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  1. drklassen commented on Doonesbury 2 months ago

    @Edward Clayton: a search on that site only turns up stories on how in-person voter fraud is a myth.

    @Jefffin92833: the silly “dead voting” meme is usually one of two cases. 1) Person with same/similar name signed in on the wrong line; 2) mail-in ballots sent out to dead folks getting filled in by someone and sent in but not caught by election officials at any point in the process.

  2. drklassen commented on Non Sequitur 3 months ago

    When it was written, the phrase “bear arms” was used almost exclusively to mean “military service”. So that means, the 2nd, in modern English would read: because we want our defense to be made up of state militias (and not a federal standing army), the right of the people to serve as citizen soldiers (so we don’t have professional or mercenary soldiers) shall not be infringed.

  3. drklassen commented on Baldo 5 months ago

    In the words of Daniel Boone: I ain’t never been lost. I been powerful confused for day or so, but ain’t never been lost.

  4. drklassen commented on Pearls Before Swine about 1 year ago

    Bingo!

  5. drklassen commented on Doonesbury over 3 years ago

    @Mark
    And most Publicans live in ex-urb rings and sparsely populated rural regions. So, the districting becomes: central district with the ring divvied up and combined with the rural areas, or do you pie-section the urban center and combine it with the ring+? The first way creates far fewer D areas, the second far fewer R areas. Guess which way it went last time…

  6. drklassen commented on Tom the Dancing Bug almost 5 years ago

    First, there is no such thing as “intellectual property”. There is no property there and the term was invented to create the illusion that copyright infringement was “theft”. It isn’t.

    Second, no, nobody has to protect copyright or loose it, that’s trademark. Copyright was supposed to be the limited time monopoly right to distribute copies of a work in fixed form and to create derivative works from it. Since NOBODY creates in a vacuum, society at large is actually a co-creator of EVERYTHING, it was recognized that eventually society at large should gain copyright (i.e. public domain).

    So, yes, ex post facto changing of the rules is denying the public of their rights. Sadly, copyright law changes are one of the few areas where the SCOTUS votes 8-1 and 9-0 and somehow all of them don’t have a problem with defining 3 to 4 generations as “limited time”.

  7. drklassen commented on Pearls Before Swine almost 5 years ago

    @SusanSunshine (and @Texan At Heart): the other math problem is the 1/3 of his income going to taxes. I’m in the one of those 30+% brackets but that is a marginal tax bracket. A couple years ago I went through all my expenses and using quite liberal application of what was “tax” could come up with about 17% of my gross income going to taxes.

    So either TAH really is bad at math, or he needs a tax adviser.

  8. drklassen commented on Doonesbury over 5 years ago

    Fairly paying labor is not the same thing as communism.

  9. drklassen commented on Doonesbury over 5 years ago

    1. Can you back that up? See, back when folks had a 90% bracket, it did NOT stop anyone from taking pay that put them into that bracket. 2. Even if you are right, how is that a “bad thing”? It means that instead of executives siphoning off the wealth created by their workers, they will have an incentive to let them keep more of it.

  10. drklassen commented on Doonesbury over 5 years ago

    As opposed to the greedy “conservative” capitalist who only wants what they “deserve”; of course that only works if you deserve to take MOST of the wealth creation of the labor class unto yourself and leave them living in poverty.