“A partial list of things kids are capable of understanding (depending on their ages, of course):
A partial list of things kids are not capable of understanding, but will get better at over time, as their brains develop:
The reason we decided, as a society, that kids should not be permitted to learn to drive cars until their mid-teens, let alone legally drive by themselves, is because we know they don't have the maturity or judgement to understand the potential consequences of their actions with motor vehicles, which are not designed as weapons, but certainly can be used as such, either accidentally or deliberately, or misused, when in the fraction of a second of inattention or high spirits, lives can change or end.
To give especially small kids weapons implies that they are toys and ignores the reality of children's lack of judgement; it ignores their inability to understand the potential consequences of those weapons.
Hand-eye coordination can be taught on a tennis court or baseball field.
Why in the world did we spend years trying to get toy guns off the shelves to prevent kids' confusion about real versus pretend, only to give little kids actual weaponry?”
eric sorrentino on May 4, 2013 at 19:11:19
“Beats me, especially since toy guns are still sold.”
wolflover3825 on May 4, 2013 at 08:58:49
“Speaking from the perspective of someone that was taught at an early age on how to shoot  and was taught gun safety [from age 5 to age 7] those aspects remained with me throughout my entire life so far. In all the years following those first few years learning gun safety and how to shoot and the real dangers of the gun, I have never had one single accidental/negligent discharge. I have never shot anyone by accident, or even on purpose.
I also knew from that age onwards on what to do if I ever found or came across a gun, knew not to touch it, to leave it alone and let someone know about it.”
Cargosquid on May 3, 2013 at 20:55:42
“Because you guys overreacted and now ALL firearms are looked at as a novelty. Kids can tell the difference. This was the fault of negligent parents.”
crosswiredmind on May 3, 2013 at 15:06:23
“To give a child open and unsupervised access to a loaded gun is a bad idea. To supervise them and teach them the discipline of marksmanship and safe gun handling is a very good thing.”
barry444 on May 3, 2013 at 12:55:10
“Kids are permitted to learn to drive cars whenever their parents decide, just not on public roads.”
“Without knowing the details of that trial and conviction, but just guessing, I'd say that he didn't get the death penalty because that murder was probably considered a 'domestic dispute', therefore a somewhat lesser crime than murdering strangers. At least that seems to happen in most cases I've observed; DAs tend to either blow off prosecuting, or downplay the impact of murders of female domestic partners or elderly relatives of the perps. 17 years is a lot more time than I would have expected he would have spent in prison for a bludgeoning murder of an elderly female relative.
But, what that prison time created was a hate-filled monster, ready and willing to kill, and the suicide note, no, three page manifesto of hate and violence he left did say so, at least that's what the single sentence the officer read aloud indicated.
Responsible gun ownership sometimes has to mean NO GUNS. Sorry if that spoils your shoot-'em-up fantasies, but something has to be given up. If you are harboring a madman in your house, there are no locks strong enough to keep him out of the gun safe. He will get them. Now, unless sis or mom is dead too, she has to live with the knowledge that in some way, she contributed to his mad scheme to murder first responders and law enforcement personnel. What a legacy.”
“So Todd Akin is not only an ignorant backwoods misogynist who can tie his own shoes, but he backs voter disenfranchisement, too. Good boy, Toddles. Makin' the Tea Party proud. Have a cookie.
And as we turn the clock back yet another century, the race is on to see who can reach the...
Actually, I'm not sure what we are reaching for.
It sure isn't something that's forward, and it sure isn't something that's upward. It's not knowledge we're gaining. It's not progress we're attaining.
It's an embarrassment of embarrassment, especially to the rest of the world, where voting rights are fought for and prized.
We may not look like we prize them, but don't take them away, especially by repealing a very clearly worded amendment in the Constitution. (If you're going to tweak an amendment, start with the muddy old one, like #2. heheheh. that's what I thought.)
But the hell with that. What we do have is a three-way tie on the leaderboard in the race to the bottom!
Todd Akin and Pete Hoekstra and Jeff Flake for the TRIFECTA!!”
“Mitt is just getting tired of having to do retakes of everything he says. Now there's Ryan he has to keep track of as well! Fella needs a break from all that there spinning. It's the paternalistic, uber-religious attitude his type has. He is worse, having been a big-time businessman, super rich and used to getting his own way for most of his life. Deferred to by his family, by colleagues, by underlings, who probably inhabit most of the world's land mass in his opinion, and by suck-ups who are only after something. Tiresome. So very tiresome. Easier to let the new guy get out there and try to stick the landing, so to speak. Except for the fact that Ryan is supposed to be stuffing Romney's suit, not the other way around. Ryan hadn't better forget it, either. Ryan's got himself a political sugardaddy, now, and there are line to be toed.”
