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A Trumpian Week   Leave a comment

Image result for image of trumpRegular readers of this blog know that I didn’t vote for either Donald Trump or Hillary Clinton and that I think politics are not among the solutions to our problems. I try to dish up a steady fare of political philosophy here — to give people an understanding of what’s going on and where we ought to be headed rather than a Republican or Democratic line of bull. I’m a non-partisan, conservative-leaning, libertarian. When I say “conservative”, it doesn’t mean I’ve stepped back from the radical notion that liberty is better than tradition. It simply means my default position is that idiots (otherwise known as politicians) shouldn’t strive to make big changes in society or government without a full-throated consultation with the people, who are the ones who will be stuck with the consequences. If the people want to make changes, we should be allowed to do it, using the constitutional procedures. Change should always be driven by us, not by the elites who would be our rulers.

But sometimes it’s interesting to look at politics if only for the horror movie aspect of all of it.

This week was a Trumpian week and I’ve got good things to say about my observations as well as bad things to say about them.

First, Mr. Trump, STOP fighting with the widows and parents of fallen soldiers (I refuse to call them “gold star”; maybe I’ll post about that someday). It is entirely possible that the wife of La David Johnson got your conversation with her wrong. She had the congresswoman there to help her misinterpret what you said and she doesn’t seem like a person who screens what a trusted elite tells her. I get why that’s annoying, but you’re not doing yourself or anyone else any good by having a public feud with her. Maybe if you’d just go after the congresswoman, who SOOO needs to have a verbal ass-kicking, but leave the widow alone. At the risk of sounding partisan here – when you deal with Democrats and make them look stupid, your polls rise. When you pick on military widows, your polls drop. Be sensible, Mr. President.

Second, Mr. Trump, thank you for taking the opioid crisis seriously and compassionately. Last night’s speech spoke of fighting a disease with treatment rather than incarceration. I suspected you would up to this task, given your family background, but I held my breath, concerned that you would declare another “war on drugs” that has proven to be absolutely fruitless for the past 40 years. I am a little concerned about your announcement that you’ve given all branches of the federal government wide leeway to address this issue. The federal government, more often than not, ignores the constitution and runs roughshod over the rights of individuals. As someone who lives in a state where cannabis has been legalized, I don’t want to see people arrested and imprisoned for partaking of a substance that is no more dangerous than alcohol and there is a risk of federal agencies misinterpreting your executive order to do just that, so I’m going to call that one a mixed bag, depending on the federal interpretation.

Third, Mr. Trump, in case you’re unfamiliar with American history — our Founders fought a war against England in order to secede from what they deemed to be a government that did not represent their values or culture. So, today, when I hear you promise Spain your full support against the people of Catalan who desire to free themselves from a government that doesn’t represent the Catalonians’ values or culture, I wince. It’s just plain wrong! We should be the first nation to step forward in support of liberty as opposed to hegemony.

Fourth, Mr. Trump, I don’t know that you are really the cause of the economic rally that has been underway since you took office. I suspect your presence in the White House, addressing things like the much-needed reform of Obamacare and the tax code; junk-science social engineering like climate change; and overly burdensome economic and environmental regulations on businesses has emboldened investors and other drivers of the economy that have been hiding in underground bunkers during the Obama administration. The growth potential was already there, but you having signaled that you won’t try to crush them if they came out of hiding has given them permission to once more risk.

Nothing works quite like success, so even though your poll numbers are really low, I think if you can stop fighting with people perceived to be underdogs and concentrate on freeing the economy to improve while not inciting wars overseas, you’ll do okay in 2020. I probably still won’t vote for you, but I will applaud your success.

Posted October 27, 2017 by aurorawatcherak in politics, Uncategorized

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How Is the Fix In?   2 comments

So, the other day, someone on Twitter informed me that all Republic states had done away with paper ballots and that no states do hand-counting.

Last I looked Alaska was a Republican-leaning state and I fill out a paper ballot and feed it into a scanner. I’ve seen what comes out at the other end – a scanned copy of my ballot. I’ve seen the poll workers hand-count the ballots to assure they match the reading on the scanner before forwarding a report that verifies that the hand-count matches the scanner count. Then the paper ballots are forwarded in a locked box with guards to the Division of Elections.

Image result for image of russians meddling with election on facebookSo I went out and checked and 37 states have maintained paper ballots, some with optical scanners, others with a paper ballot that prints out after you use the digital machine, and most states that use electronic methods still have some form of paper trail attached.

Amid all of these ridiculous claims was someone up in arms because “Russia used Facebook to influence the election.”

So what?

