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Shawn Willden
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Wow, this almost never happens. It's amazing how much having empty email inboxes does to make me feel like I'm in control of my life. It's an illusion, of course.
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The DoJ has settled with Defense Distributed over their unconstitutional attempt to suppress the distribution of 3D printable gun designs. IMO, it was a clear violation of both the first and second amendments, which they attempted to justify on "national security" grounds... yeah, I'm sure ISIS wants to print up some plastic single-shot pistols rather than use the millions of cheap AK-47s that are readily available around the world, and then use them to invade the US.

It's a little bit disappointing that they chose to settle rather than fight, since I'd rather have a court ruling on their ridiculous claim. But given that they're taking the very unusual step of paying part of DD's legal fees, there is clear evidence that they know they were seriously in the wrong.

Anyway, it's a good outcome for both freedom of speech and the right to keep and bear arms, and it bodes well for gun rights in the future -- at some point 3D printers will be good enough to produce guns that you will want to shoot.

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Happy Birthday Aislynn!

We love you. We miss you.

And thanks, +Courtney Hammond (Willden!), for making this video. I love it.
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Propagandoff! North Korean State TV vs Fox.

This is hilarious. And kinda sad. Of course it's a little unfair; Fox isn't really as bad as the NK state news, I'm sure. But the fact that a little cherry-picking produces something this close should give everyone cause for concern.

https://twitter.com/TheDailyShow/status/1009847187088347136
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I'm voting straight-ticket Democrat this year

I'm not sure I've ever voted for any Democrat before. It's possible I have in some local election where party affiliation really doesn't matter much. I'm not a Republican, but I have mostly voted Republican because their ideals have been closer to mine.

But, this time, I think I need to send the strongest anti-Trump message I possibly can, and the best way I can think to do that is to vote straight-ticket Democrat. This has been brewing for a while, but the last straw was the policy of separating families at the border. No, it doesn't matter to me that Trump rescinds it. That doesn't change the fact that he thought -- and thinks -- it's a good idea.

I will regret giving the impression of support for progressive ideas that I disagree with, but any damage done there can be fixed once we've returned to decency and rationality. Right now, it's most important to limit Trump's ability to grind my country's ideals into the mud.

I encourage all Republicans who love the Rule of Law, want transparent government, believe in human rights, or just in basic human decency, to join me.
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This is spot on.

Essentially, Trump is saying "We've tried being the good guys, and it didn't work, so we're going to stop." Except that the "niceness" he's throwing away is actually the core set of ideals that make America what it is, and, actually, he's dead wrong when he says that it hasn't worked. Those high ideals, imperfect as we've always been in their execution, are what made America great. The world trusted us to be reasonable (mostly) and responsible (mostly) and beneficent (mostly) precisely because at some level they recognized we actually believed in our ideals.

Other countries often rolled their eyes at us, not completely believing that we really intended to behave as we claimed everyone should, and pointed out our frequent failures as proof that we didn't really mean it. But they actually did trust us to do what we said most of the time, because we did, most of the time. The American Empire was built on and by that trust.

Assuming Trump doesn't manage to completely dismantle American greatness by the time he leaves office, it's anybody's guess whether or not we can recover that trust. Perhaps the American Empire was coming to an end anyway, and Trump is just hastening the inevitable. Whatever the case, he is taking America's core values, labeling them as leftist (they're not) and flushing them down the toilet. And since those values are inextricably tied to American greatness, it's going too.

It's a sad time to be an American, and an awful time to be a Republican, even if 85% of Republican voters don't yet recognize the fact.
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This is bizarre.

My first thought while reading it is that I'll bet a computer could reassemble those fragments much more quickly, accurately and cheaply. Scan all the pieces and let algorithms put 'em back together.

My second thought was to wonder if anyone is doing the reassembly job now that people who were doing it have been canned. I suppose it's probably just as good to stuff the day's paper shreds into a box and date it. They can always be reassembled later.
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This explains so much! Guns do kill people!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7u88qziTQ1U

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It'll be interesting to see if this generates any controversy.
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