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  1. meetinthemiddle commented on Tom Toles 4 days ago

    Apparently Scalia says it was all constitutional because it wasn’t punishment since they were never tried. Others have pointed out that we have signed treaties against torture and the constitution says federal law and treaties supercede state law.


  2. meetinthemiddle commented on Matt Davies 18 days ago

    To borrow business jargon, the stuff was purchased by the U.S. military and then fully depreciated. When it had reached the end of its useful life (as determined by the military) it was sold for pennies (or fractions of pennies) on the dollar to local law enforcement. Yes the U.S. govt spent a lot on it, but a) was it really past usefulness to the military? In other words, are they casting stuff off just because they want shiny new ones? b) would it be better to destroy/recycle the castoffs rather than give them to local law enforcement? Those are decent questions – but to say local govts are blowing a lot of money on armaments and nothing on infrastructure is the flip of the argument we were having over the summer. That is to say the federal govt is just giving all this stuff away.

  3. meetinthemiddle commented on Matt Davies 18 days ago

    Wait a minute – I thought the complaint over the summer was that the U.S. military was practically giving away surplus military gear to local police – that it was too cheap and easy for local police to militarize. Kinda the opposite point being made here.

  4. meetinthemiddle commented on Tom Toles 24 days ago

    The thing that amazes me is that the Crawford case in Ohio doesn’t get more attention. A black guy’s in Walmart buying a bb gun (among other things) that the store sells legally. White patron calls police and reports “black man with gun”. Police arrive and shoot him in the back without warning – and they’re not indicted. But no media fuss. The media ambulance chases conflict, but somehow this one didn’t generate any.

  5. meetinthemiddle commented on Tom Toles about 1 month ago

    Lockheed says they have a fusion reactor now.


  6. meetinthemiddle commented on Tom Toles about 1 month ago

    I lived in Anchorage in 1983; it was legal then, so this is just a loop back to where it was.

  7. meetinthemiddle commented on Matt Davies about 1 month ago

    Actually based on legislation past and actions taken, you’d probably have to go 1) FDR and 2) Teddy Roosevelt as most liberal presidents ever elected

  8. meetinthemiddle commented on Tom Toles about 1 month ago

    Even if you accept the “statistics” and wild extrapolations from True The Vote (a rather Orwellean-named organization) – proactive voter fraud would still add up to a fraction of one percent.

  9. meetinthemiddle commented on Tom Toles about 1 month ago

    Rs always harp on Daley in the 1970s and Johnson in the 1960s as their examples of “pot calling the kettle black” but Jeb in 2000 and 2004, Ohio in 2004, the PA R pol who said on camera that the PA voter id law was “to deliver the state to Romney” are much more current and salient examples of voter fraud

  10. meetinthemiddle commented on Stuart Carlson 3 months ago

    That’s unfair to Israel. They’re the one country in the region that would make it impossible for any other to step up. It was the same in Gulf I; we paid them to stay on the side-lines. It’s no reflection on their willingness that we don’t want them in a coalition (and never have)