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i want candy [May. 6th, 2012|10:08 am]
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The recent debate between Ron Paul and Paul Krugman brought me to Randy Barnett again. When Ron Paul says to eliminate the Federal Reserve, then qualifies in debates how his writings don't call for an abrupt end, he seems to ignore an important power granted to the U.S. government. To persist the battle for truth and honesty and make a difference requires occasional novelty. Randy Barnett's argument that the Commerce Clause entails making commerce occur with regularity, and does not necessarily entail prohibition of certain activities, could be construed as support for the incorporation of the Federal Reserve system. The availability of liquidity does not have to begin with the elimination of constitutional money. Congress is given the power to regulate the value of coined money and fix the standard of weights and measures. If Congress is to keep the economy all steamed up, then revaluation of the currency combined with tax policy should be how that occurs. When the currency remains constitutional -- when its availability remains limited -- the government is properly bridled and the value of savings is conserved. Perhaps Krugman would consider it a red herring, but it's not insignificant that 90% silver remained in circulation after World War II, and gold was tied to the dollar. Instead of making a silver dollar smaller to compensate for population growth, we replace it with zinc? This ignores Congress' power to change the economic system in favor of a policy which is unconstitutional and results in silver holding its value while zinc does not. I can still buy more than one and a half gallons of gas for three silver dimes when in 1964 they'd buy one gallon. Give me a smaller dime and I get my gallon of gas? Always choose what's explicit before what could be inferred.

Q.E.D.
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(no subject) [Mar. 31st, 2012|07:26 pm]
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I have two co-workers who play Magic: the Gathering so finally I had the opportunity to play a deck I constructed over a year ago. They'd never played multi-player where turns are played clockwise. The deck consists of all five colors, and it was built around liege cards like the Balefire Liege. In fact, almost every creature card in the deck is multi-colored, including cards from the vintage Legends series. I thought if I was going to play a deck centered around the liege cards, I might as well play with the vintage cards as well, and make a pun out of it. The deck is designed according to the Highlander format, and as the name implies, there can only be one of any named card. Since the liege cards give bonuses to power and toughness to other creatures of specific colors, and some of the other multi-colored cards also give such bonuses, each multi-colored creature summoned thereafter hits the ground all beefed up. It's the "high lander" deck.
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(no subject) [Feb. 9th, 2012|06:32 am]
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While leaving HyVee last night, a woman was chatting with someone briefly near the exit. I walked past and got to my truck, then as I stepped away from the door, my bag of apples tipped over and spilled. While I was picking them up, she was behind my truck and commented on my Texas plate. She proceeded to chat with me for what must've been around an hour at least. I wasn't really in a hurry to get home as if I was anticipating something. She had some funny things to tell me. She's a graduate-level theologian, Lutheran, and goes to St. Matthew's on 18th and White street, her son-in-law works for Microsoft, and she lives with her husband at the top of 5th street. There are 27 names for the civil war, and in the 70s, there were people in Florida who thought Minnesota was a settlement where there were still Native Americans. Of all the things she chatted with me about, funny, obscure things from the history of the Catholic church were what amused her the most. There used to be as many as three different papacies, and one of the significant ones was the Avignon Papacy. Some of the saints are kind of crazy: Agatha of Sicily is depicted in art with her severed breasts on a platter, and Saint Dunstan held the Devil by the nose with scalding tongs. In the 15th century, there was penis theft by witches, and they kept them alive in bird's nests. I imagine if I hadn't been the guy who, after being surprised at her having gone to Hebrew school then asking if she knew the shema, then reciting the v'ahavta in my best Hebrew accent in response to her recitation, I might've gotten to leave before 9:30. Instead, she chatted me up, welcomed me to the real midwest (of which Ohio is not a part), called me a literate Lutheran, and bid me shalom.
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(no subject) [Dec. 3rd, 2011|12:54 pm]
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I was contemplating how to work on something no one's worked on since so much has been worked on. It wouldn't be the first time I've contemplated how to design a system with a personality. In the same vein of designing a knowledge base as if it were the mind of an individual, I've decided I don't care as much about bootstrapping a system to learn natural language since that part of the goal towards general A.I. is already well on its way. Since I believe a well-built knowledge base is the best way to understand natural language most completely, the best thing to move towards bootstrapping is the concept of self. Take for example the statement: "I had cold turkey." If I wanted to disambiguate that noun phrase, my knowledge base knows that cold turkey is really an adverb and I definitely won't have an adverb. Or will I? So, one of the other more interesting goals for testing a system which builds a concept of itself would be building a system with religiosity. Consequently, this same goal has within itself a sub-goal of being a system which not just knows stuff, but actually understands stuff. The prime example is what it means to love your neighbor as yourself. You start with three major axioms: you shall love God with all your heart, soul, and mind, and you shall love your neighbor as yourself. The greatest of these axioms is you are the image and likeness of God. Once you've attained this prime axiom, the successful test is demonstrating what it truly means to love your neighbor as yourself. Knowing these axioms should also find a path to justification for a certain opinion written by Paul.
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(no subject) [Aug. 29th, 2011|08:36 pm]
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I read this ridiculous article and thought I'd make a parody after pastorlenny's own heart for talk_politics.

