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It’s almost funny, in a twisted sort of way. Election after election, Republicans have based their core political appeal on fear.

And yet — as dual gun massacres this weekend starkly illustrate — they refuse to offer solutions to any of the mortal threats Americans actually face.

President Trump’s closing (losing) message in the midterms was “Be afraid, be very afraid;” he and his co-partisans have lately doubled down on it for 2020. Of course, the perils that Republicans promise to rescue us from are often fictional, or of their own making.

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We must fear the coming scourge of socialism (no matter that Trump himself so often advocates command-and-control-style economic policies). Trump likewise stokes public anxiety over “a Market Crash the likes of which has not been seen before” if “anyone but me takes over in 2020” (never mind the market sell-offs triggered by his own trade wars, including on Monday).

Trump and allies urge us to cower in trepidation from helpless parents and children seeking asylum, a threat so grave they needed to be separated from one another and caged. We must also fear the supposed Muslim and Latino hordes, who threaten to wipe out Anglo-European culture and displace white babies with their own.

These are hardly the only foreigners who should inspire existential dread, according to right-wing fever dreams. Rogue nations should, too, thus justifying enormous increases in our defense budget. Of course, all the nukes and jets in the world won’t protect us from the assault our enemies abroad are currently waging against us, and that Republicans resist confronting: the one on our electoral system.

What of the other threats actually endangering American lives?

July was the hottest month on record, and deadly natural disasters worsen. Yet, according to Republicans, climate change is not a hazard but a hoax, or, alternatively, it’s real but not man-made — or perhaps it’s real and man-made but too expensive to do anything about. Whatever the case, move along, nothing to see here. Keep those oil-extraction subsidies and coal bailouts flowing.

Health care likewise tops Americans’ list of worries, and has for the past five years, according to Gallup surveys. But Republicans offer plans that will reduce lifesaving coverage and shift more costs onto sick patients.

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Which brings me to the uniquely American epidemic of gun violence, particularly that perpetrated by white supremacists and other far-right terrorists.

This year alone, there have been at least 255 mass-shooting incidents, according to the Gun Violence Archive. Americans cannot worship, dine, shop, browse a food festival or pass notes in homeroom without worrying about being gunned down: As of 2017, four in 10 Americans said they feared being a victim in a mass shooting.

Immigrants and members of other minority populations have heightened reason for fearing firearm violence given the murderous anti-immigrant attacks in El Paso on Saturday that left 22 dead; the slaughters at synagogues in Pittsburgh and Poway, Calif., that together took 12 lives; and other recent hate-filled attacks targeting blacks, Muslims and members of the LGBTQ community.

But when it comes to addressing this mortal fear — as with the others — Republicans suggest there’s simply nothing to be done.

No, Republicans say: We mustn’t admonish political leaders (ahem) whose fearmongering about immigrant “invasions” and “infestations” is echoed in the manifestos of alleged murderers.

Nor should we try to undertake common-sense gun-reform policies that voters from both parties support, such as universal background checks or bans on high-capacity magazines. Recall that Trump threatened to veto two background check bills that passed the House back in February, and that congressional Republicans overwhelmingly opposed.

The real thing to fear, according to Republicans and the gun lobby that controls them, isn’t gun violence but rather liberty-crimping policies that might curb gun violence.

The best effort Republicans make to address American fears of gun massacres involves appeals to mental health improvements. Or, as Trump put it in his speech Monday morning: “Mental illness and hatred pulls the trigger, not the gun.”

But even this suggestion rings hollow, given that Republican officials across federal and state governments are actively working to reduce access to mental- health care. A federal suit brought by 20 red states and supported by the Trump administration seeks to strike down the entire Affordable Care Act, which extended behavioral health coverage to millions through Medicaid and the essential health benefits required in individual market plans.

Republicans thrive on imagined menaces. Yet when a real-life menace demands action, they dismiss it. What, pray tell, is the party so afraid of?

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crank

"150 years ago in America men walked around with guns strapped to their hips constantly."

