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James Pisano
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Every once in a while the Statist shows a little ankle. Anyone present to witness should recoil in horror at the Tyranny being described whenever a Mastermind speaks truth about their intentions. Those who do not are either complicit, agree, or are helping in the destruction of Liberty.
 
Flashback April 2012: Of course Dr. Al Armendariz thought like this -- the guy who appointed him (Obama) actually thinks he's Caesar!
"I was in a meeting once and I gave an analogy to my staff about my philosophy of enforcement, and I think it was probably a little crude and maybe not appropriate for the meeting but I'll go ahead and tell you what I said. It was kind of like how the Romans used to conquer little villages in the Mediterranean. They'd go into a little Turkish town somewhere, they'd find the first five guys they saw and they would crucify them. And then you know that town was really easy to manage…”
EPA official says EPA's philosophy is to "crucify" energy producers
EPA Official: EPAs "philosophy" is to "crucify" and "make examples" of US energy producers
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The Totalitarians don't think it's all for the good, though... they just say that while they're setting things up to gull the gullible.   What they really think is much more along the lines of "And then I get to crush their faces with my boot forever!  Haha ahahahahah!!!"   That's more accurate I suspect.  

The Philosophy of The People, however, is described more this way... "And then there was a group of citizens who made it their business to hunt down the wolves among the political elite, find out who the wolves are, target them, trap them, corral them in, tether them, prosecute them, and put them on public display as an example to other would-be wolves as to why if you're a wolf it's better for you to stay as far away from politics as you possibly can.  Forever."

Sometimes the wolves gather in a pack.  At this point the citizens, who always vastly out number the wolves in every way including financial clout (no matter how rich the individual wolves are - they can not surpass the cumulative wealth of the Commons - especially when the Commons decides its in their interests to stop playing along with Wolf Rules and simply get things done).... yes at this point the Citizens begin to rally together (aka Bundy Militia).   And at THAT point the smart wolves get the fuck out of Dodge and hide as best they can and hope to hell that they don't get noticed again.   
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“If all mankind minus one, were of one opinion, and only one person were of the contrary opinion, mankind would be no more justified in silencing that one person, than he, if he had the power, would be justified in silencing mankind. Were an opinion a personal possession of no value except to the owner; if to be obstructed in the enjoyment of it were simply a private injury, it would make some difference whether the injury was inflicted only on a few persons or on many. But the peculiar evil of silencing the expression of an opinion is, that it is robbing the human race; posterity as well as the existing generation; those who dissent from the opinion, still more than those who hold it. If the opinion is right, they are deprived of the opportunity of exchanging error for truth: if wrong, they lose, what is almost as great a benefit, the clearer perception and livelier impression of truth, produced by its collision with error.”— On Liberty, John Stuart Mill
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If only there were some more effective deterrent to violating strict firearms ownership laws, perhaps five children would have survived this weekend in Chicago. 
 
Since last Friday, 44 people have been shot - eight of them were killed, including five children Sunday night.

#chicago  
It seems the warmer the weather gets in Chicago, the more gunshots we hear in Chicago's neighborhoods.
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We can only hope, +Brian Fahrlander. The loss of life should be placed squarely at the feet of those who have heretofore disallowed the citizenry the means to protect themselves and their property.

No greater deterrence to violence against an individual exists than when that individual has the means and the willfulness to protect themselves against assault.
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The goal should be individual satisfaction and prosperity. We, sadly, have gone about indoctrinating our previous two generations into thinking that the only way to achieve these goals is to complete a degree.

Now we're left with entire swathes of traditionally strong American industries with unsatisfactory skilled labor participants and a large number of our young population completing degrees but not finding work, and starting adult life under considerable debt burdens.

Perhaps it is time to reconsider academia, study our roots as a society, and work toward reinvigorating the skilled trades in America, and get back to work.
 
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Reconsider academia? But if kids don't submit themselves to 4 years of heavy indoctrination in college, how will the Left brainwash people to believe that they NEED Big Government?

Oh wait, that's what Common Core is for. Never mind.
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I leave in June. Still have eight weeks left on my current tour. 
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Such as it is today, so it was when Stevens was in the dissent in both Heller and Citizens United...

The Constitution does not convey collective rights onto groups. Instead, the Constitution prohibits infringement of individual and State's rights that are natural, having always been in existence, preceding Government.

