commented on Want to Protect Police Officers? Close Gun Sale Loopholes, Group Says
Considering that around 50 police officers are killed with firearms in the entire USA annually, I'm a little skeptical that any meaningful data went into the breathless charts in this article.
Here is a very nice, detailed, interactive map with information about policemen killed by guns over the past decade:
A quick perusal shows that 41 (out of 511) deaths were with a firearm purchased on the black market, 77 were stolen, 107 were legally purchased, 46 were borrowed (not sure exactly what the details of 'borrowed' were), 16 were a straw purchase, 51 were department issue (I'm assuming this was a case where the officer was killed with their own firearm).
California (very strict gun laws - 47 deaths) had almost as many police officers killed as Texas (very lax gun laws - 46 deaths). Yes, I know, California has a much larger population than Texas.
commented on FBI Data Proves That Washington Background Checks Stop Dangerous Gun Sales, Group Says
So convicted felons attempted to purchase less than 1% of the total firearms sold in Washington state? (Roughly 4 million total applications in the time period, 40,000 were rejected).
Do we have any figures (estimates) of how many firearms are sold without background checks? Do we have any figures on how many people that were denied then went on to purchase a firearm anyway? Or are we just assuming that they immediately went to a gun show and purchased a firearm there? (Even though FBI evidence shows that most crime come from friends and relatives.)
Incidentally, if a right-wing publication had published a graph like the one about NICS Background checks denials in the study, the Stranger would be all over how misleading the graph is...
commented on The Morning News: Fatal Stabbing at Bellevue Burger King, and a Victory Against ISIS in Iraq
While I'm of the general opinion that the Police have become a militarized gang that answers only to itself, the Washington Post article is just about the most biased, hatchet piece I've ever read.
IE: Brown is a mild-mannered timid kid who was only stealing as a "prank".
Wilson is a tortured soul from a broken home with a criminal for a mother. (No mention of the status of Brown's parents is included - he's staying with his saintly grandmother).
The co-conspirator is the only witness quoted in the first 3/4th of the article - only towards the end does it mention what the other (conflicting) views are.
Also, if I'm walking down the middle of the street and a cop tells me to get on the f---- sidewalk. I don't f-ing argue with him. I get on the f-ing sidewalk.
commented on Todd Akin Is Back, and He's Defending His "Legitimate Rape" Comments
@8, You can keep telling yourself that conservatives/Tea partiers/Republicans will alienate all the votors, but the fact is that a very large part of the united states, particularly those in rural, Mid-West and Southern areas think those crazy people are what the country needs.
I currently live in a very rural area and the number of people who live around me who are convinced that A) Obama is the Antichrist, B) the liberal conspiracy has taken over all the media (and all that entails - only Fox News and Rush have the truth!) and C) all non-white, all poor (even though quite a few of them are poor themselves), all immigrants (although many of them quite proudly talk about how their parents/grandparents/etc came here with nothing..) and all "sexual deviants" are ruining this country, is absolutely terrifying.
While publicly Republicans are repudiating Todd Akin, I am sure that many of them are agreeing with him in private.
I spent almost my entire life in large metropolitan areas (Boston, NYC, LA..etc.) and I used to wonder where all the religious conservatives where - now that I live in a very rural area, things are the opposite.
commented on Amazon Offers Hachette Authors One Hundred Percent of E-Book Sales
Paul, it is my understanding that this dispute is because Hachette wants to charge more for eBooks than Amazon wants to. Is that incorrect? If that is correct, why exactly are "we" against it? Do you really think it is reasonable that eBooks should cost comparable prices to hardcovers/paperbacks?
Do you really think that eBooks are worth more than $3-5 when compared to paperbacks? (If you want to have a high initial price to prevent cannibalization of hardcovers, that's one thing, but the long term price of an eBook should not be as much, or higher, than a paperback!