“I believe it. I was walking home after voting, and twisted my ankle on some uneven pavement. A kid of say eleven or twelve was walking past me, carrying his skateboard, and he saw me fall hard, then tiptoed by in the grass, thinking that he wouldn't be noticed by me as I lay on the sidewalk. He was noticed. He never said a word: even "hey lady, you ok? " would have been better than sneaking alongside me on the grass. Not sure if he took a pic or not. I can believe it if he did. Strange coldness and disassociation going on. Maybe it's nothing new, socially speaking, it's no longer as far below the radar as it was.”
karen1p on Aug 1, 2012 at 10:03:42
“I fell hard onto the pavement in downtown Seattle. I was just recovering from shoulder surgery, so I had my arm in a sling, which meant it was extremely difficult to get up. I was crying because I was so frightened that I had re-injured myself. A young man passed by me and the only thing he did was steal my cell phone that had skidded across the sidewalk as I fell. Yep, there is something really cold happening out there.”
“This idiocy presented as 'fact' must have been quite a recent development, then. I wonder what my daughter-in-law's mother died of last month. hmmm. She found out she had uterine cancer that had metastasized to every organ in her body.
BTW Oog the Neanderthal, aka Chris Collins, those who die of cancer, and its peripheral diseases like pneumonia, frequently die long, painful deaths, and without insurance, they leave enormous medical bills behind.
So, when your gluteal sphincter lips start speaking, such as with this, I hope your handlers have got lots of training to quickly pull up the panties and start the cover up, 'cause their jobs depend on it.
Otherwise, how are you ever going to get elected and get in on that most excellent lifetime healthcare and the other goodies and perks that politicians get, and not have to depend on people like you to do the right thing for all?
Oh yeah, it's all about 'the people', and getting ACA repealed, right? My mistake.”
“I've got mine, now pull up the drawbridge, keep the 'people' out!
Single payer; so no more squabbling for instance, over whether 9/11 rescuers who are now suffering from cancer deserve treatment...wtf is that about???
The money would be there if it wasn't all tied up in the bowels of Big Insurance Companies, and their evil twins, Big Pharma and Big Medical, with the K Street Lobbyists as skin tags hanging all over them, and oozing over the legislatures, federal and states, wherever they feel their dollars can be the most effective. Health 'care' is not primary here, health 'insurance' is. If that could be turned around, it could only be done by eliminating that middle 'man', the insurance black hole where the majority of the funds are being delivered, instead of to the care of the patient.”
“If Santorum is so fragile about a speech by one of our most revered presidents about his views about toleration and free exercise of religion, imagine his reaction to actual people of different faiths with whom he may be in actual physical contact.
OMG!!! OPEN THE VOMITORIA!!!
Just curious, now who's the snob, Sanctimonious Santorum?”
“Nothing personal, Cheryl, it's disdain, but you're absolutely right. He's talking in Troy, Mich, where jobs in steel, auto, etc. plants are gone by the tens of thousands, and he's telling these people whose lives are either on hold, sinking fast, or drastically changed for the worse that;
a) education is bad
b) fear smart people
c) name-calling is good
d) poor is better (says in that bibledy book he selectively consults from time to time)
e) don't do as I do, do as I say do
f) give me money
g) put me in charge
h) pray, brothers, pray”
“At least Jan Brewer understands when she is out of her depth, socially. She obviously can't behave herself in public, as it is apparent she takes etiquette lessens from episodes of Mob Wives. Also, when she gets over there, she is uneasy about being on Obama's turf (gangland vernacular, but probably all she knows) and her finger-wagging, shouting, sneering, and napkin-filching won't be tolerated by the snobs she'll be around.
Ironically, there are plenty of other Republican governors who will probably be doing the same thing, and she would be in quite safe company, but she won't know that.
So it's best that she stay away from an important social occasion, namely dinner with the President of the United States, rather than risk being sent away from the adult's table to the kiddie table because she obviously can't mind her manners.”
Views from the Middle on Feb 27, 2012 at 10:51:09
“Love it. You hit the target right on! Fanned and Faved.”
Kaycey351 on Feb 27, 2012 at 09:59:17
“Your rambling, diatribaceous critique of Jan Brewer only serves to show your absolute failure in understanding the situation. Our imitation president has failed in every regard to unite, reassure and protect our nation. Jan Brewer takes her job seriously and is not in a position of leadership to further her personal aspirations. We all realize the dangers of open borders and the governor cannot get any results from obama who chooses to leave our nation vulnerable in order to garner votes from Latinos.”
