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Comment Re: Yay big government! (Score 1) 310


I use the word "pro-life" because that's what our culture has decided upon but I describe my position as "pro-innocent life".

I'm not opposed to capital punishment, in principle but in practice I think that's it's not properly applied and the last thing I want is to execute an innocent person. So, I'm in favor of juries having the option to sentence a defendant to death but I also support moratoriums on carrying out executions until all doubts have been removed regarding any claims of innocence.


Comment Re:Yay big government! (Score 2) 310

I'm not debating my beliefs with you. Basically, you don't get a vote in deciding what's important to me.

I put it in quotes because it's a neologism. Like I said, I don't really care about gay "marriage" but the people who support me on my issues care about it, so I lend my support to them in return. Do you think I care about what marginal tax rate someone making 200k/year pays? Nope, not at all but those guys tend to assist me when something that I care about it up for public debate, so I return the favor when it's time to discuss taxes. It's a part of being a political coalition.

Indeed, I'm right at home in the GOP but 25 years ago, I would have probably been more at home in the Democratic party.


Comment Re:Yay big government! (Score 3, Insightful) 310

Ah yes, the nutjobs slander. Have you ever considered the possibility that the people who believe differently than you have put as much thought as or more thought than you into the issues and simply come to a different conclusion?

You need to buy the whole package: Low tax, guns for all, no abortion, no gay marriage, climate change is a liberal hoax, wave the flag and God Bless America.

What you fail to realize, either intentionally or not, is that you're complaining about political coalitions.

To boil it down to my main issues, I'm pro-life and pro second amendment.

Low taxes are something that I regard as a "nice to have" but not a requirement. I don't care much about gay "marriage" or flag waving. I don't think that reducing particulate emissions would be the worst thing in the world.

I support the people who care about those issues because they support me with mine.

It's not just my side, both sides do it.You don't really think that the upper-middle class white feminists give half a damn about some poor black kid's police brutality claim, do you?

Before 1992, I would have probably been a Democrat. I wasn't fond of Reagan or Reaganomics. George Bush Sr. was a filthy liar. No new taxes indeed. But in those days, the Democrats made it clear that pro-life, pro second amendment people were not welcome in their party while the Republicans opened their arms and welcomed us in.

Want to change things? Offer something more substantive than scorn and ridicule. Otherwise, a lot of people like me will have no choice but to vote for whichever John McCain clone gets the GOP nomination in 2016.


Comment Re:Doesn't the NRA already collect names? (Score 1) 531

But, but, the NRA seems to be saying that you can easily build a gun registry simply using the phone metadata. If what you say is true, then not all people that call the NRA have a gun !!! Next thing you know, you'll tell me some people have guns and never call the NRA.

Then you don't understand the argument.

It's not just the NRA, it's gun stores, gun clubs, gun ranges and other gun owners. If you were to take a look at everyone who called a gun store, gun club, target range and known gun collectors over the past 5 years, you'd have a pretty good idea of who owns guns in the country. That's the creation of a backdoor registry and since creation of a registry is already forbidden under federal law, the NRA's point is a salient one.

The NSA can retain metadata until the political winds shift enough to allow the creation of such a registry.


Comment Re:This just in: (Score 2) 531

Yeah, you sure can edit those to hide the context of those to pretend it's about all guns. Nice use of the ellipsis there, and with no link back to an original source.

A+ for effort!

How about video?

She said it.

SHE is after our guns. SHE admitted. WE know it. YOU are either lying or ignorant.

And Here's a source for Cuomo's statement.

Yes. He was looking at confiscation or forced sale, which is just compensated confiscation.


Comment Re:Exit Interviews are always flowery (Score 2) 550

That cop is not your friend, no matter which side of the law you are on.

This (you!) is what's wrong with our country. The police are doing their job to enforce the law. You don't like laws being enforced? Then maybe you should move to africa. I hear they've got no police, and it's going great over there.

When you say "our country", I certainly hope that you don't mean the USA. What's wrong with the USA is that we have far too many cop groupies and Stockholm-syndrome types. The police are not there to enforce the law. The police are there to enforce order. The police are there to keep the poor, the politically unimportant and the people who are feared by the politically connected in line.


Comment Re:Exit Interviews are always flowery (Score 4, Informative) 550

Law abiding citizens that work to help the community have nothing to fear from Uncle Leo.

You, sir, are either dangerously naive or simply an upper-middle class white guy with no perspective. Law abiding citizens of color or lower economic status have plenty to fear from law enforcement.


Comment Re:End game (Score 1) 274

It's also really hard to get assault guns, so gangs tend to be massively outgunned by the authorities.

You don't understand the issue. It's not an AK-47 or an M4 that you hunt an elephant or a rhino with. Those bullets are far too small and have too little kinetic energy to reliably take down the animal. You get something BIG and because you don't want to get too close, you get something accurate at a reasonable range. I can't speak from personal experience, because I have only hunted North American land game but I'm thinking .338 or bigger. You're not going to find that in an assault rifle.

I have no idea what Australia's gun laws are like, but I can only assume that there are some hunting arms allowed. That's what a poacher would use.


Comment Re:Ken Murray's blog (Score 1) 646

Look at it this way, high blood pressure and arthritis runs in my family. Though I may pwn you with regards to caffeine, eventually it'll catch up to me.

I met a friend of a friend of a friend a couple of years ago who was a serious caffeine junkie. She drank coffee constantly, as well as keeping a stash of caffeinated candy in her purse and used the caffeinated soap.

By the way, what is BC powder?


Comment Re:Ken Murray's blog (Score 2) 646

I'm not buying it either. I drink 2-4 cups of coffee every work day. I don't have a single cup on the weekends. I'm just finishing up a 7 day vacation and in that time I have had precisely one cup. No headaches, no jitters, nothing.


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