“One of the obvious errors here is that the media is mixing and matching polls. They mention open carry, but then talk about how people don't want guns, most of which are concealed carry in most states, to be allowed. Of course, we always have those who spout discredited "studies" in here, as well. Most states allow concealed carry. Very few, by comparison, allow open carry. Two different approaches, with differing responsibilities. Properly done, a concealed carry permit holder will interact with everyone without them ever knowing that he or she is armed. That has been happening for literally a century.
Perhaps, if the media, and the hoplophobes, were to actually make honest comparisons, and ask honest questions, we might find the real answers. Until then, it's like expecting a politician to tell the truth. You might, but you couldn't believe them.”
“I'd have to say that you have a lock on that. The Huff Post isn't known for conservative values, and it's the Huff Post pointing this out. The simple fact is that Obama has a terrible record of promising things that, as soon as the cameras are shut down, they are, as well. Even the Left is admitting to that.
The stock market is doing very well despite the inane policies of this Administration. It also didn't hurt that it was in large part bailed out by the rescue of the "too big to fail" corporations. Of course, the tax-payers still need to recover from that. The stock market was doing just fine before the bottom fell out, as well. I'm guessing that it was a surprise to everyone in that market? That these bright people missed it entirely?
Facts don't require the left or right to agree to be true. Those who try to use politics instead of facts are the childish ones.”
mark rand on May 27, 2014 at 19:44:17
“especially when your facts are wrong....keep trying”
BillForObama on May 27, 2014 at 19:34:11
“Looks like to me he was right. Couldn't resist, could you?
"The stock market is doing very well despite the inane policies of this Administration. It also didn't hurt that it was in large part bailed out by the rescue of the "too big to fail" corporations. Of course, the tax-payers still need to recover from that. The stock market was doing just fine before the bottom fell out, as well. I'm guessing that it was a surprise to everyone in that market? That these bright people missed it entirely? "
It would have been kind if you had given President Obama credit for what was accomplished. How would a Republican turned things around, after all, an inept President before him caused the erosion of our economy: I am not saying the President Bush was a bad person. However, he did not have the sensibilities not be led by people he probably knew that did not have the best interest of this country. He also knew that he was in over his head and rather than sitting like a bump on a log, our beloved President Bush did whatever he was told. This turned out to be perfect for the Rumsfelds, Roves, Cheneys, etc.who actually ran the Bush White House.”
“Single issue people will always love those who support that single issue. Politicians love them, as well. They are so easy to manipulate. Piers was, at heart, smart enough to realize that smarmy comments would keep hos show alive. Trouble arose when he simply started repeating those inane comments about multiple issues. Sort of a one-trick pony, his audience dwindled as they realized that they would hear the same British accented drivel in place of conversation. Good riddance to bad rubbish. We need to do the same thing to our politicians on BOTH sides of the aisle.”
“Unless, and until, we start seeing actual law-abiding gun-owners using their guns illegally, this entire commentary is ludicrous. We kill far more people on the roads via illegal activities as speeding, drunk or drugged driving, failure to stop at a stop sign, texting while driving, and a multitude of other illegal activites. However, none of the posers here say anything about that.
The idea that a gun has some mythical ability to cause the law-abiding to commit violent crimes exists mainly in the minds of people who couldn't buy a clue with a hundred dollar bill. Gangs use guns, even to the point of having rentals. They require no background check, nor any forms that register the owner, or obey any laws while using that gun. Unless you're over 21, you cannot even OWN a handgun legally by federal law. How many college students meet that bar? It would appear that those laws are even less capable of stopping crime than the freshly proposed ones. When will we ever understand that simply adding laws, that aren't enforced by this Administration.
I wonder how many people realize that a felon cannot be charged if they don't go through a background check, or lie on it? They are protected by their Fifth Amendment Rights against self-incrimination. If it were that simple, why haven't all of the past sixty years worth of legislation made any difference?”
pciorlandosales on May 5, 2014 at 19:46:42
“On the other hand .. there was no conclusive (proof) that either of these shootings where not accidental (at least the dorm one) by a student. They clearly are clueless since supposedly who ever fired the shot or shots where never found. The second shooting stated that they had a suspect, but never denies that it was a student or that it was an unintentional discharge of a weapon.
