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Dec 21st 2012 7:05AM Where do I begin? First, Federal law ALREADY REQUIRES A BACKGROUND CHECK to purchase a firearm and has since the Brady Handgun Violence Prevention Act was signed into law by Clinton in 1993, and it applies to all firearms, except antiques, purchased through a dealer.
Second, would you please define "high volume" and "assault weapon"? An "assault RIFLE", as defined by Wikipedia and other sources, MUST have (among other things, the capability for "full-automatic fire" (think machine gun here), as well as semi-auto fire, which means one (and only one) round fired for each pull of the trigger. ANY firearm capable of full-auto fire has been very heavily regulated since the National Firearms Act of 1934, requiring a $200 tax stamp for EACH covered firearm owned, as well as a background check by the FBI and local Judicial or Law Enforcement clearance. Wikipedia furthermore states: "Unlike assault rifle, 'assault weapon' has no consistent or specific definition and, so, is subject to varying definitions for varying purposes." Good luck with "high volume", that can mean anything from 2 rounds to however high one wants to go, and is therefore arbitrary and meaningless.
For those who see firearms as "the problem", ANY firearm is a "high volume assault weapon" and therefore should be banned. For those who see mental illness, drug abuse, moral decay, or something else as "the problem", firearms are not "the problem", these other things are, and we need no firearms laws.
We would be much better served by dealing with the problems of "the shooter" than by trying to "disinvent" cerrtain styles of firearms, which after all, inanimate tools that can be used for wither noble or criminal purpose, depending on who possess them in the moment.
May 26th 2011 4:38PM Hmmm...looks like the parents are really desperate for their 15 minutes of fame.
May 16th 2011 3:33PM I think the Mother has Munchausen-by-Proxy with a twist. Instead of getting attention by having a "sick" child, she is getting it by doing things to make her child "more beautiful and lady-like".
I feel sorry for both of them.
May 6th 2011 3:48PM All you need is love...(all together, now) all you need is love..(everybody)..all you need is love, love....
Apr 4th 2011 7:22AM I always liked Ringo the best of all the Beatles. He always smiled on stage, and just seemed to be having a ball no matter what was going on around him. Saw him once in Orlando during his "Ringo Starr and the All-Star Band" touring days, with Bily Preston and John Entwhistle, now both deceased, and his son Zach Starkey playing drums. His beautiful wife Barbara Bach was there in the background, and it looked like no one much recognized her. God Bless you Ringo. You are a very lucky man...
Mar 21st 2011 7:32AM I was accused of being "manipulative and psychologically abusive" by wife #1. I never did understand it, but she left after 15 years. I reamarried in 2 years to a wonderful woman, and we now have her Mother, Father and maternal Grandmother living with us so we can take care of them. Our marriage is as strong as ever, and wonderfully satisfying. My two sons (with the first wife, ages 31 and 28) still talk to and visit with me, and want as little to do with their Mother as possible. First wife remarried about 3 years ago to a widower who is 21 YEARS older than she is, and has a nice paid-for house, pension, 401(k), and stock portfolio. She has managed to run ALL of his grown children out of his life (including one that has grandkids of his). Huh. And I was the "manuplative" one...
Feb 15th 2011 12:21PM Things have been getting better and better and worse and worse at the same time for a long time. I guess Obama should decree that Blockbuster is "too big to fail", buy a chunk of it with taxpayer money (bail out the bank-investors), and subsidize video rental in the 'hood with taxpayer money. Isn't that how the new economy is supposed to make us all prosperous? Blockbuster refused to see the video mail rental model until it was too late, and now are paying for it. The REAL wave of the future for video is internet streaming. It won't be long before Netflix eliminates DVD mailings and goes to full streaming video. I wouldn't buy a share of Redbox...
Dec 29th 2010 1:27PM And the moral of the story is: If you have plenty of time to get there, fly on a commercial airline. If you are in a hurry to get there, DRIVE A CAR.
Dec 24th 2010 6:17AM Yawn...more of the same old same old we've bee hearing for years, made to sound like it's a new revelation. The THREE things that I figured out long ago about job interviews and landing a job are: First, be yourself (dont't try to hustle the interviewers, they will see through it). Second, if a Company is evasive about or will not tell you an approximate salary or pay rate for a job, or is offended by your asking, they are very likely hoping to hire someone for MUCH LESS than the job is worth (i.e.- what their competition pays for the same job) and will deal with raises and promos in the same "cheapskate" manner. Third, have someone on the inside or someone with direct influence on the hiring decision-maker give you a strong recommendation. I've landed more jobs this way than any other.
The other thing I have learned is that HR departments largely get in the way of and decrease the likleyhood that you will ever get to talk to the hiring decision-maker in person. They are the self-appointed gate-keepers of the "hiring process" and serve only to complicate and damage it.
Dec 8th 2010 2:06PM My personal experience is that employment gaps are industry dependent. If you work in a broadly distributed industry (banking, telecom, health care, sales, retail), job gaps seem to be a bigger problem than they are for "niche" industries like semiconductor manufacturing, tool and die work, or similar jobs that require very specific skills. I was in semiconductors for 20+ years, and got tired of having to relocate every 5 or 6 years to keep a job due to plant closings or "workforce reductions". It would take a year on average to land another job once you lost one, so gaps were almost expected on your resume. But you do have to explain them beyond "I was looking for a job during that time"