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Weston, WV

Free Abortions

You do realize that there are far more children who ARE NOT adopted and are now living in underfunded foster homes than those who are adopted by loving parents...right? This isn't a fairy tale. Kids are genuinely suffering needlessly out there and it's not just the ones in foster care. Hell, the rate of children in poverty in this country is the highest it's been since the great depression. But guess what? You can fix that and here's how. 1. Get behind a one-payer national healthcare system with no insurance middlemen. The reason America's wages have been stagnant for the last 20 years is because businesses cannot afford to give raises while paying for the increasing costs of insuring workers under an out-of-control profit-based system. 2. The tax rate for the wealthy during America's most sustained growth period (50's and 60's) was 90%. We had the revenue to invest in infrastructure, school, and research which in turn promoted a healthy economy. The tax rate for the wealthy is now 14% (but is actually lower, and for many even 0% if you have the right accountant). 3. Demand that our representatives cut our defense budget in half (we can do this and still be spending way more than any other country). The most waste there is in regards to government spending is in the military. Cut that money and put it towards foster care. 4. Pass a bill requiring ALL STATES to have state income tax so that the rates of sales taxes in such states do not adversely affect the poor and lower middle class. It would also keep red states from mooching the most federal money even though they pay the least in federal income taxes (blue states pay more). 5. An average of 600 American children die a year due to gun-related deaths (the rate in countries such as Britain that have banned guns is zero). Get behind gun control if you care about children. In other words: Don't vote conservative.  (Jan 12, 2013 | post #20)

Weston, WV

It's time to get behind strict gun control legislation

Your on the immoral side of losing battle "Mortality. " First of all, there is no end to the data, studies, and findings proving that gun proliferation results in gun deaths. I must also add that although I hate the idea of "common sense" it shouldn't be surprising that more guns equal more gun deaths. The unfortunate thing is that conservatives are now living in a made-up conspiracy laden world where facts mean nothing. Don't like what studies show? Just say it's a liberal conspiracy formed by higher education. Don't like the fact that media reports how other countries have brought an end to gun deaths by banning guns? Just say the media is liberally biased (even though that's complete bullshit). The fact is that gun deaths are PREVENTABLE DEATHS and other MORAL countries have proved this by banning guns. Australia had a severe mass shooting in 1996 and as a result had a mandatory buy back of guns -- the result? No more mass shootings. According to the Centers for Disease Control, America had 31,940 deaths from gun injuries. In 10 states, gun deaths now outnumber auto-related fatalities. Regardless, cars are a necessity, guns are absolutely not. Guns are not a necessity in the U.K. where less than 30 individuals died last year from gun related deaths. In Australia which was once a sportsman nation very similar to America, mass shootings have went down to zero since their mandatory buyback of assault weapons (general firearm deaths decreased by 35%). The fact remains that in America those who are not crackpots and make the wise choice to not own firearms outnumber those who do own firearms. You are the minority, and individuals such as my friends and family are now donating a portion of our checks to The Brady Campaign and Gifford's Americans for Responsible Solutions in order to make sure that the majority of Americans who support gun control have a louder voice than the 4.5 million nutball NRA members. Granted, it is a shame that we are an over prescribed nation with little access to affordable mental health, but what do we do about that? Vote for a Republican Party that refuses to put money towards national health care cause they think it's "socialist? " Should we vote for conservatives that receive 93% of Pharmaceutical company donations? I don't think so. Also keep in mind that the 2nd Amendment doesn't give anyone the right to own a gun. That's a faulty interpretation (I don't understand what part of "well-regulat ed" and "militia " gun nuts don't understand). As for studies, let's start with the American Journal of Epidemiology which (like many other studies) found that the simple act of owning a gun makes you less safe and three times more likely to die of a gun related homicide. http://aje.oxfordj ournals.org/conten t/160/10/929.full Or how about The Harvard Injury Control Research Center which found that, surprise, more guns = more homicide. http://www.hsph.ha rvard.edu/hicrc/fi rearms-research/gu ns-and-death/ I could list tons of others, but we both know it's a waste of time as you will continue to remain delusional in the light of facts. No matter. We will take your guns. PERIOD. Our children have a right to be safe.  (Jan 12, 2013 | post #83)

