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Slavery Was Always and Everywhere   Leave a comment

Image result for image of walter e williamsToo many people believe that slavery is a “peculiar institution.” That’s what Kenneth Stampp called slavery in his book, “Peculiar Institution: Slavery in the Ante-Bellum South.”

But slavery is by no means peculiar, odd or unusual. It was common among ancient peoples such as the Egyptians, Babylonians, Assyrians, Hittites, Greeks, Persians, Armenians and many others. Large numbers of Christians were enslaved during the Ottoman wars in Europe. White slaves were common in Europe from the Dark Ages to the Middle Ages.

It was only after A.D. 1600 that Europeans joined with Arabs and Africans and started the Atlantic slave trade. As David P. Forsythe wrote in his book, “The Globalist,”

“The fact remained that at the beginning of the nineteenth century an estimated three-quarters of all people alive were trapped in bondage against their will either in some form of slavery or serfdom.”

While slavery constitutes one of the grossest encroachments on human liberty, it is by no means unique or restricted to the Western world or United States, as many liberal academics would have us believe. Much of their indoctrination of our young people, at all levels of education, paints our nation’s founders as racist adherents to slavery, but the story is not so simple.

At the time of the 1787 Constitutional Convention, slaves were about 40 percent of the population of the Southern colonies. Apportionment in the House of Representatives and the number of electoral votes each state would have in presidential elections would be based upon population. Southern delegates to the convention wanted slaves to be counted as one person. Northern delegates to the convention, and those opposed to slavery, wanted only free persons of each state to be counted for the purposes of apportionment in the House of Representatives and the Electoral College. The compromise reached was that each slave would be counted as only three-fifths of a person.

Many criticize this compromise as proof of racism. My question to these grossly uninformed critics is whether they would have found it more preferable for slaves to be counted as whole persons. Slaves counted as whole persons would have given slave-holding Southern states much more political power. Or, would the critics of the founders prefer that the Northern delegates not compromise and not allow slaves to be counted at all. If they did, it is likely that the Constitution would have not been ratified.

Thus, the question emerges is whether blacks would be better off with Northern states having gone their way and Southern states having gone theirs, resulting in no U.S. Constitution and no Union?

Unlike today’s pseudo-intellectuals, black abolitionist Frederick Douglass understood the compromise, saying that the three-fifths clause was “a downright disability laid upon the slave-holding states” that deprived them of “two-fifths of their natural basis of representation.”

Douglass’ vision was shared by Patrick Henry and others. Henry said, expressing the reality of the three-fifths compromise, “As much as I deplore slavery, I see that prudence forbids its abolition.” With this union, Congress at least had the power to abolish slave trade by 1808. According to delegate James Wilson, many believed the anti-slave-trade clause laid “the foundation for banishing slavery out of this country.” Many of the founders abhorred slavery. Their statements can be read on my website, walterewilliams.com.

The most unique aspect of slavery in the Western world was the moral outrage against it, which began to emerge in the 18th century and led to massive elimination efforts. It was Britain’s military sea power that put an end to the slave trade. And our country fought a costly war that brought an end to slavery. Unfortunately, these facts about slavery are not in the lessons taught in our schools and colleges. Instead, there is gross misrepresentation and suggestion that slavery was a uniquely American practice.

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Posted August 24, 2017 by aurorawatcherak in culture, Uncategorized

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The Times … They Are Changing   1 comment

List some of the things that you have seen change or develop in your lifetime.

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I used to marvel at my grandmother’s generation. Born in 1887, she entered a world without cars, airplanes, phones, electricity, running water, radio or television. Women didn’t have the vote in almost any country and they wore dresses down to their ankles and corsets were considered modest. By 1971, when she died, there were cars, airplanes, phones, electricity, running water, radio and television and women were barely wearing clothes in the country at the time. Imagine how thoroughly exciting the pace of discover and development must have been in those 84 years.

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My own lifetime hasn’t changed that much, but there have been a fair number of changes since I drew my first breath.

In 1960, the US was in a Cold War with the Soviet Union, each busily dividing up the world based on their individual philosophies. The Civil Rights movement had already begun, but had yet to be felt throughout the nation. Women had long had the vote, but women who worked outside the home in jobs independent of their husbands were few and far between. Kids were respectful of their parents and what their parents wanted them to do as adults. Religion was seen as a net benefit to society. When my mom in Fairbanks Alaska called my grandmother in Seattle Washington, they had to scream to be heard across the 2000-mile line and a 10-minute phone call cost a half-day’s wage. Computers filled warehouses. You didn’t need a passport to travel to Mexico or Canada. Everybody smoked and, in Alaska, everybody including the kids, drank alcohol, but almost nobody had heard of cannabis. Cars didn’t have seatbelts … at all. Baseball was the national pasttime. Almost no Americans had ever played soccer. Unless you lived in a big city, your television (often black-and-white) only got a handful of local stations. Everybody in the nation watched Walter Cronkite at 6 o’clock and families sat down to watch general-age programs together after dinner.

So, what’s changed?

Almost everything.

In 1960, my parents created me outside of marriage and being a mature adult in her late 30s, my mother considered having an abortion. Fortunately for me, abortion was illegal at the time and the only doctor in Fairbanks who would perform one was a drunk, so she asked my dad for traveling money to go to Anchorage to “take care of the problem” and found out that he was happy with being a first-time father in his late 40s. My parents didn’t really have an option to prevent pregnancy. Condoms were highly unreliable and so were diaphragms. Today, options abound and they are extremely reliable if used correctly. Why this generation continues to fail at that simple task is a mystery to me, but I count effective contraception as a major achievement in my lifetime. For the record — anti-abortion and pro-choice – I just believe your choices should occur before you create a child.

Today, I can call someone in Africa and have as clear a conversation as if they were right here in Fairbanks. More than that, we can Skype as if we’re talking face-to-face. Video conferencing didn’t exist when I was born and for most of my adulthood it was hurky-jerky, but today, it’s seamless. And virtually free. If I Skype, it’s included in the price of my Internet connection. If I call long distance on my cell phone, it’s paid for with my subscription. Even using my landline, it costs only pennies to talk for significant amounts of time.

Of course, that ease of communication is born of the computer age. In 1960, the University of Alaska Fairbanks installed a Honeywell computer the size of an aircraft hangar with a computing capacity comparable to the laptop I am typing on right now. When I graduated high school in 1979, the personal computer was only four years old, you had to build them yourself and do all the programming as well. I remember going over to my cousin’s house in winter of 1981 to see the first Apple. My computer teacher in college, one of the original Bell Labs programmers, referred to the personal computer as a “fad”. I can order a laptop from the Internet for about a day’s wages and it comes loaded with tons of software and will fit in a briefcase. I have more computer power in my smart phone than that Honeywell number cruncher had. It’s a major technological change that has transformed society and made it possible for people like me to become authors and publishers.

I could go on about the Internet of Things, the gig economy, streaming and social media, but if you’re reading this post, you already know about those things.

In 1960, politics were pretty ho-hum. My mother, a fiscally conservative independent, and my father, a staunch Democrat, could congenially argue about their opposing viewpoints and not feel the need to end their relationship. In Alaska, politics was an indoor sport and everybody was permitted to participate. Even kids were expected to have an opinion, which the adults would try to sway us from. Starting in the late 1960s, politics became a divisive issue where people could no longer reasonably debate the various topics and points of view. I blame the first half of my own generation (I’m a boomer) for this. My older brother and his friends felt very passionately about what they believed and their inability to consider the alternatives to their viewpoints or to follow those viewpoints to their natural negative consequences has led to the polarized entrenchment of our day. When you start insisting that everybody ought to walk in lockstep with you toward a mythical utopia, sooner or later someone is going to point out that there is a cliff ahead and refuse to keep monkey-walking with you.

Frankly, because I was raised in Alaska, I didn’t experience the Civil Rights or Youth movements in the same way I would have if I’d lived in another part of the country. Alaska passed a civil rights bill in 1945, so we’d already been desegregated 15 years when I was born. Our schools and neighborhoods were already mixed race. Alaska is considered among the three most racially diverse state in the union. But we did have a few protests in support of the Lower 48 Civil Rights movement and some of the people who came up from other states really didn’t get that nobody here much cared about race. Of course, you can’t dictate what is in people’s hearts, but you can ostracize idiots and it worked pretty well. But in 1960, even racially liberal Alaskans couldn’t have foreseen that there’d be a black man as president within my lifetime. That alone ought to be a testament to some huge changes in our culture and the fact that some people think otherwise suggests there is another kind of racism in the works today..

In 1960, my mother was an odd duck – a “married” woman who worked outside the home in a job not attached to her husband.  This was partially because my parents never married legally, but it was more because my mother had learned from her first marriage that having your own income was a good thing … even a necessary thing if your husband was a fool with money. She enjoyed working and she enjoyed being able to direct her own economic life and my dad was all right with that. They were able to buy two houses and fund a retirement because she worked. But only about 8% of married women in 1960s worked outside the home in an independent job. Today, it’s about 68%. My mom was seriously bucking a trend and she took some flak for it. Today the shoe is on the other foot, so to speak. People tend to look down on women who stay home with the kids. The times shifted and will shift again. Women in the workforce is here to stay, but hopefully we’ll learn to accept that women aren’t being subversive when they decide to tend the home fires instead.

I think the thing that has changed the most in our culture since 1960 is the concept of morality and the value given to those who adhere to morality. In 1960s, pastors were respected and churchgoers were coveted as employees. People might not be regular attenders, but most people belonged to a church and it was considered a gauge of integrity that you attended. Today, many people distrust churches and subtly ostracize people who regularly attend them. Although employers are not legally permitted to discriminate on the basis of religious affiliation, many employers make it difficult for faithful employees to continue with regular attendance and/or any acknowledgement of faith in the workplace. Companies owned by Christians are increasingly under pressure to ignore and violate long-held Biblical principles and practices. They’re told they should keep their beliefs out of the workplace, which is a PC way of saying stopping believing what the Bible teaches. Discrimination against Biblical beliefs and those who hold them is considered by some to be a worthy goal, something to be stated proudly in public. On the other hand, we have had vast improvement in accepting non-Christian religions and their right to express what they believe in the public square. The first is a deplorable mistake. The second is a positive development.

Times always change and I expect my children will be able to write a similar post with different details in 30 years. I don’t think the world has changed as much in my lifetime as it did in my grandmother’s, but I still have 30+ more years to live. What will be different then?

Maybe everything and maybe not much. You know the Proverb, right? “There is nothing new under the sun.” The more things change, the more they stay the same. That’s because, despite the technological and social window-dressing, human nature remains stubbornly the same throughout history. The details change, but we do not.

Posted August 7, 2017 by aurorawatcherak in Blog Hop, Uncategorized

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Let Your Dress Match Your Attitude   1 comment

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Back in college, I took a road trip with some other Christian friends and we stopped at a church on Wednesday night. We didn’t really know anything about the church and we were just off the road. I remembering showering in cold water at a campground before we went, but I don’t think we gave any thought to dress standards. We were all Southern Baptist 20-somethings with Alaska’s practical style. Clean jeans and shirts who hadn’t sweated through were Sunday-evening-go-to-meeting garb, pretty much just like at home.

Unfortunately, the church we picked was a very fundamentalist congregation … you know, bun ladies, and dresses down to mid-calf without a female bicep in sight. The pastor changed his sermon just for us, talking about how women shouldn’t have unbound hair, or wear makeup or jewelry. As we were the only ones in the crowd that fit that description, we had no doubt as to who he was preaching at. I’d like to say we walked out or at least ran to the van for jackets to cover our biceps, but mostly we were just embarrassed and uncomfortable. So, I know what Paul’s readers felt when they reached our subject section for this week.

The church in Corinth had a problem with culture. They lived in a very pagan city and the culture around them was forever trying to creep in. We’re starting a new section in Paul’s letter to the church at Corinth. 1 Corinthians 11-14 focuses on how God’s people conduct themselves in a church worship setting. Through it, Paul touched on gender distinction, the Lord’s Supper, and spiritual gifts. We’re going to start with the roles of men and women in the churches.

First, remember that Paul had just concluded the last section with “Be imitators of me, just as I also am of Christ.” That’s important because it provides a transition into the section we’re looking at now:

I praise you because you remember me in everything and maintain the traditions just as I passed them on to you. But I want you to know that Christ is the head of every manand the man is the head of a woman, and God is the head of Christ.  1 Corinthians 11:2-3

Honor your head for the sake of Biblical teaching

Image result for image of modest Christian attireNothing like starting off with a little controversy. I know women who utterly reject the Bible because this passage insults them. Of course, they haven’t read it thoughtfully and in context with the rest of the Bible. It just justifies their rejection of what they do not know or understand.

These five verses aren’t so much about how women fix their hair as about the importance of honoring your spiritual head. Paul began with praise for the Corinthians for remembering him in everything and honoring the traditions he had taught them. Was he being sarcastic? How could his praise really be sincere? The church at Corinth had been disobedient to many of Paul’s “traditions” or “teachings.” In just a few verses, Paul will adamantly state that he will not praise them! I think he started with praise so that they would be receptive to critical advice (see 1:4-9). Speaking some positive words to a person that you are in conflict with before addressing your concerns is always wise and may result in the person hearing what you have to say.

I have a dozen books in my home library by evangelical authors who differ radically from one another on their view of women in ministry. Pastors and professors I respect for their intelligent handling of the Scripture hold widely differing views on the role of women in the church, including women’s ordination. There is even a difference in opinion among leaders of my own church. They finally got over the whole a-woman-can’t-be-a-worship-leader issue when a talented female musician was the only one available to step into the role. God leading? I think so. But women still can’t teach men above the elementary school level and I struggle with that. Women still can’t be deacons and that bothers me because there were female deacons in the churches Paul founded. There is no evidence women ever served as pastors, so there is likely a line drawn there, in light of Paul’s words here in 1 Corinthians. This is one area of doctrine where all of us could use a large dose of humility and caution. Anyone who speaks with strong dogmatism on this topic is actually demonstrating his or her ignorance. This is not an easy topic.

In this passage, Paul introduced the basic premise that everyone has a “head.” The word “head” is difficult to interpret because it can have three possible meanings in Greek:

  • prominence
  • authority
  • source

The same ambiguity exists in English when we talk about the head/top of a mountain, the head/leader of a company, or the head/source of a river. In most cases where “head” does not mean a particular body part, the word carries the nuance of prominence. Thus, Paul seems to mean that just as Christ as the Son acknowledges the preeminence of the Father and men acknowledge the preeminence of Christ over them, so women acknowledge the preeminence of men in the male-female relationship (or at least the husband-wife relationship). And this is where most modern women balk at the concept and where many men try to take advantage. Prominence in a relationship does not imply superiority. It certainly doesn’t carry that meaning in the relationship between the Father and the Son, Who are coequal. So why should it mean that between men and women in the church?

Image result for image of modest Christian attireWhile Jesus was on earth, He modeled sacrificial servant leadership (see Mark 10:42-45). He always put His Father and His Father’s will first. Jesus was fully God and equal to the Father, but chose of His own accord to grant the Father prominence. Likewise, men are called to submit to Christ and put Him first in every area. This means living sacrificially for the good of others. Similarly, the head of a woman is man. Evidently, Paul referred to women who were in a dependent relationship to a man, such as a wife to a husband or a daughter to a father. Paul probably did not mean every woman universally since he said the male is the head of woman, or a woman, but not the women. He was evidently not talking about every relationship involving men and women (for example the relationship between men and women in the workplace). Paul was saying that as a wife, daughter, or church member, women ought to honor their spiritual head: husband (Ephesians 5:22-33), father (Ephesians 6:1-3), or elders (1 Timothy 2:9-3:7).

Any man who prays or prophesies with his head covered disgraces his head. But any woman who prays or prophesies with her head uncovered disgraces her headfor it is one and the same thing as having a shaved head. For if a woman will not cover her head, she should cut off her hairBut if it is disgraceful for a woman to have her hair cut off or her head shavedshe should cover her head. 1 Corinthians 11:4-6

Image result for image of modest Christian attireIn the 1st century Corinthian setting, men apparently didn’t have their heads covered, but women did. It took some digging to find out why. Apparently in Corinth at the time, men with covered heads were associated with idolatry, thus men in the Christian church honored Christ as preeminent by not covering their heads. Also at that time in Corinth, women covered their heads with a scarf or shawl that concealed their hair as a demonstration of their respect for their husbands and the church leadership.

