“According to what data? According to the 2011 numbers, NH has the 4th lowest gun homicide rate in the US (beaten only by Hawaii, SC, RI). It's slightly more half the national average. Several conservative states have rates higher than the national average (Arkansas, Georgia, Missouri, Mississippi, Louisiana - shares highest rate in nation with Illinois, South Carolina, Virginia, Wyoming, and others). Political leanings and gun control laws actually are poor indicators of gun violence. There are liberal states with strict gun control at both ends of the spectrum, and the same is true for conservative states with virtually no gun control laws. Presence, or lack thereof, big cities also is not a great indicator (though better than politics or laws seem to be).”
“So, his op-ed pieces are not only plagiarized, but his staff apparently writes them. How lazy is that? He can't even be bothered to plagiarize for himself, he passes off other people's stealing as his own.”
sweetgreensnowpea on Nov 6, 2013 at 03:26:55
“what happens when one is paid not to think...
at least mortimer snerd was entertaining.”
“The title suggested a story about equal justice, even when leveled at the rich. Instead, it offers a story about the rich receiving a misdemeanor when others would have been charged with vehicular manslaughter.”
“And exactly how do you know the political leanings of unnamed people that made this decision at a private company?”
1776Huckleberry on Oct 25, 2013 at 13:42:50
“It is quite elementary. Had the company had a right political leaning, it would have been grateful for her candor in speaking with Hannity, and thus there would not have been a reason to fire her. But because her answers were less than flattering to the leftist position on Obamacare, the leftist company believed her answers to Sean's questions did their cause harm--and that's the first thing that the left does so well--they demonize and destroy all who wander a bit to far from the plantation.”
“How is the ACA responsible for either Hannity calling the hotline on his show, an employee not knowing the policies of a private company, or an employee not having the common sense to know that making unauthorized statements to the media on company time while identifying oneself as a representative of said company might have consequences?”
Oct 22, 2013 at 12:36:58
“The author makes a big mistake with 1,2,4 & 6 by assuming that the only reason people are working out is to slim down. There are plenty of other reasons for working out. For example, cardio should be the main focus for people going through cardiac rehab. And while exercise does no good unless you push yourself a little, pushing past your limits may not be a great idea for people in poor health (or during recovery). Repetitive exercise may not be the greatest if you are trying to make improvements, but if you are already strong, toned, and on weight, maintenance may be exactly what you are looking for. There may be better choices than elliptical a for many people, but injuring knees and preventing further workouts is not very effective either.
And while the author may think those are merely common sense, certainly she is aware that common sense is not so common as its name indicates.
And lastly, what are the credentials of this author? One shouldn't have to click to another site to find out. Where are the studies and empirical data to back these conclusions?”
“Then it is a horrible and misinformed point. Marijuana does not affect people the way alcohol does. If more of these people were stoned, there would have been no riot, because they wouldn't have left the couch (unless it was to go to Taco Bell).”
drsolo on Oct 15, 2013 at 15:37:23
“That is what the person was implying. Altho I wonder about the Janissaries of the Ottoman Empire and reputedly they were users of hashish? ”
“More intellectual dishonesty. In 2006 Obama did vote against it, but he did not use those words at all. Further, he had the comfort of knowing his vote was symbolic and that it would pass anyway.
He did say during the campaign in 2008 that raising the debt (not the ceiling, the actual debt) as much as the preceding 43 presidents combined was unpatriotic (not either of the words you "quoted").
As for the merits of the statement in 2008, does it conflict with what occurred in the last 5 years? Yes, but much of the debt increase since then has been a result of the recession, Bush tax cuts, and laws that were passed long before Obama was in office. The only two things of significance that Obama has passed are the stimulus (which Republicans were begging for until Obama got behind it) and the ACA (which actually reduces the deficit long term). So while he hasn't done a stellar job and he is as bad on civil rights as Bush was, his 2008 statement is not off kilter as it seems when taken out of context. Congress, by the way, controls the purse strings.”
The Great Intellectual on Oct 10, 2013 at 14:50:50
“Also yes Congress does control the purse string and that part of Congress is the House so maybe the Democrats and the President will start to understand that the American People elected the GOP to control the purse strings so YES they have a say and a big say at that.”
The Great Intellectual on Oct 10, 2013 at 14:50:02
“Yes the President plays Optic Politics we all understand this and that is the exact point I was making. Everything he does is "symbolic" and he could careless about the results of the "symbolic" action. You know like allowing illegal aliens hold a rally while denying monuments to our vets even though they were opened in 1996 during that shutdown. Or closing the White House tours even though private citizens offered to fund them. Yes Optic Politics with the American People such a great leader.”
“For somebody that calls themselves the great intellectual, you sure are being intellectually dishonest.
