“Carrying long guns when you're out and around is absurd. It's impractical for one thing and tells others you're the kind of delinquent who does things just to prove you can. Open-carrying a handgun is somewhat different, though even then you don't need a hand-cannon strapped to your leg. Telling potential bad guys who to shoot first never made much sense to me. If I felt the need to be armed it would be a small pistol in a pocket - there on the off-chance it was needed but not generating either fears or foolishness otherwise.”
From the dawn of time until last week that's what it was called. You can talk about what happened next all you want, but the military's justification for the charge - apparently now also obsolete - is "detrimental to good order and discipline".”
May 31, 2014 at 22:15:41
“How about if my contribution to slavery reparations is what I get for the land stolen from my Indian ancestors? That seems appropriate since the biggest slave owners in the family tree were Creeks and Choctaws. But I get to keep what I get for the three plantations stolen from my Loyalist ancestor after the Revolution. OK? That make everything even?
I wonder if the Brits would cough up anything for people with family in the '45?”
May 31, 2014 at 10:04:01
“Intent needs to be codified in the statute. There's also a gray area on what constitutes an "explosion". An over-pressure that smokes doesn't need to be defined as a felony. That a teacher was present or even in charge of the lab should also make a difference. Bottom line this prosecutor needs to get a real job.”
troika on May 31, 2014 at 13:48:27
“Time for Floridians to revamp there entire Legislature starting with the Governor, Attorney General and the rest down the slate in Nov. 2014.”
VTpat on May 31, 2014 at 11:17:16
“Again, this is Florida we are talking about. (Wasn't their present governor's former company convicted of fraud in his previous job, and isn't that a "felony"? Interestingly, Rick Scott "avoided" being implicated.)”
“First I try to agree with the article and the software scrubs it. Then I mention that and that gets scrubbed. Are there any adults running this looney bin?”
Soilguy on May 31, 2014 at 09:54:22
“No, you probably used a key word that automatically deletes your post. These key words are often mysterious, and it takes some experimentation to figure out what's kicking out your comment. Not only that, but it's not unusual for these key words that are not permitted to be in the actual article -- so you can quote a passage and have your comment deleted for using the words in the article.
So in summary: no, there is no one running the looney bin but a few bots.”
“So much for having a rational discussion on this - the software is scrubbing any mention of the words I'm trying to talk about, which is about the intellectual level of the poseurs being overpaid to run this farce.”
The care a woman receives in any outpatient clinic - abortion or otherwise - has nothing whatsoever to do with the level of care she will receive if she is taken to any hospital ER. There is really no simpler way to say it. Your "arguments" ignore the facts. Your assumptions, particularly your third paragraph, are so absurd as to be scurrilous.
The honest way to safeguard a woman's health is to make family planning services available to all, to make family planning clinics safe and respectable, to ensure that every woman has access to the information and services she needs to make an informed, safe decision about her reproductive choices. Your constant parroting of anti-abortionist talking points are dishonest, hypocritical and disgraceful.”
May 28, 2014 at 23:55:54
“The study reports that levels of various chemicals in the body increase after smoking a hookah. That's fine, but what does it mean?
What are considered normal levels of the chemicals measured in the study? What levels are considered harmful? How does the damage done by one session of hookah smoking compare with multiple or regular sessions? "Chemical X in the blood increased 74 times after one evening smoking hookah." sounds frightening - which is probably the point - but are we talking about one part-per-million increasing to 74 parts-per-million, and is the level considered toxic one hundred ppm or one thousand?
Raw statistics can be analyzed or manipulated. Based on the information in the article, we don't know which happened here.”
“If a clinic patient had complications requiring hospitalization, she would be taken to the nearest ER where the decision to admit or not would be made by the ER attending. The only action clinic personnel would take is to send her to the ER; admitting privileges are totally irrelevant.”
tigereon on May 29, 2014 at 20:59:19
“EXACTLY ....it would be like saying if i found a woman laying on the street and called an ambulance the care that woman got would be different if i happened to be a doctor with admitting privileges at some hospital...thats pretty much the exact situation
the problem is, people like this kooky deepak are so filed with blind hate and anger at abortions that they will make up anything to justify their cause....they are the ultimate believers in "the ends justify the means" and they are so self righteous that they can not even be honest about simple facts”
Cronos warszawa on May 29, 2014 at 00:45:37
“It protects against cases like abortionist, Walter T. Bowers, who was involved in providing hospital care for women injured during abortions by Haskell, was convicted of incompetence and banned from the practice of obstetrics in Ohio’s neighboring state of Kentucky. After Operation Rescue publicized his appalling record, he was dropped from Haskell’s variance.
This is about protecting women and their babies from incompetent abortionists whose shoddy practices injure and kill women every year. If an abortion clinic cannot ensure that women suffering complications cannot get the same standard of care in emergencies that others must get, they deserve to close. The truth is that abortionists’ own bad behavior has created the situation that is now closing them down. They have no one to blame for that than themselves.
Another part of this equation is that abortion doctors tend to be the dregs of the medical profession. They often get into the abortion circuit because they cannot successfully practice in any other medical venue. They tend to be the least competent of doctors and would not be given admitting privileges to many hospitals for insurance purposes alone. Abortion doctors also have the highest rates of suicides, alcoholism, and drug abuse. Most medical doctors will have nothing to do with them.”
“The problem with the reflexive pro-gun-control rhetoric we're hearing is that it doesn't focus on the actual cause of the deaths in Santa Barbara. The Rodger boy had three legally-purchased handguns in his car; he apparently had no history of psychiatric hospitalization or troubles with the law. His parents and family knew he was severely troubled and he was at least interviewed by the police, who found no danger signals that warranted further action. He uploaded multiple very troubling videos to YouTube which said exactly what he was planning, but that wasn't enough warning to trigger any further action.
And when he actually began doing what he had promised, he attacked his first three victims with a knife and killed all three. No amount of gun control, confiscation, or background checks would have kept a knife out of his hand. He then got into his car and alternated shooting at people and running them down with his car. He killed three more with a gun, wounded several and probably missed several more. He hit four or five with his car but by chance only injured them. So what do we do?
Demanding gun confiscation or blaming the NRA is as dishonest and ineffective as the worst of the pro-gun nuts. What causes a young man to be so determined to kill that he uses every weapon he can find to act out his madness? Until we address that reality, we're all just blowing smoke.”
“I should be getting enough practice bowdlerizing myself to gain some proficiency, but when one is trying to hit a moving target....
"they do not answer questions about real things" My question to you remains unanswered: A man kills three people with a knife and three people with a gun. You demonize the NRA as though the actions you ascribe to them were the sole cause of the killings. What explains the three killed with a knife? What NRA propaganda caused him to pick up a knife instead of the three semi-automatic handguns police found in his car? You use the same kind of made-up "facts" and carefully-selected arguments you accuse the NRA of using, and instead of answering questions about real killings you denigrate the question.”
“The article begins by blaming the NRA for seven people killed, including three killed by a knife. Those following that line are immune from being called on the same underhanded tactics they accuse the gun lobby of peddling. Nothing like an honest and open discussion here on this progressive paragon.”
“Then answer this question: If Rodger killed three with a knife and three with a gun, is the knife or the gun more responsible for the deaths?”
lhoffman5 on May 25, 2014 at 10:23:35
“If you want to play games like a five year old: Please go find a five year old. But the answer to your question is Roger's Mother is responsible because she did not breast feed him so he was deprived as a child,”
“You should also ask the knife lovers if they would be willing to sacrifice a son or daughter to maintain their right to a knife, because the Santa Barbara killer murdered as many with a knife as with a gun.”