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Posts by Billthedrill

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  • Politico Thinks They Know Why The NRA Always Wins

    02/20/2018 10:14:12 PM PST · 21 of 22
    Billthedrill to Kaslin
    Oh, my, it's a mystery! We go through this every time the mediots attempt to start another gun control wave. The NRA is a lobbying organization consisting of some five million members. That's it. How could they possibly be this powerful?

    They aren't. They're a synthetic focus for media hatred, and that's all. They can't elect anybody, but people who agree with them can and do.

    And that's what's amusing about this persistent media trope - sure, eliminate the NRA and the rest will fall into place, right? Not even close. Five million NRA members, a hundred million gun owners. You can start a war on the former but it's the latter who you'll have to fight.

  • China wages war on funeral strippers

    02/20/2018 9:53:57 PM PST · 60 of 63
    Billthedrill to Rebelbase

    Oh, man, now I want funeral strippers. My relatives will understand.

  • Outgoing Republicans Say GOP Has Changed [Flake, Dent, Royce, Ros-Lehtinen]

    02/20/2018 9:49:13 PM PST · 30 of 59
    Billthedrill to Olog-hai

    “The Party” is irrelevant. This confusion is, I think, a consequence of its inhabitants styling themselves as our leaders, when in fact they are supposed to be our representatives. When they discover after being beaten over the head with it like a stupid mule meeting a two by four that whatever golden vision they have concocted through inadequate education, over-familiarity with the Beltway illusion factory, and a vast over-estimation of their own importance isn’t reflected by the electorate, yes, they’re going to be a bit confused. They can learn or they meet the two by four again, it’s that simple.

  • Supreme Court Won't Review 10-Day Waiting Period for Gun Purchases, Clarence Thomas Dissents

    02/20/2018 5:21:26 PM PST · 4 of 42
    Billthedrill to marktwain
    But the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit reversed the District Court on appeal, upholding the regulation based on what it called the "common sense understanding" that a 10-day "cooling off" period for gun buyers can help to reduce gun violence.

    9th Circus again. I was under the impression that appellate courts ruled on the law, not on the basis of "common sense understandings" with not a single shred of evidence to back them up.

  • How Banks Could Control Gun Sales if Washington Won’t

    02/20/2018 3:35:29 PM PST · 88 of 88
    Billthedrill to jiggyboy
    They want to revive Obama’s “Operation Choke Point”.

    Yep. Been there, done that, as any clever columnist for the NYT would have found out through basic research. This one isn't, apparently. Operation Choke Point. It was criticized by Congressional oversight from both parties but was still active until last August, when Trump cancelled it.

  • Billionaire Bill Gates Says He Should Pay 'Significantly higher' Taxes

    02/20/2018 12:18:03 PM PST · 27 of 137
    Billthedrill to nickcarraway

    What is it with rich guys who bleat “I should pay more” and then don’t? Do they think they’re fooling anybody?

  • The Rise of the Jumbo Student Loan

    02/20/2018 12:11:39 PM PST · 58 of 59
    Billthedrill to Mr Ramsbotham
    There will be some short-term hardship.

    I agree. This isn't going to be quite as easy to climb down from as some folks imagine. No plan I can think of won't be unfair to somebody, so the question is, how to minimize that?

    The people who financed their own educations or have paid off their loans by now are the ones who, very unfairly, stand to lose the least by restructuring this thing, since they're more or less financially stable by now and never mind how hard they had to work to get there. I'm one, it sucks, but what can you do?

    The ones who stand to lose the most are the ones who haven't entered higher education yet and are likely to find (1) tuition and fees still at a high level, and (2) no loans available to cover them. For me it wasn't that hard to finance my own education (it wasn't easy, either) because tuition and fees hadn't experienced the bloat yet. Covering today's levels of those with a part-time job is just about impossible. They're high because they can be, and if we make it so that they can't be by dropping the money supply they'll still start out high until the institutions can manage to draw down administrative staff that won't, hopefully, be needed anymore. That process will be hastened by suddenly smaller entering classes, and that means that a whole lot of institutions are going to run in the red for the interim.

