Comments by SnowGrinch
Posted on February 26 at 8:51 a.m. (Suggest removal)
Justice Scalia, one of the most conservative members of the U.S. Supreme Court in his Majority Opinion in the 2008 Heller case:
"LIKE MOST RIGHTS, THE RIGHT SECURED BY THE SECOND AMENDMENT IS NOT UNLIMITED". From Blackstone through the 19th-century cases, commentators and courts routinely explained that the right was not a right to keep and carry any weapon whatsoever in any manner whatsoever and for whatever purpose.
Scalia continued: "...nothing in our opinion should be taken to cast doubt on longstanding prohibitions on the possession of firearms by felons and the mentally ill, or laws forbidding the carrying of firearms in sensitive places such as schools and government buildings, or laws imposing conditions and qualifications on the commercial sale of arms."
Posted on January 29 at 11:39 a.m. (Suggest removal)
On September 11th, 2001, he was in charge. He had been warned of the attack. He let them die. He is unqualified, non apologetic and a liar of the 1st caliber...
Posted on January 14 at 1:55 p.m. (Suggest removal)
Ask the families of the 26 people who were killed with an AR15 assault rifle at the Sandy Hook Elementary School if they want those weapons banned.
Ask the Newtown police chief Michael Kehoe, who yesterday said: “Ban assault weapons, restrict those magazines that so have so many bullets in them, shore up any loopholes in our criminal background checks.”
There is no need for assault weapons in our society.
Posted on December 29 at 2:40 p.m. (Suggest removal)
What NRA MEMBERS THINK:
According to a poll conducted in May by REPUBLICAN pollster Frank Luntz, NRA members, overwhelmingly support measures typically described as “GUN CONTROL:
1. Requiring criminal background checks on gun owners and gun shop employees.
87 percent of non-NRA gun-owners and 74 percent of NRA gun owners support the former,and 80 percent and 79 percent, respectively, endorse the latter.
2. Prohibiting terrorist watch list members from acquiring guns. Support ranges from 80 percent among non-NRA gun-owners to 71 percent among NRA members.
3. Mandating that gun-owners tell the police when their gun is stolen. 71 percent non-NRA gun-owners support this measure, as do 64 percent of NRA members.
4. Concealed carry permits should only be restricted to individuals who have completed a safety training course and are 21 and older. 84 percent of non-NRA and 74 percent of NRA member gun-owners support the safety training restriction, and the numbers are 74 percent and 63 percent for the age restriction.
5. Concealed carry permits shouldn't be given to perpetrators of violent misdemeanors or individuals arrested for domestic violence.
The NRA/non-NRA gun-owner split on these issues is 81 percent and 75 percent in favor of the
violent misdemeanors provision and 78 percent/68 percent in favor of the domestic violence restriction.
I don't speak for NRA MEMBERS, but this poll does. Again it proves the NRA works for the Gun Makers and the Gun Sellers, not the Gun Owners.
Posted on December 29 at 11:56 a.m. (Suggest removal)
The NRA represents Gun Makers,and Gun Sellers, not gun owners.
The NRA opposes background checks on all gun sales. The NRA opposes gun owners having to notify police when guns are lost or stolen. The NRA opposes banning gun ownership for people on terrorism watch lists.
The NRA is funded by Gun Makers... They are fundamentally a business lobby group, but unlike your usual business lobby group they claim to represent the customer.
Nearly a hundred makers and sellers of guns, ammunition and gun accessories contribute to the NRA. Gunmaker Beretta gave the NRA $1 million dollars in 2008 alone. The infamous Blackwater Worldwide (now Xe), has given over half a million. Fifteen of the companies giving the NRA money make assault weapons. Dozens make or sell high capacity ammunition magazines. Could that be why the NRA is so opposed to restricting them?
Once an organization that claimed to not be affiliated with any gun companies, the NRA has received tens of millions of dollars in contributions from them since 2005 alone. Any company giving $25,000 or more gets to be part of their "Ring of Freedom." Giving $5 million or more gets you dinner at headquarters with the NRA CEO.
Nearly 75 per cent of NRA MEMBERS support background checks for all gun owners, 64 per cent agree owners should have to report lost or stolen guns, 71 per cent are against terrorism watch list members owning guns.
We need to start seeing the NRA for what it is: a marketing and lobbying machine for the gun industry.
Posted on December 14 at 8:43 a.m. (Suggest removal)
Of course we all know that Christ was NOT born on Dec 25th, but the early Christians needed a marketing ploy to attract new customers. Promoting the birth of Christ on the same day as the pagan celebration of the Winter Solstice helped gain new converts to their brand of religion.
The celebration predates Christ to the The Neolithic Era, where stone age people celebrated the Solstice, thousands of years before Christ. The Druids at Stonehenge, Beiwe Festival in Finland; Chawmos in Pakistan, Deygān, Maidyarem in Iran, Inti Raymi in Peru, Bolivia and Ecuador, were all part of celebrating the Solstice.
Even today in America, much of what you see celebrated at Christmas has nothing to do with Christ. Lighted reindeer, Santa Clause and elves cover the lawns of America's homes... hardly a celebration of Christ.
I welcome all to celebrate the birth of Christ as well as the first day of Winter, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa or Yule.
As Robert McMahan pointed out, " Christians do not own the season."
Posted on December 12 at 9:58 a.m. (Suggest removal)
Are we still repeating the lie that "47% of the population pay no taxes?"
According to the the Tax Policy Center, in 2011, 46.4 percent of American households paid no federal income tax.
The same data shows, that nearly two-thirds of households that paid no income tax DID PAY payroll taxes. And most people also pay some combination of state, local, sales, gas and property taxes.
So just who are those who pay no taxes?
Who are those who "suck off the teat of America"?
*In 2011, 78,000 tax filers with incomes between $211,000 and $533,000 paid no income taxes;
* 24,000 households with incomes of $533,000 to $2.2 million paid no income taxes,
* 3,000 tax filers with incomes above $2.2 million paid no income taxes.
Those "sucking the teat of America" are those with the most ability to pay!
Billionaire Leona Helmsley spoke for this group when she famously said:
"We Don't Pay Taxes. Only The Little People Pay Taxes..."
Posted on November 29 at 5:10 p.m. (Suggest removal)
It's funny to watch a misogynist at work. I can't remember when I've read a more condescending post in the comments section.
albright1 seems to think that you need things "explained" to you. :)
Posted on November 29 at 4:25 p.m. (Suggest removal)
You're right JanesJoy.
They reject facts, while hype is accepted as if it were fact.
From the NY State Dept of Labor, November 15, 2012:
New York State's economy added 5,900 private sector jobs in October, the State Department of Labor reported today. The job growth brings the total to 110,300 private sector jobs added to the state’s economy in 2012 "AND SETS ALL-TIME HIGH JOB COUNT FOR NEW YORK AT 7,340,100."
Posted on November 29 at 1:37 p.m. (Suggest removal)
MY response was to Ginna99 posting: "NYS is 50th in business and job creation".
CNBC lists NY State as 3rd in job creation in the last year. NY State Dept of Labor has a similar figure: (Private Sector Jobs, June 2011 - June 2012) an increases of 1.9%, +139,100 jobs.