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    WOTUS

    Anyone else interested in the Waters of the United States? The 6th Circuit put it on a nationwide hold. Overdue Necessity or Unnecessary Burden? The new rules are a (possibly ham-handed) attempt to codify and standardize what courts have long-since ruled. My definition of "navigable waters" is somewhat more broad than what the 11th Circuit decided. If I'm in one of my kayaks and it's floating, that's navigable. To me. My interest is somewhat personal. About half of my little homestead here is swamp. The courts have long held, and I agree, that the swamp is inextricably linked to the adjacent navigable waters. In addition to the swamp, I have a little pond that is fed by an artesian spring. It overflows about 50 gallons per minute into a ditch. The ditch leads to the swamp, which leads to the creek, which leads to the river, which leads to the harbor, which leads to the Gulf of Mexico. So I guess it's connected, though the ditch is not navigable, nor is the swamp, by my definition. Is anything within 4,000 feet of it also inextricably linked?
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    WOTUS

    Manatees Having A Bad Year We see them all the time in the creek, where I also see a heck of a lot more boat traffic than when I moved here in the 90's. I accounted for about half of the boat traffic back then. It's a "no wake" zone above the RR bridge. Nobody pays attention and there's seldom enforcement. This is one of the areas where that will have to change as the population grows. The article doesn't say where they're being hit most.
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    Justin "I'm a pantywaist" Trudeau wants to take your gun.

    A million? A million is more than a handful, but I guess it's all relative. Why pass a law mandating a futile exercise and then leave the felons in possession in limbo?
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    NRA gets It's medicine

    Disrespectful Tom has kind of a ring to it.
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    NRA gets It's medicine

    Exploiting those tragedies for unrelated political goals is horrible. I hope it stops soon too.
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    How many lines are on your boat?

    I think it's funny. I don't even know what all those lines you mentioned are. Just trying to picture explaining your post to someone who knows maybe one or two, or none. They do start to understand why sailboat racing, perhaps more than any other sport, is just crying out to be mocked.
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    NRA gets It's medicine

    The origin can be found somewhere in the 21 pages of this thread. Synopsis: grabberz think that suicides are a good justification for banning our assault weapons and cite them frequently for that purpose. Nutterz think that people seldom shoot themselves more than once unless they've really pissed off the CIA, so it's just lumping in twice as many unrelated deaths and exploiting them for a purpose that can't possibly be related to their deaths. In an effort to convince us that this exploitation of suicide deaths was appropriate because gunshot suicides are messy, Joe explained that they were "self-murders." I thought it so funny that I've basically destroyed any ability to find the origin with the search function.
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    WOTUS

    Yes, I know. Betsy, who wrote that article, is a tenant of mine. BTW, the extremists are right about the municipal system, which is just about done in the neighborhood where she lives. "But it's old and we neglected it" isn't any better of an excuse for governments than private owners IMO. My political life really began with environmentalism and it hasn't gone away. $575/yr for 20 years plus usage fee doesn't seem crazy to keep a low-end waterfront property. If I had a place there with an aging septic system, I'd jump at the opportunity instead of protesting it.
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    US could lose a war with China

    The new one is better. "Never underestimate the ability of a Russian to drift and lawn-dart."
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    Justin "I'm a pantywaist" Trudeau wants to take your gun.

    And neither is Canadian society, but at least you guys are a bit ahead of us, having passed a law banning squirrel assault rifles. We're eagerly awaiting your demonstration of how to get the confiscation part done with typical Canadian politeness. Keeping all the thousands of felons in possession waiting in limbo all this time seems a bit rude, eh?
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    ESPLERP

    Porn Panic Continues On many fronts, it seems. I shudder to think of what I might have done with a modern smartphone when I was a teen. Because my identity is known and some of my old girlfriends are now Facebook friends with their own families, I'll just say I had sex before I was 18 with at least one person who was also not 18. And who knows how a phone might have been involved?
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    ESPLERP

    ESPLERP OK, so obviously they never worked for Congress and are terrible at the acronym thing. In Lawrence, the court said of anti-sodomy laws: Is prostitution abuse of an institution that the law protects? I don't think so but Justice Thomas' dissent in Lawrence suggests he does. It's short. Here's the whole thing: He specifically says it would be noncommercial conduct that he would vote to repeal if he were a legislator. I'm not sure why that matters. The Griswold case was about commerce: selling contraceptives. As for the right to privacy, I think he should look at the 9th amendment. James Madison thought so too.
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    How many lines are on your boat?