I used Facebook to influence the election too. I posted on my social media accounts that I thought folks should vote for Gary Johnson rather than the Donald or She-Who-Would-Be-Queen. I offered reasoned arguments that you were free to accept or reject. I pointed out fallacies that you could believe or disbelieve. I posted scathing memes.

Oh, but wait, I’m an American citizen, so it’s okay for me to influence an election, because we all know nobody takes an American citizen seriously, right. But Russia … Russia … oh, my god, Russian agents expressed an opinion and some people might actually have been influenced by finding out that Hillary Clinton thinks the American people are idiots. The horror! And, of course, nobody can exercise their common sense and decide that they disagree with ads posted by Russians because … well, it’s Russia and we all know they have mind-control powers. The horror!

 

We have been subjected to 10 months of propaganda about Trump/Putin election interference without a scrap of actual evidence being produced. It is past time to ask an unasked question: If there were evidence, what is the big deal? All sorts of interest groups try to influence election outcomes including foreign governments. Why is it OK for Israel to influence US elections but not for Russia to do it? I seem to remember Angela Merkel saying something about how she wanted the US election to turn out. Why is it okay for her to do that, but not Vladimir Putin? Why do you think the armament industry, the energy industry, agribusiness, Wall Street and the banks, pharmaceutical companies, what’s left of the Moral Majority, George Soros, etc., supply huge sum of money to finance election campaigns if their intent is not to influence the election? Why do editorial boards write editorials endorsing one candidate and damning another if they are not influencing the election?

What is the difference between influencing the election and influencing the government? Washington is full of lobbyists of all descriptions, including lobbyists for foreign governments, working round the clock to influence the US government. Actual citizens’ opinions are the least represented in the government because we haven’t got any lobbyists working for us.

The orchestrated hysteria over “Russian influence” is even more absurd considering the reason Russia allegedly interfered in the election. Russia favored Trump because he was the “peace” candidate who promised to reduce the high tensions with Russia created by the Obama regime and neocon nazis like Hillary Clinton, Susan Rice, and Samantha Power. What’s wrong with Russia preferring a peace candidate over a war candidate? The American people themselves preferred the peace candidate.

Those who don’t agree with the electorate are the warmongers—the military/security complex and the neocons. These are democracy’s enemies who are trying to overturn the choice of the American people by keeping back information we had a right to know. It is not Russia that disrespects the choice of the American people. Russia is not in our streets throwing rocks through shop windows, burning cars and beating up people who voted for the constitutionally-elected President. Russia is busy dealing with its own issues while the utterly corrupt Democratic National Committee with its divisive identity politics, the military/security complex, and the left-leaning media undermine US democracy.

Whoever is producing the propaganda that these people believe about the election process should probably be looked at as someone trying to influence future election results because it is far easier to hack a nation-wide popular election than it is to corrupt 51 state-wide popular votes conducted by a myriad of election apparatuses.

The important question is who is it that is trying so hard to convince Americans that Russian influence somehow prevailed over our collective commonsense? It would appear that at the most, they released information that allowed us more information upon which to derive our opinions. Are we now saying that an uninformed vote is better than an informed one?

 

 

Actions Speak Louder Than Twitter Storms   Leave a comment

I didn’t vote for Hillary Clinton or Donald Trump. I’ve taken some heat for complaining about some of President Trump’s actions and I’ve taken some heat for applauding some of his actions. I don’t care about his Twitter flurries. Those are not governance. Honestly, I find it refreshing that a politician says what’s on his mind before convening a focus group to find out what should be on his mind.

By and large, I was at least half-pleased with President Trump’s cabinet picks. I know lots of people disagree, but they would have disagreed if Trump had allowed Hillary Clinton to pick his cabinet for him. And, no, that’s not a joke. Some people seem to be unfamiliar with how the Constitutional election system works. Donald Trump won the presidency completely by the rules. Maybe your candidate should have not played fast and loose with state secrets on her unsecured private email server and bit her tongue before declaring that 40% of the country’s voters were irredeemable racists she would consign to a “deplorables” basket where she wouldn’t have to take their concerns seriously. You don’t have to be a Donald Trump fan to recognize that she was declaring she would be president for only some Americans. We’re lucky she didn’t win, which does not mean we are blessed that Trump did.

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Alaska swung pretty hard to Donald Trump. They didn’t need my help and they didn’t get it, but a lot of people here think they made a right decision because of the Trump administration’s behavior toward Alaska. Since the beginning of the Trump administration, Alaska has been the host to at least three federal department chiefs — Secretaries Rex Tillerson (State), Ryan Zinke (Interior) and Elaine Chao (Transportation). Zinke and Chao came to Alaska at the behest of Alaska’s Congressional delegation. two come quickly to mind, Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke and Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao, who was here a couple of weeks ago.

