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moonpie said...

Brilliant, Clay.

This is about what I would've expected with this law. Obamacare is such a mishmash of ideas that it is almost unworkable. It is a step in the right direction.

We need a single-payer system. That would simplify things immensely.

November 14, 2013 at 11:23 p.m.
moonpie said...

New gun permits are affected by the shutdown.

I can see now that Obamacare was actually a gun control plan.

October 1, 2013 at 9:02 a.m.
moonpie said...

Something is being overlooked here.

If George Zimmerman had not been carrying a gun, it is quite probable that no one would have been killed.

Would Zimmerman have been so emboldened to follow and then approach a person he was suspicious of?

Would you put himself in a position where his persistent and close presence was a threat to another person?

There are cases in which we can celebrate where a gun has saved a life. I believe that this is a case presence of a gun made it more likely and more probable that one would be taken.

July 16, 2013 at 12:49 p.m.
moonpie said...

I think this is supposed to be a comment that high capacity drinks and high capacity clips do more harm than good.

The more you have to refill or reload, the less harm you can do....

Think of all the greenhouse emissions we would save if we made suburbans have 3 gallon gas tanks.

Maybe we could make cigarettes 1 inch long.

.... There are so many opportunities ....

March 13, 2013 at 10:24 p.m.
moonpie said...

Jon, neither your opinions or mine are proven fact.

I do believe that almost everyone working at NPR is more liberal than you. But that does not make them liberal. They may be liberal, but that does not mean their reporting is biased.

FAIR says they are Right slanted. AIM says they are Left. CPB-sponsored two studies to see if NPR was perceived as biased by the American public and the results said most Americans see them as balanced.

So who do we believe? FAIR is a left organization. AIM is the right. CPB is, well, basically the parent of NPR. And what parent doesn't want to see their child the best light?

I did not agree with the firing of Juan Williams after what he said on Fox about Muslims making him nervous on airplanes. I think that was an embarrassment for NPR executives.

I think NPR reporters covered that story well, by the way, and quite fairly.


In fairness to you, I will say if they tip slightly one way, I will say they tip to the left because they treat alternative voices and points of view with respect.

I can see how convervatives would regard this as left-leaning. I get it.

January 14, 2013 at 6:41 p.m.
moonpie said...

Jon,

You may be more right than you know...

You imply that people who post on a website make the NPR website shows that NPR is left leaning.

It is quite possible that you are correct. (And doubtless, from your perspective you are correct.)

Yet using your logic, since the posts on Clay's cartoons are generally from two sides, then Clay must present a balanced opinion.

(Of course, I don't believe that. Clay is left. And funny, which is a matter of opinion.)


I think NPR plays things pretty straight, about half the time giving the Right the last word, about half of the time giving the Left the last word.

Most of my conservative friends see NPR as liberal.

Most of my moderate friends see NPR as in the middle.

What few true liberal friends I have see NPR as right-center, though I have known people who see them right.

I think it depends where on the political spectrum you are. If you are very far right then the mainstream looks like it's on the left.

I do think there are a LOT of stories which NPR does not cover. If you watch Fox and only see the missing Fox stories on NPR, you'd also think NPR was biased toward the left. And the opposite is true for MSNBC.

Overall, I think they try to get it right. They seem generally reasonable and willing to listen to multiple view points. I don't hear them shouting down their guests and, in fact, sometimes they are too polite.


In truth, the majority of Americans do not find NPR biased, so it does say something about me that I don't detect an overall bias. It says I'm with the majority. It says I'm not on the far right.

Both would be correct.

January 14, 2013 at 2:15 p.m.
moonpie said...

JonRoss,

Did you not see the cartoon that was paired with it, giving the perspective from the Right?

NPR, gave two points of view, without commentary.

But you saw NPR as partisan. Seeing what you wanted to see?

January 14, 2013 at 1:27 p.m.
moonpie said...

As a gunowner, I am agnostic on the current need for the second amendment. I'm not sure we have a need to maintain a well armed militia, as we did when the constitution was written. (I understand the fear of tyranny that some have, but think there are many other weapons against that.)

I think people on the extremes ends of this argument each have valid points, and if we ever tipped all the way to one side, there would still be some problems.

I would not be troubled by a near complete ban on gun ownership outside of shooting clubs where the guns would stay, as well as a limit on hunting rifles, or shotguns owned by any one person and a limited magazine capacity.

But because I don't see that as a viable political possibility, I can't disagree with arming teachers, if they are trained in police tactics, demonstrate high proficiency tactical training and maintain yearly certification and proficiency. I think all permit carriers should be similarly bound.

A buddy who is sells weapons to the US government tells me that locations where gun ownership is highest actually have the lowest crime rates. I asked him if these were registered weapons and asked him what the gun concentration was in high crime areas. He did not know. He said he would ask some friends who would know. I haven't heard back yet. I suspect it is not gun ownwership but the behavior, mental stability, social stresses and other factors which affect gun violence more than the gun itself.

Perhaps folks on Signal Mountain have more guns in the house than do people in areas with gang problems. A relatively wealthy person may own multiple guns. But I wonder if the number of gun owners are more equivalent.

Does anyone have numbers on this?

January 9, 2013 at 7:19 p.m.
moonpie said...

While there are examples of this on both sides, the re-election of Scott Des Jarlais shows that people care more about the team than the players.

Partisanship has become more important than having ethical and reasonable people. (I know some would say that he has repented for his ways and has moved on; however, I would have given Des Jarlais more of a pass if he had come clean during the election than afterwards.)

Gerrymandering and the 24 hours news cycle where we give voices to the most extreme only fuel the partisanship.

We need thoughtful people who will work together to solve the complex problems in the US.

patriot1 is right about Medicare and social security. He's right about other countries investing in the future. When social security began, life expectancy in the US was < 65 years old.

We are going to have to make some changes in these programs and it will not be easy. We also need people to work responsibly, not in a partisan way toward tax reform, improved education, immigration and in the promotion alternative energy.

Republicans have become irrationally opposed to science and taxes.

Democrats have become irrationally opposed to changing entitlements.

Hopefully the nation as a whole is not really as divided as Congress or as the talking heads, or the people who post here. But we need to move beyond the team concept of politics. We can't elect partisans despite their poor character.

January 6, 2013 at 9:15 a.m.
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