Saturday, September 25, 2010
Since what you consider to be reasonable isn't even in the same plane of reality with what I consider reasonable, probably not.
Allow me to explain.
I hear a lot about "compromise" from your camp ... except, it's not compromise.
Let's say I have this cake. It is a very nice cake, with "GUN RIGHTS" written across the top in lovely floral icing. Along you come and say, "Give me that cake."
I say, "No, it's my cake."
You say, "Let's compromise. Give me half." I respond by asking what I get out of this compromise, and you reply that I get to keep half of my cake.
Okay, we compromise. Let us call this compromise The National Firearms Act of 1934.
There I am with my half of the cake, and you walk back up and say, "Give me that cake."
I say, "No, it's my cake."
You say, "Let's compromise." What do I get out of this compromise? Why, I get to keep half of what's left of the cake I already own.
So, we have your compromise -- let us call this one the Gun Control Act of 1968 -- and I'm left holding what is now just a quarter of my cake.
And I'm sitting in the corner with my quarter piece of cake, and here you come again. You want my cake. Again.
This time you take several bites -- we'll call this compromise the Clinton Executive Orders -- and I'm left with about a tenth of what has always been MY DAMN CAKE and you've got nine-tenths of it.
Then we compromised with the Lautenberg Act (nibble, nibble), the HUD/Smith and Wesson agreement (nibble, nibble), the Brady Law (NOM NOM NOM), the School Safety and Law Enforcement Improvement Act (sweet tap-dancing Freyja, my finger!)
I'm left holding crumbs of what was once a large and satisfying cake, and you're standing there with most of MY CAKE, making anime eyes and whining about being "reasonable", and wondering "why we won't compromise".
I'm done with being reasonable, and I'm done with compromise. Nothing about gun control in this country has ever been "reasonable" nor a genuine "compromise".
4. Do you believe that I and people with whom I work intend to ban your guns?
5. If yes to #4, how do you think that could happen ( I mean the physical action)?
The question is incoherent. "Banning" requires no physical action at all, and is quite simple to do. Even Clinton managed it. If you mean confiscation, well, there you've got a problem. Were you really coming to me for suggestions?
Tam's suggestion being 'Get bent'.
Added: I just looked at the site, and the first post that comes up is labeled 'Guns and religion', and is summed up by
...There is a web site called "God, Not Guns" that focuses on how the faith community can talk about gun violence as a peace and justice issue. Since peace and justice issues are natural topics for discussion for faith communities, the issue of gun violence fits with the message that most religious leaders espouse.
from the first paragraph. What jumps out at me is she's so specifically against 'gun violence', not violence in general; is there something about being stabbed or strangled that's just not as objectionable as being shot, or what? And my hackles tend to go up at things like 'peace and justice issue'; I've heard too many people use that as a "And if you don't agree you don't want Peace and Justice!" stick. And it goes from there. Including, of course, the Nasty Hatemongering Against Muslims:
...The topic for that day was the intolerance and hate that had fomented during the weeks leading up to September 11th and the "Ground Zero Mosque" including the possible burning of Korans by Florida Pastor Terry Jones. It was good to remind us of what St. Francis was telling his followers and what he can teach us still.
I'm not bored enough to dig through the place, but I wonder if she and her church have ever castigated muslims for the intolerance and hate they've shown for Jews, Christians, pagans, the US in general and the right of free speech in particular? Or the burning of Bibles? Or that Jews aren't even bloody ALLOWED in Saudi? I know, dumb question.
Down at the end she gets to a "Some of my best friends are
There are hunters and gun owners there. They have signed a resolution in favor of the gun show background check bill. They don't have a problem with the bill and know it will not restrict any of their rights. (They may not think it does; they're wrong) I also know that they don't believe that God gave them the right to keep and bear arms but rather that owning guns is a personal decision having nothing to do with their faith.(They're free to believe whatever they want; my objection is you and they wanting to force your beliefs on me and restrict MY rights) I value their opinions and their willingness to join me in seeking a better world where people are not shot to death in large numbers daily. Oh, for Deity's sake! "If you don't agree with us, you don't mind lots of people being shot! Or maybe you LIKE the idea!" Bleep.
I'm thinking Huffman is on to something.
And his defense... "You people are too busy to pay attention to what's happening" from one of his ass-kissers. Yeah, all those tea parties and such are because we don't really care enough to pay attention, right?
