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They're happy enough to buy nuclear-generated electricity from France.

I await the announcement that Germany will no longer do so. In the meantime, I will be reading my way through the entire
Boston Public Library...
Posted by friendly_iconoclast | Fri Jan 13, 2012, 02:54 PM (0 replies)

"...stop announcing and cheering for it on public websites". I certainly will not.

No right was ever protected by backing down and playing nice. That only encourages prohibitionists.
Posted by friendly_iconoclast | Fri Jan 13, 2012, 12:07 AM (2 replies)

It didn't take very long at all

As Americans rushed to arm themselves over the festive period, the FBI’s Uniform Crime Report showed how 8,775 people had been killed in shooting incidents in 2010.

That number is expected to increase for 2011, according to Barry Krisberg, a criminologist at Berkley School of Law, University of California.

“Overall violent crime rates in the US are going down but comparatively, shootings and homicides are going up a little bit,” he said. “Last year we had both an increase in police officers shot and killed and also an uptake in citizens being shot and killed.”


http://www.democraticunderground.com/11728168

Murder not a top cause of death, a first in 45 yrs


ATLANTA (AP) - For the first time in 45 years, homicide has fallen off the list of the nation's top causes of death.

U.S. Health officials say the murder rate fell enough in 2010 to drop it out of the top 15 causes. Criminologists have not reached a consensus about what's been driving murder rates down in recent years...
Posted by friendly_iconoclast | Thu Jan 12, 2012, 01:28 PM (1 replies)

Aha! Found it- and it kills:

As usual with the Spiders they're all over the place, but it just adds to the charm



If you dug that (and if you don't already have it), I'd highly recommend this:

Posted by friendly_iconoclast | Tue Jan 10, 2012, 01:43 AM (2 replies)

Obama's War On Whistleblowers



Jesselyn Radack, who was ousted from the Justice Department for providing legal advice they didn't want to hear, describes further harassment
Posted by friendly_iconoclast | Wed Jan 4, 2012, 03:28 PM (5 replies)

What kind of "political test" do you think Robert Hicks would have gotten in 1960's Louisiana?

http://www.democraticunderground.com/discuss/duboard.php?az=show_topic&forum=118&topic_id=331645

Probably something on the order of the "literacy tests" TPTB were fond of back then, I'm sure...


Posted by friendly_iconoclast | Tue Dec 27, 2011, 10:46 PM (0 replies)

Like in Kelo v. New London, where property was taken for corporate enrichment? It feels good.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kelo_v._City_of_New_London

Still want to rock the associational fallacy?
Posted by friendly_iconoclast | Tue Dec 27, 2011, 05:20 PM (1 replies)

I am debating with *you*, and I stand with Bernie Sanders and these Dems in opposition:

Akaka (D-HI)
Baucus (D-MT)
Begich (D-AK)
Bingaman (D-NM)
Brown (D-OH)
Cantwell (D-WA)
Coons (D-DE)
Durbin (D-IL)
Franken (D-MN)
Harkin (D-IA)
Lautenberg (D-NJ)
Leahy (D-VT)
Merkley (D-OR)
Murray (D-WA)
Tester (D-MT)
Udall (D-CO)
Udall (D-NM)
Wyden (D-OR)

And I repeat- your agenda is unprogressive
Posted by friendly_iconoclast | Thu Dec 22, 2011, 03:21 AM (0 replies)

My opinion is there are a couple of issues that need clearing up before we can talk any further:

Care to address them?

http://election.democraticunderground.com/discuss/duboard.php?az=view_all&address=118x463908#463924

http://election.democraticunderground.com/discuss/duboard.php?az=view_all&address=118x463908#463950
Posted by friendly_iconoclast | Sun Dec 18, 2011, 04:57 AM (1 replies)

Handgun ownership surges in new groups

(I found the original source to be *quite* amusing)


Handgun ownership surges in new groups
Women, liberals, gays among those with shifting views of handguns amid post-9/11 fears, marketing efforts.


http://www.charlotteobserver.com/2011/12/12/2844830/handgun-ownership-surges-in-new.html#ixzz1gm5Q7yyz



By Ken Wells
Bloomberg News

Posted: Monday, Dec. 12, 2011



"Robin Natanel picks up a compact black pistol, barrel pointed down range. Gripping the gun with both hands, she raises the semi-automatic and methodically squeezes off five shots. If the target were a person's head or heart, he'd probably be dead.

Natanel is a Buddhist and self-avowed "spiritual person," a 53-year-old divorcee who lives alone in a liberal-leaning suburb near Boston. She's a tai chi instructor who invokes the benefits of meditation. And at least twice a month, she takes her German-made Walther PK380 to a shooting range and blazes away.

Natanel is one of a growing number of people in groups once considered anti-handgun - women, liberals, gays and college kids - who have been buying weapons. They are part of a national trend: Domestic handgun production and imports more than doubled over four years to about 4.6 million in 2009, according to the National Shooting Sports Foundation.

The surge has been propelled by shifting politics and demographics that have made it easier and more acceptable than at any time in 75 years for Americans to buy and carry handguns. Post-9/11 fears seem to be a factor, as are the pro-gun politicking of the National Rifle Association and the marketing, particularly to women, by handgun manufacturers. Events like the Dec. 8 fatal shootings on the Virginia Tech University campus reinforce a feeling that the world is an unsafe place, even as violent U.S. crime rates fall...."
Posted by friendly_iconoclast | Sat Dec 17, 2011, 02:39 AM (11 replies)
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