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  1. curtisls87 commented on Loose Parts 5 days ago

    I see what you did there – clever!

  2. curtisls87 commented on Tom Toles 5 days ago

    I agree with your recount of what we know about the current incident. I take issue with your statement that this is a local government problem. The feds are the ones that have supplemented all these local agencies with surplus military equipment, including APCs, machine guns, camouflage gear, etc. This is exactly what Representative Grayson tried to stop with an amendment to a bill in Congress in June to stop the feds from providing these materials to the local law enforcement agencies.

  3. curtisls87 commented on Freshly Squeezed 5 days ago

    Not sure why this story arc bothers me. I think it’s that the parents didn’t bother to do more to vet his interest, and that at every turn of the way, Nate is insolent.

  4. curtisls87 commented on Pat Oliphant 6 days ago

    There are many different influences that have caused the current conflagration, but I believe that the militarization of our civilian police forces over the last 20-30 years has become a major part of these stories and is actually working against the police’s best interests. When I say militarized, look a the images from this location. They are wearing camo gear (really, why do they need camouflage?), rolling up with APCs, etc.. This started with SWAT teams but has branched out so that even small town police depts have this mentality. First the bogeyman was the war on drugs, now it’s the terrorists, even though the average American has more of a chance to die from a lightning strike than a terrorist. At one time, SWAT was limited to special circumstances like standoffs and hostage situations. Now, they use teams to serve warrants – warrants! It’s gotten out of hand.

  5. curtisls87 commented on Freshly Squeezed 7 days ago

    Could he possibly overcome his antipathy to things that are hard, and actually become a decent violinist?

  6. curtisls87 commented on Michael Ramirez 28 days ago

    Agreed!

  7. curtisls87 commented on Michael Ramirez 28 days ago

    I won’t forget, and I do know history. It is known that the primary terrorists of 9/11, Khalid al-Mihdhar and Nawaf al-Hazmi, along with others, obtained visas and came into this country legally. This shows that even closed borders don’t necessarily mean we will stop someone from coming in with bad intent.

    While I believe the border situation to be a bit more complex than either side is willing to admit, I can definitely find compassion for children who have become pawns in this situation.

  8. curtisls87 commented on Tom Toles about 1 month ago

    Fully agree with ending the War on Some Drugs. Billions of dollars and thousands of lives wasted for someone’s ill-conceived idea of morality.

  9. curtisls87 commented on Jerry Holbert about 1 month ago

    An astute response. I can assure you the stats are correct. I also agree with your points regarding Clinton, Greenspan, Cheney and Bush II. Now is precisely the time to wrest away the concentrated power and provide more liberty. Take care.

  10. curtisls87 commented on Jerry Holbert about 1 month ago

    With respect, this is a conflation of two different activities. The deregulation of the air industry of which I speak took place in the 1970s. To provide for smaller communities, the feds created the Essential Air Service to subsidize regional routes/airports. The changes you’ve seen are based on the regulation of these regional routes by the DOT under the EAS, so in essence, the changes you’ve recently seen are based in government regulation, not in deregulation. I am curious, what is your home town, and how far are you from a major airport? While I now live in CA, I grew up in the middle of Kansas, and it was not uncommon for us to drive 180 miles to KC, even with an EAS subsidized airport nearby. BTW, the cost of subsidizing these EAS routes averages $74 per seat across all flights and is as high as $801 on some flights – money that is paid by our taxes. With regard to your supposition of why profits went down, many more would say it was due to competition. When you book a flight, all other things being equal, don’t you look for the least expensive one?