Weston, WV

Free Abortions

You're WAY out of your league "Mortality. " First of all, it is obvious from your posts that you do not understand that infant mortality refers to any death occurring after live birth, up to age five. Regardless of how states such as WV report a VIABLE pregnancies (not actual births), the WHO as well as numerous university studies ONLY TOOK INTO ACCOUNT ACTUALLY LIVE BIRTHS UP TO AGE FIVE. As for your assertions that the findings of the World Health Organization are somehow skewed, the fact is that there have been numerous American-based studies that have made the same findings. If a child dies between birth and age five, there is not much room for error as these are reported in the exact same way as most industrialized nations. The infant mortality rate has NOTHING TO DO WITH HOW INFANT MORTALITY IS REPORTED. The findings of these studies should be common sense considering that when you have a country with a patchwork profit-based healthcare "system" coupled with the fact that America is a low-wage nation, parents simply cannot afford the medical care necessary to raise healthy children. Especially if they live in states that do not provided health insurance for children (gotta love those state's rights). The fact remains that profit-based healthcare is the SINGLE WORST POLICY ANY COUNTRY HAS EVER DEVISED. It is the cause for our low wages (businesses cannot afford raises when they are responsible for health insurance); it is responsible for our excessive bankruptcies (2 million Americans go bankrupt from medical bills per year -- an most of those have health insurance); it is (as Clinton has rightfully stated) a burden that cripples our economy; it is one of the main reasons for our lowered life expectancy (if you can't afford preventive care, you can't get cure a disease when it's treatable); and yes, it is the reason for our excessively high infant mortality rate. Everyday, a new report backs up all of these claims, but if you want to live in a world where the WHO, American universities, and the media are in a conspiracy to make our healthcare policies look bad -- go ahead. Regardless, I think the lesson we can all take away from this is that if you vote conservative -- your a child murder. God bless.  (Jan 12, 2013 | post #15)

Weston, WV

Free Abortions

Seriously, this country needs MORE abortions. America has the second highest infant mortality rate in the industrialized world due to our profit-based healthcare "system. " This means five times more living children are dying than actual abortions taking place in the country. America also spends less on caring for unwanted children than any other industrialized nation. When you can't take care of the children you have, abortion is the moral thing to do. TAKE BIRTH CONTROL...or GET AN ABORTION. It is ALWAYS the right thing to do.  (Jan 11, 2013 | post #9)

Weston, WV

It's time to get behind strict gun control legislation

Wow. How can anyone need more evidence of how nuts gun owners have become in this country. This batshit crazy asshole is one of the leading pro-assault weapon advocates in America and he doesn't even know the difference between a Jolly Roger and the Union Jack. Just look at how unhinged, irrational, and ignorant he is. Astounding. http://www.youtube .com/watch?v=AtyKo fFih8Y  (Jan 7, 2013 | post #75)

Weston, WV

Bob Billeter of the Weston Democrat

Sad face. :(  (Jan 6, 2013 | post #15)

Weston, WV

Three people killed in Lewis Co. barn fire

Wow, this Doug fella sounds like a pretty awful guy. I wonder where he was when Aliayah Lunsford went missing -- and does anyone know if he was living here when those two women disappeared some years ago? Has anyone bothered to ask him where he was when 9/11 occurred? Also, Kraus is a German name -- very un-American -- could he be a Nazi? I hear he has NO Jewish friends. Coincidence?  (Jan 5, 2013 | post #333)

Weston, WV

Marriage Equality in West Virginia

I think heterosexuals who are against marriage equality should be forced to gay marry and copulate the union at gunpoint on live TV.  (Jan 5, 2013 | post #5)

Weston, WV

Bob Billeter of the Weston Democrat

Again, alive or dead? If dead, where's the grave?  (Jan 4, 2013 | post #7)

Weston, WV

Bob Billeter of the Weston Democrat

No one has answered my question. Again, has the worthless nutball who was responsible for suppressing free speech during his tenure at The Weston Democrat dead yet? Did the piece of sh*t have a much deserved stroke? Do we have to worry about him publishing any more slanderous, poorly written, and uneducated editorials? Do we have to worry about his uneducated, hypocritical rants or his blatant disregard for journalistic integrity due to his refusing to publish letters to the editor that address his uncommon ignorance? Also, if the retarded zealot is dead, I have every intention of shitting on his grave. The location would be much appreciated. Thank you, Jesus is love. God bless.  (Jan 4, 2013 | post #5)

Weston, WV

Bob Billeter of the Weston Democrat

Does anyone know whether this bastard s.o.b. is dead yet? I haven't seen his asinine "Bobbing Along" column for sometime so I am hoping he has either died or had a stroke (though to be honest, his editorials seemed to have been written post-stroke).  (Jan 3, 2013 | post #1)

Weston, WV

Anyone know anything about a Terry Mathews?

