[quote][b]avenger[/b] - Yes, that's right, resolve your arguments with a bullet from your gun. Will he claim self-defense against an unarmed victim and his wife because he feared for his life?
The retired police officer used poor judgement and I wonder if he used the same type of judgement when he was an active duty police officer.
And isn't it ironic that the movie they were going to watch was "Lone Survivor?" [/quote]
When I hear about an aberrant incident like this I think dementia was involved. Another factor in the debate about gun control.posted @ Tuesday, January 14, 2014 - 12:07
Most non-suicide gun deaths occur in our inner cities, in densely populated and lower income environments. It is the poor who suffer disproportionately from gun violence. Mass shootings especially K-12 shootings are a phenomenon all over the globe and Europe has just as big a problem as the US. So were largely kidding our selves into thinking the mass killing travesty can be changed by new laws.
All the dialogue similar to this editorial ignores this Probably the single biggest factor in gun deaths is the drug trade and gang violence. Do something about this like drug legalization and employment for inner city youth and then we may see a change. A chilling statistic is that 54% of murder victims are black while they make up just 13% of the population. Ending the carnage in our inner cities will lower our overall rate to be similar to the rest of the developed world.posted @ Thursday, December 19, 2013 - 12:00
Im sure this guy really thought he had that much money. When I hear a story like this I think dementia.posted @ Wednesday, November 27, 2013 - 10:13
@theold33: Ive often wondered why people on SNAP can buy softdrinks, potato chips and candy. It could be that poor yet obese individuals are guilty of too much 'pigging out' on junk food. Anybody know?posted @ Thursday, November 14, 2013 - 11:15
Most of you dont have a clue as to what will happen when we begin subsidizing green energy like Europe. They have a new word over there called 'Energy poverty' --- too poor to pay your electric bills. I think its sad to see so many of you clamoring for solar when it will only deliver a trivial proportion of our energy and could double our electric bills.posted @ Thursday, October 31, 2013 - 09:22
@cwillocks: Ive been carrying a collapsible police baton on my walks with my leashed dog. My wife tried pepper spray on a vicious dog a few years ago and it didn't slow him down. I hope I never have to use it (the baton) as it feels like it could easily break some bones.posted @ Friday, October 25, 2013 - 18:39
@gman129: Im so sorry that happened. Ever since the melamine fiasco a few years back Ive been looking on the dog and cat food / treat packages to see where the food was made.posted @ Friday, October 25, 2013 - 15:02
Criminals arent too stupid. They know guns are banned in the dorms so its easy pickings without the occupational hazard of assaulting an armed victim.posted @ Thursday, October 24, 2013 - 10:07
@Curls: The largest health insurer in the vast majority of the 50 states are non-profits. I would hazard to say the vast majority of health insurers are non-profits although Im not certain In fact, many health care insurers only act as the administrator of an employers funds, because health insurance companies are adept at the business of carrying out the details. There are other reasons why health costs are going up, without blaming the insurance companies.posted @ Friday, October 18, 2013 - 09:15
From 'the Hill" newspaper:
"White House officials expressed confidence they wouldn’t have to back down in the slightest, while aides close to Obama, former administration officials and top Democratic strategists who confer with the White House say the chances of them negotiating with Republicans are slim to none. . . ."
So we have both sides refusing to budge. Not sure which side I dislike more.posted @ Tuesday, October 1, 2013 - 14:36
Financial regulations are so complex even the regulators have to turn to private companies to figure them out. It is precisely these regulations that allow the big bad financial institutions to make billions. We need simpler, more transparent regulations to make things work, along with no more giant institutions that are too big to fail and too big to make loans to small business.
We need to start with bad government that is wedded to the Bank of Americas and Chase Manhattans, etc. and create a level playing field else 2008 will all come again down the road.posted @ Wednesday, September 25, 2013 - 14:26
@alicenorthman: Have you tried their sweet potato fries? Tastier and better for you than the regular fries IMHO.posted @ Tuesday, September 24, 2013 - 15:57
@avenger: Western Europe probably has a bigger problem with mass killings that the US, so they are crazy too. Erfurt Germany- 18, Dumblane Scotland- 16 Winnenden Germany, 15, and Easdetton, Germany-11 in the last few years. I could go on and on . . . Zug Switzerland-14 killed. People forget this is a peculiarly western problem, not just a US problem. Europe probably has more K-12 mass shootings than the US.posted @ Monday, September 23, 2013 - 15:15
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The death penalty does seem to be applied arbitrarily everywhere. Brian Nichols killed a judge, a court reporter, a deputy and another a few years back in Atlanta, and did not get the death penalty. Nichols was guilty with many witnesses. Nichols made a sham of our justice system.
