Submitted by Jim Kauffman on Tue, 10/06/2015 - 09:30
Last week, Christopher Sean Harper-Mercer murdered eight of his classmates. This tragic mass school shooting, coming right on the heels of the last one only three years ago, carries special weight because the murderer took his own life and deprived the American people of a sense of justice.
When the murderer in these cases cannot be made to face justice, the natural scapegoat is guns. Cries for "enhanced background checks", "common sense gun control" or "ban guns like Australia" fill the airwaves and social media sites, but these wouldn't have prevented the Sandy Hook tragedy or the recent tragedy in Oregon.
Submitted by Jim Kauffman on Sat, 02/21/2015 - 22:18
Criminals have always looked for ways to avoid police, but now law-abiding citizens are finding creative new ways to avoid police interactions. It seems like every day there is a new video on the internet of a citizen refusing to roll down the window at a checkpoint or asking, "Am I being detained?"
Some law enforcement officers see this desire on the part of innocent citizens to avoid police interaction as a problem and are responding with aggression, strong-arm tactics and even violence. A deeper look shows that the desire to avoid police interactions is only a symptom of a deeper problem and these responses only make the root problem worse.
Submitted by Jim Kauffman on Wed, 04/09/2014 - 10:27
The federal government operates more than 80 means-tested programs to provide assistance to around 100 million people. The programs provide cash, food, housing, medical care and social services exclusively to poor and low-income individuals.
Obama has expanded these programs to record amounts during his presidency, but just how much has government dependency increased. The only way to know is by looking at the numbers.
Submitted by Jim Kauffman on Mon, 03/31/2014 - 14:13
Walmart and McDonalds are in the news every week as examples of greedy corporations that force their employees to collect welfare and food stamps in order to avoid starving to death in their Section 8 homes. This is a convenient conclusion if one wants to raise minimum wage, but it is false at its core.
Taxpayers are justified in blaming somebody for costing them billions in government-provided benefits, but that blame rests squarely on the shoulders of the recipients of those benefits. Corporations that hire low-skilled workers deserve our thanks for helping people become productive members of society.
Sharpton's disappointment at George Zimmerman's acquittal led him to crusade in the capital of Florida on March 10th for the repeal of a Florida law that is credited by many for reducing violent crime by 42%. Florida's Statute 776, also known as the "Stand Your Ground Law", empowers victims of violent crime to fight back and grants immunity from prosecution and litigation to victims who defend themselves from violent criminals.
Submitted by Jim Kauffman on Thu, 03/13/2014 - 12:33
There are many laws related to the possession and use of guns and each comes under attack when an event is politicized by special interest groups determined to curtail the liberty of gun owners. Polarizing large groups of Americans against gun ownership and use is an easy task when an unpopular death occurs and voters are presented with a celebrity blaming guns for the death. Phrases like "caused by guns" and "gun-related" are used liberally in public speech which is then broadcast in the news without the burden of fact-checking or fear of libel.
The evidence is literally everywhere, but a diminishing percentage of Americans still feel the need to believe in Global Warming--almost religiously. Global Warming Denial has become the heresy of the 21st century, but it's not based in religion or even in science.
Submitted by Jim Kauffman on Thu, 11/07/2013 - 11:09
Now that the voters of Washington have defeated the GMO-Labeling Initiative 522 the rest of America can scratch its collective head and wonder why some people proposed the GMOs be labeled and why others did not want them labeled. Additionally, we can take a moment to ponder an even better idea than labeling GMOs.
Submitted by Jim Kauffman on Thu, 08/29/2013 - 18:41
The summer of 2013 will be remembered for the fast food employees who failed to strike for a doubling of the minimum wage. What made them think that America is a nation where legislation has replaced hard work as a way to earn more money?
Submitted by Jim Kauffman on Mon, 08/26/2013 - 18:18
The murder of 88-year-old Delbert "Shorty" Belton devastated Spokane, Washing this week. Unlike the recent murder of Christopher Lane which drew immediate fire from gun control advocates and is also a senseless tragedy, celebrities and politicians seem to have left blame for the murder of Delbert Belton on the two men who murdered him.
Submitted by Jim Kauffman on Tue, 08/20/2013 - 12:59
Minorities in America faced hatred and intolerance every day in America just 70 years ago. Today that racism is nearly impossible to find and exists only in a small, voiceless minority.
How did America go from a nation where minorities were treated like chattel to a nation that embraces diversity? When did America become the nation where children are not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character?
Submitted by Jim Kauffman on Wed, 07/17/2013 - 21:08
This weekend a jury of George Zimmerman's peers found him innocent of second degree murder and manslaughter. The problem is that the jury members were exposed to too much evidence and with a complete picture of what happened that night they had no choice but to tragically acquit Zimmerman.
In order to prevent this from happening again, we need to ensure that conclusions are formed with just an abbreviated subset of convenient facts. With fabricated evidence that paints Zimmerman as a racist we can ensure that he does not receive a just verdict a second time and that he is forever marked as a murderer.
Submitted by Jim Kauffman on Wed, 07/17/2013 - 09:46
Many Americans believe that Trayvon Martin was acting in self-defense when he attacked George Zimmerman on February 26th, 2012. If so, we must ask ourselves, "Why did Trayvon wait four minutes to circle back to Zimmerman and then defend himself by sucker-punching a man who was waiting for the police?" That's right: Trayvon Martin ran away before Zimmerman got out of his car and then came back four minutes later to "defend himself".
Submitted by Jim Kauffman on Tue, 07/16/2013 - 17:59
In October of 2005 the people of Florida passed nearly unanimously the "Stand Your Ground" law which simply extended the "Castle Doctrine" from the home to any place a person has a legal right to be. Since then violent crime in Florida has declined by an amazing 42%.
To be fair, the "Stand Your Ground" law (Florida Statute 776) was passed into law just after the 10-20-Life law (Florida Statue 775) which gives mandatory sentences to criminals who use a gun in the commission of a felony. The Stand Your Ground law is not a gun law, but the 10-20-Life law is.
Submitted by Jim Kauffman on Mon, 07/15/2013 - 13:13
Yesterday the racially-motivated case against George Zimmerman culminated in acquittal on all charges. Many were convinced that Zimmerman was guilty of murder because Zimmerman is white and his attacker was of a different race. The prosecution was unable to convince the jury that Zimmerman is a racist and that he shot Trayvon Martin to death because he was a black man.
Submitted by Jim Kauffman on Tue, 06/25/2013 - 16:39
Recently there has been a lot of finger pointing and feigned hurt feelings over the case of Edward Snowden. Snowden revealed that the United States has been spying on its citizens for years and has now been accused of spying.
Submitted by Jim Kauffman on Wed, 04/17/2013 - 16:20
In the wake of the Sandy Hook school shooting a lot of politicians are setting their sights on the guns of law-abiding citizens. Their logic is simple enough: if there are no guns, then there can be no more school shootings. Right?
The problem is that their logic is too simple and their view on the subject too myopic. Besides being unconstitutional, it's unreasonable to criminalize everything that can be used to hurt somebody.
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Submitted by Jim Kauffman on Tue, 08/14/2012 - 15:21
In a televised speech the Republican nominee was quick to promise a repeal of "Obamacare" on his first day in office identifying it as "Bad Policy". Mitt Romney goes on to identify the problems with President Obama's Affordable Care Act. The complete speech is available here.
Comparing quotes with facts
Obamacare raises taxes on the American people by approximately five hundred billion dollars.
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