Culturally, refusing to wear such a shawl was as disgraceful as refusing to cover up in Muslim culture today. Muslims will often say that a woman who appears in mixed company with her head uncovered is seeking to attract men. That would be distracting in the worship setting. Today, it might be a really short dress or a plunging cleavage. Worship is not the time to dwell on male-female attractiveness. It’s the time to focus on God and His Word. Women have a responsibility to both God and men to dress modestly so as not to attract unnecessary attention to themselves.

Men, you’re also are responsible to vigilantly guard your minds during worship and take every thought captive to the obedience of Christ (2 Corinthians 10:5). We all attend church to worship God, not to eyeball the opposite sex. We all need to do our part and seek to honor one another.

So, is Paul saying Christian women must cover their heads in church meetings today? I don’t think so. I think the culture he lived in was very different from ours. The head covering is merely a cultural symbol of the honor and submission that should characterize our Christian lives. For a woman to wear a head covering today would seem to be a distinctively humiliating experience. Many women—even Biblically submissive wives—resist the notion precisely because they feel awkward and self-conscious. You might as well shave our heads if you’re going to humiliate us. Plus, it would confuse and even concern visitors and we’ll learn in 1 Corinthians 14 that the the church should not do things that might freak out unbelieving visitors.

Image result for image of modest Christian attireFrom this Scripture, we know that men and women were equally free to pray and prophesy when the church gathered. The meaning of the term “prophecy” is debated, but we will see in Chapter 14 that “prophesy” is for the edification of the church and is very close to what we would call teaching or preaching today. It is reflecting or illuminating the Word of God. It could take the form of a word of instruction, refutation, reproof, admonition, or comfort for others (see Chapters 13 and 14). Women in the early church who had the gift of prophecy were free to exercise it. They were also permitted to pray in public meetings. Paul’s churches allowed greater freedom to women than the surrounding culture did, but he drew a line at women being elders who exercised authoritative teaching gifts during the corporate worship service (1 Timothy 2:9-3:7). Moreover, they were to honor their head. Paul is not trying to repress women and to restrain their expression of spiritual gifts, but to impress upon them the need to project modesty and virtue in their dress.

 

Honor Your Head for the Sake of Creation

For a man should not have his head coveredsince he is the image and glory of GodBut the woman is the glory of the man. For man did not come from womanbut woman from man. Neither was man created for the sake of womanbut woman for man. For this reason a woman should have a symbol of authority on her headbecause of the angels.  1 Corinthians 11:7-10

Spiritual headship has been true since God created the world. The Genesis creation narratives show that both man and woman equally bear the image and the glory of God (Genesis 1:26-27; 5:1-2). But in Genesis 2 when God created Eve, He took her from Adam’s rib. Woman was created from the man and for the man. In other words, woman completes man. As the help and strength man needs, woman helps him be all that God desires. Woman reflects the glory of man when she submits to God’s order.

But what does “glory” mean here? Ancient culture was an “honor–shame” culture, meaning people normally protected the honor of their family and the family name and would not knowingly bring dishonor and shame to it. This concept may lie in the background of this passage. By going unveiled, a woman was bringing shame on herself and her reputation, and that of her family. Paul implied that a woman should be bringing honor and glory to herself and her family, and especially to her husband and any other men in her life.

Now verse 10 is weird. It’s mysterious. “Therefore the woman ought to have a symbol of authority on her head, because of the angels.” My Bible study helps tell me this verse is considered one of the most difficult verses in the entire Bible. It’s an important verse, however, because Paul is clearly summing something up. You can see that in the use of the word “therefore” which means “in light of what I just said.” So we ought to seek to understand it. According to my study helps, the phrase “a symbol of” doesn’t appear in the Greek text. But that word “authority” is in there, which usually means “having the freedom or right to choose.” The best interpretation I found was that the woman has authority over her head (man) to do as she pleases. She can choose to submit or not. Maybe Paul meant that women have freedom to decide how they will pray and prophesy within the constraint that Paul had imposed, namely, with heads covered. An elder friend of mine said “Don’t sweat the small stuff.” If dressing modestly is the price to be paid for exercising God’s gifts freely, so be it.

The final phrase, “because of the angels” is a mystery to all interpreters. Really, nobody knows. Perhaps Paul was encouraging women to worship with that same submissive humility as angelic ministers, who are the guardians of God’s created order.

In any casein the Lord woman is not independent of mannor is man independent of woman. For just as woman came from manso man comes through womanBut all things come from God. 1 Corinthians 11:11-12

Paul then concluded with strong emphasis on the mutuality of men and women in marriage in the church. Paul was still arguing from the creation order, particularly mutual interdependence. The phrase “in the Lord” clearly envisions Christian marriage and life in the body of Christ. And this mutual dependence of man and woman speaks of full equality in personhood (1 Peter 3:7). We can’t get along without each other. We are mutually dependent on each other. We complement one another. Paul was concerned to promote love between the sexes. Neither man nor woman because of their different positions or advantages should consider themselves better, or treat the other with contempt or condescension. This mutual dependence of the man and the woman is grounded in creation. The first woman, Eve, was originally created from the man. But from that point on every single man is birthed by a mother. Paul clearly saw their inter-dependence as grounded in the Lord Himself. All things are from God, which gives us another reason for humility in the relationships between believing men and women.

It’s common to read the first part of this passage and insist Paul taught that women are inferior to men, partly on the basis of the story of the creation of woman from man in  Genesis 2, but the last two verses remind us that ever since the creation of Eve, the order has been reversed (i.e., men are now born from women). When all is said and done, there is equality between men and women. Neither of them is independent of the other; both need each other. In Paul’s prior letter to the Galatians, he’d written “there is neither…male nor female” (Galatians 3:28). Paul seems to have struggled in this passage. He didn’t want the Corinthians to interpret his letter to mean that “in the Lord” women are inferior to men. We all come from God, and all of us equally belong to God through his Son, Jesus.

Honor Your Head for the Sake of Nature’s Pattern

Judge for yourselves: Is it proper for a woman to pray to God with her head uncovered? Does not nature itself teach you that if a man has long hairit is a disgrace for him, but if a woman has long hairit is her glory? For her hair is given to her for a covering. 1 Corinthians 11:13-15

Verse 13 is the key verse in this entire section because Paul clearly emphasized the single point of his passage: Women should stop praying with their heads uncovered. Paul oscillated back and forth between men and women in 11:4-15. In 11:13 he broke this pattern and focused solely on women. This is a literary device that Biblical writers used to bring home their point. This verse also contains the only imperative besides 11:6 where the point is that a woman should cover herself.

In the culture of 1st century Corinth, it was not proper for a woman to act as a spokesman for people with God by praying publicly with her head uncovered. To do so was tantamount to claiming the position of a man in God’s order. The apostle did not think it wise for Christian women to exercise their liberty in a way that would violate socially accepted behavior even though they were personally submissive. Let your dress match your attitude.

Obviously, when Paul referred to Nature, he was not saying that in the world of animals all males have short hair and all females have long hair. Just think about lions and recognize that’s not what he meant. Historical evidence suggests that for 1st-century men long hair was considered effeminate, even homosexual …. something that Paul in Romans 1 considers contrary to nature. By “nature” Paul evidently meant how his culture felt about what was natural.

Paul again used “glory” here when he claimed that the long hair of a woman “is her glory” (11:15). It’s unlikely he was using the word in the same sense as he used it in 11:7. That was about the honor-shame culture of the ancient Near East. Here, the word seems to refer to the beauty of women’s long hair. Because long hair can make a woman look so attractive and beautiful, Paul felt comfortable using this fact as a secondary argument for why women need a covering on their heads.

Honor your head for the sake of apostolic authority

If anyone intends to quarrel about this, we have no other practicenor do the churches of God. 1 Corinthians 11:16

Paul’s final argument appeals to apostolic authority. If any of his readers still did not feel inclined to accept Paul’s reasoning, he informed them that the other churches followed what he had just explained. Some women were evidently discarding their head covering in public worship. Interestingly, Paul brought up the idea of “practice” or custom. There are other places in Paul’s writings where he dealt with cultural practices within the church. Here, the issue is obedience to what Paul said from beginning to end. He was calling for women within the church at Corinth to obey Biblical instruction and by extension for Christian women today to be obedient to carry out God’s desire of orderly and honorable worship.

So this is a challenging passage that presents some action points. I don’t wear dresses to my mid-calf and sleeves to my elbows, nor is my hair in a bun and I like jewelry. I dress modestly for my culture, but I don’t feel a calling to wear a hajib. But I do know Christian women from other cultures who do dress much more modestly than I do and I don’t condemn them for that. It’s their choice. I think this passage speaks about far more than clothing styles.

Wives, please consider your relationship with your husband. If you are acting in a way that undermines your husband, then you should rethink what you are doing. It’s not that he’s more capable or better than you, but he is the head, the prominent one in your relationship. Most of the world will see your relationship in that light. Thus, you demean yourself if you bring dishonor to him.

Husbands, please support your wives in their ministries. We often exhort women to support their men in their ministries, but men ought to also support women in theirs. It shouldn’t be second-place just because it’s the woman doing it. There is a man and woman in our church — she is the worship leader … she leads the choir and the congregational singing and plans special musical events for holidays. He is the audio-visual guy. Everybody knows who Lori is and nobody knows who Eric is. He’s okay with that. If you ask him, he’ll say he knows his ministry is every bit as important as hers because she can’t do her job without him and he’d have no reason to do his job without her.

Church, please reevaluate your view of women in ministry. Why do you hold the views that you do? Have you thoroughly studied what the Scriptures say on women in ministry, or are you basing your conclusions on what you have always assumed was correct or are culturally comfortable with? I challenge you to prayerfully think through some of these issues and interact with people over what role women should play in the local church.

I think there is a balance to be found in Paul’s words. We should hold up Biblical leadership and also allow women to serve in the church in more capacities than the nursery and little kid Sunday Schools and the fellowship hall. Finding that balance in a modern society will require effort, but in this way, we honor God and show His people in a favorable light.

Cultural Appropriation is Applause   2 comments

Image result for image of wyandot indianHave you heard about the United Nations decision to discuss a ban on so-called cultural appropriation? It’s been a thing for a while. Apparently it’s wrong for a white chef to cook Mexican food or to wear “insensitive” Halloween costumes. So, at the insistence of indigenous groups, including the Canadian branch of my tribe, the UN is considering expanding intellectual-property regulations to protect Indigenous designs, dances, words and traditional medicines.

So, I felt the need to point out the logical fallacy here. These First Nations groups seek to ban appropriation of their culture, but they don’t want to ban all cultural appropriation. Of course they don’t. They would have to forego every single technological advance imported into the North American continent since Columbus’ first voyage. I can’t speak for every Native person in North America, but I personally don’t want to give up mathematics, writing, metal forging, money, English/Spanish/American Sign Language, modern medicine, melodic music, perspective painting, modern construction, modern transportation, … ah, heck, there’d not be much left if I insisted upon assuaging all cultural appropriation. I’d be living a Stone Age existence if I refused to culturally appropriate everything that is not First Nations’ derived.

Brad would disagree with me on this because he has an invention he’s seeking a patent for, but “intellectual property” is not truly property. It’s the idea that you can create a monopoly for an idea … to keep someone else from thinking. It leads to such morally questionable attempts as trying  to patent genes to keep anyone from researching it for a given period of time.

Culture constitutes “the habits, beliefs, and traditions of a particular people, place, or time.” Outside of the forced assimilation of indigenous peoples by Americans, Canadians and Australians in past centuries, a culture is adopted voluntarily by individuals. The voyageur who was the first white man to join my ancestral tribe apparently liked what he saw and stayed with his Indian wife for 17 years and produced five children … until he died from some sort of infection. He adopted the Wyandot culture because it served his individual self-interest. His great-grandson Joseph assimilated into white culture almost a hundred years later because that choice served his individual self-interest. That’s how cultural assimilation works.  There were more barriers for Joseph to join white culture than for Barasallai to join the Wendat culture, but they both chose that path voluntarily because it served their personal choices. By the way, I used the two forms of designated my tribal culture deliberately because when Barasallai joined our tribe, we were still Wendats, but by the time Joseph assimilated into the larger white culture, we were Wyandots.

And through contacts with other people from other cultures, any given cultural idea or tradition has become better. Think about all the different cuisines that make up “American food.” Think about all the different musical styles. My favorite cuisine is Oriental food. That’s a broad category that includes Chinese, Thai, Korean, and Japanese dishes. Of course, being the daughter of a chef, I have learned how to make my favorites at home. But none of those dishes are native to me. My mother the Indian with Irish blood cooked a mean colcannon, but so did my father whose ancestors come from Sweden. I’m glad our diet wasn’t restricted to corn, beans, squash, and sunflowers, deer, wild turkeys, small game, and fish.

My father, living in the United States, would have found limited work if he’d insisted upon cooking only Swedish dishes.

Keeping “non-Natives” from using traditions not typically associated with them means that only a handful will be exposed to that culture. Fewer people showing an interest means that the products and ideas of Natives will get less exposure and will become a sociological or archaeological artifact rather than a living idea, limited to a few multicultural festivals.

Emilee WillsNatives and people from all over the world should embrace cultural evolution – appropriation has this negative connotation of force. Since humans form a single species, it is pointless to isolate a set of ideas just because “your people” discovered or named it. You should instead dream of seeing your culture emulated by others because it might might lead them to be curious about its origins and eventually come and visit you, bringing their tourist dollars with them.

It may (probably will) enrich your own culture. One could say that cultures which “evolve” and change as they encounter other cultures are the strongest ones. Despite all the complaints about how mixed-up the English language is, its flexibility has allowed it to borrow foreign words to describe what the old Anglo-Saxon language couldn’t. It has grown and adapted and is now the preferred language of commerce all over the world. We all know what traditional British cuisine is like. Would anyone want to eat in England if you removed curry from the landscape? Or just limited its cooking to people of east Indian descent? British wouldn’t even have tea to drink if they hadn’t appropriated it from somewhere else. Bangers and mash would have to be bangers and turnips, because potatoes are assimilated. Americans would literally starve. We’d have clam chowder, anadama bread and a lot of junk food.

And doesn’t Emilee Willis, Wyandot Princess, look more comfortable in her shorts and t-shirt than the woman in traditional dress at the top of the article? Emilee is appropriating. Why is that right when a white chef making Mexican food is wrong? I don’t know, probably because neither is wrong. The sincerest form of compliment is imitation.

Posted July 18, 2017 by aurorawatcherak in culture, Uncategorized

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Civility Takes a Holiday   Leave a comment

These are the comments from the headline story on the Alexandria shooting.

Retired Chief

3 days ago

CNN did an interview today about the DC shooting with a Republican Congressman from Illinois (can’t remember his name). He was poised and thoughtful. He didn’t focus on the 2nd Amendment or refer to the gun issue at all. Instead, he expressed his view that this horrific event may well be traced to the hate and polarization that exists in America today. I think the Congressman is spot on. This hate is fueled through social media, talk radio, deliberate dissemination of false information, promulgation of ridiculous conspiracy theories, and the “my way or the highway” sickness that has infected our society and our politics.

We all, to one degree or another, are participants and complicit in this situation, which more than any foreign country represents the greatest threat to our democracy and our Republic. All citizens need to look at themselves in the mirror and ask if we are contributing to this poisonous hate and intolerance. A citizen with different point of view is not your enemy.

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Shawn O’Donnell

3 days ago

To steer clear of the 2nd amendment, on this issue and blame it on polarization is intellectually dishonest. Yes, there is massive polarization in this nation and much of it has to do with guns and the availability of them.

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Lynda Hadley

3 days ago

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CNN did an interview today about the DC shooting with a Republican Congressman from Illinois (can’t remember his name). He was poised and thoughtful. He didn’t focus on the 2nd Amendment or refer…

— Retired Chief

Retired Chief: Excellent comment..unfortunately, the Commander in Chief disagrees.

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just_another_patriot

3 days ago

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CNN did an interview today about the DC shooting with a Republican Congressman from Illinois (can’t remember his name). He was poised and thoughtful. He didn’t focus on the 2nd Amendment or refer…

— Retired Chief

Hate is the common denominator of these mass shootings regardless of ideology or mental health. This particular incident is just another one in a continuing string. We need to have a conversation about how we preserve safety and security in our society without turning into a police state or devolving into armed camps.

