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The Left abhors any policy that gives more power to the individual. You do not need the police as much if you are able to defend yourself. Or to put it another way, without problems to solve, why do you need the government.
Why is it appropriate to further enhance school security because of what happened in Sandy Hook? If we put 1 guard in each of the ~100,000 public schools in the US at $40,000 per year, that is $4 billion. Divide that by 20 students and that comes out to $200 million dollars for each student murdered. Now, obviously, more students were killed in public schools throughout the year, but incidences like Sandy Hook are very rare.
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Tale of Two Cities

knochel Wrote: Jan 29, 2013 1:24 PM
An aspect of government style in Houston that is lost to many outsiders, is that, while the municipal government has been Democrat for some time (and will continue to be so), the county government (Harris) has been Republican. During Katrina, both entities worked together, quite successfully, to coordinate relief efforts at the Harris County Domed Stadium, better known as the Astrodome. I have not heard any reports of Detroit housing non-hurricane Sandy refugees.
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Al-Qaida in the Heart of Africa

knochel Wrote: Jan 18, 2013 1:52 PM
What are the differences in stability in Japan and Germany vs. Iraq? We stayed in those countries. Our very existence as a country based on Judeo Christian ethics, will necessarily cause groups like Al Qaeda to target the US. These people only understand force, so our best course of action would have been to maintain based in Iraq from which we could project force. Unfortunately, our opportunity in Iraq has passed, and with it, the ability to more directly influence the surrounding region.
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First, the Bad News

knochel Wrote: Jan 16, 2013 4:19 PM
I recently saw an episode of Modern Marvels about rice. In it, scientists genetically developed a hybrid that was flood resistant but also tasted good. Once they proved it lived up to their claims, they then had to spend additional time going through the old fashioned method of cross-breeding the 2 strains until they achieved the same results. Newsflash, cross-breeding is genetic engineering, just on a longer time-scale! Think of the millions of third world hunger victims who may have lived if this strain had gotten to market sooner.
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Time to Grow Up, GOP

knochel Wrote: Jan 16, 2013 4:11 PM
The difference between Conservatives vs. Liberals, is that a Liberal will vote for Democrat, regardless of whether or not they fit the label. A Conservative does not (evidence the last election). The very thing that kept Conservatives home last November was on display during the Fiscal cliff battle, Republicans too afraid of the main stream media to stand up for conservative principles
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Let’s Have That Conversation About Guns

knochel Wrote: Dec 18, 2012 6:08 PM
Years ago, I met an Israeli studying here in the US, and knowing a little about their requirements for military service, I asked him what if was like to encounter so many people carrying weapons. His reply was that since he grew up in it, you really didn't notice it. He followed up his reply by saying that there was virtually no crime since if you tried to rob a convenience store, odds were good that the clerk had a gun, and half the shoppers had guns. Also, I remember when a Palestinian commandeered a bulldozer and went on a rampage, he was taken out by Israeli citizens.
The Republican party does not have a problem with Hispanics, Blacks, Asians, Gays, etc. It has a problem with liberal Hispanics, liberal Blacks, liberal Asians, liberal Gays, etc. Until the GOP can find a way to deliver its message to voters who identify as Democrats, but have all the beliefs of conservatives (and this includes whites) it will find itself on the outside looking in.
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Jensen and Flynn

knochel Wrote: Nov 27, 2012 1:39 PM
We, as humans, have a bias when discussing intellect. In sports, there are athletes blessed with innate physical talent and others with less talent but greater practice ethic and we have no difficulty reconciling and discussing the two. However, bring "intelligence" into the mix and it is time to start walking on eggshells!
I spent 21 months as a Contractor in Iraq; we had to show ID everywhere we went, had to use portajohns, sometimes slept in a tent and we had it much better than the troops. As for self reliance, during Ike, I was at Joint Base Balad while my wife and 2 teenage kids were at home near Clear Lake (the eye of the storm passed over our area). She put up the 3/4 plywood with help from the kids and after the storm, used a come-along to remove a 12" inch maple limb from a shed. By the way, my wife is 4', 11". I have very little sympathy for the people waiting for the government to come to the rescue.
The only problem with allowing tax rates to go up on the ultra-rich is that that is where all the loopholes are. It's the "Working Rich", who own small businesses and file individual that will bear the brunt of raising the tax rate. Close the loopholes and wait for the special interest howling.
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