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Posted by Rataplan on 09/10/2014 at 12:53 PM

Re: “The Triangle celebrates as Virginia court issues a blow to Amendment One

The GLBT crowd wants to have the legal right to marry....go for it ... why should heteros be the only ones to suffer? Little problem though: A1 was the result of a popular vote encoded into law by legislators after the due process of an open election by enfranchised voters. Does not the question of separation of powers come into play when unelected, appointed federal judges override citizens' votes and legislative sanctions? In our system of government, can solo judges LEGALLY trump the will of hundreds of thousands (millions?) of voters? Is granting such overwhelming power (judges, of course, are more easily controlled because judicial appointers -- POTUS, governors -- can select judges that obviously will have liberal or conservative bents) a first step down a slippery slope -- as in "Why have open, citizens' elections if judges are going to ultimately decide such issues"? I think not, IMHO. But jes' askin'....

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Posted by Rataplan on 08/03/2014 at 11:14 AM

Re: “McCrory's sham unemployment claims

"If McCrory wants to generate economic growth in his own state, there's a more reliable way to do it. Accept Medicaid expansion, which would bring $9.5 billion in federal aid to North Carolina over the next three years—at no cost to state taxpayers—and create 40,000 jobs, according to a report from the White House Council of Economic Advisers entitled "Missed Opportunities: The Consequences of Decisions Not to Expand Medicaid."

I loved fairy tales when I was a child because they reinforced my episodes of magical thinking -- if something happened that I liked (or disliked) I could attribute it to my wishes (I wished my grandfather and grandmother would invite me to their farm, so when they did, I attributed it to my wish). No connection to reality, but it worked for me because I had no actual influence over the decision of my parents to allow me to visit them -- so my wishes proved powerful (in my mind). Magical thinking. Mr. Geary seems to believe that $9.5 billion in federal aid is available "at no cost to state taxpayers" because he wants that to be true. Magical thinking is most dominantly present in children between age 2 to 7 years old. During this age, children strongly believe that their personal thought has a direct effect on the rest of the world. ...it is distressing that liberals may actually believe what they perceive as reality when there's no basis for that belief. In this case, I suspect Mr. Geary does not understand that borrowed money or what we want today has to be repaid in the future -- with interest. And that if we continue to borrow -- like people who abuse credit cards or, more accurately in this case, are addicted to gambling -- but they can lose what they and taxpayers have, including our children's future. In other words, they make promises others have to keep. If that fact is ignored, it's magical, infantile thinking. But the results are anything but magical.

Posted by Rataplan on 07/23/2014 at 9:01 PM

Re: “Supreme Court rulings reinforce workplace discrimination, kneecap public-sector unions

Please, pray tell, explain how that women employees may obtain 16 of Obama's ordered/government-stamp-of-approval 20 contraceptive devices (80 percent) that ARE PROVIDED ALREADY BY HOBBY LOBBY INSURANCE, yet somehow these women's rights are trampled because they cannot go on without the four abortion pills the SCOTUS did not FORCE the privately-owned company to supply. Should we pass the collection plate/hat for any Hobby Lobbyist/Lobbynista (?) desirous of provided-by-employer-insured abortions that only can be obtained with one of the pills in question and not the 16 available from the company? Are the pills outrageously expensive? Are the HL "associates" making so little they are destitute of funds and cannot buy them for themselves? Are they engaging in unprotected sex so much they are at constant risk of being impregnated and thus need a vast supply of the pills in question? Inquiring minds want to know.

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Posted by Rataplan on 07/07/2014 at 2:31 PM

Re: “The Rev. William Barber fights lawmakers' attempts to muzzle the Moral Monday movement

"...we're going to put a piece of tape over our mouths to show the nation what democracy would look like if Thom Tillis was in charge." Rev Barber, 2014.

Hmmm, last time I looked in 2012 and 2013, Thom Tillis was in charge of the NC House -- and nobody muzzled the Rev or his followers during that time, least of all Tillis. As Andy Griffith might've said: "Y'all were a sight!"

It seems, IMHO, the new rules of decorum in state buildings are designed to make clear what and what is not permitted and actually may help the Monday Moanin' demonstrators avoid arrests and legal charges, just to make a political statement. If they ACTUALLY want to make a political statement against the establishment and be heard inside the Legislative Building without fear of arrest, I'd suggest running for office -- or maybe backing one of their "popular" members as a candidate for House or Senate ... but, oh, .... they haven't tried to ride a tidal wave of the "people's" support. Wonder why not?

I've heard there are people who, if they can imagine something, that means it's real, to them. If they imagine something bad happening to them, I've heard that described as paranoid delusional. Ain't no psychiatrist, but I wonder if the description fits, we cannot acquit?

I think the photo of the Rev taping his own mouth shut may be an example of self restraint (maybe). Or maybe it's delusional. I dunno.

The only time I can remember a governmental official (Judge Julius Hoffman, Chicago, 1969) having court officers tape shut the mouth of a person in a state building occurred during the "Chicago Eight/Seven" trial when Black Panther Bobby Seale kept disrupting court proceedings and would not follow Hoffman's directives.

Seale, like the Rev, wanted to represent himself (after firing his lawyer) and must have thought he was a fine representative, spell-binding speaker...or something. Perhaps the maxim applies in Raleigh: "A defendant who represents himself has a fool for a client."

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Posted by Rataplan on 05/21/2014 at 7:10 PM

Re: “McCrory, Obama, and the General Assembly's experiment in class warfare

Class warfare tome. NC does not get "free" money to apply to unemployment benefits. The state currrently has a $2.5 BILLION debt owed to the feds for past dipping into the national till to pay extended benefits. It certainly is tremendously stressful to lose benefits, but 99 weeks of unemployment checks is absurd. Certainly the incentive to seek employment will be heightened with a 20- to 26-week limit and reduced benefits but jobs exist. People who want to work will find a way. Not only that but the incentive to learn a skill set that dovetails into the working economy will be increased. The NC legislature and McCrory's strategy absolutely will be a kick in the pants but it most certainly was designed to do just that. The era of the free lunch is about over.

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Posted by Rataplan on 01/16/2014 at 11:21 AM

Re: “Conceal-carry permit holders can now bring guns into restaurants and bars. What could go wrong?

SC Harrison: Guess you didn't get the news a few years ago about the group of jihadist converts caught in Caswell County because they were practicing automatic weapons fire and detonating explosives. About 7 of 'em .. tried and convicted and sent to jail ...Tir na nOg Annie: did your restaurant have a "No Guns" sign prominently posted for customers to see?

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Posted by Rataplan on 10/23/2013 at 1:13 PM

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