The Constitution is malleable, but through process, and difficult to alter in an ad hoc way. This is purposefully so, for when the foundation upon which the natural rights of man and the States would be so arbitrarily changed at the whim of masterminds, the heart of Tyranny will be known to the citizenry so burdened. 
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I do not consider myself to be Libertarian, but I do agree with everything +John Stossel has to say in this podcast.

The impulse to trust experts and vest them with the power to make decisions for us gives rise to central planning's worst abuses. It's a powerful impulse that freedom's champions must work to overcome.
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I've proposed this several times as an approach to the "drug war"; Legalization, regulation and taxation.

Hear me out... Two thirds of what I just said fly in the face of everything I believe, but there is a reason for it. Controlled substances, being those substances used in a manner in which the user seeks to become altered through their use, or prescription pharmaceuticals used for purposes other than their prescribed purpose, pose a significant safety concern to a Civil Society. I include nicotine and alcohol in this category.

There are means of mitigating this safety concern, but our current legal and political system prevent their implementation. My suggestion would be full legalization, and, at the same time, a State run structure under which the most catastrophic of controlled substances can be used without posing a safety risk to society. Psychotropics, depressants, those substances that alter perception and/or ability to a point where motor control is affected would be allowed only in an environment where motor control of an individual does not present a danger to others, i.e.: a safe house. As alcohol and marijuana fall into this category, I would suggest they fall into this structure, as well, although, I'm sure everyone can see the political ramifications of attempting to change our current laws to allow for what I'm suggesting. This is why I believe it should be regulated at the State level; some states have effectively regulated alcohol sales inside their borders within the boundaries of Federal law, and within the boundaries of the voters within those States. This is as it should be.

Medical staff would be on site, along with addiction specialists, able to provide support in the event a user wishes to seek help, or a user ODs and requires medical attention. The funding for this system would come from the taxation of the sale of the products. Outside of the regulation and taxation, the entire enterprise would be privately organized, and even the regulation and taxation would be controlled by a private body answering to a State Committee, and then reportable to Congress for metrics only, instead of staffed by the Executive Branch much like an Agency created by Congress would be. This would help prevent (but is not a panacea to), corruption in the system at the Federal level. Each State would have their own leeway with regulation, so long as certain guidelines were met, but no Federal funding would be involved, and no taxes collected would leave the system. Ultimately, the schedule for what substances are to be regulated, and how, will be left to the states, and the Federal oversight will only extend into the management of the medical facilities in accordance with already standing law for medical facilities, and the intra/interstate commerce that will be created by a market for the substances. I don't see why prostitution couldn't be managed in the same way.

The alternative is something we're all very familiar with; our current state of affairs. It simply isn't effective, and it creates the very conditions under which the "war" must be carried out. Eliminating the criminalization aspect of use, possession and patronage, and providing a legal, preferred means through which the individual can be left to their own devices, instead of creating a situation where the choices are to use and risk incarceration, or not use, and thereby have that liberty denied to them, seems a better path to me than our current one.

I understand that State run sin markets (i.e.: liquor stores and such) aren't great. Less regulation is preferable to more, obviously. Having a state constrict the market with regulation is preferable than Federally working toward the same goal, especially when the State is closer to the people, and thus more accountable to them when they head in the wrong direction. This would also create even more competition between the states to provide a reason for emigration/immigration. Should Kansas wish to ban cocaine, but Oklahoma is all about the sugar, there will be a motivator there for mobility. With the Federal Government making up the rules, it is becoming less and less meaningful what state you live in.
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So the PETA types, and #DeCommio would rather these horses be destroyed than worked? That's the alternative. No one will take care of all of them at a loss. No one.

It's NYC, for Pete's sake! Everything there is regulated to within an inch of it's life, including the horses!
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One of the most despicable aspects of governance of man by man is cronyism. Friedman had it right in his last sentence; Government should be a referee, not an active player.

Sadly, politicians invariably find power an insatiable addiction once they taste it, and they also find that, with that power, they are able to become very wealthy. When the ethical foundation of a politician is compromised they become a conduit for cronyism, and their power ceases to be wielded in the name of fair governance. Instead, a cronyist politician will empower their friends, punish their enemies and promote the causes that provide for the greatest return for them, often at the expense of the citizenry.

