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Too bad we don't have political leaders with spines. Most accidents could easily be avoided if we had some real laws pertaining to the art and science of driving.
How about this:
First offense for driving while on the phone, texting, eating, putting on makeup, or any other form of taking your mind off the road = 1 week license suspension.
Second offense = 1 month of suspension.
Third offense = you're walking forever. If you're too immature to drive like a rsponsible adult, then you can't drive.
Driving while under the influence of any substance equals the same penalties. If you cause an accident while doing anything stupid, your license is gone forever.
Everything in our country is easily fixable, but that would take some decency and guts on the part of those baboons we elect to represent us. Ain't gonna happen.4 months ago
There have alway s been mentally ill people. The big differences now are two-fold. One is the fact that the past two generations have grown up with violence as being normal - it's in the movies, on TV, and those disgusting video games. So when someone goes off the deep end, instead of simpy harming themself or one or two others, they can obtain a weapon that shoots 30, 40 or more rounds in a few seconds and can kill lots of others. The gratuitous violence in the media was warned about by those of us in medicine 50 years ago. Of course, all the brainless jerks said we were blowing smoke.
The other part of this tragedy is the availability of many things that easily interfere with normal brain functioning, such as prescription and illegal drugs, alcohol, wireless everything (huge increase in neuro disorders among newborns in the past 20 years), and of course both parents who are too busy working to buy that Lexus or million-dollar house to pay attention to their children.
Whie everything was far from perfect when I grew up, at least we has a semblance of family and community, along with some positive role models and common sense. While technology is terrific, it also allows many humans to abrogate their responsibilities to devices and allow electronics to raise the kids. Machines and programs do not have a sense of decency or any ethical values at all. Where do you think elementary, middle, and high schoolers get the ideas they have come from?5 months ago
All these mergers will soon become one giant company that owns everything. Yuk.5 months ago
Lefty: I hate to tell you, but you are the one very misinformed. Housing projects for the welfare crowd NEVER improves anything for anyone. Within a decade they are just as trashed as the buildings they replaced and the crime problems continue to go up. I've was involved in public health in four cities (NY, Baltimore, Dayton, & Cincinnati) and my comments are from 30 years of personal experience, not doo-doo read on the internet. Here in cincinnait the projects cause about 75% - 80% of all violent crime in the city. The new projects they built in NY & Baltimore were destroyed by the low-lifes within ten years. Yea, projects for welfare scum is just what we need to blow money on. As a flaming liberal, why don't you send them more tax money for this "great" cause?5 months ago
Bubba: it appears that yyou are one of those liberals who believe that every conservative thinks that we need zero government. Hate to tell you, but that's absurd. No one in their right mind would think that. A central government is vital to the functioning of a nation. However, and think this through real carefully, a federal bureaucracy that is so huge and overly-intrusive is just as bad as the zero-based one. Our elected officials have pushed us to the brink of bankruptcy with a trillion dollar deficit every year to fund your wonderful social freebie programs. How long do you really think we can keep that up? Do you also realize that almost half of our population is on some sort of government program? What happens when the takers actually outnumber the providers? There's going to be a boatload of welfare folks who are going to starve to death. I have more than enough for me and my family. I hope you are not one of those who wait for uncle sam to send you a check every month, because your time is drawing down very rapidly. There's simply not enough money on Earth to support 150 million people.6 months ago
Generally speaking, the last real "war" we had on anyting was WW2. After that, all we have are playful adventures against communism, dictators, drugs, poverty, diseases, and all else we say we want to "eliminate". What a joke. I was the medical director at a state prison years ago and saw first hand why this so-called "war" on drugs is not working. When the slime gets arrested for selling drugs, he then receives free room and board, free medical and dental care, a gym to play ball in, a library to lounge around in, free college courses, recreation time, and a TV in-cell. Terrific punishment for dirt-bags who sell this garbage to kids (I have no problem with imbecile adults who choose to use drugs. Let them killl themselves and save the rest of us the cost of treating them).
For those of you who do eschew the legalization of all drugs, I ask the following question: do we really need more substances that will add to the number of OD's, impaired driving, ER visits (most of whom have no insurance), domestic violence, or neighborhood street crimes (you really think that legalizing it will decrease the number of users?). Making something legal does not necessarily reduce it's cost. Most druggies have little to no legal income, so crime will NOT go down. Stop and get some real information and facts before opening your mouth. By the way, I love the folks who use the garbage internet (al la the above mentioned video) to "prove" anything.6 months ago
For those of you who feel that your beliefs should be forced on the rest of us, think about the delightful history of religion. More wars have been started over religion than any other topic. More people have been killed becuse, "my god and my religion is the one true one and you and your religion are evil". Most despots in the past have claimed a religious background for their hoffific acts, including Hitler, Mousselini, Pope Urban and the crusades, the various inquisitions, the KKK in America (good protestants all), the black panthers, most skinhead groups, andof course all politicians. Yes, I reealize that people of true faith in any religion do not do bad things, that does not negate the negatives. Your faith is YOUR property and ends at my mind and physical presence.
