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classydi, saying the 'first Black senator" is just like saying the first "woman Sec of State", first 'Black Chairman of the Joint Chiefs" first "Hspanic on the Supreme Court"...it is a deserved noting of an event that has not occurred before and is worthy of that note due to the historical context...there will never be another 'first" in that area. Jumping on Sister Ruby like a rabid possum...you got some issues. Appointed doesn't mean dragged from a back room and given a brass ring. The State Goverment/party staff made a choice as they felt was best for the prople represented. He will have a chance at election soon enough. Better to think the best rather than wish the worst.
A load of bull. I was "taxed" to provide my social security. I wasn't asked and I certainly would not have invested in a government scheme that said you pay this amount but we'll decide how much of that someone else should get and what you get back will be based on our ever-sliding scale that measures wealth or poverty and our attitude of the day. We were told you get out what you put in...and if you don't put any in YOU DON'T get any out. Economists and bleeding hearts should call the ball: they want to claim a democratic process for promoting socialism. Everyone has the 'right" to be all they can be and treated failrly...not "made equal" by economic distribution.
Not worth reading. The moment the author decided to call what happened a "so-called tragedy" he lost any credibility to speak for either side in this debate.
What a waste of print. You just became the trillionth idiot to evoke the sob story defense of your position...which you held before this terrible event. Haven't seen you writing about bus safety when a train hits one and kills multiple children. As if anything we could have said or done would have lessend the pain felt by that community....but you will use it immediately in an attempt to validate your position thru an emotional response and an appeal to humanity; implying disagreement makes one less than human. Maybe you should do the weather page..you can blame tornados on God and demand some sort of action there as well.
The ship they named "gun control" sailed a long time ago. Teaching responsibility and proper handling to any who want to own a gun legally is the only viable course. We all know the numbers of guns owned by citizens. Who is going to demand they turn them in or face punishment...only an idiot wishing for a civil war; not divided by states but citizens nationwide aganist government. Most of the Nationial Guard is made up of folks who fill their deer tag every year. The generations of hunters and sportsman that have grown up through out this country have passed the tradition down since musket and black powder shot the first deer. Every citizen should learn to use a firearm. They don't have to own one any more than the kids who took archery in high school are running around like Robin Hood...but it would be useful and a lot more pratical than most of what school teaches ( used the old formula for finding the area under the curve recently?).
The framers specifically said militia: armed citizens not an organized Army beholden to the government. The Armed services were created separately. There were distinct differences from the beginning. Local Militia first resisted the British...bands of local citizens trying to hold their own. When the continental army was founded, it was still separate from militia: armed citizens not regular army to join in defense of thier country. The framers retained the term militia so there could be no chance that any governement, state, federal, American or otherwise, could have a death-grip on the common man. They were to be capable of defending themselves and rise up if necessity required it. Saying we have an all volunteer military does not make them a militia as they are directly, legally under orders to the government.
While the early militia did not have cannon (or perhaps their town or community did); they maintained the same personal weapon as the enemy, and advanced as the technology went along right beside the organized governement army.
As far as crime: the police don't prevent crime unless they are right there when it happens. The police are too few stretced to thin. They solve crimes, they apprehend villians for the system to punish (we wish), but they don't keep your car from being stolen, or your wallet, watch, wedding ring; your women from being insulted or abused or your right to move freely in this country without fear. I have heard people say that a wallet or car is not worth someone's life...I would agree but (and I para-phrase here) apparently the guy trying to steal them thought it was. Ask the normal residents (not the political transients) of DC, or Chiago or any major city that forbids citizens to be armed how it feels to be the old, or the small, or the weak and live in fear when the sun goes down.
N if this qualifies as any type of entertainment, where's an asteriod when you need one. Btwn this and the 'ELF" commentary above it....
Fulminate...wow, cool word; not in context but what the heck. Don't remember doing any chest beating or braying, but I guess disagreeing with you amounts to that in your mind. Not worth the effort to argue with a bitter mind. .. you have a nice day now, ya' hear.
Well, Sherwood, it sure didn't take long did it. if some folks would ever meet these needy individuals they may find it is just an unfortunate relfection of themselves staring back. I suppose Sister and Fryar find fault with Toys for Tots, food drives and free vaccinations for children. Great pride in Albany's giving spirit. Stand outside one of the stores and "Ring the Bell"; you will be humbled to see it is those who have very little who are throwing the dollar bill or the 3 quarters into the pot to go to those who have none.
While it is a perhaps mortal wound for the comission, the truely terrible consequense here is to see an individual who has served the people, with only their welfare in mind for so many years, be turned out like a pariah...for not bending to situational ethics and imaginary slights.
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