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  • Oregon Massacre   1 day 5 hours ago
    Quote Dexterous:
    Quote Legend:

    It is better answered Dex if you give me a reason that you need a weapon that can fire as fast as you can pull a trigger. Somehow we survived for many years without them.

    Multiple threats.

    In other words you are paranoid. Just how many threats have you had?

  • The Weight- Bluegrass Style   1 day 5 hours ago

    Some one with smack their nom deplume should probably be avoided especially if he's walking about with a shotgun. Time to dive for cover.

    Another confrontation (and read the little notation of the poster):

  • Oregon Massacre   1 day 5 hours ago

    Term limits would require a Constitutional amendment but aside from that they would be a bad idea in addressing this (or any) problem. Inexperienced and politically vulnerable politicians would only be more susceptible to outside influence, not less (which is why libertarians are so desirous of term limits). As Thom has often explained; especially so long as money rules, term limits would only tend to transfer institutionaly garnered power, authority and historical legislative memory in the hands of elected officials over to institutionalized lobbying.

  • Hillary Clinton and the Keystone XL   1 day 6 hours ago

    OK....I can understand the interest in Thorium Molten Salt Reactors. I watched a couple long videos. I am on the fence because I still don't know enough. Hopefully someone else here who understands it better can list the cons?

    We still need to get rid of the old reactors in my opinion. If I do understand it right, there are some major benefits to using Thorium Molten Salt reactors but of course I was listening to Pro videos. I would like to hear what the drawbacks are.

  • Oregon Massacre   1 day 6 hours ago

    Ineffectual? It addressed mass shootings as it was meant to. As long as single gun homicides decline, mass shootings don't matter? You guys are sick.

    Since 1982, there have been at least 71 public mass shootings across the country, with the killings unfolding in 31 states from Massachusetts to Hawaii. Thirty-four of these mass shootings have occurred since 2006. Seven of them took place in 2012 alone, including Sandy Hook. A recent analysis of this database by researchers at Harvard University, further corroborated by a recent FBI study, determined that mass shootings have been on the rise.

    This report was in 2012. From 1982 to 2006 , 36 mass shootings or 1.5 per year before ban removal. From 2006 to 2012, 34 massshootings or 5.66 per year after the ban was lifted. 5.66/1.5 = 3.77 Or after the ban was lifted gun deaths were 377% of the number before the ban was lifted.


    377% increase indicates it was not ineffectual.


  • Was the electoral college unfair to the South in the election of Abraham Lincoln in 1860? Yes   1 day 6 hours ago

    Yes true Ultrax

    Would a perfect Greek democracy survive? Could we? Should everyone be able to vote on the disposition of US nuclear weapons in this world? I don't think so. I think the level of competency its not there yet. Take one look on the highways to see how legal voters drive and that's a nightmare. I can't see how is mentally competent to allow people who speed jump in front of you and stomp on their brakes to be able to vote on the disposition of nuclear weapons. Yet that would be the perfect representation of everyone.

    The Confederate Constitution gave more sovereign power to the individual states (also the State power to impeach Federal judges) yet nearly copied exactly the US Constitution' flawed electoral college. The Supreme Court as it exists today with 9 corporate lawyers would not have existed on a Confederate Federal level. The Confederate Constitution did not respect the "greek" popular vote of each individual for true representation. It is more than likely that the confederate states with thier own individual supreme courts would be just as corrupt as our Neoconservative Supreme court today.

    A Bill of rights has to be enforced by the government powers in charge. That's changes with each election.

    The unfortunate reality is that there is no perfect government because all governments are manipulated (however differently ) at one point or another to subdue the common law for the banks or otherwise investment financial powers that be.

    Today as it was yester year the banks pay a way to manipulate the masses. As Texas Unionist govenor General Sam Houston said when Texas seceded and when thrown out of office that Texas was surrendering it's independence to a consortium of smaller states beholden to "King Cotton" and Southern plantocracy.

  • Assimilation is not a hit song   1 day 7 hours ago

    One other thing, the girl was seeking a prophylactic and my suggestion has a higher success rate than the one her dad killed her for.

    Plus it's not cheating

  • Oregon Massacre   1 day 7 hours ago

    America's unique problem with gun violence, in one chart

    This chart, [see by clicking link above] compiled using United Nations data collected by the Guardian's Simon Rogers, shows that America far and away leads other developed countries when it comes to gun-related homicides. Why? Extensive reviews of the research by the Harvard School of Public Health's Injury Control Center suggest the answer is pretty simple: The US is an outlier on gun violence because it has way more guns than other developed nations.

