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Washington, Madison, Hamilton et al rightly perceived that the US could not achieve significant standing on the world stage if it were broken into a multiplicity of loosely-bound sovereign states. Whether this unity and subsequent power has been a blessing or not is open to debate. Nonetheless, I for one find it interesting that the same people who speak of state supremacy will, in a different setting, exclaim the greatness of the US as a world power, which is unlikely to have occurred without the whole of it's states. Remember, the US was still little more than a sideline participant on the world stage in 1860. I've posed the question before that it appears to me that the weaknesses inherent in the EU charter reminds me of our Articles of Confederation. It is doomed to fail without commitment from all parties involved.  (8 hrs ago | post #191639)

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and there we are.  (8 hrs ago | post #191638)

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Here we go....  (8 hrs ago | post #191637)

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Just saying, using just this little bubble here as a microcosm of the public conversation, I can't count the number of times that theme has been proposed, exclusively from those right of center, whether it be directed at an individual opposing view, or at the "leftist horde" in general - "You think you're better/smarter than everybody else!" I mean, you just said it about Moore/leftists, and to me in our last exchange. It's been heard many times before, and it informs the discussion little besides a frustrated defensiveness on the part of the writer. Seriously, what does it even mean? Tho' it's no doubt futile to state as much, I'll still say I don't mean it as a jab so much as a nudge away from pointless digression.  (8 hrs ago | post #191636)

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One of the more common themes of the reactionary right is the pouty defensive attitude, "You think yer smarter than me!"...... ......whilst they skool the unwashed on "the way things ought to be".  (Yesterday | post #191622)

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Knowing the flames of purgatory could not assail him, still I hope well in thinking of hot bob standing strong against the swirling California embers. Take care, badbob!  (Yesterday | post #191621)

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Meme Of The Day: If one kid on the playground was hitting the others with a stick...... would you take the stick away, or give all the other kids a stick?  (Saturday Jun 18 | post #191551)

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OK. From your initial post to bob: "The AR-15 is a tool, nothing more." DohMy first gun was a Marlin single-shot .22 hand-me-down. Take that rabbit hunting and you'll learn more than a little bit about aim and distanceAFTER your initial profane spittle-flecked post to bob about "the pussification of America", I asked why the arbitrary line at assault weapons? That's when you got on your Bo-Peep soapbox and waxed eloquent on general gun capabilities and deficiencies, without answering the one simple question. Since you didn't answer, I supplied the answer - because it is reasonable and rational to draw a line between sporting/defense guns and offensive weapons, thus balancing individual 2nd Amendment rights with the safety and security of the body public. An assault rifle is, by definition and design, an offensive weaponUh, yeah, this all on top of your unsolicited multi-paragraph, multi-post dissertations on guns and their capabilities. Topix 101: The agitation evident in a post is often in direct proportion to that person's perception that they just got their ass chapped. Try not to be so transparent. Damn me for exposing you, yet again, as a thin-skinned Wiki-dilettante.  (Saturday Jun 18 | post #191550)

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Why in the wide wide world of sports would one have to trundle off to a gunsmith to have "the sights adjusted" on their own weapon? And what good is a "tool" that's not sighted in? Yer falling farther from the turnip wagon with each post. The question, for the third time now, is why the arbitrary line at assault weapons? Why can't that drugrunner-shootin g rancher have an RPG? Mortars? That'd light up their campfire, wouldn't it? The reason is clear. You missed the question because you're either too obtuse to recognize a sentence with a question mark at the end is in fact a question, or you realize that it puts to bed your assertion that an assault weapon is "just a target-shooting tool".  (Friday Jun 17 | post #191544)

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How you deduced that "it sounds like you have a rifle chambered for .223" is amazing, given that the only information I shared was that I had a .223. >eyeroll< Of course anyone that's actually shot these "tools" can tell you why the .223 is more effective at distance - precisely because it's a long-barrel rifle as opposed to the carbine design of the typical assault rifle, ie, longer barrel = better accuracy. The carbine makes up in quantity what it may lack in precision. I suppose it goes hand-in-hand with the rest of this fatuous discourse designed to wow the natives with your encyclopedic, not to say Wikipedic, knowledge of weaponry. It does serve to use up a whole lot of font without ever addressing the single question posed: Why the arbitrary line drawn at assault weapons. Could it be that the very reason you've ignored that question twice now is because it is the salient question in the discussion?  (Friday Jun 17 | post #191539)

