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Dozens rally for gun rights at Oklahoma Capitol

Why don't we go ahead and legalize murder? That would take care of the entire problem. It's working very well in Florida where they are happily shooting each other left and right. I mean if you have a God given and constitutional right to carry a gun concealed or openly, in your truck, in your baby carriage, while you are at the grocery store, at the doctor's office, at the bank...then what would be the problem with pulling it out and shooting people with it? What's the point otherwise? Why own a gun if you aren't allowed to shoot people with it? It doesn't seem fair. God Bless America: http://www.youtube .com/watch?v=ul4CZ rnEFxU  (May 15, 2012 | post #17)

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OK Health Care Freedom Amendment, State Question 756

Racists object to NAACP but not to the American Medical Association or the League of Women Voters. People organize themselves in advocacy groups in order to maximize their political power. Get over it. ACORN no longer exists. It was destroyed by lies and carefully edited videos invented to smear them. Racists hated ACORN because the organization spent a lot of its energy helping minorities get registered to vote. Racists and Rethugs can't deal with that because it means the wrong color people have even that tiny shred of political power.  (May 10, 2012 | post #19453)

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OK Health Care Freedom Amendment, State Question 756

This time we need to just let them do it--if we get to withdraw all federal funds from those states. Georgia is a 3rd world hell hole that couldn't exist without the federal dole.  (Jan 22, 2012 | post #16078)

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OK Health Care Freedom Amendment, State Question 756

you had it right the first time :-)  (Jan 22, 2012 | post #16075)

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OK Health Care Freedom Amendment, State Question 756

You guys don't appear to have even the slightest idea what stem cells are. That's not surprising for the Oklahoma legislature, a brain eating zombie would die of starvation in the state house. But surely one of you has used the google machine to find out what stem cells actually are. http://stemcells.n ih.gov/info/basics /basics2.asp  (Jan 22, 2012 | post #16074)

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OK Health Care Freedom Amendment, State Question 756

welcome to reality. It's going to get a lot worse before it gets better. The only thing that's really going to save us is to lower our population. That's VERY hard to do as many countries are discovering. You can control fertility fine enough, but then you get a surplus of old people. We have to face this reality, plan for it and figure out a way to deal with it. Pretending it's not happening--as you are doing--is just not an option. (I take the long, evolutionary view, though. The earth itself is not in peril. WE are in peril. As a species we may die choking in our own waste but when we are gone, the earth will abide. It made us and it can make more.)  (Jan 22, 2012 | post #16073)

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OK Health Care Freedom Amendment, State Question 756

even using your analogy (which is perfectly silly) seven billion people peeing in the ocean all at once is going to change it. "natural " pollution has been going on at the same rate for the history of the planet. Yet at no time in the history of the planet has global temperature risen so fast. One person would have to be a superhuman to affect the planet's climate, but seven billion people who all want cars, microwaves, IToys and, well, food, CAN affect the climate of the planet.  (Jan 22, 2012 | post #16071)

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OK Health Care Freedom Amendment, State Question 756

alcohol is hugely, vastly more dangerous. I want marijuana legalized so we can start persuading alcoholics to switch over to pot. Thousands of people die each year from alcoholism and alcohol poisoning. How many people die of pot each year? Zeroamen  (Dec 30, 2011 | post #15217)

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OK Health Care Freedom Amendment, State Question 756

I love to talk about this stuff and have read about it a lot (because I care whether what I say is true!) I also have a very thick skin. It will shock you :-) but people have very negative reactions to what I say and have a tendency to dissolve into vile insults. It rolls off me. For me it's so much blah-blah. The ideas are interesting, insults are boring.  (Dec 30, 2011 | post #15216)

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OK Health Care Freedom Amendment, State Question 756

yes, it's stupid to slash funding for education under any circumstances. Those cutbacks have made college unaffordable and saddled the next generation with huge debtI agree. Fortunately it's on holdwell, no kidding. The payroll tax on most middle class Americans is trivial but a similar increase on rich people is class warfare. Gosh, whose side are they on?  (Dec 30, 2011 | post #15215)