Kerry made the remarks on voters following questions about U.S. Rep Barney Frank’s re-election campaign and queries about securing federal funding for the Hub hospital.
“I think a lot of the anger today - while it’s appropriate because Washington is broken - is not directed at the right people,” said Kerry. “Barney is prepared, as others are, to explain what we’re doing. I think when people hear the facts and they see what we’re doing, it frankly makes sense.”
That would be Frank trying to shove more of our money into Fannie and Freddie? And I'm still waiting for Frank to recuse himself from anything touching on these agencies since- far as I know- he's STILL sleeping with someone on the Fannie board of directors(unethical as hell, that).
And, Sen. Kerry, we've BEEN listening to your 'explanations'; that's one reason we're so damn mad, you arrogant little boob.
Update: Breda notes Simple slogan? You mean like "Yes, we can"? How about "Hope" and "Change"? That sound familiar?
I had to laugh.
Friday, September 24, 2010
DeMint said he believed Wednesday's meeting of GOP senators was to choose a replacement for Murkowski, the ranking member on the Energy and Natural Resources Committee. But "one senator after another stood up to argue in favor of protecting her place on the committee," he said - resulting in an outcome he said she'll undoubtedly use in her campaign against Miller.
"It was bad enough to watch my colleagues work to support her in the primary after she had built a record of betraying conservative principles," he wrote. "But watching them back her after she left the party and launched a campaign against the Republican nominee was more than I could bear."
Well, guy, it's more than most of us can.
And we're damned sick of it.
I'll let you look the piece over, I am going to point out one thing in particular:
Also on Wednesday, Mike Roman had a blockbuster piece that reveals Philadelphia New Black Panther Jerry Jackson, one of the polling place stormtroopers, is a felon in possession of a firearm. The Holder Justice Department is failing to enforce federal felon in possession statutes against Jackson, which make it a crime for him to possess a firearm.
Now isn't THAT interesting? The "We really wish the 2nd Amendment would go away" Holder & Co. are failing to enforce that law?
Any bets as to whether they'd have a problem enforcing it if Jackson had been white?
Oh, and two questions:
Did Colbert know he was there to distract from the above? And
Did this idiot think that being there would let him act like a moron(I know, how would he stop?) and get away with it?
Lewis' life took a deadly turn after she married Julian, whom she met at a Danville textile factory in 2000. Two years later, his son Charles entered the U.S. Army Reserve. When he was called for active duty he obtained a $250,000 life insurance policy, naming his father the beneficiary and providing temptation for Teresa Lewis.
Both men would have to die for Lewis to receive the insurance payout.
She met at a Walmart with the two men who ultimately killed Julian Lewis and his son. Lewis began an affair with Matthew Shallenberger and later had sex with the other triggerman, Rodney Fuller. She also arranged sex with Fuller and her daughter, who was 16, in a parking lot.
On the night before Halloween in 2002, after she prayed with her husband, Lewis got out of bed, unlocked the door to their mobile home and put the couple's pit bull in a bedroom so the animal wouldn't interfere. Shallenberger and Fuller came in and shot both men several times with the shotguns Lewis had bought for them.
'childlike and loving spirit', yeah.
On a grassy knoll beside the correctional center, those opposed to the execution protested with signs and banners in the twilight Thursday. Critics said they were repulsed by Virginia's killing of a woman.
But they have no problem 'forgiving' her for the murders and betrayals and pimping, oh no.
Found at Althouse.
Thursday, September 23, 2010
Considering the people this asshole calls 'teabaggers' are generally the ones working and being taxed to death... maybe some federal government drone pissed at people not wanting to pay more taxes so he can keep getting a golden retirement package?
One recently released study by the Woodrow Wilson Center and the Trans-Border Institute at the University of San Diego found that out of 75,000 firearms confiscated by Mexican authorities in the last three years, 60,000 of them — or 80 percent — had come from the U.S. The most common weapons were semi-automatic assault rifles — a Romanian made version of the AK-47 and versions of the Bushmaster AR-15.
Now, something about that tickled a memory, and I just ran across what I remembered:
In May 2010, for example, the Mexican government, which has received training from ATF to better identify firearms, said that of the 75,000 firearms it seized in the last three years about 80 percent, or 60,000 firearms, came from the United States.18But, footnote 18 takes us here, where it actually says (emphasis mine):
Calderón said his government had seized 75,000 guns in Mexico in a three-year period and found that 80 percent of those whose origin could be traced were bought in the United States.We've heard that before, and what it means is that 60,000 is way, way high. Here is a good explanation of what is really going on. Short answer: 17% of the guns used in Mexican crime are traced back to the US.
