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WRT: The oft repeated line, "Gun bans = less gun crime"

But do they lead to less violent crime? I keep seeing the claim bandied about and can't help but think it falls within the "lies, damned lies and statistics" category. The claim is always "fewer guns means less gun violence" never "fewer guns means less violence -- period."

It hardly seems an acceptable substitute to be murdered by stabbing, asphyxiation or bludgeoning than by shooting. Over 90% of violent sexual assaults are by an unarmed attacker (of the remaining 10% less than half of those -- around 3% overall -- are by an attacker with a gun). Most robbers, regardless of what they are armed with, want money, not corpses. Mass killers want notoriety and infamy (why not ban media coverage?) and cannot be deterred as far as the means for killing.

So, what good is it to ban 500,000 to 3 million defensive gun uses annually if actual criminal violence -- regardless of weapon employed -- does not decrease? Does it?
Posted by Nuclear Unicorn | Mon Nov 10, 2014, 12:58 PM (8 replies)

"After Harry Reid, the GOP Shouldn’t Unilaterally Disarm"

They don't want governance, they want vengeance.

After Harry Reid, the GOP Shouldn’t Unilaterally Disarm

By Orrin G. Hatch And C. Boyden Gray

...

The nuclear option allowed President Obama and his allies to reshape the judicial branch dramatically to suit their far-left agenda. And the Democrats were not shy in boasting of their achievement. This summer, after a panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit struck down the administration’s efforts to extend subsidies to the federal ObamaCare exchange—in clear violation of the plain words of the Affordable Care Act and the stated intent of its architects—the newly minted majority of Democratic appointees on that court voted to rehear the case “en banc.” Sen. Reid announced that the “simple math” of the D.C. Circuit’s new majority of Democratic-appointed judges would serve to “vindicate” Democrats’ use of the nuclear option, presumably by preserving the administration’s signature legislative achievement.

...

It will fall to the next Republican president to counteract President Obama’s aggressive efforts to stack the federal courts in favor of his party’s ideological agenda. But achieving such balance would be made all the more difficult—if not impossible—if Republicans choose to reinstate the previous filibuster rule now that the damage to the nation’s judiciary has already been done.

http://online.wsj.com/articles/orrin-g-hatch-and-c-boyden-gray-after-harry-reid-the-gop-shouldnt-unilaterally-disarm-1415232867


So, they plan to keep the filibuster disabled for judicial nominations until after they get a GOP president and then, once they have had their fill they will reinstate the filibuster rule before control reverts back to the Democratic party.
Posted by Nuclear Unicorn | Thu Nov 6, 2014, 06:36 PM (6 replies)

Figure it out

I dare you.




Posted by Nuclear Unicorn | Thu Nov 6, 2014, 09:26 AM (0 replies)

8 Simple Ways to Look forward to 2016

It's easy to get lost in the gloom on a morning like this. It's easy to become overwhelmed by contemplations of self-serving corporatist legislation soon to gush forth or the threats to legislation already passed. But it's important to put things into perspective: Tie does not come to an end in 2016; this was not the last election to be held.

We must look back and remember that the electorate that registered itself last night is the same electorate that gave us a Dem sweep into the national legislature in 2006, elected Obama in 2008 while widening his legislative majority and re-elected the President in 2012. We have, quite frankly, lost those voters. Whether they turned to the GOP to address some perceived grievance or simply stayed home we have lost them in one regard or another. Yes, there are the hardcore partisan GOPers but I want to address the subject of the swing / independent voter.

So, how do we win them back?

I have a few ideas --




1. Tell them they're stupid

Who doesn't like to hear that the only reason they looked past the political ads, debates, flyers and general sense of the body politic to vote as they did was really nothing more than an intellectual failing on their part. There is no way, you must explain, that they could be people of free agency and independent being; what is really the issue here is they suffer from some sort of deficiency.



2. Tell them they're brainwashed and easily manipulated.

You're practically daring them to turn their backs on you! In fact, the more you cajole on this point the greater their impetus will become for them to show you just who is in charge of their decision making.

Or maybe they'll just blindly accept everything you say and swing back.



3. Tell them they're superstitious troglodytes who believe in stupid sky fairies

This is a point that will drive home in the deepest, most intimate and personal way how you feel about them as human beings. And not just them but also their family going back generations.



4. Tell them they're toothless hick rednecks

Like Point #3 this is a good way to address their culture of not only your interlocutor but their family as well.



5. Tell them they don't know what's good for them

We don't want them going to the polls thinking they are free to make their own decisions.



6. Tell them they're {blank}ist

Slathering on the most damaging insults in American society today is always a good leading choice for winning converts. "Come back to us, you racist pigs!" is a message sure to resonate with the electorate. If nothing else, it demonstrates the depths of your own sincerity by wanting to welcome those racist, sexist haters into your own camp.



7. Tell them they only vote out of fear.

Not only should you tell them this be sure to sound as desperately angry and / or angst-ridden as possible to really drive home the point.



8. Tell them you're better than them!

You really can't overstate this one. It doesn't need to be stated explicitly, just be sure to let them know in small, subtle ways in a relentless threshing of their soul. Let them know they watch the wrong TV shows. Let them know they listen to the wrong music. Be dismissive of their concerns and do so with a sniff in the air. A political dissertation over a holiday dinner never fails to drive home the point.