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Lars Bauer

3 days ago

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To steer clear of the 2nd amendment, on this issue and blame it on polarization is intellectually dishonest. Yes, there is massive polarization in this nation and much of it has to do with guns and…

— Shawn O’Donnell

My right to own and use firearms has nothing to do with how polarized you want to be from that, Shawn. It’s only been in recent years that your kind has decided to dictate the availability to others– why is that? Gun crimes have decreased while gun ownership has increased– but what does that have to do with your zealotry?

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Lela Markham

3 days ago

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To steer clear of the 2nd amendment, on this issue and blame it on polarization is intellectually dishonest. Yes, there is massive polarization in this nation and much of it has to do with guns and…

— Shawn O’Donnell

So how do you explain the shooting deaths in countries where private ownership of guns is largely banned … you know, France, England …. Is it the 2nd Amendment causing that or political and/or religious hatred? Just curious about how you justify your stance.

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Retired Chief

3 days ago

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My right to own and use firearms has nothing to do with how polarized you want to be from that, Shawn. It’s only been in recent years that your kind has decided to dictate the availability to…

— Lars Bauer

Lars, your use of the term “your kind” is exactly what I was trying to speak to. You and Shawn obviously have dramatically different points of view relative to the whole gun rights issue. But why use the term “your kind”? Vilifying someone with whom you disagree just feeds the hatred, intolerance and polarization that seems to permeate our society and politics today. This is what I believe most threatens our Republic.

I’m a Centrist Independent – yes, there’s a few of us still around. I’m also a pragmatist. To the Right and vocal 2nd Amendment advocates, I’d assert that the politics of gun rights and gun control are such that nothing is going to change. Gun control advocates are naïve in thinking that further gun control legislation is possible. It didn’t happen even after Sandy Hook. 2nd Amendment advocates worry and fret over nothing. New gun control laws just ain’t gonna happen. Politics and the citizen divide on the issue will preclude anything but perpetuation of the status quo.

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Patrick Messmer

3 days ago

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To steer clear of the 2nd amendment, on this issue and blame it on polarization is intellectually dishonest. Yes, there is massive polarization in this nation and much of it has to do with guns and…

— Shawn O’Donnell

There is a polarization of this country based not on guns but rather freedom and personal responsibility. Gun control does not work as Chicago clearly illustrates.

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Lars Bauer

3 days ago

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Lars, your use of the term “your kind” is exactly what I was trying to speak to. You and Shawn obviously have dramatically different points of view relative to the whole gun rights issue. But why…

— Retired Chief

Chief- stop trying to use moral equivalency between me and Shawn. Just because “we disagree” doesn’t mean there isn’t an objective truth out there on the matter of my inalienable rights. Using the term “your kind” doesn’t mean I “hate” him– you’re projecting that, not me.

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“When your sparring partner scratches or head-butts you, you don’t then make a show of it, or protest, or view him with suspicion or as plotting against you. And yet you keep an eye on him, not as an enemy or with suspicion, but with a healthy avoidance…. You should act this way with all things in life. We should give a pass to many things with our fellow trainees. For, as I’ve said, it’s possible to avoid without suspicion or hate.” — Marcus Aurelius, Meditations, 6.20

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I avoid “his kind.” and as long as they don’t act in a way to disturb my rights, I don’t “hate” him.

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Retired Chief

3 days ago

Come on Lars, I suspect you’re better and smarter than the words in your response. Your “inalienable rights” (presumably 2nd Amendment rights) are not an issue for me nor are they at risk today and certainly not in our lifetimes – legal and political reality! Your rights in the real world are not threatened. So don’t lose sleep or fret about your 2nd Amendment rights.

I totally don’t get your use of “moral equivalency” in the context of these exchanges. I didn’t say or imply that you “hate” Shawn. But words matter. If I were to say in a comment to you something like “people of your kind….”, wouldn’t you feel insulted, perhaps even angry?

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Shawn O’Donnell

3 days ago

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My right to own and use firearms has nothing to do with how polarized you want to be from that, Shawn. It’s only been in recent years that your kind has decided to dictate the availability to…

— Lars Bauer

My Kind? Mr Bauer, I own firearms and I assure you I have fired more rounds out of more types of weapons than you can dream of, I was an expert rifleman and sniper in the army. Now that we have got that out of the way, show me a source that says gun crimes have gone down, cut and past a link go ahead. I

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Shawn O’Donnell

3 days ago

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So how do you explain the shooting deaths in countries where private ownership of guns is largely banned … you know, France, England …. Is it the 2nd Amendment causing that or political and/or…

— Lela Markham

I’ll tell you how I justify my stance, first the second amendment does not say what people say it says, it clearly states militia. Second, yes there, have a been a few a very limited amount of gun deaths in those nations, but come on, we kill more in Chicago in one weekend than they do in a year. How many school yard shootings do they have? There gun deaths are news worthy here it is ho hum. Meanwhile you fail to list ALL of the other nations that have restrictions on fire arms, Canada, Germany, Spain Italy, Singapore, Japan, Australia and on and on.

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Shawn O’Donnell

3 days ago

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There is a polarization of this country based not on guns but rather freedom and personal responsibility. Gun control does not work as Chicago clearly illustrates.

— Patrick Messmer

What? What gun control, that is the point, there is no control, I could fly to Chicago and buy a gun tomorrow. So total access to firearms works? If that is the case we should be the safest nation in the world right? I have a better chance of being killed by another American than I do by any Terrorist, Muslim or otherwise.

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TRUMP: 100 Days Of Failure And Counting

3 days ago

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Chief- stop trying to use moral equivalency between me and Shawn. Just because “we disagree” doesn’t mean there isn’t an objective truth out there on the matter of my inalienable rights. Using the…

— Lars Bauer

I strongly doubt that Marcus Aurelius used anything like term “head butt.”

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Patrick Messmer

3 days ago

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I’ll tell you how I justify my stance, first the second amendment does not say what people say it says, it clearly states militia. Second, yes there, have a been a few a very limited amount of gun…

— Shawn O’Donnell

It says the right of the PEOPLE to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed your cherry picking and only including the last part and less important part of the text. A constitutional scholar you are not

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Clay McD

3 days ago

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So how do you explain the shooting deaths in countries where private ownership of guns is largely banned … you know, France, England …. Is it the 2nd Amendment causing that or political and/or…

— Lela Markham

You know, legitimate statistical data actually has uses.. Why don’t you try again?

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Clay McD

3 days ago

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So how do you explain the shooting deaths in countries where private ownership of guns is largely banned … you know, France, England …. Is it the 2nd Amendment causing that or political and/or…

— Lela Markham

The social logical causes are one thing; but the weapons they get out of the hands of the military are the proximate cause – and if you understand statistics, you’re probably aware that the gun deaths per 100,000 in Europe – in any European country today – are far lower than they are in the United States.

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Lars Bauer

3 days ago

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My Kind? Mr Bauer, I own firearms and I assure you I have fired more rounds out of more types of weapons than you can dream of, I was an expert rifleman and sniper in the army. Now that we have got…

— Shawn O’Donnell

I dunno, Shawn– I can “dream” of a lot. Oh- and here’s the link, ‘soldier’, I guess Google searches vex you:

(From the Leftist Washington Post): ‘We’ve had a massive decline in gun violence in the United States:’

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/wonk/wp/2015/12/03/weve-had-a-massive-decline-in-gun-violence-in-the-united-states-heres-why/?utm_term=.3b8a93da65d6

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‘Gun-Homicide Rate Decreased as Gun Ownership Increased:’

http://www.cnsnews.com/commentary/cnsnewscom-staff/more-guns-less-gun-violence-between-1993-and-2013

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Lars Bauer

3 days ago

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I’ll tell you how I justify my stance, first the second amendment does not say what people say it says, it clearly states militia. Second, yes there, have a been a few a very limited amount of gun…

— Shawn O’Donnell

Try reading the Federalist papers- do you know what our FoundingFathers thought of militias? SCOTUS disagrees with you. Yes- we have more gun violence than countries that ban people’s right to protect themselves with guns– of course we do: if a country banned cars, do you think their incidents of automobile accidents would go up, or down? These countries’ views on rights are much different than ours- AND they are almost entirely homogeneous: if we take certain cities and demographics out of the equation, our crime rates in those areas would mimic a place like Germany’s.

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Lars Bauer

3 days ago

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What? What gun control, that is the point, there is no control, I could fly to Chicago and buy a gun tomorrow. So total access to firearms works? If that is the case we should be the safest nation…

— Shawn O’Donnell

“I could fly to Chicago and buy a gun tomorrow.”

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Absolutely false: Illinois policy says a buyer is required to show his Firearms Owner’s Identification Card (FOID) when purchasing any firearms or ammunition (you don’t have one). Any seller is required to withhold delivery of any handgun for 72 hours (there goes “tomorrow”), and of any rifle or shotgun for 24 hours, after the buyer and seller reach an agreement to purchase a firearm.

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Firearms are the most legislated item in America- period. From permits, licenses, restrictive fees and some states requiring you prove you have a reason to buy it (New Jersey), thank God many of these zealots are being challenged and beaten in court:

http://www.guns.com/2017/01/30/new-jersey-man-fights-state-gun-permit-law-all-the-way-to-supreme-court/

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http://www.nationalreview.com/article/435564/gun-rights-new-jersey-violates-second-amendment-so-congress-should-intervene

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Lars Bauer

3 days ago

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I strongly doubt that Marcus Aurelius used anything like term “head butt.”

— TRUMP: 100 Days Of Failure And Counting

You’re probably right- head butting wasn’t invented until the 1890’s, right? “I strongly doubt” you’ve read Bazooka Joe, let alone Aurelius.

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TerryL

2 days ago

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To steer clear of the 2nd amendment, on this issue and blame it on polarization is intellectually dishonest. Yes, there is massive polarization in this nation and much of it has to do with guns and…

— Shawn O’Donnell

I believe the man was spot on, Shawn. This unrest that is going from the usual civil disobedience that past political dissatisfaction caused, to bloodshed. The People ARE angry, and have been for 30 years. We’ve seen nothing work for the favor of the middle class. Trickle UP is what has happened. People under 45 today do NOT earn what I did in 1974! And you have none of the benefits. Our wealth, our SECURITY, came from making sure that the BASE of the nation, the middle class, was treated fairly. It no longer is, and has not been since 1980. I can understand why violence like this is happening. And, the politicians are the root cause.Those that are not, are the exception but to those ‘others’ they are as complicit. They will receive the same sanctions. American workers, the great bulk of who/what the USA is, have been harmed again and again. Why anyone is shocked that it’s finally turned to violence surprises me. Perhaps talk time is over?

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Matthew Carberry 382

2 days ago

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So how do you explain the shooting deaths in countries where private ownership of guns is largely banned … you know, France, England …. Is it the 2nd Amendment causing that or political and/or…

— Lela Markham

Lela,

Gun control in most of Europe (as in US and the Euro colonies), is a modern invention, dating for the most part to post-WWI era when establishment fears of large numbers of armed and trained veterans, coinciding with rise of anarchism and Socialism (usually blamed on foreigners, usually subtly or not, eastern Euro Jews) as political threats to estab. order. Politicians made the same claims of increased crime rates and danger to society to disarm the law-abiding in what were already very low violence societies. England’s first substantive restriction, for instance, was a licensing program enacted in 1920. Restrictions gradually increased to the confiscation of registered firearms and handgun bans of the ’80s.

However, what is ignored is -none- of these laws shows a stat sig decrease in rate trends of homicide or violent crime from prior to enactment. They show -no- measurable impact on public safety. England, for instance, has had effectively the same homicide rate since 1860’s.

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Patrick Messmer

2 days ago

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What? What gun control, that is the point, there is no control, I could fly to Chicago and buy a gun tomorrow. So total access to firearms works? If that is the case we should be the safest nation…

— Shawn O’Donnell

You could go outside and buy crack on most street corners too and guess what that is illegal too. You can not legally go to Chicago and buy a gun tomorrow. The simple fact is gun control does not work. The cities in the US with the harshes gun control have the highest violent crime rates such as New York, Washington DC, LA.

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Matthew Carberry 382

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My Kind? Mr Bauer, I own firearms and I assure you I have fired more rounds out of more types of weapons than you can dream of, I was an expert rifleman and sniper in the army. Now that we have got…

— Shawn O’Donnell

https://ucr.fbi.gov/crime-in-the-u.s/2014/crime-in-the-u.s.-2014/offenses-known-to-law-enforcement/violent-crime

It’s not particularly controversial to note that all violent crime rates, including homicide, are far lower than their highs in the mid-90s. You can check the FBI UCR’s year by year if you like but the chart in the link is based on that data.

Violent crimes as a group are homicide, in the US typically involving a firearm about 60% of the time off the top of my head, aggravated assault, which typically involves the use of a weapon, and robbery, which requires force and also typically involves a weapon. It would be an extraordinary claim that somehow the firearm as the weapon used rates have increased significantly enough to claim a meaningful “increase” given the stark decrease in overall rates.

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Patrick Messmer

2 days ago

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Come on Lars, I suspect you’re better and smarter than the words in your response. Your “inalienable rights” (presumably 2nd Amendment rights) are not an issue for me nor are they at risk today and…

— Retired Chief

Our rights are being threatened by people like Bloomberg, Clinton etc. While we do have a 4 year reprieve. If the left gains power again they will once again try to take away our 2nd amendment rights and likely if Berkley is an any indication of things to come our 1st amendment rights as well.

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Matthew Carberry 382

2 days ago

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The social logical causes are one thing; but the weapons they get out of the hands of the military are the proximate cause – and if you understand statistics, you’re probably aware that the gun…

— Clay McD

They were far lower -before- the imposition of gun control, which in Western nations only starts in any real way in the post-WWI period. There’s no evidence of statistically significant changes in the rates of homicide nor violent firearm crime from before imposition of increasing restrictions to after. Note you cannot look at rates merely from the date of imposition and give the law credit for a decline, you have to show it changed the existing rate trend from prior to passage.

England, for instance, has had effectively the same homicide rate since the mid-19th century. If firearm licensing (first imposed with any seriousness in 1920), registration, then the confiscations and eventual bans of the ’60s til now, had had any effect that rate should show some stat sig decreases. In fact, the only change has been an arguable recent increase in the overall violent crime rate the Home Office tries desperately to explain away.

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Christopher Crews

2 days ago

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So how do you explain the shooting deaths in countries where private ownership of guns is largely banned … you know, France, England …. Is it the 2nd Amendment causing that or political and/or…

— Lela Markham

You’ve got a point there. No guns among the private citizenry in the UK. Maybe that’s why their getting beheaded in the streets of London, stabbed in the streets in London, and run over by moving trucks in London. Same can be said for France too, except firearms and bombs have been used effectively in France in mass murders. Actually there’s a growing segment of society in each country who are changing their opinions about firearm usage. The Swiss have firearms everywhere, and they’ve got a super-low crime rate. Your response was poorly thought out.

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Lela Markham

28 minutes ago

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You know, legitimate statistical data actually has uses.. Why don’t you try again?

— Clay McD

300 million guns in America. About 1200 gun-related incidents a year. No guns allowed in France and England (not in law abiding hands anyway). Yes French people have been fish in a barrel for several terrorist attacks that used — unbelievably — guns.

Meanwhile here in the US it is estimated that Americans use guns to defend themselves from violence about a million times a year. Here in Fairbanks, a guy recently stopped an assault that seemed headed toward the death of the victim by brandishing his firearm. He didn’t shoot or kill anyone. The presence of the gun was enough to make the assailant stop sort of murder.

I suggest you statistical data sources a bit. At least then your presuppositions will be based on facts and not half-truths.

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Lela Markham

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Lela, Gun control in most of Europe (as in US and the Euro colonies), is a modern invention, dating for the most part to post-WWI era when establishment fears of large numbers of armed and trained…

— Matthew Carberry 382

If denied guns, they use hands, feet, knives, and pipes.

I haven’t found a reliable statistic for it, but a friend who is from England says the murder rate has actually increased since the law-abiding have been disarmed. I believe her because her brother is a Birmingham cop and I think her source is probably good, but that’s a statistic that they don’t want out in the world.

