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  1. Wraithkin commented on Glenn McCoy 6 days ago

    Then you haven’t been listening.

  2. Wraithkin commented on Glenn McCoy 6 days ago

    RCP Average has him at 41.8% approval, with the most recent poll showing 39% approval.

  3. Wraithkin commented on Dana Summers 6 days ago

    If you look at the direction of the bullet pattern on Brown’s body, it looks as the officer was firing repeatedly in a short order to try to get him to stop, with the recoil bringing the pistol up with each shot. He had only two to three life-threatening shots, all in the head. The rest, on a 300-pound guy, while would hurt and bleed, wouldn’t fell him in a single hit. And when you’re adrenaline is pumping, you pull that trigger until the attacker falls down.

    In the Corps, they have what’s called a failure drill… two to the chest, and one in the head. You ensure the enemy is dead before you put the weapon back on safe. Pretty certain that’s what happened here.

    Now, your argument does have merit if all the bullet wounds were center mass or in the head. But this clearly was “shoot until stopped coming.” If you get beaten in the head and face by a 300-pound attacker, you don’t take chances when he comes back for round two.

  4. Wraithkin commented on Dana Summers 6 days ago

    “Gunned down in the street in cold blood?”

    Coroner’s report shows he was shot in the front. Officer had an orbital blowout fracture after the encounter with Brown. Getting beaten in the face and shooting the attacker who was coming back again is not “in cold blood.”

    You really need to keep an eye on your sources.

  5. Wraithkin commented on Lisa Benson 6 days ago

    Mass genocide of the Kurds probably had nothing to do with it.

  6. Wraithkin commented on Mike Lester 6 days ago

    Shanbo, first… breathe. Your brain is not getting enough oxygen if the best argument you can come up with is “idiot.”
    Let’s dismantle your comments one at a time, shall we?

    - I never refuted that it was a democratic president who suggested the CRA. But it was his own party that had more resistance to it. It was a comment to disprove an argument above that republicans (at the time) were against the CRA.
    - As to the Bush mistakes? I wonder how long it’s going to take the next president to clean up Obama’s blunders. But more importantly, are they going to incessantly whine about it like Obama did? The “But Bush” meme has been worn out. Did you hear Reagan complaining? Or Clinton? No. Obama diminished his position when he and his ilk complained about Bush’s actions, or actions that were blamed on Bush but put into motion over a decade earlier.
    - The ISIS uncovered a chemical weapons plant in Iraq that still had chemical weapons in it. Or did you miss that? Of course you did, because you only watch liberal-slanted media and that doesn’t fit their narrative.
    - I wish my story were false. I wish my sister-in-law didn’t just move in last week with her idiot boyfriend with no future. I wish I didn’t have to see her flushing her future down the toilet with that guy. He gave her an STD, no less, and she still loves him. As to 900 a month? I never said he can live off of that, but I can tell you it’s $900 he doesn’t rate. There are many people who are fully capable of working that are abusing the SSDI system because they don’t want to. If that $900 were coming out of your pocket, when you know he’s perfectly capable of working, would you be happy about it? Why should I be happy about someone stealing resources from a system that is borderline bankrupt, and from people who truly need it?
    - You also must have missed the part where I said I don’t support corporate welfare. But that doesn’t fit your blinders-based view of the world.

  7. Wraithkin commented on Mike Lester 7 days ago

    I said right, not power.

  8. Wraithkin commented on Mike Lester 7 days ago

    The problem is that the Democratic party has evolved into one of redistribution and handouts, instead of providing that “safety net” to which you refer and the helping hand that most people would naturally want. I have a real-life example of this exact case.

    My idiotic sister-in-law is dating an absolute deadbeat. In a (somewhat heated) conversation between him and my father-in-law, the topic came up of his work. See, he receives social security benefits because of a “disability” he has (which he doesn’t). When the topic came up of him finding a job, he said, “Why should I get a job when I get 900 a month to do nothing?”

    The erosion of work ethic is the direct result of social engineering the Democratic party has been doing for the past 10-20 years. “You’re downtrodden, here, have this.” That’s the mantra that is being used over and over. I have two problems with it. That “this” they are handing out comes from somewhere (namely my and other Americans’ pockets who actually work), and it reduces the incentive for people to work.

    I have no problem with helping hands. I have no support for corporate welfare. I’m a pragmatist. I think that if you are receiving some sort of benefit from the system, you should do something to earn it. Unemployed? That’s fine. You can get paid $500 a week and go pick up trash on the side of the road, or mow the lawn at a park, or paint fire hydrants. It’s not glamorous, and it certainly isn’t fun, but if I’m paying you with my tax dollars to sit on unemployment, I should be getting something for that payment. I don’t care if it’s 4 hours a day, it’s something.

    This will serve two purposes.
    1) Work is a habit, and it will keep those people in the habit of working. If you go without working for months or years at a time, getting back into that habit is painfully difficult. I had off for 3 months due to knee surgery, and coming back after that was a challenge. I can’t imagine having two years off.
    2) It will reduce the number of needed public beautification project workers. This will reduce the local tax burden on municipalities and people like me, who pay property taxes.

    Now, I’m not saying that tax cuts for the rich are the answer. I am saying that they should stop being demonized for making a lot of money and then having half their income stripped away because someone thinks they should “pay their fair share.” That’s nothing more than scoring political points with the poor. If you had to pay half your income in taxes, you’d be singing a different tune.

    I know a lot of people think a flat tax is regressive, and it hurts the poor. But I argue this: Who has the right to dictate how much tax you “can afford?” Is 5% of $15,000 a year too much or too little? It depends. Is 80% of $15,000,000 too much or too little? Again, it depends. Everyone’s circumstances define their need. And when you have a system that benchmarks against a set income level without taking any other factors into consideration, you then create a system where people can demonize one group or another. And that’s what you see going on today. And it’s wrong.

  9. Wraithkin commented on Mike Lester 8 days ago

    Excuse you? That’s a false equivalency. There is a difference between “Blame Bush” defenses (because that’s what Obama did for his entire first term) which we pick apart, and the fact that I pull out historically factual data to refute a (false) claim that it was the Democrats who pushed for the CRA. It was actually the Democrats who opposed it, as evidence by my link and by voting records.

    That is not to say I’m in disagreement with you over the parties being different from back then, but don’t try to discredit my arguments that Obama should take ownership of the (insert issue here) as the same as someone lying to make a political point.

  10. Wraithkin commented on Dana Summers 8 days ago

    The irony of it all. A supposed innocent victim is gunned down by the police, so let’s make the entire city of Fergusun an innocent victim by pillaging and looting. It’s simply an excuse for the “have-not’s” to take from the “have’s”. I’m willing to bet most of the people rioting don’t give two craps about the Michael Brown’s death, they just see an opportunity to enrich themselves.