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Pertinacious Tom

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  1. I like the idea that words mean things, including the words privileges and immunities in the 14th amendment. The thing is, the article purports to list 3 interpretations of those words. It actually lists 4. The 4th is contained in the word "moribund." Accepting the "moribund" status of those words, as the article appears to do, means accepting truly horrible decisions. Cruikshank, for example. If you look to cops like you might need stopping and frisking, as Justice Thomas does, you might see the problem with just accepting this result. Yeah, it's moribund all right
  2. Not much, people still vote for Iraq war supporters for President. Even Vets for Peas do it, right?
  3. Thomas is right about this IMO. It's "moribund" because of the Slaughterhouse cases and Cruikshank, mistakes that should be corrected.
  4. So a wrongful conviction is just that, and the point of a justice system is to NOT be like those people.
  5. A massive mistake for a number of reasons. Might even rise to a fractal mistake. The President is right, not least because it's a bad idea to try to lead a country into war when most of us oppose the idea.
  6. Not any more. City of Zion Changes Rental Inspection Law Following Lawsuit from Institute for Justice I guess the phrase "the people" in the fourth amendment means "even renters," so that's nice.
  7. When considering a bunch of political meme pics, as with every other issue, it's important to note that I sometimes say bad things about TeamD gun bans and confiscation programs, so thanks for bringing that into the discussion yet again.
  8. Yes, and all gun owners are responsible for killing children. That's one way you can tell we're irredeemable enemies to be destroyed. Thanks for checking in. How's the plan to take battlefield .22's from the Canadian who are responsible for so many deaths in your country going?
  9. Cop Who Arrested High Schooler on 'Terrorizing' Charges for Class Joke Gets Qualified Immunity That's an understatement. Qualified immunity seems to me to have bipartisan support, so is hardly partisan. Olsonist won't be along shortly, nor will he do anything useful on this issue, because TeamD. Not that anyone on TeamR is likely to help either. Bipartisan as hell.
  10. I get pretty excited if I get something 1/100 that size these days. Going back to the Keys in June and can think about fish 1/10 that size again.
  11. Houston City Council votes to require outdoor security cameras at certain types of businesses I agree with the ACLU but think that's only the beginning of the problems. There might be a lawsuit in Houston's future over this one. The quoted nutjob points to one of the other problems: forcing installation of cameras and lights might be considered an unconstitutional buyback in violation of the fifth amendment. Additionally, camera footage is copyright-protected and first amendment-protected expression and you can't force someone to expre
  12. Not a very encouraging comment from John Morgan. I think Crist's comment was a reference to filing suit on 4/20, which is mildly amusing and really not that interesting.
  13. The closest I've got is my neighbor who used to run the building permitting bureaucracy in the next county South. He knows a thing or two about engineering and plans. He thinks I'm building a foot bridge that will never carry a cart. We'll see...
  14. I hope that's not needed but it has been discussed. The main issue is that it's already single-file only for swimmers going into and out of the spring. I don't want a big barrel in the way. A cement piling would be a more likely choice, but I'm still hoping it will just work as is.
  15. The Equal Protection Problem If Mr. Wall does get a life sentence, I suppose it's still possible Joe Biden could keep his campaign promise and pardon him. Or maybe that'll be up to the next President. At 26, he's got plenty of life left.
  16. Florida's Agriculture Commissioner Says the Ban on Gun Possession by Marijuana Users Is Unconstitutional She's right but I doubt her heresy can be forgiven.
  17. Refresh my memory. Is that the one with indoor or outdoor militias?
  18. I assume you're talking about Germany and Japan, but three countries lost that war. As for the third one, my Chrysler is an Italian car (Fiat Group) that was built in Canada.
  19. I've got miles of buried PVC and it occasionally gets broken by tree roots or errant heavy equipment but the only pipe I've had rot away and start leaking was copper buried in concrete. I do have to replace a 5 year old 2" PVC valve on one of my irrigation systems soon, meanwhile I just have to jiggle it a bit to get it to stop dripping when I shut it down. I have others that are older and are fine but those don't get used nearly as often. The oldest PVC pipes in the ground were buried in the 80's and are still fine. But when a tree root does break it, it's easy to fix. So basically my experie
  20. I got kind of a vague answer on that one. Some flow back to the battery would be OK, too much would shut it down. They didn't say how much would be too much, not that it would help because I have no idea how much current it pushes back to the battery. So without a clear answer on whether my cart draws too much power for this battery or whether its braking will shut the battery down, I decided to get the answers the direct way. And the answers are: 1. The 12 volt step-down thing doesn't seem to mind 58 volts, which is the resting voltage of that 48 volt battery. 2. Nor
  21. Still working on permission for battlefield .22's and lesser weapons of mass destruction like them. And on getting grabbers to agree with two parts of your statement. First, we have an ongoing case about whether militias operate outdoors at all. So don't just assume grabbers would allow such a thing outside, if they allowed it at all. Second, those were invented after 1789, and there's still support here and other places for the grabby idea that the Bill of Rights only applies to technology invented when it was written. So there's really a LOT of stupidity to overcome first.
  22. And a mall shooting in Columbia, SC left 14 people injured. Not to be outdone there was a mass shooting at a house party in Pittsburgh. 2 dead, 8 wounded The need to take battlefield .22's from peaceful people has never been more clear. DO SOMETHING!!!
  23. The thing about that is, you'd probably have to bring some guns outdoors to overthrow a tyrant. We're still waiting for SCOTUS to decide whether militias operate outdoors.
  24. The Plaintiffs So two of three are explictly drug war looting, the other is just drug war-enabled looting.
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