The source of the guns doesn’t concern me that much. It’s the ludicrous notion that if you disarm the law-abiding, everybody will be safer. Clearly, guns are accessible and they will be used by those who want to do harm, but even if they are not accessible, hands, feet, knives, and pipes can kill people too, and as a small woman, I have zip defense against anyone who wants to harm me if I am disarmed.

Disarming people doesn’t make them safer. It makes them more compliant victims.

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blankenyblank

3 days ago

As of June 13, 2017:

27,778 gun incidents

6,865 gun deaths

13,484 gun injuries

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Lars Bauer

3 days ago

Hi Blankenyblank: Question: from your stats, how many of those are by law-abiding citizens who are not wishing to commit suicide?…. Thanks. Oh- also: of the ones committed by criminals, how many would have been stopped by current gun laws?

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It’s a little tougher to spout off gun statistics when you actually have to unpack and interpret them, isn’t it….

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Lela Markham

3 days ago

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As of June 13, 2017: 27,778 gun incidents 6,865 gun deaths 13,484 gun injuries

— blankenyblank

Americans with guns stop about 700,000 crimes a year because they are armed and willing to use their weapons. The vast majority of those crimes are stopped without the defensive weapon ever being fired.

Only 21,000 gun-related deaths or injuries. Contrast that statistic to approximately 300 million guns in the United States. That’s a lot of guns that haven’t been used to harm anyone.

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Patrick Messmer

3 days ago

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As of June 13, 2017: 27,778 gun incidents 6,865 gun deaths 13,484 gun injuries

— blankenyblank

blankenyblank

40,200 died in fatal car accidents in 2016. That is clearly too many we need to ban cars. lol

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TerryL

2 days ago

Back in 1992, when my 16 yo daughter was killed in a car wreck, I started looking at the stats about highway deaths. After MADD was born, laws were changed and the ‘easy to target’ drunk drivers were criminalized to the point of ridiculousness. Two drinks – go to jail, have name in paper, lose license, pay huge fines — yet no one died, no property damages but they MIGHT kill! For years. current stats show: we got the big baddies long ago. Now, we jail secretaries who have two drinks then go home. The REAL culprits for the vast majority of deaths in the US has been SPEEDING DRIVERS. Ever see anyone tossed in jail for going 60 in 35 MPH zone? 45 in a school zone? Why not? Speed kills — more, more horrifically, and causes more property damages But DWI/DUI gets the funding, speeders get a ticket, maybe.Yet they maim and kill the most, and cause the most property damage. It’s not DWI, its speed. Its not guns, it’s policies that have gutted the middle class. People are MAD, not MADD. 😦

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Patrick Messmer

2 days ago

Actually every 15 minutes someone is killed by a DUI driver. I lost my brother to DUI. However we don’t ban booze and we don’t ban cars. We go after the behavior that is criminal. Anti gun folks can seem to grasp that. These same people that want to ban guns want light sentences for criminals and are upset when they get killed in the commission of their crimes by police and others.

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Shawn O’Donnell

3 days ago

Well, dare I say it, these guys are all about the 2nd Amendment and freedom to keep and bear arms at all cost. No restrictions, gun shows and all that, this is a symptom. I am sorry but I feel no empathy, where were these guys after Sandy Hook, in the NRA’s pocket that is where.

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Matthew Carberry 382

2 days ago

This guy was from Illinois, which requires FOID cards (state licenses with background checks) to purchase and possess, requires background checks for all purchases (private sales have to be approved by authorities), has an assault weapons ban, will seize FOID cards and firearms if a temporary restraining order is issued, has as tight or tighter “prohibited person” laws as the Feds and has a restrictive concealed carry law which was only recently enacted.

So, Mr. murder apologist, what additional restrictions do you propose?

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AKBruce68

3 days ago

I think this is fake news put out so the senate can pass a tax giveaway called healthcare while folks are distracted, “everybody” knows these mass shootings are staged for political reasons, it also is great training for EMS and police when the GOP goes home after taking healthcare away from 24 million people.

The new normal is that people are actually paying attention to how congress is attacking them and voters can tell the difference between “better and less expensive” and nothing.

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Beforefences

3 days ago

The fact that you actually believe this is a staged diversion from the health care vote indicates you are mentally ill. Homeland Security…….Please take note !!!!

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AKBruce68

3 days ago

I am quite sure this is a real event, however there are folks like Mike Flynn and that fellow that has a 4 hour show daily that believe that HC was part of a child porn site at a family Pizza Parlor and that Sandy Hook shooting didn’t really happen. Sorry to mislead you or anyone else.

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TerryL

2 days ago

I was utterly perplexed by your original comment! Like, .. HUH? Next time, Bruce, you might want to put in something like {sarcasm} after a sentence like “I think this is fake news …” LOLOL Whew! 🙂

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silent majority

3 days ago

another Bernie bot goes crazy….A quick search of Hodgkinson’s Facebook page reveals he appears to be an avid Bernie Sanders fan, with multiple images of and articles about the Democratic U.S. senator displayed throughout his Facebook profile. -AOL News

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TRUMP: 100 Days Of Failure And Counting

3 days ago

Oh, do you want to compare which party promotes and causes the most violence? No? I didn’t think so.

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Patrick Messmer

3 days ago

Easy the democrats

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TRUMP: 100 Days Of Failure And Counting

3 days ago

You can’t fix stupid. And now I don’t even try.

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TerryL

2 days ago

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another Bernie bot goes crazy….A quick search of Hodgkinson’s Facebook page reveals he appears to be an avid Bernie Sanders fan, with multiple images of and articles about the Democratic U.S….

— silent majority

Except, he wasn’t. His friends and neighbors say he was a quiet man, not given to ranting and raving, or much else but the ol’ 9 to 5, working for a living middle class guy. Maybe he finally flipped out when he lost a long time job, through no fault of his own, and found his entire previous life yanked out from under him. his American Dream punched out — by greedy lawmakers in far off DC. LOTS of people have had this happen, so to be surprised that he, and yes, there have been others last year and this, that flip out. It’s bound to happen! Why be surprised when civil disobedience does not work that violence is used? It’s worked in the past — everywhere. You can’t eat fancy words from legislators, and that’s all they’ve given the workers of Americans since trickle up came into play, and all those laws that passed in favor of the corporatocracy we now have. The workers have been stomped on since 1980, the American Dream is unobtainable for our children! People are justly angry.

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JetRx

3 days ago

A cheer was rumored to arise from the press gallery:

Another WIN-WIN for the MSM!

Another WIN-WIN for the MSM!

Another WIN-WIN for the MSM!

Another WIN-WIN for the MSM!

Their “anti-all-things-trump” rhetoric is beginning to pay dividends.

I’ll even wager a little giddiness among some of those virulent posters here.

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TRUMP: 100 Days Of Failure And Counting

3 days ago

There you go again, hate-mongerer. I’ll even wager a little giddiness among some of the virulent posters here – especially including you – who are using this violent incident to push their political agenda.

You don’t care about the people who got shot, anymore than you cared about the children who have been massacred by gun toting right wing nuts, or those who’ve been killed by the police, or those killed in Trump’s illegal war(s), or people who will die for lack of medical care, etc.

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black_dude

3 days ago

This is not about guns. This is about our nation becoming divided as it was before we fought a civil war. I feel it where ever I go. People are mad and fed up on both sides. And I admit that I loathe Donald Trump, but I have to say that his rhetoric only adds to the division. I have people who have been my friends for 30 years; we have gotten into big arguments about Trump. I know it’s not all about Trump. But I have to ask: is Donald Trump worth this nation falling apart over?!

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Lars Bauer

3 days ago

Capitol Hill police details and secret service personnel no doubt stopped what would have been a massacre– Isn’t it great that these elected officials had armed details to protect them? The same ones protecting Nancy Pelsoi, Michael Bloomburg, and state Democrats seeking to strip away gun rights for the rest of us law abiding citizens. Now is the time to oppose knee-jerk reactions by Congressional Democrats and those who would exploit this event to further their anti-2nd Amendment zealotry.

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muckamuck

3 days ago

Michael Bloomberg doesn’t get Capitol Hill police or Secret Service protection.

He’s a private citizen.

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3 days ago

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Capitol Hill police details and secret service personnel no doubt stopped what would have been a massacre– Isn’t it great that these elected officials had armed details to protect them? The same…

— Lars Bauer

I don’t recall the people you mentioned seeking to disarm the Capital Police and Secret Service. Can you please refresh me on when that occurred?

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Lars Bauer

3 days ago

“I don’t recall the people you mentioned seeking to disarm the Capital Police and Secret Service.”

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Why, me neither, commenter! Excellent point– If so against the 2nd Amendment, why don’t these Democrats disarm THEIR OWN personal security detail? Why don’t they ban firearms for the DC Capitol police and related security services? As it turns out, many politicians are going after these types of hypocrites:

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http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2015/12/30/va-lawmaker-wants-to-defund-gov-mcauliffes-armed-guards-over-gun-dispute.html

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If a politician wants to take away firearms for citizens, then their own armed guards can be taken away. Yes!

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Lars Bauer

3 days ago

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Michael Bloomberg doesn’t get Capitol Hill police or Secret Service protection. He’s a private citizen.

— muckamuck

Oh Mucky– “Private citizen” Bloomberg is a billionaire who lobbies against 2nd Amendment rights for average Americans while maintaining his own, 24-hour personal armed security force.

Must be nice.

As Mayor, he was surrounded 24/7 by a swath of private and public armed security, and took his most loyal police security with him to the private sector when he left. It sure is easy for someone surrounded by armed security forces that Americas shouldn’t own firearms, isn’t it.

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Lars Bauer

3 days ago

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Capitol Hill police details and secret service personnel no doubt stopped what would have been a massacre– Isn’t it great that these elected officials had armed details to protect them? The same…

— Lars Bauer

HE’s Dead: BREAKING: Killed SHOOTER identified as Illinois resident James T. Hodgkinson

http://dailycaller.com/2017/06/14/exclusive-congressional-baseball-shooter-dies-at-hospital/

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From his Facebook page, Hodgkinson is shown as a Bernie Sanders supporter who hated Republicans and President Trump. He was also charged in April 2006 with battery and aiding damage to a car in Illinois.

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A great day for law enforcement and the hope for more freedom to law-abiding gun owners in D.C. and Virginia.

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muckamuck

3 days ago

The shooter was just exercising his Second Amendment rights.

He felt threatened and was standing his ground.

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TJLYOM

3 days ago

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Capitol Hill police details and secret service personnel no doubt stopped what would have been a massacre– Isn’t it great that these elected officials had armed details to protect them? The same…

— Lars Bauer

This is what happens when you have FAKE news with wall to wall propaganda endlessly demonizing Trump and republicans. This is the 2nd Bernie supporter to attack with deadly force in as many months…when wil the media call for Sanders to disavow his violent supporters.

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Clay McD

3 days ago

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Capitol Hill police details and secret service personnel no doubt stopped what would have been a massacre– Isn’t it great that these elected officials had armed details to protect them? The same…

— Lars Bauer

You know – some people actually read the second amendment differently than you! Seems to me it used to be linked to a “well armed and regulated militia” .. but I guess the past 20 -30 years in gun violence shows that looser gun laws makes everyone safer –

oh wait a minute – we don’t really have good data on gun violence, do we? The centers for disease control aren’t permitted to collect that data!

I wonder why that is?

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George Mason II

3 days ago

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The shooter was just exercising his Second Amendment rights. He felt threatened and was standing his ground.

— muckamuck

Actually, he was expressing his left-wing hatred of the right. Exercising Second Amendment rights entails protecting one’s self. In this case this left-wing, violent extremist drove from Illinois specifically to kill as many Republican members of Congress as he could. Given the wholehearted acceptance of violent thought and actions against those on the right expressed daily in the media, and even on these ADN pages, this is not a particularly surprising event, merely the culmination of what those on the left have been demanding since November.

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TJLYOM

3 days ago

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You know – some people actually read the second amendment differently than you! Seems to me it used to be linked to a “well armed and regulated militia” .. but I guess the past 20 -30 years in gun…

— Clay McD

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Clay McD

3 days ago

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Actually, he was expressing his left-wing hatred of the right. Exercising Second Amendment rights entails protecting one’s self. In this case this left-wing, violent extremist drove from Illinois…

— George Mason II

The ready availability of weapons to the angry is a major piece of this problem – and you can’t blame it on the left or the remaining elements of the responsible right-the shocking and still-vivid pictures of Gabby Gifford, the Charleston black Church massacre, and the Sandy Hook horrors still leap into my mind when this ” Right to bear arms” comes up… Not a “liberal” psychopath among them!

Of course weapons other than guns can be used! Bombs in Oklahoma and trucks/cars in London come to mind… But public access to such efficiently mass killing firearms IS a real problem that is larger than gun rights rhetoric.

Speaking for myself I’d rather not see us keep moving toward becoming another everymans’ gun/totin’ Afghanistan.

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Lars Bauer

3 days ago

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The shooter was just exercising his Second Amendment rights. He felt threatened and was standing his ground.

— muckamuck

“The shooter was just exercising his Second Amendment rights.”

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Oh Mucky– you don’t have a 2A right to murder someone, and that’s not “standing your ground.” But I can definitely understand how a Bernie Sanders fanatic could “feel threatened” by watching a game of baseball- which is exactly how the term Leftist “snowflake” came about…

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Lela Markham

3 days ago

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Michael Bloomberg doesn’t get Capitol Hill police or Secret Service protection. He’s a private citizen.

— muckamuck

Yes, he is a private citizen who pays for an armed security team to protect him while he advocates for the rest of us to be as helpless as those people on the London bridge were. That’s the point being made … that he’s fine with rendering his fellow citizens helpless so long as his security team gets to keep their guns. Typical rich man’s attitude.

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Lela Markham

3 days ago

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The shooter was just exercising his Second Amendment rights. He felt threatened and was standing his ground.

— muckamuck

There is no natural right to kill someone who isn’t trying to kill you. The 2nd Amendment only acknowledges our natural right to defend ourselves against anyone who is trying to harm us. It doesn’t not magically make murder or attempted murder okay. It just acknowledges our right to defend ourselves from such aggression.

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Lela Markham

3 days ago

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You know – some people actually read the second amendment differently than you! Seems to me it used to be linked to a “well armed and regulated militia” .. but I guess the past 20 -30 years in gun…

— Clay McD

Actually, when you study what the Founders said on this issue, the militia was all the armed men of the community and the men were meant to be armed because the Founder distrusted even the government they were setting up and figured someday, the militia would need to defend the people against the government. Go on! Read a book. Do some historical study. Even the most statist Founders held the opinion that being armed as a private citizen was a necessity for the protection of society. It wasn’t for hunting or home defense; it was because they assumed every government would eventually become tyrannical and require a citizen’s uprising. Some figured it might take a long time to get to that point while Thomas Jefferson thought it should happen every 20 years or so. But they pretty much all thought it would happen eventually.

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Lela Markham

3 days ago

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The ready availability of weapons to the angry is a major piece of this problem – and you can’t blame it on the left or the remaining elements of the responsible right-the shocking and still-vivid…

— Clay McD

Well, when the terrorists with guns or knives attack the crowd we’re both in, Clay, I hope you’ll take them on hand to hand so I don’t have to kill anyone with my gun.

Which one of us do you think will be more effective at stopping said terrorists?

And, by the way, England … France … private ownership of guns is effectively outlawed, but notice the terrorists have guns … or knives. How many people died? Nine? It’s too bad some law-abiding citizen on that bridge didn’t have a gun. They might have saved a half-dozen lives.

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muckamuck

3 days ago

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Yes, he is a private citizen who pays for an armed security team to protect him while he advocates for the rest of us to be as helpless as those people on the London bridge were. That’s the point…

— Lela Markham

First, security details are no guarantee of safety. Ronald Reagan had Secret Service protection and still got shot.

Second, Virginia is an open carry state. The citizens there have not been rendered helpless, by Michael Bloomberg or anyone else. Nevertheless it took the police to kill the gunman.

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Patrick Messmer

3 days ago

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HE’s Dead: BREAKING: Killed SHOOTER identified as Illinois resident James T. Hodgkinson http://dailycaller.com/2017/06/14/exclusive-congressional-baseball-shooter-dies-at-hospital/ . From his…

— Lars Bauer

Another Bernie Sanders supporter goes off the deep end. This is the new Left.

