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donnyshaw 12/28/2011 12:05pm

Including home values would only make the wealth disparity greater, don’t you think? Btw, the reason the study excluded home value was to provide a measure of liquid assets.

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donnyshaw 12/28/2011 12:03pm

the 1% is not about income or relative net worth, it is about how connected you are to the elite political class. Currently, in this country, there is the political class (both R and D) and everybody else. The political class continues to extract wealth and freedom from the rest of us to further their own interests.

Agreed!

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donnyshaw 12/08/2011 11:15pm

Well, underlying this whole thing is the fact that in current law (Padilla and Hamdi SCOTUS decisions) indefinite detention of U.S. citizens is basically admissible. The amendment you are referring to clarifies that Section 1031 does not change that. But 1031, with the amendment, still does something important — it expresses congressional support for the authority to detain U.S. citizens that has already been advanced by the executive and judicial branches.

It’s also useful to note that right before that amendment was approved, another one was rejected, 45-55. The purpose of that one would have been to "limit the authority of the Armed Forces to detain citizens of the United States under Section 1031. Here’s the roll call for that:

http://www.opencongress.org/vote/2011/s/214

donnyshaw 12/05/2011 1:04am

In the language you’re quoting, “this section” does not refer to Section 1031 (authorizing military detention). It refers to section 1032 (mandating military detentions). That means that the military would have the power to indefinitely detain U.S. citizens, but it would not be required to use that power.

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donnyshaw 12/03/2011 12:06pm

That language is in a different section. It does not apply to the authority granted in Section 1031 that I have excerpted above.

donnyshaw 11/15/2011 10:43am

Public Knowledge has a good explanation of how this provision threatens net neutrality:

Basically, all this means is that any of the listed people—registries, registrars, ISPs, or any advertiser—can cut off any website and get off scot free, so long as they can claim a “reasonable belief” that the site was infringing, or even just not doing enough to stop infringement. All they need is that reasonable belief and some boilerplate in their terms of service, and no one can sue them for that cutoff, for any reason whatsoever. This is a situation tailor-made for an ISP to violate net neutrality and escape any consequences for it.

donnyshaw 11/10/2011 2:29pm

In the original Senate version, S.978, 10 performances would have been required for “criminal infringement.” This version brings that down to just 1. Crazy.

donnyshaw 11/10/2011 12:18pm

This section encourages candidates to get constituents at all levels of wealth involved in their campaigns. WIth the matching funds, raising five different $100 contributions becomes more valuable, in a monetary sense, than raising $2,000 from a single wealthy donor.

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donnyshaw 11/08/2011 5:51pm

Pretty sure it’s referring to charms for bracelets, like the ones made by Pandora and Juicy Couture, etc :: http://myjuicycharms.com/spotfakes.html

donnyshaw 11/02/2011 2:45pm

“Only limited purpose” other than infringing? That’s even more vague and rife for abuse than the language in the Senate version. I don’t trust the government to make the decision about what uses of the internet are of more than “limited purpose.”

donnyshaw 09/27/2011 6:17pm

This letter is in regard to S.1365, but the Congressman responded with boilerplate related to S.365. Pay closer attention, office of Rep. Higgins, or you’ll miss out on meaningful communication with your constituents.

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donnyshaw 09/22/2011 11:50pm

Should be noted that they did both vote against the 4-year extension that is currently in effect.

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donnyshaw 09/16/2011 4:47pm

The two are intertwined. Increasing output increases employment by boosting demand for goods and services. Any suppressive effects on employment are minimal compared to the positive effects on output and employment. Check out the table on page 18 of this CBO report comparing effects of policy options on output and employment to see how an unemployment extension might compare to other ideas that have been floated.