Both Zinke and Chao toured the state and talked to all walks of Alaskans and then said they hoped to be able to work with the State of Alaska and Alaska residents to develop infrastructure and allow reasonable resource development. Contrast this to the Obama’s administration’s cabinet visits. Antony Foxx (Transportation) and Sally Jewell (Interior) both visited Alaska, but they met only with Native groups, appeared to be hostile to the State government and announced they would further tighten regulations on the state so as to prevent development of infrastructure and further restrict resource development, hobbling our economy even more than the Jones Act and previous environmental regulations already do.

Last week Chao spoke with transportation officials and industry leaders in Alaska, coming to the conclusion that the federal government will more quickly advance projects, which have been delayed, often for decades, by a burdensome regulatory process.

This is no small matter for Alaska, which receives about $500 million annually for its transportation projects through the Federal Highway Administration. Southeast and Southwest Alaska benefit from federal highway funds through limited road projects, but federal funds are used to build Alaska Marine Highway System ships. Like all other states, Alaska matches federal dollars with a 10-percent contribution.

Toward alleviating project delays, Chao noted that Alaska has become only the seventh state to acquire an agreement with the federal government that allows it to conduct environmental reviews for state and federal highway projects. The agreement, which is under the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), is expected to be signed in October, according to Chao.

Environmental protections will remain and the federal government will monitor the state’s reviews, but projects should be able to move forward more efficiently.

Actions speak louder than Twitter storms, disapproving pundits and shouting, rock-throwing protesters. There’s been considerable noise coming out of Washington, D.C. since Trump’s inauguration. It’s often difficult to know what’s true and what isn’t, because politicians and pundits present points of view favorable to their preferences, often ignoring the needs of states and even those of the nation.

I’m still not a Donald Trump fan. I doubt I’ll vote for him in 2020, but he’s doing some things right and it’s been a long time since Alaska has seen that coming out of the Oval Office. Alaskans, lets focus on what’s actually being accomplished for Alaska and tune out the rest of the nonsense.

Posted September 12, 2017 by aurorawatcherak in politics

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Hey, Trump Voters! How Do You Like Betrayal?   1 comment

So, I think a lot of people have heard that President Trump and Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer (D-NY) have agreed to pursue a deal that would permanently remove the requirement that Congress repeatedly raise the debt ceiling.

Trump signs Harvey aid, debt ceiling packageThis is a gentlemen’s agreement that’s been leaked by administration insiders. The Oval Office meeting included an agreement that House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) would work with the two men over the next several months to finalize a plan. Congress would have to approve the plan, of course, but the leakers claim Senate Democrats believe they can finalize the arrangement by December.

One reason I didn’t vote for President Trump is one of the reasons I didn’t vote for Hillary Clinton. I suspected Trump is still a Democrat. You do know you can join any political party you want and nobody actually asks you to prove you agree with the platform? One day in every four years, I’m a Republican so I can vote in the GOP primary. I’m back to being a Non-Partisan (an actual “party” designation in Alaska) by the general. So, I’m not surprised that President Trump has made this decision to betray American conservatives who voted for him. I kind of thought he would do something like this because he’s a closet Democrat and Democrats really don’t see anything wrong with debt.

I’ve spent a lot of blog posts talking about the danger of debt. Just as runaway debt in your household will force you into bankruptcy eventually, runaway debt in the government will eventually drive Washington DC into bankruptcy. Just like some households carry some debt and they do okay so long as they keep it under control, the national government can also carry some debt, but we are currently carrying more debt than all debt for the entire history of the United States. We’re in trouble, folks, and that periodic discussion of the debt ceiling helps us to remember that and encourages Americans to demand Congress do something about it.

It’s a lot easier to increase spending levels if the people don’t know what the national debt is. That’s how the government got away with running up debts in the 1950s and 60s. But in the 1970s, we started a very steep recession and the debt became a subject of common discussion. It forced the eventual passage of the Contract with America, which almost retired the debt.

No, Clinton did not have an actual surplus of funds. He raided the Social Security Trust Fund to make it seem like he had. And, now, we are $20 trillion in debt and going up and they want to move the problem out of sight so that we won’t care so much about it.

 

 

So, my question is –

Are you pissed off yet, Republicans?

Are you going to do something real about it?

No, I’m not saying vote for the Democrats. They are behind this stupidity!