“Yep, all the love$ went to the banks. Too bad so sad, selfish homeowners, who the hell do you think you are anyway?
Thinking you rate luxuries like
'scuse me: man oh man Love me some Nikes $228. Gotta go & get in line for some really ill kicks
They're a little pricey on eBay $25,000
See, you just have to pri-or-it-ize”
“She wouldn't have sex with him because he is a total idiot and an absolute misogynistic pig. That discovery may have been kind of a shock for her. Nausea is a tough sensation to get past when Daddy wants some lovin', but got busted discussing it in public, exactly like some D- dorky college punk trying for points with the cool guys at his frat house.
Rachel Maddow is a total hero: ONE POTENTIAL 'LESS' REPUBLICAN!!!!!
Because we all know that according to Sanctimonious Santorum, life begins at erection. (with thanks to Bill Maher.)”
“And no comment from Scott Walker(R)...
Glenn Grothman(R)-sponsor of the bill SB202...
No further comment from oh-so gung-ho supporters of the bill, some of whom are not coincidentally running for office...how about that?
Wis. legislators have learned much in the last couple of years, apparently. Swift and silent wins the day when it comes to attacking workers' rights. Works better than massive crowds packing the hall of the State Capitol.
Also, it's easier to start the attack the with the weakest; older, females, youngest, low paid, you know, the marginalized ones with little representation anyway. Kind of like hungry jackals attacking a herd of wildebeests; go for the most vulnerable that can't be fully protected by being part of the group. The rest will watch and be relieved that it isn't them this time, not realizing that next time, and there will be a next time, the cut will be unforeseen and possibly bigger.
I swear, if these guys are voted back into office, it's on your collective heads, Wisconsin. The scary part is that other Republican governors are watching this guy to see how this goes. He's their hero. This just baffles me.
Bet the next government office on the chopping block is the Government Accountability Board.”
“To my way of thinking, if the lowest paid employee cannot afford to partake of whatever it is the store or restaurant sells, they are getting paid too little and the management has to make adjustments.”
James Haun on Feb 22, 2012 at 11:47:13
“that was Henry Ford's idea too”
RubyMontana on Feb 22, 2012 at 11:37:55
“Try that logic working at Macy's.
Hint: It won't work.”
“People want to own homes in large part to protect themselves against the dangers of predatory landlords who arbitrarily crank up rents. Certain parts of the American dream included having a job and doing everything right, so it seemed not unreasonable to expect to be able to buy a place to live and not have to worry about being shoved out of it, like you would if you were renting. It was called 'security', and, like job security, apparently is a thing of the past.
But persons who want this, need it, or expect it, but who no longer have access to it, shouldn't get sneered at by those who already have it, as though they were peasants at the castle wall being mocked by the squire after the drawbridge has been pulled up behind him.”
“He's so consistent. It's not his only virtue. That, and condescension. And smug arrogance. And pigheadedness. And a weird concern with women's vaginal issues. Something about these candidates makes 'virtue' into a bad thing. They are turning things upside down; stupid is preferred to smart (but that's been true for the Republican party for a while,12 years or so at least), good is now bad, pretty is ugly, and filthy rich men call themselves men of the people. And they get away with it, just by shouting louder than the next guy in front of mobs of slavering, like minded club-member wanna-bes.
For Sanctimonious Sanctorum to pontificate in this way about women's issues just indicates that he is truly disconnected from the grim reality of rape and other violence against women. May his god help his daughter if she ever has a problem requiring the kind of help rape victims need. His ability to deny reality for his own daughter multiplied by the number of possible rape victims in this country depending on his Justice Department to enforce the law, a law that he may not agree with, makes him a lousy bet for President, I think, for a lot of reasons, but especially that one.”
CoastalNC on Jan 24, 2012 at 16:13:03
Sister Bluebird on Jan 24, 2012 at 16:06:05
“Ha! I call him that too! Rick Sanctimonious Santorum!
Now that is making lemonade out of a big fat sour lemon!
I bet if pressed, Rick probably doesn't *believe in rape. And that would explain his complete disconnect from the subject.”
“It's not the job of journalists to moralize; we ran into that issue during the Bush era. The job of journalists should be to inform Americans of FACTS and to ferret them out from under the lies and smokescreens belched by bought-and-paid-for politicians and their ilk.
Nicely done article, btw. I'd much rather read about these interviews than watch them; visceral reactions to bs, you know. Gives me the rumbling tummies and the 'screaming at the teevees'.”