Posts by KWSN - MajorKong

1) Message boards : Politics : Another example of USA Gun Laws (or lack of...)? (Message 1936912)
Posted 28 days ago by Profile KWSN - MajorKong
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Major you also not comparing apples to apples.
You compared students shot to total student population vs military in active combate zones not total military.
Bad argument IMO.
no, its not a bad argument. I worked with what I was replying to...

BUT.....

Even IF you considered total military, the number of students is still about 50 times more.
2) Message boards : Politics : Another example of USA Gun Laws (or lack of...)? (Message 1936791)
Posted 29 days ago by Profile KWSN - MajorKong
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I really get pissed off when a country like the USA clings on to an amendment that is 200 years out of date to justify the slaughter of kids, whom all they want to do is
go to school to learn and be a good citizen and go home, seems to me they have better chance to live if they joined the army.. The WORLD can't believe the excuses pouring out
other than they care more for owning guns than their own kids/grandkids etc:

Thank goodness I live in Australia where it is 95% safe!!

http://www.politifact.com/florida/statements/2018/may/21/gwen-graham/have-more-students-been-killed-schools-soldiers-co/

We found five shooting incidents that resulted in student fatalities in 2018. The figures below do not include adults slain in these incidents, because they are outside the scope of Graham’s statement.

Benton, Ky., Jan. 23, 2018: 2 students killed

Parkland, Fla., Feb. 14, 2018: 14 students killed

Birmingham, Ala., March 7, 2018: 1 student killed

Great Mills, Md., March 20, 2018: 1 student killed

Santa Fe, Texas, May 18, 2018: 8 students killed

Total: 26 students killed in school shootings through May 18, 2018. (Including the adults killed would raise the count to 31 total fatalities.)
Members of the military killed in combat zones

There are two active combat operations for the U.S. military: Operation Inherent Resolve, which includes anti-ISIS efforts in Iraq and Syria, and Operation Freedom’s Sentinel, which includes military activities in Afghanistan.

In 2018, there have been five deadly incidents in Operation Inherent Resolve, on Jan. 8, Feb. 19, March 7, March 15, and March 30. Each of these incidents resulted in one American service member’s death, except for the one on March 15, in which seven airmen died in the crash of an HH-60 Pave Hawk helicopter in western Iraq.

So the total number of deaths in 2018 for Operation Inherent Resolve is 11.

Meanwhile, there have been two deaths this year in Operation Freedom’s Sentinel. They occurred on Jan. 1 and April 30.

Total: 13 service members were killed in combat zones in 2018. That's half the number of student deaths in school shootings this year.


You are comparing apples and oranges here.

How about looking at PER CAPITA death rates?

Ok... There are about 54,876,000 students in the USA enrolled in K-12.
26/54,876,000 = about 4.74e-7..... or 0.000000474 fatalities per student.

Ok, in those 2 military operations there are about 20000 soldiers, combined.
13/20000 = 0.00065 fatalities per soldier.

So, the death rate for the military is over 1370 times HIGHER than the rate for the schoolkid.
3) Message boards : Politics : Another example of USA Gun Laws (or lack of...)? (Message 1936625)
Posted 22 May 2018 by Profile KWSN - MajorKong
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The second doesn't have to be overturned, it just has to be enforced correctly. Sorry SCOTUS but your present interpretation is wrong. The term "to bare arms" is a military term and has no use in a civilian setting. It would only have been recognised as such by Founding Fathers in the 18th century.

So therefore the rights to firearms only applies if you belong to the Militia. As there is no requirement for a militia these days because you now have an Army, the right "to bare arms" is obselete.


Just how screwed up is your reasoning here? Totally.

Even IF SCOTUS is totally wrong when it said the right to keep/bear arms does not depend on militia status (which it is not), that does not eliminate very many people. You seem to have no idea about the current status/size of the various State Militias in the USA.

OK, let us quote US Federal Law on the subject...


10 U.S.C.

United States Code
Title 10 - ARMED FORCES
Subtitle A - General Military Law
PART I - ORGANIZATION AND GENERAL MILITARY POWERS
CHAPTER 13 - THE MILITIA
Sec. 311 - Militia: composition and classes

§311. Militia: composition and classes

(a) The militia of the United States consists of all able-bodied males at least 17 years of age and, except as provided in section 313 of title 32, under 45 years of age who are, or who have made a declaration of intention to become, citizens of the United States and of female citizens of the United States who are members of the National Guard.