I’m becoming convinced that voting does nothing, but if you’re going to vote, at least don’t vote for Dweedle Dee (GOP) or Dweedle Dum (Democrats). Instead, pick a third party you mostly agree with and vote for them. Take away the power from the elites – Congress and President Trump. Maybe a Libertarian President with a mixed Repubican, Democratic and Libertarian Congress would be more likely to address the debt and insist we do something about it.

Or maybe it will teach all of us that voting doesn’t do ANYTHING and we need to do something far different.

Trump’s Gambit   3 comments

Okay, I could choose to be embarrassed that the President of the United States responded in kind to threats from North Korea’s petulant child of a tinpot dictator. Promising “fire and fury” really does sound like a schoolyard threat.

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2017/aug/09/north-korea-us-airbase-guam-trump-fire-fury

And, maybe if I’d voted for Hillary Clinton, I’d surmise on how much better she would handle it … choosing to ignore that the Obama administration expanded two wars and got involved in at least four others while she was Secretary of State. For the record, in case you are unfamiliar with the cabinet secretary functions, the role of the Secretary of State is to, as far as possible, keep us out of war. Negotiation is a key part of the job. Since the US war footing expanded greatly during her tenure as Secretary of State, we can rightfully say she was a failure as Secretary of State.

Image result for image of north korea threatening guamYes, she would have issued a statement along the same lines as Barack Obama’s lukewarm admonitions to Kim Jong-Un, something like:

“You shouldn’t threaten other countries. We’re going to get tough and refuse to trade with you so your people can be even more starved than they are now, but you can continue getting more portly. Be a good little dictator now and run along. Go back to playing with your nuclear weapons and ballistic missiles and leave the adults alone.”

You get my point? Past presidents at least since as far back as Bush 1 have treated Pyongyang like wayward children and the paternalism is probably one reason why Kim acts up. The other BIG reason is that he is the leader of a starving nation with a lot of enemies and he feels threatened, so he threatens loudly and talks big about what little he can do against us.

He can’t hit the US with a nuclear payload. His missiles can’t carry a payload … at all … yet. He could hit Alaska with an unarmed missile, but nobody would notice the difference in the Valley of 10,000 Smokes. It’s already been devastated by volcanoes, so there’s no risk to a national treasure. So why are we acting like the 4-pound cat is a danger to us? They aren’t even really a danger to Guam (which the Guam governor acknowledges”, although an unarmed missile would do some damage, assuming that THAAD battery in Guam didn’t take it down before it hit.

I’ve said before, the best thing we could do is get off North Korea’s back and let the organic movement toward reunification with South Korea slowly work itself out. The more the US interferes in the internal workings of Pyongyang, the more likely we are to cause a reaction with negative consequences. Puffing himself up and threatening something he hasn’t got the means to do is not an actual reaction that we should arm up for.

Frankly, when I hear US Presidents deliver their worn-out, “don’t threat us, we might starve your people some more” speech, I’m frankly embarrassed by the ineffectiveness of a powerful nation like the US tut-tutting an insignificant little country. It’s kind of like how I feel about our military getting our asses handed to us in Afganistan and Iraq … or for that matter, Vietnam. Are we stupid? Clearly it’s not that we can’t win these conflicts … it’s that we don’t try to win them … so why do we even get into them?

I’m also embarrassed that the government of the United States has used its sanction power to starve the people of North Korea. Really, you don’t think that works in Kim’s favor? Of course it does.

So President Trump threatened “fury and fire”. He gave Kim the same basketball trashtalk that the North Korean dictator has been spouting for years. It’s a little embarrassing that our President isn’t more grown up than that, but again … what is the real difference between that and the ineffectual pronouncements of Barack Obama and his predecessors? If we’re talking about outcome, there isn’t any. Pyongyang will continue to bristle and threaten until we back off and give them some breathing space and maybe allow some food shipments into the country. If Kim’s subjects weren’t starving, maybe they’d have the energy to plot a coup and take care of their own problem.

Just a thought. And, for all you Trump supporters out there who are so excited that your President is finally talking tough with the child-man of Pyongyang … President Trump appears to be making threats that he’d have to be a crazy man to actually do, so … yeah, not really very effective … anymore than Hillary Clinton would have been. So, there you have it … balanced analysis.

Sanctions? For What?   2 comments

I didn’t vote for Donald Trump or Hillary Clinton, but the main reason I would have voted for Donald Trump rather than Hillary Clinton (for example, had I had a gun to my head and was required to vote for one or the other) was because of his relaxed stance toward Russia.