Did they, oldhomey? You know this how? Let me pose this question, since you profess expertise on this... Did they "walk around with guns" everywhere in America or only in places where there was a need to be armed for one's own self-defense? Are you basing your statement on what you've seen in the movies where a quick-draw cowboy in a white hat pulls out his six-shooter, kills the armed villain in the black hat with a single bullet in order to save the defenseless 'school marm'?



"...society reacted and forced the disarming of America."

Did they now? When was the 2nd Amendment yanked from the US Constitution and who the heck put it back in?



"...we have become a gun society once again, with people demanding to carry weapons at all times."

As it was 150 years ago... Certain areas of this nation are more dangerous than others. If I felt the need to carry a weapon at all times, I want that right. Criminals carry guns. Fortunately, the area where I live is not over-run with criminals. If I lived in a high-crime area, I'd want a suitable weapon to protect myself and I'd want to be able to carry it with me. I'd want a weapon which holds lots of ammunition because I am not the movie cowboy who can dispatch a villain with a single bullet between the eyes or shoot his gun out of his hand before he can harm anyone.



"...wanting to see a proliferation of armed guards..."

Not "wanting" this, oldhomey. But if necessity of circumstance dictates having armed staff members provide security in places which have been vulnerable, why not? Obviously, the ideal would be not to have villains, criminals and unhinged individuals victimizing innocents. Since that IS already happening, isn't it sensible to make policy which allows people who could stop them to be armed?




oldhomey

Why, yes, crank, 150 years ago people were insisting on state's rights, just like the southern and some western states do so overbearingly now, and they allowed people to walk around with guns on belts quite openly. Did they allow it in New York, Philadelphia and Boston? No, I don't think so. Those places had local laws that prohibited it. Eventually all sections of the country saw the wisdom in banning the carrying of such weapons in public. Do I know the history of this intimately? No, I do not, but I do know it happened. Can you dispute that, crank? Will your disputation hold any more water than your disputing my version of how you track people on these boards, or at least boast that you track them?



Did they "yank" the Second Amendment rights in the old west? Golly. I don't think so. But they used common sense to minimize the danger that had been created by the open carrying of firearms everywhere. Do you recall any huge protest from those days, yelling that the durn govm'nt was trying to take away everybody's guns, like the NRA falsely screams now? Pony up your evidence, big fella. Or will that evidence be as scarce as your evidence that I have multiple screen names and accounts on this board? Give our grandfathers and great-grandfathers some credit for accepting reasonable gun control laws, something you apparently cannot do.



We now have the wild west revisited in parts of our country because of the proliferation of guns. Do you recall people demanding conceal carry laws in the 1950s in parts of big cities because they were less safe? They weren't nearly as dangerous as they have become since Wayne LaPierre and the gun lobby foisted this tragic tsunami of more weapons and more dangerous weapons to inundate our country. Do you need to carry a weapon in the Twin Cities, where there has been a rat infestation almost as serious as the one in Baltimore? Or don't you give a rats behind about the place?



Tell us, Crank, what changed the circumstances that dictates having staff members provide armed security in our grade schools, high schools, colleges, churches, synagogues, shopping centers and concert venues? You don't find it mind-boggling that we have come to this in the last 40 years? What happened in the last 40 years to make this happen. Would it be sensible to ask that question, find the answer and act accordingly, eliminating assault style weapons, putting strict controls once again on how and where firearms can be used, ending the overheated Second Amendment b.s. which is aimed at all the would-be John Wayne/Charlton Heston types such as yourself. We have to treat mental health, and we have to change public attitude from this ridiculous testosterone argument about wanting my AK-47, dad gummit, it is my right. It should not be your right. You should be allowed hunting, target and self defense weapons, but their use should be strictly controlled, just like how you use your automobile.

oldhomey

You inspired me, crank, to take a quick look -- certainly not a deep or wide-ranging dive -- into the history of gun control in the 19th century. It is surprising, complicated and fascinating. Here are a few interesting extracts:



"Laws regulating ownership and carry of firearms, apart from the U.S. Constitution's Second Amendment, were passed at a local level rather than by Congress. 'Gun control laws were adopted pretty quickly in these places,' says [UCLA law professor and constitutional specialist Adam] Winkler. 'Most were adopted by municipal governments exercising self-control and self-determination.'



