that is not what you are asking about.

The answer is sort of.  According to Art. VI, "This Constitution, and the Laws of the United States which shall be made in Pursuance thereof; and all Treaties made, or which shall be made, under the Authority of the United States, shall be the supreme Law of the Land; and the Judges in every State shall be bound thereby, any Thing in the Constitution or Laws of any State to the Contrary notwithstanding."  So, Dick Morris seems to want to focus on the portion I bolded.  However, the portion that follows is really key to the argument, and somehting I think Morris is likely overlooking.  "[A]ny Thing in the Constitution to the Contrary notwirhstanding" is extremely important.  It would seem, especially with the incorporation of the Second Amendment (fingers crossed for its continued recogniton), that there is protection against what Morris claims Obama is attempting.  (See http://iapcar.org/?p=567 for a nice discussion.)

I think he wants to sell books. 


http://www.dickmorris.com/obamas-secret-gun-control-plan-dick-morris-tv-lunch-alert/

BD, is he right in what he says about the legal force of a treaty viz our Constitutional rights?
1232  DBMA Martial Arts Forum / Martial Arts Topics / How to Spot a Pychopath on: May 09, 2012, 12:31:33 PM











http://www.livescience.com/16585-psychopaths-speech-language.html

How words give them away
 
To examine the emotional content of the murderers' speech, Hancock and his colleagues looked at a number of factors, including how frequently they described their crimes using the past tense. The use of the past tense can be an indicator of psychological detachment, and the researchers found that the psychopaths used it more than the present tense when compared with the nonpsychopaths. They also found more dysfluencies — the "uhs" and "ums" that interrupt speech — among psychopaths. Nearly universal in speech, dysfluencies indicate that the speaker needs some time to think about what they are saying.
 
With regard to psychopaths, "We think the 'uhs' and 'ums' are about putting the mask of sanity on," Hancock told LiveScience.

 
1233  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Science, Culture, & Humanities / 3 Mistakes Women Make When Dealing With Men on: May 09, 2012, 08:45:49 AM
http://www.cracked.com/blog/3-mistakes-women-make-when-dealing-with-men/

This is hilarious, thought provoking and hard hitting.  It is also NOT SAFE FOR WORK.
1234  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Downfall of a Statesman on: May 09, 2012, 08:43:07 AM
http://www.rollcall.com/issues/57_132/Downfall-of-Statesman-Dick-Lugar-Richard-Mourdock-Indiana-214367-1.html?ET=rollcall:e13048:80133681a:&st=email&pos=eam

An interesting take on Lugar's career, especially since 1996. 
1235  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Science, Culture, & Humanities / How to Spot a Pychopath on: May 09, 2012, 08:05:30 AM
Does this go here???

http://www.livescience.com/16585-psychopaths-speech-language.html

How words give them away
 
To examine the emotional content of the murderers' speech, Hancock and his colleagues looked at a number of factors, including how frequently they described their crimes using the past tense. The use of the past tense can be an indicator of psychological detachment, and the researchers found that the psychopaths used it more than the present tense when compared with the nonpsychopaths. They also found more dysfluencies — the "uhs" and "ums" that interrupt speech — among psychopaths. Nearly universal in speech, dysfluencies indicate that the speaker needs some time to think about what they are saying.
 
With regard to psychopaths, "We think the 'uhs' and 'ums' are about putting the mask of sanity on," Hancock told LiveScience.
1236  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Science, Culture, & Humanities / President Obama 'stingy' on pardons, says clemency expert on: May 08, 2012, 10:29:40 PM
http://usnews.msnbc.msn.com/_news/2012/05/08/11585227-president-obama-stingy-on-pardons-says-clemency-expert?lite
1237  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Re: The US Congress; Congressional races on: May 08, 2012, 06:53:39 PM
News outlets report Dick Lugar losing the Indiana primary.
1238  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Entebbe: Israeli Ugandan rescue on: May 08, 2012, 05:33:07 PM
Amazing story Bigdog!  Video link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z1ct-meb6U0

3 hostages died in crossfire, still that is how you negotiate with terrorists.

One Commando was killed, the commander of the unit, Yonathon Netanyahu.