I have an 18-year-old son and a 24-year-old daughter, both now eligible for the draft — though the daughter has not yet been required to register. Thank you, President Obama, for balancing the ying-yang of male-female relations and requiring both genders to be killed in wars you start. That retroactively confirmed why I was right not to vote for you. I thought it was because you admire Marxist African dictators and have zero understanding of economics, but in reality, I voted against you because you’re a warmonger who never saw an 18-year-old you didn’t want to die in a war … unless, of course, they are your daughters.

But back to the moment ….

President Trump came into office talking strong defense without going to war. Okay, if I hadn’t had a third option who actually would have been a good president, that was a bit of weight in his direction since Hillary Clinton as Secretary of State had encouraged the Obama administration to advance two wars and get involved in four others and then bragged about it in her book Hard Choices. That was a recipe for my children being killed in one of her dirty little wars and so, if I hadn’t of loathed her before, I would not have voted for her in 2016. Disliking Trump’s misogyny simply didn’t outweigh Clinton’s warmonging and utter lack of diplomatic skills, which would likely endanger my children’s lives.

So, now, having won in part because of his stated desire to get along with the Russians (if not China), President Trump is now eager to sign sanctions against the country and says he will do so as soon as Congress forwards them to him.

I was encouraged when, after the election, Donald Trump decided to get along with China. I figure getting along with other countries is a better choice than not getting along with them and it’s really not our business what they do within their own borders … just as it is not their business what we do within ours.

So, whatever happened to getting along with Russia? Well, the Democrats (and there is increasing evidence that the Obama White House and Hillary Clinton were involved) cooked up an excuse for their anointed queen to have lost the 2016 election. It couldn’t be her hawkish war stance, her lack of any economic understanding, her attacking the women her husband assaulted, or her calling 40% of the electorate irredeemable deplorables. No, it had to be something far more insidious … like Russian operatives “interfering” in the election.

Let’s be clear about this. The backed emails came from Julian Assange of Wikileaks, who has never claimed anyone gave him that information. His organization has proven itself quite capable of doing its own hacking.

Moreover, there is no evidence that our actual election system was hacked. It would be virtually impossible to do so anyway. There are only three states with electronic voting machines. Those have had issues in the past, but an investigation showed they worked fine in 2016. One of the glories of our now-crippled federalist system is that elections are statewide affairs … even for the President of the United States. Ballot box stuffing is possible at the precinct level, but modern election practices would catch most of those.

So Wikileaks released information ahead of the US Presidential election that showed Hillary Clinton in a bad light. It’s recently come to light that Russia was the source for an anti-Trump report that came out around the same time. Both blocks of information served to improve the knowledge of the American public of the inner workings of the two major candidates for president. That’s a good thing! That’s what journalists are supposed to do and don’t. Assange and those mysterious Russian hackers did us a favor by informing us of information we the people had a right to know.

That’s not interference. That’s education.

So, now Trump wants to impose sanctions about Russian for “interfering in the election.” What does that tell us? That he didn’t have a deal with Russia to swing the US election in his favor? Perhaps. But more, it shows that power corrupts and absolute power corrupts absolutely. Instead of being friendly with Russia, President Trump has decided to risk a war with them instead.

Good going, Mr. President. You’ve fallen for the same stupidity that every other president since 1945 has fallen for. Let’s start another war that we don’t have the economic capacity to win. Let’s consume more young lives and end maybe set off World War 3. And, why?

Because, according to the elites in Congress, the American people apparently have no right to know the truth about their candidates, so it’s worth going to war to prevent such “interference” in our elections.

And, of course, journalists stroke the “Russia did it” line because they don’t want the American people to notice that Julian Assange did their jobs for them. But in case you’re wondering – Assange addressed this issue of Russian hacking the day of the election, before we even knew who the winner would be … when most of the opinion polls were showing that Hillary Clinton would be the winner.

https://wikileaks.org/Assange-Statement-on-the-US-Election.html

One Toe over the Line   Leave a comment

I’ve never really been into plays featuring political satire, but I used to be a fan of late-night comedians who poked fun at politicians and politics in general.

I don’t watch many these days. It’s just too vicious and not very funny anymore. Johnny Carson poked fun at every president, regardless of party. Jimmy Kimmel, not so much.

I am a fan of Shakespeare, however, and would love to see Julius Caesar acted live … well, except maybe not the version put on by The Public Theater for this year’s lineup of Shakespeare in the Park. In the modern retelling of the play, the theater group chose to create a clear reference to President Donald Trump as the protagonist. Some friends who live in New York saw that performance and were so shocked by the reference they left the performance.

