“Wayne LaPierre and the NRA won't be truly happy until every American over the age of 3 has his or her own personal handgun and AK-47.”
Eris23Skidoo on Sep 22, 2013 at 13:49:06
“OVER the age of three? You're kidding yourself. When a two-year old shot his baby sister with a gun that was OWNED BY HIM, the NRA was right there saying it was that two-year-old's right to own that Crickett rifle. Here's an ad where they are trying to con parents into buying their children deadly weapons.
“Xenomelia (also known as Body Integrity Identity Disorder) has been traced by neuroanatomists to an area of the right parietal lobe of the brain. The brain does not properly map the body part and feels it to be a foreign object. We can't yet rewire the brain. The only known cure is to remove the offending body part. The most common part affected is the left leg. Male genitals are the second most affected part (constituting nearly a third of all reported cases).”
“Maybe it's time to propose a national I.D. card so that ALL U.S. citizens have a valid photo ID for voting. That ought to get the TeaBagger's undies in a knot....”
Cajuntinman on Aug 7, 2013 at 01:01:22
“Now I agree with that. I think every American should be given a free ID. It would solve every issue I, and I'm sure others, would have with proof of citizenship at the voting booth. And I am a tea bagger... Somewhat.”
GODBLESSUSONEANDALL on Aug 6, 2013 at 20:53:25
“I certainly would not object to that. The "ones" demanding pic voter ID would drop that demand quicker than a NY minute.”
Duke Leto on Aug 6, 2013 at 20:17:08
“This often Republican voting man is not opposed to that, as long as citizenship is proven before that ID is granted.”
pmoore40 on Aug 6, 2013 at 20:00:49
“Why would you say that? It's the dems that are against an ID.”
chammond75 on Aug 6, 2013 at 19:54:47
“Better yet if you make it a mark that is on the forehead or palm of the hand ... oh boy!”
“I hope you have a section on parental responsibility. I've had parents complain to the administration when asked to read to their primary school kids. "It's the teacher's responsibility to read to my kids, not mine!"”
budalla on Jul 12, 2013 at 17:19:33
“Sadly, if the parents haven't been reading to their kids before they enter PreK or Kinder, it is almost too late to start. I started before my daughter could speak, just to let her hear the rhythm, cadence, inflections, et al in my voice.
Worked, too. Same thing my parents did with me. And if you talk to people who seem a little smarter and wiser and well read than most, you'll tend to find their parents did the same.
Teaching begins at day one in a child's life, not when they finally get to school. It is NOT the responsibility of a school to teach children how to listen, speak, and read. If children don't get that early, then the parents need to own up to their shortcomings.
Teachers rely on children that already have the basics of learning. They get that at home. We can make continued learning interesting, but if a child hasn't been exposed to the basics, teachers face an uphill struggle. Sometimes we can overcome, many times the child is lost to us.”
“This is LONG overdue. All children deserve a loving family. As my grandmother always said, "it doesn't matter whether they're black, white, red, yellow, blue, green, or purple. It's what's inside that counts!" Were she alive today, I'm sure she would have found a way to add gay, straight, etc. Love, kindness, caring is what counts.”
“There are about 135,000 schools (K through 12, public and private) in the United States. At the low estimate of $800 per person and with only ONE person per school armed, that still over one hundred million dollars. Arming more than a single person per school would drive the cost even higher. My guess is that we're talking about a BILLION dollars or so to arm teachers and administrators. Which budget would you propose taking it from if we don't find a new source of revenue?”
karlpopperfan on Apr 2, 2013 at 16:28:33
“you assume none of those schools right now have no armed security officer, police officer, or deputy sheriff on campus right now. Also, would tax money go to private schools, even religious ones? ”
“Maybe we ought to take the NRA seriously and propose that schoolteachers and administrators be armed. There need to be armed guards at every school. To PAY for all of this, we can’t simply raise taxes or take it all out of current revenues. The only FAIR way to pay would be to impose a license fee on all firearms. To keep it all Second Amendment friendly, the penalty could be a simple misdemeanor, but anyone found in possession of a firearm without the appropriate license in his possession could have the firearm confiscated until he brought the license (dated before the incident) to pick it up.