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Patrick Messmer

3 days ago

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You know – some people actually read the second amendment differently than you! Seems to me it used to be linked to a “well armed and regulated militia” .. but I guess the past 20 -30 years in gun…

— Clay McD

Every other amendment covers individuals why do you think the 2nd would cover the state. The supreme court disagreed with you by the way with the Heller decision. Actually looser gun laws do make us safer as the cities and counties with the strictest gun control laws have the worst crime rates. Chicago for instance.

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muckamuck

3 days ago

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“The shooter was just exercising his Second Amendment rights.” . Oh Mucky– you don’t have a 2A right to murder someone, and that’s not “standing your ground.” But I can definitely understand how…

— Lars Bauer

Oh piffle Larsie,

What the fun in owning a gun, if you can’t shoot people?

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muckamuck

3 days ago

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Actually, when you study what the Founders said on this issue, the militia was all the armed men of the community and the men were meant to be armed because the Founder distrusted even the…

— Lela Markham

Hogwash about the the militia protecting people from the federal government. Your revisionist history is a fable. Read about the Whisky Rebellion and how “founding father” George Washington put it down with 13,000 troops:

“The Whiskey Rebellion (also known as the Whiskey Insurrection) was a tax protest in the United States beginning in 1791 during the presidency of George Washington.”

“Throughout Western Pennsylvania counties, protesters used violence and intimidation to prevent federal officials from collecting the tax.”

“Washington himself rode at the head of an army to suppress the insurgency, with 13,000 federal militiamen provided by the governors of Virginia, Maryland, New Jersey, and Pennsylvania.”

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Whiskey_Rebellion

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Dianne Woodruff

3 days ago

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Well, when the terrorists with guns or knives attack the crowd we’re both in, Clay, I hope you’ll take them on hand to hand so I don’t have to kill anyone with my gun. Which one of us do you think…

— Lela Markham

Lela, it may or may not be a bad thing that “some law-abiding citizen on that bridge didn’t have a gun”. The unbounded optimism of those who think arming more people is the answer to every terrorist event isn’t warranted. In the right hands, guns are very effective. In the wrong ones, they can pose a greater danger. Not all armed citizens will carry safely, respond appropriately under stress, be extremely accurate, or instantly identified by police, no matter what they think before something happens. We can’t know how many might have been saved, how many bystanders killed by armed citizens trying to shoot the attackers, or how many bystanders and armed citizens killed by police shooting at armed citizens they mistook for terrorists.

It is good the terrorists had knives, not guns, or it would have been even worse. If it were easier for British citizens to obtain and carry guns, wouldn’t it be easier for terrorists to obtain and carry guns, too?

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TRUMP: 100 Days Of Failure And Counting

3 days ago

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“I don’t recall the people you mentioned seeking to disarm the Capital Police and Secret Service.” . Why, me neither, commenter! Excellent point– If so against the 2nd Amendment, why don’t these…

— Lars Bauer

If you want to talk hypocrites, Bauer, I’m up for that. Let’s start with Trump accusing the Dems of blocking his nominees…

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TRUMP: 100 Days Of Failure And Counting

3 days ago

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Oh Mucky– “Private citizen” Bloomberg is a billionaire who lobbies against 2nd Amendment rights for average Americans while maintaining his own, 24-hour personal armed security force. Must be…

— Lars Bauer

Yes, because your average soccer mom has the kind of power and notoriety that absolutely requires 24/7 private and public security.

Hyperbole much, Bucky?

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TRUMP: 100 Days Of Failure And Counting

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This is what happens when you have FAKE news with wall to wall propaganda endlessly demonizing Trump and republicans. This is the 2nd Bernie supporter to attack with deadly force in as many…

— TJLYOM

Complain to your party and yourself – you guys invented fake news and Putrumpski invited it from Russia during his Campaign Hate-A-Thon and now, via his tweets.

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TRUMP: 100 Days Of Failure And Counting

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Actually, he was expressing his left-wing hatred of the right. Exercising Second Amendment rights entails protecting one’s self. In this case this left-wing, violent extremist drove from Illinois…

— George Mason II

And you know this how? Please provide links and cites, FAKE news purveyor.

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TRUMP: 100 Days Of Failure And Counting

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— Lars Bauer

Trump Bunnies get their widdle feewings hurted easily. That’s why they, SNIFF, just had to vote for the pathologically lying, mentally unstable psycho stinking up the White House. He represents them to a “T” – you know, all the red neck millionaires – and speaks to them in their language; the language of illiteracy, violence, religious nuts, gun nuts, anti-abortion nuts… well, all the nuts basically.

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TRUMP: 100 Days Of Failure And Counting

3 days ago

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Another Bernie Sanders supporter goes off the deep end. This is the new Left.

— Patrick Messmer

Brought to you by the Wing Nut, Gun Loving, Pizza Gate, Nazi Loving, Muslim Hating Right. You should fully embrace this guy, since it appears he has crossed over to the dark side. He has passed the nut test and may now register as a Republican and NRA member.

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TRUMP: 100 Days Of Failure And Counting

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Every other amendment covers individuals why do you think the 2nd would cover the state. The supreme court disagreed with you by the way with the Heller decision. Actually looser gun laws do make…

— Patrick Messmer

Name another city besides Chicago.

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Patrick Messmer

3 days ago

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The ready availability of weapons to the angry is a major piece of this problem – and you can’t blame it on the left or the remaining elements of the responsible right-the shocking and still-vivid…

— Clay McD

An armed society is a polite society. I would rather every one have a gun that only the criminals having them.

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Patrick Messmer

3 days ago

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Lela, it may or may not be a bad thing that “some law-abiding citizen on that bridge didn’t have a gun”. The unbounded optimism of those who think arming more people is the answer to every…

— Dianne Woodruff

Despite the lefts wing medias refusal to report on stories with good guys with guns stopping mass shooters it does indeed happen and far more often than the left would like to admit.

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Clay McD

3 days ago

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Capitol Hill police details and secret service personnel no doubt stopped what would have been a massacre– Isn’t it great that these elected officials had armed details to protect them? The same…

— Lars Bauer

I really think Afghanistan would be a great place for you to call home Lars – everybody can have all the guns of any kind I want as long as they can get them. A well-armed society is a polite society, right? Meantime, I heckuva lot of us would like to see significant restrictions on the kinds of weapons you can carry around in your car, or have around your house, or pull out when you’re drunk or angry..

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TJLYOM

3 days ago

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Name another city besides Chicago.

— TRUMP: 100 Days Of Failure And Counting

New Orleans, Detroit, St Louis, and Baltimore. You know what else they have in common besides gun violence from criminals? Democrat leadership.

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George Mason II

2 days ago

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And you know this how? Please provide links and cites, FAKE news purveyor.

— TRUMP: 100 Days Of Failure And Counting

Are you really this obtuse? If you can’t read simple newsprint you’re even more dumb than your username. But seriously, who expects any more from you, you’re quite literally the most moronic left wing nut on this site.

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TerryL

2 days ago

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This is what happens when you have FAKE news with wall to wall propaganda endlessly demonizing Trump and republicans. This is the 2nd Bernie supporter to attack with deadly force in as many…

— TJLYOM

His FB page was not “filled” with rants — until very recently. He was just your average joe who finally connected the dots, and it made him flip his lid. Maybe he got tired of the ceaseless rhetoric from DC, that seems to always end with the workers being on the losing end of legislation. It’s been going on since 1980, remember “trickle down” that has since proven to only trickle UP? People have voiced their concerns in peaceful demonstrations for decades and it has gotten them nowhere. Our kids have it far worse then we did in the 60s and 70s. We had the American Dream, but today YM’s can barely pay rent much less save up for a home, get no benefits, 35 hr workweeks, etc. It’s sickening to see that money trickle up, up and up! When peaceful civil disobedience doesn’t work, then what’s the next step? Politicians best wake up, remember who they work for, listen to us, or face the music. History repeats itself!

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Strada

3 days ago

There is a commentator on these pages using several names like “Trump is a Failure” or “Dump Trump” spreading hate speech every day. It is hard to believe ADN allows him/her to continue with his/her hate speech. He/she might as well have held the gun this morning. It is truly disgusting.

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LNG & Weed is all we Need Walker

3 days ago

Strada you are so right

I wonder when we will see it on the front page of the paper.

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3 days ago

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There is a commentator on these pages using several names like “Trump is a Failure” or “Dump Trump” spreading hate speech every day. It is hard to believe ADN allows him/her to continue with…

— Strada

I would suggest against making ridiculous statements like equating speech to the shooting which occurred. But then again knowing you it’d probably be a waste of time to recommend against being so foolish.

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Ashton Kutcher

3 days ago

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There is a commentator on these pages using several names like “Trump is a Failure” or “Dump Trump” spreading hate speech every day. It is hard to believe ADN allows him/her to continue with…

— Strada

“He/she might as well have held the gun this morning. It is truly disgusting.”

Whatever, broski, I find most of your comments disgusting.

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Brock O’Bama

3 days ago

Is it time now to do something?

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Patrick Messmer

3 days ago

Yes it is more training for law abiding citizens and programs to get as many good people armed as possible to protect against left wing terrorists.

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Clay McD

3 days ago

so, still not into any gun control or assault weapon controls guys? Even when people with personal security details can’t be safe?

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Another Commenter for Hire

3 days ago

100 shots? Wow. Musta had a high capacity magazine to pull that off.

I wonder how much the NRA has donated to Scalise and Mo Williams and the rest of the congressional folks on the field. Glad no one was killed and this only serves as a wakeup.

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Lars Bauer

3 days ago

“100 shots? Wow. Musta had a high capacity magazine to pull that off.”

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…Or reloaded 10 times. I guess that proves that even if “high-capacity” (wherever that means) was used, it has no correlation to the amount of life lost. Way to “shoot” the argument against “high capacity”in foot.

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Another Commenter for Hire

3 days ago

Don’t play ignorant. If a gunman wants to kill lots of people in a crowd before he’s neutralized, the ability to keep pulling the trigger rather than to pause to pull out and replace cartridges 10 times is a big advantage. And carrying 10 cartridges around would be far more noticeable. Your argument is tortured and “proves’ nothing and you know it.

So what’s a “high capacity cartridge”? The NRA states that it is one that holds more rounds than is considered “average”. Fair enough. Glock states that the standard cartridge for their guns holds between 12 and 17 rounds. So if you had a magazine in a Glock that held 50+ rounds that would reasonably be called “high capacity”.

I guess we’ll find out soon enough what capacity magazine he was carrying. Want to take bets?

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Richard Corbeil

3 days ago

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so, still not into any gun control or assault weapon controls guys? Even when people with personal security details can’t be safe?

— Clay McD

Actually it is because people with personal security can’t be safe that I want to have my ability to defend myself. Until you can stop bad people from having guns my opinion won’t change.

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Lars Bauer

3 days ago

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so, still not into any gun control or assault weapon controls guys? Even when people with personal security details can’t be safe?

— Clay McD

Um, “gun control” is the same as “assault weapon control–” and people with security details ARE safe– as evidenced by their security guards killing the bad guy with a gun while protecting their employer from death- with a gun. So yeah: “still not into it.”

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Richard Corbeil

3 days ago

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Don’t play ignorant. If a gunman wants to kill lots of people in a crowd before he’s neutralized, the ability to keep pulling the trigger rather than to pause to pull out and replace cartridges 10…

— Another Commenter for Hire

Right, or use a bomb, or poison gas, or fire, or…………… Guns aren’t the problem!

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Clayton Mcdowall

3 days ago

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Actually it is because people with personal security can’t be safe that I want to have my ability to defend myself. Until you can stop bad people from having guns my opinion won’t change.

— Richard Corbeil

Afghanistan is Second Amendment Heaven!! Everyone believes – and behaves- the way you believe.. You and your family might want to give it a try for a while. They are definitely an individually well-armed society, and kids live daily with a strong “duck-and-cover” or “kill-or-be-killed” approach to community..

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Lars Bauer

3 days ago

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Don’t play ignorant. If a gunman wants to kill lots of people in a crowd before he’s neutralized, the ability to keep pulling the trigger rather than to pause to pull out and replace cartridges 10…

— Another Commenter for Hire

“If a gunman wants to kill lots of people….the ability to keep pulling the trigger rather than to pause to pull out and replace cartridges 10 times is a big advantage.”

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….except, you know….in this case, where he expended 60 rounds and killed……no one..

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“So what’s a “high capacity cartridge?””

no, genius: what you’re trying to say is “high capacity magazine.” (sigh)

…”Glock states that the standard cartridge….”

(sigh) no- still “magazine,” genius– not “cartridge.”

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If you’ve never actually seen a real firearm, the absolute least you could do is use the proper terminology when talking about the subject.

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And way to prove that the term “standard” is subjective, based on the make/model/group you talk to– thanks.

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TJLYOM

3 days ago

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so, still not into any gun control or assault weapon controls guys? Even when people with personal security details can’t be safe?

— Clay McD

Yes I am now…registered Democrats and other leftists should be banned from owning firearms due to admission of mental health issues in the form of party affiliation.

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Another Commenter for Hire

3 days ago

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“If a gunman wants to kill lots of people….the ability to keep pulling the trigger rather than to pause to pull out and replace cartridges 10 times is a big advantage.” . ….except, you…

— Lars Bauer

Right. Excuse me, sonny. I was typing fast and used the wrong term. Thank you for pointing that out.

Now, about the basic point I made that you failed to refute… The fact that he failed to kill anyone is due to his poor shooting ability. Swapping magazines would have done nothing to improve his competence.

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Lars Bauer

3 days ago

“I was typing fast and used the wrong term” — that would explain spelling errors- not the deliberate use of a wrong term. Sorry, not letting you off. Just admit you need more education on firearms; it’s ok.

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“The fact that he failed to kill anyone is due to his poor shooting ability.” — got it: so just because you have a “high capacity” magazine does not at all mean you “have a big advantage,” as you originally claimed– this is a clear example of that.

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Joe The Plumber

3 days ago

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Right, or use a bomb, or poison gas, or fire, or…………… Guns aren’t the problem!

— Richard Corbeil

… or driving trucks into crowds

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Lela Markham

3 days ago

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Don’t play ignorant. If a gunman wants to kill lots of people in a crowd before he’s neutralized, the ability to keep pulling the trigger rather than to pause to pull out and replace cartridges 10…

— Another Commenter for Hire

You do know that a cartridge is a bullet, right? It would be slow going to replace cartridges individually. Although replacing a 14-cartridge magazine a few times would definitely go much easier. Carrying 10 cartridges (bullets) would hardly be noticeable. Carrying 10 magazines would definitely make a bulge in your jacket.

Just pointing out that you have NO understanding of the topic you’re pontificating on, so maybe you should consider educating yourself before you lecture those who do know something about the topic as if they were idiots and you were the wise one.

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Frank Colitivito 887

3 days ago

“You do know that a cartridge is a bullet, right? “

Uh, actually, no it is not. A cartridge contains a bullet, a primer, a casing, and powder.

“you should consider educating yourself before you lecture those who do know something about the topic as if they were idiots and you were the wise one.”

So, where does that leave you?

LOL….

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Another Commenter for Hire

3 days ago

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“I was typing fast and used the wrong term” — that would explain spelling errors- not the deliberate use of a wrong term. Sorry, not letting you off. Just admit you need more education on…

— Lars Bauer

Well, no. If your goal is to kill people, a 50 cal will provide you an enormous advantage over a BB gun. I trust you will agree with that. But if you can’t hit the target, it gives you no advantage at all.

They type of weapon and your ability to effectively use it are two different issues, but nice attempt at conflation.

By the way, you seem very angry, Lars. Why is that?

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TRUMP: 100 Days Of Failure And Counting

3 days ago

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“100 shots? Wow. Musta had a high capacity magazine to pull that off.” . …Or reloaded 10 times. I guess that proves that even if “high-capacity” (wherever that means) was used, it has no…

— Lars Bauer

Are you getting off on all the gun talk, Bauer? If yes, that may indicate you have a problem. The good news is that treatment is available for those who cannot quit fantasizing about holding a smoking gun (rifle, etc.) in their overly-excited, hot little hands. Call 1-800-Love-Me-Some-Purty-Little-Shooters and ask for Lance.

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Michael Albertson

3 days ago

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“I was typing fast and used the wrong term” — that would explain spelling errors- not the deliberate use of a wrong term. Sorry, not letting you off. Just admit you need more education on…

— Lars Bauer

Ah Lars, how do you climb so high to get onto of your soapbox?