Well, that doesn't match up to the "It's all the fault of you Yankees!" crap, does it?
That footnote also links to another article (you can have two references per footnote? Must be a "scholars only" thing) that omits the "whose origin could be traced" part and gives them what they wanted to hear in the first place:
Mr. Calderon told a joint session of Congress that of the 75,000 guns seized by Mexican authorities over the last three years, 80 percent are traced to the U.S.Shoddy work, Kara Rowland, shoddy, shoddy, shoddy.
They keeping throwing crap on the wall to see if it will stick, we keep washing it off.
Three-year-old Zakariyah and five-year-old Zuhur were found dead Sunday night inside the family's southwest side apartment at Manchester Village. A distraught relative called 911.
Police say Farah placed her children inside a bedroom closet with two beds propped against the door so they couldn't get out. She then reportedly went to a friend's house and left them locked in the closet for over ten hours.
The closet was two feet wide and six feet long. Zakariyah and Zuhur were trapped in the closet along with three other siblings, ages one through seven.
"There was no physical injuries to the bodies. So they don't know exactly what caused the death but it could appear that it could be a form of suffocation," said Lt. Jeff Duhamell, IMPD.
Ah, but we MUST be sensitive, y'know.
"Ebyan Farah will have no public comment in this matter, except to say she is devastated by her children's tragic deaths. She will avail herself of the criminal justice system.
Ebyan Farah hopes the media will be sensitive to the Somali community's sense of privacy and will not intrude in an effort to provide sensationalism in a manner that will ensure Ebyan Farah cannot receive a fair trial, not only in Marion County, but in the state of Indiana."
I can't really think of appropriate words to describe what I'm thinking; I guess it boils down to a line I remember from some comedian: "Some people would just look better dead."
'Community's sense of privacy' my aching pissed-off ass.
Somali community, hmmm, I wonder if she's a member of the Religion of Submission? I just have to wonder.
I accept that the content is pretty much true. I do note on your website that you do state that some radioactive content is there, though small.
I find it hard to believe that reputable people in the area are so worried, if there is nothing to worry about. Perhaps these shipments are the precursor of worse ones?
Anyway, although I know that your comment is sensible – I’m not publishing it. Why?
Well, it’s simply because, like the nuclear lobby – I am not fair. Also the nuke lobby has funding for its campaign. We have none.
I can’t afford to be fair-minded
"Fair-minded would mean I have to present information I don't like, so screw your facts."
Reasoned Discoursetm; it breaks out in the damndest places.
And about damned time.
The Keyneseans insist that it was the "public spending" of the war economy that brought us out of the depression and spurred the incredible growth of the post-war economy.
They seem to neglect the fact that, after the war, the United States was the only major industrialized nation that hadn't been smashed. We had our own sources of raw materials, unmatched manufacturing capability, and the rest of the world needed rebuilding.
Who else was there to provide the things the world needed to rebuild? America's economy didn't magically rebound because our government had spent a lot of money it didn't have - that was just what had provided the manufacturing base. Without a market to sell to we'd have crashed right back down. But that market was there, and it needed what we could make.
That market isn't there now, and the rest of the world makes everything anybody might need. We buy most of it ourselves, if you haven't noticed.
The world is not the same as it was after WWII, and only a fool or an idiot would fail to recognize that.
I will note that this is a followup to what started at this post, which is now up to 561 comments.
Beginning Monday (Sept. 20), Cleveland residents who want to register their handguns can do so 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
Residents can go to any one of the five police districts or make an appointment at the Downtown Services Unit at 2001 Payne Avenue.
Applicants will need to bring photo identification, specifically a government issued drivers license, passport, Ohio identification card, or military identification.
All applicants should bring all handguns unloaded and securely wrapped to the police district of their choice.(first thought: "Where you may or may not get to take them home")
And, since there has to be money involved,
When the detailed check is complete, the handgun registration office will let the applicant know to make an appointment to pay the fee and have their picture taken and to receive their registration card.
Yeah. It's voluntary, and they'd NEVER(oh no!) use the information against you, now would they?