Term limits may not be a perfect solution for this problem, but it would ensure that those who create flawed legislation would at least consider the impacts of that legislation on their lives as they return to civilian life at the end of their limit.

H/T: +Florence Johnson 
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British society, everyone. They're so much more evolved, after all. So much so that they've found the 15th century all over again!
 
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I'm a Chief Electronics Technician, which means I'm a leader, mentor and counselor to junior members and junior officers of the Coast Guard first and foremost. Following that, I am a master electronics technician with expertise ranging from command and control and navigation systems, surface search, air search and fire control radar systems, radio communications including the entire RF spectrum, line of sight, over the horizon, satellite, and secure communications technologies. I am also a remote systems technologies specialist with working expertise in WAN to LAN integration, out of band management systems, redundant communications solutions, facilities engineering including infrastructure and redundant power solutions and communications site compliance with Motorola's R56 industry standards for Communications Site installations.
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I proudly serve as a US Coast Guard Chief Electronics Technician. I've spent 15 years dedicating my life to the protection of the interests of the United States, its citizenry, and the Constitution, and I will continue in dedicated service until the day they tell me I am no longer allowed.

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We go to Mahoroba monthly. I'm a HUGE fan of their pizza bun, and I also like the sausage bun. My wife likes the Kobe Cream bun so much we named our dog Kobe. I know... Its weird. I don't really understand, either, but she's Chinese, and I'm still learning, even after 10 years together, about the cultural idiosyncrasies. So far we've had three dogs named after food. Anyway, the baked goods at this joint are awesome, and everyone should get up on this!
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Todd, the GM for the HI San Clemente, was VERY engaged with pretty much every part of my stay. I traveled on business. The network connectivity for the room I was in was excellent as far as speed, but the WIFI signal wasn't strong. It didn't impact my usage, but I was concerned about whether or not my smaller devices (phone, tablet) were going to be able to connect with their smaller antennae. No worries. Todd opened the restaurant last week. I had the pleasure of sitting at the bar and talking to him and some of his very interesting patrons last night, and let me tell you, I was very happy for the company. Todd seems genuinely thrilled to come to work. I don't know what sort of job a chain hotel GM is, but I can imagine its not very rewarding unless you get to know your guests. Todd showed he had the desire to not only engage you one on one, but also, he showed he had the "give a damn" attitude that I don't often see in my many travels. Good on ya, Todd. Your hotel was a gem and I WILL stay there again!
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If you're a working traveler, don't stay here. The internet connection is $9.95 for one device unless you're a Gold Level Hilton Honors member, and it's very slow (<1mbps). Cell service on Verizon is poor. The room was great, but the ability to work made my stay not worth the Per Diem.
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The roll selection wasn't very wide, but the rolls were very good, and the fish was fresh. The owner looked to have been a sushi chef for a long time, and most of what he was doing was from muscle memory, a sign of a seasoned veteran of the craft. All in all, a very enjoyable experience.
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This is a great place to stop for the night if you have work to do. Internet connection is fast and stable. Room is small, but its clean, and the bed is comfortable. Verizon has 4G in this area, but the connection wasn't very good. Internet connection in my room was good on wifi, and the room is wired, as well, though I would have had to have my own cable or would have been required to have a $25 deposit for a 6ft piece of CAT5e. Walking distance to Outback, a sushi place, and a bowling alley that has 40 beers on tap. Not bad!
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The service was friendly and quick to greet. The beer is fair to middling, but the IPA shows some promise. The IPA's afterbite was heavy, but it wasn't too much of a kick in the mouth that I didn't want to drink more. The porter was brewed with barley that was over burnt, and the flavor is run over by the smoke all over the mouth. The Blueberry Ale is a joke. I don't know that I would lead a sampler with it, but DTB did. The unfiltered wheat has an alcohol content so low its report on the sampler graphic may have been the result of a messed up test (3.5%). It also had a banana flavor, which I am not sure should ever be associated with beer. The lemon wedge didn't help. The honey blonde ale is adequate, and serves as a good pairing for the fries and club wrap I had for dinner. I say fries and wrap because the side for my dinner was bigger than the main course. Nit a bad experience, but I've had better when on the road. Paso Robles isn't the smallest place I go to regularly, but the town has a small town feel, and this brewery carries that off easily.
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