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Mark having read many of your comments over the years I think you are an expert on nuts.
That would be great but you are forgetting the oil industry would lobby Congress to block it and they would win. Congress is owned by the super rich and the large Corporations. There is no way they are going to cut off the hand that feeds them even if it is good for the country and environment.
I just came back from the 4th of July Parade where I watched locals not tourists just dump their trash right on the sidewalk with a trash can in sight. America has become a Nation of slobs. I saw the same thing in Yosemite National Park last week. Almost always it is young families that are too lazy to pick up after themselves.(my observation) The problem is that we have become a throw away society which did not exist before the 1970's. As a kid beverages came in returnable bottles that we received a refund for not throw away plastic. Food was served on plates not styrofoam. I went to a festival in Germany a few years back along with thousands of people. All the food was served on plates, real utensils and a glass liter of great beer. The only thing that was throw away was the napkins which everyone put in the trash afterwards. At the end of the day I did not see any litter at all. I guess few Americans where there.
True but Israel can take care to itself.
Mark, whether it is Obama, Bush or even Eisenhower Iran is what it is today because the US meddled in their affairs decades ago(1954) when we installed our puppet the Shah of Iran who gave us oil and we gave him weapons. He was as evil as Sadam so no wonder their people overthrew him in 1979 and installed an Islamic Republic. When I was there in the 70's I could see it coming. We never learn from our mistakes whether it is Vietnam, Iran, Iraq or Libya We keep picking the losers like Malaki in Iraq, who actually came from Iran, to do what we tell them and they do the opposite.
The argument of Iran going Nuclear is the same argument that was used against Iraq and where did that get us. The most dangerous country in the Middle East is Pakistan and they already are Nuclear. If you don't want Iran going Nuclear then you need to disarm Israel and Pakistan their neighbors.
You are correct in that our invasion of Iraq destabilized the entire region and there is no easy way out. The US government under both Republican and Democrat Presidents have made a mess of just about everything in the Middle East and don't expect much to change in the future no matter who is in the White House.
Mark, are you advocating invading the Middle East again?
Dan very simply it is mostly males that need to carry weapons. Women who are Mothers who know better.
Scott is correct. What the open carry enthusiasts need to realize is that it is not limited to middle age white males. If young Black and Hispanic males started going around with guns strapped to their hips the White population would go through the roof. Maybe that is what we need is a campaign to get them all armed in public. I'm sure the NRA and their supporters would love all the new gun sales. I wonder if they would be allowed to join.
The US is the most violent country in the Western World. On average 88 people are killed everyday of which 12 are children under the age of 12 all by firearms. The basic reason is money not the Second Amendment. The arms manufactures fund the NRA and in turn they fund the politicians who support them. When I was growing up in the 40's to the 60's arguments were settled by fist fights today it is guns. Australia has the same problem decades ago and the Conservative government decided to implement background checks and a 7 day waiting period to purchase a weapon. Gun violence dropped by almost 70%. Unfortunately in this country the NRA has a strangle hold on our government so it will not happen here in the near term. There is too much money to be made. It is harder to get a drivers license or even vote in the US than get a weapon. It has become an obsession especially with middle age white males. They need to defend themselves at all times by carrying a weapon. Unfortunately many times a child gets their weapon and kills another small child or they get po'd at someone and act without thinking because the weapon is right there on their hip which is what happened in Waco TX a couple of months ago when 9 were killed in a shootout. As long as any criminal or nut case can easily get a weapon the carnage will continue and Charleston type massacres will continue to happen. I honestly don't see anything changing in my lifetime.
Dan, I'm sorry but those are the facts and you can interpret them anyway you want. You are correct it is the fault of both parties which is why I would not give you 2 cents for either party. That is why I quit the Republican Party in 2001 and became Independent. Neither Party is willing to sit down and work out our problems because the big money people and Corporations run this country and Citizen's United has proved that.
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