“Okay... so: you have any level of research to back that up? (Hint: typing in all-caps isn't a good substitute). How is pot killing people every day? I mean, we do have data that prescription drugs, alcohol, and firearms are killing people every day. Heck: so are inground pools. Should we outlaw them, too?”
“You know, On Million Moms are right. How will they explain how they conceived their child to the viewing public, without blowing all of our minds? I mean, it's one thing if it's man-on-woman conception. Heck, I still remember the Brady Bunch episode where Mrs. Brady gave a blow-by-blow account of how each of her daughters was conceived, and then they went into how their divorces happened. Mr. Brady _sure_ was mad at his e-wife. It's the first time I ever heard a curse word on television!”
“Different styles, and tastes, but he's a top-notch American poet. He's different from Angelou, sure, but Mozart is different from Beethoven, and yet they're still both amazing. It's a matter of what tastes good to you.”
“While it wouldn't shock me if Cantor was thinking "why isn't this thing rhymier?", it's a stretch to assume he wasn't a fan of the poem based on an entirely out of context picture. He's got his head cocked to the side, ear up, which is generally a pose indicating someone is trying to listen intently. The look on his face could be anything, from a passing thought that Boehner held onto his post, to trying to suppress some gas.
Really disappointing when a news source takes something and twists it to try an make it fit their chosen narrative. Which means I'm disappointed every time I read the news, on most any outlet...”
“Shakespeare's wisest character was The Fool. He stood in front of kings, and satirized their inept decisions.
Satire has been a tool for intelligent discourse and commentary for over four thousand years. Using wit as a foil, it attacks conventions and makes sharply pointed (pun gleefully intended) jabs at people in high (and low) places. You can see it in Egyptian scrolls from the 2nd millenium BCE, the works of Martial in ancient Rome, to Chaucer and Swift, Twain and Monty Python. Heller and Vonnegut. Carried forward now by people like Stewart, the Onion, Colbert, etc etc.
It's a time-honored tradition.
Just because it's funny, doesn't mean it lacks intelligence. In fact, it's usually the opposite.”
oldstudent10 on Jan 23, 2013 at 14:09:02
“Satier in rags and profanity is not intelligent discourse unless the listner is a teenager emotionally and intellectually.
Comedy is comedy, not political discourse or the main point here - not journalism.”
“Umm - he was pointing our the irrelevance of all three networks. MSNBC/ FOX news daily sheep shearing. While CNN talks about how delightfully the wool will drape once Tom Brown gets his hands on it...”
“Umm. Wow, nice stretch? The law says the Executive Branch can't give an order that is in contradiction with an act of Congress. So if they were to use Executive Power to order all arms confiscated, then you'd have a case. That said, we have enough precedence that an the Congress can pass laws restricting what sort of arms you can own (you can't own an IBM, for example, nor can you own a cannon), and that's what's happening here - it will be an act of Congress, by majority of our representatives, and they'll restrict some features and ammo, and make you have to reload your clips more often.
So, yeah: real "rights violations" going on there....”
“I'm from Massachusetts. I happen to think we have good leaders, and the data proves it.
Governor Patrick has done a great job. His first two years were tough - taking on Beacon Hill when you're an outsider from business is challenging, and he was also dealing with the horrible aftereffects of the Romney administration. States, like big ships, take a while to turn. All that said, by his 3rd year ( 2008) we were moving well. Our economy has rebounded at twice the national rate. We were at 47th in unemployment when he took office - now, we're at 19 (and that's without a shale-oil boom, North Dakota ;). MassChallenge - which he championed - has brought in major revenue, and created an entrepreneurial climate that has led to more job growth, investment, and an international buzz that Boston is a city on the move.
As for Mayor Menino, Governing Magazine has named him Public Official of the Year; Boston was recently ranked as the best city in America to raise a family, by Parenting Magazine - beating out places like Madison Wisconsin, Boise Idaho, etc that are usually at the top; we're now the 3rd greenest city in America; the redevelopment of the waterfront. Crime's down, educations up, etc etc etc.
In other words: stop complaining so much. I know it's a state pastime to beat up our pols and pitchers, but for crying out loud, they're doing a pretty stand up job. Give them some credit.”
“You do realize that the worst school killing in American history happend in 1927, well before the decline of the 60's you seem to be alluding to, right? Your reasoning is not sound.”
Jrlh on Dec 17, 2012 at 17:19:00
“If these were adult males with problems and not kids desensitized by video games brought up by parents who befriend instead of parent. Protect instead of parent. There has always been crazy, but, this type of thing is becoming way to common.”
“Huh. So, God wasn't there for the Sikhs when the neo-Nazi was gunning them down, in a temple? He wasn't there for Anne Frank as she prayed that the Nazis wouldn't find her family? How about the Ma'alot massacre at a religious school in Israel - what, he doesn't care about his chosen people anymore? Maybe the Bath School Disaster, of 1927 - when they still had prayer in school - 45 dead? Where is your God, now?”
“No knowledge of the finance and banking system? Really? She's an expert in bankruptcy law; chaired a Congressional Oversight Panel on the finance industry; written numerous books on finance, both personal as well as corporate; advised the Treasury Dept; etc etc. I mean, I can see how you'd object to someone who doesn't believe in evolution on the Science Committee (there are several Republicans who meet that description, on that panel, sadly), but Warren's definitely got the resume to warrant her appointment.”
fe·tish·ism noun \-tish-ˌi-zəm\
: belief in magical fetishes
: extravagant irrational devotion
: the pathological displacement of erotic interest and satisfaction to a fetish
A fetish (derived from the French fétiche; which comes from the Portuguese feitiço; and this in turn from Latin facticius, "artificial" and facere, "to make") is an object believed to have supernatural powers, or in particular, a man-made object that has power over others. Essentially, fetishism is the emic attribution of inherent value or powers to an object.”
