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  • Gun Ownership In America: Right, Privilege, or Curse?

    12/19/2012 12:55:53 AM PST · 20 of 30
    Drammach to jxb7076

    One thing to remember in the upcoming so-called debate on gun rights.

    The 2nd amendment does not grant the right to keep and bear arms, it plainly acknowledges that the right exists.

    The 2nd actually prohibits infringement of that right.
    Please note I did not say government infringing or federal infringement, simply infringement.
    It applies to all.

    While the 1st notes “congress shall not pass any law”, the same cannot be said for the 2nd.
    It does not specify the federal government, state government, or any subordinate authorities, or even The People.
    It simply states that a Right of the People shall not be infringed.

    Infringement includes prohibition, regulation, ( not the “well regulated” in the introduction, but actual laws, rules, and policies that interfere with the practice of that right ) outright bans and other laws that might reasonably be construed as anti-weapon.
    Many congressionally instituted laws ( 1934 gun tax act, ‘68 gun control act, Brady Bill, Assault weapons ban ) are by any logic, unconstitutional when looked at in the light of the 2nd amendment prohibition.

    Likewise, States and municipalities like DC, New York, Chicago, etc. are also unconstitutional when considered under law.
    Implied: If no one agency is specifically prohibited, All are prohibited.
    Inherent: If “A well regulated militia” is one reason for protecting the People’s Right to keep and bear arms, then it stands to reason that not only Federal authority is prohibited, but State authority.
    In fact, the states are required to organize a militia, composed of residents of the state and the federal government is required to properly equip them, and train them. ( This is the 1791 meaning of “well regulated” stated in the 2nd amendment. Trained and properly equipped. )

    Finally, Weapons did not then and does not now only mean guns.
    Knives and Swords were included as essential arms.
    The argument was made that even cannon were to be considered as arms needed by the people to protect the nation. ( Militia protecting territorial waters )

    The creators of the Constitution were some incredibly thoughtful people that put together one of the most advanced and forward thinking documents of the last 250 years.
    The Bill of Rights was hotly debated at the time of it’s adoption, many opponents proclaiming that naming any of the People’s rights would only be a legal means of weakening and eventually eliminating those rights, or other rights not enumerated.
    Others felt so strongly that the 2nd amendment was not strong enough, and amended their own State Constitutions to insure that the Right to keep and bear arms was more plainly stated.

    I suppose we’re still unable to say, in the end, if they were right or wrong in their objections, but I tend to feel that those enumerated rights would be gone already if it were not for their inclusion in the Constitution.
    Let’s not forget that said document also plainly speaks to the People’s Rights (and State’s Rights) and places those Rights in the hands of “the States and respectively, the People.”
    Let’s not forget also, that the final authority lies in the hands of we, the People of the United States.
    We elect those representatives to State government, to do our will.
    Too often, those representatives ignore the wishes of the people and do as they wish, amassing personal power and wealth, and we simply allow it to happen.
    The same happens locally, and even nationally.
    You know it, You’ve all seen it.

    The Right to Keep and Bear Arms is exactly that, a recognized Right of the People.
    The 2nd amendment is designed to protect that Right by prohibiting Anyone, Federal, State, or Local, from standing in the way of that Right.
    It is in the Constitution to protect our Nation, it’s People, and our way of Life.

  • Here come the quantum dot TVs and wallpaper

    12/14/2011 4:45:02 AM PST · 28 of 36
    Drammach to LibWhacker

    Lots of different applications for this stuff.

    Consider Christmas cards with video. They already have the musical and record/playback cards, a really inexpensive electronic paper could be used to great effect.

    Likewise, a large screen could be rolled into a tubular shape of whatever size, and simply unrolled for viewing, much like the old movie projector screen.
    Wireless internet and other applications could be included in the device allowing for a number of different display options, or simply a wireless and digital ports option allowing hookup to devices.

  • Neanderthals Fashioned Earliest Tool Made From Human Bone

    12/19/2010 1:17:30 AM PST · 45 of 45
    Drammach to blam

    Actually, IIRC, larger surface area equals higher intelligence, not necessarily size of the brain.

