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  1. The Game of Thrones

    No really, it's just like GoT except with a plot and fewer transparent racial stereotypes. Kind of like the Southern Isles on asteroids.
  2. The Game of Thrones

    Heard GRRM was writing a sci-fi version of GoT called The Expanse
  3. 4 dead at Waffle House in Antioch

    This is basically covering one's ears and shouting la-la-la-la-la-la-la-la. Why can't the reasoning be explained? Why is it not up for debate? Why is it not an option? Licensing and liability successfully manages a wide range of risk faced by society. Guarantee that if fathers lose their house and retirement plan to a wrongful death suit after making a bad decision, they'll start thinking twice about giving their delusional son firearms. With freedom comes responsibility. Don't be so childish.
  4. 4 dead at Waffle House in Antioch

    This is an unconvincing counter argument. It is an option, and it is essential to holding gun owners responsible. Society uses licensing to manage all kinds of life and death responsibilities. Guns are no different.
  5. 4 dead at Waffle House in Antioch

    The laws aren't there. FOPA blocks the federal government from creating a national database of gun holders. A database aggregating state licenses would be quite useful for identifying irresponsible patterns of ownership. Such as folks buying guns in North Carolina and driving up to NYC. Or gun owners in one state being flagged for mental health issues in another. The enforcement challenges of existing laws are compounded due to intentionally baroque and unenforceable policy. This could all be simplified.
  6. 4 dead at Waffle House in Antioch

    These are related issues. There's a fair amount of legislation and lobbying that intentionally makes it difficult to associate a particular gun with a particular owner. This makes it difficult to solve the problem of irresponsible gun owners. And yes, in my opinion, the dad who gave his unbalanced son firearms is an irresponsible gun owner who should face some kind of consequence. If he knowingly gave his son keys to the car after the son lost his license, and that son did a Montreal style terror attack, the father's role as an accessory would be much easier to establish. But as it is, gun owners can evade responsibility with the help of a number of statutes.
  7. 4 dead at Waffle House in Antioch

    Is it fair to raise the flag of gun control and irresponsible gun ownership?
  8. Comey Memos

    So you did miss, and don't care, about the news from a day ago. https://www.fastcompany.com/40563108/trump-dials-up-cell-use-as-phone-spy-devices-spotted-around-dc President Trump is using his personal cellphone more heavily lately to contact friends and informal advisors outside the White House, according to CNN, raising fresh doubts about White House Chief of Staff John Kelly’s ability to control access to the president, and new security questions too. ... The vulnerability of Trump’s personal phone coincides with a persistent threat: Just this month, the Department of Homeland Security confirmed that it’s spotted unauthorized cell-site simulators, also known as IMSI catchers or Stingrays, around Washington, D.C. The devices–which can cost from $1,000 to about $200,000 and are commonly the size of a briefcase–imitate cell towers, enticing phones to connect to them, which can allow a user to locate the phone or even potentially spy on calls and texts.
  9. Grab 'em by the pinky...

    Does it come off to any one else that's she's like "I'm taking this pig for the biggest ride I can"? Like when Jerry Jones let his wife buy all that art for the new stadium?
  10. Comey Memos

    ... Or that the boss himself has repeatedly taken a cavalier attitude towards security allowing confidential material to be photographed at Mar-a-lago, leaking Israeli sources to Russians, providing top secret security briefings to his kids, using an unsecured Android phone daily in the White House, etc etc. These things only matter when the opposition can be alleged to have comprised security, it doesn't matter when a Republican is proven to have actually done so. Pardon Scooter! Praise be!
  11. When will conservatives purge the corrupted GOP?

    Oh I'm well on my way to ignoring Deray Mckesson, who's now working HR in Baltimore. That's the only thing you post about. What more do you want? I'd like to see: - reasonable gun control legislation holding irresponsible gun owners to task - stop transferring military equipment to local police departments - stop demonizing people based off race or religion All of these could be part of a conservative movement focused on individual responsibility and limited government, so long as the GOP was not hijacked by the foreign and domestic military industrial complex focused on divide and conquer.
  12. Comey Memos

    Of course it's true. Do you think NSA blackberries tweet?