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    The beginnings of a manifesto.

    Politicans love to get out, whether it be for a fundraiser, to visit old friends, or to get a $600 hairstyle.

    That's fine. Limit them to 3 bodyguards and/or additional personnel. If they're concerned for their own safety with that level of entourage, consider what you and I have to put up with.

    It's unconscionable to disrupt an entire town just so a sitting President can raise money. Even if that town is New York City.
    Posted 03-31-2016 at 10:19 PM by Len Myers Len Myers is offline
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    Thoughts which do not belong elsewhere.

    Claw Machines need to be destroyed. All of them. And their owners.
    Posted 03-10-2016 at 02:31 PM by Len Myers Len Myers is offline
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    To quote my other alt:
    Historically, the will of the people ("Whom do we want to represent us?") has been measured by election: In practice, we answer a slightly different question, “For whom did we actually vote?” and accept the answer to the second question as a reasonable proxy for the first.

    The second question should, in principle, be easy to answer, and it certainly should be answered in such a way that produces a consensus among all reasonable parties. In practice, we’ve made it difficult for ourselves.

    For elections, it’s reasonable to suggest these guidelines:
    1. : The people or machines that measure balloting must be demonstrably above suspicion.

      For instance, any computer code used in machines must be open source. Any mechanical devices must open to inspection. No doubt standards can be agreed to for any people who count the ballots.
    2. : Ballots must be counted at the place where they are cast, at the polling location.

      There is no substitute for having the ballots under continuous surveillance from the time they are cast. Among the greatest risk to an accurately measured election is that the contents of a ballot box – if not the box itself -- are substituted for or stuffed “in transit.”

      Absentee ballots are a great source of fraud (which is not to say that the majority of absentee ballots are fraudulent.) If a voter can’t be bothered to come to the correct polling location at the appropriate time, then that voter should accept his inability to vote with good grace. Other people are going to great effort to measure the will of the people; one shouldn’t expect to have special whims catered to.
    3. : Protocols must be developed and followed for accurate counting of ballots. Concern for counting speed is misplaced.
    4. : The people who cast ballots must be registered, and only for one location. This registration must also be in person. There must be positive proof of identification (ideally unobtrusive, but proof nevertheless) of all registrants and voters.

      one could set up a system which would allow anyone to vote at any polling location anywhere, but then because of the inevitable issues of fraud, one would have to have the ability to track specific voters to specific ballots – not normally what one wants in a democracy.
    5. : A vote must be definitionally valid or invalid by objective rules. If the vote is not totally certain, then the vote is invalid.
    6. : Once votes in a location have been counted and agreed to by the election judges, then for election purposes, that measurement must stand.
    7. : Penalties for election tampering (multiple voting, discarding valid ballots, ballot stuffing and “creative miscounting”, denial of registration to eligible members of the electorate, denial of voting rights to registered voters, and harassment of election judges, no doubt there are others) must be severe, and automatic. Prosecutions must also be vigorous and equally automatic.
    Posted 03-10-2016 at 02:29 PM by Len Myers Len Myers is offline
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    From the Chicago Tribune. Man used an RF generator on the EL. The anti-jammer crowd always screeches "What about an emergency?!" Bah! First, in a real emergency happening on the premises, there's no realistic chance that the personal jammer won't be turned off. Jammers are humans like everyone else. Someone's dying, they'll turn if off. Second, (if the emergency takes place elsewhere) physicians on call need to understand that it's no less rude for them to take calls in the middle of a performance than it is for the average bimbo to do the same.
    Posted 03-10-2016 at 02:27 PM by Len Myers Len Myers is offline
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    As I vaguely suggested to PeppermintPatty the other day, I regard corruption as more important than policy positions. I put my vote where my mouth is a few years ago when I voted Democratic in an illinois governor's race. Was it for Poshard? I think so.

    I don't regret it.

    How do we stop corruption? It's obviously not easy, especially when those who employ corruption receive such a tremendous return on investment. They aren't going to go quietly into the night just because we ask nicely.

    My recommendations:
    • A gradual tightening on the amount of regulations at all levels;
    • Laws to be confined to exactly one topic (Mia Love and others have suggested it.)
    • lots of legislators would drive up the cost of bribery
    • Strict separation of government officials / employees from people who work for foreign governments. Not merely at the same time, but ever.

      (in a similar vein, strict separation of judges and legislators from lawyers. Those who profit from the law should not make it.)
    • Donating money to a sitting officeholder should be precluded, as should any advertising in favor of same. If an officeholder is good enough to stay in office, then it will be known. (we'd like to think this, of course.)

