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Boot Iran from the UN

kmackellerann Wrote: Jul 28, 2012 2:33 PM
Every time I read something about the U.S. leaving the U.N. or something calling for the expulsion of some state from the U.N. I am reminded of one simple fact. As long as we are members, we have a voice. As long as even rogue states are members, they have something to lose if they are expelled. A voice... we have a means of putting our side of things out for the U.N. to consider. If we leave, we lose that lever. If we expel a state for whatever reason, the last method of even slight control over them is lost. If they have nothing to lose, they have nothing to explain and no reason to conform to U.N. protocols. These levers may be small, but they are better than nothing...much better.
It's something as old as mankind: the Wealthy believe they have a right to dictate to the less- or non-wealthy. I will say this much for Bloomberg: he puts his money where his mouth is. Perhaps we should do the same, since it seems to work for him.
Sounds like a classic fear reaction: not against killers in theatres but against legislators who feel a need to "do something" which will almost certainly include further restrictions against firearms. "Quick, while it's still legal!" It's just sad that it takes a tragedy like this to make people want to exercise their Second Amendment Rights. I guess it takes a tragedy to bust them loose from their couches...
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America, the Law-crazed

kmackellerann Wrote: Jul 25, 2012 1:28 PM
Originally the "Mandatory Minimum" sentence was created because ultra liberal judges were giving violent repeat offenders slaps on the wrist because they were the "Victims of Society" rather than the criminals they were. Conservatives enacted mandatory sentences to combat this. Like everything else in the system it's gotten out of hand and now endangers the very people it was supposed to protect. Lets go back to square one and start the process over. There has to be a better way and we have to find it- Soon!
Finally someone who gets through the personal pain to call foul on MSNBC for spinning the tragedy for their own political ends.
Such get-togethers are attended by armed people. Evil people are many things, but rarely are they that stupid.
Raw unabated evil will always catch us by surprise because we are in essence good, decent people who aren't looking for it. Really, until that person took out a weapon and started using it, he hadn't done a single evil thing. When he started killing, the evil came out. That is why we will always be surprised by evil. Evil is tiny, a miniature thing, but it causes previously neutral actions to become evil themselves. Evil Infects. Evil infuses. Evil corrupts. Taking away the apparent tools of evil, the guns, accomplishes nothing. Without guns, evil will find some other method to use, some other way to enact itself. Evil is the product of intelligence, you need a mind to be evil. Guns lack minds and thus cannot be evil.
Please, no one is perfect, although that post comes close it isn't "Perfect"
The process of Eminent Domain is contrary to the concept of private property. Under Eminent Domain, you hold your property at the pleasure of the government, and may be dispossessed of it at any time for pennies on the dollar. That, friends, is called Serfdom and has no place in a free country.
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Dead Hobo in Trunk

kmackellerann Wrote: Jul 22, 2012 1:39 PM
Given that the current lot of politicians, both Liberal and Conservative, have had their shot at "fixing" things, maybe we need to do a complete reboot. Yeah: Ctrl+Alt+Delete at all levels of government. Let's try some new ideas with new people. Whether Liberal or Conservative, the current batch of politicos haven't produced. If, as some claim, "the other party" wouldn't move on ideas; a whole new batch of elected people would understand the electorate "isn't having any, thank you, not any more". We need a new batch of people who are afraid of the electorate since that is the only thing that seems to work.
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Who Bruised City Hall's Tender Arm?

kmackellerann Wrote: Jul 22, 2012 1:30 PM
San Francisco is a great place to visit. Just don't try living there...
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