    Everyone blames mental illness for mass shootings. But what if that's wrong?

    Jonathan Metzl, a professor of psychiatry, sociology, and medicine, health, and society at Vanderbilt University, argues that mental illness is often a scapegoat that lets policymakers and the public ignore bigger, more complicated contributors to gun violence. Metzl, who reviewed the research on mass shootings and mental illness in a paper for the American Journal of Public Health, points to studies that show people with mental illness are more likely to be victims — not perpetrators — of violence, and that very few violent acts — about 3 to 5 percent — are carried out by the mentally ill. And while mental illness can be a contributor to some violent behaviors, other factors — such as substance abuse, poverty, history of violence, and access to guns — are much stronger predictors of violence and shootings.

  • The Weight- Bluegrass Style   1 day 7 hours ago

    The recent shootings in OR might be why this song popped into my head

    or maybe I was in the mood for a little confrontation

  • Oregon Massacre   1 day 7 hours ago

    Term limits. First and most important. Any real change toward better government, a saner and safer nation and world, depend on it.

  • Oregon Massacre   1 day 7 hours ago

    Albert Einstein: "Insanity: doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results."

    Perhaps someone should have told that to Feinstein in 2004. " The ban was passed as part of the Violent Crime Control and Law Enforcement Act of 1994. In 2004, when the ban was set to expire, Feinstein sponsored a 10-year extension of the ban as an amendment to the Protection of Lawful Commerce in Arms Act; while the amendment was successfully added, the act itself failed.[27] The act was then revived in 2005, and, despite Feinstein's best efforts, was passed without an extension of the assault weapons ban."

    The ban was both ineffectual and unnecessary. Crime, and murder/non-negligent manslaughter rates were already dropping and continued to drop both during and after the ban's enactment and subsequent sunset. The 10 avg. for murder/n-nman during the ban was approx. 6.23 per 100,000, down from a 1980 high of 10.2, while the succeeding 10 years averaged 5.7.


    Probably the reason 20 Dems voted against reinstatement of the ban.

  • Oregon Massacre   1 day 7 hours ago

    I agree with your whole post and could cut and paste ren's reply to it on my post as well.

    We don’t outlaw cars and they kill people. Loads. Imagine if you tried to regulate our right to drive? I mean, aside from having to wear seat belts and get a driver’s license and keep the speed limit and drive a road-worthy vehicle and be of a certain age and being limited to only driving certain vehicles and being in reasonable control of your mental faculties. Aside from that, you regulate driving and you’re going to piss off real Americans!

    Besides, if you outlaw death rays, then people are just going to pick up a baseball bat or a machete or a knife and kill people. Or one person. Maybe. At a time.

    It's in the constitution, the right to kill as many people as you want at a time shall not be infringed. (It's in the small print next to the Right to be as ignorant as you want shall not be infringed)

    btw, I've been saying for quite awhile that the reason gun deaths have gone down (not mass shootings) is because fewer people have guns. Two guys were involved in a confrontation on the interstate (didn't signal or gave him the finger), one pulled off into the rest stop, the other did too, one pulled his piece, the other did too, they killed each other, two less risks of gun deaths of innocent people. A reality show with live rounds might be possible in the future for Gun Nut of the Year, Trump could sponsor it.

  • MARKET-BASED SOLUTION?   1 day 7 hours ago

    A gun insurance mandate is gaining traction. Don't let the gun lobby (which hates any requirement for responsibility) or the insurance industry (which hates any mandate as leading to price regulation) stop this. There are lots of details on the possibilities at

  • Oregon Massacre   1 day 8 hours ago
    Quote Legend:

    It is better answered Dex if you give me a reason that you need a weapon that can fire as fast as you can pull a trigger. Somehow we survived for many years without them.

    Multiple threats.

  • Oregon Massacre   1 day 8 hours ago

    Great information ren.

    As far as congress and the CRS as a trusted source, the GOP buried a recent CRS report* verifying tax increases have never negatively effected economic growth and tax cuts (as recently passed) have never positively effected economic growth. Reducing or increasing marginal rates at the top did nothing to growth. The Fica holiday did because it effected consumers. The Govt became the consumer of last resort.

    I think an effective ad campaign by the Brady Foundation and a coalition of like minded common sense allies will be needed this coming election season. VA has off year elections, so one now, and the Dad of the reporter recently shot is coordinating a state wide blitz identifying those candidates that want to arm mentally disturbed people with as many firearms as they can get and as deadly as they can get.

