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William Spengler, Killer Of 2 New York Firemen, Had Bushmaster Semiautomatic Rifle

William Spengler, Killer Of 2 New York Firemen, Had Bushmaster Semiautomatic Rifle

Commented Dec 26, 2012 at 14:18:12 in Crime

“The expectation isn't to make it never happen but to make it happen less often: we can't put the genie back in the bottle but we can make access to AR15-style rifles and high-capacity clips harder than buying cigarettes at a 7-11. The more these weapons of mass murder are being marketed like toys the more likely they are to get in the hands of disturbed people. Quite likely many other Columbines didn't happen during the Clinton assault rifle ban, or other used less powerful weapons and killed far fewer. Of course the Clinton "ban" was also weak and there were lots of workarounds.”

kichiokami on Dec 26, 2012 at 19:17:48

“I respectfully have to disagree , sir .  If you want that type weapon bad enough , despite a ban , then they can be aquired by less-than -savory individuals to do this kind of damage .  Been done before . ”
William Spengler, Killer Of 2 New York Firemen, Had Bushmaster Semiautomatic Rifle

William Spengler, Killer Of 2 New York Firemen, Had Bushmaster Semiautomatic Rifle

Commented Dec 25, 2012 at 23:31:14 in Crime

“Belarus, murder rate 4.9
Luxembourg, murder rate 2.5
UN 2011 data. So your statistics do lie. And of course you didn't pick any of the larger countries that make US murder rate of 4.2 seem stupid: Germany 0.8, Italy 0.9, France 1.1, UK 1.2. So in other words all of the large countries in Europe have 1/4 the murder rate of US. Oh don't forget gun-banning countries like Japan (.3 = 14x less murders than US).

Of course no one is talking about banning guns in US, we are talking about banning military-style semiautomatic rifles and large-capacity clips (aka "weapons of mass murder").”

kichiokami on Dec 26, 2012 at 00:32:24

“And that will do what to the crime rate ? What has that done in the past ? Keep in mind , Columbine happend during the Clinton gun ban ... and how did that work out ? This will happen again , despite any legislation .”
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Lee Gelb: Ditching Corporate Life For A Sparkling Passion (PHOTOS)

Commented Feb 3, 2012 at 01:29:30 in Fifty

“NIce article, but hilariously off target to frame suburban Mercer Island as "an island off the coast of Seattle, just a twenty-minute ferry ride from the spacious office she once occupied as a Senior Vice President at Starbucks":
1. It's in the middle of a lake not "off the coast".
2. there's no ferry - it's connected to Seattle via Interstate 90, an 8-lane highway”

brenana on Feb 5, 2012 at 22:53:04

“Nice comment, but hilariously uninformed. VASHON Island, not Mercer. VASHON. No bridge.”

LWeiss on Feb 3, 2012 at 14:15:30

“So glad you enjoyed the article, Bill. Just to be clear, Lee's studio is on Vachon Island, not Mercer Island, and it really is only accessible by ferry.”
Residential School Deaths In Canada Number At Least 3,000, According To Research

Residential School Deaths In Canada Number At Least 3,000, According To Research

Commented Feb 20, 2013 at 14:03:02 in Canada Politics

“OK but then let's make the headline factual, such as: "30% fewer died in residential schools... but they suffered more abuse", or whatever. It's only the naked citing of 2,000 deaths out of context that I found objectionable.”
Residential School Deaths In Canada Number At Least 3,000, According To Research

Residential School Deaths In Canada Number At Least 3,000, According To Research

Commented Feb 19, 2013 at 18:11:07 in Canada Politics

“"One wouldn't expect any death rates in private residential schools." Huh? The mortality rate among children age 5-14 was 308 per 100,000 in 1907 in the US. We are talking about a program that started in the 1870s when the mortality rate was much higher than that, and had spikes like influenza epidemic when death rates were even higher, and few students in the system in its later years when death rates were lower, so let's take 1907 as an average. Let's further assume that the 150,000 students that went through the system were in the schools for an average of 10 years. That would mean 1.5M student-years, which would mean an expected 4,620 deaths. I'm not trying to be heartless and my assumptions may not be accurate, I'm only suggesting that data like "over 3,000 deaths" in isolation doesn't mean anything, certainly not a greater death rate than the average. And it might possibly be the case that these schools had a significantly lower death rate than for First People children not in the residential schools.”

Kelsey1985 on Feb 20, 2013 at 13:51:41

“I think it is more the quality of life and the abuse they had to endure, people were dying all over the place from disease and exposure, but not abuse and neglect. I think that is the main difference to look at. How they were treated until they died.”
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How I Paid Only 1% of My Income in Federal Income Tax

Commented Apr 29, 2011 at 02:44:33 in Politics

“Eric's post contained a hint that there's a much bigger problem here. That he spent $45K on investment advisor fees implies he had a much larger effective income than $207K (either that or he's a real sucker and needs to call Vanguard ASAP, but he's a biz school prof, so giving him the benefit of the doubt).. My guess is he's got muni bonds and/or lots of unrealized capital gains. Quite plausibly he really made $500K or more last year, and so really paid much less than 1% in tax on his gains.”

pineappletoe on Apr 29, 2011 at 12:05:03

“Bill, my thoughts exactly. Articles like this always take me back to a couple of quotes from Mark Twain. "There are three kinds of lies: lies, damned lies and statistics" and "figures don't lie, but liars figure." Since it is impossible to know from this article the true scope and depth of Eric's holdings and income, it becomes apparent that he is just like everyone else in wanting to keep as much from the government as possible, and if he has to give it, wants to direct it where he thinks it should go. Thank goodness everyone doesn't do this because the people he seems to think are getting the short end of the stick would receive even less.”