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In the minds of the women on the Supreme Court, we've gone from state race- and gender-based preferences being optional, to being mandatory.

And we were told we needed more women on the Court?  Just sayin'.

This Politico story called this no-brainer decision evidence of a "rightward shift."  Utter nonsense.  Only far leftists could agree with the dissenters here, and even leftist Justice Breyer couldn't join them.
The Supreme Court delivered another setback to affirmative action Tuesday, easing the way for states to bar public colleges from considering race in admissions and to prohibit officials from taking race into account in hiring and contracting. The decision upheld a constitutional amendment in Michigan voters approved in 2006, banning preferential treatment...
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You know it's not a 'rightward shift' when BREYER agrees with it!!!!
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Setting aside the obvious First Amendment implications here, I have a crazy idea to consider.

All political parties last a maximum of 12 years.  After 12 years, your party must dissolve.  Maybe we disallow anyone who ever served in the leadership of that party from being a leader in a new party, for a period of four years.

So say the Democrat Party and Republican Party end on Jan. 1, 2015.  Elected representatives can still say they are a Democrat or Republican, because that is how they were elected, but the party is dead.  New parties start forming to try to capture the members of the old party.  Soon enough, one or a few take the lead, and start recruiting major candidates.  It would be wide open and mostly about vision and ideas, rather than power.
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Isn't this a good thing?  If you cannot verify something, shouldn't you be skeptical of it?  Doesn't this show that Americans have a good understanding of science?
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+Tim Beilfuss Adjust your sarcasm-o-meter please ;)
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Deat Internet,

I keep hearing about "things you can do" on Earth Day.

But are there any "things you can do" on Earth Day that will actually matter?
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My company sponsored an Earth Day volunteer activity with the Nature Consortium (http://www.naturec.org/).  We eradicated invasive plant species and replant native organisms where industry had deforested and damaged the environment on the Duwamish river.  That was a small 'thing to do'.  

Afterward, I started thinking less 'in the dirt' and more about Earth.  If you really want to go big, perhaps literally saving Earth via the b612 foundation (https://b612foundation.org/) is for you...
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Do sitcoms have "very special episodes" anymore? Back in the 80s, every sitcom had dramatic episodes about social issues. Kinda like every rock album had a ballad.
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Dear Portland: stop hating science, please.
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Portland officials are once again preparing to flush millions of gallons of treated water because someone urinated in a city reservoir. Water Bureau Administrator David Shaff said 38 million gallons will be discarded afte...
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cheaper to put nice bathrooms out by the reservoir.   =)
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Yeah. At this point it's merely an exercise in patience, which doesn't have much appeal to me.
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President Obama is currently en route to Paine Field in Air Force One, where he will go up to Oso to visit with locals, including Snohomish County Councilman Dave Somers. Oh, but Somers isn't a local: he's from South Snohomish County. The Councilman who actually represents the district, Ken Klein, who lives just a few miles from Oso, wasn't invited. Somers is a Democrat, and Klein is a Republican. Maybe it's not directly partisan: maybe Somers just has connections (which are probably partisan, to a large degree). But if the President is going to spend a ton of money coming out here and tying up traffic, shouldn't he at least invite the only local representative that the Oso residents have?

The don't have any municipal representation, and while they have three fine state legislators in the 39th Legislative District -- Senator Kirk Pearson, Representative and Minority Leader Dan Kristiansen, and Representative Elizabeth Scott, all Republicans, none of whom were invited -- who have been up there almost every day since the slide, Klein is the one guy who is most important to the residents in representing their interests to the government. After Klein, though, it's those three who matter most.

He has also invited other Democrats, all of who make sense: Representatives Rick Larsen and Suzan DelBene, Senators Patty Murray and Maria Cantwell, Snohomish County Executive John Lovick, and, of course, Governor Jay Inslee. They are all important to Oso's residents. But the four closest representatives who matter the most aren't there, and it just so happens all of them are Republicans.

This looks to me like nothing more than a convenient Earth Day photo op (and how much are we betting that he blames the slide on global warming?). It isn't going to help anyone or accomplish anything. I've never been a big fan of presidential visits to disaster sites. While Bush at Ground Zero was an important event, generally, he just gets in the way. I never understood why it mattered that Bush didn't visit New Orleans: I figured it was best for recovery efforts that he stayed away. Obama has put enough time between the event that he won't significantly impact recovery efforts, but it's still not helpful for him to be here, and the fact that he is not even meeting with any of the state or local representatives for Oso just highlights that this is about himself, not Oso.
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Going to stay home on Tuesday to avoid traffic from President's trip to Oso.
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Can we please stop saying that Edward Snowden is some champion of freedom and liberty and transparency?  No such person would be knowingly engaging in propaganda for Vladimir Putin, who regularly spies on and jails people for opposing him, and who keeps more secrets from his people than any major leader.

Frankly, this one episode calls into question his entire narrative of just trying to do what is right by "exposing" the actions of the U.S. government.
In a poke at the White House, Edward J. Snowden asked President Vladimir V. Putin about Russia’s surveillance practices during a televised question-and-answer session.
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Completely agree. Assange did the same. 
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Musician, Writer, Journalist, Software Engineer, Malcontent
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    Principal Software Engineer I, 2010 - present
  • Slashdot
    Senior Developer, 2000 - 2010
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    Code Monkey, 1995 - 2000
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I like Perl, work, politics, guns, music (writing, playing, and listening), movies, video games.  I love my friends and family.

I love arguing, but I don't like fighting ... but I will fight you if you want me to.  Your call.  :-)

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I ran use.perl.org, wrote much of Slashdot's code, and have written tons of code, books, and articles about Perl. I wrote and performed a song that opened the YouTube/CNN GOP Debate in November 2007. An episode of "Sports Night" was based on me. I have had the same beard for more than 20 years.
Education
  • Biola University
    Journalism, 1991 - 1995
  • Amador Valley High School
    1987 - 1991