"Carrying any kind of weapon, guns or knives, was not allowed other than outside town borders and inside the home. When visitors left their weapons with a law officer upon entering town, they'd receive a token, like a coat check, which they'd exchange for their guns when leaving town."



" . . . Still, Winkler says, it was an affirmation that regulation was compatible with the Second Amendment. The federal government of the 1800s largely stayed out of gun-law court battles.



“People were allowed to own guns, and everyone did own guns [in the West], for the most part,” says Winkler. “Having a firearm to protect yourself in the lawless wilderness from wild animals, hostile native tribes, and outlaws was a wise idea. But when you came into town, you had to either check your guns if you were a visitor or keep your guns at home if you were a resident.”



The famous gunfight at the OK Corral in Tombstone was all about this sort of law, when the Clanton boys and their gang refused to check their hardware when they rode into town. The enforcement policy, as carried out by Wyatt Earp, his brother, Virgil, and Doc Holliday might be thought a bit extreme these days. But perhaps it was that sort of enforcement that finally convinced the tough guy cowboys and gangsters of the Old West that civilization had arrived and overtaken them, forcing them to take off their gunbelts for good.



The scary thing about this is that Tombstone in those days had tougher gun laws than it does today.



"Tombstone had much more restrictive laws on carrying guns in public in the 1880s than it has today,” says Winkler, “Today, you're allowed to carry a gun without a license or permit on Tombstone streets. Back in the 1880s, you weren't.” Same goes for most of the New West, to varying degrees, in the once-rowdy frontier towns of Nevada, Kansas, Montana, and South Dakota.


crank

Thanks for noting the silliness of the liberal idea that MORE gun laws would prevent gun violence. This is the point I've been making all along! Murder is already illegal! Brandishing a weapon (removing it from its holster) without firing it is already illegal! Convicted felons are not allowed to have weapons! Yet, the convicted criminals who violate the existing weapons laws are given a pass (at least by local judges).



You wrote, "The scary thing about this is that Tombstone in those days had tougher gun laws than it does today." Yet, the gunfight at the OK Corral still happened, 'partner'. It didn't stop anything. [wink]

oldhomey

Well, partner, it eventually stopped guys like the Clantons from coming into Tombstone with their six shooters on their hips as they sashayed down the streets and in and out of saloons. It was the enforcement of the law. Or did I miss something and were street fights between quick draw gunmen a permanent feature of life in Tombstone through the 20th century, crank?



The law was people were not to have these guns on them. We should have laws now that makes it illegal for people to possess assault style rifles and high capacity ammunition clips, and the law should be ruthlessly enforced with big time fines and jail sentences for those caught with them. Since I am such a silly boy when it comes to writing history, crank, perhaps you could do one for the rest of us on how and why in the last 40 years we have had such a proliferation in guns in our society, with more guns than there are people here. Especially, if you could, explain how and why we have had millions upon millions of military style assault rifles manufactured and sold here, along with high capacity ammunition clips. These are not hunting weapons. They are not target weapons. They are not sport weapons or even weapons that make much sense for personal home protection unless you perceive your home will come under siege by a large criminal gang. And since you are lecturing me on what you perceive to be the legal issues surrounding guns, perhaps you could lecture me, as well, as to your views of ethical conduct on these boards, and whether or not it is okay to tell posters that you disagree with that you have at your disposal the means to discover their actual identities, their computer IP addresses and the accounts held by those computers. You seemed to think at one time that making empty threats like that could stop people from expressing their views. I got news for you big fella, it didn't stop anything (no hilarious emoji deemed necessary here).

johnnybragatti

Watch the deebagger drop his kids at school and lo and behold, another mass shooting.

He will run out of the school screaming: "it wasn"t Trump"s fault", "it wasn"t Trumps fault."

Hopefully the climatedope, will help the deadbeat Dad with his grief and figure out ways to blame Hillary Clinton ,or Barack Obama for the massacre. Ya"ll gotta feel sorry for his kids. He won"t....as long as trump doesn"t get the racist tag.

