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1751  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Science, Culture, & Humanities / Re: Issues in the American Creed (Constitutional Law and related matters) on: July 08, 2011, 08:09:17 PM
There is a rich literature about justices' decisions to retire.  If you are interested in some particular articles, let me know.

She has been on the bench for a long time.  There is no shame in choosing to retire, whatever the reason and whenever the time.  I don't remember anyone saying that Jim Brown's legacy was tarnished because he retired "early". 

Separate issue: To say that an ACLU membership means that there is no love for the Republic is complete and utter nonsense.
1752  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Science, Culture, & Humanities / Brits, Ruport Murdoch, and the lack of privacy on: July 06, 2011, 11:28:47 PM
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/07/04/news-of-the-world-hacked-milly-dowler_n_889809.html

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/07/06/news-of-the-world-hacking_n_891333.html#s303541&title=March_2002
1753  DBMA Martial Arts Forum / Martial Arts Topics / Rad Martinez is my new favorite fighter on: July 06, 2011, 09:03:13 PM
http://espn.go.com/video/clip?id=6724339
1754  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Re: 2012 Presidential on: June 30, 2011, 08:12:09 PM
With Bachmann and Pawlenty at the top, I wonder if this says more about proximity to Iowa than anything else.

Also, it should be noted that the winner in Iowa rarely goes on to the White House.  However, a poor showing in Iowa can sound the death knell of a campaign. 
1755  DBMA Martial Arts Forum / Martial Arts Topics / Sarkozy nearly dragged into crowd on: June 30, 2011, 01:46:12 PM
http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/43590932/ns/world_news-europe/?GT1=43001
1756  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Children's freedom's on: June 29, 2011, 10:46:22 AM
This is an interesting thread at the moment.  I find the dichotomy in the recent USSC ruling to be fascinating.  Recently, the USSC has ruled that children at schools do not have the as many First Amendment and privacy rights as they used to.  Compare and contrast the famous Tinker v. Des Moines case with recent decisions about drug testing and the "Bong Hits for Jesus" case (in which the offending action took place outside of school!). 

From JDN: "I agree; parents should control their children, choose for their children, but not the Government.  What I think is appropriate for my child may be different than your thoughts for your child. 
Let the parents decide, not the government.  Or the government will decide more and more for you...."

I agree with the spirit of this.  There is a potential slippery slope here though.  What of a parent who decides that MAKING pornography is OK for kids?  What about drug/alcohol use?  Etc., etc.   

1757  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Science, Culture, & Humanities / Educational downfall on: June 23, 2011, 01:04:04 PM
A sample of "interesting" answers given by students on exams:

http://shitmystudentswrite.tumblr.com/
1758  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Science, Culture, & Humanities / Re: Issues in the American Creed (Constitutional Law and related matters) on: June 19, 2011, 08:51:08 PM
I don't have much time at the moment but let me say that I agree (mostly) with Charlie Savage, that I posted the Thomas piece because his name being in the news in this manner interests me a fair amount for a few reasons (including the loop that seems to exist with it in there), DMG is right about Thomas' voting record, and there are many checks on SC justices.
1759  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Science, Culture, & Humanities / Justice Thomas in the news on: June 18, 2011, 08:01:38 PM
http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/43451712/ns/politics-the_new_york_times
1760  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Science, Culture, & Humanities / SC expands juvenile Miranda Rights on: June 16, 2011, 09:22:32 PM
http://blogs.wsj.com/law/2011/06/16/supreme-court-expands-juveniles-miranda-rights/
1761  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Re: Cyberwar and American Freedom on: June 15, 2011, 01:15:11 PM
Have you read his book?  It IS rather onimous. 
1762  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Science, Culture, & Humanities / Enc. of the US Constitution on: June 15, 2011, 08:25:12 AM
A download of the entire Encyclopedia of the United States Constitution.  It is a BIG file.

http://www.suppressedreality.net/files/Docs/0816067635%20Constitution.pdf
1763  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Re: 2012 Presidential on: June 15, 2011, 06:01:14 AM
This was an interesting article, Guro.  I find the dichotomy of the following two pieces somewhat odd, though.

"Known for piercing and sometimes inaccurate commentary..."

"She’s described as meticulous and worried about the finer details..."
1764  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Re: 2012 Presidential on: June 14, 2011, 10:26:09 PM
I don't like that Rick Perry called for the succession of Texas.

I like Webb.  He has an interesting cross party affiliation.  He also comes out well in a favorite book of mine called "The Nightingale's Song."

