As a rule, I am generally against capital punishment. I do however make exceptions for it in certain circumstances. Mass murder, child rape (even without a resulting death of the child), repeat pedophiles etc.
IF capital punishment is to be meted out, our current practices (its aim being ‘civilized’ and causing the least pain) is faulty. Although it sounds gruesome, the quickest and least painful methods are guillotine or a shot to the head. Both are instantaneous. Messy yes, but instantaneous.
Hmm – a ”Practicing Atheist.” I have to admit I really like that slogan. It’s a wonderfully catchy oxymoron.
As there is no faith in atheism, the underlying logic behind the phrase ‘practicing atheism’ is defective.
Thus: You can't be a practicing atheist, because there’s nothing to practice. One no more ‘practices’ atheism any more than one would practice ‘Santa Clausism’. [Although to tell the truth, I practice that every year with my grandchildren.] But if they did, I'm imagining some sort of Atheist Church where they all gather every Sunday, then stand around looking puzzled and wondering "What did we come here for?"
Regarding the term ‘practicing’; at what point do practicing Christians become qualified Christians?
By maintaining and strengthening a rational and open mind and not letting it become clouded by mystical superstition and weird ceremonies works best for me. So far I have never heard a good argument for belief in the existence of god.
Namu Myōhō Renge Kyō y'all.
For those unfamiliar with the chant:
Let’s not overlook Mickey - the serious questions that Rep. Frank Wolf, R-Va. Ohio, who is calling for a select committee to be established to conduct another round of snipe hunts demands answers for.
Are the CIA whistle-blowers bodies are now lying at the bottom of the Potomac? Was David Petraeus being blackmailed by the Chinese again? To what effect are Bill Ayers and Jeremiah Wright involved? Did Susan Rice fly to Tripoli, have a steamy liaison with a clone of Ayman al-Zawahiri created in a secret DNC Chicago laboratory, then go to Benghazi where she personally killed Ambassador Chris Stevens with a hat pin? Where are my shoes?? He later angrily stated that unless someone gave him back his shoes, they’ll spin this into ‘The Never Ending Story’!
You are dealing with a person (Conservative) that personifies childlike logic/semantics. And expects everyone to respect it as knowledgeable cogent dialog. It's not!
My granddaughter came to me once and said "LOOK! I can spell baby" then she proceeded to spell Bob. I said, that’s good sweetie but it doesn't spell baby, it spells Bob. She looked up and said, "well, then I can spell Bob!"
Once you identify it, it’s easy to deal with. And oft times amusing.
Here’s something for the Tea Party to blow their kazoo’s about. But will they? Nah. If it’s not Benghazi or Obama Care it’s tooooo complicated.
The Senate stripped a provision from an intelligence bill that would have required the President to make public each year (whenever he feels like it actually) the number of people blowed up in targeted killing operations (drone attacks) in countries where the United States uses lethal force...and where the victims can’t fight back.
The NSA and National security officials in the Obama administration objected strongly to having to pretty much say anything about the scope of their dirty work -- and the Senate caved. What was that President Obama was going to call his administration? Oh yea, “The most transparent administration in history.”
If this doesn’t outrage the nation (and Tea Partiers) we aren’t a nation of sheep so much as a mushroom farm.
You’re right, I don’t feel that ”when "licensed" gun owners misuse or mishandle their firearms that it should go unpunished.” You are (as are others) broad brushing the issue, and me. The essence of the disagreement boils down to this: ‘If you don’t agree with increased control/registration, then you’re a gun nut and you’re Wild West mind set is unhealthy in a modern civilized society.’ It is a fallacious and disingenuous slant.
By the way, I think you need to look further into the Georgia case you mentioned. And in the same vein; do you think the George Zimmerman (of Florida fame) case was fairly adjudicated?
This Irrational fear of guns and owners has provides a rabid desire for knee jerk – i.e. ‘Tinkerbelle Legislation’.
One wave of the magic wand -- er, passing of a new gun law and POUFF!! -- guns will instantly disappear from the hands of criminals and the unworthy. Ah…no.
Heads in the sand?? There are a myriad of laws regarding firearm use in the commission of a crime. The need for the a fore mentioned legislation conveniently omits this fact. Why?
By the way, what's today's drone death count?
The comparison is flawed Alprova. Owning and operating an automobile is not a right; bearing arms is. That’s a substantial difference.
Also. Guns are not 3000lb steel projectiles hurtling about – everywhere – every day.
Think about it. On a daily basis, how many motor vehicles do you see or actually use? You can’t keep track can you. Now, how about guns. How many do you see or actually use during the same period? Not that many, if any at all.
That too is a substantial difference.
God damn tankers! I'm still a bit hard of hearing because you guys can't see who's -- HEY!! Wait a -- BOOM!!
I think you are underestimating soullessness of 'careerists' and the rise & power of the 'warrior cops'.