    *They buried it so it's near their heads, always buried in the sand when they find out there is no santy claus but there is a sanity clause and insanity clauses, they just happen to prefer insanity- "Just responding to our base".

  • Oregon Massacre   1 day 8 hours ago

    A comment by Stephan Colbert about our gun laws:

    "One of the definitions of insanity is changing nothing and pretending something will change."

  • The Essential Thing...   1 day 8 hours ago

    Thanks, stwo and Dexterous for your comments. Do talk to others. Term limits cries out for massive public support.

  • Truck Drivers with ADHD are legally allowed to take prescription Amphetamine. This is safe how?   1 day 8 hours ago

    If we could take away the medications from everybody out there with ADHD there is absolutely no doubt there would be more accidents and more fatalities on our roads and highways. And if everyone out there who does have some degree of ADHD but have not been diagnosed with it which would probably be millions, were suddenly diagnosed with it and started taking medication for it there is no doubt the accidents and fatalities on our roads and highways would decrease dramatically. I think the DOT is probably smart enough to realize this and is probably why they don't listen to idiots like chrisgt28 and all the other stupid people on this forum that agree with him. If it could be determined I would be willing to bet by percentage there are fewer drivers at fault in accidents who have ADHD AND TAKE THEIR MEDS PROPERLY than the stupid people stirring up crap about something they don't know anything about or understand. Why don't we just outlaw the big rigs completely. Then there would be zero accidents involving truck drivers. Better yet lets outlaw all motorized vehicles entirely. Then there would be no accidents with motorized vehicles at all. This would save millions of lives and we could all ride horses instead. That makes as much sense as what some people on this site are saying.

  • Oregon Massacre   1 day 8 hours ago

    Term limits.

  • Oregon Massacre   1 day 8 hours ago

    "Stuff happens". Took a lot of backbone for Jeb Bush to come up with that statement about the Oregon Massacre.

  • New York Post: “Secret Service agents: Hillary is a nightmare to work with”   1 day 8 hours ago

    The New York Post owned by News Corp , owned by Fox News Rupert Murdoch , need I say more.

    You know the same people that tell Americans daily , that Obama is a Muslim born in Kenya , that there is a war on Christmas and there is no planet warming , contradicting 98% of all the scientists out there and representing the only major political party, in the world . the Republicans ,refusing to accept the fact of climate warming.

  • Oregon Massacre   1 day 10 hours ago
    Quote Garrett78:

    I support strict gun control. But, ultimately, that desire to commit violent acts (a desire that seems to be stronger in the US than in some other nations) must be addressed. Mental health must be taken more seriously. Poverty must be taken more seriously. Bigotry must be addressed.

    I believe we've had enough interactions with each other that you could trust I would agree with your above expressed point of view. Particularly, I put most of my emphasis, and the weight of my efforts towards raising the bar on recognizing the importance of mental health. I was gifted with a mentally unhealthy parent and its from that gift my eyes were opened to seeing the pervasive lack of concern towards that issue in this society.

    Your links to the myths about fantasized needs for weapons of self defense are spot on. Such myths are pitiful replacements for common sense, a sense seriously missing from our fragmented version of culture.

    Facts, common sense, knowing and understanding are issues I've spent considerable effort to wrap my mind around, and your link to that article regarding how "facts" have a tendency to backfire relate to my work in that area. There is so much more to it, it can't begin to be addressed here.

    And we could sure use a lot of empathy awakening around us. I was gifted a copy of Jeremy Rifkin's (who is related to your link about building a culture of empathy) The Empathic Civilization a couple of years ago, after having a series of long talks with a friend about the potential implications of recent work on the "discovery" of our empathy neurons (as if we have to understand how these neurons work in the brain before we can acknowledge them).

    I applaud Jeremy for his idealism and hopefulness. Below is a link to a 1 hour and 37 minute presentation for anyone interested. Sadly, I doubt that the terrified gun nuts who think they need to go out in the world well armed in order to be defended from their imagined terrors will bother. That's why I also agree with focusing on youth. After a certain age, if people haven't already learned how to learn, they tend to stay in entrenched habit thought patterns. And I'm wondering: how do we build this empathic civilization with so many damaged and blinded individuals? At least Jeremy and other's are trying.

    Jeremy Rifkin: The Empathic Civilization

  • Was the electoral college unfair to the South in the election of Abraham Lincoln in 1860? Yes   1 day 11 hours ago
    Quote JohnMosby:Ultrax I agree I agree I agree. The electoral college is an abomination. I also agree that different parts of the country though maybe less populated have different intrest which need representation, than other parts of the country.

