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  1. Prosecutors certainly will signal to Trump's attorneys if and when it is about to happen, arrange for him to surrender in a manner that addresses safety concerns of both NY and SS interests. It won't be a gotcha moment.
  2. yes, you refused to admit your misstatement, despite multiple chances. "Any gun show." You live in one of those states. You know that anyone, let along a high school kid, can't walk into a gun show, find a private seller, and walk out with a gun. No one escapes the background check or the 10 day waiting period in California. The gun shop loophole has always been a red herring, but much more so when we're talking about K-12 school shootings. You, skydekker, jcd are close precisely mimicking Trump behavior that it's hard to stop laughing at you. But I'll leave you to the continued jerkoff, where you accuse Rush of not knowing logic (or proper Orwellian doublespeak). Looks like Derek only occasionally tries, and everyone else found a better hobby. Maybe look back in around election time and see if some intelligent discourse emerges.
  3. It must be hard for you. Trying to argue with a man who knows words and uses them correctly. It just seems so unfair to subject your "logic" to such scrutiny. "Walk in to any gun show" These aren't complicated words, or logic. Bill lied. Half the country can't legally purchase a gun without a 4473 check. No kid under 21 can legally do it for hand guns anywhere. He didn't do it by mistake, or ignorance. He doesn't want to admit it, nor do you or Skydekker. He had a chance to take it back, but instead tried to double down. He then tried to tie me to fear of sharia or gay marriage, which is pathetic. (I live in San Francisco, graduated from Berkeley) It's right out of Trump's book. Deflect, attack, admit no error. You guys give Rush shit for this sort of thing all the time. Be honest and admit to the same. All the postings here have limited impact on wingloading you really think it has > 0.00000% impact on legislative policy? Or will save lives? This is a circle jerk, nothing more. Contacting your representatives, and most importantly voting is what matters. The gun opposition openly acknowledges that it's not the NRA money that gives them power, it's their voting members. Though maybe it jumped the shark in selecting Ollie North as its new lead. A key benefit (one of the few) of the Trump election is that the 2nd amendment will remain secure for decades longer. HC could have threatened that. I'm not thrilled with the likelihood we'll regress on gay rights, but it's the one silver lining.
  4. let me quote you: "Walk in to any gun show" [drops mic] (oh, and try driving across state lines in Hawaii) It's the same bullshit here, isn't it? Same circular tales, the same permissiveness of attacks for the 'right side,' same distortion of statistics. mostly I have to ask - what is the payoff, people? Seems like time would be better spent trying to decypher the last Trump twit. At least he and Mueller (and Rudy) are good for new content every week.
  5. So demonstrate this in California. You know you cannot do so, there are no private sales in our state, making your statement a 100% big fat lie. 14 states and DC, comprising 116M Americans operate under these rules. 6 more (bringing it up to 158M) do for handguns only. It's a long drive from LA or SD across state lines, and it's still illegal to purchase and return a weapon into California. So no, that's not how the kids are doing it.
  6. Ask any black man if this statement is particularly assuring. So many counter examples, and it's a bit late for the court to say it was wrong after the fact. You're disarmed, potentially dead. And let's be honest, SCOTUS hasn't thought much of the 4th amendment in a long time, and will veer even further with this next nominee (unless the evidence is obtained by Mueller, and then it's definitely fruit from a tainted search). People might also want to consider Haynes v. United States in this conversation thread around universal registration or checks. Criminals cannot be compelled to participate in these. Or consider that out of the millions of failed Brady checks, criminal charges were only introduced in a tiny fraction, on order of 1/10th of one percent. This has been true across all Administrations since it was enacted.
  7. You don't see an obvious problem with a source that declares the average African to be mentally retarded? IQ is supposed to be a measure of innate intelligence, but IQ tests in nearly all forms are really a measure of education, and this listing shows that rather clearly. These values are used to support racist and sexist beliefs; I'm a bit shocked to see you giving it credibility. I'm open to the likelihood that there are small variations by ethnicity, but not two full standard deviations, or even one.
  8. Doing a driveby after that Sarah Huckabee performance by Bill. 13 massacres in Australia in the 20 years prior to Port Arthur. All appear to be gun based. 77 victims. And after the ban 12 massacres in the 20 years after. 75 dead. 2 involved guns still, one must adopt a strict definition of mass shooting as 5 dead not including the shooter to say there haven't been any. But there's also use of knives, blunt objects, a car, and especially fashionable was arson. I supposed being burned to death is better than being shot? No spoons, but the substitution methods are clearly established. In the US, we tried to solve the problem by selling record numbers of guns, and we reduced fatalities by 50%!
