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After the horrible shootings that occurred yesterday, many people are calling for at least a discussion about gun control.  Admittedly, there are some who want to ban guns altogether and make our gun control policy like Japan.  Japan averages about 5 gun related deaths per year, but it is nearly impossible to own a firearm.  Others like me are looking for a more realistic and reasonable approach, with constructive and logical discussion to try to solve an obvious problem.  One of the memes that I keep running into in every discussion is that “People die every day in car accidents.  Why don’t we ban cars?”.  This is probably the argument that angers me the most, except for maybe the “God didn’t save those children in the school, because God is not welcome in public schools” argument.  At least I can dissect the “cars kill also” argument without wanting to scream obscenities and burn Mike Huckabee in effigy.  Let’s pull the “cars kill also” string for a while.

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Do you own a firearm?

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Mon Nov 19, 2012 at 11:21 AM PST

Thanksgiving and Thanks For Nothing

by rickrocket

Thanksgiving is upon us.  Time for a meal with family and friends, time for football games half-watched due to the massive ingestion of tryptophan and good wine, and the time to give thanks for the good fortunes we have received this year.  Well, that is what Thanksgiving used to be.  Now, it is Black Friday Eve.  

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Are you going to participate in Black Friday?

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Thu Oct 06, 2011 at 11:06 AM PDT

Occupy Houston 10-6-11

by rickrocket

Of all cities in the US, Houston is probably the city that you would vote as least likely to have a viable Occupy Wall Street type protest.  This morning I was pleasantly surprised to see over 500 Houstonians voicing their frustration and their concerns about our current economic environment.  I have so much more hope now that our voices will be heard.  Hopefully, someone in the current power structure will have the courage to take action on our behalf.

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Crossposted at www.tanproject.org

Leo Berman (R-Tyler), a Texas state representative, filed a bill on Tuesday that would require any candidate for president or vice president of the United States to show his or her birth certificate to the Texas secretary of state in order to be a valid candidate in the election.

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If Sarah Palin becomes President, what will you do?

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On the heels of the xenophobic Arizona SB 1070, many other states are hearing arguments from white Republican politicians to change the laws of their states to match Arizona.  I live in Texas and this idea is starting to roll through the reactionary right-wing candidates looking to pander to their redneck base.  I am declaring right now that I will not allow this to happen in Texas, and that I will do everything within my power to make sure that these people do not bring their unconstitutional, racist agenda (any more than they already do) to my state.

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Are you an undocumented worker?

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Is it just me, or have I been bombarded by teh stoopid this past couple of weeks?  This "underwear bomber" kid was the start of it, followed by the Harry Reid "negro dialect" comment, and the coup-de-grace, Sarah Palin is going to have a show on Fox News.  The first two have drawn out the stupid in their discussion, and the last is just a reflection of how stupid our collective society is.

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will you watch Sarah Palin on Fox News?

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After hearing all of this hoopla about the President's address to students next week, I decided to send an e-mail to the principal of her school (she is in the 8th grade) to let her know that I want my daughter to see the President's message.  I figured that a Ed.D educated principal of an excellent school would see the logic in showing the President's message.  What I failed to remember is that I live in Texas District 22.  So starts the war...

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Is your children's school showing the President's message?

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Tue Jun 30, 2009 at 11:26 AM PDT

Reflections at 40

by rickrocket

I celebrated my 40th birthday last week and I have had a few days off from work to reflect on my life so far.  I have tried to remain as objective as possible in my self-evaluation and I have seen mostly that my greatest triumphs weren’t really that great, and my greatest failures really weren’t that horrible.  Time cures all wounds apparently, and it also dulls all glimmers as well.  I decided to come up with a list of five things that I have learned here, halfway through my life, that might help me improve my situation in the future, as well as give some motivation or inspiration to those who read this.  Take from it what you will and ignore it if you choose, but understand that these are my own personal observations and are skewed by my life experiences.  Here is my short list of things I believe to be true.

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How old do you think you will be when you die?

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Sat Jun 06, 2009 at 05:57 AM PDT

Bring your gun to church

by rickrocket

I caught this story on Yahoo news because June 27th is my birthday and I did a search.  It is a story that I definitely was interested in because, in my opinion, it is the direct product of fearmongering by right-wing media.  The whole "they are going to take your guns and make you worship the Devil" crap that is spewed everyday on talk radio and Fox has finally come to a head.  See below.

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How many firearms do you own?

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The selection of Sonia Sotomayor is only one day old and already it is bringing out the crazy in everyone.  The irony is so thick that you could use it for syrup on a plate of pancakes made of batshit crazy.  Every line of attack is being thrown around from racist to betrayal to incompetent and we aren’t even talking about George Bush.  Crazy is flowing from everywhere, not just from the normal crazy receptacles.

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How far is your commute to work?

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Maybe it’s me.  Maybe I have gone crazy without actually noticing the decline in my mental abilities.  I think my wife would probably have mentioned something unless she has gone crazy and I didn’t notice that either.  Anyway, the reason I am doubting my sanity is because of all the mixed messages I am getting from all of these people who are supposed to be in charge of our country.  If it was just a couple of things, I probably wouldn’t question it, but it seems to be every important issue that is just all mixed up.  Here are some examples of what I am talking about.

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If you had to take an Algebra test today, would you pass?

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Fri Apr 03, 2009 at 11:59 AM PDT

The real story of Three Mile Island

by rickrocket

With the passing of the 30th anniversary of the incident that occurred at Three Mile Island happening last week, there has been plenty of discussion on DKos about the pros and cons of nuclear power.  Many of the opponents of nuclear power use the Three Mile Island incident as a reason why we should not pursue nuclear power in the future.  They bring all kinds of "facts" and information with their argument, much of which is fragmented and in some cases does not make any sense at all.  I really don’t care if you are pro-nuclear or not.  Objectivity and logical reasoning is what I am trying to promote with this information.  This diary is presenting the factual record of what actually happened at TMI 30 years ago.  Take from it what you will, but know that it really was the perfect storm of errors in design and operation, all coming together in 16 hours.

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Is any of the power you use at your home provided by a nuclear power plant?

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