    I think if a 12' Tiger shark really tried to eat someone, it would succeed. That gator probably viewed me as a fisherman from whom he could steal. He could easily have come aboard and then I'd have a real problem. He was about as long as the boat. This boat.
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    Justin "I'm a pantywaist" Trudeau wants to take your gun.

    Why is banning and confiscating American guns a topic of so much more interest to Canadians than banning and confiscating Canadian guns? It's weird. The ones I have met in person are not meddlesome that way.
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    First Step Act

    Cept he couldn’t cause the Rs were too fuckin busy playing partisan obstructionist politics weren’t they. That did not stop him from working hard on issues about which he cared. But arguing about which half of the Duopoly didn't do this soon enough kind of misses the point. That guy gets the point. Which is better than nothing. Having seen no progress, or worse, congress (the opposite of progress) in this area for most of my life, seeing some is good. How do you eat an elephant? One bite at a time.
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    Trump is losing it

    I don't think it's just paychecks. Some need to be hit on the head with a cluebat. Here's one.
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    US could lose a war with China

    what the fuck do you do to earn income that you wouldn't be effected by an internet or electronic outage? I was effected by my parents, like everyone here. I would be affected by an internet outage, like everyone here.
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    How many lines are on your boat?

    On three occasions. In one case, the gator and I just startled the shit out of each other. Twice I encountered a very large gator who seemed to view me as potential food. That will make your heart beat fast. Not long after the second encounter, I heard rumors that a very large gator was swiping fish from rednecks up at the dam. So I'm pretty sure I know what happened to him. Anyway, didn't see him any more.
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    The debate over assault weapons

    Yes, most of them are. Your elk find very few of them convenient for gungrabby purposes and marginalize the rest by not discussing them except as a big, scary number. I'm trying to correct that by discussing the forgotten mass shootings, particularly the large proportion of them in which no one was killed. Remember the wounded! They're just as useful for gungrabby purposes as the dead!
  20. Alas, the secret libertarian cabal's control over Justice Kennedy has ended. We're trying to get control over Kavanaugh but honestly it's like trying to make a bowman or a drummer be sane and normal.
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    Trump is losing it

    maybe we need the reverse. We need the rural dumbshits dependent on the thriving citys to showcase they understand why those citys are doing well, and the hayseeds out in the sticks are being left behind. that, of course, goes against 200+ years of US political posturing, and the social posturing of gun nuts. but the world is urbanizing; urban residents are a majority in the world and citys will likely continue to grow and thrive. rural communities will continue to decline because most of them don't have a reason to exist anymore. I wish. My neighbors, like me, moved here from the cities and more keep on doing it. Before I know it, some of the things I like to do in my yard won't be socially acceptable any more. Speaking of which, do I really have to explain what DO SOMETHING means? Because they're regulating things they know nothing about and making themselves look like total dumbasses in the process. Much like when you comment on third party vote totals.
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    Michael Avenatti

    He'll be fully exonerated, he says
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    The debate over assault weapons

    No, the people in the business of $peaking about "all these mass murders" for gungrabby purposes find them for me. I just bring them here because most "mass shootings" don't get any notice here. Possibly because they're ordinary crimes that crossed a magical, gungrabby number.
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    Purpose of 2nd Amendment

    I don't agree with that clumsy argument because it was not my explanation, but Alexander Hamilton's, that ben was referencing without linking. Had he provided a link so that people could follow it and learn that fact, I may not have commented. But he didn't, so I did.
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    I Happen To Agree With Her About AMAZON

    I'm sure some Koch-$pon$ored propaganda can effectively refute her views Ummm. Or something.