Pointed to by Rodger
Madam, you're an illegal alien and we don't OWE you a damn thing. Except maybe a one-way trip out of the country.
O’Donnell explained that “when I go to Washington, D.C., the litmus test by which I cast my vote for every piece of legislation that comes across my desk will be whether or not it is constitutional.” How weird is that, I thought. Isn’t it a court’s job to determine whether or not something is, in fact, constitutional? And isn’t that sort of provided for in, well, the Constitution?Short answer: Senators swear an oath to uphold the Constitution. Of course they are obligated to determine whether a bill they are considering is constitutional. Where did Lithwick get the idea that courts, and only courts, should be concerned with the constitutionality of legislation?
It came to a surreal head when Sen. Chuck Grassley asked Kagan directly whether “the Second Amendment codif[ied] a pre-existing right or was it a right created by the Constitution?”—a dog whistle, I gather—to the “Christian Reconstructionist” argument that the right to bear arms comes from God. I guess by way of Moses and Joshua.Huh? It’s pretty obvious to me that Grassley is referring to one of two possibilities: (1) More likely, the question of whether the Second Amendment codified a pre-existing Anglo-American common law right to bear arms; or (2) Less likely, but still possible, the question of whether the right to bear arms is a “natural right”. Even if it’s the latter, you hardly have to be a Christian Reconstructionist to believe in natural rights; the framers did, and none were. Indeed, you don’t even have to believe in God; I have quite a few libertarian acquaintances who believe in natural rights, and none of them are theists.
Standard leftist bullshit, I'm tempted to say: leave EVERYTHING to the judges that the leftists hope to have in place. Wonderful people, aren't they?
This is so lame it's amazing.
When Daughter went to OU, they had the delightful practice of selling more parking permits than there were parking spaces; I wonder if they'd wet their pants and demand punishment for someone who wrote them and accused them of what's essentially fraud?
Wednesday, September 22, 2010
She's running against Van Tran, who is Vietnamese and her Republican challenger, and apparently she's nervous enough about Tran to say stupid race-baiting shit like this,
Go see the video
Wonderful how free of racism and bigotry Democrats are, isn't it?
We move on to "There was a loud sucking and clicking noise at the Justice Department today, believed to be people sucking in breath while their rectums snapped shut."
Ten months ago, Coates, the award-winning former chief of the Voting Section of the Civil Rights Division, was subpoenaed by the Commission to testify about the case. He was subsequently instructed by DOJ officials to ignore the subpoena. Within the past hour, commissioners were informed that Chairman Gerald Reynolds had spoken with Coates and that the chairman would reconvene the Commission’s ongoing hearing on Friday at 9:30 a.m. to hear Coates’s testimony.
The Civil Rights Commission has sought to obtain Coates’ testimony on Justice’s dismissal of the New Black Panther Party voter intimidation case in Philadelphia. In a recent request to Justice, the Commission agreed to limit initial questioning of Coates to accusations made by former career lawyer J. Christian Adams about statements and other actions by Julie Fernandes, an Obama administration political appointee, if DOJ produced Coates.
The DOJ refused.
Oh, we've kind of figured out what side Associated Press is on; it's just not ours.
Oh, even to have Franks threatened is wonderful, isn't it? I hope the corrupt bastard is sweating bullets.
An American cartoonist gets death threats from muslims, and does she get protection? Do the professional societies raise hell?
You kidding? It's threats from muslims, after all.
And the wartime priorities of the Obama regime; screw winning, make the Party happy!
Second, they are a sanctimonious bunch of bastards, aren't they?
Reid voted no in order to file a motion to reconsider. Dick Durbin took the floor after the vote to lament the fate of his DREAM Act nightmare.
Reid: “We’re going to vote on the DREAM Act. It’s only a question of when.”
Durbin: “It’s a matter of American justice” to pass the illegal alien student bailout.
Well, you vile bastards, then put the damn things up as independent bills instead of playing this game.
Tuesday, September 21, 2010
And then intimidate victims to keep it a secret so it can keep happening.
From what I've read and heard, there's nothing in it about how to fund this mess, which means either
Take money away from other agencies and programs or
Raise taxes. A lot.
Becky Felts, OEA’s president, explained to Oklahoma Watchdog that if passed, this constitutional amendment would require the legislature to “follow the will of the people.”
