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Old 12-25-2012, 12:57 AM   #3541
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Back at you. Was wondering if the first one would be Merry Christmas or Happy Holidays.

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Feintstein's gun control bill, lol:
http://www.feinstein.senate.gov/publ...2-ac8ca4359119
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Feintstein's gun control bill, lol:
http://www.feinstein.senate.gov/publ...2-ac8ca4359119
So they know where to go when they want to take them!
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Old 12-27-2012, 12:09 PM   #3548
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My Plan for Eliminating School Shootings
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As a candidate for president of the United States, it is incumbent on me to make a statement regarding the Sandy Hook massacre and to explain how my policies would help prevent other such massacres should I become president. As I discuss this sensitive topic, it is also incumbent on me to sound more rational and articulate than the incumbent. That will not be difficult.

As president, I plan to attack the issue in two ways. First, I will use the bully pulpit to influence voters and state lawmakers. Second, I will take direct action to influence the federal judiciary.

Plan A is to try to persuade states to replace teacher certification with CCW permit certification. We all know that the teacher certification process is a racket. It just means taking more classes from "education" professors who lack substantive knowledge in any specific area of expertise. So instead of having a college degree and teacher certification, I believe that states should make teachers have a college degree and a concealed weapons permit. This will pay off in three distinct ways if states also change their laws to allow those with permits to carry on campus.

1. Reduced violence. First and foremost, concealed weapons permits decrease violence. The rationale is simple if we consider that crime only happens when a motivated offender encounters a suitable target in the absence of a capable guardian. Everyone knows that the gunless are suitable targets for violent crime. This is particularly the case when there is no one around to guard them.

So my plan will turn these teachers into capable guardians. I really think everyone will benefit when teachers stop taking "social justice in the classroom" and other silly education classes in order to be certified to teach our kids. Simply put, there can be no social justice when children are being slaughtered in the schoolhouse.

2. More male teachers (and fewer metrosexual students). Some have suggested that most female teachers would not feel comfortable around guns. So they might be deterred from teaching if they have to go through weapons certification, which requires firing a weapon. This is not a problem as far as I am concerned.

For far too long, men have been grossly underrepresented in the teaching profession. This has had a profound impact on young men. From kindergarten to high school graduation, they are too often in the position of trying to please a female authority figure. This lack of balance affects their relationships with both women and men. A constant concern with pleasing women eventually turns a man into a woman. That is why we have so many young adult metrosexual males talking about their feelings.

Simply put, having gun toting male role models in the classroom will be good. Having your student taught by Ted Nugent just might keep him from becoming Ted Baxter.

3. Fewer liberals in the teaching profession. For years, conservatives have been looking for a cure to the problem of liberal indoctrination in our schools. You are reading the solution right now. Clearly, most liberals would rather be unemployed than to have to touch a weapon. The weapon is a reminder of the fallen of nature of man. Liberals know that if man is not good, then liberalism is wrong.

Liberals who care enough about liberalism to teach it for a living would rather be dead than wrong. Some might say I'm dead wrong about this one. Actually, I am alive and I am right. And you know it. That's why I'm going to be your next president.

Plan B: Speaking of the presidency, I will be tasked with choosing judges when I become president. When I do, there will be a Roe v. Wade litmus test. This will indirectly affect violence toward children in two distinct but interrelated ways.

1. Creating a culture of life in the long term. Liberal politicians like to pretend that they care about dead children - especially after a school shooting occurs. The very day some lunatic kills twenty children in a school shooting, liberals are right there on television lobbying for stricter gun control measures. The very next day they are lobbying to preserve abortion rights - even though the procedure kills 3000 innocent children daily. We seldom give much thought to the hypocrisy - even though the unborn child dismembered with a scalpel is every bit as human as the kindergartner shot with a gun.

We did not get this calloused overnight. And our hearts will not be softened overnight. It will take years of decisions by judges who understand that no innocent child deserves to die - not even if his dad was a rapist. My judicial appointments will all be sworn to uphold life. There will be no diversity or tolerance on this issue during my administration.

2. The Roe litmus test immediately filters out anti second amendment judges. Have you ever noticed that people who think professional wrestling is real are the same people who think the moon landing was fake? Similarly, judges who believe the word "abortion" is written in the constitution are the same ones who cannot see the word "arms" written in the constitution. By filtering out pro abortion judges, we will also filter out pro gun control judges.

Forgive me if my response to the recent school shootings is terse or if my approach to reducing them seems simple. In some ways, the issue is very simple. But turning the tide on the problem of school shootings will require patience and resolve. With most politicians, that’s where things get complicated. But I plan to keep shooting straight with you, no matter how unpopular my policies may be.

In a nutshell, I believe that effective gun control means shooting with both hands on your weapon. It doesn't mean tying the hands of capable guardians and turning innocent children into suitable targets for motivated offenders.
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Did anyone else see the irony in David Gregory, host of "Meet the Press", illegally obtaining and displaying a 30 round magazine on his show in order to interrogate an NRA Spokesperson?