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OK Health Care Freedom Amendment, State Question 756

as much as I hate lobbyists we can't get rid of them entirely because you have a right to speak to your representatives and try to persuade them to your viewpoint. If Exxon can't talk to congress, then you can't either. It's kind of a catch-22. However, we can pass laws that lobbyists must be unpaid or severely limit their pay or put a limit on how many lobbyists can work for a specific company. The problem with getting anything like that passed is that a lot of congress people plan to work as lobbyists as soon as they can't get reelected any moreWhy indeed. The only defense against that is to refuse to be afraidI worry about term limits. I think people should be able to vote for whoever they want. If you've got a good congresperson who represents you in a way you like, you should be able to vote for them every time. New isn't automatically good.  (Dec 30, 2011 | post #15207)

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OK Health Care Freedom Amendment, State Question 756

Yes, the republicans are definitely the "no choice" party. Their way or the highway. Freedom and personal liberty are...well, not for you.  (Dec 30, 2011 | post #15205)

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OK Health Care Freedom Amendment, State Question 756

there is no government run plan. That would have been the public option (which I was in favor of) but they didn't even really discuss that, let alone actually propose it and fight for it. All that's going to happen with the ACA is the government will help people pay their premiums and require that everyone get some kind of minimal health insurance from some insurance company. I did see the GAO estimates of costs. The ACA also has some cost containing measures as it pertains to Medicare and Medicaid. The ACA is paid for by spending cuts and tax increases. The tax increases are little things like a tax on tanning beds, not any kind of increase in income taxesunder the new law anybody who can't afford insurance will get help with the premiums. Very poor people already have medicaid. Elderly people have Medicare. Vets have the VA. Most of the middle class have insurance through their job. All the rest will get help with premiums if they can't afford it. We are the only country in the world (that isn't a 3rd world hell hole) that doesn't have national health insurance. ALL other advanced wealthy countries have it. We need to catch up to the rest of the worldI don't know what you mean by "spoiled. " All those other countries have a standard of living similar to ours. Many of them have a better standard of living than we do. Our rich people are richer than their rich people but BFD. It doesn't mean anything if you are in the middle classencourage business and competition and make sure there is government oversight and policing otherwise you get derivatives, speculation, graft and corruption. Make sure stealing is illegal no matter who does it. The system has been gamed by extremely rich people who hire hundreds of lobbyists and make gigantic campaign donations. Yes, we have suffered from that. But not ALL of us. I'm sure you've seen this chart by now, but it gives you an idea who has suffered and who hasn't. http://media.econo mist.com/sites/def ault/files/imageca che/original-size/ 20111029_WOC689.gi f  (Dec 30, 2011 | post #15204)

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OK Health Care Freedom Amendment, State Question 756

COBRA is not a government program. The government has required private insurance companies to offer temporary health insurance to individuals. The private companies can pretty much charge whatever they want for it and so they doI would MUCH rather the government ran health insurance. They already run Medicare, Medicaid and the VA and do a better job at a cheaper price than private insurance companiesa government mandate that everyone has to have health insurance will help contain costs. I don't think it will bring them down, just slow the rate at which they have been going up. The "overhead " thing you said is just backwards. The government doesn't have to make a profit. It has no stockholders to satisfy. THAT is what makes private health insurance so expensive.  (Dec 30, 2011 | post #15200)

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OK Health Care Freedom Amendment, State Question 756

foreign aid is a teeny tiny percent of our budget. Something like 1 or 2 percent. I agree about policing the world. Our military is twice as big as all the other militaries in the entire world combined. We don't need that. I've read Coburn's list. I seem to recall he complains about pennies spent on scientific research which he misrepresents. That's just ignorant and stupid.  (Dec 30, 2011 | post #15199)