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12 years ago @ - Man Wins Handgun Lawsu... · 0 replies · +11 points

At first blush, grimreaperxx, it seems both sides could be to blame here, but I have to respectfully disagree with your assessment.

It is a good idea to be certified and yes, of course Duenas could drive a few miles out of town and get certified, but here's the problem: a local government cannot do an end run around the constitution by creating laws that essentially circumvent guaranteed rights.

To use a different example, a community may not want an adult bookstore to open, but the supreme court has ruled that even adult material (not "obscene" material) is afforded some measure of protection under the constitution. So like it or not, the community allows it to open, but then passes ordinances so restrictive it makes compliance overly difficult. For example, a community cannot require the book store only be allowed open 15 minutes a week, one week a month, 3 months of the year and then have a reasonable expectation that the bookstore owner can make a living.

Of course, the bookstore could locate just outside the city limits, but the community is still doing an end run around the constitution and courts have repeatedly struck down these kinds of laws (and not just for adult bookstores, for lots of other businesses too). And no, I'm not advocating for adult bookstores. I'm merely saying that some laws, like the Chicago gun law in question, were clearly intended to do an "end run" around the constitution and need to be challenged.

12 years ago @ - Swedish royal couple t... · 0 replies · +4 points

"...we would be delighted to welcome them another time..."

Yeah, like that's going to happen.

Their ship came in but they weren't even at the dock.

13 years ago @ http://eric.local/vmu/... - CENTER OF PHONE ETIQUETTE · 0 replies · +1 points

Put your big boy pants on, Moe. You're part of the problem. They were having a conference call in a public coffee shop, not in their company conference room. Ask your mom what it means to be inconsiderate of others.

13 years ago @ Big Hollywood - Digital Technology Hel... · 0 replies · +1 points

My city had 4 drive-ins when I was growing up. There were also two nearby, one about 15 miles away and the other about 25. The five closest ones are gone now. The last one standing in my area is

I take my family at least a couple times a summer.

13 years ago @ - Rudolph Tragically Sla... · 1 reply · +6 points

Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer was killed today. Flying over Barcelona, the famed reindeer was hit by a flock of seagulls and a 747. Eyewitnesses report that the Reindeer in Spain was hit mainly by the plane.

13 years ago @ Big Peace - A Speech Only A Lawyer... · 0 replies · +5 points

Whaaaat... the president gave a speech? Sorry, I was too busy not reading any of the new laws and not seeing any of the 68% of unspent stimulus money which was supposed to lift the economy and keep unemployment below 8% to notice.

13 years ago @ Big Government - Nanny of the Month (Au... · 0 replies · +6 points

Gee the Mexican drug cartels kidnapping Arizonans and running drugs through the US better not set up a lemonade stand or offer a drunk driver a ride.

13 years ago @ Big Hollywood - Today's Open Thread · 0 replies · +2 points

The other day I was looking online for novelty songs from the 1940s and 1950s and came across this song "I'm No Communist" by Carson Robison . Change the word "Communist" to "Socialist" and it is fascinating how most of this song, recorded nearly 60 years ago in 1952, is applicable to today. The song is a condemnation of Communism but is equally harsh on the Washington Big Government machine and us if we sit and do nothing.

13 years ago @ Big Hollywood - Brad Pitt: Let's Execu... · 0 replies · +1 points

Locally a formerly BP station I frequent had just changed over to the Marathon brand right before the oil spill. After news of the spill had dragged on for two months, I asked the owner (family business, hands on, there every day) if he was glad he made the switch when he did. He breathed a big sigh and said "yes" and that he has a brother who owns a BP station in New York whose business dropped -- in half -- because of the constant news coverage of an event 1,000 miles away he had no control over.

13 years ago @ Big Hollywood - Brad Pitt: Let's Execu... · 1 reply · +10 points

For Best Actor in the Too Stupid To Live category... Brad Pitt!

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