    Any one person has multiple interests... with the big ones being ideological and regional. Our system is designed for regional representation (all House and Senate seats represent states and states run their own elections... even for president) with ideology etc superimposed atop. As such our system can't measure or represent ideological views that can't win any election... giving our system an artificially narrow political spectrum and essentially making our system ideologically braindead. Other nations more interested in democracy have adopted proportional representation to give citizens the right to vote their conscience and get some representation.

    I agree that regions... be it for legitimate urban, rural interests etc... deserve some representation... but there are other ways to deal with this without resorting to antidemocratic solutions such as the US Senate, the EC, and the amendment process. All are designed to give SOME citizens more power than others based on state residence. That leaves us with the absurd situation of the EC installing Bush in 2000, 18% of the US population gets 52% of the seats in the Senate (with its exclusive power over nominations, treaties, and the power to block the House) and states with less than 4% of the population can block any amendment yet states with 40% can approve one.

    We need to find a way give those minorities (not just racial) with legitimate interests some ability to protect them WITHOUT letting the minority have the power to rule on occasion. For instance any rural states might have more power in agricultural committees to shape only legislation... or we can write new protections into the Bill of Rights.

  • Oregon Massacre   1 day 11 hours ago
    Quote .ren:I do believe the United States is a nation that pretends to be self righteous and peaceful, but it has what appears to an underlying culture of violence, and violence is often involved and even culturally expected in instances of disagreement, especially where egos are threatened, which may or may not affect people who are alienated, fearful, and don't have a clue as to how to talk with each other in a mutually respectful manner. How many of those there might be, I can't possibly say, or guess. How many I actually see communicating with others who have different views than they have? Not many.

    I support strict gun control. But, ultimately, that desire to commit violent acts (a desire that seems to be stronger in the US than in some other nations) must be addressed. Mental health must be taken more seriously. Poverty must be taken more seriously. Bigotry must be addressed.

    And one can point out that fewer guns means less crime, that there's a self-defense myth.

    And one can humorously point out that objections made to restrictions on purchasing guns don't seem to phase anyone when it comes to qualifying to drive.

    But we also know that facts have a tendency to backfire.

    So, again, I think what's really called for is a cultural/social evolution, if you will. A culture of empathy would be appreciated. Programs that focus on youth are probably the most promising, since we tend to get pretty set in our ways as we age. I suggest people determine what they're passionate about and get involved in an organization that fits. For instance, I'm involved in the local chapter of the NAACP and a newly formed Racial Justice Organizing Committee. Focusing on a particular issue is a way of not feeling overwhelmed by all the madness.

  • New York Post: “Secret Service agents: Hillary is a nightmare to work with”   1 day 11 hours ago

    "Where is the G*damn f**king flag! I want the G*damn f**king flag up every morning at f**king sunrise."
    -From the book "Inside the White House" by Ronald Kessler, p.244- Hillary to staff at the Arkansas Governor's mansion on Labor Day 1991.
    F**k off! It's enough I have to see you shit-kickers every day, I'm not going to talk to you too!! Just do your G*damn job and keep your mouth shut."
    -From the book "America Evita" by Christopher Anderson, p.90-Hillary to her State Trooper body guards after one of them greeted her with "Good Morning"
    "If you want to remain on this detail, get your f**king ass over here and grab those bags!”
    _From the book "The First Partner" p.259- Hillary to a Secret Service Agent who was reluctant to carry her luggage because he wanted to keep his hands free in case of an incident.
    "Stay the f**k back, stay the f**k back away from me! Don't come within ten yards of me, or else! Just f**king do as I say, Okay!!?"
    -From the book "Unlimited Access" by Clinton FBI Agent in Charge, Gary Aldrige, p.139- Hillary screaming at her Secret Service detail.
    "Where's the miserable c**k sucker!"
    -From the book "The Truth About Hillary" by Edward Klein, p.5- Hillary shouting at a Secret Service officer.
    "You f**king idiot"
    From the book "Crossfire" p.84-Hillary to a State Trooper who was driving her to an event.
    "Put this on the ground! I left my sunglasses in the limo. I need those sunglasses. We need to go back!
    From the book "Dereliction of Duty" p.71-72-- Hillary to Marine One helicopter pilot to turn back while en route to Air Force One.
    "Come on Bill, put your d**k up! You can't f**k her here!!"
    From the book "Inside the White House" by Ronald Kessler, p.243-Hillary to Gov. Clinton when she spots him talking with an attractive female.

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