Deebag"s a killer ,ain"t he? These Trump-Humpers have a lot of class.

Rick Czeczok

This is your brain on drugs. Does mommy know what you are doing in her basement or are you sticking by your living in a 32nd floor penthouse you lied about. You stated that you were from the area many times. Where is there a 32 floor building in the LaCrosse area, hhmmmm? Now back to the basement with you.

capedcrusader

I doubt he said there is a 32 story building in the Lacrosse area. Show us the comment. He may have said he lived in the area. So what. You have one too many martini's again to know how ridiculous your comment sounds?

Climatehoax

Johnny, if you’re intelligent enough to drive and ambitious enough to own a car, (I doubt both) I want your car to be taken away because some OTHER person drove drunk and killed a carload of people.

That’s fair, isn’t it, in regard to the gun debate.?

It actually sounds quite stupid, doesn’t it.

PhysicsIsFun

Peer-reviewed research shows that conservatives are more sensitive to threat. While this threat-bias can distort reality, fuel irrational fears, and make one more vulnerable to fear-mongering politicians, it could also promote hypervigilance, perhaps making one better prepared to handle an immediate threat. 1. Conservatives tend to focus on the negative 2. Conservatives have a stronger physiological response to threat 3. Conservatives fear new experiences 4. Conservatives’ brains are more reactive to fear



https://www.psychologytoday.com/us/blog/mind-in-the-machine/201612/fear-and-anxiety-drive-conservatives-political-attitudes

martian2

of course you are assuming conservatives actually have a brain. LOL! But yes I agree, in my experiences with people, conservatives are far more paranoid and scared of change for some reason. Maybe they should take fish oil daily.

martian2

f course you are assuming conservatives actually have a brain. LOL! But yes I agree, in my experiences with people, conservatives are far more paranoid and scared of change for some reason. Maybe they should take fish oil daily.

Climatehoax

The Washington post



The good news is that gun homicides are down substantially both as a raw total and as a function of population since 1994. The bad news is that many Americans don’t seem to realize that.

Climatehoax

Violent crime is down and has been on the decline for decades.

The principal public safety concerns with respect to guns are suicides and illegally owned handguns, not mass shootings.

A small number of factors significantly increase the likelihood that a person will be a victim of a gun-related homicide.

Gun-related murders are carried out by a predictable pool of people.

Higher rates of gun ownership are not associated with higher rates of violent crime.

There is no clear relationship between strict gun control legislation and homicide or violent crime rates.

Legally owned firearms are used for lawful purposes much more often than they are used to commit crimes or suicide.

Concealed carry permit holders are not the problem, but they may be part of the solution.

oldhomey

Well this is a most interesting collection of statements by Climate. Let us consider each one:



"Violent crime is down and has been on the decline for decades." This is quite true, Climate, and it runs counter to the NRA fear-mongering that rising crime rates necessitates the need for people to arm themselves now more than ever.



"The principal public safety concerns with respect to guns are suicides and illegally owned handguns, not mass shootings." It is true that we should be very concerned not only with illegally owned handguns (we need better laws to prevent this) but also the high number of people who kill themselves every year, an annual figure that approaches the total of American KIA in the entire nine years of the Vietnam war. But we also need to be concerned about the debasement of society when we have this constant repetition of lone gunmen living out crazed fantasies by walking into schools, shopping centers, churches and concert venues, killing massive numbers of people. The body counts are as high as day to day crime, but the rupture of social trust is extraordinarily damaging.



"A small number of factors significantly increase the likelihood that a person will be a victim of a gun-related homicide." You pulled this ambiguous statement out of somewhere, Climate, and I am sure it would make sense with suitable explanation. But let us return to mass murders in public places. A second grade classroom, a WalMart store, a Sunday church service should not be "likely" venues for mass murder, but now we have people putting in metal detectors in schools, armed guards at houses of worship and soon to be at a WalMart near you, armed patrols in stores and parking lots. This has become "The American Way". Why?



"Gun-related murders are carried out by a predictable pool of people." If they a predictable, there should be some practicable ways of identifying them and keeping guns out of their hands while seeing to it that they are treated for the mental conditions that leave them in a murderous state.



