Last week, Starbucks asked its American customers to please not bring their guns into the coffee shop. This is part of the company´s concern about customer safety and follows a ban in the summer on smoking within 25 feet of a coffee shop entrance and an earlier ruling about scalding hot coffee. After the celebrated Liebeck v McDonald´s case in 1994, involving a woman who suffered third-degree burns to her thighs, Starbucks complies with the Specialty Coffee Association of America´s recommendation that drinks should be served at a maximum temperature of 82C. Although it was brave of Howard Schultz, the company´s
They not only begged for and got our privately owned weapons, #2. They then destroyed them after the war rather than returning them. Hope they dont hold their breaths waiting for it to happen again. This from the country that taxes its citizens into oblivion, kills them with socialized medicine, encourages hostile immigration, and criminalizes anyone who has anything to say about it. I have never been to a place that had such great people and such screwed up laws at the same time. As frustrated as I am nowadays, I´m sure glad I´m here and not there.
Might this not also be viewed as our own policies turned against us? We intervene in the affairs of foreign nations constantly. When some tongue-in-cheek journalist suggests the world interfere with U.S. domestic issues, we all flip out.
There are NOT 32,000 gun deaths in the U.S. every year. The total murder rate each year is right around 15,000. Go to the Department of Justice or simply google how many murders in the U.S..Between 1999 and 2008 the low was 15,552, the high was 17,030. Mind you that is for ALL murders, not just murders by guns. And this is down from a high of 20,710 set in 1974. And our population has grown, what, about 100 million since then? More lies from the gun grabbers. Check the figures for yourself mainly so that you can discuss this with friends and relatives who believe what the corrupt media tell them.
#7, hypocrisy is of interest only to the guy who thinks he sees it.
Otherwise it´s a hypothetical used by leftwingtards to seek laws to punish the innocent, and by Moslems to commit private murder ~ Mohammad said "kill the hypocrites"
So, actually, there´s not anything to that in this piece once you disaggregate the propaganda element. That starts with the writer´s gloss over the fact that modern Europeans (includes UKians) have a good 35 million to 60 million deaths by firearm to account for, and if we start with Jeanne d´Arc and move forward to Joe Stalin, probably well over 100 million deaths by firearm.
Ain´t no way we can catch up with that record!
Notice how deftly I disarmed the assailant. He´s but a punk in the world of letters as well as the world of guns.
He should study up and become forearmed to the assault that will inevitably ensue when you attack us.
OH, BTW, before forgetting it, the first three amendments have to do more with French history than with British history. The text was prepared by the sons, grandsons and great grandsons of Huguenots who survived the Religious Wars and Louis XIV. Real historians know the facts ~ the English filter tends to hide them from the eyes of non historians.
immediate death sentence to any felon with a gun - anywhere.. random checks on the South Side of Chicago and North Side of MPLS.. life imprisonment for all judges and attorneys who let these people back on the street.. there.. that takes care of 90% of those gun deaths..
#14 is right. The Mexican government demanded the people of Gonzales surrender their one cannon. The people of Gonzales made and raised a banner with a picture of a cannon and a star, and the words ´come and take it.´ The Mexicans tried. They were unsuccessful. So, we still say - come and take them, Eurowimps.
"The other half simply doesn´t grasp the inconsistencies and historic lunacy of its position, which springs from the second amendment right to keep and bear arms, and is derived from English common law and our 1689 Bill of Rights.
We dispensed with these rights long ago"
Our murder rate has plunged in recent years--he needs to go back to the 1960´s to keep the rate high.
Interesting factoid: Americans suicide by gun (instead of other means) a lot more than Europeans. Once those are factored out, the "mayhem" described by the author drops significantly.
The "civil war" he describes is largely in anti-gun urban areas between members of a defined ethnic group. Murder in the "heartland" is quite similar to Europe.
Would he advocate entering U.S cities like Rahm´s Chicago and disarming a discrete ethnic group? That would be a better argument. Would he go to Utah to disarm Mormons just to make it fair?
It is a compelling read only at first blush. Most of America is quite sane and rather peaceful.
Finally-the idea of holding a position when an obvious larger issue is looming is not unique to Americans. It is the foundation of the PC movement.
Really... all I am reading this morning is attacks on Christians and other innocents in foreign places like Pakistan, Kenya, Syria, Libya, and Chicago Sorry about the last one, but I don´t consider Chicago as part of this country.
He actually answered his own question. The reason that Americans maintain their Second Amendment rights is that they want to deter the world from interfering in the internal affairs of the USA, including their own personal protection from criminals and the like.
Lies on top of lies. Gunshot deaths other than suicides have been steadily decreasing for the last 20 years. Gun accidents are steadily decreasing, too.
During that time, many millions of additional guns were purchased, and about 20 states have loosened their concealed carry laws so that now millions carry a gun every day. This has caused crime to DROP.