Holmes appears to be schizophrenic. Im not sure executing certified psychos (assuming this is proven) is fair in my opinion.posted @ Tuesday, September 3, 2013 - 15:27
@Fred III: What I understand, the penalty is $695 plus 2.5% of your income over $10,500. Then you can be admitted to the hospital and operated on or treated, then after discharge you simply stop paying the premium. The administration is counting on healthy young people signing up for the system. But as soon as people figure this out the system may break down. Young people who don't quality for Medicaid will likely go this route thus straining the system more like now.posted @ Sunday, September 1, 2013 - 15:55
@E.J.: There are some good ones. Consult 'Charity Watch' where they rate many charities as to how much of the contributions actually go to the needy. I think you need to be a member to get their quarterly publication, but it is a good resource the library may have. And a good charity to give to, I may add.posted @ Thursday, August 29, 2013 - 20:00
My fear is what the rebel forces will do the the Alawite and Christian minorities in Syria. The history is rife with Assad Senior and Junior aggressively killing any hint of rebellion. They are going to want revenge should the rebels take power. This isnt going to end pretty.posted @ Monday, August 26, 2013 - 16:02
@twofinger: My thoughts are just the possibility there may be an armed person inside the school will deter these creeps. Getting rid of the 'gun free zones' signs would be a good first step.posted @ Friday, August 23, 2013 - 12:02
@hjfedrick: You obviously didnt read my citation at the bottom. The report was from the USDA and the US Census. Pretty standard, non-biased sources And I am glad you contribute to feeding people. I just hope more than a few were truly needy of food.posted @ Wednesday, August 14, 2013 - 14:50
No false statements, just the facts. Please read the citation below. Only about 1% of children experience hunger at any time during a year according to this unbiased survey. Groups that claim hunger is rampant cite food insecurity as equating hunger. Not quite the same thing.
Another point I want to make: I give to 'The American Institute of Philanthropy" and they rate charities according to how much overhead and etc. goes to the children, veterans, etc. Although my newsletter is at home, there are a lot of groups out there making millions off of peoples desire to help hungry children and other sympathetic groups. Before any of you give money to these groups, make sure the charity is legit. The food stamp program, despite its critics, is very efficient at inhibiting hunger in America, not charities and soup kitchens.posted @ Wednesday, August 14, 2013 - 11:05
BS. I used to work weekend feed-the-poor activities. At least half of the hungry were obese and/or dressed better than myself. This article is a misuse of statistics to show that hunger is more prevalent in America than it really is. Perhaps one in a thousand children are hungry on any given day.posted @ Wednesday, August 14, 2013 - 09:09
I believe the biggest problem with the 'affordable care act' is that people will quickly learn it is a lot cheaper to get the insurance when you become ill, pay the late fee ($695 + 2% of income above 10K) then discontinue the insurance when they become well. Some may argue this is better than the current system though.posted @ Wednesday, August 7, 2013 - 16:00
[quote][b]barryhollander[/b] - Interesting that Lomborgs got a political science degree at UGA. And his other degrees ... political science. Now he's at a biz school. Yup, environmental scientist indeed. There's even a site dedicated to his many errors. Yup, I'd listen to him on this issue. [/quote]
Barry: Big eco is big business. Im including the environmentalists and the scientists. Theres no surprise they attack him. I doubt anyone has really found error in his work. When he published 'The skeptical environmentalist', people came out of the woodwork attacking him but all his data held up.posted @ Friday, August 2, 2013 - 19:26
Bull feathers! I would suspect any media attention aimed at climate research. The following is from Bjorn Lomborgs blog . . .
By 2050 more heat will make us 50% more violent. Except it seems to be just one more scare story.
Although CNN and many others faithfully retell the press release from Princeton (http://bit.ly/16bK3bn), Spiegel now reveals that the authors consciously left out 8 studies that showed the exact opposite of their conclusions (http://bit.ly/15yVbjv).
Moreover, almost all of their studies are short-term (yes, a heat wave makes people more prone to violence, but hot nations are not inherently more violent than cold ones). Only one-sixth of their studies reach beyond a decade, and of these, two clearly show that *cold* causes more violence, not heat (in Europe and in China, doi:10.1007/s10584-009-9659-2, doi:10.1007/s10584-005-9024-z)posted @ Friday, August 2, 2013 - 10:14
Summary: Fun facts: The first-ever Oscar ceremony, held in 1929, ran a brisk 15 minutes. By contrast, the longest was in 2002, clocking in at a monstrous 4 hours and change. As usual, there are things I loved about it and things I didn't. Rather than be snarky or complain, I'll offer a few suggestions on how the organizers might bring the show into the 21st century. Fun facts: The first-ever Oscar ceremony, held in 1929, ran a brisk 15 minutes. By contrast, the longest was in 2002, clocking in at a monstrous 4 hours and change. As usual, there are things I loved about it and things I didn't. Rather than be snarky or complain, I'll offer a few suggestions on how the organizers might bring the show into the 21st century. First, a few thoughts on the winners: read more
Athens-Clarke County police officers responded to Pinewood Estates North on a 911 call concerning a heated domestic dispute. it reportedly was an argument over the lack of heat and food in a family's trailer and a woman was threatening to stab anyone who tried to take away her 7-month-old child. State patrol responded also, from their post nearby on U.S. Highway 29 North. The situation apparently was resolved. An officer reported he was driving the woman and infant to another home in Athens. read more