"Higher rates of gun ownership are not associated with higher rates of violent crime." Thank you, Climate. That is what pro-gun control forces have been saying for many years. The proliferation of guns as "self-defense" has no appreciable effect on crime, but it puts a helluva a lot of more guns in circulation and boosts profits of the arms industry and the NRA.



"There is no clear relationship between strict gun control legislation and homicide or violent crime rates." We don't have strict gun control, because we don't have national laws governing it. Chicago has strict gun control laws, but it sits next door to Indiana, and a ten minute drive into that state makes it extremely easy to get armed to the teeth. And guess which state is the source of most of the guns used in criminal activity in Chicago?



"Legally owned firearms are used for lawful purposes much more often than they are used to commit crimes or suicide." Well, sheesh, whadda surprise, Climate! Legally owned firearms mostly are used for the millions of hunters in this country. The other legal weapon ownership categories are for target practice or simply keeping at home for self-defense purposes, That is how most legal weapons are used. The legally owned ones used in the commission of crime, by the way, aren't used by the owners, but by the burglars who stole them from the owners, rendering the weapon's "self-defense" utility as useless.



"Concealed carry permit holders are not the problem, but they may be part of the solution." I expect most of your list was a cut and paste job, Climate, but this last entry I suspect was your own invention. I have never seen anybody who seriously studies crime and its prevention suggest that concealed carry is anything close to a solution.




Rick Czeczok

Blah, blah, blah, that no one reads. How is it you get by with this. Why don't you put it in a letter to the editor instead? Oh that's right, there you have to put your real name on it. Can't do that now can you?

oldhomey

My reasoning is iron-clad correct, Ricky. I know you won't read a letter to the editor from me, so I save my 45 cent stamp and instead print my thought here. I am not the brightest bulb in the room, but in this case I think I look brilliant, saving all that money.

capedcrusader

What makes you think he hasn't?

PhysicsIsFun

So ClimateDope do you have a source for this information. "Violent crime is down and has been on the decline for decades." As you may know crime rates in general are down for the past several decades, and one possible explanation is the availability of birth control. Mass shooting is up however. "Legally owned firearms are used for lawful purposes much more often than they are used to commit crimes or suicide." No kidding. What a ridiculous point. It is like saying most cars are not involved in fatal alcohol involved accidents. "The principal public safety concerns with respect to guns are suicides and illegally owned handguns, not mass shootings." This is true, so let's have some laws that prevent suicidal people from having free access to guns. "Higher rates of gun ownership are not associated with higher rates of violent crime." I'd like to see the data supporting this, but higher gun ownership certainly leads to more crime involving guns. "Concealed carry permit holders are not the problem, but they may be part of the solution." Prove it. Sounds like someone's opinion not supported by any evidence.

martian2

climate dope doesn't give out his sources. He is either incapable or is ashamed of his sources but still believes them. Who knows what is the deciding factor. Giving out a name of a newspaper is not revealing sources.

capedcrusader

Conceal carry is not a deterrent. If you believe that prove it. I would like to hear your logic.

Jobaba

This column is 100% spot on. What a dismal world conservatives must live in. Here is a clue. Since the time of Athen's democracy humankind has backed away from tribalism, taboos and superstition. We started to use rationalism to overcome fear of the unknown. Throughout the centuries we occasionally find leaders and populations turning back to the old ways - using fear, prejudice and emotionalism to try and "create" a new society, which is only a poor copy of the bad old days. If you look at the comments here, how many conservatives addressed this column? Few if any, instead turning to insult and emotions to argue their case. Liberals do not prefer to live in fear and will take action to overcome it. Great column!

