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Texas Gov. Greg Abbott: "Marriage was defined by God, no man can redefine it"

Schroedingers cat: Greek kitteh has an answer for the Troika


Putting the Greek debt in perspective

Greece has a total debt of about $350 billion.


To put that number in perspective it is about 23% of the estimated program cost of the F35 that cannot fly in rain, gets outfought by an F16 and costs approximately $1.5 trillion over the life of the plane, almost certainly a conservative estimate given the history of military contracting in the US.


Scalia's Tears: Now you really can drink them

Congratulations to all those who have today gained the right and the freedom to marry!

A cautionary tale: One of my neighbors has been having addiction issues

A couple I know down the road are having problems, the wife is addicted to pain meds she started on and still uses for back pain. But that's not the cautionary tale part.

A couple of months ago I was close to getting home and about to pull into "the home stretch" so to speak when my neighbor runs the stop sign coming out of our neighborhood right in front of me, if I had been thirty feet further on her car would have t-boned me and I probably wouldn't be posting this right now. I knew she had been having addiction issues at the time and assumed she was high so after she backed up to the stop sign I drove around her and waved a bit and kept on my way home, I don't think she even recognized me. The next day after reflecting on what to do I told her husband about the incident, not trying to cause problems but because I would want someone to tell me if I were in that situation and I thought the wife needed to not be on the road if she is driving high.

Fast forward to a couple of days ago, I was talking to the husband who told me his wife has been back in the hospital, this time for seizures. What got my attention about his tale is that her family was in the hospital room blaming him for leaving her at home to go to work when she was having a seizure. The doctor was also present for this and told the wife's family very strongly that the husband was not at fault, her seizures and their aftermath even to a trained professional were difficult to distinguish from being spaced out on pain meds and to a casual observer they were basically identical.

With this latest information I have come to wish that when I saw the wife run the stop sign I had stopped next to her and asked her if she was OK, I now think she probably had a seizure or was in the aftermath of one rather than being high.

My cautionary point is this; even people who get high on drugs sometimes have other problems that can easily be confused with the effect of a drug, be careful what you assume about people and the reasons they might be exhibiting unusual behavior.

If Sanders cannot win the Presidency and Clinton can then Clinton voters won't vote Sanders

That is the real problem that Hillary supporters implicitly state when they talk about how much more "electable" Clinton is versus Sanders, Hillary voters aren't voting for the Democrat, they are voting for Hillary and if Hillary ain't there then they won't be voting.

So which is it, will Hillary voters vote for the Democratic nominee or is Sanders unelectable if he wins the nomination?

FWIW, I suspect the same thing will or would be true of a lot of Sanders voters, they wouldn't care to vote for Hillary so don't bother making that argument, I agree with you. However it seems clear from Hillary's supporters that they feel there are more Hillary voters who won't vote for Sanders than vice versa.

Gun control will end up just like the drug war, almost exclusively aimed at minorities and the poor

Meanwhile wealthy white males will remain coked up, heavily armed and completely unpunished.

The brutality and racism problems with the police will have to be fixed before handing them yet another tool to wield against the population or we all know what portion of the population is going to get that tool wielded against them most often and most brutally.

Twenty years from now all of the Very Serious People will be shocked, shocked that the result of gun control is many more minorities in private prisons on long sentences that rack up big profits for the corporations they work for at slave wages while gun ownership among wealthy whites has soared. We had no idea! We never intended! Very Serious People would never do something like that intentionally for mere personal gain! No one could possibly have predicted!

I expect if it was explained slowly enough even Doug Feith could understand.

The Atlantic: The Secret History of Guns

The issues around guns, racism and violence are a lot more complicated than many of us realize or want to admit. I think this piece is interesting and anyone who wants to intelligently discuss the issues of guns, violence and racism would benefit from reading the whole thing if for nothing else than the historical perspective.


Yet we’ve also always had gun control. The Founding Fathers instituted gun laws so intrusive that, were they running for office today, the NRA would not endorse them. While they did not care to completely disarm the citizenry, the founding generation denied gun ownership to many people: not only slaves and free blacks, but law-abiding white men who refused to swear loyalty to the Revolution.

For those men who were allowed to own guns, the Founders had their own version of the “individual mandate” that has proved so controversial in President Obama’s health-care-reform law: they required the purchase of guns. A 1792 federal law mandated every eligible man to purchase a military-style gun and ammunition for his service in the citizen militia. Such men had to report for frequent musters—where their guns would be inspected and, yes, registered on public rolls.

Civil-rights activists, even those committed to nonviolent resistance, had long appreciated the value of guns for self-protection. Martin Luther King Jr. applied for a permit to carry a concealed firearm in 1956, after his house was bombed. His application was denied, but from then on, armed supporters guarded his home. One adviser, Glenn Smiley, described the King home as “an arsenal.” William Worthy, a black reporter who covered the civil-rights movement, almost sat on a loaded gun in a living-room armchair during a visit to King’s parsonage.

Indisputably, for much of American history, gun-control measures, like many other laws, were used to oppress African Americans. The South had long prohibited blacks, both slave and free, from owning guns. In the North, however, at the end of the Civil War, the Union army allowed soldiers of any color to take home their rifles. Even blacks who hadn’t served could buy guns in the North, amid the glut of firearms produced for the war. President Lincoln had promised a “new birth of freedom,” but many blacks knew that white Southerners were not going to go along easily with such a vision. As one freedman in Louisiana recalled, “I would say to every colored soldier, ‘Bring your gun home.’”

Pope Francis: The Encyclical

Don't taze me bro...

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