1) Treason against the United States, shall consist only in levying War against them, or in adhering to their Enemies, giving them Aid and Comfort.
2) Any instance of exchanging a coin or medallion not produced by the United States, and with a dollar denomination, such as Liberty Dollar bullion, shall be considered as War.
3) Therefore, Liberty Dollar bullion is treasonous.
4) If the United States does not confiscate any other such contraband, then the United States allows a double standard.
5) Australian and Canadian bullion is owned by U.S. citizens and not subject to confiscation.
6) Therefore, the United States allows a double standard.
7) Since the United States must be just, the double standard must be resolved.
8) The only resolution to this double standard is confiscation of all dollar-denominated bullion products.
9) Therefore, the United States must confiscate dollar-denominated bullion products from its citizenry and make War with Australia and Canada.
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Women's Suffrage [Aug. 6th, 2011|05:12 pm]
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I was on my friend's roommate's boat yesterday on the Mississippi, and we were talking about politics and women's rights. Of course, Ron Paul was part of the conversation, and I got onto my usual rant about how it's annoying that so many people call him a crazy old man. He's had a lot of success campaigning in Iowa recently, and the Telegraph Herald has an article about Barack Obama's impending visit to Dubuque. I should think if Barack Obama were a true professor of constitutional law, he'd have nothing against this simple argument. If he were an honest person, then he'd also recognize the absurd notion that the 6th article's supremacy clause must not contradict the necessity of the 14th and 19th amendments. More discussion found in talk_politics. ETA: It took until 1833 for the Supreme Court to decide the 5th amendment did not apply to States.

1) Every person has an innumerable list of rights derived as all possible activities from the generalized rights of life, liberty, and property (c/o the 5th and 9th amendments to the U.S. bill of rights).
2) Men and women are persons.
3) Therefore, men and women have N rights.
4) If disparity is created by the deprivation of a right, and that right does not reasonably deprive another of their rights, then the 5th amendment is broken.
5) Disparity between men and women in social life, politics, and economics occurs regularly.
6) Therefore, the 5th amendment is broken regularly.
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(no subject) [Aug. 28th, 2010|07:13 pm]
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I occasionally like to read about constitutional law. I read cases on a website called Justia on supreme.justia.com. I learned about a former associate justice named Stephen Johnson Field after reading his dissenting opinion in LEGAL TENDER CASES, 79 U.S. 457. Regarding the power to coin money, which has been so loosely interpreted today for the sake of allowing what should have required an amendment, he said: To coin money is to mould metallic substances having intrinsic value into certain forms convenient for commerce, and to impress them with the stamp of the government indicating their value. Coins are pieces of metal of definite weight and value thus stamped by national authority. Such is the natural import of the terms "to coin money" and "coin," and if there were any doubt that this is their meaning in the Constitution, it would be removed by the language which immediately follows the grant of the "power to coin," authorizing Congress to regulate the value of the money thus coined, and also "of foreign coin," and by the distinction made in other clauses between coin and the obligations of the general government and of the several states. [...] The inhibition upon the states to coin money and yet to make anything but gold and silver coin a tender in payment of debts must be read in connection with the grant of the coinage power to Congress. Further in his dissent, he quotes the Federalist papers showing James Madison responding to a dissent by asking if removing the legal tender status of the "bills of credit" the U.S. can emit would be sufficient. The concurrence of the convention to prohibit paper as a type of compulsory payment was almost unanimous.
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(no subject) [Aug. 12th, 2010|05:51 pm]
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In my frustration, I decided on a new maxim. If shit rolls down hill, then failure starts at the top. Since that is most certainly the truth, I've also decided the years of life I've lost and can't get back because of worrying about the stresses, frustrations, and irrational nature of the way things are were not a worthwhile sacrifice. Today while listening to George Gordon, I was inspired. The printing press' persistent paper production is the path to preserving prosperity and poverty respectively for the princes and paupers of the population. The dastardly distribution of digital dollars distressingly distances that divide. From now on, my concern for the quashing of creativity at work in the name of bureaucracy is a matter which stays at the office.
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(no subject) [Aug. 7th, 2010|08:00 am]
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I was amused by what I thought was someone else's pun last night, then I read this morning's Sinfest and Tatsuya Ishida is the trumping winner making me jealous.

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(no subject) [Jul. 9th, 2010|06:24 am]
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I always say I inherited the horny perv silliness from my fathers.

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