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Besides, the homicide rate for the UK is around 1.4 per 100000 and for the US it is around 4.5 per 100000. While less, it is certainly not that much less. The homicides are just committed with other weapons.
From the data I have seen, Switzerland has fewer homicides with guns than the UK even though they have much more permissive laws on gun ownership. They also have a lower homicide rate. Does that mean we should become more like Switzerland and issue weapons?
The links you cite don't support the argument that Germany had NO gun control. Taking everything in the wikipedia article at face value, tt says that the the 1928 law relaxed restrictions, but it required various separate permits. Let's see. You have a corrupt dictatorship and are required to obtain various permits to possess a gun. I can only imagine who the government allows to possess firearms: those that openly support the government. It is also interesting that it was explicitly forbidden for Jews to possess firearms. I wouldn't call that NO gun control without even going to the actual details of the German laws.
What caused the problems of the Dark Ages was the lack of freedom, including the lack of freedom of religion. It was not belief in God that caused the misery of the Dark Ages. It was the oppression of man who used religion incorrectly.
Actually, it is called the Law of Gravity. What you are probably referring to is the Theory of General Relativity which attempts to provide an explanation of why gravity exists. Your misunderstanding of the terms and concepts involved has led you to believe that the theory of evolution is on a par scientifically with the existence of gravity. That simply is not the case. There are quite a few so called "missing links" to validate the theory that man has just evolved from a simpler life form.
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Boehner Announces Fiscal Cliff "Plan B"

get real4 Wrote: Dec 18, 2012 12:23 PM
I hope that this passes the house. I don't think we should raise taxes on anyone right now. However, by passing a bill that extends the current rates for everyone making less than a million, Boehner can blunt the Democrats attack that republicans are just trying to protect the very wealthy at the expense of the middle class. This plan B specifically extends the rates for the middle class and for probably the majority of small business owners. If we pass this, the Democrats will be the ones voting against extending the rates for those making less than a million. It is then the Democrats willing to sacrifice the middle class in order to tax the very wealthy.
The farm isn't *making* 7 million a year. It is the value of the estate. Thus, the land itself with the crops, livestock, heavy farm equipment, buildings, etc. may be valued at over 7 million. That is what the estate is worth. That doesn't mean they don't have loans to repay for the purchase of the equipment, etc. If someone inherits the farm they will not be able to pay the tax without selling a substantial portion of the farm.
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America Nears El Tipping Pointo

get real4 Wrote: Dec 06, 2012 11:12 AM
The problem is that in the 1900s there was not welfare state. They had to work and by so doing made America better. They worked to provide a better way of life and opportunity for their children. Now, we have a welfare state so there is no incentive to work. In fact, in many cases, there is a disincentive to work. So, it is irrelevant if they come from Latin America, Africa, Asia or Europe. The uneducated immigrants now are the same as the uneducated immigrants then, but the society has changed. As a result, the uneducated are often better off not working than working.
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America Nears El Tipping Pointo

get real4 Wrote: Dec 06, 2012 11:09 AM
Let me say I am not in favor or illegal immigration or amnesty. However, you're statistics have a couple of flaws. There is nothing inherent in being Hispanic that makes one less educated or lazy. There is also nothing which makes them less likely to assimilate. First, they are assimilating just as immigrants from Ireland and Italy did at the turn of the 20th century. The problem is that they are assimilating to a different culture. They are assimilating to a welfare state which didn't exist 100 years ago. The problem is not with Hispanics. The problem is the welfare state. 100 years ago, this was the land of opportunity. Now it is the land of guaranteed housing, food, medical care, and technology.
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America Nears El Tipping Pointo

get real4 Wrote: Dec 06, 2012 10:35 AM
Just to clarify for many. I believe most would define a "taker" as anyone who votes for a politician because of that politician's promise to give them some direct personal economic benefit. Therefore, a taker includes those on welfare, government workers, and private sector employees whose company and job depends on funding from the government. That doesn't mean that every welfare recipient, government worker, etc. are takers. It is the mindset of voting to receive a direct personal economic benefit which is given by taking from someone else that makes them a "taker".
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America Nears El Tipping Pointo

get real4 Wrote: Dec 06, 2012 10:32 AM
2. Helping the most vulnerable is a laudable goal. However, that is not what our welfare state is designed to do. It provides much more than what is necessary and underprovides to others. I personally know of individuals who have not work for years, if ever, and still have a flat screen TV bigger than my TV; kids who have portable game consoles, cell phones, etc. They live in a 3 bedroom apartment so everyone has their own room. That is insane when the father could be working, but claims disability because he is overweight.
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