Boehner is not attempting to compromise, he is trying to buy time so the House can take it's recess. Furthermore, he is only agreeing to allow the country to pay debts that Congress has already authorized. And it is not as if these deadlines came out of nowhere.. Congress has been on the same schedule for quite some time. If they wanted changes, they should have compromised and passed legislation well before the budget (or cr in this case) was due.
That is the proper way to deal with budgets and the debt limit. These expenses were already agreed to. Instead, the House has refused to compromise on any bill, they only pass things they know for a fact will not get through the Senate, and actively work to hinder the President. It's not some conspiracy theory, the GOP leaders have come out on national TV several times and made it clear their strategy is to obstruct the President.”
The article clearly points out that police presence in low income areas is the cause for higher arrest rates and that priors are the main reason for extended sentences. Might have helped if you read the article.
Furthermore, you make the claim that these are higher crime areas, and while it is true low income areas are more likely to have reported crime, that does not equal there being more crime overall. Many police agencies have said in the past that the likely crime rate of higher income neighborhoods is as high or higher than poor neighborhoods. However, in more affluent neighborhoods crimes tend to be committed behind closed doors by people that can afford good lawyers. This isn't an argument about specific crime types, but of the overall crime rate.
And just because the Feds say there are hardly any people in prison for single use, doesn't make it true. They make the claim that almost all drug incarcerations are for trafficking, but anybody that knows anything about drug use and drug laws knows that the limits set for trafficking are well within personal use amounts for a regular user.”
PhillyCheese on Sep 17, 2013 at 16:10:12
“So it says that higher police presence is the cause, so why the misleading title?
And you're right about "behind closed doors" for some things, like when it comes to drug use, but again, police don't care about white kids smoking weed in their room because white kids aren't killing people at third world rates.
And no police agency has ever said that about violent crime and been serious. ”
“Cocaine is not very expensive. Certainly no more expensive than heroin or crack. The article actually did point out that crack is slightly used more by minorities in proportion to whites. But not by double, which is the difference with cocaine.
Not even a good job of trying to invalidate the article.”
“The school is well aware that these activities are high risk and should be avoided without any knowledge of whether any students are HIV positive. Beyond that, any blood exposure incident should be handled the same way regardless of whether it is known the parties involved are positive for any number of things. Knowing the status of these students does not change standard protocols for these situations.”
“No, they would not test the patient in your example. They would test the nurse, but there is no legal recourse for them to test the patient the needle came from. The only time you could test the source without permission would be if the incident resulted in an arrest for assault.
Also, even if the hospital did get to test the patient, they would not kick the patient out for testing positive.”
“That is a completely incorrect reading of that fact sheet. First off, the fact sheet specifically states that the medical follow up is to be confidential. Secondly, the employer is to offer this confidential medical evaluation at the request of the person that suffered a qualifying incident (needle prick, bite, blood contamination). The offering of this is not dependent on the employer knowing the HIV status of the source. Any hypodermic needle prick, any bite, any cross contamination of blood is a qualifying incident. Knowing the status of the source is irrelevant. The medical follow up is for the person that was exposed, not the person that exposed them.”
“Actually, there is also competitive shooting and practice. And while NJ may not have big game, but we have technology now (like cars and planes) that magically allow people to travel long distances.”
webwzrd on Aug 17, 2013 at 15:44:15
“Sorry, but this is a very high priced, high powered boutique weapon with no use in civilian life because it's only suited for it's intended purpose, which is NEITHER hunting game or target practice. It's too heavy to lug around and the round too large and damaging for the former, and few ranges can actually accommodate it for the latter.
I have a .306 that does wonderfully at both.”
“Functionally, it is completely different than the post office. Gmail is free. Sending mail USPS costs money. USPS is a Federal agency, making it bound to the Constitution. Google is a private company, not bound in the same way at all (and yet still told people this would happen if they bothered to read the TOS they agreed to). Sending mail and packages is the primary business of the USPS. For all the free services Google offers, their main source of income and primary purpose is advertising.
So, nothing at all like the USPS.”
thodgesr on Aug 14, 2013 at 12:16:54
“The comparison is pretty far off. Emails aren't being made public, and nobody is reading them. A computer program is looking at words out of context to see if they match other words they sell ads for. Advertisers don't even know who you are because Google generates them. They do the same thing to check for spam. The keyword lists are comprised of mostly different words, but the same thing happens.”
“You pay AT&T, they don't make their money from advertising. Facebook uses the posts on private profiles to determine ads too. These companies are advertising companies. Everything else is to sell ads. Give an ad company your info and they are going to use it.
As for what the NSA is collecting, it's the same info that AT&T and Verizon store about all your calls too.”