What will you say if ... it proves that it was a student with a legal weapon who misfired in either of these cases?”
“Once again, Islam, the "religion of peace" has shown us their true colors. Where is the outrage from the American Muslim Community? How long will America, and her citizens, ignore the daily violations of the Muslim World? Women there are property, bound by codes that hold them uneducated, and often used as bargaining tools for property. Is THIS what we feel a "religion" should be?
Before we hear about how it's "just a few", start counting how many "just a fews" we see every day. At some point, those numbers easily exceed the hundreds of millions.”
hayzel3288 on May 5, 2014 at 13:42:17
“Islam IS a religion of peace, and this situation is so difficult to fathom, not just for the Western world, but for real Muslims alike. You know, those who do their best to follow the tenets of the Qur'an, as they were intended. Not those who cherry pick verses and twist them to fit their own twisted, sick agenda.
Your question about whether or not 'we' feel something is what a religion 'should' be smacks of Western arrogance. Who are we to label what a religion 'should' be? The term 'religion' itself just means the worshiping of a god, or gods, within a certain ideological framework. So, based on that definition, yes, it IS a religion, regardless of our personal opinions.
The violations of the lives and rights of women is unacceptable from a human rights perspective. Absolutely. However, those violations are NOT part of Islam's core teachings. They are cultural. The Qur'an forbids female infanticide, instructs education for both genders, etc. Don't blame the religion, blame the extremists.
There are over 1.5 billion Muslims in the world, not hundreds of millions. That is a huge difference. Also, it is "just a few", relative to the total number of Muslims. The actions of this group in no way represents the true spirit of the Muslim community. Your words are divisive, misguided and based on lack of information and education on the subject.”
Bellanova on May 5, 2014 at 13:31:41
I'd just add that the same things, including sex trafficking, are going on the US, and some of them are also perpetrated in the name of God, the Christian one for a change (see e.g. Warren Jeffs et al.)
It is hard to fathom, but it is true, that in the 21st c. America women are still property, "bound by codes that hold them uneducated, and often used as bargaining tools for property," as you put it so well.”
Soilguy on May 5, 2014 at 13:26:33
“"How long will America, and her citizens, ignore the daily violations of the Muslim World?"
What do you suggest we do when there's a kidnapping in another country?”
“It seems odd that the satellite would pick up a wake, as it disperses, but not the watercraft, a larger, and more solid, image. It's all too often these days that the "debunkers" are the ones offering up the dubious explanations. It may not be anything, but telling anyone that a wake would be measurably more visible than the boat making it borders on the ludicrous. Low resolution, or not. Fact is, a wake, dispersing into the water, in a low resolution shot, would quickly disappear, or blend into a shapeless mass. Are these people civilian contractors for Project Blue Book?”
AegisOsiris on Apr 22, 2014 at 11:39:37
The wake is white on a dark background. Such a contrast remains even when you drastically lower the resolution. If you look at the boat in the images at the bottom of the article, you will see it is generally light colored. On lower resolution, it is easy to see how it blends with the wake in the center, a swirl of white that turns somewhat ghostly as the resolution drops.
Those images also show that the boat produces the same pattern as found in the top image.
“Gosh, "doesn't have the intelligence or tenacity required for the job"? What, is he a Democrat?
There isn't a show on television, or even a newspaper being printed today that actually does what is being called for. All too often, the only reason someone agrees with them is because they already did so, not because anyone was "pinned down", or "truth exposed".
Those who perpetuate the myth that a real investigative journalist would be a Democrat, OR a Republican are just as dishonest as those they accuse. Only dumber.”
“Sir, you are wrong. Worse, you KNOW that you're wrong, but insist on perpetuating that lie. ANY gun bought at a Gun Show, from vendors legally selling their wares, requires a NICS background check be successfully completed. Some states allow for private sales between citizens, NOT FFL holders, and the fact that they come to gun shows to do so is more under the heading of common sense than a question of legality. Where else would there be a gathering of people interested in guns? Under the laws of the state, many could just as well sell them anywhere that guns may be possessed.
It is a blatant attempt on the part of such dishonest people to perpetuate this lie.