  9. There are direct and indirect benefits to you from these solar installers. Their added capacity during day time when we still see peak usage translates to not having to build new power plants, which have a tremendous capital expense paid for by all rate payers. It also allows for the shuttering (or reduced running) of peaker plants which tend to pollute the most. In California, these benefits make it well worth it to subsidize installations.
  10. Northern Cal doesn't want us (SF). But us not wanting to be with LA is just shameless hypocrisy. We're really talented there. And 3 states...the rest of the union has absolutely no interest in giving us two more senators, certainly won't go for 4. Such a waste of energy trying.
  11. 'New California' is the latest in decades of similar proposals in California. The fun bit is always seeing how hard folks try to be part of the off shoot, like San Franciscans trying to escape LA, think that rural California doesn't see them as equally evil. So no new lows here. This deportation is another example of ICE going after the easy pickings, the people hiding in plain sight, rather than the criminal element that should be prioritized. Here we just broke up a traditional family unit. The impending result around DACA shows the dangers in willingly participating in giving the government your contact information (and why gun owners oppose registration so aggressively - had to give Rush a twinkie). It's that much easier for them to boot you with the next change in policy. Same for those who got medical pot cards.
  12. gerrymandering has nothing to do with the electoral college. If states opted to allocate Electors on a district basis, then it would be possible, but Trump won because he captured several states by very close margins. Voter suppression efforts in battleground states may have contributed, but gerry'd districts just helps keep the GOP's hold on Congress.
  13. And yet, when this thread died out (March 2013), it had lost over 50% from it's 2013 peak, and it dropped another 50% thru March 2015, bottoming out in the 200s. And then it meandered. It finally got back up over $1000 in January this year, in large part to speculation that the US would approve the Winkleloss's trading instrument. The excitement was back, as were the touts. Then lost 30% in a single week. And then came the tear. For reasons I cannot fathom, Japanese investors became obsessed in the spring, and represent more than 50% of the trading volume for most of the time since. It's a variation on a class short squeeze - lot of people and low liquidity. It's again not based on any sense of value. It reminds me of the way they bought California real estate in the 80s and 90s, with horrible returns. How can a country of investors collectively be so stupid? As the thread died in 2014, Mt Gox was a spectacular debacle with heavy losses for BTC investors. Fast forward to now - Coinbase is one of the most popular vehicles to hold BTCs and wallet theft remains a common event (See recent Fortune article), even for experienced crypto people. By design, these people are SOL. I saw a very interesting segment earlier in the year where a person in NYC went a period of time (day or days) only transacting in BTCs. She was able to do a number of commerce events, including eating. However, the spread was atrocious - often paying 30 or 40% more than she would have with dollars. It also appears that Coinbase will be cooperating with the IRS on trading records. Every time you perform a transaction (like buy lunch) with BTCs, it's viewed no differently than a sale of stock. You need to report the cost basis, the result, and pay taxes accordingly. Fail to do so...serious consequences. It has been proposed that there should be a floor on transaction amount - e.g. events of less than $200 should not require reporting. That seems quite reasonable, but it is not a reality at present. So long as this remains true, commerce in the US is likely to remain limited, and will decline to zero if the IRS does flex their muscle. I guess that depends on what Trump's buddies at Goldman Sach would like. So we're back to speculative holding of coins. I think I'd congratulate anyone who bought coins in the hundreds...and encourage you to take (at least most of) those profits (and report them). Maybe time to look at the actual tech and put money there. Ripple in particular seems interesting - built around financial transactions and has been adopted by quite a few banking orgs. Is coin agnostic. The entire crypto coin realm is up to a couple hundred billion dollars. Still tiny when Vanguard alone managed nearly 5T, but much more substantial than what we talked about 3 years ago. It can keep churning for a while, just like the Nasdaq did in 2000. But still - has to give people pause when every month someone creates yet another set of coins - how different is it really from printing your own monopoly bucks? How is this not the definition of hyperinflation? Don't bet more than you're willing and able to lose.
  14. I think the question to ponder now is the claim that he's deliberately sabotaging his campaign to lose. 80% of the time it looks like he's just paying the price for his prior gaffes, but then he does stuff that makes your head explode. Is he that flawed, or is there purpose behind the madness?