| Political Talk|| in AP surveillance case, the real scandal is what's legal - 90proofprofessional on 5/14/13 at 11:48 am|
[quote]The key here is a legal principle known as the “third party doctrine,” which says that users don’t have Fourth Amendment rights protecting information they voluntarily turn over to someone else. Courts have said that when you dial a phone number, you are voluntarily providing information to y...
| Political Talk|| Piling on: EPA waives info fees for friends, denies conservative groups - 90proofprofessional on 5/14/13 at 10:02 am|
We all pay for the EPA. So if you're gonna hook up friendly advocacy groups, you gotta hook up unfriendly ones too. [link=(http://washingtonexaminer.com/article/2529609#.UZJNOv6BeA5.twitter)]LINK[/link]
[quote]CEI reviewed Freedom of Information Act requests sent between January 2012 and this spr...
| Political Talk|| IRS Office Targeting TP Also Disclosed Conservative Groups' Confidential Docs - 90proofprofessional on 5/13/13 at 7:03 pm|
[quote]The same IRS office that deliberately targeted conservative groups applying for tax-exempt status in the run-up to the 2012 election released nine pending confidential ap...
| Political Talk|| Could media be turning on Obama? - 90proofprofessional on 5/12/13 at 10:54 am|
I'm not used to seeing this kind of stuff from these places:
[link=(http://www.newyorker.com/online/blogs/newsdesk/2013/05/benghazi-cia-talking-point-edits-white-house.html?mobify=0)]New Yorker shits on the administration about Benghazi[/link]
[quote]It’s a cliché, of course, but it really is true...
| Political Talk|| Treasury IG report: IRS knew Tea Party groups were being targeted - 90proofprofessional on 5/11/13 at 2:54 pm|
as far back as June 2011. The timing of the report's release neatly explains the apology from the IRS this week. [link=(http://m.apnews.com/ap/db_268798/contentdetail.htm?contentguid=213eUSft)]LINK[/link] :casty:
[quote]The Treasury's inspector general for tax administration is expected to releas...
| Political Talk|| Short funds, Sebelius solicits from those her agency will be regulating - 90proofprofessional on 5/10/13 at 3:36 pm|
What could possibly go wrong? :lol:
[link=(http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/wonkblog/wp/2013/05/10/budget-request-denied-sebelius-turns-to-health-executives-to-finance-obamacare/)]WaPo: Budget requests denied, Sebelius turns to health executives to finance Obamacare[/link]
[quote]Health and H...
| Political Talk|| Jindal's voucher funding mechanism ruled unconstitutional - 90proofprofessional on 5/7/13 at 11:41 am|
Did search, didn't see. [link=(http://businessreport.com/article/20130507/BUSINESSREPORT0117/130509858?utm_source=contactology&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=NewsAlertfromDailyReport)]LINK[/link]
[quote]The Louisiana Supreme Court has ruled that the funding method for the state’s school voucher pr...
| Political Talk|| States refusing Medicaid expansion are saving Fed Govt $100's of billions - 90proofprofessional on 5/1/13 at 9:54 am|
over the next 8 years in addition to curbing their own state's future spending. :bow:
[quote]In National Federation of Independent Business v. Sebelius, the court ruled that Congress cannot coerce states into expanding Medicaid by threatening to withhold federal dollars for a state's existing progr...
| Political Talk|| Proposed resolution: Climate change could push women into "transactional sex" - 90proofprofessional on 4/29/13 at 12:37 pm|
No idea what they're hoping to get from this move. [link=(http://thehill.com/blogs/floor-action/house/296679-dems-warn-climate-change-could-drive-women-to-transactional-sex)]LINK[/link]
[quote]Several House Democrats are calling on Congress to recognize that climate change is hurting women more tha...
| Political Talk|| Immigration bill proposal to constrict outsourcing - 90proofprofessional on 4/29/13 at 6:49 am|
[quote]The immigration bill, the larger point of which is to boost border security and provide a path to citizenship for 11 million people living illegally in the U.S., would impose steep fees for com...
| O-T Lounge|| one guy's review of Google Glass after a few weeks - 90proofprofessional on 4/27/13 at 9:41 am|
looks pretty incredible. [link=(https://plus.google.com/+Scobleizer/posts/ZLV9GdmkRzS#+Scobleizer/posts/ZLV9GdmkRzS)]LINK[/link]
[quote]This week I gave five speeches while wearing it.
I passed through airports four times (two more in a couple of hours).
I let hundreds of people try my Google G...
| Political Talk|| dumb BR Unified Development Code housing rule deemed unconstitutional - 90proofprofessional on 4/25/13 at 10:51 am|
[quote]A state district court judge ruled that the city-parish’s law forbidding three or more unrelated people from living together in a house is unconstitutional and unenforceable.
Attorney and 2012 ca...
| Political Talk|| Reuters acknowledges climate "pause" - 90proofprofessional on 4/16/13 at 11:22 am|
Hopefully we start seeing a little more humility from the mainstream of this field. They've earned more than a healthy dose of skepticism from the public. At least the word "uncertainty" has gotten its foot in the door.
| Money Talk|| Can someone explain "P/M Sales Tax" to me? - 90proofprofessional on 4/11/13 at 1:24 pm|
So I just transferred my vehicle registration to LA after recently moving back from out of state. I bought my car new in 2003, and paid sales tax on it at the time in that state, obviously.
But transferring my title/registration just cost me $320, and ~230 of that was MOTHERfrickING P/M SALES TAX....
| Fark Board|| Request: combining 2 rage/reaction faces into something new - 90proofprofessional on 4/10/13 at 4:25 pm|
I'm seeking to convey the overwhelming feeling of relief+joy that comes immediately following feelings of pessimism about something unpleasant.