As for money spent, ever hear of the Joyce Foundation? They, like Bloomberg, finance hoplophobic causes to the tune of tens of millions of dollars every year. The NRA has a membership of just over three million people, their money comes almost exclusively from the $35.00 annual membership fee. Total could be $105 million dollars. Out of that subtract life memberships bought many years ago, operating expenses, printing costs, salaries, and so on. Bloomberg spent almost half that much attempting to derail,the recall motion in Colorado. That was only ONE such investment.
Really, you need to, at a minimum, try to tell something that has a passing resemblance to the truth.”
Joshd25 on Apr 16, 2014 at 12:20:08
“No, I am correct. I can go to a Gun Show legally buy a gun from another person with no paperwork. No ID. Not from a licensed dealer. From a individual. It's scary to think how much Fox News has poisoned your brain to the point where you lose touch with reality.”
“Obviously, you can't read. It would appear that the majority of people, of all political bases and genders feel that we don't need any more laws. That seems to be a particularly Democratic whine, always more laws, instead of actually enforcing the ones that we have. Maybe, if the ostriches here would get out more, and actually talk to the living, and not the incestuous key-board commandos that they agree with, they might just be surprised to learn that REAL people don't automatically retreat to name-calling and third grade morals that they possess.”
Scuba Skip on Apr 15, 2014 at 13:31:12
“Pappy Jimmy, the vast majority of Americans are in favor of increasing the national minimum wage.”
Apr 15, 2014 at 10:42:20
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“It's OUR money, in the form of 911 taxes, that fund these programs. People have a RIGHT to expect a system, bought and paid for by them, and used as an excuse to limit their right to self-defense in many places, to work 100% of the time.
Yes, an outage MAY happen. However, an outage that lasted seven hours, one that affects an entire large state, and several counties of an adjoining state, is simply evidence of incompetence. Why was there no back-up in place? Why did it take seven plus hours to be repaired? This isn't like a computer outage at your business, the system is designed to intervene in lethal incidents.
Those who excuse it, because it works "most of the time", would be outraged if their vehicle brakes were placed under that same excuse.”
“Perhaps YOU should follow your own advice? In 2012 they donated $150,000 to charity. In 2013, they donated $59,000. THAT might account for the tax rate. In 2012, the tax returns showed that 24.6% of their adjusted income went to charitable deductions. In 2013, it was 12.3%. Anybody with even modern education's math skills could figure out that there was more taxable income in the 2013 return.
What is it that attracts the fringe element to defend by attacking others? Muddying the waters really doesn't make anything more true, or even more honest.
Obama took advantage of the legal tax breaks. All of them. Just like anyone else making that much money. That all too many fringers seem to think that anyone else who does the same thing are abusing the system is simply stupid.
A Flat Rate, without deductions, would raise more money, and probably cut the feet out from under much of the whining. Then again, if the "rich" were to avail themselves of the services that less successful people routinely use, we'd hear about that, as well. Even though they pay more than those who use the services do. Sad the way we mix and match to always make someone else pay "their" fair share.”
“There was no violence against the Westboro bigots. The citizens also exercised their First Amendment Rights, and nothing more. The group will find it hard to draw any martyrdom out of the incident. Only those who somehow equate cowardice with morality will continue like this creature.
Any citizen has the right to be heard. Why should anyone be forced to accept the pathetic whining of the WBC as somehow the only way to gain moral ascendancy?”
nomobull on Apr 9, 2014 at 12:37:16
“they used laughter and no hate speech like the civil rights marchers used songs.”
“Like with any illness, or disease, mental issues vary widely. Would you suggest banning someone for life from driving, because they had pink-eye, and couldn't see as well as others? Some "mental illness" is like a cold, instead of Ebola.
We wax pompous about how mental illness should prevent ownership of a gun. Really? Have you ever been placed on an antidepressant because of the loss of a loved one, if only for a single ten-day dose? Hmmmm....congratulations, you suffered a "mental illness". Ever been through therapy, with or without medicines? Mental Illness.
Where do we draw the line? Mental illness is like physical illness. How one is affected is more important than what is affected mentally. Do you realize that a fear of heights, or claustrophobia, or any phobia is considered a "mental illness"?