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TRUMP: 100 Days Of Failure And Counting

3 days ago

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Um, “gun control” is the same as “assault weapon control–” and people with security details ARE safe– as evidenced by their security guards killing the bad guy with a gun while protecting their…

— Lars Bauer

Didn’t say security details, Trump Bunny. Said with “personal security” as in a personal weapon.

You can’t fix stupid, deliberate or not.

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TRUMP: 100 Days Of Failure And Counting

3 days ago

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Right, or use a bomb, or poison gas, or fire, or…………… Guns aren’t the problem!

— Richard Corbeil

Your right; it’s the people that support them – like that Congressman, for example, that are the problem. Thanks for clearing that up Cornhell.

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TRUMP: 100 Days Of Failure And Counting

3 days ago

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Yes I am now…registered Democrats and other leftists should be banned from owning firearms due to admission of mental health issues in the form of party affiliation.

— TJLYOM

Just as right wing nuts should be barred from Medicare, Social Security, Healthcare, any kind of government assistance, police/military protection, use of infrastructure, use of any machine that is subject to regulations, laws, and so on. They should be on their own, completely free of government “interference,” including any say in what others do or don’t do.

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TRUMP: 100 Days Of Failure And Counting

3 days ago

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“I was typing fast and used the wrong term” — that would explain spelling errors- not the deliberate use of a wrong term. Sorry, not letting you off. Just admit you need more education on…

— Lars Bauer

I’m just gonna say my logic teacher would give you a zero..

it’s obvious that, generally speaking, a competent shooter with a gun that has the ability to rapidly shoot multiple rounds gives that shooter the advantage over anyone of similar skill not similarly armed.

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Lars Bauer

3 days ago

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Are you getting off on all the gun talk, Bauer? If yes, that may indicate you have a problem. The good news is that treatment is available for those who cannot quit fantasizing about holding a…

— TRUMP: 100 Days Of Failure And Counting

Nice rebuttal: I eat anti-2nd Amendment zealots for lunch, and love talking about this topic, as I actually use and carry firearms. Come back any time if you’re interested in rebutting the fact that “high capacity” (whatever that means) plays no part in how dangerous a gun is, as shown by this Bernie fanatic firing 100 rounds and killing….no one.

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Lars Bauer

3 days ago

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I’m just gonna say my logic teacher would give you a zero.. it’s obvious that, generally speaking, a competent shooter with a gun that has the ability to rapidly shoot multiple rounds gives that…

— TRUMP: 100 Days Of Failure And Counting

You have a “logic teacher?” Please tell us more about this “logic teacher….” ….is he, like, Mr. Spock, or something? LOL!

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“….with a gun that has the ability to rapidly shoot multiple rounds” congrats, Mr. Logic– you just described EVERY single semi-automatic firearm on the market today. LOL. So since this was clearly NOT “a competent shooter,” then having such a firearm was of NO advantage– got it.

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Lars Bauer

3 days ago

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Ah Lars, how do you climb so high to get onto of your soapbox?

— Michael Albertson

Using the right terms to properly identify an inalienable right is tantamount to a “soapbox,” Michael? You’re probably right– after all, it’s only laws these zealots are trying to pass, right? I mean, semantics-shemantics….SMH:

http://www.theblaze.com/news/2014/01/21/anti-gun-senator-is-being-mocked-relentlessly-after-he-warned-of-30-caliber-clip-in-embarrassing-video/

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http://www.outdoorlife.com/blogs/gun-shots/2013/07/9-dumbest-gun-control-quotes-politicians-and-celebrities#page-6

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Here’s wishing you more substantial experience with such matters in the future.

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Lars Bauer

3 days ago

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Well, no. If your goal is to kill people, a 50 cal will provide you an enormous advantage over a BB gun. I trust you will agree with that. But if you can’t hit the target, it gives you no…

— Another Commenter for Hire

Great post– thank you for articulating your continual and utter ignorance of firearms (hint: a bb gun isn’t a firearm)…..

Right- If a Bernie fan couldn’t kill a single person from firing 100 rounds, I would probably also say that “They type of weapon and your ability to effectively use it are two different issues”[sic] . LOL

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Lela Markham

3 minutes ago

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“You do know that a cartridge is a bullet, right? ” Uh, actually, no it is not. A cartridge contains a bullet, a primer, a casing, and powder. “you should consider educating yourself before you…

— Frank Colitivito 887

Which most people just call a bullet. Go back and read the comment I was responding to. The commenter was clearly talking about magazines and didn’t have a clue that he was spouting off from a lack of knowledge.Imprecision of language is one thing … complete lack of knowledge of a topic you’re lecturing knowledgeable people on is quite another.

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LiLSuzQ32

3 days ago

In 2016, Senator Rand Paul (R-KY) said in a tweet:

“Why do we have a second amendment? It’s not to shoot deer. It’s to shoot at the government when it becomes tyrannical.”

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Tim Johnson 48

3 days ago

I sure hope that this man has rethought what he said. I’m having some venison and I hope he’s having crow. So easy to just type some stuff – and so hard to take it back.

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Kiki Schueler

3 days ago

More violent hate from the left? No WAY!

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TRUMP: 100 Days Of Failure And Counting

3 days ago

More hypocritical, snarky comments from the hateful, gun toting right? No WAY!

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M Graham

2 days ago

Another group of dems trying to change the conversation. The hate being spewed from Dems has created so much discourse. the bullying on the part of the Dems is unbelievable. You bullied Republicans when Obama was in office and now they are bullying Americans who voted for Trump. Again that gun did not plan to kill republican lawmakers. A gun is not a verb. The hate spewed by Dems created a guy who took what is being said by your media and attempted to kill Republicans. This guy is at the foot of all hating Democrats. Not a Gun. Different points of view should not be reason to create an enemy and then decided to kill. Think about it Dems?

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Lynda Hadley

2 days ago

M Graham: Unfortunately, it may not seem as though it is…but both political parties are at fault for demonizing each other.

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TJLYOM

3 days ago

History may regard this as a Fort Sumter moment…

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TRUMP: 100 Days Of Failure And Counting

3 days ago

May I give you a bit of personal advice about your personal hygiene….

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Lynn Willis

3 days ago

Civil unrest and lack of faith in our institutions is exactly what the Russians want to happen. Now watch for them to pour gasoline on the fire……….

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TJLYOM

3 days ago

Did you ever think they’re using the media and Democratic Party for exactly that?

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Lynn Willis

3 days ago

They will use whatever means and whatever platform to foment division and unrest. When you mention only the Democrat Party you play into their hand. Glad to see President Trump sound “presidential” in his comments.

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TJLYOM

3 days ago

The reason I mention the media and democrats is that the left wing media has NEVER been so negative in coverage of anything…they have justified violence in the feeble minded. Trump is not perfect but he is not what the Fake News says he is.

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TRUMP: 100 Days Of Failure And Counting

3 days ago

What a load. The left is merely reporting what is happening under Trump. It isn’t rocket science: It’s negative, because what he’s doing is negative. Trump himself is negative.

The left is tired of the right’s bull#%*t.

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TRUMP: 100 Days Of Failure And Counting

3 days ago

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Did you ever think they’re using the media and Democratic Party for exactly that?

— TJLYOM

Did you ever think they’re using the the right wing media and the Republican Party for exactly that?

Yes, because it’s true. The left are thinkers.

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TJLYOM

3 days ago

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What a load. The left is merely reporting what is happening under Trump. It isn’t rocket science: It’s negative, because what he’s doing is negative. Trump himself is negative. The left is…

— TRUMP: 100 Days Of Failure And Counting

What’s “happening?” 6 million new jobs, renewed US stature in the world, rollback of countless economy killing regulations and a 16% growth in the stock market…I know Rachel Maddow doesn’t report it but the truth is out there.

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TJLYOM

3 days ago

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Did you ever think they’re using the the right wing media and the Republican Party for exactly that? Yes, because it’s true. The left are thinkers.

— TRUMP: 100 Days Of Failure And Counting

Nope because that’s the false story the left has pushed for months without a scrap of evidence. Hillary and Podesta had lots of shady connections to Russia though. Makes one wonder if the Russia conspiracy theory was concocted by Podesta as a red herring to throw off the scent on their own shady dealings

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splark

3 days ago

Nope, haven’t forgotten about the Russians yet.

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Clay McD

3 days ago

If I didn’t prefer living in a country where you were safe to let kids ride their tricycles on the sidewalk, or to walk your dog on a beautiful afternoon, or to gather for picnics or to play baseball, I would probably agree with those – may I call them “gun nuts?” -who tell us that if only we were all armed all the time then we would have a much safer and far more pleasant country …

They may have a point. Think of the tax money we could save?! If we are all alarme they may have a point. Think of the tax money we could save?! If we are all armed, we could do away with police departments! And we could do away with schools! We already have police in the schools to protect kids from other kids or adults with guns – Why not just keep our kids safe & do away with schools altogether – educate them all at home, protected by their parents? I did read yesterday a father accidentally killed his young daughter by pointing a gun at her, but that’s a rare event!

Second amendment rocks!

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Richard Corbeil

3 days ago

More of the usual myopic distorted mis-information from the mind of a liberal. The reality is –http://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/282929.php guns don’t rank in the top 10 causes of death in this nation. School shooting don’t rank in the top 1000. Millions of people die in this nation every year but only a handful in school shootings, yet the FBI says that a quarter million crimes are thwarted by citizens with guns every year. So ya, you are correct, The 2nd Amendment ROCKS!

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Lars Bauer

3 days ago

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If I didn’t prefer living in a country where you were safe to let kids ride their tricycles on the sidewalk, or to walk your dog on a beautiful afternoon, or to gather for picnics or to play…

— Clay McD

“- may I call them “gun nuts?”

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You can, but you’d look foolish. The scenarios you describe: walking the dog, playing with children, picnics: I hate to break it to you, but these are activities already being enjoyed by citizens carrying guns. Whoops. It’s also foolish to say that because we carry and use firearms, there is no need for police– how silly. I think that may have something to do with your faulty belief that gun owners think of themselves as law enforcement, which is, of course, not true. You also bring up home schooling, which has exploded in the last 10 years in popularity- for a number of reasons– perhaps you could connect that to the freedom to use firearms, as that was missed by many, including myself.

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Yes- the 2nd Amendment DOES rock!

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Clayton Mcdowall

3 days ago

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More of the usual myopic distorted mis-information from the mind of a liberal. The reality is – http://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/282929.php guns don’t rank in the top 10 causes of death in…

— Richard Corbeil

What the hell is a “liberal” or “conservative” to you? Do you really think its all about owning a gun, or hunting? As for “only a handful” die in school shootings – you think a handful is acceptable now in America? Your “liberal and conservative “nonsense on this issue is just that – nonsense! I was shooting and hunting from probably before you were born! Maybe with a little help you can learn to stick to the subject and not toss out labels you can’t support – (tho I confess I have my doubts).

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Beforefences

3 days ago

You are more likely to die in a car accident. It’s just a random disgruntled old guy. Nothing to see here. Move along. Just good honest politicians playing baseball.

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Tim Johnson 48

3 days ago

I know people like this guy. Right wing and Left wing. Both sides are driven by those who seek to divide us by our political positions. Those in the media (and that includes both the Rightist Talk Media and the Leftist Late Night – so called – comedians) drive this divide for their own profit. Our political divisions should give us strength – should give us the same alloy that puts the alloyed steel in our constitution. But the opportunists have blinded us from the fundamentals that should inform us: The Ten Commandments and the Golden Rule as expressed by our Saviour many times in both the Old and the New Testament. I’m not a fan of baseball. When I played it, I usually struck out; but when I did – the outfielders were out in the tall grass trying to find the ball. I ask anyone who reads this to put your love of our country into the tall grass and walk away from this political swamp. Yeah, I know – lot of metaphors here. Play ball in the prairies where folks look out for each other.

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💫Trumpism is a Huge Failure

3 days ago

Republicans are actively trying to take your healthcare away in order to give money to billionaires.

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Lars Bauer

3 days ago

Flagged, made-up poster hater. Wrong topic, false narrative, and unfounded lies. Try again, next time using a real name and facts to back up your hate.

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💥Τrumpism is a Huge Failure

3 days ago

< this comment did not meet civility standards >

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©Dump Trump™

3 days ago

Happy to flag all comments by this impostor.

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Donald Smith

3 days ago

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Republicans are actively trying to take your healthcare away in order to give money to billionaires.

— 💫Trumpism is a Huge Failure

You are part of the problem that fuels tragedies as happened today. Your exaggerated inaccurate distortion of facts and inflammatory rhetoric is despicable. And that goes for those opponents on the other side as well using the same tactics. Shame on you.

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The right wing is full of sad snowflakes

3 days ago

Republicans are actively trying to take your healthcare away so they can give tax breaks to billionaires.

Facts make you so very insecure that you become irrational and delusional.

No shame in telling the truth, snowflake, it’s obvious you haven’t heard much of it.

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The right wing is full of sad snowflakes

3 days ago

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< this comment did not meet civility standards >

— 💥Τrumpism is a Huge Failure

Flagged as it should be.

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TRUMP: 100 Days Of Failure And Counting

3 days ago

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You are part of the problem that fuels tragedies as happened today. Your exaggerated inaccurate distortion of facts and inflammatory rhetoric is despicable. And that goes for those opponents on the…

— Donald Smith

No, you are a part of the problem. The state made by TIAHF is correct. Wingers are always trying to gaslight those who rightly question them.

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Pete Buist

3 days ago

This simply must be Fake News. Everyone knows that ordinary citizens cannot carry or discharge firearms in urban areas around Washington DC. And any Democrat knows that when you have “strict gun control” criminals cannot possibly be armed. Criminals DO obey all the laws, right?

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Another Commenter for Hire

3 days ago

You make a good point. Criminals will break every law. So why have any laws? They’re going to murder and rape and steal anyway.

Just arm everyone and let the citizenry take over policing our country.

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Lars Bauer

3 days ago

“So why have any laws? They’re going to murder and rape and steal anyway.”

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Because every time an asinine gun law is passed, it further erodes away gun rights for law-abiding citizens. That’s why your comparison to murder laws is stupid: murder laws aren’t negative rights; you never had the right to murder someone in the first place- you DO have the right to own and use firearms in the first place. If you’re still having trouble seeing the difference, let me know and I’ll further clarify that for you.

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Joe The Plumber

3 days ago

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You make a good point. Criminals will break every law. So why have any laws? They’re going to murder and rape and steal anyway. Just arm everyone and let the citizenry take over policing our…

— Another Commenter for Hire

Good point. People need to take a more active role defending themselves, not wait for the government to do it for them.

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Clay McD

3 days ago

It sounds to me like you are ready to enlist! Or to emigrate to Afghanistan! No there’s a country that lives up to your guiding principles – everyone can be armed with anything they want all the time! And they have to be – because since everyone is armed and no country can afford police were soldiers enough to defend the well armed society, it’s the only way to protect yourself! If you could learn the language, you’d be pretty happy there!

Me? I prefer a safe and peaceful neighborhood bolstered by a far less gun-totin’ approach to community. Like the USA and alaska used to be. Guns for hunting is one thing. Guns as penis substitutes something else.

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Another Commenter for Hire

3 days ago

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“So why have any laws? They’re going to murder and rape and steal anyway.” . Because every time an asinine gun law is passed, it further erodes away gun rights for law-abiding citizens. That’s why…

— Lars Bauer

Perhaps. But the OC’s comment was: “when you have “strict gun control” criminals cannot possibly be armed. Criminals DO obey all the laws, right?”

Thus I was responding to the OC’s point. Please resist your urge to shift topics.

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Lars Bauer

3 days ago

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It sounds to me like you are ready to enlist! Or to emigrate to Afghanistan! No there’s a country that lives up to your guiding principles – everyone can be armed with anything they want all the…

— Clay McD

Clay- it sounds like you have absolutely no exposure or experience with firearms, firearms owners, the 2nd Amendment, hunting, the Constitution, or our country’s history. But please: don’t let little things like that get in the way of posting.

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Clayton Mcdowall

3 days ago

.. wrong… probably began hunting and shooting with my father before you were born… but that’s not the public policy point here, is it? Or is that the best you’ve got?

