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  1. Yet who represents the babies in a planned parenthood meeting? is women's health really the key issue when it comes to abortions? Data says different https://abort73.com/abortion_facts/us_abortion_statistics/ Only 9 countries in the world have a higher abortion rate than the US.....
  2. that had to be so uplifting to your parents....you are quite the guy. Another option is to not have any offspring at all......
  3. not every "young" person feels that way..... https://alphanewsmn.com/thoughts-from-a-hipster-coffee-shop/ A 26 year old young lady wrote this while sitting in a coffee shop. I thought it was very profound, and worthy for all of us to read. She gives me some hope for the millenial generation. Her name is Alyssa Ahlgren. I’m sitting in a small coffee shop near Nokomis trying to think of what to write about. I scroll through my newsfeed on my phone looking at the latest headlines of Democratic candidates calling for policies to “fix” the so-called injustices of capitalism. I put my phone down and continue to look around. I see people talking freely, working on their MacBook’s, ordering food they get in an instant, seeing cars go by outside, and it dawned on me. We live in the most privileged time in the most prosperous nation and we’ve become completely blind to it. Vehicles, food, technology, freedom to associate with whom we choose. These things are so ingrained in our American way of life we don’t give them a second thought. We are so well off here in the United States that our poverty line begins 31 times above the global average. Thirty. One. Times. Virtually no one in the United States is considered poor by global standards. Yet, in a time where we can order a product off Amazon with one click and have it at our doorstep the next day, we are unappreciative, unsatisfied, and ungrateful. Our unappreciation is evident as the popularity of socialist policies among my generation continues to grow. Democratic Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez recently said to Newsweek talking about the millennial generation, “An entire generation, which is now becoming one of the largest electorates in America, came of age and never saw American prosperity.” Never saw American prosperity. Let that sink in. When I first read that statement, I thought to myself, that was quite literally the most entitled and factually illiterate thing I’ve ever heard in my 26 years on this earth. Now, I’m not attributing Miss Ocasio-Cortez’s words to outright dishonesty. I do think she whole-heartedly believes the words she said to be true. Many young people agree with her, which is entirely misguided. My generation is being indoctrinated by a mainstream narrative to actually believe we have never seen prosperity. I know this first hand, I went to college, let’s just say I didn’t have the popular opinion, but I digress. Let me lay down some universal truths really quick. The United States of America has lifted more people out of abject poverty, spread more freedom and democracy, and has created more innovation in technology and medicine than any other nation in human history. Not only that but our citizenry continually breaks world records with charitable donations, the rags to riches story is not only possible in America but not uncommon, we have the strongest purchasing power on earth, and we encompass 25% of the world’s GDP. The list goes on. However, these universal truths don’t matter. We are told that income inequality is an existential crisis (even though this is not an indicator of prosperity, some of the poorest countries in the world have low-income inequality), we are told that we are oppressed by capitalism (even though it’s brought about more freedom and wealth to the most people than any other system in world history), we are told that the only way we will acquire the benefits of true prosperity is through socialism and centralization of federal power (even though history has proven time and again this only brings tyranny and suffering). Why then, with all of the overwhelming evidence around us, evidence that I can even see sitting at a coffee shop, do we not view this as prosperity? We have people who are dying to get into our country. People around the world destitute and truly impoverished. Yet, we have a young generation convinced they’ve never seen prosperity, and as a result, elect politicians dead set on taking steps towards abolishing capitalism. Why? The answer is this, my generation has ONLY seen prosperity. We have no contrast. We didn’t live in the great depression, or live through two world wars, or see the rise and fall of socialism and communism. We don’t know what it’s like not to live without the internet, without cars, without smartphones. We don’t have a lack of prosperity problem. We have an entitlement problem, an ungratefulness problem, and it’s spreading like a plague. With the current political climate giving rise to the misguided idea of a socialist utopia, will we see the light? Or will we have to lose it all to realize that what we have now is true prosperity? Destroying the free market will undo what millions of people have died to achieve. My generation is becoming the largest voting bloc in the country. We have an opportunity to continue to propel us forward with the gifts capitalism and democracy has given us. The other option is that we can fall into the trap of entitlement and relapse into restrictive socialist destitution. The choice doesn’t seem too hard, does it?
