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Simplest gun policy

Guns should have the same restrictions as cars.
Owners must be of age, have had training, and passed testing to get a license.
Then, registration and insurance are required. Any major violation or enough minor violations and you can lose your right to own a gun for a period of time (similar to speeding tickets) or go to jail (similar to DUI).
Failure to follow these rules would result in fines, jail and/or confiscation of the gun.

The NRA will argue that guns are a right, not a privilege; sane people will argue that not being murdered is also a right and there is no undue burden to treating guns like cars.

Columbia, SC newspaper dropping racist cartoonist

I wrote the local paper when the news broke about Scott Adams full-throated racist attack. I wasn't sure what response I would get, but this was waiting in my inbox this morning:

>>>Dear subscriber,
Thank you for contacting The State.
The State is dropping the “Dilbert” comic strip from our pages after recent comments by its creator, Scott Adams. Mr. Adams is free to share his views as he sees fit, but we will not allow our platform to be used by those who espouse hatred and bigotry. Our readers deserve better. We all deserve better.

Abbott's statement to Biden

Stupendously stupid comment.
After he gave Biden a “letter” with solutions to the border situation, he blasted Biden for waiting so long to visit there.
His statement was, and this is a near quote, that Biden should have come to the border on “day one” to work on the problem that “he had created.”

I guess POTUS does have superhuman powers if he could create all those problems in just the first few hours after his inauguration.

This has been an example of democracy?

Dear GOP friends:
The vote by the starving survivors in a lifeboat of who will be eaten is also an example of democracy, but it is neither a process to be proud of, nor an appealing sight to observe.

A very good year?

I just realized that 2022 could mark the end of Trump, Alex Jones and Elon Musk.
That’s what I call a great year.

Boycotts don't work unless they know it

This is in reference to Twitter, and the NAACP and other groups calling for a boycott of advertisers.
If companies are supposed to wait until they see a small drop in sales and assume that it may be related to their Twitter ads, the boycott won’t be effective.
Instead, keep a template to cut and paste for companies you see on there and send an email to their PR or Marketing department. A suggestion:

“My spouse and I are planning to buy new (xxx) this month. We are honoring the general boycott of Twitter advertisers until the site establishes sensible content moderation and won’t be considering (your company). If you decide to withdraw your Twitter ads, please let me know so I can consider your product again.”

In case you see that SC Senate removed rape and incest provisions from the bill

Please smile and cheer. A victory for our side.
The provision to remove the rape and incest exemptions from the abortion ban passed out of two Senate Committees, 7-4 and 9-8. In both cases, two and then three Republicans, and every one of the Democrats, chose not to vote against it because both sides know it cannot pass the full Senate without those exemptions.
So, a classic poison pill that will doom the full bill when it comes up for a vote, and then they can get to work on the next version. Several GOP leaders even grudgingly commended the Democrats for their underhanded, but successful, use of the process to stop the bill.
And the best response was some haggard looking MAGA loon saying that the liberal Democrats were responsible for the no exemptions ban because they would not agree to any compromises.

Student Loan comment on LinkedIn

Somebody just posted that Jesus' miracle of blessing the fishes and loaves and feeding the crowd was a slap in the face to everyone who had brought their own lunch.

Suggestions on best place to buy online bumper stickers

Wanted to get a "Vote Democrat, we're not perfect but they are nuts" sticker. Every site I have found either has terrible independent reviews or the majority of their products are right-wing crap.
Any suggestions?

On edit: If any of you aren't familiar with this forum, it took me a while to find it, but it offers products from fellow DUers. It is located in the "Economy and Education" topic.

Best conspiracy theory I've heard today

Just suppose that Clarence Thomas knows that what has already come out, and what is still not public info about his and Ginni’s dalliances with the hardcore right wingers, will make it impossible for him to stay on the Court.

What could be more noble than a health issue prompting him to announce his retirement so the great institution of the SCOTUS can have 9 full-time justices? What a great gesture to establish the legacy of this much-maligned man.

Like the conspiracy theories on the other side, there’s not one shred of evidence that this is true, but damn it would sure be sweet.

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