I would love to see a good third party candidate, but Bloomberg isn't that guy.  I like the freedom to own firearms. 
1765  DBMA Martial Arts Forum / Martial Arts Topics / Re: DBMA Training Camp August 12-14 on: June 14, 2011, 08:54:10 PM
Thank you!
1766  DBMA Martial Arts Forum / Martial Arts Topics / Re: DBMA Training Camp August 12-14 on: June 14, 2011, 08:03:34 PM
Forgive my ignorance please: is there a link to pay for this online?  Or do we pay upon arrival?
1767  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Science, Culture, & Humanities / Re: Issues in the American Creed (Constitutional Law and related matters) on: June 14, 2011, 06:16:34 PM
So, would a law have to be passed that said "No funds may be spent for KMA Libya"?

Yes.

http://blogs.wsj.com/washwire/2011/06/02/pentagon-to-congress-dont-cut-funds-for-libya-operation/
1768  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Re: 2012 Presidential on: June 14, 2011, 06:12:46 PM
Doug, let me begin by saying that at this point in the game I tend to enjoy the process far more than picking a favorite.  While I am a "lefty" at least by the standards of this forum, let me also say that I am not all that big on President Obama.  I've never voted for him and have had the opportunity thrice.  I don't like Romney much.  I can't explain that, I just a "spider sense" feeling about him.  I know essentially nothing about Huntsman.  I have never liked Newt.  Similar to Weiner, I think that a man needs to be a man (and I don't mean a "typical male").  If you can't be trustworthy toward your wives, you can't get me to trust you.  I am enjoying learning about Pawlenty, Bachmann, and Cain.  Palin has crossed into a weird cult status for me.  It is almost like a Paris Hilton where she is now famous for being famous.  And, if you walk out of your committment to your state's voters midway through a term (and I don't mean for higher office), how can I trust you for a four year term in a different executive seat? 

Am I missing anyone?
1769  DBMA Martial Arts Forum / Martial Arts Topics / Re: Should Martial Artists Train Moves They Mastered on: June 14, 2011, 06:01:22 PM
Some additional points and clarifications stemming from Guro's post:

1. I did not mean to suggest that you should not learn more techniques.  You may find others that work for you when you deepen your study.  To find those, it is necessary to study widely. 

2.  That said, there are limits that you can set.  I am not a high kicker.  This makes the study of TKD unnecessary for me.

3.  A musician friend of mine says (and he may take it from elsewhere): Practice doesn't make perfect.  Perfect practice makes perfect. 

Also, GM's point about mastering the fine of verbal deescalation is an excellent one.
1770  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Science, Culture, & Humanities / Re: Issues in the American Creed (Constitutional Law and related matters) on: June 14, 2011, 02:36:02 PM
You have it about right Guro.  There are discretionary funds built into a budget.  There are also funds available that do not officially count against the budget.  Congress is funding any military action.  And, in theory, that funding can be cut. 
1771  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Re: 2012 Presidential on: June 14, 2011, 02:24:06 PM
Charisma will also be needed to differentiate himself from the crowded field.  Like it or not, even with a good (or great) economic plan or other, his fate is sealed unless he can appeal to the voters.
1772  DBMA Martial Arts Forum / Martial Arts Topics / her secrets die with her on: June 14, 2011, 02:20:55 PM
I guess this goes here.

http://www.kmov.com/news/mobile/Secrets-of-woman-with-5-dead-husbands-die-with-her-123798659.html
1773  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Science, Culture, & Humanities / Re: The Power of Word on: June 14, 2011, 08:13:42 AM
It added context to this: This is odd when you consider the English language has so many ugly terms for wayward women (slut, tramp, bimbo and so forth) and so few to describe wayward men (lothario? womanizer? playboy? dude? None seem to quite do it.).

And that seems like powerful wording (or perhaps the lack there of) to me.

1774  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Science, Culture, & Humanities / Re: The Power of Word on: June 14, 2011, 07:17:11 AM
The following excerpt appeared in an article linked here: http://www.politico.com/news/stories/0611/56550.html.  The article itself is about Anthony Weiner and his past, present and future.


And where are our female elected officials when it comes to sex scandals? There are 17 women in the Senate and 75 women in the House, and when it comes to carnal wrongdoing, you never hear a peep out of them.

This is odd when you consider the English language has so many ugly terms for wayward women (slut, tramp, bimbo and so forth) and so few to describe wayward men (lothario? womanizer? playboy? dude? None seem to quite do it.).

