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  1. Wraithkin commented on Michael Ramirez about 5 hours ago

    You guys need to learn how actuaries operate. Your whole, “insurance bad graaahh!” is indicative of your ignorance. Insurance is one of the most highly regulated industries in the nation, and insurance premiums don’t get charged without the government say-so. And insurance actuaries have to justify the premium increases to the government body (see Insurance Commissioner) when they ask for more money. So instead of knee-jerking in response to higher costs and blaming insurance, they are only raising rates to compensate for claims that are being paid. UHC has lost around $475 million in the PPACA’s 2015 market alone.

  2. Wraithkin commented on Michael Ramirez about 1 month ago

    You mean like Hillary not being indicted because she didn’t violate law. Oh, wait, she did. Mmhmmm..

    I understand your concern, and both you and Snarky are right in the regard that those who are bad apples aren’t expunged. However, let’s take a bit more of a 10,000-foot altitude look.

    Factor 1: The unions protect all officers, and terminating an officer for cause is exceptionally difficult. This means if they are a bad egg, getting rid of them is unusually daunting.

    Factor 2: The police, much like the fire fighters and military, is a trust-based occupation. If you can’t trust your brothers, then the entire matrix falls apart. Being a Marine myself, I know how crucial that is. If you have officers turning on each other because one is considered a bad apple (by who’s definition, dunno), then it sews the seeds of distrust and it causes systemic problems within the department.

    Factor 3: When organizations like BLM call for the murder of police officers because of the actions of a few, especially the few who are vindicated through empirical evidence (Ferguson, Baltimore, etc), it changes from making sure they are doing their jobs properly to a witch hunt. When someone is the subject of a witch hunt, they get defensive. And closing ranks is how a force gets defensive.

    Factor 4: The media has switched from reporting news to making news. Look at Ferguson… when the original thing started, before the evidence was considered, riots were already starting. People were calling for violence despite the call for patience. When scientific evidence supported that the officer was assaulted and was defending himself, and that the thug was actually the attacker, the riots only got worse. Individuals are smart, people are dumb. And the mob took over. The media, in turn, fed into this and put talking bobbleheads on the air that only fanned the flames. So in this 24/7 news cycle, people make decisions (thanks to the media) without knowing all the facts.

    So when Factor 3 is in play, when coupled with Factor 4, you’re right… they are going to be defensive and protect each other. And for that, I can’t really fault them for protecting themselves when people will look for any way to prosecute/persecute officers who are just doing their jobs.

  3. Wraithkin commented on Michael Ramirez about 1 month ago

    Quite the broad brush you are using. I know a lot of officers, who are fantastic people, and who are great at their job. Perhaps it’s not the cops who are the problem, but those who are breaking the law? After all, why would an officer detain you if you haven’t broken a law? In every interaction I’ve had with officers, I have always been the party breaking the law (speeding, mostly).

    Here’s a concept: maybe it’s the thugs who are breaking the law are spreading like a virus, and the police are constantly under attack and need to be proactive instead of reactive. As the old saying goes, better to be judged by 12 than carried by 6. Maybe if the lowlife scum that are filling our streets and terrorist movements like BLM realized this, we would have fewer incidents altogether. After all, the easiest way to not get the attention of the police is to not break a law.

  4. Wraithkin commented on Dana Summers about 1 month ago

    Easy solution: Stop patrolling the inner city communities and watch them tear themselves apart. And when they cry out asking for help, tell them to go pound sand. They wanted the police to leave them alone? Good, see how you like it without police protection.

  5. Wraithkin commented on Michael Ramirez about 1 month ago

    The broom was a nice touch.

  6. Wraithkin commented on Mike Lester 2 months ago

    The US economy has grown what meager amount it has despite the government, not because of it. Krugman is blind to that fact, and that’s why he’s a political hack.

  7. Wraithkin commented on Mike Lester 2 months ago

    I wasn’t saying that. The argument was how great of a job he was doing killing terrorists, and I was refuting that argument by showing how many lives were taken by those terrorists, stating that he was doing a pretty poor job killing terrorists. I never said it was his job to protect Christians.

  8. Wraithkin commented on Mike Lester 2 months ago

    It’s less than the number of Christians murdered by Islamic terrorists during his watch.

  9. Wraithkin commented on Mike Lester 2 months ago

    How about the FBI (under direction from Obama, mind you… it’s part of the executive branch) do its job and actually prevent him getting a job with a contractor for the DHS, and prevent him from purchasing firearms in the first place? He was investigated multiple times for his pro-islam and pro-terror rants, and they still did nothing. How is that failure to execute the duties of the FBI the fault of the 2nd Amendment?

  10. Wraithkin commented on Michael Ramirez 2 months ago

    So much for the “Most Transparent Administration.” Psh.