(b) The classes of the militia are—

(1) the organized militia, which consists of the National Guard and the Naval Militia; and

(2) the unorganized militia, which consists of the members of the militia who are not members of the National Guard or the Naval Militia.

(Aug. 10, 1956, ch. 1041, 70A Stat. 14; Pub. L. 85–861, §1(7), Sept. 2, 1958, 72 Stat. 1439; Pub. L. 103–160, div. A, title V, §524(a), Nov. 30, 1993, 107 Stat. 1656.)



Sec 313 of Title 32 U.S.C. just extends the upper age limit for the militia to 64 if the person has been in the regular army/navy/marine corps/air force...

But, even the most basic number (men 17-45) is around 59 million people right there....

And YES... We STILL have and use State Militias, in a very significant way.

The 'organized militia' (National Guard/Naval Militia) make up between 1/4th and 1/3rd of our total military strength and have been heavily used in the various military actions we have been in over the last 55 to 60 years.

And be glad that SCOTUS has ruled it to be an individual right, and not restricted it to militia only, because their decision allows some hope of regulating what people have... if it was militia only, you would have somewhere well over 50 million people demanding full military weapons (M16s, etc.).
4) Message boards : Politics : Profits 1st, Safety 2nd? (Message 1934641)
Posted 9 May 2018 by Profile KWSN - MajorKong
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Back pockets need filling :-)


ROFLMAO...

Things are that way all over.... DART had 1 billion US$ go 'missing'.... The DART chairperson resigned... Corruption involving the Dallas City Council, specifically campaign finance misdeeds involving the Mayor of Dallas's campaign... The DART Chairperson got arrested and charged with tampering with a government record involving said corruption... Shortly thereafter the DART Chairperson and her husband were found dead in a 'murder-suicide'.

And you all think only Federal politics in the USA is a circus show? HAH!
5) Message boards : Politics : Profits 1st, Safety 2nd? (Message 1934628)
Posted 9 May 2018 by Profile KWSN - MajorKong
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Howdy,

I got a question for you all.

The 'company' involved here... ATAC SpA... Is ATAC SpA what we would call a 'publicly traded corporation' (as implied by the SpA), or is it a Government Agency, or a combination of the two??

In the Dallas Texas area, I can recall a few bus fires (about 5 over the last 10 years) but nowhere near the 22 ATAC had in Rome last year, or the 9 they have had so far this year.

Yes, I know that Rome is about 4 times the population of Dallas, and ATAC has almost 4 times as many buses as DART, but dayum.... something ain't right here. 1 bus fire here on average every 2 years... multiply by 4 to scale up to the population and number of buses... thats 2 bus fires a year.... far cry from the 22 ATAC had last year...

And yes, for the record, DART (Dallas Area Rapid Transit) is a Government Agency. Not Federal... Not State... but Local. They are supported by a combination of the fares and (to help hold fares down to a level that is affordable) taxes. We don't have a problem doing maintenance on our buses... Why does Rome?
6) Message boards : Politics : the Personalities Of and Gripes About People Who Post in the Donald Trump, Korea, Gun, Middle East or Police Threads Thread (Message 1933670)
Posted 4 May 2018 by Profile KWSN - MajorKong
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Branches of Government
To ensure a separation of powers, the U.S. Federal Government is made up of three branches: legislative, executive and judicial. To ensure the government is effective and citizens’ rights are protected, each branch has its own powers and responsibilities, including working with the other branches.

If the system allows corruption then the underlined has not been fulfilled.


#1: The underlined does not mention corruption.

#2: The underlined is a contradiction. As Governmental effectiveness increases, the rights of citizens decrease.

Why does it seem that you and a number of others spend so much time in criticism of the US? Do you seriously wish to have that turned upon yourselves and your nation(s)?
7) Message boards : Politics : the Personalities Of and Gripes About People Who Post in the Donald Trump, Korea, Gun, Middle East or Police Threads Thread (Message 1933665)
Posted 4 May 2018 by Profile KWSN - MajorKong
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So according to you the US government does not operate as designed with three parts the Executive, the Legislative and the Judicial, which is supposed to ensure no one part has unrestrained power.
Either it is in operation and no part can be corrupt because of the oversight of the other two branches, or the US system of Federal government has failed. Which is it?


No, you do not understand...

Power corrupts. Corruption is unavoidable.