DMoney

Fear is as natural a human emotion as love, joy, sadness, etc. We are the same animals that existed during the last ice age, biologically. We developed fear as a survival mechanism. We still possess it, each one of us. Our fear on the right is that we don't like things to change what has worked. What we've done the past 250 plus years has worked to the point of us becoming a wealthy, powerful nation. Not to say some things needed changing, but we're afraid of changing too fast and losing our identity. Shame on us?

oldhomey

D, 150 years ago in America men walked around with guns strapped to their hips constantly. The results were violent, and the violence was not only unjust, it solved nothing. People, ordinary human beings with families like you and I have, were frightened by this, and society reacted and forced the disarming of America. We were not violence free, nor were we gun-free, but since gun manufacturers hijacked the gun safety group, the National Rifle Association, in the mid-1970s and turned it into a powerful lobby and propaganda unit, we have become a gun society once again, with people demanding to carry weapons at all times. Worse, they demand that they have the right to own military-style assault weapons that are designed only for killing people at a high rate of speed. Now, though there is a decline in violent crime in general, the public, you included, feels the need to lock up schools behind armed guards, placing armed guards in houses of worship on holy days, and, one can see coming now, wanting to see a proliferation of armed guards at supermarkets and shopping malls. Why is this happening? This is a powerful country that is not allowed to protect its own people, especially its children, from the sick and failed gun policies of the NRA? Your fear is your own shame.

johnnybragatti

It is called TRUTH, zerokok,..... C "mon : Wet-Brain, put that Everclear and Jack Daniels down. You wouldn"t know honesty, if it bit you in your_____. The RealAmerican folks will be working 24/7 to dump the Orange Carcass and you need to get with the program and redeem yourself. Bring the Exlax with.

Rick Czeczok

But yet another nonsensical rant by heeeeeres Jonny. This is a brain on drugs. Can't wait to see if Physicks backs him up again. I guess great socialist brains??????? think alike. Divisional and hate based politics at it's finest. To them if you call everyone a racist then they are a racist, call everyone a white supremacist and everyone is a white supremacist etc.etc. Give it up and come up with a plan or at least stand for something other then hating on the president. Maybe then you can concentrate on something good and worthwhile, instead of just hate.

DMoney

I doubt Physics will be supporting this deranged, drug addled commentor again, after his discriminatory rage against senior citizens. At least, I would hope he wouldn't. This lunatic makes Trump look like a choir boy.

PhysicsIsFun

Well Dmoney look who you are supporting. RickyBoy makes everybody look like a choir boy.

Rick Czeczok

I get a kick out of Physicks (spelling) I write something and then he comes back with the same thing on me two days later. Just like when he taught everything has to be written by someone else and then he repeats it. It's so fun to watch this clown. Good ting his wife was a doctor so she could support his failings. This guy even backs up Jonny crackhead. Thank God he was forced out of teaching early so the kids didn't have to listen to his one sided, bias opinions.

PhysicsIsFun

I get a real kick out of you too RickyBoy. Your barely literate outbursts are pretty funny and reveal a person sadly lacking in wisdom and intelligence. Your personal attacks prove you to be a bully who has gotten by with intimidation rather than compassion and intelligence. You add nothing to any discussion but vitriol. Why don't you just go away, Not a person on here respects your opinion.

capedcrusader

Yea Czeczok, good ting.

Climatehoax

If the white taxpayer is supporting the immigrants, then I think that does make the whites superior, the ones paying aren’t standing with their hand out as the immigrants are, the DemoRat candidates, are partying a huge burden on the taxpayers for Medicare, education, housing, social services, protection from deportation. You bet I think I’m superior, I PAY MY OWN WAY.


martian2

Gee I thought Asians and Blacks and Jewish and Muslim citizens all pay taxes. Now hoaxer says only whites do, so that makes them superior. Such twisted thinking, such angry hate. Keep it lock and loaded hoaxer dude, the FBI is watching you!!

oldhomey

Good Lord, Climate! Your 3:15pm post is one of the most openly racist ones I have ever seen on these boards. I will report it, and we will see if it remains or not. You are a man to be feared, but not for the reasons you might think.

Climatehoax

A White supremacy problem? I’ll bet more people have been killed by Muslims than white supremacists in the US. Besides, white people are very concerned about what they’ll have to pay for if a DemoRat gets elected. So I certainly don’t want brown people coming into my country at all.

martian2

you are really off your rocker now there hoaxer dude. Comparing killings from a white supremacists group to a religious group. I'll bet you two dollars to a donut that Christians kill a lot more people in this country than Muslims and Jews put together. How does that taste there hoaxer dude. You are the supreme hater of these boards no doubt about that. Something you seem proud of. Locked and loaded are ya hoaxer dude. Careful FBI this guy is another right wing wacko crazy with guns.

