Check out the video. Jug Ears wants the gun laws in Australia, huh? Apparently they’re having an issue with “machine guns.” Sounds really safe and lovely over there, Obama’s Utopia. He’s almost proving our point for us.
I grew up with guns. Country guns. Shotguns. .45s and .38s and beer cans on fence posts. That was back before public gun violence became a daily routine. If somebody got shot, it was a drug deal or domestic violence. There were guns all around me, practically under my pillow, and nobody got hurt. No one I know ever threatened another person with a gun. The few violent men I knew fought with their fists. Pulling a gun to settle a score wouldn’t be worth the shame. Guns were for targets and critters. It seems like some kind of mythical world now.
From my experience traveling in northern Europe consistently the past few years, I offer a theory that is beginning to take shape in my mind. I’m in the UK now; their gun laws are famously rigid. The Olympic pistol team had to leave the country to practice. Intentional homicide rate is maybe a third to a quarter of the U.S., but I don’t think the stringent gun laws are entirely responsible.
More interesting to this essay are other countries I’ve been to regularly: The Netherlands, Germany, Denmark and Switzerland. Canada is notably similar in that there are a lot of guns, but not much gun violence compared to the U.S. Almost every grown man in Switzerland has an assault rifle issued by the military. They have gun festivals with shooting competitions for the kids.
All these countries also take care of their citizens. You can go to school, see a doctor, or take a year off work and have a baby without worrying about losing your home or other financial catastrophes. Taxes are high, of course. Gotta pay for that stuff. Canada is closer on the scale to the U.S.: lower taxes and less social spending than most of northern Europe, but more than the U.S.
In the U.S. you are mostly on your own. If you have a strong family and/or community, you’re set. If you don’t you’re screwed. Half of foster kids become homeless when they turn 18. Three million U.S. citizens are homeless. That’s one percent of us, sleeping on the ground, going to jail to get a decent night’s sleep and breakfast. College? You know how that goes. I have friends in their forties who are finally paying off their student loans. Need mental health care? That’s not covered. The ACA is not a national health care plan. It’s a way to force everyone to pay for the same miserable shit that was available before. Very few people are better off with it. I’m one of them and I can still see it’s a bad deal for the country. If you lose your job in the U.S., it can be life-threatening. How would you react to a life-threatening situation?
A teen gunman who shot and killed a NSW Police Service employee in western Sydney on Friday acted after he heard a lecture by the extremist group Hizb ut-Tahrir, a local news network has reported. However, the group has downplayed the claim as “speculation”.
Seven News said Farhad Khalil Mohammad Jabar was at a talk given by Hizb ut-Tahrir at nearby Parramatta Mosque just hours before he donned a black robe and killed finance worker Curtis Cheng outside NSW Police headquarters in Parramatta.
It has also emerged that the shooter’s sister flew out of Australia on a flight bound for the Middle East 24-hours before the terror attack.
According to The Sydney Morning Herald, a spokesman for Hizb ut-Tahrir in Australia, Uthman Badar would not comment on the existence of any links between Farhad and his organisation.
“Any links are speculation and we could caution against making speculation,” Mr Badar said.
Oh, by the way… this kind of thing doesn’t happen in other countries like Australia and Great Britain, only in the USA. They don’t have guns there so it just doesn’t.
It’s not that hard to use a copier or pay for my coffee. I think I’ll pass on the chip in my hand that someone can hack into a destroy my life with a lot easier. But thanks anyway.
I hope this isn’t becoming a trend. I am really disturbed by all the things coming out that make it that much easier to completely destroy someone. Chips no one will convince me are unhackable, people rating apps you have no control over and can’t remove your profile from (and someone else can put your profile up for you without your permission), etc. Just no… to all of it.
If you ever wondered why I am somewhat hostile toward the media, this:
How and why is this being made into something racial? Are they serious? We keep hearing references to Nazis and white supremacy. And maybe he was into that stuff, I don’t know. But the fact is, the man is bi-racial. I don’t know or care which race he identified with (which is complete horse manure anyway… you’re both, relate as both and be proud or yourself and your family. I have a lot of nationalities, my favorite is American, but I recognize I came from somewhere and don’t relate as only one of them).
My feeling is that media doesn’t recognize any minority that doesn’t fit into the box liberals have put them in. Because if you aren’t in that box, you aren’t really *insert minority here.* And they assume if the guy doesn’t appear as white as Snow White’s backside they’ll think he’s a liberal democrat, and we can’t have that!
In the Forbes evaluation of the couple’s spending based upon FEC filings, tax, and property records from 2001 to 2014, the pair spent $95 million on taxes, $13 million on Hillary’s 2008 presidential run, $5 million on two homes, and $22 million on charitable giving (notably, most of which went to charities they set up, including the Clinton Foundation). That adds up to $135 million. If the Clintons made $230 million, spent $135 million and have just $45 million left over, what happened to the other $50 million?
Even Joe Biden’s accountant, Walter Deyhle, found that odd, saying, “You have to report all of your assets. You have to report assets that are owned by your spouse.”
Could Hillary and Bill have spent $50 million — that’s almost $10,000 per day — in extra expenses over 14 years? While the power couple engages in extensive travel, much of it is for speaking engagements for which all travel expenses are paid or tax deductible under their businesses. Possible spending that is not deductible would include donations to foreign charities.
As Forbes notes, billionaires like Prince Alwaleed Bin Talal of Saudi Arabia, Lakshmi Mittal of India and Joseph Safra of Brazil have donated to their foundation and although unlikely, the Clintons could theoretically have returned the favor.
Their daughter, Chelsea, who is married to hedge fund manager Marc Mezvinsky, is well set up financially, so it’s not likely she needs rent money from her parents.
The Clintons reportedly refuse to respond to repeated requests for comment.
Don’t expect them to respond to requests for comment. They aren’t exactly known for doing that.
Whatever drugs these people are on, they need to get a refund.
On October 3–two days after a gunman killed 10 at the gun free facilities on the Umpqua Community College campus–the New York Daily News called for the U.S. State Department to designate the National Rifle Association (NRA) a “terrorist organization.”
They based this request on their belief that national security faces a greater threat from armed citizens than from “foreign terrorists,” and they singled out the NRA as the bulwark preserving citizens’ right to keep and bear arms. They suggested, “The NRA should take its rightful place on the State Department list of terrorist organizations, because its influence is more of an immediate threat to the lives of our citizens than foreign terrorists.”
To be on the State Department’s list of designated terror organizations a group has to be state-sponsored for terrorism–which the NRA is not. Moreover, they do not exist for terrorist reasons. Rather, they exist to defend the civil liberties protected by the Second Amendment. Undaunted by these things, the NYDN simply declares the NRA a “terrorist group” and suggests it falls under the State Department’s purview by being “nearly-state sponsored.”
The NYDN added, “Although the NRA is not an officially state-sponsored organization it is the supporter of the state with its massive member and lobbyist donations to our elected officials.”
They remind readers that “murdered Americans killed by…lunatic gun slingers include terrified children calling for their mothers, teachers begging for the lives of their students, students begging for not just their own lives but the lives of their classmates, moviegoers looking for escape, bystanders cheering for athletes, athletes trying to be the best they can be as the worst we ever could have imagined struck them down in cold blood.”
No mention is made that the children, teachers, and students shot in schools were shot in gun free zones by gunmen who knew their victims could not return fire. Moreover, no utterance given to the fact that the NRA was a leading voice in calling for a change in the gun free policies following the heinous attack on Sandy Hook–they wanted laws changed so teachers could quit begging for their lives and start keeping a gun close at hand with which to defend their lives and the lives of their students.