      Excess donations to any candidate must be given to the treasury forthwith.
    • There's probably more, but.. I'm sleepy.
    Posted 01-31-2016 at 05:08 AM by Len Myers Len Myers is offline
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    Corporations want an inexpensive workforce, preferably one that can be fired and deported at a moment's notice. Why don't they just build corporate centers offshore in the first place?

    Specialized one-employer-only visas (H1B's?) are an abomination.
    Posted 01-31-2016 at 04:57 AM by Len Myers Len Myers is offline
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    It would seem that the Europeans understand what's happening in Europe, even as their government lies to them about it.

    Of course that's also true here, as the government sold guns to Mexican drug lords to make a bogus point about gun control, likewise importing hundreds of thousands of disease-ridden children from South America for the purpose of building a Democratic majority.

    I can feel sympathy for these kids, and their parents who will folllow them, but... we can work against diseases abroad, if allowed to.

    Save for tactical considerations in war, the government has no goddamn business lying to the people who elected it.
    Posted 01-31-2016 at 04:55 AM by Len Myers Len Myers is offline
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    Another disturbing police practice is that the prefer that when they shoot a suspect, he doesn't get medical attention -- this is typically based on "ensuring the safety" of the EMTs.

    Posted 01-31-2016 at 04:49 AM by Len Myers Len Myers is offline
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    With all due empathy to thousands of troubled people, service animal in food areas ought to be confined to those who are as rigorously trained as for the blind.

    Get therapy, guys.

    I could also go to the other extreme: if an food establishment wishes to allow certain animals, that could be fine.
    Posted 01-31-2016 at 04:33 AM by Len Myers Len Myers is offline
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    From time to time, someone makes a point that participating in politics is stupid, a waste of time, because one won't make a difference. This is correct, but it doesn't have to be so.

    There are at least two distinct ways to change the status quo. The first fundamental point is to ensure that officials can never cherry-pick their constituents; the second is that the officials must not be so distant that they are unaffected by their constituents and unresponsive to them.

    The first idea has been published nationally, and it's one I could get behind. If memory serves the proposal was that America be districted into many many small districts, which elect... I dunno, call it a proximate representative. Those proximates would then coalesce and elect the actual representatives. One possibility is to have districts of 871 in size, which then would then leave 378880 first level representatives. put them into similar districts and voila: 435 actual house members, if you like that size.

    My sense is that 871 is a lot of people, but perhaps that's a result of my inadequate social skillz. A 135:1 ratio would mean three levels of national government, and as the proposal goes, the first level would be unpaid. Which is unfair. Maybe not paid very well.

    But that's one method. Perhaps it would be better to have a simpler system, and that's next.
    Posted 12-29-2015 at 01:15 AM by Len Myers Len Myers is offline
    Updated 12-29-2015 at 05:10 PM by Len Myers
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    Crap! I lost the next post, so I'll have to re-do.

    Someone made the point that participating in politics is a waste of time, because you can't make a difference. Largely, this is correct. But it doesn't have to be this way.

    to be continued.
    Posted 12-29-2015 at 12:02 AM by Len Myers Len Myers is offline
    Updated 12-29-2015 at 12:39 AM by Len Myers
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    There are a lot of people, especially in politics, whom if you give 'em an inch, they try to take a mile. If they successfully take a mile, they go for a light year. Don't give 'em that damned inch, and make them grow up, or at least live with disappointment.

    If they've gotten the inch -- or the mile -- and the results are unjust, take it from 'em. Once they get the light year, you're hosed.
    Posted 12-28-2015 at 11:46 PM by Len Myers Len Myers is offline
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    Along the lines of repealing the 17th amendment, for bicameral states, it seems more than reasonable that state senators be determined by cities and counties.
    Posted 12-28-2015 at 11:44 PM by Len Myers Len Myers is offline
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    Something keeps fading in and then out. Let's see if I can capture it...

    One of the duties of the executive branch is to enforce laws. An executive that is only willing to enforce the laws it likes is effectively changing what is law, and is absolutely abrogating his oath of office.

    Perniciously the current administration is quite willing to enforce some laws on some defined people and not upon others.