David Carson on Dec 22, 2012 at 20:41:38
“and lawful exercise of Constitutional rights does NOT qualify as fetishism”
“Umm. So, what you're saying is, if they're black or hispanic, they're probably criminals? Just want to understand what you're implying here.
So - that said - this study was done in Philadelphia, an urban, dense, diverse area. Perhaps you'd trust this more if it was a study of rural whites? If so, this study looks at rural Washington, North Carolina, Tennessee, Wisconsin, etc:
"In clinical work, family physicians have the opportunity to educate patients on the dangers of owning a handgun. Well-designed studies have shown that, contrary to popular belief, it is not safer to have a gun in the house. A gun in the home is 43 times more likely to kill a family member or friend than it is to kill in self-defense.  Kellerman found "the presence of one or more guns in the home was associated with an increased risk of suicide (adjusted odds ration (OR) 4.8; 95% CI 2.7-8.5)."  Kellermann and other researchers have similarly found an increased risk of gun death by homicide when a gun is in the home. [22,24] In contrast, guns are rarely used for self-protection [22,25,26] even though 75% of persons who own a handgun give protection as their reason for owning the gun.  Perhaps many would rethink gun ownership if a physician presented them with these statistics. Outcomes research can evaluate the impact of physician counseling regarding the relative risks of having a gun in the home."”
oneiopen on Dec 22, 2012 at 13:53:34
“Martin B, just so you know you said "if they're black or Hispanic, they're probably criminals" I was quoting the study. What I am saying and not implying: is that the individuals who were shot may not have been legally permitted to carry a firearm in the first place. The study does not provide data regarding legal gun possession, although it refers to illegal gun possession as you can see in this quote "At the time of shooting, case participants were also significantly more often involved with alcohol and drugs..." My understanding of gun laws is that to legally carrying a gun you cannot be involved with alcohol and drugs.
I think we all should be interested in finding out if LAW abiding citizens who have a permit to carry a firearm are at a higher risk of being shot in an assault, which I thought this study was about until I read it. Here is a quote of the studies objective “We investigated the possible relationship between being shot in an assault and possession of a gun at the time.”
Studies like this that don't control for people breaking laws are of little importance when we talk about passing new gun laws. And if I'm not mistaken that is what the national discussion is right now, it is about passing new gun laws! If people are using flawed studies as evidence to pass new laws it does the nation a disservice!”
“Actually, it wasn't at the time of her hire - at the time of her hire, it wasn't even discussed. The professor who recruited her, and pushed for her hire, has said flat-out that he this is the first he's even heard of it. Some time after she was hired, it was mentioned in an article in the school newspaper that she was part Native American, but no one from the paper fact-checked that with her. It doesn't take much for the AALS to list you as a minority - in the verbal interview, they ask if anyone from your family is a minority. She'd been told her great-grandmother was one, so she probably mentioned it. All she's said since is that she's proud of her ancestry, all of it, and that she didn't know Harvard had listed her as a minority. Kind of a non-issue, ultimately.”
PengieP on May 1, 2012 at 10:42:50
“Here's the deal, IIRC, if Ms. Warren GGGrandmother (or any direct ancestor) was on the Dawes roll, she's eligible for enrollment in the Cherokee nation.”
“I cannot believe I'm about to criticize someone for criticizing Sarah Palin - this hurts.
...this is a pretty clear example of being too far to one side. Left, or right, extremism is still that.
Look: I can't abide Palin. She's false, defines demagogue, and would engineer a train wreck of the country if she ever got her hands on the wheel. I also can't abide hypocrisy. Generally, that's Palin's forte - her whole caribou "hunt" was fully in line with that.
The irony is, in his criticism of Palin's hypocrisy, Sorkin's being a hypocrite (this is an amazing trick on his part - but, he is a writer...): "It's disgusting to kill animals. Now hand me some meat," is a ridiculous thing to imply. You can't just accept one part of a directly linked chain of actions, and condemn the rest. Unless he thinks chicken factories, and cow slaughterhouses are preferable alternatives. Criticize her for using this as a photo opp, for not being an actual _hunter_? Done. With you. Make fun of the learning channel for morphing into Palin-Pravda? Yup.
But.... you can't have you meat, if you don't like the fact that it died. She set you up for this Alan, and you let her. She's not very bright, man - how'd that happen?”
ChelleAgain on Dec 8, 2010 at 14:17:56
It's debatable whether or not anyone should eat meat, but most of us do it. The point of this piece is that it's a different matter to get off on killing animals or gloat about it. I accept that hunting is a thing, co-exist with and like some of the people who do it, but if you told me that I had to kill an animal, let alone that this would be a leisure time activity... I think it's fair to wonder how people arrive at this point.”
323Nicole on Dec 8, 2010 at 14:07:31
“Actually, you've missed the point.
There's a difference between eating meat and actively enjoying the process of killing the animal.”
buddiecat2 on Dec 8, 2010 at 14:06:40
“She hunted for fun, and not need. How hard is that to understand?”
cmdr hlamb on Dec 8, 2010 at 14:03:08
“i can clearly condemn what she did while eating a hamburger.....killing that animal served no purpose that is valid, except to promote someone's political stance.......i can tell the difference, cant you....”
loosebowel on Dec 8, 2010 at 13:59:04
“And I can't believe you are criticizing someone for criticizing Sarah Palin. What are you thinking?”