    The modern brain has more folds in the surface of the lobes which is believed to allow for greater processing of information.

  • Comedy Legend Leslie Nielsen Dies At 84

    11/28/2010 9:30:05 PM PST · 2 of 32
    Drammach to Lazlo in PA

    Surely, he will be missed.

    ( Ghost of Nielsen ) “Thanks, and Don’t call me Shirley “

  • Palestinians claim ownership of Western Wall

    11/27/2010 11:54:33 AM PST · 19 of 20
    Drammach to Wuli

    If I recall correctly, Al Aqsa mosque was a Byzantine Church before the Muslims conquered Jerusalem.
    The Muslims then converted the existing church to a Mosque.

  • Krauthammer to Nina Totenberg: Why did NPR fire Juan Williams but not you?

    10/23/2010 8:26:22 PM PDT · 9 of 44
    Drammach to tobyhill

    Nina Totenberg also covered the Clarence Thomas hearings for NPR, and provided some of the most biased commentary and coverage I have ever heard in my life.

    If one were able to go back and listen to that coverage and her “sense of outrage” at ANY criticism of Anita Hill, ( without wanting to put a bullet in your head ) they would see what I mean.

    Accordingly, she was given accolades by the liberal media and presented numerous awards.

    An HONEST, (Fair and Balanced?) press or broadcaster would have given Her the boot for obvious hatred for Thomas back then.

  • Swiss archaeologists find 5,000-year-old door

    10/23/2010 8:08:00 PM PDT · 51 of 52
    Drammach to SunkenCiv

    I read about this door and was really frustrated that the article comments on the “remarkable” design holding the boards together.
    Nothing further is said as to what is so d**n remarkable about the design!!

    I guess maybe we’ll find out 6 months from now.
    Maybe never, maybe we’ll have to pay $50 for a book explaining how remarkable this door really is!

  • 400,000 year old spears found in an German coal mine!

    10/11/2010 7:27:38 PM PDT · 52 of 83
    Drammach to Hacklehead

    “..I doubt it would penetrate very deeply into a horse.”

    The tip can be sharpened quite a bit, and when properly hardened in a low fire or bed of coals, becomes even harder.
    Not iron, but very hard.
    The actual point only has to have an angle of about 45 degrees to achieve maximum effectiveness, so the tip of the spear could be nearly an inch in thickness.
    Once hardened, it will easily pierce flesh and crack bones.

    The spear is not a javelin, meant for throwing long distance, it is meant for close distance and when possible for hands on thrusting.
    The thrust is where this type of spear is most effective.

    I could penetrate a (soft) vital area 6 to 8 inches, and someone like early man or neanderthal could probably embed such a weapon a foot or more.

  • The Scientist Vote

    10/11/2010 6:06:45 PM PDT · 5 of 13
    Drammach to Kaslin

    Michael Mann.... You mean “Hockey Stick” Mann, the so-called scientist that falsified data and conveniently forgot the existence of the “little ice age” ?

    That Mann?

    His opinion is worth nothing. Even less.

  • Olympic Developments Sues Apple for Selling Goods on iTunes

    10/03/2010 7:16:07 PM PDT · 16 of 17
    Drammach to aMorePerfectUnion

    Yes, NV, and also Alaska are “business friendly”.
    However, many con artists take advantage of those states and their business friendly laws to protect themselves from creditors, and prosecution.

    A simple google search for “scams Delaware Corporations” will produce links that will show you what I mean.

  • Olympic Developments Sues Apple for Selling Goods on iTunes

    10/03/2010 1:40:23 AM PDT · 7 of 17
    Drammach to Swordmaker

    I would note the mention of “Delaware Company” as a caution to this article.
    More likely, what the writer meant was “Delaware Corporation” which is akin to a legal “front” organization.
    It is extremely easy in some states (like DE ) to file as a “corporation”, ie., a legal business, regardless of where you are actually located.
    If you are a LLC, a limited liability corp., or such, all you need is a mailing address, and the necessary paperwork and fees. You are now protected under DE law from certain legal actions, and are incredibly hard to trace as a real, honest company trying to earn an honest dollar.

