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A handful of myths explained

has five myths about automatic weapons, buying guns online, background checks, assault rifles and more.

Myth : You can buy automatic weapons at any gun shop

This is completely and utterly false. Automatic weapons are highly regulated, extremely expensive ($15,000+) and VERY difficult to acquire. They're also extremely rare and have NEVER been used in any school shooting in America.

Just to acquire an "automatic weapon," you must go through extensive background checks and fingerprinting. You must apply to the federal government (ATF) for permission, then wait six months or longer to be "approved" by the ATF.

I don't own any automatic weapons and have no desire to. Automatic weapons are wildly inaccurate. Even soldiers almost never use automatic fire. They almost always use their own rifles on either single shot or a three-round burst. Full auto is just a really fast way to waste ammo and hit nothing.

Myth : You can buy guns online

Hostess Goes Down: Daily Kos Blames Corporate Greed and Mitt Romney-Style Liquidation

Not that I eat them much, since they are chock-full of notgoodforyou, but the Twinkie is also chock-full of nostalgia.  Alas, the poor Twinkie and cakey compatriots are no more.  :

The Wall Street Journal has the main story, "." (At .)

But check the extreme left Daily Kos for the "workers'" perspective, "":

U.S. Joins More Dictators on U.N. Human Rights Council

While the United States pours billions of dollars annually into the famously corrupt United Nations, the world body's laughable Human Rights Council welcomes even more of the globe's violators to its list of disgraceful members.

It would be funny if it wasn't so pathetic. For years the U.S. boycotted the U.N. Human Rights Council over the membership of the world's worst human rights violators, but President Obama joined in 2009. This week the U.S. signed up for another three-year term on the panel, which includes renowned human rights violators like China, Cuba, Russia and Saudi Arabia.

The world body also added more than a dozen new members this week, including several countries that are known for trampling on human rights. Among them are Venezuela, Pakistan and Kazakhstan. The U.N. welcomed them even though two vetting groups determined they were to serve based on the U.N.'s own voting records and domestic rights protections.

72 Hours After Grid-Down


A recent study noted that the majority of people have enough food in their pantries to feed their household for about three days and that seemingly stable societies are really just . With most of us  to always be available, few ever consider  the worst case scenario.

For tens of thousands of east coast residents that worst case scenario is now playing out in real-time. No longer are images of starving people waiting for government handouts restricted to just the third-world.

In the midst of crisis, once civilized societies will very rapidly descend into chaos when essential infrastructure systems collapse.

Though the National Guard was deployed before the storm even hit, there is simply no way for the government to coordinate a response requiring millions of servings of food, water and medical supplies

American parents losing the right to raise their kids

Several news stories seem to indicate that America’s moms and dads are losing ground in the effort to raise their children as they see fit. To wit:

In Rhode Island, the Cranston school district announced it was banning father-daughter and mother-son events because a complaint from the American Civil Liberties Union indicated they violate state law. The civil rights group filed on behalf of a single mother who said her daughter suffered discrimination because she doesn’t have a daddy with whom she can attend the daddy-daughter dance.

“This is 2012 and [public schools] should not be in the business of fostering blatant gender stereotypes,” Steven Brown of the Rhode Island ACLU was reported to have said.

Which blatant gender stereotype is that? While single parent families are unfortunate in a lot of cases, it happens. I don't see the reason to cancel dances. How about adding a father/son or mother/daughter social that celebrates those relationships as well?

Nutrition bill results in 20% increase of wasted food that school kids won't eat

When I was a kid, I brought a lunch with me almost every day, except on occasion when they served pizza for hot lunch.  My kids do the same, except on occasion when the school has lasagne.  Even making lunches doesn't guarantee that the kid is going to eat what you give them, but it helps avoid situations where government mandated menu items go .

Parents should be aware of what is served and make the decision whether to let their kids have it, or send them with a bag lunch.  Same with the fundraisers.  If they want to sell candy and someone wants to buy it, go for it!  Make options, not regulations.

In 2010, Michelle Obama went to a lame-duck session of Congress with a request: pass a nutrition bill giving the United States Department of Agriculture broad new  to regulate school lunches. That bill was passed in late December of that year, and the new regulations have started to go into effect, with the predictable results of wasted food and angry, hungry children.

The cinnamon rolls and chili everyone loved from their childhood are now gone. Bands and other school groups can no longer sell candy bars as a fundraiser. The government is mandating everything from portion size to how many tomatoes have to be on a salad.

AFL-CIO demands "Second Bill of Rights" securing full employment, living wage, healthy future

This is related to the difference between a .  Basically, rights don't cost anything while commodities do.  Full employment, living wages, and a healthy future (whatever that means) are not rights.  The problem is that all of those things, while sounding great in concept, cost someone else in order to make them a reality.

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