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Thaddeus Kosciuszko

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  1. I wonder if Dr. Squatch's initials are S and A. As in Dr. SA Squatch.
  2. I would suggest next time you give him lots of candy so he doesn't crash and stays all wound up well past his bedtime. I mean, that's what grandparents are supposed to do with grandchildren to get even with all the worry their children gave them.
  3. No, you don't, because I've never read anything by the NRA. Not even their application for membership. As you say, present the data that supports your assertion that taking the gun control laws away will yield the result of increase violence you claim. And even if your claim is correct that places with strict gun laws have such laws because of high crime, it does not change the fact that those places still have high incidents of gun violence in spite of those laws. If those laws actually worked, the violence would gradually decrease as those laws were applied to the point where gun violence would become rare. You requested data: Simply look at the city of Chicago, where each week up to dozens of people are victims of gun violence. Victims that include small children. There's no need for fancy charts or links to web sites; the gun violence that constantly occurs there is a reality from which strict gun laws provide no relief. The assertion that such laws 'prevent' even greater violence is immaterial. The strict laws that exist there are ignored by the criminals creating the violence. Obviously, the reality is the violence has not abated with the laws in existence, therefor the logical conclusion must be those existing laws are ineffective. Really, now, sarcasm and disrespect have no place is a rational and reasonable discussion. You are letting your emotions master you, and you can do better. Another example that needs no charts or links, because the reality is so well documented to be beyond question. Mexico has strict gun laws, yet entire areas of that country are under the control of violent cartels. Those cartels have wrestled control of those areas away from the government with... guns. In spite of the strict national laws. Again, those laws are ineffective because those committing the violence are ignoring the laws, and are not about to obey those laws. The reason strict gun control laws don't work in either of these examples is, again, the people committing the violence don't care about the laws, and making more strict laws and making existing laws more strict won't change that situation. The people breaking the laws and committing the violence don't care about and don't respect life. If they did, they wouldn't be taking it.
  4. Enacting stricter gun control laws won't solve the problem because violence via guns isn't the problem - it's a symptom. Any proposal for stricter gun control laws as solution needs to provide a reasoned and logical presentation why places that already have strict(er) gun control laws experience high levels of gun violence. If strict gun control laws worked, then the places that had those laws would not experience the high levels of gun violence that now do occur. One cannot deny the reality - high levels of gun violence occur where strict gun control laws are in place, and those laws do not prevent the violence. And if we have clear evidence that strict gun controls don't prevent violence, how does one present a logical, reasoned, and unemotional case that they will even come close to having the intended effect? Those laws don't prevent the violence because the people who murder, steal, harm others and otherwise don't care about breaking those laws clearly have no compunction about breaking laws regarding gun control. Stricter gun control laws form no meaningful deterrent. People who don't use guns to murder, injure, or steal from others refrain from that behavior because they have a respect for life and a respect for other people. They don't refrain from that behavior because of gun control laws; they refrain from such behavior because of their inherent sense of right and wrong. In the aftermath of these tragedies people clamor for 'a solution' or 'the solution'. There is no one solution to avoiding or preventing school shootings. Stricter gun control laws are certainly not that solution because the evidence of their failure to prevent violence is clear, so why pursue a path destined to fail? One solution is to educate, raise, or convince more people to respect life and to respect others. Bah! you say, easier said than done, impossible to measure, nearly as impossible to do. Unfortunately our society is geared to the instant answer that can be purchased by a credit card from Amazon, or the instant answer received by posing the question to Siri. All the same, I don't believe it can be denied that if anyone committing any sort of gun violence had a great respect for life - particularly the lives of others - that they would not be committing those crimes in the first place. Such a change, though, requires a cultural shift away from an intense societal focus of self and self-validation to one more balanced between self and society. That will take years, and probably decades. In the mean time, certain effective, interim measures such as hardening schools would help to reduce (not prevent) incidents like this. Think of all the places our society 'hardens' merely to protect property. It is illogical that we accept the hardening of some places to protect property but are reluctant to harden schools to protect children.
  5. It looks like the students saddled the principal with a lot of work.
  6. "Hello? Jif Peanut Butter Hotline? Say, I ate some of your peanut butter from the lot numbers in the 'voluntary' recall. I'm in an ambulance right now going to the emergency room, and there are three different lawyers chasing the ambulance trying to get me to sign a class action something-other. I was wondering if you'd consider replacing the two jars of Jif I had to throw out due to your voluntary recall..."
  7. I think because that's where spell check and auto-complete put them...
  8. I've been on a strict vegetarian diet for about two weeks now, and it's turned me into a whole new person! I joined a support group, and they really helped me with the transition:
  9. That guy looks more than a little sketchy. In fact, I think his picture is on the wall in our post office!
  10. It looks their fan club is already there!
  11. For our window AC's I made a frame - like a picture frame - that surrounds the unit. The frame stays permanently attached to the AC unit, and provides a slight pitch to let condensation drain out the back of the unit. When spring comes, I open the window and slide the AC-and-frame into the window opening. On the AC cord is the sandwich baggie that contains all the brackets and screws I need to fasten the frame to the window sill and trim, that I taped to the cord when I pulled the unit out last fall. By using the frame the screw holes in the window sill, trim, and the frame brackets line up year after year, and putting the AC in the window takes about 10 or 15 minutes.
  12. I'm sure if Ruby puts you on a lead that Lowe's will allow her to bring you into the store.
  13. If you think about it, it almost had to happen. People were 'used' to paying (or at least expecting to pay) that price, so somebody in the gasoline supply chain saw an opportunity to pocket at least some of the difference by raising the price. When the energy rebates from the utility companies first came out in the 80's, some amazing things happened. Occupancy sensors that had sold for about $45, eligible for a $25/sensor rebate, went up in price to about $65 like magic soon after the rebate program started. A second amazing feat of magic occurred when the rebates ended, whereupon the price to dropped back down to where it started.,
  14. That's one of the more creative ways I've heard of to get rid of a piano.
  15. Answer: The nurse who just graduated with a nursing degree was cheaper.
  16. I would suggest you give them seats with plenty of fresh air circulation, just in case.
  17. My Dad did not. They put the plates on and told him to take the car, and that the registration/title was in the works. Crazy, but this was back in the 80's.
  18. That, good sir, was never in doubt, robot or otherwise.
  19. Who knew? With today's modern high temperature plastics you can make bongs out of anything!
  20. My Dad bought a Chevy Citation. We all piled in soon after and took a trip to my Grandparent's house in NJ. On the way back, the engine started running really rough and blew oil smoke out the exhaust. My Dad took it back in for warranty repairs. The dealer said the rings in one cylinder had gone bad, and not all the work would be covered under warranty, and that it might be expensive. Dad responded "It's not going to cost me a dime, because I don't own the car." Turns out the dealer put his plates on the car, but never transferred title and never registered the car in his name. The dealer really still owned the car. My Dad took the plates off, and walked out. He did come back, though, because the dealership asked him if he'd be interested in a different Citation. He bought it and that car was still going great when he sold it with over 100K miles on it.
  21. It's all been pretty much converted to text format on internet Forums, now...
  22. You may want to switch over to what your Amish neighbors have: Horse Power. It might be more reliable.
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