How could the NRA possibly complain....”
wonderYrednow on Apr 2, 2013 at 14:38:01
“Of we could shoot the unlicensed gun possessor on sight....”
TheRightIsAnythingBut on Apr 2, 2013 at 14:35:11
“Umm, let's see how could the NRA possibly complain? Because you have a bit of sense in your proposal?”
karlpopperfan on Apr 2, 2013 at 14:32:28
“did you even read the article. Well trained personnel would be armed at a minimal cost: $800-$1000 per person. You wouldn't need a fee on all firearms to cover that.
I have a better idea than the license: anyone caught using a firearm to commit a crime receives a harsh jail sentence! Punish those who use guns to take others' lives, liberty, or property, not those who just possess a gun but don't have the license.
But no, making more burdens for everyone will surely keep those criminals in check, right?”
“Studies have been made of the effectiveness of surgical castration on sexual offenders. One of the best is by Reinhard Wille and Klaus Beier (Castration in Germany, 1989, Annals of Sex Research, vol. 2, pp. 103-133). They studied 104 men castrated for sex offenses and found a recidivism rate of less than 4%, compared to 46% for those not castrated. The most notorious case of re-offending was by a man whose girlfriend persuaded him to take testosterone to regain his libido. Testosterone is too easily available for surgical castration to work well.
For chemical castration, the drug of choice is Lupron, requiring injections only once every three months, and testosterone will not reverse it. There is ample evidence of its side effects as over 600,000 men in the United States are currently chemically castrated with Lupron as treatment for prostate cancer, which is testosterone fueled. Over 80,000 men begin chemical castration for prostate cancer every year (Medicare statistics). Libido generally drops, but not always. If there is less sexual desire, there is much less likelihood of sexual offending. Possible osteoporosis is the major negative effect.
Some men who are afraid of committing sexual offenses already obtain chemical castration drugs from Internet pharmacies on their own. They need to be made much more easily available.”
“With all of the Republican-run states now trying to require specific types of photo ID, it's time for some appropriate Democrat to respond with a bill to provide FEDERALLY issued photo identification cards for all lAmerican citizens. I can see the back-pedalling now....
All U.S. citizens should be able to vote easily in their districts. It may take federal legislation to make it possible.”
dollymajig on Nov 16, 2012 at 18:16:27
“It WILL take federal legislation to make it possible”
“Castration, either surgical or chemical, is a common treatment for advanced prostate cancer. With the prevalence of PCa, a male in North America has a one in twenty chance of being castrated in his lifetime. It's estimated that there are nearly three-quarters of a million PCa eunuchs in the United States. You probably already know one or more eunuchs.”
lori279187 on Sep 25, 2012 at 12:20:20
“I know enough men that SEEM to have no balls. You think they really don't?”
“There is a 4000 year history of eunuchs to draw on. They have been around at least since Sumerian times, frequently as government administrators, military officials, or religious personnel. At least two earlier works studied their longevity: the article by James Hamilton & Gordon Mestler (Mortality and Survival: comparison of eunuchs with intact men.... Journal of Gerontology, 1969) reference in this article and a book by Hans Fritz (Kastratengesang, published in 1994). Both found that eunuchs lived significantly longer than intact males.
Today the most common eunuchs are advanced prostate cancer patients. PCa is testosterone dependent and Medicare pays for over 80,000 castrations per year. You probably know several eunuchs, you just don't know who they are....”