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donnyshaw 09/09/2011 2:15am

The legislative text has not been released yet, but it does not sound like it does.

donnyshaw 08/17/2011 3:37pm

This may be an overly broad FOIA exemption. Sen. Leahy is supporting an amendment that would require DoD to balance other public interests with security concerns before making a decision to withhold information.

donnyshaw 06/25/2011 12:17pm

I believe herbicides are a type of pesticide. From NIH:

A pesticide is any substance used to kill, repel, or control certain forms of plant or animal life that are considered to be pests. Pesticides include herbicides for destroying weeds and other unwanted vegetation, insecticides for controlling a wide variety of insects, fungicides used to prevent the growth of molds and mildew, disinfectants for preventing the spread of bacteria, and compounds used to control mice and rats.

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donnyshaw 05/13/2011 12:33pm

My bad. I got the 111th/109th backwards. Fixed it now, so you should be able to see all the GOP co-sponsors in the 109th.

donnyshaw 04/12/2011 10:08am

This is the language de-listing wolves from the endangered species list. Here’s the April 2, 2009 rule mentioned:

http://www.fws.gov/policy/library/2009/E9-5991.html

donnyshaw 04/12/2011 9:55am

This is a 75% reduction from 2010 levels. Funds are for government data transparency projects, some of which will likely be cut or scaled back by this reduction. See: Data.gov, USAspending.gov, itdashboard.gov, etc…

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donnyshaw 04/06/2011 8:45pm

No, it’s $33 billion from 2010 levels.

donnyshaw 04/05/2011 9:19am

This is one week of funding pro-rated at half of the 2010 funding level. Definitely progress for opengovdata advocates — the full-year CR would have reduced the E-Gov fund to $2 billion — but it’s unclear what happens if this doesn’t pass and what initiatives/sites would suffer if it does.

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donnyshaw 03/21/2011 8:52am

Sorry, Abaratarrr. We’ve got some fixes in the work that will improve the commenting functionality here, including eliminating the bug you mention and allowing for embedded hyperlinks in comments.

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donnyshaw 03/11/2011 5:57am

You know, what I actually linked to (and what mshughes provides the url for above) is an earlier version of the report that Bachmann references. The new version Bachmann references can be downloaded here:

http://bachmann.house.gov/UploadedFiles/CRS_Report_02_10_11_PPACA.pdf

Of course, this just goes to show that these mandated appropriations and transfers have been known and discussed for quite some time. The version linked above is from last October.

donnyshaw 02/25/2011 8:14am

Just a related link here:

http://voices.washingtonpost.com/2chambers/2011/02/house_gop_freshmen_mirror_long.html?wprss=2chambers

TITLE: House GOP freshmen mirror longtime members on conservative budget amendment

“But when it came to a conservative amendment last week that would have enacted $22 billion in cuts on top of the $61 billion already proposed by House Republicans, the freshman largely mirrored their more-seasoned counterparts.

Sixty-eight percent of the House GOP freshman class voted for the Republican Study Committee’s amendment, while 32 percent opposed it. That wasn’t too far off from the votes cast by more veteran Republican members, who backed the amendment 58 percent to 42 percent."

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donnyshaw 02/22/2011 9:26am

That’s true. That’s why we’re on a continuing resolution now.

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donnyshaw 02/21/2011 5:14pm

How then do you explain Ron Paul being so low on the party-loyalty list? Right now he votes fifth least often with most Republicans. Several other Republicans who are low on the list, i.e. defect from Republicans most often, are closely connected with the Tea Party as well. Amash, Johnson, Gerlach, Jones…

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donnyshaw 01/19/2011 9:57am

Nope. Bills do not carry over from session to session. At the end of each session, all bills that did not become law die. The slate is simple wiped clean.

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donnyshaw 12/19/2010 6:10pm

No problem. Sorry about that.