Image result for kathy gifford trump head“I will not condone any group suggesting that we kill a sitting president,” Dorothy wrote. “I don’t support President Trump, but I won’t support treason either. Of course, they have the right to do what they want … say what they want … but I don’t have to condone it by sitting through their performance.” Dorothy and her husband, long-time devotees of theater, have decided to boycott The Public Theater, not just for this season, but for all future performances.

I’m 99% certain that Dorothy and Gene did not vote for Donald Trump. They both campaigned for Barack Obama on his first outing. I’m not sure about Dorothy, but Gene is a lifelong Democrat who ended his party affiliation when Barack Obama ran for a second term after what Gene, an accountant, thought was an economically appalling first term. He tells me he wrote-in Rand Paul on the 2016 Presidential ballot, which surprised me to no end. The man is in his 70s, changing his electoral preferences because our current system is that broken.

If this play took place in Caesar’s day, it’s likely the members of the theater group would not have lived to hear their reviews. In the weird modern-day world, the New York Times defended the play vigorously, though other media outlets have been more mixed in their response. This is part of the reason I believe we’ve reached a point, both domestically and internationally, where violence has replaced civil discourse.

Certainly the United States is no longer a society of educated (not necessarily schooled) and interested citizens willing to listen to someone else’s viewpoint without retaliating against them in violence and open displays of hatred.

I’m not fan of Milo Yiannopoulos, but I objected to the violence and suppression he faced when he traveled to Berkeley College last year. Students who took issue with Yiannopoulos’ views sought to silence him by attacking the building he was supposed to speak at along with burning objects and hurling debris. Similar behavior occurred when Ann Coulter attempted to speak there, but it also has occurred on other campuses. and even off-campus venues. I”m thinking that wearing a Trump t-shirt outside of a Trump rally is a dangerous thing to do. Universities attempting to encourage discussion of diverse perspectives now look more like totalitarian states rather than places where public discourse is encouraged.

This frightening turn of events most likely will have grave political and social ramifications. This country was founded on the principles of free speech and protection of the right of everyone to speak their minds. Is speech really free when it is designed to silence others? When does free speech become dangerous to society? And, which is more dangerous — the alternative perspectives being silenced or the speech of those trying to do the silencing?

I remember that libel and defamation lawsuits were a big deal when I was a working journalist, but I guess people have given up on countering the outrageous claims of tabloids and inflammatory speech. It appears you can effectively say anything about anyone, public or private, on any platform as long as you don’t intend to act on anything you say and so long as you don’t make someone so mad they take aggressive action against you.

Image result for berkeley riots 2017 imagesBut, hey, Kathy Griffin discovered there are a few faded lines remaining after she posted a sickening photo of President Trump’s decapitated head in her hand. The media actually did chide her for going too far. Still, 50 years ago, that sort of display would have gotten some serious attention by the Secret Service. I suspect had Ann Coulter appeared with an image of Barack Obama’s head in a similar fashion, she would have spent some time in an orange jumpsuit.

The political climate existing today is veering dangerously toward force as a means of silencing opponents rather than a culture of engagement. In an effort to enshrine toleration, a pluralistic culture has decided that the only views that should be tolerated are its own, subject to change with every alteration of their collective opinion.

Frankly, it’s a mentality seen on both the left and the right, across the media, and among voters, although there are some Trump supporters who recently showed a great deal of class. Americans increasingly see government as the means to achieve their ends and have become willing to employ its power to force others to comply.

President Gerald Ford said, “We can disagree without being disagreeable,” but nobody seems to listen to him anymore.

Kathy Griffin’s photo was disagreeable. The Public Theater group’s substitution of a Trump-esque Caesar was disagreeable. Trump supporters who punch out their opposition are disagreeable. There was a time when college students used to riot over the administration refusing to allow a speaker on campus. Now, they employ reverse censorship by silencing others through civil unrest or through public displays of murder. Through these means, they exercise their ability to promote censorship of these individuals and their ideals. And that is incredibly disagreeable.

Aristotle once said, “Republics decline into democracies and democracies degenerate into despotisms.” We may be nearing despotism. When people produce public displays of ‘staged’ murder of any American citizen, we are all at risk. Anyone associating with that person has been given a message as to how they and their views are seen. 63 million people voted for Donald Trump. Surely, Kathy Griffin and The Public Theater company don’t want to see them dead too? Or do they?

This is the important question that bears asking. Leaders represent the views of the people who vote for them. We have a framework in this country for the peaceful transition of power and we have enshrined such civil rights as the right to peaceful protest and removal from office by vote. The founders knew there would be people of varying political sentiment living in America. Their design was not for open acts of violence to represent how opposing political viewpoints are viewed.