A Veteran

martian---the question should be (WHAT IS MARTIAN AFRAID OF) because he claims he can back up anything he says with facts,so where are the facts I have been asking for.We do not need anymore of you childish name calling just what you said you would do??????????COWARD!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

PhysicsIsFun

Interesting literary device., capital letters with multiple question marks. Did you learn that technique from your soulmate/doppelganger/self RickyBoy? A clinical psychologist should examine both of your comments. It would be an fascinating case study of mental illness.

martian2

veteran wants facts he says but never ever supplies any himself. What is he afraid of? Hmmm, he is scared he might look stupid and ignorant on his posts. Too Late! Its happened many times fake veteran. We all know your short comings.


capedcrusader

Funny, "A Veteran" and Czeczok want to know who everyone is that they disagree with but won't reveal their real name. It's almost as though "they" want to "get something" on you so they can make it all about that. Talk about phony COWARDS!!!!!!!!!!!!!lol

capedcrusader

We get it, you're a racist.

PhysicsIsFun

Violence associated with right-wing causes has long been part of modern America’s landscape. Anti-government militant Timothy McVeigh conducted the second-bloodiest terrorist attack in U.S. history in 1995 when he blew up the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building in Oklahoma City, killing 168 people. However, after 9/11, the U.S. government shifted its emphasis to fighting jihadi-linked terrorism at home and abroad. These efforts have borne fruit, but they also led to a neglect of right-wing violence. Over 70 percent of extremist attacks that resulted in fatalities from 2008–17 were committed by right-wing groups. In 2018, jihadis killed only one person on U.S. soil, while right-wing violence led to 16 deaths.

A Veteran

funny---At least I can thank god that I am not an over educated idiot liberal LOON !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

martian2

well that is for sure fake veteran, emphasis on the" you are not educated." Now go find your panties.


Rick Czeczok

We know, you hate the republican party and it's people. How do people get paid writing this bias, hate filled garbage? No wonder this socialist paper is dying a slow death. This paper is so far left that CNN is put to shame by it. I'm not saying that the republican party does not have faults, but for a paper to be a sounding board for the democratic party, is just wrong. Report the news. not a political agenda, then maybe people will read your paper. This paper is a publicly traded entity that was once a valid, viable company, now it is a worthless penny stock.

new2Lax

Voting Blue is what you got in the eight years of Obama and that’s why the country went Red. Now with the country’s economy booming and that seems to be the number one concern for most, looks like the country knows what they want. Democrats will have to come up with a lot more give always to attract voters. Taking away employer based insurance covering 180 million folks will be hard to swallow, free insurance to illegals won’t go over well either and with open borders even less so. Tomost voters the Democrat proposals are asinine and will never win the day.


oldhomey

new2 steps right in, predictably, with the Fox News/Trump "be afraid, very afraid" ready-made and altogether false talking points.

DMoney

Correct me if I'm wrong, but I believe you've echoed these same sentiments multiple times on other posts.

oldhomey

Yes, I have, D. Each time this sort of misinformation is given out by you and others on here, however, is a legitimate reason to once again point out that it is baloney.

martian2

republicans have always been the part of fear mongering. They are so cowardly in their approach to societal problems. oh that "invaluable sense of security" you get from your firearm is irreplaceable some say. Bad enough they want to live in fear, they want the rest of us to live the same. With Trump along with fear now they have added hate to their agenda. Mix the two together and you got a deadly combination. No wonder they advocate gerry mandering and voter suppression laws, its they only way they can win. What a bunch of cowards!

capedcrusader

Well, if we get rid of Crooked Trump the racist in 2020 that will be a step in the "left" direction. Get rid of Trump/Pence/McConnell then we can get to work on the Not Really American NRA next. Vote Blue in 2020!

