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Wait, wait...FREE STUFF?! You mean when I voted for Obama I get free stuff too?! Well let me check my mail! Surely he's had time to get me my free stuff by now!
Also, no. The "petitions" on line don't signal a civil war, as most of the states that have "filled out" this petition actually have state constitutions that prohibit secession. To me these petitions indicate less about our "internal strife" as it indicates a petulance and reluctance to actually work with each other. It's just more "I'm going to take my ball and go home" politics. Over that crap. Let's stop looking for excuses and just start working together.
"The issue is that the government shouldn't be involved in people’s private life choices."
Horse hockey. This isn't a real Republican principle until Republicans stop trying to legislate what people (especially women) can and can't do to their bodies, or who they can or can't marry.
I have a lot of issues of where my tax dollars goes. Like subsidies for big oil, or a war in Iraq that I didn't agree with that ultimately cost American lives with little reward in that region. So you'll have to excuse me, if I don't sympathize with you in your issues on "using your tax dollars" to pay for health care and contraceptives for women. Join the freaking club. We all pay for things we don't like.
But if we get rid of the traffic circle then everyone else will have to find something new to complain about. And who has time for that!
Also, we've been over this before 95% of the issues with the circle are due to driver error. A 4 way intersection would have just as many delays and back ups because of the sheer volume of traffic. Look at the corner of 15-501 at Saunders any time or day of the week. It would be just like that, only worse.
I commend the DOT for these improvements. It looks like it will improve visibility as well as aesthetics, and we knew a change was coming with the open. Personally, I'm glad the price tag is under $100k. Could have been worse.
I'm just going to leave this here... http://rachelheldevans.com/chick-fil-a (a really great article for you to read if your are Pro CFA OR if you are Pro Gay Rights)
@SH59 I haven't seen one comment on this discussion where anyone has called for an all out restiction of firearms. I have actually been very pleased with the overall tone and demeanor of this conversation, as it has seemed to stayed above the fray and both sides have made valid points.
Again, I don't claim to speak for everyone, but I don't think anyone would disagree with your rational behind owning and wanting to own a gun.
You're right, crazy people will still be crazy and anyone that wants to do heinous shootings like this will find a way to do it. However, I would argue that "anyone is a fool" to think that every 12-18 months it's okay to have a shooting like this, as long is it's not "regularly," without having a sensible discussion about who has access to firearms, ammunition and their motives to have those weapons.
If your argument is going to be "well mass shootings like this don't 'regularly', so why bother talking about it." Then that seems like a whole other national conversation we should have.
While I don't claim to speak for all "liberals" (which I think is a childish and polarizing label to tag on to a conversation that needs to happen between all Americans to hopefully reduce the number of events like this.) is questioning the right for anyone to carry a gun.
What I question is the ease in which we can purchase the ammunition to load those weapons. I have family members who are hunters. But I can't imagine a situation where they would need to purchase 6,000 rounds of ammunition in 6 weeks.
I don't care if you want a gun. I complete understand anyone rational behind wanting a firearm to protect their life, family and property. That's honestly what our country was founded on. I don't have an issue with that. I have a problem with crazy people being able to purchase these weapons and stock pile ammunition like they are ready to over throw a local government.
Yes, the black market will go on. Just as it does for illegal substances does now, and even as it did during prohibition. But there need to additional checks and balances in the distribution of guns and weapons to make sure that senseless events like this are reduced.
There are peaceful ways to get the fowls to flee. http://www.awaywithgeese.com/awg2_web.nsf?Open
The lights are fairly unobtrusive to humans, but the birds are put off by the lights and find some place else to call home. Those have been successful in subdivisions throughout the triangle, although long term results have been spotty.
Though, given it's Pinehurst, I'm sure someone would complain about the lights coming through thei sun porch...at night.
Grammar is important, folks!
Look, I don't think this is the time to have a rational national discussion about gun control. As Mr. Levy did say hard cases, make bad law. However, I think it's a great time to have discussion about ammunition control. "Guns don't kill people, people kill people." Fine whatever, I also know that a bullet killed them. And there is no reason why someone crazy or sane, should be able to purchase the amount of ammunition that the CO killer obtained.
Additionally, you will NEVER be able to convince me that more guns are the answer. Am I really to believe that if someone or someones in that dark, crowded, chaotic theatre had been armed and would have opened fire on the initial shooter that it would have some how resulted in LESS deaths? Really? Unless they are a skilled marksman, I hardly doubt it. I don't have a problem with the 2nd amendment, and while I don't feel as though I need a gun, I certainly respect anyone and everyone who choses to do so. But we are foolish to think that more guns will mean less death. That math just doesn't add up.
Oh pish posh. The conservatives and liberals alike scream until they are red or blue in the face about "judicial activism" and how it's corrupting or demoralizing our society. Roberts actually does something that isn't partisan and strictly interprets the constitution and he's a treasonous coward. Puh-lease. The ideal is that there shouldn't be any party bias on the court. And oh how you've screamed when it was. So I don't want to hear about how Roberts "betrayed" the right for doing the job the consitution demands him to do.
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