Separation of powers is not to prevent corruption, but to limit the amount of damage the inevitable corruption can do until we can get the corrupt bastards out of office.

We even take it a step further with multiple levels of Government: 'Federal', 'State', 'County' (or County analog), 'School District', and for those living in a city the 'City', and some places have more than these 4 or 5. Each level has a separation of powers within itself, AND a separation of powers between the various levels. We KNOW that Government officials will be corrupt. Sadly, it can take a while to get the corrupt bastards out of office. After all, one does not want to make it too easy, for then some people will call a difference of opinion on various political issues corruption, and we don't want that.
8) Message boards : Politics : Greatest Best Leader of ALL TIME Yep Dat BeeeZZZ Big BIg BIG Hands Golden Haired Long Black Coat Wearin; WINNING ALWAYS Prez #45 45ers Gots His Back. You, Not So Much.......Yap (Message 1933239)
Posted 2 May 2018 by Profile KWSN - MajorKong
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Totally nasty... Worse than Carling Black Label... Combination of horse urine and chicken feces.

LOL, do you really know what that tastes like?


Sadly, yes.... from doing some agricultural work.

One of my horses (mare) urinated while I was working on its rear hooves... And cleaning out a chicken house, its dusty and one cannot breath without inhaling it.


Got any more pseudo-witty come-backs? I know you were trying to be funny, but those were not pleasant memories, even though they were from 40-some-odd years ago.
9) Message boards : Politics : Greatest Best Leader of ALL TIME Yep Dat BeeeZZZ Big BIg BIG Hands Golden Haired Long Black Coat Wearin; WINNING ALWAYS Prez #45 45ers Gots His Back. You, Not So Much.......Yap (Message 1933234)
Posted 2 May 2018 by Profile KWSN - MajorKong
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Truly the standard by which all other presidential sibling's antics are judged, Billy burst onto the national scene as the boisterous, hard-drinking counterpoint to his pious, reserved brother

Never tried 'Billy Beer'.

Has anyone and how was it?


Totally nasty... Worse than Carling Black Label... Combination of horse urine and chicken feces.
10) Message boards : Politics : Greatest Best Leader of ALL TIME Yep Dat BeeeZZZ Big BIg BIG Hands Golden Haired Long Black Coat Wearin; WINNING ALWAYS Prez #45 45ers Gots His Back. You, Not So Much.......Yap (Message 1933130)
Posted 2 May 2018 by Profile KWSN - MajorKong
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Knowledge Quiz

Which American President made this speech?


"We need patience and good will, but we really need to realize that there is a limit to the role and the function of government. Government cannot solve our problems, it can’t set our goals, it cannot define our vision.”


Wasn't it peanuts, (brother of Billy 'he who peed on a wall in an alley')? Never in the history of the USA has a more moral person been elected President... And peanuts, because of that, was EXTREMELY unsuited to the position.




Truly the standard by which all other presidential sibling's antics are judged, Billy burst onto the national scene as the boisterous, hard-drinking counterpoint to his pious, reserved brother

11) Message boards : Politics : Greatest Best Leader of ALL TIME Yep Dat BeeeZZZ Big BIg BIG Hands Golden Haired Long Black Coat Wearin; WINNING ALWAYS Prez #45 45ers Gots His Back. You, Not So Much.......Yap (Message 1933116)
Posted 2 May 2018 by Profile KWSN - MajorKong
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With 325 million people in the USA, you don't have anyone worthwhile to lead the "greatest country in the world


We have plenty... The problem is that those that are worthwhile do NOT want the job... They know better than to go swimming in that hellswamp that is D.C.
12) Message boards : Politics : Greatest Best Leader of ALL TIME Yep Dat BeeeZZZ Big BIg BIG Hands Golden Haired Long Black Coat Wearin; WINNING ALWAYS Prez #45 45ers Gots His Back. You, Not So Much.......Yap (Message 1932889)
Posted 30 Apr 2018 by Profile KWSN - MajorKong
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Why would Pence need S.S. protection if, as the NRA would have us believe, the VP would be in the safest place possible.


Simple:

Federal law: 18 U.S. Code § 3056 - Powers, authorities, and duties of United States Secret Service
https://www.law.cornell.edu/uscode/text/18/3056

(a) Under the direction of the Secretary of Homeland Security, the United States Secret Service is authorized to protect the following persons:

(1) The President, the Vice President (or other officer next in the order of succession to the Office of President), the President-elect, and the Vice President-elect.