“Lisa Diamond's work on female sexual plasticity is very interesting. Her academic articles are filled with data and closely reasoned. However, the question that Natalie Wolchover asks in her last paragraph, "why is female sexuality so fluid?" might be better asked as "why is male sexuality so canalized?"”
dsws on Jun 17, 2012 at 02:39:08
Developmentally, female is the default. If the sex-determining locus on the Y chromosome is inactive (in all copies, for species that have multiple copies of it), the result is a phenotypically female XY individual. So it's something about the program flowing from that activation, that makes male sexuality more specific.
If it's at that level of generality, the tendency should be shared across most mammals, except where overridden by the characteristics of smaller clades. That should be testable, but I don't know whether current data is adequate or what the results are if so.”
yuca on Jun 15, 2012 at 14:55:49
“TWJ, they know not of what they speak, for one~among woman only cirlces, woman are the Bomba! Smart and move the world. Why didn't they ask those woman? No, they don't have aq clu~ cultrue has alot too do with how we survived. Not money, so really class differences made the strong Lsbian, the ones with minds and know how~ do we all have that potentcia? Yes, we do. Do we use it? Not all of us do. Some like to whinn about their lot in life, insteqad of making use of the brain power we have, many have taken the road of least resistance, the broken wrist, " Ican't do this, I'm fragale", please, no you have been conditioned to think you are and that is a ROLL, entroducted to woman to keep them in their PLACE, the under dog, the lesser sex, the fragel one, the woman who is so weak, she needs a man~ all of htese under mind women, and especially Lesbians, we do not fit, period. Nor do we want to fit~”
Veeve on Jun 15, 2012 at 14:07:19
“Actually, I have a strong hypotheis for that, the evolutionary leftover of sequential hermaphroditism.”
Ppenguinator on Jun 15, 2012 at 13:55:19
“It isn't. Most men are just too scared to admit it.”
“Professor Lisa Diamond of the University of Utah has done excellent research and writing on female sexuality and the difference between sexual proceptivity and sexual arousability. Women are more likely to be attracted to a kind and caring person, whereas men are more attracted by the sex of their partner.This has led to her writing on female sexual fluidity.”
“One of the other recognized causes of male homosexuality is "inoculation" in the womb. The more male fetuses that have passed through, the more likely the next male is to be gay. Large families with lots of male offspring are very likely to have at least one gay son – the youngest, or one of the youngest – even if the son is adopted out at birth and there is no family social influence.”
“While there have certainly been some very strange Christian sects formed around the world (for example the Skoptzy in Russia), this particular strange sect is an off shoot of Islam. This "Moslem" sect only kept their children in the dark and underground. The "Christian" Skoptzy believed that their sons needed to be castrated at a young age to remain pure....
I happen to be a Buddhist, and there have been some very strange Buddhist sects as well.”
“Just remember that "Health Minister" is a political post. They do not need to be scientifically literate, or even intelligent. This one seems to be neither.”
neighborhoodmole on Jul 5, 2011 at 14:30:37
“If India wants to improve public health, they better put someone in charge that knows something about science and medicine then! Unfortunately, many of their officials got appointments as political favors or bribes, not for competence. Sort of like putting the head of the Arabian Horsemans Association in charge of FEMA!”
“Has he ever formally studied theology? Does he read any of the original languages in which the Bible was written? Or, is he just one of those undereducated “Christian” ministers who believes that whichever English translation he favors is the exact and true word of God – but only the parts he likes. The rest he pretends don’t exist.”
“It hasn't been many years since Cardinal Sin, Catholic archbishop of the Philippines, declared that men who had had a vasectomy and women who had had a tubal ligation, were ineligible to marry within the church. That they were unable to reproduce meant that their marriage would no longer be recognized.”
“Having taught college for 30 years, I’m surprised that 55% have measurable gain! Lower division (freshman & sophomore) courses are mostly large lectures where the professor lays words over the top of the students’ heads. Some of the words make it through their ears and out the tip of a pencil, seldom making contact anywhere along the route.
Real learning requires grappling with problems – small groups, simulations, almost anything other than lecture. “Academic rigor” needs to be properly defined. Just requiring more reading and more writing does not necessarily involve more real thought.”