I think if we follow these 8 simple steps there is no telling where we can find ourselves in 2016. This is the sort of strategy that will make the shortcomings of last night seem like a distant memory.
Posted by Nuclear Unicorn | Wed Nov 5, 2014, 09:56 AM (5 replies)

Ballot irregularity!

I went to vote and "Hang all the bastards!" wasn't an option.

Unless and until this is added we will never have a truly representative government that truly gives the people what they want.
Posted by Nuclear Unicorn | Tue Nov 4, 2014, 11:04 AM (2 replies)

Remember that lady the IRS decided to destroy because she structured her deposits?

Federal Government Made $20 Billion in Secret Purchases in Recent Months

I-Team review finds $30,000 in one agency’s Starbucks purchases kept confidential from public

The federal government has spent at least $20 billion in taxpayer money this year on items and services that it is permitted to keep secret from the public, according to an investigation by the News4 I-Team.

The purchases, known among federal employees as “micropurchases,” are made by some of the thousands of agency employees who are issued taxpayer-funded purchase cards. The purchases, in most cases, remain confidential and are not publicly disclosed by the agencies. A sampling of those purchases, obtained by the I-Team via the Freedom of Information Act, reveals at least one agency used those cards to buy $30,000 in Starbucks Coffee drinks and products in one year without having to disclose or detail the purchases to the public.

...

A “micropurchase” is a purchase costing less than $3,000 in which a government-issued purchase card is swiped. The U.S. Departments of State, Homeland Security, Veterans Affairs, Transportation, and Defense, each made tens of millions of dollars of “micropurchases” in the past year, according to an I-Team review. But each agency said it does not make public an itemized list of its transactions, limiting the information to internal government reviewers and users of the federal Freedom of Information Act.

http://www.nbcwashington.com/investigations/Federal-Government-Made-20-Billion-in-Secret-Purchases-in-Recent-Months-280997562.html


We -- the peasant serfs -- are not allowed to structure deposits, even if the revenue was perfectly legal and ethical, to avoid the master's scrutiny but the master's minions are permitted to structure their expenditures, paid for by our money, to escape our scrutiny.
Posted by Nuclear Unicorn | Fri Oct 31, 2014, 02:22 PM (38 replies)

Ebola can be spread through the droplets of a cough or sneeze.

http://www.cdc.gov/vhf/ebola/pdf/infections-spread-by-air-or-droplets.pdf
Posted by Nuclear Unicorn | Thu Oct 30, 2014, 08:59 AM (97 replies)

You declare it to be bogus but that doesn't make it so.

Those who are opposed to self-defense argue guns needlessly hurt people through misuse. They act as if guns somehow mystically alter the minds of normal people and turn them into violent monsters. If only we could eliminate guns the spell of the evil mojo will be broken.

Yet, there is a thing that does alter the mind and those alterations do lead to abhorrent and reckless behavior.

The misuse of alcohol leads to psoriasis, DUIs and other physical ailments. Moreover, guns bring with them an intrinsic understanding they are lethal the first time, every time. However, binge drinking is not only accepted it is expected if not outright encouraged in many instances.

Guns do not motivate people to violence; but to deny alcohol is an underlying factor in domestic abuse, sexual assault, child abuse and other forms of violence would be to stretch credulity beyond breaking.

Under-aged drinking claims 4,300 lives annually due to over-consumption of alcohol. That is more than 4 Sandy Hooks per week.

Of the 30,000 gun-related deaths each year 15,000 are suicides. That's 15,000 suicides out of 38,000. Having a gun in the house doesn't motivate people to kill themselves but of ALL suicides -- gun-related or otherwise -- alcohol is a significant factor.

I'm sure you'll have some hand-waving pronouncement as to why these facts are not facts or are immaterial.
Posted by Nuclear Unicorn | Wed Oct 29, 2014, 09:32 AM (1 replies)

1 dead after NC grandfather fires back at trio in attempted rape of teen granddaughter, sheriff says

LUMBERTON, NC - A grandfather shot back and is believed to have killed a suspect in a home-invasion and attempted rape of his teen granddaughter on Monday night, Robeson County Sheriff's officials said.

The grandfather was also shot – but he also managed to shoot the 2 other suspects in the home-invasion and attempted rape, said Maj. Anthony Thompson with the Robeson County Sheriff's Office.

The incident started around 10 pm at a house on Yedda Road in Lumberton on Monday night when someone knocked on the home of the grandfather, his wife and their 19-year-old granddaughter, according to the sheriff's office.

Two of three men – all wearing black clothes, ski masks and gloves -- stormed into the house and demanded money, officials said.

http://www.wbtw.com/story/26851008/1-dead-after-nc-grandfather-fires-back-at-trio-in-attempted-rape-of-teen-granddaughter-sheriff-says


Prayers for family's healing.
Posted by Nuclear Unicorn | Fri Oct 24, 2014, 08:42 AM (17 replies)

Concerning the ongoing deluge of stories about police misconduct --

Does the badge make otherwise good people become monsters or do monsters seek out the badge because it gives them the power to act on their darker desires? Do they become traumatized bad the responsibilities of the job and / or frustrations or is it something else? Is it a combination of things?

It's clearly getting out of hand.
Posted by Nuclear Unicorn | Thu Oct 23, 2014, 07:01 AM (16 replies)
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