American and global civil discourse is at a crossroads. We can either accept that violence will rule how we interact with others both from behind the protection of our computer screens or openly in the public square or we can decide to rein in intolerance in the name of tolerance.

Once these types of acts become mainstream it is not long before societies devolve into chaos. Liberty-minded individuals know the power of civil public discourse and education. That is how we spread the ideals of freedom. We must start championing these values. We need to end the violence and hatred before a despot decides to end it for us.

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So Rick has been gone for a month on a medical mission to Tanzania, which shows his really lousy timing. And I don’t feel qualified (enough) to analyze the Senate’s new-ish health insurance bill without my doctor-expert. But he found connectivity a few days ago and sent me his thoughts on the subject.

It’s disappointing that big places of Obamacare are left in place and Rick believes the current “repeal” legislation will merely slow the death spiral and not arrest it, but he notes that, for the most part, this is really a Medicaid reformation bill and that is definitely much needed. Block granting Medicaid to the states would improve quality of care and reduce overall costs. We’ve had 20 years of welfare reform to bolster the idea that states do it better than the federal government does.

Critics are savaging this idea, implying that “deep cuts” will hurt the quality of care. Some of them are even engaging in inflamatory and highly inaccurate rhetoric about people dying because of cutbacks. The problem with this is that nobody is proposing to cut Medicaid. Republicans are merely proposing to limit annual spending increases. But just like when Sarah Palin refused to allow the Alaska budget to grow chasing higher oil prices, in the upside-down world of Washington DC budgeting, this counts a “cut”.

The Washington Post contributes to this falsehood with a column explicitly designed to argue that the program is being cut.

…the Senate proposal includes significant cuts to Medaid spending…the Senate bill is more reliant on Medicaid cuts than even the House bill…spending on the program would decline in 2026 by 26 percent…That’s a decrease of over $770 billion on Medicaid over the next 10 years. …By 2026, the federal government would cut 1 of every 4 dollars it spends on Medicaid.

A New York Timesarticle even had a remarkably inaccurate headline as it shares out the dishonest rhetoric, especially in the first few paragraphs.

Senate Republicans…took a major step…, unveiling a bill to make deep cuts in Medicaid… The Senate measure…would also slice billions of dollars from Medicaid, a program that serves one in five Americans… The Senate bill would also cap overall federal spending on Medicaid: States would receive a per-beneficiary allotment of money. …State officials and health policy experts predict that many people would be dropped from Medicaid because states would not fill the fiscal hole left by the loss of federal money.

Here’s a chart showing the truth. The data come directly from the Congressional Budget Office.

At the risk of pointing out the obvious, it’s not a cut if spending rises from $393 billion to $464 billion.

Federal outlays on the program will climb by about 2 percent annually.

If opponents of reform want the program to grow faster in order to achieve different goals, that’s fine (everybody is allowed an opinion), but they should be honest about the numbers.

Of course, there is more than math involved here. There’s also policy.

The Wall Street Journal recently opined on the important goal of giving state policymakers the power and responsibility to manage the program. The bottom line is that recent waivers have been highly successful.

…center-right and even liberal states have spent more than a decade improving a program originally meant for poor women and children and the disabled. Even as ObamaCare changed Medicaid and exploded enrollment, these reforms are working… The modern era of Medicaid reform began in 2007, when Governor Mitch Daniels signed the Healthy Indiana Plan that introduced consumer-directed insurance options, including Health Savings Accounts (HSAs). Two years later, Rhode Island Governor Donald Carcieri applied for a Medicaid block grant that gives states a fixed sum of money in return for Washington’s regulatory forbearance. Both programs were designed to improve the incentives to manage costs and increase upward mobility so fewer people need Medicaid. Over the first three years, the Rhode Island waiver saved some $100 million in local funds and overall spending fell about $3 billion below the $12 billion cap. The fixed federal spending limit encouraged the state to innovate, such as reducing hospital admissions for chronic diseases or transitioning the frail elderly to community care from nursing homes. The waiver has continued to pay dividends under Democratic Governor Gina Raimondo. …This reform honor roll could continue: the 21 states that have moved more than 75% of all beneficiaries to managed care, Colorado’s pediatric “medical homes” program, Texas’s Medicaid waiver to devolve control to localities from the Austin bureaucracy.

By contrast, the current system in states that have not moved toward block granting is not successful. It doesn’t even generate better health, notwithstanding hundreds of billions of dollars of annual spending. Both Rick and I have worked in the medical field intersecting Medicaid and we’ve both seen how badly it works. Medicaid is what single-payer health insurance looks like and it isn’t pretty.

