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Posted in: Second Boston bombing suspect in hospital after being captured See in context

" at the moment one has to worry whether it will result in loss of life as he is in critical condition."

He's in Serious condition, not Critical. He's also in very Serious doo-doo.

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Posted in: Second Boston bombing suspect in hospital after being captured See in context

If persons born in nation "B" move to and live in nation "C" for a few years, are they then deemed nation "C" 's nationals? They MAY become naturalized citizens of other origin, but their origin doesn't change.

Glad the second suspect is in custody. Loss of citizenship possible?

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Posted in: Firms eye price rises in response to weaker yen See in context

" Still, as wages remain depressed and employment prospects uncertain for many Japanese, fears linger that the weaker yen and a shift in inflation expectations will start pushing up prices before incomes rise, in turn squeezing household budgets and stopping rather than spurring growth."

And that will cause consumer spending to rise in the short-term before plummeting.

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Posted in: Second Boston bombing suspect in hospital after being captured See in context

So much for the initial musings by the various TV talking heads that the bombing perpetrators could be domestic rightwingers.

According to the mother of the two brothers, the FBI had been following the elder brother for three years.

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Posted in: Boston bomb suspects believed to be Chechen brothers; 1 dead, 1 on the run See in context

The brothers identified themselves as the marathon bombers to the carjacking victim. Apparently, their exit strategy was to die.

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Posted in: Boston bomb suspects believed to be Chechen brothers; 1 dead, 1 on the run See in context

Yes, Laguna, according to the uncle who was interviewed by CNN.

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Posted in: Boston bomb suspects believed to be Chechen brothers; 1 dead, 1 on the run See in context

So, these brothers from Chechnya grew up in Krygistan, according to their uncle. Seems like they had recently radicalised.

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Posted in: U.S. Senate blocks gun background check legislation See in context

by Erich Pratt , USA TODAY

Published: 04/17/2013 03:49pm

President Obama and his fellow Democrats don't feel that Americans need gun magazines that hold more than 10 rounds for self-defense.

To that, gun owners would say: "Mr. Obama, we don't have a Bill of Needs — we have a Bill of Rights." Misunderstanding this point endangers all our rights, including the Second Amendment. After all, real life is not like the latest action movie, where the bad guys shoot their guns endlessly (and miss), but the good guys fire off one or two rounds and hit their targets.

When Matthew Murray entered the New Life Church in Colorado Springs, intent on killing hundreds of people, it was Jeanne Assam (one of the worshipers there) who fired off 10 rounds before Murray was critically injured enough to halt the attack and end his own life.

Good thing there was only one attacker. If Assam had used a reduced-capacity magazine or there were multiple attackers, hundreds of innocent congregants would have been out of luck. As would have those New Orleans residents who, in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, discharged more than two dozen rounds during one firefight, where they fended off a roving gang in the Algiers neighborhood.

When people's lives are on the line, why should President Obama be able to limit their ability to defend themselves with larger, standard capacity magazines? We wouldn't dare subject the police to a 10-round magazine limit — and with good reason. A study of the NYPD found that New York cops (in 2000) fired an average of 16 shots per incident when facing armed attackers. But police aren't the only ones who face multiple offenders. A study of self-defense cases over a five-year period revealed that citizen-defenders faced multiple attackers 36% of the time. Another study put the figure at over 50%.

The point is that in the real world we live in, there are violent gangs who get high on drugs and are resistant to pain when they attack. Banning the tens of millions of standard capacity magazines that are already in circulation won't keep them out of dangerous hands. But it will make good people less safe.

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Posted in: U.S. senators unveil sweeping immigration bill See in context

" An 844 page that can`t be read in time for the debate."

Trust them. Just vote for it. No debate on the merits.

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Posted in: Online manhunt for Boston bombers raises concerns about amateur sleuths, vigilantes See in context

On the link posted by badsey, the younger man in the blue track suit is the 17-y.o. HS track star standing by his coach.

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2311248/Sala-Barhoum-track-star-teenager-denies-involvement-Boston-Marathon-bombing-picture-widely-circulated.html?ICO=most_read_module

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Posted in: U.S. Senate blocks gun background check legislation See in context

" There's absolutely no reason why we shouldn't have background checks for online sales from private parties. None at all. Even a majority of gun supporters agree with that, making you a minority within your own party, and your idea of placing no restrictions whatsoever places you in the severe minority."

Personal attacks will get you nowhere with me, first of all. I support the Coburn amendment, as far as I've read, so your comment is incorrect. And what is my party, pray tell?

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Posted in: U.S. senators unveil sweeping immigration bill See in context

A path to citizenship for illegals is absurd. A path to legal residence is, however, reasonable. If the red tape for getting a visa weren't so onerous there would be fewer illegals as legal status would be attainable.

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Posted in: Online manhunt for Boston bombers raises concerns about amateur sleuths, vigilantes See in context

From another news source: " But with the web on fire with speculation, and federal and local authorities appealing to the public for photos, video and observances from the crowd at the race's finish line, where two bombs exploded, killing three and injuring 176, Yassine Zaimi, 24, and Salaheddin Barhoum, 17, found themselves front and center in a digital frenzy.

"u will see guys I did not do anything," Barhoum, a Moroccan immigrant who attends Revere High School outside Boston, wrote in a Facebook post cited by the website. "[I'm going] to the court right now. I'm just going to tell them that it was not me."

It wasn't just the armchair detectives who wondered about the pair. Their photos were circulated internally by the FBI, though the agency refused to release them publicly in the hours before they were cleared. One newspaper also ran the photos on its front page.