As a side note, more people declare themselves as not religious each year because of the hypocracy and evil in so many of these group's hierarchy and leaders. Finally, since 90% of everything in the bible cannot ever be proven (and religious scholors admit this), excepting the actual historical figures (Pontious Pilate, Herod, etc), stop trying to shove your beliefs down my throat.6 months ago
The saddest thing in this abortion debate is the simple fact that so many avid anti-abortionists (for any reason) are totally ignorant of actual data and facts on the subject they yell and scream about.
After spending 40 years in nursing, medicine, and community health I can give you some insights into this area of thought.
First of all, the fact of the matter is that if a woman wants an abortion, she'll get one.
In line with that, any procedure done with a professional provider in a sterile setting is preferable to one done in a lmuch less desirable place with who-knows-who is performing the procedure.
Secondly, I have no problem with anyone offering help to a pregnant female, offering information, or providing alternatives to an abortion. I do have a huge problem with the holier-than--thou folks trying to force their beliefs on others, and that's not just in the abortion discussion. The rights to your beiiefs end at my mind and body.
Third, very few females get an abortion because it's inconvenient or annoying to have a baby. Most are deeply in trouble, either emotionally, economically, socially, or any combination of those factors. Most of the women I counseled over the years opted for adoption and I did not have to shower them with "blood and guts" trash to get my point across. I simply hooked them up with the proper agency to facilitate a good adoption family.
Fourth. I really get ticked off when the religious right in this country blasts the Islamic nutjiobs for harming Christians, but they see no harm in forcing their beleifs on to those who differ from them. Hypocracy at it's finest.
Finally, for those of you too ignorant to understand the concept of freedom, let me provide one example. When you want to force others to follow your beliefs, even for a "noble" cause, it is no different than any other dictator, despot, extremist murdering group, or any other brerach of sensibility. You realize that the crusades were done for a "holy" cause, as were the various inquisitions, witch hunts, and lynchings of people for no reason other than to protect one group's "stuff".6 months ago
The same mentality that says "no one chooses to be poor" is the same mentality that states, "no one chooses to be a drug addict, an alcoholic, an obese person, a compuslive gambler, a child abuser, or any other position in life". since this paper doesn't allow foul language, I'll jsut say male cow excretement. For most of the things that come our way in life, we sure as heck DO choose the path we are on.
As part of my medical career, I spent many years doing community health in 3 different cities and their suburbs during the past 40 years. Many of the poor decided they didn't like it and worked their butts off to change that position. Just as many simply sat on their tush and demanded the government take care of them. Those traits are passed onto the kids who continue the same pattern for the most part. Many poor people seem to have enough money for beer, cigarettes, and lottery tickets - just ask anyone who works in the convenience industry.
the ticket out of poverty is NOT handouts, but an ethic that says I'm going to change this. With all the free money for higher education over the past half century, there's no reason many people don't have the skills needed to get a decent job. I grew up in the slums of Brooklyn. A mostly Jewsih neighborhood and everyone of us was as poor as a schul mouse. We all did OK and most of us went on to become a professional or an enterpreneur. We had family involvement and god help us if we went to school and caused trouble. We also had trophies for academics in our hallways at school. Now you only mean anything if you can throw a ball around.
What I'm trying to say with this rant is that poverty is a state of affairs that can be changed if you really want to. It does take work and time however. There are no magic bullits.6 months ago
Since we're in the hole for 16 trillion already and add to that at the rate of 1 trillion a year, nothing the baboons in DC do will help. When a nation has almost half of their citizens on some type of public assistance or social program, that society is doomed. The politicians have been talking about tax reform since I was a kid 60 years ago. Nothing ever gets fixed because the more complicated a system is, the easier it is to steal from it and the slime in Washington know this very well. As a nation, our values have dramatically changed over the past few generations. We used to value education and hard work. Now we value sports, mindless entertainment, and our cell phones. Parents used to raise thier children. Now the TV and computer do that job. We're in a downward spiral in all ways and I see no end to it.6 months ago