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ZASHAGALKA

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  1. Yes and no. The two aren't linked and appointing a guardian for finances shouldn't ipso facto deprive someone from the right to bear arms. But I think it could be a prima facie reason to conduct a 2A competence hearing at the same time. If we're already in Court to discuss competence, exploring the total ramifications of that incompetence doesn't sound unreasonable to me. Those would be two separate decisions, though. ~faith, Timothy.
  2. I would be fine with a Court that is deciding if someone is mentally ill enough to require a decision of incompetence to make their own decisions also weighing in on competence to own firearms. That would be due process and a hurdle high enough that the govt couldn't capriciously deny firearms to somebody randomly. And to clarify your last sentence, a CITIZEN shouldn't be deprived the right to vote without due process. Requiring an ID to vote isn't a high hurdle, nor is it a due process violation. Since we linked voting and 2A rights here as fundamental Constitutional rights, you don't support allowing someone to walk into any gun store and buy a gun without showing ID, do you? ~faith, Timothy
  3. Of course the severely mentally ill shouldn't have access to firearms. Just as people we consider dangerous enough to be on a no fly list shouldn't have them. By the same token, neither the no fly list nor the SSA list of mentally ill allows for due process. If we ever allow the govt the right to remove firearms based on a list that was compiled without due process, how long would it take for such a list to be misused by an Administration hostile to my 2A rights? I distrust the makers of the lists. If you think that's paranoid, then the government hasn't ever been very hostile to your beliefs. That, of course, might change over the next four or eight years. Personally it's not that big a deal for me. Most of my firearms I purposefully bought using the so-called "gun show loophole" (that doesn't actually have anything to do with gun shows) so the govt doesn't have a record of my ownership anyway. And besides, I lost all my guns in a weird boating accident... ~faith, Timothy.
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    Betsy DeVos Confirmed as Education Secretary

    National standards aren't designed to help children excel. They're designed to produce citizens just capable of being blue collar workers and not much more. That might have worked 50 yrs ago and maybe even 30, but it hasn't worked for any part of the 21st Century. As a direct result, we are turning out HS graduates that can no longer function in an information society. They can scream on Facebook. They can Google and take pictures on Snap Chat and Instagram. But they can't function in a job. And so, unemployment is officially low only because millions have dropped out of the workforce. Because they can't hold down jobs, they turn to meth and oxy to tune out. Whole communities are under siege. These are the Obama voters who voted for Trump. Not the meth heads too undereducated to work, maybe, but their parents, or siblings, etc, living through the devastation those wrecked lives create. The education system is fundamentally broken. More money won't fix it. More strangling regulation from Washington hasn't fixed it. No. The only thing that will fix education is competition that will spur everyone to create a better mousetrap. I didn't vote for Trump, but this is what his voters want: They want to completely tear down the current system because they truly believe that is the only way to build something better. You might not agree, but you miss the point if you believe evil Republican voters don't care about children. However misguided they may or may not be, they want to destroy the current system BEFORE it destroys the next generation of THEIR children. You (generic you) think it's so obvious that the current administration is going to destroy the public education system and wonder how Trump voters can't see it. How could they have allowed that to happen? Allow it? They're praying for it. Not because they hate their children. Because they love them. Because they don't want little Johnny to grow up to be just like his Uncle Jimmy who is 30, never had a job for longer than six months and is probably at this moment strung out on meth on some temporary friend's couch.... Washington doesn't hold the answer. Chicago is different from Lincoln, NE. What can work in one area won't work in another and Washington is too arrogant and full of itself to acknowledge the difference. My three older boys went through the public school system. One is thriving in graduate school, but let's face it, his ego and aptitude would have allowed him to thrive anywhere. One is making it and will probably go to college on his GI Bill, someday. He's a military veteran and will eventually land on his feet. He will land on his feet because he's a hard worker and dedication still has value. A good apprenticeship program would have been his best bet, but those are passé. My third adult child, well I'm raising his son, let's leave it at that. My school age daughter is being home schooled. As will my grandson be in due course. Washington provides 10% of school funding and 50% of school regulation. The schools are broken and Washington bears much of the blame. Yes, I hope the Dept of Education is brutally murdered by the current Administration. You get the Feds out of the way and let local communities dictate school policy, accountable to each other as a community, and my guess is that they'll let their teachers actually teach. If we ever decide to actually let our teachers teach again, what a renaissance in education that will be! ~faith, Timothy.
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    Betsy DeVos Confirmed as Education Secretary

