Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 4th Jul 2012 23:08 UTC
Google Apparently, this is a major victory of the patent system. This, this right here, this is what the patent system has come to. This is the destructive effect it's having on this once beautiful industry. Thanks to trolls like Apple and Microsoft, basic, elemental functionality is being removed from devices people already own.
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RE[5]: No.
by ricegf on Thu 5th Jul 2012 12:40 UTC in reply to "RE[4]: No."
ricegf
Member since:
2007-04-25

President Obama had a filibuster-proof majority in the senate and house for 2 years. "But it's an election year" is a remarkably weak excuse for any policies he didn't change when he had the chance.

I'm not a Republican or a fan of Mr. Bush either, by the way. I don't like *either* of the dominant political parties in America, since both seem to believe they can and should run my life for me. I'm debt free, while they've run our country deeply into debt, the idiots - they never met a piece of pork they didn't embrace - and now they claim the right to impose punitive taxes if I don't deal with the corporations that pay for their sponsorship.

Mr. Jefferson's vision of limited government looks better every day.

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RE[6]: No.
by Nelson on Thu 5th Jul 2012 19:41 in reply to "RE[5]: No."
Nelson Member since:
2005-11-29

He never had a filibuster proof majority. He had at best 57 Democrats and 2 anemic wanna be Democrats. Besides, those interests don't always directly line up.

The democratic party in the US is a lot less aligned on policy than say, republicans.

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RE[7]: No.
by ricegf on Thu 5th Jul 2012 20:02 in reply to "RE[6]: No."
ricegf Member since:
2007-04-25

You must have overlooked Senator Arlen Specter of Pennsylvania, who switched to the Democratic party on April 28, 2009 and gave Mr. Obama his "60th vote". The two "independents" you note were simple Democrats who lost their primary battles to strong anti-war activists, then went on to win the general election as moderate "independents" - but they still caucused with the D's and usually voted with Mr. Obama.

As far as the Republicans being "aligned on policy", you must have also overlooked the Tea Party wing running their own candidates against the conventional Republican candidates since 2008. In Texas, those are actually more interesting than the general election, since the D's win an election here about as often as the Cubs win the pennant. ;-)

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