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donnyshaw’s Supported Bills

Bill Status Last Action
H.R.2057 Motor Vehicle Owners Right to Repair Act of 2009 (111th congress) Introduced Apr 23, 2009
S.909 Matthew Shepard Hate Crimes Prevention Act (111th congress) Introduced Apr 28, 2009
H.R.627 Credit CARD Act of 2009 (111th congress) Bill Is Law May 22, 2009
H.R.2454 American Clean Energy And Security Act of 2009 (111th congress) House Passed Jul 07, 2009
S.1058 Brewers Excise and Economic Relief Act of 2009 (111th congress) Introduced May 14, 2009
S.386 FERA (111th congress) Bill Is Law May 20, 2009
H.R.2351 Credit Union Share Insurance Stabilization Act (111th congress) Introduced May 12, 2009
H.R.2352 Job Creation Through Entrepreneurship Act of 2009 (111th congress) House Passed May 21, 2009
S.982 Family Smoking Prevention and Tobacco Control Act (111th congress) Introduced May 20, 2009
H.R.2639 Global Poverty Act of 2009 (111th congress) Introduced May 21, 2009
H.R.1024 Uniting American Families Act of 2009 (111th congress) Introduced Mar 16, 2009
S.146 Railroad Antitrust Enforcement Act of 2009 (111th congress) Introduced Jun 01, 2009
H.R.2027 Aircraft Passenger Whole-Body Imaging Limitations Act of 2009 (111th congress) Introduced May 26, 2009
H.R.600 FHA Seller-Financed Downpayment Reform Act of 2009 (111th congress) Introduced Jan 16, 2009
H.R.676 United States National Health Care Act or the Expanded and Improved Medicare for All Act (111th congress) Introduced Jan 27, 2009
H.R.104 To establish a national commission on presidential war powers and civil liberties. (111th congress) Introduced Jun 12, 2009
H.R.2646 Government Accountability Office Improvement Act of 2009 (111th congress) House Passed Jan 20, 2010
H.R.885 Improved Financial and Commodity Markets Oversight and Accountability Act (111th congress) House Passed Mar 16, 2010
H.R.1479 Community Reinvestment Modernization Act of 2009 (111th congress) Introduced Mar 12, 2009
H.Res.554 (111th congress) Introduced Sep 23, 2009

donnyshaw’s Opposed Bills

Bill Status Last Action
S.2596 Semper Fi Act (110th congress) Introduced Feb 11, 2008
S.3401 Enemy Combatant Detention Review Act of 2008 (110th congress) Introduced Jul 31, 2008
S.3325 The Enforcement of Intellectual Property Rights Act of 2008 (110th congress) Bill Is Law Oct 13, 2008
H.R.6975 Jihad Prevention Act (110th congress) Introduced Sep 18, 2008
H.R.1424 Emergency Economic Stabilization Act of 2008 (110th congress) Bill Is Law Oct 03, 2008
H.R.5191 To prohibit the use of Federal funds to carry out the highway project known as the "Trans-Texas Corridor". (110th congress) Introduced Jan 30, 2008
S.256 Bankruptcy Reform bill (109th congress) Bill Is Law Apr 20, 2005
S.3688 Unemployment Compensation Extension Act of 2008 (110th congress) Introduced Nov 18, 2008
S.3207 Respecting States Rights and Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act of 2008 (110th congress) Introduced Jun 26, 2008
H.Res.1258 Impeaching George W. Bush, President of the United States, of high crimes and misdemeanors. (110th congress) Introduced Jun 11, 2008
S.1959 Violent Radicalization and Homegrown Terrorism Prevention Act of 2007 (110th congress) Introduced Aug 02, 2007
H.R.1955 Violent Radicalization and Homegrown Terrorism Prevention Act of 2007 (110th congress) House Passed Oct 24, 2007
S.3111 Life at Conception Act (110th congress) Introduced Jun 11, 2008
S.2191 America's Climate Security Act of 2007 (110th congress) Introduced May 20, 2008
H.R.7303 Consumer and Automotive Recovery Act of 2008 (110th congress) Introduced Nov 20, 2008
H.R.4157 Sanctity of Human Life Act (110th congress) Introduced Feb 25, 2008
H.R.25 Fair Tax Act of 2007 (110th congress) Introduced Jan 04, 2007
H.R.3442 Unborn Child Pain Awareness Act of 2007 (110th congress) Introduced Aug 03, 2007
H.Res.5 Adopting rules for the One Hundred Eleventh Congress. (111th congress) House Passed Jan 06, 2009
H.J.Res.15 Proposing an amendment to the Constitution of the United States to authorize the line item veto. (111th congress) Introduced Feb 09, 2009