    Ah! You've come around to my point of view, federalism: let the states be sovereign, as intended. I support De Vos. I sincerely hope she destroys the Dept of Ed. That will not destroy education. But. It MIGHT force a few states to become reflexively resistant to interference from D.C. And THAT would be fantastic for education. ~faith, Timothy.
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    I'm scared

    In 2009, I was not happy with the outcome of the Presidential election. I decided to get involved politically. Since then: My State Rep changed from Dem to GOP My Congressman changed from Dem to GOP The US House Flipped to GOP control My US Senate open seat was won by a TEA party candidate (Ted Cruz) instead of the next establishment candidate in line (David Dewhurst) The US Senate flipped to GOP The White House flipped to GOP Coming soon: change in balance at SCOTUS? Now. I didn't do any of those things - by myself . . . But: I attended town hall meetings. I attended rallies. I spoke at more than a few rallies. I ran for local office and while I didn't win, I changed the debate. I made calls. I knocked on doors. I put up signs. I mailed flyers. I organized walk and call lists for others. I donated money. I'm not done yet. I DIDN'T burn anything down or vandalize anything. I DIDN'T depend on Facebook and Twitter to be the sum of my activism. I've probably spent $80,000 and 5,000 hours of my time since 2009. As the saying goes: Be the difference you want to see in the world. ~faith, Timothy.
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    I'm scared

    My ethos I found on a white board in a patient room long before all the "Keep Calm" shirts came out. I find it to be a primer for life: Plan for today - Stay calm, have bowel movement!
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    Is Donald Trump Guilty of Treason?

    No. Strap in. It's gonna be a long 4 or 8 yrs. If the Left is going to become unhinged every time the man tweets, you're surely gonna run out of credibility long before the wolf shows up. Why I didn't vote for Trump, in order: 1. I don't trust his ideology. In fact, I don't think he has one. Mine is rooted in the Constitution which is further grounded in its idea that our rights come from our Creator, not government. The Constitution doesn't seek to grant me rights. It seeks to protect rights that are inalienably mine. Brilliant. That is the secret to American Exceptionalism. I'm not sure if DJT gives a fig about the Constitution at all. It's not even on his radar. 2. Too close to Putin. 3. I find his family and his relationship to them to be creepy. 4. The chip on his shoulder to prove that a Staten Island boy can make it in Manhattan is a dangerous trait that can and will be exploited ruthlessly if he doesn't get over it. Hacked election? Treason? Baloney. We knew that stuff was there before the election. It was a prime feature of the second debate where they called each other puppets. Even if a foreign power intervened to push a narrative, and they probably did, is that different from BHO trying to influence the Israeli election? Or Brexit. No. Campaigns spend billions with a B to push Presidential messaging. Saying that putting a message in front of voters is hacking an election is silly. And I say that even as I agree that we should push back if true. But. Anybody paying attention knew before the election that DJT hero worships Putin. And that Putin is rewarding the flattery of it in hopes of exploiting it later. I did. And. It ABSOLUTELY influenced my vote. ~faith, Timothy.
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    President-elect Trump

    And again I assure you that your fears, the complete destruction of your value systems with irreparable harm to those affected by it, were my fears 8 yrs ago. And much harm was indeed done. The ACA which turned healthcare for everybody into defacto catastrophic plans at full price. And created a part-time workforce that bends the unemployment rate but doesn't provide full employment because of the ACA's 29 hr rule. 2/3 of my twenty something boys can't find full time work because of the 29 hr rule but they're counted as employed because they work part time. Real harm. Or Dodd-Franks and other stupid regulations holding our economy back to sub-2% growth while the Fed fans the stock market with zero interest for the entire 8 yrs of the last Administration to cover up the lack of recovery. And promptly reverses course for the incoming Administration. Real harm. Or. The EPA killing the coal jobs and plants in my community causing my friends and neighbors to be laid off and increasing my electric bill. Real Harm. I could go on. The point is you believe the right's agenda causes real harm while the left's agenda is just a mild annoyance because you only value the moral relevance of one side. I assure you, the feelings of threat were mutual. The Left vastly overreached in pushing its agenda down the throats of flyover country without concern for their opinion because their opinions weren't valid when compared to the Left's ascendant morality. "I won." And DJT is the pushback against that attitude. "Well you see, your concerns then just aren't as valid as mine are now." I understand and so did voters. But the Left didn't want to just win a place for their viewpoint to thrive. They wanted to nationalize it in order to force those views on everybody. By making everything an issue enforced by the national executive, you make everything subject to the incoming executive. You are staring in the face of what happens when the strategy of using the might of the federal executive to enforce your views backfires. Wouldn't it be neat if California were free to be liberal and Texas conservative and all your friends and their concerns could seek refuge where their ideology thrives while allowing me and mine to seek the same refuge in our sphere of comfort? Thats why my overarching political philosophy is federalism over statism. I'd be ecstatic to send everything back to the states and let California be California if California would let me be Texas. Turns out, entrenching the day to day functions of government into the hands of the federal bureaucracy only works when your viewpoint controls the bureaucracy. When it doesn't, it's a very scary proposition. I know. I've been there. ~faith, Timothy.
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    President-elect Trump