Thanks DMG.  And the video linked above is amazing.  
1239  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Returning dead presidents to the Sioux on: May 08, 2012, 12:58:01 PM
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/05/07/mt-rushmore-un-report-james-anaya_n_1496120.html

South Dakota's Black Hills, home to the granite faces carved into Mt. Rushmore, should be restored as Native American tribal lands, a United Nations official recently said.
1240  DBMA Martial Arts Forum / Martial Arts Topics / Re: Law Enforcement issues and LE in action on: May 08, 2012, 12:55:48 PM
Here is a link with some video of the recent Fullerton California killing of a homeless man by their police. This is sickening.

http://educate-yourself.org/cn/fullertonpolicemurderkellythomas28jul11.shtml

I sent them a letter for their pile. I hope they bring these clowns to justice.

Oh, were you there? Or did the voices tell you what happpened like what they told you about the 9/11 conspiracy?





Hmmm... could it be that Cranewings was right all those months ago...

http://www.pixiq.com/article/shocking-video-of-kelly-thomas-released-watch-with-caution

The city surveillance video that shows a group of Fullerton police officers beating a homeless mentally ill man to death last year was finally released today, laying to rest any argument that Kelly Thomas was a threat to officers.
 
The shocking video, which was combined with an audio recorder worn by one of the police officers on the night of July 5, 2011, was shown in court today, then later released to the media.
 
“Now you see my fists?” Fullerton police officer Manny Ramos asked Thomas while slipping on a pair of latex gloves.
 
“Yeah, what about them?” Thomas responded.
 
“They are getting ready to fuck you up,” said Ramos, a burly cop who appears to outweigh Thomas by 100 pounds.
1241  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Eric Greitens on AQ and Afghanistan on: May 07, 2012, 09:48:54 PM
http://www.nytimes.com/2012/05/01/opinion/finish-off-al-qaeda-stop-trying-to-fix-afghanistan.html?_r=3&hp

OSAMA BIN LADEN’S death a year ago Wednesday, at the hands of a Navy SEAL team, revealed that America has been fighting two wars in Afghanistan. One is against Al Qaeda, and is clearly in America’s national interest; the other war, to fix Afghanistan, is much more questionable. We must take lessons from the way we fight terrorism in Somalia, Yemen and elsewhere: Focus more on finishing the fight against Al Qaeda, and less on bringing good government to a failing state.
1242  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Operation Neptune Spear: The New Textbook for Special Operators on: May 07, 2012, 09:36:59 PM
http://battleland.blogs.time.com/2012/05/02/operation-neptune-spear-the-new-textbook-for-special-operators/

One year removed from the raid that killed Osama bin Laden, hundreds of hours of programing and print pages are being devoted to to telling us what it all means. In this week’s issue of TIME, journalist Peter Bergen and historian Graham Allison walk us through the events that led up to Navy SEALs storming bin Laden’s compound in Abbottabad, Pakistan on a moonless night one year ago.

But to truly understand what the raid means in the study of special operations, you have to go back much further, past Operations Eagle Claw, the disastrous 1980 attempt to rescue hostages from the American Embassy in Tehran, to Operation Thunderbolt. In July 1976, Israeli commandos stormed the airport at Entebbe, Uganda and rescued 105 hostages held by pro-Palestinian hijackers (the animation on this video is second rate, but it gives a good overview of the raid).

But wait a minute. What does a 36-year-old Israeli commando raid have to do with killing Osama bin Laden?

1243  DBMA Martial Arts Forum / Martial Arts Topics / America’s Most (and Least) Peaceful States on: May 06, 2012, 10:26:57 PM
http://247wallst.com/2012/04/26/americas-most-and-least-peaceful-states/


The United States is more peaceful now than at any time in the past 20 years. Nevertheless, violence still cost the economy at least $460 billion in 2010, through a combination of lost productivity and direct costs, according to a new report published by the Institute for Economics and Peace. 24/7 Wall St. analyzed the report in order to identify the most and least peaceful states, as well as how much they spend on violence.
1244  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Re: 2012 Presidential on: May 06, 2012, 10:12:53 PM
I was say yes it is a simplification.   Without knowledge of the question presented and its procedural posture IMO it is incorrect to make the asssertion that you seek to make.

OK; thank you.  If you or BD have time one day, I would appreciate a brief education on the subject or a reference to a good summary.