DMoney

...as said by every Democrat since the 30's. Good luck with that. A lot of good Obama, Clinton did with the NRA....

capedcrusader

Yea too bad. I think the NRA will eat itself to death. They are well on their way.

oldhomey

Gosh, D, were people concerned about the out-sized power and corruption of the NRA back in the 1930s, 40s, 50s and 60s, too> I know you are not a political savant, because you said you are not, though you have said you are a savant of history, reading thousands upon thousands of books. Could you bring me up to speed on the NRA's place in American politics historically? I was under the impression that it was pretty much a quiet and useful gun safety organization run by dedicated hunters until it was hijacked by the firearms industry and converted into a raging right-wing political lobby and sales arm for the industry. Enlighten me. Please.

capedcrusader

Waiting for DMoneys response to oldhomy's post...

Climatehoax

Like DemoRats with climate change, the polar bears are dying, the ice caps are melting,



Quotation of the day on the political hysteria and fear-mongering that is driving the climate change agenda









…. is from Joe Bastardi’s article “Climate change agenda is being driven by hysteria, not facts.” Bastardi is a pioneer in extreme weather and long-range forecasting and chief meteorologist at Weatherbell.com. He is the author of “The Climate Chronicles: Inconvenient Revelations You Won’t Hear From Al Gore — and Others.”













…. is from Joe Bastardi’s article “Climate change agenda is being driven by hysteria, not facts.” Bastardi is a pioneer in extreme weather and long-range forecasting and chief meteorologist at Weatherbell.com. He is the author of “The Climate Chronicles: Inconvenient Revelations You Won’t Hear From Al Gore — and Others.”







In this age of political hysteria, we must all educate ourselves on the facts – the actual science. Unfortunately, there seems to be a total lack of awareness about important issues that scientists like myself – who aren’t paid by research grants – are concerned about.

Instead, climate science is being used as a political weapon, and the voices of scientists like me are being ignored or even vilified. I was under the impression that in the United States, all voices and arguments should be heard. Climate science is not settled science. If it was, why would there be a continuous flow of money to research it? For example, is AOC aware that in the fossil fuel era, in spite of a four-fold increase in population, deaths have plummeted?

….

Perhaps we should pause and consider why none of the global warming models from two decades ago have come to fruition. Perhaps we should slow down and think about the consequences of allowing our adversaries to supply the world with cheap energy, because one thing is for sure – wind farms and solar panels won’t get the job done.

The objective reader should examine all sides of the climate debate and should ask himself: Are the consequences of acting hastily worse than not acting at all? I think many are skeptical of rushing forward. We must rein in the political hysteria and fear-mongering that is driving the climate change agenda.


PhysicsIsFun

Joe Bastardi has a Bachelor's Degree in meteorology. He is not a climate scientist, He is a proponent of for profit forecasting. Do you go to the dentist for medical care, because meteorology and climate science are as different as dentistry and medicine. There is no debate about the reality of climate change among actual climate scientists. You know guys with a Ph. D. who spend a lifetime studying the issue and collaborating with others who also study it. That is how science works. They look at data and draw conclusions based on that data. If contradictory data is found they change the conclusion. Bastardi shows his idiocy when he states that climate science is not settled science, because money is still being spent on it. Most of the science that we consider important is not settled. As a matter of fact, I would argue no science is ever settled. Then he references AOC (the bogywoman of the right) as if she is a scientist. Right there he shows his true colors. He is a partisan ideologue not a scientist.

oldhomey

Thank you, Physics. Thank you.

A Veteran

martian----you are number one on being a COWARD are you not???????????????

martian2

fake veteran is like that Joe Bastardi, except without the joe at the beggining and the i at the end. Time for your panty show there fake veteran.

A Veteran

martian is that all you can do is childish name calling,back up what you said------COWARD!!!!!!!!!!

A Veteran

still no facts proving you comment COWARD!!!!!!!!

martian2

only fact needed is that you are a fake veteran. Ricky/veteran the game is up. We all know how crazy you are. Lay off the martinis and if you want to wear panties then at least act like a lady.

capedcrusader

Funny "A Veteran" saying others are calling him childish names when he calls everyone a LOON or a COWARD on every post. He sure is insecure with himself. He won't even take my Hillary bet the phony.

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