“If the people say that education is a priority, we are hoping it will lead to a call for raising the per-pupil expenditure, which is the lowest in the region, to the regional average,” Felts said, adding, “We are standing up for the needs of public schools.”
Asked about the cuts that would occur if SQ 744 became law, Felts replied, “The belief of the members of OEA is that if we make education a priority, we will improve the economy of Oklahoma. That will be a long term solution to all thee economic difficulties.”
Don't you love the dodging? Note we are hoping it will lead to a call for raising the per-pupil expenditure kind of ignores that massive spending increases WOULD BE REQUIRED,('lead to a call' my ass). And when specifically asked about funding it, she throws out a Obama-style "Unicorns will crap out gold doubloons on the Capital steps every morning to pay for it" answer. Which all by itself tells you she's full of crap and doesn't really care what happens elsewhere as long as her union and members get more money.
We've heard crap like this before, always "Pass this, give us this money and we'll work miracles in education!" And every time the money goes away, the school system doesn't live up to the promises, and a couple of years later "Well, we need more money to make it work right. What's wrong with you, don't you care about the CHILDREN?" Which isn't likely to work this time; you've got a bunch of Democrats who usually kiss the ass of the teachers unions saying "This is BAD", so we've got a pretty good shot of killing this.
*possibly from a cannon
Let's see, it's aimed AT the lady, his finger is at least in the guard and appears to be on the trigger... and this being Britain it's one of their Very Specially Trained Firearms Officers. Not good.
By the way, what the hell is his right thumb doing on that side of the grip? And if he's that focused through his sight on the driver, he's not seeing anything else, I wouldn't think.
He really is a vile bastard, isn't he?
It was not enough, however, simply to find some metal and get a blacksmith to bash it into shape.
Pratchett, believing the sword would not truly be his own unless it was made from metal he had produced, found a field with deposits of iron ore near his home in Wiltshire, west of London.
He gathered the deposits and smelted the iron ore himself.
Yeah. He got ore, got some help and smelted it into iron, refined it, went to a blacksmith for help and forged it into his sword. Freakin' marvelous.
Too bad the article ends on such a sour note:
Pratchett has stored the sword, which he completed last year, in a secret location, apparently concerned about the authorities taking an interest in it.
He said: "It annoys me that knights aren’t allowed to carry their swords. That would be knife crime."
Hell YES they'd 'take an interest'; they don't like commoners, even if they are good subjects, having arms of any kind.
'Knife crime' my ass; the real crime is those idiotic laws.
Mr. Pratchett, I salute you.
And much thanks to you who pointed me to this.
Monday, September 20, 2010
This paper examines the impacts of a higher estate tax rate on asset accumulation, small and family businesses’ cost of capital, investment outlays, desire to hire, size of payrolls and jobs. In each instance, raising the estate tax has significant negative impacts. In particular, letting the tax rate rise to 60% will cost as much as 1.5 million jobs, and even a more modest rate of 15% could diminish hiring by over 350,000 jobs.
The Estate Tax: looting people AND destroying jobs, is there anything it can't do?
The appointment of anti-gun rights former Seattle Mayor Greg Nickels as an alternate representative to the United Nations has removed any doubt about the Obama administration's intentions regarding global gun control initiatives, the Citizens Committee for the Right to Keep and Bear Arms said today.
"I'm not trying to take away your guns! And even if I wanted to, I don't have the votes(in THIS country)!"
In July, I complied with a subpoena and provided testimony to the United States Commission on Civil Rights. I did so in part because inaccurate statements had been made about the case by DOJ officials. Some of these statements falsely claimed that ethical rules mandated the dismissal of the charges against the New Black Panthers. This was nonsense.
But the real whopper? DOJ’s claim — repeated over and over again — that career civil servants were wholly responsible for the spiking of the case.
Today we learn, from the Department’s own records, that this claim is demonstrably false.
The privilege log produced in the FOIA litigation contains stunning entries. They show regular discussions and deliberations between the highest political officials inside the DOJ, including the deputy attorney general and the associate attorney general, about what to do with the case. This contradicts numerous statements made to Congress, the Civil Rights Commission, and to the public.
Some of these statements were under oath.
Read it all. We're talking about people in the Department of Justice LYING UNDER OATH and lying in public on this.
Dumbass was an illegal alien.
Therefore the illegal aliens and the anti-cop clowns immediately had fits and rioted, all the usual.