(2) The immediate families of those individuals listed in paragraph (1).

(3) Former Presidents and their spouses for their lifetimes, except that protection of a spouse shall terminate in the event of remarriage.

(4) Children of a former President who are under 16 years of age.

(5) Visiting heads of foreign states or foreign governments.

(6) Other distinguished foreign visitors to the United States and official representatives of the United States performing special missions abroad when the President directs that such protection be provided.

(7) Major Presidential and Vice Presidential candidates and, within 120 days of the general Presidential election, the spouses of such candidates. As used in this paragraph, the term “major Presidential and Vice Presidential candidates” means those individuals identified as such by the Secretary of Homeland Security after consultation with an advisory committee consisting of the Speaker of the House of Representatives, the minority leader of the House of Representatives, the majority and minority leaders of the Senate, and one additional member selected by the other members of the committee. The Committee shall not be subject to the Federal Advisory Committee Act (5 U.S.C. App. 2).

(8) Former Vice Presidents, their spouses, and their children who are under 16 years of age, for a period of not more than six months after the date the former Vice President leaves office. The Secretary of Homeland Security shall have the authority to direct the Secret Service to provide temporary protection for any of these individuals at any time thereafter if the Secretary of Homeland Security or designee determines that information or conditions warrant such protection.

The protection authorized in paragraphs (2) through (8) may be declined.


Note: protection in (1) may NOT be declined. Pence does not, therefore, have a choice. Federal law.
13) Message boards : Politics : Greatest Best Leader of ALL TIME Yep Dat BeeeZZZ Big BIg BIG Hands Golden Haired Long Black Coat Wearin; WINNING ALWAYS Prez #45 45ers Gots His Back. You, Not So Much.......Yap (Message 1932872)
Posted 30 Apr 2018 by Profile KWSN - MajorKong
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Read the post & report again. It refers to the NRA :-)

The NRA say's the safest places are those where all the good guy's (read NRA supporters) are armed.
So why are guns banned where and when Pence speaks?

Make a guess why private guns are banned from President and Vice President appearances.


Heh... The article says why...

The S.S. (U.S. Secret Service) doesn't allow them. Protection of the President/Vice President. And it is not just firearms...


ATTENTION: The Arena is under the jurisdiction of the U.S. Secret Service during the Leadership Forum.

By entering this area, you are consenting to a search of your person and belongings. The following items are prohibited inside the Arena:

• Aerosols
• Ammunition
• Backpacks
• Bags larger than 18”x13”x7”
• Drones and other unmanned aircraft systems
• Firearms
• Glass, Thermal, or Metal Containers
• Gun Parts, Holsters, Magazines, etc
• Knives
• Laser Pointers
• Mace/Pepper Spray
• Selfie Sticks
• Signs
• Toy guns
• Weapons of any kind
• Any other item determine to be potential safety hazards

https://www.nraam.org/media/2612/am2018-secret-service-notice.pdf (This was linked in the article).
14) Message boards : Politics : Greatest Best Leader of ALL TIME Yep Dat BeeeZZZ Big BIg BIG Hands Golden Haired Long Black Coat Wearin; WINNING ALWAYS Prez #45 45ers Gots His Back. You, Not So Much.......Yap (Message 1932499)
Posted 28 Apr 2018 by Profile KWSN - MajorKong
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You might try to say the same about the best ball game Rugby, but there any player is free to kick the ball at any during normal play.

True, and it is more fun also.


betreger,

I would tend to agree with you on this one.

Back many years ago in college I had a friend (from Bristol, England) that lived in the same dorm as I did... He used to play every year in the intramural rugby league. It looked fun, and he used to say it was a game one needed to play while drunk (for the pain relief), but then it really wasn't my cup of tea. I much preferred to play the sport most of the rest of the world knew as football, and I thought (and still do) that 'American football' kinda sucks.
15) Message boards : Politics : I hope that this cop gets to feel the full force of the law. #4 (Message 1932026)
Posted 26 Apr 2018 by Profile KWSN - MajorKong
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How about some here learn to read English?
Thank God that over 99.9999% of Law Enforcement aren't mass murdering rapists.
That doesn't mean that 99.9999% of Law Enforcement is criminal!
They who are mass murdering rapists are very criminal though.
Perhaps 0.0001% of them are.
Anyone having an idea how many they are?