Zaimi, a Boston resident who also emigrated from Morocco and attended Revere High School, is a devoted runner who won a five-kilometer charity race in suburban Boston in 2010, according to the site."

What I'm wondering is whether the two whose images are everywhere on TV/online are these same two who are named in this news article.

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Posted in: U.S. Senate blocks gun background check legislation See in context

" This is far better than what currently exists and the buyer's permit reinforces the critical concept that no American has an inherent, unmitigated right to purchase firearms."

yabits, I can agree with the first part, but partially with the second. As you know, I fully support the Second Amendment right(unless negated by a violent crime felony conviction). I also recognize that the NICS system has shortcomings. The Coburn amendment seems to present some improvements that would protect law-abiders and bolster efforts to keep guns out of the hands of those whose right was forfeited. The reality of violent criminals getting access to firearms nefariously can not be underestimated, nor can it be honestly prevented by legislation, though all would hope it could be. It's no secret that gangsters get guns on the black market.

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Posted in: U.S. Senate blocks gun background check legislation See in context

The undercurrent of paranoia in the anti-gun nut crowd is astounding in its irrationality.

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Posted in: U.S. Senate blocks gun background check legislation See in context

" Now people arming themselves against their government is considered a "good post.""

What a preposterous assumption! Saul's post, taken in its ENTIRETY was good, not just the last phrase taken OUT OF CONTEXT.

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Posted in: U.S. Senate blocks gun background check legislation See in context

Sailwind, thanks for posting that info about the Coburn amendment. Though I've only read the Talking Points and not the entire text(yet), it sounds like a real, workable proposition, protecting the law-abiding citizens' rights while also addressing weaknesses in the present NICS.

Canada has a good system where a person gets PAL( Possession and Acquisition Licence) valid for five years(unless revoked) and ATT(for firearms on the Restricted list ). Although it's imperfect, it does offer some aspects that would or could improve and preserve US law-abiding gun owners' rights.

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Posted in: U.S. Senate blocks gun background check legislation See in context

Saul Schimek, good post!

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Posted in: U.S. Senate blocks gun background check legislation See in context

I especially found this nugget amazingly ludicrous :

" sellers are pushing millions of guns on the street via the internet to unchecked buyers".

They're everywhere! They're everywhere!

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Posted in: U.S. Senate blocks gun background check legislation See in context

" Look at Surf's post....very simple and effective propaganda with far fewer words."

In la-la land facts are termed propaganda. Did you bother reading the linked source of the Justice Department data ?

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Posted in: Investigators have video footage of Boston bomb suspect See in context

" Well, considering that Al Quaeda has called for precisely this sort of attack, I would put money on this being the work of one or a couple of young jihadist fanatics."

Here's some logical thinking ; Known extremist terrorist group admonishes brainwashed lemmings to and how to conduct such attacks, followed by a prescribed attack. Naw, let's go with the Alien Lizard-men or Tea Party angle.

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Posted in: 5-15 killed, 160 injured in Texas fertilizer plant blast See in context

I've yet to hear anything about how the fire started to begin with.

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Posted in: Investigators have video footage of Boston bomb suspect See in context

" This doesn't smell like a foreign job. It's probably some nutbag like the Oklahoma guys or Ted Kaczynski."

And this opinion, echoed by MSM, is based on some evidence or conjecture?

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Posted in: U.S. Senate blocks gun background check legislation See in context

For anyone interested in reading the facts on criminals' use and acquisition of firearms, here's a link:

http://www.bjs.gov/content/pub/pdf/fuo.pdf

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Posted in: U.S. Senate blocks gun background check legislation See in context

That's from a 1997 Justice Department survey.

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Posted in: U.S. Senate blocks gun background check legislation See in context

FYI, The 40 percent figure that Mr. Obama and Sen. Dianne Feinstein, California Democrat, cite so frequently comes from

Department survey. A closer look at that 40 percent number reveals it includes 29 percent of gun owners who said they got their guns from family members or friends and acquaintances.

That leaves 11 percent of firearms obtained through unfamiliar people. Of these, 3 percent reported they got their firearms “through the mail,” a process that requires a background check from a federally licensed firearms dealer. Four percent said “other,” and 4 percent made their purchase at a gun show.

The “gun-show loophole” is an exaggeration designed to foster the false impression that this is how the bad guys acquire firearms. A 2001 Justice Department survey found 0.7 percent of state and federal prison inmates bought their weapons at a gun show.

Gun shows aren’t the equivalent of the Wild West. The vast majority of vendors at the shows are fully licensed dealers who must run the FBI check at the time of sale.

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Posted in: U.S. Senate blocks gun background check legislation See in context

Bad legislation is worse than no legislation. Even at gun shows, purchases from FFLs require NICS.

@Laguna, that study you referred to wouldn't happen to be the same one from the early 90's that has been debunked repeatedly, would it?

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Posted in: U.S. footing greater bill for overseas bases See in context

" Empires cost money." Indeed. And it's the cost that eventually bankrupts the empire, causing it to fall. History is chock full of failed empires.

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Posted in: U.S. Senate blocks gun background check legislation See in context

" Those who would give up Essential Liberty to purchase a little Temporary Safety, deserve neither Liberty nor Safety."

Ben Franklin's words exude the wisdom Obama's lack.

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Posted in: Pressure-cooker bombs suspected in Boston blasts See in context

@yabits, just wondering if you've ever read Jefferson's letter to William Smith from which the "tree of liberty" quote hails. It's not an as exhortation to violence but an observation as to how the government is held in check by the people, to ensure the preservation of liberty.

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