Jack Dunphy's take here.
As he says, when an illegal alien-loving mayor like Villaraigosa comes out and says flatly "The officer acted correctly", that should tell you something.
One of the things I've had pointed out to me over the years is just how nasty a weapon a knife is. And that 'close' can start at a good twenty feet(further with a big knife/big man/fast man). Can't remember the exact words, but one of the cops teaching my CCW class said "If you pull a knife on me and you're inside twenty feet, I'm going to shoot you twice in the chest and once in the head, just like I was trained to" while going through the "This is a lethal threat, this is not" stuff. None of which matters, of course; the clowns rioting wouldn't care if the bastard had cut or stabbed half-a-dozen people, they'd still accuse the cops of murder and riot and burn because
They hate all authority, especially of American officials, and
They want control. Of the whole place.
So screw the rioters, and screw the "They didn't have to shoot him" people.
I had the opportunity to have a discussion with a few of the more rational and sober members of the crowd, all of whom asked me why the officer had to shoot Jamines rather than use some lesser level of force. Like many police officers, I carry a folding knife similar to the one Jamines was said to be wielding when he was shot. I showed it to my interlocutors, holding the serrated blade close to their faces. “Do you think I could hurt you with this?” I asked, watching their eyes widen at the readily apparent lethality of the blade. “And do you think you could stop me from hurting you without shooting me?” None of them had a ready answer.
And no one else does, either. Because if you come at a cop with a knife, you’d better plan on getting shot.
The 'Carter or O'Donnell?' quiz.
(thanks to Theo)
Thanks to the Tech Guy
NOT the kind of fishing I'd like to do. And I thought socialism/communism solved all those problems? Or is it the Chicoms just ' aren't the right people/aren't doing it the right way'?
By the way, also from the Tech Guy on the lady having to go into hiding because 'Draw Mohammed Day' got the usual reaction from the usual suspects,
If you claim that Islam is peace and that Islam is not violent, I demand that you publicly vow to protect this woman from harm to put your own lives on the line to protect hers and to demand that the fatwa against her is removed.
In the name of Molly Norris I defy you murderous Bastards!
I will give you a week. Till then this post will be on top of my blog. And if you don’t like the description “Murderous bastards” then stop acting like murderous bastards!
Why is it that the necessary means of progressives so often mean killing people and taking their stuff? Isn't that what they accuse conservatives/libertarians/leave me the hell alone people of doing?
Ah, so we should listen to Mexico about borders? Good idea! Let's build an actual friggin' wall too!
The Inter-Press Sevice (IPS) is reporting that the head administrator of the Mexican Superintendency of Tax Administration, Raul Diaz, has confirmed that his government is building a wall in the state of Chiapas, along the Mexican/Guatemalan border.
The official reason is to stop contraband from coming into Mexico, but as Diaz admitted: “It could also prevent the free passage of illegal immigrants.”
According to Mexico's National Commission on Human Rights, 500,000 people from Central America cross into Mexico illegally every year.
Sunday, September 19, 2010
Anybody surprised the UN is still working at its sterling best?
Well, a little bit ago I took the pistol down to parts. There was a bit of fouling buildup on the disconnector and sear, but the spot that was really bad was a lot of gunk built up on the thumb-safety plunger and the underside of the tube, I'd guess from being right against me all the time. So that's been scrubbed and is sitting for the Eezox to dry.
The only bad part about this? Since have to take the Crimson Trace grips off to remove the sear/disconnector pin, I'll have to make sure they're still zeroed next time I shoot. The way they lock on there's not really any way for them to get out of line, but I'll feel better if I specifically check it.
"8-year-old [Samuel Burgos] hasn't been in school for a year and will likely miss another year if the Broward County School Board has its way," NBCMiami.com tells us.
Burgos was suspended from school in November after a teacher found a toy gun in his backpack.Horrors! You know, that anyone can be compelled by the state to enter a Fourth Amendment-free zone...
So--at most--did the teacher tell him to pack it away, take it home and not bring it back to school?
The 8-year-old boy hasn't been in school for a year and will likely miss another year if the Broward County School Board has its way.
Two words: "Zero tolerance."
School board officials said the rules are quite clear and that the toy gun constituted a weapon. A school board report on the incident mentions that Samuel showed the toy gun to another student and it was capable of firing projectiles.