    Sounds like a massive con-artist scam to me.

  • Stonehenge boy 'was from the Med'

    09/28/2010 10:17:52 PM PDT · 47 of 75
    Drammach to muawiyah

    Although the Romans had not really evolved as a civilization in 1550 BC, there were Minoans, Santorini, Mycenaeans, Egyptians, and others in the Mediterranean that could well have traveled up the coast by ship.
    Likewise, land travel from the Med or Black Sea combined with a quick cross channel excursion could have brought travelers to England.

    We’re talking about the Bronze Age, not the Stone Age, and quite a lot of technological advances were taking place.
    I would bet that long distance travel was one of those.

    As for Italy, while there were no Romans yet, there were Etruscans, which left some evidence of a written language or symbolic markings, but they’ve never been translated.
    We’re not sure what their capabilities were as far as travel or trade.

    Plenty of people from the Med that might decide to go to the British Isles.

  • Taking molecular snaps of ancient crops

    09/18/2010 7:01:38 PM PDT · 11 of 11
    Drammach to decimon

    Maybe they should check out wood samples as well as crop grains.

    Maybe they could figure out what “gopher wood” actually was.

  • Taking molecular snaps of ancient crops

    09/18/2010 6:59:38 PM PDT · 10 of 11
    Drammach to decimon

    not just rust, but toxic chemicals like ergot.

  • The sixth fastest shrinking city in America for a reason.(Chris Parry barf alert)

    07/12/2009 11:45:38 PM PDT · 44 of 53
    Drammach to mnehring
    OK, while everybody is freaking about the difference between inter and intra, I noticed the Cincy city council was "expecting" the train project to be finished in 2004.

    So, I checked the date on the original article.

    This article was written (posted) November 23, 2000.

    A bit outdated at the least, although Cincinnati probably still sucks. ( or not, never been there, don't know. )
    Thing is, it's been about 8 and a half years since the piece was written.
    Hardly relevant, is it?

  • Cement plants being asked to sacrifice for clean air (Hussein says nothing about shovel ready jobs)

    07/12/2009 11:21:17 PM PDT · 20 of 36
    Drammach to Libloather
    Just more governmental, bureaucratic idiocy which will eventually be rescinded.

    But the fact is, we don't necessarily need to use "portland" cement for every single construction project in america.
    In many instances, mortar is better for foundation work, and concrete using the proper aggregates will work just fine for most structural applications.

    After all, the Roman Pantheon is 2000 years old and still standing.
    That structure is NOT "reinforced" concrete, nor does it contain any portland cement, as that had not been invented yet.

  • Weary Palin Sought to Regain Control

    07/04/2009 10:35:56 PM PDT · 13 of 18
    Drammach to flowerplough
    knuckling down and doing a good job as Alaska’s governor?

    But she Did do a good job as guv!
    As pointed out in her farewell speech, she accomplished many if not all the things she planned to, and did it in 2 years instead of 4 !

    Her problem of continuing to do a good job was the constant legal attacks accusing her of ethics violations.
    All of her time and her staff's time was consumed in defending her office against baseless attacks in court.
    Continuing to act as Governor was a waste of her time and money as well as the state of Alaska's.

  • Sarah Palin: 'Time-out or flame-out?' (Why do leftists even fret over another Reagan?)

    07/04/2009 10:18:59 PM PDT · 6 of 47
    Drammach to Extremely Extreme Extremist

    Didn’t Obama “quit” and not finish his office? ( 1st term senate seat )

    Seems some people have selective perception.

  • Investigate Firing of Inspector General: Sign Petition

  • Investigate Firing of Inspector General: Sign Petition

    06/18/2009 3:07:30 PM PDT · 3 of 4
    Drammach to YaZhynka
    I understand that 2 other IG's have been removed from their posts as well.

    I think there was something on Drudge Report about it.