It's simple-minded statements like this that only show how little the author understands that proves once and again that our education system really MUST be crap if this is an example of educated discussion.”
“While people may not ":buy cars to kill", neither do they always buy guns for violence. There are literally millions of people who have a gun that is used solely in competition, and is not powerful enough, or designed to hold enough ammunition to be lumped under that simplistic banner. I use specialized .22 caliber SHORT in my competition. A large firearm, it is hardly a lethal killing machine. Cars, despite your assertions, are used in almost 100% of crimes, if only to get the criminals to and from their activities. They are also used as blunt force instruments to kill over 30,000 people annually, despite advanced safety features, and a modern EMS system. It doesn't seem to matter WHY they were bought, but, like guns, HOW they were used.
Guns, like butcher knives, are tools. They will sit quietly in a drawer until called upon. Neither has the ability to travel, hide, or attack without human intervention. The single factor in all of this is the human, and their barbaric actions. Apparently, this poser wasn't getting the attention that he felt entitled to. So, like in an X-Box fantasy, he decided to"take it to the people". Of course, when faced with armed resistance, his courage, like everything else in his life, went up in smoke.”
MrsGrapevine on Apr 10, 2014 at 23:47:04
“The problem with false analogies, is that you can make an argument out of anything. I can say some rapist carry guns, gun owners carry guns, therefore gun owners are rapist. I can find similarities between two irrelevant things to try and prove a point when those things aren't really necessary to the point.
The point is that people can misuse anything, especially guns if they have malice. The point is not that cars are really like guns because there are far more differences than similarities.”
mm3264 on Apr 4, 2014 at 09:49:42
“To legally use a car, it must be licensed, insured and registered. You must be trained and pass a test
You can buy a gun legally , in a dark alley out of the trunk of a car in a "private sale". 80% of all guns used in crimes are purchased this way.”
“Before anyone starts pointing the inevitable, and infantile, fingers at Party politics, ask yourself this. How long has Ms. Pelosi, and the other pigs at the public trough , been raising millions of dollars for re-election? Are they actually interested in making politics "affordable", or just in protecting THEIR sources of money? Note that THEIR fund-raising has, somehow, not been curtailed by these supposedly "fair" campaign laws. Sort of a monetary gerrymandering.”
“The comment that you can find racism anywhere you want to is correct. Note that even applauding of one groups work-ethic has been called racism here by one racist. Not everything that is done is racist. People need to get over themselves. If the area has lousy schools, move. It' s actually easier for those on Public Assistance to do than those gainfully employed. They don't have to find new jobs, and housing is a public mandate for them. Yet, generation after generation stay in the areas of high violence, gangs, and crime.
Schools are NOT able to teach those who don't want to learn. So, instead of a learning environment, you end up warehousing children, many of whom, are little more than ferals. If the parent(s) can't control them, how are the teachers supposed to?
Teachers are humans, as well. In today's schools, riddled with feral children who have no home guidance, would YOU look forward to another day of violence and apathy, year after year? Nope, as soon as you have the seniority, you get yourself to a school that rewards your hard work. Want good teachers? Try acting like good students.
The parent(s), or lack thereof, are the greatest cause for an education system that values "self-esteem" over knowledge. This gives us entitlement, not jobs when they graduate. Would YOU hire someone who demands a job and respect, but who has no skills?”
Towers3 on Mar 22, 2014 at 08:07:53
“But the article itself is about racism in education. With 84% of 3.4 million public school teachers being white, where will you move to? The entire student body will be less than 50% white in 6 years. There are too many white teachers.”
“First, ambulances are designed in accordance with federal KKK-1822 specifications. Those specification change every couple of years. Are you saying that every operator of a business must adjust their physical plant every time outside agencies must change their equipment?
Second, malls are large physical plants. Directions into a mall require more than the overall address of the mall. For proper response, they need WHICH entrance the incident occurred at. Then, they have to make access, and get through the police response, and the inevitable crowds, news trucks, and the by-standers. Many Malls do NOT allow access to all parts of the mall parking from a single entrance. Add to that the location of the responding equipment when given the call. They could have been at a hospital and had to respond from there, some distance away.