1775  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Science, Culture, & Humanities / Re: Issues in the American Creed (Constitutional Law and related matters) on: June 13, 2011, 08:15:02 PM
That was all for you, GM!!!   wink
1776  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Science, Culture, & Humanities / Re: Issues in the American Creed (Constitutional Law and related matters) on: June 13, 2011, 08:00:36 PM
Today is the 45th anniversary of the Miranda decision. 
1777  DBMA Martial Arts Forum / Martial Arts Topics / Re: Should Martial Artists Train Moves They Mastered on: June 13, 2011, 10:10:13 AM
I had trained elsewhere for three or four years before I saw a Guro Crafty seminar.  I was hooked on DBMA, not just the mindset, by the first break in the seminar.  I learned more about application of all the techniques I knew in two hours than I had in all the time I spent in martial arts.  I still train in the school where I started, but my training took on a whole new purpose when I trained with the Crafty one for the first time. 
1778  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Huntsman and Romney Foreign Policy on: June 13, 2011, 10:02:02 AM
http://www.foreignpolicy.com/articles/2011/06/13/the_missionary_position
1779  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Science, Culture, & Humanities / Re: The Power of Word on: June 13, 2011, 09:54:51 AM
Rachel, I enjoy your posts very much.  So, thank you for your most recent post.

1780  DBMA Martial Arts Forum / Martial Arts Topics / Re: Should Martial Artists Train Moves They Mastered on: June 13, 2011, 08:24:03 AM
I think the answer to this might depend on the individual's mission.  Martial artists might need to learn many new things, so they can then teach their students or to progress to the next belt.  Those interested primarily in self defense might want to "own" a dozen or so techniques.  This is the approach taken by Kelly McCann and others in self defense (or "self offense" as KM calls it).  And in DBMA, while there are numerous techniques, the importance of consistence across curriculum can not be discounted... which means that we can "own" many techniques due to their similar attributes.  
1781  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Science, Culture, & Humanities / Wolf Park on: June 12, 2011, 06:09:33 PM
http://wolfpark.org/
1782  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Science, Culture, & Humanities / FB has facial recognition program on: June 12, 2011, 03:56:23 PM
http://www.cnn.com/video/#/video/tech/2011/06/12/nr.holmes.armstrong.facebook.cnn?hpt=hp_t2
1783  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Re: Homeland Security and American Freedom on: June 12, 2011, 05:04:51 AM
From DougMacG: "Just wanted to add an opinion to the safety of the cell phone on the airplane question."

At least the plane will remain cancer free. 
1784  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Science, Culture, & Humanities / Re: Education on: June 10, 2011, 07:10:29 AM
This is, for the most part, a good article.  Some small things I would add, however.  First, in my mind, teaching goes far beyond the classroom.  Professors spend a damn lot of time on emails, lunches, study sessions, office hours, and the like.  Professors also do a great deal of counseling, whether life questions or class/academic/career advice.  The author, I think, sorely underestimates the total number of hours that many professors tend to spend teaching.

Also, he used skewed evidence: "a mere 20% of the faculty garner 99.8% of the external research funding."  So what?  The sciences garner the vast majority of research funding.  It costs a damn lot more for a nuclear physicist to experiment than a sociologist.  And philosophers can research damn near for free.  That doesn't mean that the contributions aren't important, it means they are cost effective. 

I'm not sure why the author wouldn't want professors at large, research institutions to focus on research.  That is the mission of the university.  There many, many professors who teach, teach, and teach some more.  They are at liberal arts colleges, where the focus is on teaching.

All of that said, I think the position of the article that college needs to be more affordable, that colleges/universities need to help that with efficient staffing and use of buildings, etc. is important. 
1785  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Palin emails to be released on: June 10, 2011, 05:45:51 AM
http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/43281157/ns/politics-more_politics
1786  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Science, Culture, & Humanities / Re: Issues in the American Creed (Constitutional Law and related matters) on: June 10, 2011, 05:44:31 AM
The answer is that it depends.  The budget itself can be broken down into pieces, hence the theoretical ability for a line item veto.  However, there are many instances, most famously in places like the NSA and CIA funding, where the budget simply says something like "operations."  This is for funding, but a very select few know how the funding actually is used.

A pretty good place to begin is here: http://www.gpoaccess.gov/usbudget/fy12/pdf/BUDGET-2012-BUD-7.pdf (defense specific) or http://www.gpoaccess.gov/usbudget/fy12/index.html (with links to many different portions of the budget). 