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Lars Bauer

3 days ago

Clay- so your dad owned some firearms back in the day, and you went along for the ride, so years later you could claim to have had “experience” with firearms– got it.

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If your honest goal is “public policy,” then you need to at least use the right terms, about the right people, and understand firearms owners. You clearly don’t, but I’d love for you to start.

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Lars Bauer

3 days ago

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Perhaps. But the OC’s comment was: “when you have “strict gun control” criminals cannot possibly be armed. Criminals DO obey all the laws, right?” Thus I was responding to the OC’s point. Please…

— Another Commenter for Hire

And I answered your question– you’re welcome. Again: if you have trouble seeing the difference or have a rebuttal– let me know.

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Michael Albertson

3 days ago

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“So why have any laws? They’re going to murder and rape and steal anyway.” . Because every time an asinine gun law is passed, it further erodes away gun rights for law-abiding citizens. That’s why…

— Lars Bauer

Lars, I do not think you know the difference between a “asinine gun law” and “gun rights”. Guns do not have “rights” in the US, although surprisingly corporations do. Without universal background checks how can you say anyone is a “law-abiding citizen”? If a “law-abiding citizen” commits a crime, any crime, are they no longer a “law-abiding citizen” and subject to forfeiture of firearms? No, not in this country.

The comparison to murder and law isn’t stupid, its logical. What about the “right” of “life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness” for all?

I own a few firearms. A couple of hunting rifles and my son has an older rifle he inherited from his grandfather. A pistol for bear protection. That’t it. No shotguns, no high capacity magazines, no reloading equipment, grenades or rocket launchers. Oh, and a few pocket and hunting knives, although we do not actually use the “hunting knives” for hunting.

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Lars Bauer

3 days ago

“I do not think you know the difference between a “asinine gun law” and “gun rights”.”

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I have an inalienable right to own and use firearms– laws which curtail and marginalize that inalienable right are “asinine.” Glad I could clarify that for you.

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“Without universal background checks how can you say anyone is a “law-abiding citizen.”

* give me the name of a gun dealer that doesn’t have to complete a background check.

* So a policeman is fully within their right to pull you over and search your car? After all- how could he know you weren’t a criminal? You miss the point, completely.

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* Your decision to own the type and amounts of firearms you do is up to you– just like the types I own are up to me– thanks for proving freedom.

* The 2A has nothing to do with “grenades and rocket launchers,” and no one thinks so.

* “high capacity” is a made-up, subjective term that means nothing, except by those wishing to pass asinine gun laws (see above for definition of ‘asinine.’)

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Michael Albertson

3 days ago

Lars, you unfortunately continue to miss the target of my conversation.

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TRUMP: 100 Days Of Failure And Counting

3 days ago

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This simply must be Fake News. Everyone knows that ordinary citizens cannot carry or discharge firearms in urban areas around Washington DC. And any Democrat knows that when you have “strict gun…

— Pete Buist

Yes, in the same way as Republicans tell the truth. Just ask “I do not recall” Sessions.

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TRUMP: 100 Days Of Failure And Counting

3 days ago

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“So why have any laws? They’re going to murder and rape and steal anyway.” . Because every time an asinine gun law is passed, it further erodes away gun rights for law-abiding citizens. That’s why…

— Lars Bauer

Try to keep up Boomer. Instead of responding to ACFH’s post, you’re ranting to yourself.

You know, the usual.

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TRUMP: 100 Days Of Failure And Counting

3 days ago

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“I do not think you know the difference between a “asinine gun law” and “gun rights”.” . I have an inalienable right to own and use firearms– laws which curtail and marginalize that inalienable…

— Lars Bauer

“So a policeman is fully within their right to pull you over and search your car? After all- how could he know you weren’t a criminal?”

I don’t know Boomer, how could he know? And gee, are you conflating gun sellers with policemen?

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George Mason II

3 days ago

It was them dang Russians.

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AKBruce68

3 days ago

Gunman has those NRA shooter glasses, logo on his shirt is ASHI, either First Aid or a Home inspection organization.

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HereIam

3 days ago

The goofy want to blame this on gun control instead of the loony left in this country. From the violence on Trump Supporters in Portland to the shooting in Virginia that’s what the left wants, civil war.

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TRUMP: 100 Days Of Failure And Counting

3 days ago

No, it’s what the gun-loving, hateful right wants. You can’t demonize and declare war on immigrants and others, erase the safety net, threaten Medicare, Medicaid. And social security, destroy regulations put in place to protect people, generally push people to the limit and travel around the world threatening nations with war and expect that all is going to be peachy keen.

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Patrick Messmer

3 days ago

You mean take away the free loaders free stuff that we pay for. Cry me a river

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Patrick Messmer

3 days ago

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No, it’s what the gun-loving, hateful right wants. You can’t demonize and declare war on immigrants and others, erase the safety net, threaten Medicare, Medicaid. And social security, destroy…

— TRUMP: 100 Days Of Failure And Counting

So your justifying this left wing terrorist actions?

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Ashton Kutcher

3 days ago

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The goofy want to blame this on gun control instead of the loony left in this country. From the violence on Trump Supporters in Portland to the shooting in Virginia that’s what the left wants…

— HereIam

So you’re abandoning the “snowflakes” theory?

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TRUMP: 100 Days Of Failure And Counting

3 days ago

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The goofy want to blame this on gun control instead of the loony left in this country. From the violence on Trump Supporters in Portland to the shooting in Virginia that’s what the left wants…

— HereIam

“I can tell you one prominent politician who has drastically degraded the quality of political discourse in this country and has repeatedly advocated violence from the microphone — Donald Trump. Over and over again, throughout his campaign, Trump spoke of how he yearned for the day where protesters were carried out on stretchers and how he’d personally pay for the legal costs his supporters incurred for being violent with protesters. That wasn’t Hillary Clinton. That wasn’t Bernie Sanders. That was Donald Trump. To this very day, he has supporters in legal trouble for the violence he encouraged at his rallies.”

http://www.nydailynews.com/news/politics/king-don-blame-sanders-congressional-baseball-shooting-article-1.3247576

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TRUMP: 100 Days Of Failure And Counting

3 days ago

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So your justifying this left wing terrorist actions?

— Patrick Messmer

It wasn’t a left wing terrorist action, drama queen. It was one extremely dusturbed individual with a gun he should never have been allowed to get his hands on. Complain to your legislator and the NRA.

And what’s the point of your comment: “You mean take away the free loaders free stuff that we pay for. Cry me a river.” That’s inflammatory.

My brother used to go out when he was in a bad mood, drink, and start fights. He picked on the wrong dude one night and got the s#%* beat out of him. Mr brother saw the light and changed his ways. He told me there’s always someone bigger and badder than you. My observation of bullies is that they only stop when someone finally gets tired of their crap. When you bully someone – or a group – there may be consequences; you pick on the wrong one and pay the price. It’s natural law. I don’t agree or disagree with it; it just is.

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Strada

3 days ago

The gunman, James Hodgkinson, was a Bernie Sanders campaign worker and anti-Trump activist. Is this the America the Democrats want?

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George Mason II

3 days ago

Yes, it is the American the Democrats want. It’s clear from both their words and their actions. Be it violent riots to prevent conservative speakers from speaking, mock executions of President Trump, or the constant demands for conservatives to give up their arms, the left is bound and determined to quash anything with which they disagree, in any manner required.

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black_dude

3 days ago

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The gunman, James Hodgkinson, was a Bernie Sanders campaign worker and anti-Trump activist. Is this the America the Democrats want?

— Strada

Strada:

This is not the America I want; and yes, if we talked, you’d call me a stinking liberal. But I’m a patriot. My life and the lives of my grandfather, father, brother, and son prove that we love this country and served it. Please acknowledge that this kind of division was not evident until Donald Trump was elected president? I know it’s not all his fault. Obviously, his rhetoric resonated with lots of Americans. But I can honestly say that what I hear most times when Trump speaks is hate and fear. Donald Trump is a very, very flawed man. He is not Abraham Lincoln by a very, very long way. We should not allow this man to lead our nation into a civil war!

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Lynda Hadley

3 days ago

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The gunman, James Hodgkinson, was a Bernie Sanders campaign worker and anti-Trump activist. Is this the America the Democrats want?

— Strada

Strada: The country is divided, and both sides have issues with folks attacking with guns, knives, or vicious words.

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TRUMP: 100 Days Of Failure And Counting

3 days ago

In reply to:

The gunman, James Hodgkinson, was a Bernie Sanders campaign worker and anti-Trump activist. Is this the America the Democrats want?

— Strada

Is this what the America right wing nut, gun toting, Trump lovers want? Where was the concern when nazi Trump lovers were defacing schools, burning down mosques and insulting the parents of children killed in mass shootings?

If you want to point fingers, point them at yourself.

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TRUMP: 100 Days Of Failure And Counting

3 days ago

In reply to:

Yes, it is the American the Democrats want. It’s clear from both their words and their actions. Be it violent riots to prevent conservative speakers from speaking, mock executions of President…

— George Mason II

Oh, BS. If any group is a danger to America, its right wing nuts and the idiot they voted into the Oval Office. Seems to me Trump and his corrupt minions have pushed this nation to the breaking point. He’s a traitor, and while I do not approve of violence in any way, shape or form, it doesn’t surprise me in the least that this happened. Where were you when Gabby Gifford was shot? What has been your reaction when children have been mass murdered by gun nut members if the NRA? How many times have you defended the NRA? Promoted zero gun control, even in the case of mentally unstable people? How many guns do you own? How many animals have you killed?

As I’ve always said, violence begets violence. We have one of the most divisive, most hate-mongering, violent Presidents ever in the White House.

Incidents of hate crime went up and are increasing because of Trump. If any group is responsible, it’s the right. Only a fool wouldn’t have seen this coming.

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TRUMP: 100 Days Of Failure And Counting

3 days ago

In reply to:

Yes, it is the American the Democrats want. It’s clear from both their words and their actions. Be it violent riots to prevent conservative speakers from speaking, mock executions of President…

— George Mason II

Yes, it is the America the Republicans want. It’s clear from both their words and their actions Be it violent riots to prevent liberal/black/Muslim/immigrant/women speakers from speaking, mock executions and threats to kill President Obama, hateful rhetoric directed to his family or the right’s constant demands for liberals to give up their Constitutional rights, the right is bound and determined to quash anything with which they disagree, in any manner they wish to us, such as blocking all of President Obamas legislation for 8 years, and blocking his Supreme Court nominee and colluding with America’s enemies to steal its most important election.

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Tokdog

3 days ago

CNN hosts holding bloody severed Trump heads. Public plays in New York displaying the mob assignation of President Trump. The son of Vice President candidate Kane arrested during a violent anti Trump protest. Universities eliminating free speech except from the left. Now a left wing Bernie Sanders supporter who has vocally expressed his hatred from Trump and republicans shoots republican representatives. The left’s hate and intolerance fueled this. What’s next?

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Raven33_2

3 days ago

Wow, for a minute there I thought you were talking about the people who make those same comments here in ADN. I know of one commentor that calls for a revolution in virtually every one of his/her posts.

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Tokdog

3 days ago

Since you don’t give examples, I can’t comment on your feelings, but even if true, the clear difference is that those calling for violence against Republicans and the President are in the national media and thus influence those who act out on their inclinations. When the left defends the depiction of the President being assassinated, it’s obvious they are encouraging this type of violence.

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TRUMP: 100 Days Of Failure And Counting

3 days ago

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CNN hosts holding bloody severed Trump heads. Public plays in New York displaying the mob assignation of President Trump. The son of Vice President candidate Kane arrested during a violent anti…

— Tokdog

No one, & I mean no one beats the right wing nut media for hate speech. It’s the right that’s intolerant, or am I missing something in the President’s tweets about banning immigrants, exporting them, breaking up families, written no uncontritutional travel bans, The police shooting first and asking questions later, getting off scott free after killing people, including children, Sessions and other Republican “leaders” working to give the police immunity from killing citizens; blocking the Russia investigation, lying to the people under oath about Trump and his greedy, corrupt gang of enablers and helpers? The Trump Bots are also responsible: They elected a man who admits to sexually assaulting women, defrauds people, cheats contractors out of their promised pay, a pedophilic Peeping Tom, a traitor who colluded with the Russians, who cares more about enriching himself than taking care of the people of America, a sneering, hateful, pathological liar of the worst kind.

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TRUMP: 100 Days Of Failure And Counting

3 days ago

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Wow, for a minute there I thought you were talking about the people who make those same comments here in ADN. I know of one commentor that calls for a revolution in virtually every one of his/her…

— Raven33_2

And rightly so. Just as I know of one who spreads lies about the left in everyone of his/her posts.

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TRUMP: 100 Days Of Failure And Counting

3 days ago

In reply to:

Since you don’t give examples, I can’t comment on your feelings, but even if true, the clear difference is that those calling for violence against Republicans and the President are in the national…

— Tokdog

What depiction of Trump being assasinated? The left has nothing on the Right for hateful, and I do mean HATEFUL, violent depictions of killing and/or injuring presidents & their families, not to mention depicting them as apes in high heels, for example. Where was your outcry against Ted Nugent when he advocated killing President Obama – then was invited to the White House by your President, where he insulted Clinton? How about all those threats by gun totng right wing thugs at political rallies ? How about the guy that viciously attacked a reporter for nothing, then was elected by the Right the next day? Where’s your outrage, you hypocrite?

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Tokdog

3 days ago

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No one, & I mean no one beats the right wing nut media for hate speech. It’s the right that’s intolerant, or am I missing something in the President’s tweets about banning immigrants, exporting…

— TRUMP: 100 Days Of Failure And Counting

Wow…..I don’t even have to respond. Your own hateful words prove my point. Thank you.

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TRUMP: 100 Days Of Failure And Counting

3 days ago

Wow, your own hateful comments provided the grist for my replies. Bullies don’t like it when they’re challenged. In stead, they pretend to be shocked and say, “Who me?”

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Tokdog

3 days ago

You must not own a mirror.

A cursory review of the comments you’ve left here shows you spewing your hatered and blind copy paste replies at an alarming rate. You are exactly the type of person that has excused extreme alt left violence and then pretends it’s everyone else’s fault. And after your long soliloquy earlier filled with hate filled comments, your best reply is that it’s my fault you act that way. Step outside the basement, breathe some air, take a walk, maybe talk to you neighbor and then try not to hate the world and everything in it you don’t like. You’ll be a better person.

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Raven33_2

3 days ago

In reply to:

Since you don’t give examples, I can’t comment on your feelings, but even if true, the clear difference is that those calling for violence against Republicans and the President are in the national…

— Tokdog

I did give an example and because I named the person, it was deemed uncivil. This person states “it’s time for a revolution” in most of their posts. I’m sure this will be deemed uncivil too.

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TRUMP: 100 Days Of Failure And Counting

2 days ago

Wah!

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Raven33_2

23 hours ago

I’m a big boy. I don’t cry over liberal nonsense. Unlike the one responding.

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LNG & Weed is all we Need Walker

3 days ago

We should make sure all the congress is armed at all times… to protect themselves of course…… and perhaps go back to the days of the political duel.

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TRUMP: 100 Days Of Failure And Counting

3 days ago

I’m not surprised by the shooting or Steve King’s reprehensible comments.

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Lightfoot Letters

3 days ago

Top Republican shot – The Washington Post (adn).

We probably can not stop some violence without creating a ‘police state’ where no one is free. However, some of the violence is caused by public policy. Public policy created 911; violence on our military bases; young women killed in San Francisco and San Diego; other citizens killed every day by non-citizens; the killing at the Christmas party in Ca. and the killing in a nite club in La. and the killing at a marathon in Boston.

We all feel for the dead. We burn candles and build monuments…We think up politically correct sayings usually ‘something strong.’… when in reality…we do nothing except invite more killing by our public policy !?

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TJLYOM

3 days ago

“Public policy created 911; violence on our military bases; young women killed in San Francisco and San Diego; other citizens killed every day by non-citizens; the killing at the Christmas party in Ca. and the killing in a nite club in La. and the killing at a marathon in Boston.”

9/11, Fort Hood, San Bernadino, Boston, Orlando were all committed by Islamic terrorists, so you are correct. The “Public Policy” of unvetted immigration and “student” Visas from hotbeds of Islamic terror lead to each of these.

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Clay McD

3 days ago

…. Gabby Gifford; Sandy Hook, Charlestown black church massacre, ….