  4. Its not supposition....the profiles of people involved in these mass shootings speak for themselves....these are not known criminals with past records of crime in the vast majority of cases. Especially the school aged kids. My point is that there is typically special cause. The shootings I am talking about are not pre-Columbine....a vast number have occurred that did not involve an AR or a semi-auto rifle. That is fact. Bottom line carnage can be caused in a school or other enclosed environment with the use of a SA rifle. I gave you data about the number of M1's that flooded the market post WWII.....yet why didn't we see a big number of mass shootings? More weapons = more mass shootings right? Is just that simple according to your theory. More forks = more obese people......take them away!!! that depends upon the city/urban area...wonder what the data would tell us about those cities where homicides have increased??
  5. Or some of us don't feel doing something that makes some people "feel better" really gets at the root cause of the issue....and at the expense of liberties. I also feel some people don't want to look into why certain aspects of culture and behavior have changed.
  6. Because SA and even automatic weapons have been around for a long, long time. Its a much more complex issue than just "per volume". If we want to speak volume, then why isn't this happening in Switzerland? I am not taking the time to try and determine how much SA weapons growth has occurred since 1970. I'll take your word for it. But I don't align this is just about SA weapons. Can unfortunately reference you many mass shootings that didn't involve a SA rifle. As I referenced prior, it doesn't take an AR in more confined quarters to take multiple lives. That has been proven time and time again. Anecdotal experience.....you need to get in the rural world a little more. Murder rates lower today...ok...then why are having this discussion?....its because individuals, that are typically not considered as criminals with a very different motive, snapping and taking lives. So again, another apple to orange comparison. Approx 243,000 M1 carbines were sold following WWII. How many of those were used for mass shootings? Its not just an instrument issue WB....far from it.
  7. Someone needs to explain to me how this being allowed helps women....... https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-6743273/Transgender-runners-finish-one-two-Connecticut-high-school-champs.html
  8. I agree with this as well Fox. Maybe Irish comment's don't have to be exclusive. Perhaps in some cases if what you said above and a lack of involvement (perhaps that's better than just monitoring) with the child. But I agree with the accountability thing, along with the respect for authority. My folks used to tell me that whatever punishment you get at school, you get 2X at home. Plus we grew up on a small farm where there was always work needing done....if not, my Dad would find some. Neighbors used to drive by in the summer early morning hours and they would see me out in our rather large garden....and laugh and ask "what did he do this time?" Dad would yank me out of bed very early Sat morning and say "let's get out there before it gets hot".......then later in the day, forget about the heat somehow.......;) I think both of you make some excellent points. Your comments took me back....cutting firewood and stacking the front porch...trying to reason with my Dad...."but its July".....to which he would respond...."never can get an early enough start".......sometimes I would just wish I had the whuppin'......
  9. Its probably a stretch...Dany did recognize his bloodline in episode 4 and made him a Lord. But that may be the end for the writers. I just wasn't sure that technically he would be in line if both Targayen's are eliminated. That is probably a remote chance.
  10. I don't know for sure DE.....I am just speculating....will be interesting where they go with the ending.....not sure if we will be happy with the final outcome
  11. Agree with all of your comments....also it seems that social media eliminates the human element. I am blown away of what I read on Twitter...things that people say to each other. Cyber bullying, threats, etc.
  12. Very predictable about Arya killing Dany....the symbolism with her and the horse (death comes on a pale horse - Revelation in the bible) was quite clear. But they like to surprise us. Tyrion killed his father before. Could he get close enough to do it again? Grey Worm is about vengeance now and will protect Dany at all costs....is there a show down with him and Jon coming? How does Bron play in this? Said he was done with wars but not done killing. He has a vested interest in Tyrion living...especially now that Jaime and Cersei are gone. (his other meal tickets) Will he protect Tyrion at all costs? Can Sansa (or a Stark) sit on the throne? Cersei only inherited it because all 3 of her children (Baratheon's) passed. If the Targayen's are both eliminated or pass on it, wouldn't Gendry technically be in line as a Baratheon?
  13. Well there is it.....textbook play agree....I could add many others....that point to why a human life has become less valuable.
  14. I know what your point was, and I am saying its deeper than your point. Automatic and semi-automatic weapons were available in the 1970's and prior. A law went on the books in 1934 requiring automatic weapons to be registered with the fed govt. Since 1986, gunmakers have been banned from making automatic weapons for the civilian market. Auto's and SA's have been around for a long, long time. Surplus weapons following WWII were sold to the public from the gov't. Now, to your point about weapons with smaller ammo capacities....both Columbine and VA Tech (most casualties for a US school shooting) did not involve SA weapons. I personally know farming families that own AR's for varmit/animal control that have never considered pointing it at another human being. Self-defense isn't the only reason to own one. In the 1970's and early 80's, I could easily get my hands on guns.....both from my home and also from other homes if I wanted to inflict damage. Not sure I align at all with your statement people could not easily get their hands on guns. I don't remember many restrictions back in those days. BTW, I own semi-automatic shotguns....definitely not easy to hunt waterfowl, upland birds, etc. without them. Holds five 2 3/4" shells with the plug removed. I can easily order extensions via the internet and triple that capacity. Can you image what a shotgun can do in tighter spaces? So, its not just about an AR. I just don't buy its all about the tool, and even if we want to stop there, prohibition doesn't seem to have a solid history in the US. Seems to create markets.
