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The "government" type solution is the "Do Not Call Registry"; with good intentions and somewhat effective. However, many calls get through still. The market's solution, call ID phones so you can see who is calling; much more effective at screening calls.
Whoops, related to the link below on organizations; here is the link to the survey of almost 15,000 law enforcement personel from all ranks.
Interesting article by admittedly, ultra left wing economist and NY Times op-ed writer Paul Krugman. The IMF was founded by John Maynard Keynes and Henry Dexter White - an interesting mix. There is much debate on whether Keynes was a socialist; Forbes defends him. But White was exposed as having ties with Soviet spies and passing secrets to them. It makes me wonder about the credibility of the IMF economists in Krugman's source citing if one of the founders was a Communist. Others hold that both had views similar to Karl Marx, though slightly different in practice - the gist of which is almost identical.
The bottom line: I don't put the credibility in the IMF that Krugman does.
Actually, I believe that the "right to choose" has cheapened the general view of human life. I have yet to have a "pro-choicer" tell me when the right time is for one individual human being to be able to choose whether or not another individual human being has the right to have their life "terminated". A woman may be the "host" by nature, but the fetus is an entirely distinct human (not an appendage of a woman's body) with their own genetic markers, distinct DNA patterns, and their own "identity". When do I have the right to choose whether they live or not! Many people site medical reasons, but that is rubbish; most are done for "convenience" including partial birth abortions (very few are medically necessary). All this does "cheapen" the view of the sanctity of life and the individual. It has everything to do with why someone is able to take another's life without thought (mental health excluded and there are many more instances of murder for anger reasons and such). Why would I kill someone for their "Nike" tennis shoes? It is easier if I don't view there life as the pinnacle of sanctity and value. However, murder has been with us since the beginning of documented time, and the source comes from a nature (all mankind is born with it) that is basically selfish in focus (we learn to be unselfish). No legislation can stop it; only a redemptive effort and transformation or laws based in, in our case historically, Judeo-Christian rule of law developed mainly in England prior to the founding of the USA.
So, if it from the UN it MUST be true. What about the five surrounding Arab nations NOT honoring their part and shooting bombs into Israel pre-1967? While Israel may have initiated raids, they were in response to Arab hostilities. So, they conquered the land back for self-preservation since parts of Israel were around 9 miles wide. The Golan Heights were used a rocket and bomb launching lands. So, you can quote the UN (with about as much credibility as Bernie Madoff in many cases) all you want, but Syria allowed terrorists to run raids, and that started the whole thing. How short our memories!
What is the difference between "conquered" lands (as most countries in that region were or are, and stolen). So really, Muhammed stole the land from the decendents of Abraham (jews or Hebrews) in the first place . Of course Abraham was from Ur of the Chaldese which was the southern part of modern day Iran. So whose land is it really? It is Abraham's and king Davids land which was stolen by the Muhammedan's.
They say, " Never discuss Religion and Politics"! However, that is for people who don't want to discuss 98% of what touches our lives. Indeed. prior generations DID discuss both Religion and Politics, and it resulted in "America". That is a good result to both discussions, and I am grateful for the land we llive in (even with it's faults and benefits)!
As I have previously stated, I would have chosen a more covert type operation (drones, etc.) after Saadam was deposed (of his and his sons horrific crimes against the Kurds - WMDs I might add and that is fact not fiction). Unfortunately, Bill Clinton so gutted the covert intelligence operations we were left with a shell of an operation that was a shadow of the former days – especially after the cold war was over and we felt we “don’t have such a need for it” – is that why he let Bin Laden go after Sudan captured him? However, I do understand the need for some type of stability after the invasion as it is alluded to. We are all nice Monday morning quarterbacks after the fact, but we were NOT there and only speak from conjecture. As Teddy Roosevelt says, ""It is not the critic who counts: not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles or where the doer of deeds could have done better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood, who strives valiantly, who errs and comes up short again and again, because there is no effort without error or shortcoming, but who knows the great enthusiasms, the great devotions, who spends himself for a worthy cause; who, at the best, knows, in the end, the triumph of high achievement, and who, at the worst, if he fails, at least he fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who knew neither victory nor defeat.".....Citizenship in a Republic,"...Speech at the Sorbonne, Paris, April 23, 1910 I was not there, was not in the room with the intelligence (of which all partisans - Democrat and Republican - including Bill Clinton before Bush) that seemed to point to WMD possessions. Of course, once you hit a munitions depot with a cruise missile, not much else it left or detectable (which is what we did before we ever went in on the ground). I did not hear the advice, and therefore, am totally unqualified as all who are making this post so far, to speak to the decision points that made the decision to stay and set up a democratic republic (which the longevity still remains to be seen unless you are some type of soothsayer). I do think that setting up some type of civil government was a good concept and that changing the educational system to be less biased against people of Western faiths and countries was an honorable endeavor given the disaster of 9-11-2001 and the subsequent potential threat (remember as many or more died in that event than in Pearl Harbor and that started our involvement in WWII which resulted in the following as is best documented: Civilians killed totaled from 38 to 55 million, including 13 to 20 million from war-related disease and famine. It is best estimated that the total military dead: from 22 to 25 million, including deaths in captivity of about 5 million prisoners of war, deaths and countless other injuries). It seems our memories (or the current revisionist professors at most major universities) are very short lived, and we put too much stock in the internet (everything on the internet is true don't you know) and in the bloviating of the opinionates (whether left or right). Until we are actually sitting in those seats at the moment of time, we are not even qualified to make a sound judgment! Let's hope history is more favorable in the long run.
That is because they don't have to abide by it; they are exempt. I can understand the sentiment, but people kill people with all kinds of things like cars. Automobiles kill 100 times as many people in a given year; should we limit the use of automobiles. We tried with alcohol, and that didn't work; criminals (especially Joseph Kennedy!) got the stuff anyway. They distributed it illegally and built a fortune; should we abscond with the Kennedy trusts because it was built, initially, with illegal funds? The only people this will hurt are those law abiding people, many of whom are trained to use the firearms, who use these types of guns legally. I don't like people shooting lots of people, and I abhor the thought of "mentally ill" people getting them for sure. I do agree with mental health checks for firearm purchases; this would go a long way.
VOX: Grace Slick or Robert Plant Guitar: Eric Clapton Drums: John Bohnam or Ron Bushy Bass: John Paul Jones or Roger Glover
My God...there are so many other great ones to choose from like bassist Tommy Shannon (Stevie Ray Vaughn group) or Jeff Artabasy.