I mean really? I am going to argue for gun control while simultaneously demonstrating the ineffectiveness of gun control laws.

Just to anyone that does not know, the 30 round magazine in question is illegal to posses under D.C. law. Mr. Gregory asked the police if he could obtain one to use on his show and his request was denied. Apparently it wasn't very hard to get.
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“the d.c. Police confirmed reports wednesday that they are looking into an incident in which david gregory, the host of the television show “meet the press,” displayed what he described as a high-capacity ammunition magazine… the incident came as gregory was interviewing wayne lapierre, the ceo of the national rifle association, about measures that gregory suggested might reduce the potential for mass killings, such as the one that occurred in connecticut.
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Old 12-27-2012, 02:17 PM   #3551
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I found this to be an intersting story:

Blog turns tables on gun map paper - Katie Glueck - POLITICO.com
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Old 12-27-2012, 03:23 PM   #3552
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Turning the tables is the only way to combat the hypocrisy. Actually, most of these jack-holes still probably won't understand.

My response was to buy ammo on sale at Big 5 yesterday.
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Mark - Am I interpreting this the same way you are?

The first data column represents the percent of Federal income tax filers (single + married filing jointly) that are estimated to receive a tax cut and the second column represents the estimated dollar amount for that cut.

So, 0.1% of filers in the middle quintile are expected to see an average tax cut of $73. The middle quintile is defined as making more than $64,484 and less than $108,266.

Conversely, 81.5% of tax filers in the middle quintile are expected to see an average tax increase of $834. That is expected to reduce their after tax income by approximately 1.5%.

I'm not totally clear on how to interpret the next column ("Share of Total Federal Tax Change"). It looks like an "after" number rather than a delta?

The last two columns would say the middle quintile sees an increase in their average Federal Tax Rate (similar to the "effective Federal income tax rate" and different from the marginal tax "bracket" rate) of about 1.3%. That brings the average Federal Tax Rate for the middle quintile up to about 15.6%.


Is that how you are reading this graphic?
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Mark - Am I interpreting this the same way you are?
Yup, your comments square with my understanding.

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I'm not totally clear on how to interpret the next column ("Share of Total Federal Tax Change"). It looks like an "after" number rather than a delta?
Yes, I'm not entirely sure about that column (and the next one "Average Federal Tax Change $).

But, hazarding a guess here, I think it's looking at the total expected tax revenue change based on new policy, and then dividing tax responsibility for that total change into each quintile. The next column is the same information but represented in dollars instead of percent shares.
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So, taking that data at face value, it appears that everyone will "share some pain" or "contribute more" - including the lower and lowest tax filers. However, the average change is definitely progressive with the average tax increase generally getting higher as you go up the income scale.

For example, the top 1 percent will see an increase in their "average Federal tax rate" of about 4x as much as the lowest quintile. Although, with more refinement, that is not strictly true as you can see a filing unit in the top 95 - 99% (making between about $204k - $500k) would see an increase of only about 1.0%.



I guess this is a deal everyone can hate, which should qualify it as a good compromise?


I still see it as an unnecessary growth drag but a lot less of a drag than it could otherwise have been.
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Gee, I wonder what would happen if the Federal government froze spending for four years, instead of increasing spending to record levels?

Perhaps four years would give that well-oiled machine known as Congress enough time to tackle entitlement reform, or that mangled thing known as our tax system.

Oh that's right, while tax and entitlement reform would be a boon to ALL Americans, it wouldn't be a good thing for GOVERNMENT, and that's who we all work for, right?
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Gee, I wonder what would happen if the Federal government froze spending for four years, instead of increasing spending to record levels?
From these levels, given that the private sector is still repairing its balance sheet (mostly households as corporations are able to do that much more quickly)? Probably a recession.

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Perhaps four years would give that well-oiled machine known as Congress enough time to tackle entitlement reform, or that mangled thing known as our tax system.

Oh that's right, while tax and entitlement reform would be a boon to ALL Americans, it wouldn't be a good thing for GOVERNMENT, and that's who we all work for, right?
Would tax and entitlement reform be a boon to "ALL Americans?" What if tax reform meant getting rid of deductions like mortgage interest and charitable deductions with only a minor reduction in the marginal rate? That would be a real kick in the ***** for me.

What if entitlement reform meant a lot fewer people were eligible for care or benefits due to things like means testing and increased full retirement ages or caps on medical spending?
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......................real kick in the ***** for me.

What if entitlement reform meant a lot fewer people were eligible for care or benefits due to things like means testing and increased full retirement ages or caps on medical spending?
Jack wants "his" and to hell with the country.
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What if entitlement reform meant a lot fewer people were eligible for care or benefits due to things like means testing and increased full retirement ages or caps on medical spending?
Then the system would be sustainable and affordable and people might have to learn to plan for their future responsibly.
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