Is this the info you want Guro and/or GM?
1787  DBMA Martial Arts Forum / Martial Arts Topics / Re: Law Enforcement issues and LE in action on: June 09, 2011, 05:35:26 PM
I am not supporting him being fired.  Let me say, however, that you can reverse your earlier question.  How do you, as a Rice administrator, explain a campus shooter and being a man short at the time?
1788  DBMA Martial Arts Forum / Martial Arts Topics / Re: Law Enforcement issues and LE in action on: June 09, 2011, 11:50:41 AM
I have heard from people in the know that retired police officers make bad body guards because their attention can be drawn away from their protectorate by situations such as arguments, fights, and other real or simulated issues.  The desire to help is not a bad thing, but situations can dictate the type of help given.  In this case, I think he was morally correct to enter the fight.  However, JDN is right about the hole in the Rice security due to his departure. 
1789  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Science, Culture, & Humanities / TE law bans emotional distress images on: June 09, 2011, 05:53:24 AM
http://arstechnica.com/tech-policy/news/2011/06/tenn-law-bans-posting-images-that-cause-emotional-distress.ars
1790  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Science, Culture, & Humanities / Re: Privacy, Big Brother (State and Corporate) & the 4th Amendment on: June 08, 2011, 08:26:23 PM
Well, that is good news.  Thanks GM.
1791  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Science, Culture, & Humanities / SWAT busts into house over student loan default on: June 08, 2011, 11:48:04 AM
http://www.rawstory.com/rawreplay/2011/06/swat-team-busts-into-house-over-student-loan-default/
1792  DBMA Martial Arts Forum / Martial Arts Topics / Re: Fall Dog Brothers Open Gathering of the Pack 9/18/11 on: June 08, 2011, 11:46:04 AM
I am 44 cents lighter as of this morning.  Looking forward to it!
1793  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Science, Culture, & Humanities / War Dog (1 and 2) on: June 08, 2011, 08:41:25 AM
http://www.foreignpolicy.com/articles/2011/05/04/war_dog

http://www.foreignpolicy.com/articles/2011/05/12/war_dog_ii
1794  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Science, Culture, & Humanities / More on German Nuclear Power on: June 08, 2011, 06:17:30 AM
http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/43318496/ns/us_news-christian_science_monitor
1795  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Science, Culture, & Humanities / Re: States Rights on: June 07, 2011, 08:32:09 PM
I appreciate the distinction.
1796  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Re: How to cut government spending on: June 07, 2011, 08:11:40 PM
I use Congress's definition because Congress passed the law with the description, passes the budget, and raises the money.  You don't have to like the definition, but I will accept it because I am not an activist president.

1797  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Science, Culture, & Humanities / Re: States Rights on: June 07, 2011, 08:08:57 PM
The term can be traced to the Articles of Confederation.  The term is not in the Constitution.  I would hesitate to say that states do not have rights.  There is nothing preventing a state to have powers and rights. 
1798  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Science, Culture, & Humanities / Re: Issues in the American Creed (Constitutional Law and related matters) on: June 07, 2011, 08:04:20 PM
There are a great many who feel that the WPR is unconstitutional.  Levin is hardly the only one, and not all of those who feel this way are former adminstration members. 
1799  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Obama killed the War Powers Resolution on: June 07, 2011, 12:02:16 PM
http://www.nationalreview.com/articles/268973/obama-kills-war-powers-act-rich-lowry
1800  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Re: Political Economics: What policies to dig us out of our economic crisis? on: June 07, 2011, 05:27:24 AM
From GM. Moved here at the request of our host: "An outstanding question".  Open to EVERYONE, not just BD.

"Ok, BD. You are the new president to be sworn in 1/2013. What policies would you want to dig us out of our economic crisis."



Let me begin with some caveats and such.  1, I do not have a staff of economists and policy experts whose sole job is to inform me on the issues.  2, I do not currently have as much time to divulge in non-professional research as I would like.  3, I will likely be unable to respond to the inevitable criticisms I face for at least a few days.  4, as a new president, I must remind you that I am new kind of president.  In this case, I ran because I fear the accumulated powers that this office has gained in the era of the "modern presidency."  5, and related to 4, the Constitution does not have a place for the president in the budget process.  The president's role, most directly is related to the 1921 Budget and Accounting Act.  I would like to cede some of the budgetary powers back to Congress.  This stance will generally help to inform many of my budget stances.

So, here goes:

According to
http://nationalpriorities.org/resources/federal-budget-101/budget-briefs/federal-discretionary-and-mandatory-spending/, about 60% of the discretionary budget is military.  Therefore, we have to start there.  I would cut 10% of the military budget, but would focus on military pork projects.  The numbers and examples are dated, but I hope we can all agree with Cato here: http://www.cato.org/pubs/handbook/hb105-8.html

I would increase the Social Security tax by 5%.  I would also increase the age of retirement to 70, or perhaps even 72. 

I would have a welfare to work program.  Not only would it get people off of the govt. dole, it would increase the tax revenue.

I would cut non-military executive branch officials by 25%.  Smaller WH staff, EOP staff, and the like by either cutting the programs or eliminating them outright.

I would encourgage MOCs to limit their staffs, by matching the cuts I make in my staff.  I have even toyed with the idea of asking for a constitutional amendment mandating a shift to a unicameral legislature. 

Relatedly, govt. bureaucrats actually earn more than the private sector equivalents, on average.  I would cut retirement benefits, and institute a pay freeze for all federal employees for the first three years of their employment. 

I would cut subsidies to farmers who don't grow food. 

Let the chorus of boos and the spittle begin to fly.  I am sure I have angered at least one of you. 
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