Third, it is NOT a "Right" that Malls provide security, or medical aid. Nor is there a law that says that emergency responders MUST arrive on scene within a given time limit.
This entire story is yet another example of emotions replacing intelligence. Worse, while the woman may be devastated, her attorney is simply counting money based on the expected "somebody has to pay for this" mentality of the Entitlement People.”
“Yet, I don't hear you hypocrites calling for disarming the Police, or Security forces, even though, as a percentage of armed people, they represent a much higher level. The Pennsylvania State Police are armed with semi-automatic .45 ACP Glock Model 21 pistols. Part of the field-stripping procedure, for better or worse, is to fire the gun, hopefully empty, to allow it to be disassembled. ALL Glock pistols, which are a mainstay in Police issue, are this way. Part of the price you pay when the cheapest bid is required.
The trooper did what too many have done, and skipped a step. Following your bankrupt logic, there are no responsible drivers, as they make lethal mistakes, nor responsible doctors or pharmacists, as they, year after year, kill even more people than guns, by mistake.
If this is the best that you have, come back when you grow up.”
Mar 7, 2014 at 10:00:23
“Oh, come on now, Metallica or Ozzy? Their "songs" words were so slurred, and overwhelmed by the level of guitars and drums that you couldn't tell if they were true to the lyrics. Look at Springsteen, many if his songs do the same thing. If you needn't worry about the fans actually being able to follow your lyrics on stage, you wouldn't need any help, either.
Miley Cyrus is pretty much the example of today's bands and performers. Ozzy and Metallica are all old men, far removed from the actual play-lists of today's entertainment, save for the Golden Oldies shows. Everything changes, get over it.”
“Otters are more closely related to Wolverines, ferrets, and Pine-Martens than beavers. It would be a truly closed system to have an otter as the apex predator, too. Obviously, the otter is capable of preying on a juvenile alligator. However, adult alligators have no trouble defeating adult otters in the quest for food.
Short of a Walt Disney movie, wild animals are NOT cuddly, friendly, little creatures. Only the stupid humans think that.”
“Instead of the usual half-baked sniping at either Party, could we use something besides our mouths when we think?
For example, infrastructure improvements should be budgeted as they can be afforded. Obviously, the dire warnings of the sky falling haven't materialized.
Want to get a little support of Congress? Remove their "exemptions", enter them fully into the Social Security System for both age to draw, and the rates that they will receive. Have their perks, like free food, tonsorial care, and the likes added as income, the same way that the IRS does to others. Place them under the ACA, and it's provisions, as well. Do away with free flights, make them "income" under those IRS rules. They have jobs to perform, make attendance at sessions mandatory. Then, concentrate on eliminating first fraud, and then waste, from existing programs. We waste BILLIONS every year in Medicaid and Medicare.
I would also suggest that the free ride that America has been providing many foreign nations be over. What did the billions that Kerry gave away in the Mid-East, on top of everything budgeted do for America?
Sequester should also involve Congress, and the staff. The same with the White House. If they can't work together, no pay, no benefits.
Making our elected officials, of ALL Partys, responsible would go a long ways towards reducing budgetary issues.”
IdahoBlue777 on Mar 4, 2014 at 13:57:20
“Much of our foreign aid money comes back to American companies in the form of orders for products and services.”
cferrin104 on Mar 4, 2014 at 13:47:07
“there is no free ride there never has been and the stories of a free ride apply more to the super rich than to people on assistance”
“There is a treaty, signed and ratified by Congress, that states that America will come to the aid, militarily, of the Ukraine. Plain enough?
If we can pick and choose who to abandon, what happens when that same right is used against us? It may not be militarily, but in trade restrictions, tariffs, and so on. After all, if one treaty obligation can be refused by us, then ANY treaty/accord obligation can be refused by our partners. Good luck with that.”
I would also suggest that anyone actually believing the VPC "research" needs a little education into what constitutes research, and agenda.
Some of these studies require manipulation of data to almost unbelievable states. For example, Maryland Universities study of "children and guns" maintains that "children" are anyone under the age of 26. Really? The VPC has been caught in numerous errors of their interpretation of OTHERS data, much less their own.
I would suggest that the VPC be considered the Wiki of gun control facts.”