.14% of 765,000 = 107,100. Not the 1100 referenced.

Appears that more than one poster has a problem with decimals :)


Clyde,

I agree with a substantial amount of what you say.

But, please... Stop arguing this arithmetic. You are... not correct.

Given the quantity 765,000:

0.14 of it is 107,100

14% of it is 107,100

0.14% of it is 1071.
16) Message boards : Politics : Greatest Best Leader of ALL TIME Yep Dat BeeeZZZ Big BIg BIG Hands Golden Haired Long Black Coat Wearin; WINNING ALWAYS Prez #45 45ers Gots His Back. You, Not So Much.......Yap (Message 1931838)
Posted 25 Apr 2018 by Profile KWSN - MajorKong
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Without an 'unfair' advantage over the other parties under the law, the Republicans and the Democrats couldn't maintain their domination of the political party landscape. That advantage is that those two parties do not have to qualify to be on the ballots every election year... the other parties do.
In simple terms: A corrupt practice.


Yes, it is corrupt practice. I've been saying that for decades, since I left the Republican party in the mid 1980s over a combination of the above mentioned corruption and the fact that the Ds and Rs don't really stand for anything other than 'we are not them'....

An example of what I am talking about:
https://www.lp.org/libertarians-challenge-ga-ballot-access-law-federal-court/

The lawsuit, filed on Nov. 21, challenges a state requirement that any political party receiving less than 20 percent of the votes for governor or 20 percent for president in the entire country must obtain notarized signatures from 5 percent of eligible voters in the district in order to place a congressional candidate on the ballot. This requirement has never been met, by any party.




The Libertarian party is more successful in getting ballot access than any other 'minor' party. Currently 39 of the 50 States (plus D.C.) ('choice' in the above graphic means Libertarian party ballot access).

You want elections in the U.S.A. to be better? Allow ALL political parties ballot access. End the dominance of both the Ds and the Rs... Give us a meaningful choice.
17) Message boards : Politics : Russia in the 21st Century #2 (Message 1931627)
Posted 23 Apr 2018 by Profile KWSN - MajorKong
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Hmm and Blin...
Russian Businessman Releases 'Novichok' Line of Cooking Oil
The Novichok oil will be marketed under the motto “products for a long life,” together with a logo bearing KGB insignia.
https://themoscowtimes.com/news/russian-businessman-releases-novichok-line-cooking-oil-61227

KGB insignia.

Semechki https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nsPFdxMAG6o


Ewww... sunflower oil... yuck...
18) Message boards : Politics : Greatest Best Leader of ALL TIME Yep Dat BeeeZZZ Big BIg BIG Hands Golden Haired Long Black Coat Wearin; WINNING ALWAYS Prez #45 45ers Gots His Back. You, Not So Much.......Yap (Message 1931626)
Posted 23 Apr 2018 by Profile KWSN - MajorKong
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Lots of hot air expelled in the last year over the 'unfair' Electoral College..............but not one word regarding Dim-o-crats 'Super'Delegates and the Repugnants closed caucuses...

False equivalency, The electorial college is matter of law, the political parties are not, and are subject to the governance of their respective power structures.


Man, betreger, you can't even get your objection correct.

The electoral college is a matter of the U.S. Federal Constitution. The political parties are partly a matter of some Federal and mostly State law, and partly a matter of their own power structure.

Without an 'unfair' advantage over the other parties under the law, the Republicans and the Democrats couldn't maintain their domination of the political party landscape. That advantage is that those two parties do not have to qualify to be on the ballots every election year... the other parties do.
19) Message boards : Politics : Trade War (Message 1930909)
Posted 19 Apr 2018 by Profile KWSN - MajorKong
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Unless one wishes to live under the economic yoke of the expanding Chinese empire.

How do we stop (edit: or at least slowdown) their economic expansion and control?


Quit importing all their stuff...

Is the temporary but unavoidable economic 'hit' we would have to endure to protect our workers and our industries in the future politically possible?


Politically possible? Not the way politics is these days... And that is sad.

Everyone is too focused on the short-term, and ignoring the medium and long-term.
20) Message boards : Politics : Trade War (Message 1930898)
Posted 19 Apr 2018 by Profile KWSN - MajorKong
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Unless one wishes to live under the economic yoke of the expanding Chinese empire.

How do we stop (edit: or at least slowdown) their economic expansion and control?


Quit importing all their stuff...


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