Avik Roy explained this perverse result in Forbes back in 2013.

Piles of studies have shown that people on Medicaid have health outcomes that are no better, and often worse, than those with no insurance at all. …authors of the Oregon study published their updated, two-year results, finding that Medicaid “generated no significant improvement in measured physical health outcomes.” The result calls into question the $450 billion a year we spend on Medicaid… And all of that, despite the fact that the study had many biasing factors working in Medicaid’s favor: most notably, the fact that Oregon’s Medicaid program pays doctors better; and also that the Medicaid enrollees were sicker, and therefore more likely to benefit from medical care than the control arm.

First, there are no Medicaid cuts, as the left is asserting, and second, Medicaid as currently operating, does such a poor job that it doesn’t have any effect on health outcomes. If the GOP actually did cut the program, it is entirely likely that people would actually get better care with no insurance at all. But that is not what is being proposed. The administration of Medicaid would move to the states, which was a highly successful improvement to welfare programs in the 1990s and is now working in a handful of states for Medicaid.

So whatever you’re hearing in the news is not news … it’s propaganda, created by those who don’t want to lose their power to control the lives of others.

When Was the Last Time an Actor Assassinated a President?   Leave a comment

I’m not terribly surprised by Johnny Depp suggesting “it’s been a while and maybe it’s time.” He’s never struck me as a particularly intelligent person. Celebrities don’t have to be bright or informed. That’s not their job. Their job is to be entertaining and apparently Depp thought his British audience would be entertained by a suggestion that it’s okay to kill a sitting president. It speaks a great deal about the British audience that they laughed. Seriously, people, you were laughing over the prospect of killing another human being.

It’s a great big stupid world. It’s okay to murder babies (and presidents we don’t like), but we really must save the whale … and the snail darter. (With compliments to Randy Stonehill)

Related imageI’m not worried about Depp actually attempting the murder the president, but people unaccountably listen to celebrities and people do stupid things … like whomever sent suspicious white powder to the woman who won the Georgia special election.

Remember when Jared Loughner shot Gabby Gifford? The news was focused on a campaign ad by Sarah Palin that featured what was said to be gun-sights on various election campaigns around the country. “Oh, it’s all Sarah Palin’s fault! Destroy the Tea Party. They want to assassinate politicians.” It turned out Loughner had never seen the ad and there was absolutely no evidence that his rampage was caused by an affiliation with the Tea Party (he had long rambling posts on social media about admiring the Communist Manifesto). But the stink stuck and there are still liberals who will bring it up in conversation. “The Tea Party caused what happened to Gifford.” No, it didn’t. No one in the Tea Party advocated for anyone to go out and shoot anyone … including the President. We gathered peacefully in parks and along highways to protest the socialization of the country. Mentally ill people had to act upon their own delusional systems to decide to shoot elected officials.

And that is the difference between the Tea Party and the Resistance. The Resistance seems to be actively calling for violence against Trump and anyone who doesn’t see his presidency in the same way they do. Kathy Griffin (beheading Trump), Snoop Dog (shooting president in the head), Madonna (blowing up the White House), Robert DeNiro (I’d like to punch him in the face), Joss Whedon (what he wants a rhino to do to Paul Ryan isn’t acceptable fodder for this blog), Marilyn Manson (killing Trump in music video), Larry Wilmer (suffocating Trump with Scalia’s pillow) and several others have actively engaged in violent rhetoric, sometimes veiled as humor, but all designed to invoke a response both from their own followers and from “the other side.” I find it ironic that people are so worried about hurting the feelings of Muslims by talking honestly about Islamic terrorism or the feelings of transgendered people by using standard pronouns to describe them are okay with suggesting that murdering someone for their political views is fine.

So, if some Squeaky Fromm-like person tries to kill President Trump, Johnny Depp should be put on trial right next to that person, as an accessory before the fact. There are limits to what you can say under the concept of free speech. Shouting fire in a crowded theater and suggesting someone should kill the president are examples of when you cross a line and should pay a penalty. But, hey, my guess is that this will not hurt Depp’s career in the least and should an assassination attempt occur, nobody will remember who planted the idea in the public’s mind.

 

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

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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

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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

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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

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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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Another Commenter for Hire

3 days ago

In reply to:

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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“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

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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Foster McTeague

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

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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…

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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

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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

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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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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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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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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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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

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©Dump Trump™

3 days ago

Happy to flag all comments by this impostor.

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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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— 💥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

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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

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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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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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