I couldn't let your deceptive headline go without at least politely pointing it out.
March 6, 2013 at 10:57 a.m.
Or replacing 7 over-paid council people with 14, each paid a tenth of currrent levels, with districts such that the people in their neighborhood would... gasp... actually know and live near them. And then they could fire nearly all of the code-nazis.
March 5, 2013 at 12:26 p.m.
D'uh. Send people out from the county office to pick them up at the most recalcitrant precincts and drag their rears -- along with the ballots, equipment, etc. -- back to the county office, and sign in. No smoking or fisticuffs allowed in gov't vehicles. blah blah blah.
Designated precinct officials who don't sign in don't get paid, and get fined a nominal sum (e.g. $75-$100, like a parking ticket) for not properly guarding/securing the ballots, etc.
Then recruit new polling place officials. A few examples, with their names and polling places in the paper, should suffice.
It's kind of like that Democrat elections official in St. Lucie county FL with the 4 hour waiting times to vote. I doubt she'll be making the same mistakes again.
March 5, 2013 at 12:21 p.m.
There are several areas of dispute surrounding immigration and related matters.
The US government has failed... refused, really, to run proper background investigations on visa applicants. There are informal agreements (not treaties) to allow visits from/through certain other countries into the USA without applying for a visa or any other vetting at all.
What is/was the ideal level of immigration? Is the USA already over-populated or over-crowded (on average or in specific locations)? How many student and exchange and guest-work and business-meeting and tourist visas are reasonable now? Are 50K per year enough? Are 2 million too many? People disagree and get the impression their lines of reasoning are being ignored for possibly nefarious purposes, to benefit specific vested interests.
What kinds of standards should there be? None at all? "If they got here, they've got the kind of drive we want." What intelligence or academic aptitude or achievement standards should there be, if any? Or should certain numbers within each range be admitted?
What health standards should there be? Vaccinations? Etc.
Should they (aside from a few refugees) have to bring with them some minimal amount of means to support themselves, or to employ a certain number of US citizens from the beginning?
Yes, we were strangers in a strange land, invited in by the vizier and the pharoah, after an extended and artificially stressful application process. We were not barbarian invaders or visa over-stayers. (Then again, the Torah uses a word -- ger, just the equivalent of the letters g and r -- which does not clearly distinguish between invaders, foreign visitors, licensed international traders and shepherds, and peaceable applicants for conversion/citizenship.)
March 4, 2013 at 3 p.m.
I must compliment the writer and editors on the slick wording of the question.
What would you do if an armed person entered your business?
I'd say, "How may I help you, today?"
"Hello.", or "Hello, Fred. I'll be just a second and then we can head down to the range.", or "Let me see your hands.", depending on the circumstances.
"Hello, the office is the second door on the right.", would be the most often appropriate.
What would you do if a burglar broke into your home, business, or school?
If they were firing at (i.e. initiating force against) an innocent, Bang!...otherwise, "Halt!", and then depending on the reaction, possibly Bang!, but after that depends on circumstances, whether anyone else is present and whether they could help control and detain the burglar, whether you have cable-ties or duct-tape, whether there's a telephone and it's working, whether you have a working vehicle present, etc.
You have to sort out the possible details of various potential situations ahead of time. Only then can you rapidly act and adapt based on the other's behavior.
Usually, merely letting an attacker or potential attacker know that you're prepared to defend yourself suffices to stop them. You have to avoid being the initiator of force (or fraud), but, at the same time, you have to avoid allowing a malefactor to "get the drop on you". What is required to accomplish that last depends on your personal knowledge of your own limitations, strengths and weaknesses.
Con artists, wolves in sheep's clothing, corrupt government officials and functionaries present more difficult and complex issues. Their whole modus operandi is to get you to let down your guard and then slip through your points of weakness, and many of them have gotten extremely adept at it.
Each situation has significant differences.
March 1, 2013 at 1:22 p.m.
Will they recall that Democrats opposed the 13th, 14th and 15th amendments while Republicans sponsored and voted for them?
Will they recall that the Republicans backed the Reconstruction act of 1867; Civil Rights acts of 1866, 1875, 1890, 1957, 1960 and 1964; anti-lynching bills in 1922, 1935, and 1938; and anti-poll-tax bills in 1942, 1944, and 1946... while Democrats opposed them?
Will they recall that president Eisenhower sent troops to enforce court-ordered desegregation in schools, while Democrats were blocking the school-house doors? Will they recall that senator Barry Goldwater was a founding member of the Arizona NAACP? Will they recall that FDR put a Ku Klux Klanner on the Supreme court and opposed desegregating the military?
February 18, 2013 at 3:27 p.m.
I get the impression that judges, politicians/"law-makers", bureaubums, and media are agreed that personal private information about, you know, private citizens, is "public record".
Disagreement comes in that the citizenry and the media believe that information about the official acts -- overt and behind the scenes -- of judges, politicians, bureaubums and officials of publicly traded corporations should be part of the public record.
That leaves the citizenry with their personal private information being spread far and wide by the judges, politicians, bureaubums (including those at "public" schools and state universities), media, FB, Friendster, MySpace, LinkedIn, Google, Yahoo, Oracle, SAP, AT&T, Comcast...
Pols long ago became masters of titling and touting legislation as doing one thing while doing the opposite, and this area of law provides many glaring examples.
February 18, 2013 at 12:34 p.m.
Echoes of MSFT's perma-temp scams -- classifying long-term employees as temporary in order to exclude them from benefits.
January 1, 2013 at 9:50 a.m.
I'm miffed at former speaker Boehner for having agreed to the "sequenstration" deal.
The annual deficit is running about $1.3 trillion, but it includes only $0.13 trillion in annual over-spending cuts. They need to cut spending by $1.3 trillion per year,
starting with pay for congress-critters, president and his staffers, judges and their staffers, ObummerDoesn'tCare, Medicare, Medicaid, the Socialist Insecurity Abomination, CPB/PBS, national endowments for the so-called arts and humanities, Depts. of Educationism, Energy, HUD (and DHS since they openly and adamantly refuse to do their jobs).
December 21, 2012 at 8:22 a.m.
...nor with their new bodyshop at 8300 Normandale in Bloomington, MN at which they promise to employ 300 people of indefinite citizenship).
Meanwhile, the USA has about 2 million US citizen STEM workers not employed to do STEM work (based on BLS numbers, analyzed by Steve Camarota). For a decade or more they've been hiring only about one-third to one-half of our new STEM grads (Hal Salzman & B. Lindsay Lowell). Unemployment rates for STEM occupations are running 2 to 3 times what they were in full employment times (BLS). (And yes, that includes medical scientists, biochemists, biophysicists, physicists, chemists, chemical engineers, mathematicians, software engineers, software architects, programmers, computer hardware engineers, mechanical engineers, civil engineers, and petroleum engineers.)
December 20, 2012 at 2:29 p.m.