    It's going to take a while to fix the system and in the meantime the oncoming students are going to feel like poor kids staring at a store window who will never get inside. That hardship is going to make my own challenges seem petty, and I'd like to avoid that if we can.

  • The Worst Presidents Everyone Forgets About

    02/20/2018 11:24:37 AM PST · 17 of 34
    Billthedrill to Rummyfan
    Concur on Wilson, although it took some time and another major war for the damage he did to the country to become apparent. Contrast that with the damage 0bama has done and how quickly that has appeared. Nixon is very much a mixed bag and I suspect that the majority of the people cursing him are doing so on the basis of what they've been told by the media who unseated him. We'll have to wait a while before he can get a fair shake.

    LBJ? Horrible. JFK? Far worse than his current popular reputation would indicate (see above). Harding, far better. You could make a career out of this debate.

    In Wilson's defense, however, two items: the Fourteen Points aren't particularly radical or inconsistent with modern approaches to the same issues - read them and see. That they could lead to the surrender of American sovereignty (as they have at the hands of others) isn't really obvious from the text. And second, nobody really knows just how much his late-administration decisions were actually taken by the man himself, stricken by a stroke, and how many were taken by his wife, who has a fair claim to being the first female President. That said, the man elected on the slogan "He kept us out of the war" who promptly got us right into that same war has a very great deal to answer for.

  • Did the Russians really spend 'millions' trying to swing the election? (Where's the evidence?)

    02/20/2018 10:52:24 AM PST · 19 of 20
    Billthedrill to SeekAndFind
    I'm not sure the "revelations" in the indictments are having the desired effect. It is, however, revealing just how very little our ruling class knows about the Internet. These are 13 click-baiters, not evil-genius Svengalis spending millions to take over the world. And they left trails, such as they are, and those trails aren't very hard to follow. The Internet Is Forever, after all.

    What we have when litany of evil is actually unwound is something a 12-year-old kid might tell his Dad to explain an embarrassing browser search history. The rallies that were attempted to be fomented were for both sides, and averaged an attendance that you could fit into a fair-sized Starbucks. The author has managed to come up with a picture of one of these featuring that noted Trump follower Michael Moore. This stuff isn't covert, it's available to anyone with an Internet connection, a search engine, and a little patience.

    It will, of course, never reach a courtroom, which is precisely the point of the indictments. Along the way, though, we learn that people running the investigation are not only arrogant blowhards spending millions of the taxpayers' dollars in order to try to steer the government in a direction different from the one the voters have indicated is theirs, they're technical morons. These are apparatchiks who tremble at one 70-year-old guy typing with his thumbs on Twitter. The Man Behind The Curtain turns out to be more pathetic then we even thought, and deserves the howling derision he's getting on the Internet.

  • ‘NRA Is Not Okay’: Students Taking ‘Never Again’ Movement To Washington

    02/19/2018 6:02:27 PM PST · 62 of 91
    Billthedrill to SoFloFreeper’s a “movement” already? This has all the authenticity of the Coffee Party to it and likely is funded the same way.

  • Well, It's Happened: The Trump Tax Bill Is Becoming More Popular And Democrats Are Scrambling

    02/19/2018 1:36:44 PM PST · 16 of 34
    Billthedrill to jazusamo
    Yes, but in October the Dems will release concrete proof that a pickle vendor in Vladivostok logged into Facebook and posted "Hi, Mom!" which is Russian for "Vote for Trump!" The entire country will shudder and immediately vote Democrat.

    They're screwed.

  • How an Alt-Right Bot Network Took Down Al Franken

    02/19/2018 1:29:55 PM PST · 25 of 58
    Billthedrill to tcrlaf

    Sounds like Nina doesn’t believe the Accuser Is Always Right approach of the feminist Left. Tsk tsk. In fact, the biggest push to unseat Franken came from an army of shrieking pussy-hatted harridans that were glad to do the job. They didn’t need much urging. And in Franken’s case, they were justified.

  • Can Congress Legislate Gun Ownership If ... ?

    02/19/2018 1:24:17 PM PST · 9 of 23
    Billthedrill to MosesKnows

    Certainly. If the firearm were manufactured in a state different from that of the purchaser it would come under the Interstate Commerce clause. If Congress just decided they wanted to do it and to hell with enumerated powers, that’d be the Necessary and Proper clause. Hamilton was a brilliant man, but his opponents were correct in that with those two provisions any Congress so intent could legislate pretty much anywhere they could stick their collective nose into, and they have.