The more guns we have in America, the safer we are. Even these big-publicity public shooting rampages are rare and decreasing, even though the media lies about it. And notice that they ONLY happen in "gun free zones" - NEVER where ordinary people can be armed. There have been multiple cases of nascent mass shootings stopped by armed civilians, but this is covered up by the hoplophobic press.
Harvard recently released a study showing zero connection between gun control laws and the murder rate.
The fact that honest people are arming themselves is a symptom of a problem. The question to ask is WHY are honest people arming themselves. The old media does not want to ask that question, so they just go with the emotional gun control argument.
Recently Mississippi was successful in re-defining the old concealed carry law which was written to nullify the right to carry written into the Mississippi Constitution. A liberal Congressman, along with a group of liberal sheriffs, opposed this bill by predicting that there would be blood in the streets and shoot-outs on the public squares. Weeks have now passed since passage and, guess what! No blood…no shoot-outs. Few if any reports of open carry being exercised. Those that choose to do so are respectful and quiet about it.
We dispensed with these rights long ago, but American gun owners cleave to them with the tenacity that previous generations fought to continue slavery.
This is particularly amusing when you know that the Confederate States Army and Navy was well armed with the latest British rifles and artillery....when Grant took Fort Donelson he had his troops exchange thier worn out muskets for the nearly new British made rifles carried by the men they had just captured. And the famed CSN Raiders were commanded by Confederate officers but operated by British seamen.
The only “intervention” we would ever conceivably want or need from the “world” would be the forcible deportation -- what, in a more commonsensical age, was called “transportation” or, even better, “banishment” -- of about a million and a half young urban black males.
Hysteria: The Environmental Protection Agency chief says global warming is the most urgent threat to public health. Given that the whole climate change frightfest has fallen apart, how do people keep saying such things? EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy says she has dedicated her life to protecting the environment. It´s too bad she is not more dedicated to reality. If she were, her comments Monday before the left-wing Center for American Progress would have been different. But McCarthy knew who she was speaking to and told the group what it wanted to hear when she said, "I really see no greater issue and
´We have communicated in no uncertain terms with every player in the region that that´s a red line for us and that there would be enormous consequences if we start seeing movement on the chemical weapons front or the use of chemical weapons."— Barack Obama, Aug. 20, 2012 "First of all, if you´ve got health insurance, you like your doctors, you like your plan, you can keep your doctor, you can keep your plan. Nobody is talking about taking that away from you."—Barack Obama, multiple versions What would you rather be: an American lost inside an ObamaCare exchange or a Syrian rebel?
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Immigration: Strong signs point to House Speaker John Boehner leading an amnesty cave-in that delivers millions of new Democratic votes. Republicans should man up and put border security front and center. The two words "Becky Tallent" resonate with conservatives in Congress the way "Howard Baker" did when Ronald Reagan welcomed the liberal Republican senator as chief of staff during Iran-Contra, bringing most of the Reagan agenda to a screeching halt; or the way the words "Susan Kennedy" did a decade ago when newly elected California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger crushed his supporters by hiring the hard-line Democratic operative as chief of staff. Speaker
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Legacies as a concept are deeply embedded in our legal system. A person with assets writes a will designating which ones will go to which relative, friend, charity, or others. Not long ago some imaginative news media person decided to call the in-office record of elected officials “legacies.” In monkey-see-monkey-do fashion, the notion was being repeated by reporter after reporter. The distinction between a legacy of assets and an ephemeral one such as a politician’s record has been lost among the media. A legacy is a gift; thus, the politician is bestowing his policy or legislative gift on his grateful recipients. Or,
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Democrats are getting desperate in the defense of their troubled health-care law, with one congressman comparing the law’s troubled rollout to problems with his baby granddaughter. “I’ve got a one-year-old granddaughter, and on Thanksgiving Day she had a number of little glitches, but we’re not ready to throw her away because of a glitch here and there,” Representative Emanuel Cleaver (D., Mo.) said on MSNBC on Tuesday. “Most things in the beginning stages are going to be difficult to pull off.”
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RUSH: Ladies and gentlemen, the assault on the traditional, standard American way of life continues unabated, and it is being conducted by a minority of people in this country. There´s an amazing poll out there today from the Investor´s Business Daily, Investors.com which illustrates just what an extreme minority today´s Democrat Party and the American left really is, in terms of minority, in terms of thinking, the body of thought in this country represented by them. It´s stunning, but at the same time it´s optimistic in a sense to learn just how insignificant in numbers they are. Now, that doesn´t tell
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Good stuff from Jonathan Turley at today’s House hearing on executive power, although I regret that I couldn’t find a more user-friendly format for you to watch. There’s no compilation clip; you’ll have to make do with the C-SPAN embed by fast-forwarding to the time cues I give you and being patient while the vid buffers (and buffers, and buffers).(Snip)That brings us to point two: Even if Congress can’t stop Obama, the courts can. The problem there, though, says Turley, is that O and the DOJ have argued successfully in many cases that no one has standing to sue him
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