    Or 8 yrs. And if you don't think an incumbent President with the all power of the incumbency isn't favored to get reelected, I invite you to revisit election night 2012 with me... ~faith, Timothy.
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    Mon Dec 19 Elector's Vote

    Not trying to be controversial just making political conversation. Starting really with Sen Mike Lee trying to broker a deal for Cruz/Rubio after Super Tuesday and before Florida right through trying to unbind delegates on the convention floor to McMullin winning Utah and blocking either party from reaching 270 to send the election to the House, MY side has tried unsuccessful Hail Mary after Hail Mary to bring DJT down. I don't think this Hail Mary will work either. I was just trying to imagine a way it COULD work. It would just take big actors (HRC, Romney) doing big things (Giving up EC votes, working together). The electors are not nearly big enough actors to do something like this alone. They'd need leadership that currently isn't there. ~faith, Timothy.
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    Mon Dec 19 Elector's Vote

    Romney would be the only possible choice because the vast majority of GOP electors have voted for him before. Comfort zone. Plus Romney has the pull to work behind the scenes if he suddenly thought there was a chance to "save" the Party and become President at the same time. If HRC could deliver 220 of her votes, the Romney element of the GOP could likely deliver 50. But only if each side thought they were truly working common cause to deny DJT the nomination. I think that strategy could work but I also think the necessary actors are too partisan to work together for common cause. And time is evaporating. ~faith, Timothy.
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    Mon Dec 19 Elector's Vote

    My prediction: less than 5 GOP electors defect; none of the defectors vote for HRC. They're partisans. It's why they were chosen. The only possible strategy to even have a chance to turn the EC in my opinion, would be for HRC to instruct all her delegates to vote for a moderate GOP, like Romney. And, she'd need to have them publicly declare their intent en masse beforehand. Its not enough to beg GOP electors for a vote of no confidence. They'd need a comfortable rally point and HRC isn't it. That would be bold, create news, take the fight away from being decided in the House (HRC's electors plus 38 GOP votes for Romney means 270), and give GOP potential defectors a real GOP alternative. Does it really matter at this point if HRC gets any of her 232 votes? Will it change the outcome? But. That strategy would need publicity and would need to be done immediately to have an impact on Monday. Not going to happen. And so. DJT will get at least 300 of his 306 elector votes. ~faith, Timothy.
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    President-elect Trump

    I felt the same way when Pres Obama was elected. And Re-elected. "But it's different this time!" I assure you, it's not. I survived. The left will survive, too. I will say the 'get the electors to change their vote' thingy is amusing to watch. We tried it at the GOP convention; tried to push a floor fight. Didn't work then, won't work now. Those electors are chosen precisely because they're partisans. It's not that they can't stray from the Party. They ARE the Party. ~faith, Timothy.
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    President-elect Trump

    I'll tell you how bad it is, media-wise. I've done this for the last few election cycles. As the first polls close, I switch back and forth between CNN and MSNBC and screen out everything they say and just focus on their demeanor: do they appear excited or upset. They've seen the internals and the real exit polls. They know. 7pm, Nov 8, 2016: I was convinced HRC won using this metric. The analyists on CNN and MSNBC both had an undertone of eagerness to get to the real results. They expected what those results would be. I wouldn't say they were excited so much as ready to move on to talk about Coronation Day. 8 PM hour. Kelly-Anne Conway on MSNBC talking about his close they came and how the whole GOP didn't come out in support. Nail. In. The. Coffin. And the MSNBC analysts (and Twitter) came alive with eager anticipation of what that portended. It wasn't until into the 9 pm hour that the analysts started to become uncomfortable. Move to 11 and many of them came unglued. I thought Van Jones was going to throw a well-deserved punch at Lewandowski. My point. I watched the results almost completely disinterested with whatever useless thing the media had to say. I was looking for their reactions. I was looking to see the tea leaves by reading their faces. That normally works well but didn't this time only because - they were wrong. They thought she'd won. The networks are not gatekeepers of truth. They have no moral authority to root out "fake" news. ~faith, Timothy.
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