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1251  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Science, Culture, & Humanities / Re: Issues in the American Creed (Constitutional Law and related matters) on: May 24, 2012, 09:42:18 AM
I was able to open the paper.  But, you have a copy in your email inbox. 
1252  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / The New, Nasty Obama Campaign on: May 23, 2012, 12:32:15 PM
http://www.nationaljournal.com/politics/the-new-nasty-obama-campaign-20120523?page=1

But the point Booker was trying to make wasn't only about the legitimacy of attacking private equity -- it was that the tenor of the presidential campaign on both sides has become "nauseating to the American public." In saying so, he touched on something potentially even more unspeakable among Democrats: the idea that the slash-and-burn tactics of Obama's reelection campaign mark a definitive departure from the promise to change politics for the better.

"My outrage and really my frustration was about the cynical negative campaigning, the manipulation of the truth," Booker told MSNBC's Rachel Maddow on Monday night, noting the irony of the fact that his plea for civility had been promptly turned into a partisan weapon. "And so here [Republicans] are plucking sound bites out of that interview to manipulate in a cynical manner, to use them for their own purposes."

1253  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Science, Culture, & Humanities / Crafty (lawyers), second post on: May 23, 2012, 12:29:07 PM
http://www.newyorker.com/reporting/2012/05/21/120521fa_fact_toobin

In a different way, though, Citizens United is a distinctive product of the Roberts Court. The decision followed a lengthy and bitter behind-the-scenes struggle among the Justices that produced both secret unpublished opinions and a rare reargument of a case. The case, too, reflects the aggressive conservative judicial activism of the Roberts Court. It was once liberals who were associated with using the courts to overturn the work of the democratically elected branches of government, but the current Court has matched contempt for Congress with a disdain for many of the Court’s own precedents. When the Court announced its final ruling on Citizens United, on January 21, 2010, the vote was five to four and the majority opinion was written by Anthony Kennedy. Above all, though, the result represented a triumph for Chief Justice Roberts. Even without writing the opinion, Roberts, more than anyone, shaped what the Court did. As American politics assumes its new form in the post-Citizens United era, the credit or the blame goes mostly to him.


1254  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Science, Culture, & Humanities / Crafty (lawyers) on: May 23, 2012, 12:27:23 PM
http://papers.ssrn.com/sol3/papers.cfm?abstract_id=2010074#captchaSection

What is the lawyer’s genius — the talent that distinguishes us from other professions? Movies and television suggest that it is more than legal knowledge and technical skills; it is the way lawyers use creativity and cunning to outwit their adversaries. Lawyers in films and television act much like the Trickster figure in mythology and folklore. Moreover, study of the professional lives of the best real life lawyers reveals these same trickster talents. The paper argues that lawyers should embrace the trickster identity because it celebrates the valuable contributions lawyers make to the public good.
1255  DBMA Martial Arts Forum / Martial Arts Topics / Re: Prayer and Daily Expression of Gratitude on: May 22, 2012, 03:26:16 PM
Great news, GD.  I look forward to hearing of great things!  I'd love to chat about your "major teaching period" at some point, too!
1256  DBMA Martial Arts Forum / Martial Arts Topics / Re: Prayer and Daily Expression of Gratitude on: May 22, 2012, 11:37:01 AM
GD, best of luck for a quick and complete recovery for your wife!
1257  DBMA Martial Arts Forum / Martial Arts Topics / Punched to Death on: May 21, 2012, 05:16:23 AM
http://www.slate.com/articles/news_and_politics/explainer/2012/05/george_zimmerman_claims_he_was_fighting_for_his_life_how_deadly_is_an_unarmed_teenager_.html


How easy is it to kill a man in a fistfight?
 
It happens more than twice a day, on average. Fists and feet were responsible for 745 murders in 2010, or 5.7 percent of all murders that year, according to FBI statistics. (The data on this have been remarkably stable in recent years. In the five preceding years, the percentage of murders perpetrated by fists or feet fluctuated between 5.6 and 6.1.) It doesn’t even take an experienced brawler to punch someone to death: An 11-year-old California girl appears to have killed a classmate with her bare hands in a February fistfight
1258  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Re: The United Nations/ US Sovereignty/International Law on: May 19, 2012, 03:10:27 PM
As I noted above, I think the idea has merit.  The is large and in many ways unwieldy.  I think there is merit in exploring options, similar to that discussed in the article or an ANZUS or the strides that the US has made in recent years in Asia with the Philippines, Vietnam, S. Korea.  I would like the US to continue to build/maintain relations with traditional allies such as the UK. 
1259  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / A new "NATO" on: May 19, 2012, 09:02:48 AM
"I do not see the need for a UN treaty."  [International Children's rights]

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.

