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Concerned Law Enforcement Veteran Speaks His Mind

Feb 7, 2013 9:32 AM PT

Via SooperMexican, a progressive former LAPD patrolman makes the case for gun control (naughty word alert):

"Who in there right mind needs a f***ing silencer!!! who needs a freaking SBR AR15? No one. No more Virginia Tech, Columbine HS, Wisconsin temple, Aurora theatre, Portland malls, Tucson rally, Newtown Sandy Hook. Whether by executive order or thru a bi-partisan congress an assault weapons ban needs to be re-instituted. Period!!!

Mia Farrow said it best. “Gun control is no longer debatable, it’s not a conversation, its a moral mandate.”

Sen. Feinstein, you are doing the right thing in leading the re-institution of a national AWB. Never again should any public official state that their prayers and thoughts are with the family.

... Mr. Vice President [Biden], do your due diligence when formulating a concise and permanent national AWB plan. Future generations of Americans depend on your plan and advisement to the president. I’ve always been a fan of yours and consider you one of the few genuine and charismatic politicians.

... Hillary Clinton. You’ll make one hell of a president in 2016. Much like your husband, Bill, you will be one of the greatest. Look at Castro in San Antonio as a running mate or possible secretary of state. He’s (good people) and I have faith and confidence in him.

 ...Wayne LaPierre, President of the NRA, you’re a vile and inhumane piece of s***. You never even showed 30 seconds of empathy for the children, teachers, and families of Sandy Hook.

…give Piers Morgan an indefinite resident alien and Visa card. Mr. Morgan, the problem that many American gun owners have with you and your continuous discussion of gun control is that you are not an American citizen and have an accent that is distinct and clarifies that you are a foreigner. I want you to know that I agree with you 100% on enacting stricter firearm laws.

... Chris Matthews, Joe Scarborough, Pat Harvey, Brian Williams, Soledad Obrien, Wolf Blitzer, Meredith Viera, Tavis Smiley, and Anderson Cooper, keep up the great work and follow Cronkite’s lead."

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Placing Women in Combat has a Secret Cost--To the American Taxpayer

Feb 7, 2013 8:46 AM PT

My fiancee, Kimber, is in the service. She recently opened my eyes to a fresh perspective on the topic.

"My concern lies with the demands of the MOS (military occupational specialty) that must be either altered or done away with completely. The military specifically identifies physical requirements for each MOS, from cook to artillery to human resources clerk. Yes, we all have to meet minimum requirements for load-bearing--for women, that's usually around 25 lbs. or more of gear. So we must be able to walk long distances carrying that weight. If you are, say, Signal (Radio/Communications), you must be able to carry your equipment for that as well. Radio equipment could go up to 20 lbs. 

That's more than 40 lbs., over rough terrain. And you cannot leave your gear under any circumstance.

It is common knowledge that a woman's hips are anatomically wider than a man's. I don't think I have to go into detail as to why that is. Over time, load-bearing over long distances can cause hip fractures. Across services, female troops are warned about our natural vulnerability to hip fractures while training. Most women in the service know a significant hip fracture as the death knell of their military career. 

If my fellow warriors deploy and sustain injury of that nature, they will have to separate from service. That is more than a loss in troops: That is a loss of the millions of dollars it took to train those troops. That is a loss of mission capability. That is a loss of vital experience that those women have. Troop turnover and replacement will increase, which again, translates to more money. If we are to place women in roles where the physical requirements are to the extreme detriment of their natural physiology, we must be willing to accept the consequences.

I'm not saying women can't fulfill Combat MOS requirements. But the risk for injury is greater than it is for male troops. This means more injuries sustained in the line of duty and increase in troop separation and turnover. This will ultimately cost the American taxpayer billions."

If It's Yellow Let It Mellow

Feb 7, 2013 8:13 AM PT

In response to A fine rant from Senator Paul:

John - I should have noted that the clip of Rand Paul demolishing the DoE twit was from March 2011, but your point remains. This is precisely the line of attack conservatives need to take - putting a proverbial cream pie in the face of the Nanny State, forcing them to defend the absurdity they inflict on the rest of us. It helps when the person defending the Divine Rights of the Toilet Ministry is a pinch-faced arrogant Nurse Ratched straight from central casting. I would note that while Ms. Hogan's vita mentions her graduate environmental degrees and oversight of $17 billion of taxpayer cash, it doesn't mention her experience in designing (or unclogging) commodes. Perhaps she's never needed it, given her general aura of constipation.

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Piers Morgan Syndrome

Feb 7, 2013 7:51 AM PT

This week George Zimmerman's brother went on Piers Morgan's show to defend his brother's actions against Trayvon Martin.  Newsbusters reports:

CNN's Piers Morgan invoked the death of Trayvon Martin to support his case for gun control, but the brother of Martin's accused shooter George Zimmerman had a retort ready on Tuesday's Piers Morgan Tonight.

"You would accept, would you not, that if your brother had not gone out armed with a gun that day, Trayvon Martin would be celebrating his 18th birthday today," Morgan first pressed Zimmerman.  [Video coming soon. Audio here.]


But Zimmerman responded with his side of the story: "You know, there's no telling what would have happened. We don't know if we would have been commemorating shortly the one-year anniversary that George was another statistic, another person killed at the hands of his attacker."

He added, "You know, you can only slam someone's head violently into the concrete so many times. You can only break someone's nose and sit on them for so long while they're screaming for help for over a minute before that person has to take some kind of action."

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Rick Santorum Will Run for President in 2016

Feb 7, 2013 7:06 AM PT

In response to Rick Santorum for President in 2016? HUH!:

Several of my close sources have already told me that Santorum has already begun to put together his team, and will in fact enter the 2016 GOP Presidential primary race. These sources also said that, like with all candidacies, Santorum's probable candidacy will depend on other foreseeable and unforeseeable political variables. Pretty vague, but that's politics for you.

No more Obama "dream team"

Feb 7, 2013 5:57 AM PT

The nomination of Sally Jewell of REI to lead the Department of the Interior yesterday was probably the least controversial of President Barack Obama's Cabinet picks--and that's saying something. While he loaded up on experts and egos in his first term, most of the most talented Obama veterans have left already--and few of the Democratic Party's true stars seem to be eager to make themselves available. It's possible that the Clinton alums are waiting for 2016, but that is only a partial explanation for the dearth of willing and available talent.

Chess outrage

Feb 7, 2013 5:21 AM PT

In response to MD Senator plays chess during testimony on new state gun-grabbing law:

He's playing chess during gun control hearings?  A simulation of military combat and political upheaval?  A game the MSNBC brain trust would doubtless condemn as coded racism, given the color of the pieces and board?  A game that promotes religious intolerance by naming one of the pieces after a Christian religious office?  A game in which the fat cat corporate Queen gets to do just about anything she wants, while the 99-percenter pawns are marched off to die in a rich man's war?  To the fainting couches!

Rick Santorum for President in 2016? HUH!

Feb 6, 2013 10:16 PM PT

Rick Santorum tells Greta Van Susteren he's talking about running in 2016. Given his poor showing in the 2012 primaries, does anyone think he's a viable candidate? Social conservatives did not even vote for him in sufficient numbers. Staying in the race doesn't mean you have a chance. Just means you're still running. 


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