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TJLYOM

3 days ago

3 lunatics on SSRI drugs…good examples. Google all three of them and look at their eyes. Tells you all you need to know.

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Bob Atkinson

3 days ago

In reply to:

“Public policy created 911; violence on our military bases; young women killed in San Francisco and San Diego; other citizens killed every day by non-citizens; the killing at the Christmas party in…

— TJLYOM

Then there’s this tweet from Republican Senator Rand Paul almost exactly a year ago today:

Senator Rand Paul ✔@RandPaul

.@Judgenap: Why do we have a Second Amendment? It’s not to shoot deer. It’s to shoot at the government when it becomes tyrannical!

8:48 AM – 23 Jun 2016

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Lars Bauer

3 days ago

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…. Gabby Gifford; Sandy Hook, Charlestown black church massacre, ….

— Clay McD

“…. Gabby Gifford; Sandy Hook, Charlestown black church massacre,….”

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….Could not have been stopped with additional, asinine gun laws– correct.

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Christopher Crews

3 days ago

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“Public policy created 911; violence on our military bases; young women killed in San Francisco and San Diego; other citizens killed every day by non-citizens; the killing at the Christmas party in…

— TJLYOM

Crimes committed by: mullah, mullahs, illegals, mullahs, mullah……etc.

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TRUMP: 100 Days Of Failure And Counting

3 days ago

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“Public policy created 911; violence on our military bases; young women killed in San Francisco and San Diego; other citizens killed every day by non-citizens; the killing at the Christmas party in…

— TJLYOM

Let’s don’t forget violence by homophobes, xenophobe, misogynists, the police, President Trump, the Republican Party, Trump Bots, etc.

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TRUMP: 100 Days Of Failure And Counting

3 days ago

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…. Gabby Gifford; Sandy Hook, Charlestown black church massacre, ….

— Clay McD

Exactly. And more.

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TRUMP: 100 Days Of Failure And Counting

3 days ago

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3 lunatics on SSRI drugs…good examples. Google all three of them and look at their eyes. Tells you all you need to know.

— TJLYOM

Tsk, tsk. Defending gun violence again.

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Incivility on the Letters   Leave a comment

These are the comments on the Letters to the Editor page of Alaska Dispatch News on June 15, 2017. This is what I’m talking about when I say incivil rhetoric is leading to violence such as the shooting in Alexandria.

Balto

2 days ago

What’s the crime Mr. Whittaker? Besides a move for impeachment will fail and will guaranty a conservative sweep in 2018. Just relax, no more hysterics.

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TRUMP: 100 Days Of Failure And Counting

2 days ago

Aside from obstruction of justice, I guess we’ll see if Mueller is allowed to do his job.

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©Dump Trump™

3 days ago

Trump’s Birthday ‘Gifts’ Include A One-Way Ticket To Russia

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TRUMP IS ILLEGITIMATE

2 days ago

After months of Trump recruitment, Cindy McCain is reportedly headed for a job at the State Dept.

Senator John McCain’s wife.

If you are keeping tabs at home, Donald Trump named Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell’s wife, Elaine Chao, as secretary of transportation.

He recently named Calista Gingrinch, Newt’s wife, as the ambassador to the Vatican.

Sarah Huckabee Sanders, daughter of huckster Mike Huckabee, is the principal deputy White House press secretary.

And now Cindy McCain is reportedly headed to the State Department after months of schmoozing from Trump.

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Pope of the North

3 days ago

Pete Kelly reminds us of a better groomed Steve Bannon

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TRUMP IS ILLEGITIMATE

2 days ago

Staged public events that only serve to massage Trump’s ego will totally be taken at face value by future historians.

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TRUMP IS ILLEGITIMATE

2 days ago

Since President Trump won the Republican nomination, the majority of his companies’ real estate sales are to secretive shell companies that obscure the buyers’ identities

A decade ago, when Donald Trump’s seventh bankruptcy had wiped out his ability to borrow, he was dragged back from the brink of financial failure by money from Russian oligarchs. That infusion of money came not only in the form of big investments in new building projects, it also came through a money-laundering scheme that created LLCs for the express purpose of grabbing Trump properties at premium prices.

Among the dozens of companies the Almaty lawyers say the Khrapunov laundering network used were three called Soho 3310, Soho 3311 and Soho 3203. Each was a limited liability company, meaning their ownership could easily be concealed.

What was sold then is a fraction of what secretive LLCs are buying from Trump today.

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Lela Markham

2 days ago

Don Duff – I could actually agree to a sales tax, but not before the State’s departments have returned to 2010 funding levels, which is a 25% cut from the high when Parnell left office. We need to remember that Parnell increased the budget by 27% during his years in office and now we’re being told that they can’t possibly cut the budget or survive at a budget set lower than $100 a barrel when we managed to do well with a budget set at $60 a barrel for decades. That’s ridiculous and until it is remedied, we the people should say NO.

I prefer a sales tax over an income tax because I am not being penalized for going to work everyday and I have some choice in how much I participate in this tax. Productive people shouldn’t be penalized for being productive. Consumption taxes tend to encourage savings and investing, which is much better for the economy than the folly of spending every dime we make on consumer goods that wear out and need to be replaced repeatedly.

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3 days ago

#Sad Birthday party will be hosted by Rise and Resist, a direct-action group formed in the wake of Trump’s election victory last November. According to a press release from the group, it will involve hundreds of protesters gathering outside Trump Tower in New York City and delivering a special gift: plane tickets to Russia—or, as the group puts it, “back to Russia.”

“Donald Trump is proposing policy after policy that will be destructive for America,” said Andy Ratto, a member of Rise and Resist. “While he is in D.C. blowing out the candles on his cake, we’ll be out in the streets saying we hope none of his wishes come true.”

The party in Manhattan will be just part of a “national day of anti-Trump events,” which will also include protests around his Mar-a-Lago resort in Florida and at Trump National Golf Course in Westchester County, New York, the group said.

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Republican senator tells 73,000 West Virginians they’re not losing Medicaid, they’re in ‘transition’

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Frank Baker, Obama put the US on the hook for $$Billions through the Paris Accord. We can’t afford that, nor should we pay it if we could afford to. We can stick with the clean energy agreements contained within, and some entities have already agreed to do their part. The same can be accomplished without the heavy-hand of the feds requiring it. If the accords were such a great thing, Obama would have asked the senate to ratify it as a treaty; he knew it would never pass, so he didn’t even ask.

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Office of Government Ethics nixes Steve Bannon’s ‘unsigned and undated’ retroactive ethics waiver

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DeVos Dept. of Education sued for ignoring request for info on sexual harassment investigations

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Title IX, which is a federal law which requires schools that receive federal funding to properly respond to and prevent sexual violence, is enforced by the Department of Education. Title IX has to do with civil rights—something that Betsy DeVos doesn’t seem too concerned with. During the confirmation, DeVos declined to answer multiple inquiries about whether she would enforce the civil rights of American students, and the ignored FOIA request hints that she has no intention of doing so. The fact is, she willingly serves as a member of a sexual predator’s presidential cabinet.

And that’s precisely why the Department’s refusal to share information is so important.

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Republican legislators who you would probably never invite into your own home.

Today’s poster child will be Nebraska Sen. Ben Sasse, who has truly embraced the modern Republican tradition of flatly denying things they’ve said or done despite those things being (1) quite memorable and (2) on da videotapes.

Ben Sasse denies he said Obamacare was ‘worst law in our history’—but it’s from his own campaign ads

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TRUMP: 100 Days Of Failure And Counting

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The right put a bunch of nihilistic egomaniacs in power. Even if we get rid of Trump we’re stuck with Religious nutball Pence. Check out Margaret Atwood’s seminal book and Hulu series The Handmaids Tale.

Steak and Ketchup   Leave a comment

It must have been a slow news weekend for the liberal media, and President Trump didn’t give them enough to get hysterical about, so they decide in mass to feign outrage about how he eats his steaks. Apparently, Trump likes his steaks well-done and eats them with ketchup. Look, I’m not a fan of well-done steaks and the idea of putting ketchup on a fine steak horrifies me. If I had to guess, my hunch is that Trump’s penchant for well-done steaks is likely related to his well-documented fear of germs and his desire to not see any blood, rather than his palate. The ketchup thing I can’t speak to. Maybe it’s to flavor up a burnt steak.

Image result for image of steak and ketchupThat said, the level of vitriol and posturing associated with this revelation about Trump’s eating habits lacks all sense of proportion. It’s alright to feign outrage in an obviously humorous way about such matters. A social media friend, for example, exclaimed that real men don’t eat their steaks well-done, a sentiment I generally concur with, but a lot of the reaction has not been intended as humorous. Check out these bitter invective-filled rants from A.V. Club and Jezebel for example.

The reason the President’s eating habits have the liberal culture enforcers in such a lather is because they reinforce their stereotype of Trump as an uncouth ruffian that wealth has failed to civilize. There is some truth to this characterization, and I say this as someone who is sympathetic to Trump. The problem for the liberal Trump haters, though, is that this reality cuts both ways.

I observed very early on in the campaign that the reason the Manhattan elite crowd has never liked Trump and has never accepted him as one of their own is because they view him as vulgar “new money.” While modern “old money” isn’t what it used to be with its acclaimed WASP sense of propriety and decorum, Trump still does not pass muster with the new more relaxed version. In many ways, Trump is indeed the personification of new money faux pas. The ostentatiousness. The glitz and glitter. The name emboldened on all his properties. Bragging about his net worth and business success. Etc

The overreaction to how Trump eats his steaks is an example of this dynamic at play. Ironically, much of it is coming from faux sophisticated posers who are likely struggling paycheck to paycheck like many Trump supporters but want it known that they hold all the approved opinions of the better off crowd they yearn to join. I’m sure, for example, those freelance writers at Jezebel or food editors at A.V. Club, unless they have another source of wealth, aren’t exactly bringing home big money.

Trump has long been known for his pedestrian culinary preferences anyway, conspicuously including a fondness for fast food. The feigned outrage over Trump’s choice of condiments among the faux sophisticate set just so happens to synergize with the currently raging “foodie” craze that is popular among much the same crowd. I don’t doubt that there are people who enjoy good quality food, but I’m convinced that a lot of foodie culture is, like the related and even more obnoxious beer snob culture, largely an affectation intended to signal social identity rather than a genuine interest in overpriced and small portioned food and undrinkable hoppy beers. Imagine the delight of a liberal foodie upon discovering this story. He gets to signal his culinary sophistication and dis Trump all in one fell swoop.

Trump’s status as an outsider among NYC elites has been a feature since he first became a public figure in the 80s. Spy Magazine, for example, notoriously carried on a vicious long-running campaign to ridicule Trump that was clearly motivated by personal animus and not just a desire to sell magazines. Despite moving from Queens to Manhattan, Trump’s failure to be accepted by the elite club seems to have put a chip on his shoulder which I have long sensed at least partially motivated his run for President to begin with. I definitely believe it influences his preference for wealth created by building and making things as opposed to the finance capital that is a disproportionate source of wealth among rich Manhattanites.

Much to the chagrin of Trump’s detractors, however, Trump’s obvious outsider status is the reason why plain folks in Flyover Country embraced him as one of their own instead of just another rich guy from New York City. This is really an amazing thing that deserves comment. Trump supporters are the same crowd that Pace targeted with a series of ads in the 80s and 90s threatening to hang the guy who bought picante sauce that was made in the despised “New York City.” Who can forget the call to “Get a rope?” These are the same people among whom “New York values” polled poorly enough to prompt Ted Cruz to play that card in the primary. Yet these same people embraced Trump with a fervor that they never had for McCain or Romney.

What so many liberal sophisticates continue to miss is that many of Trump’s behaviors that so appall them are what make him more relatable to his supporters. They love the Donnie from Queens who likes Kentucky Fried Chicken, puts ketchup on his steak and swills mass quantities of Diet Coke, much more than they would a Donald from Manhattan who wants to ban Big Gulps, and they don’t care what pompous food editors at pop culture websites think about it. While they may come from and inhabit very different worlds, they have the same enemies. The same people who look down their noses and tut-tut Donald Trump’s shenanigans are the same people who look down their noses at their “redneck” ways. Trump is their uncouth billionaire, and all the feigned outrage from the liberal media only reinforces this more.

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Posted March 4, 2017 by aurorawatcherak in cultural divide

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The Day the Internet Stood Still | Eileen L. Wittig   2 comments

I live in Alaska and had no idea what was going on because this Internet crisis didn’t affect most of the west. I have one app I use for work that would not do one thing I needed it to do. I assumed it was a glitch and worked around it. Of course, I don’t have a smart thermostat. Brad works from our house, so wanders through a couple of times a day to throw more wood in the wood stove. I guess we could designate him the “smart thermostat”, but I suspect that might not go over real well.

By the way, Alexa … kind of creepy. My brother’s keeps asking us if we want to ask a question. If I didn’t ask a question, I probably don’t want to ask one. And a friend whose name is actually Alexa says her husband has now gifted her with a nickname so as not to set off the answer machine. Just plain creepy! Lela

 

 

 

Tuesday, February 28, 2017, will forever be remembered as the day that Amazon single-handedly made every millennial freeze in their tracks and wonder how to go on living.

The internet outage that struck the eastern side of the US like an alien invasion affected the lives of countless young adults for hours. Hours. For hours, Alexa fell silent. For hours, Amazon Fresh was unavailable. For hours, an entire generation questioned its ability to survive. Good thing the internet came back before anyone had even left work to try to make it on their own at home.

Image result for image of a smart thermostatFor hours, Alexa fell silent. What were we supposed to do, just sit in silence like Medieval serfs?

Amazon.com was still running, but how were we supposed to buy things if we didn’t have Alexa to order it for us? The time of tribulation was nothing but questions: what about my music? What about my grocery list? How am I supposed to play Jeopardy or Hunt the Yeti? How am I supposed to get past the smart lock on my house door? How am I supposed to order my usual from Pizza Hut for delivery? What am I supposed to do if I leave work a little early to beat the traffic? Just sit in silence like a Medieval serf?

Tech departments across the Eastern seaboard sat restless, hopeful, shooting each other with Nerf guns while they waited for their jobs to become available again. Internet-dependent workers started actually talking to each other, imagining Employee Steve tripping over the Official Internet cord at Amazon Headquarters, pulling the plug from the wall and the router from its place on the Official Router Table, smashing it to pieces. They imagined Tech Guy Ted, the official Router Dude, being away on a late lunch break, which he always insists on being 100% work-free, enforced by closing his computer and turning off his phone.

“I can’t connect to my thermostat!” my deskmate exclaimed as he stared at his unresponsive phone. “Oh nooo,” I responded in mock sympathy (actually I was jealous he has a smart thermostat and I don’t), “you can’t make sure your empty house is at a comfortable temperature.” “I just like knowing I’m connected, that it’s there,” he said, but he was laughing at himself.

The Return of the World

At last the internet slipped quietly back into everyone’s Amazon devices, back into the unseen cables tying everyone to their stuff, back into the worldwide web, and the world lurched back into rotation like a caught VHS tape realigning.

What if it happened again, on a weekend??

“Oh, my thermostat is back!” my deskmate announced as he refreshed the app for the tenth time. “Ooh look I’m in eco mode. I shall adjust the temperature by one degree.”

And so the world returned to normal, if uneasily. The questions continued: since when did Amazon control so much of the web? What if it happened again later after even more of our lives became dependent on the internet? What if it happened after work instead of at work? What if it happened on a weekend??

With a collective shudder to shake off such incomprehensible horrors, an entire generation moved boldly on with their lives, into the suddenly less confident future. And everyone hoped that Employee Steve had bought a backup router with his accrued Amazon credit points in case he tripped on the cord of the new Official Router again, and that Tech Guy Ted had hired an intern to come in over the lunch hours.

Source: The Day the Internet Stood Still | Eileen L. Wittig

Posted March 2, 2017 by aurorawatcherak in Uncategorized

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A Historical Reminder   Leave a comment

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#culture #immigration #commonsense #history #ohiohistory

Posted February 7, 2017 by aurorawatcherak in culture

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A Horrifying Encounter   Leave a comment

From Matt Walsh’s blog, via Matthew Bracken.

It was just too funny not to post. Brad and I could barely breathe for a couple of minutes.

Posted January 19, 2017 by aurorawatcherak in cultural divide, Uncategorized

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