    So I guess this is an instance where all citizens should have standing to act where the government refuses.
    Posted 12-28-2015 at 11:30 PM by Len Myers Len Myers is offline
    Updated 12-28-2015 at 11:33 PM by Len Myers
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    One characteristic of Social Justice / Leftist rule is really big punishments for what are, at worst, mild transgressions. I'm thinking of
    • the bakers who refused to make a SSM wedding cake: $135,000.
    • The college student who made a "funny" on Yik Yak, was initially sentenced to like a two-year suspension and forbidden, somehow to take classes elsewhere; and
    • this new proposal in NYC to fine people up to $250,000 for referring to the transgendered by something other than what they want to be referred to as.
    Give me a break!¹ I seem to recall something in the Constitution about
    Excessive bail shall not be required, nor excessive fines imposed,
    Of the former, there's a judge that required bail of $150,000 for distributing leaflets. He's a sicko.

    While we're at it, the former CEO of Mozilla lost his job for having, several years prior, given a whopping $1,000 for California Prop 8. Bear in mind that that proposition won, and only lost later, when Gov. Moonbeam and the AG refused to stand for the will of the people. It also took a supremely biased and dishonest judge, but that's another story. Surely a private entity isn't subject to all constitutional concerns, but there's no live and let live with this crowd.

    ¹Yeah, I know I'm not going to get any breaks.
    Posted 12-28-2015 at 11:20 PM by Len Myers Len Myers is offline
    Updated 12-29-2015 at 04:09 PM by Len Myers (I'll review the facts later.)
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    In Politics, the root of all evil is the love of free stuff!

    Yeah, it needs a bit of work, but it's a reasonable starting point. We could add the love of making an easy living, free of competitors. And the love of getting away with shit that others aren't allowed to do.

    But with enough definitional expansiveness, it all boils down to free stuff.
    Posted 12-28-2015 at 11:05 PM by Len Myers Len Myers is offline
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    Let's look at Mark Levin's Liberty Amendments. Below, and highlighted.

    Read more at:

    An interesting list. I could live with it, Mr. Levin is, after all, a gifted constitutional scholar, but perhaps we could tidy it up a bit, while extending and expanding. Liberty to live one's life in a constitutional republic is supreme.

    • Establish twelve-year term limits for members of Congress and the Supreme Court; It's fine. How about extending this to all employees, along the lines of 24 total years of government service (at any level of government), and only 12 years maximum in any specific job. with an up-or-out system.

    • Repeal the 17th Amendment; Absolutely. If you don't trust your state government to pick good national Senators, why vote for them in the first place?

    • Allow either Congress or the states to overturn a Supreme Court decision within 24 months with a three fifths vote of the members of both houses or the states; As it is, any supreme court decision can be nullified by law, at any time. I say remove the time limitation and the 3/5 majority issue.

    • Require a federal budget to be enacted by May or impose an automatic across-the-board 5 percent cut, and the budget may not exceed total tax receipts or 17.5 percent of GDP; How about just firing congress, or in the alternative, fining every federal elected official the amount of their paychecks until the budget is passed? I'm not going to comment on the 17.5% number, my current sense is that it needs to go lower, but I'll expand later.

      Another possibility is whipping every federal elected official until the budget is passed. Sure it sounds excessive, but the feds and the states are willing to taze and or shoot you for, in at least one case, having ear buds on.

      For real effect, we could add in all the appointed officials, whether approved by the Senate, or Czar-like, just to make a point.

    • Place a 15 percent limit on the amount of income taxes collected from natural and legal persons, change the tax-return filing date to the day before federal elections, and ban federal estate, value-added, or sales taxes; in principle, paying taxes the day before voting works, but... taxes need to be paid rather earlier in the year, and paid every year. Quarterly checks are fine, without withholding.

    • Require every federal agency to be reauthorized every three years in a stand-alone bill or else expire, and require a seven-member House committee to approve all regulations with an economic burden greater than $100 million within six months or cancel implementation of the regulation;Re-authorization will prove to be automatic, let's not kid ourselves. We'll work on regulations in a later post. Rest assured, it's a good one.

    • Limit the Commerce Clause to preventing states from impeding commerce and trade between the states, and specify that it does not extend to activity within states (whether or not it affects interstate commerce) or to compelling an individual to participate in commerce; Or one could just overturn one of the particularly stupid USSC decisions, the one that deems intrastate commerce to effectively be interstate commerce.

    • Extend the protection against seizure of private property to require compensation for regulations that reduce market value or interfere with the use of property in an amount exceeding $10,000; Protection against seizure of private property needs to be extended and expanded greatly. "civil forfeiture" comes to mind as an abomination.