Is this the type of thing you had in mind, Doug? 

http://www.foreignpolicy.com/articles/2012/05/18/the_persian_gulf_needs_its_own_nato?page=0,0
1260  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Re: Venezuela on: May 17, 2012, 12:33:38 PM
But the missles he is talking about are the ones that fly short.  It imight become a problem in future missle purchases, but as of now it isn't.  He is also wrong about the oil purchases and refining capacities, and seems to ignore the role of China with Venezuela and growing in the region.  

It should also be pointed out that he is shilling his book, in which he makes this false arguments. 
1261  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Re: Growing Venezuela-Iran alliance on: May 17, 2012, 11:35:09 AM
This appears to be an exaggeration.  He claims that the Shahaab 3 could hit Florida, Texas and Washington, DC.   However, this seems unlikely.  The Shabaab 3 has a maximum range of 2100km (http://mapsof.net/map/shahab-3-range;http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/8278026.stm).  That's a lot.  But, Caracas to Miami is 2152 (http://www.mapcrow.info/Distance_between_Caracas_VE_and_Miami_US.html).  I realize that is close, and the missles might not be placed in or near the capital.  However, to hit Texas the missles would need 50% more range (http://www.distance-calculator.co.uk/world-distances-caracas-to-texas_city.htm).  And DC is about the same (
http://www.freemaptools.com/how-far-is-it-between-Caracas_Venezuela-and-Washington-Dc_Usa.htm).  Therefore, Morris seems to be exaggerating the threat. 


Morris also claims that the US is the only market for Venezuelan oil.  I don't think this is true.  For example, "[Chavez] provides oil at a preferential price to many countries in the Caribbean through the Petrocaribe initiative" (http://www.cfr.org/economics/venezuelas-oil-based-economy/p12089).  Morris is right that Venezuela's oil is heavy, "[a]s a result, much of Venezuela’s oil production must go to specialized domestic and international refineries" (http://www.eia.gov/cabs/venezuela/oil.html).  In fact, according to Wikipedia (for whatever that is worth, "n 2005, PDVSA opened its first office in China, and announced plans to nearly triple its fleet of oil tankers in that region. Chávez has long stated that he would like to sell more Venezuelan oil to China so his country can become more independent of the United States. The United States currently accounts for 65 percent of Venezuela's exports."  So, not only is it NOT true that only the US buys the oil, if the US stopped buying the oil, it might strengthen the ties between Chavez and China.  That seems counterproductive. 


All of that said, Hezbollah in the Americas seems to be a genuine threat.  "Hugo Chávez in Venezuela and other radical anti-American populists have made common cause with Iran and Hezbollah in waging asymmetric warfare against the United States" (http://www.aei.org/article/foreign-and-defense-policy/regional/latin-america/the-mounting-hezbollah-threat-in-latin-america/; http://homeland.house.gov/hearing/subcommittee-hearing-hezbollah-latin-america-implications-us-homeland-security).  There is some disagreement with even this point, however.  A Christian Science Monitor report questions the AEI report linked about, stating "this support is largely financial, and Hezbollah is not believed to actively direct criminal enterprises in the region. Instead, the group likely obtains donations from individuals who are sympathetic to the cause of spreading Islamic revolution....[T]here is scarce evidence for allegations that the group is developing its political connections in the region" (http://www.csmonitor.com/World/Americas/Latin-America-Monitor/2012/0113/Hezbollah-in-Latin-America-an-over-hyped-threat). 

1262  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?
1263  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?
1264  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Re: Second Amendment Law School Textbook on: May 15, 2012, 10:04:28 PM
 cool cool

1265  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!
1266  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. 
1267  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."
1268  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. 
1269  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. 

1270  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. 
1271  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. 
1272  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
1273  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. 
1274  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.   
1275  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.
1276  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.


1277  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. 
1278  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? 
1279  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. 
1280  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.
1281  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
1282  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.
1283  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
1284  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."
1285  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."
1286  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."
1287  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 , , ,
1288  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.
1289  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?

1290  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
1291  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 , , ,
1292  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?
1293  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.

 
1294  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.
1295  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. 
1296  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.
1297  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
1298  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.
1299  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.  
1300  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.
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