Example to help visualize: you have to take a dook at a disgusting bathroom at work, and wait until it is unavoidable. You then enter the stall to disco...
| Political Talk|| Politard poll: how offensive is this article? - 90proofprofessional on 4/7/13 at 5:08 pm|
Michael Mann, of global warming "hockey stick" fame, is pissed about it. Here are the first 3 sentences:
[quote]Should Michael Mann be given the electric chair for having concocted arguably the most risibly inept, misleading, cherry-picking, worthless and mendacious graph – the Hockey Stick – in ...
| Political Talk|| Bloomberg Op-ed: "Bitcoin is an existential threat to the modern liberal state" - 90proofprofessional on 4/5/13 at 3:59 pm|
Pretty good read IMO, and probably not germans, although Soltas' points themselves may be [link=(http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2013-04-05/bitcoin-really-is-an-existential-threat-to-the-modern-liberal-state.html)]LINK[/link]
[quote]Technology enabled governments to grow more powerful and more centra...
| Political Talk|| Any knowledgeable on Kyoto Protocol? This guy says we've met it - 90proofprofessional on 4/5/13 at 3:40 pm|
thanks to cheap natural gas + shitty economy, despite never having agreed to it. Is this some sleight-of-hand? [link=(http://wattsupwiththat.com/2013/04/05/usa-meets-kyoto-protocol-without-ever-embracing-it/)]LINK[/link] [link=(http://www.eia.gov/todayinenergy/detail.cfm?id=10691)]LINK[/link]
| Political Talk|| Progressive hero Warren attacks Repub, for supporting MJ legalization - 90proofprofessional on 3/19/13 at 12:33 pm|
Just in case anyone was unclear on how lame this bitch is:
[quote]Addressing the crowd, Senator Warren said, "I advise everyone to pay very close attention to Dan Winslow's platform. He has a 100 percent ranking from the gun lobby and he's for the legalization of marijuana. He wants us armed and st...
| Political Talk|| Low-hanging budget negotiation fruit - 90proofprofessional on 2/27/13 at 11:36 am|
What do the politards think of this proposal? [link=(http://www.theatlantic.com/business/archive/2012/12/chained-cpi-the-sneaky-complicated-idea-that-could-end-the-fiscal-cliff-showdown-explained/266098/)]Chained CPI[/link]
[quote]It would involve a simple change to the way we measu...
| Political Talk|| Every one of the main claims made for Obamacare is turning out to be false - 90proofprofessional on 2/1/13 at 11:37 am|
This article attacks many of the arguments laid out in defense of ACA during the debate, specifically:
-lower healthcare costs
-preservation of existing insurance
Can anyone pick apart the criticisms in this article? [link=(http://online.wsj.com/artic...
| Political Talk|| Do "assault rifles" explain the disproportionate gun violence rate in the US? - 90proofprofessional on 1/15/13 at 10:13 pm|
Looking into into it a bit, they don't seem to. Why are we focusing on them in our policy response?
Seems like a waste of effort for those seeking to truly effect a big reduction in gun-crime.
| Political Talk|| LA economic development efforts get props in Forbes - 90proofprofessional on 1/4/13 at 11:40 am|
LED, GNO Inc., WorkNOLA, the Committee of 100, ethics & tax reforms, workforce/business development & incentive programs, and even the New Orleans Recovery School District get sh...
| Political Talk|| What are your thoughts on this pic? - 90proofprofessional on 12/23/12 at 9:37 am|
| Political Talk|| How much will recent events sway public opinion on gun control? - 90proofprofessional on 12/16/12 at 9:08 pm|
The trend has been less&less in favor of sale restrictions, and the early 2011 shootings in Tucson didn't seem to do much to turn that trend back. [link=(http://www.gallup.com/poll/1645/guns.aspx)]LINK[/link] [link=(http://www.gallup.com/poll/150341/record-low-favor-handgun-ban.aspx)]LINK[/link]
| Political Talk|| Can I get some predictions on the outcome of Fiscal Cliff negotiations? - 90proofprofessional on 11/9/12 at 11:49 am|
Obama's going to hold a press conference in about 15 where he'll supposedly propose a freeze on middle class tax rates. [link=(http://www.washingtonpost.com/business/economy/obama-to-propose-freeze-on-middle-class-tax-rates/2012/11/09/bce421f6-2a74-11e2-bab2-eda299503684_story.html)]WaPo[/link]
| Political Talk|| Michael Barone's mea culpa - 90proofprofessional on 11/7/12 at 2:28 pm|
[link=(http://washingtonexaminer.com/i-was-wrongwhere-it-counted/article/2512860#.UJrDiYc8CSr)]I was wrong where it counted[/link]
[quote]Congratulations are in order to a reelected President Barack Obama, who has won 303 electoral votes and appears to be on his way to winning 332 when the final vo...
| Political Talk|| For freedom-lovers, the election wasn't all that bad - 90proofprofessional on 11/7/12 at 9:11 am|
1. significant gay marriage victories
2. some pro-MJ legalization victories
3. some anti-GMO lunacy was even slapped down in CA
how much better could romney have otherwise been regarding personal freedoms & small govt than obama? i'm sure our drone use wouldn't have missed a beat, nor would...
| Political Talk|| All of you posting now should post more often on the regular - 90proofprofessional on 11/7/12 at 1:38 am|
why don't you?
There seems to be enough right now to counter the typical flood of right-wingers...
| Political Talk|| This speech sucks, is not conciliatory, & Obama thinks he has a mandate - 90proofprofessional on 11/7/12 at 1:00 am|
He'll be no Clinton...