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I happen to live on considerably more acreage than that, and I find my scoped and sighted .223 perfectly adequate for distance, with the added bennie of being perfect for plinking crafty varmints. I don't think I've ever heard an assault weapon advertised as a varmint gun, not credibly anyway. They're called "assault weapon" for a reason. Look at their ads - the silhouette that guy's demonstrating against ain't no prairie dog. But say you're right. What I don't understand is, why the arbitrary cut-off at assault weapons? I'm just a collector, a patriot, and defender of the home fire. Why can't I have larger ordnance? There's a very rational reason that doesn't even need repeated here, but we've allowed it to slip one rung too high for no reason except the NRA and the gun lobby. Dollars beat lives in America, every timeThat's pretty, uh.....interesting from the guy screeching about people of color over-running the back-yard.  (Thursday Jun 16 | post #191509)

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From the Brady Bill to Littleton CO to Sandy Hook and all in between - every time the nation is outraged and determined enough to demand any kind of legislation at all, no matter how watered down and/or sensible, no matter the overwhelming support in general polling, the NRA fires up their prodigious calling and mailing list to oppose it, and the legislation dies. Just this winter, a bill to report those on the Terror Watch List who attempt to purchase weapons was defeated in exactly this way, with a full-court press by the NRA. It's not convoluted at all, in fact it's quite direct and immediate. They are organized, they are motivated, and they are effective at not only killing gun control, they are just as effective in relaxing and/or removing those few regulations in place, with the expiration of the assault weapon ban being one of many. I don't "blame" it on the NRA - they are doing what they are organized to do, ltho' older sportsmen recall a less reactionary and apolitical NRA prior to the late 70's. Did you know that GHW Bush dropped his lifelong membership precisely because of their late radicalization and opposition to common-sense regulation? Likewise with that old Marine I've described that was my first boss. I still recall him fuming about a political mailer he'd received, after which he dropped his membership as well. I "blame" it in on a nation without the attention span to follow thru on their momentary outrage, and a legislature without the political will to oppose the NRA.  (Wednesday Jun 15 | post #191470)

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Nobody "blames the gun". No one "blames" allergy medicine for illegal drug manufacture. No one "blames" cars for 30-50K deaths per year. No one "blamed" nail files, shampoo, and airplanes after the WTC towers came down. But we willingly and universally acquiesce to restrictions on purchase and use of these items and dozens more, in the interest of safety and security. But somehow we see guns as something apart, something sacred. The vast majority of people don't even own one, much less use it. I own several and I use them. But why do we stop at assault weapons? Why can't I have an Abrams tank? My neighbor's dog killed my chickens. I killed the dog. Now he's got three more. I need me some reach and firepower, by Gawd.  (Tuesday Jun 14 | post #191463)

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Obviously you're commenting without benefit of the few known facts thus far. He was on a watch list. So what? Do we have any concept of how many hundreds of thousands are flagged in some watch list or another? After 9/11, and with the passage of the Patriot Act, the bar was lowered for tripping flag alerts. The last number I read held that there were 680,000 on the Master Terrorist Watch List in 2013. We've got flag alerts out the yin-yang. This guy was just one lone wolf among upwards of a million. Hell, you and I probably tripped some flag or another by writing "Taliban ". Given that he had broken no law, Law Enforcement did everything they could legally do, which extended to placing him on the Watch List and No-Fly list. In lieu of 24/7 surveillance, that's where it's at - establishing choke-points that elevate one flag above the thousands that pop up every single day. One of these is if he tried to board an airplane. The No-Fly list cross-references to the Master List and badabing - nab your man. How would it be that if there was a No-Buy list when someone on a Watch List attempts to purchase an assault weapon? Whoops - every time it's proposed, it gets shot down after considerable lobbying by the NRA. There is no barrier or alert mechanism for those on a Terrorist Watch List buying weapons. None. Unconstitutional. Slippery slope to tyranny and all that. Those are just the facts. So, what it comes down to, as it always does - we bow our heads for a moment of respectful silence and murmur the prayer, "Gun Liberties are more important than life. A-men."  (Tuesday Jun 14 | post #191462)

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The government was aware...." is the good news. What would you have them do beyond that? The perp broke no laws, violated no statutes. "The gov't was aware...." at least allowed them to place him on the no-fly list, but because of intense lobbying pressure from pro-gun groups, most notably the NRA, "the gov't" had no rule to prevent him from, or flag him for, obtaining an assault rifle and as much as ammo as he could afford. Being "aware" does nothing for us without some legal means to interdict at critical points.  (Tuesday Jun 14 | post #191456)

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