    • Change Article V so that any constitutional amendment, proposed by anyone, will be adopted if it is ratified by two thirds of the states; Works for me. While we're at it, all citizens should have "standing" in the case of constitutional violations.

    • Require a 30-day waiting period between agreement upon the final version of any congressional bill (engrossment) and the final vote to approve it, and allow three fifths of the states to override any federal statute or any federal regulation with a cost exceeding $100 million within 24 months of passage or approval; There's nothing wrong with the 30-day waiting period. And there's nothing wrong with some number of states to be able to pass/repeal federal law. But what if the Feds and the States disagree? This needs to be expanded a bit. Perhaps it is in his book.

    • and Require valid photo ID and proof of citizenship to register and vote in all federal elections, in person or by mail, and limit early voting to 30 days before the election (except for active-duty military personnel). Does not go far enough. high-resolution cameras, no "voting assistance" whatsoever, purple fingers, and, while I like the idea of giving active-duty military personnel some consideration, I'd prefer that government employees not be allowed to vote until after retirement. Sure, it hurts patriotic active-duty personnel, but think of all the other federal employees, who will be sorely tempted to vote for their paychecks, perhaps despite their best intentions. But if it is deemed that all Americans, even those employed by the government vote, not to worry, this is the 21st century. one should be able to cast one's vote for the offices appropriate to you, at any American poling station on election day., and there's no reason that the military couldn't have special polling stations of their own.

    To be continued...
    Posted 12-27-2015 at 12:11 AM by Len Myers Len Myers is offline
    Updated 12-28-2015 at 11:38 PM by Len Myers
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    Why you can't trade Onion futures, and haven't been able to do so since '58.

    Originally Posted by wiki
    In the aftermath of the crash, many commentators characterized Kosuga's actions as unprincipled gambling.[10] The abrupt change in prices gained the attention of the Commodity Exchange Authority.[7] Soon they launched an investigation and the U.S. Senate Committee on Agriculture and House Committee on Agriculture held hearings on the matter.[citation needed]

    During the hearings, the Commodity Exchange Authority stated that it was the perishable nature of onion which made them vulnerable to price swings.[8] Then-congressman Gerald Ford of Michigan sponsored a bill, known as the Onion Futures Act, which banned futures trading on onions. The bill was unpopular among traders, some of whom argued that onion shortages were not a crucial issue since they were used as a condiment rather than a staple food. The president of the Chicago Mercantile Exchange, E.B. Harris, lobbied hard against the bill. Harris described it as "Burning down the barn to find a suspected rat".[10] The measure was passed, however, and President Dwight D. Eisenhower signed the bill in August 1958.[10]
    Stupid that it happened, much more stupid that the law has remained in effect during my entire lifetime.

    Oh, and let's not forget federal milk (and some other commodity) price supports.
    Posted 12-26-2015 at 10:39 PM by Len Myers Len Myers is offline
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    Not unbelievably, police have negotiated special rights that take effect if they're arrested, which is itself a far more uncommon occurrence than justified.
    • An officer should be interrogated while on duty, preferably during daylight hours.
    • Interrogations may take place only in specific locations: the officer's usual workplace, the Independent Police Review Authority, the Internal Affairs Division, or another "appropriate" site.
    • Prior to an interrogation, the officer must be given the names of the person leading the investigation, the primary and secondary interrogators, and anyone else who will be present.
    • Two interrogators may not question an officer simultaneously. The secondary interrogator may speak when invited to by the primary, and should only be asking follow-up questions. The primary interrogator may speak again when the secondary is finished. No more than two investigators may be in the room at the same time.
    • An officer must be given breaks to use the bathroom, eat, make phone calls, and rest during an interrogation. The length of the interrogation must be "reasonable."
    • Interrogators may not threaten an officer with transfer, dismissal, or other disciplinary action—or offer a reward for providing information.
    • A copy of all statements, written or recorded, made by an officer must be given to the officer within 72 hours of when the statements were made. If he/she is interrogated again during that period, the officer must be given a copy of his previous statements before he is questioned again.
    • Officers cannot be disciplined for refusing to take a lie detector test, and the results are not admissible in court unless mandated by law or court order. If an officer is required to take the test, the complainant must also take the test. If the complainant refuses, the officer does not have to take the test.
    • No photograph of an officer can be made public unless the law requires it.

    Just try obtaining these rights if you're interrogated. Just get a ****ing lawyer and STFU.
    Posted 12-18-2015 at 09:06 PM by Len Myers Len Myers is offline

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