  15. But this doesn't address root cause....why the shift in societies behavior today vs. when we were younger? I went to a decent sized consolidated high school, lots of guns in the gun racks in students cars outside in the parking lot. Yet it never crossed anyone's mind to take that gun into a building and discharge it at fellow classmates...even if some of them were bullies. Why has behavior and culture changed and can this be addressed? (or is it too late?)
  16. You think that theme didn't exist when I was a high schooler? When you were a high schooler? Why does it seem like a much larger issue today than when we were young adults? I don't think its nearly as simple as you make it.
  17. Coach, HBO says this never actually happened.............wonder if they speak the truth??? https://www.foxnews.com/entertainment/game-of-thrones-jaime-lannister-hand-season-8-episode-5
  18. They were absolutely arrested....and according to articles reporting the arrest, one shot both men. So yeah, based on exactly what I read, they don't seem like nice guys. Perhaps multiple news sources got it wrong and the city police dept got it wrong. And if it wasn't these guys pulling the trigger....the 2 judges did not shoot themselves....I hope they find the bad guys that did pull the trigger. The point is the same....bad guys commit many crimes at this time of day. Would you kindly do me this favor?
  19. I do want to reiterate, I am glad they are going to pull through being shot at what seems very close range. I am sure this was a life changing moment, and very glad for them and their families that the are going to live to tell this story.
  20. Thanks for the update....last I had read they had been arrested. My comment in my last post was in general about the characters out that time of morning....not specific to these 2 people. Based off these comments though and assuming accurate, at least one of these 2 men sure don't seem like a nice fella.............. According to court records, Vazquez and Kaiser had been drinking at the Kilroy's on S. Meridian Street prior to the shooting. After being asked to leave, they drove to the White Castle near Illinois and South streets after 3 a.m. on May 1. There they got into an argument and then a fight with judges Andrew Adams and Bradley Jacobs.During that fight, Kaiser pulled a gun and shot Judge Adams in the stomach. Vazquez was struggling with Judge Jacobs and Vazquez told detectives Kaiser walked up and shot Jacobs in the chest. Jacobs fell to the ground and while Vazquez was still holding him, Vazquez told police Kaiser put the gun to the center of Jacobs' chest and fired again. https://www.wthr.com/article/police-release-mugshots-2-men-arrested-shooting-2-clark-county-judges
  21. I was repeating a very old saying....not my quote. I am occasionally out past midnight...rarely. No, I am not out hitting bars and strip joints, looking for munchies at 3:30am. To each his own. Never said anything in reference to the habits of the judges. Perhaps it was an isolated event. Isolated or not, I think most people acknowledge potential risk increases at certain times of the day/night. I am guessing they know this as well. Again, if you choose to party until 3:30am, good for you. I am guessing your understand the risk is different that time of the morning in a major metropolitan area. I was actually giving them the benefit of the doubt of being intoxicated and that was the reason they got into the altercation. I would have hoped wise men could avoid altercations....especially that time of the morning. Are you making an assumption the judges were attacked for no reason and they are purely victims intending to defend themselves? Perhaps that is true....which again could have been avoided had they not been there in the first place. Again, it goes to judgment. Not saying you are wrong for your thoughts, or that I am right....but I do believe this incident was easily preventable....
  22. Guess I lean more toward Muda on this one IO. I expect a certain level of wisdom from judges....the same judges that hold some fate of others in their hands. I think many of us have told our children that nothing good happens after midnight.....that is wisdom. That goes especially at 3:20am at a strip club and a White Castle parking lot, that involved an altercation. Wonder if alcohol contributed to the decision-making and "wisdom"? No prude here....and no introvert. Give guys in their mid to late 40's kudos for still tearing up past 3am and willing to "throw down" when boobs and sliders weren't available. But in my mind, could have easily been avoided.....characters out that time of night are not always the "good guys". Kind of loses any credibility if they lecture people in their courtrooms in the future for public intoxication and fighting. Just glad they are going to recover and the bad guys have been arrested.
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