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I believe the 2nd Amendment gives individuals the right to own guns

but, like all of our rights, i do not believe that right is absolute. laws against child pornography, terroristic threats, and many others restrict our 1st Amendment right to free speech, and I support those laws. I also have no problem, in fact I strongly support, closing the gun show loophole on background checks and limiting the magazine capacity of guns available to the general public.

One can support the 2nd Amendment and be for reasonable gun control laws.
Posted by arely staircase | Sat Jan 12, 2013, 08:53 PM (31 replies)

I saw Zero Dark Thirty Today

First let me get this out of the way - the torture. The movie (like real life) portrays the courier's name as coming from a detainee. No information came from torture in the movie. It was only after the torture stopped that they trick the detainee into giving up info.

Now, the raid at the end was (even though we all know what happens) is one of the most intense edge of your seat 20 minutes or so you will ever see. This movie is definitely Oscar worthy. I haven't seen Lincoln or Argo so I can't say it should win best picture. But it is damn good.

edited to clarify that NO scene in the movie portrays important info coming from torture.
Posted by arely staircase | Sat Jan 12, 2013, 05:42 PM (66 replies)

The Moral Case for Drones

AVERY PLAW, a political scientist at the University of Massachusetts, put the C.I.A. drone record in Pakistan up against the ratio of combatant deaths to civilian deaths in other settings. Mr. Plaw considered four studies of drone deaths in Pakistan that estimated the proportion of civilian victims at 4 percent, 6 percent, 17 percent and 20 percent respectively.

But even the high-end count of 20 percent was considerably lower than the rate in other settings, he found. When the Pakistani Army went after militants in the tribal area on the ground, civilians were 46 percent of those killed. In Israel’s targeted killings of militants from Hamas and other groups, using a range of weapons from bombs to missile strikes, the collateral death rate was 41 percent, according to an Israeli human rights group.

In conventional military conflicts over the last two decades, he found that estimates of civilian deaths ranged from about 33 percent to more than 80 percent of all deaths.

“Look at the firebombing of Dresden, and compare what we’re doing today,” Mr. Crumpton said. “The public’s expectations have been raised dramatically around the world, and that’s good news.”

Posted by arely staircase | Sun Jan 6, 2013, 04:04 PM (56 replies)

I could not have taken a100 dollar monthly tax hike

Thanks to my president hanging tough I don't have to
Posted by arely staircase | Tue Jan 1, 2013, 03:08 AM (36 replies)

Stand Your Ground, Mr. President

Posted by arely staircase | Sun Dec 30, 2012, 12:26 AM (28 replies)

If I by gas at CITGO

am I supporting Hugo Chavez's Bolivarian revolution? Disclaimer - I hope I am. I am not a Hugo fanboy, but I support his efforts to share his country's wealth with its poorest citizens.
Posted by arely staircase | Sat Dec 29, 2012, 09:30 PM (31 replies)

delusion of persecution - sound like anyone we know?

"delusion of persecution a delusion that one is being attacked, harassed, persecuted, cheated, or conspired against."


fits the teabaggers perfectly doesn't ?
Posted by arely staircase | Sat Dec 29, 2012, 04:47 PM (0 replies)

Obama Gives Republicans A Tough Ultimatum On Taxes

Here’s how that threat would play out. Taxes will automatically go up on all income earners next week if a deal isn’t struck. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) will put forth legislation to bring taxes back down for middle incomes. That’ll leave Senate Republicans with a choice: either let it move forward and pass, or go on record filibustering a middle class tax cut as the nation watches. Both bad choices.


“I believe such a proposal could pass both houses with bipartisan majorities, as long as those leaders actually allow it to come to a vote,” Obama said at the news conference. “If members of the House or the Senate want to vote no, they can.”

In other words, Obama isn’t hesitating to exercise what Democrats correctly recognized as their upper hand on the issue, not only because they have the ability to block any outcome they dislike but because polls say the public is likely to blame Republicans if the nation plunges over the cliff.



Posted by arely staircase | Sat Dec 29, 2012, 02:06 PM (72 replies)

one may either make his case by lashing out out emotionally

or take a more cerebral/academic/or just plane good-mannered tact. the latter may still illicit rudeness from knee-jerk obama supporters (of which i have been from time to time, especially during the election.) and again i apologize to anyone who has criticized the president in a civil manner, and gotten rudeness or snark from me. conversely i think those who lash out in ways that attack the president and his motives in a manner that is a vicious as any tea bagger nut should be prepared to get back what they dish out.

perfect example: the president "putting social security on the table." i agree with the president's critics in regards to the CPI mess. However, here is how both camps (DU) drive me nuts, or at least a small group that thrives on arguing for arguments sake.

Group One: Let's continually post threads about Obama plan, nay desire) to destroy SS. (Even thought tis is hyperbole at best and straight out ingeniousness at worst.)

Group Two: He never agreed to SS cuts. (hyperbole at best and straight out disengenousness at worst)

Group Three (my group): Let's hold BHO's feet to the fire - in a positive way. Let's call the White House, fence sitting Dems and even GOPers, flood them wit e-mails. And keep posting. But let's get over the proving who is right and work to a common goal like we did in November.

That Goal:

Restore Middle Class Tax cuts and strengthen, not weaken the social safety net!
Posted by arely staircase | Fri Dec 28, 2012, 09:38 PM (5 replies)

Obama Sticks To His Guns

AP: Obama Not Making New Cliff Offer

The AP reported Friday afternoon that President Obama is not offering a new deal to avert the fiscal cliff during a meeting with congressional leaders at the White House. This comes in contrast to reports from Friday morning that Obama would offer up a new, scaled-back offer.

Obama instead is spelling out again a plan he says can pass the House and Senate, said the source, who spoke on condition of anonymity because he was unauthorized to speak publicly about the private meeting.

Obama wants a bill to halt looming tax increases on all families making $250,000 a year or less and would extend unemployment insurance to many people about to lose it. His proposal would also cover other issues as the Jan. 1 deadline nears.

If he does not get a counter proposal that can pass both chambers, Obama will press for a straight up-or-down vote on his idea, the source said.

Posted by arely staircase | Fri Dec 28, 2012, 05:49 PM (45 replies)
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