  • Sorry Larry but you’re wrong again; there is no Blue Wave coming for Democrats

    02/19/2018 11:18:21 AM PST · 12 of 30
    Billthedrill to jmaroneps37

    It’s still eight months off, and the only constant in politics is change, but I’d have to agree that this is a little early in the game for the media to be posting “Surrender, Dorthy!” stories. Bernie’s backers have seen their candidate leave the party and Hillary still camped out like a vulture on a telephone wire. And “Russia, Russia, Russia” is making her media look more foolish by the day. If they’re going to turn the old army of Bernie populists back into a force to be reckoned with, they’re going to have to lose Hillary and shut her chorus line of media parrots up by mid-summer or it will be too late.

  • Is The Second Amendment Worth Dying For?

    02/19/2018 11:02:22 AM PST · 75 of 89
    Billthedrill to Sopater
    Keeping the Second Amendment does not imply that we must accept school shootings as regrettable but necessary background noise. That's simply silly. What has typified a number of recent such cases is not that "the system", meaning the background check system and the criminal investigative system, was inadequate but that people entrusted to populate it with the necessary information required by law failed to do so. In the Elliot Rodger case, for example, a diagnosed schizophrenic under medication for years had that information blocked from the NICS by the California Medical Association in the interest of medical patient privacy. In the case of the Texas church shooting, it was failure to provide dishonorable discharge information to the NICS as required. In this case it was the failure of law enforcement to respond to literally dozens of warning flags that the individual concerned was malevolent, mentally unstable, and actively threatening.

    The "necessary" compromise is already in place - the background check system is, in my opinion, an encroachment on the Second Amendment but one that should be minimized if the people running it were obeying the law as well. They're not, the data they use is being illegally retained as a de facto form of registration. Aside from the fact that this has never solved a single crime, it is a clear indication that "the system" is being weakened by carelessness in data gathering and by many of the people entrusted to run it either gaming it for something else or simply failing to do their jobs. When people demand "strengthening" the background check system, "fixing" it and making the people who run it accountable for their actions and failures should be a more accurate goal.

    There are a lot of crazy people out there, and we know who many of them are. I would turn the author's question around and ask him if allowing them to wreak havoc is a necessary compromise in the interest of the First Amendment or if some necessary compromise in having them institutionalized isn't more in order here? Because it's too late to ban guns, and forcible confiscation at the point of another gun, however dressed up by rhetoric, is a cure far worse than the disease.

  • FR poll: The right to keep and bear what kind of weapons are protected by the 2nd Amendment?

    02/19/2018 10:03:17 AM PST · 42 of 100
    Billthedrill to Simon Green

    Anything the government has plus one. If you have a nuclear warhead, point it at Washington DC. That is the proper relationship of citizen to government.

  • Duchess Catherine sparks outrage by not wearing black at BAFTAs

    02/19/2018 9:56:33 AM PST · 12 of 19
    Billthedrill to rightwingintelligentsia

    Democracy is freedom, you know: freedom to do exactly what the mob tells you to do and think exactly what the mob tells you to think.

  • DFU PRESENTS: Hitler Rants About the Trump Curse

    02/19/2018 12:28:31 AM PST · 9 of 44
    Billthedrill to doug from upland

    That was a good one. Apropos of nothing in particular, but the head of the Gestapo was named...Heinrich Mueller...

  • Dem Senator Warns Mueller Against Issuing Russia Report Near Midterms

    02/18/2018 8:51:35 PM PST · 27 of 106
    Billthedrill to Helicondelta
    "No, seriously - if we can extend this thing to 2045 Barron Trump will never get a second term!"

    Guys, it's over. Give it up.

  • Director Michael Moore Was Russian Pawn In Anti-Trump Protest At Trump Tower (VIDEO)

    02/17/2018 4:00:15 PM PST · 4 of 36
    Billthedrill to Boardwalk
    Huge pawn!

    Yeah. Eight of those sumbitches aren't going to fit on any chessboard smaller than the state of Kansas.