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Break table conversation at the factory I work in this week has included Carl Edwards going to Gibbs, whether or not Tony Stewart is going to return to racing, our labor and delivery experiences (sparked by a woman expecting a grandchild this week), how a production problem came to be and what to do about it, canning pears, and where you can get some different flavors of Michaelina's frozen dinners. Not one mention of "pop culture" TV. Maybe urban writers in upscale settings should get out of their own cultural bubbles now and then?
A better question is why would any person with half a brain watch "Girls" or "Sex in the City" at all? There are so many more worthwhile ways to spend one's time. If one must WATCH something as entertainment rather than DO something (anything from playing video games to gardening to fishing to writing), the precious few hours of time available would be far better used on a good documentary, a useful home improvement or cooking show, or a live sporting event. I pity people who have nothing better to do than to fill their minds with the dreck and drivel that passes for pop-culture TV. But not enough to waste my valuable time attempting to absorb enough of the garbage to engage in "water-cooler talk" about it.
So, your advice is for me to abandon all matters of principle and simply surrender on the left-libs' social agenda? Forget it.
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Saving Private Bryan

Except that if they're engaging in sit-ins they're paying tuition to get no education at all -- much less a great one. A student doesn't owe his/her college any more loyalty than he/she owes his/her usual grocery store, usual department store, or favorite fast-food restaurant. Colleges only think that they're something special and different. Truth is that they are no better and no more deserving of special loyalty than any other provider of goods and services.
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Saving Private Bryan

Why should students waste their money and their valuable time doing sit-ins and "fighting for their college" instead of getting an education at a different institution? A business that hemorrhages customers learns the error of its ways or dies. If it dies that teaches other businesses not to make the same mistake. There's nothing special about the business of providing a college education to change that principle.
The history of "gun control" and "permitting" is a history of racism and the desire to disarm free blacks. All "may issue" systems descend from that legacy of bigotry and oppression.
"Libertarian alert. More righteous indignation from people who think that covering our eyes and plugging our ears and singing la, la, la, la is a national defense strategy." You have pegged the precise reason why, despite my small l libertarian inclinations I am not a Libertarian and can never bring myself to vote for one. It only takes one side to start a war. And the best way to ensure that the aggressively inclined do just that is to invite attack through the appearance of weakness.
I like that card. Concealed carry permit holders have a lower crime rate than police officers -- only slightly greater than that of cloistered monks and nuns. Sane business owners should welcome us.
The sensible, common sense thing would be to use the same BAC rules for gun carry as for driving. My mother likes to play trivia in bars. Sometimes I join her. I almost never have even so much alcohol as a single glass of wine or hard cider. Why shouldn't I have my gun on me to protect us both when we come out and walk through the parking lot to our car? States that have loosened their rules to allow sober people to carry guns in places where other people are drinking have not seen any of the problems that the anti-gun hysterics predict.
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