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‘The Hive’ – Please Talk Amongst Yourselves

Here is our usual weekend discussion thread once again, where comments on the general topics of the day are very welcome.

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This article was posted by Steve on Friday, March 8th, 2013. Comments are currently closed.

5 Responses to “‘The Hive’ – Please Talk Amongst Yourselves”

  1. Mithrandir says:



    Senate Bill Would Take Guns from Mentally Ill

    Expect the list of reasons to ban gun ownership to expand beyond original intentions. (just like every piece of legislation!)

    Frank Lautenberg add-on, takes away guns for any “domestic” disturbance. You can get in a bar fight and kick the crap out of anyone you want, but if your “friends with benefits” partner lies to the police, they take your guns away. NO misdemeanor should eliminate a Constitutional Right, thanks Frank and Republicans who approved this!

    Anyone taking depression medication voluntary or involuntary. It’s just not a good time to own a gun!

    Anyone VOLUNTARILY committing themselves to psychiatric care. —of course the government will know because now they have all of your medical records thanks to Obamacare.

    Anyone caught drunk driving. Why should you have a gun if you can’t even drive a car?

    Anyone who makes threats verbally or online. You are just too dangerous to be in possession of a firearm.

    Any person committing any number of misdemeanors, and the list will expand to eventually include everyone.

    Any person who is caught with an unregistered weapon will not be allowed to buy one legally. Which of course will push that person back into the black market for the rest of his life.

    Any person who violated state gun laws will be stripped of their right to ever own one.

    Any person who returns from areas of military conflict will eventually be barred from gun ownership. PTSD you know.

    Any person who acts in a violent way either during childhood or adulthood will be banned from gun ownership.

    Any person convicted of a drug crime.

    Any person violating gun “safe zones” such as public schools, will lose their right to own a gun.

    Any person who does what the lawyers don’t like will be punished with gun restrictions.

    Of course, PARTY MEMBERS will be waived from all restrictions to gun ownership. Prosecutors will reduce charges for members, courts will not punish known party members, local sheriffs will approve concealed carry for party members, and of course donors. Members can easily have their rights restored by governors or presidents. Members can have their files sealed or expunged whenever they want.

    LAWS ARE ONLY FILTERS to catch and punish non-party members, and allow members to sneak through and enjoy the full benefits.
    BAKSHEESH! What? Did you think 40,000 new laws every year is an accident? They keep score you know. If you want to cake-walk through the red tape, you better donate heavily for services you may need, or sit in the backlog like everyone else. Who says the Arabs are they only ones with pay to play social policies?

  2. captstubby says:

    Why do we have immigration laws?

    “It’s really quite simple: they are designed to protect Americans and U.S. society from things that are seen at the time as dangerous or bad for us. While immigration to this country is, overall, a good thing, not all things about it are good. Immigration laws are designed to control those things that are not.

    Since the mid-1960s, our immigration laws have been intended to protect us in four major areas. In no particular order, they are:

    Public safety – Alien criminals may not enter the U.S. legally or remain here except in extraordinary circumstances. At one time, protecting public morals was seen as a public safety issue, so prostitutes, polygamists, sexual deviates and some others were not allowed to come here. The idea of public morality seems a quaint concept now, but once upon a time it was important to us.

    Public health – For decades carriers of contagious diseases or those afflicted with physical or mental diseases affecting their ability to support themselves were not allowed to enter the U.S. To a large degree, most of those have fallen by the wayside in the actual application of the law, but they are still on the books.

    Jobs – In one way or another, most people earn a living by selling their sweat to someone else who needs it. Sweat is like any other commodity; as it becomes more available it becomes cheaper, that is, wages go down when there’s lots of it available. Immigration adds to the pool of sweat, so to keep immigration from depressing wages too much we have limited it to varying degrees over the years.

    National Security – Foreigners who would harm the country cannot come here, but the definition of who that is changes with time. Once upon a time it was Communists and Nazis; now it’s terrorists, for instance.

    Our entire body of immigration law starts with this fundamental concept: no foreigner may come to the United States without our permission. The law then sets about defining who can get permission and under what circumstances. For instance, the law says that anyone coming to perform skilled or unskilled labor may not enter unless he has a certification . . . well, never mind. It all gets very complicated once you get into the “unlesses” that apply to every facet of immigration laws. But FYI, the term “work permit” is nowhere in the law, and neither is “guest worker.”

    Some people assume that our immigration laws are racist or biased in favor of certain nationalities. Not so now, although it was true for a long time. Orientals, for instance, were not allowed to immigrate to the U.S. and there were national quotas for immigration, with the quotas being weighted to give preference to northern Europeans, then later, to natives of the Western Hemisphere. That is no longer so; the last vestige of race or national origin in the law disappeared in 1965.

    Just remember this: our immigration laws are not whimsical. They exist for a reason, and they adapt over time to new reasons, becoming more strict or less strict in any particular area as society’s needs, desires, and perceptions change. For more than thirty years we have ignored the fact that there are good reasons for immigration laws and allowed illegal immigration on an unimaginable scale. We are now paying the price for that.”

    The National Association of Former Border Patrol Officers’ paramount mission is to contribute to the security and stability of the United States. To that end, we shall propose and be advocates for immigration laws and policies that we believe serve those national interests, and we will oppose those that do not.

  3. canary says:

    Google Glass. First I heard of these computers on eye-glasses.


  4. captstubby says:

    “Jedi mind- meld.”

    Published March 10, 2013
    | FoxNews.com

    After a week of President Obama extending lunch and dinner invites to congressional Republicans, ahead of the next budget battle, party leaders are expressing cautious optimism about the president being sincere – not just leading a so-called charm offensive.

    Bram Stoker
    Chapter 1
    Jonathan Harker’s Journal

    an elderly man in white shirt-sleeves returned with a letter:
    “My friend.–Welcome ,…I am anxiously expecting you.
    .–Your friend, Dracula.”

    Just before I was leaving, the old lady came up to my room and said in a hysterical way: “Must you go? Oh! Young Herr, must you go?” …
    there was business to be done, and I could allow nothing to interfere with it.
    I tried to raise her up, and said, as gravely as I could, that I thanked her, but my duty was imperative, and that I must go.
    She then rose and dried her eyes, and taking a crucifix from her neck offered it to me.
    she put the rosary round my neck and said, “For your mother’s sake,” …

    I stood close to a great door, old and studded with large iron nails, and set in a projecting doorway of massive stone.
    Then there was the sound of rattling chains and the clanking of massive bolts drawn back. A key was turned with the loud grating noise of long disuse, and the great door swung back.

    “Welcome to my house! Enter freely and of your own free will!”

  5. canary says:

    Al Gore states Al Jazeera is “high quality, honest to goodness” news in the global world, and the NRA is a fraud

    Mar 11 2013 – By Elizabeth Harrington

    “You just sold your TV network to Al Jazeera, which is owned by a government and that government is basically a big—nothing but an oil producer,” NowThis News asked Gore.

    “And they’re producing exactly the kind of fuel you think is a terrible danger to the planet. How could you do that?”

    “I think that the addition of a very high-quality, 24-7, honest-to-goodness news channel that covers international news as well as national — …”

    While Al Jazeera is “honest-to-goodness news,” Gore also said at the SXSW conference that the National Rifle Association is a “complete fraud.”


    Al Gore appears and sounds so strange. He should fire his armed body guards and hire a nanny.

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