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Hometown: Rock Springs, Wyoming
Current location: Sweetwater County, Wyoming & Citrus County, Florida
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MLK/Equality Day cheering up

After reading about corporate land grabs and bathroom pandering, some good news is in order. It would happen to be in the town where I had my first and only ride in the back seat of a cop car.

The Drift

Are loners smarter?

any O'Malley or Jim Webb supporters?

just curious

rural Hispanics and whites voting and why

A couple of interesting reads I think will shed some light on the subject

One quote from the Rollcall article stood out to me
“When they do show up, it’s 22-year-old kids from the Ivy League,” Sadler said. “And they’re telling you what do, as opposed to stopping and listening.”

It reminded me of a You Tube video by a classical liberal German that I subscribe to.
Comment as you see fit.

new magizines

what is the best way to break in new magazines?

has anyone heard of this?

I have never heard of a “supervised direct payment status” and I have no idea how the VA would have access to anyone's transaction information. Something is missing from this story. Have anyone heard of this?

from a German social scientist.

Explains how countries with high gun ownership rates like Iceland, Norway, Czech Republic, Austria, and most of the US still have low murder rates. Then there is Brazil.

Beginner's questions

Any suggestions on marketing? Creating revenue? If successful enough, separate business account? Connected to You Tube channel?
Any ideas would be greatly appreciated.

pro gun article in college paper.

While we may associate gun sup­porters with angry white men in leather jackets and gun control supporters with hippies and peace signs, these stereo­types are only a product of recent times. Throughout American history, gun con­trol proponents were the powerful and the racist, not liberals and peaceniks.
Recognizing the roots of gun control advocacy — the intentional disarming of a marginalized population and selective enforcement of gun legislation — means opening up a new case against gun con­trol, one based on the systemic discrimi­nation that inevitably comes with arms legislation. The conservative and libertar­ian case against gun control is a matter of individual liberty. But after recognizing that gun control is consistently used to discriminate against minorities, there’s a case to be made that progressives, too, should be wary of gun control: It’s hypocritical that progressives champion equality while supporting gun laws with consistently discriminatory enforcement.
Let’s look at contemporary gun con­trol. Stop-and-frisk originated as a Su­preme Court interpretation of gun con­trol policy, not drug control policy. It’s no surprise, then, that 9 out of 10 of those stopped were Black or Latinx. And there is still extremely selective enforcement of gun control laws. In 2015, 47.5 percent of those convicted of firearms charges were Black. This sentencing disparity is especially important because the average firearms sentence in 2014 was a hefty six years. If we consider the resource-heavy sting operations that the Bureau of Al­cohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives conducts — these stings being the most advanced and militarized form of gun control — it is telling that over 90 percent of those arrested are ethnic minorities.

Josh's solutions are youthful naivety, but his basic premise is historically correct. The bolded reminds me of Bloomberg, and Trump before he decided to run. To be honest, I think that is still largely the case. Pet peeve, the writer uses "progressive" and "liberal" as synonymous. There was a time when they were, but not today.


For those who think Oberlin is something like the places founded by Oral Roberts or Jerry Falwell
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