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This columnist is demonstrating the classic straw man argument and doing it badly. No one is suggesting the solutions she is debunking, she has taken their positions and twisted them badly. As for gun owners forming a circular firing squad around a gun-toting criminal, sorry but we aren't as stupid as that. In the real world the rest of us inhabit a CCW permit holder simply having a weapon has proved sufficient in the past, and has stopped many a criminal. They may be first and they may be crazy but they don't like the odds when someone else has a weapon - more often than not they immediately disarm and give up or shoot themselves. Either way, problem solved.
and authorized an operation to get Osama bin Laden and bring him to justice. Today, at my direction, the United States launched a targeted operation against that compound in Abbottabad , Pakistan . George W. Bush mentioned the servicemen and women who did the deed. Obummer dishonored the ones who actually had boots on the ground and tried to steal credit he did not deserve. I was never a big Bush fan but he was a decent man - something that cannot be said of the current occupant of the White House.
And so shortly after taking office, I directed Leon Panetta, the director of the CIA, to make the killing or capture of bin Laden the top priority of our war against al Qaeda, even as we continued our broader efforts to disrupt, dismantle, and defeat his network. Then, last August, after years of painstaking work by our intelligence community, I was briefed on a possible lead to bin Laden. It was far from certain, and it took many months to run this thread to ground. I met repeatedly with my national security team as we developed more information about the possibility that we had located bin Laden hiding within a compound deep inside of Pakistan . And finally, last week, I determined that we had enough intelligence to take action, and autho
Class vs Crass: George W. Bush speech after capture of Saddam: The success of yesterday's mission is a tribute to our men and women now serving in Iraq . The operation was based on the superb work of intelligence analysts who found the dictator's footprints in a vast country. The operation was carried out with skill and precision by a brave fighting force. Our servicemen and women and our coalition allies have faced many dangers in the hunt for members of the fallen regime, and in their effort to bring hope and freedom to the Iraqi people. Their work continues, and so do the risks. Today, on behalf of the nation, I thank the members of our Armed Forces and I congratulate 'em. Barack Obama speech after killing of bin Laden: And so sh
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Keeping Business Honest

Daily Steve Wrote: May 23, 2012 10:53 AM
the single largest state or local environmental bond item in history up until that point, voter approved. It was in fact, a little over half the size of the federally approved cleanup funds for the entire country! So, prior to the fire even happening, environmentalists were already celebrating a victory.
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Keeping Business Honest

Daily Steve Wrote: May 23, 2012 10:53 AM
Happy to oblige: In 1965, a local car dealership owner decided to do something about it, and kicked off the "Save Lake Erie" campaign, garnering over a million signatures for petitions. The movement was entirely Cleveland based - almost all the signatures collected from people from Sandusky to Painesville and south towards Akron, and largely focused on cleaning the Cuyahoga. Around this time major municipal figures started making a stink about it, like when the Cleveland city fire chief publicly declared the river a "fire hazard" and it became a talking point for then candidate for mayor Carl Stokes. In 1968, a municipal bond item to clean up the river was put up for a referendum and passed. The bond item was for $100 million dollars, the
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Keeping Business Honest

Daily Steve Wrote: May 23, 2012 10:33 AM
I remember my parents talking about that. Thanks for mentioning it, they're both gone now and I appreciate when something comes up to remind me of our time together.
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Keeping Business Honest

Daily Steve Wrote: May 23, 2012 10:30 AM
No that isn't what was said: "That is what a consumer reporter does," Stossel isn't the only consumer reporter out there, it is the combined effort of consumer reporters and the informed public that police the businesses. On the whole they do it better than the government can. Government should confine itself to its proper sphere, providing an honest infrastructure for people to go about their business without undue restrictions from the government. When government intrudes it often 'throws the baby out with the bathwater.'
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When General Grant Expelled the Jews

Daily Steve Wrote: May 14, 2012 3:01 PM
like Quantrill could rise up.
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When General Grant Expelled the Jews

Daily Steve Wrote: May 14, 2012 3:01 PM
What is it with Union generals and the number 11? General Thomas Ewing ordered several counties in western Missouri depopulated during the War of Northern Agression. General Order ? 11. Headquarters District of the Border, Kansas City, August 25, 1863. 1. All persons living in Jackson, Cass, and Bates counties, Missouri, and in that part of Vernon included in this district, except those living within one mile of the limits of Independence, Hickman's Mills, Pleasant Hill, and Harrisonville, and except those in that part of Kaw Township, Jackson County, north of Brush Creek and west of Big Blue, are hereby ordered to remove from their present places of residence within fifteen days from the date hereof. And people wonder why someone
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