But fear not! In their wonderful collective wisdom,
The school board said they would admit Samuel into a correctional school for problem children who have been expelled located in Hallandale Beach.
Every one of the alleged adults involved in this garbage ought to be fired.
I don't want these three back. A cool half-million isn't a ransom, it's a huge tax on their families--a tax on them for raising, and then unleashing on the world, three people who are so colossally stupid that they deserve to languish in an Iranian prison.
Pointed to by RNS
The Republicans will now be drawn further and further towards the right, meaning that they will no longer be an option for non-ideological voters who are disillusioned with the Democrats. In this way the Republicans could jeopardize their own future success. The Democrats' best campaigner isn't Obama, but rather the anti-establishment front of its opponent."
First, 'non-ideological' voters have always had to choose which party(candidate) to vote with; what the tea party movement has done is force a lot of Stupid Party politicians and bigshots to start actually ACTING like Republicans are supposed to. Which is what's causing a lot of disillusioned Democrats("What the hell has my party become?") and independants to join into the tea party.
Second, 'the Democrats' best campaigner'? The Evil Party bigshots are practically crapping their pants because the tea party has attracted so many; I think the figure was about half the people at parties are Democrats and independants, which doesn't sound much like Evil Party campaigning.
"...But the Republicans' goal is to regain the majority in both houses of Congress. If they fail to accomplish this double whammy, the Democrats can breathe a sigh of relief."
Sort of; the tea party movement has shaken the hell out of the whole mess, one of those shakes being the blunt statement "If I have a choice between a Democrat and a RINO, I might as well vote for the Democrat; I'm NOT going to vote for a liberal jerk just because he has an 'R' after his name. If we don't take back the House and Senate, we WILL elect a bunch of actual conservative/libertarian people who WON'T play the game as usual." And THAT will put a great big weasel in the henhouse, and don't doubt it; a much more closely-matched Congress with a bunch of actual C/L people influencing things...
Unlike in Germany, in America, which never had a Hitler, being 'right-wing' is not taboo. 'Right-wing' represents Reagan, religion, the free market, individualism, patriotism and small government. In reality, it is an impossible mixture: National pride, God and tradition are conservative 'us' values. The profit motive, competition and a weak state are 'me-first' sentiments ... . But this mixture of conservative values and neoliberalism works well in America, where it transcends social class -- that's the difference to Germany."
Ah, don't you just love it? Once again a formal ignoring of the fact that Hitler was a SOCIALIST, but they do get exactly what 'right-wing' means here, which isn't what a lot of them think. On the other hand, they just don't seem to understand that their idea of 'me-first' values are freedoms; the freedom to try, to work at what you choose, the freedom to succeed, and those are not bad things(whether they want to admit it or not); and we want to keep them. They might want to remember that what they slam as 'me-first' ideas built this country from a little place to a big one. The one that kept the Soviets from marching into western Europe, to note one accomplishment.
"The new right, though, is on the rise. It sets the agenda. America is facing a shift to the right. The Republicans have already marched in this direction of their own accord, regardless how many Tea Party reactionaries get a seat and a voice in Congress in November.
Well, sort of; the Stupid Party has, at the upper levels, been trying hard to either tame or stop the tea party movement precisely because they're wanting to keep the old 'you scratch my back and I'll go along with you' bullcrap, and the voters are saying "You do, and we'll dump you." Like the idiocy of the NRSC crapping on O'Donnell right after she won, like Rove making those idiot statements right after; by next morning they'd reversed(somewhat in the case of Rove) and they damn sure didn't do it because they wanted to: they got too many phone calls and e-mails saying "You morons, you crap on the people we voted for this way? No money for YOU, then!" And from what I've read & heard, the boobs are resenting the hell out of having to change. The Stupid Party hasn't 'marched of its own accord'; it's being FORCED to stop being Evil Party Lite, and the people who like being EPL are pissed about it. Witness some of the crap that's come out of Michael Steele's mouth, and the "We don't need a lot of people who won't toe the Party line in Congress" crap from one of the appeasers.
Overall a good article, but they did get some things wrong, I think. 'Course, they're looking at it from the viewpoint of a people who're way down the socialist rathole, so what do you expect? And they get one thing right, but I think miss a point: Obama has indeed underestimated the frustration, but I think he also did not count on people actually opposing his agenda strongly; a few people, sure, but the numbers out there saying "Hell NO!"? Don't think he counted on that.