This will need to be short because of time constraints.  Crafty is right.  There are many reasons that the SCOTUS may (not) hear a case, and it should not be assumed that not hearing a case is implicit approval.

First, the Court has rules about the types of cases it hears.  The paperwork required is very exact, with some exceptions, most notably in forma pauperis appeals.  If the paperwork fails to meet requirements of font, staple placement, etc. then the appeal won't be heard.

Second, Rule Ten designates that conflict between circuits should be afforded a higher likelihood of review.  (See http://www.supremecourt.gov/ctrules/2010RulesoftheCourt.pdf for details related to points 1 and 2.)

Third, there are many reasons why the Court may not feel that it has the necessary jurisdiction.  These include: lack of standing of the petitioners; mootness; the case may not be "ripe"; it could be considered a political question; and a few others.  The court may not feel that there is a case or controversy, which, of course, is required to hear the case according to Article III.

Fourth, the Court may be waiting for the "right" case.  There is evidence that the USSC waited for Loving v. VA for example, in an effort to minimize a negative reaction to its decision. 

Fifth, the Court employs the "Rule of Four," meaning that four justices must want to hear the case.  There is some evidence that the decision, by an individual justice, of whether or not to hear a case may have some strategy in the vote. 

Sixth, remember that 9000-10000 cases are appealled annually and that about 70 are heard.  The USSC is pretty picky.


Does this help? 
1245  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Alerts say major cyber attack aimed at gas pipeline industry on: May 06, 2012, 07:02:38 AM
http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/47310697

"A major cyber attack is currently under way aimed squarely at computer networks belonging to US natural gas pipeline companies, according to alerts issued to the industry by the US Department of Homeland Security.

At least three confidential "amber" alerts – the second most sensitive next to "red" – were issued by DHS beginning March 29, all warning of a "gas pipeline sector cyber intrusion campaign" against multiple pipeline companies. But the wave of cyber attacks, which apparently began four months ago – and may also affect Canadian natural gas pipeline companies – is continuing."
1246  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Science, Culture, & Humanities / Aspertame- Sweet misery on: May 06, 2012, 06:52:57 AM


This is a look at the perils of aspertame.  Similar videos are conspiracy type, so I can't and won't vouch for the veracity of this video.  That said, my doctor told me last week that diet soda drinkers are "deluding themselves about the health benefits."
1247  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Science, Culture, & Humanities / Character Chess on: May 06, 2012, 06:48:40 AM
http://www.characterchess.org/

1248  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Science, Culture, & Humanities / Harley in BC on: May 06, 2012, 06:45:43 AM
http://news.sky.com/home/strange-news/article/16219518

"A Harley-Davidson caught in last year's devastating tsunami in Japan has washed up in Canada after drifting across the Pacific.
The motorbike, with Japanese plates from one of the hardest hit areas, was found on the west coast by a beachcomber in a cargo container on the Haida Gwaii islands, off the coast of British Columbia.

"You just never know what you're going to stumble upon when you go for a drive and, lo and behold, you just come across something that's out of this world," said Peter Mark, who was riding an all-terrain vehicle on the beach."
1249  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Science, Culture, & Humanities / impact of a dying child on: May 06, 2012, 06:43:02 AM
http://www.kansascity.com/2012/05/02/3590197/volunteers-offer-an-ocean-of-joy.html

This is a beautiful story.  I sincerely hope you read it:

"His life ended last week at age 5, but still Tadan’s story ripples like a wave, reminding strangers that simple moments of living are extraordinary."
1250  DBMA Martial Arts Forum / Martial Arts Topics / Would you let your son play football? on: May 05, 2012, 06:06:32 AM
http://espn.go.com/nfl/story/_/id/7890147/nfl-let-your-son-play-football

There are many things to love about football. For kids, it builds confidence. It promotes teamwork. It is fun. It is a physical game but it is a cerebral one, too. The bonds guys make playing football last a lifetime.

The questions for those who play are how long is that lifetime and what does it look like at age 40 or 50 or 60?

For the men who play in the NFL, the questions become more serious. Can you find your keys or remember you mom's phone number when you are 38? Do you have searing headaches? Are you depressed? Can you walk?
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