I paid for my car myself, and yes, I would absolutely move to Canada if not for the fact that they have what is referred to as a "proof of funds" requirement. In order to get temporary Canadian citizenship one must first prove that he/she has almost $11,000.00 in their bank account. Canadians have excellent social programs which allows them to have households averaging $40,000 more per year than your average American household (their wages are much higher because, like most sensible countries with government healthcare, their businesses do not have to carry the burden of health insurance cost). Regardless, the studies that have found Canada to have higher household incomes took into account the cost of living so your comment regarding gas prices is completely moot. The downside for those of us who want to live in a progressive, sensible, and moral nation is that Canada must have a strict immigration policy so that people living in low wage sh*tholes like America do not overrun their country and drain their resources.  (Jan 1, 2013 | post #23)

Weston, WV

It's time to get behind strict gun control legislation

Ok Wildcat, Defender, and other assorted nutjobs. It's amazing that you idiot gun nut fools think that you can win an argument when you haven't even addressed any of the facts, studies, or peer-reviewed findings mentioned by many on this post. Seriously, look back at the discussion. There are facts, and then there are your empty NRA propaganda quotes. You lost the argument. You have not backed up any of your beliefs with actual fact. You have not addressed the irrefutable fact that the act of owning a gun makes you three times more likely to die in a gun related death. You have not even attempted to address the irrefutable studies that have linked gun access and saturation with gun deaths. You have not cited anything that refutes the fact that countries like Australia that enacted strict gun regulations and buy-back programs after massacres succeeded in dramatically reducing gun deaths. You have not addressed the fact that mass shootings are now more prevalent than home invasions. You have not addressed the fact that other countries such as Britain have zero gun related deaths despite guns being outlawed. (If guns are outlawed only criminals will have guns -- bullshit nonsense). You have not addressed the fact that many of the shooters that have been part of the last 61 MASS SHOOTINGS THAT HAVE TAKEN PLACE IN THE LAST FIVE YEARS have been from "responsible " gun owning families. You have not addressed the fact that study after study after study shows that gun regulations WORK. PERIOD. You have not addressed the fact that you are irrational, paranoid and dangerously uninformed nutjobs that can't take the lives of others into account. Luckily, there are good people out there. Since the shootings on Friday hundreds of individuals have realized that guns are unsafe in any hands and that there is no such thing as a "responsible " gun owner. These hundreds have been turning in their guns to state buy-back programs citing that owning a gun is irresponsible to not only their families, but society as a whole. The Brady campaign is receiving record contributions to help organize beyond the NRA so that we ban guns and move towards the moral society we should be. IT IS HAPPENING AND YOU CAN'T STOP IT. Oh, and this cars more just as dangerous than guns pseudo-argument. Gun deaths have now passed up car deaths in ten states and that rate is expected to go up if strict gun controls aren't introduced. You also miss the point (surprise) that cars are necessary, guns are not. Finally, to the anti-government nutjob: you do realize that America's insane lack of a national healthcare system has made a perfect storm of violence that occurs when you have no healthcare for the mentally ill and easy access to guns. It is a ludicrous mix of insanity supported only by crackpots such as yourself. I could also go into the fact that America is now a stagnant low wage nation due America putting the burden on business to provide healthcare instead of a one-payer system. That's another discussion but again, you're fools, uncommonly ignorant fools and you WILL NOT stand in the way our getting new gun control legislation passed.  (Dec 16, 2012 | post #30)

Weston, WV

It's time to get behind strict gun control legislation

I think the discussion you are referring to was sarcastic in nature. I believe they even admitted such in the body of the discussion. It's okay, I know being able to ascertain sarcasm is an intellectual trait. I wouldn't expect gun owners to understand.  (Dec 16, 2012 | post #23)

Weston, WV

It's time to get behind strict gun control legislation

You are correct about the "three times more likely" findings. It was a finding first reported by Dr. Arthur Kellermann of Emory University who conducted a survey of 388 homes that had experienced homicides. It is a study that has been the focus of MUCH hatred and resentment by the NRA as it was groundbreaking and was followed by many other studies that found similar results. This is why I think people who even own ONE gun should have their children taken away. It is simply child abuse pure and simple. It's like purchasing a home made out of asbestos because "it's your right to." The other thing of course is that any of these delusional idiots could install a security system of even have stun guns, but no, they would rather their own families be three times more likely to get killed by an accident or shot in a heat of passion argument, or worse, that someone in the family use their guns to kill our families in a mass shooting. Those gun nuts sure are some good folks aren't they?  (Dec 16, 2012 | post #22)